Hon. Sheila Prell Sonenshine (Ret.)

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Hon. Sheila Prell Sonenshine (Ret.) has over 40 years of legal and business experience. She specializes in business and commercial, real estate, probate and trusts, personal injuries, family law, appellate consultation, employment, insurance, and securities and investment disputes.

As an attorney, she was the founder and managing partner of a successful law firm with a significant practice. As a businesswoman she founded a federally chartered bank later sold to Wells Fargo and an international mid market investment banking firm bought by H&R Block.

As one of the youngest appointees to the California Superior Court and Court of Appeal, she heard thousands of cases in her nearly two decades on the bench. There, Justice Sonenshine resolved hundreds of cases at settlement conferences, including 85% of those she heard under the appellate settlement conference program she inaugurated.

In her ADR career, she continues this trend. She is well known for her fair minded and pragmatic approach to resolving the toughest cases. Attorneys laud her even temper and respect for lawyers and litigants.

As a mediator, she is known for including the parties in the process and patiently working to bring them together and for her common sense approach to resolving disputes. As an arbitrator, her command of the process, demonstrated fairness, and knowledge of the law and rules result in appropriate, timely, and well-reasoned awards.

Justice Sonenshine’s unique wealth of legal expertise, judicial and business background makes her the ideal neutral to handle complex, large and often highly publicized cases.

Comments from Counsel
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Highlights

  • ADR
    • Handles cases ranging in size from smaller, private family law matters to large three-panel commercial arbitrations involving international parties
    • Acknowledged expert in a broad range of practice areas including business and commercial, real estate, probate and trusts, personal injuries, family law, employment, insurance, and securities and investment disputes
    • Her intimate knowledge of the appellate process makes her a trusted trial strategy consultant
    • Efficiently administers neutral evaluations, mock trials, appellate review, and mediations and arbitrations for appellate-level matters
    • Respected by clients for possessing a real world, analytical, and practical understanding of difficult issues and the ability to resolve them
  • Legal and Judicial
    • One of four original justices appointed to the Fourth District Court of Appeal, Division Three, serving 17 years
    • One of the youngest appointments to the California Superior and Court of Appeal
    • Established a successful law practice out of law school utilizing trial, negotiation, and settlement skills
  • Business
    • After retiring from the bench founded and served as Managing Director of an international investment banking (M&A) firm sold to H&R Block
    • Founded a nationally chartered federal bank later sold to Wells Fargo Bank
    • Formed Sonenshine Enterprises, which invested in a number of women-led companies and served as a trusted advisor to numerous female entrepreneurs

ADR Experience and Qualifications

  • Appellate
    • Associate Justice, California Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District, Division Three, 1982-1999
    • Inaugurated the state’s first appellate mandatory settlement program establishing an ongoing process resulting in the settlement of 85% of her cases and almost 50% of the Court’s civil caseload
    • Heard thousands of appeals and authored nearly 2,000 opinions while serving on the California Court of Appeal
  • Business Law: Justice Sonenshine’s forty year career as a lawyer, jurist, entrepreneur and JAMS mediator/arbitrator makes her exceptionally qualified to resolve a wide variety of business matters. Starting as a sole practitioner, Justice Sonenshine built Sonenshine and Armstrong into a 10-person law firm. She then became Managing Partner of the Orange County office of Gordon, Weinberg, Sonenshine and Zipser.
    • Co-founded EquiCo (purchased by H & R Block and now McGladrey Capital Markets)
      • An international mid-market investment bank specializing in mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, capital raising, and fairness opinions
      • As RSM EquiCo’s Executive Managing Director , she helped shape its strategic direction, established its European headquarters, and oversaw its growing international presence
      • Created the company’s International Buyer Symposia program attended by CEOs and senior executives from Europe’s largest, prominent strategic and financial buyers, institutional investors, and advisors. These symposia addressed the North American mid-market acquisition climate
      • The company has generated billions of client liquidity and has become an internationally ranked, top Merger and Acquisition advisor
      • Experienced in hiring, training, and setting expectations and goals
      • International business experience
    • Founder and board member of Marine National Bank, now Wells Fargo
    • Served on American City Bank Advisory Board
    • Held a California Real Estate broker license and SEC broker dealers’ licenses 7, 14, and 23
    • Serves as advisor to many women entrepreneurs
    • Founded the Escher Fund
      • A private equity fund focused on growth-state, women-owned, and women-led businesses
  • Estate/Probate/Trusts
    • Wrote dozens of opinions in matters involving wills, trusts, and intestacy
    • Retained by E.F. Hutton to develop computerized personal finance programs and served as an advisor for its high net worth clients
  • Family Law
    • While in private practice, Justice Sonenshine focused on family law, and was a Certified Family Law Specialist
    • Served as Presiding Judge of the Family Law Panel of the Orange County Superior Court and was a frequent lecturer on many family law topics nationwide
    • The Orange County Family Law Bar honored her, naming a settlement room named after her, for outstanding settlement record
    • Recognized by the American Bar Association and California State Bar for her accomplishments in Family Law
  • Employment Law
    • Heard settlement conferences and wrote hundreds of opinions involving all areas of employment law
  • Insurance
    • Experienced in insurance matters of all types, covering all practice areas
  • Personal Injury/Torts
    • Wrote scores of opinions in matters involving intentional and non-intentional torts
  • Real Property
    • Experienced in of a wide range of real property and real estate disputes, having authored hundreds of such cases
  • Securities
    • Held the following licenses: SEC General Securities Representative (Series 7), SEC General Securities Principal (Series 24), and SEC Uniform Securities Agent - State Law (Series 63)

