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RICHARD M. KLEID was recently elected to his third term as president of the Town Council of Palm Beach, Florida. In addition to his service to the town, Mr. Kleid is an alumni interviewer for Columbia College and a volunteer attorney at the Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County.
WILLIAM R. HICKMAN was recognized as a 50-year member of the Washington State Bar.
GERALD MACD. SHEA’s book, The Language of Light: A History of Silent Voices, was recently published by Yale University Press.
ANDREW S. ROFFE was honored for his 20 years of service by the New York School for the Deaf at the School’s 200th anniversary celebration.
DAVID B. MCKINNEY was honored by Best Lawyers as a "Lawyer of the Year" for his work in employee benefits law in the Tulsa area, where he also practices health care law, ERISA litigation and trusts and estates law.
CHRIS M. SMITH was honored by Lawyers Alliance for New York with a Cornerstone Award, which is given for outstanding pro bono work done by business and transactional attorneys throughout New York City.
JERALD E. PODAIR’s book, City of Dreams: Dodger Stadium and the Birth of Modern Los Angeles, was recently published by Princeton University Press. He is a professor of history and Robert S. French Professor of American Studies at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin.
HILL CARROW, CEO of Sports & Properties, Inc., won the award for Best New Sports Event at the World’s Best Events Awards for the creation and production of the USA Masters Games, a major multi-sport event for athletes ages 21 and over.
MARISA F. JACOBS has been appointed Senior Director, Investor Relations for Crocs, Inc., a world leader in innovative, casual footwear. She is based at the company’s headquarters in Golden, CO.
PAUL M. FEUERMAN joined AMRI, a global contract research, development and manufacturing organization in Albany, NY, as senior vice president, general counsel and head of business development. He is responsible for leading all AMRI’s worldwide legal, M&A, and corporate affairs activities.
STEPHEN M. KANE, Managing Director and Chair of the Business, Corporate and Securities Practice Group of Rich May, P.C., was awarded the Columbia University Alumni Medal at Commencement in May 2017. The Alumni Medal, first awarded in 1933, is the highest honor bestowed by the Columbia Alumni Association for distinguished service to the University.
TERESA BRYCE BAZEMORE was elected to the Board of Directors of the Forum of Executive Women, an organization of more than 450 influential women representing diverse businesses in the greater Philadelphia region.
MICHAEL J. SCHMIDTBERGER was elected Chair of the Executive Committee of Sidley Austin LLP, the governing body responsible for exercising general authority over the firm’s policies and affairs, effective January 1, 2018. He has been involved in shaping the direction of the firm for the past 15 years in his various leadership roles.
CHERYL L. DAVIS is being honored by Lawyers Alliance for New York with a Cornerstone Award, which is given for outstanding pro bono work done by business and transactional attorneys throughout New York City.
CAMILLA B. TAYLOR, Lambda Legal Senior Counsel, was named one of the Most Influential Women Lawyers in Chicago by Crain’s Chicago Business.
EDWARD L. SCHNITZER has joined CKR Law LLP as a partner and U.S. Chair of the firm’s Bankruptcy and Financial Restructuring Group in New York City. He represents unsecured creditor committees, trustees, debtors, banks and creditors with particular expertise in bankruptcy litigation including the prosecution and defense of avoidance actions, claims objections, and collection and turnover actions.
JOHN M. TROTT, a partner in Cox, Castle & Nicholson, was inducted as a 2017 fellow in the American College of Mortgage Attorneys. Only 33 attorneys nationwide were elected this year to this exclusive organization comprising the most qualified attorneys in the mortgage law industry.
MARGO E. SMITH was named executive vice president and chief legal officer of Silicon Valley-based Apttus, where she will play a critical role as chief legal counsel and senior advisor for the company’s worldwide legal affairs and compliance.
RASHIDA K. LA LANDE joined Kraft Heinz as its new Global General Counsel and Corporate Secretary. She oversees corporate governance and securities, transactions, regulatory, intellectual property, litigation, and labor and employment. She was, most recently, a partner in the New York office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, specializing in mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, private equity deals and joint ventures.
ENOCH H. LIANG, a founding partner of LTL Attorneys LLP, was selected for inclusion on the 2018 list of The Best Lawyers in America.
JUSTIN A. NELSON has announced that he is running for Attorney General in Texas.
JULIET SORENSEN, a member of the Northwestern Law School faculty, was appointed associate dean of clinical education and director of Northwestern’s Bluhm Legal Clinic.
FLORIAN H. WAGNER-VON PAPP LL.M. was promoted to a Chair as the Professor of Antitrust and Comparative Law & Economics at University College London, where he has been teaching since 2005. He is currently also Pro tempore Professor of Private and Economic Law at the Helmut Schmidt University of the Armed Forces in Hamburg, Germany, and Visiting Professor at the University of Würzburg, Germany.
ANDREW J. GAJKOWSKI was promoted to partner at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman. His practice is centered on serving technology clients in business and corporate deals. He regularly counsels investors, entrepreneurs and companies in formations, venture financings, mergers and acquisitions, and technology transactions.
JUSTIN E. FAIRFAX was elected Lieutenant Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia.
OLIVER OLAH has joined Greenberg Traurig LLP as a shareholder. He will focus on domestic and cross-border private equity, mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, equity investments, and general corporate representation across a variety of industries.
DAN KROCKMALNIC was named General Counsel of Boston Globe Media Partners, a media organization that includes the Boston Globe.
BOB A. RIVOLLIER LL.M. was named partner in the law firm of Ropes & Gray, where he advises private equity sponsors and their portfolio companies in the structuring and negotiation of leveraged buyouts, mergers and acquisitions, strategic investments, financings, and dispositions.
JAY B. BLACKMAN, a corporate finance and securities law attorney, has rejoined Vinson & Elkins as counsel in the firm’s Houston office. He will be representing private equity investors, their portfolio companies and a variety of public and private companies in connection with mergers, acquisitions, dispositions and strategic investments.
MICHAEL BAHAR LL.M., a partner in the law firm Eversheds Sutherland, has been recognized as a National Law Journal Cybersecurity Trailblazer for his significant contributions and pioneering work in the areas of cybersecurity and data privacy.
KEVIN T. CREWS has been named associate, elected counsel in Weil’s Corporate Department. He is based in Dallas, Texas.
SARAH B. ROGERS has been named partner in the law firm Brewer, Attorneys & Counselors.
DEBORAH E. BIRNBAUM was awarded the 2017 Government Pro Bono Award by the Washington Council of Lawyers.
GUY GRIBOV has been named partner in the law firm of Vinson & Elkins. His practice focuses on syndicated and structured/mezzanine financings, and preferred equity investments, primarily in the energy space.
FEDERICO FRUHBECK LL.M. has been named partner in the law firm of Vinson & Elkins. His practice focuses on capital market transactions, private equity, and mergers and acquisitions, with a particular emphasis advising sponsors, underwriters and corporates on their high-yield bond issuances.
PRASHANTH CHENNAKESAVAN and ANDREA CONTRERAS have joined litigation boutique LTL Attorneys LLP in Los Angeles as associates. Chennakesavan will focus his practice on complex commercial litigation. Contreras will focus on employment and class action matters.
CANDICE MAI KHANH NGUYEN has joined Kaplan & Company, LLP as an Associate. The firm is led by Roberta Kaplan ’91.