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July 2021

  • Andrew Blan, ’19, has joined Lozano Smith. He assists clients in a variety of matters related to students, education, and labor and employment issues.
  • David Bonilla, '05, has been appointed as a judge of the Sacramento County Superior Court by Gov. Gavin Newsom. A former deputy district attorney, he was a partner at Bonilla & Cintean LLP before establishing a solo practice in 2013.
  • Jonathan Conklin, '85, has been reappointed to the Judicial Council by California Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye. He is a Fresno County Superior Court judge.
  • Christy Grellas, '21, has joined Boutin Jones Inc. in Sacramento as an associate in its real estate practice. She was in the inaugural cohort of McGeorge's Accelerated Honors Program.
  • Janet Kwuon, '89, was named to the Daily Journal's list of Top Woman Lawyers in California. A senior partner at Reed Smith in Los Angeles, she is co-chair of the huge firm's global commercial disputes group and a leader on its diversity and inclusion council.
  • George Miram, '82, has retired from the San Mateo County Superior Court. He began his legal career as an assistant DA, was appointed to the Municipal Court bench in 1995, and elevated to the Superior Court three years later.
  • Edward Munoz, '79, was co-counsel for a plaintiff who reached a $1 million settlement in an Orange County Superior Court auto accident case. He is a partner at Munoz & Associates in Santa Ana.
  • David Scribner, '98, has been appointed director of the California Department of Community Services and Development. He has served as acting director and chief counsel of the agency since 2017.
  • Jeffrey Pape, ’93, has joined the law firm of Wanger Jones Helsley PC. Pape has lived in Clovis since 1995 and has served as: President of Central California March of Dimes; Treasurer of Clovis Rotary; and President of Greek Community of Fresno (St. George Greek Orthodox Church); and is a Founding Donor of the California 9-1-1 Memorial.
  • David Scribner, ’98, of Sacramento, has been appointed Director of the California Department of Community Services and Development. Scribner has been Acting Director and Chief Counsel for the California Department of Community Services and Development since 2017 and an Attorney for the Law Office of David Scribner since 2003.
  • Dr. Hong Tang, LL.M. '05, has been re-appointed one of two Co-Chairpersons for the United Nations and International Organizations Committee of the American Bar Association (ABA) International Law Section for a third one-year term starting August 10, 2021.

June 2021

  • Sean Beatty, '91, won a defense verdict in a Riverside County Superior Court in a Lemon Law breach-of-warranty trial in which the plaintiff demanded $199,000 in damages. He is a partner at Beatty & Myers LLP in Long Beach.
  • Devi Kumar-Nambiar, '09, has been promoted to interim deputy general counsel at CPS Energy, the municipal electric utility that serves the city of San Antonio, Texas.
  • Joseph Low, '97, was named to the Daily Journal's 2021 Top California Plaintiff Lawyers. A partner at Arash Law in Los Angeles, he is vice president and director of curriculum at Gerry Spence's Method at Thunderhead Ranch, a national campus for plaintiff's attorneys set to reopen this August.
  • Larry Marks,'90, was co-counsel for the plaintiff in a Los Angeles Superior Court wrongful-death suit that resulted in a $9.8 settlement against Caltrans and another public entity. He is a senior attorney at Mardirossian Akaragian LLP in Los Angeles.
  • Ann Morgan, ’79, has been named President of the State Bar of Nevada. Morgan is currently a director for Fennemore’s Reno office and serves as Chief Diversity Officer, and Chair of the Blue Ribbon Committee on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for the State Bar of Nevada.
  • John C. Taylor, '77, was named to the Daily Journal's 2021 Top California Plaintiff Lawyers. A senior partner at Taylor & Ring in Manhattan Beach, he won a major decision in federal court that forced the release of Fresno police body camera footage in a case with parallels to the death of George Floyd.

