Class Action

December 2019

62 The Honorable Eugene Premo BA ’57 was recently recognized by the Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren JD ’75 of California in the house of representatives and commended on his 50th anniversary on the bench.

88 Paul Caputo, founding partner of the Campbell, California based firm of Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP, has been accepted into the American Board of Trial Advocates. The Board is a national association dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the Seventh Amendment, which guarantees the right to civil jury trials.

95 John Till was recognized by Continental Who’s Who as a top attorney for his accomplishments as the founding and managing partner of Paladin Law Group LLP. Certified by both the California and Washington D.C. State Bar, he has been serving in his field for more than 24 years.

03 Carolyn Metnick has joined the firm of McDermott Will & Emery as a partner based in the Chicago Office. She is well known in the industry for having worked with clients on some of their most sensitive, challenging, and complex health data privacy, data breach, and security issues.

11 Ryan Davis has been added as a shareholder to the firm of Polsinelli in their San Francisco Office. New shareholders have been elected based on their superior client service and dedicated legal commitment.



1970 Michael F. Knapp, November 6. Knapp’s family said in a press release: “Michael was a family man that touched many and will be sorely missed. He offered so much to his family, friends and community. Thank you for allowing us this private time to cherish his memories and life. There will be a celebration of his life at a future date.” Knapp had served as chief of police in Ferndale, Washington, from 2005 to 2016. He and his wife, Nancy, remained in Ferndale after his retirement from the FPD and were frequent volunteers and participants in community events. Knapp later served in the role of interim chief of police in Blaine, and he was serving in that role in Lynden when he died. He was born and raised in the San Francisco area and is a graduate of San Jose State University and Santa Clara Law. He was appointed a special agent of the FBI in 1971 and was promoted into the senior executive service as the deputy chief, Office of Public and Congressional Affairs, FBI Headquarters, Washington, DC, from which he retired in 1997. He was a member of the California Bar Association and is a graduate of the 100th Session of the FBI National Academy and the Foreign Service Institute, United States Department of State. He served in the United States Army. He is survived by his wife.

1972 Laurence E. Peterson, October 5. He was born to Elgin and Dorene Layne Peterson in the farming community of Stirling, Alberta, Canada. In his youth, he earned his pilot’s license while still a young teenager and in high school was elected student body President and Canadian team club president. While attending BYU, Provo, he worked with many student body organizations, for various local radio stations, and as an announcer for KSL Television on the weekends. He graduated in 1958 with a degree in communications and then worked for the Hudson’s Bay Company in Calgary, Alberta. In 1969 he courageously emigrated to the United States to attend the Santa Clara Law and start a new life and career as a probate and family attorney in San Jose. In 1988, another move took him to the San Diego area, where he practiced law until he retired. He then relocated in 2014 to Pleasant Grove, Utah, where he could be closer to his children and grandchildren. He wrote and directed numerous live musicals and talent shows, including the script and music for the play “This Land California” in San Diego. He is survived by four children, 16 grand children, and 9 great grandchildren, along with countless others who have been personally touched and strengthened by his tremendous influence.


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