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Oliphant 05L elected partner at Massey & Gail Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Eli Kay-Oliphant 05L was elected to the partnership at his law firm, Massey & Gail LLP. He focuses on complex commercial litigation and has experience with complex contractual matters, commercial fraud, credit default swaps, Ponzi schemes, residential mortgage-backed securities, online financial products and transactions, and data privacy and security. Kay-Oliphant was editor-in-chief of the Emory Law Journal.
Perkins 78L among "2016 Best Lawyers in Dallas" Thursday, April 21, 2016
Alan Perkins 78L has been named one of the “2016 Best Lawyers in Dallas,” by D Magazine. Perkins practices corporate law and mergers/acquisitions at Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP.
“We are honored to have this group of attorneys recognized among the best in the Dallas legal community, and we congratulate them on this achievement,” said Gardere Chair Holland N. O’Neil. Each year, D Magazine invites nearly 9,000 attorneys from the Dallas-Fort Worth area to vote for their peers. Finalists are selected by an independent panel of anonymous lawyers and the magazine's editorial staff.
Cole-Johnson 08L appointed to U.S. District Court committee Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Britt-Marie Cole-Johnson 08L, a labor and employment partner at the law firm of Robinson+Cole, has been appointed to the Federal Grievance Committee of the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut. She will serve a three-year term through December 31, 2018. The Federal Grievance Committee reviews complaints alleging attorney misconduct relating to matters relevant to an attorney’s qualifications to practice before the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut.
Gov. Deal appoints Hayward 95L to state court bench Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has appointed Tammi Long Hayward 95L to a state court judgeship in Clayton County. She was appointed to fill the vacancy left by the retirement of state court Judge Morris Braswell. Hayward, an associate magistrate judge in Clayton County, had qualified to run against Leslie Miller Terry and Robert Mack for the Superior Court seat currently held by Judge Deborah Benefield.
In Memoriam: Donna Lewis 86L Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Donna Lewis 86L passed away on April 13, 2016. Read the obituary.
Rabies 13L joins Middleton Reutlinger Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Reza Rabiee 13L has joined Middleton Reutlinger’s business law practice group, where he focuses in corporate law, economic development and incentives for business, finance and transactions, mergers and acquisitions, real estate development and construction, and commercial lending.
Gaeng 84L receives 2016 Leadership in Law Award Monday, April 11, 2016
Gerard Gaeng 84L received the 2016 Leadership in Law Award from the Daily Record. He is head of the Litigation Group at Rosenberg Martin Greenberg LLP.
"Leadership in Law honorees devote time, talent and energy to bettering the legal profession in addition to the communities in which they live and work," said the Suzanne Fischer-Huettner, publisher. "They demonstrate a commitment to improving communities throughout our state through notable pro bono work and other means. They are also committed to mentoring, which is a key component of this award. The Daily Record is pleased to honor them."
A former federal judicial law clerk and Maryland Assistant Attorney General, Gaeng is past president and former chair of the Board of Governors of the Federal Bar Association, Maryland Chapter, and serves as Towson University Alumni Association president emeritus, as well as a member of the advisory committee for the Lawyers’ Campaign Against Hunger.
In Memoriam: Steven Harris 79L Friday, April 8, 2016
Steven Harris 79L passed away on April 8, 2016. Read the obituary.
Rollins 02L deputy assistant general counsel at USAID Thursday, April 7, 2016
Youshea Berry Rollins 02L is now deputy assistant general counsel for Legislation and Policy in the Office of the General Counsel at the US Agency for International Development (USAID). USAID works to end extreme global poverty and enable resilient, democratic societies around the world.
Spitz 93L named national co-chair at Jackson Lewis Thursday, April 7, 2016
Jon Spitz 93L was named national co-chair of the Labor and Preventive Practices Group at Jackson Lewis P.C.
New mystery by Goldstein 77L set for April release Wednesday, March 30, 2016
Should Have Played Poker, the latest book by Deborah Goldstein 77L, will be released April 20, 2016. Here is a provided synopsis:
“Carrie Martin’s balancing of her corporate-law job and visiting her father at the Sunshine Village retirement home is upset when her mother returns 26 years after abandoning her family. Her mother leaves her with a sealed envelope and the confession she once considered killing Carrie’s father. Before Carrie opens the envelope, she finds her mother murdered and the woman who helped raise her seriously injured. Instructed to leave the sleuthing to the police, Carrie and the mah jongg players’ attempts to unravel Wahoo, Alabama’s past secrets put Carrie in danger and at odds with her former lover—the detective assigned to her mother’s case. In this fast-paced mystery, she learns truth and integrity aren’t always what she was taught to believe.”
Myers 08L joins Alston & Bird Tuesday, March 29, 2016
Jordan Myers 08L has joined Alston & Bird as an associate in the firm’s Atlanta offices. He advises financial institutions in structuring and restructuring financings and resolving related disputes, including loan origination, workouts, restructuring, and bankruptcy.
Parisi 05L joins Alston & Bird as partner Tuesday, March 29, 2016
Michael Parisi 05L has joined Alston & Bird as a partner in the firm’s Atlanta offices. He represents lenders and borrowers in asset-based and cash-flow debt financings for industries including health care, media, marine services, retail, and manufacturing.
In Memoriam: Susan Cohen Emmons 80L Friday, March 25, 2016
Susan Cohen Emmons 80L passed away on March 25, 2016. Read the obituary.
In Memoriam: Charles Zirkle 78L Tuesday, March 22, 2016
Charles Zirkle 78L passed away on March 22, 2016. Read the obituary.
Cannon 95L named SVP at Garden City Group Tuesday, March 22, 2016
Christi Cannon 95L has been named senior vice president of marketing and development at Garden City Group, LLC, which specializes in legal administration.
Cannon has worked in the industry for two decades. She directs GCG's national marketing initiatives and manages client relationships, and was promoted to her present role after serving as vice president of marketing and client relationships. She and her family live in Atlanta.
Richards 11L joins Bass, Berry & Sims in Nashville Tuesday, March 22, 2016
Ryan M. Richards 11L has joined Bass, Berry & Sims PLC as an associate in the firm’s Nashville offices. He counsels clients on corporate matters including mergers and acquisitions, dispositions, leveraged buyouts, recapitalizations, joint ventures and private offerings. He is also involved in private equity and venture capital financing transactions. In addition to his JD, Richards earned an LLM in taxation from Georgetown University Law Center in 2012.
Giordano 01L named to diversity nonprofit board Monday, March 21, 2016
Timothy K. Giordano 01L has been appointed to the Board of Trustees of the American Conference on Diversity, a nonprofit dedicated to building just and inclusive schools, workplaces, and communities through awareness, education, and advocacy.
Martinez 87L writes post-Reconstruction history, A Long Dark Night Monday, March 21, 2016
J. Michael Martinez 87L has written another book, A Long Dark Night: Race in America from Jim Crow to World War II, scheduled to be published by Rowman & Littlefield later this month. Here is a provided summary:
“A Long Dark Night provides a sweeping history of an overlooked period of African American history that followed the collapse of Reconstruction—from the beginnings of legal segregation through the end of World War II. Martinez argues that the 1880s ushered in the dark night of the American Negro-a night so dark and so long that the better part of a century would elapse before sunlight broke through.” The book combines “both a ‘top down’ perspective on crucial political issues and public policy decisions as well as a ‘bottom up’ discussion of the lives of black and white Americans between the 1880s and the 1940s.”
Carr 88L joins new firm, Kabat Chapman & Ozmer Monday, March 21, 2016
Margolis 01L joins Fulton Superior Court judge race Wednesday, March 9, 2016
Andrew Margolis 01L has announced his candidacy for Fulton County Superior Court Judge. Prior to his current service as a magistrate judge, Margolis worked as both a prosecutor and defense attorney.
"I have the dual experience of serving as a prosecutor and as a defense attorney specializing in criminal and family law cases," Margolis said in his announcement. "It is critical for a judge to be able to be fair to all parties. In order to be fair and arrive at a result that serves justice, a judge must have the ability to see both sides of a case," he says.
Freed 81L moves to Barnes & Thornburg as partner Wednesday, March 9, 2016
In Memoriam: James L. Starnes Tuesday, March 8, 2016
James L. Starnes 42C 49L passed away March 8, 2016. Read the obituary.
Wilson 88L named partner at Morris, Manning & Martin Monday, March 7, 2016
Lynn M. Wilson 88L has been elected partner at Morris, Manning & Martin. She initiated and now manages the firm’s landlord tenant practice.
Kilpatrick Townsend names Wainwright 06L partner Monday, March 7, 2016
Renae Bailey Wainwright 06L has been named partner at Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton. She focuses on patent law at the firm’s Atlanta offices.
Dentons names Gordon 06L partner Monday, March 7, 2016
David Gordon 06L was promoted to partner at his firm, Dentons. He focuses primarily on bankruptcy law in the firm’s Atlanta offices. He is an adjunct professor at Emory Law, and former editor-in-chief of the Emory Bankruptcy Developments Journal.
In Memoriam: The Hon. Joel Feldman 64L Saturday, February 27, 2016
The Hon. Joel Feldman 62C 64L passed away on February 27, 2016. Read the obituary.
French 03L named 2016 Georgia Super Lawyer Friday, February 19, 2016
Brooke French 03L was named a Georgia Super Lawyer for 2016. French practices family law at Boyd Collar Nolen & Tuggle in Atlanta.
Elgin 93L joins Bean, Kinney & Korman Friday, February 19, 2016
Jennifer Elgin 93L, who has more than 20 years of experience as an intellectual property attorney, has joined Bean, Kinney & Korman as a shareholder and head of the firm’s Trademark and Copyright Practice Group.
Elgin counsels clients on global trademark and copyright strategies, including clearance and registration, and assists clients with the enforcement and defense of intellectual property rights, right of publicity and licensing issues. She has particular expertise in copyright fair use as well as social media.
Elgin represents clients before the United States Patent and Trademark Office and foreign offices, and in litigation in federal courts and inter partes adversarial proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.
Yellin 82L named 2016 Georgia Super Lawyer Friday, February 19, 2016
Harold B. Yellin 82L was named a Georgia Super Lawyer for 2016. Yellin practices real estate law in the Savannah offices of HunterMacLean.
Kachmar 97L named 2016 Georgia Super Lawyer Friday, February 19, 2016
Shawn Kachmar 97L was named a Georgia Super Lawyer for 2016. Kachmar practices employment and labor law in the Savannah offices of HunterMacLean.
Schwadron 06L's 'Mighty Group Inc.' featured in Forbes Monday, February 8, 2016
Joshua Schwadron 06L, CEO and cofounder of New York City’s Mighty Group Inc., was featured recently in Forbes magazine.
“Schwadron’s ambition is to generate enough data about the risk and returns of lending small amounts of money to plaintiffs in personal injury suits to turn litigation finance into a respectable alternative investment,” writes Forbes’ finance and law reporter Daniel Fisher.
According to the Mighty.com site, the firm’s mission includes: “We’ve seen how simple and efficient financing can rebalance the legal system in favor of the individual. By providing plaintiffs with access to financing at fair rates, we help them bridge the critical gap between settling a lawsuit and the day-to-day costs of living through one.”
Almli and husband welcome third child Thursday, February 4, 2016
Arathi Murthi Almli '01L and Eric Almli 03M welcomed their third child, Lila Marit Almli, on August 9, 2015. Lila joins big brother Vishnu and sister Lakshmi.
Wilson 09L named 'Rising Star' for North Carolina Wednesday, February 3, 2016
Danielle Barbour Wilson 09L, a principal at The Banks Law Firm in Research Triangle Park, N.C., has been named a 2016 "North Carolina Rising Star" by Super Lawyers. Wilson focuses on employment litigation, and represents both private and public employers before various state and federal courts and administrative agencies. She also represents transitioning professionals and executives in employment disputes.
Van Gelder 76L joins Cozen O'Connor's criminal defense practice Monday, February 1, 2016
Barbara “Biz” Van Gelder joined Cozen O'Connor Feb. 1 as a member of its growing Criminal Defense & Internal Investigations practice in Washington, D.C. She joins from Dickstein Shapiro LLP, where she served as senior counsel and leader of the firm’s Congressional Investigations Practice.
Van Gelder focuses on white-collar defense and health care matters. She represents clients in criminal fraud investigations and handles qui tam, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, False Claims Act, civil RICO and employment litigation, according to the firm’s press release. She advises corporations on creating effective corporate compliance and ethics programs and in the conduct of internal corporate investigations. She has represented companies and individuals in debarment matters, as well as congressional and inspector general investigations.
“I have known Biz for more than 15 years. She is one of the leaders in the white collar criminal defense bar and we feel very lucky to have joining our criminal defense and internal investigations team,” said Barry Boss, co-chair of the Criminal Defense & Internal Investigations practice.
“White collar criminal defense and investigations work is both challenging and incredibly rewarding,” Van Gelder said. “It is such an honor to become a member of Cozen O’Connor’s respected and talented team of lawyers in this area of law.”
Scott 98L announces run for Clayton County State Court Monday, February 1, 2016
Betrice Scott 98L, an associate magistrate court judge and former assistant solicitor, has announced plans to run for Clayton County State Court Judge Morris Braswell's seat.
Jones 15L joins Nelson Mullins Monday, February 1, 2016
Christina Jones 15L has joined Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP as a member of the Mergers and Acquisitions, Technology, and Tax team. She joined the firm’s corporate practice in Atlanta after serving as a summer associate.
Baker 80L joins Taylor, Feil, Harper, Lumsden & Hess Monday, February 1, 2016
Diane Baker 80L has joined Taylor, Feil, Harper, Lumsden & Hess as a shareholder. She comes to the firm from Baker Law Group, a boutique estate planning and probate firm in Roswell that she founded in 1999, the Daily Report says. “Diane brings years of additional experience in wills, trusts, estate planning and probate law to TFHLH,” according to the firm's release. Baker has served as president of the Estate Planning Council of North Georgia, and is also a member of the Atlanta Estate Planning Council. She is former chair of the Georgia ElderCare Symposium.
In Memoriam: J. Joseph Kennedy 74L Tuesday, January 26, 2016
J. Joseph Kennedy 74L passed away on January 15, 2016. Read the obituary.
Saber 89L named 2016 North Carolina Super Lawyer Monday, January 25, 2016
Michael Saber 89L was named a North Carolina Super Lawyer for 2016. Saber practices corporate law at Smith Anderson in Raleigh.
Estes 97L leads infrastructure team at Pannone Lopes Devereaux & West Monday, January 25, 2016
William J. “Bill” Estes 97L has joined Pannone Lopes Devereaux & West LLC as senior counsel with the firm’s Municipal Infrastructure Team, which provides representation to public and private clients in areas including public finance, project management, public-private partnerships, real estate, contract maintenance, business law and other disciplines.
Estes formerly served as general counsel to the New York State Thruway Authority and Canal Corporation. His practice focuses primarily on the procurement, construction and financing of infrastructure for the transportation, water and energy sectors.
Estes has worked closely with federal and state agencies on legal matters involving the maintenance and operation of toll roads, waterways and municipal facilities. That includes issues of construction, litigation, procurement, finance, real property, permitting and contracting, advertising, labor and employment, environmental, and governance matters. He participated in the $3.9 billion design-build procurement and financing of the replacement Tappan Zee Bridge.
In 2014, the New York Law Journal recognized his leadership with an "Outstanding Legal Department" award.
Bonder 95L named to DeKalb County Board of Ethics Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Scott Bonder 95L was appointed to a restructured DeKalb County Board of Ethics, which prepared to start work in January, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. “Community organizations recently appointed members to the new DeKalb Board of Ethics, which 92 percent of voters approved during a Nov. 3 referendum,” the story says. Bonder was appointed by the DeKalb Bar Association.
Guttman 85L writes 'The American Spectacle' Wednesday, January 20, 2016
There are real issues at stake in the next presidential election, including that the next president will make appointments that tip the balance of the judiciary including the Supreme Court, Guttman writes for The Global Legal Post. "But for now, why talk specifics when we, Americans, are still tuning in to watch the spectacle?" he asks. Read the opinion article.
In Memoriam: Daniel A. Summer 85L Tuesday, January 19, 2016
Daniel A. Summer 85L passed away on January 14, 2016. Read the obituary.
In Memoriam: Terrill Brooks Pearson Jr. Tuesday, January 19, 2016
Terrill Brooks Pearson Jr. 84L passed away on Saturday, January 9, 2016. Read the obituary.
In Memoriam: William H. Brandon 75L Sunday, January 17, 2016
William H. Brandon 75L passed away on January 17, 2016. Read the obituary.
Hendrix 85L named chairman at Arnall Golden Gregory Thursday, January 14, 2016
Palmer 08L joins McAfee & Taft in Tulsa Thursday, January 14, 2016
Julia A. Palmer 08L has joined McAfee & Taft’s litigation group. Her state and federal practice is focused on the resolution of complex business disputes. A Tulsa native, Palmer was previously an associate with a boutique litigation firm in Atlanta and served on the faculty of the Kessler-Eidson Program for Trial Techniques at Emory Law, and received the Dean’s Public Service Medal. Palmer clerked for Chief Judge John Preston Bailey of the US District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia.
Perkins-Hooker 84B 84L named Fulton County Attorney Thursday, January 14, 2016
On Jan. 14, Patrise Perkins-Hooker 84B 84L took office as Fulton County attorney, following her earlier confirmation by a unanimous vote of the Fulton County Board of Commissioners.
“When we were looking to fill the vital position of county attorney, the board of commissioners was looking for a legal mind who understands the unique concerns of a governmental entity,” Chairman John Eaves said in a statement. “Ms. Perkins-Hooker’s work with the Atlanta BeltLine and much of her prior experience demonstrates that unique understanding of many of the legal issues facing Fulton County.”
Levi 02L marries Przelski Tuesday, January 12, 2016
Julie Levi 99C 02L married Eric Przelski on November 21, 2015. The couple lives in Baltimore, Maryland.
Klorfein 84L joins board of Exit Planning Institute's Georgia Chapter Monday, January 11, 2016
Stephen R. Klorfein 78C 84L of Chaiken Klorfein LLC, has been selected to serve on the initial Board of Directors for the Georgia Chapter of the Exit Planning Institute. The Institute is a national organization for professionals who specialize in estate planning for individuals and their businesses.
In Memoriam: Richard Charles Forman 54L Thursday, January 7, 2016
Richard Charles Forman 54L passed away on January 7, 2016. Read the obituary.
Heffner 90L elected partner at U.K.'s Dechert LLP Thursday, January 7, 2016
Richard L. Heffner Jr. 90L has been elected partner at global specialist law firm Dechert LLP. Heffner, a dual-qualified English solicitor and U.S. attorney, focuses on U.K. and U.S. financial services regulation. In addition to extensive knowledge in private practice, Heffner draws on experience gained in-house and with U.K. and U.S. regulators. He advises U.K., European and U.S. clients on a wide range of regulatory issues affecting investment management, including AIFMD, MiFID and the UCITS Directive, and on requirements for overseas firms providing services into the U.K., as well as the establishment of FCA-regulated institutions and FCA-authorized funds.
Cole-Johnson 08L partner at Robinson & Cole LLP Tuesday, January 5, 2016
Britt-Marie K. Cole-Johnson has been elected partner at Robinson & Cole LLP effective January 1, 2016. Cole-Johnson counsels boards of directors, senior management, and human resources professionals in all areas of employment law, with a focus on sensitive, high-risk personnel issues and investigations as well as compliance and training.
She advises clients regarding personnel policies, affirmative action compliance, pay equity, discipline and terminations, wage and hour issues, disability and reasonable accommodations, leaves of absence, employment contracts, separation agreements and reductions in force. Cole-Johnson also represents employers across various industries in litigation involving discrimination, wrongful termination, workers’ compensation retaliation and other employment claims before state and federal administrative agencies and courts.
Hayward 95L candidate for Clayton County Superior Court Tuesday, January 5, 2016
Tammi Long Hayward has served as a full-time magistrate judge in Clayton County, Georgia, since August 2012. She is a candidate for the county’s Superior Court. Tammi and husband Marty have two sons—Isaac, who is 6 years old and Aaron, 2.
Taylor 85L named Litigation Counsel of America fellow Saturday, January 2, 2016
Wayne Taylor 85L has been elected as a fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America, an invitation-only trial attorney honor society, and as a WIND Fellow of the Windstorm Insurance Network. Taylor also has been selected for inclusion as a Super Lawyers in insurance coverage for the third straight year, and a Best Lawyer in America for insurance coverage litigation. Taylor is a partner at Mozley, Finlayson & Loggins, LLP in Atlanta, and specializes in insurance coverage and litigation.
Guobadia 12L practices employment law in New York City Thursday, December 24, 2015
Ivie Guobadia 12L has joined the Employment Practice Litigation Group of Kaufman Borgeest & Ryan, LLP's New York City Office. She represents employers in a variety of civil rights and employment related litigation matters including discrimination, harassment, retaliation and wrongful termination claims.
Escoffery 95L is ACS Group general counsel Tuesday, December 22, 2015
Richard Escoffery 92C 95L has joined the legal department of ACS Group as general counsel. Based in Duluth, Ga., ACS Group provides information technology solutions, staffing and workforce management services.
Giardano named to advisory board of AAT Project Tuesday, December 22, 2015
Timothy K. Giordano 01L has been named to the Board of Advisors of The AAT Project (America's Amazing Teens), a collaborative effort among leading professionals in academia, science, finance, business and media designed to discover and mentor young entrepreneurs and scientists making breakthrough innovations in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
Berman receives Chair Award for service to Bremen Jewish Home Thursday, December 17, 2015
Jeffrey N. Berman was the 2015 recipient of The Chair’s Award in recognition of leadership and contributions to The William Breman Jewish Home in Atlanta. Berman is a shareholder at Berman Fink Van Horn, where he concentrates his practice on closely held business and entrepreneurial services; general corporate; mergers, acquisitions and corporate finance; and real estate transactions.
Miele 13L co-chairs Rubio presidential campaign in Maryland Monday, December 7, 2015
Christian J. Miele 13L will serve as co-chair of Marco Rubio's presidential bid in Maryland (along with former Anne Arundel County Executive Laura Neuman) according to a Baltimore Sun story. Miele was elected to the Maryland House of Delegates, representing the state’s Eighth Legislative District, in 2014. Read the story.
Snow is deputy prosecutor in Redmond Friday, December 4, 2015
Stephanie Snow 91L is a deputy prosecuting attorney with the City of Redmond, Washington.
Mayfield 96L elected to Asheville City Council Friday, December 4, 2015
Julie Mayfield 96L was recently elected to the City Council of Asheville, N.C. Read the Citizen-Times story.
Lindsay 88L sworn in as federal magistrate Friday, December 4, 2015
Kalter is VP, general counsel at Exide Technologies Friday, December 4, 2015
Brad Kalter 94L is executive vice president and general counsel at Exide Technologies, a global provider of stored electrical-energy solutions for transportation and industrial markets.
“Brad has been an integral member of the Exide legal team for more than a decade, providing guidance, perspective and strategic insight across our global businesses, and has served as a valuable liaison with the Company’s Board of Directors. His promotion to this key position reflects his experience and deep knowledge of the industry,” said Vic Koelsch, Exide’s president and CEO. Read the company’s release.
Coopersmith is partner with Davis Wright Tremaine LLP Friday, December 4, 2015
Jeffrey Coopersmith 90L is a partner and co-chair of the White Collar Practice Group at the law firm Davis Wright Tremaine LLP in Seattle.
In Memoriam: John Franklin Gelzer Jr. Friday, December 4, 2015
John Franklin Gelzer Jr. 64C 66L passed away December 4, 2015. Read the obituary.
Webers welcome baby boy Hudson Friday, December 4, 2015
Virginia Weber 06L and Steven Weber 06L welcomed their son, Hudson Warren Weber, on June 10, 2015.
Kachmar 97L among Georgia's 'Legal Elite' Friday, December 4, 2015
Shawn A. Kachmar 97L was included among Georgia Trend Magazine’s list of the state’s “Legal Elite” for 2015. Kachman practices labor and employment law with HunterMaclean, in the firm’s Savannah offices.
Fishman 85L presents in South Africa on law firm websites Friday, December 4, 2015
Ross Fishman, CEO of Fishman Marketing, gave the presentation "Hot Trends in Law Firm Websites" in November at a meeting of the Legus International Network of Law Firms in Cape Town, South Africa. Fishman is pictured with his daughter Elyssa and the African penguins at the Boulders Beach, near Cape Town.
Bartlett 13L, Purdy 15L celebrate anniversary Thursday, December 3, 2015
Brent Bartlett 13L is an associate with Kirwin Norris, in Orlando, Florida. Heather Purdy 15L is pursuing an LLM in taxation at the University of Florida. The couple recently celebrated their one-year anniversary on Dec. 27, 2015.
Rosenkoff 05L included among Georgia Trend's `Legal Elite' Tuesday, December 1, 2015
Matthew R. Rosenkoff 05L was included among Georgia Trend magazine’s “Legal Elite” list, which honors peer-selected lawyers. The magazine polled several thousand members of the State Bar of Georgia asking them to nominate the most effective attorneys in 10 different practice areas. Rosenkoff is a litigation partner at Taylor English Duma’s Atlanta offices.
In Memoriam: Paul R. Koehler 62C 63L Saturday, November 28, 2015
Paul R. Koehler 62C 63L passed away on November 28, 2015. Read the obituary.
In Memoriam: Lewis O. Padgett Jr. Wednesday, November 25, 2015
Lewis O. Padgett Jr. 48L passed away on November 25, 2015. Read the obituary.
In Memoriam: Charles Alexander Evans Wednesday, November 25, 2015
Charles Alexander Evans 65C 67L passed away on November 25, 2015. Read the obituary.
Diversity & the Bar names Sunkara 03L a 'rainmaker' Wednesday, November 18, 2015
Ram C. Sunkara 03L of Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP has been named to the “Rainmakers” list by Diversity & the Bar, a publication of the Minority Corporate Counsel Association. The annual list profiles the professional successes of leading diverse attorneys.
“We are extremely proud of Ram for this wonderful honor,” said Sutherland Managing Partner Mark D. Wasserman. “He has a thriving practice, which is reflected by his tireless commitment to his clients. We are honored to have Ram as our partner.”
“It’s important to move from being a doer to a trusted business adviser to the client,” Sunkara says in his profile article. “To achieve that, one must learn the ins and outs of their clients’ businesses and be proactive in identifying both risks and opportunities for clients utilizing that expertise.”
Sunkara chairs the firm’s Natural Gas Liquids, Liquefied Petroleum Gas, Distributed Generation/Combined Heat and Power, and Petrochemical teams. His experience spans the energy spectrum from electric power to oil and gas transactions.
He has also been recognized as a leading lawyer by Chambers USA in the area of energy and The Legal 500 United States in the area of renewable/alternative energy.
In Memoriam: William L. Davenport 72L Saturday, November 7, 2015
William L. Davenport 72 LLD passed away on Nov. 7, 2015. Read the obituary.
Arkin 83L receives Colorado judicial excellence award Thursday, November 5, 2015
The Honorable Angela R. Arkin 83L has received the 2015 Judicial Excellence Award from the Colorado Judicial Institute. She was one of five honorees recognized at the organization’s annual dinner, held Oct. 20 in Denver.
Arkin has been a district court judge in the 18th Judicial District since 2002. She began her judicial career in August 2000 by serving two years as a district court magistrate in Arapahoe County with a domestic and juvenile docket.
She is currently handling a 100 percent domestic docket in Douglas County. Prior to her current assignment, Arkin served as a district judge in all four counties in the district, with mixed dockets including criminal, civil, probate, mental health, juvenile and domestic cases. She is a frequent lecturer and author in the areas of family law, DNA evidence and jurisdiction.
Arkin will retire on January 1, 2016, after more than 15 years on the bench. She plans to teach, write and provide access to justice to modest means litigants in domestic relations cases in Colorado.
