Our Team

"If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together."

African proverb.

Darren Kavinoky

Founding Attorney

Darren Kavinoky is an award-winning attorney. The American Trial Lawyers Association has named him one of the “Top 100 Trial Lawyers in California” each year since 2007. Los Angeles magazine has identified Darren as a “SuperLawyer” for several years. Darren received an “AV Preeminent Rating” by Martindale-Hubbell (a peer review ranking that signals the highest level of professional excellence and ethics); a perfect 10.0 Rating by Avvo.com (an independent attorney ranking site), and many other accolades.

Amanda Lum

Attorney Amanda Lum is a graduate of UCLA Law School and UC Santa Barbara. Before joining the Kavinoky Law Firm, Amanda was a Fellow at the UCLA Veterans' Legal Clinic, a summer associate at the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office, and an intern at the San Francisco Public Defender's Office, gaining experience in all aspects of criminal law. For as long as she can remember, Amanda wanted to pursue a career to help change someone’s life for the better. She is a zealous advocate who works tirelessly to defend her clients.

Anthony Hicks

Attorney Anthony Hicks has practiced criminal defense, with an emphasis on DUI defense for the past six years. Anthony has developed unique strategies to win DMV hearings and obtain dismissals and reductions in criminal charges. Anthony’s extensive knowledge of the courts of Ventura and Northern Los Angeles counties enables him to tailor his approach for the benefit of his clients at The Kavinoky Law Firm. Anthony received his law degree at Western State University in Orange County, California.

Bart Wolcott

Attorney Bart Wolcott has represented clients in both civil and criminal matters including restraining orders, juvenile cases, and various criminal proceedings ranging from vandalism to murder cases. In 2019, Bart completed the Trial Advocacy Program through the Los Angeles County Bar Association and regularly attends seminars and conferences as part of his legal continuing education. He received his law degree from Western Michigan University Law School.

Cynthia Fisher

Attorney Cynthia Fisher has over 14 years of experience in criminal law. She earned her law degree at the University of La Verne where she was the Senior Associate Editor of the university’s Law Review team and where she published a Note advocating for mandatory labeling of genetically engineered foods. She was a representative for the University Bar Association and a Vice President of the Student Bar Association. Cynthia received her Mediation Certificate from L.A. County Bar Association in 2008 and has been a criminal defense attorney at The Kavinoky Law Firm since 2006.

Evonne Fisher

Attorney Evonne Fisher received her law degree in 1988 from the USC Gould School of Law, where she was a participant in the Hale Moot Court Honors Program. She has been a volunteer at the Ventura County Self Help Legal Access Center and Ventura County Bar Association. With her background in criminal law, business litigation, medical malpractice, personal injury, transactions and business operations, Evonne brings unique expertise to her role at The Kavinoky Law Firm.

Jeremy Forsyth

Attorney Jeremy Forsyth, a criminal defense attorney since the beginning of his career, has handled thousands of criminal cases, including DUI and a broad range of other charges. A graduate of the University of Oregon with a Bachelor of Arts in History and Spanish, and a minor in Latin American Studies, Jeremy studied Spanish in Querétaro, Mexico, and Oviedo, Spain, for ten months. While attending Golden Gate University School of Law in San Francisco, Jeremy competed in mock trials and clerked with the San Francisco Public Defender’s Office. In 2011, Jeremy graduated from law school with a certificate of specialization in criminal litigation. After graduation, he worked in the San Francisco Public Defender’s Office and later as a sole practitioner through the “bar panel,” representing hundreds of defendants in the criminal courts. Jeremy has been selected for the Super Lawyers “Rising Stars” list—a distinction bestowed upon a small number of attorneys in the state—in 2017 through 2020.

Justin Feikert

Senior Managing Attorney

Attorney Justin Feikert has over ten years of experience in law. He began his career at Riverside County District Attorney’s Office, where he was a prosecutor assigned to misdemeanor and felony trial units. Under the National Highway and Transportation Safety Administration grant fund specializing in drug-impaired drivers, Justin has extensive training dedicated to DUI cases. Justin joined The Kavinoky Law Firm in 2018 to continue his pursuit of criminal justice within a well-established like-minded defense firm. Justin is a graduate of the Chapman University, Dale E. Fowler School of Law, where he contributed as a notes editor for the Chapman Law Review publication.

Keith Pressman

Attorney Keith Pressman graduated from the Pepperdine University of Law in 1990 and earned his undergraduate degree at the University of California, San Diego. He was admitted to the California State Bar in 1990. Offering compassion and practical solutions to all of his clients, Keith has been a criminal defense attorney at The Kavinoky Law Firm since 2010.

Kimberly Sargent

Attorney Kimberly Sargent has spent over 20 years defending the rights of people charged with crimes in California. As a Deputy Public Defender, she tried misdemeanor and felony cases and specialized in demanding treatment for her clients through Drug Court, Veteran’s Treatment Court, and Mental Health Courts. As a private defense attorney, Kimberly now specializes in helping clients of The Kavinoky Law Firm fight their cases in court and at the DMV. Kimberly received her law degree from Santa Clara University School of Law, where she graduated with Honors. She was a presenter at the National Association of Drug Court Professionals Annual Conferences from 2015-2018.

