Committee Members' Profiles
Heather M. Cooper
Heather Cooper was the 2009-2010 Chair of the Los Angeles County Bar Association ("LACBA") Antitrust and Unfair Business Practices Section ("Section"). She is compliance counsel for ADP. Ms. Cooper specializes in antitrust and trade regulation and white collar defense. In addition to representing clients in litigation, she provides commercial and counseling services on a broad spectrum of business matters including the antitrust aspects of mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, standard-setting organizations, trade associations, and distribution and licensing arrangements. She is a dual-qualified U.S. and Canadian attorney and is qualified to practice law in the French language. Ms. Cooper is a frequent author on antitrust issues and contributor to American Bar Association ("ABA"), State Bar of California, and other publications. She is a graduate of McGill University's Faculty of Law and the University of Washington.
Jonathan M. Eisenberg
Jonathan Eisenberg was the Chair of the Section for 2010-11. He has been a practicing lawyer continuously since 1996, and has focused his career on antitrust litigation, intellectual property litigation, and business litigation. Presently a deputy attorney general in the Antitrust Law Section of the Office of the California Attorney General, Mr. Eisenberg also spent nine years in private law practice in the Bay Area and Los Angeles, and was a one-year law clerk for U.S. District Judge Linda H. McLaughlin of the Central District of California. Mr. Eisenberg is lead counsel for California in California ex rel. Harris v. Safeway Inc., a supermarket-industry profit-pooling case that has proceeded in the U.S. District Court, Central District of California, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Mr. Eisenberg also authored or co-authored two chapters (one on the Cartwright Act, the other titled "Antitrust and the Internet") of the 4th edition of the treatise California State Antitrust and Unfair Competition Law, as well as the chapter on antitrust law in Ian C. Ballon's treatise, E-Commerce & Internet Law. In 2011, Mr. Eisenberg received an "Attorney of the Year" award from California Lawyer for antitrust work. Super Lawyers has named him a Southern California "Rising Star." Mr. Eisenberg earned his law degree from U.C. Berkeley (Boalt Hall) School of Law in 1996, and received a bachelor's degree in American Studies from Stanford University in 1992.
Daniel M. Flores
Daniel M. Flores is the Secretary/Treasurer of the Section for 2011-12. He is a member of the firm's litigation department, practicing in the areas of antitrust, unfair competition, and intellectual property law. Mr. Flores received a J.D. degree in 2002 from Columbia Law School, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and an articles editor for the Columbia Business Law Review. He graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in Music from the University of Nevada at Las Vegas in 1999.
Howard S. Fredman
Howard Fredman is a member of the Century City law firm of Fredman Knupfer Lieberman, and has litigated complex business cases in state and federal trial and appellate courts throughout California for nearly four decades. A former Chair and long-time Executive Committee member of the Section, Mr. Fredman's expertise on antitrust matters was developed while a senior attorney for Atlantic Richfield Company from 1975 through 1987. He is a court-appointed mediator and attorney settlement officer for Los Angeles Superior Court and the U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, and has expertise and experience defending and prosecuting business contract and tort litigation, class actions, and cases related to the Internet, commercial real estate, banking, trademarks, trade secrets, defamation, unfair competition, and "SLAPP" suits. Mr. Fredman is a 1966 graduate of Princeton University and a 1969 cum laude graduate of Columbia Law School.
Hon. Richard L. Fruin
Hon. Richard Fruin has been a Judge of the Los Angeles County Superior Court since 1995. Before being appointed to the bench, Judge Fruin was a private-practice lawyer for 30 years. He is a former Chair of the Section. Judge Fruin graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and received a law degree from U.C. Berkeley (Boalt Hall) School of Law.
Carole E. Handler
Carole Handler is of counsel at Lathrop & Gage. She has tried numerous entertainment, trademark, copyright, and antitrust cases in state and federal courts in California, New York, and Pennsylvania. Her primary fields of practice are copyright in new media, antitrust, and the interface of antitrust and intellectual property. A former Chair of the Section, Ms. Handler is an adjunct professor of antitrust and intellectual property law at the University of Southern California Gould School of Law and of copyright law at Rutgers University Law School. She has also taught at U.C.L.A. Law School. She speaks publicly and writes widely on a variety of copyright and antitrust issues.
