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Our San Ramon Estate Planning & Elder Lawyers

Attorney Ivette M. Santaella

Attorney Ivette M. Santaella has been dedicated to the practice of estate planning and technology law for several years in San Ramon, CA. Throughout this time, she has assisted countless individuals in successfully preparing for the future of their estate and has even helped numerous families through the process of legacy and business succession planning. Ms. Santaella is an active member of the Contra Costa County Bar Association Trust Section, WealthCounsel®, and serves as the estate planning point person for the South Asian Bar Association of Northern California. Before delving into her career as an estate planning attorney, she also worked as counsel at HP, Sun MS and Symantec for ten years. For further information about Attorney Santaella and her numerous qualifications, click here to review her entire bio.

Attorney Lubna K. Jahangiri

Lubna K. Jahangiri provides representation in a variety of transactional and real property business matters including entity formations, drafting and negotiating complex business contracts, commercial leases, and buy-sell agreements. Prior to joining Santaella Jahangiri, LLP as a partner, she was a successful solo practitioner serving business owners and real estate investors in the San Francisco Bay Area. Attorney Jahangir conducts Continuing Legal Education courses for attorneys and has published articles in the Business Law News of the California State Bar's quarterly journal. Prior to becoming an attorney, she worked in the field of mental health and served as a Clinical Supervisor of the Thea Bowman House , a drug and alcohol rehabilitation facility for pregnant women and women with young children. Click here to review her entire bio.

Attorney Linda Blackwell (Of Counsel)

Linda Carter Blackwell is an experienced attorney who is dedicated to finding beneficial solutions for all of her clients' legal issues. Ms. Blackwell graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish, and then went on to earn her Juris Doctor from the University of California, Davis in 1980. While obtaining her law degree, she held an internship in international law in 1979. Ms. Blackwell speaks, reads and writes Spanish, and, in conjunction with Ms. Santaella, her team at Blackwell, Santaella & Jahangiri LLP provides exceptional bilingual services to help them better serve the community.

Ms. Blackwell is a proven attorney with more than 30 years of experience; she can powerfully represent your rights no matter the circumstances. After passing the Bar, Ms. Blackwell served as a Deputy District Attorney in the Alameda County District Attorney's Office from 1980 to 1984. During this time, she prosecuted crimes ranging from petty theft to homicide, and gained invaluable courtroom experience. She tried more than 75 cases to verdict and prosecuted over 250 preliminary examinations.

Ms. Blackwell then served as an associate attorney with Fisher and Hurst Law Firm from 1985 to 1989. While at the firm, she worked as a trial attorney representing cases involving mass tort litigation. She was responsible for managing a docket of more than 2000 cases and a team of attorneys, paralegals, and secretaries. She spent 80% of her time in the courtroom negotiating settlements, trying cases or arguing law and motion.

Then, from 1989 to 2009, Ms. Blackwell served as legal counsel for Chevron in a variety of capacities, including the following:

  • Chevron Corporation: Ms. Blackwell served as litigation counsel from 1989 to 1992 and litigated cases involving environmental contamination, premises liability, tort, and contract.
  • Chevron USA, Inc.: Ms. Blackwell was promoted to Assistant General Counsel and served in this capacity from 1992 to 1996. She held nationwide responsibility for managing litigation for the operating company that had the most litigation. She also designed litigation management processes to minimize costs and maximize results.
  • Chevron Corporation: Ms. Blackwell was again promoted to Chief Trial Counsel, and from 1997 to 2002, she held management responsibility for all litigation and trial attorneys for all Chevron companies on the West Coast. She carried her own litigation caseload while managing lawyers, paralegals, and secretaries. In 1998, with a restructure within the law department, Ms. Blackwell took on additional responsibility and became manager of the real estate legal group as well.
  • Chevron Corporation: With the Chevron and Texaco merger, all litigation was out-sourced. . Ms. Blackwell recognized a need within Chevron's information technology groups so she created and headed a group of lawyers, paralegals, and secretaries to provide clients across the Chevron companies with legal services for information technology and real estate. She served as Managing Counsel for Real Estate and Information Technology Legal Services from 2002 to 2008. During that time, she developed expertise in drafting, negotiating, and managing multi-million dollar IT contracts internationally and domestically. She also developed expertise and provided legal counsel on electronic data privacy around the world, including drafting privacy policies for websites and terms of use statements for Chevron websites globally. Additionally, she provided counsel for the encryption methodology used by the corporation worldwide and designed and implemented business and electronic process for legal discovery compliance.

After retiring from Chevron in June 2009, Ms. Blackwell turned her attention to the practice of Elder Law, and serves the needs of the elderly in Contra Costa County. In particular, Ms. Blackwell has focused her practice on Social Security, Medicare and MediCal.

Ms. Blackwell's extensive legal experience has provided her with a detailed knowledge of the law and seasoned courtroom skill. If you would like to learn how she can assist with your case and advocate on your behalf, contact the firm today to discuss your options.

If you are interested in contacting one of the San Ramon Estate Planning, Elder Law, Business, and Real Estate Law Attorneys at Santaella Jahangiri LLP , call our office today.

Our Commitment to Excellence

  • Certified Small Business
  • Justia
  • Top Attorney Elder Law
  • Top Avvo Contributor
  • Top Attorney Estate Planning
  • Authorized Notary Public
  • WealthCounsel Member
  • Member of the Academy of Special Needs Planners
  • ProVisors
  • Disadvantaged Business Enterprise
  • Woman's Business Enterprise National Council
  • Elder Counsel Member
  • American Bar Association

Hear From Our Clients

  • “Ivette Santaella is very personable and makes the entire process of creating an estate plan much easier.”

    Tricia H.

  • “My objectives have been realized, and you both were a big part of those accomplishments!”


  • “The whole process was made very easy...”

    Connie M.

  • “She is truly passionate about what she does, and her integrity is of the highest caliber.”

    Ezequiel R.

  • “I recommend Ivette”


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