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Santa Clara County Bar Association Announces Election Results for 2015 Officers and Trustees

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, October 29, 2014

San Jose, CA (October 29, 2014) - The Santa Clara County Bar Association (“SCCBA”) is pleased to announce the results of its 2014/15 election. Those elected will serve with 2015 President, JOHN L. MLNARIK. Before founding the Mlnarik Law Group, John, was the valedictorian of his graduating class at the Lincoln Law School of San Jose. While in law school, John received numerous awards and scholarships and was editor-in-chief of the Lincoln Law Review. Prior to attending law school he obtained bachelor degrees in Economics and English from Santa Clara University and worked in the legal field as a paralegal for Walkers Global in the Cayman Islands and Ericksen Arbuthnot in San Jose. John is a member of the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys, the William A. Ingram Inns of Court, as well as the Santa Clara County Bar Association. John has served as the SCCBA on its Executive Committee, as a trustee on its Board of Trustees, as its Treasurer and as a member of the Finance and Strategic Planning Committees.


MATTHEW POPPE was elected as the Association’s President-Elect for 2015 and will automatically assume the office of President in 2016. He began serving on the SCCBA’s Board of Trustees and Executive Committee, and looks forward to increasing his participation next year in the position of President-Elect. Mr. Poppe is a litigator with a practice that focuses on patent cases but also includes a variety of other types of IP and commercial litigation. He has spent his entire career at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, where he has been in the Menlo Park office since 1996. He volunteers as a temporary judge in Santa Clara County Small Claims Court, and attends meetings of the Small Claims Court Committee of the Santa Clara County Superior Court. He is also a member of the board of directors of the Silicon Valley Campaign for Legal Services. He is a graduate of the University of Chicago.

Mr. Poppe has been an active member of the SCCBA since 2004. He has served as Chair of the Civil Practice Committee, and served as a regular member of the committee for several years prior. He has also served on the Judiciary Committee for five years, including two years as Co-Chair in 2009-2010. He is currently a member of the High Tech Executive Committee and Federal Courts Committee as well, and has occasionally served on ad hoc committees by request. He has been a speaker at several CLE presentations in past years hosted by the Civil Practice Committee and the High Tech Executive Committee.

KATE WILSON was elected as the Association’s Secretary for 2015. She is a sole practitioner attorney in San Jose; her practice concentrates on labor and employment law. Kate is serving her second two year term as an elected member of the Board of Trustees, having previously served as the Barristers’ Committee representative on the Board. She served on the Executive Committee in 2011 and 2012. Kate served on the Professional Rules Revision Task Force, the Finance Committee and chaired the Barristers’ Committee in 2010. Kate received the Barristers’ Barrister of the Year Award in 2012. She is currently serving as chair of the Civil Practice Committee. She is a graduate of Santa Clara University Law School.

NICOLE ISGER was elected as the Association’s Treasurer for 2015. She is a partner in the criminal defense firm of Geffon & Isger. She has been a public defender with both the Contra Costa and Santa Clara County Public Defender Offices. Nicole has been active in the SCCBA for a number of years, having served on the Professionalism, Finance and Executive Committees. She currently also serves on the SCCBA Judicial Assessment Committee. She has also been involved with the Law Foundation of Silicon Valley providing pro bono services for its health services program. Nicole graduated from UCLA Law School in 1998. 

JOSHUA BORGER was elected as a trustee to the SCCBA Board of Trustee. He joins Adam Davis, Jill Fox, Kevin Hammon, and Sylvia Perez McDonald.

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