Connect

Class Notes

Send us your news!

We love to hear from our alumni and hope you keep in touch. Use our online submission form to submit any news about professional or personal accomplishments and highlights.

Donate Now

Submit A Note

Class Notes

Rachael Cianfrani
Class of 2004

Rachael Cianfrani, Class of 2004, was just appointed to the Board of Directors of The Child Creativity Lab. The Lab’s mission is to nurture the creative mindset of children by building creativity, divergent thinking, problem…  Read More »

Ethan Baker
Class of 2006

Ethan Baker has been elected to the Troy City Council here in Michigan. http://www.candgnews.com/news/troy-millages-renewed-newcomers-elected-council-87663 Read More »

Anna Lisa Lukes (Biason)
Class of 2000

Golden State Foods is pleased to announce the appointment of Anna Lisa Lukes to the position of Executive Director for the GSF Foundation, effective September 1. Anna Lisa will oversee all operations for the Foundation, including…  Read More »

Vanessa Haberbush
Class of 2012

Vanessa Haberbush (’12) recently argued a case before the United States Bankruptcy Appellate Panel for the Ninth Circuit for a client who had tax liens from Los Angeles County as a result of failure to pay…  Read More »

Jill Yu
Class of 2012

Jill (Reyes) Yu has proudly accepted a detail assignment as an Advisor with the White House Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders Initiative in Washington, DC. Read More »

Bob Arp
Class of 1995

Bob Arp has been appointed Vice President for Advancement at Cal State University Maritime Academy in Vallejo, CA Read More »

Patrick Soon
Class of 2012

Patrick Soon recently joined the in-house legal team of video game company Square Enix in El Segundo, CA as Associate Counsel. Square Enix is a Japanese video game developer, publisher, and distribution company headquartered in…  Read More »

John Umscheid
Class of 2006

John Umscheid has been elected as the 2015 Vice-President of the Kings County Bar Association. Read More »

Candace Cunningham
Class of 1987

The American College of Mortgage Attorneys (ACMA) has elected Candace M. Cunningham, a lawyer at Robinson+Cole, to its membership as a Fellow. Ms. Cunningham will be welcomed at the ACMA’s annual meeting in…  Read More »

Laura Ramsey
Class of 2007

Laura Ramsey was named partner of Whiting, Fallon, Ross & Abel, LLP, a family law firm practicing in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties (SF Bay Area). http://www.disso.com Read More »

Clarisse Petersen
Class of 2008

Clarisse Petersen recently joined Jackson Lewis P.C., representing employers in all aspects of labor and employment matters, including wrongful termination, harassment, discrimination, retaliation, denial of family and medical leaves, and wage-and-hour violations. With 800 attorneys…  Read More »

John Tran
Class of 2002

Rhema Law Group, P.C. is proud to announce that Partner John D. Tran has been named a 2015 Superlawyer in the field of intellectual property law. http://rhemalaw.com/2015/01/17/rhema-law-partner-john-d-tran-named-2015-superlawyer/ Read More »

Katrina Valencia
Class of 2002

Katrina J. Valencia was named Business Partner on January 1, 2014 at Schaffer, Lax, McNaughton & Chen, ACP. Ms. Valencia represents national and local clients in the areas of complex civil litigation, product liability, business litigation and…  Read More »

Barry Kronemer
Class of 1992

I have accepted new position as Chief Compliance Officer at Engineers Gate Manager LP. Engineers Gate, located in New York City, is a hedge fund focusing in quantitative trading. Read More »

John Fitzgerald
Class of 1993

John Fitzgerald has joined Rutan & Tucker as Senior Counsel in the IP section of the Corporate Department. Read More »

Jorge Ramirez
Class of 2000

Carrazco Law, A.P.C. in Tustin, California, is pleased to announce that Jorge F. Ramirez, Esq. has relocated his practice and joined the firm as a trial attorney. As a thirteen-year attorney, Mr. Ramirez…  Read More »

Maureen van Stone
Class of 2005

The Daily Record has named Maureen van Stone, Esq., M.S., Associate Director of the Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities at Kennedy Krieger Institute, to the 2014 VIP List —- Very Important Professionals Successful by 40 awards. …  Read More »