In Memoriam: C. Douglas Eavenson 48L Tuesday, November 3, 2015
C. Douglas Eavenson 48L passed away on Nov. 3, 2015. Read the obituary.
Needle 70L named Intellectual Property Legend Monday, November 2, 2015
William H. Needle 70L, a partner at Ballard Spahr LLP, recently received the 2015 Intellectual Property Legends Award.
The award recognizes those who have made significant contributions to intellectual property, including in business, law, and education. It is jointly awarded by Georgia State University, the Georgia Institute of Technology, the State Bar of Georgia and the Atlanta Bar Association.
Needle is a nationally recognized patent attorney who has practiced for 45 years. He founded the Atlanta law firm Needle & Rosenberg in 1983. The firm grew to become a preeminent IP firm in the Southeast and merged with Ballard Spahr in 2008.
Needle represents clients in patent infringement actions involving a wide range of technologies. He handled the copyright and trademark litigation for the CABBAGE PATCH KIDS® dolls and represented the State of Georgia in infringement cases involving the VIDALIA® onion trademark. He was an adjunct professor of patent law at GSU School of Law from 1991 until 2011 and at Emory Law from 1983 until 2009. Needle is also mediator and arbitrator for JAMS, the largest private alternative dispute resolution provider in the world.
Needle was recognized at an awards lunch on October 20, 2015. Community leader and baseball legend Hank Aaron and GSU College of Law Professor Michael Landau also received the award.
In Memoriam: William H. Fowler 50L Monday, October 26, 2015
William H. Fowler 50L passed away on Oct. 26, 2015. Read the obituary.
Sostek 81L named 2015 Texas Super Lawyer Monday, October 26, 2015
Bruce Sostek 81L of Thompson & Knight has been named a Texas Super Lawyer for 2015, by Thomson Reuters. Sostek is based in the firm’s Dallas offices, where he focuses on intellectual property litigation. Selections are made based on peer nominations and evaluations are combined with third-party research, according to Thomson Reuters. Each candidate is evaluated on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievements, and selections are made on an annual, state-by-state basis.
Meece 87L named 2015 Texas Super Lawyer Monday, October 26, 2015
Gregory S. Meece 87L of Thompson & Knight has been named a Texas Super Lawyer for 2015, by Thomson Reuters. Meece practices general litigation in the firm’s Houston offices. Selections are made based on peer nominations and evaluations are combined with third-party research, according to Thomson Reuters. Each candidate is evaluated on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievements, and selections are made on an annual, state-by-state basis.
In Memoriam: Harry L. DeLung Jr. 67L Sunday, October 18, 2015
Harry L. DeLung Jr. 67L passed away on Oct. 18, 2015. Read the obituary.
Rubin 86L inducted into American College of Trial Lawyers Tuesday, October 13, 2015
Robert G. “Bob” Rubin 82C 86L of Peters, Rubin & Sheffield, has been inducted into the American College of Trial Lawyers and American Board of Criminal Lawyers.
Fellowships are by invitation only for civil and criminal trial lawyers; there are about 5,860 members in the United States and Canada.
Rubin began his career as a Fulton County Public Defender before moving to the Georgia Attorney General’s Office where he represented the State Licensing Boards and prosecuted licensed professionals accused of unprofessional conduct. In 1991 he entered private practice while also working as a special assistant attorney general prosecuting cases before the State Medical Board.
Rubin has represented defendants in a wide variety of criminal cases, including high-profile clients in the “Dunwoody Daycare Murder” case, and the RICO prosecution of a principal in the Atlanta Public Schools cheating scandal.
Rubin has been extensively involved in the Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, currently serving as president-elect. Rubin has also served as chairman of the Lawyers Assistance Committee, helping lawyers charged with contempt. Rubin is also a longtime adjunct professor of Advanced Criminal Trial Advocacy and Examination of Expert Witnesses at Emory Law, a position he has held since 1993. He is also on faculty at the Bill Daniel Trial Advocacy Program and a frequent lecturer at seminars both nationally and throughout the State of Georgia.
Rubin has repeatedly been named a Georgia Super Lawyer and was named a Top Lawyer in White Collar Crime in 2013. He was also named one of Georgia’s Legal Elite by Georgia Trend Magazine.
Atlanta Magazine cites Klorfein for financial professionalism Friday, October 9, 2015
Stephen Klorfein 74C 84L was named 2015 Five Star Financial Service Professional by Atlanta Magazine.
In Memoriam: Philip Cordes 43C 50L Friday, September 25, 2015
Philip B. Cordes 43C 50L passed away September 25, 2015.
In Memoriam: Taylor W. Jones Tuesday, September 22, 2015
Taylor W. Jones 63C 63L passed away on September 22, 2015. Read the obituary.
In Memoriam: Kevin J. Davidson 91L Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Kevin J. Davidson 91L passed away September 16, 2015. Read the obituary.
In Memoriam: Molly Lien 78L Friday, September 11, 2015
Molly Warner Lien 78L passed away Sept. 11, 2015. Read the obituary.
In Memoriam: David Levine 03C 08B 08L Monday, September 7, 2015
David Levine 03C 08B 08L passed away September 7, 2015. Read the obituary.
In Memoriam: James J. Hopkins 89L Sunday, September 6, 2015
On Sunday, September 6, 2015, the West Georgia community lost a fine legal mind, a tireless fighter for the voiceless, a husband, a father, a grandfather, a philanthropist, a friend, animal lover, and so much more with the passing of Carroll County attorney, Judge James J. “Jim” Hopkins 77G 89L.
In Memoriam: Karl J. Howe 52L Sunday, September 6, 2015
Karl J. Howe 52L passed away September 6, 2015. Read the obituary.
In Memoriam: Madeline Kuflik 75L Thursday, August 20, 2015
Madeline Cohen Kuflik 75L passed away August 20, 2015, after a 40-month battle with pancreatic cancer.
"Madeline was a true child of The City," her obituary reads. "Born in Brooklyn, raised in Queens, she lived most of her adult life in Manhattan. A graduate of the University of Maryland and Emory University Law School, Madeline was a customs and international trade trial lawyer for the U.S. Justice Department before joining Panasonic in 1983, eventually becoming Assistant General Counsel."
In Memoriam: Ross C. "Rip" Hawkins 68L Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Ross C. Hawkins 68L passed away July 28, 2015. He served as an assistant district attorney in Fulton County, and was also a professional football player.
As a linebacker with the Minnesota Vikings, Hawkins was the first recipient of the Terry Dillon Award, served as defensive team captain and holds the Vikings record for most tackles in a single game.
In Memoriam: Deborah S. Kitay 75L Monday, May 4, 2015
Deborah S. Kitay 75L passed away on April 27, 2015. Read the obituary.
In Memoriam: Jerrell R. Davis 48C 50L Monday, May 4, 2015
Judge Jerrell R. Davis 48C 50L passed away April 11, 2015. Read the obituary.
In Memoriam: Oscar "Bo" Clark Carr III 76L Monday, April 20, 2015
Oscar “Bo” Clark Carr III 76L passed away April 6, 2015. Read the obituary.
In Memoriam: Michael Kulay Davies-Sekle 82L Monday, April 20, 2015
Michael Kulay Davies-Sekle82L passed away on April 5, 2015. Read the obituary.
In Memoriam: Morris Alvin Levy 52L Monday, March 9, 2015
Morris Alvin Levy 52L died February 16, 2015. He was born in Decatur in 1922 and lived in Atlanta all his life. He was a graduate of Boys High School and Emory University Law School. He served in China in World War II. Alvin was an amateur radio operator with call letters W4NRE. He volunteered during the Vietnam War with Air Force Mars sending morale messages to and from our troops there. His law firm was Levy and Adams. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Sarah, his children Jerry and Ben and wife Dana, grandchildren Sarah and Emily, and his brother Marion. His daughter Carolyn died in 1983.
In Memoriam: James. Hamilton 51L Monday, March 2, 2015
James Hamilton 51L passed away on February 7, 2015, at age 89, following a short illness. He was born September 9, 1925 in Clearwater, Florida, and lived his adult life in Atlanta. He worked for many years in the real estate division at the law firm of Hansell, Post, Brandon, and Dorsey and later for the law firm of McCalla and Raymer. He was a WWII and Korean War veteran and was involved in many civic organizations including Civitan, the Masonic Order, and his local church. He loved his family and was surrounded by them at the time of his death. He is predeceased by his wife, Betty and his brother Howard Hamilton. He is survived by his three daughters, Linda, Jenny, and Julie Hamilton and brother, Jay Hamilton.
In Memoriam: Catharine Moscatelli 88L Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Catharine Moscatelli 88L passed away on February 18, 2015. Read the obituary.
In Memoriam: James B. Pilcher Friday, February 6, 2015
James B. Pilcher, 85, longtime Atlanta lawyer and civic leader, died on February 6, 2015 at Emory University Hospital.
In Memoriam: William B. Paul 48L Tuesday, January 6, 2015
William B. Paul 48L passed away on January 6, 2015, at age 89. He was born on a cotton farm near Leesburg, Georgia, the youngest of the five children of Mattie Bowen Paul and William B. Paul Sr. After the boll weevil devastated the vast cotton fields across the Deep South, the family relocated to Atlanta when Bill was a year old. He attended Fulton County public schools, graduating from Fulton High in May 1942, at age sixteen. During World War II, he volunteered, at age seventeen, for service in the Army Air Corps and was an Aviation Cadet.
In Memoriam: Larry Perdue Jones 63L Saturday, December 27, 2014
Larry Perdue Jones 63L of Peachtree City passed away on December 27, 2014. Jones was born on December 3, 1937 in Thomaston. He graduated from Druid Hills High School in Atlanta in 1956 and earned two varsity letters on the football team. He was on active duty in the United States Army after high school and served in the Army Reserves for another six years. He attended Georgia Tech, Georgia State (where he earned two varsity letters playing golf), and Emory University. Jones received his law degree in 1963 from Emory University and practiced law in DeKalb and Gwinnett counties for forty-five years.
In Memoriam: Kenneth Murrah 58L Monday, December 22, 2014
Kenneth Murrah 58L, founding partner of Murrah Doyle Wigle & Torre P.A., was the attorney who ensured that the Charlotte Hollander trust was endowed to the Orlando Philharmonic. Murrah's legacy was the work he was so passionate about. Orlando and Winter Park are dusted by the fingerprints of Murrah, who died Dec. 5 from prostate cancer. He was 81.
The breadth of his contributions to the Philharmonic included over a decade on the board of directors and significant financial donations — he and his wife Ann Hicks Murrah endowed the Principal Timpani Chair, donated half a million for the move to the The Plaza Live.
In Memoriam: Delman "Dick" Minchew 53L Sunday, December 21, 2014
Delman L. “Dick” Minchew 53L died at his home on Sunday, December 21, 2014, after a lengthy illness. He was born May 9, 1931, to the late Jacob R. Minchew and Mary L. Carter Minchew. Dick was a 1948 graduate of Wacona High School. He graduated from Georgia Southwestern University in 1950; and graduated from Emory University Law School in 1953. He was a graduate of the Military Law Program, University of Virginia in 1954. Dick received the Senior Award in Scholastic Achievement, Emory Law School. He earned his certificate in Law in February 1953, and he went on with his first position in law as an Assistant to the Attorney General on the State of Georgia. Mr. Minchew served on active duty with the JAGC of the US Army from October 1953 through November 1955 at Ft. Benning, GA.
In Memoriam: Raymond Joseph Costanzo Jr. 69L Sunday, December 14, 2014
Raymond Joseph Costanzo Jr. of Atlanta, Georgia, passed away unexpectedly Sunday, December 14, 2014, of a heart attack at the age of 70. He graduated from SUNY-Binghamton and Emory University School of Law. Joe was a man of great passion and generosity, always giving the most of what he had to those he loved. He was a devoted, supportive, loving father to his three children, Cole, Casey and Claire, and took great joy in opening his heart and his home to all who came his way.
In Memoriam: L. Travis Brannon, Jr. 52L Friday, December 12, 2014
It is with great sadness that the family of L. Travis Brannon, Jr., 88, announces his death on Thursday, 4 December 2014. Travis was born in 1928 and was a life long resident of Atlanta. He was a graduate of Boy's High School then he attended the Georgia Institute of Technology and graduated with high honors. In 1949 he was selected Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities. Travis received his law degree from Emory University and was a faithful supporter of the University and Emory Law School. Travis went on to become a member of Hansell, Post, Brandon and Dorsey Law Firm, eventually becoming chairman of the firm. He ended his distinguished law career as a partner with Jones, Day Reavis and Pogue. Travis was an officer in the United States Army Air Force serving as a Flight Engineer on the B-29 Bomber. Travis was a former President of the Georgia Tech Foundation, former Chairman of the Technology Square Project and former President of Georgia Tech Facilities Inc. He was an ardent supporter and contributor to the Georgia Tech Alumni Association, the Georgia Tech Foundation and the Tech Athletic Association. In 1987 Travis was the recipient of Georgia Institute of Technology Alumni Distinguished Service Award. He also was a member of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers and a Director for The First National Bank of Atlanta.
In Memoriam: Herman E. Talmadge 68L Tuesday, December 2, 2014
Mr. Herman E. Talmadge, Jr. of Lovejoy, Georgia died November 24, 2014 at the age of 71. Gene was a graduate of The University of Georgia and Emory Law School. He was a real estate developer and retired partner of Twelve Oaks Realty. He was the eldest son of Senator Herman and Betty Talmadge. He is survived by his sons Herman Eugene Talmadge III, Tyler Welch Talmadge, daughter Margaret Elizabeth Talmadge, sons William Murphy Talmadge, Ramsay Morrison Talmadge, daughter Katherine Merit Talmadge and his faithful hound Rhett Quantrill Talmadge.
In Memoriam: Don H. Sidener 57L Tuesday, December 2, 2014
Don H. Sidener, 81, of Jasper, GA, passed away Saturday, April 5, 2014 at Halcyon Hospice in Atlanta, GA. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, M ay 17, 2014 at Roper Funeral Home Chapel in Jasper, GA. Interment will be at Roselawn M emory Gardens in Bainbridge, GA. The family will receive friends at Roper Funeral Home Chapel immediately following the service. Online visitors may sign the guest register at www.iveyfuneral.com. M r. Sidener was born M ay 24, 1932 in Jackson, M S, the son of Harry C. Sidener and Ruby Hagar Sidener. He was a graduate of Bainbridge High School and earned his Juris Doctor degree at Emory University School of Law in 1957. He practiced law in College Park, GA until his retirement and moved to Jasper, GA in 1999. Don was a member of College Park United M ethodist Church and the State Bar of Georgia.
In Memoriam: Guy E. Davis 72L Tuesday, December 2, 2014
Accomplished Attorney Atlanta Attorney Guy E. Davis, Jr., 72, of Sandy Springs passed away December 1, 2014 after a courageous six-month battle with cancer. Born December 27, 1941 in Troy, Alabama, Guy attended College Park High School and graduated from Murphy High School in 1960. He enlisted in the United States Army and underwent basic training in Ft. Jackson, South Carolina. He was assigned to a Military Police Unit in Orleans, France where he worked with French civilian police until his honorable discharge in 1963. He entered Georgia State University on the GI Bill in September of 1963, attending evening classes while employed as a police officer, then Homicide Detective with the City of Atlanta, and investigator with the Fulton County District Attorney's Office. A devoted husband of fifty-years, he married the former Martha Nan Cook of Calhoun. In May of 1970, he received the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science, and enrolled in Emory University School of Law as a full time student. While supporting his family between classes and in the evenings, he obtained his Doctor of Law Degree in 2 ¼ years, graduating in December of 1972. An accomplished attorney who always took the time to pass down knowledge to younger lawyers, Guy practiced civil and criminal law for over forty years. He served as a Fulton County Assistant District Attorney under Lewis Slayton until 1976 when he went into private practice focusing in the areas of criminal, family, product liability, tort and insurance law. A fierce proponent of a strong two-party system of Government, Guy made the decision to challenge an entrenched Georgia Governor in 1986. As the Republican Nominee, he carried a respectable 30% of the electoral vote at a time when the base of the Party was considerably less. "Guy Davis was in many ways a trailblazer for our modern GOP party in Georgia," said Congressman Jack Kingston. "As Young Republicans, Libby and I put out many signs for Guy back in 1986 when he stepped-up to challenge Governor Joe Frank Harris when others would not. He ran an honorable race; obtaining the vote of almost a third of the electorate, which was considered a success for Republicans in those early days," said Kingston.
In Memoriam: Walter Edwin Frazier III 86L Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Walter Edwin Frazier III - age 56, of Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, passed away November 10, 2014, after a brief illness. He recently retired from Rayonier Corporation where he served as Senior Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer, and Corporate Secretary. He joined Rayonier in 1999 as Assistant General Counsel, was promoted to Associate General Counsel in 2000 and elected Corporate Secretary in 2001. He was named Vice President, Governance and Corporate Secretary in 2003, Senior Vice President, Administration and Corporate Secretary in July 2004 and was promoted to his most recent position in January 2008. Previously, Fazier was a member of the legal department of Georgia-Pacific Corporation, last serving as Chief Counsel, Corporate. Prior to that, he practiced corporate law with Troutman Sanders in Atlanta. He held a BS in Business Administration from the University of Tennessee, a JD from Emory University and graduated from the Harvard University Graduate School of Business Advanced Management Program.
In Memoriam: Ginny Chung 96L Monday, November 10, 2014
On November 8, 2014 Ginny Chung 96L of Potomac, MD passed away peacefully after a yearlong battle with colon cancer. Ginny was born in New York, the daughter of George and Grace Chung, and grew up in central New Jersey with her sister Christine. She earned her undergraduate degree from Wellesley College, her JD from Emory University, and a Master of Laws in Taxation from Georgetown University. Ginny spent all of her professional life working for the United States Government, first for the Internal Revenue Service and most recently serving as the Acting Deputy International Tax Counsel for the Department of the Treasury.
In Memoriam: John O. Adams, Jr. 65L Thursday, October 23, 2014
John John Oliver Adams, Jr. of Stone Mountain, Georgia died October 16, 2014 at the age of 81. He was a graduate of Emory University School of Law, where he was a member of the Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity and a student member of the Georgia Bar Association, graduating Emory Law School in June, 1965. He was a General Practice Attorney for forty-nine years.
In Memoriam: Arnold W. Wright 77L Sunday, October 12, 2014
Arnold W. "Woodie" Wright Jr., age 74, passed away October 2, 2014 in Langhorne, PA. Born in Shelbyville, KY and lived in Langhorne, PA for 30 years, he graduated from Emory University School of Law and Indiana University. Vice President of Contributions and Civic Affairs, CIGNA and Executive Director, CIGNA Foundation, Mr. Wright was also a Lobbyist and Attorney. He served in the Vietnam War, was a member of Mensa International, and the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
In Memoriam: Hubert F. Owens 60L Sunday, October 12, 2014
Hubert Franklin "Jim" Owens, age 81 of Canton, GA passed away Sunday October 5, 2014. A Memorial Service was held Friday October 10, 2014 from the Big Canoe Chapel in Jasper, Georgia.
Jim Owens graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi where he was a member of ODK and KA Fraternities. He graduated Emory University Law School following his military service. He was employed by the U.S. Department of Labor National Labor Relations Board and Southern Bell/ Bell South from which he retired in 1994. Active in church and community organizations all his life. He was a member of the Georgia, Florida and South Carolina Bar Associations.
In Memoriam: James C. Huckaby, Jr. 76L Friday, October 10, 2014
James Cicero Huckaby, Jr. 76L of Santa Rosa Beach, FL, longtime resident of Birmingham, died unexpectedly at his home. A graduate of the University of Georgia and Emory University School of Law, Jim practiced law for almost four decades. He specialized in complex business litigation, most recently as a partner with Christian and Small. He was listed in Chambers Guide, in America's Best Lawyers, he was designated a Super Lawyer, and he had the respect of both colleagues and clients. Prior to joining Christian and Small, Jim served as the litigation chairman of another Alabama law firm and later founded a small boutique litigation firm. In addition to his legal practice, Jim served the community on several civic boards and also served as legal counsel for his former parish, St. Mary's-on-the-Highlands.
In Memoriam: Guerry R. Thornton 49L Thursday, September 11, 2014
The Honorable Guerry R. Thornton passed away September 4, 2014. Mr. Thornton graduated from Emory University where he was a member of the Kappa Alpha Fraternity, and earned his law degree from Emory Law School in 1946.
He served in the Army Air Corps during WWII. After law school, he was Assistant District Attorney for the Atlanta Judicial Circuit. He then became area attorney for Southern Bell and Southeast Counsel for AT&T for 27 years. After retiring in 1978, he practiced law in Newnan, GA. He served as President of the Newnan-Coweta Bar Association, a Trustee of the Newnan Library Board and was a special attorney general for the Department of Family & Children Services. In 1988, he was elected Judge of the State Court of Coweta County, and served two terms. At the time of his election, he dedicated his judicial career to administering justice fairly & impartially to help build a society that offers hope and opportunity for all citizens.
In Memoriam: John F. West 51L Monday, September 8, 2014
Mr. John F. West, 99, died at a Waxhaw, N.C. nursing home on July 20, 2014. The Kinston native graduated from Kinston High School in 1932 and worked in the tobacco industry. After service as an Army combat engineer lieutenant in World War II, he attended and graduated from Emory University Law School in 1952. Mr. West resided for over thirty years in Decatur, GA, working in the motor freight business and as an attorney for the City of Atlanta Land Department. Retiring in 1988 to Statesboro, GA, he was an avid fan of Georgia Southern University athletics and an active leader in the Boy Scouts of America for 77 years. Gertrude E. West, his wife of 55 years, predeceased him in 2001. Survivors include his sister and brother-in-law, Harriett and Landon (Lynn) Corbin of Pinehurst, N.C.; a daughter, Carol Semon of Charlotte N.C.; one son and daughter-in-law, Scott and Julie West of Alexandria, VA.; five grandchildren, Wesley Semon and Kimberly Gushee, and John T., Jillian, and Stephen West; and four great-grandchildren. A private memorial service was held on August 30, 2014 at Maplewood Cemetery in Kinston. Arrangements were with Edwards Funeral Home Kinston, N.C.
In Memoriam: Floyd Siefferman Jr. 60L Tuesday, September 2, 2014
Floyd E. Siefferman Jr. 60L, passed away on August 23, 2014. Read the obituary.
In Memoriam: Lauren O. Buckkland 70L Monday, August 4, 2014
Lauren Oliver Buckland, Sr. 70L passed away on Monday, July 28, 2014. Obituary »
In Memoriam: Nelson Dupree 80L Friday, August 1, 2014
Nelson Dupree 80L passed away on July 27, 2014. Read the obituary »
In Memoriam: Lisa Chiles 75L Friday, August 1, 2014
Lisa Chiles 75L passed away on May 19, 2014. Read the obituary »
In Memoriam: Owen Forrester 66L Thursday, July 3, 2014
Judge Owen Forrester 66L passed away on July 1, 2014. Read the obituary. (registration required)
In Memoriam: R. Hopkins Kidd 49L Monday, June 30, 2014
Robert Hopkins Kidd, Sr. 49L passed away on June 20, 2014. Read the obituary »
In Memoriam: George W. Fryhofer 50L Monday, June 30, 2014
Judge George W. Fryhofer 50L passed away on June 25, 2014. Read the obituary »
In Memoriam: James W. Head 52L Thursday, June 12, 2014
Judge James Wesley “Jim” Head 52L passed away on June 8, 2014. He was remembered on Monday as a stern but fair jurist who demanded respect for the law and his courtroom. Read the obituary »
In Memoriam: Victoria J. Hoffman Thursday, June 12, 2014
Victoria Jo Hoffman died May 30, 2014, in her home in Roswell, Georgia. She practiced in the areas of construction and contract litigation and later became a certified financial planner. Read the obituary »
In Memoriam: Richard Alan Blount 82L Thursday, June 12, 2014
Richard Blount 82L, 60, passed away November 21, 2012.
In Memoriam: David M. George 74L Friday, June 6, 2014
David M. George 74L passed away May 29, 2014 in Tampa, Florida. Read the obituary »
In Memoriam: Jud McNatt 86L Friday, June 6, 2014
Jud Everett McNatt 86L passed away on May 25, 2014. He worked as a senior attorney at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), where he practiced law in the areas of government programs, administrative law, and litigation.
In Memoriam: Scott Dawkins 04L Friday, June 6, 2014
Scott Dawkins 04L passed away on May 30, 2014. He practiced law in Atlanta since 2004 with a special emphasis on criminal defense. He worked as a public defender for Dekalb, Fulton and Clayton Counties and worked in the Conflict Resolution Office in Fulton County. He later started his own firm.
He is the son of Bill Dawkins 74L and his wife, Susan. Read More >>
In Memoriam: Walter Lagerquist, Jr. 46L Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Walter Lagerquist, Jr. 46L passed away on October 3, 1982.
In Memoriam: Joseph Gardner 77L Monday, May 5, 2014
Joseph Gardner 77L passed away on July 20, 2012.
In Memoriam: Aaron Buchsbaum 54L Monday, May 5, 2014
Aaron Buchsbaum 54L passed away on April 12, 2014.
In Memoriam: James Jernigan 50L Thursday, March 20, 2014
James Jernigan 50L passed away on March 1, 2014 after a long illness. He worked at Sears, Roebuck & Co. for 38 years as the Director of Public Relations and then Director of Customer Relations/Service.
In Memoriam: James Thomas (Tom) Adams 51L Thursday, March 20, 2014
James Thomas (Tom) Adams 51L passed away on March 17, 2014.
In Memoriam: Bertram Yaffee 41C 43L Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Bertram A. Yaffee 41C 43L, 93, passed away on Aug. 12, 2013, following a brief hospitalization. Yaffee’s career included distinguished military service and a remarkable career in the field of public health.
Yaffee was a Marine Corps major who earned the Purple Heart and two Bronze Stars during 27 months of World War II combat in Guam and Iwo Jima. His memoir,Fragments of War: A Marine's Personal Journey, was published by the Naval Institute Press in 1999. In 1970, he ran as a progressive, anti-war candidate for Congress.
Yaffe was appointed to the Massachusetts Public Health Council in 1979 and served through five administrations, becoming the longest serving member in the Council's history. He was president of both the Massachusetts Public Health Association and the Massachusetts Health Council.
He founded and chaired the New England Coalition for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, one of the first multistate efforts to coordinate regional health policy and programs. In 1988, the World Health Organization recognized the effort as a model of regional collaboration.
He was president of the Erna Yaffe Foundation, an organization he founded in honor of his first wife Erna to promote health efficacy.&
In Memoriam: Judge John Woodward Sognier 94L Monday, September 16, 2013
Judge John Woodward Sognier, 93, passed away Friday, Sept. 6, 2013, following a brief illness.
A native of Savannah, Ga., Sognier attended Columbus University Law School (now Catholic University) and later earned his LLM from Emory Law.
In 1941, he was commissioned as an infantryman, and later transferred to the Air Force. He was a fighter pilot who flew 59 missions in Europe, and later served as a squadron commander in Burma. He earned the Distinguished Flying Cross, in addition to other commendations.
In 1946, Sognier joined the Savannah firm of Kennedy, Jenkins, and Oliver (later Kennedy and Sognier). He was a member of the General Assembly of Georgia from 1955-56, and served as Chatham County registrar from 1957 to 1960, and Chatham County attorney from1960 to 1968.
