Celebrating 20 years in the LEGAL Industry
Wendy's law practice is multi-disciplinary, client-centric and primarily focused on providing high-quality representation to individuals, businesses, entrepreneurs and artists with a concentration in the following areas: estate planning, asset protection, business transactions, entertainment/IP, corporate, start-up formation, real estate, consulting services, foreclosure defense (Ch 13) and family law matters with a specific expertise in collaborative divorces.
Her practice has thrived by maintaining a long-term personal and business relationship with many of her clients and serving as their hands-on, go-to legal adviser leveraging her substantial expertise in inter-related subject matters. Most clients average about 5 years or more with the firm. For a single client, as an example, Wendy started up the client’s company as a C corp, completed the company's business transactions and licensing agreements, facilitated the company’s growth through 2 rounds of preferred stock and convertible debt financing and stock vesting plan and later the company's acquisition by a large mobile gaming company, and then concurrently, represented the founder as an individual on his personal legal matters related to his estate plan, asset protection strategies, real estate purchase agreements, landlord-tenant work for his investment property, prenuptial agreement and other general risk management legal advice.
At California Legal Partners, she is also actively involved in the development of innovative legal seminars on estate planning and is spearheading the new Do It Yourself Harvard Lawyer series of videos, webinars and e-books in order to provide practical legal coaching to motivate others to achieve their professional and personal goals.
From 2000 to 2010, in addition to the practice of law, Wendy has been a small business entrepreneur co-owning an innovative applied research and design company for primarily government customers. She is also an award winning filmmaker, screenwriter and producer of dramas and thrillers with an emphasis on law-related features. Her first feature film, Blood on Canvas, recently won Best Feature at the Michigan Film Awards / Detroit Independent Film Festival, Best In Show at the International Television Festival in Los Angeles, Golden Ace Award at the Las Vegas Film Festival and Best Thriller at the Honolulu Film Awards. The film will be publicly available and released in late 2015 along with its companion novel, Honey, I Want to Make a Movie, a bawdy satire about a lawyer in mid- life crisis seeking a second act in life by living in Hollywood and making a low-budget movie.
Wendy previously worked as a technology and corporate securities attorney in the Silicon Valley offices of Venture Law Group (previously merged with Heller Ehrman) and Gray Cary Ware & Freidenrich (now merged with DLA Piper) where she represented primarily internet-based high tech and e-commerce companies and facilitated their start up and growth at various stages of their life cycles from seed and venture financings to liquidity events, such as initial public offerings and mergers & acquisitions. She represented venture capitalists and underwriters in a variety of corporate transactions. She also worked in the entertainment law industry in Los Angeles representing the talent side of business, including, screen writers, musicians and producers, in licensing and production deals.
Wendy earned both a B.A. and M.A., magna cum laude, in political science and international relations from Yale University, where she was awarded the Distinction Prize in Political Science. She was 1 of only about 20 students in her class of 5,000 undergraduates who was accepted in and completed dual Master's of Arts and Bachelor of Arts degrees to graduate with both degrees in four years or less. She then earned a M.ST. in Modern History, with a focus in 19th century British Commonwealth History, from Oxford University, England, as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar. She also earned a J.D. from the Harvard Law School, where she served as an Executive and Submissions Editor for the International Law Journal and Environmental Law Review, respectively; a legal intern for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and for various non-profit organizations and foundations at Harvard Law School’s Legal Services Center; and a co-author to an article titled “Jurisdiction, Venue and Choice of Law in Cyber-Defamation Cases” for the New York Intellectual Property Symposium.
Wendy was previously a teaching fellow in the Department of Government at Harvard University where she was awarded the Derek C. Bok Award for Excellence in Teaching. Wendy is a member of the Federal Bar of the United States District Courts and the State Bar of California.
Wendy, with parents originally from the Philippines, has always been an avid traveler who has lived several years in Spain, Italy, Germany and England and has traveled to diverse countries and places in Europe, Africa, Asia, Middle East, Caribbean and South America. She is proficient in both Spanish and Italian with a working knowledge of Tagalog. During her gap year after grad school, she spent a year traveling around the world. Her other interests include creative writing, volunteering at her children's schools and with the Rady's Children Hospital Auxiliary, reading, current events, politics, music, the arts, sports, entertaining and spending time with friends and family, especially her husband, Brian, and two young sons, Jack and Tyler Joseph (TJ).
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