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David Simpson LL.B. had his article entitled “Does Federalism Provide a Means to Circumvent Citizens United” accepted for publication in the UC Davis Business Law Journal.
Joel W. Howell III was named Mississippi Attorney of the Year 2019 in the Leaders in Law program of The Mississippi Business Journal.
Richard G. Liskov has been appointed adjunct professor at Albany Law School to teach an online course in U.S. insurance regulation. He teaches a similar course for the Graduate Program in Banking and Financial Law at the School of Law at Boston University.
Charles C. Meeker was named chair of the board of directors for Oak City Cares, a homeless resource hub and intake center in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina. Meeker is a partner at Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP and a former five-term mayor of Raleigh.
Elizabeth Kilcullen Blake has been elected to the board of directors of Skyland Trail, a nationally recognized nonprofit mental health treatment organization in Atlanta. In 2014, Blake retired as senior vice president of advocacy, government affairs and general counsel of Habitat for Humanity International in Atlanta.
Cassondra E. Joseph LL.M. has joined Halloran Farkas + Kittila LLP in the firm’s newly opened New York office. She previously was general counsel at a NYSE-registered, full-service brokerage firm.
Hill Carrow was inducted into the George Whitfield Baseball Clinic Hall of Fame. Carrow, recognized in January by Sports Events Magazine’s “People’s Choice Awards” as one of the country’s leading sports planners and industry professionals to watch in 2020, has also been selected by the U.S. Olympic Committee to head an international program in Lesotho, Africa.
Timothy Jefferson has been elected to the board of directors of Skyland Trail, a nationally recognized nonprofit mental health treatment organization in Atlanta. Jefferson is the executive vice president and general counsel for the Grady Health System.
Anne E. Barschall appeared in a movie entitled Karate Christmas Miracle.
David C. Bloomfield was named by City & State, a New York government and politics magazine, as one of its “Education Power 100.” Bloomfield is professor of education leadership, law, and policy at Brooklyn College and The CUNY Graduate Center.
Simon G. Salas, CEO of Good Samaritan in San Antonio, was featured in a December 2019 article in the San Antonio Express News.
Andrew A. Weissmann has returned to Jenner & Block as co-chairman of the firm’s investigations, compliance, and defense practice. Weissmann had a lead role in winning convictions against Trump campaign officials Paul Manafort and Rick Gates during the Mueller probe. He was previously a partner at Jenner & Block from 2006 to 2011.
Inajo Davis Chappell, a partner at Ulmer & Berne LLP, helped spearhead the firm’s diversity initiative that has been honored in Profiles in Diversity Journal’s 12th annual Diversity Leader Awards issue. Chappell serves as chair of the firm’s diversity and inclusion committee and works to expand and improve diversity, inclusion, and equity in the workplace.
John J. Sullivan was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the next U.S. ambassador to Russia. He previously served as deputy secretary of state from 2017–2019 and as acting secretary of state from April 1–26, 2018.
Barbara J. Shachnow has joined Dechert LLP as a partner in the firm’s global finance practice in the New York office with a focus on commercial real estate finance.
Jane M. Sovern has joined Bond, Schoeneck & King LLP in the firm’s New York office as a member of its higher education practice. Sovern previously served as deputy general counsel for The City University of New York.
Jeffrey N. Fink has become a partner in the Wellesley, Massachusetts, law firm of Kerstein, Coren & Lichtenstein LLP, where he will continue to practice business law and dispute resolution.
Martin S. Flaherty wrote a book entitled Restoring the Global Judiciary: Why the Supreme Court Should Rule in Foreign Affairs, which argues for a robust judicial role in the conduct of U.S. foreign policy through a combination of constitutional history, international relations theory, and legal doctrine.
Rodney S. Cohen has been appointed head of private equity at Black Diamond Capital Management. He most recently served as managing director and co-head of The Carlyle Group's Carlyle Equity Opportunity Funds I and II.
Eric L. Guthriewrote his second book entitled Blockchain or Die, a guide to cryptocurrencies and blockchains.
Eve A. Konstan has joined Spotify as general counsel. Konstan most recently served as executive vice president and general counsel at WarnerMedia Entertainment. Her work at the company capped a 20-year career at HBO, where she held a variety of roles including general counsel.
Lawrence R. Miller was named general counsel of Phantom Pharmaceuticals, a late clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company. Before joining Phantom, Miller served as general counsel and secretary for Cyclerion Therapeutics.
Dale G. Nissenbaum has been appointed executive vice president and general counsel for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS). Since 2012, she has served as general counsel for Brunswick Group LLC, a global communications firm.
Christopher Todd Boes has joined O’Melveny & Myers LLP as a corporate partner in its San Francisco office. Boes focuses on private equity mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buyouts and other direct investments, and general corporate counseling for private equity portfolio companies.
Alexandra LaCombe has joined national workplace law firm Jackson Lewis P.C. as a principal in Detroit. LaCombe focuses her practice on all aspects of U.S. corporate immigration law, with an emphasis on regulatory compliance and corporate immigration policy.
Talcott Camp has joined the National Abortion Federation as chief legal and strategy officer after a 25-year career with the American Civil Liberties Union.
Ayşe Yüksel Mahfoud has been named head of cross-border practices by Norton Rose Fulbright.
Rashmi Chandra has been elected president of the South Asian Bar Association of Connecticut. Chandra is head of intellectual property and information technology counsel at Aetna.
Scott E. Gluck has joined Duane Morris LLP as a partner in the firm’s New York office. Gluck practices corporate law, focusing on securities offerings and the regulatory, compliance, and corporate activities of private fund advisers.
Michael N. Schlesinger, as Michael Noah, released his debut album on the Universal Music Group (UMG) label. Venus and Mars is available on all major platforms.
Thomas G. Ward has been appointed assistant director of enforcement in the Supervision, Enforcement & Fair Lending division of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Before joining the Bureau, he served as a deputy assistant attorney general in the civil division at the U.S. Department of Justice.
Dean Donna E. Young LL.M. has been named the inaugural dean of the Faculty of Law at Ryerson University. She previously was a faculty member at Albany Law School, where she was the President William McKinley Distinguished Professor of Law and Public Policy and a joint faculty member at the University at Albany’s department of women’s, gender, and sexuality studies.
Jessica Mann Gutteridge was appointed artistic managing director of the Norman and Annette Rothstein Theatre and Chutzpah! Festival by the Jewish Community Centre of Greater Vancouver.
Taurie M. Zeitzer was named one of Law360's “2019 Private Equity MVPs.” Zeitzer is a partner at Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP and has spent the last year shepherding transactions across industries, including guiding deals for private equity giant Apollo Global.
Lindsay Barton Barrett was recently quoted in Marie Claire in an article entitled “How to Buy a Home” and was also featured in a News 12 Brooklyn segment on real estate.
Lorna Xin Chen, Hong Kong partner at Shearman & Sterling LLP, has been named the firm's Asia regional managing partner. She is the first woman to lead Shearman & Sterling’s Asia operations.
Christopher E. Duffy has joined Vinson & Elkins LLP as a partner in the firm’s New York office. Duffy focuses on securities and shareholder litigation, corporate governance, director and officer representation, commercial disputes, and mergers and acquisitions, as well as external investigations by government agencies.
Maureen Elizabeth Webb LL.M. published Coding Democracy: How Hackers Are Disrupting Power, Surveillance and Authoritarianism (The MIT Press, 2020). Her book was featured as one of Wired magazine's “13 Must Read Books for Spring 2020” as well as in the 2020 Oxford Literary Festival lecture series.
Michael L. Fox wrote a book entitled A Guide to Diversity & Inclusion in the 21st Century Workplace. He has also been appointed coordinator of the Business Graduate (MBA) Program in the School of Business at Mount Saint Mary College.
James N. Boeving has joined Wheeler Trigg O’Donnell LLP as a partner in the firm’s Denver office. Boeving focuses on government investigations and commercial litigation at the trial and appellate levels. Prior to joining WTO, he served as an assistant U.S. attorney in the Southern District of New York, Civil Division.
Samuel L. Butt has joined Schlam Stone & Dolan LLP, a boutique litigation firm in New York City, as a partner. His practice includes complex commercial litigation, as well as business divorce litigation, copyright and trademark matters, real estate disputes, and securities litigations.
Patrick W. Pearsall has joined the international arbitration and public international law practice as a partner in the Washington, D.C., office of Allen & Overy LLP. He previously served as chief of investment arbitration in the U.S. State Department and partner at Jenner & Block LLP.
Jodie Adams Kirshner authored BROKE: Hardship and Resilience in a City of Broken Promises (St. Martin’s Press, 2019), which follows seven Detroiters as they navigate life during and after the city’s 2013 bankruptcy and features a foreword by Michael Eric Dyson. It was featured in the Editors Choice list of The New York Times for the week of January 16, 2020
Kate Kaufmann Shih has joined Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP as a partner in the firm’s Houston office. Kaufmann Shih is an energy and infrastructure trial attorney.
Robert W. May has joined Morrison & Foerster LLP as a partner in the firm’s San Francisco office. He is a member of the litigation department and part of the firm’s securities litigation and securities enforcement groups.
Tiana Joi Murillo has been named head of the Los Angeles County chief executive office’s Strategic Integration Branch. She will oversee and coordinate urgent, multifaceted efforts underway to temporarily house people experiencing homelessness during the COVID-19 crisis.
Paul A. D.Pery LL.M. has joined Milbank LLP as a partner in the firm’s Hong Kong office. Pery represents issuers and investment banks in a variety of debt, equity, and equity-linked capital markets transactions, as well as other corporate and financing matters.
Julia R. Balas has joined Morrison & Foerster LLP as a partner in the firm’s Los Angeles and New York offices. She is a member of the corporate department and part of the project finance group, primarily representing developers of renewable energy projects.
Theodor D. E. Bruening LL.M. has joined Hecht Partners LLP as counsel in the firm’s New York office. Bruening advises in telecommunication, architectural, employment, and commercial cases covering issues such as fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, contract rights, defamation, discrimination, retaliation, unjust enrichment, and negligence.
T. Dustin Crawford has joined Hall Estill as of counsel in the firm’s Oklahoma City office. Crawford focuses on corporate and transactional matters, particularly those involving finance, securities law, and governance.
Christian E. Mathiesen was promoted to counsel at Vinson & Elkins LLP. Mathiesen focuses on corporate finance and securities law, including securities offerings and general corporate representation.
Mary Elizabeth Houlihan has been promoted to special counsel in the corporate department and environmental practice at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP.
LaRue L. Robinson has joined Jenner & Block as a partner in the firm’s Chicago office handling complex commercial litigation, employee benefits litigation, and investigations. Previously, Robinson was a captain in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps.