In 1980, Georgia Gov. George Busbee appointed Sognier to the Court of Appeals. Afterward, he was elected and re-elected to six-year terms, and retired as chief judge in 1992. Following his retirement, Sognier practiced tax law with Chamberlain, Hrdlicka, White, Williams, & Martin. Graveside services were held Sept. 9. Read Judge Sognier’s obituary in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution »
In Memoriam: Thomas Hampson Jr. 53L Monday, March 25, 2013
Thomas Banister Hampson Jr. 53L passed away on February 25, 2013. Read the obituary in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
In Memoriam: John W. Stokes 53L Sunday, March 3, 2013
John William Stokes, Jr. 53L passed away in Atlanta, GA on February 24, 2013. An obituary was posted by the family»
In Memoriam: Cliffe Lane Gort 74L Friday, January 25, 2013
Cliffe Lane Gort 74L died January 23, 2013 in Atlanta, GA. Family placed obituary »
In Memoriam: Charles J. Collis 52L Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Charles (Charlie) S. Collins 52L died December 31, 2012 in Orlando, FL. His obituary appeared in the Orlando Sentinel.
In Memoriam: Laurie Allen 88L Tuesday, January 1, 2013
Laurie Ann Allen 88L passed away December 29, 2012 in Los Angeles, CA.
In Memoriam: Marc Ritzmann 80L Sunday, December 16, 2012
Marc Kenneth Ritzmann 80L passed away December 15, 2012 in Atlanta, GA. His obituary appeared in theAtlanta Journal Constitution.
In Memoriam: Judge Jack Smith 52L Friday, November 30, 2012
Judge Jack B. Smith 52L passed away November 24, 2012 in Decatur, GA. He spent more than a decade working as an assistant solicitor, then solicitor in DeKalb County, before he was appointed to the State Court of DeKalb County in 1968. He was reelected to the post until he retired in 1998.
In Memoriam: Richard Cabaniss 76L Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Richard Jennings Cabaniss 76L died November 26, 2012 in St. Kitts, West Indies. Cabiness served briefly as Rockbridge County and Lexington commonwealth's attorney in 1986.
In Memoriam: Harry Ridley 61L Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Harry Ridley 61L passed away September 28, 2012 in Atlanta, GA. He practiced international contracts law until his retirement in 1985.
In Memoriam: Ryan Farley 98L Sunday, September 30, 2012
Ryan Farley 98L passed away September 2012 in Montclair, NJ.
In Memoriam: Michael Brodsky 73L Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Michael Brodsky 73L passed away August 1, 2012 in Phoenix, AZ.His obituary appeared in The Miami Herald»
In Memoriam: Susan C. Kalinka 85L Monday, August 24, 2009
Professor Susan C. Kalinka, the Harriet S. Daggett-Frances Leggio Landry Professor of Law at the LSU Law Center, died August 24, 2009 in Baton Rouge, LA. Her obituary appeared in the LSU Law Center News.
Perkins 78L selected for 2014 Texas Super Lawyers list Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Alan Perkins 78L has been selected for the 2014 Texas Super Lawyers list. Each year, no more than 5 percent of lawyers in Texas are chosen for this honor.
Martin named managing director with Deutsche Bank in London Monday, September 8, 2014
Effective Spetember 2014, Eric Martin is Managing Director with Deutsche Bank in London.
Wilson, Jr. 14L weds Ashwin Phatak Sunday, May 18, 2014
Timothy Wilson, Jr. 14L married Ashwin Phatak on May 17, 2014 under the District of Columbia's self-uniting marriage statue at the Carnegie Institution for Science in Washington.
On May 12, Wilson received his law degree and will become an associate in the Washington office of the New York law firm White & Case in October.
Carter 14JM now medical resident at University of Tennessee Health Science Center Friday, October 3, 2014
April Carter, a 2014 juris master graduate of Emory Law, is now serving as a medical resident at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Internal Medicine Residency Program in Memphis, TN.
Rives 14L chosen as Jan Jancin Award Winner by American Intellectual Property Law Association Friday, October 3, 2014
Abby Rives 14L was chosen as the Jan Jancin Award Winner by the American Intellectual Proeprty Law Association. This is the top honor for an IP student (i.e., recent graduation). Rives is currently clerking with Judge Raymond Clevenger at the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
Brenner 14L now associate at Morgan Law Firm Monday, November 3, 2014
Lauren Young-Brenner 14L has accepted an Associates position at Morgan Law Firm, focusing in Intellectual Property Law and Employment Law. Prior to accepting the position with Morgan Law FIrm, she worked in legal externships with both the U. S. Federal Trade Commission and the U. S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. In addition, she served as a clerk to the Honorable Morris Braswell; Legal Intern at U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development; and Law Clerk to Gary Hill with Hill and Bleiberg Trial Attorneys.
Akhter 14L joins Schulten Ward & Turner Saturday, November 8, 2014
Maheen Akhter 14L is now a Commercial Real Estate Lawyer at Schulten Ward & Turner of Atlanta, Georgia.
Robinson 14L has joined Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP as first-year associate Monday, November 24, 2014
J. Hunter Robinson has joined the Litigation and Financial Services Litigation and Compliance Practice Groups of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP. He holds a JD from Emory University School of Law and a BS (cum laude) from Auburn University.
Stevens 14L has joined Arnall Golden Gregory LLP Tuesday, December 2, 2014
Andrew C. Stevens 14L has joined Arnall Golden Gregory LLP as an intellectual property and litigation associate.
Hames joins Duke University as human resources officer Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Betsy Hames accepted a position at Duke University as chief human resources officer for the School of Medicine and School of Nursing. Hames joins Duke from Emory University’s Office of Employee Relations. “I will truly miss my work at Emory but am looking forward to this exciting opportunity,” she says. Hames is a member of the JM Class of 2014.
George named director of Employee Relations at Emory Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Thomas George has been named director of Employee Relations at Emory University. Previously, he was senior compensation consultant. Prior to joining Emory, Thomas was director of Human Resources with Georgia Perimeter College and the University of North Georgia. Thomas also has experience as deputy regional human resources manager at the Georgia Department of Human Services. In addition to his 2014 JM degree from Emory Law, George also holds an MBA from Kennesaw State University.
Gruber 14L joins Burr & Forman Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Nathan Gruber 14L has joined Burr & Forman as an associate in the firm’s Corporate and Tax practice group. Gruber’s practice concentrates on transactions and contracts including asset purchase agreements, franchise agreements, stock and restricted stock purchasing agreements, promissory notes, real estate sales contracts, cease and desist letters and shareholder agreements. He represents clients in a broad range of business matters, including transactions, mergers and acquisitions, financing and business entity formation.
Gruber also works with employment agreements and founding corporate documents like by-laws, amendments, resolutions and dissolutions. His practice serves a variety of industries, including health care, eldercare, newspaper and media, oil and gas services, industrial wastewater treatment, manufacturing, real estate and information management.
Barnes 13L Joins Fisher and Phillips In California Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Bethanie Barnes 13L has joined Fisher and Phillips LLP’s Irvine, Calif., offices, following her work as a summer associate in the firm’s Atlanta office. Barnes was the executive symposium editor of the Emory International Law Review. She also served as an extern for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and as a judicial intern for Fulton County Superior Court Judge Kimberly Esmond Adams. Prior to law school, Barnes was a 2008 Teach for America Corps member in the metro Atlanta region. She graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in political science from Howard University, where she was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Barnes’ profile »
Stewart 13L is Associate With Nelson Mullins Monday, December 9, 2013
Soon after passing the bar, Lindsay Stewart 13L began work as an associate at Nelson Mullins. She practices commercial litigation in the firm’s Charleston, S.C., offices.
Amuial 13L joins Kluger, Kaplan, Silverman, Katzen and Levine Tuesday, February 4, 2014
Marissa Amuial 13L has joined Miami-based litigation firm Kluger, Kaplan, Silverman, Katzen and Levine, P.L., as an associate, where she will focus on commercial litigation. Amuial was a summer associate at Jackson Lewis, LLP, and a field placement intern at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Georgia. She also interned with Judge William Turnoff, a federal magistrate judge for the U.S. District Court of the Southern District of Florida.
At Emory Law, she graduated with honors, was president of the Jewish Law Student Association and a member the Moot Court Special Teams, and received the Dean’s Award in Products Liability.
Bouch joins Haynesworth Sinkler Boyd, P. A. as associate Wednesday, August 20, 2014
She works for the firm’s clients on a variety of matters, including construction litigation, entity formation, formation of 501(c)(3) tax exempt organizations, insurance defense litigation, and trademark work.
Prior to joining Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, Ms. Bouch was a legal intern for Roper Hospital, where she assisted the General Counsel.
Ms. Bouch received her J.D. from Emory University School of Law in 2013, where she was on the Dean’s List and received the Dean’s Award for Property, Legislation, and Regulation. She received her B.A. in History and Art History from Washington and Lee University in 2010 and spent a semester abroad at St. Anne’s College in Oxford, England.
Active in the Charleston community, she is a member of the Charleston Lawyers’ Club; Spoleto SCENE; Gibbes Museum of Art, Society 1858; and Lowcountry Open Land Trust.
About Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, P.A.
Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, P.A. provides business, litigation, financial legal services, and government relations to national and international clients. With a history dating back to 1887, it is one of the largest law firms in the Carolinas with more than 100 attorneys. The Firm has offices in Charleston, Columbia, Florence, Greenville, and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. For more information, visit www.hsblawfirm.com »
Bouch 13L with Haynesworth Sikler Boyd as associate attorney Friday, September 19, 2014
Jane C. Boych 13L has joined Haynsworth Sikler Boyd as an associate attorney in the firm's Charleston, SC office.
Reddy 13 joins Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton in Atlanta office Monday, September 29, 2014
Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Reddy worked as an associate at Freeman Mathis & Gary LLP. He has experience representing clients in litigation and mediation of disputes related to complex construction projects; including issues related to construction defects, project design errors, project delays, contract interpretation and indemnification.
Mr. Reddy earned his J.D. from Emory University School of Law, with honors, where he served as Notes & Comments Editor of the Emory Law Journal. He received a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from the University of Michigan, cum laude.
Allen 13L joins Berman Fink Van Horn Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Malone Allen 13Lhas joined Berman Fink Van Horn as a litigation associate. His areas of focus include labor and employment, non-compete, trade secret and unfair competition, and real estate litigation. Previously, Allen concentrated on litigation and dispute resolution in commercial and complex family law disputes while practicing at another Atlanta law firm. He also served as an intern to the Honorable Justice P. Harris Hines of the Supreme Court of Georgia.
“We are pleased to welcome Malone to Berman Fink Van Horn,” said Benjamin Fink, shareholder at Berman Fink Van Horn. “We know he will be a great benefit to our clients in business litigation, adding depth to our strong litigation team.”
Philpot 13L joins Broad and Cassel in Orlando Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Edward Philpot 13L has been hired as an associate with Florida-based law firm Broad and Cassel, and will practice in its Orlando office. Philpot joins Broad and Cassel’s Commercial Litigation and Construction Law and Litigation Practice Groups. Prior to joining Broad and Cassel, Philpot was a law clerk for the Honorable Cynthia C. Jackson in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Florida. In addition to his JD, he holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in economics from Duke University. Philpot was executive managing editor for the Emory Bankruptcy Developments Journal.
Dawson 12L 12PH Joins California ACLU as Reproductive Justice Fellow Monday, June 24, 2013
Ruth Dawson 12L 12PH is a Reproductive Justice Fellow based in the American Civil Liberties Union's Southern California office. Dawson graduated with a joint degree in December, passed the February California Bar examination and began work in Los Angeles this spring.
Dawson previously worked in the ACLU of Northern California office in San Francisco as a Justice John Paul Stevens Public Interest Fellow. She was awarded the Outstanding 3L Commitment to Public Service award by the Emory Public Interest Committee. ACLU of Southern California »
Guobadia 12L Joins Stagg, Terenzi, Confusione & Wabnik Thursday, September 19, 2013
Slanker 12L Writes on Union, Labor Use of Social Media for Investigation Thursday, September 26, 2013
Jeffrey D. Slanker 12L recently co-authored the article "Social Media, At-Will Employment, and Internal Investigations: The Ever-Expanding Reach of the National Labor Relations Board to Union and Non-Union Workplaces," with Michael P. Spellman. It appears in the spring 2013 issue of Trial Advocate Quarterly, published by the Florida Defense Lawyers Association.
Jain 12L Joins Faegre Baker Daniel LLP In Minneapolis Monday, November 4, 2013
Atul Jain 12L joined Faegre Baker Daniels LLP’s offices in Minneapolis, as a member of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act benefits and executive compensation group. After graduating from Emory Law, Jain earned an LLM in taxation from Georgetown University Law Center in 2013. While pursuing his graduate degree, Jain served as an extern in the employee benefits practice of an international law firm in Washington, D.C. While at Emory Law, he was an extern for the Coca-Cola Co., a law clerk for the partnership owning the NBA's Atlanta Hawks and Philips Arena, and an operations intern for the NBA's Minnesota Timberwolves. Jain earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois in 2009.
Johnson 12L Joins Winderweedle, Haines, Word and Woodman, P.A. Friday, December 20, 2013
Wade Johnson III 12L has joined Winderweedle, Haines, Word and Woodman, P.A., as an associate. His work primarily involves commercial foreclosures, title insurance claims and contract disputes for both individual and corporate clients. Johnson practices in the firm's Winter Park, Fla., offices, and is currently pursuing an M.B.A. at the University of Florida.
Gross 12L named associate at Condon & Forsyth, New York Monday, July 7, 2014
Marc C. Gross 12L is an associate at Condon & Forsyth in New York, where he focuses on aviation and commercial litigation.
Hamilton 12L practices labor law at Hunton & Williams Tuesday, October 20, 2015
Sara Hamilton 12L has joined Hunton & Williams LLP as an associate in the firm’s labor and employment practice. She has litigated cases involving the Fair Labor Standards Act, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and related state statutes. She clerked at the Atlanta District Office of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the US Department of Labor’s Office of the Solicitor.
Park 11L Joins Goldberg Segalla as Associate Friday, June 6, 2014
Goldberg Segalla is pleased to announce Christine A. Park 11L has joined the firm as an associate in its New York office. She is a member of the firm’s Business and Commercial and Professional Liability Practice Groups. Previously, she was an associate with Bickel & Brewer in Dallas.
Kornel 11C and Katherine Murphy married Friday, September 26, 2014
Katherine Elizabeth Murphy and Eugene Adam Kornel 11L were married Saturday evening at the American Club, a spa and resort in Kohler, Wis. Jeannette H. Bart, a friend of the groom who became a Universal Life minister for the event, officiated.
Mrs. Kornel is a vice president specializing in private investments for Credit Suisse in New York. She graduated from Harvard. She is a daughter of Laurie Y. Murphy and Mark H. Murphy of De Pere, Wis. The bride’s father is the president and chief executive of the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League. He played free safety for the Washington Redskins from 1977 to 1984.
Mr. Kornel is a lawyer in New York for the Internal Revenue Service Office of Chief Counsel. He graduated from Loyola University of Maryland and received his law degree from Emory University. He is the son of Barbara C. Chilton of East Haddam, Conn., and Dr. Ezriel E. Kornel of Bedford Hills, N.Y. The groom’s father is a neurosurgeon and a principal owner in Brain & Spine Surgeons of New York, both in White Plains. The groom is the stepson of William D. Chilton, a founder of Pickard Chilton, an architecture firm in New Haven.
Richter 11L joins Winstead in Texas Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Roy Richter 11L joined Winstead P.C. in The Woodlands, Texas, as an associate in the corporate, securities/M & A practice group. Richter was previously legal counsel at Cantera Energy LLC. He represented Cantera in various transactions including acquisitions, divestitures, and asset-sales. He handled compliance and regulatory issues with the Texas Railroad Commission and the Bureau of Land Management and advised on other energy related legal issues.
Thomas 11L appointed regional board member of Book Trust Wednesday, February 4, 2015
Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck is pleased to announce the appointment of Rick Thomas 11L, an associate in the firm’s Denver office, as a regional board member of Book Trust.
Thomas joins the board to aid the nonprofit’s mission of promoting childhood literacy and making book ownership attainable for children of all socio-economic levels. As a member of the board, Thomas will support community outreach in Denver and advise the national board. The position is a two-year term.
Founded in Colorado in 2001, Book Trust has invested $6.5 million in books for children in 15 states. The charitable organization serves schools in the U.S. that have high populations of students from low-income families. For more information, please visit http://www.booktrust.org.
Bielecki 11L associate at Kleinberg, Kaplan, Wolf & Cohen Saturday, March 7, 2015
Stephen Bielecki 11L is an associate at Kleinberg, Kaplan, Wolf & Cohen. He focuses his practice on the formation, structuring and on-going operation of hedge funds, and has been a member of the New York Bar since 2013.
Vogt 11L is new AVP, assistant general counsel for SIFMA Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Stephen Vogt 11L is an assistant vice president and assistant general counsel in the Washington, DC, office of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association.
Gold 11L named Bellow Scholar Friday, May 22, 2015
Allyson Gold 11L has been named a Bellow Scholar by the Association of American Law Schools. The award recognizes law school clinical faculty members who are involved in anti-poverty work or increasing access to justice. Gold’s study (with colleague Emily Benfer) “Achieving Health Equity for Low-Income Clients: The Effect of Legal Intervention on Health Outcomes,” will examine five years of case data along with medical records to determine what, if any, types of legal intervention correlate with improved health outcomes.
“We hope this work will not only inform our clinical teaching practices, but other clinic models as well,” she says. Gold is a visiting clinical professor of law at Loyola University School of Law in Chicago.
Rodrigues 11L, husband, welcome son Monday, September 21, 2015
Ami Koldhekar Rodrigues 11L and her husband A.J. welcomed their first child, Nikolai Rodrigues, on August 2, 2015, in Atlanta.
Shulak, Burns, Class of 2010, Wed In Michigan Friday, September 20, 2013
Valerie Danin 10L was made a Rising Star in this year’s Corporate Counsel Awards sponsored by Atlanta Business Chronicle and the Association of Corporate Counsel Georgia chapter after reworking the terms of agreement in work documents she received.
“My main goal in redoing the terms was to make a document that someone might actually read,” Danin said. “The terms are our contract with our customers, they lay out the rules and all our expectations. They’re a really important document and yet no one reads them and even when they did they sometimes ended up being more confused.”
De Voll 10L associate at Lionwes and Blocker LLP Monday, June 23, 2014
Marguerite L. DeVoll 10L is now an associate at Linowes and Blocker LLP.
Astrin 10L joins Troutman Sanders LLP Thursday, July 17, 2014
Eric M. Astrin 10L joined the Atlanta office of Troutman Sanders, LLP in their real estate practice after three years with Ernst & Young, LLP.
Runfola 10L earns Certified Public Accounting License Thursday, July 24, 2014
Runfola joined Marvin and Company in 2013 and is a member of the tax department. He spends much of his time preparing personal and corporate tax returns as well as general bookkeeping and other accounting services. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in History and Government from Cornell University, his Juris Doctor from the Emory University School of Law, and his Master of Business Administration in Accounting from the Simon Graduate School of Business at the University of Rochester.
Ohring joins Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy Saturday, August 23, 2014
Jonathan Ohring 10L has joined Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy as a litigation associate in the firm's New York office. He recently completed a judicial clerkship with the Honorable Charlene E. Honeywell of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida.
Parris 10L now associate in the Coral Gables office of Roig Lawyers Saturday, September 27, 2014
Melanie Ann Parris 10L is now an associate in the Coral Gables Office of Roig Lawyers. She concentrates her practice in first-party property insurance defense in the litigation practice group. She also brings experience representing financial institutions in consumer debt litigation in each of the 67 counties in Florida.
Prior to joining Roig Lawyers, she worked with a Florida law firm representing a Florida government entity in homeowner's insurance claim disputes where she handled pretrial motions an dprovided strategic analysis of litigation needs to clients.
While at Emory Law, Ms. Parris was a Dean's Honor Scholarship Recipient and a Black Law Students Association (BLSA) 2L mentor. She was a member of the Emory Public Interest Committee (EPIC) and served as Secretary to Emory's Health Law Society.
Esteves 10L included on GeorgiaTrend's 2014 40 Under 40 List Monday, October 20, 2014
Jason Esteves 10L has been included in GeorgiaTrend's "2014 40 Under 40 List," which recognizes outstanding leaders in business, government, politics, nonprofits, science, conservation, and education.
David 10L weds Lyons Thursday, March 5, 2015
Amos Davis 10L of Atlanta, married Jeanne Michelle Lyons on November 22, 2014. He is currently counsel for The Coca-Cola Company, and she writes for Southern Living and Country Living magazines.
Norstadt 09L Joins Pursley Friese Torgrimson Monday, March 18, 2013
Del Gaizo 09L Announces Birth of Daughter Monday, April 1, 2013
Christina Del Gaizo 09L and her husband, Andrew L. Del Gaizo MD announce the birth of their daughter, Olivia Joan Del Gaizo, who was born on 3/27/13 at 5:43 am in Greensboro, North Carolina. She is 5 lbs 4 oz and 18.5.
Frey 09L Named 2013 Massachusetts Rising Star Monday, October 21, 2013
Fifty-two attorneys from Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C. have been named Massachusetts Super Lawyers for 2013 and twenty-seven have been named Massachusetts Rising Stars. The findings will be published in the November 2013 issue of Boston Magazine and in a stand-alone magazine, New England Super Lawyers.
The annual publication identifies lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Read more »
Rahman 09L's Firm named best Legal Staffing Agency in Atlanta Thursday, October 31, 2013
Shannan Rahman 09L's The Partners Group was named Gold Level Best Legal Staffing and Recruiting Firm in Atlanta.
The Partners Group, LLC, a leading attorney placement, staffing, and document review company, has been named the Gold Level Best Legal Staffing & Recruiting Firm in Atlanta by the Fulton County Daily Report, the city’s seminal legal publication. The company has been honored as a “Best Of” every year since the periodical launched this feature. Read more »
Chod 09L attorney at Shuman Rogers Monday, June 23, 2014
Jessica Chod 09L is now an attorney at Shuman Rogers.
Singer 09L is counsel for Homeland Security Committee Monday, July 7, 2014
Gabrielle D'Adamo Singer 09L is counsel for Sen. Tom Coburn’s (R-Okla.) Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.
Robbins 09L joins Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McClory LLP Monday, July 28, 2014
Andrew Robbins 09L has joined Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McClory LLP.
Gardner 09L, Spielman 09L welcome daughter Eva Friday, February 6, 2015
Hillary Gardner 09L and Brian Spielman 09L welcomed their daughter Eva Gardner Spielman on December 10, 2014, in Atlanta, Georgia. Gardner is the director of compliance at CCA&B, LLC, the home of The Elf on the Shelf. Spielman is a clerk to Judge Debra Brown, a United States district court judge for the Northern District of Mississippi.
Kadree 09L joins New York City Council as legislative attorney Sunday, March 8, 2015
Shijuade Kadree 09L of Brooklyn, New York, has joined the New York City Council as a legislative attorney for the Housing and Buildings Committee. She researches and drafts legislation on topics ranging from landlord-tenant law to the City's construction codes. She also advises on policy related to these topics. Prior to her work at the Council, she was a senior staff attorney with Brooklyn Defender Services in their Family Defense practice.
Wilson 09L joins The Banks Law Firm Monday, March 23, 2015
Kotiya 09L joins Kilpatrick Townsend Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton announced today the addition of Rishi Kotiya 09L to the firm’s Silicon Valley office. Kotiya joins the firm as a senior associate on the Mergers & Acquisitions and Securities Team in the firm’s Corporate, Finance & Real Estate Department.
Prior to joining the firm, Kotiya was an associate at a corporate law firm in the Research Triangle area of North Carolina. His practice focuses on emerging companies primarily in the medical device and life sciences industries. He brings significant transactional experience in seed and venture capital financing, mergers and acquisitions, licensing, and strategic transactions and regularly advises clients with respect to equity compensation, intellectual property protection, SEC reporting and disclosure, corporate governance and general business matters.
Kotiya received his B.A. in Economics, with a minor in business administration, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Podgorski 09L serves as Navy's Victims' Legal Counsel Friday, April 17, 2015
Lt. Carina Podgorski 09L, a military lawyer with the Navy’s Judge Advocate General’s Corps, was chosen as one of the Navy’s first Victims’ Legal Counsel in the Europe, Africa, and Southwest Asia Region to lead this new program. Podgorski provides legal services to eligible victims of sexual assault, including assistance and advocacy in the investigative and military justice processes.
The VLC Program became fully operational on Jan. 1, 2014. The VLC Program consists of 29 specially trained judge advocates in 24 fleet locations around the world.
“VLCs strengthen the support provided to victims in our military justice system by ensuring that they have a voice and a choice in the process,” Podgorski said. “The purpose of this program and our sister services’ programs is to empower victims of sexual crimes by ensuring that they have an opportunity to be heard, by protecting their rights and privacy, and by increasing the level of legal assistance during these difficult processes.”
Podgorski was selected to join the Judge Advocate General’s Corps after earning her JD from Emory Law. She started her career as a prosecutor at Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Fla., where she served as a trial attorney for the Government and one of the legal advisors for the two-star admiral of the Southeast Region. In 2012, Podgorski was stationed at Naval Station Rota, Spain, and served as the legal assistance attorney and deputy staff judge advocate for Commander, Naval Activities Spain. In 2013, Podgorski was personally selected by the Judge Advocate General of the Navy to serve as a VLC at Naval Station Rota, Spain.
Cole-Johnson 08L Named Pro Bono Volunteer of the Year Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Britt-Marie K. Cole-Johnson 08L was recognized for her commitment to pro bono service and presented with a Volunteer of the Year Award from the Pro Bono Partnership at a reception held March 13, 2013, in New York City. Cole-Johnson was chosen from a pool of almost 1,000 attorneys who provide free legal advice to the Partnership’s nonprofit clients. She is part of Robinson & Cole’s Labor and Employment Practice Group in the firm’s Hartford, Conn. office.
“I take pride in being able to support organizations that help Connecticut families and children,” Cole-Johnson said. Through the Pro Bono Partnership, she has provided ongoing employment counsel to various nonprofit clients, including Integrated Health Services, a health services provider in East Hartford, Conn., for uninsured or underinsured children and their families.
Giovinazzo 08L weds Davison Sunday, October 20, 2013
Melissa Beth Davison, a daughter of Arlene P. Davison and Robert E. Davison of Clifton Park, N.Y., was married Saturday evening to Frank Thomas Giovinazzo 08L, the son of Donna and Dr. Joseph A. Giovinazzo of New Springville, Staten Island. The Rev. Thomas Kelly, a Roman Catholic priest, performed the ceremony at St. Mary’s Church in Ballston Spa, N.Y.Read more »
Armstrong 08L Joins Broad and Cassel Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Matthew Armstrong 08L joined Broad and Cassel's Orlando office in May 2014.
Prior to joining Broad and Cassel, Armstrong worked with Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed, P.A. in Orlando. His practice focuses on public and private securities transactions, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, roll-ups and private investments. Read More >>
Sara Apel Romine 08L weds Joseph Romine Monday, June 2, 2014
Sara Apel Romine 08L married Joseph Romine on March 30, 2013.
Konieczny 08L Marries, Promoted to Senior Associate Wednesday, June 4, 2014
Alexandra Konieczny 08L married Andrew Hider on May 31, 2014. She was also promoted to Senior Associate with Sutherland Energy Group in New York City.
Maples joins Parker, Hudson, Rainer & Dobbs, LLP Thursday, July 31, 2014
Emily Costarides Maples 08L has joined Parker, Hudson, Rainer & Dobbs, LLP as associate.
Cole-Johnson 08L earns her firm's annual community service award Thursday, September 4, 2014
Britt-Marie K. Cole-Johnson 08L, an employment and labor lawyer who works in the Hartford, Connecticut, offices of Robinson+Cole, earned one of the firm's annual community service awards for her involvement with the YWCA Hartford Region, where she has held various leadership roles and currently sits on its Board of Directors.
Cole-Johnson was recognized by Managing Partner John B. Lynch Jr. at a ceremony held August 7.
