Barristers Section

The Barristers Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association (Barristers) has been active for over 70 years and continues to bring professional development and opportunity-related services to young lawyers and the Los Angeles County community. If you are a member of LACBA and are younger than 36 years of age or have been admitted to practice for 5 years or less, you qualify as a Barrister.

The mission of Barristers is to provide opportunities for new and young lawyers to develop legal skills, build a professional reputation, network beyond each member's workplace and promote public service projects. Barristers activities also provide a forum for new and young lawyers to develop leadership skills and to interact with judges, experienced attorneys, as well as other Barristers members.

The Daily Journal featured the LACBA Barristers officers in an article about our Bench and Bar reception, which took place on January 26, 2017.   Article and photo are provided here courtesy of the Daily Journal.



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Barristers Officers

Jeanne Nishimoto President
Jeanne Nishimoto is the Pro Bono Training Coordinator at the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles. Ms. Nishimoto earned her J.D., cum laude, from the University of Michigan Law School, where she served as an executive editor to the University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform and participated in the school's advanced clinical program. She received her undergraduate degree from Amherst College.


Jessica G. Gordon is a Private Client associate at Thompson Coburn LLP where she represents clients in estate planning, trust and estate administration, and probate matters. In addition to her involvement in the Los Angeles County Bar Association, Jessica also serves on the board of the Century City Rotary Club. She is a graduate of the University of Southern California Gould School of Law and earned her undergraduate degree, cum laude, from the University of California, Los Angeles.


Damon Thayer Immediate Past President
Damon Thayer is an associate at Shoreline Law, where he focuses on business litigation. Previously, he was a litigation associate at Jenner & Block LLP and clerked on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit during the 2008-2009 term and at a federal district court for the 2007-2008 term. Damon received his law degree from the University of Minnesota Law School in 2007, where he served as a Minnesota Law Review editor, a moot court director, and as student-body president.
Victoria McLaughlin Vice President
Victoria McLaughlin is an associate at the Law Offices of William E. Crockett, where she focuses on business litigation. Victoria received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Davis, and her law degree from the University of La Verne, where she graduated cum laude.
Aaron Thompson Assistant Vice President of Public Relations
Aaron Thompson is counsel at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr, LLP, where his practice focuses on patent and commercial litigation.  Prior to joining WilmerHale, Mr. Thompson served as a law clerk to the Honorable Mariana R. Pfaelzer of the United States District Court for the Central District of California.  Mr. Thompson obtained his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center, where he was Executive Editor of The Georgetown International Environmental Law Review.  Mr. Thompson received his undergraduate degree from the University of California, Irvine. 


Sarah Kelly-Kilgore Assistant Vice President of Special Events
Sarah Kelly-Kilgore is an associate at Greenberg Gross LLP, where her practice focuses on complex business matters, including private litigation in state and federal court, regulatory and enforcement actions, and sensitive internal investigations. Ms. Kilgore obtained her law degree from Georgetown University Law Center, where she was Editor in Chief of the American Criminal Law Review and a member of the school’s national moot court team. Ms. Kilgore received her undergraduate degree from San Diego State University, where she was an Academic All-American on the women’s water polo team.
Diana A Sanders Assistant Vice President of Outreach
Diana A. Sanders is an associate at Liner LLP, where she represents clients in the media and entertainment industry, including production companies, writers, producers, and musical artists, in litigations and other disputes. Ms. Sanders began her legal career in New York prior to moving to Los Angeles in 2014. She earned her law degree, cum laude, from Fordham University School of Law, and her Bachelor of Science in Communications with minors in Music and Business from St. John's University, where she graduated summa cum laude.
Sharon-Gelbart-portrait Secretary
Sharon Gelbart is an associate at Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP where her practice focuses on labor and employment litigation, including individual disputes regarding alleged harassment, discrimination, retaliation, and wrongful termination, wage and hour class actions, and representative actions brought pursuant to the Private Attorneys General Act. Sharon also assists clients with pre-litigation resolution of employee disputes and general employment counseling. Sharon earned both her law degree and Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics with a minor in Global Studies from University of California, Los Angeles.


