October 2013 - The OCBAʼs 2014 Secretarial Candidates: Tirzah A. Lowe & Michael L. Baroni
In the OCBA’s annual popular election, two outstanding and contributing members of the Orange County legal community are nominated for Secretary of the OCBA to serve the term beginning January 1, 2014. Yearly, the Secretary elevates to Treasurer, President Elect, President, and Immediate Past President. Whomever you elect will influence the development and direction of the OCBA for years to come. If you are an active, attorney member of the OCBA, please vote. The online election will be open from Tuesday, October 1 until 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 22 at www.ocbar.org/vote.
In alphabetical order, allow me to introduce your two candidates for OCBA Secretary: Michael L. Baroni and Tirzah A. Lowe.
Michael L. Baroni
Michael L. Baroni founded the Entertainment, Sports, & Marketing Law section—starring O.C. Housewives, UFC fighters, Bill Handel (KFI Radio), a hall-of-fame athlete, and a “Lord of the Rings” litigator. This section attracted a diverse membership from across the OCBA community, including lawyers in family law, trusts & estates, employment, insurance, real estate, and more. Like the Entertainment section, Michael believes that the OCBA should be cohesive, cutting-edge, exciting, and ever-evolving.
Michael is General Counsel to Palace Entertainment, which boasts 15,000 employees and 13,000,000 annual visitors to its forty amusement parks. Michael’s OCBA adventures include two terms on the Board, chair of Product Liability, and committees such as Administration of Justice, Editorial, Audit, and Legislative Resolutions (where he drafted an amusement park safety law).
Michael is passionate about Community Outreach. He connected Big Brothers/Sisters with the OCBA and produces “Big for a Day” events at Boomers!, as well as participating in Beach Clean-Up, Pet Adoption, and Food Harvest.
As a Constitutional Rights Foundation board member, Michael chaired Career Forum, where 1,000 O.C. high school students enjoyed inspirational career workshops. He also works on Constitution Day and Law Day.
Michael received the Best Legal Dept. in the USA award (previously won by giants like Google and Microsoft), the Professional Excellence Award, the Most Innovative Legal Department, was named a Top In-House Counsel in California and Top Attorney in O.C., and is the subject of a book chapter in Legal Visionaries. He has published 100+ articles on a remarkably broad range of topics, and has spoken at several dozen events across the country and internationally, from Tahiti to Sicily.
Striving to stay in touch with OCBA constituents, Michael has attended meetings at all twenty-five sections. He seeks to drive membership and attendance, and to create a special support group for attorneys with disabilities and health challenges. He believes in diversity of viewpoints, respect for all, and bringing people together. As your Secretary, he would discharge his duties with the deepest, most humble respect, knowing that he serves all of you—the members! Please learn more about Michael and support his campaign at www.michaelbaroni.com.
Tirzah A. Lowe
Tirzah A. Lowe is the “go to” person for strong and enthusiastic bar leadership. A California native with degrees from Yale University and UCLA School of Law, Tirzah’s résumé reads like a page from Bar Junkies Anonymous: seven years on the Board of the OCBA, nine years on the Board of the OC Asian American Bar Association, two years on the Board of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, Chair of the OCBA Young Lawyers Division, and a recently completed banner presidency of the OC Asian American Bar Association.
Tirzah has practiced in Orange County for fifteen years and is a Trademark Partner at Knobbe Martens, protecting the brands of such clients as the Orange County Register, Carl’s Jr., Ruby’s Diner, and Taco Bell. Tirzah’s mad skills and leadership have been recognized by many organizations, including OCMETRO magazine (40 Under 40, Top Lawyer), Live OC magazine (10 Movers and Shakers), Association of Corporate Counsel-SoCal (Rising Star), and the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (Best Lawyers Under 40). Although there is no award for this, Tirzah and her husband Stan recently celebrated 15 years of marriage and have two daughters, ages 10 and 6.
If elected, Tirzah pledges to increase communication with the OCBA affiliate organizations, promote a culture of service by acknowledging and rewarding pro bono activities, and pursue diversity and inclusiveness in the OCBA membership and leadership.
Tirzah is privileged to receive endorsements from the following: OCBA Past Presidents Joe Chairez, John Hueston, Don Martens, and Lei Lei Wang Ekvall; Harmon G. Scoville Award Recipient Stuart Jasper; President of the OCTLA Scott Cooper; President of the Celtic Bar Association Michael Penn; Chair of the Mommy Esquire Committee Darlynn Morgan; Past President of the OC Hispanic Bar Association Carlos Colorado; Past Presidents of OCAABA Gloria Lee and Kenneth Wang; Past Presidents of the OC Korean American Bar Association Eugene Kim and Ho-El Park; Past Chair of the OCBA Corporate Counsel Section Wendy Petersen; and the 2013-2014 Board of the Orange County Asian American Bar Association, among others. Please support Tirzah by following her campaign at https://www.facebook.com/electtirzahlowe and www.tirzahlowe.com.