about the scvba

The membership of the Santa Clarita Valley Bar Association, founded in 2005, includes more than 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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Taylor F. Williams

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.

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Christine R. INGLIS

SECRETARY

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.  She is the current Secretary of the Santa Clarita Valley Business Group and a Member at Large for the Santa Clarita Valley Bar Association.

Lucas Rowe

TREASURER

Lucas has been an attorney for over ten years and is licensed in both California and Ohio. He is a former special agent with the United States Secret Service and investigated various forms of financial and computer fraud. He served as a federal prosecutor at the United States Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles, and has litigated police misconduct, products and premises liability, and other general negligence cases for firms in Los Angeles. He has authored various legal articles, been retained as an expert in police matters, and contributed to various news publications and programs including CNN and Variety Magazine.  Lucas received his undergraduate degree from Rochester College in Religious Education, and his Juris Doctor from the University of Toledo College of Law. He is currently an associate attorney at Donahoe & Young in Santa Clarita.

JEFF ARMENDARIZ

MEMBER AT LARGE

Jeff Armendariz has been exclusively practicing criminal law for over 16 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.

Corey Carter

MEMBER AT LARGE

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

MEMBER AT LARGE

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.

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.

SAMUEL R.W. PRICE

SFVBA LIASON

Samuel R.W. Price is a partner with Poole & Shaffery, LLP, where he focuses on civil litigation, representing both plaintiffs and defendants in complex business disputes and commercial litigation; intellectual property litigation; employment litigation; bankruptcy-related litigation; and construction, construction-defect, and construction defect-related product liability matters.  Mr. Price has served for several years on the Executive Board of the Santa Clarita Valley Bar Association and is also an elected Trustee for the San Fernando Valley Bar Association.

Claudia McDowell

PAST PRESIDENT

Claudia McDowell is a Partner in the law firm of Poole, Shaffery & Koegle, LLP. Ms. McDowell practices corporate, securities and commercial law and is highly skilled in mergers and acquisitions and transactional negotiations. She represents micro-cap and small-cap publicly traded companies, as well as small, medium and large privately owned corporations around the world. Ms. McDowell has extensive experience in federal and state securities and compliance issues under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. For more than 26 years, prior to joining Poole & Shaffery, Ms. McDowell owned her own private practice and ultimately partnered with her daughter, M. Lisa Odom where she actively represented companies in all aspects of their existence. Her practice included both US companies and foreign companies in countries such as Canada, China and Taiwan. Ms. McDowell is admitted to the California Bar, the Colorado Bar and the United States District Court Bar. She served as President of the SCVBA from 2018 – 2020.