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Our attorneys are accessible and responsive. We are here to serve our client. Taking care of our clients and their borrowers is a way of life that allows us to provide 'Service Second to None'.

McCarthy & Holthus, LLP's attorneys and management have years of experience in mortgage servicing and specifically managing mortgages in default. McCarthy & Holthus serves the states of California, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, Texas, and Colorado in legal representation before U.S. Bankruptcy Courts, U.S. District Courts and the State Courts. We pride ourselves on knowing the judges and the "local-local" rules to effectively represent our Lender clients. We can represent financial institutions from routine to complex litigation. We understand that our clients rely upon us and we recognize the great responsibility that comes with each referral sent to McCarthy & Holthus, LLP. Managing timelines is a way of life so that we can provide "Service Second to None."

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  • Melissa Robbins Coutts

    Melissa Robbins Coutts

    Melissa Robbins Coutts is the Firm’s Civil Litigation Managing Attorney, and practices in the San Diego office. She attended Northern Arizona University, where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice in 2003. Ms. Coutts then graduated Cum Laude from California Western School of Law in 2006. While at California Western, she was a member of Law Review and was published in the California Western International Law Journal. Before joining the firm, she clerked for the Hon. Ruben B. Brooks, Hon. Anthony J. Battaglia, and Hon. Larry A. Burns of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California. Ms. Coutts is admitted to practice in all state and federal in California and Arizona, as well as the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. She has extensive experience handling cases on appeal in state and federal appellate courts, and has been attorney of record in multiple published appellate decisions. Ms. Coutts was selected as a San Diego Super Lawyers Rising Star in 2015 and 2016. Ms. Coutts has received an AV Preeminent® rating from Martindale Hubbell, ranking her at the highest level of professional excellence for legal knowledge, communication skills and ethical standards.

  • Jennifer Wong

    Jennifer Wong

    Jennifer Wong is an Associate in the Bankruptcy Department at McCarthy & Holthus, LLP. After graduating from the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), where she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Economics, she received her Juris Doctorate from California Western School of Law in 2006. While attending California Western, Ms. Wong clerked for the Employee Rights Center where she assisted employees with wage disputes and unemployment insurance matters. She was inducted to California Western’s Pro Bono Honors Program in 2004. In December 2009, Ms. Wong was elected to serve on the Board of Directors for the San Diego Bankruptcy Forum. She was elected to serve as Secretary of the Forum in January 2010. Ms. Wong is admitted to practice law in the state of California. Ms. Wong has received an AV Preeminent® rating from Martindale Hubbell, ranking her at the highest level of professional excellence for legal knowledge, communication skills and ethical standards.

  • Seth M. Harris

    Seth M. Harris

    Seth M. Harris is an associate in the Civil Litigation Department. Prior to receiving his law degree, Mr. Harris graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from California State University San Marcos in 2004. He subsequently obtained his Juris Doctorate from Whittier Law School in 2007; graduating Cum Laude. Admitted to the California bar in 2007, Mr. Harris was then admitted in the Southern, Central and Northern Districts of California of the U.S. District Court. While attending Whittier Law School, Mr. Harris was a member of the Whittier Law Review and was awarded the CALI Award of Excellence in Contracts. Through his handling of various complex litigation and appeals, Mr. Harris has developed specialties in eminent domain and receivership actions. Mr. Harris was listed on the 2015 Super Lawyers list of Rising Stars and recognized for his excellence in practice. Mr. Harris has received an AV Preeminent® rating from Martindale Hubbell, ranking at the highest level of professional excellence for legal knowledge, communication skills and ethical standards.

  • Kelly M. Raftery

    Kelly M. Raftery

    Kelly M. Raftery is an Associate Attorney in the Bankruptcy Department at McCarthy & Holthus, LLP in the San Diego office. Ms. Raftery has been representing secured creditors in all chapters of bankruptcy since joining the firm in 2008, and currently manages a team that concentrates Chapter 11 representation. Ms. Raftery has extensive experience representing creditors in court, and reviewing confirmed plans nationwide for loan compliance and default management. Ms. Raftery graduated from The American University in 2003 with a BA in Political Science, and obtained her Juris Doctorate from Thomas Jefferson School of Law in 2006. Ms. Raftery also studied Comparative Constitutional Law under Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in the summer of 2004. Ms. Raftery is admitted to practice law in the state of California including the Southern, Central, Eastern, and Northern Districts of California of the United States District Court. Ms. Raftery has received an AV Preeminent® rating from Martindale Hubbell, ranking her at the highest level of professional excellence for legal knowledge, communication skills and ethical standards.

  • Matthew B. Learned

    Matthew B. Learned

    Matthew B. Learned is an associate in the Civil Litigation Department at McCarthy Holthus, LLP. He received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 2002. He subsequently received his MBA from San Diego State University and his Juris Doctorate from California Western School of Law. While at California Western, Mr. Learned became a member of the Pro Bono Honors Society for his volunteer work with the California Innocence Project. Prior to becoming an associate at McCarthy & Holthus, his strong business sense led him to intern with REEF and work as in house counsel for an independent record label. Mr. Learned is admitted to practice law in all Central, Eastern, Northern and Southern District Courts in the state of California. Mr. Learned has received an AV Preeminent® rating from Martindale Hubbell, ranking at the highest level of professional excellence for legal knowledge, communication skills and ethical standards.