Representative Matters

  • Appellate
    • Review of appellate briefs in construction dispute case and mediation thereof
    • Review of judgment in employment case and appellate strategy/settlement
  • Arbitration
    • Individual defendant doctor had no duty to comply with the arbitration pre-disclosure requirement. The act applies to Health Care Service Plans. (Hollister v. Benzl (1999) 71 CA 4th 582)
  • Banking [Business/Commercial Specialty Biography available here]
    • D’Oench Doctrine (a defense or claim seeking to defeat or diminish assets held by a federal insure must be contained in writing)
    • FDIC initial assignee on matured note entitled to six year federal statute of limitations (Professional Collection Consultants v. Hamada (1997) 53 CA 4th 1016)
    • Full credit bid rule bars lender bank from maintaining negligence action against third party non borrower
  • Business/Commercial [Business/Commercial Specialty Biography available here]
    • Partnership disputes and dissolutions
    • Breach of contract
    • Trade Secret
    • Franchise
  • Civil Rights
    • Prevailing party has absolute right to attorney fees in Civil Code section 52 action (Engel v. Worthington (1997) 60 CA 4th 628)
  • Construction
    • Construction contracts; contribution and indemnification; (Chevron USA v. Bragg Crane & Rigging (1986) 180 CA 3d 639)
    • Breach of construction contract and indemnification for a large construction and manufacturing company
    • Construction loan proceeds available only to statutory claimants and parties to the contract
    • Civil Code section 3264 bars all claims on construction loans except those arising from rights created by direct written contract between the parity asserting the right and the person holding the fund; general contractor could not collect construction loan fund established between property owner and bank (Sofias v. Bank of America (1985) 172 CA 3d 583)
  • Construction Defect
    • Review of appellate briefs in construction dispute case and mediation thereof
    • Exclusion of coverage; latent and construction defects; continuous injury; manifestation of injury (Pepperell v. Scottsdale (1998) 62 Cal.App.4th 1045); (Carty v. American States Insurance (1992) 7 Cal. App. 4th 399)
  • Employment [Employment Specialty Biography available here]
    • Appellate
    • Breach of Employment Contracts
    • Compensation
    • Disability
    • Employee Benefits
    • Employee Defamation
    • Harassment & Discrimination
    • Labor Codes
    • Sick Leave & Time Off
    • Wrongful Termination /individual liability
    • Class Action
    • Constructive Discharge
    • Hostile work environment
    • Work related injuries
    • Exhaustion of administrative remedies
    • Franchisees/Franchisor
    • Vicarious liability/Respondeat superior
  • Estate/Probate/Trusts [Estates/Probate/Trusts Specialty Biography available here]
    • Will contests
    • Trust property
      • Action for prejudgment trust property attachment (Kadison, Pfaelzer, Woodward, Quinn & Rossi v. Wilson(1987) 197 Cal.App.3d 1)
    • Nondonative transfers
      • Probate Code section 21225 and nondonative transfers of an option to renew, right of first refusal and a lease commencing at a certain time (Shaver v. Clanton (1994) 26 CA 4th 568)
      • Children/Stepchildren claims
        • Children of a decedent’s predeceased spouse claimed an interest in his estate, alleging as step children they were the closest heirs. (Estate of Claffey (1989) 209 CA 3d 254)
        • Creditor claim against son of decedent’s mother’s estate and claim of fraudulent conveyance of joint tenancy conveyance (Estate of Baumann (1988) 201 CA 3d 927)
        • Determination of son’s heir ship in birth father’s intestate estate where step father previously adopted son and out of state court affirmed its validity (Estate of Hart (1984) 165 CA 3d 392)
        • Adopted child’s right to inherit from intestate natural parent
      • Trustee Bond
        • Trustee required to post bond when appointee was not designated
        • Bond not required when executor is named as trustee and trust does not require bond and unnecessary to protect other beneficiaries and they had waived bond; beneficiary’s cannot require and no creditors need protection (Cibulk v. Cibulk (1998) 67 Cal.App.4th 690)
      • Disputes between prior and widowed spouses
        • Former spouse’s right as designated beneficiary to proceeds from decedent’s employment savings plan (Snyder v. Snyder (1987) 197 CA 3d 6)
        • Former spouses' rights to undivided life insurance proceeds as designated beneficiaries
