Class Notes

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Class Notes - 1990s
  • Rebecca Edelson ’90 has joined the Century City office of Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP as partner in the firm's Intellectual Property practice groups. She joins from Steptoe & Johnson.
  • Laurence B. Frank ’90 has been nominated with the 2016 Local Leader of the Year Award. Frank is known for his dedication to give back to the community. He has worked for the United Farm Workers and other unions.
  • Keith Jacoby ’90 Shareholder at Littler Mendelson P.C. in Los Angeles, has been appointed chair of the firm’s Class Actions practice. Among his notable successes in employment litigation was the reversal of an $89 million summary judgment in a wage and hour class action, defense verdicts in a whistleblower/fraud jury trial, a class action bench trial challenging the employment status of 1,000 independent contractors and a fraud/breach of contract jury trial. Jacoby has consistently been recognized by Best Lawyers in America and the Daily Journal named him among its Top Labor and Employment Lawyers in California last year.
  • David Klatsky ’90 is Senior Vice President and General Counsel at Premier Inc. Ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the Best Lawyers in America for four consecutive years. Klatsky has served as Premier’s chief outside counsel for the past nine years and has advised Fortune 500 companies. Prior to joining Premier, Klatsky was partner at Mc Dermott Will & Emery LLP.
  • Josh Rosenfeld ’90 was appointed Vice President of Legal Services and lead of QuisLex’s new San Francisco Office. Before joining QuisLex, Rosenfeld spent 15 years at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe.
  • Steven Wilker ’90 was honored by ACLU of Oregon as one of only three attorneys who has taken a civil liberties case all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. Wilker argued to the Supreme Court in Wood v. Moss that Secret Service agents violated constitutional free speech rights by moving peaceful protesters in Jacksonville, Oregon, away from then-President Bush because of the political viewpoint of their speech. Wilker is a partner at Tonkon Torp LLP, where his practice focuses on complex commercial litigation, intellectual property, and media law.
  • Jeffrey D. Goldberg ’91 was appointed to join the Board of Directors at Millennium Health LLC, Goldberg is also Co-Chair of the Board READ LESS and Vice President of EnerSys Advanced Systems. Prior to EnerSys, Goldberg was an Associate for Occidental Corporation, O’Melveny & Myers LLP, McDermott and Will & Emery LLP. He currently serves as the Chair of Board of Physiotherapy Associates.
  • Richard L. Hasen ’91 is Chancellor's professor of Law and Political Science at the University of California, Irvine. He is an observer, analyst, and commentator on all things electoral. In 2016, Hasen published "Plutocrats United".
  • Kathy B. Phelps ’91 was inducted as a Fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy. Phelps is a partner at Diamond McCarthy LLP, and is being honored and recognized for professional excellence and exceptional contributions to the bankruptcy and insolvency practice.
  • Robert Scott Silver ’91 has joined the Los Angeles firm of Kaufman Dolowich & Voluck LLP as partner. He was previously with Nemecek & Cole in Sherman Oaks.
  • David Simantob ’91 has joined Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP as partner in the Los Angeles offices. He joins from Tressler LLP.
  • M.C. Sungaila ’91 of Haynes & Boone LLP in Costa Mesa was named one of the Top Women Lawyers of 2016 by Daily Journal.
  • Davis Adam Swartz ’91 joined Crosbie Gliner Schiffman Southard & Swanson LLP in Santa Monica as partner. He was previously at Elkins Kalt Weintraub Reuben Gartside LLP.
  • Martin R. Barash ’92 was sworn in as judge of U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California in March 2015. Prior to joining the court, Barash spent his career at the Los Angeles firm of Klee, Tuchin, Bogdanoff & Stern LLP, where he had been partner since 2001.
  • Laurie Hepler ’92 joined Greines, Martin, Stein & Richland LLP to lead its new office in San Francisco. Hepler was formerly the chair of the appellate group at Carroll, Burdick & McDonough LLP.
  • James Witz ’92 Shareholder at Littler Mendelson P.C. in Chicago, has been appointed chair of the firm’s Unfair Competition and Trade Secrets practice. Witz has obtained multiple seven-figure trial verdicts in high profile trade secret and restrictive covenant cases across several jurisdictions. The most recent involved a $2.1 million dollar jury verdict, one of the largest jury verdicts for a restrictive convent matter in Minnesota.
