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Prominent legal firm announces split-up

Posted: June 25, 2011 1:30 a.m.
Updated: June 25, 2011 1:30 a.m.

Two local lawyers who have handled many of the Santa Clarita Valley’s legal woes are going their separate ways.

The law firm HackerBraly LLP, is now split into two offices — one for Jeffrey A. Hacker, the other for Hunt Braly. Instead of one name on the door, there will be two distinct offices, one for each lawyer.

In an official news release late Friday afternoon, both lawyers announced: “We have decided to focus our respective practices in our particular strengths.

“Jeff will continue to emphasize assisting individuals and businesses with their litigation, real estate, business and life-changing accident problems,” the lawyers said.

“Hunt will continue to concentrate and focus his practice on land-use consulting and governmental relations.”

The two aren’t going far, however; they are expected to remain in the same office on The Old Road.

Hacker has had his office in the Santa Clarita Valley since 1983, and Braly since 1993. Together, as HackerBraly, the two have served the Santa Clarita Valley since 1999.

“We have been considering this change for some time,” Hacker said. “Now seemed like the perfect time to do it.”

Braly said: “I am looking forward to new challenges, and working with Jeff in a different capacity.”

Santa Clarita City Councilman Bob Kellar called both lawyers “two great guys” but said, “There’s no way I can wish anyone well who is suing the city of Santa Clarita.”

Hacker filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court this week against the city, the county and others on behalf of Matilda Garnica Juarez, a Newhall mother of three, killed in a freak car crash during a Fourth of July fireworks display last year.

Dan Masnada, general manager of the Castaic Lake Water Agency, said he doesn’t anticipate any change in the agency’s relationship with Braly.

“We deal just about exclusively with Hunt, and the contract we have with HackerBraly is exclusively for his services relating to legislative outreach,” he said Friday. “I would expect that relationship — and the service he provides us — to remain unchanged.”


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