CWSL Website









Career Services

PART I: EXPLORING OPTIONS IN CIVIL LAW

 Thursday, September 20, 2012
12:15 – 1:30 p.m. (Moot Court Room – Lunch Provided*)

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

Sponsored by Career Services Office

Panelists:

ERIK IDETA, Esq. (CWSL ‘08 /Associate, Troutman Sanders, LLP)Mr. Ideta is an associate in the Business Litigation practice group at Troutman Sanders, LLP, a national full service law firm. He represents clients in a wide range of commercial disputes, including breach of contract claims, business torts, and partnership disputes. He has experience representing financial institutions, borrowers and real estate developers in foreclosure and guaranty actions, and has obtained favorable results for clients both prosecuting and defending these claims. Prior to joining the firm, Erik earned his JD from California Western where he was a member and editor of the Law Review.

 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; litigation; 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 USD (BA ’91, Philosophy) and earned his JD from California Western. 

 MARK VASALLO, Esq. (Vasallo Law, PC) Mr. Vasallo has a broad base of experience representing individuals, small businesses, and Fortune 500 companies. He has 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, IRS actions, employment claims, contract matters, product liability, construction defect, torts, and negligence. He has worked on cases as large as the $3.55 Billion litigation claim involving the World Trade Center disaster, as well as small individual litigation matters. Licensed to practice in California, Florida, the U.S. Tax Court, and Court of Federal Claims, he has practiced around the country.  He earned his JD, magna cum laude, from The University of Miami School of Law where he was Executive Editor of the Inter-American Law Review.

ELIZABETH BLUST, Esq. (CWSL ‘09 / CWSL Access to Law Initiative)  Following a ten-year career in real estate development, Ms. Blust pursued her law degree to help people more personally with their real estate issues. After graduating from California Western in 2009, she established herself as a sole practitioner focusing on estate planning and real estate issues. “After all,” she says, “people who own real estate in California are great candidates for estate planning.” She also began volunteering with Legal Aid’s unlawful detainer (eviction) clinics. In July 2012, she joined the California Western School of Law Access to Law Initiative to nurture her practice while increasing her commitment to pro bono legal service.

 ELIZABETH M. BROWN, Esq. (CWSL ‘99 / Partner, Lowenstein Brown, APLC)  Ms. Brown joined Michele Lowenstein’s family law practice in 2004 and became a partner in 2009. She earned her BA in Social Welfare and Political Science from the UC Berkeley in 1994 and her JD from California Western in 1999. During law school, she served as President of the Public Interest Law Foundation and helped develop a grants program for students in pro bono internships. She interned in the areas of juvenile law and criminal law and was awarded the Alec L. Cory Scholarship for outstanding Pro Bono Service and a second scholarship from the Foundation of the State Bar of California. After law school, Ms. Brown entered the Peace Corps and worked in the Kingdom of Tonga advocating for youth through grassroots projects and grant writing. Her work in California and across the globe taught her that there are many solutions for a problem. Currently she assists families through various Family Law proceedings in court, four-way meetings, mediation and other non-litigated means.

Leave a Reply

All comments will be subject to approval by a moderator. Comments may fail to be approved or may be edited if the moderator deems that they:
  • . contain unsolicited advertisements ("spam"),
  • . are unrelated to the subject matter of the post or of subsequent approved comments, or
  • . contain ad hominem attacks or abusive or gratuitously offensive language.

Proudly powered by WordPress.
Copyright © California Western School of Law. All rights reserved.