Benjamin Crump

Benjamin Crump represents clients in some of the most important and contentious cases of our time, taking a place in legal history with his pursuit of justice.

His role in the Trayvon Martin, Martin Lee Anderson Boot Camp, Jannie Ligons (State of Oklahoma vs. Daniel Holtzclaw) and Robbie Tolan cases shows a legacy built around the idea that the Constitution applies to everyone, at every level of society.

Mr. Crump’s passion for advocacy has given him the privilege to fight for justice on behalf of the marginalized in our country, a calling to which he remains dedicated.

Mr. Crump has broken barriers in several legal organizations, serving as the first African-American President of the Federal Bar Association for the Northern District of Florida and the first African-American Chairman of the Florida State University College of Law Board of Directors. He is a member of the American Bar Association, American Association for Justice, The Florida Justice Association, and many other groups dedicated to the law and the pursuit of justice.

Mr. Crump is a frequent speaker and author, having been featured in documentaries like NPR’s “How Lawyer Got Nation Talking About Trayvon Martin,” and BET’s “I Am Trayvon Martin: A Family’s Fight for Justice.” Mr. Crump is also a frequent contributor to Time magazine, discussing many of the civil rights and criminal justice issues African-Americans face today. Mr. Crump will also appear on a television show called “Evidence of Innocence,” which will feature stories about individuals who were wrongfully imprisoned.

He’s received significant recognition for his service in pursuit of civil rights and justice for minorities, being included on prestigious lists like The National Trial Lawyers’ Top 100 Lawyers and Ebony Magazine’s Power 100 Most Influential African Americans. He has also received the National Urban League’s Whitney Young Award, AKA’s Eleanor Roosevelt Award, the NAACP Thurgood Marshall Award, and the SCLC’s Martin Luther King Servant Leader Award.

Mr. Crump is heavily involved in his community, having previously endowed scholarships to Florida A&M University, Livingston College, Florida State University, and Bethune Cookman University for minority law students. He also serves as the president and co-founder of MyDad360, a mentoring program for fathers endorsed by Colin Powell and recognized by President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper Initiative. He is a Life Member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, the NAACP, and the Urban League.

He previously served as the inaugural Board Chairman of Florida’s Big Bend Fair Housing Center, and also served as General Counsel to the Florida State Conference of the NAACP and sat on the boards of the Innocence Project and the Equal Justice Institute.

Mr. Crump was born and raised in Lumberton, North Carolina, and is the oldest of nine siblings and step-siblings. He received his undergraduate and law degrees from Florida State University. He is a congregation member and serves on the Board of Trustees for the Bethel Missionary Baptist Church. He is married to Dr. Genae Angelique Crump, is the proud father of Brooklyn Zeta Crump, and the guardian of two adopted cousins, Marcus and Chancellor.

Richard B. Andrade

Richard B. Andrade’s practice focuses primarily on construction litigation (public and private), including “changed conditions”, change order and differing site condition claims, Mechanic’s Lien and Stop Notice Litigation, Labor Law, including Trust Fund Litigation and General Business Litigation. He counsels and represents project owners, general contractors, subcontractors and material suppliers.

Mr. Andrade has specialized in the construction industry for nearly 25 years. He has extensive experience in all aspects of the California Judicial System, the Federal System and the American Arbitration Association. Mr. Andrade serves on the Board of Directors for the Engineering Contractors Association, is an affiliate member of the Southern California Contractors Association and the Associated General Contractors of California. Mr. Andrade is also counsel to the Engineering Contractors Association, is a member of the Associated General Contractors Statewide Legal Advisory Committee to the construction industry, as well as a member of the Southern California Constructors Legal Advisory Committee.

Mr. Andrade holds a California State Contractors License, and was actively involved in the construction industry as an owner of a company that, over a 10 year period, constructed in excess of 60 projects, the value of which exceeded $50 million.

Mr. Andrade’s goal, in representing clients, is to achieve the optimum cost-benefit result possible within the context of the facts, law and good legal representation. He attempts to solve problems, not create them, to achieve ends rather than frustrate them, and to do so in an aggressive yet ethical manner.

