Officers

President
Hon. Michael W. Fitzgerald
United States District Court Judge
Central District of California
President@fbala.org

President-Elect
Jeff Westerman
Westerman Law Corp.
1875 Century Park East, Ste 2200
Los Angeles, CA 90067
President-Elect@fbala.org

Treasurer
Yuri Mikulka
Alston & Bird LLP
333 South Hope Street 16th Floor
Los Angeles CA 90071
Treasurer@fbala.org

Secretary
Sandhya Ramadas
The Walt Disney Company
500 South Buena Vista St
Burbank CA 91521
Secretary@fbala.org

 
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Members of the Board of Directors

Hon. Paul L. Abrams is a United States Magistrate Judge, Central District of California. He also served as a Deputy and Supervising Deputy Federal Public Defender for 14 years before being appointed as an MJ in 2001, and was the Director of the Valley office of Bet Tzedek Legal services prior to that.

Mary Carter Andrues is a partner at Arent Fox LLP, where she specializes in white collar criminal defense, export compliance, and SEC enforcement actions. Ms. Andrues is a former Assistant U.S. Attorney, where she served as the Chief of Public Corruption and Civil Rights Section; Deputy Chief of the Public Corruption and Government Fraud Section; and Health Care Fraud Coordinator.

Douglas A. Axel is a partner with Sidley Austin LLP

Kristina Azlin is a partner with Holland & Knight LLP.

Koren Bell is a partner at Larson O’Brien LLP, where she specializes in white-collar criminal matters—including as Counsel of Record in the U.S. Supreme Court—and civil matters—including as trial counsel for the NCAA in a highly-publicized defamation case.

Hon. André Birotte, Jr. is a judge of the United States District Court, Central District of California.

Joseph Boufadel is an attorney at Salvato Law Offices, where his practice focuses on business and commercial litigation, bankruptcy litigation, related insolvency matters, and appeals. Joseph is a Certified Specialist in Bankruptcy Law by the State Bar of California, Board of Legal Specialization.

Mark Byrne is a principal of Byrne & Nixon and is a past president of the Los Angeles Chapter.

John Carson is Of Counsel in Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie's Intellectual Property practice group. His practice includes all phases of patent, trademark, copyright and trade secret law, including licensing and litigation.

Jeffrey Chemerinsky is an Assistant United States Attorney.

Lana Choi is a Deputy County Counsel at the Los Angeles Office of the County Counsel. She currently works in the Sheriff’s Legal Advisory Unit, providing in-house counsel on a variety of matters, including civil and criminal discovery, contracts, media/intellectual property, and the Public Records Act. Lana represents the Sheriff’s Department in 1983 civil rights, tort, and Second Amendment/firearms cases in federal and state court. She currently serves as a Central District Lawyer Representative to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference.

Hon. Jacqueline Chooljian is a United States Magistrate Judge, Central District of California.

Daniel M. Cislo, Esq. is the managing partner of Cislo & Thomas LLP, a So. Cal. intellectual property firm specializing in patent, copyright, trademark, and intellectual property law and litigation and named 2020 Best Law Firms by Best Lawyers of U.S. News and World Report. Dan is a graduate of Loyola Law School and UCLA's School of Engineering and is an inventor himself with numerous U.S. patents to his name. He is admitted to the U.S. Supreme Court, Court of Appeals for the Federal Court, 9th Circuit Federal Court of Appeals, Federal and State Courts of CA, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Washington D.C., U.S. District Courts of Texas, Illinois, Indiana, and Canadian Patent & Trademark Office.

Matthew W. Close is a partner at O’Melveny & Myers LLP and co-chair of the Securities Litigation Practice Group. He represents corporations, directors, executives, and investment banks in securities, derivative, and corporate governance litigation, as well as in government and special committee investigations. Matt also litigates commercial disputes, consumer class actions, unfair competition and deceptive trade practice actions, and Attorney General Proceedings. Matt is a recent Past-President of the Federal Bar Association’s Los Angeles Chapter, a member of the Chancery Club of Los Angeles, and a Lawyer Representative to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference.

George Cardona is currently Special Counsel/Chief of Staff in the Santa Monica City Attorney’s Office. From 1991 to 2018, he worked as a federal prosecutor in the Central District of California, serving as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Appeals and Major Frauds sections (1991-1998), Chief of the Criminal Division (1999-2000), First Assistant (2002-2015), and Chief of the Major Frauds Section (2016-2017). Cardona attended Yale University, where he majored in Physics, and Yale Law School.

Xiomara Costello is a Deputy Attorney General in the California Attorney General's Office, Criminal Law Division, Appeals, Writs and Trials Section, where she specializes in capital and non-capital federal habeas corpus cases.

