Alumni & Friends

Alumni News

  • Beronio, Sullivan, Meyer Win Seats on California Superior Court Bench

    more >

  • Supreme Court Bar Admits Ten McGeorge Alumni

    more >

» View all News

Our Alumni

Raissa Morris

Raissa Morris
Year Graduated: 2012
Title: Immigration Law Associate at Considine, Sorensen & Trujillo
Area of Practice: Immigration Law

read more >

Giving Promotion

Home > Alumni & Friends > Alumni Updates
  • Print
  • Share
  • Questions

Alumni Updates

Recent activities and accomplishments of Pacific McGeorge alumni:

  • Daniel Barnett, '86, has been appointed professor of law and director of legal writing at the William S. Richardson School of Law, University of Hawaii. (May 2014)
  • Michele Nelson Bass, '89, has joined The Matthew C. Ferguson Law Firm in Aspen, Colorado, as counsel. A 24-year veteran civil litigator, she won the National Law Journal's 2004 Defense Verdict of the Year Award for her successful defense of a scuba dive equipment manufacturer. (February 2014)
  • D. James Bjorkman, '08, is a Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Department of State.  He just completed a tour in Nicaragua as Immigrant Visa Unit Chief and American Citizen Services Unit Chief and is headed to Guyana where he will be the Political and Economic Counselor to the Ambassador. (April 2014)
  • Patrick Blood, '12, has been named VP, Legal & Business Affairs at Atlas Entertainment. (May 2014)
  • Douglas Bordner,'91, is now a partner at Myers, Widders, Gibson, Jones & Feingold LLP at the Thousand Oaks, California office.  Bordner is a business, corporate transaction and real estate attorney. (February 2014)
  • Robert Buccola, '83, won awards totaling $34.9 million advocating for his two plaintiffs in a Sacramento Superior Court case.  Buccola is a managing and founding partner of Dreyer Babich Buccola Wood Campora. (December 2013)
  • Wayne Bunch, LL.M. '81, has joined DLA Piper in the firm's franchise and distribution practice in its Houston office. He previously practiced at Jackson Walker after operating his own boutique franchisee law office. (January 2014)
  • Jarod Burch, '04, has rejoined the Sacramento firm of Boutin Jones Inc. as a counsel in its real estate practice group. (December 2013)
  • Oscar Cardona, '90, has been named the chief human resources officer at Holiday Retirement, the largest private national operator of senior living communities based in Lake Oswego, Oregon. He had served as a senior HR executive for Nike since 2008. (January 2014)
  • Christina Cortino, '12, has joined Harrison, Temblador, Hungerford & John LLP in Sacramento as an associate where she will advise public- and private-sector clients on issues involving land use and environmental law. (December 2013)
  • Tyler Dahl, '13, has joined Drobny Law Offices Inc., a Sacramento-based firm focusing on estate planning and estate/trust administration, as an associate. (February 2014)
  • Michael Daponde, '99, has co-founded a new Sacramento law firm, Kennaday, Leavitt & Daponde, which specializes in health care, employment and litigation. (February 2014)
  • Larenda Delaini, '03, announced her candidacy for the Yolo County Superior Court. She is a deputy attorney general with the California Department of Justice. (January 2014)
  • Nirav Desai, '04, won conviction of a Mexican national who was making false social security cards and forged alien registration cards in U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California. He is an assistant U.S. Attorney. (November 2013)
  • Rebecca Dietzen, '04 was appointed as an Attorney III at California Department of Health Care Services. (December 2013)
  • Matthew Digesti, '05, joined Fennemore Craig, P.C. as a Litigation Associate in Reno, NV. (December 2013)
  • Erin Evans-Fudem, '13, joined Capitol Advisors Group as legislative counsel. (January 2014)
  • Nicole Gleason, '98, has formed a new Sacramento firm, King Williams & Gleason LLP, which specializes on environmental, real estate and business law. She was previously a partner at Downey Brand LLP. (February 2014)
  • George Guthrie,'98, has joined Wilke Fleury Hoffelt Gould & Birney in Sacramento where his practice focuses on real property law. (January 2014)