“Giving back to the community has been a part of our firm culture since its founding,” Lynch said. “We want to recognize those individuals who not only find time to volunteer but also dedicate themselves to an organization or cause close to their hearts and help advance its mission. Tom and Britt-Marie have both done that through their leadership, energy, and vision with two organizations that play different, but important, roles in revitalizing Hartford’s neighborhoods.”
Chen 08L writes on Endangered Species Act for ABA Friday, September 12, 2014
Linus Chen 08L, an attorney-advisor with the US Department of the Interior, wrote the lead article for the August 2014 ABA Section of Environment, Energy and Resources' Endangered Species Committee newsletter.
Chen's article is titled " A Loon-y Possibility: Addressing Climate Change with the ESA as the Mercury Rises."
Hider 08L joins Exelon Corporation as Assistant General Counsel Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Alexandra Hider recently joined Exelon Corporation as Assistant General Counsel in the area of Ethics and Compliance. Prior to joining Exelon, Alexandra was an associate in the Energy and Environmental Group at Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP in New York City.
Patel 08L joins Klasko Immigration Law Partners, LLP Saturday, November 8, 2014
Klasko Immigration Law Partners, LLP in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, has announced that R. Tina Patel 08L has joined the firm.
Ms. Patel is a member of the EB-5 project team. As part of the team, Tina works with regional centers and project developers in structuring EB-5 projects and preparing regional center designation applications, exemplar petitions and templates for EB-5 projects. This also involves working with EB-5 economists, EB-5 business plan writers, and EB-5 corporate and securities lawyers, escrow agents and often market study firms. Tina also works with regional centers and project developers to maintain compliance with USCIS laws and policies, prepares for filing of the annual I-924A compliance report, and meets the needs of investors in the critical condition removal process.
Prior to joining the firm, Tina used her compliance skills in assisting investment managers to successfully implement and maintain a comprehensive compliance program for a broad range of investment strategies including but not limited to private equity, real estate-related and fund-of-fund strategies. Tina also served as Legal and Compliance Associate for a reputable asset manager, and as an internal auditor for Ernst and Young. Tina graduated in three years from the undergraduate division of New York University Leonard N. Stern School of Business in May 2003, where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and Finance. She later earned her law degree from Emory University School of Law in May 2008. At Emory, she was the President and Founder of the South Asian Law Student Association and served as a Managing Editor for the Emory International Law Review. Tina also received a certification in Estate Planning from New York University School of Law in January 2013.
Gupta 08L has joined Shvarts & Leiz Monday, November 24, 2014
Maneesh Gupta 08L has joined Shvarts & Leiz in Palo Alto, CA. His practice includes the preparation and prosecution of patent applications and general intellectual property counseling in a variety of technical disciplines.
Gupta has experience representing clients in connection with patent prosecution, post-grant review, opinion matters, intellectual property transactions, and patent litigation. He has counseled clients regarding a broad range of technologies, including, but not limited to, hybrid vehicles, vehicle diagnostics, consumer electronics, telecommunications, wireless communications, software, internet-based technologies, and data encryption.
Prior to joining Shvarts & Leiz, Gupta worked as an Intellectual Property Associate at the New York offices of Kenyon & Kenyon LLP, and the Palo Alto offices of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati.
Cole-Johnson 08L new chair of YWCA Board of Directors Tuesday, March 10, 2015
In February, Britt-Marie Cole-Johnson 08L of Hartford, Connecticut, a lawyer at Robinson+Cole, accepted her nomination to serve as chair of the YWCA Hartford Region's Board of Directors for 2015-2016.
“YWCA is privileged to have Britt-Marie serve as our leader. During her time on the board, she has been a thought leader and diligent worker and her passion for our mission is clear,” said Deborah Ullman, CEO of YWCA Hartford Region.
Cole-Johnson has been a member of the YWCA Board of Directors since 2011 and has held various leadership positions, including chair of the Governance Committee, chair of the Nominating Committee, and event co-chair of the 19th Annual In the Company of Women Luncheon, and has served as a member of the Executive Committee.
Established in 1867, YWCA Hartford Region is the third oldest affiliate of YWCA, a women’s membership movement dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all. YWCA Hartford Region provides programs and services in the greater Hartford area, including childcare, supportive housing, teen leadership development, racial justice awareness, financial literacy, and economic empowerment.
Benator 08L named 2015 Georgia "Rising Star" Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Jonathan Benator 08L, an attorney with Lazega & Johanson LLC, was named a a 2015 Georgia "Rising Star," by Super Lawyers He specializes in residential real estate law. His practice focuses on the representation of community association clients such as condominiums, master planned subdivisions, and mixed use developments.
Romine 08L earns eybersecurity certification Wednesday, September 2, 2015
Attorney Sara E. Romine of Dallas-based Carrington, Coleman, Sloman & Blumenthal, LLP, has earned the Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US) credential through the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP), the world’s largest information privacy organization.
“The threats to a company’s data are continually evolving, and protecting against those risks must be a business and legal priority for every company,” Romine says. “This certification provides me with access to a valuable network of education and information and a foundation to better assist our clients in establishing and following effective policies and procedures for data privacy and security.”
Romine regularly counsels and advises clients on cybersecurity and data privacy issues, including compliance with state and federal laws. She is actively involved in The Sedona Conference Working Group 11 on Data Security and Privacy Liability, as well as other professional organizations focused on security and privacy issues. She also represents clients in business litigation and employment law matters, including disputes surrounding the theft or misappropriation of trade secrets and confidential information, and litigation over covenants not to compete.
Levin 07L Marries Colombo Monday, January 28, 2013
Jessica Robyn Levin 07L and Jason Michael Colombo were married Jan. 27, 2013 at the Ritz-Carlson in San Juan, PR. Ms. Levin is an associate at Morrison Cohen, a Manhattan law firm.
Simpson 07L Named "Rising Star" by Super Lawyer Magazine Monday, April 1, 2013
Matthew Simpson 07L was named a “Rising Star” by Georgia Super Lawyers magazine. The designation honors up-and-coming attorneys in the state who are 40 or younger, or who have been in practice for 10 years or less. Simpson is an associate in the Atlanta offices of Fisher & Phillips LLP, and specializes in employment and labor law. Simpson’s profile »
Carson 07L Weds Iacobucci In July Thursday, October 3, 2013
Janine Carson 07L married Stephanie Iacobucci, a 2007 graduate of Georgia State University College of Law, on July 26, 2013, in Maryland. Carson is an attorney with the Fulton County Office of the Public Defender and Iacobucci is a 1st Lt. Judge Advocate with the U.S. Marine Corps.
Carson 07L Wins Georgia Court of Appeals Parental Rights Case Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Janine Carson 07L won a notable decision from the Georgia Court of Appeals concerning conflicting orders from separate courts in a case involving parental rights. The case, In the Interest of J.C.W. et al., children, clarified which court had jurisdiction in the matter of a mother whose young twins were in foster care. The foster parents asked for termination of the mother's parental rights and sought custody of the twins in Superior Court. The Georgia Court of Appeals found the superior court lacked jurisdiction to terminate the mother's parental rights to children.
"In cases involving issues of concurrent jurisdiction between juvenile courts and superior courts, Georgia courts have repeatedly held that 'the first court taking jurisdiction will retain it,'" the opinion reads. "The competing orders issued concerning the mother's parental rights regarding the twins demonstrate the wisdom of this rule. The juvenile court has issued an order concluding that termination of the mother's parental rights is not in the best interest of the children, and the superior court has entered an order reaching the opposite conclusion. Because it is undisputed that a termination petition was first filed in juvenile court, we conclude the superior court erred by exercising jurisdiction over the issue of termination."
Horne 07L joins Mozley, Finlayson & Loggins Friday, June 6, 2014
Sharon P. Horne 07L is pleased to announce her association with Mozley, Finlayson & Loggins. Previously Ms. Horne worked for the DeKalb County District Attorney’s Office and the Office of the Attorney General. Her practice focuses on trucking, personal injury, premises liability, and insurance defense. The firm is located at One Premier Plaza, Suite 900, 5605 Glenridge Drive NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30342; 404-256-0700; www.MFLlaw.com »
Statfeld named principal at McKool Smith Wednesday, January 21, 2015
As of January 1, Courtney B. Statfeld has been promoted to principal in the New York office of McKool Smith.
Courtney Statfeld practices out of the firm’s New York office and focuses on complex commercial litigation matters, particularly disputes involving financial products. As a founding member of the firm’s mortgage-backed securities task force, Statfeld regularly represents hedge funds and institutional investors in pursuing recoveries on MBS portfolios. Prior to joining McKool Smith, she represented an insurance company in a $5 billion lawsuit against various Countrywide entities and Bank of America involving allegations of breach of contract and fraud in connection with the purchase of mortgage-backed securities. She has also represented companies with respect to allegations of breach of contract related to M&A agreements, as well as success fees earned as a result of a hostile takeover. She is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and Emory Law.
“Our new principals are leaders who demonstrate outstanding service to our clients and the firm,” said Mike McKool, a founder and chairman of McKool Smith. “I am very proud of what each of them have accomplished and look forward to their continued success.”
Lindy 07LLM joins Chamberlain Hrdlicka Monday, April 13, 2015
Chamberlain, Hrdlicka, White, Williams & Aughtry is pleased to announce the addition of Jennifer Duval Lindy as associate in the firm’s Atlanta office. Lindy joins the International Tax Practice Group.
Lindy joins Chamberlain Hrdlicka from Ernst & Young LLP, where she spent several years gaining diverse experience in international tax matters. She assists clients with global withholding tax processes, and advises U.S. companies on how to best structure an interest or participation in a foreign venture or investment. She also counsels foreign clients on how to structure their investments and business ventures in the United States.
Lindy earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Miami, both her MBA and her JD from Nova Southeastern University, her International Law LLM from Emory Law and her Taxation LLM from University of Miami School of Law.
Schuman 06L Announces Birth of Daughter Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Daniel Schuman 06L and Rosa Lin announce the birth of their daughter, Julia Alexis. She was born at the end of October 2012 in Washington, DC.
Schuman 06L Named Influential Young Leader in Government, Technology Thursday, July 25, 2013
Daniel Schuman 99C 06L has been named one of the 25 most influential people under 40 in the government and tech fields, by FedScoop.
In June, Schuman joined Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington as policy director. Previously, he worked with the Sunlight Foundation as policy counsel and director of the Advisory Committee on Transparency. His job there was to increase transparency in government and public access to federal information.
Schuman “testified before Congress and was a nationally recognized expert on federal transparency,” the CREW site states. “He also served as counsel and communications director for the Constitution Project and as a legislative attorney with the Congressional Research Service.” (photo via Fedscoop)
Macaris Welcome Second Child, Eli Saturday, August 3, 2013
Jessica Macari 06L and her husband, Ariel, welcomed their second child, Eli, on July 19, 2013. He joins his two-year-old sister, Layla. The family lives in Raleigh, N.C.
Moezzi 06L New York Times Op-ed: "Of Sound Mind" and Admittance to the Bar Monday, August 5, 2013
Melody Moezzi discusses the processes and trials lawyers who have been diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, and other psychotic disorders have to endure and how most are denied admission to the bar. Read more »
Webers 06L Greet Baby Daughter Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Virginia and Steven Weber, both class of 2006, announce the birth of their daughter Mia Rose on Aug. 3, 2013, in Miami Beach, Fla.
Littler Names Rybacki 06L Shareholder Thursday, January 2, 2014
In January, Timothy Rybacki 06L was one of 16 attorneys named shareholder at Littler, an international labor and employment firm with more than 1,000 lawyers in 60 offices worldwide. Rybacki represents employers in labor law in the practice areas of competition and trade secret law; labor management relations; appellate practice; policies, procedures and handbooks; and discrimination and harassment, from the firm’s Houston office. While at Emory, he was executive editor of the Emory International Law Review.
Kurt Kastorf 02C 06L Named Counsel at WilmerHale Monday, January 13, 2014
Kurt Kastorf 02C 06L has been named counsel at WilmerHale in Washington, D.C. He is a member of the appellate and Supreme Court and government and regulatory litigation practice groups. A former appellate attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice, Kastorf’s recent pro bono work includes representing clients before the U.S. Supreme Court in cases involving the Clean Water and Clean Air Acts.
Rumfelt 06L Elected to Membership at Miller & Martin Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Eileen Hintz Rumfelt 06Lhas been elected to membership in Miller & Martin PLLC. Her practice in the Atlanta office is concentrated in complex commercial litigation, including white-collar crime and corporate investigations, and intellectual property matters. Her clients include insurance, pharmaceutical, consumer products and banking companies. Her intellectual property practice includes trademark, patent, false advertising and unfair competition cases in both state and federal courts, and before the International Trade Commission. Before she became an attorney, Rumfelt worked in public relations, primarily in health education campaigns and pharmaceutical product launches. Thus, she is a member of Miller & Martin’s Crisis Management Practice Group. While at Emory Law, Rumfelt was managing editor of theEmory Law Journal.
Weinrich 06L Named Principal at Berman Fink Van Horn Friday, January 24, 2014
Neal Weinrich 06L was promoted to principal at Berman Fink Van Horn P.C. He practices in the firm's Atlanta office in the area of commercial and business litigation, specializing in cases involving unfair competition. In 2013, he co-authored a chapter in Georgia Business Litigation on restrictive covenant litigation and was named a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers for the second consecutive year (2012 and 2013). In September 2013, Weinrich married Erin Steinberg in Wilmington, North Carolina.
Kastorf 02C 06L Named Counsel at WilmerHale Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Kurt Kastorf 02C 06L has been named counsel at WilmerHale in Washington, D.C. He is a member of the appellate and Supreme Court and government and regulatory litigation practice groups. A former appellate attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice, Kastorf’s recent pro bono work includes representing clients before the U.S. Supreme Court in cases involving the Clean Water and Clean Air Acts.
Witter 06L Elected to Board of Asian Pacific Health Care Venture, Inc. Friday, June 6, 2014
Marjorie Witter 06L has been elected to the Board of Asian Pacific Health Care Venture, Inc. (APHCV). Ms. Witter is an attorney in the Los Angeles office of Snell & Wilmer where she practices intellectual property counseling and litigation. Read More >>
Mahoney 06L announces birth of son Sunday, September 14, 2014
Michelle Schmitt Mahoney 06L announces the birth of her son, Sean Paul Mahoney, Jr., on January 24, 2014.
Brian Boone 06L appears before Supreme Court of the United States Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Alston & Bird lawyers Brian Boone 06L and Della Wager Wells 86L appeared before the United States Supreme Court. More information »
Michailidis 06L named partner at Duane Morris Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Michailidis is based in the firm’s New York City offices, and practices in the area of litigation, with a focus on complex commercial matters, representing clients in a wide range of proceedings nationally and around the world. His areas of experience include: domestic and international white-collar criminal defense, including Foreign Corrupt Practices Act investigations; internal corporate investigations; class action defense; foreclosure; products liability; bankruptcy litigation; immigration; and employment litigation. He is a member of the New York City Bar Association’s Restaurant and Hospitality Committee. He was selected as a Rising Star by New York Super Lawyers in 2012, 2013 and 2014. Michailidis is a graduate of Emory Law and Columbia University.
Webers 06L welcome son Hudson Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Virginia Iglesia Weber 06L and Steven D. Weber 06L welcomed son Hudson Warren Weber on June 10, 2015
Lindsey 05L Founded Capra Health Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Blaine W. Lindsey 05L founded Capra Health, a comprehensive healthcare/life sciences reimbursement, regulatory, and compliance consulting firm with offices in New Orleans, LA and Atlanta, GA. Capra Health serves hospitals, high-volume practices, and other healthcare industry stakeholders across the country.
Robinson 05L, Shareholder at Zimmerman Kiser Sutcliffe Monday, January 21, 2013
Kevin P. Robinson 05L has been named a shareholder at Zimmerman Kiser Sutcliffe, P.A. in Orlando, Fla. Robinson practices in the areas of commercial and business litigation, assisting financial institutions, businesses, developers, contractors, insurance companies and other corporate and individual clients in various contractual, business, real estate, and commercial disputes. Read more »
DuClos 05L Founds Boston-Based Environmental Law, IP Firm Friday, June 7, 2013
In early 2013, Justin DuClos 05L established J DuClos LLC, a Boston-based firm that practices within a range of disciplines, including environmental and intellectual property law.
DuClos also shared a few personal milestones:
“My wife Jenny and I are departing Harvard University in mid-2013 after five years in residence as fellows and officers. While there I held successive fellowships at the Center for Public Leadership, the Environmental Law and Policy Clinic and the Center for State and Local Government. Prior to that I practiced environmental litigation in post-Katrina New Orleans, handling matters that included the consolidated flood and levee cases,” he writes.
“But most importantly, our son Haven Noah was born in February 2012!” he writes. DuClos’ bio »
Parthasarathy 05L Selected to Class of 2013 Rising Stars Monday, August 26, 2013
Bharath Parthasarathy 05L was selected to the Class of 2013 On the Rise Lawyers by the Daily Report. Read more »
Gov. Brown Reappoints Warren 05L to San Diego Water Quality Board Friday, November 1, 2013
Stefanie Warren 00C 05L has been reappointed by California Gov. Jerry Brown to the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board, where she has served since 2013. Warren has been an attorney at Luce Forward, now McKenna Long and Aldridge LLP, since 2006. She was a law clerk for the Honorable Irma E. Gonzalez at the U.S. District Court, Southern District of California, from 2005 to 2006. Warren is the board’s youngest member; she was first appointed in July.
Judkowitz 05L Named Partner at Mayer Brown Thursday, February 6, 2014
Jonathan Judkowitz 05Lwas named partner at Mayer Brown LLP in Houston. He specializes in finance transactions involving companies in the oil and gas and other energy-related industries.
Hollander 05L Becomes Partner at Watson, Farley & Williams Monday, May 5, 2014
Steven Hollander 05L was recently promoted to partner at Watson, Farley & Williams in New York. He primarily focuses on corporate and securities transactions, including securities offerings, mergers, acquisitions, regulatory filings, private equity investments, joint ventures, restructurings, other complex business transactions and general corporate matters. Read more >>
Jacobs 05L welcomes second child, Jack Monday, July 7, 2014
Jonathan Jacobs 02C 05L and Tracy Jacobs 03C welcomed their second child, Jack Meyer Jacobs, on Jan. 19, 2014.
Rollman promoted to partner at DLA Piper Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Daniel Rollman 05L has been promoted to partner in the Atlanta office of DLA Piper. Rollman is a corporate and private equity lawyer with an international practice focused on representing corporations and private equity firms in connection with M&A and corporate matters, including control acquisitions and dispositions, corporate finance transactions, growth equity investments, commercial contracting, joint ventures, private securities offerings. and securities compliance matters.
Robinson 05L named 2014 Florida Rising Star Thursday, August 28, 2014
Kevin Robins 05L was selected as a 2014 Florida Rising Star. He is an attorney with Zimmerman Kiser Sutcliffe Attorneys.
Streicker 05L earns whistleblower award Monday, November 24, 2014
Sherilyn Streicker 05L earned a 2014 Democracy Award in Georgia as a State Ethics Commission Whistleblower.
Georgia State Bar Fundraiser to benefit Augusta Warrior Project Thursday, December 4, 2014
The Young Lawyers Division of the State Bar of Georgia has announced that the Augusta Warrior Project will be the recipient of proceeds from this year’s YLD Signature Fundraiser event, to be held Feb. 28, 2015, at Terminal West in Atlanta. Emory Law alumna Katie Sullivan Dod 02C 05L is among the group’s leaders.
“The mission of the AWP includes advocacy for our military veterans and connecting them to Veterans Administration-related benefits, which we have identified as one of the goals of our military support program for this year,” said State Bar YLD President Sharri Edenfield. “We believe that this is a very promising project that could be replicated in other military communities across Georgia.”
AWP has helped veterans who have served in WWII through Afghanistan. Other national charities’ services are often limited to certain groups, Edenfield said, including the Wounded Warrior Project, which only provides services to injured post-9/11 veterans. “AWP is a local nonprofit, so all funds raised for AWP will stay here and benefit any veteran and his/her family who needs help,” she added.
AWP is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit with a mission to connect warriors with resources that improve their lives.
”I was very impressed with the collaboration that goes on between AWP and other bases, like Ft. Stewart and Ft. Benning,” Edenfield said. “It is exciting to think about what the YLD’s support of this organization could mean in terms of expanding the reach of services to veterans around the state, especially since Georgia has 11 military installations/enclaves and approximately 775,000 veterans.”
Dod, of the Merbaum Law Group in Atlanta; Quentin Marlin, Ellis, Painter, Ratterree & Adams in Savannah; Ed Piasta, Law & Moran in Atlanta; and Kristie Piasta, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, lead YLD’s efforts to encourage members from around the state to volunteer legal assistance to local veterans, especially those living near an installation/enclave.
Dreyer 04L, Shareholder at Chamberlain Hrdlicka Monday, February 11, 2013
David Dreyer 04Lhas been promoted to income shareholder at Chamberlain Hrdlicka’s Atlanta offices. Dreyer is a commercial litigator who handles a wide variety of business disputes for clients ranging from large multi-national companies to start-ups. He was recognized in 2012 as a “Georgia Rising Star” in business litigation by Georgia SuperLawyers and was selected by theDaily Reportas one of 14 attorneys under 40 who are “On the Rise.”
Draughn 04L Joins John Marshall Career Development Staff Friday, March 29, 2013
Milana Draughn 04L is associate director of Career Development at Atlanta's John Marshall Law School.
Feldman 04L Co-Chair of Dade County Bar's Bankruptcy Committee Thursday, September 12, 2013
Jonathan S. Feldman 04L was named co-chair of the Dade County Bar Association’s Bankruptcy Law Committee. During his one-year term, he will coordinate continuing legal education events regarding bankruptcy and other issues related to insolvency for the local legal community.
Feldman is an associate in the Miami offices of Meland Russin & Budwick, and specializes in bankruptcy and commercial litigation.
Thrower-Grundy 04L Leads Diversity Efforts at Miller Canfield Monday, September 16, 2013
Joni Thrower-Grundy 04L has been appointed diversity director at Miller Canfield.
She will oversee the development and maintenance of a multicultural workforce and a culture of inclusion. She will also continue as a senior attorney in the Financial Institutions and Transactions Group, in the firm’s Detroit office.
In addition to recruiting and retaining talent, Miller Canfield’s diversity plan includes providing continuous in-house training for its legal team and expanding internal affinity groups and relationships with external organizations.
Juliano 04L Re-elected as Secretary of ADR section for Delaware State Bar Thursday, May 15, 2014
Margaret Juliano 04L was re-elected as secretary of the Alternative Dispute Resolution section for the Delaware State Bar Association. She will serve a one-year term again.
Juliano currently works for Obermayer, Rebmann, Maxwell & Hippel LLP and serves as the Secretary for the Women and Law Section of the Delaware State Bar Association.
Furguson 04L Selected as Super Lawyers 2014 Rising Star Monday, June 2, 2014
Ryan Furguson 04L was recently selected as a 2014 Rising Star by Super Lawyers. He is currently practicing law at the firm of Setliff & Holland in Richmond, Va in civil litigation with an emphasis on transportational law, products liability, employment law and premises liability.
He is living in Midlothian, Va. with his wife, Beth, and their son, Brycen.
Mormile-Wolper 04L promoted to special counsel Friday, August 15, 2014
Myra C. Mormile-Wolper 04L has been promoted to special counsel at Kelley Drye & Warren LLP, in the Chicago office. Her practice focuses on litigating business and financial services matters and providing regulatory advice. In her business litigation practice, Ms. Mormile-Wolper represents various clients in state and federal courts involving, among other things, contract disputes, franchises, professional liability, employment matters, and intellectual property matters. In connection with her financial services practice, Ms. Mormile-Wolper represents individuals, shareholders, officers, registered representatives, investment advisers, broker-dealers, and other corporate entities in a wide variety of proceedings in state and federal courts, arbitration, and before government agencies and self-regulatory organizations, such as the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). Ms. Mormile-Wolper also advises broker-dealers, investment advisers, and related entities regarding compliance, registration requirements, disclosure issues, and miscellaneous transactional matters. Ms. Mormile-Wolper was selected as one of Illinois Super Lawyers – Rising Stars, 2014.
Sande 04L welcomes daughter Friday, September 19, 2014
Tyler Sande 04L and Margaret Sande welcomed a daughter, Ruthanne Darden, on August 20, 2014. The family resides in Denver, Colorado, where Mr. Sande is Deputy District Attorney and Dr. Sande is an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and Medical Director of the WELLS Simulation Center at University of Colorado Hospital.
Jenkins 04L joins Offit, Kurman, P.A., as principal Tuesday, December 30, 2014
Reeves 04L named partner at K&L Gates LLP Monday, March 30, 2015
Joshua Reeves 04L has been named partner in the Charleston office of K&L Gates LLP. Reeves’ practice includes commercial real estate, hospitality and timeshare issues, and financing transactions.
He has extensive experience with the sale, acquisition and financing of hotels; property management agreements; franchise agreements; leases; and the development of residential, commercial and mixed-use properties. Reeves’ practice also encompasses the development and structuring of all forms of vacation ownership programs and clubs, including timeshare, fractional, travel membership clubs, and destination clubs. He regularly assists clients with registration, disclosure, and regulatory compliance with state and federal land sale, timeshare, marketing, and telemarketing laws. He has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Georgia and a law degree from Emory University School of Law.
McPhelin 04L named partner at Pepper Hamilton Sunday, October 4, 2015
Hannah Dowd McPhelin 04L was promoted to partner at Pepper Hamilton LLP. She is a member of the real estate practice group and is resident in the Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and Philadelphia offices. She was also named to the Central Penn Business Journal's 2015 "40 Under 40" list, which profiles leading young professionals. McPhelin resides in Camp Hill, Pa., with her husband, Michael, and son Owen, 2.
Fliman 03L Promoted to Partner Thursday, August 9, 2012
Daniel A. Fliman 03L has been elected partner at Kasowitz, New York.
Greenspan Serves on Judicial Selection Panel Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Leslie Miller Greenspan 03L served on a merit selection panel to decide the reappointment of a U.S. magistrate judge of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. The panel of five lawyers and two non-lawyers reviewed the judge's credentials and interviewed parties familiar with the judge’s work before recommending that the magistrate judge be reappointed. Greenspan is an associate at Stradley Ronon, and works primarily on securities litigation, intellectual property litigation and complex commercial disputes. She also handles products liability and mass tort cases, and civil rights litigation.
Greenberg Traurig Names Coffman 03L Shareholder Monday, April 8, 2013
Greenberg Taurig is pleased to announce the elevation of Eric T. Coffman 03Lto shareholder. Coffman has experience in a wide variety of real estate, leasing, joint venture and financing matters. His practice is focused on representing retail landlords in connection with ground-up development and redevelopment of shopping centers, and related leases with national and regional retail tenants.
Berry 03L Views Politics as More Than Extracurricular Activity Monday, August 26, 2013
Jeremy Berry may be a big-firm lawyer, but politics is more than just an extracurricular activity for him. (Subscription required) Read more »
Kelley Friedgen Johnson 03L Marries Husband Kyle Friday, April 25, 2014
Kelley Friedgen Johnson 03L married her husband, Kyle, on October 5, 2013.
French 03L appointed to Charles Longstreet Weltner Family Inn of Court Monday, July 21, 2014
Brook Barylick French 03L has been appointed to the Charles Longstreet Weltner Family Inn of Court.
French 03L promoted to counsel Monday, August 25, 2014
Boyd Collar Nolen & Tuggle, LLC is pleased to announce the promotion of Brooke M. French 03L to counsel. French joined Boyd Collar Nolen & Tuggle in 2011 as an associate.
“Brooke is extremely dedicated within our firm and her accomplishments over the past three years are reflective of her commitment to our clients,” said Katie Connell, a partner at Boyd Collar Nolen & Tuggle.
