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Board of Directors 2017-2018
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PRESIDENT

Olga Álvarez
    
Olga Álvarez
President 2017 - 2018 
Founder/Owner of Heisner Álvarez, APC
(858) 454-0142 | Email

Olga Álvarez is Co-Owner and Co-Founder of Heisner Álvarez, APC in La Jolla. She is a Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust & Probate Law by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization and is rated AV Preeminent by Martindale Hubbell™. Olga’s practice focuses on preserving and protecting assets for all clients, including both high net worth individuals and middle-income families. She litigates both trust and probate disputes, and administers complex trusts. Olga has been selected as a 2017 Super Lawyer, and additionally recognized as a Top 50 Super Lawyer. She has been included in San Diego Magazine’s 2017 Top Lawyers List for Trust and Estate Planning and has been named as 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. Olga teaches at the University of San Diego School of Law as an adjunct professor in the Civil Practicum course. She has received the SDCBA Service to Diversity Award and the “Women Who Mean Business Award” from the San Diego Business Journal. She was a finalist for SD Magazine’s Woman of the Year Award in 2015 and 2016, and has been named Best of the Bar by the San Diego Business Journal for four consecutive years. She has served as a member of the Board of Directors for the San Diego La Raza Lawyers Association Scholarship Fund and is a former Board member of the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center in Balboa Park. Olga is also the volunteer coordinator for the fall festival at her children's school. Olga received both her bachelor and master degrees from the University of Texas at Austin and graduated from the University of San Diego School of Law where she was inducted to the Order of the Barrister.


VICE PRESIDENTS

Danna Cotman
    
Danna Cotman
Vice President - Community Relations Section
Owner ARC IP Law, PC
(858) 729-0800 | Email

Cotman’s initiative, industry, intelligence and integrity are key to her success as owner of ARC IP LAW, PC, a boutique intellectual property (IP) law firm. With clients spanning industries from medical devices to fashion, she represents clients in patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret portfolio development and monetization; IP litigation; licensing negotiations; NDA’s; inter partes reviews; ITC customs enforcement anti-counterfeit efforts; and general business. Her Lawyers Club involvement includes mentorship, co-chair of Professional Advancement, Bylaws, and Membership committees. Cotman serves pro bono as a Temporary Judge in SDSC Small Claims. Cotman holds a JD, MBA, BSBA, and AA in Fashion Design.


    
Rebecca Kanter
Vice President - Programming Section
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 ten years she has prosecuted significant crimes, including public corruption, corporate fraud, and crimes against children. She is also an Adjunct Professor at USD School of Law. 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 as a co-chair of several Lawyer Club Committees, including Reproductive Rights & Women’s Advocacy, Annual Dinner, and Awards. 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. She was awarded the San Diego County Bar Association’s 2014 Award for Service by a Public Attorney and the Federal Bar Association's 2015 Elaine R. "Boots" Fisher Award for Community Service.

Frann Setzer
    
Frann Setzer
Vice President - Finance & Fundraising Section
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 via litigation as well as various methods of Alternate Dispute Resolution. Ms. Setzer has been actively involved in Lawyers Club for over a decade, and currently serves as Vice President of Finance and Fundraising. She also serves as a member of the ACC-Lawyers Club Joint Task Force, which examines issues of implicit bias in the legal profession. Ms. Setzer was formerly a Co-Chair of the Bench-Bar Committee, which is responsible for Lawyers Club’s programming involving members of the judiciary and the Equality and Action Committee. In 2015 and 2016, Super Lawyers Magazine named her as a Rising Star in family law.

Sara Simmons
 
Sara Simmons
Vice President - Policy & Membership Section
Trial Attorney at Mazzarella and Mazzarella, LLP
(619) 231-1337 | Email

Sara is a trial attorney at Mazzarella and Mazzarella, LLP, and practices business and general civil litigation. A graduate of California Western School of Law and UC Santa Barbara, Sara’s litigation experience includes advocating for victims of civil rights violations, financial elder abuse, discrimination and domestic violence. Previously, Sara served as Lawyers Club’s Secretary, co-chair of the Membership Development Committee, and as a member of the Sponsorship Committee. Her past experience also 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, both benefited Lawyers Club’s charitable arm, the Fund for Justice.
DIRECTORS

 
Yahairah Aristy
Deputy Public Defender at the Office of the Primary Public Defender
(858) 414-0975 | Email

Yahairah Aristy is a Deputy Public Defender in the County of San Diego since 2005. She earned her Juris Doctorate from Thomas Jefferson School of Law and a Masters in Clinical Psychology from Roosevelt University. She is bilingual in English and Spanish. As a Lawyers Club Board Member, she’ll be the Co-Affiliate Governor for California Women Lawyers (CWL). As a CWL member Yahairah helped plan the 2017 Annual Conference held in San Diego. Yahairah has co-chaired the Law Student Outreach Committee and been Lawyers Club’s representative for the Ethnic, Relations & Diversity Committee of the San Diego County Bar Association. She also is a member of the Diverse Women’s Committee (DWC) and Women’s Advocacy Committee (WAC). She has planned events and wrote articles for the DWC, and served as Scribe, written articles and legislation memorandums for the WAC. Yahairah serves as the Secretary for the Earl B. Gilliam Bar Foundation. She is a Trustee on the Board of Directors for transcenDANCE. She is an attorney coach for the Lincoln High School Mock Trial team.