Don T. Hibner, Jr.
Don Hibner is of counsel to the law firm of Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton, and is located in its downtown Los Angeles office. He is a graduate of Stanford University, and Stanford Law School, where he was a member of the board of editors of Stanford Law Review. In his 40-year antitrust career, he has litigated over 300 antitrust cases, involving a wide spectrum of issues. In addition, he has written and lectured on a variety of vertical restraint, franchising, and government-contracts antitrust issues. Mr. Hibner has served in a number of capacities within the ABA Antitrust Section, including membership on its Council, and has chaired its Private Litigation, and Franchise and Distribution, Committees. He is a frequent author and lecturer on antitrust and antitrust economics issues, and a contributor to numerous ABA publications, including Antitrust Law Developments, State Antitrust Practice and Statutes, and Monograph 17, on franchising issues. He has served as the Chair of the Section, been a member of its Executive Committee since 1979, and has been a panelist, lecturer, or moderator for many section programs. In 2002, he was the State Bar Antitrust and Unfair Competition Law Section's "Antitrust Lawyer of the Year."
Darrel J. Hieber
Darrel Hieber is a partner at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom. His practice involves a wide range of complex and high-profile litigation, including class actions, arbitration, government law-enforcement actions, and claims related to unfair business practices, antitrust, entertainment, technology, insurance, securities fraud, mergers and acquisitions, and constitutional law. He is a graduate of the U.C. Santa Barbara and received his law degree from U.C.L.A. Darrel is a past Chair of the Section and has been a long-term member of its Executive Committee. He continues as a member because of the extraordinary work the Section does in disseminating and analyzing developments in this area.
Hon. Ralph C. Hofer
Hon. Ralph Hofer is a Judge of the Los Angeles Superior Court. He was previously a partner at Blecher & Collins, where he specialized in complex business litigation and represented clients in a wide variety of matters including contracts, business torts, antitrust, class actions, and attorney and accountant professional negligence. Before joining Blecher & Collins, he was a federal prosecutor in Los Angeles. As an Assistant U.S. Attorney, he was appointed to the Presidential Task Force on Narcotics Enforcement from 1983 to 1986. Mr. Hofer has authored numerous articles for various legal publications.
John M. Landry
John Landry is a special counsel of Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton's Los Angeles office. He received a B.A. in philosophy from Fordham College in 1984. He attended U.C. Hastings College of the Law, obtaining his J.D. in 1988. He specializes in antitrust litigation and is a past Chair of the Section, and currently is a member of the Executive Committee of both the Section and the State Bar's Antitrust and Unfair Competition Section.
Charles C. Lifland
Charlie Lifland, a partner in O'Melveny & Myers's Los Angeles office, focuses on class action and appellate work in the fields of mass torts, antitrust and unfair business practices, securities, and punitive damages. He has handled complex business litigation and significant appeals in federal and state courts both in and beyond California. Mr. Lifland is a former Chair of the Section, and a former "Attorney of the Year," honored by California Lawyer magazine. He is an adjunct professor at U.C.L.A. School of Law, where he teaches a pro bono appellate law clinic. Mr. Lifland is a former law clerk to Hon. Mariana R. Pfaelzer, U.S. District Judge, Central District of California. He earned a bachelor's degree in economics, magna cum laude, from Yale University in 1979, and a J.D., magna cum laude, from Harvard University in 1982.
