Our Team

The Pederson Law Offices team is one with diverse backgrounds, but also with common denominations of demonstrated excellence in law and a passion for using it to help people make their financial goals come true. From engineering to accounting, we use every bit of our knowledge accumulated over the past 40 years to protecting your best interests, whether they involve establishment of a trust or pertain to your commercial assets.

Steve Pederson, Attorney

Steve Pederson received his Bachelor’s degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the University of Minnesota in 1966, his Master’s Degree in Aerospace Engineering from San Diego State University in 1969, and his Juris Doctorate with High Honors from Western State University School of Law in 1975. From 1966 through 1975, he worked as a Senior Design Engineer for General Dynamics Corporation, assisting in the design of numerous aerospace vehicles, including the Space Shuttle and Cruise Missile. From 1975 through 1981 he worked as an attorney in Los Angeles, California, handling civil litigation cases in the areas of aviation, product liability, medical malpractice and vehicular accidents. In 1982 he started his own firm in Thousand Oaks, California, focusing on estate and business planning. Since then, he has been privileged to assist thousands of families in this community.

Steve Pederson has been a member of Rotary International since 1987, where he has served on many committees dedicated to improving the lives of others. He has also served as a past coach and on the Board of Directors for the Conejo Youth Basketball Association (CYBA), Conejo Valley Little League (CVLL), and the American Youth Soccer Association (AYSO). He was also a past president of the Thousand Oaks High School Boosters Club. Steve believes in the youth that makes up our community, and has given much of his time to them through sports.


Grant Pederson, Attorney

Grant Pederson received his Bachelor's degree with honors in Mechanical Engineering in 1999 from the UCSB, and his Juris Doctorate with high honors from the Ventura College of Law in 2006. Prior to joining Pederson Law Offices in 2003 Grant worked as a solutions engineer for the global consulting firm Accenture, Ltd., where he helped to design and implement strategic business systems for fortune 500 companies.

Grant is a Board Certified Legal Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust, and Probate Law. He is a member and past attorney chairman of the Conejo Valley Estate Planning Council. Grant is also a member of the Ventura County Bar Association, and California State Bar - Trusts and Estates Section.

Grant currently resides in Westlake Village with his wife, Katie, and his two daughters, Ella and Gwen. He is honored to be in practice with his father and serving the community in which he was born and raised.


Todd Vigneux, Attorney

Todd Vigneux received his Bachelor's degree in Accounting in 1985 from CSUN, and his Juris Doctorate with honors from the Ventura College of Law in 2006. Prior to joining Pederson Law Offices in 2013 Todd was the Chief Financial Officer of a local manufacturing company. Todd is also admitted to practice before the Internal Revenue Service as an Enrolled Agent and is currently pursuing a Masters in Taxation degree with an emphasis in taxation of trusts and estates at Golden Gate University.

Todd is a member of the Ventura County Bar Association, California State Bar - Trusts and Estates Section, California State Bar – Taxation Section, and CPA/Law Society of Ventura County.

Todd currently resides in Thousand Oaks with his wife, Sue, and his two children.


Jeannie Ace, Paralegal

Jeannie interned with our firm as a paralegal student in 2014. We were pleased to have her join us on a more full-time basis after receiving her paralegal certificate in February of 2015. Jeannie is a valuable member of our team who consistently demonstrates her commitment to giving her best. She is also wonderfully dedicated to helping our clients with her friendly and personable manner. Jeannie has worn many “hats” in her years, most importantly being a mom and business owner. Jeannie’s stories about Alaska and her adventures in life always keep us and our clients smiling. Jeannie spends her free time at the beach, going to concerts and spending time with friends.


Carol Adamson, Legal Secretary

Carol Adamson started her legal career in 1970 in a general law practice. She came to work as a legal secretary for Steven K. Pederson in 1980, handling personal injury and estate planning matters. Carol has been exclusively handling estate planning, trust administration, probate, and corporate matters for the firm since 1989. Carol is also responsible for all client billing and bookkeeping. She enjoys spending time with her family and pets, traveling, gardening, and crafts.


Ellen Rivera, Paralegal

Ellen joined our firm in December 2015. She received her B.A. in Communications from the University of Michigan, and is a die-hard Wolverine football fan. Ellen’s prior career was as an account manager at various advertising agencies and in corporate marketing departments. After taking time off to raise her two children, she returned to school and obtained her Paralegal Certification from National University in 2015. Ellen is another wonderful addition to our team and is responsible for office administration and client relations. During her spare time, Ellen enjoys hiking the local trails, working out, yoga, and hanging out with friends and family. She also volunteers regularly at a local women’s homeless shelter.


Russell Jokela, Law Clerk

Russell graduated from Thousand Oaks High School in 2008. Since then he has worked in the legal field doing filing and various administrative tasks for a couple different law firms, including Pederson Law Offices. Russell officially joined our team of dedicated individuals in September, 2013. Russell brings a youthful energy to the firm and is happy to attend to our clients' needs. Aside from being an extraordinary law clerk, he is passionate about music, doing his best to follow Jesus, and being active at his church. Russell got married to his best friend Jessica, on August 6, 2017, and is currently enrolled to study law at Ventura College of Law in 2018.

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