Board & Staff

Staff

Robyn Lipsky

Executive Director

Robyn Lipsky has been the Executive Director of the NJCHS since June 2016. Previously, she was the Executive Director of the Northern District of California’s Historical Society and the Northern District of California’s Practice Program for ten years. She also has had the honor of serving as a law clerk in the Northern District of California for close to 18 years.

Katia Kiston

Assistant to the Director

Katia Kiston is a 2020 summa cum laude graduate from the University of California, Los Angeles, where she developed an interest in the US judicial system and legal inquiry. She aspires to build a successful career in the legal field, and is very excited to start her professional journey as part of the NJCHS team, contributing to the preservation and promotion of Western legal history.

Board

Debora Kristensen Grasham

Chair

Deb is a partner in the Boise law firm of Givens Pursley, LLP. For more than 30 years, she has represented individuals and businesses in litigation throughout Idaho and the northwest in a variety of commercial disputes. She is admitted to practice in Idaho, Washington, California, the U.S. Supreme Court, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and district courts in Idaho, Washington and California. Deb has served the Ninth Circuit in a variety of capacities, including as a Lawyer Representative from the District of Idaho, Chair of the Lawyer Representatives Coordinating Committee and as a member of the Ninth Circuit’s Advisory Board and Courts and Community Committee. She is a founding member of the Idaho Legal History Society and is the first Idaho member of the Ninth Judicial Circuit Historical Society’s Board of Directors.

Sonia Martin

Vice Chair

Sonia Martin is a partner in Dentons’ Litigation and Dispute Resolution practice. She serves as managing partner of the Firm’s San Francisco office and is also a member of the Firm’s US Board. Sonia has extensive experience defending consumer class actions against insurers and financial institutions, including claims for alleged violations of California’s Unfair Competition Act, Business and Professions Code Section 17200, et seq. Sonia also defends insurers in bad faith and insurance coverage litigation. Sonia is a former lawyer representative to the United States District Court, Northern District of California

Jeff Portnoy

Treasurer

Jeff is a partner at the Cades Schutte firm in Honolulu, practicing in the area of litigation. He previously served as Chair of the firm’s Litigation Department, and has practiced law as a civil litigator at the firm since 1972. Jeff has served two three-year terms as a Lawyer Representative to the Ninth Circuit, and was Chairman of the United States District Court Advisory (Biden) Committee. He was President of the Hawaii State Bar Association in 2007. He is also a past President of the Hawaii Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, and he served a three year term as Hawaii’s representative to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Advisory Board.

Corey R. Weber

Secretary

Corey is a partner at Brutzkus Gubner Rozansky Seror Weber LLP in Los Angeles, California.  He is a litigator in bankruptcy, business and commercial litigation and represents creditors, bankruptcy trustees, court-appointed receivers and municipalities.  He also regularly litigates fraudulent transfer claims, including in Ponzi scheme cases, as well as breach of fiduciary duty and malpractice claims.  Corey is the Immediate Past Chair of the California Lawyers Association Business Law Section and served as a three-year term as a Lawyer Representative to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference from the Central District of California.  He received his law degree from the University of Southern California Law School, his Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Notre Dame and his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Irvine.

Rita Haeusler

Immediate Past Chair

Rita Haeusler is a partner in Hughes Hubbard’s litigation practice and head of the firm’s Los Angeles office. She has more than 30 years’ experience litigating in a variety of state and federal courts throughout California, Nevada, Arizona, the Pacific Northwest, Colorado, Tennessee, New Jersey and New York, and before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.Her practice focuses primarily on complex litigation and arbitration in the areas of consumer products, antitrust, unfair competition, intellectual property, class actions, privacy, and employment law. She received both her B.A. cum laude and her J.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles. She has been a member of the NJCHS Board since 2005.

