Our attorneys enjoy excellent reputations throughout the legal community and pride themselves on providing passionate client service and creative approaches to problem-solving. Thinking outside the box is central to how Rodman & Associates PC approaches its clients’ problems.
Jordan Rodman has over 27 years of experience defending developers, general contractors, subcontractors, design professionals and material suppliers in construction defect litigation throughout Northern and Southern California. Jordan’s practice currently focuses on high-end custom homes, large tract housing developments, commercial and industrial projects, as well as significant governmental, school and university improvements. He has successfully litigated hundreds of complex, multi-tiered and high exposure lawsuits through mediation, arbitration and trial. Jordan has also defended property owners and builders in premises liability and job-site injury cases, and counsels private contractors on contractual negotiations and risk management policies. He also has significant experience defending vehicular and other personal injury matters.
Jordan has been a court-appointed mediator for the Sonoma County Superior Court, and is a member of the Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California, where he has lectured on recoverable expert costs and fees in litigation. When he is not in the office or a court room, Jordan can be found with his family enjoying the Sonoma and Napa wine country, snowboarding on the slopes of Northern California and Utah, or scuba diving in tropical destinations in the Pacific and Caribbean.
Jordan obtained his Juris Doctorate from Golden Gate University School of Law, and is licensed to practice in California, as well as the Northern and Central Districts and Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Jordan has been selected to the 2020 and 2021 Northern California Super Lawyers lists.
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Karin L. Landry specializes in the litigation of claims involving construction defect, product liability, personal injury, landlord tenant, contract dispute and professional liability. She represents major developers and general contractors in complex and large-scale construction projects for commercial and residential developments. She defends individuals, professionals, businesses, and public entities against allegations of negligence, premises liability, products liability, misrepresentation, and breach of contract.
Karin also has an active transactional and business litigation practice, representing companies in corporate and administrative matters. Clients rely on Karin not only to litigate claims, but also to consult on risk avoidance and risk management strategies. She is dedicated to providing his clients with the highest level of legal counseling and representation, utilizing innovative and creative strategies designed to achieve the best possible results.
As a visiting student at Villanova University School of Law, Karin gained insight into the fields of business law, tax and estate planning before obtaining her Juris Doctor from California’s Golden Gate University. Karin opened her own practice in business and estate planning in Pennsylvania, returning to California a few years later to work in civil litigation. She has also worked for various State and Federal agencies, including California Public Utilities Commission and NASA.
Karin is admitted to practice in both California and Pennsylvania, as well as the Northern and Eastern Districts of California and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
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Melissa is a highly experienced attorney with over 26 years of insurance defense related litigation and trial practice. She specializes in complex construction litigation in residential and commercial projects representing contractors, developers, and design professionals. She also has significant experience in diverse areas of the law including personal injury and property damage under auto, homeowner, and general liability claims. She has defended contractors and owners for work site injuries involving large loss catastrophic injuries and death claims.
Melissa served as Staff Counsel with Zurich Insurance providing additional insight and knowledge of insurance claims and claims handling. She is adept at overseeing large complex cases and managing matters from pre-litigation through resolution, being mindful of costs and results. She graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in psychology. She then graduated from University of North Dakota School of Law, where she was active in Moot Court and served on the UND Law Review Board. She is licensed to practice in California, as well as the Northern District and Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Melissa lives in Petaluma and is an avid early American art collector with her husband.
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Lyn Tadlock has more than 29 years experience in insurance defense litigation. Her practice focuses on complex construction-related claims and general commercial disputes and complex general civil litigation with an emphasis on personal, catastrophic injury and wrongful death arising from motor vehicle accidents, premises liability, product liability, toxic tort exposure and assault.
Lyn has managed complex civil cases from intake, including initial evaluation of a case’s strengths and weaknesses and the best strategy for resolution, through discovery to resolution through settlement, arbitration, mediation or trial, including law and motion, post trial motions and appeal. Lyn has been first chair trial counsel for numerous jury and bench trials; she has been counsel for 40 arbitrations, binding and judicial arbitrations, and she has handled dozens of mediations and settlement conferences with a favorable result. Lyn has also successfully argued two cases before the Court of Appeals.
Lyn previously worked at several insurance defense firms in the San Francisco-Bay Area.
She received a Masters of Law degree in International Business Law from the Paris University School of Law (Pantheon-Sorbonne) in Paris, France, and a Juris Doctorate degree from Golden Gate University School of Law in San Francisco, California. Lyn is admitted to practice in the California state courts, the Northern District and the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.