      • Terminable interest rule
        • Inapt to nonrestrictive beneficiary choice private pension (Bowman v. Bowman (1985) 171 CA 3d 148)
      • Community Property
        • Community property interest in life insurance policy partially funded with community property (Bowman v. Bowman (1985) 171 CA 3d 148)
      • Joint Tenancy
        • Action between decedent’s mother and widow over joint tenancy family residence (Byrd v. Blanton (1983) 149 CA 3d 987)
      • Creditor Claims
        • Decedent’s business creditor sought widow’s personal liability for estate’s insolvency (Estate of Davis (1990) 219 CA 3d 663)
      • Dispute between family members over buy sell, succession planning and company value and pay out
    • Family Law [Family Law Specialty Biography available here]
      • Pre Nuptial and Marital Settlement Agreements
      • Date of Separation
      • Property
      • Child and Spousal Support
      • Custody and Visitation
      • Attorney and Expert Fees
      • Discovery
      • Pre trial matters
      • Paternity/annulments/putative spouses/Marvin actions
      • Family Law Appellate Matters
      • Family and Probate Codes issues
      • Family Law Malpractice
    • Governmental/Public Agency
      • Zoning and planning; city council review of city planning commission approval of proposed housing development site (Lindborg-Dahl Investors Inc. v. City of Garden Grove (1986) 179 CA 3d 956)
      • Government Tort Claim Act
        • Inapt in action to recover seized property (Hibbard v. City of Anaheim (1984) 162 Cal App 3d 270)
        • Late filing
    • Health Care
      • Suspension of medical license (Bryce v. Board of Medical Quality Assurance (1986) 184 CA 3d 1471)
      • Suspension of hospital staff privileges (Oskooi v. Fountain Valley Regional Hospital (1996) 42 CA 4th 233)
    • Insurance
      • Receipt of a policy and its acceptance by insured and insurer bind both and insurer cannot later claim he or she did not read or know its terms (Hadland v. NN Investors Life Insurance Company (1994) 24 CA 4th 1578)
      • Enforceability of oral agreement to settle (Ahmed v. Peterson (1986) 186 CA 3d 374)
      • Efficient proximate cause of loss (Waldsmith v. State farm (1991) 232 CA 3d 693)
      • Excluded/permissive and non permissive drivers
        • Yamasaki v. Mercury (1992) 11 CA 4th 830
        • Post accident legislative changes inapt to policy in effect at time of accident (Hitchcock v. Mercury (1997) 54 Cal.App.4th 303)
      • Out of State Insurer
        • Liquidation of out of state insurance company (Quackenbush v. Armato, Gaims, Weil, West & Epstein (1995) 36 Cal. App. 4th 363)
        • Coverage through participation in foreign multiple employer trust but policy issued in California (Cross v. Multiple Benefit Life Ins. Co. (1985) 173 CA 3d 821)
      • Carrier’s liability
        • Contract limiting carrier liability (Morville v. UPS (1983) 144 CA 3d 552)
      • Title Insurance
        • Policy did not insure against loss sustained by lender as a result of insurer’s mistaken representation re parcel’s acreage. (Golden Security Thrift & Loan v. First American Title Insurance (1997) 53 Cal.App.4th 250)
      • Attorney fees and costs
        • Covenant re not to execute and attorney fees (Vailette v. Fireman’s Fund (1993) 18 CA 4th 680)
        • No obligation in action based on defendant’s felony (Baker v. Mid Century Ins. Co. (1993) 20 CA 4th 921)
      • Exclusion of coverage; latent and construction defects; continuous injury; manifestation of injury (Pepperell v. Scottsdale (1998) 62 Cal.App.4th 1045); (Carty v. American States Insurance (1992) 7 Cal. App. 4th 399)
      • Indemnification for intentional wrong acts (Horace Mann v. Barbara B (1998) 61 Cal.App.4th 158)
      • Surety relief from bail forfeiture when defendant detained in foreign jurisdiction (County of Orange v. Ranger Insurance Corp. (1998) 61 CA 4th 795)
      • Preexisting conditions
      • Fuel contamination; continuing nuisance (Resolution Trust Corp. v. Rossmoor Corp (1995) 34 CA 4th 93)
      • Construction contracts; contribution and indemnification; (Chevron USA v. Bragg Crane & Rigging (1986) 180 CA 3d 639)
    • Personal Injury/Torts
      • Strict liability/Breach of Implied Warranty/ Res Ipsa Loquitur/Products Liability
      • Inapt when injured plaintiff assumed shark bite risk because he was recognized expert in field and hired accordingly (Rosenbloom v. Hanour Corp. (1998) 66 CA 4th 1477)
        • Inapt when plaintiff bites into bone fragment in hamburger sold by defendant grocery store because fragment remained a natural substance of the hamburger under the foreign natural distinction
