Stuart R. Simone, Esq.
Partner Attorney Stuart R. Simone is a “triple-threat” litigator, equally comfortable in California State Unlimited Civil Court, Unlawful Detainer Limited Court, and Federal Bankruptcy Court. Mr. Simone understands that each court system has its own idiosyncrasies and each requires a tailored approach. This wide range of courtroom experience is very helpful in Mr. Simone’s chosen area of expertise, Foreclosure Defense, as all three court systems can come into play for a single client; thus has the knowledge and experience to advise new and retained clients of all their possible legal options and strategies.
Before co-founding Gomez & Simone, Stuart Simone represented troubled homeowners in three other law firms. He received his undergraduate degree, a BA in English, from UCLA, and worked as a journalist, publicist, music editor, engineer/producer and record company paralegal before graduating from Southwestern Law School in 2009. At Southwestern, Mr. Simone earned two CALI awards, given to the student with the highest grade in the class. When not working to keep clients in their homes, Stuart Simone enjoys writing and playing music and coaching youth basketball and volleyball.
Education: UCLA, Bachelor of Arts (English)
Law School: Southwestern Law School, J.D.
Admitted to practice:
Mark Gomez, Esq.
Managing Partner Attorney Mark Gomez has focused on complex civil litigation, endeavoring to become an expert in the field of Real Estate who not only meets his client’s expectations, but exceeds them.
Mark Gomez comes from a family of lawyers, and knew from an early age that he would pursue a career in The Law. Mr. Gomez began his legal career with the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles before turning his attention to civil litigation, with Gomez & Simone being his fourth law firm.
Mark enjoys staying fit, hiking, running local 5k/10k events, music (guitar and electronic) and is an avid basketball fan.
Education: UC Riverside, Bachelor of Arts (Political Science)
Law School: Rutgers School of Law School, J.D.
Admitted to practice:
Ashlie E. Fox, Esq.
Ashlie Fox is a Senior Associate with Gomez & Simone, A.P.L.C. and has many years of law firm experience, even prior to law school, including family and employment law. During law school she participated in the Pepperdine Special Education Advocacy Clinic, helping children with special needs get the education to which they’re entitled under the law.
Ashlie likes being able to help people and provide them with some peace of mind when they are dealing with a difficult situation. Her hobbies include going to see live music, book clubs, and snowboarding.
Education: Washington & Lee University, B.A. (Psychology), California State University, Northridge, M.A. (Psychology)
Law School: Pepperdine University School of Law , J.D.
Practice Areas: Real Estate Litigation, Foreclosure Defense Litigation, Family Law
Admitted to practice:
Josué Cristóbal Guerrero, Esq.
Josué Cristóbal Guerrero is a Senior Associate with with Gomez & Simone, A.P.L.C., with a practice divided between real estate litigation and transactional support.
Litigations includes real property disputes centered on quiet title actions, purchase agreements, suretyship and security agreements, Home Owner’s Association covenants, title, boundaries, state and local regulatory frameworks, bankruptcy and probate.
Transactional counsel roles include entity formation and structuring, commercial leasing, asset purchases, and estate planning issues related thereto.
Education: Josué earned his Juris Doctor from Loyola Law School of Los Angeles in 2011, where he graduated with honors as a member of the St. Thomas More Law Honor Society. Other academic distinctions include First Honors in Secured Transactions in Real Property, Constructional Law, and Ethical Lawyering.
Practice Areas: Estate Planning and Probate Litigation
Commercial and Real Estate Litigation
Business and Real Estate Transactions
Cynthia Velasco, Esq.
Cynthia Velasco is an attorney at Gomez & Simone, A.P.L.C.. While in law school Cynthia maintained a busy schedule. She was the Editor-in-Chief of Law Review where she gained much experience doing legal research and writing, tutored her peers, and interned at different law firms. It is through these experiences that Cynthia realized how much she enjoys working with clients and how much she enjoys working hard to find a solution to their problems. Cynthia is fluent in Spanish. Her hobbies include hiking, running, and completing puzzles.
Education: University of California Berkeley, Berkely, Santa Ana, CA, B.A.
(Spanish and Ethnic Studies)
Law School: Trinity Law School, J.D
Practice Areas: Real Estate Litigation
Business Transactions & Formations
Vanessa Oliva, Real Estate & Civil Attorney
Vanessa Oliva is an Attorney here at Gomez & Simone, APLC. Though her studies in law school were focused on Entertainment Law, here at Gomez & Simone she lends her skills to fighting for her clients and their homes. She has gained much of her legal experience from past support positions in firms which specialize in personal injury, property, and insurance defense. For this reason, her forte is in legal research and drafting. She sympathizes with our client’s struggles and because of this understands the importance of attorney-client communication. She also understands that we are in the business of customer service and strives to keep the client happy throughout their relationship with us.
Education: University of California, Los Angeles 2006-2010, Art History Major/Classics Minor
Law School: Southwestern School of Law 2012-2015
Jason Boyer Attorney
Jason Boyer is a bankruptcy attorney at Gomez & Simone Law, A.P.L.C. In addition to overseeing all of the Chapter 7 consumer bankruptcies that the firm handles, he focuses on Chapter 13 bankruptcies to protect homeowners from foreclosure and abuses by banks and other lenders. He has successfully saved the homes of many homeowners from defaulted mortgages, judicial liens, and aggressive Home Owner’s Associations.
