FIRM PROFILE 

At Hagan Denison, LLP, our goal is to provide high-quality legal representation. We strive to find cost-effective solutions that fit your needs.

Our goal is to find a solution to your problem so you can focus on your business. We represent clients throughout the San Joaquin Valley and surrounding areas in California.  

 

OUR TEAM

Our team has extensive experience in areas of business/commercial litigation, civil litigation, business law, partnership and corporate law, public entity liability, real estate litigation, employment law, land use, environmental law, contract formation and litigation and public agency issues.

 

Chris Hagan

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In practice since 2003, Chris Hagan provides legal services to a diverse client base, including litigation services to insurance companies, public and private business clients.  His practice focuses on civil and business litigation, public entity liability, employment litigation and real estate litigation. 

 

Chris is a Martindale-Hubbell AV preeminent rated attorney, the highest rating bestowed by the prestigious Martindale-Hubbell publication. The rating is based on an objective indicator of a lawyer’s high ethical standards and professional ability, generated from evaluations by other members of the bar and the judiciary.

Chris was selected to the 2015 Southern California Rising Stars list, published by Los Angeles and Super Lawyers magazine. The list comprises the region’s top 2.5 percent of lawyers who are younger than age 40. He was also one of only two Bakersfield attorneys selected by Super Lawyers magazine’s inaugural “Up-And-Coming 100 List” which is comprised of the magazine’s 100 highest rated lawyers under 40 in southern California. The selection process includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations.

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Kristin Hagan

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In practice since 2003, Kristin Hagan has experience advising both private and public sector clients on a broad range of legal issues.

 

Kristin’s practice primarily focuses on real estate transactions and litigation matters, as well as representing her clients in business and general civil litigation matters.

 

Her specialized areas of expertise include land use planning and development, where she provides advice and consulting regarding entitlements, state and federal permitting, the California Environmental Quality Act (“CEQA”), and oil and gas rights. In representing public agency clients, Hagan provides general counsel services in a variety of municipal and public law matters.

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Marc Denison

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Marc E. Denison was born and raised in Houston, Texas. Upon graduating high school, he was accepted at Texas A&M University, where he obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial Distribution in 1999.

Following graduation, Marc worked in Industrial Sales in Santa Barbara & Santa Clara, California and later in Dallas, TX.


In 2004, Marc moved back to California and began his legal studies at the University of San Francisco School of Law. 


Marc obtained his Juris Doctorate from USF in 2007. Shortly thereafter, he returned to Bakersfield and has practiced here since that time. Marc joined the law firm of Hagan Denison, LLP in November 2018.


Marc’s practice consists of a broad range of business transactional matters including real estate and land use, business formation and general corporate matters, mergers and acquisitions, and also estate planning and probate matters.

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Joseph Werner

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Joe Werner has been practicing in Bakersfield since 2011, and prides himself on accomplishing his clients’ goals in an efficient and practical manner.  This philosophy and focus has enabled Joe to successfully litigate a wide range of matters over the course of his career, from straightforward collection cases and contract disputes to more obscure issues such as wire transfer fraud and administrative due process violations.

 

After graduating magna cum laude from Chapman University School of Law, where he was a Senior Articles Editor for the Chapman Law Review and a member of the mock trial team, Joe and his wife moved to Bakersfield to start their family.  Immediately impressed with the sense of community in Kern County, and with two young daughters of his own, Joe served for several years on the board of directors for a local children’s charity, and is a current member of the board of directors for the local Habitat for Humanity.  Joe is always eager for opportunities to give back to Bakersfield, and believes that includes providing honest, effective, and efficient services to his clients.

Joe was selected to the 2020 Southern California Rising Stars list, published by Super Lawyers magazine.  The list comprises the region’s top 2.5 percent of lawyers who are younger than age 40.  The selection process includes independent research, peer nominations, and peer evaluations.

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Roman Macias

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Roman Macias was raised in Reedley, California after coming to the U.S. at the age of five from Mexico. Roman later attended University of California, Los Angeles where he met his wife, Maria. In 2010, Roman graduated with a bachelor degree in Economics. Following his undergraduate education at UCLA, Roman obtained his Juris Doctorate in 2013 at Chapman University School of Law in Orange County.

Upon completing law school, Roman moved to Bakersfield and has been practicing law in the Central Valley ever since. His areas of practice include trust administration and probate matters, employment law and broad-based transactional practice that encompasses real estate and business formation.

In 2015, Roman served as an executive board member of the Kern County Bar Association Estate Planning, Trusts and Probate. He also served the organization as president in 2017.

Roman enjoys the challenge of solving problems and the sense of accomplishment and satisfaction that goes along with it.

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Bill Bruce

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Practicing law since 1980, Bill Bruce has 40 years of extensive jury trial experience. His practice focuses on defending California businesses and public entities in tort and business litigation, including products liability, toxic torts, crop damage, employment litigation and personal injury claims.

 

Bill is also rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest designation bestowed to an attorney that exemplifies the highest level of legal professional excellence and expertise.

Since obtaining his Juris Doctorate from Pepperdine University School of Law in 1979, Bill has been an active member in the Kern County community. He has been a member of the Board of Directors for the Kern County Bar Association, Kern CASA and Kern County YMCA. Additionally, Bill has been a member of the Association of Southern California Defense Counsel since 1980 where, for several years, he sat as a member of the Board of Directors and acted as Committee Chair. Since 1995, he has also been a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates, serving as President of the San Joaquin Valley chapter in 2009. Bill also served on the Board of Directors for CAL-ABOTA from 2007 to 2010.

Bill joined Hagan Denison, LLP in the summer of 2020. Because he cares about giving back to his clients and community, he dedicates his practice to doing the same.

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Joanne Pierce

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Joanne L. Pierce was raised in San Diego where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Communication from California State University San Marcos and thereafter her Juris Doctorate from California Western School of Law in 2015. During her time at California Western, Joanne served as President of the Student Bar Association and was an accomplished member of the moot court team where she and her partners won first place at the Pepperdine National Entertainment Law Moot Court competition and second place at the Whittier National Juvenile Law Moot Court competition. Joanne was also awarded Best Oralist for her advocacy at the Whittier National Juvenile Moot Court competition. After her graduation from California Western, Joanne continued to participate in the moot court program as a coach and adjunct faculty member. Joanne was inducted to the National Order of Scribes in 2015.

 

Joanne worked on civil and criminal appeals from 2016 to 2017 and was a prosecutor with the San Diego City Attorney’s Office from 2017 to 2019 where she took numerous cases to trial and served in a vertical role prosecuting drug DUIs. Joanne was awarded Deputy of the Month during her time with the Office and gained specialized knowledge on prosecuting impaired driving. Joanne moved to Bakersfield in 2019 where she focused her practice on civil litigation.  

 

Joanne’s practice encompasses a broad range of litigation matters including personal injury defense, public entity defense, employment, real property, and business. Joanne is a member of the Kern County Bar Association and serves as a board member of the Women Lawyers Section.

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