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California Western is governed by a board of trustees which includes members of the judiciary, the practicing bar, and the business world. Trustees provide fiscal governance and oversight of all law school operations, and provide key insights gained through their years of practice and work in the private and public sector.

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Trustees:

 

Sherry S. Bahrambeygui ’93

SHERRY S. BAHRAMBEYGUI

Sherry Bahrambeygui is a business leader, public company director, philanthropist and licensed attorney in a broad range of industries including consumer retail, financial services, real estate, and health care with an international scope.  In her current roles as Director of PriceSmart Inc (an international consumer retail company NASDAQ: PSMT), President of The Price Group, LLC and CEO of PS Ivanhoe, LLC, (management and investment companies) and as Vice Chairman and Executive Vice President of Price Philanthropies Foundation and Price Charities (charitable foundations with combined assets approaching $1b), Ms. Bahrambeygui has successful experience in for-profit and non-profit enterprises operating throughout the Unites States, Latin America and the Caribbean. Ms. Bahrambeygui has also taught and lectured throughout the United States on complex business and legal topics and has both testified before Congress and been featured on national television.  She is an active community member having served throughout the years on multiple local and national non-profit boards of directors ranging from academia (USC Sol Price Center for Social Innovation, Los Angeles, and La Jolla Country Day School), think tanks (Tax Policy Center of the Urban Institute, Washington DC) and Immigrant Policy organizations (Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian-Americans/IA-100, New York).  After graduating California Western, Ms. Bahrambeygui practiced law at McInnis Fitzgerald Rees and Sharkey, now known as Higgs Fletcher and Mack, became partner at Monaghan and Warren and founded, with her husband, Hosey & Bahrambeygui, LLC, where she successfully tried several cases to verdict. She served on the Board of Consumer Attorneys of San Diego, The Judicial Appointment Review Committee of the San Diego County Bar Association and the American Bar Association’s Special Committee on Medical Professional Liability. She was recognized as one of San Diego’s “Top 40 Under 40” and is the recipient of multiple Outstanding Trial Lawyer Awards, the American Trial Lawyers Association Steven J. Sharp National Public Service Award, and, in 2014, received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor for Distinctive Accomplishments.  She attended Columbia University and is a graduate of University of California, San Diego and California Western School of Law.  Ms. Bahrambeygui is married to fellow alumnus, Patrick L. Hosey ’92 and mother to their college-aged twin sons, Liam and Ryan Hosey.

Roy M. Bell '74

Roy M. Bell '74

Roy M. Bell '74 is senior counsel at Troutman Sanders LLP, where he focuses his practice on complex business civil litigation and trial work. Bell serves as special outside counsel to Oxbow Carbon and Minerals and the Oxbow Group, overseeing major issues, litigation, and negotiations relating to their worldwide operations.

Bell served two tours in the Western Pacific during the Vietnam Conflict where he earned two Navy Commendations, the Navy Achievement Medal, the Vietnam Unit Medal of Gallantry, and six Vietnam Campaign Medals. He graduated from California Western with honors in 1974, and was valedictorian. Bell was as lead articles editor for the California Western International Law Review, and is chairman emeritus of the Board of Trustees, having served for more than 25 years.

Gayle M. Blatt '85

Gayle M. Blatt '85

Gayle M. Blatt '85 is a partner at Casey Gerry Schenk Francavilla Blatt & Penfield, LLP where she heads the firm's pharmaceutical and class action practices. Blatt has played a prominent role in national pharmaceutical and medical device cases over the past decades. In addition to other experience in high profile national pharmaceutical litigation, she served as liaison counsel for the plaintiffs' steering committee in In re: Hydroxycut Marketing and Sales Practice Litigation, which recently settled in the Southern District of California, and currently serves as co-liaison counsel for In re: Incretin Mimetics Products Liability Litigation.

Blatt also has extensive class action litigation experience, including serving as co-liaison counsel in In re: Sony Gaming Networks and Customer Data Security Breach Litigation; as class counsel in Villa v. City of Chula Vista addressing the city’s tax collection on mobile telephone services; as class counsel In re: Apple and AT&T iPad Unlimited Data Plan Litigation in the Northern District of California; and with a class action filed against Chase Bank of violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act for placing automated calls (robocalls) to consumer cell phones without their consent.  

