2020 Barristers Group Shot
2020 ACBA Barristers Executive Committee

Socials

Throughout the year, the Barristers gather to socialize and to network.  Our events range from simple gatherings at a local restaurant or pub, to co-sponsored and more elaborate events such as Tailgate and BBQ at an A’s v. Giants game.  Regardless of the theme or the venue, each social is designed to create opportunities to network and develop friendships as well as to relax and have some fun.

Annual Barristers Golf Classic

Whether you’re a new golfer wanting to spend an afternoon networking with other attorneys and judges or an experienced golfer looking for a chance to get your name engraved on the President’s Cup, you’re welcome at the annual ACBA Barristers Golf Classic, typically held in early August! Our 2019 event was held on August 2nd. Check out the photos here.

Dine with a Judge

The ACBA and Barristers are committed to building a stronger relationship between the Bench and Bar in Alameda County. The Barristers Dine with a Judge programs provide you and several of your peers the unique chance to enjoy a delicious dinner and casual conversation with some of the area’s premier judges. Whether you have already appeared in court for a case or may make a future court appearance, these dinners are terrific ways to gain new insights and become acquainted with a member of the bench outside the courtroom setting. Dine with a Judge affords you an excellent opportunity to ask questions and learn information that may guide you during your court appearances. Ask the judges about their career path and learn about their experiences before they took their seats on the Bench.

Upcoming Programs and Events

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New events are added regularly. Visit the ACBA calendar for more upcoming ACBA events.

Recent Events

Barristers Mentorship Program

The Barristers Mentorship Program was created to link new attorneys (mentees) with seasoned attorneys (mentors) in Alameda County so that mentees may gain support and guidance as they embark on their professional legal careers. For mentors, participation in the program is an opportunity to give back and support the profession of law, and help shape its future by coaching the mentees and sharing their experiences and life lessons. Please check out the program guidelines for more information. Submit a mentor application or a mentee application at any time!

The Executive Committee


CHAIR
Eileen Eib
   


Superior Court of California, County of San Francisco
400 McAllister St.
San Francisco, CA 94102
eileeneib@gmail.com | 408-218-4515

Eileen Eib
About: Eileen Eib is a Staff Attorney for the Superior Court of California, County of San Francisco, Unified Family Court. She previously served as a Publications Attorney for the Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB) and practiced family law for several years. When she is not wading through case law and new legislation, Eileen enjoys cooking, reading, playing board games, and exploring the East Bay. 
VICE-CHAIR
James Cook


Law Offices of John L. Burris
7677 Oakport Street, Suite 1120
Oakland, CA 94609
james.cook@johnburrislaw.com | (510) 839-5200

James Cook
About:   

James Cook’s focus is Section 1983 civil rights litigation. His other practice areas include DUI – DWI Defense, Criminal Defense, Landlord Tenant – housing law, Personal injury law, contract law, and corporate entity formation for profit and non-profits. James volunteers for VLSC’s Unlawful Detainer Mediation, Bankruptcy, and Family Law Clinics, and is an active member of the Earl Warren Inn of Court. Before becoming a lawyer, James was a professional competitor and decorated champion in Muay Thai Full-Contact Kickboxing who competed internationally and throughout the United States. He won Golden Gloves Boxing in two states and he competed in Mixed Martial Arts.
SECRETARY
Allegra Anvari


State Bar of California
180 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA 94105

Allegra Anvari
About:   

Allegra Anvari is Deputy Trial Counsel for the State Bar of California in the Office of Chief Trial Counsel working to protect the public by advancing the ethical and competent practice of law. She studied linguistics at the University of California, Santa Cruz where she graduated cum laude and received a Language Studies bachelor’s degree. While earning her juris doctorate at the University of Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, she volunteered with Equal Justice Works and interned at multiple non-profit clinics including Disability Rights California, Watsonville Law Center, the McGeorge Immigration Law Clinic, and the Pacific McGeorge Housing Mediation Center. Before joining the State Bar, Ms. Anvari was a civil litigator in the private sector for five years where she represented individuals, entities and municipalities in personal injury, contract, and malpractice cases.  In her free time, Ms. Anvari volunteers at the ACBA Community Legal Assistance Saturday Program (“CLASP”) and plays ice hockey on multiple co-ed teams as well as one nationally ranked women’s team. 

