David S. Lee
Mr. Lee is the founding member and managing shareholder of Lee, Hernandez, Landrum, Garofalo & Blake, a Professional Corporation, with active offices in Nevada, California, Arizona and Florida. Mr. Lee graduated with honors from the University of Southern California before attending the Pepperdine University School of Law. Mr. Lee is a member of the Federal and State Bars of California and Nevada, and has appeared before the Nevada Supreme Court on multiple occasions. He holds the highest Martindale-Hubbell Preeminent AV Peer Review Rating.
Mr. Lee opened the predecessor office to Lee, Hernandez, Landrum, Garofalo & Blake in 1996. Mr. Lee has over 17 years of experience mediating and litigating complex construction and insurance matters. Mr. Lee has focused his practice in California, Nevada and Arizona on the representation of "target" defendant contractors (master developers, subdivision developers and general contractors) in construction defect related claims. Mr. Lee tried to verdict the first construction defect case in Southern Nevada.
Mr. Lee is often a featured speaker at County, State and National Seminars on construction defect cases, including a special engagement at the Nevada State Bar Convention. Mr. Lee has also served as one of the Bar’s representatives (on behalf of developers and general contractors) on multiple committees aimed at improving pre-trial and trial procedure for construction defect cases in the State of Nevada. Mr. Lee shares the distinction of being named one of the Top 100 Lawyers of Southern Nevada for 2010 and 2013 by Nevada Business Magazine.
In 2008, Mr. Lee began mediating and arbitrating various civil cases, including several cases where he has acted as a neutral mediator through JAMS. He is experienced in resolution of disputes involving complex construction defect and insurance litigation and arbitration issues, as well as simpler disputes, which require a neutral party to assist the parties in reaching a consensus. He has successfully mediated dozens of cases, and is well known for his ability to evaluate likely trial outcomes and explain those in a way that is easily understandable to litigants and attorneys alike.
Cindie D. Hernandez
Cindie Hernandez focuses a substantial portion of her practice to representing developers, general contractors and subcontractors in construction, construction defect and related insurance disputes, including other complex and mass-tort civil litigation matters, environmental/toxic tort and accessibility matters. Having joined in 2000, she has participated in the firm's expansion to maintain effective and cost-efficient defense litigation techniques to well serve its construction clientele. She has the honor of becoming the firm's first female shareholder, and over the past 13 years, has dedicated her practice to representing developers and general contractors to gain extensive experience in successfully managing and litigating claims involving significant risk exposure and risk transfer.
She holds the highest Martindale-Hubbell Preeminent AV Peer Review Rating.
Mrs. Hernandez earned her dual B.S. degrees from the University of Idaho and her J.D. from the Western Michigan University Cooley School of Law. She is a member of the Nevada and Colorado Bars, permitting her to practice in all courts in Nevada and Colorado, and the United States District Court of Nevada. She maintains memberships in the Las Vegas Defense Lawyers Association and the Colorado Defense Lawyers Association. She is also a Claims Litigation Management (CLM) member, who was selected amongst other nation-wide volunteers to co-develop the Nevada Section of the greater CLM Claims Handling Wiki, a comprehensive state-by-state claims handling guide.
When not representing her construction clients, Mrs. Hernandez, in conjunction with other key firm personnel, worked to secure the 2005 Medium Size Firm Pro Bono Firm of the Year honor from the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada. As a direct result of this work, Ms. Hernandez has strong experience in handling general liability and landlord/tenant disputes and maintains her pro bono representation. Adding to this, Mrs. Hernandez achieved success before the Nevada State Legislature (77th Session, 2013) to help secure the enactment of SB 335, a measure to advance the practice of Nevada's health-care providers through her work as the Nevada representative to the National Association of Chiropractic Attorneys.
Ms. Hernandez has also served as a guest moderator for professional seminars offered in the southwest region of the United States.
Ms. Hernandez was recognized as a top lawyer in Vegas, Inc., in 2013.
Natasha A. Landrum
Ms. Landrum joined the firm in 2001, and became a partner in 2006. In 2000, Ms. Landrum relocated to Las Vegas, Nevada, to join a boutique litigation firm specializing in complex civil litigation (including multi-district litigation), class actions, commercial and business litigation, construction defect litigation on behalf of homeowners and homeowner associations, CC&R enforcement and interpretation, land use, trademark litigation, personal injury and wrongful death. Ms. Landrum has also drafted proposed changes for NRS Chapter 116 at the request of homeowner interest groups to submit to the Nevada Legislature.
