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Thomas F. Fitzpatrick J.D. '97 is partner and co-chair of the Intellectual Property Litigation Practice Group of Pepper Hamilton LLP, resident in the Silicon Valley office. He recently was a speaker at The Knowledge Group/The Knowledge Congress Live Webcast Series, entitled: “Best Trends and Practices in Avoiding Trade Secrets and Third Parties Litigation.”
Mr. Fitzpatrick focuses his practice on all aspects of intellectual property, including litigating patent, trade secret, trademark, technology licensing and other related disputes. He has represented both patent owners and patent defendants in federal courts throughout the country, including in the Northern, Central and Southern Districts of California, the Eastern District of Texas, the Eastern District of Virginia, the District of Delaware, the Northern District of Georgia and the District of Arizona. Most recent, Mr. Fitzpatrick has successfully represented internationally based and publicly traded companies in the computer database, telecommunications, semiconductor, Internet and power supply industries.
At SCU, Fitzpatrick received the American Jurisprudence Award in Patent Law and was the research editor for the Santa Clara Computer and High Technology Law Journal.
Freshman Dorm: Swig
Blye (Pagon) Faust '97 with her husband, Aaron Faust, welcomed Benjamin Pagon Faust on October 20, 2011. They recently moved back to the Bay Area (Belvedere) after a five-year stint in Santa Barbara.
Jimmy Dutra '97 will join a crowded race for the 4th District County Supervisor seat in Santa Clara County.
While at Santa Clara University, Dutra was chosen among thousands of applicants to be a White House intern for President Bill Clinton. While at the White House Dutra worked in the Office of Presidential Personnel, as well as in First Lady Hillary Clinton's office.
Dutra has worked on some high-profile campaigns, including a California Gubernatorial campaign and former vice presidential candidate Geraldine Ferraro's NY Senate race.
More recently, Dutra has been working for the family business, Dutra Farms, and operating Jimmy's Pumpkins on East Lake Avenue each fall. He is 38.
The election is in June.
Kristen Garcia Dumont J.D. ’97 has joined Goodwin Procter’s Litigation Department in its Silicon Valley and San Francisco offices as a member of Goodwin’s Labor & Employment and Technology Companies Practices. She will focus on defense work for technology companies related to a wide range of employment disputes, including employee mobility lawsuits, discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination ,and whistleblower complaints. Dumont joins Goodwin from Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati’s San Francisco office, where she was a partner.
Christopher Donaldson '97 and his wife Tressa are delighted to announce the birth of their son, James Alexander Donaldson, on September 10, 2009. The family resides in Laguna Niguel, Calif. Christopher serves as the Corporate Revenue Manager at Quest Software in Aliso Viejo.
Christopher Donaldson ’97 and wife Tressa are overjoyed to announce the birth of their second son, Andrew Friedrich, on July 12, 2013. Chris, Tressa, baby Andrew, and older son James all reside in Laguna Niguel, CA.
Dr. Perlita R. Dicochea '97's manuscript, "Between Borderlands and Bioregionalism: Life-Place Lessons Along a Polluted River," will be published in the upcoming Spring 2010 issue of the Journal of Borderlands Studies, 25/1. In this piece, Dr. Dicochea explores the relationships between bioregionalism and borderland life-ways in the narratives of Mexican and Mexican American residents living along the toxic binational New River, which crosses the Mexicali and Imperial Valley dessert regions of Southern and Baja California. JBS is the journal of the international Association for Borderland Studies (ABS). More than 120 libraries subscribe to JBS across the world in 18 different countries. Dr. Dicochea is an Assistant Professor in Ethnic Studies at SCU. Her research areas include environmental racism and environmental justice policy. She graduated from SCU with a major in Communication and minors in Ethnic Studies and Women & Gender Studies in 1997. She earned her MA in Communication/Rhetoric at Arizona State University in 1999 and her Ph.D. in Ethnic Studies at U.C. Berkeley in 2006.
Perlita R. Dicochea ’97 writes that she “has a new article published in the Journal of Environmental Justice about the Cal/EPA’s Pilot Project for the New River. It is significant to her personally because some folks tried to discourage her from doing this work. Dr. Dicochea continued on the path inspired by God knowing that she has a unique perspective to share. You can read it at www.liebertpub.com/overview/environmental-justice/259/.”
