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).
  • Jenny Marino Cheung ’00 has been named Firm Director for Children’s Law Center Los Angeles’ brand new 4th unit. Jenny will be overseeing the new, specialized firm devoted to serving clients requiring intensive services.
  • 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 joined Morrison & Foerster LLP as partner in its Business Restructuring & Insolvency Group in New York. 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 is the new president of Foothill College in Los Altos Hills. Prior to be her appointment, she was General Counsel for California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office and General Counsel of Peralta Community College District. Nguyen is thought to be the first Vietnamese-American community college president in California.
  • Justin Barnes ’01 has joined Troutman Sanders LLP from Fish & Richardson.
  • Blye Faust ’01 produced the film Spotlight and took home an Oscar for Best Picture at the 2016 Academy Awards. She was recently invited to join the Board of Directors of The Center for Investigative Reporting. Faust, who also runs San Francisco-based interior design firm byblye Interiors, was recently featured in Vogue Living. Prior to film production and interior design, Faust practiced entertainment law.
  • Olga Fuentes Skinner ’01 has been promoted by Kasowitz to partner in the firm’s New York office. Formerly special counsel with Kasowitz, Ms. Fuentes Skinner’s practice focuses on federal and state trials of complex commercial litigations, arbitrations, and internal investigations, and providing white collar defense in government investigations and regulatory proceedings.
  • 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, Tang 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. Hwang advises technology and life sciences companies, investment banks, and venture capital and private equity firms on strategic transactions, including joint ventures and 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 SuperLawyers as a Rising Star in 2012 and 2015 for her track record and expertise in California labor and employment law.
  • Walter Wu ’03 has joined the Palo Alto office of Cooley LLP as partner in the firm’s Life Sciences Patent Group, now the largest life sciences patent practice in the United States. Wu joins from Morrison & Foerster LLP.
  • Nicole Cunningham ’04 was elected partner at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP. Cunningham is a member of the Intellectual Property practice in San Diego.
  • 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 Post from 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 in Hong Kong. Sklenar is a member of the Corporate Department, specializing in 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. Fellowship is by invitation only and extended to less than one-half of one percent of attorneys in the United States. Fisher, a partner at Taylor English Duma LLP in Atlanta, was also named as a 2016 Georgia SuperLawyer.
  • 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 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 Daily Journal and a Rising Star by Appellate Law360.
  • Renée Delphin-Rodriguez ’06 joined SynerMed, Inc. as General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer. She joined SnyerMed from DaVita HealthCare Partners, where she was Assistant General Counsel.
  • 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 the San Francisco office of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati PC as partner.
  • 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 has been named partner at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP in Los Angeles. Richardson, who was also named a Top 40 Under 40 attorney by the Daily Journal, served as president of the UCLA Law Alumni Association for the 2015-2016 term.
  • Adam Starr ’06 was named in the 2016 issue of Oregon SuperLawyers 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.
  • Jessica Konrberg ’07 has been selected by the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division for the 2016 American Bar Association On the Rise – Top 40 Young Lawyers Award. Kornberg, a founding board member of UCLA Law Women LEAD, became in 2014 the first female CEO of legal services nonprofit Bet Tzedek.
  • Anil J. Kalia ’07 is a new partner at DLA Piper in East Palo Alto. Kalia concentrates on international tax planning and operational structuring.
  • Adrianne Marshack ’07 has re-joined the litigation practice at Manatt as a partner in Orange County. Marshack returns to Manatt 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.
  • Katya Mezek ’09 has joined Structure Law Group, LLP in San Jose, CA. Closely connected to her home country of Slovenia, Mezek has given talks to the US Embassy's Summer Student Programs in Slovenia on doing business in the U.S. and has worked closely with Slovenian companies expanding to the U.S.
  • Bryan Leifer ’09 joined Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP as partner in the Los Angeles office. He joins from Akerman LLP.
  • Reiko Okazaki ’09 , who is admitted as an attorney in New York and Australia, became a barrister in October 2015 and represented the Victorian Bar at the Opening of the Legal Year on February 1, 2016.
  • Jeffrey Stephens ’09 is a partner at Gaw Van Male in Napa, CA. Stephens practices Estate Planning and Trust and Probate Administration.
  • Jordan Woods ’09 accepted a tenure track position at the University of Arkansas School of Law.