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Bill Lockyer, ’86, spent over 30 years in the California Government.

The career of Bill Lockyer, ‘86, includes notable positions such as California’s Attorney General and State Treasurer, earning him national admiration.

Lockyer currently serves as of counsel in the Government Law & Strategies Practice Group at an Orange County firm, brings a wealth of experience to his high-stakes representation of businesses navigating the complex intersections of government, law, and politics.

Lockyer was elected as the California State Treasurer in November 2006 and served until 2014, being reelected in 2010 with a record-breaking number of votes. His political career began in 1973, when he won a State Assembly seat. Over the next 25 years, he served in both the Assembly and the Senate, where he was elected President Pro Tempore, the most powerful position in the California State Senate. Lockyer’s legislative legacy includes sponsoring California’s first hate crimes legislation in 1984, a statute he later coordinated the enforcement of as Attorney General.

Regarded as one of the most effective Attorneys General in California’s history, Lockyer led numerous national initiatives and joint enforcement actions. His peers elected him as President of the National Association of Attorneys General, marking him as the only Californian to hold this position. Lockyer’s role demanded both policy direction and managerial acumen, overseeing a State Department of Justice with 5,000 employees and a caseload of 100,000 lawsuits, akin to managing the seventh largest law firm in the U.S.

Lockyer earned his Juris Doctor degree from McGeorge School of Law, while already working in the California legislature by attending classes in his spare time. His insights and integrity in legal oversight are well-respected, and he continues to contribute to national publications such as the Los Angeles Times and the New York Times. Bill Lockyer’s distinguished career and dedication to public service make him a celebrated McGeorge alumnus.


Throughout 2024, the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law will celebrate members of its vast alumni network in honor of the school’s 100-year anniversary. This post is part of a series highlighting 100 exceptional McGeorge School of Law alumni.   

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The Hon. Craig Manson, ’87, served as a judge on the Superior Court of California for the County of Sacramento from 1998 to 2001.

The Hon. Craig Manson, ’87, built a remarkable career marked by dedication and hard work. His journey began in 1976 with his enlistment in the U.S. Air Force, where he served until 1989. During his time in the service, he earned a Bachelor of Science in International Affairs from the U.S. Air Force Academy and a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Northern Colorado. He later made history as the first Black editor-in-chief of the University of the Pacific Law Review at the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law, where he completed a Juris Doctor degree.

Manson’s legal career started at Downey, Brand, Seymour, and Rohwer, where he worked as an attorney from 1989 to 1993. His expertise led to his role as general counsel for the California Department of Fish and Game, a position he held from 1993 to 1998. Following this, he served as a judge on the Superior Court of California for the County of Sacramento from 1998 to 2001.

In 2001, Manson was appointed as assistant secretary for fish, wildlife, and parks at the U.S. Department of the Interior. In this role, he influenced national policies on wildlife and natural resource conservation. He later worked as a senior policy advisor for Hunton & Williams, applying his extensive knowledge of public policy and administrative law.

Known for his perseverance and commitment, Manson also served as a Colonel in the U.S. Air Force Reserve, demonstrating his dedication to national security and public service. His contributions to environmental conservation are among his proudest achievements, driven by his passion for protecting the earth.

Manson was motivated to pursue law by a desire to address societal issues. His active involvement in the student bar association, board of governors, and the University of the Pacific Law Review at McGeorge School of Law underscores his commitment to leadership and justice. Today, he continues to inspire with his dedication to public service and efforts to protect the environment.


Throughout 2024, the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law will celebrate members of its vast alumni network in honor of the school’s 100-year anniversary. This post is part of a series highlighting 100 exceptional McGeorge School of Law alumni.   

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Judge Michael G. Bowman, ’88.

Judge Michael G. Bowman, ’88, was honored as the Judge of the Year at the Sacramento County Bar Association’s Bench Bar Reception in April 2024. The annual award is given to a judge who has demonstrated commitment to enhancing the system of justice with fair and equitable administration of the court, has respected legal abilities, and is recognized for professional demeanor that includes lack of bias.

Bowman was appointed to the bench in 2013 by then-Gov. Jerry Brown. At the time, he was the first practicing criminal defense attorney to be appointed in decades. He recently completed two years of service as presiding judge of the Sacramento Superior Court.

