Why I Am Thankful.
Adolf 2 What if you could not walk?  Adolf is 12 years old.  Five years ago his aunt punished him by pouring hot water and banana leaves on his legs.  With the resulting extensive burns on both of his legs, he cannot extend his legs and can only shuffle around on all fours.

Adolf was brought to the Bringing Hope to the Family orphanage in Uganda earlier this year.  When I was at the orphanage in June, I would walk Adolf and the other kids to school in the morning.  Adolf would lag behind but he always had a smile on his face.

When I returned home, my friend and fellow Rotarian Susan Griego saw a photo of Adolf and introduced me to Carol Horvitz, Executive Director at the Children's Burn Foundation.  Tanya Sorkin, the Foundation's Operations Manager, worked with me to get all of Adolf's information to the doctors at the Grossman Burn Center.  Another Rotarian, Bill Barrett, sits on the Foundation's Board and reviewed Adolf's case.

The result?  Adolf and an adult from the orphanage (Eva) are flying in on Monday to start eight months of surgeries and rehabilitation, all paid for by the Children's Burn Foundation.  They will live with my brother (a Rotarian in Santa Monica), his wife and their four children.
When I think of the things that I am thankful for this season, I think of Adolf and the fact that he will be able to walk and play again.  I am also thankful for the many friends who were so willing to help out to make this possible.  I am thankful for my brother and his family who so readily agreed to take in an orphan in need.  This Thanksgiving I recognize all of the things that I take for granted and all the blessings that are all around me.  With thanks.

What We Are Working On.
cocktail party We are working on a number of partnership lawsuits and disputes.  Our partnership fights come in all stripes:  real estate developers fighting over a Hollywood Hills mansion, retail partners fighting over the business, a service business dissolving, a shareholder dispute over a small corporation and broadcasting partners fighting over the business.

We are also handling litigation over a dispute with a Chinese manufacturing company and another lawsuit between neighbors over a boundary dispute.

We also have several clients who we are are assisting with leases, lease extensions, options, addendums and purchase agreements.

I hope you and your family have a Happy Thanksgiving and a special holiday season.  I look forward to seeing you soon.
Laine Wagenseller
Wagenseller Law Firm
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My nephews Robert and James at USC's Homecoming last weekend.  We will be at the Rose Bowl to watch USC stomp on the Bruins this weekend.

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Rotary Lunch
I recently hosted a lunch at the City Club to talk about the work I do in Uganda.  In attendance:  John Grace (Investors Advantage Corporation), Commissioner John Green (Los Angeles Superior Court), Felix Keats (Keats Financial Services), Jenny Skoble (Law Offices of Jenny Skoble), Susan Griego (Sacred Heart Elementary School), Manisha Juveri (Cal State LA), Brad Luster (Major Properties), Carol Horvitz and Tanya Sorkin (Childrens' Burn Foundation).
Commissioner John Green and Brad Luster