We empower our clients to live well-informed lives with new-found freedom and confidence that their loved ones and assets are safeguarded.
With great compassion and expertise, the DeSantis Law Group, Inc. enables families to protect their loved ones and their assets by educating clients about their legal options, drafting personalized documents, and representing them in court.
Biography of Lorilee DeSantis, Attorney and Counselor at Law
Lorilee DeSantis is an attorney whose passion for helping families protect their loved ones and their assets shines through to all who work with her. Lorilee’s clients often comment that her ability to deeply listen and understand their concerns makes it very easy for them to talk to her about difficult subjects. Her clients also appreciate that Lorilee explains complex legal concepts in ways that are easy to digest so that clients fully understand their legal options.
Lorilee’s dedication to helping people with family-oriented legal issues stems from personal experiences. When Lorilee was growing up, she saw numerous extended family members tear each other apart while arguing over money and sibling rivalries. She felt this was a terrible thing to happen to a family, and relationships might have been saved if proper estate planning had been done to prevent such arguments. Lorilee is also keenly aware of the emotions people feel when they go through a divorce – such as anger, regret, resentment, shame, relief, and fear – because she experienced a divorce before she attended law school. These experiences motivated her to practice family law and estate planning because these legal fields are where Lorilee feels she can most effectively empower her clients to move forward in life, confident that their children and their assets will be protected to the best of their abilities.
Lorilee is a strong believer in giving back to the community. She has volunteered at the Family Law Facilitator’s Office where she has helped under-privileged, self-represented individuals prepare pleadings for divorces and legal separations. In honor of her dedication, the Sonoma County Superior Court presented Lorilee with the Pro Bono Award in 2012. Through her Rotary club, Lorilee has also helped feed local homeless children and raise money for breast cancer research.
Prior to becoming a lawyer, Lorilee worked in the financial services industry. Her experience in that industry enables her to synthesize a knowledge of investments and general finance into various aspects of family law and estate planning.
- Doctor of Jurisprudence, highest honors, top 5%, Golden Gate University School of Law, 2007
- Bachelor of Arts, honors, top 4%, University of California, Davis, 1999
- Recipient of the Sonoma County Superior Court’s Pro Bono Award for outstanding service, 2012
- Merit Scholar, Golden Gate University School of Law, 2004-2007
- Dean’s List, Golden Gate University School of Law, 2004-2007
- Honors Lawyering Program, Golden Gate University School of Law, 2004-2007
- Outstanding Performance Citation in International Relations, University of California, Davis, 1999
- U.C. Davis Washington Center Undergraduate Research Award, 1998
- The Hong Kong Triangle: An Assessment of Sino-British Relations Concerning Hong Kong, Prized Writing Journal, 1997
- Vice President, Sonoma County Professional Women, 2015 – 2016
- Sonoma County Bar Association, 2011 – present
- State Bar of California, 2007 – present
- Bar Admissions
- Superior Courts of California
- United States District Court for the Northern District of California
Biography of Lynn D. Benoit, Paralegal
Lynn D. Benoit grew up in Santa Rosa where she still resides. She attended Santa Rosa Junior College and Sonoma State University. She is married and has two adult sons.
Most of Lynn’s career has been spent in law offices where she has filled many roles over the years including management, paralegal, human resources, and bookkeeping. She also has large corporate office experience, having worked two years as the assistant to the President and COO of a 120-person software company.
Lynn has a strong record of volunteering for many organizations in her community. She has served as president of Sonoma County Lawyers Wives/Auxiliary and the Santa Rosa West Chapter of International Inner Wheel (associated with Rotary International). In addition, she volunteered for several years at Sonoma County Council on Aging in the Legal Department.
Besides spending time with her family, Lynn loves to travel and has visited many parts of the world. One of her favorite countries is France, and she continues to dabble in French lessons. Lynn also enjoys flowers, gardening, and gourmet cooking (and eating!).
Lynn’s education and work experiences are varied, but her main work interest always remains in the law – particularly in estate planning. She finds this area of law fun and fascinating and has a strong belief in its extreme importance to every individual and every family.