Ninth Circuit Appellate Lawyer Representatives


JAMES AZADIAN is a shareholder of Enterprise Counsel Group ALC in Orange County, where he serves as the Chair of the firm's Appellate, Writs, and Constitutional Law practice group. He specializes in complex federal and state court civil appeals, the First Amendment to the Constitution, and the application of California's anti-SLAPP statute in federal court. James frequently serves as special counsel to other law firms in preparing advocates for oral argument and assisting with the preparation of appellate briefs as well as critical motions at the trial court level. Apart from his professional practice, he serves as an adjunct professor teaching graduate courses for Legal Ethics at the University of Southern California, and Appellate Advocacy at Pepperdine University School of Law. James clerked for Ninth Circuit Judge Consuelo Maria Callahan and earlier for District Judge Ricardo Manuel Urbina of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. James graduated with distinction from Pepperdine University School of Law and was awarded a B.A. with honors in Political Science and Economics from the University of California, Los Angeles. In addition to his role as an ALR, James is a member of the Ninth Circuit's Advisory Committee on Rules of Practice and Internal Operating Procedures.

DAVINA CHEN is a sole practitioner practicing primarily in in federal criminal appeals, post-conviction, and related matters. From 1999 to 2013 she was a Deputy Federal Public Defender in the Central District of California. In that capacity she served as special counsel to the United States Sentencing Commission in 2003, and she continues to advocate the interests of criminal defendants before that body. Prior to joining the Office of the Federal Public Defender, Davina clerked for the Honorable Harry Pregerson. She is a graduate of UC Berkeley and the New York University School of Law, where she was a recipient of the Root-Tilden public interest scholarship.

STEPHEN DICHTER is a Partner at Christian Dichter & Sluga in Phoenix, Arizona.  B.A. Queens College, City University of New York 1968; J.D., University of Virginia, 1971; L.L.M. (Tax) George Washington University, 1975.  Captain, United States Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps, 1971-1975; Assistant United States Attorney, 1975-1980; and private practice since, emphasizing commercial litigation and white collar criminal defense.  He is married with two children. 

LANE DILG is an Assistant United States Attorney in the Central District of California, where she investigates and prosecutes cases as a member of the Public Corruption and Civil Rights Section.  Prior to joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office, she served as Counsel to Senator Dianne Feinstein on the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary.  Her portfolio on the Judiciary Committee included judicial nominations, the federal courts, and a wide variety of civil legal matters.  She previously litigated cases in federal appellate and trial courts as a staff attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation and an associate at Susman Godfrey LLP.  Ms. Dilg began her career as a law clerk to the Honorable Raymond C. Fisher on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.  She is a graduate of the Yale Law School, where she was an Essays Editor for the Yale Law Journal, the Harvard Divinity School, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, which she attended as a Morehead Scholar.  Her academic work has been published in the Pennsylvania Law Review.

LEONARD FELDMAN is a partner at Peterson Wampold Rosato Luna Knopp, where he focuses on state and federal appeals.  Mr. Feldman attended the University of Washington, where he graduated summa cum laude in Psychology, and Harvard Law School, where he was twice awarded the Sears Prize (given to the top two students on the basis of grades) and graduated magna cum laude in 1991.  He then worked as a judicial law clerk for Ninth Circuit Judge Jerome Farris.  Since completing his Ninth Circuit clerkship, Leonard has specialized in appellate practice before the Ninth Circuit and the Washington appellate courts.  Leonard is a member of and was previously Chair of the King County Bar Association’s Appellate Section, is a member of the Washington Appellate Lawyers Association, and is currently a District Coordinator for the Ninth Circuit Pro Bono Program and a member of the Ninth Circuit’s mentor program.  In 2006, Mr. Feldman received the Washington Bar Association’s Pro Bono Award for his work in appeals that raise important civil rights issues.  He is also a frequent writer and speaker on topics relating to appellate practice.  Among other articles, he has co-authored three articles with Washington Court of Appeals Judge Stephen Dwyer regarding appellate brief writing, oral argument, and discretionary review.

