Our Staff, Mentors & Alumni

Director and Supervising Attorney:

William Kell, JD, Lecturer in Residence (Wayne State ’87), Licensed in CA, MA, NY, and IL


Deputy Attorneys:

Des LaFleur, JD, (Berkeley ’12)
Kevin Xu, JD, (Berkeley ’13)


Volunteer Supervising Attorneys:

Gabrielle Lessard, JD (Virginia  ’89)

Richard MacBride, JD, MBA (Berkeley ’98)


Volunteer Curriculum Advisors:

Allan Kaplan, JD (Berkeley ’82)

David Roberts, JD, MBA (Berkeley Law ’74)


Volunteers Assisting in Training Simulations:

Allan Kaplan (Berkeley ’82)

Susan Turner (Berkeley ’74)

David Roberts (Berkeley ’74), MBA

John Yuasa (Hastings ’75)

Richard MacBride (Berkeley ’98), MBA

Mary Ann Tidwell Broussard, Actress and Entrepreneur

Jeremy Evnine, Entrepreneur

Lydia Esteve (Law Professor, Universidad de Alicante, Spain)

Lisa Feldstein (Berkeley ’92)

Vien Truong (Hastings ’06)

Deborah Moss-West (Santa Clara ’94)

Beatriz Rodriguez (Penn ’00)

Chris Tittle, Community Organizer

Joe Alioto (Berkeley ’00)

Janelle Orsi (Berkeley ’08)


Subject Matter Mentors:

Al DeLeo, JD, Lecturer, Berkeley Law, and Partner at Cox, Castle, and Nicholson – Tax, Financials, Capitalization, Entity Formation

Bert Lazerow, JD, Professor, University Of San Diego Law School – Tax

Jack McNulty, JD, Professor Emeritus, Berkeley Law – Tax

Richard Buxbaum, JD, Professor, Berkeley Law – International Business Transactions

Robert Bartlett, JD, Professor, Berkeley Law –  Securities

Chris Nadan, JD, Lecturer, Berkeley Law –  Intellectual Property

Thomas Brown, JD, Partner, Paul Hastings Law – Payment Mechanisms

Anne Harrison, JD, Partner, Immigration Strategies – Immigration Law

Leslie Krasny, JD, Partner, Keller and Heckman – Food Regulation

Janelle Orsi, JD – Start-up Issues, Sharing Law, Cooperatives

Bryan Springmeyer, JD – Start-up Issues, Entity Formation, Capital Formation, Securities

Sean O’Connor, JD, Clinical Teacher, University of Washington Law School – Intellectual Property

Robert Barr, JD, – Intellectual Property: Patent Law

Sushil Jacob, JD, and Director, Green Collar Community Clinic – Start-up Issues, Cooperatives

Lothar Determann, JD, Partner, Baker & McKenzie: Web Law

Leila Shockley, Insurance & Risk Management Consultant, Nelson & Bernstein LLC – Insurance

Michael Bolgatz, JD – Risk Management, Legal Ethics, Securities Regulation

John Danner JD/MBA, Lecturer, UC Haas School of Business – Start-up Issues and Capitalization

David Charron, MBA, Lecturer, UC Haas School of Business – Start-up Issues and Capitalization

Christopher Kirkham, JD, Partner, Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich and Rosati: International Banking, Microfinance, Contracts

Susan Turner, JD, President and CEO: Protocol – Employment Law

Michael Loeb, JD, Senior Arbiter, Office of the Judicial Administrator – Employment Law, Independent Contractors

Betsy Adler, JD, Partner, Adler and Cohen – Tax Exempt and Non-Profit Law

Brad Caftell, JD, Director, Insight Center for Economic Development – Non-Profit Law

Ismael Herrera, Director, Office of Community Economic Development, Fresno State – Business Management and Rural Business Development

Mary Louise Frampton, Director and Lecturer in Residence:  Henderson Center for Social Justice – Rural Poverty Law and Business Development

Jennifer Urban, JD, Director, USC Law School Intellectual Property and Technology Law Clinic – Intellectual Property

Jenny Kassan, JD, Co-Director, Cutting Edge Capital – Securities

Peter Menell, JD, Professor, Berkeley Law – Intellectual Property:  Copyright Law

Molly Van Howeling, JD, Professor, Berkeley Law – Intellectual Property: Trademark Law

Chris Hoofnagle, JD, Lecturer in Residence, Berkeley Law – Intellectual Property: Privacy Law

Inder Comar, JD – Securities and Employment Law

Christina Cordoza, JD, General Counsel, Ross Stores – Employment Law and Human Resources


Key Partnerships

UC Berkeley Haas Business School:  Lester Center for Entrepreneurship

East Bay Community Law Center

Berkeley Center for Law and Business

Berkeley Center for Law and Technology

Sustainable Economies Law Center

San Francisco Lawyers Committee: Legal Services for Entrepreneurs Program

UC Berkeley SkyDeck Accelerator

Sparkpoint Contra Costa Women’s Initiative for Self Employment

Inner City Advisors

Youth UpRising

East Contra Costa Small Business Development Office

Lyles Center for Entrepreneurship, Fresno State

Office of Community Economic Development, Fresno State

DLA Piper, Pro Bono Division

O’Melveny and Myers, Pro Bono Division

Cooley, LLP, Pro Bono Division


The New Business Counseling Practicum would not exist without the many contributions of time and expertise from Alumni and other Mentors, There are a variety of important roles that volunteers play: as subject matter mentors, mock clients in training simulations, panelists, workshop speakers, and contributors to the Practicum Resource Library. Contact Supervising Attorney Kell if interested in participating: wkell@law.berkeley.edu; (510) 642-4050.