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.


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What is the Alumni Association Board of Directors? 

The University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law Alumni Association Board of Directors comprises a passionate group of alumni volunteers dedicated to advancing their interests and bolstering the welfare of the esteemed McGeorge School of Law. With a collective mission to serve as the authoritative voice for over 15,000 alumni, the Alumni Board acts as a vital link between the institution and its alumni community, fostering engagement and amplifying the impact of the law school’s initiatives and programs. 

The Alumni Board is actively involved in three key areas. Firstly, they develop and promote a Bridge to Practice Program, aiding in recruitment, mentorship, and job opportunities. Secondly, they work to enhance the law school’s national reputation through strategic initiatives. Thirdly, they support fundraising efforts to ensure the institution’s long-term growth and sustainability. 

Group photo of the McGeorge School of Law Alumni Association Board of Directors in 2022. Photo by Ashley Golledge.

Led by a cadre of distinguished alumni, the Alumni Board operates under the guidance of an executive committee comprised of seasoned leaders. Notably, a significant number of past presidents, totaling 10 out of 39, continue to lend their expertise and support as valued partners in their respective firms, underscoring the enduring commitment of McGeorge alumni to the advancement of legal education and professional excellence. 

What is a partner? 

A partner, within a law firm, holds a senior position and typically shares ownership of the firm. Their role involves overseeing the firm’s operations and contributing to its financial success. 

The following individuals, are past presidents of the Alumni Association Board of Directors, and are currently distinguished partners within their respective firms:  

Photo collage (from left to right, top to down): James Anwyl, ‘77; Carl Blaine, ‘75; Erin Dunston, ‘99; Jeffrey Huron, ‘88; Samuel Jackson, ‘77; Thomas Knox, ‘76; Lauren Layne, ‘10; Jennifer Miller Moss, ‘77; Stephen Wagner, ‘75; and Daniel Wilcoxen, ‘72.  
  • James Anwyl, ‘77, Managing Partner, Anwyl & Stepp, LLP 
  • Carl Blaine, ‘75, Partner, Wagner, Kirkman, Blaine, Klomparens & Youmans 
  • Erin Dunston, ‘99, Partner, Panitch Schwarze Beisario & Nadel LLP 
  • Jeffrey Huron, ‘88, Managing Partner, Dykema 
  • Samuel Jackson, ‘77, Partner, Jackson & Associates 
  • Thomas Knox, ‘76, Partner, Knox, Lemmon & Anapolsky, LLP 
  • Lauren Layne, ‘10, Partner, Baker Manock & Jensen, PC 
  • Jennifer Miller Moss, ‘77, Partner, Moss & Locke 
  • Stephen Wagner, ‘75, Partner, Dick & Wagner 
  • Daniel Wilcoxen, ‘72, Partner, Wilcoxen Callaham, LLP 

In addition to the former Alumni Board presidents serving as partners of law firms, other alumni who have filled the role are experts in a variety of fields such as trial advocacy, employment law, business law, and legal support services.  


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Robert T. Eglet, ’88

Robert T. Eglet, ’88, heads the trial team at the Law Office of Eglet Adams Eglet Ham Henriod and is the lead trial counsel on all major cases.

Eglet is a renowned trial lawyer with over three decades of experience, is a founding partner of the Law Office of Eglet Adams Eglet Ham Henriod, a premier law firm in Nevada. With a reputation for exceptional skill in product defect, catastrophic injury, and wrongful death cases, Eglet has earned the trust of hundreds of attorneys from across the United States who refer their most complex cases to him.

As a respected authority in his field, Eglet is frequently invited to lecture on trial practices at leading organizations and bar associations. He has also held leadership positions in prominent organizations, including the Nevada Trial Lawyers Association, Citizens For Justice, and the National Trial Lawyers Association.

Eglet’s impressive educational background includes graduating from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas with honors in economics and earning his JD from the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law. He has also completed programs at the University of California, Hastings College of Law and the National College of Trial Advocacy.