Michael K. Lindsey
Michael Lindsey is a long-time partner in the corporate department of Paul Hastings. He concentrates his practice in intellectual property, cyberlaw, and trade regulation. His intellectual property practice involves the acquisition, development, protection, and licensing of various forms of intellectual property. In the cyberlaw area, Mr. Lindsey represents diverse clients on matters ranging from domain-name disputes to e-commerce structuring, new media development, co-branding, and other marketing arrangements. His practice in the trade regulation area involves antitrust preventive counseling, franchise matters, and advice concerning the sale, distribution, and marketing of products and services, including manufacturing, joint venture, distribution, dealership, and agency agreements. His technology-oriented transactional practice focuses on mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures and other teaming arrangements in the United States and abroad. Mr. Lindsey has authored or co-authored numerous articles in multiple legal periodicals. He is a co-author of The Intellectual Property Handbook: A Practical Guide for Franchise, Business and IP Counsel (ABA 2005), Annual Franchise and Distribution Law Developments 2003 (ABA 2003), and International Sales Transaction Checklist (IBA 2003). He also served as editor-in-chief or co-editor-in-chief of International Franchise Sales Laws (ABA 2006), State Antitrust Law and Statutes (ABA 2d ed. 1999); and Franchise Protection: Laws Against Termination and Establishment of Additional Franchises (ABA 1990). Mr. Lindsey has been named a Southern California "Super Lawyer" by Los Angeles magazine, and is listed in The Best Lawyers in America, the Guide to the World's Leading Competition and Antitrust Lawyers and in Who's Who Legal, The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers. He received his B.S. degree, summa cum laude, from Texas A & M University and his J.D. degree from Stanford Law School.
John D. Lombardo
John Lombardo is a partner at Arnold & Porter in Los Angeles. He represents plaintiffs and defendants in complex commercial litigation in state and federal courts, and in arbitration and mediation. His practice focuses on antitrust, consumer protection, unfair competition (including California Business and Professions Code section 17200), and trade secret disputes. He has extensive experience in defending class and representative suits. His clients include consumer and pharmaceutical product manufacturers, a major television programming network, insurance companies, and a leading national convenience store franchisor. A 1996 Order of the Coif graduate of U.C.L.A. Law School, Mr. Lombardo earned his undergraduate degree at Claremont McKenna in 1993.
Kendall H. MacVey
Kendall MacVey is a partner with Best Best & Krieger in Riverside, engaging in public agency and complex litigation, in such areas as antitrust and business torts. Prior to entering private law practice, Mr. MacVey was an attorney with the FTC where he prosecuted antitrust and unfair competition cases with national- and industry-wide scope, including antitrust cases in the recording and motion picture industries. Mr. MacVey has been the Chair of the Section, and was the first and only person outside of Los Angeles County to be so. He has served on the Executive Committee of the Section for more than twenty years. He has also served as president of the Inland Empire Chapter of the Federal Bar Association. He has been selected as an attorney-representative to the U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, Judicial Conference and for the last decade has been appointed to merit selection panels for the selection of federal magistrate judges. Mr. MacVey received his B.A. degree from Occidental College (magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa). He received his J.D. degree from U.C.L.A. Law School.
M. Brian McMahon
Brian McMahon is the 2011-12 Chair of the Section and the principal in the Law Offices of M. Brian McMahon. His primary fields of legal practice are antitrust law, environmental law, and oil, gas, and geothermal law. He has litigated antitrust cases for three decades and has been instrumental in some of the largest recoveries for antitrust plaintiffs in California. Mr. McMahon has testified several times as an expert witness on crude oil maters before U.S. Congressional committees and federal agencies. He co-authored the chapter entitled "Regulated Industries" in the treatise California State Antitrust and Unfair Competition Law, Fourth Edition (2010) and authored the 2011 and 2012 updates. Mr. McMahon earned a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Wisconsin and a J.D. from U.C.L.A. Law School. He was a law clerk for Judge Ozell Trask, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
Robert B. McNary
Rob McNary is an antitrust associate with Crowell & Moring. His practice focuses on antitrust and complex commercial litigation. Rob received his B.A. and M.S. from Stanford University, and his J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School, where he was a student fellow in law and economics. Before law school, Rob was a corporate finance analyst at J.P. Morgan Chase and a research analyst at the National Bureau of Economic Research.
