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Fall 2018

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Banu Naraghi JD 2016 joined Ervin Cohen & Jessup LLP as a litigation associate, and will focus on corporate and intellectual property litigation in both state and federal court. Naraghi has represented a wide range of clients including content creators, investors and corporations in cases involving contract disputes, securities fraud and business torts.

Sean Galliher LLM 2018 attained the Fellow designation with the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb). CIArb is an international centre of excellence for the practice and profession of alternative dispute resolution (ADR). Galliher has been Associate General Counsel at Skechers for the past 12 years and is also a current ADR LLM student at USC Gould.

Criminal defense attorney Don Hammond JD 2009 discussed the Castle doctrine on News Radio 600 in San Diego.

Jeremy M. Mishali JD 2013 joined Kelley Kronenberg's Fort Lauderdale office as an attorney. Mishali assists in handling matters related to First Party Insurance Defense Litigation. Prior to joining the firm, Mishali worked as an Associate Attorney in a civil litigation where he primarily handled First Party Property Insurance Defense matters.


Amy Wan JD 2011 and her husband Jonar welcomed a baby boy, Thom-San, on April 2, 2018.

In Memoriam

Lawrence S. Ross LLB 1957 passed away on Sept. 2, 2018. He graduated from UCLA in 1954 and USC Gould in 1957. Ross practiced as an attorney in Los Angeles until retiring at age 81. He is survived by his three sons and grandchildren and is cherished for his loving and kind ways, strength of character and moral code.

Judge John Henry Sandoz JD 1970 passed away on May 21, 2018. Born in Houston in 1933, Sandoz arrived in Los Angeles at age 3 and graduated from UCLA in 1955 with a degree in mathematics. Sandoz was drafted into the Army in 1956, where he was an original "rocket scientist," assisting the Army in tracking the trajectory of rockets. He was honorably discharged in 1958, and eventually worked in the aerospace industry.

In 1967, Sandoz enrolled in USC Law School and was admitted to the California Bar in 1971. After graduation, Sandoz was a Reginald Heber Smith fellow to the Los Angeles Neighborhood Legal Services Society. He then went into private practice and formed a partnership with Irma Brown and the late Elbert T. Hudson, serving as managing partner. Sandoz also was the Director of Legal Services at USC.

Sandoz served his community in many capacities, including: Teen Post, Inc. Board of Directors, Policy Planning Committee South Central Regional Center for Developmental Disabilities, and the State Bar Committee for Legal Services to the Poor.

In 1981, Sandoz began his service as a Los Angeles Court Commissioner. In 1995, Governor Pete Wilson appointed him to be a L.A. Superior Court Judge in the Family Law Department. In 2003, he was appointed Assistant Supervising Judge of the Family Law Department. Sandoz retired from the bench in 2006.

Over the years, Sandoz received various recognitions: Constitutional Rights Lawyer of the Year, the Justice Award from the Harriett Buhai Center for Family Law, and USC Association of Black Law School Alumni Award for Outstanding Achievement in the legal profession. He was also inducted into the John M. Langston Hall of Fame.

Sandoz is survived by Beverley, his wife of 38 years, and their children.

Summer 2018

Class Notes

Zachary Bulthuis, JD 2001, joined Akerman LLP as a partner in their Labor and Employment Practice Group. Bulthuis represents management in labor and employment disputes with clientele ranging from Fortune 500 companies to local businesses and individuals.

Jim Burgess, JD 1990, a partner at Sheppard Mullin Richter and Hampton LLP, was appointed to serve as president of the Board of Directors of the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles.

David Colgan, JD 2009, co-authored The Green Bundle: Pairing the Market with the Planet, with environmental economist Magali Delmas. Colgan is also writing a children's book and a second book on environmental themes. He has partnered with PBS SoCal's "Sustaining California" to help produce shows providing an expert look at sustainability issues.