May 2021

  • Shirley Folkins-Roberts, '93, has been appointed to the St. Baldrick's Foundation's advocacy advisory committee. She is the executive director of the Northern Nevada Children's Cancer Foundation in Reno.
  • Bryan Freedman, '90 was named as one of the 100 attorneys in The Hollywood Reporter's 15th annual power list of the industry's top litigators, contract lawyers, and talent agents. He is a senior partner at Freedman & Taitelman in Los Angeles.
  • Brett Jamison, '01, has been reappointed as deputy director of the California Department of General Services interagency support division, where he has served in that position since 2014.
  • Chris Micheli, '92, authored first book, Cases and Materials on Direct Democracy in California, which Kendall-Hunt. He is a partner at Aprea & Micheli, a Sacramento lobbying firm, and an adjunct professor at McGeorge.
  • Brian Miller, ’10, was recently appointed to the Pete Suazo Utah Athletic Commission by Utah's governor. He continues to serve on the Cedar Hills City Council and works as a Deputy County Attorney for Utah County, Utah.
  • Zachery Morazzini, '99, LL.M. '02, has been reappointed as the director of the Office of Administrative Hearings at the Department of General Services, where he has served in that position since 2015.
  • Anthony Pane, '04, has joined the California Citizens Redistricting Commission as chief counsel. He previously served as assistant chief counsel of the California Department of Consumer Affairs.

April 2021

  • Jenny Bain, ’12, has accepted a position as Human Resources Partner at Twilio Inc.
  • Kim Chapman, ’11, was named Assistant Chief Counsel for the California Department of Housing & Community Development.
  • Catherine Chyi, ’11, joined the California Department of Social Services in San Diego as an Administrative Law Judge.
  • Jeff Dodd, ’13, was named to the North Bay Business Journal's Forty Under 40 list of young professionals. A member of the Napa Valley College board of trustees, he is a partner in the real estate and land use group at Coblentz Patch Duffy & Bass LLP in Napa.
  • Sara Fitzsimon Nelson, ’19, has been appointed policy director of the California Hydrogen Business Council. She was previously a legislative analyst for the Service Employees International Union.
  • Neil Forester, ’04, has been elected a fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. He is the founder of Forester Family Law, which specializes in out-of-court divorce solutions.
  • Thomas Fraysse, ’82, was named a “Healthcare Law Trailblazer” by the National Law Journal.
  • Marc Hardy, ’96, has joined the Tejon Ranch Co. as senior vice president and general counsel for the publicly traded agribusiness land development giant. He served as assistant general counsel and then general counsel/assistant secretary for the A.G. Spanos Companies from 2001 to 2020.
  • Thomas Nielsen, ’72, joined Jacobsen & McElroy PC as a senior litigation counsel. He is also a settlement judge pro tem at the Sacramento County and Eldorado County Superior Courts.
  • Marco Rodriguez, ’19, has joined Downey Brand Sacramento’s family law practice section. Prior to joining Downey Brand, Marc worked at Porter Scott in Sacramento primarily on employment and business matters.
  • Emily Scivoletto, ’98, was named to the State Bar Blue Ribbon Commission on the Future of the California Bar Exam by the state Supreme Court. She is the senior assistant dean for Student Affairs at the UC Davis School of Law.
  • Michelle Sheidenberger, ’97, has been appointed city attorney by the Roseville City Council. The former assistant city attorney succeeds a retiring Bob Schmitt, '98, with whom she has worked for the past two decades.
  • Steve Strauss, ’92, published his 8th book, Your Small Business Boom, published by McGraw Hill.
  • Serge Tomassian, '84, obtained a $1.068 million judgment in Orange County Superior Court in a breach of contract case involving a residential property with a major water problem. He is a senior partner at Tomassian Throckmorton, Inouye & G LLP in Irvine.
  • Brett Yorke, ’12, was elevated to Partner at the Law Office of Ball & Yorke in Ventura where he represents people against corporations and insurance companies. Most recently, Brett represented seven current and former employees of a major Southern California medical Group, negotiating a confidential settlement in a wage/hour misclassification case. During this litigation, the medical group reclassified their employees, making them eligible for overtime and paid meal/rest breaks.

