The Shoup Difference
Each member of the Shoup Legal Team is dedicated to providing everyone with a high level of personal service.
Shoup Legal was founded on the idea that visiting an attorney’s office should be a pleasant experience, not an uncomfortable one. We enjoy treating others the way we ourselves would like to be treated. Our clients become our friends and we become their trusted advisors.
Each member of the Shoup Legal Team is dedicated to providing everyone with a high level of personal service. Every situation is unique and we tailor our services to fit your specific legal needs. Our office focuses on delivering customized solutions to meet your Estate Planning, Trust Administration, Business Succession, and Probate needs. Through in-depth discussions and counseling, we help our clients save taxes, reduce costs, and protect their families. We pride ourselves on making our clients feel comfortable discussing their sensitive and unique situations.
Please contact us and give us the opportunity to meet with you and earn your trust as our client. We offer flexible appointment times, including evening and weekend appointments, to meet your busy schedule.
Andrea K. Shoup
Andrea Shoup is an experienced attorney specializing in Trusts, Wills, Trust Administration, Probate and Business Succession Planning serving California. She is dedicated to providing the highest level of personalized service to her clients and understands this may be an unsure and difficult time. Andrea has been certified by the California State Bar as a specialist in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law.
Andrea grew up on the California Central Coast, in San Luis Obispo County. In 2002, she earned her Bachelors of Science Degree in Business Administration from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Andrea decided to pursue a law degree and graduated Magna Cum Laude from California Western School of Law in 2006. While in law school, Andrea served as Editor-in-Chief of the Law Review and was an officer of the Pro-Bono Honors Society.
Following law school, Andrea worked as a Deputy District Attorney for the San Diego District Attorney’s Office. As a felony trial attorney, Andrea was dedicated to ensuring justice was served in every case.
After leaving the District Attorney’s Office in 2012, she opened her own law practice and pursued new career. She now focuses exclusively on Estate Planning, Trust Administration, and Probate Administration. Andrea works diligently and attentively to ensure every case and situation is handled effectively and appropriately.
Andrea enjoys getting to know each client, their concerns, and their wishes in order to tailor a plan to best serve their needs. She takes pride in providing excellent and individualized attention to each client, helping them understand every step of the process. Andrea lives in Murrieta, California with her husband and their four children.
Contact Andrea today to discuss your unique situation.
David A. Shoup
David Shoup spent eight years serving our country in the United States Marine Corps as an infantryman. He left active duty in 2012 to continue his education. After graduating with honors from the University of California, Riverside with a Bachelors Degree in Psychology, David earned his Juris Doctor, graduating magna cum laude from California Western School of Law in San Diego.
David enjoys working with clients to serve their business and estate planning needs. He lives in Murrieta, California with his wife, Andrea, and their four children.
Jennifer E. Dean
Jennifer Dean has years of experience in Estate Planning, Trust Administration, and Probate. She particularly has a passion for ensuring wishes for end-of-life decisions are respected and enforceable with the appropriate directive.
Jennifer grew up in Oklahoma and then moved to California in 2010, after earning her Bachelor of Arts Degree in History from Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude. While working with a family law attorney in Santa Barbara, California, Jennifer began attending the paralegal program at U.C. Santa Barbara, and fell in love with the estate planning field, and earned her Paralegal Certificate in 2012.
In the years following, Jennifer worked at estate planning firms in the San Diego area while attending California Western School of Law. In law school, Jennifer served as the President of the Estate Planning Society, and worked with the Legal Aid Society of San Diego in its conservatorship clinics and advanced directive and power of attorney workshops. Jennifer earned her Juris Doctor in 2016.
After law school, Jennifer worked in a San Diego law firm, assisting clients with their estate planning, and families dealing with the administration of their estates. She joined the Shoup Legal Team in June 2017.
Jennifer enjoys having conversations with clients that allow them to be comfortable with the estate planning process and addresses each of their concerns. Jennifer also provides compassionate service to help families through the probate process and during the trust administration after the passing of a loved one.
Jennifer lives in Escondido, California with her husband and son.
Catherine Luong has experience in Estate Planning and Trust Administration. She enjoys cultivating meaningful and productive relationships with her clients to meet their estate plan goals.
Catherine graduated from University of California, Irvine with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology. She attended Whittier Law School where she was an Articles Editor for the Law Review. She had the high honor of having her article published in the Law Journal during her second year of law school. During law school, she also clerked for a civil and criminal judge in Orange County. She earned her Juris Doctor in 2013.
After law school, Catherine worked as a consumer debt attorney helping clients resolve their private student loans. She left that field in early 2019 to work in estate planning as that was always her true passion. She cares greatly about helping her clients protect themselves as well as their loved ones.
Catherine lives in Santa Ana, California with her fiancé and two cats.
Tarik Muhtaseb is an Associate Attorney of Shoup Legal, A Professional Law Corporation. Versatility comfortably rests in Tarik’s back pocket as he has broad ranging experience in Business and Corporate law.
In 2009, Tarik earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in English Literature from the University of California, Riverside. A graduate of Southwestern Law School in 2015, he served as an Editorial Staff Member of the Southwestern Journal of International Law. While in law school, he also served as a 2014 Summer Intern in the transaction advisory department of an international law firm based in Singapore.
Prior to joining the firm, Tarik worked in-house at several corporations and business law firms that fostered his ever-growing passion to assist goal-oriented businesses achieve their objectives.
Tarik cares about giving back to the community. In 2015, he served as a Certified Volunteer Law Clerk at the Law Offices of the Public Defender, Riverside County where he advocated on behalf of indigent clients in California state court proceedings and dispositions.
Tarik is licensed to practice in the State of California.
Tarik lives in Lake Elsinore, California with his wife and two daughters.