        • Evidence Code 1151 barring of remedial measures inapt to strict liability actions (Magnante v. Pettibone-Wood Mfg. Co (1986) 183 CA 3d 764)
        • Strict liability inapt against manufacturer of still functioning heart valve (Khan v. Shiley (1990) 217 Cal.App.3d 846)
      • Liability of individual condominium owners for injuries sustained in common area (Ruoff v. Harbor Creek Community Association (1992) 10 Cal.App.4th 1624)
      • Duty absent special relationship
      • Newly discovered evidence re product failure (Sherman Kinetic Concepts (1998) 67 Cal.App.4th 1152)
      • Landowner’s Duty
        • Recreational use exemption (Myers v. Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway (1990) 224 CA 3d 752)
        • Necessity to remove dangerous condition or adequately warn
      • Medical devices
        • 3rd party subsequent changes
        • Penile implant manufacturer not strictly liable for injuries caused by product if properly made and distributed with information regarding risks and dangers
        • Manufacturer of still functioning heart valve may be liable for fraud if it misrepresented the valve’s characteristics and safety with intent for plaintiff to rely. (Khan v. Shiley (1990) 217 Cal.App.3d 846)
      • Negligent infliction of emotional harm
        • Plaintiff must be present at time of injury and have knowledge of accident (Fife v. Astenios (1991) 232 CA 1090)
        • Action by wife for damages after husband injured in nursing home
      • Punitive Damages
        • Suit by corporation and two directors against former employees, directors and major shareholder for breach of fiduciary duty, conversion, accounting, constructive trust, slander and intentional and negligent infliction of emotional damages not excessive as a matter of law (California Novelties v. Sokoloff (1992) 6 CA 4th 936)
        • Sexual battery /repressed memory (Wilson v. Phillips (1999) 73 CA 4th 250)
        • Similar accidents (Genrich v. California (1988) 202 CA 3d 221)
        • Expert medical opinion not subject to Kelly-Frye
        • Wrongful death
    • Professional Liability
      • Finding of subjective bad faith in addition to particular action or tactic is sufficient to justify CCP 128.5 sanctions (Llamas v. Diaz (1990) CA 3d 1043)
      • Finding of CCP 128.5 sanctions justified where no evidence to support defendant’s claims; imposition of sanctions on appeal (Monex International v. Peinado (1990) 224 Cal.App.3d 1619)
      • Disqualification of attorney and law firm after direct communication with adverse represented party (Mills Land & Water Co. v. Golden West Refining (1986) 186 CA 3d 116)
      • Attorney fee dispute between client and law firm
      • Attorney fee disputes and right to arbitrate
      • CPA fee dispute
      • Suit against CPA for bad tax advice and negligent accounting work
      • Medical and legal malpractice
        • Time barred, continued representation, tolling of statute (Kulesa v. Castleberry (1996) 47 CA 4th 103)
        • Hospital staff discovery
        • Sufficiency of the evidence
        • Detached retina
    • Real Property [Real Property Specialty Biography available here]
      • Review of bifurcated judgment in real estate commissions matter and mediation thereof
      • Residential and apartment conditional use permit (Harris v. City of Costa Mesa (1994) 25 CA 4th 963)
      • Variance; compensation for taking (Metropolitan Outdoor Advertising Corporation v. City of Santa Ana (1994) 23 CA 4th 1401)
      • City immune from liability under Gov. Code. Section 8184 where inspector made a determination after reviewing soils report and conferring with soils engineer (Cancun Homeowners Association v. City of San Juan Capistrano (1989) 215 Cal.App.3d 1352)
      • Action by buyer against broker and seller for recession of purchase and sale agreements alleging fraud and deceit, based on Intentional Misrepresentation and Negligent Misrepresentation, Nondisclosure and/or Concealment and Constructive Fraud Based on Breach of Fiduciary Duty and Breach of Contract
      • Redevelopment credits dispute between city and shopping center development
      • Class Action by homebuyers against real estate developer and its wholly owned escrow company for violations of the Cartwright Act (Bus. & Prof Code section 16720 et seq.) and Civil Code section 2995 prohibiting real estate developers from requiring escrow services by entities in which developers have financial interests. (MacManus v. A.E. Realty Partners 195 Cal.App. 3d 1106)
