Ms. Ward was
born and raised in Riverside, California. She graduated from the University of California at Riverside in 1979 with a Bachelor
of Arts degree in History. Ms. Ward attended the University of San Diego School
of Law, where she was a member of the Law Review, and graduated in 1982.
Ms. Ward began
her legal career at the law firm of Reid, Babbage & Coil, a highly
respected litigation firm located in Riverside, California. In 1985, Reid, Babbage
& Coil merged with the San Bernardino law firm, Surr & Hellyer, forming
Reid & Hellyer, the first major law firm with offices in both Riverside and
San Bernardino Counties. Ms. Ward became a shareholder in Reid & Hellyer in
1987, a position she occupied until early 1994 when she and her husband,
William J. Ward, formed Ward & Ward.
Throughout her legal career, Ms.
Ward has handled numerous business and real estate disputes,
construction-related disputes, and commercial collection matters. She has tried
both bench and jury trials and has participated in the arbitration and
mediation of many disputes. Ms. Ward is very knowledgeable in all phases of
civil trial procedure as well as in the substantive law applicable to the areas
in which she practices.
In addition to her trial practice,
Ms. Ward is recognized as one of the premier appellate attorneys in the Inland Empire. Ms. Ward is certified
as an Appellate Law specialist by the State Bar of California and is regularly
consulted by outside trial counsel in Riverside, San Bernardino, Los Angeles and Orange Counties regarding appellate
practice and procedures. Ms. Ward has handled scores of appeals and has had
numerous published decisions in appellate cases, including the decisions of Barer
v. County of Riverside (1997) 57 Cal.App.4th 558 [67 Cal.Rptr.2d 241], Dieterich
International Truck Sales, Inc. v. J.S. & J. Services, Inc. (1992) 3
Cal.App.4th 1601 [5 Cal.Rptr.2d 338], and Ramona Manor Convalescent Hospital
v. Care Enterprises (1986) 177 Cal.App.3d 1120 [225 Cal.Rptr.120].
Ms. Ward is admitted to practice law
in the State of California, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Central
District of California (federal court), and is a member of the Riverside and
San Bernardino County Bar Associations. Ms. Ward serves as a mediator for both
the Court of Appeal for the State of California, Fourth Appellate District,
Division Two, and Riverside Superior Court, and as a judge pro tem for the San
Bernardino Municipal and Superior Courts.
Ms. Ward is happily married and has
two lovely daughters, Sarah and Emily.
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