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Heidi Keefe J.D. '95 was named among the Top 20 Influential Women in IP Law by Law360, and The Recorder listed her among the Women Leaders in Technology Law. She is a partner at Cooley an a first chair trial lawyer. She has two decades of experience representing some of the hottest tech companies in the world in complex patent litigation. A former astrophysicist and registered patent attorney, Heidi easily understands a variety of technical disciplines, from software to medical devices.
Sylvanna Falcón '95 is the author of Power Interrupted: Antiracist and Feminist Activists Inside the United Nations (University of Washington Press, 2016), the winner of the 2016 Gloria E. Anzaldúa book prize from the National Women’s Studies Association. Falcón is an associate professor in the Latin American and Latino/a Studies Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She was the recipient of two postdoctoral fellowships: the University of California, Office of the President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship (2006-2008) and the Woodrow Wilson National Foundation’s Junior Faculty Career Enhancement Fellowship (2013-2014). A daughter of Peruvian immigrants, Falcón is also the co-editor of New Directions in Feminism and Human Rights (Routledge, 2011), and her work has been published in several peer-reviewed journals, including Frontiers: A Journal of Women’s Studies, Feminist Formations, Journal of Women’s History, Gender & Society, International Feminist Journal of Politics, Societies Without Borders, and Social Justice.
Heidi von der Mehden ’97, husband Matt Harris, and big brother Stephen welcomed baby Michael Vincent Harris to the world on Feb. 4, 2017. The family is looking forward to the big reunion weekend in the fall!
Daniel Stellenberg M.S. ’97, J.D. ’01 has joined Paul Hastings LLP to bolster the firm’s growing Bay Area presence. He brings a track record of expertise handling executive compensation issues in capital markets, private equity, and M&A transactions to his new firm, where he will be a partner in the employment law practice, based in the Palo Alto office.
John Snedigar '97 celebrates 10 years at the helm of his Silicon Valley tech PR firm Faultline Communications in May 2017. He and wife Nicole Snedigar '98 reside in Los Altos with son Brayden (age 12) and daughter Finley (age 4).
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Elizabeth O'Callahan J.D. '97 was named on The Recorder's 2016 list of Women Leaders in Tech Law. The annual listing celebrates the recent achievements of lawyers from all practice areas whose work is focused on tech companies and issues and includes firm leaders, trial lawyers, dealmakers, in-house counsel on the cutting-edge, and thought leaders from government and academia. Elizabeth is VP of Legal at NetApp.
Steve Clinton '87, J.D. '97 is with the law firm Womble Carlyle. He mentors law student participants in the Entrepreneurs Law Clinic, as well as participates in the "Bronco Network" which connects mentors to Santa Clara student athletes to provide guidance, information, and career counseling. He writes, "It's very rewarding to be able to connect with students and provide perspective and hopefully some helpful suggestions about the path ahead." As the dad of a child with special needs, he's proud to be a board member of Hope Services – the leading provider of services to people with developmental disabilities in the region.
Scott Wiley '98 writes, "I am now a Private Client Advisor at City National Bank."
Aruna Ravichandran ’98, M.S. ’08 is vice president of global marketing and strategy at CA Technologies. She has more than 20 years of experience building and marketing products in various DevOps markets spanning all walks of the software development life cycle. Starting her career as an engineer at Hewlett Packard 22 years ago, Ravichandran has since worked to promote DevOps best practices and help organizations address key challenges facing DevOps, such as cultural changes and metrics needed for success. Prior to CA Technologies, she worked at Juniper Networks, where she held executive leadership roles in marketing and engineering. She frequently blogs for SYS-CON Media, Wired Insights, Tech Target, Information Week, DevOpsDigest.com, DevOps.com, and Cloud Tweaks. She has presented at Gartner Symposium 2016, Gartner ITOM 2014, Gartner Data Center 2014, DevOps Summit 2014, Cloud Expo 2014, CA World 2014, 2015, and HP Discover (2008–2012). Ravichandran is the author of several articles and publications as well as the book DevOps for Digital Leaders. In 2016, she was named one of the top 100 most influential women in Silicon Valley by Silicon Valley Business Journal and received the 2016 Most Powerful and Influential Woman Award by the National Diversity Council.
Kathy Priest J.D. '98 has been at CData Software, in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, for nearly two years. She is general counsel, VP, and secretary of the board—a multifaceted role in which she is responsible for all company legal matters, including corporate and board governance, licensing, employment, mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property, and running all human resources functions.
