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Dana F. Longo

Santa Barbara Attorney - Dana F. Longo

Mr. Dana F. Longo graduated from U.C. Santa Cruz in 1993 with degrees in biology and legal studies, and earned his law degree from California Western School of Law in 1997. Initially employed with the Office of the District Attorney for the County of San Diego, Bureau of Child Support Enforcement, Mr. Longo joined the firm in 1998. His practice now focuses on Wills, Trusts, and other aspects of Estate Planning, Trust Administration, Trust Litigation, Real Estate Transactional and Litigation Matters, and the formation of Corporations, Limited Liability Companies and other business entities.

Mr. Longo is an active member of the local legal community. He served on the Board of Directors of the Barrister’s Club from 1998 through 2000, acting as President for the year 2000. He was also active in the Santa Barbara Inns of Court from 1999 through 2001, serving on the Board of Directors in 2001. Further, he served on the Board of Directors of the Santa Barbara County Bar Association from 2001 through 2006, and remains active with the Bar Association. Mr. Longo also serves as President of the Santa Barbara Semana Nautica Association, and was a founding member, Director, and Legal Counsel for the Channel Islands Park Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization formed to benefit the Channel Islands National Park. Mr. Longo is also fluent in conversational Spanish and regularly represents Spanish speaking clients.

Staff Profiles

Christina Rios

Legal Assistant - Christina Rios

Christina Rios: After attending California State University Bakersfield, Ms. Rios obtained her certification in Computer Application and Office Management from Santa Barbara City College. She began working with this firm in 2012. She handles the scheduling of client appointments, all aspects of office management, file maintenance and acts as the firm’s receptionist. Ms. Rios is Melinda Rippberger’s daughter, and we are very lucky to have her on board.

Melinda Rippberger

Santa Barbara Paralegal and Legal Secretary - Melinda Rippberger

Melinda Rippberger is a highly skilled paralegal and legal secretary and has been working with this firm for more than 40 years. She received her Certificate in Legal Assistantship from the University of California, Santa Barbara, in 1982. She is active in the Santa Barbara Paralegals Association. In 1987, she earned specialty certifications in Civil Litigation and Probate from the National Legal Assistant Conference Center in Los Angeles. She now successfully serves the firm in the areas of trust preparation, trust administration, probate and conservatorship matters, and litigation management.

Memory of Philip J. Longo

Philip J. Longo - Founder and Inspiration for Longo LawMr. Philip J. Longo was born in Driggs, Idaho, in 1933. He was an avid outdoorsman that loved hiking, skiing, sailing, playing piano, and in his younger years, riding in rodeos. Most of all, he loved his family and upheld the highest standards of both personal and professional ethics throughout his life and career. He passed those passions onto his family. In 1963, he became a licensed, Certified Public Accountant. He moved to Santa Barbara in 1969 and opened his accounting practice. While maintaining that practice, he went to Ventura College of Law and became a member of the California Bar in 1974. He merged his accounting and law practice, which became the predecessor of this firm as it still exists today. His accounting background and legal education were well suited towards a law practice that emphasized: the Planning, Administration, and Litigation of Trusts and Estates, Probate, Conservatorship, all aspects of personal, business, and estate taxation, Real Estate litigation and transactional matters, Commercial litigation and Small Business planning. Although he lost a hard battle with cancer in 2001, his commitment to the practice of law, his family, and to keeping the highest standards of both personal and professional ethics will always live on in this firm.