Southwestern Law School Los Angeles, CA
 

News Release

June 30, 2004
Southwestern Adds New Members to Adjunct Faculty

Experts in real estate, courtroom technology, health care regulation, tax, and a broad range of media law have joined Southwestern's adjunct faculty for Fall 2004 and Spring 2005. Professors Alan H. Feldstein, Gary P. Fine and Glen A. Smith, who join the law school for the fall semester, will be teaching under the auspices of the Donald E. Biederman Entertainment and Media Law Institute. Timothy A. Piganelli, who also teaches in the Fall, is a legal technology consultant. Robert N. Duran, an expert in international and domestic tax law, Robin M. Prendergast, a specialist in health care law, and Fredric W. Trester, an expert in real estate law, will teach in the spring.

Professor Alan H. Feldstein
Alan H. Feldstein, of counsel to the firm of Collins, McDonald & Gann, P.C., has specialized in advertising, marketing, entertainment, intellectual property, regulatory law and government for more than 15 years. He joins Southwestern in Fall 2004 to teach Advertising Law. In his current position, he counsels clients on matters that include advertising an label compliance, claim substantiation, institution of operating procedures and management of outside counsel on litigation defense.

Earlier, Professor Feldstein was general counsel for Starlight International, Ltd. LP, a marketer and distributor of dietary supplement products, where he was responsible for all legal matters of the privately held network marketing company. In other affiliations, Professor Feldstein was a partner in the firm of Hall, Dickler, Kent Friedman & Wood, specialists in advertising and marketing law. He also held associate positions with the firms of Hart and Hart and Houck & Balisok.

Professor Feldstein earned his B.A. degree from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1977 and his J.D. from Southwestern in 1984. He first joined the law school’s adjunct faculty in 1996 to teach Communications Law.

Professor Gary P. Fine
Gary P. Fine, an attorney with the entertainment law firm of Kleinberg Lopez Lange Cuddy & Edel, LLP, joins Southwestern in Fall 2004 to teach Record Contract Negotiation and Drafting. Professor Fine's practice focuses on representing talent in the music industry and related issues involving new technologies and copyrights. The firm’s clients have included the Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, Mick Jaggar, Julio Iglesias, Michael Bolton, Andrea Bocelli, and in the Latin market, Mana and the Kumbia Kings. In addition to his practice, Professor Fine was recently invited to join AFTRA's advisory group of recording industry managers and attorneys to assist in developing priorities and strategies on issues specifically affecting royalty artists. The committee counsels AFTRA on legislative, judicial and collective bargaining activities.

Prior to joining Kleinberg Lopez, Professor Fine worked with Samuel Fox, principal in the Fox Law Group, author of the music volumes for the Matthew Bender series Entertainment Industry Contracts, and with Gary Greenberg, principal in the Law Offices of Gary Greenberg, co-author of the book Everything You’d Better Know About the Record Industry and author of the ABA book How to Build and Manage an Entertainment Law Practice. Professor Fine earned his B.A. degree from California State University, Northridge in 1995 and his J. D. from Pepperdine University School of Law in 1998.

Professor Glen A. Smith
Glen A. Smith, a member of ABC, Inc.'s Executive Council, joins Southwestern's adjunct faculty in Fall 2004. He will teach California Defamation, Privacy and Publicity Seminar. In his current position, Professor Smith advises network-owned television and radio stations on FCC compliance, defamation, privacy, newsgathering advertising and intellectual property issues; negotiates and drafts affiliation agreements for non-owned television stations; and counsels producers of reality and non-fiction television programs.

In earlier assignments, Professor Smith was a partner in the firm of Baker & Hostetler, Los Angeles, where he represented major publishing and broadcasting clients in defamation, newsgathering, privacy, advertising, and intellectual property litigation; supervised employment law cases; and negotiated internet-related agreements. He also held positions with Buena Vista Television and The Times Mirror Company. In prior academic affiliations, Professor Smith taught courses in media law for the University of Southern California School of Journalism and Loyola Law School. He was a contributor to the 2000-2001 edition of Reporters Handbook on Media Law, published by the California Newspaper Publishers Association and the author of "California Supreme Court Turns a Cold Shoulder to the News Media" Communications Lawyer (1993).

Professor Smith earned his B.A. degree, cum laude from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1979, where he was also Chancellor's Marshall and a Congressional Intern. He earned his J.D. degree from Loyola Law School in 1982. At Loyola, he was a member of the St. Thomas Moore Honor Society and a Judicial Extern for the United States 9th Circuit Court of Appeal.

Professor Timothy Piganelli
Timothy A. Piganelli, who will co-teach the Computer-Assisted Litigation course in Summer and Fall 2004, is recognized as one of the nation's top experts in the field of computerized trial presentation and courtroom technologies. He has provided trial and trial preparation services to clients across the country in litigation that includes Tracinda Corporation vs. DaimlerChrysler Corporation, CRC vs. Harrah's Entertainment, Inc., Gruner + Jahr vs. Rosie O'Donnell, among others. Through his company, Legal Technology Consulting, he offers a full line of consulting services in computerized litigation support and training, accident reconstruction and engineering, and automated trial presentation. Professor Piganelli has also lectured extensively to legal organizations. He is the author of several articles on courtroom uses of technology, including "Comparison of Trial Presentation Software," Law Technology News (January 2004), and "Using PowerPoint in Litigation: The Basics," GPSolo (December 2001). He also authored the chapter "Automated Trial Presentation and Courtroom Technology" in Litigation Management (The Rutter Group 1996) with Anne Kemp.

