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Santa Rosa Law Firm Office Staff


Merrill, Arnone & Jones - Santa Rosa Law Firm

Deneene Arnone, Office Manager

With over 30 years of experience, Deneene is responsible for the business management operations at MAJ.

Her duties include human resources, marketing, staff development, office maintenance and all financial matters including billing, payroll and accounts payable.

In her off time, Deneene enjoys hiking with husband, Bill, and is an active grandmother to her 3 granddaughters.



Kerri Rizzato Sfarzo, Legal Secretary

Kerri has been with Merrill, Arnone & Jones, LLP since she graduated from Empire College in 2000 with a Specialized Associate Degree.

She is legal secretary to Michael P. Merrill, William J. Arnone, Jr. and Marlon V. Young, assisting in the areas of civil litigation, real estate, entity formation, intellectual property, trademark, governmental, health care districts, and estate planning.

Kerri is also a notary public.



Espe Gunheim, Legal Secretary

Originally from Spain, Espe is assistant to Michael Fish, Ross Jones and Bill Adams.

With 15 years of experience in the legal field, she specializes in Civil Litigation and Family Law.

Espe works hand in hand with the attorneys and their clients in navigating what can be a very difficult time in their personal and/or professional lives.

In her free time Espe enjoys racquetball, kayaking, hiking and spending time with family and friends.



Carol Karuza, Paralegal

Carol is paralegal to all six partners at Merrill, Arnone & Jones.

Working in the Sonoma County legal community since 1981 and a graduate of the Sonoma State University Attorney Assistant Program, Carol is an experienced paralegal who handles a wide range of matters from intellectual property and entity formation to probate and trust administration, as well as everything in between.

Her duties include legal research and analysis, the drafting of documents, legal filings, and the creation and maintenance of various business entities.

Her free time is spent keeping up with her two teenaged daughters.


Lisa Cross, Assistant Legal Administrator

Lisa is the Assistant Legal Administrator at Merrill, Arnone & Jones. She assists with billing and accounts receivable as well as record retention and ordering office supplies.

If you call our office you will most likely be greeted with her cheerful voice as she directs you to the correct party or answers your questions.

Lisa spends most of her free time keeping up with her two children and spending time with friends and family.

She also loves finding ways to stay active and looks forward to traveling to new and exciting places.