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Don Barich '75 is a candidate for the U.S. Congress in 2010 representing the 15th District of California encompassing Santa Clara, West San Jose, Los Gatos, Milpitas and parts of Gilroy.
Debbie (Evans) Baker B.S. '75, MA '85 wishes to announce that daughter Julie Baker received her MBA from Santa Clara in June 2009. Subsequently, she married Ryan Broms at the Mission Church on Oct. 3, 2009. In addition, Debbie and her husband, Paul were blessed with their first grandchild, Logan Swirsding on Jan. 22, 2009. His parents are Debbie and Paul's older daughter, Katie, and her husband, Dave. Debbie lives in Los Altos, Calif., and is a volunteer with Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County working with the clients of the Refugee Resettlement Program and has had a Bhutanese family and an Iraqi woman living with her and her husband within the last couple of years. Life is great!
James Baker ’75, J.D. '80, veteran ERISA litigator, has joined Baker & McKenzie as a partner in the San Francisco/Palo Alto office, adding 30 years of experience in the entire spectrum of employee benefit and executive compensation matters.
Described by Chambers USA as “an ERISA legend on the West Coast,” Mr. Baker’s practice focuses on ERISA litigation and the counseling of employers on ERISA, employee benefit and executive compensation issues. Among Mr. Baker’s most notable cases, he was the lead attorney in five ERISA stock drop class action cases resulting in consecutive client victories using five different legal theories: In re First American Corp. ERISA Litigation, (C.D. Cal. 2009); In re Dell ERISA Litigation, (W.D. Tex. 2008); Spivey v. The Southern Company, (N.D. Ga. 2006); In re Administrative Committee ERISA Litigation, (N.D. Cal. 2005); and Ogden v. Americredit Corp., (N.D. Tex. 2005). He also regularly represents clients in federal district and appellate courts across the country.
“We are very pleased that Jim has joined Baker & McKenzie,” said Rick Hammett, Chair of the firm’s North American Compensation and Employment Law Practice Group. “Jim is widely regarded as one of the top ERISA litigators in the U.S., and he joins a strong ERISA litigation practice at our firm. I know our clients will value his significant experience and insight, particularly in ‘stock drop’ cases, which continue to be an issue for many companies.”
“Jim is a great addition to our San Francisco/Palo Alto Office,” said Shane Byrne, Managing Partner of the firm’s San Francisco and Palo Alto offices. “His impressive experience and credentials enhance our strong employment law practice, and increase the range of services we can offer clients in California and beyond.”
“I’m excited to join Baker & McKenzie,” said Mr. Baker. “Baker & McKenzie has one of the preeminent global employment practices, and its impressive depth and international reach are terrific complements to my practice.”
Mr. Baker has been repeatedly cited as one of the top employment law and ERISA litigation lawyers in the U.S. Best Lawyers in America named Mr. Baker as the 2012 “ERISA Litigation Lawyer of the Year” for San Francisco, and the National Law Journal has honored him as one of the nation's 40 best ERISA attorneys. Recognized in Chambers USA every year since 2007, the leading directory noted in 2011 that he has been “handling very prominent cases and producing work of the highest quality.” In addition, he’s been listed in other legal directories as a leading attorney nationally for ERISA litigation, including the Legal 500 US (2008–2011), The Best Lawyers in America (2009–2012), and Northern California Super Lawyers (2005–2011). He was inducted into the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel as a Fellow in 2011.
Mr. Baker is co-chair of the American Bar Association’s ERISA and Pension Litigation Subcommittee of the Committee on Business and Corporate Litigation. Since 2006 he has been the primary author and Editor of the “ERISA Litigation” chapter for the ABA’s Annual “Developments in Business and Corporate Law” treatise. He is the Contributing Editor of the Benefits Law Journal. He also serves as a mediator on ERISA cases for the U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Eastern districts of California. In addition, he is a volunteer attorney for the AIDS Legal Referral Panel.
Mr. Baker previously practiced at Winston & Strawn. He received his B.A. in 1975 and his J.D. in 1980 from Santa Clara University. He received his L.L.M. in Tax from Georgetown University in 1983.
Daniel T. Zorn ’76 is director of finance and technology services at Cal State University San Marcos.
Lynne Yates-Carter ’72, J.D. ’76 is celebrating her 30th year as a certified specialist. She is a litigator and also serves as an expert witness on family law issues.
Patricia Williams '76 moved from Ohio to Oregon. She is enjoying 36 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren, with two more on the way. She is serving as secretary to Amici d' Italia, an Italian cultural organization.
Jeff Tarzwell '76 if CFO for Redwood City Electric. His wife Bridget '75, MBA '76 is busy building her printing business in Sacramento.
