Our Team

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Meet Our Dedicated Team of Attorneys

Our Team Members

The Szeto-Wong Law team is made up of dedicated legal professionals who are committed to providing services you can rely on for your legal case. Whether you’re dealing with a divorce, a civil rights case, or anything in our practice areas, we have a specialist who has years of experience and is ready to work hard for the best possible outcome for your case. If you’d like to directly contact one of our team members listed below, reach out via email or simply fill in our contact form and we’ll reach out to you to discuss your case.

Gina Szeto-Wong

Gina Szeto-Wong

Principal Attorney | gina@szetowonglaw.com

For more than a decade, Gina has successfully litigated family law, civil rights, and employment cases in state and federal court.

Gina's cases have been featured on local and national media outlets including ABC News, NPR, and Hawaii News Now, among others.

Before founding Szeto-Wong Law, Gina was a trial attorney for a civil litigation firm specializing in civil rights, employment, and family law cases. Prior to that, Gina was a staff attorney at the Asian Law Caucus in San Francisco.

Gina is bilingual (English/Cantonese) and is an active volunteer for civil liberties organizations including the Equal Justice Society, Asian Law Caucus, and Legal Aid at Work.

Education

  • J.D., University of California, Berkeley School of Law
  • B.S., highest honors, University of California, Berkeley

Federal Clerkships

  • Law Clerk, The Honorable Kenneth J. Mansfield, U.S. District Court

Bar & Professional Memberships

  • State Bar of California
  • State Bar of Hawai‘i

Admitted to Practice

  • California
  • Hawai‘i
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, District of Hawai‘i
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
Grace Gooray

Grace Gooray

Operations Director

With over a decade of experience in operations management, Grace has held key leadership roles in both large corporations and startups. She has a proven ability to lead cross-functional teams, manage complex projects, and implement innovative solutions to drive business growth.

Grace holds three Bachelor degrees from the University of California, Riverside. She earned her Bachelor in Pre-law (2012), Bachelor of Science in Psychology, with a minor in Sociology (2012), and a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration (2017). Pre-law has given Grace an insight of tailoring a business for the unique attributes of a Law Firm that can best service the needs of the clients and the business. The B.S in Psychology provided her with a unique understanding of human behavior and organizational dynamics. The B.A in Business Administration equipped her with a solid foundation in management principles and strategic decision-making.

As Operations Director at Szeto-Wong Law, Grace oversees all aspects of the organization's operational activities, including process optimization, resource allocation, and performance management. She is responsible for developing and implementing strategic plans to improve efficiency, reduce costs, and enhance customer satisfaction.

Melanie Popper

Melanie Popper

Senior Litigation Attorney

Melanie Popper is an experienced employment attorney with a commitment to civil rights in the areas of harassment and discrimination under FEHA and Title VII, pay equity litigation, wage and hour litigation, and whistleblower laws.

With over 15 years of experience in both state and federal courts as well as labor negotiations in the municipal setting at the City of Berkeley, Melanie manages cases from start to finish, including taking and defending depositions, preparing, and opposing summary judgment motions, attending trial through jury verdict and handling mediations and investigations. Melanie also has experience in the areas of family law, landlord-tenant law, and general civil litigation.

Melanie is a Dartmouth College and U.C. Hastings graduate and has held the Legal Education Certificate (C.L.E.) from the University of the West Indies since 2013. She volunteers with GLIDE Memorial Church's Meals on Wheels program and has served as a Commissioner with the Personnel Board at the City of Berkeley. In her spare time, Melanie enjoys sailing, running 5ks and 10k races and drumming.

Education

  • J.D., University of California, Hastings College of the Law, San Francisco, CA
  • B.S., Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH
  • CLE, University of West Indies, Kingston, Jamaica

Bar & Professional Memberships

  • State Bar of California
  • California Employment Lawyers Association
  • Dartmouth Lawyers Association
  • Black Women Lawyers of Northern California

Admitted to Practice

  • California
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California
  • CLE For Practice in Belize, Jamaica and Barbados
Patricia Rayos

Patricia Rayos

  • Senior Family Law Attorney
  • Certified Family Law Specialist

Patricia Rayos has been working in the field of law for more than twenty years, practicing Family Law exclusively for over seventeen years. She graduated from Loyola Law School in the top 20% of her class. Her extensive legal background has prepared her to help families meet and overcome their legal challenges.

