WE HANDLE COMPLEX FAMILY LAW MATTERS in SANTA BARBARA, VENTURA and SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTIES and BEYOND
Greg Herring founded Herring Law Group to more efficiently and effectively serve his select family law clients. HLG serves “the 805” and beyond.
We provide elite lawyering assisted by state-of-the art technology. HLG embraces paperless operations, cloud-based office access, encrypted communications, social media monitoring and electronic court presentations. We lead in the new world of ESI (Electronically Stored Information) and E-discovery.
Greg’s extensive background in corporate litigation uniquely qualifies HLG to handle business and professional practice matters in the family law environment. We routinely guide complex valuation, goodwill, property characterization, shareholder rights, “family enterprise” and income disputes.
HLG also handles other family law challenges including custody, parenting and domestic violence.
Greg is a veteran trial attorney of a wide variety of state and federal courts throughout California and other states. His experience in, and commitment and service to, family law are unparalleled in Santa Barbara, Ventura and San Luis Obispo Counties. He is the region’s only Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (aaml.org) and of the International Academy of Family Lawyers (iafl.com). The AAML is the nation’s premier family law organization, and the IAFL is the world’s.
HLG’s second attorney, Ruston Imming, brings over a decade of family law experience in the Santa Barbara County courts. He is a force with a valuable combination of intellect, common sense, drive and professional presence.
Cassie Glanville, a UCSB undergraduate who attended UC Hastings College of the Law, is our third attorney. She previously practiced family law in Santa Barbara, and with a top San Francisco firm.
Executive Director, Erin Schaden, is a family law lawyer who is licensed in multiple states. She does not practice in California, but she provides legal assistance and presses HLG toward streamlined and client-focused operations.
Cyndi Hitsman is our Certified Paralegal. She brings formal paralegal certification, extensive experience and advanced ESI/E-discovery credentials.
Deanna Cerda is HLG’s Office Manager. Teresa McGrath is our outstanding Legal Assistant. Kelsey Sturgeon is our new Paralegal.
HLG provides elite lawyering assisted by state-of-the art technology. Our experience and commitment to the family law community are unmatched in the region. We are recognized by judges and lawyers alike. We take our profession seriously, and our clients enjoy the rewards.
Herring Law Group provides legal expertise
tailored to your unique needs.
Our team provides expert and driven family law counsel in close partnership with our clients.
EXPERIENCE, COMMITMENT, DEDICATION, AND PASSION ARE HALLMARKS OF OUR HIGHLY REGARDED TEAM
Greg is certified as a Family Law Specialist by the Board of Legal Specialization of the State Bar of California. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (aaml.org; socal.aaml.org) and of the International Academy of Family Lawyers (iafl.org). He has the highest possible ratings for both skill and ethics, “AV Preeminent,” from Martindale-Hubbell’s Peer Review Ratings. He has been annually listed as a Southern California “Superlawyer” since 2007 and one of “Southern California’s Best Lawyers” since 2008.
With his broad litigation background in state, federal, bankruptcy and appellate courts, Greg routinely handles and consults regarding complex business, property, income, custody/parenting and other issues in the family law environment.
He regularly writes about family law and teaches it across the state. His articles and blogs are at theherringlawgroup.com. Greg routinely serves on family law panels with various experts and judicial officers. He has been retained as an expert in multiple family law professional standards cases in different counties.
Out of the office and courtroom, Greg is a family man with outdoor interests including beekeeping, fly fishing and surfing. He is the proprietor of Herring Beer Farm, where he grows hops and brews a variety of ales. Stories about his work/life balance have been featured in the Los Angeles Times and Coastal Living magazine.
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Ruston Imming is a results-driven attorney with more than ten years of settlement and litigation experience in complex, high-conflict family law cases. He is a resourceful and keen researcher who is noted for developing and executing effective case strategies. He also provides a strong courtroom presence, particularly in Santa Barbara County.
Ruston was an associate (2005-2012), and then a partner (2012-2015), in the Santa Barbara family law firm, Misho|Imming, LLP. Greg Herring developed respect for him while litigating major Santa Barbara cases over the years. Ruston could hit hard, but he always maintained the professionalism and ethical standards on which Herring Law Group stands. He is a zealous advocate, but also a principled one.
In 2004, he interned for Santa Barbara County Superior Court Judge James Brown (Ret.).
Ruston grew up in northern San Luis Obispo County and attended UC Santa Barbara on a golf scholarship. He has been a part of the Santa Barbara legal community since 1998, when he began working during his sophomore year for a group of attorneys involved in family law, civil litigation and a variety of other areas.
An avid golfer, Ruston is a dedicated family man. He, with his wife and two daughters, enjoys all water sports and especially water skiing.
