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 theValley
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.
Kristina Azlin is a partner with Holland & Knight LLP.
Sharon Ben-Shahar 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.
Hon. André Birotte, Jr. is a judge of the United States District Court, Central District of California.
Mark Byrne is a principal of Byrne & Nixon and is a past president of the Los Angeles Chapter.
John Carson is an attorney in Arent Fox's Los Angeles office Intellectual Property & Technology Department. His practice includes all phases of patent, trademark, copyright and trade secret law, including licensing and litigation.
Cathy Catterson is the United States 9th Circuit and Court of Appeals Executive.
Jeffrey Chemerinsky is an Assistant United States Attorney.
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, an intellectual property law firm that specializes in the preparation and prosecution of patents, copyrights, and trademarks, as well as licensing and intellectual property litigation in the Central District of California and throughout the country. In addition to being a graduate of Loyola Law School and UCLA's School of Engineering, Dan Cislo is registerd to practice before the United States Patent Office, and is also an investor himself. Dan's most recent project is the creation of a new online provisional patent filing system, PatentFiler, which provides small businesses and entrepreneurs with a covenient and efficient way to file their provisional patent application(s) online with the United States Patent Office, giving them an immediate priority filing date.
Matthew W. Close is a partner in O'Melveny's Los Angeles office and a member of the Securities Litigation, Financial Services, and Data Security and Privacy Practices. His diverse litigation practice focuses on representing corporations, directors and officers, and financial advisors in securities class action, derivative, corporate governance, data security, and fiduciary duty litigation, as well as in government and special committee investigations. Matt also regularly litigates commercial disputes, consumer class actions, unfair competition and deceptive trade practice actions, and Attorney General proceedings nationwide. Matt is a founding member of the Firm's Data Security and Privacy practice where he focuses on corporate risk-management, oversight and governance issues, and incident response measures.
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.
Lane Dilg is an attorney with the University of California Los Angeles.
Nicole Duckett Fricke is the General Counsel and Vice President of Political and Community Affairs for the LA Clippers. In that role, she serves as the team's chief legal officer and manages many of the company's key projects and initiatives on the business side as well as for the Clippers Foundation.
Mike Emmick is a solo practitioner who specializes in white-collar defense. He also teaches white-collar crime and related subjects at Loyola Law School. He graduated from UCLA Law School and clerked for Judge Van Graafeiland on the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in New York. He was an Assistant U.S. Attorney from 1982-2007, including Chief of the Public Corruption and Government Fraud Section from 1990-97; Deputy Independent Counsel in Washington D.C. from 1997-2000; and Special Counsel to the U.S. Attorney from 2001-07. He worked on the White Collar Defense Team of Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton until 2012, when he set up his own practice near his home in Manhattan Beach.
Hon. Dale S. Fischer is a Harvard Law School graduate ('80), and was appointed United States District Judge for the Central District of California by President George Bush on November 5, 2003. She is a member of the Ninth Circuit CJA Oversight Committee and Pro Se Litigation Committee. She has chaired the Central District's Court Services Committee and now chairs the Criminal Justice Act Committee. She has recently been appointed to the Ad Hoc Committee to Review the Criminal Justice Act. Judge Fischer also is a life member of the National Association of Women Judges.
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.
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.
Joshua Hamilton is a partner in the Litigation practice of Paul Hastings and is based in the firm's Los Angeles 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).
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.
Daniel Benjamin Levin is a partner at Munger, Tolles & Olson, LLP, where his practice focuses on complex litigation and appeals. Mr. Levin was formerly the Deputy Chief of the Criminal Appeals Section at the United States Attorney's Office in Los Angeles.
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.
Ron Maroko is federal government attorney in Los Angeles. He has an undergraduate degree from UCLA, a Masters in Business Taxation from U.S.C., a J.D. from UC Davis. He is a past chair of the national Bankruptcy Section of the FBA.
Eric McDonough is a partner at Seyfarth Shaw LLP and is co-chair of the Los Angeles Litigation Department..
Haley McIntosh is a partner at Jones Day. Her practice focuses on complex business litigation and energy regulatory matters and litigation.
Yuri Mikulka is Partner at Manatt Phelps & Phillips where she practices intellectual property litigation. She represents Fortune 100 companies to emerging companies in patent, trademark and commercial litigation and counsels companies on brand protection and online legal issues.
Terry Nafisi is the District Court Executive of the United States District Court, Central District of California.
Hon. Jacqueline Nguyen is a US Circuit Judge for the United States Court of Appeals 9th Circuit.
Hon. Beverly Reid O'Connell is a judge of the United States District Court, Central District of California.
Hon. Fernando Olguin is a judge of the United States District Court, Central District of California.
Hilary Potashner is the Acting Federal Public Defender for the Central District of California, and was appointed by the Chief Judge of the Ninth Circut to that post in September 2014.
Michael J. Proctor is a partner at Caldwell Leslie & Proctor, where he specializes in criminal defense and complex commercial litigation and co-chairs the firm's White Collar Crime and Corporate Compliance practice group. He is a 1990 graduate of The Yale Law School and a former Deputy Federal Public Defender.
Sandhya Ramadas is an Assistant United States Attorney in the Criminal Division of the United States Attorney's Office of the Central District of California. She is a graduate of the University of California Berkeley School of Law ('09), and a former law clerk to 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.
Hon. Manuel L. Real is Chief Judge Emeritus of the United States District Court, 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.
Peter Shakow is a principal with Bird, Marella, Boxer, Wolpert, Nessim, Drooks, Lincenberg & Rhow, P.C., specializing in white collar criminal defense.
Kenneth D. Sulzer is a partner at Proskauer Rose 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.
Kristen Tuey is an Associate at Latham & Watkins. She is a member of the Litigation Department and the White Collar Defense and Investigations Practice.
Eric D. Vandevelde is Of Counsel at Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, where he specializes in white collar investigations, data privacy issues, and intellectual property. He was formerly the Deputy Chief of the Cyber & Intellectual Property Crimes Section at the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Central District of California. He is a graduate of UCLA School of Law and former associate at Irell & Manella.
Jeff Westerman is the principle of Western 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 Caldwell Leslie & Proctor 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.
Ronald Wood is a partner with Proskauer LLP in the Securities Litigation Group.