Class Notes for 1980 - 1989

Submissions from

September 2014 - December 2015


Diane B. Patrick was promoted to co-managing partner at Ropes & Gray in Boston, MA and for more than 30 years has represented and advised employers in employment matters; as the wife of Governor Deval L. Patrick, she also serves as first lady of Massachusetts.


Mary Craig Calkins moved to Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP as a partner with insurance recovery team; Craig Calkins comes to the firm from Jenner & Block LLP.


Timothy M. Thornton, Jr. has joined the law firm of Gray Duffy LLP as a partner in their Encino office.  Mr. Thornton has more than 25 years’ experience providing legal counsel for insurance-related matters, including mass torts, toxic torts and exposures, environmental contamination, insurance coverage of intellectual property and entertainment matters, as well as sexual abuse as it relates to religious entities.


Marc Graboff, longtime media industry executive, joined Discovery Communications in April 2015 as President, Global Business & Legal Affairs, Production Management and Studios. He is based at Discovery's Los Angeles headquarters. In his new role, Graboff oversees Discovery's overall business affairs and production management strategies, with day-to-day oversight of matters relating to the acquisition, development and production of programming for all of Discovery's networks and digital platforms globally. 


M. Katharine Davidson departed from Holland & Knight and joined the estate and trust administration law firm Henderson, Caverly, Pum & Charney LLP in San Diego, CA as partner and chair of the international private client practice.  Rebecca J. Winthrop joined the bankruptcy and insolvency department as of counsel at Fulbright & Jaworski LLP in Los Angeles, CA; Winthrop, who primarily represents lenders, hospitals, telecommunications companies and franchisors as creditors in Chapter 11 cases, was practicing with Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck LLP.


George Bird, a longtime South Bay attorney and Palos Verdes Estates' former Mayor, has been appointed by California Gov. Jerry Brown to a Los Angeles County judgeship.
A criminal attorney at Bird & Bird since 1993, he has been a member of the Palos Verdes Estates City Council since 2009. He also served as mayor from 2012 to 2013.

Alejandro N. Mayorkas was nominated byPresident Barak Obama for deputy secretary with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and sworn-in on December 23, 2013. Since 2009, Mayorkas was serving asdirector of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, a branch of the DHS. 

Congrats to alumnus (and part-time rocker) Perrie Weiner for taking his band Run DLA all the way to the top of Law Rocks, the battle of the law-firm bands!…/not-your-average-battle-…


Neil R. Barclay is the new executive director of The Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans, LA; Barclay was most recently senior consultant with the Arts Consulting Group in West Hollywood, CA and formerly was with the Performing Arts Center at the University of Texas and the August Wilson Center in Pittsburgh, PA.  Ralph H. Blakeney joined the Irvine, CA-based litigation boutique, Gordee, Nowicki & Augustini LLP, as a partner practicing complex commercial litigation; additionally, Blakeney’s son Hank became an Eagle scout on March 2013.  Lisa J. Perrochet received the first annual President’s Award from the Association of Southern California Dense Counsel (ASCDC); a partner at Horvitz & Levy LLP, Perrochet was recognized for her long-time board membership, her creation and editing the ASCDC’s Verdict magazine, and her leadership in updating ASCDC’s Web site. 


Gregg R. Cannady moved to Brown and Fortunato, P.C. in Amarillo, TX, where he is a general business law practitioner focusing on mergers and acquisitions, and corporate finance and governance.  Neil J. Sheff chairs the Sephardic Educational Center in Los Angeles, CA; Sheff practices immigration law and is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association of Southern California.


Top 100 Leading Women Lawyers in California
Janet I. Levine ’80
Linda C. Miller Savitt ’80
Christine D. Spagnoli ’86
Amy C. Fisch Solomon ’87
Los Angeles Daily Journal · May 8, 2013

Top 75 Labor and Employment Attorneys
Linda S. Husar ’80
Los Angeles Daily Journal · July 17, 2013

Top 75 Intellectual Property Litigators
Richard L. Stone ’83
Los Angeles Daily Journal · April 17, 2013