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Recent activities and accomplishments of Pacific McGeorge alumni:

  • Annrae Angel, '91, announced a run against a sitting judge for a seat on the Santa Clara County Superior Court. She is a San Jose-based criminal defense attorney. (February 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)
  • Mark Benson, '12, passed the July 2012 Colorado Bar Exam and is now an associate attorney with Gelman & Norberg in Greenwood Village, CO.  (November 2013)
  • 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)
  • Carrie Bonnington, '00, was promoted to partner at the Sacramento office of Pillsbury where her practice incorporates general civil litigation, representing large commercial entities, and clients before various state alcoholic beverage control boards. (November 2013)
  • 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)
  • Zaïda Z. Bridgford, '99, has joined the Superior Court of California, County of Placer, as an Assistant Family Law Facilitator. (November 2013)
  • Roger Brothers, '84, was featured in Legal Leaders magazine in its listing of San Francisco's Top Rated Lawyers of 2013. A business and real estate attorney, He is a principal in the Walnut Creek firm of Buchman Provine Brothers Smith LLP. (November 2013)
  • Ashley Bryden, '13, and Amy O'Neill, '13, have joined Boutin Jones Inc. as associates where the former will work in the Sacramento firm's corporate and security practice, and the latter will practice in the firm's group. (December 2013)
  • Christina Bucci, '13, has joined the Duggan Law Corp. in Sacramento as an associate where she will represent businesses in all types of litigation and advise clients on best practices on employment issues. (December 2013)
  • 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)
  • Peg Carew Toledo, '95, has opened a new law firm, Toledo Don LLP, in Roseville, CA.  (November 2013)
  • Matthew Carlson, '08, has joined the Law Offices of Williams & Associates PC in Sacramento. (November 2013)
  • 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)
  • Patricia Curtin, '87, has been honored with the 2013 Sustained Leader in Commercial Real Estate ECHO Award by East Bay CREW (Commercial Real Estate Women). Curtin is a partner at Wendel, Rosen, Black & Dean LLP.  (November 2013)
  • Dorene D'Adamo, '86, has been re-appointed to the California Partnership for the San Joaquin Valley by Governor Jerry Brown,  where she has served since 2013. She is a board member of the California State Water Resources Control Board and served on the California Air Resources Board from 1999 to 2013. (June 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)
  • John Demas, '92, spoke on "Dealing with Typical Case Nightmares at Trial: Gaps in Treatment, Bad Medical Records, Unlikeable Clients" at the 52nd annual Consumer Attorneys of California convention in San Francisco. He is the founder of the Demas Law Group in Sacramento. (November 2013)
  • 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)
  • Hanni Fakhoury, '07, was a panelist at the Mike Belote Endowed Capital Center Lecture, "Protecting Individual Privacy in the Internet Age: Where, if at All, Should Lines be Drawn, and Who Should be the Artist?", on Dec. 5, 2013. Fakhoury is an Attorney at Electronic Frontier Foundation. (December 2013)
  • Dana Fox, '85, was included in the Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journal's 2013 annual list of California's Top 100 lawyers. He is a partner at Lewis, Brisbois, Bisgaard & Smith in Los Angeles. (September 2012)
  • Ron Freitas, '88, won a first-degree murder conviction in San Joaquin Superior Court against a man who was charged with two separate drive-by slayings. He is a chief deputy district attorney for the county. (November 2013)
  • 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)
  • Dan Greco, '86, retired on Dec. 30. 2013, after nearly 30 years of public service. Greco spent the majority of his career working as a prosecutor in the Major Crimes Unit of the Washoe County District Attorneys Office. (December 2013)
  • George Guthrie,'98, has joined Wilke Fleury Hoffelt Gould & Birney in Sacramento where his practice focuses on real property law. (January 2014)
  • James Hardesty, '75, spoke on "The Need for a Court of Appeals" at the Clark County Bar Association's Annual Meeting in Las Vegas. He is a justice of the Nevada Supreme Court. (December 2013)
  • 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)
  • Sean Hoffman, '11, has joined the California District Attorneys Association as Director of Legislation. (October 2013)
  • Nicole Jamison, '10, has joined Ruderman & Knox, LLP as an associate.  (October 2013)
  • 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)
  • Gregory Johnson, '06, has joined Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck as "of counsel" in its Denver office's intellectual property group. Previously, he was an associate at Merchant & Gould where he counseled clients on IP matters related to the preparation and prosecution of patent and design applications, infringement analysis and validity reviews. (October 2013)
  • Joshua Kaizuka, '00, and Jon-Paul Valcarenghi, '04, have formed the Law Offices of Kaizuka & Valcarenghi in Sacramento, CA.  (November 2013)
  • Jennifer Karie, '00, has been named Vice President, Business Affairs, NBC Universal Domestic Television Distribution.  (November 2013)
  • 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)
  • Sarah Knecht, '88, was appointed acting city attorney of Santa Barbara by the City Council. She has served as assistant city attorney for nine years and played a leading role in negotiating the financing of airline terminal improvements and several major infrastructure upgrades. (December 2013)
