Meet Your New CCCBA Board Members

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Michelle Ferber

Michelle Ferber

Michelle Ferber practices in the areas of labor, employment and business law and has successfully tried these cases in state and federal courts. In addition to her litigation practice, Michelle regularly advises clients on employment law issues in the workplace. Michelle provides her clients with the advice and litigation expertise they need to stay current and compliant in the ever-changing landscape of employment laws and regulations, while recognizing the balance of business realities and economics.

Michelle’s client base is varied, but she most enjoys her personal relationships with local retailers and restaurants. She can often be found doing business over a meal downtown or over at the high school. Her business relationships with varied nonprofit organizations provide personal satisfaction, and she considers it a privilege to be involved in the various missions of these groups.

Originally from Southern California, Michelle moved to Danville in 1997. Since that time, she has become involved in both the legal and local community. Michelle is a former president of the CCCBA Employment Section and former member of the Board of Directors of the CCCBA Women’s Section. She is a former vice president of Beth Chaim Congregation, and was an integral part of the process of building its first permanent home in Danville. Michelle also serves at Dougherty Valley High School as its founding attorney mock trial coach and a member of its Athletic Boosters Association.

Michelle is a 1987 graduate of California State University, Northridge, where she majored in journalism and wrote for the college newspaper. She received her J.D. in 1990 from Southwestern University School of Law, receiving various awards for excellence in academics and writing. In law school, Michelle served as an extern for the Honorable Arthur Alarcon of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. Michelle started with her current firm back in 1999 and is proud of the firm’s continued commitment to community service.

Michelle and her husband, Rick, are the proud parents of Ally, who is in her junior year at Sonoma State University earning her teaching credential, and Andrew, a graduating high school senior who is planning on playing soccer at Carnegie Mellon University in Pennsylvania.

 

Katherine Wenger

Katherine Wenger

Katherine Wenger has been practicing business and real estate litigation since 2002, developing a strong track record of assisting clients to successfully resolve a variety of complex business disputes, both inside and outside the courtroom.

Katherine was born and raised in Texas, but after finishing high school, she left to attend Wellesley College in Massachusetts. She graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1999, receiving a bachelor’s degree in political science and psychology. In college, Katherine was involved with student government, serving for several years in the student senate.

She began law school at the University of Chicago, but ultimately was unable to escape all that California had to offer, and in 2002, graduated from the University of California, Berkeley. While in law school, Katherine interned for the Juvenile Division of the San Francisco Public Defender’s Office.

Following law school, she began her legal career with a large firm in Silicon Valley working on corporate governance, securities and shareholder disputes. From 2005 to 2011, she practiced at Morgan Miller Blair in Walnut Creek, with a focus on complex business and real estate litigation.

She is currently a partner at Brown Church & Gee LLP, a firm formed in 2011 by former Bar Presidents Audrey Gee and Michael Brown with the goal of bringing a fresh approach in providing legal services and delivering value to their clients.

While Katherine has practiced in courts throughout California, she has always particularly enjoyed her work before the Contra Costa County bench and involvement with the Contra Costa County Bar Association. She is a former president of the CCCBA’s Women’s Section, has served as a scorer for the county’s Mock Trial Program and has had significant involvement with many aspects of the Bar throughout her practice in Contra Costa County. Katherine is also a member of East Bay CREW (Commercial Real Estate Women) and the East Bay Professional Women’s Association.

Katherine lives in Contra Costa County with her husband and daughter, and enjoys her involvement in the local community.

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