  • Lakshmi Jagannath

    Lakshmi Jagannath

    Lakshmi Jagannath is a member of the Civil Litigation and Eviction departments in the Scottsdale, Arizona office. Ms. Jagannath graduated from University of Arizona with a Bachelor of Science in Finance. Ms. Jagannath then attended Golden Gate University School of Law where she earned her Juris Doctorate in May of 2007. Ms. Jagannath is licensed to practice law in state of Arizona and the state of California.

  • Joseph W. McIntosh

    Joseph W. McIntosh

    Joseph Ward McIntosh is a Senior Associate Attorney in the firm’s Washington office. Joe grew up in Seattle, attended college at Washington State University, and law school at Willamette University in Oregon. He was admitted to practice law in the state of Washington in 2007, and has practiced creditor’s and real property law exclusively since that time. Joe is admitted to practice in the U.S. District Courts in Washington and the 9th Circuit.

  • Julie Corriveau

    Julie Corriveau

    Julie Corriveau is an associate in the San Diego, CA office. Ms. Corriveau has specialized in civil litigation since 1998. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of San Diego in 1995 and obtained her Juris Doctorate degree from Creighton University School of Law in 1998. While in law school, Ms. Corriveau received the CALI Award for Excellence in European Economic Community Law and was recognized as the Best Oral Advocate in Domestic Moot Court Competition. Ms. Corriveau attended and received certification from The Hague Academy of International Law in Den Haag, Netherlands. In addition to her litigation work Ms. Corriveau is a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for foster care children in San Diego County. Ms. Corriveau is admitted to practice before all the courts of the State of California as well as the United States District Court for the Southern, Central, Eastern and Northern Districts of California

  • Brady Godbout

    Brady Godbout

    Brady Godbout is an Associate Attorney in the Firm’s Civil Litigation Department in Portland, OR. Mr. Godbout obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and obtained his JD from the Phoenix School of Law. During law school, he worked for several state and city municipalities including the Maricopa County Superior Court, the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office, and the City of Avondale Prosecutor’s Office. After graduating, Mr. Godbout worked for the Arizona Justice Project as a contract attorney. He is currently admitted to practice law in both Arizona and Oregon.

  • Andreanna C. Smith

    Andreanna C. Smith

    Andreanna C. Smith is an associate attorney in the Civil Litigation department in the Oregon office. She graduated from Grand Canyon University summa cum laude in 2005 with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature. Ms. Smith spent several years as a managing editor of a magazine in Scottsdale, Arizona before receiving her law degree from Phoenix School of Law in 2011. In law school, she contributed to and was an executive editor of the PSL Law Review and was a Rule 38 intern at the Surprise City Prosecutor’s Office. She also served as the Vice President of the Federalist Society. Ms. Smith was admitted to practice in Arizona in 2012 and in Oregon in 2013. Prior to joining the firm, she clerked for the Arizona Attorney General’s Office in the Civil Rights department, reviewing discrimination claims in the areas of employment, public accommodation, and housing.

  • Robert Brandon Hakari

    Robert Brandon Hakari

    Robert Brandon Hakari is an associate in the Civil Litigation department and works at the firm’s Oregon office. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry from Texas A&M University in 2008 and his law degree from Michigan State University in 2011. While in law school, he worked as a clinician at MSU’s Housing Law Clinic and served as a judicial extern for the Honorable Stacey Jernigan of the United States Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of Texas. Mr. Hakari has been a member of the Oregon bar since 2011, and is a licensed Patent Attorney. Mr. Hakari has received an AV Preeminent® rating from Martindale Hubbell, ranking him at the highest level of professional excellence for legal knowledge, communication skills and ethical standards.

  • Megan Boyd

    Megan Boyd

    Megan Boyd is an Associate Attorney in the Firm’s Civil Litigation Department in San Diego, California. Ms. Boyd obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the University of Missouri-Columbia and her JD from Thomas Jefferson School of Law in 2003. She was then admitted to both the California and Utah Bar. She has since been admitted in all of the California U.S. District Courts. Prior to re-joining the firm, Ms. Boyd was outside counsel for multiple national title insurance companies. She has also served on the Native American Lands Committee of the American Land Title Association and a public speaker on conducting real estate transactions on Native American land. Ms. Boyd has received an AV Preeminent® rating from Martindale Hubbell, ranking her at the highest level of professional excellence for legal knowledge, communication skills and ethical standards.

