Class Notes

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Class Notes - 1990s
  • 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.
  • Hal Biagas ’90 has been elected to head up the first e-sports players association in North America by the North American League of Legends Championship Series players. The new association is outfitted with fifty or more professional players. Biagas will run the organization, his title and the association’s name haven’t been determined as of yet. Previously, Biagas was the former assistant general counsel at the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA).Prior to the NBPA, Biagas served as general counsel for Excel Sports Management and the executive vice president of operations for Wasserman Media Group.
  • Laurence Frank ’90 has been nominated for the 2016 Local Leader of the Year Award. Frank is known for his dedication to give back to the community. He has worked for the United Farm Workers and other unions.
  • Stephen Going ’90 has been appointed Chief Financial Officer (CFO) at Kateeva, a market leader in OLED production equipment solutions. Going adds CFO to his new responsibilities, also serving as Executive Vice President and General Counsel for Kavteeva. He will oversee the company’s finance and legal functions. Prior to Kateeva, he was Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary at Planar Systems, Inc. Before his tenure at Planar Systems, Going was Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary at Merix Corporation. Prior to Merant, Going was a Partner in the Portland office of Perkins Coie LLP, a large international law firm.
  • David Klatsky ’90 is Senior Vice President and General Counsel at Premier Inc. Ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the Best Lawyers in America for four consecutive years. Klatsky has served as Premier’s chief outside counsel for the past nine years and has advised Fortune 500 companies. Prior to joining Premier, Klatsky was partner at Mc Dermott Will & Emery LLP.
  • Harriet Pearson ’90 , Partner at Hogan Lovells, was celebrated as the most innovative Lawyer by the FT. Harriet was awarded the top accolade in the FT North America Innovative Lawyer Awards 2016. Harriet, head of the global law firm's cybersecurity practice, was named overall winner of one of the most highly-recognized legal rankings in the U.S. at a ceremony in New York's iconic Public Library. Harriet is an internationally-recognized corporate data privacy and cybersecurity pioneer. She joined Hogan Lovells in 2012 from IBM, where she served as Vice President Security Counsel and Chief Privacy Officer. Harriet advises companies in multiple industries on cybersecurity and data privacy governance and compliance; incident response; investigations and enforcement; cross-border data transfers; and legislative, regulatory, and self-regulatory processes.
  • Rebecca Tsosie ’90 gave a talk on ‘Indigenous Nations, Environmental Justice and Public Health’ at the University of Arizona where she is a Regent’s Professor at the James E. Rogers College of Law and a Special Adviser to the Provost for Diversity and Inclusion. Professor Tsosie discussed how environmental pollution from energy resource development causes health impacts for tribal members in many reservation communities, and she will discuss how tribal governments and the federal government ought to handle the consequences of this development for tribal members. Professor Tsosie also serves as a Supreme Court Justice for the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation and as an associate judge on the San Carlos Tribal Court of Appeals.
  • Janet Dhillon ’91 , Burlington Stores Inc. general counsel, has been selected by President Donald Trump to serve on the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and take over as its chair. Dhillon, who began her legal career by spending 13 years at Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP, will be nominated to serve a term that expires on July 1, 2022.
  • Jeffrey Goldberg ’91 was appointed to join the Board of Directors at Millennium Health LLC and as an Independent Director to the Board of Directors for Corizon Health where he will also serve as Board Chairman. He is also Co-Chair of the Board READ LESS and Vice President of EnerSys Advanced Systems.
  • Richard Hasen ’91 is the Chancellor's professor of Law and Political Science at the University of California, Irvine. He is an observer, analyst, and commentator on all things electoral. In 2016, Hasen published "Plutocrats United".
  • Kathy Bazoian Phelps ’91 of Diamond McCarthy was elected to the American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI)'s Board of Directors.
  • Kathy Bazoian Phelps ’91 was inducted as a Fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy. Phelps is a partner at Diamond McCarthy LLP, and is being honored and recognized for professional excellence and exceptional contributions to the bankruptcy and insolvency practice.
  • Edward Sabin ’91 was appointed Executive Managing Director and Co-Head of International at A+E Networks. Sabin, based in Los Angeles, will oversee activity in Latin America, Canada, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. He also steers the company’s global operations team and spearheads production of A+E formats. Sabin joined A+E last year as managing director of the Americas and head of commercial operations.
  • Robert Scott Silver ’91 has joined the Los Angeles firm of Kaufman Dolowich & Voluck LLP as partner. He was previously with Nemecek & Cole in Sherman Oaks.
  • David Simantob ’91 has joined Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP as partner in the Los Angeles office. He joins from Tressler LLP.
