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Bly 02L serves as U.S. District Court magistrate Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Christopher C. Bly 99C 02L celebrates a year on the federal bench this month, as a United States District Court magistrate for Georgia’s Northern District. When announcing his selection, Chief U.S. District Judge Thomas W. Thrash Jr. cited Bly’s academic and professional record.

“Chris has an exceptional scholastic record in both his undergraduate and law school studies at Emory University, including serving as the managing editor for the Emory Law Journal. His professional experience includes practice in both the private and public sector. Most recently, Chris served as an assistant United States attorney in the Appellate Section of the United States Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Georgia,” Thrash wrote. “Chris is a superb selection to join our exceptional bench of magistrate Judges.” Bly’s chambers are in the Atlanta federal courthouse.

Shigley 77L honored by Georgia Bar Monday, October 21, 2019

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Kenneth Shigley 77L received the “Traditions of Excellence” Award for lifetime achievement at the State Bar of Georgia Annual Meeting on June 7, 2019. Each year, the award goes to only four members of the Bar: a plaintiff lawyer, a defense lawyer, a general practice lawyer and a judge. Read Shigley's acceptance remarks.

Brown 96L joins Squire Patton Boggs' cybersecurity team Wednesday, October 16, 2019

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Glenn Brown 96L joined Squire Patton Boggs in Atlanta as a member of its Data Privacy and Cybersecurity Practice Group. Prior to joining the firm, Brown was chief compliance officer and associate general counsel at LexisNexis Risk Solutions. 

“Serving as chief architect of a successful, global compliance management system, Glenn brings a sophisticated approach to the table when counseling clients on assessing privacy and compliance risk,” said Ann LaFrance, co-chair of the DPC Practice. “Companies face an ever-changing legislative and regulatory landscape and Glenn’s intimate knowledge strengthens our team’s capabilities in developing strategies to address new developments.” Read the release.

Hageman 93L, new SVP and general counsel at Cubic Corporation Monday, October 14, 2019

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Cubic Corporation has appointed Hilary Hageman 93L senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary. She will manage the legal department and also oversee ethics, contracts, global trade compliance and security.

“Hilary brings experience in corporate law on a global scale, as well as deep industry expertise in government and commercial contracting and M&A to her role at Cubic. I am pleased to welcome Hilary to our leadership team, we are thrilled to have her on board,” said Bradley H. Feldmann, chairman, president and chief executive officer. Read the release.

Tanzer 88L joins Nelson Mullins in Boca Raton Tuesday, October 8, 2019

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Michelle Tanzer 88L has joined Nelson Mullins Broad and Cassel as a partner in Boca Raton. She will chair the firm’s Global Club and Branded Residences group and co-chair the Hospitality, Tourism and Leisure team. She was formerly a shareholder at Gray Robinson, where she chaired the Residential, Resort and Club Section in the Boca Raton office. Read the release.

Torgrimson 97L joins national property rights conference board Tuesday, October 8, 2019

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Christian Torgrimson 97L, a partner at Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP, has joined the advisory board of the Brigham-Kanner Property Rights Conference. She will play a leading role in setting the strategy and planning for the national conference at William & Mary Law School in Williamsburg, Virginia. The conference “brings together members of the bench, bar, and academia to explore recent developments in the law that affect property rights,” according to the firm. Read the release.

Seidenberg 00L serves in Office of Equity and Inclusion Friday, October 4, 2019

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Kristyne Seidenberg 00L is employed by Emory University in the Office of Equity and Inclusion, where she serves as a Title IX investigator and training specialist.

Thorpe 85L records EP in Nashville Thursday, October 3, 2019

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Michael Thorpe 85L writes from Duluth, Georgia: “Still practicing insurance defense, and still serving as a Gwinnett County Magistrate Court judge, but totally new is my recent release of a four-song EP/CD of all original songs, recorded in Nashville. Any who want to listen can access on the usual online/app sites, under my full name Michael David Thorpe.” Congratulations! Here’s one site.

Hager 17L, magistrate for Virginia Supreme Court Thursday, October 3, 2019

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Nicholas Hager 17L is a magistrate at the Supreme Court of Virginia, in its 26th district, Shenandoah County. “I just marked my one year anniversary in the position,” he writes from Front Royal.

In Memoriam: Fred Douglas Bentley Sr. 49L Thursday, October 3, 2019

Fred Douglas Bentley Sr. 49L passed away on Oct. 3, 2019. Read the obituary.

Quinn 11L joins Charleston's 'Best and Brightest' Monday, September 30, 2019

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Elliotte Quinn 11L has been named as one of Charleston Business Magazine’s 2019 ‘Best and Brightest Under 35.’ Quinn is an attorney with the Steinberg Law Firm LLP, where he focuses on construction law. Read the release.

Kastorf 06L's Legal Accelerator is up and running Thursday, September 26, 2019

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Kurt Kastorf 06L and Matt Wetherington have started an incubator program for lawyers who want to start their own firms or become shareholders, according to the Daily Report. Wetherington terms it “a law firm ride-along.”

“The one-year incubator program, which the two organizers have dubbed the Georgia Legal Accelerator, will be a mix of small group meetings, CLE-style presentations on aspects of running a law firm and one-to-one mentoring. There is no cost to participate,” the article reads. Read the story.

Franklin 03L joins Greenberg Traurig Tuesday, September 24, 2019

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Alison Elko Franklin 03L is a new shareholder at Greenberg Traurig, LLP, as part of the firm’s expansion of its global Restructuring & Bankruptcy Practice. Franklin joins the firm from Dentons, and will advise clients on a broad range of restructuring matters, including corporate reorganizations, municipal reform, creditors’ rights litigation, and distressed acquisitions.

"Alison has a sterling reputation and is highly regarded in the Atlanta bankruptcy community. She will be a valuable addition to our team," said the firm’s David Kurzweil. "With wide-ranging industry experience and a diverse practice, Alison's breadth of knowledge will allow us to further our goal of providing the best service for our clients, both in Atlanta and firmwide." Read the Daily Report story.

Linse 19L publishes on class actions Friday, September 20, 2019

Jessica Linse 19L has been published in Mealey’s Litigation Report: Class Actions as a co-author along with her colleague, Charlotte E. Thomas. Linse is law clerk in Duane Morris’ Philadelphia offices (pending the release of Pennsylvania bar exam results). The article is titled, “Proving The Retail Transaction: Ascertainability In Food And Cosmetic Mislabeling Class Actions,” published on July 19, 2019.

Goran 95L selected to serve on Goodwill International's board Tuesday, September 17, 2019

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Kristin Goran 95L now serves on the board of directors of Goodwill Industries International, the organization announced this month. She is general counsel of Primrose Schools, and previously served on the board of the nonprofit, Camp Kudzu. Goran is also chair of the Franchise and Distribution Law Section of the State Bar of Georgia.

“Kristin has a keen understanding of how a parent organization and a franchisee can work together to build and protect a brand,” said Steven C. Preston, Goodwill International’s president and CEO. “Her perspective will be invaluable to our nonprofit network of 158 independent member organizations dedicated to helping people find jobs and advance their careers.”

First Amendment Foundation honors memory of Hines 68L Monday, September 16, 2019

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The late Harris P. Hines 65C 68L is the 2019 recipient of the Weltner Freedom of Information Award. The Georgia First Amendment Foundation will honor the late former Georgia Supreme Court chief justice for his “judicial acumen, wisdom and kindness” on Oct 10. Read the Daily Report story.

Missouri Lawyers tags Treeman 09L as 'Up & Coming' Monday, September 16, 2019

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Judd Treeman 09L 09MTS has been selected as an Up & Coming Attorney for 2019 by Missouri Lawyers Weekly. He is a partner with Stinson LLP, and practices in the firm’s Kansas City office.

Fershtman 86L among Michigan 'Super Lawyers' Monday, September 16, 2019


Julie Fershtman 83C 86L has been selected for inclusion in Michigan Super Lawyers 2019 edition. She is a shareholder at Foster Swift Collins & Smith, P.C., and also serves on the Executive Committee as vice president of the Southeast offices. She practices in the firm’s Detroit office.

Warren 92L leads new division at WarnerMedia Wednesday, September 11, 2019

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In September, Richard Warren 92L was named co-president of WarnerMedia Distribution, a new division that combines Turner's and HBO's distribution teams. Warren, who’s been with the company 19 years, has served as president of Turner Content Distribution since 2017. WarnerMedia told the Atlanta Business Chronicle that Warren has been key to the growth and success of Turner’s content distribution with both its traditional and digital partners. Read the Chronicle story.

Linda Rae Allen 90L Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Linda Rae Allen 90L passed away September 4, 2019. Read the obituary.

In Memoriam: McKenzie "Mac" Perry Jr. 72L Monday, September 2, 2019

McKenzie "Mac" Perry Jr. 72L passed away September 2, 2019. Read the obituary.

Skolnick 17L joins Bloom Parham LLP Wednesday, August 21, 2019

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Samantha L. Skolnick 17L has joined Bloom Parham, LLP, as an associate in the firm’s Atlanta offices. She will focus on complex real estate disputes.

“Samantha will play a key role in our commitment to delivering the highest level of service to our clients, and we are excited to welcome her to the team,” said Simon Bloom, founder and partner. “Her litigation experience makes her an extremely valuable addition to the firm.”

Michaelson 99L among 2020 'Best Lawyers in America' Wednesday, August 21, 2019

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Chad Michaelson 99L was included in the 2020 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America for the categories of Construction Law and Litigation-Construction. He’s been recognized by Best Lawyers since 2015. He is a partner at Meyer, Unkovic & Scott and practices in its Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, offices. Read the firm release.

McGowan 17L joins Carlton Fields in Florida Sunday, August 18, 2019


This month, Casey R. McGowan 17L joined Carlton Fields as an associate in the firm's West Palm Beach office, where she is a member of the Mass Tort and Product Liability practice group. Read the press release.

Phillips 08L leads cyber claims at Allianz Sunday, August 18, 2019

In May, Michael Phillips 08L was appointed head of Cyber, Media & Technology Claims for North America at Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty, in New York City.

Krause 94L named to in-house counsel powerlist Friday, August 16, 2019

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Allyson Krause 94L is a member of the 2019 U.S. General Counsel Powerlist, published by the Legal 500, which recognizes the most influential in-house attorneys. She is senior vice president and general counsel at Promethean. See the list.

Carter 67L recognized for lifetime achievement Friday, August 16, 2019

Tom Carter 67L received the Life Time Achievement Award for Planned Giving and Trust Services, awarded on Aug. 8 at the North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists Planned Giving & Trust Services Conference. Carter served 46 years as director and special counsel.

Ong 91L joins 'Best Lawyers in America' list Thursday, August 15, 2019

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John Ong 91L was selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2020 in the area of Product Liability Litigation-Defendants. He is a partner with Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP, and practices in the firm’s Charlotte, North Carolina, offices. He also serves as vice-chair of the firm’s Construction Law Group. Read the firm release.

Best Lawyers names Aughtry 82L Atlanta tax 'Lawyer of the Year' Thursday, August 15, 2019

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David Aughtry 82L was named “Lawyer of the Year” in the Litigation and Controversy-Tax practice area in the Atlanta market by Best Lawyers. Aughtry is a shareholder at Chamberlain Hrdlicka. Only one lawyer in each practice area and geographic location receives the designation. Aughtry focuses on civil and criminal tax litigation. He is recognized as a national authority in tax litigation in Chambers USA and the US Legal 500 Litigation Guide. Read the press release.

In Memoriam: Robert A. Elsner 62L Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Elsner 62L

Robert A. Elsner 62L passed away on Aug. 13, 2019. Read the obituary.

