Thomas J. Borchard


Born Saginaw, Michigan, December 13, 1954; admitted to bar, 1982, Michigan and California, U.S. District Court, Central and Southern Districts of California, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit and U.S. Tax Court. Education: Michigan State University (B.A., 1977); Thomas M. Cooley Law School (J.D., 1981); University of San Diego. Member: State Bar of Michigan; State Bar of California; Orange County Trial Lawyers Association. Practice Areas: Business, Employment, Real Estate and Intellectual Property Litigation.

Maureen E. Callahan


Ms. Callahan attended the University of California, Irvine and graduated with honors from Western State University College of Law in May of 1994, where she received the American Jurisprudence Award in Legal Writing, Civil Procedure and Evidence. She is also admitted to practice before the United States District Court, Northern, Central, and Southern Districts of California and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. 


Ms. Callahan was featured in the 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 , 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 editions of Los Angeles Magazine as one of South County’s “Superlawyers”, an honor bestowed upon less than 1% of the entire state bar and compiled based upon input from judges and attorneys in the community. In 2012, Ms. Callahan was voted as one of Orange County’s top 50 lawyers by Superlawyers. She was additionally included in Best Lawyers of America in 2009, 2010 and 2011, a publication which limits its members to less than 1% of the attorneys in America. Ms. Callahan enjoys a rating of “Superb”, with a 10 out of 10 score on the AVVO website, a consumer website which rates lawyers using a mathematical model that considers elements such as years of experience, board certification, education, disciplinary history, professional achievement, and industry recognition. Ms. Callahan is also a frequent lecturer on business litigation related topics, and conducts seminars for attorneys on behalf of the Orange County Bar Association, the Celtic Bar Association and the Hispanic Bar Association. Ms. Callahan is a partner with Borchard & Callahan where she has worked since 1995.

Janelle M. Dease


Janelle M. Dease is a civil litigation attorney who has been representing clients in state and federal courts in California since 2003.  Over the years, Janelle has worked with individual and commercial clients in a variety of legal matters, including business disputes, employment matters, construction/real estate litigation, enforcement of judgment and recovery efforts, appeals, and family law.  A focus on detail, hard work and a keen sense of procedure and preparedness contribute to Janelle’s effective representation both in and out of the courtroom.

After earning a Bachelor of Science degree from Kent State University, Janelle attended the University of Akron School of Law to earn her J.D.  Janelle was admitted to the State Bar of California bar in 2003, and is authorized to practice before all state courts of California, U.S. District Courts for the Southern, Central and Northern Districts of California, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California.

Frank Mickadeit

Frank Mickadeit is an attorney and former journalist who listens to people and helps them solve their problems, bringing to every undertaking superior analytic and communications skills forged by years of education and practice.  In three decades as a high-profile professional in Orange County, he has acquired a vast knowledge of the region, and has developed deep contacts in law, media, business, government, politics, land use and environment, philanthropy, and the arts – an incalculable benefit to his clients. 


As an attorney, Mr. Mickadeit’s experience ranges from business litigation to white-collar criminal defense.  Prior to joining Borchard & Callahan, he was an associate for three years at Greenberg Gross LLP, a boutique litigation firm in Costa Mesa, California.


Mr. Mickadeit received his law degree from Chapman University School of Law, where he was a member of the Honors Mock Trial Team and an Academic Fellow in Criminal Law.  In addition to his degree, he earned a special emphasis certificate in Environmental, Land Use, and Real Estate Law.  He served his clinical experience at the Alona Cortese Elder Law Center in Orange, California, and his clerkship at Keller Rackauckas LLP (now Keller/Anderle LLP) in Irvine, California.


Prior to becoming an attorney, Mr. Mickadeit was an award-winning journalist.  Most notably, Mr. Mickadeit was a Metro Columnist at the Orange County Register, where for 10 years he wrote a daily column for a newspaper that had more than 1 million readers.  His work ranged from local political and governmental coverage to gavel-to-gavel coverage and analysis of major civil and criminal trials, and a myriad of other legal issues.  He was featured in Orange Coast magazine’s “Best of Orange County,”  was nominated by his newspaper three times for the Pulitzer Prize, and given the Orange County Press Club’s Dunlap Award for Lifetime Achievement.  He received his bachelor’s degree in journalism from San Diego State University.


Representative Matters


• Obtained, with co-counsel, $2.3 million jury trial verdict for plaintiff defrauded following the sale of eight kidney dialysis clinics.  Upheld on appeal.

• Obtained dismissal of fraud claim against former CEO of one of California’s largest property and casualty insurance companies.

• Member of defense team in high-profile, eight-figure fraud and battery claim that resulted in settlement with client assuming no tortious liability.




• State of California

• U.S. District Court for the Central District of California

• U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit


Professional Activities


• Orange County Bar Association

• Association of Business Trial Lawyers

• Celtic Bar Association of Orange County

• St. Thomas More Society of Orange County 

Austin Borchard 


Austin Borchard joined Borchard & Callahan, APC as an Associate Attorney in December 2016.  Prior to becoming a licensed attorney at the end of 2016, Austin began working with the firm part-time throughout college and was a full-time Legal Assistant for the firm beginning in 2011. He continued working with this firm as a legal assistant throughout his law school tenure and  joined the firm as an Associate Attorney immediately after passing the California Bar exam.


Austin graduated from Western State University College of Law in May, 2016.  While attending law school, Austin was selected to represent Western State in the National Sports Law Negotiation Competition at Thomas Jefferson School of Law.  During his law school tenure, Austin honed his legal skills in Civil Litigation, Estate Planning, Probate, and Real Estate Law.


After being admitted to practice law in both the California state courts and the United States District Court, Austin has been exposed to a wide variety of legal matters ranging from estate planning, probate (Administration of Decedent’s Estate and Litigation), contract negotiation, business entity formation, trademark and copyright registration, and civil litigation for contract disputes, employment disputes, and ADA claims.  He argued two matters before the Court of Appeals and sat second chair in a civil trial, all within 6 months after receiving his license to practice. 


Austin focuses his practice on civil litigation, probate and estate planning.  Austin prides himself on listening, strategizing and implementing what he believes to be the most logical and cost effective approach to addressing his client’s legal matters.  He is a member of The Peter M. Elliot Inn of Court and Orange County Bar Association and serves as a guest lecturer at Western State. 

Austin received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Business and Management with an emphasis in Finance from Saginaw Valley State University in 2011. 

Gary V. Spencer
Of Counsel


Education: University of Southern California (B.A. 1966, Economics); University of California at Berkeley (Boalt Hall) (J.D. 1969); Pepperdine University (Mediation Training; 1994); 

Member: State Bar of California (1970); Orange County Bar Association; American Bar Association

General trial practice with emphasis on real estate and contract matters; construction matters, construction defect problems for plaintiffs, developers, and contractors; insurance coverage disputes involving first and third party policies; Negotiation of foreign and domestic trademark licensing agreements in sportswear industry; Professional mediator of complex litigation matters.

Michael G. Dawe
Of Counsel


Mr. Dawe attended the University of New Brunswick, Canada where he received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1975.  He received his Master of Science Degree, Economics in 1976 from London School of Economics and Political Science. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from California Western School of Law in 1980. Mr. Dawe is admitted to Practice in the California Supreme Court, all California Courts of Appeal and all Federal, State and Bankruptcy Courts in California. He has an expertise in insurance coverage disputes.