Lytton Williams Messina & Hankin LLP

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Lytton Williams Messina & Hankin, LLP (the "Firm") an experienced  California law firm that has elected to stay small so that its partners can maintain close relationships with their clients and can continue to make personalized service their number one priority.

The Firms' litigation attorneys are engaged in a full range of disputed matters in California state courts, the United States District Courts in California, before administrative agencies in Los Angeles, Orange and Riverside Counties, and in a variety of alternative dispute resolution forums.


Partners Lytton Williams and Messina were all formerly partners in the Century City law firm of Kelly Lytton & Williams.  Prior to joining Kelly Lytton, Sheldon Lytton and Richard Williams, each with more than 30 years of legal experience, practiced at O’Melveny & Myers and Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, respectively, and were then partners in Finley Kumble Wagner Heine Underberg & Manley, one of the largest national law firms in the United States. John Messina, head of the Firm's Temecula Valley Office, is a licensed real estate broker and was the head of a mortgage banking firm in the San Gabriel Valley before turning to the law.  Ted Hankin, an attorney and CPA, heads the Firm's Newport Beach Office and was formerly  the Division Chair of the Estates, Probate and Trust Division of AlvaradoSmith APC. Henry Holguin, Of Counsel to the Firm, was formerly a name partner in Miller & Holguin, and is one of California's most noted health care attorneys; he currently serves as the general counsel of AltaMed. the largest Federally qualified Community Health Center in the United States.

In addition, through Mr. Holguin, the Firm will continue to provide advice and counsel in matters pertaining to health professionals and health care practice and through Of Counsel, Richard Trugman, the Firm will provide advice and counsel for all family law matters.

In connection with the Firm's litigation practice, partners in the Firm have represented clients in matters before State and Federal Courts throughout California, and before a myriad of State and Federal offices and agencies including United States Department of State, the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, the California Public Utilities Commission, the California Air Resources Board, the South Coast Air Quality Management District, the Los Angeles County Planning Commission, the Riverside County Planning Commission, the Los Angeles City Planning Commission, the Los Angeles Department of Public Works, and the Los Angeles Airport Commission.  The firm has also acted as counsel to public entities, including the State of California, the Office of California Lt. Governor, the City of Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Unified School District, the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority and the City of Compton.  As part of its work for public agencies, the Firm has developed substantial expertise in connection with the formation and management of law enforcement and public safety agencies.

With regard to its practice in the area of structure and placement of foreign investment: the Firm represents a major U.S. Government-approved Regional Center in California; Regional Center is an entity authorized by the US Citizenship and Immigration Services Agency to accept foreign investment through the US Government EB-5 program, and to place that investment in U.S. business and real estate ventures.  In connection with this representation, the Firm advises the Regional Center and related clients with regard to the acquisition of shopping centers, medical centers and hospitals, senior living and health facilities, has structured and documented the real estate purchase and sale transactions used for investment purposes.  The Firm has assisted foreign national investors from China, Taiwan, Vietnam, South Africa and Brazil in placing investments in the United States.

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    Powers of Attorney, Trust & Probate Litigation, Will Contests, Trust Contests

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