In Memoriam: Kenneth Martin Worthy 47L Sunday, August 11, 2019

Worthy 47L

Kenneth Martin Worthy 41C 47L passed away on August 11, 2019. Read the obituary.

Fish 14L joins Blank Rome in NYC Tuesday, August 6, 2019

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Taylor P. Fish 14L has joined Blank Rome’s Matrimonial and Family Law group, and practices in the firm’s New York City offices. She was previously with Cohen Clair Lans Greifer Thorpe & Rottenstreich LLP, where she litigated a wide range of complex matrimonial and family law cases. She has written family law-related articles for various publications, including the New York State Bar Association Family Law ReviewRead the firm release.

Brown 79L joins Kilpatrick's M&A team Tuesday, August 6, 2019

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Brian Brown 79L joined Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton in August. He practices in the firm’s Raleigh offices, as part of the firm’s Mergers & Acquisitions Team. He focuses on domestic and international clients  in the health care and life sciences industry in the areas of mergers, acquisitions, corporate governance issues, complex commercial contracts, and tax. Read the firm release.

Fishman 85L adds to legal marketing publications Tuesday, August 6, 2019

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Ross Fishman 85L recently published his fourth and fifth books on legal marketing: The Ultimate Law Student Get-A-Job Checklist and The Ultimate Women Associates' Law Firm Marketing Checklist. Both are available through Amazon. His firm,, is based in Illinois.

Kess 81L joins MendenFreiman tax practice Monday, August 5, 2019

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Jeffrey H. Kess 81L has joined MendenFreiman, as part of a firm expansion that creates a tax controversy and planning practice. “The tax and business attorneys who have joined our firm are incredibly talented individuals whose practices dovetail perfectly with our existing expertise and client work,” said Managing Partner Larry Freimen. “I’m very pleased with this expansion and know our clients will find the addition extremely beneficial.” Prior to joining MendenFreiman, Kess was a partner at Goml Davis & Watson, LLP.

Pollak 08L joins Davis & Gilbert in NYC Monday, August 5, 2019

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Justin R. Pollak 08L has joined Davis & Gilbert LLP as a partner in the Corporate Practice Group. Prior to joining the firm, he was a partner at Hand Baldachin & Associates LLP.

“Justin has developed a strong reputation in the start-up space in New York and across the country,” said Curt C. Myers, co-chair of the firm’s Corporate Practice Group. “Based on his extensive experience in this area, he will make a valuable addition to our multi-faceted corporate team.”  Read the firm release.

Cole-Johnson 08L among 'Nation's Best' honorees Monday, August 5, 2019

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Britt-Marie Cole-Johnson 08L was selected as one of the Lawyers of Color’s inaugural “Nation’s Best” in the Eastern Region. Honorees were selected for prominence and distinction in their field, noteworthy accomplishments, and a commitment to advancing diversity and inclusion in the legal profession.

Galvez 08L promoted at FUJIFILM Monday, August 5, 2019

As of July 2019, Mark Galvez 08L is senior intellectual property counsel at FUJIFILM Holdings America Corporation, which is headquartered in New York.

Sandberg 87L profiled on leadership role at FirstView Financial Monday, August 5, 2019

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Doug Sandberg 87L, executive vice president, general counsel and chief compliance officer of Atlanta-based FirstView Financial, was featured in the Daily Report. Sandberg joined WorldPay after 12 years in practicing corporate law and commercial litigation. Looking back on his time there, “I learned how to be a GC, how to work with people and understand the business.”

“Payments infrastructure is something people don’t usually think about,” he said, “but it’s critical to commerce.” Read the story.

Staunton chooses Rosenberg 90L for city manager Thursday, August 1, 2019

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Steven Rosenberg 90L is city manager of Staunton, Virginia, as of July 1. He previously served as the city’s deputy manager and has 29 years of city, county and state government experience. 

“All of our finalists were very competitive and could bring numerous strengths to the position,” Mayor Carolyn Dull said. “However, it was clear that Steve Rosenberg had the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to be successful as Staunton’s city manager. Just as important, he loves Staunton and its citizens, and is passionate about our work together.” Read the news release.

VP Swart 95L leads legal at TrueCar Monday, July 22, 2019

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Jeffrey Swart 89B 95L has been promoted to executive vice president and chief legal officer at TrueCar, Inc. He joined the company in 2014 and has served as the company's outside regulatory counsel since 2012. Prior to joining TrueCar, Swart was a litigation partner at Alston & Bird LLP, and also, a CPA with Coopers & Lybrand.

Georgia Voice readers name Broussard `Best Lawyer' Friday, July 19, 2019

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In July, D. Barret Broussard 13L received the “Best Lawyer” award from Georgia Voice. Broussard, an attorney with Carlton Fields in Atlanta, was honored as part of the publication’s reader-voted 2019 “Best of Atlanta” awards. Broussard is vice president/president-elect of the Stonewall Bar Association; his term as president starts in November 2019. He is also the Georgia representative to the National LGBT Bar Association.. Read the firm release.

McClure 88L appointed to JetBlue Board of Directors Friday, July 19, 2019

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In July, JetBlue announced the appointment of Teri P. McClure 88L to its board of directors.

McClure recently retired after nearly 25 years at UPS, where she was chief human resources officer and senior vice president of labor.

“We’re so pleased to welcome Teri to the board with her wealth of experience building high performing teams at one of the nation’s largest employers,” said Joel Peterson, chair of the JetBlue board. “She also brings valuable legal and aviation perspective from across the globe that will support the success of the airline.” McClure’s appointment brings JetBlue’s Board of Directors to 11 members, 10 of whom are independent. Read the release.

In Memoriam: James "Jim" Jacques 54L Monday, July 15, 2019

James "Jim" Jacques 54L passed away July 15, 2019. Read the obituary.

Edwards 87L elected to bench in Brooklyn Monday, July 15, 2019

The Hon. Ellen E. Edwards 87L was elected as a civil court judge for the City of New York, Kings County, in 2017 and currently serves as a criminal court judge in that jurisdiction. “Although relatively new to the bench I have been practicing law in Brooklyn, New York, since I left Emory,” she writes.

Shulak 10L named antitrust 'Rising Star' Wednesday, July 10, 2019

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Daniel Shulak 04C 10L was named as a "Rising Star" in the 2019 edition of Legal 500 US for criminal antitrust investigations and defense. He is a senior associate in Hogan Lovells' White Collar, Investigations, and Fraud Practice Group, based in Washington, DC. See the list.


Stewart 12L earns rare privacy designation Wednesday, July 10, 2019

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Anthony Stewart 12L, of Hall Booth Smith P.C., has been designated a Fellow of Information Privacy by the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP). He is the first and only private-practice attorney in Atlanta to earn the designation, and one of 752 individuals worldwide. He focuses on data privacy and security, intellectual property and general liability. Read the firm release.

Ginsberg 93L: Georgia Super Lawyer Tuesday, July 2, 2019

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Ross Ginsberg 93L has been named a 2019 Georgia Super Lawyer, in the category of construction litigation. He is a partner at Weinberg Wheeler Hudgins Gunn and Dial.

Sinton 12L joins ranks of 'Rising Stars' Tuesday, July 2, 2019

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Adam Sinton 12L has been named a 2019 Georgia Rising Stars by Super Lawyers in the category of civil litigation: defense. He is a partner at Weinberg Wheeler Hudgins Gunn and Dial.

Tanzer 88L leads two NCA committees Monday, July 1, 2019

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Michelle Tanzer 88L of GrayRobinson has been appointed chair of the National Club Association’s (NCA) Membership Committee and co-chair of its Conference Planning Committee. She is a shareholder in the firm’s Boca Raton offices, where she focuses on alternative dispute resolution, hospitality, residential, resort and club, and real estate. Read the firm release.


Silversmith Cohen 79L specializes in Judaica Sunday, June 30, 2019

Jim Cohen 79L was profiled by Durham North Carolina’s StoryDriven, on his work as a silversmith. He specializes in Judaica. See the article and video.

Williams 81L serves on AAML nominating committee Thursday, June 27, 2019

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Jeffrey M. Williams 81L, founder and managing partner of Williams Family Law, P.C., is chair of the nominating committee for the 2019-20 Board of Managers of for the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) Pennsylvania chapter. The slate of officers was presented at the chapter’s annual meeting, held in July in Orlando, Fla. Read the firm release.

Cromwell 08L joins Bass, Berry & Sims in Nashville Tuesday, June 25, 2019

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Lymari Martinez Cromwell 08L has rejoined Bass, Berry & Sims as part of the expansion of the firm’s Labor & Employment Practice. She joins as counsel and practices in the firm’s Nashville office. Read the firm release.

Serioux 12L, 2019 'Rising Star' in NYC Thursday, June 20, 2019

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Ivie Guobadia Serioux 12L has been named a 2019 Super Lawyers “Rising Star” and 2019 New York City Bar Associate Leadership Institute Fellow. Serioux is an associate in Littler Mendelson’s NYC offices, and focuses on representing and counseling employers in employment discrimination litigation, traditional labor law and emerging issues in Title IX compliance.

Emory Law alumni receive 2019 Daily Report awards Wednesday, June 19, 2019

The annual awards were announced in June, with several Emory Law recipients among them. Congratulations! Links to their stories follow (subscription required).

Lifetime Achievement:

Lifetime achievement 2019

David Aughtry 82L | Gordon Giffin 74L | Lash Harrison 65L | Louise Wells 78L

Best Mentor & “On the Rise”

Best Mentor; On the Rise


Lori Cohen 90L
| Jennifer Deal 09L | Vincent Russo 06L

Crain's profiles Fershtman 86L on helping other women succeed in law Tuesday, June 18, 2019

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“Women lawyers lead the profession in tremendous numbers, but only about 20 percent of equity shareholders at a law firm are women. They don't tend to be the rainmakers,” Julie Fershtman 86L says in a Q & A with Crain’s Detroit Business. “The networking program is for women to share concerns and support and promote each other. Over the last 30 years, just about every law school shows admission criteria for its first year students. Enrollment is made up of 50 percent women. That was true of my class when I went to Emory Law School in 1983.” Read the story.

In Memoriam: Brooke Underwood Walker 97L Tuesday, June 18, 2019

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Brooke Underwood Walker 97L passed away on June 18, 2019. Read the obituary.

In Memoriam: Richard L. Nagle Jr. 70L Friday, June 14, 2019

Richard L. Nagle Jr. 70L passed away June 14, 2019. Read the obituary.

Frey 09L promoted at Mintz Friday, June 14, 2019

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In May, Kelly Frey 09L was one of 11 attorneys named member at Mintz, which is the equivalent of achieving partner. He practices in the firm’s Boston office. “Each of these attorneys exemplifies our commitment to building a law firm that is best-in-class in its professional excellence, and each demonstrates the qualities of leadership and integrity that we and our clients value,” said Bob Bodian, the firm’s managing member. Read the firm release.

Cooper 94L takes on new role at Boies Schiller D.C. office Friday, June 14, 2019

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Robert Cooper 94L has been named a joint administrative partner of Boies Schiller Flexner’s Washington, D.C. office. Read the American Lawyer story.

Borden 89L pursues LLM in Switzerland Thursday, June 13, 2019

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Lisa Borden 89L, former pro bono shareholder at Baker Donelson in Birmingham, Alabama, is pursuing an LLM in International Humanitarian and Human Rights Law at the Geneva Academy, a joint program of the University of Geneva and the Graduate Institute of Geneva. Read the firm release.

Kong 95L joins Pepper Hamilton in Los Angeles Wednesday, June 12, 2019

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Stephen T. Kong 95L joined Pepper Hamilton LLP in June as partner in its Corporate and Securities Practice Group, resident in Los Angeles and Orange County. He joined the firm from Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC, where he served as senior corporate counsel.

