Board of Governors

PRESIDENT

SAL TORRES ‘88

Sal TorresEducation: J.D., USF School of Law (1988) | B.A., University of California, Los Angeles (1983)

Overview: Sal works as the Senior Director of Legal & Commercial Transactions at Equinix Inc., where he leads the 22 member Americas Commercial Transactions team which supports all customer agreements and other sales contracts negotiated in North, Central, and South America. Sal also serves on the Commercial Leadership Team for the global legal department where he helps innovative ways to deliver legal services to Equinix’s worldwide sales division. Sal served 5 terms as Mayor and Councilman of the City of Daly City from 1996 – 2016. Previously, he was a Partner at Gutierrez & Associates, and held positions with Arysta LifeScience and Lafayette & Kumagai, amongst others. He also worked as host and producer of the TV talk show, El Amanecer.


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TOM ASIMOU ’98

Tom Asimou Education: LLM in Taxation, Boston University (1999) | J.D., USF School of Law (1998) | B.A, University of Arizona (1995)

Overview: Mr. Asimou founded Asimou & Associates, PLC, the firm works in contested probate, trust and elder abuse litigation throughout Arizona and the southwestern United States. An aspect of the practice of the firm is helping the families of missing persons throughout the world In investigating and otherwise dealing with the legal ramifications of being a missing person. The work of the firm has been featured in articles in Bloomberg, The Arizona Republic, The Wall Street Journal and on the BBC.


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KIRAN BELUR ‘07

kiran-belur.jpgEducation: J.D., USF School of Law (2007) I B.A., University of California, Berkeley (1997)

Overview: Mr. Belur works as the Head of Trademarks and Copyrights at Salesforce, where he specializes in intellectual property, copyrights, and trademarks. Prior to this position, he was an associate at Fenwick & West and a Legal Associate for MobiTV.


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ELIZABETH BOHANNON ’92

Elizabeth BohannonEducation: J.D., USF School of Law (1992) I B.S., Duke University (1984)

Overview: Ms. Bohannon is currently consulting to companies and individuals on employment law issues, conflict coaching, and dispute mediation. Prior to this role, she was Associate General Counsel, Labor & Employment at Airbnb, Vice President & Associate General Counsel at Williams-Sonoma, and Senior Employment Counsel at Waste Management. Early in her law career, she worked as an Associate at Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison and Fenwick & West.


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AILEEN F. CASANAVE

Aileen F. CasanaveEducation: J.D., USF School of Law (1984) I B.S., Vassar College (1981)

Overview: Aileen F. Casanave is serving as a part-time General Counsel at Nexla. Prior to this position, she was Vice President and Deputy General Counsel to Alation. Over her career she has worked with various companies, including Lockheed Martin, Sun Microsystems, Corel Corporation, Joyent, and Tibco Software. She has also taught Critical Race Theory and Housing Discrimination at SCU School of Law. Aileen is on the Board of the Association of Corporate Counsel- SFBA chapter, General Counsel to the African American Community Services Agency, Vice President of the California Association of Black Lawyers (CABL) and President of the National Association of 100 Black Women - SV Chapter.


MATT CHIVVIS '07

Matt ChivvisEducation: J.D., USF School of Law (2007) I B.A., University of Wyoming (2004)

Overview: Matthew is a Partner in the Intellectual Property Group of Morrison & Foerster LLP, where he specializes in life sciences and technology litigation. He joined the firm in 2008 after clerking for Chief Judge James Ware of the Northern District of California (ret.). While at USF Law he was a member of the executive board of Law Review, and an Academic Excellence Award recipient.


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ARTHUR E. CIRULNICK

Arthur CirulnickEducation: J.D., magna cum laude, USF School of Law (1979) I B.A., University of California, Santa Barbara (1975)

Overview: Art Cirulnick is a Partner at Venable LLP, where is is a member of the firm's business, corporate finance, and securities practices. Prior to this position, he was an Attorney at Law with Tucker Flyer PC, before its merge with Venable. Mr. Cirulnick has taught business planning as an adjunct professor at The George Washington University National Law Center, and has written numerous materials for inclusion in American Law Institute-American Bar Association publications, as well as a chapter entitled "Shareholders Agreements," published by Wiley Law Publications as part of its Negotiating Business Transactions text.


