Class Action

June 2019

91 Sandra Burke was appointed director of the Chester County Department of Voter Services by the Commissioners of Chester County, Pennsylvania.

01 Terry Ahearn joined Duane Morris LLP’s Silicon Valley Office as partner in the firm’s intellectual property practice group.

02 Christine Donovan was appointed as the child support court commissioner for the Superior Court in Contra Costa County.



51 Vincent C. Sevely, March 22, 2019. Vince was born in a ranch house in Mountain View, California in 1929 to John and Anka Sevely, who had emigrated from Yugoslavia (now Croatia). His parents bought their own fruit ranch where Vince worked in virtually every capacity and was driving a tractor before he was licensed to drive a car. He attended Bellarmine College Preparatory and then Santa Clara University where he first earned a political science degree, followed by a law degree. After law school, Vince served in the Army as a first lieutenant and was deployed to Korea, assigned to a tank company. He also honed his legal skills as a JAG. Vince initially opened his law practice in Mountain View and eventually moved it to Palo Alto, where he continued to work until his retirement in 2015 at the age of 85. Vince had to be well versed in many areas of law when he started his practice since there were relatively few attorneys in Santa Clara Valley at that time. While he eventually specialized in probate law, he remained proficient in many areas of law. Vince passed away peacefully at his home in Los Altos. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Helen, and children, Cindy, Janet (Tim), John, and Gary and six grandchildren.

70 Larry A. Ramsey, November 29, 2018. Larry passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family. He is survived by his wife, Minerva; his daughter, Linda Ramsey Lakew; his son, Scott Ramsey; and four grandchildren.

81 Donald E. Smith, April 3, 2019. Donald passed away suddenly on May 11 at the age of 61. He practiced business law in Palm Springs for nearly 10 years as a sole proprietor and was involved in his brother’s real estate firm, Dan Smith and Associates, in Big Bear. In Banning, he was a partner at Haskell Real Estate. Smith was initially elected to the Banning City Council in 1992 and was selected to represent the city as its mayor in 1994. According to the city, he served as a councilman through 1996. Dan Smith, Don’s younger brother, called his brother a “selfless and giving person. He spent most of his adult life trying to figure out how to give back and help those in need, be it art, the city, education or kids — that was his true passion.” Don lived alone and never married. He is survived by his parents, Earline and Kenneth Smith of Banning; two brothers, Kenneth and Dan; five nephews; and two nieces.