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Pacific Exercises


Llyod Chee  ’00 and Jessica Woo ’12 recently collaborated in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, during Exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC), the world’s largest international naval exercise. Over 25,000 personnel, 46 ships, five submarines, and 200 aircraft from 25 nations participated in RIMPAC 2018. RIMPAC is a unique training opportunity designed to foster and sustain cooperative relationships that are critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security on the world’s interconnected oceans. Jessica, a lieutenant and JAG officer in the U.S. Navy, is currently an instructor at Naval Justice School Detachment San Diego. Lloyd, a surface warfare officer and captain in the U.S. Navy Reserve (and practicing at Amazon in Seattle), was in command of an international, seven-ship task force during the exercise. She was assigned to provide legal support and advice to the overall maritime commander, a Chilean admiral.

President of Cal State Fullerton


Framoze (Fram) Virjee ’85  is the president of California State University, Fullerton. After a three-decade career as a partner at O’Melveny & Myers, Fram joined the California State University (CSU) in 2014 as the chief legal officer for the largest public university system in the country (23 campuses; 485,000 students; 48,000 employees). This “second calling” and his commitment to providing equitable access to public higher education eventually led to his appointment as president of the system’s largest campus—California State University, Fullerton. As CSUF’s chief executive officer, Fram now leads more than 4,000 educators serving 40,000 stu- dents at an institution that is No. 4 in the nation for bachelor’s degrees awarded to underrepresented students, No. 6 in the nation for lowest net cost, and home to more first-generation college students than any university in the state.


Jennifer Bentley recently won an insurance writing competition sponsored by the American College of Coverage Counsel.


Penney Azizi was named Nixon Peabody’s Pro Bono Attorney of the Month for helping her client clear a major legal hurdle in an effort to finalize the adoption of two children.


Maxwell Paderewski and his wife, Pardeis Heidari, recently moved to Houston, where Max opened his personal injury practice, Lone Star Injury Attorneys. Max helps Houston and Fort Bend County residents with car accidents, truck accidents, and wrongful death cases, among others.


Emily Fons, of Quarles & Brady, was selected as one of Milwaukee Business Journal’s 2019 40 Under 40 honorees. She was also named a Top 100 Legal Influencer in
the Nation by The Business Journals.


Aria Ghafari, legislative director for Sen. Tom Umberg, was named one
of two CUE Advocates of the Year. / Robert Im joined McGlinchey Stafford’s commercial litigation practice in Irvine.


Freeman L. Levinrad, of Trucker Huss, APC, began serving as president of the National Institute of Pension Administration San Francisco Chapter board of directors on July 1, 2019. Freeman has been an integral member of the board for several years.

Kelly Matayoshi was named president-elect of the Bar Association of San Francisco’s Barristers Club board of directors. After a one-year term beginning on Jan. 1, Kelly will become president.

Rye Murphy published “Competing Ideologies at the Formation of the Federal Class Action Rule: Legal Process Versus Legal Liberalism,” in the Drexel Law Review. The article drew from courses Rye took at UC Hastings from Reuel Schiller (legal history) and Richard Marcus
(civil procedure).

Stuart Thompson was appointed chief deputy appointments secretary by Gov. Gavin Newsom.


Sarah M. Shekhter has joined San Diego-based law firm Seltzer Caplan McMahon Vitek’s litigation department as an associate. Sarah is a trial attorney, whose practice primarily focuses on complex business matters. She is committed to helping corporations, officers, and directors in a wide range of industries with their most challenging and sensitive legal disputes.


Leah Cameron was elevated to senior counsel at acclaimed employment, labor, and business immigration law firm Carothers DiSante & Freudenberger in its San Francisco office. Leah advises and defends California employers through all aspects of the employment relationship.


Matthew Avery was recently elected to the partnership of Baker Botts in San Francisco, where his practice focuses on patent prosecution and counseling. He moved back to San Francisco in 2017 to help Baker Botts open its new office in the city. Matt is also back at UC Hastings regularly, now as an adjunct professor, teaching courses on patent prosecution and food and drug law.

Mark Muir was elevated to partner at Greenberg Glusker, one of Hollywood’s biggest law firms.


Jerome Pandell moved to Alamo, California, in December 2018 with his fiancée, Emlyn Struthers. In addition to continuing his litigation practice at Pandell Law Firm, Jerome was appointed to the Contra Costa County Superior Court’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Panel.


Manuel Alvarez has been appointed commissioner of the California Department of Business Oversight, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced. / Alex Coolman, who recorded and performed music before and while attending UC Hastings, released a five- song EP of indie electronic pop in August 2018 under the name Junior Knits. The Trouble EP, influenced by LCD Soundsystem, Talking Heads, and The Magnetic Fields, is available on any major streaming service.

