Class Actions, Spring-Summer 2011


Charles H. Buckley Jr. was presented with the Local Hero Award by the Washington State Bar Association (WSBA). Hosted by the WSBA Board of Governors, the award honors those who have made noteworthy contributions to their communities. His service to the WSBA includes his work with the Pro Bono and Legal Aid Committee, as well as the Character and Fitness Board.

Fred S. Gallina retired at the end of 2010 after 12 years as a justice of the Town Court in Pittsford, New York. Previously he had worked as a prosecutor, where he was in charge of the training, management, and development of 22 assistant district attorneys for the 19 town courts, and City Court.


Boyd F. Jensen II was presented with a 2010 Service Award from the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions. He was recognized for his diverse background defending well-known California amusement parks. A member of the founding board of directors of the International Amusement and Leisure Defense Association, his efforts representing California amusement park operators led to the formation of the California Attractions and Parks Association, as well as the California Portable Ride Operators.

Steve Potts

Steve Potts


Steve Potts was appointed director of athletics for Pepperdine University on January 1. He previously served as the director of athletics at Lipscomb University before becoming the senior associate athletic director at Pepperdine in 2008. He and his wife Jamie have two sons, Tyler and Tanner.

Joseph L. Strohman, Jr., has been elected president of the Ventura County Bar Association for 2011. He has been practicing business litigation with Ferguson Case Orr Paterson LLP in Ventura, California, since 1983.


Michael Greenburg

Michael M. Greenburg has recently published his second book, The Mad Bomber of New York: The Extraordinary True Story of the Manhunt that Paralyzed a City (Sterling, 2011), an in-depth look at George Metesky’s 16-year serial bombing career.


Paul Chipok, an attorney in the Orlando, Florida, office of Gray Robinson, P.A., was recently appointed to serve on the Florida Bar’s Continuing Legal Education Committee (CLE) for the ninth consecutive year.

David DePaolo was a faculty member at the workers compensation program for the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. President of, an online publisher and training company for the workers’ compensation industry; he also served on the faculty at the scientific session of the American Academy of Disability Evaluating Physicians.

Lynn Morrow

Lynn Morrow


Lynn Morrow was selected among the Nashville Business Journal’s 2011 “Women of Influence” winners in the dynamic duo category. Along with her copartner Linda Edell Howard, she runs Adams & Reese’s Nashville Music Row law office. She has been recognized by her peers as one of the top intellectual property and entertainment law attorneys by Chambers USA, Best Lawyers, and Super Lawyers, as well as being voted Nashville Journal’s “Best of the Bar” by peer review.


Jeff Boyd

Jeff Boyd

Jeff Boyd has been named general counsel by Texas governor Rick Perry (see story on page 28). Most recently, he was a senior partner at Thompson & Knight in Austin, Texas. Previously appointed as deputy attorney general in charge of civil litigation by then-attorney general John Cornyn, he is a member of the Texas Supreme Court Rules Advisory Committee, past president and board member of Volunteer Legal Services of Central Texas, and past chair and board member of Goodwill Industries of Central Texas.

Paul Brown was awarded a Superior Accomplishment Award by the State of California in recognition of his work for the State of California and the Department of Transportation.


Elizabeth Todd

Elizabeth Todd

B. Elizabeth Todd (Gast), formerly with Cozen O’Connor, opened the Law Office of B. Elizabeth Todd, in May 2010, specializing in all types of subrogation law. She is newly remarried, has four children, and resides in Charlotte, North Carolina.


Heather Holt has been selected as the new executive director of the Los Angeles City Ethics Commission. She has been with the commission since 1996, and most recently served as the commission’s director of policy and legislation.

Leroy Simmons was named the vice president of business development and corporate strategy at, a leading online retailer of official licensed music merchandise and site of the popular music social network. Prior to joining he was employed by the United Talent Agency for over 15 years and served as a business affairs executive.


Patricia Hayes

Patricia Hayes

Patricia V. Hayes, formerly with the Texas State University System, has formed PVH Consulting Group, LLC, a comprehensive public affairs and management consulting firm in Austin, Texas. She is also serving as the 2011 board chair of the Texas Legal Protection Plan, a state bar-created entity focused on providing access to affordable legal services to the citizens of Texas.