  • 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)
  • Aram Kouyoumdjian, '95, was a panelist for a film & arts discussion at the Armenian National Committee of America's Grassroots Conference in Hollywood. An assistant general counsel for the Los Angeles Unified School District, he is also an accomplished playwright. (November 2013)
  • 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)
  • Christopher Lonn, '93, joined  Margrave Celmins, P.C. in Scottsdale, Arizona as a Shareholder. (December 2013)
  • Tara Lynch, '98, has been appointed chief counsel at the California Department of Parks and Recreation, where she has served in multiple positions since 1999, including acting chief counsel, senior staff counsel and staff counsel. She was an associate at Ellison and Schneider from 1998 to 1999. (December 2013)
  • Kenneth Mackie, '06,  won an appeal in the 6th DCA, Zuercher v. Faryab, 2013 WL 5738922, involving a Special Motion to Strike under CCP 425.16. Mr. Mackie is a shareholder in the firm Canelo, Wilson, Wallace & Padron, P.C. in Merced, California.  (November 2013)
  • 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)
  • Mike McGowan, '76, has been appointed by Governor Jerry Brown as deputy director of strategic planning and policy at the California Department of Motor Vehicles. A West Sacramento attorney, he has served as an elected member of the Yolo County Board of Supervisors since 1993. (November 2013)
  • Sean Mick, '13, joined Lozano Smith, LLP as an associate attorney at, specializing in public agency law, including public finance, primarily serving California school districts and community colleges. (December 2013)
  • 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)
  • Mhare O. Mouradian, '03, has been named to San Gabriel Valley "Top Attorneys" in a survey of peers and judges conducted by Pasadena Magazine. Mouradian, a Senior Associate at Murchison & Cumming, LLP, has been selected for the fourth straight year. (October 2013)
  • Jennifer Mouzis, '98, won an acquittal for a woman facing murder and manslaughter charges in Sacramento Superior Court. She is a principal in the Law Office of Jennifer Mouzis. (November 2013)
  • Chip Nielsen, '71, was a panelist at the Pacific McGeorge Capital Center Lecture, "Dark Money - The 11 Million Dollar Problem Defined," on Nov. 13, 2013. Nielsen is a Senior Political Law Partner at Nielsen Merksamer Parrinello Gross & Leoni LLP. (November 2013)
  • Lance H. Olson, '77, was a panelist at the Pacific McGeorge Capital Center Lecture, "Dark Money - The 11 Million Dollar Problem Defined," on Nov. 13, 2013. Olson is a Senior Partner at Olson Hagel & Fishburn LLP. (November 2013)
  • David C. O'Mara, '03, was reappointed to the Nevada Supreme Court Bench Bar to serve another three year term on Oct. 28, 2013.O'Mara is a founding member of The O'Mara Law Firm, P.C. (October 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)
  • Noah Phillips, '97, won a first-degree murder conviction in Sacramento Superior Court a gang-related 2009 homicide that involved special circumstance allegations of lying in wait. He is a county deputy district attorney. (December 2013)
  • Grant Puleo, 95, joined Duane Morris LLP 's Real Estate Practice Group as a partner, in the firm's San Diego office. (January 2014)
  • Thomas A. Richard, '92, was appointed to the California Board of Legal Specialization in 2012 for a one year term. He also serves as Chair of the Workers' Compensation Law Advisory Commission. Richard is a partner at Richard, Thorson, Graves & Royer, LLP in Oakland.  (October 2013)
  • 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)
  • Kate Segerstrom, '85, was appointed by Governor Jerry Brown to the Tuolumne County Superior Court bench. She has been in solo practice since 2000 in Sonora after being a shareholder a shareholder at a major Stockton firm for 16 years. (December 2013)
  • Rebecca Sem, '13, has joined Kroloff, Belcher, Smart, Perry & Christopherson in Stockton as an associate. (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)
  • 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)
  • Susan Stewart, '06, won a major victory as co-counsel for a group of governmental entities in a seven-week U.S. District Court, Central District of California, trial involving shoddy practices by the world's largest PVC manufacturer. She is a deputy attorney general for the state of Nevada. (November 2013)
  • 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)
  • Roslelyn Pulmano Thompson, '00, was appointed by Governor Jerry Brown as the deputy secretary of business and consumer policy at the California Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agency. Previously, she was the principal consultant for the California State Senate Committee on Health. (December 2013)
  • Jon-Paul Valcarenghi, '04, and Joshua Kaizuka, '00, have formed the Law Offices of Kaizuka & Valcarenghi in Sacramento, CA.  (November 2013)
  • 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)
  • Joseph Weinberger, '88, announced his 2014 candidacy for an open seat on the El Dorado County Superior Court. A seasoned litigator who has served as a judge pro tem in three different counties, the El Dorado Hills resident operates the Weinberger Law Firm in Folsom. (November 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)
  • Rehema Rhodes Williams, '02, has joined Harriett Buhai Center for Family Law as a Staff Attorney and Pro Bono Panel Manager in Los Angeles, CA. (October 2013)
  • 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)
  • 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.