Timothy Hsieh served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Kandis A. Westmore of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California and as a judicial law fellow for the Honorable Michael A. Shipp of the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey in 2018.

Andrew King was named partner at Bloom and King.

John W. Rockwell joined WilmerHale as a partner in the firm’s Palo Alto office. John has built a successful practice representing emerging companies and investors across a range of corporate matters.


The Bar Association of San Francisco announced plans to celebrate the appointment of Amarra Lee to the San Mateo County bench. Amarra broke ground as the first female African-American judge
in San Mateo.

Amanda Lynn Morgan was promoted to partner in DLA Piper’s San Francisco office. Amanda focuses on complex litigation and commercial disputes related to business competition and protection of business assets.


Jeremy Cloyd co-founded the trial advocacy law firm Altair Law. Jeremy is a two-time nominee for San Francisco trial lawyer of the year. He focuses on injury cases that have impacted his clients’ life, work, or happiness.

Kimberly Culp joined the firm of Carr McClellan in Burlingame as a director. Kimberly’s practice focuses on advertising and intellectual property issues for emerging technology and video game companies.

Liz Masson was named a new partner at Hanson Bridgett.

David Sun is a detective supervisor with the Los Angeles Police Department and serves as the department’s legislative liaison. David was previously assigned to the Wilshire and Hollywood community police stations, Jail Division, Ombuds Section, and Office of Constitutional Policing and Policy.


Brian J. Malloy was selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America for 2019 and Super Lawyers (Northern California) for 2018. He is with The Brandi Law Firm in San Francisco, where he lives with his wife, Aimee.

Markecia Wyatt Simmons is a civil advisory attorney with the Office of the San Diego City Attorney. She has been with the City Attorney’s Office for over13 years. Her husband, the Honorable James Edward Simmons Jr., was appointed to the San Diego Superior Court in November 2017 by former California Gov. Jerry Brown. They share two boys, ages 10 and 7.


Shaye Diveley was elevated to principal at Meyers Nave. / Patrick McKinney II was appointed to a judgeship in the Alameda County Superior Court. He has served as general counsel at the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation since 2015. He served at the California Office of the Attorney General from 2011 to 2015 and was an attorney at Farella, Braun + Martel from 2001 to 2011. He fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Jeffrey Horner.

Erin Schneider was named director of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s San Francisco office. Schneider joined the SEC staff in 2005. In her new role, Erin will lead a staff of more than 125 enforcement attorneys, accountants, investigators, and compliance examiners involved in the investigation and prosecution of enforcement actions and the performance of compliance inspections in the Northern California and Pacific Northwest region.


Sanjeev Ayyar has taken a new role at Kosmos Energy in its tax department. He is excited about the new role and will be moving to Dallas.

Laurel Gift, partner at Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis, received the President’s and Directors’ Commendation, an award from the Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (PACDL) at its 2019 Joint Annual Conference held in Harrisburg on April 26, 2019. Laurel was also recently elected vice president (Western District) of PACDL, and she serves as co-chair of PACDL’s Advocacy Committee and as the chairperson of the Allegheny County Chapter of PACDL. She chairs Schnader’s criminal defense practice group and the internal investigations, ethics, and compliance practice group. She concentrates in the area of internal investigations for institutions of high education, municipalities, and private businesses and representing corporate and individual clients in a variety of criminal matters.

Alysse E. Hollis was named to Best Lawyers’ 2020 Lawyer of the Year Cincinnati report in the area of public finance law. The legal guide designates a single top lawyer per practice specialty in each geographic region. Her practice is focused on the development and financing of affordable housing, where she serves as bond and underwriter’s counsel.


Former UC Hastings Board of Governors President Charan Brahma, a partner at Troutman Sanders, was named to the Lawyers of Color’s inaugural Nation’s Best list.

Troye Shaffer, a 17-year veteran of the Sonoma County District Attorney’s Office and its chief deputy since 2015, has been appointed a commissioner for Sonoma County Superior Court.


Ruben Duran, a partner at Best Best & Krieger, is serving an appointment to the State Bar of California board of trustees. Sworn in Sept. 13 by California Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye, Ruben was appointed by Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon. Ruben has worked with and for public agencies for the entirety of his 20-year career.

Todd Williams has been selected to the 2019 edition of Best Lawyers in America.He is a partner with Oakland-based law firm Wendel Rosen Black & Dean.


Sasha M. Cummings was honored with the 2019
Hon. Ira A. Brown Jr. Distinguished Adjunct Professor Award by USF School of Law.

