All four of the Firm’s named Partners have been lauded by their peers, earning Martindale-Hubbell’s highest rating and its prestigious “Preeminent” distinction. Sheldon Lytton and Richard Williams, located in the Firm’s Century City Office, were partners in Finley Kumble Wagner Heine Underberg & Manley, one of the largest national law firms in the United States.
John Messina heads the Firm’s Temecula Valley Office and is a litigation attorney with top executive-level, hands-on experience as a broker, real estate developer, and mortgage banker. John has a lengthy record of experience litigating convoluted and difficult cases and is particularly adept at constructing complex business and real estate transactions.
Ted Hankin, an attorney and CPA, heads the firm’s Newport Beach office. Ted has effectively combined his success as an experienced lawyer while maintaining his CPA license continuously during his 37 years in practice. Ted uses his vast knowledge about business-related matters to counsel his clients in transactions and litigate for them in matters involving business formation, operation, and dissolution. Ted excels as a trusts and estates attorney handling the preparation of estate-planning documents, conservatorships, guardianships, and powers of attorney along with litigating trust and probate cases, will contests and trust contests.
In addition to their Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent® rating which is the highest possible rating for an attorney for both ethical standards and legal ability, both John and Ted are AVVO rated as “Superb” with 10.0 ratings.
Along with our other senior members of the Firm, John and Ted’s distinctive legal-business acumen is what separates their services from their peers; very few attorneys know more about and have greater experience in every element of creating, maintaining and protecting businesses as do John and Ted.