      • Specific Performance
        • Vendors not entitled to compensation for businesses operating losses and loss of income (BD Inns v. Pooley (1990) 218 CA 3d 289)
        • Vendors can maintain specific performance cause of action despite availability of relief for consequential damages
      • Title Insurance
        • Policy did not insure against loss sustained by lender as a result of insurer’s mistaken representation re parcel’s acreage. (Golden Security Thrift & Loan v. First American Title Insurance (1997) 53 Cal.App.4th 250)
        • Real estate leases
          • Perpetual lease extension renewals exempt from uniform statutory rule against perpetuities (Shaver v. Clanton (1994) 26 CA 4th 568)
          • Lease extension involving town or city subject to a 99-year term (Shaver v. Clanton (1994) 26 CA 4th 568)
          • Cancellation provision and option to extend; forfeiture; right to fire proceeds (Long Beach Partnership v. Libaw (1999) 70 CA 4th 212)
          • Lessee can exercise option to renew by actions before expiration of the lease when lease is silent as to how option is to be exercised (ADV Corporation v. Wikman (1986) 178 Cal.App.3d 61)
          • Tenant’s purported lease renewal did not extend original period of lease to preclude exercise of provision permitting termination for total or sufficient partial destruction of premises within two years of end of lease’s term
          • Dispute re lease holdbacks and lease overpayments
        • Community Associations/Condominium owners
          • Conflict between Homeowner’s Community Association and CC & Rs (Battram v. Emerald Bay Community Association (1984) 157 Cal.App.3d 1184)
          • Liability of individual condominium owners for injuries sustained in common area (Ruoff v. Harbor Creek Community Association (1992) 10 Cal.App.4th 1624)
        • Stop Notices
          • Stop notices and statute of limitations (Structural Steel Fabricators v. City of Orange (1991) 234 CA 3d 1206)
        • Forged Signature on trust deed
          • Damages against a bank, notary, her employer and surety resulting from plaintiff’s forged signature on note and trust deed (McComber v. Wells (1999) 72 CA 4th 512)
        • Realtor breach of fiduciary duty and loss of realtor license
        • Large commercial landlord tenant development agreements
        • Foreclosure/Deficiency judgment/Abstract of judgment/Judgment creditor
          • Second trust deed holder must give notice of delinquency on first and second trust deeds (Little v. Harbor Pacific Mortgage (1985) 175 CA 3d 717)
          • CCP section 580b automatically applies to standard purchase money transaction and is inapt where new note secured by property other than that securing original purchase money note and note did not represent money related to purchase of property in question (Goodyear v. Mack (1984) 159 CA 3d 654)
          • Creditor seeking satisfaction of judgment lien against debtor, real property purchaser and financial institutions must correctly spell debtor’s name in abstract of judgment. Doctrine of idem sonans (the same sound) is inapt. (Orr v. Byers (1998) 198 CA 3d 666)
          • CCP section 580b protection (deficiency judgment may not be recovered on purchase money obligation) inapt when subordination occurred and was reinstated neither by a renegotiation that resulted in a change in size of the lien holder’s loan nor by payment to lien holder as compensation for risk of subordination to a larger construction loan (Ziegler v. Barnes (1988) 200 Cal.App.3d 224)
          • Party owes duties as both real estate broker and foreclosure consultant; plaintiff entitled to actual damages of the difference between what defendants paid for the house at foreclosure sale and property’s market value at that time; award of treble exemplary damages; recession allowed despite plaintiff’s failure to tender default amount because it would have been inequitable to so require (Onofrio v. Rice (1997) 55 Cal.App.4th 413)
        • Action to rescind loan and damages for misleading promise re home loan preapproval
        • Tax Free exchange
          • Vendor in fact following a tax free exchange can pursue same remedies as a vendor in a two way exchange
        • Determination of a mobile home park lease’s fair market value should be made in accordance with the highest and best use of the land without regard to present lease and including ordinances and statutes which might proscribe or render a change of use of the property financially unfeasible (Humphries Investors v. Walsh (1988) 202 Cal.App.3d 766)

