Svetlana (Lana) P. Volkova is a staff attorney at CaseyGerry. She works closely with Partners Gayle M. Blatt and P. Camille Guerra assisting on large class action cases. She specializes in personal injury law with a concentration on complex litigation cases. She is also a U.S. Tax Court attorney and an active Broker. Prior to CaseyGerry, Lana worked as a solo practitioner, as well as a consulting attorney for personal injury law firms, real estate law firms, tax law firms and the County of San Diego.
Lana is a second-generation attorney following in the footsteps of her father, prominent personal injury and insurance bad faith attorney, Dennis M. Mestas. Lana worked with Mr. Mestas for many years on several multi-million-dollar cases such as traumatic brain injuries, auto accidents, asbestos exposure, slip and falls, insurance bad faith and oil spills. Mr. Mestas worked with Casey Gerry’s founding partners David Casey, Sr. and Richard Gerry on Exxon cases.
Lana graduated Magna Cum Laude from University of Oregon, and received her Juris Doctor from California Western School of Law (CWSL), San Diego. She graduated with several awards and Dean’s list recognitions. She was the first intern for academic credit from CWSL in Casey Gerry’s history as she self-initiated the internship and received an award for outstanding academic excellence for her work. She received a scholarship and award for her scholarly writing paper in Establishment of International Law. She was president of Family Law Society, and a pro bono recipient for her volunteer work in ‘Women Against Violence Act in Immigration Law’.
Active in the San Diego legal community, Lana currently serves on the Board of Directors for the La Jolla Bar Association and is chair for the association’s Young Lawyers Committee. Lana is a member of Lawyers Club where she works with the Human Trafficking Collaborative. She is an active member of Latinas in the Law, where she assists with mentorship of law students. Lana has helped ‘Free to Thrive’, a non-profit that helps survivors of human trafficking find donors and pro-bono attorneys. She also does pro-bono work in immigration law helping women and children experiencing hardship.
Lana is fluent in English, Russian, Spanish and French, and is studying Vietnamese. She is a resident of La Jolla and enjoys traveling, painting, reading, yoga, Broadway musicals, playing ukulele and piano as well as going to the beach with her husband, two sons, parents and Yorkie.