© 2019 Federal Bar Association, San Diego Chapter

The Federal Bar Association (FBA), founded in 1920, is dedicated to the advancement of the science of jurisprudence and to promoting the welfare, interests, education, and professional development of all attorneys involved in federal law. Our members run the gamut of federal practice: attorneys practicing in small to large legal firms, attorneys in corporations and federal agencies, and members of the judiciary. The FBA is the catalyst for communication between the bar and the bench, as well as the private and public sectors. The San Diego Chapter was founded in 1961.

 

In 2018, the Chapter adopted the following Mission Statement:

To serve the interests of the federal legal community and strengthen the quality of the federal legal profession by promoting professionalism, inclusiveness, and civility; by providing educational, social, and leadership opportunities, and by encouraging meaningful engagement between the federal practitioner, the judiciary, and the public they serve.

FBA San Diego - Board of Directors (2020)

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David Finn

President of Board

David Finn is an Assistant United States Attorney in the Criminal Division. He has tried over 40 federal jury trials and argued 8 cases in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. In  2014, he was awarded the Department of Justice's Director's Award for Superior Performance.  In 2015, he received the national Federal Bar Association's Young Lawyer Award. He is a frequent instructor at the Department of Justice's National Advocacy Center where he teaches trial advocacy.  Since 2012, he has served on the Action Team for Reality Changers, a San Diego non-profit serving first generation college students. He is a graduate of the University of California, San Diego and California Western School of Law.

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Rebecca Church

President-elect

Rebecca Church is an Assistant U.S. Attorney in San Diego where she is assigned to the Civil Division. She defends the United States, its agencies, and its employees in suits brought pursuant to the Federal Tort Claims Act, Bivens, Title VII, and immigration law. Rebecca also serves as an Ethics Advisor, Professional Responsibility Officer, and FOIA Coordinator. Prior to joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Rebecca was an Associate Attorney at Duane Morris LLP, where she practiced in the commercial and employment groups. She served as a Judicial Law Clerk for the Hon. District Judge William Q. Hayes from 2010 to 2012 and the Hon. Magistrate Judge Ruben B. Brooks from 2008 to 2010. She is an active member of the Federal Bar and serves as a Lawyer Representative for the Southern District of California.

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Joseph Orabona

Treasurer 

Joseph Orabona is an Assistant U.S. Attorney in San Diego, where he is assigned to the Violent Crime and Human Trafficking Section. Prior to becoming a lawyer, he became a Certified Public Accountant in 1999, and worked as a financial auditor for PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP for several years. He began his legal career as a litigation associate at Debevoise & Plimpton in Washington, D.C., where he handled securities litigation, white-collar criminal defense, and government investigations. As a prosecutor in San Diego for over thirteen years, he has specialized in prosecuting white-collar crimes, including tax, fraud, public corruption, money laundering, embezzlement, securities violations, and identity theft. He also has experience prosecuting racketeering enterprises, murder-for-hire, drug trafficking, human trafficking, sex trafficking, firearms offenses, immigration offenses, and border corruption. He is a former Barrister in the Welsh Inn of Court and is an active member of the Federal Bar Association. He is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center, Pepperdine University School of Law, and Boston College.

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Megan Rossi

Secretary 

Megan Rossi is a Judicial Law Clerk to the Hon. District Judge Anthony J. Battaglia. Prior to serving as a Judicial Law Clerk, Ms. Rossi was a Litigation Associate at Rutan & Tucker, LLP, where she practiced business and commercial litigation. Ms. Rossi earned her B.S. in accounting and a minor in forensics and criminality from the University of Southern California and received her J.D. from Vanderbilt University Law School. While in law school, Ms. Rossi was an executive authorities editor for the Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law and she also represented indigent clients in obtaining restraining orders through Vanderbilt’s Domestic Violence Clinic. Ms. Rossi is an active member of her legal community and is also a member of the Welsh Inn of Court.

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Jason Avelar

Vice President of Legal Education 

Jason Avelar is an associate with Wilson Turner Kosmo LLP where he practices products liability and warranty litigation in federal and state courts from coast to coast. Mr. Avelar graduated from the University of California, San Diego with a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Philosophy before attending the University of San Diego School of Law. Prior to joining Wilson Turner Kosmo LLP, Mr. Avelar served as judicial law clerk to the Honorable William V. Gallo of the Southern District of California for nearly three years. Before joining the legal profession, Mr. Avelar served as a Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps.

