Amy Poyer, Senior Staff Attorney

As Senior Staff Attorney, Amy oversees CWLC’s advocacy efforts across all areas, including gender discrimination, Title IX enforcement, women’s health and reproductive justice, and economic security. Prior to joining CWLC, Amy was a litigation associate at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld in Los Angeles, where she represented a wide array of clients in large-scale
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Mira El Sonbaty, Co-President

Mira El Sonbaty is Senior Vice President and Co-Chief Privacy Officer at Fox Corporation. Mira advises FOX production and distribution businesses on privacy and data security practices, including risk mitigation strategies. Her practice focuses on compliance, commercial agreements, policy and regulatory work. Mira was formerly with Arnold & Porter, where she handled consumer protection, intellectual
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Edie Mermelstein, Treasurer

F. Edie Mermelstein is the founding attorney of FEM Law Group with offices in Orange and Los Angeles Counties. Ms. Mermelstein is a civil litigator with a special interest in financial elder abuse, trust litigation, intellectual property, consumer protection, and employment class issues. She also handles appeals, Anti-SLAPP motions, and estate planning matters. In 2016, Ms. Mermelstein represented California consumers in a
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Chris Hollinger, Treasurer

Chris Hollinger is a partner with O’Melveny & Myers LLP in San Francisco and specializes in labor and employment law. His practice has focused on the representation of airlines in labor matters for over two decades. Chris is the Editor-in-Chief of the Third Edition of the Railway Labor Act, which is the leading treatise in
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Pamela Palmer, Secretary

Pamela Palmer is a litigation partner at Pepper Hamilton specializing in complex business litigation, with extensive experience defending clients in securities class actions, derivative suits, merger and acquisition litigation, fiduciary and business judgment cases, including matters in both federal and state courts and government enforcement agencies. Prior to private practice, Pamela served as a law
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Lois D. Thompson, Immediate Past President

Lois D. Thompson is a partner at Proskauer Rose LLP and has represented clients in complex litigation for over 30 years. Initially based in New York, Lois has broad litigation experience, most prominently in the areas of real estate and securities law. She is on the boards of the Western Center on Law and Poverty
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Tony Blain, Board Member

Tony Blain is an entertainment attorney who has represented a wide range of content-based clients in transactions and litigation. Named one of the “Top 100 People in Hollywood You Need to Know” by Fade In Magazine for two consecutive years, Tony has been a featured speaker at seminars, events, and panels held by the American
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Christa Demeke, Board Member

Christa Demeke is a litigation attorney at Roll Law Group P.C. Christa represents Roll Global LLC’s affiliated companies in litigation and also works on regulatory, marketing, and advertising matters. Prior to Roll, Christa was counsel at O’Melveny & Myers, LLP and she clerked for Judge Michael A. Ponsor of the U.S. District Court, District of
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Theane Evangelis, Board Member

Theane Evangelis is an appellate and general commercial litigation partner at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. She plays a substantial role in a wide range of appellate, constitutional, media, and entertainment cases, as well as crisis management matters, employment, consumer, wage-and-hour, and securities class actions. She also represented plaintiffs in the federal constitutional challenge to Proposition
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Victor George, Board Member

Victor George represents plaintiffs in employment discrimination and catastrophic personal injury matters. Victor has been named Trial Lawyer of the Year by the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles and has been nominated for this honor eight out of the last ten years. Victor frequently lectures and teaches both plaintiff and defense attorneys for all
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Lisa Gilford, Board Member

Lisa Gilford is partner at Sidley Austin LLP. Her practice focuses on class actions, multi-district litigation, products liability matters and large scale commercial disputes. Lisa’s numerous accolades include being named by the Los Angeles Business Journal as one of the “Most Influential Women Attorneys” and also by The Los Angeles Daily Journal as one of
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Esra Hudson, Board Member

Esra Hudson is a partner at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP and focuses on employment law and related litigation. She represents companies in state and federal court in claims of discrimination, harassment, wrongful discharge, breach of contract, trade secrets, and unfair competition. She also defends companies against employment based class action suits and provides management
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Bethany Kristovich, Board Member

Bethany Kristovich’s practice at Munger Tolles & Olson (MTO) is focused on complex civil litigation with an emphasis in trial work, particularly representing television content creators and law firms. Named one of California’s “Top 20 Under 40” lawyers by the Daily Journal in 2015, she is an active member of her community and maintains a
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Anna Menedjian, Board Member

Anna Menedjian is a trial consultant and a graduate of Pepperdine University. Anna serves in several capacities benefiting the community including as a Commissioner for the City of Los Angeles South Valley Planning Commission, Ambassador-at-Large for the National Association of Women Business Owners Los Angeles Chapter (NAWBOLA) and on the board of the Consulate General
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Erin LaMere, Development Associate

Erin is honored to help the California Women’s Law Center and our effort seeking justice for women and girls. Prior to CWLC, Erin worked for the National Clinic Access Project at the Feminist Majority Foundation in Los Angeles. There, she assisted the Foundation’s event coordination and outreach efforts and their mission supporting safe, legal and
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