Edward G. Timlin has joined Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossmann LLP as a partner in the firm’s New York office, where he prosecutes corporate governance, shareholder rights, and securities fraud litigation on behalf of the firm’s institutional clients.
Adi Herman LL.M. has joined Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP as a partner in the firm’s private equity and mergers and acquisitions practices in New York. Herman advises clients on domestic and cross-border transactional and corporate matters, with a particular focus on the private equity space.
Jayun Koo has joined Haynes and Boone LLP as a partner in the firm’s capital markets and securities practice group in the New York office. Her practice focuses primarily on securities law and general corporate matters.
David Mehl has joined Windels Marx Lane & Mittendorf as a partner in the firm’s New York office. He represents clients in matters pertaining to business transactions, tax planning, tax litigation, and tax residency disputes.
Sheila R. Adams has joined Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP as counsel in the firm’s litigation department and antitrust and competition group in the New York office. Her practice focuses on antitrust investigations and litigation and the antitrust aspects of mergers and acquisitions.
Shawn D. Blackburn has joined Susman Godfrey LLP as a partner in the firm’s Houston office. His practice focuses on intellectual property, energy and environmental law, business disputes, antitrust, class action, and probate.
Julia R. Camarco has joined Shipman & Goodwin LLP as a partner in the firm’s Hartford, Connecticut, office. Camarco represents private equity and venture capital funds, emerging growth and mature companies, health care providers, and other business entities in connection with a variety of commercial transactions.
Matthew Cormack has joined Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP as counsel in the litigation department of the firm’s New York office. He represents clients in complex civil litigation and arbitrations in jurisdictions across the country and financial institutions and corporate clients in a range of disputes.
Uchechi Amadi Demaske joined the in-house team at Amazon as corporate counsel focusing on digital, marketing, privacy, and accessibility issues. She was previously a senior attorney at USAA, and prior to that, a litigation associate at Jones Day.
C. Patrick Gadson has joined Vinson & Elkins LLP as a partner and is the New York chair of the firm’s shareholder activism practice. He leverages his experience in capital markets, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, and private equity to counsel senior management and boards of public companies with respect to proxy contests and other shareholder activism campaigns.
Roy Tannenbaum has been promoted to special counsel in the corporate department and mergers and acquisitions and private equity practice at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP.
Ilona C. Potiha has joined Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP as counsel in the firm’s finance group in the New York office. Her practice includes representing lenders, financial institutions, and borrowers in connection with a wide range of financing transactions.
Jose A. Manalo, Jr. has joined Blank Rome LLP as an associate in the corporate, mergers and acquisitions, and securities group in the firm’s Los Angeles office. Manalo concentrates his practice on mergers and acquisitions, private equity investments, securities transactions, and commercial lending and handles a broad range of general corporate matters.
Clarisa I. Reyes-Becerra is a recipient of the 2020 Equal Justice Works Fellowship. She will be hosted at California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation, where she will promote and enforce immigrants’ rights to access health care through litigation and policy advocacy.
Zachary H. Sacks was named the 2020 “Best Lawyer of the Year” in the “workers’ compensation law – employers in Los Angeles” category by Best Lawyers. Sacks serves as the managing partner at Sacks & Zolonz, LLP.
Michael L. Lipman was named the 2020 “Best Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers in the “criminal defense: white-collar” category for San Diego. Lipman is a partner in the trial practice group at Duane Morris LLP and has more than 40 years of experience trying criminal and civil cases in state and federal court.
Julian L. McPhillips Jr. released a new book, Only in Alabama: More Colorful True Stories from a Lawyer’s Life, that delves into McPhillips’s most colorful and interesting cases and clients in recent years.
Fred Davis wrote a book entitled American Criminal Justice: An Introduction, which provides a comprehensive review of the American criminal process.
John Horn’s book, The Petersburg Regiment in the Civil War: A History of the 12th Virginia Infantry from John Brown’s Hanging to Appomattox, 1859-1865, describes the marches and battles of the 12th Virginia regiment and offers glimpses into the lives of the Virginians who made up the unit.
Geoffrey D. Ferrer was named the 2020 “Best Lawyer of the Year” in transportation law by Best Lawyers. Ferrer serves as vice chair of the transportation and trade practice at Cozen O’Connor P.C. and as the office managing partner of the firm’s New York City office.
Tom Teicholz co-wrote a book entitled 9/12: The Epic Battle of the Ground Zero Responders. The book details the legal battle waged by 9/11 first responders against the city of New York.
Leonard M. Baynes received an Education, Diversity, and Greater Equality Award
from the Council on Legal Education Opportunity Inc. The award recognizes individuals for their significant accomplishments or demonstrated commitments to education, diversity, and greater equality in the legal profession.
Jeh C. Johnson delivered the commencement address for the St. John's University School of Law Class of 2019.
Edward B. Potter joined Shipman & Goodwin LLP as counsel following its addition of Kitchings & Potter LLC, a firm co-founded by Potter in 1997. Potter will remain in Kitching & Potter’s former office in Old Lyme, Connecticut.
Edward F. Fernandes joined King & Spalding LLP as a partner in the firm’s trial and global disputes practice in Austin, Texas. Prior to joining King & Spalding, Fernandes served as the managing partner of the Austin office of Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP.
Ruth Santiago ’10 LL.M. was named to the board of trustees of Earthjustice. An environmental health advocate and lawyer for more than 30 years, Santiago has represented nonprofit organizations and community groups in a wide array of practice areas including energy law, aquifer protections, and civil litigation.
Wally Van Valkenburg LL.M. was appointed to the Portland State University board of trustees by Oregon Gov. Kate Brown.
Timothy M. Reif was named a judge of the U.S. Court of International Trade. Previously, Reif served as a senior adviser to the Office of the United States Trade Representative.
Mark Arian is chief executive officer of Korn Ferry’s advisory business in the firm’s New York City office. Previously, he served as chief executive officer of Korn Ferry Hay Group, a global talent and organizational consultancy with over 4,000 employees.
Todd W. Eckland joined Bracewell LLP as a partner in the firm’s corporate and securities group. He is based in the firm’s New York City office. Previously, Eckland served as co-leader of the securities team at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman for more than 15 years.
Stephen Jacobs joined iCapital Network, a fintech platform focused on alternative investing, as managing director and general counsel. Previously, Jacobs was partner and co-chair of the corporate department at Herrick, Feinstein LLP.
Kenneth Tung’s article “AI, the internet of legal things, and lawyers” was recently published in the Journal of Management Analytics.
Dan Ackman won a case before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit on behalf of New York City taxi drivers. In its ruling, the 2nd Circuit determined that the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission’s long-standing policy of suspending the licenses of taxi drivers who were arrested but not yet convicted was unconstitutional. Judge Gerard E. Lynch ’75 drafted the 60-page opinion.
Matthew L. Levine was appointed president of financial and regulatory compliance services at Guidepost Solutions, a global leader in compliance, investigations, and security consulting. Levine served most recently as executive deputy superintendent for enforcement at the New York State Department of Financial Services.
Michael Bennett published his debut novel, Young Donald, about the son of a wealthy New York City real estate developer who becomes embroiled in the investigation of a mysterious death at his boarding school.
Roberta Kaplan served as the Class Day speaker for the Harvard Law School Class of 2019.
Selena Mendy Singleton was recently appointed clerk of the Montgomery County Council. She is the county’s first female African-American clerk.
Pierre Gentin joined McKinsey & Company as global general counsel.
Howard Jiang joined the corporate practice at Becker & Poliakoff as of counsel. Based in the firm’s New York City and Fort Lauderdale, Florida, offices, he will focus on domestic and trans-border corporate transactions, capital markets, and project finance matters.
Barbara Lagoa was appointed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, following her nomination by President Donald Trump.
Janet Nova was named deputy general counsel for media and league business affairs for the National Football League (NFL). She will lead the league’s media and business affairs teams from the NFL’s New York City office.
Jose Ramon Gonzalez was appointed executive vice president and general counsel of CNA Financial Corporation.
Gary H. Loeb was named executive vice president and general counsel of Sangamo Therapeutics.
Peter Ekberg joined the corporate practice of DLA Piper as a partner in the firm’s Minneapolis office.
Robert H. Thomas LL.M., a partner at Damon Key Leong Kupchak Hastert, was elected to the American Law Institute. He is the only electee from the state of Hawaii among the 50 newly elected members.
Colleen A. O’Neil joined the insurance fraud practice at Rivkin Radler LLP. She serves as an associate in the firm’s office in Uniondale, New York.
Rafael A. Olazagasti III joined McNamee Lochner P.C. as of counsel. He represents public and private sector clients in all aspects of labor and employment law at the Albany-based firm.
Laurent A. Sacharoff was appointed associate dean for research and faculty development at the University of Arkansas School of Law. He joined the school’s faculty in 2010, and also serves as a professor of law specializing in criminal law, criminal procedure, evidence, and cybercrime.
Edward L. Schnitzer joined Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads LLP as a partner in the firm’s New York City and Wilmington, Delaware offices. He serves as chair of the firm’s bankruptcy and financial restructuring practice group.
Charles D. Star launched a continuing legal education lecture series called “Persuasive Authority,” which draws on his experience as a lawyer and a stand-up comedian.
Edward H. Smoot was named a partner at Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP. He practices in the firm’s corporate department and finance litigation practice group.
Jonathan Todres co-authored a new book, Preventing Child Trafficking: A Public Health Approach, that was recently published by Johns Hopkins University Press. A professor at the Georgia State University College of Law, he was named a distinguished university professor in the spring of 2019.
Ethan Torrey, the legal counsel of the Supreme Court of the United States, was elected to the American Law Institute.
Chaim Saiman was named the first chair in Jewish law at Villanova University’s Charles Widger School of Law. Saiman joined Villanova’s faculty in 2006.
Dermond Thomas joined Campolo, Middleton & McCormick LLP as of counsel in the firm’s Westbury, New York, office.
Jason S. Kerr joined Robinson Bradshaw, where he assists the firm’s fund manager clients with their fund offerings and institutional investor clients with their investment activities. He is based in the firm’s office in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Jelena Madir, a chief counsel at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in London, edited and co-authored a book, FinTech: Law and Regulation (Edward Elgar, 2019). It provides an overview of the issues facing the global fintech industry, including privacy and cybersecurity through blockchain innovations, the patentability of fintech inventions, and the establishment of regulatory sandboxes.
Rosana M. Gutierrez joined the corporate practice at Rasco Klock Perez & Nieto PL as a partner in the firm’s Miami office.
