LACBA LGBTQ Pride Month Honorees

LACBA Celebrates 140 Years of Service to the Los Angeles Legal Community and Recognizes Past and Present Bar Leaders in Honor of LGBTQ Pride Month


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Phil Lam

Phil Lam has a long, distinguished history with LACBA, having served as a Trustee (2002-2004, 2007-2008) as well as Senior Vice-President and Vice-President (2016-present). He was appointed to a newly created position, Vice-President of Diversity/Affiliate Outreach, leading an executive team to help re-structure LACBA to pivot to the changing demographics of attorneys in California. Further, Phil is passionate about nurturing new leaders and lawyers, and advancing social justice through public-interest law groups, particularly Counsel for Justice, the 501(c)(3) arm of LACBA, that provides crucial legal services to domestic violence victims, veterans, immigrants and AIDS patients.

In addition to LACBA services, Mr. Lam was elected to Southern California Chinese Lawyers Association (President, 2003) and LGBT Bar of Los Angeles (Co-President 2012). Through local and national bar, civic and political organizations, Phil has personally worked on pro bono immigration cases, drafted consumer protection bills, directed legislative advocacy, and championed and raised funds for LGBT causes or against discriminatory ballot initiative.

Professionally, Mr. Lam serves under the Chief of Staff to Los Angeles City Attorney Mike N. Feuer. Phil is the first Intellectual Property Counsel for the City of Los Angeles. In founding the first governmental intellectual property (“IP”) law practice in North America, he developed the City’s IP Asset Management program and IP licensing practice. Among other duties, he is primarily responsible for policy advice and legal services related to intellectual property, entertainment, cybersecurity, data privacy, and Internet laws; as well as major-asset acquisitions and incubator parks. Phil also specializes in civil recovery from antitrust class action and unfair competition litigation, having settled in tens of millions of dollars with international corporations including Microsoft, Infineon, Samsung and Mitsubishi.


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Navid Dayzad

Navid Dayzad is an immigration attorney and the founder of Dayzad Law Offices, P.C. He creates immigration strategies that help businesses hire valuable foreign-national employees, and help families realize their dreams in the United States. He is dedicated to providing personal service to his clientele, who inspire him and remind him that he is an immigrant too. He strives to educate the public and have served as an immigration expert for news media, including CNN, CBS, ABC, PBS, and Voice of America. Multiple times, he has been selected as a “Super Lawyer” in immigration law – among the top 5% of expert attorneys in Southern California.

Navid has been at the forefront of lesbian/gay/transgender immigration issues throughout his legal career. He spoke on CBS News as an expert on marriage equality for LGBTQ immigrants and was featured in a Law & Politics Super Lawyers article describing his legal career and advocacy for gay and lesbian immigrants. Navid served as the American Immigration Lawyers Association’s Chair for a national committee of LGBT attorneys. Prior to immersing himself in immigration law in 2001, Navid practiced employment law at the international firm Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker. He earned his J.D. from Berkeley Law and graduated summa cum laude from UCLA.


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Duncan Crabtree-Ireland

Duncan Crabtree-Ireland practiced criminal law and served as a deputy district attorney for the County of Los Angeles before joining what was then Screen Actors Guild as a deputy national executive director and general counsel. Today, Crabtree-Ireland is the chief operating officer and general counsel for SAG-AFTRA where he oversees the union’s legal affairs and strategy, while providing oversight of the organization’s legal, government affairs and public policy, international, governance, professional representatives, EEO/diversity, human resources and administration, and foreign royalties departments. As part of his role with SAG-AFTRA, Crabtree-Ireland serves as a delegate to the International Federation of Actors (FIA) where he strives to support and foster a regime of global legal protections for performers.

Crabtree-Ireland received his Juris Doctorate from the University of California, Davis, School of Law, where he was inducted into the Order of Barristers. He earned his Bachelor of Science in foreign service with a concentration in international relations, law, and organization from Georgetown University. Crabtree-Ireland has extensive board experience. He currently serves as co-chair of the board of trustees of the AFM & SAG-AFTRA Intellectual Property Rights Distribution Fund, the chair of the board of the SAG-AFTRA & Industry Sound Recordings Distribution Fund, and as a board member of SoundExchange.

