Spring 2013 Alumni Updates


Terrance L. Stinnett has been recognized by Continental Who’s Who for excellence in the fields of banking and legal service. He is general counsel and secretary for Fremont Bank and Fremont Bancorporation. Terrance spent 36 years with the firm of Goldberg, Stinnett, Meyers & Davis and its predecessors.


William “Bill” Pursley writes he is “practicing Workers’ Comp law all over the state of California, representing both sides of the fence.”


Steve Haley is president of the Santa Clara County Bar Association for 2013. He is an attorney at Groom & Cave in San Jose. Rise Jones Pichon B.S. ’73 was elected as the assistant presiding judge of the Santa Clara County Superior Court. She previously supervised the criminal division.


Brian Back has been appointed by Gov. Jerry Brown to the State Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. Back has been a Ventura County Superior Court judge since 1998. Back was an attorney with Arnold Back Mathews Wojkowski and Zirbel LLP from 1990 to 1997, Arnold and Back from 1989 to 1990, and Nordman Cormany Hair Compton LLP from 1977 to 1989. Ron Ball has joined Best Best & Krieger in its San Diego office. He retired in December as Carlsbad


Laura Casas Frier was re-elected to the board of trustees of the Foothill-De Anza Community College District in Santa Clara County.


Henry Manayan is chief operating officer of Discovery Minerals Ltd. He has served as chairman, CEO, board director, or executive officer to numerous portfolio companies including Terra Solar Global, which was recently sold. He also has been an officer, director, or legal counsel to numerous companies and organizations in four countries. Mark P. Rapazzini is a shareholder at Heffler Claims Administration, which provides administration in antitrust, securities, employment, labor, mass tort, consumer and government enforcement matters. Prior to joining Heffler, he was a senior vice president at Rust Consulting and was chief operating officer at RG2 Claims Administration.


Joan Markoff has been appointed chief counsel of the California Department of Human Resources. Previously, she was chief counsel at the California Department of Personnel Administration. She served in many positions at the California Department of Toxic Substances Control from 1991 to 2011, including assistant chief counsel. From 1988 to 1991, she was a deputy state public defender. Tom Squieri is president and CEO of Granite Rock Co. Previously, he was the company’s vice president and general counsel. He also worked for two Bay Area firms that specialized in construction litigation: Pettit and Martin, where he became partner in 1993, and the San Jo


Helen Elizabeth Williams was appointed to be a judge on the Santa Clara County Superior Court by Gov. Jerry Brown. She previously was a staff attorney with the San Jose-based 6th District Court of Appeal since 2004. She also worked for several San Jose law firms, including Robinson and Wood.


Edward Kwok joined Hogan Lovells as a partner in the firm’s intellectual property practice, based in Palo Alto. Kwok’s practice focuses on patent prosecution, patent and trade secret litigation, IP portfolio assessment and development, infringement and validity opinions, and licensing. He has extensive experience in representing clients in intellectual property litigation in state and federal courts and at the ITC.


Adrienne Grover has been appointed as an associate justice of the Sixth District Court of Appeal, after serving as a judge for the Monterey County Superior Court since 2002. She served as county counsel for Monterey County from 1999 to 2002 and as deputy county counsel from 1995 to 1999. She worked as assistant county counsel and deputy county counsel for Calaveras County from 1992 to 1995, and was an associate at Long & Levitt from 1990 to 1992.


Lisa Herrick is general counsel for the Santa Clara County Superior Court. She has a background in public sector law, including six years as senior deputy city attorney for the City of San Jose, and more than four years as a deputy county counsel for Santa Clara County. She also was a partner at McManis Faulkner, where she worked on civil litigation, criminal defense, and family law. She also served as president of the Santa Clara County Bar Association.


David Shuey is a partner at Rankin, Sproat in Oakland. He practices insurance defense, including general liability, construction defect and injury, and professional malpractice. He is also a two-term mayor and city councilmember in Clayton. He has been on the Council since 2002 and is serving his third term. He has been married for 20 years, and he and his wife, Shelly, have five children, three of whom were adopted from China and Ukraine.


Deborah Moss-West has been appointed by the Legal Aid Association of California to the California Commission on Access to Justice. The 26-member commission of lawyers and judges, as well as academic, business, labor, and community leaders, was established to explore ways to improve access to civil justice for Californians living on low and moderate incomes. The commission was instrumental in establishing the $10 million Equal Access Fund for civil legal services to the indigent and works closely with the Judicial Council to improve access to the courts.