Mark Townsend
Class of 2009

Mark R. Townsend, Jr. recently joined the Los Angeles office of Locke Lord LLP as Staff Counsel. Read More »

Marissa Sunio
Class of 2012

Marissa Sunio was sworn into the Board of Governors of the Philippine American Bar Association in April 2014. She will serve as the Orange County Chair. Read More »

Laura Reiland
Class of 1989

Laura A. Reiland, a senior associate at Northrup Schlueter, APLC has been named a partner in the firm. Ms. Reiland joins founding partners Linda L. Northrup and David S. Schlueter in continuing to provide exemplary…  Read More »

Jason Feld
Class of 1999

Jason has been promoted to named partner of the firm, Ulich, Ganion, Balmuth, Fisher & Feld, LLP as of April 1, 2014. UGBF&F is a boutique real estate and construction litigation firm specializing in the…  Read More »

Bernadine Johnson
Class of 1981

Retired from the practice of law in Louisiana in December 2012. Read More »

Joe Lowther
Class of 1987

Joe Lowther is Director of the USAID Serbia Business Enabling Project, a five year effort to improve the business environment, macroeconomic and fiscal policies, and access to finance for small businesses. http://www.bep.rs Read More »

Alaine Patti-Jelsvik
Class of 1994-1997

I regret to bring the news that 1997 alum Jennifer Bolton has passed away yesterday. I was advised yesterday by alum Dirk Gustafson and I wanted to pass the news to WLS. We will advise when…  Read More »

Jeffrey Alpert
Class of 1993

Jeffrey Alpert, family law and business litigation attorney, started his own practice with the goal of bringing home the best results for the lowest fees. Mr. Alpert has more than 20 years of experience practicing in…  Read More »

Justin Sanders
Class of 2008

Alumni Jeromye Sartain (c/o 2002) and Justin Sanders (c/o 2008) are pleased to announce that they have merged their firm, Mind Law Firm, with another California-based IP boutique called One3 IP Management (http://www.one…  Read More »

Martha Shen-Urquidez
Class of 1987

Martha Shen-Urquidez, Class of 1987, has been appointed by Governor Brown as a Commissioner to the California State Athletic Commission, which regulates all full contact combative sports in California, including professional and amateur martial arts, mixed…  Read More »

Jason Feld
Class of 1999

Jason Daniel Feld (WLS 1999) recently received an AV® Preeminent™ Rating from Martindale-Hubbard. Jason is a partner with Ulich & Terry LLP, a boutique construction, real estate and insurance litigation firm specializing in the defense of…  Read More »

Maureen van Stone
Class of 2005

Ballard Spahr, LLP partnered with Project HEAL (Health, Education, Advocacy, and Law), a medical-legal partnership at Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore, Maryland, to provide pro bono legal services to low- and moderate-income families and children…  Read More »

Christien Petersen
Class of 2008

Hello! Just as an FYI: I was previously known as Christien Bathe (2008). This past year I was asked to join the National Trial Lawyers as one of the Top 100 Criminal Defense Trial Lawyers. Whether and…  Read More »

Eric Duvernay
Class of 1999

Eric J. Duvernay (Class of 1999), is a deputy public defender with the Los Angeles County Public Defender’s Office, and is currently the Deputy-In-Charge and Trainer at the Metropolitan Courthouse. In 2012, Mr. Duvernay was appointed…  Read More »

Patrick Soon
Class of 2012

Patrick Soon recently joined WHGC, PLC as an Associate Attorney. WHGC, PLC is an intellectual property and international law firm with offices in Beijing, Taipei, Mountain View, CA, and headquarters in Newport Beach, CA. Mr.…  Read More »

Aastha Madaan
Class of 2012

Aastha Madaan was pubished in the ABA’s GPSolo e-Report: http://www.americanbar.org/publications/gpsolo_ereport/2013/november_2013/new_attorney_nine_essential_tips.html Read More »

Susan Gorman
Class of 2003

Susan resigned as a partner at Birch, Stewart, Kolasch & Birch (BSKB) to begin her own firm, Gorman IP Law, in May of this year. The new firm focuses on patent/trademark prosecution and client…  Read More »

