Advisory Law Commissions

The Board of Trustees appoints an advisory commission in each of the eleven areas of specialization to advise the California Board of Legal Specialization when it is considering applications for certification. Advisory Commissions also assist in drafting and grading exams. Certified specialists or public members interested in serving on an advisory commission should apply by February 1 to serve a three-year term beginning the following fall. Each advisory commission consists of eight attorney members and one non-attorney public member.  To apply to become an advisory commissioner, please fill out the Online Application or directly contact the Appointment Office at (415) 538-2318.

Eleven Areas of Specialization 

Admiralty and Maritime Law

Cory A. Birnberg, Chair
San Francisco

John M. Betz
San Pedro

William K. Enger
Los Angeles

Gerald L. Gorman
San Diego

John J. Hughes
San Francisco 

William E. Dysart, Vice Chair
San Diego

Neil S. Lerner
Los Angeles

Michael W. McLeod
Lighthouse Point, FL

Arthur A. Severance
Whittier

Appellate Law

 Cynthia Larsen, Chair
 Sacramento       

John P. Dwyer
San Francisco

Dennis Allan Fischer
Santa Monica

Laurie Hepler
San Francisco

Jeralyn B. Keller
Pasadena

Aurelio Torre, Vice Chair
Santa Ana

Eric S. Multhaup
Mill Valley

Tyna C. Orren
Pasadena

Beth Robbins
San Francisco 

Bankruptcy Law

Louis Jay Esbin, Chair
Stevenson Ranch

David K. Eldan
Los Angeles

Nicholas W. Gebelt
Whittier

Stella A. Havkind
Woodland Hills

M. Jonathan Hayes
Sherman Oaks

Judith Ann Decalso, Vice Chair
Escondido

Wayne Alan Silver
Sunnyvale

Jeffrey B. Smith
Long Beach

Susan L. Uecker
San Francisco

Criminal Law

Kurt D. Hermansen, Chair
San Diego
    
Daniel L. Barton
Palo Alto
           
David J. Cohen
San Francisco

Michael L. Crowley
San Diego

Marlisa A. Ferreira
Modesto          
           

Jeffrey T. Hammerschmidt, Vice Chair
Fresno            
           
Douglas O. Treisman
Fresno

Jonathan Mandel
Encino

Sandra Molner 
Norwalk

Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law

James F. Efting, Chair
Sunnyvale

Daniel G. Brown
San Mateo

Leslie R. Daff
Laguna Beach

Howard S. Hou
Los Angeles             

Jean M. Kohler
Los Altos

Mark A. Lester, Vice Chair
Oxnard

David D. Little
Oakland

Deborah K. Radin
Los Altos

Jerome Spector
East Palo Alto

Family Law

Becky A. Rasmason, Chair
Santa Rosa

Beth S. Jordan
San Rafael

Open, Public Member
City

Justin M. O'Connell 
Salinas 

David A. Patton
San Jose

David S. Schulman, Vice Chair
San Diego

Brian G. Seastrom
Newport Beach

Carla Boyd Terre
Santa Rosa

Sarah VanVoorhis
San Francisco

Franchise and Distribution Law

Dawn Newton, Chair
Oakland
           
Matthew Kreutzer
Las Vegas, NV
           
Barry Kurtz
Encino

Anthony J. Marks
Santa Monica

James Mulcahy
Irvine
Brian Cole, Vice Chair
Manhattan Beach

Bruce Napell
San Rafael

Margaret Ellen Narodick
Long Beach

Michael Sawitz
Irvine

Immigration and Nationality Law

Donald K. Sheppard, Chair
San Diego

Grace Alano
San Francisco

Lucy Avedissian
Pasadena

Madeleine Kirkconnell
Stockton

Kathrin S. Mautino
San Diego
Stacey L. Gartland, Vice Chair
San Francisco

Blake Nordahl
Sacramento

Noemi Ramirez
Los Angeles

Daniel Roemer
Walnut Creek

Legal Malpractice Law

Peter M. Kunstler, Chair
Beverly Hills

Raymond J. Coughlan
San Diego

Kevin V. DeSantis
San Diego

Paul A. Frassetto
San Francisco

Lee Friedman
Los Angeles

Kathleen M. Ewins, Vice Chair
San Francisco

William A. Munoz
Sacramento

Natalie P. Vance
Sacramento

Daniel M. White
San Diego

Taxation Law

Thomas F. Ogden, Chair
Alhambra

Norman Green
Glendale

Sanford I. Millar
Los Angeles

Benjamin F. Miller
Sacramento

Ronald A. Mollis
Newport Beach
Barbara R. Simon, Vice Chair
San Francisco

Mitchell L. Schwary, Jr.
Irvine

Cory J. Stigile
Beverly Hills

Kurt C. Swainston
Glendale

Workers' Compensation Law

Denise Sanchez, Chair
San Diego

Norma L. Acosta
San Jose

Jeffrey C. Andersen
Rohnert Park

Sharon E. Kelly
Modesto

Manuel A. Lazo
San Francisco

Robert Willyard, Vice-Chair
Anaheim

Joseph M. Miller
Los Angeles

Charles R. Rondeau
Gardena

Jake Yoon
Inglewood