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’s 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’s 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 at least four books a month, taking meandering walks with her fiancé, 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.
Heather Satin is Of Counsel to ABL, and focuses on Estate Planning and Asset Protection.
Heather began practicing in 1998 (admitted in both California and Canada) and focuses on planning for small business owners and families in order to help grow your wealth, preserve your assets, and protect your legacy. As a full-time Tahoe resident and parent of two, Heather understands the demands of launching and growing a profitable, healthy business and the stress of worrying about what will happen to your family, your business, and your assets if something were to happen to you. Her specialty is giving you the peace of mind of knowing that your loved ones will be protected with solid planning.
J.D. Houvener is Of Counsel to ABL, and focuses on patent prosecution.
J.D. is the founder of Bold IP. He is a Registered USPTO Patent Attorney who has a strong interest in helping entrepreneurs and businesses thrive. J.D. leverages his technical background in engineering and experience in the aerospace industry to provide businesses a unique perspective to their patent needs. J.D. works with clients that are serious about investing in their intellectual assets and provides counsel on how to capitalize their patent in the market.
J.D. is a member of the King County Bar Association and the Washington State Bar Association, where he is an active member in the Intellectual Property Law sections. Outside the office, J.D. offers pro-bono legal services to the Washington CASH organization in South Seattle, who helps those with little to no means with their business startup ideas.
From the small mill-town of Camas, Washington, J.D. hasn’t always lived in the big city. He enjoys spending time with his family and friends, traveling, running, and playing his favorite sports, football and basketball.