Class Notes

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Class Notes - 1980s
  • Ruth E. Fisher ’80 , a partner in the Century City office of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher and co-chair of the firm’s Media, Entertainment & Technology practice, was named by the Los Angeles Daily Journal as one of California’s Top Entertainment Lawyers.
  • Michael Gendler ’80 of Gendler & Kelly was featured in the Variety 2016 Legal Impact Report. Gendler was also named to The Hollywood Reporter’s annual Power Lawyer list recognizing the top 100 legal minds in Hollywood.
  • Josh Green ’80 joined Carbon3D, Inc. as General Counsel. Josh remains a managing director at Mohr Davidow Ventures. Previously, he served as Chairman of the National Venture Capital Association.
  • Mark Green ’80 has been made Vice Dean for Administration and Finance for the University of Washington School of Medicine. Previously, Mark was General Counsel and Chief Operating Officer of Seattle Public Schools.
  • Eric Hamermesh ’80 was appointed Managing Director of FTI Consulting, Inc., a global business advisory firm. Hamermesh, who has 35 years of experience in the real estate and real estate capital markets industries, assists clients with sourcing and executing transactions involving debt, equity and hybrid capital products, as well as asset and portfolio real property and loan sales.
  • Jack Russo ’80 was appointed the director of Netswitch Technology Management, Inc. Russo is the founding partner in the Palo Alto law firm ComputerLaw Group LLP (formerly Russo Hall LLP), and its affiliate, Entrepreneur Law Group.
  • John Seethoff ’80 has been named Corporate Secretary at Microsoft Corp. For the last 14 years, Seethoff has managed the Corporate Secretary function through his roles as Vice President and Deputy General Counsel.
  • Laurel S Terry ’80 was named the H. Laddie Montague Jr. Chair in Law at Dickinson Law due to contributions to instruction, research and public services in the broad areas of legal ethics and lawyer regulations. Three time recipient of the Fullbright Grant. Terry is Board member at LawWithoutWalls and has served as Chair of the Association Law Schools Section on Professional Responsibilities. Terry has published more than 50 books, book chapters, and articles focused on issues related to lawyer regulation, globalization, and the legal profession.
  • The Honorable Joseph S. Biderman (Ret.) ’81 has joined ADR Services, Inc. after his tenure in the settlement department of the Los Angeles Superior Court- West District.
  • Harvey M. Moore ’81 , President of The Moore Law Group in Santa Ana, California and a resident of Corona Del Mar, was sworn in as the President of NARCA-The National Creditors Bar Association on October 16, 2015 in Washington, D.C. NARCA - The National Creditors Bar Association, is the national trade organization for attorneys who practice in all areas of creditors rights law.
  • Schuyler M. Moore ’81 of Stroock & Stroock & Lavan 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. Moore was also named to The Hollywood Reporter’s annual Power Lawyer list recognizing the top 100 legal minds in Hollywood.
  • Sam Fischer ’82 of Ziffren Brittenham LLP was named to The Hollywood Reporter’s annual Power Lawyer list recognizing the top 100 legal minds in Hollywood.
  • Jay Palchikoff ’82 A partner practicing commercial and real estate law at O’Neil LLP. Palchikoff serves as chair of the UCLA Fund. Member of the UCLA Law Alumni Association Board of Directors and member of the UCLA Fund Orange County Committee, where he has previously served as chair.
  • Bruce Rosenblum ’82 has joined Disney ABC TV Group as President of Business Operations. Prior to Disney, Rosenblum worked with Warner Bros for 26 years and established a legacy in the entertainment industry.
  • Kristine Blackwood ’83 has joined as Counsel at Arnold & Porter LLP in Washington, DC.
  • Kevin Brazile ’83 was elected as Assistant Presiding Judge for the Los Angeles Superior Court. He will be the first African American to hold this position.
  • David I. Gindler ’84 is Partner at Irell Manella LLP, specializes in intellectual property litigation and licensing. Gindler was one of the principal trial attorneys in City of hope National Medical Center v. Genentech, Inc., in which the City of Hope obtained a verdict including $302 million in compensatory damages. The Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journal named Gindler one of California’s “Top IP Litigators” in 2008, 2014 and 2015. He was also recognized by Law360 as a “Life Sciences MVP”.
  • Guy N. Halgren ’84 partner at Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP was re-elected as chairman of the firm’s executive committee for a sixth consecutive term. Halgren, based in San Diego, is the first chairman to hold the position for longer than three terms.
  • Kenneth Hertz ’84 Senior Partner of Hertz Lichtenstein & Young, was featured in the Variety 2016 Legal Impact Report and named to The Hollywood Reporter’s annual Power Lawyer list recognizing the top 100 legal minds in Hollywood.
