Class Action

OCTOBER 2019

94 Tammy A. Brown is a Partner at Wendel Rosen LLP. She is chair of their Employment Group, and she joins Wendel Rosen from Foster Employment Law in Oakland.

97 Eric McDonough has joined the firm of Vedder Price as a Commercial Litigation Shareholder in the Los Angeles Office.

11 Sarah Mercer de Guia is the new chief executive officer of ChangeLab Solutions, a nonprofit organization that works across the nation to advance equitable laws and policies that ensure healthy lives for all.

12 Nicole Bartz Metral has joined the Los Angeles Office of Blank Rome LLP as an associate in the Litigation Group.

14 Lydia de la Torre, a 20-year veteran of EU, US and international data protection law, has joined Squire Patton Boggs as of counsel in the firm’s Data Privacy & Cybersecurity Practice, based in the firm’s Palo Alto, California office. Professor de la Torre will continue to teach comparative data protection law at Santa Clara Law.

 

IN MEMORIAM

73 Mary Jo Levinger August 22, 2019. Mary Jo, a friend, mentor, adventurer, and inspiration to all who knew her, passed gently on August 22 supported by the many who loved her. Mary Jo was born in Sioux Falls, South Dakota on March 3, 1946. When she graduated from Washington High School in Sioux Falls, she took the extraordinary step of heading on her own to attend the University of California at Berkeley. She graduated from Cal in 1968 with a degree in Economics and remained in California as a transplanted Midwesterner. She obtained a law degree from Santa Clara University and was admitted to the State Bar of California in 1973. She served as a City Attorney in San Jose from 1974-1983 and the Town Attorney in Los Gatos from 1983 to 1990. She was appointed to the Santa Clara County Superior Court Bench in 1990 and retired in 2010. Mary Jo received many accolades and awards during her legal career. In 2002, she was honored by the Santa Clara University Law School with the prestigious Edwin J. Owens Lawyer of the Year Award. In recognition of her years of service to the Santa Clara County Bar Association, in 2004 she was awarded the Justice Byrl R. Salsman Award for contributions to the community and the profession. She was an active member of the California Judges Association, including sitting on the Judicial Ethics Committee. Volunteerism was an important part of who Mary Jo was. She served the homeless and read to the blind. In addition, she was not a stranger at the local food bank, where she sorted food. She also served on the Santa Clara University Law School Advisory Board, the Advisory Board of the Live Oak Adult Day Services, the San Jose Symphony Board and the Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Advisory Council. Mary Jo mattered to the world and was a special friend to all who knew her. She is survived by her special long-time friend Mr. Sanford “Sandy” Fredrickson.

76 Lawrence J. Maslyn July 28, 2019. Larry passed away peacefully at his home, comforted by his wife Carole, at the age of 85 after a long illness. He was born on March 10, 1934, in Geneva, New York. Larry served as a member of the United States Air Force for 20 years as both an enlisted man and an officer. Some of his duties included flying first as a navigator, and then as a pilot, including a tour in Vietnam. His true love and passion was flying. After serving in the military, he obtained a law degree from Santa Clara Law in 1976. He was an avid golfer and scored his age when he was 76. Larry is survived by his six children Lauren, Timothy, Joel, Maryclare, Larry, and Daniel, and his step-daughter, Paula, 11 grandchildren, three step-grandchildren, and many great-grandchildren, as well as his three brothers, Edwin, Michael, and David.

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