Darin Snyder (Chair)
Darin is a partner in O'Melveny's San Francisco
Office and Chair of the Intellectual Property and Technology Practice
within the Litigation Department. The trial victory
for client NDS Group, in which he served as lead counsel, was named by the Daily Journal as one of the top 10 defense verdicts of 2008. The Daily Journal named Darin amongst the top 75 Intellectual Property litigators in California in both 2010 and 2011. The Legal 500
has acknowledged Darin for his work in patent, copyright and trade
secrets litigation, repeatedly recognizing Darin, for his
excellence in trade secret litigation, quoting clients who call him "one of the West Coast's biggest names in the area." Darin has also
been recognized repeatedly by Law & Politics Media Inc. as a
Northern California "Super Lawyer."
Jill’s practice focuses on commercial real estate and business litigation. Her experience includes handling commercial and mixed use development, leasing, and finance disputes, receivership issues, title disputes, anti-SLAPP proceedings, and attorney fee claims involving developers, lenders, real estate syndicators, brokers, closely held businesses, non-profit corporations and public entities. She has represented clients in all phases of litigation, at the trial and appellate levels.
Mr. Lambrinos is a committed member of the Bay Area’s nonprofit
community. He currently sits on the board of the Bay Area Urban Debate
League (“BAUDL”), a nonprofit that mentors underserved Bay Area high
school students in the art of debate. As a board member, he has helped
raised over $240,000 from Bay Area law firms to further this mission. He
has also spent many hours mentoring students and has been intimately
involved with crafting the organization's strategic vision.
Ben Crosson (Treasurer)
Benjamin Crosson is a senior associate in the Palo Alto office of Wilson
Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, where he is a member of the commercial
and securities litigation practice. Ben specializes in several areas,
including defense of companies and their officers and directors in
shareholder class actions and derivative suits, complex civil
litigation, and internal investigations and representations before the
Securities and Exchange Commission and the Department of Justice in
connection with potential financial reporting and accounting fraud
allegations, disclosure issues, and potential violations of the Foreign
Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA).
Kahlil T. Yearwood is a partner in the finance and real estate practice
and is based in the firm’s San Francisco office. Mr. Yearwood focuses
his practice on commercial real estate finance, commercial real estate
investments, and capital markets.
He represents various CMBS
lenders, portfolio lenders, loan servicers, subordinate bond buyers,
private equity firms, and debt fund managers in transactions involving
loan origination, subordinate debt financing and acquisition, CMBS
securitization, post-closing modifications, and work-outs. He also
represents commercial real estate owners in investment, joint venture,
and financing transactions. Mr. Yearwood was named a California Real
Estate “Associate to Watch” by Chambers USA in its 2012 and
2013 guides, which noted the “high praise” he earned from market
commentators. He was recognized as a “Lawyer On The Fast Track” by The Recorder in 2012 and as a Northern California “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers in 2010.
Kina is a founding member of the Board of
Directors of the BAUDC and has assisted the organization with legal, governance
and finance matters. She graduated from
UC Berkeley with a bachelor’s degree in Rhetoric and has a law degree from The
University of Chicago. She practiced law
at the law firm of Brobeck, Phleger and Harrison before joining VISX, Inc.
(maker of the laser for correcting vision) as Assistant General Counsel and
later becoming the company’s General Counsel.
Leah Castella (Vice Chair)
Ms. Castella specializes in public law litigation at both the trial
court and appellate court levels, and has extensive experience
litigating cases on behalf of public and private entities. Her areas of
specialization include Proposition 218, 1021.5 attorney’s fees
disputes, inverse condemnation and takings, environmental law, and
eminent domain. When litigation looms, Ms. Castella counsels her clients to consider
creative, cost effective solutions to potential disputes. In the event
that litigation ensues, Ms. Castella is an aggressive advocate with an
exemplary track record of success at the demurrer, summary judgment, and
Ms. Watkins Yearwood delivers expert assistance in theme development, jury selection, preparation and conducting pre-trial and trial research, including mock trial, focus group and shadow jury research. Amber draws upon her training in data analysis, understanding of human psychology, and significant trial experience to distill research findings into key lessons for trial teams. She excels at leveraging research into successful trial strategies. Amber received her B.A. in Psychology with an emphasis on socio-cultural studies from Michigan State University. She was a nationally accomplished intercollegiate debater and has coached hundreds of students in debate preparation and oral persuasion. Her competitive debate experience has proved invaluable in crafting persuasive arguments and trial themes.
Jeffrey D. Polsky
Jeff focuses his practice on business and employment litigation and counseling. He represents clients in disputes relating to; claims of discrimination and harassment, trade secret violations, wage and hour compliance, wrongful discharge, and breach of contract.
the risk and expense inherent in litigation, Jeff has extensive
experience in alternative methods of resolving disputes, including
mediation. In addition to his litigation practice, Jeff advises and
counsels employers on a wide range of employment law issues, including reorganizations, corrective actions, developing policies, investigating misconduct, and accommodating disabilities.
Troy is Senior Privacy Counsel for Google, providing advice on privacy issues for the development of Google products and services, and representing Google before privacy regulators globally. Prior to joining Google, Troy was an associate at Perkins Coie LLP and Bingham McCutchen LLP, where he practiced antitrust and privacy law. Troy was an avid participant in speech and debate in high school, competing in team debate, impromptu and national extemporaneous speaking.