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- Theresa Dunham, '96, has joined Kahn, Soares & Conway as a partner. Her extensive
background in water law in both the public and private sectors includes service with
the California Governor's Office and Somach Simmons & Dunn.
- Adam Gubner, '93, was promoted to managing director in the Newport Beach office of
PIMCO, one of the world's leading fixed-income investment companies. Prior to joining
the firm in 2010, he was cofounder and co-portfolio manager of ALJ Capital.
- Jeff Mitchell, '90, was appointed to the board of directors at Kronick Moskovitz Tiedemann
& Girard where he is a shareholder and leads the Sacramento law firm's public sector
- Jeffrey Huron, ’88, was selected as a Southern California Super Lawyer in the areas
of Business Litigation, Real Estate and Entertainment & Sports for the eleventh consecutive
- Devin Donohue, '97, has joined the Los Angeles office of Cozen O'Connor.
- Roberta "Bobbi" Larson, '97, was named of counsel at Somach Simmons and Dunn.
- John P. Phillips, '91, was named partner at DLA Piper's San Francisco Office.
- Susanne Rizo, '00, won election to the Inyo County Superior Court, taking 73 percent
of the vote. A former prosecutor, she is the director of the Eastern Sierra Child
Support Agency in Bishop.
- Wendy Soe-McKeeman, '19, was named associate at DSR Health Law.
- Robert W. Sweetin, '13, was named partner at Matheny Sears Linkert & Jaime.
- Michelle Tong, '05, won election to the San Francisco Superior Court, winning 56 percent
of the vote in a race between two candidates. She is a deputy public defender at the
San Francisco Public Defender's Office.
- Catherine Voelker, '04, won election to the Ventura County Superior Court, capturing
76 percent of the vote. She is a senior deputy district attorney with the county.
- Matthew Carlson, '08, has joined Boutin Jones where he assists clients with tax matters.
He previously served more than 10 years as staff counsel with the Internal Revenue
- Kelly Bennett Honig, '90, was elected Mayor of the City of Westlake Village. She has
served on the City Council for the City of Westlake Village since November 2015.
- Adam Borchard, '15, was named the director of government and public policy at the
California Fruit Association. He previously served as a regulatory advocate at the
Association of California Water Agencies.
- Kristen Cerf, '06, has been named president and chief executive officer of a Blue
Shield of California health plan subsidiary that serves 400,000 members in Los Angeles
and San Diego counties. She previously served as a Blue Shield vice president.
- Audrey Damonte, '91, was promoted to shareholder at Holly, Driggs, Walch, Fine, Puzey,
Stein & Thompson in Reno. She counsels clients on a wide range of commercial litigation
and transactional matters.
- Rebecca Sem, '13, was named Young Lawyer of the Year by the San Joaquin County Bar
- Michelle Bray, LL.M. '95, has been named KAR Auction Services first chief privacy
officer. She will continue in her role as vice president of intellectual property
and technology counsel at the Carmel, Indiana company.
- Robert Eglet, '88, received an award for business development prowess at the National
Law Journal Awards ceremony at Miami Beach, Florida. A former president of the Nevada
Trial Lawyers Association, he is a senior partner at Eglet Adams in Las Vegas.
- Fadi Rasheed, '09, was elected partner at Leech Tishman Fuscaldo & Lampl in El Segundo
where he is a member of the firm's employment, litigation, and corporate practice
- Gabriel Herrera, '12, has been named a shareholder Kronick Moskovitz Tiedemann & Girard
where he represents lending institutions and other private entities in general and
commercial litigation matters.
- Anri Leimanis, LL.M. '94, has been appointed chairperson of a board that oversees
the Rail Baltica infrastructure project, which will modernize rail line connections
between the Baltic countries. He is a partner at the business law firm of Triniti
in Riga, Latvia
- James McGuire, '96, has joined Buckley LLP, a national firm that focuses on financial
services, white-collar defense and complex civil litigation, as a partner wnd will
lead its San Francisco office.
- Matt Olson, '09, has joined Dorsey & Whitney LLP as an associate in the firm's Palo
Alto office finance and restructuring practice group.
