Biographies

NDCA_Header_Sketch2The Honorable Neil W. Bason, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, C.D. Cal

Neil W. Bason is a U.S. Bankruptcy Judge for the Central District of California.  He was appointed to the court in October 2011.  Immediately prior to his appointment, Judge Bason was in private practice in San Francisco with the law firms of Duane Morris and Howard Rice Nemeroski et al.  His practice focused on commercial bankruptcy and insolvency, including a focus on secured creditor representation and substantial representation of trustees, receivers, debtors/borrowers, guarantors, unsecured creditors, prospective purchasers of assets out of bankruptcy, parties to executory contracts and unexpired leases, equity holders, and other parties in interest.  From 2000 to 2008, he was Law Clerk to the Hon. Dennis Montali, U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of California.  From 1989 to 2000, Judge Bason was in private practice in Massachusetts and San Francisco.  He obtained his undergraduate degree from Johns Hopkins University and his law degree from Boston University School of Law. NDCA_Header_Sketch2John Beisner, Partner, Skadden Arps

John Beisner is national chair of Skadden’s Mass Torts, Insurance, and Consumer Litigation Practice Group.  Over the past 35 years, he has represented defendants in a wide range of high-visibility litigation matters, including over 650 federal and state court class actions and over 40 federal multi-district litigation proceedings (including the Vioxx MDL).  He is in the top tier of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business in the products liability category and is also listed in The Best Lawyers in America and Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America.  For his work on the resolution of a state attorneys general investigation of Countrywide Finance/Bank of America lending practices, John was named “Litigator of the Week” by The American Lawyer.  He is an active participant in legal reform initiatives and received the Institute for Legal Reform’s 2011 Research and Policy Award for his integral role in crafting the federal Class Action Fairness Act.

NDCA_Header_Sketch2Peter Benzian, Managing Partner, Burford Capital

Peter Benzian is a Managing Director of Burford. Previously, he was for many years a senior partner at Latham & Watkins, where he specialized in litigation and arbitration.

As Chairman of the Litigation Department of Latham’s San Diego office and lead counsel in dozens of trials, Mr. Benzian’s practice emphasized complex business disputes, including antitrust, contract, intellectual property matters, and securities-related actions. He has represented numerous large companies, directors and officers, accountants and investment banking firms in class action and derivative litigations, SEC investigations and enforcement actions, and federal criminal investigations involving securities, antitrust, environmental and government contract matters.

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David Bitkower, Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Criminal Division, U.S. Department of Justice

David Bitkower is the Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division of the Department of Justice, and assists the Assistant Attorney General in the supervision of the Division’s more than 600 federal prosecutors who conduct investigations and prosecutions involving fraud, public corruption, cybercrime, intellectual property, organized and transnational crime, money laundering, child exploitation, and other matters.  Prior to his appointment as Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Mr. Bitkower served as a Deputy Assistant Attorney General, and supervised the Criminal Division’s Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section, Organized Crime and Gang Section, and Human Rights and Special Prosecutions section.  Before joining the Criminal Division, Mr. Bitkower served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, most recently as Chief of the National Security and Cybercrime Section.  In that role, he oversaw counterterrorism, counterespionage, international organized crime and cybercrime prosecutions, among others.  Mr. Bitkower has also personally prosecuted some of the country’s most significant and high-profile terrorism cases, including serving as the lead prosecutor in the cases involving the 2009 Al-Qaeda plot to attack the New York City subway system.  Mr. Bitkower was also previously detailed to work at the Department of Justice’s National Security Division and on the President’s Guantanamo Bay Review Task Force.  Before joining the Department, Mr. Bitkower was a law clerk to U.S. Circuit Judge Pierre N. Leval of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals and to U.S. District Judge Leonard B. Sand of the Southern District of New York.  Mr. Bitkower is a graduate of Yale University and earned his law degree from Harvard Law School.

