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Roy Morrow Bell

Ross, Dixon & Bell

550 W. B St., Suite 400

San Diego, CA 92101

(619) 557-4301



Roy Morrow Bell is a founding partner of the national law firm of Ross, Dixon & Bell, LLP.

Bell served two tours in the Western Pacific during the Vietnam Conflict where he earned two Navy Commendations (with combat "V"), the Navy Achievement Medal (with combat "V"), the Vietnam Unit Medal of Gallantry, and six Vietnam Campaign Medals.

Bell attended the California Western School of Law, where he graduated with honors in 1974 and was valedictorian.

He served as lead articles editor for the California Western International Law Review and later served as an Associate Professor of Law at California Western.

Bell has served for 20 years as a trustee and then as Chairman of the Board. He currently holds the honorary title of Emeritus Chairman.

Bell is a member of the State Bars of California and New York, the New York Bar Association, the California Bar Association, the San Diego Bar Association, and the American Bar Association.

He is the recipient of the March 1977 Trial Lawyer of the Month Award, and the San Diego, NAACP Lawyer of the Year Award in 1978. The National Law Journal named Bell its Litigator of the Month in February 2000.

Bell has also served as a founding trustee of a scholastic trust for children of deceased Naval Academy graduates, is a past President and Chairman of The Century Club of San Diego (Buick Invitational 2003), is a member of the Board of Directors of the San Diego International Sports Counsel and is a past President of the La Jolla Country Club.

The focus of Bell's practice is complex business civil litigation, anti-trust and trial work.

John H. Gomez

McClellan & Gomez

1144 State St.

San Diego, CA 92101

(619) 231-0505



McClellan & Gomez -- Partner

United States Attorney's Office -- Assistant United States Attorney

Latham & Watkins -- Associate.

United States District Court -- Law Clerk to the Honorable Marilyn L. Huff.

San Diego County Department of Social Services -- Eligibility Technician.


Yale Law School, J.D., June 1993

* Lead Editor, Journal on Regulation

* President, Latino Law Students Association

* Research Assistant "White Collar Crime"


Member of the N.I.T.A. faculty and Adjunct Professor of Trial Advocacy at the University of San Diego Law School. Frequent lecturer to attorneys on a variety of litigation and trial-related issues.


ATLA, Consumer Attorneys of California, Consumer Attorneys of San Diego (Director), San Diego La Raza Lawyers Association, and Lawyer Representative to the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

William Grauer

Cooley Godward LLP

4401 Eastgate Mall

San Diego, CA 92121

(858) 550-6050



Bill Grauer is a partner in the Cooley Godward Litigation department. He joined the firm in 1998, is resident in firm's San Diego office, and is the chair of the San Diego Litigation department.

Grauer specializes in securities class actions, fraud litigations, government and regulatory investigations, internal corporate investigations, and complex commercial litigation including health care and technology cases. He is an experienced trial lawyer and was previously given the Outstanding Trial Lawyer Award by the Trial Lawyers Association of San Diego.

Prior to joining the firm, Grauer was a partner at Gray Cary Ware and Friedenrich. Prior to that, he was appointed by the Attorney General of the United States to serve as an Assistant United States Attorney handling Special Fraud Prosecutions for the U.S. District Court, Southern District of California.

As an Assistant United States Attorney, Grauer was given special achievement awards by the Attorney General of the United States, the United States Postal Inspection Service, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the United States Secret Service.

Grauer graduated from the Cornell Law School in 1974 as the Articles Editor of the Law Review and was elected to Order of the Coif. In 1971 he graduated from Cornell University with Honors in Government, magna cum laude, and was awarded a degree With Distinction.

Grauer has been very active in bar association activities. He served as the chairman of the Ethics Committee of the San Diego County Bar Association for two terms.

For the past 10 years, Grauer has served as the chair of the Federal Court Discipline Committee for the U.S. District Court, Southern District of California, on appointment by the Southern District Federal Judges. He also served two terms as the chairman of the Federal Court Committee of the San Diego County Bar Association, and was on the Board of Directors of the Association of Business Trial Lawyers.

Grauer is also co-chair IPO Litigation Subcommittee of the ABA Section of Litigation.

He is a member of the State Bar of California and New York State Bar Association, the Bar of the United States Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals, Second and Ninth Circuits and numerous Federal District Courts.

Jeffrey Isaacs

Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP

530 B St., 21st Floor

San Diego, CA 92101

(619) 515-3212



Jeffrey Isaacs' practice encompasses bankruptcy law including debtor/creditor relations, and general commercial litigation in state and federal courts.