G. Michelle Ferreira, managing shareholder for Greenberg Traurig’s San Francisco office, was selected to the Daily Journal’s “10 Emerging Law Firm Leaders in California.” The list highlights rising stars within law firms who have demonstrated great leadership over the past year. The article discussed Ferreira’s multiple roles in Greenberg Traurig’s San Francisco office and her leadership generally. Ferreira also received the 2012 V. Judson Klein Award for excellence in the tax law field by the State Bar’s taxation section.


Shauna L. Chastain B.A. ’91 is president of the Solano County Bar Association, and Bay Area Chapter director of the Association of Certified Family Law Specialists. Dennis Chiu was elected to the El Camino Hospital Board of Directors in November 2012. He is a business attorney in Sunnyvale. He is vice chair of the Santa Clara County Planning Commission, where he has served since 2000. He is also a commissioner on the City of Sunnyvale Housing and Human Services Commission. Dianne Sweeney is president-elect of the Santa Clara County Bar Association and will serve as its president in 2014. She works for Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman in Palo Alto.


Jessica Perry is a partner at Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe.


Meredith McKenzie of Los Gatos, CA, has been appointed by Gov. Jerry Brown to the Dental Board of California. McKenzie has been vice president and deputy general counsel at Juniper Networks since 2012. She was senior director of intellectual property at Symantec Corporation from 2006 to 2012; director of litigation, licensing and IP for Cypress Semiconductor from 2001 to 2006; and corporate counsel and director of IP at Enuvis Inc. from 2000 to 2001. McKenzie was an associate for Howrey LLP from 1998 to 2000 and patent agent and design engineer at Intel Corporation from 1993 to 1998. Robert P. Rutila has returned to Ridenour, Hienton & Lewis in Phoenix. He practices commercial litigation and is focused on construction law, landlord/ tenant disputes, creditor’s rights, real estate, banking, and general-contract issues. Clark Stone joined Hogan Lovells as a partner in the firm’s intellectual property practice, based in Palo Alto. Stone’s practice focuses on litigation relating to patents, trademarks, Internet privacy, trade secrets, and business disputes for high technology clients, in federal and state courts and the ITC. A past president of the Santa Clara County Bar Association in 2007, Stone is a volunteer arbitrator for the Santa Clara County Bar Association’s Attorney-Client Fee Dispute Arbitration program and for the State Bar of California’s Mandatory Fee Arbitration program.


Michelle Montez Fisher is a board member of Storyteller Children’s Center, a preschool for homeless and at-risk children in Santa Barbara. Fisher has practiced municipal law for 12 years, working as an assistant city attorney for Santa Barbara. She assisted in the formation of the Santa Barbara Public Library Foundation, a nonprofit corporation seeking to raise funds for the Santa Barbara public libraries. Fisher has served as a board member of the Junior League of Santa Barbara and is a past president of both the Tri- Counties Local Government Lawyers Association and the Barristers’ Club of Santa Barbara. She and her husband have three children. Joanne Pasternack was named one of San Jose Business Journal’s 2013 Silicon Valley Women of Influence.


G. Ross Trindle III is partner at Best Best & Krieger in Ontario, Calif., where he is leader of the firm’s police services practice. He also represents clients in complex federal and land use litigation. He is district counsel for the South Montebello Irrigation District and has served as deputy city attorney for Arcadia, Azusa, Claremont, Colton, Covina, and Shafter for public safety and public liability issues.


Ricky Le is chief of staff to newly elected East Bay Rep. Eric Swalwell. Le previously was deputy chief of staff for Rep. Zoe Lofgren ’75.


Emiko Burchill of Sacramento, Calif, has been appointed by Governor Brown as special assistant for policy at the California Natural Resources Agency. She was a contract attorney at Olson Hagel and Fishburn LLP in 2012. She was an executive fellow at the California Fair Political Practices Commission from 2011-12 and was an intern at the office of Assembly member Toni Atkins in 2011. She served as a volunteer attorney at My Sister’s House from 2010-11 and an attorney at the Law Offices of McDowall Cotter from 2007-09.


Phillip Lee is a clerk at the Federal Circuit. Previously, he was a clerk at the U.S. District Court for the Central District. Since law school, he has also been an attorney at Alston & Bird, and earned a masters in biotechnology at Columbia.


