McGeorge School of Law

Alumni Updates

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September 2019

  • Christina Morkner Brown, ’08, was recently appointed by the Governor to serve as Deputy Secretary for Law Enforcement and Counsel at the California Environmental Protection Agency.
  • Ian McGlone, ’16, joined Bountin Jones in their litigation group.

August 2019

  • Trevor Atkin, '87, was appointed to a judgeship on Nevada's Eighth Judicial District Court bench by Governor Steve Sisolak. Previously he served as managing partner of Atkin Winner & Sherrod, one of the state's leading insurance defense firms, in Las Vegas.
  • Mary Bajo, '10, was the co-chair for a plaintiff who reached a $1.65 million settlement in a negligent supervision case against a school district. She is an associate at Estey & Bomberger in San Diego who specializes in institutional child sexual abuse cases.
  • Ashley Connell, '13, has joined Downey Brand LLP as a Senior Associate.
  • Patricia Curtin, '87, has been named in the 2020 edition of The Best Lawyers In America.
  • Bo de Lange, '19, will begin working in the Netherlands at AKD NV as Foreign Counsel.
  • Amber Duvall, '13, was selected for Nevada's 2019 Young Lawyer of the Year Award for her pro bono work and her contributions to the profession.
  • Jeff Huron, '88, was appointed Chair of the Financial Institutions Committee of the California Lawyers Association.
  • Walter Katz, '92, was named director of professional services at Benchmark Analytics, a Chicago-based company that markets analytical software to law enforcement agencies throughout the country.
  • Anthony McClaren, '03, recently climbed Mount Everest, and will soon complete the 7 Summits of the world generating support for Parkinsons Disease research. He will climb Vinson Massif in Antarctica in late November and do so in honor of his education at McGeorge. He also recently opened a partnership in Los Angeles, Perleberg McClaren LLP, focusing on civil litigation, employment litigation, entertainment law, trademark law, and cannabis law.
  • Robert McConnel, '72, is completing his 8th year on the Vallejo City Council having previously served as Vice-Mayor.
  • Leah Parrish, '19, has joined Cordell & Cordell as an Associate Attorney.
  • Raja Hafed, '16, has joined Klinedinst Sacramento as an Associate Attorney.
  • AnyaJael Woods, '19, was selected to the Nehemiah Emerging Leaders Program (NELP), a program whose mission is to develop a cohort of empowered & diverse leaders with the skills and passion to lead in their professional, personal, and civic lives.

