Lafferty Appointed to Board of Directors of Oak Valley Community Bank

Allison Cherry Lafferty was appointed to the Board of Directors of Oak Valley Bancorp, which operates Oak Valley Community Bank & Eastern Sierra Community Bank.  

Ingersol Joins Kroloff

Kroloff is pleased to announce that Ki Ingersol has joined the firm as an attorney. He has practiced corporate law over the past three decades in the Bay Area.

Kroloff Celebrates 70th Anniversary

Kroloff celebrates its 70th Anniversary in providing excellent legal counsel and representation to its clients. The Firm, founded in 1946 by Yale Kroloff and Richard Belcher, has deep roots in the Central Valley and Sierra Foothills and serves the northern California region through its team of 14 attorneys and 4 paralegals. 

Engh and Lim Named 2016 Super Lawyers – Krueger Named 2016 Rising Star

Christopher Engh and Velma Lim were named 2016 Super Lawyers in Northern California – Chris in Estate Planning and Probate and Velma in Employment Litigation. This is Chris’ eleventh year and Velma’s second year named as Super Lawyers. Kerry Krueger was named a 2016 Rising Star for Civil Litigation for the fourth time. Allison Lafferty was named a Rising Star in Civil Litigation in 2013 and 2014.


Krueger Presents on Business Law Practice: 2016 Year in Review

Kerry L. Krueger served as a panelist for the Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB) program for a second year in a row on business law practice in January 2017. With two other bay area attorneys, Kerry presented to attorneys statewide in San Francisco. Kerry focused on California and federal updates in Business Litigation, Business and Professions law, and employment law. Her colleagues, Gerald Niesar and Ben Berk, focused on bankruptcy, corporations, consumer law and federal and state taxation. CEB is a self-supporting program of the University of California that is co-sponsored by the State Bar of California. CEB has been providing continuing education to attorneys since 1947.

Geiger Elected Board Chair for Catholic Charities

Don Geiger was recently elected Chair of the Board of Directors for Catholic Charities, Diocese of Stockton. For over 70 years, Catholic Charities has provided social services to people in San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Calaveras, Tuolumne, Alpine, and Mono Counties. The organization’s programs are diverse and include services for seniors, veterans, immigrants, and the poor within the communities listed above.

Engh Presents Update on Probate/Trust Law Development

In January 2017, Christopher Engh, along with Jayne Lee, San Joaquin County Superior Court Probate Attorney, presented Probate Update 2017 – one of a series of classes for attorneys offered by the San Joaquin County Bar Association as a part of its Master Series. This is Chris’ sixth consecutive year presenting the annual probate update, which is designed to educate local practitioners on major changes in the areas of probate and trust law over the past year. The annual Probate Update seminar is well attended by local bar members.

Lim and Bossuat Present 2017 Employment Law Updates

Velma Lim and Jamie Bossuat have again presented their annual Employment Law Update seminar to employers, business owners, accountants, and attorneys. Each year, a myriad of new employments laws and case decisions are issued, which impact the workplace. Velma and Jamie highlight developments and changes in employment laws in their presentations. Among the groups to whom that Velma and Jamie gave their legal update presentation are Stockton Chapter of the Institute of Management Accountants, Inc., San Joaquin County Bar Association, and other employer groups. If you are interested in receiving information about this year’s employment law update, please contact us.

Bossuat Honored with SJBA 2016 Outstanding New Lawyer Award

Congratulations to Jamie Bossuat! Jamie was awarded with the 2016 Outstanding New Lawyer Award by the San Joaquin County Bar Association on February 7, 2017. The award was presented to Jamie at the Bar Association’s 2017 New Lawyers Reception. The Bar Association makes this award annually to an attorney who has been practicing for seven years or less and who has provided outstanding service to both the community and the legal profession.

Abdallah Successfully Achieves Goals for Business Clients

Kathy Abdallah has recently achieved goals for many business clients. These accomplishments include successfully obtaining summary judgment in favor of a local commercial lessor client, representing creditors in the Diocese of Stockton bankruptcy, negotiating and documenting commercial loan transactions, business contracts, property leases with options to purchase the real property. Kathy also completed several corporate governance and business transactions for local winery clients and other agricultural business clients.

Engh Recertified as Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust, and Probate Law

Christopher Engh was re-certified as a specialist in the areas of estate planning, trust, and probate law by the State Bar of California. To be designated as a certified specialist, an attorney must pass a rigorous written examination, undergo a peer review process, and satisfy various experience requirements. Chris has been a certified specialist for over 20 years.

Perry Honored with ABOTA Legends Award

Tom Perry was honored by the Sacramento Valley Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) with The Legends of ABOTA Award in 2015. The ABOTA Legends Award has been bestowed on a few previous occasions to a trial lawyer who has demonstrated over the course of a distinguished career, impeccable trial skills, ethical conduct, and civility – which are the bedrock principles of ABOTA. Tom has tried cases in courts throughout Northern California for over 40 years and is held in the highest regard by judges and lawyers alike.


