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Board of Directors 2016-2017
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PRESIDENT

Jamie Quient
    
Jamie Quient
President 2016-2017
Associate at Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP
(619) 906-5735 | Email

Jamie Quient is an associate at Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP, where she represents companies and municipalities in all areas of civil litigation with a focus on intellectual property and insurance bad faith litigation. Prior to joining Procopio, she served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Michael M. Anello, District Court Judge in the Southern District of California. Jamie has served in a number of Lawyers Club leadership roles including co-chair of the Networking Events and Membership Development Committees and Vice President of the Community Relations Section. Jamie co-chaired the Lawyers Club Human Trafficking Task Force, an initiative of Lawyers Club to engage the legal community in the fight against human trafficking in San Diego.


VICE PRESIDENTS

Amanda Allen
    
Amanda Allen
Vice President - Community Relations Section
Founder of Enrich and Owner at Aguirre Allen Law
(619) 630-0621 | Email

Amanda Allen is the founder of Enrich, a professional co-workspace and community for lawyers, and managing attorney of Aguirre Allen Law, a business and real estate law firm. Amanda focuses on resolving disputes and managing risks in transactions. She is a mom, an athlete and a relentless advocate for women and girls. In 2013, Amanda received Lawyers Club’s inaugural C. Hugh Friedman New Lawyer Award. In 2014, the San Diego Business Journal recognized her as a finalist for the Women Who Mean Business Award. In 2015 and 2016, Super Lawyers Magazine named her as a Rising Star in real estate law.

Olga Álvarez
    
Olga Álvarez
Vice President - Finance & Fundraising Section
Founder/Owner of Heisner Álvarez, APC
(858) 454-0142 | Email

Olga Álvarez is a Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust & Probate Law. She is rated AV Preeminent by Martindale Hubbell™ and has been named one of the top ten attorneys in Trusts& Estates by the San Diego Daily Transcript as well as one of the top 25 attorneys in San Diego by San Diego Metro Magazine. In 2015, the San Diego Business Journal awarded her with the “Women Who Mean Business Award,” and she was a finalist for SD Magazine’s Woman of the Year Award. She has been named Best of the Bar by the SDBJ, and recently received the SDCBA Service to Diversity Award. She is a graduate of UT Austin and the USD School of Law where she was inducted to the Order of the Barrister.

Jennifer Chang
    
Jennifer Chang
Vice President - Policy & Membership Section
Associate at Gresham Savage Nolan & Tilden, PC
(619) 344-2975 | Email

Jennifer Chang is an Associate in the San Diego office of Gresham Savage Nolan & Tilden, PC, specializing in real estate and corporate transactions. Her real estate practice focuses on financing, acquisitions, and commercial leasing, and her corporate practice includes entity selection, formation, and operations. Jennifer co-chaired the Leadership Development Committee and the Lawyers Without Courtrooms, a committee dedicated to Lawyers Club’s in-house and transactional members. Jennifer received her B.A. from Duke University and her J.D. from the University of San Diego School of Law. She has been recognized as a 2012 San Diego Daily Transcript Top Young Attorneys Nominee, a 2013 finalist for San Diego Business Journal’s Women Who Mean Business Award, and a 2016 Super Lawyers Rising Star.

Susan Swan

    
Susan Swan
Vice President - Programming Section
Owner/Trial Attorney at Swan Employment Law
(619) 432-7935 | Email

Susan Swan represents employees in discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and wage theft litigation. A former Deputy District Attorney, she has first-chaired 20 jury trials. A UC Hastings graduate, she is a Daily Transcript 2014 and 2015 Top Attorney for Labor and Employment, San Diego Business Journal's Best of the Bar for 2014 and 2015, and a 2015 and 2016 Super Lawyers Rising Star. She has co-chaired Lawyers Club's Networking Events Committee and the Annual Dinner Committee.


DIRECTORS
   
Roxy Carter
Assistant Secretary
Staff Attorney at Legal Aid Society of San Diego, Inc.
(858) 531-7555 | Email

Roxy Carter is an attorney at the Legal Aid Society of San Diego, where she specializes in summary civil litigation, specifically focusing on unlawful detainers. While at Legal Aid she has worked extensively to help consumers obtain and retain access to healthcare services in San Diego County. Roxy received a Bachelor’s of Art in Sociology from University of California Irvine and a Juris Doctorate from the University of San Diego School of Law. After graduating and passing the California State Bar, she travelled throughout Latin America, volunteering as a Pro Bono attorney with environmental and marine conservation organizations in Puerto Rico, Costa Rica, Panama and Colombia.
 Elvira Cortez  
Elvira Cortez
Associate at Sullivan, Hill, Lewin, Rez, and Engel
(619) 595-3268 | Email

Elvira Cortez is an associate at Sullivan, Hill, Lewin, Rez, and Engel, where she is a member of Sullivan Hill’s construction litigation, insurance coverage, and business litigation practice groups. Her experience includes representing large real estate developers, general contractors, and subcontractors in complex, multi-million dollar litigation involving large residential and commercial construction projects. She has assisted local businesses by resolving commercial disputes and defending employment lawsuits. Elvira has extensive experience in interpreting commercial general liability policies and resolving disputes between policyholders and insurance companies. Elvira currently chairs the Diverse Women's Committee. She was awarded a B.A. from the University of California Los Angeles and a J.D. from American University Washington College of Law. San Diego Business Journal named her among its "Best of the Bar" for 2016.