NDCA_Header_Sketch2Martha Boersch, Partner, Boersch Shapiro LLP

Martha Boersch is a trial and appellate lawyer with over twenty years’ experience in the federal courts of Northern California. Her practice focuses on federal criminal defense and complex civil litigation at both the trial court and appellate levels. Martha has served as both a federal prosecutor and as a defense lawyer, giving her a wealth of experience on both sides of the courtroom. She was a federal prosecutor in the Northern District of California for twelve years, during which she served as Chief of the Organized Crime Strike Force (2002-2004) and Chief of the Securities Fraud Unit (2001-2002). She has also served as the Office’s International Security Coordinator and spent a summer in Moscow, Russia, for the Department of Justice’s Office of International Affairs. In 2009 she was awarded the Attorney General’s Distinguished Service Award, the Department of Justice’s second highest award for employee performance, for her work on the prosecution in United States v. Pavel Lazarenko. Martha was a partner at Jones Day for seven years, where she worked on both federal criminal cases and large civil litigations. In 2011, Martha formed her own firm and, in 2013, Martha and David Shapiro formed Boersch Shapiro LLP, which focuses its practice on criminal and related civil and regulatory proceedings involving fraud, money laundering, antitrust, corruption here and abroad, and many other areas of the law. Martha is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, has been selected as a Northern California Super Lawyer in 2006 – 2015, and was named one of California’s Top Women Litigators in 2005, 2006, and 2010. In 2004, she was one of those selected to receive the California Lawyer’s Lawyer of the Year Award in her field. NDCA_Header_Sketch2Rachel S. Brass, Partner, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Rachel S. Brass is a partner in the San Francisco office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. Her practice focuses on domestic and international antitrust and competition law and appellate litigation. Ms. Brass’s experience includes international cartel matters, mergers and acquisitions, grand jury investigations, and other antitrust investigations by the Federal Trade Commission, United States Department of Justice, European Commission, Canadian Competition Bureau, Korean Fair Trade Commission, Japan Fair Trade Commission and Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, as well as litigation in state and federal trial and appellate courts. Ms. Brass has represented clients in MDL antitrust litigation in a number of industries, including semiconductors, display panels, cathode ray tubes, auto parts, tax liens, freight forwarding, memory devices, transportation, and retail, among others. She speaks and writes frequently on complex antitrust litigation and class actions.

NDCA_Header_Sketch2Laurie Charrington, Managing Counsel, Intel

Laurie Charrington is Managing Counsel at Intel Corporation. In that role, Charrington helps to manage Intel’s and its subsidiaries’ patent and patent-related disputes. Charrington recently led a team that won a full defense verdict for McAfee at trial in the Northern District of California, obtaining judgment of invalidity and non-infringement.  Prior to joining Intel, Charrington was an IP litigator in Jones Day’s Silicon Valley office, where she focused on complex patent and related commercial disputes.  Charrington is also very active in the community and is passionate about women’s and diversity issues. Charrington was Co-Chair of the Women Lawyer’s Section of the Santa Clara County Bar Association (SCCBA) in 2013 and 2014, and a member of the SCCBA Board of Trustees for the 2014-2015 term. Charrington is currently a member of the California State Bar Council on Access and Fairness; and is active in a number of professional organizations, including The CLUB and the Bay Area IP Inn of Court. Charrington is a board member of Leading Women in Technology, one of the longest-running nonprofits in the Bay Area dedicated to advancing women in technology.  At Intel, Charrington is part of the leadership team for the Legal Department’s Women’s Initiative, is very active in diversity and inclusion efforts, and is a member of Intel’s Black Leadership Council. NDCA_Header_Sketch2Professor Erwin Chemerinsky, Founding Dean and Raymond Pryke Professor of First Amendment Law, University of California, Irvine School of Law

Erwin Chemerinsky is the founding Dean and Distinguished Professor of Law, and Raymond Pryke Professor of First Amendment Law, at the University of California, Irvine School of Law, with a joint appointment in Political Science.  Previously, he taught at Duke Law School for four years, during which he won the Duke University Scholar-Teacher of the Year Award in 2006. Before that, he taught for 21 years at the University of Southern California School of Law. Chemerinsky has also taught at UCLA School of Law and DePaul University College of Law. His areas of expertise are constitutional law, federal practice, civil rights and civil liberties, and appellate litigation. He is the author of eight books, including The Case Against the Supreme Court, published in 2014, and more than 200 articles in top law reviews. He frequently argues cases before the nation’s highest courts, including the United States Supreme Court, and also serves as a commentator on legal issues for national and local media. He writes a weekly column for the Orange County Register, monthly columns for the ABA Journal and the Daily Journal, and frequent op-eds in newspapers across the country. In January 2014, National Jurist magazine named Dean Chemerinsky the most influential person in legal education in the United States.