Professor Piganelli founded his company in 1996. From 1993 to 1996 he was a legal technology consultant to inVzn Development Corporation, where he provided consulting services in all areas of automated litigation support, development and implementation of training curriculums for clients in the areas of trial consulting, automated trial presentation, document imaging and retrieval and imaging sales. In other assignments, he was an associate engineer with Collision Safety Engineering and a design engineer for the McDonnell Douglas Helicopter Company. He earned his B.S. degrees—one in Industrial Engineering Technology and another in Mechanical Engineering—from Arizona State University in 1988.

Professor Robert N. Duran
Robert N. Duran, a domestic and international tax attorney, will join Southwestern's adjunct faculty in Spring 2005. He will teach Federal Corporate Tax Law. Professor Duran specializes in all aspects of U.S. federal and state corporate, partnership and individual income taxation, particularly concerning international business activities and investments.

Prior to starting his own practice in Pasadena this year, Professor Duran was a partner in the Business, Finance, and Real Estate Unit of Manatt Phelps & Phillips, LLP. His practice emphasized outbound planning for foreign direct investment, international joint ventures and reorganizations, principally in Mexico, Canada, and the Far East. In addition, he advised clients on strategies for reducing global tax burden. He was previously a senior tax attorney in the firm of Riordan & McKinzie and other international law firms.

Professor Duran earned his B.A. in Business Administration with a concentration in accounting and finance from California State University, Fullerton, in 1983. He earned his J.D. from Santa Clara University School of Law in 1987 and his LL.M. in Taxation from New York University School of Law in 1990. He is a member of the State Bar of California, and he serves as treasurer of the Mexican-American Bar Foundation.

Professor Robin McCaffery Prendergast
Robin McCaffery Prendergast, associate legal counsel for Cedars-Sinai Health System, comes to Southwestern with broad experience in health care law, including regulatory compliance, consents from research subjects, and managed care contracting. She will teach Health Care Regulations in Spring 2005. The course covers the components of the health care system and current issues in health law.

Prior to joining Cedars-Sinai, Professor Prendergast was senior counsel in the K&R Law Group LLP, where she handled business and health law for managed care entities in multiple states with emphasis on state and federal regulation of health maintenance organizations, particularly compliance with provider network requirements. She also dealt with Medicare program participation compliance requirements, HMO model contracts for a major commercial/Medicare HMO, and resolution of contract disputes between HMOs and providers.

Professor Prendergast is a frequent lecturer before physicians, health care organizations, and members of the legal profession, including USC's Keck School of Medicine, the Healthcare Law and the Business & Corporations Law Sections of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, and the Practising Law Institute, among others. She has authored several articles, including "Causes and Consequences of Disputes between Health Plans and Insolvent Providers," MANAGED CARE LAW STRATEGIST (October 2001), "An Industry in Transition: Understanding and Financing HealthCare Integrated Delivery Systems," THE SECURED LENDER, (May/June 1998), and written on a number of topics for the Matthew Bender Health Care Law Newsletter.

In pro-bono work, Professor Prendergast assists foster parents with adoption proceedings through the Alliance for Children’s Rights. Through Public Counsel, she assisted a small free clinic in contracting with Los Angeles County for primary care services through the Medi-Cal project.

Professor Prendergast earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Studies from the University of South Dakota, Vermillion, where she was honored as a Designated University Scholar. She earned her J.D. from the University of Southern California Law School in 1982.

Professor Fredric W. Trester
Fredric W. Trester, a partner in Manning & Marder, Kass, Ellrod, Ramirez, LLP, has extensive experience in real estate transactions, as well as civil and commercial litigation, including professional liability defense of real estate licensees; architects and engineers; attorneys; and insurance agents and brokers; and construction defect, general liability and real estate litigation. He joins Southwestern in Spring 2005 to teach Real Estate Sales Transactions.

Prior to assuming his current position, Mr. Trester was a partner in the national law firm of Wilson, Elser, Moskowitz, Edelman & Dicker. He has been a California licensed real estate broker since 1984 and acts as a volunteer judge pro tem and arbitrator for the Los Angeles County Superior Court. He is a former commissioner on the Advisory Commission to the California Senate Committee on Business Insurance (1988-1990) and is currently a member of the Tort Advisory Committee to the California Association of Realtors, Legislative Branch.

Mr. Trestor earned his B.A. degree from the University of Arizona in 1976 and his J.D. degree, cum laude, from Santa Clara University School of Law in 1980. He is a graduate of the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s Trial Attorney Project and served briefly as a Los Angeles Deputy City Attorney. He is a frequent lecturer on issues involving risk management and recent developments in the law impacting real estate brokers, design professionals, businesses and property owners.