Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary
Tony West is General Counsel, Corporate Secretary and Executive Vice President of Public Policy and Government Affairs of PepsiCo, a Fortune 50 corporation with net revenues of more than $63 billion and a product portfolio that includes 22 brands that generate more than $1 billion each in annual retail sales. PepsiCo’s main businesses-Quaker, Tropicana, Gatorade, Frito-Lay and Pepsi-Cola-make hundreds of enjoyable foods and beverages that are respected household names throughout the world.
West leads a team of approximately 450 people worldwide in the company’s global legal, compliance and ethics, government affairs, and public policy functions. He also serves as President of the PepsiCo Foundation.
Tony West is General Counsel, Corporate Secretary and Executive Vice President of Public Policy and Government Affairs of PepsiCo, a Fortune 50 corporation with net revenues of more than $63 billion and a product portfolio that includes 22 brands that generate more than $1 billion each in annual retail sales. PepsiCo’s main businesses -‐ Quaker, Tropicana, Gatorade, Frito-Lay and Pepsi-Cola — make hundreds of enjoyable foods and beverages that are respected household names throughout the world.
West leads a team of approximately 450 people worldwide in the company’s global legal, compliance and ethics, government affairs, and public policy functions. He also serves as President of the PepsiCo Foundation.
As PepsiCo’s chief global legal officer, West has emphasized the importance of in-‐house counsel performing as supportive business partners while maintaining a values-based, ethical corporate culture. Under his leadership, PepsiCo has reaffirmed its reputation for high business integrity, receiving the Corporate Leadership Award from Transparency International-USA and repeatedly winning recognition as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies by the Ethisphere Institute.
West has more than 20 years of experience in the public and private sectors. Prior to joining PepsiCo, West was twice confirmed by the Senate to serve as a senior Department of Justice official in the Obama Administration. From 2012 to 2014, West was the Associate Attorney General of the United States, the U.S. Department of Justice’s third-ranking official, where he supervised many of the Department’s divisions, including the Civil Rights, Antitrust, Tax, Environment and Natural Resources, and Civil Divisions, as well as the Office of Justice Programs, the Office on Violence Against Women, and the Community Oriented Policing Services Office. From 2009 to 2012, West was the Assistant Attorney General of the Civil Division, the largest litigating division of the Justice Department.
Richard S. Amador
Sanchez & Amador, LLP
Richard S. Amador has more than 25 years experience as an employment and business trial lawyer. His clients include several Fortune 100 companies.
GC California magazine identified Richard as a “Hidden Gem” among Top Employment Lawyers in California. He is AV peer review rated by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating for ethics and legal ability. A judge before whom he tried a 2005 case called Richard “one of the finest trial lawyers in the legal profession…. His reputation for honesty and integrity is impeccable.”
Richard serves on the Board of the National Employment Law Council (NELC). He previously served on the Executive Committee of the Board of CMCP and NELC, as a director of the National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms and the Minority Corporate Counsel Association.
Richard is a graduate of UCLA and Boalt Hall School of Law at UC Berkeley. He is frequently asked to speak on trial advocacy, client service, and employment law topics. He is a founding faculty member of the NELC Academy, an advanced skills program for competitively selected minority attorneys with less than four years experience as management-side employment lawyers. Richard formed Sanchez & Amador in 1994 and serves as its Managing Partner.
Wendy Ashley, Psy.D., LCSW
California State University, Northridge
Wendy Ashley, Psy.D., LCSW is an Associate Professor and the Associate Chair of the California State University at Northridge’s Masters of Social Work program. Dr. Ashley received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.) from Ryokan College and her MSW from the University of Southern California. She has been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker since 1998 and has over twenty years of social work experience in the areas of community mental health, child welfare and addiction recovery. Dr. Ashley is the author of multiple publications, speaks at conferences internationally and domestically, maintains a private practice and provides training for multiple community agencies. She is passionate about promoting social justice, and infuses an intersectionality lens in her teaching, practice and research.
Hon. Lamar W. Baker
California Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District
The Commission on Judicial Appointments unanimously confirmed Lamar Baker as a Justice of the Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District in 2015.
Before his appointment to the bench, Justice Baker served as Special Assistant to the President and Associate Counsel to the President at the White House from 2014 to 2015, where he served as Associate Counsel from 2013 to 2014.
From 2012 to 2013, he served as a Deputy Assistant Attorney General at the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Legal Policy in Washington, D.C., where he was chief of staff from 2011 to 2012 and senior counsel from 2010 to 2011. During his tenure at the Justice Department, the Attorney General of the United States recognized Justice Baker with the Award for Distinguished Service, the second-highest award given by the Department for employee performance.
From 2005 to 2010, Justice Baker served as a Federal prosecutor at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles where he handled public corruption cases and represented the government in criminal appeals. He worked in private practice at the law firm of Strumwasser and Woocher LLP from 2002 to 2005, and served as a law clerk to the Honorable Dorothy W. Nelson at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit from 2001 to 2002.
Justice Baker earned his law degree from Yale Law School and his Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy and Political Science from Stanford University. He was born and raised in the San Francisco area.
Hon. André Birotte Jr.
U.S. District Judge
U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
Judge Birotte had served as United States Attorney for the Central District of California since his appointment in 2010 by President Barack Obama. As United States Attorney, Judge Birotte was responsible for overseeing approximately 265 attorneys and 200 staff members located in offices in Los Angeles, Riverside, and Santa Ana. During that time, he also served on the U.S. Attorney General’s Advisory Committee, co-chairing its Terrorism/National Security Subcommittee and serving on its Border and Immigration Law Enforcement, Civil Rights, Cyber/Intellectual Property, Violent and Organized Crime, and White Collar/Fraud Subcommittees. He was also a Co-Chair of the multi-agency Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force’s Consumer Protection Working Group.
From 2003 to 2010, Judge Birotte served as Inspector General of the Los Angeles Police Department. As head of the Office of the Inspector General, he was responsible for conducting and overseeing LAPD internal investigations and audits to ensure compliance with both LAPD policies and mandates imposed by a Federal Consent Decree. Judge Birotte first joined the Office of the Inspector General in 2001 as an Assistant Inspector General.
From 1999 to 2001, Judge Birotte worked as an associate at Quinn Emanuel, where he represented clients in white-collar crime and commercial litigation matters. Prior to joining Quinn Emanuel, Judge Birotte served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Central District from 1995 to 1999, and as a Deputy Public Defender in Los Angeles County from 1991 to 1995. Judge Birotte holds an undergraduate degree from Tufts University and a J.D. from Pepperdine University School of Law.
Chief Administrative Officer & General Counsel
Virgin Orbit, LLC
Derrick Boston is the Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel of Virgin Orbit, LLC, which will launch satellites into low-earth orbit from the wing of a 747 airplane. He was previously EVP, Business Development & General Counsel of Panavision, which rents cameras and lenses for producing movies, TV shows and commercials. At Panavision, he also served as President of its Advanced Imaging Group, with P&L responsibility for three Panavision subsidiaries. Derrick is a corporate and securities lawyer, with experience with mergers, acquisitions, securities offerings and debt restructurings. A former partner at Irell & Manella LLP and Guth | Christopher LLP, Derrick received his BA from Harvard University and his JD from Harvard Law School, where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review.
