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Mandatory Fee Arbitration Program
Mandatory Fee Arbitration Program The Santa Monica Bar Association is proud to participate in the State of California's Mandatory Fee Arbitration (MFA) Program. The MFA Program is an informal, low cost program for resolving fee disputes between people and their lawyers. Our program provides both arbitration services and mediation services for all parties. Read more.
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About

The Santa Monica Bar Association is a volunteer organization that functions through its Board of Trustees, its officers and through its committees.  Committees offer members a means of becoming more involved in the SMBA within specific areas of focus. Here are our current roster of officers, court advisor, trustees, committees, and sections. How do you want to become more involved in the SMBA?  Join SMBA.

Officers

President

Jennifer Millier

Jennifer Millier
PRESIDENT-ELECT

Tony Brown

Tony Brown
SECRETARY

Megan Waugh

Megan Waugh
TREASURER

Curtis Roberts

Curtis Roberts
PAST-PRESIDENT

Alejandro H. Herrera

Alejandro H. Herrera
JUDICIAL ADVISOR

Hon. H. Chester Horn, Jr.
Judge of the Superior Court

Hon. H. Chester Horn, Jr.

Trustees

  • Joe Anderson
  • Matt Baker
  • Natalie Bausch
  • Timur Berberoglu
  • Derek Devermont
  • Eva Feder
  • Alexander T. Gruft
  • Stacie Feldman Hausner
  • Mario Meza
  • Mukunda Raghavan
  • Morvareed Salehpour
  • Stephanie Taft
  • Tiffiny Walls-Fox

SECTIONS

Barristers
Chair: Stephanie Taft

Employment
Chair: John McDowell

Entertainment
Chair: Joseph Anderson

Family Law
Chair: Matthew Skarin

Immigration
Co-Chair: Layla Khamoushian
Co-Chair: Allison-Claire Acker

Intellectual Property
Chair: Curtis Roberts

Personal Injury
Co-Chair: Sarah Christian
Co-Chair: David Gharakhanian

Probate & Trust
Co-Chair: Timur Berberoglu
Co-Chair: Karen Knutson

Real Estate
Co-Chair: Keith Turner
Co-Chair: Kendra Leghart


EVENTS

  • Pro Bono Projects
  • Judges' Night
  • Installation Dinner
  • Summer Party
  • Toast
  • Athletic Events
  • MCLE Presentations
  • Networking Events
  • Judges' Brown-Bag Lunch

NEWSLETTER

The SMBA publishes a quarterly newsletter including a calendar of events and articles.  We encourage our members to contribute their articles.

BOARD DEVELOPMENT

Develops board leadership and process.
Chair: Jennifer Millier

EVENTS

Oversees all events including their budgeting, attendance, and goals.
Co-Chair: Jennifer Millier
Co-Chair: Tiffiny Walls-Fox

MANDATORY FEE ARBITRATION

Oversees the fee arbitration program, ensuring compliance with California State Bar regulations.
Chair: Aaron Shechet (Presiding Arbitrator)
Members: Rae Lamothe (Past Presiding Arbitrator)
Program Manager: Stephanie Gordon

FINANCE

Reviews the finances of the organization.
Co-Chair: Curtis Roberts
Co-Chair: Tony Brown

INTERNET AND PUBLICITY

Promotes activities including the publishing web content and marketing.
Co-Chair: Curtis Roberts

MEMBERSHIP

Focuses on growing membership and overseeing membership policy.
Co-Chair: Alejandro Herrera
Co-Chair: Natalie Bausch
Co-Chair: Alexander Gruft

SPONSORSHIP

Oversees sponsorship goals and policy.
Co-Chair: Jennifer M. Millier
Co-Chair: Joseph Anderson

LEGISLATIVE

Reviews proposed laws and makes recommendations for supporting new law.
Chair: Derek Devermont

JUDICIARY

Reviews candidates for judicial office
Chair: Mukunda Raghavan