about the scvba

The membership of the Santa Clarita Valley Bar Association, founded in 2005, includes nearly 100 local attorneys dedicated to serving the Santa Clarita community. Our member attorneys, the majority of whom are Santa Clarita residents, are bound by a strict code of professional conduct designed to ensure that clients are represented by attorneys competent to handle the specific needs of each client. The goal of each bar member is to be an effective advocate, to provide sound and objective counsel and advice, and to evoke a sense of comfort for every client.

The Santa Clarita Valley Bar Association recognizes the importance of being a good partner with our community.

A Growing Community

The Santa Clarita Valley is certainly one of the fastest growing communities in the Los Angeles area.  More and more people are living and working in Santa Clarita than ever before. More homes and other housing units are being developed as the community grows. More and more businesses are moving to the Santa Clarita Valley. As such, our bar membership continues to grow as more lawyers live and work in Santa Clarita.

it is the mission of the scvba to do the following

Represent the interests of its members and to advocate on their behalf

Educate its members and the public concerning the law, the legal profession, and the judicial system

Provide a means of communication both among its members, and between its members and the public

Promote professional growth and to enhance the quality of life of the legal community

Promote the highest standards of professionalism, competence and ethical conduct

Uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States and of the State of California and to maintain representative government

Promote meaningful access to legal representation and the justice system for all persons regardless of their economic or social condition

Preserve and enhance the ideal of the legal profession as a service profession and its dedication to public service

EXECUTIVE BOARD

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JEFF ARMENDARIZ

PRESIDENT

Jeff Armendariz has been exclusively practicing criminal law for over 25 years. While in law school, he worked as a law clerk in both the Juvenile Division and Gang Unit of the San Diego District Attorney’s Office. After passing the California Bar exam in 1994, he was hired by the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office as a Deputy District Attorney. In 1998, he opened his private practice “The Law Offices of Jeffrey Armendariz”.  While handling a variety of criminal cases throughout Southern and Central California, his caseload is centered in Northern Los Angeles County with a focus in the Antelope Valley, San Fernando Valley, and Santa Clarita Valley. He appears almost daily before the Santa Clarita Superior Court, and therefore, has the greatest familiarity with the manner in which criminal case are handled there. Consequently, he enjoys an especially positive reputation within the Santa Clarita legal community. Jeff participates in many worthwhile community activities and local organizations such as the Santa Clarita Valley Bar Association and the Santa Clarita Valley Business Group.  Since 1999, Jeff has been a bench officer (judge) in the Santa Clarita Teen Court program.

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COREY CARTER

SECRETARY

Corey Carter became an attorney in 2010. He has started his career representing debtors in bankruptcy court. Corey then worked with small businesses in assisting them with their corporate and small business needs. However, he missed the courtroom. After diligent study and participation in a trial program offered by the local bar association, Corey conducted his first trial. Corey zealously represents his clients in seeking justice. He has a passion for telling your story to the jury and making the most of your day in court. Corey is admitted to practice in all courts of the State of California, the United States District Court for the Central District of California, and the United States Tax Court. Corey has been recognized for his Pro Bono participation in the United States Bankruptcy Court Central District of California Honor Roll of Pro Bono Volunteers from 2011 to 2018. He served on the Executive Committee of the Barristers section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association from 2014 to 2018, and served as secretary during the 2016-2017 term.

ROBERT CASTILLO

TREASURER

Robert F. Castillo is dedicated to helping local residents ease their burden after a workplace injury through helping them pursue their workers’ compensation claims. Mr. Castillo enjoys seeing clients happy and knowing he worked as hard as he could to be at his best for those who put their faith in him. He gets excited learning about new topics or new ideas and ultimately wants to master workers’ compensation law. With his clients, he likes to take his time to explain what he knows or answer questions as best as he can. He does this by thinking about questions that he himself would ask and how to best answer these issues for his clients. He got into workers’ compensation law because he really wanted to get into a field where he felt he could make a difference and help as many people as possible. He is currently an attorney at the Law Offices of Wax & Wax.

