JAMES G. BERNALD

JAMES G. BERNALD is a Senior Counsel in the Firm’s Sherman Oaks, California, office.  Mr. Bernald’s practice includes civil litigation arising out of disputes involving insurance coverage, professional liability, premises liability, construction defect, and insurance defense.  His practice also includes preparation of insurance coverage opinions and the defense of insurers in uninsured and underinsured motorist arbitrations.

Practice Areas
  • Bad Faith and Coverage
  • Civil Litigation
  • Insurance Defense
Education

J.D., University of Southern California Law School, 1999
B.A., Pomona College, 1996

Bar Admissions

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MARAL BEYZAEI

MARAL BEYZAEI is an Associate of the Firm in its Sherman Oaks, California, office.  Ms. Beyzaei practices in all areas of civil litigation including personal injury defense, insurance defense, and transportation defense. Prior to joining Tharpe & Howell, Ms. Beyzaei’s legal work also focused on insurance defense as well as immigration deportation defense.

Practice Areas      
  • Civil Litigation
  • Insurance Defense
  • Transportation Law       
Education 

J.D., Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, 2013
B.A., Villanova University, 2009

Bar Admissions

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PEDRAUM ROUHAFZA

PEDRAUM ROUHAFZA is an Associate of the Firm in its Sherman Oaks, California, office.  Mr. Rouhafza practices in all areas of civil litigation including personal injury defense, insurance defense, and transportation defense.

Practice Areas      
  • Civil Litigation
  • Insurance Defense
  • Transportation Law
  • Bad Faith and Coverage
Education 

J.D., University of West Los Angeles School of Law, 2015
B.A., University of California, Riverside, 2008

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ALEXANDRA ANGEL

ALEXANDRA ANGEL is an Associate of the Firm in its Sherman Oaks, California, office.  Ms. Angel handles a variety of civil litigation matters including judgment collection, breach of contract, and landlord-tenant.  Prior to joining Tharpe & Howell, Ms. Angel practiced at a boutique law firm where she gained extensive experience in business and real estate transactions and litigation, with a focus on law and motion work and dispute resolution.

Practice Areas      
  • Civil Litigation
  • Breach of Contract
  • Landlord/Tenant Litigation
Education 

J.D., Southwestern Law School, Los Angeles, cum laude, 2017
B.S., University of La Verne, La Verne, suma cum laude, 2013

Bar Admissions

State Bar of California

Publications

Chavez-Garcia v. Read More

NICHOLAS T. SPENCER

NICHOLAS T. SPENCER is an Associate in the Firm’s Sherman Oaks, California office.

Mr. Spencer’s practice includes advising employers in human resources and personnel matters, such as employee discipline, terminations, leaves of absence, discrimination issues, employee benefits, and wage and hour issues.  He also conducts workplace investigations and drafts employment contracts, severance agreements, employment policies, and employee handbooks.

Mr. Spencer received his B.A. degree in history in 2002 with high honors from the University of Texas at Austin and was a member of the California Law Review while at Boalt Hall at Berkeley School of Law.  Read More