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A sample of stories from the Pepperdine School of Law alumni community this year.


Richard Rabbin published a book titled Divorce with Sanity.


Jeffrey Shields was named partner with Snell & Wilmer’s bankruptcy and reorganization practice group in the firm’s office in Salt Lake City, Utah. Chris’ practice is concentrated in bankruptcy, commercial litigation in bankruptcy-related matters, reorganization, lending, and banking.


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Talis Colberg was appointed as the honorary consul for the Republic of Latvia in Alaska in March 2013.


Candace Carlyon was named president-elect of the American Board of Certification in December 2012. The American Board of Certification is the premier legal specialty certification organization committed to certifying attorneys as specialists in business bankruptcy, consumer bankruptcy, and creditors’ rights law.


David Fisher joined Gray Duffy LLP as a partner in March 2013. The firm specializes in commercial

litigation and insurance defense.

June Magilnick’s daughter, Emily Magilnick, was honored by the St. Baldrick’s Foundation as an ambassador in January. Emily was diagnosed with chondroblastic osteosarcoma, a bone tumor, in 2011. The St. Baldrick’s Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising money to fund research to find cures for childhood cancers.


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Jeffrey Boyd was appointed to the Supreme Court of Texas by Gov. Rick Perry in December 2012.

Colonel James McGinley retired from the U.S. Marine Corps in April during an official ceremony in Washington, D.C. He was called to active duty during Operation Desert Storm before he returned to Pepperdine to complete his legal studies. He has also held a role with Hiepler & Hiepler.


Katherine Cabaniss was appointed by Gov. Rick Perry as a judge with the 248th District Court in Harris County Texas.

Jeffrey Carpenter was elected district attorney for Herkimer County, New York, in November 2012. He previously served as assistant district attorney, a role he held since 2002.


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Chris Carlyle served as lead appellate counsel in the U.S. Supreme Court decision Koontz v. St. Johns River Water Management, which resulted in a property-rights victory for his client. The Carlyle Appellate Law Firm has handled the appellate litigation in Florida for more than eight years.


Kevin Berg was named general counsel and executive vice president, business and legal affairs, at Village Roadshow.

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Michele Malis was appointed counsel with the national law firm of Quarles & Brady LLP. She serves in the firm’s office in Chicago, Illinois, with the Trusts and Estates Practice Group.


Sherri Martinelli joined Green & Markley, PC in the firm’s office in Portland, Oregon. Her practice focuses on commercial litigation and commercial construction litigation. She is admitted to practice in Oregon and California.


Jeffrey Geida was named shareholder of the Los Angeles-based firm Weinstock Manion in February 2013.

Andrew Dunbar, a partner at Sidley Austin, was recently awarded the Elyse S. Kline Justice Award for Pro Bono Attorney of the Year, in recognition of his victory in a guardianship proceeding, which culminated in a bench trial with multiple witnesses in May.

Tomas Kuehn was promoted to vice president at ValleyCrest Companies LLC.


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Sidney Fohrman was appointed partner in Barnes & Thornburg LLP’s Los Angeles office. Sidney is a member of the firm’s corporate department and the Entertainment and Music Practice Group.

Dean Rocco, formerly a partner with Jackson Lewis, has joined the Employment and Labor Practice of Wilson Elser. He is based in the firm’s Los Angeles Office.


Capri Maddox was named president of the Los Angeles City Board of Public Works.


Sebastian E. Lee recently joined Lewis Brisbois in their downtown Los Angeles Office.

David Schaffer (MBA ’01, JD ’02), a corporate partner with Wiggin & Dana LLP, led the formation of a China practice comprising a team of lawyers representing several of the firm’s practice groups.


Jon Lambiras wrote an article titled “How a CFO Landed in Prison,” published in Fraud Magazine. Jon is an attorney with Berger & Montague, PC in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He concentrates his practice on representing plaintiffs in securities fraud and consumer protection class actions.

Amanda Padoan coauthored the book Buried in the Sky with Peter Zuckerman. Amanda served as a deputy district attorney in Orange County and presently teaches trial advocacy at Pepperdine’s London program.


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Amy Cotton, an attorney with Quarles & Brady LLP’s Arizona office, was named to the 2013 Southwest Rising Stars in Health Care.

Chris DeRose has published his latest book, Congressman Lincoln, the first fully realized portrait of Abraham Lincoln’s ambitious and controversial early political career, and his surprising ascendancy that was both historic and far from inevitable.


Seth W. Eaton joined Winstead PC office in Dallas, Texas, as an associate in the firm’s Real Estate Finance Practice.

Courtney Echols and Aaron Echols (JD ’10, MBA ’10) welcomed their first child, Ripken Chase, in July 2012. The family currently resides in Plano, Texas.


Nathan Okelberry joined Fisher & Phillips as an associate in their Los Angeles Office.

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