  • Steven J. Lucero

    Steven J. Lucero

    Steven J. Lucero joined McCarthy & Holthus, LLP in August 2014 and is an Associate Attorney in the New Mexico office. Mr. Lucero obtained his Bachelors of Science Degree in Physics and Applied Mathematics from the University of New Mexico in 2006, and his J.D. from the University of New Mexico, School of Law, in 2010. Mr. Lucero worked in the area of judicial foreclosure and evictions prior to joining the firm. Mr. Lucero is admitted to practice in the State and Federal courts of New Mexico.

  • Thomas Beckom

    Thomas Beckom

    Thomas Beckom joined McCarthy and Holthus in 2014 and is an Associate Attorney at the Las Vegas office. Mr. Beckom obtained his bachelor’s degree in Music from Duquesne University in 2002 and a Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction in 2009. He graduated from the William S. Boyd School of law in 2011. Prior to coming to McCarthy and Holthus Mr. Beckom represented individuals and businesses in consumer and business Bankruptcies under Chapters 7, 11, and 13. In addition, Mr. Beckom litigated in State and Federal Court where he received pretrial and trial experience relating to business and traditional torts. Mr. Beckom is licensed to practice law in the state of Nevada.

  • Courtney Wright

    Courtney Wright

    Courtney Wright joined McCarthy & Holthus in 2015 and is an associate attorney in the Firm’s Colorado office. Ms. Wright graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in 2008. She then obtained her Juris Doctorate from Florida International University College of Law in 2011. Prior to joining McCarthy & Holthus, Ms. Wright practiced as compliance counsel for a national mortgage lender and then for a Colorado creditors rights firm in the areas of foreclosure and post foreclosure evictions. Ms. Wright is admitted to practice law in both Florida and Colorado.

  • David Swartley

    David Swartley

    David M. Swartley is an Associate Attorney in Boise, Idaho. Mr. Swartley obtained his Bachelor Degree in History from the University of Puget Sound and his JD from the University of Idaho College of Law. Mr. Swartley is an AV-rated attorney with Martindale Hubbell with over seventeen years of private practice experience in civil litigation, judicial and non-judicial foreclosures, unlawful detainers, medical malpractice defense, and representing creditors in bankruptcy. Mr. Swartley acts as a Panel Chairman for the Idaho State Board of Medicine on Prelitigation Screening Panels and acts as legal counsel on behalf of guardians ad-litem on CASA matters. Mr. Swartley has received an AV Preeminent® rating from Martindale Hubbell, ranking at the highest level of professional excellence for legal knowledge, communication skills and ethical standards.

  • Robert Larson

    Robert Larson

    Robert Larson joined McCarthy & Holthus in 2015 as an associate attorney in the firm’s Seattle office. Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, Rob earned his B.A. in Criminal Justice from Washington State University in 2007 and his J.D. from Seattle University in 2012. Rob specializes in mediation and civil litigation with McCarthy & Holthus.

  • Jeremy Clifford

    Jeremy Clifford

    Jeremy Clifford joined McCarthy and Holthus in 2015 and is an Associate Attorney in the Portland, Oregon office. Prior to entering law school Mr. Clifford obtained a Bachelor Degree in Finance from The University of Phoenix while working for a large mutual fund company. Mr. Clifford graduated from Lewis and Clark Law School in 2014. During law school he clerked for a local Portland attorney who specializes in long-term disability denials. After law school Mr. Clifford clerked for a local Portland law firm that specializes in construction defect litigation and insurance defense. Immediately prior to working at McCarthy and Holthus Mr. Clifford worked for a third-party servicer of class action lawsuits and mass torts. Mr. Clifford works in the bankruptcy practice group in the Portland, Oregon office of McCarthy and Holthus. He is admitted to practice law in the state of Oregon.

  • Priscilla Baker

    Priscilla Baker

    Priscilla Baker joined McCarthy and Holthus in 2015 and is an Associate Attorney at the Nevada office. She graduated from William S. Boyd School of Law at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 2014. While attending law school, she was on the Nevada Law Journal, serving as an Articles Editor. Ms. Baker also received the Boyd School of Law Alumni Chapter Student Life Award. After graduation, she was a law clerk for Judge Michael P. Villani with the Eighth Judicial District Court. Ms. Baker is admitted to practice law in the state of Nevada.

  • Kathy Shakibi

    Kathy Shakibi

    Kathy Shakibi joined McCarthy and Holthus in 2015 as a litigation attorney based in the Washington office. Kathy graduated from Whittier Law School cum laude and since 2005 has been exclusively representing financial institutions and their service providers in mortgage related and default services matters. Kathy brings years of experience as a litigator and house-counsel for a multi-state default services law firm. Kathy is a regular contributor to default services publications and has spoken on foreclosure topics at default servicing industry events. Kathy is a member of the state bars of California and Washington.

  • Michael Scott

    Michael Scott

    Michael Scott joined McCarthy & Holthus in 2015, and is an Associate Attorney at the Portland OR office. He has significant experience in bankruptcy and debtor-creditor law, and he has represented creditors and debtors in federal bankruptcy courts and state courts. He also has experience in the areas of foreclosure, real estate and business transactions. Mr. Scott graduated from Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College in Portland OR in 1997, and he previously obtained his Bachelor Degree from Miami University in Oxford, OH. ​Mr. Scott is admitted to practice law in the states of Oregon and Washington.

