McGeorge School of Law

Alumni Updates

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March 2019

  • Erin Evans-Fudem has been named Director of Lighthouse Public Affairs, LLC.
  • Nolan Jones, ’15, was the second chair in an Amador County Superior Court fatal auto accident case that settled for $7.5 million last fall. Non-alum Roger Dreyer, the co-founder of Sacramento’s all-star PI firm Dreyer Babich Buccola Wood Campora, was the lead attorney.
  • Elizabeth Leet Jackson, ’11, has been promoted to partner at Delfino Madden O’Malley Coyle Koewler.
  • Mike Madokoro, ’89, has been appointment incoming President of the Japanese American Bar Association (JABA).
  • Duane Miller,’73, and Tracey O’Reilly, ’98, were two of the attorneys who helped secure an $11 million settlement for the Orange County Water District against Chevron and Union Oil in a soil and water contamination suit in federal court. Miller is the founder of the Sacramento's Miller Axline & Sawyer, which is one of the top five water law plaintiff firms in the state.
  • Trevor Quirk, ’03, won $20M verdict for a mother and daughter in the wrongful death of a beloved Ventura educator killed in 2014 by a women who was driving under the influence. This is the largest wrongful death verdict in the history of Ventura County.

February 2019

  • Sharon K. Sandeen ’85, has been awarded the Fulbright-Hanken Distinguished Chair in Business and Economics for 2019-20, sponsored by the Fulbright Finland Commission
  • Jamie Taylor,’17, has a new position as Program Director for the Senate Fellows Program.
  • Nicky Jatana, ’98, has been named one of the “Most Influential Minority Attorneys in Los Angeles” by the Los Angeles Business Journal.
  • Brian J. Christensen, ’94, has been appointed Office Managing Principal of Jackson Lewis P.C.'s Milwaukee office.
  • Downey Brand’s Sacramento Office Welcomes Brian E. Hamilton ’12 to the firm’s preeminent natural resources and water law practice.
  • David E. Cameron ’11, water rights attorney at Downey Brand has been promoted to the position of Counsel

January 2019

  • Alexandra Asterlin, '02, has been promoted to partner at Palmer Kazanjian Wohl Hodson LLP in Sacramento where she has served as senior counsel since 2016.
  • Lauren Calnero, '12, was named associate general counsel at Matheson Companies, a large transportation and logistics provider that counts the U.S. Postal Service and major oil and gas companies among its clients.
  • Ian Hunter, '08, has made partner at Dickinson Wright PLLC's office in Grand Rapids, Michigan where his practice covers a broad range of real estate and corporate transactions.
  • Sean McNally, '91, has been reappointed to the state Commission on Health and Safety and Workers' Compensation. He has served as the president of KBA Engineering in Bakersfield since 2013.
  • Albert Mendoza, '18, has joined Kronick Moskovitz Tiedemann & Girard in Sacramento in its employment law group.
  • Jared Mueller, '08, has been elected shareholder at Sacramento's Somach Simmons & Dunn where he represents public agencies and private entities on water issues.
  • Analea Patterson, '04, has been appointed chief deputy legal affairs secretary by Governor Gavin Newsom. She was previously in private practice as a partner in the Sacramento office of Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe.
  • Scott Spielman, '93, has accepted a position as supervising assistant district attorney in Tulare County. He previously served as second-in-command at the Kern County District Attorney's Office.
  • Joel M. Van Parys, '03, was promoted to partner at the Sacramento office of Carothers DiSante & Freudenberger LLP , which specializes in representing employers in California
  • Gary Colburn, '71, died at the age of 81 on January 17, 2019, in Placerville. A longtime Plymouth resident, he enjoyed a long career in the gaming industry working at casinos in the Lake Tahoe area.
  • Tony Nevarez, '86, died after a long illness at the age of 63 on December 25, 2018, in Sacramento. He was a certified family law specialist for more than 30 years in the capital area.
  • Thomas Zukim, '86, died at the age of 60 on December 28, 2018, in Hockley, Texas. After practicing law in Fresno for a decade, he worked for Shell Oil and held a number of high leadership positions with Enterprise Products.
  • Michael Middleton, '92, died suddenly at the age of 52 on December 8, 2018, in Folsom. He was a highly regarded senior construction attorney and shareholder at Trainor Fairbrook in Sacramento.
  • Rick Kiger, '97, died at the age of 62 on January 7, 2019, in Clovis. He practiced workers' comp law for more than 20 years at several Fresno firms, including as a shareholder at Parker Kern Nard.