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.
Jackie Abellada has been a licensed California attorney since December of 2007. She is a member of the Minor’s Counsel Panel for Los Angeles County for the last three years and she has been certified by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization as a Certified Family Law Specialist, which means she has taken and passed a written examination in Family Law; demonstrated a high level of experience in Family Law; fulfilled ongoing education requirements; and been favorably evaluated by other attorneys and judges familiar with her work. Thus, Ms. Abellada has the experience and expertise to handle various aspects of a divorce, including but not limited to parentage, child custody and visitation, child support, spousal support, attorney’s fees and costs, and property division.
Ms. Abellada also has extensive experience in law and motion, and trial, not just in family law, but, also dependency and civil litigation. She has conducted numerous successful bench trials and one jury trial. She has also obtained favorable results when representing parents who have been accused of various abuse allegations, including, but not limited to, drug/alcohol abuse, child abuse, domestic violence, and sexual abuse in matters involving with the Department of Children and Family Services; and licensed child care providers in administrative proceedings.
Ms. Abellada graduated cum laude from University of California – Los Angeles with a bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies in 2003, and received her Juris Doctor degree in 2007 from Fordham University School of Law. She has previously worked and volunteered at various non-profit organizations, including the AIDS Legal Referral Panel in San Francisco, California; the Alliance for Children’s Rights in Los Angeles, California; and the Children’s Law Center in Los Angeles, California. She has also worked at small private practice firms in Los Angeles County. Because of her non-profit background, Ms. Abellada is mindful of her clients’ attorney’s fees and costs, and, as a result, she attempts to resolve her clients’ cases as expeditiously, and cost-effectively as possible.
In her free time, she enjoys working out, shopping, reading or listening to the New Yorker, watching movies, and spending time with her dog and two cats.
Significant recent cases and/or results
- Represented Plaintiffs, who were first-time home buyers, against seller and seller’s agent for undisclosed water damage and mold in the home. A jury trial that resulted in a recovery of approximately $450,000 for her clients, which includes an award of attorney’s fees and costs, and a punitive damages finding.
- Represented a defendant in a defamation lawsuit. Plaintiff dismissed the case with prejudice after the parties entered into a settlement in which defendant paid a nominal sum and published a retraction.
- Represented two defendants/cross-complainants in a lawsuit filed against them by a former business partner for breach of fiduciary duty, breach of implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing, breach of contract, fraud in the inducement, conversion, violations of California Business & Professions Code §17200, accounting and constructive trust. The parties settled with defendants/cross-complainants paying $0 in the civil lawsuit and in the unlawful detainer filed by the landlord against the three parties.
- Represented two public employees in regards to their termination due to illegal activity in front of the State Personnel Board. Both employees were able to receive a five-figure settlement, change of termination to voluntary resignation, removing all Notices of Adverse Action from their personnel file, and a neutral reference.
- Represented a high earning spouse in a long-term marriage and the lower-earning spouse made at most minimum wage. The Court made a Richmond order reducing spousal support by one-half after 2 years and further reducing spousal support to $0 after 8 years.
- Represented a mother in a parentage action against a biological father, who had been absent for nearly 4-5 years. Despite mother’s continued violation of the Court’s orders, which occurred prior to Ms. Abellada’s representation, the Court still found that the biological father was not a legal father to the child.
- Represented a mother in a Department of Children and Family Services (“DCFS”) investigation for sexual abuse allegedly committed by father. DCFS closed the matter without filing any court case.
- Represented a father accused of sexual abuse of a 16 year old, 6 year old and 3 year old in a DCFS case. After a bench trial in which the 3 children and the mother testified, the Court found that the father did not sexually abuse the children and, instead, found that the children are at risk of abuse and/or neglect due to the parental conflict between the parents that have caused the children to make false sexual abuse allegations against father.
- Represented a mother in her DCFS matter that included allegations of physical abuse, drug use, sexual abuse, death of a child (who fell in a pool during a party, in which everyone was intoxicated, and accidentally died), and abuse of a sibling. Prior to Ms. Abellada’s representation, DCFS was recommending adoption. Through her zealous, but, gentle advocacy, Ms. Abellada was able to convince the Court and all counsels that mother, who was trying her best, should be given a chance for reunification. Today, said mother has both children in her custody.
- Represented an out-of state father in his DCFS matter in which his 10 year old child was physical abused by mother, who was arrested. After conducting a trial in detention in which the child, the social worker and the father testified, the Court ordered an expedited ICPC for father to be completed within 3 weeks. At the next hearing, all counsels and the Court agreed to close the matter and order that father have full legal and physical custody of the child.
- Represented a couple, who owned a daycare facility, in an administrative hearing. The husband was accused of physically abusing the small children. After a bench trial in which 4 children, 2 police officers, two mothers, and a state employee testfieid, the judge found that the state failed to meet its burden, i.e. preponderance of evidence, that the husband physically abused a 3 year old, which resulted in a bruise.
Attorney Kavita Sadana has been practicing law since 2006 and is an experienced litigator. She is a former Riverside County Deputy Public Defender and has also worked under several high profile criminal, immigration and family law attorneys in San Diego and Los Angeles. Ms. Sadana is a zealous advocate for her clients and will strive to achieve the best results for them, whether through settlement or trial. She also strives to make clients feel at ease by explaining the law and their options to them in a manner that is easier to process.
Attorney Sadana has an undergraduate degree in English Literature from the University of California, San Diego and a Juris Doctor from California Western School of Law.
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 Lindsey N. Alverson, was admitted to the State Bar of California and to practice in the United States District Court, Central District of California in July 2017. Since being admitted, Ms. Alverson has practiced primarily in the area of Family Law. In addition, she also has more than 10 years of experience in the title and escrow industry. Her extensive knowledge of real property issues is an asset to her practice in the area of Family Law. Attorney Alverson is driven with the desire to assist her clients in reaching their desired outcome through straight forward communication and zealous advocacy.
Attorney Alverson obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies from California State University, Northridge in 2010. Attorney Alverson graduated summa cum laude from the University of La Verne, College of Law where she was a member of Law Review and managing editor of the Journal of Law, Business & Ethics.
Attorney 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.
My name is Lupe Solano and I have worked for Estelle & Kennedy, A Professional Law Corporation, since 2012. My current job classification is Operations Specialist. I’ve previously held paralegal and billing specialist positions at Estelle & Kennedy. As Operations Specialist, I focus on every aspect of operations to improve the day-to-day operation to enhance customer service and the overall client experience.
Educationally, I hold a Bachelor of Science Degree in criminal justice and an Associate of Arts Degree in paralegal studies.
I have worked for Estelle & Kennedy in the City of Upland for over 10-years and enjoy serving our clients. In addition to work, I am also a proud mother of three children 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.
Lilly boasts nearly thirty years of experience in the legal field, with a vast majority in the area of family law.Lilly studied at Mount San Antonio College in the Paralegal Studies program.
Lilly uses her considerable multitasking skills experience by providing detailed support to the attorneys and her clients.From complex litigation cases to simple uncontested matters, she is involved from beginning to end.Lilly also assists clients by providing regular contact and updates, managing the discovery process, maintaining the case calendar and deadlines, communicating with court personnel and drafting pleadings and correspondence.She also maintains document production and the client case file.She is integral in preparing each matter for hearings and trial.
A true Southern California native, Lilly enjoys the beach, local community farmer’s markets and craft shows.She also enjoys spending time with family and friends.
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.
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.