March 2021

  • Agung Atmaja, ’12, joined Robinhood to lead and expand the company’s state and local tax functions.
  • Camille K. Binon,'14, has been appointed legal advisor at the Public Employment Relations Board, where she has served as an attorney since 2019.
  • Tia Boatman Patterson, ’94, has joined President Biden’s administration as Associate Director for Housing, Treasury, and Commerce in the White House Office of Management and Budget. She has served as the California Housing Finance Agency’s executive director since 2014, leading that state agency to the most successful period in its 46-year history.
  • Aoibheann Cline, ’18, has joined the National Rifle Association as their Northwest Regional Director.
  • Dena Coggins, '07, has been appointed to a judgeship on the Sacramento County Superior Court bench. She has served as an administrative law judge at the California Office of Administrative Hearings since 2018.
  • Lara Compton, '06, has joined Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo in Los Angeles where she advises health care providers and entrepreneurs on navigating the regulatory challenges of medical innovation.
  • Bryan Delgado, ’19, has joined Klinedinst Sacramento as an Associate Attorney.
  • Sheena Farro,’16, has been appointed legal advisor to the chair at the Public Employment Relations Board, where she has served as a regional attorney since 2015.
  • Ognian Gavrilov, ’08, was named Trial Lawyer of the Year by the Capitol Chapter of the Trial Lawyers Association.
  • Jonathan Hayes, '04, has been appointed to serve as a judge on the Sacramento County Superior Court. He has been a partner at Dreyer Babich Buccola Wood Campora LLP since 2013.
  • Alex Khan, ’15, has joined Valencia Government Relations as a lobbyist, and the California Chronic Care Coalition as Senior Policy Counsel. Previous to this, he served as Legislative Director and Chief Policy Consultant for California Assembly Republican Leader Marie Waldron.
  • Ryan Kobayashi, ’04, joined the Hawaii Laborer' Union; Local 368 as Director of Government Affairs in March 2017. He is an advocate for the Union and Construction Industry related issues statewide and in all counties.
  • Lauren C. Leonard, '12, was named general counsel at SBM Management Services, a Sacramento-based company that specializes in facilities maintenance. She previously served as general counsel at Matheson, Inc.
  • Cori Mills, ’07, was named Deputy Attorney General of Alaska. Ms. Mills started with the department in 2012 as legislative liaison and public outreach coordinator for the Civil Division. In May of 2019, she transitioned to the elections attorney position in the Labor & State Affairs Section until becoming supervisor of that section in August 2020.
  • Robert J. O’Hair, ’77, joined Judicate West as a neutral in Sacramento. A certified specialist in family law, O’Hair joins from the law firm Woodruff, O’Hair, Posner & Salinger, Inc., and he has spent the last 15 years as a private judge for settlements and trials in Sacramento and numerous other Northern California counties.
  • Coby Page, ’06, was named General Counsel of Nolan Transportation Group, a logistics and supply chain company located in Atlanta, GA.
  • Jeremy Stone, '18, has joined Price Postel & Parma as an associate in Santa Barbara, where his practice focuses on public agency, education, and employment law.
  • Sadia Sultana, ’96, obtained her PhD degree in International Law from the China University of Political Science and Law. Her dissertation was on International commercial arbitration in Bangladesh in comparison with renowned Asian arbitration laws and practice.

February 2021

  • Frolan Aguiling '04, has been reappointed chief counsel at the California Department of Human Resources, where has served in that position since 2016.
  • William Diedrich,' 04, was promoted to shareholder at Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Rudd & Romo in Riverside, where he advises school and community college districts and other agencies in employment law.
  • Scott Holbrook, '00, was promoted to shareholder at Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Rudd & Romo in Sacramento, where he advises county offices of education and community college districts in labor and personnel matters.
  • Amanda Iler, '14, has joined Martenson Hasbrouck & Simon LLP, an Atlanta-based labor and employment defense firm in its Sacramento office
  • Chris Micheli, '92, authored two recently published books on California government. An attorney and lobbyist with the Sacramento governmental relations firm of Aprea & Micheli, he is a longtime adjunct professor at McGeorge.
  • Gregory Morrison, '10, was promoted to shareholder at Parsons Behle & Latimer in Reno, where he advises clients on water law issues, environmental compliance, and property development.
  • David Norton, '13, was promoted to shareholder at Porter Scott in Sacramento where he defends employment disputes, personal injury liability, and alleged civil rights violations.
  • Robert O'Hair, '77, has joined Judicate West, one of California's leading providers of private dispute resolution services. A certified family law specialist, he was a senior partner at Woodruff, O'Hair, Posner & Salinger in Sacramento
  • Shaleen Schmutzer-Smith, '98, has been reappointed deputy general counsel at the state Department of Housing and Community Development, where she has served in that role since 2017.
  • Ryan Seeley, '05, has been reappointed general counsel and deputy director at the state Department of Housing and Community Development, where he has served in that role since 2017.
  • Vida Thomas, '93, has joined Oppenheimer Investigations Group as a partner. She brings more than 25 years of experience in employment law cases and other legal fields to the Berkeley-based firm.
  • Corinna White, '11, has joined the Dickson Commercial Group in Reno, where her work will focus on land sales and development in northwest Nevada. Previously, she worked with The Martin Group in St. Helena.