Robyn C. Crowther is a partner at Boies Schiller Flexner LLP where she handles complex commercial litigation and heads the firm's employment practice. She is a 1996 graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center and former law clerk to Hon. Gary L. Taylor (Ret.) of the Central District of California.

Lane Dilg Lane Dilg is the City Attorney for the City of Santa Monica.

Michael Dore is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, where his a member of the firm’s White Collar Defense & Investigations practice group and its Law Firm Defense practice group. Mr. Dore is a former Assistant United States Attorney.

Robert Dugdale is a partner at Kendell Brill & Kelly, where he specializes in white collar criminal defense litigation, conducting internal investigations, defending False Claims Act cases, managing crises on behalf of high-profile individuals, and representing companies spanning a variety of industries in complex civil litigation. From 1997 to 2016, he worked as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Central District of California, where he served, among other positions, as the Chief of the Violent and Organized Crime Section (2007-2010), the Chief of the Criminal Division (2010-2015), and the Chief Assistant United States Attorney for Trials, Integrity, and Professionalism (2015-2016).

Martin Estrada a partner with Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP, focuses his practice on trials, complex litigation, and investigations. A former federal prosecutor and supervisor in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles, he represents major corporations and executives in “bet the company” cases covering a variety of areas, including business disputes, technology, antitrust, environmental regulation, and securities matters. Prior to practicing law, he clerked for U.S. District Judge Robert J. Timlin of the Central District of California and Judge Arthur L. Alarcón of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and graduated from Stanford Law School.

Hon. Dale S. Fischer graduated from Harvard Law School in 1980, and joined the firm of Kindel & Anderson, where she practiced business litigation for 17 years. She was appointed to the Los Angeles Municipal Court by Governor Pete Wilson in March 1997, and was elevated to the Superior Court in January 2000 by the unification of the Los Angeles County trial courts. She was appointed United States District Judge for the Central District of California by President George Bush on November 5, 2003.

Hon. Michael W. Fitzgerald is a judge of the United States District Court, Central District of California. Prior to this he was a partner at Corbin, Fitzgerald & Athey LLP, a firm that handled complex criminal and civil litigation. Mr. Fitzgerald is a former Assistant United States Attorney. He served as Ninth Circuit Lawyer Representative and on the Ninth Circuit Attorney Admissions Fund Committee, and also clerked for Hon. Irving R. Kaufman of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

Brandon Fox is the Chief of the US Attorney's Office's Criminal Division, where he oversees the federal prosecutions in the Central District of California. Before rejoining the US Attorney's Office to take this role, Brandon was a partner of a law firm, where he led its white-collar practice on the west coast.

Douglas Fuchs is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP, where he represents corporations and individuals in government investigations and related civil litigation. Mr. Fuchs is a former Assistant United States Attorney.

Hon. Dolly Gee is a judge of the United States District Court, Central District of California.

Kiry Gray is District Court Executive of the United States District Court, Central District of California

Joshua Hamilton is a partner in the Litigation practice of Latham & Watkins and is based in the firm's Century City office. As a member of the firm's Securities Litigation and Enforcement practice, he concentrates his practice on representing businesses and their officers and directors in investigations, securities and corporate governance litigation, defense of class actions, and other complex business litigation matters.

Brian J. Hennigan is a past President of the Federal Bar Association, Los Angeles Chapter. He is the managing partner of Hueston Hennigan LLP, where he specializes in federal civil and criminal trial practice. Mr. Hennigan is a Fellow of the american Counsel of Trial Lawyers.

Evan A. Jenness is a past President of the Federal Bar Association, Los Angeles Chapter. She is the principal of the Law Offices of Evan A. Jenness, and represents clients in criminal proceedings in Federal and State trial and appellate courts, and governmental investiations. She is a former Deputy Federal Public Devender, and graduate of Columbia University Law School ('88).

Patricia Kinaga is a partner at Frandzel Robins Bloom & Csato, L.C. She provides advice to employers on a range of issues, including wage hour, major workforce layoffs, medical and disability leaves, discrimination, and discipline matters. She also conducts complex workplace investigations and provides advice on high profile executive separations.

Hon. Sandra Klein is a judge with the United States Bankruptcy Court, Central District of California.

Robert Kohn is principal at Kohn Law Group, Inc., and Chair of the Federal Litigation Section of the Federal Bar Association.

Jeffrey A. Koncius is a partner at Kiesel Law LLP. He has been a civil litigator for his entire career handling complex matters in federal and state courts on behalf of plaintiffs. With experience in all aspects of civil trial and appellate practice, for more than the last decade he has concentrated on consumer class actions in courts throughout the country representing consumers.

