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Board of Directors 2018-2019
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PRESIDENT






     Danna Cotman
President 2018-2019
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.




VICE PRESIDENTS

 







    

Roxy Carter

Vice President - Policy & Membership Section
Lead 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

Vice President - Finance & Fundraising Section
Associate at Dinsmore & Shohl, LLP
(619) 400-0452 | Email

Elvira Cortez is an attorney at Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, where she practices business, commercial, and employment litigation.  Her experience includes representing businesses in a variety of legal matters, including breach of contract, trademark and copyright infringement, interference with business advantage, and defending employment lawsuits.  Elvira received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Los Angeles and Juris Doctorate from American University College of Law.  Elvira has been named in the San Diego Business Journal's Best of the Bar for 2016 and 2017. Elvira previously co-chair Lawyers Club’s Annual Dinner Committee and Diverse Women’s Committee.

 






 

Renie Leakakos

Vice President - Special Projects Section
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, serving on the Advisory Board of Hera Hub, Inc., providing legal advice as Entrepreneur Law Guru at Hera Hub Carlsbad, mentoring start-ups for Hera Labs and participating as Director and Angel Investor at Hera Angels.

 







 

 

Carla Sanderson

Vice President – Community Relations Section

AVP Compliance, Legal & Risk

(858) 909-7629 | email

 

Carla Sanderson is in-house counsel at LPL Financial where she provides legal guidance on employment matters.  Previously, she was in private practice where she did employment litigation and counseling. Carla received her Bachelor of Commerce degree from McGill University and her law degree from California Western School of Law. Since joining Lawyers Club, she has held several leadership roles within Lawyers Club, including co-chair of the Student Committee, Annual Dinner Committee, and co-editor of Lawyers Club’s newsletter. In 2016, Carla was awarded the C. Hugh Friedman New Lawyer Award for her work in championing Lawyers Club’s mission.






 

Rebecca Zipp

Vice President - Programming Section
Deputy District Attorney at San Diego County District Attorney’s Office
(619) 531-4391 | Email

Rebecca Zipp was the 2015 recipient of the C. Hugh Friedman New Lawyer Award. She also represented Lawyers Club on the Board of California Women Lawyers. She has chaired the Coalition for Reproductive Justice and co-chair Lawyers Club’s Women’s Advocacy Committee.  Rebecca also 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.

     
DIRECTORS

 

 






 

Kimberly Ahrens

Owner at The Ahrens Law Office

(619) 230-0300 | Email 

 

Kimberly Ahrens continues to serve Lawyers Club, as she has since 2005, as a dedicated member and leader. Last year, Ahrens helped form the LGBTQ Task Force which gained committee status after just eight months. The committee coordinated various events acknowledging and addressing the unique challenges of LGBTQ attorneys and law students, including The Ask Workshop: 3 Secrets to Asking for More (and Getting It), the LGBTQ Rights Up For Interpretation?, a booth at San Diego Pride She Fest, and a Lawyers Club contingent to march in the Pride Parade. Over the years, she has served on the Diverse Women’s, Professional Advancement, and Events Committees where she helped organize numerous events including the inaugural Equal Pay Day Luncheon, the Annual Women of Color Reception, the Fall Judicial Reception, and luncheons. Outside of Lawyers Club, Ahrens devotes her work ethic and passion for diversity to our community by representing victims of discrimination and harassment.  

 








 

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 Public Defender’s Office for the County of San Diego since 2005 presently handling a wide array of felony cases. She earned her Juris Doctorate from Thomas Jefferson School of Law and a Masters in Clinical Psychology from Roosevelt University. She is an alumna of The Women Campaign School at Yale University. Yahairah is the Lawyers Club of San Diego Affiliate Governor for the board of directors for the California Women Lawyers, and co-chairs the Diverse Women’s Committee. She previously co-chaired the Membership Development and Law Student Outreach Committees. Yahairah serves as the Vice President for the Earl B. Gilliam Bar Foundation and the National Women Political Caucus – San Diego.

