Our Attorneys

Personal injury is more than just an accident claim. For our experienced team, it is about helping people. At Sweet Lawyers, our experienced attorneys aim to do more than simply win your case. Our mission is to maximize your recovery to give you peace of mind and a springboard to your future. Receiving the best legal representation doesn’t mean sacrificing high quality personal service.

Injury Attorney Mark Sweet

MARK SWEET

MANAGING PARTNER
ATTORNEY AT LAW
  • Awarded 40 under 40 National Trial Lawyers
  • Awarded Super Lawyers Rising Star
  • Chair Serious Injury Practice Group
  • Recovered over $100 Million dollars

Mark Sweet was born and raised on the east coast and completed his undergraduate degree in Chicago before attending Loyola Law School in Los Angeles. A practicing lawyer since 2010, Mark has spent the majority of his career focused on personal injury law, and has experience in a wide variety of personal injury cases. Mark is an award winning attorney and has been honored by the AIOPIA as one of the 10 Best Attorneys in California for Client Satisfaction three years in a row.

Mark founded Sweet Lawyers in 2015, and has worked extremely hard to build a law firm that is different than any other. He prides himself on leading a team that is willing to go above and beyond where most lawyers go to help their clients. Walking his clients through each part of the process, from helping you book appointments with doctors to making sure you have a way to get to work. Mark is personally committed to getting you every bit of help you deserve. He feels the main thing that sets this law firm apart is their communication. Unlike many other law firms, Sweet Lawyers provide frequent status updates and reminders via, phone, email, and text.

When he is not busy working, Mark enjoys traveling and spending time with his wife and their dog.

Mark is licensed to practice in California, Texas, Washington, and Washington D.C.

 

STEVE MEHR

OF COUNSEL
ATTORNEY AT LAW
  • Awarded 40 under 40 National Trial Lawyers
  • Awarded Super Lawyers Rising Star
  • Chair Serious Injury Practice Group
  • Recovered over $100 Million dollars

STEVE MEHR brings extensive litigation and operational experience to Sweet Lawyers. After spending years as the youngest managing partner at Jacoby & Meyers, one of the oldest and most recognizable consumer law firms in the country, Steve is now partnered with the Sweet Lawyers team.

Steve has overseen hundreds of millions of dollars in successful recoveries for his personal injury, class action, and mass tort clients. He now offers an insider’s view on how successful cases are built, investigations are pursued, and settlements negotiated to all of Sweet Lawyers clients. Steve routinely works on significant matters and his celebrity clients include Grammy and Golden Globe winners, social influencers and actors with Stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Wayne Gross, a former chief with the U.S. Attorney’s office and past county bar president recently stated that “Steve is one of the best consumer advocates in the country.”

Steve has also judged and coached business competitions at UCLA and USC, sits on Chapman Universities Communications School Board and is an in-demand speaker in subjects of law, entrepreneurship and media. Foundr magazine has featured Steve in their “Most Influential Entrepreneurs” book and his no nonsense advice has been the subject of an entire chapter in a New York Times best selling business book.

In addition to numerous awards and pro bono projects, Steve continuously gives back to the community through his work and mentorship with local rescue missions and charities. He also serves as a board member for LA Weekly, one of the largest alt weekly newspapers in the country.

Steve is licensed to practice law in California.

 

Director of Litigation Steve Baric

STEVE BARIC

DIRECTOR OF LITIGATION
ATTORNEY AT LAW
  • Awarded 40 under 40 National Trial Lawyers
  • Awarded Super Lawyers Rising Star
  • Chair Serious Injury Practice Group
  • Recovered over $100 Million dollars

Steve Baric is a seasoned trial attorney with experience in business litigation, criminal defense, DUI & Family Law matters. Steve has tried over 100 cases including serious felonies in both State and Federal courts. As a former Orange County Gang Prosecutor, Mr. Baric prosecuted the toughest hard core criminal street gangs as a member of the TARGET gang task force. In 2005, he was honored with the prestigious Diligent Prosecutor award by Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD).

Steve is also experienced in appellate advocacy having briefed and argued cases in the California Supreme Court and California Courts of Appeal. In 2008, Steve organized a group of legislators filing a lawsuit to prevent the early release of 50,000 violent felons. He was directly involved in drafting the legislation briefs and preparing arguments for the Supreme Court.

An experienced and adept problem solver, he has successfully navigated clients through their legal issues while in the media spotlight. Many of Steve’s cases have been “high-profile” involving significant media scrutiny. Steve has been quoted by almost every major news publication in California and has appeared on the FOX News program “On the Record” with Greta Van Sustern.

Steve is licensed to practice in California.