“Stephen has significant experience advising on transformative technology deals, as well as handling the IP aspects of important mergers and acquisitions across industries,” said Mary L. Dickson, partner in charge of the firm’s Los Angeles office. “We are thrilled to welcome him to Pepper.” Read the firm release.

Metviner 17L joins restructuring group in New York Monday, June 10, 2019

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Aaron Metviner 17L is an associate in the financial restructuring group at the New York office of Milbank LLP. 

Bryant 93L to lead FS Investments in Philadelphia Thursday, June 6, 2019

Marc Bryant 93L has joined FS Investments, as senior managing director and chief legal officer. He will be based in the firm’s Philadelphia office and will oversee all legal and compliance functions. He will also serve on the firm’s Executive Committee. Previously, Bryant served as senior vice president, deputy general counsel and head of asset management legal at Fidelity Investments in Boston. Read the firm release.

Carnesale 92L appointed to Fulton County bench Wednesday, June 5, 2019

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On June 5, Rachelle Carnesale 92L was appointed to the Fulton County Superior Court bench by Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp. Carnesale was on the shortlist of three nominees given to Kemp in May by the Georgia Judicial Nominating Commission for consideration to fill a vacancy created by Judge Gail Tusan taking senior status this spring. Carnesale is now Cherokee County chief assistant district attorney.

“Rachelle Carnesale’s experience, temperament, and leadership style are ideal for the Atlanta Judicial Circuit Superior Court,” Kemp said in a statement. “As a successful prosecutor and fierce advocate for our most vulnerable,” she “will lead by example and excel on the bench,” according to the Daily Report. Carnesale has previously served as director of the Division of Family and Children Services, and acting director of the Office of the Child Advocate and deputy chief district attorney in DeKalb County, where she supervised the Crimes Against Children Unit.

Read the story.

Findling 84L announces release of NACDL incarceration study Tuesday, June 4, 2019

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In June, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers released a report that recommends ways to lessen the long-term negative effects of incarceration. “The United States not only imprisons people at far higher rates than any other democracy, but it also leads the world in imposing a vast network of life-altering consequences on the millions of individuals who pass through the nation’s criminal justice system each year,” Drew Findling 84L writes in the foreword. “The nation’s criminal defense bar is determined to reverse these policies.” The report is posted on the NACDL website. Read the Daily Report story.

Surcouf 07L, 'next generation' lawyer in air travel Tuesday, June 4, 2019

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Allison Surcouf 07L was recognized as a Next Generation Lawyer by The Legal 500 for Transport: Aviation and Air Travel-Litigation. She is a partner at Condon & Forsyth LLP working in the New York office. See the list.

Maggio 96L among Legal 500 for aviation expertise Tuesday, June 4, 2019

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John Maggio 96L was recognized for the second year in a row as a Leading Lawyer by The Legal 500 for Transport: Aviation and Air Travel-Litigation. He is a partner at Condon & Forsyth LLP working in the New York and Miami offices. See the list.

Bartlett 13L earns LLM, starts clerkship Monday, June 3, 2019

Bartlett 13L

Brent Bartlett 13L graduated with distinction from Georgetown Law with an LLM in taxation. In June, he began a two-year clerkship with Judge Cary D. Pugh at the United States Tax Court.

Howard 90L first woman on Fisher Phillips management committee Tuesday, May 28, 2019

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On June 1, Christine E. Howard 90L started a three-year term on Fisher Phillips’ Management Committee. She is the first woman to serve on the three-member committee, which is considered the equivalent of the board of directors. Fisher Phillips is comprised of 34 offices, with more than 400 lawyers. Howard is managing partner of the firm's Tampa office and a partner in the Atlanta office. She also served as a founding co-chair of the firm's Women's Initiative and Leadership Council.

“Christine is a distinguished lawyer and exemplifies the firm’s commitment to furthering diversity across all ranks. I am confident in her experience and enthusiasm to help lead the firm during this period of rapid growth,” said Managing Partner Roger Quillen. Howard focuses on the defense of employment discrimination, harassment, and retaliation complaints, wage and hour litigation, and employee leave related complaints. Read the release.

Leech 06L joins Akerman in Atlanta Tuesday, May 28, 2019

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Former Dentons partner Amanda Leech 06L joined Akerman’s corporate M&A practice in Atlanta as partner. Akerman’s Atlanta expansion now includes five attorneys, according to the Daily Report.

“Leech brings robust transactional and governance experience, having represented numerous large corporations, Fortune 100 companies, and boards of directors in merger and acquisition (M&A) transactions, general corporate governance and compliance, and board risk management reviews,” according to the firm. Read the release.

Orlan 17L joins Hamilton, Miller & Birthisel in Miami Tuesday, May 28, 2019

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Joshua Orlan 17L has joined Hamilton, Miller & Birthisel, LLP as an associate in the firm’s Miami office. He focuses on insurance litigation and trial work, including negligence and intentional tort claims, premises liability, medical and dental malpractice, workers’ compensation, products liability, and homeowners, commercial and motor vehicle litigation. “Joshua has also litigated complex and diverse cases, including violent gang extortions, wrongful death claims, civil rights actions, and medical malpractice fatalities,” according to the firm.

Buckman Gibson 89L honored by paper industry Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Buckman Gibson 89L

Kathy Buckman Gibson 89B 89L was named Woman of the Year by the Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry’s (TAPPI) Women in Industry Division at its recent annual PaperCon conference.

“Buckman Gibson is an owner and director at Buckman, a chemistry company for industries including pulp and paper,” says the TAPPI release. “She has been involved with the pulp and paper industry for more than 25 years while working at Buckman in various capacities including as chief operating officer, general counsel and chairman of the board.” Read the release.

Aughtry 82L recognized for tax expertise Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Aughtry 82L

David D. Aughtry 82L, a shareholder at Chamberlain, Hrdlicka, White, Williams & Aughtry in Atlanta, was named a Star Individual for tax law in Georgia for the eighth year in a row, and a top-tier attorney in Tax Controversy nationwide in the 2019 Chambers USA Guide. Read the release.

In Memoriam: Jon Douglas Stewart Sr. 60C 62L Friday, May 10, 2019

Jon Douglas Stewart Sr. 60C 62L passed away May 10, 2019. Read the obituary.

Woods 03L named Orano general counsel Friday, May 10, 2019

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Michael Woods 03L is now Orano’s new general counsel, effective April 15, 2019, based in the firm’s corporate offices in Washington, D.C. He was previously general counsel for Sol Systems, a solar energy finance and development firm based in Washington, D.C. His experience also includes work as an attorney with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

“Orano USA is a technology and services provider for used nuclear fuel management, decommissioning shutdown nuclear energy facilities, federal site cleanup and closure, and the sale of uranium, conversion, and enrichment services to the U.S. commercial and federal markets,” according to the firm release. “Orano Med is developing targeted alpha therapy to fight cancer.” Read the release.

In Memoriam: Scott A. Ray 50C 56L Saturday, May 4, 2019

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Scott A. Ray 50C 56L passed away May 4, 2019. Read the obituary.

In Memoriam: Samuel W. Chawkin 74L Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Samuel W. Chawkin 74L passed away May 1, 2019. Read the obituary.


In Memoriam: Charles Stephen Coy 71L Wednesday, April 24, 2019

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Charles Stephen Coy 71L passed away on April 24, 2019. Read the obituary.

In Memoriam: James M. Wootan 79L Sunday, April 21, 2019

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James "Jimmy" M. Wootan 79L passed away on April 21, 2019. Read the obituary.

In Memoriam: John Beasley 63L Saturday, April 20, 2019

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John “Jack” Franklin Beasley 63L passed away on April 20. Read the obituary.

In Memoriam: Ronald Taylor Murphy 73L Wednesday, April 10, 2019

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Ronald Taylor Murphy 73L passed away on April 10, 2019. Read the obituary.

In Memoriam: George W. Bryan 66L Monday, March 25, 2019

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George W. Bryan 45C 50G 66L passed away March 25. 2019. Read the obituary.

In Memoriam: Robert Dodd 66L Thursday, March 14, 2019

Robert L. Dodd 66L passed away March 14, 2019. Read the obituary.

In Memoriam: David Lanner 76L Saturday, March 9, 2019

Lanner 76L

David H. Lanner 76L passed away March 9, 2019. Read the obituary.

In Memoriam: John R. Crenshaw 62L Sunday, January 27, 2019

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John R. Crenshaw 57C 62L passed away on Jan. 27, 2019. Read the obituary.

In Memoriam: John Luther Shelnutt 58L Sunday, January 27, 2019

John Luther Shelnutt 58L passed away on January 27, 2019. Read the obituary.

In Memoriam: Cherie Monson 92L Tuesday, January 22, 2019

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Cherie Shellnutt Monson 92L passed away on January 22, 2019. Read the obituary.

In Memoriam: Richard L. Wyatt Jr. Thursday, November 29, 2018

Richard L. Wyatt Jr. 79L passed away on November 29, 2018. Read the obituary.

In Memoriam: Chester G. Rosenberg Friday, November 23, 2018

Chester G. Rosenberg 74L passed away on November 23, 2018. Read the obituary.

In Memoriam: Stephen L Thompson Monday, November 5, 2018

Thompson 79L

Stephen L Thompson 75C 79L passed away on Nov. 5, 2018. Read the obituary.

In Memoriam: Jackson O. Shuford Jr. 52L Monday, November 5, 2018

Jackson O. Shuford Jr. 52L passed away on November 5, 2018. Read the obituary.

In Memoriam: Timothy Samuel Mirshak 77L Monday, November 5, 2018

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Timothy Samuel Mirshak 74C 77L passed away on November 5, 2018. Read the obituary.

In Memoriam: Justice P. Harris Hines 68L Sunday, November 4, 2018

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Georgia’s legal community gathered to remember P. Harris Hines 68L—not only as Georgia’s Supreme Court Chief Justice, but also as an exceptional friend, husband, colleague and mentor. Hines died following a car accident on Nov. 4, 2018. “Hines was eulogized by Gov. Nathan Deal and Chief Justice Harold Melton,” the Daily Report story said. Read tributes by colleagues, friends, and Emory Law alumni. (subscription required)

In Memoriam: John Nelson Hogenmuller 66C 68L Tuesday, October 23, 2018

John Nelson Hogenmuller 66C 68L passed away on October 23, 2018. Read the obituary.

In Memoriam: Robert Thomas Efurd Jr. 53L Monday, October 22, 2018

Robert Thomas Efurd Jr. 53L passed away on October 22, 2018. Read the obituary.

In Memoriam: Barbara Jo Call 85L Tuesday, October 16, 2018

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Barbara Jo Call 85L passed away on October 16, 2018. Read the obituary.

In Memoriam: Nicholas Stevens 89L Friday, October 12, 2018

Stevens 89L

Nicholas Stevens 89L passed away on October 12, 2018. Read the obituary.

In Memoriam: Marshall R. Wood 70L Saturday, September 22, 2018

Marshall R. Wood 70L passed away on September 22, 2018. Read the obituary.

In Memoriam: George M. Eubanks 60L Friday, September 21, 2018

George M. Eubanks 53C 60L passed away September 21, 2018. Read the obituary.

In Memoriam: Edward P. Fitzgerald 79L Friday, September 21, 2018

Edward P. Fitzgerald 79L passed away on Sept. 21, 2018. Read the obituary.

In Memoriam: Russell James Rogers 92L Tuesday, August 21, 2018

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Russell James Rogers 92L passed away on Aug. 21, 2018. Read the Daily Report story.

In Memoriam: John Pilcher Cowart Jr. 65L Saturday, July 7, 2018

John Pilcher Cowart Jr. 65L passed away on July 7, 2018. Read the obituary.

