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
  • Phillip Cha ’00 has launched Cha Mediation Services, a mediation practice specializing in employment and business disputes. Cha was formerly Senior Counsel with LimNexus, LLP, where he represented management in labor and employment matters.
  • Jenny Marino Cheung ’00 has been named Firm Director for Children’s Law Center Los Angeles’ brand new 4th unit. Cheung will be overseeing the new, specialized firm devoted to serving clients requiring intensive services.
  • Karen Jung ’00 has been elected to join Gerard fox Law P.C. as Partner. She was previously Corporate Counsel at Samsung E&C America, Inc. where she led the largest civil project deal in Canada history (with the total contract value CAD $8.3 Billion) She has served as the President of Berkeley Korean-American Alumni Association. Jung has been recognized in the Southern California Super Lawyers magazine for three years.
  • Chris Kwok ’00 joined JAMS in New York. Kwok joined the JAMS Resolution Center as an arbitrator, mediator and special master in a variety of disputes including business/commercial and employment matters. Kwok joined JAMS after 15 years at the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) in New York, where he mediated hundreds of employment disputes.
  • Rocky Lee ’00 joined King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) in January 2017 as a partner and head of its U.S. Corporate Practice, where he will be splitting his time between Beijing and Silicon Valley. He was previously at Cadwalader.
  • Jennifer McGrath ’00 , Senior Attorney at Johnson & Johnson LLP, was featured in the Daily Journal.
  • Courtney Powers ’00 is serving as the President of the UCLA Law Alumni Association Board of Directors for the 2017-2018 year.
  • Betsy Smegal Andersen ’01 , chair of the Recreation Commission and active civic volunteer, was named to the Piedmont City Council in October 2017.
  • Jeffrey Diener ’01 has joined the San Francisco office of Paul Hastings LLP. Diener is a partner in the Real Estate practice at Paul Hastings. Previously, he was based in the firm’s London office.
  • Blye Faust ’01 , award-winning film and television producer, addressed the Morning Forum of Los Altos, championing the power of storytelling in her presentation “Truth in Storytelling: Bringing Real Events to Life Onscreen.”
  • Kevin Gibson ’01 was named Partner at Koenig, Oelsner, Taylor, Schoenfeld & Gaddis (KO) in Colorado. He specializes in representing emerging growth companies, as well as leading angel and venture capital funds in their investments in public and private companies. Prior to joining KO, Gibson practiced in the Silicon Valley office of Gunderson Dettmer, and before that was a CPA with PricewaterhouseCoopers.
  • Cara Horowitz ’01 served as co-chair of the 2017 UCLA Law Women LEAD Inaugural Summit.
  • Ross Kutash ’01 runs the Plaintiffs department at BASTA - an eviction defense law firm with three locations in Los Angeles County.
  • Araceli Ruano ’01 has been appointed to the California Horse Racing Board of Directors. She has been a senior advisor at the SFE Group LLC since 2016.
  • Robert Kang ’02 served as the President of the UCLA Law Alumni Association Board of Directors for the 2016-2017 year.
  • Joseph Laska ’02 of Manatt, Phelps, & Phillips was named one of the 2017 Top 40 Under 40 Attorneys by the Daily Journal.
  • John Loncto ’02 has been promoted to counsel at Greenberg Traurig.
  • Laura Godfrey Zagar ’02 , partner in Perkins Coie’s San Diego office, has been selected by the Burton Awards as a recipient of the 2017 Law360 Distinguished Writing Award for her participation in writing the article "Environmental Streamlining Measures in Title 41 of the FAST Act: What Will They Mean for Infrastructure Project Developers?"
  • Hailyn Chen ’03 was featured in the Daily Journal as one of 2018's "Best Woman Lawyers." Chen is a top attorney at Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP and was recently appointed to the State Bar of California's Board of Trustees.
  • Songhai Armstead ’03 was appointed as Judge to the Los Angeles County Superior court by Gov. Jerry Brown. She was previously Supervising Deputy City Attorney for City of Los Angeles, where she oversaw programs such as VALOR, The Dispute Resolution Program, HALO and Homeless Court.
  • Anne Swoboda Cruz ’03 received the 2017 Outstanding Leader award from the Defense Research Institute's (DRI) Women in the Law (WITL) Committee. Cruz is a partner at the Los Angeles office of Tucker Ellis LLP.
  • Katherine Ku ’03 joined Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati in the firm's corporate and securities practice as partner in the Los Angeles office. She joins from the Los Angeles office of Munger, Tolles, & Olson where she was a corporate partner.
  • Susan Schalla ’03 has been elected a shareholder at Carney Badley Spellman law firm in Seattle, Washington. Schalla's legal practice focuses on corporate and business law, estate planning and probate, and tax planning. She also has substantial experience counseling nonprofit organizations.
  • Pam Singh ’03 was appointed as the Public Defender for Kern County, the first woman to serve in the role in the county's history.
  • David Horton ’04 was named to the 2016-2017 class of the UC Davis' Chancellor's Fellows. He joined the Law Faculty at UC Davis in 2012 and is a prolific and influential trusts and estates scholar.