Jean-Pierre Francillette has worked as an administrative law judge in Sacramento at the Office of Administrative Hearings and Appeals for the past four years. Prior to that, Jean-Pierre worked as a senior attorney at the California Department of Health Care Services, and then as a deputy attorney general at the California Department of Justice.

Barack Obama Mandela was appointed judge advocate of the American Legion. He also became a member of Disabled American Veterans organization.


Elaine Fitch is pleased to announce that the fourth edition of Kalijarvi, Chuzi, Newman & Fitch’s Security Clearance Law and Procedure, which she wrote and edited with Mary E. Kuntz, has been published by Dewey Publications. The book offers a comprehensive and authoritative analysis of security clearance law and covers governing case law and the recently revised Adjudicative Guidelines.

Jeffrey Li was appointed senior vice president, general counsel, and secretary of Keysight Technologies. Donna Mooney was selected for the newly established in-house city attorney position with the City of Pittsburg. Her article “Goat Hill Tavern: A Retrospective” was published in a joint issue of the Real Property Journal and Public Law Journal earlier this year. She contributed to the newest edition of The People’s Business: A Guide to the Public Records Act, by the League of California Cities.

Dean Preston, a tenants rights advocate and California eviction defense attorney, is running for District 5 supervisor.

Jolene A. Yee was appointed to the faculty for Sonoma State University’s School of Business and Economics Hybrid Executive MBA in Wine Business. Jolene will teach in the core program, and in the leadership intensive in Australia. Jolene currently serves as vice president and general counsel for Delicato Family Vineyards. She lives in Napa with her lawyer- husband, two children, six chickens, and a puppy.


Lesley Grossblatt is chief product officer of KQED, the public media station serving Northern California. In this newly created position, Lesley will oversee all of KQED’s digital activities, including product management; user experience and design; software engineering; and the KQED Lab, the station’s in-house innovation incubator.


The Honorable Syda Cogliati was elected to the Santa Clara Superior Court of California.


Edward Kimball was recently promoted to vice president and senior counsel at the Savings Bank Mutual Life Insurance Company of Massachusetts. / Susanne Meline was appointed to Aqua Metals’ board of directors. / John Mendlein was named executive partner at Flagship Pioneering.

Matt Turetsky launched his own mediation and arbitration practice, Matt Turetsky Mediation/Arbitration PLLC, after 25 years of working at one of the Pacific Northwest’s largest law firms.


Timothy M. Freudenberger, founding partner of Carothers DiSante & Freudenberger, was named one of the 2020 Best Lawyers in America for Employment Law—Individuals and Management; Litigation— Labor and Employment; and Class Actions—Defense, in Irvine.


Michael Hunter Schwartz, dean and professor of law at McGeorge School of Law, was one of only 40 individuals selected to join the inaugural class of CLEO EDGE Honorees for his outstanding contributions in the field of education. He also has launched a new blog, What Great Law Schools Do, and published a third edition of his book, Expert Learning for Law Students.


Janice Sperow retired as managing partner of Ruiz & Sperow and adjunct professor at University of San Diego and now serves as a full-time arbitrator with the AAA, NAM, FINRA, ROSE, BBB, and NFA, specializing in commercial, financial, intellectual property, employment, and consumer disputes. Janice was appointed to serve as a judge pro tem for San Diego Superior Court.


The Honorable Theodore (Ted) Zayner was a supervising judge of his court’s civil division in 2018. He has taken a seat on the executive board of the California Judges Association for a three- year term. Together with two of his Santa Clara judicial colleagues, he led his triathlon relay team, “Men in Black,” to repeat its 2017 success by winning the international relay division at Tri Santa Cruz in August 2018.


Leslie Krasny received a Distinguished Service and Leadership Award from the Food and Drug Law Institute.


Anna Han was appointed interim dean of the Law School at Santa Clara University. She has taught there for 30 years and looks forward to this new role, which she started on June 1. She will be the second female dean of the law school.


Thomas Umberg was elected to the California State Senate.


Hartog, Baer & Hand Managing Principal John A. Hartog was named to the Super Lawyers 2019 Top 10 list of lawyers in Northern California. He has been selected 15 times to the Top 100 list of lawyers in Northern California. John is a California-certified specialist in estate planning, trust and probate law, and taxation law. He possesses expertise in counseling trustees, administering living trusts, and resolving disputes among beneficiaries and fiduciaries. He is a fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel and a past chair of the executive committee of the Trusts & Estates Section of the California State Bar. He is also a past chair of the Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law Advisory Commission to the Board of Legal Specialization of the California State Bar.