Barristers Tips
Chair—Jessica R. Chow

The Barristers are responsible for authoring the monthly Barristers Tips column in Los Angeles Lawyer, the official magazine of LACBA. The column offers practice tips and advice to new and young attorneys.

Recent Barristers Tips columns were devoted to such topics as working with expert witnesses, giving estate planning advice, beginning a new legal career, recent case law affecting the disentitlement doctrine and civil appeals, finding MCLE opportunities through nonprofit legal service organizations, and navigating e-discovery following revisions to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.

Bench & Bar Committee
Chair—Robert Glassman

The Bench and Bar Committee aims to help new and young attorneys build relationships with Southern California's judiciary. To that end, the Committee puts on an annual Bench and Bar Mixer that provides new and young attorneys the chance to meet and learn from judges from the local and federal trial and appellate courts in an informal setting.

Continuing Legal Education Committee
Co-Chairs—Bridget Ann Gordon; Victor Ortiz

The Continuing Legal Education ("CLE") Committee's goal is to provide quality legal education and California State Bar-required CLE credits to junior attorneys. The CLE Committee delivers several educational programs annually, which are targeted towards junior attorneys and their professional development. These programs feature prominent local judges and practitioners, who are both leaders in their respective fields and potential mentors to Barristers members.

A recent CLE Committee event, "What to Expect at Your First Trial," featured California Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District Justice John Segal, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Gail Feuer, and U.S. Magistrate Judge Jay Gandhi, and was moderated by the then-Chair of LACBA's Litigation Section, Kirk Dillman.

Government Relations Committee
Zachary Elsea

The Government Relations Committee strives to provide a forum for new and young lawyers to develop leadership skills by interacting with judges and elected officials from across the political spectrum.

In the past few years, the Committee has hosted events with Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Los Angeles District Attorney Jackie Lacey, Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer, California Attorney General Kamala Harris, former Los Angeles City Controller Wendy Greuel, former Los Angeles City Attorney Carmen Trutanich, former Los Angeles City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo, and former U.S. Attorney Andre Birotte.

The Government Relations Committee also holds a popular "Dinner with a Leader" series. In contrast with large-scale events hosted with elected officials each year, the Dinner with a Leader series seeks to provide Barristers with the opportunity to engage local leaders on substantive policy issues in an intimate and informal setting over dinner and drinks. Recent guests for this dinner series include Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell, California State Treasure John Chiang, California State Senator Ben Allen, Los Angeles City Controller Ron Galperin, California Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District Justice Luis Lavin, Los Angeles City Attorney, Chief Deputy Jim Clark, and former California State Bar President and Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Holly Fujie.

Law Student Outreach Committee
Co-Chairs—Austin Norris; Jason R. Parnell

The Law Student Outreach Committee introduces future lawyers to the practice of law, engages them in the Los Angeles legal community, and provides networking resources. The Committee also raises awareness of the benefits of involvement in Barristers and encourages long-term membership in LACBA.

The Law Student Outreach Committee facilitates the Barristers' Mock Interview Initiative, and serves as a liaison to the various LACBA clubs at area law schools.

Networking Committee
Co-Chairs—Anne Nash; Sharon Gelbart

The Networking Committee plans exciting networking events aimed at helping new and young attorneys develop relationships with other attorneys and professionals.

The Networking Committee hosts networking events quarterly for both Barristers members and non-members alike, alternating between Downtown and Westside locations.

Pro Bono Committee
Co-Chairs—Stephan Taft; Jessica Mark

The Pro Bono Committee connects Barristers members with pro bono opportunities through collaborations with various legal services organizations.

Some past projects include a loan modification training conducted by a collaboration of legal services providers, which trained 160 Barristers to assist victims of loan-modification scams; an In Re Garcia ethics panel, which discussed whether undocumented immigrants may be admitted to the California State Bar; and a Law Day training event, which partnered with local non-profit legal organizations to train Barristers in various areas of law with the purpose of increasing pro bono assistance to clients in need.