In addition, he serves as an officer of the SAG-AFTRA Health Plan and a trustee of the SAG-Producers Pension Plan. Crabtree-Ireland also makes time to serve the broader legal community in southern California. He is a past treasurer of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, a past Co-President of the LGBT Bar Association of Los Angeles, and serves by appointment as a judge pro tem of the Los Angeles Superior Court. To help develop the next generation of legal professionals, Crabtree-Ireland lectures at USC’s Gould School of Law, where he focuses on international law and legal issues.


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Marc Andre Bertet

Marc Andre Bertet is an outspoken activist in the LGBTQ community in Los Angeles and a leader in Family Law on the topic of same sex marriage, registered domestic partnerships and dissolutions. He is recognized for his work on behalf of same sex couples in preparation and negotiation of premarital/post nuptial/marital settlement agreements and pursuit/defense of parentage actions (child custody), property rights, partner/spousal support, and taxation issues specific to same sex couples. Marc served as both key architect and panel expert at the Los Angeles County Bar Association's 48th Annual Family Law Symposium, in May 2016, where he lectured on the US Supreme Court ruling Obergefell v. Hodges 135 S. Ct. 2584 (2015) (legalizing same sex marriage in the United States) and how the landmark decision effects same sex couples in dissolution proceedings. In 2018, the esteemed Los Angeles Business Journal named Marc among LA's Most Influential Minority Attorneys, for his work championing the LGBTQ community. In 2017 Marc was a finalist for the Annual Corporate Citizenship Award by the LA Business Journal, for his philanthropic work and contributions to the LA Gay and Lesbian Center and for his volunteer work for the annual AIDS/Life Cycle charity ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles.

Apart from his longstanding work on behalf of the LGBTQ community, Marc also brings a strong academic discipline in the legal field. He has contributed to the CEB publication Dividing Pensions and Other Employee Benefits in California Divorces, Chapter 2, Initial Procedures and Pretrial Orders. He also co-authored a chapter on Fiduciary Duty Between Spouses for the Los Angeles County Bar Association's Family Law Symposium Reference Book.


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Brian Brookey

Brian Brookey specializes in intellectual property litigation, with expertise in patent, trademark, and copyright infringement, misappropriation of trade secrets, and unfair competition. Brian actively litigates intellectual property matters in District Courts throughout the country, U.S. Courts of Appeal, and the International Trade Commission. He also has significant experience handling contested trademark matters before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board of the United States Patent and Trademark Office. He represents a broad range of companies across numerous industries and technologies, including telecommunications, computer software, lasers, construction, lighting, medical devices, automotive, and electronic components.

Brian has chaired several fundraisers for the Trevor Project, raising hundreds of thousands of dollars to provide suicide prevention and crisis intervention services to at-risk LGBTQ youth; spent several years on the board of the LGBT Bar Association of Los Angeles; serves on his firm’s Equity and Inclusion Committee, and is a charter member of UCLA’s Williams Institute Alumni Network Leadership Team. He also represented an LGBTQ student group, pro bono, when it was accused of trademark infringement by the students’ Evangelical Christian university.


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Nathan W. Gabbard

Nathan W. Gabbard became certified as a family law specialist by the State Bar of California, Board of Legal Specialization in 2016. Nathan graduated from Southwestern Law School in May 2009 and was licensed as an attorney in December 2009. He is also a member of Los Angeles County Bar Association, Beverly Hills Bar Association, and Santa Monica Bar Association. Nathan serves on the Leadership Council of the Los Angeles Center for Law and Justice (LACLJ), a non-profit organization providing legal services to survivors of domestic violence and abuse. He participates in the Regional Legislative Committee, where he reviews and comments on proposed changes in legislation. He has also served on the Executive Committee of the Beverly Hills Bar Association - Family Law section and has been a member of the Executive Committee on the LGBT Bar Association of Los Angeles, where he served as the Secretary of the Board of Governors and the Chair of the Membership Committee.

In his spare time, Nathan enjoys researching and writing. Nathan is currently the Assistant Editor for the Family Law News publication of the California Lawyers Association. Several of his articles are published in the Family Law News, including topics such as issues affecting transgender youth, presumed parent status, and standing in state court to enforce a contract claim for spousal support arising from an immigration related federal form.