Gov. Jerry Brown nominated the Hon. Thomas DeSantos, JD 1981, a Kings County Superior Court Judge since 2003, to the Fifth District Court of Appeal. DeSantos will fill the opening left by Judge Gene Gomes.

Cameron Edwards, JD 2017, joined Hadley Bajramovic and will focus on defending people in deportation proceedings before immigration judges and representing clients in appeals before the Board of Immigration Appeals and the Federal Courts of Appeal.

The Hon. Miguel T. Espinoza, JD 2007, was named to the Los Angeles Superior Court bench by Gov. Jerry Brown. Judge Espinoza served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney since 2017. He was a deputy district attorney at the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office from 2008-17 and held several positions for Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign in 2007-08, including statewide political director and deputy field director.

Mark Finkelstein, JD 1994, has joined Umberg Zipser as a partner in the firm's Intellectual Property Practice Group, which is dedicated to identifying, procuring, shepherding and defending clients' intellectual property rights. Finkelstein has more than 23 years of intellectual property and complex litigation experience in some of the nation's largest firms.

Jessica Ghirado Gordon, JD 2012, was inducted as the President of the Los Angeles County Bar Association's (LACBA) Barristers.

The June issue of Los Angeles Lawyer, LACBA's magazine, featured Maria Hall, JD 2003, and the Hon. Mark A. Juhas who shared their thoughts on the use of limited scope legal assistance.

Whitney A. Hodges, JD 2010, was recognized by Continental Who's Who as a Pinnacle Lifetime Member in the field of Law in recognition of her role as an attorney at Sheppard, Mullin, Richter and Hampton, LLP.

The Hon. Nora M. Manella, JD 1975, was appointed presiding justice, Division Four of the Second District California Court of Appeals. Judge Manella has been an associate justice since 2006. Prior to that, she served as a U.S. district judge for the Central District of California, where she sat for eight years.

Sean Matsler, JD 2003, joined Cox, Castle and Nicholson LLP as its newest land use partner. Matsler brings 15 years of experience securing entitlements for residential, commercial, industrial and institutional real estate development projects to bolster the firm's robust land use practice.

Bill Peterson, JD 1975, a partner in Snell and Wilmer's Reno office, was honored by the State Bar of Nevada as the recipient of this year's Presidential Award. Peterson was recognized in a video presentation at the bar's annual meeting in Chicago.

Shannon Raj, JD 2011 and Deepak Singh, JD 2011, welcomed a baby boy, Rian Raj Singh, in March 2018, and are now living in The Netherlands, where Raj works as an international criminal law attorney, advising a Kabul-based team on sexual violence litigation in Afghanistan. Singh is Legal Counsel to Kraft Heinz, advising on issues related to its European procurement and supply chain, as well as data privacy.

The Hon. Sheila Recio, JD 1998, was named to the Orange County Superior Court by Gov. Jerry Brown. Judge Recio has served as a commissioner at the Orange County Superior Court since 2016. Prior to that, she served in several positions at the Orange County Superior Court, including deputy general counsel, senior research attorney and counsel to the presiding judge.

Albert Reyes, JD 2001, joined Kutak Rock's national public finance practice group and will be resident in the firm's Los Angeles and Irvine offices. Reyes is a public finance and infrastructure lawyer who serves as bond counsel, disclosure counsel and underwriters' counsel on a variety of matters.

Simone Riley, JD 2014, has rejoined Hahn and Hahn LLP as an associate in the Business Practice Group, focusing on general corporate matters, real estate and finance. Riley returns to the firm after working at Seward and Kissel LLP in New York for two years.

David Short, JD 1979, has been appointed by President Trump to serve in his administration as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Transportation for Aviation and International Affairs. He was sworn into office by the Secretary of Transportation, The Hon. Elaine Chao, on July 24, 2018.

The Hon. Autumn D. Spaeth, JD 2000, was sworn in as a U.S. Magistrate Judge for the Central District of California. Spaeth will sit in Santa Ana, the Court's Southern Division. Before her appointment as a Magistrate Judge, Judge Spaeth was a founding partner of Smiley Wang-Ekvall, LLP in Costa Mesa, Calif.

