FBA NDCA

2024 Officers

Randy Sue Pollock, President-Elect Randy Sue Pollock is a criminal defense attorney specializing in complex white-collar cases in federal and state court and all types of federal crimes. She practices primarily in federal court in the Northern District of California and throughout the United States. Before opening her private practice, she was a Deputy Public Defender in Stockton, California, and then an Assistant Federal Public Defender in Los Angeles. She graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of California College of the Law, San Francisco. She is recognized as a Super Lawyer and is active in local legal organizations, including serving on the Executive Committee of the Criminal Section of the Bar Association of San Francisco. She served as a lawyer representative to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals from 2018-2020. She was the co-founder of the Women Attorneys Advocacy Project in 2015 and was responsible for presenting programs in the NDCA that addressed bias towards women in the law. In 2021 she received the Judge Learned Hand Award from the American Jewish Committee for “her exemplary leadership, commitment to the principles of justice and fairness, and numerous contributions to the legal community.” https://www.rspollocklaw.com/

Chris Stecher is a shareholder in Keesal, Young & Logan’s San Francisco office. Since joining Keesal, Young & Logan in September 2001, Chris has worked in most of the firm’s practice areas, and he currently focuses on securities, employment, and general business litigation. Chris graduated from Stanford University in 1996 with an A.B. degree in public policy. After spending two years teaching in the inner city of Chicago, Chris attended law school and graduated magna cum laude from the University of San Francisco School of Law in June 2001. While in law school, Chris served as a judicial extern for the Honorable Saundra Brown Armstrong of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. https://www.kyl.com/

Susan Knight serves as Senior Counsel, Ethics Programs, for Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E).  She works closely with the external monitors, including the Operational Observer who reports to the Governor’s Office, serves as a liaison to federal and state law enforcement, and provides advice on personal and cyber security matters. Before joining PG&E, Ms. Knight spent over two decades as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Northern District of California. During her time there, she worked in the San Jose Branch Office focusing on prosecuting computer hacking and intellectual property offenses. Ms. Knight graduated with honors from Western New England University School of Law and received her B.A. in English from Chapman University.

Valerie Stewart has been a member of the Federal Bar Association since 1987. She has served in various capacities as an Officer and on the Executive Committee for the FBA, Northern District of California Chapter. She has coordinated continuing legal education programs for the Chapter for over twenty years, focusing on criminal sentencing and introducing Judges to the members. She also served on the National Membership Committee and as the FBA President’s liaison to the National Clearinghouse for Science, Technology, and the Law (NCSTL). Valerie recently retired after 37 years of federal service with the U.S. Department of Justice (35 years) and the U.S. Department of Defense-Office of the General Counsel, U.S. Navy (2 years). She served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Districts of Nevada and the Northern District of California. She retired from DOJ as Senior Counsel at the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

A partner in Davis Polk’s IP Litigation group, Micah represents major corporations in must-win cases. He litigates patent, trade-secret, antitrust and other matters for clients including Cisco, Comcast, JPMorgan, Morgan Stanley, Novo Nordisk, Plaid, Taiwan Semiconductor, the United States Golf Association and Verisk Analytics. Micah is a seasoned trial lawyer with a deep understanding of technology and a proven track record of success.

Among other industry recognition, Micah has been recognized by Chambers USA and was named to the Daily Journal’s “Top 40 Under 40” list in 2020. Clients describe him in Chambers as “a very deep and creative thinker who comes up with solutions you would never have thought of” and “really a superstar of the future.”

Micah serves as the co-hiring partner of our Northern California office. He maintains an active pro bono practice with a focus on civil rights, criminal justice and immigration matters.

https://www.davispolk.com/lawyers/micah-block