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Eric Webber

Eric Webber is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Irell & Manella LLP, where he is a member of the transactions practice group. Mr. Webber has served in the firm's General Counsel's office and as a member of the firm's Executive Committee. Mr. Webber's practice covers a wide range of business transactions, including private and public M&A, joint ventures, business organizations and restructurings, public and private debt offering, commercial lending, workouts and recapitalizations, and public and private equity offerings.

Mr. Webber served as LACBA’s President during the 2011 bar year, the first openly-gay person to hold that office. He was also Chair of LACBA’s Commercial Law & Bankruptcy Section (for the 2001 bar year); Co-President of LACBA’s affiliate, the LGBT Bar of Los Angeles (in 1992); a founding member and later Chair of LACBA’s (now former) Committee on Sexual Orientation Bias (from 1992-2001); the principal draftsperson for LACBA’s 1994 Report on Sexual Orientation Bias in the Los Angeles Legal Profession; and a founding member and first Chair of the State Bar of California’s (now former) Committee on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Discrimination (from 1993-96).


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Madison Fairchild

Madison Fairchild, Esq. is dedicated to LGBTQIA+ advocacy and intersectionality. She provides moderate- and low-income clients in Los Angeles with access to low bono legal services in employment and immigration matters. Her current focus is on obtaining asylum relief for transgender people from Latin America. As a board member of the LGBT Bar Association of Los Angeles, Ms. Fairchild works to improve inclusion and visibility for Transgender people in the legal profession. She was recently appointed to the Transgender Advisory Board for the City of West Hollywood by council member John Heilman.

Ms. Fairchild completed the two-year accelerated juris doctor program at Southwestern Law School with a full-tuition Wildman/Schumacher scholarship. She graduated from the University of Southern California with a Bachelor of Science in Business and in the top 10% of her class. As a Transgender woman of color, Ms. Fairchild has overcome a myriad of obstacles, including being brought to the United States from Mexico as a child, as an undocumented immigrant, and never completing high school as a result of LGBTQIA+ based discrimination/harassment. These experiences have broadened her perspective and strengthened her independent, entrepreneurial drive as a business owner before law school and as a solo law practitioner with the Los Angeles Incubator Consortium (LAIC).


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Sean C. Sobottka

Sean C. Sobottka, of the Law Office of Sean C. Sobottka, handles all aspects of family law litigation, including dissolution of marriage, annulments, dissolution of domestic partnerships, child custody, child support, spousal support, attorney’s fees, pre- and post-nuptial agreements, dependency, adoption proceedings, and assisted reproduction. Through counsel and advocacy, Sean strives to make an unfamiliar process familiar so that clients navigate the legal system successfully and can start the next chapter of their lives. As a former teacher, Sean has unique insight into the educational effects that child custody can have on children. With this knowledge and an understanding of California's custody and visitation laws, he helps parents to ensure that their children's best interests really are put first and that custody issues have as minimal an impact as possible on their children. Sean has extensive experience in the area of assisted reproduction, helping California families to grow through surrogacy and egg and sperm donation. As a member of the LGBT community, Sean has counseled many gay and lesbian clients providing additional insight into the unique legal challenges facing our community, as partners, husbands, wives, and parents.

Sean has been volunteering with the DVP since 2013, giving over 200 hours of pro bono time to work with the thousands of victims the Domestic Violence Legal Services Project sees each year. “Sean demonstrates an excellent commitment to our cause and is always willing to help out. He is kind and compassionate with the victims he assists and shares his vast knowledge of the law in order to help them understand the difficult court process. He is the perfect volunteer to assist this vulnerable population in taking the first step in escaping the abuse,” says Sara Rondon, Director of the Domestic Violence Legal Services Project.


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Lexi Peacock

Lexi Peacock is a corporate associate in the Los Angeles office of Munger, Tolles & Olson. Ms. Peacock currently serves on the board of governors of the LGBT Bar Association of Los Angeles. She earned her J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School, where she served as a notes editor of the Michigan Law Review, social chair of the Michigan Law Outlaws and President of Phi Delta Phi, the Michigan Law co-ed fraternity. She graduated with a B.A. in history and Spanish from Yale University.


