Meet Our Legal Team
When seeking out any kind of professional service, it is always best to engage professionals who are specialists in their field. Our team of experienced attorneys and legal assistants specialize exclusively on representation of lenders in connection with commercial, multifamily and investor-owned real estate loan transactions.
GARY J. HIGHLAND
Shareholder and Founder
Gary J. Highland was born in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois where he resided through his freshman year of college at the University of Illinois. Mr. Highland completed his undergraduate studies at the University of California, Irvine, where he received a B.A. degree in social sciences in 1976. He received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Southern California Law Center in 1979. While there, he served as Notes Editor for the Southern California Law Review.
Since graduating from law school, Gary Highland’s law practice has been focused exclusively on representation of lenders in commercial real estate finance transactions. Over the years he has represented many of the largest and most prestigious lending institutions in the United States.
Mr. Highland developed a reputation for using automation in his law practice, and has been featured in numerous articles on document automation and law office technology. He has personally developed a number of computer applications to automate the preparation of customized commercial real estate loan documents. Much of the document automation software used by LoanDocSolutions today was originally developed by Mr. Highland.
Before founding LoanDocSolutions and Highland Law Corporation in 1997, Gary Highland was a partner at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner, a renowned law firm founded in 1873, with offices throughout the world. Mr. Highland was the senior partner in the real estate finance group of Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner’s Southern California offices.
Mr. Highland is a member of the Orange County and American Bar Associations, the State Bar of California, American Mensa and The Pacific Club. Gary Highland has resided in Newport Beach, California for many years, where he lives with his family including three children. He enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, reading, movies, photography and cooking.
Associate General Counsel and Document Production Manager
Rhiley Walsh graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She received her J.D. from the University of San Francisco School of Law where she served as a staff member for the University of San Francisco Law Review. Rhiley won the CALI Award for the highest grade in Antitrust Law and IP Rights, she also competed on the Jessup International Law Moot Court Team and won the USF Law Moot Court Best Oral Argument Award.
Prior to joining Highland Law Corporation and LoanDocSolutions, Rhiley was a Banking & Finance associate at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, where she represented private equity firms, portfolio companies and other corporate borrowers in connection with first and second lien credit facilities, exit financings, recapitalizations and restructurings. Rhiley’s law firm experience includes work as an associate at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, LLP, focusing on venture capital finance with an emphasis on emerging companies. As a law student, Rhiley interned at NBC Universal and Baker & McKenzie LLP’s Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam office.
Rhiley is a member of the State Bar of California and the Filipino Lawyers of Orange County. As a VA-accredited attorney, she has represented military veteran clients on a pro bono basis. Rhiley speaks fluent French and in her free time enjoys spending time with her family and going to the beach.
Christopher Allison received his Bachelor’s Degree in political science from the University of Arizona.
Before joining Highland Law Corporation and LoanDocSolutions, Christopher was a research associate for CoStar Group, Inc. Prior to that Christopher was a foreign english teacher at the ChungDam Institute in Incheon, South Korea.
In his free time, Christopher enjoys spending time with his family, including two young children.
Courtnie Gallegos received her bachelor’s degree in sociology from California State University, Fullerton.
Prior to joining Highland Law Corporation and LoanDocSolutions, Courtnie was a Mortgaged Specialist/Junior Mortgage Banker with Metropolitan Home Mortgage, Inc.
Courtnie resides in Orange County, California.
Parmis Homayounpour received her Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from the University of California, Irvine.
Before joining Highland Law Corporation and LoanDocSolutions, Parmis worked as a Universal Banker at U.S. Bank.
Parmis resides in Orange County, California and enjoys spending time with her friends and family. She also likes to go hiking and engage in outdoor activities, sports and dance
Joyce (Zhaoyuan) Huang received her two Masters Degrees in Applied Finance and Global Business from Pepperdine University with Beta Gamma Sigma Honor. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in financial mathematics from Xi’an Jiaotong Liverpool University with First Class of Honor.
Before joining LoanDocSolutions, Joyce was a senior financial analyst for Bardi Co.
In her free time, Joyce likes travelling and enjoys spending time with her family.
Dodje Kelley received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from San Francisco State University. Prior that he attended the Navy and Marine Corp Intelligence Specialist Training Academy where he graduated top in his class.
Prior to joining Highland Law Corporation and LoanDocSolutions, Dodje was a lead financial analyst at Aptus Exchange in Chicago. He has also worked as a senior loan officer, mortgage loan originator and U.S. Marine Corp intelligence analyst.
Dodje resides in Southern California.
Thang Huy “Duke” Nguyen earned his Master’s Degree in Management Studies from Duke University. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Ohio Wesleyan University.
Before joining Highland Law Corporation and LoanDocSolutions, Duke worked as a contracts specialist at Auction.com. Prior to that he worked as a supplier risk management analyst for Nissan North America, Inc.
Duke resides in Southern California. He enjoys practicing yoga in his free time.