  • Matthew Aguirre

    Matthew Aguirre

    Matthew H. Aguirre is an Associate Attorney in the Firm’s Risk Management & Compliance Department. Prior to joining the Firm, Mr. Aguirre represented financial institutions in wrongful foreclosure actions throughout the state of California and assisted clients with compliance issues pertaining to evolving foreclosure regulations. After graduating from San Diego State University with a degree in Business Administration, he received his Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Mr. Aguirre is a member of the Phi Delta Phi International Legal Honor Society, and is admitted to practice in the State of California.

  • Karen Weaver

    Karen Weaver

    Karen Weaver joined McCarthy & Holthus in 2015 as the managing attorney for the firm's New Mexico office. Ms. Weaver graduated from the University of New Mexico Magna cum Laude in 1988. She received an academic scholarship to California Western School of Law, graduating in 1990. She is admitted to the bar in California and New Mexico. She was previously the chair of the Bankruptcy Section for the State Bar of New Mexico. Ms. Weaver has extensive civil litigation experience, including trials and appellate work. She previously managed other New Mexico foreclosure firms and managed other foreclosure firms' litigation departments. Ms. Weaver has extensive bankruptcy, title curative and general real estate practice experience.

  • Jason Hoggard

    Jason Hoggard

    ​ Jason Hoggard joined McCarthy and Holthus in 2015 and is an Associate Attorney at the Albuquerque office. He has legal experience with a business background. Mr. Hoggard obtained a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration from the University of Nevada Las Vegas in 1994. He graduated from the University Of Arizona College Of Law in 1997. As part of his legal practice, Mr. Hoggard worked an Attorney for the U.S. Small Business Administration Office of Disaster Assistance supervising closing transactions for business and home disaster loans. As a corporate contract attorney Mr. Hoggard assisted with residential mortgage back securities litigation which included legal/qualitative analysis of the RMBS process. Mr. Hoggard is admitted to practice law in the state of New Mexico.

  • Nancy Lee

    Nancy Lee

    Nancy Lee joined McCarthy and Holthus in 2015 and is an associate in the Civil Litigation Department at the San Diego office. Mrs. Lee received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in English from the University of California, Los Angeles. While attending Loyola Law School, Mrs. Lee externed for a bankruptcy judge, volunteered at the Public Counsel Law Center’s Debtor Assistance Project Division, and interned in the Business and Tax Section of the California Department of Justice. After graduating from law school, Mrs. Lee practiced at a bankruptcy firm in downtown Long Beach, a bankruptcy litigation firm in West Los Angeles, and a multi-state default services law firm in Orange County. Mrs. Lee is admitted to the State Bar of California and the United States District Court for all districts of California.

  • Jade Rotonda

    Jade Rotonda

    Jade Rotonda joined McCarty and Holthus in 2015 as an Associate Attorney at the Albuquerque office. She has had prior legal experience in creditor rights. A Regent’s Scholar at the University of New Mexico, she received her Bachelor degree in Special Education and Elementary Education in 2005, and her Master of Arts in Special Education in 2007. Ms. Rotonda graduated from the University Of New Mexico School Of Law in 2011. She is licensed to practice in New Mexico and Tesuque Tribal Court.

  • Stephen Kowal

    Stephen Kowal

    Stephen Kowal joined McCarthy & Holthus as an associate attorney in their New Mexico office in 2015. He obtained his BS in Business at San Jose State University in California, where he was born and raised. Stephen graduated with his JD from Regent University School of Law in Virginia. He has several years' experience representing national banks and creditors in a variety of areas, including foreclosure, collection, bankruptcy and litigation. He loves his wife and family and enjoys building models.

  • Joshua Chappell

    Joshua Chappell

    Joshua Chappell joined McCarthy and Holthus in 2016 as an Associate Attorney at the Albuquerque office. Mr. Chappell has ten years of work experience in the legal field. Mr. Chappell earned an Associates' of Applied Science in Paralegal Studies from Central New Mexico Community College in April, 2007. Mr. Chappell graduated cum laude from the University of New Mexico with a bachelor of arts in Sociology and Psychology with a concentration in Pre-Law. Mr. Chappell later graduated from the UNM School of Law, cum laude, in May, 2015, and was sworn into the State Bar of New Mexico in September, 2015.

