Friends and Colleagues,

I am truly humbled by the tremendous warmth and support from so many in our community. 

 

Thank you so much!

ENDORSEMENTS

Christina Zabat-Fran is honored to be endorsed by lawyers in Orange County from an incredible diversity of practice areas, backgrounds, firm sizes, legal organizations, and OC institutions, including 12 OCBA Past Presidents, former OCBA Board of Directors, members of the OCBA Charitable Fund's Board of Directors, renowned constitutional scholar and Founding Dean of UCI Law Erwin Chemerinsky, Senator Joe Dunn (Ret.), Orange County Business Council CEO Lucy Dunn, Esq., Orange County Business Journal CEO Richard Reisman, Esq., General Counsel and other senior in-house leaders from prominent OC companies, leaders of OCBA Sections, leaders of the OCBA Masters Division and the OCBA Young Lawyers Division, and former and current leaders and board members of the OC Hispanic Bar Association, OC Jewish Bar Association, OC Celtic Bar Association, OC Asian American Bar Association, Filipino American Lawyers of OC, Vietnamese American Bar Association, Iranian American Bar Association, Italian American Lawyers of OC/Lex Romana, Federal Bar Association OC, J. Reuben Clark Society OC, OC Korean American Bar Association, OC Lavender Bar Association, Association of Business Trial Lawyers OC, OCTLA, Orange County Coalition for Diversity in the Law, Orange County Women Lawyers Association, Thurgood Marshall Bar Association, Project Youth/Orange County Bar Foundation, Asian Americans Advancing Justice, Public Law Center, Constitutional Rights Foundation, and many, many more.

Join 12 OCBA Past Presidents:

Cathrine Castaldi

Brown Rudnick LLP

Past President, OCBA; Past Chair, Commercial Law & Bankruptcy Section, OCBA; Bench Bar Coalition, State Bar of California; Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference Lawyer Representative

David Price

Mediation Offices of David L. Price, Esq.

Past President, OCBA; Co-Founder, OCBA ADR Section

Dick W. Millar, Jr.

Friedman Stroffe & Gerard, P.C.

Past President, OCBA; Recipient, OCBA Franklin G. West Award

Dimetria Jackson

Law Office of Dimetria Jackson

Past President, OCBA; Co-Chair, OCBA Racial Justice Task Force; Past Chair, OCBA Diversity Committee

Ed Connor​

Connor, Fletcher & Hedenkamp LLP

Past President, OCBA; Recipient, OCBA Liberty Bell Award; Recipient, PLC Attorney of the Year Award; Recipient, Anti-Defamation League Marcus M. Kaufman Jurisprudence Award

(Hon.) Franz E. Miller (Ret.)

JAMS

Past President, OCBA; Judge of the Year, OCAABA; Judicial Excellence Award, OCTLA; Judicial Civility Award, Robert Banyard Inn of Court; Judge of the Year, OCWLA; Judge of the Year, Celtic Bar; Judge of the Year, OC HBA; Attorney of the Year, OCWLA

Jennifer Keller

Keller/Anderle LLP

Past President, OCBA; Board of Trustees, Chapman University; Governor Gavin Newsom’s Judicial Selection Advisory Committee for Orange County; Board Member, Anti-Defamation League of OC & Long Beach

Joel Miliband

Brown Rudnick LLP

Past President, OCBA; Past President, Desert Bar Association; Past Vice President, State Bar of California; Past Member, Judicial Council of California; Past Member, California Committee of Bar Examiners; Member, Board of Directors and Executive Committee, Public Law Center

John Hueston

Hueston Hennigan LLP

Past President, OCBA; Anti-Defamation League’s Marcus Kaufman Jurisprudence Award; Chair of Sen. Kamala Harris’ Central District of California Judicial Commission; Past President, FBA-OC; Board of Vistitors, UCI Law

Michael Baroni

Past President, OCBA; Executive Board of Directors, World Affairs Council Orange County; Board of Directors, CRF-OC; Advisory Board, Center for Law & Military Policy

Michael Yoder

O'Melveny & Myers LLP

Past President, OCBA; Past President, ABTL OC; Past President, CRF-OC; Past Chair, OCBA Judiciary Committee; Past Chair, OCBA Litigation Section

Wayne Gross

Founding Partner, Greenberg Gross LLP

Past President, OCBA; Board of Visitors, UCI Law; Board of Directors, Goodwill of Orange County

Prominent Orange County Community Stakeholders including:

Erwin Chemerinsky

Founding Dean, UCI Law; Dean, UC Berkeley School of Law

Senator Joe Dunn (Ret.)