Senior Director, Financial Regulation
Ingrid Busson-Hall is Associate General Counsel, Head of Financial Regulation at PayPal. She is a leading expert in financial services regulation, with substantial expertise in investment banking, consumer finance, blockchain technology, and payment processing. At PayPal Ms. Busson-Hall advises senior management and PayPal’s global businesses on U.S. and international regulations related to consumer protection, licensing, fraud, AML, sanctions, cybersecurity, and anti-bribery. She leads regulatory due diligence and integration planning on strategic transactions and advises on internal and government investigations. Prior to joining PayPal, Ms. Busson-Hall held similar positions at Morgan Stanley and Credit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank. She began her career as an Associate at Skadden, Arps, Slate, and Meagher & Flom LLP in New York and Washington, DC.
Evelyn R. Carter, PhD
UCLA Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
Dr. Evelyn Carter is a social psychologist from Columbus, Ohio. She completed her B.A. in Psychology at Northwestern University, and holds an M.A. from University of Illinois at Chicago, and a Ph.D. from Indiana University. Dr. Carter’s research focuses on how people detect cues to racial bias and discuss bias across group lines. Her work has been funded by the National Science Foundation, and she has been published in journals such as Social Cognition, Social and Personality Psychology Compass, and Journal of Experimental Social Psychology. Evelyn is currently a Research Scientist in the BruinX division of the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, where her job entails using social science research to help create and sustain an inclusive climate at UCLA.
Sharda Caro del Castillo
General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer
Airbnb Payments, Inc.
Sharda Caro del Castillo is General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer of Airbnb Payments, Inc., where she is part of the leadership team and holds responsibility for the legal and compliance teams working on all financial services products and services. Sharda comes to Airbnb with more than fifteen years of experience in technology and financial services, having previously worked at Silicon Valley Bank, Wells Fargo Bank, PayPal, and Square. Sharda holds a juris doctorate from Case Western Reserve University School of Law, and a bachelor of science degree from Santa Clara University.
Eric S. Casher
Meyers, Nave, Riback, Silver & Wilson
Eric Casher provides legal and regulatory assistance to public and private clients throughout California. His practice includes public law, public contracts, government investigations, ethics, and litigation. Eric serves as the City Attorney for the City of Pinole and General Counsel of a joint powers agency that manages wastewater treatment and disposal. His litigation experience includes a published California Court of Appeals decision in a public contracting bid case. Eric’s leadership includes serving as Co-Chair of Meyers Nave’s Diversity Committee and as a founding member of the Firm’s Diversity Fellowship Program. He is a former Commissioner of the California Fair Political Practices Commission, and currently serves as Vice President of the California Bar Foundation and Charles Houston Bar Association. Eric received a Unity Award from the Minority Bar Coalition in 2016.
Fox Rothschild LLP
Jaemin Chang is a litigation partner in the San Francisco office of Fox Rothschild LLP, a national law firm with more than 800 attorneys in 22 offices. Her practice centers on counseling and litigating real estate, business and employment matters involving buyer/seller disputes, directors’ and officers’ liability, and misappropriation of trade secrets. She brings to the table the necessary cultural and emotional intelligence to navigate today’s complex and global business landscape.
Jaemin provides pro bono legal services through Asian American Bar Association and Korean American Bar Association. Additionally, she regularly participates in cycling fundraisers for the SF Aids Foundation and the Michael J. Fox Foundation.
Malissia R. Clinton
Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary
The Aerospace Corporation
Malissia R. Clinton is senior vice president, general counsel, and secretary. She assumed this position on October 1, 2009. Her responsibilities include providing legal advice and counsel at the senior management level, managing corporate transactions of the board of trustees and its committees, and maintaining custody of the corporate records.
Before joining Aerospace, Clinton was senior counsel for special projects in the Office of the General Counsel at Northrop Grumman’s corporate offices in Century City. In that position she provided legal guidance regarding corporate governance, reporting directly to the general counsel and deputy general counsel/corporate secretary. She additionally supported the chief executive officer, the president, and the vice president of contracts, and provided risk assessments of contracts from Northrop Grumman’s various business segments.
Clinton began her Northrop Grumman career in 1998 in the Space Technology sector, first as counsel and later as senior counsel. Prior to joining Northrop Grumman she worked for the law firm of Tuttle and Taylor in Los Angeles, from 1993 to 1998. As an undergraduate she worked summers as an analyst for the Central Intelligence Agency.
Jordan S. Cohen
Assistant General Counsel and Senior Vice President
Jordan Cohen is Assistant General Counsel for Third Party Contracts in the Law Department at Wells Fargo Bank. In this position, he is the primary Law Department counsel for Wells Fargo’s Corporate Properties Group, which obtains, divests, and operates all worldwide real estate that Wells Fargo uses for itself, as well as its Global Supply Chain, which procures all third party vendor contracts to support Wells Fargo’s domestic and international businesses. Jordan manages teams of legal professionals across the United States who handle all legal matters arising from these two business lines. Jordan is proud to have served on the Board of the California Minority Counsel Program since 2012, chairing its Nominations Committee until this year.
Maron Marvel Bradley Anderson & Tardy LLC
Beau Cole is a Director in Maron Marvel Bradley Anderson & Tardy, LLP’s Jackson, Mississippi office. His practice includes product liability, personal injury, premises liability, FHA/ADA compliance, environmental, and insurance disputes. Beau has litigated a myriad of matters to conclusion, from small, but emotionally charged low-exposure landlord-tenant disputes to complex, “bet the company” matters. Cole has served as lead counsel in numerous trials and arbitrations, including all phases of pre-trial and post-trial litigation in some of the country’s most volatile venues. Committed to Pro Bono work, he has been honored by the State of Mississippi, the Mississippi and Hinds County Bar Associations, the Mississippi Business Journal, and multiple Associated Press™ publications.
Carmen J. Cole
Carmen Cole’s creativity, enthusiasm, and prior experience as a Human Resources professional make her a valued resource in resolving clients’ industry-specific, one-of-a-kind employment law disputes. Carmen not only understands clients’ legal issues, but she also understands clients’ businesses. Her knowledge of the ins and outs of a client’s business is the foundation for the sound advice and legal strategies she provides to clients. Her practice is a combination of litigation defense and counseling with the goal of reaching the most strategic and cost-effective result possible for the client. On the litigation side, she defends employers in cases involving state and federal anti-harassment and anti-discrimination statutes, wage & hour matters and common law employment torts. She also provides advice and counseling to employers on a variety of daily work place issues.
General Counsel and Vice President of Strategy
Text IQ, Inc.
Aaron Crews is an award-winning trial lawyer, technologist, and legal executive, currently serving as General Counsel at Text IQ, an industry leading Artificial Intelligence company.
Immediately prior to joining Text IQ, Mr. Crews spent three years as Senior Associate General Counsel and Global Head of eDiscovery at Walmart, where he oversaw major litigation, investigations, and compliance activities and served as the head of the Company’s Information Governance Core Team.
Ericka Curls Bartling
Principal & Managing Attorney
Curls Bartling P.C.
Ericka Curls Bartling is the principal of Curls Bartling P.C., a boutique transactional law firm representing business entities including emerging companies and corporations in various industries, governmental entities, and non-profits. Her corporate practice focuses on commercial transactions, including business and project structuring, procurement and supply, IP and IT licensing, financing, and strategic alliances. She has broad experience in the structuring and negotiation of commercial contracts and business arrangements of varying degrees of complexity. Additionally, Ericka practices in the area of public finance, serving as co-bond counsel, disclosure counsel or underwriter’s counsel in tax-exempt and taxable municipal finance transactions. Ericka earned a B.A. in Political Science from Northwestern University (1991) and her JD from the Washington University School of Law in St. Louis (1994).
