The above mission statement encapsulates and summarizes the high professional standard maintained by attorneys, Michael L. Kennedy, Brandy Estelle, and all Estelle & Kennedy, A Professional Law Corporation, staff. Clients frequently express their pleasure and satisfaction with their accessibility, professionalism and results. Estelle & Kennedy, A Professional Law Corporation believes that every client is important and every case deserves priority treatment. Whether the client’s case involves family law, civil litigation (contracts, nuisance), water & mineral rights, easements & right of ways, labor/employment law, State Personnel Board action/adverse action, administrative law proceedings, immigration law, business law, entertainment contracts and disputes, criminal defense, estate planning (trusts/wills), conservatorship/guardianship, probate, or State and Federal appeals, Estelle & Kennedy, A Professional Law Corporation provides superior service while always placing the client’s interest first.
Attorney Michael L. Kennedy, embodies a wide-range of experience that, coupled with keen legal knowledge and unparalleled skill, gives him a significant advantage in achieving results for his clients. His diverse background includes both public and private sector employment; eight years of employment as a peace officer for the California Youth Authority; corporate ownership of a retail store chain and manufacturer of several nationally known products. In addition, in 2001 he founded Child Support Liberation, Inc., a powerful father’s rights paralegal firm dedicated to assisting fathers to achieve legal equality through the courts concerning issues of child custody, visitation, paternity.
Michael L. Kennedy’s academic background includes an undergraduate Bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of California at Riverside, and a Juris Doctor degree from Newport University College of Law. His education and diverse experience has helped shape his view of justice and uniquely qualifies him to provide strong and effective client representation in the areas of transactions, real estate, family law, criminal defense, probate, and state and federal appeals.
Attorney Brandy Estelle, also embodies a wide-range of experience that, coupled with keen legal knowledge and unparalleled skill, gives her a significant advantage in achieving results for her clients as well. Her extensive background in the practice of law includes over nineteen years of legal work in both public law and private practice. Her extensive background in real estate includes over sixteen years as a real estate broker.
Brandy Estelle’s academic background includes undergraduate Bachelor of Arts degrees in Political Science and Rhetoric from the University of California at Berkeley, and a Juris Doctor degree from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles. Her education from these prestigious universities, followed by years of private practice legal work, coupled with her diverse experience in public service with Public Counsel, the Western Law Center for Disability Rights, and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, has also helped shape her view of justice and uniquely qualifies her to provide strong client representation in the areas of transactions, real estate (including easements and right of ways), family law, criminal defense, probate, estate planning, civil litigation, contracts law, landlord/tenant relations, entertainment, business law, and state and federal court appeals.
In 2001, Attorney Estelle was admitted to the State Bar of California and to practice in the United States District Court, Central District of California. She later gained admission into the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth and Ninth Circuits, Second Appellate District, and in April 2008, Attorney Estelle was duly admitted as an Attorney and Counsellor of the Supreme Court of the United States.
She currently serves on the Executive Board of the Loyola Law School Board of Governors, as supervisor of the Helen Willis Legal Eagles Free Legal Clinic, and as a leadership council member of the LMU Black Alumni Chapter. Brandy values her relationships with her many mentees and enjoys participating in the St. Francis Center Attorneys For Others feed the homeless program and other volunteer work.
With over two decades of experience, Danielle K. Little, is a Senior Attorney whose distinctive skillsets enhance the areas that she handles for the firm, which includes civil and business litigation, appellate, labor and employment, civil rights, criminal defense, administrative and personal injury matters.
Attorney Little graduated from the University of California, Irvine with a Bachelor of Arts in Social Ecology (emphasis in Criminology, Law and Society) and received her Juris Doctorate degree from the University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law. At Boalt, Attorney Little was awarded the Prosser Prize and was an Associate Editor for the Berkeley Journal of Employment and Labor Law.
Attorney Little began her legal career in New York as an Assistant District Attorney in Brooklyn handling appeals and second chairing serious felony cases. She then worked for several large law firms where she handled products liability, class and collective actions and civil rights matters for nearly a decade. Attorney Little returned to California and passed the California Bar Exam on her first attempt. She is admitted to practice in California, New York, the United States Supreme Court, the Central District of California, the Northern District of California, the Eastern District of New York, and the Southern District of New York.
Attorney Little’s other passions include teaching and writing. In 2004, she graduated from Sarah Lawrence College with a Masters of Fine Arts degree in Creative Non-Fiction. Her work has been published in QBR: The Black Book Review, The New York Law Journal, Diversity & the Bar Magazine and other literary publications. She was also an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Long Island University and Adjunct Lecturer at CUNY-Queens College and where she taught Composition and Literature courses.