With nearly 10 years of bankruptcy experience, Jason understands the common reasons people are forced into financial distress. He is able to utilize the legal system to empower clients to take control of their financial goals and achieve them. Bankruptcy is a complex area of law, and clients have found that Jason is able to navigate it on their behalf with confidence, frankness, and efficiency.
Education: University of Washington, Seattle, WA, B.A. (Political Science, and Comparative Religion)
Law School: Thomas Jefferson School of Law, San Diego, CA, J.D.
Practice Areas: Bankruptcy, Real Estate Litigation, Civil Litigation
Admitted to practice:
All Courts for the State of California
U.S. District Court Central District of California
Peter Roble, Attorney
Peter Roble is an Attorney at Gomez & Simone, A.P.L.C., and heads the administration of the post-foreclosure department (including complex legal research and writing). While in law school Peter participated in the Whittier Law School Children’s Rights Clinic.
Peter enjoys the struggle and hard-work that is often required to find meaningful solutions for our clients. Oftentimes our clients have to deal with the traumatic experience of losing their home and face the daunting challenge of defending an eviction action. Peter finds it incredibly rewarding to help these individuals through these trying times and provide a legal means to achieve their goals.
In his spare time, Peter enjoys playing music (guitar & piano), cooking, stamp collecting, fly fishing, and staying fit.
Education: University of California Irvine, Bachelors
(Humanities w/ minor in Biological Sciences)
Law School: Whittier Law School, J.D.
Beatriz Reyes, BK Paralegal & Office Manager
With over a decade of experience working in a law firm Beatriz started her career working in one of the busiest Bankruptcy firms in Los Angeles. If a case requires her attention to stay after hours she does it. Her passion and dedication is shown every day and clients consistently give positive feedback about their experience with her.
Experienced in both Bankruptcy Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 Beatriz shines as the office manager at Gomez & Simone ensuring various tasks and deadlines are followed up with. She is also especially skilled with communicating with clients and staff.
Beatriz speaks, reads, and writes Spanish Fluently. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking , spending time with her family, and reading.
Cesar Lossi, Mortgage Analysis & Intake Manager
Cesar Lossi is our client relationship specialist here at Gomez & Simone A.P.L.C.. Cesar’s role is to be the face of Gomez & Simone when new clients call or come into the office as well as to help in processing loan modifications within the litigation setting.
Cesar has worked at numerous law firms prior to Gomez & Simone and was a manager with Wells Fargo with experience in the loan servicing department. His experience in helping clients from Bankruptcy, Real Estate, Family Law, Estate Planning and Personal Injury allows him to communicate how Gomez & Simone can help their clients. Cesar is fluent in Spanish and always professional.
Michelle Shahinian, Paralegal
Michelle Shahinian is a paralegal at Gomez & Simone, A.P.L.C. After obtaining her Associates in Paralegal Studies from an ABA Approved paralegal program, she volunteered for the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles where she developed extensive interpersonal skills by working with her clients. Michelle is an excellent team player and very dedicated.
Michelle is fluent in Armenian and conversational Spanish.
Education: University of California Los Angeles, Bachelor of Arts in History and a minor in Armenian Studies
Los Angeles City College, Associates in Arts in Paralegal Studies, summa cum laude
Francheska Stone, Law Clerk
Francheska Stone is a law clerk here at Gomez & Simone A.P.L.C.. Born in Arecibo, Puerto Rico and raised in Miami, Florida, she is a very organized team member with experience as an executive assistant and managing the AR department for a large US company. Francheska will soon be attending UCLA School of Law.
Francheska speaks Spanish and is currently studying Japanese.
Education: Florida International University, BA (International Relations minor in Political Science) Graduated Cum Laude and received a Medallion of Distinction in 2015.
Malcom Jordan, Law Clerk
Malcolm Jordan is a law clerk at Gomez & Simone, A.P.L.C. While in law school, Malcolm participated in the Pittsburgh Legal Aid Clinic. During his time there he worked to solve various housing issues for indigent clients. Malcolm has also had the opportunity to hone his trial skills through internships at the Public Defender’s office in San Diego, the Public Defender’s office in Los Angeles and the District Attorney’s office in Los Angeles. Malcolm is dedicated to providing practical solutions to our clients and enjoys playing basketball, cooking, traveling and music.
Education: Morehouse College B.A. in Political Science
Law School: University of Pittsburgh J.D.
Lisandra Ventura, Law Clerk
Lisandra Suarez is a law clerk at Gomez and Simone A.P.L.C. Prior to working with us, Lisandra worked within a variety of leadership roles in a busy medical law office. Being the head legal secretary of volunteer services at Miami Veterans Medical Center, she developed exceptional communication and mediation skills. After obtaining her bachelor’s degree in Florida, Lisandra moved to California in order to pursue law school. She will soon be attending Southwestern Law School.
Education: Florida International University, BA in Political Science, Emphasis in International Law and Political Ideology
Cum Laude Graduate