Congratulations to SA&M attorney Karine Akopchikyan for her appointment as 2020 Vice President of USC Gould Alumni Association.

“The USC Gould Alumni Association is a community of more than 13,000 alumni worldwide. Its mission is to further the tradition of the Trojan Network by creating and maintaining meaningful connections among alumni and with the law school. All graduates of USC Gould's JD and master's degree programs are automatically admitted to the Association. Led by a volunteer alumni board appointed by the dean, the Alumni Association oversees a wide range of networking, educational, and enrichment programming throughout the year.” – USC Gould Alumni Association

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Karine Akopchikyan AttorneyKarine Akopchikyan is a Litigator in the Firm’s Business Litigation Practice group. Karine has extensive experience representing and advising plaintiffs and defendants in a wide range of business and commercial disputes in state and federal courts.  She focuses her practice on resolving complex contractual disputes, intellectual property disputes (including copyright, trademark, patent, right of publicity, and trade secret claims), cyber insurance coverage disputes, and disputes involving unfair competition, fraud, and other business torts.  In large part, Karine’s success lies in her integrity, diligence, and ability to bring people together.

Outside of the office, Karine is committed to improving the academic and social outcomes for students in her community.  With roots as a credentialed public school teacher, Karine helped create the Pasadena Bar Association’s Mentorship Committee, which connects law students with seasoned attorneys.  In addition, she regularly volunteers as an attorney proctor for the Los Angeles Superior Court’s Teen Court Program, which focuses on the rehabilitation of juvenile offenders.

Karine earned her law degree from USC Gould School of Law and presently serves as the Chair of the Los Angeles Chapter of the USC Gould Alumni Committee.  While in law school, Karine was a Senior Executive Editor of USC’s Business Law Advisor, which is a student-run publication focused on advisory articles relevant to the intersection of business and law.  She also served as a judicial extern to the Honorable Ronald S.W. Lew of the United States District Court.

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Congratulations to SA&M attorney John De La Merced for his appointed as 2020 Vice President of UCLA Law Alumni Association Board of Directors. He will be officially sworn in on July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021.

The UCLA Law Alumni Association seeks to establish and nurture a lifelong relationship between the school and its more than 18,000 alumni. All graduates of UCLA School of Law are automatically members of the association. The UCLA Law Alumni Association Board of Directors governs the group's activities and policies. Members serve three-year terms.

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John R. De La Merced is an attorney at Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP and is a member of the firm’s Business Litigation group, representing clients in commercial, intellectual property, and real estate disputes in federal court, state court, and arbitration.  His experience encompasses all aspects of the litigation process, including managing client matters, drafting operative pleadings and responses, law and motion practice, discovery, mediation, client counseling, and assisting in arbitration and trial.

Since joining the firm, John has served as co-trial counsel in various arbitration and court proceedings and has been instrumental in securing favorable results on behalf of the firm and its clients.  Understanding that litigation is a team effort, John prides himself in ensuring that clients appreciate how the facts of their case intertwine with the relevant legal issues.  John’s strong attention to detail and thoughtfulness in analyzing the law provide his clients with the confidence of knowing that they have an advocate in their corner who is truly looking out for their interests.

Prior to joining the firm, John was an associate at a large international law firm where he represented clients in complex trust and estate litigation and commercial litigation matters.

An active member of the community, John is the Chair of the Board and Immediate Past President of the Philippine American Bar Association, the oldest and largest local association of Filipino-American lawyers in the United States, Vice President of UCLA Law Alumni Association Board of Directors , and the alternate regional governor for the Central California region for the National Filipino American Lawyers Association.  Previously, John served as a member of the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Los Angeles County Board of Governors in 2018 and on the St. Thomas More Society of Los Angeles Advisory Committee from 2016 to 2018.  John also mentors current and future law students, as well as junior attorneys in the Southern California area.

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