Spring 2012 Alumni

Spring 2012 Alumni Updates


Charles J. Sprigman Jr. has joined the Hoffman DiMuzio firm as of counsel. He has practiced law in Gloucester County, N.J., for 40 years. He has served as a municipal solicitor, school board attorney, prosecutor, and municipal court judge.


Daniel Hanley MBA ’67 is in private practice in San Jose, handling estate planning, probate, and business law. He practices with his son, Sean. Dan and his wife, Judy, live in Saratoga, and are grandparents.


Steven Howell retired as judge on the Butte County Superior Court, after 24 years on the bench. He was the second-longestserving judge in the county, and was presiding judge for 14 years. Mary Vigal teaches a course in Seattle for professionals who want to grow their business with foreign buyers. In addition to being an attorney, she is a licensed real estate instructor in the area of taxation. She is a former associate professor of law at the graduate School of Taxation at Golden Gate University in San Francisco, a visiting professor at SCU’s School of Law, and a former lecturer at the graduate school of business at San Jose State University. She is a tax specialist certified by the State Bar of California.


Michael Geraghty was appointed as Alaska’s attorney general by Governor Sean Parnell in January. He has been an attorney at DeLisio, Moran, Geraghty & Zobel, specializing in complex litigation and trial work, including class action and antitrust. He is a commissioner with the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws and was named a Super Lawyer by Washington Law and Politics magazine. He also was selected in Best Lawyers in America for construction law and personal litigation. He is a fellow with the American Bar Foundation. Barbara Spector is vice mayor of the town of Los Gatos. She was first elected to the council in 2004 and served as its mayor in 2008. She is of counsel at Hoge Fenton Jones & Appel in San Jose.


Molly Arnold has retired after working more than 20 years in public finance for the State of California. She held various positions, including deputy attorney general, general counsel to the state Department of Finance, and general counsel to the California Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank. In retirement, she and her husband, Bryce Andrews, have sailed to Mexico in their CS 36, Abracadabra. Michael Kearney is of counsel in the Las Vegas office of Ballard Spahr, in the business and finance department. His practice focuses on complex commercial transactions, and mergers and acquisitions, with an emphasis on tax-driven transactions and licensed gaming entities.


Laura Casas Frier is vice president of the board of trustees of the Foothill–De Anza Community College District. She has been on the board since 2005. She also serves on the Community College League of California’s trustee board.


Bernard Vogel III is president and CEO of Silicon Valley Law Group. He specializes in corporate finance and tax planning, as the chair of the corporate and securities group.


Mark Intrieri B.S. ’81 is in Strathmore’s Who’s Who, worldwide edition, for his contributions and achievements in law. He is co-founder and principal of Chapman & Intrieri, where he has practiced for the past 19 years. He handles litigation in product liability, employment, business, construction, public entity, and intellectual property. He also has extensive experience in education and labor law for public entities, including conducting labor negotiations, contract administration, grievance arbitrations, and administrative hearings. He is a member of the Burlingame Elementary School District board of trustees. He lives in Burlingame with his wife, Katherine, and their four children. Allan Isbell has been selected as a member of the San Francisco chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates. He is special counsel to Archer Norris in Walnut Creek, where he has worked since 2005. He has practiced law for over 25 years. Mary McCurdy B.S. ’81 and her husband, Kevin, have their own law firm, McCurdy & Fuller, in Menlo Park. As empty nesters, with two grown children, they enjoy traveling.


Susan Mauriello has been appointed to the California Corrections Standards Authority. She has been county administrative officer for Santa Cruz County since 1989.


Robert Buechel is a partner with Sedgwick in its insurance practice group. With 25 years of experience, he represents insurers and reinsurers in transactional, corporate, and regulatory matters, as well as dispute management and resolution.


Steven Hilst has joined the Beverly Hills personal injury law firm of Banafsheh, Danesh & Javid, as a senior associate. He is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates, and a master of the American Inns of Court. He is the first president of the California Supreme Court Justice Carlos Moreno Trial Practice Inn of Court, a fraternal organization that teaches trial techniques to attorneys. He serves on the board of directors of the Trojan Club of Beach Cities, and is active in his local parish, St. James Catholic Church of Redondo Beach, where he teaches adult religious education and is a Sunday lector.

California Lawyer Honorees

Two Santa Clara Law Alumni were among the recipients of California Lawyer’s 2012 Attorneys of the Year awards: Denise M. Mingrone ’87 and Niall McCarthy ’92. Mingrone, a partner at Orrick, managed a team that obtained an $88 million verdict against Mattel in a longrunning battle over the Bratz doll line. McCarthy was lead lawyer for a whistleblower and part of a team that secured the largest False Claims Act recovery in California history—a $241 million settlement from a medical laboratory–testing company.

Denise Mingrone
Denise M. Mingrone ’87
Niall McCarthy
Niall McCarthy ’92


Michael LaBianca B.S. ’79 is vice president of human resources at Nvidia. Jill M. Pietrini is a partner in the intellectual property group in the Los Angeles office of Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton. Previously, she worked at the Manatt law firm in Los Angeles, where she chaired the firm’s intellectual property and intellectual property litigation practice group.


Jill (Goldwasser) Greiner is an appellate court justice for the Inter- Tribal Court of Appeals, is an administrative hearing officer for the Nevada State Board of Medical Examiners, a settlement judge for the Nevada Supreme Court Settlement Program, and an arbitrator for the Washoe County District Court Annexed Arbitration Program. She recently had an article about the Inter-Tribal Court of Appeals published in Nevada Lawyer magazine.