  • Ashley Hennessee

    Ashley Hennessee

    Ashley B. Hennessee is an associate attorney with McCarthy & Holthus, LLP. She has been practicing law in California since 2008 and representing creditors and foreclosure trustees since 2009. Ashley graduated from Thomas Jefferson School of Law, with a Certificate in Global Legal Studies, in 2008. Her undergraduate degree is from the University of North Alabama, where she obtained a BA in Finance and a BS in Political Science in 2005. Ashley has been a member of the California Bar since 2008, a member of the Washington Bar since 2015 and is admitted to all federal district courts within those jurisdictions. She is a member of the San Diego County Bar Association and has been selected as a San Diego Rising Star by Super Lawyers, for the years 2015 and 2016. Ashley’s areas of practice include financial institution representation throughout all of California, including plaintiff and defense litigation on claims of breach of contract, fraud misrepresentation, leases, foreclosures and creditor rights in state and federal courts as well as mediation forums; creditor representation in bankruptcy, collection, replevin and probate actions; legal compliance and risk analysis reviews for California servicers, lenders and foreclosure trustees; and representation in real property title curative actions including land use, mechanic’s liens, imminent domain, adverse possession, encroachments, easements, equitable subrogation, slander of title and monitoring title claims.

  • Carrie Cook

    Carrie Cook

    Carrie Cook is an Associate Attorney in the Albuquerque office. She joined McCarthy Holthus in 2016 after graduating from the University of New Mexico School of Law in 2015. Before law school, Ms. Cook obtained an LL.B. from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth.

  • Michael Chen

    Michael Chen

    Michael Chen joined McCarthy and Holthus in 2013 and is an Associate Attorney at the Las Vegas office. Mr. Chen obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History from The University of California (“Cal”) in 1992. He graduated from the University of Arizona College of Law in 1996. Mr. Chen began his legal profession at the Clerk’s Office for the United States Bankruptcy Court, District of Nevada in 1998 and has since and solely been a practicing attorney in all aspects of mortgage default servicing (foreclosure, bankruptcy, evictions, title curative, etc.) for all of the principal mortgage banking/servicing entities in the industry. Mr. Chen’s main specialty is bankruptcy law, and is admitted to practice law in the states of Arizona (1997) and Nevada (2000).

  • Cruz Turcott

    Cruz Turcott

    Cruz Turcott joined McCarthy Holthus in 2016 and he is an Associate Attorney at the Portland office. Mr. Turcott obtained a B.A. in Theater from The New School/Eugene Lang College in 2006, and a J.D. from Lewis & Clark Law School in 2016. During law school Mr. Turcott was a judicial intern for Judge Ortega of the Oregon Court of Appeals, and an associate editor for the Animal Law Review. He was also a law clerk for Fred Meyer's Legal Department, focusing on commercial real estate transactions, and for his law school's Legal Clinic, focusing on representing debtors in Chapter 7 Bankruptcy. Prior to law school he worked in hotel management and co-founded a non-profit theater company, both in in New York City. Mr. Turcott is admitted to practice law in Oregon.

  • Yoshie Valadez

    Yoshie Valadez

    Yoshie Valadez joined McCarthy and Holthus, LLP in 2016 as an Associate Attorney in the Texas office. She was admitted to practice law in the State of California in 2001, Massachusetts in 2007, and Texas in 2014. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Cultural Anthropology from The University of Arizona and a Juris Doctorate Degree from Golden Gate University School of Law in San Francisco, California. Ms. Valadez has been admitted to practice law before the United States District & Bankruptcy Courts for the all Districts in Texas, all Districts in California, the District of Massachusetts and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Ms. Valadez’s practice is focused on representing secured lenders and financial institutions in bankruptcy and law. Prior to joining the team at McCarthy & Holthus, LLP, Ms. Valadez practiced bankruptcy for a Boston area firm.

  • Rhiannon Funke

    Rhiannon Funke

    Rhiannon Funke is an Associate Attorney in the Firm’s Judicial Foreclosure Department in Seattle, Washington. Mrs. Funke earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Journalism from the University of Florida in 2001 and her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Philosophy from the University of Montana in 2004. Mrs. Funke then earned her Juris Doctorate from Stetson University College of Law in Gulfport, Florida, in 2010 and clerked for the Second District Court of Appeal in Lakeland, Florida, until she was admitted to practice in Florida in 2011. In law school, Mrs. Funke was awarded the Maria G. Martin Award for Legal Ethics based upon her legal writing and her extensive (and continuing) volunteer work with the Regional Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl program. Mrs. Funke has practiced primarily in creditor’s rights since her admission to the Bar, having handled all aspects of foreclosure litigation from referral to eviction as well as bankruptcy, and she managed her prior firm’s appellate practice; she also has experience with personal injury and tort litigation. Mrs. Funke recently moved to and was admitted to practice in Washington, and joined the Firm in 2017.

  • John Thomas

    John Thomas

    John Thomas joined McCarthy and Holthus in 2017 and is the Managing Attorney of the Oregon office. John is a lifelong Oregonian who earned his law degree and his MBA from Willamette University; he was also an Associate Editor for Willamette Law Review. John has spent most of his professional career working in the mortgage banking industry, including serving as in-house counsel at a national loan servicer. In addition to publishing several industry articles and serving as counsel in reported appellate decisions, John enjoys trials and being in the courtroom. John is licensed in all state and appellate courts in Oregon and Washington.

  • Jeremy Trujillo

    Jeremy Trujillo

    Jeremy Trujillo is an Associate Attorney in the Albuquerque, New Mexico office. Mr. Trujillo received his Bachelor’s Degree in Languages from the University of New Mexico in 2011 with a focus in German and French studies. Mr. Trujillo received his JD from the University of New Mexico School of Law in 2016.

