John Ryan De La Merced is an associate at Stubbs Alderton & Markiles LLP and a member of the firm's Business Litigation Group. John's practice focuses on business litigation, which includes commercial and intellectual property disputes. His experience encompasses all aspects of the litigation process, including drafting operative pleadings and responses, law and motion practice, discovery, mediation, client counseling, and assisting in trial.
John attained his B.A., cum laude, from UC Riverside and his J.D. from UCLA School of Law. During law school, John served as a judicial extern at the Los Angeles Superior Court to the Honorable R. Bruce Minto and at the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California to the Honorable S. James Otero. John also served as articles editor and chief articles editor for the Asian Pacific American Law Journal, one of only two law journals in the United States that focuses exclusively on legal issues affecting Asian Pacific American communities.
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.
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.
Abigail Zelenski is the founding attorney at Zelenski Law (email@example.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.
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.
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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.
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 is co-Chair of its Scholarship Committee. 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 Business, from USC.
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.
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.
Sandy received her J.D. in 2004 from Chapman University School of Law. She earned her B.A., cum laude, from Cal Poly Pomona. While in law school, Sandy co-founded the Asian-Pacific American Law Students Association to provide a pipeline for law students entering the legal profession. When Sandy is not practicing law, she is serving the community. Since 2009, she and her husband have funded annual scholarships to underprivileged students at the local High School. Since 2012, Sandy has been a major sponsor for ``Slippers for Kids`` and ``Apples for Kids,`` Outreach Programs providing much needed slippers and apples for impoverished children in the Philippines and most whom have never in their lives owned a pair of slippers or tasted an apple.
Alexander Manglinong is a second year law student at the University of Southern California Gould School of Law. He graduated summa cum laude from UCLA in 2014 with a B.A. in Political Science. This past summer, he clerked for Mental Health Advocacy Services, a public interest organization, where he provided direct legal services for people with mental illness. He enjoys boxing, cooking, and gardening in his spare time.
Bettina Tiangco is a second year law student at the University of Southern California Gould School of Law. She graduated from Stanford University in 2013 with a degree and honors in Anthropology. She is currently a student attorney with her school's International Human Rights Clinic, assisting a Filipino human trafficking survivor obtain a T visa. She is also a staff member of the Southern California Interdisciplinary Law Journal, and a Social Chair of USC's Asian Pacific American Law Student Association. This summer, Bettina will be a Summer Associate at Ropes & Gray's San Francisco office. She enjoys social dancing and singing in her spare time.
William Trinidad is a second-year law student at Loyola Law School. He graduated from American University in 2013, where he double-majored in Political Science and International Relations. Prior to starting law school, he worked as a paralegal for the Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. He has also worked as a summer law clerk for the L.A. District Attorney's Office. He is currently a legal extern at Consumer Watchdog, an executive board member of the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association, and has volunteered as a legal observer for the National Lawyers Guild.
Kimberly Paggabao is a rising third year J.D. student at Southwestern Law School, Los Angeles. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Business Associations with an option in Business Law at California State University Northridge. She is the current Co-Chair for the Asian Pacific American Law Student Association, as well as Publicity Chair for the Public Interest Law Committee.
Kimberly wishes to pursue a career in the health law field and has an 8-year experience in the health care field. In the summer of 2017, she interned at the Disability Rights Legal Center’s Cancer Legal Resource Division, where she drafted correspondence and conducted legal research of various Federal and State laws pertaining to cancer rights. In the upcoming summer, she will be interning at the State of California Department of Justice Office of the Attorney General's Licensing division.
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.