Attorneys & Staff

Nicole R Plottel and Neil A Harris Attorneys
Certified Elder Law Attorneys: Nicole R. Plottel & Neil A. Harris


Neil Harris Certified Elder Law Attorney

Neil A. Harris  ~

Certified Elder Law Attorney, by the National Elder Law Foundation

Neil A. Harris is the Founding Partner of the Firm and is recognized as an expert in Long Term Care and Medi-Cal planning throughout California. Mr. Harris has practiced Elder Law for over 29 years and is one of 30 attorneys in California designated as a Certified Elder Law Attorney by the National Elder Law Foundation. He is among an even smaller group of 88 attorneys in the country to be named as a Fellow of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA). Mr. Harris is also a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estates Counsel (ACTEC).

Mr. Harris has been recognized as an outstanding Elder Law Attorney by his peers in both Martindale Hubbell and Super Lawyers of Northern California. He is a past chairperson of the Elder Law Committee of the State Bar of California, a former member of the Executive Committee of the Trusts and Estate Section of the State Bar of California and regularly teaches Elder Law courses for the State Bar of California.

Mr. Harris started his practice in 1987 with an emphasis on Estate Planning and Elder Law. Mr. Harris & Ms. Plottel began working together in 2007.

Nicole R Plottel Certified Elder Law Attorney

Nicole R. Plottel ~

Certified Elder Law Attorney, by the National Elder Law Foundation

Certified Specialist ~Estate Planning, Trust & Probate Law by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization 

Nicole R. Plottel is a Certified Elder Law Attorney, by the National Elder Law Foundation & Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust & Probate Law by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization, making her one of 15 Dual-Certified Elder Law Attorneys in California.  Ms. Plottel is the Managing Partner of  Harris & Plottel, LLP & focuses her practice in the areas of Elder Law, Estate Planning, Long Term Care Planning, and Estate Administration.  Ms. Plottel is accredited by the Department of Veterans Affairs to represent and present veterans’ claims. Ms. Plottel is a lay-member of the Incapacity Committee, a sub-committee of the Executive Committee of the Trust & Estates (TEXCOM) Section of the State Bar of California.  As such, Ms. Plottel is actively involved in the review and analysis of proposed legislation affecting California’s elderly and those with special needs. Ms. Plottel also volunteers her time with the Alzheimer’s Association by serving on the Public Policy and Advocacy committee for Northern California. Additionally, Ms. Plottel serves as a Board member of the Enloe Medical Center’s Enloe Foundation as well as the Gateway Science Museum Community Advisory Board and the Chico Community Scholarship Association.


Camille Aceituno

Associate Attorney – Estate Planning, Trust Administration and Probate Sections

Ms. Aceituno joined Harris & Plottel as an Associate Attorney in 2017.  She has been a member of the California State Bar since 2013 and brings with her a diverse legal background, including two years of Estate Planning experience.  Ms. Aceituno has a strong eye for detail and a desire to provide superior customer service.  She received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) in both Philosophy and Politics and received her Juris Doctor (JD) from the University of San Diego School of Law (USD).  Having grown up in the Sacramento Valley, Ms. Aceituno is happy to return home to the North State.  She enjoys spending time outdoors and practicing yoga.

Accreditations & Industry Recognitions

National Elder Law Foundation NELF Certified Elder Law Attorney CELA Logo

State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization Logo



AV Preeminent Martindale-Hubbell Logo

Staff ~ in alphabetical order

Jenifer Wright Legal Assistant Estate Planning and Long Term Care Planning Medi Cal Section at Harris and Plottel

Jennifer Wright, Legal Assistant – Estate Planning and Long Term Care Planning/Medi-Cal Section

Jennifer has worked as a legal assistant in trusts & estates for over 5 years and is the Attorneys’ Estate Planning and Long Term Care Section Legal Assistant.  She works closely with the attorneys and our clients throughout the entire process.  She is highly skilled and experienced in the more complicated areas of Irrevocable Trusts, Special Needs Trusts, and Public Benefits.  She loves Chico, is an active member of the Chico Chamber of Commerce, and is a supporter of the Alzheimer’s Association.


Jo Ann Velador Legal Assistant Trust & Probate Administration Section at Harris and Plottel

Jo Ann Velador, Legal Assistant – Trust & Probate Administration Section

Jo Ann has been with Harris & Plottel for over 15 years, and has worked as a legal assistant for over 20 years.  She is an experienced legal assistant and Section Manager for our Estate & Trust Administration Department.  JoAnn works closely with our clients in the prompt administration of estates, re-titling of assets,  accounting, and ultimate settling of an estate.  Jo Ann is a 40-year resident of Butte County and has enjoyed raising her children here.


Lana Johnson Community Relations & Client Services Coordinator at Harris and Plottel

Lana Johnson – Community Relations & Client Services Coordinator

As the firm’s Community Relations and Client Services Coordinator,  Lana coordinates publications and speaking engagements for attorneys Neil Harris and Nicole Plottel as well as assists the legal team.  Prior to working with Harris & Plottel she worked in Advertising & Public Relations.  Lana is an active volunteer and runner.  She and her husband have three sons attending Chico schools.


Lina Alvarez Receptionist Administrative Assistant at Harris and Plottel

Lina Alvarez – Receptionist/Administrative Assistant

As the firm’s receptionist, Lina is often the first person our clients meet when they call or walk in the door. Lina is highly organized and incredibly compassionate, a skill set that makes her a natural in her position. She prepares and distributes initial client packets while handling incoming phone calls, managing the calendar and mail for the group.  Lina is active in the community and enjoys physical fitness.


Lolita Partida Legal Assistant at Harris and Plottel

Lolita Partida – Legal Assistant

Lolita recently joined our team as an assistant to both the attorneys and the legal assistants.  She has a degree in Political Science with an option in Legal Studies from CSU, Chico and has an extensive background working in Elder Care.  Lolita brings with her years of customer service and a desire to help others.  She is a Chico native who enjoys running and spending time outdoors.



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