  • Kaitlin Preston

    Kaitlin Preston

    Kaitlin Preston joined McCarthy & Holthus in 2017 and is an Associate Attorney at the San Diego, Fourth Avenue office. Kaitlin obtained a Bachelor Degree in Psychology with a minor in Government from the University of Redlands. After Redlands, Kaitlin attended Thomas Jefferson School of Law where she obtained her J.D. Throughout Kaitlin's law school career, she worked with firms representing business and corporations with any litigation issues that arose. In her spare time, Kaitlin volunteers as a pro-bono attorney for Free to Thrive, a non-profit organization helping Human Trafficking Survivors vacate their records. Kaitlin is admitted to practice in the State of California and Federal Court.

  • Thuy Frazier

    Thuy Frazier

    Thuy Frazier joined McCarthy & Holthus in 2017 as an Associate Attorney in the Texas office. She was admitted to practice law in the State of Texas in 2013. Ms. Frazier received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with honors from Baylor University in Waco, Texas and obtained her Juris Doctorate with honors from the SMU Dedman School of Law in Dallas, Texas. Prior to joining McCarthy & Holthus, Ms. Frazier represented financial institutions in judicial proceedings at a Dallas-based creditors' rights law firm. Ms. Frazier's practice areas include litigation, creditors' rights, probate, eviction, and foreclosure.

  • Joseph Turner

    Joseph Turner

    Joseph Turner joined McCarthy and Holthus in 2017 as an Associate Attorney at the Albuquerque office. Mr. Turner has worked as an attorney of a wide range of matters including business litigation, employment law, personal injury, and construction defect. Mr. Turner graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Culture and Media Studies from Eugene Lang College of the New School in the Spring of 2011. After working as a documentary film maker in New York, California, and New Mexico, Mr. Turner attended law school at the University of New Mexico School of Law. Mr. Turner received his Juris Doctorate in the Spring of 2015 having been placed on the Honor Roll from 2013 through graduation, and was sworn in to the New Mexico State Bar in 2015. Mr. Turner is admitted to practice law in New Mexico.​

  • Eric Sutton

    Eric Sutton

    Eric Sutton joined McCarthy and Holthus in 2017 and is an Associate Attorney at the Albuquerque office. He has practiced in the areas of foreclosures, bankruptcies, and real estate litigation since 2009. He was the supervising attorney for the Cook County Mortgage Foreclosure Mediation Program with Chicago Volunteer Legal Services, where he managed court-appointed counsel for defendants in mediations. Mr. Sutton was the owner of Sutton Legal LLC and a founding partner of SMNP Law LLC, where he developed flat-rate fee structures for individuals in complex litigation, including foreclosures, bankruptcies, condominium disputes and governance, and fraud defense. His most recent position was at The Rogers Law Group, NFP, where he worked on foreclosures and real estate litigation, and managed all of the firm's Chapter 7 and 13 bankruptcy files. Mr. Sutton graduated from Carleton College in 20003 with a Bachelor Degree in Chinese. He obtained a Masters of Law degree from the Chinese University of Hong Kong in International Economic Law in 2008, and graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law in 2009. He is admitted to practice law in the states of New Mexico and Illinois.

  • James Miersma

    James Miersma

    James Miersma joined McCarthy Holthus in 2017 and works out of the Seattle office. He is licensed in WA, OR and ID and represents national vehicle lender clients, local credit unions as well as national mortgage lenders and servicers. ​He graduated from Calvin College in 1976 and from Marquette University Law School in 1979. He has represented creditor clients since 1979.

  • Daniel Grunow

    Daniel Grunow

    Daniel J. Grunow joined McCarthy & Holthus, LLP in January 2018 and is an Associate Attorney in the Albuquerque, New Mexico office. Mr. Grunow obtained his Bachelors of Science Degree in Biology, cum laude, December 2013, and his Juris Doctorate from the University of New Mexico School of Law, in May 2017. Mr. Grunow was awarded the Health Law Scholar Award upon graduation. While attending law school, he worked with the University of New Mexico Business & Tax Law Clinic, resolving tax and business-related legal issues with clients from across the state. After graduation, he provided extensive case law research for a Las Cruces, New Mexico law firm. Mr. Grunow was sworn into the State Bar of New Mexico in October 2017 and was admitted to the U.S. District Court for the District of New Mexico in January 2018.

  • Brandon Mika

    Brandon Mika

    Brandon Mika joined McCarthy and Holthus in 2018 as an Associate Attorney at the San Diego office. Mr. Mika obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Illinois in 2008, graduating with high honors. In 2014, Mr. Mika completed a dual degree program, graduating with his JD cum laude from Thomas Jefferson School of Law and his MBA from San Diego State University. During law school, Mr. Mika was a member of the Thomas Jefferson Law Review and interned for District Court Judge Joan H. Leftkow of the Northern District of Illinois. Prior to joining McCarthy and Holthus, Mr. Mika practiced at a civil litigation law firm. Mr. Mika is admitted to practice law in the state of California.

