Attorneys

Nina M. Patane
Partner

Colleagues and judges alike describe Nina as “the one you want in your corner” – her tenacity, intellect, and extensive experience make her a worthy adversary for any opponent and her talent shows in her successful track record. For Nina, there is no issue too complex, no obstacle too hard to overcome, and no matter too big or small – she was born to advocate and handles each matter with care, diligence, and skill.

Education
Santa Clara University (1986) B.S. Political Science
Santa Clara University (1991) J.D., With Honors

Practice Areas
ADA Compliance and Defense, Business Law, Civil Litigation, Contract Disputes, Employment Litigation, Family Law, Healthcare Law, Insurance Matters, Personal Injury, Real Property, Wrongful Death

James K. Gumberg
Partner

Jim is the consummate counselor – he is dedicated to his clients and makes himself available for both routine questions and the unexpected crisis. Jim often travels to visit clients to learn about their business or issues or to provide employment and labor law training for businesses management and employees. Jim has deep experience and helps clients navigate state and federal laws and regulations in an understandable and reassuring manner.

Education
University of Florida (1987) B.A. Political Science
Santa Clara University (1991) J.D., With Honors

Practice Areas
Business Law, Civil Litigation, Contract Issues, Healthcare Law, Hospitality, Labor & Employment, Real Property, Workplace and Paystub Issues

Andrea C. Avila
Partner

Andrea’s commitment to clients makes her more than a counselor – many consider her an essential member of their team. As a Salinas native, Andrea appreciates and understands the issues that face people and businesses in the Salinas Valley. Andrea is a civil litigator in business, real property, and personal injury matters. Having handled numerous contract disputes, Andrea has the experience and foresight to draft contracts that avoid legal disputes.

Education
San Jose University (1992) B.S. Administration of Justice
Golden Gate University (1997) J.D.

Practice Areas
Agriculture, Business Formation and Disputes, Civil Litigation, Contract Disputes, Employment Litigation, Insurance, Personal Injury, Real Property

Jennifer C. Owens
Associate Attorney

Jennifer is described by her colleagues as a “relentless problem solver,” analytical to the core and tenacious in getting to the root of legal issues. Jennifer analyzes the law to assess the most advantageous results for her clients. Influenced by her work as a volunteer for a children’s literacy program, Jennifer went to law school to give a voice to those in need and she remains steadfast in her commitment to using her law degree to help others succeed.

Education
California State University at Stanislaus (2002) B.S. Biology
Western State University (2006) J.D.

Practice Areas
Agriculture, Business Formation and Disputes, Civil Litigation, Contract Disputes, Labor & Employment, Family Law, Healthcare Law, Insurance Matters, Personal Injury, Real Property, Wrongful Death

Juan Carlos Calzetta, iii
Associate Attorney

Juan grew up in Monterey County and is proud to live in Monterey, the first capital of California, and to serve the people and businesses of the Salinas Valley, the “Salad Bowl of the World.” Juan is interested in a broad range of legal issues, is fluent in Spanish and connects easily with Spanish speakers, and had the fortune to assist thousands of people as a court self-help center attorney. Juan embraces PGA’s ethos, diligence, and team mentality.

Education
University of California, Santa Barbara (2003) Dual BA, Global Studies and Italian Studies
Santa Clara University School of Law (2008) J.D.

Practice Areas
ADA Compliance and Defense, Civil Litigation, Contract Disputes, Divorce and Family Law, Eviction and Landlord-Tenant, Healthcare Law, Labor & Employment, Personal Injury, Real Property, Wrongful Death

Anais Mora
Associate Attorney

Anais has a long history with PGA – she started as a legal assistant during law school and now works as a licensed attorney. A native of the Salinas valley, Anais is attuned to local issues and is proud to dedicate her abilities and efforts to serving the community she grew up in. Anais is fluent in Spanish and she is adaptable and dedicated to protecting and advancing her clients’ best interests. Anais is also trained in mediation skills.

Education
San Diego State University (2008) B.S. Criminal Justice
Monterey College of Law (2015) J.D.

Practice Areas
Agriculture, Business Formation and Disputes, Civil Litigation, Contract Disputes, Labor & Employment, Family Law, Healthcare Law, Insurance Matters, Personal Injury, Real Property, Wrongful Death