Officers and Board

Officers

PRESIDENT

Matthew M. Sonne

  • Address

    Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP
    650 Town Center Drive, 4th Floor
    Costa Mesa, CA 92626

  • Telephone

    (714) 513-5100

VICE PRESIDENT

William C. O’Neill

  • Address

    Ross, Wolcott, Teinert & Prout LLP
    3151 Airway Ave., Building S
    Costa Mesa, CA 92626

  • Telephone

    (714) 444-3900

TREASURER

Kenneth G. Parker

  • Address

    Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
    3161 Michelson Drive
    Irvine, CA 92612-4412

  • Telephone

    (949) 451-3800

Secretary

Andrew R. Gray

  • Address

    Latham & Watkins LLP
    650 Town Center Drive, 20th Floor
    Costa Mesa, CA 92626-1925

  • Telephone

    (714) 540-1235

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Linda A. Sampson

  • Address

    8502 E. Chapman Avenue, Suite 443
    Orange, CA 92869

  • Telephone

    (714) 516-8106

  • Fax

    (714) 602-2505

Board of Governors

Hon. William D. Claster

  • Address

    Orange County Superior Court

Darren K. Cottriel

  • Address

    Jones Day
    3161 Michelson Drive, Suite 800
    Irvine, CA 92612

  • Telephone

    (949) 553-7548

Shane P. Criqui

  • Address

    Stuart Kane LLP
    620 Newport Center Drive, Suite 200
    Newport Beach, CA 92660

  • Telephone

    (949) 791-5126

Tamara I. Devitt

  • Address

    Haynes and Boone, LLP
    600 Anton Boulevard, Suite 700
    Costa Mesa, CA 92626

  • Telephone

    (949) 202-3060

Hon. James J. Di Cesare

  • Address

    Orange County Superior Court

Hon. John Gastelum

  • Address

    Orange County Superior Court

Charity M. Gilbreth

  • Address

    Schilling Law Group, P.C.
    1100 Newport Center Drive, Suite 250
    Newport Beach, CA 92660

  • Telephone

    (949) 760-6124

Alan A. Greenberg

  • Address

    Greenberg Gross LLP
    650 Town Center Drive, Suite 1700
    Costa Mesa, CA 92626

  • Telephone

    (949) 383-2820

Hon. Erick L. Larsh

  • Address

    Orange County Superior Court

Dinner Programs Chair

Amy J. Laurendeau

  • Address

    O'Melveny & Myers LLP
    610 Newport Center Drive, 17th Floor
    Newport Beach, CA 92660-6429

  • Telephone

    (949) 823-7150

Khai LeQuang

  • Address

    Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
    2050 Main Street, Suite 1100
    Irvine, CA 92614

  • Telephone

    (949) 567-6700

Michael B. McClellan

  • Address

    Newmeyer & Dillion, LLP
    895 Dove Street, 5th Floor
    Newport Beach, CA 92660

  • Telephone

    (949) 854-7314

Hon. Douglas F. McCormick

  • Address

    United States District Court
    Central District of California

Hon. Layne H. Melzer

  • Address

    Orange County Superior Court

Public Service Chair

Justin N. Owens

  • Address

    Stradling Yocca Carlson & Rauth, P.C.
    660 Newport Center Drive, Suite 1600
    Newport Beach, CA 92660

  • Telephone

    (949) 725-4076

Michael M. Purpura

  • Address

    Hueston Hennigan LLP
    620 Newport Center Drive, Suite 1300
    Newport Beach, CA 92660

  • Telephone

    (949) 432-6906

ANNUAL SEMINAR COMMITTEE

Alejandro G. Ruiz

  • Address

    Payne & Fears LLP
    4 Park Plaza, Suite 1100
    Irvine, CA 92614

  • Telephone

    (949) 797-1261

Hon. Nathan R. Scott

  • Address

    Orange County Superior Court

Hon. James V. Selna

  • Address

    United States District Court
    Central District of California

Jeffrey M. Singletary

  • Address

    Snell & Wilmer L.L.P.
    600 Anton Blvd., Ste 1400
    Costa Mesa, CA 92626

  • Telephone

    (714) 427-7000

Chahira Solh

  • Address

    Crowell & Moring LLP
    3 Park Plaza, 20th Floor
    Irvine, CA 92614-8505

  • Telephone

    (949) 798-1367

Hon. Josephine L. Staton

  • Address

    United States District Court
    Central District of California

Joshua J. Stowell

  • Address

    Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP
    2040 Main Street, 14th Floor
    Irvine, CA 92614

