Bruce J. Janigian, A.B., J.D., LL.M., has more than 35-years of experience advising government and business leaders on their global interests. As well as guiding and negotiating international business relationships, he is called upon as an expert in international trade and investment, employment issues and government and public policy matters. A former Fulbright professor of law, he served as Judge Advocate for the US Navy in Europe and as Attorney Adviser to the US Agency for International Development globally. He was a Visiting Scholar at the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace, a consultant for the International Labor Organization and Vice President of the Salzburg Seminar, an organization that brings together Nobel Prize winners, Supreme Court Justices and top business executives on issues of global concern. He also served as law dean and Vice President of the American University of Armenia. Today, he leads the United States representation in the European Academy of Sciences and Arts, advises the Public International Law and Policy Group, and serves on boards of the World Affairs Council, UC Berkeley’s Bancroft Library and the University of San Francisco.
Mr. Janigian has also held a number of executive and academic appointments in California, including Chairman of the California Agricultural Labor Relations Board (1990-95) and Deputy Director and Chief Legal Counsel of the California Employment Development Department (1984-89). He continues to serve as an Adjunct Law Professor at the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, as well as Adjunct Professor of International Business Management for the M.B.A. Program of Golden Gate University, where he was honored as the outstanding faculty member for 2001. He continues to work closely with a number of governmental agencies and legislative committees, as well as the California Chamber of Commerce.
A native of San Francisco and member of the Sacramento community since 1984, Mr. Janigian received the Sacramento Chamber of Commerce Award for Community Enrichment in 1989. He has been active in the Rotary Club and the Anthony M. Kennedy American Inn of Court, director of the Comstock and Sacramento Capitol clubs, regional general counsel of the US Navy League, President of the Naval Academy Parents Club and chair of the International Law Section of the Sacramento County Bar. A former Governor of San Francisco’s City Club, he is currently a committee chair of the Corinthian Yacht Club of San Francisco. Mr. Janigian is a member of the State Bar of California and the Bar of the District of Columbia. He retired from the Navy Judge Advocate General’s Corps with the rank of Captain (0-6).
J.D., University of California, Hastings College of Law, 1975
LL.M., National Law Center, George Washington University, International and Comparative Law, 1982
Jeffrey S. Niesen, B.A., J.D., LL.M., Of Counsel, is a former Assistant United States Attorney and Senior Trial Attorney for the Bank of America, with more than 30-years of federal and state litigation experience. As Assistant United States Attorney, he was responsible for all civil tax litigation in Northern California, including bankruptcy proceedings, and sophisticated white-collar criminal prosecutions. For the past ten years, Mr. Niesen has headed his own law offices, specializing in complex civil cases, including international banking litigation and employment related disputes. His extensive background includes arbitration, mediation, and practice before administrative tribunals. Mr. Niesen is licensed to practice law in California, Washington, and the District of Columbia.
J.D., Loyola Law School, St. Thomas Moore Legal Honor Society, 1970
LL.M. Georgetown University, Taxation, 1974
Andrea Foelz, B.S., German law diploma, independent certified Paralegal, completed her legal studies in Germany and served in the legal department of a major European life insurance company, prior to relocating to the United States and resuming business administration and legal studies here. Fluent in German and French, Ms. Foelz’s professional experience includes international market research for European investment, technical translation, and extensive paralegal support, with an emphasis in patent prosecution, and regulatory research. Ms. Foelz is not licensed to practice law in the United States.
B.S., John F. Kennedy University, Business Administration, 1987