As a dedicated advocate for victims of catastrophic injuries, product defects, and insurance bad faith, Eglet has built a reputation as a fierce protector of his clients’ rights. His extensive experience has earned him a reputation as one of the most sought-after trial lawyers in Nevada.

Eglet represented the plaintiffs in litigation involving the 2017 Las Vegas Strip shooting. After 8 months of mediation, Eglet and colleagues secured a settlement of $800 million from MGM Resorts to more than 4,400 relatives and victims of the 2017 Las Vegas Strip shooting. He is a recipient of the National Law Journal’s “Keith Givens Visionary Award” for his work in achieving an $800 million settlement in the 2017 MGM Grand mass shooting case.

In addition to his impressive legal career, Eglet and his wife and law partner, Tracy A. Eglet, made a historic gift to the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law in 2021. The $25 million gift was the largest in the law school’s history and supports scholarships for first-generation students and Students of Color, as well as the law school’s advocacy center. The gift created three new endowed faculty chairs for the Eglet Center for Advocacy and Dispute Resolution and covers competition fees and travel costs for students. This generous gift is a testament to Eglet’s commitment to giving back and helping others achieve their goals.

In 2023, Eglet secured $1.1 billion dollars in opioid related-settlements on behalf of the state of Nevada. The money was used to help fund programs that will assist Nevadans directly impacted by the opioid epidemic.

Eglet is a highly respected trial lawyer with a deep commitment to his clients, community, and the legal profession.


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District attorneys (DAs) are elected officials entrusted with representing their county or judicial district. At the heart of their responsibilities lies the weighty task of evaluating evidence gathered by law enforcement, which involves a nuanced assessment to determine the viability of pursuing criminal charges. Once a decision is made, the DA steps into the courtroom, where they present cases, assembling facts and arguments to seek convictions against those accused of crimes. 

However, the role of a district attorney extends beyond the courtroom. In the relentless pursuit of justice, they forge symbiotic relationships with law enforcement agencies, collaborating closely during criminal investigations. They are dedicated to upholding the rule of law and ensuring the safety and well-being of their community. 

The University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law proudly celebrates the impressive achievement of having 13 alumni currently serving their communities as district attorneys. 

Two McGeorge School of Law alumni are serving as the top law-enforcement officials in counties where Pacific houses a campus. Ron Freitas, ’88, of San Joaquin County and Thien Ho, ’98, of Sacramento County were elected as district attorney in their counties in June 2022 and began service in January 2023.

Krishna Abrams
District Attorney Krishna Abrams, ’93

Krishna Abrams, ‘93 (Solano County, CA) 

Abrams is the first female District Attorney of Solano County, currently serving her third term. She has dedicated over 25 years to public service.  

Stephanie Ward Bridgett
District Attorney Stephanie Bridgett, ’01

Stephanie Ward Bridgett, ‘01 (Shasta County, CA) 

Bridgett is the first woman to serve as the Shasta County District Attorney. She served in the Shasta County District Attorney’s Office for nearly 20 years.  

Stacey Eads
District Attorney Stacey Eads, ’01

Stacey Eads, ‘01 (Humboldt County, CA) 

Eads serves as the Humboldt County District Attorney. She previously served as the county’s Assistant District Attorney. 

Ron Freitas
District Attorney Ron Freitas, ’88

Ron Freitas, ‘88 (San Joaquin County, CA) 

Freitas serves as the San Joaquin County District Attorney. He is the founder of the San Joaquin County Homicide, Evidence, and the Grand Jury Task Forces. 

Thien Ho
District Attorney Thien Ho, ’98

Thien Ho, ‘98 (Sacramento County, CA) 

Ho holds the position of Sacramento County District Attorney and is renowned for his successful prosecution of the Golden State Killer. 

Brian Kunzi
District Attorney Brian Kunzi, ’83

Brian Kunzi, ‘83 (Nye County, NV) 

Kunzi serves as the Nye County District Attorney. He previously served in the State Bar of Nevada and the Nevada Attorney General’s Office. 

