Malcolm McNeil is a leading partner and International Practice Co-leader at ArentFox Schiff LLP. He practices complex litigation, international arbitration and dispute resolution, and business matters within multiple industries and sectors. Mr.McNeil is a member of various Boards and legal associations, in addition to his position as incoming president of the Beverly Hills Bar Association. He is also vice-chair of the American Bar Association’s Northeast Asia, Japan, & Korea committee. Malcolm received his B.A. from Antioch University and J.D. from Loyola Law School.
Alexander “Xan” Rufus-Isaacs was born in England and read history at Oxford. He began his career as a barrister in London and tried over 100 cases before moving to Los Angeles in 1988. Since then, he has litigated a wide variety of civil cases in California and other states, specializing in defamation, privacy and entertainment cases. He is a partner with Rufus-Isaacs Acland & Grantham, and is a passionate fly fisherman and lifelong Chelsea supporter.
First Vice President
Nadira Imam is the Senior Associate Attorney at Lawrence H. Jacobson, APC in Beverly Hills, California. She handles a wide variety of general transactional matters for businesses and individuals, focusing primarily in the areas of business and corporate law, estate planning and real estate including entity formation, mergers and acquisitions, succession planning, trademark applications, real estate finance, brokerage law, escrow and title insurance, real estate secured transactions, tax free exchanges and structured tenancies in common.
Second Vice President
Anthony Storm is a founding partner of Storm Palyan LLP and Certified Family Law Specialist, is known for his expertise overseeing electronic security issues related to divorces for public figures, and family law appeals. Mr. Storm has extensive volunteer experience, regularly teaches family law issues, is published, has served on various boards, and received many awards for his service. He is also a trained mediator and arbitrator. Prior to family law, Mr. Storm was a clerk for the US Attorney’s Office.
As a Certified Specialist in Family Law (CFLS) by the California State Bar Board of Legal Specialization, Mr. Alphonse Provinziano focuses on providing excellent client service and aggressive advocacy to clients on a wide range of family law matters. Since 2004, he has represented clients in over 160 trials and 2,000 unique matters. A longtime Los Angeles-based family law attorney, Provinziano is sought after for his wealth of experience navigating high stakes divorces as well as his comprehensive knowledge of nuanced and complex financial matters.
Immediate Past President
Anthony D. Ross is a Senior Associate in the Los Angeles office focusing his practice on transportation and general liability matters. He has extensive experience in general liability, commercial litigation, personal injury, consumer protection, and business litigation matters. Clients appreciate that he views them as a partner; he is honest and communicates effectively, in non-legalese, so his clients are clear as to the status of their matter.
Jeff Bils represents employees in wage-and-hour class actions, PAGA representative actions, and in their individual cases. Jeff began practicing law after spending 15-plus years with newspapers including the Chicago Tribune and The Fresno Bee. After graduating ranked No. 7 in his class from UCLA School of Law, Jeff spent several years representing employers before transitioning to work on behalf of plaintiffs. Jeff has been a presenter or moderator of numerous CLE panels on employment law issues.
My practice is devoted to addressing Family Law related issues, such as Divorce, Support, Custody, Wills, Probate and Living Trust.
Vince Farhat is chair of JMBM’s White Collar Defense and Investigations Group. Vince has extensive jury trial experience and focuses his practice on representing companies and individuals in criminal and civil investigations and prosecutions by government enforcement agencies, as well as complex federal litigation. Prior to joining JMBM, Vince served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Major Frauds Section of the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Central District of California. Vince works as an adjunct professor at Loyola Law School where he teaches white collar and healthcare law.
Tiffiny Fox is an equity partner at Edlin Gallagher Huie + Blum with extensive experience defending clients in arbitrations, trials, and appeals. She has litigated a wide variety of construction law, product liability, toxic tort, and trucking and auto casualty matters. Her professional experience includes founding and managing her own law firm, serving as trial attorney and fraud investigation counsel for a global leader in property and casualty insurance, and serving clients from underrepresented communities.