Strategic Advice for Successful Lawyers
Jill Dessalines, founder of Strategic Advice for Successful Lawyers, a consulting service providing lawyers with the tools for successful corporate client development, outside counsel management and career growth, has been practicing law for over 30 years. A former Senior Vice President and Assistant General Counsel at McKesson Corporation, a Fortune 14 health care and informatics corporation, Ms. Dessalines is a recognized and respected master litigation strategist and risk mitigation specialist in high stakes litigation. Ms. Dessalines managed and trained attorneys, created outside counsel management policy and conducted outside counsel training during her 17 years in-house career. Active in the community and the recipient of numerous professional awards and distinctions, Ms. Dessalines was named one of California’s Top 10 In-House Counsel by the Daily Journal.
Los Angeles City Attorney
Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office
Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer has long been one of California’s leading lawyers and lawmakers. As L.A.’s chief lawyer and prosecutor since July 2013, he has brought an innovative, problem-solving focus to the office that combines tough and effective prosecution with initiatives to improve public safety and the quality of life throughout the city. In March Feuer was re-elected to a second term without opposition.
In August the American Bar Association presented Feuer with the distinguished Hodson Award which “recognizes sustained, outstanding performance or a specific and extraordinary service by a government or public sector law office.”
Previously Feuer served as the Majority Policy Leader of the California Assembly. As a Los Angeles City Council member, Feuer chaired the Budget and Finance Committee, delivering on-time, balanced budgets.
Nicole Duckett Fricke
General Counsel and Vice President
Ms. Duckett Fricke is General Counsel and Vice President for the LA Clippers where she has built a Legal Department from the ground up as the organization’s first in-house counsel, creating legal structure for the company and cementing operational infrastructure. In this role, she serves as the team’s chief legal officer and advises on all strategies for driving and protecting the business, best practices implementation, corporate governance, compliance and ensuring successful outcomes.
Prior to joining the Clippers, Ms. Duckett Fricke was the General Counsel for Regal Assets LLC, an alternative assets firm that specializes in commodities. There she also built the company’s first in-house legal department and oversaw all corporate, contract, regulatory, litigation and compliance matters. Prior to joining Regal Assets, Ms. Duckett Fricke was the Managing Partner of the Los Angeles Office of Milberg LLP where she focused her practice on regulatory compliance and securities litigation.
Outside of the office, Ms. Duckett Fricke serves on several Boards including the Board of Directors for the Federal Bar Association and the Los Angeles Sports Council Board of Directors.
Ms. Duckett Fricke served under Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Mayor Eric Garcetti as a City Commissioner for the Board of Convention and Tourism Development where she managed the City of Los Angeles’ contract with AEG Worldwide and oversaw the Los Angeles Tourism Board.
Ms. Duckett Fricke received a Bachelor of Arts in English from Georgetown University, 1995, Dean’s List. She received a Juris Doctor from UCLA School of Law, 1998, Editor UCLA National Black Law Journal.
Hon. Holly J. Fujie
Superior Court Judge
County of Los Angeles
Judge Holly J. Fujie was appointed to the Los Angeles Superior Court by Governor Brown in December 2011. She graduated from U.C. Berkeley and Berkeley Law, and prior to her appointment to the bench she was a shareholder in the Los Angeles-based law firm of Buchalter Nemer. In 2008-2009 she was the third woman and the 1st Asian American to serve as President of the State Bar of California. Judge Fujie has received many awards for her service to the profession, including the NAPABA Trailblazer Award, the Joan Dempsey Klein Distinguished Jurist Award of the California Women Lawyers Association, the Breaking the Glass Ceiling Award of the Leadership Institute for Women of Color Attorneys and the M. Ashley Dickerson Diversity Award of the National Association of Women Lawyers.
Yesenia M. Gallegos
Fox Rothschild LLP
Yesenia Gallegos has been practicing employment law for nearly 15 years. She is a partner with Fox Rothschild LLP and works in Los Angeles, California. She represents employers in single and multi-plaintiff discrimination and harassment claims, wage and hour class actions, and matters involving restrictive covenants. She also provides employers with counseling and offers a variety of risk management training in English or Spanish on topics such as sexual harassment prevention, risks of joint employer liability, wage and hour law compliance, and the interplay between disability law, reasonable accommodations and leaves of absence.
Yesenia has defended and managed hundreds of lawsuits on behalf of national and local employers securing defense judgments in some, and resolving others through informal settlement negotiations or through mediation. Her firm also has one of the most active blogs in the state entitled “California Employment Law” through which her employment-law practice group regularly provides practical advice on employer obligations. She is also one of two partners at her firm that represented CLS Transportation in the pivotal case of Iskanian v. CLS Transportation Los Angeles, a California Supreme Court case that strengthened the enforceability of mandatory class action waivers in employment arbitration agreements, but carved out an exception for representative matters under PAGA.
Yesenia is the Co-Chair of Fox Rothschild’s Diversity Committee, which addresses the recruitment, retention and advancement of attorneys that are racially diverse, attorneys with disabilities, and LGBTQ attorneys. She is also an active member of the Firm’s LGBTQ and Allies Subcommittee. She also participates in the Firm’s Women’s Initiative Group and sits on Recruiting Committees related to the recruitment of lateral attorneys and summer associates. Yesenia regularly speaks on the topics related to the advancement of diverse professionals, particularly in law firm environments, through mentorship and sponsorship and through the development and implementation of business development and professional development plans.
As an active member of the Hispanic National Bar Association since 2009, she served as HNBA Regional President between 2013-2014 for Southern California, co-chaired the Women’s Leadership Conference held as part of the HNBA’s Mid-Year Corporate Counsel Conference in March 2013, and has served on numerous panels at the HNBA’s annual and mid-year conferences.
Tanya L. Greene
Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Tanya Greene is a litigation partner at Kirkland & Ellis, LLP. Tanya has successfully represented high-profile clients at trial in federal and state courts; taken and defended depositions of witnesses and experts; briefed and prepared arguments in connection with a variety of motions; and prepared key fact witnesses for trial. Tanya also has considerable trial experience, including cross-examination of key witnesses. Tanya Greene’s experience includes antitrust, securities fraud, toxic tort litigation, commercial contracts, appeals and bankruptcy. Tanya has been recognized as one of Southern California’s “Rising Stars” by Super Lawyers for the past three consecutive years (2015–2017). In July 2016, Tanya was selected by the National Diversity Council as one of the Top 50 Women Lawyers. Tanya is a member of Kirkland’s Firmwide Diversity and Inclusion Committee.
Peter A. Griffin
Allen Matkins Leck Gamble Mallory & Natsis LLP
Peter A. Griffin is a litigation associate at Allen Matkins Leck Gamble Mallory & Natsis LLP. Peter’s practice is focused on business and real estate litigation, including disputes between partners, shareholders and corporate directors/officers, employers and employees, commercial landlords and tenants, and buyers and sellers of real estate. Peter also has experience with federal receiverships and construction matters. Peter has significant courtroom experience, as he has chaired multiple jury trials and argued before federal and state courts throughout California.
Peter received his B.A. in political science with a minor in communication from Stanford University. Peter received his J.D. from UCLA School of Law with a specialization in business law and policy. Prior to attending law school, Peter enjoyed a successful career in the technology industry.
