A law firm is only as effective as its people, and we are very proud of our long-time staff. From our lead attorney, Richard Sax, to our receptionist, Marty, our experienced team has the expertise and creativity to solve your legal problems. We work together to help you succeed. Our paralegals are well-trained in their specialties, and work closely with Richard and the rest of our outstanding team to provide you with the excellent legal services you deserve.
Above all else, we are loyal to our clients, holding their matters in utmost confidence and acting with professionalism and integrity. We listen, communicate, strategize, and perform, to get you the results you need at a fair and reasonable price.
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Richard Sax was raised to value integrity, public service, and helping others. While growing up in in Washington State and British Columbia, Richard worked with his father, the town mayor, in the family title business. Richard’s mother was a nurse, hospital administrator, and state legislator. Both of his parents were saddened when they saw people lose their homes because they lacked legal representation. They urged him to practice law to equalize the playing field and help people deal with the intricacies of our legal system.
When Richard established his law practice, he began taking on “big city” attorneys and large law firms that aim to exhaust their adversaries, both financially and emotionally. That’s why Richard became a lawyer—to equalize the playing field by fighting for people’s rights, and to work tirelessly to bring them justice.
In 36 years of trial practice, Richard has successfully undertaken a wide variety of legal cases. He practices civil litigation, real estate law, divorce and family law, personal injury/wrongful death, business law, foreclosure defense, and criminal defense. Richard is licensed to provide full representation in state, federal, appellate, and supreme courts.
James McWhorter is a Sonoma County attorney licensed to practice in California for over 45 years. He is admitted to practice law in The Supreme Court of the United States, California Federal Courts, California Supreme Court and all California State Courts. He makes appearances in Sonoma County Superior Courts almost on a daily basis.
James has always had a passion for serving others. Originally a political science major, he wanted to get involved in the government. Funnily enough, Law School was just an obvious step towards pursing that goal. However, after completing Law School, he knew that his skills best served others in court, not in politics. Additionally, he joined the National Guard for a year and served 5 years in the Army Reserves for a total 6-year commitment and honorable discharge in 1975.
Kris Paden is a graduate of the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law where she graduated in the top 10% of her class and published a law review article. She was a member of the Phi Delta Phi Legal Society, and prestigious Traynor Honor Society.
Kris received her B.A. and graduated with honors from the University of California, Berkeley where she was President and Secretary of the Prytanean National Honor Society, assistant to the Vice President of Student Government, as well as a Parent Liaison, and Rush Counselor for U.C. Berkeley’s Sororities.
For 10 years, Kris practiced civil litigation, insurance coverage opinion law, and insurance bad faith litigation both in house for a well-known insurance company, and as a contract attorney for several prominent Los Angeles law firms. She also served as a summer judicial clerk in the U.S. District Court in Yosemite, CA.
Diane has been with our law firm since 1999, providing litigation support in state, federal, and appellate courts. Diane earned a paralegal certificate from Sonoma State University in 1999, after majoring in liberal arts and political science at Monterey Peninsula College and Sonoma State University. Before earning her paralegal certificate, Diane worked in business, education, and at Kaiser Permanente, where she was elected Union Steward. After becoming a paralegal, Diane interned with the Sonoma County Family Law Facilitator, now the Hon. Louise Bayles-Fightmaster, and the Sonoma County TRO Clinic, and was the first paralegal to successfully complete an internship at the office of the Marin County Counsel. Currently, Diane works on real estate law, foreclosure defense, and civil litigation, assisting with motions for summary judgment, jury trials, and appeals. Away from the office, Diane enjoys spending time with her family and friends, and likes to read, cook, hike, and travel. Diane has two grown children—a daughter who is a registered nurse and a son who is an engineer.
April graduated from Empire College in Santa Rosa with a Specialized Associates Degree in Paralegal Studies, and is also a Notary Public. April has been with our law firm since 2005, working with skill and competence on criminal defense and personal injury/wrongful death actions. April is the mother of a 7 year old boy, and when away from the office, she enjoys spending quality time with her family and close friends. She can usually be found at sporting activities with her son, and likes traveling to new places and experiencing new things with him. April enjoys the outdoors, and is always up to trying something new.
Sunny joined our law firm in 2006, after graduating from Empire College in Santa Rosa with a Specialized Associates Degree in Paralegal Studies. In 2010, Sunny was awarded a paralegal certificate by Sonoma State University, and is a member of the Sonoma County Bar Association. Sunny works with intelligence and compassion on all family law and will and trust matters. She enjoys spending time with her family and playing with her dogs. Since spending her early years growing up in San Francisco, Sunny pays close attention to the Giants and 49ers, and she enjoys watching and attending Bay Area sporting events. Sunny often watches movies or hosts game nights with friends and family. During her free time, she can frequently be found in the kitchen, experimenting with new recipes and creating her personal cookbook.
Tiana joined our law firm in 2004, after graduating from Empire College in Santa Rosa with a certificate in Legal Office Administration. Tiana is our office administrator, lending her considerable talents to the administrative and financial affairs of our law firm. Tiana is the mother of two boys, and loves spending quality time with her family and playing with her dogs. She also likes to cook and bake for her family and friends. Away from the office, she enjoys gardening, arts and crafts with her five-year-old, and anything outdoors, especially time at the river and camping.