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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.