Class Notes

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Class Notes - 1990s
  • Robert Fabela ’90 was appointed the City Attorney for the City of Anaheim. He was previously General Counsel of the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority.
  • Yakub Hazzard ’90 was featured in the Los Angeles Business Journal as one of 2018's most influential minority attorneys in Los Angeles. Hazzard is a partner in Mitchell, Silberberg & Knupp's Entertainment and IP Litigation practice group.
  • 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.
  • Phillip Neiman ’90 joined the JAMS panel in San Francisco. Neiman joined the JAMS Resolution Center as a mediator, arbitrator and special master in a variety of disputes including business/commercial, financial/securities, employment, real property, trusts/estates, insurance, intellectual property and tort claims.
  • Dennis Rolstad ’90 was featured in the Los Angeles Daily Journal as he recently joined Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP as a Partner in the San Fracisco office.
  • Rebecca Tsosie ’90 gave a talk on ‘Indigenous Nations, Environmental Justice and Public Health’ at the University of Arizona where she is a Regent’s Professor at the James E. Rogers College of Law and a Special Adviser to the Provost for Diversity and Inclusion. Professor Tsosie discussed how environmental pollution from energy resource development causes health impacts for tribal members in many reservation communities, and she will discuss how tribal governments and the federal government ought to handle the consequences of this development for tribal members. Professor Tsosie also serves as a Supreme Court Justice for the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation and as an associate judge on the San Carlos Tribal Court of Appeals.
  • Janet Dhillon ’91 , Burlington Stores Inc. general counsel, has been selected by President Donald Trump to serve on the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and take over as its chair. Dhillon, who began her legal career by spending 13 years at Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP, will be nominated to serve a term that expires on July 1, 2022.
  • Michael Garfinkel ’91 joined DLA Piper as a partner in the Media, Sport and Entertainment practice. Garfinkel, who has spent more than 25 years as an entertainment industry litigator, joins DLA Piper from Perkins Coie LLP.
  • Richard Hasen ’91 is the 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".
  • Susan Koehler Sullivan ’91 was featured in the Los Angeles Daily Journal as a 'Top Woman Lawyer.' Sullivan is a seasoned commercial litigator with over 25 years of experience. Within the first two months of 2017, she won four summary judgments. Sullivan handles insurance coverage investigations and disputes.
  • Jacqueline Nguyen ’91 was featured in the Daily Journal as one of the judge panelists that worked on the sneaker case, Adidas v. Sketchers.
  • Daniel Robbins ’91 has been appointed to serve a two-year term as Chair of the Committee on Scope and Program of the Uniform Law Commission (ULC). Robbins is Senior Vice President and Associate General Counsel of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) in Los Angeles, California.
  • Kimberly Arouh ’92 has been appointed as the Office Managing Shareholder of Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney LLP's San Diego office. Arouh handles complex business litigation, and has been selected for inclusion multiple times in the San Diego Super Lawyers list and The Best Lawyers in America list for Commercial Litigation. She joined Buchanan after serving as a litigator at Latham & Watkins.
  • Nana Gyamfi ’92 was featured in a series in LA Weekly “25 Years After the Riots” – featuring accounts from Angelenos who witnessed the first 48 hours of the 1992 riots. Gyamfi was a student at the time, and after she helped rally community support for defendants in the Reginald Denny case. She has since become a leading civil rights attorney in Los Angeles, where she runs the Crenshaw Legal Clinic, represents Black Lives Matter in court and teaches at Cal State Los Angeles University.
  • Jason Kim ’92 was featured in the Los Angeles Business Journal as one of 2018's most influential minority attorneys in Los Angeles. Kim is a deal lawyer. In 2016 and 2017, Kim was also named Co-Chair of the Board of Directors of the Asian Business Association. He also serves as Director on the Board of Directors of U.S. Korea Law Foundation.
  • Steven Levy ’92 and wife, Sarah, recently wrote a book, "The Rashi Discussion Torah Commentary", which was published by the Jewish Publication Society. Levy works in real estate.
  • Aaron Silberman ’92 will serve as ABA Chair of Public Contract Law Section in 2017-2018. Silberman is a Shareholder at Rogers Joseph O'Donnell, PC., and a member of the firm’s Construction and Government Contracts Practice Groups.