In 2014, she became a Certified Family Law Specialist (CFLS) recognized by the California State Bar. Earning this expert distinction is not easy. To obtain legal specialty certification, a lawyer must have practiced in the area of Family Law for five years. The attorney then must complete 45 hours of continuing Legal Education, demonstrate achievement in Family Law, and garner positive feedback from practicing Family Law attorneys and judges. Finally, the attorney seeking CFLS certification must pass a second California Bar exam, tailored specifically to the practice area of Family Law. Patricia is proud to have accomplished this and to have earned Family Law Specialist certification.

Patricia is also approved to sit as a pro-tem judge in Family Law matters in Los Angeles County. She is a knowledgeable attorney who will approach clients' legal needs both realistically and with empathy.

A native of Los Angeles, Patricia graduated from the University of Southern California with a B.A. in Political Science and Psychology in 2002. She received her Juris Doctor from Loyola Law School in 2006 and was admitted to practice law in California that same year.

On her time off, Patricia enjoys spending time with her children and twin cats, Hello Kitty and Kitty Kat.

Shannon Wright

Shannon K. Wright

Senior Trial Attorney

Attorney Shannon K Wright is a veteran family law attorney. Ms. Wright has a wide array of experience in her nearly 16 years in the practice of law after graduating from the Valparaiso University School of Law in Indiana. Barred in Indiana and Federally since 2008, and California since 2023, Ms. Wright brings a wealth of courtroom experience to the team of Szeto-Wong Law.

Ms. Wright has extensive experience in family court as well as representing the State and then the parents in Child Protective Services cases throughout Indiana- fighting for children, parents and their relationships. She has extensive experience in criminal law (5 1/2 years prosecution and 5 years defense) as well as Family Law (9 years). Before joining Szeto-Wong Law, Ms. Wright has worked solely in Family Law in California, working for a respected Inland Empire Family Law firm as an experienced Law Clerk as well as a licensed attorney for a mid-sized Family Law firm after practicing for over a decade in Indiana.

For the last several years, her practice focuses exclusively on Family Law, Divorce, Child Custody, Child Support, and Domestic Violence Matters.

Bar Admissions

California State Bar 2023

Indiana State Bar 2008

US District Court for the Northern District of Indiana 2008

US District Court for the Southern District of Indiana 2008

Education

Indiana University, Bachelors in Sociology (2003)

Valparaiso University School of Law, JD (2007)

Cyrus Wong, M.D.

Cyrus Wong, M.D.

Chief Medical Advisor

Dr. Wong is a board certified cardiologist and cardiac electrophysiologist actively practicing in the Bay Area. He has been a physician since 2007 and has established cardiac electrophysiology programs in Hawaii and California. He has a special interest in health equity and increasing access to care for underserved populations. Dr. Wong has been providing medical expertise to law firms on a variety of cases for almost a decade.

Duke Truong

Duke Truong

Of Counsel

Duke Truong attended California State University East Bay, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science in 2009. He received his Juris Doctorate from Valparaiso University School of Law in 2016.

Prior to law school, Duke gained valuable experience while working as a family law paralegal for a boutique family law firm in Los Gatos. During this time, he honed crucial skills that would prove instrumental to his career as an attorney, including legal research, discovery, investigation, and writing.

Following his graduation from law school, Duke became a Post-Bar Law Clerk at a boutique family law firm in San Jose, where he awaited admission to the State Bar of California. In this role, he focused on honing his skills in drafting legal documents, familiarizing himself with court procedures, deepening his knowledge of family law, and developing effective communication with clients. In recognition of his growth and capabilities, Duke was promoted to the position of Associate Attorney in March 2021.

Duke practices primarily family law and has represented clients before judicial officers and in mediations, engaged in settlement negotiations, and collaborated with experts in accounting, real estate, appraisals, therapists, and other professionals in the family law arena to ensure the best outcomes for our clients.

During his leisure time, Duke finds enjoyment in various activities, including reading, hiking, gardening, golfing, and cherishing valuable moments with his loved ones.