Sharon Beth Morris, of the law offices of Triessl & Morris, in Sherman Oaks, California, has been selected the 2011 president of the Criminal Courts Bar Association.

Michael H. Raichelson has been selected by California Super Lawyers magazine as one of the top attorneys in California for 2011. Owner of the Law Offices of Michael H. Raichelson, his firm focuses on bankruptcy and litigation.

Douglas D. Sanders has recently been appointed the associate director of civil law and litigation, for the Department of the Air Force. The directorate supervises the activities of the general litigation, claims and torts litigation, and environmental law and litigation divisions, as well as all litigators affirmatively pursuing or defending the Air Force against suits seeking damages and injunctive relief in a wide range of civil matters.


Ryan J. Wright took the bench in the Ventura County Superior Court in Simi Valley, California, on January 3. After being admitted to the state bar, he began his legal career by clerking in both the Ventura County Public Defender’s office and the Ventura County District Attorney’s office. After being promoted to senior deputy district attorney in Ventura County, he was twice named Outstanding Prosecutor of the Year by the Ventura County district attorney. He has also been recognized by the U.S. Department of Justice for his contributions in the area of narcotics enforcement.


Geoffrey C. Chackel was made partner at Gordon & Rees’s Commercial Litigation, Employment, and Construction Group in San Diego, California. His general commercial litigation practice is focused on representing businesses and their directors and officers in complex litigation involving claims for a wide variety of issues, while his construction practice focuses on representing owners, prime-contractors, and subcontractors in construction-related matters.

Amy and Robert Cohen

Amy and Robert Cohen

Andrew Roberson was named of counsel at Latham & Watkins in Chicago, Illinois. A tax attorney who specializes in tax controversy and litigation matters, he represents clients in disputes with the Internal Revenue Service and has litigated several cases at all levels of the federal court system, including the U.S. Tax Court and various U.S. Courts of Appeal.


Amy Cohen (Wolf) and Robert A. Cohen (JD ’00) welcomed their second child Kensington Eve Cohen on October 19, 2010. She joins her older sister Brooklyn Cohen.

Wendy L. Baker was made partner at Fisher & Phillips LLP in Irvine, California. She devotes her practice exclusively to the representation of management in employment disputes before state and federal tribunals. She also advises employers regarding various personnel issues, including discipline and termination, and the development of preventative policies and procedures to avoid employment claims and litigation.

David Fornshell

David Fornshell

David P. Fornshell was recently named prosecuting attorney for Warren County, Ohio. His office is responsible for the prosecution of all felonies and accompanying misdemeanors in the county, as well as the representation of all county-elected officials, departments, and agencies. He was formerly a partner in the litigation department of Dinsmore & Shohl LLP in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he continues to maintain a practice in his capacity as of counsel. He and his wife Amy reside in Lebanon, Ohio, with their sons Reagan and Evan, and their daughter Alexis.


Derek E. Brown was elected to the Utah House of Representatives, District 49, in January. He previously served as legal counsel to Senator Orrin G. Hatch.


Curtis A. Graham was made partner at the Los Angeles, California, offices of Ford & Harrison LLP, a national labor and employment law firm. With extensive employment litigation experience, he is a mediator and trained negotiator, and defends companies against wage and hour class action suits. He previously practiced with Nordman Cormany Hair & Compton LLP in Oxnard, California.

Clay Taylor

Clay Taylor

Clay M. Taylor was elected partner at Kelly Hart & Hallman in Forth Worth, Texas. He is a member of the firm’s Business Reorganization and Bankruptcy practice group.

Christa Zofcin joined River Road as executive vice president, business and legal affairs, in late March. She most recently served as the senior vice president and head of business affairs at United Artists.


Mark J. Bourassa and his wife welcomed their first child, Marcus Jacques Bourassa, in September.

Donna Roberts

Donna Roberts

Donna Roberts joined Stites & Harbison in Nashville, Tennessee. She is a member of the firm’s Business Litigation Service Group and concentrates her practice in the areas of business and commercial litigation. Her experience includes litigating commercial and tort-related disputes as well as noncompete and trade secret cases.

Valerie Torres was named of counsel at Latham & Watkins in San Diego, California. An environment, land, and resources attorney focused on complex litigation and class actions, including government civil and criminal enforcement actions, environmental remediation, products liability, mass tort, and consumer class actions, she has significant experience representing companies in large-scale environmental and toxic tort litigations, with special expertise in litigating the health, science, and technology issues that arise in these contexts.