MEMBER, RECRUITING TASK FORCE
CHERISSE CLEOFE '12

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Associate: Kiesel Law, Beverly Hills, CA
Education: J.D., USF School of Law (2012) | B.S., University of California, San Diego (2003)

Overview: Ms. Cleoffe is an Associate Attorney with Kiesel Law LLP, where she specializes in mass tort litigation against pharmaceutical companies and medical device manufacturers. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Cleofe was involved in practice development at JAMS, and was also a volunteer attorney at the Legal Aid Society of Orange County. While at USF, Ms. Cleofe served as the President of the Student Bar Association, Co-Chair of USF SBA Diversity Committee, President of the Women’s Law Association, and Secretary of the Filipino American Law Society. As a member of the USF Advanced Trial Team, Ms. Cleofe represented USF at the ABA Labor Law Section Trial Competition and the Texas Young Lawyers’ Association National Trial Competition.


CHAIR, ALUMNI ENGAGEMENT COMMITTEE

JOHN DEMETER '05

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Education: J.D., cum laude, USF School of Law (2005) | B.A., Boston College (1998)

Overview: Mr. Demeter is currently General Counsel at Khosla Ventures. Prior to this position, he was of Counsel with WilmerHale (2007-2016), and an Attorney with DeVito Law Group, where he began as a Law Clerk (2004-2007). He has also served as an Adjunct Professor at USF School of Law where he taught Legal Writing, and a guest lecturer for both USF School of Law and Berkeley Law.


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MARK EPSTEIN '93

Mark EpsteinEducation: J.D., USF School of Law (1993) | B.A., UC Davis (1989)

Overview: Mark Epstein is a Partner and Chair of the Litigation Department at Wendel, Rosen, Black & Dean LLP where he specializes in real estate, business lending, and title insurance coverage litigation. . Prior to this position, he was a Partner at Alborg, Veiluva & Epstein LLP, and an Associate Attorney with Gordon & Rees. Mr. Epstein has also taught as an adjunct professor at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law where he co-taught a course on real estate transactions and litigation.


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ANDREW FILLER '95

Andrew Filler

Education: J.D., magna cum laude, USF School of Law (1995) | B.S., Cornell University (1989)

Overview: Mr. Filler is a Partner and General Counsel at 3LP Advisors, where he utilizes over twenty years of expertise managing complex intellectual property and general legal matters across an array of technology and medical companies. He is also General Counsel and VP of Intellectual Property at Nanosys (2004-present). Prior to these roles, he was Chief Patent Counsel at Caliper Life Sciences (2002-2004), Senior Associate at Weil, Gotshal & Manges, and a Director of Intellectual Property at Corvascular.


MEMBER, Alumni engagement COMMITTEE
JANET FOGARTY ‘91

Janet FogartyFounder: Law Office of Janet Fogarty, Millbrae, CA
Education: J.D., USF School of Law (1991) | B.S., University of San Francisco (1985)

Overview: Janet Fogarty is the Founder and Owner of Janet Fogarty & Associates, a firm with an emphasis on real estate, financing, land use estate planning, business transactions, and entitlements. Ms. Fogarty is closely involved with a host of community groups, and is the Past President of the Millbrae Rotary Club, Millbrae Community Foundation, and Soroptimist International of Millbrae-San Bruno. She is also a former Director and three-time Chairman of the Millbrae Chamber of Commerce, and a former Mayor and Councilmember of the City of Millbrae. In 2013, the Millbrae Mayor's Council named Ms. Fogarty as Millbrae Woman of the Year for her long term service to the community.


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JUDGE LUPE GARCIA ’95

Lupe GarciaEducation: J.D., USF School of Law (1995) | B.A., Occidental College

Overview: The Honorable Lupe Garcia was appointed to the bench of the Alameda County Superior Court in 2016, and is currently assigned to the Juvenile Delinquency Division and serves on the Court’s Access and Personnel Committees. For the 16 years prior to her appointment, she held various positions at Gap Inc. as in-house counsel, and departed as the Associate General Counsel for Corporate Compliance. Prior to joining Gap Inc., she was an employment litigation associate at Lafayette & Kumagai, LLP. While at Gap Inc. she co-founded the Gap Inc. Diversity Council and served on the Steering Committee for the Latino Employee Resource Group. Judge Garcia has also deep commitment to the community, having served on the Board of Trustees for the California State University and the Board of Directors for the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area.


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SIMRON GILL ’12

Simron GillLead Counsel, Video Content and Production: Facebook, Los Angeles

Education: J.D., USF School of Law (2012) | B.A., University of California, San Diego (2005)

Overview: Ms. Gill is of Counsel for Content Intellectual Property at Netflix. Previously, she had served as Lead Counsel of Video Content and Production at Facebook, and as an Attorney with Hanson Bridgett LLP (2013-2016). She is also an amateur photographer and filmmaker, and served as a Board Member and Vice-Chair for Root Division, a visual art non-profit, where she was an Associate Producer for the documentary Life After Life.


