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.

Susan Haber

Director of Legal Services

Attorney Susan Haber has worked in criminal law for over 20 years. Susan graduated Summa Cum Laude from U.C.L.A. with a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in sociology. Upon graduating from Loyola Law School, she worked as a Deputy District Attorney in Los Angeles County as a prosecutor where she handled serious and violent felony cases from the stage of filing criminal charges through jury trial. Susan is now in private practice as the Director of Legal Services at The Kavinoky Law Firm. She has been a guest speaker throughout the US on the topic of watch-care (which includes sexual assault) for almost 20 years at various college campuses including U.C.L.A. and U.S.C.

Susan Haber

Director of Legal Services

Attorney Susan Haber has worked in criminal law for over 20 years. Susan graduated Summa Cum Laude from U.C.L.A. with a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in sociology. Upon graduating from Loyola Law School, she worked as a Deputy District Attorney in Los Angeles County as a prosecutor where she handled serious and violent felony cases from the stage of filing criminal charges through jury trial. Susan is now in private practice as the Director of Legal Services at The Kavinoky Law Firm. She has been a guest speaker throughout the US on the topic of watch-care (which includes sexual assault) for almost 20 years at various college campuses including U.C.L.A. and U.S.C.

Anthony Hicks

Attorney Anthony Hicks has worked in criminal law since 2014. Anthony graduated from California State University, Fullerton, with a B.A. in Business. After graduating from Western State College of Law, Anthony immediately began practicing criminal defense in Orange County, California. In 2015, Anthony and began working full-time as a DUI attorney before ultimately joining The Kavinoky Law Firm in 2018. Anthony has attended numerous seminars from trial skills to specialized DUI defense strategies. Most recently, Anthony was certified to administer Standardized Field Sobriety Tests after completing a three-day course.

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.

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.

Dallis Warshaw

Attorney Dallis Warshaw graduated top of her class from the Dale E. Fowler School of Law at Chapman University, where she was a member of the Moot Court Competition Board and served as Managing Editor of the Chapman Law Review. In addition to her work as a criminal defense attorney at The Kavinoky Law Firm, Dallis is also the Vice President of the Center for Law and Military Policy, the Vice Chair of the OC Bar Association's Veterans Committee, Editor-in-Chief of the Sound Off blog and the Attorney Advisor for the Journal of Law, Policy & Military Affairs. Dallis has been published in the Orange County Register, Orange County Lawyer, and the ABA's GPSolo magazine on issues dealing with military policy.

Emmett Mahle

Attorney C. Emmett Mahle has worked in the criminal law arena for over 35 years. Emmett graduated with a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from The United States Military Academy at West Point, New York., and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant of Infantry. Emmett later served in combat in Viet Nam in 1970 as a Captain commanding an Infantry Company of 120 soldiers. He later obtained his MBA in Business Management from Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, and his law degree from The McGeorge School of Law, The University of the Pacific, Sacramento, California. Emmett then worked as a Deputy District Attorney in Stanislaus County, (Modesto, California), where he completed over 30 criminal jury trials. Emmett then opened his own trial practice in Sacramento, California, where he completed over 100 serious felony, criminal jury trials in both the Federal and State arenas. Emmett is a retired Full Colonel from the United States Army Reserve with over 27 years of service.

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.

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 has practiced criminal defense since he began his legal career. He has handled hundreds, if not thousands, of criminal cases, including countless DUI matters. Jeremy graduated from the University of Oregon with a Bachelor’s of Arts in History and Spanish, and a minor in Latin American Studies. Before attending Golden Gate University School of Law in San Francisco, Jeremy spent one year in Japan teaching English. In 2011, Jeremy graduated from law school with a certificate of specialization in criminal litigation. He worked in the San Francisco Public Defender’s Office, and later as a sole practitioner assisting hundreds of indigent clients in criminal court. Since entering private practice, Jeremy has been selected to the Super Lawyers “Rising Stars” list in 2017, 2018 and 2019, a distinction which is bestowed upon a small number of attorneys in the State, and which only occurs by peer election. As a private practitioner, Jeremy has proven to be a skilled trial lawyer and negotiator, winning favorable results in misdemeanor, felony and DMV cases.

Jessica Harper

Attorney Jessica Harper worked in family law prior to joining KLF. She attended Penn State University and then graduated from Whittier Law School. She has been an attorney at this firm since 2017.

Justin Feikert

Attorney Justin Feikert has worked in criminal law for over 10 years. Justin graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara, with a B.S. and attended law school at Chapman University in Orange. While studying law, Justin was a staff member and editor on the Chapman Law Review and completed internships with the Orange County District Attorney's Office. Upon graduating and being admitted to the bar in 2008, he continued as a Prosecutor with the Riverside County District Attorney's Office, where he was assigned to a DUI enforcement unit and received training from the California Highway Patrol and local law enforcement agencies for the investigation of alcohol and drug impairment under a grant from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Justin is now in private practice and is of counsel at the Kavinoky Law Firm.

