Learn About Our Amazing Team


A B O U T  M E

Louis Gabbara, ESQ.

Founding Partner & Trial Attorney

           Louis Gabbara was born and raised in San Diego, CA. He attended the University of San Diego High School, and received his Bachelor’s degree from Chapman University, with a major in business organizational leadership. He continued to earn his Juris Doctorate from Western Sierra School of Law.  While in law school he clerked at several civil litigation law firms in San Diego before founding the Law Offices of Louis Gabbara. where he exclusively represents victims of car accidents and other injury claims.  He has handled hundreds of car accident cases and recovered millions of dollars on behalf of his clients. Louis Gabbara is the recognized as a 2018 Rising Star, 2019 Top 40 Under 40 attorneys, 2020 Best of the Best attorneys, 10 Best Attorneys for Client Satisfaction, among other awards and is an active member of the San Diego Bar Association, Consumer Attorneys of San Diego, Consumer Attorneys of Los Angeles, American Association for Justice, Pauma Valley Country Club and Torrey Pines Men's Golf Club.

            Outside the office, Louis enjoys spending time with his beautiful wife, Marianne, and their two young daughters - Isabella and Julianna.  Louis has passionately played competitive golf for most of his life and has won many tournaments over a nearly 20 years span. He regularly takes his passion and drive from the golf course to the courtroom. 

Douglas Rafner​, ESQ.

Trial Attorney

               Doug and his wife, Sandy, have lived in Carmel Valley since 2002. They have three beautiful children. Doug received a BA in Speech Communication from California State University, Northridge and received a Juris Doctorate degree in 1991 from Thomas Jefferson School of Law. Doug has been a practicing attorney since 1992 and has worked in all facets of litigation, representing plaintiffs, defendants, and insurance companies. His primary focus has been in the field of complex construction-defect litigation.

              Doug has his own practice in the Carmel Valley area where he focuses on serving as a mediator for contested and litigated claims. Doug is an advocate for excellent education. He was a very active parent and was appointed to his daughter's school board’s Financial Task Force. Doug continues to be an active member of the community. Doug is serving his third term as an elected member on the School Board. He served as Governing Board President from 2013-2017.  


Liz Gutierrez

Litigation Paralegal

             Raised in Valley Center. Liz discovered her passion for the legal field in 2012 when she began working for defense counsel. She decided to expand her knowledge from the plaintiff's point of view and in 2018 she joined our team. Liz received an Associate of Arts in Legal Studies in 2016. She is currently a student at the University of San Diego to become a Paralegal. If Liz is not at the office, she is enjoying time with her daughter. She loves spending time with her family, traveling and shopping.

           Liz prides herself on her resourcefulness, ability to solve problems (or "put out fires"), and is studying to enrich these abilities and foster these skills into an ever-expanding repertoire of legal abilities.


Henedina Lopez

Office Manager

Henedina entered the legal field in 2018 and enjoys the day to day aspects of personal injury law. She is a wife and a new mother to a wonderful baby boy. She enjoys the outdoors, hosting events, and spending time with her family. Henedina is a budgeting enthusiast and enjoys a wide spectrum of music. She is fluent in English and Spanish. 

Henedina manages much of the daily operations of the offices and is an excellent point of contact for any concerns or questions related to your case.

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