Orange County Women
 Lawyers Association
For Women Lawyers and Those Who Support Their Advancement

OCWLA Featured Members

An integral part of OCWLA’s mission is to advance women in the legal profession by providing a professional network.  Our Featured Member Series is designed to highlight our OCWLA members online so we can help virtually connect members, facilitate referrals between members, and highlight our members’ accomplishments.

Have you recently been promoted, published an article, or achieved a milestone in your career? Or are you looking to network and meet more OCWLA members? We’d love to feature you! If you are interested in being featured, please fill out this form: OCWLA's Featured Member Series.  We’ll be in touch with you regarding your feature.  For more information, please email info@ocwla.org

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  • Monday, January 30, 2023 5:32 PM | Isabella McDonald-Brent (Administrator)

    Company Name: Orange County District Attorney's Office

    Recent Professional Accomplishment: My most recent career highlight is being counsel for the People in a case currently pending before the California Supreme Court.  I was counsel on three published opinions from the Court of Appeal, including two addressing the prosecution of fraud cases. Having nearly 10 years of civil experience prior to becoming a prosecutor gave me a particular passion about criminal fraud cases. I have tried over 50 criminal trials in my nearly 22 years as a prosecutor.

    Fun Fact About Me: I was born in Hungary and moved to the United States with my family when I was 8 years old. I love to travel and experience different cultures. I have visited 17 countries so far. Pretty much any country is on my bucket list!

    Philanthropic Interests: I am a sustaining member of Junior League of Orange County. I am a volunteer usher for South Coast Repertory Theater. I like to focus my volunteerism toward the arts and child abuse prevention.

    Practice Area: Criminal Prosecution - Motions, Writs and Appeals

    What is your favorite part about OCWLA? Mixers and Book Club, of course!



  • Monday, January 09, 2023 11:45 AM | Isabella McDonald-Brent (Administrator)

    Company Name: DOPE Quick Reads LLC/Western State College of Law

    Recent Professional Accomplishment: In Jan. '22, I started my own writing business. Since beginning writing full-time in Jun. '22, I have published over 250 articles covering topics ranging from current events to recent research study breakthroughs to military history. 

    Fun Fact About Me: I am learning to play the guitar so that I can play my wedding song to my wife on our anniversary. James Arthur: Say You Won't Let Go

    Philanthropic Interests: Veterans, Elderly/Disabled, Mental Health Awareness

    Is there anything else you would like the OCWLA Members to know about you? I am a 2L student at Western State College of Law!

  • Monday, December 12, 2022 4:34 PM | Isabella McDonald-Brent (Administrator)

    Company Name: Haynes Boone, LLP

    Recent Professional Accomplishment: Passing the bar

    Fun Fact About Me: I love hiking, snowboarding, and yoga

    Philanthropic Interests: OCWLA, Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society, Project Youth, and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County

    Practice Area: Business litigation

    What is your favorite part about OCWLA? CLE's, Mixers, Wine Events, Judges Reception

    Is there anything else you would like the OCWLA Members to know about you? I was the OCWLA student representative during law school!


  • Monday, November 14, 2022 7:52 PM | Isabella McDonald-Brent (Administrator)

    Company Name: Fennemore, LLP

    Recent Professional Accomplishment: After 26 years working at Rynn & Janowsky, LLP, my partners and I, made the move to join Fennemore, LLP with 250+ talented and skilled attorneys. I am currently the Vice-Chair of Programs for the Agribusiness Committee for the Business Law Section of the California Lawyers Association. 

    Philanthropic Interests: I regularly volunteer at Saddleback Food Pantry Distribution Center. Over the last 10 years, I’ve worked on four Corazon home builds in Mexico and two Habitat For Humanity home builds in Los Angeles.  As a hobby, I paint on long weekends.  I am currently in the very early stages of planning a 501(c)(3) non-profit for student scholarships and creating/painting art to raise money for the cause.  Stay tuned.  

    Is there anything else you would like the OCWLA Members to know about you?: In May 2012, I was a recipient of the OCWLA's Diversity Bar Stipend Scholarship. At the time, I was a single mom of two young boys, working full-time, going to on-line law school (well before it was the Zoom norm). The stipend helped ease the financial burden of taking the bar exam. I am truly grateful of the assistance of OCWLA.  If you’re a single mom, keeping going. It doesn’t get easier, but it gets better. 

  • Monday, October 31, 2022 3:57 PM | Isabella McDonald-Brent (Administrator)

    Company Name: The Cotton Law Firm, PLLC

    Recent Professional Accomplishment: My law form recently expanded to Texas!

    Fun Fact About Me: I am a wife, Mom of two wonderful kids and a daughter in law. 

    Philanthropic Interests: I am a volunteer mediator through the Orange County court's Bexar County Dispute Resolution Center for high conflict cases, civil harassment and elder abuse. 

    Practice Area: I have been a litigator and trained Mediator, since 1997. I am versed in all areas of Guardianship/Conservatorship, Family Law and Special Education; listed on the Bexar County, Texas Mediation Wheel; and listed on the Orange County, California Court panel as a Temporary Judge and an Elder-caring Coordinator, Probate and Elder Mediator. I work with the Court on Civil Harassment and Elder Abuse mediations and with local communities in HOA disputes.

