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Class Notes

Keep up-to-date with your fellow University of San Francisco School of Law alumni through class notes.

Let us know about your professional or personal news by emailing updates to lawalumni@usfca.edu or clicking here. The USF School of Law reserves the right to edit all class notes submissions.

Recent Class Notes

Marshall Berol ’60 was interviewed by The Energy Report in the article “How much must Oil and Gas supply grow to meet demand?” about the direction his investment firm, Bl-SH Financial, is taking to account for the increase in energy demand as the world’s population grows.

Frank Brass ’60 was appointed by California Gov. Jerry Brown to the California Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board. 

Tony Clark ’64 was featured in the Reno Gazette-Journal article "Don't forget: National Grandparents Day is Sunday," about the privileges and rewards of being a grandfather to his nine grandchildren. He also received the USF 2014 Professional Achievement Award.

Ming Chin ’67 was featured in the San Francisco Daily Journal article “The Final Word: Civil Law Developments.”

Thomas J. Brandi ’72 was named to Super Lawyers' 2014 Top Ten Lawyers for Northern California for the second consecutive year. Brandi has been in the Top 100 every year since the inception of Super Lawyers and this is his third appearance in the Top Ten.

Gary Picetti ’72 is featured in the San Francisco Daily Journal article “Hayward to Harvard,” for his unique educational path and use of humor in the courtroom.

Ralph R. Garcia ’73 retired after more than 40 years of practicing law. He was in private practice and a public defender. 

Ksenia Tsenin ’73 was featured in the Daily Journal article "Unconditional Inspiration," for her unique and personable approach to sentencing as a judge.

Peter A. Bagatelos ’74 will celebrate 40 years of marriage in July. He has practiced political law for 38 years.

Jeanne Powell ’75 is the author of Carousel a collection of her essays by Regent Press in 2014. She also is the author of Word Dancing and My Own Silence two poetry collections published by Taurean Horn Press in 2013 and 2014.

Peter J. Logan ’76 is enjoying both solo practice and collaborating with other lawyers and firms. His flexible schedule allows him to play music in a rock band.

L. Patrick Lupo ’76 was appointed as non-executive chairman of the board of Bunge Limited, where he previously served as lead independent director since 2010.

Howard K.K. Luke ’77 was named 2014, "Lawyer of the Year," in Non-White Collar Criminal Defense, Best Lawyers in Hawaii. He is also the fellow and current state chair for the American College of Trail Lawyers.

Andrew Kluger ’78, board chairman of The Mexican Museum, was recognized by the Foreign Ministry of Mexico for his diplomatic services as Honorary Consul to the State of Hawaii for the Republic of Mexico. Presented with a certificate recognizing his service by Mexico's Secretary of Foreign Affairs in Mexico City, he later met with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto and other government leaders, informing them of The Mexican Museum's new building project in San Francisco's Yerba Buena Garden Arts District.

Ron Dodge ’80 is semi-retired and farming in Sonoma County. He and his wife Sandy volunteer for the Family Justice Center.

Susan R. Mendelsohn ’80, director of the LLM Mentor Program at the USF School of Law, co-authored the chapter “Foreign Direct Investments in Vietnam: Investment Procedures and the Impact of the U.S.-Vietnam Trade Agreement” in the text book Transnational Joint Ventures.

Brian E. Hill ’81 was featured in the San Francisco Daily Journal article “A Leg Up,” and provides internships for students.

Jayne Kelly Nordstrom ’81 recently won a case at the California Court of Appeal.

Paul D. Hunt ’83 is an estate planner with offices at Marina Village in Alameda.

Robert La Mont ’84 is currently directing an American Bar Association rule of law project in the Philippines, aimed at improving the Philippine court system through automation.

Sue Rokaw ’84 works as in-house claims counsel at Deans & Homer and plans to volunteer with the School of Law through activities offered by USF Career Planning.

Paul Killion ’86 won the Burton Award for Legal Achievement for his article “Warning: The Internet May Contain Traces of Nuts (Or, When and How to Cite to Internet Sources),” which appeared in the 2013 California Litigation: The Journal of the Litigation Section, State Bar of California. In the article, he discusses how to use Internet sources.

Carol M. Langford ’86 published the fourth edition of her nationally adopted textbook, “Legal Ethics in the Practice of Law.” She was also appointed by the State Bar of California to a commission to create and revise its disciplinary standards. She is an adjunct professor at the USF School of Law.

Brian Soublet ’86 was appointed by Gov. Jerry Brown to be deputy director and chief counsel for the California Department of Motor Vehicles.

Michael Wright ’88 was honored by the California Child Support Directors Association as the 2014 recipient of the William R. Knudson Award.

Jeffrey Evans ’89 was promoted to shareholder at von Briesen & Roper SC, focusing on preparing insurance coverage opinions, insurance coverage litigation, and general tort litigation in the litigation and risk management practice group.

Anne Marie Schubert ’89 was elected Sacramento District Attorney in the first seriously contested campaign for the county prosecutor’s office in 20 years.

Paul Cohen ’90 was recently appointed to the Commission on Access to Justice by the State Bar of California, working towards improving access to justice for all Californians.

Scott Patton ’90 was appointed a judge in the Alameda County Superior Court in 2012.

David R. Ongaro ’91 was recognized as a Super Lawyer by Super Lawyers.

Ernest Price ’92 has re-joined Ropers Majeski Kohn & Bentley, P.C. as counsel in their Los Angeles office.