In Memoriam: Dennis Fletcher Jones Sr. 49L Sunday, May 13, 2018

Dennis Fletcher Jones Sr. 46C 49L passed away on May 13, 2018. Read the obituary.

In Memoriam: John L. Taylor 71L Sunday, April 22, 2018

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John L. Taylor 66Ox 68C 71L passed away on April 22, 2018. An Eagle Scout and later, a Marine, Taylor was a captain in the Office of the Staff Judge Advocate General’s Corps. After his military service, he returned to Atlanta to join Troutman, Sanders, Ashemore & Boozer, and later established his own firm: McDaniel, Chorey & Taylor, now known as Taylor, Feil, Harper, Lumsden & Hess. A litigator with a long list of storied clients, Taylor at one point argued at the U.S. Supreme Court, a case that involved tax law and alcohol regulations. He was also was an avid sailor, cyclist, outdoorsman, and world traveler. In the civic realm, he served as president of the Druid Hills Civic Association, and he and his wife, Susan, helped to establish the Olmstead Park Society. Read the obituary.

In Memoriam: John Alfred Blackmon Jr. 61L Saturday, April 14, 2018

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John Alfred Blackmon Jr. 61L passed away on April 14, 2018. He served as a member of the U.S. Air Force Judge Advocate Corps for seven years, and held state-level office in Georgia, including Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Revenue, under Governors Lester Maddox and Jimmy Carter. He later joined Smith, Cohen, Ringel, Kohler & Martin (now Smith, Gambrell & Russell) and retired in 1999. He also served as state chairman of the Democratic Party from 1995 to 1997. Read the obituary.

In Memoriam: James Earl Bennett 86L Tuesday, April 3, 2018

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 James Earl "Jimmy" Bennett, Jr. 86L passed away on Tuesday, April 3, 2018. Read the obituary.

In Memoriam: Han Choi 93L Monday, March 26, 2018

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Han Choi 93L passed away on March 26, 2018. Read the obituary.

In Memoriam: Edgar S. Mangiafico Saturday, March 3, 2018

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Edgar S. Mangiafico Jr. 78L passed away on March 3, 2018. Read the obituary.

In Memoriam: Norman A. Barron 71L Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Retired Delaware Superior Court Judge Norman A. Barron 71L died on February 13, 2018. Read the obituary.

In Memoriam: H. Gray Skelton 68L Friday, January 5, 2018

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H. Gray Skelton 68L passed away on Jan. 5, 2018. Read the obituary.

In Memoriam: Barthel Quinnelly 87L Tuesday, December 26, 2017

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Barthel “Barty” Quinnelly 87L passed away December 26, 2017. Read the obituary.

In Memoriam: Maurice Maloof Thursday, December 21, 2017

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Maurice "Ted" Maloof 56L passed away December 21, 2017. Read the obituary.

In Memoriam: Stephen F. Mackie 83L Monday, December 11, 2017

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Stephen F. Mackie 81C 83L passed away Dec. 11, 2017. Read the obituary.

In Memoriam: Thomas Allgood 79L Friday, December 1, 2017


Thomas Allgood 79L passed away December 1, 2017. Read the obituary.

In Memoriam: Jack H. Higgins 50L Tuesday, November 28, 2017

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Jack H. Higgins 50L passed away on Nov. 28, 2017. Read the obituary.

In Memoriam: Barbara Lee Portman 88L Saturday, November 25, 2017

Barbara Lee Portman 88L passed away on November 25, 2017. Read the obituary.

In Memoriam: David Charles Ates 91L Tuesday, October 10, 2017

David Charles Ates 91L passed away October 10, 2017. Read the obituary.

In Memoriam: Michael Leonard DiTano 06L Monday, October 2, 2017

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Michael Leonard DiTano 06L passed away October 2, 2017. Read the obituary. 

In Memoriam: Charles Ackerman 60L Friday, September 22, 2017

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Charles Ackerman 60L passed away September 22, 2017. Read the obituary.

In Memoriam: Theodore Smith 65L Saturday, September 16, 2017

Theodore Smith 65L passed away September 16, 2017. 

In Memoriam: Julian "J.D." Fleming Jr. 67L Saturday, July 29, 2017

Julian “J.D.” Fleming Jr. 67L passed away July 29, 2017. Read the obituary.

In Memoriam: Laurence Christensen 76L Tuesday, July 25, 2017

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Laurence Christensen 76L passed away July 25, 2017. Read the obituary.

In Memoriam: William Bartee Jr. 66L Saturday, July 15, 2017

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William F. Bartee Jr. 66L passed away July 15, 2017. Read the obituary.

In Memoriam: Judge William C. O'Kelley Wednesday, July 5, 2017

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Judge William C. O'Kelley 51C 53L passed away July 5, 2017. Read the obituary

In Memoriam: Charles Holman Jr. Sunday, June 18, 2017

Charles R. Holman Jr. 70L passed away June 18, 2017. Read the obituary.

In Memoriam: Michael Mauceri 89L Saturday, June 17, 2017

Michael C. Mauceri 89L passed away June 17, 2017. Read the obituary.

In Memoriam: Wilbert Little 50L Friday, June 16, 2017


Judge Wilbert N. Little 50L passed away June 16, 2017. Read the obituary.

In Memoriam: Harry Weissenberger 52L Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Harry G. Weissenberger 52L passed away May 30, 2017. Read the obituary.

In Memoriam: Ali Forrest Morad Friday, May 26, 2017

Ali Forrest Morad 90L passed away May 26, 2017.

In Memoriam: Robert Henry Uehling Monday, May 15, 2017

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Robert Henry Uehling 84L passed away May 15, 2017. Read the obituary.

In Memoriam: Judge Arthur W. Fudger Sunday, May 14, 2017

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Judge Arthur W. Fudger 67L passed away May 14, 2017. Read the obituary.

In Memoriam: Elizabeth 'Betsy' Evans Neely Sunday, May 14, 2017

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Elizabeth ‘Betsy’ Evans Neely 67L passed away on May 14, 2017. Read the obituary.

In Memoriam: Robert E. McDuff Saturday, May 13, 2017

Judge Robert E. McDuff 52C 62L passed away May 13, 2017. Read the obituary.

In Memoriam: Donahue Scott Silvis 89L Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Donahue Scott Silvis 89L passed away April 12, 2017. Read the obituary.

In Memoriam: Trin Huynh 04L Monday, April 3, 2017

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Trin Huynh 04L was killed April 3, 2017. Read the obituary.

In Memoriam: Sylvia S. Griffin 63L Sunday, April 2, 2017

Sylvia S. Griffin 63L passed away April 2, 2017. Read the obituary.

In Memoriam: Thomas Robertson 49L Sunday, April 2, 2017

Thomas Robertson 49L passed away April 2, 2017. Read the obituary.

In Memoriam: Nicholas McDaniel 65L Saturday, April 1, 2017

Nicholas McDaniel 65L passed away April 1, 2017. Read the obituary.

In Memoriam: James C. Hill 48L Friday, March 31, 2017

The Hon. James C. Hill 48L passed away March 31, 2017. Read the obituary.

In Memoriam: Jerry Capes 70L Thursday, March 30, 2017

Jerry Capes 70L passed away March 30, 2017. Read the obituary

In Memoriam: Richard A. Marchetti Monday, March 27, 2017

Richard A. Marchetti66L passed away March 27, 2017. Read the obituary.

In Memoriam: Charney Berger 68L Monday, March 27, 2017

Charney Berger 68L passed away March 27, 2017. Read the obituary.

In Memoriam: Robert Lewis 58L Sunday, March 26, 2017

Robert Lewis 58L passed away March 26, 2017. You may read the obituary here by searching for his name within the publication.

In Memoriam: Robert Lewis 58L Sunday, March 26, 2017

Robert Lewis 58L passed away March 26, 2017. 

In Memoriam: John Bacheller Jr. 59L Friday, March 24, 2017

John Bacheller Jr. 59L passed away March 24, 2017. Read the obituary.

In Memoriam: David Langford 74OX 76B 86L Tuesday, March 21, 2017

David Langford 74OX 76B 86L passed away March 21, 2017. Read the obituary.

In Memoriam: Carol Gwaltney Friday, March 10, 2017

Carol Gwaltney 88L passed away March 10, 2017.

In Memoriam: Eric Holmes 57L Sunday, February 5, 2017

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Eric Holmes 57L passed away February 5, 2017. Read the obituary.

In Memoriam: Harvey Goldberg 73L Thursday, February 2, 2017

Harvey Goldberg 73L passed away February 2, 2017. Read the obituary.

In Memoriam: William Hall 64L Tuesday, January 17, 2017

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William Hall 62C 64L passed away January 17, 2017. Read the obituary.

In Memoriam: David B. Poythress 67L Tuesday, January 17, 2017

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David B. Poythress 62OX 64C 67L passed away January 15, 2017. A Georgia native, Poythress served as the state’s attorney general, commissioner of labor, and commander of the Georgia Army and Air National Guard. He volunteered for four years of active duty as an assistant staff judge advocate with the U.S. Air Force, which included a year in Vietnam. Poythress ran for governor twice. Read the Atlanta Journal-Constitution obituary. (Photo by the AJC)

In Memoriam: Edward Brinson 52L Tuesday, December 20, 2016

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Edward Brinson 52L passed away December 20, 2016. Read the obituary.

In Memoriam: Samuel Lippitt Jr. 54L Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Samuel Lippitt Jr. 45OX, 54L of Atlanta, Georgia, passed away on Dec. 7, 2016. Read the obituary.

In Memoriam: Jack Paul Etheridge Sr. 55L Friday, November 18, 2016

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From the obituary: Judge Jack Paul Etheridge Sr. 55L passed away peacefully on November 18, 2016, at his home after a brief battle with cancer. He began his career in law with the firm of Smith, Kilpatrick, Cody, Rogers, McClatchey, and Regenstein before opening his own firm, Huie and Etheridge, with his dear friend W. Stell Huie. During the 1960s, he served two terms in the Georgia House of Representatives. He then followed in the footsteps of his beloved father and presided as a Fulton County Superior Court Judge. Following his 10‐year career on the bench, Etheridge taught at institutions including the National Judicial College, The University of South Carolina, Emory University, Philips Exeter Academy, and the University of the Witwatersrand School of Law in Johannesburg, South Africa. He was an associate dean at Emory Law and a fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy Institute of Politics, where he worked to develop a system of mediation as an alternative form of dispute resolution. Upon his return to Atlanta, he founded The Justice Center of Atlanta, opened the Atlanta office of Judicial Arbitration and Mediation Services. Read the obituary.

In Memoriam: Forrest Smith Jr. 56L Thursday, November 10, 2016

Forrest Leslie Smith Jr. 56L passed away on Nov. 10, 2016. Read the obituary.

In Memoriam: Robert Lutz Fine 61L Friday, October 28, 2016

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Robert Lutz Fine 61L passed away on Oct. 28, 2016. Read the obituary.

In Memoriam: Thomas Van Houten Sunday, October 9, 2016

Thomas Van Houten 47C 49L  passed away October 9, 2016. Read the obituary.

In Memoriam: Michael L. Russo Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Michael L. Russo 64C 65L passed away October 5, 2016. Read the obituary.

In Memoriam: Edward J. Harrell 78L Monday, September 5, 2016

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Edward J. Harrell 78L passed away September 5, 2016. Read the obituary.

In Memoriam: Hal Castillo Sr. 74L Wednesday, August 24, 2016

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Hal Stephen Castillo Sr. 74L passed away on Aug. 24, 2016. Read the obituary.

In Memoriam: John Mayoue Tuesday, August 2, 2016

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John C. Mayoue 79L passed away August 2, 2016. Read the obituary.

