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GARY J. HIGHLAND

President and General Counsel, Founder

Manager, Document Production

Gary J. Highland was born in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois where he resided through his freshman year of college at the University of Illinois. Mr. Highland completed his undergraduate studies at the University of California, Irvine, where he received a B.A. degree in social sciences in 1976. He received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Southern California Law Center in 1979. While there, he served as Notes Editor for the Southern California Law Review.

Since graduating from law school, Gary Highland’s law practice has been focused almost exclusively on representation of lenders in commercial real estate finance transactions. Over the years he has represented many of the largest and most prestigious lending institutions in the United States.

Mr. Highland developed a reputation for using automation in his law practice, and has been featured in numerous articles on document automation and law office technology. He has personally developed a number of computer applications to automate the preparation of customized commercial real estate loan documents. Much of the document automation software used by LoanDocSolutions today was originally developed by Mr. Highland.

Before founding LoanDocSolutions and Highland Law Corporation in 1997, Gary Highland was a partner at Bryan Cave, a renowned law firm founded in 1873, with offices throughout the world. Mr. Highland was the senior partner in the real estate finance group of Bryan Cave’s three Southern California offices.

Mr. Highland is a member of the Orange County and American Bar Associations, the State Bar of California, American Mensa and The Pacific Club. Gary Highland has resided in Newport Beach, California for many years, where he lives with his family including three children. He enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, reading, movies, photography and cooking.

RHILEY WALSH

Assistant Manager, Document Production

Rhiley Walsh graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She received her J.D. from the University of San Francisco School of Law where she served as a staff member for the University of San Francisco Law Review. Rhiley won the CALI Award for the highest grade in Antitrust Law and IP Rights, she also competed on the Jessup International Law Moot Court Team and won the USF Law Moot Court Best Oral Argument Award.

Prior to joining LoanDocSolutions and Highland Law Corporation, Rhiley was a Banking & Finance associate at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, where she represented private equity firms, portfolio companies and other corporate borrowers in connection with first and second lien credit facilities, exit financings, recapitalizations and restructurings. Rhiley’s law firm experience includes work as an associate at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, LLP, focusing on venture capital finance with an emphasis on emerging companies. As a law student, Rhiley interned at NBC Universal and Baker & McKenzie LLP’s Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam office.

Rhiley is a member of the State Bar of California and the Filipino Lawyers of Orange County. As a VA-accredited attorney, she has represented military veteran clients on a pro bono basis. Rhiley speaks fluent French and in her free time enjoys spending time with her family and going to the beach.

TUCKER W. WADE

Attorney – Document Specialist
Tucker W. Wade received his J.D. from Boston College Law School, and his B.A. from College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts.

Prior to joining LoanDocSolutions and Highland Law Corporation, Tucker practiced law in Orange County at a leading boutique civil litigation defense firm.

While in law school, he was a summer associate at Credit Suisse A.G. in its former U.S. private banking business where he was the only law student in the summer M.B.A. program.

In addition, under the auspices of the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys (“MATA”), Tucker co-authored an amicus curiae brief in support of the appellees in Reckis v. Johnson & Johnson and McNeil-PPC, Inc., concerning matters of law on direct appellate review before the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. He subsequently received the MATA President’s Award for his contribution.

During college, he competed in the Eastern Association of Rowing Colleges as a member of the Holy Cross men’s varsity and freshman heavyweight rowing teams.

Tucker is a member of the State Bar of California and the Orange County Bar Association. He resides in Orange County, and is an avid alpine skier.

BRIAN K. TRINIDAD

Attorney – Document Specialist

Brian Trinidad is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley and the University of California at Irvine School of Law.

Prior to joining LoanDocSolutions and Highland Law Corporation  Brian helped close hundreds of commercial and residential loan transactions at Metro City Inc., a privately held mortgage and real estate brokerage. Brian has experience issuing opinion of counsel letters, transacting like-kind exchanges, and drafting complex ground leases. Brian won first place in the 2014 UCI Paul Merage School of Business Commercial Development competition where he led his team in a fully detailed pitch of a new grocery store concept to institutional and mezzanine lenders.

Brian is a member of the State Bar of California. Brian volunteers his time by offering pro bono representation to senior citizens in a variety of topics from evictions to negotiating offers in compromise with the Internal Revenue Service. In his free time, Brian likes to draft using 3D modeling software.

JOHN CARLSON

Attorney – Document Specialist

John Carlson received his undergraduate degree from Stanford University in 2005 and his Juris Doctor degree from the University of San Diego Law School in 2014.

Prior to joining LoanDocSolutions and Highland Law Corporation, John most recently worked as an attorney for the U.S. Small Business Administration where he headed a team dedicated to the closing and administration of complex business and real estate secured loan transactions.

John is a member of the California Bar Association. He resides in Irvine, California. His activities and interests include tennis, kayaking, international travel, scuba diving, snorkeling and video recording/editing.

MICHELLE YANG

Attorney – Document Specialist

Michelle Yang was born in Taiwan and grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. Michelle received her J.D. from Emory University School of Law, where she took courses in contracts drafting, deal structuring, and real estate finance. She graduated from the National ChengChi University in Taipei City where she received her Bachelors of Law. While at National ChengChi University, she competed on the Jessup International Law Moot Court Team and won an Outstanding Oralist Award in the National Rounds.

Before joining LoanDocSolutions and Highland Law Corporation, Michelle was at Malik Law Group in Atlanta, Georgia, where she worked with promissory notes, loan agreements, and entity formation documents as a legal extern. She also worked as a legal intern in multinational corporations, Flex, Ltd. and Philip Morris International, performing duties involving legal compliance, agreement and document review, and contract drafting.

Michelle is a member of the State Bar of California. She is Bilingual in Mandarin and English. In her free time, she enjoys trying worldly cuisines, cooking, and playing badminton and other sports.

DEVIN BRUEN

Attorney – Document Specialist

Devin Bruen grew up in Michigan, and earned her undergraduate degree from Eastern Michigan University in 2014. She moved to California to earn her Juris Doctor degree from Western State University College of Law in 2018, where she served as senior tech editor for the law review.

Prior to joining LoanDocSolutions and Highland Law Corporation, Devin clerked for a California appellate court in their civil section, clerked at a firm which protects consumers from debt-collection harassment, and practiced law and motion for a real estate litigation firm. Devin’s commitment to excellence and attention to detail makes her a tremendous asset to LoanDocSolutions and its clients.

Devin is a member of the California Bar Association. Her favorite pastimes include playing her ukulele, practicing yoga, and camping.

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