 

 

 




 

Brigid Campo

Secretary
Certified Family Law Specialist, Of Counsel at Ashworth Blanchet Christenson, LLP
(619) 234-8585 | Email

Brigid Campo is a Certified Family Law Specialist at ABC Family Law, a firm recognized for its long time support of Lawyers Club and dedication to its mission. She has been named as a Rising Star by Super Lawyers since 2015 and enjoys speaking on issues related to family law, mentoring newer attorneys. While serving Lawyers Club, Campo has chaired the Leadership Development Committee, Work-Life Balance Committee, and East County Working Group and currently acts as a Director on the Board for Lawyers Club and Co-Chair of the Reproductive Justice Committee. 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.

 







 

Amanda LoCurto

Assistant Secretary
Senior Associate at Singleton Law Firm
760-697-1330 | amanda@slffirm.com


Amanda LoCurto is an attorney at Singleton Law Firm where she focuses on fire litigation, personal injury, and post-judgment enforcement. Amanda has co-chaired the Women’s Advocacy Committee, Work-Life Balance Committee, and Reproductive Rights Committee, and has served on the Leadership Development and Professional Advancement Committees. Amanda is also a member of Consumer Attorneys of California and Consumer Attorneys of San Diego, WILDCOAST’s Baja Bash Committee, Run Women Run, and San Diego Leadership Alliance.

 








 

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

Tracy Schimelfenig is a litigation attorney with California Business Law Group, PC. Her practice focuses on business and trusts and estates litigation. She advocates for small to medium sized businesses and individuals in resolving disputes and has litigated claims in state and federal court involving breach of contract, fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, interference with business advantage, misappropriation of trade secrets, trademark and copyright infringement, unfair competition, defamation, invalidity of trusts, elder abuse, accounting, and eminent domain. Tracy has been active in Lawyer Club leadership for some time. Currently, she serves as Treasurer, co-chair of the Law Firm Outreach Committee and a member of the Sponsorship Committee. She has previously co-chaired other committees, including Annual Dinner, Red, White & Brew and Professional Advancement, as well as being very involved on numerous other committees. Tracy received her B.A. from Marywood University and J.D. from California Western School of Law.

 








 

Maggie Schroedter

Assistant Treasurer

Associate at Higgs Fletcher & Mack

(619) 236.1551 | Email

 

Maggie Schroedter is a business and bankruptcy litigator at Higgs Fletcher & Mack, LLP. She represents businesses and individuals as both debtors and creditors, as well as in bankruptcy litigation and bankruptcy appeals. Maggie’s litigation experience also includes complex business disputes involving breach of contract, fraud, intentional business torts, and preference and fraudulent transfer matters. Currently, Maggie is co-chair of the Membership Development Committee. Previously, Maggie served as co-editor of Lawyers Club News, led the team that spearheaded the inaugural Equal Pay Day Luncheon to raise awareness of gender pay inequality, and co-chaired the Equality and Action, Leadership Development and Student Committees.  She was recently selected as a 2018 American Bar Association On the Rise – Top 40 Young Lawyer, as well as a Super Lawyers Rising Star.

 








  Amanda Singer
Co-Owner at San Diego Family Mediation Center
858-707-5133 | amanda@sandiegofamilymediation.com

Amanda Singer is the co-owner and professional family mediator of San Diego Family Mediation Center where she works with couples going through divorce and other family conflicts who want to be able to stay out of court, keep their costs down and not hate each other at the of the process. Amanda is a graduate of Brandies University, Chapman University School of Law and Pepperdine University School of Law Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution. Amanda also sits on the board of the Academy of Professional Family Mediators. Currently Amanda is co-chair of the Law Firm Outreach committee and previously chaired Networking Events and the Red White and Brew fundraiser event.







 

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 is currently co-chair of the Annual Dinner Committee. 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.

 








 

Arlene Yang

Of Counsel at Brown Law Group

(619) 330-1700 | Email

 

Arlene Yang is Of Counsel at Brown Law Group, where she specializes in employment litigation and counseling for companies. Currently, she is co-chair of Lawyers Club’s Annual Dinner Committee and previously served as co-chair of Lawyers Club's Professional Advancement Committee. Outside of Lawyers Club, Arlene is co-chair of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association's Labor and Employment Committee, and a past-president of the Pan Asian Lawyers of San Diego. Arlene has extensive experience counseling and advising non-profit organizations and serves on the Board of Directors of transcenDANCE Youth Arts Project. Arlene is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and New York University School of Law. 

more Calendar

1/16/2019
Co-sponsored: PASD CLE Luncheon

2/1/2019
Co-sponsored Event: TJSL Women and the Law Conference 2019

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