In Memoriam: James C. Welsh Thursday, July 28, 2016

James C. Welsh 84L passed away June 3, 2016. Read the obituary.

In Memoriam: Anedra S. Williams Saturday, July 23, 2016

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Anedra S. Williams 03L passed away July 23, 2016. Read the obituary.

In Memoriam: Charles Walker Ingraham Saturday, July 23, 2016

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Charles Walker “Chip” Ingraham 80L passed away July 23, 2016. Read the obituary.

In Memoriam: David W.G. MacIntyre Jr. Thursday, July 21, 2016

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David W.G. MacIntyre Jr. 62L passed away July 21, 2016. Read the obituary.

In Memoriam: Albert G. Norman Wednesday, July 13, 2016

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Albert G. Norman 58L passed away July 13, 2016. Read the obituary.

In Memoriam: Thomas A. Brown Tuesday, June 21, 2016

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Thomas A. Brown 60L passed away on June 21, 2016. Read the obituary.

In Memoriam: P.T. `Ted' McCutchen 59L Tuesday, May 31, 2016

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The Rev. Pleasent "Ted" McCutchen 54C 59L 82T passed away May 31, 2016. Read the obituary.

In Memoriam: Walter B. Russell Tuesday, May 17, 2016

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Walter B. Russell Jr. 70L passed away May 17, 2016. Read the obituary.

In Memoriam: Judge Dan P. Winn Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Judge Dan P. Winn 48L passed away May 10, 2016. Read the obituary.

In Memoriam: Judge William L. Norton Sunday, May 8, 2016

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Judge William L. Norton Jr. 42OX 48C 50L passed away May 8, 2016. In 1971, he was appointed U.S. bankruptcy judge for the Northern District of Georgia, and over his career he was honored many times not only as a jurist, but also for his civic-mindedness.  

A previous Emory Magazine story notes, “In 2007 Norton received the J. Pollard Turman Award for his service to Emory and promptly gave the $25,000 grant to the Oxford College Board of Counselors Fund, where the money went toward scholarships at Oxford.” Norton taught bankruptcy law at Emory Law. Read the obituary.

In Memoriam: Donna Lewis 86L Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Donna Lewis 86L passed away on April 13, 2016. Read the obituary.

In Memoriam: Steven Harris 79L Friday, April 8, 2016

Harris 79L

Steven Harris 79L passed away on April 8, 2016. Read the obituary.

In Memoriam: Joel Dick Monday, March 28, 2016

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Joel S. Dick 73L passed away March 28, 2016. Read the obituary.

In Memoriam: Susan Cohen Emmons 80L Friday, March 25, 2016

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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.

In Memoriam: James L. Starnes Tuesday, March 8, 2016

James L. Starnes 42C 49L passed away March 8, 2016. Read the obituary.

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.

In Memoriam: J. Joseph Kennedy 74L Tuesday, January 26, 2016

J. Joseph Kennedy 74L passed away on January 15, 2016. Read the obituary.

In Memoriam: Daniel A. Summer 85L Tuesday, January 19, 2016

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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.

In Memoriam: Richard Charles Forman 54L Thursday, January 7, 2016

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Richard Charles Forman 54L passed away on January 7, 2016. Read the obituary.

In Memoriam: John Franklin Gelzer Jr. Friday, December 4, 2015

John Franklin Gelzer Jr. 64C 66L passed away December 4, 2015. Read the obituary.

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.

In Memoriam: William L. Davenport 72L Saturday, November 7, 2015

William L. Davenport 72 LLD passed away on Nov. 7, 2015. Read the obituary.

In Memoriam: C. Douglas Eavenson 48L Tuesday, November 3, 2015

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C. Douglas Eavenson 48L passed away on Nov. 3, 2015. Read the obituary.

In Memoriam: William H. Fowler 50L Monday, October 26, 2015

William H. Fowler 50L passed away on Oct. 26, 2015. Read the obituary.

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.

In Memoriam: Philip Cordes 43C 50L Friday, September 25, 2015

Philip B. Cordes 43C 50L passed away September 25, 2015. 

Read the obituary.

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

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Kevin J. Davidson 91L passed away September 16, 2015. Read the obituary.

In Memoriam: Molly Lien 78L Friday, September 11, 2015

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Molly Warner Lien 78L passed away Sept. 11, 2015. Read the obituary.

In Memoriam: David Levine 03C 08B 08L Monday, September 7, 2015

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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

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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."

Read the obituary in the New York Times.

In Memoriam: Ross C. "Rip" Hawkins 68L Tuesday, July 28, 2015

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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.

Read the obituary.

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

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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.

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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.

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In Memoriam: Larry Perdue Jones 63L Saturday, December 27, 2014

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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

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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.


Read the tribute in Emory Magzine.

In Memoriam: Delman "Dick" Minchew 53L Sunday, December 21, 2014

Minchew 53L

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.

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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.

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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. 

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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 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 Frazier
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. 

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In Memoriam: Arnold W. Wright 77L Sunday, October 12, 2014

Arnold W. Wright
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

R. Hopkins Kidd obituary
Robert Hopkins Kidd, Sr. 49L passed away on June 20, 2014. Read the obituary »

In Memoriam: George W. Fryhofer 50L Monday, June 30, 2014

George Fryhofer
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 Head 52L
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 Yaffee

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.&

Read the Boston Globe obituary »
Read E.J. Dionne's tribute in the Washington Post »

In Memoriam: Judge John Woodward Sognier 94L Monday, September 16, 2013

John Sognier

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.


Bigman joins Weinberg Wheeler Hudgins Gunn & Dial in Atlanta Thursday, September 13, 2018

Bigman 18L

Nicole Bigman 18L joined Weinberg Wheeler Hudgins Gunn & Dial in the firm’s Atlanta offices in September. Her civil litigation practice focuses on product liability, catastrophic injury, nursing and assisted living facilities, trucking industry and insurance related litigation. Bigman served as a judicial extern to Justice Carol Hunstein on the Supreme Court of Georgia during law school.

Patton 18L joins Indianapolis firm Thursday, October 18, 2018

Patton 90L

David Patton 18L has joined Wooden McLaughlin as associate and will practice civil litigation. A recently admitted member of the Indiana Bar, Patton was the Notes & Comments Editor of the Emory Bankruptcy Developments Journal. He received his undergraduate degree from Indiana University, and was a summer clerk for the Hon. William Lawrence of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana.

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.

Indelicato 17L joins Cole Schotz PC Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Indelicato 17L

Nicole Indelicato 17L has joined Cole Schotz P.C. as an associate in the Corporate Department.

Xu 17L wins national IP award Friday, October 6, 2017

Xu 17L

Nora Xu 17L won the nationwide American Intellectual Property Law Association Robert C. Watson Award competition with a paper written for Professor Margo Bagley’s International Patent Law and Policy seminar earlier this year. Xu received the award and a $2,000 prize at the groups annual meeting in Washington D.C. in late October. Xu also also holds a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering from Rice University. She was articles editor of the Emory Law Journal, earned a TI:GER Program Certificate in Intellectual Property, and was a member of the Emory Law Intellectual Property Society.

Zhan 17L joins Freed Howard Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Zhan 17L

Xin “Mina” Zhan 17L recently joined Freed Howard as an associate. Originally from Anhui Province, China, Zhan obtained her LL.B. degree from South China Normal University and an LL.M. from University of Bristol (U.K.). In China, she practiced law for two years and provided legal services to Chinese and United States entities on a variety of corporate and intellectual property matters. She’s skilled in IP clearance searches and IP prosecution. At Emory Law, Zhan was vice president of the Emory International Anti-Corruption Law Society and secretary of the Emory Oil, Gas and Energy Law Society.

Hawley 16L joins Bradley's real estate practice Friday, November 18, 2016

Hawley 16L

Kate Hawley 16L has joined Bradley Arant Coult Cummings LLP as an associate in the firm’s Birmingham, Ala., offices. She is a member of the real estate practice team, and represents clients in a variety of real estate matters, including both lending and development transactions. She assists in counseling clients through the acquisition, development and disposition of property, as well as the financing of commercial real estate. At Emory Law, she was managing editor of the Emory Law Journal. She currently serves on the Girls Inc. of Central Alabama Committee of 25 and on the Birmingham Young Professionals Council for Planned Parenthood Southeast.

Paris 16L joins Davis, Matthews & Quigley, P.C. Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Paris 16L

Lee M. Paris 16L has joined Davis, Matthews & Quigley, P.C. as an associate in the firm’s domestic relations and family law section.

Neri 16L joins Maynard Cooper & Gale in Huntsville Friday, September 28, 2018

Neri 16L

Melissa Neri 16L has joined the Litigation Section in Maynard Cooper & Gale’s Huntsville office, as an associate. Prior to joining the firm, she was a pro se law clerk for the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia and a law clerk to the Honorable Michael F. Urbanski. At Emory Law, she was symposium editor for Emory International Law Review, vice president of the Asian American Law Students Association, and president of Street Law.

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.

Jones 15L joins Nelson Mullins Monday, February 1, 2016

Jones 15L

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.

Frazier 15L joins Wiseman Ashworth Law Group Thursday, April 28, 2016

Frazier 15L joins Wiseman Ashworth Law Group 

Frazier 15L

Anne Maddux Frazier 15L joined Wiseman Ashworth Law Group as an associate in the firm’s Nashville offices. According to the Chattanoogan, her practice focuses on mental health law, health care defense, conservatorships, and long-term care litigation.

Frazier clerked for U.S. Circuit Judge W. Jeffrey Hollingsworth, of the 11th District, and also served as a clerk to the Office of the Tennessee Attorney General, where she gained experience in Tennessee appellate law.

She earned her master’s degree in teaching from Lee University and taught ninth grade world history prior to attending law school.

Esman 15L joins Caplin & Drysdale Monday, June 27, 2016

Esman 15L

Aaron Esman 15L is an associate in the Tax Controversies Group at Caplin & Drysdale. 

Fenster 15L joins Cohan Law Group Thursday, July 7, 2016

Fenster 15L

Ariel Fenster 15L has joined the Cohan Law Group as an associate attorney. Her practice focuses on assisting both employers and employees in employment and business litigation matters.


Davis 15L joins Washington D.C. firm Monday, October 2, 2017

Davis 15L

Katherine Maddox Davis 15L joined Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in Septemrber, as an associate in Washington, D.C. Davis recently completed federal clerkships with the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and the Eastern District of Virginia.

Ezekiel 15L writes on Safe Families, Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation Friday, December 22, 2017

Ezekiel 15L

“Domestic violence does not discriminate. It affects people of every age, socioeconomic class, race and education level,” Farley H. Ezekiel 15L writes in the Daily Report. “I learned how hard it is for a victim of domestic violence to get the help they need to escape the abuse. It inspired me to help survivors in the aftermath of violence, so that no one has to be alone while they put their lives back together.” Read the article.

Davis 15L weds Golden Sunday, December 31, 2017

Davis 15L

Katherine Davis 15L and Michael Golden were wed on December 31, 2017. Read the announcement in the New York Times.

Fenster 15L joins Seyfarth Shaw Monday, May 7, 2018

Fenster 15L

Ariel Fenster 15L has joined Seyfarth Shaw as an associate in the firm’s Atlanta office, where she practices in the firm’s Labor and Employment Practice Group. Fenster represents employers in class and collective action lawsuits regarding pay disputes. In addition to litigating wage and hour lawsuits, from single-plaintiff cases to complex, large-scale collective actions, Fenster counsels employers on legal compliance issues including employee classification issues, workplace policies, and pay practices.