“It is worth highlighting the groundbreaking nature of Governor Brown’s appointment of Judge Bowman to our court in 2013. Until then, it had been decades since a practicing criminal defense attorney had received such an appointment. That the distinction fell to Mike Bowman came as no surprise to anyone. With his easygoing manner, quick mind, and perhaps even quicker wit, he possessed a temperament that was widely understood as ideal for serving as a judicial officer. Suffice it to say, his appointment to our bench was universally applauded by all of us already serving,” said Justice Laurie Earl in a 2024 Sacramento Lawyer article. Earl is the presiding justice of the California’s Third District Court of Appeal.

A graduate of California Polytechnic Institute, Pomona and University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law, Bowman started his legal career as a deputy district attorney in Kern County from 1988-91. Starting in 1992, he ran a private criminal defense firm for over 20 years. He handled cases ranging from DUIs to death penalty. During his years on the Sacramento bench, Bowman held a variety of assignments including criminal and civil trial courts and served as supervising judge of the court’s criminal division.

In 2019, Bowman was nominated and elected to the post of assistant presiding judge. He assisted then-Presiding Judge Russell Hom in effectively addressing the many challenges brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic including mask mandates, distancing protocols, and initial Zoom deployments.

Bowman has mentored and supported a record number of new judicial officers who joined our bench during his tenure. During his term as presiding judge, Bowman welcomed 15 new judges and seven new court commissioners to the Court, the largest two-year influx of new judicial officers in any two-year period in the Court’s history.


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Tim Long, ’88, is the co-managing shareholder of Greenberg Traurig.

Tim Long, ‘88, has deep experience litigating complex labor and employment issues, having served as lead counsel in multiple class, collective, and representative actions and advising on dozens more. Long is the co-managing shareholder of Greenberg Traurig’s Sacramento office. 

Long’s clients include a variety of financial institutions and entities, healthcare-related entities, airlines, retailers, high-tech companies, and transportation and logistics companies. Long also advises private investment funds and their partners in disputes concerning the management of funds, removal of non-performing members, and conflicts involving portfolio companies. 

He has litigated virtually every wage-and-hour issue there is, including exemption, incentive compensation, independent contractor, off-the-clock, meal and rest, pay practice, and PAGA claims. He has also litigated a wide variety of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation claims. Long has both prosecuted and defended employers in trade secrets and unfair business practices litigation.  

Long advises businesses on employment litigation and other types of claims. He litigates employment discrimination and wrongful termination claims, as well as matters involving trade secrets. He provides counsel on many corporate matters and often advises entertainment industry employers on emerging issues. 

Long also represents employers before state and federal administrative agencies, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the Internal Revenue Service, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), the California Department of Fair Employment & Housing (DFEH), the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE), and Employment Development Department (EDD). He also conducts workplace investigations and audits. 

Long is one of the few lawyers to have tried a class action to verdict, achieving a complete defense verdict, which he protected on appeal. He has also argued before several California Courts of Appeal, the California Supreme Court, the Washington State Supreme Court, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal, and has taken a case to the U.S. Supreme Court. 

Long is a cherished friend of the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law, deeply involved in its community. He plays a vital role as an active member of the Alumni Association Board of Directors, currently serving as vice president. Additionally, Long generously mentors first-year law students through the McGeorge Alumni Mentor Program. His firm, alongside Long himself, shows remarkable support for the Jeffrey K. Poilé Memorial Endowed Scholarship and various McGeorge events. Furthermore, Long dedicates his time to the OCI (On-Campus Interviews) Program, where he assists McGeorge students in honing their interview skills. 


Throughout 2024, the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law will celebrate members of its vast alumni network in honor of the school’s 100-year anniversary. This post is part of a series highlighting 100 exceptional McGeorge School of Law alumni.   

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Pat Lundvall, ‘89, graduated from McGeorge School of Law as valedictorian. Over the past three decades, her impressive legal career and unwavering commitment to public service and community involvement have distinguished her among McGeorge School of Law’s alumni.

Currently serving as a Partner at McDonald Carano LLP in Nevada, Lundvall chairs the firm’s statewide Commercial & Complex Litigation Practice Group. She holds dual board certifications in Civil Trial Law and Civil Practice Advocacy from the National Board of Trial Advocacy as well as certification as a Civil Trial Advocacy Specialist by the State Bar of Nevada, respectively, marking her as a trailblazer—the first attorney in Nevada to achieve such credentials.

Pat Lundvall, ’89, Partner at McDonald Carano LLP

Lundvall is the only woman attorney in the State of Nevada ranked in the highest Band 1 category in Commercial Litigation by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. The Commercial & Complex Litigation Practice that Lundvall chairs is also ranked Band 1 in Chambers, making her the only Band 1 ranked woman to lead a Band 1 ranked commercial litigation practice in Nevada.

