Cherisse H. Cleofe is an associate at Kiesel Law LLP. Her practice focuses on mass tort litigation against pharmaceutical companies and medical device manufacturers. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Cleofe was involved in practice development at JAMS. She was also a volunteer attorney at the Legal Aid Society of Orange County. Ms. Cleofe received her B.S. in Management Science from the University of California, San Diego and her J.D. from the University of San Francisco School of Law. She is currently on the LACBA Barristers Executive Committee and serves as the Chair of the Recruiting Taskforce for the USF School of Law Board of Governors.
Abigail Zelenski is the founding attorney at Zelenski Law (firstname.lastname@example.org). Zelenski Law is a boutique law firm that focuses on servicing clients on employment and labor issues, including general advice and counsel, wrongful termination, harassment, wage and hour, and litigation. Throughout her career, Abigail has focused extensively on class actions involving primarily wage-and-hour and other consumer violations. Over the past fifteen years, Abigail has worked to settle over forty class actions and mass actions, recovering millions on behalf of employees and consumers in a wide range of industries. For the past six years, 2013 through 2018, Abigail was named a Super Lawyer Rising Star. In 2019, Abigail was honored as a Super Lawyer.
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 was the past Vice President of the Board of the Filipino American Library and Filipino American Heritage Institute, where she dedicated seven years of community service. In October 2012, Abigail was elected by Los Angeles residents to the Governing Board of the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council, where she served her term through April 2014. Abigail also currently serves on the Board of the non-profit community service group, Search to Involve Pilipino Americans.
Adrian is a Deputy District Attorney with the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office. Since becoming a prosecutor in 2007, Adrian has successfully prosecuted felony jury trials to verdict, ranging from murders, domestic violence, child abuse, sexual assault cases, including rape, and child molestation. Currently, he is a member of the Sex Crimes Division, where he exclusively prosecutes child sexual abusers.
Adrian was born and raised in Carson, California. He earned his B.A. in English, Summa Cum Laude, from Cal Poly Pomona in 2001, and his J.D., with Honors, from Southwestern Law School in 2004.
Josephine Ann Brosas is a Partner at Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP. She is a registered patent attorney and focuses her practice in the areas of intellectual property and technology matters, and in establishing, protecting, and defending intellectual property rights. She represents clients in a range of industries including food, nutritional supplements, apparel, medical devices and pharmaceuticals. She earned her B.S. in Biochemistry from UCLA, magna cum laude, and her J.D. from Southwestern Law School, magna cum laude. She is fluent in Tagalog.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
Ms. Roxas received her J.D. in 2004 from Chapman University School of Law. She earned her B.A., cum laude, from California Polytechnic University Pomona. While in law school, Ms. Roxas co-founded the Asian-Pacific American Law Students Association to provide a pipeline for law students entering the legal profession.
In her free time, Ms. Roxas volunteers as a Family Law Mediator at the Los Angeles Superior Court Southwest Judicial District and Mentor for the Los Angeles Teen Court. She also serves on the Board of Directors for the Philippine American Bar Association. Ms. Roxas is the co-chair of the student relations committee providing scholarships and mentorship to aspiring law students. Since 2009, Ms. Roxas and her husband have personally funded annual scholarships to low income students at the local high school. Since 2012, Ms. Roxas has been an annual sponsor for “Slippers for Kids” and “Apples for Kids,” Outreach Programs providing much needed slippers and apples for underprivileged children and families in the Philippines, most whom have never in their lives owned a pair of slippers or tasted an apple.
Brendan Pratt is a first year J.D. candidate at the UCLA School of Law. He graduated magna cum laude from New York University in 2011 with a major in English & American Literature and a minor in History. He is the current Co-Chair for the Asian/Pacific Islander Law Students Association at UCLA. He is also a Staff Editor for the UCLA Criminal Justice Law Review. This upcoming summer he will extern for Judge Kim McLane Wardlaw on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Prior to attending law school he worked for Oxford University Press and Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP. In his free time he likes to cook, golf, and write poetry.