Seth Stodder, JD 1995, a former U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) assistant secretary for border, immigration and trade policy and assistant secretary for threat prevention and security, joined Holland and Knight as a partner in the firm's Los Angeles office. He will represent clients on a wide variety of matters, including transactions before the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), international trade and customs issues, immigration and visas, cybersecurity and data privacy, government investigations and national/homeland security.

Shari Swanson, JD 1985, authored her first book, Honey, the Dog Who Saved Abe Lincoln, which is set to be published by Harper Collins/Katherine Tegan Books in spring 2019.

Olivier Theard, JD 2001, received Sheppard Mullin's 2018 Diversity & Inclusion Award, which was created to recognize an individual or team of attorneys in the firm for their commitment to diversity and inclusion programs and initiatives at the firm and in the legal profession.

The Daily Journal selected Lindsay Toczylowski, JD 2008, as one of their Top California Lawyers Under 40 for 2018.

Michael Vaughn, JD 1987, has joined Enterprise Counsel Group and will lead their expanding M&A and transactional practice. Vaughan comes to ECG with over 30 years' experience, including service as General Counsel for two large companies. He is also a City Council Member in the City of Rancho Santa Margarita, where he currently serves as Mayor.

Spring 2018

Class Notes

Governor Jerry Brown appointed Michael R. Amerian, JD 1999, to a judgeship in the Los Angeles County Superior Court. Amerian served as a deputy city attorney in the Los Angeles City Attorney's Office since 2003. Prior to that he served as a law clerk for the Honorable Dickran M. Tevrizian, Jr. at the U.S. District Court, Central District of California.

Robin Bechtold, JD 2002 , joined Munck Wilson Mandala LLP as senior counsel in the Complex Litigation Practice. Bechtold has nearly 15 years of legal experience as a litigator representing clients in business and commercial disputes.

Mark Anthony Catam, LLM 2016, launched Catam Global Law, a full-service law firm specializing in corporate immigration.

Honorable Steve Cooley, JD 1973, a four-decade Los Angeles County prosecutor and three-term-elected District Attorney, co-authored Blue Lives Matter-In the Line of Duty, a book which documents the murders of Los Angeles County law enforcement officers.

Michelle Deutchman, JD 2002 ,was named the first executive director of the UC National Center for Free Speech and Civic Engagement. Deutchman has a distinguished record of advocacy and teaching on free speech and other First Amendment issues.

Carlos Dominguez, JD 2005, a deputy attorney general with the State Attorney General's office, is being honored as Volunteer of the Year for his work at the Domestic Violence Clinic run by the Los Angeles County Bar Association. Dominguez will be honored at a luncheon on April 23 at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, with an award presented by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.

Kevin Friedmann, JD 1998, has joined the Los Angeles office of Greenberg Traurig, LLP as a shareholder in the firm's Corporate Practice, which comprises more than 450 lawyers throughout 38 offices. Friedmann focuses his practice on corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions for publicly traded companies.

Los Angeles County deputy district attorney Ken Fuller, JD 2005 is running for Los Angeles Superior Court Judge, Seat No. 126 in the June 5 election. Fuller is a member of the Environmental Crimes Division, holding accountable corporations and individuals that pollute the environment, illegally poach wildlife and produce unsafe work conditions.

Judge Jay Gandhi (Ret.), JD 1997 has joined the JAMS Resolution Center as a mediator, arbitrator, special master and case evaluator in a variety of practice areas including business/commercial, class action/mass torts, financial markets, intellectual property, employment and health care, among others. Previously, Gandhi served for eight years as a U.S. Magistrate Judge for the Central District of California.