July 2019

  • Richard Asfar, '06, was selected for inclusion on Florida Trend Magazine's 2019 "Legal Elite" list. Less than 1.5% of active Florida Bar members were selected for inclusion.
  • Heather Boberg, '17, has joined the Law Office of Wayne Silva in Ridgecrest as an associate where she will specialize in family law and handle general litigation.
  • Bryan Freedman, '90, was named to The Hollywood Reporter's "Power Lawyers" list again. The co-founder of Freedman & Taitelman LLP in Los Angeles, his clients include Michael Carbonaro, Michael Jackson's estate, Megyn Kelly, and the United Talent Agency.
  • Matina Kolokotronis, '89, was honored by the PanHellenic Scholarship Foundation as its 2019 Paradigm Award Honoree. She is the chief operating officer and president of business operations for the NBA Sacramento Kings.
  • Sarah Litchney, '05, has joined GVM Law as a senior associate specializing in real estate transactions in its Roseville office.
  • Timothy Long, '88, has joined Greenberg Traurig LLP as a shareholder in the firm's Sacramento and Los Angeles offices. The former Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe managing partner has deep experience in litigating complex labor and employment issues.
  • Jacquelyn Loyd, '15, has joined Kronick Moskovitz Tiedemann & Girard in Sacramento where she will represent public and private entities in all employment matters.
  • Yoon-Woo Nam, '12, has joined Greenberg Traurig's Labor & Employment Practice as an associate.
  • Kenneth Pogue, '96, has been appointed director of the California Office of Administrative Law. He previously served as director of health Care services at the state Department of Corrections & Rehabilitations.
  • Erin Quinlan Riley, ’02, joined Asset Preservation, Inc. (API) as its Corporate Counsel at its national headquarters in Roseville, California. API is a national 1031 exchange qualified intermediary.
  • Jacquelyn Sanders, '94, has been appointed principal labor relations officer at the California Department of Health Services. She has been an equal employment opportunity officer at the agency since 2010.
  • Jill Schubert, '15, has joined Ogletree Deakins in Sacramento as an associate in its employment legislative practice.
  • Maria Swiatek, '92, has joined DLA Piper's newly formed corporate, intellectual property and technology litigation practice group. The Palo Alto-based partner previously served as managing partner of Nixon Peabody's patents practice.
  • Dr. Hong Tang, '05, has just been named one of the two Co-Chairs for the U.N. and International Organizations Committee of the ABA Section of International Law, effective August 10, 2019. Dr. Tang was a voting member of the Council of the ABA Section of International Law between 2011-2015.
  • Pamela Tondreau, '87, has been appointed to the board of directors of Energy Recovery Inc. She currently serves as executive vice president, chief legal officer, and corporate secretary of Cypress Semiconductor.
  • Samuel Wyman, '92, won a defense verdict in a San Francisco County Superior Court personal injury trial in which the plaintiff sought a $13.6 million award. He is a senior partner at Wolfe & Wyman in Irvine.

