Meet The Team

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Education:

  • University of San Francisco School of Law J.D.

  • California State University of Fresno Bachelors of Science

Honors:

  • CALI Award for Excellence in Criminal Procedure and Copyright Law

  • Vice President of La Raza Law Student Association

  • Law Journal: Intellectual Property Law Journal, Articles Editor

Published Works:

  • Copyright's Paradox: The Public Interest and Private Monopoly, 18 Intellectual Property Law Bulletin, Spring Issue 2, 2014

Professional Associations and Memberships:

  • State Bar of California

  • San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association

  • American Bar Association

  • American Association for Justice 

  • Consumer Attorneys of California

Nicholas R. Ruiz 

Attorney at Law

Nick was born and raised in Visalia. He graduated from Mt. Whitney High School and College of the Sequoias before continuing his education at California State University of Fresno where he received a Bachelor of Science in Criminology with a focus on Forensic Behavioral Science. Nick received his Juris Doctorate from the University of San Francisco School of Law where he graduated near the top of his class. Nick was the Articles Editor for the Intellectual Property Law Bulletin during all three years of law school and was a CALI award recipient (Top Student) in Copyright Law and Criminal Procedure Law. Nick began practicing law in San Francisco with the Cartwright Law Firm before returning to Visalia and joining Williams, Brodersen Pritchett & Burke LLP. 

Nick specializes in personal injury law, employment law, and contract law. Nick comes from a hard working middle class family which has instilled in him a passion to help people. In his free time, Nick enjoys attending sporting events, such as the Giants' games and Warriors' games. Nick also enjoys hiking in national parks, paying poker, and barbecuing on a sunny day.

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Former Commissioner:

Tulare County Superior Court​

Professional Associations:

  • State Bar of California

  • Tulare County Bar Association (Former President)

Community Affiliations:

  • Boys & Girls Club of the Sequoias

  • Visalia Sunset Rotary

Education:

  • San Joaquin College of Law J.D.

Recipient:

  • Downtown Visalians' Gran Marshal, Visalia Christmas Parade

  • Lifetime Achievement Award - Tulare County Child Abuse Prevention Council

  • Pro-Bono Award - Tulare County Bar Association

  • Trial Attorney of the Year - Tulare County Trial Lawyers

  • Woman of Distinction (Human Rights) - Soroptimist International of Visalia

Charlotte Wittig

Attorney at Law - Of Counsel

Charlotte was born in Los Angeles and resided in Baldwin Park, California until the early 1970s when she moved to Fresno. In Fresno, she attended Fresno City College and the Fresno School of Court Reporting where she received her associate degree in court reporting. Charlotte moved to Visalia in 1975 and worked as a court reporter in the Tulare County Superior Court until she later transferred to the United States District Court, Eastern District of California. Charlotte decided to change careers and enrolled in law school where she received her Juris Doctorate degree cum laude in 1984. As an attorney, she worked with a firm that became Wilson, Altschule & Wittig for approximately 14 years. In 1998, she left the firm to serve the Tulare County Superior Court as a subordinate judicial officer, where she remained until 2012. During her time with the Tulare County Superior Court, Charlotte served in the Juvenile Division where she presided primarily over cases involving abused and neglected children. She is the former chair of the Tulare County Blue Ribbon Commission on Children in Foster Care and founder of the Access to Higher Education event (an annual event held to encourage high school-aged foster youth to graduate from high school and pursue higher education. In 2012 she joined the law firm of Williams, Brodersen, Pritchett & Burke LLP where she practices primarily in the areas of business and estate planning.

Charlotte lives in Visalia with her daughter. She enjoys traveling and attending equestrian events with her daughter. She also enjoys reading and the friendships made through her participation in the Visalia Sunset Rotary, service on the Boys and Girls Clubs of Tulare County Board of Directors, and a local book club. Charlotte has provided years of service on various city and non-profit boards through the years, including the Creative Center and the American Red Cross.

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Amanda Diaz
Paralegal

Amanda graduated with an Associate of Science degree in Paralegal Studies and Administrative Justice in 2019. She is a member of the Tulare County Bar Association and the Sequoia Paralegal Association. In her free time, Amanda enjoys taking her dog, Galaxy, on road trips.

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Amy Moorhead
Paralegal to Thomas C. Brodersen

Amy was born and raised in Merced, California.  She began her legal career as a student working in a law firm during her senior year in high school.  She attended Merced College where she received her Certificate in Paralegal Studies in 2000.  She is a member of the Tulare County Bar Association and Sequoia Paralegal Association. During her free time, you can find her at the ballpark watching her three boys play baseball.

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April Garner
Paralegal to Steven R. Williams

April is a recent transplant to the valley, having lived in Washington, Utah, Alberta Canada, and Colorado, and so far she loves it, especially the gardening. She has a bachelor’s degree in English and American Literature from Brigham Young University and a paralegal certificate from Adams State University. She is a member of the Sequoia Paralegal Association. In her free time April enjoys painting, gardening, hiking, and spending time with her family and grandchildren.

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Casandra Castaneda
Legal Assistant

Casandra was born and raised in Visalia, California. In 2015 she moved to St. Petersburg, FL and graduated from Eckerd College in 2018 with a Bachelor’s in International Business with a double minor in Anthropology and Spanish. She recently began prepping for the LSAT and started working for the firm in 2021.In her spare time, you can find her either working on her law school applications or spending time with her dog Major.  

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Giovanna Mabanag
Receptionist

Giovanna was born in Santa Monica and raised in Los Angeles County. In 2003, she moved to Riverside County and graduated from UC Riverside in 2007. She has been working in the legal field since 2012. She recently moved to Visalia with her husband and started working for the firm in 2019. In her spare time, she enjoys hanging out with her family, friends, and her dog, Gabbana.

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Jennifer Black
Paralegal

Jennifer has been in the legal field for 15 years. She received her Associates degree and Paralegal Certificate from COS and has been a Notary since 2005. Jennifer has experience in probate, trust administration and litigation, business formation, contract litigation, public agency law and water law. She is a member of the Tulare County Bar Association and Sequoia Paralegal Association. 

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Kathryn Rubio
Paralegal to Russell P. Burke & Charlotte Wittig

Kathryn was born and raised in Los Angeles County and attended Pierce and Moorpark colleges for general education classes. She joined the firm in 2013 and received her Associate of Science degree and Paralegal Certificate from Bryant & Stratton College in 2017. She is a member of the Tulare County Bar Association and Sequoia Paralegal Association. In her spare time, Kathryn enjoys watching Dodgers baseball, movies and spending time with her family and friends. 

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Pam Maxedon
Paralegal to Nick Pritchett

Pam was born and raised in Tulare County. She received her Associate of Science degree and her Paralegal Certificate from the College of Sequoias in 1993. She has been in the legal field for more than 20 years and has extensive experience in civil litigation and personal injury matters. Pam is a member of the Tulare County Bar Association and Sequoia Paralegal Association. She enjoys watching her children's soccer games and crocheting. She is a die-hard sports fan and loves to watch the San Francisco 49ers.