Sean J. Riley was named a shareholder of Cozen O’Connor P.C. He serves as a member of the firm’s attorneys general practice group in Washington, D.C.
Zainab Ahmad joined Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP as a partner in the firm’s New York City office. Her practice will focus on white-collar defense and investigations.
Justin G. Davids joined the appellate division of the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Georgia as an assistant attorney. He is based out of Savannah, Georgia.
Ofonedu-Ime Goodwyn was named to the National Bar Association’s 40 Under 40 Awards list, which recognizes top lawyers under the age of 40 for high achievement in innovation, vision, leadership, and legal and community involvement. An associate at the Miami office of Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP, Goodwyn’s practice focuses on real estate and commercial transactions.
Chi-Ru Jou was named a partner in the corporate and litigation practice groups at Taylor English Duma LLP. She is based in the firm’s New York City office.
Tali Sealman LL.M. joined White & Case LLP as a partner in its global mergers and acquisitions practice. She is based in Silicon Valley. Prior to joining White & Case, Sealman was a partner at Cooley LLP for more than 14 years.
Rebecca Avitia was named the chief of staff to Sen. Martin Heinrich of New Mexico. She is one of three Latino chiefs of staff serving in the Senate. Avitia previously served as Heinrich’s state director.
Jason R. Ertel recently joined Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP as a partner in the firm’s executive compensation and Employee Retirement Income Security Act department. He is based out of the firm’s New York City office.
Sam Porter joined Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP as a senior counsel in the firm’s office in Austin, Texas. He focuses his practice on energy transactions and projects.
Bezalel A. Stern was promoted to special counsel at Kelley Drye & Warren LLP. Based in Washington, D.C., he focuses his practice on commercial litigation, real estate, and employment matters.
Scott R. Wilson moved his white collar and civil litigation practice to DLA Piper LLP, which he recently joined as a partner in the firm’s New York City office. Previously, he was a partner at Boies Schiller Flexner LLP for six years. Earlier in his career, he served as a senior advisor and special counsel to the New York attorney general. In 2019, Wilson was named to the shortlist of Euromoney Legal Media Group’s Americas Rising Star Awards in the “best in white collar crime” category.
Abhishek Bapna was recently named counsel at Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP. He practices in the New York City-based firm’s litigation department.
Gabriel Gershowitz recently joined DLA Piper LLP as of counsel. She practices in the firm’s insurance and reinsurance practice in its New York City office.
Arek Maczka was named a partner at Ropes & Gray LLP. Based in the firm’s New York office, he advises private equity sponsors and their portfolio companies on financings.
Maren J. Messing was recently named counsel at Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP. She practices in the New York City-based firm’s litigation department.
Vanessa L. Jackson was elected a partner at Davis Polk & Wardell LLP. She serves in the firm’s corporate department in New York City.
Kurt M. Steinhouse was promoted to general counsel of the New York City Board of Standards and Appeals, the local zoning board, where he advises on matters related to land use, real estate development, and administrative law. He has also served as secretary of the New York City Bar Association’s Charter Revision Task Force and as a subcommittee chair of its Land Use Planning and Zoning Committee.
Emery Gullickson Richards was named co-chair of the Houston Bar Association’s (HBA) gender fairness committee for the 2019–2020 term. Appointed by HBA President Benny Agosto Jr., she will lead the committee’s mission of examining issues related to gender fairness in the legal profession and developing programs that provide a forum for the discussion of issues related to gender fairness. Richards currently serves as a litigation associate at Blank Rome LLP in Houston.
Ryan Levan, an associate at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, runs 29MONROE, an early-stage pop-up events and group travel company based in New York City.
Joshua Lingerfelt joined Brooks, Pierce, McLendon, Humphrey & Leonard LLP as an associate in the firm’s Greensboro, North Carolina office. His work focuses on tax issues related to investment funds and securities offerings, as well as mergers and acquisitions and complex domestic and international transactions.
Brittany Hazelwood joined the intellectual property department of Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP. She serves as an associate in the firm’s trademark and copyright team in New York City.
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.
Isaac Shapiro recently appeared at the 92nd Street Y to share stories from his memoir, Edokko: Growing Up a Stateless Foreigner in Wartime Japan.
Mike S. Fawer has been living in New Orleans since 1971, where he practiced criminal defense for almost six decades after working under Bobby Kennedy at the U.S. Dept of Justice and then for Bob Morgenthau in the Southern District of New York. He has just had a book published about his career titled From the Bronx to the Bayou: A Defense Attorney's Odyssey, from Charles Evers to Edwin Edwards and Beyond.
Richard P. Lerner reports he is "Happily in retirement."
John P. "Jack" McLane reports that he is "Still practicing! Celebrated 75th birthday + 50th wedding anniversary with Kathy, all 4 children + spouses + 12 grandchildren in August 2018, 22 in all, at a week in Cape Cod. Life's good!"
Richard H. Weisberg has been named to the executive committee of the AALS law and humanities section and is the president of the Modern Language Association literature and law section.
John M. Christian joined Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP as an associate in the firm’s litigation department in the Dallas office.
Sheldon M. Finkelstein reports that he continues to serve in a leadership position in the ABA section of litigation and has an arbitration and mediation practice.
Robert S. Kutner was selected for inclusion in the 2018 Massachusetts Super Lawyers rating. He is a partner at Casner & Edwards and was selected for his practice in professional liability.
Pamela S. Stevens was elected a new partner at Seder & Chandler LLP, where she is a veteran corporate and real estate attorney with expertise in business, real estate, and employment law.
Mara E. Verheyden-Hilliard, a constitutional rights lawyer and executive director of the legal organization Partnership for Civil Justice Fund, published an op-ed in The Washington Post titled “The Trump administration wants to tax protests. What happened to free speech?”
Brad Meltzer’s book The First Conspiracy was recently published by Flatiron Books/Macmillan.
Vivian I. Neptune-Rivera LL.M., dean of University of Puerto Rico Law School, recently received the Deborah L. Rhode award for her outstanding contribution to increasing pro bono and public service in the law school setting through scholarship, leadership, or service from the Association of American Law Schools, section on pro bono and public service opportunities
Shelley Case Inglis will bring 15 years of United Nations' human rights experience to the University of Dayton, where she recently began her new position as the Human Rights Center's executive director.
Wystan M. Ackerman earned the “Local Litigation Stars” honor in Benchmark Litigation.
Jason P. Gottlieb has been named chair of the white collar and regulatory enforcement practice group at Morrison Cohen LLP. He is a partner in the firm’s business litigation department.
Julissa Reynoso was named co-chair of New York Attorney General-Elect Letitia James’s Transition Team. She and four co-chairs advised James as she prepared office initiatives and recruited top legal talent to constitute her team. Reynoso is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a former United States Ambassador to Uruguay, and Assistant Secretary of State for Central American, Caribbean, and Cuban Affairs. She also served as deputy director, Office of Accountability, Department of Education of the City of New York. She was also recently named to Columbia University’s Board of Trustees.
Anurima Bhargava was appointed to the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) by Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA). Currently founder and President of Anthem of Us, Bhargava is a civil rights lawyer with extensive experience in various roles advocating for members of underrepresented communities, including at the U.S. Department of Justice and the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (LDF).
Diana M. Eng has been elected partner at Blank Rome LLP, where she focuses on consumer finance in the New York office.
Michael L. Fox recently published a book, Primer for an Evolving eWorld (Kendall Hunt Publishing, 2019) and was appointed an assistant adjunct professor of law (lecturer-in-law) at Columbia Law School. He also continues to serve as a full-time assistant professor of business law at Mount Saint Mary College in Newburg, NY.
Bradford M. Bedingfield was named partner at Hemenway & Barnes in Boston, where he assists private foundations and public charities navigate complex tax regulations and procedures, and private clients secure their long-term wealth preservation and philanthropic goals.
Francesco Dario de Martino LL.M., a member of the corporate department and co-chair of the Blockchain + Smart Contracts Group, was elected a partner in the Morrison & Foerster New York office. His practice focuses on domestic and cross-border corporate transactions, principally in connection with public and private mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, private equity transactions, and corporate governance matters.
Akiva Shapiro has been elected partner at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, where his practice focuses on constitutional, appellate, and complex commercial litigation. He has been named a New York Rising Star in Constitutional Law by Super Lawyers in each of the past three years.
David Z. Gringer was elevated to partnership at WilmerHale. He is a Washington DC-based member of the firm’s litigation/controversy department and government and regulatory litigation practice group.
Nicholas “Nick” Venditto, partner in the corporate/securities practice group at Certilman Balin, was named to the Rising Stars list for his second consecutive year. The honor recognizes top lawyers either 40 years old or younger or in practice for 10 years or less. Venditto’s practice focuses primarily on mergers and acquisitions involving privately held companies, complex joint ventures, corporate governance matters, and other general corporate matters. He also received the Leadership in Law Award from Long Island Business News.
Abbey J. Hudson was elected as a new partner at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, where she practices complex trial litigation, with an emphasis on environmental, transnational, and technological litigation.
Andrew P. LeGrand was elected as a new partner at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, where he is a complex commercial litigator who principally focuses on class actions and other high-stakes commercial disputes.
Amanda Forsythe Rosenberg was promoted to partner at Norton Rose Fulbright in the firm’s Los Angeles office. Rosenberg focuses on federal income tax law, with a particular emphasis on renewable energy investment, energy tax credits, government incentive programs and domestic and international project finance transactions.
Eric M. Soehnlein has been promoted to partner at Lippes Mathias Wexler Friedman LLP in Buffalo, New York, where he focuses on white collar criminal defense, regulatory enforcement matters, internal investigations, and complex civil and securities litigation.
Jason B. Werner was elected a partner at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner in the firm’s Denver office. He focuses his practice on assisting clients with private equity matters, complex entity formations, structuring, acquisitions, and dispositions.
Lauren Roberta Kennedy was elected partner at Cravath, where she is a member of the litigation department and focuses on commercial litigation matters.
Sasha Rosenthal-Larrea was elected partner at Cravath, where she is a member of the corporate department and focuses on capital markets matters.
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.
BENNET G. PICKER received a Sir Francis Bacon Alternative Dispute Resolution Award by the Pennsylvania Bar, which recognizes an individual who has made a significant impact in bringing mediation and other forms of dispute resolution to Pennsylvania. He is senior counsel at Philadelphia-based Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young.
THEODORE WEITZ began teaching at Rutgers Law School, where he has initiated the Entrepreneurial Law Clinic. He practices at Halket Weitz, and has been teaching entrepreneurial law and related courses at Fordham Law School for the past seven years.
