2020 PABA


Cherisse H. Cleofe
Kiesel Law LLP

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
Zelenski Law, PC

Abigail Zelenski is the founding attorney at Zelenski Law (abigail@zelenskilaw.com). 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 Gidaya Roxas
Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office

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
Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP

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 Ryan De La Merced
Chair of the Board
John R. De La Merced is an attorney at Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP, and is a member of the firm’s Business Litigation Practice group. John has represented clients in a variety of contentious matters, including breach of contract claims, fraud claims, breach of fiduciary duty claims, intellectual property disputes, partnership disputes, real estate disputes, judicial dissolution, and other complex commercial disputes in federal and state court, and in arbitration proceedings before JAMS and AAA.

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.



Marlon B. Baldomero
Law Offices of Marlon B. Baldomero
Marlon B. Baldomero obtained his Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of the Philippines College of Law and his undergraduate Bachelor's degree from the Ateneo de Manila University. Upon migrating to the United States, he took up and earned a Master of Laws degree from Whittier Law School with a focus on the U.S. legal system for foreign-trained lawyers. Because of his background, Mr. Baldomero is very sensitive to the needs of southern California's immigrant communities, particularly in the area of Immigration law. He has helped countless of immigrants obtain legal permanent resident status and US citizenship. He has appeared before Immigration judges in behalf of clients in removal proceedings and has successfully argued to terminate their deportation cases. He currently practices as a solo attorney with offices in Glendale and Torrance, California.
Tristan S. Bufete
Sacks, Glazier, Franklin & Lodise LLP
Tristan Bufete is an associate with Sacks, Glazier, Franklin & Lodise LLP. Tristan focuses his practice exclusively on probate litigation, with an emphasis on trusts and estates. Prior to joining Sacks Glazier, Tristan was an associate at the Los Angeles office of O’Melveny & Myers LLP, where he handled a variety of commercial litigation matters. Tristan received his J.D. from UCLA School of Law. He earned his B.A. in Economics and Political Science, summa cum laude, from California State University, Fresno. While in law school, Tristan participated in the UCLA Supreme Court Clinic and served as associate editor of the UCLA Law Review. Prior to law school, Tristan worked as a paralegal at Public Counsel Law Center, the nation’s largest pro bono law firm.
Mercedes Cook
Los Angeles County Public Defender
Jonathan Cruz
Los Angeles County Public Defender
Jonathan is a trial attorney for the Los Angeles County Public Defender's Office where he represents indigent defendants in matters that range from public intoxication to homicide. He received his B.A. in Sociology with a minor in Music from the University of California, Santa Barbara and J.D. from Loyola Law School.
Edward P. Dailo
Law Offices of Stephen A. Shapiro
Edward P. Dailo is an associate attorney with the Law Offices of Stephen A. Shapiro, a law division of Safeway Insurance Company. Mr. Dailo earned his B.A. in International Relations from the University of Southern California and his J.D. from the University of La Verne-College of Law. He enjoys basketball, soccer, dancing, hiking, traveling, and Broadway musicals.
Jason Don A. de Jesus
Parker, Milliken, Clark, O'Hara & Samuelian, APC
Jason A. de Jesus is a litigation associate at Parker, Milliken, Clark, O'Hara & Samuelian, APC. Previously, he worked as an in-house staff counsel for a major insurance company.

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.

Jessica Gillette
L.A. Care Health Plan
Benjamin J. Hofileña, Jr.
Twentieth Century Fox
Ben Hofileña is in-house counsel at Twentieth Century Fox where he works as a production attorney in feature films. For twelve years prior to joining Fox, Ben worked at the global law firms of McDermott, Will & Emery LLP and Orrick, Herrington, & Sutcliffe LLP where his practice focused on intellectual property matters. Ben served as President of the Philippine American Bar Association in 2007-2008 and is the Immediate Past President of the PABA Foundation. Throughout his career, Ben has been committed to his pro bono work on behalf of children and domestic violence victims primarily working with Kids in Need of Defense (KIND), The Alliance for Children's Rights, and Public Counsel. Ben earned his B.S. in Physiological Science at UCLA and his J.D. from Loyola Law School. While in law school, Ben won the national championship for the Giles Sutherland Rich IP Moot Court Competition sponsored by the AIPLA and was a judicial extern to the the Honorable Stephen R. Reinhardt of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Ben loves all things UCLA, underwater photography and is a PADI Scuba Diving Instructor.
Justin Hoyt
Justin is an arbitrator, discovery referee, and mediator of complex commercial, employment, real estate, and entertainment disputes. He also serves as a research attorney at JAMS where he assists neutrals in the disposition of similar matters. Justin also is an adjunct professor at USC Gould School of Law, where he teaches various courses in arbitration.

