Office of General Counsel
- Business Transactions
- Charitable Giving and Nonprofit Organizations
- Educational Affairs and Campus Services
- Health Law
- Intellectual Property
- Laboratory Affairs
- Labor, Employment & Benefits
- Land Use and Environment, Health & Safety
- Public Accountability and Governance
- Real Estate
The Business Transactions Group provides business transactions advice and support to the Office of the President, campuses, medical centers, and national laboratories. The group advises on business and corporate structures; competitive bidding; complex business, finance, and energy projects; and international initiatives. The group also advises on non-profit organizations, charitable giving and tax matters.
Larry Adkison, Senior Counsel
James Agate, Senior Counsel
Fatima Evans, Senior Counsel
Rowena R. Manlapaz, Senior Counsel
Yakeen Qawasmeh, Counsel
Kathleen Quenneville, Principal Counsel
Mark Wilson, Senior Counsel
Charitable Giving and Nonprofit Organizations
The Charitable Giving and Nonprofit Organizations Group supports Institutional Advancement at the Office of the President and development offices on all ten campuses to help increase private support for the university's teaching, research, and public service mission. The group handles all estate and trust matters in which donors named the UC Regents as a beneficiary of their estate plans, and provides legal support for planned gifts such as charitable remainder trusts, charitable gift annuities, and pooled income funds. The group also provides counsel on permissible uses of restricted funds and provides nonprofit tax and corporate work to support the university's auxiliary nonprofit organizations which reduces the legal costs which they might otherwise incur.
The Construction Group provides construction-related legal services to UC's multi-billion dollar annual construction program on the campuses and medical centers. The group's transactional work includes working with clients to develop strategic policies, contracts, and procedures (including competitive bidding) for the university's numerous construction projects. Much of the group's work involves analyzing and resolving disputes with architects, contractors, and surety bond companies. The group also provides legal support in proposing and opposing legislation affecting the university's construction program.
Educational Affairs and Campus Services
The Educational Affairs and Campus Services Group advises and counsels campuses and the Office of the President on a wide variety of issues involving students, faculty, and academic life, such as admissions, fees, financial aid, housing, student conduct, research compliance, and faculty and Academic Senate matters.
Attorneys in the group serve as the general legal advisers for UC Merced, the Division of Agricultural and Natural Resources, and for Privilege and Tenure Committees throughout the system.
Steve Drown, Deputy General Counsel
Katina Ancar, Senior Counsel
Ellen Auriti, Senior Counsel
Elisabeth Gunther, Senior Counsel
Nancy Hamill, Senior Counsel
Cynthia Vroom, Senior Counsel
Elisabeth Yap, Senior Counsel
The Health Law Group supports the medical centers, medical schools and faculty practice plans operated by the University of California. The group also supports the following units of the Office of the President: the Office of Ethics, Compliance, and Audit Services; the Office of Health Sciences and Services; and the Office of Research Policy. Attorneys in the group provide advice on a complex array of federal and state laws governing the furnishing of clinical care, billing for clinical services, the conduct of health science research, and the structuring of health care transactions.
Rachel Nosowsky, Deputy General Counsel
Jane Boubelik, Chief Health Sciences Counsel, UCLA
Shari Faris, Senior Counsel, UCLA Health System
Daniel Gerber, Principal Counsel
David Levine, Health System Counsel, UCD
Mike McDermott, Deputy Campus Counsel and Chief Health System Counsel, UC San Diego
Jackie Olson, Principal Counsel
Anna Orlowski, Chief Health Sciences Counsel, UC Davis
Carrie Recksieck, Principal Counsel, UCLA Health System
Peter Schneider, Chief Health Sciences Counsel, UC Irvine
Ann Sparkman, Deputy Campus Counsel for Health Affairs, UCSF
Spencer Turnbull, Senior Counsel, UCLA Health System
The Intellectual Property Group advises the university on a full range of patent, copyright, trademark, and other intellectual property matters, including intellectual property-related collaborations, transactions, policy, consultations, and dispute resolution.
The university is responsible for the management of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory under a management and operations contract with the Department of Energy. The university also participates as a major partner in the limited liability companies established for the management of the Los Alamos and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories under contracts with the Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration. The Office of the General Counsel provides support in coordination with laboratory counsel for the national laboratories.
Labor, Employment & Benefits
The Labor, Employment and Benefits Group advises the 10 campuses, the Office of the President, and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory on a full range of employment, labor and benefits matters affecting the university's 160,000 person workforce.
Allison Woodall, Deputy General Counsel
Jennifer Chin, Senior Counsel
Barbara Clark, Principal Counsel
Andrew Huntington, Senior Counsel
Stephanie Leider, Senior Counsel
Trina Mastro, Counsel
Ina Potter, Senior Counsel
Shondella Reed, Counsel
Leslie Van Houten, Senior Counsel
Land Use and Environment Health & Safety
The Land Use and Environmental Health and Safety Group works with the Office of the President, the ten campuses, associated Natural Reserve System holdings, and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory to provide legal advice and support for environmental and land use review of campus construction and real estate projects, and environmental health and safety matters.
The Litigation Group represents the university and oversees outside counsel in a broad range of adversarial proceedings, including writs, internal administrative hearings, depositions, and trials. The Litigation Group also works in cooperation with the Intellectual Property, Business Transactions, and Land Use Groups on patent, construction, and environmental cases.
Karen Petrulakis, Chief Deputy General Counsel
Margaret Wu, Managing Counsel
Nicole Craig, Senior Counsel
Fatima Evans, Senior Counsel
Michael Goldstein, Senior Counsel
Rhonda S. Goldstein, Senior Counsel
Norman Hamill, Senior Counsel
Donald Margolis, Senior Counsel
Holly Ackley St. John, Senior Counsel
Valerie Shelton, Senior Counsel
Cynthia Vroom, Senior Counsel
Richard Wilson, Senior Counsel
Elisabeth C. Yap, Senior Counsel
Public Accountability and Governance
The Public Accountability and Governance Group's primary practice areas are public accountability laws (Public Records Act and conflict of interest laws); governance (Open Meeting laws, delegation of authority, parliamentary issues, and review and interpretation of Regents items); and privacy (FERPA and the Information Practices Act). The Regents is a major client of the group, as well as the Office of the President and the campuses.
The Real Estate group provides legal advice and assistance to campuses and the Office of the President on a wide variety of real estate transactions. The group negotiates and drafts major commercial leases, acquisition agreements, and ground leases. On many transactions, the group does not retain outside counsel but instead uses in-house legal expertise to provide cost-efficient service to the university's clients.