June 2019

  • David Abbott, '73, spoke on civility and deposition discovery at a meeting of the Barristers Club in Sacramento. The former McGeorge Alumni Board president is a Sacramento County Superior Court judge.
  • Annie Amaral, '05, was named 2019 Top Lawyer by Sacramento Magazine in the practice areas of Banking and Finance Litigation and Real Estate.
  • Richard Asfar, '06, was part of a trial team that obtained a multi-million dollar judgment against R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company.
  • Meghan Baker, '05, was named 2019 Top Lawyer by Sacramento Magazine in the practice areas of Appellate, Business Litigation, Class Action/Mass Torts, General Litigation, and Commercial Litigation.
  • Christopher Bailey, '92, published a book "Counterterrorism Law and Practice in the East African Community" (Brill/Nijhoff). In addition, he has a law review on "Piracy Prosecutions in Kenyan Courts" that has been accepted for publication by the Arizona Journal of International and Comparative Law.
  • Jeffrey L. Burr, '79, has been named one of Nevada's 2019 Legal Elite.
  • Kristin Capritto, '14, was named a 2019 Top Lawyer by Sacramento Magazine in the practice areas of Estate Planning & Probate.
  • Jackeline Castro, '16, was named a 2019 Top Lawyer by Sacramento Magazine in the practice area of Family Law.
  • J. Douglas Clark, '79, has been named one of Nevada's 2019 Legal Elite.
  • Robert Cochran, '75, sworn in as Judge of the Superior court in Del Norte County.
  • Carmen-Nicole Cox, '11, was awarded the Sandra Day O'Connor Award by the American Inns of Court.
  • Patrick Crowl, '16 was co-counsel for a plaintiff who won $450,000 in a Sacramento Superior Court wrongful-termination trial. He is an associate at Telfer Law.
  • Dana Dwiggins, '99, has been named one of Nevada's 2019 Legal Elite.
  • Cassandra Ferrannini, '99, was named a 2019 Top Lawyer by Sacramento Magazine in the practice areas of Appellate and Employment & Labor.
  • John Fowler, '04, co-chaired a plaintiff team that won a $400,000 Fresno Superior Court award for a couple who were injured in a bicycle accident. He is a partner at Fowler Helsel Vogt in Fresno.
  • Dale Ginter, '81, was named a 2019 Top Lawyer by Sacramento Magazine in the practice areas of Bankruptcy and Creditor/Debtor Rights.
  • Dale Hayes, Jr., '88, has been named one of Nevada's 2019 Legal Elite.
  • Steven Hymas, '08, was named a 2019 Top Lawyer by Sacramento Magazine in the practice areas of Business/Corporate and information Technology.
  • William C. Jeanney, '82, has been named one of Nevada's 2019 Legal Elite.
  • Michael L. Jones, '17, was co-counsel for a whistle blower plaintiff who won a $3.4 million award against a large health organization in Yolo Superior Court. He is an associate at Bohm Law Group in Sacramento.
  • Emily Leverenz, '98, has been named Dean of Students at UC Davis School of Law.
  • Gene Leverty, '70, has been named one of Nevada's 2019 Legal Elite.
  • Megan Lucey, '09 has been named one of Nevada's 2019 Legal Elite.
  • Karen Mills, '83, has been appointed Director of Legal Services for the California Farm Bureau.
  • Ann Morgan, '79 has been named one of Nevada's 2019 Legal Elite.
  • George Ogilvie, '88, has been named one of Nevada's 2019 Legal Elite.
  • Larry Phan, '12, was the lead attorney for a plaintiff who won a $406,000 award in Santa Clara Superior Court in a rear-end collision case. He is an associate with Dreyer Babich in Sacramento.
  • Michaelle D. Rafferty, '93, has been named one of Nevada's 2019 Legal Elite.
  • Catherine Reichenberg, '07, has been named one of Nevada's 2019 Legal Elite.
  • Sabrina Schneweis-Coe, '99, was named supervising probate attorney in the San Joaquin County Superior Court's probate department. A certified legal specialist in estate planning, she has operated her own Lodi firm since 2002.
  • Shane Singh, '99, was quoted by The Sacramento Bee for its article covering the indictment of Sacramento attorney Scott N. Johnson on federal tax charges.
  • Charles Spann, '82, has been named one of Nevada's 2019 Legal Elite.
  • Douglas Spoors, '89, published a new book, Mixed Method Mediation: A Hybrid Approach to Conflict Resolution.
  • John Steffen, '91, has been named one of Nevada's 2019 Legal Elite.
  • John C. Taylor, '77, was named to the Daily Journal's list of Top 30 California Plaintiff Lawyers. A victor in two major recent sexual-abuse trials, he is a partner in the Los Angeles firm of Taylor & Ring.
  • Brian Tippens, '00, has been named Vice President, Deputy General Counsel of Hewlett Packard.
  • Jennifer Williams, '08, was named a 2019 Top Lawyer by Sacramento Magazine in the practice area of Eminent Domain.
  • Matthew Weber, '03, was named a 2019 Top Lawyer by Sacramento Magazine in the practice areas of Construction and Construction Litigation.
  • Stan Van Vleck, '91, was named a 2019 Top Lawyer by Sacramento Magazine in the practice areas of Government Contracts and Legislative & Governmental Affairs.
  • Anthony Vignolo, '99, was named a 2019 Top Lawyer by Sacramento Magazine in the practice areas of Insurance Litigation and Product Liability.
  • Davis Yu, '17, has joined Kahana & Feld LLP in their Business & Litigation and Labor Employment Litigation practices group.

