Our Team

Attorney Chris Vivian

Christopher Vivian, Esq.
Partner

Chris is a Santa Rosa native.  He attended the California Maritime Academy earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Transportation. As a licensed merchant marine officer, he traveled globally returning to Santa Rosa.

Chris was a decorated police officer and deputy sheriff; his accomplishments include the Outstanding Service Award from the Santa Rosa Police Department and Distinguished Service Award from his work in the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office.  Chris served as a violent crime’s detective, crisis negotiator, patrol officer and was a lead investigator on homicides, officer involved shootings, complex domestic disputes and more.

Chris’ decision to leave law enforcement for a career as an attorney was driven by his personal experience involving the custody of his child. 

While attending law school at night, Chris voluntarily transferred to Civil Court as a bailiff, where he observed thousands of civil and family law actions at the Sonoma County Superior Courts.

Chris holds a Master of Legal Studies and a Juris Doctorate of Law and is a member of the California State Bar Association.  Chris is an articulate negotiator with experience in litigation who is also dedicated to maintaining his reputation of integrity, a dogged advocacy for his client, and uncompromising ethics.

Chris was also a staff sergeant in the Army National Guard and was honorably discharged.

Attorney Zack Agil

Zack Agil, Esq.
Partner

Zack was born and raised in San Francisco but has made Santa Rosa his home for the past fifteen years, owning and operating successful businesses and developing multiple ties to the community before deciding to become an attorney.

Early on in his legal career, Zack spent four years with Legal Aid of Sonoma County under the umbrella of the State Bar of California’s Practical Training program. This allowed Zack to provide legal services under the supervision of an attorney. Based upon his calming presence and ability to put people at ease, Zack was asked to work in the Domestic Violence division in which he handled thousands of Domestic Violence cases. Zack was also assigned to the District Attorney’s Family Justice Center. In this role he assessed clients, gathered evidence, prepared documents and court filings, represented clients in court, and led countless mediations and settlements.

In 2013, Zack was honored at the Sonoma County Bar Association’s Pro Bono Awards Luncheon and “recognized for being a ‘master of all trades’ for Legal Aid of Sonoma County.”

Zack’s greatest strength is his ability to negotiate a favorable settlement for his clients. This comes in great use when dealing with Personal Injury cases, Car Accident cases, or serious Criminal Charges. As a former businessman, he is adept at discerning the issues most important to the opposing party and then promoting a solution to those issues. Having experience with people from all walks of life, he is an expert at listening and finding points of commonality.

Zack holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics,  Master of Legal Studies, a Juris Doctorate, and is a member of the California State Bar Association. 

Zack recognizes that knowledge of the law is necessary to enable people to make the best decisions when faced with a criminal or domestic cases, and he is committed to providing that knowledge to his clients.

Kathy Zedrick - Paralegal

Kathy Zedrick

Paralegal / Firm Manager

Kathy has resided in Sonoma County since 1975. She is married, has three children and is family oriented.

Kathy completed the Legal Secretarial Program at Santa Rosa Junior College and in 1982 began her legal career with Ryersen & Comstock and with their later predecessors, Wigdahl & Passarino, until 1996. Kathy began working with Margret England since 1997 focusing on all aspects of Family Law matters.

Kathy has continued her legal education through the Sonoma County Bar Association continuing education programs, Redwood Empire Association of Paralegals and has participated in the Sonoma County Legal Secretaries’ Association (Past President), the Bay Area Legal Secretaries’ Forum, the Santa Rosa Junior College Advisory Committee (Past President), is an active participant in a Sonoma County Office Administrators’ Group and is a Notary Public.

Kathy’s dedication to the family structure and her ability to relate compassionately with clients, help clients to realize that although the family dynamics may be changing, the focus and importance of the family structure should remain the same.

Investigator Dan Shacklett

Dan Shacklett

Investigation Team Member

Dan was born and raised in Sonoma County.  In 1989, Dan was hired as a full-time police officer for the City of Santa Rosa and retired in 2018.

Dan was a plain clothes narcotics detective, property crimes detective, and environmental crimes detective. The detective assignments were all in an undercover capacity. These assignments consisted of countless hours of surveillance and the ability to be in public and private situations without being detected. 

Also, Dan spent many years on patrol responding to calls for service and resolving many types of situations. Dan was also a Field Training Officer, Firearms instructor, and a background investigator.

Dan knows the value of having material information in your divorce, child custody, criminal or civil case.  Dan can obtain this information, so you do not have to put yourself in a compromising position.  Having a private investigator as part of your team is an invaluable asset that could make the difference between winning or losing your case.