1970 - 1979
Hon. Robert J. Miller of Dutko Worldwide in Las Vegas, NV and former Nevada governor, published his autobiography, Son of a Gambling Man: My Journey from a Casino Family to the Governor’s Mansion.
John (Jack) A. Girardi received the Patrick J. Cahalan, S.J. Award from Loyola High School. Girardi, who serves on the school’s board of regents and is vice president for class leaders of the Alumni Association, also was named chair of Loyola High School’s sesquicentennial (150th anniversary) celebration.
Jeffery G. Elias retired from the County of San Diego Law Office of the Primary Public Defender where he was serving as supervising attorney. Earlier in his legal career, Elias practiced as a trial attorney and a deputy public defender.
Lawrence I. Stern of Mallery & Stern is the incoming president of the California Applicants’ Attorneys Association; the members’ purpose is to improve the advocacy, promote the skill and preserve the high standards of ethics of attorneys representing injured workers.
Ronald K. Collins, professor at the University of Washington School of Law, is releasing three new books this year: Nuanced Absolutism: Floyd Abrams & the First Amendment; Mania: The Story of the Outraged & Outrageous Lives that Launched a Cultural Revolution; and On Dissent: Its Meaning in America (June 2013).
Gary S. Green, received the Board of Governors Award for his exceptional service to the Beverly Hills Bar Association.
Jeffrey S. Kravitz was named to the “Angelenos to Know in Intellectual Property Law” list published in the Los Angeles Business Journal supplement on October 29, 2012; Kravitz is managing partner and co-chair of the media, defamation and privacy law practice at Fox Rothschild LLP in Los Angeles.
Rick B. Tsujimura joined the Honolulu law firm of Ashford and Wriston; additionally, Tsujimura, chair of the East-West Center—an education and research organization established to strengthen relations and understanding among the peoples and nations of Asia, the Pacific and the United States— attended the Center’s alumni gathering in Beijing, China along with the U.S. Ambassador to China Gary Locke.
John D. Vandevelde retired as partner with Crowell & Moring LLP; earlier in his legal career, as a prosecutor with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles, Vandevelde tried 20 cases and became assistant division chief for all criminal appeals, and later became chief of complaints—he received a special commendation by the U.S. Department of Justice for outstanding service. During his 33 years since leaving government work, Vandevelde defended clients in criminal matters at the federal and state court levels.
James G. Benjamin assumed the position of president of the Denver Bar Association for 2012-13 and was profiled in the Association’s official publication, The Docket; Benjamin is manager of the real estate and business transactional department at Benjamin, Bain, Howard & Cohen LLC in Greenwood Village, CO.
David J. Pasternak, a court-appointed receiver and special master in complex business cases for Pasternak, Pasternak & Patton, A Law Corporation, was named to the State Bar of California board of trustees.
Thomas P. Beck of Thon Beck Vanni Calahan & Powell announced his retirement from the practice of law to pursue a new, non-legal related career. Additionally, Beck was awarded the Daniel O’Connell Award from the Irish American Bar Association and named to the Southern California Super Lawyers “Top 100” list in 2012 and 2013.
George Teitel was conferred the Order of the Rising Sun from the government of Japan for his contributions toward enhancement of friendship between the U.S. and Japan.
Arthur J. Chapman and classmate Richard H. Glucksman, both of Chapman Glucksman Dean Roeb & Barger in Los Angeles, are featured in the 2013 Southern California Super Lawyers publication as well as in past years of the publication.
Pamela S. Duffy, for the second consecutive year, has received the national recognition Real Estate Lawyer of the Year from Chambers and Partners, an international legal reference directory; Duffy practices with Coblentz Patch Duffy & Bass LLP in San Francisco, CA.
Barbara M. Rubin joined Glaser Weil Fink Jacobs Howard Avchen & Shapiro as partner in the firm’s entertainment law practice and concurrently joined the Loyola Law School faculty as assistant professor and executive director of the Entertainment Law Practicum; Rubin was head of business and legal affairs at Spelling Television Inc. and A&E Television Networks-West Coast and an attorney for CBS Studios.
Floyd J. Siegal a private mediator in Encino, CA, was elected to the board of directors of the Southern California Mediation Association and presented at a conference workshop at the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University School of Law; he also had an article titled “Easy Doesn’t Do It,” published in the Los Angeles Daily Journal (October 31, 2012).
Wayne S. Bell was promoted to commissioner for the California Department of Real Estate; he was chief counsel and assistant commissioner for legal policy and recovery; earlier in his career, Bell was special counsel and director of home ownership at the California Housing Finance Agency, and also was deputy secretary and general counsel for the California Business, Transportation and Housing Agency.
Ted M. Handel joined Haight Brown & Bonesteel LLP as partner with the business solutions and construction law practice groups.
The Hon. James L. Crandall ’70 joined the Superior Court of California, County of Orange; Crandall was partner with Crandall Wade & Lowe in Irvine, CA.
The Hon. Kathryn Doi Todd ’70, justice of the California Second District Court of Appeal, Division Two, has retired following 35 years in judicial office, including more than 12 years on the Court of Appeal. Doi Todd became the first Asian-American woman judge in the country when Gov. Jerry Brown appointed her to the Los Angeles Municipal Court in 1978. She was elevated to the California Superior Court in 1981, where she served as presiding judge of the Juvenile Court, and was appointed to the Court of Appeal in 2000.
The Hon. Douglas M. Elwell ’76 retired in November 2012 from the Superior Court of California, County of San Bernardino. Elwell began his legal career as an associate at Allard, Shelton & O’Connor LLP in Pomona, CA and then moved on to become a deputy county counsel for Los Angeles County. In 1995, he was appointed to the San Bernardino County bench, which merged with the California Superior Court three years later.
The Hon. Gary E. Daigh ’77, appointed by Gov. George Deukmejian in 1989, and elected in subsequent elections, retired from the California Superior Court, County of Los Angeles in Compton. Formerly, Daigh was a deputy county counsel for Los Angeles County, a legal advisor to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, a private practitioner and a research attorney for the court.
The Hon. Lori R. Behar ’78 was appointed to the Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles; Behar served as court commissioner up to her appointment and previously practiced law at Haight Brown and Bonesteel LLP.
The Top 100 · 2013 Southern California Super Lawyers
- John A. Girardi ’72
- Mark P. Robinson, Jr. ’72
- Bruce M. Bunch ’74
- Thomas J. Nolan ’75
- Sussan H. Shore ’76
- Thomas P. Beck ’77
- Craig S. Simon ’77
Orange County Top 50 · 2013 Southern California Super Lawyers
- Mark P. Robinson, Jr. ’72
- Mark E. Minyard ’76
- Craig Simon ’77
The Top 50 Women · 2013 Southern California Super Lawyers
- Patricia D. Phillips ’67
- Sussan H. Shore ’76
- Joan P. Ostroy ’77
- Nancy Sher Cohen ’78
California's Top 50 Neutrals · Los Angeles Daily Journal, Oct. 17, 2012
- Michael D. Moorhead ’75
- Hon. Carl J. West ’78
Top 100 Lawyers in California · Los Angeles Daily Journal, Sept. 12, 2012
- Thomas J. Nolan ’75
Leading Labor and Employment Attorney · Los Angeles Daily Journal, July 18, 2012
Nathan Goldberg ’74