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June Members' Spotlight (Featuring SDPA's 2018 Paralegal of the Year)

12 Jun 2019 7:00 AM | Anonymous



    Dave Walker started BCD Investigations in 2013 after 29 years with the San Diego Police Department.  On the police department Dave was a patrol officer for 11 years and a field evidence technician for 2 years before being selected for investigations.  Dave worked investigations for 16 years including assignments in narcotics, robbery and the violent crimes task force.


    BCD Investigations offers a wide range of services that include witness interviews, surveillance, background and asset searches.  Dave is certified in the use licensed software to locate, collect and preserve social media and Internet content that complies with FRE 902.

    BCD Investigations is most often tasked by law firms to locate potential witnesses, conduct interviews, conduct site inspections, conduct background investigations on parties to a case and conduct asset searches.  Dave has access to residential and commercial property data nationwide as well as the usual personal data sources.


    Dave is a Certified Professional Investigator by the California Association of Licensed Investigators and also a member of the Association of Workplace Investigators, National Council of Investigation and Security Services and the World Association of Detectives.  These associations allow Dave to quickly provide you a quality referral in other cities, states or countries.

    Contact: Dave Walker

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    Jane Wesley Brooks’, CFLS*, professional path has definitely been the road less traveled. She moved to San Diego in 2000 to begin her first year as a law student at California Western School of Law. Previously she studied Ornamental Horticulture at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. As a result of her studies, Jane opened a high-end landscape design company, Colorscapes, in Palos Verdes, CA, her hometown. After 13 years owning Colorscapes, she moved to North Carolina where she trained as a Paramedic-D, ran volunteer emergency rescue and worked as a hospital pharmacy technician four years while going back to college as a pre-med student. After completing the pre-med curriculum at the University of Minnesota, Jane made a u-turn and got her degree in Political Science with a minor in Speech Communications, graduating cum laude. At CWSL she was on trial team and had a concentration in trial litigation. 

    Jane is now the owner of JWB FAMILY LAW, a mid-size family law firm with four associate attorneys, Jessica Pederson, Georgia Williams, CFLS*, Jennifer Duren and Noelle Dela Rosa Goldberg, two paralegals, Treva Cutts and Rita Wagner, office manager, D. Brian Snow, and four support staff, Deral Propst, Peggi Decker, Ernesto Carrola, and Dolores Jaffari. 


    JWB Family Law specializes in family law. No matter what type of family-related dispute you’re facing, JWB Family Law is trained to resolve each property division, child visitation arrangement, or spousal support plan according to your rights, needs, and expectations. JWB Family Law is a settlement-oriented law firm from day one. We want to resolve your case quickly and efficiently, but always in your best interests. When the case calls for resolution by trial, you will find our team to be experienced trial lawyers with the skills necessary represent your interests in court. 


    Jane also volunteers her time as a Judge Pro Tem for the San Diego Superior Courts as a Family Law Settlement Judge and was awarded the LEADership San Diego award from Chanel 10 News for her work delivering Christmas stockings to San Diego’s homeless each year. She is admitted to the State Bar of California and the U.S. District Court in the Southern District of California. 

    Jane is an avid golfer and master gardener. She loves to spend time with her two Brussel Griffons, Chanel and Louis. Jane loves to cook great food or spend down time reading a novel. Jane comes from a family of five adopted children, all adopted at birth, and all are accomplished professionals thus feeding the nurture over nature theory. 

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    Dawn Regner, CP (SDPA's 2018 Paralegal of the Year) 

    I was born in San Diego, but grew up in the Denver area, where I met and married my high school sweetheart.  We came back to San Diego in 1988 and have been here ever since!  

    In 1989, I was hired as a temp by a high tech equipment leasing company to fill in for a  contracts administrator who was going on maternity leave.  I didn’t have any experience with legal contracts at that time, but I found that I truly enjoyed contracts administration, and the company hired me on a permanent basis.  

    Thus began my career in the legal profession, and I’ve been hooked ever since. I’ve been fortunate to work for Fortune 500 companies such as GE Capital and Sony Electronics, and, shortly after graduating from Miramar's paralegal program in May 2016, began working in Qualcomm's corporate legal department negotiating non-disclosure agreements on a global basis.  I admit that I’m a bit of a “contracts geek”, and have found that my love for writing, language and the law have coalesced to find a unique home in the writing and negotiation of legal contracts. I also love working in-house, so shout-out to all those working in corporate legal departments! 

    I have always had a passion for volunteerism and am thankful to have the opportunity to lead SDPA's Pro Bono Committee.  It inspires me greatly to see our members motivated to use their skills and passions in order to assist those in need. I also enjoy knitting, baking and reading, as well as spending time with my husband of 34 years and my grown children.


    Marissa Sansone

    My name is Marissa Sansone and I was born and raised in San Diego. I graduated from the University of West Florida with a Bachelors Degree in Legal Studies/PreLaw and Minors in Public Administration and Community Health Promotion. I currently work at GEICO Staff Counsel. My hobbies and interests include volunteering, painting, baking, playing tennis and succulent collecting. What kick-started my interest in the legal field was a government class that I took in high school. My teacher introduced the class to case law and I really enjoyed reading how decisions were made by Judges in previous cases. Ever since then, I was intrigued and I knew that the legal field was the right path for me.

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    Natalie Cardenas

    My name is Natalie Cardenas and I just joined SDPA as a student member. I am currently enrolled in USD's Paralegal Program. I graduated from San Diego State University in 2017 with a BS in Criminal Justice and a minor in Psychology. I currently work as a legal assistant at Damiani Law Group, APC, an employment, civil, and criminal defense law firm in Downtown, San Diego.On my free time I enjoy going to the gym, retail therapy, hiking, and I love Thai food. My work experience and college courses confirmed my love for the law and that there is nothing more rewarding than helping those who cannot help themselves. I'm eager to  contribute my bilingual skills, strong interpersonal skills, compassion and leadership to the areas of law and Criminal Justice as I continue to grow as a professional. 

    Pamela Rios 

    I am an ambitious Paralegal with a Professional Certificate in Paralegal Studies received from the University of California San Diego Extension’s ABA-approved Paralegal Program. I’ve been in the legal profession for nearly twelve (12) years.  My next goal as a Paralegal is to be Certified.

    I was born in Guadalajara, Jalisco, in Mexico, but was raised my entire life in sunny San Diego, California.  I’m an intermediate Salsa Dancer and amateur Photographer in both digital and film.  I am bilingual. 

    I currently work for Webb Law Group, APC. where Business and Real Estate litigation are our main areas of practice. 

    I work in the legal field as I’m highly attracted to the order that comes with law.  With so much chaos in our society, it’s nice to know our society has established laws and systems through which we may obtain a legal peaceful remedy to our disagreements and arguments. Otherwise, people would be taking matters into their own hands or chose to be their own law, judge, jury, and executor.  I’m here to help maintain the peace and order with as much integrity as possible. 

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