French is member of the State Bar of Georgia’s Family Law Section and is trained as a guardian ad litem, representing children at the center of contested custody battles. She lends her time and talent to the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation and the Fulton County Family Law Information Center. French earned her undergraduate degree from Union College, and her law degree from Emory University School of Law.
Boyd Collar Nolen & Tuggle is an Atlanta-based preeminent divorce and family law firm, serving clients throughout the state of Georgia. The firm’s attorneys serve as trusted legal counsel to clients involved in a range of family law matters. For more information, please visit the firm’s website at www.bcntlaw.com »
Edgecombe 03L Joins Baker Donelson's Government Regulatory Actions Group Sunday, September 14, 2014
Baker Donelson has announced the addition of Jason R. Edgecombe to the firm's Government Regulatory Actions Group.
Mr. Edgecombe joins Baker Donelson as of counsel in the Firm's Atlanta office, where he represents organizations undertaking internal investigations as well as individuals, corporations and other entities facing regulatory enforcement actions and compliance issues. He also advises corporate boards and executives in a variety of industries on issues such as compliance and fiduciary duties. He is experienced in civil litigation and complex parallel proceedings, including gathering and producing electronically stored information (ESI) in response to government subpoenas and civil discovery requests. A 2003 graduate of the Emory University School of Law, Mr. Edgecombe is a member of the Atlanta, Georgia and American Bar Associations and was a recipient of the Excellence in Pro Bono Service Award presented by the Atlanta Lawyers Foundation in 2012. He currently serves on the board of the Margaret Mitchell Civic Association and of The EDGE Connection, Inc., where he is chairman of the nominating committee.
Hiring Surge at Sol Systems starts with Michael Woods 03L, General Counsel Wednesday, November 5, 2014
Sol Systems, a Washington, D.C.–based solar energy finance and investment firm, announced that Michael Woods has joined the organization as General Counsel. In this role, Mr. Woods will lead Sol Systems’ legal efforts to achieve even greater efficiencies in structuring complex financial transactions for commercial solar energy projects. Stephanie Smith who served as the firm’s General Counsel and Chief Operating Officer until now will focus completely on operations and strategic expansion as Sol Systems’ COO.
“Michael’s expertise is integral to the continued growth of our managed funds that we invest in the solar asset class,” said Yuri Horwitz, CEO of Sol Systems. “He is a highly experienced energy transactions attorney, and brings substantial knowledge and expertise in transactional, commercial, project development, and regulatory matters affecting the energy industry.”
Prior to joining Sol Systems, Mr. Woods was a partner in the Energy and Corporate practice groups in the Washington, D.C. office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP, where his practice focused on mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, equity investments, joint ventures, restructurings, and general corporate law and commercial matters in the energy industry. During this time, he represented a broad range of energy and energy-related companies in the electric power, oil and gas, and energy commodity industries, including independent power producers, electric and natural gas utilities and marketers, oil and natural gas companies, and other companies seeking to invest in the energy industry.
Prior to his time with Kirkland & Ellis, Mr. Woods served for over two years as an attorney at the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Office of the General Counsel.
Mr. Woods earned his JD, with honors, in 2003 from Emory University School of Law, where he was a managing editor of the Emory Law Journal and was admitted to the Order of the Coif. He received a B.S. in Business Administration and a B.A. in Spanish from the University of Florida in 2000.
Franklin 03L named among Business Chronicle's "40 Under 40" Friday, November 14, 2014
McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP is pleased to announce that Alison Elko Franklin, 03L, was named among Atlanta's top “40 Under 40” business leaders by the Atlanta Business Chronicle. Franklin is an associate in the firm's Atlanta office where she focuses on bankruptcy and commercial litigation.
The Chronicle’s annual list spotlights young professionals who have made significant achievements in their careers and demonstrated social responsibility. Selected by past award recipients from more than 600 nominations, this year's honorees were featured in a special section published by the Atlanta Business Chronicle and honored at a reception at the Fox Theatre.
Franklin has established a diverse practice representing debtors, trustees and creditors in large, complex bankruptcy proceedings. She also represents examiners, receivers and creditors in fraud investigations and commercial litigation in federal and state court.
She is actively involved in many community service organizations and has been instrumental in the development of three pro bono projects to help underserved populations, including the Low Income Creditor Assistance Project, the Reaffirmation Project and the Georgia State University College of Law Bankruptcy Assistance & Practice Program (BAPP). She also volunteers with various nonprofits such as Dress for Success, Habitat for Humanity, and the Atlanta Community Food Bank.
Franklin also serves as a leader in various professional organizations, including the International Women’s Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation, the Turnaround Management Association, and the Bankruptcy Section of the Atlanta Bar Association. She is also a member of the W. Homer Drake, Jr. Georgia Bankruptcy American Inn of Court and the Emory Law Alumni Board.
Whitehart 03L, partner at Duane Morris LLP Monday, February 9, 2015
Duane Morris LLP is pleased to announce that Kelly L. Whitehart has joined the Intellectual Property Practice Group as a partner in its Atlanta office. Whitehart's addition expands the firm's intellectual property practice, both in Atlanta and nationally. Whitehart joins Duane Morris from Miller & Martin PLLC.
Whitehart's practice centers on patent, trademark, trade dress, software, false advertising, copyright, trade secret and unfair competition disputes. Her clients are both large and middle-market US companies that represent a broad cross-section of technology industries, including software, telecommunications, energy resources, e-commerce and cloud computing applications. Whitehart has extensive experience at both the federal and state court levels in courts throughout the United States on matters involving trade dress disputes, patents, trademarks, copyrights, domain names, trade secrets, unfair competition and false advertising, as well as on general commercial disputes.
Whitehart is a board member and programs committee chair of the Intellectual Property Section of the Atlanta Bar Association. She is a member of the Technology Section Litigation Committee of the State Bar of Georgia. She is engaged in pro bono work with the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyer Foundation.
Whitehart graduated with honors from Emory Law, where she was web editor of the Emory International Law Review. She earned her BA in 2000, with honors, from the University of North Carolina.
Franklin 03L Welcomes Daughter Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Alison Elko Franklin, 03L and Kenneth Franklin welcomed a daughter, Charlotte Marie, in August 2014. The family resides in Atlanta, Georgia, where Franklin is an associate with McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP and Kenneth Franklin is an associate with Duane Morris LLP.
Preis 03L named senior counsel at Southwire Monday, October 12, 2015
Spencer Preis 03L has joined the legal department of Southwire Company as senior counsel. Based in Carrollton, Georgia, Southwire is North America’s largest wire and cable producer.
Fritts 02L Promoted to Partner Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Laura Fahey Fritts 02L has been elected partner at Kasowitz, New York.
Miller 02L, Partner at Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease Friday, January 4, 2013
Adam Miller 02L was named partner at Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease. He is a member of the corporate and finance group at the firm’s Columbus office. He counsels clients on mergers and acquisitions, securities reporting and disclosure, business formation, entity selection and corporate governance issues. Miller has represented public and private companies on both the buy and sale side in multiple stock and asset acquisitions.
Lowenhar-Fisher 02L Featured in ABA Journal for Pro Bono Work Friday, February 1, 2013
Kate C. Lowenhar-Fisher 02L was featured in the ABA Journal in the publication's cover story, "Working for free: Lawyers incorporating pro bono into their lives talk about its rewards, challenges." Read the article »
Casey 02L Named Rising Star by Super Lawyer Magazine Monday, April 1, 2013
Tiffani Hiudt Casey 02L was named a “Rising Star” by Georgia Super Lawyers magazine. The designation honors up-and-coming attorneys in the state who are 40 or younger, or who have been in practice for 10 years or less. Casey is an associate in the Atlanta offices of Fisher & Phillips LLP, and specializes in workplace and employment law. Casey’s profile»
Dervan 02L Recognized for Teaching Excellence at Southern Illinois University Monday, May 6, 2013
Lucian E. Dervan 02L received one of six awards for faculty-staff excellence given by Southern Illinois University-Carbondale on April 24, 2013.
The Early Career Faculty Excellence Award goes to a faculty member who has joined SIU in the past five years and has made significant contributions throughout the year—through scholarship, teaching or other professional activities. As an assistant professor at the university’s school of law, Dervan teaches courses which include international criminal law, legal globalization and comparative law, sentencing law and white-collar crime.
Dervan joined SIU’s School of Law faculty in 2009. In addition to an impressive rate of scholarly publication, he has also organized innovative programs for both students and pre-tenure faculty. In 2012, he was named the School of Law’s Scholar of the Year. Dervan also serves as co-chair of the American Bar Association’s Criminal Justice Section, Academics Committee.
Davis 02L Secures Drug Trafficking Conviction with Papaya Sticker Monday, August 26, 2013
Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeffrey W. Davis once secured a drug trafficking conviction by convincing a federal jury in Atlanta that a papaya sticker was as good as a fingerprint.Read more »
Newcomb 02L Selected to Participate in ABA Tort Trial and TIPS Leadership Academy Tuesday, June 3, 2014
Carlock, Copeland & Stair attorney William Newcomb 02L was selected to participate in the 2014-2015 American Bar Association Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section (TIPS) Leadership Academy.
Academy participation is limited to a select group of only 25 attorneys nationwide with five to fifteen years of experience who have been identified through a highly competitive selection process as actively committed and personally responsible leaders.
The TIPS Leadership Academy, a year-long program, is designed to increase the diversity of leaders in the legal profession, nurture effective leadership with respect to ethical, professional and community service values, build relationships among leaders from across the country and from disciplines within the profession, and raise the level of awareness among lawyers regarding a broad range of issues facing the profession.
Dervan 02L Promoted to Associated Professor of Law at Southern Illinois, Welcomes Baby Girl Thursday, June 5, 2014
Lucian Dervan 02L received tenure and promotion to associate professor at Southern Illinois University School of Law. He was also appointed to Director of Faculty Development.
In Autumn of 2013, Dervan and his family welcomed a baby girl, Adelaide.
Rosemberg 02L elected president Inter-American Chapter of the United States-Mexico Chamber of Commerce Wednesday, July 23, 2014
The U.S. Mexico Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit bi-national business organization that strives to promote and foster trade, investment and good business relations between the United States, Mexico and the Americas. The IAC has served Miami's business community since 1997 and is considered one of the most successful bi-national chamber chapters in Florida. Rosemberg previously served on the IAC's executive committee for four years.
Rosemberg focuses his practice in the areas of complex business and intellectual property litigation. He represents domestic and international businesses, as well as high net-worth Latin American individuals and families residing abroad, in U.S. courts and arbitrations. Rosemberg plays an integral role in the firm’s international practice.
Broad and Cassel established its founding office in Miami in 1946. The firm’s Miami attorneys focus their practices primarily in the following areas of law: Complex Commercial Litigation, including Real Estate and Securities Litigation, White Collar Defense and Compliance, Corporate and Securities both domestic and international, Real Estate and Eminent Domain, Bankruptcy, Health Law, Intellectual Property Litigation and Labor and Employment Law. Broad and Cassel has more than 160 lawyers and 200 support personnel located in nine offices throughout the state of Florida. The firm has extensive experience in a wide variety of corporate practice areas and industries. For more information, please visit us online at www.BroadandCassel.com.
Graham 02L Named Rising Star Friday, September 19, 2014
The Daily Report, an ALM publication, has named real estate attorney Christina Graham 02L of Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP a 2014 “Rising Star.” The competition celebrates the area’s more promising attorneys under age 40.
Graham represents some of the nation’s largest multifamily developers. She recently branched out into new areas as well, including industrial real estate and public/private partnerships. She also represents a time-share company. She has closed multimillion dollar transactions all over the country, including in Texas, Oregon, Washington, California, Massachusetts, Colorado, Georgia and Florida.
The Daily Report profile of Graham noted her negotiating skills, as well as her niche in working with properties that include an element of historic preservation. One client praised the graceful way she resolved a last-minute obstacle to a $12 million land acquisition.
Graham also donates countless hours to community service. She chairs the firm’s social responsibility outreach—the MMMPact Steering Committee. MMMPact consists of five established initiatives covering Civic Leadership, Community Involvement, Diversity, Women’s issues and Pro Bono efforts.
Graham and other Rising Stars were profiled in the Daily Report in August and were guests of a gala in their honor on Sept. 18.
Maleva-Otto 02L named partner in London office of Schulte Roth & Zabel Friday, October 17, 2014
Schulte Roth & Zabel International has announced the addition of Anna Maleva-Otto 02L as a partner in the Investment Management Regulatory and Compliance Group. Resident in the firm's London office, she joins a team of senior lawyers that is one of the largest and most experienced groups of hedge fund lawyers in the UK. Ms. Maleva-Otto comes to SRZ from Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP and she previously served as an in-house counsel and compliance officer of a hedge fund.
Admitted in both the UK and the US, Ms. Maleva-Otto's practice will focus on advising fund managers on regulatory and compliance matters, including the implications of the AIFMD, MiFID, and EMIR.
Danas 01L Named to Top 20 California Attorneys Under 40 Monday, April 15, 2013
Glenn Danas 01L was recently named one of the Top 20 Attorneys under 40 in California. He is lead counsel inIskanian v. CLS Transportation, a closely watched case pending before the California Supreme Court.
Kraft 01L Wins Plaintiffs' Record-Breaking Asbestos Verdict In New York Thursday, August 1, 2013
Danny Kraft Jr. 01L was on a three-member team of attorneys who earned their clients a $190 million verdict for exposure to asbestos.
The July 23, 2013, verdict found the tradesmen—steamfitters, plumbers and construction workers—were exposed to the carcinogen on the job. The 11-week trial was against two boiler companies, Cleaver-Brooks Inc. and Burnham LLC. The jury found the companies were negligent in not warning employees about the dangers of the asbestos used in connection with their equipment, and acted with reckless disregard for human life.
Kraft is an associate with Weitz & Luxenberg, P.C. His fellow trial lawyers were Adam Cooper and Daniel Blouin.
The verdict is the largest consolidated asbestos verdict in New York City history, and it is believed that the $60 million individual amounts two of the men received are the largest individual sums awarded in a New York City asbestos case.
All five plaintiffs developed mesothelioma, which attacks the lining of the lungs, heart, or abdominal organs. Three died of complications related to the disease.
The case dealt with exposure dating back to the 1950s. One Toms River, N.J., man was a pipefitter in the Brooklyn Navy Yard who worked on aircraft carriers, including the USS Constellation and USS Independence.
Three other plaintiffs worked in New York, two as plumbers and another in painting and construction work. The final client was a steamfitter from Connecticut. Kraft’s profile »
Rawls 01L Lauded for Leadership, Pro Bono Work Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Angela Slate Rawls 01L was awarded the Huntsville-Madison County Bar Association Community Service Award in June 2013 and the Alabama State Bar Leadership Forum Alumni of the Year Award in May 2013 for her work as executive director of the Madison County Volunteer Lawyers Program.
Siegel 01L Named Partner at Kelly Kronenberg Thursday, December 12, 2013
Amy Siegel 01L has been named partner at Kelley Kronenberg in West Palm Beach, Fla. She specializes in workers’ compensation defense and was named a 2013 Florida Rising Star in her field.
Katz 01L Named Partner at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld Friday, January 10, 2014
Ryan Katz 01L was named a partner at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP. He is a member of the firm’s tax practice and works with clients on a variety of domestic and international corporate transactions, including public and private mergers and acquisitions, private equity and hedge fund investments, venture capital transactions, debt financings, joint ventures, strategic alliances and corporate restructuring.
Katz 01L named partner at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP Monday, June 23, 2014
Ryan M. Katz 01L has been named partner at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP.
O'Connor 01L named to board of the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors Wednesday, November 5, 2014
Jean O'Connor 98C 01L 01MPH has been named to the board of the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors, over 5,000 specialized chronic disease practitioners working in every state and US Territory public health department to prevent and control chronic disease.
Halpern 01L Named Partner at Broad and Cassel Wednesday, January 21, 2015
“I’m proud to welcome this extraordinary professional as our new partner,” said West Palm Beach managing partner Patricia Lebow. “She has a proven track record in her practice areas and will help continue to position Broad and Cassel as a leader in those areas.”
Halpern joined the West Palm Beach office of Broad and Cassel in 2001 and is a member of the firm's Banking and Institutional Lending and Real Estate Practice Groups. She focuses her practice on all aspects of complex commercial and residential real estate sales and acquisitions, financing, and related transactions. She also has significant experience in commercial leasing transactions, including drafting and negotiating office, retail, and wireless leases. She represents lenders and borrowers in a wide array of financing transactions, loan restructures and workouts, forbearance agreements, loan sales and deeds-in-lieu of foreclosure documentation. Halpern also has experience in corporate transactions, including negotiating and drafting formation and governing documentation, and representing clients in connection with the purchase and sale of stock, membership and partnership interests.
She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida.
Danas 01L receives California Lawyer Attorney of the Year Award Thursday, March 5, 2015
In February, Glenn Danas 01L received a CLAY Award (California Lawyer Attorney of the Year), along with two colleagues, Ryan H. Wu, and Raul Perez, in the category of employment law.
“These three lawyers won a California Supreme Court decision invalidating employers’ mandatory arbitration agreements that attempt to force employees to waive claims under the Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA),” according to California Lawyer magazine which administers the awards.
And in January, Danas was made a partner at his firm, Capstone Law, APC, in Los Angeles. Danas previously served as senior counsel to the firm, and manages its Appeals and Complex Motions Department.
Heit 01L named Georgia "Rising Star" Monday, September 21, 2015
Marny Heit 01L was selected as a Georgia Super Lawyers Rising Star in the area of DUI law, for the 10th year in a row, by Super Lawyers magazine.
Chen 00L Announces Birth of Daughter Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Stephen Ho Chen 00L and Ming Hsu Chen announce the birth of their daughter, Maya Hsu, who was born on February 8, 2013. Steven Chen is a Supervisory Attorney with the U. S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights in Boulder, Colorado. Ms. Chen is an Associate Professor at the University of Colorado Law School. Maya is named for civil rights pioneers Maya Angelou and Maya Lin.
Kodish 00L Selected in On the Rise Lawyers in 2013 Monday, August 26, 2013
Thad Kodish 00L was selected as apart of the class of 2013 On the Rise Lawyers by the Daily Report. Read more (subscription required) »
Weiss 00L Named a 2014 Rising Star Thursday, March 6, 2014
Traci A. Weiss 00L has been named a 2014 Rising Star by Super Lawyers magazine. She is an attorney at the Atlanta-based family law firm of Warner, Bates, McGough, McGinnis & Portnoy. Rising Star distinctions are awarded to the top 2.5 percent of lawyers under age 40, or who have been practicing law for less than 10 years.
Feldman 00L appointed chair of Domain Name and Social Media Committee, Intellectual Property Owners Assn. Friday, July 18, 2014
Jake Feldman 00L 00MPH, Assistant General Counsel - Trademarks at Johnson & Johnson, was named the Chair of the Domain Name and Social Media Committee of the Intellectual Property Owners association.
Piccola joins Morris, Manning and Martin Monday, July 28, 2014
Amie Singer Piccola 00L has joined Morris, Manning and Martin.
Budd 00L named senior counselor Thursday, July 31, 2014
James A. Budd 00L is now a senior counselor at Hartman Simons & Wood, LLP.
Greenlee 00L starts practice, Greenlee Law PLLC, in Tampa, FL Wednesday, November 12, 2014
After more than a decade working at large law firms, Paige Greenlee 00L has started Greenlee Law PLLC, in Tampa, Florida. She practices in the areas of commercial, real estate, and construction litigation, along with creditors’ rights/bankruptcy.
Viau 00L among "Best Lawyers in America" Friday, August 21, 2015
Josh Viau 00L, of Fisher & Phillips, has been peer-selected for inclusion in “The Best Lawyers in America 2016,” for the practice of labor law.
Goncher 00L promoted to deputy city attorney Saturday, September 26, 2015
Marc Goncher 97C 00L was promoted to deputy city attorney over the finance team in the City of Atlanta law department. The team advises the Mayor’s Office, the City Council and City Departments on public finance, procurement, land use and zoning, and other matters.
Rotenberg 00L joins Hedgepeth, Heredia & Rieder Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Jon Rotenberg 91C 00L has joined family-law firm Hedgepeth, Heredia & Rieder as “of counsel.”
“Jon Rotenberg is known in his practice of family law for his compassionate, even-keeled approach, which makes him a valuable addition to our team,” said HHR managing partner Hannibal Heredia.
Rotenberg has practiced family law for more than a decade. He serves as a Guardian ad Litem for Fulton County and volunteers with the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Association.
Prior to practicing at HHR, Jon was a partner at Howick, Westfall & Kaplan, where he worked in both family law and commercial law. His practice at HHR is devoted exclusively to family law.
He is a member of the State Bar of Georgia and the Family Law Section of the Atlanta Bar Association, and is admitted before the State Bar of Georgia, the Superior Court and U.S. District Court, Northern District of Georgia.
During law school, he interned at the Charleston County Public Defender’s office and spent a one-year internship working on death penalty issues with attorney Stephen B. Bright through the Southern Center for Human Rights.
Marti 99L, Managing Partner at Kilpatrick Townsend's DC Office Monday, March 18, 2013
Danny Marti 99L is new managing partner of Kilpatrick Townsend’s Washington, D.C., office. He has been with the firm 12 years and specializes in intellectual property law. Marti is the first Hispanic to lead one of the firm’s offices; he was selected by the Minority Corporate Counsel Association’s Diversity & the Bar as one of four national Rising Stars.
“Danny is the perfect choice for leading one of our firm’s largest offices,” said Paul Aguggia, chair, Kilpatrick Townsend. “I have worked with him for nearly five years and have seen firsthand his outstanding leadership skills in every project he touches.”
Michaelson 99L Named Rising Star by Super Lawyers Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Chad Michaelson 99L has been named a Pennsylvania Rising Star, which ranks him among the top up-and-coming attorneys in the state for 2013.
Super Lawyers creates the list based on statewide surveys, independent research evaluations and peer reviews in more than 70 practice areas. Lawyers are asked to nominate the best attorneys who are 40 or under, or who have been practicing for 10 years or less. No more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state receive the Rising Staraward. This is Michaelson’s sixth appearance on the list.
Michaelson is a partner at Meyer, Unkovic & Scott in Pittsburgh, and chairs the Sustainable Development Practice Group. He is a member of the firm’s Business Litigation, Construction Law and Tort Litigation Groups. His practice is focused on commercial and construction litigation, including contract disputes, shareholder and partner disputes, tort defense and trade secrets and business protection litigation.
Brown 99L Named Court of Appeals Justice by Texas Governor Perry Friday, September 6, 2013
Ada Brown 99L has been named justice for Court of Appeals for the Fifth District of Texas by Gov. Rick Perry.
The appointment was announced Sept. 3, and Brown’s term will expire at the next general election. She is a civil litigator who formerly served as both judge and prosecutor in Dallas County. She is a past board member of the Texas Public Safety Commission and Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education, past chair of the Dallas Bar Association Criminal Justice Committee and a teacher for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy.
Brown has also taught as an adjunct professor at Southern Methodist University School of Law, and is a volunteer editorial columnist for the Dallas Morning News.
Kaplan 99L Becomes Executive VP and General Counsel at XOS Digital Thursday, May 15, 2014
Stephen Kaplan 99L became Executive Vice President and General Counsel at XOS Digital.
Rasmus 99L joins Morgan Stanley Friday, June 27, 2014
Lauren Rasmus 99L has joined Morgan Stanley as The Global Head of Policies, Procedures and Training for the Anti-Money Laundering Group.
Michaelson named top rising attorney in Pennsylvania for 2014 Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Chad Michaelson 99L has been named a Rising Star by Super Lawyers for 2014. He is a partner and chairs the firm’s Sustainable Development Practice Group. His practice is focused on commercial and construction litigation including contract disputes, shareholder and partner disputes, tort defense and trade secrets and business protection litigation. He is also certified as a LEED® Green Associate, which allows him to counsel clients on green building issues. Michaelson serves on the Mt. Lebanon Board of Appeals and advises the Seton-LaSalle High School Mock Trial program. He graduated from West Virginia University and the Emory University School of Law and resides in Mt. Lebanon.
Obama appoints Marti as new "Piracy Czar" to overwee music and copyright enforcement Monday, September 8, 2014
President Barack Obama has responded to the challenges of the current digital age–particularly, the national concern for protecting intellectual property–by nominatingDanny Marti to be the new United States’ intellectual property enforcement coordinator, or “piracy czar.” Marti works in Kilpatrick Townsend’s Washington, D.C. office, where he served as the company’s intellectual asset acquisitions and transactions team co-chair from 2010 to 2013 and is currently a managing partner. The Emory University law school graduate has covered several cases on intellectual property matters, like computer fraud and abuse, copyright and cybersquatting.
Play by Kimmel 99L featured in festival Monday, November 24, 2014
A short play written by Henry W. Kimmel 99L, The Last Seat on the Train, had a reprise as part of the East Haddom Stage Company's 'The Best of Plays and Poetry" in November 2014. Kimmel was one of 14 writers participating in the annual fundraiser.
Ho 99L expands outreach at Asian Americans Advancing Justice Sunday, July 5, 2015
For the first time, an Atlanta nonprofit will offer free legal help and low cost legal immigration services for Asian people. Asian Americans Advancing Justice—Atlanta offers a legal hotline in five languages, legal help, and ESL citizenship classes, according to AAAJA Executive Director Helen Kim Ho 99L.
Read the story.
Mark P. Chalos 98L Co-Authors Book Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Mark P. Chalos 98L has co-authored a book, LITIGATING INTERNATIONAL TORTS IN U. S. COURTS (Thomas Reuters West). He is a partner in the Nashville, TN office of the national law firm, Lieff, Cabraser, Heimann & Bernstein.
Karen 98L Weds Levy 06PH Friday, November 30, 2012
Daniel Karen 98L and Liz Levy 06PH were married Nov. 10, 2012.
Bray 98L Joins College of Community Association Lawyers Friday, December 6, 2013
Amy Heffernan Bray 98L has been granted membership in the College of Community Association Lawyers, an organization with less than 150 member attorneys nationwide.
CCAL was established in 1993 by the Community Associations Institute, and seeks ethical, highly professional lawyers who have distinguished themselves through the practice of community association law.
Bray is a partner with Andersen, Tate & Carr, P.C., in Duluth, Ga., and focuses on both commercial and residential real estate matters. She is also an experienced mediator, with experience in settlement of real estate-related disputes.
Martin 98L Now Member of Dentons' Life Sciences and Health Care Practice Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Summer Martin 98L is now a member of Dentons' Life Sciences and Health Care practice, focusing on health reform and regulatory compliance.
Martin has been ranked by Chambers USA as one of Georgia's leading lawyers for health law and Atlanta Magazine has recognized her as a Georgia Super Lawyers Rising Star.
Londa 98L Appointed President and CEO of Tantalus Systems Corp. Thursday, April 24, 2014
Peter Londa 98L was appointed to President and CEO of Tantalus Systems Corp. in Raleigh, N.C.. Londa previously served as the CEO of BPL Global (BPLG), a smart grid company delivering technology solutions to the electric utility industry with operations in the United States, Europe, Middle East, India and China.
Donegan 98L Becomes Senior Vice President of Equity Capital Markets Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Thomas Donegan 98L became Senior Vice President of Equity Capital Markets, located in St. Petersburg, Fla.
Benton 98L to Become Senior Economic Advisor in Italy Friday, May 16, 2014
Michael Benton 98L is currently serving as a Transatlantic Diplomatic Fellow in the Italian Ministry of Economy and Finance. Once he has completed the program, be will become a Senior Economic Advisor in the US Embassy in Rome, Italy.
Stadler 98L now Chief Legal Officer at Esquire Deposition Solutions Friday, October 17, 2014
Mr. Avi Stadler 98L has been appointed as General Counsel at Esquire Deposition Solutions in Atlanta, Georgia.
