Original article published on USA Today.

Nestled within the sprawling cityscape of Los Angeles, amidst its iconic palm trees, historic landmarks, and the eternal hum of urban life, lies a community of professionals whose prowess often overshadows the glitz and glamour of Tinseltown. Beyond the silver screens and celebrity-laden boulevards, another breed of luminary: LA’s top lawyers, whose brilliance illuminates the corridors of justice. 

As 2023 unfolds, the narrative of Los Angeles’ legal profession is punctuated with tales of lawyers who have risen above the rest, establishing themselves as not merely local prodigies but as influential juggernauts on a national and, at times, global scale. These advocates range from the relentless crusaders championing social justice and ensuring that the marginalized have a voice to the sagacious strategists who navigate the intricate maze of corporate law, sealing deals that influence the very pulse of the American economy. 

In an era characterized by its breakneck pace, where laws must continually adapt to accommodate innovations and societal transformations, the prowess of these attorneys is a beacon of stability and vision. Their ability to interpret, predict, and mold legal standards’ future trajectory is commendable and indispensable. 

The vibrancy of Los Angeles is partly a reflection of its diverse inhabitants and multifaceted industries. Just as the city is a melting pot of cultures, its legal community is a tapestry of specializations. These lawyers are the unsung heroes shaping the city’s destiny. 

So, join us in this exploration as we journey through the annals of LA’s legal hall of fame this year, spotlighting those who have left an indelible mark on the cases they handle and the broader tapestry of jurisprudence itself. Their stories are about individual triumphs and the collective advancement of justice in a city that dreams big. 

Marivel M. Zialcita

Marivel M. Zialcita, an attorney specializing in estate planning, probate, conservatorship, and elder law, garners attention for her all-female firm’s passionate advocacy for clients, safeguarding their legacies across generations. With a 20-year career, accolades include “Best Client Satisfaction” for three consecutive years and inclusion in 2024’s SuperLawyers. Zialcita serves on multiple boards, including the Pomona Valley Estate Planning Council and the California Western School of Law Alumni.  

Zialcita and her team aim to assist clients through various stages of life, from creating family trust plans to managing elder care, all the way to post-death and generational planning. Her firm’s mantra, “Protect your Life and your Legacy,” emphasizes the importance of preserving personal life’s work and belongings for future generations. For more information, visit www.mmzlawyer.com.

Other attorneys who made it to the Hall of Fame

Samer Habbas 

Lem Garcia 

Leonard Manalo  

Anh Stenzel

Taylor M. Tieman 

Patrick Baghdaserians, CFLS  

Mark V. Larson