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WLALA Board of Governors

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Stacy Horth-Neubert

President

Stacy Horth-Neubert is counsel in Skadden's Los Angeles' Litigation Group, which is widely recognized for its ability to represent clients in large-scale, "bet-the-company" matters and their other most critical litigation issues.

Ms. Horth-Neubert’s practice involves a broad spectrum of complex commercial litigation, including multi-district litigation; class actions; unfair business practices, false advertising, contracts, securities, sports and entertainment litigation; international arbitration; and administrative appeals. For the past several years, she has had a leading role in representing priceline.com in numerous proceedings brought by states, counties and cities, as well as related consumer class actions, concerning the application of local hotel occupancy tax to service charges on reservations made through online travel companies.

Ms. Horth-Neubert serves as coordinator for the pro bono efforts in Skadden's Los Angeles office. In that capacity, she has been instrumental in facilitating, coordinating and participating in numerous pro bono projects at the firm, including the Shriver Housing Project and Bet Tzedek’s Holocaust Survivors’ Services Project. In addition, Ms. Horth-Neubert has represented clients pro bono in areas such as racial justice, civil and educational rights, internal investigations, Freedom of Information Act litigation, housing discrimination, and federal and state benefits; has acted as guardian ad litem; and is past president of the board for a private Los Angeles nonprofit preschool.

For her pro bono work, Ms. Horth-Neubert was named a winner of the California Lawyer Attorneys of the Year Awards (CLAY) by California Lawyer magazine, and has received both the ACLU of Southern California Pro Bono Advocacy Award, and its Freedom of Information Award. Ms. Horth-Neubert serves on the Foundation Board of the ACLU of Southern California, is a member of the WILEF Global Advisory Board, and is a member of the Steering Committee for the LACBA/WLALA Joint Task Force on Retention and Promotion of Women, and recently completed a two-year term on the Board of Trustees of the Los Angeles County Bar Association.  Ms. Horth-Neubert has served on the WLALA Board of Governors since 2009.

Ms. Horth-Neubert earned her B.S. from the University of Florida ad her J.D. from Fordham University. She has been married for more than 21 years to architect, Aaron Neubert, and is the mother of their two fabulous children, Quinn (14) and Penn (11).  


Amy T. Brantly

President-Elect

Amy T. Brantly is a founding partner of Kesselman Brantly Stockinger LLP, a boutique litigation firm specializing in business litigation, antitrust and unfair competition.  Ms. Brantly has significant experience in a range of complex litigation cases, including antitrust, fraud, trade secrets, breach of fiduciary duty, and class actions. Before co-founding Kesselman Brantly Stockinger, Ms. Brantly was an attorney at Susman Godfrey LLP, where she worked on some of the biggest antitrust cases in the country as well as numerous class actions. Her antitrust experience includes litigating group boycott cases, exclusionary contracting practices, price fixing, and bid-rigging involving numerous markets, including, semiconductor packaging, medical devices, insurance and college athletics. Ms. Brantly also served as counsel for the economic loss class in In re Toyota Motor Corp. Unintended Acceleration Marketing, Sales Practices, and Products Liability Litigation based on claims including false advertising and unfair competition. Ms. Brantly has argued cases in both state and federal courts and has handled numerous arbitrations. In addition to being acknowledged several times as a “Rising Star” in litigation and a “Top Women Attorney in Southern California,” Ms. Brantly was also named a Super Lawyer in 2015 and 2016.  Ms. Brantly is an active member of the Los Angeles legal community. Ms. Brantly graduated from Fordham University School of Law, where she served as a member of the Fordham Moot Court Board and the Fordham Environmental Law Journal.