  • Susan Barela

    Susan Barela

    Susan Barela joined McCarthy and Holthus in 2018 and is an Associate Attorney at the Albuquerque Office. She has legal experience in commercial litigation and criminal law. Ms. Barela obtained a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene, cum laude from University of New Mexico in 2002. She graduated from the University of New Mexico School of Law in 2013. In addition, Ms. Barela served as a citation editor on the Natural Resources Journal and as the Student Bar Association Vice President. During law school, Ms. Barela was voted by her peers as the 3L of the year by the Mexican American Law Student Association. Prior to joining McCarthy and Holthus, Ms. Barela worked as an associate for a commercial litigation firm and as an assistant trial attorney for the Second Judicial Office of the District Attorney. Ms. Barela is admitted to practice law in New Mexico and the United States District Court for the District of New Mexico.

  • Ilene Dell'Acqua

    Ilene Dell'Acqua

    Ilene Dell'Acqua joined McCarthy and Holthus in 2018 and is an Associate Attorney at the Colorado office. Ms. Dell'Acqua obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree with Honors in English from the University of Maryland at College Park. She obtained her Master's Degree in English from New York University and went on to graduate cum laude from Suffolk University Law School in Boston. Ms. Dell'Acqua has over 20 years of experience in the bankruptcy law field representing creditors, debtors and corporate clients in Colorado.

  • Timothy Kitt

    Timothy Kitt

    Timothy Kitt joined McCarthy and Holthus in 2018 and is an Associate Attorney at the San Diego office. Mr. Kitt graduated from the University of Arizona in 2005 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in his major, Communication and his two minors, French and Pre-Law. He then attended Thomas Jefferson School of Law during which he served as a mediator for the San Diego Superior Court Small Claims Division. He received his Juris Doctorate in 2008 and was admitted to the California Bar and United States District Court, Southern District of California in the same year. After graduation from law school, Mr. Kitt entered private practice concentrating in litigation and was later admitted to the Nevada Bar in 2010. Mr. Kitt spent over eight years representing insurance carriers with an emphasis in construction defect coverage matters, insurance bad faith and insurance coverage litigation. He is a member of American Bar Association, San Diego County Bar Association, Clark County Bar Association and Las Vegas Defense Lawyers and is admitted to practice law in the states of California and Nevada.

  • Ursula Willie

    Ursula Willie

    Ursula B. Willie joined McCarthy and Holthus in 2018 and serves as the Foreclosure Oversight Attorney in the Texas office. Ms. Willie obtained her Bachelors in Communications with a minor in Business Administration from Texas A&M University. She obtained her Juris Doctorate with a concentration in Business Transactions from Western Michigan University, and later obtained her Masters of Law in Taxation from the University of Florida Law School. Prior to joining McCarthy Holthus, Ms. Willie managed her own law practice representing individuals and businesses, practiced commercial litigation as an Associate Attorney at a mid-sized law firm, served as In-House Counsel at a national title company, and most recently served as an Attorney in Citi's Law Firm Oversight Group. As part of her legal practice, Ms. Willie has represented mortgage servicers, lenders, and real estate investors in foreclosure, lien priority and property disputes. Ms. Willie is admitted to practice law in the state of Texas.

  • Kat Fox

    Kat Fox

    Kat Fox joined McCarthy and Holthus in 2018 and is an Associate Attorney at the Albuquerque office. Ms. Fox obtained her BA in Sociology from the University of New Mexico in 2013 and her JD from Drake University Law School in 2016. She is currently pursuing her Executive MBA from the University of New Mexico with a graduation date of 2020. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Fox worked as Associate Counsel for a local corporation where she focused her practice on general corporate law, regulatory compliance, and contract drafting. During her time at Drake University Law, Ms. Fox practiced as a Licensed Student Attorney for both the Drake Law Legal Criminal Defense Clinic and the Polk County Attorney’s Office. Ms. Fox is admitted to practice law in the state of New Mexico.

  • Rebecca Ralph

    Rebecca Ralph

    Rebecca Ralph joined McCarthy and Holthus in 2018 and is an Associate Attorney in the Albuquerque office. Ms. Ralph earned a Bachelor's Degree in Government and International Politics from George Mason University in 2008. She graduated from University of New Mexico School of Law in 2012. She has practiced criminal prosecution with the 9th Judicial District Attorney's Office and civil litigation. Ms. Ralph is admitted to practice in New Mexico.

  • Grace Chu

    Grace Chu

    Grace Chu joined McCarthy and Holthus in 2018 and is an Associate Attorney at the Seattle office. Ms. Chu obtained her B.A. in Classical Studies from University of Washington in 2009. She worked for a year in a half in foreclosure before deciding to go to law school and graduated from Seattle University School of Law in 2016. In addition to her legal experience in foreclosure law, she also has experience in personal injury law, business law, family law and financial litigation.

