PRESIDENT – LORNA GARCIA DE GUZMAN
Farmers Insurance Exchange
Lorna Garcia de Guzman is an in-house counsel litigator with Farmers Insurance Exchange, where she proudly represents small business owners and homeowners against workers' compensation claims. Lorna is also a core member of Farmers' Claims Inclusion Council, a company-wide inclusion initiative created to promote inclusion throughout the company. Currently, Lorna is operating as the co-head for Claims Litigation, helping to spearhead their inclusion and diversity initiative nationwide, over 52 legal offices. Prior to working for Farmers Insurance Exchange, Lorna was employed with Laughlin, Falbo, Levy & Moresi. Lorna's positive attitude and fearlessness in serving Farmers is clearly demonstrated by the lasting relationships she has developed within the legal community.
Graduating Magna Cum Laude, Lorna received dual bachelor degrees in Political Science and Business Administration, with triple concentrations in Management, Finance and Economics from Notre Dame de Namur University. She was also awarded the Presidential Scholar award. She received her Juris Doctorate from Golden Gate University.
Outside of FBANC, Lorna has also been interviewed on several occasions on the ABS-CBN network and the Philippine News for her work in the community. Lorna has also served as an executive board member for several years, for North Valley Little League, where her children participate in baseball. She was also a member of the 2015 alumni class for the Collaborative Bar Leadership Academy in Minneapolis.
Lorna is a native of the Bay Area, where she currently resides with her husband and three beautiful children.
Lorna truly believes that hard work and substantial commitments are the key to success and continuing to grow. After six years of serving on the FBANC Board of Directors, she is both humbled and honored to be FBANC's incoming president!
PRESIDENT-ELECT – LAURIE ROSE LUBIANO
IP & Product Counsel, The Climate Corporation, San Francisco, CA
With a focus in intellectual property (IP) and as a registered patent attorney, Laurie has worked with high-tech clients including independent inventors, start-ups and public companies and has provided support to all levels of management. As IP & Product Counsel for the Climate Corporation, Laurie’s work with R&D, product, engineering, and marketing teams encompasses a wide range of legal matters including contract drafting and negotiation, privacy laws, federal regulations, HR & employment law, and international expansion.
Laurie has advised clients on patent portfolio development and strategies in various technological fields including software, high-performance computing, storage, wireless network devices, e-commerce, cloud computing/SAAS, social media, mobile applications, and computer and video gaming. Laurie graduated from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law and earned a B.A. in Molecular and Cell Biology from UC Berkeley. Prior to practicing law, she worked as a Criminalist Intern for the SFPD Crime Laboratory. Contact Laurie at email@example.com.
VICE PRESIDENT, JUDICIARY COMMITTEE CHAIR – MARC PILOTIN
U.S. Department of Labor, Office of the Solicitor
Marc Pilotin is a trial attorney with the Office of the Solicitor for the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). In that role, Marc advocates in federal district court and administrative tribunals to enforce our federal labor laws to protect our nation’s workers. Prior to joining DOL, Marc was an associate at Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein litigating antitrust, employment, and qui tam cases. Before attending law school, Marc taught fourth grade in South Los Angeles.
In addition to serving in FBANC, Marc remains involved in his community. He is a lecturer at the UC Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall), Chair of the Oakland Public Ethics Commission, and a director of the ACLU of Northern California.
Marc graduated from Boalt Hall in 2009 and received his master’s and bachelor’s degrees from UCLA. He clerked for the Honorable Claudia Wilken of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. Contact Marc at firstname.lastname@example.org.
TREASURER, WOMEN'S COMMITTEE CO-CHAIR – MARI BANDOMA CALLADO
Mari is an attorney at the Dolan Law Firm, PC. She represents employees in wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment, and retaliation cases. She also represents individuals injured and families of loved ones who have died due to the fault of others, including in elder abuse and neglect lawsuits. In 2017, Super Lawyers recognized Mari as a Rising Star among Northern California attorneys.
Prior to joining the Dolan Law Firm, Mari represented employees in significant class action lawsuits involving minimum wage pay violations, improper denial of overtime pay and meal and rest breaks, and misclassification of employees as exempt and non-exempt. She also worked as a research attorney for the Honorable Judge Stuart Hing in the Superior Court of California, County of Alameda.