Anne Langer
District Attorney Anne Langer, ’86

Anne Langer, ‘86 (Storey County, NV) 

Langer serves as the Storey County District Attorney. Prior to this, she was the Chief Deputy Prosecutor in the Carson City District Attorney’s Office. 

Kevin Pasquale, ‘84 (Humboldt County, NV) 

Pasquale serves as the Humboldt County District Attorney. He previously served as the county’s Chief Deputy District Attorney. 

Todd Reibe
District Attorney Todd Reibe, ’90

Todd Reibe, ‘90 (Amador County, CA)  

Reibe has served as the Amador County District Attorney since 1998. Prior to being elected District Attorney, he was the Chief Staff Attorney for Barker & Associates. 

Jeff Reisig
District Attorney Jeff Reisig, ’96

Jeff Reisig, ‘96 (Yolo County, CA) 

Since 2007, Reisig has served as the Yolo County District Attorney. He spearheads one of California’s most dynamic environmental protection divisions. 

Michael Ramsey
District Attorney Michael Ramsey, ’77

Michael Ramsey, ‘77 (Butte County, CA) 

Since 1987, Ramsey has been elected and reelected as the Butte County District Attorney nine times, making him the longest-serving elected District Attorney in California. 

Summer Stephan
District Attorney Summer Stephan, ’86

Summer Stephan, ‘86 (San Diego County, CA) 

Since 2018, Stephan has been serving as the San Diego County District Attorney, overseeing one of California’s largest DA’s Offices and the fifth-largest in the United States.  

Jesse Wilson
District Attorney Jesse Wilson, ’11

Jesse Wilson, ‘11 (Nevada County, CA) 

Having served as the Nevada County Deputy District Attorney for six years, Wilson ascended to the position of Nevada County District Attorney in 2021. 


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Robert Buccola, ’83

Sacramento-native Robert “Bob” Buccola, ‘83, serves as the managing partner at Dreyer Babich Buccola Wood Campora, LLP. He has carved an illustrious career path in the legal realm.  

After graduating with a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and a JD degree from the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law, Buccola’s career underscores a commitment to excellence and advocacy. 

His firm, Dreyer Babich Buccola Wood Campora, LLP, is nationally recognized for attaining record-setting results in high profile and catastrophic injury cases. The firm secures numerous multi-million-dollar verdicts annually. 

Buccola’s accolades are numerous, ranging from Trial Lawyer of the Year Awards to recognition as a Top 100 Super Lawyer in Northern California. Notably, he is certified as a “Civil Trial Specialist” by the National Board of Trial Advocacy, reflecting his expertise in the field.  

Buccola shares his expertise with legal professionals, contributing significantly to Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB) and various esteemed legal educational groups. His affiliations include memberships in prestigious organizations like the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), where he was notably the youngest member of the Sacramento Chapter, and the Inner Circle of Advocates, an elite group recognizing the top 100 lawyers in the U.S. 

Beyond his legal endeavors, Buccola is deeply engaged in philanthropy, serving as a funds developer for Court Appointed Special Advocates and actively supporting various local charities. His commitment to community welfare earned him the esteemed Morton L. Friedman Humanitarian of the Year Award in 2014.  

Moreover, Buccola generously supports his alma mater, McGeorge School of Law, by serving as the founding sponsor of the esteemed National Ethics Trial Competition. In addition to his contributions to academia, he actively contributes to the Sacramento community as a major donor of McGeorge’s Homeless Advocacy Clinic, exemplifying his dedication to social responsibility and civic engagement. 


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Gael Mueller, ’85

Alumni Gael Mueller and Joel Loquvam, founders of the Lambda Law Students Association in 1982, played crucial roles in advocating for the LGBTQ+ community on the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law campus. Their efforts paved the way for greater acceptance and inclusion within the McGeorge School of Law community.

Gael Mueller, a 1985 alumna, recalls her time at McGeorge as challenging due to the lack of support for LGBTQ+ students. Despite this, she found a close-knit group of friends who provided the kinship and connection she needed. Establishing Lambda as a recognized student organization in the mid-1980s was not straightforward. Students were often reluctant to join, not just because of the organization’s purpose but also due to differing political views from the majority on campus.

