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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 you can update your fellow alums here. The USF School of Law reserves the right to edit all class notes submissions.

Recent Class Notes

Rodger Lippa ’64 retired in 2012 after 25 years as a judge for the state of California. Previously, he spent 22 years as a defense trial lawyer, three years at his wife’s firm, Laughlin, Falbo, and three years representing injured workers for Stewart Boxer.

Bette Epstein ’68 is now a full-time mediator and discovery referee as a panelist for ADR Services, Inc.

Professor Denis Binder ’70 delivered the keynote address at the Canadian Dam Association Annual Meeting in Banff, Canada, in October.

George Camerlengo ’71 became a partner of Gray•Duffy, LLP in Redwood City.

Christine Vertucci ’75 is the director of the Mindanao Peacebuilding Institute in Davao City, Philippines, serving the Asia-Pacific region.

Patricia Burgess ’76 recently published her second book, “First Friends: Love, Loss and Life in Humboldt County,” a memoir about friendship, the cycle of life, and forging one’s place as a single mother, attorney, and compassionate friend, set in Northern California.

Stan Tosello ’78 moved from the Citibank International Personal Banking Latin American business, based in Miami, to work with Citi Banamex USA business in Los Angeles, focusing on banking regulatory related matters.

Carlos F. Medoza ’79 is in his 32nd year in private practice based in Los Angeles. His emphasis is in civil litigation, and serving those with little or no access to the civil justice system.

Paula Canny ’80 wrote a chapter in Strategies for Defending DUI Cases in California.

Mike German ’81 recently retired from 32 years of practicing law, most recently in the Attorney General’s San Diego Licensing Litigation section. He continues to be an avid cyclist and U.S. Masters Swimmer.

Monica Bay ’82 retired in February after a long career in the legal technology field.

Sue Rokaw ’84 is the 2014-15 president of the Rotary Club of Fisherman’s Wharf, where she leads her club in local community service projects particularly serving the Fisherman’s Wharf and North Beach areas of San Francisco.

James DeFrantz ’85 was appointed by Bank Solutions Group, LLC as practice manager in its risk and compliance group.

Gonzalo “Sal” Torres ’88, as Legal Director of Commercial Transactions for Equinix, Inc., recently completed work projects in Singapore and Brazil. Sal continues to be an active member of the law school’s Mentorship Program and this fall conducted two resume writing and career search workshops for law students.

Kristine Eagle ’89 was appointed as a court commissioner by the San Joaquin County Superior Court.

Michael R. Hull ’90 has been practicing patent prosecution and patent-related opinion work in Chicago for 24 years, the last nine years at Miller, Matthias & Hull, which he helped found. He specializes in chemical and mechanical arts, as well as working for large corporations.

Fred Carr ’91 returned to the U.S. in 2012 after several years of practice in the United Arab Emirates, and formed Carr & Venner ADR, Mediation Services. He provides mediation services to legal counsel representing parties who are either in litigation or about to file suit in a broad range of subject areas throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.

Sandra Edwards ’91 was appointed by Farella Braun + Martel to chair its Environmental Law Department.

Jeanine Cotter ’93, co-founder and president of Luminalt, a San Francisco solar contractor, was honored by Assemblymember Phil Ting as Woman of the Year.

Ron Knecht ’95 was elected Nevada State Controller in Nov. 2014 and began his four-year term in January 2015. He was formerly a Nevada Regent and Assemblymember.

Michael Laurenson ’97 provided defense for the case Hartnett v. Forensic Analytical Sciences Inc. With a unanimous verdict in favor of the defense, this case was voted one of the Top Verdicts of 2014 by Daily Journal.

Linda Kim ’01 is now the director of external affairs at Bay Area Legal Aid.

Alexa Koenig ’03 is the executive director of the Human Rights Center at UC Berkeley School of Law.

Courtney Cruz, Esq. ’05 co-authored the chapter “Medical Malpractice” in Massachusetts Superior Court Civil Practice Jury Instructions.

Verleana D. Green, Esq. ’05 was honored at the Sixth Annual Powerful Women of the Bay Awards in March.

James E. Heffner ’06, of Hahn Loeser & Parks LLP, was named one of San Diego’s Rising Stars in the category of Civil Litigation - Defense in the 2015 edition of Super Lawyers.

Joe Wilson ’06 is currently a partner at Curiale Wilson LLP, an employment law firm providing advise and counseling to companies throughout Northern California, as well as defending and prosecuting actions in court and before the National Labor Relations Board.

Ifeoma Ajunwa ’07 wrote the op-ed piece on genetic testing, “There’s No Guarantee of Anonymity,” which was published in The New York Times' Room for Debate.

Liam Collins ’07 was appointed audit partner at Armanino LLP, the largest independent accounting and business consulting firm based in California.

Anthony D. Phillips ’08 became an associate at Archer Norris PLC in San Francisco, specializing in commercial and financial disputes.

Cometria Cooper ’09 received the “Woman of Inspiration” award from Ms. JD Magazine.

Amol Mehra ’09, director of the International Corporate Accountability Roundtable, spoke on a panel at the Dialogue on the United States National Action Plan on Responsible Business Conduct held at UC Berkeley in February.

Peter Micek ’11 spoke on a panel at the Dialogue on the United States National Action Plan on Responsible Business Conduct held at UC Berkeley in February. He leads the Access policy team’s business and human rights work, advocating for a more rights-respecting telecom and tech sector.

Ruben Guerra ’12 was named the new partner of Davega | Fisher | Mechtenberg LLP in charge of the newly opened San Francisco office.

 

In Memoriam

William Holliman 63, March 2015

Theodore “Ted” A. Kolb ’45, March 2015

Terrance M. Bresnahan ’60, February 2015

Paul Vapnek ’64, February 2015

Todd M. Ramm ’00, January 2015