Isaacs received his undergraduate education from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1962 and his law degree from California Western University in 1968 where he was editor-in-chief of the Law Review.

He was admitted to practice in California and federal courts in January 1969.

Isaacs is presently a member of the Bankruptcy Court Mediation Panel and the Superior Court Civil Arbitration Panel. He is a frequent lecturer on bankruptcy law and creditor-debtor relations and is often designated as an expert witness in these areas.

Isaacs also recently served on the Board of Directors and as a vice president of the San Diego County Bar Association, on the Board of Directors and as president of the San Diego Bankruptcy Forum.

He presently serves on the Board of Directors of the San Diego Volunteer Lawyers Program, on the Board of Directors of the San Diego County Bar Foundation, and on the Board of Directors of the California Metabolic Research Foundation.

Margaret M. Mann

Heller Ehrman

4350 La Jolla Village Drive, 7th Floor

San Diego, CA 92122

(858) 450-5807



Margaret Mann is co-chair of Heller Ehrman's Restructuring and Insolvency Practice. She joined the firm in 2003 and practices bankruptcy law and commercial litigation.

Mann has been involved in commercial litigation and bankruptcy law since 1981. She has significant experience in large, complex domestic and international insolvency proceedings on behalf of creditors, fiduciaries, borrowers and other interested parties. She is skilled in negotiating, documenting and litigating complicated financial transactions, particularly in the technology field.

Mann serves as chair of Heller Ehrman's Women's Initiative Publication Committee. She is a Fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy.

Mann was the recipient of the 2004 and 2005 Wiley M. Manuel Award from the San Diego Volunteer Lawyers Program for her commitment to pro bono service. She was a nominee for the 2004 Athena Pinnacle Awards in the category of Individual in Services. Mann was named Mediator of the Year in 2003 by the judges of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of California for her outstanding service on the Bankruptcy Court Mediation Panel. She was also the recipient of the 1999 YWCA TWIN Award Celebrating Women and a nominee for the 1999 Women Who Mean Business Award.

Prior to joining Heller Ehrman, Mann was a partner in a prominent San Diego law firm. She was the chair of the firm's Commercial Finance and Insolvency practice group and a member of the Executive Committee.


University of Illinois, (B.A., Finance, with distinction, 1978); Tilburg School of Economics, The Netherlands, (1978) University of Southern California Law Center , (J.D., 1981); Hale Moot Court Honors Program; Editor, 1980.


American Bar Association; State Bar of California, Debtor/Creditor Committee 1995; San Diego County Bar Association, Bankruptcy Law Section, Chair 1990; UCSD Athena; American Bankruptcy Institute; International Women's Insolvency Restructuring Conference; California Women Lawyers; California Bankruptcy Forum, Co-Chair 1999 Annual Conference; California Bankruptcy Forum, Co-Chair 1998 Annual Meeting Education Committee; San Diego Bankruptcy Forum, President, Director 1993-1995; San Diego Center for Children Foundation, Director/Vice Chair 1992; Sunset View Foundation Board, 1996-1998, President, 1998 Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, 1997; Lawyers Club of San Diego, Director 1985; San Diego Volunteer Lawyers, Recipient of Wiley M. Manual Service Award 1995, 1996, 1998; American Arbitration Association Southern District of California Bankruptcy Court, Mediator; Association of Business Trial Lawyers, San Diego Chapter, Director 1995-1998.

Frederick T. Muto

Cooley Godward

4401 Eastgate Mall

San Diego, CA 92121

(858) 550-6010



Frederick T. Muto is a partner in the Cooley Godward Business department, a member of the firm's Management Committee, and partner in charge of the San Diego office. Muto was a founding partner of the Firm's San Diego office, which opened in 1992, and has been with the firm since 1980.

Muto specializes in corporate and securities law with an emphasis on representation of emerging and public technology and growth companies. He also has extensive experience representing venture capital investors and investment banking firms. Muto has managed a broad range of major business transactions for these entities, including private placements and public offerings; mergers, acquisitions and spin-offs; joint ventures and other strategic collaborations; and commercial transactions, such as bank credit lines, lease lines and off-balance sheet financings. He has been counsel to companies in the biotechnology, communications, hardware, health care, Internet, medical device, software and telecommunications industries. These companies range from start-ups to companies with billions of dollars in annual revenues.

Muto attended Harvard Law School and the University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall), where he received a J.D. in 1979 and was a member of the California Law Review from 1977 to 1979. He was a New York State Regents Scholarship recipient and was awarded a B.A. in Political Science from the State University of New York, Buffalo in 1975, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

He has been listed for over 10 years in "The Best Lawyers in America," including in the 2003-2004 edition.