  • Bob Offer ’92 of Sloane Offer Weber & Dern in Beverly Hills was named to The Hollywood Reporter’s annual Power Lawyer list recognizing the top 100 legal minds in Hollywood.
  • Tony Rodriguez ’92 joined Kaiser Permanente as a senior counsel for litigation at its national headquarters in Oakland, where he manages a range of business litigation matters. In January 2015, Rodriguez moved to Donahue Fitzgerald in Oakland from Morrison & Foerster in San Francisco, where he had been a partner for 14 years.
  • Laurie Yoo ’92 has been reappointed to the California Commission on Disability Access where she has served since 2014. Yoo has been associate general counsel at Westfield LLC since 2007.
  • Robert E. Allen ’93 has joined McKool Smith as a principal in its Los Angeles office. Prior to joining McKool Smith, Mr. Allen headed his own law firm which focused on entertainment-related IP disputes in both state and federal court.
  • David Eisman ’93 of Skadden in Los Angeles was named to The Hollywood Reporter’s annual Power Lawyer list recognizing the top 100 legal minds in Hollywood.
  • Jeffrey Freedman ’93 general counsel at CAA, was named among the Dealmakers of the Year by The Hollywood Reporter in the magazine’s annual Power Lawyer edition.
  • Robert M. Galvin ’93 is Partner at Wilmer Hale LLC. in the Palo Alto office and member of the Intellectual Property Litigation Practice Group. Galvin won a precedent case of popular website domain company Daddy Inc., against the Academy of Motion Pictures and Sciences in a cyber squatting dispute. He was also mentioned on The Hollywood Reporter’s Hollywood’s Top 100 Lawyers in 2016.
  • Seong Hawn Kim ’93 joined Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP as partner in the Los Angeles office. Kim joins from Steptoe & Johnson LLP.
  • Michael G. Morgan ’93 is now a partner at McDermott Will & Emery in Los Angeles. Previously, Morgan was with Jones Day.
  • Aide Ontiveros ’93 is now partner at Adams Stirling, PLC. Ontiveros oversees litigation across the firm’s California offices.
  • Yar R. Chaikovsky ’94 is Global Co-chair of the Intellectual Property practice at Paul Hastings based in Palo Alto, California. Cahikovsky serves as lead counsel for companies in all stages of development, such as eBay, Fox, HTC, Rovi(formerly Macrovision), TrendMicro, Twitter, Vitesse, Yahoo! He is recognized as one of the top patent lawyers in the nation since 2011 in IAM Patent 1000- The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners.
  • Oswald Cousins ’94 joined the Miller Law Group as partner in the San Francisco office. He comes from Nixon Peabody LLP.
  • Patrick Gibbs ’94 has joined Cooley as a partner in the Palo Alto office. Gibbs joins from Latham & Watkins where he was co-chair of the securities litigation and professional liability practice.
  • Kevin D. Morris ’94 was appointed Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer by the Board of Directors of Molycorp, Inc. Morris served as Executive Vice President of Administration and Rare Metals for Molycorp, Inc. since February 2015.
  • Robyn Polashuk ’94 of Convington & Burling LLP in Los Angeles was named one of the Top Women Lawyers of 2016 by Daily Journal.
  • Jason G. Wilson ’94 was named President and COO of Equibase Company. Wilson was hired as The Jockey Club's Vice President of Business Development in October 2010 and was later promoted to President of TJC Media Ventures.
  • Cynthia V Dixon ’95 was appointed as State Bar Hearing Judge for the City of Los Angeles by Judge William Kearse McGill. She was previously the Criminal Justice Act Supervising Attorney for the U.S. District Court, Central District of California where she oversaw the Federal Indigent Defense Panel.
  • Rachel E Goslins ’95 has been named Director for the Arts and Industries Building at the Smithsonian Institute, where she was formerly Director of the President’s Committee of the Arts and Humanities appointed by President Obama. Goslins also worked with the Smithsonian UNESCO and the U.S State Department on the Haiti Cultural recovery Project. She was also the Director, Independent Digital Distribution Lab at PBS/ITVD.