Mari has been an active member of FBANC since 2010 as a law student and has served on the FBANC board since 2013 (Secretary, Membership Director, Operations Director and Legal Clinics Director). She also serves on FBANC’s Women’s, Judiciary, and Scholarship Committees and as one of Pinay Powerhouse Conference’s planning committee chair. Mari is honored to have received FBANC’s Raymond L. Ocampo Jr. Family Scholarship in 2011 and co-emceed the 2012 FBANC Installation Dinner.
In addition to her work with FBANC, Mari volunteers at Legal Aid at Work’s Workers’ Rights Clinic. She also serves on the California Employment Lawyers Association’s Barrister’s Committee, the Consumer Attorneys of California’s Diversity Committee and the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association’s New Lawyers Division.
Mari graduated from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in 2012 and was recognized for her Pro Bono work. During law school, she served on the Hastings Race and Poverty Law Journal and was President of the Pilipino American Law Society and Employment Law Students Association. She earned her B.A. in Ethnic Studies and minor in Education at the University of California, Berkeley. Contact Mari at email@example.com.
SECRETARY, COMMUNICATIONS COMMITTEE CHAIR – KATRINA ROMERO DUREK
Katrina is a litigation associate at Burnham Brown, a business counseling and litigation firm. She represents and advises corporate and public entity clients in business and commercial litigation, employment, personal injury, product liability, and premises liability matters. Prior to joining Burnham Brown, Katrina worked at the Office of the County Counsel of Alameda County. Katrina obtained her J.D. at Santa Clara Law. She received her B.A. in Political Economy of Industrial Societies at University of California, Berkeley. Prior to law school, Katrina worked in the non-profit sector, focusing on youth development and education. Katrina is excited to serve on the FBANC Board for her fourth consecutive year. Katrina recently had her first child, who is her most demanding client yet. Contact Katrina at firstname.lastname@example.org.
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT CO-DIRECTOR – JEANNE GROVE
Goldstein, Gellman, Melbostad, Harris & McSparran, LLP
A. Jeanne Grove is a litigation partner at G3MH, LLP, which specializes in residential real estate in the Bay Area. Jeanne is also a California licensed real estate broker.
Jeanne acquired her J.D. at UC Hastings in 2004 and her B.A. in Political Science and French at UCLA, where she graduated an Alumni Scholar. In 2013, Jeanne received the California State Bar Real Property Section Morning Star award. In 2012-2014, she served as ABA Young Lawyer Division District Representative for Northern California. Jeanne also served as an Adjunct Professor at UC Hastings, teaching legal writing, research and oral advocacy skills to first- and second-year law students.
Jeanne is currently Co-Chair of the Diversity Section for the Marin County Bar Association and Co-Director of the Professional Development Committee for FBANC.
Jeanne lives in San Rafael, California, with her husband and her two sons, ages 3.5 years and 11 months.
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT CO-DIRECTOR – CHRISTINE EPRES
Robert Half International Inc.
Christine N. Epres is in-house counsel with Robert Half International Inc.'s corporate headquarters in Menlo Park and advises the company and its domestic and international subsidiaries on data privacy/security, intellectual property, commercial transactions, and regulatory compliance. This will be Christine’s first year on the FBANC board. She was previously in-house counsel with women’s retailer bebe stores inc. and Teaching Strategies, an education technology company in Bethesda, Maryland. Prior to her legal career, Christine served on the legislative staff of U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein in Washington, DC and was a field representative for U.S. Congressman Mike Honda. Christine received her Juris Doctor from Syracuse University College of Law, Master of Public Administration from Syracuse’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, and B.A. from Santa Clara University. A proud member of a large Bicolano family (65 first cousins), Christine enjoys traveling with her husband and “power walking” community 5Ks with friends!
MEMBERSHIP CO-DIRECTOR – RAYMOND R. ROLLAN
City of Hayward
Raymond R. Rollan currently serves as a Deputy City Attorney for the City of Hayward, where he performs both litigation and advisory responsibilities. Prior to joining the City, Raymond was an associate attorney at the defense firm Haapala, Thompson & Abern. Prior to joining the firm, Raymond served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Kandis A. Westmore of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.