NDCA_Header_Sketch2Kelly M. Dermody, Managing Partner, San Francisco office, Lieff, Cabraser, Heimann & Bernstein, LLP

Kelly M. Dermody is Managing Partner of the San Francisco office of Lieff, Cabraser, Heimann & Bernstein, LLP.  She chairs the firm’s Employment Practice Group and specializes in class and collective actions on behalf of plaintiffs in employment and consumer cases.  Dermody is a member of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and the ABA Labor & Employment Law Section (LELS) governing Council.  She previously served as Co-Chair of the ABA LELS Annual Section Conference, Committee on Diversity in the Legal Profession, and Equal Employment Opportunity Committee.  In 2012, she served as President of the Bar Association of San Francisco, after serving as an officer and on the board of directors.  Dermody has received numerous awards and acknowledgments from legal journals and charitable and civic organizations.

NDCA_Header_Sketch2The Honorable Roger L. Efremsky, Chief Judge, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, N.D. Cal

Roger Efremsky is the Chief Judge for the Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of California and sits in the Oakland Division.  He was appointed to the bench in 2006.  Prior to his appointment, Judge Efremsky was a founder and partner in the firm of Efremsky & Nagel in Pleasanton, California, where his emphasis was on the representation of secured creditors in commercial and consumer matters.  He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Menlo College and his law degree from Santa Clara University.

NDCA_Header_Sketch2Brendan P. Glackin, Partner, Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein LLP

A dedicated antitrust and securities fraud litigator, Brendan P. Glackin possesses a wealth of litigation and trial experience.  His major resolved antitrust matters at Lieff Cabraser include the TFT-LCD, Titanium Dioxide, Norvir and High Tech Employees matters.  Together these cases resulted in over a billion dollars in total recovery.  In High Tech, Brendan successfully argued for certification of a class of over 64,000 employees of seven different companies; after vigorous litigation the High-Tech team recovered a total of $435 million, the largest recovery ever in an employee class action against private employers.

Brendan presently leads Lieff Cabraser’s representation of a proposed class of drug purchasers in the generic enoxaparin litigation (Hospital Authority of Nashville v. Momenta et al.).  He serves on the Lieff Cabraser team representing The Charles Schwab Corporation in a non-class suit against the world’s major banks for allegedly manipulating the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR). Glackin also serves on the Lieff Cabraser team representing the indirect purchaser class in the lithium-ion batteries price-fixing case.  Brendan is a frequent speaker on antitrust law and complex class actions.  He also teaches trial advocacy through the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) and the Practising Law Institute (PLI).  As a Deputy Public Defender in Contra Costa County, Brendan tried twenty-plus felony and misdemeanor cases.

NDCA_Header_Sketch2Matt Harrison, Investment Manager Legal Counsel, Bentham IMF

Matt Harrison heads up Bentham’s San Francisco office, which opened in May 2015.  Prior to joining Bentham, Matt was a litigation partner at Latham & Watkins LLP.  Matt’s first 15 years of practice focused primarily on representing clients in a wide variety of securities and M&A litigation matters, as well as complex commercial cases involving antitrust, intellectual property, and mass torts.  Matt joined Bentham IMF because he views commercial litigation funding as an innovative way to allow individuals and entities to bring meritorious claims in the often prohibitively expensive U.S. judicial system.  As he approaches his first anniversary at Bentham, Matt sees a strong demand for the access to justice that the industry offers to those who could not otherwise afford it.  Matt also has been impressed by the diversity of those seeking funding, including larger companies that recognize the value in defraying the risks inherent in expensive, resource-consuming litigation.  Matt is proud both of the groundbreaking work he is now doing to provide claimants with their day in court and the ethical manner in which Bentham is accomplishing that objective.  Matt graduated Order of the Coif from UCLA in 2000, where he was also Editor of the UCLA Law Review.

