Penelope Bergman is a founding member of Bergman Attorneys PC. Her practice focuses on helping young and established families achieve peace of mind by developing and implementing plans that are tailored to best protect the people, property and businesses in their nests. Her passion in this area comes from her extensive experience in helping clients deal with fallout from a lack of planning.
Ms. Bergman draws upon her extensive experience in all aspects of complex multi-party litigation wherein she successfully obtained multi-million dollar settlements and judgments on behalf of her clients. Prior to forming BAPC, she founded and managed a successful lender liability and employment litigation practice, Bergman & Gutierrez LLP, for four years, where she successfully sued big banks, employers and other business entities for their unlawful and deceptive practices, obtaining significant monetary damages for her clients. Prior to that, she served as national coordinating defense counsel for insurance underwriters, and her practice focused on insurance coverage litigation and business disputes. Such matters involved contract disputes, employment issues, “bad faith” claims, workers compensation issues, insurance agent and broker errors and omissions, products liability, aviation matters, airport liability, environmental disputes and toxic tort matters. Ms. Bergman has also provided several years of “pro bono” service as general counsel to Homeowners’ Associations and has served as a board member.
Ms. Bergman received her Undergraduate degree from University of California, San Diego and her law degree from University of Richmond, Virginia. She also attended business school, was awarded a Master’s degree in Business Administration and is licensed to practice law in California and Minnesota.
As part of the process, Ms. Bergman meets with clients to carefully craft their estate and business plans and educates them on the necessary steps to ensure their planning goals are accomplished. Ms. Bergman serves as general counsel to their businesses. Her objective is to make this process as accessible, efficient and streamlined as possible so that more individuals are motivated to develop and complete their plans, as well as involve legal counsel before disputes arise.
In addition to creating effective estate plans, she assists families in implementing plans when loved ones pass away, and in setting up guardianships for minors, individuals with special needs, and individuals who can no longer manage their own affairs.
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Sawsan Mansour is an attorney licensed in California. Ms. Mansour graduated from Southwestern Law School. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the California State University, Dominguez Hills, where she graduated with honors, Magna cum Laude.
Prior to serving as a legal intern with BAPC, Ms. Mansour gained extensive experience in the areas of corporate matters, family law and litigation. She previously represented a cosmetic company and advised on all of the company’s major business transactions, including a potential buyout of the company’s flagship product. She is well-versed in drafting and negotiating all types of business agreements. Prior to that, she worked at a well-known and highly respected boutique family law firm in Los Angeles, where she focused on high-asset and often high-profile clientele. Her litigation experience includes drafting pleadings, motions, all aspects of discovery requests/responses/discovery motions, evaluation of complex, novel legal issues, fact investigation and development, and preparation for trial.
Ms. Mansour also worked as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Amy M. Pellman at the Stanley Mosk Courthouse in Downtown Los Angeles for a year while in law school. There, she gained valuable insight into the way the court system works and a unique perspective into the mindset of a judicial officer. Prior to becoming an attorney, she worked at a commercial real estate firm for many years.
Monica Caseres interviews all prospective clients in a professional and caring manner, and she assists the attorneys in providing reliable legal services. Ms. Caseres approaches each client with the goal of exceeding expectations and accomplishing their unique goals. She earned her paralegal certificate from ICDC College. Her experience as a legal assistant and her background in banking and customer service make her a perfect fit for a firm dedicated to advocating for and helping business clients and the families behind them.
Makayla Carrillo provides administrative support to the Bergman team and is a paralegal trainee. Ms. Carrillo earned two Bachelor of Arts degrees, in Business Administration (Management and Legal Studies) and in Communications, with a concentration in Public Relations, from California State University, Fullerton. She has served as an intern to Northrop Grumman and to the Building Industry Association (Riverside County Chapter). She is a dedicated member of BAPC.