Dennis A. Schoville

Schoville & Arnell, LLP

1230 Columbia St, Ste 800

San Diego CA, 92101

(619) 232-9901


Dennis Schoville was born in Richland Center, Wis., in 1945. After receiving his preparatory education at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, he qualified as a U.S. Army aviator and served in the Vietnam War as a helicopter flight section commander.

During that time, he was awarded two Silver Stars, the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Bronze Star, three Purple Hearts, and several Air Medals and Service Awards.

Following his retirement from active duty at the rank of captain, he pursued legal studies at the Illinois Institute of Technology (J.D., with distinction, 1973) and Northwestern University (L.L.M., 1974).

From 1974 to February 1997, Schoville was a partner with Gray, Cary, Ames & Frye and Gray Cary Ware & Freidenrich.

He established the firm of Schoville & Arnell, LLP in February 1997, and practices primarily in the areas of personal injury, products liability, insurance bad faith, and wrongful termination.

Schoville has received the San Diego Trial Lawyers Association Outstanding Trial Advocacy Award on four separate occasions. In 1995 and 1999, the Consumer Attorneys of San Diego awarded him its "Trial Lawyer of the Year Award." In 1996 he received the Daniel T. Broderick Memorial Award, epitomizing the highest standards of civility, integrity and professionalism in the San Diego community. In 2004 he received the Illinois Institute of Technology - Chicago-Kent Professional Achievement Award and is the recipient of the Consumer Attorneys of San Diego - Consumer Advocate of the Year Award (2005).

Currently, Schoville is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, a Master in the American Inns of Court, a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates and its National Board of Directors, and currently serves as vice-chair of the San Diego County Bar Judicial Evaluation Committee.

He is a member of the Consumer Attorneys of San Diego, the Consumer Attorneys of California, the American Trial Lawyers Association and the American Bar Association.

He has also served as President of the San Diego Chapter of ABOTA, President of the Consumer Attorneys of San Diego, President of the Foundation of the Consumer Attorneys of San Diego, Superior Court Judge pro tempore and as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Jamul-Dulzura Union School District for 12 years, including three terms as President.

He currently is listed in the Best Lawyers in America publication and in 2004 was voted one of the "Top 100 Most Influential Attorneys in California" by the Los Angeles Daily Journal.

Robert G. Steiner

Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps LLP

600 W Broadway, Ste 2600

San Diego CA, 92101

(619) 699-2464



Professional Experience

Senior Litigation Partner. Jury trial lawyer specializing in complex litigation

primarily on behalf of defendants. Types of cases tried include anti-trust, legal

malpractice, lender liability, products liability and commercial transactions.

Professional Recognition

Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers (1978)

Chairman of Southern California Committee (1986)

Member and Past President, San Diego Chapter of ABOTA (1970)

Recipient 1995 of the Broderick Award

Lawyer Delegate, Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference


L.L.B. University of California, Berkeley (Boalt Hall) 1956

B.A., Economics, University of Michigan 1953

Professional Offices

Member, Judicial Selection Committee, 1988-1990

Chairman, Advisory Group, Civil Justice Reform Act of 1990 (Biden Bill) 1991-1994. Appointed by Judge Keep, Chief Judge of the Southern District.

Past President, San Diego County Bar Association - 1972

Past Chairman, State Bar Committee on Maintenance of Professional Competence

Past Co-Chairman, State Bar Committee to review functions of the State Bar

Master, American Inns of Court, Louis M. Welsh Inn

Director Emeritus, Association of Business Trial Lawyers, San Diego Chapter

Lecturer CEB on topics of litigation, insurance, legal malpractice, ethics, fees, management

Past Managing Partner of Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps LLP

Past Chairman, Justice Facilities Financing Agency to build courthouses and jails in San Diego

Frederick R. Vandeveer

Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps LLP

11988 El Camino Real, Ste 200

San Diego CA, 92130

(858) 720-6332



Fred Vandeveer, a Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps LLP partner in the Carmel Valley / Del Mar office, has practiced trusts and estates law and tax-exempt organizations law since 1980. He has significant experience in all areas of estate planning and probate/trust administration, including planning for large and sophisticated estates, planning international estates, handling complex probate and trust matters, and advising clients on all aspects of charitable planned giving. Vandeveer also has substantial expertise in representing tax-exempt organizations, including numerous private foundations.