Alexandra Pavlidakis married Brandon Douglass ’10, B.A. ’05 on Oct. 6, 2012, in San Francisco. She is an attorney at Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich & Rosati in Palo Alto. He is in private practice in Redwood City.


Jessica Jackson was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention. Ravi Mohan is a patent litigation associate with Morrison & Foerster. He spent three months working in Japan, where he focused on matters related to the Apple v. Samsung case.


Andrew Freyer is an associate at Dorsey & Whitney’s patent practice group in Denver. Elizabeth Nuss has joined Gaw Van Male, a law firm specializing in wealth preservation, business law, and related litigation in Napa. Sebnem N. Kimyacioglu ’12 recently had the opportunity to play for one of the best basketball teams in Europe, filled with American and European Olympians. She writes: “I regained my passion for sports—and my desire and hope to eventually practice law involving sports—while taking Ron Katz’s sports litigation class.” She recently played for Galatasaray Sports Club in the Turkish league finals in Istanbul, Turkey.

Spring 2013 Obituaries


John Klein, Sept. 12, 2012. He grew up in San Francisco and attended St. Mary’s College. He was a World War II veteran, serving as a captain in the U.S. Navy. He worked in Sacramento in the legal counsel’s office of the State Legislature. He was an assistant city attorney in Santa Rosa and a city attorney for Cloverdale, Healdsburg, and Sonoma. In the 1970s, he teamed with others to build Vigil Light Apartments, a Santa Rosa housing development for low-income seniors. In 2011, a community center at the apartments was dedicated in his name. He received the Career of Distinction Award from the Sonoma County Bar Association in 2006.
57 Marshall Bean, April 18, 2012. An Army veteran, he was a graduate of San Jose State College. He practiced law for 35 years, and taught business law at San Jose State University for 40 years. He was past president of the San Jose Host Lions Club. He is survived by his wife, Nancy, four children, 10 grandchildren, and two greatgrandchildren.
73 Arthur William Anderson, Jan. 13, 2013. Born in Shanghai, China, he was raised in San Francisco, and was a graduate of UCSF Medical School. He practiced orthopedic surgery in San Jose, and served as chief of orthopedics, chief of surgery, and chief of staff at O’Connor Hospital. Survivors include his wife, June, five children, 12 grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren.
79 Gerald Kimble Jr., Sept. 21, 2012. He served 21 years as a naval flight officer, retiring as lieutenant commander. As an attorney, he was a prosecutor and a county attorney prosecuting child abuse and neglect. In private practice, he was a guardian ad litem for abused or neglected children and disabled adults. He was the first board president of Pikes Peak Family Connections in Colorado, teaching nurturing classes for families and establishing KPC Kid’s Place, a crisis respite center for children. He was honored in 2009 by the El Paso County Bar for his work to protect children. Survivors include his wife, Cheryl, a daughter, and two grandsons. Isamu “Sam” Yoshida, July 4, 2012. Born in Japan, he served in the U.S. Marine Corps in Vietnam. A licensed engineer, he was a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, American Military Engineers Society, Wilderness Unlimited, and Rotary International. He worked in government and private sector jobs, including naval facilities engineering in San Bruno and San Diego, the General Services Administration, Seville Group, and the Parsons Brinckerhoff international engineering firm in San Jose and San Francisco. Survivors include his wife, Gail, and three siblings.
80 Page Humphrey Vernon, Feb. 20, 2013. She graduated from Trinity College in 1974, and Santa Clara Law in 1980, where she played on a women’s intramural flag football team called the “Eleven Easy Pieces.” Between 1979 and 1983, more than 25 female Law School students and professors played on the team, and there is now an endowed scholarship in the team’s name. Vernon began her legal career in Chapel Hill in 1981 as assistant district attorney for Orange and Chatham counties. While raising a family, she wrote for the UNC School of Government before joining the law firm of Barber, Bradshaw and Vernon in 1991 where she practiced until 2002. Her special interest in children and education then led her to the Juvenile Criminal Law Clinic at the UNC School of Law and later Duke University School of Law’s Children’s Education Law Center. After several years as a volunteer guardian ad litem, Vernon was elected District Court Judge and served from 2008 through 2011. Survivors include husband, Jim, sons Benjamin and Amos, and brothers, Peter, John, Tom, and Mark Otis.