January 2021

  • Ashley Boulton, '12, has been elevated to partner at Downey Brand in Sacramento where her practice is primarily focused on general business and food and agriculture litigation.
  • David Cameron, '11, has been elevated to partner at Downey Brand. His litigation practice revolves around securing and protecting surface and groundwater rights in state and federal court.
  • Kristin Capritto, '14, has been promoted from senior associate to counsel at Downey Brand where she guides individuals and families toward wealth transfer and succession-planning goals.
  • Carolyn Cottrell, '93, was the lead counsel for a plaintiff group that reached a $5 million settlement in a U.S. District Court, Northern District of California in a wage and hour dispute. She is a partner at Schneider Wallace Cottrell Konecky LLP in Emeryville.
  • Erin Evans-Fudem, ’12, was promoted to Partner at Lighthouse Public Affairs.
  • Steve Hansen, ’11, was promoted to Managing Partner at Lighthouse Public Affairs.
  • Andrew Huang, '97, obtained a $750,000 settlement in Monterey Superior Court in a sexual harassment suit. He is a senior counsel with the California Department of Fair Employment & Housing in Elk Grove.
  • Thomas Humann, '20, has joined the Sacramento firm of Boutin Jones Inc. in its litigation practice where he will represent clients in a wide variety of legal matters.
  • Nicky Jatana, '98, was promoted to office managing principal at Jackson Lewis PC in Los Angeles where she represents clients in employment litigation and counsels employees on daily workplace issues.
  • Daniel Kim, '10, has been named a shareholder at Weintraub Tobin where he is a member of the Sacramento firm's trusts and estates practice group and has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America.
  • Matt Klopfenstein, ’14, was promoted to Partner at California Advisors.
  • Paula LaBrie, LL.M. '03, has been designated chief of, and reappointed to, the California Gambling Control Commission where she has served since 2017.
  • Devinn Martin, '20, joined Weintraub Tobin in Sacramento where her practice focuses on all aspects of trusts and estates litigation.
  • Katharine Martin, '87, was one of 18 attorneys included in "A Decade Defined," a Daily Journal special section highlighting transformational legal work between 2011-2020. A Wilson Sonsoni partner, she has been involved in significant IPOs.
  • Paul Masuhara, '12, was co-counsel for the plaintiff in a U. S. District Court, Eastern District of California, excessive force suit involving a fatal police shooting. An associate at the Law Office of Mark E. Merin, he helped obtain a $2.1 million settlement.
  • Frederick McGee, ’91, has been named Chief of Staff to Los Angeles County Board Supervisor Holly Mitchell.
  • John Morberg, '94, was appointed chief financial officer at Lanadec Corporation, a publicly traded company in Santa Maria that makes health and wellness products. He was previously general counsel at BFL Restaurant Holdings.
  • Jessica Robison, '02, has been named a shareholder at Trainor Fairbrook in Sacramento where her focus on construction litigation has enabled her to build a weighty reputation in that business law specialty.
  • Dana Sabraw, '85, was named the chief judge of the U.S. District Court, Southern District of California. He has served on the federal bench since 2003.
  • Ernest Weiss, '83,was secured a defense verdict as co-counsel in a Riverside Superior Court personal injury trial in which a plaintiff sought a seven-figure award against his client's company. He is a partner at the Irvine office of Klinedinst PC.

