Benefits

The University of California offers a wide array of high quality employee benefit plans, including health and welfare insurance plans, a pension plan, and retirement savings programs. The Benefits group provides support to Human Resources and the Office of the Chief Investment Officer on legal issues affecting UC’s retirement and health and welfare benefits.

Group Members:
Luis Blanco, Senior Counsel

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Business Transactions

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; procurement, including UC policies and standard related to public contracting; complex business, finance and investments; energy projects; commercialization efforts; venture capital investments and international initiatives. The group also advises on non-profit organizations, charitable giving and tax matters.

Group Members:
Geoffrey Gibbs, Deputy General Counsel
Larry Adkison, Senior Counsel
Anagha Clifford, Senior Counsel
Fatima Evans, Senior Counsel
Andrew Houston, Counsel
Nima Katz, Senior Counsel
Bart Lounsbury, Senior Counsel
Yakeen Qawasmeh, Senior Counsel
Thomas Schroeder, Senior Counsel
Mark Wilson, Senior Counsel

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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.

Group Members:
Fatima Evans, Senior Counsel
Thomas C. Schroeder, Counsel

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Construction

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.

Group Members:
Holly Ackley St. John, Managing Counsel
John Bevan, Senior Counsel
Mark Meredith, Senior Counsel

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Education Affairs

The Education Affairs 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, conflicts of interest, governance, faculty, and Academic Senate matters.

Attorneys in the group serve as the general legal advisers for the Division of Agricultural and Natural Resources, and for Privilege and Tenure Committees throughout the system.

Group Members:
Allison Woodall, Deputy General Counsel
Maria Shanle, Managing Counsel
Katina Ancar, Senior Counsel
Steve Drown, Senior Counsel
Nancy Hamill, Senior Counsel
Cynthia Vroom, Senior Counsel
Elisabeth Yap, Senior Counsel

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Health Affairs

The Health Affairs Group supports the medical centers, medical schools and faculty practice plans operated by the University of California as well as its student health and counseling centers. The group also supports units of the Office of the President including: UC Health; Research Policy, Analysis, and Coordination; and Information Technology Services. The Group also supports Ethics, Compliance and Audit Services, Risk Services, and Federal and State Government Relations personnel with respect to health care and biomedical research matters.

Attorneys in the group handle complex health care transactions, represent the University in connection with government investigations, and provide regulatory advice on a complex array of federal and state laws governing the operation of hospitals, health systems, faculty practice plans, the furnishing of health care services, health professions education, and biomedical research.   

Group Members:
Rachel Nosowsky, Deputy General Counsel
Ellen Auriti, Senior Counsel
Margia Corner, Principal Counsel
Daniel Gerber, Principal Counsel
Lila Hayatdavoudi, Counsel
Hillary Kalay, Counsel
Rowena Manlapaz, Principal Counsel
Hoyt Sze, Managing Counsel

Jane Boubelik, Chief Health Sciences Counsel, UC Los Angeles
Tamala Choma, Senior Counsel, UC Riverside
George Choriatis, Health Sciences Counsel, UC Irvine
Shari Faris, Senior Counsel, UCLA Health System, UC Los Angeles
Kim Gillespie, Chief Campus, UC San Diego
Colin Leary, Senior Campus Counsel, Health Affairs, UC San Francisco
David Levine, Health System Counsel, UC Davis
Anna Orlowski, Chief Health Sciences Counsel, UC Davis
Peter Schneider, Chief Health Sciences Counsel, UC Irvine
Ann Sparkman, Deputy Campus Counsel for Health Affairs, UC San Francisco
Sarah Suskauer, Associate Counsel, UC San Diego
Emily Wee, Senior Counsel, UCLA Health System, UC Los Angeles

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Intellectual Property & Innovation

The Intellectual Property & Innovation 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.

Group Members:
Geoffrey Gibbs, Deputy General Counsel
Marty Simpson, Managing Counsel
Nancy Chu, Senior Counsel
Rita Hao, Senior Counsel 
Angus MacDonald, Senior Counsel

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Laboratory Affairs

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.

Group Members:
Bart Lounsbury, Senior Counsel

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Labor, Employment & Benefits

The Labor and Employment 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 190,000 person workforce.

Group Members:
Allison Woodall, Deputy General Counsel
Jennifer Chin, Senior Counsel 
Andrew Huntington, Senior Counsel
Martha Kim, Senior Counsel
Stephanie Leider, Senior Counsel
Trina Mastro, Senior Counsel
Shondella Reed, Senior Counsel

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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.

Group Members:
Kelly Drumm, Special Counsel
Anagha Clifford, Senior Counsel
Alison Krumbein, Senior Counsel
Bart Lounsbury, Senior Counsel
Hope Schmeltzer, Counsel

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Litigation

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.

Group Members:
Margaret Wu, Deputy General Counsel
Norman Hamill, Managing Counsel
Harpreet Chahal, Senior Counsel
Komal Chokshi
, Senior Counsel
Nicole Craig, Senior Counsel
Fatima Evans, Senior Counsel
Michael Goldstein, Senior Counsel
Rhonda S. Goldstein, Senior Counsel
Donald Margolis, Senior Counsel
Ben Minkow, Senior Counsel
Sonya Sanchez, Senior Counsel
Valerie Shelton, Senior Counsel 

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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 group provides primary support to the Regents, as well as the Office of the President and the campuses.

Group Members:
Maria Shanle, Managing Counsel
Mark Morodomi, Senior Counsel
Stella Ngai, Senior Counsel

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Real Estate

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.

Group Members:
Scott Abrams, Senior Counsel
Liana C. Epperson, Senior Counsel
Janet Norris, Senior Counsel

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Technology & Research

The Research & Technology Group handles complex transactions and investigations and provides regulatory advice in connection with basic, animal, and human subjects research and the funding of that research; major technology transactions; and cybersecurity matters, including counsel in connection with complex security incidents and related regulatory actions. The group supports UC Health, the Office of Research & Graduate Studies including its Research Policy, Analysis & Coordination unit and its Research Grants Program Office, and the University’s Information Technology Services organization.

Group Members:
Rachel Nosowsky, Deputy General Counsel
Ellen Auriti, Senior Counsel
Daniel Gerber, Principal Counsel
Lila Hayatdavoudi, Counsel
Hillary Kalay, Counsel

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