 

Heather E. Stern 

First Vice-President

Heather E. Stern is Of Counsel with Parker Ibrahim & Berg LLC, where she practices commercial litigation focused on real estate related litigation and lender liability defense.  She has substantial experience litigating matters pertaining to construction loans, letters of credit, guaranties, reverse mortgages, and the underwriting, origination, servicing and sale of residential mortgages.  Heather also assists real property owners and others in the real estate industry with their real property disputes.  Her practice includes handling purchase and sale contract and disclosure related litigation; adjoining property owner litigation such as boundary and easement disputes; commercial landlord-tenant matters; partition actions; eminent domain; and partnership/joint venture disputes among real estate investors.  Heather has also served as an expert witness on the standard of care in handling a real estate litigation matter and had authored numerous articles in her field.  This is her eighth year as a member of the Board of Governors for WLALA.  Heather grew up in Grand Haven, Michigan and received her B.A., cum laude, from Columbia University in New York City.  She earned her J.D. from UCLA School of Law, graduating Order of the Coif, and was an Editor on the UCLA Law Review.. She is married to her college sweetheart, Gabriel, a philosophy professor and is also the proud mother of identical twin daughters.

 

Jennifer Leland

Second Vice-President/Treasurer

Jennifer W.  Leland is Of Counsel at Robins Kaplan LLP where she practices business and entertainment litigation.  Ms. Leland represents public corporations, privately held companies, and individuals in all phases of litigation in federal and state courts, including pre-trial, trial and appeal, as well as in arbitration and mediation. Ms. Leland’s experience covers a broad range of litigation matters, including contract disputes, copyright, profit participation, intellectual property rights, fraud, unfair competition, breach of fiduciary duty and commercial law.  Ms. Leland also has experience representing debtors, trustees and creditors in bankruptcy-related litigation.  Ms. Leland is a cum laude graduate of the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.  She received her B.A. from the University of California, at San Diego.  While in law school, Ms. Leland was an Executive Articles Editor for the Hastings International and Comparative Law Review.  Her postgraduate internships include working for the National Organization of Women (NOW) in New York and a year-long clerkship for Nevada Supreme Court Justice Charles E. Springer.  Ms. Leland is an active member of the Los Angeles community and has been on the WLALA Board of Governors since 2007.


Michelle Brauer Abidoye

Secretary 

Michelle B. Abidoye is a partner with FordHarrison, LLP where she concentrates her practice on defending and counseling employers on all aspects of labor and employment law.  She represents clients in a variety of industries, but has particular expertise in the aviation industry.  Michelle was honored with the FordHarrison Promise Award given for excellence in client service in 2012 and serves as the liaison for the FordHarrison school in Cambodia.  Her employment litigation experience includes defending against class action and individual claims for wage and hour violations, wrongful termination, retaliation, harassment, and discrimination.  Michelle’s labor experience includes representing clients in grievance resolution and arbitrations.  Prior to joining FordHarrison, Michelle served as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Consuelo B. Marshall in the Central District of California and worked as an associate on business and entertainment litigation matters involving contracts, torts, intellectual property, and real estate.  Before practicing law, Michelle gained valuable work experience working as a union organizer representing employees in grievances and participating in union organizing drives.  She also worked as a senior media buyer in the advertising industry while attending Loyola Law School’s evening program.  Michelle’s unique perspective allows her to meet and exceed clients' expectations by providing practical, real-world employment advice.   She has served on the WLALA Board of Governors since 2014.


Jessica Kronstadt

Communications Officer

Jessica Kronstadt is a deputy district attorney for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office.  Ms. Kronstadt currently works in the Victim Impact Program, where she prosecutes a variety of crimes including domestic violence, sexual assault, criminal threats, stalking and animal cruelty.  Ms. Kronstadt has been acknowledged by Los Angeles Magazine as a “Rising Star” in public interest.  Ms. Kronstadt received her B.A. from Yale University, where she was a member of the Varsity Women’s Volleyball Team.  Ms. Kronstadt received her J.D. from Washington University in St. Louis School of Law.  After graduating from law school, Ms. Kronstadt worked as a litigation associate at Latham & Watkins and as a staff attorney at Bet Tzedek Legal Services.  She has served on the WLALA Board of Governors since 2012.  She also serves on the Executive Committee of the Criminal Justice Section for the Los Angeles County Bar Association, and as a board member of the California Young Lawyers Association.  Ms. Kronstadt is a past Co-Chair of the Young Lawyers Division of the Los Angeles Chapter of the Association of Business Trial Lawyers.  She has run in and successfully completed four marathons.  She is married to Will Turner and has two daughters.

 



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