McMillion & Hirtensteiner, LLP Partners
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.
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.