ACBA Board of Directors

The ACBA Board of Directors meets on the first Tuesday of each month, with the exception of July and August, to act on issues affecting the association, its members, and the community. Additionally, board members serve on special board committees and act as liaisons between the Board and ACBA sections and committees.

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Stephanie Sato

Law Offices of Stephanie K. Sato
1939 Harrison Street, Suite 330
Oakland, CA 94612
(510) 398-0887

Eric Handler

Donahue Fitzgerald LLP
1999 Harrison Street, 25th Floor
Oakland, CA 94612
(510) 451-0544

Stephanie Sato is the owner of  the Law Offices of Stephanie K. Sato in Oakland, specializing in family law. Stephanie has been selected for inclusion in the Northern California Super Lawyers Rising Stars List since 2013 .  In 2009, she received the ACBA Distinguished Service Award for a Young Lawyer and in 2011-2012 she served as Chair of the ACBA Barristers Section Executive Committee.


Eric Handler is a partner at Donahue Fitzgerald LLP in Oakland, specializing in IP law, commercial litigation, and bankruptcy. He is the 2016 Secretary-Treasurer of, and an active volunteer with, the ACBA VLSC. Prior to law school, Eric worked extensively in the computer software industry as a software developer and management consultant.



Michael P. Johnson

AT&T Services, Inc.
Legal Department
525 Market Street, Room 2800
San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 778-1485

Colin Bowen

Oakland City Attorney's Office
1 Frank H. Ogaawa Plaza, 6th Floor
Oakland, CA 94612
(510) 238-6324

Michael Johnson is an Executive Director and Senior Legal Counsel  with AT&T Services Inc. in San Francisco, specializing in healthcare and governmental contracting issues. A former business and civil litigator, he is also the 2016 President of the ACBA VLSC Board of Directors.


Colin Bowen is a Supervising Deputy City Attorney in the Oakland City Attorney’s Office.  He has previously served on several committees within ACBA, including JAEC and Long Term Strategic Planning.  Colin devotes significant time to youth “pipeline” efforts, and has developed a number of programs and workshops concerning youth and their interactions with law enforcement and the justice system.  He is also a member of the Charles Houston Bar Association.  


Megan Burns

Bonjour, Thorman & Burns 
24301Southland Drive, Suite 312
Hayward, CA 94545
(510) 785-8400

Joy Ricardo-Clay

East Bay Children's Law Office
7700 Edgewater Drive, Suite 210
Oakland, CA 94621
(510) 496-5200

Megan Burns is a partner with the law firm of Bonjour, Thorman & Burns where she specializes in high stakes litigation in the areas of criminal defense and plaintiff personal injury. Ms. Burns spent many years advocating for indigent defendants at the San Francisco County and Solano County Public Defender’s Offices prior to joining the firm.  She is a member of the Earl Warren American Inn of Court and previously served on the board of directors for California Attorneys for Criminal Justice (CACJ) and Women Defenders.


Joy Ricardo-Clay is the managing attorney at East Bay Children’s Law Office, a Nonprofit Child Advocacy organization that provides legal representation to children and youth involved in foster care, delinquency and probate proceedings in Alameda County  She is also serves as the 2016 Secretary for the Charles Houston Bar Association’s Board of Directors.

Richard J. Lee

Pelayo Llamas

Oakland City Attorney’s Office
1 Frank H. Ogaawa Plaza, 6th Floor
Oakland, CA 94612
(510) 238-6621


Lauren Powe

State Compensation Insurance Fund
1390 Market Street, Suite 1110
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 522-4819

Pelayo Llamas is a Deputy City Attorney in the Oakland City Attorney's Office, where he has served in many litigation and advice roles since 1999. Pelayo is the 2015-2016 president of the Earl Warren American Inn of Court, and a former board member of the Filipino Bar Association of Northern California. He is a Member-At-Large for statewide Bench Bar Coalition Executive Committee for Northern/Central region. Pelayo was recently sworn-in as a temporary judge for the Alameda County Superior Court.


Lauren Powe is a lawyer with the California State Compensation Insurance Fund. She served as  the 2014 Barristers Executive Committee Chair, and was an active member until she termed out this year.  Lauren was the 2015 recipient of the ACBA Distinguished Service Award for New Lawyer. She is also a  member of the Earl Warren American Inn of Court and the Charles Houston Bar Association.


Pamela Ross, Jr

All for the Children Legal Clinic, Inc.
3137 Castro Valley Blvd. #210
Castro Valley, CA 94546

Vincent Tong

Tong Law
409 13th Street, Floor 9
Oakland, CA 94612
(510) 371-7835

Pamela J. Ross, Jr., is the founder and CEO of the All for the Family Legal Clinic, Inc., a public benefit corporation dedicated to providing low cost legal assistance to the San Francisco Bay Area. She primarily handles family law cases, but also works in the areas of estate planning and landlord-tenant law. Pamela has served on the ACBA Family Law Section’s Executive Committee since 2012, and as its Chair since 2014. Pamela was the 2015 recipient of the Volunteer Legal Services Corporation’s award for Volunteer of the Year.


Vincent Tong is the owner of Tong Law, an employment and business law practice in Oakland. He is an active member of the ACBA and its Barristers and Labor and  Employment Sections, and served as Chair in 2015. He is a member of the Earl Warren American Inn of Court, California Employment Lawyers Association, Asian American Bar Association, National Lawyers Guild, and California Lawyers for the Arts. Vincent is the 2016 recipient of the ACBA Distinguished Service Award for New Lawyer



Paul Wellenkamp

Law Office of Paul Wellenkamp
1260 B Street, Suite 325
Hayward, CA 94541
(510) 538-7285

Toni Mims-Cochran, Ex-Officio

Law Office of Toni Mims-Cochran
1814 Franklin Street, Suite 503
Oakland, CA 94568
(510) 465-3210

Paul Wellenkamp is a criminal defense attorney in private practice in Alameda County since 1981. He served on the CAAP Advisory Committee for five years and is an organizing member of the South Alameda County Criminal Defense Bar.


Toni Mims-Cochran, of The Law Office of Toni Mims-Cochran, practices family law, landlord/tenant litigation, and juvenile dependency trials and appeals in Oakland. Toni is the co-chair of the East Bay Diversity Bar Coalition, the Second Vice President and District 3 Governor of California Women Lawyers,  a member of the Charles Houston Bar Association, and a former President of Women Lawyers of Alameda County.


Jo-Anna Nieves, Ex-Officio

The Nieves Law Firm, APC
505 14th St Ste 900
Oakland, CA 94612
(510) 588-8580



Jo-Anna Nieves is the owner of The Nieves Law Firm, APC in Oakland. She is a member of the Criminal Court Appointed Attorneys Program and the Judicial Appointments Evaluation Committee. Jo-Anna is the 2016 Chair of the ACBA Barristers Section’s Executive Committee. She is also a volunteer with the VLSC.