No matter how old we are, justice requires that all people are treated equally, and that the safety and dignity of all members of our community are preserved and safeguarded, especially older adults who have given so much to our community over the years and now find themselves in need of our protection.

Elder abuse can take many forms, ranging from financial exploitation to physical abuse and neglect. Incidents of abuse are rarely reported as elders are often reluctant to complain because of fear of retaliation or embarrassment. Similarly, elder abuse often goes unrecognized as family and friends are unaware of the common warning signs.

As a former criminal prosecutor, Sean Ponist and his firm are used to standing up for victims of crime and abuse. If you, or someone you know or love, have suffered financial elder abuse or another form of elder abuse, please reach out to see if we may be of assistance.

Signs of Financial Elder Abuse and Exploitation:

  • Fraudulent Transfers

  • Investment Scams

  • Loan Scams

  • Mortgage Scams

  • Real Estate Scams

  • Significant withdrawals

  • Suspicious changes to wills/trusts/powers of attorney

“Sean and I worked on the same criminal trial team in the Marin District Attorney’s Office, where we often worked on cases together. I found he was a good strategic thinker, analyzed legal issues thoughtfully, and communicated very well with juries. He’s a great trial attorney, and I’m sure his communication skills make him a hit with his clients, too.”

John Alden
Managing Attorney at Independent Investigations Bureau. San Francisco District Attorney's Office

“Sean provided careful, accurate counsel in a complicated legal matter I was involved in for a period of three years. He is well trained and allocates his time well. In short he is a very good attorney”

Richard Wilson
Former Director of the California Department of Forestry (CDF)

“I worked previously with Sean as an attorney at a firm that handles complex and high-stakes litigation, as well as general commercial disputes. Sean worked closely with clients to craft business solutions and, if necessary, zealously pursue litigation on their behalf. He is an effective advocate both in and out of the courtroom. Sean is also especially gifted at explaining legal concepts and at helping clients assess their legal options, including arbitration, mediation, trial, and settlement.”

Neil Swartzberg
Counsel at Pearson, Simon & Warshaw, LLP

“Sean and I were both attorneys at a former firm with which we were affiliated. Sean is a very smart, experienced attorney, and a really nice guy besides! He works very hard and is dedicated to doing excellent work for his clients.”

Robert Silverman
Attorney, R. Silverman Law Group

“I have had the good fortune to work with Sean on a very complex real estate matter. In spite of these challenges, Sean was able to distill the issues down to manageable components. This is the mark of a skilled attorney. I look forward to the next opportunity to work with him.”

Michael Pallamary
Founding Member at Land Surveyors Advisory Council on Technical Standards (LSACTS)

“Handled a complex situation very professionally.”

Dr. H. Tenenbaum
President/CEO of Harten Resources, Inc.

“Great firm! Responsive to client needs and thoughtful as to what cases need and don’t need. Recommend them highly.”

Audette Morales
Partner at the law firm of Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani

Proven Results

The Ponist Law Group Reaches Favorable Confidential Settlement on Behalf Elderly Client Defrauded in Connection with Purchase of a Business

The Ponist Law Group represented an elderly client in an arbitration in connection with the purchase of business and asserted claims for breach of contract, rescission, fraud/misrepresentation and financial elder abuse. Following a multi-week arbitration proceeding, the Ponist Law Group was able to reach a favorable resolution on behalf of our client.

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