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Stephen W. Erickson

Santa Barbara Attorney

Phone: 805-963-9721
Fax: 805-966-3715
Email: Stephen@rogerssheffield.com
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Mr. Erickson's practice areas include business and commercial contract negotiations, entity formations and transactions, real estate acquisitions, sales, construction, land use planning and development, estate planning, employment law and internet law. Mr. Erickson serves domestic and international clients with respect to their interests throughout California. He enjoys long lasting relationships with many of his clients.

Mr. Erickson has developed a unique expertise in representing buyers and sellers of large estates, and advising on all aspects of the construction and management of such estates. A career accomplishment was partnering with an insurance underwriter to develop a unique course-of-construction insurance policy for large residential projects that incorporates geologic and hydrologic coverage previously included only in commercial construction policies. Mr. Erickson also has considerable experience and expertise in structuring inbound investments by foreign clients.

Mr. Erickson is a native of Santa Barbara. He received his J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco and was admitted to the State Bar of California in 1998. While at Hastings, Mr. Erickson received the American Jurisprudence Award for Wills and Trusts, and served as a Judicial Extern to the Honorable Robin L. Riblet, United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Central District of California.

Mr. Erickson received his undergraduate education from the University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB) in 1994 and earned Dean's Honors in 1993 and 1994.

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Travis C. Logue

Santa Barbara Attorney

Phone: 805-963-9721
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Email: Travis@rogerssheffield.com
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Travis C. Logue is a Partner of Rogers, Sheffield & Campbell, LLP. He leads the Firm’s real estate practice, and represents clients in a broad range of real estate transactions and high-stakes civil litigation matters. He is consistently rated a top attorney in the Santa Barbara community. Mr. Logue was recognized annually by his peers as a Super Lawyers “Rising Star" from 2015-2018, an honor awarded to the top 2.5 percent of lawyers in Southern California under the age of 40. He holds an AVVO perfect “10” rating and was awarded 10 Best Real Estate Attorneys in California for 2018-2019.

Mr. Logue is lead counsel in the seminal case, Kracke v. City of Santa Barbara (2019), which successfully overturned the City’s controversial 2015 ban of short-term vacation rentals in the Coastal Zone. This landmark victory, in the face of a vigorous defense by the City, preserved important individual property rights and revived affordable accommodations. He is also counsel of record in numerous wrongful death, personal injury and property damage cases filed against Southern California Edison and various public entities stemming from the Thomas Fire and Montecito Mudslides. These “mass tort,” complex civil litigation cases are pending in Los Angeles Superior Court as the Southern California Fire Cases (Judicial Council Coordinated Proceeding No. 4965).

In addition, Mr. Logue is routinely engaged by ultra-high net worth clients with a variety of real estate holdings, from office buildings and apartments to ranches and luxury estates. Transactional clients appreciate his strong litigation practice and background in dispute resolution, along with his specific experience navigating challenges faced by real estate owners on the Central Coast. He has made numerous appearances in front of public agencies for land use issues and has handled dozens of mediations and arbitrations required under the California Association of Realtors contract. In 2018, he represented a client in the single sale of a large portfolio of properties with a price in the mid-eight figures. During the same year, he represented a different client in the sale of its luxury, beachfront estate in the eight figures, a record for the region. He recently negotiated a long-term commercial lease exceeding 130,000 square feet to a Fortune 500 company. Moreover, in 2018, Mr. Logue represented the owner in the sale of more than ten storage properties in California, Nevada, and Arizona to a major private equity group and various individual buyers - one transaction involved the assumption of an existing commercial mortgage-backed securities loan, while another required navigation of the conduit loan defeasance process.

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Braden R. Leck

Santa Barbara Attorney

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Braden R. Leck focuses on advising individuals and businesses on real estate and business transactions, intellectual property matters, estate planning and trust administration.

Prior to joining Rogers, Sheffield & Campbell, LLP, Mr. Leck was a partner at the Santa Barbara law firm of Seed Mackall LLP. Mr. Leck began his legal career in Los Angeles at the international law firm of Latham & Watkins LLP. Mr. Leck received his undergraduate degree from the University of California at Santa Barbara and his law degree from the University of California at Los Angeles School of Law.

Real Estate. Mr. Leck routinely counsels clients with respect to the acquisition, financing, leasing and disposition of residential and commercial real estate, real estate syndications, property tax issues, easements, and co-ownership arrangements.