Mr. Stadler has extensive experience in the legal industry and joins Esquire most recently from Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP where he was a member of the firm’s litigation department. Prior to that, he was Director of Professional Development at McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP.
An esteemed member of the Atlanta legal community and Georgia Bar, Mr. Stadler is a First Honor Graduate of Emory University School of Law and previously clerked for Judge Julie E. Carnes, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Georgia. He currently serves on the executive committee and is the immediate past president of the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation.
Chalos 98L named manager partner at Lieff, Cabraser, Heimann & Bernstein Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Mark Chalos 98L has been named managing partner of the Nashville office of the national plaintiffs’ law firm, Lieff, Cabraser, Heimann & Bernstein. Chalos focuses his practice on both individual cases and class actions.
Pflieger 97L Named President and CEO of Silver Airways Monday, February 11, 2013
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Silver Airways’ Board of Directors today announced the appointment of David H. Pflieger, Jr. 97L to the position of President and CEO, effective May 1, 2013. Pflieger, who also will join the Company’s Board of Directors, will succeed Darrell Richardson who recently retired. Read the story here »
Kogan 97L, Counsel at Reed Smith Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Torgrimson 97L Partner, Co-Founder of Pursley Friese Torgrimson Monday, March 18, 2013
DiSalvo 97L Named SuperLawyer for Estate, Probate Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Reynolds 97L, Deputy Director, Financial Crimes Enforcement Network Thursday, March 28, 2013
Frederick Reynolds 97L was appointed Deputy Director of the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), a bureau of the Treasury Department, on January 13, 2013. As Deputy Director, Mr. Reynolds oversees FinCEN’s wide-ranging work to protect the U.S. financial system from money laundering and other forms of illicit financial activity and to advance the national security interests of the United States. FinCEN has created critical systems to receive and maintain financial transactions data and to analyze and disseminate that data for law enforcement purposes. FinCEN leads the development of regulatory policy to combat money laundering and terrorist financing and is a respected leader among the world’s financial intelligence units.
Walker 97L to Lead Partnership Against Domestic Violence Thursday, August 8, 2013
Daphne Walker 97L, a former prosecutor and magistrate judge, has been named president and CEO of the Partnership Against Domestic Violence, a nonprofit based in Atlanta. She assumes her duties on Sept. 9.
“We are extremely proud to have Judge Walker leading PADV into the future,” said PADV Chairman of the Board Marcus Delgado. “She brings tremendous experience with intimate partner violence issues, along with compassion and strength to an already strong organization. We look forward to a long future with her at our helm.”
In 2002, Walker established The Walker Law Group P.C., where she provided pro bono legal services for victims of domestic violence in divorce, child custody, child support and other family law matters. As part of her practice, she became aware of PADV, and referred clients there.
Walker was the first African-American assistant district attorney in the Houston Judicial Circuit and the first African-American elected judge in Clayton County, in 2004. She was re-elected chief magistrate judge in 2008 and 2012.
Walker received the Gender in Justice Award in 2007 from the Georgia Commission on Family Violence, for efforts against intimate partner violence. While chair of the Judicial Council Taskforce on Domestic Violence Courts, Walker was instrumental in obtaining federal funding to develop training curriculum for judges and to create standards and practices for Georgia’s domestic courts.
Classmates Krugler, Cash Celebrate Their Firm's 10th Thursday, September 5, 2013
Two Emory Law alumni recently celebrated their firm’s 10th anniversary.
Cash, Krugler & Fredericks of Atlanta includes Andrew Cash and David Krugler from the class of 1997.
“Andrew Cash and I met on our first day at Emory Law. We've built a successful firm, along with our fellow partner, Alwyn Fredericks,” Krugler said. Cash, Krugler & Fredericks »
Perry 97L Named "Most Powerful Black Professionals in Business and Industry for 2014" Monday, June 2, 2014
Jonathan Perry 97L, a Shareholder in the Real Estate Practice in the firm’s Orlando office, was named to the “Most Powerful Black Professionals in Business and Industry for 2014” by Legacy Orlando Magazine. Perry was listed among distinguished business professionals who are making great strides to positively impact their local communities.
The list, published annually by Legacy Orlando Magazine, includes corporate directors, community leaders, top attorneys, public officials and successful entrepreneurs. Honorees were carefully vetted and selected by a selection committee comprised of former honorees and business and civic leaders in Central Florida.
Berke 97L to Start New Law Firm with Partner Wednesday, June 4, 2014
Elliot S. Berke 97L and William J. Farah today announced the establishment of Berke Farah LLP, a law firm focusing on political law.
Berke Farah LLP provides legal advice and counsel that helps clients manage their legal/regulatory risk regarding the political process – including campaign finance and election law, government ethics, lobbying law, corporate anti-corruption compliance, government investigations, non-profits and fundraising – as well as on white collar criminal defense and corporate governance.
DiSalvo 97L guest speaker at Estate Planning Conference of Georgia Society of CPAs Monday, July 21, 2014
Loraine McMurray DiSalvo 97L was a speaker at the Estate Planning Conference of the Georgia Society of CPAs on August 1, 2014. The topic presented was be "Estate Planning's New Paradigm."
She has also been selected by Atlanta Magazine as a Five Star Wealth Manager for 2014.
McCandless 97L has joined PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP Monday, July 21, 2014
Scott McCandless 97L has joined PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC) as a principal in the Washington National Tax practice. Most recently, he was tax counsel to Congressman Tim Griffin and Senator Olympia Snowe.
Burrell 97L launches word game after successful Kickstarter campaign Tuesday, September 15, 2015
Kristin Miller Burrell 97L of Greenville, SC, is founder, CEO and general counsel of Vistavation LLC, “a 100 percent woman-owned and veteran-owned business that innovates, invents, researches and develops imaginative products such as "Redonkulary! The Game of imag-ilar-ious Words!” Burrell launched Redonkulary this summer following a successful Kickstarter campaign. Within weeks, she says, Redonkulary was on sale in several states and at Redonkulary.com. It’s described as an “outrageously funny, creative, interactive, and intelligent word game for 3-8 players, ages 9-99.” It’s made in the United States, patent pending.
Morse 97L presents at ABA Qui Tam Conference Thursday, September 17, 2015
Michael A. Morse 97L, a partner with Pietragallo Gordon Alfano Bosick & Raspanti, LLP, presented at "Qui Tam Litigation: A Practitioner's Symposium" sponsored by the American Bar Association's Criminal Justice Section and the White Collar Crime Southeast Region Subcommittee. on September 25, 2015, in Charlotte, North Carolina. Experts discussed qui tam and FIRREA litigation.
Morse discussed recent trends and developments in the law. He serves as chair of the Qui Tam Practice Group at Pietragallo. He is also a member of the Government Enforcement, Compliance, and White Collar Litigation Group as well as the Health Care and Litigation Practice Groups. Morse has developed a nationwide practice representing whistleblowers, under federal and state false claims acts, who report fraud committed against the government by corporations and individuals. He represents those who have exposed fraud against the federal and state governments in the areas of: pharmaceutical sales and marketing; health care; defense contracting; finance; federal stimulus; construction; research; collection; and government procurement.
West 96L Named Partner Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Robert (Bobby) West 96L has become a partner in and chief operating officer of TriBridge Residential in Atlanta, Georgia.
Cannon 95L is VP at Garden City Group Thursday, April 25, 2013
Vogel 95L Joins Bank of America Friday, August 30, 2013
In August, Jonathan Vogel 95L joined Bank of America as associate general counsel and senior vice president within the litigation and regulatory inquiries division. He is based in the company's Charlotte, N.C., offices.
Fulcher 95L Earns Tenure at John Marshall Law School Thursday, April 24, 2014
Patrice Fulcher 95L earned a tenure at John Marshall Law School, starting in August 2014. She joined the school's staff in 2007 and teaches Criminal Law, Legal Research, Writing & Analysis I-III, Pretrial Practice & Procedure, and Trial Advocacy and Criminal Procedure.
Scott 95L Awarded Order of the Samaritan Saturday, April 26, 2014
Kristina Scott 95L was awarded the Order of the Samaritan by The University of Alabama Law School for her anti-poverty advocacy. The Order of the Samaritan is the school's highest public service award.
Swart 95L joins TrueCar, Inc. as counsel and SVP Thursday, July 10, 2014
Jeffrey Swart 89B 95L is now senior vice president and deputy general counsel of TrueCar, Inc., which is based in Santa Monica, Calif. Previously, he was with Alston & Bird for 16 years. Read more »
Cannon 95L now VP at Garden City Group, Inc. Tuesday, August 5, 2014
Christi Cannon 95L was recently promoted to VP Marketing and Client Relations at The Garden City Group, Inc.
Dowless 95L announces new legal practice Friday, November 28, 2014
Ann-Charlotte Dowless now runs her own legal practice, Dowless Law Firm, PC.
Trigg 94L Named One of Top 50 New Jersey Women Lawyers Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Amanda S. Trigg, a family law attorney, has been named as one of the Top 50 Women Lawyers in New Jersey by Super Lawyers for 2013. She is with the firm, Lesnevich & Marzano-Lesnevich, LLC »
Poppel 94L Founds New Firm Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Stuart Poppel 94L recently formed the firm, Poppel Law LLC, based in Jenkintown, Pa., where he represents developers in affordable housing, tax credit and mixed-use developments. Previously, he was a founding partner at Berman, Indictor & Poppel LLP in Philadelphia.
Carpenter 94L elected to Wofford College Board of Trustees Monday, July 7, 2014
In June, Christopher Carpenter 94L was elected to a four-year term on the Wofford College Board of Trustees. Read the college’s press release.
Stein 94L joins Melick & Porter, LLP Thursday, July 31, 2014
Jeremy Stein 94L has joined Melick & Porter LLP as a senior partner.
Trigg 94L named one of Top 50 Women Lawyers in New Jersey Wednesday, August 6, 2014
Amanda S. Trigg 94L has been named as one of the Top 50 Women Lawyers in New Jersey for the second consecutive year. Amanda practices exclusively family law and currently serves as the Chair Elect of the Family Law Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association, as well as a Vice President of the New Jersey Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.
Trigg 94L named chair of N.J. Bar Family Law Section Saturday, May 16, 2015
Amanda Trigg 94L was installed as chair of the 1,300-member Family Law Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association, during the organization’s annual meeting. Trigg is a fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. She practices family law exclusively, and is certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a matrimonial lawyer. She is a partner at Lesnevich, Marzano-Lesnevich & Trigg, LLC, with offices in New Jersey and New York.
Van Horn 94L named among "Best Lawyers in America" for 2016 Wednesday, September 9, 2015
Charles Van Horn 94L of Berman Fink Van Horn PC, was peer-selected for inclusion in "The Best Lawyers in America 2016" in the field of commercial litigation.
EPA Chief Fleming 93L Brings Prosecutorial Skills to Post Wednesday, December 4, 2013
U.S. EPA's new chief of staff doesn't scare easily.
Gwen Keyes Fleming 93L is a former district attorney who's gone nose to nose in the courtroom with accused murderers, drug dealers, corrupt officials and other bad guys.
"Being up against an opponent in a courtroom and being on for the length of a trial, you do build a certain stamina," Keyes Fleming said. "You just get in the ring and do your best job to prove your case."
Now Keyes Fleming is taking on all comers for EPA.
"We've got a good story to tell," she said. "So I'm ready for this."
Her bring-it-on style seems a good fit with her boss, Administrator Gina McCarthy, who relishes spirited showdowns on policy (Greenwire, Nov. 13, 2009). EPA -- a favorite target for Republicans -- is no place for a glass jaw.
Read the rest of the story by Robin Bravender here. (registration required)
Chenevert 93L Becomes Manager of Legal Services at Caterpillar Tuesday, February 4, 2014
Donald Chenevert Jr. is manager of legal services for the newly expanded Reman, Components & Work Tools Division of Caterpillar. He coordinates and delivers legal services to RCWT's more than 10,000 workers at 45-plus facilities on four continents. Chenevert joined Caterpillar in 2000. He has served in a variety of legal roles at the company, including two years in India, as manager of the company’s Asia Pacific Legal Services, and four years in Singapore as senior corporate counsel.
Fleming 93L Releases New Book, Legal Rainmaking Myths Thursday, February 6, 2014
Julie Fleming 93L has released a new book: Legal Rainmaking Myths: What You Think You Know About Business Development Could Kill Your Practice. A second edition of her bestseller, The Reluctant Rainmaker: A Guide for Lawyers Who Hate Selling, was also recently issued. Fleming is principal of Atlanta-based Lex Innova Consulting.
Choy 93L partner at King & Spalding Monday, July 21, 2014
King & Spalding in Atlanta has recruited Samuel S. Choy 93L as a partner in its tax and employee benefits and executive compensation practices.
Willcott 92L to Lead Georgia's office of the Child Advocate Wednesday, January 8, 2014
Governor Nathan Deal appointed Ashley Willcott 92L as director of the state Office of the Child Advocate. She will begin her new job on Feb. 1. Read more »
Lloyd 92L named partner at Schulte Roth & Zabel Friday, October 3, 2014
Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP ("SRZ") today announced the addition of Mr. Ian Lloyd Levin 92L as a partner in the Employment & Employee Benefits Group. Resident in the firm's New York office, Mr. Levin will focus his practice on executive compensation and employee benefits. He joins SRZ from Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP, where he served as co-chair of the Executive Compensation and Employee Benefits Department.
Mr. Levin will practice employee benefits law with a focus on the employee benefit aspects of mergers and acquisitions, executive compensation, and issues arising from the investment of pension plan assets.
Walker 92L named corporate vice president, general counsel Saturday, January 17, 2015
Huntington Ingalls Industries announced that its Board of Directors has elected Kellye Walker 92L to serve as corporate vice president and general counsel, effective Jan. 12, 2015. Walker will report to HII President and CEO Mike Petters and will have overall leadership responsibility for HII’s law department and outside counsel, which provide a broad range of legal advice and support for the company’s business activities, including compliance. She comes to HII from American Water Works Co., a $3 billion water and wastewater utility company in Voorhees, N.J., where she has served as senior vice president, general counsel and secretary since January 2010. She previously served as vice president and general counsel at Diageo North America and as senior vice president, general counsel and secretary for BJ’s Wholesale Club. She earned her bachelor’s degree at Louisiana Tech University. Walker is a member of the American Bar Association and a former board member of the Association of Corporate Counsel.
Fink 92L receives Atlanta Bar Distinguished Service Award Tuesday, May 19, 2015
On May 19, 2015, Benjamin Fink 92L was one of four attorneys who received the Atlanta Bar Association’s Distinguished Service Award. Fink was recognized for outstanding service as chair of the labor and employment law section. He is a shareholder at Berman Fink Van Horn P.C.
"As chair of the Atlanta Bar's labor and employment law section, Fink felt it critical that the organization honor the 50th anniversary of the landmark 1964 Civil Rights bill that outlawed discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex or national origin," reads an Atlanta Business Chronicle story. "In November, Fink co-partnered a gala to celebrate the bill at the Center for Civil and Human Rights, an event that was attended by more than 200 people, including keynote speaker Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed.
Fink 92L named among "Best Lawyers in America" for 2016 Wednesday, September 9, 2015
Benjamin Fink 92L, of Berman Fink Van Horn PC, was peer-selected for inclusion in “The Best Lawyers in America 2016” in the field of labor and employment.
Lovett 91L Appointed Juvenile Court Judge Thursday, January 30, 2014
Willie Lovett Jr. 91L has been appointed to serve as a Fulton County Juvenile Court judge by the county's Superior Court judges, effective May 21, 2013. Lovett is the former director of the Fulton County Office of the Child Attorney, and is a member of Emory Law's Barton Child Law and Policy Center's Advisory Committee. In addition to his Emory Law master's degree, he earned his JD at Harvard Law School and his bachelor's degree at Yale University.
Rothschild selected for 2015 Best Lawyers in America Wednesday, August 20, 2014
For the 10th year, Alan F. Rothschild, Jr. 91L has been selected by his peers for the 10th year for inclusion in the 21st Edition of The Best Lawyers in America® 2015 in the areas of Non-Profit/Charities Law and Trusts and Estates.
Alan is a partner with Hatcher, Stubbs, Land, Hollis & Rothschild, LLP, Columbus, Georgia. Founded in 1872, Hatcher, Stubbs, Land, Hollis & Rothschild, LLP serves individual and business clients throughout southwest Georgia and east Alabama and is one of Georgia’s oldest law firms.
Sigel 91L recognized as one of the "Best Lawyers in America" for 2015 Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Jonathan R. Sigel 91L was recently recognized as one of the "Best Lawyers in America" for 2015 by Best Lawyers, one of the oldest publications in the legal profession highlighting the most outstanding attorneys. Emory School of Law alumni Jonathan Sigel ('91) is a partner in the firm's Labor, Employment, and Employee Benefits Group and was selected by his peers in the field of Employment Law-Management.
Jonathan Sigel 91L named to Massachusetts Super Lawyers list Thursday, October 23, 2014
Jonathan Sigel from Mirick O'Connell has been named to the 2014 Massachusetts Super Lawyers list. Each year, no more than five percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor.
Rothschild 91LLM among "Best Lawyers in America" Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Alan F. Rothschild 91LLM, has been peer-selected for the 10th year for inclusion in the 21st Edition of The Best Lawyers in America 2015 for the practice of nonprofit/charities law and trusts and estates.
Sigel 91 named Massachusetts "Super Lawyer" Monday, October 19, 2015
Jonathan Sigel 91L of Mirick O'Connell has been named to the 2015 Massachusetts Super Lawyers list.
Reddy 90L Appointed to New Roles with The Prudential Foundation Thursday, January 3, 2013
Lata N. Reddy 90L has been appointed as vice president, Corporate Social Responsibility and president, The Prudential Foundation at Prudential Financial in Newark, NJ.
Rosenberg 90L Named Assistant City Manager Thursday, October 3, 2013
Steve Rosenberg 90L is assistant city manager of Staunton, Va., as of May 2013. Previously, he was associate general counsel with the University of Virginia, a county attorney in Augusta County, Va., and also practiced law in northern Virginia. Read the city’s press release »
Israel 90L elected president of American Intellectual Property Law Association Monday, November 24, 2014
Sharon A. Israel 90L has been named president of the American Intellectual Property Law Association.
Howard 90L among "Best Lawyers in America" Monday, August 17, 2015
Christine Howard 90L, of Fisher & Phillips, has been peer-selected for inclusion in “The Best Lawyers in America 2016,” for the practice of labor law.
Hoey 89L Joins Leitner, Williams, Dooley & Napolitan, PLLC Monday, April 21, 2014
Charles Hoey 89L accepted a position at Leitner, Williams, Dooley & Napolitan, PLLC.
Adelman 89L Ends Three-Year Tenure in Singapore Wednesday, June 4, 2014
David Adelman 89L served as a United States Ambassador to Singapore from April 29, 2010 until September 4, 2013.
Rogers 89L Recognized as "Leaders in the Field" by Chambers USA Friday, June 6, 2014
Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP announces that 38 Taft attorneys are recognized as “Leaders in their Field” in the recently released 2014 edition of Chambers USA.
Gregory Parker Rogers 89L has been designated as a leader in the area of Labor & Employment law in the state of Ohio.
Chambers ranks both lawyers and law firms based on the research of more than 150 full-time editors and researchers. Read More >>
Rogers 89L selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America 2015 Thursday, September 11, 2014
Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP is pleased to announce that Emory University School of Law alumnus Gregory Parker Rogers was selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America® 2015 for his work in the following practice areas: Employment Law – Management, Labor Law – Management, and Litigation – Labor & Employment. Mr. Rogers has been recognized by Best Lawyers since 2003.
Adelman 89L joins Reed Smith"s New York Office Wednesday, March 4, 2015
David Adelman 89L, former United States ambassador to Singapore and a managing director at Goldman Sachs in Hong Kong and Singapore, has joined Reed Smith LLP as a partner in New York. He will travel regularly to the firm’s Asian offices.
“We are delighted to add Ambassador Adelman to our practice. He first became known to us in 2012, when we opened our Singapore office,” said Sandy Thomas, global managing partner of Reed Smith. “As U.S. Ambassador, he assisted in opening our Singapore office, and we continued to follow his successes when he moved to Goldman Sachs’ Hong Kong office. We believe David’s experience, reputation and stature in the region will be instrumental in the continued development of our Asian presence.”
Adelman will serve as a partner in the firm’s Energy & Natural Resources Industry Group. His practice focuses on trans-Pacific trade and investment issues. Adelman’s term as the 15th United States Ambassador to Singapore concluded in 2013.
Klein 88L, New Dean of McKinney School of Law Thursday, March 21, 2013
Andy Klein 88L was named dean at Indiana University’s Robert H. McKinney School of Law in Indianapolis. In July, he will begin his tenure as the school’s 12th dean (since it became part of Indiana University in 1944) pending approval by the board of trustees. Read more »
Robins 88L named practice manager at Dickinson Wright Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Harlan Robins 88L is the new practice department manager for Detroit-based law firm Dickinson Wright’s real estate, environmental and energy and sustainability practices. Robins will work out of the firm’s Columbus, Ohio, office. Robins has been honored by Best Lawyers in America, Chambers USA, Ohio Super Lawyers, Columbus C.E.O. and Columbus Business First. Read more »
Clark 88L Elected as a Fellow in the Litigation Counsel of America Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Robin Frazer Clark 88L has recently been elected as a Fellow in the Litigation Counsel of America. The Litigation Counsel of America is an invitation-only trial lawyer honorary society established to reflect the new face of the American bar. Membership is limited to 3,500 Fellows, representing less than one-half of one percent of American lawyers. The composition of the LCA is aggressively diverse, with recognition of excellence among American litigation and trial counsel across all segments of the bar. The purpose of the LCA is to recognize deserving, experienced, and highly qualified lawyers, to provide an outlet for scholarly authorship of legal articles on trial and litigation practice, to provide additional sources for professional development, to promote superior advocacy and ethical standards in the practice of law, to assist in community involvement by its membership, and to advance a superior judiciary, by taking r elevant positions on issues or legislation affecting judicial compensation and/or benefits, as well as those affecting the American litigation processes.
Miller 88L receives 2015 Spirit of Justice Award Wednesday, May 6, 2015
On May 6, Mary Miller 88L received the Spirit of Justice Award at the East Tennessee Lawyers' Association for Women’s annual Tennessee Supreme Court Luncheon Miller is an attorney with Miller Anderson Law Group, PLLC . The award recognizes continued support and advancement of women in the bar and dedication to pro bono clients, her practice, and her family.
Martinez 87L, Book to be Published August 2013 Monday, March 4, 2013
J. Michael Martinez 87L has a new book that will be published in August 2013. American Environmentalism: Philosophy, History, and Public Policy (CRC Press 2013) provides readers with a foundation in American environmentalism with complete coverage of philosophical concepts, economics, history of the environmental movement, and modern environmental politics, agencies, stakeholders, and tenets of the sustainability movement.
Levy Cooper 87L Named Senior VP, General Counsel and Secretary Sunday, March 31, 2013
Rochelle “Shelly” Levy Cooper 87L was named senior vice president, general counsel and secretary of IAP Worldwide Services, Inc.
Ambrose 87L, Staff, Receive International Award for Public Service Wednesday, June 19, 2013
The Philadelphia Department of Human Services was recognized this month with the 2013 United Nations Public Service Award, Second Place, for demonstrated excellence in serving the public interest.
Anne Marie Ambrose 87L is the department’s commissioner.
More than 600 organizations from 82 countries submitted applications for the award. Philadelphia’s DHS was recognized in the in the European and North American region division for improving the delivery of public services. It was the only organization in North America to be selected for an award in any category this year.
“The tireless efforts of Anne Marie Ambrose and her team are truly outstanding,” said Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter.
The department has seen transformational changes since Ambrose became commissioner in 2008, including the recent implementation of an Improving Outcomes for Children initiative, a family-centered neighborhood-based approach to child welfare. Program and structural reforms have increased accountability, improved process and enhanced child welfare.
“We are honored to receive this award, and we have much more work to do to ensure the safety and well-being of Philadelphia’s children,” Ambrose said.
The department was nominated by the Casey Family Programs, with recommendations by the Annie E. Casey Foundation and Supreme Court of Pennsylvania Justice Max Baer.
Awards will be presented during the United Nations Public Service Forum Day and Awards Ceremony in Manama, the Kingdom of Bahrain, from June 24 to 27.
Bessen 87L Receives Atlanta Bar's Professionalism Award Sunday, July 28, 2013
The Hon. Diane E. Bessen 87L, judge of the State Court of Fulton County, received the Atlanta Bar Association Professionalism Award this spring, for years of service to the organization as co-editor of the Atlanta Lawyer magazine. An active member of the Atlanta Bar Association, she is former chair of the ABA Judicial Section.
Bessen has also completed her fifth year as an Emory Law adjunct professor. She teaches advanced civil trial practice, medical malpractice.
Hellerman 87L, Solo Practitioner Thursday, February 6, 2014
Richard K. Hellerman 87L has opened his own law practice. He concentrates on commercial litigation, with emphasis on emergent litigation regarding restrictive covenants, close corporation shareholder oppression, breach of contract, probate litigation and employment litigation. Hellerman was recently honored as a “Super Lawyer” for Business Litigation in Illinois for 2014.
Doneff 87L Earns Tenure at John Marshall Law School Thursday, April 24, 2014
Andrea Doneff 87L garnered a tenure at John Marshall Law school, starting in August 2014. She joined the faculty in 2008 and teaches ADR & Writing, Mediation, Civil Procedure, Legal Writing, Research and Advocacy.
Bessen 87L Receives 2014 Champion of Justice Award Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Diane Bessen 87L, judge of the State Court of Fulton County, received the Georgia Trial Lawyers' Association 2014 Champion of Justice Award.
The association honored her issuance of an order declaring unconstitutional, caps on non-economic damages, as passed by the Georgia Legislature as part of the 2005 tort reform. Judge Bessen's order was subsequently unanimously affirmed by the Georgia Supreme Court holding that the caps were in fact violative of a citizen's right to a trial by jury.
Bessen has also just completed her sixth year as an Emory Law adjunct professor.
Meece 87L selected for Texas Super Lawyers 2014. Tuesday, September 9, 2014
Gregory S. Meece 87L has been selected for inclusion in Texas Super Lawyers 2014 by Thomson Reuters. The list reflects only the top five percent of lawyers in Texas.
Meece 87L selected for "Who's Who in Energy" by Houston Business Journal Friday, October 3, 2014
Greg Meece 87L, a Partner at Thompson & Knight, has been selected for inclusion in the “Who’s Who in Energy” list of leaders in the energy industry by the Houston Business Journal.
The list, a joint effort by the Dallas Business Journal, Houston Business Journal, Columbus Business First, Denver Business Journal, Pittsburgh Business Times, San Antonio Business Journal, and St. Louis Business Journal, includes the “who’s who” of professionals who support the energy industry by providing services in a number of different areas such as law, finance, government and education, oil and gas, and technology. On November 28, the leaders will be featured in a special publication about how they drive energy deals and make daily contributions to this booming industry.
Hellerman 87L claims victory in Teamsters trial Monday, August 17, 2015
Richard K. Hellerman 87L obtained a groundbreaking trial victory in Cook County, Illinois. For the first time in the state’s history, a court found that a labor union could be held liable as the legal successor of a prior dissolved union. The court held a Teamsters local union liable for a prior local union's breach of a commercial lease, imposing damages of $2.3 million including attorneys' fees. The court also found one of the Teamsters vice presidents was liable for unpaid rent of almost $2 million under the lease, for tortious interference. Hellerman is founder and president of The Law Office of Richard K. Hellerman, P.C. in Chicago.
Scharf 86L Named Adult Advocate of the Year for Mock Trial Coaching Thursday, September 5, 2013
James A. Scharf 86L, an assistant U.S. attorney, coached the Willow Glen High School mock trial team to its victory at the Santa Clara County, California High School Championship this year.
