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The Driving Force Behind The Conflict Program

At The Conflict Program, we are honored to have an outstanding panel of attorneys who wholeheartedly believe in their mission to represent indigent people in Contra Costa County.

Our Administrative Team

David Briggs

Executive Director of Independent Counsel Inc.

Oksana Tsykova

Director of the Conflict Program

Dennis Young

Attorney Support Division Administrator

Crista Pounders

Operations Manager

Debbie Garcia

Program Assistant

Independent Counsel Inc. Board of Directors

The Conflict Program is fortunate to be supported by a dedicated and passionate Board of Directors, composed of individuals who firmly believe in our mission. Our board members play a crucial role in ensuring that our organization remains steadfast in its commitment to equality and justice.
Independent Counsel Inc.

Richard Braucher

Independent Counsel Inc.

Emily Dahm

Independent Counsel Inc.

Michael Risher

Independent Counsel Inc.

Kathleen Guneratne

Independent Counsel Inc.

Linda Fullerton

Independent Counsel Inc.

Lara Heisler

Advisory Committee

Thomas Daly

Thomas Daly, Attorney at Law

Address: 2950 Buskirk Ave., Suite 300, Walnut Creek, CA 94597

Phone: 925-338-7517


Conrad Kuyawa

Law Office of Conrad J. Kuyawa

Address: 530 Divisadero St #PMB 804, San Francisco, CA 94117

Phone: 925-289-2423


Danielle A. Jones

Family Law + Criminal Defense | Hendrix-Smith & Jones, APC

Martinez Office Address: 649 Main Street, Suite 107, Martinez, CA 94553

Danville Office Address: 185 Front Street, Suite 107A, Danville, CA 94526

Phone: 925-725-2252


Lara J. Heisler

Partner | Heisler Rosenfeld LLP

Address: 961 Ygnacio Valley Road, Walnut Creek, CA 94596

Phone: 925-386-6885


Linda Fullerton

Linda Fullerton Law

Address: 54 Railroad Ave, Point Richmond, CA 94801

Phone: 510-232-4000

Michael Markowitz

Shareholder | Gagen McCoy

Martinez Office Address: 1030 Main Street, Suite 212, St. Helena, CA 94574

Danville Office Address: 630 San Ramon Valley Blvd, Suite 100, Danville, CA 94526

Phone: 925-235-3067


Lita Pettus-Dotson

Law Office of Lita Pettus-Dotson

Address: 3478 Buskirk Avenue #1000 Pleasant Hill, CA 94523

Phone: 510-671-2970

The Conflict Program Supports Panel Attorneys

The Conflict Program supports panel attorneys by providing access to the Attorney Support Division services. The purpose of the Attorney Support Division is to provide resources to the Conflict Program attorneys to facilitate the highest quality of representation of indigent individuals in Contra Costa County. Our goal is to help attorneys get the best outcomes possible for their clients. The Attorney Support Division provides access to social workers, research attorneys, paralegals, and mentors. The social workers can conduct a “deep dive” into the social history and assist with sentencing and finding inpatient and outpatient services. Research attorneys are available to analyze complex legal issues. Paralegals are available to assist with the organization of discovery. Conflict Program mentorship and brainstorming is offered to new and experienced attorneys facing a tough judgment call.

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