The Attorneys

Mike Manfred

is a Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust, and Probate Law as designated by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization.  With an undergraduate degree in Economics and Fine Arts from Vanderbilt University, he attended the University of Southern California, graduating with both a Juris Doctor and a Master of Business Taxation in 2001.  Mike was employed by Deloitte and Touche before joining a mid-sized Napa law firm, where he worked for 12 years.  At his former firm,  he became a member of the Board of Directors and the head of the Trust Administration Department. Mike currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the Queen of the Valley Hospital Foundation.

Mike’s interest in estate planning stems from his experiences with family and friends who have gone through the process of losing a loved one.  With good planning before death and proper advice after death, much of the stress of surviving family members can be alleviated.  His down to earth approach combined with his experience and expertise in the estate planning, trust administration, probate, and estate tax areas allow him to help his clients understand and navigate the process.

Mike helps clients from all walks of life:  from people in need of basic Wills, Revocable Trusts, Powers of Attorney for Finance, and Advance Health Care Directives to people who already have a basic estate plan in place and are in the need of more advanced estate planning techniques such as Dynasty Trusts, Intentionally Defective Grantor Trusts (“IDGTs”), Grantor Retained Annuity Trusts (“GRATs”), and Qualified Personal Residence Trusts (“QPRTs”) to people who have recently lost a family member and are in need of help administering an estate.

Over the years, Mike has given various presentations on the subjects of estate planning and trust administration to various businesses and Civic Groups.  In addition, he has spent considerable time preparing materials for and giving presentations for the Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB) on subjects such as Postmortem Trust Administration, High End Estate Planning, and Estate Planning Acronyms.

While not in the office, Mike enjoys spending time with his family.  On the very rare occasions when he does have free time, he loves to do anything outdoors where he enjoys running, hiking, biking, playing soccer and volleyball, and has been known to brew his own beer on occasion. 

 

 

Lori Hunt

began her legal career in 1985 as a legal secretary with Gaw Van Male, working in the business and estate planning departments. After 13 years of assisting clients as a secretary, she decided that to really be able to help people, she should be a lawyer. So she went to night school to earn a degree in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix, graduating in the fall of 2000. After earning her B.S., and continuing to work full-time as a legal secretary, Lori started the night program at the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law in the fall of 2000. She earned her Juris Doctor in May of 2004, graduating with honors, continuing to work at Gaw Van Male. While at Gaw Van Male, she became a member of the Board of Directors in 2010 and the head of the Estate Planning Department in 2013. In December of 2014, she and Mike Manfred started their own law practice, specializing in estate planning, probate and trust administration.

Lori currently serves as the treasurer of the Napa County Bar Association, and sits on its Executive Board. She is the vice president of the Fairfield Community Services Foundation, a 501(c)(3) corporation dedicated to improving the lives of under-privileged children and senior citizens in Fairfield. Lori is also a member of the Napa and Solano County Bar Associations, Napa County Women Lawyers, the Napa County Legal Secretaries Association, and the Bay Area Legal Forum (currently serving as treasurer), also  a 501(c)(3) corporation dedicated to presenting educational workshops for legal support staff and attorneys. 

In her free time, Lori enjoys baking, cooking, and spending time with her son, Hunter, and husband, Dean.  She loves watching movies, listening to music (her all-time favorite is Frank Sinatra), and playing Bunko. Unlike her business partner, she hates to run and isn't much of an athlete, but does like to play a round or two of golf when the weather is nice.




 

Gantry Griffin

is an of counsel attorney with Manfred & Hunt, LLP.  He started his legal career in 2011, working alongside Mike and Lori in all facets of both basic and advanced estate planning. Gantry attended the United States Air Force Academy and is a retired twenty-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force.  In 2007, he began attending the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law, graduating with Great Distinction and inclusion in The Order of the Coif, the national law school honor society. Gantry also served on the staff of the McGeorge Law Review and received an emphasis in tax law.

Gantry has over 10,000 hours as both a military and civilian turbojet pilot, commanding aircraft in roles that span the spectrum: from global Presidential-support and combat-support missions in the military to domestic and international commercial transportation on the civilian side. He brings both the strategic vision and the attention to detail required to be successful in aviation to bear in his legal work. That strategic vision, or “big picture,” is important in the estate planning context in order to ensure that the client’s long-term testamentary scheme is being provided for to the maximum extent possible. That attention to detail, or “dotting the I’s and crossing the T’s,” is equally important to ensure that the plan put in place is legally effective and that it reflects the quality of work that clients expect.

When not in the office or in the skies, Gantry can be found spending time with his wife, son, and English setter, enjoying the stunning Northern California outdoors. Also an avid cyclist, Gantry tries to fit in as many miles as time allows on the beautiful Napa Valley roads.