CHRISTINE R. INGLIS

MEMBER AT LARGE

Christine Reynolds Inglis, received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in journalism with a concentration in history from Indiana University, Bloomington, in 2002. She received a Certificate in Paralegal Studies from William Rainey Harper College in Palatine, IL, in 2003 and worked as a paralegal for a law firm in the Indianapolis area concentrating in bankruptcy, criminal defense, personal injury and family law for four years. She received her Juris Doctorate from Indiana University, Indianapolis, in 2009.  Ms. Inglis is a licensed attorney in Indiana who spent a year as the Staff Attorney for a small collection agency and three years as a sole practitioner focusing on family law, collections, bankruptcy, personal injury and civil cases. She relocated to the Los Angeles area and joined The Reape-Rickett Law Firm in January 2013 as a law clerk. Ms. Inglis was admitted to the California State Bar on December 3, 2014 and became a Shareholder January 1, 2018.  

BARRY L. EDZANT

MEMBER AT LARGE

Barry L. Edzant began practicing law in 1989, joining his father’s personal injury practice. In the summer of 1996, his personal injury practice would accidentally branch off into an unexpected direction. During a family vacation, the brakes of the family’s 1996 Dodge Caravan caught on fire, prompting a long and frustrating campaign of unsuccessful attempts to repair the brakes. Not knowing much about the California Lemon Law, Mr. Edzant retained an attorney who specialized in it. Within 90 days, the Edzant family had a new Dodge Caravan. Mr. Edzant then learned this intricate area of law with the help of his own attorney and would soon be representing thousands of clients for their Lemon Law matters. Mr. Edzant currently resides in the Santa Clarita Valley with his wife of 34 years and his golden retriever, Brinkley. Both of their adult children are pursuing careers in the legal profession and are currently studying law at prestigious law schools in Los Angeles. They are looking forward to becoming the third-generation attorneys in the Edzant family. When not fighting for the consumer, Mr. Edzant is an avid woodworker who designs and builds custom furniture and is also known for making delicious, authentic barbecue for family and friends.

JOHN NOLAND

MEMBER AT LARGE

John Noland has been a trial attorney for the past 24 years. John served in the United States Navy as a medic assigned to the Fifth Marine Reconnaissance Unit. After leaving the Navy, John was hired by the Los Angeles City Fire Department where he served as an emergency paramedic for approximately 10 years. While on the fire department, John began pursuing an undergraduate degree in fine art with a specialty in medical illustration. This was a specialized degree combining fine art with a pre-med a curriculum. After graduating college, John began a career as a medical illustrator primarily preparing illustrations for attorneys to display to jurors during trial. John spent many hours in courtrooms watching trials and testifying at times to authenticate the illustrated anatomy. It was during this experience that he decided that he would become a trial lawyer specializing in personal injury. It was a perfect fit for John who used his story telling abilities along with his medical knowledge and training. Recently John was inducted as a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates. Currently John is dedicated to continuing his career as a trial attorney with an emphasis on training younger attorneys to be effective in trial.

Cody Patterson

MEMBER AT LARGE

J. Cody Patterson, an Associate Attorney at Owen Patterson & Owen, was admitted to the Utah Bar in 2003 and to the California Bar in 2005. Cody was born in Southern California, but has also lived in Panama City, Panama and Salt Lake City, Utah, where he received his J.D. in 2003 from the University of Utah College of Law. Cody practices personal injury law and enjoys representing individuals who have been injured and are seeking compensation for their injuries from insurance companies. In addition to spending time with his wife and son, Cody also enjoys basketball, tennis and traveling.

CHRISTOPHER WARNE

SFVBA LIASON

TAYLOR F. WILLIAMS-MONIZ

PAST PRESIDENT

Taylor received her B.A. with honors from the University of Texas at Austin in 2008, and her J.D. from Pepperdine University School of Law in 2011.  While in law school Taylor clerked for the Governor of Texas.  Taylor was admitted to the California Bar in 2011 and is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court (Central and Eastern Districts of California), Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and U.S. Supreme Court.  She is a member of the Los Angeles County, San Fernando Valley, West Los Angeles and Santa Clarita Valley Bar Associations.  Taylor currently serves as the president on the Board of Directors of the Santa Clarita Valley Bar Association and as a liaison to the San Fernando Valley Bar Association.  Taylor practices in the areas of trust and estate litigation, bankruptcy, business transactions, real estate and landlord/tenant matters, trust, wills and probate matters, and litigation.