  • Devan Michael

    Devan Michael

    Devan Elise Michael joined McCarthy and Holthus in 2018 as an Associate Attorney at the Scottsdale, Arizona office. Ms. Michael obtained a Bachelor of Arts in French Language Studies, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Women's and Gender Studies from Northern Arizona University in 2010, graduating on the Dean's List. In 2014, Ms. Michael completed her juris doctorate program at Arizona Summit Law School. During law school, Ms. Michael clerked for two juvenile law attorneys gaining valuable hands-on experience. Prior to joining McCarthy and Holthus, Ms. Michael practiced at a civil litigation law firm. Ms. Michael is admitted to practice law in the state of Arizona, as well as the United States District Court, District of Arizona.

  • Steven Bellanti

    Steven Bellanti

    ​Steven Bellanti joined McCarthy and Holthus in 2018 and is an Associcate Attorney in the Colorado office. Mr. Bellanti graduated from Texas Tech University in 2007 with a BA in History and a minor in Economics. He then graduated from the University of Tulsa College of Law in 2012. Prior to joining McCarthy and Holthus, Mr. Bellanti worked as an analyst reviewing contested foreclosures and foreclosure actions with expired statute of limitations at a mortgage servicing company. Outside of work, Mr. Bellanti enjoys skiing and spending time with his family.

  • Judson Taylor

    Judson Taylor

    Judson Taylor joined McCarthy and Holthus in 2018 and is an Associate at the Seattle Office. His legal practice focuses on creditor's rights, particularly judicial foreclosure. Previously, as an Attorney with Suttell & Hammer, P.S., he represented national lending institutions in collections suits throughout the state of Washington. Judson is currently admitted to practice in the state of Washington and the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington.

  • Marin Kowal

    Marin Kowal

    ​Marin Kowal joined McCarthy and Holthus in 2018, and is an Associate Attorney with the Albuquerque office. Mrs. Kowal was born and raised on a dairy farm in rural Minnesota, and knows the value of hard work. She obtained Bachelor's Degrees in both Political Science and in Classical Studies from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN in 2009, and went on to graduate from Regent University School of Law, in Virginia Beach, VA in 2012. Mrs. Kowal is admitted to practice law in New Mexico. Prior to joining our team here at McCarthy and Holthus, Mrs. Kowal practiced in a Creditor's Rights firm for several years. Now, after having taken some time off to be a Mom and care for her children, she is back to the grindstone. She loves her husband and family, and enjoys oil painting in her free time.

  • Shane Gale

    Shane Gale

    ​Shane P. Gale joined McCarthy & Holthus LLP in 2018 and is an Association Attorney in the Las Vegas, NV office. Mr. Gale obtained a Bachelor Degree in Finance and Economics from Marquette University, in Milwaukee, WI, in 2005. He graduated from Marquette University Law School in 2009. Mr. Gale's practice has concentrated in the area of creditors rights. In addition to his private practice, Mr. Gale has wrote articles for industry publications and is a member of the Wisconsin Creditors Rights Association, sitting on the legislative committee where he, as part of a team, successfully passed amendments to the Wisconsin Consumer Act.

  • Philip Mauriello Jr.

    Philip Mauriello Jr.

    Philip Mauriello joined McCarthy and Holthus in 2018 and is an Associate Attorney in the San Diego office. In addition to his legal experience, Mr. Mauriello has previous business owner experience as a restaranteur. Mr. Mauriello has previous experience in several areas in addition to civil litigation including transcational, criminal, and estate planning.

  • Carlos Hernandez-Vivoni

    Carlos Hernandez-Vivoni

    Carlos R. Hernandez-Vivoni. During the years, he has developed a strong emphasis on Bankruptcy Litigation Matters and Creditors' Rights. After three years of successful practice in Dallas, TX; he joined the law firm of McCarthy & Holthus, LLP. Part of the Class of 2017, Graduate Seminar: Honorable John C. Ford -American Inn of Court, Chapter 11, The Practice of Corporate Reorganization Law; Dallas, TX. Formerly a Senior Attorney at a boutique Law Firm, serving the interests of financial institutions and other creditors. Earlier, Attorney Hernandez-Vivoni worked as a Staff Attorney for a Standing Chapter 13 & 12 Trustee for the District of Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands, after working as a Trial Attorney for a mid-size law firm. He served repeatedly as a public speaker and lecturer for CLE seminars on Bankruptcy Law/Creditors' Rights. Admitted to the Practice of Law by the Supreme Court of Puerto Rico in the year 2004, to the United States Bankruptcy and District Court for the District of Puerto Rico, and the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit; the State Bar of Texas, the United States Bankruptcy and District Court for the Northern, Eastern, Southern and Western District of Texas. Graduated from the University of Puerto Rico (B.A. 1998) and the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico School of Law (Cum Laude J.D. 2003), active member of the Dallas Bar Association, American Bankruptcy Institute, State Bar of Texas, Honorable John C. Ford- American Inn of Court, and Colegio de Abogados de Puerto Rico.

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