Blatt also is recognized by her peers for her work with serious personal injury cases. She has received the Consumer Attorneys of San Diego “Outstanding Trial Lawyer” award three times; has been recognized in Super Lawyers from 2007 through 2014; recognized three times on the Super Lawyers’ list of Top 25 Women Lawyers in San Diego; included in the San Diego Daily Transcript Top Attorney list; and listed annually in the Best Lawyers of America.

Dr. Chukuka S. Enwemeka

Dr. Chukuka S. Enwemeka

Dr. Chukuka S. Enwemeka is the Provost and Senior Vice President of San Diego State University. Before joining SDSU on July 1, 2014, he served as Distinguished Professor and Dean of the College of Health Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and as Professor and Dean, of the School of Health Professions, New York Institute of Technology.

He was Professor and Chairman of the Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Kansas Medical Center. He served as Associate Professor of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation, and Associate Director of Physical Therapy at the University of Miami School of Medicine. Dr. Enwemeka also held a joint appointment as Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy, Cellular and Structural Biology, and Physiology at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.

He earned his Ph.D. from New York University, and did his post-doctoral research training at NYU’s Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine. Dr. Enwemeka received his M.S. and B.Sc. degrees in physical therapy from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, and the University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria, respectively. He is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine and a Fellow of the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery.

Hon. Irma E. Gonzalez (Ret.)

Hon. Irma E. Gonzalez (Ret.)

The first Mexican-American female federal judge, Hon. Irma E. Gonzalez (Ret.) recently joined Judicial Arbitration and Mediation Services, Inc. following a judicial career spanning nearly 30 years. Justice Gonzalez was appointed to the United States District Court for the Southern District of California in 1992 by President George H.W. Bush, serving as Chief Judge from 2005 to 2012. Prior to her appointment to the federal bench, Justice Gonzalez worked as an assistant U.S. Attorney in the Criminal Prosecution division for the District of Arizona, and as an attorney in private practice. She later served as a U.S. magistrate judge and on the San Diego County Superior Court.

Justice Gonzalez has received numerous honors and awards, including the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Hispanic National Bar Association, the Joan Dempsey Klein Distinguished Jurist Award from California Women Lawyers, and the Outstanding Jurist Award from the San Diego County Bar Association.

Charles R. Grebing '70

Charles R. Grebing ‘70

Charles Grebing is one of San Diego's leading legal malpractice attorneys. Not only does Grebing defend attorneys and law firms against malpractice claims, he has also represented officers, directors, brokers, agents, architects, and engineers accused of errors and omissions.

Grebing has tried more than 100 cases in federal and state courts. His practice areas include complex civil and business litigation, and professional liability litigation. Grebing has received an AV Preeminent© rating (highest legal competence) from Martindale-Hubbell and has been listed in the Best Lawyers in America© for nearly 20 years. He is a member of the American College of Trial Lawyers, an association of lawyers and judges experienced in the trial of cases who are dedicated to the improvement of the standards of trial practice. Grebing is a past president of CAL-ABOTA, the California regional chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates. He is recognized as a Certified Legal Malpractice Specialist by the California State Bar, and was one of the original 14 certified legal malpractice specialists in San Diego.

Kenneth L. Greenman ‘71

Kenneth L. (Ken) Greenman ‘71

Kenneth L. Greenman ’71 is partner and of counsel to Greenman, Lacy, Klein, O’Harra and Heffron. Greenman has practiced estate planning, trust, wills, and probate law exclusively for more than 25 years—with special focus on complex trusts and estates—and has held Martindale-Hubble’s AV Preeminent rating for more than 20 years. He is a member of the United States Supreme Court Bar, the California State Bar, the United States Courts of Appeals for the Ninth, Seventh, and Fifth Circuits, and the United States District Courts for the Central and Southern Districts of California.

Currently chair emeritus of the Board of Trustees, Greenman served as editor-in-chief of the California Western Law Review and received American Jurisprudence Awards in wills and trusts, corporations, and conflicts of law while in law school. He also received the Dean’s Award - Outstanding Law Student, and graduated with honors. Upon graduation, Greenman was selected as a United States Attorney General Honor Law Graduate Fellow, serving in the Department of Justice’s U.S. Supreme Court appellate section.

Hon. Judith L. Haller ‘75

Hon. Judith L. (Judy) Haller ‘75

Currently serving as an Associate Justice of the California Court of Appeal, Fourth District, Division One, Hon. Judith L. Haller ’75 was a deputy district attorney with the San Diego County District Attorney’s office for three years before entering private practice for 10 years at Higgs, Fletcher & Mack. Justice Haller was a partner in the firm’s litigation department when she was appointed to the bench by Gov. George Deukmejian in 1989. Gov. Pete Wilson nominated her to the Court of Appeal, and she was unanimously confirmed by the Commission on Judicial Appointments in 1994.