Education

  • B.A., California State University East Bay
  • J.D., Valparaiso University School of Law in 2016.

Bar & Professional Memberships

  • California

Admitted to Practice

  • California
Anahi Romero

Anahi Romero

Legal Assistant

Anahi Romero is the Legal Assistant at Szeto-Wong Law. Anahi has a diverse background in office administration, bookkeeping, and a legal clerk in the Criminal and Family Law division. She has studied Administration of Justice at De Anza College. Growing up she always knew she wanted to be a part of a team that helps others through their difficult times, whether it was divorces, custody and visitations, or any other difficult situation someone may be facing.

Prior to joining Szeto-Wong Law firm, Anahi was employed with the Superior Court of California County of Santa Clara and Superior Court of California County of San Benito as a clerk which is where her love grew for the legal field. Although she enjoyed her time as a Family Law clerk for the courts, she decided to pursue a career where she can work closer with clients. Having gone through similar situations, her life and work experiences have allowed her to develop strong interpersonal skills and inspired her desire to help and support those who feel unheard, forgotten, and just needing that extra support during difficult times, providing the guidance and support they deserve.

While away from the office, Anahi is a dedicated mother of four. She loves to spend time with her children, family, and friends, and try new foods.

Maritza Bruce

Maritza Bruce

Paralegal

I have over 20 years of law experience. I started my law career in real estate law. After several years in real estate, It was time to switch gears. I have been solely focused on Family Law for 11 years. It is my passion helping our clients navigate through such critical and life-changing events. I lead our clients with compassion and understanding.

During my non-desk days. I enjoy hiking, jogging, yoga, and spending as much time with teenagers before they have their own busy lives.

Renee Soto-Johnson

Renee Soto-Johnson

Paralegal

As a Paralegal who has quickly built a successful career path, Renee Soto-Johnson assists lawyers at Szeto-Wong Law in handling diverse cases and complex legal issues.

Renee is a Senior Litigation Paralegal and has been working in the legal field for over 22 years, she has extensive experience in all aspects of Family Law. Additionally, Renee is well versed in domestic violence and civil litigation matters. Renee has dedicated her career to providing excellent and compassionate services to clients who are undergoing the most difficult times of their life.

Renee was born and raised in the Bay Area, she attended Las Positas College in 1998, she majored in Criminal Justice, and played for the women's college soccer team. While Renee attended college, she worked as a Paralegal gaining a wealth of knowledge in the legal field, she worked under the supervision of attorneys as well as a freelance Paralegal assisting clients with an array of Family Law issues including divorce and separation, custody, visitation, and child support, property division, domestic violence, domestic torts, and civil matters.

Lily Goh

Lily Goh

Paralegal

Lily Goh is a certified paralegal with legal experience primarily in family law.

She collaborates with clients throughout every phase of the process, from scheduling a meeting with the attorneys, helping them to fill out the documents, following up with the attorney, and filing the documents with the court.

Lily is fluent in English, Mandarin, Cantonese, and Malay.

While Lily is not working, she enjoys hiking with her family and friends.

Reciel Sababan

Reciel Sababan

Receptionist

Meet Reciel Sababan, a seasoned professional with eight years of experience as a receptionist and administrative assistant in the vibrant city of Dubai. Her tenure in the bustling corporate landscape of Dubai has honed her skills and enriched her with a wealth of professional experience.

Beyond her dedication to her work, Reciel has a passion for exploration. She finds joy in traversing the globe, immersing herself in diverse cultures, savoring exquisite cuisines, and creating unforgettable memories along the way. Her adventurous spirit fuels her curiosity, driving her to seek new experiences and broaden her horizons.

During moments of leisure, you'll often find Reciel indulging in her love for documentaries and sci-fi. Whether unraveling the mysteries of the universe or delving into the depths of human history, she finds solace and inspiration in the captivating narratives of these genres.

With her multifaceted interests and unwavering dedication to excellence, Reciel brings a unique perspective and a wealth of experiences to our team. Her passion for learning and her commitment to delivering exceptional results make her a valuable asset to our company.

Contact us today to learn more about our team, to discuss your case or to schedule a consultation to get started with services.

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