2019-20 LACBA Committee Rosters



ADVISORY COMMITTEES


 ATTORNEY-CLIENT MEDIATION AND ARBITRATION SERVICES (ACMAS)

Oversees arbitrations and mediations of attorney-client fee disputes pursuant to Business and Professions Code Sections 6200-6208, as well as other fee disputes initiated by attorneys against clients, or attorneys against attorneys. Develops policy, rules, procedures, and forms. Members decide jurisdiction and other issues, and serve as a resource for arbitrators and parties.

CHAIR
Frank G. Blundo, Jr.

DEPUTY CHAIR 
Anahid Agemian

DEPUTY CHAIR 
Kirtley M. Thiesmeyer

SECRETARY 
Stephen H. Marcus

MEMBERS
Lee L. Blackman
Michael J. Bordy
Sandor T. Boxer
Christopher D. Cantore
Sylvia Chiu
Moira J. Curry
Norma Ann Dawson
Joel Glaser
Jack R. Goetz
Norman H. Green
David Jafari
Susan C. Keenberg
Leonard S. Levy
Richard R. Mainland
Robert W. Mockler
Ashod Mooradian
Mary L. O'Neill
Alexander S. Pantig
Edgardo Quintanilla
Willard M. Reisz
Timothy D. Reuben
Joel M. Simon
Lee Straus
Mark J. Wakim


INDIGENT CRIMINAL DEFENSE APPOINTMENTS (ICDA)

Concerned with criminal law practice and procedures, works with judges to improve state court criminal procedures, and educates lawyers in criminal practice. Administers the 987.2 (ICDA) panel operated by LACBA in Los Angeles Superior Court.

CHAIR
Christopher C. Chaney

VICE CHAIR
Albert DeBlanc, Jr.

MEMBERS
Angela Berry
Madeline C. Chang
James P. Cooper, III
Richard L. Everett
Anthony R. Garcia
Joseph A. Gutierrez
Steffeny Holtz
Zeke P. Perlo
Stanley Perlo
Robert A. Schwartz
Louis Sepe
Errol H. Stambler
Meredith Symonds
Hon. Allen J. Webster, Jr.


LAWYER REFERRAL SERVICE (LRS) ADVISORY

Recommends policy and reviews compliance with State Bar regulations for LACBA’s LRS (designed to assist the public with obtaining responsible counsel and providing information through SmartLaw services). Various subcommittees provide guidance and direction on qualifications, peer review, program review, public relations, and outreach.

CHAIR
Sanford Jossen

MEMBERS
Curt K. Brown
Christopher D. Cantore
Stuart R. Fraenkel
Joel Glaser
Sibylle Grebe
Oscar R. Gutierrez
Maria Elizabeth Hall
Stephen T. Holzer
Franklin S. Krbechek
Aaron McAllister
Jana Marie Moser
Juan A. Ramos
Robert A. Rees
Mark Santa-Anna
Richard L. Solomon
Justin Ciecka Sterling


LOS ANGELES LAWYER EDITORIAL BOARD

Responsible for the editorial policies of Los Angeles Lawyer, developing topics for articles of interest to the membership, soliciting authors, and editing articles.

CHAIR
Tyna T. Orren

IMMEDIATE PAST CHAIR
Thomas James Daly

MEMBERS
Jerrold Abeles
Tom K. Ara
Terence R. Boga
Scott E. Boyer
Norman A. Chernin
Chad C. Coombs
Keith A. Custis
Michael R. Diliberto
Dana Moon Dorsett
Gordon K. Eng
Shaheen A. Etemadi
Michael A. Geibelson
Sharon J. Glancz
Steven Hecht
Dennis F. Hernandez
Mary Thornton House
Nikki M. Jacobson
Diana Hughes Leiden
Lydia G. Liberio
Flavia Santos Lloyd
Paul S. Marks
Jana Marie Moser
Elizabeth M. Munisoglu
Lindsey F. Munyer
Maria C. Pagay
Alexus B. Payton
Cynthia Ann Pearson
Gregg A. Rapoport
J. D. Rees, III
Jan F. Schau
Lacey E. Strachan
Brianna J. Strange
Ronald Tocchini
Thomas H. Vidal
 