M. Lisa Odom recently cofounded the law firm of McDowell Odom LLP in Valencia, California. Her practice focuses on all aspects of transactional law, including real estate law, finance, corporate and securities law, and trusts and estate planning.


Kenneth B. Gorton (JD ’05, MDR ’05), a trial attorney in the state of Washington, has been certified as a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. He handles a wide variety of personal injury and wrongful death claims.

Sharon Hritz

Sharon Hritz

Charles Hunt (MBA ’78, LLM ’05) has retired as a tenured professor of business law from the Graziadio School of Business and Management of Pepperdine University. He is currently a class advisor to the Presidential Key Executive programs at the Graziadio School.


Ali Salimi (JD ’06) and Jamie Kim (JD ’06) were married at Pepperdine’s Stauffer Chapel on March 19, 2011.


Sharon Hritz is an associate for Keller Rohrback in the firm’s newly-opened office in Santa Barbara, California.She practices with the firm’s nationally recognized complex ligation group, focusing on securities, ERISA, anti-trust, employment, and consumer protection claims.

Dina Haddad

Dina Haddad


Dina Haddad (LLM) has been named of counsel to the Family Law Group at McManis Faulkner, a leading trial firm in Northern California. She joins the firm from Brot & Gross LLP in Los Angeles where her practice focused on marital dissolution, child custody, and visitation. She also established and founded Families First Mediation Practice, and served as secretary of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Standing Committee of the State Bar of California-Family Law Section (Southern California) before joining the firm.


In Memoriam

Hugh Breckenridge (JD ’75) passed away on January 14, after a 16-month battle, or “coexistence” as he put it, with throat and neck cancer. He was surrounded by his wife, two sons, his physician, a good friend, and his loyal dog Buddy. Born in Santa Monica, California, to Anne Kresge Breckenridge and James Breckenridge in 1946, he had a great love of surfing, baseball, and golf. He attended Stanford University from 1964 to 1968, graduating with a BA in economics, and as a member of the executive committee of the Alpha Tau Omicron fraternity. In 1966 he enlisted in the U.S. Navy, where he served as a non-lawyer legal officer and naval aviator, often towing targets for elite fighter pilots. He met his wife, Katherine Cannon, in 1971, and they were married in July of 1972. The newlyweds took up residence in Westminster, California, and he enrolled at Pepperdine University’s School of Law. After graduation, he built a private law practice in Irvine, California, that he operated for 32 years as a lawyer, mediator, and arbitrator. A member of the Orange County Bar Association and the California State Bar Association, he spent 31 years as the emcee of Dick Richard’s Breakfast Club in Newport Beach. In recent years, he found great joy rediscovering his love of golf, playing as often as possible with his crew of golfing buddies and competitively on the Pepsi Golf Tour. He was a diehard fan and season ticket holder of the Anaheim Angels, and loved playing racquetball, squash, and staying in shape with his good friends at the University Athletic Club. He is survived by his wife Katherine and his sons, Riley and Edward.

John L. Ogletree (JD ’91) passed away on January 10 after a long battle with cancer. Born on October 16, 1949 in Houston, Texas, he was a licensed pilot for many years before realizing his dream of moving his family to California where he graduated cum laude from Pepperdine and became a lawyer. He was an avid softball player, and gifted pianist who loved the beach. Ogletree is survived by his youngest daughter, Sarah, and her husband, his oldest daughter Janet and her husband and two children, as well as his sister and brother and their families, and his friend and former wife, Cathy Andrews.

Roy David Thompson (JD ’93), of Wilmington, Delaware, passed away on April 7, 2011. He is survived by his wife, Sabreana Thompson and his daughters, Alexandria and Gabriella; his parents, Royall A. and Winifred (Ruff) Thompson; his sisters, Theresa Oldham (Gene), Rosemarie Thompson, Annemarie Abbott (Tom), and Patricia Gavin (Rich); his brothers, Jim Thompson and Paul Thompson (Shannon); his paternal grandmother, Blanche Thompson and his father and mother-in-law, Wayne and Karen Beard. Many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews are left to cherish his memory.

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