MEMBER
Neda Hefzi


Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani, LLP
275 Battery St, Ste 2000
San Francisco, CA 94111-3367

 
About:   
MEMBER
Katherine Alphonso


Kaufman, Dolowich, & Voluck LLP
425 California Street, Suite 2100
San Francisco, CA 94104
kalphonso@kdvlaw.com

Katherine Alphonso
About:   

Katherine Alphonso is an Associate at Kaufman, Dolowich, & Voluck, LLP.  She focuses her practice on data privacy and cybersecurity, general employment law, trademarks, corporate formations and filings, and licensing.

MEMBER
Kellyann Estrem


Law Offices of Vernon C. Goins
1970 Broadway, Suite 450
Oakland, CA 94612

Kellyann Estrem
About:   

Kellyann is an associate attorney at the Law Offices of Vernon C. Goins. Her practice focuses on probate and trust administration, probate litigation, and general civil litigation. She received her J.D. and Certificate in Health Law and Policy from the University of New Hampshire Franklin Pierce School of Law in 2018 and her B.A. in History from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo in 2013. Kellyann is admitted to practice law in New York and California. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, running, and doing yoga.

MEMBER
WookSun (Phil) Hong


Law Offices of WookSun Hong
125 12th Street, Ste. 100-BALI,
Oakland, CA 94607
modulegal@gmail.com
(510) 368-8538

About:   

WookSun is part of the Bay Area Legal Incubator, a group of attorneys that provide legal services for mid to low income communities. Their practice areas cover employment, immigration, estate planning, real estate, business/corporate law, prisoners’ rights and more. WookSun personally handles real estate, landlord-tenant, immigration, and estate planning. WookSun graduated from Seoul National University with a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry. He pursued Ph.D. degree in biochemistry before switching to law. He is the recipient of the ACBA’s 2019 Distinguished Service Award for Barrister.  He is a 2019 extraordinary VLSC volunteer and a member of ACBA LRS 2019 Governing Committee.  He enjoys cycling and wants to travel as many countries as possible in the future.

MEMBER
Ryan Knutson


Knutson Law Offices
125 12th Street, Suite 100
Oakland, CA 94607
408-634-9850

Ryan Knutson
About:   

Ryan Knutson grew up in the Vacaville/Fairfield area and has lived in the bay most of his life, except for multiple years spent abroad living in Mexico on study/work abroad, Chile and Peru.  He attended Sonoma State University for his undergraduate studies, graduating cum laude and international merit scholar in 2012 with a BA in History, Spanish, and Latin American Studies.  Ryan attended law school at Golden Gate University School of Law in San Francisco, CA, graduating with a Juris Doctorate in December 2015 and a focus in public interest law.   Ryan began his practice in July 2016 as Staff Attorney and Program Coordinator for the Legal Counsel for the Elderly/ Civil Rights program at La Raza Centro Legal in San Francisco, CA.  Ryan opened Knutson Law Offices in 2019 to serve the needs of families and individuals in the areas of estate and special needs planning, trusts and estates, civil litigation and real estate, Social Security Disability, health insurance eligibility and appeals, and discrimination with a specific focus in mental health law and policy.  On mental health law, discrimination and abuse of the mentally ill and the myriad legal issues affecting their families, Ryan works to make a significant impact in achieving compassionate care, an end to abuse and violence, and effective trust and property planning for the future.  

MEMBER
Jason Leong


Law Offices of Jason Leong
4123 Broadway #708
Oakland, CA 94611
jasonleonglawoffices@gmail.com
510-421-3327

Jason Leong
About:   

Jason practices criminal defense and also handles post-conviction writs, petitions, and appeals. Jason has been a long-time resident of Alameda County, going to high school in the East Bay, and graduating from UC Berkeley and UC Hastings College of the Law. After more than two years as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Eastern District of California and a Deputy District Attorney in Madera County, he’s excited to be back home serving the Bay Area. Jason is a former member of the Earl Warren and Kennedy Inns of Court and enjoys staying at the cutting edges of the law.