Nazgole Hashemi co-founded her firm, LegalAxxis, Inc., in 2013. She practices general civil litigation, primarily on the plaintiff’s side, and also provides general counseling to businesses in various industries. She obtained her undergraduate degree from UC Berkeley and then attended Southwestern Law School, where she has been an adjunct professor since 2018. During her free time, Nazgole enjoys playing golf and traveling.
Neville L. Johnson graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of California, Berkeley (1971). He received his law degree from Southwestern Law School (1975), graduating near the top of his class. He has tried over 28 civil jury trials and over 70 civil trials and arbitrations without a jury. He is a member of the invitation-only American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), and is on the Board of Governors of the Consumer Attorneys of Los Angeles (CAALA since 2005), the Board of Directors of the national organization Public Justice, and on the Board of Governors of the Beverly Hills Bar Association 2013-2015 and 2020-2022 (BHBA).
Jinna Kang is licensed to practice law in California, D.C., and Texas, and is a California Certified Family Law Specialist, having dedicated the last 11 years of her practice to family law matters. Ms. Kang truly cares about her clients, and cares about their quality of life not only during but also after their cases. Ms. Kang is active in the Los Angeles legal community, where she often lectures on family law matters and volunteers her services to assist victims of domestic violence.
Daniel Kramer is a trial lawyer who specializes in representing families and individuals involved in catastrophic personal injury and wrongful death matters, as well as employment discrimination and retaliation lawsuits. Daniel has obtained numerous jury verdicts as lead counsel, all victories on behalf of his clients. Multiple verdicts have been featured in both The Daily Journal, Verdict Search, The Huffington Post, and Fox 11 News. Five verdicts were ranked as the top 50 verdicts in the state of California for 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019 by TopVerdict.com.
Rudolph Lehrer, CFLS, is founder of LEHRER LAW, APC, a firm focusing on complex family law and civil litigation matters. He was previously a partner with Jaffe & Clemens in Beverly Hills. As a member of the California, New York, and Louisiana State Bars, Rudy has successfully brought and defended a wide range of litigation and appellate matters, across the country. He currently serves as Chair of BHBA’s Litigation Section.
Terry received his J.D. from U.S.C., his M.P.A. from Princeton University and his B.A.from Occidental College. He is a member of the Council of Advanced Practitioners, the NationalAcademy of Elder Law Attorneys’ designation for the most highly regarded elder law attorneys inthe country. He has presented or moderated many California Education of the Bar (CEB)statewide programs, including “Advanced Elder Law with Terry Magady,” and is a chapter authorin the CEB treatises California Elder Law Resources, Benefits and Planning: An Advocate’sGuide and Special Needs Trust: Planning, Drafting and Administration.
Erin Prouty is a member of the Hoffman, Sabban & Watenmaker, practicing in trusts and estates. She is a certified specialist, and a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel. Ms. Prouty is a former member of the trusts and estates executive committees of the State Bar of California and the Beverly Hills Bar Association. She received a B.A. from USC, J.D. from the University of San Diego, and LL.M. (tax) from Boston University.
Ron Reitshtein is a Los Angeles native and founding partner of the family law firm, Youngman Reitshtein, PLC. He received his BA from UCLA, and his JD from Loyola Law School. Since 2018 Ron has served as a volunteer settlement officer for the Los Angeles Superior Court, and in 2020 worked with the court to establish its Self-Represented Litigant Judgment Assistance Day Program. Ron is an active member of the BHBA’s Family Law Section where he is the immediate past Co-Chair of the section’s Executive Committee.
Mathew S. Rosengart is a litigation shareholder at Greenberg Traurig, LLP whose accolades include being recognized as a California Lawyer Attorney of the Year; one of the Top 100 lawyers in the State by the Daily Journal; a Sports & Entertainment Trailblazer by The National Law Journal; Litigator of the Week by The American Lawyer; “Hollywood’s King of Litigators” by Variety; Above the Law’s Lawyer of the Year; and a Top 100 Lawyer and Leader of Influence by the LA Business Journal, which honors “masters of their craft” and recognized him as a “go to litigator for Hollywood’s elite and Corporate America.”