  • Tom Bondy ’85 has joined the Supreme Court & Appellate Practice of Orrick, Herington & Sutcliffe in Washington, DC. Bondy comes from a distinguished career in the FBI and DOJ.
  • James De Simone ’85 has been named a Top Labor & Employment Lawyer by Daily Journal. De Simone practices plaintiff’s litigation, police misconduct and civil rights actions in Marina Del Rey.
  • Indrajit Obeysekere ’85 has joined Meridian Property Company as Vice President of Client Services in the San Ramon area. Previous to joining Meridian, he was President of SL Realty Advisors Providing land development, legal and real estate acquisition consulting services to select major corporate clients, including Symantec, Recurrent Energy, Lennar Multifamily Communities and La Clinica de La Raza.
  • John Arthur Rosenfeld ’85 has joined Elkins Kalt Weintraub Reuben Gartside LLP in Los Angeles as partner. Previously, Rosenfeld was an attorney at Hackman Capital Partners.
  • Stacey Snider ’85 was promoted to Chairman and Chief Executive at Twentieth Century Fox. She was also named one of The Hollywood Reporter’s Women in Entertainment Power 100.
  • Cris K. O’Neal ’86 joined Greenberg Traurig, LLP as a property tax shareholder. O’Neall joins from Cahill, Davis & O’Neall LLP.
  • Patrick Harder ’86 , chair of the Infrastructure Practice Group at Nossaman LLP in Los Angeles.
  • Susan Beard ’86 President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate Susan Beard ’86 to the post of Inspector General of the Department of Energy. Beard is the Assistant General Counsel for General Law at the Department of Energy (DOE), a position she has held since 2004. She previously served in multiple positions at DOE, including Acting Assistant General Counsel for General Law from 2002 to 2004, Deputy Assistant General Counsel for Legal Counsel from 2000 to 2004, Deputy Assistant General Counsel for Standards of Conduct and Information Law from 1998 to 2000, Deputy Assistant General Counsel for Standards of Conduct from 1994 to 1998, and Attorney-Adviser from 1989 to 1994.
  • Alan Epstein ’87 of Venable LLP was featured in the Variety 2016 Legal Impact Report.
  • Gary N. Frischling ’87 is partner at Irell & Manella LLP in the Los Angeles area. Frischling represents a wide variety of clients in matters of technologies, data encryption, medical drugs and device systems. He has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America for the past 11 years and was named Best Lawyers’ 2014 Los Angeles Litigation – Patent “Lawyer of the Year.” He was also named to the Southern California "Super Lawyers" list by Los Angeles Magazine for the years 2006-2016.
  • Mark McKeen ’87 has joined DLA Piper as partner in the firm’s San Francisco office. Previously, McKeen was an attorney at Paul Hastings LLP in San Francisco.
  • Karole Morgan-Prager ’87 was appointed the Chief Legal Officer of BlackLine, overseeing the company’s global legal functions. Formerly, Morgan-Prager was the Associate General Counsel at The Times Mirror Company.
  • Carlos Goodman ’88 of Bloom, Hergott, Diemer, Rosenthal, La Violette Feldman Schenkman & Goodman in Beverly Hills was named to The Hollywood Reporter’s annual Power Lawyer list recognizing the top 100 legal minds in Hollywood.
  • Jason Sloane ’88 of Sloane Offer Weber & Dern in Beverly Hills was named to The Hollywood Reporter’s annual Power Lawyer list recognizing the top 100 legal minds in Hollywood.
  • Susan van Keulen ’88 has been selected to fill the magistrate judge position in the Northern District of California's San Jose Division. She was previously a litigation partner at O'Melveny & Myers.
  • Ronald A. Kaye ’89 was named one of the 100 attorneys in California by the Los Angeles Daily Journal. Kaye has specialized as a trial lawyer representing plaintiffs in both federal and civil. Before forming KMBL, Kaye was a trial lawyer in the Office of the Federal Public Defender for 8 years. In 2010, he was named one of the California Attorney of the Year by the California Lawyer Magazine. Kaye was also featured in Southern California’s Prisoner’s Right Award. In 2015, Kaye received the Johnnie Cochran Award from the Criminal Courts Bar Association of Los Angeles, and he was the Lead counsel for the Gabriel Carrillo v. County of Los Angeles.
  • Kevin Kelly ’89 of Gendler & Kelly was featured in the Variety 2016 Legal Impact Report.
  • Karen Robinson ’89 appointed by Gov. Gray Davis to Orange County Superior Court.
  • Therese Terlaje ’89 is running for senator in the 34th Guam legislature. Terlaje has been practicing law for 27 years, including 20 years as the legal counsel for the legislature. She also represented the legislature in the landmark Chamorro Land Trust Act Case, which allowed for land ownership for thousands of families on Guam