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 - 2000s
  • Ryan Bradley ’00 was named managing attorney of the Santa Monica office of the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles (LAFLA).
  • Philip M. Kelly ’00 of Kendall Brill & Kelly was featured in The Variety 2016 Legal Impact Report.
  • Richard Chul Kim ’00 has been promoted to counsel in Latham & Watkins’ Tokyo office. Kim is a member of the Global Project Finance Department. His practice includes the representation of export credit agencies, multilateral agencies, commercial banks, borrowers and equity sponsors in energy and power project financing transactions and other financing and transactional matters.
  • Jonathan Levine ’00 joins Morrison & Foerster LLP office in New York as partner in its Business Restructuring & Insolvency Group. Levine was previously at Andrews Kurth LLP.
  • Jennifer J. McGrath ’00 has joined Johnson & Johnson LLP as partner in Beverly Hills. Previously, McGrath was an attorney at Harder Mirell & Abrams LLP.
  • Thuy Thi Nguyen ’00 was appointed the first Vietnamese president of a California community college. Prior to be her appointment as president of Foothill College, she worked at small law firm in Emeryville, providing legal counsel to school districts.
  • Justin Barnes ’01 has joined Troutman Sanders LLP from Fish & Richardson.
  • Blye Faust ’01 produced the film Spotlight and won the Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay awards at the 2016 Academy Awards. She joined the board of directors of The Center for Investigative Reporting. Prior to film production, Faust practiced entertainment law.
  • Lev A. Ginsburg ’02 , a Co-founding partner of Ginsburg Daniels was featured in The Variety 2016 Legal Impact Report.
  • Rajani K. Gupta ’02 of Proskauer Rose LLP in Los Angeles was named as one of the Top 40 Under 40 attorneys by the Daily Journal.
  • Devin A. McRae ’02 of Early Sullivan Wright Gizer & McRae LLP in Los Angeles was named as one of the Top 40 Under 40 attorneys by the Daily Journal.
  • Bonita Moore ’02 has joined the litigation team at Faegre Baker Daniels in Los Angeles. Before joining FaegreBD, Moore was a principal at Bird Marella in Los Angeles.
  • David W Tang ’02 re-joins Seward & Kissel as Counsel in the Investment Management Practice. Prior to joining Seward & Kissel, Tand was Counsel to compliance consultant and investment management law firm Orical LLC.
  • Joshua Wright ’02 has joined Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati’s antitrust practice as Senior of Counsel in the Washington, D.C. office. Wright, who most recently served as a commissioner of the Federal Trade Commission and is one of the nation's leading scholars in antitrust law and consumer protection, is currently a professor of law and director of the Global Antitrust Institute at George Mason University. He was a member of the FTC from 2013 to 2015.
  • Eric Hwang ’03 joined WilmerHale in Palo Alto from an Am Law 100 firm. Mr. Hwang advises technology and life sciences companies, investment banks, and venture capital and private equity firms on a wide range of strategic transactions, including joint ventures and complex, cross-border M&A transactions.
  • Eric J. Troutman ’03 has joined Dorsey & Whitney LLP’s Consumer Financial Services practice as partner in Southern California. Troutman joins Dorsey from Severson & Werson’s Financial Services practice.
  • Amy Williams ’03 was promoted to partner at Carothers DiSante & Freudenberger LLP in Orange County. She was recognized by Super Lawyers as a Rising Star in 2012 and 2015 for her track record and expertise in California labor and employment law.
  • Nicole Cunningham ’04 was elected into the 2016 Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP 2016 partner class. As a member of the Intellectual Property practice, Cunningham litigates IP disputes in district courts and before the International Trade Commission for clients in the wireless and telecommunications, mechanical, medical device and life sciences fields. She is based in the San Diego office.
  • Brandon J. Davis ’04 of Nossaman LLP in Los Angeles was named as one of the Top 40 Under 40 attorneys by the Daily Journal.
  • Annie Granatstein ’04 has joined The Washington Post and will head the WP BrandStudio. She joins The Postfrom Slate’s in-house creative agency.
  • Erin Ranahan ’04 of Winston & Strawn LLP in Los Angeles was named as one of the Top 40 Under 40 attorneys by the Daily Journal.
  • Dominik Sklenar ’04 has been promoted to counsel at Latham & Watkins. Prior to his promotion, he was a member of the corporate department where he focused on capital markets transactions.
