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Hastings Alumni Mag-Spring 2014

{ CLASS NOTES } Jose.” / Carina M. Tan has joined Sheppard Mullin as a partner in the firm’s intellectual property group, based in the firm’s Palo Alto office. ’95 Bradley Crawford joined Chicago-based Vedder Price as a founding shareholder of the firm’s new San Francisco office. He continues his practice focusing on private placement, bank, and mezzanine financing transactions, including new deals and restructurings. / Corey E. Taylor has his own firm in Orange County, where he represents developers, property managers, and business owners in real estate and business disputes. He and his wife, Suzanne, are parents of two busy, wonderful boys: Caden, 7, and Griffin, 3. / Joanna Madison Valencia has been named general counsel of Local Infusions, producer of Brenne Whisky. ’94 Garo Hovannisian, a partner at the Los Angeles insurance coverage law firm of Nelsen, Thompson, Pegue & Thornton, is entering his 18th year at the firm. He and his wife, Arsineh, have three children: Vahan, 12; Sose, 9; and Mara, 4. / Meredith Richardson writes: “In addition to my conflict management business (mediation, conflict coaching, and training), I am now creating retreats.” ’93 Susanne Aronowitz was on the faculty of NALP’s Newer Professionals Forum in February in Long Beach. She also spoke on a panel, From Vet to Law Student to Lawyer: How to Recruit, Counsel, and Employ Military Veterans, at the NALP Annual Education Conference in Seattle in April. / Maria Ayerdi-Kaplan, executive director of the Transbay Joint Powers Authority, was inducted into the Lambda Alpha International Honorary Society for the Advancement of Land Economics. She was honored for her accomplishment in securing more than $2 billion in funding to bring the Transbay Transit Center Project, now under construction, to fruition. / Jennifer Granick, director Mario Andrews ’92 of civil liberties at the Stanford Center for Internet and Society, is writing a book on the NSA. / Steven Hamilton was elected partner at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittmann. He practices real estate law in San Diego. ’92 John M. Andersen, a certified specialist in estate planning, probate, and trust law, has joined Ferguson Case Orr Paterson as a partner. / Mario Andrews has been in private practice in Oakland for eight years, after eight years in public service as an assistant district attorney in San Francisco. He previously was a police officer for the city of Berkeley and later served on Oakland’s Citizens’ Police Review Board. / Aaron Booth was invited to join the prestigious Claims Litigation and Management Alliance (CLM), a nonpartisan alliance of insurance companies, corporations, corporate counsel, litigation and risk managers, claims professionals, and attorneys. / Ann Grimaldi writes: “I am pleased to announce the opening of my San Francisco law firm, Grimaldi Law Offices. I will continue my established chemical and product law practice, providing strategic legal services to businesses facing diverse regulatory challenges.” / Steve Pearl was recognized as one of 10 Rising Stars in the Daily Journal ’s annual list of top neutrals in California. He is a full-time mediator with ADR Services. ’91 Pamela Fulmer of Novak Druce Connolly Bove & Quigg was recently named among the “Top 250 Women in IP” by Managing Intellectual Property magazine. She serves on the board of directors of the Bar Association of San Francisco. / John D. Harkrider was lead global antitrust counsel for Thermo Fisher in its $13.5 billion acquisition of Life Technologies, which required filings and approval before the FTC, the EC, and China. He also negotiated the Standard Essential Patent decree between Google and the FTC, for which he was named Litigator of the Week by the American Lawyer. / Theresa Muley took first Susanne Aronowitz ’93 place at the 2013 Bench and 50 SPRING 2014


Hastings Alumni Mag-Spring 2014
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