Tasha, a DePaul University graduate, with a degree in Psychology, is an Estate Planning Assistant.
She moved to California in 2016 and is currently working towards her Master’s Degree in Family Therapy. Tasha also works part-time doing social work with the elderly.
When she is not working, she enjoys spending time with her family, camping, hiking, kayaking, and traveling.
Melissa Banting is a paralegal with years of experience working with corporations and business owners. Melissa specializes in business law and assists with corporate formations and business contracts. Prior to joining Shoup Legal, Melissa worked as a corporate paralegal for a global software company. She also has experience working in the banking and real estate industries.
Melissa graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of San Diego with a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Political Science and is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. She enjoys reading and listening to podcasts about entrepreneurs and leadership. She believes that small businesses are the backbone of the country’s economy and takes pride in helping entrepreneurs live and build their dreams.
Melissa lives in Murrieta with her husband and three children.
Sylvia Misiewicz has more than three decades of legal and business experience. As a paralegal who has built a successful, diverse career path, Sylvia assists the attorneys at Shoup Legal in probate and trust administration matters. Originally from San Diego, Sylvia has made her home in the Temecula / Murrieta Valley for the last 19 years.
Sylvia has a degree in Business with an emphasis in Legal Studies (Paralegal) and is finishing her double major degree in Social / Behavior Sciences and Art History. Given our region’s bourgeoning wine industry, she has also attended wine school.
Ms. Misiewicz is a member of the National Association of Legal Assistants and the Inland Empire Paralegal Association.
Known as a serious gourmand and art and wine collector, in her free time, Sylvia enjoys niche travel experiences, mentoring young ladies, and doing charitable fundraising for several organizations in the Southern California region and abroad.
Client Care Specialist
Client Care Specialist
Diane worked 30 years in the Human Resources Industry and lived most of her life in Minnesota, relocating to Southern California in 2012.
She has two grown sons, one married and one engaged. Her and her husband are passionate about traveling the world. A couple of their favorite locations is Paris, France and Florence, Italy.
Not only does Diane love to travel, she enjoys eating out and catching a movie with her husband, reading a good book and going on long hikes.
Nini grew up in the Philippines, where she received her BSC in Economics from the University of Santo Tomas. She lived in New York City where she worked at Donovan Leisure Newton & Irvine Law Firm.
After enjoying the fast paced life of New York City, she got married and moved to the San Francisco Bay Area where she worked at Anderson & Anderson, APC, and then transitioned to Ross Hackett Dowling Valencia & Walti, A Professional Law Corporation.
She taught 1st graders at St. Augustine’s Church for over 10 years. Nini moved with her husband and son down to Southern California in early February of 2016. When she is out of the office Nini enjoys spending time with her family, going to Broadway shows and taking Charlie, her 2 year old Shih Tzu on walks.
Nini strives to maintain a high standard of loyalty, professionalism and amazing customer service that she has learned throughout her different life experiences. Nini enjoys helping the families we serve protect their loved ones and have peace of mind through estate planning.
Client Intake Director
Client Intake Director
Mikael Feeney has extensive experience in Client Services. She has held a broad range of positions in several different industries.
She started as a Hospitality Manager at a boutique hotel while studying at Boston University. Later, she went on to Hollywood to work in Television Production. Mikael was a Buyer for the C-17 Aerospace Team before being recruited as a Sales and Marketing Manager for a successful medical manufacturer.
Most recently, Ms. Feeney enjoyed her role as a teacher and was honored to receive the prestigious 2018-2019 Founder’s Day Award before joining our team at Shoup Legal.
Mikael is passionate about connecting with people and thrives on providing superior customer service. In her free time you can find her camping with her family.
Estate Planning & Trust Administration Assistant
Estate Planning & Trust Administration Assistant
After graduating from our local Murrieta Valley High School, Melissa earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences from San Diego State University, graduating Magna Cum Laude.
Before joining the Shoup Legal team in 2017, Melissa worked in hazard insurance claim management at a San Diego law firm. After moving back to Menifee to be closer to family, Melissa began her work in the estate planning field at The Law Office of Jack D. Brown, and it was there that her love for estate planning and trust administration developed.
Melissa takes pride in a job well done and attention to detail, which are necessary components of a successful estate plan or trust administration. She is also grateful to have many opportunities to be of service to families during some of their most difficult times and strives to perform her duties with compassion and integrity.
Melissa lives in Menifee with her husband and two children. When not at work, she enjoys being a soccer mom, spending time with family, and listening to anything written by The Beatles.
Director of Operations
Director of Operations
Dora Corby grew up in the small town of Saline, Michigan. In 1991, she earned a Bachelors of Science in Aviation Management from Eastern Michigan University; and in 1999 she earned a Juris Doctorate with Distinction from the University of the Pacific – McGeorge School of Law.
Throughout her career, Dora has worked at both large multi-national law firms and small boutique firms in California, Connecticut and New York. Thus, Dora brings to Shoup Legal her extensive knowledge of firm operations and case management.
Dora lives in Winchester California with her husband Adam and their two small dogs. She enjoys reading a wide variety of both non-fiction and fiction books and knitting.
What is a Certified Specialist?
The State Bar certifies attorneys as specialists who have gone beyond the standard licensing requirements.
California attorneys who are certified as specialists have taken and passed a written examination in their specialty field, demonstrated a high level of experience in the specialty field, fulfilled ongoing education requirements and been favourably evaluated by other attorneys and judges familiar with their work.
Only these attorneys can identify themselves as certified specialists in California because they are the only attorneys who are certified either by the California Board of Legal Specialization or by an organization whose certification program has been accredited by the State Bar. Such an organization must have requirements for certification that are at least equal to those of the State Bar’s program.
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