Practicum Leadership
The Patrick J. McDonough Director of the Business Law Practicum is Dana M. Warren Therese H. Maynard, William G. Coskran Professor, is the Faculty Co-Director.  Professor Maynard has been instrumental in the conception and development of the Business Law Practicum, with the support of former Loyola Law School Dean David W. Burcham and current Dean Victor J. Gold.  Professor Maynard, together with Molly M. Coleman created the unique approach used for the Practicum’s capstone course Business Planning I.  Professor Warren has been involved in the development of the Practicum and refining the course and teaching materials for Business Planning I since 2006.  His appointment as the Director of the Business Law Practicum was announced on November 13, 2009.


Molly M. Coleman

Emeritus Co-Developer of Business Planning I.

B.A., Brown University

J.D. Georgetown University Law Center, Magna Cum Laude, Order of the Coif; Executive Editor, Georgetown Law Journal

Following law school graduation, Professor Coleman served as a law clerk to the Honorable Joseph M. McLaughlin of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.  She practiced corporate and securities law with Irell & Manella LLP and Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison LLP before becoming involved with the Business Law Practicum.  Professor Coleman had a major role in the development of the Business Planning I course design and teaching materials.

J. Joshua Armstrong

Adjunct Professor of Law.  Teaches Business Planning I.

Contact Information:
Phone: (213) 477-0980
E-mail:  jarmstrong@vantagemedia.com

B.A., University of Vermont

J.D., Georgetown University Law Center

Professor Armstrong is VP, Corporate Development at Vantage Media, an online marketing solutions company.  Previously, he was Chief Legal Officer and Vice President, Corporate Development at Oversee.Net, an Internet business where he managed a successful nine-figure private equity financing.  Before going in-house, he practiced at major national law firms including Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison LLP and Bingham McCutchen LLP, where he focused on fast growing technology companies and involved venture capital financing, mergers and acquisitions, and private and public securities offerings.

Gia Honnen Weisdorn

Adjunct Professor of Law.  Teaches Securities Regulation; Business Planning I.

Contact Information:
Phone: (310) 804-2535
Fax: (310) 317-0321
E-mail: glh8@columbia.edu

B.A., University of San Diego

MBA, Pepperdine University, Graziadio School of Business and Management

J.D., University of San Diego School of Law, Magna Cum Laude

LL.M, Columbia Law School, Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar

Professor Honnen Weisdon has practiced employment and labor law at Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton, LLP in San Diego, served as General Counsel to LitFunding Corp., was Vice President, General Counsel with the American Stock Exchange-traded 3DShopping.com, and was a staff attorney at the Theatrical Production Division of Twentieth Century Fox.  She now operates her own law office as well as teaching business law, international business law, negotiations, and eLaw as Lecturer in Business Law at Pepperdine University’s Graziadio School of Business and Management, and securities regulation as an adjunct professor at Pepperdine Law School. 

David M. Harvilicz

Adjunct Professor of Law.  Teaches Business Planning I.

Contact Information: 
E-mail: dharvilicz@gmail.com

B.A., College of William & Mary
J.D., New York University School of Law

Professor Harvilicz is a Director of Business Development al LECG Corporation, a global expert services and consulting firm.  Previously, he was Chief Executive Officer of a private equity fund and, before that, a Senior Director at the Corporate Executive Board in Washington, D.C.  Professor Harvilicz practiced law with Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP in New York, specializing in securities and mergers and acquisitions, and with Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati in Palo Alto, where he focused on start-up company representation and initial public offerings. 

Dorothy Vinsky

Adjunct Professor of Law.  Teaches Business Planning I.

Contact Information:
Phone: (310) 564-2670
E-mail:  dvinsky@mrllp.com

B.S., University of California, Los Angeles

M.A., International Relations, with honors, University of San Diego

J.D., Loyola Law School, Dean’s List

Professor Vinsky represents private companies and investors in a full range of corporate transactions, including financings and mergers and acquisitions. She has particular expertise representing development stage companies and venture capital firms in fund formation and investment transactions. Ms. Vinsky focuses her practice on emerging technologies, finance and healthcare industries. As a former general counsel, Ms. Vinsky managed all legal affairs for a healthcare management company. In addition, Ms. Vinsky represented high-growth technology companies and underwriters in initial public offerings, follow-on offerings and public company securities law compliance matters. She is a frequent contributor for Aspen Law & Business's Venture Capital & Public Offering Negotiation, having co-authored chapters on initial public offerings and FINRA compliance, as well as private company valuation negotiations.