In 2013, California Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye appointed Justice Haller to serve a four-year term on the Supreme Court Committee on Judicial Ethics Opinions. Justice Haller is a master of the American Inns of Court and was awarded the American Inns of Court 2012 Professionalism Award for the Ninth Circuit in 2012. She is a director of the Board of Trustees of California Western, a former member of the San Diego County Bar Association Ethics Committee, and chair of the Appellate Court Legacy Project.

Prior to her judicial appointment, she was vice president of the San Diego County Bar Association and served as secretary and treasurer of the San Diego Defense Lawyers.

Jeffrey S. Isaacs ‘68

Jeffrey S. Isaacs ‘68

Jeffrey S. Isaacs '68 provides mediation services as part of the West Coast Resolution Group—a division of the National Conflict Resolution Center. Previously, Isaacs served as of counsel with Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch, where he was a member of the firm's bankruptcy and commercial litigation practice, before retiring in January 2015 after 46 years with the firm. Isaacs has been recognized as Bankruptcy Court Mediation Panel Mediator of the Year as well as among the top lawyers in San Diego for bankruptcy and debtor/creditor rights.

He is a past president of the San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program and the San Diego Bankruptcy Forum, and served as treasurer and vice president of the San Diego County Bar Association and its foundation. Prior to his election to the Board of Trustees, Isaacs served as a member of the law school's Council of Visitors for many years.

Imran M. Jaswal

Imran M. Jaswal

Imran M. Jaswal is the managing director overseeing legal management consulting for Duff & Phelps, LLC. He has more than 18 years of legal and management consulting experience, focusing on leading complex legal department transformations and strategic initiatives to manage information, enhance performance, and reduce costs. Jaswal received his Bachelor of Laws and Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice in the United Kingdom, where he is admitted as Solicitor (non-practicing) of the Supreme Court of England and Wales.

Prior to its acquisition by Duff & Phelps, Jaswal co-founded Tregin Solutions, a management consulting firm that specialized in assisting legal departments of Fortune 500 companies with strategy, operations, and technology assessments and implementations.

J. Randall Jones ‘81

J. Randall (Randy) Jones ‘81

J. Randall Jones '81 is a founding partner at Kemp, Jones & Coulthard in Las Vegas. Named Trial Lawyer of the Year in 1998 by the Nevada Trial Lawyers Association, Jones has tried more than 35 jury trials to verdict in both state and federal court, including In re Kitec, the largest class action case ever tried in the state of Nevada. He is an inductee of the American College of Trial Lawyers, and has been recognized for his advocacy skills by the American Board of Trial Attorneys.

Jones has been appointed as a Civil Arbitrator & Mediator for the American Arbitration Association, and has been a contributing author of the American Bar Association's Survey of State Class Action Law for more than a decade. In addition to serving on the California Western Board of Trustees, Jones is a founding board member of the Thomas and Mack Legal Clinic at the Boyd School of Law - UNLV, and was named a Colleague of the Nevada Law Foundation, created by the Nevada State Bar to provide legal services to the poor. He has served on the board of the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada, a nonprofit, public interest law firm serving low-income residents of Clark County, Nevada, since 1995.

Duane Layton '82

Duane Layton

Duane Layton is a Senior Partner with Mayer Brown LLP in Washington, D.C. Layton is also the Global Head of Mayer Brown’s International Trade Law Group. His practice concentrates on international dispute settlement, including disputes before the World Trade Organization in Geneva, Switzerland.

Prior to joining Mayer Brown in 2006, Layton headed the International Trade Litigation Group at another prominent law firm in Washington, DC. From 1994 to 1999 he was Senior Counsel at the US Department of Commerce, where he received numerous honors and awards, including “Attorney of the Year” in 1998, and similar awards in the Office of the Chief Counsel for Import Administration in 1988 and 1996.

Layton is a 1982 graduate of California Western (cum laude) and a 1983 graduate (LL.M), with high honors, of Cambridge University in England. He is recognized in the Guide to the World’s Leading International Lawyers, Chambers, and The International Who’s Who of Trade & Customs Lawyers. His published works on international trade law and international dispute settlement appear in numerous books and journals, including the Stanford Journal of International Law, the Journal of World Trade, and Business Law International.

