About the Authors
While at UCLA School of Law, Sofia served as a managing editor of the UCLA Pacific Basin Law Journal. Sofia also completed internships with the San Diego County Counsel’s Office and with the Office of the General Counsel of the Los Angeles Unified School District. Prior to attending law school, Sofia worked for the City of San Diego’s Mayor’s Office as a Council Representative.
In addition, Ms. Barchie dedicates a significant amount of time to pro bono and community work. She is a member of Greenberg Glusker’s pro bono committee and currently leads a team of Greenberg Glusker attorneys who take turns presenting a monthly workshop and clinic to litigants in Small Claims Court, in conjunction with the Los Angeles County Bar Association, Bet Tzedek, and Southwestern Law School. Previously, Ms. Barchie successfully represented a transgender person from Mexico seeking asylum. Ms. Barchie is also Vice President of the Board of Directors of Break the Cycle, the leading national nonprofit addressing teen dating violence.
Mr. Bloom handles a variety of litigation matters in the areas of real property, business and contract disputes, entertainment law and intellectual property. He is also one of the Firm’s resident experts in the fields of electronic discovery, the enforcement of judgments, landlord-tenant law and homeowner association disputes.
Amber joined the firm in 2011 after serving as a law clerk to the Honorable Ernest M. Robles of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California. During her tenure at the court, Judge Robles facilitated the reorganization of multiple major entertainment and real estate companies.
Before her clerkship, she served on the Board of the Ecology Law Quarterly at UC Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall). While at Boalt, Amber worked as a research assistant to Professor Peter S. Menell, Faculty Director of the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology, where she had the opportunity to assist in the preparation of articles on cutting-edge intellectual property issues. She also completed an externship with the Honorable Robin L. Riblet of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California.
Prior to law school, Amber earned her undergraduate degree from Western Washington University where she studied the integration of theatre performance techniques with trial skills. She spent several years performing in regional theaters and in independent films, with favorite roles including Juliet in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet and Denise Savage in John Patrick Shanley’s Savage in Limbo.
Aaron also advises clients regarding bankruptcy related matters, including the minimization of financial risk pre-bankruptcy, the prosecution of claims in bankruptcy, and the defense of preference actions or other adversary proceedings. In addition, he has represented a number of private foundations in the formation, structuring and qualification of non-profit 501(c)(3) corporations.
Ms. Haye has successfully handled matters involving claims for copyright and trademark infringement, right of publicity, unfair competition, trade secret misappropriation, breach of contract and fraud. Julia has also handled a number of matters involving complex partnership and shareholder disputes.
Wendy has significant experience in child advocacy and family law. She authored the first edition of a manual on adoption law used by pro bono attorneys and law students in finalizing adoptions of dependent children throughout Los Angeles. An advocate of children’s rights, Wendy has dedicated substantial time as a volunteer and intern with various social service agencies and non-profit, charitable organizations.
Ms. Lipson works closely with each client to design and implement responsible, tax-efficient wealth transfer solutions structured to meet the client’s individual goals.
Bernie’s client-centered approach achieves successful resolution of disputes as quickly as possible through strategic motions and mediations and, when necessary, trials and appeals. His litigation practice encompasses business disputes involving corporate, real estate, intellectual property, commercial, and unfair competition matters across many industries.
Bernie’s effective use of state-of-the-art trial presentation techniques has been featured in the National Law Journal and the Law.com. Successes achieved for his clients have been reported in the Los Angeles Times and the Los Angeles Daily Journal. Bernie’s consistently strong performance is reflected in his preeminent (AV 5.0 out of 5) peer review rating with Martindale-Hubbell. Also, he has been recognized as a “Southern California Super Lawyer” in Business Litigation every year since 2005, as published in Los Angeles Magazine and the New York Times.
Bernie grew up and attended high school, college, and law school in Los Angeles. He is active in the community, having served on the boards and as an officer of non-profit organizations, including as president. Bernie and his wife of over 30 years have two adult children. He enjoys golf, gardening and Lakers games.
Mr. Smith also serves as outside employment counsel to small and medium-size companies in Southern California. He is a member of Greenberg Glusker’s five-member Management Committee.
Lori’s experience includes representing and advising Los Angeles World Airports concerning labor law regulations and the negotiation of its tenancy contracts; appearing before the California Labor Commissioner; facilitating favorable settlement terms in employment disputes on behalf of defendant employers; advising national corporations on environmental regulatory compliance, including Proposition 65 and CEQA; negotiating with local governments regarding the clean-up and remediation of a CERCLA site; and, representing studios in participation matters and before the International Film & Television Alliance.
Her appellate practice includes the California Courts of Appeal and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, as well as a successful opposition to writ of certiorari submitted on behalf of an international internet search engine to the Supreme Court of Georgia.
During law school, Lori served as a Senior Fellow for the Legal Research and Writing Program, a national competitor for the Moot Court Appellate Team and as a member of the Moot Court Board. Lori also served as a judicial extern for the Honorable Thomas A. Varlan in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee.
Prior to joining Greenberg Glusker, Lori worked as an associate for a large Los Angeles-based firm. She and her husband reside in West Los Angeles with their dogs, Jaime and Sawyer.