Firm Overview:

Andrade & Associates is a Laguna Hills based law firm serving all of Southern California in business and civil litigation, with a particular emphasis on litigation, dispute resolution, and transactional matters in the construction industry. A great deal of time, money, and effort goes into every construction project. Our job is to see that our clients’ business goals are met while protecting their legal rights, now and in the future.

Andrade & Associates brings together experience in the field with experience in the courtroom to provide outstanding legal representation with a deep understanding of the issues at hand. Firm founder Richard B. Andrade holds a California State Contractor’s License and has been actively involved in the construction industry as an owner of a company that, over the last ten years, has constructed in excess of 60 projects, the value of which exceeds $30 million. With this combination of practical and legal experience, our legal team is uniquely situated to handle any construction contract or litigation issue that may arise.

Andrade & Associates is a small firm that is experienced in a big way, and we have helped dozens of clients in the construction industry, including construction companies, suppliers, insurance companies and sureties. By maintaining specific expertise and focusing on a particular area of law, we are able to represent our clients in the most efficient and effective manner. Contact Andrade & Associates for a free initial consultation. Meetings after normal business hours can be arranged.

Jeffrey A. Rinde

Jeffrey A. Rinde is the Managing Partner in the New York City office. Mr. Rinde primarily specializes in the areas of corporate, securities and other regulatory aspects of global business ventures across a diverse array of industries between companies in the U.S. and Europe with Asia, Central and South America, Russia, Africa, Australia and the Middle East.

With over twenty-five years of global legal, corporate and investment banking experience, Mr. Rinde represents both U.S. and foreign corporations across a wide range of industries. His broad experience includes public and private equity and debt security financings, blockchain technology & digital currency, international mergers and acquisitions, angel, venture capital and private equity financings, project finance, banking and financial instruments, secured debt transactions, going private transactions, foreign direct investment and corporate law and governance. Mr. Rinde regularly assists his clients with overcoming challenging government and regulatory issues confronting them in global emerging markets, including developing and implementing strategies to maximize opportunities, minimize risks, and accomplish their strategic goals.

Mr. Rinde has particular and distinctive skill in representing Chinese and other Asian-based companies in complex transactions to help expand their overseas business, access capital and list overseas, including the United States, Hong Kong and London, and representing foreign companies in all facets of business activities in mainland China.

Prior to establishing CKR, Mr. Rinde was Chief Representative of Blank Rome’s Shanghai office whose primary responsibility was overseeing the firm’s Asia-based client matters. Earlier in his career, he was the head of the corporate department of Hodgson Russ’ New York office and established the firm’s Asian practice.

Firm Overview:

CKR is a global firm of experienced lawyers with diverse international practices. We have locations throughout the world, including North America, South America, Asia Pacific, Africa, Europe, Latin America, the Caribbean, and the Middle East.

Our firm has particular and distinctive strengths, both domestically and globally, in the areas of corporate, finance, capital markets, cross-border mergers and acquisitions, government advocacy, litigation and international arbitration, bankruptcy and restructuring, and intellectual property.

CKR has strong relationships within the investment, business and professional communities, as well as to the local, state and national governments where our clients are or where they want to be. Our partners have an average of more than 20 years of legal experience. Our lawyers have deep connections to their local communities. The clients in our global legal practice span every type of business, both private and public, from Fortune 500 companies to emerging companies and from individuals to local and national governments. CKR’s lawyers share a commitment to provide high quality legal services to our clients in a more flexible and lower-cost business environment, which enables us to charge more reasonable rates for our services and to devote more time to each client. We achieve this through our intimate local knowledge and relationships, cultural and political sensitivity and practical goal-oriented solutions.

Ellen Castro

Ellen Castro, Chief Energizing Officer, brings her contagious energy and spirit of excellence to her life’s purpose of inspiring millions to become conscious of and accountable for their choices. Stronger choices create stronger results for a stronger bottom-line.

Winner of AI’s Global Best Female Executive Coach 2019 , Ellen joyfully inspires, energizes and empowers leaders, managers and professionals to attain their personal best. By sharing her earned wisdom with caring candor, she brings light to your beliefs and behaviors blocking your advancement. You can’t change what you are not aware of. As a trusted sounding board, mentor and advocate, Ellen facilitates you creating relationships of trust, attaining stellar reputation and optimizing your career opportunities – all while you enjoy more success and a more enriching life. 

