Scott R. Kaufman
Kaufman and Kavicky first opened for business in 2003. Mr. Kaufman was dissatisfied with his past position at a mostly profit-driven larger multistate firm. Mr. Kaufman then started this firm modeled in more like a “legal aid” type of setting, hiring only people who are genuinely interested in and dedicated to, helping consumers, not folks who only care about their own bottom line. The firm has grown steadily over the years, currently employing four full-time dedicated consumer protection attorneys and one incredible paralegal. At any one time the firm handles about 140 active cases and Mr. Kaufman will work hard to be familiar with each of them. That said, when (and if) trial time comes, it's all hands on deck at Kaufman and Kavicky. We are a team in the true sense of the word, always pitching in to help each other in any way that we can, to make sure that the client is first and foremost in all we do. The firm has been directly responsible for getting tens of millions of dollars returned to California Consumers over the years.
All of our attorneys are members of the prestigious National Association of Consumer Advocates, NACA and Mr. Kaufman is the immediate past Chairman of the California chapter of NACA. Mr. Kaufman regularly attends consumer protection conferences to hone and his advocate skills. Mr. Kaufman regularly teaches Mandatory Continuing Legal Education classes to other California attorneys and attorneys from all 50 states and Washington D.C., in the field of lemon law and auto fraud, in order to further the cause. Mr. Kaufman has appeared on radio, television and in print, on multiple occasions as well.
Erika Kavicky, Partner
Ms. Kavicky has more than 15 years of trial experience, having tried dozens of cases in criminal law and consumer protection law, to verdict.
Ms. Kavicky is a long-time consumer advocate who has few peers in this area of law, a fanatical professional on all counts. Ms. Kavicky can handle client intake, discovery, research and trial advocacy, a complete attorney that you want on your side. Ms. Kavicky is a perfectionist in all things, a tireless worker and during her rare time off enjoys spending time with her family.
Eric Natenstedt is now in his fifth year practicing law in California. Mr. Natendstedt left a larger lemon law firm recently to join Kaufman & Kavicky's Southern California Office. This move supports his passion to be more hands-on for each consumer he represents, giving each case his personal touch. His practice focuses primarily on plaintiffs' consumer protection/lemon law claims representing clients across California, in state and in federal district courts. Mr. Natenstedt is admitted to practice in all California State Courts and also in the Southern, Eastern and Western Federal Districts. Mr. Natenstedt has achieved numerous outstanding results, including many favorable settlements in cases involving a wide range of defective vehicles amounting to millions of dollars returned to harmed consumers. Mr. Natenstedt has extensive interests auto-mechanics and auto-sports which blend well with his passion for lemon law and assessing defective vehicles.
Mr. Natenstedt earned his B.A. in 2009 from San Diego State University, graduating cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. He earned is J.D. from the University of San Diego School of Law, where he served on the prestigious USD Law Moot Court Executive Board, was a 2012 Paul A. McLennon Honors Tournament semi-finalist and winner of the "Best Brief Award". While in law school and after graduating Mr. Natenstedt worked on criminal law matters handling both prosecution and defense and gaining extensive experience in high-stakes litigation, negotiation and trial practice. Before moving into consumer protection law, Mr. Natenstedt obtained significant criminal litigation and trial experience, having worked for the San Diego City Attorney's Office, the Fresno District Attorney's Office and also in a private criminal defense practice.
In his free time, Mr. Natenstedt enjoys traveling, geo-politics, military history and of course anything related to cars. He also enjoys hiking, fishing and hopes to finish writing his first fictional novel soon.
Mr. Berlin graduated from Boston University in 1995 with a dual degree in Political Science and International Relations and a minor in Religion. After working in Washington, D.C. at one of the top Intellectual Property Law Firms in the country and at Special Olympics International he returned to his home in Los Angeles to attend Loyola Law School. Mr. Berlin graduated from Loyola Law School, passed the California State Bar in 2001, and was hired by the San Bernardino County Public Defender’s Office where he obtained significant criminal defense and trial experience.
In his 18 years as a California attorney Mr. Berlin has worked almost exclusively representing consumers in everything from Tobacco Litigation, Criminal Defense, Personal Injury, Debt Collection Harassment, Fair Credit Reporting, Bankruptcy, and Foreclosure Defense/Loan Modifications Auto Fraud and Lemon Law matters.
Mr. Berlin is a member of the Southwest Riverside County Bar Association, Southwest Inn of Court, and the National Association of Consumer Advocates (NACA). He was the Temecula Chamber of Commerce representative on the Board of the Temecula Citizen Corps, as well as a former Board Member of the Wildomar Chamber of Commerce. Barak was a recent finalist for "Citizen of the Year " by the Temecula Chamber of Commerce .
In his free time, Barak enjoys going to movies, Southern California theme parks, traveling, and spending time with his family.
Breana Villazana is a Paralegal for both the Northern and Southern California offices. She supports all of the firm’s attorneys in Lemon Law and Auto Fraud litigation. Ms. Villazana performs duties including but not limited to, intake, research and writing, drafting pleadings, calendaring, case management, drafting and filing most other official court documents and pleadings.
Ms. Villazana earned her Bachelor’s Degree in 2016 from San Jose State University in Child and Adolescent Development with a heavy focus on Social Work. After graduating from college, she was employed with a non-profit organization, Fresh Lifelines For Youth (FLY), working with underserved and incarcerated youth in the Bay Area. She served as a Law Program Facilitator, where she taught teenagers about the law and their rights as young people . In her free time Ms. Villazana enjoys sports and spending time with her family.