Founding Partners, Catherine Bechtel, Neda Mansoorian and Pallie Zambrano, established Oleander Law Partners with simple goals: to deliver attentive individualized service, protect their clients’ rights with strong advocacy and to offer compassionate support in challenging legal and personal journeys.
Their rich backgrounds in both civil litigation and family law provide a cutting-edge combination of experience to ensure clients are protected from all angles–personal, business, and long-range planning. They have earned the trust of judges, opposing counsel, the community, and their clients, with a longstanding record of credibility and distinction.
Catherine, Neda and Pallie met in their first year of law school. Sharing common values of respect, civility, and kindness, they instantly became friends and have remained so for over 20 years. Before they founded Oleander Law Partners, they were fortunate to practice together and serve as senior partners at McManis Faulkner, a highly-respected and preeminent Bay Area civil and family law trial firm. Their story will continue for many years to come.
We started our careers in civil litigation, and have an advanced understanding of the law within the context of business and financial considerations. At Oleander Law, we take pride in quality work and achieving tailored and positive results for our clients. Our lawyers are committed to offering:
• Personal attention.
• Prompt responses to clients’ needs and inquiries.
• Thorough and clearly-stated options.
• Creative solutions to complex problems.
• Extensive menu of legal avenues, including litigation, negotiation, mediation, & collaborative law.
Representing high-net worth individuals in complex matters requires sophisticated financial understanding and in-depth knowledge of the law–knowledge which all Oleander attorneys possess. We understand the sensitive nature of high-stakes matters, and are dedicated to maintaining the privacy and reputations of our diverse clientele.
Effective advocacy requires compassion, professional guidance, and steady legal leadership. Our goal is to ensure our client’s journey is not intimidating or confusing, despite the complexity of the process. With our help, our client’s matter can be presented with maximum visibility and a clear understanding of a path toward an ideal outcome that fits her or his goals.
It is our priority to help clients navigate delicate waters, to minimize stress and strain on them and those around them. Understanding that individual circumstances are varied and nuanced, we work with our clients to tailor the right path for them. We build close working relationships with our clients, resulting in steady and strong representation.
Aggressive & Creative Advocacy
The compassionate treatment of our clients does not diminish our zealous advocacy in the courtroom, as the understanding lawyer is always prepared to aggressively fight for her or his client. Our innovative strategies in court come from our dedication to our client, first and foremost.
We relate to our clients on a personal level, and ensure we keep them up-to-date throughout the litigation process. Being in crisis is stressful and emotional. We will stand by our clients’ side through every step of the process, and will help them make objective decisions to protect their future. We also make sure our clients’ cases are handled with sensitivity and strict confidentiality.
We devote our time and board leadership efforts to numerous respected non-profit and charitable organizations.