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.

Alexander P. Manglinong
Sanders Roberts LLP
Alexander Manglinong is a first year associate at Sanders Roberts LLP where he practices business and employment litigation. Alex obtained his B.A., summa cum laude, from UCLA and his J.D. from the University of Southern California Gould School of Law. In law school, he was a senior copy editor for the Southern California Interdisciplinary Law Journal.
Diana Martinez
Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP
Diana is a first year associate at Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP where she practices labor, employment, and consumer class action litigation. She earned her B.A., summa cum laude, from McMaster University where she studied Psychology, Neuroscience & Behavior and specialized in Music Cognition. During her undergraduate career, she interned at psychology laboratories and co-authored a publication in Cognition. Diana received her J.D. from Loyola Law School. While in law school, she was an editor on the Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review and her note on data privacy and augmented reality has been selected for publication. Diana previously interned for a tech start-up based in New York City where she explored several practice areas including digital media, contracts, data privacy, securities regulation, and labor and employment. She has been a PABA member since her second year of law school. During her spare time, she enjoys traveling, visiting contemporary art museums, exploring restaurants and cafes, playing board games, and amateur photography.
Philip L. Nulud
Philip is an attorney in Buchalter's Los Angeles office and a member of the Intellectual Property and Corporate Practice Groups. His practice focuses on counseling clients in the apparel and textile, and technology industries in developing, protecting and licensing their valuable ideas. He has extensive experience in international enforcement and prosecution and has assisted many companies in obtaining their trademarks overseas.

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 A. Ocampo
Reed Smith LLP
Ernie is a Partner in the Entertainment & Media Industry Group of Reed Smith LLP. Ernie advises entertainment clients in connection with investments, joint ventures and business launches, and advises real estate clients on acquisitions and development of renewable energy facilities and commercial properties.
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.

Elywill M. Zamora Paja
WEBTOON Entertainment Inc.
Ely is Associate Counsel at WEBTOON, a digital comics UGC platform and subsidiary of Naver Webtoon. She is primarily in charge of deal negotiations for WEBTOON’s content department, including its Latin America team. She assists other regions of the global service and advises on various in-house matters, including employment law, privacy law, and transnational business transactions.

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 Pascual
Goodwin Procter LLP
Ria Pascual is a corporate associate in Goodwin Procter LLP’s Technology and Life Sciences group. Her representation of companies and investors spans the entire corporate life-cycle, including pre-incorporation planning, general corporate representation and counseling, venture capital financings, mergers and acquisitions, public offerings, corporate governance and public company representation.

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.

Zathrina Zasell G. Perez
Gibson Dunn
Zathrina Perez is a senior associate in the Los Angeles office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. She currently practices in the firm’s Litigation Department.

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.

Sandy K. Roxas
Roxas Law, APC
Sandy K. Roxas is the managing partner at Roxas Law, APC in Torrance, California. Ms. Roxas was named to the 2017, 2018, and 2019 Southern California Rising Stars list, published by Super Lawyers. For over a decade, Ms. Roxas has zealously litigated family law disputes, mediated high-conflict cases, and obtained or defended restraining orders.

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.

Alex Sario
Law Offices of Alternate Public Defender
Alex is a felony trial attorney for the Los Angeles County Alternate Public Defender's Office. His current practice includes serious felonies and homicides at the Pomona Courthouse. He also practiced public criminal defense in Riverside County and business litigation in downtown Los Angeles. He received his B.A. from the University of California, San Diego, and his J.D. from Loyola Law School.
Stacey A. Villagomez
Allen Matkins
Stacey A. Villagomez is a litigation associate in Allen Matkins' Los Angeles office. She practices in all aspects of general business and real estate litigation in both state and federal courts. Stacey received her bachelor's degree in English, with a minor in Asian American Studies from UCLA. She received her J.D. from USC Gould School of Law where she served as Topic Editor for the Hale Moot Court Honors Program and Secretary for the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association. While in law school, Stacey also obtained a Certificate in Alternative Dispute Resolution. Prior to entering law school, Stacey worked as a paralegal for five years at an Orange County law firm. She also clerked for boutique litigation and appellate firms in Los Angeles while completing her law degree. Stacey is currently Co-Chair of the General Real Property Subsection of LACBA and is an active member of the Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles.


Karen Maala
Student Rep
Southwestern School of Law
Anastasia Olano
Student Rep
Loyola Law School
Brendan Pratt
Student Rep
UCLA School of Law

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.

Jackie Relatores
Student Rep
UCLA School of Law