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GUY I. SMILEY recently received a lifetime achievement award from the New York City Trial Lawyers Alliance. He was recognized for his career in personal injury law, which spans more than 50 years. Smiley is the founding partner of Smiley & Smiley in Manhattan.
CHARLES DONEGAN, LL.M., recently celebrated his 45th year as a labor arbitrator. In addition to this work, Donegan is a former law professor, having taught at the University at Buffalo School of Law, Howard University School of Law, the College of Administrative Science at Ohio State University, Paul M. Herbert Law Center at Louisiana State University, and North Carolina Central University School of Law.
T. MERRITT BUMPASS JR., LL.M., was recognized as one of the best lawyers in Ohio for 2016 by Super Lawyers magazine. Bumpass, a partner and member of the management committee at Frantz Ward in Cleveland, specializes in employment lawsuits and labor disputes.
JON LINDSEY was named to LawDragon’s 2016 “100 Leading Legal Consultants and Strategists” list. Lindsey is the New York founding partner at Major, Lindsey & Africa, an international legal recruiting services firm.
DAVID B. MCKINNEY was recognized as one of the best lawyers in Oklahoma for 2016 by Super Lawyers magazine. McKinney was honored for his work in corporate and securities law. He practices law at GableGotwals in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
DAVID FORTE was named the Garwood Visiting Professor in the Department of Politics at Princeton University, and a research fellow for the school’s James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions. Forte’s permanent teaching position is at Cleveland State University, where he serves as a professor of law at the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law.
DOUGLAS R. CHAMBERLAIN became of counsel to Sulloway & Hollis in Concord, New Hampshire. Chamberlain advises business and professional groups, particularly in the health-care field, on matters such as formation and governance, contracts, and mergers and acquisitions. He has been a member of the firm since 2002.
AXEL HECK was appointed an arbitrator of the Court of Arbitration for Sport by the International Council of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne, Switzerland. Heck serves as an attorney at Alexander & Partner in Berlin. He specializes in complex transnational transactions, international private dispute resolution, and strategic legal counseling.
LESLIE G. LEACH was appointed to the New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct, which reviews complaints of misconduct and disability against judges and justices of the State Unified Court System. Leach also serves as a Queens County Supreme Court justice.
BILL WOOLVERTON recently joined DMS Governance, a global provider of private funds governance, risk management, and compliance services, as a managing director. In this role, he has senior responsibilities relating to U.S. business, as well as oversight of U.S. legal for the firm. He previously served as senior managing director and general counsel at the Gottex Fund Management Group.
ALAINE S. WILLIAMS, LL.M., was elected to the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. Williams currently serves as a partner at Willig, Williams and Davidson in Philadelphia. She specializes in public employee labor law.
ROBERT WILLIAMS, LL.M., was named one of the nation’s top professors cited by state supreme courts. According to the recent study, “Judicial Impact of Law School Faculties,” Williams ranked third in the nation for nearly 400 references to his scholarship by state supreme court judges from 2005 to 2014. He serves as a distinguished professor of law at Rutgers Law School in Camden, New Jersey.
DAVID C. BLOOMFIELD recently published the third edition of American Public Education Law (Peter Lang Publishing: 2016), a book used to assist practicing educators, college and graduate students, parents, and the public in better understanding and acting on everyday legal issues in public education. Bloomfield holds a joint appointment as the Professor of Education Leadership, Law & Policy at Brooklyn College and in the Ph.D. in urban education program at CUNY Graduate Center.
DONALD B. VERRILLI, JR., recently joined Los Angeles–based law firm Munger, Tolles & Olson. He is responsible for founding the firm’s new office in Washington, D.C. Verrilli previously served as solicitor general of the United States from 2011 to 2016.
DANIEL KOHRMAN recently celebrated 15 years working at AARP Foundation Litigation, an advocacy organization focused on the rights of people 50 years of age and older. Kohrman currently serves as a senior attorney.
PATRICK W. BEGOS recently joined Robinson+Cole in Stamford, Connecticut as partner in its business litigation group. Begos has nearly 30 years of commercial and insurance litigation, arbitration, mediation and negotiation experience, representing companies and individuals in a wide array of industries.
NITZA MILAGROS ESCALERA was named assistant dean of diversity initiatives at Fordham Law School. In this role, she works with faculty members, students, administrators, centers and institutes, offices, and programs to develop and implement initiatives that enhance the school’s commitment to diversity. Escalera is the first person to hold this position. She also serves as the school’s assistant dean for student affairs.
JAMES I. COHEN was named one of New England’s top attorneys in 2016 by Super Lawyers magazine. Cohen, a partner at Verrill Dana in Portland, Maine, was recognized for his work in public utility regulation. He also specializes in banking and financial services, government and public relations, and alternative dispute resolution.
JONATHAN ETRA was named the chairman of the board of directors of the Family Resource Center of South Florida, a child-welfare service organization based in Miami. Etra serves as a partner at Broad and Cassel in that city. He is a member of the firm’s commercial litigation and white-collar defense practice groups.
TRACEY E. DIAMOND was elected as of counsel at Pepper Hamilton in Philadelphia. Diamond is a member of the firm’s labor and employment practice group and focuses on employment law, human resources counseling, and employment litigation.