Veronica H. Gromada
Senior Associate General Counsel
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
Veronica Hayes Gromada is the Senior Associate General Counsel II and Section Head of the Tort Litigation Group of Walmart Stores, Inc. Veronica leads a team of attorneys, paralegals, and claims professionals responsible for Walmart Stores, Inc.’s U.S. tort litigation portfolio (5,000+ stores, Sam’s Clubs, distribution centers, and e-commerce formats, including all lines of business i.e. operations, merchandising, transportation/logistics, and health and wellness/pharmacy). Veronica partners with Global Risk Management/Risk Data & Analytics, Safety, Legal and business subject matter experts to identify existing and emerging risks: leverage data and perform trend analyses: and strategize on corrective action or risk mitigation plans while containing litigation costs and payouts.
Managing Assistant City Attorney
Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office
Anne Haley graduated cum laude from Brown University in 1984 with a B.A. in Cognitive Science. In 1987 she earned a J.D. from Stanford Law School where she was an editor for The Stanford Law Review. Anne began her career as a litigator at the Los Angeles law firm of Wyman, Bautzer, Kuchel & Silbert, then at The Law Offices of Johnnie Cochran. In 1996, Anne was invited to lecture for a semester at Australia’s Bond University on alternative dispute resolution and on her Uncle Alex Haley’s novel, Roots. Since joining the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office in 2001, Anne has managed an annual budget averaging $20 million for the City’s engagement of outside counsel. In addition, she now serves as General Counsel to the City Attorney’s Dispute Resolution Program.
Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
Karen is an accomplished litigator, who passionately defends the First Amendment freedoms of creators and distributors of a wide variety of entertainment content, from television programs to videogames. Litigating in state and federal court, Karen strategically leverages California’s anti-SLAPP statute and other speech-protective defenses and procedural devices to defeat a host of claims brought against content creators and publishers, including claims for copyright-infringement, right-of-publicity, idea submission, defamation, and Lanham Act violations.
In addition, Karen helps to foster the free flow of information to the public by utilizing California’s Public Records Act and other state and federal rules to compel the disclosure of public and judicial records, and to ensure that the operations of our courts remain open to public view and scrutiny.
Karen also uses her deep understanding of California’s newspaper adjudication statutes to keep local papers in business, either by qualifying such papers as newspapers of general circulation or by battling adjudication challenges brought by those papers’ competitors.
Vice President and Deputy General Counsel
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Willie is a senior executive lawyer with experience advising technology companies globally. Willie currently serves HPE as Vice President and Deputy General Counsel. Previously, Willie served in executive roles at Amazon Lab126 and IBM after starting his practice as a litigator with Jackson Walker, LLP.
Willie has enjoyed supporting these global technology across a wide range of legal functions, including government affairs, commercial transactions, privacy, security/cybersecurity, regulatory compliance, litigation, M&A, IP, employment and other functions.
Willie has significant international experience. He spent 13 years at IBM negotiating and supporting global commercial technology transactions. Between 2008 and 2011, he served in Shanghai, China as IBM’s lead counsel for its services division across Asia-Pacific and the growth markets. Willie supported Amazon Lab126 and currently supports HPE in the global operations of these technology businesses.
Willie is a Board Member of the Silicon Valley Urban Debate League (SVUDL), an organization that teaches competitive debate at low-income high schools. Willie also serves as a Board Member of Cristo Rey San Jose Jesuit High School, a Catholic high school that provides college preparatory education to underserved students with the goal of bridging them to college.
Jenine E. Hinkle
Honda North America, Inc.
Jenine E. Hinkle currently serves as Counsel for Honda North America in Torrance, California, where she handles a wide variety of matters, including dealer relations, incentives, and marketing issues; warranty reimbursement and audit disputes; and other transactional matters. Previously, Jenine was an associate in the Chicago and San Francisco offices of Greenberg Traurig, LLP, where her practice focused on domestic and international franchising and distribution transactions and regulatory compliance. Prior to private practice, Jenine worked as a contract attorney for BP in La Palma, California, where she handled marketing and advertising, franchise, real estate, and general commercial transactions for BP’s retail gas stations and convenience stores. Jenine is on the Conference Planning Committee for CMCP’s 2017 Annual Business Conference.
Lewis E. Hudnell III
Hudnell Law Group P.C.
Mr. Hudnell is an intellectual property attorney specializing in patent litigation. He is committed to providing outstanding client service and to helping clients achieve favorable results in complex patent disputes. Mr. Hudnell has served as lead counsel on numerous patent lawsuits in federal court. Mr. Hudnell has successfully represented clients at trial and obtained numerous settlements in his clients’ favor. He has also successfully represented clients in America Invents Act trials before the Patent Trial & Appeal Board. Mr. Hudnell earned a B.S. in Operations Research and Industrial Engineering from Cornell University and a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.
Lily Yan Hughes
Senior Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary
Lily Yan Hughes is SVP, CLO & Corporate Secretary of Public Storage, a NYSE REIT and member of the S&P 500 (market cap of $34B) and FT Global 500, with legal and internal audit functions reporting to her. Prior to joining Public Storage in January 2015, Lily served in roles of increasing responsibilities for almost 18 years in the legal department of Ingram Micro, an OC based Fortune 100 and the world’s largest wholesale information technology & mobile devices distributor, with $46 billion in annual sales and over 30,000 employees, serving 160 countries. Lily’s last role was as the #2 corporate lawyer of the company, with primary legal responsibilities for corporate securities, governance, finance, executive compensation, and global M&A matters. Lily was previously a partner with Manatt, Phelps & Phillips.
Nicole H. Husband
Vice President of Human Resources
Warner Bros. Television
Nicole Hancock Husband is a Vice President of Human Resources for Warner Bros. Television where she is primarily responsible for negotiating executive contracts and managing employee relations matters. Before joining HR in late 2015, Nicole served as Vice President & Senior Employment Counsel for Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Prior to joining Warner Bros. in 2004, Nicole worked as an associate in the Labor & Employment Department at both Jeffer, Mangels, Butler & Marmaro and Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. Nicole is also a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach and enjoys public speaking on pursuing your passions. Nicole received her B.S. in Business Administration, with a minor in Spanish, from The Ohio State University and her Juris Doctorate from Howard University School of Law.
John Isaza is a California-based attorney, CEO of Information Governance Solutions featuring Virgo™, a cloud-based software for records management and global research, and partner at Rimon, where he chairs the records management and information governance practice. Mr. Isaza is one of the world’s foremost experts in the field. He has developed information governance and records retention programs for some of the most highly regulated Global 1000 companies. He is co-author of 7 Steps for Legal Holds of ESI & Other Documents, a contributing author to the ABA’s Internet Law for the Business Lawyer, 2nd Edition, as well as Editor-in-Chief and co-author of the recently released, Handbook on Global Social Media Law for Business Lawyers. Mr. Isaza is past co-Chair of the American Bar’s Social Media Subcommittee, a Fellow of ARMA International, and current co-Chair of the ABA’s Consumer Privacy and Data Analytics Subcommittee.
Jennifer Y. Ishiguro
Chief Legal Officer
Gateway One Lending & Finance, LLC
Jennifer Y. Ishiguro serves as Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer & Secretary of Gateway One Lending & Finance, LLC, a leading auto finance company and a subsidiary of TCF Financial Corporation, a publicly-held bank holding company with approximately $22 billion in assets. She co-leads the TCF Legal Department’s Diversity & Inclusion Working Group. Prior to joining Gateway in 2015, Jennifer spent eight years at Toyota Financial Services, where she last led the Legal Department’s Corporate Transactions Group. From 1999 to 2007, Jennifer practiced in the fields of securities law and capital markets at Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP, in New York, Tokyo and Washington, D.C. Jennifer graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School and Yale College. She serves a board member of Los Angeles Team Mentoring, and is a member and former board member of the Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles and the Japanese American Bar Association.
