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Carl J. Pentis


Clients appreciate that Mr. Pentis is a business litigator who solves their problems.  With an extensive academic background in both teaching and lecturing on business law, Mr. Pentis’ analytical approach to his clients’ issues often leads to his ability to foresee potential solutions and resolutions, which may save his clients time, money and energy.

Mr. Pentis joined Cummins & White LLP in 2021 in a merger with the law offices of Philip L. Hummel, IV and focuses his practice on the following areas:

Business Contract issues including review and negotiation, business risk analysis and planning, strategy on breach enforcement or avoidance, business owner disputes (shareholder, LLC members, partners) are meticulously and strategically considered and implemented.

Litigation issues involve evaluation, avoidance, complaint preparation, litigation budgeting, litigation planning, discovery, pre-trial, discovery motions, dispositive motions, trial.

Alternative Dispute Resolution services include mediation, negotiation, settlement conferences and arbitration.

Employment law services include employment contract evaluation, preparation of employment contracts, evaluation and modification of employee handbooks, confidentiality, non compete, at-will employment, and non-solicitation agreements.  Mr. Pentis’ designation as a certified trainer in Discrimination and Harassment Prevention Training makes him especially aware of employment issues and affords him a strong basis for negotiation and preparation of severance and release agreements.

Practice Areas

  • Business Law and Contracts:
    Contract review and negotiation
    Contract enforcement
    Contract avoidance
    Contract business risk analysis and planning
    Strategy on breach enforcement or avoidance
    Business owner disputes (shareholder, LLC members, partners)
  • Litigation:
    Litigation evaluation
    Litigation avoidance
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution:
    Settlement Conferences
  • Employment:
    Employment contract evaluation
    Preparation of employment contracts
    Evaluate/modify employee handbooks
    Confidentiality, non compete, at-will employment, and non-solicitation agreements
    Discrimination/Harassment Prevention Training (certified trainer)
    Severance and release agreements
    Wage and Hour compliance
    Independent contractor vs. employee classification
    Staffing Company representation and planning
    Employer representation
  • Logistics and Transportation:
    Carmack Amendment Claims
    Common and contract motor carriers
    Transporation contracts
    Warehouse (and value added) contracts
    Litigation of disputes in Federal or State courts
  • Real Property:
    Defend Agents and Brokers for E&O
    Litigate real property disputes

Bar Admissions

  • State Bar of California
  • U.S. Supreme Court


  • BBA, Loyola Marymount University
  • M.B.A., Loyola Marymount University
  • Advanced Executive MBA (AEMBA), Claremont Graduate School
  • J.D., Northrop University


Mr. Pentis authored “Public Interest Under the Federal Aviation Act of 1958 and the Airline Deregulation Act of 1978,” Spring, 1983, “A Comparison Between United States Domestic Pollution Acts and the International Civil Liability and Fund Conventions,” and “Water Rights as Applied to Solar Energy Protection,” Winter, 1980, Northrop University Law Journal of Aerospace, Energy and the Environment. Member, Association of Transportation Law Logistics & Policy.


  • State Bar of California
  • Alpha Sigma Nu, Delta Sigma Pi, and Delta Theta Phi (International Officer on the Supreme Senate: Master Inspector 1987-1993, Vice Chancellor, 1993-1995; Chancellor, 1995-1997).

Charitable Interests & Community Service

Mr. Pentis has been lecturer for California State University Fullerton for over 15 years, teaching Employment Law (Mgmt 445), Commercial Law (Mgmt 348), International Business Law (Mgmt 346), Business Law for Small Business (Mgmt 349), E-commerce law (Mgmt 447), Compensation, and the MBA Business Law class (Mgmt 518). Mr. Pentis was awarded the Outstanding Part-Time Faculty Award for the CSUF Mihalyo College of Business and Economics 2014-15.