A versatile and innovative attorney, Attorney Little is a fierce, aggressive advocate of her clients’ rights, and works tirelessly to apply her knowledge of and passion for the law on their behalf. She has been recognized by The National Black Lawyers as one of the Top 100 Black Lawyers in the United States, is a member of Lawyers for Good Government and Attorney Little is the proud mother of one son.
Attorney David Huynh has a resume that showcases a breadth of experience, ranging from working with one of the nation’s largest financial services companies to some of the premiere estate planning and asset protection law firms in Southern California. A resourceful and client-focused attorney, David is passionate about guiding his clients through difficult legal issues and assisting them in achieving their goals.
David graduated cum laude from Chapman University with a Bachelors of Arts in Legal Studies in 2004. He went on to earn his Juris Doctor from Chapman University School of Law in 2007. His areas of practice include estate planning, trusts, and probate, business law, family law, and general litigation.
Attorney Paul Suppa practices in the areas of contract law, real estate, civil litigation and civil rights, corporate formation and business development, criminal defense, entertainment, family law and estate planning. A professional negotiator and advocate for people in crisis, Mr. Suppa was admitted to practice law in California in 2000. He earned his Juris Doctorate as a Merit Scholar from the University of San Diego School of Law in 1999. As a member of the Psi Chi National Honors Society, he earned his BA in Psychology from Loyola Marymount University (LMU) in ’95 where he served as the Associated Student Body President of LMU. As a student activist and Public Information Officer for the American Red Cross, Mr. Suppa was the recipient of the Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan and Sister Raymound McKay Service and Leadership Awards.
After admission to the State Bar, Attorney Suppa served as Legal Administrator for Universal Pictures, Inc. from 2000 to 2002, before becoming a Vice President of LandAmerica Financial Group, Inc., a Fortune 500 company from 2002 to 2007, where he taught investment property real estate tax law to other attorneys and CPAs. The following decade by age 46, Attorney Suppa appeared on misdemeanor and felony criminal cases throughout California. As a child advocate, he has practiced in the juvenile and family court systems.
Most recently, in the civil litigation arena, Attorney Suppa successfully represented over twenty (20) families against Pacific Gas and Electric in connection with the devastating 2018 Campfire in Paradise, California. Over two years of work culminated in a $13.5 billion settlement against PG&E, resulting in a substantial recovery for his clients.
Attorney Suppa now proudly joins Estelle & Kennedy, A Professional Law Corporation to head their third California office in Orange County at the Mission Viejo location. He remains a committed advocate for people in crisis and always seeks to negotiate in good faith on behalf of his clients in his fields of practice, providing value and seeking justice.
Attorney Corysa Martinez is experienced and versed in many areas of law practice, including labor and employment, insurance defense, consumer law, business law, general civil litigation, family law, and criminal defense. Raised and educated in the Inland Empire, she prides herself on delivering quality legal service to her community.
Corysa obtained her undergraduate degree from the University of Southern California in 2012 and her Juris Doctor degree from the University of La Verne College of Law in Ontario, California in 2015. While practicing law, and to further her skills and knowledge, she obtained a Master’s degree in tax law from Loyola Law School in 2019.
Corysa is a devoted family member and mother to her little boy. She is passionate and driven, with a strong ethic for civic duty and leadership. She currently serves as a City Council Member for the City of Montclair and volunteers for local organizations benefitting our seniors, veterans, and youth.
Attorney Monique Russell earned her undergraduate degree in Political Science with a minor in Marketing from Pennsylvania State University in 2016. She worked at Estelle & Kennedy, APLC as a paralegal before pursuing her legal studies. Attorney Russell continued to work part-time while attending law school as a full-time student, up until she obtained her Juris Doctorate degree from Western State College of Law. While in law school she served on the board of the Black Law Student’s Association (BLSA) as Secretary, Vice-President and President. She also served as the Community Outreach Chair and a member of the Public Service Committee to the Student Bar Association. Attorney Russell is a passionate advocate for the elderly and as such has a keen interest in elder abuse laws. Although she has a wealth of knowledge in various areas of law, she enjoys areas such as probate, estate planning, real estate, landlord-tenant, and family law.
Attorney Aram Kuredjian earned his Juris Doctorate from Loyola Law School where he served as a staffer for Loyola of Los Angeles International and Comparative Law Review. As a member of the International and Comparative Law Review, he published three case summaries for the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. While in law school, Attorney Kuredjian clerked for Estelle & Kennedy, APLC as well as the Los Angeles County Public Defender’s Office. As a student, he was elected by his peers to the Student Bar Association where he worked as Treasurer and ensured proper funding of major events, aided in finding partnerships between organizations, and advocated for groups that would benefit from the use of funds. Attorney Kuredjian also served as the Social Chair and Treasurer for the Innovation, Entrepreneurship, & Start-Ups Club.
