Partners

Adam Springel, the firm’s founding and managing partner, has been practicing law since 1993. An experienced and successful civil litigator, Adam’s practice has focused primarily on high exposure lawsuits typically involving complex multi-party claims with significant risk transfer issues involving contractual indemnity and additional insured rights. These cases typically involve catastrophic losses, commercial and business litigation, construction and related insurance litigation, class action litigation, professional liability claims involving attorneys, accountants, architects and engineers, and the defense of significant personal injury and real estate disputes. Adam has also testified in court multiple times as an expert witness on issues involving legal malpractice, indemnification and attorney’s fee allocation and recovery disputes.

Adam received his law degree from the University of San Diego and his bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Michigan. He is admitted to the California and Nevada State Bars and is also licensed as a California real estate broker. Adam has been AV® Preeminent™ rated by Martindale Hubbell since shortly after founding the firm and can be found in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers. Adam is also a Certified Litigation Management Professional after completing the inaugural class given by the Litigation Management Institute at Columbia University School of Law.

Leonard T. Fink

lfink@springelfink.com

Leonard Fink, one of the firm’s founding partners, has been practicing law for over twenty-five years and is licensed and handles cases in Nevada, California, Arizona and Idaho. Leonard represents a variety of clients in all types of civil and business-related litigation matters. He is a frequent speaker at MCLE events and a guest lecturer at UNLV. Leonard received his law degree from the University of San Diego and his bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University.

Darren M. Ebner

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For over twenty years, Darren Ebner, the partner in charge of Springel & Fink’s day-to-day California operations, has successfully defended clients in multi-party complex lawsuits involving construction defects, personal injuries, and other insurance defense matters. Darren prides himself on developing connections with his clients so he can provide them with the best customer service.

Darren received his law degree from Emory University School of Law and his bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Michigan. He is admitted to the California State Bar and admitted to all federal district courts in California. Darren is also a graduate of the Trial Advocacy College at the University of Virginia School of Law and is a Certified Litigation Management Professional as given by the Litigation Management Institute at Columbia University School of Law.

Senior Counsel & Of Counsel

Kathryn L. Kim

kkim@springelfink.com

Kathryn is Senior Counsel in the firm’s Newport Beach office and has been practicing law for over 15-years. Her practice areas include the defense of construction and personal injury claims and other civil lawsuits involving general insurance defense, business and commercial disputes, and class actions. Kathryn also has experience representing design professionals in professional liability lawsuits, including architects and engineers.

Kate received her law degree from the University of San Francisco, School of Law and is admitted to the California State Bar. She graduated on the Dean’s List from the University of California at Irvine with a bachelor’s degree in international relations and political science with a minor in Spanish language and culture.

John E. Black

jblack@springelfink.com

John, an Of Counsel member in Springel & Fink’s Newport Beach office, has been practicing law for over 20-years. John has extensive experience defending civil lawsuits, including construction defect, personal injury, and products and premises liability claims. John received his law degree from Willamette University in Oregon and his bachelor’s degree from UC Santa Barbara. John is admitted to the California State Bar and the United States District Court, Central District.

Associates

Joshua D. Allton

jallton@springelfink.com

Josh is an associate in the firm’s Newport Beach Office. Josh’s practice is focused on defending personal injury and construction defect lawsuits. He received his law degree from Chapman School of Law and his Bachelor of Arts degree in history from California State University Dominguez Hills. While in law school, Josh gained valuable litigation experience competing on his school’s Mock Trial Team. Josh also clerked in the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office and the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. Josh is admitted to the California State Bar.

Michael A. Arata

marata@springelfink.com

Michael is an associate in Springel & Fink’s Nevada office. Michael’s practice focuses on defending complex civil lawsuits involving business and commercial disputes involving title insurance, class actions, product liability, construction and personal injuries. Michael received his law degree, cum laude, from the Valparaiso University School of Law and his bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University. He is admitted to the Nevada State Bar. Michael enjoys cooking and is a craft beer enthusiast. An avid sports fan, Mike devotedly supports his beloved San Francisco 49ers and San Francisco Giants.

Cheryl B. Bradford

cbradford@springelfink.com

Cheryl is an associate in Springel & Fink’s Nevada office. Her practice focuses on defending catastrophic injuries often involving retail stores, restaurants, and hospitality and transportation companies. She also regularly defends products liability and premises liability claims. Cheryl received her law degree, cum laude, from William S. Boyd School of Law and her bachelor’s degree in psychology from UNLV. Cheryl is licensed to practice law in all Nevada state and federal courts. Her interests after work include pilates, kayaking, and travel. Cheryl also serves as a board member for Gray Plunkett Jydstrup Senior Living, a Nevada non-profit corporation that provides low cost housing for senior citizens.
Holly is an associate in Springel & Fink’s Nevada office and has been practicing law for thirteen years. Her defense practice focuses on general insurance defense matters that often involve construction defects or bodily injuries. Holly received her law degree from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law and her undergraduate degree in philosophy from Southern Methodist University along with a minor in English. Holly is admitted to the Colorado State Bar and is awaiting admission to the Nevada State Bar.