Lisa Lin Garcia, JD 2012 and Lisa K. Horgan, JD 2009 have been elevated to shareholder status at Littler. Garcia represents clients in employment matters involving class actions; she also represents employers in federal and state court litigation and before state and federal agencies. Horgan focuses her practice on employment litigation and advice. She represents clients in state and federal courts throughout California as well as in administrative complaint proceedings and arbitrations.

Miki Goodin, JD 2003 , was elected to Locke Lord's Board of Directors, which helps to direct the firm's vision and strategy and collaborates on other firm-wide initiatives. Goodin focuses her practice on complex intellectual property matters with a primary emphasis on representing pharmaceutical companies in litigation.

Justin M. Goldstein, JD 1998, has been chosen to head the new Litigation practice group of Sklar Kirsh LLP, a Corporate, Real Estate and Entertainment law firm. For the last two decades, Goldstein has represented some of the country's largest and most well-known companies in complex commercial and entertainment litigation.

Feinberg, Mindel, Brandt, and Klein, LLP named Alex Grager, JD 2004, a certified family law specialist, a partner.

Abigail Greenspan, JD 2010, was promoted to Associate Regional Counsel for Litigation for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Region IX. In this role, Greenspan oversees all of the litigation, along with all of the HUD trial attorneys and support staff in the states of Arizona, California, Hawaii and Nevada. Greenspan holds one of 10 Associate Regional Counsel roles in the U.S.

Kimberley Baker Guillemet, JD 2005, was appointed to a judgeship by Governor Jerry Brown in the Los Angeles County Superior Court. Guillemet has served as director of the Los Angeles Mayor's Office of Reentry since 2015. Prior to that, she served as a deputy attorney general at the California Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General from 2008 to 2015.

David Hall, 1988, JD 1991 joined Polsinelli as a shareholder in the firm's Los Angeles office. As a real estate attorney, Hall counsels property owners, real estate investment trusts, developers and institutional lenders guiding them in strategically managing all aspects of their multifamily, office, retail and health care property portfolios.

Ben Jakovljevic, JD 2014, joined ADLI Law Group's civil litigation practice group as an associate attorney with a focus on business and real estate, as well as labor and employment issues. His experience includes preparing pleadings at all stages of litigation in state and federal appeals, and serving as second chair in a federal trial against a foreign sovereign.

Christianne Kerns, JD 1985, a Partner in Hahn and Hahn's Business practice, is among 75 honorees in the Los Angeles Business Journal's special supplement honoring the city's most influential women attorneys.

Jamie Lacy, JD 2015 has joined the Fort Worth office of Winstead PC as an associate in the Commercial Litigation Practice Group. Lacy's practice focuses on securities litigation and enforcement, white collar-defense, and governmental and internal investigations.

Dale E. Manolakas, JD 1985 has retired from being an administrative law judge and now writes legal thrillers. Rogue Divorce Lawyer is the latest release following The Gun Trial and four others.

Kirk W. McAllister, JD 1969, published The Brady Book, the first work dedicated exclusively to Brady v. Maryland issues of withheld exculpatory information. Noted legal author Larry Pozner describes it as "the bible for seeking, exposing and punishing the deceitful prosecutor."

Washington Supreme Court Justice Sheryl Gordon McCloud, JD 1984, is running for re-election, following her election in 2012 after nearly 30 years as a trial and appellate lawyer. Justice McCloud serves as Chair of the Washington State Supreme Court's Gender and Justice Commission and is a member of the State Bar Association's Council on Public Defense.

JAMS announced the addition of Donald L. Morrow, JD 1975, to its panel in Orange County, Calif. Morrow will be joining the JAMS Resolution Center as an arbitrator, mediator and special master in a variety of disputes including antitrust/competition, business/commercial, class action/mass tort, construction, intellectual property and professional liability. He joins JAMS after more than 40 years of significant trial and litigation experience, most recently practicing at Paul Hastings.

Mary Jane Myers', JD 1974, debut collection of short stories, Curious Affairs, will be published in mid-March 2018.

