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Dean's Council

The Pepperdine Dean's Council supports and advances the mission of the university by helping the Caruso School of Law achieve the highest standards of academic excellence and maintain its distinctive character.

The Dean's Council meets twice a year (once during the fall and spring semesters), and members are expected to attend each meeting.


Alex J. Caruso (JD '17)
Cox, Castle & Nicholson LLP

Caelan D. Rottman ('14, JD '18, MDR '18)
Associate Attorney
Boesch Law Group

Member List

Ismail Amin (JD '03)
Founder & Partner
The Amin Law Group, Ltd.

Cory M. Batza ('04, JD '17)
Litigation Associate
Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP

Jeffrey T. Belton (JD '05)
Founder & Attorney
Law Office of Jeffrey T. Belton

Joseph M. Cardosi (JD '14)
Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney

Alex J. Caruso (JD '17)
Cox, Castle & Nicholson LLP

Robert Coleman
Musick, Peeler & Garrett LLP

Jesse A. Cripps ('97, JD '02)
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Aaron C. Echols (MBA '01, JD '10)
Senior Vice President of Commercial Real Estate
Frost Bank

Zeke O. Fortenberry (JD '07)
Founder & Attorney
Fortenberry Firm, PLLC

Jessica L. Freitas ('13, JD '17)
Attorney & Special Adviser
U.S. Department of Commerce

Jacob Y. Glucksman (JD '05)
Founder & Attorney
The Law Offices of Jacob Glucksman

Missy L. Griffin (JD '18)
Gibbs Giden Locher Turner Senet & Wittbrodt LLP

Nazareth M. Haysbert (JD '12)
Haysbert | Moultrie LLP

Randy K. Herndon (JD '09)
Capitol Tax Partners

David L. Iden (JD '15)
O'Melveny & Myers

Greer E. Illingworth (JD '10)
Corporate Counsel
Hillstone Restaurant Group

Shannon E. Kelly ('08, JD '13)
Corporate Counsel
Halo Top Creamery

Mandy H. Kim (JD '09)
McDermott Will & Emery

Brittney Lane Kubisch (JD '12)
Jones Day

Spencer R. Lucas (JD '04)
Panish Shea & Boyle LLP

Audrey L. Maness (JD '07)
Assistant US Attorney 
United States Department of Justice

Kimberly L. McCall (JD '11)
Judicial Law Clerk
Tennessee Supreme Court

Jay A. Milbrandt (MBA '07, JD '08)
Professor of Business & Economics
Bethel University

Kelsey Stapler Morris (JD '11)
Visiting Assistant Professor
Caruso School of Law

John M. Napier (JD '09)
Hanger Law

Deanna S. Newton (JD '17)
Caruso Family Faculty Fellow
Caruso School of Law

John D. Niemeyer (JD '15)
Latham & Watkins LLP

Jonathan P. Pearce ('02, MBA '05, JD '06)
SoCal IP Law Group LLP

Bryan D. Pereboom (JD '12)
Founder & Manager
Pereboom Law, PLLC

Brian J. Philpott (JD '05)
Ferguson Case Orr Paterson LLP

Melody C. Rodriguez (JD '12)
External Relations Manager
Arizona Public Service

Caelan D. Rottman ('14, JD '18, MDR '18)
Associate Attorney
Boesch Law Group

Bobby Saadian (MBA '05, JD '05)
Founding President & Managing Attorney
Wilshire Law Firm PLC

Jennifer Snitko ('98, JD '02)
Senior Vice President of Business Affairs & General Counsel
3 Ball Entertainment

Jamin S. Soderstrom ('02, JD '08)
Founding Shareholder
Soderstrom Law PC

Brooke N. Stephens (JD '05)
Founding Partner
Merus Law, APC

Jannelle M. White (JD '11)
Slack & Associates APC

Matt Williams (JD '10)
Assistant United States Attorney
United States Attorney's Office

Jerren P. Wright (MBA '11, JD '11)
Business Affairs Executive
Amazon Studios

Katie S. Zacharia ('07, JD '11)
Former Associate
Zhong Lun Law Firm