In addition to working at Rodman & Associates, Lyn manages Tadlock Templates and publishes the newsletter “Trials and Tribulations”. Lyn enjoys reading and musical theater when at home and takes every opportunity to travel the world with her husband.
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Robert M. Norris began his career as a general building contractor and real estate developer. As a general contractor, he specialized in home remodeling and extensive earthquake renovation following the 1994 Northridge earthquake. His experience in development includes the building of homes, condominiums, retail strip centers, and fast-food restaurants. Robert brings experience in all aspects of the construction process, including planning and design, permitting and entitlements, construction contracts, onsite supervision of construction, and construction management including critical path project scheduling and processing of change orders and invoices.
Robert obtained his Juris Doctorate in 2000 from John F. Kennedy School of Law and has been licensed to practice in California since 2001. Since then, his work has been primarily in construction defect litigation, along with a continuing interest in defending minors in juvenile delinquency court.
Robert looks forward to time outdoors hiking with his family, and gardening.
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Susan L. Coffin
Susan L. Coffin is a seasoned paralegal with over two decades of experience in complex construction litigation defense and workers compensation. Susan is experienced in all aspects of insurance defense litigation with emphasis in complex, multiparty matters. In addition to her paralegal career, Susan is also mobile notary and loan signing agent. In her spare time, she loves to write, and has published both fiction and non-fiction works. She also enjoys running, weight-lifting, knitting, and living in the country.
Susan obtained her B.A. in Liberal Studies and her certificate in the Paralegal Program from Sonoma State University.
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Kaylene Hirtzer is a seasoned legal professional with over 25 years of experience. Kaylene has worked in small to medium sized firms throughout the greater Bay Area and beyond, focusing on personal injury, wrongful death, medical malpractice, business, real estate, construction defect, and class actions. Kaylene obtained a certificate in the ABA Accredited Legal Assistant Certificate Program at Sonoma State University.
Kaylene has served as a board member and/or officer for various nonprofit organizations, including Soroptimist International of Healdsburg, Healdsburg Little League, Child Parent Institute, and The Orion Fund. In her free time, Kaylene enjoys spending time with her family and friends enjoying food, companionship, cheering on her favorite teams, and the outdoors.
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Michelle joins the Rodman and Associates team with over twenty years of Civil Litigation Paralegal experience. She began her career in Santa Clara County with an Associate in Science Degree in Paralegal/Legal Assistant Studies. She has enjoyed working in various areas of litigation including personal injury, insurance defense, construction defect, estate and probate litigation, and IP law. Michelle has also been a Notary Public for over twelve years and currently has a commission in Sonoma County. She is a member of the National Notary Association and joined the American Bar Association as a legal professional.
Michelle volunteers her time with Amigos de las Americas and recently spent 6 weeks in Oaxaca, Mexico doing work for this organization. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, bicycling, gardening, cooking, writing poetry, swimming, and going to the beach.
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Chris is our eDiscovery paralegal with ten years of experience. Having worked with small firms to AM100 law firms in San Francisco, he is back home in Sonoma County. Chris received an ABA Paralegal Certificate from SF State University, before jumping into litigation ranging from class-actions, personal injury, construction defect, intellectual property, and employment law. He now handles the firm’s document databases and technical projects.
Chris enjoys cycling, snowboarding, playing music, golfing, and doing projects around the house with his wife.
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Rowena comes to Rodman & Associates with over 15 years’ experience as a legal secretary and has worked with a local small to mid-sized law firms in Sonoma County. Rowena has a diverse background in the areas of personal injury, insurance defense, family law, and worker’s compensation. Rowena received her legal secretarial certificate from Empire College of Business.
For over a decade Rowena has volunteered with Sonoma County Legal Aid Golf Tournament and Heart Gala fka Lawyers with Heart. She participates in the Tour de Fuzz ride which supports the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Chaplaincy Foundation and Incarnation 100 cycling event, which benefits homeless services. In her downtime, she enjoys spending time with her two adult daughters and her many family members and friends, walking her dog Chewy, cooking and learning French. She also enjoys watching Warriors Basketball and Giants Baseball.
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Danielle has extensive experience in the medical and hospitality/service industries and earned her bachelor’s degree in communications from Sonoma State University. She knows how to successfully manage the front office and accomplish tasks with ease and efficiency. As our Office Administrator, RAA clients can count on Danielle to be warm, welcoming and reliable.
Born and raised in Sonoma County, Danielle enjoys spending time with her many family members in the area, volunteering for animal shelters, working out at the gym, rooting for the San Antonio Spurs, loving on her orange tabby and occasionally sneaking away to explore tropical locales, including Hawaii, Mexico and the Bahamas.