Her accomplishments extend beyond legal practice. Lundvall is recognized as a Senior Fellow in the Litigation Counsel of America and co-founder of the Complex Commercial Litigation Institute. She has been celebrated in various publications, including Law.com and Of Counsel: The Legal Practice and Management Report, for her professional achievements and leadership in commercial litigation.

Lundvall’s impact reaches into public service, highlighted by her roles on the Nevada State Athletic Commission and advisory panel for the Nevada Department of Transportation, and philanthropy, highlighted by more than 20 years on the Board of Directors of Nevada Military Support Alliance. Her contributions have been acknowledged with numerous awards, including recognition as one of Southern Nevada’s most influential women in business and philanthropy.

Throughout her illustrious career, Lundvall has earned the highest accolades in legal peer reviews and rankings, including AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating by Martindale-Hubbell and repeated listings in Mountain States Super Lawyers and The Best Lawyers in America.

Her dedication to excellence and service was underscored by receiving the prestigious President’s Award from the National Board of Trial Advocacy for her pivotal role in securing a landmark legal victory. Her success in Fremont Emergency Services vs. UnitedHealth Group set records for its significant impact on contract law, resulting in a jury verdict awarding $60 million in punitive damages and $2.7 million in compensatory damages to her client, plus attorney’s fees and costs. This victory is recognized as the largest in Nevada and the largest in Contract Law in ALM’s Top 25 Verdicts report covering the 13-state western United States region in 2021.

Another of Lundvall’s high-profile litigations includes her success in California State Franchise Tax Board v. Hyatt. Following a complete defense victory, the Court awarded her client $2 million in recoverable costs in 2022, representing a celebratory conclusion to more than 24 years of litigation in a case that also overturned U.S. Supreme Court precedent dating back to 1979.

Lundvall’s contributions to law, community, and professional leadership continue to set a standard of excellence. As McGeorge School of Law celebrates its 100-year anniversary, Lundvall will be celebrating her 30-year anniversary at McDonald Carano LLP.


Throughout 2024, the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law will celebrate members of its vast alumni network in honor of the school’s 100-year anniversary. This post is part of a series highlighting 100 exceptional McGeorge School of Law alumni.   

Stay tuned for more blog posts as we celebrate the law school’s centennial anniversary. 

A city attorney serves as chief legal counsel for a city. They provide legal guidance to city officials, departments, and agencies, ensuring compliance with laws and regulations. Their responsibilities include drafting laws, reviewing contracts, and representing the city in litigation. City attorneys also manage legal risks, uphold ethical standards, and contribute to public policy decisions. Their role is vital in maintaining the legality and integrity of municipal operations and governance. 

McGeorge School of Law proudly celebrates the impressive achievement of having six alumni currently serving their communities as city attorneys. 

 

Dean R. Derleth, ‘92 (Corona, CA)

Derleth has served as Corona’s city attorney since 2012. Prior to this, he was partner at Best Best & Krieger LLP for over two decades.  

 

Mara W. Elliott, ‘94 (San Diego, CA) 

Elliott made history as the first woman, mother, and Latina elected as the San Diego City Attorney. She is nationally recognized for her leadership in preventing gun violence and her advocacy for victims of domestic violence.

 

Sarah Knecht, ‘88 (Santa Barbara, CA) 

Knecht has been serving as Santa Barbara’s city attorney since 2022. In 2023, she was appointed interim city administrator during the city’s nationwide search. 

 

Jonathan P. Hobbs, ’96 (Elk Grove, CA)

Hobbs became Elk Grove’s City Attorney in 2016. Prior to this, he was a shareholder at the Sacramento-based law firm of Kronick, Moskovitz, Tiedemann & Girard, primarily representing cities and other public agencies.

 

Michelle M. Sheidenberger, ‘97 (Roseville, CA) 

Sheidenberger has served as Roseville’s city attorney since 2021, recognized for her adept management of the city’s shift to district-based elections. 

 

William A. Vaughn, ‘81 (Los Banos, CA) 

Vaughn has been the city attorney of Los Banos since 2003, bringing extensive experience in child custody, malpractice, and general law practice. 

 

 


Throughout 2024, the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law will celebrate members of its vast alumni network in honor of the school’s 100-year anniversary. This post is part of a series highlighting 100 exceptional McGeorge School of Law alumni.   