MEMBER
Justice Ojo


Law Offices of Justice Ojo
1999 Harrisson St. Suite 1800
Oakland, CA 94612
justice.ojo@justiceojolaw.com | 510-496-4592

About:   

Justice Ojo is the founding attorney of the Law Offices of Justice Ojo. In his practice, Justice exclusively represents employees in matters against their employers. Justice specializes in FEHA matters and also routinely helps negotiate severance packages. A bay area native, Justice received his J.D. from the University of San Francisco School of Law  and his B.A. from U.C. Davis. When not practicing law, Justice enjoys spending time with family, cooking and traveling. 

ALTERNATE MEMBER
Sophia Ahmad
 


Sophia Ahmad Law, APC
39055 Hastings Street, Ste. 211
Fremont, CA 94538
510-421-6188

Sophia Ahmad 
About:   

Sophia Ahmad was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas with a Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management. After being intern to the executive team for the grand opening of The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Sophia attended Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law. She was a Student Attorney and Clinic Chief at the SMU Federal Taxpayers Clinic and  with the Small Business/Self-Employed Division of the IRS. She worked for her family’s CPA firm before opening her own practice. Sophia Ahmad Law, A.P.C. focuses in tax, corporate, and immigration law. Sophia is a huge foodie, loves to travel, and is currently learning to box!

ALTERNATE MEMBER
David George
   


Geosyntec Consultants, Inc
1111 Broadway, 6th Floor
Oakland, California 94607
510-285-2669

David George 
About:   

After leaving a law enforcement career where he served as a deputy sheriff, David went to work in the contracts department for a Bay Area software company. Today, he is corporate counsel to an environmental engineering firm. He earned his JD from the Golden Gate University School of Law, and completed his MBA and undergraduate education at St Mary’s College of California. Long before his bar admission, David was been a frequent volunteer for the state bar; having served as a public member on the JNE commission, the Disciplinary Standards Task Force, and the Client Security Fund. He currently serves on the RJNE and is a panelist on the Practice Analysis Working Group. 
ALTERNATE MEMBER
Adrieannette Ciccone  


Gitmeid & Assoc., PLLC / Law Office of Adrieannette Ciccone
24438 Santa Clara Street, #56204
Hayward, CA 94544
619-727-8997

Adrieannette Ciccone
About:   

Adrieannette knew she wanted to be a lawyer when she was a young child. As time progressed, she realized that much societal injustice was the result of socioeconomic inequality. After earning a joint MA in Urban Planning and Latin American Studies, Adrieannette embarked on her legal career. She is now working to defend the legal rights of those faced with debt collection lawsuits, and doing land use law to help reshape the urban landscape to be more equitable.  She is an active board member of the California Association of Black Lawyers, an Executive Member of the Litigation Section of the California Lawyers Association and also serves as the 2019 Membership Co-Chair for the Charles Houston Bar Association. When she is not advocating for others or serving the community, Adrieannette enjoys global travel, practicing Portuguese and Spanish, Afro-Latin dance, and fusion cooking.

ALTERNATE MEMBER
Paul G. Leahy   


Disability Rights Advocates
J.D., Georgetown University Law Center
(313) 549-0768 | pgl9@georgetown.edu

Paul Leahy
About:   

Paul Leahy joined Disability Rights Advocates from 2017 to 2019 as a DRA Fellowship Attorney. Mr. Leahy received his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in 2017 and his B.A. with distinction in History from the University of Michigan in 2009. From 2009 to 2014, Mr. Leahy served as an associate with the Michigan practice of a national public affairs firm headquartered in Boston. During law school, Mr. Leahy served as a research assistant with the Georgetown Climate Center and Annual Review of Criminal Procedure. He later served as a law clerk on the United States Senate Judiciary Committee and in the Natural Resources Section (NRS) and Executive Office of the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the United States Department of Justice. Mr. Leahy is a past member of the Environmental Law Institute and Disability Rights Bar Association. When not besting his best friend or brothers at board games, Mr. Leahy enjoys running, swimming, and downhill skiing.

STAFF LIAISON
Hadassah Hayashi
   


Deputy Director
1000 Broadway, Suite 290
Oakland, CA 94607
hadassah@acbanet.org
(510) 302-2200