 

STANDING COMMITTEES


ACCESS TO JUSTICE

Develops and implements activities designed to 1) maximize the delivery of legal
services to the poor and moderate income individuals in Los Angeles County, and 2)
encourage attorneys to provide free legal services to those in need of such services to
persons of limited means, directly or through one or more of LACBA’s pro bono public
service projects including Domestic Violence Legal Services, Veterans Legal Services,
Immigration Legal Services, and AIDS Legal Services which are supported by LACBA
Counsel for Justice.

CHAIR
Kathryn Anne Marr

VICE CHAIR
J. Cacilia Kim

MEMBERS
Erika Rose Aspericueta
Hon. Laura Cohen
David R. Daniels
Barbra W. Diallo
Hannah B. Fernandez
Tai E. Glenn
Andrew Lee Goldsmith
Teresa Gutierrez
Kristel Boulahoud Haddad
Maria Elizabeth Hall
Amos E. Hartston
Sharon K. Hulse
Michelle L. Kazadi
Kathy Khommarath
Elaine Yi-An Lee
Caleb LH Marker
Carmen E. McDonald
Nima Mohebbi
Zachary K. Nguyen
Jeanne L. Nishimoto
Minah Park
Nicole M. Perez
Amanda K. Pertusati
Vidhya Ragunathan
Juliette Rattray
Kristina Rosales
Toby J. Rothschild
Ann C. Schneider
Jenny Seon
Kendra Thomas
Christina Tan Yang
Y. Douglas Yang


ADEQUATE STATE COURT FUNDING AND OPERATIONS (LACBA OPEN COURTS)

Determines how LACBA can best support efforts to keep courtrooms in the California
State court system generally, and the Los Angeles County Superior Court in particular,
open and functioning adequately despite State court budget failure to restore
adequate funding. Also supports and assists courts in realizing efficiencies and finding
creative responses to funding shortfall.

CO-CHAIR
Jeff S. Westerman

CO-CHAIR
Roxanne M. Wilson

MEMBERS
Jessica Corpuz
Moira J. Curry
David P. Fuad
George J. Gliaudys, Jr.
Kristel B. Haddad
Nathan B. Hoffman
Roy J. Jimenez
Kevin Khachatryan
Paul R. Kiesel
Shelby Marie King
Eric B. Kingsley
Elizabeth D. Mann
Ashod Mooradian
Israel Xavier Nery
Michelle J. Smythe
Kim Tran

AMICUS BRIEFS

Reviews proposals for amicus briefs, makes recommendations to the Board of Trustees on whether LACBA should participate in such briefs, and provides comments on the substance of briefs filed by LACBA.

CHAIR
Richard A. Rothschild

VICE CHAIR
Clare Pastore

MEMBERS
Amir Aharonov
Kevin R. Boyle
Anita Susan Brenner
Peter L. Choate
Jessica Corpuz
Beth D. Corriea
Senami Astrid Craft
Glenn Danas
Scott W. Davenport
Antionette D. Dozier
Kurt F. Eggert
Stuart B. Esner
Steven S. Fleischman
Sarah E. Gettings
Amber Gordon
Melissa Grant
Diane L. Karpman
Shelby Marie King
David R. Krause-Leemon
Miriam Aroni Krinsky
Gregory A. Long
Sam E. Lucas
Wendy Marantz Levine
James C. Martin
Joanna McCallum
Christopher C. Melcher
Sahar Nayeri
Arin Norijanian
Jaqueline Orozco
Tyna T. Orren
Leandro Palencia
Neil M. Popowitz
Toby J. Rothschild
Alana H. Rotter
David J. Staub
Yen-Shyang Tseng
Catherine Valerio Barrad
Miji John Vellakkatel
Mark J. Wakim
Stanley P. Williams
Joshua Charles Williams
Robert H. Wright
Y. Douglas Yang
Alan Z. Yudkowsky

ARMED FORCES

Provides a forum for legal matters relating to the military and a means to provide legal assistance to Veterans by identifying their legal needs, coordinating with existing legal service organizations, and developing programs to support and complement such efforts, such as LACBA's Veterans Legal Services Project.

