May 9, 2018

Khrystsina Kisel

Khrystsina Kisel obtained her Juris Doctorate from UC Davis School of Law, where she held a Senior Sections Editor position on the Journal of Juvenile Law & Policy and received a Pro Bono certificate for her volunteer work at the Riverside County Public Defender’s Office. Ms. Kisel earned her Bachelor of Arts from UC Riverside in Economics/Law and Society.

Khrystsina Kisel was admitted to the State Bar of California in December 2017. Her current practice at Penrose Chun & Gorman LLP consists of estate planning, trust administration, probate, and civil litigation.


Bar Admission

  • California, December 2017

Education

  • UC Davis School of Law, Juris Doctorate
  • UC Riverside, Bachelor of Arts

Memberships

  • State Bar of California
  • Santa Cruz County Bar Association

Practice Areas

April 27, 2018

Anna M. Penrose-Levig

Anna M. Penrose-Levig advises clients in estate and trust matters and assists clients with the initiation and review of estate plans, including simple wills and revocable trusts. Her practice includes the probate of estates, the non-probate post-mortem administration of living trusts, estate planning, estate and trust litigation, and civil litigation.

Ms. Penrose-Levig has been practicing law since 2003 and is a member of the State Bars of California and Nevada. Prior to joining Penrose Chun & Gorman LLP, Ms. Penrose-Levig was Assistant General Counsel to the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada, where she was employed from 2007 to 2014. As Assistant General Counsel, Ms. Penrose-Levig defended Commission decisions on appeal in both Nevada District Court and before the Supreme Court of Nevada, and represented the Commission as a party to proceedings at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Prior to joining the Commission, Ms. Penrose-Levig practiced at Broad Counsel Partners in San Diego from 2003 to 2007, where she focused on corporate, transactional, and estate planning matters.

Ms. Penrose-Levig earned her Juris Doctorate from University of California Hastings College of the Law. Ms. Penrose-Levig was a National Lawyers Guild Haywood Burns Fellow in 2001, and a 2L Member of the Hastings International and Comparative Law Review. Ms. Penrose-Levig received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California at Santa Barbara.


Bar Admission

  • California
  • Nevada

Education

  • J.D., University of California Hastings College of the Law
  • B.A., University of California at Santa Barbara

Memberships

  • Trusts and Estates Section, State Bar of California
  • Santa Cruz County Bar Association

Attorney Experience

  • Public Utilities Commission of Nevada
  • Broad Counsel Partners

Practice Areas

April 27, 2018

J. Kenneth Gorman

J. Kenneth “Ken” Gorman has been a trial attorney and litigator for over 30 years. He has successfully represented a broad array of clients from national corporations to local businesses, families and individuals, in cases ranging from Estate and Trust Litigation, Civil Litigation, Construction Defects Litigation, Personal Injury, Business Litigation, Real Estate Litigation and Agricultural Litigation matters. Ken has handled numerous jury and court trials and hundreds of arbitrations and mediations for plaintiffs, defendants and cross-defendants, in matters ranging from millions of dollars to neighbor disputes.

While most of his practice has been concentrated in Santa Cruz, Monterey, Santa Clara and San Benito Counties, he has handled cases throughout the state in both state and federal courts. His broad experience and dedication have earned him a reputation as an excellent litigator who is respected by his clients, colleagues, adversaries and judges.


Bar Admission

  • California
  • New York
  • Hawaii
  • The Northern and Central Federal District Courts in California
  • The federal district court of Hawaii
  • The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals

Education

  • J.D., Santa Clara University School of Law
  • B.A., Stanford University

Memberships

  • Santa Cruz County Bar Association
  • Monterey County Bar Association
  • Santa Cruz County Trial Lawyers Association
  • Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California
  • Bar Association of the State of Hawaii
  • Trusts and Estates Section, State Bar of California

Practice Areas

Verdicts & Settlements

Trust Litigation: Obtained $3.7 million judgment against husband and wife who looted wife’s parents’ savings and trust accounts based on fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, elder abuse, and undue influence, Santa Cruz County.

Trust Litigation: Obtained defense judgment on behalf of client who was primary caretaker of widowed mother for decades, sued by other siblings for undue influence and breach of fiduciary duty, successful counterclaim against siblings for breach of fiduciary duty, order to vacate family home, and fully reimburse client for attorneys’ fees of $140,000, Santa Cruz County.

Probate: Obtained a $2.5 million Judgment against the matriarch of a family who masterminded the disappearance of the client’s father and theft of his estate in California, Texas, and the US Virgin Islands.

Trade Secrets: $1.2 million verdict for misappropriation of trade secrets in Monterey County on behalf of an event planner, against six former employees who set up a rival company, took his client list and contracts in progress and kept all the proceeds.

Dog Bite: $90,000 judgment for a woman whose dog was mauled to death in her arms and who suffered minor bites and PTSD, first known case assessing punitive damages against dog owner, who denied ownership and control, Monterey County.

Commercial Property Dispute: $900,000 binding arbitration award against adjacent property owner who refused to participate in necessary road repairs and pollution mitigation efforts, Monterey County.