Special Advisor to the Dean at UCI Law

Lucy Dunn

President and CEO, Orange County Business Council

Richard Reisman

Publisher and CEO, Orange County Business Journal

The Orange County Korean American Bar Association (OCKABA)

Burton Hong

Orange County Business Journal General Counsel of the Year

EVP and General Counsel, CoolSys

And over 100 Orange County Legal and Business Community Leaders who have pledged their support:

Hon. Gail Andler (Ret.)

JAMS

Chair, OCBA Masters Division; OCBA Leadership Development Committee; OCBA Civic Center Homeless Task Force; Judicial Advisory Board, Association of Business Trial Lawyers (ABTL); OCBA Business Law Section Trial Judge of the Year; OCWLA Judge of the Year; Celtic Bar Association Judge of the Year; ABOTA Judicial Civility Award

Hon. Jamoa A. Moberly (Ret.)

ADR Services, INC.

Past Executive Board, OCWLA; Past President, Orange County Law Library; Past President, UC Hastings Alumni Association; Judicial Advisory Board, Constitutional Rights Foundation; OCWLA Judge of the Year

Abigail Lloyd

Immigrant Defenders Law Center

Past President, Orange County Lavender Bar Association (OCLBA); Public Law Center Attorney of the Year

Adam Sechooler

Greenberg Gross LLP

Ako Williams

USHIO AMERICA, INC.

General Counsel; Council Leader, US-Japan Council

Alan Greenberg

Managing Partner, Greenberg Gross LLP

Board of Governors, Association of Business Trial Lawyers (ABTL); Board of Directors, Project Youth/Orange County Bar Foundation; Past Board of Directors, Federal Bar Association OC (FBA)

Alejandro Angulo

Rutan & Tucker, LLP

The SMART Jazz Execs

Allison Libeu

Hueston Hennigan LLP

Board of Governors, Association of Business Trial Lawyers (ABTL); Board of Directors, Constitutional Rights Foundation

Allyson Thompson

Kring & Chung, LLP

Past President, Orange County Women Layers Association (OCWLA)

Amber Enriquez

Earth Friendly Products

General Counsel and OCBA Corporate Counsel Section Member

Amir Kahana

Managing Partner, Kahana & Feld

Andra Greene

Irell & Manella LLP

Past Chair, OCBA Masters Division; Past Board of Directors, OCBA; Past President, Federal Bar Association OC (FBA); Past Board of Directors, Public Law Center; Board of Visitors, UCI Law; OCWLA Attorney of the Year; Anti-Defamation League Marcus Kaufman Jurisprudence Award

Arjun Sivakumar

Brown Rudnick LLP

Board of Directors, Federal Bar Association OC (FBA); Diversity Committee, OCBA

Ashley Vaccaro

Gibson Dunn

President, Orange County Coalition for Diversity in the Law

Bettina Yanez

Yanez & Associates

President, Orange County Hispanic Bar Association

Carol Zaist

Retired General Counsel; Past Board of Directors, Orange County Women Lawyers Association (OCWLA); Past Member of the Nominating Committee, OCBA; Past Board of Governors, Association of Business Trial Lawyers (ABTL); Past Board of Directors, Public Law Center

Caroline Djang

Best Best & Krieger LLP

Past President, Orange County Bankruptcy Forum

Cary Hyden

Latham & Watkins

Past Chairman of the Board, Forum for Corporate Directors; Chairman of the Board, CHOC

Casey Johnson

Aitken*Aitken*Cohn

Past President, Orange County Trial Lawyers Association (OCTLA); Past President, Orange County Lavender Bar Association (OCLBA); Executive Committee and Board of Directors, Consumer Attorneys of California