NDCA_Header_Sketch2Lois Heaney, Trial Consultant, NJP Litigation Consulting

Lois Heaney has been a trial consultant with NJP Litigation Consulting (formerly known as the National Jury Project) since 1979.  She has worked on over 1000 civil and criminal cases, specializing in personal injury, asbestos, products liability, toxic torts, discrimination, libel, insurance coverage litigation, and criminal defense, including such highly publicized criminal cases as Robert Blake, Snoop Dogg, the Menendez brothers, Patrick Hallinan, Stephen Bingham, and Hootan Roozrokh MD; and in defense of persons charged in capital cases throughout the country. She has also consulted with the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice. With Federal District Court Chief Judge Ginger Berrigan (New Orleans) she has developed an interactive workshop for judges on uncovering and combating race and sexual orientation bias in jury selection.

NDCA_Header_Sketch2Todd Hilsee, Partner, The Hilsee Group LLC

Todd Hilsee was the first person judicially recognized as an expert on class action notice in published decisions in the United States and in Canada, see In re Domestic Air Transp. Litig., 141 F.R.D. 534 (N.D. Ga., 1992), and Wilson v. Servier Canada, Inc., 49 C.P.C. (4th) 233, [2000] (O.J. No. 3392), among many other judicial citations. Mr. Hilsee’s groundbreaking work to establish today’s notice standards included Holocaust victims’ claims programs and international securities, asbestos, human rights, and hurricane victims’ matters. Mr. Hilsee brought to courts the use of media audience data to quantify the “net reach” of class members, and brought “noticeable” notice designs as well.  He was the only notice expert invited to testify before the Advisory Committee on Civil Rules of the Judicial Conference of the United States regarding the 2003 plain language amendment to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 23. He subsequently collaborated to write and design the illustrative “model” plain language notices for the Federal Judicial Center (FJC), including detailed notices, summary notices, and envelopes, now at http://www.fjc.gov. He collaborated to create the FJC’s Notice and Claims Process Checklist and Guide and contributed with attribution to the FJC’s Managing Class Action Litigation: A Pocket Guide for Judges. Mr. Hilsee has lectured and/or been featured in educational DVDs and materials used during many judicial and bar association panels and symposiums, and at such law schools as Harvard, Columbia, Temple, Cleveland-Marshall, and Tulane. He has lectured at the FJC’s District Judge Workshops and served as an editor for the ABA’s International Litigation Committee.

NDCA_Header_Sketch2David Howard, Corporate Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, Microsoft Corporation

David Howard leads Microsoft’s Litigation Competition Law and Compliance team.  He is in charge of all litigation inside the U.S. and major litigation outside the U.S., competition law advice and engagement with antitrust regulators worldwide, and legal compliance, including compliance investigations.  David has more than 25 years of litigation experience, spanning work in the White House, as an Assistant U.S. Attorney, and as a partner at Dechert LLP, where he co-chaired the firm’s white collar and securities litigation group. David is an experienced trial lawyer who has also argued many times before the U.S. Courts of Appeals.  He serves on the Board of Trustees of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.

David attended Princeton University and the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and clerked for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

NDCA_Header_Sketch2Professor Pamela Karlan, Kenneth and Harle Montgomery Professor of Public Interest Law, Stanford Law School

Pamela Karlan is co-director of Stanford Law School’s Supreme Court Litigation Clinic, where students litigate live cases before the Court. One of the nation’s leading experts on voting and the political process, she has served as a commissioner on the California Fair Political Practices Commission, an assistant counsel and cooperating attorney for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, and a Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice (where she received the Attorney General’s Award for Exceptional Service – the department’s highest award for employee performance – as part of the team responsible for implementing the Supreme Court’s decision in United States v. Windsor). Professor Karlan is the co-author of leading casebooks on constitutional law, constitutional litigation, and the law of democracy, as well as numerous scholarly articles.  Before joining the Stanford Law School faculty in 1998, she was a professor of law at the University of Virginia School of Law and served as a law clerk to Justice Harry A. Blackmun of the U.S. Supreme Court and Judge Abraham D. Sofaer of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. Karlan is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers, and the American Law Institute.

