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 requiring a tailored approach. This wide range of courtroom experience is very helpful in Mr. Simone’s chosen area of expertise, Real Estate Law, as all three court systems can come into play for a single client. For example, a Foreclosure Defense client might come into the office defending an eviction case in Unlawful Detainer court, and Mr. Simone might file an lawsuit against the mortgage lender in unlimited civil court, stop the Unlawful Detainer case with a Motion to Consolidate, negotiate to unwind the sale, and ultimately solve the client’s default with a Chapter 13 Bankruptcy. As you can see, Stuart Simone has the unique legal knowledge and experience to advise new and retained clients of all their possible legal options and strategies.
Moreover, Stuart Simone is also a real estate investor with knowledge of many strategies to avoid foreclosure or sell a property quickly by non-conventional methods, including Short Sales (a conventional strategy) and Subject-To sales transactions (a cutting-edge strategy that not only avoids foreclosure but builds the defaulting homeowner’s credit.) These strategies are used for clients who wish to sell the property quickly and easily, or as a last resort for those in foreclosure who have no options to keep their home but still want to avoid foreclosure. These unconventional sales strategies can also simplify matters for probate administrators, or anybody who wants to quickly and easily sell their property “as is” without the time and expense of the traditional method of listing with a Realtor. As a result of his goal of providing a “homeowner’s one-stop legal shop,” Stuart Simone also drafts Wills and Trusts to provide Estate Planning and/or Asset Protection for our clients. Stuart Simone generously shares his knowledge with numerous blogs and public speaking engagements at Real Estate Offices and Senior Living Facilities.
Before co-founding Gomez & Simone, Stuart Simone represented property owners, landlords and tenants 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 with an active lifestyle including snowboarding and volleyball.
Education: UCLA, Bachelor of Arts (English)
Law School: Southwestern Law School, J.D.
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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.
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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
Peter Roble, Esq.
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.
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.
Edna Fok, Esq.
Edna Fok is a Junior Associate at Gomez & Simone, A.P.L.C., with a practice focus split between assisting in real estate litigation and probate. Edna is among the 0.01% of attorneys practicing in California who are aged 25 and under. Prior to attending law school, she was educated internationally and has had 3-years legal experience by working with a solicitor and a prominent human rights barrister in Hong Kong which would otherwise reflect a long-standing and experienced legal career involving general civil litigation, real property law, probate, family law, criminal law, and human rights litigation. Edna is also bilingual in Cantonese and English.
Education: Edna earned her Juris Doctor from Whittier Law School in 2017, where she graduated with honors and was awarded the CALI Award in recognition of Pretrial Litigation Skills. Her academic distinctions are recognized internationally through her undergraduate studies from the Northumbria University in New Castle, United Kingdom where she graduated with a B.A in International Business Management with honors, as well as legal and administrative studies prior to her undergraduate studies in Hong Kong in 2013.
Zulema Maldonado, Receptionist
Zulema has four years of customer service experience and is always seeking a way to help clients. She graduated from Oscar De La Hoya High and attended Rio Hondo majoring in Neuropsychology, still currently pursuing. Her goal is to always accommodate people who need help and guidance with any issue she might be able to assist with. She will always be friendly and cordial when you call our office.
Her hobbies include playing bass, reading and spending time with family.
Jessica Hurtado, Legal Secretary
Jessica Hurtado was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. Jessica attended and graduated from California State University, Los Angeles where she received a Bachelor of Arts Degree (BA) in Political Science, emphasized in Pre-Law Studies. After undergraduate school, Jessica decided to explore the legal field and began working at Gomez & Simone as a Legal Secretary from which she has gained an immense amount of knowledge confirming her passion for the legal field and interest in attending Law School in a near future. Jessica on her free time enjoys going on a morning hike, drinking her coffee and spending time with her family.
Yelena Ghazaryan, Law Clerk
Yelena Ghazaryan is a law clerk at Gomez & Simone A.P.L.C. and has many years of law firm experience, including personal injury, family law and criminal law. While in law school, she was a senior editor of Law Review where she gained experience doing legal research. In addition, she maintained a busy schedule by interning at the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office. Yelena is currently studying for the California bar examination while expanding her knowledge in real estate and civil litigation at Gomez & Simone. Yelena is fluent in Armenian and Greek. Her hobbies include cooking, playing tennis and watching movies.
Education: University of California, Riverside, Bachelor of Arts (Sociology, Law, and Society)
Law School: University of La Verne Law School, J.D.
Karen Ruiz, Law Clerk
Karen Ruiz is currently a 2L at Loyola Law School. She has a B.A in Political Science and a minor in Spanish from California State University, Long Beach. Before joining Gomez & Simone, Karen worked as a law clerk at the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office. During her undergraduate career, she interned for the Honorable Debra Cole. Currently at Loyola, she is a member of the Loyola Immigrant Justice Clinic and is very interested in gaining more experience in litigation.
Hagop Jack Darbinyan, Law Clerk
Hagop Jack Darbinyan is currently a second year law student at Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, and is currently part of Loyola’s Employment Rights Clinic. He received his B.A from the University of California, San Diego in Political Science with an emphasis on International Relations.
Ike E. Orjiakor, Esq.
Ike Eric Orjiakor is an attorney at Gomez & Simone, A.P.L.C.. While in law school, Ike was a member of the Intellectual Property Law Association, Entertainment and Sports Law Society and President of the Black Law Student Association. His hobbies include distance running and computer programming.
Education: California State University, Northridge, B.A in Political Science
Law School: UC Davis School of Law
Practice Areas: Real Estate Litigation