Becky Newman, JD 2010, was selected as a member of the Rautenberg New Leaders Project (NLP) - Class of 2018. Coordinated by the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, NLP is a year-long, leadership skill-building program which inspires and elevates new generations of outstanding civic leaders in Los Angeles.

Scott M. Pearson, JD 1994, a litigation partner in Ballard Spahr's Consumer Financial Services Group, has been named a '2018 Client Service All-Star' by BTI Consulting Group. Pearson was one of two consumer financial services lawyers in the country to receive this honor.

David A. Pendleton, JD 1993, is now a partner at Bradford and Barthel, LLP; he joined the firm in 2015 after relocating to Southern California. Prior to this, Pendleton enjoyed a 20-year career in Honolulu, Hawaii as an attorney in private practice, an elected state legislator, an advisor to the Hawaii State Governor and a workers' compensation judge.

Alexa Lawson-Remer, JD 2009, an associate with Sullivan and Cromwell LLP, was recognized by the LGBT Bar as one of the Best LGBT Lawyers under 40. This annual award recognizes LGBT legal professionals who have distinguished themselves in their field and have demonstrated a profound commitment to LGBT equality.

David Ryan, LLM 2015, founded Providential Law, a firm in Palo Alto that specializes in corporate counseling, executive asset protection and family asset protection.

Bet Tzedek will honor E. Randol Schoenberg, JD 1991, at their annual dinner gala on Feb. 1, 2018. Bet Tzedek provides free, comprehensive legal services for low-income individuals and families in Los Angeles.

Nathan A. Schultz, JD 2002 , has joined Fox Rothschild LLP as counsel in the firm's Financial Restructuring & Bankruptcy Department. Schultz is an experienced practitioner in all facets of the bankruptcy process, representing debtors, creditors, official committees, investors, liquidating trustees, purchasers and other parties in bankruptcy court across the country.

Todd Scherwin, JD 2005, managing partner at Fisher Phillips' Los Angeles office, has been named to the Southern California Super Lawyers 2018 Edition. Scherwin has been selected to the list each year since 2015.

Stephen P. Sonnenberg, JD 1992, will be joining the JAMS Resolution Center in New York as an arbitrator, mediator and special master in a variety of disputes including business/commercial, employment, federal and health care. Sonnenberg joins JAMS after 25 years with Paul Hastings where he represented and advised clients in a wide range of employment disputes. During his law practice, Sonnenberg was also a mediator in complex employment matters. He has also mediated numerous matters as a member of the Mediation Panels of the U.S. District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.

Dwight Stirling, JD 2000, a lecturer in law at USC Gould, was a guest on KPCC's Air Talk with Larry Mantle and spoke about the use of National Guard troops on the border. This follows Stirling's article on the control of the National Guard, which was published by the University of Texas.

Bingxi 'Ceci' Sun, JD 2016 has joined the Los Angeles office of Fisher Phillips as an associate. Sun focuses her practice on claims including discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination and wage and hour laws. Sun is also a certified mediator with experience before the Small Claims Court, Limited Civil Court and Children's Dependency Court.

J. Michael Vaughn, JD 1987, Counsel to Stuart Kane LLP in Newport Beach, was named Mayor of the City of Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.

Los Angeles Superior Court Commissioner Glenda Veasey, JD 1981, was featured in the Dec. 21 issue of the Daily Journal. Veasey has presided over the family law docket for the past 18 years.

The Daily Journal named Perry Viscounty, JD 1987, a partner at Latham & Watkins LLP, as one of the 'Top Cyber/AI Lawyers for 2018.'

Adam Wergeles, JD 1991 joined Leaf Group Ltd. as executive vice president and general counsel. Leaf Group is a diversified consumer internet company that builds creator-driven brands that reach audiences in large and growing lifestyle categories. Previously, he was executive vice president of business and legal affairs as well as general counsel of Serviz, which connects consumers with local electricians, plumbers, and other home services providers through its mobile app.