NDCA_Header_Sketch2Mai Klaassen, Vice President and Associate General Counsel, Charles Schwab & Co.

Mai Klaassen joined Schwab in May 2007 as a Director in the Office of Corporate Counsel’s litigation, arbitration and regulatory enforcement group.  She was appointed Vice President, Associate General Counsel in June 2011, and currently handles complex civil and class action litigation.

Her responsibilities include implementing effective litigation and dispute resolution strategies when prosecuting or defending matters before federal and state courts (including MDL and matters designated complex), FINRA, and other dispute resolution tribunals.  She also provides guidance to business partners with respect to federal and state securities laws, FINRA and SEC rules, and applicable regulations as they relate to risk management or business initiatives.  She has prosecuted and defended a variety of claims, including those involving securities, anti-trust, unfair competition, trade secret, fiduciary duties, ERISA, and accessibility.  She also has significant employment experience, defending and advising on traditional employment matters as well as enforcing employment agreements.  She has handled numerous arbitrations, internal investigations, and regulatory enforcement matters.

Ms. Klaassen is admitted to practice in California state and federal courts, as well as the Ninth Circuit.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Japanese Studies from the University of California, San Diego, and obtained her Juris Doctor from the University of San Diego School of Law where she was an Executive Editor for the San Diego Law Review.

Ms. Klaassen lives in San Francisco with her husband, 3-year-old son, and 1-year-old daughter.  She has long been a volunteer with the Bay Area Chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and currently sits on the Board of Managers for the Embarcadero YMCA.

NDCA_Header_Sketch2The Honorable Victoria Kolakowski, Alameda Superior Court 

Judge Victoria Kolakowski was elected to the Alameda County Superior Court in November 2010 and is the first openly transgender elected trial judge in the United States.  She is the  President of the International Association of LGBT Judges.  Prior to her election, Judge Kolakowski was an attorney for twenty-one years in Louisiana and California, serving as a sole practitioner attorney in a small firm, as general counsel for a publicly traded company, as a senior government utility regulatory attorney, and as an administrative law judge for two different California agencies.  Since coming out publicly in 1989, she has been a leader in numerous local, state, and national LGBT legal, political, and spiritual organizations. She co-chairs the board of directors of the Transgender Law Center, an organization focused on the well-being and protection of transgender individuals. NDCA_Header_Sketch2Dan E. Krane, Ph.D., Professor of Statistics and Bioinformatics, Wright State University

Dan E. Krane is a Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences and the Department of  Computer Science at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio.  He graduated with a Bachelor’s degree with a double major in Biology and Chemistry from John Carroll University and a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the Cell and Molecular Biology Department at the Pennsylvania  State University in 1990.  He has done postdoctoral studies in the Genetics Department of the Washington University’s Medical School and in the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University.  Dr. Krane has published over fifty peer-reviewed papers in the areas of population genetics and molecular evolution and is the lead author of  the bestselling undergraduate textbook in the field of bioinformatics (Fundamental  Concepts  in Bioinformatics).  Many of his publications are directly related to forensic DNA testing, particularly using DNA profiles to generate investigative leads  (i.e.,  familial searching) and increasing the objectivity and sensitivity of current DNA typing methodologies.  He has testified in more than 100 criminal cases (in more than 23 different States as well as in Australia, in Belfast Crown Court, in Oxford Crown Court, and in the Central Criminal Court of London) since 1991 as an expert for both the prosecution and defense in the areas of population genetics, molecular biology, and bioinformatics.  Dr. Krane is also the president  and a co-founder of Forensic Bioinformatic Services, Inc., where he has overseen the development and implementation of software designed to automatically and objectively review STR DNA testing results.

Two different governors of the Commonwealth of Virginia have appointed him to Virginia’s  Scientific Advisory Committee – a blue-ribbon panel of 12 experts that oversees the policies and practices of Virginia’s full-service Department of Forensic Science.   In that capacity he has chaired the Virginia subcommittees on familial searching and Y-STR validation and testing protocols. NDCA_Header_Sketch2Jocelyn Larkin, Executive Director, Impact Fund

Jocelyn Larkin is the Executive Director of the Impact Fund, a legal nonprofit that supports public interest impact litigation through grants, training, and co-counseling. Her practice focuses on complex employment discrimination and class action practice on behalf of plaintiffs. Ms. Larkin has served as class counsel in many major class actions, including Dukes v. Wal-Mart Stores and Ellis v. Costco Wholesale. Ms. Larkin is a frequent speaker and author on issues concerning class actions, employment law, ethics, and civil rights. She is the former co-chair of the ABA Litigation Section’s Class Actions and Derivative Suits Committee.  She served as a Lawyer Representative for the U.S. District Court, Northern District of California from 2012 to 2015.  Ms. Larkin was a 2015 recipient of the California Lawyer of the Year (CLAY) Award for employment law.

NDCA_Header_Sketch2Sharon McGowan, Deputy Chief, Appellate Section of Department of Justice

Sharon McGowan is a Deputy Chief in the Appellate Section of the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. In that role, she supervises attorneys working on a broad range of civil rights appellate matters in the U.S. Supreme Court and federal courts of appeals relating to the Division’s efforts to enforce Federal laws prohibiting race, sex, religion, and national origin discrimination in employment, housing, education, and credit. McGowan has served as co-chair of the Division’s Lesbian, Gay Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) Working Group, which advises the Division and the Department on litigation and policy matters relating to sexual orientation and gender identity. Previously, McGowan served as Acting General Counsel and as Deputy General Counsel for Policy at the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM). Among her other responsibilities, McGowan played a leading role in OPM’s implementation of the Supreme Court’s decision invalidating the statutory provision prohibiting federal recognition of same-sex couples’ marriages. NDCA_Header_Sketch2Professor A. Douglas Melamed, Professor of the Practice of Law, Stanford Law School

Doug Melamed is Professor of the Practice of Law at Stanford Law School.  From 2009 to 2014, he was Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Intel Corporation, responsible for overseeing Intel’s legal, government affairs, and corporate affairs departments.  Prior to joining Intel, he was a partner in the Washington, DC, office of WilmerHale, a global law firm in which he served as chair of the Antitrust and Competition Practice Group.  At WilmerHale, Mr. Melamed’s practice included appellate and trial court litigation, counseling, and representing clients before government law enforcement and regulatory agencies.  From 1996 to 2001, he served in the U.S. Department of Justice as Acting Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Antitrust Division and as Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General. NDCA_Header_Sketch2Shannon Minter, Legal Director, National Center for Lesbian Rights

Shannon Price Minter is the legal director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights, one of the nation’s leading legal advocacy groups for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people.   Minter represented same-sex couples from Tennessee in Obergefell v. Hodges, the U.S. Supreme Court decision affirming that LGBT people have the freedom to marry.  He has litigated many other impact cases on behalf of LGBT youth and adults, including cases about student harassment, child custody and adoption, employment discrimination, the rights of LGBT elders and prisoners, and immigration and asylum.  In 2008, Minter was recognized as a California Lawyer of the Year and has received numerous other awards, including from the Ford Foundation, the National LGBT Bar Association, and Stanford and Cornell Law Schools.  He is a co-author of Family Law for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender People and an editor of Transgender Rights.  He has taught as an adjunct professor or lecturer at Stanford, Berkeley, Santa Clara, the University of San Francisco, and other law schools.  Minter previously served on the American Bar Association’s Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Commission and currently serves on the boards of Faith in America and the Transgender Law & Policy Institute.  In 2015, he was appointed to serve on President Obama’s Commission on White House Fellows.  Minter received a B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin and a J.D. from Cornell Law School.

