McMillion & Hirtensteiner, LLP
The Huntington Beach and Westlake Village Lawyers at McMillion & Hirtensteiner, LLP are ready to help you with just about any type of legal issues you or your business may face in California. Our Huntington Beach and Westlake Village Attorneys represent a myriad of clients from all over the State. Our lawyers, with offices in Los Angeles County and Orange County, are equipped with the latest technology, making the geographic location of our clients in California almost irrelevant. With handhelds, laptops, and the latest in legal technology, we effectively represent clients, large and small, across Los Angeles County, Orange County, and the rest of California.
JANINE S. McMILLION, Esq.
Ms. McMillion has developed a
substantial business clientele of both private and
public clients. Ms. McMillion has an extensive
practice in labor and employment cases in both State
and Federal Courts. She has successfully defended
both corporate and government clients in
discrimination, wrongful termination, harassment,
and wage-and-hour class-actions. With the ever
changing environment of employment cases, Ms.
McMillion has been extremely successful in resolving
complicated employment cases in early mediation and
arbitration, and very often in summary judgment.
She also provides continuous
sexual harassment training for clients as well as
preparing employment manuals and advising clients
with respect to employment related matters such as
wage and hour law, prevention of sexual harassment
and litigation, day to day issues, and policies and
Ms. McMillion, a former prosecutor
for the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office, also
has extensive experience at trial in criminal and
civil litigation, representing clients in front of
state and federal agencies such as the Department of
Fair Employment and Housing, the Equal Opportunity
Commission, as well as administrative discipline
hearings on behalf of government entities.
In 2005, Ms. McMillion was
selected as a "Rising Star" by Southern California
Super Lawyers, an honor bestowed upon only the top
2.5% of up and coming attorneys under 40 years of
age. Ms. McMillion is also very active in her
community and currently serves on the Board of
Directors for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer
Foundation of Orange County.
Ms. McMillion holds a J.D. from
Southwestern University School of Law, and a
Bachelor of Science in International Business
Finance from the University of Southern California.
SHANNON M. HIRTENSTEINER, Esq.
A graduate of Pepperdine
University, Ms. Hirtensteiner received her Bachelor
of Arts in 1996 with a Major in Political Science
and a Minor in History and her Juris Doctor in 1999.
During law school, Hirtensteiner was a recipient of
the Howard A. White Scholarship and competed in the
Fall Individual Advocacy Tournament and the Vincent
S. Dalsimer Moot Court competition.
She served as a
judicial extern to the Honorable Andrew J. Wistrich
of the United States District Court in the Central
Judicial District. During her undergraduate work,
she ran cross country for Pepperdine and also
studied in Heidelberg, Germany through the
Ms. Hirtensteiner has experience
in the following areas of litigation: employment,
general liability defense, products liability,
premises liability, construction defect, business
and copyright; family law matters; and transactional
Hirtensteiner volunteers as a coach for the
mock trial team at Trinity Pacific Christian School.
An avid runner, she continues to volunteer as the
Assistant Coach for the Pepperdine Women's Cross
Country team. Ms. Hirtensteiner won the 2007
decision, Hansraj Parmar v. County of Los
Angeles, et al., from the Court of Appeal of
California, Second Appellate District. Ms.
Hirtensteiner also authored “Proposition 187 and
Equal Protection” as featured in the Los Angeles
Daily News, the San Diego Union Tribune, and the
Contra Costa Times.
Sylvia Havens, Esq.
Sylvia Havens is a graduate of Southwestern
University School of Law (J.D. 1988) and was ranked
18th in her class. She was a two-time merit scholar
(1987 and 1988), Designated Southwestern Dean's
Scholar and received an invitational entry to The
Dean's List. During law school, Ms. Havens attended
the Institute on International & Comparative Law in
Paris, France through which she received diplomas in
1986 and again in 1987. She received her
undergraduate degree from Rutgers University, New
Brunswick, New Jersey (B.A. 1984), majoring in
English and History, with a Minor in French and a
certificate in Women's Studies. She was a Junior
Year Abroad participant, attending the Institute de
Sorbonne and the Universitie de Tours in France.
Also as an undergraduate, Ms. Havens was a two-time
merit scholar (1982 and 1983), History honors member
of Phi Alpha Theta, and Honors degree graduate in
Ms. Havens is a Certified
Specialist, Appellate Law by the State Bar of
California, Board of Legal Specialization since
2005. Ms. Havens has written over 50 appellate
briefs and argued more than 20 cases before
appellate courts at the state and federal level. Ms.
Havens has written briefs resulting in published
opinions, notably: Benay v. Warner Bros. Entm't,
Inc., 607 F.3d 620 (9th Cir.2010); Brescia v.
Angelin, 172 Cal.App.4th 133 (2009); Capri v. L.A.
Fitness International, LLC, 136 Cal.App.4th 1078
(2006); Grosso v. Miramax Film Corp., 383 F.3d 965
(9th Cir.2004); and People ex rel. Allstate Ins. Co.
v. Weitzman, 107 Cal.App.4th 534 (2003).
Havens has achieved the AV Preeminent® rating from
Martindale-Hubbell®, the highest rating of
professional excellence earned through a strenuous
Peer Review Rating process. As described by
Martindale-Hubbell®, “AV Preeminent® is a
significant rating accomplishment - a testament to
the fact that a lawyer's peers rank him or her at
the highest level of professional excellence.”