Randall R. Lee is a partner at Cooley LLP, where his practice focuses on white-collar criminal and SEC enforcement defense as well as internal investigations. He previously served as Regional Director of the SEC’s Pacific Regional Office, where he oversaw the SEC’s enforcement and examination programs in nine Western states, including California. Before that, he was an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Central District of California.

Janet I. Levine is a past President of the FBA, Los Angeles Chapter.  She is a partner in Crowell & Moring LLP, a national firm.  She specializes in white collar and regulatory enforcement matters. Ms. Levine is the past chair of the American Bar Association's Criminal Justice Section.

Hon. Ronald S. W. Lew is a Senior Judge of the United States District Court, Central District of California.

Gary S. Lincenberg is a past President of the FBA, Los Angeles Chapter.  He is a partner at Bird, Marella, Boxer, Wolpert, Nessim, Drooks & Lincenberg, specializing in white collar criminal defense and complex civil litigation. He is a 1985 graduate of Harvard Law School and a former Assistant United States Attorney.

Amy Jane Longois the Regional Trial Counsel for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s Los Angeles Regional Office, where she both supervises and first-chairs federal court litigation to enforce the federal securities laws, as well as prosecuting SEC administrative proceedings. Representative matters include, for example, actions for financial fraud, insider trading, offering frauds, Ponzi schemes, trading suspensions, market manipulation, and actions against investment advisers, brokers, accountants, attorneys, and other regulated entities and individuals.

Sharon Ben-Shahar Mayer is a principal with Bird, Marella, Boxer, Wolpert, Nessim, Drooks, Lincenberg & Rhow, P.C., specializing in complex civil litigation and white collar criminal defense. She is a graduate of Tel Aviv University ('98) and a former law clerk to the Hon. Robert J. Kelleher.

Eric McDonough is a partner at Seyfarth Shaw LLP and is co-chair of the Los Angeles Litigation Department..

Yuri Mikulka is Partner at Alston & Bird where she practices intellectual property litigation. She serves as lead counsel on high-stakes litigation and trials and provides intellectual property counseling to some of the most innovative companies on digital technology, product development, and brand protection strategies.

Hon. Jacqueline Nguyen is a US Circuit Judge for the United States Court of Appeals 9th Circuit.

Hon. Fernando Olguin is a judge of the United States District Court, Central District of California.

Hon. Rozella A. Oliver is a United States Magistrate Judge, Central District of California.

Hilary Potashner a partner at Larson O’Brien LLP focusing on complex civil and commercial litigation, as well as white collar defense. She joined Larson O’Brien after serving as the Federal Public Defender for the Central District of California from 2014 to 2019.

Sandhya Ramadas is an Associate Principal Counsel at The Walt Disney Company, working on matters related to media distribution. A former Assistant United States Attorney and a former litigation associate at Bird Marella Boxer Wolpert Nessim Drooks Lincenberg & Rhow, Sandhya clerked for the Honorable A. Howard Matz of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California and the Honorable Michael Daly Hawkins of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. She is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law and Harvard College.

Brittany Rogers is a counsel with O'Melveny & Myers who specializes in representing companies and their officers and directors in complex civil and securities matters. She regularly advises and litigates on behalf of public and private companies and their officers and directors facing a wide range of civil suits and appeals in federal and state courts, including in consumer and shareholder class actions.

Paul Rosen is a partner at Crowell & Moring LLP, specializing in white collar criminal defense, government investigations, and cybersecurity and privacy matters. Mr. Rosen joined private practice from nearly a dozen years working in all three branches of government, including as a federal prosecutor and as the chief of staff of the Department of Homeland Security.

Hon. Jean Rosenbluth is a U.S. Magistrate Judge of the Central District of California.

Fred A. Rowley, Jr. is a past President of the FBA, Los Angeles Chapter.  He is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP, where he focuses on appellate litigation, complex civil litigation, and white collar criminal defense. Between 2002 and 2006, he left private practice to join the U.S. Attorney's Office in Los Angeles, where he served in the Criminal Appeals Section.

Hon. Barry Russell is Chief Judge Emeritus of the United States Bankruptcy Court, Central District of California.

Jeffrey H. Rutherford is a partner with Crowell & Moring LLP, where he specializes in white-collar criminal defense. He is a former Deputy Federal Public Defender and a graduate of the University of Minnesota Law School ('95).

Hon. Alka Sagar is a United States Magistrate Judge, Central District of California.

Hon. Suzanne H. Segal is a United States Magistrate Judge, Central District of California.

Kalpana Srinivasan is a partner in the Los Angeles office of the national trial boutique Susman Godfrey L.L.P. and a member of the firm's executive committee. She focuses her civil litigation practice on antitrust, patent, trade secret, copyright, and class action disputes. She clerked for the Honorable Raymond C. Fisher, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and is a graduate of Stanford Law School.