Business and Corporate Transactions. He frequently works on business entity selection and formation matters, including corporations, limited liability companies, limited partnerships and general partnerships, in addition to advising clients with respect to financings, mergers, sales and acquisitions of businesses.

Estate Planning and Trust and Estate Administration. Mr. Leck also assists clients with the preparation of wills, trusts and related estate planning documents, and with the administration of trusts.

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Jason W. Wansor

Santa Barbara Attorney

Phone: 805-963-9721
Fax: 805-966-3715
Email: jason@rogerssheffield.com
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Jason W. Wansor is the chair of the Firm’s Litigation Department.  An accomplished civil litigator, his practice focuses on personal injury and wrongful death claims, real estate, and land use disputes, products liability, business torts, construction law, and will and trust contests.  In 2018, he was awarded “10 Best Attorneys” for California by the American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys for achieving exceptional and outstanding client service.

Most recently, Mr. Wansor prevailed at trial against the City of Santa Barbara in the highly publicized litigation challenging the City’s ban against short-term vacation rentals in the Coastal Zone (Kracke v. City of Santa Barbara).  The victory against the City preserved important individual property rights in allowing for the continued operation of short-term rentals while re-opening affordable lodging alternatives to families desiring to stay near Santa Barbara’s beautiful coastline.

Mr. Wansor currently represents multiple families and individuals who lost loved ones, homes, personal property and suffered other significant injuries as a result of the devasting Thomas Fire and related Montecito debris flows. These “mass tort” complex civil litigation cases are pending in Los Angeles Superior Court as the Southern California Fire Cases (Judicial Council Coordinated Proceeding No. 4965). 

Mr. Wansor's analytical strengths allow for the accurate assessment of potential exposure and liability and the creation and implementation of sophisticated litigation strategies. Mr. Wansor's strategic sense and writing abilities lead to successful results, whether by keen negotiation or motions leading to the disposition of cases.

Prior to joining Rogers, Sheffield & Campbell, Mr. Wansor was a litigation partner at the national law firm, Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith, LLP, where he defended Fortune 500 companies, insurance conglomerates and ultra-high net worth families from a variety of plaintiff- based attacks and actions. His track record includes the successful defense of (1) large restaurant chains from food poisoning and premises liability actions; (2) major hotels, senior living communities and commercial shopping centers from wrongful death actions and trip, slip and fall claims; (3) residential and commercial property owners from a  variety of actions; and, (4) all types of construction trades from personal injury, construction defect and products liability claims. As a litigation partner, Mr. Wansor earned a reputation for his work ethic, attention to detail, tactical acumen and extraordinary results.

Mr. Wansor complements the Firm with his sophisticated litigation expertise, where clients are skillfully and efficiently served. He emphasizes the importance of frequently communicating directly with his clients, keeping them informed on all issues and providing comprehensive liability evaluations after any significant development.

Mr. Wansor earned his J.D. from the University of Pepperdine School of Law, is a member of the State Bar of California and is licensed to practice in the Eastern, Southern and Central Districts of the United States District Court in California.  He graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Speech Communication from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.

Mr. Wansor serves on the Kellogg Elementary School Site Council (2017-2019 term) and enjoys coaching his three children in their various sports and extracurricular activities.  He is an avid wakeboarder, snowboarder and surfer.

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John H. Haan

Santa Barbara Attorney

Phone: 805-963-9721
Fax: 805-966-3715
Email: John@rogerssheffield.com
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Mr. Haan chairs Rogers, Sheffield and Campbell, LLP’s Wine Law Group and practices in the areas of business law, real estate law, and wine law. He advises his wine industry clients on grape purchase agreements, custom crush arrangements, alternating proprietorships, distribution agreements, regulatory compliance, and tied house issues.

Mr. Haan also advises his clients on business entity selection and formation, sales and acquisitions of businesses, intellectual property issues, internet related transactions, contract negotiations, issues related to non-profit organizations, residential and commercial real estate transactions, common interest developments, and land use. In addition to his transactional practice, Mr. Haan is experienced in all aspects of civil litigation and represents clients in business, real estate, and winery/vineyard related disputes. Mr. Haan’s balance between his transactional and litigation practice provides him with unique insight into his clients’ issues.

