Attorneys

The attorneys of Makarem & Associates, are committed to providing effective lawyering for our clients. All of our top trial lawyers are recognized by Super Lawyers, the Los Angeles Daily Journal, Advocate Magazine, Cal Lawyer and CAALA, Consumer Attorney Association of Los Angeles.

Attorneys

Yield not to evils, but attack all the more boldly.
– Virgil, Aeneid

Jean-Paul LeClercq
Ron Makarem, Esq.
Principal Attorney

Ron Makarem is the founder of Makarem & Associates, a top law firm located in Los Angeles, California. Ron has been practicing law since 1995 and has obtained multi-million dollar settlements and judgments for consumer clients across the State.

Ron was awarded, “Top Attorney” in Southern California by Los Angeles Magazine and a Super Lawyer for 2013. In 2012, Ron received the distinguished CLAY award for “Attorney of the Year” by California Lawyer Magazine for his work on a landmark California Supreme Court case. In 2012, Ron also became a certified legal malpractice specialist by the California State Bar. In 2007, Ron was selected as one of the “Top 20 Under 40” Attorneys in California by California’s largest legal newspaper, The Daily Journal. He was selected by Super Lawyers magazine as a “Rising Star” in 2010, “Super Lawyer” in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016.

Ron attended the University of Southern California and graduated with honors in 1992 with a degree in Political Science with honors, cum laude. Ron then attended Pepperdine University School of Law where he received his Juris Doctor degree in 1995. In 2001, at the young age of 30, he became a partner at the law firm of Ruben & Jones, later Ruben & Makarem, before starting Makarem & Associates in 2004.

Throughout his entire legal career, he has dedicated his practice to litigating on behalf of the consumer and strives to maintain the public’s respect for the legal profession.

For more on Ron Makarem including his landmark cases, professional associations, and additional awards and honors please view his full profile here.

+1-(310) 312-0299
makarem@law-rm.com
Jean-Paul LeClercq
Jean-Paul LeClercq
Senior Associate

Jean-Paul is an Associate at Makarem & Associates who joined the firm in 2007. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Pepperdine University School of Law in 2006 and was a Dean’s Merit Scholarship recipient. Jean-Paul received the Witkin award for excellence in Torts, was an Associate Editor on the Pepperdine Law Review journal, and is a member of the Order of the Coif.

Since joining the firm, Jean-Paul has been the primary attorney in an increasingly diverse practice, including contract disputes, legal malpractice, pharmaceutical product liability, personal injury, and consumer protection class actions.

Most recently, Jean-Paul’s practice has focused on employment disputes, including wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment, and wage & hour class actions. His performance in this area of law, including work as trial first chair in 2011, earned him recognition from his peers as a “SuperLawyer” Rising Star and a selection as one of The Recorder’s top 50 “Fast Track” lawyers, both in 2012. Jean Paul has been selected as a Rising Star each year from 2012 through 2015.

Jean-Paul graduated from the University of California at San Diego in 2003 with a major in Political Science/Public Law, and a Minor in Management Science.

Jean-Paul was born and raised in Malibu, CA. Prior to joining Makarem & Associates, Jean-Paul worked as a clerk for the Honorable Haley J. Fromholz at the Los Angeles Superior Court and was a summer Associate at Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps, LLP in San Diego. Prior to entering law school, Jean-Paul clerked at Senator Barbara Boxer’s Los Angeles office, and was a Men’s and Women’s Varsity Water-Polo coach at Malibu High School.

+1-(310) 312-0299
leclercq@law-rm.com
Matt Negrin
Matt Negrin
Senior Associate

Matthew J. Negrin is an Associate of Makarem & Associates who handles litigation and transactional matters for clients. Mr. Negrin represents clients before the State Courts of California, California Courts of Appeal, Federal Courts of California and other jurisdictions. Mr. Negrin also represents business client in matters such as incorporation and organization of business entities, corporate securities, mergers and acquisitions, venture capital financing and general corporate management.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Negrin represented companies and individuals in business litigation, real estate litigation, legal malpractice, entertainment, insurance and other related matters. Mr. Negrin also represented companies in corporate matters such as the purchase and sale of assets; mergers and other acquisitions; capital-raising transactions; formation of business entities; the preparation or review of business contracts; and day-to-day counseling on a variety of legal matters that affect businesses.

In addition, Mr. Negrin worked at a boutique securities defense firm representing broker-dealers, such as Ameriprise and ING, before the NASD (now FINRA), SEC, Federal and State Courts of California, and the State Courts of Florida in connection with customer disputes and regulatory actions. Mr. Negrin secured a $16 million judgment on behalf of a client at an NASD (now FINRA) arbitration hearing.