THOMAS W. WHITE was named a member of the Advisory Council for the Financial Accounting Standards Board, which establishes financial accounting and reporting standards in the U.S. He is a partner and general counsel of WilmerHale in Washington, DC. White focuses on corporate governance and legal aspects of accounting and auditing and accounting firm regulation.
DORA L. IRIZARRY was appointed chief judge of the Eastern District of New York and is the first Hispanic woman chief judge within the 2nd Circuit. Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., recently re-appointed Judge Irizarry to the Federal-State Jurisdiction Committee of the Judicial Conference for a second three-year term. She also serves on the 2nd Circuit’s State-Federal Judicial Council. Since 2005, Irizarry has presided over a drug re-entry court providing intensive post-conviction supervision to persons whose crimes were motivated by addiction to make them productive members of society and reduce recidivism.
DAVID WARREN has resumed full-time client service at Verrill Dana in Portland, Maine as senior counsel in the firm’s business and corporate group. He first joined the firm 28 years ago and began dividing his time with his role as president of Tranzon in 2009. Prior to that, he served as Verrill Dana’s managing partner for 14 years. Warren was also recently appointed to the board of directors of the New England Legal Foundation.
RALPH A. WEBER was named a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. He is a partner at Gass Weber Mullins in Milwaukee and has been practicing for 34 years.
KAREN DACOSTA PERZAN joined the real estate practice of Polsinelli in Chicago as a shareholder. She represents clients in property acquisitions and dispositions, tax-assisted development, real estate finance, commercial leasing arrangements and zoning issues. Perzan was previously with Quarles & Brady in Milwaukee.
BRIAN V. CAID recently joined the Denver office of Fox Rothschild as a partner. He is a member of the firm’s corporate group, focusing on federal securities law and capital markets transactions.
NITZA MILAGROS ESCALERA received the 2017 Giving Back Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine. The Giving Back Award honors Fordham University administrators who go above and beyond their everyday leadership duties and give back to their campuses and communities. Escalera is the dean of diversity initiatives at Fordham Law School.
RICHARD M. SIMINS recently rejoined Montgomery McCracken in Philadelphia as a partner in the firm’s litigation department. He was formerly with Montgomery McCracken from 1989 to 2001. Simins is an accomplished commercial trial attorney with more than 25 years of diverse experience ranging across the civil litigation spectrum.
LARRY G. CASSIL JR. joined Amy Steward Law in Dallas as of counsel. Before joining Amy Stewart Law, he was of counsel to Oklahoma City’s Hornbeek Vitali & Braun, where he represented policyholders in a variety of insurance coverage matters.
BRIAN G. BARRETT, a partner at Eversheds Sutherland in New York City, was named 2017 BTI Client Service All-Star. He is a member of the firm’s financial services practice group and advises banks, broker-dealers, life and non-life insurers and reinsurers, and more on regulatory and transactional matters. This is Barrett’s second consecutive year being chosen by clients as a BTI All-Star for client service.
YVES LEDUC, LL.M. was appointed as CEO of Velan, Inc, a valve manufacturing company in Montreal. He was also elected to the board of directors of the company.
ADRIENNE M. WARD joined Olshan Frome Wolosky in New York City as a partner in the litigation group. She represents public companies and financial institutions in securities litigation matters, and her practice includes the representation of broker-dealers, investment advisers, private funds and more. Prior to joining Olshan, Ward was a partner in the litigation practice at Ellenoff Grossman & Schole.
ANDREA K. DOUGLAS joined Carothers DiSante & Freudenberger in Los Angeles as senior counsel. She focuses her practice on the resolution of employment disputes in matters related to discrimination, harassment, and retaliation. Douglas represents clients in a broad range of employment claims.
ASHA MULDRO recently joined Guidepost Solutions in Los Angeles as senior managing director and deputy general counsel. Previously, she was a partner at Willenken Wilson Loh & Delgado where she led white-collar investigations, defense matters, and complex civil litigation cases.
MICHAEL L. FOX recently joined Mount Saint Mary College as an assistant professor of business law.
JAIME SNEIDER was promoted to partner at Boies Schiller Flexner in New York City. His practice focuses on securities litigation and government investigations for financial institutions, hedge funds, companies, boards of directors, and executives.
RENATA FIALHO DE OLIVEIRA, LL.M, was promoted to partner at Veirano Advogados in São Paulo. She is a member of the corporate and M&A group and represents companies in mergers, joint ventures, strategic investments, asset deals, and complex commercial transactions. She is also the coordinator of the firm’s healthcare practice area.
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.
ROBERT M. PENNOYER recently published his memoir, As It Was. The book traces Pennoyer’s life—from his childhood on Long Island to World War II to his distinguished career, which included time working for U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower. He is currently of counsel at Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler in New York City. He concentrates his practice on tax-exempt organizations and trusts and estates.
ROBERT WHITMAN recently became a professor emeritus at the University of Connecticut School of Law. Whitman joined the UConn law faculty in 1966 and served as the school’s senior faculty member for several years prior to his retirement from teaching. His areas of expertise include trusts, estate planning, and fiduciary accounting.
WILLIAM A. DREIER was named one of 2016’s top New Jersey lawyers by Super Lawyers magazine. A retired appellate judge, Dreier serves as a member of the firm at Norris McLaughlin & Marcus in Bridgewater, New Jersey, and leads the firm’s alternative dispute resolution practice.
HARRIS MARKHOFF was named to The Best Lawyers in America list for 2016. A founding member of Danziger & Markhoff in White Plains, New York, he was recognized for his work in the areas of corporate law and trusts and estates law.
PETER G. WOLFE recently published Alexander Hamilton: His Early Financial Thinking. The book, which employs many of Hamilton’s writings, follows his fight to implement a U.S. financial system. Wolfe teaches history at Osher Lifelong Learning Institute in Washington, D.C.
ALBERT ZAKARIAN received a lifetime achievement award from The Connecticut Law Tribune. His legal career, which spans more than 50 years, was honored at the newspaper’s 2016 Professional Excellence Awards ceremony. Zakarian serves as of counsel at Day Pitney in Hartford, Connecticut. He specializes in employment law and business law litigation.
GEORGE A. DAVIDSON received the Federal Bar Council’s Whitney North Seymour Award for his outstanding public service. Davidson serves as a senior counsel at Hughes Hubbard & Reed in New York City. He specializes in arbitration.
DAVID H. HOPKINS was named a top lawyer in Illinois by Leading Lawyers magazine. Hopkins serves as a partner at Schiller DuCanto & Fleck in Wheaton, Illinois. He focuses his practice on tax planning, especially in relation to divorce matters.
ANDREW L. HERZ received a professionalism award from the New York State Bar Association’s Real Property Law Section. The award is given annually to a real estate practitioner with an outstanding level of career achievement who participates in bar activities and acts as a mentor to others in the field. Herz serves as of counsel at Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler in New York City.
T. MERRITT BUMPASS JR., LL.M., was named to The Best Lawyers in America list for 2017. Bumpass was recognized for his work in employment law and labor law. He serves as an attorney and member of the management committee at Frantz Ward in Cleveland.
JOSEPH J. FLEISCHMAN was recognized as one of the best lawyers in New Jersey for 2016 by Super Lawyers magazine. Fleischman serves as a member of the firm at Norris McLaughlin & Marcus in Bridgewater, New Jersey. He specializes in complex commercial litigation matters.
RUSSELL M. GERTMENIAN was named to The Best Lawyers in America list for 2017. Gertmenian serves as the managing partner of Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease. He focuses his practice on general corporate and contract law, including mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, and initial public offerings.
JAMES POOLEY was inducted to the IP Hall of Fame, an international body that honors the achievements of men and women who have made outstanding contributions to the study and development of intellectual property law and practice. He also recently joined Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe as senior counsel in the firm’s Silicon Valley office. Pooley is the former deputy director general of the World Intellectual Property Organization and a recognized expert on trade secret law.
EDWARD J. LITTLEJOHN, ’74 LL.M., ’82 J.S.D., was recently recognized for his work in race issues and the law with a symposium held in his honor at Wayne State University Law School. Littlejohn, a professor of law emeritus at the school, was also inducted into the Miller Family Wayne Law Alumni Wall of Fame this past September. Earlier this year, he received the Honorable George N. Bashara Jr. Class of ’60 Distinguished Alumni Award at Michigan State University College of Law’s 2016 graduation.
RICHARD H. WEISBERG was recognized this past spring for his work in law and literature at a festschrift event held in his honor at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where he serves as the Walter Floersheimer Professor of Constitutional Law. This past August, Weisberg led, with local Ukranian officials, a re-dedication ceremony at a Jewish cemetery in the shtetl town of Stavishche, as part of his work as a member of the U.S. Commission for the Preservation of America’s Heritage Abroad.
DAVID B. MCKINNEY was recognized as one of the best lawyers in Oklahoma for 2015 by Super Lawyers magazine. McKinney was honored for his work in business and corporate law. He practices law at GableGotwals in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
JEFFREY M. GABA was named to The Best Lawyers in America list for 2017. Gaba was recognized for his work in environmental law. He serves as an of counsel partner at Gardere in Dallas.
SHELDON M. FINKELSTEIN recently opened an arbitration and mediation practice in Lewes, Delaware. He previously practiced law at Podvey, Meanor, Catenacci, Hildner, Cocoziello & Chattman in New Jersey. Finkelstein also continues to be active in the American Bar Association’s Litigation Section and was recently reappointed to the section’s professional development committee.
NICOLE GORDON was appointed faculty director of the executive MPA program at Baruch College’s Marxe School of Public and International Affairs. She was also named adjunct professor of public affairs at the school.
MITCHELL C. HOCHBERG was named chair of the Westchester County Health Corporation’s board of directors. Hochberg, a member of the board since 2000, serves as the president and COO of Lightstone, a privately held real estate company based in the U.S.
TOM ROGERS was inducted into the Cable Hall of Fame, which honors those who have made a lasting contribution to the advancement of the industry. He was also named co-chairman of WinView Games, a sports-gaming startup company. Among his high-ranking positions in the cable industry, Rogers has served as CEO of Tivo Inc. and as president of NBC’s cable division. He founded both CNBC and MSNBC.
DAVID E. WARREN was named a “Lawyer of the Year” by The Best Lawyers in America. He was recognized for his work with closely held companies and his expertise in family business law. Warren serves as senior counsel at Verrill Dana in Portland, Maine.
CHRISTOPHER C. LARKIN was appointed an administrative trademark judge on the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board of the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Larkin previously served as a partner at Seyfarth Shaw in Los Angeles.