- Ann Schmitz, '93, has returned to the California Workers' Compensation Appeals Board
as deputy commissioner. She previously served a six-month stint with the State Bar
- Daniel Wilcoxen,’72, and Robert Buccola, '83, won a $14 million settlement for the
families of two Dixon boys who were electrocuted when they touched the metal railing
of a bridge while trying to rescue a dog who had fallen into an irrigation canal.
- Tara Christian,'19, has joined Price, Postel & Parma, Santa Barbara's preeminent law
firm, as an associate in its main office.
- Neil Forester, '04, has been named a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial
Lawyers. He is the managing shareholder at Forester Purcell Stowell in Folsom.
- Kaitlin Harr, '19, joined the environmental law and natural resources group at Kronick
Moskovitz Tiedemann & Girard in Sacramento.
- Joseph Low, '97, won a $70.5 million verdict in Kern County Superior Court for an
immigrant woman and her two children who were injured in a 2017 truck/automobile accident.
He is the owner of the Law Firm of Joseph H. Low IV in Long Beach.
- Jake Weaver, '14, has been elevated to partner at Reynolds Tilbury Woodward LLP in
- Jaeson White, '03, was named chief of police in Missoula, Montana, the state's second-largest
city. His resume includes lengthy service as an assistant chief with the California
Highway Patrol and a stint as a solo practitioner.
- John Demas, '92, won a $10 million Sacramento Superior Court verdict for a couple
severely injured in a bicycle accident on the American River Bike Trail. He is a principal
in the Demas Law Group.
- Kelly Hargreaves, '86, was reappointed chief deputy director of the Department of
Rehabilitation, where she has held that position since 2016. She previously served
as chief counsel in the department for 10 years.
- Ryan Thomason, '18, joined Mitchell Chadwick LLP in Roseville as an associate. His
practice includes representing clients in land use, water rights, and renewable energy
- Carmen-Nicole Cox, '11, received the Sandra Day O'Connor Award for Professional Service
at the American Inns of Court annual dinner in Washington, D.C. She is the chief of
administration in the legislative office of the California Department of Corrections
- Ernesto Falcon, '15, spoke on "The Future of 5G for California" as a panelist at a
high-tech conference sponsored by UC Berkeley. He is the senior legislative counsel
for the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
- Kevin Flautt, '08, joined Kronick Moscovitz Tiedemann & Girard as senior counsel in
its Sacramento office. He previously was a senior attorney at Mastagni Holstedt APC.
- Kevin Khasigian, '07, prosecuted a $1 billion fraud case in U.S. District Court, Eastern
District of California, which resulted in guilty pleas, lengthy sentences and major
fines for two defendants. He is an assistant U.S. attorney in Sacramento.
- Mhare Mouradian, '04, joined Fox Rothschild LLP in Los Angeles as a partner in its
litigation department. He was previously a partner at Ropers Majeski Kohn & Bentley.
- Betty Williams, '03, was appointed vice chair of the board of representatives at the
California Lawyers Association annual meeting. She is a principal and tax specialist
at Williams & Associates in Sacramento.
- Niki Cunningham, '11, was co-counsel for a plaintiff who won a unanimous verdict and
a $455,000 award in a Superior Court financial elder abuse trial. She is a partner
at Whitney Thompson & Jeffcoach in Fresno.
- Talia Delanoy, '05, joined Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani as a partner in the firm's
Sacramento office employment law and general liability practice group. She was previously
with LeClairRyan LLP in Sacramento.
- Dustin Finer, '95, was named chief people officer at Covetrus, a major animal-health
technology and services company based in Portland, Maine. He previously served as
a human resources vice president at TiVo.
- Ian McGlone, '16, joined Bountin Jones in their litigation group.
- Robert Tucker, '98, has been appointed general counsel of the California Department
of Tax and Fee Administration, where he has served as assistant chief counsel since
- Thomas Willmore, '83, announced his retirement from Utah's First District Court after
21 years on the bench. His work on the Logan-based court includes more than a decade
of service as the presiding judge in northern Utah.
- 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
- 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
- Jodi R. Bohr, '04 was named one of the Most Influential Women for 2019 in Arizona
by AZ Business magazine. She is a shareholder and the chair of the women's professional
group at Gallagher & Kennedy in Phoenix.
