Meet the Officers

 

 

Long Beach Bar Association Officers serve a one-year term which begins January 1st and are sworn in at the annual Installation Dinner. 

Alison S. Flowers is a graduate of Whittier Law School, graduating summa cum laude and Valedictorian of her class.  Ms. Flowers was the Executive Editor of Whittier’s Law Review. During law school, Ms. Flowers volunteered her services working with special needs children, advocating for the children and their parents, and incarcerated juveniles at the Los Padrinos Juvenile Detention Center.  Because of her work with children, Ms. Flowers was the recipient of the highly-esteemed Jim Pfeiffer Public Interest Scholarship from the California Bar Foundation, one of the highest recognitions from the California Bar Foundation.Since joining the California Bar in 2010, Ms. Flowers’s practice has focused primarily on business litigation.  Ms. Flowers has also handled wrongful termination, wage and hour, mechanics lien, trademark infringement, construction defect, defamation, assault, battery, and stalking cases.  Ms. Flowers has seen numerous cases through trial and arbitration as the handling attorney and second chair of the proceedings.Ms. Flowers is active in the community and local organizations, frequently involving herself in the community outreach activities of the local bar associations.  Ms. Flowers has been on the Board of Governors for the Long Beach Bar Association since 2015, and has served as the President of the Long Beach Barristers. Ms. Flowers is also a member of the ExecutiveCommittee of the Ball, Hunt, Schooley Inn of Court.

Rebecca "Reba" Birmingham is a native Californian and graduated from Pius X High School. In 1997, Reba was Valedictorian of her graduating class at Pacific Coast University, School of Law, in Long Beach and immediately went to work for the law offices of Audrey Stephanie Loftin, which later became Long Beach Law, Inc., APLC. In 2008, Her ground-breaking case, Ellis vs. Arriaga, established putative spouse rights for Registered Domestic Partners in California. In 2017 she was voted the Best of Long Beach as an Attorney by LB Home and Living and became a published author. And in 2018, Reba's name was placed on the honor wall at Harvey Milk Park in Long Beach for her contributions to the LGBTQ community.  Reba is married and has one son. Affiliations include: Estate Planning attorney for F&A Federal Credit Union; Lifetime member of California Women Lawyers; Past president of Women Lawyers of Long Beach; Officer of the Long Beach Bar; one of the founding members of the new LGBTQ Section of the Long Beach Bar ; Chancellor of St. Luke's Episcopal Church 

 

Rebecca "Reba" Birmingham
President
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Alison S. Flowers
Vice President
Robin D. Perry
President Elect
Vanessa Haberbush
Secretary Treasurer

Vanessa M. Haberbush is a Long Beach native and graduated summa cum laude from Biola University. Graduating as valedictorian of her class at Whittier Law School in 2012, Vanessa has been practicing law in Long Beach ever since. Her practice is focused on bankruptcy, insolvency, and debtor/creditor relationships and litigation. She has successfully represented a broad spectrum of debtors and creditors in reorganization and liquidation proceedings, including the successful confirmation of several Chapter 11 plans of reorganization. She also appears before the Ninth Circuit of Appeal.

This year, Vanessa became a partner of Haberbush, LLP, where she works with her father, David Haberbush.  She was also named a Rising Star by Super Lawyers in 2019.

In addition, she is actively involved with the Long Beach legal community. She has been a member of the Ball/Hunt/Schooley American Inn of Court since 2012 and served in various leadership roles within it throughout her time in the organization. She volunteers her time as a judge of local moot court competitions. She has also served on the LBBA Board of Govenors from 2017-2019 and routinely volunteers with the LBBA Legal Clinic.

Robin D. Perry was born in South Central Los Angeles and raised by a single mother. Perry graduated from the University of California, Davis where he received his BA is Sociology of Law & Society before attending the University of California, Hastings College of the Law where he received his JD degree and won the American Jurisprudence Award in trial advocacy.

Following law school, Perry became a Deputy District Attorney where he prosecuted cases ranging from driving under the influence to homicide. Perry then became a civil litigator with a prominent multinational law firm. Founded in Long Beach in 1998, his firm handles numerous high profile civil and criminal  matters and has litigated cases in Ohio, Texas and Hawaii.

Perry has lectured at seminars including the firm sponsored Summer Seminar Series. He has also spoken to low-income students at Long Beach Unified Schools and has served as a mentor for an underprivileged youth.   In 2014, Perry founded the Moot Court Project, an interactive seminar designed to develop critical thinking and persuasive skills for urban middle and high school young men. Perry is also a board member for multiple Southern California non-profits and is currently the President of the Long Beach Civil Service Commission. Perry was also elected to office as member of the Los Angeles County Central Committee, 55th District.

Perry enjoys traveling, reading, live music, rock climbing, pick-up basketball and water sports. He is married and is the father of two school-aged children.

Erin Peterson
Executive Director

Executive Director of the Long Beach Bar Association since June of 2015, Erin has previously worked in a variety of fields with duties including advising and managing association boards, event planning, marketing, and customer service. A native of Northern California, she received her bachelor's from UC Berkeley and holds a master's in Linguistics from UC San Diego. When time permits she enjoys traveling with her husband, David, and rediscovering the local wonders of Southern California through the eyes of her four year old daughter.

 

 

Linda Guthmann Krieger
Immediate Past President

 Linda Guthmann Krieger grew up in Chicago, Illinois and graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She received her law degree from UCLA. She has been a member of the Settlement Officer Panel for U.S. District Court for several years. In addition, she was on the board of Women Lawyers of Los Angeles for three years, and is currently on the board of Women Lawyers of Long Beach. Ms. Krieger was president of Women’s Business Council, part of the Long Beach Chamber of Commerce from 2008-2009. She served on the Board of Directors for the DLBA from 2009 to 2015. Ms. Krieger specializes in providing employment advice and handling employment litigation, including matters involving wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment, and other issues arising out of the termination or discipline of employees. She also advises employers and employees on such issues as wage and hour law, disability, trade secrets, unemployment, DFEH and EEOC compliance, and other issues focusing on prevention of employer/ employee disputes.  

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The Board of Governors

 

Shari Anhalt

William Artigliere

Michael Bergkvist

Monte Cole

Johan Deprez

Robin Diem

Kendall Evans

Randall C. Fudge

Patrick Gangitano

Martha Iturrioz

Chris Lahera

Jennifer LaRossa

Timothy O'Reilly

Mercedes Sequoia

Margaret Shelton

Vanessa Widener


President of the Barristers
Rudie Baldwin
President-Elect of the Barristers

Aastha Madaan

President LGBTQ Attorneys and Allies

Roy Jimenez