Currently, the primary focus of her practice is in defending developer, general contractor and subcontractors in construction defect litigation, injury and premise liability suits. Ms. Landrum remains involved in other complex civil litigation involving transactional disputes and environmental torts, as well as employment law and plaintiff injury. She has extensive experience in all stages of litigation including Appeals and has handled matters through verdict along with a successful defense decision through binding Arbitration. Ms. Landrum’s practice extends throughout Southern Nevada, Northern Nevada and Northern California.
Originally, a native of the Northern California Peninsula Bay Area, Ms. Landrum moved on to University of California at Santa Barbara where she received a dual Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Sociology in 1996. Ms. Landrum later attended California Western School of Law in San Diego, and received her Juris Doctorate in 1999. While in law school, Ms. Landrum was a recipient of the Dean’s Scholarship from 1996 through 1999. After immediately becoming licensed in California, Ms. Landrum originally practiced in the fields of domestic litigation, personal injury and administrative law.
In addition to her active memberships with the State Bars of Nevada and California, Ms. Landrum is admitted to practice before the United States District Courts, Southern District of California and District of Nevada. Ms. Landrum helped spearhead the Southern Nevada construction defect bar’s current efforts to arrive at uniform protocols involving case management and mediation. She has served as a speaker for professional seminars regarding insurance and additional insured endorsements as well as the state of the law in complex construction defect litigation.
Ms. Landrum holds the highest Martindale-Hubbell Preeminent AV Peer Review Rating.
Jeffery A. Garofalo
Mr. Garofalo joined as a partner in May 2006. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in political science from the University of California, San Diego in 1989, and his Juris Doctorate from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1992. He is licensed to practice in all Courts in the States of California and Nevada. He holds the highest Martindale-Hubbell Preeminent AV Peer Review Rating.
His practice emphasizes business and construction litigation, where he has successfully represented clients in some of the largest complex cases litigated in these jurisdictions. Mr. Garofalo is on brief in two California appellate decisions addressing contractor licensing issues and contractual indemnity obligations, and he successfully argued in the Nevada Supreme Court to reverse a dismissal of an investor claim arising from improper fund control and embezzlement on a large commercial development.
Mr. Garofalo has been a guest lecturer to the paralegal program at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, speaking on construction defect case management. He is a member of the Clark County Bar Association, sits on the national Board of Governors for the Human Rights Campaign and he has served as pro-bono counsel for indigent clients through Clark County’s Aids/HIV assistance program. He is an attorney volunteer for Ya Es Hora, a program that assists legally documented residents with applications for U.S. citizenship. Since his appointment by Governor Jim Gibbons in 2009, he has served on the board of directors for Nevada’s Public Employee Benefits Program.
Jennifer E. Mullen
Ms. Mullen is the managing partner of the firm’s Arizona office where she manages a thriving litigation practice including the areas of construction litigation, child advocacy, civil rights litigation and premises liability defense. She has a special focus on making sure her clients have an effective risk management strategy in place to avoid or minimize the effects of construction defect litigation, often advising clients on methods to coordinate subcontracts with their general liability insurance to provide protection in the event of a dispute.
Ms. Mullen graduated in 1994 from The University of Massachusetts Amherst with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. She went on to complete her Juris Doctorate in 1996 at St. Johns University in New York City, earning Amjur Awards for Evidence and Legal Writing. Ms. Mullen was a member of the Journal of Legal Commentary and has several published academic and artistic works including, Statutes of Repose– The Design Professional’s Defense to Perpetual Liability 10 St. John’s Journal of Legal Commentary 697. She holds the highest Martindale-Hubbell Preeminent AV Peer Review Rating.
She became licensed in Nevada in 1996 and was involved in the first case successfully tried under Nevada’s construction defect law. She was with the firm at its inception in Las Vegas and left to pursue a broader experience in the homebuilding industry including development of comprehensive risk management strategies, implementation and development of safety and quality standards and general land use law for builders and developers. She has advised builders throughout the country, and has served on numerous Boards of Directors for general contractors and developers. Ms. Mullen frequently speaks to conferences of builders and developers on the topics of quality control and effective risk management to reduce construction litigation. Ms. Mullen is licensed to practice in Nevada, Nebraska, and Arizona.
