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Benedon & Serlin, LLP

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WENDY S. ALBERS, born Los Angeles, California.  Education: University of California, Santa Barbara (B.A., Law and Society, High Honors 1988); Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, California (J.D. cum laude 1993). Editor, International and Comparative Law Journal; Order of the Coif.  Admitted to: California State Bar; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit; U.S. District Courts in California.  Professional Experience: Benedon & Serlin, LLP (2012-present); Adjunct Professor, Legal Writing And Advocacy, University of Southern California (2012-2015); Of Counsel, Reed Smith (2008-2012); Associate, Horvitz & Levy (1998-2007); Associate, Perkins Coie (1993-1998).  Recipient: Southern California Super Lawyer, in Appellate Law, 2019.

DOUGLAS G. BENEDON, born Los Angeles, California.  Education: University of California, San Diego (B.A., History Honors 1977); McGill University, Montreal, Canada (M.A., 1980; LL.B., 1983). Comments Editor, McGill Law Journal.  Admitted to: California State Bar; U.S. Supreme Court; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and Tenth Circuit; U.S. District Courts in California.  Professional Experience: Associate, Horvitz & Levy (1987-1993); Associate, Lewitt, Hackman, Hoefflin, Shapiro & Marshall (1985-1987); Associate, Elmer Low Professional Law Corporation (1983-1984).  Member: Certified Specialist, Appellate Law, The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization; Los Angeles County and San Fernando Valley Bar Associations; California Employment Lawyers Association.  Recipient: Southern California Super Lawyer, in Appellate Law, 2004-2019; Professional Achievement Award, San Fernando Valley Bar Association 2003; Martindale-Hubbell AV rated.

MELINDA W. EBELHAR, born Rochester, New York.  Education: Occidental College (B.A., Psychology/Theater, cum laude, 1979); University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law (J.D. 1983).  Admitted to: California and New York State Bars; U.S. Supreme Court; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit; U.S. District Courts in California.  Professional Experience: Benedon & Serlin, LLP (2015-present); Senior Counsel head of Law and Motion & Appellate Department, Collins Collins Muir & Stewart (2012-2015); Associate, Litchfield Cavo LLP (2005-2012); Associate, General Counsel’s Office, Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company (1995- 2004); Associate, Lustig & Brown (1994-1995); Associate, LaFollette, Johnson, DeHaas & Fesler (1984-1994).  Member: Certified Specialist, Appellate Law, The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization; Commissioner, California State Bar Appellate Law Advisory Commission, 2016-2020 term.  Recipient: Southern California Super Lawyer, in Appellate Law, 2014-2019; Top 50: 2015-2018 Women Southern California Super Lawyers.

KELLY R. HORWITZ, born Lewiston, Maine.  Education: Northwestern University (B.S., Education and Social Policy 1989); University of Virginia (J.D., 1999). Articles Review Board and Member, University of Virginia Law Review.  Admitted to: California and Alabama State Bars; District of Columbia Bar; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit; U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.  Judicial Clerkships: Administrative Law Clerk to Chief Judge Alicemarie H. Stotler, U.S. District Court for the Central District of California (2005-2006); Law Clerk to U.S. District Court Judge George P. Schiavelli (2004-2005) and U.S. District Court Judge John A. Houston (2003-2004).  Professional Experience: Benedon & Serlin, LLP (2006-present); Associate, O’Melveny & Myers (1999-2003).

JUDITH E. POSNER, born Santa Monica, California.  Education: University of California, Los Angeles (B.A., History, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, College of Honors 1990); UCLA School of Law (J.D. 1993). Member and Editor, UCLA School of Law, Women’s Law Journal.  Admitted to: California State Bar; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third and Ninth Circuits; U.S. District Courts in California.  Judicial Clerkship: Law Clerk to Hon. Melvin Brunetti (Dec.), U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (1993-1994).  Professional Experience: Benedon & Serlin, LLP (2015-present); Senior Judicial Attorney, California Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District, for Presiding Justice Frances Rothschild in Division One (2010-2015) and for Presiding Justice Dennis M. Perluss in Division Seven (2001-2007); Of Counsel, Crosby, Heafey, Roach & May (2001) and Reed Smith (2007-2010); Associate, Horvitz & Levy LLP (1995-2001); Associate, Sidley & Austin (1994-1995).  Recipient: Southern California Super Lawyer, in Appellate Law, 2005-2006, 2019; Best Lawyers in America, in Appellate Law, 2019, U.S. News & World Report – Best Lawyers.

GERALD M. SERLIN, born Los Angeles, California.  Education: University of California, Berkeley (B.A., History High Honors 1980; B.A., Political Economy Honors 1980); University of Southern California (J.D., 1985). Member, University of Southern California Law Review.  Admitted to: California State Bar; U.S. Supreme Court; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth and Tenth Circuits; U.S. District Courts in California.  Judicial Clerkship: Research Attorney to Acting Presiding Justice Robert E. Rickles (Dec.) (1985-1986) and Associate Justice John H. Hews (Dec.) (1987), California Court of Appeal.  Professional Experience: Associate, Horvitz & Levy (1990- 1993); Associate, Kelley Drye & Warren (1987-1990).  Member: Certified Specialist, Appellate Law, The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization; California Court of Appeal Settlement Officer; Los Angeles County and San Fernando Valley Bar Associations; Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles.  Recipient: Southern California Super Lawyer, in Appellate Law, 2004-2019; Best Lawyers in America, in Appellate Law, 2016-2019, U.S. News & World Report -- Best Lawyers; Appellate Lawyer of the Year, 2018 -- USA, Lawyer Monthly; Attorney of the Year -- California 2017, Corporate Vision Magazine; 2016 CLAY Award (Daily Journal and California Lawyer) Attorney of the Year for Extraordinary Achievement in Appellate Practice; Consumer Attorney Association of Los Angeles -- Nominee for 2009 Appellate Lawyer of the Year; Martindale-Hubbell AV rated.

Management

Douglas G. Benedon
Founding Attorney
Gerald M. Serlin
Founding Attorney
Susan Donnelly
Legal Assistant, Office Administrator
Tina Lara
Legal Assistant, Office Bookkeeper

Demographics

Partners

Hispanic: 1

Men: 2

Caucasian: 2

Associates

Women: 4

Caucasian: 4

Non-Legal Employees

Women: 2

Hispanic: 1

Caucasian: 1

Awards

  • Benedon & Serlin, LLP has been recognized for professional achievement in the area of appellate law, and in 2019 received a Tier 1 national and regional ranking for its Appellate Practice by U.S. News – Best Lawyers® "Best Law Firms."

Contacts

Wendy S. Albers
Attorney
818-340-1950
Douglas G. Benedon
Founding Attorney
818-340-1950
Melinda W. Ebelhar
Attorney
818-340-1950
Kelly R. Horwitz
Attorney
818-340-1950
Judith E. Posner
Attorney
818-340-1950
Gerald M. Serlin
Founding Attorney
818-340-1950
Susan Donnelly
Legal Assistant, Office Administrator
818-340-1950
Tina Lara
Legal Assistant, Office Bookkeeper
818-340-1950

Firm Practice Areas

  • Appellate Practice

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