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!

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Class Notes - 2010s
  • Robert J. Ellison ’10 was named partner at Latham & Watkins LLP. He is a member of the Litigation & Trial Department who concentrates his practice on complex commercial litigation, with an emphasis on entertainment, sports, and media litigation.
  • Patrick W. Kelly ’10 is among Snell & Wilmer's 2019 newly elected California partners. His practice is concentrated in business and commercial litigation, with an emphasis in contract disputes and claims relating to corporate, franchise, and partnership disputes, commercial lease disputes, and uniform commercial code issues.
  • Tina Koonse ’10 was quoted in November in a front-page Los Angeles Times article on wage theft in the garment industry. A graduate of the David J. Epstein Program in Public Interest Law and Policy and Critical Race Studies program, Koonse is the legal and policy research manager at the UCLA Downtown Labor Center.
  • Dana Lee ’10 has joined UC Irvine as a tenure-track faculty member.
  • Dominic Quiller ’10 was mentioned in the Daily Journal concerning a case against the Torrance school district. Quiller is a partner at the firm McCune & Harber LLP.
  • Michael J. Reiss ’10 was made partner at Latham & Watkins LLP. He is a member of the Litigation & Trial Department whose practice encompasses a range of complex commercial litigation, including consumer class actions, financial institution litigation, insolvency litigation, sports and entertainment litigation, and intellectual property litigation.
  • Lidiana Rios ’10 has joined Ireland Stapleton as an associate. She is a commercial litigator who has represented small, mid-sized and large public and private companies, as well as individuals. She is based in Denver, CO.
  • James Behrens ’11 practices bankruptcy and restructuring law in Los Angeles at Greenberg Glusker Fields Claman & Machtinger LLP. His recent article, “Don’t Fear the 363 Sale, Fear the Delay that Follows It,” was published in the March 2014 issue of the American Bankruptcy Institute Journal and was recently selected to be included in Best of ABI 2014: The Year in Business Bankruptcy.
  • Drew Capurro ’11 was named partner at Latham & Watkins LLP. He is a member of the Corporate Department who focuses his practice on corporate representation, with an emphasis on capital markets and corporate governance matters.
  • Helen Hwang ’11 was promoted to partner at Covington & Burling LLP in Shanghai. Her practice focuses on counseling clients, particularly in China and other jurisdictions in Asia, through complex and sensitive internal investigations, investigations by U.S. federal and state enforcement authorities, such as the DOJ and SEC, and related litigation involving alleged violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and other anti-corruption laws.
  • Molly K. Madden ’11 has joined Skylar Kirsch LLP as an Associate in the Litigation Department. Prior to joining the firm, Molly was an associate at Goodwin Procter, where she specialized in complex commercial and consumer cases, with a focus on financial services litigation and the defense of class actions and government enforcement actions.
  • Jessamyn Vedro ’11 is an associate in the litigation group at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips LLP. Vedro is also an accomplished ballerina who has performed in notable show such as The Nutcracker and Cinderella.
  • Jennifer Wang ’11 elevated to Member at TroyGould. Her practice focuses on helping clients achieve successful results in complex business disputes. This includes handling unfair competition, securities fraud, and real estate litigation, as well as advising clients about their employment and trade secret concerns. Before joining TroyGould, Wang defended real estate professionals and attorneys in professional liability actions at Thompson Coe's Los Angeles office.
  • Lauren Woodland ’11 reprised her role as Brittany Hodges on The Young and the Restless during the show's 45th anniversary week. Woodland is an Associate at Miller Barondess LLP. She is a civil litigator specializing in business and entertainment litigation.
  • Lulu Chiu Gomez ’12 was elected as the Young Lawyer Division (YLD) Liaison to the Governing Committee of the American Bar Association, Forum on Franchising. She is an associate at Snell & Wilmer's Los Angeles office.
  • Francis Guzman ’12 has been announced as the recipient of the Juvenile Law Center’s 2018 Leadership Prize. Guzman currently directs the California Youth Justice Initiative (CYJI) at the National Center for Youth Law (NCYL).
  • Jonathan Tobin ’12 was featured in an article on The Eastsider website about his firm Counsel for Creators. Tobin's practice is focused on the needs of creative businesses and individuals. He deals with matters involving copyrights, trademarks, software, design, licensing, business, art law and contracts.
  • Marshall Hunt ’13 was confirmed as a new member of the Tempe Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. Hunt is an attorney at Davis Miles McGuire Gardner, PLLC in Tempe, Arizona.
  • Robert Pepple ’13 joined Epstein Becker Green as an Associate in the Employment, Labor & Workforce Management practice in Los Angeles.
  • Christina Snider ’13 was appointed Governor's Tribal Advisor and executive secretary to the Native American Heritage Commission.
  • Jyoti Wescott ’13 Jyoti Westcott (née Avila) and Brent Westcott were married in April 2018 at Talega Golf Club in San Clemente, CA. They recently relocated to Sacramento, where Brent works as Deputy Legislative Counsel for the California Office of Legislative Counsel, and Jyoti works as Associate General Counsel for Health Net Federal Services, LLC.
