(Listed alphabetically by firm name. See photos below.)
Abbey, Weitzenberg, Warren & Emery
100 Stony Point Road # 200
Santa Rosa 95401
David Berry was born in Tulsa, Okla., and moved to Sonoma County in 1998. He currently lives in Santa Rosa.
He attended U.C. Berkeley for his undergraduate degree and received his J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in 1995, where he was a member of the Hastings Law Journal.
He said his career in law was foreseen by his parents at an early age. “My parents tell me I was a litigator from the start, always prodding them for exceptions to the rules,” he said.
A North Bay Business Journal Forty under 40 winner in 2008, he was recognized in the Super Lawyers-Rising Stars in 2009. That same year, he graduated as a member of the 25th class of Leadership Santa Rosa, a year-long program for selected community leaders intended to expose members to pertinent issues in and around Santa Rosa and Sonoma County.
He serves on multiple boards and has a long history of participating in community service, serving as the president of Legal Aid of Sonoma County and a member of its board of directors from 2001 through 2005. In 2009, he came up with the idea for and helped found the Real Property Section of the Sonoma County Bar Association, of which he is the inaugural chairman. He is also on the board of the Sonoma County Bar Association.
Anderson, Zeigler, Disharoon, Gallagher & Gray
50 Old Courthouse Square
Santa Rosa 95404
Chris Mazzia, a native of New York City, came to the Bay Area in 1977 and moved with his family to Santa Rosa in 1983 after graduating with a B.A. from William College in Massachusetts in 1976. He obtained his J.D. from Golden Gate University in 1980. After living in Washington, D.C, briefly, he said he “experienced the importance law and administration of justice make in people’s lives and our society.” He began litigation upon graduating from law school “because the courtroom is where effective, energetic legal representation is needed to protect litigants' legal rights,” he said.
He is currently a senior litigation partner and director at the 30-person firm Anderson, Zeigler, Disharoon, Gallagher & Gray and has been with the firm for more than 20 years.
Throughout law school, he worked as a legal researcher and tutor. He helped fund his law school education by working as a temp typist.
The bulk of his work consists of litigation as well as counseling on matters ranging from employment law, environmental law, real estate and property law on businesses-related matters.
He has been recognized for volunteer services to the Sonoma County Superior Court, has served on the board of directors of the Sonoma County Bar Association and was an officer and member of the executive committee. The firm specializes in estate planning, trusts and estates, employment, real estate and civil litigation.