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Alumni News paci f i c l aw 43 s t e v e y e at e r counsel for a large vineyard development company where he provided legal counsel and project management services for more than 35 vineyards and winery properties in California, Oregon and Washington. | Ian Corzine opened the law firm West Corzine LLP in Southern California. | Kresta Nora Daly, a partner at Barth Tozer & Daly LLP and Angeles Superior Court in which a plaintiff sought $650,000 in damages. She is a partner at Landegger, Baron, Lavenant & Ingber in Encino. | Staci Campbell Simonton was named to the family law section of The Best Lawyers in America. Also recently cited in Northern California Super Lawyers magazine, she is a principal in the Law Office of Staci C. Simonton in San Francisco. | Wendy (Green) Taylor was appointed for a three-year term on the State Bar’s Committee on the Administration of Justice. 1998 Tom Adams has joined Dickenson, Peatman & Fogarty as senior counsel in the firm’s Napa office. Previously, he was in-house Criminal Defense Lumina ry Keith J. Staten, ’92, is known for his headline-making cases By David Graulich Keith J. Staten, ’92, describes himself as a “both sides of the brain kind of person.” While an undergraduate at San Francisco State University, he majored in management information systems. In addition to writing code and creating software, Staten was a star on SF State’s intercollegiate speech and debate team. He is also a musician and composer who played gigs to earn tuition money. At Pacific McGeorge, Staten became a prominent member of the Mock Trial team. “My favorite class was Trial Ad with Mike Sands,” Staten says. “That turned me on to litigation.” Staten remembers Pacific McGeorge as “a challenging environment that pushed me to be a great trial lawyer.” After graduation and a stint in the Public Defender’s Office, Staten opened a criminal defense practice in Sacramento. He has taken more than 100 trials to verdict, ranging from DUIs to homicide. Today Staten is one of Sacramento’s best-known criminal defense attorneys. He represented one of two defendants charged with the murder of a California state correctional officer at the officer’s home. Another high-profile case involved a hit-and-run incident that resulted in the death of a Loaves and Fishes volunteer. Given Staten’s technology background, it is fitting that another of his cases involved the right to privacy. Following guilty verdicts in a multi-defendant assault trial, a juror contacted Staten and informed him that another member of the jury had posted comments about the trial on his Facebook page. The case of Juror Number One v. Superior Court received national attention for pitting the interests of a juror’s expectation of privacy against the rules of confidentiality that protect jury deliberations. “That’s one of the reasons I enjoy criminal defense work,” Staten says. “As many years as I’ve done it, there’s always something different and fascinating.”


University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law - Summer 2013
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