  • Eugene Volokh ’92 wrote an amicus brief in support of Gerawan Farming on behalf of the Western Growers Association, California Fresh Fruit Association, California Farm Bureau Federation and Ventura County Agricultural Association in an appellate case involving the state Agricultural Labor Relations Board (ALRB.) The State Appellate Court remanded the ALRB, and this is a seen as a victory for Fresno County-based Gerawan, which is one of the largest tree fruit farmers in the nation.
  • Michelle Flores ’93 joined Akerman LLP's Los Angeles office. Flores joined as a partner in the Labor and Employment Practice Group.
  • Jeff Galvin ’93 has been honored with the 2017 June Black Pro Bono Award. Galvin is a partner in Downey Brand’s litigation department where he represents clients in trust and estate disputes across Northern California and Northern Nevada. Galvin was also named Best of the Bar 2017.
  • Robert Galvin ’93 is a partner at Wilmer Hale LLC. in the Palo Alto office, and a 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.
  • Michael Morgan ’93 was featured in the Los Angeles Daily Journal as a top Cyber/Artificial Intelligence Lawyer. Morgan is a partner at McDermott Will & Emery and specializes in complex data breaches, vehicle autonomy and connectivity.
  • Yar 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.
  • Don Fishman ’94 is in his 12th season with the Washington Capitals and ninth as Assistant General Manager and Director of Legal Affairs. In this role, he handles player contract negotiations, player contract research and analysis, the club's day-to-day salary cap position, team salary cap strategic planning, the salary arbitration process, NHL and team salary cap analysis, and interpretation of NHL/NHLPA Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) issues. Fishman also assists the club's general manager with the day-to-day operations of the Capitals hockey operations department such as roster issues, player movement, preseason and regular season scheduling, budgeting, and training camp planning.
  • Robyn Polashuk ’94 was featured in the Daily Journal as one of 2018's "Best Woman Lawyers." Polashuk works at Covinton & Burling LLP with a focus on licensing and distribution of video programming across a variety of platforms for clients such as The Walt Disney Co., CBS Corp., AMC Networks, etc.
  • Larry Solov ’94 is President and CEO of Breitbart News Network. With President Donald Trump in office, the network has become one of the most influential conservative media companies in the country. Trump’s presidency has availed an opportunity that will allow them to compete not only with conservative rivals like Fox News, but the entire media firmament, which they sees as dishonest about its left-leaning bias. Larry says their “goal is become a global news network.”
  • Paul Watford ’94 was mentioned in the Daily Journal for writing a partial separate concurrence in a 9th Circuit ruling concerning Berkeley’s 2011 Occupy Cal protests. He was also mentioned in another Daily Journal article concerning the possibility of the 9th Circuit revisiting anti-SLAPP appeals. Judge Watford is a United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
  • Dmitry Gorin ’95 has a perfect Avvo Rating and over 120 five star client reviews. Gorin is a partner at Eisner Gorin LLP, a Los Angeles-based law firm specializing in criminal defense. He is a former Senior Deputy District Attorney in Los Angeles County, and was also selected to Best U.S. Lawyers 2017.
  • Hadar Harris ’95 , a human rights attorney and non-profit leader with a passion for working with and on behalf of students, has become the executive director of the Student Press Law Center. Prior to joining SPLC, Harris served as the executive director of the Northern California Innocence Project. She previously served for 13 years as the executive director of the Center for Human Rights & Humanitarian Law at American University Washington College of Law.
  • Brian Hoffstadt ’95 was mentioned in the Los Angeles Daily Journal for a case involving contractors suing a company over labor violations.
  • Michael King ’95 joined The Signatry as Senior Vice President of Gift Planning. King arrives at The Signatry after serving more than 10 years as a charitable gift and estate planning attorney at National Christian Foundation.
  • Jeffrey Prieto ’95 serves as the General Counsel at Los Angeles Community College District. Prieto is the chief legal officer and advisor to the Board of Trustees, Chancellor, Personnel Commission, and senior management for the District.
  • Angela Reddock-Wright ’95 was featured in the Daily Journal as one of 2018's "Best Woman Lawyers." She founded Reddock Law Group in 2011. Reddock-Wright is a Title IX sexual harassment investigator and has been handling a full case load in the wake of the #MeToo movement.
  • Angela Villegas ’95 was featured in the Los Angeles Daily Journal. Villegas serves as a Commissioner for Los Angeles County at the Central Civil West Courthouse and is tasked with hearing requests to modify child support payments.