Meagan Melanson

Senior Managing Attorney

Attorney Meagan Melanson’s more than 10 years of experience includes work in the Public Defender’s Office of Merced and Riverside counties, where she conducted jury trials on a wide array of charges, including DUI, hit and run, petty theft, and domestic violence. Meagan maintained a private practice as a criminal defense attorney in Los Angeles for several years when she began to focus her skills on DUI cases and DMV matters. Meagan brings additional expertise to The Kavinoky Law Firm in the areas of insurance bad faith, catastrophic personal injury, business litigation, and civil rights violations. She is a graduate of the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, with a criminal justice concentration.

Michael Meehan

Chief of Legal Services

Attorney Michael Meehan has extensive experience in all stages of the criminal process and specialized training in DUI Law. Michael focuses on defending clients’ constitutional rights through all stages of the proceedings – prior to filing, arraignments, preliminary hearings, pre-trial, motions, jury trials, and appeals. He received his law degree from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles.

Pamela A. DiBello

Attorney Pamela DiBello has been successfully defending the rights of adults and juveniles charged with crimes since 1993. Pamela’s experience includes work as the Managing Attorney for Pomona Juvenile Defenders and membership of the Indigent Criminal Defense Appointments Program. She specializes in handling felonies and misdemeanors for adults and juveniles who have been charged with burglary, theft, DUI, assault, and robbery. Pamela is a graduate of the University of the Pacific – McGeorge School of Law.

Reginald Taylor

C. Reginald Taylor has worked on behalf of those accused of crimes for nearly 20 years. After receiving his law degree from Taft University, Reginald worked as a Law Clerk in the Riverside County Public Defenders Officer handling Writs and Appeals, then as a trial attorney in misdemeanors, and felony drug court and domestic violence cases. After six years with the Public Defender, Reginald moved into private practice. As a state-appointed Conflict Panel attorney, he tried over 100 cases, including 75 jury trials ranging from misdemeanors to homicides. Reginald brings vast criminal defense experience to serve the clients of The Kavinoky Firm.

Samir S. Belani

Attorney Samir Belani brings a unique perspective to his practice at The Kavinoky Law Firm, with both a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Master of Arts in Psychological Anthropology from California State University Fullerton. Since graduating from Whittier Law School in 2014, Samir has worked as a Criminal Defense Attorney in Orange County handling all forms of criminal matters, and all stages of the criminal process, from filing criminal charges through jury trial.

Stephanie Cianci

Attorney Stephanie Cianci has practiced and developed her knowledge of Bay Area criminal defense both at the San Francisco Public Defender's office and in private practice. Prior to joining The Kavinoky Law Firm, Stephanie worked on the defense team for Derick Almena, co-defendant in the "Ghost Ship" case in Alameda County. Mr. Almena was charged with 36 counts of involuntary manslaughter, and the trial concluded with a hung jury. Stephanie focuses on mitigating her clients' consequences so that their lives are impacted as little as possible. She is a graduate of the Golden Gate University School of Law.

Suzanne Delgin

Attorney Suzanne Delgin graduated with honors from UCLA and magna cum laude from the University of California Hastings College of the Law in 2005. While attending law school, she was selected to clerk for Federal Magistrate, the Honorable Andrew J. Wistrich. Suzanne also co-chaired the Murphy vs Kenneth Cole Productions trial, which resulted in the California Supreme Court establishing sweeping new protections for workers across the state. After law school, Suzanne worked at Dewey Ballantine LLP, representing industry giants such as Panasonic. Suzanne worked alongside and was inspired by former California Attorney General and Los Angeles District Attorney John VandeKamp to fight for the people of California. Suzanne worked as a Deputy District Attorney in the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office for nearly a decade. She prosecuted thousands of cases, including DUI, drug charges, gang violence, domestic violence, and murder. As a senior trial attorney, Suzanne trained and mentored other attorneys, police officers, and expert witnesses. She uses her extensive knowledge, skill, and experience to fight for her clients at The Kavinoky Law Firm.

Tara Gallogly

Attorney Tara Gallogly has nearly 20 years of experience in criminal law. After graduating from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, Tara worked as a Deputy Public Defender at the Public Defender’s Office in Riverside, California. She then moved onto private practice as a Criminal Defense Attorney. Tara has been an attorney at The Kavinoky Law Firm since 2007.

Thomas Tam

Attorney Thomas Tam is a former Deputy District Attorney (Los Angeles County) and City Prosecutor (City of Long Beach), handling felony and misdemeanor cases from the filing phase through jury trial. He received his law degree from Whittier Law School, where he was on the Trial Advocacy Honors Board and recipient of the Dean’s Merit Scholarship. Thomas has over six years of experience in criminal law. Thomas focuses on protecting his clients’ rights and defending his clients’ interests through all stages of court and DMV proceedings. He handles cases involving persons charged with DUI, crimes of violence, and theft.

Troy Holan

Attorney Troy Holan has been practicing law in the State of California since 2014. Troy graduated from the University of California, San Diego, in 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a Public Law emphasis, and received his law degree from California Western School of Law in 2014, Troy began his law career at the San Diego County Public Defender’s Office representing a wide range of clients through jury trial. Troy has handled thousands of criminal defense cases, including approximately 1,500 DUI matters. Troy brings his vast experience and creative problem-solving methods to The Kavinoky Law Firm and its clients.

William Belport

Attorney William Belport has over 17 years of experience in criminal law. Prior to joining The Kavinoky Law Firm, William worked as an Assistant Public Defender in Santa Cruz, California, a Parole Defense Attorney in Dublin, California, and Conflict Panel Attorney in Alameda County, California. William received his law degree from the New College of California School of Law and graduated in the top 10 percent of his class.