Attorney Kuredjian received his Bachelor of Arts in Film Production with a minor in Marketing from California State University Northridge. After working for film production companies, he transitioned to a consulting firm that worked exclusively with one of the largest global brands giving him experience in business operations and employee rights in the workplace.
Attorney Mona S. Naqvi has dedicated her life and work to helping others. For over a decade she has used her critical thinking skills and abilities to analyze client issues and achieve the best results possible for her clients. She is known for the impeccable service that she gives to her clients. Her passion is the welfare of children. She has been teaching Meditation to Elementary School children for 9 years and continued to do so throughout the Corona Virus Pandemic via Zoom.
Mona graduated from the University of California, Irvine with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. She received her Juris Doctorate and LL.M. in Taxation from Chapman University School of Law in 2005 and 2006, respectively. Mona was also awarded the Patricia Herzog Pro Bono Service Award from The Legal Aid Society of Orange County for becoming the first Attorney in Orange County, CA to have a child awarded more than two parents in 2015.
Stephen (Steve) Shaw is an attorney with the utmost honesty and integrity and more than 26 years’ experience in thousands of transactional and civil litigation matters, involving contracts, real estate, business, intellectual property, general and professional liability, securities, cyber law, and many other areas. He is particularly adept at getting to the heart of the issues in any contract or transaction and any potential or pending disputes of all kinds. He has an excellent track record of success in civil litigation, especially law and motion hearings, civil jury and bench trials, and appeals. He has U.S. District Court certifications in all Districts of California.
Mr. Shaw has maintained a track record of success of providing top notch legal solutions as in-house counsel for companies (including many private real estate and business investors), for numerous individual clients, and for law firms. He has strategically resolved a wide variety of issues, and has reviewed, analyzed, negotiated and drafted various contracts. He has enjoyed excellent results for all of his many clients.
Mr. Shaw graduated with honors from University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) with a Bachelor Of Art degree in English and Motion Picture Television in 1987. After working for entertainment and construction businesses, he attended law school at Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego, California. While in law school, Mr. Shaw continued working and helping businesses, law firms, and the community on a part time basis. He obtained a Juris Doctor degree in May 1995, and then passed the California Bar exam in July of 1995.
Transactions: Mr. Shaw has analyzed, negotiated and drafted various contracts and actively solved an array of problems. His extensive and successful litigation background has also contributed to his problem solving skills where he has provided strategic and creative solutions. Very recently, as in house counsel, Mr. Shaw saved over $4.5 million dollars in liability by revising and renegotiating company contracts to avoid such problems in the future.
Litigation: Mr. Shaw successfully represented companies and individual clients in defense and prosecution of all kinds of claims in litigation throughout California. He has successfully litigated countless cases through dispositive motions and trials. For instance, he prevailed in defense of claims of over $7.2 million dollars. Also, he successfully defended claims in a 6-week bench trial, saving over $500,000.00, and won a settled judgment of $600,000.00 in complex class-action lawsuit with respect to a combination of both real estate and business issues and which caused the national real estate business to change its practices for the benefit of everyone in the U.S. He also prevailed on behalf of real estate and business clients in a myriad of other cases, including winning a defense verdict in a 5-week civil jury trial where plaintiffs were claiming over $1.3 million dollars. In 2020, he obtained a large settlement of complex business litigation involving one of the world’s largest financial services companies in the payments industry (serving key shopping and news networks (such as USA Today, ESPN, etc.)
He has prevailed on several appeals, utilizing his comprehensive approach to the main issues of fact and law. Furthermore, he successfully represented clients in anti-SLAPP motions.
Of course, many cases or potential litigation can and should be resolved as quickly, efficiently, and intelligently as possible. That is why at every opportunity he diligently works toward a resolution of the case, and prides himself in having resolved many legal disputes.
At UCLA, he not only excelled in academics but also wrote for the Daily Bruin, and competed against California Universities as a member of the UCLA surf and ski teams.
Hobbies: Surfing, skiing, beach volleyball, basketball, baseball, football, tennis (and many other sports), horticulture, movies, videos, photography, and novels.
Yusuf Abdullah is a native Texan and recent Californian. Educated with a B.S, M.S., and Juris Doctorate. His legal experience spans over 20 years in various areas of law practice inclusive of contractual disputes, general and business litigation, personal injury, and family law. Mr. Abdullah is licensed to practice law in three states: California, Texas, and Massachusetts.
An experienced lawyer with trial experience, Mr. Abdullah has managed and tried cases of varying complexities to verdict and/or negotiated to settlement.
An attorney that is skilled at presenting clear and persuasive advocacy in various settings inclusive of court hearings, mediation, arbitration, and appeals before state and federal courts. Unique ability to recognize core root of a problem and present options of possible resolution. Depth of experience includes state and federal litigation before bench and jury to verdict.
