JAMES GREGORY MORRIS graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Loyola Marymount University, obtained his JD at Loyola Law School and was admitted to the California and Arizona Bars.
Mr. Morris founded The Burbank Firm, L.C. Primary areas of his law practice are in business, real estate, and probate, including extensive litigation experience in all of these areas. Mr. Morris received his trial training through the Pasadena District Attorney’s office under the Trial Attorney program. The practice currently includes advising over 250 small- to medium-sized corporations.
Mr. Morris has been a Los Angeles Superior Court appointed attorney in estate and conservatorship matters. He has tried over 140 cases to verdict with successful outcomes in over 78% of those cases.
Mr. Morris is certified by The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization as a Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law.
Mr. Morris has argued cases before the Ninth and Fifth Circuit Courts of Appeal, as well as the Second Appellate Circuit of the State of California.
The firm has prepared over 200 commercial loans totaling over $50 Million. Mr. Morris has also provided SBA opinion letters for over 150 SBA loan transactions.
For 10 years Mr. Morris was a part-time instructor in training attorneys in conducting jury trials through the Los Angeles County Trial Attorney program with placement of successful participants with the Los Angeles City Attorney and District Attorney’s offices. Mr. Morris was a founding member of the Economic Alliance of San Fernando Valley.
Mr. Morris’ current and past volunteer activities have included being a former director of the Valley Economic Development Center, including holding the position of Vice Chairman. Mr. Morris was a member of the San Fernando Valley Bar Association Senior Citizen Program for over fifteen (15) years, offering pro bono consultations for senior citizens.
Mr. Morris is also a founding Board member of the Pacoima Federal Credit Union. He is currently a Director and Secretary for the San Fernando Valley Small Business Financial Development Corporation; a non-profit company assisting low- and moderate-income individuals establish businesses.
Mr. Morris served for seven (7) years on the Board of Directors of the Community Career Development Corporation, a non-profit organization, training low-income individuals through public grants in areas such as nursing, home health care, and transportation.
Mr. Morris has acted as a court settlement officer in the Los Angeles Superior Court assisting in the mediation of cases.
JASON T. GRUTTER earned his Juris Doctorate from Pepperdine University, where he was Executive Editor of the Dispute Resolution Law Journal. While at Pepperdine, he was on the Dean’s List and competed on Pepperdine’s interschool Trial Team. For his undergraduate studies, Jason graduated with honors from Graceland University, majoring in both mathematics and English while earning All-Conference honors playing fullback for the Yellowjackets football team. Jason practices in several areas of law, focusing on estate and trust matters as well as business and commercial litigation.
ROBYN B. WASHBURN is a certified Paralegal and Notary Public for over 30 years. Ms. Washburn has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Management, with Honors, from the University of Phoenix, 1998. Ms. Washburn’s areas of expertise are in conservatorship and probate matters, including accounting and preparing required court reports related to such matters. She has volunteered as probate paralegal with the Los Angeles Superior Court Guardianship/Conservatorship Assistance Program. She is a past member of the Los Angeles Paralegal Association and co-chairperson. She also processes SBA 504 loans and is a licensed Real Estate Broker. She is knowledgeable and has provided extensive litigation support.