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Our firm is comprised of dedicated professionals who share responsibility for taking care of our clients. We strive to obtain and retain the most talented and conscientious lawyers. In addition to our expectation that our attorneys achieve the highest level of commitment to our clients and the legal profession, we also encourage them to become part of, and contribute to, the larger community.

Lawyer Profiles

Donna R. Bashaw     Founder


Retired - Of Counsel

Mrs. Bashaw graduated from Western State University College of Law in 1987 where she was Editor-In-Chief of the law review and where she is a periodic adjunct professor teaching Elder Law related classes. She practices elder law in Laguna Hills, California, and is a certified elder law specialist. Mrs. Bashaw is a frequent presenter for California Education of the Bar (CEB), for the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and for the California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform.

Mrs. Bashaw is a Past President of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. She was named a Fellow of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys in 1997. Mrs. Bashaw is also the past chair of the exam writing committee for national certification of elder law attorneys through the National Elder Law Foundation. She is co-author of California Durable Powers of Attorney, a CEB publication, Special Needs Trusts, a CEB publication and co-author or California Guide to Tax, Estate & Financial Planning for the Elderly, a Matthew Bender/LexisNexis Publication. She has also authored many articles.

For her pro bono service and for her pioneering work in elder law, Mrs. Bashaw received the California Women Lawyers’ Fay Stender Award in 1997, the Teresa Foundation Award, in 1998, was named to the Hall of Fame at Western State University in 1999, received the OCBA Harmon G. Scoville Award in 2000, received the Orange County J. Reuben Clark award in 2003, the State Bar of California Appreciation Award for exceptional service and contributions to the legal profession in 2005, she was recognized as the 2008 Woman Lawyer of the year for Orange County. Mrs. Bashaw served as a delegate to the White House Conference on Aging (WHCoA) held in December of 2005. Such a conference is held once every 10 years.

Melinda Hunsaker


Melinda Hunsaker is a Managing Partner at McGonigle & Hunsaker, LLP.  Her practice includes Medi-Cal Planning, Applications, and Appeals, Estate Planning and Trust Administration, including Special Needs Trusts, Probate, Conservatorships, Guardianships, and other Elder Law and Special Needs Law related matters.  Ms. Hunsaker received her law degree from Western State University, College of Law, graduating cum laude in December of 2005, and was admitted to the California State Bar in May of 2006.

Ms. Hunsaker is a Certified Elder Law Attorney (CELA) by the National Elder Law Foundation, the only organization approved by the American Bar Association and the California State Bar to offer certification in the area of elder law. Ms. Hunsaker is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, the Orange County Bar Association (OCBA) Trust and Estates section, the OCBA Elder Law section, the J. Reuben Clark Law Society, of which she is also a board member, and the Special Needs Alliance, an invitation only membership organization of attorneys holding its members out as recognized experts in the field of special needs planning, trusts, and related governmental programs. 

Ms. Hunsaker is a regular volunteer at the Orange County Probate Court’s free Limited Conservatorship Clinic and has been published in the Orange County Lawyer.  Ms. Hunsaker frequently gives presentations throughout Southern California to churches, schools and community organizations for seniors, people with special needs, and their families, as well as provides training to attorneys and other professionals, hospitals, and skilled nursing facilities.


Christina McGonigle


Christina McGonigle is a Managing Partner at McGonigle & Hunsaker, LLP, a law office that serves seniors, people with disabilities and their families. She graduated magna cum laude from Western State University College of Law in 2005. Prior to attending law school, she received her Bachelors degree in Political Science (cum laude) from California State University, Long Beach.

Ms. McGonigle is a volunteer Court Appointed Attorney for the Probate Panel of the Orange County Superior Court. She is Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors of the Orange County Bar Association Section on Elder Law. She is also a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and the Probate Section of the Legislative Resolutions Committee. Ms McGonigle serves on the Advocacy Committee of the Alzheimer's Association, and meets with the legislators to advocate for issues affecting seniors. Ms. McGonigle is a frequent presenter and community volunteer for organizations that serve disabled adults and seniors. Ms. McGonigle practices in the areas of Trust and Estate Planning, Special Needs Trusts, Trust Administration, Conservatorships, Litigation, and Medi-Cal Applications and Appeals.