Mr. Abdullah believes that the attorney/client relationship is one of the most important keys to effective advocacy and problem solving. The ideal client is one whereby the client has the belief and trust that the attorney they chose is not only competent but one who is honest and has the client’s best interest in mind. Further, the client is communicative and cooperative with the attorney in bringing about the best resolution of the problem. The ideal attorney on the other hand must be one who is competent, honest, and truthful in his/her communications with the client, responsive, and one who zealously works within the boundaries of law and ethics in the effective representation of the client.
When not practicing law, Mr. Abdullah enjoys family and friends, travel, reading, script writing, sports, movie watching, community activities, and music. He also enjoys singing but can’t hold a note.
Support Management Staff
Lupe Solano has worked for Estelle & Kennedy, A Professional Law Corporation, since 2012. Her current job classification is Operations Manager. She previously held paralegal and billing specialist positions at Estelle & Kennedy. As our Operations manager, she focuses on every aspect of operations to improve our day-to-day operations to enhance customer service and the overall client experience.
Educationally, she holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in criminal justice and an Associate of Arts Degree in paralegal studies.
In addition to work, she enjoys a good game of baseball preferably if it’s the Dodgers. She is also a proud mother of three and a pup mom to two.
Arlene has an Associates of Science in Paralegal Legal Studies and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.
Arlene started her career as a Paralegal at a document preparation office helping those in need who could not afford an attorney. In November of 2016, she started working with Attorney Kennedy at Child Support Liberation helping those in need. She has since followed him to ESTELLE & KENNEDY, A Professional Law Corporation.
Arlene is experienced and knowledgeable in many areas of law including, family law, civil litigation, probate, employment, business and estate planning. With her diverse knowledge she ensures our clients receive the best services possible. She works hard for our clients and helps them through their legal issues.
Arlene is a devoted wife and mother of (3) three. She is currently a girl scout leader trying to educate and promote our youth to do great things.
Anna Melikyan is the Office Manager/Paralegal at the Los Angeles branch of Estelle & Kennedy, A Professional Law Corporation. With 15 years of experience in the legal field ranging from legal assistant, office manager and paralegal, Ms. Melikyan is responsible for facilitating the firm’s daily needs allowing for a seamless collaboration within the legal team. She oversees new client engagements, organizes the master calendar, assists with the firm’s billing/payments, prepares legal documents and supervises new employee training. Anna has been with the firm since 2012.
In 2010, Ms. Melikyan graduated from California State University of Northridge with a B.S. She later attended the UCLA Paralegal Training Program and received her Paralegal Certificate with ABA approval in 2012. Her work is concentrated on Family Law, Civil, Business Organization, Estate Planning, and Probate.
Jaci D. Phu has over 12 years of experience in the legal field, ranging from family law, employment law, to civil law. Jaci graduated from University of California – Riverside in 2006 with a degree in Biology then attended Coastline College to obtain her ABA Paralegal Certificate. Jaci has handled all aspects of case management from case inception to trial/settlement.She has assisted many attorneys throughout the years and has helped many individuals in resolving their legal problems.
Deyanira Flores (Billing Specialist) attended South Coast College of Court Reporting from 2005-2009, where she studied the art of stenography, a passion of hers since she was a young child. Ms. Flores has over 14 years of experience in Accounts Receivables and Billing and has a strong passion and interest in all areas of Law. She strives to provide a positive and helpful service to both clients and the Estelle & Kennedy team. She is a proud and devoted mother of 3 children. In her spare time, she devotes her time to volunteer with nonprofit organizations, is a leader in a health and wellness community through Arbonne, a nonprofit organization which focuses on the mental health and well-being of our youth, and continues to build and make lasting memories with her 2 grown sons and young daughter.
Brianna Pena is the telephone receptionist for all three of Estelle & Kennedy’s office locations and the friendly face you see at the front of our Upland office. With six years of experience working in a law firm environment, Brianna enjoys greeting our clients with a warm smile and excellent service. When she is not working, she spends her time baking and with her adorable dog.
Christine Cabrera An undergraduate student at Chaffey Community College in the process of completing the Pathway to Law School Program and the Cal Law Scholars Program. Participated in Student Government as the Director of Communications in Spring 2020. Began an Internship at Estelle & Kennedy A Professional Law Corporation in the Summer of 2020. Recently accepted to participate in the Pre-Law Winter Institute at Chapman University for January 2021.
Previously served in missions work with a nonprofit organization that assisted communities in southeast Asia.
Graduated from Calvary Chapel Golden Springs Bible College in 2017 with an Associates in Theology.
Previous experience working alongside Human Resources as a student helper with the Alta Loma School District and experience as a Recreation Leader for the Jane Penny LINK Program for homebound seniors at the James L. Brulte Senior Center.