For two years in a row, Tara S. Kaushik '98, J.D. '03 has been included in the Best Lawyers in America guide, Utilities Law. She is a partner in Holland & Knight's San Francisco office and a member of the firm's West Coast Land Use and Environment Group. Ms. Kaushik focuses her practice on regulatory matters, with a specific emphasis on energy, natural resources and the environment. She has represented energy companies, local governments, Alaska Native Corporations and tribal entities in project developments, including the negotiations of power purchase agreements and project financing.
Ms. Kaushik has advised and represented her clients on numerous issues before state public utilities commissions throughout the western United States and before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). She also handles carbon credits transactions and cap-and-trade issues before the California Air Resources Board, and regularly advises energy companies and tribal organizations on litigation and arbitration involving energy and commercial disputes.
Joe Cannon ’98 was inducted into the San Jose Earthquakes Hall of Fame in April. Known as one of the best goalkeepers in Santa Clara’s program history, he was a three-time All-West Coast Conference honoree and a two-time All-Far West Region selection. He is the new head coach of the Earthquakes’ premier development league affiliate, Burlingame Dragons FC.
In June, Peter Coe Verbica '82, J.D. '99 published Left at the Gate and Other Poems. Peter continues to work in the Wealth Management Group of an investment bank, providing credit facilities as well as portfolio advisory services. He serves as President of the South Peninsula Area Republican Coalition, and Vice President of the Pine Ridge Association at Henry W. Coe State Park. He has taught Principles of Investments in the Econ Department of SJSU this past year. He is also helping with the 1982 Year Reunion Committee for Santa Clara University. Peter ran in 14 trail races last year for the fun of it, including the Death Valley Half with his competitive athlete wife, Tiffany, who typically placed 1st or 2nd in every race.
Peter Coe Verbica ’82, J.D. ’99 has been promoted to associate vice president and senior financial advisor for a wealth management group at a major investment bank. In March, he published three books: The Missing Tales of Sherlock Holmes, Eighty-Eight Lost Haikus (under a different pen name), and Speak Easy and Other Poems. His Sherlock Holmes short stories were praised by novelist Elizabeth McKenzie as "clever and addictive and supremely well done."
Brian McQuaid J.D. ’99 is a shareholder at The Law Firm of Maupin, Cox & LeGoy. A Reno native and fifth-generation Nevadan, he practices primarily in the areas of estate planning, taxation, probate and trust administration, and corporation and business law. He originally joined the law firm in 1999 upon graduating magna cum laude from Santa Clara Law. In 2015 McQuaid was recognized by Nevada Business Weekly as one of Nevada’s Legal Elite in Northern Nevada.
Abby (Fake) Hammel '99 and Mike Hammel '99 welcomed son Luke James on January 16, 2016. Big sisters Ainsley and Kiley were thrilled to add a brother to the family.
Travis Walk '00 writes, "I am blessed with an amazing team at work, a great support system at home, and the skill set I was able to develop while attending SCU. And because of this, I was promoted to regional sales vice president of Southern California at SolarCity, a Tesla Company. SCU is a great place to help you get the skills to be extremely successful in life. We are actually looking for qualified individuals who want to make a difference. Please reach out to Twalker3@solarcity.com if you are looking to make a change."
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Rory Byrne MBA ’00 has joined the executive team of Billtrust, a leader in payment cycle management, to help meet growing business demands and expansion into new markets. Rory, who will assume the role of executive vice president of Business Development, will oversee corporate partnerships and channel sales, as well as mergers and acquisition strategies. He brings expertise from a variety of leadership roles, including his positions as Senior VP of OEM & Partner Strategy at Kofax, and VP of Business Development at Kapow, a robotic process automation provider, where he was responsible for partner growth through channels and alliances, leading to a successful acquisition by Kofax in 2013. Prior to Kapow, Rory held roles as Director of Corporate Development at Yahoo! Inc., and Director of Interchange Pricing Strategy at Visa.
Bianca Placencia '01 married Christian Wilczoch on Septemner 17, 2016 in Carmel, California. In attendance were the immediate families of the bride and groom, including Jose Placencia MBA '79 and friends Julia (Debriyn) Tabery '01, Tara (Cano) Skipper '01, and Jamie (Ceccato) Perkins '01. The couple lives in Santa Clara, where Christian works as an engineer and Bianca as the director of operations.
Garret Murai J.D. '01 has been recognized as a JD Supra Top Author in its inaugural Readers’ Choice Awards. Murai is honored in the Construction and Insurance categories for the high level of visibility and engagement of his articles among JD Supra’s readers. Garret is a construction partner with Wendel, Rosen, Black & Dean LLP. Garret has also been recognized as a Rising Star and Super Lawyer in the area of Construction Litigation, and in addition to being a prolific writer on issues affecting the construction industry, is the editor of the firm’s California Construction Law Blog, which provides an informative yet wry look at construction law in California.