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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.