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University of San Diego School of Law
Advocate Fall 2017 Issue

Class Action

Class Action compiles personal and professional news about USD School of Law alumni from independent update submissions and international media resources.


  • '74

    David Casey inducted to Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame.

  • '75

    John Little recognized as "Outstanding Trial Lawyers" by Consumer Attorneys of San Diego.

  • '76

    Peter Fagan, '88 (LLM), named Commissioner in San Diego Superior Court.

    A. Barry La Forgia received Bishop Charles Francis Buddy Award at Alumni Honors.

  • '79

    Daniel Abdun-Nabi appointed to REGENXBIO Board of Directors.

    Virginia Nelson received the first ever Hughes McClenahan Civility Award named after noted trial attorneys, Peter Hughes and George McClenahan, in recognition of her skill, civility and integrity as a Trial Advocate and Member of ABOTA and was recently recognized for the 11thÿtime as one of the Top 10 San Diego Super Lawyers (2017).

  • '81

    Ric Shwisber named 2016 General Counsel finalist by theÿSan Diego Business Journal.

  • '82

    Douglas Hageman named 2016 General Counsel finalist by theÿSan Diego Business Journal.

    Jeffrey Thomas namedÿLos Angeles Daily Journal'sÿTop 100 Lawyers in California.

  • '83

    Robert Francavilla recognized as "Outstanding Trial Lawyers" by Consumer Attorneys of San Diego and named Trial Lawyer of the Year.

  • '84

    Edward Babbitt recognized as "Outstanding Trial Lawyers" by Consumer Attorneys of San Diego.

  • '85

    Dick Semerdjian received James K. Carroll Leadership Award from American Bar Association.

    Fran Townsend mamed senior national security analyst for CBS News.

  • '86

    Carolyn Caietti awarded 2016 Wilmont Sweeney Juvenile Court Judge of the Year.

    Knut Johnson appointed Vice Chair of the Practitioners Advisory Group.

    Garrison Klueck named Mensa National Ombudsman.

  • '87

    Theodoreÿ Boutrous namedÿLos Angeles Daily Journal'sÿTop 100 Lawyers in California.

    Richard Fields appointed by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. to Divison Two of the Fourth District Court of Appeal

    Gwen Rutar Mullins recognized in the 2016 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

  • '88

    Paul Klockenbrink recognized in the 2016 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

  • '89

    Karenÿ Hewittÿ recognized in National Diversity Council_s 2016 Top 50 Women Lawyers and namedÿLos Angeles Daily Journal'sÿTop 100 Lawyers in California.

  • '90

    Frances (Hon.) Bennet II 1990 featured in Judicial Profile Section ofÿthe Daily Journal.

    Ambeng Kandasi interviewed in the Asia Times on his role as a Papua New Guinea Supreme Court Justice.

  • '91

    Maryann D'Addezio appointed by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. to the San Diego Superior Court.

  • '93

    Paul Junge joined St. Mary's County Chamber of Commerce as president.

  • '95

    Cynthia Freeland appointed by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. to the San Diego Superior Court.

    Andrew Serwin namedÿLos Angeles Daily Journal'sÿTop 100 Lawyers in California.

  • '96

    Dawn Saunders elected to the board of NAIOP San Diego.

    Bronwyn Savary named 2016 General Counsel finalist by theÿSan Diego Business Journal.

  • '97

    Loren Freestone assumed position as president of San Diego County Bar Association.

  • '01

    Claudia Simon joined Schulte Roth & Zabel as partner.

  • '02

    Lewis Ensley named 2016 General Counsel finalist by theÿSan Diego Business Journal.

    Brett Templemanÿ named partner and shareholder of the Lowthorp, Richards, McMillan, Miller & Templeman's Oxnard law firm.

  • '03

    Vincent Roth, '13 (LLM), named 2016 General Counsel Finalists by theÿSan Diego Business Journal.

  • '04

    Shannonÿ Brubaker namedÿDaily Transcript_sÿ2016 Top 40 Under 40.

    Erik Greupner promoted to chief operating officer of the San Diego Padres.

    Marissa Lyftogt namedÿDaily Transcript_sÿ2016 Top 40 Under 40.

    Jeff Singletary elected partner at Snell & Wilmer.

  • '05

    Joe Rossettie named 2016 General Counsel Finalists by theÿSan Diego Business Journal.

  • '06

    Lori Albert elected partner of Akerman LLP's Denver Office.

    Rebecca Brophy named 2017 North Carolina Rising Stay by Super Lawyers.

    Fernando Landa namedÿDaily Transcript_s2016 Top 40 Under 40.

    Kristin Rizzo named San Diego County Bar Association president elect for 2017.

    Derek Wilson promoted to shareholder at Pettit Kohn Ingrassia & Lutz PC.

  • '07

    Jeffrey Boman named 2016 General Counsel Finalists by theÿSan Diego Business Journal.

    Hannah Cole named 2016 General Counsel Finalists by theÿSan Diego Business Journal.

    Buck Endemann joined K&L Gates as partner.

    Dana Grimes recognized as "Outstanding Trial Lawyers" by Consumer Attorneys of San Diego.

    Sabrina Poulos elected partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati.

  • '08

    Carolina Bravo-Karimi elected to Board of Directors of the Federal Bar Association.

    Brian Sun named 2016 General Counsel Finalists by theÿSan Diego Business Journal.

  • '09

    Paul Jonna elected named partner at LiMandri & Jonna LLP.

  • '10

    Jaclyn Gerson namedÿDaily Transcript_sÿ2016 Top 40 Under 40.

    Illana Miller named 2016 General Counsel Finalists by theÿSan Diego Business Journal.

    Abigailÿ Stephenson elected managing partner of Blanchard, Krasner & French Reno fffice.

  • '11

    Jamie Altman Buggy joined Crosbie Gliner Schiffman Southard & Swanson LLP (CGS3) as an associate.

  • '12

    Alexandraÿ Albro named 2016 General Counsel Finalists by theÿSan Diego Business Journal.

    Henderson Austin joined the law firm of Klinedinst PC as an Associate.

  • '13

    Adrone Beeneÿ named 2016 General Counsel finalist by theÿSan Diego Business Journal.

    Michael Sedio named 2016 General Counsel finalist by theÿSan Diego Business Journal.

    Morganÿ Suderÿ elected to Board of Directors of Federal Bar Association.

  • '15

    Tiffany Kwong published a legal article last Fall in Arizona State University's Entertainment law journal about China's film industry and censorship guidelines.