LAIPLA Committees 2017-2018

Ambassador Outreach Committee
Plans the Ambassador Program, ensuring there is a LAIPLA contact person at all member firms and companies and increases participation of our Member Firms at our events.
Committee Chair: Jean Nguyen, Morrison & Foerster,
LAIPLA Board Liaison: Erol Basol, Morrison & Foerster,
Members: Bryan Blumenkopf, Morrison & Foerster,
Ruchika VermaMorrison & Foerster,

Courthouse Lunch Committee
Plans the yearly courthouse lunch at the Federal Court in a Judge’s courtroom.
Committee Chair:  Lauren Johnson, Hueston Hennigan LLP,
LAIPLA Board Liaisons: Ted Chandler, Sidley Austin LLP,
Alex Giza, Hueston Hennigan LLP,
Members: Brooke Zarouri, Sidley Austin LLP

Diversity Outreach Committee
Plans our Summer Diversity Fellowship program to increase diversity in the Intellectual Property community.
Committee Chairs: Jennifer So, Honda,
LAIPLA Board Liaison: Christopher Jackson, Warner Bros.,
Bita Rahebi, Morrison & Foerster LLP,
Members: Alex Giza, Hueston Hennigan LLP,
Jaia Thomas, Law office of Jaia Thomas,,
Bryant Yang, United States Attorneys’ Office,

The ways to get involved with LAIPLA are many. Committees run the gamut, from Ambassador Committee to Young Lawyer Committee and many in between.




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In-House Outreach Committee
Ensures that LAIPLA meets the needs of its in-house members and increases participation of In-House attorneys at our events.
Committee Co-Chairs: Graham Cole, Proskauer Rose LLP,
Benjamin Yaghoubian, Kirkland & Ellis LLP,
LAIPLA Board Liaisons: Christopher Jackson, Warner Bros.,
Ashe Puri, FoxRothschild,

Judges’ Night Committee
Plans our biggest night of the year, the Judges’ Night Gala.
Committee Chair: Alex Giza, Hueston Hennigan LLP,
LAIPLA Board Liaisons: Ted Chandler, Sidley Austin LLP,
Members: Jonathan Smith,  Morrison & Foerster LLP,

Law School Outreach Committee
Plans our Law School Road Show events.
Committee Chair: Soo J. Park, Morrison & Foerster LLP,
LAIPLA Board Liaisons: Alex Giza, Hueston Hennigan LLP,

Past Presidents Outreach Committee
Ensures LAIPLA maintains strong relationship with our Past Presidents.
Committee Chair: Scott R. Hansen, Viking IP,

Patent Dinners Committee
Plans our Fall and Spring patent programs.
LAIPLA Board Liaisons: Sarah Brooks, Stradling,
Members: Nancy Schroeder, WilmerHale LLP,
Marjorie W. Norman, Venable LLP,

Small Firm / Solo Practitioner Outreach Committee
Plans our Small Firm and Solo Practitioner Networking meetings and increases participation of Small Firm and Solo Practitioner attorneys at our events.
Committee Co-Chairs: Vincent Pollmeier, Karish & Bjorgum,
Kyri Tsircou, Tsircou Law,
LAIPLA Board Liaisons: Mark A. Treitel, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP,

Sponsorship Committee
Solicits sponsorships for our larger events.
LAIPLA Board Liaison: Marjorie W. Norman, Venable LLP,
Nancy Schroeder, WilmerHale LLP,
Member: Elaine Zhong, WilmerHale LLP,

Spring Seminar Committee
Plans our premier event of the year, Spring Seminar.
Committee Co-Chairs: David Randall, Brooks Kushman,
Yasser M. El-Gamal, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips,
LAIPLA Board Liaison: Mark A. Treitel, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP,
Paul Bost, Sheppard Mullin,
Sean Casey, Brooks Kushman,
Marsha E. Diedrich,  Alston & Bird LLP
Adam Lewental, Hyperloop One

Erica Van Loon, Glaser Weil Fink Howard Avchen & Shapiro LLP,
Jacob Zodieru, Fulwider Patton LLP,

TechTainment Committee
Plans our Technology + Entertainment conference in conjunction with Loyola Law School.
Committee Chair: Tracey Freed, Freed Law,
LAIPLA Board Liaisons: Mark A. Treitel, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP,
Professor Jay Dougherty, Loyola Law School,
Professor Karl Manheim, Loyola Law School,
Patrick Maloney, University of Southern California,
Roya Rahmanpour, Barnes & Thornburg LLP,
Barbara Rubin, Glaser Weil,
Daniel Stone, Greenberg Glusker,

Washington in the West Committee
Plans our successful Washington in the West program, the premier patent prosecution program on the West Coast.
Committee Chair: Jonathan Statman, Morrison Foerster,
LAIPLA Board Liaisons: Erol Basol, Morrison Foerster,
Ashe Puri, FoxRothschild,
Members: James Abe, Alston & Bird,
Darren Franklin, Sheppard Mullin, Richter, & Hampton LLP,
Sanjeev Mehta, Verizon,

Women in IP Committee
Plans our Fall and Spring Women in IP programs.
Committee Co-Chairs: Rose S. Lee, Morrison & Foerster LLP,
Helen Omapas, HARMAN International,
LAIPLA Board Liaisons:  Sarah Brooks, Stradling,
Laura M. Burson, Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP,
Members: Dora Gruner, NantWorks LLC,
Darya Laufer, Roll Law Group,
Margaret Marr,
Lisa Zang, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati,

Young Lawyers Outreach Committee
Plans our Young Lawyers programs and increases participation of Young Lawyer at our events.
Committee C0-chairs: Kevin Bendix, Kirkland & Ellis LLP,
Nicholas M. Krebs, Cypress LLP,
Jacob Zodieru, Fulwider Patton LLP,
LAIPLA Board Liaison: Laura M. Burson, Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP,

If you would like to join a LAIPLA Committee, please email the Committee Chair.