Mr. Haan is a native of Santa Barbara County. He received both his undergraduate degree and law degree from Pepperdine University. While in law school, Mr. Haan was a fellow of the Geoffrey H. Palmer Center for Entrepreneurship and the Law. Over the past ten years, Mr. Haan has been recognized for his accomplishments as an attorney. The Pacific Coast Business Times named him to the “40 Under 40” class in 2009 and to the "Who in Professional Services" list in 2015. Mr. Haan has written published articles on topics related to the wine industry, spoken at wine related events, and is a member of the Santa Barbara County Vintners’ Association.

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David M. Grokenberger

Santa Barbara Attorney

Phone: 805-963-9721

Mr. Grokenberger graduated magna cum laude from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1972, and earned his law degree from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, in 1975. Mr. Grokenberger is admitted to practice before all of the courts in the State of California. He is a member of the Santa Barbara County Bar Association, and served as the Chairman of its Real Property Section for four terms.

Mr. Grokenberger is a frequent lecturer and author in the areas of Real Property Law and Landlord-Tenant relations, and has been a panelist in the field of Legal Ethics. In the past, he served as General Counsel for the Santa Barbara Rental Property Association, and is a current contributor for the Association's monthly magazine on property management issues. Having competed in National and State tennis competition he has recently lectured to Santa Barbara County Bar Association members and private groups on applying the sports model of preparation and stress management in the professional context in order to better serve their client base.

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James H. Smith

Santa Barbara Attorney

Phone: 805-963-9721
Email: james@rogerssheffield.com

Mr. Smith practiced law for 16 years in the Santa Barbara area with ECKERT, SMITH & TYLER prior to the merger in 1994 with GROKENBERGER & WILSON, which later became GROKENBERGER & SMITH, where he practiced until GROKENBERGER & SMITH joined ROGERS SHEFFIELD & CAMPBELL IN 2018. After graduating with honors from Sacramento State University in 1975, Mr. Smith obtained a Juris Doctorate degree from Cal Western School of Law in San Diego, California, in 1978.

Mr. Smith is admitted to practice before all of the courts in the State of California. Additionally, he is a member of the Santa Barbara County Bar Association, and previously served as President and Director of the Attorney Referral Service of Santa Barbara. Mr. Smith is a founding member of the South Coast Homeowners Association, which was formed in 1988 to provide educational information to Homeowner Associations throughout the Tri-Counties. Mr. Smith has written articles regarding Homeowner Association management and operations and provides annual legislative updates to members of the South Coast Homeowners Association.

His representation of defendant, Blue Skies Mobile Home Park, resulted in the published opinion, Otanez v. Blue Skies Mobile Home Park (1991), which is reported at 1 Cal.App.4th 1521 [3 Cal.Rptr.2d 210].

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Nathan C. Rogers

Santa Barbara Attorney

Phone: 805-963-9721
Email: nathan@rogerssheffield.com

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Mr. Rogers specializes in business litigation and transactions.
He has been a member of the State Bar of California since 1999 and is also admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the Central District of California and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Mr. Rogers earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Georgia School of Law after obtaining a Bachelor of Arts degree from U.C. Santa Barbara. Mr. Rogers also has a certificate in mediation from the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University School of Law.

Mr. Rogers brings a practical and holistic approach to the
practice of law, believing that specific legal outcomes should align with clients’ long-term strategic goals as well. Mr. Rogers has litigated a variety of civil cases at the trial and appellate levels, including product liability, real estate, contract, insurance, and construction disputes. He also advises businesses and individuals on a variety
of non-litigated matters, including business entity formation and dissolution, corporate governance, insurance coverage, contract issues, and management of risks and liability.

Outside the office, Mr. Rogers is dedicated to professional
and philanthropic involvement in the community. He has taught Advanced Legal Writing at the Santa Barbara College of Law and served as a volunteer settlement master for the Santa Barbara Superior Court. Mr. Rogers also serves on the Boards of Directors of Santa Barbara Strings and the Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation. He previously served several years on the Board of Directors of the Santa Barbara County Bar Association and was an Associate Director of Old Spanish Days.

R. Scott Mullen

Santa Barbara Attorney

Scott Mullen is an associate in Rogers, Sheffield & Campbell's civil litigation practice group. Mr. Mullen has broad experience in all manners of litigation, including disputes regarding real estate, intellectual property, products liability, trusts and estates, labor and employment, construction, entertainment, and general business-to-business and contract matters. Mr. Mullen is admitted to and experienced in both state and federal courts and has broad experience at both the trial and appellate level.

