The Attorneys

Laura V. Bartels

Ms. Bartels has worked for the firm since 1988- early duties included receptionist, office manager, payroll, human resources, and legal research.

In 1998, she joined the firm as a partner.

Ms. Bartels’ experience with legal aid clients and attorneys gives her a passionate understanding of the importance of the foundation of our country – “justice for all.”

Clients say that she has a calming demeanor which puts them at ease. She explains issues to people in terms they can easily understand. She works with clients to determine their needs and explain to them various solutions that they can take.  

Personal interests:

Ms. Bartels is an advocate for social justice and her children’s educational opportunities. She was a Foo Fighter fanatic and has memorabilia in the office to enjoy.  Ms. Bartels is also the local president of the George Hincapie Fan Club and can be found on various spots of the Tour of California cheering on her favorite professional national champion bicycle racer. In the month of July she is glued to the Tour de France. She loves German Shepherds, old houses, original art, antique maps, and the Oregon coast.


Award nameGrantorDate granted
Gave Away 700 Winter CoatsWinter Coat Drive2018
Community Service RecognitionCity of Fillmore2016
Gave Away 650 New Coats to Needy KidsWinter Coat Drive2015
California State Assembly Special RecognitionAssemblyman Das Williams2015
Congressional Special RecognitionCongresswoman Julia Brownley2015
Ben E. Nordman Public Service AwardVentura County Bar Association2015
Gave away 750 brand new coats to needy kidsWinter Coat Drive2010
Gave away 700 brand new coats to needy kidsWinter Coat Drive2009
Soroptimist Woman of the YearFillmore Soroptimist Club2008
Gave away over 600 brand new coats to needy kidsWinter Coat Drive2008
Volunteer Lawyers Services Program (VLSP)Ventura County Bar Association2003
Volunteer Lawyers Services ProgramVentura County Bar Association2001
California State Assembly Certificate of RecognitionAssemblymember Jenny Oropeza, 53rd District2001
State Bar of California Estate Planning Trust Probate SectionSpeakers Bureau Certificate for Educating California Senior Citizens2001
California Senate Certificate of RecognitionSenator Bob Margett, 27th District2001
California State Assembly Certificate of RecognitionJackie Goldberg, 45th Assembly District2001
2001 Bar President’s Pro Bono Service AwardCalifornia State Bar Association2001
Certificate of RecognitionSanta Paula Hospital Board of Directors2000
Community Service CommendationVentura County Board of Supervisors1996


TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerTaylor, Scoles & Bartels1997 – Present
Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference Lawyer RepresentativeUnited States District Court Central District Of California2011 – 2014
ParalegalTaylor & Scoles1988 – 1997


Association namePosition nameDuration
Ventura County Legal AidBoard Member2012 – Present
National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy AttorneysMember2009 – Present
State Bar of CaliforniaEstate Planning, Trusts and Probates Speakers Bureau2001 – Present
Santa Clara Valley Legal AidDirector2000 – Present
California Advocates for Nursing Home ReformMember2000 – Present
Santa Clara Valley Legal AidMember1997 – Present
Ventura County Bar Association, Probate and Estate Planning SectionMember1997 – Present
Ventura County 99s- Women PilotsMember1993 – Present
Fillmore Chamber of CommerceMember1988 – Present
Ventura County Bar AssociationPast President2015 – 2015
Ventura County Bar AssociationPresident2014 – 2014
Ventura County Bar AssociationTask Force to Help Immigrant Children Held at Naval Base2014 – 2014
Ventura County Bar AssociationPresident-Elect2013 – 2013
Ventura County Bar AssociationSecretary/Treasurer2012 – 2012
Ventura County Bar AssociationBoard of Directors2007 – 2015
Scholarship Awards CommitteeVentura and Santa Barbara Colleges of Law2004 – 2008
Heritage Valley Tourism BureauBoard of Directors1998 – 2000
Ventura County Planning CommissionPlanning Commissioner1993 – 1996



Publication nameTitleDate
Citations (VCBA)“Laws Going to the Dogs”2014
Citations (VCBA)“What Fifty Years Brings”2014
Citations (VCBA)“Similarities Between Foo Fighter Concerts and Court”2014
Citations (VCBA)“I Care and You Count: How Mock Trial Helps Kids”2014
Citations (VCBA)“The Secret Language of Table Manners”2014
Citations (VCBA)COVER STORY: “Calling on Advocates to Help Refugee Children”2014
Citations (VCBA)“Be A Flea Against Injustice”2014
Citations (VCBA)“Srirachalypse”2014
Citations (VCBA)“How Sweet is Your Navel? The Laws of Citrus”2014
Citations (VCBA)“The Insectary: “Good Bugs” and the Law”2014
Citations (VCBA)“When Heroes Have Feet of Clay- Earl Warren and Japanese Internment”2014
Citations (VCBA)“The Amygdala Made Me Do It”2014
Ventura County Bar Association CitationsSanta Clara Valley Legal Aid Begins 16th Year2011
Ventura County Bar CitationsCOVER STORY: “From Lawyer to People”2011


School nameDegreeGraduated
Santa Barbara Conflict Management InstituteMediation Certificate2005
Ventura College of LawJuris Doctor1997
Mount Holyoke CollegeBachelor of Arts1985


Conference nameTitleDate
National Business InstituteThe Probate Process from Start to Finish2018
Fillmore RotaryWarm Coats for Cold Shoulders2018
Fillmore RotaryWarm Coats for Cold Shoulders2017
Estate Planning for WomenEstate Planning2016
Fillmore LionsWinter Coats for Needy Kids2011
Soroptimist MeetingWinter Coats for Needy Kids2010
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