Auto collision, Reverse Rear End: Confidential six figure policy limits settlement and policy limits for underinsured motorist claim where speeding vehicle cut-off clients and slammed on brakes to avoid head on and C.H.P. report wrongly assessed fault to client driver. Proved liability was 100% other driver, then obtained settlements, Stanislaus County.

Auto Collision, Broadside: Confidential six figure settlement for client injured in accident with minimal visible damage, impacting car lifted client’s small pickup. Initial mild symptoms developed into severe pain resulting in surgery and extended time off work, Sacramento County.

Property Damage Claim Against City: Confidential settlements for property owner whose apartments were flooded when city sewer backed up. City denied claim, denied liability and accused client of comparative fault. Obtained settlement compensating client for property damage and rental expenses, Monterey County.

Construction Defect: obtained $380,000 settlement for repairs to custom remodel that had substantial damage 3 years after completion, contractor denied liability and extent of damages, Santa Cruz County.

Construction Defect: obtained $350,000 settlement for repairs to remodel discovered on eve of 10 year statute, Santa Cruz County.

Insurance Dispute: Obtained $ 500,000 settlement from homeowner’s carrier who disputed rebuild costs and associated damages, wrongly accused client of exaggerating losses after electrical fire burned house to ground. Then obtained confidential settlement of bad faith claim for misconduct of claims representative, Monterey County.

Insurance Dispute: Obtained $720,000 settlement from homeowner’s carrier who disputed repair costs after 100 foot cypress tree fell on house. Insurer claims representative removed from claim for misconduct and for offering less than half of claim value, other misconduct, Monterey County.

Professional Liability: Obtained dismissal of Civil Engineering Firm case alleging inadequate design and construction of multi-million dollar ocean front condo complex, Monterey County.

Property Dispute/Personal Injury: Obtained successive restraining orders and confidential six figure settlement against adjacent property owner and employee who threatened and spied on clients, and obtained dismissal of cross complaint alleging trespass, Monterey County.

April 27, 2018

Edward L. Chun

Ed’s primary area of practice is civil litigation. He has extensive experience representing individuals and businesses in contract disputes, landlord-tenant disputes, business and partnership disputes, and real property disputes. He joined Penrose, Chun & Gorman in 2012, where the focus of his practice is real property and estate and trust litigation, in addition to general civil litigation.

Ed has extensive experience representing clients in jury and bench trials. He has also represented clients in alternative dispute resolution proceedings such as mediation and arbitration. This experience provides Ed with the ability to give clients practical and “real world” advice on how best to handle and resolve their cases.


Bar Admission

  • California

Education

  • J.D., Brooklyn Law School, 1986
  • B.A., State University of New York at Stony Brook, 1983

Memberships

  • Santa Cruz County Bar Association
  • Santa Cruz County Trial Lawyers Association
  • Trusts and Estates Section, State Bar of California

Community Involvement

  • Member of the Board of Directors of Santa Cruz Little League
  • Youth Sports Coach for over five years.

Practice Areas

April 27, 2018

Steven D. Penrose

Steven D. Penrose is a Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust & Probate Law, focusing his practice primarily in estate planning, estate and trust litigation, probate and trust administration, and business succession planning. Mr. Penrose has extensive experience assisting clients with the initiation and review of estate plans, including simple wills, revocable and irrevocable trusts, and complex estate tax planning. He has substantial experience representing executors, trustees, fiduciaries, and beneficiaries in a range of matters before the Superior Courts of Monterey, Santa Cruz, and Santa Clara Counties. He is a skilled litigator with significant expertise in probate court matters, including estate, trust, financial power of attorney, health care power of attorney, health care agent, and conservatorship disputes. Mr. Penrose also routinely handles the probate of estates as well as the non-probate post-mortem administration of living trusts. In the business succession planning arena, he has successfully assisted generations of families in planning for the successful transition of their closely held businesses and assets from older to younger generations. He has the knowledge and experience needed to provide business succession planning assistance to businesses and families in a range of industries.

Mr. Penrose has been practicing law for over thirty-five years. Prior to co-founding Penrose Chun & Gorman LLP, he co-founded predecessor firm Atack & Penrose, LLP with Charlene Atack. Previously, he practiced with Bosso Williams in Santa Cruz, and with Lombardo & Gilles in the Monterey area for over 16 years. Mr. Penrose earned his Juris Doctorate from the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law and his Bachelor of Arts degree from Santa Clara University.

Mr. Penrose is a member of the Monterey County Bar Association, the Santa Cruz County Bar Association, and the Trusts and Estates Section of the State Bar of California. Mr. Penrose is also a member of the Dominican Hospital Foundation’s Professional Advisors Council. He is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Friends of Long Marine Lab, and former Chairman of the Planned Giving Committee for the National Steinbeck Center. Mr. Penrose is a past member of the Board of Directors for the Central Coast Continuing Professional Education Forum.


Bar Admission

  • California

Education

  • J.D., University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law
  • B.A., Santa Clara University

Memberships

  • Trusts and Estates Section, State Bar of California
  • Monterey County Bar Association
  • Santa Cruz County Bar Association
  • Santa Cruz County Trial Lawyers Association

Certified Legal Specialist

  • Certified by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization as a Specialist in Estate Planning, Probate and Trust Law

Attorney Experience

  • Bosso Williams, APC
  • Lombardo & Gilles, LLP

Practice Areas