  • Hadar Harris ’95 was appointed Executive Director of Northern California Innocence Project (NCIP) at Santa Clara University School of Law. Harris has an extensive history addressing criminal justice reform issues.
  • Thomas Kaufman ’95 has been named a Top Labor & Employment Lawyer by Daily Journal. Kaufman specializes in employer wage and hour defense for Sheppard Mullin in Los Angeles.
  • Melissa Mc Cormick ’95 was appointed to the Orange County Superior Court by Gov. Jerry Brown. Previously, Partner at Irell & Manella LLP, 2004-2015.
  • Angela Reddock-Wright ’95 has been appointed to serve on the County of Los Angeles Equity Oversight Panel (CEOP). Reddock-Wright is the Founding and Managing Partner of the Reddock Law Group, a Los Angeles boutique employment and labor law firm.
  • Matthew Erramouspe ’96 of O’Melveny & Myers in Los Angeles was named to The Hollywood Reporter’s annual Power Lawyer list recognizing the top 100 legal minds in Hollywood.
  • Gabriel Gregg ’96 has been selected as Treasurer for 2017 for the Santa Clara County Bar Association. Gregg is a litigation partner at Robinson & Wood and has been on the bar association’s executive committee.
  • Andrei Iancu ’96 is Managing Partner at Irell & Manella LLP in offices of Los Angeles where he specializes in Patent litigation. He has a client roster that includes Ariosa Diagnostics Inc., Juno, Therapeutics Inc., TiVo Inc., 10X Genomics Inc., and Synaptics Inc. In 2013, California Lawyer named Iancu Attorney of the Year in the area of intellectual property.
  • Brian Lee ’96 was appointed to the board of directors of ZipRecruiter. Lee is a serial entrepreneur who co-founded The Honest Company and founded ShoeDazzle after co-founding LegalZoom in 2000.
  • Kristin E. Nied ’96 has joined Miller, Canfield, Paddock and Stone, P.L.C. in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
  • Craig B. Van Rooyen ’96 was appointed to the San Luis Obispo County Superior Court by Governor Brown. Van Rooyen has served as a deputy district attorney at the San Luis Obispo County District Attorney’s Office since 2007. Prior to that, he had been a partner at Bingham, McCutchen LLP. Van Rooyen served as a deputy district attorney at the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office from 1996 to 2000.
  • Stephanie Yonekura ’96 has joined Hogan Lovells as partner in the Investigations, White Collar, and Fraud Practice Group in Los Angeles. She joins the firm from U.S. Attorney’s Office.
  • Marjorie Gannet ’97 joined Holland & Knight in Washington, D.C., as a partner in the firm’s Real Estate Section. She was previously a partner with Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman.
  • Derek Havel ’97 is the Office Managing Partner at Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP in Los Angeles. Havel is a partner in the Labor and Employment Practice Group.
  • Jennifer Lloyd Kelly ’97 Is partner at Fenwick & West LLP, she is one of the fore more authorities on intellectual property issues pertinent to video games/mobile apps. The Daily Journal named Kelly as one of the “Top Entertainment Lawyers” in California. In 2015, the Legal 500 recognized her as a leading copyright attorney and was also enlisted in the San Francisco Business Times’s list of the “Most Influential Women in the Bay Area”. Recently in 2016, Kelly was honored as “Women Leader in Tech Law” by Recorder.
  • Catrice Monson ’97 was named Senior Vice President, Diversity and Inclusion for the CBS Corporation. She most recently was SVP Labor Relations. Prior to her work with CBS, Monson was an associate at Barbosa Garcia LLP practicing education and labor law.
  • Christopher Rose ’97 was welcomed as partner at Wilmer Hale in Los Angeles.
  • Gretchen Rush ’97 of Hansen Jacobson Teller Hoberman Newman Warren Richman Rush & Kaller in Beverly Hills was named to The Hollywood Reporter’s annual Power Lawyer list recognizing the top 100 legal minds in Hollywood.
