Nancy R. Tragarz

Nancy R. TragarzSlovak Baron Empey Murphy & Pinkney LLP
650 Town Center Drive, Suite 1400
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Telephone: 714.435.9592
Fax: 714.850.9011

Nancy Tragarz is Of Counsel with Slovak Baron Empey Murphy & Pinkney LLP, practicing in the areas of estates, trusts, probate, employment, civil litigation, and municipal law. Ms. Tragarz started her legal career with the L.A. County District Attorney’s Office as a Certified Law Clerk and was an extern to the Hon. Ronald S.W. Lew, U.S. District Court Judge.  She went on to work at multiple law firms, practicing in a variety of areas of law including civil litigation, estate planning, employment, real estate, commercial, banking, bankruptcy, and municipal law.  She has also served as in-house General Counsel.  Ms. Tragarz has successfully tried over 30 cases, argued before the Court of Appeals and has two published opinions in her clients’ favor.  She has sat on numerous public agency and non-profit boards and presented seminars on non-profit law.  She is currently serving in her fourth term on the Walnut City Council, where she has served as Mayor.


  • California 
  • Washington
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Federal Circuit Court of Appeals
  • U.S. District Courts of California & Washington


  • Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, J.D., 1991, Dean’s List
  • University of Southern California, B.S., Business, 1985, Magna Cum Laude; Executive Education in Public Policy, 2012


  • Lewis v. Telephone Employees Credit Union, 87 F.3d 1537 (9th Cir. 1996)
  • Ultra-Tex Surfaces v. Hill Brothers Chemical Co. 204 F.3d 1360 (Fed. Cir. 2000)


  • State Bar – Administration of Justice Committee
  • Orange County Bar Association – Professional & Ethics Committee and Administration of Justice Committee
  • Alliance for Children’s Rights
  • CA Contact Cities Association Executive Board of Directors 
  • SGV Council of Governments Board of Directors
  • CA Joint Powers Insurance Authority Board of Directors
  • Foothill Transit Board of Directors
  • L.A. County Sanitation District Board of Directors
  • League of California Cities – Administrative Committee
  • L.A. Countywide Criminal Justice Coordination Committee
  • OPARC Board of Directors
  • SGV Charitable Foundation – V. President of Board of Directors
  • Regional Chamber of Commerce – City Liaison to Board of Directors
  • Walnut Valley Unified School District Coordinating Council – President, V. President
  • Suzanne School Community Club Board of Directors – Treasurer, Secretary
  • Collegewood School Community Club Board of Directors – President, Treasurer
  • Boy Scouts of America – Merit Badge Counselor, Den Leader, Treasurer

Coachella Valley

Palm Springs
1800 East Tahquitz Canyon Way
Palm Springs, CA 92262
Indian Wells
74785 Hwy 111, Ste. 105
Indian Wells, CA 92210
Costa Mesa
650 Town Center Drive, Ste. 1400
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
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