In 2015, the Committee partnered with LACBA's Veterans Legal Services Project to provide legal advice and assistance at a monthly clinic and provided immigration law-related training for pro-bono opportunities at Esperanza Immigrant Rights Project.

Past Barristers Presidents

Charles E. Beardsley 1928-29
Edward S. Shattuck 1929-30
John P. Riches 1930-31
Leo E. Anderson 1931-32
Loweli Matthay 1932-33
Jack W. Hardy 1933-34
Kenneth N. Chantry 1934-35
E. Avery Crary 1935-36
Ned Marr 1936-37
James C. Ingebretson 1937-38
Joseph McFarland 1938-39
William T. Davis 1939-40
Harold W. Schweitzer 1940-41
Whitney Harris 1941-42
Stanley N. Gleis 1942-43
Carl A. Stutsman 1942-43
Homer H. Bell 1943-44
Robert Lane Morris 1943-44
Wixon Stevens 1944-45
Donald A. Dewar 1945-46
Adolphe R.E. Roome 1946-47
Cameron W. Cecil 1947-48
Edward C. Jones 1948-49
Robert M. Barton 1949-50
Edward C. Freutel, Jr. 1950-51
Loyd Wright, Jr. 1951-52
Gordon K. Wright 1952-53
Chester Lappen 1953-54
Ira M. Price, II 1954-55
Philip F. Westbrook 1955-56
Joseph L. Wyatt, Jr. 1956-57
Richard H. Wolford 1957-58
Robert H. Ingram 1958-59
Richard F. Alden 1959-60
Hon. Lester H. Olson 1960-61
Richards D. Barger 1961-62
David H. Massey 1962-63
Charles G. Bakaly, Jr. 1963-64
H. Randall Stoke 1964-65
Hon. Harry L. Hupp 1965-66
Hon. Richard A. Gadbois 1966-67
Hon. Richard P. Byrne 1967-68
John J. Quinn 1968-69
John E. Kehoe 1969-70
John D. Hussey 1970-71
William B. Campbell 1971-72
Joseph D. Mandel 1972-73
Dennis K. Metzler 1973-74
Joseph R. Austin 1974-75
C. Stephen Howard 1975-76
Ronald L. Olson 1976-77
Hon. David A. Horowitz 1977-78
Laurie Harris 1978-79
Donald P. Baker 1979-80
Dennis M. Perluss 1980-81
Gregory A. Long 1981-82
Hon. Margaret M. Morrow 1982-83
Bernard E. LeSage 1983-84
David J. Pasternak 1984-85
Helena Sunny Wise 1985-86
Jeffrey A. Tidus 1986-87
Marc L. Sallus 1987-88
Claudia A. Carver 1988-89
Hon. Lee Smalley Edmon 1989-90
Hon. Andria Kay Richey 1990-91
Paul A. Catalano 1991-92
Jay Ford 1992-93
Michele E. Flurer 1993-94
Jan A. Yoss 1994-95
Michael D. Schwartz 1995-96
Laura V. Farber 1996-97
Russell T. Ginise 1997-98
Mark T. Gillett 1998-99
Bill Bilderback 1999-2000
Lorin D. Snyder 2000-01
Gabrielle Harner Brumbach 2001-02
Elizabeth M. Calciano 2002-03
Margaret P. Stevens 2003-04
Luci-Ellen Chun 2004-05
Kim Tung 2005-06
Gavin Hachiya Wasserman 2006-07
Cindy Johnson 2007-08
Alexander S. Gareeb 2008-09
David W. Swift 2009-2010
David K. Reinert 2010-2011
Sarah E. Luppen 2011-2012
Andrew Dhadwal 2012-2013
Mark A. Kressel 2013-2014
Devon Myers 2014-2015
Robert Glassman 2015-2016
Damon Thayer 2016-2017