Class Action

March 2020

99 Michael Yaghi BS ’95 has joined the firm of Crowell & Moring as a partner and member of the firm’s State Attorney’s General Enforcement and Investigations practice. He has extensive litigation experience in defending companies against state and federal consumer regulatory enforcement.

04 Danielle Stephens BA ’02 has rejoined Downey Brand’s corporate and real estate practice as a partner. She also serves as Pro Bono Counsel for the Food Literacy Center and on the Board of Directors for Fairytale Town, a nonprofit park dedicated to promoting the imagination, creativity, and education of children.

07 Maura Fleming joined the firm of CytoDyn as vice president, general counsel, and corporate secretary. Her background includes extensive experience in transactional, corporate and commercial law, in addition to experience in governance, securities and compliance.

07 Patrick Stokes joined the firm of Jackson Lewis PC as a principle. He focuses his practice on representing employers in workplace law matters, including preventive advice and counseling.


1960 Allan W. Nicholson, January 28, 2020. Born in Plainfield, New Jersey, he spent most of his childhood in the Daytona Beach/Holly Hill area of Florida. During the Korean War he served in the Navy and was stationed at Moffett Field. He then attended San Jose State in preparation for Santa Clara Law. His first position after graduating from law school was with the San Diego County’s District Attorney’s office. After moving to Gilroy, California, he worked as District Attorney for the United States Federal Government in Micronesia and the Northern Mariana Islands. His last 44 years of employment were as an administrative law judge for the State of California. He retired at 65, but continued to work and hear cases until his 82nd birthday. He is survived by his sons Bruce (Patty) Nicholson, Ben (Scott) Nicholson, Brian (Marguerite) Nicholson, and his daughter Alicia (Anoj) Raj. In addition he is survived by his 11 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

1963 Bert D. Millen, January 1, 2020. He passed away peacefully at the age of 89 in Los Gatos. He served with the U.S. Air Force Military Intelligence Division of the 6147th Tactical Control Group in Korea in the early 1950s, graduated from the University of Notre Dame 1957, and then earned his law degree. He married Gloria Pelliccione of Gilroy in 1959, became the proud father of Michael and Mark a few years later, and at the turn of the century became a grandfather to John, Sarah, Samuel, and Daniel. He was an active member of Rotary in Los Gatos and a Paul Harris Fellow.

1968 George L. Pifer, January 20, 2020. He was born in Tacoma, Washington and attended school in Olympia Washington. He began his military career at Fort Worden in Port Townsend, Washington in the National Guard in 1940 and eventually went on active duty in 1942. He served during World War II as an intelligence officer and went from active duty to the reserves until 1955, when he was honorably discharged as a major. He then earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting from St. Martin’s College. While running his own accounting practice and supporting his wife with her floral shop, he earned his law degree. Eventually, he moved to Truckee, CA, to become Deputy District Attorney for Nevada County, CA, where he also opened a part-time practice. He was later appointed Justice Court Judge for Nevada County, and he retired in 1990 after 18 years on the bench. He is survived by three sons, Darrell of Ocean Shores, Washington, Robert and Fredrick of El Dorado Hills, California, and two daughters, Linda Klinefelter and Helen Marie Wagoner of Sequim, Washington. He also leaves behind ten grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren children and two great-great-grandchildren.

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