Hon. Gail J. Standish is a United States Magistrate Judge, Central District of California.

Hon. Karen L. Stevenson is a United States Magistrate Judge, Central District of California.

Kenneth D. Sulzer is a partner at Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete, LLP representing management in Employment and Labor law matters, principally in class action litigation. His practice has particular emphasis in Wage and Hour, FLSA, employment discrimination, and California Labor Code and USDOL matters. He is nation-wide Co-Chair of the Complex Employment Litigation Practice and Co-Chair of the California Labor and Employment Practice at Proskauer.

David Joseph Sutton is the Los Angeles Trial Chief at the Federal Public Defender’s Office. Before rejoining the Federal Public Defender’s Office to serve as Los Angeles Trial Chief, David was Counsel at Cohen Williams LLP, a boutique law firm specializing in white-collar defense.

Kristen Tuey is an Associate at Latham & Watkins. She is a member of the Litigation Department and the White Collar Defense and Investigations Practice.

Hon. Patrick J. Walsh is a United States Magistrate Judge, Central District of California.

Jeff Westerman is the principle of Westerman Law Corp, where he practices in the areas of consumer, investor, securities fraud, and antitrust class actions, shareholder derivative actions, and corporate mergers and acquisitions litigation.

David Willingham is an attorney with Boies Schiller Flexner LLP and specializes in white collar criminal defense and complex litigation, and is Co-chair of the firm's White Collar Crime and Corporate Compliance practice group. He was the Deputy Chief of the Major Frauds Section of the United States Attorney's Office in Los Angeles before joining the firm, and served as an Assistant United States Attorney from 2001-2007.

Hon. Michael R. Wilner is a Magistrate Judge of the United States District Court, Central District of California.

Hon. Carla Woehrle is a Magistrate Judge of the United States District Court, Central District of California.


 

 

 

 
Saturday, 19 September 2020


Board Members

Past Presidents

2018-2019 Lane Dilg
2017-2018 Hilary Potashner
2016-2017 Matthew Close
2015-2016 David Willingham
2014-2015 Ken Sulzer
2013-2014 Sharon Ben-Shahar
2012-2013 Evan A. Jenness
2011-2012 Jeffrey Rutherford
2010-2011 Mary Carter Andrues
2009-2010 Yolanda Orozco
2008-2009 Fred A. Rowley, Jr
2007-2008 Gary Lincenberg
2006-2007 Janet I. Levine
2005-2006 Lorraine L. Loder
2004-2005 Brian J. Hennigan
2003-2004 Mark A. Byrne
2002-2003 Marc A. Becker
2001-2002 Richard Marmaro
2000-2001
Jerome H. Craig
1999-2000 Richard H. Kirschner
1998-1999 Thomas Holliday
1997-1998 Brad D. Brian
1996-1997 James L. Goldman
1995-1996 Leslie R. Horowitz
1994-1995 Molly Munger
1993-1994 John R. Sommer
1992-1993 Patricia A. Mitchell
1991-1992 William James
1990-1991 Howard O. Boltz
1989-1990 Joan S. Ortolano
1988-1989 Richard E. Drooyan
1987-1988 Edward M. Robbins, Jr.
1986-1987 Christine L. Harwell
1985-1986 Donald C. Smaltz
1984-1985 Felicia Duque Black
1983-1984 John A. Lapinski
1982-1983 Robert C. Bonner
1981-1982 Robert L. Fenton
1980-1981 Meredith C. Taylor
1979-1980 John D. Vandevelde
1978-1979 Charles Jegikowski
1977-1978 Hon. Barry Russell
1976-1977 Robert M. Talcott
1975-1976 James D. Murray
1974-1975 Arnold G. Regardie
1973-1974 Rex W. Kellough
1972-1973 James R. Dooley
1971-1972 Hon. Richard M. Mosk
1970-1971 Donald A. Fareed
1969-1970 Morton B. Jackson
1968-1969 Hon. Matthew M. Byrne, Jr.
1967-1968 Miles J. Rubin
1966-1967 Vincent C. Page
1965-196b Thomas J. Sullivan
1964-1965 Edward R. McHale
1963-1964 Carla A. Hills
1962-1963 Carla A. Hills
1961-1962 Ernest Mortenson
1960-1961 Richard A. Lavine
1959-1960 Lloyd F. Dune
1958-1959 Lloyd F. Dune
1957-1958 Robert K. Grean
1956-1957 Max F. Deutz
1955-1956 Tobias G. Klinger
1954-1955 Laughlin E. Waters