Attorneys

 

Clayton U. Hall

Managing Partner


Preparatory Education: California Polytechnic State University (B.A. with honors, 1976, History)

Legal Education: University of Santa Clara (J.D., 1979)

Bar Admissions: California (1979); Northern, Eastern, and Central Districts of California, United States District Court; Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals; United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit; United States Supreme Court

Memberships: San Luis Obispo County Bar Association (President 1991); American Bar Association; Association of Northern Defense Counsel (Board of Directors (1999-2000, 2001-2003)); Consumer Attorneys of California; Defense Research Institute; and Association of Defense Trial Attorneys (Executive Committee)

Background: Born and raised in San Jose, California. In addition to his duties as the managing partner of Hall, Hieatt & Connely, LLP, Mr. Hall has an active civil litigation case load including insurance defense, professional malpractice, insurance coverage, bad faith litigation, and employment practice law. He specializes in the representation of public entities, including the County of San Luis Obispo, cities within the County of San Luis Obispo, San Luis Obispo Regional Transit Authority, California Polytechnic State University, and Self-Insured Schools of California, which includes school districts between San Miguel and Ventura. Mr. Hall has also been retained on numerous occasions by National Chiropractic Mutual Insurance Company to defend individual practitioners in chiropractic malpractice lawsuits. Mr. Hall is AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell.

Jay A. Hieatt

Partner


Preparatory Education: University of California, Irvine (B.A. cum laude, 1978)

Legal Education: Loyola-Marymount University (J.D., 1981) - Jessup International Moot Court Honors Team (1979 to 1980); Chief Justice, Jessup International Moot Court Honors Team (National Finalists 1981)

Bar Admissions: California (1982); Northern, Eastern, and Central Districts of California, United States District Court; Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals; United States Supreme Court

Memberships: State Bar of California (Litigation Section); American Bar Association; San Luis Obispo County Bar Association; Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California; and California Coast Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates (President)

Background: Born and raised in San Diego, California. Mr. Hieatt is experienced in medical malpractice, insurance defense, personal injury, real estate, public entity defense and all phases of civil litigation. Mr. Hieatt lectures as part of the Cuesta College and Allan Hancock College Nursing Programs and provides in-service training for nurses and health care professionals at local hospitals on all medical/legal topics ranging from advance directives and medical documentation to appropriately channeling criticism and EMTALA. He also lectures on sexual harassment awareness, recognition, and avoidance at the Allan Hancock Law Enforcement Academy.

Mark B. Connely

Partner


Preparatory Education: Cal Poly (B.A., 1983, History)

Legal Education: University of San Diego (J.D., 1986)

Bar Admissions: California (1986); Central and Eastern Districts of California, United States District Court; Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals; United States Supreme Court

Memberships: American Board of Trial Advocates (Advocate Rank [90 or more trials to verdict], Fellow); California Coast Chapter of ABOTA (President 2006); California Medical Legal Committee; Association of Defense Trial Lawyers; American Bar Association; San Luis Obispo County Bar Association; Defense Research Institute; Northern California Association of Defense Counsel; California Academy of Attorneys for Health Care Professionals

Background: Born in Los Angeles and raised in San Luis Obispo, California. Mr. Connely’s primary practice includes civil trials, appeals, and administrative hearings. Mr. Connely is AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell. 

Barbara S. Kilroy

Partner


Preparatory Education: University of Portland (B.S.N. cum laude,1981, Nursing)

Legal Education: Southwestern University School of Law (J.D., 1989) - American Jurisprudence Award; National Institute of Trial Advocacy - Interscholastic Competitor

Bar Admissions: California (1990); Central District of California, United States District Court

Memberships: California Academy of Attorneys for Health Care Professionals

Background: Born and raised in Orange, California. Ms. Kilroy practiced as a Registered Nurse at Oregon Health Sciences University, Pediatrics Division from 1981 to 1996, where she provided care to chronically and terminally ill children. She has been practicing exclusively in the field of medical malpractice defense since 1991. Her trial and appellate practice includes medical, dental, and related healthcare malpractice defense. Ms. Kilroy is also experienced in representing healthcare providers before their respective Boards, including the California Medical, Dental, and Nursing Boards. 

