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LACBA Barristers President-Elect Mark Kressel

President
Mark Kressel
is an associate at Horvitz & Levy LLP and practices appellate litigation. Before joining Horvitz & Levy, Mr. Kressel clerked for the Honorable Jay S. Bybee in the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Mr. Kressel received his undergraduate degree from Yale University and earned his J.D. from Yale Law School, where he served as Comments Editor to the Yale Law Journal.

President-Elect
Devon Myers
is the Barristers President-Elect, meaning that she'll be the Barristers President in July 2014.  She currently practices at Scheper Kim & Harris LLP, where she handles general civil litigation and white collar criminal defense matters.  Ms. Myers previously worked for an international law firm and clerked for the Honorable Alicemarie H. Stotler.  She lives with her husband, a cat, and two dogs.

Vice President
Robert Glassman focuses his practice on litigating large and complex personal injury, wrongful death, and product defect cases on behalf of plaintiffs.  Since joining Panish Shea & Boyle LLP, Mr. Glassman has obtained favorable results through trial or settlement for his clients in lawsuits against negligent individuals and public and private entities, including the manufacturers and distributors of dangerous products.  Mr. Glassman is committed to seeking justice for his clients who have been injured as a result of individual or corporate wrongdoing. Mr. Glassman attended Southwestern Law School, where he served as president of the student body and was a member of the Trial Advocacy Honors Program. 

Assistant Vice President
Damon Thayer is an associate at Greenwald, Pauly, Foster & Miller.  Damon’s practice focuses on complex business, real estate, employment, and bankruptcy litigation at the trial and appellate levels.  Damon was a litigation associate at Jenner & Block from 2009-2013.  During the 2008-2009 term, Damon served as a law clerk on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and during the 2007-2008 term, he served as a federal district court law clerk.  Damon received his law degree from the University of Minnesota Law School in 2007, where he served as a Minnesota Law Review editor, bankruptcy clinic director, moot court director and competition-team member, and as student-body president.

Secretary
Miguel Espinoza
was raised in Southern California. He received a J.D. from the University of Southern California and an MPA from Harvard's Kennedy School of Goverment, where he was awarded a Public Service Fellowship. He currently works as a deputy district attorney assigned to a special unit dedicated to prosecuting sex crimes and domestic violence. Miguel has also worked extensively in local and national politics, serving as a senior advisor to Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and as a political director for then-Senator Hillary Clinton's 2008 presidential campaign. During college, Miguel worked as a journalist for Talk Radio News Service in the White House and as a correspondent for the Whittier Daily News.

Treasurer
Laura Riley is an associate attorney at Lavi & Ebrahimian, LLP, where she works on plaintiff-side employment litigation. She came to Lavi & Ebrahimian, LLP with a background in disability rights law, having been a Staff Attorney at the Disability Rights Legal Center. Prior to that, she clerked for President Patrick Robinson, head judge of the joint appellate court for the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. Laura Riley graduated from Barnard College, Columbia University, before attending USC Gould School of Law. She is Barristers' Treasurer, Chair of the Law Student Outreach Committee, and Liaison to the Labor & Employment Section and participates in the Pro Bono Committee.




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