Chahira Solh

Crowell & Moring LLP

Board of Directors, Federal Bar Association OC (FBA); 2016 Fellow, Leadership Council on Legal Diversity

Cherrie Tsai

Kaiser Aluminum Corporation

Past Chair, OCBA Corporate Counsel Section; Past Board of Directors, OCBA; Past President, Orange County Asian American Bar Association (OCAABA)

Cheryl O'Connor

Jones Day

Board of Directors, OCBA Charitable Fund

Chris Aitken

Aitken*Aitken*Cohn

Past Board of Directors, OCBA Charitable Fund; Past Board of Directors, OCBA; Past Member, OCBA Judiciary Committee

Christopher Blank

Christopher L. Blank, Attorney at Law, PC

Past Co-Chair, OCBA Mandatory Fee Arbitration Committee; Past Chair and current Chair-Elect, OCBA Banking & Lending Section; Executive Committee, OCBA ADR Section; Past President, Orange County Bankruptcy Forum

Claudia Parker

Parker Law Group, Inc.

Board of Directors, British-American Business Council OC

Colin Hendricks

California Department of Consumer Affairs

Past Chair, OCBA YLD

Daniel Fears

Managing Partner, Payne & Fears

Past Chair, OCBA Labor and Employment Law Section; Past Board of Directors and Founding Member of Society of Fellows, Orange County Bar Foundation; Founding Circle of Justice Member, Asian Americans Advancing Justice (AAAJ) - Orange County

Daniel Glassman

Crowell & Moring LLP

Board of Directors, OCBA Charitable Fund; Co-Chair, OCBA Mandatory Fee Arbitration Committee; Board of Directors, Orange County Constitutional Rights Foundation

Daniel Sasse

Crowell & Moring LLP

President, Association of Business Trial Lawyers OC (ABTL); Past President, Federal Bar Association OC (FBA)

Darren Aitken

Aitken*Aitken*Cohn

Vice Chair, OCBA Masters Division; Past Board of Directors, OCBA; Past Chair, OCBA Product Liabilities Section; Past President, Constitutional Rights Foundation; Past President, Public Law Center; Past President, Association of Business Trial Lawyers (ABTL); Past President, Orange County Hispanic Bar Association (OC HBA); Founding President, Celtic Bar Association; OC HBA Attorney of the Year

David Ezra

Berger Kahn

Past Chair, OCBA ADR Section

David Goodwin

Mitsubishi Electric US, Inc.

Past Chair, OCBA Corporate Counsel Section; Orange County Business Journal General Counsel Rising Star of the Year

David Stein

Brown Rudnick LLP

President-Elect, Federal Bar Association OC (FBA)

Deborah Arbabi

Crowell & Moring LLP

Board of Directors, Public Law Center

Deborah Gubernick

Snell & Wilmer

J. Reuben Clark Law Society; Recipient, Women of Outstanding Leadership, The International Women's Leadership Association

Deborah Mallgrave

Greenberg Gross LLP

President of the Board, Public Law Center; Board of Directors, Federal Bar Association OC (FBA)

Denise Crawford

OC Public Defender's Office

President, Orange County Asian American Bar Association (OCAABA)

Doug Davidson

OC Mediation

Recipient, Patricia Herzog Pro Bono Award from Legal Aid Society of Orange County (now known as Community Legal Aid SoCal); President, Community Legal Aid SoCal

Edward Schlatter

Knobbe Martens

Past Board of Directors, OCBA; Past Co-Chair, OCBA Administration of Justice Committee

Edward Susolik

Callahan & Blaine

Past Chair, OCBA Insurance Law Section

Ellen Bancroft

Morgan Lewis

Recipient, Anti-Defamation League Marcus M. Kaufman Jurisprudence Award

Erin Giglia

Montage Legal Group

Board of Directors, OCBA Charitable Fund

Evan Borges

Greenberg Gross LLP

Eve Brackmann

Stuart Kane LLP

Co-Chair, OCBA Mentorship Committee; Past Board of Directors, Conference of California Bar Associations

Fabio Cabezas

Burke, Williams, & Sorensen, LLP

Past President, Hispanic Bar Association of Orange County (OC HBA); Past President, St. Thomas More Society of Orange County

