Meet Our Team

Kenneth A. Maranga

Kenneth A. Maranga

- Senior Partner

Ken Maranga has been a litigator for thirty (30) years, handling all phases in the defense of public and private entities, as well as their management and employees

Robert A. Morgenstern

Robert A. Morgenstern

- Senior Partner

Robert Morgenstern is a founding principal of the firm, is a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers and a Advocate ABOTA. AV rated by Martindale Hubbell

Christopher F. Johnson

Christopher F. Johnson

- Junior Partner

Christopher Johnson was admitted to the California bar in 1984. He has been the managing partner of Maranga Morgenstern's San Francisco office since 2002

Paul A. Elkort

Paul A. Elkort

- Junior Partner

Paul is an active trial lawyer whose practice is primarily focused on general civil litigation

Ninos Saroukhanioff

Ninos Saroukhanioff

- Junior Partner

Since becoming a lawyer in 1994, Nino has devoted his practice to civil litigation. Nino joined the firm of Maranga/Morgenstern as a partner in 2007

Patricia E. Ellyatt

Patricia E. Ellyatt

- Junior Partner

Admitted to bar: 1980, Georgia; 1984, California; 1994 United States District Court, Central District of California. Joined Maranga/Morgenstern: Associate 2004; Partner, 2009

Dennis S. Newitt

Dennis S. Newitt

- Lawyer

Dennis has been an associate attorney at Maranga/Morgenstern since 2008, and has been in the legal profession as a lawyer and paralegal since 1989.

Morgan A. Metzger

Morgan A. Metzger

- Lawyer

Since becoming a lawyer in 2010, Morgan has devoted her practice to civil litigation. She joined the firm of Maranga/Morgenstern as an Associate in 2010

Neil D. Joseph

Neil D. Joseph

- Lawyer

Neil became a lawyer in 1985 and has practiced in the area of civil defense litigation since then

Lilia M. Sandoval

Lilia M. Sandoval

- Lawyer

Since becoming a lawyer in 2010, Lilia has devoted her practice to civil litigation. Lilia joined the firm of Maranga/Morgenstern as an associate attorney in 2011

P. Molly Ford

P. Molly Ford

- Lawyer

Patricia (nickname: Molly) Ford is a litigation associate in our Woodland Hills office.  She has been a litigation attorney with the firm since December of 2012.

Phillip T. S. Tukia

Phillip T. S. Tukia

- Lawyer

Phil has been practicing law in California since 1996. He has devoted his practice to civil litigation. Phil joined Maranga/Morgenstern in 2004

Hillary Drennan Patton

Hillary Drennan Patton

- Lawyer

Hillary D. Patton is responsible for all aspects of civil litigation from initial pleadings through trial and appeal including written discovery.

Alexander B. Giraldo

Alexander B. Giraldo

- Lawyer

Alexander Giraldo joined our Los Angeles office in 2016 as a litigation associate. Prior to joining Maranga * Morgenstern, Alexander was a fellow with the the American Board of Trial Advocates.

Alexis Morgenstern

Alexis Morgenstern

- Lawyer

Alexis Morgenstern joined our Los Angeles office in 2016 as a litigation associate

Ezra G. Ryu

Ezra G. Ryu

- Lawyer

Ezra has experience in a wide variety of civil litigation disputes from both plaintiff's and defendant's sides. Admitted to: California and the United States District Court (C.D. Cal.). 

Jennifer N. Crittondon

Jennifer N. Crittondon

- Lawyer

Since becoming a lawyer in 2001, Jenn has devoted her practice to civil litigation. She joined the firm as an Associate in 2017.

Dana M. Enyart

Dana M. Enyart

- Lawyer

Dana became a lawyer and joined the firm of Maranga/Morgenstern in 2014.

Daniel C Ghyczy

Daniel C Ghyczy

- Lawyer

Daniel Ghyczy joined our Los Angeles office in 2017 as a litigation associate. Prior to joining Maranga | Morgenstern, Daniel earned his Juris Doctor from Loyola Law School and his Bachelor's Degree from The University of Southern California.