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Candace Matson

Candace L. Matson is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP, where she co-chairs the firm’s Construction Practice Group. Ms. Matson furnishes both transactional and dispute resolution services to owners, developers, contractors, design professionals, lenders and investment entities in a wide range of private and public contexts relating to design and construction, and is frequently ranked/recognized for such work by both Chambers and the Legal 500.

She also serves as an arbitrator/mediator of design and construction disputes, and is a prolific speaker and publisher on such issues. Ms. Matson co-founded Sheppard Mullin’s LGBTQ affinity group “Out at Sheppard” ten years ago and co-chairs it to this day, and is also a member of the firm’s Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Counsel. In recognition of her leadership on diversity issues within the firm, she was the 2015 recipient of Sheppard Mullin’s Annual Diversity & Inclusion Award. Ms. Matson was Co-President of the LGBT Bar Association of Los Angeles last year, and continues to serve on its Board of Governors where she now co-chairs the Women’s Committee. She also chairs the Legal Council of The Williams Institute, a “think tank” at UCLA Law School conducting research on sexual orientation and gender identity law and public policy.


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Brittany Ellenberg

Brittany Ellenberg is an associate in the Labor and Employment Group at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP. She counsels clients on a broad range of employment matters, including employment-related issues arising out of U.S. and multinational corporate transactions, executive employment agreements and separation agreements, restrictive covenant agreements, reductions-in-force, discrimination charges and lawsuits, collective bargaining agreements and internal investigations. Ms. Ellenberg is on the Board of Governors of the LGBT Bar Association of Los Angeles and a member of the Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles. In 2016, she was selected as one of the Windy City Times 30 Under 30. Ms. Ellenberg was a key member of the team that filed an amicus brief in the Ninth Circuit, Fourth Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of several LGBT organizations in opposition to the Trump administration's "travel ban." The brief discusses many ways in which LGBTQ people in the affected countries experience persecution and violence, and asserts that U.S. law favors accepting these persecuted refugees.


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Cameron Faber

Cameron Faber is currently General Counsel at the Los Angeles LGBT Center and has held that position since 2011. Cameron is a member of the Board of Governors of the LGBT Bar Association of Los Angeles and Board President of Celebration Productions, the longest running theatre company in Los Angeles devoted solely to producing LGBTQ themed productions. Cameron has been practicing law for over thirty years handling litigation and transactional work, both in-house and in law firms.


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Mark A. Lemke

Mark Lemke is a full-time mediator with Lemke Mediation. He draws upon a career as plaintiffs' counsel, defense counsel, and insurance coverage counsel. He's mediated over 1,000 cases to date, primarily in the fields of employment, personal injury, catastrophic personal injury, and wrongful death. Being openly-gay and first-generation Mexican American is particularly helpful in his employment and housing cases, ensuring a respectful and accepting tone.

Mark Lemke serves on the adjunct faculty for the preeminent Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution. He's been admitted to mediation panels for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, United States District Court, California Court of Appeal, Los Angeles County Bar Association, and Beverly Hills Bar Association. He also serves as a Temporary Judge for the Los Angeles County Superior Court. He is a frequent speaker and writer on the topics of mediating with insurance carriers, and tools for breaking impasse. Among his considerable pro bono and community work, Mark Lemke has volunteered for Bet Tzedek's Name and Gender Change Clinic assisting transgender persons secure legal recognition, the Disabled Veterans Scuba Project, and the Trevor Project's online suicide hotline for LGBTQ youth.


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Jordan Aiken

Jordan Aiken works at Bet Tzedek Legal Services as an Equal Justice Works Fellow, sponsored by Greenberg Traurig, LLP. Through her Fellowship, she launched the Transgender Medical-Legal Partnership with the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Transgender Health Program. The Transgender MLP provides legal services to transgender individuals in Southern California with the goal of improving health outcomes through legal intervention. Ms. Aiken graduated from UC Irvine School of Law in 2016, where she helped run UCI Law’s Legal Name and Gender Marker Change Clinic. Her article, Promoting an Integrated Approach to Ensuring Access to Gender Incongruent Health Care, was published in the Berkeley Journal of Gender, Law & Justice (2016), and she presented this research at the Philadelphia Trans-Health Conference in 2015. Ms. Aiken loves serving as a member of the LGBT Bar Association of Los Angeles Board of Governors and enjoys painting, calligraphy, and creating ketubot.