Ellen continues to be a successful entrepreneur and business owner for over 30 years. Ellen’s zeal for her clients’ success keeps her relevant and up-to-date in today’s 24/7, competitive world. 100% of Ellen’s business is through referral and repeat clients with her proven framework for success. 

Global Business and Leadership Consultant, Ellen travels worldwide for clients in nearly 2 dozen industries – from high tech to entertainment to education, to government and non-profits. With Ellen’s laser-beam focus she makes a tangible lasting impact on your long-term success. Always constructive, pragmatic and solution-focused, her Fortune 500 clients include Ericsson, Boeing, Frito-Lay, Deloitte Consulting, Procter & Gamble, Texas Instruments, Adobe, Blue Cross and Blue Shield, McAfee, Univision and Fidelity Investments. Regardless of size or industry, Ellen is a catalyst for stronger leadership, higher employee engagement, improved teamwork and needed innovation by providing real solutions and immediate results. 

Powerhouse Speaker, Ellen’s energizing, practical, life-changing, engaging and entertaining keynotes and programs have inspired thousands to live authentically. From salespeople to healthcare professionals to engineers to executives to accountants to association members to students, everyone leaves refreshed and renewed.  Equipped with Ellen’s immediately applicable insights, tools and skills, participants feel excited and ready to live vibrantly and boldly from the inside out. Her audiences include Verizon, Meeting Planners International, Women in Executive Leadership, KPMG, Association of Realtors, Hispanic Women’s Network of Texas, University of North Texas School of Business, American Heart Association as well as Southern Methodist University Cox School of Business. 

Best-Selling, Award-Winning Author, Ellen’s books unleash your potential, stir up your dreams and increase your self-awareness to take action to live your best life. Her third book, Happy in Spite of People, a parable on the power of embracing the differences in people, has received rave reviews and the 2016 International Latino Book Award in the category of Best Self-Help Book. Her third edition of Spirited Leadership: 52 Ways to Build Trust – a classic in the field – received the International Latino Best Self-Help Book Award. Now in its fourth edition, it equips you to harness your personal power by becoming conscious of your choices, actions and impact on others thus gaining resiliency, leadership muscle and inside out confidence. 

Ellen earned an MEd from Harvard and a BBA and MBA from Southern Methodist University. She served on the faculty of SMU’s Edwin L. Cox Business Leadership Center for more than fifteen years, and had the honor of teaching the inaugural Latinas and Leadership class at the University of North Texas. 

Ellen touches the heart of millions via keynotes, radio and TV appearances as well as print media. 

Ellen’s personal corporate experience includes leading a $90M profit center of 500 employees for Exxon.  She was the highest-ranking female in Marketing, earning 5 promotions in 11 years before she decided to re-invent herself in graduate school after shattering her head on the glass ceiling.  After Harvard, Ellen directed the merger/acquisition process for a national healthcare alliance that grew from 1,000 to 5,000 employees. 

Even with Ellen’s busy schedule, she remains active in the local community and is humbled to be a member of the Hispanic 100. 

Ellen’s the “real deal.” Her combination of warmth, spirit, experiences, insights, pragmatic solutions and heartfelt service makes her your competitive advantage to achieving your desired outcomes and sensational success. You are Ellen’s passion! 

“I’m all in!” Invest in you.  Connect today to thrive regardless of our volatile and uncertain business landscape.

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John C. Kang

John C. Kang is a partner in the firm’s Orange County office. John represents private sector clients, including property developers, owners, and financial institutions. John’s practice involves a broad range of commercial real estate transactions, including finance, leasing and purchase and sale transactions. With skills gained at prominent national and international law firms during the first ten years of his career, John has extensive experience in secured lending, project development, real estate joint venture and equity fund formation, and equity- and asset-based property acquisitions and dispositions. John’s experience also includes representing both landlords and tenants on a variety of leasing matters, including negotiating leases for office space, industrial warehouses, retail, medical office buildings and data centers, as well as build-to-suit construction leases and ground leases. John also represents lenders in the negotiation and documentation of loan sale transactions, deed in lieu transactions, forbearance transactions, and loan modifications.