Scharf was recognized as Adult Advocate of the Year by the Constitutional Rights Foundation, for 20 years of volunteering with the Santa Clara County high school mock trial program. Read more about the Willow Glen team »
Della Wager Wells 86L appears before Supreme Court Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Alston & Bird lawyers Brian Boone 06L and Della Wager Wells 86L appeared before the United States Supreme Court. More information »
Voigt 86L now sole practitioner in Plymouth Meeting, PA Friday, December 5, 2014
Mark Voigt 86L is a sole practitioner in Plymouth Meeting, PA. He primarily represents special needs children in legal and administrative actions against their public school districts under the IDEA and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.
Wells 86L joins Emory Alumni Board Friday, February 27, 2015
Emory Law Advisory Board member Della Wells 86L has been named a member of the Emory Alumni Board. In her new role, Wells will serve as liaison to the Michael C. Carlos Museum and serve on the Development Committee. A partner at Alston & Bird, Wells is also involved with the Legal Association of Women Students (LAWS) and the Compass Rose Society. She has previously served as president of the Emory Law Alumni Association.
MSRB Names Sandor 86L chief compliance officer Tuesday, March 17, 2015
The Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB) announced today that it has promoted Deputy General Counsel Lawrence Sandor 86L to the new position of chief compliance officer, where he will be responsible for managing the MSRB's corporate governance, regulatory support, internal legal and compliance activities.
"Larry's new, expanded role will more fully utilize his deep experience on compliance matters and support the continued maturation of the organization," said MSRB Executive Director Lynnette Kelly. "In his six years at the MSRB, Larry has become the key point person on a number of important initiatives. Our market regulation team will continue to benefit from his knowledge and leadership."
Sandor joined the MSRB in December 2008 and has held several positions including associate general counsel and senior associate general counsel. As deputy general counsel, Sandor was responsible for the MSRB's support of regulators that examine regulated entities for compliance with MSRB rules and enforce those rules, corporate governance, professional qualifications and internal legal matters. He previously served as chief compliance officer of Wachovia Securities and Wachovia Securities Financial Network, and as general counsel of a regional broker-dealer. He represented large and small financial institutions as counsel at the law firm of Dickstein, Shapiro, Morin & Oshinsky LLP, and as an associate attorney at McGuire Woods LLP in Washington, D.C. He graduated from Boston University School of Management and Emory University School of Law.
Taylor 85L Named Fellow for National Counsel Association Sunday, March 24, 2013
Levy 85L Launches Minnesota Food Truck Association Monday, April 22, 2013
Levy is a shareholder and business law attorney at Henson & Efron in Minneapolis, and also is chief manager and co-owner of AZ Canteen, a food truck launched last summer with the Travel Channel’ Andrew Zimmern.
Levy organized the association in February with the goal of serving as an advocate and spokesman for the fast-growing industry.
“It’s an exciting time to be a food truck owner in the Twin Cities, but there are some potential challenges ahead,” Levy said. “By working collaboratively with our community, including our customers, city and state government, the restaurant industry and other businesses, we hope to build awareness of this great movement and the diverse culinary experiences it offers.”
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Dolan 85L weds Buettner on November Sunday, December 1, 2013
Jean Bryson Seegert Buettner and William Matthew Dolan III 85L were married Saturday at the Squantum Association in Riverside, R.I. The officiant was Cathy Seggel, who is licensed to perform marriages by the First Unitarian Church of Providence where she is also the director of religious education. Read more »
Grumbles 85L new secretary of Maryland's Department of Environment Friday, March 6, 2015
The Maryland State Senate today voted to confirm the appointment of Ben Grumbles as Secretary of the Maryland Department of the Environment.
Secretary Grumbles brings experience in environmental issues from multiple levels of government and from the nonprofit sector. He had been nominated by Governor Larry Hogan in January to lead MDE.
"I am honored to have been chosen by Governor Hogan to serve the citizens of Maryland as Secretary of the Maryland Department of the Environment, and I thank the members of the Senate for voting to confirm my nomination," Secretary Grumbles said. "Maryland is a national environmental leader, and I am committed to ensuring that environmental progress continues. I believe strongly in the value of collaboration. Working together and employing a variety of tools and strategies, we can protect and restore our air, land and water--including the Chesapeake Bay--while fostering a healthy economy."
From 2010 until his nomination earlier this year, Secretary Grumbles was president of the U.S. Water Alliance, a Washington-based environmental nonprofit organization that educates the public on the value of water and the need for integrated and innovative solutions. He previously served as assistant administrator for Water at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. He is a member of the National Academy of Science's Water Science and Technology Board.
Grumbles also has experience in energy, climate, air, waste and agricultural policy and regulations. He was director of Arizona's Department of Environmental Quality, and he served as environmental counsel and senior staff member on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and the Science Committee in the US House of Representatives. He is a frequent lecturer and analyst on environmental law and policy.
Grumbles will lead an agency of more than 900 employees. His priorities include an emphasis on effective customer service. MDE's customers include: Maryland citizens who expect protection and restoration of the environment; businesses, governments, and individuals who are applying for permits and receiving technical assistance; and technical personnel such as well drillers, sanitarians, waste water operators, and asbestos contractors who require certification. Other key stakeholders include environmental and public health advocacy groups, citizen groups, educators, scientists and natural resource users.
Grumbles, 54, has a master's degree in environmental law from George Washington University, a JD from Emory University School of Law and a bachelor's degree from Wake Forest University. He has lived in the Chesapeake Bay watershed, with his wife and two children, over the last 30 years and now lives in Baltimore.
Perkins-Hooker 84L Nominated President-Elect of Georgia State Bar Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Patrise Perkins-Hooker 84L was nominated president-elect of the State Bar of Georgia. Running unopposed, she will be sworn in June 2013 then become president of the State bar in June 2014. She will become the first African American and third woman to serve as president of the bar in its 50-year history.
Stephen R. Klorfein 84L Elected President, Atlanta Tax Forum Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Stephen R. Klorfein 84L has been elected President of the Atlanta Tax Forum, the oldest professional organization for tax practitioners serving the Atlanta Metropolitan Area. Mr. Klorfein began his career with the Chief Counsel's Office of the Internal Revenue Service and now is a partner in the law firm of Chaiken Klorfein, LLC in Atlanta. He has represented businesses and individuals in both federal and state tax controversies for the past thirty years.
Prebula 84L Awarded 2013 Tradition of Excellence for General Practice Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Mary Prebula 84L was awarded the 2014 Tradition of Excellence for General Practice by the State Bar of Georgia, General Practice & Trial Law Section.
Findling 84L sworn in as Secretary of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Atlanta Attorney Drew Findling 84L was sworn in as Secretary of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) at the Association’s 57th annual meeting in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on August 2.
Findling’s practice, The Findling Law Firm, P.C., focuses exclusively on federal and state criminal defense and he tries cases ranging from matters involving complex white collar crimes to serious violent felonies. Findling spent the first three years of his career as a Fulton County, Georgia public defender. Over the past 30 years, he has represented clients in state and federal courts across the country, including Georgia, Ohio, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, Florida, Kansas, Michigan, Maryland, New Jersey, and New York, as well as in international matters. As a public defender, he was at the forefront of developing the Battered Woman Syndrome defense. Nationally, Findling was the first attorney to successfully employ that defense based exclusively on verbal abuse. For his efforts, the Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers awarded him their Indigent Defense Award. In recent years he has successfully represented a string of well known clients including Dennis Rodman, Shaquille O’Neal, Grammy Award Nominee Faith Evans, actor/comedian Mike Epps, rap superstar Gucci Mane, Morris Brown College President Dolores Cross, and Fulton County Sheriff Jackie Barrett. Most recently, in the highly publicized public corruption jury trial of Clayton County, Georgia Sheriff Victor Hill, Findling secured an acquittal of all charges in the 37 count indictment. For his effort on behalf of Sheriff Hill, Findling received the NAACP’s Civil and Human Rights Award and an commendation by the Legislative Black Caucus of Georgia.
In his nearly 30 years of practice, Findling has published numerous articles and given speeches in 35 different states on such topics as defending battered woman syndrome cases, jury selection in high profile cases, forensic preparation for a criminal trial, effective opening statements and closing arguments, and cross-examination. He has lectured at Emory Law School, Georgia State University College of Law and the University of Georgia Law School. He has been on the faculty of the National Criminal Defense College since 1989 and also teaches at NACDL’s Stetson University White Collar Criminal Defense College and Tulane University Law School’s Pre Trial Criminal Litigation Boot Camp. Respected for his legal analysis and trial abilities, Findling is also regularly invited by Fox’s Shepard Smith and CNN’s Brook Baldwin to serve as a legal analyst on their respective national television programs. He is also the exclusive legal analyst for Cumulus’ Atlanta News Radio 106.7.
Findling is a member of the American Board of Criminal Lawyers, the Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the American Bar Association. Findling also serves on the Board of Advisors for the prestigious National Clearing House on Science and Technology of Law. He has been named as one of Georgia’s Legal Elite in Georgia Trend Magazine, Atlanta Journal Constitution’s Top Lawyers in Georgia and as a Georgia “Super Lawyer” by Atlanta Magazine. He was the co-author for the DOJ Research Report, Crime Scene Investigation, a Guide for Law Enforcement.
Findling is an NACDL Life Member, who joined the Association 1988 and has served multiple terms on the Board of Directors. His commitment to NACDL includes service as chair of the Forensic Sciences Committee, chair of the Membership Committee, and as co-chair of the Discovery Reform Committee. He also served as a member of NACDL’s Nominating Committee and NACDL’s National Forensics Litigation College Advisory Board.
Findling is a 1981 graduate of Oglethorpe University and a 1984 graduate of the Emory University School of Law. He is married with three children.
Klorfein 84L recognized as top Estate Planning attorney Friday, October 17, 2014
Stephen Klorfein 84L of the law firm Chaiken Klorfein, LLC in Atlanta, Georgia, has been recognized in Atlanta Magazine as one of the top Estate Planning attorneys in the Atlanta Metropolitan area.
Gaeng 84L now head of Litigation Group at Rosenberg Martin Greenberg Friday, November 28, 2014
Gerry Gaeng 84L is the head of the Litigation Group at Baltimore's Rosenberg Martin Greenberg. His daughter is a 2014 graduate of Emory University.
Perkins-Hooker 84B 84L is John Marshall's 2015 commencement speaker Saturday, May 23, 2015
Patrise Perkins-Hooker84B 84L, president of the Georgia State Bar, was commencement speaker for Atlanta's John Marshall Law School graduation, held May 23 at the Georgia World Congress Center's Sidney Marcus Auditorium. Perkins-Hooker is general counsel for the Atlanta Beltline.
“The law school has the distinct pleasure of welcoming President Perkins-Hooker as the commencement speaker for this year’s ceremony,” Marshall’s Dean Malcolm Morris said in an announcement. “She is a leading luminary in the profession who has consistently demonstrated her commitment to providing access to justice for all Georgians. No doubt, her words will guide the graduates on a successful path for their future professional careers.”
Durham 83L Publishes New Book Monday, February 11, 2013
James A. Durham 83L has written a new book, My Father's Writings (BohlsenGroup). The book weaves the author's personal letters, articles, observations, and memories into a fictional story of hope, inspiration, and reflection. Jim Durham is a motivational speaker on topics ranging from work-life balance to finding the right livelihood.
Moseley 83L Named Chief of Staff at Jacksonville Transportation Authority Friday, July 12, 2013
William R. Moseley 83L has been named chief of staff for the Jacksonville (Fla.) Transportation Authority.
Moseley’s appointment was announced in February. Moseley has formerly served as chairman of the board of directors for the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority. Read the Jacksonville Business Journal story »
Shapiro Receives American Jewish Committee Learned Hand Award Friday, November 1, 2013
Keith J. Shapiro 83L will be honored Nov. 4 by the American Jewish Committee as recipient of the organization’s 2013 Judge Learned Hand Human Relations Award.
“AJC is advocating for civil rights and freedom all over the world, so I’m extremely honored to be selected for this award,” Shapiro told the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin.
The award was established in1964 to honor excellence and contributions to the legal community. It is given annually to “those who embody much of what the Judge represented: the rights of the individual and the importance of democratic values in an orderly society.”
Shapiro is vice president and chairman of the Chicago office of Greenberg, Traurig LLP. He was previously chair of the board and president of the American Bankruptcy Institute, a member of the Board of Directors of INSOL International, and chair of the Chicago Bar Association's Bankruptcy and Reorganization Committee. He is a Fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy.
Buckley 83L works with Food for The Power and Water-Life-Hope in Haiti Thursday, June 12, 2014
Edward Buckley 83L is President of Water-Life-Hope and Dreams Across the Sea committee member. He recently returned from a visit to Haiti, where he worked to raise awareness about living conditions in the country. Learn more »
Short 83L joins Adams and Reese LLP Thursday, July 31, 2014
William H. Short, Jr. 83L has joined Adams and Reese LLP and continues his practice as specialist in bankruptcy, debtor-collector relations.
Darrell 83L publishes two books Monday, November 3, 2014
Keith B. Darrell 83JD/MBA has published the ninth edition of his book, Issues in Internet Law: Society, Technology, and the Law. He has also published The Halos & Horns Omnibus Edition, collecting his four-book fantasy saga.
McBrayer 83B 83L joins Taylor English Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Annette Kerlin McBrayer 83L has joined Taylor English Duma LLP in Atlanta, where she focuses on real estate litigation and commercial litigation, with an emphasis on title insurance claims, creditor’s rights as it relates to real estate, eminent domain, mortgage lending, construction litigation, landlord/tenant, and general real estate matters. McBrayer acts as a court appointed special master in Fulton County Superior Court for quiet title actions and other title litigation and is a private mediator for disputes involving title matters, construction, landlord/tenant, and commercial litigation.
Ben-Ze'ev 83L returns to private practice in Detroit Tuesday, May 12, 2015
Ilana Stein Ben-Ze'ev 83L writes, "After a wonderful time serving as dean of students at Wayne State University Law School, I have returned to private practice as a partner in the real estate finance section of Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP, Detroit's largest law firm. My experience working with law students was a great reminder of Emory and afforded me a unique perspective on the challenges of being a law student today."
Reubenstone 83L and son launch new collaborator site Thursday, September 24, 2015
Richard Reubenstone 83B 83L is cofounder and chief advisor for his son, Steven’s, startup, www.collaborizm.com, a social network for the early stages of collaboration.
“Collaborizm incorporates matchmaking technology to allow people with complementary skill sets to connect with strangers around the globe to share common interests or if they want, team up and collaborate all on the platform,” he writes. The site launched in December 2014, and a new enhanced version was released in September.
“It is a great way to network and unlike LinkedIn, you’ll meet people outside your existing social and professional networks,” Reubenstone says. “For wannapreneurs, it is ideal, allows you to find ideal teammates, start a project and collaborate.”
Saints 82L Celebrates 20th Anniversary of Rahaim & Saints LLP Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Sheldon Saints 82L recently marked 20 years since the founding of the law firm of Rahaim & Saints LLP. The five-attorney firm has two offices in Delaware and handles personal injury, criminal, domestic and bankruptcy law. Saints handles plaintiff’s injury and workers’ compensation claims and has served on the Board of Governors of the Delaware Trial Lawyers Association for the past five years.
Swit 82L joins Illumina as FDA regulatory counsel Monday, December 22, 2014
Michael Swit 82L joined the legal department of Illumina in San Diego, California, in late December 2014. He serves as lead FDA regulatory counsel for the company, which is a leading develop of gene sequencing technology. Swit is a food and drug law attorney who has worked with FDA legal issues since 1984.
Berman named among "Best Lawyers in America" for 2016 Wednesday, September 9, 2015
Jeffrey N. Berman 82L, of Berman Fink Van Horn PC, was peer-selected for for inclusion in “The Best Lawyers in America 2016” in the field of mergers & acquisitions.
Pennington 81L Named Managing Director, A. Montag & Associates Friday, February 15, 2013
Robert G. Pennington 81L has joined A. Montag & Associates as a managing director. He will direct marketing and business development at the 30-year-old Atlanta firm, which has approximately $950 million under management.
Williams 81L Repeats as Pennsylvania Super Lawyer Monday, May 20, 2013
Jeffrey M. Williams 81L has again been recognized as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer. He is a founder and managing partner at Williams & Hand, P.C., and focuses on complicated divorce and child support cases, high-income spousal support and alimony issues, and high-conflict custody cases. He has ranked as a Super Lawyer since 2005.
Previously, Williams was named one of the Best Lawyers in America by U.S. News and World Report. He is Buck County’s only fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and one of 100 attorneys in the American College of Family Trial Lawyers. As chair of the Pennsylvania Bar Association Family Law Section, Williams helped improve and implement new child custody laws in the Pennsylvania.
Haslam 81L Leads New East Coast Operations for Walkabout International Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Daniel Haslam 81L is vice president for Walkabout International. He manages the organization's new East Coast operations from Cape Cod, Mass. He divides his time between Massachusetts and Walkabout’s headquarters in San Diego, Calif.
Sostek 81L Named Among 2013 "Who's Who of Business Lawyers" Monday, December 9, 2013
Chambers USA Ranks Sostek 81L Leader in Intellectual Property Law Thursday, February 6, 2014
Chambers USA named Bruce Sostek 81L“Leader in Their Field” in its 2014 legal directory. Sostek’s firm, Thompson & Knight LLP, was ranked among the nation’s best practices in the area of Energy: Oil and Gas.
Sostek 81L Selected for Inclusion in IP Stars Thursday, May 8, 2014
Bruce Sostek 81L was selected for inclusion in the second edition of IP Stars, published by Managing Intellectual Property. IP Stars serves as a one-stop reference guide for U.S. and international in-house counsel and private-practice lawyers around the world.
Sostek is Co-Chair of Thompson & Knight's IP Practice Group. His practice focuses on IP, technology, complex commercial litigation, and IP and business counseling. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Law at Southern Methodist University School of Law, where he teaches a course in patent litigation, and is a regular speaker and author on a variety of intellectual property topics.
Brand 81L joins Stradley Ronon in New York Friday, June 6, 2014
Stradley Ronon announced today that it has significantly expanded its New York office with the hiring of three prominent finance and restructuring attorneys, led by partner Mitch Brand, who will join longtime partner Gary P. Scharmett as co-chair of the firm’s finance and restructuring practice group. Brand comes to the firm from Otterbourg P.C. where he practiced for 33 years and was a partner and co-chair of that firm’s special situations practice group. Brand brings with him more than 30 years of experience representing lenders and financial institutions in the structuring, negotiation and documentation of syndicated and non-syndicated financing transactions. His clients include hedge funds and private equity firms, commercial finance companies, banks, and other institutional and individual investors. Brand’s client representation includes advising on general corporate lending; leverage finance; structured finance; asset-b ased and cash flow lending; second lien, mezzanine and unitranche loans; debtor-in-possession financings; Chapter 11 exit financings; debt restructurings; and loan workouts. Learn more »
Sostek 81L included in IAM 2014 leading patent practitioners Monday, June 16, 2014
Bruce Sostek 81L has been included in the 2014 IAM Patent 1000 – The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners.
Thompson & Knight Partner and Intellectual Property Practice Group Co-Chair Bruce S. Sostek, highlighted by the directory as “a banner in the Texas IP community,” is described by sources as “affable but steely” and said to keep “things civil with opposing counsel while being assertive on behalf of his clients.” Sources continue, “he is great at thinking on his feet in court and juries really warm to him.”
Sostek 81L recognized in 2015 Best Lawyers in America Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Bruce Sostek 81L has been recognized in The Best Lawyers in America 2015.
Xencor Appoints Lloyd Rowland Senior Vice President, Chief Compliance Officer and General Counsel Tuesday, September 9, 2014
Xencor, Inc. (NASDAQ: XNCR), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing engineered monoclonal antibodies for the treatment of autoimmune diseases, asthma and allergic diseases, and cancer, has announced the appointment of Lloyd Rowland, senior vice president, chief compliance officer and general counsel.
Mr. Rowland has more than two decades of biotechnology and pharmaceutical industry legal counsel and transactional experience. Prior to joining Xencor, Mr. Rowland served at Amylin Pharmaceuticals for twelve years, most recently as vice president and chief compliance officer and formerly, as general counsel and secretary. Earlier in his career, he served as vice president, secretary and general counsel for Alliance Pharmaceutical Corp. Mr. Rowland earned his bachelor's degree in economics and political science from Southern Methodist University, and earned his juris doctor from Emory University School of Law.
Sostek 81L recognized as "Best Lawyer in Dallas" Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Bruce S. Sostek 81L has been named one of the “Best Lawyers in Dallas 2015” by DMagazine, and will be featured in the May issue. Sostek, a partner at Thompson & Knight LLP, was recognized for his intellectual property law expertise. He leads the firm’s Intellectual Property Practice Group.
D Magazine based its selection on an extensive peer review process, relying on the expertise of local lawyers to determine rankings. The publication asked lawyers to base selections on personal experience with nominees. The tallied results were presented to an anonymous panel of lawyers for review and evaluation. The finalists were ultimately selected by the panel and D Magazine editorial staff based on the final number of votes in each practice area.
Sostek was also recently included in the third edition of IP Stars, published by Managing Intellectual Property.
Sostek is an adjunct professor of law at Southern Methodist University School of Law, where he teaches patent litigation, and is a regular speaker and author on a variety of intellectual property topics. He is a member of the American College of Trial Lawyers.
Sostek 81L named Dallas "Technology Lawyer of the Year" Thursday, August 20, 2015
Bruce S. Sostek 81L, of Thompson & Knight, was named 2016 Dallas Technology Law “Lawyer of the Year,” in “The Best Lawyers in America 2016.”
Shapiro 78C 81L receives Excellence in Teaching Award Friday, September 11, 2015
Michael B. Shapiro 78C 81L, a clinical instructor of criminal justice and criminology at Georgia State University, received the 2015 Andrew Young School of Policy Studies’ Excellence in Teaching Award. In addition to teaching responsibilities, Shapiro also serves as the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology’s undergraduate internship coordinator, and is the president‐elect of the Criminal Justice Association of Georgia.
Kilberg 80L Named CREW Network President-Elect Monday, December 9, 2013
Lori Kilberg 80L is president-elect of the Commercial Real Estate Women Network. Her election was announced at the group’s October 2013 convention in Dallas.
2014 marks her third year on CREW’s Board of Directors, and after serving this year as president-elect, she will become president in January 2015, to serve a one-year term.
Kilberg is a partner at Hartman Simons. CREW was founded in 1982 to aid and support women in achieving leadership positions within the industry. The organization has 74 chapters in the United States and Canada, and the 350-member Atlanta chapter is one of the organization’s largest.
Feinstein 80L Named in Illinois Super Lawyers Top 100 Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Paul Feinstein 80L was named to Illinois' Super Lawyers Top 100 List for 2014 and was also listed in "The Best Lawyers in America" in the field of family law.
Blanke 80L Named to Endowed Chair in School of Business at Mercer Monday, May 5, 2014
Jody Blanke 80L, professor of computer information systems and law at Mercer University, has been named to the Ernest L. Baskin Jr. Distinguished Chair in the Stetson School of Business and Economics.
Blanke has been a member of the Mercer faculty since 1985 and the Stetson School of Business and Economics faculty since 1990, teaching primarily courses on business law and ethics at the graduate and undergraduate levels, and contributing to the development of several new programs and courses. Read more >>
Sears 80L new leader of Schiff Hardin's Atlanta office Friday, October 10, 2014
Leah Ward Sears 80L has become the new leader of Schiff Hardin's local office, the firm announced Thursday. Sears, who served 17 years on the Georgia Supreme Court, has been named the Atlanta coordinating partner, replacing Lewis Horne Jr., a partner in the firm's public finance practice. Sears joined the Chicago-based firm in 2009 after retiring as chief justice. She also heads the firm's appellate practice. Schiff Hardin opened the 13-lawyer office in 2003.
"With her strength of character, superior legal skill and management acuity, Leah has made significant contributions to Schiff Hardin from the very beginning of her tenure with the firm. We are proud to have Justice Sears leading our office in Atlanta," said Schiff Hardin's managing partner, Ronald Safer, in a statement.
Kennelly 80L named Chief Financial Officer at BHK Capital, LLC Monday, November 24, 2014
Robert C. Kennelly 80L 80B is now the Chief Financial Officer and General Counsel at BHK Capital, LLC in Jacksonville, FL.
Poor 79L Named 2013 Illinois SuperLawyer Friday, February 1, 2013
E. King Poor 79L has been selected by Illinois Super Lawyers magazine for inclusion in the 2013 Illinois Super Lawyers. No more than five percent of total lawyers in the state are selected for inclusion.
Cohen 79L confirmed by U. S. Senate as District Judge for Northern District of Georgia Friday, November 28, 2014
Troutman Sanders LLP announced today that Mark H. C ohen, a partner in the firm’s Atlanta office, has been confirmed by the United States Senate to be a United States District Judge for the Northern District of Georgia. C ohen was nominated by President Obama on December 19, 2013, and was confirmed by the Senate on a voice vote November 18, 2014.
“For the past 15 years, Mark has been a wonderful partner and a trusted advisor to his clients,” said Troutman Sanders chairman Robert W. Webb, Jr. “While we are sad to see him go, we know he will be an excellent addition to the federal bench. We congratulate him and wish him the best as he takes on this important role.”
As a partner with Troutman Sanders, C ohen has represented both private and governmental entities in federal and state litigation, both trial and appellate. In his regulatory practice, C ohen also advised clients on issues relating to procurement matters, rule-making and corporate governmental compliance.
Prior to joining Troutman Sanders in 1999, C ohen had an extensive legal career in state government. He spent 13 years as an assistant and senior assistant attorney general, where he represented the State of Georgia before both state and federal courts. He also advised numerous state and local agencies on a wide variety of matters, including education, election and voting rights, professional licensing, health care and law enforcement.
Between 1995-1998, C ohen served as Executive C ounsel for Gov. Zell Miller, and became his C hief of Staff during his final year in office. In 1995, Gov. Miller appointed C ohen to serve as Georgia’s first C hief State Administrative Law Judge, where he was responsible for the formation of the Office of State Administrative Hearings, the agency charged with conducting licensing and regulatory hearings for the majority of state agencies.
In 1976, C ohen received his BA, graduating magna cum laude, from Emory University, where he also received his JD in 1979.
Washburn 79L celebrates 30 years as a municipal judge Tuesday, May 12, 2015
Margaret Gettle Washburn 79L writes, "I am celebrating 36 years in the practice of law and 30 years as a municipal court judge this year. Thanks, Emory!"
Ladov 78L Co-Chairs Firm's Family Law Department Thursday, March 28, 2013
Cozen O’Connor Family Law Practices Group Co-ChairDavid L. Ladov 78L has joined Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel, LLP’s Family Law Department, one of the largest family law practice in Pennsylvania. Ladov will serve as co-chair, with Obermayer Managing Partner Robert I Whitelaw, of the firm’s Family Law Department.
Portnoy 78L Joins Family Law Firm as Named Partner Thursday, June 6, 2013
Kathy L. Portnoy 78L has joined Warner, Bates, McGough, McGinnis & Portnoy as a named partner. The Atlanta firm has practiced exclusively in the areas of matrimonial and family law for more than 30 years.
This year, Portnoy was named one of the "Top Women Attorneys in Georgia" by Super Lawyers, a division of Thomson Reuters. The distinction is awarded to female recipients of Super Lawyers and Rising Stars honors, given yearly to the top attorneys in the state. Portnoy has been named a Super Lawyer each year since 2005. Portnoy’s profile »
Wells Named "Woman of Influence" by Real Estate Forum Magazine Thursday, October 3, 2013
Portnoy 78L Named a 2014 Super Lawyer Thursday, March 6, 2014
Kathy L. Portnoy 78Lhas been named a 2014 Super Lawyer bySuper Lawyersmagazine. She is a partner at the Atlanta-based family law firm of Warner, Bates, McGough, McGinnis & Portnoy, a firm that has practiced exclusively in the areas of matrimonial and family law for more than 30 years.
