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 alum@law.ucla.edu.


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Class Notes - 2000s
  • Phillip K. Cha ’00 has launched Cha Mediation Services, a mediation practice specializing in employment and business disputes. Phillip was formerly Senior Counsel with LimNexus, LLP, where he represented management in labor and employment matters.
  • Jenny Marino Cheung ’00 has been named Firm Director for Children’s Law Center Los Angeles’ brand new 4th unit. Jenny will be overseeing the new, specialized firm devoted to serving clients requiring intensive services.
  • Karen E. Jung ’00 has been elected to join Gerard fox Law P.C. as Partner. She was previously Corporate Counsel at Samsung E&C America, Inc. where she led the largest civil project deal in Canada history (with the total contract value CAD $8.3 Billion) She has served as the President of Berkeley Korean-American Alumni Association. Jung has been recognized in the Southern California Super Lawyers magazine for three years.
  • Rocky Lee ’00 joined King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) in January 2017 as a partner and head of its U.S. Corporate Practice, where he will be splitting his time between Beijing and Silicon Valley. He was previously at Cadwalader.
  • Jeffrey Diener ’01 has joined the San Francisco office of Paul Hastings LLP. Diener is a partner in the Real Estate practice at Paul Hastings. Previously, he was based in the firm’s London office.
  • Kevin Gibson ’01 was named Partner at Koenig, Oelsner, Taylor, Schoenfeld & Gaddis (KO) in Colorado. Mr. Gibson specializes in representing emerging growth companies, as well as leading angel and venture capital funds in their investments in public and private companies. Kevin's practice includes representing entrepreneurs as they form businesses, counseling young companies through rounds of equity and debt financing, executing M&A and other sale transactions and providing general corporate governance, executive compensation and securities law guidance. Prior to joining KO, Kevin practiced in the Silicon Valley office of Gunderson Dettmer, and before that was a CPA with PricewaterhouseCoopers.
  • Cara Horowitz ’01 served as co-chair of the 2017 UCLA Law Women LEAD Inaugural Summit.
  • Ross Kutash ’01 runs the Plaintiffs department at BASTA - an eviction defense law firm with three locations in Los Angeles County.
  • Araceli Ruano ’01 has been appointed to the California Horse Racing Board of Directors. Ms. Ruano has been a senior advisor at the SFE Group LLC since 2016.
  • Robert Kang ’02 served as the President of the UCLA Law Alumni Board of Directors for the 2016-2017 year.
  • Joseph Laska ’02 of Manatt, Phelps, & Phillips was named one of the 2017 Top 40 under 40 attorneys by the Daily Journal.
  • John Loncto ’02 has been promoted to counsel at Greenberg Traurig.
  • Laura Godfrey Zagar ’02 , partner in Perkins Coie’s San Diego office, has been selected by the Burton Awards as a recipient of the 2017 Law360 Distinguished Writing Award for her participation in writing the article "Environmental Streamlining Measures in Title 41 of the FAST Act: What Will They Mean for Infrastructure Project Developers?" The winning article appeared in Environmental Law News, Volume 25, Number 1, Spring 2016. The longstanding, nonprofit Burton Awards program, which is run in association with the Library of Congress, presented by lead sponsor Law360, and co-sponsored by the American Bar Association, recognizes the finest law firm writers.
  • Songhai Armstead ’03 was appointed as Judge to the Los Angeles County Superior court by Gov. Jerry Brown. Songhai was previously Supervising Deputy City Attorney for City of Los Angeles, where she oversaw programs such as VALOR, The Dispute Resolution Program, HALO and Homeless Court. Songhai was also CEO and President to Songhai Solutions, LLC.
  • Katherine Ku ’03 joined Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati in the firm's corporate and securities practice as partner in the Los Angeles office. She joins from the Los Angeles office of Munger, Tolles, & Olson where she was a corporate partner.
  • Susan Schalla ’03 has been elected a shareholder at Carney Badley Spellman law firm in Seattle, Washington. Ms. Schalla's legal practice focuses on corporate and business law, estate planning and probate, and tax planning. She advises corporations, LLCs and partnerships on entity formation and structuring, partnership and shareholder agreements, financing and mergers and acquisitions. Ms. Schalla counsels business owners on succession planning to family members or key employees. She also has substantial experience counseling nonprofit organizations.
