Highlighting 100 McGeorge alumni for school’s 100-year anniversary: Posts 11-20

Throughout 2024, the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law is celebrating members of its vast alumni network in honor of the school’s 100-year anniversary. These posts are part of a series highlighting 100 exceptional McGeorge School of Law alumni.  

As we continue publishing stories, we invite you to follow along and explore the stories of exceptional McGeorge alumni. This article spotlights ten McGeorge alumni who have emerged as formidable forces in their respective industries, making significant impacts on their communities and even extending their influence to the government level. McGeorge alumni pave the way for the next generation of law professionals, with their stellar career histories, continued dedication for justice, and status as leading experts in their fields.  

Eric Barnum, ‘94 

Eric Barnum, ‘94, was the founding president of the McGeorge Black Alumni Association and the first chair of the McGeorge Alumni Diversity Board. In 2021, he founded the Eric and Daisy Barnum Scholarship Fund to provide financial assistance to McGeorge students from historically underrepresented communities. Barnum is a partner at Baker & Hostetler LLP in Atlanta, Georgia. He has garnered a plethora of recognitions, including Chambers USA, the Legal 500 United States, the Best Lawyers in America, and Minority Corporate Counsel Association Outstanding Outside Counsel. 

Mara Elliott, ‘94 

Mara Elliott, ‘94, is the first woman, mother, and Latina to be elected San Diego City Attorney and will complete her second term in December 2024. She is a national leader in preventing gun violence and a staunch protector of victims of domestic violence and sex trafficking. Elliott has also been a fierce advocate for California’s workforce, initiating lawsuits against the gig industry to ensure misclassified workers received the pay they were owed under the law. 

The Hon. Morrison England, '77 and ‘83 

The Hon. Morrison England ('77 and ‘83) has more than 20 years of experience serving as a judge. He was nominated by President Bush in 2002, and today is a Senior United States District Judge for the Eastern District of California. Judge England has dedicated years serving on committees for the United States, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Eastern District of California, such as the IT Advisory Council and the State-Federal Judicial Council. 

Mikayil Jabbarov, ‘98 

Mikayil Jabbarov, ‘98, has served as the Minister of Economy in Azerbaijan since 2019. Before this role, he was the Deputy Minister of Economic Development, Minister of Education, and Minister of Taxes. He put forward several initiatives to turn Icherisheher into a center for domestic and foreign tourism, including the restoration of the Maiden Tower, a UNESCO-listed Cultural Heritage site.   

Matina Kolokotronis, ‘89 

Matina Kolokotronis, ‘89, is the Chief Operating Officer (COO) for the Sacramento Kings and is the only woman in the NBA to have held the titles of COO and President of Business Operations. Kolokotronis’ leadership was essential to the development of the award-winning Golden 1 Center and its adjacent, $500 million development project, Downtown Commons. Her professional background includes sports and government law, community affairs, and contract negotiations. 

Capt. Michael Lilly, '74 

Capt. Michael Lilly, '74, had a distinguished career as Hawaii’s Attorney General and as a successful trial attorney for 45 years. Capt. Lilly was licensed in Hawaii and California, appeared twice before the U.S. Supreme Court, and specialized in commercial, wrongful termination, and personal injury litigation. He also served as surface warfare Navy Captain for 30 years.  

Douglas Love, ‘95 

Douglas Love, ‘95, joined Annexon Biosciences as President and Chief Executive Officer in 2018 with extensive business and legal leadership experience in biotech. He has previously served as Head of Operations for Elan Pharmaceuticals. There, Love led the Tysabri multiple sclerosis franchise, helping to propel it to nearly $2 billion in annual sales. He also led Elan’s Alzheimer’s Immunotherapy Program, which was licensed to Johnson & Johnson for $1 billion plus milestones and royalties. 

Brian Tippens, ‘00 

Brian Tippens, ‘00, is the Senior Vice President and Chief Social Impact Officer at Cisco. He leads the company’s work in social justice, accessibility, and community impact. Previously, Tippens served as the Chief Diversity Officer at Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) and President of the HPE Foundation. 

Dr. Margaret Vick, ‘83 and ‘10 

Dr. Margaret Vick (‘83, ‘10) recently retired after more than 30 years of experience working with and advising Native American tribes and tribal organizations in the Western United States. She has advised governments on complex cross-jurisdictional legal issues including transboundary water, resources, and environmental issues, tribal-state-federal regulations, and government operations. 

Kim Wilford, ‘94 

Kim Wilford, ‘94, serves as Chief Legal Counsel for the fundraising platform GoFundMe, Inc. She is responsible for contracts, data security and privacy matters, IP portfolio, litigation process, payments, and other risk management issues in the role. Wilford was recognized as one of the top 20 general counsels in the world by the Financial Times in 2021. 

Check out the first 10 posts from the series here: 

Stay tuned for more blog posts as we celebrate the law school’s centennial anniversary in 2024. 

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