Faythe Gutierrez 

Potter Handy LLP

Chair, OCBA Corporate Counsel Section

Gabrielle Wirth

Dorsey & Whitney LLP

Orange County United Way Women's Philanthropy Fund and Alexis de Tocqueville Society

Gary Singer

RSI Holding LLC

General Counsel; Board of Directors, OCBA Masters Division; Past Chair, OCBA Business and Corporate Law Section; Anti-Defamation League Marcus Kaufman Jurisprudence Award

Gloria Lee

Rutan & Tucker, LLP

Past President, Orange County Asian American Bar Association (OCAABA); Founding Board of Directors, Orange County Korean American Bar Association (OC KABA); Board of Directors, Asian Americans Advancing Justice (AAAJ)

Howard Privette

Troutman Pepper 

Past Board of Directors, Constitutional Rights Foundation

Ivy Wang

Browne George Ross LLP

Past President, Orange County Asian American Bar Association (OCAABA)

James "Jimmy" Azadian

Dykena Gossett LLP

Past Chair, OCBA Appellate Law Section

Jared De Jong

Payne & Fears LLP

Co-Chair, OCBA Community Outreach Committee; Past Chair, OCBA Insurance Law Section

Javier Gutierrez

Stuart Kane LLP

Past Board Member, Thurgood Marshall Bar Association 

Javier Rivera Carbone

Rivera Carbone, P.C.

Jeff Van Hoosear

Knobbe Martens

Past President, Orange County Lavender Bar Association (OCLBA)

 

Jeffrey Verdon

Jeffrey M. Verdon Law Group 

Jennifer Tennant

Alorica

Past Board of Directors, OCBA; Past Chair, OCBA Community Outreach Committee

Jiaxiao Zhang

McDermott Will & Emery

OCCDL; PLC Advocates

Jim McDonald

Regional Managing Partner, Fisher Phillips

Past Chairman of the Board of Directors, Greater Irvine Chamber of Commerce

Joseph Ferrucci

Ferrucci Law Group

Past President, Italian American Lawyers of Orange County (Lex Romana)

John Alpay

Performance Designed Products LLC

General Counsel; Past Chair, OCBA Corporate Counsel Section; Orange County Business Journal General Counsel of the Year

John Hurlbut

Rutan & Tucker, LLP

Recipient, OCBA Franklin G. West Award; Recipient, OCBA Masters Division Legends of the Law Award; Recipient, OCBA Harmon G. Scoville Award; Public Law Center Attorney of the Year; Anti-Defamation League Marcus Kaufman Jurisprudence Award; Past Board of Directors, OCBA; Past Board of Directors, OCBA Charitable Fund; Past Board of Directors, OCBA Masters Division; Past Board of Directors, Association of Business Trial Lawyers (ABTL); Past President, Orange County Bar Foundation

John Sganga

Knobbe Martens

Board of Directors, OCBA Masters Division; Past President, Orange County Barristers; Past Chair, OCBA Community Outreach Committee; Past Board of Governors, Association of Business Trial Lawyers (ABTL); Past Board of Directors, Project Youth/Orange County Bar Foundation

Jordon Steinberg

Kaufman Steinberg, LLP

Past Board of Directors, OCBA; Past President and Founder, Orange County Jewish Bar Association

Joshua Robbins

Buchalter

President, Harvard Law School Association of Orange County; Recipient, SEC Director’s Award for Criminal Coordination

Karen Polyakov

The Home Depot

OCWLA Attorney of the Year

Karla Kraft

Stradling Yocca Carlson & Rauth, P.C.

Past President, Association of Business Trial Lawyers OC (ABTL-OC); Board of Directors, Public Law Center; Dean's Executive Board, UCI Law

Kendra Miller

BJ's Restaurants, Inc.