Fall 2017

Class Notes

A new book by Paul Abram, JD 1968, 'Trona, Bloody Trona' was recently mentioned in a report to the United Nations Investigative Committee on the death of UN secretary general Dag Hammarskjold in 1961. The information provided in the book will be included in the Special Investigator's final report due in November.

Ryan Alshak, JD 2013, was named one of the ABA Journal's 'Legal Rebels' after developing Ping, an automated timekeeping program that has promise for radically changing how lawyers keep track of their billable minutes.

Marcus Bagley, JD 1999, joined the Snell & Wilmer's Orange County and Los Angeles offices as a commercial finance partner. Bagley concentrates his practice on all aspects of senior and mezzanine secured and unsecured financing.

Nanette Barragan, JD 2005, will be named a 2017 Congressional Champion at the Annual Green Room Awards for her environmental advocacy work.

Joe Bogdan, JD 1985, joined Culhane Meadows as a partner in its Chicago office. Bogdan will continue to focus on intellectual property, entertainment and media, corporate and information technology-related transactional matters.

Thompson, Coe, Cousins & Irons, LLP announced the appointment of Kenny Brooks, JD 2007, as a partner in their Los Angeles office. Brooks focuses his practice on professional liability defense with an emphasis on legal malpractice defense stemming from underlying litigation matters involving real estate, insurance, business disputes, and other complex litigation matters.

Dave Carothers, JD 1985, a partner at Carothers DiSante & Freudenberger LLP, was included in the 'Best Lawyers in America 2018' list for the fifth consecutive year.

Richard Chernick, JD 1970, Vice President and Managing Director of JAMS' Arbitration Practice, was named the Best Lawyers' 2018 Los Angeles Arbitration 'Lawyer of the Year'.

Chad Coombs, JD 1991, has been promoted to managing director in tax services at Crowe Horwath LLP. Coombs, both an attorney and a CPA, has unique knowledge and experience in insolvency tax and represents clients in a wide range of tax controversies.

Christopher R. Cowan, JD 2007, has been elected as partner in the Austin office of Beck Reddin LLP, effective Jan. 1, 2018. Cowan represents individuals and businesses in an array of civil litigations and appeals involving claims of statutory and common law fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, misappropriation of trade secrets and breach of contract. He also guides clients through federal and state government investigations and criminal prosecutions that often run tandem to such civil suits.

Sean C. Denvir, JD 2008, and Julie Crisp, JD 2009, have been promoted to partners at Latham & Watkins, effective Jan. 2018. Denvir is a member of the Corporate Department in the San Francisco office, which represents private equity firms, as well as public and private companies in M&A transactions. Crisp is a member of the Tax Department in the Los Angeles office, which advises on executive compensation and employee benefits matters, often in the context of M&A and other corporate transactions.

The Los Angeles County Bar Association featured Carlos Dominguez, JD 2005, a deputy attorney general with the California Attorney General's office, in their monthly newsletter, recognizing his volunteer work with LACBA Domestic Violence Legal Services Project (DVP).

Andrew Elken, JD 2009, was elected as a partner at Cravath, Swaine and Moore LLP. Elken is a member of Cravath's Corporate Department, where he focuses on mergers and acquisitions.

DLA Piper added Douglas Emhoff, JD 1990, as a partner in the firm's Intellectual Property and Technology practice and its Media, Sport and Entertainment sector. Emhoff will be based in DLA Piper's Los Angeles and Washington, D.C., offices.

Ann Fromholz, JD 1994, was featured in the Daily Journal's Labor and Employment Roundtable Series.

Munger, Tolles & Olson attorney Tamerlin Godley, JD 1996, was recognized among the 'Most Influential Intellectual Property Lawyers' by the Los Angeles Business Journal.

Cozen O'Connor has announced that attorneys from the Los Angeles-based real estate and commercial litigation boutique, Gilchrist & Rutter, have joined the firm. This includes Frank Gooch III, JD 1973, who has joined Cozen O'Connor as a Partner.

