Class Action

May 2021

88 David Ka’apu has been appointed Hawaiian Homes Commissioner by Hawaii’s State Senate. David is a practicing attorney at law in Kailua-Kona with an emphasis in quiet title, business law, wills and trusts, general litigation, and land use.

02 Phil Andonian is representing Rep. Eric Swalwell in claims against former President Trump related to the Jan 6 riots and insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. A co-founder of CalebAndonian as well as a faculty member of Harvard Law School’s Trial Advocacy Workshop, Andonian has also served as an adjunct professor of law at American University Washington College of Law, where he has taught courses on trial advocacy and courtroom evidence.

02 David Pauling has been promoted to general counsel with the firm of Sutro Biopharma, Inc. 

04 Christine Peek received the 2020 John Gothberg/Meritorious Service to SPJ NorCal Award from the Northern California chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. 

05 David Thompson joined Miller Nash Graham & Dunn’s Cannabis Team as special counsel.

IN MEMORIAM

1953 Robert “Bob” Lagomarsino February 7, 2021. A former Congressman serving the Central and South Coasts of California, Bob passed away at age 94. Born in Ventura County in 1926, he graduated from Ventura High School, UC Santa Barbara, and Santa Clara Law. He also served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. His political career started as a member of the Ojai City Council followed by being elected the mayor of Ojai. He then represented the area in the California State Senate from 1961 until 1974, when he was elected to the United States House of Representatives, where he served until 1992. He championed environmental concerns, particularly by authoring legislation that created the Channel Islands National Park, the Dick Smith Wilderness Area, and the Los Padres National Forest. He also maintained a voting record of 99 percent and took pride in voting against all proposed congressional pay raises. Following his political career, he advocated for a four-year public university in Ventura County that eventually became Cal State Channel Islands. He was preceded in death by his wife, Norma.

1977 Carol Berge March 5, 2021. Carol passed away peacefully in her sleep with her family by her side. A resident of San Jose, California, she was a proud tenth-generation american, a Daughter of the American Revolution, and a passionate women’s rights advocate. She was born and raised in La Crosse, WI, and graduated from Central High School. In 1967, she graduated as valedictorian from West Valley College. In 1969, she graduated magna cum laude from San Jose State University with a bachelor’s degree in English. In 1971, she graduated from Santa Clara University with a master’s degree in English and a teaching credential, and in 1977, she earned her JD with honors from Santa Clara Law. She had her own family law practice for a few years, and then went to work for Four Phase Systems of Cupertino as a contracts specialist, and later for Ungermann-Bass, a Fortune 500 company, as a corporate attorney before becoming its first female general counsel. In 2003, she joined her son in his estate planning law practice until her retirement in 2008. Carol was honored by the Bar Association of San Francisco as a Pioneer in the Field of Law. She and her son were recognized by Santa Clara University as the first mother and son to have graduated from its School of Law. She was among the first of a new generation of women to do several things, including: return to school after marrying and raising a child,  be admitted to Santa Clara University after it had become a coeducational institution, become a female lawyer, and become a member of the executive suite for a Fortune 500 company. She actively supported passage of the ERA to the US Constitution. She never missed voting in an election. Her only regret was not living long enough to see a woman elected as President of the United States. She is survived by her son, James Berge BS ’81, JD ’86; his wife, Debra; and their two children, Paul and Rachel.

1984 Jeffrey “Jeff” Capaccio March 21, 2021 died suddenly at his home at age 62. Jeff was born in San Francisco and raised there and in Burlingame. He earned a BS in political science, graduating Phi Beta Kappa and Magna Cum Laude from Santa Clara University, his JD from Santa Clara Law, and a Diplome, from the International Institute of Human Rights, Strasbourg, France. He was admitted to and was a member of the State Bar of California, Litigation and International Law Sections and United States District Court for the Northern District of California. Jeffrey was Of[1] Counsel in the Litigation Practice Group of Carr & Ferrell, specializing in complex business litigation, intellectual property litigation, public policy counseling, and international law. He collaborated for many years with longtime friend, Avv. Giovanni Imbergamo, Founding Partner, Studio Legale Imbergamo, Rome, Italy, assisting international clients to carry out their entrepreneurial activity in Silicon Valley. In 2008, Jeffrey helped establish and grow the Slow Food movement in the United States, dubbed Slow Food Nation in San Francisco, which held the first event in the United States for the Italian-based organization. He also served on the Board of Directors for AIM for Youth Mental Health. He was deeply touched to be appointed an Honorary Ambassador of Genoa in the World by Mayor Marco Bucci, Genoa, Italy, on the day of Colombo, 12 October 2017. Mayor Bucci identified him among the professionals and managers who represent Italian excellence abroad. Jeffrey was bestowed by decree by then-President of the Italian Republic, Giorgio Napolitano, as an Officer of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic, Roma 27 December 2011. The Officer rank is rarely given to first-time recipients of the Order and granted only to those who provide exceptional service to the Italian Republic. Jeffrey is survived by his son, Mark Capaccio BA ’20, his mother, Evelyn, his uncle, William (Willy) Neve, and his longtime companion, Patricia Lusk, as well as his many cousins, relatives, and friends in both the United States and Italy.

05 Arthur “Art” Gemmell LL.M., April 28, 2021. Art served as an International Law Scholar at Santa Clara University School of Law’s Center for Global Law and Policy and taught Public and Private International Law, as well as International Commercial Dispute Resolution.

Art grew up in New York and after graduating from Hunter College, he entered the business world. He worked for companies such as Fujitsu America, Warner Communications, and PepsiCo. After his retirement, he earned a J.D. in 2004 from Lincoln Law School of San Jose, graduating as class valedictorian. In 2005, he earned an LL.M. from Santa Clara University and in 2007, he earned a Doctor of Comparative and International Law from Golden Gate University of Law. He studied law at Oxford, Strasbourg, France, Geneva, at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland, and in Beijing and Shanghai, China. He also received a Practice Diploma in International Arbitration from the College of England and Wales; received a Fulbright nomination, and was also named a Fellow in the Chartered Institute of Arbitration. He published a book on Chinese arbitration and had a number of articles dealing with comparative law matters appear in leading legal publications and Law Review. He delivered speeches on International Affairs at Berkeley Business Club, University of San Francisco, Harvard Business Club, and the Commonwealth Club, among others. He is survived by his wife, Barbara; sons Keith, Kenneth (Darlene), and Kevin (Rebecca); and four grandsons.