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Justice Ronald Robie, ‘67, serves as an associate justice on the Third District of the California Courts of Appeal, with a distinguished career spanning roles at the Sacramento County Municipal Court and the Sacramento County Superior Court. He has demonstrated leadership in environmental law, judicial education, and mentoring at the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law. 

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Justice Ronald Robie, ‘67, gives remarks at the Justice Robie Externs Event, hosted in February 2024, at McGeorge School of Law. Photo by Ashley Golledge.

Beginning his judicial career at the Sacramento County Municipal Court in 1983, Justice Robie’s tenure expanded to include roles on the Sacramento County Superior Court, where he presided over civil and criminal trials, civil law and motion, and family law cases. He later served as the presiding judge of the Sacramento Superior Court and as an appellate judge before his appointment to the Third District Court of Appeal in 2002.  

Prior to his judicial appointments, Justice Robie held key roles in environmental and water law organizations, assuming positions as vice chair of the State Water Resources Control Board from 1969 to 1975 and as director of the California Department of Water Resources from 1975 to 1983. 

Justice Robie’s commitment to judicial education and ethics is evident through his extensive involvement with the California Center for Judicial Education and Research (CJER), where he chaired and vice-chaired the organization. He has taught judicial ethics at various institutions including the B. N. Witkin Judicial College of California and has been actively involved with the California Judges Association (CJA), serving on its executive board and judicial ethics committee. 

In addition to his judicial roles, Justice Robie maintains a strong connection with McGeorge School of Law, his alma mater. He has served as an adjunct professor for several decades, imparting knowledge in water law and environmental law. Additionally, he plays a pivotal role as a mentor in the Alumni Mentor Program for first-year law students, and he has hired over 100 law clerks from McGeorge School of Law.  

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Justice Ronald Robie, ‘67, is recognized at an exclusive event hosted by his past externs who are fellow McGeorge School of Law alumni. Photo by Ashley Golledge.

His commitment is further evidenced by his administration of swearing-in ceremonies for McGeorge alumni who successfully pass the California Bar Exam, and his conduct of the oath of professionalism for incoming law students. 

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Justice Ronald Robie, ‘67, administers the 2023 Swearing-in Ceremony for McGeorge School of Law alumni that passed the California Bar Exam.

Justice Robie’s dedication to education and service has garnered him prestigious accolades, including the Ronald M. George Award for Judicial Excellence, the National Center for State Courts Distinguished Service Award, and the Justice Bernard Jefferson Award for Excellence in Judicial Education from the California Judges Association. 

Throughout his distinguished career, Justice Robie’s contributions to the judicial branch, environmental law, and legal education have been honored with additional awards, such as the Sacramento County Office of Education 2019 Civic Learning Champion Award and the 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award from the California Lawyers Association, Environmental Law Section. 


Throughout 2024, the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law will celebrate members of its vast alumni network in honor of the school’s 100-year anniversary. This post is part of a series highlighting 100 exceptional McGeorge School of Law alumni.   

Stay tuned for more blog posts as we celebrate the law school’s centennial anniversary. 

The Hon. Andrea L. Hoch, ’84

The legal career of the Hon. Andrea L. Hoch, ’84, is a testament to dedication, expertise, and public service. Appointed to the California Court of Appeal, Third Appellate District by California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, she took office on January 3, 2011. Her appointment followed a notable stint as the governor’s Legal Affairs Secretary from 2005 to 2011, where she advised on critical legal issues and shaped litigation strategies.

Born and raised in California, Hoch pursued her academic journey at Stanford University where she earned a BA degree in 1981. She obtained a JD degree in 1984 from the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law. Her career started in private practice before transitioning to state public service in 1987.

Hoch’s early public service years were marked by significant contributions to labor law at the Agricultural Labor Relations Board and the Public Employment Relations Board. In 1992, she joined the California Attorney General’s Office, where she played a pivotal role in high-profile cases, including tobacco litigation and the state’s energy crisis. By 2002, she had risen to Chief Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Law Division.

In 2004, Hoch was appointed as the administrative director of the Division of Workers’ Compensation, where she was instrumental in implementing comprehensive workers’ compensation reforms. Her profound impact continued as she transitioned to serve as the California Governor’s Legal Affairs Secretary, offering legal counsel to top officials and upholding gubernatorial policy decisions in court.

