Our Team

Amanda D. Yasbek (fka Berger)

Amanda D. Yasbek began her own law practice because she wanted to provide her clients with competent legal representation. Ms. Yasbek is passionate about advocating for her clients needs.

Ms. Yasbek received her Juris Doctorate from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law and was admitted to the State Bar of California. Ms. Yasbek studied International Law and received her International Legal Studies certificate after studying abroad in Salzburg Austria. Ms. Yasbek was honored to be taught by Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy in Austria.
Prior to opening her own practice, she obtained her experience and knowledge working with other reputable firms. Ms. Yasbek received a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice at University of Phoenix.
Ms. Yasbek is a Certified Family Law Specialist and a member of Wealth Counsel. She is able to provide competent legal representation for all your family law and estate planning needs.
Ms. Yasbek is very active in the community. She has served on non-profit boards and she spends time giving back to those in need.
You can usually find Ms. Yasbek spending time with her husband, their daughter and dog in Tahoe, with family or traveling when she is not at the office.

Kristen L. Bruce

Associate Attorney

Kristen received her Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from California State University Sacramento, and her Juris Doctorate from Lincoln Law School.  Before becoming an attorney, Kristen gained over 10 years of Family Law experience while working as a legal assistant/paralegal for reputable attorneys practicing in El Dorado, Placer, and Sacramento Counties.  Prior to joining Onyx Law Office, Kristen worked as a contractor in the Affirmative Civil Enforcement Unit with the US Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of California. With Kristen’s experience and desire to help clients walk through difficult situations, she is an asset to Onyx Law Office.

Outside of the office, Kristen devotes her time to her family and enjoys walking the Folsom trails with her dog.

Alexis Arriaga

Law Clerk

Alexis received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, TX, and earned her Juris Doctorate from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law. Alexis works on the team as a Law Clerk however she is actively working towards becoming an attorney. In addition to working at Onyx Law Firm, Alexis has also worked at the Sacramento County Public Defender’s Office as a Certified Law Student, and at Pacific Justice Institute as a legal assistant. Alexis Arriaga is a Texas native, and currently lives in Sacramento with her fiancé, and her fur son, Leo.
In her free time Alexis enjoys the outdoors and getting involved in the local community through civic engagement.

Madeline Yasbek

Executive Legal Assistant

Madeline Yasbek is new to the legal field and has been enjoying every minute since being at Onyx Law Office.  As a graduate from Sacramento State University, her degree focused on Communications and the art of communicating with people.  With this knowledge, she is able to effectively communicate with clients, especially during difficult times.  
She spent years in the design field, helping clients achieve the space of their dreams.  She created long-lasting relationships and she understands the importance of listening to a client’s needs to ensure they are being heard.  
When not in office, you can find her cooking in the kitchen, dancing to good music and soaking up time with her loved ones. 

Lauren Stokes

Legal Assistant

Lauren received her bachelor’s degree in Social Behavioral Science with an emphasis in Political Economy from California State University of Monterey Bay. She has experience working within the accounting realm, medical field, personal injury law, and enjoys being a conduit for all clients. She loves to challenge herself and enjoys learning new things. She is currently attending Lincoln Law School and is scheduled to graduate in 2025. Her goal is to gain fundamental knowledge and experience in the legal field while working at Onyx Law Office. She chose the area of family law because she enjoys being an advocate for the voiceless, especially during challenging times.
When not studying for exams, Lauren enjoys spending time with family and friends doing outdoor activities such as hiking, piloting remote control planes, driving remote control cars, or running by the Sacramento River.

Alexis Arriaga

Law Clerk

Alexis received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, TX, and earned her Juris Doctorate from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law. Alexis works on the team as a Law Clerk however she is actively working towards becoming an attorney. In addition to working at Onyx Law Firm, Alexis has also worked at the Sacramento County Public Defender’s Office as a Certified Law Student, and at Pacific Justice Institute as a legal assistant. Alexis Arriaga is a Texas native, and currently lives in Sacramento with her fiancé, and her fur son, Leo.
In her free time Alexis enjoys the outdoors and getting involved in the local community through civic engagement.

Madeline Yasbek

Executive Legal Assistant

Madeline Yasbek is new to the legal field and has been enjoying every minute since being at Onyx Law Office.  As a graduate from Sacramento State University, her degree focused on Communications and the art of communicating with people.  With this knowledge, she is able to effectively communicate with clients, especially during difficult times.  
She spent years in the design field, helping clients achieve the space of their dreams.  She created long-lasting relationships and she understands the importance of listening to a client’s needs to ensure they are being heard.  
When not in office, you can find her cooking in the kitchen, dancing to good music and soaking up time with her loved ones. 

Haylee Walsh

Legal Assistant

Haylee has been a legal assistant for Onyx Law Office since April 2021. Prior to working in the legal field, she has experience in the food industry. The customer service skills she acquired have helped her tremendously when helping clients in the office.
She is currently attending Medical Technical Institutes for her Associates in Paralegal Studies and is scheduled to graduate in early 2022, at which time she will be working as a Paralegal for Onyx Law Office. She plans on attending law school part-time in Fall 2022, while continuing to gain knowledge and experience while working at Onyx Law Office. She chose the area of family law because she enjoys working with others to lessen the burden of an otherwise stressful situation and her long-term career goal is to become a family law attorney. 
In her free time, she enjoys baking and spending time with her family. 

Karla Mulholland

Law Clerk

Karla Mulholland is originally from Cape Town, South Africa. Prior to law school, Karla completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Psychology.
She received her law degree from the University of Cape Town and moved to Lake Tahoe, California, shortly after. Karla volunteered at a local non-profit organization in Lake Tahoe, where she assisted clients with their family law and immigration needs. Once she obtained her law license, Karla worked as a staff attorney for a non-profit organization in Sacramento, providing immigration legal services to underserved members of the community. Karla is admitted to the State Bar of New York and is in the final stages of obtaining her admission to the State Bar of California.
Karla believes in providing high quality legal representation, while adopting a client-centered approach. To her, this means taking the time to understand the client’s unique situation and needs, and advocating fiercely for those needs, while employing compassion throughout representation.
In her spare time, Karla enjoys snowboarding, hiking, and running. She is excited to explore more of California, especially around the coast.