Our Team: The People Behind Trusted Legal

We believe in building strong relationships with our clients through a core value of connection. Our team members value work-life balance, and you'll often see kids, dogs, and friends stopping by our office.

As a small firm, we are nimble and able to adopt new technologies and ways of working to provide our clients with cost-effective legal services. We want our clients to feel at home when meeting with our team, so we strive to create an environment where discussing your legal needs feels comfortable and accessible.

Our founder, Naomi Dewey, established our firm in 2019 with a mission to provide personalized and lasting client service. 

Our loyal client base is a testament to our commitment to providing exceptional legal services. We find importance in giving back to our community, and donate 10% of our profits to social justice nonprofits each year. We also volunteer our time and services to several local organizations.

At Trusted Legal, we are proud to be LGBTQ+ friendly and work with nonprofits and organizations that support that goal. We believe that diversity and inclusion are key to building a strong and vibrant community.

We understand that legal issues can be stressful and overwhelming, and we are here to help. Our approachable, empathetic and professional team is committed to providing you with personalized and effective legal solutions.

We look forward to working with you and building a lasting relationship.

Meet the Team

Naomi Dewey

Nicole Hornick

Elke Kane

Brandi Redman

Erin Landriz 

Grace Miles 

George Dewey

Brooke Darnall

Meet Naomi Dewey

An attorney who knows how to get things done. With a background in litigation, Naomi has worked with everyone from government entities to nonprofits, private families, serial entrepreneurs, and business owners. She believes in getting to know her clients personally so she can offer legal services that are effective and efficient. Your goals and mission always come first.

If you're starting a new business or navigating a sale or purchase, Naomi is your go-to deal maker. She'll guide you through the process step-by-step. And when it comes to construction and real estate projects, Naomi's experience and expertise ensure that you'll be covered from concept to completion.

In the field of employment law, Naomi can help with everything from negotiating employee exits to executive compensation matters. As a risk management expert, she represents employers from hiring to firing and can advocate for those facing discrimination, wage, and retaliation claims.

If you're facing legal action, Naomi is a skilled courtroom advocate who can defend your interests in mediation, arbitration, administrative hearings, and at trial.

But Naomi is more than just a legal expert – she's also a passionate advocate for her community. She's received numerous honors and awards, including the National Association of Women Business Owners' Lifetime Achievement Award, the Santa Barbara Women Lawyers' Attorney of the Year Award, and Pacific Coast Business Times' Top 50 Women in Business Award. She also serves as a director for MOXI The Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation and has volunteered at Teen Court, a program of CADA and the Santa Barbara County Superior Court.

Contact Naomi today to see how she can help you and your business.

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Meet Elke Kane

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Elke Kane is a California lawyer who grew up in sunny San Diego and has been calling Santa Barbara home for over two decades now. Before law school, she founded and ran her own bakery, so she understands the realities of owning and operating a business. Elke is passionate about helping clients with their business needs and can assist with everything from contract negotiations to compliance with regulations to employment law issues.

Elke is passionate about working to create individualized estate plans that protect your assets, plan for incapacity, and make sure your final wishes are honored. She went to UCSB and got her law degree at the Santa Barbara College of Law where she focused on Estate Planning, graduated with honors, and won Witkin Awards for appellate advocacy, remedies, and community property.

Recently, Elke was elected to the Board of Directors at the Santa Barbara Education Foundation. Her passion for education policy and funding, combined with her legal expertise, make her an invaluable asset to the Foundation and our community as a whole. We are honored to have Elke as part of our team at Trusted Legal, LLP and look forward to the contributions she will make to the Santa Barbara Education Foundation.

Outside of work, Elke is involved in her community, serving as a trustee on the Cold Spring School Board and as a director for the Santa Barbara Education Foundation. Elke volunteers for Women’s Economic Ventures, teaching new and emerging business owners about basic legal structures and risk management. She's also a member of California Women Lawyers, Santa Barbara County Bar Association and Santa Barbara Women Lawyers. When she's not lawyering, Elke loves to travel, go cycling, and sit by the pool with her husband, two daughters, and two big dogs.

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Meet Nicole Hornick

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Known by family and friends as “Kiki,” Nicole is a skilled attorney with a passion for helping others. Nicole holds a bachelor’s degree in English from UC Santa Barbara and a Juris Doctorate from Santa Barbara Colleges of Law. She has been working in the legal world for more than a decade; first as a legal assistant, then a paralegal and now an attorney.

Before joining Trusted Legal, Nicole worked as a litigation attorney and practiced in a wide range of areas such as personal injury, first amendment rights, real property, government entities, premises liability, and contract law. At Trusted Legal, Nicole brings her experience, her insight, and her love for helping others into her work where she focuses on estate planning and litigation. Nicole is dedicated to crafting personalized estate plans that meet the unique needs of each client. In addition, her litigation background allows her to effectively represent clients in disputes that may arise in employment, business, or estate planning matters.