MARIA FOSCARINIS received the 2016 Katharine and George Alexander Law Prize from Santa Clara University School of Law. The award honors top legal advocates who have used their careers to help alleviate injustice and inequity. Foscarinis is the founder and executive director of the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty, a litigation and advocacy organization focused on the rights of homeless individuals.
BRUCE D. GREENBERG recently delivered the 27th Annual Alice and Stephen Evangelides Memorial Lecture at Rutgers University’s Eagleton Institute of Politics. The talk was titled, “Class Action Litigation: Who Benefits?” Greenberg serves as a member of Lite DePalma Greenberg in Newark, New Jersey. He specializes in appellate and complex commercial litigation.
ROLF ASPHAUG was appointed general counsel of the Regional Transportation District, the public transit agency for Colorado’s Denver metro region. Asphaug previously served as deputy general counsel of the agency for 24 years.
EDWARD H. KLEES joined Hirschler Fleischer’s Richmond, Virginia, office. Klees is a member of the firm’s investment management practice group. He previously served as general counsel of the University of Virginia Investment Management Company.
SARA P. SANDFORD was named chair of the American Bar Association (ABA) Section of International Law. Concurrent with her one-year term as chair, she serves as a board member of the ABA’s Rule of Law Initiative. Sandford is an attorney at Garvey Schubert Barer in Seattle. She concentrates her practice on representing Japanese companies and individuals in their business activities in the United States, and on advising U.S. clients concerning business activities in Japan, Canada, and other countries.
PETER J. WEIDMAN recently won a significant jury verdict on behalf of several victims of a Philadelphia-area Ponzi scheme. Weidman serves as a partner at Weidman Law in Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania. He specializes in commercial litigation, executive compensation issues, and employment law and litigation.
MARK R. WICKER joined Perkins Coie as a partner in the firm’s San Diego office. Wicker advises clients in all aspects of acquiring, developing, commercializing, and licensing new technologies and products. He previously served as a partner at Morrison & Foerster in that city.
JAMES A. WILSON was named to The Best Lawyers in America list for 2017. Wilson was recognized for his work in antitrust law and litigation. He serves as a partner at Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease in Columbus, Ohio.
THOMAS C. GALLIGAN JR., LL.M., was named dean of Paul M. Hebert Law Center at Louisiana State University. He previously served as president of Colby-Sawyer College in New London, New Hampshire.
JEFFREY R. KEITELMAN was named co-managing partner of Stroock & Stroock & Lavan. In this role, he also serves as a member of the firm’s executive committee. He is co-managing partner of Stroock’s Washington, D.C., office and co-chair of the firm’s national real estate practice group. Keitelman focuses his practice on complicated and high-profile commercial real estate transactions.
BRIAN BARRETT was named to The BTI Consulting Group 2016 “Client Service All-Star Attorneys” list, which honors lawyers who provide superior client service. Barrett serves as a partner at Sutherland Asbill & Brennan in New York City. He specializes in structured finance, secured lending, and derivatives.
ALICIA BATTS joined Squire Patton Boggs as a partner in the firm’s Washington, D.C., office. Batts specializes in antitrust law and represents clients in mergers and acquisitions, as well as general investigations before federal and state agencies. She previously served as a partner at Proskauer Rose, also in Washington, D.C.
JEANNE M. HAMBURG was named one of 2016’s best lawyers in the New York metro area by Super Lawyers magazine. Hamburg, a member of the firm at Norris McLaughlin & Marcus in New York City, focuses her practice on assisting clients in a broad range of industries with their intellectual property needs.
JOHN F. WIRENIUS was confirmed as chairperson of the New York State Public Employment Relations Board by the New York State Senate. He was previously nominated by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo. Wirenius serves as an attorney specializing in labor law, civil rights, and constitutional law.
JAMES I. COHEN was named one of Maine’s top attorneys by Chambers & Partners. He was also included in The Best Lawyers in America list for 2017. Cohen, a partner at Verrill Dana in Portland, Maine, focuses his practice on banking and financial services, public utility regulation, government and public relations, and alternative dispute resolution.
ERIC B. HERMANSON was named a partner at White and Williams in Boston. Hermanson focuses his practice on representing primary and excess insurance carriers in complex litigation matters. He joined the firm in 2013.
STEPHANIE A. KROGER was named a partner at Andrews Kurth Kenyon in Austin, Texas. Kroger is a member of the firm’s public law practice and specializes in electricity regulation and transactions.
DAVID SCHOEN, LL.M., received the Honorable David S. Nelson Public Interest Law Award from Boston College Law School. The honor is given each year to a graduate of the school for their contributions to the public sector or to public interest law. A solo practitioner with offices in both New York and Alabama, Schoen focuses his practice primarily on the litigation of complex civil and criminal cases before trial and appellate courts.
JAMES STONE was named a partner at One to One Corporate Finance, an investment banking firm. Stone, a member of the company’s Washington, D.C., office, focuses on mergers and acquisitions, capital raising, and valuations and advisory services for software, healthcare, and financial technology firms.
SUSAN BISOM-RAPP, ’94 LL.M., ’97 J.S.D., recently co-authored Lifetime Disadvantage, Discrimination and the Gendered Workforce (Cambridge University Press: 2016). The book considers how law attempts to address the problems that inhibit women’s labor force participation. Bisom-Rapp serves as a professor of law at Thomas Jefferson School of Law. She specializes in comparative workplace law.
LAURA W. BRILL and her spouse, Ellen Evans, received the State Farm Good Neighbor Award at the 2016 Equality Awards hosted by Equality California this fall in Los Angeles. Brill was recognized for her work in advancing equality in the LGBTQ community, including serving as a member of the board of directors of Lambda Legal. A name partner at Kendall Brill & Kelly, located in Los Angeles, Brill focuses her practice on complex civil litigation and appeals relating to media, communications, and the arts.
PAUL SANGILLO was promoted to deputy general counsel at Benjamin Moore & Co. His work focuses on a broad range of matters, including corporate law, the environment, health and safety, and security. Prior to working at that company, Sangillo served as a partner at Florio Perrucci Steinhardt & Fader, a full-service law firm with locations in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania.
KIMBERLY E. PARKER was recently appointed as a commissioner for the Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara. In this role, Parker adjudicates child support issues for the court. As an attorney, she specializes in family law.
LIANNE PINCHUK was appointed a visiting assistant professor at Albany Law School. She previously served as a staff attorney at the Albany County Bar association. During her career, Pinchuck has specialized in litigation.
SHRUTI RANA joined Brooks Pierce as of counsel in Raleigh, North Carolina. Rana represents a wide variety of clients in transactional and litigation matters involving finance, banking, regulatory, and intellectual property issues. She has previously practiced law at Williams & Connolly in Washington, D.C., and at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan in San Francisco.
MICHAEL WENGER was promoted to general counsel at Rosenthal & Rosenthal, a commercial finance company specializing in factoring and asset-based lending. He previously served as deputy general counsel at the company.
BRANDON L. GARRETT recently upgraded an online database he created that details every case in which DNA helped to exonerate an innocent person. The website is hosted by the University of Virginia School of Law, where Garrett serves as the Justice Thurgood Marshall Distinguished Professor of Law. His research and teaching specialties include criminal procedure and wrongful convictions.
KIMBERLY J. MIN joined Whiteford Taylor & Preston as a partner in the firm’s Baltimore office. She specializes in public finance and real estate transactions. Min previously served as a partner at Abramoff Neuberger in the Baltimore area.
CIARA TORRES-SPELLISCY was granted tenure at Stetson University College of Law, where she serves as an associate professor of law. She also recently published her first book, Corporate Citizen? An Argument for the Separation of Corporation and State (Carolina Academic Press: 2016), which focuses on the slow, yet steady, expansion of corporate rights since the founding of the United States.
ELIA O. WOYT was named to The Best Lawyers in America list for 2017. He was recognized for his work in bankruptcy matters and creditor-debtor rights, as well as his work in reorganization law and insolvency issues. Woyt serves as partner at Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease in Akron, Ohio.
YAN ZHANG was named a partner at Davis Polk & Wardwell in New York City. Zhang serves as member of the firm’s corporate department. She focuses her practice on securities offerings of structured products linked to equities, commodities, currencies, rates, and combinations of these assets.
BRAD BEDINGFIELD was appointed co-chair of the Boston Bar Association’s Tax-Exempt Organizations Section. Bedingfield serves as counsel at Choate Hall & Stewart in Boston. He focuses his practice on international estate planning and the representation of tax-exempt organizations seeking creative avenues for furthering their charitable missions.
MAITE ORONOZ RODRÍGUEZ, LL.M., was appointed chief justice of the Supreme Court of Puerto Rico. Oronoz Rodríguez first joined the court in 2014. She has previously served as deputy solicitor general of Puerto Rico and as San Juan’s chief legal counselor.
CARA R. STERLING joined the board of directors of The Art Garage, a nonprofit organization that provides a variety of educational opportunities, including art classes and art-based community activities, to residents of the Denver area. Sterling also serves as board secretary. A shareholder at Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck in Denver, she is a member of the firm’s employee benefits and executive compensation practice.
SARAH K. GRIFFIN was named a partner at Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy in New York City. Griffin represents banks and other financial institutions in a broad range of senior lending transactions. She previously served as an associate at the firm.
MEGAN E. KULTGEN was recently promoted to counsel at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom. A member of the firm’s New York City office, Kultgen focuses her practice on institutional investing, project development, and project finance matters.
MICHAEL J. HONG was promoted to counsel at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom in New York City. Hong, who joined the firm as an associate in 2007, represents financial institutions and corporate clients in a variety of U.S. and international transactions, including initial public offerings and other equity offerings.
DAN KOMAREK was promoted to partner at Vinson & Elkins in New York City. Komarek’s principal areas of practice are private equity law and mergers and acquisitions.
D. MCKINLEY “MAC” MEASLEY was elected partner at Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell in Wilmington, Delaware. Measley focuses his practice on corporate and alternative entity litigation and commercial disputes. He joined the firm in 2008.
SONIA K. NIJJAR was recently promoted to counsel at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom. A member of the firm’s Palo Alto office, Nijjar represents clients in a wide range of U.S. and cross-border corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, proxy contests, and capital markets transactions.
ANDREW THOMISON was promoted to partner at Baker Botts in Houston. Thomison serves as a member of the firm’s corporate practice group. He previously served as an associate.
SHU DU was recently promoted to counsel at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom. Du, a member of the firm’s Hong Kong office, represents corporate clients, investment banks, and private equity funds on various securities offerings, mergers and acquisitions, and other general corporate matters.
JOSHUA I. SCHILLER was named one of the top lawyers under the age of 40 by Law360. Schiller, a partner at Boies, Schiller & Flexner in New York City, was recognized for his work in sports law. He was also named to The New York Law Journal’s “2016 Rising Stars” list.