Jesse M. Jauregui
Alston & Bird LLP
Jesse Jauregui, a partner in Alston & Bird’s Los Angeles office, has a developed a practice in employment law, and civil litigation. Jesse represents corporate management in the defense of a wide variety of employment claims, from single plaintiff claims to wage and hour class actions. Jesse also conducts workplace misconduct investigations and provides counsel to management on electronic privacy rights issues and reduction in force issues. Throughout his career, Jesse has used his bilingual abilities in a variety of settings, from conducting workplace investigations in Spanish, to conducting the defense of class action claims involving Spanish speaking employees, to providing corporate clients with analysis of transactions in Latin America. Jesse has been named to Southern California Super Lawyers on several occasions by Law & Politics and Los Angeles Magazine.
Principal and Founder
Greenbridge Corporate Counsel
Khurshid Khoja is Principal and Founder of Greenbridge Corporate Counsel, a minority-owned, woman-managed business law firm. Khurshid serves on the California State Treasurer’s Cannabis Banking Working Group and the Board of Directors of the National Cannabis Industry Association; he is a member of NCIA’s federal Policy Council, the Advisory Council of Students for Sensible Drug Policy and the founding Board of the California Cannabis Industry Association; and currently a legal advisor to the California Growers Association. Khurshid has participated in legislative drafting, stakeholder meetings and executive agency outreach over California’s Medical and Adult Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act, and in the drafting of Proposition 64, the Adult Use of Marijuana Act. He previously served as General Counsel to CCIA, the Emerald Growers Association, and the Arcview Investor Network.
Senior Vice President of Corporate Development, General Counsel and Company Secretary
Andrew Kim serves as Senior Vice President of Corporate Development, General Counsel and Company Secretary for NETGEAR, Inc., a global networking company that delivers innovative products to consumers, businesses and service providers. Prior to joining NETGEAR, Mr. Kim served as Special Counsel in the Corporate and Securities Department of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, where he represented public and private technology companies in a wide range of matters, including mergers and acquisitions, debt and equity financing arrangements, securities law compliance and corporate governance. In between two terms at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, he served as Partner in the Business and Finance Department of Schwartz Cooper Chartered in Chicago, Illinois, and was an Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship at the Illinois Institute of Technology. Mr. Kim began practicing law with the New York firms Thacher Proffitt & Wood and Morgan Lewis & Bockius, advising clients on all aspects of corporate and securities law. Mr. Kim holds a J.D. from Cornell Law School, and received a B.A. degree in history from Yale University. Mr. Kim was honored as the 2010 Legal Professional of the Year by the Korean-American Bar Association of Northern California, the 2014 Legal Impact Honoree by the Asian Law Alliance, and given the Legal Hero Award by the Asian American Bar Association of Northern California in 2016. Mr. Kim is Co-Founder of the Bay Area Asian-American General Counsel and is a member of the Council of Korean-Americans.
Susan T. Kumagai
Lafayette & Kumagai LLP
Susan Kumagai is a founding partner of Lafayette & Kumagai LLP. With over 30 years of litigation experience, Ms. Kumagai specializes in employment law, primarily in the areas of wrongful termination, discrimination, ADA, and ERISA. She represents Fortune 500 companies and public entities in both state and federal courts, as well as before administrative agencies including the California Department of Labor, Department of Fair Employment and Housing, and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. In 2015, Ms. Kumagai was inducted into the CMCP Diversity Leader Hall of Fame in recognition of her contributions to diversity in the legal profession and her long-term involvement with the organization. Ms. Kumagai received her B.A. degree in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley and her J.D. degree from the University of California, Davis.
Deanna L. Kwong
IP Litigation Counsel
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Deanna Kwong is IP Litigation Counsel within the Office of the General Counsel at Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company. She and the rest of the IP Litigation team are responsible for managing all IP lawsuits that are filed against or by HPE in the U.S., and supporting all IP disputes worldwide. Prior to joining HPE, Deanna was a patent litigator for over a decade at Covington & Burling LLP. Deanna was a Regents’ and Chancellor’s Scholar at the University of California at Berkeley, where she also received her law degree. In her spare time, she serves on the Board of Directors for Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach and on the Advisory Board for the Tahirih Justice Center, and enjoys running and training for marathons.
Gloria J. Lee
Rutan & Tucker, LLP
Gloria Lee is the Client Relations Partner for Rutan & Tucker, LLP, an AmLaw 200 firm and one of the largest full service law firms in California. She is the Chair of the Firm’s Business Development Committee and is responsible for the strategic growth of business opportunities for the Firm.
Prior to being promoted as the firm’s Client Relations Partner, Gloria practiced as a leading commercial real estate and finance attorney and has received several honors including been named a Super Lawyer and/or Rising Star by the Southern California Super Lawyers publication from 2012-2017.
In 2017, she was honored by the National Diversity Council as one of five of the “Most Powerful and Influential Women” in Southern California. Gloria is a graduate of Stanford University and Berkeley School of Law.
Mimi M. Lee
Managing Counsel, Litigation
Chevron Global Upstream
Mimi Lee is Managing Counsel with Chevron Upstream and is based in San Ramon, CA. Mimi and her team manage litigation, arbitration and pre-litigation disputes stemming from Chevron’s non-US Upstream operations. The team’s case docket includes a variety of matters including commercial disputes, labor and employment, international arbitrations involving other oil companies as well as foreign governments, insurance, personal injury and property damage. Mimi and her group interact with external counsel located all over the world and are responsible for ensuring that all litigation matters are handled efficiently and in a cost effective manner consistent with Chevron’s Objectives-Based Litigation Technique (“COBALT®”), which is a structured and disciplined technique for achieving reliability, efficiency and world class performance in litigation management. Prior to joining Chevron, Mimi was in private practice as a litigator. She was formerly a partner with Thelen Reid &Priest and later with McKenna Long & Aldridge.
Mimi attended the School of Political Science at the Universite de Strasbourg, Strasbourg, France, received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Indianna University, attended the School of Law, Universite de Paris Sud XI, Paris, France and received her Juris Doctor from the St. Louis University School of Law, with admissions in the U.S. District Courts of California, California and Illinois.
Christina M. Lincoln
Robins Kaplan LLP
Christina Lincoln is a trial lawyer at Robins Kaplan LLP specializing in business litigation and catastrophic loss insurance. Before joining Robins Kaplan LLP, Ms. Lincoln’s practice at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and (most recently) Newmeyer & Dillion LLP focused on all aspects of general civil litigation. Ms. Lincoln graduated from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law and is part of her firm’s Diversity Committee and Gender Diversity Working Group. Ms. Lincoln also is longstanding Member of both the Board of Governors for the Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles (“WLALA”) and the New Leadership Council for Bet Tzedek (“House of Justice”). She was named a Southern California Rising Star by Super Lawyers for 2015, 2016, and 2017.
