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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.