Janice Chieffo, President
Janice Chieffo is a retired Deputy District Attorney for the County of Orange. She graduated from John Marshall Law School, in Chicago in 1985. She immediately moved to Southern California to begin her legal career. Janice began working as a civil and business litigator in Los Angeles, until 1989. At that time, she decided that civil litigation wasn't a good fit. She accepted a position as a criminal prosecutor for the City of Los Angeles. As a Deputy City Attorney, Janice was a criminal trial specialist and prosecuted over 75 misdemeanor. trials. In 1996, Janice moved to Laguna Beach and joined the Office of the Orange County District Attorney, where she specialized in prosecuting Narcotics, Welfare Fraud, family violence and Gang cases, at the felony level. She remained there for 19 years.
Janice retired in 2015 from the Orange County Office of the District Attorney and started her own travel agency, A Moveable Feast Travel, LLC., where she creates custom itineraries for her luxury travel clients. Janice has designed the upcoming LEX ROMANA trip to PIEDMONTE IN 2023.
Frank Licata, Vice President
Mike Santoni, Treasurer
Back in 1975 when he finished college, Mike Santoni knew that he was going to be a detective. After realizing he didn’t want to go into the public sector, he became an apprentice as a private investigator. Ever since, he has used his analytic mind to crack case after case. After over 40 years experience, there are few cases that can stump him. He is a mentor to his colleagues and plays an instrumental role in the planning of execution of cases at Santoni Investigations.
Mike is a committed member of the IALOC and is proud to join its Board.
Maria Rullo, Secretary
Maria M. Rullo has practiced law in Southern California for 43 years. She specializes in transactional matters including 15 years as General Counsel.
Currently, Maria serves as “Of Counsel” to Fitzgerald Kreditor Bolduc Risbrough LLP in its litigation practice handling employment practices, personal injury, and commercial and eminent domain cases. She also serves as a Temporary Judge facilitating MSC’s and hearing Small Claims trials.
She began her legal career in Health Care Law representing hospitals and medical group practices across the country in license and compliance issues. She then moved to full-time litigation specializing in Insurance Bad Faith defense with the firm of Hill, Genson, Even, Crandall, and Wade.
Maria also served as General Counsel for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange where she was responsible for the management of all legal transactions for 59 churches, 52 schools, Pastoral Center, Cathedral complex and a planned Assisted Living Community. During this time, Maria was responsible for the mediation, negotiation, and settlement of 95 clergy abuse cases over a 2-year period, culminating in the first church settlement of abuse cases in California. She led the legal team for the $57.9 million acquisition, purchase, and leaseback of the 39-acre iconic Crystal Cathedral as well as being instrumental in the planning, creation and building of Clearwater of North Tustin, an innovative faith based senior living community.
Joseph S. D'Antony, Consigliore
Joseph D'Antony is the "Founding Father" of the IALOC forming Lex Romana in 1977. Mr. D'Antonty has been an integral part of the IALOC since is creation and was instrumental in getting the IALOC recognized as an official Affiliat of the Orange County Bar Association. For his efforts in forming and reviving the IALOC, Joseph D'Antony was granted a life-time seat on the IALOC Board of Directors holding the esteemed position of “Consigliore.” Click here for a complete history of the IALOC.
Spending 33 years litigating cases from both a plaintiff's perspective and from a defense perspective, Joseph S. D'Antony believes that cases are handled more efficiently through alternative adjudication. He has seen the anguish and the turmoil experienced by his clients commencing with either the serving of the complaint or from experiencing an injustice and ending several months later with a contested trial or
settlement. With a civil trial, each party has to relive the experience over and over again. He believes that the mediation/arbitration process can resolve matters more expeditiously and usually with a better and more satisfying result for both parties. After 33 years as a successful civil trial litigator for both the defense and plaintiff's bar, My. D'Antony has retired to become an arbitrator/mediator. Not only does he have have a strong background in civil matters, but he also brings his experiences as a registered pharmacist in the states of Ohio and California.
Mr D'Antony has settled and resolved difficult cases acting as a pro temp settlement conference judge in the Orange County Superior Court and as a mediator on the Los Angeles County Mediation Panel. In addition, Mr. D'Antony has acted as a neutral in arbitrations and this experience lends itself to mediating cases from a non-adversarial position. Mr. D'Antony's experiences in the many variables of a lawsuit have prepared him for ADR.
The majority of Mr. D'Antony's experience has been in the field of medical malpractice, personal injury, and general liability matters. His concern for the parties is conveyed in his approach in working to bring the parties to a position of conclusion. The uncertainties of litigation as well as the expense, emotional and financial concerns for the future are a heavy burden for the parties as they approach a civil trial.
Diana Cimino, Parliamentarian
Diana has been a member of Italian America Lawyers of Orange County for 14 years, where she serves as the Parliamentarian. She is also on the Board for Rotary International of Laguna Beach. Additionally, she is a member of the California Bar Association, the Orange County Bar Association, the National Italian American Bar Association, the American Association of University Women, and the Laguna Beach Business Club. Her other activities include the Orange County Girl Scouts, where she is the troop leader, and she serves as a delegate on the Board of the Orange County Girl Scout Council.
Diana previously lived in Venice, Italy and is fluent in Italian. She lives in Laguna Beach with her husband Tom, and her two teenage daughters.