General Counsel

Kimberly Bick

Bick Law LLP

Kristin Godeke

Wells Fargo

Chair-Elect, OCBA Corporate Counsel Section

Kyhm Penfil

UCI

Past Board of Directors, OCBA; Member, OCBA Finance Committee

Laura Kohut Hoopis

Kohut Law

Laurie Rowen

Montage Legal Group

Board of Directors, Orange County Women Lawyers Association (OCWLA)

Lee Fink

Brower Law Group

Co-Chair, OCBA Pro Bono Committee

Lisa Glasser

Irell & Manella LLP

Board of Directors, Federal Bar Association (FBA); Board of Directors, Markey Intellectual Property Inn of Court

Lucia Valenzuela

Hall & Company CPAs

Board Member and Secretary, Orange County Women Lawyers Association; Associate Board Member, Project Youth OCBF; Past Education Chair, OCBA Young Lawyers Division

Maria Stearns

Rutan & Tucker, LLP

Vice President, Association of Business Trial Lawyers (ABTL); Board of Directors, Project Youth/Orange County Bar Foundation

Marie DiSante

Managing Partner, Carothers & Freudenberger LLP

Past Chair, OCBA Labor & Employment Law Section; Fellow, Orange County Bar Foundation; Honoree, Corporate Counsel's National Women in Law Awards for Lifetime Achievement

Mark Erickson

Haynes and Boone, LLP

Immediate Past President of the Board of Directors, Public Law Center (PLC); President-Elect, Project Youth/Orange County Bar Foundation; Past President, Association of Business Trial Lawyers (ABTL); Recipient, Anti-Defamation League Marcus Kaufman Jurisprudence Award

Mark Minyard

Managing Partner, Minyard Morris

Immediate Past Chair, OCBA Masters Division; Recipient, Legal Aid Society of OC Voices for Justice Lifetime Achievement Award and the Spirit Award; Recipient, Orange County Bar Foundation Samuel W. Barnes Award; Recipient, Anti-Defamation League Marcus M. Kaufman Jurisprudence Award; First Recipient, Orange County Bar Foundation Society of Fellows’ Distinguished Fellow’s Award

Mark Peterson

O'Melveny & Meyers

Treasurer, J. Reuben Clark Law Society

Matthew Sonne

Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP

Treasurer, Association of Business Trial Lawyers (ABTL)

Matthew Troncali

Crowell & Moring LLP

Past President, Orange County Lavender Bar Association (OCLBA)

Megan Gess

Haynes and Boone, LLP

Meredith Williams

Rutan & Tucker, LLP

Past Chair, OCBA YLD Social Committee; Past Co-Chair, Orange County Coalition for Diversity in the Law (OCCDL)

Michael Balmages

ADR Services, Inc.

Past Chair, OCBA ADR Section; Former Chair, Orange County Democratic Party; Lead Astronomer, The Reserve at Rancho Mission Viejo

Michael Ellison

Smith Ellison

Past Chair, OCBA Pro Bono Committee; Founding Member, Celtic Bar Association

Michael Penn

Aitken*Aitken*Cohn

Board of Directors, OCBA Charitable Fund

Michele Johnson

Latham Watkins

OCWLA Attorney of the Year; Past President, Association of Business Trial Lawyers (ABTL)

Min Chai

MKC Law Group

Chair, OCBA Business & Corporate Law Section; Past President, Orange County Korean American Bar Association (OCKABA); Regional Governor, International Association of Korean Lawyers (IAKL)

Mohammed Elayan

Rutan & Tucker, LLP

Past Chair, OCBA YLD Education Committee; Past President, UCI Law Alumni Association

Monica Johnson

DAIRYGOLD

General Counsel; Past Vice President, Association of Corporate Counsel Southern California (ACC SoCal)

Monica Lukoschek

U.S. Immigration Law Group, LLP

Past Board of Directors, OCBA; Past Chair, OCBA Immigration Law Section, Past President, Orange County Hispanic Bar Association (OC HBA)

Nicole Lucas

St. John Knits

Community Outreach Committee, OCBA Young Lawyers Division (YLD)

Nikole Kingston

O'Melveny & Meyers

Nina Ries

Ries Law Group

Board of Directors, UCI Alumni Association

Nisha Verma

Dorsey & Whitney LLP

Society of Fellows, Project Youth/Orange County Bar Foundation; Co-Chair, OC United Way Women's United

