About the Firm

Kevin G. Staker, the principal attorney in the firm, received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Utah College of Law, and his Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Taxation degree from New York University School of Law. Kevin is the founder of the Planned Giving Council of Ventura County. Kevin has three times been a member of the Board of the Ventura County Bar Association, and was the chair of its annual dinner committee 14 of 15 years. He is one of the few attorneys in the State of California who is both a Certified Specialist in Taxation Law and a Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law as certified by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. He has an “AV” (highest) rating by his peers according to the Martindale-Hubbell lawyer directory.

Brandon P. Johnson is an attorney with the firm.  He obtained both his bachelor’s and law degrees from Brigham Young University.  He brings over 18 years of both business and legal experience to the firm.  He has practiced law for over 12 years.  He has worked for several years as in house counsel for several businesses and has worked for publicly traded corporations and small start-ups.  His practice focuses in the areas of estate planning, trust administration, taxation, and business.  He and his wife Becky are the parents of five children.

Sasha L. Collins is an attorney with the firm.  She obtained her bachelor’s degree from UCSB and has been employed with StakerLaw since July, 2011.  She had been a paralegal with the firm.  However, she graduated as the valedictorian of her class (first in her class) at the Ventura College of Law and has passed the California Bar exam.  She primarily works in trust administration, probate and estate planning matters.

Rebecca Horton obtained her bachelor’s degree from UCLA and has been employed with StakerLaw since June, 1990. She is a certified paralegal, certified by the National Association of Legal Assistants, Inc. Certifying Board. Ms. Horton is presently attending Northwestern California University School of Law. She primarily assists in business formations, probate, guardianship, conservatorship and trust administration matters, and Medi-Cal planning.

Nicholas Cerveny obtained his bachelor’s degree from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and has been employed with StakerLaw since April, 2011.  Nick’s prior legal experience includes assisting in the Milwaukee U. S. Attorneys’ Office. He primarily assists in probate and trust administration matters.