Currently the Hartnett Law Group Team is composed of four attorneys (two full time, two of counsel), a paralegal and three legal assistants. Our attorneys are dedicated to assisting you with the most pressing business matters you may have and the firm knows how the law affects your business and what your company's concerns are. Once we take a case, we devote ourselves to striving for success, pursuing your business goals and results as the primary concern.
CHRISTOPHER D. HARTNETT
Tel: 714-738-1156 ext. 205
Christopher D. Hartnett is an associate at the Hartnett Law Group.
Mr. Hartnett obtained his Juris Doctorate from The George Washington Law School where he served as the Articles Editor for The Federal Circuit Bar Journal and successfully competed in numerous trial and appellate advocacy competitions. Prior to law school, Mr. Hartnett received his undergraduate degree from Santa Clara University where he double majored in Economics and Political Science while also operating his own business providing laundry, water, and storage services for undergraduates.
Before joining HLG, Mr. Hartnett worked as a law clerk in the Legal Services department for Pepco Holdings, Inc., a Fortune 500 electrical utility, and interned with Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Salvatore Sirna.
"Eager" and "Relentless" embody Mr. Hartnett’s approach to achieving his clients’ goals. With both a practical and theoretical understanding of the economics of businesses, Mr. Hartnett seeks solutions to legal problems that consider and maximize both the short term and long term benefits of his clients.
As an Orange County native, Mr. Hartnett achieved the rank of Eagle Scout with Troop 93 in Fullerton, California. In his free time, he enjoys playing golf, teaching the LSAT to aspiring law students, and exploring the great outdoors of California.
PATRICK M. HARTNETT
Tel: 714-738-1156 ext. 210
Patrick Hartnett, Founder of Hartnett Law Group, has been practicing law for almost 30 years and has a substantial experience in Binding Arbitration, Mediation, Court Trials and Jury Trials.
As an attorney Mr. Patrick Hartnett has represented subcontractors, suppliers, material men, general contractors, developers, and public entities in construction, business, and real estate matters. Mr. Hartnett received his Bachelor of Arts and Juris Doctor degree from Santa Clara University. While in law school, he was the Business Editor of the Santa Clara Computer and High Technology Law Journal. As a law clerk, he assisted James Acret, Esq. with legal research for the publication of two construction law books: The Construction Litigation Handbook and The Construction Arbitration Handbook both published by Shepards-McGraw Hill. He has lectured extensively and presented seminars on California construction law, business contracts, and business law to educate clients, general counsel, and risk managers in “litigation prevention.”
He is also a member of the American, Los Angeles, and Orange County Bar Associations as well as an affiliate member of several construction and development trade associations. He is active in legislative advocacy for the Southern California Contractors Association (SCCA) to correct laws and judicial opinions, which are not conducive to a free, fair and just business climate in California. In addition, he is a member of Rotary International and a proud active volunteer, Board Member, and Executive Committee Member for the Boy Scouts of America, Orange County Council.
With an emphasis on Business law, Mr. Hartnett prides himself on a practice, which assists businesses, individuals, and those stewards of the public trust in turning the “American Dream” into a reality.
Tel: 714-738-1156 ext. 220
Jessica Jasper-Braley is of counsel for the Hartnett Law Group assisting clients with both transactional and litigation matters.
Ms. Jasper-Braley received her Juris Doctor from the University of Dayton School of Law in Dayton, Ohio. While there, Ms. Jasper-Braley earned a spot on the UDSL Moot Court Team where she competed in the International Trademark Association’s Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition. Two years running Ms. Jasper-Braley served as the chair of the Annual Dean’s Classic Softball and Golf Tournament, where she coordinated the weekend’s events with alumni and current students. Ms. Jasper-Braley was also a member of the Intellectual Property Law Society, Phi Alpha Delta, and the Entertainment and Sports Law Association. She participated in the Law & Technology Track where she took classes focusing on Trademark Law, Unfair Competition Law, Copyright Law, License Drafting, and Patent Litigation.
Prior to law school Ms. Jasper-Braley attended American University in Washington, D.C. where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Public Communications. Ms. Jasper is originally from Cary, Illinois, just outside Chicago.
Ms. Jasper-Braley was an associate with Hartnett Law Group for five years. She advised the Firm’s clients on commercial landlord-tenant law, contract litigation matters, corporate formation, employment law, intellectual property law, public and private work disputes, real property litigation, as well as business transaction matters.
Prior to joining the Hartnett Law Group, Ms. Jasper-Braley served as a law clerk for a firm practicing Administrative Law in Fresno, California where she learned to work with administrative agencies and courts. Ms. Jasper also interned with the Missouri State Public Defender where she represented clients on a range of issues from domestic assault to check fraud. During her third year of law school, Ms. Jasper-Braley received a coveted externship with the Dayton Public Defender where she drafted appeals and assisted with trials.
FRED P. HAYES
Tel: 714-738-1156 ext. 209
Fred Hayes has over 28 years as an attorney and over 10 years as a real estate broker. Fred is of counsel to the Hartnett Law Group to assist clients in selected major projects and areas in Fred's expertise, including wrong death cases, real estate transactions and disputes, and defense of ADA claims.
Mr. Hayes previously practiced with Patrick Hartnett for over ten years, focusing primarily on construction and real estate related litigation, including disputes over major public and private construction projects.
Fred has been primary counsel in significant wrongful death cases, including a case resolved for current settlement payments of 3.8 million dollars.
Recently, Mr. Hayes has been involved in defending claims by professional ADA plaintiffs. In one case, the plaintiff agreed to dismiss for a waiver of the defendants' costs, with no payment by the defendants. In a jury trial in another ADA case, Mr. Hayes obtained a verdict in favor of his clients and against the ADA plaintiff. Costs and attorneys fees of $11,518.60 were awarded against the plaintiff.
Mr. Hayes sells real estate as a real estate broker, and the brokerage work is not associated with the Hartnett Law Group. However, Mr. Hayes has also acted as attorney in sales of property in which the seller has already located an acceptable buyer, and has acted as attorney in contract negotiations and due diligence in major commercial real estate purchases.
Mr. Hayes has assisted in drafting and supporting legislation helpful to California businesses. Mr. Hayes has acted as an expert witness before the California State Assembly regarding proposed legislation.