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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.

John M. Napier (JD '09)
Hanger Law

Cory M. Batza ('04, JD '17)
Judicial Law Clerk
U.S. District Court for the Central District of California

Deanna S. Newton (JD '17)
International Tax Associate
KPMG - Los Angeles

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

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

Kyser S. Blakely (MBA '17, JD '18)
Judicial Law Clerk
U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

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

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

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

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

Erin Perez-Coleman (JD '11)
Co-founder & Partner
Zweiback, Fiset & Coleman LLP

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

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

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

Kevin Reddington (JD '18)
Legal Editor
Docket Navigator

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Al Sturgeon (JD '11)
Dean of Students, Title IX Coordinator, Vice President for Diverse and Equitable Student Life
Blackburn College

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

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

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

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

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

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

Amber E. Kruggel (JD '17)
Deputy District Attorney
Fresno County District Attorney's Office

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

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)
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP