Meet The Legal Team

Dental and Medical Counsel Team


Ali Oromchian - Attorney

Ali Oromchian

Mr. Ali Oromchian is one of the nation’s leading legal authorities on topics relevant to dentists. Since its creation, the Dental and Medical Counsel PC law firm has been regarded as one of the pre-eminent health care law firms devoted exclusively to healthcare professionals. His clients seek his advice on dental and medical practice transitions, creation of corporations and partnerships, associate contracts, estate planning, employment law matters, office leasing and state board defense. Additionally, as a respected dental lawyer, he is a frequent speaker on topics such as employment law, practice transitions, negotiations strategies, contract and estate planning throughout North America. Ali Oromchian has spoken for the American Dental Association, California Dental Association, Hawaii Dental Association, American Association of Orthodontics, California Society of Pediatric Dentistry, NVision, Vision Source and countless other state and local dental, medical, optometric societies. He is a graduate of the University of California at Davis, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree with Honors in Political Science and Rhetoric & Communications. Mr. Oromchian then attended the University of California, Davis School of Law, where he received his Juris Doctor. During law school, Mr. Oromchian was the Editor-in-Chief of the Business Law Journal and also worked for the Honorable Connie Callahan at the California Court of Appeals for the Third District. Upon graduation, he attended The George Washington University Law School where he received an LL.M. with Honors. Mr. Oromchian is a member of the California Bar and Bar of District Columbia.

Sheida Vakili - Attorney

Sheida Vakili

Ms. Sheida Vakili is an attorney with Dental & Medical Counsel, PC and practices in the areas of corporate, finance and real estate law, with particular emphasis on practice transitions, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, and equity and debt financings in health care. She assists clients with the acquisition of or investment in physician and dental practices, veterinary practices, optometrist practices, medical groups, healthcare management service companies, and medical office buildings. Ms. Vakili has completed multiple complex health care acquisition and sale transactions relating to for-profit healthcare organizations, joint ventures, and limited liability companies. She also routinely advises clients in the acquisition, sale, and leasing of commercial real estate. Ms. Vakili is a graduate of the University of San Diego, where she received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics. She then attended the University of Santa Clara School of Law where she received her Juris Doctor, and the University of Santa Clara Leavey School of Business where she received her Master of Business Administration. Ms. Vakili is a member of the California and the New York Bar, and the New York County Lawyers’ Association.

Giselle Rodriguez - Attorney-1

Giselle Rodriguez

Ms. Giselle Rodriguez is an attorney at Dental & Medical Counsel, PC. She is a valued member of our transactional team.  Giselle assists our doctors with practice transitions, mergers and acquisitions, employment contracts, corporate compliance, and various other contracts.  Additionally, Giselle advises clients on leasing commercial real estate.  Giselle is a graduate of the University of California at Davis, where she received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History with a minor in Political Science.  She obtained her law degree from Golden Gate University, School of Law in San Francisco.  Giselle is a member of the California Bar.  

Jeff Brown - Attorney-1

Jeff Brown

Mr. Jeff Brown is an attorney with Dental and Medical Counsel, with a legal and business background in real estate and financial services. He has served as chief legal officer for several national companies, and as president and executive vice president of insurers and entities in highly regulated industries. His focus at Dental and Medical Counsel includes real property leasing and regulatory review. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from University of California at Santa Barbara and his Juris Doctor from University of California at Berkeley. He is a member of the California Bar.

Timothy Moppin - Attorney

Timothy Moppin

Mr. Timothy Moppin is a respected and recognized trial lawyer.  He has more than 31years of experience in civil trial work. He has represented clients in civil litigation in state and federal courts, and before administrative and public agencies.  Over the past 31 years, Mr.  Moppin has developed a reputation in the defense and prosecution of complex, high-exposure cases involving bet-the-company litigation. 

Although the vast majority of the litigation has been resolved through settlement or dispositive motions, Mr. Moppin has successfully tried to verdict or judgment numerous matters. He has also represented employer clients in appeals before the California Court of Appeal and the United States Court of Appeals. Over the years, Mr. Moppin has gained substantial experience in the use of alternative dispute resolution, including various forms of arbitration and mediation. Indeed, Mr. Moppin has served as a mediator for the San Francisco Superior Court's Early Settlement Program.

A significant part of Mr. Moppin 's practice includes a broad range of preventive services for clients designed to avoid employment litigation. These services include providing advice, counseling and training to clients on complex employment matters, including employee terminations, trade secret protection, employee leaves of absence (e.g., under the Americans With Disabilities Act, Workers ' Compensation laws, the Family and Medical Leave Act, and California Family Rights Act), workplace privacy, wage and hour matters and the design and implementation of employee handbooks, supervisor manuals and employment policies.