Board

Hon. Stanley Bastian, US District Court for the Eastern District of Washington

Hon. Marsha Berzon, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

Hon. David Carter, US District Court for the Central District of California

Hon. Richard Clifton, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

Hon. Michael Daly Hawkins, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

Hon. M. Margaret McKeown, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

Hon. Mary Murguia, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

Hon. William Orrick III, US District Court for the Northern District of California

Hon. Virginia Phillips, US District Court for the Central District of California

Hon. Mary Schroeder, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

Hon. Milan D. Smith, Jr., Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

Hon. Christina Snyder, US District Court for the Central District of California

Hon. Sidney Thomas, Chief Judge, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

Seth Aronson, Esq., O’Melveny & Myers LLP

Ryan Bounds, Esq., United States Department of Justice

George Brewster, Esq.

John Carson, Esq., Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP

David Casey, Jr., Esq., Casey Gerry Schenk Francavilla Blatt & Penfield LLP

Dale A. Danneman, Esq., Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP

Gareth Evans Esq., Redgrave LLP

Robert Fairbank, Esq., Phillips ADR

Jeffrey Fisher, Esq., Farella Braun + Martel LLP

Margaret Foley, Esq., Foley Law Center

Paul Friedman, Esq., Morrison & Foerster

Kiry Gray, Clerk of Court, US District Court for the Central District of California

Cynthia Jones, Esq., Jones Legal Group

Rachel Lee, Esq., Stoel Rives LLP

Ron Maroko, Esq, Office of the U.S. Trustee

Kathleen O’Sullivan, Esq., Perkins Coie, LLP

Robert J. Pfister, Esq., Klee, Tuchin, Bogdanoff & Stern

Heather Richardson, Esq., Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, LLP

Marc Seltzer, Esq., Susman Godfrey LLP

David Steuer, Esq., Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

Gail Migdal Title, Esq., ADR Services, Inc.

Lillian Tsai, Esq., Oracle

Corey R. Weber Esq., Brutzkus Gubner

Dean Ziehl, Esq., Pachulski, Stang, Ziehl & Jones

Advisory Council

Hon. Stanley Boone, US District Court for the Eastern District of California

Hon. Morgan Christen, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

Hon. Steve Cochran, Los Angeles Superior Court

Hon. Philip Gutierrez, US District Court for the Central District of California

Hon. Haywood Gilliam, US District Court for the Northern District of California

Hon. Robert Johnston, U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada (Ret.)

Hon. Robert Lasnik, U.S. District Court for the District of Western Washington

Hon. Kimberly J. Mueller, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California

Hon. Richard Seeborg, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California

J. Bruce Alverson, Esq., Alverson Taylor Mortensen & Sanders

Magdalena Bordeaux, Esq., Public Counsel

Cathy Catterson, former Clerk Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

A. Marisa Chun, Esq., Crowell & Moring

Matthew Close, Esq., O’Melveny & Myers

Barbara Dawson, Esq., Snell and Wlimer

Caroline Djang, Esq., Best Best & Krieger

Ben Feuer, Esq., California Appellate Law Group

Peter Habein, Esq., Crowley Fleck Law

Ernest Hoidal, Esq., Law Office of Ernest A. Hoidal

Robert A. James, Esq., Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman

Colin Jones, Professor, Doshisha University Law School

Courtney Linn, Esq., Golden 1 Credit Union

Robert Lowry, Esq., Law Offices of Rob D. Lowry

Sean McAvoy, District Court Executive and Clerk of Court, Eastern District of Washington

Tracy Morris, Esq., Federal Civil Rights Clinic

Dan Nichols, Esq., Harris Berne Christensen LLP

Andrew Ong, Esq., Goodwin Procter

Jonathan Patchen, Esq., Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP

Nora Puckett, Esq., Google

Fred A. Rowley, Jr., Esq., Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP

Kelli Sager, Esq., Davis Wright Tremaine

Joy Shoemaker, JD., Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Library

James Sigel, Esq., Morrison & Foerster

Claire Wong Black, Esq., Dentons

Douglas Young, Esq., Farella Braun + Martel

Kelly Zusman, United States Department of Justice

Board Emeritus

Hon. Christine W. Byrd

Hon. Diarmuid O’Scannlain, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

Jerome Braun, Esq., Farella Braun + Martel LLP

Kenneth Klee, Esq., Klee, Tuchin, Bogdanoff & Stern LLP

Thomas McDermott, Jr. Esq

Robert Warren, Esq.