You Voted! Here Are Your Favorite Lawyers in OC Locale Magazine Editors February 15, 2018 Spread the loveGet to Know Orange County’s top Attorneys Out of the Courtroom Written By: Azi Safavi We brought together some of the most dedicated and trustworthy lawyers in Orange County and asked the community to vote for their top picks. As a result, we have three extremely devoted and professional lawyers who focus on various fields such as family law, criminal defense law and immigration law. From their perseverance to handle the cases truthfully to their loyalty in providing the best service to their clients, these lawyers discuss their careers. Best Lawyer Orange County Scott C. Thomas, Law Office of Scott C. Thomas Photo Provided by the offices of Scott C. Thomas Q: What inspired you to become a lawyer? ST: My desire to help others. There is nothing more satisfying than advocating for someone, prevailing, then watching the person go on to thrive as a productive member of society as a result of my efforts. Q: What sets you apart from the other lawyers in Orange County? ST: My skill set and my empathy. I’m very good at what I do and I strive to make an uncomfortable and scary experience as palatable as possible for my clients. All my clients have my cell phone [number] and I’m always available because I know just how stressful and frightening these situations can be. Q: What has been your most interesting case? ST: Probably a medical marijuana appeal I won that was certified for publication in 2014 and has since been used by countless other defendants, facing similar charges, to aid in their defense. Q: What is the most rewarding part of being a criminal lawyer? ST: Aside from helping people, I would say the most rewarding aspect of my job is putting a check on governmental authority. It’s my job to represent my clients and make sure they are treated fairly by the courts, prosecution and law enforcement. 1851 E First St, Ste 840 Santa Ana, CA 92705 949.945.2085 Sandra Miller, Miller & Miller-Bazemore Estate Planning Lawyers Photo Provided by Sandra Miller’s office Q: How does it feel to be voted as one of Orange County’s favorite lawyers? Sandra Miller: I am flattered and honored. I am just celebrating 40 years of practicing law, and to be respected and liked by my peers and clients is a great compliment. Q: What inspired you to become an attorney? SM: Before I became an attorney, I was a newspaper editor. When I was in my 20s, my late husband and I owned weekly newspapers in Long Beach and Signal Hill. The paper was courageous in publishing stories about public corruption. I then served for four years on the Signal Hill City Council, where I fought for certain reforms. I felt that, as an attorney, I could be even more effective in fighting the good fight. Q: What has been your most interesting case? SM: Some years ago, a Long Beach judge actually allowed the issue of ‘dog custody’ in my case to be litigated in his courtroom. That was ‘interesting.’ Q: How does it feel to be awarded the Lawyer of the Year by the Long Beach Bar Association? SM: This was the greatest honor of my career. I had served as President of Women Lawyers, as a member of the Board of Governors of the Long Beach Bar and had been Women Lawyers Lawyer of the Year, but this honor capped them all. I am humbled to have been chosen to be the Lawyer of the Year of this 90-year-old organization, which has 600-some members. I was and am thrilled and grateful. 4952 Warner Ave, Ste 106 Huntington Beach, CA 92649 714.895.4529 Shadi Sheidayi, Law Offices of Shadi Sheidayi Q: How does it feel to be voted as one of Orange County’s favorite lawyers? Shadi Sheidayi: It is very humbling. I always try to provide the best service possible to my clients and to the community as a whole, so to be voted as one of OC’s favorite lawyers is an honor. Q: What inspired you to become a lawyer? SS: My grandfather was an attorney so I guess it is a part of me. But, more importantly, for me being a lawyer means protecting the rights and interests of individuals and helping people attain their goals. That is something that I am very passionate about. Q: Why did you choose to focus on immigration law? SS: I’m an immigrant myself so I understand first-hand all the things that come with immigrating to a new country and wanting to start a new life. I was brought here as a child and I saw my parents go through the immigration system in the hopes of living the American Dream. To help people through this process is a way for me to give back to the community with the experience and knowledge that I’ve been privileged to have in this great country. Q: What factors do you believe led you to be among the top 10 Best Immigration Attorneys for California by the American Institute of Legal Counsel? SS: Caring for my clients and truly getting to know them; spending ample time with them and on their cases; being up front with them about immigration consequences and what to expect; responding to their inquiries in a timely fashion; answering all questions thoroughly and providing a strong support system for them during such a crucial time in their lives. 19200 Von Karman Ave, Ste 400 Irvine, CA 92612 949.622.5585 *Joe Higuera and Samer Habbas were among the top five winners, but were unable to be reached for comment.