CHAIR
Adam Siegler

VICE CHAIR
Michael David Owens

MEMBERS
Kamran Benjamin Ahmadian
Ronald H. Bae
Charles George Bakaly, IV
Hon. Richard J. Burdge, Jr.
Joshua Roy Engel
Jo M. Galvin
Sharon J. Glancz
George J. Gliaudys, Jr.
Andrew Lee Goldsmith
Jeffrey A. Hartwick
Louis C. Klein
John K. Lee
Hon. John J. Lonergan, Jr.
William C. Markley, III
Kile Evans Marks
Stephen T. Morgan
Amanda Katherine Pertusati
Willard M. Reisz
Hon. Kevin Rosenberg
James Alexander Santiago
Alan K. Steinbrecher
Elizabeth L. Warner-Sterkenburg
Evelyn Zneimer



DELEGATION COMMITTEE

Directs the study of resolutions proposed to the Conference of California Bar Associations and leads the LACBA delegation at the annual statewide conference.

CHAIR
Michele B. Anderson

VICE CHAIR
Michael Fern

SECRETARY
Araceli Almazan

IMMEDIATE PAST CHAIR
Alice A. Salvo

MEMBERS
Sarvenaz Bahar
Matthew Forrest Baker
Robert A. Bitonte
Patricia Egan Daehnke
Joel B. Douglas
Jeffrey W. Erdman
Joseph Adam Goldstein
Theodore Arvid Hammers
Mark Harvis
Edward C. Idell
Arwen R. Johnson
Erin M. Joyce
Natasha E. Khamashta
Phyllis Kupferstein
Brian David Lauter
Felix E. Leatherwood
Scott O. Luskin
Lisa Miller
Linda M. Nakamura
Sarah Elizabeth Pacini
Holly M. Parker
John F. Pomeroy
Arthur C. Preciado
Marc L. Sallus
Romy Schneider
Carolin K. Shining
Mina Sirkin
Nick K. Stewart-Oaten
Charles Wake
Derek Wallen
Kenneth Wang
Gerald P. Williams
Veronica R. Woods


DIVERSITY IN THE PROFESSION

Dedicated to facilitating full and equal participation in the legal profession by members of communities that historically have been underrepresented, including, but not limited to racial and ethnic minorities, lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and transgender (LGBT) people, the differently-abled and women. Focused on increasing the number of these attorneys and committed to promoting the advancement and retention of these attorneys in all areas of the legal profession.

CHAIR
Philip H. Lam

VICE CHAIR
Sophia M. Chang

VICE CHAIR
Saundra K. Wootton

MEMBERS
Erika Rose Aspericueta
Carolyn A. Barnes
Duane K. Beasley
Elayne C. Berg-Wilion
Elizabeth L. Bradley
Michael S. Brophy
Sandor Anthony Callahan
Eric David Chan
Carlos Dominguez
Carla L. Garrett
Christine C. Goodman
Valeria Granata
Julian I. Gurule
Kristel Boulahoud Haddad
Roy J. Jimenez
Candace L. Johns
Kathy Khommarath
Matthew Kugizaki
Lydia G. Liberio
Sam E. Lucas
Renee Manrique Stromberg
Brian E. Moskal
Jeanne L. Nishimoto
Dion J. O'Connell
Alexander Salvador Pantig
Ann Park
Gabriela Stephane Perez
Daniel D. Queen
Khalil Rasheed
Diane C. Reyes
Dianne Baquet Smith
Kendra Thomas
Elvis Tran
Ronald A. Valenzuela
Emily Burkhardt Vicente
Kevin L. Vick
Kenneth Wang
Megan Lee Whipp
Daniel Wu
Elaine Zhong

JOINT LACBA-LACMA COMMITTEE ON BIOMEDICAL ETHICS

Studies issues of biomedical ethics involved in the treatment of patients, as well as related law, and recommends guidelines or other approaches to dealing with such issues.