Maureen van Stone
Class of 2005

Maryland’s business and legal newspaper, The Daily Record, honored Maureen van Stone as one of Maryland’s Top 100 Women. Read More »

Anna Lisa Lukes (Biason)
Class of 2000

Anna Lisa Lukes was promoted to Vice President, Organizational Advancement at NeighborWorks Orange County, a 36-year old community development/affordable housing 501©(3) organization, effective July 1, 2013. She is responsible for strategically moving the organization forward through creating…  Read More »

Vincent Indeglia
Class of 1988

Vincent A. Indeglia has been appointed as a Judicial Special Master and Receiver in complex business liquidation matters by the Rhode Island Superior Court. Recently he was appointed to operate and liquidate a 230 room hotel…  Read More »

Lili Jalali
Class of 2006

Lili Jalali has joined the Newport Beach office of Archer Norris as an associate attorney. Focused on construction defect litigation and bodily injury insurance defense, Ms. Jalali represents owners, developers, subcontractors, general contractors and material…  Read More »

David Bell
Class of 2012

David Bell was selected to attend training in Chicago with Al Gore for the Climate Reality Training Corps. He is very excited and cannot believe that he will have a chance to put his environmental…  Read More »

Anna Lisa Lukes
Class of 2000

Anna Lisa Lukes, MBA Class of 2013, will be presenting at the Eighth Annual Cal State Fullerton Gianneschi Center Summer School for Nonprofits on Wednesday, July 17, 2013. Ms. Lukes will deliver a talk regarding Social Entrepreneurship. For…  Read More »

Anna Lisa Lukes
Class of 2000

Anna Lisa Lukes (Biason) earned her Masters in Business Administration with an emphasis in Entrepreneurship from Chapman University in May 2013. Since 2011, Ms. Lukes has been the Director of Development at NeighborWorks Orange County, where she…  Read More »

Steve Manning Eugene Ramirez
Class of 1979/1987

Congratulations to WLS alumni Steve Manning, Class of 1979, and Eugene Ramirez, Class of 1987! Every year the National Law Journal publishes a list of the top 350 law firms out of the 165,000 firms that are in the…  Read More »

Justin Sanders
Class of 2008

Justin Sanders has been selected to the 2013 Southern California Rising Stars list by Super Lawyers magazine – a distinction only awarded to less than 2.5 percent of all attorneys in the state. The honor will be published…  Read More »

APRIL BONIFATTO
Class of 2010

April N. Bonifatto has opened her own law practice in Las Vegas, Nevada after practicing at a large law firm for two years. Her firm’s practice areas are real estate, business and bankruptcy law…  Read More »

Gail B. Price
Class of 1996

On April 10, 2013, Teresa Real Sebastian, Esq. (Class of ’93) will be sworn in as Mayor of the City of Monterey Park. Read More »

Jeanette (Jenny) Rogers
Class of 1982

Jenny is Vice President, Litigation/Legal Operations, and Deputy General Counsel for Cambia Health Solutions, Inc., which operates BlueCross and BlueShield plans and a number of affiliated companies in Utah, Oregon, Idaho and Washington. Two…  Read More »

Kenny Estes
Class of 2009

Kenny Estes spent his last semester of Law School as a Visiting Student at Washburn University School of Law in Topeka, Kansas. After passing the Kansas Bar Exam, Kenny opened up his own practice in…  Read More »

Gina Leago
Class of 1996

Gina A. Leago (class of 1996) has been name a litigation partner for Parker Shumaker Mills LLP, a Los Angeles-based business litigation, professional liability and business transactions law firm. Gina’s practice emphasis is business litigation,…  Read More »

Theodore Joyce
Class of 1999

Theodore Joyce (Class of 1999) is currently a Global Tax & Legal regional leader for Deloitte & Touche and is an adjunct tax professor at La Sorbonne in Paris. After graduating from Whittier Law School, Ted…  Read More »

Gary Wittenberg
Class of 1987

Gary Wittenberg has rejoined Antioch University as an adjunct professor teaching Ethics and Law to psychology graduate students. Gary represents physicians and psychologists in licensing board hearings and patients exploited by psychotherapists in malpractice lawsuits. Read More »