Throughout her judicial tenure, Hoch was active in various committees, including the Appellate Indigent Defense Oversight Advisory Committee and the Power of Democracy Steering Committee. She is an executive committee member of the Anthony M. Kennedy American Inn of Court, advocating for ethics and professionalism within the legal community. Hoch also served on the University of the Pacific’s Board of Regents from 2015-2024.

After retiring from the Court in 2022, Hoch’s legacy is one of unwavering commitment to justice and public service. Now residing in Sacramento with her husband Steve, she continues to enjoy traveling and cherishing moments with family and friends. Her illustrious career remains an inspiration to many in the legal field.


Throughout 2024, the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law will celebrate members of its vast alumni network in honor of the school’s 100-year anniversary. This post is part of a series highlighting 100 exceptional McGeorge School of Law alumni.   

Stay tuned for more blog posts as we celebrate the law school’s centennial anniversary.

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The Hon. Raul Ramirez, ’70, while at a campus visit to speak with students.

The Hon. Raul Ramirez, a 1970 McGeorge School of Law alumnus, has had a notable career in the legal field, particularly in mediation and arbitration. Judge Ramirez was the first Hispanic appointed to the Federal District Court in California and the youngest judge appointed to both the Sacramento Municipal Court and the Federal District Court. His career reflects a strong commitment to legal excellence and public service.

Judge Ramirez specializes in resolving legal disputes, focusing on employment claims, civil rights disputes, personal injury, and complex business disputes. His services are available throughout California and across the United States.

Judge Ramirez’s academic background includes earning a Bachelor of Arts degree from California State University, Los Angeles, in 1967 and an LL.B. degree from McGeorge School of Law in 1970. He began his career representing clients in tort litigation and major crime defense, achieving success in state and federal courts, including the California Supreme Court.

In 1977, he was appointed as a Municipal/Superior Court Judge in Sacramento County, serving until 1980. He then served as a Federal District Court Judge for the Eastern District of California from 1980 to 1990, with an appointment to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

After leaving the federal bench in 1990, Judge Ramirez became a senior litigation partner at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, focusing on complex litigation and alternative dispute resolution. Since 1996, he has led Ramirez Arbitration & Mediation Services.

Judge Ramirez has also lectured on trial practice and procedure at several law schools, including McGeorge School of Law, the University of California, Davis School of Law, and Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law. He has been an active speaker and panelist for various legal organizations and bar associations.


Throughout 2024, the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law will celebrate members of its vast alumni network in honor of the school’s 100-year anniversary. This post is part of a series highlighting 100 exceptional McGeorge School of Law alumni.

Stay tuned for more blog posts as we celebrate the law school’s centennial anniversary.

Mark S. Drobny, ’80 and ’81

Mark S. Drobny, ‘80 and ’81, founded Drobny Law Offices in 1989, where he helps clients address estate planning and probate legal issues. For over four decades, Drobny has practiced law in Sacramento.

Drobny graduated from the University of Iowa with a bachelor’s degree in political science and general sciences in 1977. He also received a JD degree in 1980 and an LLM in Taxation in 1981, both from the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law. He is a member of the California State Bar, American Bar Association, and Sacramento County Bar Association.

In 2003, Drobny was sworn into the United States Supreme Court before all nine Justices on June 9, 2003, in Washington, D.C. at the invitation of Justice Anthony M. Kennedy.

He was awarded a Super Lawyer distinction every year between 2020-2024 for being a top-rated practicing attorney who was selected through an extensive evaluation. In addition, Drobny has been a member of the Sacramento Estate Planning Council since 1982. He was the founding editor of the Sacramento Estate Planning Council’s monthly newsletter, a member of their Board of Directors for eight years, and its president in 1992 and 1993.

In addition to his numerous professional successes, Drobny served as a Judge Pro Tem for the Sacramento Superior Court’s Probate division for over 20 years. He is a frequent speaker on Estate Planning matters, having given over 1,500 presentations. He has served on the board of most major Northern California charities, including the American Cancer Society (President of Sacramento Chapter in 1994 and led the ballot initiative to ban indoor smoking in California), the American Red Cross, the Salvation Army, Boy Scouts of America, Sutter Hospitals Foundation, Stanford Settlement, St. Hope Academy, McGeorge School of Law, California State University, Sacramento Foundation, and is co-chair of California State University Sacramento Endowment Committee.


Throughout 2024, the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law will celebrate members of its vast alumni network in honor of the school’s 100-year anniversary. This post is part of a series highlighting 100 exceptional McGeorge School of Law alumni.   

Stay tuned for more blog posts as we celebrate the law school’s centennial anniversary.