CHRISTINE GREGORAK '93

gregorak_christineEducation: J.D., USF School of Law (1993) | B.A., Stanford University (1990)

Overview: Ms. Gregorak is a partner at Real Estate Law Group LLP. She has practiced law since 1993 specializing in financing, land use, construction, and sophisticated commercial real estate transactions as well as the development, leasing, and financing of power facilities. She has lectured at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Environmental and Engineering Sciences, where she taught Financing Renewable Energy Projects. Ms. Gregorak has been on the USF School of Law Board of Governors for USF since 2015.


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RAPHAEL GUTIERREZ ’01

Raphael Gutierrez

Education: J.D., cum laude, University of San Francisco School of Law (2001); B.A., University of California, Los Angeles (1996)

Overview: Mr. Gutierrez is currently a Director of Intellectual Property at Uber Technologies, Inc. Prior to his employment with Uber, he ran his own law firm (2009-2016), and was Intellectual Property Counsel for the Foundation Law Group LLP (2014-2016) and Trademark and Copyright counsel for the Jackson Intellectual Property Group (2009-2016). Following graduation, he was an Intellectual Property Associate with Knobbe, Martens, Olsen & Bear (2001-2005) and Manatt, Phelps, & Phillips, LLP (2005-2009). He also has a black belt in Krav Maga.


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JOHN HENDRICKS '04

hendricks_johnEducation: J.D., USF School of Law (2004) | B.A., University of California, Los Angeles (1998)

Overview: Mr. Hendricks is the Founder of Hendricks Law P.C., a full-service law firm located in San Francisco. His skills in trial advocacy were recognized with the NITA Advocate designation by the National Institute for Trial Advocacy in 2007. More recently, Super Lawyers magazine named him a “Rising Star.” Prior to Hendricks Law P.C., he worked as an Attorney at Law with Lafayette and Kumagai LLP (2006-2008), as a Law Clerk with Tellme Networks, Inc. (2003-2004), and as a legislative aide for international trade and other issues in the US House of Representatives (1999-2001). He is a current Member of the Board of Directors of the National LGBT Bar Association, and a Delegate to the American Bar Association.


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JOHN HONG ‘07

John HongEducation: J.D., USF School of Law (2007) | B.A., Davidson College (1999)

Overview: Mr. Hong currently serves as the Chief People Officer at Avellino Lab. Prior to this position, Mr. Hong has held position with Littler Mendelson and Long & Levit LLP, and he worked as a Math Teacher at San Rafael City Schools. He is a member, former Regional Governor, and former member of the Board of Governors of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, and a member and past President of the Korean American Bar Association of Northern California.


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kevin Jackson '14

Kevin JacksonEducation: J.D., USF School of Law (2014) I B.S., California State University, Long Beach (2011)

Overview: Mr. Kevin Jackson has been an Associate Attorney with Aaron, Riechert, Carpol & Riffle, APC since 2014, where he represents fiduciaries and individuals in a wide range of trust and estate matters. He is also an Adjunct Professor at USF Law, where he teaches estate planning. While in law school, Mr. Jackson was a senior staff member of the law review, a member of the moot court board, a course tutor for the school’s academic support program, and the academic chair and national delegate for the University of San Francisco’s Black Law Students Association.


Ely Juarez '03

Ely JuarezEducation: J.D., USF School of Law (2003) | B.S., University of San Francisco (1998)

Overview: Mr. Juarez is Senior Counsel Global Business Development with Spotify and has been with the company since 2017. Previously, he was a Senior Director and Associate General Counsel of Product and Media Services at Samsung (2013-2017), Director, International Corporate Counsel at Viacom (2011-2013), and Head of Business and Legal Affairs for Latin America at Universal Music Group (2007-2011).


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ON LU '05

lu_onEducation: J.D., USF School of Law (2005) | M.B.A., National University (2001) | B.A., University of Redlands (1993)

Overview: 80% of On Lu’s practice is large Asian hi-tech companies that retain him to monetize their IP portfolios. The other 20% is startups for whom oN elevates ideas into protectable IP. oN serves as Chief IP Counsel for the European Innovation Academy (EIA), where he developed and teaches the IP curriculum that has trained over 3,000+ startups from 90+ countries. Prior to becoming a lawyer, he earned his MBA, and spent a decade launching U.S. hi-tech companies internationally. oN recently completed his second term as co-chair of BALIF—the oldest and largest LGBTQ bar association in the country. At USF, oN served as SBA President. His class voted him as the “Leader Who Contributed Most to the Character of the Law School” and selected him to speak at commencement. Last year, oN orchestrated the campaign to rally 600+ law school alumni to create a $100K endowment to fund USF’s diversity recruiting and retention initiative.


