Class Notes

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Class Notes - 1980s
  • Rebecca Burnham ’80 was appointed to serve as chair of the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona board of directors. Burnham is a Shareholder at the Greenberg Traurig office in Phoenix, AZ.
  • Dale A. Drozd ’80 was featured in the Los Angeles Daily Journal. Judge Drozd was confirmed as U.S. District Judge in 2015 to the Fresno division. Since JudgeDrozd's appointment, he has been instrumental in providing relief to the court system which had been strained under significant case backlog.
  • Theresa Fay-Bustillos ’80 was appointed Chief Program Director of Blue Shield of California Foundation. In this role, she will lead the overall strategy, design, and management of all the Foundation's programmatic and grantmaking activities, as well as its strategic planning, organizational learning, and evaluation.
  • Laurie Levenson ’80 is the founding director of Project for the Innocent and was featured in the Daily Journal article titled "After decades, murder conviction is overturned" (3/16/2017) for her work on the overturned murder conviction for Andrew Leander Wilson.
  • Rosendo Pena Jr. ’80 is the first Latino appointed justice to serve on the 5th District. Justice Pena was appointed by Gov. Gray Davis on October 21, 2002.
  • Adam Kurland ’81 , Howard University School of Law Professor, was quoted in a Reuters article entitled “FDA’s sharing of grand jury information comes under criticism” in September 2016.
  • Julie Mebane ’81 a partner at Duane Morris LLP, received the fourth annual Duane Morris Pro Bono Leadership Award, which recognizes an attorney who exemplifies the spirit of pro bono: a selfless, long-standing and unwavering commitment to pro bono service; a leader by example who accepts pro bono matters without fanfare; and a pro bono contributor who encourages and mentors other firm attorneys in pro bono service.
  • Martine Rothblatt ’81 was honored with the UCLA Medal, the university's highest honor. Rothblatt is the Founder and CEO of United Therapeutics pharmaceutical company. She also founded Sirius XM satellite radio.
  • Benjamin Scheibe ’81 was mentioned in a Daily Journal article as a representative of a client suing a former law partner.
  • Janice Kamenir-Reznik ’82 was appointed new Board Chair at Beit T’Shuvah.
  • Dennis Ragen ’82 was mentioned in a Daily Journal article as the defense in an appeal concerning herbicides.
  • Brad "Tony" Summers ’82 joined Lane Powell's Portland office as a Shareholder. Summers' principal areas of practice are bankruptcy and debtor-creditor law, workouts and business transactions. He was previously a partner at Ball Janik.
  • Michelle Blakemore ’83 , who has served the County of San Bernardino for 28 years, was appointed County Counsel by the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors. Blakemore joined the Office of County Counsel in 1989 as a Deputy County Counsel and was promoted to Principal Assistant County Counsel in January 2009. In December 2010, she was named to her current position as Chief Assistant County Counsel.
  • Angela Brock-Kyle ’83 , JD/MBA 1983, added a directorship with Hunt Companies, Inc., a global private real estate and infrastructure firm, to her board portfolio which includes Guggenheim/Rydex Funds and the YMCA Retirement Fund. In addition she advises on global governance and board issues through her firm B.O.A.R.D.S., founded in 2013, and on behalf of Diligent Institute, a research affiliate of Diligent Corporation and board service organization.
  • Don Gibson ’83 joined the ASU Law staff as a professor of practice in the Sports Law and Business Program. He focuses primarily on interscholastic and intercollegiate athletics, including an examination of gender- and racial-equity issues. He also designed a new course focused on personal and business branding for athletes and sports properties.
  • E. George Joseph ’83 , managing partner at Nossaman, was featured in the Los Angeles Daily Journal about the firm's 75th anniversary.
  • Daniel McLoon ’83 was featured in the Los Angeles Daily Journal as a top Cyber/Artificial Intelligence Lawyer. He was a part of the legal team that convinced a 4th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel to ax a $12 million class action judgement against a unit of Experian PLC, a consumer credit reporting agency and one of McLoon's longtime clients. McLoon specializes in data breach response and class action defense.
  • Walter Oetzell ’83 was mentioned in the Los Angeles Daily Journal article entitled "Resolving Insolvency", concerning multi-million dollar reorganizations and his firm Danning, Gill, Diamond & Kollitz, LLP. Oetzell is a partner at the firm.
