Class Action: Alumni making news, January 2019

Judge Gilbert Martinez (’78) retires
After law school Martinez went on to become a successful attorney and later a judge. After law school, he was appointed by former Gov. Scott M. Matheson as the Utah’s first Latino ombudsman. He worked for the Worker’s Compensation Fund of Utah, served as the attorney for the Employer’s Reinsurance Fund and was a longtime administrative law judge, a profession that at one point brought him to New Mexico to work as a judge in the Social Security Administration’s Office of Hearings and Appeals. He later came back to Utah to work as an administrative law judge at the Social Security Administration in Salt Lake City.

Cecilia Romero (’02) selected as a Federal Magistrate Judge
Cecilia Romero is a seasoned employment and commercial litigator representing and defending companies in litigation matters in federal and state court on harassment, discrimination, disability, retaliation, medical/military leave, wage and hour, non-competes, breaches of fiduciary duties, and breaches of contract. In addition to her litigation work, Romero investigates and responds to charges of discrimination, harassment and retaliation filed with the EEOC and UALD. She is a trusted adviser, counseling companies on all employment aspects including hiring, training, terminations, severance agreements, policy creation and implementation, employment contracts and leaves under the ADA and FMLA.

John Lore’s (’08) Capital Fund Law New York office relocates
Lore advises established and emerging managers both internationally and throughout the United States in forming and operating hedge funds, private equity funds, real estate funds and other alternative funds using varied strategies; including equity, fixed income, distressed debt, sector funds, and real estate. Lore also counsels operating companies on debt and equity Regulation D private placement securities offerings for all market sectors; including, real estate, energy, lending and finance, healthcare and manufacturing.


Alison Adams-Perlac (’09) named USU’s director of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Office
Adams-Perlac currently works as a guardian ad litem for Utah where she represents children in juvenile court litigation and investigates child abuse and neglect cases. Before that, she served as the director of the Utah Labor Commission, Antidiscrimination and Labor Division for the state. There she oversaw enforcement of housing and employment anti-discrimination laws, including the investigation of cases, drafting of policy and administrative rules, and review of agency determinations in alleged discrimination cases. Adams-Perlac also served the Utah Administrative Office of the Courts as an associate general counsel. She has a Juris Doctor and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Utah.

Stephanie Pitcher (’15) won seat in Utah Legislature to represent District 40
After receiving her MPA Pitcher decided to pursue her passion in law, and graduated from the S.J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah. She works as a Deputy District Attorney and prosecutes a variety of criminal offenses, including financial crimes, drug distribution, theft, burglary, domestic violence, and cases involving child abuse. Pitcher previously worked as an Associate City Prosecutor in Salt Lake City. Throughout her career, she has been an advocate for innovation and reform in the criminal justice system.