KENNETH LEONETTI was named co-managing partner of Foley Hoag. Leonetti, who is based in the firm’s Boston office, focuses his practice on bankruptcy and corporate reorganization; complex financial litigation; and trade secret, software, life sciences, and licensing disputes. He joined Foley Hoag in 1995.
MIKE HINTZE recently joined Seattle’s Hintze Law as a partner. He specializes in privacy and data protection law, policy, and strategy. Hintze previously served as a chief privacy counsel at Microsoft, where, for more than 18 years, he advised on global data protection compliance and helped lead the company’s strategic initiatives on privacy differentiation and public policy.
DANA C. LUMSDEN was elected to the board of directors of the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce. He serves as managing partner of the Charlotte, North Carolina, office of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings. He focuses on business litigation.
LISA BORNSTEIN was named vice president of strategy and policy at the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, a legal advocacy organization. In this role, she focuses on day-to-day strategic support, policy expertise, and oversight for key systems operations. Bornstein previously served as legal director and senior legal adviser at the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights.
TROY FOSTER joined Perkins Coie has a partner in the firm’s Palo Alto office. Foster focuses his practice on emerging companies, specifically technology startups, as well as the investment banks and venture capital firms that support them. He previously served as chief legal and compliance officer at TrueCar, Inc., an automotive consumer information website.
MICHAEL W. KAUFMAN was named a partner at Robinson & Cole in Stamford, Connecticut. He focuses his practice on all aspects of secured and unsecured bank, mezzanine, and other senior and subordinated lending. Kaufman previously served as counsel at the firm.
JAMES SHERER was named a partner at BakerHostetler in New York City. He is a member of the firm’s litigation group and chair of the information governance team. His work focuses on litigation, information and data governance, discovery management processes, enterprise risk management, data privacy, artificial intelligence, technology integration issues and related merger and acquisition diligence.
ELISA CASTROLUGO was appointed a U.S. immigration judge of the Houston Immigration Court by U.S. Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch. Castrolugo previously served as an assistant U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Florida for six years.
JARED R. FRIEDMANN was named a partner at Weil, Gotshal & Manges in New York City. He focuses his practice on the representation of public and private clients in the banking, insurance, manufacturing, online commerce, and telecommunication industries, in both state and federal courts and in arbitration. Friedmann previously served as counsel at the firm.
SETH KRUGLAK was named a partner at Chadbourne & Parke in New York City. Kruglack, who joined the firm in 2013, represents parties in all aspects of federal and state litigations, appeals, international and domestic arbitrations, and government investigations. He previously served as counsel.
ALEXANDER SPECHT was promoted to partner at Akin Gump in New York City. Specht is a member of the firm’s tax practice, and focuses on the U.S. federal tax aspects of domestic and cross-border financial transactions, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and partnerships. He regularly advises private equity and hedge funds on matters related to the structuring of investments and operations within and outside of the United States.
GERALD BRANT was promoted to partner at Akin Gump in New York City. Brant is a member of the firm’s corporate practice focusing on merger and acquisition transactions, including leveraged buy-out, carve-out and other private equity transactions. He also represents both financial and strategic clients on a variety of corporate matters, including corporate governance, fiduciary and securities issues.
ANDREW RADSCH was promoted to counsel in the Silicon Valley office of Ropes & Gray. Radsch is a member of the firm’s intellectual property litigation group and
represents U.S. and international clients in patent litigation in federal courts and at the International Trade Commission.
TIFFANY SCOTT CONNORS was elected a shareholder of Lane Powell in Seattle. She practices trade secret, trademark and copyright litigation for internet, entertainment, software, electronics and consumer products clients, and specializes in software license agreement claims, domain name disputes and Digital Millennium Copyright Act claims.
AMIT KATARIA was promoted to partner at Morrison & Foerster in Hong Kong. Kataria has extensive experience advising on mergers and acquisitions transactions, private equity investments, securities offerings, and on a broad range of transactional and corporate advisory matters.
MICHAEL TRAUBE was promoted to counsel at Hughes Hubbard & Reed in New York City. Traube is a member of the firm’s M&A group and represents companies on public and private mergers, proxy contests, joint ventures and strategic investments, Section 363 and other asset deals, carve-out transactions, private equity deals, corporate restructurings, reclassifications, and corporate finance.
MEREDITH KAUFMAN was promoted to shareholder at Littler in New York City. Kaufman has extensive experience litigating disputes involving claims of unfair competition and trade secrets, breach of contract, discrimination, sexual harassment, disability accommodations, whistleblower retaliation, and wage and hour claims.
NICHOLAS VENDITTO was promoted to partner in the Corporate and Securities Practice Group at Certilman Balin Adler & Hyman in East Meadow, New York. He represents public and private businesses in a broad-based corporate transactional practice with a focus on mergers and acquisitions, complex joint ventures, corporate reorganizations and other general corporate matters.
SOFIE SYED, an associate at Atkin Gump in New York City, served as one of the lead drafters of an amicus brief that was submitted to the New York Court of Appeals in People v. Bridgeforth, a precedent-setting ruling that skin color cannot be used as criterion for excluding jurors.