Comments from Counsel

  • "Sheila Sonenshine is the absolute best settlement officer I have ever seen. She is knowledgeable and always fully prepared. Moreover she is practical and understands the goal of dispute resolution is to get all parties to believe they have made the best overall decision they can make, taking possible outcomes into account."
  • “Justice Sonenshine’s tenacity, business background, and common sense hands-on approach make her stand out among neutrals.”
  • "Justice Sonenshine has the experience, objectivity, and common sense to cut to the heart of an employment dispute and get the parties there with her."
  • "She put the lawyers, and the parties, in their place, and with tenacity, unmatched knowledge of the law and a presence that can only be described as breathtaking, gave us hope that we could actually settle a case where the parties could not have been further apart. Without her tireless assistance, exceptional mediation skills and unbridled commitment, there is no way this case could have settled."

Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities

Bar Associations, Affiliates and Other Professional and Pro Bono Groups

  • Named Loyola Law School's 50 Inspirational Alumni, 2014
  • Justice David G. Sills Award for appellate excellence, Orange County Bar Association Appellate Law Section, 2011
  • Lifetime Achievement Award, American Jewish Committee, 2010
  • Member, Commission on Judicial Nominees Evaluation, State Bar of California, 2010-present
  • Executive Committee Member, Orange County Jewish Lawyers, 2010-present
  • UCI School of Law Dean's Campaign Cabinet, 2008-present
  • Robert Samuel Barnes Award, Orange County Bar Foundation, 2006
  • Marcus Kaufman Jurisprudence Award, Anti Defamation League, 2004
  • Legal Aid Society of Orange County Recognition Award, 1998
  • Founder and Chair, Sonenshine Pro Bono Reception, 1995-present
  • Franklin G. West Lifetime Achievement Award, Orange County Bar Association, 1995
  • Community Service Award, Public Law Center, 1994
  • Founding member and first Co-Chair, Orange County Bar Gender Bias Committee, 1992-1995
  • Outstanding Judge of the Year, Orange County Women Lawyers, 1988
  • Member, California Judicial Council Advisory Committee on Gender Bias, 1987-1991
  • Chair, California Center for Judicial Education and Research, 1987
  • The American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 1981-present
  • Founding member and Chair, Orange County Bar Association's Women and Individual Rights Section, 1974
  • Assistant Professor of Law, Irvine University School of Law, 1973-1974
  • Board of Trustees, Orange County Museum of Art
  • Loyola University School of Law Board of Visitors
  • Founding Board Member, Public Law Center

Civic

  • Member: International Women's Forum/The Trusteeship, The Anti-Defamation League of Orange County and Long Beach's Regional Board
  • Past Member: The Orange County Performing Arts Center Board of Directors
  • Speaker for educational, legal, and business groups, as well as a contributing author on topics relating to law, business, and finance

Family Law

  • Service to Family Law Award, American Bar Association Family Law Section, 1993
  • Family Law Person of the Year, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 1993
  • Jurist of the Year, State Bar of California Family Law Section, 1991

Publications

Background and Education

  • Principal in Sonenshine Enterprises since 2004. In that capacity, she has invested in a number of women-led companies, and served as a trusted advisor to numerous female entrepreneurs
  • Co-Founder and Executive Managing Director, EquiCo (subsequently RSM EquiCo after being acquired by H&R Block in 2001), now known as McGladrey Capital Markets, 1999-2004
  • Associate Justice, California Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District, Division Three, 1982-1999
  • Judge, Orange County Superior Court, 1981-1982 (Presiding Judge, Family Law Panel)
  • Private law practice, Newport Beach, 1971-1981
  • J.D., Loyola School of Law, 1970 (St. Thomas More Honor Society)
  • B.A., Economics, University of California, Los Angeles, 1967

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