Kenneth "KC" Jones
Class of 1987

Kenneth “KC” Jones is currently a Supervising Deputy Attorney General in the Office of the Attorney General in Los Angeles. Read More »

Nichelle Jones
Class of 1996

Nichelle D. Jones and her firm, Law Office of Michael J. Curls won a 4.5 million dollar verdict for the plaintiffs in the matter Lucero v. County of Kern. The case involved the wrongful death of…  Read More »

Patrick Soon
Class of 2012

Patrick Soon wrote an article on trademark practice, which was recently published online by the ABA Litigation Section: http://apps.americanbar.org/litigation/committees/technology/articles/winter2013-0213-magic-reverse-image-searches.html Read More »

Maureen van Stone
Class of 2005

On November 15, 2012, Maryland’s business and legal newspaper, The Daily Record, awarded Maureen van Stone the 2012 Leadership in Law Award. The Daily Record created the Leadership in Law Awards program to recognize oustanding professional achievement,…  Read More »

Maureen van Stone
Class of 2005

Project HEAL (Health, Education, Advocacy, and Law) a medical-legal partnership within the Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities at Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore, Maryland was named a “2012 Program of Excellence” by the Jackson Healthcare Charitable…  Read More »

Vonda Kay
Class of 2001

Vonda Kay of Allen, Texas, has opened her own boutique family law firm, The Law Office of Vonda Kay, in order to represent clients in all areas of family law in Dallas and surrounding counties. Read More »

Nicole Williams
Class of 1999

Nicole represented a couple whose children were unlawfully detained and removed from their custody by the Orange County Social Services Agency. By the time Nicole was retained, the children had already been in foster care…  Read More »

Denise O'Rourke
Class of 1992

Denise O’Rourke was deputized as a prosecutor with the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office ending an almost 20-year career as a civil litigation attorney, Prior to becoming a prosecutor, she was a contributor to…  Read More »

Eugene Ramirez
Class of 1987

Whittier Law School alumni, and Los Angeles public entity liability partner and principal, Eugene P. Ramirez, of Manning & Kass, Ellrod, Ramirez, Trester LLP (“MKERT”) (http://manningllp.com/) was recently named to the Daily Journal’…  Read More »

Mitchell Roth
Class of 1993

Mitchell Roth, class of 1993, was recently elected Prosecutor for the County of Hawaii running on a Community Oriented Prosecution platform. Community Oriented Prosecution focuses on solving problems and creating partnerships. Read More »

David Berstein
Class of 1999

David Berstein has joined the Law Firm of Myers Lin, LLP in Irvine in an Of Counsel capacity and will continue to focus his law practice primarily on intellectual property-related and business litigation. By his…  Read More »

Michelle Philo
Class of 2012

Michelle Philo was appointed by ABA President Laurel Bellows to serve on the Young Lawyers Division Social Media Working Group to the ABA Gender Equity Task Force. The working group supports the Task Force by…  Read More »

Julie Hill
Class of 1997

Julie Hill, a Certified Family Law Specialist, was recently re-certified by the CA State Bar of Legal Specialization and has moved her law office to Law Offices of Julie M. Hill, 3865 Jurupa Avenue, Riverside, California 92506. Read More »

April Frisby
Class of 1999

April Frisby will serve on the Executive Committee of the Business Law Section of the State Bar for a term beginning in October 2012 and ending in 2015. The Section serves as a forum to educate members…  Read More »

humberto gray
Class of 1987

Humberto R. Gray is still practicing Immigration Law within the fields of entertainment, sports and business. His practice is in Brentwood CA. You can contact him at graylaw.com Read More »

Bruce Richland
Class of 1994

BRUCE RICHLAND, class of ’94, is the President-Elect of the Los Angeles Criminal Courts Bar Association, and will serve as it’s president during the 60th anniversary of the association. The annual Awards Dinner and Gala…  Read More »

Robert Benavente
Class of 2000

Robert Benavente was named Partner in the law firm now named Stegmeier, Gelbart, Schwartz & Benavente, LLP, in Newport Beach, California, which limits its practice to Family Law litigation. Read More »