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Hon. Linda Lopez

Vice President of Professional Advancement 

Judge Lopez is a federal magistrate judge serving in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California. Prior to her appointment, she worked at the Federal Defenders of San Diego for over ten years. Judge Lopez has been active member of the San Diego legal community, recently serving as a lawyer representative to the Ninth Circuit. She is a graduate of the University of Miami School of Law.

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Dylan Aste

Vice President of Special Events

Dylan M. Aste is an Assistant United States Attorney, where he is assigned to the Affirmative Civil Enforcement Unit and focuses on prosecuting matters related to health care fraud.  He is also the U.S. Attorney’s Office’s Opioid Coordinator and the Co-Chair of the Diversity Committee.  Dylan serves on the Board of Directors of the University of San Diego Law Alumni Association and is an active member of the Welsh Inn of Court.  He graduated from University of San Diego Law and San Diego State University.

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Stephen Lobbin

Vice President of Fundraising 

Stephen Lobbin is a partner at One LLP, a full service intellectual property and entertainment law firm. His breadth of experience spans more than twenty years, with a focus on all aspects of intellectual property counseling and litigation involving patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade dress, entertainment and publicity rights. In addition to being an active speaker on various intellectual property issues, Mr. Lobbin has served as a guest lecturer on patent law at the UCLA School of Law, his alma mater. He is a member of the ABA’s Intellectual Property Law section and the Italian-American Lawyers Association. For five consecutive years, Mr. Lobbin was named a “Southern California Super Lawyers—Rising Star” by Law & Politics and Los Angeles Magazine. He earned his B.S. in electrical engineering (with high distinction) from the University of Virginia, and he received his J.D. from the UCLA School of Law, where he served as editor of the UCLA Law Review. His prior professional affiliations include Foley & Lardner (Los Angeles) and Knobbe Martens (Orange County).

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Ting Liu

Vice President of Community Outreach 

Ting Liu is an associate with Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP where she practices securities fraud litigation and other complex matters. Ms. Liu was born and raised in Seattle, Washington where she graduated from the University of Washington with a Bachelor of Arts majoring in English and Communications and a minor in Political Science. After holding internships with the Seattle City Attorney’s Office, a United States Senator, as well as a Washington State Senator, Ms. Liu began studying at Seattle University School of Law. She then transferred to the University of San Diego School of Law where she received her Juris Doctor degree. After law school, Ms. Liu was a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Anthony J. Battaglia of the Southern District of California for two years. Ms. Liu is an active member of her legal community, a member of the Welsh Inn of Court, published in the Jury Trial Improvement Committee Newsletter, and served as a guest lecturer on the topic of practicing in federal court at USD Law.

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Joseph Goodman

Vice President of Membership

Mr. Goodman is a partner at Gordon & Rees LLP, and is a member of the firm’s Commercial, Securities, Antitrust and White Collar Litigation Practice Groups.  Mr. Goodman’s practice focuses on representing corporations, officers and directors in complex business litigation in both federal and state courts.  He has extensive experience in consumer and securities class action lawsuits.

Mr. Goodman has served as an adjunct professor or visiting scholar at Georgetown University, Université libre de Bruxelles, Belgium, Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, and Thomas Jefferson School of Law.  He has taught courses including Securities Regulation, Global Antitrust Law and Policy, and European Union Law.  Mr. Goodman also has clerked for two federal judges, including Judge David R. Thompson, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and has served as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of California.

Jennifer McCoullough

Vice President of Public Relations 

Ms. McCoullough is an Assitant United States Attorney in the Southern District of California. 

Debashish Bakshi

Vice President of Technology

Debashish Bakshi is an associate with the San Diego office of Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP, where his practice focuses on complex securities litigation in federal court. Originally from London, England, Mr. Bakshi graduated from Stanford University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. After working as a paralegal at a corporate immigration firm in Silicon Valley, he attended the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. While in law school, Mr. Bakshi was a Staff Editor for Hastings Business Law Journal and Senior Notes Editor for Constitutional Law Quarterly. He also served as a judicial extern to the Honorable Laurel Beeler of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. In addition, he was a Teaching Assistant in Legal Writing & Research and Moot Court classes.

Michelle Pettit 

Immediate Past President 

Michelle Pettit is an Assistant U.S. Attorney in San Diego, where she is assigned to the National Security and Cybercrimes Section. She began her career as a Surface Warfare Officer in the United States, and she transferred to Judge Advocate General (JAG) Corps after law school. She served six years as a JAG, leaving active duty as the senior Navy prosecutor for the Southwest Region. She remains in the Navy Reserves and currently serves as a Trial Judge and Commanding Officer. She is an active member of the Federal Bar, and is a member of the Ninth Circuit Conference Executive Committee.