GREGORY S. FISHER is a partner with Davis Wright Tremaine LLP based in its Anchorage, Alaska office. His practice focuses on appeals, general commercial litigation, labor and employment law, business torts, and related fields. Mr. Fisher graduated from the University of Washington School of Law in 1991 where he served on the editorial board of the Washington Law Review. He is co-chair of the Alaska Bar Association's Appellate Law section and is a member of the Federal Bar Association's Appellate Law committee. Mr. Fisher is also co-chair of the Alaska Bar Association's Employment Law section and Past President of the Alaska Chapter of the Federal Bar Association. He is rated A/V by Martindale Hubbell, has been designated by Chambers USA as a leading lawyer for business in Labor and Employment (2012 and 2013), and also selected to Thomson-Reuters' list of "Alaska Super lawyers" in Employment and Labor and Appellate practice (2011-2013). Mr. Fisher is a former law clerk to the Honorable Barry G. Silverman, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and the Honorable John W. Sedwick, United States District Court for the District of Alaska.

PAUL GEORGESON is a partner in the litigation department of McDonald Carano Wilson LLP, a statewide Nevada law firm. His practice focuses primarily on commercial litigation, construction law, and appellate practice. He is admitted to all Nevada courts, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court. In his appellate practice, he represents clients before the Nevada Supreme Court and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in handling writs of mandamus, appeals of administrative decisions, and appeals from state and federal trial courts. Mr. Georgeson received his bachelor's degree in economics from the University of California Santa Barbara and his Juris Doctorate from University of California Davis, where he was a staff editor of the U.C. Davis Law Review and an extern for Ninth Circuit Judge Procter R. Hug, Jr. Mr. Georgeson has published articles on appellate practice in the Nevada Lawyer and authors a regular column entitled "Appellate Briefs" in his county bar association's publication.

BRIAN P. GOLDMAN is an associate in Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe’s Supreme Court and Appellate practice.  He is based in San Francisco.  Mr. Goldman has represented clients in appellate matters spanning several subject areas, including computer fraud, data privacy, immigration, patent, and tax.  He also represents individuals pro bono in the Ninth Circuit.  Mr. Goldman previously served in the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Division, where he briefed and argued cases on appeal for the federal government.  Mr. Goldman is a graduate of Yale College and Stanford Law School.  Following law school, he served as a law clerk to Judge Stephen Reinhardt of the Ninth Circuit and Justice Sonia Sotomayor of the Supreme Court.

ALEXANDRA ROBERT GORDON serves as a Deputy Attorney General in the Government Law Section of the California Department of Justice.  Ms. Gordon represents the constitutional officers of the State of California in a wide array of litigation, in both the state and federal trial and appellate courts.  In 2014, Ms. Gordon was awarded a California Lawyer of the Year Award for her work defending the constitutionality of a state law prohibiting mental health professionals from engaging in treatments intended to change the sexual orientation of a minor.  Prior to joining the California Department of Justice, Ms. Gordon was a Staff Attorney at the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals where she ran the Criminal/Habeas Unit, practiced commercial litigation at a law firm in San Francisco, and clerked for Judge Robert W. Sweet in the Southern District of New York.  Ms. Gordon received her J.D. from Harvard Law School, a master’s degree in English from the University of Oxford, and an A.B. from Brown University.

MARK HOLSCHER is a partner in Kirkland & Ellis's Los Angeles office. Mark specializes in white collar criminal defense, regulatory and complex civil litigation. As a former Assistant United States Attorney, Mark has acted as lead trial and appellate counsel to blue chip companies and their executives in a wide variety of criminal and complex civil litigation matters. Mark graduated from the University of California, Berkeley Law School in 1988, where he was a member of the California Law Review and Moot Court Board. Mark clerked for the Honorable William D. Keller, United States District Court and graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a B.A., in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley in 1985.