May 2019

  • Elise Baker, '98, and Margaret Fulton, LL.M. '92, have been named to the Placer Community Foundation's board of directors. Baker, an estate-planning attorney, founded the Placer Law Group in Rocklin. An estate planning and tax specialist, Fulton is a partner in Robinson and Fulton Law in Auburn.
  • Jim Bogart, '77, has retired as president and general counsel of the Grower-Shipper Association of Central California. He has provided legal counsel for the Salinas-based organization since 1979.
  • Chris Choi, '15, was a member of a Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith team that won a key defense decision in a 10-week Sacramento Superior Court trial that tested the limits of a state elder care protection act with regard to contractual medical service.
  • Elizabeth S. Kim, '93, and Julianne Mossler, '05, won an $8.8 million award in a successful prosecution of a phony charity in Alameda County Superior Court. Each is a deputy state attorney general working out of the AG's San Francisco office.
  • David Livingston, '01, has been appointed county counsel by the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors. He has served the board for 14 years in a legal capacity, most recently as interim county counsel.
  • Courtney McNicholas, '87, was named to the Top 100 Women Lawyers in California list by the Daily Journal. A partner at McNicholas & McNicholas in Los Angeles, she specializes in harassment, discrimination and retaliation suits involving law enforcement and firefighters.
  • Karen N. Mills, '83, has been named director of legal services at the California Farm Bureau Federation. She previously served as senior attorney for energy policy at the
  • Hanford-based organization.
  • Christina Morkner Brown, '08, has been appointed deputy secretary for law enforcement and general counsel at the California Environmental Protection. She previously served as a deputy attorney general at the state Department of Justice.
  • Mhare Mouradian, '03, has been selected to Super Lawyers in Business Litigation.
  • Jennifer Neill, '96, has been appointed assistant secretary for legal affairs and chief counsel at the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. She previously served as chief counsel at the Board of Parole Hearings.
  • Greg Paul, '04, has joined the Santa Rosa-based firm of Anderson Ziegler. He previously practiced with Morgan & Paul in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where he represented both plaintiffs and defendants in a variety of general litigation.
  • Bryn Peterson, ’93 was elected as a member of the Washington State Bar Associations Board of Governors.
  • Henry Sotelo, '87, was appointed to serve as hearing officer for Reno where he will adjudicate appeals regarding parking infractions, license permits and other city codes. He is the director of paralegal education and a teacher at Truckee Meadows Community College.
  • Dana Sabraw, '85, received the outstanding jurist award at the San Diego County Bar Association's annual awards ceremony. The federal judge was honored for his decision to issue a nationwide injunction against the administration's policy of separating illegal immigrant families who cross the U.S.-Mexico border.
  • Paul Starkey,'83, has been appointed deputy director of labor relations at the California Department of Human Resources by Governor Gavin Newsom. He formerly served as assistant chief counsel in the agency's legal division.

April 2019

  • Ariel Aldrich, '11, became a Workers' Compensation Judge (Administrative Law Judge) at the Workers' Compensation Appeals Board in Sacramento.
  • Jan Aune, '04, obtained a Federal Jury Verdict of $1.5M for federal whistleblower retaliation. The jury trial took place in U.S. District Court, Central District of California and lasted 7 days.
  • Jodi Bohr, '04, has been named chair of Gallagher & Kennedy's professional women's group. She is a shareholder at Arizona's sixth-largest law firm who practices employment and labor law in Phoenix.
  • Eric Coffill, '78, has rejoined Eversheds Sutherland after a year at Pillsbury Winthrop. He is senior counsel in the firm's state and local tax practice at the Sacramento office.
  • Patricia Eichar, '07, was named office leader of the Sacramento office of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP.
  • Peggy Huang, '97, seeks election to the U.S. House of Representatives for the 45th Congressional District and receives endorsement of O.C. Supervisor Donald Wagner
  • Mathew John, '15, joined Wendel Rosen Black & Dean specializing in trust- and estate-related disputes.
  • Amanda Mattson, '13, became Counsel for the California Senate Judiciary Committee.
  • Nicholas Seliger, ’16, joined McCormick Barstow Sheppard Wayte & Carruth LLP as an associate.
  • Sue Ann Van Dermyden, ’93, of Van Dermyden Maddux has been asked to lead the investigation on sexual assault and harassment claims against Luke Walton, Head Coach of the Sacramento Kings.