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Scott G. Soulages

Santa Barbara Attorney

Phone: 805-963-9721
Email: ssoulages@rogerssheffield.com

Raised in Santa Barbara, Mr. Soulages graduated from Santa Barbara High School before attending the University of California, Los Angeles and Emory University School of Law. Before law school, Mr. Soulages worked as a financial analyst for a boutique hedge fund in Los Angeles. During law school, Mr. Soulages interned with the Oakland Raiders, Santa Barbara County District Attorney's Office, and the Honorable Clifford R. Anderson, III. Mr. Soulages is an associate of the firm and works in all facets of Rogers Sheffield & Campbell real estate and civil litigation practice.

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William K. Rogers

Santa Barbara Attorney

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Mr. Rogers is a founding partner of Rogers, Sheffield & Campbell, LLP. He is a leading business and real estate lawyer in Santa Barbara, representing individuals and businesses throughout California's Central Coast. During a legal career spanning almost five decades, Mr. Rogers has represented clients in a wide range of corporate, business and real estate matters, including entity formations, asset and entity purchases, sales, financings, mergers and acquisitions, complex contract negotiations, commercial transactions, real estate syndications, land use planning and development and acquisition, and leasing and licensing of oil and gas rights.

Mr. Rogers has been awarded a Martindale-Hubbell rating of AV Preeminent, signifying the highest level of ethical standards and legal ability, for 21 consecutive years.

Mr. Rogers is currently working on a wetlands enhancement and enlargement project in the San Joaquin Valley of California. He is a Director and General Counsel for the Tulare Basin Wetlands Association , a habitat protection organization in the San Joaquin Valley. Mr. Rogers served as President of the Board of Directors of Dog Adoption & Welfare Group ("DAWG"), a very successful dog welfare nonprofit in Santa Barbara. He is a member of the Santa Barbara County Bar Association . He previously served on The Santa Barbara Harbor Commission for 13 years.

Mr. Rogers was born in Tucson, Arizona. He received his undergraduate education from the University of Arizona, and his Bachelor of Laws Degree from Duke University Law School in 1968. He was admitted to the California Bar in 1968. Mr. Rogers started his career at the highly respected national law firm of Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton in Los Angeles before moving to Santa Barbara in 1970, where he formed the law firm that ultimately became Rogers, Sheffield & Campbell, LLP.

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Daniel C. David

Santa Barbara Attorney

Phone: 805-963-9721
Fax: 805-966-3715
Email: Daniel@rogerssheffield.com 
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Mr. David is one of the top tax and estate planning attorneys on the Central Coast. He also has substantial experience and expertise advising U.S. clients on wealth preservation, trust and estate administration and real estate, finance and business transactions, and advising foreign clients on structuring inbound purchases and investments and U.S. estate and gift tax planning.

Mr. David is well versed in all aspects of advanced estate and gift tax planning. The primary focus of his estate planning practice, however, is advising clients on personal family issues, including assisting with clients' philanthropic goals, helping to educate heirs about legal and financial matters, establishing trusts to create incentives for heirs to be self-sufficient, protecting family assets from heirs' creditors (including potential future ex-spouses) and providing tools to trustees to deal with substance abuse issues.

Before moving to Santa Barbara from Los Angeles in 1999, Mr. David's practice included representing clients in real estate and corporate equity and debt financings. As a result of his knowledge of finance and capital markets, Mr. David has a unique ability to work with clients' money managers to ensure that financial risk is being adequately assessed and addressed.

Mr. David's career accomplishments include acting as California counsel for the Commercial Lending Division of Bank of New York, and, in 2006, requiring changes to the standard escrow terms under the Master Derivatives Agreement then used by investment banks in diversification transactions involving concentrated stock positions. These changes avoided the risk of losing over $70 million of a client’s stock from investment bank bankruptcies during the 2008-2009 financial crisis.

Mr. David received his B.A. with High Honors and a Master’s Degree in Environmental Science from the University of Virginia. He went on to receive his law degree in 1983 from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall). He started practicing law as a tax attorney in the Tax Department of the international law firm of Loeb and Loeb, which was at the time one of the preeminent Tax Departments in the country.

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Scott B. Campbell

Santa Barbara Attorney

Phone: 805-963-9721
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Email: scott@rogerssheffield.com
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Mr. Campbell has been a civil litigator for over 30 years. He has successfully represented individuals, corporations, partnerships, trustees and executors in cases involving a wide range of legal issues, including breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, will and trust contests, business torts and trade secrets. Mr. Campbell has significant experience and expertise with real estate litigation in particular, including failures to disclose, fraud, quiet title actions, easement disputes, encroachments, trespass, nuisance and safe harbor litigation.