Jennifer Keller, a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and 2018 inductee into the California Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame, was named to the 2019 Benchmark Litigation Top 20 Trial Lawyers in California, a list of the top courtroom advocates in the nation’s largest state. Benchmark also named Jennifer to its list of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in America. She was also named to the Top 10 Southern California Super Lawyers list for 2019; she was also selected in 2018. According to Super Lawyers, which is published annually in Los Angeles magazine, Jennifer was ranked No. 2 in Southern California (out of nearly 100,000 attorneys in the region, per the California State Bar). She was also named to the 2019 Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America, as well as to the Los Angeles Daily Journal and San Francisco Daily Journal’s Top Women Lawyers of 2019 for the 10th time.

Howard Lind has been selected to the 2019 edition of Best Lawyers in America. Howard was first selected to the list in the 2016 edition. He is a partner with the Oakland-based law firm Wendel Rosen Black & Dean.

Richard Waxman has been selected to the 2019 edition of Best Lawyers in America. Richard was first selected to the list in the 2016 edition. He is the managing partner of Oakland-based law firm Wendel Rosen Black & Dean.


The Honorable Michael Johnson (ret.) recently joined ADR Services in Los Angeles as an arbitrator, mediator, and discovery referee, focusing on employment law and business litigation. Michael retired from the Los Angeles Superior Court in 2018 after more than 20 years of presiding over civil and criminal cases. Before becoming a judge, he was a civil litigation attorney in Los Angeles.


Gerry Hinkley, a partner at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, was named the 2018 HealthCare Firm Attorney of the Year by the Los Angeles Business Journal.

Leo Martinez was selected to the first full board of directors of Public Media Venture Group.


Alan Charles “Chuck” Dell’Ario received a CLAY award for successfully prosecuting an appeal in
the California Supreme Court and Court of Appeal establishing a duty on all colleges to protect and warn their students of foreseeable violence in curricular activities. His client, a UCLA pre-med student, had been stabbed and slashed in the chem lab by a fellow student known to be mentally disturbed with a history of violence.

Nevada Supreme Court Chief Justice Michael L. Douglas retired from the court on Jan. 7, 2019, and assumed senior justice status after 24 years as a Nevada Supreme Court justice and trial court judge.

Joseph Marshall was listed in San Diego magazine as a 2019 Top Lawyer in San Diego. Joseph is a shareholder with Sullivan Hill and chair of the business and corporate transactions and real estate law practice groups.


William B. Smith of Abramson Smith Waldsmith, San Francisco was elected to serve as the 2018 president of Cal-ABOTA, which is the largest and oldest regional American Board of Trial Advocates organization. It encompasses all eight ABOTA chapters in California. He continues to be an active national ABOTA board member and was former chairman of the national ABOTA Civility and Professionalism Committee. ABOTA is a national civil trial organization made up of approximately 7,000 members in every state in the union. ABOTA advocates the importance of the Seventh Amendment right to a civil jury trial and civility and professionalism. Cal-ABOTA puts on an annual Teachers’ Law School in California to help California educators teach the importance of principles such as separation of powers and the independence of the judiciary. Cal-ABOTA serves California’s judiciary by establishing a Rapid Response Program to help respond to jurists who are unfairly criticized. Cal- ABOTA is made up of approximately 1,700 ABOTA members in California, many of whom are UC Hastings graduates.


Tommie W. Whitener, recovering lawyer and enthusiastic author, will be editor-in-chief of the Redwood Writers (Santa Rosa) 2019 anthology of short stories and memoir titled Endeavor: Stories of Struggle and Perseverance. Tommie’s previously published books include the novel Mother Earth: Three Couples and his collection of short stories, Wanda and the Watch.


Guy O. Kornblum is the senior partner in the San Francisco/Santa Rosa civil litigation firm of Kornblum, Cochran, Erickson & Harbison. He has been selected for listing in the 25th edition of the Best Lawyers in America and named for the 12th consecutive year as a Northern California Super Lawyer. Guy has also been selected for membership in Premier Lawyers of America, a prestigious, invitation-only organization that recognizes the top 1 percent of attorneys in America. “Membership in Premier Lawyers of America is reserved for top-rated attorneys who are able to meet or exceed demanding selection criteria,” stated Robert Nguyen, director of membership services for the organization. “Mr. Kornblum’s exceptional legal ability, client advocacy, and success sets him apart from his peers.”

CORRECTION: In the last edition of Class Notes, we misattributed the submission from Larry Pozner ’73. Pozner, past president of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, published the third edition of his book Cross Examination: Science and Techniques (Pozner and Dodd, Lexis Law Publishing), proving graduating “summa cum barely” is no bar to success.