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Richard S. Falcone J.D. ’80 has returned to the Orange County, Calif., law firm Littler Mendelson, P.C., the nation's largest employment and labor law firm representing management.
Falcone rejoins Littler from the Los Angeles office of Payne & Fears, LLP, where he was the managing partner. He specializes in employment law and litigation, and has experience representing management in state and federal courts and administrative agencies. His clients span a number of different industries, including technology, home health care, and entertainment.
He has handled matters involving all aspects of employment law and litigation, such as wrongful termination, discrimination claims, sexual harassment, wage and hour, trade secrets misappropriation, unfair competition, labor relations, occupational safety and health, and workplace violence. In addition, Falcone advises employers on issues related to state and federal employment and labor relations law, including litigation avoidance, employee terminations, workplace investigations, drafting compensation and severance packages, proprietary information protection, reduction-in-force, and workplace violence.
"We are so excited to welcome Rich back to Littler," said Fermin Llaguno, the managing shareholder of the firm's Orange County office. "Rich's thirty-plus years of traditional labor and employment litigation experience fit perfectly into our local growth strategy, as do his wide-ranging expertise and leadership skills. Rich's homecoming is sure to be a very happy one for him, the firm, and most importantly, our clients."
Falcone speaks regularly on various employment law subjects, including e-discovery, leaves of absence, sexual harassment, union organizing, and litigation overview. He is a member of the Labor and Employment Law Section of the American, California, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Santa Clara County Bar Associations.
"In the end, Littler is the best place for both me and my clients," Falcone said about his return to the Firm. "I look forward to putting my experience into practice here, and helping to expand the capabilities of our Orange County office."
Falcone received his J.D. from University of Santa Clara Law School and B.S. from Tusculum College cum laude. He is admitted to practice in the states of California and New Jersey.
Sean Everton '80 has been inducted into the Los Gatos High School Hall of Fame. Everton was a great baseball player for the Wildcats, and the Los Gatos graduate was the team captain on the '76 club that finished second to Leigh in the West Valley Athletic League race. A two-year starter for the Wildcats, Everton led the squad in batting average, extra base hits and total bases in both his junior and senior seasons. Everton hit .338 (25 for 74) as a junior with eight extra base hits and 35 total bases (sharing that lead with teammate Steve Hosmer), and he came back to hit .397 (29 for 73) as a senior with 11 extra base hits and 46 total bases. He went on to star at Santa Clara University, where he won all-conference honors, and he was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays. Everton played two seasons of professional baseball. Everton was also a starting wide receiver on the Los Gatos football team.
Rabbi Bruce Dollin ’80 is the rabbi at the Hebrew Educational Alliance of Denver, a position he has held since 1994. He previously served as the spiritual leader of Adath Shalom in Dover, New Jersey. He serves on the boards of the Central Agency for Jewish Education and the Jewish Community Center. He is also an active member of the Rocky Mountain Rabbiinical Council. He and his wife, Tammy Dollin, have four children, Yonaton, Yeshai, Akiva, and Aviva.
Trina C. de La Chapelle ’80 is happy to announce that she adopted her 9-year-old foster child, Carla, on Oct. 26, 2011. They live in Santa Rosa, Calif.
James P. Cunningham '80 has been named Partner at Liner Grode in San Francisco. Cunningham was also recently nominated and elected into the American Board of Trial Advocates.
Jeffrey H. Cooper MBA ’80 was appointed chief financial officer at KaloBios Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Cooper has more than 25 years of experience in the life sciences industry and was previously senior vice president and CFO of BioMarin Pharmaceutical, Inc.
Christine Canelo ’80, M.A. ’85 is working as a marriage and family therapist at Kaiser Permanente Adult Psychiatry in Campbell, Calif.
Philip S. Camilleri J.D. ’80 is an educational psychologist for San Benito County Office of Education. He evaluates students with educational needs, does administration in special education, and has knowledge in special education law.
John Blaettler MBA ’80, has been named "Man of the Year," one of seven "Spice of Life" awards given annually by the Gilroy Chamber of Commerce. The organization nominates and votes for the individuals, businesses and educators who go above and beyond; demonstrating a high level of involvement and commitment to the communities they not only serve, but dually call home.
The Chamber describes Blaettler, 60, as "well known for his financial expertise as a local accountant and also for his steadfast commitment and contributions to our community;" a past Gilroy Garlic Festival president, Gilroy native and trusted financial guru of 32 years who serves in an advisory capacity to the Gilroy Garlic Festival and Gilroy Foundation board of directors.
He began working as a public accountant in 1979 in Gilroy, and has been working independently since 2000.
Blaettler is married to Lee Blaettler, with whom he has two daughters - Genevieve, 26; who lives in Portland, Ore.; and Morgan, a first-grader attending St. Mary School on First Street in Gilroy. Blaettler also had a son, Sean, who died at age 27.