Mr. Campbell has been awarded a Martindale-Hubbell rating of AV Preeminent, signifying the highest level of ethical standards and legal ability, for 14 consecutive years. He has also been recognized as a California Super Lawyer. Mr. Campbell’s accomplishments include a $4.9 million arbitration award against McGaw, Inc., a publicly traded multinational corporation, and a $28 million dollar jury verdict on behalf of the Schlinger Foundation in Schlinger Foundation v. Smith, et al.

Mr. Campbell is chairman of the St. Mark Board of Trustees, and former attorney coach of the Dos Pueblos Mock Trial team.

Mr. Campbell received his B.A. from the University of Arizona in 1977 and his J.D. Magna Cum Laude from the University of San Diego School of Law in 1980, where he was a member of Law Review. He was admitted to the California Bar that same year, and has since been admitted to the United States Courts of Appeals for the Ninth and Third Circuits, and the United States District Courts for the Northern, Central and Eastern Districts of California.

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George J. Tomlinson

Santa Barbara Attorney

Phone: (805) 965-1775
Fax: (805) 882-1249
Email: George@rogerssheffield.com
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Mr. Tomlinson's experience in tax planning, tax audits and appeals and international business transactions is unmatched on California’s Central Coast. Mr. Tomlinson's practice also focuses on estate planning, trust and estate administrations, business formations and mergers and acquisitions.

Mr. Tomlinson received J.D. degree from Northwestern University. He began his law career as an attorney with the IRS Chief Counsel's Office. He rose to senior trial attorney with the IRS and served for a period as acting IRS Assistant Regional Counsel.

After leaving the IRS, Mr. Tomlinson served as in house counsel for several Fortune 500 corporations over a span of 18 years, including Teledyne, Memorex, AM International, General Automation, Ashland Oil and Lear Siegler. At these companies, Mr. Tomlinson handled international business transactions, multinational income sourcing issues, multi-divisional mergers and acquisitions, tax-free reorganizations, complex corporate tax audits and business tax planning.

Mr. Tomlinson's last corporate position was as General Tax Counsel/Tax Director for Lear Siegler, Inc. with offices in over 30 countries. He served concurrently as an officer of 41 of the company's subsidiaries and divisions with a range of titles, including Assistant Secretary, Assistant Treasurer, and Vice President Taxes. Mr. Tomlinson is a member of the California Bar and an honorary member of the Kentucky Bar. He is admitted to practice in the U.S. Tax Court, the Federal Central District Court of California and U.S. Court of Appeals for the fifth Circuit.

Mr. Tomlinson has been in private practice in Santa Barbara since 1987. He joined Rogers, Sheffield & Campbell, LLP as Of Counsel in August of 2010.

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Homer G. Sheffield

Santa Barbara Attorney

Phone: 805-963-9721
Fax: 805-966-3715
Email: Homer@rogerssheffield.com
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Mr. Sheffield was one of the top estate planning, tax, and trusts and estates attorneys on the Central Coast. His practice focused on advising individuals and families regarding tax, estate planning, probate, trust and business succession matters, and advising corporations, partnerships and limited liability companies regarding business and tax matters. 

Mr. Sheffield was a Certified Tax Specialist. He was awarded a Martindale-Hubbell rating of AV Preeminent, signifying the highest level of ethical standards and legal ability, for 28 consecutive years. He was also recognized as a Southern California Super Lawyer.

Mr. Sheffield was a past Chairman of the Taxation and Probate Sections of the Santa Barbara County Bar Association, and was a member of the State Bar Associations of California and Georgia  Additionally, Mr. Sheffield served as Director of the Santa Barbara SymphonySanta Barbara University ClubDirect Relief International, Vietnam Veterans Association, The Friendship Center, and the Montecito Trails Foundation

Mr. Sheffield received his Bachelor’s Degree from Duke University in 1962, where he was an Angier B. Duke Scholar.  After a tour of active duty as a Naval Officer in the Pacific and South China Sea, Mr. Sheffield returned to Duke Law School where he received his J.D. in 1967. Mr. Sheffield, was a founding partner of Rogers, Sheffield & Campbell, LLP.

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