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Tomorrow’s Exploring Options panel event will focus on civil practice from the perspective of experienced attorneys with a wide range of legal practices in diverse settings ( i.e., small firm, large firm, in-house, etc.)  In addition to discussing their relative practice areas, the attorneys will offer insight as to how best prepare for practice in the various work environments represented by the panel.  Lunch will be provided, as well as refreshments after the program.

 PART I: EXPLORING OPTIONS IN CIVIL LAW

Thursday, September 22, 2011

12:15 – 1:30 p.m. (Moot Court Room)

 (Reception with the panelists will follow the program in the Roy Bell Reading Room)

Panelists:

JEFFREY D. CAWDREY, Esq.  (CWSL ‘85/Partner – Gordon & Rees, LLP) 

Mr. Cawdrey is a partner of Gordon & Rees, LLP, a national, full service law firm.  His practice concentrates on bankruptcy law and litigation, including under chapter 11, and complex business and commercial litigation in State and Federal courts and in alternative dispute forums. Mr. Cawdrey earned his J.D. from California Western where he was a member and editor of the Law Review.  After law school, Mr. Cawdrey served a one year clerkship with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of California before commencing private practice. He is a court appointed mediator for the U.S. Bankruptcy Court,  a member of the California State Bar Federal Courts committee, a member of the S.D. County Public law Library governing board of trustees, and a past president and director of the S.D. Bankruptcy Forum. 

MARK VASALLO, Esq. (Vasallo Law, PC)

Mr. Vasallo has a broad base of experience representing individuals, small businesses, and Fortune 500 companies. Mr. Vasallo practiced as a litigator at international law firm, Cozen O’Connor, and has also served as in-house counsel to a national student financial services firm, with over $9 Billion in assets. His litigation practice is focused primarily on business disputes, I.R.S. actions, employment claims, contract matters, product liability, construction defect, torts, and negligence. Having worked on the $3.55 Billion litigation claim involving the World Trade Center disaster, as well as numerous claims in excess of $10 Million, he has the experience to handle litigation matters of any size. Licensed to practice before the U.S. Tax Court, He has also defended numerous corporate and individual clients against I.R.S. actions, successfully reducing claimed taxes and penalties. As a corporate attorney, he has counseled on securitization of over $5 Billion in asset backed securities, purchase and sale of private held companies, and mergers and acquisitions. He has also advised clients on trademark, insurance, and employment matters. He earned his J.D., magna cum laude, from The University of Miami School of Law. Attending on an academic scholarship, he was Executive Editor of the Inter-American Law Review and worked for the Federal Court in the chambers of The Honorable William C. Turnoff, Southern District of Florida. Mark is licensed to practice law in Florida and California.

JOHN DEL PROPOST, Esq. (Larson & Soleki, LLP)

Mr. Del Propost’s practice emphasizes corporate law, business transactions, employment law, and real estate matters. He represents clients in all aspects of forming and operating corporations, limited liability companies, partnerships and other business entities, and provides guidance on matters such as corporate governance and buy-sell arrangements among business owners. He counsels businesses on employment law compliance issues, and in negotiating and documenting employment agreements, employee handbooks, and severance agreements. Mr. Del Propost’s expertise also encompasses a variety of sophisticated real estate matters, including acquisitions and dispositions, commercial leasing, and secured lending transactions.  Mr. Del Propost received a juris doctor degree from Pepperdine University School of Law, where he graduated magna cum laude. He received a bachelor of arts degree from the College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio, where he graduated with honors, and Phi Beta Kappa.

LUIS E. VENTURA, Esq. (CWSL ‘94/ Law Office of Luis E. Ventura)

Mr. Ventura’s practice focuses primarily on the representation of homeowner associations and commercial owners associations.  This includes providing advice on all types of corporate matters including general corporate governance; directors’ and officers’ best practices and litigation defense; premises liability; drafting, interpretation, and enforcement of CC&Rs, bylaws, and other governing documents; assessment (dues) enforcement and collection; and other association matters. He also advises associations on risk management, insurance, and contract issues.  Mr. Ventura is a graduate of the University of San Diego (B.A. ‘91) and earned his law degree from California Western School of Law.  He has served on the San Diego County Bar Association’s Legal Ethics Committee since 2002 and is a vice-president of the South Bay Bar Association.

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