    Is there anything else you would like the OCWLA Members to know about you? I have been a member of OCWLA since law school graduation in 1997. I served as a member at large, treasurer and president in 2000! 


  • Monday, October 17, 2022 12:41 PM | Isabella McDonald-Brent (Administrator)

    Company Name: Orange County Superior Court Judge

    Recent Professional Accomplishment: I am thrilled and honored to have been appointed to serve as a Judge in the Orange County Superior Court by Governor Newsom in March 2022.

    Fun Fact About Me: I am a single mom of 2 boys, and love to do anything outdoors and that makes me sweat. 

    Philanthropic Interests: My passions are children and education. Board member of MaxLove Project, which is dedicated to helping children fighting cancer and their families. 

    Practice Area: I am currently assigned to the Family Law Panel. When I was practicing law, I did complex civil business litigation, focusing primarily on class action defense.

    What is your favorite part about OCWLA? It's kick-a** women supporting other kick-a** women.


  • Tuesday, September 27, 2022 2:58 PM | Isabella McDonald-Brent (Administrator)

    Company Name: Smart Forensics

    Recent Professional Accomplishment: After 15 years in the accounting industry, I am thrilled that I was finally able to start my own forensic accounting and economic damages firm in December 2020.

    Fun Fact About Me: I love golf! It's been a great way to get outdoors and connect with other professional women. 

    Philanthropic Interests: Veterans Legal Institute 

    Practice Area: Forensic Accounting

    What is your favorite part about OCWLA? Mixers, Wine Events, Judges Reception, Networking

    Is there anything else you would like the OCWLA Members to know about you? I look forward to meeting all of you in person at one of the OCWLA's amazing mixers and events soon!


  • Monday, September 12, 2022 11:05 AM | Executive Director (Administrator)

    Company Name: Forootan Law

    Recent Professional Accomplishment: After having worked for years at defense and plaintiff firms practicing employment law, I opened my own firm, Forootan Law, last Fall. I represent both sides--companies and employees--in employment litigation. I also provide workplace training, conduct workplace investigations, and provide expert testimony. This year I hired two law student clerks and one associate. I look forward to celebrating a successful first year at Forootan Law with my team.

    Fun Fact About Me: I enjoy taking walks by the beach while listening to wellness podcasts.

    Philanthropic Interests: Orange County United Way

    Practice Area: I represent employees and companies in employment litigation, as well as provide advice and counsel, workforce training, and HR expert testimony.

    What is your favorite part about OCWLA? Networking, The Gala

    Is there anything else you would like the OCWLA Members to know about you? I am so grateful to know so many of OCWLA members, and for those I do not yet know, I very much look forward to meeting you. To know other Orange County women lawyers that support each other is truly special and very necessary in the legal field. See you at the gala!

  • Monday, August 29, 2022 1:55 PM | Executive Director (Administrator)

    Name: Livia Espiritu, rising 2L at Chapman University Fowler School of Law

    Place of Work: Forootan Law

    What is Your Practice Area? Currently employment law. Undecided and interested in civil litigation, entertainment law and immigration law.

    Fun Fact About Me: I was born in the Philippines and came to the US when I was 5 years old.

    Philanthropic Interests: I currently volunteer at any outreach events with the Orange County Bar Association or Beverly Hills Bar Association. I’m also a volunteer summer associate at Ukrainian Mothers and Children Transport Initiative, a program created by my professor at Chapman Law which provides legal aid to Ukrainian women and children fleeing the war.

    Recent Professional Accomplishment: I received two CALI awards (highest grade of the class) this last spring semester in my Legal Research and Writing Class as well as my Civil Procedure Lab class. I also became a member of the Mock Trial Competition Board and Moot Court Competition Board.

    Favorite Part about OCWLA: I’m excited to network with a distinguished group of women who share the values of empowerment and advancement of women in the legal profession.

    Anything Else You Would Like OCWLA Members to Know About You: I enjoy connecting with others, especially listening about their unique experiences in the legal field. I’m thrilled to get involved with or assist with the organization however I can.


  • Monday, August 15, 2022 9:04 AM | Executive Director (Administrator)

    Name: Calyn Hadlock

    Place of Work: Forootan Law

    What is your practice area? Currently working on labor and employment law cases, but as I am still in law school, I am unsure what my official practice area will be post-grad.

    Fun Fact about me: I am a second degree black belt in karate, and French is my second language.

    Philanthropic interests: While at UCI, I’ve worked with the ACLU on various first amendment cases; I’ve also worked on cases for tenant advocacy groups. 

    Recent Professional Accomplishment: I drafted my first mediation brief, which helped the firm secure a mediation settlement twice as large as expected. I was also recently offered employment with Chancellor’s Professor Michele Goodwin as Professor Goodwin’s Research Assistant. 

    Favorite part about OCWLA: Mixers, Networking, exciting conversations about new developments in law. 

    Anything else you would like OCWLA Members to know about you: I am an avid student of constitutional law and will be working with the Appellate Litigation Clinic at UCI Law on an appeals case involving questions of state constitutional law next year. I am a 3L at UCI law and I am earnestly looking forward to graduation and passing the bar. As much as I’ve enjoyed my time at UCI, I am anxious to finally embark on my career journey.

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