Alumni Profiles

Alumni Profiles

Stephen J. Bandrowsky, UCLA Law ’17, Associate, Corporate Department, Paul Hastings LLP

Q: What was one of your most memorable/beneficial business law courses at UCLA School of Law?

A: Business Deals – it was a great opportunity to work on contracts and term sheets and learn how to be a better negotiator.

Q: Which law school courses would you recommend for current or incoming law students?

A. Business Deals, Business Associations, Securities Regulations, Taxation of Business Enterprises

Q: What is your favorite memory from law school?

A: One of my favorite memories was the national LawMeet competition. I participated for the first time during my 2L year in the regional round. While my team did not move on to the national round, it was a great opportunity to try negotiating and contract drafting. I then competed again during my 3L year. My team won the regional round and was able to compete in New York in the national round. It was another great learning opportunity and I enjoyed seeing how much we learned and progressed as a team over the year.

Q: If you could go back, what would you have done differently/what course do you wish you had taken?

A: In my post-graduate career, I’ve come to appreciate how much can be learned through real-world experience. UCLA offers a number of experiential learning opportunities, and one that I did not take advantage of was a part-time externship during my 2L or 3L year. This would have been a great opportunity to utilize what I learned in the classroom and interact with practicing attorneys.

Q: What are your thoughts on the benefits of the Business Law Specialization and/or UCLA School of Law’s Business Law curriculum?

A: In my practice, there is no “typical” day as I am constantly working within different areas of the law and tackling new issues for clients. The Business Law specialization pushed me to take courses across corporate law practice areas. Now, thanks to that exposure, I’ve established a strong foundation and understanding of corporate law that benefits my clients and work.

Q: Can you provide a bit of information about your career since you graduated from UCLA School of Law?

A: Since graduating from law school, I joined Paul Hastings in their Palo Alto office as a Corporate Associate. I’ve had the opportunity to work across practice areas, including in the securities and capital markets, mergers & acquisitions, private equity, restructuring and technology transactions practice groups.

Justin Yashouafar, UCLA Law ’14, Managing Partner at Blockhead Capital

Q: What was one of your most memorable/beneficial business law courses at UCLA School of Law?

A: Business Deals with Professor Hilson.

Q: Which law school courses would you recommend for current or incoming law students?

A: Any of the hands-on clinical-style courses – this includes the above mentioned Business Deals course and the Real Estate Law clinic.

Q: What is your favorite memory from law school?

A: Hanging out with classmates outside of the law environment (e.g. Bar Reviews).

Q: If you could go back, what would you have done differently/what course do you wish you had taken?

A: At UCLA Law, I was hyper focused on Real Estate and transactional courses. I wish I had focused on a bit more litigation and trial advocacy to have a more well-rounded experience.

Q: What are your thoughts on the benefits of the Business Law Specialization and/or UCLA School of Law’s Business Law curriculum?

A: I think it’s a top-tier program and an invaluable experience to partake in the courses within the Business Law Specialization. Having been a Student Fellow at the Lowell Milken Institute and aiding in the development of the Real Estate Law Clinic, I had a deep understanding regarding how UCLA’s offerings stacked up against other Top 20 law schools. Those courses play a big part setting UCLA Law apart from the competition and attracting business-focused law students.

Q: Tell us about your career since you graduated from UCLA School of Law.

I spent three and a half years at a big law firm (Allen Matkins), have managed multiple real estate investment deals, and have since moved on to manage a digital asset hedge fund full-time. My legal background has proved to be an invaluable resource in managing the digital asset space, as regulation is still forming around the asset class and a legal background allows our firm to be nimble in the developing space.

Christine Ristow, UCLA Law ’17, Associate at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

Q: What was one of your most memorable/beneficial business law courses at UCLA School of Law?

A: I really enjoyed Professor Wertlieb’s “Lifecycle of a Corporation” class and Professor Anabtawi’s “M&A Transactions Planning” class as they were both hands-on transactional classes that provide great practical experience for students while still in school.

Q: Which law school courses would you recommend for current or incoming law students?

A: Any of the practical/clinical-style business law classes are valuable, and I highly recommend the two mentioned above.

Q: What is your favorite memory from law school?

A: Winning the National Championship for the National Transactional LawMeet competition! And all of the Art Law Society events.

Q: What are your thoughts on the benefits of the Business Law Specialization?

A: I really appreciate the structure that the Business Law Specialization provides for students interested in exploring the options available in transactional law. The business law classes available at UCLA Law are fantastic, and give students a solid foundation for work as transactional attorneys or business litigators.

Q: What do you do in your current position?

A: Since graduating from UCLA Law, I’ve joined the corporate group of Simpson Thacher’s Palo Alto office. I primarily work with our M&A and general corporate practice group and am a member of the public company advising practice group, so my practice consists of M&A deal work as well as advising our public company clients on legal and regulatory issues they may be facing.

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