Practicum Leadership

The Patrick J. McDonough Director of the Business Law Practicum is Shannon Treviño. Practicum Founder Therese H. Maynard, William G. Coskran Professor, was been instrumental in the conception and development of the Business Law Practicum, with the support of former Loyola Law School Deans David W. Burcham and Victor J. Gold.  Professor Maynard, together with Molly M. Coleman, created the unique approach used for the Practicum’s capstone course Business Planning I.  Director Emeritus Dana M. Warren led the Practicum from 2008 until his retirement in 2015. 



Dana M. Warren
Emeritus Director of the Business Law Practicum/Clinical Professor of Law

B.S., with highest honors, Montana State University
J.D.  Stanford Law School; Senior Editor, Stanford Journal of International Law

After law school graduation, Warren served as a law clerk to the Honorable Procter R. Hug of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He spent his career in practice as a corporate/securities lawyer specializing in acting as outside general counsel to growth companies financed by venture capital investors. He was an associate and principal at Riordan & McKinzie in Los Angeles for more than 20 years and, following a merger in 2003, was a partner at Bingham McCutchen LLP until March, 2006, when he began his own practice. He was listed annually in The Best Lawyers in America from 2006 until he retired from practice in 2012. His involvement at Loyola Law School began in 2006 and he became the Co-Director of the Business Law Practicum in 2008.  In 2009, Warren became the inaugural Patrick J. McDonough Director, a position he held until his retirement in 2015.  Warren is the co-author, with Therese Maynard, of Business Planning: Financing the Start-Up Business and Venture Capital Financing - 2d Ed. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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 Matthew Crowley
Adjunct Professor of Law.  Teaches Business Planning I

Contact Information:
Phone:  (818) 703-7372
E-mail:  mscpdq@gmail.com

B.S., University of Notre Dame
J.D., Case Western Reserve University

Professor Crowley is the founder of Crowley Legal Strategies, a firm focusing on mergers and acquisitions, venture capital financing and business formation for entrepreneurs.  Previously, he was in-house counsel at Technicolor Home Entertainment Services and at Evoke Software after practicing at two national law firms.  He is the current Past President of the Los Angeles Venture Association.


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 Richard Friedman
Adjunct Professor of Law.  Teaches Business Planning I

Contact Information:
Phone:  (213) 999-3795
E-mail:  rfriedman@att.net

B.A., University of Rochester, magna cum laude
J.D., University of Chicago Law School, cum laude
MBA, University of Texas, Austin, Kozmetsky Award

Professor Rick Friedman began his legal career and was a partner at Heller Ehrman LLP.  After several stints in-house with technology companies, he moved to university technology commercialization, most recently at USC.  He currently is Of Counsel to DLA Piper LLC (US).  In addition to teaching Business Planning at Loyola, Professor Friedman teaches a class on Technology Transfer at the USC Gould School of Law.

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 Heather S. Orr
Adjunct Professor of Law.  Teaches Business Planning I

Contact Information:
Phone:  (424) 234-9409
E-mail:  heather.orr@hsolaw.com

B.A., Texas A&M University
J.D., University of Pennsylvania Law School

Professor Orr is the Founder of HSO Law, which provides a broad range of litigation and transactional legal services primarily to privately held businesses.  She previously practiced at Bryan Cave, LLP.  She is the President of the West Los Angeles Chapter of the TEAM Referral Network and is a regular judge for Loyola’s Transactional Negotiation Team competition. 

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 Michael Scheppele
Adjunct Professor of Law.  Teaches Business Planning I

Contact Information:
Phone:  (805) 208-2969
E-mail:  mscheppele@gmail.com

B.A., University of California at Santa Barbara
J.D., Loyola Law School, magna cum laude, Senior Articles Editor, Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review

Professor Sheppele is Senior Counsel to Gaikai, a Sony Computer Entertainment Company.  Prior to moving in-house, he practiced corporate, securities and M&A law at Loeb & Loeb LLP and at O’Melveny & Myers LLP.  During his time as a student at Loyola, he served as the only research assistant to Dean David Burcham.

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Jenny Tran
Adjunct Professor of Law.  Teaches Business Planning I.

Contact Information:
Phone:  (949) 453-2900
E-mail: jenny.tran@brownandstreza.com

B.A., University of California, Irvine
J.D., Loyola Law School, Senior Editor, Los Angeles Public Interest Law Journal
LLM, Taxation, Chapman University School of Law

Professor Tran practices at Brown & Streza, LLP, where her focus includes business and tax planning as part of the M&A group.  During her time as a student at Loyola, she completed the Business Law Practicum program.  She has been a regular participant as a judge for the Transactional Negotiation Team competition.

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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 Editor, 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.  

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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.

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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.

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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 to 8:00 pm or 6:00 to 9:00 pm) or during the day--for example, from 8:50 to 11:50 a.m.  

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.