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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.

David Yoshida, Esq.

David Yoshida, Esq. has been litigating complex disputes since 2010. Prior to joining Catanese & Wells, David worked at prominent mid-sized law firms in the San Francisco Bay Area representing privately held businesses, banks, law firms and high net worth individuals in cases involving antitrust, breach of contract, construction, and tort claims. He has also handled numerous probate disputes and adversarial bankruptcy proceedings. Now, David primarily represents horse buyers and sellers in equine disputes and trustees and beneficiaries in trust disputes.

David graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English from California State University Los Angeles and received his law degree from UC Hastings College of the Law. While at Hastings, he was a staff editor for the Business Law Journal and spent a semester abroad in Hamburg, Germany to study international business law at Germany’s top ranked law school, Bucerius University. In between semesters, David worked as an in-house law clerk at VF Corporation, the world’s largest apparel company, and as a summer associate at Bartko Zankel, a boutique complex litigation firm in San Francisco. He has served on the Asian American Bar Association of Northern California’s Board of Directors and is currently an active member of the Korean American Bar Association and the Japanese American Bar Association.