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DIRECTORS/OFFICERS
    
Daniel J. Bramzon is a director of BASTA and the organization’s President.  Mr. Bramzon began his legal career at the Century City law firm of Christensen, Miller, Fink, Jacobs, Glaser, Weil & Shapiro, LLP (currently called Glaser, Weil, Fink, Jacobs, Howard, Avchen & Shapiro, LLP).  After nearly five years of an aggressive and complex litigation practice under the tutelage of some of Los Angeles’ top trial attorneys, Mr. Bramzon resigned from the law firm and started his own private law practice.  Soon thereafter, Mr. Bramzon founded BASTA.  Mr. Bramzon is a graduate of the University of Chicago Law School (1997-2000) and Stanford University (1994-1997).  


Bryan M. Sullivan volunteers as a director for BASTA and as the organization’s Chief Financial Officer.  Mr. Sullivan is currently a founding partner at the law firm, Early Sullivan Wright Gizer & McRae, LLP. through which he regularly represents high-profile individuals and corporations in a variety of complex cases. Mr. Sullivan received his law degree from Boston College Law School (2000), where he graduated cum laude.  He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science, History and International Relations from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University, where he graduated summa cum laude with honors (1998) and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

Alejandro Menchaca volunteers as a director for BASTA and as the organization’s corporate Secretary.  He is currently a litigation associate in the Los Angeles office of Carlsmith Ball, LLP, a Pacific Rim law firm.  Mr. Menchaca is also the founder of the Latino Professional Network, which is southern California’s largest association of Latino professionals (comprised of over 15,000 individuals).   Mr. Menchaca is a graduate of Stanford University (1997) and University of Southern California Law School (2001).


ATTORNEYS

Andres Alatorre is an attorney for BASTA who primarily works on eviction defense cases out of BASTA's Compton Office.  Mr. Alatorre is a graduate of California State Polytechnic University and University of La Verne Law School.

Erin Darling is an attorney for BASTA who primarily works on eviction defense cases out of BASTA's Los Angeles Office. Mr. Darling Alatorre is a graduate of University of California Berkeley and University of California Berkeley.

Ned Harris is an attorney for BASTA.  He began his career at the Century City law firm of Christensen, Miller, Fink, Jacobs, Glaser, Weil & Shapiro, LLP (currently called Glaser, Weil, Fink, Jacobs, Howard, Avchen & Shapiro, LLP) as a corporate/transactional associate.  Mr. Harris is one of California’s most prolific jury trial practitioners in the landlord-tenant area of law and boasts one of southern California’s highest winning percentages in such trials, including victories against the Bank of New York.  Mr. Harris has won jury trials without the need to present a defense case and on non-suit.  Mr. Harris is a graduate of the University of Southern California Law School and earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan.

Kevin Hermansen is an attorney for BASTA and leads the organization's Lancaster office.  Mr. Hermansen graduated from California State University-Fullerton and University of Southern California Law School.  Mr. Hermansen first joined BASTA as a volunteer law student. While at USC, he contributed more than 1,000 pro bono hours at BASTA and other nonprofit organizations devoted to tenants' rights. In recognition, the Gould School gave Hermansen its Mason C. Brown Award, which recognizes top students involved in public service and trial work.  As a certified law clerk, Mr. Hermansen was defending unlawful detainer jury trials and negotiating settlements. After his admission to the bar, he took over management of BASTA's office in Lancaster. 

Paul Katrinak is an attorney for BASTA and primarily serves as the organization's class action counsel.  Mr. Katrinak is a graduate of the University of Maryland and University of San Diego Law School.  He has experience working at the Century City law firms of Christensen, Miller, Fink, Jacobs, Glaser, Weil & Shapiro, LLP (currently called Glaser, Weil, Fink, Jacobs, Howard, Avchen & Shapiro, LLP) and Lavely & Singer, P.C.

Ross T. Kutash is an attorney for BASTA and serves as the organization’s appellate counsel.  Mr. Kutash is also a part of BASTA’s class/mass action division and practices in BASTA’s eviction defense division where he has successfully opposed motions for summary judgment and won jury trials on non-suit.  Mr. Kutash began his legal career at the Century City law firm of Christensen, Miller, Fink, Jacobs, Glaser, Weil & Shapiro, LLP (currently called Glaser, Weil, Fink, Jacobs, Howard, Avchen & Shapiro, LLP) before eventually joining BASTA.  Mr. Kutash graduated from the University of Pennsylvania (1996) and UCLA Law School (2001).

Alfredo Nava is an attorney for BASTA and serves in the organizations eviction defense division.  Mr. Nava is a graduate of the University of California Los Angeles and Stanford Law School.

David Rabb is an attorney for BASTA and serves in the organizations eviction defense division. Mr. Nava is a graduate of Stanford University and Stanford Law School.

Sarah Truesdall Shipitsyna is an attorney for BASTA and serves as trial counsel for unlawful detainers. Mrs. Shipitsyna joined BASTA during law school as a volunteer law clerk, and was BASTA's first summer fellow in 2007.  Sarah recieved her BA in Anthropology and International Studies from Ohio University in 2004, and her J.D. from the University of Southern California Law School in 2008.  Since being admitted to the bar in December of 2008, Mrs. Shipitsyna's success rate on jury trials taken to verdict stands at over 90%.