CO-CHAIR
Terri D. Keville

CO-CHAIR
Paul Schneider

MEMBERS
Michael J. Bordy
Lara D. Compton
Cynthia E. Fruchtman
Amira Hasenbush
Nicholas Daniel Jurkowitz
Summer A. Main
Eszter L. Neuman
Ima E. Nsien
Harsh P. Parikh
Roma B. Patel
Ralph Tsong
Li Wang
Christine J. Wilson


JUDICIAL APPOINTMENTS

Responds to the Governor's requests to evaluate individuals under consideration for appointment to the Superior Court.

CHAIR
Catherine Valerio Barrad

VICE CHAIR
Andrew H. Friedman

VICE CHAIR
Angela M. Machala

MEMBERS
Tamara A. Bush
Michele L. Daniels
D. Timothy Dazé
Grant Benjamin Gelberg
Ginetta L. Giovinco
David Graeler
Gregory William Jessner
Zakia Kator
Lara T. Kayayan
Sarah Chaset Levitt
Amy Jane Longo
Elizabeth D. Mann
Carmen E. McDonald
Byron Jesse McLain
Kevin Francis Mitchell
Enrique A. Monagas
Mhare O. Mouradian
Devon Myers
Cuauhtemoc Ortega
Karen Patricia Ruckert
Mark Santa-Anna
James Sargent
Susan Schwartz
Ibiere Seck
Dawn Sestito
Rena M. Shahandeh
Tina P. Shim
Richard L. Sternfeld
Damon A. Thayer
Dov Alexander Waisman
Georgina Wakefield
Kenneth Wang
Roxanne M. Wilson
Alan Yochelson
Elaine Zhong


JUDICIAL ELECTIONS EVALUATION

Prepares an evaluation of candidates in contested Superior Court judicial elections in Los Angeles County; publishes ratings of candidates. Issues reports (in English and Spanish) with evaluations of candidates through LACBA’s website and released to the media. 

CHAIR
Jerrold Abeles

VICE CHAIR
Nicholas P. Connon

VICE CHAIR
Christa M. Hohmann

VICE CHAIR
Jonathan A. Loeb

MEMBERS
Andrew Adams
Parounag Astourian
John L. Barber
Stephanie M. Bedi
Adam S. Cherensky
Hoon Chun
Howard W. Cohen
Paul N. Crane
Moira J. Curry
Ann H. Fromholz
Eric A. Herzog
Shadi Kardan
Lydia G. Liberio
Shawn Joseph McCann
Sean K. McDonald
Christopher C. Melcher
Sahar Nayeri
Jeffrey Rosenfeld
Christopher S. Ruhland
Andrew Said
Susan Schwartz
David A. Shapiro
Lorin D. Snyder
Donna Tryfman
Glenn K. Vanzura
Lucy Varpetian
Miji John Vellakkatel
Aparna Voleti
David Zarmi


PRESIDENT'S ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON WOMEN IN THE LEGAL PROFESSION

Dedicates its time and energy to promote the full participation of women lawyers in the legal profession. Supports women in both their professional and personal growth from entry-level to partnership or general counsel. Advises on issues related to the careers and advancement of women in the practice of law in Los Angeles. Considers matters and engages in activities related to the overall status of women in the legal professions. Monitors existing conditions and trends, conducts special programs and makes recommendations that aid in the achievement of its goals, including but not limited to, gender pay equity and retention of women in the legal profession. Coordinates its efforts with the committee on Diversity in the Legal Profession, and other appropriate committees and affiliated associations.

