Chairman of the Board – Joe Dunn
Dunn is a nationally respected litigator who represented Orange County in the California Senate from 1998 to 2006. He gained notoriety in Sacramento for his leadership role on the committee investigating Enron’s tactics during the state’s energy crisis in 2000. Dunn also spearheaded several other legislative investigations that examined deportations of Mexican Americans in the 1930s and uncovered a domestic spying scandal involving the California National Guard and the Bush Administration. Dunn is a co-founder and managing partner with The Senator’s Law Firm.
Escutia represented Los Angeles in the California Assembly and Senate from 1998 to 2006. She was best known for her legislation that took junk food out of public schools and for her efforts to get health insurance for children. She also brings a wealth of experience in Mexican affairs as a legal expert on trade and tariff issues.Escutia will be joining Joe Dunn as a co-founder and managing partner of The Senator’s Law Firm.
Chemerinsky, inaugural dean of the new law school at the University of California, Irvine, is one of the nation’s most respected constitutional scholars. Chemerinskytaught for years at the University of Southern California and has written extensively on the U.S. Supreme Court. He also has maintained active in public policy debates, with a central role in the LAPD Rampart scandal investigation and the crafting of a new charter for the City of Los Angeles.
Weinstein, former prize-winning legal affairs reporter with the Los Angeles Times, is now a professor at UCI law school teaching legal writing and developing clinical programs. As a journalist, Weinstein was known for his work on death penalty cases – freeing one man after 24 years in prison – as well as investigations into consumer fraud and white-collar crime.
Morain is a former mainstay in the Los Angeles Times Sacramento bureau. He brings a host of skills to the board including his experience reporting on campaign finance and the influence of money in politics. Morain recently joined the Sacramento Bee as an editorial writer.
Araujo, a Santa Ana attorney, brings decades of experience on immigration and border issues having worked as an activist, attorney and columnist with ethnic newspapers across the state. He has served as general counsel to both the Salvadoran and Mexican consulates in Orange County.
Thomas V. Girardi
Girardi is widely regarded by his peers as one of the nation’s top trial lawyers. With nearly fifty years of experience representing victims, Girardi has obtained numerous multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements, handling claims involving wrongful death, commercial litigation, products liability, bad faith insurance and toxic torts. Mr. Girardi is a Member of the Board of Directors and former President of the prestigious International Academy of Trial Lawyers, an invitation-only worldwide organization limited to 500 trial lawyers. Girardi is also the first trial lawyer to be appointed to the California Judicial Council, the policy-making body of the state courts.
James J. Brosnahan
Brosnahan is one of the nation’s most respected and recognized trial lawyers, with expertise in both civil and criminal trial work. The National Law Journal lists him on the “Top 100 Most Influential Lawyers in America.” Mr. Brosnahan has served as special counsel to the California Legislature’s Joint Subcommittee on Crude Oil Pricing, the lawyers’ representative to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference and Chairman of the Delegation, and president of the Bar Association of San Francisco. He also serves as Master Advocate on the faculty and member of the Board of Trustees of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy.