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Santa Clara County Bar Association Elects 2016 Officers and Trustees

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, October 27, 2015

The Santa Clara County Bar Association is pleased to announce the results of its 2015/16 election. Those elected will serve with 2016 President, Matthew Poppe.

MATTHEW POPPE will serve as the Association’s President for 2016, beginning January 1, 2016.  Mr. Poppe is a patent litigator with a focus on Internet and computer networking companies. He has spent his entire career at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, where he has been in the Menlo Park office since 1996.  He has been an active member of the Bar Association since 2004, having served in recent years as President-Elect, Treasurer, and Secretary, and as a member of the Board of Trustees, Executive Committee, and Finance Committee. Over the years, he has also served as Chair of the Civil Practice Committee and Co-Chair of the Judiciary Committee, and as a member of the Professionalism Committee, the Strategic Planning Committee, the High Tech Executive Committee, and several other regular and ad hoc committees. He received pro bono awards from the Bar Association in 2009 and 2010.

Although Mr. Poppe’s office is in San Mateo County, he has strong ties to Santa Clara County. He went to Stanford University as an undergraduate, graduating in 1990. His has represented many clients who are based in Santa Clara County and has appeared often in the federal and state courts in Santa Clara County. He participates in meetings of the Small Claims Court Committee of the Santa Clara County Superior Court. He is a member and past co-chair of the board of directors of the Campaign for Legal Services, which raises funds for distribution to eight pro bono legal service providers in Silicon Valley.

“I believe the SCCBA serves a variety of important functions that include bringing together members of the local bar, offering many vital services, encouraging professionalism and public service, acting as a liaison between the bar and the local courts, and much more. I am a strong supporter of the Bar Association’s mission and look forward to serving as President in 2016 with the other elected trustees and officers,” says Matthew Poppe.

NICOLE ISGER, will serve as the Association’s President-Elect for 2016 and will automatically assume the office of President in 2017. She is an active member of the SCCBA, currently serving as the SCCBA Treasurer, as well as a member of the Board of Trustees, the Executive Committee, the Finance Committee, and the Professionalism Committee.  Outside of the legal community, she is active in my children’s local elementary school, provide volunteer services to the nonprofit FLY (Fresh Lifelines for Youth), and will remain active with the UC Davis School of Law. Her family also enjoys supporting the SF Giants.

She has been in private practice since 2004, focusing on criminal defense.  Prior to private practice, she worked as a county attorney, serving the public as a public defender for Santa Clara County.  Ms. Isger started her legal career as a public defender for Contra Costa County, prior to moving to the South Bay.  She has extensive experience within the Santa Clara County courts, having handled felonies and misdemeanors for adults and juveniles, as well as matters of drug court, mental health court, domestic violence, and family court.

She values the level of dedication and community spirit found within the SCCBA.  “I support the services that the SCCBA provides to the legal community in Santa Clara County and would like to see the SCCBA continue to thrive,” notes President-Elect Nicole Isger

KEVIN HAMMON will serve as the Association’s Secretary for 2016. Mr. Hammon enjoyed serving as a Member of the Board of Trustees since 2011, Chair of the Lawyer Referral Service Committee since 2014, Member of the SCCBA’s Executive Committee between 2011 and 2012, and the Chair of the Law Related Education Committee in 2010.  Through the years, Mr. Hammon notes that he “has had the pleasure of working with SCCBA C.E.O. Chris Burdick, SCCBA staff, and a variety of current and former SCCBA Officers and Trustees.  Without exception, they have been kind, insightful, and professional.  It is indeed a privilege to be in their company.”

“As our personal and professional lives become increasingly impacted, we are often left with little time to participate in community service and professional organizations.  I do not take your involvement in the Santa Clara County Bar Association for granted,”   says Kevin Hammon as he looks forward to serving in 2016.


Since 2004, Mr. Hammon has been involved in Santa Clara County’s annual High School Mock Trial Tournament.  I have served as the Tournament Administrator for the past three years.  The Tournament represents a partnership between the SCCBA, the Santa Clara County Office of Education, and the Santa Clara County Superior Court. Over 100 attorneys volunteer their time as scorers.  The Bench provides courtrooms and judges.  Over 400 students participate in the program, serving as attorneys, witnesses, bailiffs, and court clerks. The reviews from teachers, attorneys, students, and staff have been overwhelmingly positive.  Kevin believes “this Tournament exemplifies the SCCBA’s commitment to collaboration, member service, and community impact.”

Since 2008, Kevin has been a lawyer in the Santa Clara County Counsel’s Child Dependency Unit.  He worked in the County Counsel’s Litigation Unit between 2007 and 2008.  Between 2004 and 2007, he was a litigation attorney at McManis Faulkner.

KATE WILSON will serve as the Association’s secretary in 2016. Kate told us that “she believes my experience will be a valuable asset to our association.  I am an active member of the SCCBA having served as the association’s Secretary in 2015 as well as a Trustee and a member of the Finance Committee for the past six years and a member of the Executive Committee in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014 and 2015.  In addition, I have previously served as the Chair of the Civil Practice Committee, Chair of the Barristers Committee, a member of the Strategic Planning Committee, a member of the E-Discovery Task Force, and a member of the Professional Rules Revisions Task Force.”

Ms. Wilson is currently the Director and Corporate Counsel of Global Employment Law and Commercial Litigation for Extreme Networks, Inc. where her in-house practice focuses on employment law, commercial litigation and general corporate matters. She regularly presents on a wide variety of legal topics such as recognizing and preventing sexual harassment, employment law updates for employers, document retention, electronic discovery and electronic media in the workplace.  She also volunteers my time as a guest lecturer at SCU for classes including Pre-Trial Litigation Techniques, Law Practice Management and Patent Litigation.


San Jose Trustees elected:  Eugene Flemate, Bernard S. Greenfield and Bruce D. MacLeod.  They join Joshua Borger, Megan Ottoboni, Gabriel Gregg,  and Sylvia Perez McDonald.

Palo Alto/Mt. View Trustee elected:  Suchitra Narayen.

Los Gatos/Campbell/ Saratoga Trustee elected:  Richard D. Schramm.

At Large Trustee elected:  Mindy Morton.

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