Janet McCullar
Class of 1992

Janet McCullar was selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America for family law for 2011 and 2012. Janet is a Fellow in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, and is board certified in family law by…  Read More »

Devon Lyon
Class of 2001

Ridout & Lyon, LLP just recently opened up an office in Atlanta, GA. Devon Lyon is a founding partner who works in the Long Beach, CA office where she focuses her practice on labor and…  Read More »

Kelley Fleming
Class of 2007

Kelley Fleming is a staff attorney with the California DNA Project, a federally funded joint project of the Northern California Innocence Project, Santa Clara University Law School School, the California Innocence Project, California Western School…  Read More »

Maureen van Stone
Class of 2005

The Daily Record, Maryland’s business and legal newspaper, selected Maureen van Stone, Esq., M.S., as a 2012 Leadership in Law honoree. The Daily Record created the Leadership in Law Awards program in 2000 to recognize…  Read More »

Jason Cohn
Class of 1994

Orange County Personal Injury Attorney Jason Cohn (Class of 1994) was recently featured by KABC Channel 7 news regarding dog owner liability and insurance coverage for dog maulings. The segment also featured one of Mr. Cohn’s…  Read More »

Jorge Ramirez
Class of 2000

Jorge F. Ramirez, Esq. (class of 2000) and Sonny Koo, Esq. (class of 2005) Whittier Alumni, teamed up and won 1st place in the Orange County Trial Lawyers 2012 Bench & Bar Golf Tournament with a score of 54. 18…  Read More »

Kenneth Martin
Class of 1999

Kenneth Ray Martin attended Whittier Law School in 1995/6 before transferring to Florida. He would be delighted to hear from his fellow classmates. Read More »

Todd Lander
Class of 1994

Todd Lander has accepted a position as partner in the Los Angeles office of Freeman, Freeman & Smiley LLP. This is a return to the Freeman firm, where Todd previously spent six years. Todd’s…  Read More »

Christina Delgado
Class of 2006

In memory of Christina Delgado, Class of 2006 Whittier Law School expresses our sincerest condolences to her family and friends. A memorial service will be held at the Calvary Chapel in Costa Mesa at 11:30 am on…  Read More »

Kenneth Powell
Class of 1977

Kenneth L Powell, class of 1977 received a $4.1 million verdict on behalf of two elementary school girls against the Sacramento City Unified School District, who claimed that they were sexually molested by their PE Coach. The…  Read More »

April Frisby
Class of 1999

April is the new Editor-in-Chief of the Business Law Section of the State Bar of California. She is looking for anyone that has been practicing for over 5 years to submit articles for publication on business…  Read More »

Lynne Boisineau
Class of 2001

Congratulations to Lynne Boisineau who earlier this year made partner at McDermott Will & Emery LLP. Lynne is based in the Firm’s Orange County office and focuses her practice on trademark prosecution and trademark…  Read More »

William Freeman
Class of 1979

William Freeman and his wife Deborah have retired and relocated to the Altavista area of beautiful central Virginia residing near their son and grandaughter. Read More »

Justin Balser
Class of 2000

In addition to his role as office managing shareholder for Akerman Senterfitt’s Denver office, Justin was appointed office managing shareholder for the firm’s growing Los Angeles office. Akerman Senterfitt LLP is a national 500+…  Read More »

Jordon Steinberg
Class of 2000

Martindale Hubbell recently awarded Jordon Steinberg with an AV Peer rating which is the highest rating by peers and Judges for ethical and legal standards. Super Lawyers awarded Jordon with the 2012 Rising Star award in…  Read More »

Pamela Mullis
Class of 1997

The Million Dollar Advocates Forum is pleased to announce that attorney Pamela R. Mullis of Columbia, South Carolina has been certified as a life member of both the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and the Multi-Million…  Read More »

Peter Alvarado
Class of 1995

Peter S. Alvarado Named New FinCEN Deputy Director VIENNA, Va. – The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) Director James H. Freis, Jr. this week named Peter S. Alvarado as FinCEN’s new Deputy Director. Alvarado comes…  Read More »

