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 January 29 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 visit cc.calbar.ca.gov or contact the Appointment Office at appointments@calbar.ca.gov or (415) 538-2370.

Eleven Areas of Specialization 

Admiralty and Maritime Law

William E. Dysart, Chair
San Diego

Cory Birnberg
San Francisco

Gerald L. Gorman
San Diego

John J. Hughes
San Francisco

Neil S. Lerner
Los Angeles

Arthur A. Severance, Vice Chair
Whittier

Michael McLeod
Lighthouse Point, FL

Randolph Moore
Costa Mesa

Randell Sharpe
Alameda

Appellate Law

 Aurelio Torre, Chair
 Santa Ana       

Robert Cooper
Los Angeles

John P. Dwyer
San Francisco

Susan Goldstein
Berkeley

Laurie J. Hepler
San Francisco

Dennis A. Fischer, Vice Chair
Santa Monica

Jeralyn B. Keller
Pasadena

Eric S. Multhaup
Mill Valley

Tyna C. Orren
Pasadena

Bankruptcy Law

Judith Ann Descalso, Chair
Escondido

David K. Eldan
Los Angeles

Nicholas W. Gebelt
Whittier

Stella A. Havkin
Woodland Hills

M. Jonathan Hayes
Sherman Oaks

Wayne Silver, Vice Chair
Sunnyvale

James Selth
Los Angeles

Alan VanDerhoff
San Diego

Susan L. Uecker
San Francisco

Criminal Law

Jeffrey T. Hammerschmidt, Chair
Fresno
    
Arthur C. Agnos
San Francisco
           
David J. Cohen
San Francisco

Michael L. Crowley
San Diego

Marlisa A. Ferreira
Modesto          
           

Daniel L. Barton, Vice Chair
Palo Alto            
           
Jonathan Mandel
Encino

Nicole Solis
San Francisco

Douglas O. Treisman
 
Fresno

Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law

Mark A. Lester, Chair
Oxnard

Leslie R. Daff
Laguna Beach

Nancy Henderson
San Diego

Howard S. Hou
Los Angeles             

Jean M. Kohler
 
Palo Alto

Daniel G. Brown, Vice Chair
San Mateo

David D. Little
Oakland

Deborah K. Radin
Los Altos

Jerome Spector
East Palo Alto

Family Law

David S. Schulman, Chair
San Diego

Beth S. Jordan
San Rafael

Marla Keenan
Santa Rosa

 David A. Patton
San Jose

Jacqueline Singer
Sonoma

Brian G. Seastrom, Vice Chair
Newport Beach

Carla Boyd Terre
Santa Rosa

Blake Thompson
Claremont

Sarah VanVoorhis
San Francisco

Franchise and Distribution Law

Brian H. Cole, Chair
Manhattan Beach
           
Bryan W. Dillon
Occidental
           
Matthew J. Kreutzer
Las Vegas, NV

Barry Kurtz
Encino

Michael F. Millerick
San Diego
Bruce J. Napell, Vice Chair
San Rafael

James M. Mulcahy
Irvine

Margaret E. Narodick
Long Beach

Michael Sawitz
Irvine

Immigration and Nationality Law

Daniel J. Roemer, Chair
Walnut Creek

Grace R. Alano
San Francisco

Lucy Avedissian
Pasadena

Camiel L. Becker
San Francisco

Madeleine Kirkconnell
Stockton
Kathrin S. Mautino, Vice Chair
San Diego

Blake C. Nordahl
Sacramento

Noemi G. Ramirez
Los Angeles

IIyce S. Shugall
East Palo Alto

Legal Malpractice Law

Kathleen M. Ewins, Chair
San Francisco

Alison P. Buchanan
San Jose

Kevin V. DeSantis
San Diego

Kenneth C. Feldman
Los Angeles

Lee Friedman
Los Angeles

Natalie P. Vance, Vice Chair
Sacramento

Jessica R. MacGregor
San Francisco

William A. Munoz
Sacramento

Daniel M. White
San Diego

Taxation Law

Barbara R. Simon, Chair
San Francisco

Yosef Y. Manela
Los Angeles

Benjamin F. Miller
Sacramento

Ronald A. Mollis
Newport Beach

Thomas F. Ogden
Alhambra
Norman H. Green, Vice Chair
Glendale

Mitchell L. Schwary, Jr.
Irvine

Darien Shankse
Davis

Cory J. Stigile
Beverly Hills

Workers' Compensation Law

Robert Willyard, Chair
Anaheim

Norma L. Acosta
San Jose

Jeffrey R. Duarte
Modesto

Manuel A. Lazo
San Francisco

Joseph M. Miller
Los Angeles

Charles Rondeau, Vice-Chair
Glendale

Scott Silberman
Santa Ana

Jake Yoon
Inglewood

Joseph Yrulegui
Fresno