Our Team

Tyler Q. Dahl – Owner & Principal Attorney

Mr. Dahl possesses a high degree of legal expertise and the critical problem solving skills necessary to develop effective, creative solutions to complex legal issues. He is one of less than 100 attorneys in the nation who is also a Certified Tax Coach. He has also successfully completed bilingual legal externships in Central and South America, and is a fluent Spanish-speaker. Mr. Dahl is active in the community as well, serving on boards and staying active with local non-profits.

In his free time, Mr. Dahl enjoys spending his time outdoors hiking and kayaking with his wife and his dog, Heisenberg. Mr. Dahl also enjoys traveling abroad to experience other cultures. Throughout his educational and professional career, he has traveled to and lived in over 10 different countries in Europe and Latin America.

EDUCATION & CERTIFICATIONS

  • Certified Tax Coach (CTC) Certification – American Institute of Certified Tax Planners
  • J.D., International Legal Studies and Business Law – University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law – Sacramento, California
  • International Law Student Exchange Program – Universidad Francisco de Vitoria – Pozuelo de Alárcon, Madrid, Spain
  • McGeorge Inter-American Law Program Attendee – University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law – Antigua, Guatemala
  • B.S., International Business, Management & Technology, and Spanish – University of Wisconsin-La Crosse – La Crosse, Wisconsin

INTERNATIONAL LEGAL EXPERIENCE

  • Associate Managing & Technical Editor for McGeorge Global Business & Development Law Journal, Volume 26 – Sacramento, California
  • Legal Extern at Hughes & Hughes Abogados – Montevideo, Uruguay
  • Legal Extern at the Secretariat for Environmental Matters for the Central American Free Trade Agreement – Dominican Republic (CAFTA-DR) – Guatemala City, Guatemala

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

  • Sacramento County Bar Association
  • Board Member – Solo/Small Practice Division of the Sacramento County Bar Association
  • Sacramento Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
  • American Institute of Certified Tax Planners
  • Vistage International

HONORS/AWARDS

  • Super Lawyers Rising Stars List – Northern California 2021
  • Super Lawyers Rising Stars List – Northern California 2020
  • Super Lawyers Rising Stars List – Northern California 2019
  • Super Lawyers Rising Stars List – Northern California 2018
  • Super Lawyers Rising Stars List – Northern California 2017
  • Robert J. Traynor Honor Society Member

SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

  • Force Majeure Clauses & Termination/Cancellation Issues related to COVID-19 – Sacramento Law Library
  • Business Owner’s Guide to Death & Taxes – Vistage International
  • Contracts 101 – Better Business Bureau of Sacramento
  • Estate Planning for Realtors – First American Title
  • Legal Issues in Business Formation, Maintenance, Transfer, and Continuation Strategies – Financial Planning Association of Northern California
  • Ethics & Legal Technology – Sacramento County Bar Association and Sacramento Law Library
  • Estate Planning and Continuation Strategies for Small Business Owners – Better Business Bureau of Sacramento
Lucero Serrano – Chief Strategy Officer

Lucero Serrano joined the Law Offices of Tyler Q. Dahl in 2017 as Marketing Manager and Business Development Liaison. In 2019 she became the firm’s first Chief Strategy Officer (CSO). Lucero leads and oversees the framework strategies set by the Principal Attorney and executives of the firm, which focus on exceptional customer service, industry-leading legal representation, increasing operational efficiencies, multicultural training and development, market research, and business expansion.

Lucero carries nearly 10 years of experience in community development, logistic strategies, and campaign management and development. She previously worked for the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs at the Consulate General of Mexico in Sacramento, California, as a Community Organizer and Political Liaison. In 2016 she co-founded Young Latinas Aspire, a grassroots 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to promoting education, civic engagement, and access to well-rounded affordable healthcare resources.

Lucero enjoys cooking, traveling, and spending time with her family and closest friends in her free time. She is a shark advocate and dog lover.

Elliott M. Harry – Associate Attorney

Elliott M. Harry joined the Law Offices of Tyler Q. Dahl in February 2021. He focuses his practice area in Trust and Estate Law and Business Law. Elliott enjoys assisting parties as they navigate the complexities associated with their individual needs and his expertise and calm demeanor are assets to clients. He learned to appreciate the relationship between business law and estate planning through exposure to his family’s cattle business.

Elliott, a Sacramento area native, returned to California after obtaining a bachelors degree in economics from the University of Virginia and graduating from Wake Forest University School of Law. During law school, he worked for the Elder Law Clinic and gained hands on experience assisting local senior citizens with their estate planning needs.  In his free time Elliott enjoys spending time with his family, sampling local wineries, visiting Lake Tahoe, and going on hunting and fishing trips with family and friends.

Claudia A. Zapien – Senior Paralegal

Claudia A. Zapien is a paralegal specializing in the areas of estate, trust and probate administration as well as business law. She has always had an interest and passion in law. Claudia joined the Law Offices of Tyler Q. Dahl in May 2017 and began her legal career. She loves the work she does because she can assist families going through one of the most difficult situations we experience in life, often the loss of a loved one, and alleviate some of the stress surrounding the process of probate.

Claudia graduated from Sacramento State University with a bachelor’s degree in Spanish. She completed the paralegal certificate program from University of the Pacific in 2018. In addition to being a paralegal, Claudia is a notary public and a member of the Sacramento Valley Paralegal Association. On a personal level, Claudia enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, going to the beach, and exploring the outdoors.

Ana Duran – Paralegal

Ana Duran joined the Law Offices of Tyler Q. Dahl in March 2018. She is one of the bilingual Paralegals at the firm. Ana graduated from Sacramento City College in 2016 with an Associate Degree in Administration of Justice. She then continued her education and obtained her paralegal certificate at American River College. Soon after, Ana became a Notary Public. On her free time, Ana enjoys watching her kids play sports, spend time with her family, traveling and being outdoors.

Gemma Esquivel – Office Manager

Gemma joined the Law Offices of Tyler Q. Dahl in July 2020. In addition to being an office manager, Gemma supports Spanish speaking clients with any of their needs.  She takes pride in providing the best customer service to clients.

Before joining the law firm, she studied at Consumers River college where she obtained her Early Childhood Education teaching credentials. She is currently active in the community by performing and teaching folklorico for a non-profit organization in Oakland, CA.  

On her free time she enjoys cooking, dancing, traveling, creating personalized projects and taking her dogs for a walk. 

Madison Hensley – Receptionist

Madison Hensley joined the Law Offices of Tyler Q. Dahl in January 2021. As the first point of contact, she kindly assists clients by scheduling meetings and consultations or assisting with questions they may have. She works hard to familiarize herself with each client, and she continues to expand her knowledge of the law. Madison attended Sacramento State University, where she received a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice, and she is working towards attaining a master’s degree in Criminal Justice beginning in the fall of 2021. In her spare time, Madison enjoys watching movies, camping with her family, and exploring other cities.