Members of the Board of Directors
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Amy Longo is 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Nicole Van Dyke Rodriguez