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Hastings Alumni Mag-Fall 2012

From left: Valle Makoff attorneys Katherine Kao ’09, Brandon Carr ’11, Rachel Bravo ’09, Jeffrey Makoff ’85, Ellen Fenichel ’94, Mario Nicholas ’10, Heather Landis ’09. Not pictured: Peter Clapp ’82. Firm Commitment school loyalty is a defining quality in Valle Makoff’s san francisco headquarters i Makoff, a firm specializing in business studied with several professors who had aWhen he attended UC Hastings, Makofforthern California office of Vallenn the litigation and corporate control cases, every tremendous impact on his education and attorney has one thing in common: a law career. “My civil procedure professor was degree from UC Hastings. The eight lawyers Mary Kay Kane,” he recalls. “it does not get graduated many years apart—from 1985 to any better than that.” 2011—but they all share a loyalty to their for Mario nicholas ’10, one of the firm’s alma mater. rising stars, the skills he acquired in a media- Perhaps no one at the firm is more true- tion class taught by Grande Lum proved blue than partner Jeffrey Makoff ’85 (above, invaluable in his work at Valle Makoff. “The center). Makoff explains that when he hires fact that all the attorneys here have attended new attorneys, he always looks for people UC Hastings helps a lot with daily communi- with the potential to become great litiga- cation and collaboration,” nicholas says. tors—and applicants from UC Hastings tend “Litigation is a contact sport,” adds Makoff. to be top of the line. “All the lawyers we “if you don’t have what it takes, you’ll get beat have hired from UC Hastings have practical up. The lawyers we’ve hired from UC Hastings experience, intelligence, and passion,” says have what it takes. i hope UC Hastings keeps Makoff. “They also have the desire to do a turning out high-quality litigators and that great job for their clients.” graduates will take a look at Valle Makoff.”


Hastings Alumni Mag-Fall 2012
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