Professional Profiles

The attorneys of Madden, Jones, Cole & Johnson, A.P.C., have been recognized for providing personalized, intelligent legal representation in the most sophisticated areas of the law. In business law, civil litigation, and estate planning law we have earned a reputation for our distinction among the most prestigious business and family names in Southern California. We invite you to discuss your legal representation needs with one of our attorneys to discover why Madden, Jones, Cole & Johnson, A.P.C., is considered a landmark of the Southern California legal community.

Shareholder Profiles:


Associate Profiles:

Ian Chuang      Cole F. Morgan

Meghan E. Russell

Paralegal Profiles:

Elizabeth K. Holihan


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Steven A. Jones

Areas of Practice: Healthcare, Business Law, Real Estate


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Steve Jones prides himself in being a deal maker. Whether his services involve the representation of his corporate, healthcare or real estate clients, the mark he leaves on every transaction is that he gets the deal done quickly, efficiently and expertly.

Mr. Jones maintains a diverse business practice in his areas of specialty. His corporate practice includes extensive experience in the formation and maintenance of corporations, limited liability companies and partnerships, mergers and acquisitions, private placements, financing and other commercial transactions. A subspecialty of his corporate practice is healthcare law, in which he represents hospitals, physicians and related health care businesses.

Mr. Jones’ real estate practice includes the representation of clients in a variety of sophisticated real estate matters, including the purchase and sale of real property, the formation of real estate partnerships and limited liability companies, financing, and the preparation of construction agreements, leases and other real estate related contracts.

The ability to handle complex transactions has provided Mr. Jones with an excellent reputation among peers and clients and he has been awarded the highest rating given to attorneys by the Martindale Hubbell peer review process. He received his undergraduate degree in finance from California State University Long Beach and his juris doctorate degree from Pepperdine University School of Law. During his time away from the office he participates in numerous outdoor activities, but cherishes most spending time with his wife and three children.

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Montgomery Cole

Areas of Practice: Civil Litigation, Consumer Litigation



Mr. Cole has been a litigator with the firm since 1980, with extensive experience in a wide range of business, trust, real estate, employment and personal injury matters. He has represented a variety of businesses ranging from publicly traded entities, corporations and partnerships to LLCs and sole proprietorships. Mr. Cole has also represented hundreds of individuals in litigation ranging from business, trust and real estate disputes to products liability, construction site and motor vehicle accident cases. He represents both plaintiffs and defendants and has had numerous trials, arbitrations and mediations throughout southern and central California. He has also served as a mediator, arbitrator and settlement officer for the Los Angeles Superior Court for many years.

Mr. Cole is a member of the California, Los Angeles and Long Beach Bar Associations and has been a member of the Joseph A. Ball/Clarence S. Hunt Inn of Court of Long Beach since its inception in 1991, serving as President of the Inn for the 2005-2006 and 2006-2007 terms. Mr. Cole's track record of high quality representation has been recognized by his peers with the highest A.V. rating. He has also been recognized as a Super Lawyer by Los Angeles Magazine in 2005, 2006 and 2011.

Mr. Cole is a cum laude graduate of Loyola Law School of Los Angeles in 1980 and represented Loyola in state and national moot court competitions. He obtained his B.A. from California State University in Long Beach in 1977, where he was a 4 year oarsman and captain of the Long Beach crew.

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Robert R. Johnson

Areas of Practice: Estate Planning, Business Law, Trust Administration, Probate



Bob was born in Long Beach, California, on July 10, 1943.   He attended Long Beach Poly High School, where he graduated in 1960, and the University of California at Santa Barbara, majoring in political science and graduating in 1964.

Law School education began at USC, where he received his J.D. in 1968.  He was admitted to the California State Bar that year.  His law school education continued at New York University School of Law where he received an L.L.M. in Taxation in 1969.

Bob returned to Long Beach and entered practice with his father, Preston W. Johnson, in 1969.  Bob and Preston practiced together for nearly 25 years.  On Preston’s retirement, Bob joined Madden, Jones & Cole in 1993.  He practices in the area of estate planning and trust administration as well as business transactions and business entities.

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Denae L. Oatey

Areas of Practice: Estate Planning, Probate, Trust Administration, Business Law



Denae was born and raised in Malibu, California, and graduated from Santa Monica High School in 1991.  She holds degrees in political science and history from the University of California at San Diego, received her J.D. from the University of San Francisco in 2001 and an L.L.M. in Taxation from the University of Washington School of Law in 2003.  Denae was admitted to the California State Bar in 2001.

Denae and her husband, Shawn Oatey, moved to Long Beach in 2004.  Shawn was born and raised in Long Beach and both have very strong ties to Southern California.  Denae and Shawn are keeping busy with their 3 sons, Tyler, Kyle and Ryan.

Upon moving to Long Beach, Denae joined Madden, Jones, Cole & Johnson in 2004.  She practices in the area of estate planning and trust administration as well as business transactions and business entities.

