Abigail currently sits as a Commissioner on the inaugural Los Angeles Civil and Human Rights Commission. The Commission manages and advises on anti-discrimination efforts, provides remedies for such discrimination, promulgates policies and regulations, and makes recommendations to the Mayor and City Council.
Abigail earned her J.D. at the UCLA School of Law and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Southern California, magna cum laude. Abigail served on the Board of the Filipino American Library and Filipino American Heritage Institute for seven years, including two as Vice President. Abigail also served on the Board of the non-profit community service group Search to Involve Pilipino Americans in Historic Filipinotown.
Adrian was born and raised in Carson, California. He earned his B.A. in English, Summa Cum Laude, from Cal Poly Pomona and his J.D., with Honors, from Southwestern Law School.
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In 2015, Maridex moved from the Midwest to California to live out her passion to serve immigrant communities. Maridex has made numerous appearances before the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service based on matters such as asylum, adjustment of status, removal of conditions, and naturalization. She also represents clients in bond and removal proceedings before the Executive Office for Immigration Review. Maridex has secured waivers of inadmissibility for unlawful presence, misrepresentation and criminal grounds, as well as relief for victims of crimes and abused spouses. Maridex also handles employment-based immigration matters involving intracompany transferees, immigrant investors and individuals of extraordinary ability.
Maridex attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Arts and certificate in Asian American Studies. She earned her JD from the University of St. Thomas School of Law in Minneapolis, Minnesota. During law school, Maridex served as the 2L Class Representative and Secretary of UST School of Law Student Government and was an active member of the Asian Pacific American Law Student Association.
Jason earned his B.S. in Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics from UCLA and his J.D. from Loyola Law School. During law school, he served as a judicial extern at the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California to the Honorable S. James Otero. Jason also served as a Developments Editor for the Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review and worked for the Disability Rights Legal Center and Central Health Plan of California. Prior to law school, he worked as a histotechnologist and research associate at UCLA Neuropathology, where he co-authored several peer-reviewed journal publications examining the fields of neuro-oncology and Alzheimer’s disease.
John earned his J.D. from UCLA School of Law and his B.A., cum laude, from UC Riverside. An active member of the community, John is the Chair of the Board and Immediate Past President of PABA, a member of the UCLA School of Law Alumni Association Board of Directors, and the alternate regional governor for the Central California region for the National Filipino American Lawyers Association. Previously, John served as a member of the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Los Angeles County Board of Governors in 2018 and on the St. Thomas More Society of Los Angeles Advisory Committee from 2016 to 2018. John also mentors current and future law students, as well as junior attorneys in the Southern California area.
Outside of the law, John enjoys spending time with his fiancée, Nancy, and their dog, Rupert, exploring new restaurants, and cheering on their Los Angeles Rams.
Justin earned his LL.M. in ADR from USC Gould, his J.D. from Brooklyn Law School, and his B.A. in Philosophy from San Diego State University.
He earned his J.D. at Loyola Law School and his B.S. in Biomedical Engineering, with a minor in Political Science (concentrating in Law and Public Policy) from the University of Southern California. Mr. Nulud also previously clerked for the Supreme Court of the Republic of the Philippines and the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office: Consumer Protection Division.
Ernie serves on the Board of Directors of the USC Asian Pacific Alumni Association and Filipinos in Institutional Real Estate. He also serves as pro bono counsel for Search to Involve Pilipino Americans. Each fall, Ernie co-hosts a welcome reception for first-year USC students from the Philippines.
Ernie earned his J.D. from Cal and his B.S. in Public Policy, with a minor in Business, from USC.
Ely received her LL.M. at USC Gould with certificates in Transnational Law & Business and Media & Entertainment Law. She graduated with the Silver Medal of Excellence and Salutatorian of her J.D., M.B.A class at the FEU-DLSU Consortium. During law school, she served as an intern at the Office of the Solicitor General and ranked #2 in the Top 100 Best Oralists (with 4 matches) of the White & Case Philip C. Jessup International Moot Court Competition.
Ely earned her B.A. in Asian American Studies at UC Davis, where she developed holistic retention programs for underrepresented communities, served as Director for the Queer Pin@y Conference, and was on the planning committee of PNDA’s Filipino American Youth Leadership Conference.
She is admitted to practice law in California and the Philippines.
She served as the Filipino Bar Association of Northern California’s in-house counsel committee co-chair, and completed the inaugural mid-career fellowship for the California Asian Pacific American Bar Association (Cal-APABA) Leadership Education for Attorney Development (LEAD) program. She has obtained mindfulness, spaceholder, and instructor certifications including Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) 200, Office Yoga(TM), and Mental Health First Aid (Catholic Charities).
She completed a judicial clerkship for the California Superior Court for the County of Alameda and a judicial externship for the U.S. District Court Northern District of California. Her leadership earned the University of San Francisco School of Law the Henry J. Ramsey Jr. Diversity Award. At the University of California Davis, she served a preeminent appointment with now Chancellor Emeritus Larry N. Vanderhoef, one of her earliest professional experiences contributing to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEI) initiatives. She credits her foundation for nearly two decades of professional contributions to DEI, to mentorship by the UC Davis Departments of African American & African Studies and Asian American Studies, the UC Davis Cross Cultural and LGBTQIA Resource Centers, and The Greenlining Institute.
Ria received her B.A. in 2012 from the University of California, San Diego, where she double majored in Political Science and Communication. She received her J.D. in 2016 from UCLA School of Law. During law school, Ria served as a judicial extern at the California Supreme Court to Associate Justice Goodwin Liu.
Ms. Perez has extensive trial experience. She has served as lead trial associate on multiple trial teams, including in lengthy jury and bench trials. She also has served as a critical member of many other trial teams. She has argued complex motions, conducted cross and direct examinations of many witnesses, prepared and presented testimony from experts, and taken and defended depositions. She has substantial experience litigating in federal, state and territorial courts throughout the United States.
Ms. Perez also has extensive arbitration experience. She has represented clients, including plaintiffs and defendants, in connection with seven arbitrations and arbitration-related litigation. She has litigated all stages of arbitration proceedings, from demands for arbitration through arbitral hearings to arbitral awards and judicial review of arbitral awards. She has appeared as counsel before JAMS and AAA. In addition, she has conducted investigations as outside counsel for corporations.
Ms. Perez has represented one of the world’s most valuable apparel brands, a major travel retailer of luxury products, a technology start-up engaged in data services, a global financial institution, American sports icons and athletes, and major corporate sponsors of sporting events. She has developed significant skills as a litigation generalist with specific experience in investigations, government and governing body disputes, consumer and enterprise sales and marketing, data licensing and privacy, sports entertainment, and employment disputes.
Ms. Perez received her Juris Doctor degree magna cum laude in 2009 from Georgetown University Law Center, where she was elected to the Order of the Coif. While at Georgetown, she interned for the Honorable Judge Paul L. Friedman of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. Ms. Perez graduated magna cum laude from the University of California, Los Angeles, with a major in International Economics and a minor in Political Science.
Ms. Perez is admitted to practice law in the State of California.
Joseph is a junior editor for the Pepperdine Law Review and is writing an article about Filipino-Americans and affirmative action jurisprudence in law school admissions. He served as an extern to the Hon. Margaret M. Mann, Chief Judge for the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of California. He is currently pursuing another judicial internship in the Southern District of California.
Joseph resides in San Diego with his fiancée, Hayley. He is fluent in Kapampangan, Filipino, and proficient in Spanish. He is a die-hard fan of José Rizal, the Ateneo Blue Eagles, and Teddy Bruschi's New England Patriots.