  • Michael B. Harper, '93, was appointed to a judgeship in the Trinity County Superior Court by Gov. Jerry Brown. Harper has served as Trinity County District Attorney since 2007. (June 2014)
  • Rebecca Hause-Schultz, '13, joined Kershaw, Cutter & Ratinoff as an associate. (April 2014)
  • Tim Healy, '00, announced that he will run for a seat on the Calaveras County Court. A Valley Springs resident, he is a deputy district attorney in San Joaquin County. (January 2014)
  • Vanessa Hunter, '13,  has joined the Demas Law Group as an associate. (February 2014)
  • Anand "Lucky" Jesrani, '05, Deputy District Attorney in the Shasta County District Attorney's Office, was part of the  prosecution team for  a case where the court found to be engaged in false advertising and ordered $6.8 million in civil penalties  on Feb. 20, 2014. (February 2014)
  • Jack Kennedy, '76, declared his candidacy for a Third Judicial District Court seat in Nevada. He is president and managing attorney of Jack E. Kennedy & Associates, P.C., in Fernley, Nevada. (January 2014)
  • Jonathan William Klotsche, '08, has been promoted to senior counsel at Hanson Bridgett LLP in Sacramento. (January 2014)
  • Adam Knowlton, '96, has joined Loeb & Loeb as senior counsel in the Los Angeles firm's real estate department. He was previously senior vice president and general counsel for Younan Properties Inc.  (February 2014)
  • Bill Lockyer, '86, has joined the national firm of Brown Rudnick LLP in an "of counsel" capacity in its Irvine office. The veteran California politician, who is entering the final year as State Treasurer, will be a member of the firm's government law and strategies team. (December 2013)
  • Jacqueline Logan, '14, has joined The Humane Society as the California State Director. (May 2014)
  • Amanda MacQueen, '13, has been hired as a Deputy Legislative Counsel at the Office of Legislative Counsel. (February 2014)
  • Janice Magdich, '97, was named interim city attorney by the Lodi city council. She worked in private practice representing public agencies for seven years and was appointed deputy city attorney in 2004. (February 2014)
  • Lauren Manning, '11, has joined Desmond, Nolan, Livaich & Cunningham as an associate. Her practice includes real property, eminent domain, bankruptcy, business, and estate planning & probate litigation. (February 2014)
  • Linda A. Mathes, '90, has been appointed Chief Counsel and Chief Executive Officer for the State of California's Alcoholic Beverage Control Appeals Board.  (February 2014)
  • Clayton McCarl, '12, has joined the U.S. Navy JAG Corps as a JAGC Attorney. (January 2014)
  • Andrea Sogand Moon, '13, was appointed as an attorney with the State of California's Prison Industry Authority. Moon will be litigating on behalf of the department in the areas of administrative, labor and employment law. She has also been named as one of the newest members of the McGeorge Alumni Association Board of Directors. (December 2013)
  • Nancy Park, '97,  has been promoted to partner at Best Best & Krieger LLP in Sacramento. (January 2014)
  • Analea J. Patterson, '03, has been named partner at Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe in the Sacramento office. (February 2014)
  • Holly Pearson, '91, was appointed deputy secretary and general counsel at the California Government Operations Agency. She has worked in multiple positions at the California Department of Managed Care since 2005. (January 2014)
  • Tony Perez, '95, has been appointed undersecretary at the California Government Operations Agency by Governor Jerry Brown.  In addition to years of private practice, he has held multiple administrative positions at UC system schools and a private university. (February 2014)
  • Natasha Khamashta Perez, '99, has joined the Juvenile Division of the LA County Public Defender's Office as Deputy in Charge of the Collaborative Justice section. (November 2013)
  • Katherine Pettibone, '06, has been appointed to the California Boating and Waterways Commission. (February 2014)
