Ninth Circuit Appellate Lawyer Representatives

EVANGELINE G. ABRIEL is the Director of Legal Analysis, Research, and Writing at Santa Clara University School of Law. Prof. Abriel teaches in the areas of legal analysis, research, and writing and immigration law. Her appellate practice focuses on petitions for review from Board of Immigration Appeals removal orders. Prior to joining Santa Clara in 2003, she was a senior attorney with the Catholic Legal Immigration Network (CLINIC) in San Francisco and, before that, a clinical professor of law at Loyola College of the Law in New Orleans, where she practiced with her students in the areas of immigration, family law, and federal civil rights. Prof. Abriel holds a B.A. from Newcomb College of Tulane University and a J.D. from Tulane Law School.

SARAH ERICKSON ANDRÉ is a commercial litigator at Nixon Peabody LLP, specializing in issues relating to cultural institutions. She has authored numerous briefs and motions in federal court (including briefs to the U.S. Supreme Court and the U.S. Courts of Appeal for the Fifth, Ninth, and D.C. Circuits) and represents foreign sovereigns, museums, foundations, and private parties in art transactions, consignment agreements, and disputes relating to the ownership and provenance of cultural property. Ms. André clerked for the Honorable Harry Pregerson, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and for the Honorable Gary A. Feess, U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. Ms. André graduated from the University of Virginia School of Law in 2002 where she was the Managing Editor of the Virginia Journal of Social Policy and the Law. She received her bachelor of arts with honors from North Park College in Chicago, IL in 1996.

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.

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.

NATHANIEL P. GARRETT ("Nat") is an associate in Jones Day's Issues & Appeals practice, based in San Francisco. His practice focuses primarily on appellate litigation in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and California appellate courts. Mr. Garrett has handled appeals in numerous areas of the law, including bankruptcy, business torts, consumer class actions, constitutional, criminal, environmental, labor, and products liability. Mr. Garrett also is a member of the Ninth Circuit's Criminal Justice Act Appeals Panel, and represents indigent criminal defendants on appeal. Mr. Garrett graduated Order of the Coif from Stanford Law School and earned his undergraduate degree cum laude from Yale University. After graduating from law school, Mr. Garrett served as a law clerk to the Honorable Raymond C. Fisher of the Ninth Circuit, and as a law clerk to the Honorable Charles R. Breyer of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California.

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.

SYRENA CASE HARGROVE is the Appellate and Civil Chief for the United States Attorney's Office for the District of Idaho. She has been with the U.S. Attorney's Office for four years. Before that, she had ten years' of experience working for federal judges, including the Honorable Stephen Trott and the Honorable T.G. Nelson of the Ninth Circuit, and the Honorable B. Lynn Winmill, Chief Judge of the District of Idaho. She also worked at the Boise City Attorney's Office and, in Washington, D.C., for Bredhoff & Kaiser. She frequently speaks on writing and appellate practice. She graduated with distinction from Swarthmore College in 1992 and cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1997.

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.

GAIL IVENS is the Chief of Writs and Appeals for the Federal Public Defender's Office in Los Angeles. She has argued numerous cases in the Ninth Circuit on behalf of indigent defendants and habeas petitioners, both as a member of the public defender's office and as a sole practitioner serving on the CJA Appellate Panel for the Central District. She serves as an adjunct professor at Loyola Law School in conjunction with the Capital Habeas Litigation Clinic at the Federal Public Defender's Office. Ms. Ivens graduated magna cum laude from the University of California at Irvine with a degree in Mathematics and earned her Juris Doctor degree, Order of the Coif, from Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California at Berkeley, in 1984. She clerked for the late Honorable Laughlin E. Waters, Senior United States District Court Judge for the Central District of California.

JAMES C. KILBOURNE is with the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. Since 1995, Jim has served as the Chief of that Division's Appellate Section, overseeing appeals in civil and criminal cases involving: environmental pollution and hazardous waste management; federal land management; oil and gas development; endangered species, wildlife, and fishery protections; water rights; Indian rights; and land condemnation. From 1989 to 1995, he was the Chief of the Division's Wildlife and Marine Resources Section. Jim earned B.A. and J.D. degrees from the University of Montana. After law school he clerked for Frank Haswell, Chief Justice of the Montana Supreme Court, followed by a clerkship with the Hon. William J. Jameson (D. Mont.). Jim then moved east, joining the Environment Division in 1979.

TRAVIS LEBLANCis Acting Chief of the Bureau of Enforcement at the Federal Communications Commission, where he leads the Commission’s largest organizational unit, including its 24 field offices. Prior to joining the FCC, LeBlanc served as Special Assistant Attorney General of California and a senior advisor to Attorney General Kamala D. Harris. From 2009-2011, LeBlanc was an attorney in the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Legal Counsel, which advises the President, Attorney General, and general counsels of executive branch agencies on the constitutionality and legality of the programs and activities of the United States government. He previously worked at Williams & Connolly LLP in Washington, DC and Keker & Van Nest LLP in San Francisco. LeBlanc clerked for the Honorable Stephen Reinhardt on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He has an A.B. from Princeton University, M.P.A. from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, J.D. from Yale Law School, and an LL.M. in International Law from the University of Cambridge.

JIM LOBSENZ appears regularly in the Ninth Circuit and the appellate courts of Washington State. Past cases include: Witt v. Department of the Air Force, 527 F.3d 806 (9th Cir. 2008); Seattle v. Menotti, 409 F.3d 1113 (9th Cir. 2005); and Mak v. FBI, 252 F.3d 1089 (9th Cir. 2001). He has argued over 25 cases in the Washington Supreme Court, including Washington State Physicians v. Fisons, 122 Wn.2d 299 (1993). He is a graduate of Stanford University and the UC Berkeley School of Law. A former deputy prosecuting attorney and a former appellate public defender, he has been a shareholder in the Seattle law firm of Carney Badley Spellman, P.S. since 1991. Mr. Lobsenz is the recipient of the William O. Douglas Award, given by the Washington Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys for lifetime achievement and dedication to the defense of accused persons. He is also the recipient of the ACLU's Civil Libertarian Award.

BRIAN R. MATSUI, a partner at Morrison & Foerster in Washington D.C., specializes in appellate litigation before federal and state appellate courts and the U.S. Supreme Court. Mr. Matsui has substantial experience in the federal courts of appeals, having represented clients in almost every federal appellate court. Mr. Matsui has argued in the Ninth Circuit and other federal courts of appeals. He also has significant experience filing briefs in the U.S. Supreme Court. Prior to entering private practice, Mr. Matsui clerked for Justice Anthony M. Kennedy of the U.S. Supreme Court, the Honorable Pamela Ann Rymer of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and the Honorable David F. Levi of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California. Mr. Matsui graduated from Stanford University and Stanford Law School, where he was elected Order of the Coif and served as managing editor of the Stanford Law Review.

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 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.