Our Legal team
Carla L. Hartley
A former United States Marine, Ms. Hartley has served in every possible position with a law firm, from receptionist/file clerk to law clerk and research attorney, to litigation attorney. While attending law school, Ms. Hartley was employed full time at a local long-time family law firm. Ms. Hartley graduated with High Honors from Ventura College of Law and was soon thereafter hired by another premier...
Ms. Patricia Lamas began her college education in 1980 at Moorpark College in Simi Valley. She then transferred to UCSB. After attaining her undergraduate degree, Ms. Lamas enrolled at Ventura College of Law and graduated in 1992. During this journey, she worked full time and went to school at night and raised a family. Shortly after graduating from law school, Ms. Lamas was hired by...
John Castellano is a trusted and dedicated advocate in the family law field with over two decades of experience. He graduated from Southwestern University School of Law in 1996 where he was awarded the American Jurisprudence Book Award in Family Law. He completed undergraduate studies at UCLA where he graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy. Mr. Castellano prides himself on taking a ...
Frances Gutierrez joined the Firm in March 2017, where she currently works as an Associate Attorney. She practices family law exclusively. Managing Partner Carla Hartley recruited Ms. Gutierrez directly when they both were in court on separate matters. At the time, Ms. Gutierrez was already working in family law. Ms. Gutierrez received her law license in 2012. She graduated from the Ventura College of Law...
R. Benjamin Vojtik
R. Benjamin Vojtik has worked in the legal field for almost ten years, starting from the ground up. He has been with the Firm from its inception as a one-horse shop staffed by Carla Hartley and contributes greatly to the success of the firm. He’s worked through every position in the firm from scan clerk to research wizard to attorney. His brilliant legal mind has...
Mrs. Clunan began her paralegal studies while working at Hartley Lamas Et Al. as a legal secretary, and is a certified paralegal. Her humor, warmth and high degree of competence lend themselves to putting clients at ease and contribute to the overall positive work environment we enjoy. Kelly Clunan brings a wealth of experience to Hartley Lamas Et Al. Mrs. Clunan managed medical offices, including...
Director of Operations
Michael Cox Jr.
Awards & Association
Helping the afflicted and the oppressed obtain just, equitable results is the cornerstone of our legal practice. We are a close-knit unit dedicated to assisting our clients, focused on delivering high-quality legal services. We use a variety of tools in solving our clients’ individual needs, advising, negotiating and litigating cases as needed to reach our clients’ goals.
Hartley Lamas Et Al. Approach
High Quality Services
We are a close-knit unit dedicated to assisting our clients, focused on delivering high-quality legal services.
We use a variety of tools in solving our clients' individual needs, advising, negotiating and litigating cases as needed to reach our clients' goals.
Fight for Justice
Helping the afflicted and the oppressed obtain just, equitable results is the cornerstone of our legal practice.
Over 75 Years Of Attorney Experience In Family Law Helping the afflicted and the oppressed obtain just, equitable results is the cornerstone
Words From Clients
Ms. Hartley and her team are outstanding They are veryprofessional and communicate well. Ms. Hartley is intelligent, caring attentive, and assertive. She handled my case better than I could have asked for. I have had to hire her to represent me twice and will only go to her for any of my custody issues. She is the best family law attorney, I am so thankful I was referred to her!
I absolutely cannot be any happier with this firm. They are worth every penny. They are fully Invested in what they do and make you feel like you are their priority. They have a very friendly staff and are very welcoming the moment you walk in. They work with you on payments and are very understanding to your needs. They are always on top of everything and have always got the job done for me. I definitely recommend their services!
I am a client of Carla Harley and I have nothing but great things to say about this woman. She would rearrange her schedule so we could meet always told me exactly what i needed to do, and helped me keep a level head as I went through my divorce. She works quickly, efficiently, and thoroughly could not of gotten through my divorce without her and her great staff if you need a trustworthy lawyers then look no further
Hartley Lamas representing me in my divorce process. I was referred by a colleague who she represented in the past and was very impressed with her professionalism. I can say that I now share the same experience with my colleague. It was my first time seeking legal counsel but Carla was very personable and hold my hands with the right advice. I expressed to her what I wanted and she explained the process to me at great length. Yes, divorce...
Case closed! Carla Hartley and her firm are a true blessing to family law. Carla and her team since the very beginning approached my case diligently and swiftly. This was my second time having to hire a family law attorney and the first attorney left me wondering if they could have tried harder. This was never a concern of mine during or after working with Carla Hartley and her firm. It was refreshing to feel as if it wasn't just...