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Meet Our Staff

Benjamin Ayala

Law Clerk


Mr. Ayala graduated from California State University of Long Beach in 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. Mr. Ayala now attends California Western School of Law, JD Candidate, Class of 2021.

Mr. Ayala has been with our office for over a year now and has utilized his strong work ethic to contribute to several departments in our office. His experience in law offices, management, and education allow him to provide crucial assistance in problem-solving and client advocacy.

Mr. Ayala’s compassion and empathy fuel his desire to do all he can to provide satisfaction for our clients.

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Denise Bautista

Legal Assistant


Denise Bautista has been with Law Offices of Steven Ibarra for a year and a half. After working in the Aerospace Industry for 20 years, she took a leave of absence and enjoyed being a stay home mom for 5 years. Happily married for 25 years and a mother of 2, Denise was ready for a new career and challenge. Denise’s professional and relationship-oriented leadership style has made a positive impact on the firm. She is compelled and eager to make the client’s experience as smooth and straightforward as possible.

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Lauren Guerra

Legal Secretary


Lauren Guerra graduated from Cal State Fullerton in 2013 with her Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice. She has also earned a certification in Basic Applied Forensic Sciences from Cal State Long Beach in 2015.

She is currently working towards her Master’s Degree.

Lauren has worked with various law enforcement agencies and victim advocacy groups. For the last 8 years, just prior to joining Law Office of Steven Ibarra, she was a caseworker in the hearing department at Binder & Binder, where she provided direct support to the managing attorneys and medical professionals to ensure that those with medical disabilities were secured their right to receive permanent disability benefits.

Lauren is extremely passionate about criminal justice and has long been sympathetic toward ensuring the safety and well-being of all victims of crime. At Law Offices of Steven Ibarra, Lauren provides direct administrative support to Mr. Ibarra and his staff, including communicating with court staff and organizing client files.


  • B.S., California State University, Fullerton, 2013

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Robert Guerra

Head of Accounting


Robert Guerra graduated from California State University, Long Beach in 2010 with a degree in Communication Studies. He has worked at various law firms for over 8 years, and currently works as a Legal Assistant at our firm.

Robert has experience in all aspects of the personal injury litigation process, including drafting demand letters, Discovery, settlement negotiations and medical lien negotiations. His ability to negotiate medical liens truly is an art form. In fact, Robert has a 100% success rate negotiating liens at or below the California statutory ceiling during his time at Law Offices of Steven Ibarra. His aggressive yet charming negotiation style has resulted in hundreds of thousands of dollars in compensation for our clients.

Robert is also the head of our accounting department.

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Jenelle Ibarra

Office Manager & Family Law Coordinator


Jenelle Ibarra manages the office and busy schedule with an iron fist. This ensures that all of our clients get the prompt and efficient service they deserve. Her aim is very results-oriented. Jenelle is extremely resourceful in managing her time at the office as balanced with raising her three children with Steven Ibarra.

At Law Offices of Steven Ibarra, Jenelle heads the family law section with an extremely passionate approach unmatched by other firms. Her ability to connect on a real emotional level with all of our clients results in no detail being left alone or ignored no matter how insignificant or otherwise. Jenelle prides herself in the ability to give our clients her cell phone number so can be accessible on these extremely time-sensitive cases.

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Celeste Chavez

Legal Assistant


Celeste Chavez graduated from Whittier College in 2018 where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. Ms. Chavez brings her legal skills over to our firm from working at a personal injury firm. Ms. Chavez will be attending Law School in 2020 and is excited about her pursuit to help those in need of Family Law issues, such as Divorce, child Custody and Property Division. She is very passionate about advocating for others and is eager to make a positive contribution to her community..

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Angelica Escartin

Legal Assistant


Angelica Escartin is new to our team and has joined us as a Legal Assistant. Over the years she has developed a passion for helping others stand up for themselves. She started as a Police Explorer with a passion for enforcing the law and quickly realized that protecting the law was a better fit for her.

She is currently a student at California State University Los Angeles pursuing a degree in law with a specialty in Political Science and an emphasis in Pre-Legal Studies, she is also working towards a minor in Sociology. Her goal is to attend Law School and be able to practice law in the state of California and continue to help others.

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