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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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Rudie Baldwin
President
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Carley Ryckman
President Elect
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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, Sprouts, Olive Garden, and Yard House.

 

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 enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter, and is an avid surfer and musician. He has played notable venues such as the House of Blues, the Viper Room, and local showcases at SXSW.

Carley Ryckman received her Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of California Santa Barbara, where she was also named a UCSB legacy rower and captain of the varsity women’s rowing team. She went on to receive her Juris Doctorate from the University of West Los Angeles School of Law. In law school, she was a summer law clerk at Public Counsel’s Guardianship Clinic in the downtown Los Angeles Stanley Mosk Courthouse, where she assisted pro per litigants with various guardianship proceedings. In 2015, Ms. Ryckman was named “California’s Miracle Maker” for her fundraising efforts in support of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

 

Ms. Ryckman is an associate attorney at Carroll, Kelly, Trotter & Franzen.  She is licensed to practice law before all courts of the State of California, the United States District Courts for the Central and Southern Districts of California, and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.  She is President of Women Lawyers of Long Beach (’23-’24) and a member of the Ball/Hunt/Schooley American Inn of Court.

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Randall Fudge
Vice President

Randall Fudge is the Assistant City Prosecutor for the City of Long Beach.  In addition to overseeing day-to-day operations, Mr. Fudge handles all writs and appeals and works with the Long Beach Housing Authority to prosecute housing discrimination violations.

 

Prior to becoming the Assistant City Prosecutor, Mr. Fudge was a Deputy City Attorney handling civil litigation trials and appeals for the City of Long Beach relating to personal injury, civil rights, employment, contracts, nuisance, eminent domain, and First Amendment issues.  Mr. Fudge has practiced in California trial courts, California Court of Appeal, California Supreme Court, federal district courts, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court. 

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Mercedes Rezai
Immediate Past President
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Kami Riley
Secretary Treasurer

Kameron Riley is an associate attorney at Amaro Baldwin LLP specializing in employment and workers' compensation defense matters. She graduated from the University of California at Berkeley in 2003 with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and went on to receive her Juris Doctorate from the University of Oregon School of Law in 2007.

During her time in law school, Ms. Riley interned with the criminal division of the United States Attorney's Office for the District of Oregon and the Lane County District Attorney's Office. After graduation, she completed a judicial clerkship with the Lane County Circuit Court, working under the Honorable Charles M. Zennache.

Ms. Riley is licensed to practice law in California and Washington and has worked for multiple prominent workers' compensation defense firms in both states. She previously worked for a leading workers' compensation defense firm in the Pacific Northwest, where she provided legal counsel to Washington self-insured employers in all areas of workers' compensation defense.

Upon her return to California, Ms. Riley worked at two Southern California workers' compensation defense firms, handling all stages of workers' compensation litigation.

Ms. Riley is an active member of the Junior League of Long Beach, having recently served on the Board of Directors. In her free time, she enjoys writing, hiking, practicing yoga, cycling, and volunteering in her local community.

 

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.

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Suzie Smith
Executive Director

Suzie Smith, a native of Long Beach, is the Executive Director of the Long Beach Bar Association.  Suzie grew up in Naples and attended Long Beach Wilson High School, and then went to USC where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science.  She has traveled abroad and has worked for Senator and Governor Pete Wilson, ARCO, Town Hall Los Angeles and the Long Beach City College Foundation. Suzie also returned to her alma mater and served as Executive Director for the USC Architectural Guild. After her marriage in 2000, Suzie became a stay-at-home mom, devoting her time to raising her two children, and volunteering and serving on boards for their school, philanthropies and for the National Charity League.  As her children are now in college, Suzie has re-entered the work force where her expertise in administration and event planning will surely benefit the Long Beach Bar Association.

The Board of Governors

 

William Artigliere

Paul Bent
Lane Bogard
Paul Carter
Monte Cole
Daniel Cooper

Kaytee Costa
Johan Deprez
Vanessa Haberbush
Martha Iturrioz

Linda Krieger
Chris Lahera
Jessica Munoz
Robin Perry
Sindee Smolowitz


Barristers Board
Ashleigh Stone - President

Megan Moghtaderi- Vice-President

Brendan Le - Secretary

Kamilah Holmes - Treasurer

LGBTQ+ Attorneys and Allies Board

Roy Jimenez - President

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