Ms. Havens also was named to the Bar Register of
Preeminent Women Lawyers (2013 edition). In 2012,
Ms. Havens was named to the elite list of Southern
California Super Lawyers. Southern California Super
Lawyers® annually lists the top five-percent of
lawyers practicing in Los Angeles and Orange
Ms. Havens is currently a member of
the Los Angeles County Bar Association Appellate
Courts Section (beginning in 1994 when it was a
committee) and serving on the Appellate Judicial
Evaluation Committee (beginning in 2006). She also
has served on the Los Angeles County Bar Association
Amicus Briefs Committee and as an appointed panel
member for the California Appellate Project from
which the Second District Court of Appeal selects
appellate attorneys to represent indigent clients.
Ms. Havens also is a published author of,
for example, The Motion for New Trial—A Final
Opportunity to Clean up the Record, Appellate Tips
for Trial Lawyers, Volume II, Number 3, an
E-Publication of Los Angeles County Bar Association,
December 2009 and author for James Publishing
Company. Ms. Havens is also a frequent lecturer in
areas such as Electronic Filing at the Ninth
Circuit; Business and Professions Code section
17200, Proposition 64 and Class Actions; The Small
Claims Trial; U.S. Supreme Court Tidbits; and How to
Present a Winning Appellate Argument.
Havens has enjoyed volunteer work, such as assisting
the Volunteer Lawyers Project as a volunteer Family
Law attorney, or presiding over small claims matters
as a judge pro tempore for the Los Angeles Judicial
District Program. She also has been a panel member
of the Los Angeles County Volunteer Arbitrators
Program through which she presided over a variety of
Ms. Havens has over two decades
of experience in handling a wide variety of cases,
from motor vehicle accident to public entity
liability to employment law and real estate
litigation. She has taken hundreds of depositions,
arbitrated 50 or more matters, taken cases to jury
and bench trials and defended cases on appeal.
Denise M. Caprioli, Esq.
Denise M. Caprioli has had
a dynamic career as a public and private attorney.
She graduated from the University of California at
Davis with a Bachelor of Arts in Political
Science/Public Service and received her Juris Doctor
from Santa Clara University. Thereafter, she became
an active trial attorney where she has gained over
20 years of litigation experience. She has practiced
both as a private attorney in the insurance defense
sector where she fought fraudulent, frivolous and
excessive claims, and in the public sector where she
defended the interests of peace officers, government
entities and officials in civil rights cases.
Ms. Caprioli has handled all aspects of complex
litigation involving allegations of general
negligence, premises liability, sexual harassment,
wage and hour, defamation, breach of contract,
wrongful death, excessive force, false arrest, false
imprisonment, conspiracy, attorney malpractice and
violations of ADA. Ms. Caprioli has established an
incredible record of winning cases in state and
Ms. Caprioli was the 2005 recipient of the Civilian
Leadership Award from the Association of Los Angeles
Deputy Sheriffs. She is currently a volunteer
Ombudsman for the Employer Support of the Guard and
M. Lauren Olander
M. Lauren Olander is a
graduate of Boston University, where she received a
double-major Bachelor of Arts degree in the fields
of Psychology and Criminal Justice and a minor
Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology in 1988. Ms.
Olander earned her Juris Doctorate from Pepperdine
University School of Law in 1991. During her time in
law school, during her summers and immediately
following graduation, Ms. Olander worked for both
the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office and the
San Diego District Attorney’s Office where she
gained significant litigation experience through
preliminary hearings, evidentiary hearings, as well
as court and jury trials.
Prior to joining McMillion
& Hirtensteiner, LLP, Ms. Olander gained extensive
litigation experience working for a large litigation
and insurance defense firm, where she gained
extensive experience in the area of insurance fraud
litigation. She has worked with various insurance
companies to assist in the prosecution of complex
and sophisticated fraud rings and “whistle-blower”
cases. She has also worked on cases involving
various insurance fraud related areas, insurance bad
faith, and insurance coverage issues. Her suspect
fraud litigation experience has also focused on
fraudulently filed Worker’s Compensation Claims and
defense of those matters in the civil arena.
ALEXANDRA J. GUGLIUZZA, Esq.
Ms. Gugliuzza is a graduate of the
University of California, Santa Barbara with a
Bachelor of Arts degree in History. Ms. Gugliuzza
obtained her Juris Doctorate from Loyola Law School,
Los Angeles in 1999. Ms. Gugliuzza was a member of
the 1999 Loyola Moot Court Team actively competing
in national competitions on behalf of the Law
School. Additionally, Ms. Gugliuzza interned at the
California Department of Corporations Enforcement
Division specializing in Securities Fraud.
Prior to joining McMillion &
Hirtensteiner, LLP, Ms. Gugliuzza gained extensive
legal experience working for a large employment and
insurance defense firm. Ms. Gugliuzza was
instrumental in providing seminars to clients on
various issues including risk prevention and
strategies for avoiding workplace harassment. Ms.
Gugliuzza also has a well-established background in
business and corporate law gained through her tenure
as in-house counsel for a large U.S.-based
electronics distributor. Ms. Gugliuzza’s collective
work experience has provided her with knowledge in
the following areas of practice: general liability
defense; products liability; premises liability;
labor and employment; real estate; business contract
and licensing; corporate policy; corporations;
copyright and trademark; and collections.