Testimonials

Business Litigation Clients

“When I need co-counsel in California, I call Kurt Schmalz.  He is smart, knowledgeable and very experienced trying cases in the local courts, which is of great value to me and my clients.  Kurt takes the time to understand a case and provides insightful input during every step of the process.”

-AmLaw 100 Lawyer, Washington, D.C.

“When a trusted employee embezzled from me and stole trade secrets, Troy Martin kept me sane.  He is patient, kind and very knowledgeable.  Troy’s exceptionally clear lawsuit was so easy for the jury to follow that we won the case with a seven figure verdict.”

-Nancy Collinge, NHC Insurance Services

“Kurt Schmalz and his team did such a wonderful job at trial that the jury awarded our full $3 million claim plus over $1 million in interest.  They clearly were better-prepared at trial than the opposition, and used technology effectively in the courtroom.  The jury liked him when the trial ended; that made a difference in the result.  They duplicated their result on appeal.  Similar to the response from the jury, he received a unanimous “affirmed” from the Court of Appeal.   But for Kurt, life might not have proven to be as good as it now promises to be.”

-Rufus v. Rhoades, Esq.

“I was unsure about pursuing litigation to resolve a long-standing dispute with family members over property.  Steve Hogan made me comfortable with the decision to move forward, and we won our case.  Steve is very personable and was in-tune with the many issues I was facing throughout the process.”

-Client

“Over the years, I’ve used a lot of lawyers for different matters.  I like Lurie, Zepeda, Schmalz, Hogan & Martin’s high quality service.  They are quick and professional and provide excellent value for their rates.

-Michael Mackel

“The partners and associates at Lurie, Zepeda, Schmalz, Hogan & Martin are amazing attorneys and very down-to-earth.   They patiently kept me informed of my options in fighting an employee’s wrongful termination case, and we got a great outcome.”

-Steve Blumenfeld, First Class Closets

“When my company or a client has a business issue to resolve, Lurie, Zepeda, Schmalz, Hogan & Martin gets the call. They have been representing me for 3 decades because of their extraordinary business judgment and accessibility.  It is important to me to deal directly with the firm’s principals.  I make a point of referring others in need of exceptional litigators.”

-James B. Salter, Founder & Former CEO, Construction Management & Development, Inc.

“We had a messy situation involving our most important business relationship caused by our insurer’s denial of coverage. Kurt Schmalz and his firm picked up the matter after two other lawyers couldn’t solve the problem. Through litigation and negotiation, Kurt solved our problem, recovered our losses and helped us preserve a valuable customer relationship. I shudder to think where we would be if we hadn’t switched law firms.”

-Robert Singh, President, CEO, Pinnacle Travel Services, LLC

Trust, Estate & Probate Litigation Clients

“After my mother passed away, it was incredibly stressful to be accused of elder abuse in a lawsuit by a relative.  I will always remember how quickly Troy Martin responded to our request for help.  Throughout the entire ordeal, he remained professional, reassuring, and personable, as did his associate Damien Holcomb.   We fortunately settled the case in mediation and I gladly moved on with my life.”

-Client

“I quickly gained confidence in Troy Martin.  He listens carefully, is rational in his approach, and thoughtfully explains the calculations behind his communications with the opposing side.  Troy achieved our desired outcome by patiently negotiating a settlement, saving us a lot of money in the long run.”

-Russell Steinberg

“Extremely valuable real estate divided our family after my father passed away.  I needed the best attorney in town, and fortunately was referred to Troy Martin.  Troy took a personal interest in my case and patiently pursued a successful settlement strategy rather than high-billing litigation.”

-Michael Anderson

“It is important for us to work with down-to-earth, honest, respectful attorneys.  The attorneys at Lurie, Zepeda, Schmalz, Hogan & Martin are all of those things and more.”

-Client

“Resolving a complex trust and estate litigation in California from our home in London was challenging.  Retaining Steve Hogan to represent us based on a friend’s strong recommendation turned out to be the right decision.”

-Robert Johnson

“Kurt Schmalz is a wonderful lawyer.  He is meticulous in his legal work and applied his outstanding abilities to win our civil case, write the appeal and then give an extraordinary argument before the court.”

-Susan Rhoades

Referral Sources

“Steve Hogan and I have shared a nice reciprocal relationship for over 10 years.  He is everything you want in a litigator – innovative, smart, personable and relentless.”

-Gil Ostrick, CPA

“I seriously like Steve Hogan and refer clients who have Trust and Estate litigation issues to him.  Steve gets great results and has a reasonable approach to meeting with clients and billing.”

-Fred Mashian, Esq.

“I gained a lot of confidence in Troy Martin from co-litigating a case with him.  He is easy to work with and has a great demeanor for handling trust, estate and probate litigation.”

-Matthew Yu, Esq.

“Whenever my firm has a conflict, I confidently refer clients to Steve Hogan because he cares as much about them as I do.  He is very tenacious and gets great results.   Practicing law is not just a job for Steve, it is his passion.”

-Partner, AmLaw 100 Law Firm

“Troy Martin is a very diligent attorney.   Probate litigation is a complicated process and Troy does a good job of explaining things to my clients, making it much easier for me.”

-Kazuaki Uemura, Esq.

“Kurt Schmalz is one of the best litigators in Southern California.  He is intelligent, careful, results-oriented, and practical in his approach.  Kurt is a phenomenal choice for any client.”

-Robert Weinberg, Esq.

“I originally met Steve Hogan when we were opposing counsel.  We developed a trusting relationship and I confidently refer clients with trusts and estate disputes to Steve.”

-Peter Cathcart, Esq., Magana Cathcart & McCarthy

“Troy Martin has successfully resolved real estate and trust litigation for my clients.  He is very responsive and strategically considers potential outcomes versus potential costs when planning the best path to pursue.”

-Stephanie Bezner, Esq., Doan Bezner

“I call Kurt Schmalz when one of my clients is facing litigation in California.  Since he tries a lot of cases, he knows the judges, unique characteristics of various jurisdictions, and the art of picking a jury.  He leverages these skills to settle cases when possible, and always is prepared to go to trial if needed.”

-AmLaw 100 Lawyer, Washington, D.C.

“Steve Hogan is my go-to choice when a client needs a Trusts and Estates litigator.  He does a tremendous job representing clients and keeps me informed throughout the process.”

-David Altshuler, Esq.