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

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  • Wednesday, May 22, 2024 3:43 PM | Anonymous

    Company Name: Forootan Law

    Recent Professional Accomplishment:  Chapman Dale E. Fowler School of Law - Golden Gavel Quarterfinalist (1L Oral Argument Competition)

    Fun Fact About MeFarsi was my first language.

    Philanthropic Interests: Education for women in Afghanistan.

    What is your favorite part about OCWLA?: Networking, support and awareness for women in the legal profession.

    Is there anything else you'd like the OCWLA Members to know about you?: I graduated from the University of California Merced in 2021, with a bachelor's degree in political science and a minor in psychology. Throughout my undergraduate career I was fortunate enough to participate in the Merced Pre-Law Society, Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law Fraternity, organize fundraising and volunteer for the Merced Center of Visual Enhancement, and work closely with the political science department to evaluate and grade upper division course work. I am currently a second-year Juris Doctor candidate at Chapman University Dale E. Fowler School of Law. During my first year, I joined the Corporate Law Society, Chapman Women Lawyers Association, I was invited to join the Chapman Law Moot Court Team, and began working as a Law Clerk at Forootan Law. I will be participating in the National Moot Court Competition in November 2023, with the hopes of advancing to the finals in New York City. I will also be working toward obtaining a Business Certification in addition to my Juris Doctor until my anticipated graduation in 2025.

    Practice Area: I am pursuing employment litigation. 

    Find me on Socials! 

  • Wednesday, March 27, 2024 3:29 PM | Anonymous

    Company Name: Veterans Legal Institute

    Recent Professional Accomplishment: With the help of the legal community, Veterans Legal Institute, in advance of its 10 year anniversary, recently surpassed serving 10,000 low income and homeless veterans and their families.

    Fun Fact About MeI love involving my two teenage sons in philanthropy.

    Philanthropic Interests: I feel strongly about legal civility and justice which is why I serve on the board of the Orange County Women Lawyers Association. I served 6 years as a board member of the Orange County Bar Association and presently co-chair the OCBA Veterans and Military Committee and have served several terms on its audit committee promoting financial transparency.For years I have enjoyed my position on the OCBA Mentorship Committee because I value and want to promote growth of the future leaders of our profession.

    What is your favorite part about OCWLA?: Working alongside other female legal minds to create a stronger sense of community and equity in our field.

    Practice Area: Public Interest

    Find me on Socials! 

    • LinkedIn: Antoinette Naddour
    • IG: AntoinetteEsquire
    • Facebook: Antoinette Naddour
  • Tuesday, February 13, 2024 4:12 PM | Anonymous

     Company Name: Gartman & Montenegro, A Family Law Firm

     Recent Professional Accomplishment: I have yet to lose a Domestic Violence Trial in the last 4.5 years of   practice.

     Fun Fact About MeI cracked my chin when I was 6 years old trying to fly on a carpet down a flight of stairs!

     Philanthropic Interests: Helping women and children throughout Orange County. I was an active member   in the Assistance League of Orange but have decided to shift my focus this year toward Women in the Legal   community.

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

     Is there anything else you would like the OCWLA Members to know about you?: I am a Mom to 4 children, Maverick (5), Harrison (4), Colton (3) and Capri (6 months). I finally got my girl and our puzzle is complete.

    Practice Area: Family Law

    Find me on Instagram! @ocfamilylaw_legalqueen

  • Thursday, January 18, 2024 3:20 PM | Anonymous

     Company Name: Orange County District Attorney's Office

     Recent Professional Accomplishment: I created the IPV (interpersonal violence) Task Force in Orange   County to properly address the investigation and potential prosecution of strangulation-related assaults.

     Fun Fact About Me: I am running for Judge in the next election cycle. I love kickboxing, I have 3 children and I   like to bake.

     Philanthropic Interests: Veteran Affairs, Gang Reduction Intervention, Poverty Prevention Project

     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 have a long history in   the field of sexual assault prosecution and train for CDAA on related issues. I would love to provide any support   or guidance to the membership in this arena as it is where my passion lies.

    Practice Area: Criminal Law

  • Tuesday, December 19, 2023 1:50 PM | Anonymous

    Company Name: Minyard Morris

    Recent Professional Accomplishment:  I was selected for Best Lawyers One To Watch 2024.

    Fun Fact About Me: I am a proud mom to a 4 and 3 year old.

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

  • Thursday, November 16, 2023 4:43 PM | Anonymous

      University Name: Western State

      Recent Professional Accomplishment: Finishing my first year of law school and completing a summer clerkship at an immigration litigation firm in Fullerton. 

      Fun Fact About Me: I have a doberman named Storm and taking her to the dog beach is my favorite thing to do.

    Philanthropic Interests: Indigenous rights, animal and land conservation

    Is there anything else you would like the OCWLA Members to know about you?: Find me on instagram @ashleyaceves!

  • Tuesday, July 25, 2023 6:55 PM | Isabella McDonald-Brent

    Company Name: Pagter and Perry Isaacson, APLC

    Recent Professional Accomplishment:  Hon. Peter M. Elliott Memorial Award Recipient (12/2022) - This award was established to honor the contributions of Bankruptcy Judge Elliott and to honor those who have served the Orange County community with distinction during their careers; Current Chair for the Ninth Circuit Lawyer Representatives (2022-2023)

    Fun Fact About Me: I was named after the son "Misty" by Johnny Mathis

    Philanthropic Interests: Access to Justice organizations such as Public Law Center and Veterans Legal Institute; OC Bar Association Community Outreach Committee

    Practice Area: Bankruptcy Law

    What is Your Favorite Part About OCWLA: MCLE's, Mixers, Networking

  • Tuesday, June 13, 2023 7:15 PM | Isabella McDonald-Brent

    Company Name: Isyanova Law PC

    Recent Professional Accomplishment: Law Insider e-book contributor

    Fun Fact About Me: I have 3 daughters and one super-wrinkly Shar Pei dog

    Philanthropic Interests: I am all about helping small businesses grow and succeed!

    What is your favorite part about OCWLA?: Mixers, Wine Events, Networking!

    Is there anything else you would like the OCWLA Members to know about you?: I recently joined the OCWLA and look forward to meeting all the intelligent, accomplished and fascinating members of this superb organization.

  • Thursday, May 18, 2023 7:31 PM | Isabella McDonald-Brent

    Company Name: Cox, Castle & Nicholson LLP

    Recent Professional Accomplishment: I graduated UCI Law in 2022 and became a barred attorney on December 1, 2022!

    Fun Fact About Me: I have a rescue terrier-chihuahua mix named Poppins. I collect bow ties for him to wear, and my goal is to have 365 bow ties (one for every day!)

    Philanthropic Interests: I am a first-time member of the OCWLA Foundation Board. I volunteered as a scorer at the 2022-2023 high school mock trial competition organized by the Constitutional Rights Foundation Orange County (CRF-OC), an organization I plan to become more involved in.

    What is your favorite part about OCWLA?: Networking!

    Practice Area: Land Use and Transactional Real Estate

  • Monday, April 03, 2023 7:36 PM | Isabella McDonald-Brent

    Company Name: Bowman & Brooke

    Recent Professional Accomplishment: I have recently become the Firm Chair of Women's Committee and I was also awarded 2022 Lawyer of Distinction!

    Fun Fact About Me: I was the youngest to learn how to water ski at the age of 6; I love the outdoors - water skiing, snow skiing, hiking and the beach.

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

    Practice Area: Product Liability Civil Litigation Defense

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