  • John Phillips, '91, was selected to Chair the San Francisco office of Paul Hastings LLP. He was previously the Chair of the Litigation Department and has been with the firm for 17 years. His practice focuses on complex litigation. (February 2014)
  • Grant Puleo, 95, joined Duane Morris LLP 's Real Estate Practice Group as a partner, in the firm's San Diego office. (January 2014)
  • Erin Riley, '03, was named a shareholder at Boutin Jones Inc. where she practices in the Sacramento firm's real estate group. (January 2014)
  • Katherine A.E. Roe, '12, joined the Sacramento law firm of Haworth, Bradshaw, Stallknecht and Barber, which specializes in Workers' Compensation Defense. (January 2014)
  • Kevin Rosenberg, '94, has joined Goldberg Lowenstein & Weatherwax LLP (GLW), a California litigation and transactional law firm with a focus on patent, antitrust and business litigation, as General Counsel and Chair of the Government Investigations and White Collar Litigation Group. (March 2014)
  • Kelly Ryan, '94, joined Kennaday, Leavitt & Deponde PC as a partner. Ryan's practice focuses on Knox-Keene Act liscencing, regulatory compliance matters, government health programs and health payer contracting. (April 2014)
  • Jack Scholz, '13, has joined the chambers of the Honorable Ann Aiken, Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon as a clerk. (December 2013)
  • Kristianne Seargeant, '06 has been promoted to shareholder at Kronick Moskovitz Tiedemann & Girard in Sacramento. She represents public and private sector clients in employment issues. (December 2013)
  • Megan A. Shapiro, '09, has been selected to supervise the Pacific McGeorge Administrative Adjudication Clinic as an Adjunct Professor. (January 2014)
  • Amber Simmons, '12, joined San Luis Obispo law firm Andre, Morris & Buttery as an associate attorney. (February 2014)
  • Morgan C. Smith, '93 and his firm Cogent Legal announced that Michael Kelleher has joined Morgan C. Smith as a co-owner and manager of the firm. Smith, who founded Cogent Legal in January 2011, sought to partner with Kelleher so that the firm can strengthen its service to trial teams specializing in intellectual property and business litigation. (January 2014)
  • Summer Smith, '00, has joined the San Francisco office of Archer Norris as a partner. (May 2014)
  • Stuart Somach, '79, is quoted in the New York Times article, "West's Drought and Growth Intensify Conflict Over Water Rights."  (March 2014)
  • Kaitlyn Sommer, '13,has joined the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania as a Judicial Law Clerk. (January 2014)
  • Paul Starkey, '83, joined the California Agricultural Labor Relations Board as special board counsel. (January 2014)
  • Troy Szabo, '01, joined Kennaday, Leavitt & Deponde PC as a partner. Szabo's practice focuses on resolving health plans' litigation and regulatory needs. (April 2014)
  • Stan Van Vleck, '91, has been named Chairman of Downey Brand LLP in Sacramento. (March 2014)
  • Bryan D. Victor, '03, has been named partner at Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe in the Sacramento office. (February 2014)
  • Hanspeter Walter, '06, has been promoted to shareholder at Kronick Moskovitz Tiedemann & Girard in Sacramento. His practice emphasizes water, environmental, administrative and land-use law. (December 2013)
  • Richard Williams, '75, has joined Redwood City-based An experienced mediator and trial lawyer with Gray Duffy LLP, he brings 40 years of complex litigation and alternative dispute resolution to his new role. (December 2013)
  • Arthur G. Woodward, '89, a partner at Downy Brand, was named chairman of the California Associated General Contractors legal advisory committee. (May 2014)
  • Edmund Yan, '11, has joined Slater Cosme, a law firm located in Pasadena, CA that specializes in wealth management and business/real estate advisory, as an associate. (March 2014)
  • Allan Zaremberg, '78, wrote an article in the Sacramento Bee, "Viewpoints: Fully funded court system essential to state's economic success," on May 22, 2014. Read. (May 2014)
  • Nabeel Zuberi, '13, has joined Desmond, Nolan, Livaich & Cunningham as an associate attorney. Zuberi will primarily be representing bankruptcy trustees in estate administration. (December 2013)