  • Adam Ackerman ’14 joined the American Red Cross Santa Monica Bay Chapter. Ackerman is an associate in Mergers & Acquisitions at O’Melveny & Myers.
  • Hammad Alam ’14 was selected by Equal Justice Works for its 2018 Equal Justice Works Fellowship. Alam will advocate for Arab, Middle Eastern, Muslim, and South Asian students and families who are victims of school bullying in San Bernardino County.
  • Jordan Cunnings ’14 won a victory for a client through her work at Public Counsel. This is a major victory for the immigrant rights movement in Los Angeles.
  • Jamie Friedland ’14 was named one of the Chicagoans of the Year by Chicago Magazine. Friedland was recognized for his volunteer work with other lawyers to give free assistance to travelers affected by the travel bans set forth by President Donald Trump. Friedland is an associate at Latham & Watkins. Prior to joining Latham, he served as a law clerk to Judge Cecilia M. Altonaga of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida.
  • Natasha Gandhi ’14 was named to the 2018 “Pathfinders Program” class for the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD). Gandhi is an associate at the firm of Bell Nunnally & Martin LLP in Dallas, Texas.
  • William Marshall ’14 joined the firm of Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP in Denver, Colorado as an Associate in the Environmental Group and Natural Resources Department.
  • John Scheerer ’14 joined Sacks, Glazier, Franklin & Lodise as an Associate. Prior to joining Sacks, Glazier, Franklin & Lodise, Scheerer was a litigation associate at Hueston Hennigan LLP, and previously at Irell and Manella LLP.
  • Cody Weiss ’14 , previously at Proskauer Rose LLP, is now practicing in house at Fandango.
  • Courtney Corbello ’15 accepted a new position as State of Texas Assistant Attorney General - Law Enforcement Defense in Austin, Texas. Previously she served as a briefing attorney for Judge David Newell, and a law clerk for the State of Texas Criminal Court of Appeals.
  • Sara McDermott ’15 was mentioned in the Daily Journal for her work in authoring a letter prompting a review of the federal judiciary’s workplace policies. McDermott is a litigation associate in the Los Angeles office of Munger, Tolles & Olson.
  • Ariane Nevin ’15 wrote an article on The Blog on the Huffpost entitled "South African Judges Should Visit A Prison Once A Year." Nevin is the National Prisons Specialist at Sonke’s Policy Development and Advocacy Unit, where she was the UCLA – Sonke Health and Human Rights Fellow in 2015. She now leads the policy and advocacy work in Sonke’s national prisons project.
  • Kelly Orians ’15 founded two nonprofit organizations, First 72 and Rising Foundations, which help create avenues for those released from prison to avoid returning to a criminal life. Orians was featured in the Forbes article "Not Going Back to Prison: A Rising Foundation in New Orleans."
  • Sonia Singh ’16 was mentioned in the Los Angeles Daily Journal article entitled "Resolving Insolvency", concerning multi-million dollar reorganizations and her firm Danning, Gill, Diamond & Kollitz, LLP. Singh recently joined the firm as an associate.
  • Erika Georgiou Cumbee ’17 , an Associate Attorney at Quinn Emanual Urquhart & Sullivan LLP (Complex Commercial Litigation), was featured in the Daily Journal.
  • Brady Granger ’17 was selected by Equal Justice Works for its 2018 Equal Justice Works Fellowship. Granger will design and implement a robust and cohesive program of legal clinics, legal representation, outreach, and community education sessions serving the community of veterans in West Texas.
  • Sabine Jean ’17 joined Outten & Golden's New York office as an Associate. Jean, the Public Interest Fellow at the firm, will be a member of the firm's Individual Practice Area, Class Practice Area, and co-chairs the Firm's Public Interest Committee.
  • Nabeelah Mia ’17 wrote an article on The Blog on the Huffpost entitled "South African Judges Should Visit A Prison Once A Year." Mia was a 2016-2017 UCLA-Sonke Health and Human Rights fellow.
  • Ira Catherine Perez ’17 was added as an associate at Bell Nunnally. Perez is a member of the Corporate and Securities, Mergers and Acquisitions and Tax practice areas. She joined the firm after working on trust and estate administration, investment analysis and energy leases (including wind and oil and gas) at one of the largest Texas-based banks.
  • Nathan Goncalves ’18 was selected by Equal Justice Works for its 2018 Equal Justice Works Fellowship. Goncalves will aid low-income disabled veterans in their rehabilitation, by addressing family law problems through direct assistance, counsel and advise, and legal education to promote family reintegration.
  • Natalie J. Mackary ’18 has joined the law firm of Ajalat, Polley, Ayoob & Matarese as an associate. Ajalat, Polley, Ayoob & Matarese is a law firm that specializes solely in California State & Local Taxes.
  • Larken Yackulic ’18 was named a member of the 2018 class of Skadden Fellows, a group of 29 graduating law students and judicial clerks who are devoting the next two years of their professional careers to public interest work.
  • Jack Fernandes ’19 is the founder and CEO of Regenica Biosciences, a pharmaceutical company predicated on developing advanced measures to counter bio-terrorism. The company is currently in the pre-clinical stage.