MISLAV MATAIJA, LL.M., recently published Private Regulation and the Internal Market: Sports, Legal Services, and Standard Setting in EU Economic Law (Oxford University Press: 2016). The book, which is an expansion of the 2013 doctoral thesis Mataija completed at the European University Institute, identifies overriding trends in the EU’s approach to private regulation and analyzes the relationship between free movement rules and competition rules. Mataija serves as a member of the European Commission’s legal service team.
COLIN P. CALVERT was named a “rising star” in Southern California by Super Lawyers magazine. Calvert, an associate at Fisher Phillips in Irvine, California, specializes in labor and employment law. He handles litigation matters and counsels clients on various issues, including traditional labor relations.
DAVID M. GEST was named one of 2016’s “Lawyers on the Fast Track” by The Legal Intelligencer. The award recognizes attorneys under the age of 40 who exhibit exceptional legal skills and a commitment to community service. Gest serves as an associate at Ballard Spahr in Philadelphia. He specializes in real estate law, with a focus on zoning and land use matters.
UCHECHI (AMADI) DEMASKE joined the San Antonio headquarters of USAA as property and casualty counsel in the Office of General Counsel. She previously served as a litigation associate at Jones Day in Atlanta.
BRITTANY E. ALLISON joined Drinker Biddle & Reath as an associate in the firm’s Washington, D.C., office. She focuses her practice on regulatory and transactional matters for health care clients. Allison previously served as assistant general counsel for the Greater New York Hospital Association.
LAUREN HUNT BROGDON was voted president-elect of the Houston Young Lawyers Association for the 2016–2017 bar year. Brogdon serves as an associate at Norton Rose Fulbright in Houston. She specializes in energy litigation.
AISHA N. DAVIS recently received a “30 Under 30” award from Windy City Times, a weekly LGBT newspaper based in Chicago. The award honors 30 LGBTQ individuals and their allies aged 30 or younger who have made substantial contributions to the LGBTQ community in the greater Chicago metropolitan area. Davis serves as a justice fellow at Loevy & Loevy in Chicago.
EMERY RICHARDS joined Blank Rome as an associate in the firm’s Houston office. Richards focuses her practice on labor and employment matters. She previously served as an associate at Norton Rose Fulbright.
JAMES W. SYMINGTON recently published Heard and Overheard: Words Wise (and Otherwise) with Politicians, Statesmen, and Real People. The book is a collection of personal stories culled from Symington’s career as a four-term congressman, aide to U.S. Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy, and adviser to President Lyndon B. Johnson.
EVAN J. SPELFOGEL recently began teaching at Columbia Law School as a lecturer in law. He serves as a member at Epstein Becker & Green in New York City, where he specializes in employment law.
WILLIAM A. DREIER received a lifetime achievement award from The New Jersey Law Journal in 2015. Dreier, a member of the firm at Norris McLaughlin & Marcus in Bridgewater, New Jersey, served in the state’s judiciary for 25 years and now leads the firm’s alternative dispute resolution practice. He is also an emeritus member of the Columbia Law School Board of Visitors.
MEYER A. GROSS was initiated into Tau Beta Pi, the national engineering honor society, at Cornell University in March of 2015. Gross earned his undergraduate degree in engineering from Cornell in 1958. Before retiring from his legal career, he specialized in patent law and other intellectual property matters.
GEORGE H. LOWE, LL.B., was honored in Syracuse, New York, this past October when an office building in that city was named the George H. Lowe Center for Justice. The building is home to Legal Services of Central New York, the Legal Aid Society of Mid-New York, and the Volunteer Lawyers Project of Onondaga County. Lowe, a former U.S. magistrate judge for the Northern District of New York, serves as of counsel at Bond, Schoeneck & King in Syracuse.
JEFFREY MICHAEL COHEN was recently honored by Florida’s state bar association for his 50-year legal career. Cohen serves as a shareholder at Carlton Fields Jorden Burt in Miami. He specializes in insurance matters and complex commercial disputes.
STELLA FERGUSON THAYER was recognized by Florida’s state bar association this past June for her 50-year career as an attorney. Thayer serves as a shareholder at Macfarlane Ferguson & McMullen in Tampa, Florida. She specializes in business and corporate law matters, as well as tax law and estate planning.
ALBERT ZAKARIAN recently received the Edward F. Hennessey Professionalism Award from the Connecticut Bar Association. The award recognizes attorneys who have shown the highest ideals and standards of the legal professional throughout their career. Zakarian serves as of counsel at Day Pitney in Hartford, Connecticut. He specializes in employment and business litigation.
BENNETT G. PICKER recently received a lifetime achievement award from The Legal Intelligencer, a daily law journal based in Philadelphia. Picker serves as senior counsel at Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young in that city. He specializes in alternative dispute resolution.
EDWIN H. STERN recently received the New Jersey State Bar Foundation’s medal of honor, the organization’s highest award. It is given annually to recipients who have made exemplary contributions to improving the New Jersey justice system and legal profession. Stern serves as of counsel at Gibbons, P.C., in Newark, New Jersey. He has also held several positions on New Jersey’s superior and supreme courts.
GERALD SHEA recently published a French translation of his memoir, Song Without Words: Discovering My Deafness Halfway through Life. In the book, Shea describes how he conquered challenges associated with his undiagnosed partial deafness during his childhood and young adult life. The new translation is titled La Vie Malentendue.
BRIAN E. FROSH was sworn in as attorney general of Maryland in 2015. He previously served as a member of the Maryland Senate, where he chaired the Judicial Proceedings Committee for 12 years.
PETER GERHART was named interim president of Lake Erie College in Painesville, Ohio. Gerhart is a former dean of Case Western Reserve University School of Law, where he also taught international law and legal theory.
STEPHEN R. LARSON joined Christian & Barton in Richmond, Virginia, as counsel. Larson focuses his practice on federal regulation of financial transactions, securities law, tax law, and international trade restrictions. He has previously served as associate chief counsel at the Internal Revenue Service and as acting general counsel at the U.S. Department of the Treasury.
FREDRIC LEDERER received the Chief Justice John Marshall Lifetime Achievement Award from the Judge Advocates Foundation. The award is the foundation’s highest honor. Lederer founded and now directs the Center for Legal and Court Technology at William & Mary Law School, where he serves as the Chancellor Professor of Law.
RUSSELL GERTMENIAN was named to The Best Lawyers in America list for 2016. Gertmenian serves as the managing partner of Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease in Columbus, Ohio. He was recognized for is work in corporate compliance law and corporate governance law.
THOMAS G. SAYLOR was sworn in as chief justice of Pennsylvania’s supreme court in January of 2015. Saylor has served as a member of the state’s supreme court since 1997. He is also a former Pennsylvania Superior Court judge.
WILLIAM B. POLLARD III recently joined Duane Morris as a partner in the firm’s Manhattan office. Pollard specializes in litigation, with a focus on complex civil and white-collar criminal cases. He previously served as a partner at Kornstein Veisz Wexler & Pollard in New York City.
JAMES POOLEY was elected chairman of the National Inventors Hall of Fame’s board of directors. Pooley also published his book, Secrets: Managing Information Assets in the Age of Cyberespionage, this past summer. He previously served as deputy director general for innovation and technology at the World Intellectual Property Organization in Geneva and now operates an independent intellectual property and information security advisory practice.
WILLIAM B. BONVILLIAN co-authored the book Technological Innovation in Legacy Sectors, which highlights obstacles impeding innovation in areas such as air and auto transportation, manufacturing, agriculture, higher education. Bonvillian serves as director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s office in Washington, D.C.
DAVID B. MCKINNEY was named to The Best Lawyers in America list for 2016. McKinney, who practices law at GableGotwals in Tulsa, Oklahoma, was recognized for his expertise in employee benefits law and health care law.
LEE S. RICHARDS III received a professionalism award from the American Inns of Court. The award is given annually to lawyers or judges who show a high level of integrity and professionalism in their careers. Richards serves as a founding partner at Richards Kibbe & Orbe in New York City. He specializes in white-collar criminal defense and complex commercial litigation, among other areas of law.
WILLIAM SLOMANSON, LL.M., was named “1L Professor of the Year” by Thomas Jefferson School of Law, where he serves as a professor specializing in civil procedure and international law. He also received the San Diego Law Library Justice Foundation’s award for excellence in legal education. In May, Slomanson was recognized by the Uncommon Individual Foundation, a mentoring organization, for pioneering a blended-learning teaching approach.
JEFFREY M. GABA was named to The Best Lawyers in America list for 2016. Gaba, who serves as of counsel at Gardere Wynne Sewell in Dallas, specializes in environmental law.
GLENN S. GERSTELL was named general counsel of the National Security Agency. Gerstell previously served as a partner at Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy. He lead the firm’s Washington, D.C., Singapore, and Hong Kong offices during his time there.
DENISE PAGE HOOD was named chief judge of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. Hood was appointed to the federal bench by President Bill Clinton in 1994.
RONALD F. MASON JR. was named president of the University of the District of Columbia. He previously served as president of Southern University and A&M College System in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
JOEL REYNOLDS was featured in the recently published book War of the Whales, which tells the story of Reynolds’ 20-year investigation into the U.S. Navy’s unregulated use of high-intensity military sonar. Reynolds serves as the western director of the Natural Resources Defense Council.
MERRILL M. KRAINES joined the New York City office of Pepper Hamilton as a partner. Kraines specializes in corporate law, securities, and mergers and acquisitions. He previously served as a partner at Norton Rose Fulbright in Manhattan.
MARTY YUDKOVITZ was named a senior fellow at Duke University’s Fuqua/Coach K Center on Leadership & Ethics. Yudkovitz recently retired as head of strategic innovation at The Walt Disney Company. He also serves as a Dean’s Fellow at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business, and as a visiting lecturer at the university’s McIntire School of Commerce.
MICHAEL EVAN AVIDON was named a fellow of the American College of Commercial Finance Lawyers. Avidon serves as a partner at Moses & Singer in New York City. He is co-chair of the firm’s banking and finance practice group.
HILL CARROW was recently recognized for his role in producing the 2015 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Greensboro, North Carolina. The competition was named the “Sports Event of the Year” and the “Best Amateur Multi-Sport or Multi-Discipline Event” by SportsTravel Magazine. Carrow, the chief executive officer of the marketing, sponsorship, and development firm Sports & Properties, Inc., served as chairman of the event’s local organizing committee.
STEPHEN LOUIS was recently appointed to the New York City Law Department’s executive staff. Louis has served as chief of the department’s legal counsel division since 1997.