  • M. C. Sungaila ’91 , partner at international law firm Haynes and Boone in Orange County, was awarded the prestigious Ellis Island Medal of Honor. The award is given annually by the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations (NECO) to a U.S. immigrant or native-born citizen who has made significant contributions to their local communities, the nation or the world, both through their professional accomplishments and service to humanity.
  • Nana Gyamfi ’92 was featured in a series in LA Weekly “25 Years After the Riots” – featuring accounts from Angelenos who witnessed the first 48 hours of the 1992 riots. Gyamfi was a student at the time, and after she helped rally community support for defendants in the Reginald Denny case. She has since become a leading civil rights attorney in Los Angeles, where she runs the Crenshaw Legal Clinic, represents Black Lives Matter in court and teaches at Cal State Los Angeles University.
  • Lisa Hone ’92 was appointed as legal advisor to the Chairman of the FCC with responsibility for wireline telecommunications issues. Lisa most recently served as an associate bureau chief in the FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau (WCB). She has also served as a legal advisor for former Commissioner Michael J. Copps and as a deputy division chief in the Telecommunications Access Policy Division in WCB. Prior to joining the staff of the FCC in 2010, Ms. Hone worked at the Federal Trade Commission where she conducted and supervised federal court litigation and rulemaking proceedings involving a wide array of consumer protection issues. Ms. Hone has also worked in the U.S. Senate (on detail from the FTC) and in private practice at Davis Polk & Wardwell in New York City.
  • Paul Luehr ’92 joined Faegre Baker Daniels as a Partner in the Intellectual Property Group. He will lead the firm's Data Privacy and Cybersecurity practice-areas.
  • James Witz ’92 , shareholder at Littler Mendelson P.C. in Chicago, has been appointed chair of the firm’s Unfair Competition and Trade Secrets practice. Witz has obtained multiple seven-figure trial verdicts in high profile trade secret and restrictive covenant cases across several jurisdictions. The most recent involved a $2.1 million dollar jury verdict, one of the largest jury verdicts for a restrictive convent matter in Minnesota.
  • Laurie Yoo ’92 has been reappointed to the California Commission on Disability Access where she has served since 2014. Yoo has been associate general counsel at Westfield LLC since 2007.
  • John Early ’93 has been named a U.S. magistrate judge for the Central District of California. Previously, Judge Early served as an assistant U.S. Attorney for the Central District and most recently, headed his own firm, which was located in Irvine.His practice focused on representing clients in government investigations and complex civil litigation, including intellectual property, securities, and unfair competition disputes, immediately prior to his appointment. Judge Early served as an assistant U.S. Attorney for the Central District prior to opening his firm, and had previously been a litigator with Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in Orange County and White & Case in Los Angeles.
  • Robert Galvin ’93 is a partner at Wilmer Hale LLC. in the Palo Alto office, and a member of the Intellectual Property Litigation Practice Group. Galvin won a precedent case of popular website domain company Daddy Inc., against the Academy of Motion Pictures and Sciences in a cyber squatting dispute. He was also mentioned on The Hollywood Reporter’s Hollywood’s Top 100 Lawyers in 2016.
  • Brian Grossman ’93 is one of the founding partners of the new firm Tesser Grossman LLP. The firm focuses on business, entertainment and real estate litigation.
  • Dean Schefrin ’93 has joined Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Realty.
  • Danny Wan ’93 was appointed by California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. to the Sierra Nevada Conservancy in January 2017. He serves as port attorney for the Port of Oakland.
  • Yar Chaikovsky ’94 is Global Co-chair of the Intellectual Property practice at Paul Hastings based in Palo Alto, California. Cahikovsky serves as lead counsel for companies in all stages of development, such as eBay, Fox, HTC, Rovi(formerly Macrovision), TrendMicro, Twitter, Vitesse, Yahoo! He is recognized as one of the top patent lawyers in the nation since 2011 in IAM Patent 1000- The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners.
  • Don Fishman ’94 is in his 12th season with the Washington Capitals and ninth as Assistant General Manager and Director of Legal Affairs. In this role, he handles player contract negotiations, player contract research and analysis, the club's day-to-day salary cap position, team salary cap strategic planning, the salary arbitration process, NHL and team salary cap analysis, and interpretation of NHL/NHLPA Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) issues. Fishman also assists the club's general manager with the day-to-day operations of the Capitals hockey operations department such as roster issues, player movement, preseason and regular season scheduling, budgeting, and training camp planning.
  • Adam Miller ’94 was appointed to MINDBODY Board of Directors. He is the Founder and CEO of Cornerstone OnDemand, a global leader in cloud-based human capital management software.
  • Heather Morgan ’94 joined Grube Brown & Geidt in Los Angeles as a partner. She joins from Paul Hastings where she was the global chair of the firm's workforce data and technology practice.
