Stacie L. Brandt
Stacie Brandt is a partner in the firm’s Orange County office. She is an experienced trial lawyer in both state and federal courts. She handles matters involving surety, construction, probate, and motor vehicle dealership bonds, and prevailing wage cases. Ms. Brandt’s clients
include several large insurance and surety companies.
Ms. Brandt graduated from Cornell University with a BS in mechanical engineering in 1979 and obtained her law degree from the University of San Diego School of Law in 1993. She has been with Booth, Mitchel & Strange LLP since 1992 and is a member of the California State Bar,
American Bar Association and Surety Claims Association of Los Angeles.
Sandy Gonzalez has extensive experience in complex and business litigation, having litigated multi-million-dollar class action and mass tort claims. She represents businesses and individual clients in tort, contract, employment, and surety disputes in federal and state court.
Ms. Gonzalez graduated from UC Hastings School of Law. While at Hastings, she worked as an extern for the Honorable Otis D. Wright II at the US. District Court of the Central District of California. She was also recognized for her pro bono work as a delegate to Haiti, where she conducted fact-finding to support the rule of law there. Before law school she worked as a scientific researcher, examining jurors’ perceptions of witness testimony. She graduated from the University of California Santa Barbara with degrees in Biopsychology and Philosophy. Ms. Gonzalez is admitted to practice in California, the Central and Northern Districts of California and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
Craig E. Guenther
Craig E. Guenther is an experienced trial and appellate lawyer and a
general partner in the firm’s Orange County office. Mr. Guenther has a
broad range of general civil litigation experience, specializing in the areas of surety and construction, fidelity, and complex business law.
Mr. Guenther is admitted to practice law in California and all Federal
District and Appellate Courts, including the United States Supreme
Mr. Guenther graduated from California State University Fullerton in
1983 and obtained his Juris Doctorate degree from Loyola Law School in
1986. He has been with Booth, Mitchel & Strange LLP since 1986. He
is a member of both the Los Angeles and Orange County Bar Associations
(Construction Law Section), State Bar of California and American Bar
Association (Tort and Insurance Practice Section), and Surety Claims
Andrew H. Haas
Andrew H. Haas is a Partner in the firm’s Orange County office. Mr. Haas has extensive courtroom knowledge and experience in a wide-range of cases representing both individuals and business entities in state and federal courts throughout California. Mr. Haas handles cases involving catastrophic injuries, wrongful death, personal injury, product liability, employment matters, including class action litigation, as well as family law, education and juvenile law matters. No matter the case, Mr. Haas has learned the tools to fight for his clients inside and outside of the courtroom.
Mr. Haas earned a B.A. in English Language and Literature from the University of Michigan and a J.D. from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles. While at Loyola, Mr. Haas represented minors in education and delinquency matters with the Center for Juvenile Law and Policy. Mr. Haas also served in clerkships and fellowships for Public Counsel’s Children’s Rights Project, Harvard Law School’s Disability Rights Project, National University of Ireland, Galway’s Centre for Disability Law and Policy, and the United Nations, in the areas of disability and international human rights law.
Mr. Haas is admitted in the states of California and New York, as well as the Central, Northern, Southern and Eastern Federal District Courts of California, and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal.
Address: Andrew H. Haas, Esq. Booth, Mitchel & Strange, LLP
701 South Parker Street, Suite 6500 Orange, CA 92868
Phone: (714) 480-8500, (949) 278-6460 Direct
David L. Hughes
David L. Hughes is a partner in the firm’s Orange County office. He is an experienced trial and appellate lawyer specializing in surety and construction issues. He handles all aspects of payment and performance bond issues, including indemnity, subrogation, and affirmative claims on behalf of sureties and contractors. He is admitted to practice law in Utah, California, all Federal District, and Appellate Courts, including the United States Supreme Court.
Mr. Hughes graduated from Brigham Young University in 1973 and obtained his Juris Doctor degree from the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law in 1985. Mr. Hughes was one of the founding partners of Howell, Fetzer & Hughes located in Salt Lake City, Utah. On February 1, 1990, Howell, Fetzer & Hughes’ Southern California operations merged with Booth, Mitchel & Strange LLP. He is a member of the California and Utah State Bars, American Bar Association, and National Bond Claims Association.
Robert W. Huston
Robert Huston is a partner in the firm’s Los Angeles office. Mr. Huston has a broad background in real estate and construction contracts and litigation in addition to personal injury, commercial litigation, environmental, and employment issues.
Mr. Huston graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1990 and obtained his law degree from the University of San Diego in 1993. He has been with Booth, Mitchel & Strange LLP since 1993. He is a member of the California State Bar and serves on the Board of Directors of the
Southern California Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Council of Los Angeles and Family Rosary, Inc., Catholic Education Foundation, and the California Science Center Foundation.
Christopher C. Lewi
Mr. Lewi is a partner in the firm’s San Luis Obispo office. Mr. Lewi focuses on civil litigation in State and Federal courts. His main practice areas include appellate work where he has argued numerous times before the Court of Appeal, business litigation, bankruptcy, and judgment enforcement. Mr. Lewi also has wide experience in the areas of construction contract and surety, construction defect, personal injury, employment, real estate, business disputes, and mass tort, and other
complex litigation. He represents both plaintiffs and defendants, and both institutional and private clients.
Mr. Lewi graduated from the University of California at Los Angeles in1986 and obtained his law degree from Loyola Law School in 1989. He joined Booth, Mitchel & Strange LLP in 1994. He is admitted to practice in California, all California United States District Courts, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He is a long-standing member of the State Bar Litigation Section.
Gregory H. Smith
Gregory H. Smith is a partner in the Orange County office of Booth, Mitchel & Strange LLP. Mr. Smith’s practice focuses on business litigation matters and surety law matters in state and federal courts.
Mr. Smith graduated from the University of California Berkeley in 2003
and obtained his law degree from Whittier Law School in 2005. He joined
Booth, Mitchel & Strange LLP in 2012. Prior to joining the firm,
Mr. Smith worked as an Equal Justice Works/AmeriCorps Attorney and later as a Staff Attorney at the Public Counsel Law Center where his practice focused on consumer litigation.