The Chamber describes Blaettler as an avid volunteer who has lent his expertise to several organizations including the Gilroy Arts Alliance, South County Symphony and the Gilroy Historical Society, where he helped to "sharpen and maintain sound accounting practices, develop procedures to reduce costs and increase revenues, and create a five-year budget plan. All of these nonprofit organizations benefit the community of Gilroy."
When he isn't crunching numbers or volunteering, Blaettler enjoys camping, playing racquetball, traveling and spending time with his family.
Charles (Chuck) Berger MBA '80 is the chairman and CEO of ParAccel. Mr. Berger is an established chief executive and director with 30 years experience in technology including extensive P&L, general management, marketing and financing experience in high growth, large and mid-sized companies. Prior to ParAccel, he served as the Chief Executive Officer and President of DVDPlay Inc. Before that Mr. Berger was CEO of Nuance Communications and has also served as CEO of Vicinity Corporation, AdForce, Inc. and Radius Inc. He has also held executive positions in finance, marketing and sales at Apple Computer and Sun.
Chuck Berger currently serves on the Boards of Tier Technology (NASDAQ: TIER) and Bucknell University: Trustee. He received his BS in Business Administration from Bucknell University and his MBA, Cum Laude from the University of Santa Clara.
Charles "Chuck" Berger MBA ’80 is the new president and CEO of Extreme Networks, a tech company. He's also been elected to the board of directors.
Berger is joining Extreme Networks following the successful sale of ParAccel, a privately held software analytics company to Actian. He is an established CEO and director with 30 years of experience in the technology sector, including extensive P&L, general management, marketing and financing experience in high growth, large and mid-sized companies. Prior to ParAccel, Berger served as the CEO of DVDPlay, Nuance Communications, Vicinity Corporation, AdForce, and Radius. He has also held executive positions in sales, marketing and finance at Apple and Sun Microsystems.
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.
Shareen Young '81 writes: "My Husband, Richard and I will be celebrating our 18th wedding anniversary in September. Having fun raising our 16 yr old son in Irvine, CA. Traveling the world heading up Business Development for the Aerospace company, Klune Industries, Inc."
Davide Vieira ’81 retired from IBM in 2011 after thirty years of service. Among many highlights was his stint as webmaster for the IBM Year 2000 Technical Support Center. Davide and wife Theresa (Freitas) '80 celebrated another milestone in 2011 -- their thirtieth wedding anniversary. They became sweethearts in Dale Mugler's Advanced Calculus class in 1978 and solved countless mathematics problems in O'Connor Hall's Sussman Room on their way to earning degrees in mathematics.
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Peggy Donovan-Verheul '81 writes: "I am a physical therapist and reside in Hanford, Calif., with my husband, Eric, and our three children, Sarah, Meghan, and Matthew."
Diana (Sutton) Van Cleve J.D. '81 and husband Bill welcomed their eighth greatgrandchild in May 2011—another boy!
Jeanine Tucker '78, J.D. '81 is a court operations manger for the Stanislaus County Superior Court. She oversees the daily operations of several court divisions and has participated in salary negotiations for both labor and management. Tucker is also active in community service, which she has primarily been doing through the Lions Club for the past 15 years.
Jeanine D. Tucker ’78, J.D. ’81 is the new court executive officer with the Tuolumne County Superior Court. Tucker had worked for the Stanislaus County Superior Court since 1991. She most recently served as the operations manager for eight years, managing a staff of about 140 employees.
David Strong J.D. '81 writes: "I continue serving as managing partner at Branson, Brinkop Griffith & Strong in Redwood City. Last year we opened our branch office in Phoenix, Ariz., managed by fellow Santa Clara alum John Campo '88, J.D. '91. We are an insurance coverage, civil litigation, and business firm serving clients throughout California, Arizona and nationally."
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Laurel B. Silver M.A. '81 has been named Vice President for Student Affairs at Prescott College in Arizona. She also serves on the regional executive committee for the National Association of Student Personnel Administration (NASPA).
In addition to serving as president of Sunwest Wild Rice and vice president of Sunwest Foods, Inc., John Sasbrook '81, MBA '83 recently released first vintages of Sierra Rose Syrah from his family vineyard.
Kirk M. Sanfilippo '81 has been serving as the Chief of Harbor Police for the San Diego Unified Port District since 2003. He and his wife, Jody, are thrilled to be retiring in January 2010 and moving to Oregon.
Kirk M. Sanfilippo '81 retired to Roseburg, Oregon, in May of 2010 with his wife, Jody. In June, 2012, he came out of retirement and was hired as the Chief of Police for the City of Sutherlin, Oregon. Kirk and Jody still reside in Douglas County, Oregon.