Class Action

July 2019

83 Henry Manayan, was appointed CEO of Viratech. He served on the White House Advisory Group on Asian-Pacific Affairs appointed by U.S. President Bill Clinton. He served three terms as the mayor of the City of Milpitas, CA, and was the first Asian-American ever elected to the position. He is also the founder and president of The Transpacific Companies, a finance and investment company based in Silicon Valley and San Diego, CA.

89 Thomas Watson was appointed City Attorney of Santa Maria, CA. He is the former City Attorney of Tracy and South Lake Tahoe, CA.

93 Ricardo Echeverria received the Lifetime Legal Achievement Award from the nonprofit organization Consumer Watchdog. Read the full Q & A here.

16 Gabe Ballard is now the Director of Legal and Business Development at Crowdz, a Silicon Valley-based finance-tech start-up.



64 Hon. Noel E. Manoukian, April 11, 2019. He passed away peacefully at home with his wife and daughter by his side. He attended Hartnell Junior College on a football scholarship before transferring to College of the Pacific in Stockton, where he graduated in 1961 with a bachelor’s degree in political science and philosophy. He went on to earn his JD degree in 1964 at Santa Clara Law and joined his brother, Milton, shortly thereafter in Zephyr Cove, Nevada, to practice law. He had a very prosperous career beginning with his appointment as the Deputy District Attorney in Douglas County, Nevada, in 1965 followed by his selection to serve as the Douglas District Judge in 1974. Governor Michael O’Callaghan appointed Noel to the Nevada Supreme Court in 1977 where he achieved the title of Chief Justice. He returned to private practice in 1985 until the Nevada Supreme Court appointed him to a Senior Judge position in 2003. He had a passion for constitutional law, equal justice, mercy, and compassion for his fellow Americans. He performed hundreds of weddings and vow renewals over the years, always adding a touch of his charming wit and humor into the ceremonies. His favorite pastime was watching football. If he wasn’t watching football, he was talking about football, most notably his brother Don’s alum team, the Oakland Raiders. He is survived by his wife Louise; daughter Jacquie Manoukian; daughter-in-law Heather Van Slyke (Brandon); grandchildren Treyton, Hannah Rose, Conor, and Ashlyn; sister Jackie Powers; sister-in-law Lorraine Manoukian; nieces Corinne Powers London (Grant) and Josanne Jensen; nephews Craig Manoukian (Elaine), Dr. Paul Manoukian (Becky), Scott Manoukian (Gail), Marko Manoukian (Linda); Dirk Manoukian (Molly); and Steven Milan (Lisa).

74 William J. Lutkenhouse, May 1, 2019. After celebrating his 92nd birthday at the end of January, he said, “I’m finally beginning to feel my age.” He was well known to many as an active participant in local affairs, regularly attending City Council and Rent Board meetings, taking classes at the North Berkeley Senior Center, attending music recitals, and frequenting the libraries, as well as being an active member of the Toastmasters for many years. A proud alumnus of Santa Clara Law, he was dismissive about never managing to pass the bar examination, feeling that his JD degree was sufficient to call himself a lawyer, and he would frequently offer his often unorthodox analyses of contemporary legal disputes. Everyone he encountered provided an opportunity for him to express his passionate interests and opinions on every sphere of human activity, especially U.S., European and military history, as well as the arts. Bill loved children, and delighted in their company. Supported by only a small VA pension, he sponsored operations for those born with cleft palates through the Smile Train organization; the innumerable before-and-after photos covering a large section of his kitchen wall a testament to his desire to make a positive contribution in the world. He was also sponsoring a child in The Philippines. Those who knew and loved Bill and who experienced his good will and generosity over the years will miss his quirky presence in their lives.