Satori Law Group has helped clients meet their business and estate planning objectives for over 20 years. Our firm has the knowledge and expertise to meet your unique needs and understand your circumstances. We believe in the prevention of potential conflicts and reduction of risk exposures; therefore, our attorneys assist clients in forming the correct business entities, drafting and negotiating carefully thought out agreements and creating comprehensive and personalized wills and trusts to ensure the protection of your assets and wealth. We understand that the legal process can be difficult and hard to understand. As our client, you will have a dedicated attorney by your side to explain every detail and explore your options so that you can make informed decisions about what is best for you and your business.
What is Satori?
The word “satori” is used in Zen Buddhism to represent a state of enlightenment which involves acquiring a new point of view in one’s dealings with life and the world. The philosophy behind satori focuses on giving and sharing, which are important values in Estate Planning as you are giving and sharing with future generations.
Brian Ton is the founder of Satori Law Group, Inc. and strives to advise individuals and companies in estate planning, real estate transactions, and business and corporate law. Mr. Ton believes in prevention of potential conflicts to avoid costly litigations. To this end, Mr. Ton assists clients in forming proper estate plans, seeking to protect the clients’ interests at the same time minimizing future conflicts; and forming business entities, structuring appropriate business relationships among the parties, drafting and negotiating carefully thought out agreements.
Mr. Ton obtained his J.D. in 1987 from the State University of New York Law School after becoming a C.P.A. in the state of New York in 1985. In 1990, he earned a M.B.A. from the Wharton Business School at the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Ton was admitted to practice law in the state of New York in 1988 and in the state of California in 1992. Mr. Ton is also a licensed real estate broker and LEED AP qualified to consult on sustainable building projects.Prior to forming Satori Law Group, Inc. (formerly Brian H. Ton & Associate, A.P.C.) Mr. Ton has served as Attorney for Deloitte and Touche, a C.P.A. at KPMG Peat Marwick, Senior Financial Analyst for Tenet Healthcare Corporation, Vice President of Business and Legal Affairs for Keller Entertainment Group and Chief Operating Officer for Infinity Multimedia. Mr. Ton’s many experiences also include the forming of strategic alliances and joint ventures with Cambridge University in England, Mitsubishi Corporation, and Litton Industries.
Mr. Ton has been involved in various charitable and non-profit organizations. He is currently serving as a member of the Board of Directors of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Huntington Valley.
Allen Klein serves as of counsel for Satori Law Group, Inc. Mr. Klein has over 50 years experience of practicing law, including 35 years experience with major motion picture studios and television companies practicing entertainment and contract law. Currently Mr. Klein practices business law and real estate law. He is also a real estate broker. Mr. Klein is also a lawyer for the non-profit organization American First Day Cover Society.
Mr. Klein is a graduate of Harvard Law where he received his J.D. in 1951. Prior to studying law, Mr. Klein received his A.A. and B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles. Mr. Klein was admitted to practice law in the state of California in 1952.
Mr. Klein is a member of several professional associations, including The State Bar of California, Los Angeles Bar Association, California Association of Realtors, and the American First Day Cover Society.
Susan McConnell serves as of counsel for Satori Law Group, Inc. Ms. McConnell practices all aspects of estate planning and business law, with a particular emphasis on tax law. Her long time experience with tax practice, as well as investments and the stock market assists her in business and corporate law practice. Ms. McConnell is also the Secretary/Treasurer for her church, Friendship Church in Palm Desert.
Ms. McConnell is a graduate of Western State University – College of Law where she received her J.D. in 1986. Ms. McConnell received her B.S.L. from Western State University. She was admitted to practice law in the state of California in 1986.
Ms. McConnell is a member of the State Bar of California.
Michelle Phetsompou has worked for Satori Law Group as a paralegal since 2012. She obtained her paralegal certificate from Boston University and her BA in English and Intercultural Communication from Brigham Young University of Hawaii. Michelle was born and raised in Denmark and enjoys traveling, experiencing foreign cultures and learning new languages.
Kim Nix serves as Outreach Coordinator and legal administrative assistant for Satori Law Group, and manages the Satori website and blog. Kim received her BA in Film and Broadcast production from California State University Long Beach . Her previous work experience includes working as an intern on the tv show "The Doctors", and working as a production assistant on an independent feature film.
Outside of work, Kim is a dance teacher of all styles including Contemporary, Lyrical, Jazz, Ballet and Tumbling. Kim has also been dancing herself for 23 years. Kim is very passionate about teaching, and helping others. Kim is currently attending CSU Fullerton to complete her single subject credential in Physical Education.
Alexandra Rivera is our office's Director of Community Development. Born and raised in southern California, Allie brings with her unique experiences in office management, event planning and customer service. In addition to her work at Satori Law Group, Allie also works as an elementary school teacher. She is passionate about helping others, whether it be through law or education.
A graduate of Loyola Marymount University ('07) and California State University Long Beach ('11), she holds a BA and MA in English, as well as Multiple Subject credential for elementary teaching. In her free time, Allie is actively involved in the community through various volunteer works.
Holly Elder joined our team as the Client Services Director. She is assisting with our Probate, Trust Administration and Estate Planning cases. Holly recently returned from living abroad, where she received a Master’s in Human Rights and Transitional Justice at Hebrew University, in Jerusalem. During her master’s program, she also worked for a non-profit organization in the West Bank. Prior to her time abroad, she was a probate and real estate paralegal for various law firms in Maryland and Washington, DC. She obtained her Bachelor’s in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland.
Holly enjoys traveling the world, meeting people from different cultures and backgrounds, as well as staying active through yoga, hiking, and biking. She looks forward to exploring California when she is not busy at work.