Emory well-represented at Skolky 15L, Greenspan 16PH wedding Monday, June 25, 2018

Greenspan Skolky wedding

Julia Greenspan 16PH
was married to Shawn Skolky 15L on May 5, 2018. The event resulted in a remarkable group photo containing 11 Emory alumni from Emory Law, the Rollins School of Public Health and Goizueta Business School. Emory Law alumni pictured here include Skolky, Ben Klebanoff 15L, Lindsey Costakos 15L and Josh Combs 15L. Also pictured: Suzi Campanella 16PH, Shelby Rentmeester 16PH, Hannah Nethercut 16PH, Brita Bergland 16PH, Scott Strub 17B, and Kala Marks Raz 16PH. Congratulations!

Proctor joins Keller and Heckman in D.C. Friday, October 5, 2018

Proctor 15L

Shannon N. Proctor 15L has joined Keller and Heckman LLP, in the firm’s Washington, D.C., office. Her practice focuses on food and drug law, advising clients in the U.S. and internationally. Proctor joins Keller and Heckman following two clerkships, the most recent at the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, where she clerked for the Hon. Deborah A. Robinson 78L.

Fry 15L featured in VoyageATL Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Fry 15L

Baylie Fry 15L was profiled about her life and career at BakerHostetler LLP by VoyageATL. “After passing the Georgia Bar in 2015, am a practicing lawyer focusing my practice on healthcare transactions,” she says. “The process was a tough one, but I can truly say that I would not be where I am today without my support system—my family and friends who have all been there for me to help me through the tough times and celebrate my accomplishments.” Read the story.

Marquardt 15L joins Miller & Martin in Atlanta Monday, March 25, 2019

Accurso 15L

In March, Elizabeth Marquardt 15L joined Miller & Martin as an associate in the firm’s Atlanta offices. She focuses on litigation and alternative dispute resolution, with experience in insurance coverage, civil litigation and construction litigation. Before joining Miller & Martin, she practiced for three years in Atlanta and externed with the Georgia Attorney General in the Government Counsel Division. Read the firm release.

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.

Webb 14L returns to private practice in Decatur Monday, September 12, 2016

Webb 14L

Michael Webb 14L is now in practice with Webb & Webb, Attorneys at Law, in Decatur, Ga.

Webb recently finished his 38th year as a member of the State Bar of Georgia, after earning his LLM degree at Emory Law in 2014. “I'm currently an adjunct professor for the Department of Communication at Georgia State University, teaching Communication Law and Regulation,” Webb writes. “I'm also authoring a nonfiction book, to be published in 2017, which is a guide to copyright law for writers.”

Elhammali 14L honored with Islamic Speakers Bureau '40 under 40' award Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Elhammali 14L

Nirouz Elhammali 14L, an associate in the Health Industry practice group with Parker, Hudson, Rainer & Dobbs, was recently honored as a 40 Under 40 Georgia Muslim by the Islamic Speakers Bureau of Atlanta. The award recognizes individuals for their extraordinary leadership and impact on the community. The Islamic Speaker Bureau of Atlanta strives to become the Islamic source for faith and civic collaboration promoting civility and religious understanding and inclusion.

Juster 14L recognized for work against predatory lenders Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Juster 14L

The annual Henry J. Sommer Legal Aid Scholarship goes to Nate Juster 14L, an attorney with the Home Defense Program at Atlanta Legal Aid Society, for his dedication to representing low-income homeowners who are at risk of losing their homes, many of whom were victims of predatory lending or abusive servicing. The National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys grants the award. The scholarship will allow Juster to take part in celebrating NACBA’s 25th Anniversary at its annual convention in May.

“We are pleased to provide this esteemed scholarship to Nate. It gives him the opportunity to gain invaluable resources to enhance his profession and the ability to connect with a vast network of consumer bankruptcy attorneys,” said NACBA Executive Director Dan LaBert. 
“I am honored to receive a scholarship from NACBA recognizing the importance of legal aid work and the many contributions Henry Sommer made to the practice of bankruptcy law,” Juster said. “I look forward to attending NACBA's Annual Convention, where I hope to meet and learn from other consumer bankruptcy practitioners and develop techniques to help struggling homeowners.” 

Read the release.

Samuel 14L joins Ice Miller Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Samuel 14L

Craig Samuel 14L has joined Ice Miller LLP as an associate in the firm’s Business Group. He assists clients with various business transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, private equity investments and commercial contract negotiations, in Columbus, Ohio.

“Craig’s prior experience allowed him to work closely with his clients,” said Steve Humke, chief managing partner. “We’re excited for the relationship-based approach he brings to our transactional team.”

Read the firm release.

Ballard 14L marries Mitchell in North Carolina Saturday, April 21, 2018

Ballard 14L

Megan Ballard 14L wed James Mitchell on April 21, 2018, in Wilmington, N.C. She is an attorney with the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, in Washington, D.C. Ballard served as Emory Law’s 2013-2014 Student Bar Association president, and her classmates voted her Most Outstanding 3L Student. Read the New York Times announcement.

Brown 14L joins Turner Padget Graham & Laney Monday, June 25, 2018

Brown 14L

Marcus Brown 14L has joined Turner Padget Graham & Laney, P.A., in the firm’s Columbia, S.C., offices. His practice focuses on insurance defense, including personal injury and premises liability matters. Brown joins Turner Padget from Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP, where he practiced in the area of complex civil litigation.

Akhter 14L joins Wyche in South Carolina Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Akhter 14L

Maheen Akhter 14L has joined Wyche as a real estate associate, where she focuses on commercial real estate with an emphasis on multi-family and commercial development, leasing and borrower-side financing. While at Emory Law she was vice president of the South Asian Law School Association and a member of the Real Estate Practice Society. Her extensive experience includes representing both small and large companies with varied real estate needs. She has also worked with local governments to assist clients in developing private-public partnerships. Akhter is based in Wyche’s Greenville, S.C., office.

Benavidez 14L ensures free expression at PEN Monday, December 3, 2018

Benavidez 14L

Nora Benavidez 14L was named the Director of US Free Expression Programs at PEN America in December.  The job includes building a national agenda to protect protester rights, press access to prisons and detention centers, addressing national security issues and more. Read more

Barnes 13L Joins Fisher and Phillips In California Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Bethanie Barnes

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

Lindsay Stewart

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

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

Jane Bouch
Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, P.A. is pleased to welcome Jane C. Bouch 13L as an Associate in the law firm’s Charleston office.

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 »

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

Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton announced today the addition of Gautam Reddy 13L to the firm’s Atlanta office. Mr. Reddy joins the firm as an associate on the Construction & Infrastructure Development Team in the firm’s Litigation Department.

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

Allen 13L

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

Philpot 13L

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.

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.

Miele 13L co-chairs Rubio presidential campaign in Maryland Monday, December 7, 2015

Miele 13L

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.

Rabiee 13L joins Middleton Reutlinger Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Rabiee 13L

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.

Kneece 13L joins Turner Padget Graham & Laney Thursday, May 12, 2016

Kneece 13L
Robert Kneece 13L has joined Turner Padget Graham & Laney, P.A. as an associate. Kneece joins the Insurance Litigation practice in Charleston. He is a former summer associate at the firm, and also clerked with the Hon. Paula H. Thomas of the South Carolina Court of Appeals and the Hon. Eugene C. Griffith Jr. of South Carolina's Eighth Judicial Circuit Court. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of South Carolina.

Grossman 13L, managing partner, writes on healthcare issues Monday, May 23, 2016

Grossman 13L

Jeffrey Grossman 13L is managing partner of the Commonwealth Care Group, which focuses on senior health care, with offices in Charlottesville and northern Virginia. He recently wrote a column for the Richmond Times-Dispatch on home health care aides, and another article for The Healthcare Blog on how the Fair Labor Standards Act affects in-home health workers. 

In May, Grossman wrote an opinion article for the Virginian-Pilot, "The Life of a Home Health Worker." 

In June, he was published by, in a column about the Department of Labor extending federal wage protections to home care workers under the Fair Labor Standards Act. Read the article here.

Tucker 13L joins Cantor Colburn Thursday, July 7, 2016

Tucker 13L

David Alexander Tucker 13L is an associate with Cantor Colburn in the firm’s Atlanta office. Tucker is a chemical engineer, and before joining the firm, was an examiner at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. His practice focuses on on drafting and prosecuting patents for mechanical and electrical innovations.

Holmes 13L joins Connell & Cummings LLC Thursday, September 1, 2016

Holmes 13L

K. Jeanette Holmes 13L was the first hire by Connell & Cummings LLC, a new Atlanta firm launched in February 2016. Holmes was previously with Boyd Collar Nolen & Tuggle in Atlanta. A former student attorney with the Barton Child Law and Policy Center, Holmes provides pro bono representation for victims of domestic violence through the Safe Families Office of the Atlanta Volunteers Lawyers Foundation.

She helps parents resolve complex child custody issues in the context of divorce, paternity, modification and contempt matters, and has experience representing parents dealing with addiction and mental illness and the resulting impact on custody litigation.

“Jeanette is a talented lawyer whose compassion and dedication to her clients is evident in everything she does,” said Connell & Cummings partner and co-founder Kathleen B. “Katie” Connell. “We are proud that she is the first attorney to join our firm and know that she will be a tremendous asset, both to us and our clients.”

Claiborne 13L receives Philadelphia Bar award Monday, December 5, 2016

Claiborne 13L

Meghan E. Claiborne 13L has been honored with the Sean Peretta Service Award by the Young Lawyers Division of the Philadelphia Bar Association. Claiborne was recognized for her efforts as co-chair of the YLD’s expungement project, which helps former convicts “restart” their lives and careers with unblemished criminal records.

Claiborne is an associate who practices litigation at Duane Morris LLP. At Emory Law, she was co-founder of the Emory Corporate Governance and Accountability Review.

Read the firm release.

Brice 13L joins Gaslowitz Frankel Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Brice 13L

Trevor E. Brice 13L has been hired by Gaslowitz Frankel, LLC, as an associate. He will focus on fiduciary, commercial and business litigation.

"Mr. Brice is sure to be an extraordinary asset to our firm," founding partner Adam Gaslowitz said. "His extensive background in journalism and litigation positions him to carry forward our firm's vision of providing candid advice and reliable legal guidance to clients."

"I am excited to join a firm that keeps its clients' best interests firmly in mind," Mr. Brice said. "I look forward to upholding Gaslowitz Frankel's longstanding legacy of achieving the best results possible for clients in a thoughtful, efficient manner."

Read the firm release.

Simons 13L joins Berman Fink Van Horn Thursday, March 30, 2017

Simons 13L

Lauren M. Simons 10C 13L has joined Berman Fink Van Horn as an associate. Simons’ areas of concentration include business litigation, non-compete/trade secrets and real estate litigation. A business litigator, Simons began her career in the Governor’s Office of Consumer Protection. Simons was a Henry L. Bowden Scholar and received the Pro Bono Medal and Dean’s Public Service Award. 

Laverone 13L published in Foreign Affairs Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Laverone 13L

Louis Laverone 13L writes: “Foreign Affairs, the magazine of the Council on Foreign Relations, published my article critiquing the current U.S. administration's use of Section 311 of the USA PATRIOT Act in its financial pressure campaign against North Korea. The article warns against blurring the lines between different national security and foreign policy tools. A clear-eyed understanding of these tools' different uses will only become more important as tensions on the Korean Peninsula increase.” Read the article.

Quan 13L promoted at Weinberg Wheeler Hudgins Gunn & Dial Saturday, September 30, 2017

Quan 11L

Emily Quan 13L was promoted to member at Weinberg Wheeler Hudgins Gunn & Dial’s Atlanta offices. She has tried four cases to verdict during her time at WWHGD, and focuses her practice on catastrophic injury, medical malpractice, transportation, product liability and premises liability. She often handles trials that involve multiple plaintiffs and defendants, representing clients across the United States and Canada. At Emory Law, Quan was executive administrative editor for the Emory International Law Review.

