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Welcome to Prenovost, Normandin, Bergh & Dawe

A Full Service Civil Litigation Law Firm Headquartered in Orange County, California
Prenovost, Normandin, Bergh & Dawe, A Professional Corporation, is very proud of making the 2014 list, Orange County’s Top Law Firms as published in the Orange County Business Journal on Friday, January 20th, 2014. Prenovost, Normandin, Bergh & Dawe was ranking in the top 50 the previous four years also.

2015 CONGRATULATIONS Mr. Thomas Prenovost

Tom PrenovostMr. Prenovost has been selected to be part of the 2015 Irish Legal 100, a listing of the leading figures in law across the United States. In late October there will be a special print edition of the Irish Voice Newspaper featuring the 2015 Irish Legal 100 honorees. The exclusive fall event and award ceremony will be held at the home of the Irish ambassador (by special invitation only). The specifics of the event will be announced in August.

The Partners of Prenovost, Normandin, Bergh & Dawe are pleased to announce that Karel Rocha has made Full Equity Partner at the firm, as of January 1, 2015

firm_karel_rochaMr. Rocha was admitted to the State Bar of California in January of 2001 and joined Prenovost, Normandin as an associate in 2007. Since then he has represented banks, credit unions, lending institutions, escrow companies and various corporate clients in civil litigation, bankruptcy, and transactional matters. Mr. Rocha has first-chair bench and jury trial experience and has also been a panelist speaker at various escrow and credit union seminars. Mr. Rocha also works with his various clients on compliance issues related to the CFPB, and all manner of consumer protection laws at the State and Federal level.


PNBD successfully argued before the California Supreme Court “PARTIES WHO ARE JOINTLY AND SEVERALLY LIABLE ON AN OBLIGATION MAY BE SUED IN SEPARATE ACTIONS. [DKN Holdings, LLC vs. Faerber (Cal.)
firm_michael_daweJuly 2015 Michael Dawe and Kristen Godeke successfully obtained a ruling before the California Supreme Court holding that parties who are jointly and severally liable on a contractual obligation may be sued in separate actions. A Judgment in the first action does not bar judgments in later actions, even when they allege the same claim of wrongdoing, as long as the suits are against different parties. PNBD represented commercial landlord DKN Holdings against multiple tenants in a lease contract.”
(Click here for full Article and Ruling…)


Benjamin K. Griffin named speaker for the July 30, 2015 TRID information seminar at the Pacific West Association of Realtors
firm_benjamin_griffin2The Consumer Finance Protection Bureau will significantly affect your real estate transactions through the TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure (TRID) regulations. Learn how to keep your transactions on tract!”
(Click here for more information…)


Prenovost, Normandin, Bergh & Dawe, A Professional Corporation, was founded in 1983. The firm is “AV” rated by the National Lawyer Rating Service at Martindale-Hubbell and is ranked “preeminent” in the field of Civil Litigation, Banking & Bankruptcy. PNBD specializes in Banking, Construction, Credit Unions, Insurance, Financial Services, Realtors, Automobile Lending and Dealerships.


We share the belief that it is an honor and a privilege to practice law. In attempting to attain our goal of providing our clients the best possible representation, we strive always to be mindful of the highest professional and ethical standards of the bar.

We know that our success is never measurable in dollars, but rather is a function of our unwavering adherence to the principles of honesty, integrity and dignity in the discharge of our professional responsibilities.

In earning and keeping the trust of our clients, the bench, our peers and each other, we have the confidence to diligently and aggressively meet the challenges we face with the clarity of vision and peace of mind that comes naturally from living our lives in accordance with the principles we hold dearly.


Tom Prenovost and Karel Rocha will be the Saturday Morning Key Speakers at the 2015 Annual California Credit Union Collectors Council Educational Conference this October 15 – 17, 2015 in Long Beach (Read More…)
Courtney Winzeler Name Laura’s House 2014 Legal Volunteer of the Year (Read More…)