  • Brad Small ’94 joined entertainment law firm Rosenfeld Meyer & Susman LLP as a partner in its Beverly Hills office. His experience includes representation in all aspects of top companies, talent and athletes. Small, a transactional attorney, was a former EVP, TV Business & Legal Affairs at The Weinstein Company, as well as a partner at the Greenberg Glusker and Bloom Hergott law firms.
  • Larry Solov ’94 is President and CEO of Breitbart News Network. With President Donald Trump in office, the network has become one of the most influential conservative media companies in the country. Trump’s presidency has availed an opportunity that will allow them to compete not only with conservative rivals like Fox News, but the entire media firmament, which they sees as dishonest about its left-leaning bias. Larry says their “goal is become a global news network.”
  • Cynthia Dixon ’95 was appointed as State Bar Hearing Judge for the City of Los Angeles by Judge William Kearse McGill. She was previously the Criminal Justice Act Supervising Attorney for the U.S. District Court, Central District of California where she oversaw the Federal Indigent Defense Panel.
  • Rachel Goslins ’95 has been named Director for the Arts and Industries Building at the Smithsonian Institute, where she was formerly Director of the President’s Committee of the Arts and Humanities appointed by President Obama. Goslins also worked with the Smithsonian UNESCO and the U.S State Department on the Haiti Cultural recovery Project. She was also the Director, Independent Digital Distribution Lab at PBS/ITVD.
  • Melissa McCormick ’95 was appointed to the Orange County Superior Court by Gov. Jerry Brown. Previously, Partner at Irell & Manella LLP, 2004-2015.
  • Josh Meyer ’95 was named Head of Business Affairs, Television at DreamWorks Animation. He was previously General Counsel and Senior Vice-President, Business & Legal Affairs at the kids and family cable television channel, Hub Network.
  • Jennifer Scullion ’95 joined Seeger Weiss as partner in its New York office. Ms. Scullion has led complex litigations, arbitrations, and appeals for U.S. and multinational clients in a wide array of areas, including antitrust, consumer fraud, communications, and international bondholder disputes. Formerly a partner at Proskauer Rose, Ms. Scullion is a 20 year litigation veteran. Ms. Scullion was with Proskauer Rose for 13 years, the past seven as a partner, following positions with Solomon, Zauderer, Ellenhorn, Frischer & Sharp and Munger, Tolles & Olson.
  • Thomas Ciampa ’96 was promoted by Warner Bros. Italy to Sr. Vice President of Distribution and New Theatrical Ventures. In his new role, Thomas will be handling both Warner Bros. and Sony releases in Italy. Thomas formerly held the title of Warner Bros. Italy Vice President Theatrical Distribution. His new position adds oversight of marketing and distribution of Sony Pictures movies in the Italian market where these titles have been handled by Warner Bros. since 2011 when Sony Pictures Releasing shuttered its Italian distribution unit.
  • Donna Dean ’96 was honored by Attorney General Kamala D. Harris as an exemplary California Department of Justice employee at the 25th Annual Attorney General Awards. Donna, who specializes in Civil Law - received her award for demonstrating the highest professional work standards in Client Representation or Prosecution.
  • Matthew Erramouspe ’96 is co-chair of O’Melveny & Myers' Entertainment, Sports and Media transactional practice and was featured in Variety's 2016 Dealmakers Impact Report. He was also was named on the Hollywood Reporter’s Hollywood’s Top 20 Dealmakers of 2016 list.
  • Ruben Garcia ’96 has been appointed Associate Dean for Faculty Development and Research at the UNLV Boyd School of Law. He was also appointed to the Board of the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy (ACS).
  • Gabriel Gregg ’96 has been selected as Treasurer for 2017 for the Santa Clara County Bar Association. Gregg is a litigation partner at Robinson & Wood and has been on the bar association’s executive committee.
  • Andrei Iancu ’96 is Managing Partner at Irell & Manella LLP in offices of Los Angeles where he specializes in Patent litigation. He has a client roster that includes Ariosa Diagnostics Inc., Juno, Therapeutics Inc., TiVo Inc., 10X Genomics Inc., and Synaptics Inc. In 2013, California Lawyer named Iancu Attorney of the Year in the area of intellectual property.
  • Caroline Mankey ’96 has been selected by the editorial team at The National Law Journal for inclusion on its “Intellectual Property Trailblazers” list. Caroline, a partner at Sedgwick, is the chair of the firm’s Specialty Rights and Technology Group. She has more than 20 years of experience representing clients in the entertainment, arts, fashion, retail and technology industries in litigation disputes involving copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets, design patents, defamation, licensing, rights of publicity, business interference and partnership disputes.
  • Stacy Rosenberg ’96 joined the financial practice of Hogan Lovells as a partner in its Los Angeles office in January 2017. She was previously a finance partner in the Los Angeles office of Latham & Watkins.