Senior Associate, Employment Litigation
Reed Smith LLP
Zaher Lopez is an associate with Reed Smith with experience representing employers in all facets of labor and employment law. His practice focuses on discrimination, harassment, retaliation and wrongful termination claims, as well as wage and hour class actions in California state and federal courts. His work is concentrated in the healthcare, banking, grocery, fitness club and manufacturing industries. Zaher also investigates complaints and defends employers in actions filed with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH), and the California Department of Industrial Relations, Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE). Zaher represents the world’s largest (by memberships) privately owned and operated fitness center chain before the DLSE and EEOC. He has successfully achieved full dismissal of claims and settled numerous others on terms favorable to the client.
Zaher was born in the Southern Pacific Coast of Mexico where he lived with his grandparents until he was 7 years old. He immigrated to the United States in 1989 and joined his mother in California, where he lived and grew up in Lynwood and Huntington Park. He is the first in his family to graduate high school and earn a college and advanced degrees.
Dale W. Lum
Sidley Austin, LLP
Dale Lum has an international practice focused on corporate and structured finance, with particular emphasis on the use of structured financings in mergers and acquisitions and hedge fund and private equity transactions, as well in the alternative/renewable energy context. Dale has been at the forefront of structured financings in the U.S., Europe and Asia. He joined Sidley in 1983 and was elected partner in 1991. He is a leading lawyer in the development of motor vehicle lease and alternative/renewable energy financings and has worked on a number of groundbreaking transactions. Three of his transactions have been named by the press as “Deals of the Year”.
Ivie, McNeill & Wyatt
Marie Maurice is a trial attorney specializing in labor and employment, personal injury and real estate litigation. She is a senior associate at Ivie, McNeill & Wyatt in Los Angeles where she has prosecuted and defended business disputes, real property disputes, premises liability, personal injury, bankruptcy adversary proceedings, murder, firearms trafficking and bank fraud cases in both state and federal courts.
Ms. Maurice attended Florida State University and earned her J.D. from Southwestern Law School.
Ms. Maurice is a long-standing member of the John M. Langston Bar Association, a non-profit organization serving the needs of the hundreds of African American attorneys, judges and law students in the Los Angeles area. Ms. Maurice’s term as President of the John M. Langston Bar Association commences in 2018.
Rutan & Tucker, LLP
Ravi Mohan provides strategic guidance to clients on all aspects of IP (patent prosecution, patent litigation, and IP due diligence) in a number of highly competitive industries. While his background is in electrical engineering, he prides himself on communicating technical concepts into simple language that translates well for VC’s, jurors, and numerous other stakeholders.
He has represented companies ranging from start-ups to multinational public companies in technological areas including AI, machine learning, cloud computing, smart devices, semiconductors, and various wireless protocols.
Along with district court practice, he has practiced patent litigation in Tokyo, Japan; drafted responses for post-grant proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board; and litigated cases before the ITC.
Clyde & Co US LLP
Tara’s practice focuses on the evaluation and risk/litigation management of global individual and class action claims under technology, cyber and professional liability policies. Prior to joining Clyde & Co, Tara was a litigation associate at a boutique law firm, where she specialized in insurance coverage, commercial and appellate litigation. Tara Nayak graduated from Johns Hopkins University and subsequently obtained her J.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law. Following law school, Tara served as a law clerk to the Honorable Mary H. Strobel and the Honorable William P. Barry of the Los Angeles County Superior Court, where she was involved in all aspects of trial court litigation.
Kevin L. Nichols
Founder, President & CEO
The Social Engineering Project, Inc.
Kevin has been perfecting his craft as an expert in three distinct areas, legal, diversity, and social networking for over 19 years. In legal, Kevin has worked in multifaceted capacities in some of the most prolific international law firms in the country, such as Morrison & Foerster (Mofo), Paul Hastings, Heller Ehrman, and Holland & Knight (H&K). There, he has garnered relationships with some of the most influential and well respected legal minds in the industry, as well as junior associates who through attrition, are now counsel for some of the top Fortune 1000 companies.
Nichols is now the Founder, President & CEO of an Oakland-based, Google and Microsoft funded social impact venture with Stanford University called The Social Engineering Project, Inc. that is designed to address the lack of diversity in the tech industry. Kevin consults with various tech companies on creating an inclusive culture/work environment, recruitment and retention utilizing data-driven analytics, and developing and implementing diversity councils and employee resource groups (ERGs).
Finally, Kevin has become a social networking expert. Mr. Nichols’s social networking prowess and capabilities have been featured on LinkedIn’s Hall of Fame, Yahoo’s Blog, in the Examiner, CNN Money, MarketWatch and the Wall Street Journal. Millions saw Kevin for 2 years when they logged into LinkedIn‘s Homepage For more information, please visit http://bit.ly/KLNport.
Christine K. Noma
Wendel, Rosen, Black & Dean LLP
Chris’s practice at Wendel Rosen Black & Dean is focused on two distinct areas of the law, environmental and employment. She represents clients in environmental litigation and in real estate transactions and has been recognized in 2017 as a Northern California Super Lawyer. She also represents businesses, litigating and counseling on employer legal responsibilities .
Chris is an advocate for diversity in the legal profession and has supported CMCP since its inception. In 2014, she was recognized by the CMCP as a Hall of Fame Diversity Leader. In 2016, Chris was recognized by the San Francisco Business Times as a Forever Influential Woman in Bay Area business. She currently is the President of the Asian American Bar Association Law Foundation which awarded over $60,000 in law student scholarships and public interest grants in 2017.
Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP
Jerold Oshinsky has more than 35 years of experience litigating insurance recovery cases in federal and state courts throughout the country on behalf of clients in the chemical, pharmaceutical, financial, food, education and health industries.
Mr. Oshinsky litigates some of the most significant, complex insurance coverage issues in the country, applying theories, which he developed, that have guided insurance recovery law since its inception.
Chambers USA, Legal 500, Benchmark Litigation, Lawdragon 500, Best Lawyers and Super Lawyers have all consistently ranked Mr. Oshinsky as the leading practitioner in his field.
Mr. Oshinsky also represents clients in pro bono matters. He has served as an arbitrator on several international arbitration panels, and has been retained as an expert witness in a number of insurance cases.
Cheryl L. O’Connor
Cheryl O’Connor, a Litigation Partner at Jones Day, is an accomplished trial lawyer whose practice focuses on complex business litigation, internal corporate investigations, and white-collar criminal defense. She has been lead counsel in more than a dozen federal trials and has argued before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals numerous times.
Prior to joining Jones Day, Cheryl was an Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) in the Central District of California, where she received the 2009 Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service for her work as lead trial counsel in United States v. Vasquez Valenzuela, an international sex trafficking prosecution, in which all defendants were convicted and sentenced to up to 40 years’ imprisonment. Cheryl was also the Deputy Chief of the Public Corruption and Civil Rights Section for two years.
Nina L. Pan
Naomi Beard & Associates, Inc.
As Managing Director of Naomi Beard & Associates, Nina oversees the standards and practices for the outplacement and coaching services provided by its consultants. In her work with individual clients, Nina focuses on the career growth and development of attorneys and law firm professionals.
Drawing upon nine years of law practice experience in both law firm and in-house settings, Nina collaborates with lawyers and law firm executives to improve their performance and advance their skills in a variety of critical areas, including business development, relationship building, leadership and team building, practice growth, professional presence, communication, time management and productivity.
