About Merhab Robinson & Clarkson

Southern California’s Premier Business Law & Estate Planning Firm Since 1997

Merhab Robinson & Clarkson provides quality legal services with integrity, professionalism, and respect for clients and the community

Responsive, Reliable, Respected

For more than 25 years, Merhab Robinson & Clarkson has provided counsel for Southern California businesses, families, and individuals who need to protect what matters most.

Founding partners Marla Merhab Robinson and Paula A. Clarkson have a diverse background that includes significant business experience and legal expertise. MRC’s business law and estate planning specialists are widely recognized for their knowledge of the law and high standards of integrity.

Meet Our Attorneys


Marla Merhab Robinson

Business & Real Estate Attorney
Founding Partner

Paula Clarkson

Paula A. Clarkson

Trust Administration, Probate, and Estate Planning Attorney
Founding Partner

Kurtis R. Urien

Senior Associate Attorney

John P. Hannon, III

Senior Associate Attorney

Luna Hernandez

Luna Hernandez

Associate Attorney

Neil Negrete

Neil Negrete

Trust Administration, Probate, and Estate Planning Attorney


Lorraine Harden-O’Brien

Lorraine Harden-O’Brien

Business Paralegal & Administrator

Kim Lazaro

Kim Lazaro

Estate Planning Paralegal

Charlene Luong

Trusts & Estates Paralegal

Support Staff

Kari French


Melissa Cardinale

Estate Planning Intake Specialist & Assistant

Gabriela Sanchez

Estate Planning Assistant

Shannon Steele


Extremely Responsive to All My Questions
“I am a trust client of Paula and I cannot say enough positive things about her/their knowledge of trusts and estate planning. She has always been extremely responsive to my questions and concerns and educates me in the process. I have referred my son and a close friend to her, and they are also very pleased. I was referred to her by a friend in family law, and I remain impressed.”

– Anne B., Client

Ms. Robinson is an Excellent Attorney
“Ms. Robinson is an excellent attorney. She and her firm have represented our company as corporate counsel for over 30 years. I have worked with Marla for over 20 years, and she is extremely knowledgeable, articulate, responsive, helpful – the list goes on. She can form a corporation or LLC, write or revise a contract within minutes, and she’s a highly effective negotiator. She and her colleagues have seen us through countless corporate ventures, contract negotiations, employee matters, and more.”

– Aimee M., Client

Timely, Professional, and Reasonable
“Ms. Clarkson inherited me when my attorney left his practice to serve as a judge, so I was a bit apprehensive using this firm initially. But after my first visit, and every time since over the last few years, Ms. Clarkson and her staff have done everything I needed in a very timely, professional, and reasonable manner. I highly recommend this firm for your Estate planning.”

– T. Gibson, Client

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1551 N. Tustin Ave.
Suite # 1020
Santa Ana, CA 92705