  • Halim Dhanidina ’97 spoke about the growing importance of dissent in the United States at Claremont Mckenna College. Judge Dhanidina, who is also an adjunct Professor of Law at Whitter Law School, is California’s first Muslim judge.
  • Irving Gomez ’97 was interviewed for an article in Forbes entitled "Helping Investors Understand The Importance Of ESG." Gomez is an Assistant Corporate Secretary and Managing Counsel in the Corporate Legal Group for Intel Corporation. Irving is responsible for the company's corporate-level legal activities, including certain securities filings with the SEC, providing advice and counsel to the Board, the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee and senior management in the areas of emerging corporate governance, securities laws, and executive compensation. Prior to joining Intel, Irving was in private practice as an Associate at Morrison & Foerster in San Francisco.
  • Candice Gonzalez ’97 of Palo Alto Housing was named to the Women of Influence 2017 list by the Silicon Valley Business Journal which honors 100 local women who are having a major impact as executives, entrepreneurs and community leader.
  • Michelle Hernandez ’97 has become the new Chair of the Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce, effective November 17, 2017. She has been a member of the Board of Directors since 2013, serving as the Executive Committee’s Vice Chair since 2016, and is also currently Regional President of the Hispanic National Bar Association, where she has been a member since 1997.
  • Jennifer Lloyd Kelly ’97 is a partner at Fenwick & West LLP. She is one of the foremost authorities on intellectual property issues pertinent to video games/mobile apps. The Daily Journal named Kelly as one of the “Top Entertainment Lawyers” in California. In 2015, the Legal 500 recognized her as a leading copyright attorney and was also enlisted in the San Francisco Business Times’s list of the “Most Influential Women in the Bay Area”. Recently in 2016, Kelly was honored as “Women Leader in Tech Law” by Recorder.
  • John McKinney ’97 , Los Angeles Deputy District Attorney, was featured in a Los Angeles Times article after he secured a murder conviction against an 18-year-old woman for her role in the 2014 death of a USC graduate student from China.
  • George Yu ’97 has been promoted to partner at Schiff Hardin LLP in the firm’s San Francisco office. George’s practice is focused on patent infringement litigation and counseling, including matters that involve complex biotechnology and medical technology products. He also serves clients in the high-tech and software products fields.
  • Michelle Ahnn ’98 , a superior court judge in Inglewood, was profiled in the Daily Journal in January 2017. She was appointed to the Los Angeles County Superior Court by Governor Jerry Brown in November 2015 after serving from 1999-2015 as an Los Angeles County deputy alternate public defender.
  • Samantha Grant ’98 joined the Century City office of Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton as a partner in the firm's Labor and Employment pratice Group. She joins from Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp.
  • Brenton Hamlet ’98 , a Beverly Hills, California based Merrill Lynch advisor, was one of 11 employees recently honored with the 2015 David Brady Award at a ceremony in New York, recognized for his outstanding philanthropy, client focus and overall commitment to his company and community.
  • Jeffrey Lowenstein ’98 , a partner at Bell Nunnally & Martin LLP in Dallas Texas, is featured in the The Best Lawyers in America 2017 publication. Lowenstein is chair of the firm’s Litigation practice and represents businesses and individuals in a variety of complex commercial matters and business disputes.
  • Effie Turnball Sanders ’98 was selected as the California Coastal Commission’s newest Vice Chair. Governor Jerry Brown appointed her to the CA Coastal Commission in 2014. Effie is an Assistant General Counsel to the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) where she provides legal advice and represents the District in all aspects of litigation. Ms. Sanders also serves as Vice President of the Los Angeles League of Conservation Voters and as a member of the nonprofit board Social Action Partners.
  • Ryan Yagura ’98 is a partner at O’Melveny & Myers LLP and Chair of the Firm’s Intellectual Property and Technology Practice. The Daily Journal named Yagura to it's list of the Top 75 Intellectual Property Litigators in California, and Law360 featured him in its publication of intellectual property lawyers to watch.
  • Lora Blum ’99 joined SurveyMonkey Inc. as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary in January 2017, after working as Vice President of Legal at LinkedIn for 6 ½ years. She oversaw LinkedIn’s IPO in 2011 and facilitated a number of subsequent mergers and acquisitions, including the December 2016 sale to Microsoft Inc. for $26.2 billion.
  • Adam Sullins ’99 was promoted to partner in Latham & Watkins' Entertainment, Sports & Media Practice.
  • Paul Swanson ’99 of Irell & Manella was featured in Variety's 2016 Dealmakers Impact Report.
  • Phong Tran ’99 is now a partner at Johnson & Weaver LLP in the San Diego office. Prior to joining Johnson & Weaver, Tran worked at Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP, as well as Coughlan, Semmer & Lipman LLP.