Joseph J. Mellema
Joseph Mellema is a litigation associate with Stradling Yocca Carlson & Rauth. His practice emphasizes protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights, including patent, trademark, copyright, unfair business practices, and antitrust litigation, in both state and federal courts. He received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California and a B.S. in Physical Sciences from Biola University in 2002, and a J.D. from Loyola Law School of Los Angeles in 2006. While attending law school, Joseph externed for the Honorable R. Gary Klausner of the U.S. District Court, Central District of California. He is the 2011-12 First Vice Chair and has been a member of the Executive Committee of the Section since 2007.
Courtney A. Palko
Courtney Palko is an attorney at Blecher & Collins. Since joining that law firm in 2004, she has worked on complex business litigation matters focusing on antitrust, intellectual property, business torts, and unfair competition law. She has also been involved in handling class action matters. Ms. Palko earned her B.S. degree, magna cum laude, from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo in 1998, and her J.D. in 2004 from U.C. Davis Law School, where she was an articles editor for the U.C. Davis Law Review.
Thomas A. Papageorge
Tom Papageorge supervised the Consumer Protection Division of the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office from 1984 to 2009, directing the consumer law, antitrust, environmental law, high tech crime, and elder law sections of that office. A graduate of U.C.L.A. and Harvard Law School, he is a former Regional Director of the Los Angeles Regional Office of the FTC, past Chair of the Antitrust and Unfair Competition Law Section of the State Bar of California, past Chair of the Section, and past Chair of the Consumer Protection Committee of the California District Attorneys Association. In 2004, Mr. Papageorge was honored by the State Bar Antitrust and Unfair Competition Section as "Antitrust Lawyer of the Year." In 2009, Tom joined the faculty of the University of San Diego School of Law as a Professor in Residence, where he teaches trade regulation subjects, directs the school's internship and externship programs, and serves as general counsel for the Center for Public Interest Law. He has also been appointed as Special Prosecutor for trade regulation matters in the Economic Crimes Division of the San Diego District Attorney's Office.
Thomas H. Reilly
Thomas Reilly has been a member of the Section Executive Committee since 1993, and served as Chair during the 1999-2000 year. He was antitrust counsel at Atlantic Richfield Company's corporate headquarters in Los Angeles, where he also worked on complex civil litigation matters, including major antitrust cases, and counseled the company on political law matters. After retiring from ARCO at the time of the merger with British Petroleum, he joined the consulting firm LECG (formerly Law and Economics Consulting Group), where he worked on market analysis and antitrust issues relating to acquisitions and mergers. While at LECG he served as trustee for the FTC in an oil and gas industry merger and submitted white papers to the FTC in another merger. He remains affiliated with LECG as an independent contractor, doing business development. Mr. Reilly has a certificate from the Straus Institute of Dispute Resolution of Pepperdine University. He started a mediation practice in 2004 and specializes in business disputes.
Harvey Saferstein is a member of Mintz Levin Cohen Ferris Glovsky & Popeo, managing the law firm's Los Angeles office. He specializes in antitrust and intellectual property litigation. He is a graduate of U.C. Berkeley and Harvard Law School. He has twice served at the FTC. He has chaired the ABA Antitrust Section Price Discrimination Committee and was chief editor of the ABA Antitrust Treatise on State Antitrust Practice and Statutes. He is a past president of the State Bar of California and the Association of Business Trial Lawyers.
Paul Salvaty is the 2011-12 Second Vice Chair of the Section. He is a partner in the law firm of Glaser, Weil, Fink, Jacobs, Howard, Avchen & Shapiro, LLP. Mr. Salvaty specializes in complex commercial litigation, with a particular focus on antitrust litigation and class action defense. He has trial and appellate experience in both state and federal actions. Mr. Salvaty is a former law clerk to two judges of the U.S. District Court, Central District of California. He is a 1989 graduate of Notre Dame University, and in 1993 received a J.D. degree from U.C. Hastings College of the Law.
