Alumni Leadership Team
The Williams Institute Alumni Network
UCLA School of Law
Leadership Team 2013-2015
Brian Brookey focuses on intellectual property litigation, with experience at the trial and appellate level involving matters of patent, trademark, and copyright infringement, misappropriation of trade secrets, and unfair competition. He also has significant experience handling contested trademark matters before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board of the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
Brian believes that one of the best parts of practicing law is partnering with clients to solve problems. He enjoys tackling litigation for his clients as it allows them to do what they do without distraction. Always keeping their interests at the forefront, Brian helps clients develop strategies and make decisions that protect not just their legal rights, but also their bottom lines.
Bob Burke ’66
Bob Burke has been strongly involved in public and government affairs, public and legislative law and governmental relations for over 30 years. Beginning as an attorney, he was central to the California campaign of Bobby Kennedy for President. Following the tragic events of this campaign he lived in Geneva Switzerland, working for an international financial giant in the transnational real estate arena. He followed this position by establishing his own legal practice in Paris, France.
He was called back to the United States to serve as a senior strategist and advisor to the former Senator Birch Bayh. Continuing with Federal service, he was called to work in several positions with the administration of Jimmy Carter in Washington, D.C.. Working closely with the Executive Office, he managed the Congressional relations at NOAA for the United States’ domestic satellite and spectral scanners. While in Washington, D.C., he further expanded his public service experience by serving as the International General Counsel to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
Returning to his hometown of Los Angeles, Burke announced the formation of his boutique law practice, specializing in the practice of land use, environmental and commercial law. Appointed to the Appeals Board of the Building and Safety Commission by former Mayor Tom Bradley, he served as president of that Commission. He directed his practice to regulatory affairs and Administrative Law. He was named by Senate leader pro tem David Roberti to serve as president of the California State Advisory Board on Alcohol-Related Problems. He was a founder of the Harvard AIDS Institute and president of the UCLA School of Law Board of Directors. Burke was also president of the Board of Alternative Living for the Aging, a senior congregate housing non-profit in the Fairfax area. He is currently serving on the Board of the Los Angeles branch of Volunteers of America and Chair of their Property Committee. He also held with distinction a position on the Executive Committee of the State Bar Section on Public Law. Burke is actively integrated in the downtown business community with participation in the Greater Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce and the Central City Association.
After studying at Stanford University and UCLA, he graduated with a law degree(J.D.) from the UCLA School of Law and studied for an LL.M at the London School of Economics. The founding member of Bob Burke & Company, he is a member of the California Bar, the Washington, D.C. Bar and is licensed to practice before the U.S. Court of Military Justice and the United States Supreme Court.
Ambar Carlisle Salgueiro currently serves as the Program Manager for the Transamerica Center for Health Studies, a national non-profit organization focused on helping consumers and businesses navigate the health care landscape and the new requirements of the Affordable Care Act. Ambar’s career has been focused on health policy and public service. She began her career at Greater Bakersfield Legal Assistance, Inc. managing a farm worker health care program. She served as the Jesse Unruh Fellow for the Chair of the Assembly Health Committee in the California State Legislature. She then worked as a policy consultant in the California State Legislature in the office of Assemblymember Hector De La Torre before joining a non-profit health care insurer.
While at UCLA School of Law Ambar served on the Board of OUTLAW for two years, was the Co- Editor-in-Chief of the UCLA Chicana/o-Latina/o Law Review, was a managing editor of the Dukeminier Awards and was a Pegging Browning Law Fellow.
Ambar earned her bachelor’s degree in Political Science at the University of California San Diego and her J.D. from UCLA School of Law.
Priyan Chandraratna graduated from the UCLA School of Law in 2012 with a specialization in Critical Race Studies. At UCLA, Priyan was Editor in Chief of the UCLA Journal of International Law and Foreign Affairs (JILFA) and was also involved with the South Asian Law Students Association, the International Human Rights Law Association, and OUTlaw.
Priyan joined the Gillam Law Firm in October of 2012. His civil rights practice includes individual employment cases especially sexual orientation, race, age, disability, and gender discrimination as well as wage and hour class actions.
Alex Ferrando ’10 – Co-Chair, Annual Alumni Reception
Ronald Katsky ‘64
Russel Krupen ‘10
Ajay Kusnoor ‘10
Ryan Leaderman ’99
Ryan Leaderman is an associate in the Land Use department of the Los Angeles office of DLA Piper.
