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Maria K. Aarvig

Maria K. Aarvig was born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota and attended law school at Western State University in Fullerton, graduating Cum Laude and receiving a Juris Doctor degree in 1990.  Her legal education included service as an extern to Honorable Warren J. Ferguson of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.  She is admitted to the State Bar of California, the U.S. District Court, and U.S. Court of Appeals.


Ms. Aarvig’s practice has always centered on representation of public entities administratively and in defense of civil litigation.  Her litigation practice has afforded her extensive jury trial experience.  This litigation background serves to improve her sensitivity to issues when conducting workplace investigations.  Ms. Aarvig is proud of her long record of success at ending litigation before trial by means of demurrers, motions to dismiss, and summary judgment motions.  Her practice includes all phases of litigation, including providing pre-litigation counsel to avoid lawsuits, all aspects of litigation at the trial level, and appellate work.  Her appellate work has resulted in several published opinions in the areas of employment law, police liability, and insurance law. 


Ms. Aarvig can be reached at

April N. Grant
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April Noelle Grant earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in International Economics from the esteemed University of California, Los Angeles, followed by her Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Davis, School of Law in 2004.   She has been admitted to the State Bar of California, the State Bar of Florida, and the U.S. District Court.


In addition to her legal career, April is an active member of various bar associations, including the Los Angeles, Riverside County, F. Malcolm Cunningham, and R.T. Fields Bar Associations.  Her commitment to excellence is further evidenced by her previous career with leading law firms in Southern California.


Specializing in general liability defense, Ms. Grant strongly emphasizes advocating for and defending public entities. Her nuanced understanding of the legal landscape, coupled with her unwavering dedication, makes her a formidable force in the legal arena.

Ms. Grant can be reached at

Diane K. Huntley

Diane K. Huntley was born and raised in Riverside, California and completed her undergraduate education at the University of California, Riverside, earning a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science in 1986.  Ms. Huntley attended law school at Southwestern University in Los Angeles, receiving her Juris Doctor Degree, Cum Laude, in 1989.  Ms. Huntley’s legal education included participation in Southwestern’s Law Review.  She is admitted to the State Bar of California and the U.S. District Court.


Ms. Huntley’s legal career has been focused on general civil litigation and appellate practice.  Ms. Huntley has a diverse background in handling litigation matters, concentrating primarily on the defense of public entities.  She also has extensive experience in school and workplace investigations and has earned a reputation for being thorough, diligent, and responsive to the needs of the client.


Ms. Huntley is a member of the Riverside County Bar Association and has participated in the Leo A. Deegan Inns of Court and Public Service Law Corporation. 


Ms. Huntley can be reached at

Sandra C. Lechman
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Sandra is an experienced litigation attorney. She specializes in complex negotiations

and has a long track record of securing dismissals or highly favorable settlements for her

clients prior to trial.


As a private practitioner and former trial lawyer for the Federal Defenders of San Diego,

Inc., Sandra has tried numerous cases. She has represented clients in high-stakes,

multi-million-dollar disputes and cases.


Sandra is a compassionate and fierce advocate. She thoroughly investigates her cases,

aggressively files pre-trial motions, and has saved her clients from costly litigation by

successfully convincing judges to decide motions in her favor. One fedeal District Court

Judge referred to Sandra as “a very wise litigator who often secures great results for her



In addition to her trial work, Sandra has written several appeals and argued multiple

times before the Ninth Circuit of Appeals.

Ms. Lechman can be reached at


Kelly L. Pexton

Kelly Pexton brings a broad range of professional and life experiences to our firm.  Kelly is

 a former Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent and a former JAG Officer with

the United States Army Reserve.  Both adventures have given Kelly a breadth of service to our

country and plenty of stories to share.


Regarding the practice of law, Kelly is a graduate of California Western School of Law in San

Diego, of Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, as well as a graduate of both the FBI

Academy in Quantico, Virginia, and of the Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School,

on the campus of the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.  Kelly is admitted both in

California, and in the District of Columbia.


Kelly's career spans over twenty-two (22) years of active law practice in California. His diverse experience includes civil litigation, bankruptcy litigation, probate litigation, conservatorship litigation, guardianship litigation, immigration litigation, and family law litigation. Adding to his extensive repertoire, Kelly now excels in governmental entity litigation defense. His innovative problem-solving approach is a testament to his practical moments in court. Having worked for renowned firms in Riverside, San Diego, and San Bernardino Counties, as well as running his own office in Redlands.


Mr. Pexton can be reached at,

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