  • Yvette Roland ’83 was featured in the Daily Journal highlighting her work as a hearing judge on the State Bar Court since 2014.
  • Dolly Gee ’84 was mentioned in the Daily Journal for reducing a judgement against Kimberly-Clark Corp. and Halyard Health Inc. Judge Gee is a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Central District of California.
  • Philip Gutierrez ’84 was mentioned in the Los Angeles Daily Journal for granting certification to a subclass of real property owners to sue an oil company. Judge Gutierrez also presided over the 2017 UCLA Law Bar Admission Ceremony. He swore graduates into the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and the United States District Court for the Central District of California.
  • Daniel A. Olivas ’84 was appointed to Senior Assistant Attorney General of the California Department of Justice’s Land Law Section which represents over two dozen agencies including the Coastal Commission, State Lands Commission, and the Department of Housing and Community Development. In his “other life,” Daniel is the author of nine books of fiction, poetry, and nonfiction including two recent titles, The King of Lighting Fixtures: Stories (University of Arizona Press, 2017), and Crossing the Border: Collected Poems (Pact Press, 2017).
  • David Gindler ’84 , partner at Irell Manella LLP, specializes in intellectual property litigation and licensing. Gindler was one of the principal trial attorneys in City of hope National Medical Center v. Genentech, Inc., in which the City of Hope obtained a verdict including $302 million in compensatory damages. The Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journal named Gindler one of California’s “Top IP Litigators” in 2008, 2014, 2015 and 2018. He was also recognized by Law360 as a “Life Sciences MVP”.
  • Joel Beres ’86 was honored by Managing IP magazine. They named Beres - a Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorney - on their 2018 “IP Stars” list. The publication recognizes the most highly regarded intellectual property attorneys in the U.S.
  • Lolita Buckner Inniss ’86 recently joined Southern Methodist University (SMU) Dedman School of Law as a Professor of Law. Prior to her faculty position at SMU, Buckner Inniss taught at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Cleveland State University for 19 years.
  • James Burns ’86 joined Akerman LLP's Washington, D.C. office. Burns joined as a partner in the Healthcare Antitrust Practice Group.
  • Brad Krasnoff ’86 was mentioned in the Los Angeles Daily Journal article entitled "Resolving Insolvency", concerning multi-million dollar reorganizations and his firm Danning, Gill, Diamond & Kollitz, LLP. Krasnoff is a partner at the firm.
  • Alicia Miñana de Lovelace ’87 served as the UCLA School of Law Reunion Challenge National Chair for 2017, speaking at the September 2017 Law Reunion.
  • Joseph Taylor ’87 was added as a partner to the firm Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz, PC in the Media & Entertainment Litigation Group. Joe has been involved in several high profile entertainment cases in recent years and is a significant addition to the New York based Frankfurt Kurnit’s 2-year-old Los Angeles office.
  • Scott Campbell ’87 was named a Super Lawyer for 2017. Scott is the City Attorney of Avalon, on Santa Catalina Island and is the General Counsel for Gold Coast Health Plan, which provides Medi-Cal coverage for over 200,000 Ventura County residents. For ten years, he has served as General Counsel for the Lake Arrowhead Community Services District. He is a partner at Best Best and Krieger, LLP, where he opened the Los Angeles office.
  • Gary Frischling ’87 a partner at Irell & Manella LLP in the Los Angeles area, has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America for the 11th straight year and was named to the Southern California "Super Lawyers" list by Los Angeles Magazine for the years 2006-2016. Frischling was also honored as one of the Top Intellectual Property Lawyers in California in 2018 by the Daily Journal.
  • Bill Anderson ’88 is the founder of chief executive at First Beverage - a private equity group which funds startups and helps get their beverages on the shelves before being acquired. Anderson founded First Beverage Group as an investment bank and consultancy in 2005 after serving as executive vice president at Topa Equities.
  • James Batchelder ’88 was honored as one of the Top Intellectual Property Lawyers in California in 2018 by the Daily Journal. Batchelder is a partner at the firm Ropes & Gray LLP.