  • Pam Singh ’03 was appointed as the Public Defender for Kern County, the first woman to serve in the role in the county's history.
  • David Horton ’04 was named to the 2016-2017 class of the UC Davis' Chancellor's Fellows. He joined the Law Faculty at UC Davis in 2012 and is a prolific and influential trusts and estates scholar.
  • Marc Lewis ’04 of Lewis & Llewellyn was named one of the 2017 Top 40 under 40 attorneys by the Daily Journal.
  • Cheryl Lott ’04 of Buchalter, was elected as president-elect for the UCLA Alumni Association Board. She also serves on the UCLA Law Alumni Board of Directors.
  • Bradley A. Lebow ’05 has joined Higgs Fletcher & Mack as an Associate, with an expertise in complex business disputes and professional liability and Healthcare Litigation. Lebow has received the Outstanding Service Award, by the Legal Aid Society of San Diego- 2011 and 2012. He was Editor of UCLA Law Review, Executive Editor, UCLA Entertainment Law Review.
  • Timothy Loose ’05 was elected to Partner in the Los Angeles office of Gibson Dunn in December 2016. His practice covers a broad range of business litigation, with a focus on class and mass action litigation.
  • Glenn Nieves ’05 received the Hispanic National Bar Association "Top Lawyers Under 40" Award. He is the General Counsel, Vice President- Government Affairs and Corporate Secretary for Wilcon, the largest privately held fiber optic network provider in Southern California.
  • Rebecca Petereit ’05 was promoted to partnership at Vinson & Elkins in Dallas. Becky's practice focuses on all aspects of restructuring and reorganization work, including the representation of debtors, lenders, creditors, landlords and trustees. She represents clients in lawsuits, contested matters, adversary proceedings and other actions before federal district courts, state courts and bankruptcy courts with respect to all types of litigation arising from financially distressed situations.
  • Misty Sanford ’05 of Munger, Tolles & Olson was named one of the 2017 Top 40 under 40 attorneys by the Daily Journal
  • Eric Vandevelde ’05 was promoted by Gibson Dunn to Partner in their Los Angeles office in December 2016. Previously, he was of counsel, practicing in the areas of white collar criminal defense, internal investigations, regulatory enforcement, complex litigation matters, as well as cybersecurity and data privacy.
  • Matt Ahart ’06 joined Transom Consulting Group as Associate Partner.
  • Kristen Hilton ’06 was welcomed to The Oregon Coast Aquarium Board of Directors.
  • Arwen Johnson ’06 of Boies Schiller Flexner was named one of the 2017 Top 40 under 40 attorneys by the Daily Journal
  • Matthew Serratto ’06 won a seat on the Merced City Council representing District 5. The newly elected council member has been serving as Deputy DA for 9 years at the Merced County District Attorney’s Office. The lead prosecutor is entering politics to improve the city. He wants to devote his life to doing something positive - making Merced better.
  • Albert Valencia ’06 has joined Ervin Cohen & Jessup LLP as Partner in Beverly Hills. Previous Partner at Sklar Kirsh LLP, is a skilled attorney in commercial real estate transactions, leasing and financing. Valencia was awarded the Golden Gavel Award in 2010, and honored with the Rising Star- Super Lawyers of Southern California for three consecutive years 2014-2016.
  • George S Azadian ’07 Co-founder of the Azadian Law Group PC. with locations in Los Angeles and Pasadena. George is the firm’s President and specializes in employment law, exclusively representing employees. Azadian has recovered over $30,000,000 for his clients. He is highly regarded as one of the best Los Angeles employment law lawyers & wrongful termination lawyers.
  • Christopher Campbell ’07 is a new partner at Latham & Watkins in San Francisco. Chris is a member of the Litigation & Trial Department, with a focus on antitrust and unfair competition.
