Ji-In Lee Houck
Ji-In (she/her/hers) is a co-founder and partner of The Houck Firm and an experienced litigator and trial attorney. She represents plaintiffs in all types of employment litigation as well as legal malpractice disputes. Client-focused and results-driven, Ji-In is a problem solver and a tireless advocate for her clients.
Prior to founding The Houck Firm, Ji-In served as Managing Partner of Stalwart Law Group, a boutique litigation firm in Los Angeles. Prior to that, she represented some of the biggest companies in the world at a multinational law firm. Her experience on the other side of the “v” has given her valuable tools to fight for her clients’ rights.
Ji-In has been recognized as a Southern California “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers magazine every year since 2017, which is an achievement limited to no more than 2.5% of the lawyers in California, and a "Super Lawyer" in 2022. She has been a speaker for numerous organizations such as the California Employment Lawyers Association, California Lawyers Association, Association of Business Trial Lawyers, Consumer Attorneys of California, Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, and Beverly Hills Bar Association on a variety of employment law, mediation, trial, and DEIB topics. Ji-In is also a contributing author to The Advocate and Forum magazines.
Ji-In has litigated employment claims both against and on behalf of Fortune 500 companies. In her former life as a defense attorney, she was part of a team that represented Walmart in a groundbreaking wage and hour class action, and has defended claims of discrimination on behalf of other large companies such as Am Law 100 law firms, healthcare conglomerates, and clothing retailers. On the employee-side, Ji-In has represented hundreds of individuals – from those earning minimum wage to high-income earning executives – in their disputes against public and private employers, recovering millions of dollars for her clients. Ji-In’s experience representing both employees and employers has given her a unique perspective and insight into all aspects of wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment, and retaliation cases.
Currently, Ji-In is proud to use her employment litigation experience to fight exclusively for workers’ rights, representing employees in their disputes against employers including in claims of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation based on race, religion, age, disability (mental and physical), FMLA/CFRA leaves of absences, sex, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, medical condition, military and veteran status, and all other protected classes and activities. She is passionate about achieving true diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging in the workplace and in our lives, and takes pride in holding companies accountable for violating the rights of their employees.
Ji-In has represented lawyers and clients in a variety of legal malpractice claims including those involving legal advice and representation on employment litigation, tax, licensing deals, trusts and estates, and partnership dissolution. Ji-In's successes include obtaining seven-figure restitution from attorneys who breached their duty of care to their clients.
Ryan D. Houck
Ryan (he/him/his) is a trial lawyer practicing in the areas of trust, estate and conservatorship litigation, including elder abuse. His cases include will and trust contests, breach of fiduciary duty claims against trustees and other fiduciaries, contested conservatorships, and elder abuse claims. He represents both fiduciaries and beneficiaries, ranging from corporate trustees to charities and individuals, in such matters through trial and appeal. Ryan represents clients both on an hourly and contingency fee basis.
Prior to founding The Houck Firm, Ryan was a partner at litigation boutique Sacks, Glazier, Franklin & Lodise LLP.
Ryan combines zealous advocacy with pragmatism, enabling him to achieve favorable and efficient results for his clients through skillful negotiation, strategic counsel and accomplished trial work. He offers comprehensive, results-oriented advice at all stages of representation. Ryan is also sensitive to the personal dynamics and non-monetary components of trust, estate and conservatorship litigation, and he thoughtfully tailors his representation to reflect those case-specific situations and his clients’ goals.
Obtaining favorable results for individual trustees, individual beneficiaries, corporate trustees and entities, nonprofit organizations and others, both through mediation and trial judgments, Ryan’s recent representative successes include the following:
Ryan has been recognized as a Southern California “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers magazine every year since 2016, which is an achievement limited to no more than 2.5% of the lawyers in California. He has been a speaker to the California State Bar Trust and Estate Section on a variety of trust and estate litigation issues, including appellate intricacies unique to probate litigation. Ryan is a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association's Trust and Estate Executive Committee. Ryan is also a registered patent attorney.