- 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.
- Kendall Fisher, '18, joined Boutin Jones in Sacramento as an associate in its employment
law and litigation practice.
- Raja Hafed, '16, has joined Klinedinst Sacramento as an Associate Attorney.
- 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 Nov. 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 McConnell, '72, is completing his 8th year on the Vallejo City Council having
previously served as Vice-Mayor.
- Duane Miller, '73, won a $63.4 million verdict for the City of Atwater against Shell
Oil in a lengthy Merced Superior Court trial. The case involved drinking water contamination
caused by the fumigant TCP. He is a partner at Miller & Axline PC in Sacramento.
- Carol Northrop, '05, was co-counsel for a successful defense in a Santa Clara Superior
Court medical malpractice trial in which the plaintiff sought $2 million in damages.
She is a partner at the Sacramento office of Dummnit Buchholz & Trapp.
- Leah Parrish, '19, has joined Cordell & Cordell as an Associate Attorney.
- Thomas Quinn, '87, won a defense bench decision in U.S. District Court, Southern District
of California, for Equifax Information Services in a consumer law case. He is a partner
at Nokes & Quinn APC in Laguna Beach.
- Amanda Riley, '11, joined Haight Brown & Bonesteel LLP in the general liability group
of its Sacramento office.
- 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.
- 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
- 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
- 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.
- 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
- 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
- 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.
- 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
- 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
- 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.
- 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
- 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
- Amanda Mattson, '13, became Counsel for the California Senate Judiciary Committee.
- Nicholas Seliger, ’16, joined McCormick Barstow Sheppard Wayte & Carruth LLP as an
- 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
- 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
- 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.
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Richard Hendrix, ’58, died on April 18, 2020.
- Frank Reynoso, '67, died at the age of 82 on February 29, 2020, in Sacramento. He
practiced law with public and private entities before establishing his own firm in
1974 while also pursuing a successful career as a boxing manager.
- Richard Scherrer, '65, died at the age of 85 on Feb. 21, 2020, in Sacramento. He enjoyed
a 31-year career with the Sacramento County District Attorney's Office retiring as
a supervising deputy.
- Jack Wood, '68, died at the age of 86 on June 29, 2019, in Newbury Park. He was in
private practice for many years and also served as a deputy district attorney in Ventura
and Butte counties.
- Karl Munz, '69, died of cancer at the age of 85 on Oct. 1, 2019, in Sacramento. He
worked as a tax law specialist for more than two decades at the California Franchise
Board and was very active in the community.
- Philip Crimmins, '72, died at the age of 89 on Jan. 27, 2020, in Sacramento. An engineer,
he worked for Aerojet for 37 years on the design and manufacture of rocket motors
at the height of the space race.
- Anthony Oropez, '72, died at the age of 82 on Feb. 22, 2020, in Sacramento. A former
public defender, he combined a criminal defense and civil law practice that emphasized
civil rights cases.
- Richard Kassis, '73, died at the age of 74 on Sept. 24, 2019, in Lodi. He was the
head of the legal department at the Alameda-Contra Costa Transit Authority and was
a long-time city councilman in Emeryville, including service as the mayor.
- Gerald Kossow,'73, died at the age of 78 on December 26, 2019, in Citrus Heights.
He was a prominent Sacramento family law attorney, who also served as a pro tem judge
and chaired the State Bar family law executive committee.
- Warren More, '73, died after a long illness at the age of 83 on November 3, 2019,
in Sacramento. He was a business owner, real estate developer, and former corporate
counsel at Blackburne & Brown Commercial Mortgage.
- Phil Wyman, '73, died of cancer at the age of 74 on Nov. 28, 2018, in Tehachapi. A
rancher and attorney, he was elected to the California Assembly in 1978, and served
multiple two-year terms there before winning a special election for a two-year in
the State Senate.
- Ronald Goff, '76, died at the age of 71 on Oct. 8, 2019, in Sacramento. He was a founding
partner of the Sacramento Legal Clinic and practiced law in the capital area for more
than 40 years.
- Rick Elmore, '77, died unexpectedly at the age of 69 on December 4, 2019, in Reno.