December 2020

  • Jan Aune, ’04, was recognized as a winner of one of the Top 100 Jury Verdicts in Los Angeles County due to the $1,505,561 Federal Jury Verdict she obtained on behalf of her whistleblower client in February 2019. The federal jury verdict is No. 58 on the list. It was later free cognized nationally by TopVerdicts.com.
  • Craig Barbarosh, '92, has been appointed to the Evolent Health Inc. board of directors as an independent member. A partner at Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP in Irvine, he is often called to serve on corporate boards by restructuring companies.
  • Chris Branscum, '81, won election as mayor of Marysville, winning out in a hotly contested race by four votes over the second-place finisher. He is a retired CPA, tax attorney, venture capitalist, and CEO of a high-tech company.
  • Douglas Caballeros, ’20, has accepted a position with the Sacramento District Attorney’s Office.
  • Chet Cramin, '86, was welcomed as a partner at Musick Peeler & Garrett LLP in Costa Mesa. He brings 20 years experience as a senior member of the legal team at one of the largest publicly owned REITS to his business and real estate transactions practice.
  • Patricia Curtin, '87, was named one of 2020's Top Women Attorneys by the Daily Journal. One of the leading land use attorneys in California, she is a senior partner at Wendel Rosen LLP in Oakland who provides representation for both private clients and public sector entities.
  • Valerie Freitas, ’88, elected to a six year term as a Judge with the Kings County Superior Court to begin in 2021. She was originally appointed to the position by Governor Brown in 2017.
  • Allison Harvey, '06, was elected to the Placer Hills Unified School District board of trustees. An employment law attorney and founding partner of A.L. Harvey Law PLC, she is the president of the Auburn Chamber of Commerce.
  • Keith Hill, '96, and classmate Chris Ore, '96, won a conviction on all charges against the man known as the NorCal Rapist as co-prosecutors in a Sacramento Superior Court trial that followed the discovery of DNA genetic genealogy evidence connecting the perpetrator to more than 20 rapes in the 1990s.
  • Cara Jenkins, '10, was confirmed as the new California Legislative Counsel. She has served as deputy legislative counsel. She has served in the counsel's office since 2010, most recently as first point of contact for legislators and staff.
  • Jaismin Kaur, '19, has joined Downey Brand in Sacramento as an associate in its family law practice.
  • Yury Kolesnikov, '10, was among the plaintiff team that secured a $310 million settlement against Alphabet Inc., the parent company of Google, in a Santa Clara Superior Court breach of fiduciary duty lawsuit. He is a partner at Bottini & Bottini, a La Jolla firm whose specialties include representing the rights of shareholders.
  • Janet Kuwon, ’89, was named by Corporate Counsel and InsideCounsel as a 2020 "Women, Influence & Power in Law" award winner in the category of "Innovative Leader" and Selected as a 2020 "Leader in Law" by Los Angeles Business Journal. Kuwon serves as the co-Chair of Reed Smith's Commercial Disputes Group and member of the Executive Committee, the firm's highest governing body.
  • Selis Koker, LLM ‘04, of El Dorado Hills, has been appointed Chief Counsel at the California Department of Child Support Services by Governor Gavin Newsom. Koker has served as Assistant Chief Counsel at the California Department of Child Support Services since 2019, where she has served in several positions since 2013, including Attorney III and Attorney I.
  • Joseph Low, '97, has joined the Law Office of Arash Khorsandi PC to lead the trial strategy department of the seven-office, Los Angeles-based firm. As a sole practitioner, he has won numerous multi-million verdicts in a 21-year career.
  • Renee Nash, '92, was reelected to the Eureka Unified School District board of directors, which she currently chairs. The Granite Bay attorney and former corporate counsel was an adjunct member of the McGeorge faculty for 14 years.
  • Cynthia Neely, ’83, retired as City Attorney in Stockton, California in 1999. In November 2020, published my book "Only the Best People; Navigating the Trump Swamp".
  • Ann Patterson, '00, was appointed Legal Affairs Secretary to Governor Gavin Newsom. Previously the chief deputy in that office, she played a key role in the administration's response to the PG&E bankruptcy.
  • Victor Pippins, '07,was appointed to a judgeship on the San Diego County Superior Court by Governor Gavin Newsom. A criminal defense attorney who represents defendants in street and white-collar crime, he has been twice recognized as a "Rising Star" in his field.
  • Jason Resnick, '95, was promoted to senior vice president and general counsel at Western Growers, an Irvine-based association that represents farmers in four Western states.
  • Torene Schwab,' 93, was reappointed deputy director and chief counsel at the California Department of Social Services where she has served in that role since 2015.
  • Marina Corona Sabeniano, '15, was honored by the Sacramento Business Journal as one of its 40 Under 40 young leaders in the capital area. She is the chief of staff for a California Assemblywoman.
  • John Spangler, '93, was reappointed deputy secretary of legislation and government relations at the California Department of Veterans Affairs, where he has served since 2017.
  • Douglas Spoors, ’89, was named EEO Education/ADR Manager for the Department of the Navy, Naval Exchange Service Command in Virginia Beach, Virginia where he is tasked with developing and implementing a world-wide EEO and ADR training program for more than 13,000 civilian employees.
  • Benjamin Taksa, '04, was promoted to supervising deputy district attorney at the Tulare County District Attorney's Office. He has prosecuted felonies, including homicides, during his 15 years in the office and was recognized as Attorney of the Year by the Porterville Exchange Club in 2016.
  • Celeena Wall, ’20, has accepted a position at the Sacramento District Attorney’s Office as a certified legal research assistant.

