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.