Business Development Director
Robins Kaplan LLP
Tracy Pan is a business development and marketing professional with nearly 20 years of experience leading comprehensive client development initiatives for global companies. She has significant experience with business development strategy and planning, pipeline management, strategic partnerships, and marketing campaign execution. Highlights of her achievements include developing and rolling out a company-wide business development coaching program for a global law firm, improving and instituting the use of competitive analysis, thereby identifying new business opportunities to drive market and revenue growth, and expanding strategic partnerships by 50% in two years for a technology startup. Ms. Pan is entrepreneurial in spirit, a thought leader and influencer with the ability to translate business strategy into executable deliverables. She is consistently recognized for decisive leadership, negotiation skills, and relationship management to achieve consensus.
Boies Schiller Flexner LLP
Noah Pérez-Silverman is a litigation associate at Boies Schiller Flexner LLP, whose practice focuses on intellectual property, employment, and commercial litigation. He has handled complex regulatory issues for clients in the entertainment, retail, and real estate sectors, and he has succeeded in obtaining terminating sanctions against an adversary for litigation misconduct. Noah is committed to pro bono work and advancing diversity in the legal profession. He has won various forms of immigration relief for five immigrant children and obtained relief under the Convention Against Torture for a transgender woman from Mexico who suffered horrific abuse on account of her gender identity. Noah clerked for Hon. Raymond C. Fisher, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and Hon. S. James Otero, U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.
Alex Ponce de Leon
Alex Ponce de Leon is corporate litigation counsel for Google Inc. focusing on discovery issues. He develops and implements innovative and efficient discovery strategies for a wide variety of litigation matters, including, complex litigation, arbitration, patent cases, and internal investigations. Besides managing his own discovery caseload, he also implements discovery policies and procedures designed to reduce costs and mitigate legal risk across Google. Alex is a member of Sedona Working Group 6 on International Electronic Information Management, Discovery and Disclosure.
Prior to joining Google, Alex was a senior litigation counsel at the Intel Corporation where he primarily focused on discovery and general litigation matters. Alex began his legal career as an associate at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman where he worked on large and complex cases. He received his BA from Brown University, his MSc from the London School of Economics, and his JD from Northwestern University School of Law.
Magan Pritam Ray
Greenberg Traurig, LLP
Magan Pritam Ray is a senior partner in the Silicon Valley office of Greenberg Traurig, a multi-national law firm with more than 2,000 attorneys and 38 locations on three continents. Magan specializes in employee benefits and ERISA matters. Originally from Punjab, India, Magan is proud to be a first generation immigrant and is active in the civil liberties movement. Currently, Magan is Chair of the Board of Directors of the ACLU of Northern California and a member of the ACLU of California Board Leaders. Through her work with the ACLU, she is a frequent speaker on civil liberties issues for community, education, religious, civic and legal organizations. Magan has a B.A. and M.A. in Japanese History from UC Berkeley and a J.D. (with distinction) from Stanford Law School.
Senior Director, Global Employment Law, Litigation, Ethics & Compliance, Chief Sustainability & Diversity Officer
Veritas Technologies LLC
Melynnie Rizvi is the Senior Director of Global Employment Law, Litigation, Ethics & Compliance, and Chief Sustainability and Diversity Officer at Veritas Technologies LLC (a spin-off of Symantec Corporation), a leading global technology company headquartered in Mountain View, California. In her role at Veritas, Ms. Rizvi oversees the company’s: (i) global employment law team, managing all employment law issues around the globe; (ii) Office of Ethics & Compliance, managing global investigations and compliance issues; (iii) global litigation portfolio, managing all litigation filed against the company; and (iv) global corporate responsibility and diversity programs. Prior to joining Veritas, she was a Director of Global Employment Law at Symantec Corporation, where she also managed the company’s global employment law team for over 20,000 employees around the globe. Prior to joining Symantec, she was a partner in the Employment Law Group at a leading national law firm, Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith and also worked as an associate in the International Employment Law Group at Baker & McKenzie.
Senior Corporate Counsel
Jasmine Roberts is Senior Corporate Counsel for Weedmaps, the world’s largest cannabis technology company. As a member of Weedmaps’ small and nimble Legal group, Ms. Roberts advises the business on day-to-day matters faced by all companies, such as commercial contracts, real estate matters, advertising and marketing matters, as well as on day-to-day and strategic issues specific to the cannabis industry.
Prior to joining Weedmaps, Ms. Roberts was a corporate attorney with Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP, where her practice focused on mergers and acquisitions (including transactions valued at up to $37 billion on behalf of Berkshire Hathaway, Apple’s acquisition of Beats Electronics, and private transactions in the entertainment industry). She also acted as day-to-day outside counsel for The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.
Ronald Robertson Jr.
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
Ronald Robertson is a graduate of the UCLA School of Law and currently a corporate associate with the downtown Los Angeles office of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP. Ronald specializes in creating tailored legal solutions to challenging corporate matters by utilizing his background in business and finance.
Natasha A. Saggar Sheth
Natasha Saggar Sheth is a senior associate at Nossaman LLP, focusing on complex civil litigation. She partners with both public and private sector clients to resolve a broad range of legal issues, from pre-litigation counseling through trial and appeal. Ms. Sheth has advised clients on matters across an array of industries, including the financial services, manufacturing, government, media, and insurance sectors. Ms. Sheth is proud to serve as a member of CMCP’s Conference Planning Committee.
Raúl F. Salinas
Managing Shareholder, Los Angeles Office
Raúl F. Salinas is a senior member of AlvaradoSmith’s Executive Committee, and Managing Shareholder of its Los Angeles office. He has extensive business, government and international litigation experience, and handles a wide range of cases for private and public sector clients. Raúl regularly advises on issues pertaining to commercial transactions, employment, government contracts and international law. He also acts in a general counsel capacity for various business entities and non-profit organizations. Raúl is a board member of White Memorial Medical Center, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles, La Plaza de Cultural y Artes, Los Angeles Latino Chamber of Commerce, and the Women’s Foundation of California. He is fluent in Spanish.
Margaux A. Savee
Margaux Savee is a member of Polsinelli’s Intellectual Property Litigation and Post-Grant Proceedings practice groups. She has litigated and managed cases involving a variety of technologies, including medical devices, computer software and hardware, network architectures, and biotechnology. She has represented clients in the U.S. District Courts, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the U.S. International Trade Commission, and the Patent Trial and Appeal Board.
Margaux has served as President (2011) and Vice President (2010) of the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Silicon Valley and is a 2017 Fellow of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity and a member of the CMCP Annual Meeting Planning Committee. Margaux graduated from UCSD (B.S. Chemistry), GGU School of Law (J.D.), and the University of Oxford, Saїd Business School (M.B.A.).
Mark R. Sayson
Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP
Mark Sayson is a corporate attorney in the Los Angeles office of Munger, Tolles & Olson. His practice covers a wide range of corporate transactions, including public and private mergers, acquisitions and financings, corporate governance matters and private investment fund transactions. His practice also includes advising on securities, investment, and antitrust regulatory matters relating to transactions.
Mr. Sayson graduated Order of the Coif and with high honors from the University of Chicago Law School, where he was an Olin Fellow in law and economics and a member of the University of Chicago Law Review. While in law school, Mr. Sayson represented low-income entrepreneurs through the Institute for Justice Clinic on Entrepreneurship and worked as a research assistant to Professor William Landes and Judge Richard Posner.