Broussard 13L joins Carlton Fields Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Broussard 13L
Barret Broussard 13L has joined Carlton Fields as an associate in the firm’s Atlanta office, where he will practice in the firm’s Business Litigation Practice Group. Broussard litigates business disputes in both federal and state courts, and handles cases involving a range of matters, including theft of trade secrets, breach of contract, tortious interference, and products liability. Prior to joining the firm, Broussard was an associate at Greenberg Traurig, LLP. He also served as a staff attorney at the United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit in Atlanta working in its Motions and Screening Units.

Bergeson 13L named 2018 'Rising Star' Monday, February 26, 2018


Audrey Bergeson 13L, an associate with Smith & Lake in Decatur, has been named among the 2018 Super Lawyers Rising Stars for Georgia.

The selection process includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations, all of which result in a comprehensive and diverse listing of the top 5 percent of attorneys in each state. Read the firm release.

Bergeson 13L named co-editor of YLD newsletter Monday, June 25, 2018

Bergeson 13L

Audrey B. Bergeson 13L was installed as co-editor of The YLD Review, the newsletter of the Young Lawyers Division of the State Bar of Georgia, on June 8, during the organization’s Annual Meeting. Justice Keith Blackwell of the Supreme Court of Georgia administered the oath of office. See the photo.

Broussard 13L will lead Stonewall Bar 2019-2020 Monday, November 12, 2018

Broussard 13L

Barret Broussard 13L was elected vice president/president-elect of the Stonewall Bar Association of Georgia, the statewide bar association devoted to the interests of LGBTQ legal professionals. Broussard will serve a one-year term until November 2019, when he will begin his term as the association’s president. Read more

Dawson 12L 12PH Joins California ACLU as Reproductive Justice Fellow Monday, June 24, 2013

Ruth Dawson

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

Ivie Guobadia

Ivie Guobadia 12L recently joined Stagg, Terenzi, Confusione & Wabnik as an associate, where she will concentrate on commercial litigation. Guobadia also serves on the board of the Association of Black Women Attorneys as chair of the Government Affairs Committee. Guobadia’s profile »

Slanker 12L Writes on Union, Labor Use of Social Media for Investigation Thursday, September 26, 2013

Jeffrey Slanker

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.

Slanker is an associate at Sniffen & Spellman, P.A., in Tallahassee, Fla. Slanker’s profile »

Jain 12L Joins Faegre Baker Daniel LLP In Minneapolis Monday, November 4, 2013

Atul Jain

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

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

Hamilton 12L

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.

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.

Robinson 12L joins Wargo French Monday, May 16, 2016

Robinson 12L

Todd Robinson 12L has joined Wargo French as an associate in the firm’s Atlanta offices, says the Daily Report. Robinson joined the firm from Hall Booth Smith and will focus his litigation practice on commercial real estate, financial services and complex business disputes.

Guobadia 12L joins Littler Mendelson Saturday, April 29, 2017

Guobadia 12L

Ivie Guobadia 12L has joined the New York office of Littler Mendelson. Her practice focuses on representing and counseling employers in all aspects of employment discrimination litigation as well as emerging issues in Title IX compliance and litigation. Prior to joining Littler, she practiced employment litigation at a national law firm in New York.

Lembeck joins Fox Rothschild Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Jacqueline Lembeck 12L has joined Fox Rothschild LLP in the firm’s Blue Bell, Pennsylvania, office as an associate in the Labor & Employment Department and the Education Practice Group.

Cooper 12L leads UPS Air Group Monday, August 27, 2018

Cooper 12L

Andrew Cooper 12L has been named Air Group Legal Department manager at UPS. After working as outside counsel for the company, Cooper joined UPS in 2015 in the Corporate Legal Department as Procurement, Plant Engineering and Construction counsel supporting enterprise-wide purchasing, building and other commercial transactions. In 2016, he assumed legal responsibility for the company’s intellectual property portfolio.

Langberg 12L joins San Francisco labor, employment firm Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Langberg 12L

Aaron Langberg 12L has joined Fisher Phillips as an associate in its San Francisco office. Skilled in all levels of litigation, Langberg brings previous experience managing employment, product liability and commercial litigation for single- and multi-plaintiff suits, according to the firm release. He joins from Wilson Elser. Read more. 

Slanker 12L named shareholder in Tallahassee Thursday, December 13, 2018

Slanker 12L

Jeffrey D. Slanker 12L of Sniffen & Spellman, P.A., has been named a shareholder. He focuses his practice in all areas of labor and employment law, including defending employers and management in litigation arising under federal and state labor and employment laws, compliance, handbook review and drafting, training, and drafting and negotiating employment agreements. Slanker also has experience in other areas, including state and local government law, appellate practice, civil rights defense, and education law. He is admitted to practice in all state and federal courts in Florida as well as the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit and the United States Supreme Court.

Kozlowski 12L makes partner at Gentry Locke Monday, January 7, 2019

Kozlowski 12L

Christopher M. Kozlowski 12L has been promoted to partner at Gentry Locke, in the firm’s Roanoke, Va., offices. Kozlowski is on the firm’s General Commercial team, advising clients in mergers and acquisitions, financings, state and federal tax matters, bank regulatory matters, securities offerings, and reporting requirements with the Securities and Exchange Commission

“I am so pleased to welcome Chris to firm partnership. He is an integral member of the Gentry Locke team, and has successfully handled many important and high-profile matters for our clients,” said Gentry Locke Managing Partner Monica T. Monday.

Chan 12L joins Carlton Fields' real estate practice Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Chan 12L

Yelena Abalmazova Chan 12L has joined Carlton Fields' Atlanta office as a real estate attorney, where she represents owners, developers, and investors in a variety of commercial real estate transactions with an emphasis on the purchase and sale of both improved and unimproved property, financing, and development. She also advises lenders in financing transactions and negotiates commercial leases for tenant and landlord clients. Read more.

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

Eugene Kornel

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

Richter 11L

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 11L

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


Bielecki 11L associate at Kleinberg, Kaplan, Wolf & Cohen Saturday, March 7, 2015

Bielecki 11L

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

Gold 11L

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.

Richards 11L joins Bass, Berry & Sims in Nashville Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Richards 11L

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.

Farley 11L joins U.S. Attorney's Office in Virginia Friday, July 15, 2016

Benjamin Farley 11L has been temporarily assigned as special assistant United States attorney in the Eastern District of Virginia. Having served for the past three years as senior adviser to the special envoy for Guantanamo Closure at the U.S. Department of State, Farley will spend six months as a federal prosecutor based in Alexandria, Va.

Kunen 11L, Peng PhD13, welcome son Monday, August 15, 2016

Stephen Kunen 11L and Handie Peng PhD 13 welcomed their son Brandon into the world on September 10th, 2015. Congratulations, and happy first birthday, Brandon!

Farley 11L assigned to represent 9/11 codefendant Saturday, September 30, 2017

Benjamin R. Farley 11L has been appointed a trial attorney and law-of-war counsel at the U.S. Department of Defense, Military Commissions Defense Organization. He is assigned to the team representing Ammar al-Baluchi, one of the five codefendants in the 9/11 conspiracy case who face capital charges before the military commission at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Farley joins the Department of Defense following five years at the U.S. Department of State.

Minock 11L promoted at Weinberg Wheeler Hudgins Gunn & Dial Saturday, September 30, 2017

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Joseph Minock 11L was promoted to member at Weinberg Wheeler Hudgins Gunn & Dial. His Atlanta practice centers on civil litigation with an emphasis in construction litigation and class action litigation. He has represented owners, sureties, architects, engineers, contractors and subcontractors in complex design and construction cases. He is also experienced in foodborne illness cases and is currently serving as lead counsel for a national restaurant franchise in connection with a multi-state Hepatitis A outbreak. While at Emory Law, he was executive managing editor of the Emory Bankruptcy Developments Journal.

Cole 11L joins Penn Law Group Monday, October 16, 2017

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Alexandra “Sachi” Cole 11L has joined Atlanta’s new Penn Law Group, specializing in complex civil litigation. She will focus on product liability, medical malpractice and other cases where people have been harmed by the negligence or carelessness of others. Cole was previously at Parks, Chesin & Walbert, P.C. in Atlanta where she specialized in whistleblower, sexual harassment and pregnancy discrimination suits. 

“Too many Georgians have been--and continue to be--seriously harmed both mentally and physically by the actions or negligence of companies, organizations and individuals,” she says. “It’s our goal to offer them the legal remedies they deserve.”

Brill 11L joins Blank Rome in Washington, D.C. Friday, January 26, 2018

Nathan Brill 11L has joined Blank Rome LLP as an associate in the firm’s Corporate, M&A, and Securities Group. He is based in the Washington, D.C., office where he focuses his practice on commercial transactions, including mergers and acquisitions and private equity matters, as well as providing general corporate counsel to emerging and mature businesses. Brill represents early-stage and established private equity funds seeking to participate or currently enrolled in the Small Business Administration’s Small Business Investment Company program and specialty lenders seeking to participate or currently enrolled in the Small Business Administration’s Small Business Lending Company program.

Dhillon 11L practices healthcare law in D.C. Monday, October 8, 2018

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Megan K. Dhillon 11L has joined Carlton Fields' growing Health Care practice in Washington, D.C., where she advises hospitals, health systems, long term care facilities, ambulatory surgery centers, physician practices, and licensed healthcare practitioners. Her career in health care law includes experience in both the private and public sectors. Prior to joining Carlton Fields, Dhillon was an associate at Hancock, Daniel, & Johnson in Richmond, Virginia.

Silverman 11L joins Berman Fink Van Horn Tuesday, November 27, 2018

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Katherine M. Silverman 11L has joined Berman Fink Van Horn as an associate attorney in its business litigation, non-compete/trade secrets and real estate litigation practice areas. She assists clients in a variety of business disputes involving commercial real estate transactions, real estate development, intellectual property and trade secrets and lending relationships.

Shulak, Burns, Class of 2010, Wed In Michigan Friday, September 20, 2013

Dan Shulak 04C 10L and Amanda Burns 10L were married Sept. 1, 2013, in Bay Harbor, Mich. They live in New York City where Burns is a securities litigation associate at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, and Shulak is an antitrust associate at Hogan Lovells.

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Danin 10L Receives Rising Star Corporate Counsel Award for Revamped "Terms of Use" Monday, June 2, 2014

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.”

After plenty of work, Danin completely reworked MailChimp’s terms of use into a document that has been hailed as the new industry benchmark. 

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

Marvin and Company, P.C., one of the Capital Region’s leading accounting, auditing, taxation and management consulting firms, is pleased to announce that associate John J. Runfola 10L has earned his Certified Public Accounting License (CPA).

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.

Davis 10L joins Minute Maid in Houston Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Amos Davis 10L was recently promoted to operations counsel for the Minute Maid Business Unit, which is owned by The Coca-Cola Company. He and wife Jeanne relocated from Atlanta to Houston.

Shulak 10L ranked for antitrust law Friday, July 21, 2017

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Daniel Shulak 10L, a senior associate at Hogan Lovells, was selected as a recommended practitioner for United States, Antitrust, Cartels, in the Legal 500 for 2017. His practice is focused on domestic and international criminal cartel defense.

Read the rankings list.

Welcome, Gannon Noah Johnson Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Stephen Johnson 09L and Lindsay Sklar Johnson 10L welcomed a son, Gannon Noah Johnson, on August 9, 2017. 

Esteves 10L among Chronicle's '40 under 40' list Saturday, November 11, 2017

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On Nov. 8, Jason Esteves 10L, an assistant general counsel at Equifax, was inducted as a member of the latest Atlanta Business Chronicle "40 Under 40" list. He was also recently reelected to At-Large Seat 9 on the Atlanta School Board. (He began serving his first term in 2013.) At Emory Law, Esteves was SBA President for 2009-2010, in addition to serving with many other student groups.

