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About Us

About Us

Catanese & Wells is a law firm of California business lawyers, which specializes in all aspects of business law. Its team has expertise in Equine Law, Civil Litigation and Estate Litigation.

T. Randolph Catanese, Esq.

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T. Randolph Catanese, Esq. has been a practicing attorney since 1983 after passing the California Bar Exam. Later, the successful Westlake Village business lawyer co-founded Catanese & Wells, conveniently headquartered in Ventura County between Los Angeles and Santa Barbara. Mr. Cataneseis a member of the California Bar, the Federal Bar and is admitted to practice before all courts in the state of California. He is also a member of the California State Bar Litigation, Estate and Business Law Sections. Mr. Catanese regularly participates in the Los Angeles County and Ventura County Bar Associations. As a civil litigation lawyer in California, Mr. Catanese has handled a number of multi-million dollar litigation cases including those involving claims, commercial and civil litigation and real estate disputes. He is also thoroughly experienced in the business arena assisting clients of all sizes from start-ups to established companies seeking to expand and grow. While acting as counsel to Direct Stock Market, a private venture capital firm, Mr. Catanese organized and co-chaired the DSM Capital Access and Business Development Symposium where more than$2 billion in venture capital was represented. Several appellate cases argued by Mr. Catanese have been published both in California State Courts and before the Federal Court of Appeal, 9th Circuit.

Mr. Catanese received his bachelor’s degree in General Studies from the University of Arizona where he appeared on the Dean’s List. He then graduated from Pepperdine University School of Law in 1983 juris doctor cum laude. While attending Pepperdine he was a member of the Law Review where he published two articles. Mr. Catanese has appeared as a guest lecturer at the University of Arizona and at Pepperdine teaching courses related to real estate development and finance, and race horse syndication, equine law, and business.

Born in Tucson, Ariz. Mr. Catanese was raised in Philadelphia. He is married with three children.


Douglas R. Hume, Esq.

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Douglas R. Hume, Esq. was admitted to the California State Bar in 1997. He began his law practice with Catanese & Wells focused on business matters with an emphasis on capital raising and business formation. In this area, Mr. Hume has acted as general counsel to a number of companies including several publicly traded entities.

Mr. Hume has since developed a practice in the Civil Litigation and Estate Litigation fields as a California Business litigation lawyer. He also teaches “Introduction to Legal Studies” and “Constitutional Law” at Azusa Pacific University located in Los Angeles, Calif. To become a Los Angeles litigation attorney, Mr. Hume received his bachelor’s degree in Political Science and business administration degree from Azusa Pacific University magna cum laude. He holds his law degree from the Pepperdine University School of Law.

Born in Seattle, Mr. Hume was raised in Orange County, Calif. He is married with three children.


William R. Gynan, Esq.

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William R. Gynan, Esq. was admitted to the California State Bar in 2009 and is authorized to practice law before all courts in the state of California. He is also admitted before the United States District Court for the Central District of California. Prior to joining Catanese & Wells in June, 2013, Mr. Gynan practiced finance, general business litigation, and Chapter 11 bankruptcy law. Since joining Catanese & Wells, Mr. Gynan has focused his law practice on equine law and commercial civil litigation.

In 2004, Mr. Gynan received bachelor’s degrees in Environmental Studies and English and American Literature, magna cum laude, from Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts. He relocated to California in 2005 to attend law school at the University of Southern California, Gould School of Law. While at U.S.C., he was on the staff of the Southern California Law Review and was active in the Post-Conviction Justice Project. Mr. Gynan obtained his law degree from U.S.C. in 2008.

Mr. Gynan was born and raised in Massachusetts. His wife is also a practicing attorney.