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Renee Mochkatel

Partner Renee Mochkatel has worked at Allred, Maroko & Goldberg for over 3 decades. Ms. Mochkatel graduated from Cal Poly, Pomona, in 1979 where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree cum laude. She then attended Pepperdine University from which she received her Juris Doctorate in 1982. Ms. Mochkatel represents clients in a variety of employment-related matters such as sexual harassment, discrimination, and wrongful termination. As a trial attorney for Allred, Maroko & Goldberg, Ms. Mochkatel has on several occasions been part of the victorious trial team in cases involving unusual sexual harassment in the workplace, her clients received jury verdicts in excess of $1,000,000. Ms. Mochkatel has successfully represented many young women in Title IX claims against educational institutions.

Ms. Mochkatel is a member of and sits on the Executive Committee of the Labor and Employment section of the L.A. County Bar Association, where she has Co-Chaired the Labor and Employment Retreat. In addition she has co-authored, with Gloria Allred, several articles on employment law for the Los Angeles Daily Journal.


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Ally Bolour

Ally Bolour, the Managing Attorney at the Law Offices of Ally Bolour, has been a tireless advocate for immigrant and queer rights for over two decades. His eureka moment came in the late 1980s, when he volunteered at a hospice during the darkest days of the AIDS crisis. He realized then that the LGBTQ community needed to fight for change rather than just hope for its arrival. Today he's known throughout the country as a voice for change, an activist by nature, a lobbyist and a lawyer.


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Abigail Coursolle

Abigail (Abbi) Coursolle is a senior attorney in the Los Angeles office of the National Health Law Program. She provides technical assistance, advocate training, and litigation support on a range of issues, with a special focus on access to care Medicaid managed care, prescription drug access, behavioral health access, LGBTQ health equity, and children's health issues. In April 2018, Abbi and colleagues filed a federal lawsuit challenging Wisconsin's exclusion of gender-affirming care for transgender Medicaid beneficiaries. Before joining NHeLP, Abbi was the Greenberg Traurig Equal Justice Works staff attorney at the Western Center on Law & Poverty.


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Mark Kressel

Mark Kressel is a partner at the firm Horvitz & Levy and has handled appellate matters in a wide range of areas, including patent, the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), the anti-SLAPP statute, the First Amendment, punitive damages, general business litigation, and premises liability, for private companies, government entities, and individuals. Mr. Kressel was a 2015 Fellow of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD). The LCLD is an organization of more than 200 members, who serve as either general counsel of major corporations or managing partners of leading law firms. LCLD develops action programs designed to help a new and more diverse generation of attorneys ascend to positions of leadership. In 2013-2014, Mr. Kressel served as the President for the Los Angeles County Bar Association's Barristers Section, the new and young lawyers section. In that position, he also served on the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s Executive Committee and Board of Trustees.


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James J.S. Holmes

Jim Holmes is a partner at the Los Angeles office of Clyde & Co. He is an experienced trial attorney and litigator, representing major media and entertainment entities, as well as major insurance carriers insuring media and entertainment entities. Jim defends clients in a variety of intellectual property matters, including trademark, trade dress, trade secrets and copyright infringement, misrepresentation of likeness, unfair competition and breach of contract actions.

Jim has received numerous recognitions for his service in the legal community, including the 2016 Benjamin Aranda Outstanding Public Service Award from the Los Angeles County Bar Association. He was also awarded the Access Award for pro bono service from the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, Los Angeles County Commission on Disabilities, and he received commendation for his work as a temporary judge for Los Angeles Superior Court. In addition to legal honors, Jim has received awards for his exceptional commitment to community and public service work. He uses his considerable talents and skills to benefit individuals from all walks of life through his pro bono activities. He is a long-time and fearless advocate for diversity and LGBT rights and has served in numerous prominent bar and civic leadership roles.