Jeffrey D. Lewin ‘75

Jeffrey D. Lewin ‘75

Jeffrey D. Lewin is the Chairman of the California Western Board of Trustees on which he has served since 1991. In 1975, he graduated from California Western with honors, served on the law review and was the national champion in the Giles Sutherland Rich Patent Moot Court Competition. After graduating from California Western, Lewin served as a trial attorney in the Antitrust Division of the United States Department of Justice and founded the Sullivan Hill, Lewin, Rez & Engel law firm (and its predecessors). Until his retirement from the practice of law at the end of 2017 for 40 years, Lewin prepared and tried serious business lawsuits for sophisticated clients in state and federal courts throughout the United States, wrote and published several legal articles, and gave lectures and presentations about US law in the United States and abroad. In addition, for 20 years, he mentored and trained more than 40 foreign lawyers in US litigation.
 
Lewin was a member of a number of local and national professional legal organizations and the Steering Committee of the UCSD Economics Roundtable. Although Lewin no longer practices law, he consults with lawyers about effective dispute resolution.

Mark P. Mandell ‘77

Mark P. Mandell ‘77

Mark P. Mandell ‘77 is chief executive officer of Square One Development in San Diego, also serving as the company’s legal counsel and director of finance. Mandell began his practice in real estate transactional law in 1977, focusing on acquisition, development, finance, and entitlements.

Mandell served on the board of directors at San Diego National Bank from 1992 to 2009, and has founded and managed numerous businesses (not related to real estate) over the years.

Craig McClellan

Craig McClellan

Craig McClellan of the McClellan Law Firm in San Diego, California, specializes in high stakes litigation throughout California and the United States. He handles a variety of complex personal injury cases involving brain injuries, quadriplegia, paraplegia, wrongful death, motor vehicle accidents, defective products and product liability. He also handles business litigation, representing owners, partners, buyers, sellers and shareholders who have been harmed.

Having obtained more than 120 verdicts and settlements in excess of $1 million each, Mr. McClellan has achieved national recognition for his success. He is the only San Diego personal injury attorney voted into the Inner Circle of Advocates, a select group of the top 100 Plaintiffs lawyers in the United States. He is also a three-time recipient of the Outstanding Trial Lawyer Award from the Consumer Attorneys of San Diego. He has been featured on commercial and public radio and television programs such as 60 Minutes, 20/20 and the McNeil/-Lehrer Report, as well as in the national news.

Among other distinctions, he is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, a sustaining member of the American Association for Justice, a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates and 2010 President of the San Diego Chapter, a master of the American Inns of Court, a member and former Board Member of the Association of Business Trial Lawyers, as well as a member of the Attorneys Information Exchange Group. Mr. McClellan has been selected Lawyer of the Year for Product Liability, San Diego, by Best Lawyers in America for 2010, 2014 and 2019. He has been selected Lawyer of the Year for Personal Injury, San Diego, by Best Lawyers in America for 2014.

Craig graduated magna cum laude from California Western School of Law, after receiving his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Oregon. He served as a Captain in the United States Marine Corps.

John F. O'Brien

John F. O'Brien

John F. O'Brien has been dean of New England Law | Boston since 1988, before which he was associate dean. O’Brien has the longest continuous service at a single institution of any law school dean in the country, and in 2012 was named one of the most influential people in legal education in a nationwide survey conducted by the National Jurist. He currently teaches personal income tax, and has previously taught taxation of business entities, constitutional law, and legal research and writing.

O'Brien is a past chair of the Council of the American Bar Association (ABA)'s Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar, and also served as chair of the ABA's Accreditation Committee and its Independent Law Schools Committee. He is a founding member and former president of the Consortium for Innovative Legal Education, Inc. Before joining the New England Law faculty in 1985, he was a senior attorney in the Office of the Chief Counsel of the Internal Revenue Service, heading the northeast region’s tax shelter program. He received a B.A. from Manhattan College; a JD from New England Law | Boston, where he graduated first in his class; and an LLM in taxation in 1980 from Boston University School of Law.

Dr. Erica J. Pascal '06

Erica J. Pascal '06

Erica J. Pascal is the founder of Ingensity IP, a law practice focused on IP strategic counseling for life science companies. She works in the areas of pharmaceuticals, diagnostic technologies, medical devices, and digital health to evaluate companies’ IP portfolios and provide IP strategy in sync with business goals and timelines. Before forming Ingensity IP, Dr. Pascal was a partner with DLA Piper LLP.