 

Injury Attorney Arianne Espinueva

ARIANNE ESPINUEVA

Injury Advocate
ATTORNEY AT LAW
  • Awarded 40 under 40 National Trial Lawyers
  • Awarded Super Lawyers Rising Star
  • Chair Serious Injury Practice Group
  • Recovered over $100 Million dollars

Arianne Espinueva was born in the Philippines, and grew up in Seattle, Washington. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Washington, and her law degree from Southwestern University in Los Angeles in 2013. She passed her California Bar exam that same year.

Since then, Arianne has worked in a variety of legal fields, including criminal law and business law, and has served as a personal injury attorney for the past three years. She enjoys working for Sweet Lawyers because of the sense of camaraderie and high moral standards amongst attorneys and case workers within the firm. They all share the common goal of standing up for their clients and serving as their advocates. She is grateful that she works at a firm that empowers her to treat each and every client with the personal focus and attention they deserve.

Arianne is an avid traveler, and to date has visited 38 countries around the globe. When she isn’t working or traveling, she enjoys spending her time outdoors, especially on the beach in the California sun.

Arianne is licensed to practice in California.

 

Injury Attorney Michael Valiente

MICHAEL VALIENTE

PARTNER
ATTORNEY AT LAW
  • Awarded 40 under 40 National Trial Lawyers
  • Awarded Super Lawyers Rising Star
  • Chair Serious Injury Practice Group
  • Recovered over $100 Million dollars

Michael Valiente left his position at Nevada’s preeminent insurance defense trial law firm to help people, not insurance companies. He has extensive experience representing victims of car accidents, defective products, and catastrophic injury.

Mike graduated at the top of his class from UNLV with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. Thereafter, Mike also graduated top of his class from the William S. Boyd School of Law at UNLV. While attending Boyd, Mike received the CALI award five times for his legal writing, as well as his work in Evidence, Civil Procedure, and Contracts. He was further honored, along with only three of his peers, with the Scribes, The American Society of Legal Writers Award, which recognizes excellence in legal writing.

In 2017, Mike was voted one of Las Vegas’ Legal Elite. He has earned his reputation as a highly-respected member of the Las Vegas legal community and takes pride in receiving most of his cases as referrals from other attorneys, medical professionals, and, most rewardingly, prior clients.

Michael is licensed in both Nevada and California.

 

TIMOTHY MOTT

PARTNER
ATTORNEY AT LAW
  • Awarded 40 under 40 National Trial Lawyers
  • Awarded Super Lawyers Rising Star
  • Chair Serious Injury Practice Group
  • Recovered over $100 Million dollars

Timothy Mott was born and raised in Las Vegas and comes from a long-line of Las Vegas natives: his father was born and raised in Las Vegas in 1950 and his grandfather was born and raised in Las Vegas in 1919.  He is proud of his Las Vegas roots and proudly represents injury victims throughout all of Nevada. He receives great satisfaction out of representing victims, not the powerful, and receives great satisfaction out of protecting his community from those more concerned with profits than the community’s health and safety.

Tim has repeatedly been awarded as a Legal Elite in Southern Nevada by Nevada Business Magazine and a Rising Star for the Mountain State Region by Super Lawyers Magazine.  He has earned his reputation as a highly-respected member of the Las Vegas legal community and takes pride in receiving most of his cases as referrals from other attorneys, medical professionals, and, most rewardingly, prior clients.

Tim graduated magna cum laude from the William S. Boyd School of Law at the University of Nevada Las Vegas where he served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Nevada Law Journal and received various awards for his excellence in legal writing. 

Tim is licensed to practice in Nevada, Utah, and Washington.

 

LARRY CAUGHLAN

DIRECTOR OF
CLIENT SERVICES
  • Awarded 40 under 40 National Trial Lawyers
  • Awarded Super Lawyers Rising Star
  • Chair Serious Injury Practice Group
  • Recovered over $100 Million dollars

Larry Caughlan was born and raised near Dallas Texas and received his bachelor’s degree in English at Utah Valley University. Larry went on to graduate from law school in 2017 from Chapman University in Southern California. While in law school, he was President of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society, served as a clerk for the Hon. Robert P. Applegate of the Los Angeles Superior Court, and became a certified mediator.

Larry has previously worked in criminal defense, family law, and franchise and distribution law. His favorite part of working at Sweet Lawyers is the personal attention he is able to give to each of his clients, and the positive impact he sees in his client’s lives when they receive a favorable outcome on their case.

Prior to studying law, Larry was the host of the hit SyFy Channel television show Fact or Faked: Paranormal Files. He speaks fluent Spanish, which he learned while living in Chile for two years, where he provided humanitarian and religious service. Mr. Caughlan lives in Orange County with his wife and three children.

 

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