November 2020

  • Steve Alm, '83, was elected Prosecuting Attorney for the city of Honolulu. A former U.S. Attorney for the state of Hawaii, he has also served as a First Circuit Court judge in Oahu.
  • Mark Amodei, '83, won a fifth term in the House of Representatives. The only Republican in Nevada's congressional delegation, the Carson City attorney represents the entire northern part of state.
  • Richard Desmond, '00, won a seat on the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors in a hotly contested race that wasn't decided until 10 days after election. He is a veteran CHP officer who has served a variety of roles for that state agency.
  • Gene Drakulich, '85, won another six-year term on the Reno Municipal Court. He joined the court in 2014 after serving as a Washoe County deputy district attorney and a stint in private practice.
  • Mara Elliott, '94, San Diego won reelection as San Diego City Attorney, easily defeating a challenger to win her second term as the legal leader of the eighth-largest city in the country.
  • Cara Jenkins, ’10, was announced as California State Legislature’s new Legislative Counsel by Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins  and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon.
  • Robert McConnell, '72, was elected Mayor of Vallejo winning more than 40 percent of the vote in a five-way race. A bankruptcy attorney and former municipal planning commission member, he has served two terms on the Vallejo City Council.
  • Catalina Sanchez, MSL ’17, was just elected to the Gridley City Council, becoming Gridley’s first ever Latina City Councilmember.