John J. Stander ’93, an attorney practicing in the field of common interest community association law at Angius and Terry LLP, recently relocated to their Reno office.

Kimberly Ann Guilfoyle ’94 recently became a co-host for the Fox News Channel’s “The Five,” which discusses top news headlines from all perspectives and angles.

Robert Rosenthal ’94 was selected to be included in The Best Lawyers in America 2015. He practices employment law at Howard & Howard Attorneys PLLC.

Jessica Grant ’95 joined Venable LLP as product liability partner in San Francisco, and was a finalist for the Trial Lawyer of the Year Award from the Public Justice Foundation.

Kent Bradley Rogerson ’96 has joined Hanson Bridgett LLP as counsel, focusing on general business transactions, business acquisitions and sales, and advising clients on operations.

Elizabeth Brekhus ’97 was elected president of the Marin County Bar Association and was elected mayor pro tem of the Ross Town Council. She practices law in Marin County and focuses on civil litigation with an emphasis on real property litigation.

Veronika Briggs Benion ’98 opened her law firm, The Christian Law Office, practicing family, juvenile, and personal injury law in Arizona. She has handled at least one case per year on either a pro-bono basis or at a greatly reduced rate.

Jennifer Fiore ’99 received the Trial Lawyer of the Year Award from the Public Justice Foundation.

Britt Strottman ’00 was listed on the San Francisco Daily Journal’s “Top 75 Women Lawyers,” in recognition of her work as lead counsel for the City of San Bruno in hearings related to the 2010 gas pipeline explosion.

Aniela Szymanski ’02 recently became professor of practice and managing attorney of the Veterans Benefits Clinic at the College of William and Mary Law School in Williamsburg, Va.

Charles Wilson II ’02 was appointed to serve on the Santa Clara County Superior Court by California Governor Jerry Brown. Wilson has served as a deputy district attorney at the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office since 2007.

Yesenia Gallegos ’03 has recently been named a co-chair of Fox Rothschild LLP’s Diversity Committee.

John Hendricks ’04 was selected as one of the 2014 Best LGBT Lawyers Under 40 by the National LGBT Bar Association and was named 2014 rising star by Super Lawyers.

Kristen Bauer Proschold ’05 was elected partner by Baker & McKenzie, LLP, where she represents companies in all stages of tax controversies. Earlier this year, Kristen became a licensed certified public accountant in California. She also co-authored an 800-page international tax treatise, “U.S. Corporations Doing Business Abroad.”

Jason Fellner ’06 is a partner at Murphy, Peason, Bradley & Feeney in San Francisco, where he serves private and corporate clients across California. He was also selected as a 2014 Northern California Super Lawyer. Jason and his wife, Nathalie, welcomed their third child, Lucas Dean Fellner, on July 2, 2014.

Matthew Pfeffer ’06 works at the Los Angeles Country District Attorney’s Office. Previously, he worked for the Madera County District Attorney’s Office for more than five years.

John S. Hong ’07 has been elected regional governor and member of the board of directors of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association.

Elina Agnoli ’08 opened her own law firm in her hometown of Laytonville in Mendocino County. Her practice encompasses a wide range of civil legal issues including personal injury, family law, estate planning, and real estate. She also offers mediation services.

Jennifer Applegate '08 became a partner at Parranto & Applegate, LLP, in Santa Rosa, California. She practices family law, as well as some civil litigation and estate planning.

Sophia Aslami ’08 received a Trial Lawyer of the Year Award from the Public Justice Foundation.

Caroline Burnett ’08 has joined Nixon Peabody as an associate in their Labor and Employment group.

Laura Cronin Ford ’08 recently became partner at family law and estate planning firm Kaye Moser Hierbaum LLP.

Heather Boshears Robbins ’08 joined Fox, Shjeflo, Hartley & Babu, LLP, a law firm based in San Mateo specializing in estate planning, probate litigation, business and real estate transactions, civil litigation, employment disputes, and bankruptcy. She is a member of the executive committee of the San Mateo County Bar Association’s Estate Planning, Probate and Elder Law Section and serves as co-chair of the Section’s New Attorney Group.

Katy M. Young ’09 was recognized as a Rising Star by Super Lawyes.

Brian M. Schnarr ’10 received Trial Lawyer of the Year Awards from the Public Justice Foundation and the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association for his victory against major paint companies’ and their lead painting practices. He was selected as a rising star by Super Lawyers in 2013 and 2014.

Julia Quinn ’12 recently secured a $20,000 settlement against a slumlord for gross habitability violations. She handled the case while volunteering for Bayview/Hunters Point Community Legal.

Marie Vincent ’12 was featured in the San Francisco Daily Journal article “The Right to Move,” for co-founding the nonprofit law firm Pangea Legal Services.

Mark Griffin ’14 was mentioned in the Marin Independent Journal’s op-ed piece “Marin Voice: 60th anniversary of the Brown decision,” recognizing his graduation from the USF School of Law.

Kendall Kozai ’14 was featured in Rafu Shimpo, a Los Angeles-based Japanese newspaper, in the article “Success is All in the Family,” describing her academic achievements.


In Memoriam 

Charles Stuhr ’49, February 2014

John Foran ’59, September 2014

Marteen Miller ’61, July 2014

John Trezza ’61, June 2014

N. Michael Rucka ’65, July 2014

Gregory Preston O’Keeffe ’72, July 2014

Kevin C. McDonough ’81, May 2014