Best Lawyers®, a legal magazine with nationwide circulation, annually recognizes every state’s most distinguished attorneys based on reviews by their professional peers within the same legal practice area and geographical area. Keystone is proud to announce that four attorneys at the firm have ranked as “Best Lawyers” for 2023. They include: James K. Adrade, Shawn Kerendian, Cliff Melnick and Lindsey F. Munyer. 

James K. Andrade

This is Senior Associate James K. Andrade’s first year being recognized as a “Best Lawyer” in the category of Litigation – Trusts and Estates. Prior to joining Keystone, James practiced at a boutique law firm in estate and trust litigation and administration, estate planning, and general business advising. He currently represents trustees, administrators, executors, beneficiaries, heirs, professional fiduciaries and creditors in active litigation matters, as well as in the administration of trusts and estates. He has been named a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers magazine since 2020. Congratulations to James on his achievement! 

Shawn Kerendian

This is Managing Partner Shawn Kerendian’s second year being recognized as a “Best Lawyer” in the category of Trusts and Estates. Shawn is the founder of Keystone Law Group and is dedicated to helping clients resolve contested litigation through creative thinking and the implementation of short- and long-term strategies to accomplish a client’s goals within the client’s budget. He regularly shares his expertise with professionals across a variety of fields through speaking engagements and through his writing. He was previously recognized as a “Top 40 Under 40” attorney by Daily Journal and has been recognized by Super Lawyers magazine seven years in a row. He is AV-Rated by his peers on Martindale-Hubbell for exhibiting the highest level of professional excellence. Congratulations to Shawn on his achievement! 

Cliff Melnick

This is Partner Cliff Melnick’s first year being recognized as a “Best Lawyer” in the category of Litigation – Trusts and Estates. Cliff has a remarkable 23 years of litigation experience under his belt, 18 of which were in probate. Prior to joining Keystone, he was a partner for 13 years at one of the oldest firms in Los Angeles, where he litigated high-stakes probate and trust litigation matters. Cliff has successfully represented a wide range of clients, including trustees, beneficiaries, executors, administrators, conservators, guardians, private professional fiduciaries, life insurance companies and nonprofit organizations. Congratulations Cliff on his achievement! 

Lindsey Munyer

This is Partner Lindsey F. Munyer’s first year being recognized as a “Best Lawyer” in the categories of Litigation – Trusts and Estates and Trusts and Estates. Lindsey was previously named as “Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch.” Lindsey arrived at Keystone the year of Keystone’s founding with a background in tax planning and tax controversy, but has since represented a variety of clients in a range of capacities and for estates valued in the tens of millions of dollars. She has taught trusts and estates to law students, speaks on probate matters at professional conferences and hosts an estate planning networking group. Lindsey has been recognized by Super Lawyers magazine since 2016 and was also previously named as a “Top 40 Under 40” attorney by Daily Journal. Congratulations to Lindsey on her achievement!