Prior to practicing law, Mr. Negrin was a certified public accountant with the accounting firm of Deloitte & Touche. In the Fraud and Forensic Accounting Department, Mr. Negrin provided expertise to attorneys and corporations involving business-related issues, forensic accounting, financial fraud, corporate investigations, damage theories and computations, and due diligence. In the Audit Department, Mr. Negrin planned audit engagements, drafted financial statements, managed staff, prepared the budget, reviewed internal controls, and maintained client relations for clients such as Trust Company of the West, E*Trade, and the Daytime Emmy Awards.

Mr. Negrin is a member of the State Bars of California and Florida. Mr. Negrin graduated from the A.B. Freeman School of Business at Tulane University and from Loyola Law School, where he served as Technical Editor of the Loyola of Los Angeles Entertainment Law Review.

+1-(310) 312-0299
negrin@law-rm.com
Randi Thompson
Randi Ibrahim
Associate Attorney

Randi Ibrahim joined Makarem & Associates in 2013 as a law clerk while attending Loyola Law School. In 2014, Randi graduated, was admitted to the California State Bar, and became a full-time associate. Prior to law school, she taught science in South Los Angeles as a Teach For America Corps Member, and graduated magna cum laude from the University of Southern California. Her practice focuses on legal malpractice cases and employment disputes, including wrongful termination, discrimination, sexual harassment, and wage and hour class actions.

During law school, Randi served as an extern to the Hon. R. Gary Klausner in the United States District Court, was a staff member of Loyola’s International Law Review, and participated in the Hobbs Trial Advocacy Training Program. She also gained experience as a law clerk at three civil law firms, and in the Victim Impact Unit at the Compton Branch of the District Attorney’s Office. Additionally, Randi was the president of the consumer law student organization, and coached a team of high school students in a mock trial competition as part of Loyola’s Young Lawyers Mentorship Program.

Prior to becoming an attorney, Randi taught physics and biology at Ánimo Pat Brown Charter High School, and holds a Secondary Science Teaching Credential from Loyola Marymount University. At Ánimo Pat Brown, Randi coached the Student’s Run Los Angeles marathon team and served as an advisor to the Planned Parenthood Mentorship Group.

Randi graduated magna cum laude from the University of Southern California with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and minors in Neuroscience and Business Law. For her academic excellence in these different areas of study, Randi earned the prestigious designation of “Renaissance Scholar” at graduation. At USC, Randi was heavily involved in student life as a Resident Advisor and Orientation Advisor, and in the community through the Joint Education Project. During her four years at USC, Randi tutored students in reading and math at Norwood Elementary School, and was eventually selected to lead the tutoring and after school programs there.

In her free time, Randi enjoys traveling, staying active, and playing with her dog.

+1-(310) 312-0299
ibrahim@law-rm.com
Sonya Ostovar
Sonya Ostovar
Associate Attorney

Sonya Ostovar joined Makarem & Associates in December 2013 as a law clerk while attending Pepperdine Law School. In November 2015, Sonya was admitted to the California State Bar and became a full-time Associate. Sonya’s practice focuses on legal malpractice and employment disputes, including wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment, and wage and hour class actions.

Sonya graduated magna cum laude from UCLA with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, earning Departmental Honors in Philosophy. Sonya graduated from Pepperdine Law School, where she was a senior editor of the Pepperdine Dispute Resolution Law Journal and obtained a Certificate in Dispute Resolution from the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution.

During law school, Sonya served as a judicial extern to the Honorable Michael Jesic in the Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles. She also gained experience as a law clerk for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office – Habeas Corpus Litigation Team. Sonya also volunteered for Neighborhood Legal Services’ Self-Help Center, where she worked with pro se litigants, helping them navigate various civil matters.

In her free time, Sonya enjoys traveling, oil painting, and yoga. She speaks conversational Farsi.

+1-(310) 312-0299
ostovar@law-rm.com

Sonya Ostovar
Vanessa Coe
Associate Attorney

Vanessa Coe is an attorney at Makarem & Associates and a member of the State Bar of California. She grew up in Redondo Beach and attended the University of California, Los Angeles and the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she earned her undergraduate degree in Political Science and minored in International Relations. Vanessa graduated from Loyola Law School, where she was the co-vice president of La Raza and an active board member of Loyola’s Student Bar Association. Additionally, she volunteered for Loyola’s Young Lawyers Mentorship Program, where she helped mentor a team of high school students in a mock trial competition.

Prior to becoming an attorney, Vanessa worked as a case manager at a disability law firm. During law school, Vanessa served as an extern to the Honorable Fred Woods in the Second District of the California Court of Appeal. She also gained experience as a law clerk at the Major Crimes Unit at the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office.

Vanessa is fluent in English and Spanish and is a member of the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles. In her free time, Vanessa enjoys traveling, eating and scuba diving.

+1-(310) 312-0299
coe@law-rm.com