Our Team

Our team of dedicated, professional staff is crucial to the results we achieve for our clients.

Lesley Clement


Lesley has been featured in Time magazine, People, Frontline, New York Times, the National Law Journal, The SacBee, and The Sacramento Business Journal for her groundbreaking work in the field of elder abuse.

A 1988 graduate of San Diego School of Law, Lesley was thrust into elder abuse law when her great-aunt was abused and neglected at a residential care facility. Lesley successfully tried the case and got the facility’s license revoked.

Since that time, her practice has focused exclusively on representing victims of abuse and neglect in institutional settings. Lesley believes that by holding corporations that promise to care for the vulnerable accountable to provide competent, humane care, we can improve care for everyone.

Lesley is the past chair of the American Association for Justice Nursing Home Litigation Group and has long been recognized by Martindale-Hubbell’s American Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers. Lesley strongly believes in passing along the knowledge she has gained through her years as an advocate and educator. She teaches classes and seminars around the country and mentors young attorneys so they will be able to continue the important work of protecting our elders.

Valerie Dawson

Of Counsel

Valerie received her law degree from the University of Michigan in 1992, where she was an associate editor of the Michigan Law Review. She practiced law at a large Silicon Valley firm for 10 years before taking time off to have a family. After winning a significant verdict in an elder financial abuse trial in 2008, she decided to devote her practice to elder abuse.

Marissa Major


Marissa attended the University of California Berkeley and graduated with Honors and Distinction in General Scholarship. After college, Marissa obtained a Juris Doctorate Degree from the University of California Hastings College of the Law. While a student at UC Hastings, Marissa was a member of the founding class of the Medical Legal Partnership for Seniors Clinic—an innovative, award-winning clinic at UC Hastings. The Clinic partners with UCSF to provide advance health care, estate planning, public benefits, and wrap-around legal services to elders in the community.

Marissa began her legal career as a family law litigation attorney in the Bay Area. Upon relocating to Sacramento, Marissa made the decision to follow her passion—to advocate for the rights of elders and fight against elder abuse.