THOMAS L. HUDSON is a partner at Osborn Maledon PA where he heads the firm's appellate practice group. His practice focuses on civil appeals, and appellate consulting with trial attorneys during all stages of litigation. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers, a past chair of the Arizona State Bar Appellate Practice Section, a member of the American Bar Association Appellate Practice Committee, and a contributing author to the Appellate Practice Handbook published by the Arizona State Bar. He manages the Arizona Appellate Blog (, and co-authors the monthly column "Appellate Highlights" for the Arizona Attorney. He graduated summa cum laude from the University of Arizona College of Law in 1992, where he was an articles editor for the Arizona Law Review. He received a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Arizona in 1994, and clerked for Ninth Circuit Judge William C. Canby, Jr. from 1994-95.

SCOTT A. KRONLAND is a partner at Altshuler Berzon LLP in San Francisco.  His practice primarily involves litigation in the trial and appellate courts concerning labor law, constitutional law, and employment law issues on behalf of labor organizations and workers.  He also provides legal advice to clients on legislative issues.  Mr. Kronland graduated Order of the Coif from the UC Berkeley School of Law and received his undergraduate degree from Cornell University.  Following his graduation from law school, he served as a law clerk to the Honorable James R. Browning of the Ninth Circuit.

ROBERT N. MARKLE is a Senior Litigation Counsel in the Appellate Section of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Immigration Litigation.  In that capacity, as an appellate litigator, he has most recently specialized in obtaining or opposing rehearing in cases in the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the First through Eleventh Circuits, and, in conjunction with the Office of the Solicitor General, in obtaining or opposing review in the Supreme Court.  Before coming to the Justice Department, Mr. Markle was a partner at a New Orleans-based regional law firm where he specialized in civil appellate litigation, primarily in the Fifth and Eleventh Circuits, as well as in the state appellate courts of Louisiana, Texas, Mississippi, and Alabama.  Mr. Markle is currently a Barrister in the Edward Coke Appellate Inn of Court, the first Inn of Court specializing in appellate practice.  He is also a founding member of the Council of Appellate Lawyers, an adjunct to the ABA’s Appellate Judges’ Conference.  His love for all things appellate was sparked when he served as a summer law clerk to then-U.S. Circuit Judge Antonin Scalia and later as a law clerk to the late Justice Luther Cole of the Supreme Court of Louisiana.  Mr. Markle graduated with honors from the University of Connecticut School of Law in 1986. 

ROBERT J. PFISTER is a partner at Klee, Tuchin, Bogdanoff & Stern LLP, a bankruptcy and business reorganization boutique in Los Angeles.  His practice focuses on bankruptcy litigation and complex commercial disputes, and includes substantial appellate work.  Rob received his undergraduate degree from Indiana University and his law degree from NYU, after which he clerked for a United States District Judge in Connecticut.  He maintained a general litigation practice at a major international law firm, first in New York and then in Los Angeles, before joining Klee Tuchin and focusing his practice on litigation incident to bankruptcy proceedings, restructurings, and reorganizations.  Rob is the author of Marriage Equality in Bankruptcy Court: Joint Petitions for Same-Sex Couples, 32 CAL. BANKR. J. 109 (2012), and is a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute, Financial Lawyers Conference, Los Angeles Bankruptcy Forum, Ninth Judicial Circuit Historical Society, American Judicature Society, California Supreme Court Historical Society, and United States Supreme Court Historical Society.

JEREMY ROSEN is a partner at Horvitz & Levy where he specializes in civil appeals.  He has handled hundreds of appeals in a wide range of subject areas in the Ninth Circuit and California appellate courts.  He is also the director of the Pepperdine University School of Law’s Ninth Circuit Appellate Advocacy Clinic, where he supervises students in representing formerly pro se litigants on appeal.  Mr. Rosen held judicial clerkships with the Hon. Ferdinand F. Fernandez, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit and the Hon. Wm. Matthew Byrne, Jr., U.S. District Court, Central District of California.  He graduated magna cum laude and Order of the Coif from the Duke University School of Law where he earned both a J.D. and L.L.M. in International and Comparative Law.  He also graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa with his B.A. in government and history from Cornell University.