Dr. Pascal previously trained in biochemistry and molecular biology at MIT and received her PhD from the University of California, Berkeley. She worked for a large pharmaceutical company in its agricultural biotechnology division, where her research involved the use and engineering of human and insect hormone receptors to design a chemical "switching system" with the ability to turn genes on and off in response to chemical application. Her work resulted in several patents in the United States and worldwide.

Eberhard H. Röhm

Eberhard H. Röhm

Eberhard H. Röhm is a partner with Duane Morris LLP, specializing in international transactional matters between the U.S., Germany, and other European Union countries. His focus includes corporate and real estate mergers and acquisitions, vendor and buyer due diligence, restructurings, securities, real estate development and management, and commercial and industrial construction. Röhm previously led the U.S. legal practice for the Ernst & Young global network, and serves as a mediator for the International Chamber of Commerce.

A native of Munich, Germany, Röhm holds law degrees from Fordham University in New York, the University of Heidelberg, and the University of Bonn. He is fluent in English, French, and German.

Janine A. Sarti

Janine A. Sarti

Janine A. Sarti serves as general counsel for the Regional Health system in Washington, and is a past president of the San Diego chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel. Prior to joining Regional Health, she served as assistant VP/assistant general counsel for Molina Healthcare and was chief legal officer for Palomar Health in San Diego.

Sarti is a member of the executive committee of the California State Bar public law section and was a founding member of the Oregon State Bar corporate counsel section. She has received numerous awards in recognition of her work, including the Tribute to Women in Industry and Women Who Mean Business awards. She holds a JD from Gonzaga University.

Robert K. Scott '75

Robert K. (Bob) Scott '75

Robert K. Scott '75 is a trial attorney who has practiced law in California for more than 35 years, specializing in all aspects of insurance "bad faith" litigation. Scott has obtained multi-million dollar judgments, favorable appellate decisions, and arbitration awards, as well as substantial out-of-court settlements on behalf of his clients.

Scott is co-author—with colleague and former California Trial Lawyers Association President Douglas K. deVries—of “Establishing Insurance Bad Faith” in the Insurance Settlement Handbook. He previously served as chairman and member of the executive committee of the board of trustees of Irvine Regional Hospital and Medical Center and a member of the board of trustees of the Irvine Cancer Center. Additionally, Scott has served on the board of the American Bar Association Tort and Insurance Practice subcommittees on disability, health, and life insurance. He is a frequent author and speaker on insurance-related matters.

Dr. Suresh Subramani

Dr. Suresh Subramani

Dr. Suresh Subramani is the executive vice chancellor of academic affairs at UC San Diego. In this capacity, he serves as the chief academic officer of the university and is responsible for policies and decisions relating to all academic programs and curriculum, faculty appointments, and performance. He is also the university’s chief operating officer, the institution’s second-ranking executive officer, and acts on behalf of the chancellor in overseeing the university in his absence.

A highly distinguished cell and molecular biologist, Dr. Subramani has been a member of the UC San Diego faculty since 1981. He received his Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of California, Berkeley and is world-renowned for his work on sub-cellular compartments. Dr. Subramani is an outstanding scholar and recipient of several awards, including the Searle Scholar Award, an NCI Research Career Development Award, and Guggenheim Fellowship.

Rahil K. Swigart '03

Rahil K. Swigart '03

An attorney at Higgs Fletcher & Mack, Rahil K. Swigart '03 represents and advises businesses in disputes, including those concerning judicial foreclosure actions, misappropriation of trade secrets and proprietary information, covenants not to compete, breach of contract, copyright, and unfair business practices.

In addition to litigation disputes, Swigart has assisted individuals and businesses in transactional matters, such as assisting selling/buying real estate properties, forming business entities, and reviewing mortgage and deeds of trust documents for both commercial and residential real estate. She also assists clients in arbitration proceedings for refund of deposits in real estate development projects. She has a California Real Estate License, and is working on her LL.M. in taxation at the University of San Diego.

Michael J. Whitton

Michael J. Whitton

Michael J. Whitton is San Diego managing partner at Troutman Sanders, LLP, where he advises and counsels public and private companies, real estate investment trusts, and lending and financial institutions on a variety of complex real estate and business transactions throughout the country.

Whitton is considered one of the leading experts in transactions and other legal matters involving golf courses/country clubs, marinas, hotels, and other resort properties. He has received numerous accolades for his work, including being named one of 10 "Best Attorneys in the Golf Industry" by Golf, Inc. in 2011 and 2012.