HEATHER ORR, FOUNDER
Heather graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 2005 after receiving her undergraduate degree from Texas A&M University in 2002, majoring in Political Science with a minor in Speech Communications.
Heather began her legal career at Bryan Cave LLC, a full-service, international law firm with a wide range of practice areas and offices in 29 cities. While at Bryan Cave, Heather garnered experience in numerous practice areas including commercial litigation, contractual disputes, arbitration, mortgage litigation, franchise litigation, patent litigation and bankruptcy.
While at Bryan Cave, Heather also served as the chair of both the Los Angeles Office’s Sustainability Committee and the Los Angeles Office’s Community Involvement Committee, in addition to maintaining an active pro bono practice which included cases involving animal rights law, asylum and adoption proceedings.
In 2009 Heather joined with her colleague, Jessica M. Mandelberg, to found the Law Offices of Mandelberg & Orr, the predecessor to HSO Law, where she further expanded her practice to include complex civil rights litigation, consumer protection litigation and transactional legal services.
Heather Orr also taught a law school course in business planning as an adjunct professor at Loyola Law School from 2011-2014.
Heather published her first book, How to Like Being a Lawyer, in 2015.
Heather grew up in Clear Lake, Texas, a suburb of Houston best known for the presence of NASA headquarters. Today, Heather lives on a farm in Redding, California with her partner, his kids and their bevy of animals. Heather spends her free time writing, jumping out of perfectly-good airplanes, playing softball, reading, gardening, and practicing yoga.
TABERAH HOLLOWAY, OF COUNSEL
Taberah began her career at Sutherland in Washington, DC. She practiced in the M&A group, though she stuck her hands in some securities transactions and regulatory matters as well. She got many paper cuts from the many documents she organized back when humans wanted things written on trees.
She moved to medium law where she helped restructure lots of debt (it was 2008 after all). In her spare time, she assisted small businesses and not-so-small businesses apply for any kind of preference or set-aside imaginable. Because medium law was better than big law, she tried out small law and found that it fit just right.
She now advises business owners on those everyday agreements, disagreements, and questions that arise when running and building a business. Her undergrad and law degrees are from the University of Georgia. This distinction makes her a Double Dawg. But do not call her that to her face unless she likes you.
She has previously been admitted to DC, Virginia, and Georgia. She is now admitted to practice in California, and she will never as long as she lives take another bar exam.
MELODY KRAMER, OF COUNSEL
Melody is a 20+ year veteran trial lawyer and graduate of the University of Nebraska, College of Law in Lincoln, Nebraska, where she was awarded The Order of Barristers for excellence in the art of courtroom advocacy. Since that time, Ms. Kramer has been honing her craft as an advocate for her clients in courtrooms across the country.
Melody began her legal career as a Deputy Public Defendant in rural Nebraska, than became a Special Prosecutor for Crimes Against Children, and later started her own law firm in Lincoln, Nebraska. Never deterred by seeming impossibilities, she took on challenging, sometimes seemingly unwinnable cases, with a marked level of success, including successfully prosecuting criminal cases and increasing real jail time served by offenders.
In addition to her legal practice, Melody was actively involved with the Nebraska State Bar Association, including working on the Ethics Committee and the Judiciary Committee, the Sale of Law Practice Subcommittee, Gender/Bias Subcommittee, and the Bench/Bar Conference Program Committees.
In 1999, Ms. Kramer returned to California and turned her focus to general civil litigation. She has handled a diverse caseload in state and federal courts including complex patent infringement litigation, business disputes, construction law, personal injury (plaintiff and defense), civil rights, and transactional work. Though a solo practitioner, Melody was capable of taking on complex litigation projects through strategic partnerships with other law firms working in concert to obtain the best results for her clients.
Melody is an avid writer and just published a book that is designed to take the mystery and fear out of dealing with lawyers -- “Why Lawyers Suck! Hacking the Legal System, Part 1.” She is also the co-author of two criminal prosecution manuals written for the Nebraska County Attorney’s Association and a blogger on several legal and small business blogs. Melody is also faculty for Solo Practice University.
Melody has also been a vocal advocate for improvement of the legal system. She co-founded the National Association of Freelance Legal Professionals and founded FreelanceLaw.com, both to increase the visibility and viability of the freelance legal marketplace. Now she has turned her attention to broader issues facing the legal industry, founding Legal Greenhouse, a think tank and developer of innovative legal solutions.
Melody is admitted to practice law in California and Nebraska (inactive), and is also admitted before the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and Eighth Circuit, United States District Courts for the Districts of Southern, Central, and Northern California, and District of Nebraska and been admitted pro hac vice in many other states.
Melody obtained a B.A. in Music from Union College and is the author of Lawyers Decoded, an exposé on how lawyers think and act. She spends her free time hanging out with her daughter and two cats, strolling on the beach, and working on her next book, Reclaiming Patriotism.
RACHEL KOWALSKI, OF COUNSEL
Rachel graduated from Vermont Law School (VLS) in 2004 and is admitted to practice law in California. While at VLS, she participated in Debevoise Moot Court and was a LexisNexis representative, serving as a bridge of communication between teachers, students and LexisNexis, as well as providing LexisNexis product and research trainings within the VLS community.
Rachel began her legal career at McKenna & Cuneo LLP and Opper & Varco LLP, focusing her practice in the areas of environment, land use, and natural resources, with an emphasis on brownfield redevelopment. Prior to entering private practice, Rachel interned with the Department of Justice, Environmental Defense Section, assisting in the representation of the United States in complex civil litigation arising under a broad range of pollution control statutes.
Rachel received her undergraduate degree from New Mexico State University, majoring in biology and wildlife science. Before entering legal practice, Rachel worked within the United States Forest Service as a wildlife biologist, providing data, information, and compliance for legal and Forest Service policy requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), National Forest Management Act (NFMA), the Endangered Species Act (ESA), and other laws and regulations.
Rachel currently specializes in corporate formation and dissolution, agreement and contract drafting, review and negotiation, general business planning and protection, as well as emerging industries.
Currently residing in San Diego, California, Rachel enjoys competitive sailing, surfing, SUP, archery, and just about any outdoor endeavor. She can also often be found taking in live music and volunteering for various organizations within the community.