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

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Class Notes - 2010s
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • R. Daniel Carter ’11 has joined the Tulsa office of Conner & Winters LLP. Carter practices in both litigation and transactional matters, with a particular focus on Native American, property and natural resource law. Prior to joining the firm, he worked as counsel for the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs.
  • Samuel M. Kidder ’11 has joined Brownstein, Hyatt, Farber & Schreck LLP in the firm’s Denver offices. Kidder is a litigator joining the Bankruptcy & Restructuring Group.
  • Caroline Dessert ’12 is the new executive director of Immigration Equality, a nationwide organization that provides direct representation and advocacy for LGBT and HIV-positive asylum seekers. Dessert joins Immigration Equality from the California Attorney General’s Office, where she was a deputy attorney general in the Public Rights Division. She is also a former staffer at the San Diego LGBT Community Center.
  • Luis A. Patiño ’12 has joined CBS Television Studios as Assistant General Counsel at their Los Angeles headquarters. He provides legal counsel in connection with both scripted and unscripted television. Prior to CBS Television, Patiño was an associate at Barnes & Thornburg LLP.
  • Samuel Siegel ’12 was selected for the Earl Warren Fellowship in the Office of the Solicitor General with the California Attorney General's Office.
  • Lauren Bernadett ’13 has joined Sacramento’s Somach Simmons & Dunn. Prior to joining the Somach law firm, she was a 2014 California Sea Grant Fellow at the California State Lands Commission. She is also completing her LL.M. degree in Agriculture and Food Law at the University of Arkansas School of Law.
  • Evan Lee ’13 has joined the Silicon Valley office of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP as an associate in the Corporate & Securities — Technology practice section.
  • Jonathan M Rising ’13 is Co-Founder of Swell Energy, based in Venice, California which empowers homeowners to switch to smart home batteries.
  • Madeline Soboleff Levy ’13 was promoted to General Counsel at Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska. She formerly served as the Tribe’s Child Support Attorney.
  • Matt Joseph ’14 was included in the LA Business Journal “20 in their 20s” special feature on young entrepreneurs.
  • Sean Mosman ’14 has joined the Salt Lake City office of Snell & Wilmer. Mosman focuses his practice on business litigation in state and federal courts. He previously worked at Snell & Wilmer’s Los Angeles office.
  • Andrew Bedigian ’15 has joined the new Los Angeles litigation boutique Larson O’Brien as an Attorney at Law, specializes in complex litigation, including breach of contract and intellectual property. Prior to joining Larson O’Brien LLP, Bedigian worked as an Associate at Reed Smith LLP.
  • David M. Gao ’15 is an associate in the San Diego office of Hecht Solberg Robinson Goldberg & Bagley LLP, which provides counsel on all real estate matters.
  • Ben Leonard ’15 had joined Fennemore Craig in Denver, Colorado. Prior to joining Fennemore Craig, Broderick worked for Senter Goldfarb & Rice and clerked in-house with Xcel.