SENIOR STAFF AND VOLUNTEERS
 

Jeanette Alvarez is a law clerk for BASTA. 

Erika Bravo is a Community Affairs Coordinator for BASTA.

Matt Brinton is a law clerk for BASTA.

Sidia Calfa serves as BASTA's Vice-President of Operations.

Marc Check serves as BASTA's Information Technology Mananger and Web Developer.

Jill Hensley serves as BASTA's Vice President of Administration, Lancaster.

Rebeca Marcos serves as BASTA's Vice-President of Community Affairs.

Arturo Ramirezo is a Community Affairs Coordinator for BASTA.

Angelica Roja is a Community Affairs Coordinator for BASTA.

Judith Sandoval serves as BASTA's Vice President of Administration, Compton.

BASTA ADVISORY BOARD

Eric Darnell Anderson   Mr. Anderson is currently a Deputy District Attorney for Shasta  County, California, where he  supervises the Domestic Violence Enhanced Response Team  in addition to prosecuting other violent felonies.    Previously, Mr. Anderson served as  an Assistant District Attorney for Middlesex  County  in Massachusetts, where he still maintains an exclusive private practice. Prior to his legal career, Mr. Anderson taught  history in Middle School and High School in New York and Los Angeles , including at the exclusive Brentwood School. Mr. Anderson received his law degree from Boston College Law School (2000)  and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and International  Relations  at Pitzer College.  Mr. Anderson is  an active member of the community serving as President of the Shasta County Black Lawyers Association and is a Board member of the Shasta Coalition for Community Health, Education and Empowerment. He  also  serves as a Guest Lecturer at Shasta College in Redding, CA.  A noted trial lawyer , Mr. Anderson has a career conviction rate at trial of over 94%.

Professor Alan D. Minuskin:  Professor Minuskin is an Associate Clinical Professor of Law at Boston College Law School.  He has been a full-time clinical teacher for 18 years and has worked as a staff attorney in organizations providing legal services to the poor, including Central Middlesex Legal Services and the Cambridgeport Problem Center.  He was also a partner in a small, public-interest law firm which received funding from the federal Legal Services Corporation to provide free services in civil matters to indigent clients.  Professor Minuskin is active in a variety of professional organizations whose purpose is the expansion and reformation of programs designed to provide wider access to legal services and justice for economically disadvantaged people.  At Boston College Law School, Professor Minuskin has developed and teaches an innovative course in Pretrial Litigation in which students litigate a complex civil case in a semester-long simulation of a law suit.  The roles of parties and witnesses are played by accomplished actors, and the students are supervised by experienced lawyers and judges, most of whom are alumni of Boston College Law School.  Professor Minuskin also formed, and is a member of, a litigation-training faculty which provides training in professional skills and values to first and second year associates at the Boston law firm of Bingham Dana.

Frank Schuchat   Frank Schuchat is a founding member of the law firm of Schuchat, Herzog & Brenman, LLC www.shblegal.com in Denver, Colorado.  He advises clients on international business transactions, including laws and regulations governing imports and exports, foreign corrupt practices and foreign investment.  He also represents clients in matters before Federal agencies and in dispute resolution including arbitrations, and in state and Federal courts.  Mr. Schuchat is a member of the bars of Colorado and the District of Columbia.  Mr. Schuchat was chair of the International Law Section of the Colorado Bar from 2006-2008 and he serves on the Board of Governors of the Colorado Bar Association.  He received his law degree from Georgetown University and a B.A. from the University of Colorado at Boulder.  Mr. Schuchat is the Honorary Consul for Belgium for Colorado  In addition, Mr. Schuchat regularly performs stand-up comedy at clubs in the Denver-Boulder area and for professional and charity events.  He also lectures at law schools on “How to Find Happiness as a Lawyer, or at the Least Get a Job.”

Dr. Anthony Wei:  Dr. Wei is currently an orthopedic surgery fellow at the Kerlan Jobe Clinic in Los Angeles, California where he specializes in the managment of sports injuries and serves as an assistant team doctor to the Los Angeles Dodgers, Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Mighty Ducks.  Dr. Wei also serves as the team doctor for Loyola Marymount University.  Dr. Wei is a graduate of The Johns Hopkins University, where he majored in biology and art history, and the University of Chicago School of Medicine.  Following medical school, Dr. Wei completed an orthopaedic residency program at Loyola University Chicago, where he served as a Chief Resident.  Following his residency, Dr. Wei completed a fellowship at Washington Univerisity in St. Louis with noted shoulder and elbow surgeon, Ken Yamaguchi.  Upon his completion of the Kerlan Jobe fellowship, Dr. Wei intends to join Rebound, an orthopaedic and neurosurgery clinic serving southwest Washington and the Portland metropolitan area, where he will specialize in the management of shoulder and elbow disorders. Dr. Wei is actively involved in orthopaedic research and has published numerous peer-reviewed articles, textbook chapters, and scientific abstract.

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