Robert A. Carlson
Mr. Carlson is the managing partner of the firm's Florida office and is a board certified specialist and expert in construction law by the Florida Bar. He is a member in good standing of the State and Federal bars of Florida, the United States Virgin Islands, and Nevada. Mr. Carlson graduated from the Max M. Fisher College of Business at the Ohio State University and earned his Juris Doctorate from Capital University Law School (cum laude). Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Carlson clerked for the United States Attorney’s Office in Washington D.C. In addition to being board certified in construction law, he holds the highest Martindale-Hubbell Preeminent AV Peer Review Rating.
Mr. Carlson’s primary practice is focused on complex tort and commercial litigation where he has successfully represented clients in high value construction, products liability, class action and insurance matters. Recently, Mr. Carlson has successfully represented a contingent of home builders in a 30,000 plus home class action litigation. He has also recently represented a plastic bag manufacturer and obtained a jury verdict and judgment in excess of 10 million dollars on behalf of his client. More recently, he secured a defense verdict for one of the firm’s general contractor clients after a four-week jury trial in Central Florida, after which the court directed a verdict in his favor against the client’s subcontractors, finding they owed the client a contractual duty to defend.
Mr. Carlson has also served as a speaker and panelist on issues effecting complex construction litigation across the United States, as well as methods of reducing litigation costs through case management plans.
Mr. Marking is the managing partner of the Southern California office of the Firm. He is admitted to the California Bar, as well as all U.S. District Courts in California. He is also a member in good standing of the Orange County Bar Association. Mr. Marking received his B.A. from the University of California at San Diego in 1989, and received his Juris Doctorate from Pepperdine University in 1994. Prior to joining the Firm, Mr. Marking spent 10 years with the largest, national construction firm in the country.
Mr. Marking’s practice is primarily focused on meeting the complete legal needs of developers, builders, general contractors, and sureties in all aspects of their business transactions "from the ground up", including negotiating contracts, project management and close out of troubled projects. Mr. Marking also has over 15 years of experience litigating construction claims, including commercial torts, contract claims, delay/scheduling disputes and construction defect actions in residential, commercial and industrial disputes. Mr. Marking joined the Firm in 2012.
Heather N. Ingle Gernhardt
Ms. Ingle Gernhardt started her legal career working under student practice orders during her third and final year of law school in New York. She worked for the New York County (Manhattan) District Attorney's Office prosecuting misdemeanor domestic violence cases and for the Westchester County Family Court Legal Program providing free legal services for victims of domestic violence. During the course of her legal studies, she earned a certificate of concentration in International Law after studying for a semester at the University College of London, in London, England. She is currently licensed to practice law in both New York and California. Ms. Ingle Gernhardt has redirected her legal interests to civil practice where she is focusing on construction defect and civil litigation.
Her bar admissions include the states of New York and California, including admission to the U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, the U.S District Court, Eastern District, and the Ninth Circuit, Court of Appeals. She is also actively involved with professional associations that include the American Bar Association and the New York State Bar. Ms. Ingle Gerhardt joined the firm in 2012.
Dennis Luckman is an AV rated attorney. He joined Lee, Hernandez, Landrum & Garofalo as a partner in 2015. Mr. Luckman was a partner with another firm for 12 years. He was named a "Southern California Rising Star" by Super Lawyers numerous times. His practice is devoted to construction defect disputes, general business litigation, premises and products liability. Mr. Luckman’s clients include developers, general contractors, and business owners in a variety of diverse industries. Over his career, Mr. Luckman has successfully handled hundreds of cases with amounts in dispute totaling well into the hundreds of millions of dollars.
In the precedential case of ABF Capital Corp. v. Grove Properties Company (2005), 126 Cal.App. 4th 204 on appeal Mr. Luckman successfully argued on behalf of his client that business entities are within the class of persons protected by Civil Code section 1717(a) (reciprocal application of a unilateral attorneys’ fees provision in a contract).
Dennis Luckman is a Southern California native. He graduated magna cum laude from San Diego State University in 1994 and the University of San Diego School of Law in 1997. Mr. Luckman is a member of the State Bar of California and the United States District Court for the Central and Southern Districts of California.