  • Telephone

    (949) 721-5252

David R. Sugden

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  • Address

    Call & Jensen, APC
    610 Newport Center Drive, Suite 700
    Newport Beach, CA 92660

  • Telephone

    (949) 717-3000

Annual Seminar Committee

Vikki L. Vander Woude

  • Address

    Umberg Zipser LLP
    1920 Main Street, Suite 750
    Irvine, California 92614

  • Telephone

    (949) 679-0052

Peter N. Villar

  • Address

    Troutman Pepper Hamilton Sanders LLP
    5 Park Plaza, Suite 1400
    Irvine, CA 92614-8592

  • Telephone

    (949) 622-2700

Mark B. Wilson

  • Address

    Klein & Wilson
    4770 Von Karman Avenue
    Newport Beach, CA 92660

  • Telephone

    (949) 631-3300

Judicial Advisory Board

Hon. Cormac J. Carney

  • Address

    United States District Court
    Central District of California

Hon. Richard D. Fybel

  • Address

    California Court of Appeal
    Fourth District, Division 3

Hon. Richard Y. Lee

  • Address

    Orange County Superior Court

Hon. Linda S. Marks

  • Address

    Orange County Superior Court

Hon. Thomas S. McConville

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    Orange County Superior Court

Hon. Kathleen E. O’Leary

  • Address

    California Court of Appeal
    Fourth District, Division 3

Hon. Peter J. Wilson

  • Address

    Orange County Superior Court

Young Lawyer Division

YLD Co-Chair

Lauren J. Blaes

  • Address

    Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP
    650 Town Center Drive, 4th Floor
    Costa Mesa, CA 92626

  • Telephone

    (714) 513-5100

YLD CO-CHAIR

Casey J. McCracken

  • Address

    Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
    3161 Michelson Drive
    Irvine, CA 92612-4412

  • Telephone

    (949) 451-3800

Past Presidents

1998 │ Donald L. Morrow

  • Address

    Morrow Law Corporation

1999 │ Thomas R. Malcolm

    2000 │ Robert E. Palmer

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      (1956 -2014)

    2001 │ Hon. Andrew J. Guilford (ret.)

    • Address

      Judicate West

    2002 │ Jeffrey W. Shields

    • Address

      Shields Law Offices

    2003 │ Michael G. Yoder

    • Address

      O’Melveny & Myers

    2004 │ Dean J. Zipser

    • Address

      Umberg Zipser LLP

    2005 │ Hon. Sheila B. Fell (ret.)

      2006 │ Gary A. Waldron

      • Address

        Weintraub Tobin

      2007 │ James G. Bohm

      • Address

        Bohm Wildish LLP

      2008 │ Hon. Martha K. Gooding

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        Orange County Superior Court

      2009 │ Richard J. Grabowski

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        Jones Day

      2010 │ Sean P. O’Connor

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        Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton

      2011 │ Darren O. Aitken

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        Aitken * Aitken * Cohn

      2012 │ Hon. Melissa R. McCormick

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        Orange County Superior Court

      2013 │ Mark D. Erickson

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        Haynes and Boone LLP

      2014 │ Jeffrey H. Reeves

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        Theodora Oringher PC

      2015 │ Michele D. Johnson

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        Latham & Watkins

      2016 │ Scott B. Garner

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        Umberg Zipser LLP

      2017 │ Mark A. Finkelstein

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        Umberg Zipser LLP

      2018 │ Daniel A. Sasse

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        Crowell & Moring, LLP

      2019 │ Karla J. Kraft

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        Stradling Yocca Carlson & Rauth, P.C.

      2020 │ Todd G. Friedland

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        Stephens Friedland LLP

      2021 │Maria Z. Stearns