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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Brandon Fox is a partner in Jenner & Block's Investigations, Compliance and Defense Practice. Before joining the firm in 2017, he served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Central District of California and, earlier, the Northern District of Illinois. In his 14 years as a federal prosecutor, he served many supervisory positions, including as Chief of the Public Corruption and Civil Rights Section in Los Angeles.
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.
Carol Gillam is President of The Gillam Law Firm.
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).
Eric Kizirian is a partner at Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Hon. Rozella A. Oliver is a United States Magistrate Judge, Central District of California.
Hilary Potashner is the 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ronald Wood is a partner with Brown White & Osborn LLP.