Mr. Leaderman’s practice is focused upon land use planning, zoning, entitlement acquisition and protection, and due diligence. His practice includes General Plan and Zoning Amendments; all types of land use permits, including Variances and Conditional Use Permits; and the drafting and negotiation of Development Agreements. Mr. Leaderman’s practice also includes all aspects of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), including CEQA litigation. Mr. Leaderman interacts regularly with many types of governmental agencies. His clients include private developers, corporations, and non profit organizations.
Mr. Leaderman has been repeatedly named a Southern California Super Lawyer Rising Star by the publisher of Law & Politics and Los Angeles magazines, and he is a member of the State Bar of California.
Mr. Leaderman graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in 1995 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. He received his J.D. from the UCLA School of Law in 1999.
Tom Lepak is a Senior Trial Attorney with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, where he enforces federal civil-rights statutes through employment-discrimination litigation. Mr. Lepak began his legal career as an Honors Trial Attorney in the agency’s Los Angeles District Office, transferring to the New York District Office in 2012. He attended University of Wisconsin-Madison and UCLA School of Law.
Candace Matson is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton, LLP where she has focused her practice on construction law and title issues for over two decades. Ms. Matson represents owners, contractors, subcontractors, design professionals, lenders and others in a wide range of private and public contexts, from the preconstruction phase through project close-out and sale, and in the litigation, arbitration and/or mediation of disputes.
Ms. Matson also serves as an arbitrator, both privately and through the auspices of various ADR providers. Ms. Matson received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California at Berkeley, her Master’s degree at California Lutheran University, and her Juris Doctor at University of California at Los Angeles.
David Alan Perkiss ’12 – Co-Chair, Mentoring
David has represented individuals in discrimination lawsuits and has served as a member of the Lesbian and Gay Lawyers Association (LGLA) Board of Governors. David’s scholarly articles on LGBT issues in the law are published in the UCLA Law Review and Hastings Women’s Law Journal. In law school, David served as Editor-in-Chief of the Dukeminier Awards Journal, Vol. 11, OUTLaw Co-chair, and National LGBT Bar Association Law Student Congress Regional Chair. As a Williams Institute Gleason-Kettel Summer Law Fellow, he worked as a summer law clerk at the ACLU. David also served as a judicial extern to Chief U.S. Magistrate Judge Suzanne H. Segal and, as an ABOTA Fellow, to Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Elizabeth Allen White.
Bryce Woolley graduated from UCLA School of Law in 2011. While in law school, Bryce was Editor-in-Chief of Volume 10 of the Dukeminier Awards Journal of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Law, Co-Chair and 3L Representative of OUTlaw, and Co-Chair of El Centro’s HALSA clinic. Bryce was also a participant in the Williams Institute Moot Court Competition and a Distinguished Advocate in the Moot Court Honors Program. After graduating law school, Bryce worked as a research assistant for Professor Stuart Biegel on the third edition of his leading casebook Education and The Law. Bryce joined the general litigation group of Bingham McCutchen LLP’s Santa Monica office in January 2012, where he practiced complex commercial litigation in areas of insurance coverage, partnership disputes, contract claims, and business litigation. Bryce’s pro bono work included participation in LA Superior Court’s Homeless Court Program, Korean Resource Center’s Deferred Action Clinic, and contribution to an amicus brief filed with the Supreme Court of the United States in United States v. Windsor. Bryce regularly returns to UCLA to judge the annual Williams Institute Moot Court Competition and volunteers with the new LA HLPP legal services organization. Bryce is a member of the Williams Institute Alumni Network.
Desmund Wu ’09 – Co-Chair, Moot Court Competition
Desmund Wu is an associate at Latham & Watkins. His practice involves complex commercial litigation and intellectual property litigation. He has undergraduate degrees in Biology and Economics and a Master of Applied Biosciences degree from the Keck Graduate Institute, one of the Claremont Consortium of colleges. Prior to joining Latham, Desmund has also worked as a pro bono attorney at the Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund. While there, he worked on a variety of civil rights matters including In re Marriage Cases, which won complete legal equality for same-sex couples in California, and Collins v. Brewer, which sought to block an Arizona law from stripping domestic partner health care benefits from state employees. Desmund’s motivation to become an attorney came from working at the Williams Institute for two years as Brad Sears’s assistant.