Trisha H. Doi

tdoi@springelfink.com

Trisha is an associate in Springel & Fink’s Newport Beach office and is admitted to the California State Bar. She primarily focuses on defending construction defect defense lawsuits. Trisha received her law degree from Chapman University and her bachelor’s degree in Philosophy, Politics and Law from USC. During law school, Trisha served as a judicial extern for the Honorable James J. DiCesare at the Orange County Superior Court.

Adam is an associate in Springel & Fink’s Newport Beach office and is admitted to the California State Bar. Adam’s past practice areas have included litigating cases involving medical malpractice, personal injuries, premises liability, and insurance and employment disputes. Adam’s primary focus at Springel & Fink is the defense of complex and high-exposure personal injury lawsuits. Adam obtained his law degree from University of San Diego and his bachelor’s degree from UC San Diego. In his free time, Adam enjoys playing tennis and walking his dog on the beach.

Nakesha S. Duncan

nduncan@springelfink.com

Nakesha is an associate in Springel & Fink’s Nevada and Arizona offices. Her practice focuses on defending high exposure personal injury and products liability claims as well as construction defect lawsuits. Nakesha received her law degree from the University of Arkansas and her bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, magna cum laude, from the University of Memphis. Nakesha is admitted to the Arizona, Nevada and Texas State Bars. Nakesha enjoys outdoor sports, such as ATV riding and rock climbing.

Harland C. Frost

hfrost@springelfink.com

Harland is an associate attorney in Springel & Fink’s Newport Beach office. His practice focuses on defending construction defect claims. Harland received his law degree from the University of Santa Clara and his bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Santa Cruz, double-majoring in legal studies and politics while competing as a student athlete on the university’s Men’s Volleyball team. Harland is admitted to the California State Bar. In his free time, Harland enjoys walking his dog Roman, spending time with his wife Taylor, and playing Fantasy Football.
Chad is an associate in Springel & Fink’s Nevada office. His defense practice focuses primarily on claims involving personal injuries and construction defects. Chad has also represented individuals and businesses in litigated contract disputes. Chad received his law degree from attend the Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego and his Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Finance from Florida State University. Chad is licensed to practice law in Nevada, California, and Florida.

Kevin E. Lawless

klawless@springelfink.com

Kevin is an associate in Springel & Fink’s Newport Beach office and is admitted to the California State Bar. His defense practice primarily focuses on complex and high-exposure personal injury claims. Kevin received his law degree in 2011 from the Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego where he gained valuable experience competing on the school’s mock trial team and his bachelor’s degree from Northern Illinois University.

Kayla P. Le

kle@springelfink.com

Kayla is an associate in Springel & Fink’s Newport Beach office and is admitted to the California State Bar. Her defense practice focuses primarily lawsuits involving construction defects, personal injuries, and products liability. Kayla received her law degree from the University of San Diego and her bachelor’s degree from UCLA.

During law school, Kayla clerked for a large internet-based corporation where she collaborated with outside counsel to defend lawsuits and respond to regulatory civil investigations. She also served as a judicial extern to the Honorable Robert D. Monarch at the Superior Court Orange County.

Jamie C. Lee

jlee@springelfink.com

Jamie is an associate in Springel & Fink’s Newport Beach office and is admitted to the California State Bar. Jamie’s practice focuses on defending personal injury claims. Jamie received her law degree from Southwestern School of Law and her undergraduate degree in psychology from UCLA. During law school, Jamie served as a judicial extern to United States Bankruptcy Judge Alan M. Ahart. Jamie wrote about Cross-Border Insolvency during law school while working as a staff editor for the Southwestern School of Law International Law Journal.

David S. Schopick

dschopick@springelfink.com

David is an associate in Springel & Fink’s Nevada office and has been practicing law for over twenty years. He is licensed and practices in Nevada and Arizona and is also admitted in New York and New Jersey. David’s defense practice focuses on representing subcontractors and general contractors in construction defect and personal injury lawsuits and he also handles products liability and class action claims.

David received his law degree from the Hofstra University and his bachelor’s degree in psychology, magna cum laude, from the State University of New York at Stonybrook. He is an avid music fan and can often be found attending concerts of his favorite bands. He also spends quality time with his family and enjoy movies, bowling, roller-skating and bicycle riding.

Wendy L. Walker

wwalker@springelfink.com

Wendy is admitted to the Nevada State Bar and is an associate in Springel & Fink’s Nevada office. Wendy has extensive experience defending business and commercial disputes, including representing developers, general contractors, subcontractors and design professionals against construction defect and personal injury claims. Wendy received her law degree, and bachelor’s degree in secondary education, from UNLV. Prior to practicing law, Wendy spent 14-years as CFO and COO for a Las Vegas homebuilder. She continues to use her business and finance experience each day as the Firm’s Administrator.

Raven M. Yim

ryim@springelfink.com

Raven Yim is an associate in Springel & Fink’s Nevada office. Her practice focuses on insurance defense matters including construction defect, bodily injury, errors and omissions, and products liability. Raven received her law degree from University of Colorado, Boulder. She received her undergraduate degree in Liberal Arts from Colorado State University. She is admitted to the Nevada State Bar.