Mr. Moppin is a member of the California State Bar and is admitted to practice before all California State courts, the U.S. District Court for the Northern, Southern and Eastern Districts of California, and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Mr. Moppin received his J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law in 1987. He received his B.A. in 1982 from the University of Pennsylvania, in Economics, from the Wharton School of Business.

Sarah Pipkin - Office Manager

Sarah Pipkin

Sarah is the Office Manager for Dental & Medical Counsel. She ensures office functionality on a day-to-day basis, often behind the scenes, although you may occasionally see her welcoming clients into our office. Sarah graduated from Pitzer College in Claremont, California with a bachelor’s degree in English and World Literature, and she strongly believes in the importance of the Oxford Comma. When not engaged in facilitating maximum office efficiency, Sarah is an avid obstacle course racer, fitness enthusiast, and nature lover. She can usually be found on the trails of local parks with her beloved giant dog, Kua.

Melissa Luna - Paralegal

Melissa Luna

Melissa is the lead litigation paralegal at Dental & Medical Counsel, PC. She supports the firm’s attorneys in connection with civil litigation in state and federal trial courts, appellate courts, administrative proceedings, binding arbitrations, and with pre-litigation dispute resolution.  Melissa has extensive experience in the areas of employment law, court rules, and discovery. She is heavily involved in the defense of wrongful termination, employment discrimination, sexual harassment, retaliation, wage and hour, and other related claims arising out of employment disputes; HIPAA data breaches and insurance company audits of healthcare providers. Melissa works closely with our attorneys and clients to help both achieve the most successful outcome possible for our clients.

Having worked in several front office positions in the dental industry prior to joining our firm, Melissa has a broad knowledge of dental office administration and procedures and is able to understand the needs of our clients in running successful practices.

Melissa graduated from John F. Kennedy University (JFKU) where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors in Legal Studies and completed the American Bar Association (ABA) accredited paralegal program. She was inducted into the national paralegal honor society, Lambda Epsilon Chi in 2016.

She is also a member of the Mount Diablo Legal Professionals Association. In her spare time, Melissa enjoys outdoor recreation, traveling, and most of all spending time with her family and friends.

Lindsay Wong - Marketing Coordinator

Lindsay Wong

Lindsay is the Marketing Coordinator with Dental & Medical Counsel, PC. She graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz with a double-major in Film & Digital Media and History and from San Francisco State University, where she received her certificate in Integrated Marketing. Prior to joining this law firm, she did marketing for a pediatric dental practice and an orthodontic practice. In her spare time, she enjoys exercising, traveling, watching her beloved sports teams, trying out new restaurants, exploring the Bay Area, and spending quality time with her friends and family.

Luis Valenzuela - Legal Assistant

Luis Valenzuela

Luis is a Legal Assistant at Dental & Medical Counsel, PC. He assists the firm’s attorneys with transactional and litigation matters, often acting as an intermediary with courts, and State, Federal, and local administrative agencies. Luis is the go-to individual for all things transactional. He has extensive experience in forming business entities throughout the United States, including the registration of fictitious business names with the proper authorities, obtaining Federal Tax Identification numbers from the Internal Revenue Service, stock filings, and annual minutes. He is an avid learner and is always willing to do what is needed to help our clients succeed.

Luis attended California State University, Stanislaus where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice and Psychology. Luis plans to go to Medical School and eventually become a Psychiatrist.

When not at work, he spends time with his three-year-old golden retriever, Simba. He enjoys hiking, the beach, and occasional binging on his favorite TV shows.

Saylem Bettencourt - Adminstrative Assistant

Saylem Bettencourt

Saylem is the front desk coordinator and administrative assistant for Ali at Dental and Medical Counsel. Saylem is responsible for providing personalized secretarial and administrative support directly to the owner of our practice, Ali Oromchian. She also helps with any task big or small around the office. With her background in customer service, she excels in ensuring our clients are always taken care of and have everything they need. Outside of work she is an avid reader, loves spending time with her family and her beloved nine pets, and enjoys life to the fullest.

Lyndsey Arechiga

Lyndsey is the executive assistant for Ali at Dental & Medical Counsel. She attended University of California at Davis with coursework in Biology. She excels in interacting with our clients and making sure their needs are addressed. Outside of the office she enjoys cooking, and spending time with family, friends, and her cat, Bella.

Danya Alhafidh

Danya has recently joined the Dental and Medical Counsel, PC, as a Paralegal.  She has worked as a Paralegal for over 7 years. Having previously worked for a dental insurance defense firm, she brings great expertise in the representation of dentists and other health care professionals in malpractice, business, and employment litigation. Her passion for law has inspired her to go to law school and she is now a second-year law student at the John F. Kennedy University, College of Law. She received her B.A. in North African and Middle Eastern Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles. On her free time she enjoys hiking the great outdoors and spending time with her friends and family. 


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