A veteran international entertainment and business affairs attorney, Alessandra Tarissi De Jacobis is admitted both to the Italian and California Bar. She has recently founded her own business and legal affairs boutique after having headed the U.S. division of a leading global law firm. Alessandra serves as a governor of the Beverly Hills Bar Association (BHBA) Board of Governors and of IALA (Italian American Lawyers Association) board, chair of the BHBA’s international committee, and chair of the IP Committee of the American Bar Association, International Law Section.
Kendra Thomas is a Certified Family Law Specialist serving clients in the Southern California area at Thomas Law Offices, in Woodland Hills and Newport Beach, CA. Since founding Thomas Law Offices in 2007, Kendra Thomas has dedicated her career to helping clients reach their financial and legal goals. Kendra is very active in several local Bar Associations and contributes her valuable legal skills to many community projects.
Stephen Weaver is the principal attorney of Weaver Land Law. He brings years of experience in drafting and reviewing real estate deals as well as obtaining rights for companies seeking to develop, manage, or sell their land. Stephen began his practice with the East Coast law firm of McElroy Deutsch Mulvaney & Carpenter, LLP. There, he primarily practiced surety/construction law and land use law, representing large commercial surety and insurance companies. Since coming to California, he has successfully chaired numerous trials, not only resulting in large judgment awards, but also obtaining six figure attorneys' fee awards for his clients.
Michele F.L. Weiss, Senior Counsel at Holtz, Slavett & Drabkin, is a CA state bar certified specialist in tax law and a former IRS Counsel attorney. She helps businesses, business owners and investors resolve their civil and criminal tax disputes with the IRS and state tax agencies - FTB, EDD, BoE, and CDTFA - in examinations, appeals, litigation, criminal and collection defense. She has expertise in many substantive and procedural tax issues including penalty abatement, payroll and employment tax, offshore tax compliance and sensitive disclosure matters, trust matters, qualified contributions, R&D and ERC credits, cryptocurrency, and non-profit matters. She provides tax counsel in business litigation and bankruptcy matters.
Jeffrey Wolf is a partner at Heimanson & Wolf, LLP. He is a personal injury trial lawyer. He has the honor of representing individuals and their family members in accident and injury cases. Through these cases, he helps people get compensated for what they have lost and provide for their future needs. He also helps them achieve closure for their traumas by holding wrongdoers to account.
Lauren O. Youngman is a Certified Family Law Specialist and Senior Associate at the family law firm, Youngman Reitshtein, PLC. Lauren volunteers extensively—including managing the Self-Represented Litigants Judgment Assistance Day Program and serving as a Daily Settlement Officer with the LA Superior Court. Lauren is an active member of the BHBA Family Law Section, where she has held every role on the Executive Committee and co-hosts a popular monthly interview program, called Direct Examination.
Howard S. Fisher is a member of the California Bar (Board Certified Taxation Specialist), and the Honourable Society of Lincoln's Inn ([London, England - Student Bencher]). Mr. Fisher studied at the American College In Paris, and received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern California in 1973. He studied law at Southwestern University (J.D. 1976), the University of Cambridge, in England (LL.B. with honours 1977, Corpus Christi College), and completed post-graduate studies in international business and taxation at Harvard University Law School (PIL).
Barristers President Elect
Jasmine E. Gomez is a Trusts and Estates attorney with a passion for working with and educating underrepresented individuals, including Spanish-speaking communities. She is a California native and graduate of Loyola Law School. Jasmine looks forward to serving on the Barristers board and finding ways to leverage BHBA’s depth of resources to serve BHBA members and the community at large, through outreach programs, engaging educational programming, and much more.
Ava Jahanvash is an associate attorney at Provinziano & Associates. She has been working at Provinziano and Associates since her second year of law school and has found her passion in family law. She graduated from Pepperdine University Caruso School of Law in 2019, where she earned her J.D. and a Certificate from the Pepperdine Straus Institute of Dispute Resolution. Ava loves being able to help people through difficult situations and uses the skills she has learned to work towards achieving the best results.