Class Notes

UCLA School of Law alumni are doing great things in widely varied fields, demonstrating each day the wealth of opportunities afforded by a prestigious law degree. They are starting up entrepreneurial ventures, prosecuting and defending clientele in an astonishing variety of fields, working as judges and public servants, and serving our country. Catch up with your classmates here to find out their latest news, or submit your class notes! Please let us know if you would like to include news or a photo in current edition of the online and print versions of UCLA Law Class Notes at alum@law.ucla.edu.


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Class Notes - 1970s
  • Jan Handzlik ’70 has been named one of the “Top 100 Lawyers in California” by the Los Angeles Daily Journal. A former federal prosecutor, Handzlik specializes in cases involving foreign bribery, financial fraud and white-collar criminal defense at Venable LLP.
  • Dennis R. Murphy ’71 of Murphy Austin Adams Schoenfeld LLP, was recognized by Legal Leaders as one of San Francisco’s top rated lawyers.
  • Tony Canzoneri ’72 of McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP, was named a top real estate attorney by the Los Angeles Daily Journal. Canzoneri specializes in mixed-use and public-private partnerships.
  • The Hon. Joe Hilberman [Ret.] ’73 was again named as one of the “Top 50 Neutrals” in California by the Los Angeles Daily Journal. Judge Hilberman is a full-time neutral with ADR Services, Inc., and continues to serve on the UCLA School of Law Alumni Association Board of Directors.
  • Eugene Moscovitch ’73 was named to the Los Angeles Daily Journal’s list of California’s “Top 50 Neutrals.” Moscovitch specializes in employment mediation at PMA Dispute Resolution.
  • The Hon. Kevin Murphy [Ret.] ’73 was named to the Los Angeles Daily Journal’s list of “Rising Stars” for his work as a neutral with ADR Services, Inc. in San Francisco. He focuses on cases involving business disputes, real estate actions and labor disputes.
  • John Branca ’75 has been named one of the “Top 100 Lawyers in California” by the Los Angeles Daily Journal. Branca specializes in corporate transactions and entertainment law at Ziffren Brittenham LLP.
  • Bernardine Brandis ’78 has been named as one of the “Power 100 Women in Entertainment” by The Hollywood Reporter. Brandis is the executive vice president of business and legal affairs at Walt Disney Studios.
  • Melanie Cook ’78 has been named as one of the “Power 100 Women in Entertainment” by The Hollywood Reporter. Cook is the first female partner at Ziffren Brittenham LLP and has signed stars like Tim Burton to her client list.
  • Kenneth Guernsey ’78 of Cooley LLP, has been named as one of the “Top 100 Lawyers in California” by the Los Angeles Daily Journal. Guernsey specializes in business counseling, public offerings and mergers and acquisitions.
  • Kent Mouton ’78 general counsel for Kennedy Wilson in Beverly Hills, was named among the “Top 30 Real Estate Attorneys” by the Los Angeles Daily Journal. Mouton, who specializes in commercial real estate transactions, was part of a team that negotiated a real estate loan portfolio acquisition deal valued at $2.4 billion, the largest in all of Europe during 2011, as well as the purchase of Bella Vista at Hilltop apartment community in San Pablo, the largest West Coast apartment building acquisition deal of the year.
  • Deborah Crandall Saxe ’78 has retired from the partnership at Jones Day and is now a full-time arbitrator and mediator for labor and employment law cases. She is a fellow of the College of Labor & Employment Lawyers, was recently identified by her peers as one of the “Top 50 Women SuperLawyers” in Los Angeles and Orange counties for the tenth consecutive year (2013), is regularly listed in Best Lawyers of America, is ranked by Chambers & Partners as a “leading lawyer” in employment law, and was identified in 2010-2012 as one of the “100 Most Powerful Labor and Employment Lawyers” in the nation.
  • The Hon. Rogelio R. Flores ’79 was recently named the 2012 “Judicial Officer of the Year” by the Chief Probation Officers of California, whose mission is to provide leadership in the mobilization, coordination and implementation of probation programs.
  • Joel Grossman ’79 was named to the Los Angeles Daily Journal’s list of California’s “Top 50 Neutrals.” Grossman specializes in the areas of employment and entertainment at JAMS in Santa Monica.