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 - 1990s
  • Brenda Aguilar-Guerrero ’90 was elected to the Women Lawyers of Alameda County Board of Directors. Aguilar-Guerrero is a practice group leader for Meyers Nave and is in charge of the Eminent Domain and Inverse Condemnation Practice Group.
  • Robert Fabela ’90 was appointed as the general counsel of the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority.
  • Harriet Pearson ’90 The move by Harriet Pearson to Hogan Lovells’ privacy and cybersecurity practice was rated one of the top 10 legal developments of 2012 by Bisnow publications. Now a partner at Hogan, Pearson served as IBM’s first global chief privacy officer and security counsel for 12 years.
  • John K. Rubiner ’90 principal at Bird, Marella, Boxer, Wolpert, Nessim, Drooks & Lincenberg, was installed as president of the Beverly Hills Bar Association in September. He was also profiled in a Los Angeles Daily Journal article that highlighted his goal to help draw attention to advocating for better access to justice.
  • Arnoldo Casillas ’91 of Moreno Becerra & Casillas, won a record verdict against the LAPD; $24 million was awarded for a 13-year-old boy wrongfully shot by an LAPD officer. This verdict is the largest ever handed down by a jury against the LAPD.
  • Jeffrey Cowan ’91 has won his first seven-figure recovery: a $2.4 million wage and hour class action settlement that involved complex constitutional law arguments because the employer conducted business on a U.S. Marine Corps base in California.
  • Raquel Marquez-Britsch ’91 has been confirmed as a superior court judge in Riverside. Britsch is the first Latina judge appointed in the Inland Empire.
  • Mary-Christine Sungaila ’91 of Snell & Wilmer, was honored by the Women Lawyers of Los Angeles with the Distinguished Service Award for her pro bono work, community service and bar association activities. She was also recognized by The Recorder as one of 2012’s “Women Leaders in Law.”
  • Sonia Carvalho ’92 was named a “Top Municipal Law Attorney” in California by the Los Angeles Daily Journal. Carvalho, an attorney with Best Best & Krieger LLP and Santa Ana City attorney, was recognized for envisioning the “hybrid” city attorney model, whereby the city engages Best Best & Krieger LLP to provide city attorney services through Carvalho.
  • David Korduner ’92 was elected to the Board of Trustees of the UC-Santa Cruz Foundation. David was promoted to associate national executive director/senior general counsel at the Directors Guild of America in 2011. The DGA Legal Department includes fellow UCLA Law alumni Cynthia Tollett ’07 and Matt Bowers ’09.
  • Michelle Lee Flores ’93 was selected by editors of The Recorder as one of its 2012 “Women Leaders in Law.” A total of 40 California lawyers were honored for their efforts in building and sustaining connections that create opportunities for their firms or organizations. Flores is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Fisher & Phillips, a leading management-side labor and employment firm.
  • Vincent Sarmiento ’93 was re-elected to represent Ward 1 on the Santa Ana City Council. Sarmiento was first elected to the council in January 2007 and his term expires in November 2016.
  • Leonard Segal ’93 formerly of Oberman Thompson Segal in Minneapolis, Minnesota (now Oberman Thompson), joined the Seiler Schindel Law firm in St. Louis Park, Minnesota.
  • Debra Alligood White ’93 has left her position at Manatt Phelps & Phillips LLP to join Planned Parenthood of America in New York City as general counsel.
  • Hernan Vera ’94 has been named as one of the “Top 100 Lawyers in California” by the Los Angeles Daily Journal. He specializes in housing protection and immigrant rights as president and CEO of Public Counsel Law Center.
  • Alexander Hoehn-Saric ’95 was appointed as policy director of the Federal Communications Commission. Hoehn-Saric joined the Office of Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel from the United States Department of Commerce, where he served as deputy general counsel for strategic initiatives. His primary responsibilities are media and technology issues.
  • Andrei Iancu ’96 has been named among the “Top 100 Lawyers in California” by the Los Angeles Daily Journal. Iancu specializes in intellectual property at Irell & Manella LLP and teaches a patent law course at UCLA.
  • Janai S. Nelson ’96 an associate professor at St. John’s University School of Law, received the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) Section on Minority Groups’ Derrick A. Bell Award, given to a junior faculty member who, through activism, mentoring, colleagueship, teaching and scholarship, has made an extraordinary contribution to legal education, the legal system or social justice.
  • Scott Weaver ’96 has been named a shareholder at Carney Badley Spellman.
  • Jeremy Halpern ’98 was named to the 2012 “40 Under 40” list by Boston Business Journal.
  • Mark Krause ’98 senior compliance and litigation counsel at Warner Bros., was named a 2012 “Rising Star” by the Association of Corporate Counsel.
  • Jeffrey Lowenstein ’98 an attorney at Bell Nunnally & Martin LLP, has been named to The Best Lawyers in America 2013.
  • Scott McVarish ’98 was recently honored by the Consul General of Ecuador for his uncompromising excellence in his representation of immigrants. McVarish is the founding attorney of the Immigration Law Office of Los Angeles, P.C. He focuses on family, deportation and business immigration matters for clients in Los Angeles and around the world. Visit immigrationhelpla.com/honors for more information.
  • Jay Chiu ’99 is relocating to the Hong Kong office of Goodwin Procter from the Los Angeles office, where he is counsel in the Litigation Department and a member of the Intellectual Property Group. Chiu joined Goodwin in 2012 and has represented international corporations and diverse technology clients in patent litigation in U.S. District Courts, at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and before the International Trade Commission.
  • Delmar L. Nehrenberg ’99 was named among the “Top 30 Real Estate Attorneys” by Los Angeles Daily Journal. Nehrenberg specializes in development, construction and retail at Allen Matkins Leck Gamble Mallory & Natsis LLP.
  • Paul Veravanich ’99 has been named partner at One LLP, an intellectual property boutique firm in Southern California. He specializes in litigation and transactions involving patents, trademarks and trade secrets.