Payton Garofalo provides high quality representation for clients facing litigation. Her commitment to open communication and strategic planning helps clients understand their options and the litigation process. With a degree in journalism, magna cum laude, and having served as Senior Editor of the “Interdisciplinary Law Journal” during law school, Ms. Garofalo is particularly skilled at speaking with the parties involved to gather facts, then formulating a compelling case to present to the judge.
Working closely with the firm’s senior partners, Ms. Garofalo resolves a wide-range of trusts and estates disputes. She navigates complicated family dynamics to establish an effective strategy, particularly as they relate to estate administration and conservatorships. Ms. Garofalo’s recent matters include obtaining a conservatorship for a woman after she was abducted by her son, and prosecuting elder abuse against the son; negotiating a multi-million dollar settlement in a highly contentious breach of trust and elder abuse case relating to the management of a $20 million trust; and favorably resolving a will contest in the Ventura Superior Court for the trustee of her mother’s trust against the client’s sister.
Ms. Garofalo contributes to wide-ranging business, real estate and employment litigation matters. Her recent cases include defending a Fortune 500 client and a key employee against claims of breach of contract and fraud related to an alleged perpetual brokerage agreement; negotiating the sale of a client’s shares in a corporation after the client was effectively frozen out of the business; and obtaining an interlocutory judgment in favor of clients on a partition of commercial real estate involving 110 tenants in common in a downtown Los Angeles property. Ms. Garofalo also frequently negotiates settlements of ADA claims against tenants and landlords of commercial real estate.
During law school, Ms. Garofalo externed for the Honorable Judge Gregory Alarcon in the Los Angeles Superior Court.