  • Marc Lewis ’04 of Lewis & Llewellyn was named one of the 2017 Top 40 Under 40 Attorneys by the Daily Journal.
  • Cheryl Lott ’04 of Buchalter, was featured in the Los Angeles Business Journal as one of 2018's most influential minority attorneys in Los Angeles. Lott was elected as president-elect for the UCLA Alumni Association Board and also serves on the UCLA Law Alumni Association Board of Directors.
  • Angela Mooney D'Arcy ’04 was featured in Indian Country Today as a featured activist for Native Americans. D'Arcy founded Sacred Places Institute for Indigenous Peoples, a Native rights group, and continues to serve as its Executive Director. D’Arcy was also a recipient of the New Voices Fellowship, a national Ford Foundation-funded program dedicated to cultivating the next generation of social justice leaders; the Earthjustice Sutherland Fellowship, awarded each year to a young lawyer to continue their work in environmental public-interest law; and is a member of the 2012 Circle of Leadership Academy sponsored by Native Americans in Philanthropy and the Center for Leadership Innovation.
  • Bradley Lebow ’05 has joined Higgs Fletcher & Mack as an associate, with an expertise in complex business disputes and professional liability and Healthcare Litigation. Lebow has received the Outstanding Service Award, by the Legal Aid Society of San Diego- 2011 and 2012. He was Editor of UCLA Law Review, Executive Editor, UCLA Entertainment Law Review.
  • Timothy Loose ’05 was elected to Partner in the Los Angeles office of Gibson Dunn in December 2016. His practice covers a broad range of business litigation, with a focus on class and mass action litigation.
  • Glenn Nieves ’05 received the Hispanic National Bar Association "Top Lawyers Under 40" Award. He is the General Counsel, Vice President- Government Affairs and Corporate Secretary for Wilcon, the largest privately held fiber optic network provider in Southern California.
  • Rebecca Petereit ’05 was promoted to partnership at Vinson & Elkins in Dallas. Becky's practice focuses on all aspects of restructuring and reorganization work, including the representation of debtors, lenders, creditors, landlords and trustees.
  • Isabel Safie ’05 was selected to the 2017 Southern California Super Lawyers Rising Stars list for the third time. Safie, a partner at Best Best & Krieger LLP's Riverside office, was recognized in the area of Employee Benefits.
  • Misty Sanford ’05 of Munger, Tolles & Olson was named one of the 2017 Top 40 Under 40 Attorneys by the Daily Journal.
  • Eric Vandevelde ’05 was featured in the Los Angeles Daily Journal as a top Cyber/Artificial Intelligence Lawyer. Vandevelde is known for his work on some of the country's most high profile cases including Apple Inc. in the "Apple v. FBI" case involving the government's demand for assistance in connection with the San Bernardino terrorist attack.
  • Matt Ahart ’06 joined Transom Consulting Group as Associate Partner.
  • Mohammed Cato ’06 was appointed as UCLA's Title IX Coordinator. In this role, Mr. Cato will lead and oversee a talented and growing Title IX team responsible for UCLA’s compliance with Title IX, including policies and procedures to prevent and respond to gender discrimination, sexual harassment, and sexual violence.
  • Kristen Hilton ’06 was welcomed to The Oregon Coast Aquarium Board of Directors.
  • Arwen Johnson ’06 of Boies Schiller Flexner LLP was named one of the 2017 Top 40 Under 40 Attorneys by the Daily Journal.
  • Matthew Serratto ’06 won a seat on the Merced City Council representing District 5. The newly elected council member has been serving as Deputy DA for 9 years at the Merced County District Attorney’s Office. The lead prosecutor is entering politics to improve the city. He wants to devote his life to doing something positive - making Merced better.
  • Albert Valencia ’06 has joined Ervin Cohen & Jessup LLP as Partner in Beverly Hills. Previous Partner at Sklar Kirsh LLP, Valencia is a skilled attorney in commercial real estate transactions, leasing and financing. Valencia was awarded the Golden Gavel Award in 2010, and honored with the Rising Star- Super Lawyers of Southern California for three consecutive years 2014-2016.
  • George Azadian ’07 is co-founder of the Azadian Law Group PC. with locations in Los Angeles and Pasadena. George is the firm’s President and specializes in employment law, exclusively representing employees.
  • Christopher Campbell ’07 is a new partner at Latham & Watkins in San Francisco. Campbell is a member of the Litigation & Trial Department, with a focus on antitrust and unfair competition.
  • Patrick Hammon ’07 was promoted to counsel at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, where is a member of the litigation group in the firm's Palo Alto office. In early 2017, he received a California Lawyer - Attorneys of the Year (CLAY) Award from the Daily Journal for his role in defending FedEx.
  • Taisuke Kimoto ’07 was promoted to partner at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman. Licensed in both Japan and California, Kimoto advises Japanese and US clients on cross-border deals, helping reconcile legal and cultural differences in corporate law, employment matters, and dispute resolution, among other issues. He also advises on real estate matters. He is a member of the Japan practice, collaborating to develop relationships with blue-chip Japanese clients.
