You probably know that Marin native Ann Asiano, a former partner of Larkspur-based Bradley Curley, is now a partner at the SF firm of Morris Polich & Purdy. But do you know this? With Natalie Jackson, 2001 Miss Formula USA, Ann is the founder of UmbrellaGirlsUSA, recognized as the “ultimate motorsports modeling agency.” As noted on its web site, the agency’s “Umbrella Girls” can be found representing corporate America at conventions, trade shows, charity events, corporate parties and advertisement campaigns nationwide. (But not yet at an MCBA event. Stay tuned.)

Greg Brockbank’s law practice and political activities ought to be enough to keep him busy. Still, Greg has joined the Dominican Chorale, which will perform Handel’s Messiah on November 17, 8:00 pm, at St. Raphael’s church in San Rafael. And for the fifth time in five years, he’ll be part of the Singers Marin Holiday Concert in the mixed adult chorus at 4:00 pm on December 17, at the Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium. But wait, there’s more! The Marin Musical Theater Company will present another evening of Broadway Cabaret on December 8 and 9 at 8:00 at the San Anselmo Playhouse; in addition to several ensemble numbers, Greg will be performing in a trio from Guys and Dolls. Whew!

How does deputy district attorney Nicole Pantaleo justify her traitorous (and rabid) support of the USC football team? “I went there,” she explains.

Marin Lawyer editor Rob Rosborough teaches a course at USF called “The Biography of Your Garden: Plants, Personalities, and Peregrinations.” Pretty impressive, although your correspondent is not familiar with the word “peregrinations.” (Something about falcons?)

Catching up with People magazine at the dentist’s office, your correspondent was shocked and horrified to read that Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston have split. Hollywood!

Family law attorney and estate planner Edith Kelly Politis is one serious dancer. As she puts it, “I have enjoyed two forms of social dancing—West Coast Swing and ballroom dancing—for many years now. I usually go ballroom dancing on Friday night at the Allegro Ballroom in Emeryville, and West Coast Swing (WCS) dancing on Saturday and/or Sunday. For the past ten years or so I’ve been active in The Next Generation Swing Dance Club and Boogie by the Bay, the WCS dance convention that the Next Gen Club puts on every year. I’m always delighted to share and/or introduce WCS and/or ballroom dancing to newcomers so if you’re interested, please contact me.”

And speaking of family law attorneys, Novato lawyer Tommie Whitener is the proud author of a new book called Mother Earth: Three Couples. Read this book (available on Amazon) to share Tommie’s examination of the personal development world and the quest of some for a more meaningful and rewarding life.

Time flies, as they say. The amazing Nancy Murphy recently celebrated her 30th anniversary at Legal Aid of Marin. Nancy is LAM’s Pro Bono and Volunteer Manager. Here’s to another 30!

Marin’s Board of Supervisors voted, by a narrow margin, to seat San Rafael lawyer Matt White (that’s me!) on the county Human Rights Commission. Chair of the Commission is Corte Maderan IP and business law attorney (and MCBA board member) Christian Martinez.


The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) named Nassiri & Jung LLP its APA-owned Law Firm of the Year for 2017. Partner Kassra Nassiri, a commercial litigator, is the chair of MCBA’s business law section. You go, Kass!

If you attended the 40th Anniversary celebration of the Center for Domestic Peace (neé Marin Abused Women’s Services, or MAWS) on October 21, you already know that the CDP presented a well-deserved Peace Award to Marin County District Attorney (and former MCBA President) Ed Berberian.

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