Our Firm

Bob Katz
 
[1978 California State Bar No. 83454]
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Experienced litigator and mediator.  Areas of practice include

  • Contract disputes involving real estate or business;
  • Assisting clients with insurance claims;
  • Contesting insurance claim denials;
  • Personal injury claims;
  • Services as independent Mediator.

LAW SCHOOL EDUCATION:
Santa Clara University School of Law,
Juris Doctorate 1978

UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION:
University of Rochester, New York,
Graduated with Honors 1974

HONORS AND AWARDS:
Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rating
1988 President of the Santa Clara County Trial Lawyers Association
1990-1991 President of the Santa Cruz County Trial Lawyers Association
1990 Roland K. Hall Public Service Award
State Bar of California Pro Bono Legal Services Commendation
La Raza Lawyers Association Award for Community Service
2007 Santa Cruz County Bar Association Pro Bono Award
2010 United Way Community Hero

Past Settlement Judge Pro Tem in Santa Clara and Santa Cruz County Superior Courts.  Past lecturer for Continuing Education of the Bar, Santa Clara University School of Law, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz County Bar Associations, Consumer Attorneys of California, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz County Trial Lawyers Associations, Society of Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriters, and the Association of Defense Counsel.


Leola Lapides

[1978 California State Bar No. 83586]

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Leola has been actively involved in the community for many years, providing volunteer Board service and expertise to numerous Santa Cruz County non-profits in the areas of Board and fund development; children and families; education; performing arts; and philanthropy.  She is the recipient of the 2010 United Way Community Hero Award and the 2011  Santa Cruz County Bar Association Pro Bono Award. Leola  is not presently practicing law, having moved to Inactive Status effective 1/30/13, but she remains available for non-legal volunteer work for non-profit organizations.

LAW SCHOOL EDUCATION:
Santa Clara University school of Law
Juris Doctorate 1978

UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION:
U.C. Berkeley
B.A. 1975

NON-PROFIT EXPERIENCE:

1980-1984      ACLU of Santa Clara County Board, 1983 V.P.
1984-1994      Japanese Cultural Fair, Steering Committee
1987-1993      Women’s Crises Support Board, 1992 President
1995-2002      Kids on Broadway, 501(c)3 Founder
1998-2002      Aptos HS Performing Arts Board, 1998 Founder and Chair
2000-2001      Aptos HS and North Zone School Facilities Committee
2001-2002      PVUSD Bond Facilities Advisory Committee
2004-2011      CASA of Santa Cruz County Board, 2009 President
2009-Current  CASA Program Committee
2006-Current  Community Foundation of Santa Cruz County Board,
                       Board Development and Program Committees
2012-Current  Cabrillo College Foundation Board, WES and CAP Committees

Monica Katz LaBoskey

California State Bar No. 267231 
 
Monica joined Katz & Lapides, APC as a Partner in 2015, after six years of civil litigation practice at two well-regarded firms in the San Francisco-Berkeley area.  Monica's practice focuses on personal injury claims and contract litigation, including insurance denials, real estate and lease disputes.  In her free time, Monica volunteers at a non-profit legal clinic and is active with the Brandeis University Alumni Association.
 
BAR ADMISSIONS: 
California 
United States District Court, Eastern District and Northern District 
Supreme Court of the United States 
 
LAW SCHOOL EDUCATION: 
Northeastern University School of Law
Juris Doctor 2009
 
UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION: 
Brandeis University
Bachelor of Arts 2006
 

 

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