Meghan Rochee Grim, JD 2013, and Patrick Thomas Donegan, JD 2013, met during their time at Gould and were married on October 13, 2017.

Nathan Hardy, JD 2015, started as an associate at Buynak, Fauver, Archbald & Spray, LLP. Hardy previously worked as Director of Policy for the Los Angeles Ethics Commission.

Michael Hartman, JD 2004, an associate with Ziffren Brittenham, is the new president of the Trojan Entertainment Network.

Catherine Herrera, JD 1992 has continued her career as a filmmaker and photojournalist, with a screening in March 2017 of her short film and installation, 'Bridge Walkers,' at the San Francisco Old Mint, after the film debuted at the de Young Museum. Herrera is currently developing an independent documentary and preparing a review of 25 years of written and visual art.

Michael Lenard, JD 1982, former USOC vice president and 1984 Olympian (team handball), was named the Olympic Torch Award honoree for the 2017 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Assembly in Colorado Springs. Established in 1965, the Olympic Torch Award annually recognizes an individual who has positively impacted the U.S. Olympic Movement by promoting the Olympic Ideals.

Cheryl Leutjen, JD 1993 published her first book, Love Earth Now, a 'heart-centered journey from eco-madness to more Earth-mindful living.'

Karl Lindegren, JD 1986, a partner in the Irvine office of Fisher Phillips, has been selected to the 'Best Lawyers in America 2018' list.

Vallery Lomas, JD 2007 is currently a contestant on ABC's 'The Great American Baking Show.' Lomas is an attorney with the Department of Education in New York.

Entertainment Studios appointed Jeffrey Mayes, JD 2002 as VP, legal affairs and human resources. Mayes joins Entertainment Studios after running his own law practice, the Mayes Firm, where he practiced general employment law and provided human resources advice to businesses and individuals.

Michael Page, JD 2010 has been elected as partner in the Corporate/Securities/Tax section at Rutan & Tucker, LLP. His primary emphases are on tax planning and tax controversies, mergers & acquisitions, and corporate transactions.

Dana Perlman, JD 1986 was reappointed by Mayor Eric Garcetti to a second term on the Los Angeles City Planning Commission. His original appointment was by former Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa in 2012.

Sal Phillips, JD 2015 joined the Chicago office of Segal McCambridge Singer & Mahoney as an associate attorney focused on toxic tort litigation.

NBCUniversal Domestic Television Distribution named Roy Restivo, JD 1992 Senior Vice President, Sales Strategy & Research. Restivo, who has been with NBCUniversal for more than 16 years, will take on a leadership role to devise and implement strategic sales research for the roll-out of first-run and off-network programing.

The Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles (The Foundation) appointed Ellen R.Z. Rosen, JD 1993 as general counsel. Rosen will primarily work on supporting The Foundation's more than 300 endowment funds and help to grow endowments and other charitable giving funds.

Alvand Salehi, JD 2013, Senior Technology Advisor in the White House, was listed in Forbes '30 Under 30: Law & Policy.' Salehi is one of the architects of the 2016 Federal Source Code Policy, which required that government-developed custom source code be shared for reuse by other agencies, and that 20% be made available to the public. He helped establish, an open source repository of the government's sharable code.

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP named Michael Szczurek, JD 2009 as a partner in their Los Angeles office, effective Jan. 2018. Szczurek represents a wide variety of real estate investors, lenders and developers in a broad spectrum of real estate transactions, including acquisitions and dispositions, financings of all forms, ground lease structuring and the negotiation of real estate related joint ventures.

The Daily Journal featured a profile of Justice John Segal, JD 1987 and noted that attorneys described him as a 'wonderful writer' with a 'rapier wit.' The article discusses the famous 2013 case Robin Singh Educations Services Inc. v. Blueprint Test Preparation LLC and notes that Justice Segal wrote the entire case's opinion.

Irell & Manella LLP elected Ellisen Turner, JD 1997 as its next managing partner.