George K. H. Schell
Chairman of the Board
Advertising Self-Regulatory Council
George K. H. Schell is currently the Board Chair for the Advertising Self-Regulatory Council and is Immediate Past Chair of the Council of Better Business Bureaus. Mr. Schell is also the former Chief Marketing Counsel for Coca-Cola North America where, over a 20-year career at Coca-Cola, he performed several roles within Coca-Cola Legal and as a business director in the Coca-Cola Marketing Division. Prior to Coca-Cola, Mr. Schell was Vice President and General Counsel for the Oakland Athletics Baseball Company and Chief of General Litigation for the City of San Francisco. He began his legal practice in San Francisco as a litigation associate for Steinhart & Falconer after serving as a Staff Attorney for the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Mr. Schell received his law degree from the UCLA School of Law in 1984.
Leslie M. Spencer
Ropes & Gray LLP
Leslie is an intellectual property partner at Ropes & Gray, and co-chair of the firm’s diversity committee. She counsels clients on matters involving financial technology (“FinTech”), computer software, electronics, digital health and consumer products. Leslie is a registered patent attorney with over 15 years of experience representing clients in intellectual property disputes. Leslie also advises clients on IP asset protection and freedom-to-operate. Before law school, she worked on development of a smart card system. Leslie received her J.D. from New York University School of Law, B.S. in Computer Science and Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and M.B.A. from University of Michigan. Leslie was previously based in Ropes & Gray’s New York office and recognized by New York Law Journal as one of thirty “Top Women in Law 2016.”
Elizabeth A. Sperling
Alston & Bird LLP
Elizabeth Sperling focuses her practice on providing counsel, advice and representation to clients in the areas of business litigation, financial services, products liability, toxic torts and real estate litigation. She represents corporations, partnerships and business owners in a broad range of litigation matters involving business torts, false and unfair business practices, consumer protection actions, unfair debt collection practices, intellectual property, and professional negligence. Elizabeth has extensive experience representing financial services institutions such as mortgage servicers and reverse mortgage lenders in defense of foreclosure actions. She is very experienced representing clients in products liability and complex toxic tort cases involving serious personal injuries and wrongful death claims. Elizabeth has a nationwide practice and is experienced in all aspects of civil litigation and appeals. She is the co-chair of the Los Angeles Diversity Committee.
Hon. Karen L. Stevenson
U.S Magistrate Judge
U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
Hon. Karen L. Stevenson was appointed a U.S Magistrate Judge for the Central District of California on August 10, 2015. Prior to joining the Court, she was Of Counsel with Buchalter Nemer in Los Angeles, where she specialized in complex commercial litigation. With the Honorable Beverly Reid O’Connell, Judge Stevenson is co-editor of Rutter Practice Guide, Federal Civil Procedure Before Trial and a frequent speaker on electronic discovery. Judge Stevenson earned her J.D. with distinction at Stanford Law School, an M.A. in European History at Oxford University, England as a Rhodes Scholar and received her B.A. in History (Phi Beta Kappa) at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
LTL Attorneys LLP
Thomas Suh is the managing partner of LTL Attorneys LLP, a 40-attorney nationally recognized Minority-Owned litigation boutique based in California. In addition to sharing the overall management responsibilities of the firm, Thomas is responsible for business development and client relations. As part of his role, he has helped bring innovative tools to LTL, including artificial intelligence and various creative fee options, which have helped LTL differentiate it in the market place.
LTL Is particularly proud to be a prior recipient of CMCP’s Minority-Owned Law Firm Client Service Award (2013). In 2017 alone, LTL was selected to the National Law Journal’s 2017 Boutique Trailblazers List and it was named as one of the Top Law Firms in Los Angeles by the Los Angeles Business Journal.
Alan K. Tse
Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary
Alan K. Tse is the Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Petco, the pet specialty retailer with over 1500 stores in the United States and Mexico and a leading online pet supplies retailer in petco.com and drsfostersmith.com. Mr. Tse is in charge of all legal, compliance and regulatory affairs matters for the Company as well as manages the procurement and internal audit functions. Prior to Petco, Mr. Tse was the Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Churchill Downs, Inc. (NASDAQ: CHDN) In addition to the Kentucky Derby, Churchill Downs also owns and operates casinos and thoroughbred racetracks throughout the country. Churchill Downs also is the owner and operator of Big Fish Games, one of the largest mobile games publishers in the world and Twinspires.com the largest legal on-line wagering company in the United States. Mr. Tse was formerly Vice President and General Counsel of LG Electronics MobileComm U.S.A., Inc. where Mr. Tse was responsible for all legal and regulatory matters for LG’s $5 Billion mobile phone business in North America and sat on the company’s senior management committee. Prior to joining LG, Mr. Tse was the Vice President and General Counsel of Ligos Corporation, a venture capital backed software company based in Silicon Valley and prior to Ligos, Mr. Tse was the Vice President of Strategic Development and General Counsel of Centerpoint Broadband Technologies, Inc., a Silicon Valley telecommunication equipment company. Mr. Tse started his career as a business and technology attorney at Brobeck Phleger and Harrison LLP in their Silicon Valley office representing technology companies and venture capitalists. Mr. Tse serves on the Board of Directors of the Association of Corporate Counsel and chairs its Advocacy Committee and is the co-founder and serves on the Board of the Asian American Legal Foundation. Mr. Tse was named one of the best lawyers under 40 by the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association in 2005 and was named as a Top General Counsel to Watch by NYSE’s Corporate Board Member magazine in 2012. Mr. Tse holds a B.A. in Economics and Political Science from the University of California at Berkeley where he earned Phi Beta Kappa honors and graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School.
Allen Matkins Leck Gamble Mallory & Natsis LLP
Fernando Villa is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Allen Matkins. His practice focuses on land use, environmental, local government matters, and real estate dispute resolution. He represents clients in land use entitlement, CEQA, and local government law matters involving a broad scope of entitlements for development projects across all commercial real estate asset classes.
Fernando represents clients in federal and state environmental cost recovery actions including those under CERCLA, RCRA, and the California Hazardous Substance Account Act, and toxic tort litigation involving claims for real property damage arising from alleged hazardous substance disposal.
Concentrating much of his practice on Brownfield development projects, Fernando combines his environmental, land use, real estate, public agency law, and litigation expertise to entitle his clients’ projects and help them manage environmental risks.
Hon. Kim McLane Wardlaw
U.S Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
Nominated by President William Jefferson Clinton to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, Judge Wardlaw was unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate on July 31, 1998. Judge Wardlaw had previously served on the United States District Court for the Central District of California since January 3, 1996. Before then, she was a litigation partner of the international law firm O’Melveny & Myers. While in private practice, Judge Wardlaw served in various offices of the Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles, the Women Lawyers Public Action Grant Foundation and the Association of Business Trial Lawyers. Also while in private practice, Judge Wardlaw was involved in numerous community, political and governmental activities.
Judge Wardlaw graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from UCLA with an A.B. in Communication Studies in 1976. She obtained her J.D. in 1979 from UCLA Law School. She was awarded Order of the Coif and named Outstanding Graduate of the Class of 1979. She served as a law clerk for District Court Judge William P. Gray in the Central District of California.
Product and Commercial Counsel
Timothy Yip is Product and Commercial Counsel at Square, Inc. in San Francisco where he leads the Commercial Team. At Square Tim has provided counsel for a variety of consumer and business facing products including Square’s payment processing products, the Square Cash mobile app, and Caviar, a food delivery service. Before Square, Tim was Product Counsel at Twitter, Inc., where he was lead counsel for Vine and Twitter #Music, as well as Twitter’s consumer media products, including photos, video, and direct messages. Prior to Twitter, Tim was a corporate associate at Fenwick & West LLP in Mountain View. Tim graduated from the University of Texas and the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.