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July 2019

Feature Fridays at Bentley & More: Trial Attorney Elizabeth Phillips

We are proud of this bright, talented attorney and are thrilled to present Elizabeth Phillips on this Feature Friday!

Born and raised in Orange County, Ms. Phillips graduated from Pepperdine University School of Law in 2018, where she earned a juris doctor degree. While in law school, she competed in an International Moot competition in London, where she successfully argued at the Royal Courts of Justice and received a certificate in International Comparative Law. She also studied International Economic Law at the University of Augsburg, Germany in 2016, and spent a semester as an extern at the International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children and the United States Office of Special Counsel in Washington, D.C. Prior to law school, Ms. Phillips was a Regents’ and Chancellor’s Scholar at the University of California, Berkeley, where she graduated in 2013 with Honors.

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Co-Founder Greg Bentley heads to Stockton, CA to officiate naming ceremony for the Misty Holt-Singh Memorial Softball Complex.

This Saturday, July 20, 2019 at 10:00 am in Stockton CA, the softball field at McNair High School will be renamed the “Misty Holt-Singh Memorial Softball Complex”. Co-Founder of Bentley & More Greg Bentley will be officiating the ceremony to honor and celebrate the life of Misty, a dedicated wife, mother, daughter and long-time member of the Stockton Community.


Five years ago, on July 16, 2014, Misty Holt-Singh tragically lost her life when she was taken hostage in a bank robbery gone amiss. An hour long, high-speed pursuit ensued and ultimately Misty was caught in the cross fire that ended her life. Mr. Bentley and his Partner Clare Lucich represented the Singh family on claims against The City of Stockton and Bank of The West. After long, hard fought litigation, the matter settled to the satisfaction of all parties. Included in the settlement, was the City’s promise to dedicate a field in Misty’s name.

“This was a very sad and complex case for so many reasons,” said Greg Bentley. “Misty was the heart and soul of the Singh family and a caring member of the Stockton community. Her love of family, friends and softball was well known. This gesture by the city is very much appreciated.  We are thankful to the city for living up to its promise, and very proud of Paul, Paul Jr. and Mia for their continued efforts in promoting healing for the community.”

For more information on the upcoming ceremony, click Here.

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Bentley & More welcomes Attorney Dane Gilliam to the team

Bentley & More is proud to introduce our newest Attorney, Dane Gilliam. We look forward to the impact he’ll make fighting for justice on behalf of our clients.


Dane P. Gilliam is a trial attorney at Bentley More LLP whose practice focuses on workers’ compensation. Born and raised in Santa Cruz County, Dane attended University of California, Santa Cruz, where he earned his B.A. in Legal Studies. He was a captain on the NCAA Men’s Volleyball team and was honored as an All-American. While at University of La Verne, he was part of the JD/MBA dual degree program and earned both degrees.

Dane began his legal career in 2008 practicing in insurance defense, motor vehicle accidents, pharmacy malpractice, and premises liability claims. He has been practicing exclusively in workers’ compensation, 132(a) claims, and serious and willful claims since 2010.

Welcome to the team Dane…we are so glad you’re with us!

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Bentley & More sponsor Operation Helping Hands Golf Tournament

On Monday July 15, 2019 Bentley & More attended and helped sponsor the 3rd Annual Operation Helping Hands Golf Tournament held at Tijeras Creek Golf Course.

Operation Helping Hands is a 501(c)(3) Non Profit organization founded by Kim Valentine and her family. OHH is dedicated to empowering the youth to give back by providing hygiene items and basic necessities to the homeless. In the last five years, the organization has hand-delivered thousands of backpacks full of goods and clothing to the homeless population all over Southern California. With the help of charitable donations, sponsorships, and positive attitudes around the event, OHH will be able to provide more children in our area with the tools they need to go out and change the lives of many homeless individuals around the SoCal area. Items in the backpacks include: T-Shirts, Underwear, Socks, Soap, Deodorant, Lotion, Shampoo and Conditioner, Water, Snacks, Oral Care Kit, Combs, Seasonal Items, Razors, Feminine Hygiene Products, and Contraceptives.

For more information on Operation Helping Hands So Cal, CLICK HERE.

For a look at all the photos from the event, click HERE to visit our Facebook Page.

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Newport Beach Law Firm Bentley & More LLP Co-Founder Gregory L. Bentley featured in Daily Journal’s Top Plaintiff Lawyers 2019

Co-Founder Gregory L. Bentley was recently selected as the Daily Journal’s Top 30 Plaintiff Lawyers in California. For the full article in the Daily Journal, click the image below.



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Newport Beach Law Firm Bentley & More attorney featured on the Cover of the July 2019 Orange County Lawyer magazine.

Nico Mamone is featured in the July 2019 OCBA Young Lawyers Division publication. He is currently serving on the Board of Directors for the OCBA YLD as Co-Chair of the Sports & Fitness Committee.
Nico is a 2nd year trial attorney at Bentley & More LLP whose practice focuses on personal injury, product liability, governmental entity liability, and workers’ compensation. He received his Bachelor of Arts in History with a concentration in Law & Society at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Mr. Mamone also received his Juris Doctor from Southwestern Law School as a part of the accelerated 2-year SCALE program.
While at Southwestern, Mr. Mamone was a member of the Negotiations Honors Program and was deemed both Regional and National Champion at the ABA Representation in Mediation Competitions. He continues to be a zealous and loyal advocate for his clients and strives to conduct himself, at all times, with dignity, courtesy, and integrity.
Mr. Mamone’s representative matters include being a support member of the trial team that secured a $30 million settlement for a young woman who suffered brain damage when the drive shaft of a negligently maintained truck dislodged from the vehicle and struck her in the face while she was driving on the freeway. He also represents individuals who have suffered injuries as a result of exploding e-cigarettes and has several cases in litigation.

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Is California a No-Fault Insurance State?

When you get into a car accident in California, you may wonder who is responsible for paying your damages. Are you expected to file a claim with your own insurance company or do you have to collect the insurance details of the other driver? While some states operate on a no-fault basis, where your own insurance absorbs the costs of an accident, California follows a traditional fault-based system. What Is No-Fault Insurance? California follow... Read More

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