  • Michelle M. Ahnn ’98 was appointed to a judgeship in the Los Angeles County Superior Court by Governor Brown. She had served as a Deputy Alternate Public Defender at the Los Angeles County Alternate Public Defender’s Office.
  • Tom M. Dono ’98 was named Executive Vice President – General Counsel and Secretary of Metaldyne Performance Group Inc. (MPG), a leading provider of highly-engineered components for use in powertrain and safety-critical applications for the global light, commercial and industrial vehicle markets.
  • Nicole Fricke Duckett ’98 became the first African-American female general counsel for an NBA team. Fricke is the General Counsel and Vice President of Public and Community Affairs for the Los Angeles Clippers. Previously, Fricke served as General Counsel at Real Assets LLC and as a commissioner with the Los Angeles Convention and Tourism Development board.
  • Samantha Grant ’98 of Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP was named the new commissioner to the American Bar Association’s Commission on Women in the Profession. As commissioner, Grant will develop strategies to promote the success and retention of women in the field of law.
  • Brenton Hamlet ’98 , a Beverly Hills, California based Merrill Lynch advisor, was one of 11 employees recently honored with the 2015 David Brady Award at a ceremony in New York, recognized for his outstanding philanthropy, client focus and overall commitment to his company and community.
  • Pauline Martin ’98 has joined Blank Rome LLP in Los Angeles, where she is Of Counsel in the family law practice. Martin joins Blank Rome from Phillips Lerner in Los Angeles. Martin previously founded Sonoma Risk Insurance Agency, LLC in Los Angeles, where she helped develop the patent-pending Contract Litigation Insurance.
  • Marie Mendoza ’98 has been appointed Vice President and General Counsel of Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc. in San Diego.
  • Danielle Sokol ’98 joined Kaufman, Dolowich & Voluck LLP in Los Angeles as partner.
  • Ryan K Yagura ’98 is partner at O’Melveny & Myers LLP, Chair of the Firm’s Intellectual Property and Technology Practice. The Daily Journal named Ryan to its list of the Top 75 Intellectual Property Litigators in California, and Law360 featured Ryan in its publication of intellectual property lawyers to watch
  • C. Dabney O’Riordan ’99 has been named co-chief of the Securities and Exchange Commission Division of Enforcement’s Asset Management Unit, a national specialized unit that focuses on misconduct by investment advisers, investment companies, and private funds.
  • Joshua Briones ’99 has joined the Litigation Practice at Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky, and Popeo, P.C. Briones was previously a partner with Blank Rome LLP. Briones is a past president of the UCLA School of Law Alumni Board of Directors and an adjunct professor of law for the Universidad Panamericana and the Instituto Tecnolgico Autonomo de Mexico (“ITAM”) in Mexico City.
  • Jamie Brodsky ’99 has been elected to a three-year term on the Stoll Keenon Ogden PLLC Board of Directors. He also chairs the firm's Corporate Finance & Lending practice and is active in the firm's Real Estate, Mergers & Acquisitions, Bankruptcy & Financial Restructuring and Equine practices.
  • Shelly Heyduk ’99 is a new partner at O’Melveny & Myers LLP. Heyduk, a member of the Capital Markets Practice in the Newport Beach office, advises public companies on a wide range of securities law and corporate governance matters.
  • Heather Moosnick ’99 was named to the list of Women in Music 2015: The 50 Most Powerful Executives in the Industry by Billboard Magazine.
  • Paul Ohm ’99 was appointed by President Obama as a member to the Commission on Evidence-Based Policy Making. Paul Ohm is a Professor of Law at the Georgetown University Law Center and a Faculty Director for the Center on Privacy and Technology.
  • Phong L. Tran ’99 is Partner at Johnson & Weaver LLP in the San Diego office, prior to joining Johnson & Weaver, Tran worked at Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP. As well as Coughlan, Semmer & Lipman LLP., prestigious boutique litigation firm.
  • Alexander Vellandi ’99 was chosen by real estate peer-to-peer marketplace Money360 Inc. to be its first General Counsel. Previously, Vellandi was in-house counsel at real estate investment firms Sabal Financial Group LP and Triple Net Properties LLC.