Kyle Guse is a partner in the Palo Alto office of Baker Botts. He has completed more than 100 public offerings and M&A transactions for clients, which include venture capital funds and investment banks in the life sciences, technology, and clean-tech sectors. Jonathan Klein is president of the Oakland Girls Softball League. He is a partner with Kelly, Hockel & Klein in San Francisco. He is married to Tiffany Welch Klein, and they have two daughters, Rachel, 13, and Jordan, 10. Sonya Sigler is vice president of product strategy of SFL Data, a provider of fixedprice e-discovery managed service for corporations and law firms. She has more than ten years of experience in business relationship management. She previously was in-house counsel and a business development/legal consultant to several companies.


Nahal Iravani-Sani is president of the Iranian American Bar Association. Braden Woods is chief of the criminal division of the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office.


Shelyna Brown has been appointed as a judge on the Santa Clara County Superior Court by Governor Jerry Brown. Previously she was a public defender in San Jose. She fills a vacancy created by the retirement of Hon. Eugene Hyman ’77.


Narait Barinder is vice president of intellectual property at PharmacoFore, a biopharmaceutical company in San Carlos. Previously he was a partner at Fenwick & West, where he focused on patent preparation and prosecution, developing patent portfolio strategies for companies, supporting IP litigation, mergers and acquisitions, and working with venture capital companies to fund over two dozen life sciences start-ups. Prior to becoming a lawyer, he was a research scientist at Roche and Syntex, where he developed drugs for emesis, pain, and anxiety disorders. Eric Fromme is a partner at Rutan & Tucker in Costa Mesa. He represents companies in financial distress, creditors’ committees, private equity funds, lenders, secured and unsecured creditors, and asset purchasers through the firm’s trial section and its bankruptcy/financial practices group. He has been president of the Orange County Bankruptcy Forum and on the board of the California Bankruptcy Forum. Shawn Hartung has started San Jose Silicon Valley Tours, which will offer narrated bus tours. She was appointed as an historical and landmarks commissioner for the City of Santa Clara. Vedica Puri, a partner at Pillsbury & Levinson, co-authored two chapters on subrogration and appraisals in a book from California Continuing Education of the Bar, California Property Insurance: Law and Litigation. The book is designed to examine a first-party property insurance claim from start to finish. Andrew Romberger is vice president and general counsel at Nuron Biotech, a biopharmaceutical company in Pennsylvania. Previously, he was a partner in the corporate department of Fox Rothschild LLP.


Naomi Dalzell Martinez B.S. ’94 is the managing director of Group Tasomi, S.L. She lives in Hong Kong.


Marwa Elzankaly was profiled in a National Law Journal article about minority lawyers under the age of 40. Joanne Pasternack was part of a women in sports symposium, sponsored by the Stanford Graduate School of Business and the San Francisco 49ers, in November 2011. She is director of community relations and philanthropy for the 49ers, where she helps raise millions of dollars for charity. Jill Rice is assistant legal counsel at the California State Board of Education. Previously, she was deputy general counsel at the California Department of Education. From 2002 to 2007, she was a consultant for the Buck Institute for Education.


Michele Corvi was included in the 2010 Northern California Super Lawyers “Rising Stars” list. This is a correction of the class note from Fall 2011. Suzanne Yost is president of the Silicon Valley Association of Realtors. She is a Los Gatos resident and broker associate with Alain Pinel Realtors. She was named Realtor of the year in 2006 by the Santa Cruz Association of Realtors.

SCU Honors Two Law Alums

In April, the SCU Alumni Association honored Dori Rose Inda J.D. ’00 and Nick Livak ’59 JD ’62 with special awards for their service to others. Inda received the 2012 Ignatian Award in recognition of her work at the Watsonville Law Center (WLC), which she founded in 2002 after being inspired by her work at Santa Clara Law’s East San Jose Community Law Center (now the Katharine and George Alexander Community Law Center). Inda is the executive director of the WLC, which has served thousands of low-income and immigrant families on the Central Coast. Livak received the 2012 Louis I. Bannan, S.J. Award in honor of his more than 50 years of service to SCU. Livak is a trustee on the Bronco Bench, has served on his SCU reunion committee, and has helped with law school fundraising, the New Student Calling Program, and more. For more information, see www.scu.edu/alumni/alumni-events/awards-dinner.cfm.


Kristina Lawson is a partner at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips. She is a member of the real estate and land use practice group. Previously, she was at Miller Starr Regalia.


Justas Gerindson is a senior associate at the San Francisco office of Novak Druce + Quigg. He was previously at Fliesler Meyer. His practice focuses on patent prosecution, re-examinations, litigation support, contracts, opinions, licensing, and counseling clients on mechanical devices, computer software, and business methods.


Pamela Glazner has started a law firm with Maureen Pettibone Ryan in Redwood City. The firm focuses on individual and business litigation, and consumer and civil rights. David Tsai has been named by the National LGBT Bar Association as one of their 2011 Best LGBT Lawyers under 40. He was also named as 2010 Barrister of the Year by the Santa Clara County Bar Association. He is an associate at Perkins Coie in San Francisco, where his practice focuses on trade secret and patent litigation.


Erica Arena-Camarillo and her husband, Paul, were married in 2009. They are parents of Ava Rose, who was born on Nov. 17, 2011. The family lives in Georgia. Paul is a senior assistant district attorney in Fulton County, and Erica works at Arena-Camarillo Law, P.C., as well as at the Gwinnett County Sexual Assault Center.


Garren Michael Pedemonte married Jessica Baracker on Sept. 17, 2011. He is an attorney for Southern Oregon Public Defenders in Medford, Ore. His wife is also an attorney.


Autumn Talbott coauthored an article with Art Gemmell, international law scholar at Santa Clara Law’s Center for Global Law and Policy. The article, “The Lex Mercatoria-Redux,” will be published in the Transnational Dispute Management Journal.