Christopher T. Casamassima ’00 has joined WilmerHale’s Los Angeles office as a member of the Litigation/Controversy and Regulatory and Government Affairs Departments and the Business Trial and Antitrust and Competition Practice Groups. Casamassima was previously at Kirkland & Ellis LLP in Los Angeles, where his practice focused on complex business disputes involving antitrust, breach of contract, fraud, business torts, trade secrets and other commercial issues.
Rocky Lee ’00, partner at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP, has been named to Asialaw Leading Lawyers for 2012. Lee was recognized for his legal expertise in the area of general corporate law in China.
Theshia Naidoo ’00, a senior staff attorney for the Drug Policy Alliance, has
been appointed to the San Francisco Sentencing Commission. Naidoo specializes in litigation and drug policy reform and works on California’s Proposition 36, the Substance Abuse and Crime Prevention Act of 2000.
Angela Nelson ’00 is pursuing an Ed.M. at the Harvard Graduate School of Education with a focus in Technology, Innovation and Education and cross-registration at MIT.
Jennie Sievers ’00, senior attorney at SoCal Edison, was named a 2012 “Rising Star” by the Association of Corporate Counsel.
Eric J. Buhr ’01 has been named a partner in Reed Smith’s Life Sciences Health Industry Group. Buhr practices in the area of product liability litigation, primarily the defense of pharmaceutical and medical device companies in complex actions in both state and federal courts.
Sarah Netburn ’01, a graduate of the David J. Epstein Program in Public Interest Law and Policy, has been sworn in as a magistrate judge for the Southern District of New York.
Celeste Drake ’02 has been appointed to the advisory committee of the Export-Import Bank. The committee advises the bank on its policies and programs, in particular on the extent to which the bank helps U.S. exporters to compete. Drake also published her first article, “U.S. Trade and Economic Policy: American Workers Need More Than Strong Labor Chapters,” in the ABA Journal of Labor and Employment Law. More an essay than a traditional research article, she wrote it in conjunction with a presentation at the Labor and Employment Law Conference.
After eight years at Buchalter Nemer, Jason H. Fisher ’02 founded the Fisher Law Group™, a law firm based in Los Angeles that specializes in intellectual property and cyberspace law, representing businesses and entrepreneurs.
Lev Ginsburg ’02, partner at Ginsburg Daniels, was named one of “Hollywood’s New Leaders” for 2012 by Variety.
Kimberly Tobias ’02, senior legal director at Live Nation, was named a 2012 “Rising Star” by the Association of Corporate Counsel.
Joshua Wright ’02 was nominated by President Obama and sworn in as the newest commissioner of the Federal Trade Commission. His term will last through September 2019. Wright joins the commission from George Mason University, where he was a law professor. He also served as a visiting scholar at the FTC in its competition bureau. Wright is widely regarded as the top antitrust scholar of his generation, and is a co-author of the most widely-used antitrust casebook, and co-editor of three books on topics ranging from competition policy and intellectual property law to the intellectual history of law and economics.
Jennifer Walwyn Colvin ’03, an associate with Keating Muething & Klekamp, was named to Ohio Rising Stars in the area of Employment & Labor for 2013.
Rebecca Kanter ’03 has been selected as one of San Diego Metropolitan Magazine’s “40 Under 40” award winners. This award honors high achieving young business and civic leaders who are helping to shape the region’s future.
Marcos D. Sasso ’03 was named special counsel at Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP, where he had been an associate. Sasso concentrates on complex commercial litigation, with a particular emphasis on representing financial institutions and financial services companies, including national banks and credit card issuers in individual and class actions.
Susan S. Schalla ’03 joined Carney Badley Spellman as an associate. Her practice focuses on business matters, including negotiation and drafting a wide variety of contracts, mergers and acquisitions, and federal taxation issues. She also has substantial experience representing tax-exempt organizations and advising clients on governance best practices.
Joshua Bledsoe ’04 was promoted to counsel in the Orange County office of Latham & Watkins LLP. Bledsoe focuses on complex infrastructure and development projects, particularly those utilizing renewable or low-carbon technologies.
