2000 - 2009
Marc S. Carlson departed from private practice and joined Experian Services Corp. in Costa Mesa, CA as in-house counsel. Victor P. Danhi relocated from Los Angeles to Northern California with the opening of Arent Fox’s new office in San Francisco; Danhi is a partner representing national and regional automotive dealership clients in consumer class actions and complex litigation, federal and state regulatory matters. Ayelet B. Feiman was honored by the Anti-Defamation League at its annual luncheon and awards ceremony held at the Skirball Cultural Center; a deputy Los Angeles city attorney, Feiman received the Helene & Joseph Sherwood Prize Combating Hate for co-investigating and prosecuting a Northridge, CA anti-Semitism case.
Raphael (Rafe) Emanuel formed Emanuel Law Office, where he practices entertainment and business law. In his spare time, Emanuel qualified for the 2014 Boston Marathon. Anne C. Goodwin was promoted from associate to partner with Squire Sanders LLP’s litigation practice group in the Los Angeles, CA office. Elizabeth D. Le, an attorney with Robins Kaplan Miller & Ciresi L.L.P. joined the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) as senior counsel.
Sabrina A. Beldner, senior counsel with McGuireWoods LLP,was featured in the 2013 Southern California Super Lawyers’ Rising Stars. Larry B. Thornton was named partner with LaFollette, Johnson, De Haas, Fesler & Ames in Sacramento, CA; Thornton practices medical malpractice defense. He joined the firm in 2002 after a 24-year career in medicine as a respiratory therapist. Olga Berson practices as a partner at Bingham McCutchen in Los Angeles, CA; Berson practices patent litigation, intellectual property and patent law.
Kevin J. LaHue of Kay McLane Bednarski & Littmade the list in the 2013 Southern California Super Lawyers; LaHue specializes in criminal proceedings, from arrest to appeal in state and federal court. Lynn A. Mastandrea, formerly of Gibbs Giden Locher Turner Senet & Wittbrodt, LLP, joined the Los Angeles office of Gensler, a global architecture, design, planning, and consulting firm; Matandrea serves as regional counsel for the southwest region. Jamal L. Tooson was recently promoted to deputy alternate public defender III in Los Angeles County; as such, Tooson has responsibility of representing the accused in complex criminal cases, ranging from homicide to felony drug sales and possession. Jason T. Yu, for the fifth consecutive year, was named to the 2013 Southern California Super Lawyers Rising Stars; Yu practices business litigation, employment liability, intellectual property and transactional law.
William M. Karns of Cheong, Denove, Rowell, Bennett & Karns was named a 2013 Southern California Super Lawyers Rising Star; Karns specializes in litigating major personal injury cases and business torts. Kristen J. Nesbit, an associate ofFisher & Phillips in Los Angeles, CA, was one of 100 attorneys selected by Lawyers of Color magazine for its inaugural list of minority, under-40 attorneys in the region; Nesbit’s practice focuses on employment litigation and client counseling.
Katherine Macfarlane is a teaching fellow and assistant professor of professional practice at Louisiana State University Law Center in Baton Rouge, LA. Stephen J. Weerts (LL.M) was promoted within DLA Piper’s Los Angeles, CA office to law partner in the firm’s tax practice.
Malaika Billups of Burke, Williams & Sorensen, LLPmade the 2013 Nation’s Best Advocates: 40 Lawyers Under 40 listand honored at the National Bar Association’s annual convention in Miami, FL in July as a legal professional achieving prominence and distinction, both professionally and philanthropically. Emily L. Madueno, land use litigator and eminent domain expert, was promoted to partner at Murphy & Evertz in the firm’s office in Costa Mesa. Kristine M. Noyes is an estate planning, trust administration and probate associate at Fiduciary Law Services, Inc. in Woodland Hills, CA. Joshua P. Shelton co-founded Newport Criminal Defense in Newport Beach, CA; the firm specializes in misdemeanor, felony and federal criminal defense—Brian Bezonsky ’07 is also employed at the firm, as a senior attorney. Boris Sorsher, a labor and employment attorney with Fisher & Phillips, was named in Southern California Super Lawyers list, Rising Stars. Noah B. Steinsapir is a new associate with Mayer Brown LLP in Los Angeles, CA, practicing labor and employment and complex commercial litigation.
Anne Deedwania joined Guess? Inc. as corporate counsel and director of litigation. Talia Shandling, an associate with Klinedinst PC, was named to a 2013 Southern California Super Lawyers Rising Star; Shandling’s practice includes business litigation, employment law, professional liability, and retail and premises liability.
Craig S. Weinstein is an associate with the private wealth services group at Holland & Knight in Los Angeles, CA, practicing trusts and estates litigation. Vatche Zetjian is an estate and trust litigation, planning, and administration associateat Fiduciary Law Services, Inc. in Woodland Hills, CA.
Emerging Law Firm Leaders in California
Samantha N. Hoffman ’00
Los Angeles Daily Journal · Top California Law Firms · March 13, 2013
Top 75 Labor and Employment
David M. deRubertis ’00
Gina M. Browne ’03
Los Angeles Daily Journal · July 17, 2013
2013 California Lawyer Attorneys of the Year (CLAY Awards)
Ronda J. McKaig ’01
California Lawyer · February 15, 2013