Class Notes

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Class Notes - 1970s
  • Skip Brittenham ’70 of Ziffren Brittenham LLP in Los Angeles was named one of California’s Top Entertainment Lawyers by the Daily Journal and a 2016 Power Lawyer by The Hollywood Reporter.
  • Tom Stindt (Ret.) ’70 is currently serving the Los Angeles Police Department as a volunteer assistant, assigned to the Van Nuys Detectives. He was recognized by Martindale-Hubbell with their Preeminent AV rating for 35 years, was repeatedly named a "SuperLawyer," and was commended by the L.A. Superior Court for services as an Independent Resolution Neutral for three years. Stindt is an army veteran and has participated in the ABA's pro bono legal assistance program for U.S. military personnel.
  • The Honorable Anthony B. Drewry (Ret.) ’71 was named as one of California’s Top Neutrals by the Daily Journal.
  • Gary Gilbert ’71 of Manatt Phelps & Phillips LLP in Los Angeles was was named a Top Music Attorney by Billboard Magazine. Gilbert was also recognized by The Hollywood Reporter in their annual Power Lawyer edition.
  • Paul S. Meyer ’71 of Newport Beach, California, has been named president of the Orange County Criminal Defense Bar Association. He currently serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of the American College of Trial Lawyers and he continues to be active as a Fellow in the International Society of Barristers and the International Academy of Trial Lawyers.
  • Timi Anyon Hallem ’72 was named one of the Top Women Lawyers of 2016 by the Daily Journal.
  • Marc M. Seltzer ’72 was named one of the Top Plaintiff Lawyers of 2016 by the Daily Journal.
  • Michael J. Woodruff ’72 joined Munger Chadwick as partner in Tucson, Arizona. Woodruff specializes in nonprofit law, trust, and estate. He has been recognized by Martindale Hubbell with Preeminent AV rating for 24 years.
  • John Frankenheimer ’73 , Chairman Emeritus and Music Industry Chair of Loeb & Loeb LLP, was named a Top Music Attorney by Billboard Magazine. Frankenheimer was also recognized by The Hollywood Reporter in their annual Power Lawyer edition.
  • Honorable Joe Hilberman [Ret.] ’73 is the proud grandfather to new bruin Max, born August 2015. Max looks forward to joining the UCLA Law class of 2039.
  • Judge Owen Lee Kwong (Ret.) ’73 was named as one of California’s Top Neutrals by the Daily Journal.
  • Louis Miller ’73 was named one of the Top 100 Lawyers in California by the Daily Journal.
  • Kenneth Gibbs ’74 was named as one of California’s Top Neutrals by the Daily Journal.
  • Antonia Hernandez ’74 was awarded an honorary doctorate from Brown University for her achievements as a social justice champion and nonprofit leader. She was also elected to the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation Board of Trustees.
  • Dale Kinsella ’74 of Kinsella Weitzman Iser Kump & Aldisert LLP in Santa Monica was named one of California’s Top Entertainment Lawyers by the Daily Journal and was named to The Hollywood Reporter’s annual Power Lawyer list recognizing the top 100 legal minds in Hollywood.
  • Charles Margines ’74 has been appointed presiding judge in the Orange County Superior Court. Margines, looking for creative solutions to address the ongoing budget deficit, has led the court in adopting a system which bases bail on defendant’s risk assessment.
  • Lynn Miller ’74 has joined Tesla Motors as Associate General Counsel and Chief of Litigation and Privacy. Prior Tesla, Miller was Senior Litigation Manager at Apple Inc. Miller was also partner at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, served as Assistant City Attorney for the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office where she prosecuted 40 jury trials.
  • Judith O'Brien ’74 is partner in the Silicon Valley office of King and Spalding, member of the firm’s Corporate Practice Group. Prior to joining King and Spalding, O’Brien was partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. She also co-founded Incubic Venture Fund and served as Manager Director. She has been recognized in various publications continuously since 1993. Such as The Legal 500 United States, The American Lawyer- Deal maker of the Year 2000. Forbes Magazine Midas List- One of venture capital’s top deal makers, 2001-2005.
  • J. Thomas Oldham ’74 was hosted by the University of Sydney and the Australian National University in Canberra as a Fulbright Senior Scholar in November and December 2015.
