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Morton Winkel was profiled in News and Views, the monthly newsletter of the Sun City Palm Desert Community Association.
Stuart J. Freedman was elected president of the Rutgers Living History Society, an honor society established to recognize individuals who participate in or support the practice of oral history at Rutgers University.
Mark Kahan and Carol Mates were married in June 2017. Kahan teaches a course in government regulation and deregulation at American University; Mates teaches a course on international business transactions at the Georgetown University Law Center. They currently reside in Washington, D.C.
Richard G. Liskov was appointed as a lecturer in the Certificate in Financial Services Compliance Program at the Boston University School of Law. He teaches an online course in compliance with U.S. insurance regulations.
Steven L. Schwarcz was recently honored by Durham University in Durham, U.K., with a distinguished honorary professorship. The distinction was inaugurated at a symposium on “Financial Inclusion and Access to Credit,” at which Schwarcz gave the keynote address. Schwarcz is currently the Stanley A. Star Professor of Law and Business at Duke Law School.
Peter Blessing was appointed the associate chief counsel, international, at the Internal Revenue Service. He will coordinate and direct all activities of the international organizational component of the Office of Chief Counsel. Blessing most recently served as a managing director in the Washington national tax and international tax units of KPMG LLP.
Jerald Podair’s book, City of Dreams: Dodger Stadium and the Birth of Modern Los Angeles (Princeton University Press: 2017), received the 2018 Seymour Medal from the Society for American Baseball Research. The award is annually presented to the best book on the history of baseball. City of Dreams was also a finalist for the PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing.
David Bloomfield was recently named a contributor for The Daily Beast, where he will provide commentary on issues concerning education. He is a professor of education leadership, law, and policy at Brooklyn College and The Graduate Center, City University of New York, and an adjunct professor at the American Museum of Natural History.
Luis Salazar, founder of Salazar Law LLP, was the keynote speaker at the third annual CEO and General Counsels Dinner in Key Biscayne, Florida.
Jeffrey A. Greenbaum, a managing partner at Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz, was elected to a third term as chairman of the Global Advertising Lawyers Alliance. Initially elected in 2014, he will serve as chairman through the end of 2022.
Sheila S. Boston, a partner at Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP, was honored by Legal Services NYC at its annual Jazz for Justice Benefit.
Scott R. Samay has joined Lerner, David, Littenberg, Krumholz, & Mentlik LLP as a partner in the firm’s intellectual property litigation practice in New Jersey.
Trent Tappe was promoted to senior vice president, deputy general counsel, and chief compliance officer of Warner Music Group in New York City. Tappe has been with Warner Music Group for 14 years. Prior to joining Warner Music Group, Tappe spent eight years as an associate in the capital markets group of Shearman & Sterling LLP. Tappe was named to Billboard’s list of “Top Music Lawyers” in 2017 and 2018.
Asahi Pompey has been named global head of corporate engagement and president of the Goldman Sachs Foundation. In her new role, Asahi oversees the firm’s existing philanthropic initiatives and serves as the firm’s primary liaison with nonprofit organizations around the world.
Karyn Temple was appointed register of copyrights and director of the U.S. Copyright Office.
Sunil Savkar joined Debevoise & Plimpton LLP in its New York office. He serves as partner and a member of the firm’s finance and private equity groups within its corporate department.
Richard C. Kramer (CC ’96) has joined the Tokyo office of Jones Day as lead energy partner.
Eric J. Kodesch has joined Lane Powell PC as a shareholder. Kodesch is part of the firm’s tax team and counsels clients on federal income tax and state and local tax issues in both transactional and litigation matters.
Diana M. Eng, a partner in the consumer finance litigation group of Blank Rome LLP, was selected to join The Leadership Council on Legal Diversity.
Charles Yi has joined Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP as a partner in the firm’s financial services and legislative and public policy practices in Washington, D.C.. Yi previously served as general counsel of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.
Benjamin Stewart was named to the Texas Super Lawyers’ 2019 Rising Stars list for the third year in a row. A counsel at the Dallas-based litigation boutique firm Bailey Brauer PLLC, Stewart was recognized for his work in complex commercial and bankruptcy litigation.
Brad Bedingfield, a partner at Hemenway & Barnes in Boston, was named co-chair of the firm’s nonprofit group. Bedingfield assists private foundations and public charities with navigating complex tax regulations and procedures.
Suzanne deVries Decker and Bryan Hunkele were elected partners at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP in New York. Decker specializes in real estate finance transactions; Hunkele focuses on asset management.
Clyde Tinnen has joined the business law department and transactions practice group of Foley & Lardner LLP as a partner. Based out of the firm’s Milwaukee office, Tinnen advises clients on mergers and acquisitions and debt and equity financing transactions.
Noah D. Carr has joined Latham & Watkins LLP as a partner in the firm’s Tokyo office.
Jennifer L. Carrier was named a principal in Blank Rome Government Relations LLC’s (BRGR) Washington, D.C., office. Carrier will expand BRGR’s capabilities and help clients navigate campaign finance, election, lobbying, ethics, and tax laws at the federal, state, and local levels. She previously served as of counsel at Blank Rome LLP.
Chirag Dedania received the Cornerstone Award from the Lawyers Alliance for New York. The award honors outstanding pro bono legal services to nonprofit groups that are improving the quality of life for low-income New Yorkers. Dedania is an associate in the finance department at Latham & Watkins LLP.
Adam J. Ross was promoted to special counsel at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP in Washington, D.C. Ross is a member of the firm’s finance practice where he specializes in acquisition financing, leveraged buyouts, recapitalizations, and restructurings.
Douglas L. Shively was promoted to partner at national law firm BakerHostetler, where he practices in the firm’s Cleveland office. Shively focuses on business and corporate litigation and has substantial experience litigating securities class actions, data breach class actions, and a broad range of business disputes, including post-transaction disputes. Shively was previously an associate at the firm.
Eric M. Soehnlein was promoted to partner at Lippes Mathias Wexler Friedman LLP. Based in the firm’s office in Buffalo, New York, he focuses his practice on white collar criminal defense, regulatory enforcement matters, internal investigations, and complex civil and securities litigation.
Alex R. Velinsky was promoted to partner of Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP. Based in the firm’s office in Charlotte, North Carolina, he focuses on financing involving residential and commercial mortgage loans and related assets.
Jessica N. Agostinho was promoted to partner of Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP. Based in the firm’s office in Washington, D.C., she focuses on employee benefits law, including health care reform, tax-qualified retirement plans, and executive compensation.
Jonathan M. Talamini was hired as an associate by Saxton & Stomp, a Pennsylvania-based law firm. He will focus on healthcare and commercial litigation and represent clients in medical device litigation.
Michael Willes was elected to partner at Tonkon Torp LLP, where he works in the firm’s litigation department representing companies in a broad range of business matters.
Jeremy M. Alexander was promoted to partner at Reed Smith LLP. Based in the firm’s office in Washington, D.C. Alexander is a member of the life sciences health industry group whose practice spans regulatory, transactional, and enforcement matters for diverse health care providers.
Matthew Dulak received the Cornerstone Award from the Lawyers Alliance for New York. The award honors outstanding pro bono legal services to nonprofit groups that are improving the quality of life for low-income New Yorkers. Dulak is an associate in the real estate department at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP.
Aleksandr Imas has joined the business and corporate group of Garber Schubert Barer P.C. as an associate in the firm’s Seattle office.