  • Frank W. Chen ’88 Frank W. Chen was elected by the judges of the Los Angeles Superior Court to become the Los Angeles Superior Court's newest Court Commissioner. As a lawyer, Frank was best known for his pro bono work in combating abusive litigation. Most notably, in recognition for his public service involvement, he was named a recipient of California Lawyer Magazine's Attorney of the Year (CLAY) Award for 2003 for his volunteer work with state and local prosecutors, local elected officials, legislators, and the State Bar of California in coordinating a unique and sweeping defense to abusive litigation brought by the Trevor Law Group of Beverly Hills. Additionally, since 2009, he has written and given a multitude of presentations on the topic of combating abusive ADA accessibility litigation in California to numerous bar associations, chambers of commerce, and professional organizations. In the late 1990s, he was also instrumental in leading both the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office and the State Bar of California in the battle against the Unauthorized Practice of Law (UPL).
  • Chuck Geerhart ’88 has been selected for membership in the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). Geerhart is a partner in the firm Paoli & Geerhart.
  • Mark Price ’88 was named among The Best Lawyers in America© for 2018. Price is a Shareholder at Roetzel & Andress in Naples, Florida, where he practices real estate law.
  • Ronald Sally ’88 was the recipient of the inaugural Beyond Duke Service and Leadership Award for the creation of and work with Project Greer Street. The Project Greer Street program is a transformational academic enrichment program for African-American males in high school that utilizes a bold new approach and framework to promote high achievement by cultivating an academic ecosystem and eliminating roadblocks to success.
  • Ken Berlin ’89 has been appointed as President and Chief Executive Officer of Advaxis. Berlin will also serve as a Director of the company.
  • Sara Berman- Barrett ’89 has been named Director of Programs for Academic and Bar Success for the AccessLex Center for Legal Education Excellence. Berman will be coming from Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad College of Law, where she served as Director of Critical Skills and Bar Success Programs.
  • Kevin Brown ’89 was featured in an article in the Los Angeles Daily Journal about his work as a Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge titled "Tough Love."
  • Dommond Lonnie ’89 was appointed to serve as Director of the Automotive Industry Group at Dykema, a multidisciplinary group focused on providing legal services to automotive and mobility clients. Based in the firm’s Los Angeles office, Dommond represents domestic and foreign automobile/mobility manufacturers in product liability, class action, toxic tort, and commercial litigation matters.
  • Susan S. Shields ’89 , a shareholder and tax and estate planning attorney with the law firm of McAfee & Taft, has been elected to serve as president-elect of the Oklahoma Bar Association. She will assume the role of president of the professional organization, which currently has more than 18,000 members, in 2020.
  • Livingston "Jack" Wong ’89 was profiled in the Hawaii Business Magazine for his work as CEO of Kamehameha Schools (6/2017). Wong oversees a portfolio that includes a $10.6 billion endowment; ownership of more Hawaii land than any other nongovernment organization; and developments in Kakaako, Moiliili, Kapalama and Kona; three K-12 campuses and 30 preschools with a total of 7,000 students; plus another 7,000 learners in a variety of culture-based programs. Wong joined Kamehameha Schools in 1997 as senior counsel.
  • Erich Andersen ’89 , Microsoft’s head of IP, rose to the number one spot on IAM's annual Meet the World’s Elite IP Dealmakers list, citing Andersen’s leadership over “a far more collaborative, partnership-based approach in Microsoft’s IP affairs.” With a flurry of licensing deals inked, including a high-profile agreement with Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi, the software giant has once again proved that it has one of the most valuable portfolios in tech. However, Andersen has also overseen a far more collaborative, partnership-based approach in Microsoft’s IP affairs, as the company has shifted its focus to ensuring that its products are on as many devices as possible.
  • Ronald Kaye ’89 was named one of the 100 attorneys in California by the Los Angeles Daily Journal. Kaye has specialized as a trial lawyer representing plaintiffs in both federal and civil. Before forming KMBL, Kaye was a trial lawyer in the Office of the Federal Public Defender for 8 years. In 2010, he was named one of the California Attorney of the Year by the California Lawyer Magazine. Kaye was also featured in Southern California’s Prisoner’s Right Award. In 2015, Kaye received the Johnnie Cochran Award from the Criminal Courts Bar Association of Los Angeles, and he was the Lead counsel for the Gabriel Carrillo v. County of Los Angeles.