An outstanding trial lawyer annually honored in the Best Lawyers of America publication,
he was a past partner of Hale Lane and Holland & Hart who finished his career as a
- David Grundy, '77, died unexpectedly at the age of 70 on Feb. 25, 2020, in Reno, Nevada.
A member of the American Board of Trial Lawyers, he was a partner at Lemons, Grundy
& Eisenberg until his retirement in 2015.
- James W. Lewis, '78, died of cancer at the age of 74 on November 22, 2019, in Carmichael.
He worked as an attorney for the California Department of Social Services for more
than three decades.
- Russell Callison, '80, died of colon cancer at the age of 65 on March 7, 2020, in
San Francisco. He was a name partner at a Sacramento firm before joining Lewis Brisbois
Bisgaard & Smith in its San Francisco office.
- Rocky Copley, '81, died of cancer at the age of 65 on Feb. 22, 2020, in San Diego.
A longtime McGeorge Alumni Board member, he was a senior partner at the regional office
of Borton Petrini & Conron before opening his own personal injury law firm in 2005.
- Christopher Keyes, '81, died at the age of 68 on Sept. 7, 2019, in Nashville. He moved
around the country several times during his 37-year career at the Louisiana-Pacific
Corporation. Most recently, he held the position of associate general counsel at its
- Cynthia Love, '81, died at the age of 64 on March 11, 2019, in Tucson, Arizona. Her
legal career included service as a research attorney and clerk with the U.S. 10th
Circuit Court of Appeals.
- Chris Mietus, '81, died at the age of 70 on Oct. 10, 2019, in Spokane, Washington.
He enjoyed a long banking career in Sacramento and Spokane, including a stint with
- John Hollingshead, '82, died unexpectedly at the age of 66 on July 11, 2019, in Roseville.
He practiced law for several decades as a litigator in Rocklin.
- Donald Worley, LLM '82, died at the age of 80 on Feb. 7, 2019, in San Diego. He was
a partner in three law firms, worked as an assistant city attorney, and had an acting
career in retirement.
- J. Brian McNally, '83, died at the age of 76 on Oct. 13, 2019, in Crescent City. A
former public defender, he had a lengthy career as a health inspector in Shasta, Trinity
and Del Norte counties.
- Nancy Sheehan, '83, died at the age of 61 on Nov. 23, 2019, of cancer in Sacramento.
A former Sacramento Valley of ABOTA chapter president and trial lawyer of the year,
she earned a reputation as an outstanding employment law attorney at Porter Scott
managing partner where she was a managing partner.
- Daniel W. Smith, '85, died at the age of 66 on Sept. 26, 2019, in Carmichael. He was
a real estate attorney in Sacramento for more than 30 years.
- Louis Tavano, '85, died at the age of 58 on Jan. 1, 2019, in Las Vegas, Nevada. A
former general counsel at Bally Gaming, he also served as president of International
Racing Group and president of Sierra Medical Services.
- Jason Tilby, '85, died at the age of 77 on March 8, 2019, in Salt Lake City, Utah.
He practiced bankruptcy law in northern California and Burley, Idaho, before retirement.
- Mateo Munoz, '87, died at the age of 70 on Sept. 29, 2019, in Sacramento. He was a
state deputy attorney general and the director of California-Mexico bilateral relations
for the Department of Justice.
- Jodea Foster, '92, died of cancer at the age of 57 on Jan. 4, 2020, in Chico. A criminal
defense attorney, he operated a large solo practice while lending much of his time
to the Butte County public defender consortium.
- Robert Stassen Phillips, '96, died at the age of 48 on April 23, 2019, in Bakersfield.
He began his law career at various firms in Los Angeles and Sacramento before joining
AIG- as in-house counsel handling construction defect.
- Carla Rae Jones, '97, died of ovarian cancer at the age of 64 on March 18, 2020, in
Marshfield, Wisconsin. She worked as a health care attorney for several healthcare
systems until her retirement in 2019.
- Timothy Hames, '00, died at the age of 55 on December 26, 2019, in Sacramento. He
practiced workers' comp law for many years at the Law Office of Joseph Barlupo, in