  • Jessie Kornberg ’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 the first female CEO of legal services nonprofit Bet Tzedek in 2014.
  • Aaron Levine ’07 was promoted to counsel in the New York office of Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer in January 2017.
  • Amanda Molter ’07 has been promoted to Counsel at Latham & Watkins’ San Diego office. Molter is a member of the Corporate Department who represents private fund sponsors, investors and joint venture participants in forming, investing in and operating private investment vehicles.
  • Daniel Rees ’07 has been promoted to partner at Latham & Watkins’ Orange County office. Rees is a member of the Corporate Department, whose practice encompasses a broad spectrum of corporate matters, including M&A, capital markets and other strategic transactions, as well as takeover defense, securities law compliance and corporate governance.
  • Esther Ro ’07 , partner at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, was featured in the Los Angeles Business Journal as one of 2018's most influential minority attorneys in Los Angeles. Ro represents clients in high-stakes class actions and is quickly building a reputation as one of LA's top litigators.
  • Cynthia Tollett ’07 was promoted to Assistant Executive Director for the Directors Guild of America. Tollett, previously associate general counsel in the Guild’s legal department, will step into a new role overseeing the signatories department, and will be more involved in the enforcement of the Guild’s contracts. Tollett joined the DGA in 2009 as an attorney, and was promoted in 2015 to associate general counsel. Tollett joined the Guild from Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton where she was an attorney focused on mergers and acquisitions and corporate governance issues.
  • Rachel Bloomekatz ’08 was a court appointed amica curiae for a case in Ohio - a rare and honorable appointment. The case was heard by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit.
  • Tristan Brown ’08 was featured in an article on PRWeb, examining the importance of hiring a bankruptcy attorney. His office, the T.L. Brown Law Firm, P.C., also hosted a holiday toy donation drive for Toys for Tots.
  • Emily Cuatto ’08 of Horvitz & Levy was selected by her peers for inclusion in Southern California Rising Stars 2017 in the field of Appellate Law. Rising Stars is a list of outstanding attorneys who are 40 years old or younger, or have been practicing for less than 10 years.
  • Erin Kolter ’08 joined Dorsey and Whitney LLP in the Intellectual Property Litigation Group in Seattle as of Counsel.
  • Anthony Nguyen ’08 was featured in the Los Angeles Business Journal as one of 2018's most influential minority attorneys in Los Angeles. Nguyen is a Shareholder with Shegerian and Associates and has previously represented Fortune 500 companies in labor and employment disputes.
  • Kelsey Szamet ’08 was promoted to partner at the California firm of Kingsley & Kingsley. Szamet has been representing plaintiffs in employment cases since 2008 and has been recognized as a "Rising Star" by Super Lawyers magazine each year since 2014.
  • Daniel Wiesel ’08 joined the Los Angeles office of Wolf Rifkin as a Senior Associate in their Real Estate practice. He came over from Norton Rose Fulbright where he served as bond, borrower’s and underwriter’s counsel in connection with financial transactions.
  • Ryan Erickson ’09 joined the partnership of Lewis & Llewellyn. He joined the firm in 2013 and has been a critical member of the many successful results the firm has obtained since then. Before joining Lewis & Llewellyn, Erickson practiced at litigation powerhouse Latham & Watkins, where he focused on bet-the-company litigation primarily for biopharmaceutical and technology clients.
  • Andrew Erskine ’09 was named Partner at Orrick in Santa Monica. Andrew is a member of the firm’s Technology Companies Group. He advises company founders and boards of directors, as well as venture capital firms, angels and private equity firms, on the corporate governance, financings, operations and profitable exits of high-growth technology companies. Before joining Orrick, Andrew served as a legislative adviser to Congress, and worked for Deloitte advising Fortune 500 companies on building internal control systems.
  • Tanya Greene ’09 was featured in the Los Angeles Business Journal as one of 2018's most influential minority attorneys in Los Angeles. Greene is a litigation partner in Kirkland's Commercial Litigation Practice Group. She has represented some of the world's most well-known companies and high-profile clients such as BP, Boeing, and RBS Securities, among others.
  • Heather Karatz ’09 joined the Los Angeles Football Club - the newest franchise in Major League Soccer - as the organization's first general counsel. Upon completion of the 22,000-seat stadium in Exposition Park, Karatz will move from real estate deals and player contract negotiations to facility operations management and player retention strategies.
  • J.R. Morgan ’09 joined Andrews Kurth as Counsel in its Corporate Section. Morgan focuses his practice on representing private fund sponsors in the creation and management of their management companies and in the formation of domestic and international funds, including private equity, venture capital, oil and gas, real estate, private debt and hedge funds. He began his legal career at Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP. In 2013, he founded Morgan LLP, which was recently named “Best Boutique Law Firm” in the United States by HFMWeek.
  • Gina Nicholls ’09 was recently promoted to Partnership at Nossaman LLP and is a member of the Water Practice Group in the Los Angeles office. Ms. Nicholls has litigation, regulatory, and transnational experience. Her practice focuses on water rights, litigation, and California public agencies. She was named a Super Lawyers "Southern California Rising Star" in 2016, 2017 and 2018.