JD, Brigham Young University, magna cum laude, 1980

BA (English), University of Utah, magna cum laude, 1973


American Bar Association

San Diego County Bar Association

California State Bar Tax-Exempt Organizations Committee, Chair (1995)

Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (2000-present)

Mercy Hospital Foundation Board of Trustees (2003-present)

San Diego Planned Giving Roundtable (2001-present)

Scripps Planned Giving Advisory Council, Charter Member (1991-present); Co-chairman (1992); Chairman (1993)

Boy Scouts of America, Desert Pacific Council, Planned Giving Committee (1997-1998)

San Diego Museum of Art, Trusts and Estates Committee (1991-1996)

Scripps Foundation for Medicine & Science, Fund Development Committee (1992-1993)

Family Service of Los Angeles, Board of Directors (1983-1984); Planned Giving Subcommittee of Fund

Development Committee (Chairman, 1984)

Member, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Penasquitos Second Ward, Penasquitos California

Stake (Bishop 1992-1998)

Joel R. Wohlfeil

Boudreau, Albert & Wohlfeil LLP

185 West F St, Ste 400

San Diego CA, 92101

(619) 687-2555



Joel R. Wohlfeil has been a partner with Boudreau, Albert & Wohlfeil LLP since 1997.


Thomas Jefferson School of Law, 1980

Bar Membership

State of California

United States District Court, Southern District, CA

United States District Court, Central District, CA

Professional Societies

San Diego County Bar Association

Consumer Attorneys of San Diego

Consumer Attorneys of California

Association of Trial Lawyers of America

National Institute of Trial Advocacy

Civil Justice Foundation, founding sponsor

American Board of Trial Advocates

Professional Recognition And Activities

1993: Outstanding Trial Lawyer Award for "Dello v. Harley Davidson," San Diego Trial Lawyers Association

1994: Outstanding Trial Lawyer Award for "PLS v. Harris," San Diego Trial Lawyers Association

1994: Member: Advisory Board of UCSD Extension Legal Assistant Program

1995: Moderator, "Anatomy of Business Jury Trial" seminar, Consumer Attorneys of San Diego

1996: Outstanding Trial Lawyer Award for " Stern v. Stein," Consumer Attorneys of San Diego

1997: Co-chairperson, People's Law School, Consumer Attorneys of San Diego 1997-99,

2004 -: Member, Board of Directors, Consumer Attorneys of San Diego

1998: Member, Million Dollar Advocates Forum

1998-99: Co-chairperson, Education Committee, Consumer Attorneys of San Diego

2002: San Diego County Bar Association Judicial Evaluation Committee


Katherine A. Bacal, Baker & McKenzie LLP

Kevin M. Bagley, Duckor Spradling Metzger & Wynne

Jonathan A. Brenner, Simpson & Brenner, LLP

Richard A. Carpenter, Attorney at Law

Dawn H. Cauthen, Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP

Christopher Celentino, Duane Morris LLP

Tyler W. Cramer, Olmstead, Cramer & Pizzuto, A.P.C.

Donald A. English, English & Gloven, APC

William P. Fennell, Law Office of William P. Fennell

Kenneth M. Fitzgerald, Latham & Watkins LLP

James P. Frantz, Frantz, Townsend & Foldenauer, LLP

JoBeth Halper, Halper Litigation Group

Michael T. Hird, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

Andrea M. Kimball, Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps LLP

James R. Lance, Post Kirby Noonan & Sweat LLP

Scott J. Laqua, Law Offices of Bryce O. Willett

Charles A. Longo, Brownwood, Chazen & Cannon

William A. Markham, Maldonado & Markham LLP

Patrick W. Martin, Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP

Daniel J. Mogin, The Mogin Law Firm PC

Deb C. Pedersdotter, Law Office of Deb C. Pedersdotter

Michael G. Rhodes, Cooley Godward LLP

Michael H. Riney, Vantage Law Group

George L. Root, Foley & Lardner LLP

Heather L. Rosing, Klinedinst PC

Carl R. Sanchez, Paul, Hastings Janofsky & Walker LLP

Joel G. Selik, Attorney at Law

Brian T. Seltzer, Seltzer Caplan McMahon Vitek

David R. Snyder, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

Deyan P. Spiridonov, Paul, Hastings Janofsky & Walker LLP

Scott M. Stanton, Morrison & Foester, LLP

William F. Sullivan, Paul, Hastings Janofsky & Walker LLP

Kelly R. Waggonner, Attorney at Law

Katherine W. White, Enterprise Partners Venture Capital

Jon R. Williams, Ross, Dixon & Bell, LLP

Kendall A. Wood, Hinchy, Witte, Wood, Anderson & Hodges

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