Barristers/Young Attorneys Section -
Officers and Committees

Officers

Sharon-Gelbart-portrait President
Sharon Gelbart is an associate at Hawxhurst Harris LLP where her broad-based business litigation practice includes employment, false advertising, antitrust, intellectual property, and contractual disputes. Sharon has particular expertise in employment law having represented dozens of employers across a variety of industries in wage and hour class actions, Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA) actions, and individual actions involving (among other things) alleged harassment, discrimination, retaliation, and wrongful termination. Sharon also provides clients with counseling for pre-litigation disputes and labor and employment compliance. Sharon earned both her law degree and Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics with a minor in Global Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles.

 

Diana-Sanders

Immediate Past President
Diana A. Sanders is an entertainment associate at Russ August & Kabat, where she represents clients in the media and entertainment industry, including writers, producers, and musical artists, production companies, fashion companies, and other high-profile individuals, 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.

 

Sarah Kelly-Kilgore President-Elect
Sarah Kelly-Kilgore is the managing partner of Greenberg Gross LLP’s Los Angeles office. She is a trial and appellate attorney who handles high-stakes and complex cases in state and federal courts across the United States. She earned her law degree from Georgetown University Law Center and her undergraduate degree from San Diego State University, and she has since been lead counsel in a number of high-profile cases involving significant national and international public attention, including matters reported in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, and the Boston Globe.
   
Anne-Nash-portrait Vice President
Anne Nash is general counsel at Carbon Activated Corporation, one of the largest manufacturers and distributors of activated carbon. She oversees all aspects of the company's legal affairs. Prior to joining Carbon Activated, Ms. Nash practiced business and construction litigation. She earned her J.D. from California Western School of Law, and her Bachelor of Business Administration with a minor in international marketing from the University of San Diego.

 

J-D-Rees-2

Assistant Vice President of Outreach
J.D. Rees is a sixth-year associate at Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP, where he is a member of the Private Wealth & Fiduciary Litigation practice group as well as the Business Trials practice group. J.D. practices primarily trusts & estates litigation and general commercial litigation, representing individuals and institutions across Southern California. J.D. earned his J.D. from UCLA School of Law and his B.A. in International Relations from the University of San Diego, where he graduated cum laude. He also coaches the UCLA School of Law’s award-winning Mock Trial team.

   
Janette-Blair Assistant Vice President of Public Relations
Janette Blair is Associate General Counsel at a national food and beverage manufacturer and distributor. Her previous experience includes transactional work in the entertainment industry at a major television studio, music publisher, video game publisher and talent agency, as well as administrative law and litigation experience with the California Department of Justice and a federal judicial externship. She earned her J.D. from Pepperdine University School of Law and her B.A. in Sociology (Law & Society) from the University of California, Davis.
   
Melissa Hailey-portrait Assistant Vice President of Special Events
Melissa Hailey is Labor Counsel at FirstGroup America, Inc., the largest provider of student transportation and a leading provider of private transit management and contracting in North America. She oversees labor and employment matters for the Company, such as collective bargaining. She earned her J.D. from Northern Kentucky University Salmon P. Chase College of Law, where she was inducted into the Order of Barristers for her excellence in trial advocacy. She graduated with an honors degree in Psychology from The Ohio State University.
   
Nick-Spear-2

Secretary
Nick Spear is an associate at Susman Godfrey LLP, where he represents plaintiffs and defendants in state and federal courts across the country. Nick’s practice runs the gamut of complex commercial litigation and includes insurance, government contracts, real estate, contractual disputes, personal injury, employment, and class actions. Nick earned his J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School with high honors and his undergraduate degree from UCLA. Prior to joining Susman Godfrey, Nick clerked on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and the United States District Court for the Central District of California.

 

Committees

Bench & Bar Committee
Co-Chairs—Jena MacCabe jenamaccabe@gmail.com
Nathan Werksman werksman@psb.law
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.

Law Student Outreach Committee
Co-Chairs—Harmony Gbe gbe2016@lawnet.ucla.edu
Martin F Hirshland mhirshland@lavelysinger.com
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—Jason Parnell jparnell@seyfarth.com
Justin M Gordon justin@gordontrust.com
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.

Professional Development:
Chair—Ryan Schiedermayer rschiedermayer@sheppardmullin.com
The Professional Development Committee's goal is to provide quality programming designed to advance the careers of young attorneys. The Committee will deliver several educational programs annually, on topics such as, how to build your book of business (from scratch), networking with a purpose, and writing for judicial eyes. These programs feature prominent local judges and practitioners, who are both leaders in their respective fields and mentors to Barristers members. While the goal is to advance professional development generally, some of these programs may also offer California State Bar-required CLE credits.

Marketing and Media:
Chair—Claire-Lise Kutlay ckutlay@ggtriallaw.com
The Marketing and Media Committee is charged with managing the Barristers’ web presence. This Committee posts pictures and flyers related to upcoming events and other Barristers news items on our social media pages on Facebook and Instagram, ensuring regular content is generated and Barristers-eligible attorneys are hearing about our events and activities. The Committee is also responsible for coordinating the Barristers Tips column in Los Angeles Lawyer, the official magazine of LACBA. The column offers practice tips and advice to new and young attorneys.

Membership:
Co-Chairs—Alison Spirito alison@mcgs-law.com
Catriona Lavery clavery@susmangodfrey.com
The Membership Committee’s goal is to introduce and engage our new members with the Barristers section, and encourage future participation. The Committee will host several FUN (and FREE) events throughout the year designed to bring people out and have a good time, from bowling tournaments and comedy shows, to dance parties, hikes, and many other activities. We think the more you know us, the more you will like us, so come out and give us a shot!

Counsel For Justice (CFJ)
Co-Chairs—Kate Ramlose McMorrow kate.ramlose@gmail.com
Stephanie Taft taft@kiesel.law
Our CFJ representatives serve on the CFJ Board and act on behalf of the Barristers with respect to CFJ events and initiatives. The Barristers support the CFJ Projects, and partner on at least one program each year with the Veterans Legal Services Project, providing training to young attorneys on expungement, warrant and infraction issues, equipping the attorneys to offer legal assistance to the Veterans at the Project’s monthly clinic.


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
Jeanne Nishimoto 2017-2018
Jessica G. Gordon 2018-2019
Diana A. Sanders 2019-2020

*In 2018, the name of the section was changed from Barristers to Barristers/Young Attorneys