  • Andrei Iancu ’96 was unanimously confirmed by The U.S. Senate as the next head of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. He will lead an agency tasked with deciding who owns the rights to inventions in areas like software, pharmaceuticals, and medical devices. Iancu was nominated by President Donald Trump in August.
  • Caroline Mankey ’96 has been selected by the editorial team at The National Law Journal for inclusion on its “Intellectual Property Trailblazers” list. She was also selected by the editorial team at the Daily Journal, for inclusion on its “Top Intellectual Property Lawyers” list. Mankey joined the firm Akerman LLP as a partner. She was previously at Sedgwick LLP, where she chaired the Intellectual Property, Media and Entertainment Group.
  • Michael Tu ’96 was featured in the Los Angeles Business Journal as one of 2018's most influential minority attorneys in Los Angeles. Tu is a partner at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP and is responsible for the victory of the Sumner Redstone's battle for control of Viacom Inc.
  • Halim Dhanidina ’97 was presented with one of the 2017 Daniel K. Inouye Trailblazer Awards during the 2017 National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) Convention. Judge Dhanidina, who is also an adjunct Professor of Law at Whitter Law School, is California’s first Muslim American judge.
  • Irving Gomez ’97 was interviewed for an article in Forbes entitled "Helping Investors Understand The Importance Of ESG." Gomez is an Assistant Corporate Secretary and Managing Counsel in the Corporate Legal Group for Intel Corporation. Irving is responsible for the company's corporate-level legal activities, including certain securities filings with the SEC, providing advice and counsel to the Board, the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee and senior management in the areas of emerging corporate governance, securities laws, and executive compensation. Prior to joining Intel, Irving was in private practice as an Associate at Morrison & Foerster in San Francisco.
  • Michelle Hernandez ’97 has become the new Chair of the Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce, effective November 17, 2017. She has been a member of the Board of Directors since 2013, serving as the Executive Committee’s Vice Chair since 2016, and is also currently Regional President of the Hispanic National Bar Association, where she has been a member since 1997.
  • Jennifer Kelly ’97 was named one of the 2017 Women Leaders in Tech Law by The Recorder. Kelly is a partner at Fenwick & West LLP. She is the Chair of the IP & Commercial Litigation Group and Co-Chair ​of the Games Industry Group.
  • John McKinney ’97 , Los Angeles Deputy District Attorney, was featured in a Los Angeles Times article after he secured a murder conviction against an 18-year-old woman for her role in the 2014 death of a USC graduate student from China.
  • 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.
  • Jeffrey Lowenstein ’98 , a partner at Bell Nunnally & Martin LLP in Dallas Texas, is featured in the The Best Lawyers in America 2017 publication. Lowenstein is chair of the firm’s Litigation practice and represents businesses and individuals in a variety of complex commercial matters and business disputes.
  • Phuong Phillips ’98 recently assumed the role as chief legal officer at Zynga Inc. in September 2017. Phillips will oversee all legal and government affairs for the San Francisco-based online gaming company. In 2015, Phillips was named one of the most influential women in Silicon Valley by the Silicon Valley Business Journal.
  • Effie Turnball Sanders ’98 was selected as Executive Director for the South Los Angeles Transit Empowerment Zone (SLATE-Z). Sanders also serves as Vice President of the Los Angeles League of Conservation Voters and as a member of the nonprofit board Social Action Partners.
  • Nichole Neal Walker ’98 has been promoted to Senior Vice President & Senior Wealth Planner in the Wealth Planning/Private Banking division at City National Bank.
  • Joshua Briones ’99 was featured in the Los Angeles Business Journal as one of 2018's most influential minority attorneys in Los Angeles. Briones is a managing partner of an AmLaw 100 Law firm - Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.
  • Chad Gordon ’99 was named as a member of the World Poker Fund Holdings, Inc. Board of Directors. Gordon, a lawyer and broker, has nearly two decades of experience in gaming, gaming regulation, real estate and corporate issues.
  • Spencer Kook ’99 was welcomed as a new member to the Imagine Project - Los Angeles' new Equity Children's Theatre’s Board of Directors. Kook is a member of the Executive Committee and Managing Partner of the downtown Los Angeles office of Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP.
  • Lynn Scaduto ’99 presides over a family law court at the Stanley Mosk Courthouse in Los Angeles, and her role was discussed in an article in the Daily Journal.
  • Jonathan West ’99 was elected to partnership at Latham & Watkins. West is a member of the Entertainment, Sports & Media Practice in the Corporate Department in Century City.