Our Team

The Pederson Law Offices team is dedicated to helping our clients achieve their goals. From our teams’ diverse backgrounds including engineering, accounting, insurance services, as well as mortgage banking, we use every bit of our knowledge accumulated over the past 40 years to help ensure our clients’ estate plans are thorough and efficient to administer.

Steve Pederson, Attorney (Retired)

Steve 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 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 carry on the legacy of his father’s law practice and serve the community in which he was born and raised.


Todd Vigneux, Attorney

Todd 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. Todd also has a Graduated Certificate in Estate Planning from the Golden Gate University. Prior to joining Pederson Law Offices in 2013, Todd was the Chief Financial Officer of a local manufacturing company.

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.


Russell Jokela, Legal Assistant, Notary

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 of 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 married his best friend, Jessica, on August 6, 2017, and is currently in his second year of law school at Ventura College of Law, as of 2019.


Mary McPherson, Office Administrator, Notary

Mary received her Bachelor’s degree in Computer Mathematics from CSU, Northridge in 1986. A life-long learner, Mary has had several careers including a programmer at Computer Sciences Corporation, an Instructor of Remedial Mathematics at CSUN and most recently, an insurance broker. Mary’s most rewarding position has been founding and operating The Amanda McPherson Foundation, a non-profit started in memory of her daughter Amanda who suddenly passed in 2003.

Mary resides in Simi Valley with her husband and business partner Phil. They are the proud parents of Krista, who earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at USC and is a manager at ESRI in Redlands. Mary joined the team in 2018 after many years as a client. She wants to use her experience, empathy, and compassion to assist our clients with their estate planning needs.


Darlene Real, Paralegal

Darlene joined Pederson Law Offices in mid-2019. She received her Paralegal Certification in 2015 through Los Angeles Valley College’s Professional Paralegal Academy Extension Program. Darlene had previously spent a decade working in Mortgage Banking and Finance and comes from a Foreclosure Processing and Operations Management background. From 2002-2014 Darlene worked as Department Operations Manager at ReconTrust Co. N.A., an in house Foreclosure Trustee Company, where she gained valuable experience and knowledge regarding Property Title and Transfers.
In her personal life, Darlene mostly enjoys spending time with her family. However, she never turns down the opportunity to attend concerts, go out on nature hikes, or planning for the next big adventure.


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