Eric Goodman
Class of 2000

Eric Goodman, managing partner at GOODMAN MOONEY, has been named a Super Lawyer for 2012. He practices intellectual property and business law with partner Amanda Mooney (former WLS adjunct professor of Copyright Law) in Irvine, California. …  Read More »

Dennis LaRochelle
Class of 1976

Dennis LaRochelle, a partner with Arnold LaRochelle Mathews VanConas & Zirbel LLP (A to Z Law), has been named to the Southern California Super Lawyers list as one of the top attorneys in Southern California…  Read More »

Ronald Sittler
Class of 1996

Ronald K. Sittler Joins Blank Rome LLP Partner Enhances Entertainment and Media Litigation Experience of the Firm’s Los Angeles Office January 24, 2012 – Blank Rome LLP is pleased to announce that Ronald K. Sittler has joined…  Read More »

Dennis LaRochelle
Class of 1976

At its recent annual conference, members of the California statewide chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates, CAL-ABOTA, installed Oxnard-based attorney Dennis LaRochelle as treasurer, making him the first attorney from Ventura County to…  Read More »

Michael Talassazan
Class of 2007

Michael Talassazan joined Gentile & Associates in August, 2010 with concentrations in Personal Injury, Product Liability, Medical Malpractice, and Police Misconduct. Read More »

Patrick Foley
Class of 1995

Patrick is the new associate attorney at Steptoe & Johnson in Los Angeles. Previously Patrick was a partner at Lewis, Brisbois, Bisgaard & Smith. He now joins Steptoe & Johnson’s environmental law and toxic…  Read More »

Steven Chen
Class of 2007

In April 2010, Steve won the European Patent Office’s Inventor of the Year Award for his invention on powerful chipsets designed to enhance the availability, accuracy and effectiveness of GPS technology. Congratulations Steven, job well…  Read More »

Jameika Mangum
Class of 2003

Jameika resigned from her position as McHenry County Assistance State Attorney to form Mangum Law Firm, LLC. This new law firm will be a general practice with a focus on Traffic, Family, and Criminal Law.…  Read More »

Joanna Mamey
Class of 2007

The Association of Media and Entertainment Counsel has awarded Joanna Mamey, Class of 2007, the Rising Star Award. Joanna is a Business Representative, Theatrical & Interactive Game Contracts, Screen Actors Guild. The Award Ceremony will be…  Read More »

Vickie Sheridan Benson
Class of 1987

Vickie worked as an Assistant State Attorney in Daytona Beach, Florida for seven years. She has been a solo practitioner for criminal defense in Orlando, FL, for over 10 years and plans to stay there. http:/…  Read More »

Kelly Nguyen
Class of 2009

Kelly Nguyen, Class of 2009, has just accepted an 8th Circuit Court of Appeal Clerkship with the Honorable Myron Bright. Kelly is currently completing a two year clerkship for Judge Gerald Bruce Lee in the United…  Read More »

Ryan Ellis
Class of 2010

Howard & Howard Attorneys PLLC is pleased to announce that Ryan A. Ellis has joined the firm. He will practice out of the firm’s Las Vegas Office. Mr. Ellis concentrates his practice in the…  Read More »

Sondra Sutherland
Class of 1996

After a grueling 7?week jury trial and a 3?plus year appeal, the Fourth Appellate District, Division Three, issued its Opinion on June 14, 2010, affirming a $6.6 million Judgment obtained by North County attorney Sondra Sutherland and co…  Read More »

Joanna Mamey
Class of 2007

The latest edition of M/E Insights, a publication of the Association of Media and Entertainment Counsel, has published Joanna Mamey’s article, “Any Given CBA: A Look at Football Player Negotiations.” Click on “Fall 2010” …  Read More »

Blair Westlake
Class of 1979

Blair Westlake, a seasoned media and entertainment industry veteran, with more than 25 years of diverse experience was featured in the Fall 2010 issue of M/E, a publication of the Association of Media and Entertainment Counsel.…  Read More »

Arezou Bakhtjou
Class of 2007

Currently at the Fresno Public Defender’s Office, Arezou Bakhtjou has just accepted a job at the Riverside Public Defender’s Office. She will begin on January 27, 2011. Congratulations! Read More »