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Graduate Class Notes

Anthony J. Sota J.D. writes that after playing golf on and off for 71 years, he finally made a hole-in-one four days before his 84th birthday.
John M. Klimp MBA has syndicated and managed apartment and office properties for 35 years on the San Francisco peninsula and in the Pacific Northwest. His firm, Mayfield Companies, recently acquired the 10-story Fourth & Pike Building in downtown Seattle. John and his wife, Nancy, live in Palo Alto.

Michael E. Buckley J.D. writes that his son Thomas is currently a student at Loyola University Chicago. Son Jeffrey ’06 is an SCU grad; daughter Mara graduated from Seattle University in 2005; and son Robert graduated from Loyola Marymount University in 2005.

Bill Lozoff MBA is senior director of channel development for Attune Systems Inc.

Charles S. “Chuck” Poochigian, J.D., has joined the Fresno-based law firm of Dowling, Aaron & Keeler. Poochigian served as a member of the California State Senate and Assembly from 1994 to 2006 and previously was a member of the senior staffs of Governors Pete Wilson and George Deukmejian.


Patricia Badia-Williams MBA moved to the West Coast in May in order to spend time with her six great-grandchildren.


Robert Fried J.D., a partner at the Pleasanton office of Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo, was appointed to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Committee on Employment of People With Disabilities. Fried was with the Thierman Law Firm from 1987 to 2001.

John Synhorst M.S. is enjoying retirement. He is still living in Colorado and volunteering at the National Renewable Energy Lab visitor center.


Jeff Levinson J.D. was appointed to the board of directors of Buchalter Nemer, for which he practices business litigation in the firm’s Scottsdale office.

Timothy Harris MBA is chief executive officer of Celerity Inc., which supplies components to the semiconductor industry. He previously was CEO of Komag, a recordable media manufacturer, and was chief operating officer for iolon Inc. He also held various management positions at Seagate Technology.

Ricardo Echeverria J.D. became a named partner in Shernoff Bidart Darras Escheverria, LLP. Following a five-week jury trial in North San Diego County, he obtained a $3.63 million verdict—$3.5 million of which was for punitive damages.

Lindene (Wade) Patton J.D. works in the climate office of Zurich Financial Services Group in Washington, D.C. She is responsible for coordinating the product development and proposition management efforts related to the group’s response to climate change. She previously served as senior vice president and counsel at Zurich Commercial Markets. She holds a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from UC Davis and a master’s degree in public health from UC Berkeley.


Brenda Buonaiuto J.D. joined the San Francisco office of King & Spalding, an international law firm. She has represented pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers in product liability and other personal injury litigation.

Pravin Desale M.S. is responsible for driving business growth, managing the storage product portfolio, and business development for LSI in India.


Shawn Hartung J.D. is vice president relationship manager in the commercial lending group of Focus Business Bank in San Jose. She has been a commercial banker for many years, most recently serving as vice president relationship manager with Wells Fargo Bank (formerly Santa Clara Valley National Bank) in Santa Clara. She was also with Comerica Bank and Wachovia Bank in various management positions and served on the faculty of the political science department at San Jose State University.


Rory McInerney MBA is vice-president of the digital enterprise group and director of the enterprise microprocessor group at Intel. Last year, he received an Intel achievement award for delivering the Tulsa Xeon-MP processor to market ahead of schedule. He holds two U.S. patents on microprocessor micro-architecture. Prior to joining Intel, Rory was a member of the research staff at the Philips Research Laboratory in the Netherlands.


Andrew Gere MBA was promoted to chief of operations for San Jose Water Company, an investor-owned utility serving approximately one million people in Silicon Valley. He joined the company in 1995, and has responsibility for the direction of companywide operations, water quality, maintenance and purchasing activities.