GEORGE CARROLL WHIPPLE III recently joined Epstein Becker Green in New York City as a member of the firm. Whipple specializes in employment law, labor matters, and workforce management. He previously served as managing director and chairman of Credit Suisse’s global human resources, executive compensation, and employment law practice group.
MARK W. BAYER was recently named to both the 2015 Texas Super Lawyers list and The Best Lawyers in America list for 2016. This past May, he received individual honors for his antitrust litigation work from Chambers USA. Bayer serves as managing partner of Barnes & Thornburg’s Dallas office.
LEONARD M. BAYNES was named dean of the University of Houston Law Center. Baynes previously served as a professor at St. John’s University School of Law, where he was also the inaugural director of the Ronald H. Brown Center for Civil Rights and Economic Development.
SUSAN J. KOHLMANN was named managing partner at Jenner & Block’s New York City office. Kohlmann serves as a litigator in the firm’s content, media, and entertainment practice group. She is also a member of Jenner & Block’s policy committee.
MARIAN E. LINDBERG recently published The End of the Rainy Season: Discovering My Family’s Hidden Past in Brazil. In the book, Lindberg describes how researching her family’s history uncovered many unexpected truths and contributed to her own self-discovery. Lindberg serves as senior staff writer at The Nature Conservancy on Long Island.
ANNE BARSCHALL recently joined Falati, an intellectual property law firm based in Albany, New York, as of counsel. She focuses her practice on patent law related to electrical engineering, computer science, and mechanical devices. Barschall previously served as a patent attorney for more than 16 years.
PAULA FRANZESE was named one of 20 “Inspiring Women in Education” by SheKnows, a women’s lifestyle digital media company. Franzese serves as the Peter W. Rodino Professor of Law at Seton Hall University School of Law. She was recognized for working as a volunteer teacher in an innovative extracurricular middle school program aimed at teaching children the importance of integrity, virtue, and social justice.
ALLAN D. REISS was named a shareholder at Greenberg Traurig in New York City. Reiss focuses his practice on corporate and securities transactions across a variety of industries, including energy, shipping, and renewables. He previously served as a partner at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius in Manhattan.
SUSAN W. BERSON received a 2015 Client Choice Award for her work in health care law and life sciences law. Berson, managing member of Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo’s Washington, D.C., office, advises service providers and private equity firms in the health care sector.
INAJO DAVIS CHAPPELL was named one of the country’s most influential black lawyers for 2015 by Savoy magazine. The honor extends to a select group who have distinguished themselves from their peers based on achievements in the legal field and commitment to the community. Chappell serves as a partner at Ulmer & Berne in Cleveland. She also leads the firm’s nonprofit practice group.
LAURIE MAGID is serving a yearlong detail at the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of the Pardon Attorney, where she will assist with the investigation and review of petitions for executive clemency. Magid also serves as an assistant U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
DAVID G. ODRICH joined Winston & Strawn as a partner in the firm’s New York City and Los Angeles offices. Odrich specializes in general corporate and securities law, representing emerging and established companies in a wide range of transactions. He previously served as a partner at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman in New York and California.
JAMES A. WILSON was named to The Best Lawyers in America list for 2016. Wilson serves as a partner at Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease in Columbus, Ohio. He was recognized for his work in antitrust law and litigation.
PETER H. MOULTON was appointed administrative judge of the New York County Supreme Court’s civil term. Moulton also serves as the coordinating justice for all of New York City’s asbestos-related litigation. He was previously a justice on the New York County Supreme Court.
RICHARD B. ALSOP was named a partner at Shearman & Sterling in New York City. Alsop, a member of the firm’s corporate governance advisory team, focuses his practice on capital markets. He previously served as counsel at Shearman & Sterling.
PEDRO J. MARTINEZ-FRAGA recently co-authored Public Purpose in International Law: Rethinking Regulatory Sovereignty in the Global Era. The book explores the history of the public purpose doctrine and its role today. Martinez-Fraga serves as a partner at Bryan Cave in Miami, where he specializes in international litigation and transnational arbitration.
STEVEN E. BIZAR was named a fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, an invitation-only organization comprised of criminal and civil ligation attorneys. He was also recently appointed president of the Philadelphia Bar Foundation and co-authored Pennsylvania Motion Practice, a guide to civil motion practice in the state’s courts. Bizar, who was recognized as one of The National Law Journal’s 2015 “Mergers and Acquisitions and Antitrust Trailblazers,” serves as a partner at Dechert in Philadelphia.
ALLAN H. COHEN received a Cornerstone Award from Lawyers Alliance for New York this past November. He was honored for his pro bono work negotiating the strategic alliance of two nonprofit organizations. Cohen serves as the managing partner of Nixon Peabody’s Long Island office in Jericho, New York. He specializes in business law.
NANCY NORTHUP married James E. Johnson in August of 2014 at the Unitarian Church of All Souls in New York City. Northup serves as president and chief executive officer of the Center for Reproductive Rights, a global legal advocacy organization.
RONALD E. WHITNEY was elected to the board of directors of the Chamber Music Society of Detroit. Whitney serves as a partner in the corporate department at Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn in that city. He focuses his practice on general business law and corporate transactional matters.
SCOTT COWARD was recently named general counsel and senior vice president at Exact Sciences Corporation, a molecular diagnostics company focused on the early detection and prevention of cancer. Coward previously served as managing partner of the K&L Gates office in Raleigh, North Carolina.
BRIAN G. LLOYD was named president of Parr Brown Gee & Loveless in Salt Lake City. Lloyd, who specializes in matters involving corporate law and securities, is a shareholder at the firm and a member of its business transactions group.
BARBARA STARK, LL.M., recently co-authored the third edition of Family Law in the World Community, a casebook focused on a variety of private international law issues, including child abduction and child support enforcement. She also served as an editor for Family Law in New York and International Law and its Discontents. Stark serves as a professor of law at the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University.
MICHELE L. STOCKER was named one of the “100 Outstanding Women of Broward County” by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County (Florida). Stocker was also recently named a “Most Powerful & Influential Woman” at the 2015 Florida Diversity and Leadership Conference. She is a shareholder at Greenberg Traurig in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, specializing in financial services litigation.
JAMES I. COHEN was recently named to The Best Lawyers in America list for 2016. He was recognized for his expertise in administrative and regulatory law, as well as his government relations work. A partner at Verrill Dana in Portland, Maine, Cohen was also recently honored by Chambers & Partners as a leading lawyer in the field of energy and natural resources law, and by Super Lawyers magazine for his work with utility services.
THOMAS J. SIMEONE was recently honored for his years of service as a member of the adjunct faculty at The George Washington University Law School. Simeone serves as managing partner at Simeone & Miller, a personal injury law firm in Washington, D.C. He specializes in class action lawsuits, medical malpractice matters, employment law, and civil rights issues.
SUZANNE WILHELM, LL.M., was named dean of the Huether School of Business at The College of Saint Rose in Albany, New York. Wilhelm previously served as associate dean at the School of Business Administration at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado.
MARK HAMILTON was named counsel at Danziger & Markhoff in White Plains, New York. Hamilton specializes in employee benefits and compensation matters. He previously served as a partner at White & Case in New York City.
RICHARD HSU was named global leader of Shearman & Sterling’s intellectual property transactions practice. His blog, Hsu Untied, was also recently selected as one of the year’s top 100 legal blogs by the ABA Journal. Hsu serves as a partner at the firm, and is based in both New York City and Menlo Park, California.
WILLIAM R. SPIEGELBERGER recently published The Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards in Russia, a reference book that analyzes Russian case law and the country’s courts. He was also elected to the supervisory board of STRABAG SE, an Austrian construction company. Spiegelberger serves as director of the international practice department at UC RUSAL in Moscow.
THOMAS R. WEINBERGER joined the Manhattan office of Schulte Roth & Zabel as a partner. Weinberger focuses his practice on asset-backed securities and corporate finance. He previously served as a partner at Stroock & Stroock & Lavan in New York City.
JOSEPH T. DIXON III joined the Minneapolis office of Fredrikson & Byron as a shareholder and co-chair of the firm’s white collar and regulatory defense group. Dixon previously served as deputy general counsel for government and internal investigations at UnitedHealth Group. He is also a former assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Minnesota.
SUSAN STEINTHAL was appointed executive vice president, deputy general counsel, and head of legal for consumer banking at Citizens Bank. Steinthal previously spent 11 years at Citigroup, most recently serving as general counsel for Citi’s international retail banking business.
MELISSA ELSTEIN recently filmed her third ballet and stretch instructional DVD. Elstein is the owner of Good Energy Movement & Wellness, which offers health classes throughout Manhattan. She is also a co-founder of West 80s Neighborhood Association, a community preservation organization.
PAMELA A. MILLER joined the New York City office of O’Melveny & Myers as a partner. Miller specializes financial services litigation and commercial litigation. She previously served as a partner at Arnold & Porter in Manhattan.
TIM XIA joined Locke Lord as a partner in the firm’s Atlanta office. Xia focuses his practice on intellectual property law. He previously served as a senior partner at Morris, Manning & Martin.
CONSUELO CAMPUZANO joined Potomac Law Group as a partner. She focuses her practice on intellectual property, commercial contracts, and general corporate advisory matters. Prior to joining Potomac Law, Campuzano worked at Davis Polk & Wardwell and as an in-house attorney at Thomson Reuters, Goldman Sachs, and The Washington Post Company.
MICHAEL F. DEFRANCO was named chair of Baker & McKenzie’s global mergers and acquisitions practice group. DeFranco serves as a partner in the firm’s Chicago office.
JUAN MANUEL GUTIÉRREZ CARRAU, LL.M., was recently named president of the University of Montevideo in Montevideo, Uruguay. Gutiérrez Carrau previously served as the university’s academic secretary, as well as director of the school’s LL.M. degree program, the first in that country.
WENSENG “WENDY” PAN recently joined Sidley Austin as a partner in the firm’s New York City office. Pan focuses her practice on mergers and acquisitions, technology-based transactions, and strategic partnerships. She previously served as a partner at O’Melveny & Myers in Shanghai.
NYAGUTHII CHEGE was named associate director of Social Justice Initiatives at Columbia Law School. In that role, she is responsible for student and graduate professional development and career advising in the areas of human rights and international public law. Chege previously served as director of career services at Peking University School of Transnational Law in China.
J. MICHAEL KEYES, LL.M., joined the Seattle office of Dorsey & Whitney as a partner. Keyes, who specializes in intellectual property law, previously served as a partner at K&L Gates.