Keith Pressman

Attorney Keith Pressman is of counsel to The Kavinoky Law Firm. A native Californian, Keith was born and raised in Los Angeles and is uniquely familiar with California case law, the California DMV, and California’s criminal courts. Having been admitted to the California State Bar in 1990, Keith has been practicing law in Los Angeles maintaining his own legal practice, and has been with The Kavinoky Law Firm since 2010. Keith attended University of California, San Diego, and earned his law degree at Pepperdine University.

Kimberly Sargent

Attorney Kimberly Sargent spent the last 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, she now specializes in helping our clients to fight their cases in court and with the DMV. She believes that each client should be listened to and treated as an individual. Kimberly received her law degree from Santa Clara University School of Law where she graduated with Honors.

Laura Vavakin

Attorney Laura Vavakin has over 13 years of experience as a Deputy Public Defender. In this role, Laura handled felony and misdemeanor trials, appeals, writs, and trial motions. Now in private practice at The Kavinoky Law Firm, Laura focuses on legal research and writing, trial motions, writs, appeals, and other post-conviction relief. Laura is also an appointed attorney on the California Appellate Project-LAW indigent defense panel and the Riverside County appellate division indigent defense panel. She earned her law degree at the Dale E. Fowler School of Law at Chapman University.

Meagan Melanson

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 where she began to focus her skills on DUI cases and DMV matters. Now in private practice at The Kavinoky Law Firm, Meagan brings additional expertise to her cases having also worked on civil litigation cases involving 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.

Meagan Melanson

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 where she began to focus her skills on DUI cases and DMV matters. Now in private practice at The Kavinoky Law Firm, Meagan brings additional expertise to her cases having also worked on civil litigation cases involving 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

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. Michael worked for 10 years as a reserve Deputy Sheriff prior to becoming an attorney, and he began his career as a Deputy District Attorney prior to working as a private defense attorney. Michael has been with The Kavinoky Law Firm since 2007.

Pamela A. DiBello

Attorney Pamela DiBellow 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.

Pamela A. DiBello

Attorney Pamela DiBellow 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.

Rachel Aronowitz

Attorney Rachel Aronowitz completed a dual undergraduate degree in Literature and Political Science at American Jewish University and received her Juris Doctor from University of California, Hastings College of Law in 2015. During her time at UC Hastings, Rachel was a staff editor and senior articles editor of the Hastings Law Journal and completed the criminal law concentration program. She specializes in representing victims of sex-related offenses in both criminal and civil proceedings.

Reginald Taylor

C. Reginald Taylor has worked on behalf of those accused of crimes for nearly 20 years. He studied law at Marquette University in Milwaukee Wisconsin and at Santa Clara University School of Law before completing his studies at Taft University. Mr. Taylor then worked as a law Clerk in the Riverside County Public Defenders Officer in the Writs and Appeals Dept and then as a trial attorney in misdemeanors as well a felony attorney in drug court domestic violence. court. After 6 years with the Public Defender, Mr. Taylor worked in private practice representing clients in both where he served as a conflict panel (state appointed) attorney when he tried over 100 cases including 75 jury trials ranging from minor traffic infraction to homicides. Mr. Taylor now brings his vast defense experience to work in serving the clients of the Kavinoky firm.

Stephanie Cianci

Attorney Stephanie Cianci graduated from San Jose State University with a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Political Science. Upon graduating from Golden Gate University School of Law, Stephanie worked as a post-bar clerk at the San Francisco Public Defender’s Office defending misdemeanor cases and second chaired multiple trials. After her work with the Public Defender’s Office, Stephanie began working in private practice in the area of criminal defense. She is proud to have been counsel and the work she conducted on the “Ghostship” trial in the city of Oakland in 2019. Stephanie is now in private practice as a Managing Attorney with the Kavinoky Law Firm.

Stephanie Cianci

Attorney Stephanie Cianci graduated from San Jose State University with a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Political Science. Upon graduating from Golden Gate University School of Law, Stephanie worked as a post-bar clerk at the San Francisco Public Defender’s Office defending misdemeanor cases and second chaired multiple trials. After her work with the Public Defender’s Office, Stephanie began working in private practice in the area of criminal defense. She is proud to have been counsel and the work she conducted on the “Ghostship” trial in the city of Oakland in 2019. Stephanie is now in private practice as a Managing Attorney with 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 Office of the Public Defender in Riverside, California, and then moved onto private practice as Criminal Defense Attorney. Tara has been an attorney at The Kavinoky Law Firm since 2007.

Thomas Tam

Attorney 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.

Thomas Tam

Attorney 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.

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 County, a Parole Defense Attorney in Alameda County, and a Felony Conflict Panel Attorney in Alameda County. William received his law degree from New College of California School of Law and graduated in the top 10 percent of his class.