Mueller’s advocacy did not end with her time at McGeorge. She has continued to utilize her skills in her career, practicing criminal defense to support the disenfranchised and unprotected. Mueller is serving as adjunct professor at San Luis Obispo College of the Law, which is affiliated with the Monterey College of Law group. Her commitment to justice and equality reflects the values she championed during her time at McGeorge.

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Joel Loquvam, ’86

Joel Loquvam, ‘86, from Oakland, brought his advocacy experience to McGeorge after attending George Washington University in the 1970s. At George Washington, he successfully pushed the university to adopt a non-discrimination clause. After returning to California and engaging in political campaigns, Loquvam attended McGeorge in the mid-1980s, where he was active with the Women’s Caucus and was instrumental in implementing the University of the Pacific’s non-discrimination clause at the law school. Additionally, Loquvam worked with the Sacramento City Council to adopt a non-discrimination policy.

Loquvam’s career has spanned various areas of law. He began working in employment discrimination and has since shifted his focus to estate planning. His dedication to advocacy and equality has been a consistent theme throughout his professional journey.

Mueller and Loquvam’s efforts in founding Lambda at McGeorge were groundbreaking and their legacy of advocacy and commitment to equality has had a lasting impact on the McGeorge community, fostering a more inclusive environment for future generations of students.


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Allan Zaremberg, ’78, was a founding member of the Dean’s Cabinet.

The late Allan Zaremberg, ’78, a distinguished alumnus of the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law, left a legacy as a leading voice in California’s business community. Zaremberg, who passed away in 2023 at the age of 74, was a stalwart advocate for economic growth and job creation throughout his illustrious career. 

After serving in the United States Air Force, Zaremberg pursued his legal education at McGeorge School of Law, where he honed his skills and laid the foundation for his impactful career. His tenure as president and CEO of the California Chamber of Commerce spanned over two decades, during which he tirelessly championed policies that shaped the state’s business climate. 

Zaremberg’s leadership was characterized by his unwavering commitment to advocating for policies that provided certainty and stability for job creators, ensuring an environment conducive to investment and growth. His strategic acumen and high standards set a benchmark for excellence in the Capitol community, where he advocated for statewide ballots that would ensure adequate funding for transportation infrastructure. He vigorously opposed anti-business proposals that would have increased the cost of health care, electricity and public works. 

Throughout his career, Zaremberg remained deeply connected to McGeorge, volunteering his time and expertise to support the school’s initiatives. As a founding member of the Dean’s Cabinet, he provided invaluable strategic guidance to further the mission of the law school, and additionally volunteered with the Capital Center for Law & Policy. 

In his passing, Zaremberg left behind a profound legacy of leadership, mentorship, and dedication to the betterment of California’s business landscape. His impact will continue to be felt for generations to come, serving as an inspiration to aspiring legal professionals and leaders in the field of business and public service alike.


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Sue Ann Van Dermyden, ’93

Sue Ann Van Dermyden, ’93, is a founding and senior partner of Van Dermyden Makus Law Corporation and managing partner of the firm’s San Diego office. She has been an employment attorney since 1993. Since 2006, her practice focuses on conducting workplace and Title IX investigations. Dermyden provides expert witness testimony on employment matters; and conducts interactive and entertaining training seminars.

In addition to working as a senior partner, Dermyden is an educator, serving as adjunct professor at McGeorge School of Law teaching workplace investigation. Currently, she serves on the McGeorge Alumni Association Board of Directors and has been an active member of the Anthony M. Kennedy Inn of Court since 2006, and since 2022 has served on its Executive Committee.

She has been listed in Northern California Super Lawyers every year since 2010 and recognized by Sacramento Business Journal’s Best of the Bar since 2015. In 2015, Dermyden was elected as a Fellow to the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers – the highest recognition by one’s colleagues of sustained outstanding performance in the professional exemplifying integrity, dedication, and excellence. Dermyden has expertise in and extensive involvement with formulating industry standards.

