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Merl Ledford III, Principal Attorney / Cal Bar No. 082253

Mr. Ledford is a 1974 graduate of University of California Santa Barbara with dual majors in Economics and English. He received his JD Degree from University of California, Hastings College of the Law in 1978 where he served served as Staff Writer, Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly, Issues Editor, Hastings Communications & Entertainments Law Journal, 1977-78 Trial Evidence Teaching Assistant under Joseph W. Rogers, Jr. , and 1978 Program Coordinator, National College of Advocacy.

Mr. Ledford is a Member of the California, American, and Federal Bar Associations. He is admitted to practice before the United States Tax Court and all California State and Federal Courts. He has qualified as an expert witness on attorney standard of care (business planning) and served as a Tulare County Superior Court Judge Pro Tem. He lives in Visalia with his wife, fourth-generation Tulare County olive grower Diane F. Ledford. He enjoys flying, cycling, fly fishing, and practicing law.

Peggy Kazarian-Fernandes, Office Manager

Ms. Kazarian-Fernandes is a third-generation Tulare County farmer, with a background in growing and marketing her family's stone fruit. She received her AA Degree from College of the Sequoias (Fine Arts) and has over 10 years experience in law office management and client care. She lives in Tulare with her daughter Margaret where she enjoys painting, helping with her family's farming business, and participating in Armenian-American civics.

The practice maintains an on-going professional relationship with Lang, Richert & Patch http://www.lrplaw.net/, an AV-rated firm of distinction. We do not accept representations in conflict with that office. 

Recent Accomplishments

In December, Mr. Ledford will lecture on legal ethics at the National Business Institute's symposium on California's Revised Uniform Limited Liability Company Act.

We are currently working with the client's CPA to minimize death tax disruption of a $15 million farming business. Earlier this year, the office completed the transfer of a $4 million farm property in a planning transaction that documented 5 years of complex client negotiations.

In July, Mr. Ledford obtained a six-figure jury award for a San Joaquin Valley table grape grower against a marketing organization that included findings for Punitive Damages. The punitive damage phase of case is scheduled for jury trial in January of 2016.

In June of 2014, Mr. Ledford completed three years of Board service for Calvin Crest Conferences. He continues to serve as pro bono legal consultant to that non-profit Board, as well as pro bono counsel to the Horseless Carriage Foundation, Inc., a national non-profit, and other charities.

Ledford Law Corporation received a 3-year Bike Friendly Business Silver Award from the League of American Cyclists. The office will continue to support the City of Visalia's Safe Streets campaign and re-apply for Bike Friendly recognition when the League Award period ends in 2015.