Attorney Profiles

Gary L. Gebler Esq. / Senior Trial Attorney

Gary GeblerGary Gebler has practiced law in California for 34 years. He has qualified to be referred cases from the California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform, (CANHR), and is proud to hold the distinction of being designated as a CANHR Elder Justice Advocate.

Prior to forming the present firm in 2009, Mr. Gebler was a principal trial attorney at the Woodland Hills firm of Berglund & Johnson for ten years, a firm specializing in Personal Injury, Products Liability and Elder Abuse/Neglect in Woodland Hills. He has been acknowledged by his peers to be one of the foremost trial lawyers in California, having successfully tried dozens of cases in both State and Federal Courts throughout California for the past thirty years, in a variety of Nursing Home Neglect, Insurance Bad Faith, Medical Malpractice, Products Liability and Personal Injury matters as well as Complex Business Litigation.

He has also successfully handled numerous appellate matters throughout the California Courts of Appeals including the Supreme Court for the State of California, involving landmark cases pertaining to issues relating to Elder Abuse, Medical Malpractice, Products Liability, Unfair Competition and Fiduciary Duty including Hovinga v. Placentia Linda Hospital, (Medical Malpractice); Mitchell vs. KellerIndustries, Inc. (Products Liability); and Bakonis vs. Allstate Insurance Company (Unfair Competition).

Mr. Gebler, a native of Orange County, graduated with a Bachelors degree in History from California State University Fullerton in 1976 and obtained his Juris Doctorate degree from Pepperdine University School of Law in 1979.

A committed Christian, Gary has a heart for people, and will tirelessly fight to protect them. When not practicing law Gary is involved in numerous activities at The Church at Rocky Peak, having previously served as Chairman of the Board at Coastland Community Church in Orange County.  He is an avid outdoors man who enjoys wing-shooting and the training of bird dogs.

Glenna M. Francis Esq. / Litigation Attorney

Glenna FrancisGlenna M. Francis attended law school at UC Berkeley, where she began her legal career in plaintiff-side litigation. After graduation, Glenna was recruited by a large commercial law firm, but she missed making a personal difference in the lives of her clients. In February 2009, she returned to representing plaintiffs, focusing on our most vulnerable populations, the injured and the elderly.  In Glenna’s own words:

“I wanted my professional career to be about more than making wealthy people wealthier.  Here at The Gebler Firm, PC, I found my true calling.  Every day, I am given the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of our clients, one person at a time. We are in the trenches every day, fighting a legal battle to improve the quality of healthcare available to everyone who enters a long-term care facility in California.  I love my job.”

Glenna recently argued Birl v. Heritage Care LLC, 172 Cal.App.4th 1313 (2009) before the Second District Court of Appeal, regarding the applicability of CCP §1281.2(c) within the context of an elder abuse/neglect action. In its opinion, the Court upheld the trial court’s denial of a petition to compel arbitration on grounds of joinder, finding: (1) an abuse/ neglect action filed against doctor defendants may arise out of the same transaction as that which  involves a care facility, (2) services provided at one facility and separated in time from the services provided at another facility may still be “related transactions,” and (3) plaintiffs may themselves qualify as third parties as to their individual causes of action.

Glenna attended law school at the University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall, and simultaneously plunged into the world of plaintiff-side litigation.  She also volunteered as a mediator in a victim-offender reconciliation program, specializing in youth offenders referred by the Oakland Probation Department.  Glenna believes that this experience taught her many valuable skills that she applies daily, including her ability to empathize and connect with people on a personal level, and to reach resolution even under extremely difficult and emotional circumstances.

When not in the office. Glenna tries to keep pace with her mom (a vibrant and active 82-year- old) and her son (a vibrant and active teenager).

Andrina G. Hanson / Of Counsel

Andrina received her law degree from Loyola Law School in 1986, after serving as the Chief Justice of the Scott Moot Court and receiving an American Jurisprudence Award of Excellence. That same year, Andrina joined a civil litigation law firm, where she worked as attorney for over twenty years, representing plaintiffs in major injury cases.

Since 2000, Andrina has focused her legal career on advocating for the rights and safety of elderly and disabled people neglected by caregivers in nursing homes, senior living centers, retirement homes and group homes. In addition to successfully resolving many elder neglect cases by way of litigation and mediation, Andrina has authored two appellate court briefs that resulted in published appellate court decisions, Benun v. Superior Court (2004) 123 Cal.App.4th 113 and Birl v. Heritage Care LLC (2009) 172 Cal.App.4th 1313. Both have served to protect the rights of the elderly and the disabled.

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