Danna Cotman
    
Danna Cotman
Owner ARC IP Law, PC
(858) 729-0800 | Email

Danna Cotman has practiced law in San Diego since 1997, and owns ARC IP Law, a boutique law firm focused on patents, trademarks, litigation, real estate, and business law. Danna, who holds an MBA in addition to her JD, leads the trademark prosecution, and patent and business litigation at ARC IP Law. She also serves as a judge pro tem in the San Diego Superior Court’s Small Claims and Traffic Divisions. Danna is especially passionate about defending women’s reproductive rights and helping both men and women achieve work-life balance.

Tara Duester
    
Tara Duester
Associate at Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP
(619) 338-6596 |Email

Tara Duester joined Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP as an associate in the firm's labor and employment practice group. Tara was previously a labor and employment litigator for Brown Law Group. She served as the editor of Lawyers Club News, and is the California Women Lawyers liaison. While at Brown Law Group, she played a leadership role at NAMWOLF, a national organization committed to business development strategies for women and minority attorneys; and she has been a regular volunteer at the San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program's annual Women’s Resource Fair.


    
Rebecca Kanter
Treasurer
Assistant U.S. Attorney
(619) 546-7304 | Email

Rebecca Kanter is an Assistant United States Attorney in the Major Frauds & Special Prosecutions Section, where for over nine years she has prosecuted significant crimes, including public corruption, corporate fraud, and crimes against children. A graduate of UCLA School of Law, she began her career as a Central District law clerk before working as an associate at O’Melveny & Myers, LLP. Rebecca served two years as a co-chair of Lawyer Club’s Reproductive Rights & Women’s Advocacy Committee. Rebecca has been active in the community, including serving as a Southern District Lawyer Representative and a director for several non-profits, including WiLDCOAST and the UC Irvine Alumni Association, and was awarded the SDCBA’s 2014 Award for Service by a Public Attorney.
 Renie Leakakos  
Renie Leakakos
Managing Attorney at Leakakos Law, APC
(760) 579-7667 | Email

Renie Leakakos is the Founder of Leakakos Law, APC, a legal practice that supports entrepreneurs, small business, and emerging growth companies throughout California. As a business attorney, Renie’s vision has been to help clients pursue happiness, harmony, and freedom by protecting their business, assets, and ideas with sound legal representation. Renie has served on various committees including Annual Dinner, Membership, Bylaws & Policy (as co-Chair) and North County (Chair). As a North County Attorney and Resident, she is a member of the North County Bar Association, and past Lawyers Club liaison. Renie actively supports women-focused organizations, specifically serving as Entrepreneur Law Guru at Hera Hub, mentor to women business owners at Hera Labs and advisor to Hera Fund.

Carla Sanderson

    
Carla Sanderson
Associate at TencerSherman LLP
(858) 408-6904 | Email

Carla Sanderson is an associate at TencerSherman LLP, and focusing in the areas of employment litigation and school district defense. Carla received her Bachelor of Commerce degree from McGill University and her law degree from California Western School of Law. Carla has held several leadership roles within Lawyers Club, including co-chair of the Student Committee and co-editor of Lawyers Club News, the organization’s monthly newsletter. In 2016, Carla was awarded the C. Hugh Friedman New Lawyer Award for her work in championing Lawyers Club’s mission.

Frann Setzer
    
Frann Setzer
Principal at The Law Office of Frann Setzer, APLC
(858) 999-3000| Email

Frann Setzer is a California State Bar Certified Family Law Specialist, MBA, and owner of the family law firm The Law Office of Frann Setzer, APLC, which handles complex family matters. She has been named as a 2015 and 2016 "Rising Star" by Super Lawyers. Fran has been actively involved in Lawyers Club for over a decade, and served as Co-Chair of the Equality and Action, that is responsible for Lawyers Club’s Annual Equality Survey and for its Equal Payday Luncheon, addressing causes that are especially important to her. Frann is also a member of the Sponsorship Committee.

Sara Simmons
 
Sara Simmons
Secretary
Trial Attorney at Mazzarella and Mazzarella, LLP
(619) 231-1337 | Email

Sara is a trial attorney at Mazzarella and Mazzarella, LLP, and focuses on business and general civil litigation. A graduate of California Western School of Law and UC Santa Barbara, Sara’s trial experience includes advocating for victims of civil rights violations, financial elder abuse, discrimination and domestic violence. Currently, Sara serves as Lawyers Club’s Secretary, co-chair of the Membership Development Committee, and as a member of the Sponsorship Committee. Her past experience includes co-chairing the Equality and Action Committee where she moderated a panel of highly distinguished speakers at the Equality and Action Survey Luncheon and co-hosted the Equal Pay Day Luncheon. Sara also previously planned Lawyers Club’s Red White and Brew fundraiser and Golf Tournament, which achieved record levels of sponsorship. Sara brings positive focus, creative planning and excitement to Lawyers Club.
 Rebecca Zipp  
Rebecca Zipp
Deputy District Attorney at San Diego County District Attorney’s Office
(619) 531-4391 | Email

Rebecca graduated from the New York University School of Law in 2007, moved to San Diego, and joined the District Attorney’s Office. She has prosecuted and tried a variety of crimes, including fraud, domestic violence, attempt murder and murder cases. Rebecca has long been active in Lawyers Club, co-chairing both the Reproductive Rights and Women’s Advocacy Committee and the Awards Committee. In 2015, she was honored to receive Lawyers Club’s C. Hugh Friedman New Lawyer Award.
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2/3/2017
Coffee and Conversations

2/8/2017
Dine Around with Cynthia Chihak

2/8/2017
SOLD OUT! - Dine Around with Hon. Cynthia Bashant

2/8/2017
SOLD OUT! Dine Around with Hon. Judith Haller

2/9/2017
LC Red, White & Brew Event

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