Galia Aharoni Schmidt
Galia is the founding partner of Aharoni Business Law, PC. At ABL, Galia works with clients to analyze the whole health of their businesses, identify areas of potential liability, and strategize together to design a personalized plan to protect their businesses and their personal assets. Galia enjoys working with clients on all business, employment, and intellectual property issues, and she has particular expertise in business formation, independent contractor classification, and minimizing liability.
Throughout her entire childhood, people told Galia that she should be a lawyer, because she always stood up for people she felt were being treated unfairly. She also loved arguing, just for the fun of it! Now, Galia uses that passion to protect small business owners, because small business owners are drivers of change in the world.
Galia also has an insatiable desire for knowledge, and loves business law because she gets to learn about businesses and industries she would not have otherwise known anything about. She loves to use the all of the knowledge she gains to educate others, so those around her learn the easy way instead of the hard way.
Galia’s love of educating others extends to her writing and speaking engagements. Galia is a published author on intellectual property issues, and regularly speaks to organizations throughout the state and country to educate individuals and other lawyers on a variety of topics including business law, employment law, and technology.
Galia graduated from Tulane University School of Law with a certificate in environmental law and a sub-focus on intellectual property, and she currently has licenses to practice law in both California and Louisiana. Prior to founding ABL, Galia was a founding partner of a Bay Area-based multi-lawyer business law firm, practiced law at private law firms in both New Orleans and Oakland, and worked as a business development attorney at a large legal publisher in Northern California. She’s also done stints as a professional proofreader/editor and a dogsitter, but the latter was mostly just an excuse to hang out with other people’s dogs.
When not working, she can be found coffee-shop hopping, reading, taking meandering walks with her husband, Mike, or collecting hobbies. A few of her favorite hobbies so far include belly dancing, glass flameworking, and tai chi.
Jackie is an associate attorney practicing in all aspects of business, employment, and intellectual property law at ABL. She brings with her experience in managing artists and their intellectual property, as well as representing clients in varied employment, family, and business matters. She is compassionate and enjoys working directly with owners, entrepreneurs, and employees to help their small businesses and ideas succeed and grow.
Jackie received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Michigan in 2004, and Juris Doctorate from Brooklyn Law School in 2010. While there, she served as notes and comments editor of the Journal of Corporate, Financial and Commercial Law and earned a certificate in Intellectual Property, Information and Media Law. Prior to entering private practice, she served a one-year term as law clerk to the Honorable Mary F. Thurber, J.S.C. She is licensed to practice law in California.
Most of her free time is spent outdoors with her two dogs. She also enjoys active travels with her wife, exploring new countries and cultures.
Mary Lou Floyd
Mary Lou Floyd, CCLS has been a paralegal for over 20 years, has a BA in Criminal Justice, and an MS in Psychology. She has been a member of Mt. Diablo Legal Professionals Association since 1988, is a past president, and is currently the Parliamentarian. At the state level, LSI, she is the Criminal/Family Law Section Leader. She has taught various legal courses through her local association, Mt. Diablo Legal Professionals. Mary Lou is sometimes speaks at seminars for LSI. Mary Lou has previously taught Parenting Apart workshops through a grant provided to the Mendocino County Superior Court and has acted as a visitation supervisor in Lake County and Mendocino County.
Mary Lou regularly attends legal seminars and continuing education events.
Mary Lou is fluent in Spanish, both reading and writing, and she is a Notary Public. She has had extensive experience in both the private and non-profit sectors. Her responsibilities have been varied over the years from Intensive Treatment Foster Care Case Manager to foster family advocate to paralegal.
Mary Lou is ABL’s Client Services Director, paralegal, intake paralegal, and office manager. She provides a wide range of support for our clients, attorneys, and other support staff. Mary Lou is the current primary contact at ABL, and she ensures each and every client receives the help they need.
On a personal note, Mary Lou enjoys reading, RVing, exercising, and spending time with her husband, children, grandchildren and friends.
If you’ve looked at many of our social media posts, you’ve seen Juliet’s handiwork. Born a word nerd, Juliet Hattersley has been copywriting for many years. Her favorite thing about her job? Using ABL’s social medial posts to highlight info that helps small business owners be successful & avoid legal headaches.
Juliet received a BA with honors in the major of Literature from UC Santa Cruz, and reads about successful Online Marketing techniques as much as she can.
When not working, Juliet writes Haiku, hangs out with her partner & cats, consumes caffeinated beverages and carbs, and takes belly dance lessons despite having two left feet.