MARY-CHRISTINE (M.C.) SUNGAILA is an appellate partner in Snell & Wilmer's Orange County and Los Angeles offices. Her practice focuses on civil appeals, including appellate consulting in the trial court. She has received widespread recognition for her work, including being named a "Notable Appellate Practitioner" in California by Chambers USA, one of 40 "Women Leaders in the Law" in California by The Recorder, and repeatedly named one of California's Top Women Lawyers by the Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journals. She is also the recipient of both the Distinguished Service Award from the Women Lawyers' Association of Los Angeles and the inaugural Judith Soley Lawyer as Citizen Award from California Women Lawyers.

M.C. chairs the Amicus Curiae and Appellate Practice Committees of the International Association of Defense Counsel, holds appointed positions to corresponding committees of the ABA, is an Adjunct Professor of Law at Whittier Law School, and is the Program Chair and Chair-Elect of the OCBA Appellate Law Section. She has led or served on one or more community boards continuously since 1995; currently, she chairs the Program Committee of the RAND Institute for Civil Justice's Board of Overseers and the board of Los Angeles literary publisher Red Hen Press. After graduation from law school, she served as a law clerk in both the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (Hon. Ferdinand Fernandez) and the Central District of California (Hon. Alicemarie Stotler). M.C. holds a J.D. from the University of California's Los Angeles School of Law and a B.A., with distinction, in Political Science and Honors in Humanities from Stanford University.

ANNE M. VOIGTS (Chair) is an Assistant United States Attorney in the Northern District of California, working in the Appellate Division. She joined the office after serving as an appellate AUSA in the Central District of California. Before that, Ms. Voigts worked at Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP, handling cases before state and federal appellate courts, as well as the United States and California Supreme Courts. She clerked for the Honorable Stephen Reinhardt on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and Justice John Paul Stevens on the United States Supreme Court. Ms. Voigts has also taught appellate advocacy at USC law school and criminal procedure at Boalt Hall, and she has published a number of articles on legal issues. Ms. Voigts received her B.A. from Yale University and her J.D. from Columbia University, where she served as Executive Articles Editor of the Columbia Law Review. Prior to becoming a lawyer, she served as a Peace Corps Volunteer for nearly four years in West Africa.

LESLIE R. WEATHERHEAD is a partner in the Spokane office of Lee & Hayes, an intellectual property law firm. His practice concentrates on litigation of complex commercial and regulatory disputes and white collar defense. He received his J.D. from the University of Washington School of Law in 1980, having previously obtained a degree in history in 1977 from the University of Oregon Honors College. He is a member of the bars of Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Hawaii. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, a member of the Washington Appellate Lawyers Association, past Chairman of the Ninth Circuit Advisory Board, an adjunct member of the faculty at Gonzaga University School of Law, and the occasional author of articles in professional journals. He considers himself unbelievably lucky in his wife Anali and their three children, and he is a dyed-in-the-feathers Oregon Ducks fan.

KELLY A. ZUSMAN is the Appellate Chief for the United States Attorney's Office for the District of Oregon. She has been with the U.S. Attorney's office for eleven years, working in both the civil and criminal divisions, and completing a four-year term as the Ninth Circuit representative to the Attorney General's Appellate Chiefs' advisory group. She has also served as the President of the Oregon Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, and Chair of the Oregon State Bar's Federal Practice & Procedure Committee. Before joining the DOJ, she spent fourteen years working for federal judges including the Honorable Malcolm F. Marsh, U.S. District Court of Oregon, and Otto R. Skopil of the Ninth Circuit. She teaches appellate advocacy and evidence at the Northwestern School of Law at Lewis & Clark College, and the National Advocacy Center in Columbia, South Carolina, and she has published articles on appellate advocacy and criminal discovery. She is a graduate of the University of Oregon (BA, JD). Ms. Zusman regularly appears in the Ninth Circuit. She received the Department of Justice's 2013 Director's Award for Outstanding Appellate Advocacy, and the Federal Bar Association's 2011 James M. Burns Professionalism Award.