Deborah S. Tropp is a founding partner of McNeil Tropp & Braun, LLP. Ms. Tropp has represented numerous insurance and private clients in complex trials and is known for her expertise in insurance defense/civil litigation. Her main practice includes defense of personal injury cases involving auto, trucking, medical malpractice, elder abuse, products liability and premises liability. Ms. Tropp also represents clients in employment litigation, business litigation, and healthcare law.
Ms. Tropp’s educational background includes a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Los Angeles and a Juris Doctor degree from McGeorge University School of Law. Upon graduation from law school, Ms. Tropp received the Order of the Barristers Award for Excellence in Trial Advocacy.
Jeff I. Braun is a founding partner in the Orange County, California office of McNeil Tropp & Braun, LLP and also founded the firm’s Las Vegas, Nevada office. Mr. Braun represents numerous clients in the fields of general liability, products liability, governmental tort claims, business litigation, employment discrimination and professional malpractice. He has extensive experience in the defense of catastrophic accidents and premises liability.
As an experienced trial attorney, Mr. Braun has successfully defended his clients in courtrooms throughout California and Nevada. His primary clients include insurance companies and self-insured entities. From 2014 to 2019 he was selected by his peers as a Southern California Super Lawyer becoming one of only five personal injury defense attorneys honored in Orange County. In 2018 he was selected as one of America’s Top 100 Civil Litigators.
Tracy L. Breuer has been an associate with McNeil Tropp & Braun, LLP since 2006, where she
focuses on general liability, insurance defense and business litigation.
Ms. Breuer received her Juris Doctor from Willamette University College of Law, Salem, Oregon in 2005 and Bachelor of Art magna cum laude from California State University, Bakersfield in 1998 with majors in Psychology and graduating with distinction in Criminal Justice. While attending law school, she was an editor for the Willamette Law Online, “U.S. Supreme Court Service” edition, and served as an active volunteer for several organizations, including the Civil Law Clinic. Ms. Breuer is licensed to practice law in California. She is a member of the State Bar of California and Orange County Bar Association.
Kendall L. Craver is an associate practicing in the Orange County, California and Las Vegas, Nevada offices of McNeil Tropp & Braun, LLP. Ms. Craver concentrates her practice in the areas of general liability, premises liability and insurance defense. She also has experience in the areas of medical malpractice defense, employment law, insurance coverage, business transactions and business litigation and represented clients engaged in the default servicing, banking, mortgage lending and mortgage servicing industries in litigation matters.
Ms. Craver received her Juris Doctor from Whittier College School of Law, Costa Mesa, California in 2009 and Bachelor of Arts from Santa Clara University, California in 2006 with a major in communications.
Christina N. Meissner is an associate practicing in the Orange County, California and Las Vegas, Nevada offices of McNeil Tropp & Braun LLP. Ms. Meissner’s experience includes both transactional and litigated matters in areas of professional liability, healthcare law, payor/provider disputes, public entity law, insurance coverage, business contracts and negotiations.
Ms. Meissner received her Juris Doctorate from Western State University College of Law, Fullerton, California in 2011 and Bachelor of Science,magna cum laude, from Arizona State University in 2008. While in law school, Ms. Meissner was a law review member and served as Vice President of the Western State Honors Moot Court Team, participating in two national moot court competitions. In addition, Ms. Meissner was a judicial extern to the Honorable Margaret R. Anderson of the Superior Court of California, Orange County.
Kara G. V. Rand
Kara G. V. Rand is an associate practicing in the Orange County, California office of McNeil Tropp & Braun, LLP.
Ms. Rand received her Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Pace University in New York City in 2013. In May 2015, she received her Juris Doctor from Southwestern Law School after completing their Two-Year Accelerated - SCALE program. While in law school, Ms. Rand volunteered in Southwestern Law School’s Small Claims Clinic, instructing Pro Per litigants on how to effectively represent themselves in court.
Ms. Rand is licensed to practice law in the state of California, and is a member of the Orange County Bar Association.
Nicole C. Barilla
Nicole C. Barilla is an associate practicing in the Orange County, California office of McNeil Tropp & Braun, LLP. Ms. Barilla’s experience includes both transactional and litigated matters in the areas of insurance defense, general liability, premises liability, public entity law, professional liability, insurance coverage, business contracts and negotiations.
Ms. Barilla received her Juris Doctorate from Chapman University School of Law, located in Orange, California in 2006 and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2002. While in law school, Ms. Barilla served as an editor of the Nexus Law Journal and Magister of the Phi Delta Phi international legal honor society.
Nicole L. Hazlett
Nicole L. Hazlett is an associate practicing in the Orange County, California office of McNeil Tropp & Braun LLP. Ms. Hazlett’s prior experience includes workers’ compensation applicant and defense work, as well as, federal and state consumer rights protection.
Ms. Hazlett received her Juris Doctorate from New England Law Boston, magna cume laude, in 2015. While in law school, Ms. Hazlett was a law review member and interned for the Attorney General’s Office, Insurance and Unemployment Fraud Division. Ms. Hazlett also clerked at a large firm that focused on products liability, hospital and medical malpractice, and business litigation.
Michael J. Sarrao and the Law Office of Michael J. Sarrao at Irvine, California, is Of Counsel with McNeil Tropp & Braun, LLP. Mr. Sarrao has over 16 years of experience handling complex business litigation in state courts in Orange, Riverside, Los Angeles, and San Bernardino counties and federal courts throughout California. He has represented Prime Healthcare Services, one of the largest health systems in the nation, its subsidiaries and affiliates, as general counsel; serving as chief legal officer in the acquisition and financing of multiple hospitals with total consideration in excess of $750 million.
His representation extended to handling disputes involving health plans, independent practice groups, insurance companies, regulatory agencies and billing reimbursement.