  • Keith D. Yandell ’04 was named the first general counsel for DoorDash Inc. Previously Yandell was working as Uber’s litigation director.
  • Gabriel F. Brakin ’05 was featured in The Variety 2016 Legal Impact Report. Brakin is the general counsel and Executive Vice President of Business Affairs at Participant Media.
  • Eric Fisher ’05 has been named associate fellow in the Litigation Counsel of America, an honor only awarded to less than one-half of one percent of attorneys from across the United States. He was also included in the 2016 Georgia Super Lawyer list. Fisher is a partner at Taylor English Duma LLP.
  • Ben Sahl ’05 was appointed Legal Director of the Disability Rights Center – New Hampshire (DRC), which engages in class and individual representations aimed at eliminating barriers to the full and equal enjoyment of civil and other legal rights by people with disabilities. Prior to joining DRC, Ben practiced in New York, including as the William J. Brennan First Amendment Legal Fellow in the national office of the ACLU and as an associate with Latham & Watkins LLP.
  • Douglas H. Burnaford ’06 is a new partner at Latham & Watkins LLP in Los Angeles.
  • Craig E. Countryman ’06 of Fish & Richardson PC in San Diego was named as one of the Top 40 Under 40 attorneys by the Daily Journal. Additionally, Countryman was one of only six attorneys to be named a Rising Star by Appellate Law360.
  • Renée Delphin-Rodriguez ’06 has joined SynerMed, Inc. as the new General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer, she will oversee the company’s legal, regulatory, affairs and compliance functions. She previously worked as a corporate attorney at Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP.
  • Antionette D. Dozier ’06 of Western Center on Law & Poverty Inc. in Los Angeles was named one of the Top 40 Under 40 attorneys by the Daily Journal.
  • Nicole V. Gambino ’06 has joined as partner at the Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati PC offices in San Francisco.
  • Kristen G. Hilton ’06 joined the Litigation Department at Sussman Shank LLP in Portland, Oregon. Prior to joining Sussman Shank, Kristen was an associate with Bingham McCutchen and Morgan Lewis in Santa Monica, California.
  • Heather L. Richardson ’06 is a new partner at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP in Los Angeles and was named one of the Top 40 Under 40 attorneys by the Daily Journal.
  • Adam Starr ’06 was named in the 2016 issue of Oregon Super Lawyers as a Rising Star. Starr is a trial lawyer with Markowitz Herbold, a boutique litigation firm headquartered in Portland Oregon.
  • Nicole Walsh ’06 has been promoted to partner at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe in Los Angeles. Walsh represents real estate investment funds, banks, developers and corporate clients.
  • Michelle L.C. Carpenter ’07 is a new partner at Latham & Watkins LLP in Los Angeles.
  • Karen E. Deschaine ’07 was promoted to partner at Cooley LLP in San Diego, CA.
  • Anil J. Kalia ’07 is a new partner at the global law firm, DLA Piper in East Palo Alto. Kalia concentrates on international tax planning and operational structuring.
  • Adrianne Marshack ’07 re-joins Manatt, Phelps, LLP Litigation practice as a partner in its Orange County Office. Marshack returns to Mannatt from business litigation boutique firm Greenberg Gross, LLP.
  • Janis Hui Ozaki ’07 joins Dykema Gossett PLLC as senior counsel in Los Angeles. Prior to joining Dykema, Ozaki was in private practice.
  • Kristin Peer ’07 has been appointed assistant general counsel at the California Environmental Protection Agency by Governor Brown. Prior to her appointment, Peer served as a deputy attorney general at the California Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General since 2010.
  • Brette Steele ’07 was named Acting Deputy Director of the Countering Violent Extremism Task Force, by the White House.
  • Kevin J. Minnick ’08 was recently promoted to counsel at Skadden, Arps, Meagher & Flom LLP.
  • Bryan Leifer ’09 joined Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP as partner. He joins the Los Angeles office from Akerman LLP.
  • Jeffrey Stephens ’09 is a new partner at Gaw Van Male. Stephens practices estate planning, focusing on counseling clients in creating customized high-end estate and succession plans that integrate with the client’s existing investment and business structure.
  • Jordan Woods ’09 accepted a tenure track position at the University of Arkansas School of Law.