George E. Schulman
George Schulman is a partner in the law firm of Danning, Gill, Diamond & Kollitz. He is a former Chair of the Section, and for 16 years was a trial attorney with the FTC. Mr. Schulman graduated from Queens College, NY, in 1968, and obtained a law degree from New York University in 1971.
Minda R. Schechter
Minda Schecther is an attorney with Connolly Bove Lodge and Hutz in downtown Los Angeles. As both an antitrust expert and a registered patent attorney, Ms. Schechter's law practice concerns issues involving the cross-over between antitrust and patent law. In particular, her practice focuses on standard setting, patent pooling, licensing, and related litigation. On the antitrust side, Ms. Schechter's background includes both civil and criminal antitrust investigations and litigation in many industries. Her litigation and counseling practice consists of patent-related issues, standard-setting, trade associations, pricing and advertising, dealership matters, marketing strategies, unfair business practices, complex business transactions, and collaborative arrangements such as joint ventures, strategic alliances, partnering arrangements, development agreements, and licensing. As a registered patent attorney, Ms. Schechter has been involved with patent litigation, licensing, and technology/product development arrangements. She also uses her intellectual property background to provide clients with enhanced flexibility in commercial arrangements by using intellectual property rights to expand the parties' options otherwise restricted under the antitrust laws. Ms. Schechter is a former Chair of the Section, and was Chair of the State Bar Antitrust and Unfair Competition Law Section, as well. She has been a full-time faculty member at Columbia Law School and Loyola Law School in Los Angeles. Ms. Schechter earned a bachelor's degree in biochemistry from Smith College in 1972, and a J.D. in 1975 from Stanford Law School, where she was a member of Stanford Law Review.
Jonathan T. Tomlin
Dr. Jonathan Tomlin works in the Los Angeles office of Navigant Consulting, with 15 years of consulting experience in the areas of antitrust, intellectual property, and commercial damages. He has published numerous articles in the area of law and economics in such forums as the Review of Law and Economics, the Journal of Forensic Economics, the B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis and Policy, and the George Mason Law Review. He has also appeared as an economic commentator in the on-line edition of Forbes. Dr. Tomlin has testified as an expert witness in matters in state and federal courts and has consulted in some of the most prominent antitrust matters in the past few decades, including Netscape v. Microsoft and In Re: Linerboard Antitrust Litigation. Dr. Tomlin received his B.A. in economics from the University of Pennsylvania and his M.A. and Ph.D. in economics from U.C.L.A. He has been a member of the Executive Committee of the Section for several years and has been a speaker at Section programs on the intersection of intellectual property and antitrust and the economic implications of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in the linkLine matter.
Kathleen J. Tuttle
Kathleen Tuttle is Deputy-in-Charge of the Antitrust Section of the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office. She is a past Chair of the Section, and a past Chair of the State Bar Antitrust and Unfair Competition Law Section, and past editor of its journal, Competition. She is a graduate of U.C. Santa Barbara and U.C. Berkeley's School of Law.
Kevin Y. Teruya
Kevin Teruya is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Quinn, Emanuel, Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP. He graduated from Harvard College in 1995 and from Harvard Law School in 1998. He clerked for the Hon. Herbert Y.C. Choy of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Prior to working at Quinn Emanuel, Mr. Teruya practiced law at Cravath, Swaine & Moore, LLP, in New York City. He is a Vice Chair of the Executive Committee of the Antitrust and Unfair Competition Law Section of the State Bar of California. His law practice is focused on antitrust, unfair competition, and intellectual property law.
Donald F. Woods, Jr.
Donald Woods is a member of the law firm of McKool Smith Hennigan, P.C. and is located in downtown Los Angeles. He is a graduate of the School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University, and Columbia Law School, where he was a member of the board of editors of Columbia Law Review. In his many-decades career, Don has litigated many antitrust, unfair competition, intellectual property, class-action and other types of complex cases, primarily representing oil companies, national manufacturers and distributors, and banks. He is a past Chair of the Section and has been a member of the Executive Committee of the Section since 1998.