Russell Dahl ’97 is an associate professor of medicinal chemistry in the Departments of Neuroscience and Pharmaceutical Science at The Chicago Medical School of Rosalind Franklin University, in North Chicago. Dr. Dahl is the author of more than 60 peer-reviewed publications and an inventor on over 20 patents in small molecule therapeutics. He also directs the Laboratory for Molecular Design and Drug Discovery.
Vijay (Jay) Daftary ’97 and his wife Tara welcomed a baby boy, Neal, on Feb. 8, 2013. The family lives in Reno, Nev.
Michael Crow '97 and wife Katherine Smith welcomed a baby boy, Peter Lewis Crow, on September27, 2011. The family lives in Tacoma, WA.
Michele Corvi J.D. '97 was named to the Northern California Super Lawyers 2010 Edition -- Rising Stars, which recognizes the top up-and-coming attorneys in the region. Corvi focuses on domestic violence, child custody and visitation, child support, spousal support, valuation of property and division of assets as Co-leader of the family law team at McManis Faulkner.
Joanne Conca ’97 just moved back to Santa Clara County with her husband and two children after living in Colorado for 8 years. Both she and her husband are involved in their real estate investment business.
Leigh Burnside J.D. ’97, an attorney with Dowling Aaron Inc. of Fresno, received an “AV Preeminent” rating in the Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings, which evaluates lawyers in the United States and Canada based on the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and judiciary. The rating is the highest possible professional rating designated by peers.
Burnside is chairman of the firm’s trust and estate litigation practice group.
Ron Burns MBA '97 was appointed to the position of vice president of sales at EVE, a hardware/software co-verification solution company. Previously, Burns was vice president of marketing at Axis, sales and vice president of marketing at InTime Software and worldwide sales vice president at Forte Design systems.
Kristi M. Bowers ’90, MBA ’97 has joined SCU’s Board of Trustees. Bowers is marketing director for King Mountain Vineyards, a family business that is a French-style, sustainably farmed vineyard in Woodside, Calif. She is a director for The BASIC Fund, which has awarded $55 million in scholarships to more than 17,000 children over the past 14 years. A devoted SCU alumna who is highly involved in University events, since 1999 Bowers has served as an advisory board member for the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, which was created by her parents, Linda and A.C. "Mike" Markkula, a founder and former CEO of Apple. She is also director of the family's philanthropic arm, the Markkula Foundation.
David Blanar '97 writes, "Hallo from England! I recently wrapped up an MA in Systematic Theology & Philosophy from the University of Nottingham—yep, you read that right. Really enjoyable work, it brought back lots of memories and made me all the more grateful for Fr. Tollini's lectures. Much love from overseas!"
Colleen Blake ’97 was named one of Silicon Valley Business Journal’s “100 Women of Influence.” As sr. director, Global People Operations, Brocade Communications Systems Inc., Blake is a key partner in driving the company’s involvement in community initiatives for young girls and women, and is responsible for the company’s diversity and inclusion strategy, including the expansion of Brocade’s Women In Networking (WIN) initiative across the globe. Blake was named to the Silicon Valley Business Journal’s 2012 "40 Under 40" list, and she is active in youth and women's organizations.
Lani L. Biafore ’92 is serving as In-House Staff Attorney for Delta Gamma Executive Offices in Upper Arlington, Ohio. While at Santa Clara, she was a member of Delta Gamma Fraternity. She, daughter Lia, and husband, Dr. Michael S. O'Mara, moved to the Columbus, Ohio area in 2012.
Nathan Barreras '97 and Angie Wilcox M.A. '06 were married at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church on the island of Kauai, Hawaii, on July 2, 2011. Members of the wedding party included Matt Barreras '90 and Jason Annicchero '97. Joe Cullan '97 was a reader at the wedding ceremony. Broncos on hand to celebrate included Laura Barreras '84, Dawn (Leth) Barreras '92, MBA '97, Phil Koblis '97, Randy Allen '98, and Jeff Prentice '98. Nathan works at IBM as a storage sales specialist, and Angie is an associate director of student life at Stanford University. The couple resides in Mountain View, Calif.