Panteha (Pani) Abdollahi

Theodora Oringher PC

Past President, Federal Bar Association OC (FBA); Past President, Iranian American Bar Association

Paul Bokota

General Counsel; Past Chair, OCBA Corporate Counsel Section; Orange County Business Journal General Counsel of the Year; Elected Official to Board of Education, Irvine Unified School District

Paul Gale

Troutman Pepper

Board of Directors, OCBA Masters Division

Reza Razavi

Morrow & White

Past President, Iranian American Bar Association OC

Rick McNeil

Crowell & Moring

Past Board of Directors, OCBA; Co-Chair, OCBA Diversity & Inclusion Committee

Rob Tennant

Veros Credit

Chief Legal Officer; Chair, OCBA Corporate Counsel Section

Robert Marticello

Smiley Wang-Ekvall, LLP

Co-Chair of the Lawyer Representatives to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference 2018-2020; Past President, California Bankruptcy Forum

Rosaleen Chou

Knobbe Martens

Rose Amezcua-Moll

Amezcua-Moll & Associates, PC

Board of Directors, Orange County Hispanic Bar Association (OC HBA); Board of Directors, Orange County Trial Lawyers Association (OCTLA)

Ryan Dean

Umberg Zipser LLP

Past Chair, OCBA Intellectual Property & Technology Section

Samantha Hoffman

OC Office Managing Principal, Jackson Lewis

Serafin Tagarao

Carothers DiSante & Freudenberger LLP

President-Elect, Filipino-American Lawyers of Orange County (FLOC); Board of Directors, Orange County Asian American Bar Association (OCAABA); Board of Governors, Philippine American Bar Association (PABA)

Sharon Weiss

Bryan Cave

Past President, California Bankruptcy Forum

Sherry Bragg

Veterans Legal Institute

Board of Directors, OCBA Masters Division; Board of Directors, Veterans Legal Institute (VLI); President, Peter M. Elliott American Inn of Court

Shige Itoh

Rutan & Tucker, LLP

Past Chair, OCBA Business and Corporate Law Section

Simon Aziz Budhwani

Founder and Managing Shareholder, Core Law Group LLP

Susan Heller

Greenberg Traurig LLP

Board of Visitors, UCI Law

Susan Natland

Knobbe Martens

Trademark Committee Chair, Orange County Patent Law Association (OCPLA); Former Adjunct Professor, UCLA Law Schoo

Theodore (Teddy) Nguyen

LIBERTY Dental Plan

OCBA Corporate Counsel Section Member

Todd Scherwin

Regional Managing Partner, Fisher Phillips

Tram-Anh Nguyen

Microvention-Terumo

Board of Directors, Vietnamese American Bar Association of Southern California (VABA-SC); Past Board of Directors, Orange County Asian American Bar Association (OCAABA)

Van Nguyen

California Department of Justice

Immediate Past President, Federal Bar Association OC (FBA); Past President, Orange County Asian American Bar Association (OCAABA)

Veronica Gray

Nossaman LLP

Past Board of Directors, OCBA; Past President, OCWLA; Past Board of Directors, California State Bar Business Litigation Section; Board of Visitors, UCI Law

Vince Gonzalez

Southern California Gas Company, a Sempra Energy Utility

President, Filipino-American Lawyers of Orange County (FLOC); Past President, Association of Corporate Counsel Southern California (ACC); Past International Board of Directors, Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC); Past President, Philippine American Bar Association (PABA); Past Board of Directors, Anti-Defamation League (ADL); Officer and Board of Directors, Asian Americans Advancing Justice (AAAJ)

Wade Pyun

Altura Credit Union

General Counsel; Past President, Orange County Korean American Bar Association (OCKABA)

Wendy Peterson

Knobbe Martens

General Counsel; Past Chair, OCBA Corporate Counsel Section; Past Board of Directors, Legal Aid Society of Orange County; Orange County Business Journal General Counsel of the Year

Yuri Mikulka

Alston & Bird

Councilmember, American Bar Association, Section of Litigation; Intellectual Property Co-Chair, National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA); Executive Committee,Federal Bar Association, Los Angeles Chapter (FBA-LA)

... and many more!

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