Besides his involvement with FBANC, Raymond is an active member of the Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom (BALIF) and the Earl Warren American Inn of Court. Raymond earned his B.A. in Political Science from the University of California, San Diego. He graduated from the University of San Francisco School of Law in 2014.
As the recipient of FBANC’s inaugural Nassiri & Jung Foundation Public Interest Scholarship (2014), Raymond is excited to continue serving his community as he enters his second year on the FBANC board. Contact Raymond at email@example.com.
MEMBERSHIP CO-DIRECTOR – JAMES B. DE LOS REYES
Boornazian, Jensen & Gerthe
James is an associate attorney at Boornazian, Jensen & Gerthe in Oakland, California, where he focuses on construction defect cases and general civil litigation. He is also a proud member of the Alameda County Democratic Party and serves on the board of directors for Operation Dignity, a nonprofit organization that provides housing and support services to veterans in the East Bay. James received his J.D. from UC Hastings and his B.A. from Stanford University. He regularly volunteers as an alumni coach for Hastings Moot Court competition teams and is privileged to serve on FBANC’s board of directors for the coming year.
MENTORSHIP CO-DIRECTOR – ANGELICA ONA LEONARDO
Farmers Insurance Exchange
Angelica O. Leonardo is an attorney with Hartsuyker, Stratman and Williams-Abrego (Farmers) where she practices workers’ compensation defense. She also serves as her office’s inclusion ambassador in which she helps promote a work environment that celebrates diversity. Prior to joining Farmers, Angelica worked in both civil and criminal litigation. She earned her bachelor’s degree from UC Davis and her JD from GGU Law.
Angelica has been an active member of FBANC since law school, where she often participated in and volunteered at FBANC events. She received an FBANC scholarship in 2012 and emceed the annual installation dinner in 2013. This is Angelica’s second year serving on FBANC board as mentorship co-director. Contact Angelica at firstname.lastname@example.org.
MENTORSHIP CO-DIRECTOR – LEO ANGELO CRISTOBAL
Leo Cristobal was born in Oakland, California. He attended Salesian High School in Richmond, California and received his undergraduate degree from the University of California, Davis.
In 2016, Leo earned his Juris Doctorate from Golden Gate University School of Law. While in law school, Leo published for the Law Review, competed in Mock Trial, and served as co-President of the Pilipino/a American Law Society. At graduation, he gave the Student Farewell Speech and was recognized with the Rose Bird award for Professionalism and Integrity.
After graduation, Leo passed the July California Bar Exam and became a member of the Taxation Section of the California State Bar. He was awarded a full-tuition scholarship from GGU’s LL.M. Program, and this summer he will earn his Master of Laws in Taxation.
Currently, Leo works in San Francisco as an Associate at Andersen Tax. He and his fiancée got engaged on April 29, 2017.
LEGAL CLINICS CO-DIRECTOR – JENNIFER STA.ANA
Levy Vinick Burrell Hyams LLP
Jennifer L. Sta.Ana is an associate attorney at Levy Vinick Burrell Hyams LLP, where she brings to bear her passion for social justice by advocating for workers’ rights. Jennifer graduated from USF School of Law, where she was the Editor-in-Chief of the USF Law Review and was an Advocate of the Year finalist. In 2015, Jennifer externed for the Honorable Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye of the California Supreme Court. After being admitted to the California Bar, Jennifer worked as a Bay Area Legal Incubator Attorney at the Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach (APILO) and the Women’s Employment Rights Clinic (WERC), helping low-wage Filipino workers with their labor trafficking and wage theft claims. Jennifer is honored to have co-emceed the 2014 FBANC Installment Dinner and to have received FBANC’s Raymond L. Ocampo, Jr. Family Scholarship in 2015. Jennifer received her B.S. from UCLA and her master’s degree from Georgetown University. Contact Jennifer at email@example.com.