March 2019

  • Lindsey Casillas, '09, was promoted to Counsel by Business Law Firm, Klinedinst.
  • 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).
  • Dane Littlefield, '15, spoke in front of the legislature on behalf of the Association of Defense Council On AB 285.
  • Katharine A. Martin,'87, led a legal team that provided guidance for the initial public offering (IPO) of Lyft Inc. on the NASDAQ exchange. She is a partner and chairman of the board at Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati in Palo Alto.
  • 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.
  • Anthony Williams, '05, was named by Gavin Newsom as the new governor's legislative secretary and top liaison to lawmakers. He previously served as director of governmental relations for Boeing Co.

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
  • Bryan Flynn, '65, died at the age of 81 on Jan. 28, 2019, in Santa Barbara. He practiced a wide variety of law for 50 years from a Miramar Beach locale often working out of a beach chair.
  • Will Mattly, '69, died at the age of 85 on July 23, 2018, in Oroville. He served three terms as the Butte County District Attorney before accepting a position as an assistant U.S. attorney in Nevada, then closed out his legal career there as interim D.A. in both Lander and Churchill counties.
  • Robert Young, '70, died at the age of 77 on September 15, 2018, in Auburn. After overcoming a felony conviction that almost prevented him from becoming a lawyer, he went on to a successful legal career as a public defender, Placer County Justice Court judge, and criminal defense attorney.
  • Gary Colburn, '71, died at the age of 81 on Jan. 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.
  • Brian Taugher, '72, died of cancer at the age of 72 on April 22, 2019, in Sacramento. He held high offices in state legal service, including chief counsel to the California Parole Board, and was an adjunct professor at McGeorge.
  • Bud Williamson, '72, died at the age of 85 on June 14, 2019, in Marysville. A lifelong resident of the Yuba-Sutter area, he was one of the first family law specialists in the state
  • Bill Beyer, '75, died at the age of 89 on June 18, 2019, in Glendale, Arizona. He worked for the Salt River Project, was in private practice, then served as in-house counsel for Sun Health until his retirement 17 years ago.
  • Dale Haley, '80, died at the age of 71 on April 14, 2019, in Las Vegas. After a stint in public service as a prosecutor, he operated a solo practice as a trial attorney in a wide variety of legal fields for two decades.
  • Norm Prior, '86, died at the age of 60 on July 5, 2019, in Mammoth Lakes. He spent the entirety of his career at Porter Scott in Sacramento where as a senior partner he earned a reputation as an outstanding medical malpractice attorney.
  • Michael Stanek, '81, LLM '83, died at the age of 77 on April 13, 2019, in Citrus Heights. A former engineer with Goodyear and Aerojet, his legal career included service with the Small Business Administration and a state agency.
  • Timothy Sheaffer, '81, died at the age of 70 on August 1, 2019, in Elk Grove. As an attorney, he operated Sheaffer Associates. He also taught legal courses at the University of Phoenix in Sacramento.
  • Randall Wiens, '82, died of complications from Parkinson's disease at the age of 71 on Feb. 27, 2018, in Sacramento. He operated a civil litigation firm, the Wiens Law Corporation, for 30 years in downtown Sacramento.
  • Richard Hawkins, LL.M. '84, died at the age of 69 on September 9, 2018, in Stanford. A Nevada City native, he was a certified specialist in estate planning, trust, and probate law who practiced for decades in Grass Valley.
  • John Timmons, '85, died at the age of 60 on August 7, 2019, in Sacramento. A noted workers' compensation attorney, he joined the firm that is now Timmons, Owen, Jansen & Tichy Inc., and made partner after only three years.
  • Tony Nevarez, '86, died after a long illness at the age of 63 on Dec. 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 Dec. 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 Dec. 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 Jan. 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.
  • Gregory Tidwell, '99, died suddenly at the age of 50 on April 22, 2019, in Sacramento. He served as regional corporate claims counsel for Progressive Insurance in the western United States for 14 years.
  • Theresa Esquerra, '08, died of cancer at the age of 45 on July 19, 2019, in Sacramento. A former McGeorge Alumni Board member, she served as deputy counsel with the Social Security Administration and was a senior attorney with the U.S. Copyright Office in Washington, D.C.