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Daniel Lanahan, Esq.

Juris Doctor, 2013

"It’s who you know and who they know that’s going to lead to opportunities."

Daniel Lanahan, Esq.

Juris Doctor, 2013

Angela Emerick, Esq.

Master of Legal Studies and Juris Doctor, 2015

"Being able to go [to school] at night and hold down a career during the day is a huge bonus I think of Empire."

Orchid Vaghti, Esq.

Juris Doctor, 2010

"I met many of the judges I appear in front of today through Empire Law School because they were my professors."

Orchid Vaghti, Esq.

Juris Doctor, 2010

Carla Hernandez Castillo, Esq.

Juris Doctor, 2011

"I liked that the teachers were all practicing attorneys."
Richard Horrell

Richard Horrell

Master of Legal Studies and Juris Doctor, 2019

"I looked at what the experience was in the school as well as what the results were in having the degree."
Richard Horrell

Richard Horrell

Master of Legal Studies and Juris Doctor, 2019

Paul Miller, Esq.

Juris Doctor, 2002

"The presence of Empire Graduates in Sonoma County is very strong."

Alicia Cronbach, Esq.

Juris Doctor, 2006

"Every single one of my professors had other insights into the practice of law, or running their own practice, or the path their career took."

Alicia Cronbach, Esq.

Juris Doctor, 2006

Jacqueline Rosario, Esq.

Master of Legal Studies and Juris Doctor, 2014

"We have practicing judges and lawyers that are willing to assist us. That is something that you are not going to get elsewhere."

MATT HUFFMAN, JD

Master of Legal Studies and Juris Doctor, 2017

"It is a challenging endeavor… but this career opened these doors and that sacrifice is paying off now."

MATT HUFFMAN, JD

Master of Legal Studies and Juris Doctor, 2017

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Diane Aqui, Esq.

Juris Doctor, 2001

"Empire College gave me the opportunity to earn a Juris Doctorate while still working full-time in my “first” career as an engineer."

Gerald L. Jones, MLS, JD

Master of Legal Studies and Juris Doctor, 2018

Mr. Jones is a 29-year public servant, having spent the first 10 years of his career working as a licensed psychiatric technician at Napa State Hospital and Sonoma Developmental Center.
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Gerald L. Jones, MLS, JD

Master of Legal Studies and Juris Doctor, 2018

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Caitlin van Loben Sels, Esq.

Juris Doctor, 2017

As a law student Ms. van Loben Sels received the Witkin Award in several subjects and Best Oral Argument for her Moot Court class.

Andrew Conway, Esq.

Master of Legal Studies and Juris Doctor, 2014

"Empire provided me with friends who became colleagues, and Professors who became the Judges I appear in front of today."
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Andrew Conway, Esq.

Master of Legal Studies and Juris Doctor, 2014

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Daryl J. Reese, Esq.

Master of Legal Studies and Juris Doctor, 2014

Mr. Reese’s practice includes transactional business law, nonprofit and charitable organization law, and estate planning.

James V. Sansone, Esq.

Juris Doctor, 2006

"Thanks to Empire, I was able to pass the bar exam on my first try and begin a new, exciting, and lucrative legal career that I love."
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James V. Sansone, Esq.

Juris Doctor, 2006


Diane Aqui, Esq.

(Class of 2001)
Empire College gave me the opportunity to earn a Juris Doctorate while still working full time in my “first” career as an engineer. The professors are all practicing attorneys and judges and it is clear that they love what they do---guiding, teaching and mentoring a new group of potential lawyers, who one day will be their peers and practice alongside them in the legal community. I think one of my favorite cases since I graduated in 2001 was against a former Empire professor and I walked away with a win!

Andrew Conway, Esq.

(Class of 2014)
I decided to go to law school after interning for the Diversion program for the Sonoma County District Attorney's Office while I was in college. Empire provided me with friends who became colleagues, and Professors who became the Judges I appear in front of today. I have always wanted to work with the law and youth and I now manage a Dependency contract for Mendocino County, which has become my dream career as I get to do the exact job I wanted when I decided to go to law school. I definitely have my dream job thanks to Empire and their exceptional professors.

James V. Sansone, Esq.

(Class of 2006)
I picked Empire College because I had to juggle between family obligations and a fulltime job. Empire was the only option that allowed me to effectively manage my work and family obligations and still pursue a law degree. Thanks to Empire, I was able to pass the bar exam on my first try and begin a new, exciting, and lucrative legal career that I love.