Bentley & More opened its doors last night for the 1st Annual Side Bar Summer Social. The event was attended by nearly 100 of Orange & LA Counties finest attorneys and legal professionals. Great fun was had by all and we look forward to our next one! A special thanks to The Sullivan Group Court Reporters for co-sponsoring the event.
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Bentley & More’s newest intern Gardenia Montero joins the Team!
Gardenia Montero graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2015 earning her Bachelor Degree in International Development Studies and Anthropology with a Minor in Workplace Studies. She is now in her third year of law school in Western State College of Law. During her time in UCLA, Ms. Montero was involved with social justice projects like Latinas Guiding Latinas, Proyecto de Jornaleros, and North American Integration and Development (NAID). She also interned with Community Lawyers, Inc., JusticCorps, and California Pacific Neighborhood Immigration Clinic. She then went to intern for Assembly Member Jimmy Gomez and for the Governor’s Office and Planning Research in Sacramento.
During her first year of law school, Ms. Montero joined Western State College of Law Immigration Clinic as a Spanish translator. In her first summer, Ms. Montero was awarded the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award when she participated in Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps JD program and interned with Central American Resource Center (CARECEN). While interning at CARECEN, she worked with the VAWA/U-visa Team and Unaccompanied children team assisting individuals seeking immigration relief. Last summer, Ms. Montero was a judicial clerk for Judge Joe Perez at North Court Justice Center. As a clerk, she researched Prop. 63-Fire Arm Relinquishment proceeding, AB 1810 Mental Diversion program and Pre-Trial Diversion programs. This summer, Ms. Montero is participating in the Orange County Trial Lawyers Association (OCTLA) Fellowship.
Ms. Montero has a strong interest in Immigration and Employment law. She aspires to one day open her own non- profit and provide affordable legal services for low-income families.
Welcome to the team Gardenia. We’re so glad you’re here!
Evan Grant is a trial attorney at Bentley & More whose practice focuses on personal injury, insurance bad faith and wrongful death cases. Mr. Grant has extensive experience in all aspects of complex civil litigation. He has tried a number of cases, including serving as lead counsel on a multi-week jury trial. He has also successfully argued cases before the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and the California Courts of Appeal.
Mr. Grant has an AV Preeminent peer review rating from Martindale-Hubbell and Super Lawyers magazine has named him a Rising Star every year since 2009.
Mr. Grant received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Philosophy from Emory University, in 2001. Mr. Grant received his Juris Doctor from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law in 2004 and was selected for membership in The Order of the Coif. During law school he served as a judicial extern to the Honorable Joyce L. Kennard, former Associate Justice of the California Supreme Court.
We are proud to add another name to the Bentley & More team of Rising Stars! Partner & Trial Lawyer Jaimi Groothuis has been selected as one of the elite Super Lawyers 2019 Rising Stars. We are proud and honored to sing your praises today! Your dedication & hard work is an undeniable influence to the success of the firm.
Please join us June 18, 2019 from 5:30pm – 7:30pm for the Bentley & More Side Bar Summer Social and Happy Hour. Multi-bar organizations invited and its FREE!! Thank you to our co-host The Sullivan Group of Court Reporters!
Hope to see you there!! Register here: https://sidebarsummersocial.eventbrite.com
This summer marks the third consecutive year that Bentley & More proudly welcomes talented law students to participate in the Bentley & More Summer Law Clerk Program. Each summer, Bentley & More provides three paid summer law clerk positions to law students who have demonstrated a desire to represent consumers harmed by others with the goal of becoming a trial lawyer. The Bentley & More Law Clerks work alongside our trial attorneys, gaining invaluable experience in the inner workings of a consumer litigation firm focused on taking matters to and through trial.
In addition to the Summer Law Clerk Program, and having enjoyed participation in its inaugural year last year, Bentley & More will again include a 4th “rotating” member to the Law Clerk Team with our participation in the OCTLA Mentorship Committee’s Internship Program. This talented group of young professionals supports our team of attorneys in a variety of ways including assembling and organizing information for legal documents, researching legal issues, assembling case materials, and writing legal briefs. Our program also offers the Law Clerks an opportunity to attend depositions, court hearings, settlement proceedings, and possibly even trial with their mentors. We are thrilled with the current talent this summer and look forward to working alongside these bright, young professionals. Plus, they are fun to be around. Welcome to the Team!