 
Brigid Campo
Certified Family Law Specialist at Klueck & Hoppes, APC
(619) 448-6500 | Email

Brigid Campo is a Certified Family Law Specialist at Klueck & Hoppes, APC. She enjoys speaking on issues related to family law, mentoring newer attorneys, and is dedicated to Lawyers Club's mission. Campo has enjoyed chairing the Leadership Development Committee and Work-Life Balance Committee and looks forward to serving as a Director on the Board for Lawyers Club while chairing the new East County Working Group. She has also been recognized for her commitment to community service and pro bono work as a recipient of the SDCBA's 2016 Award for Outstanding Service by a New Attorney. Her favorite role of all, though, is as mother to her young son.

 
Roxy Carter
Staff Attorney at Legal Aid Society of San Diego, Inc.
(877) 534-2524 | 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 of Arts 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 internationally.

Elvira Cortez
 
Elvira Cortez
Associate at Sullivan, Hill, Lewin, Rez, and Engel
(619) 595-3268 | Email

Elvira Cortez is a civil litigation, insurance coverage, and construction defect attorney at Sullivan Hill Lewn Rez & Engel. Her experience includes representing large real estate developers, general contractors, and subcontractors in complex, multimillion-dollar litigation involving residential and commercial construction projects. She has also assisted local businesses by resolving commercial disputes and defending employment lawsuits. She is a graduate of UCLA and American University. Elvira has been named in San Diego Business Journal's Best of the Bar for 2016 and 2017. She also co-chairs Lawyers Club's Annual Dinner Committee.

Renie Leakakos
 
Renie Leakakos
Managing Attorney at Leakakos Law, APC
(760) 579-7667 | Email

Renie Leakakos, Esq. is the Founder and Managing Attorney of Leakakos Law, APC, a legal practice that supports entrepreneurs, small business, and emerging growth companies throughout California and Nevada. Founded in 2002, Renie’s vision has been to help clients pursue happiness, harmony, and freedom by protecting their business, assets, and ideas with sound legal representation. Originally from Chicago, Renie is a graduate of Loyola Marymount University and Loyola Law School. Renie actively supports women focused organizations, specifically serving as Entrepreneur Law Guru at Hera Hub Carlsbad, 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, focusing in the area of employment litigation and counseling. 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, co-chair of the Annual Dinner 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.

Tracy Schimelfenig

    
Tracy Schimelfenig
Assistant Treasurer
Attorney at California Business Law Group, PC
619-325- 1315 | Email

Tracy Schimelfenig is an attorney with California Business Law Group, PC. Her practice focuses on business and real estate litigation. She advocates for small to medium sized businesses and individuals in resolving disputes and has litigated claims involving breach of contract, fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, interference with business advantage, trademark and copyright infringement, unfair competition, defamation, and eminent domain. Tracy has been active in Lawyer Club leadership. Currently, she is a co-chair of the Annual Dinner Committee and has previously served as co-chair of the Red, White & Brew Committee and Professional Advancement Committee, as well as being involved on numerous other committees. Tracy received her B.A. from Marywood University and J.D. from California Western School of Law.
 Rebecca Zipp  
Megan Walker
Associate at Fisher Phillips
(858) 597-9611 | Email

Megan Walker is an attorney with Fisher Phillips, where she practices employment law, representing employers. Her practice includes litigation defense of single-plaintiff and class and collective action lawsuits, as well as employment advice and counseling. Megan has co-chaired Lawyers Club’s Women’s Advocacy Committee and Human Trafficking Collaborative and coordinated the General Counsel Roundtable luncheon. Megan is an alumna of New York University (B.A.), the Fashion Institute of Technology (A.A.S.), and the Ohio State University Moritz College of Law (J.D.). A beneficiary of the mentorship and sponsorship of several powerful women throughout her career, she seeks to advocate for those behind and next to her in the leadership pipeline.
 Rebecca Zipp  
Rebecca Zipp
Deputy District Attorney at San Diego County District Attorney’s Office
(619) 531-4391 | Email

Rebecca Zipp co-chairs Lawyers Club’s Women’s Advocacy Committee, and was the 2015 recipient of the C. Hugh Friedman New Lawyer Award. She also represents Lawyers Club on the Board of California Women Lawyers. She has chaired the Coalition for Reproductive Justice and serves on the Board of Ohr Shalom Synagogue. She works at the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office and has tried forty cases to jury verdict. Rebecca is assigned to the Economic Crimes division where she focuses her practice on securities and real estate fraud.
more Calendar

12/4/2017
A Trauma Informed Approach: Working With Victims of Human Trafficking

12/7/2017
Lawyers Club Thirsty Thursday

12/14/2017
Annual Fund For Justice Holiday Luncheon

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