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Our Executive Director is Erin E. Schaden, an attorney licensed to practice in Maryland, New Mexico and the District of Columbia. She is an experienced family law practitioner and law firm administrator. As an integral part of our client preparation team, Erin provides legal assistance to our licensed California attorneys and keeps Herring Law Group running on all cylinders. Since she is not licensed to practice in California she cannot and does not provide legal advice.
From 2005-2010 Erin served as an attorney with Webb & Associates in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She managed and litigated family law cases from intake through trial.
In 2004-2005 she was an attorney with the Albuquerque-based family law firm, Atkinson & Kelsey. Like Herring Law Group, Atkinson & Kelsey is involved in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. Erin was committed to the AAML’s principles then, as she remains now.
She was a staff attorney with Law Access New Mexico in 2003-2004. There, she reviewed family law and bankruptcy work. She also developed her administrative skills, creating training modules and establishing office procedures to ensure consistent quality case handling. She developed computer and database systems for staff attorneys and helped resolve client complaints.
In 2002-2003, Erin was the Director of the Client Services Unit for DNA People’s Legal Services, Inc., a non-profit legal aid organization in Crownpoint, New Mexico.
Through her own firm, she served the greater Maryland and Washington, D.C. area from 1997- 2001. She focused on family law and domestic violence litigation, criminal defense and bankruptcy. While managing her practice, she also held a position on the Correctional Reform Section of the Maryland State Bar (1998 -2001) and served as an attorney for The Lawyers at Bail Project in Baltimore, Maryland (1998-2000).
Erin has been a committed and energetic presence throughout her career, and Herring Law Group is fortunate to have her on board.
Ms. Glanville brings recent experience practicing with a prominent San Francisco firm, specializing in complex, high-conflict family law matters. She worked with sophisticated and high income individuals facing difficult and complicated issues. Her attention to detail and strong research and writing skills are particular strengths. At Herring Law Group, clients also appreciate her tenacity as she drills into facts.
Ms. Glanville attended the University of California, Santa Barbara for her undergraduate degree. She attended law school at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco. While there, she worked as a judicial extern at the San Francisco County Superior Court Unified Family Court. She also worked at the Alameda County Superior Court, focusing on family law and domestic violence matters.
Prior to practicing in San Francisco, Ms. Glanville pursued her family law career in Santa Barbara. In 2012, she was awarded the McLafferty Scholarship, provided by the Santa Barbara Women Lawyer’s Foundation in part for her dedication to the Santa Barbara community.
Ms. Glanville is eager to apply her experience and talents to the unique communities in Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties, and beyond.
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Cyndi Hitsman has worked in the legal field since 1987, and has held her Certified Paralegal designation since 2001. She has an Advanced Paralegal Certificate in Discovery from the National Association of Legal Assistants. Fewer than 80 California paralegals enjoy this distinction.
Her areas of emphasis are document management, discovery and ESI (Electronically Stored Information)/E-Discovery as they relate to litigation and family law. At Herring Law Group, she completed the comprehensive Arkfeld E-Discovery and Digital Evidence Course. That rigorous program covers all aspects of ESI/E-Discovery, including types of data, hardware and software, and modes of collection, legal preservation, processing and production.
Cyndi has been a member of the National Association of Legal Assistants, and of the Santa Barbara and Ventura County Paralegal Associations. She is the current President of the Santa Barbara Paralegal Association. She is the Past President of the Ventura County Association. She has presented a number of continuing education programs including topics of trial preparation, ESI/E-Discovery, document management, paralegal compliance, ethics and technology.
Out of the office, Cyndi enjoys her two sons, runs and rides her motorcycle. She is currently working toward her second-degree black belt in Taekwondo. A former employee of Herring Law Group, Cyndi now handles our major projects on an independent contractor basis.
Kelsey Sturgeon has worked in the law since 2008. She joined Herring Law Group after working nine years in Estate Planning and Trust Administration. She eagerly brings her experience and dedication to all clients to her new professional home.
Kelsey received her Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology with a Psychology Minor from CSU Channel Islands, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude. She received a Diploma in Paralegal Studies from the Paralegal Institute at Brighton College and has provided meticulous and thorough work ever since. Kelsey believes in lifetime learning and continually strives for personal and professional growth.
When Kelsey isn’t working, she loves every moment spent with her family and close friends. She embraces life with her husband, Bryan. They love visiting wine country and seeking out records for their vinyl collection. Kelsey lives life to the fullest, making every moment count.
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Upcoming speaking engagements and special programs
4th Annual Trial Basics Seminar
2019 AAML Trial Institute
How To Present Statistics To Explain Your Case.
Panel: Andrew L. Hunt, CPA, ASA, Greg Herring, Justice Sheila Sonenshine Ret.
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