The Board of Directors, staff, and clients of Phoenix House mourn the loss of esteemed Board member, Scott Dunham, who passed away in Glendale, California on October 26. Of Counsel at O’Melveny & Myers’ Los Angeles office, Dunham was named among the United States’ 50 Most Powerful Employment Attorneys by Human Resources Executive magazine. He also repeatedly ranked as a Southern California “Super Lawyer” and was listed in The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers.
“As a member of our Board for many years, Scott was a thoughtful advisor and generous friend who was deeply committed to the mission of Phoenix House and the well-being of all those in its care,” says Timothy Noonan, Chairman of the Board of Phoenix House California. “We are profoundly saddened by this loss and know he will be missed by those who had the privilege of knowing him.”
A devoted member of Phoenix House California’s Board of Directors, he simultaneously served on the Boards of affiliate organizations: Phoenix House Los Angeles, Phoenix House Orange County, and Phoenix House San Diego.
“We will miss his guidance, his good humor, and deep compassion towards all those in our care,” says Pouria Abbassi, P.E., Senior Vice President & Regional Director of Phoenix House California. “On behalf of everyone at Phoenix House, we extend our most sincere condolences to his loved ones.”
Born on May 7, 1950, in Seattle, Washington, Dunham received his B.A. with highest honors in 1972 from Washington State University (he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa). He then received his J.D. degree from the University of Washington in 1975. Dunham specialized in labor and employment law and was a member of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers.
He was nationally known for his expertise in federal and state safety and labor and employment law issues. Some of the labor and employment law clients for whom he provided advice include: The Hershey Company; Marriott International, Inc.; Southern California Edison; ConocoPhillips; Amgen Inc.; California Institute of Technology; Golden State Foods Corporation; Northrop Grumman Corporation; Time Warner Entertainment Company; Trader Joe’s Company; and U.S. Airways. He was a member of the American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section Committee on Occupational Safety and Health Law, and the Los Angeles County Bar Association.
A scholarship fund in Scott Dunham’s name will be established to help those in need of assistance through Phoenix House. Memorial contributions and gifts can be made and sent to Phoenix House California, 11600 Eldridge Avenue, Lake View Terrace, CA 91342. Online donations to Phoenix House can also be made in Scott’s memory.