Practice Areas

Alternate Dispute Resolution (ADR)

  • Arbitration –  Discovery Referee
  • Forgiveness Counseling
  • Mediation
  • Neutral evaluation
  • Special master appointments


Business and Commercial Law

  • Business disputes and litigation
  • Entity formation, amendment, and counseling
  • Corporations
  • Partnerships
  • Sole proprietorships
  • Limited Liability Companies
  • Contract Drafting and Negotiation
  • Leasing
  • Finance
  • Transactions


Construction Law

  • Construction defects
  • Construction projects
  • Delay disputes
  • Mechanics liens
  • Project management issues


Elder Law

  • Benefits planning
  • Planning for incapacity
  • Special needs trust
  • Elder abuse
  • Financial abuse
  • Neglect
  • Nursing home falls and injuries
  • Physical abuse
  • Emotional abuse


Estate Planning

  • Advanced healthcare directive
  • Living wills
  • Power of attorney
  • Probate
  • Special needs trust
  • Trust administration
  • Will contests
  • Wills and trusts


Employment Law

  • Counseling
  • Discrimination
  • Harassment
  • Investigations
  • Wage and hour
  • Wrongful termination


Family Law

  • Adoptions
  • Annulment
  • Child custody and visitation (parenting plans)
  • Child support
  • Divorce (dissolution of marriage)
  • Legal separation
  • Mediation
  • Paternity
  • Property division
  • Spousal support


Indian Law

  • Alaska Native Law
  • Business and Commercial
  • Economic Development
  • Employment and Labor
  • Gaming
  • General Counsel
  • Indian Child Welfare
  • Jurisdiction and Tribal Sovereignty
  • Land Use
  • Taxation


Intellectual Property

  • Copyright
  • Entertainment and media law
  • Infringement
  • Publishing contracts
  • Publishing rights
  • Trademark
  • Trademark prosecution


Nonprofit Law

  • Charitable and planned giving
  • Nonprofit formation and counseling
  • Nonprofit mergers and dissolutions


Personal Injury

  • Automobile accidents
  • Bicycle and motorcycle accidents
  • Bus, taxi, train accidents
  • Construction site injuries
  • Dangerous products (product liability)
  • Dog bite, animal attacks
  • Elder abuse
  • Insurance disputes
  • Premises liability (trip, slip, falls)
  • Wrongful death



  • Estate management
  • Probate petitions
  • Small estate affidavits
  • Will administration


Real Estate

  • Boundary disputes
  • Condominium and planned unit development law (HOA)
  • Conservation law
  • Easements and encroachments
  • Eminent domain, inverse condemnation
  • Environmental law and regulation
  • Foreclosure, short sale, and modification counseling
  • Landlord-tenant disputes and mediation
  • Landslides
  • Land use
  • Neighbor disputes
  • Open space, coastal zone, and agricultural zoning
  • Partition and possession claims
  • Private real property purchase and sale agreements
  • Property tax analysis
  • Real property contracts, notes, deeds of trust
  • Property tax, Proposition 13 appeals
  • Title and survey review
  • Tree law – Tree/view disputes



If you need a good lawyer Barbara Monty is fabulous. Smart, experienced, thoughtful, skilled, good natured and as strong as needed. She helped me tend a really difficult case for a close friend. Working with her you will be in very good hands.

Jack Kornfield, Author and a Founder of Spirit Rock Meditation Center

Matt White and Darcy Lichter are the best. I came to them with a small auto accident case but I got the attention, care, support, attention to detail, and responsiveness that you would hope to get if it was a major case. This is the team that you want in your corner if you are injured.

Joe K. — Belvedere Tiburon, CA

I approached Monty White LLP recently with a civil issue I was facing. They responded to me very quickly and were helpful in making clear my options up front, including discussion of what potential costs might be. Ultimately I determined that I didn’t really need to follow through with formal litigation but would definitely go back to them in future if I needed help.

Darren V. — Vallejo, CA

I would recommend Mrs. Davaloo to any of my family or friends that come upon these terrible times. She is exactly the type of attorney you need to help you mitigate the stress and confusion with a clear head and educated will.

Ryan P. — Petaluma, CA

As an association of tribal governments, we have found Mr. Weathers to be knowledgeable, dependable, and ingenious, all done with integrity.

Connie Reitman-Solas, Executive Director, Inter-Tribal Council of California, Inc.

Matt is terrific – worked very hard with all of us and clearly spent the advance time learning the issues.

Geoff Spellberg, Esq.

Barbara Monty is a marvelous mediator and her clients love her. Her experience as a litigator and her compassion and emotional intelligence make her an expert at guiding parties and attorneys, sensitively and firmly, toward settlements in mediation.

Nancy Foster, Esq.

Victoria Maxwell is amazing!  During the sale of my house she was confident, strategic, kind, informative, and went to bat for me at every turn. She is motivated and energetic and has her finger on the pulse of her industry. I couldn’t be happier!

Willow, real estate client

Barbara Monty is a passionate and tenacious mediator. She not only demonstrates a quick grasp of the legal issues, but is adept at dealing with and diffusing the personal dynamics that can drive many disputes.

Barry Bonapart, Esq.

I hired Francine Ward to provide me with legal advice, trademark assistance, and to help me develop contract documents during my business startup. She is a pleasure to work with, and very knowledgeable, responsive, and client-focused. I highly recommend her to other entrepreneurs who are looking for legal support for IP, contracts, and general business matters.

Keiko, Business Owner