benefits-legalDustin E. Owens, Esq.

Dustin E. Owens is an effective, understanding, and efficient attorney. He was voted by Times-Standard readers as the Best of the North Coast – Attorney, in 2015.  Mr. Owens is the current President of the Humboldt County Bar Association, and the Vice President of the Sequoia Park Zoo Foundation board of directors.

Mr. Owens went to middle school and high school in Fortuna, California.  He obtained his bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Washington at age 19.  At age 23, he graduated summa cum laude from Hofstra University School of Law, a private school in New York.  Mr. Owens moved back to Humboldt County immediately after law school to take the bar exam and practice law. When he was first admitted to practice in 2006, Mr. Owens was hired by the Law Office of Christopher G. Metzger. In 2010, Mr. Owens and Mr. Metzger formed Metzger & Owens, Attorneys at Law. In 2012, Mr. Owens opened his own firm in Eureka following the untimely passing of Mr. Metzger.  On January 1, 2016, he joined with Laurence S. Ross to form Owens & Ross.

Mr. Owens’ practice areas include real estate, probate, business law, civil litigation, contracts, collections, bankruptcy, and estate planning. These areas of law encompass many different types of matters. For more information on each practice area please select the link above.

downloadLaurence S. Ross, Esq.

Laurence Ross graduated summa cum laude from the University of California at Santa Barbara, with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Law and Society, in 1989. While successfully completing the honors student program at UCSB he took full advantage of his early exposure to the law. He then attended Loyola Law School in Los Angeles. At Loyola, Laurence had the honor of conducting a weekly Civil Procedure tutorial for fellow students. He graduated from Loyola in 1992 and passed the California bar exam in December of that year.

After practicing law in Los Angeles and appearing in courts all over Southern California for twelve years, Laurence relocated with his family to the Pacific Northwest and has been a resident of Humboldt County, California since 2005. Between 2005 and 2015, Laurence was an associate attorney with Donald W. Bicknell, a Yale Law School graduate and certified family law specialist. During those ten years, Laurence expanded his practice to include family law. After Mr. Bicknell’s retirement in December 2015, Laurence joined Dustin E. Owens to open the law firm Owens & Ross, to serve a wide range of clients, from individuals to businesses.

Laurence has also been involved in every stage of business litigation and collections law. He is also experienced in probate, estate planning, and landlord-tenant law. Laurence is admitted to appear before all courts of the State of California, the United States Court for the Central District of California, and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. He is a member of Humboldt County Bar Association and is an American Victorian history enthusiast.


imagesCrystal G. Pepper

Crystal Pepper graduated College of the Redwoods with a Associate of Arts degree with emphasis in mathematics. She went on to attend the University of California at San Diego and studied Physics with specialization in Astro-physics. Due to unforeseen events, Crystal moved back to Northern California to help set up and run her husbands law practice, Dustin E. Owens Attorney at Law. She now manages the firm’s inner workings.

Crystal Pepper is also a cancer survivor and has participated every year with Relay for Life. She dedicates her free time to enjoying family and life.


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