Freshman Dorm: McLaughlin
Robert Strunck '76 writes: "I am retiring from the Cook County Office of the Public Defender on July 31 to enter Private Practice, specializing in, what else, Criminal Defense. It has been quite a ride from representing an individual who currently sits atop the standings for the most murder convictions in the history of the State of Illinois to the Abolition of the Death Penalty, with 2 victories in Triple Murder cases thrown in for good measure. I spent the last 22 years of a 30 year stretch in the Murder Task Force....I have seen and heard it all. George Giacomini would have made a great Judge."
Patrice (Mueller) Stork '76 welcomes her first grandbaby, Caitlin. Her daughter is also an '09 SCU graduate.
Freshman Dorm: Walsh
Mimi Sherman-Braatz '76 writes: "Since 1984, I've been running my own advertising and marketing company, Mimi Braatz & Associates. My husband, Skip, is a commercial RE broker and we have two 'kids'. Biggest news -- our daughter Lauren and her husband just had a baby boy named Max on 2/19/11. Our son Mark is head of Operations and Sales & Marketing for a Bay Area tech start-up, Etology, Inc. We live in the Willow Glen neighborhood of SJ."
Steven Schumann '76 writes: "Back to managing the work at SLOCO Data & Printing after visiting Cabo San Lucas for 11 days. Adjusting to two adult children now back living at home with us parents. Maybe I should ship them off to Santa Clara!"
Florian Rothbrust ’76 writes: "We are expecting our second grandchild in December 2012."
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Risë Pichon ’73, J.D. ’76 was honored with the Santa Clara Law Social Justice and Human Rights Award in October 2011 in honor of her work for equality and human rights during her career.
Freshman Dorm: Swig
Margaret "Gret" Ontiveros '76 has been teaching for the last 35 years. She is currently beginning her fifth year as principal of Juan Pacifico Ontiveros School. She and her husband Paul have six adult children. "Regrettably, none are Broncos," she writes. Margaret enjoys running, working in her rose garden, and spending time with friends and family.
Dennis O'Hara '76 has been honored for the second year as a "Power Broker" by Risk & Insurance magazine. This honor comes as Risk & Insurance performs research to identify the top men and women in the property/casualty brokerage segment of the insurance industry. His classification and industry focus within the awards is nonprofits. "More important," he writes, "I've been SCU's insurance broker for the last eight years -- and hopefully many more to come. I lead at team at Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. that coordinates insurance analysis, purchasing and risk management consulting at SCU (and USF, Loyola Marymount and the California Jesuit Province). On the SCU campus we are directed by and support Bob Warren, Harry Fong and Sam Florio."
Freshman Dorm: Swig
Mike O'Hara '76 writes: "Mary '77 and I are healthy and living in San Diego. Children are Sean, Dan, Katie, Jim and Patrick. We root for the Aztecs and USD these days."
Freshman Dorm: Dunne
Martin Morici '76 writes: "I have been in the commercial real Estate business for 34 years. I have two children: Adianna, who is 27, and Mary, who is 25. They are both graduates of Jesuit education--Mary from Loyola Chicago and Adrianna from Loyola Chicago. I am living my passion of travel and spend a month a year traveling the European continent and learning Italian."
Kate McDermott '76 is the creator and founder of Art of the Pie. Since 2006 she has taught the time-honored craft of pie making to thousands. One of the most highly sought-after culinary instructors in the United States, Kate is widely acknowledged as one of the best makers of pie ever. Named "Food Rock Star" by Seattle Magazine, Kate has given her Art of the Pie workshop to food luminaries and has received high praise from Ruth Reichl, former editor of Gourmet, Dorie Greenspan, Elise Bauer (Simply Recipes) and many others. Her blackberry pie was featured in Saveur Magazine's Top 100 Issue and appeared on the cover. She has been written about in numerous books, magazines & blogs by award-winning authors. A practitioner of kindness, she aspires to pass on the craft of pie-making to as many as she can. She has two children and lives at her home, Pie Cottage, in Port Angeles, WA.
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Dr. Patrick J. Lydon '76 is Director of Clinical Markering and Training for NeoVista Inc. An early phase Medical Device and Clinical Research company in Newark, Calif. Pat is on an extended two-year assignment in Europe -- living in London. "Come visit," he writes.
Dr. Pat Lydon '76 is an optometrist and the Director of Global Clinical Training and Marketing for NeoVista, Inc — an Ophthalmic Medical Device and Clinical Research firm based in the Bay Area. He is based in London, England. Enjoying golf, poker, scuba, and guitar — plus catching up with old friends. Feel free: email@example.com
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