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Daniel B. Berkson is now a semi-retired lawyer who still volunteers for securities arbitrations.
Donald A. Robinson is the founding partner of Robinson Miller LLC in Newark, New Jersey, a litigation boutique specializing in federal courts.
Richard Kleid completed his term as president of the Palm Beach Town Council and continues to volunteer at the Legal Aid Society and as an alumni interviewer for Columbia College.
Ernest Brod is head of Global Investigations and Intelligence for Alvarez & Marsal.
Daniel M. Freeman was appointed as a Fellow at the American University Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies.
T. Merritt Bumpass Jr. has been named to the 2019 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America. He was also recognized in the 2018 Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business.
Mark A. Cymrot recently published Squeezing Silver: Peru’s Trial Against Nelson Bunker Hunt, a memoir of his role as lead counsel in the trial by a Peruvian state company against Texas oil billionaires and Saudi royalty for manipulating silver prices in 1979-80. Two of his other of cases were recently covered in consecutive issues of The New Yorker: How Bill Browder Became Russia’s Most Wanted Man by Joshua Jaffa (August 20, 2018) and Paul Singer Doomsday Investor by Sheelah Kolhatkar (August 27, 2018).
Mark Morril received the 2018 Outstanding Professional Article award from The International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution (CPR) for A Call to Cyberarms: The International Arbitrator's Duty to Avoid Digital Intrusion.
James E. C. Perry, a former Florida Supreme Court Justice, has been appointed by the Florida Supreme Court to a three-year term on the board of The Florida Bar Foundation, a statewide charitable organization whose mission is to provide greater access to justice.
Rod MacDonald recently released his 12th CD of solo compositions, Beginning Again. In addition to performing, he is also the Music Americana instructor in the Osher/Lifelong Learning Program at Florida Atlantic University, where he was named Distinguished Faculty Member in 2012.
Bruce Millman, a shareholder in Littler’s New York office, has been recognized in the 2018 Who’s Who Legal Labour, Employment & Benefits Guide.
Nathaniel C. Nichols recently received the Child Advocate of the Year Award from the Pennsylvania Bar Association Children’s Rights Committee. He is currently a judge for the Delaware County Court of Common Pleas in Pennsylvania.
Ed Byrne's debut novel, a Vietnam era family drama, Love's Not Over 'Til It's Over, is available on Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble online.
Roberto Casati has joined Linklaters as a partner, following 14 years as a partner at Cleary Gottlieb in Italy. He continues to focus on public and private M&A, international arbitrations, and advising boards of directors of listed companies.
Alaine S. Williams has been selected for inclusion in the 2019 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.
Gay Crosthwait Grunfeld was promoted to managing partner of Rosen Bien Galvan & Grunfeld, a 21-lawyer litigation boutique in San Francisco that specializes in complex litigation, including civil rights, first amendment, and employment cases.
Leonora “Lenny” M. Schloss has been selected for inclusion on the “Most Influential Women Attorneys” list, presented by the Los Angeles Business Journal.
Ellen Glaessner has been promoted to general counsel, managing TD Bank’s U.S. Legal team.
Gary Shapiro reports that he works at Columbia University in its news office, where he writes about faculty research. He invites classmates to contact him at [email protected].
Emily Bab Kirsch has partnered with Paul Niehaus to open a boutique law firm, Kirsch & Niehaus PLLC, with clients in the publishing, media, financial services, technology, real estate, and entertainment industries.
Jared A. Hershberg has joined the Global law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP as a shareholder in its Corporate Practice.
Laura Mankin Stevens has been named executive vice president and general counsel at Cengage (formerly Thompson Learning), based in the company’s Boston headquarters.
William MacNeil is serving his second year in a two-year term as Chair of the Council of Australian Law Deans. He is also dean and head of the School of Law & Justice, Southern Cross University in Lismore, NSW and Coolangatta, Qld, Australia, where he is also the inaugural holder of The Honourable John Dowd Chair in Law and the recently appointed Head of the Lismore Campus. His latest book, Novel Judgements: Legal Theory as Fiction (London: Routledge, 2013) won the Penny Pether Prize for Scholarship in Law, Literature and the Humanities, and he is the editor of the book series Edinburgh Critical Studies in Law, Literature and the Humanities, published by Edinburgh University Press.
Mikhail Ratner, together with Patricia Ronan (2001), became partners at Emergent LLP, where they join seven other Columbia Law School grads from 2001 to 2007.
Michael W. Kaufman has joined Day Pitney LLP as a partner in the Finance Group in its Stamford office.
Michael L. Fox is an assistant professor of business law and pre-law advisor at Mount Saint Mary College in New York. He recently published an article in the New York State Bar Journal titled Objection, Your Honor (To Your Social Media Activity?) and presented a continuing legal education talk in New York City “Diversity in the American Workforce.”
Benjamin Britz has been elected partner at Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP, where he is a member of the Anti-Corruption and Internal Investigations practice group, based in Washington, DC.
Lyria Kay Bennett Moses LLM ‘04 JSD ‘08 has established the Allens Hub for Technology, Law, and Innovation at UNSW Law in Sydney, Australia.
Fernando S. Zoppi, LLM ‘04, has founded Martinez de Hoz & Rueda (MHR) in Buenos Aires, where he will lead the Corporate and M&As practice of the new full-service law firm.
Kevin Crews has been named 2018 Texas Rising Star by Super Lawyers. He has also joined Kirkland & Ellis LLP as a partner of its Dallas office.
Nina Yadava has been named partner in the law firm of Jones Day. Her practice focuses on complex commercial litigation, primarily involving securities and financial products.
Temitope K. Yusuf was named partner in the law firm of Arent Fox LLP, where she specializes in government enforcement and white collar, and serves as a member of the business compliance and integrity monitorships team.
Jesse S. Gillespie has joined Morrison & Foerster LLP as a partner. His practice focuses on capital markets transactions involving Japanese and Asian issuers and is based in Tokyo.
Robert J. Stein was named a corporate finance partner at Akerman LLP, where he will co-chair its Corporate Finance and Lending Practice.
Andrew Napier has joined Blank Rome LLP win the firm’s Philadelphia office as an associate in the Labor and Employment group.
Madiba Dennie, an attorney concentrating on racial justice and gender justice work, recently launched a podcast called "Barred and Boujee," which she hopes will address the unmet need for intersectional legal analysis for mass audiences.
Emily Hush’s student note, which was originally published in the Columbia Journal of Environmental Law, was selected as the winner of the Stephen E. Herrmann Environmental Writing Award from the American College of Environmental Lawyers.