Kroloff Ranked Top Law Firm in U.S. and California

Kroloff has been designated a top ranked law firm not only in California, but also a top ranked law firm in the United States.  LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell, the authoritative source for information about U.S. lawyers since 1868, selects the firms for this honor.  To be a top ranked law firm in California, at least one out five lawyers in the firm must have achieved the AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating.  To be a top ranked law firm in the U.S., at least one out of every three lawyers in the firm must be rated “AV Preeminent”.  Kroloff has satisfied both sets of stringent requirements to earn these two designations.

Several of the firm’s lawyers hold the honor of “AV Preeminent”, which is the highest peer rating standard, signifying that other lawyers and judges rank the lawyer at the highest professional excellence for his or her legal knowledge, communication skills, and ethical standards.  Attorneys at Kroloff who have achieved the “AV Preeminent” rating are:  Tom Perry, Gary Christopherson, Christopher Engh, Velma Lim, and Don Geiger.

Lafferty Honored with 2016 Susan B. Anthony Award

Allison Cherry Lafferty was honored with the 2016 Susan B. Anthony Women of Achievement Award for excellence in law and legal services on February 15, 2016.  The award was also given to women who excelled in other categories, such as medicine, education, and community service.    The San Joaquin County Commission on the Status of Women presents this award to honor women who have excelled in their chosen category and have, through their dedication, talent, and untiring effort, raised the status of humankind in San Joaquin County.

Allison has been with the Kroloff firm for over 16 years.  Her practice focuses on litigation, primarily related to business and agriculture.    In recent years, she has served on the firm’s Management Committee and was just named President of the firm’s Board of Directors.  In the community, Allison has served as President of the Board of Directors for the Stockton Shelter for the Homeless and Stockton Civic Theater.  Allison also serves on the Stockton Arts Commission.

Schrum and Sem Run Walt Disney World Marathon

In January, Laurie Bell Schrum and Rebecca Sem ran the most magical 26.2 miles on earth at the 2016 Walt Disney World Marathon race in Orlando, Florida.  The course took Laurie and Rebecca through all four Disney World theme parks, starting at Epcot Center, continuing on to the Magic Kingdom Park, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, and Disney’s Hollywood Studios, before an exhilarating finish back at Epcot.  Over 20,000 runners from around the world ran the marathon.

Driscoll Joins Kroloff as a Paralegal

Kimberly Driscoll has joined Kroloff as a senior paralegal focusing on Estate Planning, Trusts, and Probate.  Kim comes to Kroloff with 30 years of paralegal experience, primarily working with a law office in Lodi, California.   She is knowledgeable in the preparation of wills and trusts, trust administration, probate, and litigation of wills and trusts disputes.

She enjoys cooking, reading, and assisting her husband who is a deacon at a local church in Lodi.  Kim has three wonderful children and three amazing grandchildren.

Christopherson Reappointed to Port of Stockton Commission

Gary Christopherson was reappointed to the Port of Stockton Commission and led the Commission as Chairman in 2015.  Gary was first appointed to the Commission in 1999 by the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors. 

The Port of Stockton is California’s third largest port after Port of Los Angeles and Port of Long Beach.  The Port of Stockton is a major inland deep water port that boasts first class warehouse storage and handling facilities for both dry and liquid bulk materials, facilities and equipment to handle break-bulk and containerized cargoes by land and sea.  Both domestic and international ships use the Port for transportation and distribution of cargo. 

Abdallah Available for Mediations and Arbitrations

Kathy Abdallah has broadened her practice to include mediations and binding arbitrations.  She has over 28 years of experience in business litigation, business governance, and creditors’ rights.  With Kathy’s wide experience in litigation of many types of cases and business formations, Kathy is quite knowledgeable in agribusiness law, corporate and partnership disputes, business formation and sale of businesses, real property and contract issues, and creditors’ rights.   Kathy uses her thoroughness, persuasiveness, and firm but tactful communication skills to assist parties to reach middle ground to resolve and close, often times very difficult, lawsuits.

Sem’s Article on Transfer on Death Deeds Featured in Across the Bar

Rebecca Sem’s article on Transfer on Death Deeds (TOD Deeds) was published in the fourth quarter 2015 issue of Across the Bar, a legal magazine published by the San Joaquin County Bar Association.   In 2015, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Assembly Bill 139, which authorizes the use of TOD Deeds in California.  In her article, Rebecca explains the benefits and possible drawbacks of TOD Deeds—a device that allows property owners to execute a deed that names a beneficiary who will obtain the property at the owner’s death without going through probate.  Rebecca’s article may be found here.