Kalyanee Mam ’04 has directed the film “A River Changes Course,” which is one of 56 films, out of more than 4,000 submissions, selected for this year’s Sundance Film Festival in the World Cinema Documentary category. Mam’s film is about three young Cambodians who struggle to overcome the effects of deforestation, overfishing and overwhelming debt in a country reeling from the tragedies of war and trying to keep pace with a rapidly expanding world.
John Nolte ’04 was elected to the Pomona City Council.
Nathan Jackson ’05 joined the legal department at Amazon.com, where he serves as corporate counsel, supporting the company’s video businesses.
Adam Starr ’06 joined the Portland business litigation firm Markowitz, Herbold, Glade & Mehlhaf, PC as an associate. Starr is a commercial litigator specializing in real estate and business disputes. Most recently, he was a litigation associate with Miller Starr Regalia, one of California’s preeminent real estate law firms.
Toren Mushovic ’07 and Mike Hughes ’08 have published an article, “Rules for When There are No Rules: Examining the Legality of Putting American Terrorists in the Crosshairs Abroad,” in the New England Journal of International and Comparative Law. Toren has also accepted an offer from Hogan Lovells US LLP and is practicing out of the firm’s Denver office.
Edward M. Stone ’07 joined Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP as a business and finance associate.
Adam Cherensky ’08 started a new position as a staff attorney in the benefits program at the Alliance for Children’s Rights in Los Angeles.
Emily Cuatto ’08 is an associate in the Los Angeles office of Horvitz & Levy. Prior to joining the firm, Cuatto was a litigation associate in the Santa Monica office of Bingham McCutchen LLP, where she handled complex commercial litigation matters including insurance coverage disputes, contract disputes and lawsuits arising out of mergers and acquisitions.
Mike Hughes ’08 and Toren Mushovic ’07 have published an article, “Rules for When There are No Rules: Examining the Legality of Putting American Terrorists in the Crosshairs Abroad,” in the New England Journal of International and Comparative Law.
Andy Shawber ’08 and his wife Gloria recently welcomed their daughter Hannah into the world. Andy also recently joined Summit Law Group PLLC in Seattle as a partner in its Corporate/Securities Group. Andy previously was an associate at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati PC. Andy represents companies, investors and underwriters on matters relating to corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, capital markets transactions and corporate governance.
Business Litigator Logan M. Elliott ’09 joined the Los Angeles-based business and entertainment litigation firm Weingarten Brown LLP as an associate. Elliott’s experience includes all aspects of litigation in state, federal and bankruptcy court for national and international companies in the commercial real estate industry, including counsel about strategy, settlement and future liability. Before joining Weingarten Brown, Elliott was an associate in the Los Angeles office of Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP.
Denis Shmidt ’09 has joined Sacks Glazier Franklin & Lodise LLP, a trust and estate litigation firm as a litigator. Shmidt previously worked as a litigation associate at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, where he specialized in areas of antitrust, patent and trademark.
Joseph Cohen ’10 has left his position as a corporate attorney at Paul Hastings LLP to open his own firm, Cohen Counsel. He currently offers services in New York and Wisconsin with plans to expand soon.
Brett Bissett ’11 and Katherine Hill ’11 were married on August 25, 2012.
Harsh Parikh ’11, a commercial litigation associate at Snell & Wilmer LLP, was recently appointed to the editorial board of the Gaming Law Review. Parikh’s practice is concentrated in commercial litigation, gaming law and intellectual property litigation. He represents individuals, businesses, institutional and public entity clients in all facets of litigation in state and federal courts.
Seth Ort ’12 is now an associate with the national labor and employment law firm Fisher & Phillips LLP. Ort’s practice focus includes counseling and defending employers in all areas of labor and employment law. While at UCLA School of Law, Seth was an extern with the Honorable Sandra Ikuta on the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. He also worked for Schonbrun DeSimone Seplow Harris Hoffman & Harrison, a civil rights and employment firm.