The attorneys of NEXT Legal offer extensive experience in business and commercial law, employment law, litigation and dispute resolution.
The firm was co-founded by William B. DeClercq, Esq. and Brett R. Strauss, Esq. to serve the growing needs of businesses in the greater Los Angeles area, and the Inland Empire. The firm has a proud tradition of providing personalized legal advice and guidance to its clients.
Mr. DeClercq is an experienced civil litigator and business advisor who resolves disputes through traditional and alternative fora, with emphases in complex commercial disputes and real property actions.
Representative engagements have included creative resolution of actions relating to mortgage lending practices, foreclosure, real estate valuation, contract interpretation and enforcement, construction disputes, claims of breach of fiduciary duty, consumer class actions, tort claims including CERCLA and state environmental torts, commercial lease disputes, and patent enforcement.
Mr. DeClercq's clients have included a broad range of entities, from entrepreneurs private individuals, to businesses large and small, and Fortune 500 companies, such as large banking and financial services companies, real estate investment trusts, and federal government agencies. He delivers his valued clients results by emphasizing practical and cost-effective solutions to challenging legal problems.
Mr. DeClercq has been selected as a "Super Lawyers Rising Star" (an honor conferred on less than 3% of practicing attorneys in California), and has been profiled by Rocket Lawyer in its On Call Attorney Spotlight. He is proud of his work in pro bono and public interest representation, including adoptions, unlawful detainer defense and disability rights advocacy.
Most important, Mr. DeClercq is pleased by, and proud of, his life's work as husband to his wife, Nicole Tetreault, and as father to their son, Spencer.
Mr. Strauss is General Counsel at Southland Data Processing (“SDP”) in Upland, CA. He has been with SDP since 2010 and specializes in consulting with employers to find cost effective solutions to comply with California and Federal employment regulations.
Mr. Strauss’ clients have included a broad range of entities such as sole proprietorships, small corporations that are hiring employees for the first time, and medium-sized businesses that are searching for practical and cost-effective solutions to challenging legal problems.
Mr. Strauss is a graduate of the Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona and earned his J.D. from the University of La Verne College of Law. He is also a proud member of the Labor & Employment Section of the State Bar of California.
Mr. Strauss has also served as an Associate Board Member of Steven’s Hope for Children in Upland, CA since 2012. He and his wife Julie reside in Upland, CA with their daughter Scarlett.
Brenda Harrison Young is an attorney in private practice and working with NEXT Legal in Pasadena, California. Ms. Young’s practice focuses primarily on employment law. She began her career in the entertainment industry, working for corporations and handling transactional and regulatory matters as well as labor and employment issues, including contract drafting and negotiations, licensing of copyrighted materials, compliance with Federal Communications Commission regulations, investigations of employee complaints, and training of management and non-management employees.
Ms. Young has worked for KTLA-TV as Director of Business and Legal Affairs, the Shoah Foundation as Corporate Counsel and Director of Human Resources, and for CBS, Inc. as Regional Director of Human Resources handling employment matters in California, Washington, Colorado, Utah, Texas and New Mexico.
Prior to going into private practice in 2015, Ms. Young worked for Azusa Pacific University in the capacities of Executive Director of Human Resources and Assistant General Counsel.
Ms. Young graduated from UCLA with a degree in English Literature, and received her JD degree from the University of Southern California’s Gould School of Law.
Ms. Young is a member of the California Bar.