PATRICIA I. KOVACEVIC was appointed general counsel and chief compliance officer at Nicopure Labs, an e-liquid and vaporizer-device manufacturing company based in Florida. She previously served as associate general counsel and director of regulatory affairs at ITG Brands in Greensboro, North Carolina.
ANDREW TANNENBAUM recently wrote an op-ed on cybersecurity that was featured in The Wall Street Journal. Tannenbaum, IBM’s cybersecurity counsel and a former deputy general counsel at the National Security Agency, recently testified before Congress on the impact cyber threats can have on American businesses.
ALISHA BLOOM was named a 2015 “In-House Leader” by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly, and New England In-House. The annual award recognizes in-house lawyers who demonstrate innovative and practical business and legal skills. Recipients are also active in their communities. Bloom serves as general counsel and chief compliance officer at ikaSystems, a business-solutions company based in Southborough, Massachusetts.
PATTY FERGUSON-BOHNEE was named “Woman of the Year” at the Arizona American Indian Excellence in Leadership Awards banquet this past November. The event is hosted annually by the Phoenix Indian Center. Ferguson-Bohnee serves as director of the Indian Legal Clinic at Arizona State University’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law. She is also faculty director of the school’s Indian Legal Program.
SUSAN L. SHIN was named president-elect of the Asian American Bar Association of New York this past spring. Shin serves as a partner at Arnold & Porter in Manhattan. She specializes in complex business litigation.
ELIA O. WOYT was recently named to the 2016 Ohio and Kentucky “Rising Stars” list by Super Lawyers magazine. The recognition honors attorneys who have shown promise early in their careers. Woyt serves as a partner at Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease in Akron, Ohio. He specializes in finance matters, energy issues, and real estate law.
MARIA RAPTIS was named a partner at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom in New York City. Raptis, who previously served as an associate at the firm, specializes in antitrust law.
VIKRAM BHAGAT was named senior counsel at American Public Media Group. In this role, he is responsible for negotiating and drafting production agreements, administering guild agreements, and providing advice and counsel to various business units. Bhagat previously served as corporate counsel for The Associated Press in Washington, D.C.
EVAN K. FARBER was promoted to partner at Reed Smith in New York City. Farber is a member of the firm’s commercial litigation practice group. He specializes in electronic discovery issues.
JANINE N. MATTON was named chief of the Government & Healthcare Fraud Section of the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office Division of Law. Matton specializes in False Claims Act and consumer fraud litigation. She previously served as assistant chief of the section.
CHARLOTTE A. PONTILLO was promoted to special counsel at Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman in New York City. Pontillo specializes in commercial litigation. She previously served as an associate at the firm.
J. BRITTON WILLISTON received the Emerson G. Spies Award for enthusiasm, loyalty, and dedication to the Young Lawyers Division of the Virginia Bar Association. Williston serves as a member at Kaufman & Canoles in Norfolk, Virginia. He focuses his practice on private equity issues, securities regulation, corporate finance, and mergers and acquisitions.
CHARLES YI was appointed general counsel of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. He previously served as staff director and chief counsel of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.
MAX GARFIELD was promoted to special counsel at Schulte Roth & Zabel in New York City. Garfield, who specializes in employment law, previously served as an associate at the firm.
ALEXANDRA MINKOVICH joined Baker & McKenzie as of counsel in the firm’s Washington, D.C., office. Minkovich focuses her practice on tax matters in the banking sector. She previously served as associate tax legislative counsel at the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Tax Policy.
ELIZABETH PEREZ was promoted to legal director of Lawyers Alliance for New York, which provides business and transactional legal services to nonprofit organizations in New York City. Perez previously served as a senior staff attorney at Lawyers Alliance.
MINDY FOSS RICE was named a shareholder at Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren in Milwaukee. She focuses her practice on a wide variety of finance transactions for lenders, borrowers, financial institutions, and private equity companies.
SEAN J. RILEY joined the Washington, D.C., office of Cozen O’Connor as a member of the firm’s state attorneys general practice. Riley previously served as chief deputy attorney general of Kentucky.
CATHLEEN E. STADECKER was named a director at Downs Rachlin Martin in Burlington, Vermont. She previously served as an associate at the firm. Stadecker focuses her practice on intellectual property counseling involving trademark, copyright, advertising, unfair competition, and Internet issues.
NIMA AMINI was promoted to partner at O’Melveny & Myers in Hong Kong. Amini focuses his practice on mergers and acquisitions, as well as matters related to investment funds. He joined the firm in 2006.
KATIE BROSSY received a Native American 40 Under 40 Award from the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development, a nonprofit organization that assists American Indian tribes in their business and economic development. The award recognizes American Indians who are dedicated and motivated leaders in both the business sector and in their communities. Brossy serves as senior counsel at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld in Washington, D.C. She specializes in American Indian law and policy.
NICK GREENWOOD was named a shareholder at Parsons Behle & Latimer in Salt Lake City. Greenwood is a member of the firm’s corporate transactions and securities practice group. He joined the firm in 2013.
THOMAS B. KING was named a partner at Haynes and Boone in Costa Mesa, California. He specializes in intellectual property litigation. King joined the firm in 2012.
DAMON P. MEYER was promoted to counsel at Davis Polk & Wardwell in New York City. Meyer specializes in a broad range of domestic and international corporate restructurings. He previously served as an associate at the firm.
AMY E. VANDERWAL, LL.M., was promoted to partner at BakerHostetler in New York City. Vanderwal specializes in corporate and financial restructuring, as well as insolvency and bankruptcy matters.
MARWA M. ELBORAI was named a partner at Shearman & Sterling in London. Elborai focuses her practice on capital markets. She previously served as counsel at the firm.
NATHAN W. GIESSELMAN was named a partner at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom in Palo Alto, California. Giesselman, who has practiced law at Skadden since 2006, specializes in tax law.
DREW GLOVER was promoted to counsel at Davis Polk & Wardwell in São Paulo. Glover focuses his practice on advising U.S. and international clients on capital markets transactions. He previously served as an associate at the firm.
BENJAMIN M. GREENBLUM was named a partner at Williams & Connolly in Washington, D.C. Greenblum focuses his practice on commercial and complex civil litigation. He previously served as an associate at the firm.
CAROLINE SANDBERG, LL.M., was named a partner at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson in New York City. She is a member of the firm’s corporate department and its finance practice. Sandberg previously served as an associate at Fried Frank.
TAK SATO joined Snell & Wilmer as an associate in the firm’s Los Angeles office. Sato focuses his practice on a wide range of transactional matters, including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, and general commercial transactions. He previously served as an associate at Arent Fox.
ROBERT VINCENT was named a partner at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in Dallas. Vincent focuses his practice on intellectual property litigation. He previously served as an associate at the firm.
SARGON DANIEL was elected a shareholder at Winstead, P.C., in Dallas. Daniel, who joined the firm in 2012, advises clients on strategic decisions related to building and managing businesses.
ELYSSA FRIEDLAND recently published Love and Miss Communication. The novel, her first, tells the story of a young, New York City–based lawyer who vows to stop using her smartphone and computer in the hopes of “unplugging” from the world. Friedland has written for several publications, including Modern Bride, New York magazine, Columbia Journalism Review, and Yale Alumni Magazine.
MICHAEL GOETTIG was named counsel at Davis Wright Tremaine in New York City. He specializes in issues relating to employment law. Goettig previously served as an associate at Vedder Price.
RADOSLAW MICHALAK, LL.M., was named counsel in the corporate department at Davis Polk & Wardwell in London. Michalak represents corporations and investment banks in cross-border securities offerings. He previously served as an associate at the firm.
ADRIANA PIÑON was recently featured as a “change maker” in the Texas Observer. Piñon serves as a senior staff attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union of Texas. She was recognized for her work combating civil rights abuses at the U.S.-Mexico border.
AMY T. ALTER, LL.M., was named counsel in the corporate department at Davis Polk & Wardwell in Paris. Alter specializes in corporate finance transactions, international capital markets transactions, and mergers and acquisitions. She previously served as an associate at the firm.
TODD ARENA recently received a Cornerstone Award from Lawyers Alliance for New York. Arena was honored for providing pro bono counsel to the National Federation of Community Development Credit Unions, a financial services organization that focuses on underserved communities. Arena serves as an associate at O’Melveny & Myers in New York City. He specializes in finance, project development, and real estate matters.
DAVID W.S. LIEBERMAN was recognized as an up-and-coming attorney by the newspaper Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly. Lieberman serves as an associate at Day Pitney in Boston. He specializes in complex business disputes and tort litigation.
JAMES RICHARDS was named to the Forbes “30 Under 30 Law and Policy” list in 2015. The list recognizes young entrepreneurs, government officials, advisers, and lawyers who are helping to shape domestic and international law and policy. Richards serves as the CEO of Teleborder, a service that helps companies manage their employees’ immigration, tax, and relocation issues.
PRITESH P. SHAH was named a partner at Davis Polk & Wardwell in New York City. He provides advice and strategic consulting to clients on the intellectual property and technology aspects of a wide variety of corporate transactions. Shah previously served as an associate at the firm.
MARISSA JACKSON was appointed general counsel at the New York City Mayor’s Office for International Affairs. She previously served as an acting assistant professor of lawyering at New York University School of Law. While in this role, Jackson was honored with NYU’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Faculty Award, which recognizes faculty who make a positive impact within the classroom and in the NYU community.
DILEN KUMAR was named to the 2015–2016 Leadership Arts Institute of the Business Council for the Arts in Dallas. The program provides training to individuals seeking leadership roles on the boards of artistic and cultural nonprofit organizations. Kumar serves as an associate at Weil, Gotshal & Manges in Dallas.
ERIC M. SOEHNLEIN was named to the board of directors of the Mental Health Association of Erie County, an organization that provides mental health education, advocacy, and supportive services to residents of that area. Soehnlein serves as an associate at Lippes Mathias Wexler Friedman in Buffalo, New York. He specializes in white-collar criminal defense cases and regulatory enforcement matters.
JACOB SCHALL HOLBERG, LL.M., recently served as a judge on the High Court of Eastern Denmark. Schall Holberg, an attorney at Bech-Bruun in Copenhagen, is also an associate professor of EU law at the University of Copenhagen.
JADE A. CRAIG was named an associate at Phelps Dunbar in Tampa, Florida. He focuses his practice on litigation, as well as labor and employment matters. Craig previously served as a special policy adviser at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity.
KIPP MUELLER recently co-founded SketchyLaw, an online legal education company that specializes in the use of visual symbols and auditory cues to help students recall legal concepts in preparation for law school course and the bar exam.
CHRISTOPHER O. DACHNIWSKY was named an associate at Thompson & Knight in Dallas. He focuses his practice on litigation and dispute resolution.