Attorneys

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RICHARD ALEXANDER is certified as a specialist in civil litigation by the National Board of Trial Advocacy, accredited by The Board of Legal Specialization of The State Bar of California and is recognized as a Trial Lawyer by the Consumer Attorneys of California. After graduating from Ohio Wesleyan University, where he was the Owens-Illinois Scholar and elected to Pi Sigma Alpha [national political science honorary], he was awarded a National Honor Scholarship by the University of Chicago Law School, where he graduated in 1969. A Past President of the Santa Clara County Bar, Governor of The State Bar of California and Vice President of CAOC, he is a regular lecturer at legal seminars, a founding member of the National Association of Consumer Advocates and publisher of The Consumer Law Page, a legal information website that has won acclaim. The firm holds Martindale-Hubbell’s highest rating and is recognized in the List of Preeminent Law Firms in the U. S.

AMANDA HAWES is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Wellesley College and was awarded a Juris Doctorate by the Harvard Law School in 1968. A pioneer in toxic chemical litigation and a storehouse of information on the medical effects of toxic chemicals, Mandy has taught environmental justice and toxic torts at Golden Gate University School of Law, Santa Clara Law School and the University of California’s Hastings College of Law where she was a faculty member from 1975 to 1988. She has 20 years experience representing people exposed to toxic chemicals that have caused cancer, leukemia, autoimmune disorders and other diseases. In the Fairchild water contamination cases in Santa Clara County she was the primary investigator responsible for assessing the strengths and weaknesses of 500 injury claims due to solvent-contaminated drinking water. Mandy is the Founder and former executive director of Santa Clara County Occupational Safety and Health.

WILLIAM MICHAEL AUDET earned a B.A. from the University of California, Davis, in 1981, a Juris Doctor from Golden Gate University School of Law in 1984, where he was the Editor of the Golden Gate University Law Review, and completed his formal legal education with a Masters of Law from the University of Wisconsin School of Law in 1987. He clerked for The Honorable Alfonso J. Zirpoli, United States District Judge for the Northern District of California and The Honorable Fern M. Smith, United States District Judge for the Northern District of California; he served as a clerk to the court for the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and held a Judicial Internship with Mr. Justice Allen E. Broussard, California Supreme Court. A former member of the faculty of the University of Wisconsin School of Law, Bill is a co-author of Handling Federal Discovery [James Publishing Company, 1995] and has in-depth experience specializing in complex litigation involving securities, mass torts, product liability, antitrust and consumer class actions.

RYAN HAGAN earned a B.S. in Economics from San Jose State University in 1995, and a Juris Doctor from the University of California, Davis School of Law in 1998, where he was a charter member of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, U.C. Davis Chapter. Focusing his practice on complex litigation and class actions, Ryan is a member of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America and Consumer Attorneys of California.

JOSEPH E. RUSSELL earned a B.S. in mathematics from Fresno State College in 1963. A J.D. was awarded to him by Golden Gate University School of Law in 1969 where he was the Editor of Golden Gate’s law review, Cal Law, Trends & Developments, and received the San Francisco Bar Association’s award as Bay Area Scholar of the Year. In 1970, he received a Masters of Law from Southern Methodist University School of Law. Joe has trial and litigation experience in technical and scientific matters, including anti-trust, unfair business competition, construction and aviation cases. He is a member of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America and Consumer Attorneys of California.

JEFFREY W. RICKARD, born Scotia, California, September 8, 1956; admitted to the bar, 1986, California, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California,1987; Eastern District, 1991; Central District, 1992; U. S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit, 1991; United States Supreme Court, 1993. Education: Oral Roberts University (B.S. 1979); University of Santa Clara School of Law (J.D. 1985). State Bar of California, Consumer Attorneys of California, Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Santa Clara County Bar Association, Consumer Attorneys of Santa Clara County, National Association of Consumer Advocates and Santa Clara County Superior Court judge pro tem and arbitrator. Private mediator. Practice Areas: Civil Litigation; Personal Injury; Wrongful Death; Products Liability; Toxic Torts.

SUSANNE N. SCOVERN received a B.A. with highest honors and distinction in Russian/East European Studies and Political Philosophy from the University of Michigan in 1985. She was awarded a Juris Doctorate in 1990, from the University of Iowa where she was a member of the University of Iowa Law Review. Before moving to Alexander, Hawes & Audet, LLP, Ms. Scovern practiced a broad range of product liability, mass tort, class action, employment and commercial litigation. She is a former associate in the mass tort department of a major national law firm. Ms. Scovern is a member of the American Bar Association, the State Bar of California and the Bar Association of San Francisco. She is active in the Litigation, Science & Technology and Labor and Employment Sections of the ABA and State Bar. She is also a member of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Consumer Attorneys of California, and the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association. She is admitted to practice in both California and the District of Columbia.

KEVIN L. THOMASON earned a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies from California State University at Dominguez Hills in 1991 and a Juris Doctor from the University of California Hastings College of the Law in 1994. Kevin has extensive experience in internet and computer technology and has taught MCLE classes on the internet throughout California. He has written extensively for the legal press on these topics. His practice focuses on complex litigation and class actions. Kevin is a member of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America and Consumer Attorneys of California.

JASON T. BAKER earned his a B.A. in Political Science at the University of California at Davis in 1995. After graduation, he was a Research Associate for the Violence Prevention Research Program at the UC Davis School of Medicine for two years prior to law school. While attending law school, Mr. Baker clerked for the Special Litigation Division of the San Francisco City Attorney’s Office. Mr. Baker received his J.D., Cum Laude from Santa Clara University School of Law in 2000.  Before joining Alexander Hawes and Audet, Mr. Baker was employed at a major national securities class action firm.  Mr. Baker’s practice focuses on consumer, securities and employment class action litigation.

JOSHUA C. EZRIN received a B.A. with honors in Sociology from the University of California at Santa Cruz in 1995, and a Juris Doctor from the University of San Francisco School of Law in 2001. Mr. Ezrin has focused his practice on complex litigation and toxic torts. He is a member of the Association of Trial Attorneys of America and Consumer Attorneys of California.

ADEL NADJI earned a B.A. in English from the University of California at Berkeley in 1999, and a Juris Doctor from the University of San Francisco School of Law in 2004. While in law school, he was a member of the Maritime Law Journal, and the Vice President of the Public Interest Law Foundation. Mr. Nadji published an article titled, A Decade in the Development of NAFTA Chapter 11, in the USF Graduate Business Journal.

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MICHAEL MCSHANE earned his B.A. in Philosophy from the University of California at Santa Barbara, before earning his law degree from the University of Oregon in 1986, where he was the Articles Editor for the Journal of Environmental Law and Litigation. For the past 17 years, Mr. McShane’s practice has been devoted exclusively to prosecuting complex class action litigation throughout the United States. His areas of practice include products liability, consumer claims, antitrust litigation, insurance fraud and medical/pharmaceutical overcharge cases.