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MARIE MA ‘09

Marie MaEducation: J.D., USF School of Law (2009), B.A., University of California, Los Angeles (1999)

Overview: Ms. Ma serves as Vice President and Deputy General Counsel at Gap, Inc., specializing in corporate, securities, global equity, finance, public communication and disclosure, corporate governance, and transactional work and overseeing the Corporate & Finance, Global Equity Administration and Legal Operation teams. Ms. Ma also leads Gap Inc.’s Legal Inclusion and Diversity Committee. Ms. Ma serves on the Board of Directors of the Bar Association of San Francisco’s (BASF) Justice and Diversity Center, and the Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area (AABA) Law Foundation Board. Ms. Ma formerly served on the AABA Board. 


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bambo obaro '07

Bambo ObaroEducation: J.D., cum laude, USF School of Law (2009) I B.A., McMaster University (2003)

Overview: Mr. Obaro has been an Attorney with Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP since 2010, where his practice specializes in Complex Commercial Litigation. Mr. Obaro is currently President of the Federal Bar Association’s Northern District of California Chapter, and he also serves as a Lawyer Representative to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Council.


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THOMAS ONDA ‘90

Thomas OndaEducation: J.D., USF School of Law (1990) | B.A., Northwestern University (1986)

Overview: Mr. Onda is the Chief Counsel of Global Intellectual Property, Brands and Marketing at Levi Strauss & Co. Prior to this role, he was a Partner at Steinhart and Falconer LLP, and held positions with Schlemmer & Associates and Pillsbury, Madison & Sutro. Thomas is also an adjunct faculty member with USF School of Law, teaching Intellectual Property and Cyberlaw, and was awarded the Hon. Ira A. Brown Jr. Distinguished Adjunct Professor Award by USF in 2010.


CHAIR, NOMINATING COMMITTEE
STEPHANIE SHERIDAN '88

sheridanEducation: J.D., USF School of Law (1988) | B.A., magna cum laude, San Diego State University (1985)

Overview: Ms. Sheridan is the Managing Partner at the San Francisco office of Steptoe & Johnson LLP, and also serves as the Chair of the Retail and E-Commerce practice group at the firm. She concentrates her practice in business and commercial litigation including consumer class actions, products liability, and matters involving California Business & Professions Code Section 17200 and the Consumer Legal Remedies Act. She also counsels clients regarding California’s Proposition 65 and compliance with the mandates of the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Prior to her position with Steptoe & Johnson, she was a Partner at Sedgwick LLP. In addition to her work with the Board of Governors, she is also a member of the Board of Directors at Legal Momentum.


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jennifer sta.ana '15

Jennifer Sta.AnaEducation: J.D., USF School of Law (2015) I M.A., Georgetown University (2010) I B.A., University of California, Los Angeles (2007)

Overview: Jennifer is a Trial Attorney at the Office of the Solicitor at the U.S. Department of Labor, enforcing Federal laws born out of the labor and civil rights movements of our country. She is a proud alumna of Levy Vinick Burrell Hyams LLP, a workers’ rights firm, firmly committed to civil rights and social justice. As an associate in private practice, Jennifer was selected as a Rising Star on the 2018 Northern California Super Lawyers List. Jennifer completed a Master’s from Georgetown and pursued a Ph.D. at Northwestern (which she did not complete), studying the neo-colonial effects of international development standards onto the Philippines. However, she left academia to directly help workers disenfranchised by a political economy that caters to the neoliberal dictates of the powerful. Jennifer obtained her J.D. from the University of San Francisco School of Law, where she served as the Editor-in-Chief of the USF Law Review and was an Advocate of the Year finalist. In 2015, Jennifer worked as a judicial extern for the Honorable Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye of the California Supreme Court.


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DAVID SUTTON ’08

David SuttonEducation: J.D., USF School of Law (2008) | B.A., San Francisco State University (2005)

Overview: David Sutton is the Los Angeles Trial Chief for the Federal Public Defender. Previously, he was Of Counsel at Cohen Williams LLP. Before joining Cohen Williams, David served as a Supervising Deputy Federal Public Defender, where he was responsible for managing several trial attorneys, trial investigators, and paralegals as well as litigating his own cases. David is also a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s Judicial Appointments Committee and a co-chair of the Los Angeles Federal Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division.


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JENN WALL ’07

Jen WallEducation: J.D., USF School of Law (2007) I B.A., University of California, Los Angeles (2000)

Overview: Ms. Wall is Senior Corporate Counsel at X, Google's Moonshot Factory, with an emphasis on product counseling, corporate law, intellectual property, privacy, commercial partnerships, and litigation. Prior to her position with X she was Global Supply Chain Counsel with Hewlett Packard (2012-2013) and started her legal career as a Litigation Associate at Morgan, Lewis and Bockius LLP (2007-2012).