About Us

Meet the Team!

At The Grey Legal Group, we believe that legal representation should be honest, ethical, and personal. We are truly proud of and excited by our team, who will all work to guide you through every step of your family law case. With decades of combined legal experience behind us, we can tackle the legal complexities while you focus on what matters most. Contact The Grey Legal Group to speak with a family law attorney who is passionate about representing families like yours!

  • Allison F. Tilton, Partner

When I decided to pursue family law, I chose a path that would allow me to directly address the legal needs of my clients. I take great satisfaction in working one-on-one with clients, listening to their wishes and goals, and assisting them through some of the most difficult moments in their lives. My dedicated work at The Grey Legal Group has helped countless families benefit from my years of legal knowledge and expertise.

I am admitted to the California State Bar, the New Jersey State Bar, and the Massachusetts State Bar. I am also admitted to practice before the U.S. Tax Court, the U.S. District Court Central District, and the U.S. District Court Southern District. I received my Juris Doctor Cum Laude from the New England School of Law in Boston, MA and my Masters in Taxation (LLM) from the Boston University School of Law. I sit on the Board of Directors (2012–present) of the Southwest Riverside County Bar Association and was President of the Association in 2014. I am also a member of the Riverside County Bar Association and the Family Law Section of the California State Bar. With my diverse legal background, I am uniquely qualified to address financial matters related to taxes, businesses, and estate planning.

  • Michael E. Bender, Partner

When emotions run high, it’s important to have high-quality counsel who can handle the complex legal attributes of your case. I have helped countless families create practical, workable solutions to protect their best interests in any situation. I am committed to providing my clients with fair and ethical representation at every stage of the legal process.

I received a B.A. in Economics from Virginia Tech in 1999 and my Juris Doctor degree from Western State University in 2004, when I was later admitted to the State Bar of California. I have been a member of the Board of Directors of the Southwest Riverside County Bar Association for many years, and have served twice as the association’s President. I also belong to the Riverside County Bar Association and I am a member of the Family Law Section of the California State Bar. I have represented families throughout Southern California, assisting them with divorce issues, paternity cases, child custody and visitation matters, and much more.

  • Debora L. Fujiwara, Attorney

I was admitted to the State Bar of California in 1999. I received my B.A. from St. Lawrence University in 1993 and my J.D. from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1999. My legal background prior to consciously choosing to practice family law included estate planning, mediation, insurance defense, and clerkships with the Yolo County District Attorney’s Office and the Internal Revenue Service, Office of District Counsel.

My personal experience with mediation, divorce, co-parenting, and managing conflict inspired me to shift my practice area to Family Law. I went through my own divorce in 2014, feeling surprised by how unsettling and uncertain everything felt on the other side of the process. That experience allows me to better serve families in conflict by truly listening to where they are at, and guiding them toward their goals, having been there myself. My outside interests include hiking, cooking meals with more calories than I should consume, bourbon, tequila, and all things related to my children and my animals, who I also think of as my children.

  • Lanie Brooks, Paralegal

I know from personal experience how difficult the situation you’re in may be. As the child of a difficult divorce and years of a custody battle, I have a passion for family law and the peace it can ultimately bring. I graduated from Cuyamaca College in San Diego, and have been working as a paralegal for almost a decade. I am a skilled communicator and an empathetic listener, which I honed while interning for Senator Joel Anderson. I am here at The Grey Legal Group to help assist our clients navigate through the stressful time they might be in to a much happier place.

  • Molly Petrie, Paralegal

I have a B.A. in Prelaw and over fifteen years of experience as a paralegal. With my education and extensive work experience, I have developed keen insights into helping my clients achieve their various family law goals. At a turbulent and stressful time of their lives, they know that I am in their corner and will help bring them to a resolution. My specialty is in writing declarations and helping clients tell their story in a way that is both factually accurate and engaging.

  • Cassandra Pastrano, Paralegal

I have been working in family law since 2006. I have been a full-time paralegal since 2013. I always enjoy witnessing the client’s transformation: whether they have now gained confidence when otherwise were not strong enough to see the light at the end of the tunnel, or they had been living in fear and are now protected. At home, I am blessed with a large family which means everything to me.

  • Jennifer Judkins, Operations Manager

I am happy to be Operations Manager at The Grey Legal Group, having worked many positions here leading to this one. I love seeing the office help people accomplish their own goals. In my free time, I enjoy hiking, crafting, and spending time with my three children. Creating happier home lives for our client’s families is what keeps me motivated every day.

  • Allyx Hernandez, Family Law Assistant

I am a Family Law Assistant at The Grey Legal Group. I grew into that role successfully from starting at the firm as a Receptionist. I love helping people through one of the most challenging times in their lives. In my free time, I enjoy camping and spending time with my friends and family, including my two children. At The Grey Legal Group, I enjoy providing stability and focus to our clients.

  • Laura Atwood, Family Law Assistant

I am a Family Law Assistant at The Grey Legal Group. I have a passion for helping and guiding my clients in their family situations. Having been through a divorce myself, I understand and have compassion for the journey my clients are on. I was also the Office Manager for the Children’s Ministry Department at Revival Christian Fellowship for twelve years. In my free time, I enjoy going on adventures with family and friends, and biking.

  • Justin Welch, Client Engagement Specialist

I love helping people achieve their goals. I come from a family of lawyers, including one judge, who have a zeal for the law and grew up in the Los Angeles area where I appreciated the unique value that an attorney can have in the family setting. I pride myself on going the extra mile and want to help as many people as possible achieve their goals. As an Eagle Scout, I feel with my current role as the Client Engagement Specialist at The Grey Legal Group, that I can truly help other people at all times. I earned my BA in Business Administration in 2008 from CSUSB and my MBA in 2009 from University of Phoenix. I am also currently online faculty with BYU-Idaho (part-time).

  • Miranda Kruse, Intake Specialist

I am an Intake Specialist at The Grey Legal Group. My background in business and customer relations helps me provide our clients the best service possible. I am also pursuing a small business entrepreneurship degree, while making time for camping, hiking, and a regular book club. I am inspired by my own experiences dealing with family law to help our clients in need have the clearest path to freedom and stability.

  • Mary Baker, Client Concierge

I am a Client Concierge at The Grey Legal Group. I have learned to be willing to adapt working in an Administrative Support position, always striving to be better and kinder. My goal is to assist as much as possible and to always have a smile for someone who may be having a tough day. After working in finance with spreadsheets for many years, I really enjoy meeting new clients everyday.

  • Crystal Goodnight, Legal Billing Manager

 I have worked in the legal field in several capacities for 23 years, starting as a receptionist, personal assistant, legal assistant and now a billing manager. I have enjoyed the different challenges and experiences that each position has provided. I believe the secret to success is to always practice compassion, kindness and integrity in both my professional life as well as personal life. I enjoy traveling, good food and get togethers with friends and family.

  • Jonathon R. Mills, Marketing Coordinator

I recently joined the firm in June 2021! I have joined our firm in the capacity of Marketing Coordinator. I have over 25 years of experience in business, marketing, branding, strategy, creation, implementation, execution, and more! Some examples of my past clients include but are not limited to APPLE, Toyota, Bosch, Maglite, Boeing, and many more! My passion, creativity, and enthusiastic attitude make me an asset to the firm and our brand. I reside in the Temecula Valley, am married with 2 daughters, and enjoy boating, horseback riding, road-trips, reading, writing, and more! My life quote is: “Success consists of going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm” – Winston Churchill.

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