After founding his own law firm after the first decade of practice, John’s practice has expanded to include capital markets, franchise, and corporate matters, such as private equity and mergers and acquisitions.

John’s goal is to provide legal services to clients that are efficient, comprehensive and well-analyzed to meet and exceed their expectations.

Firm Overview:

Gordinier Kang & Kim LLP (“GKK”) is a premier boutique business law firm with offices in Los Angeles and Orange County, California. Our goal is to provide the highest caliber legal services in an efficient and comfortable boutique setting to provide better value for our clients. GKK has recruited top lawyers in their respective practices who were formerly partners and associates at international and national, highly respected law firms and/or as corporate counsel at large private companies.

At our firm, you get “big firm” talent and quality work product, coupled with the more personalized service and responsiveness of a smaller firm. We have the flexibility to efficiently handle matters of all sizes, and the business knowledge and trial experience to handle the most complex and important cases.

Our experience advising on legal issues affecting businesses of all shapes and sizes across a wide array of industries helps us provide a broader perspective on key decisions that matter to our clients. Whether you are an entrepreneur starting a new business, a real estate investor wanting responsive advice, a mid-sized company in the midst of contentious litigation or a public company with a shareholder dispute, we have a proactive and efficient approach to ensure your success.

In every matter we take in, we collaborate so each client gets the best thinking our entire firm has to offer. We assemble teams of the most skilled attorneys, at every level of experience, to develop a winning strategy.

We understand the financial pressures our clients face when they are seeking legal advice. Accordingly, we develop a fee structure with each client upfront, based on the demands of the particular case. This fee approach thoughtfully aligns us and our clients.

Torben M. Welch

Head of the Messner Reeves Utah office, and licensed in multiple states including Colorado New York and Utah, Torben Welch has built his legal expertise by aiding in the resolution of complex business and commercial transactions. His industry experience includes banking and financial institutions, corporations and businesses and he has a side interest in representing professional sports franchises. Among outside general counsel responsibilities, Torben has legal expertise in enterprise strategic planning, asset acquisitions, cyber-security, contract and lease negotiation, regulatory compliance, corporate governance, workout and recovery strategy (including representation of creditors in bankruptcy matters) for both domestic and international clients. Mr. Welch focuses on litigation prevention but serves as a trial attorney performing independent internal and external investigations or appeals hearings as needed.

Firm Overview:

Messner Reeves provides the full range of legal services to a diverse group of clients — from Fortune 500 companies to individual entrepreneurs. We are as excited about working with the small business owner as we are the largest corporation because, for us, it’s all about maximizing potential. We develop the legal strategies that can help propel the minor operation to the next level or the next ten levels — whether that means doubling in size or becoming a worldwide, publicly traded enterprise. We serve family-owned and emerging enterprises, entrepreneurs, insurance carriers and agencies, banks and other financial institutions, venture capital funds, engineering firms, real estate developers, and individuals.

No other law firm is structured quite like we are. At Messner Reeves, we act as general counsel to an amazing array of clients which makes us a large consumer of legal services on our clients’ behalf. That means we are able to maintain a perspective — as both a client and a firm.

We figured out a long time ago that clients want only the best!

  • Great quality
  • Great service
  • Great value
  • The highest level of professional integrity

And that’s what we deliver — effective legal counsel with a quick response and professional integrity in all we do.

We counsel clients with great personal attention.

“We work to understand your business and what you are trying to accomplish. We look at creative and flexible solutions to solve complex problems. And we do it in partnership with you.” ~ Bryant S. “Corky” Messner

The attorneys at Messner Reeves represent the highest standards in the legal profession. The firm is AV peer review rated by Martindale Hubbell Law Directory, the authoritative source for information on attorneys and law firms worldwide. An AV rating is the highest awarded. It confirms that our partners have reached the height of professional excellence, skill, and integrity.

Even more, we judge our own performance by the success we achieve for clients — from individuals to institutions and small business owners to large corporations.