NDCA_Header_Sketch2Michael Moye, Partner, Hanson Bridgett

Mike Moye is the leader of Hanson Bridgett’s Labor and Employment Practice and leads practice groups focused on specialized investigations and privacy issues. In addition to the traditional labor and employment specialties, Moye is well established as an independent investigator hired by public and private organizations to handle sensitive fact-finding and investigative matters. With the privacy subgroup, Moye counsels businesses on navigating general business and employment privacy issues.  Moye is also a leader of the firm’s Diversity & Inclusion Network.  Among many other accolades, Moye has been named a Northern California Super Lawyer every year since 2011.  Moye is on the Board of Directors of the Bar Association of San Francisco.

NDCA_Header_Sketch2Penelope Preovolos, Partner, Morrison & Foerster

Penelope Preovolos is a litigation partner in the San Francisco office of Morrison & Foerster. She has served as lead counsel in major consumer class actions and antitrust cases, including numerous MDL matters, for more than 35 years. Ms. Preovolos has successfully represented high-profile defendants in antitrust, consumer fraud, product defect and privacy matters. Her clients span a range of industries, including consumer electronics and technology, retail, publishing, cosmetics and household products. Ms. Preovolos is recommended by Legal 500 US in the area of “product liability and mass tort defense: consumer products” and “marketing and advertising” and was named San Francisco Litigation – Antitrust “Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers in America 2014. She is recommended as a leading lawyer by Chambers GlobalPractical Law Company’s Which lawyer? and Super Lawyers. According to Chambers USA 2014, Ms. Preovolos is “a superb all-around antitrust lawyer.”

NDCA_Header_Sketch2Andrea Roth, Assistant Professor of Law, Berkeley Law, University of California

Andrea Roth is an Assistant Professor at Berkeley Law.  Before coming to Berkeley, she was a teaching fellow at Stanford Law School and,  before  that, worked for nine years as a trial and appellate attorney at the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia (PDS).  She was a founding  member of PDS’s forensic practice group, is a member of the Constitution Project’s Committee onDNA Collection, and has lectured nationally on forensics-related issues. Her articles include “The Uneasy Case for Marijuana as Chemical Impairment,” Cal. L. Rev. (2014), “Defying DNA:  Rethinking the  Role of the Jury in an Age of Scientific Proof of Innocence,”  Boston U. L. Rev. (2013), and “Safety in Numbers? Deciding When DNA Alone Is Enough to Convict,” N.Y.U. L. Rev. (2010). Roth graduated from Yale Law School and has degrees in mathematics and political science from the University of New Mexico.

NDCA_Header_Sketch2The Honorable Donna Ryu, U.S. Magistrate Judge, N.D. Cal

Magistrate Judge Donna Ryu has presided over consent cases in a wide variety of fields, including commercial disputes, patent and other intellectual property, employment, civil rights, insurance, personal injury, environmental, maritime, and constitutional law. She conducts settlement conferences in all major practice areas, and manages discovery in complex matters, including multi-district litigation. Judge Ryu has served on numerous court committees, including Local Rules, Subcommittee on E-Discovery, and Pro Bono Projects, among others.  Prior to taking the bench in 2010, Judge Ryu was a Clinical Professor of Law at U.C. Hastings, and before that at Golden Gate University Law School. Her courses included instruction in negotiation, pretrial, and trial techniques; employment law; and legal ethics. As a litigator, Judge Ryu gained extensive experience in class actions and complex civil litigation. She has been honored as a California Lawyer of the Year in Employment Law. She is the recipient of the Asian American Bar Association’s Joe Morozumi Award for Exceptional Legal Advocacy, the Rutter Award for Excellence in Teaching, and the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association’s Trailblazers Award. She co-designed a national training institute on class actions, and has written and lectured in the areas of employment law, e-discovery, pretrial practice, attorneys’ fees, class actions, and professionalism.  Judge Ryu graduated with honors from Yale University, and received her law degree in from U.C. Berkeley Law School, where she continues to teach as a Lecturer. NDCA_Header_Sketch2Timothy Scott, Partner, King & Spalding

