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Jennifer Brooks Lawyer Of The Year Award

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2020-2021 Jennifer Brooks Lawyer of the Year


SoheilaAzizi, Esq.

Jennifer Brooks Lawyer of the Year

SoheilaAzizi opened her civil litigation practice in Rancho Cucamonga nearly three decades ago, later expanding it to include a conflict resolution non-profit entity: California Arbitration & Mediation Services (CAMS).

Ms. Azizi’s passion and advocacy for justice sparked at a young age when she escaped her birth land in the midst of Iranian Revolution in1979, devastated with religious persecutions and gross human right violations committed against her faith community. For the past 27 years, Ms. Azizihas dedicated her life to law and advocacy for her clients, and to social action for promoting peace, justice and equity in a compassionate and altruistic manner.

Ms. Azizi’s approach to bringing justice and equity for her clients begins with education and empowerment, and a loving partnership in a joint crusade for discovery of facts upon which reasonable expectations may be built. Walking with her clients as co-wayfarers of this journey every step of the way, Ms. Azizi educates her clients on realities of the process, and plausible interpretations and applications of the law. Through the process, the client is encouraged to engage in self-exploration, and positive transformation, which often results in a paradigm shift of attitudes. Once a defeated victim, the client becomes a mighty force in this pursuit of justice.

Ms. Azizi’s personal time is wholeheartedly dedicated to community building work and volunteer services as a mediator, an arbitrator, a temporary judge, an educator, a youth and women empowerment mentor, a T.V. Talk show co-host, or to building bridges towards oneness and engaging in multi-faith coalitions, offering free legal services to the voiceless and the abused, and occupied with variety of administrative services on many boards for non-profit public benefit organizations she has built or help found. Ms. Azizi has served on the Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’i Faith in her local community, and has sponsored/co-sponsored many conferences, seminars and workshops on various aspects of justice in areas of human rights, race and gender equities.


Bryan Reid, Esq.

Jennifer Brooks Lawyer of the Year

Bryan Reid is a partner in the San Bernardino office of Lewis Brisbois and vice-chair of the Long-Term Care & Elder Law Practice. Mr. Reid’s civil trial practice focuses on the defense of nursing homes, assisted living facilities, physicians, hospitals, and other healthcare and long-term care professionals and organizations. He also has experience litigating cases in the field of sports and recreation liability having represented some of the most well-known names in professional sports. Mr. Reid graduated from the California State University Fullerton where he majored in Communications and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1988. Bryan Reid attended Southwestern University School of Law and obtained his Juris Doctorate in 1991. He was selected as one of the top 100 Civil Defense Litigators for Southern California by America’s Top 100 and is AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell. He currently serves as President of CAL-ABOTA. He is a member on the Board of Trustees for the Inland Wellness Information Network, a board member of the Redlands Community Hospital Foundation and past president of the Redlands Sunrise Rotary. He is also a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and a Fellow of the International Society of Barristers.

2019/2020 – Bryan Reid

2018/2019 – Michele Daly

2017/2018 – Byron Thompson

2016/2017 – William D. Shapiro

2015/2016 – Michael A. Scafiddi

2014/2015 – Gregory Rizio

2013/2014 – Gregory Bentley

2012/2013 – Hon. Stephen Larson (Ret.)

2011/2012 – Ricardo Echeverria

2010/2011 – Brian K. Brandt

2009/2010 – John Mannerino

2008/2009 – Jason Anderson

2007/2008 – Donald Haslam

2006/2007 – Michael J. Bidart

2005/2006 – Grover Porter

2004/2005 – Sissie Barker

2003/2004 – Charles Althouse