LEGAL CLINICS CO-DIRECTOR – JORGIO CASTRO
Bay Area Legal Aid
Jorgio Castro is currently a Staff Attorney in the Economic Justice Unit at Bay Area Legal Aid, and focuses his practice on Social Security disability law, assisting applicants with major mental health conditions who are among the most vulnerable people in Alameda County. Jorgio is a 2015 graduate of UC Hastings College of the Law, where he focused on Health Law, publishing two scholarly research articles on mental health and the law. He served as a member of the Hastings Law Review, student government, and as External Vice President of the Pilipino American Law Students organization. He also served as a judicial extern to the Honorable Susan Y. Illston in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. All while working two jobs on campus.
Jorgio attended UCLA and graduated with a B.A. in Political Science, International Relations. He was born and raised in San Francisco, roots for the Giants and Warriors, and just adopted a rescue dog named Champ.
SOCIAL CO-DIRECTOR – YUNAH RHA
As an associate at Burnham Brown, Yunah represents businesses of varying sizes, including large and mid-size restaurant franchises, small businesses, and retail companies in civil litigation matters with an emphasis in the areas of premises liability, personal injury, and employment. Prior to joining Burnham Brown, she managed and provided document review solutions to law firms and corporations at Black Letter Discovery. Yunah enjoys camping, dining at traditional Japanese restaurants and doing pretzels in Bar Method during her time away from the office.
SOCIAL CO-DIRECTOR – NELSON PINEDA LAM
Nelson Pineda Lam is an associate attorney at DLA Piper. His practice focuses on employment law and commercial litigation. He advises clients on wage and hour issues, employee misclassification, discrimination, and reductions-in-force. He also counsels clients on product regulatory compliance and has significant experience with California Proposition 65 litigation.
Nelson is committed to pro bono work. He has represented a victim of domestic violence and successfully obtained a permanent restraining order against the abuser. He has also represented high school students facing expulsion charges.
Nelson graduated from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law cum laude in 2015. He earned his B.A. in Political Science (International Relations) and Portuguese at the University of California at Santa Barbara. During law school, he was the President of the Pilipino American Law Society. He was a recipient of the FBANC 2015 Legal Scholarship. Nelson will continue to serve Board Member of the Filipino Bar Association of Northern California.
COMMUNITY OUTREACH – ARTHUR BARRIOS
Law Offices of Arthur Barrios
Arthur Barrios is an incoming Community Outreach Director. For the past year, Arthur was a solo attorney at The Law Office of Arthur Barrios. His practice provided small businesses support with issues involving commercial landlord-tenant law and with issues involving contract drafting and review. He also practiced family law by taking on flat fee cases and representing clients in court.
Arthur looks forward to using his expertise to create and cultivate positive relationships with the greater Filipino community of the Bay Area. Contact Arthur at firstname.lastname@example.org.
COMMUNITY OUTREACH – ISABELLE TAN
Dolan Law Firm, PC
A senior associate attorney at Dolan Law Firm, PC, Isabelle is a passionate and forceful advocate for her clients. She has successfully represented clients in a wide range of cases, including: child and elders abuse clients, wrongful death and traumatic brain injury clients, as well as those injured due to dangerous property conditions.
Isabelle is committed to the empowerment of women and promoting diversity in the law. She is a member of the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association and Consumer Attorneys of California’s Women’s and Diversity Committees. She also helped bring about the Pinay Powerhouse Conference. She is excited and honored to join the FBANC Board and serve the Filipino-American Community.
Isabelle graduated from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, and externed for the Honorable Judge Dennis Landin of the Los Angeles Superior Court. She was also a research attorney for the Honorable Patti Jo McKay and Commissioner Timothy Murphy.
OPERATIONS DIRECTOR – NALANI CRISOLOGO
Superior Court of California, County of San Francisco
Nalani Crisologo is a legal research attorney in the Law and Motion Department of San Francisco Superior Court. Nalani graduated from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law cum laude in May 2016. She earned her B.A. in Political Science with high honors at the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2012. In law school, Nalani was a Moot Court Board Member, competed in two national moot court competitions, and was awarded for both her written and oral advocacy skills. She was also awarded by the Justice & Diversity Center of the San Francisco Bar Association as an outstanding volunteer in public service for her pro bono work providing direct legal services at San Francisco’s largest homeless shelter. This year will be her first year serving as an FBANC Board Member.