Timothy Scott is a partner in King & Spalding’s Business Litigation Practice and is Managing Partner of the firm’s Silicon Valley office.  Mr. Scott has practiced in Silicon Valley for most of his 30-year career, representing both emerging and mature public companies and the companies that serve them.  Mr. Scott focuses on the litigation and arbitration of complex commercial disputes, including contract and licensing disputes, fraud and breach of fiduciary duty claims, unfair competition claims, consumer and securities class actions, and disputes arising from business combinations.  Mr. Scott has particular expertise and experience in the Life Sciences industry, where he has represented companies ranging from emerging companies to large pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers.  In the Life Sciences arena, he has litigated or arbitrated disputes arising out of collaboration agreements and joint ventures, licensing disputes, distribution and supply agreements, qui tam actions, class actions, and issues related to off-label marketing.  He graduated from the University of Chicago Law School in 1985 (cum laude, Order of the Coif) and from Stanford University in 1981 (with distinction, with highest departmental honors).

NDCA_Header_Sketch2Marjorie M. Shultz is Professor of Law (Emerita), Berkeley Law, University of California

Marjorie M. Shultz is Professor of Law (Emerita) at Berkeley Law, University of California.  She joined the law school faculty in 1976 and has authored numerous articles on medical research, informed consent, and healthcare law, as well as commentaries on the intersection of contracts, feminism, and family issues. Shultz is a co-author of Whitewashing Race: The Myth of a Color-Blind Society (2003).  She has served on numerous advisory committees and boards of directors for government bodies, research institutes, journals, and nonprofit organizations, and regularly speaks and consults on legal issues in healthcare law and ethics.  In recent years, Shultz was a principal investigator with Sheldon Zedeck of the Berkeley Psychology Department for a five-year empirical research project funded by the Law School Admissions Council to develop predictors of lawyering effectiveness that could be used in law school admissions decisions.  Shultz is also the recipient of numerous teaching awards. NDCA_Header_Sketch2Paulette Taylor, Trial Consultant, Varinsky Associates

Paulette Taylor is among the most respected trial consultants in the field. She has over twenty years of experience and has selected hundreds of juries throughout the country, in virtually every type of civil and criminal case—from business and employment matters to insurance and intellectual property cases. Notable matters on which she has consulted include prosecutions of Timothy McVeigh, Scott Peterson, Frank Quattrone, and Martha Stewart; the defenses of Dr. Jack Kevorkian and Arizona Governor Fife Symington; and the WorldCom securities litigation.  Most recently, she consulted with the government in the Southern District of New York on the successful prosecutions of Sheldon Silver (ex-Assembly Speaker) and Dean Skelos (former Senate Majority Leader) for political corruption. Ms Taylor earned her master’s degree in communications from the University of California at Berkeley and is a member of the American Society of Trial Consultants. NDCA_Header_Sketch2Boaz Weinstein, Lake Whillans

Boaz Weinstein is a founder of Lake Whillans, a litigation funder.  Prior to founding Lake Whillans, Boaz was Director of Underwriting at BlackRobe Capital Partners. He previously was a litigator at Cleary Gottlieb, where he represented financial institutions and major corporations in complex commercial litigations and arbitrations, and Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossmann, where he represented investors in high-profile securities class action litigations. He has served as a law clerk to the Honorable Robert P. Patterson, Jr. (S.D.N.Y.) and the Honorable Pamela B. Minzner, then-Chief Justice of the New Mexico Supreme Court. Boaz has a J.D. from Columbia Law School and a B.A. in economics from Harvard University.

NDCA_Header_Sketch2Marlene Weinstein, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Chapter 7 Trustee, Oakland Division U.S. Bankruptcy Court, N.D. Cal

Marlene Weinstein is currently acting as a Chapter 7 panel trustee in the Oakland Division of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of California.  Prior to becoming a trustee, Ms. Weinstein was in private practice with the Law Office of Marlene G. Weinstein, where she focused on bankruptcy and litigation.  She has published numerous articles and spoken on many panels concerning bankruptcy and family law.  Ms. Weinstein is a graduate of the State University of New York, Buffalo and Golden Gate University School of Law.

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