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Ian Chuang

Areas of Practice: Business Law, Real Estate, Civil Litigation


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Ian Chuang is an associate attorney focusing his practice on corporate and real estate law. His corporate law experience includes the formation of corporate entities and the negotiation and drafting of business transaction agreements. Mr. Chuang represents clients in real estate matters such as purchase and sale transactions, leases, and landlord-tenant relations. Mr. Chuang also has experience in all aspects of civil litigation, with an emphasis on labor and employment law and business litigation.

Mr. Chuang received his juris doctorate degree from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles. While at Loyola, he served as an editor of the Entertainment Law Review which published his article “Be Wary of Adding Your Own Soundtrack: Lenz v. Universal and How Fair Use Policy Should Be Applied To User Generated Content.” Prior to law school, Mr. Chuang attended the University of Toronto where he graduated with a degree in Political Science and History. He is a member of the Orange County Bar Association.

Mr. Chuang is fluent in Mandarin. Originally from Vancouver, he now lives in Irvine with his family and enjoys watching movies and playing basketball in his spare time.

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Cole F. Morgan

Areas of Practice: Real Estate, Business Law, Civil Litigation



Cole Morgan focuses his practice in the areas of corporate and commercial real estate law.  Mr. Morgan has significant experience handling all aspects of real estate and corporate transactions, including negotiation and drafting of agreements, conducting due diligence, and advising on legal and compliance issues. 

Mr. Morgan earned his juris doctorate, cum laude, from Pepperdine University School of Law.  While at Pepperdine, he was a member of the Journal of Business, Entrepreneurship, and the Law, which published his note, “Anti-deficiency Legislation Section 580b: Is It Effective?” 

Mr. Morgan attended Western Oregon University as an undergraduate, where he earned his Bachelor of Science as a finance major.  During his time at Western Oregon he was a receiver on the football team.

Prior to joining Madden Jones, Mr. Morgan practiced with a firm in Riverside in their corporate and real estate sections, was the legal and project manager of a retail real estate investment and development firm, and served as a judicial extern under the Honorable Patti Jo McKay of the Los Angeles Superior Court, Appellate Division.

In addition to the practice of law, Mr. Morgan enjoys basketball, golfing and spending time with his family.

Mr. Morgan is a member of the Center Club in Costa Mesa, NAIOP SoCal, the Orange County Bar Association within the real estate and corporate sections, admitted to practice in the Central and Eastern Districts of California and an active member of the State Bar of California.

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Meghan E. Russell

Areas of Practice: Estate Planning, Trust Administration, Probate, Trust Litigation, Business Law


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Meghan specializes in transactional tax law, including estate planning and trust administration and business transactions and business formations.

Meghan graduated from New York University with her Bachelor of Arts degree in Politics.  After college, she received her juris doctorate, magna cum laude, from Whittier Law School, where she earned the CALI Excellence for the Future award for the highest grade in nine courses, including Business Associations and Corporate Taxation.  While attending law school, Meghan also served as a judicial extern to the Honorable Catherine E. Bauer of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California.

Meghan then went on to receive a Master of Laws in Taxation from Loyola Law School, graduating with high distinction.   Prior to joining Madden, Jones, Cole & Johnson, Meghan assisted large corporate clients in achieving their tax objectives as a consultant with Deloitte’s Strategic Tax Review team.

Born and raised in Newport Beach, California, Meghan enjoys hiking, playing tennis, practicing yoga, surfing, and spending time with her dog, Isabelle.  In her spare time, you can also find her fundraising for a local charity and exploring museums.

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Elizabeth K. Holihan



Elizabeth Holihan, a Paralegal, joined Madden, Jones Cole & Johnson in 1992. She primarily works in two areas, Trust and Estates, and Business Entities. Her tasks in the Trust and Estates area include all aspects of trust administration, consisting of assisting clients with the administration of an estate, preparation of asset spreadsheets, asset valuations, asset allocation, asset transfer documents, gifting documents, real property transfers, etc.

While working in the Business Entities area, Elizabeth is responsible for the preparation of formation, organization and dissolution documents for business entities, including corporations, partnerships and limited liability companies. In addition, Elizabeth prepares stock records, organizes corporate records and prepares deeds. Elizabeth describes herself as a “people person”, and both of these areas of practice allow Elizabeth plenty of client contact, keeping her happily employed by the Firm.

Prior to joining Madden, Jones, Cole and Johnson, Elizabeth spent several years in the real estate syndication industry serving as Vice President of both Legal and Investor Relations. In addition, Elizabeth spent many years with a major, multi-practiced, law firm in downtown Los Angeles, specializing as a corporate paralegal.

Elizabeth was born in Long Beach, one of seven children, but before long her parents moved the family to Palos Verdes where she attended Miraleste High School. Elizabeth attended both California State University at Long Beach and University of West Los Angeles, and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Paralegal Studies. While away from the office, Elizabeth’s life is full, keeping up with her husband and their two children, as well as their large extended family.

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