Stephanie A. Bowen

Partner


Preparatory Education: University of California at Santa Barbara (B.A., 1994)

Legal Education: University of California at Hastings (J.D. ,1997) - American Jurisprudence Award; Hastings International and Comparative Law Review; Thurston Honor Society

Bar Admissions: California (1997); Northern, Central, and Eastern Districts of California, United States District Court; Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals; United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

Memberships: State Bar of California; the American Bar Association; San Luis Obispo County Bar Association

Background: Born in Newport Beach and raised in Atascadero, California. Ms. Bowen has her own case load with a variety of civil litigation clients. Her experience includes medical malpractice, public entity defense, products liability, personal injury, employment law, and all phases of civil litigation. Additionally, Ms. Bowen has been appointed by the County of San Luis Obispo to represent juvenile defendants at their hearings.

John D. Barron

Associate


Preparatory Education: Cal Poly (B.A., 2004, Philosophy)

Legal Education: Pepperdine University School of Law (J.D., 2011) - Dean’s Scholar (2011); National Civil Trial Champion 

Bar Admissions: California (2012); Central District of California, United States District Court

Memberships: San Luis Obispo County Bar Association.

Background: Born in Monterey and raised in Santa Barbara, California. Mr. Barron’s experience includes medical malpractice, insurance defense, business law, intellectual property, and all phases of civil litigation.

Catherine A. Hall

Associate


Preparatory Education: University of California at Berkeley (B.A. with distinction and department honors, 2014, Peace & Conflict Studies; Minor, 2014, Education)

Legal Education: University of Colorado School of Law (J.D., 2018) - Dean’s List (Spring 2016); University of Colorado Law Review (Associate Editor, 2016-2018); Sports & Entertainment Law Students Association (Secretary, 2015-2017)

Bar Admissions: California (Nov. 2018); US District Court, Central District of California (Dec. 2018)

Background: Born and raised in San Luis Obispo, California. While in law school, interned for Chief Judge Michael A. Martinez of Colorado's 2nd Judicial District Court; worked as a student associate at Modus Law (Boulder, CO); and worked as a summer associate at Griffith & Thornburg (Santa Barbara, CA). 

Molly E. Thurmond

Of Counsel


Preparatory Education: University of California at Los Angeles (B.A., 1979, Economics)

Legal Education: University of San Diego School of Law (J.D., 1982)

Bar Admissions: California (1982); Northern, Central, and Eastern Districts of California, United States District Court; Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

Publications: “Federal Evidence Practice Guide Reporter;” Moore’s “Federal Practice, 3rd Edition;” Weinstein’s “Federal Evidence 2d;” Matthew Bender and Co., Inc. “The World Trade Almanac;” and Country Business Guide series, World Trade Press.

Background: Born in Santa Monica, California. Ms. Thurmond’s experience includes insurance defense, both as in-house counsel and as retained litigation counsel. She specializes in the defense of public entities and non-profits, including schools and school districts, with an emphasis on employment-related issues and special education disputes.

Jennifer J. Henderson

Of Counsel


Preparatory Education: University of California at Santa Barbara (B.A., 2007)

Legal Education: Santa Barbara College of Law (J.D., 2011) - College of Law Delta Theta Phi Law Fraternity; recipient of Witkin Awards for Academic Excellence

Bar Admissions: California (2011); Central District of California, United States District Court

Memberships: San Luis Obispo County Bar Association

Background: Born and raised in Santa Barbara, California. Ms. Henderson’s experience includes medical malpractice, personal injury, insurance defense, public entity defense and all phases of civil litigation.