  • Patrick Hammon ’07 was promoted to counsel at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, where is a member of the litigation group in the firm's Palo Alto office. In early 2017, he received a California Lawyer - Attorneys of the Year (CLAY) Award from the Daily Journal for his role in defending FedEx in connection with a high-profile federal criminal indictment alleging that the company conspired with certain online pharmacies to unlawfully distribute controlled substances and misbranded drugs.
  • Jessie Kornberg ’07 has been selected by the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division for the 2016 American Bar Association On the Rise – Top 40 Young Lawyers Award. Kornberg, a founding board member of UCLA Law Women LEAD, became in 2014 the first female CEO of legal services nonprofit Bet Tzedek.
  • Aaron Levine ’07 was promoted to counsel in the New York office of Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer in January 2017.
  • Amanda Molter ’07 has been promoted to Counsel at Latham & Watkins’ San Diego office. Molter is a member of the Corporate Department who represents private fund sponsors, investors and joint venture participants in forming, investing in and operating private investment vehicles. She has broad experience advising private equity sponsors operating across a wide range of industries on all aspects of the investment fund lifecycle, including global fundraising activities, investments and exits.
  • Daniel Rees ’07 has been promoted to Partner at Latham & Watkins’ Orange County office. Rees is a member of the Corporate Department, whose practice encompasses a broad spectrum of corporate matters, including M&A, capital markets and other strategic transactions, as well as takeover defense, securities law compliance and corporate governance.
  • Esther Ro ’07 is a newly elected partner at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP in Los Angeles.
  • Cynthia Tollett ’07 was promoted to Assistant Executive Director for the Directors Guild of America. Tollett, previously associate general counsel in the Guild’s legal department, will step into a new role overseeing the signatories department, and will be more involved in the enforcement of the Guild’s contracts. Tollett joined the DGA in 2009 as an attorney, and was promoted in 2015 to associate general counsel. Tollett joined the Guild from Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton where she was an attorney focused on mergers and acquisitions and corporate governance issues.
  • Rachel Bloomekatz ’08 was a court appointed amica curiae for a case in Ohio - a rare and honorable appointment. The case was heard by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit.
  • Tristan Brown ’08 was featured in an article on PRWeb, examining the importance of hiring a bankruptcy attorney. His office, the T.L. Brown Law Firm, P.C., also hosted a holiday toy donation drive for Toys for Tots.
  • Emily Cuatto ’08 of Horvitz & Levy was selected by her peers for inclusion in Southern California Rising Stars 2017 in the field of Appellate Law. Rising Stars is a list of outstanding attorneys who are 40 years old or younger, or have been practicing for less than 10 years.
  • Erin Kolter ’08 joined Dorsey and Whitney LLP in the Intellectual Property Litigation Group in Seattle as of Counsel.
  • Daniel Wiesel ’08 joined the Los Angeles office of Wolf Rifkin as a Senior Associate in their Real Estate practice. He came over from Norton Rose Fulbright where he served as bond, borrower’s and underwriter’s counsel in connection with financial transactions.
  • Ryan Erickson ’09 joined the partnership of Lewis & Llewellyn. Ryan joined the firm in 2013 and has been a critical member of the many successful results the firm has obtained since then. Before joining Lewis & Llewellyn, Ryan practiced at litigation powerhouse Latham & Watkins, where he focused on bet-the-company litigation primarily for biopharmaceutical and technology clients.
  • Andrew Erskine ’09 was named Partner at Orrick in Santa Monica. Andrew is a member of the firm’s Technology Companies Group. He advises company founders and boards of directors, as well as venture capital firms, angels and private equity firms, on the corporate governance, financings, operations and profitable exits of high-growth technology companies. Before joining Orrick, Andrew served as a legislative adviser to Congress, and worked for Deloitte advising Fortune 500 companies on building internal control systems.
  • J.R. Morgan ’09 joined Andrews Kurth as Counsel in its Corporate Section. Mr. Morgan focuses his practice on representing private fund sponsors in the creation and management of their management companies and in the formation of domestic and international funds, including private equity, venture capital, oil and gas, real estate, private debt and hedge funds. Mr. Morgan began his legal career at Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP. In 2013, Mr. Morgan founded Morgan LLP, which was recently named “Best Boutique Law Firm” in the United States by HFMWeek.