The Lowell Milken Institute’s advisory board consists of highly successful lawyers and business people, who make invaluable contributions by identifying emerging challenges and opportunities in the world of business law and policy. Their strategic vision is critical to the Institute’s efforts to find innovative ways to train the next generation of leaders in the field. Founding advisory board members include:
James D. C. Barrall
Jim Barrall is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Latham & Watkins and is the global co-chair of the firm’s Benefits and Compensation Practice. A recognized expert in the areas of executive compensation and corporate governance, Jim has lectured at the Law School, UCLA’s Anderson School of Management and the Wharton School’s Aresty Institute of Executive Education. A graduate of UC Davis and UCLA School of Law, Jim is a member of the Law School’s Board of Advisors and founding chair of the UCLA Law Firm Challenge.
Ruth E. Fisher
Ruth Fisher is a partner in the Century City office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, where she practices in the firm’s Corporate Department and serves as co-chair of its Media, Entertainment and Technology Practice Group. Ruth is nationally recognized as one of the preeminent transactional lawyers with expertise in the media, entertainment and technology industries. Ruth is a graduate of Scripps College and UCLA School of Law and is a leader in the UCLA Law Firm Challenge, the UCLA Entertainment Symposium Advisory Board and her reunion committee.
Joshua L. Green
Josh Green is a general partner with Mohr Davidow Ventures, a venture capital firm located in Menlo Park. He is also the Chairman of the National Venture Capital Association. During an earlier 25-year legal career in Silicon Valley, Josh built two law firms to 120 lawyers each and advised many legendary startups in the computer, internet, telecommunications, biotech and medical device industries. A graduate of both UCLA and UCLA School of Law, Josh founded the UCLA Venture Capital Fund and was the UCLA undergraduate commencement speaker in 2001.
Roland A. Hernandez
Roland Hernandez is chief executive officer of Hernandez Media Ventures, a company dedicated to media investments. Previously he was chairman and chief executive officer of Telemundo Group, Inc., the Spanish-language television company. Roland is a director of Sony Corporation, MGM Mirage, Vail Resorts and US Bancorp, and he is a member of the Harvard Law School Advisory Board and the President’s Council on International Activities at Yale. Roland received both his undergraduate and law degrees from Harvard.
Scott Klein is a founding partner and co-Chief Investment Officer of Beach Point Capital Management, a multi-billion dollar alternative asset manager with offices in Santa Monica, New York and London. Scott has over 20 years of experience in managing high yield bonds, bank loans and distressed debt portfolios as well as restructuring companies. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business and UCLA Law School, Scott serves on the Board of Governors of Cedars Sinai Medical Center.
Brian S. Lee
Brian Lee is a co-founder of LegalZoom.com. Experienced in internet entrepreneurship, he is also more recently the founder of ShoeDazzle and The Honest Company, serving as chairman of each. Before embarking on his business career, Brian practiced tax law with the Los Angeles office of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, LLP, and was a manager at Deloitte and Touche, LLP. Reflecting his interests, Brian is particularly focused on the Law School’s work in the area of entrepreneurship. Brian is a graduate of both UCLA and UCLA School of Law.
Mike Masin is a former Vice Chairman and Chief Operating Officer of Citigroup, a former Vice Chairman and President of Verizon Communications and a former senior partner of O’Melveny & Myers LLP. Mike has served on a number of major corporate boards, including Citigroup, Verizon Wireless, and Banco Popular, and on numerous foundation and non-profit boards, including his current membership on the Law School’s Board of Advisors and the UCLA Foundation Board of Governors. He is a graduate of Dartmouth and UCLA School of Law.
Lowell Milken is chairman and co-founder of the Milken Family Foundation; chairman and founder of the National Institute for Excellence in Teaching; co-founder of Knowledge Universe Education, the international leader in early childhood education; and chairman of Heron International, a global property development company. A graduate of UC Berkeley and UCLA School of Law, Lowell was named the 2009 UCLA Law Alumnus of the Year for Public Service. In 2011, his commitment made possible the Lowell Milken Institute for Business Law and Policy.
Greg Nitzkowski is the managing partner for Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP and a member of the firm’s Real Estate Department, where he represents domestic and foreign financial institutions, investment funds, pension funds and private investors in commercial real estate financing, investment and secondary market transactions. Greg serves on the UCLA School of Law Board of Advisors and is active in a variety of community and charitable organizations. Greg is a graduate of Harvard College and UCLA School of Law.
Richard M. Pachulski
Richard Pachulski is a founding partner of Pachulski Stang Ziehl & Jones LLP, one of the country’s largest law firms devoted primarily to corporate restructurings. Consistently recognized as one of the nation’s leading bankruptcy and restructuring attorneys, Richard has extensive experience in business reorganizations and debtor/creditor litigation, and he has represented numerous debtors and creditors in both out-of-court restructurings and in-court proceedings. Richard is a graduate of UCLA and Stanford University Law School.
Stewart A. Resnick
Stewart Resnick is chairman and owner of Roll Global, a Los Angeles-based holding company that includes both global agricultural operations and well-known consumer brands. Stewart serves on the executive board of the UCLA Medical Sciences, the advisory board of UCLA’s Anderson School of Management and the boards of trustees of Bard College, the J. Paul Getty Trust, Conservation International and the California Institute of Technology. Stewart is a graduate of both UCLA and UCLA School of Law.
Richard Sandler is executive vice president and a trustee of the Milken Family Foundation and a partner in the law firm of Maron & Sandler. He serves on the boards of numerous for-profit and not-for-profit organizations, including KU Education, Inc., Knowledge Schools, Inc., Heron International Limited, the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles (as chair), the University of California at Berkeley Foundation, the Milken Institute and the UCLA School of Law Board of Advisors. Richard is a graduate of UC Berkeley and UCLA School of Law.
Ralph Shapiro is chairman of Avondale Investment Partners. Ralph serves on the UCLA School of Law Board of Advisors and the board of directors of the UCLA Foundation. He is a member of the board of the California NanoSystems Institute at UCLA, the United Cerebral Palsy Research and Education Foundation, the Spastic Children’s Endowment Foundation and the Scripps Research Institute, and he is a former member of the executive board for the Medical Sciences at UCLA. Ralph holds both his undergraduate and law degrees from UCLA.
Peter J. Taylor
Peter Taylor is the executive vice president and chief financial officer of the University of California System, where he oversees financial management at the 10 campuses, five academic medical centers and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Peter serves on the board for the J. Paul Getty Trust, Edison International and the Kaiser Family Foundation. He has previously served on the UCLA Foundation board of directors and as an alumni representative to the UC Board of Regents. Peter graduated from UCLA and Claremont Graduate University.
Ken Ziffren is a co-founder and partner of Ziffren, Brittenham, LLP, considered one of the country’s preeminent entertainment law firms. In addition, Ken is an adjunct professor at UCLA School of Law, teaching a seminar course in motion picture distribution. Ken is a member and prior chair of the UCLA School of Law Board of Advisors and its Campaign Cabinet, and he is a director of City National Corporation, Public Counsel and the Skirball Center. Ken graduated from Northwestern University and the UCLA School of Law.