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, Agriculture Law, Appellate Law, Business Law, Car Accident, Catastrophic Loss, Civil Litigation, Civil Rights Actions, Constitutional Law, Contract Disputes, Employment Litigation, Environmental Law, Federal Litigation, Healthcare Law, Insurance Issues, Oral Argument, Personal Injury, Police Brutality, Real Property, Search & Seizure Law, Water Law, Wage & Hour Class Action, 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
Agriculture Law, Business Law, Civil Litigation, Contract Disputes, Corporate Formation, Corporate Management, Employment Litigation, Federal Litigation, Hospitality Issues, Mediation, Real Property, Union Issues, Wage & Hour Class Action, 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 Law, Appeals, Business Law, Catastrophic Loss, Civil Litigation, Civil Rights Actions, Constitutional Law, Contract Disputes, Corporate Formation, Employment Litigation, Federal Litigation, Personal Injury, Real Property, Search & Seizure Law, Wine Law

Michele Woodruff Lyons
Attorney

Michele is an attorney and law professor who brings a problem-solving approach to legal issues. She has extensive experience in private, non-profit, and government sectors including with Monterey College of Law, Monterey County Counsel’s Office, the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Department of Justice, and multiple private law firms. Michele is licensed to practice in California, the District of Columbia, and before the US Patent & Trademark Office.

Education
University of California, Berkeley (2001) BS, Physics
Harvard Law School (2004) J.D.
University of California, Berkeley, School of Law (2003-2004)

Practice Areas
Agriculture Law, Business Law, Civil Litigation, Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Contract Disputes, Employment Litigation, Federal Litigation, Insurance Issues, Personal Injury, Real Property, Wage & Hour Class Action

© Patane • Gumberg • Avila, LLP, Attorneys at Law
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4 Rossi Circle, Suite 231, Salinas, CA 93907

Attorneys serving Salinas, Monterey and all California in:

  • ADA Compliance & Defense
  • Administrative Actions
  • Agriculture Issues, Labor & Employment Law
  • Corporate Formation & Business Disputes
  • Civil Litigation, Contract Review
  • Divorce & Child Custody
  • Landlord-Tenant Issues
  • Civil & Domestic Violence Restraining Orders
  • Car Accidents
  • Personal Injury
  • Catastrophic Loss
  • Real property Acquisition & Disputes
  • Restaurant & Hospitality Issues
  • Wage & Hour Class Action
  • Environmental & Water Law Issues