Attorneys

 

Clayton U. Hall

Managing Partner

Born in San Jose, California; admitted to the California Bar in 1979.Preparatory education, California Polytechnic State University (B.A. 1976 with honors); Legal education, University of Santa Clara (J.D. 1979).Member of San Luis Obispo County Bar Association (President 1991), American Bar Association; Member of Association of Northern Defense Counsel (Board of Directors (1999-2000, 2001-2003)), Consumer Attorneys of California and Defense Research Institute and Association of Defense Trial Attorneys (ADTA).Admitted to practice in Northern, Eastern and Central Districts of the United States District Court, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court.

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, employment practice law and 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 been retained on numerous occasions by National Chiropractic Mutual Insurance Company to defend individual practitioners in chiropractic malpractice lawsuits

Jay A. Hieatt

Partner

Born in San Diego, California; admitted to the California Bar in 1982.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).Member of the State Bar of California (Litigation Section), American Bar Association, San Luis Obispo County Bar Association, Member of Association of Defense counsel of Northern California, and past President of the California Coast Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates.Admitted to practice law in the Northern, Eastern and Central Districts of the United States District Court, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, United States Supreme Court.

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 avoidence at the Allan Hancock Law Enforcement Academy.

Mark B. Connely

Partner

Born in Los Angeles and grew up in San Luis Obispo.Graduated San Luis High School, 1979.B.A. History, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, 1983.J.D., University of San Diego, 1986. Admitted to California Bar, December, 1986.Admitted, Central and Eastern District Courts of California, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, United States Supreme Court.

Mr. Connely’s primary practice: civil trials, appeals and administrative hearings.Member and Fellow, American Board of Trial Advocates, Advocate Rank, with 90 or more trials to verdict.Past President, California Coast Chapter of ABOTA, 2006.Member California Medical Legal Committee; Association of Defense Trial Lawyers; American Bar Association; San Luis Obispo County Bar Association; DRI; Northern California Association of Defense Counsel; California Academy of Attorneys for Health Care Professionals.AV Rating, Martindale-Hubbell.

Stephanie A. Bowen

Partner

Born in Newport Beach, California; admitted to the California Bar in 1997 and the Central District of the U.S. District Court in 1998.Preparatory education, University of California Santa Barbara (B.A. 1994); Legal Education, University of California Hastings (J.D. 1997). American Jurisprudence Award, Hastings International and Comparative Law Review, Thurston Honor Society.Admitted to practice law in the Northern, Central and Eastern Districts of the United States District Court, the California Supreme Court, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

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.She maintains membership in the State Bar of California, the American Bar Association, and the San Luis Obispo County Bar Association.

John D. Barron

Associate

Born in Monterey and raised in Santa Barbara, California. Admitted to the California Bar in 2012. B.A. Philosophy, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, 2004. J.D., Pepperdine University School of Law, Malibu, 2011. Dean’s Scholar, 2011 National Civil Trial Champion. Admitted to the Central District Court of California. Member of Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California and the San Luis Obispo County Bar Association. 

Mr. Barron’s experience includes medical malpractice, insurance defense, business law, intellectual property, and all phases of civil litigation

Molly E. Thurmond

Of Counsel

Born in Santa Monica, California; admitted to the California Bar in 1982.Preparatory education, University of California, Los Angeles (B.A., Economics 1979); University of San Diego School of Law (J.D., 1982). Author: “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.  Admitted to practice law in the Northern, Central, and Eastern Districts of the United States District Court and the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.

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

Born in Santa Barbara, California; admitted to the California Bar and the Central District of the U.S. District Court in 2011. Preparatory education, University of California Santa Barbara (B.A. 2007); Legal Education, Santa Barbara College of Law (J.D. 2011). College of Law Delta Theta Phi Law Fraternity and recipient of Witkin Awards for Academic Excellence.Member of Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California and San Luis Obispo County Bar Association.

Ms. Henderson’s experience includes medical malpractice, personal injury, insurance defense, public entity defense and all phases of civil litigation.