Perkins 78L's Firm Selected for Inclusion in D Magazine's "Best Lawyers in Dallas" Tuesday, April 22, 2014
The firm Alan Perkins 78L works with, Eleven Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP, has been selected for inclusion in D Magazine's "Best Lawyers in Dallas" 2014 listing, which is featured in the publication's May issue.
Each year, D Magazine conducts an extensive search for the best local legal professionals, inviting nearly 9,000 attorneys in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex to vote for their peers. After the close of the nomination process, finalists are selected by an independent panel of anonymous lawyers and D Magazine's editorial staff.
Thorpe 78L Re-elected to the Florida Circuit Court Sunday, September 14, 2014
Janet C. Thorpe 78L has been reelected to the Florida Circuit Court.
Katz 77L Joins CDC Foundation Board of Directors Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Ruth Katz 77L has been elected to the board of directors of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Foundation. Katz is also the director of the Aspen Institute's Health, Medicine and Society Program, an educational and policy studies organization.
The CDC Foundation currently manages more than 200 CDC-led programs in the United States and in 58 countries around the world.
Hatchett 77L honored with Maynard H. Jackson Legacy Award Friday, July 25, 2014
Judge Glenda Hatchett 77L will be honored with the Maynard H. Jackson, Jr. Legacy Award from the National Bar Association.
Sullenberger 77L selected for inclusion in 2015 Best Lawyers in America Thursday, August 28, 2014
Donald Sullenberger 77L has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2015® (Copyright 2014 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, S.C.).
Sullenberger is a partner in the Atlanta office of Fisher & Phillips LLP, one of the nation’s leading labor and employment firms. His practice focuses on traditional labor law, including representing and advising employers on union related matters. He is "AV" Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell and has been listed in Chambers USA: America's Leading Business Lawyers since 2009. Sullenberger also has been listed by the Labor Relations Institute (LRI) as one of the "Top 100 Labor Attorneys" in the U.S. and in The Best Lawyers in America since 2013.
Ascher 77L named Deputy General Counsel Friday, November 28, 2014
Andrea D. Ascher 77L is now Deputy General Counsel, Real Estate, at the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
Sullenberger 77L among "Best Lawyers in America" Friday, August 21, 2015
Douglas R. Sullenberger 77L, of Fisher & Phillips, has been peer-selected for inclusion in “The Best Lawyers in America 2016,” for the practice of labor law.
Huckaby 76L Included in 2013 Best Lawyers in America Thursday, September 13, 2012
James C. Huckaby, Jr. 76L has been included in the 2013 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. The edition is based on a rigorous national survey involving more than 4 million detailed evaluations of lawyers by their peers. Huckaby specializes in commercial, banking & finance, mass tort, and personal injury litigation with Christian & Small in Birmingham, AL.
Toole 76L Appointed to Florida Bar's Federal Court Practice Committee Thursday, January 17, 2013
Frances “Kem” M. Toole 76Lwas appointed to a three-year term on the Federal Court Practice Committee of The Florida Bar. The Federal Court Practice Committee serves as the Florida Bar's liaison to the federal courts, federal bar organizations in Florida, the 11th Circuit Judicial Conference, and others interested in federal practice.Read more »
Elmore 76L Writes AJC Op-Ed on Arbitration, Class Actions (subscription required) Thursday, December 5, 2013
Over the last decade, the Supreme Court rendered a number of decisions that significantly impacted the ability of individuals to have their claims heard by a jury, particularly in consumer and civil rights cases.Read more » (subscription required)
Chilton Davis Varner 76L Named J. Pollard Turman Alumni Service Award Recipient Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Chilton Davis Varner 76L named as the 2014's J. Pollard Turman Alumni Service Award recipient by Emory Alumni Association.
A 1976 graduate of Emory Law School, Varner served on the Board of Trustees of Emory University from 1995 to 2013, where she chaired the Academic Affairs Committee for seven years. She continues to serve the university as an Emeritus Trustee. She is a past president of the Emory Law Alumni Association and has been recognized as an Emory Law Distinguished Alumna. In 2012, she was the inaugural recipient of Emory Law's Eléonore Raoul Greene Trailblazer Award.
Griffin 76L named Family Support Center Coordinator for All About Developmental Disabilities (AADD) Wednesday, July 16, 2014
All About Developmental Disabilities (AADD) announced that Madeline Griffin has been named the nonprofit agency’s Family Support Center (FSC) Coordinator. Griffin will be responsible for all of the organization’s community workshops, partnerships and programs.
Kaufman 76L elected to third term as chair of Colorado Commission on Higher Education Wednesday, August 6, 2014
Richard C. Kaufman 76L was elected to a third consecutive term as chair of the Colorado Commission on Higher Education. The Commission oversees Colorado’s public colleges and universities. More information »
Carr 76L named one of The Best Lawyers in America 2015 Monday, August 25, 2014
Oscar C. Car III 76L has been named one of The Best Lawyers in America 2015. An attorney with Glankler Brown, PLLC, his practice includes Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Construction Litigation, Environmental Litigation, Professional Malpractice Law, Personal Injury Litigation.
Gankler Brown Attorney Oscar C. Car III 76L named Litigation Star by Benchmark Litigation Saturday, September 27, 2014
Oscar C. Carr III 76L has been named a litigation star by Benchmark Litigation, the definitive guide to America's leading business litigation firms and attorneys.
Mr. Carr practices in the area of litigation, with an emphasis on business, construction, environmental, and other civil litigation. He has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America for more than twenty years in the fields of Bet-the Company Litigation, Personal Injury and Environmental Law and in Mid-South SuperLawyers in the field of Business Litigation. He is a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America, a trial lawyer honorary society comprised of effective litigators throughout the United States. Mr. Carr has been listed since 1985 in Who’s Who in American Law and is listed in Who’s Who in the World. He is a member of the mediation panel of the United States District Court for the Western District of Tennessee. Mr. Carr is also a Fellow of the Tennessee Bar Foundation, and is named to MBQ magazine’s Players List in Business Litigation.
Weintraub 75L featured as Attorney of the Month in Attorney at Law Magazine Friday, September 26, 2014
Harold J. Weintraub 75L has been featured as Attorney of the Month in the September 2014 issue of Attorney at Law Magazine.Read the feature story »
Carpenter 75L lectures at Masaryk Faculty of Law in Czech Republic Monday, November 10, 2014
Raymond Carpenter 75L recently completed lecturing at Masaryk Faculty of Law, in Brno, Czech Republic as a fellow of the Center for International Legal Studies. The short course in "Law of U. S. Corporations, Choice of Business Entity", is designed for 4th and 5th year students. Carpenter retired from full time law practice but has maintained a small corporate/tax practice in Roswell, Georgia which allows him to teach part time.
Hoy 74L joins Missouri Valley College Board of Trustees Thursday, June 19, 2014
Hoy served the city of Atlanta in a number of leadership positions. She is a 2002 graduate of Leadership Midtown and has served on the board of trustees for the Center of the Visually Impaired since 2004.
A native of Marshall, Mo., Hoy earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri in 1967 and a juris doctorate degree in 1974 from Emory University School of Law. In 2008, Hoy was awarded the Emory University School of Law Distinguished Alumni Award.
Labovitz 74L named Council officer, leads Jewish Film Festival Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Steven J. Labovitz 74L, senior partner at McKenna, Long & Aldridge LLP, was reappointed to the Executive Board of the Council for Quality Growth and was also appointed treasurer. The Council for Quality Growth is a trade organization that works to ensure continued growth and economic success for generations to come by providing advocacy, information, and education to its members. It is proactively involved in the formulation of policy and legislation critical to the growth and development industry through economic planning, infrastructure needs, and quality-of-life issues throughout the metro Atlanta region and state.
Labovitz also served as 2015 Board Chair for the 15th Annual Atlanta Jewish Film Festival, the largest Jewish film festival in the world, and will continue to serve as its Chairman through the 2017 Festival. The festival was held from January 28 to February 19 and featured 65 films and 164 screenings throughout Atlanta.
Dunlevie 73L Cited for Work in Finance by Chambers USA Tuesday, June 4, 2013
Durkin 73L named to Florida Super Lawyers list Monday, August 25, 2014
Denis Durkin, an alumnus of Emory University School of Law, has been named on the Florida Super Lawyers list.
Sewell 73L receives Business Chronicle lifetime achievement award Tuesday, May 12, 2015
The Atlanta Business Chronicle and the Association of Corporate Counsel Georgia Chapter has recognized George Q. Sewell 73L P11 with the Lifetime Achievement Award. Here is the excerpt from the Chronicle’s story:
Rule 6.1 of the American Bar Association’s Rules of Professional Conduct states that, “Every lawyer has a professional responsibility to provide legal services to those unable to pay. A lawyer should aspire to render at least 50 hours of pro bono publico legal services per year.”
Attorney George Sewell exemplifies this responsibility. “I don’t want to get to the end of my legal career and find that the only measures of my professional life were the cases I handled or how much money I made. That would reduce lawyering to being just another business rather than a profession,” said Sewell, the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award winner in the Corporate Counsel Awards. “For me personally, I volunteer with Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta because it provides an endless source of opportunities to do pro bono work for the organizations that serve individuals in need. In addition to my professional responsibilities, my faith teaches me that we live in a broken world and are called to serve those in need.”
Bedford 73L takes bench seriously; boats, bicycling, beard for fun Thursday, July 2, 2015
Christmas is still six months away, but Fulton County Superior Court Judge T. Jackson Bedford Jr. has already started growing the beard that will become a snowy, chest-length cloud by the time he assumes his annual role of Santa Claus at Egleston Children's Hospital. Recently appointed by his colleagues to be deputy chief judge of the superior court, Bedford sat down to discuss his career and the legal philosophy that has served him for his 19 years on the bench.
Read the Daily Report story.
Judge Moore to Receive Randolph Thrower Lifetime Achievement Award Friday, June 6, 2014
Ret. Judge Thelma Wyatt Cummings Moore 71L received the Randolph Thrower Lifetime Achievement Award on June 5, 2014 as a part of the Commitment to Equality Awards.
Paquin 71L Authors Tax Article for American Association of Individual Investors Friday, June 6, 2014
Claude Y. Paquin 71L is the author of a tax law article published by the American Association of Individual Investors in its June 2014 issue. The article provides a useful practical explanation of the federal income tax consequences of stock splits, corporate mergers, spin-offs and other reorganizations for individual stock investors who may unexpectedly encounter a tax situation for which they weren’t prepared.
This article, which can be found at www.aaii.com, is an adaptation of a chapter in this Emory Law alumnus’ recently completed book Tax Guide for the Stock Investor: Help on Keeping More of What You Make. Both the book and the article aim to raise the level of investor competence and confidence with clear illustrations of how the system works, with real-life examples and copious quotes from the Internal Revenue Code.
Jenkins 70L Elected State Court Judge Tuesday, January 1, 2013
John Stephen "Steve" Jenkins, Sr. 70L has been elected Judge of the State Court of Elbert County, Ga. Steve took office for a four-year term on January 1, 2013.
In Memoriam: Harold L. Marquis 70L Friday, December 5, 2014
Harold L. Marquis 70L passed away December 2, 2014 at age 83. He served in the U. S. Air Force and as a Captain in the Air Force Reserves. Marquis served as Professor of Law and Acting Dean of Emory Law School, VP and General Counsel of Mead Packaging, founding partner at DeVeau, Colton, & Marquis, attorney at three other private practices, and as a top rated lawyer in Georgia's Legal Leaders magazine.
Bill Turner 69L Recognized for Outstanding Achievement by the Nevada State Bar Monday, April 29, 2013
The ADR Section of the Nevada State Bar has bestowed the outstanding achievement award to Bill Turner 69L for contributions to Alternative
Dispute Resolution. Turner has also been selected for the seventh year by Super Lawyers and his peers as an outstanding mediator and arbitrator.
Harden 68L included among Best Lawyers in America 2015 Tuesday, September 2, 2014
Donald Harden 66C 68L has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2015. He is an attorney in the Atlanta office of Fisher & Phillips LLP.
Senior counsel in the Atlanta office, Harden’s practice emphasizes trials and appeals in class actions and complex litigation, including employee benefits and employment standards cases. He is a member of the Federalist Society and the Defense Research Institute.
Harden 68L among "Best Lawyers in America" Friday, August 21, 2015
For the 10th year, Donald Harden 68L, of Fisher & Phillips, has been peer-selected for inclusion in “The Best Lawyers in America 2016.” His focus is on trials and appeals in class actions and complex litigation, including employee benefits and employment standards cases.
Shapiro 64C 67L Honored as "Champion of Justice" Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Ben Shapiro 64C 67L was recognized as a "Champion of Justice" by the Georgia Legal Services Program, for his work as co-founder.
GLSP provides access to justice for Georgians who cannot afford to hire private counsel, in the small towns and rural areas of the state. Shapiro served on the committee of the Younger Lawyers Section of the State Bar that studied the need for legal services in rural Georgia, which led to GLSP’s founding in 1971. Shapiro received the award in October 2012.
Shapiro is senior counsel at Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC, in Atlanta.
Shapiro serving on Board of Litigation Section of Atlanta Bar Association Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Ben Shapiro 67L now serves on the Board of the Litigation Section of the Atlanta Bar Association.
He is senior counsel in the Atlanta office of Baker Donelson and is a member of the Construction Group, representing owners, general contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, and design professionals in construction disputes in state and federal courts, arbitration and mediation. He has been AV® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell for 30 years, the highest possible peer review rating for legal ability and ethical standards.
Mr. Shapiro is a co-founder of Georgia Legal Services Program, the state-wide legal service system in Georgia. Mr. Shapiro is also a Fellow in the American College of Construction Lawyers. He is past chair of the Construction Law Section of the Atlanta Bar Association and he served as a Trustee of Emory University from 1990 to 1996.
Emory Law alumni among Lifetime Achievement Awardees Thursday, June 18, 2015
Sonny Morris 69L, Oscar Persons 67L, Leah Ward Sears 80L, and Chilton Davis Varner 76L were among the 2015 honorees at the Daily Report's Lifetime Achievement Awards, given in June.
"They included luminaries in litigation, government, business, transactions and the judiciary," says the Report. "Many took unpopular stands to do what they thought was right for their clients or law."
Some are, as ALM Regional Editor-in Chief George Haj deadpanned in introducing them, “troublemakers.” Read more
Hubert 60L Named to Best Lawyers In America 2014 List Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Richard Hubert 60L was recently named to the 2014 list of the Best Lawyers in America in the Eminent Domain & Condemnation Law practice area. He is a shareholder at Chamberlain, Hrdlicka, White, Williams & Aughtry, and works at the firm’s Atlanta offices.
Rubin 59L completes his 35th AJC Peachtree Road Race Thursday, September 4, 2014
Marty Rubin 59L completed his 35th Peachtree Road Race 10K in Atlanta, Georgia, on July 4, 2014. Congratulations!
Lamon 58L Receives Salvation Army Honor Monday, January 28, 2013
Harry Lamon 58L has received The Salvation Army's Order of Distinguished Auxiliary Service honor. The Army's General George Carpenter established the Order in 1941 to recognize distinguished service rendered by non-Salvationists who have helped to fulfill the mission of The Salvation Army. To date, fewer than 100 recipients have received this honor.
Joseph B. Powell 58L Recognized by Darton State College with First Lifetime Service Award Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Darton State College in Albany, Georgia has presented its first Lifetime Service Award to Joseph B. Powell 58L. Since the 1960's, Powell has served on the college's board of trustees. "There is probably no one who loves this college more than he does," said Foundation Chairman Glenn Tennyson. Read more »
Murrah 58L Honored with 2013 Blackburn Award Monday, November 18, 2013
The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra presented its 2013 John O. Blackburn Distinguished Service Award to Winter Park residents Kenneth and Ann Hicks Murrah in recognition of their service to the orchestra.
Mr. Murrah’s service to the Orlando Philharmonic began during its earlier years, when he successfully transferred two Florida Symphony endowments—the Harrison Hollander Trust and the Charlotte Julia Hollander Trust—to the successor organization, the Orlando Philharmonic. Read more »
Forman 54L Set to Retire April 1 Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Richard Forman 54L will be retiring April 1, 2014 after 61 years of practicing law, 52 of which were spent at Forman, Rossabi, Black in Greensboro, N.C..
In Memoriam: William J. Perry 50L Monday, August 18, 2014
Captain William J. Perry 50L (USN J.A.G., Ret.) passed away August 11, 2014. Obituary »
Judge John Dougherty 50L Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Judge John E. Dougherty (Jack) died November 10, 2014. After completing his first year of studies at Emory he enlisted in the US Army Air Corp, and was in the 13th AF-72nd BS in the Philippines as a radar-bombardier. He then returned to Emory University, where he completed his undergraduate and law degrees. While at Emory he was a member of Sigma Chi Fraternity where he served as President, Vice-President and Secretary. He was also a member of Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society. After law school, he joined the United States Air Force Reserves and transitioned into the JAG for the next 34 years moving up through the ranks and retiring a full Colonel and The Staff Judge Advocate General of the Eastern Air Force Region. He worked for the Gambrell Law Firm in Wills and Trusts and then became Associate City Attorney for the city of Atlanta, where his claim to fame took place; he defended Sam Massell against the great F. Lee Bailey and won the case! He worked in that position for 12 years until he was appointed to United States Federal Magistrate for the Northern District of Georgia. He served as Chief Magistrate for 4 years of his 24 years on the bench retiring in 2000 at the age of 76.
Atlanta Lawyer Features Cadenhead 49L's Crusade for Ethics Friday, November 1, 2013
In 1958, Fulton County Solicitor General Paul Webb was consumed in a widening investigation of corruption among state officials in the administration of Georgia Governor Marvin Griffin. Allegations included stolen tax receipts, purchasing payoffs, payments to family members of officials for fake jobs, private use of convict labor, and highway construction fraud. Webb's office could not handle all the work and reached out to the Atlanta Bar Association for help.
Paul Cadenhead, a civil litigator with no experience in prosecution or criminal investigations, set up shop in his law office with two former FBI agents to crack down on Governor Griffin. State employees came forward, some seeking to blow the whistle and others seeking to throw the investigation off track.Paul received death threats. He was undeterred.Read more »
Three Emory Law Alumni Sworn In As Officers at Georgia Bar Annual Meeting Monday, July 29, 2013
Charles L. Ruffin 80L was sworn in as the 51st president of the State Bar of Georgia on June 22 at the organization’s annual meeting at Hilton Head, Ga.
Ruffin is one of three Emory alumni represented among the board’s five officers. Patrise Perkins-Hooker 84L 84B is president-elect and Robin Frazer Clark 88L is immediate past president. Secretary Rita A. Sheffey is a master and 2012-2013 president-elect for Emory Law’s Lamar American Inn of Court.
Emory Law Alumni, Faculty, Among Daily Report Annual 40 Under 40 List Friday, August 30, 2013
The lawyers labeled as up-and-comers for 2013 by the Daily Report include several Emory Law alumni and Barton Child Law and Policy Center Executive Director Melissa Carter.
Jeremy Berry 97C 03L, 38, is an associate with McKenna Long & Aldridge, where many of his clients are elected officials and politicians (or aspirants).
“Berry does the usual sort of political volunteering, serving on the board of a Democratic organization, Red Clay Democrats, and knocking on doors on weekends,” the Report profile reads. “But his day job as an associate at McKenna Long & Aldridge is politics, too, as his practice includes advising those who want to do business with the government, as well as representing elected officials as they navigate campaign finance and ethics issues.”
Melissa Carter, 36, led the Barton Child Law and Policy Center in its long-term effort that persuaded Georgia’s legislators to pass an overhaul of Georgia’s juvenile code this year. Before coming to Barton, Carter was deputy to then Georgia Child Advocate Tom Rawlings, and later was appointed Advocate after Rawlings left.
“Rawlings, now in private practice in Sandersville, says Carter is at her best doing what she's doing now—educating the players. "She is not loud," he says. "She is not trying to get attention." But, he says, "this is a person who knows what she's doing," the Report profile reads. One of the Barton Clinic's postgraduate fellows, Amy Howell, was also named among this year's 40 up-and-comers. She is general counsel at the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities.
Jeffrey W. Davis 02L, 37, is assistant U.S. attorney for Georgia’s Northern District. He joined the U.S. attorney's office in Atlanta in 2008 after four-and-a-half years at New York’s Manhattan District Attorney's office.
"Jeff's judgment, insight and intellect allow us to assign him our most difficult and sensitive cases and have absolute confidence that the outcomes will reflect the highest standards of justice and professionalism," U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates told the Report.
Thad Kodish 00L, 39, is managing principal at Fish & Richardson. According to the Report, he’s known as a patent troll slayer, with a client list that includes Samsung, Shaw Industries and McKesson Corp. He has also served as an expert witness for Kimberly-Clark.
“Appointments such as these generally are reserved for people with 25 or more years of experience, says Fish & Richardson principal Ruffin Cordell, "but Kodish's stellar reputation and track record of accomplishments had him ahead of the curve," the Report says.
Bharath Parthasarathy 05L, 32, is associate general counsel for Georgia State University. The job ranges from working out agreements with the City of Atlanta and the Georgia Dome to oversight of the contract details for Georgia State’s new football coach. The university setting suits him, he tells the Report.
“The son and brother of academics, Parthasarathy, who is studying for his MBA at Georgia State, says his position allows him to mesh "my interest in public policy [with] being involved in problem solving and in solving business challenges. I'm hooked."
Laura Wilson Speed-Dalton 96C 99L, 39, is a solo practitioner plaintiff’s attorney who specializes in carefully vetted medical malpractice lawsuits at The Speed Firm. Unlike many lawyers who left the field after Georgia’s tort reform legislation passed in 2005, the challenge inspired her to fight harder for patients’ rights. Unlike larger firms who can spread the substantial risk of loss among partners, she has “to be very choosy … I make sure they’re really good cases because I’m investing thousands of dollars myself,” she told the Report.
"Laurie is really unique in her practice field," Christian Torgrimson of Pursley Freise Torgrimson told the Report."Plaintiffs' lawyers have a reputation for being sharks and ambulance chasers; she's not like that at all, It really speaks to an ethical level that lawyers often don't have."
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Ferber 99L and Parthasarathy 05L Named to Chronicle's "40 Under 40" List Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Two Emory Law alumni were among the local young leaders named to the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s 10th annual “40 under 40” list. The Chronicle said winners were selected from a pool of more than 500 submissions.
Amy Edgy Ferber 99L and Bharath Parthasarathy 05L were among the 2013 awardees who were honored during a Nov. 7 ceremony held at the Fox Theatre. Ferber is a partner with Jones Day’s Atlanta office who practices primarily in bankruptcy and business restructuring and reorganization.
Parthasarathy is associate general counsel for Georgia State University, and joined the University’s Office of Legal Affairs in 2007. Parthasarathy was also named among Atlanta’s best young leaders by the Daily Report this year, in its 2013 “On the Rise” list.
“40 Under 40 Stellar Individuals, Shining Achievements” » (subscriber content)
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Emory Wire Women's Issue Features Emory Law Alumnae Monday, March 3, 2014
Read stories on Amy Sykes Dosik 99L of Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta, Rosalind Rubens Newell 81C 86L of Invest Atlanta, and Maja Vujinovic 07L of Orpheus Investments.
Amy Sykes Dosik 99L
Katie Couric, Taylor Swift, Gloria Steinem, Martha Stewart, Hillary Clinton, and Sandra Day O’Connor proudly carry this honor. Like these successful women, 59 million women are Girl Scout alumnae. “We focus on issues young girls face today and help them to develop the skills and competencies they need as adults,” says Amy Sykes Dosik 99L, newly-appointed CEO of Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta. more
Rosalind Rubens Newell 81C 86L
Rosalind Rubens Newell 81C 86L is very comfortable with change. In fact, she is the chief legal counsel of Invest Atlanta, more formally known as the “Atlanta Development Authority,” that attracts and supports economic development in a city in which population has increased by more than 3.5 million individuals since her professional debut in 1986. more
Maja Vujinovic 07L
She was born in ex-Yugoslavia and survived a mortar shell attack as a young girl while her father was imprisoned in a concentration camp. Hoping for a better life, 14-year-old Maja Vujinovic 07L and her family relocated to America and began anew. Now, this tenacious alumna advises United States companies on holistic and sustainable economic investments in emerging and frontier markets. more
Samuel A. Tinkler 48L Friday, August 1, 2014
Samuel A. Tinkler 48L passed away July 18, 2014. Read the obituary »
Perry named partner at Pasternak & Fidis Wednesday, January 7, 2015
Pasternak & Fidis is delighted to announce that attorney Stephanie Perry 04L of the Estate Planning and Administration Group, became a partner in the firm on January 1, 2015. Managing Partner Nancy Fax said, “We couldn’t be more pleased to welcome such a hard-working attorney into the leadership of the firm. Her energy and vision will make a vital contribution to maintaining our standard of excellence in legal services.”
Perry’s practice focuses on estate planning and estate and trust administration; she advises clients in the preparation of wills, trusts, powers of attorney and advance health care directives and also with respect to the proper administration of estates and trusts. In estate planning, Perry’s goal is to provide each client with a plan that will meet the client’s personal objectives and which also will preserve wealth and minimize transfer tax liabilities. In estate and trust administration, Perry strives to make what can be a very challenging process, as manageable and efficient for clients as possible. According to Perry, the most rewarding aspect of her practice is “getting to know clients and their families and serving as a trusted advisor who will help them achieve their primary objective of taking care of family.” Perry received her JD from Emory University School of Law in 2004 and her BS from Florida State University. Perry began her legal career in Atlanta where she practiced estates and trusts law for six years before joining Pasternak & Fidis in December 2010. She was selected as a “Rising Star” by Maryland and D.C. Super Lawyers for 2015.
Pasternak & Fidis, P.C., is a 16-lawyer firm located on Old Georgetown Road in Bethesda, Maryland. Founded in 1980, the firm practices in the areas of estate planning and probate, domestic relations, premarital agreements, business, real estate, and litigation.
HunterMaclean announces Emory alumni among "Best Lawyers in America" Wednesday, September 9, 2015
HunterMaclean, a leading business law firm with offices in Savannah and Brunswick, is pleased to announce that 20 attorneys from the firm were selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2016. The Best Lawyers designation acknowledges those who have been nominated and then voted on by their peers for exceptional achievements in their areas of practice. The HunterMaclean Emory Law alumni selected for Best Lawyers in 2016 are:
Shawn A. Kachmar 97L (Employment Law-Management)
Sarah H. Lamar 91L (Employment Law-Management, Labor Law-Management)
Diana J.P. McKenzie 85B 85L (Information Technology Law)
M. Lane Morrison 70L (Trusts and Estates)
Harold B. Yellin 82L (Land Use and Zoning Law, Real Estate Law)
Cole 11L, Zinns 02C 05L selected for leadership program Monday, September 14, 2015
The Georgia Trial Lawyers Association has announced that Emory Law alumnae Alexandra “Sachi” Cole 11L (Parks, Chesin & Walbert) and Sharon Zinns 02C 05L (Levy Konisberg LLP) have been selected for the 2015-2016 Leadership Education & Advanced Direction (LEAD) Program. Now entering its third year, the widely-acclaimed LEAD Program serves to train and equip GTLA members who have been identified as potential leaders in the Association with the necessary tools to take the next steps in their legal careers, both in and out of the courtroom.
In order to qualify, applicants must have less than 10 years of legal practice experience or be 35 years of age or younger. After an exhaustive application review and selection process, at total of 16 attorneys were chosen to participate in the 2015-2016 GTLA LEAD Program.
The program consists of six sessions, and concludes with graduation at the GTLA Annual Convention & President’s Gala in Atlanta on April 28-29, 2016.