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Smart and practical. Strategic and tenacious. Friendly and accessible. Best & Flanagan’s practice is founded on the belief that we provide the best advice when we understand our clients, their businesses, their goals and their people, and when the lines of communication with our clients and their other advisors are broad and deep. Whether we are providing business or real estate advice, individual estate and private wealth planning or representation in a dispute, you can expect a customized approach and a team dedicated to understanding where you want to go and helping you get there.
Cathy E. Gorlin / Attorney
Gene HummelGene Hummel
Gene Hummel / Attorney
Karolina Brekken-HoerlKarolina Brekken-Hoerl
Karolina M. Brekken-Hoerl / Attorney
Barbara RossBarbara Ross
Barbara M. Ross / Attorney
Nicholas HulwiNicholas Hulwi
Nicholas D. Hulwi / Attorney

Smart and creative lawyers who give you practical advice and solutions tailored to your needs.

Gene Hummel is a member of the firm’s Litigation, Real Estate, and Municipal Law & Land Development practice groups. He uses his experiences working in both the private and public sectors to provide realistic solutions to complex problems. Gene represents companies, individuals, and municipal governments in legal actions and disputes involving contract, tort, and eminent domain cases.

Karolina Brekken-Hoerl

I take a very practical and realistic approach to the way I practice law; my goal is to always get my client through a very difficult period in their life with grace, and empower them with the knowledge and the tools they need to be successful – and happy – as they start the next chapter of their life.

Karolina M. Brekken-Hoerl is a member of the firm’s Family Law practice area. Her practice focuses on all aspects of family law matters, including divorce, custody, paternity, adoption, grandparent (third party) custody and visitation, domestic violence order for protections, harassment restraining orders, legal separation, parental relocation, and post decree matters. 


As a seasoned attorney, I believe that being prepared and creative in the courts and responsive to clients are key to a successful outcome.

Barbara Ross is an effective trial and appellate attorney who provides her clients with the benefit of twenty-five years of experience in the law.  Barbara has won every appeal that she has handled during her career.  She concentrates her practice on condemnation/eminent domain, real estate litigation, insurance coverage, and debtor/creditor litigation.


Nicholas appreciates the importance of understanding each client’s goals, and provides customized services to ensure that they are accomplished effectively and efficiently.

Nicholas Hulwi is an attorney in Best & Flanagan’s Private Wealth Planning section. His practice includes estate planning, estate and trust administration, business succession planning, and IRS audits. Nicholas works diligently to accomplish the specific objectives of each individual client, and values the ongoing relationships formed throughout the process.

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