CO-CHAIR
Patricia Egan Daehnke

CO-CHAIR
Roxanne M. Wilson

MEMBERS
Elizabeth L. Bradley
Alice Lih-Ling Chen Smith
Monisha A. Coelho
Lisa D. Collinson
Susan s. Couig
Linda L. Curtis
Eileen M. Decker
Manda Doshi
Ann H. Fromholz
Pinky Ghuman
Christine C. Goodman
Melissa Grant
Kendra Hampton
Amber S. Healy
Brian D. Huben
Hon. Samantha Jessner
Ruth D. Kahn
Tchienyonnoh K. Kaye
Hon. Mary Elizabeth Kelly
Syndel Lisette Knoll
Wendy E. Lane
Lydia G. Liberio
Renee Manrique Stromberg
Edith R. Matthai
Donna M. Melby
Lindsey F. Munyer
Gretchen M. Nelson
John T. Nockleby
Karen L. Palladino Ciccone
Ellen A. Pansky
Sandra L. Park
Abinaya Prabakar
Diana K. Rodgers
Cristina Ryan
Marina Samson
Allison Vasquez Saunders
Romy Schneider
Jenny Seon
Sarah Spacht
Christine D. Spagnoli
Sarah Beth Spiegelman
Rachel M. Sposato
Susan Koehler Sullivan
Donna Tryfman
Taylor Bouchard Wallin
Donna Wells
Michelle Lynne West
Megan Lee Whipp
Veronica R. Woods
Sage Zermeno-Romero

EX OFFICIO
Hon. Lee S. Edmon
Hon. Margaret M. Morrow
Margaret P. Stevens


PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITY AND ETHICS

Prepares written opinions and responses to questions concerning lawyers' ethical duties and responsibilities. Acts as a resource to LACBA members who raise issues in these areas. Reviews and comments upon proposed State Bar ethics opinions and proposed amendments to ethics rules. Monitors and comments upon legislation, procedural and substantive rules, and other matters concerning professional responsibility and conduct. Proposes amendments to Rules of Professional Conduct. Communicates with Court of Appeal and Supreme Court regarding cases involving ethics and conflicts of interest. Assists Amicus Briefs Committee as requested when cases involve lawyer duties. Individual members prepare monthly ethics articles for the County Bar Update publication.

CHAIR
Brandon Niles Krueger

VICE CHAIR
Elizabeth L. Bradley

SECRETARY
Kirsten Hicks Spira

MEMBERS
Lee B. Ackerman
John W. Amberg
James Ellis Arden
David L. Brandon
Carole J. Buckner
Rachelle Cohen
Gayle L. Eskridge
Michael Fern
James I. Ham
Mark T. Hansen
Erin M. Joyce
Diane L. Karpman
Benjamin Gregory Kassis
Robert L. Kehr
Jeff Kichaven
Stanley W. Lamport
Hon. Michael D. Marcus
Lisa Miller
Kevin E. Mohr
Ashod Mooradian
Joel A. Osman
Ellen A. Pansky
David B. Parker
Clare Pastore
Diana K. Rodgers
Rebecca M. Rosenberg
Toby J. Rothschild
Robert Kevin Sall
David D. Samani
Joel M. Simon
Dominique Snyder
Elizabeth Stewart
Andrew M. Vogel
Neil J. Wertlieb



STATE APPELLATE JUDICIAL EVALUATION

The committee evaluates persons whose names are submitted by the Governor for possible nomination to the California Supreme Court and the Court of Appeal, particularly the Second Appellate District. When requested by the Board of Trustees, the committee also evaluates candidates for any appellate court.

CHAIR
Alana H. Rotter

VICE CHAIR
Bryant Yuan Fu Yang

MEMBERS
Jean-Claude Andre
Eric Samuel Boorstin
Michael Anthony Brown
Linda M. Burrow
Gary J. Cohen
Glenn Danas
Nicholas F. Daum
Jonathan H. Eisenman
Theane D. Evangelis
Todd Grabarsky
Idan Ivri
Terri D. Keville
Harry A. Mittleman
Mary Susan Sullivan Pithey
Erica L. Reilley
Eleanor Saegert Ruth
Andrew J. Thomas
Yen-Shyang Tseng
Catherine Valerio Barrad
Kevin L. Vick
Rochelle L. Wilcox
Lance E. Winters