Dermyden is a founding member and former past president of AWI. She is senior faculty of AWI’s five-day institution. She is also a member of the investigations Standards Technical Committee of ASIS International, charged with preparing standards and guidelines for workplace investigation. Her commitment to and passion for improving the quality of workplace investigation is demonstrated in her work and roles. She is the co-chair of the Workplace Investigations Subcommittee with the American Bar Association, Employee Rights & Responsibilities section.


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Emmanuel “Mickey” Ortega serves as the president of the University of Saint Anthony in the Philippines.

Emmanuel “Mickey” Ortega, ’20, is a passionate advocate for global citizenship who has made a significant impact in the Philippines and beyond. Born in Iriga City, Philippines, Ortega earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Saint Anthony (USANT) and later pursued his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Asia and the Pacific (UA&P) in Metro Manila.

Ortega’s desire to broaden his horizons and develop a global perspective led him to pursue a Master of Laws (LLM) degree at McGeorge School of Law. During his time at McGeorge, he passed the Philippine Bar Exam in 2019, an achievement that only 27 percent of examinees accomplished. He passed the California Bar Exam in 2021.

After graduating from McGeorge School of Law, Ortega began working as an attorney at a law firm in Los Angeles. However, his life took a sudden turn when his father passed away in the Philippines, and he was asked to become the president of USANT. Despite the challenges, Ortega made the leap and took on the role, hand-in-hand with his wife, who had never been to Iriga City before.

As president of USANT, Ortega has been driven by a desire to make a greater difference in the lives of his fellow Filipino students, staff, and faculty. He believes that education is a powerful tool for creating positive change and has worked tirelessly to foster an environment that encourages students to think and live as global citizens.

Ortega’s experiences at McGeorge and UA&P have instilled in him a sense of purpose and a commitment to being an agent of change. He credits these institutions for helping him develop a mindset that values personal growth and audacity. He encourages current McGeorge students to “go outside your comfort zone, embrace new challenges, and enjoy the community.”

Today, Ortega is widely respected for his leadership and vision. He has received acclaim from students, teachers, non-teaching personnel, and other stakeholders at USANT. His ultimate goal is to empower students to contextualize their local endeavors within the global community and emerge from USANT as well-equipped individuals who are ready to make a positive impact in the world.


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The late Noël Ferris, ’79, advocated for the advancement of young women lawyers.

The late Noël Ferris, ‘79, a native Sacramentan, epitomized excellence in all her endeavors. She did her undergraduate studies at Stanford University and obtained a JD degree from the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law, where she met her husband, Parker White, ‘80. Renowned as a trial lawyer, she achieved unparalleled success, winning numerous trials across northern California.  

Notably, she became the first lawyer in Sacramento to be inducted into the prestigious International Academy of Trial Lawyers, subsequently serving as its president. She championed young women lawyers and advocated for their advancement on a consistent basis. Additionally, she supported the law school and the University of the Pacific by serving on the Board of Regents for the University of the Pacific. 

Beyond her legal career, Ferris dedicated herself to mentoring aspiring lawyers and fostering a culture of excellence in advocacy. Her impact extended beyond the courtroom; she was an inspiration to students and practicing attorneys alike, dedicated to fostering ethical and professional standards in the legal profession. Through her involvement with the Anthony Kennedy Inn of Court and McGeorge’s mock trial competition teams, she left an unforgettable mark on the legal community, ensuring her legacy of excellence endures. 

The courthouse from the quad.

Her husband, Parker White, honored her memory by establishing the Noël M. Ferris Professor of Trial Skills endowment after her passing in 2017, perpetuating her commitment to excellence in trial advocacy. This endowment serves as a testament to Ferris’s enduring influence and dedication to shaping the future of the legal profession. Noël Ferris’s unwavering pursuit of excellence and her passion for empowering young lawyers continue to inspire generations of legal professionals. In addition, White’s contributions to the law school in her name led to the renaming of the courtroom on campus to the Noël M. Ferris Courthouse, which is utilized daily by McGeorge students.


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