Best of the Beach 2022: Criminal defense attorney, Beach Camps, Plumbing, Financial Advisor

Nigel Villanueva is grateful for the opportunity to practice law in the community where he grew up. Photo by Brad Jacobson

Criminal defense attorney

Nigel Villanueva

 “In every single case, the client needs to be apprised of everything. I’m here to give them my judgment and expertise, but ultimately everything comes down to their decision,” Criminal defense attorney Nigel Villanueva said when asked to describe his relationship with his client.

“I try to be as open to my clients as possible,” he said. “I run an open-door policy. I am happy to meet my clients in late hours, or on weekends. I want my clients to be able to simply walk into my office any time,” he said.

This level of respect and involvement flows naturally from his deep involvement in the community. He and his wife are South Bay natives, and their children attend local schools. 

Villenueva opened his South Bay practice in 2004. He has represented clients in hundreds of complex cases, involving assault and battery, sex crimes, and narcotics violations. He is also an experienced attorney in personal injury cases. 

He said the most satisfying part of his job, however, comes from representing children in juvenile court.

“Meeting up with kids who are 14 years old, locked up and separated from their parents…resolving those cases is important,” he said.

Law Office of Nigel Villanueva

220 S. Pacific Coast Hwy, Suite 106

Redondo Beach 

(310) 318-0018


BeachSports Camps teach lifeguard rescue skills in its surfing classes. Photo courtesy of BeachSports

Beach camps


BeachSports is dedicated to inspiring the next generation of South Bay residents to respect, preserve and safely enjoy our local beaches and oceans. Its programs have been developed by lifeguards and professional educators to offer an inclusive environment for campers to develop lifelong skills, make friends and enjoy their summer outdoors.

BeachSports offers a variety of programs for kids as young as 4-years-old, including a Beach Camp, Surf Camp, Volleyball Camp, Jr. Lifeguard Program and Skateboard Camp at locations in Manhattan, Hermosa and Redondo Beach.  

Learn more and sign up today at



Bob and Marc Plumbing

Shortly after Daniel Viens started helping out at Bob and Marc Plumbing, in 1989, owner Bob Setterburg approached his mother with a business proposal. She had been Bob and Marc’s business manager for over a decade. Bob wanted to retire. Would she like to buy the Hawthorne business? He offered to stretch the payments out over 10 years. 

Daniel’s mother accepted the offer and Daniel promptly got his contractor’s license. Over the ensuing years, he also earned contracting and sanitation licenses that qualified him to connect to LA County sewers. The company grew to 25 trucks at its peak during the 2000 construction boom. He still keeps 16 trucks busy. Daniel credits the steady referrals he receives to his company’s adherence to Christian principles in all phases of its work. Daniel’s mother is retired, but his wife Dena has stepped in to help run the business, along with sons Noah and Samuel.

Bob and Mar Plumbing

3336 Rosecrans Ave, Hawthorne

 (310) 970-1099


Financial Advisor

Mark Rothstein, Tri-Star Financial

Tri-Star Financial president Mark Rothstein is known to radio audiences as “Mr. Money” for hosting national radio shows on finance. The peer review group Consumers’ Research Council of America named him one of the Country’s top Certified Financial Planners and Income Tax Specialists.

His career in personal finance and investment-related fields spans over 30 years.

Rothstein is also a past president and chair of the Los Angeles region Financial Planners Association, which presides over thousands of area CFPs.

In addition to his “Mr. Money” radio show, Mark is the co-author of the personal finance book: Love, Money and Control. He has been featured on NBC Nightly News and is a guest commentator on Fox Business Channel. He also serves on the board of Midnight Mission, which is committed to ending homelessness.

Mark Rothstein, Tri-Star Financial

201 Continental Blvd, Suite 310 

El Segundo

(310) 414-1500


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