In Memoriam

  • Frank Cook, '69, died on Dec. 28, 2013, at the age of 75 in Las Vegas. He practiced law in both California and Nevada for 35 years.
  • Jeff Corzine, '84, died at the age of 58 on Jan. 14, 2014, in Folsom. A former president of the El Dorado County Bar Association, he was a personal injury attorney and partner at Adams & Corzine in Folsom.
  • James Curry,  '75, died at the age of 69 on Jan. 9, 2014, in Browns Valley. A former partner at Curry, Vasquez and Hansen in Marysville, he was elected to the Yuba Superior Court in 1997 and served on the bench until his retirement in 2010.   
  • Edward Dannan, '76, died at his home in Reno on Oct. 17, 2013, at age 67 from complications following cholangiocarcinoma surgery that had taken place weeks earlier. A former deputy district attorney in Washoe County, he won election to the Reno Justice Court in 1992 and served 15 years on the bench.  
  • William Garrison, '84, died at the age of 64 in Sacramento on Sept. 1, 2013. A Marine veteran who served in the Vietnam War, he had a lengthy career in the construction business.  
  • James Harrison, '64, died on Jan. 1, 2014, at the age of 87 in Sacramento after a brief illness. He practiced law for more than three decades with Coben, Cooper & Zilaff before ending his career as a solo practitioner.  
  • David A. Magnan, '12, died on Aug. 29, 2013, after a long-fought battle with cancer. David is survived by his wife Mariela, and their young daughter Sophia, his parents Ken and Cherise, brother Aaron, and mother-in-law Maria. His accomplishments include Marine Corps Sergeant, road-construction superintendent, and attorney.  
  • Joseph Martin, '57, died on Aug. 12, 2013 at the age of 86 at his home in Ocean Park, WA.  He retired February 1988 after serving 22 years on the bench.  
  • Dennis Mathews, '72, died at the age of 77 in Logan, Utah on Aug. 11, 2013. He was a general practitioner in northwestern Utah for more than 40 years.  
  • Robert H. McIntosh, '82 LLM '83, passed away on Dec. 2, 2013 from complications of Alzheimer's disease.  
  • Robert Milam, '75, died on Feb, 3, 2014, at the age of 75 in Davis after a long illness. He had a distinguished 26-year career with several state agencies and once argued a case for the California Attorney General before the Supreme Court of the United States.  
  • David W. Miller died at the age of 76 on Dec. 20, 2013, in Port Saunders, Newfoundland. A former assistant U.S. attorney, he was a member of the faculty for 25 years until his retirement in 2006, teaching Evidence, Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure. Miller served as interim Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the early '90s, presided over the law school's Order of the coif Chapter for a decade, and helped overhaul the Appellate Advocacy program.  
  • Douglas Miller, '82, died on Nov. 4, 2013, after a long battle with colon cancer at the age of 65 in Carmichael. His legal career included service as the director of human resources for Crystal Creamery, solo labor law practice in Fair Oaks, and labor analyst with the Sacramento Regional Transit District.  
  • Jock Penn, '78, died after a lengthy illness on Oct. 3, 2013, at the age of 71 in Shawano, Wisconsin. Although a member of the State Bar of California, he did not practice law while enjoying a long career with the U.S. Postal Service in California.  
  • Craig Pridgen, '73, died on Jan. 15, 2014, at the age of 68 in Woodland. He practiced law with firms in Mountain View, Bakersfield, Beverly Hills and San Francisco before opening a private practice in Tahoe City.
  • Cynthia Pyzel, '78, died on Dec. 17, 2013, at the age of 60 in Reno. After several years in private practice, she joined the Nevada Attorney General's Office serving agencies within the Department of Health and Human Services until her retirement 25 years later in 2011.  
  • Lynn Rohwer, '88, died on Oct. 31, 2013, after a long illness at the age of 72 in Woodland. An active member of the Evening Division, she attended law school while raising four children. After a clerkship with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, she practiced law for several years representing low-income clients. Her widower, Claude Rohwer, is a professor emeritus of the Pacific McGeorge faculty.  
  • Tony Stathos, '63, died at the age of 85 on Dec. 15, 2013, in Sacramento. After a career an Air Force pilot and 10 years as an elementary school teacher, he practiced law for 45 years before his retirement in 2000.  
  • John Tosney, '80, died on Jan. 11, 2014, of a heart attack at the age of 62 while vacationing in Costa Rica. A well-known Sacramento attorney, he operated a sole practice in bankruptcy law for more than three decades.  
  • Roger Whomes, '85, died on Jan. 28, 2014, at the age of 58 in Reno. He was a busy prosecutor in the Washoe County District Attorney's Office for 18 years with a three-year hiatus in private practice. He later moved to the county Public Defender's Office.