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. 

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Vanessa Haberbush
President
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Bill Artigliere
President Elect
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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 Court of Appeal.

In 2020, 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 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 Governors from 2017-2019 and routinely volunteers with the LBBA Legal Clinic. Since 2021, Vanessa has been serving on the board of trustees for St. Mary Medical Foundation, which provides valuable medical services to Long Beach’s diverse community. Finally, Vanessa has been working with the Lex Rex Institute, a non-profit constitutional advocacy organization.

A native of Florida, Artigliere graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point. He was commissioned in the United States Army as a second lieutenant in field artillery. While serving our country, Artigliere was awarded the Army Commendation Medal (One Oak Leaf Cluster), the Army Achievement Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Parachutist Badge, and the Air Assault Badge.

After receiving an honorable discharge from the Army, Artigliere attended Barry University School of Law in Orlando, Fla. He graduated in 2002 with a Juris Doctorate and was valedictorian of his class.

Prior to joining The Law Offices of Stephen M. Garcia (now Garcia & Artigliere), Artigliere spent five years serving as litigation counsel on elder abuse and catastrophic injury cases with the national elder abuse firm of Maher, Guiley & Maher.

Artigliere brings the same sense of preparation, duty, and command to the elder abuse and catastrophic personal injury cases that he demonstrated in the Army.

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Mercedes Rezai
Vice President

Ms. Rezai graduated summa cum laude from Loyola Marymount University in 2010 obtaining a bachelor’s degree in both political science and classical civilizations. In 2013, Ms. Rezai received a Juris Doctorate from Loyola Law School, where she was Editor-in-Chief of Production of the Los Angeles Public Interest Law Journal.

Ms. Rezai is admitted to practice in the state of California and the United States District Court for the Central District of California. She is on the Miller Children’s & Women’s Hospital Long Beach Advisory Board and has volunteered with the Christian Legal Aid of Los Angeles. She has been on the leadership boards of Women Lawyers of Long Beach (‘19-‘20 President), California Women Lawyers and Long Beach Bar Association. She is also a member of ASCDC, WLALA and SCAHRM.

In 2017, Ms. Rezai was honored with the Emerging Leadership Award for her leadership, service and passion in empowering women and advocating for her community at the annual Long Beach Leadership Prayer Breakfast.  From 2019-2022, Ms. Rezai has been recognized as one of Super Lawyers’ Rising Stars. The Rising Stars list recognizes no more than 2.5 percent of attorneys in each state who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Ms. Rezai has also been asked to speak on various occasions, including for Continuing Legal Education, on topics pertaining to young attorneys, including issues involving bias and ethics.

In her free time, she enjoys yoga, playing the ukulele and going to Disneyland with her family.

Robin Perry
Immediate Past President

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.

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Rudie Baldwin
Secretary Treasurer

Rudie D. Baldwin is a founding partner of Amaro Baldwin LLP. He has earned the reputation of being a hard-working litigator and a winning trial attorney.

 

Mr. Baldwin is a sincere and effective advocate who primarily represents clients in the amusement, entertainment, action-sport, retail and restaurant industries. During his career, Mr. Baldwin has represented a wide range of clients in products defect, personal injury, breach of contract, workers' compensation, employment, and construction defect matters. Mr. Baldwin has represented clients ranging from Six Flags Magic Mountain, Raging Waters, Boomers, SpeedZone, The Observatory, LSI Road Striping, Harbor Distributing, Flow Snowboards, PetSmart, and Sprouts.

Prior to attending law school, Mr. Baldwin received his undergraduate degree from California State University, Fullerton in 2004, where he graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy and Political Science. He graduated first in his class from the Department of Philosophy.

 

Mr. Baldwin received his Juris Doctorate degree from Southwestern University School of Law in 2006, completing his degree in two years by participating in the rigorous SCALE program. Thereafter, he became a member of the California State Bar and has also been admitted to practice in all of the Districts of the U.S. District Courts of California. The first 9 years of his practice was spent as a Senior Associate of Prindle, Amaro, Goetz, Hillyard, Barnes & Reinholtz LLP.

 

In his spare time Mr. Baldwin is an avid surfer and musician.

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Kristin Jones
Executive Director

The Board of Governors

 

Monte Cole

Robin Diem

Pat Gangitano

Martha Iturrioz

Terry Krieger

Sindee Smolowitz

Tarren Torres

Johan Deprez

Randall Fudge

David Haberbush

Stephanie Dixon

Chris Lahera

Reba Birmingham

Daniel McDonald

Paul Bent


President of the Barristers
Aastha Madaan
President-Elect of the Barristers

Agnieszka Askov

President LGBTQ Attorneys and Allies

Roy Jimenez