In Memoriam

  • Carol Mills, ’79, a longtime Fresno Unified School District trustee, has died after a battle with Lou Gehrig’s disease. Mills, who served for 17 years as the Fresno schools trustee for area 5, also worked as a lead appellate court attorney with the Fifth District Court of Appeal.
  • Jake Rasmussen, '10, died after a difficult battle with cancer at the age of 39 on June 21, 2021, in Portland, Oregon. He was a senior attorney at Smith Freed Eberhard who defended personal and commercial injury matters.
  • Trude McMahan,'80, LL.M. '81, died at the age of 74 on May 30, 2021, in Las Vegas. She worked at Goodman, Oshins, Brown and Singer and another law firm before forming the partnership of Segal and McMahan, where she practiced until her retirement.
  • Kathy Kinzer, '87, died after a short illness at the age of 68 on June 18, 2021, in Reno. She served as chief deputy director of the California Department of Corrections, deputy director of the Department of Developmental Services, retiring as chief counsel of that agency.
  • Patricia Wenzl, '89, died at the age of 63 on June 19, 2021, at her home in Lincoln, Nebraska. Her varied law career included prosecuting child abuse cases, and most recently representing disabled veterans as an attorney with the Berry Law Firm.
  • Michael Crow, '76, died at the age of 73 on May 25, 2021, in Sacramento. He enjoyed a lengthy career as a California deputy attorney general working on issues of conservation and public access including enforcement of the Coastal Act up and down the state.
  • Sharon Anderson, '80, died from cancer at the age of 65 on April 28, 2021, in Benicia. She worked in the Contra Costa County Counsel's office in Martinez for three decades and was appointed the first female to head that department in 2009.
  • Riley Cutler, '10, died unexpectedly at the age of 41 on May 22, 2021, in Salt Lake City. One of the first students to participate in McGeorge's Guatemala summer program, he worked as a translator for new immigrants.
  • Donald G. Miller, '78, died following a long debilitating illness at the age of 88 on March 4, 2021, in Davis. A retired Air Force officer, he passed the bar but chose to keep flying and enjoyed a 25-year career with UPS.
  • Erika Ramazzini, '88, died after a long battle with breast cancer at the age of 57 on April 7, 2021, in Carmichael. She was a family law attorney known for being a voice of reason in contentious divorce proceedings who practiced most recently with Bartholomew & Wasznicky LLP in Sacramento.
  • William Anderson, '81, died after a long battle with cancer at the age of 70 on February 2, 2021, in Edmonds, Washington. He served as a Federal Bureau of Investigation for more than 25 years until his retirement in 2007.
  • Cynthia P. Kroeger, '88, died of advanced pancreatic cancer at the age of 75 on March 22, 2021, in Fair Oaks. A former nurse, she practiced insurance law representing injured clients then remained active as an independent consultant in retirement.
  • Gerald Nash, '70, died at the age of 80 on January 1, 2020, in Loomis. He practiced law until the late 1980's in several northern California counties.
  • Alexander Litvak, '74, died following complications from surgery at the age of 71 on April 4, 2020, in Los Angeles.  He practiced contract and real property law for 45 years in southern California.   Katherine Williams, '76, died at the age of 89 on December 5, 2020, in Sacramento. She was the managing attorney for the south Sacramento office of Jacoby & Meyers until her retirement in 1995.
  • Peter Siguenza, '80, died at the age of 68 on March 30, 2020, in Hagatna, Guam. He served as a Superior Court of Guam judge from 19843 to 1996 then was elevated to the Guam Supreme Court, where he later served as chief justice before his retirement in 2003. 
  • Bruce Peterson,' 89, died unexpectedly at the age of 61 on January 27, 2020, in Everett, Washington. He was a family law and personal injury attorney for three decades in northwestern Washington. 
  • Ann Friend, '94, died at the age of 73 on January 30, 2021, in Modesto.  She practiced bankruptcy law with Friend & Walton PLC and Friend Younger PC for 20 years.
  • Christopher Fellows, '00, died at the age of 50 on February 22, 2020, in Las Vegas. He practiced law with several different Nevada firms, including Lerner and Rowe Injury Attorneys.
  • Michael McClain, '77, died at the age of 71 on January 9, 2021, in Ashland, Oregon. He represented injured workers for many years, eventually became the general counsel of the California Workers' Compensation Institute and won a lifetime achievement award from the State Bar.
  • Joyce M. Rivers, '77, died after a lengthy illness at the age of 85 on Dec. 6, 2020, in Astoria, Oregon. She spent her legal career in Alaska as deputy counsel in the state Attorney General's office then as in-house counsel for Alascom.
  • Ronald Cassells, '79, died of cancer and related illnesses at the age of 67 on January 19, 2021, in Santa Rosa. He founded the Law & Mediation Offices of Ronald J. Cassells in Petaluma and built a solid reputation as a family law attorney in 38 years of practice.
  • Greg Buhyoff, '88, died from a sudden illness at the age of 64 on January 9, 2021, in Las Vegas. An intellectual law and trademark specialist, his career spanned many stops in East and Southeast Asia and owning the Law Office of Gregory F. Buhyoff in Las Vegas.
  • Cliff Collard,'77, died after suffering a cardiac arrest at the age of 68 on Oct. 31, 2020, in Newport, Oregon. He practiced law for 40 years in Lincoln County and was active in several community organizations.
  • Robert Williams,'60, died at the age of 92 on December 17, 2020, in Sacramento. A former McGeorge Alumni Association president, he enjoyed a long career in state government that included serving as deputy legislative secretary for four California governors and serving as a member of the Commission on Unified State Laws.
  • Tony Torlai, '71 died at the age of 85 on December 7, 2020, in Stockton. He was senior counsel with the California General Services Administration where he spent many years before retiring.
  • Patrick Leathers,'78, died of a heart attack at age 70 November 28, 2020, in Robbins. He was an attorney and legislative advocate in California and Washington, D.C. for more than four decades.
  • Randal Hooper,'80, died at the age of 68 December 3, 2020, in Orinda. As a sole practitioner, his work included criminal defense representation. He also was an associate at the personal injury firm of Bennett Johnson LLP in Oakland for much of his 40-year career.
  • Patricia Winnie,'80, died at the age of 71 on August 8, 2020, in Reno. She was a corporate counsel, but found her true calling helping families with adoptions and probate matters as the operator of the Law Offices of Patricia F. Winnie.

Faculty Obituary

  • Jeanne Benvenuti died after a long illness at the age of 86 on May 5, 2021, in Sacramento. She played a key role in the growth of the Institute for Administrative Justice at McGeorge. She co-authored the California Victims Bill of Rights Handbook, was the assistant director of the Special Education Hearing Office, and supervised the training of hundreds of Social Security Administration hearing officers before retiring as associate director of the IAJ after 20 years of service in 2010.