  • John Branca ’75 of Ziffren Brittenham LLP in Los Angeles was named one of California’s Top Entertainment Lawyers by the Daily Journal and was featured in the Variety 2016 Legal Impact Report. Branca has also been recognized by Billboard Magazine as a Top Music Lawyer and by The Hollywood Reporter in their annual Power Lawyer edition.
  • The Honorable Edward C. Clifton (Ret.) ’75 has joined the faculty of Roger Williams University School of Law. Clifton retired from the Rhode Island Superior Court after more than 20 years on the bench.
  • The Honorable Andrew C. Kauffman (Ret.) ’75 was named as one of California’s Top Neutrals by the Daily Journal.
  • Peter Paterno ’76 of King, Holmes, Paterno & Soriano LLP in Los Angeles was recognized by The Hollywood Reporter in their annual Power Lawyer edition.
  • Lucinda A. Low ’77 was appointed to the Panel of Conciliators of the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes by President Barack Obama. Low is a partner at Steptoe & Johnson LLP, a position she has held since 2005. She leads the Firm’s Regulatory, Enforcement, and Public Policy Department and is a member of the Management Committee.
  • Howard E. King ’77 of King, Holmes, Paterno & Soriano LLP in Los Angeles was named one of California’s Top Entertainment Lawyers by the Daily Journal and was named to The Hollywood Reporter’s annual Power Lawyer list recognizing the top 100 legal minds in Hollywood.
  • Bernardine Brandis ’78 Executive Vice President of Business Affairs for Walt Disney Studios, was named to The Hollywood Reporter’s Women in Entertainment Power 100. THR also named Brandis among the Dealmakers of the Year in its annual Power Lawyers publication.
  • Melanie Cook ’78 of Ziffren Brittenham LLP was named as one of The Hollywood Reporter’s Women in Entertainment Power 100. The Hollywood Reporter also included Cook in its annual Power Lawyer list recognizing the top 100 legal minds in Hollywood.
  • The Honorable Glen M. Reiser ’78 of Camarillo was named Judge of the Year by the Ventura County Trial Lawyers Association. The award recognizes exceptional judicial performance. Reiser was appointed to the Ventura Superior Court bench in 1988 by Gov. Pete Wilson.
  • Michael Robbins ’78 has been elected Chair of the Los Angeles County Bar Association's Labor & Employment Section. In 2013, he was elected by his colleagues as a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers for sustained outstanding performance in the profession. After practicing as a Labor & Employment attorney for 20 years, he founded EXTTI Incorporated in 1998, where he provides expert testimony, training and investigations in employment matters. His son, Todd, is a 2015 graduate of UCLA Law.
  • Deborah Crandall Saxe ’78 was named as one of California’s Top Neutrals by the Daily Journal.
  • Distinguished University of Colorado & Byron R. White Professor of Law Pierre Schlag ’78 Distinguished University Professor and Byron R. White Professor of Law at the University of Colorado, has taken a break from his academic writing to publish his debut novel, “American Absurd”—a social satire set mostly in L.A.
  • Julia Strickland ’78 of Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP in Los Angeles was named one of the Top Women Lawyers of 2016 by the Daily Journal.
  • The Honorable Ann Kough (Ret.) ’78 was named as one of California’s Top Neutrals by the Daily Journal. Prior to joining JAMS 13 years ago, Kough served on the Los Angeles Superior Court.
  • Nancy Abell ’79 of Paul Hastings LLP in Los Angeles was named one of the Top Women Lawyers by the Daily Journal.
  • Shirley E. Curfman ’79 ,a partner at Seyfarth Shaw LLP, was inducted into The National Association of Professional Women (NAPW) VIP Woman of the Year Circle. She is recognized with this prestigious distinction for leadership in law.
  • Joel M. Grossman ’79 was named as one of California’s Top Neutrals by the Daily Journal.
  • Gary Stiffelman ’79 has joined the global law firm of Greenberg Traurig, LLP as a shareholder in the Entertainment & Media Practice. Stiffelman joins the firm from Ziffren Brittenham, and has served as an Adjunct Professor at UCLA School of Law for 10 years.
  • Sandra Stern ’79 was promoted to President of the Lionsgate Television Group. Additionally, Stern was named one of The Hollywood Reporter’s Women in Entertainment Power 100.