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

Sterling J. Stires, Chair
San Diego

John M. Betz
San Pedro

William K. Enger
Los Angeles

Neil S. Lerner
Los Angeles

Arthur A. Severance
Los Angeles
Cory A. Birnberg,Vice Chair
San Francisco

William E. Dysart
San Diego

Gerald L. Gorman
San Diego

Michael W. McLeod
Lighthouse Point

Appellate Law

Cynthia J. Larsen Chair
Sacramento

John P. Dwyer
San Francisco

Laurie J. Hepler
Sacramento

Tyna C. Orren
San Francisco

Aurelio Torre
San Francisco
Dennis A. Fischer
San Francisco

Frank S. Moore
Pasadena

Beth Robbins
Santa Ana

Bankruptcy Law

Gary M. Kaplan, Chair
San Francisco

David A. Bradlow
San Francisco

Nicholas W. Gebelt
Whittier

Wayne A. Silver
Sunnyvale

Cheryl L. Stengel
San Diego
Louis J. Esbin, Vice Chair
Stevenson Ranch

Judith Ann Descalso
Escondido

M. Jonathan Hayes
Northridge

Jeffrey B. Smith
Long Beach

Criminal Law

Michael S. Berg, Chair
San Diego

Daniel L. Barton
Palo Alto

Michael L. Crowley
San Diego

Kurt D. Hermansen
San Diego

Sandra Molner
Norwalk
Dominic J. Falasco, Vice Chair
Los Banos

Raymond A. Buenaventura
Daly City

Jeffrey T. Hammerschmidt
Fresno

Jonathan Mandel
Encino

Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law

Philip M. Savage IV, Chair
Riverside

Daniel G. Brown
San Mateo

Howard S. Hou
Los Angeles

David D. Little
Oakland

Jerome Spector
East Palo Alto
James H. Efting, Vice Chair
Sunnyvale

Leslie R. Daff
Laguna Beach

Mark A. Lester
Oxnard

Deborah K. Radin
Los Angeles

Family Law

Rolf D. Kruger, Chair
Menlo Park

Beth S. Jordan
San Rafael

Justin M. O'Connell
Salinas

Brian G. Seastrom
Newport Beach

Carla B. Terre
Palo Alto
Becky A. Rasmason, Vice Chair
Windsor

Wesley Nutten
Los Angeles

David S. Schulman
San Diego

Nanette S. Stringer
Palo Alto

Franchise and Distribution Law

Jeffrey L. Fillerup, Chair
San Francisco

Brian H. Cole
San Francisco

Bruce J. Napell
San Rafael

Timothy A. Pickwell
San Diego

Phyllis Truby
Los Angeles

Dawn Newton, Vice Chair
Oakland

Anthony J. Marks
Santa Monica

Margaret E. Narodick
Long Beach

Therese Thilgen
San Jose


Immigration and Nationality Law

Donald K. Sheppard, Chair
San Diego

Judith A. Bloomberg
San Rafael

Love M. Macione
Oakland

Blake C. Nordahl
Sacramento

Daniel J. Roemer
Walnut Creek
Stacey L. Gartland, Vice Chair
San Francisco

Madeleine Kirkconnell
Stockton

Kathrin S. Mautino
San Diego

Henry A. Posada
Downey

Legal Malpractice Law

Deborah A. Wolfe, Chair
San Diego

Raymond J. Coughlan
San Diego

Kathleen M. Ewins
San Francisco

Lee Friedman
Los Angeles

Natalie P. Vance
Sacramento

Peter M. Kunstler,Vice Chair
Los Angeles

Kevin V. Desantis
San Diego

Paul A. Frassetto
San Francisco

William A. Munoz
Los Angeles

Taxation Law

Ronald A. Mollis, Chair
Newport Beach

Norman Green
Glendale

Benjamin F. Miller
Sacramento

Mitchell L. Schwary
Santa Ana

Kurt C. Swainston
Glendale
Miles D. Friedman, Vice Chair
Laguna Niguel

Sanford I. Millar
Los Angeles

Thomas F. Ogden
Alhambra

Barbara R. Simon
San Francisco

Workers' Compensation

Thomas A. Richard, Chair
Oakland

Norma L. Acosta
San Jose

Sharon E. Kelly
Modesto

Elizabeth R. Valenzuela
Sherman Oaks

Jake Yoon
Inglewood

Denise L. Sanchez, Vice-Chair
San Diego

Jeffrey C. Andersen
Rohnert Park

Charles R. Rondeau
Gardena

Robert E. Willyard
Anahiem