Gregory Akselrud

Adjunct Professor of Law.  Teaches Business Planning I.

Contact Information:
Phone: (818) 444-4503
Fax: (818) 444-4520
E-mail: gakselrud@stubbsalderton.com

B.A., University of California, Los Angeles

J.D., Loyola Law School, cum laude; Executive Editor, Entertainment Law Review.


Professor Akselrud is a partner at Stubbs, Alderton & Markiles, LLP, where he works with a wide range of public and private clients on general corporate matters, venture capital and angel financings, mergers and acquisitions, private equity and debt offerings, public offerings, securities compliance, and intellectual property matters.  He has extensive experience in Internet and e-commerce matters, advising clients in a variety of co-marketing, co-branding, advertising and other revenue generating transactions.

Richard E. Troop

Adjunct Professor of Law.  Teaches Business Planning I.

Contact Information: 

Phone: (310) 228-3704
Fax: (310) 228-3904
E-mail: dtroop@sheppardmullin.com

B.E.E., University of Florida

JD, Loyola Law School, magna cum laude; Comment Edition, Loyola Law Review; William Tell Aggler Award, granted each year to the student graduating first in his or her class

Professor Troop is a Senior Advisor to Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton, LLP, and its Entertainment, Media and Technology Practice Group.  He was a founder and name partner at a major Los Angeles law firm for over thirty years, where he represented public and private corporate clients, investment banks and institutional investors in a wide range of corporate and securities transactions, including the buy, sell and banking sides of M&A transactions.  Prior to becoming a lawyer, Professor Troop was an electrical engineer who did digital systems design at Northrop and was part of an advanced research group at Hughes Aircraft.  

Howard Unterberger

Adjunct Professor of Law.  Teaches Business Planning I.

Contact Information:
Phone: (310) 788-3527
Fax: (310) 551-0283
E-mail: hunterberger@tocounsel.com

B.A., University of Pennsylvania, magna cum laude

J.D., Harvard Law School, cum laude

Professor Unterberger is Of Counsel to the firm of Theodora Oringher PC, where he represents corporations, partnerships and individuals in corporate securities, mergers and acquisitions, and commercial transactions from a range of industries, including financial services, retail, agriculture, technology and health care.  He dedicates a significant amount of time to emerging growth companies (private and publicly traded), helps them establish their legal infrastructure and advises them on capital raising activities.

Faculty Positions Available - Adjunct Professor of Law, Business Planning I
Loyola Law School is seeking experienced practitioners who would like to participate in teaching the capstone course of the Business Law Practicum.  Teaching Business Planning I:  Financing the Start-Up and Venture Capital Financing as an adjunct professor will provide an experienced transactional lawyer with the opportunity to explore teaching as a potential new career, part-time career or as a service to the profession.  Compensation is $6,600 per semester.

To accommodate the schedules of most practitioners, the course is taught in one three-hour session each week and can be scheduled either in the evening (5:00 pm to 8:00 pm or 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm) or during the day.  

Course Materials
Student reading materials, teaching notes, homework assignments, extra class handouts, and graded assignment materials are all provided.  In addition, grading rubrics for the graded papers and sample papers, with grading comments, are also provided.  The primary time commitments are review of the lecture notes and student reading materials in preparation for class sessions and grading and commenting on the three written assignments.  The number of students is limited to a maximum of fifteen per section.

Applicants are expected to have strong academic credentials and to have practiced corporate transactional law at a sophisticated level for at least five years.  A significant element of the student experience in taking Business Planning I is receiving work product feedback from the professor in a manner consistent with what a corporate practice at a high quality firm aspires to provide to its junior associates.  As a result, experience in supervising and managing junior transactional attorneys is an important aspect of an outstanding candidate’s background.

To apply for the position, applicants are requested to submit a written description of their experience and qualifications, as well as a resume and two professional references who can comment on the applicant’s experience and ability to meet the requirements of this position.  Applications should be submitted electronically (with attachments in Word or PDF files) by email, and any questions should be addressed, to businesslaw@lls.edu

The school welcomes applications from women and minority candidates, and others whose background may contribute to faculty diversity.