Aside from her professional accomplishments, Nicole is also involved in various community organizations. She has sat on the board for Santa Barbara Women Lawyers and has volunteered numerous times at Santa Barbara High School’s Mock Trial. She is a member of Santa Barbara Women Lawyers, California Women Lawyers, Santa Barbara County Bar Association, the Business Law Section of the California Lawyer Association, and a past member of the Association of Southern California Defense Counsel and Toastmasters. She won two Witkin Awards and was published in the Santa Barbara Lawyer Magazine for her legal writing skills during law school.

In her free time, Nicole enjoys spending time in her hometown of Santa Ynez Valley with her husband, French bulldog, and two young children.

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Meet Brandi Redman

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A legal expert with a passion for advocating for her clients with integrity, empathy, and precision. Brandi has an impressive background in family law and civil litigation, and she currently supports our team with her expertise in legal research and estate planning.

After receiving her Juris Doctor degree from UC Hastings College of the Law, Brandi founded a family law firm in San Francisco that specialized in representing domestic violence survivors and their children. She later moved to Santa Barbara, where she worked as a managing attorney for the Santa Barbara County Legal Resource Center Program, assisting individuals with various civil law matters. Brandi is also a certified mediator, and she served as a mediator and advisor for the Rental Housing Mediation Program in Isla Vista Community Services District.

Brandi is a proud advocate for various local organizations, including Domestic Violence Solutions, California Women Lawyers, Santa Barbara Women Lawyers and the Santa Barbara County Bar Foundation. When she isn’t working, Brandi loves spending time with her loved ones, singing, cooking, and reading. Her ultimate joy is traveling with her daughter and stepdaughter.

With Brandi on our team, we know that our clients are in great hands. Her passion for law, combined with her dedication to her clients, makes her an invaluable member of our team.

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Meet Erin Landriz

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Our amazing paralegal with over 20 years of experience in the legal field! Erin has been with our firm since day one. Her background is primarily in Civil Litigation, but Erin is a jack of all trades and assists our team with all areas of practice. Her attention to detail and dedicated approach to client care and case management make her an invaluable member of our team.

Erin's role involves handling various systems, such as calendar coordination, communicating with third parties and preparing pleadings, discovery, and document production. She's a master at multitasking and always ensures that our day-to-day operations run smoothly.

When Erin is not working hard in the office, you can find her enjoying the beautiful Santa Ynez Valley. She's passionate about singing and loves watching home renovation and design shows. Erin also enjoys traveling with her husband and their two chihuahuas, Toby and Cleo.

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Meet Grace Miles

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A lifetime Californian, Grace Miles is a graduate of UC Santa Barbara, having earned her bachelor’s degree in the History of Art and Architecture in 2021. She initially joined Trusted Legal as a law clerk while enrolled in UCSB’s Continuing Education Paralegal Studies program. Since completion, she now works as a paralegal, assisting the firm primarily in the area of business law, using a careful, detail-oriented approach to facilitate entity formation, corporate transactions, and contract preparation.

With a strong foundation in writing, Grace also manages the drafting and design of our seasonal newsletter. Outside the office, she has used this skill to write exhibition reviews and artist profiles for Santa Barbara’s LUM Art Magazine, and further worked as a copy editor for three of its print issues.

An advocate of wine tasting and coffee drinking while barely knowing anything about either, Grace also enjoys playing bass guitar and spending too much money on theater and concert tickets

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Meet George Dewey

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George is a member of the LGBT Bar Association of Oregon, and volunteers time with Basic Rights Oregon. Prior to moving to Portland, he volunteered locally for the Santa Barbara Transgender Advocacy Network. A firm advocate for inclusion and accessibility in the law, George designed and led free legal name and gender change workshops for transgender individuals. He has also participated in climate advocacy with the Friends Committee on National Legislation.

George has been working with Trusted Legal since 2019. He supports the team as Firm Manager, maintaining daily operations and optimizing the firm’s ability to offer a range of resources and services to the central coast community.

George grew up in Santa Barbara and now resides in Portland, OR. He is a 2018 graduate of Lewis & Clark College, with a major in Philosophy. He has a knack for systems and processes and has dedicated himself to a variety of organizational roles over the years, from serving as president of his college rugby team to designing curriculum as an elementary school teacher in Laval, France.

When not at work, George enjoys rainy walks, trashy books, weekend thrifting and a strong cup of tea.

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Meet Brooke Darnall

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Brooke has called Santa Barbara home for over 10 years. After graduating from Westmont College, she worked for a local small business where she gained experience in contract negotiations and risk management.

Brooke obtained her J.D. with a concentration in Business Law from The Colleges of Law in Santa Barbara, where she graduated at the top of her class with highest honors. During law school, she received numerous Witkin Awards for academic achievement, including in the areas of legal writing, estate planning and real property. In addition to this traditional coursework, she honed her skills in legal technology and innovation in order to increase access to justice within her community.

Today, Brooke serves our clients through her work on our business transactions and estate planning teams. Outside of work, she enjoys exploring the hiking trails and beaches of Santa Barbara with her husband and young daughter.

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Our team is ready to provide personalized and attentive service to ensure your legal needs are met with the utmost care.

21 E Carrillo St, Suite 130
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Mailing Address:

3630 Sagunto Street, A-1
Santa Ynez, CA 93460

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(805) 979-5160


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