Class Actions

Spring-Summer 2012


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.


Robert Malove was selected by Thompson-West to write White Collar Crime: Health Care Fraud, a law practice guide as part of a multi-topic initiative to expand West’s coverage of white-collar crime.


Lisa Monet Wayne was sworn in as president of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) at the Association’s 53rd annual meeting in Denver, Colorado, in August 2011. She maintains a private practice, Wayne Law Firm, in Denver and Boulder.


Mike Leach’s book Swing Your Sword (Diversion Publishing) was released in July 2011 and was listed among the top five bestsellers in the New York Times. He was recently named head football coach at Washington State University.


Judith Alex is the business manager for Calhoun & Company Communications, a dynamic public relations and marketing communications agency with a specialized focus on the fine wine and premium spirits industries. She lives in San Francisco with her husband Peter and two daughters, Katherine and Madeleine.

John deSteiguer was selected as the sixth president of Oklahoma Christian University effective June 2012.

Raymond Kolter is teaching in China as a foreign expert for the People’s Republic of China, and has taught American law at several top universities in Shanghai. Most recently he accepted a position as professor of law and international affairs at Shanghai International Studies University where he is teaching courses in the American legal system, western legal theory, world politics, and international affairs. In addition, he is serving as an adjunct professor of law at Shanghai Jiaotong University and assists Chinese students with their applications to study at American universities and colleges, including Pepperdine. He is completing a postdoctoral master’s degree in Chinese Politics and Diplomacy at Fudan University, School of International Relations and Public Affairs.


Rob Force joined USAID/Serbia as a senior rule of law advisor at the U.S. Embassy in Belgrade in 2011. Force previously served as a governance technical advisor with USAID/Cambodia.


Nicolas Kublicki released his second book, a thriller, in January. The Tesla Formula (A Patrick Carlton Adventure) was published by Rellihan Satterlee.


Victor Parker was sworn in as the Los Angeles district director for the U.S. Small Business Administration in October 2011.


Timothy Burr, director of the Foreclosure Mediation Unit at Arizona State University’s College of Law, was selected as one of “Arizona’s Finest Lawyers,” a highly competitive legal association membership.

B. Harlan Field’s book, The New Nationalism: How the Next Great American Debate Will Restore Our Country by Recasting Our Politics, has been published by Branden Books.

Kimberly Reiner and Jenna Sanz-Agero released their nationally recognized cookbook, Sugar, Sugar: Every Recipe Has a Story (Andrews McMeel Publishing), in October 2011.


Kelly Lynn Anders’ book, Advocacy to Zealousness: Learning Lawyering Skills from Classic Films (Carolina Academic Press), was released in January 2012.

James R. Griffin was appointed chair of the subcommittee on public company acquisitions of the American Bar Association’s M&A Committee.


Tracy Cashman Dalton was chosen to lead the Dallas office for Counsel On Call. She is a former senior attorney with Hewlett-Packard, Bank of America, and Countrywide Home Loans.

Robin Sax, former prosecutor who now writes and comments on criminal cases, was honored on March 24, 2012, by the National Council of Jewish Women, Los Angeles Section, with the Remarkable Woman Award, in recognition of her work as a victim’s advocate.


Belinda Ann Begley published a book about her life with former UCLA volleyball great and Pepperdine coach Kirk Kilgour. Lucky Break: A Love Story was published in November 2011 by 4th Street Press.


Jason M. Adams was named as one of the “Top 40 Under 40” by the National Trial Lawyers Association. The invitation-only membership included just 40 trial lawyers from California.

Vasu Muthyala, a former assistant U.S. attorney in the Fraud and Public Corruption Section of the U.S. Attorney’s office in Washington, D.C. joined O’Melveny & Myers LLP as a firm counsel in October 2011.


Shadrick King (JD, MDR ’02) is currently working with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) at a refugee camp in Kenya.

Jonathan Rubenstein was named partner at Baker Botts LLP in Dallas in January.

David B. Schaffer was named partner at Wiggin and Dana LLP in January. He is with the firm’s corporate practice department in Stamford, Connecticut.


Alison Emerson was named partner at Bryant, Emerson & Fitch, a nine-attorney firm in Redmond, Oregon.


Tara Ferguson Presnell joined Littler Mendelson as a shareholder in the group’s Nashville office.

Alexis Ridenour welcomed her second child, Parker Ethan, in July 2011. Ridenour practices wine and education law in Ventura County.


Daryl Binkley was quoted in U.S. News & World Report, providing tips for future law students in the article “5 Tips for Current and Prospective Law School Students in a Difficult Economy” in November 2011.

Chris DeRose’s book, Founding Rivals: Madison vs. Monroe, the Bill of Rights, and the Election That Saved a Nation (Regnery History), was released in November 2011.


Peter and Amber Leavitt welcomed their second child, Jude Solomon Leavitt, on July 29, 2011.

Corbett Daniel Parker was named one of “The 2011 Five Outstanding Young Houstonians” by the Houston Junior Chamber of Commerce.


Theona Zhordania-Taat was selected as one of California’s “Top Five Associates to Watch in 2012” by the Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journals. This prestigious and very short list recognizes young attorneys throughout the state who have demonstrated extraordinary capabilities and have gone above and beyond the expectations typically set for professionals with their level of experience. She is a business and insurance litigation attorney with Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps LLP. In April 2012 she was named among the 50 “Fast Track” lawyers by The Recorder.


Matthew R. Dildine was named a Northern California “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers Magazine in 2011 for the second year in a row.

Robin V. O’Shea joined Klinedinst PC as an associate in the group’s San Diego office, focusing her practice on defending businesses and individuals in construction and general liability matters.


Ryan Wheeler joined Fisher & Phillips LLP in Irvine, California, in October 2011.

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