Read the Chronicle story. (subscription required)

Milani-nia 10L makes partner in D.C. Thursday, May 31, 2018

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Sean Milani-nia 10L has been promoted to partner at Fox Rothschild LLP. His practice, in the firm’s Washington, D.C. offices, focuses on construction law and government contracts. Read the release. 

Shulak 10L ranks in Legal 500 for antitrust Tuesday, October 23, 2018


Daniel Shulak 04C 10L was selected as a recommended practitioner in the 2018 edition of Legal 500 US for criminal antitrust investigations and defense. This is the second consecutive year Shulak’s international and domestic cartel practice has been highlighted by Legal 500. He is a senior associate in Hogan Lovells' globally-recognized White Collar, Investigations, and Fraud practice group and focuses on criminal antirust and other white collar investigations and defense.


Norstadt 09L Joins Pursley Friese Torgrimson Monday, March 18, 2013

Christine Norstadt 09L is a founding team member of Pursley Friese Torgrimson LLP, an Atlanta firm which opened in January 2013.  She is an associate who focuses on commercial real estate transactions and litigation.

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

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

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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

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Danielle Barbour Wilson 09L recently joined The Banks Law Firm in Research Triangle Park, NC, as a principal. Her practice is focused in the areas of business, commercial, and employment litigation.

Read the press release

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

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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.

Wilson 09L named 'Rising Star' for North Carolina Wednesday, February 3, 2016

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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.

Cardone 09L joins Frantz Ward LLP Monday, June 13, 2016

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Thomas Cardone 09L joined the law firm Frantz Ward LLP in Cleveland, Ohio. A former U.S. Marine, Cardone practices construction law and litigation and advocates for service members' and veterans' rights. 

Powell 09L named partner at Kutak Rock Monday, February 20, 2017

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Leslie Powell 09L has been promoted to partner at Kutak Rock. She is one of 23 new attorneys admitted to partnership this year from among the national firm’s 500 lawyers in 18 markets.

“Leslie is an excellent addition to the partnership,” says David Amsden, managing partner of Kutak Rock’s Atlanta office and vice chair of the firm. “Not only does she have profound experience guiding banks and financial institutions in a wide variety of lending transactions, but she is extremely involved in the local community.”

Powell works in the firm’s Atlanta offices, where she represents domestic and foreign financial institutions in lending transactions with a focus on public finance. She represents lenders in connection with credit or liquidity support for publicly traded debt securities, the direct purchase of bonds and other debt securities and other forms of direct lending. She also represents banks in a variety of structured investment transactions involving financial products such as forward delivery agreements, repurchase agreements and investment agreements.

Powell was a co-recipient of Emory Law’s Young Alumni Award in 2013.

Pitzen 09L joins Goodman Allen Donnelly Sunday, April 30, 2017

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Thea Pitzen 09L has joined Goodman Allen Donnelly as an associate in the firm's Norfolk, Virginia, offices. She focuses her practice on the defense of hospitals, physicians, dentists, nurses, nursing homes, and other health care providers. Pitzen recently relocated to the Norfolk area with her daughter and husband, U.S. Navy Lt. Wayne Pitzen. 

Jackson 09L partner at K&L Gates LLP Wednesday, September 6, 2017

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Erica M. Jackson 09L recently joined K&L Gates LLP as a partner in the firm's Research Triangle Park, N.C., and Charleston, S.C., offices. She is a member of the firm's FDA and Healthcare practice groups. Jackson will focus her practice on FDA regulatory matters, providing strategic counsel to pharmaceutical, medical device, dietary supplement, food, and biotechnology companies, as well as other related health care entities. She will advise clients on issues related to compliance with laws and regulations enforced by the FDA, the DEA, the FTC, the USDA and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and state regulatory agencies. 

“Our U.S. FDA practice will immediately benefit from Erica’s experience and in-depth knowledge on FDA legal and regulatory issues, particularly in the pharmaceutical and biologic space,” said Mary Beth F. Johnston, an administrative partner of the firm’s Research Triangle Park office. 

Parrington 09L joins Yardi Systems, Inc. Monday, October 16, 2017

Danielle Curtis Parrington 09L has joined Yardi Systems, Inc. as corporate counsel in Boston. Parrington was formerly a commercial litigation associate at Bryan Cave LLP in Atlanta.

Werner 09L joins Delta Airlines Wednesday, November 1, 2017

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David Ross Werner 09L began his new job as director of state and local government relations for Delta Air Lines on Nov. 1. Earlier this year, Werner had been named executive counsel for Gov. Nathan Deal. 

“Werner has been an instrumental member of my administration since the 2010 campaign and I’m grateful for his service to our state,” the governor said in a news release. “During his tenure, Werner has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to the well-being of our citizens and his efforts as executive counsel have helped to advance the interests of many Georgians. His knowledge and experience have been assets to the State of Georgia and I wish him the best as he transitions to the private sector.”

Read the Atlanta Journal-Constitution story.

Santos 09L elected shareholder Friday, January 12, 2018

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Travis Santos 09L was recently elected shareholder at Hill Ward Henderson in Tampa, Fla., where he has practiced in the firm’s Bankruptcy and Creditors' Rights and Commercial Litigation Groups for nine years. Santos’ practice primarily involves business bankruptcy and creditors' rights litigation, including mortgage foreclosures, receiverships, replevins and proceedings supplementary. He has been recognized by Florida Super Lawyers as a Rising Star consecutively from 2013-2017.

Hirsch 09L makes partner at Hinckley Allen Friday, January 12, 2018

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David S. Hirsch 09L is among five attorneys who were promoted to partner at Hinckley Allen, effective January 1, 2018.

“These talented attorneys represent the best of Hinckley Allen,” said David J. Rubin,  managing partner. “We are proud of them for their exceptional legal expertise, strategic business counsel, and commitment to providing value and delivering results for our clients. They represent the future of the firm and it is with great pride that I announce their promotions.” Hirsch is a partner in the Corporate and Business Group and has a broad range of transactional experience. He focuses on all areas of corporate and business law, including mergers and acquisitions, securities, commercial lending, corporate finance, and tax-exempt finance.

Cornwell is partner at Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP Monday, February 5, 2018

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Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP has announced its new, all-female class of partners. In Atlanta, that’s Dorothy Cornwell 09L. She is a member of the firm’s health care group and focuses on litigation and regulatory compliance, particularly at the intersection of the health care and health insurance industries. She is an experienced litigator with substantial involvement in life, health and disability litigation. 

“It was not until we completed the decision-making process that we realized that our incoming partners this year are all women,” said Julie Theall Earp, managing partner. “Given the number of talented women professionals we have in our ranks, however, this was not a surprise. We celebrate their success.” 

Pollak 09L promoted at Fried Frank Monday, February 26, 2018


Andrea L. Pollak 09L has been promoted to special counsel in Fried Frank's Executive Compensation & ERISA Department, resident in New York. Pollak advises clients on structuring investment funds to accommodate investments by ERISA and other benefit plan investors, and counsels regarding ERISA's venture capital operating company, real estate operating company and "under 25 percent" exceptions.  Read the firm release.

Eber 09L elected partner Thursday, May 3, 2018

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Michael Eber 09L has been elected partner at Rogers & Hardin LLP. His practice there focuses on complex business litigation and appeals.

Enea 09L elected to partner at Pepper Hamilton Friday, January 4, 2019

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Deborah Enea 09L has been elected to the partnership of Pepper Hamilton LLP. She is a member of the Financial Services Practice Group and focuses on leveraged finance transactions. Read more.

Deal 09L elected partner at Kilpatrick Townsend Monday, January 7, 2019

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Jennifer Fairbairn Deal 09L was elected partner at Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton, in the firm’s Atlanta offices. She focuses on intellectual property litigation, including cases involving trademarks and trade dress, unfair competition, false advertising, licensing agreements, and internet disputes.

Treeman 09L elected partner at Kansas City practice Wednesday, January 9, 2019

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Judd Treeman 09L is now partner at Stinson Leonard Street LLP, effective Jan. 1, 2019.

He is a member of the Real Estate and Public Finance Division and frequently represents developers, lenders and government clients in complex commercial transactions across the country.

Kadree 09L leads LGBT advocacy in NYC Thursday, January 24, 2019

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Shiju Kadree 03Ox 05C 09L 09PH is the chief advocacy officer at The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center in New York City. Read her alumni spotlight, published by GALA Outwrite.

Gardner 09L joins Credigy in Atlanta Tuesday, February 12, 2019

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In January, Hillary Gardner 09L joined Credigy, a specialty finance company in Atlanta, as corporate counsel. She and Brian Spielman 09L live in Atlanta with daughters Eva and Joelle, she writes.

Norstadt 09L joins expanding real estate practice at Chamberlain Hrdlicka Monday, March 4, 2019

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Christine Norstadt 09L has joined Chamberlain, Hrdlicka, White, Williams & Aughtry as senior counsel. For 18 years, she and Stephanie Friese, who also joined the firm, have advised clients in all phases of commercial development and transactions.

“Stephanie and Christine’s depth of experience is an asset to our growing Atlanta office,” said Managing Shareholder Wayne Risoli. “The strategic expansion of our real estate practice is in response to client needs and is reflective of our commitment to providing integrated services for virtually all legal matters related to real estate transactions and development.”

In 2018, the pair negotiated more than one million square feet of office leases totaling more than $50 million in value. In 2018, they represented Safavieh in the acquisition and development of a 1.6 million square foot distribution center in Savannah and negotiated subsequent industrial leases to Wayfair and Electrolux. Read the firm release.

Cole-Johnson 08L Named Pro Bono Volunteer of the Year Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Britt-Marie Cole-Johnson

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."

Read the newsletter.

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

R. Tina Patel

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

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. 

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“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

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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

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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.

Cole-Johnson 08L partner at Robinson & Cole LLP Tuesday, January 5, 2016

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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.

Palmer 08L joins McAfee & Taft in Tulsa Thursday, January 14, 2016

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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.

Myers 08L joins Alston & Bird Tuesday, March 29, 2016

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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.

Cole-Johnson 08L appointed to U.S. District Court committee Wednesday, April 20, 2016

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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.

Rubin 08L named partner at Boyd Collar Nolen & Tuggle Monday, August 8, 2016

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Kevin J. Rubin has been named a partner at Boyd Collar Nolen & Tuggle LLC.

"Kevin has demonstrated leadership within the practice of family law, within our firm and most importantly, when it comes to advocating for our clients," said John Collar, managing partner. "We are pleased to elevate him to partnership–a designation that we don't take lightly and that follows years of hard work, dedication and success."

Rubin counsels clients in all aspects of family law, with an emphasis on complex and high asset divorce cases, tax and other complicated financial issues, as well as drafting and negotiating prenuptial and postnuptial agreements.

Cole-Johnson 08L receives diversity and inclusion award Monday, September 12, 2016

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Britt-Marie Cole-Johnson 08L received her firm’s 2016 Diversity and Inclusion Award. She is a partner at Robinson+Cole in Hartford, Conn. “Britt-Marie exemplifies the firm’s dedication and commitment to fostering a welcoming and inclusive work environment where the diverse backgrounds of all lawyers and other professionals are respected,” says the firm’s press release. “She is an active member of Robinson+Cole’s Diversity Committee as well as the George W. Crawford Black Bar Association and recently served as chair of the YWCA Hartford Region's Board of Directors.”

Cole-Johnson 08L named foundation ambassador Monday, October 3, 2016

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The Hartford (Conn.) Foundation for Public Giving has selected Britt-Marie K. Cole-Johnson 08L to join its newly formed board of ambassadors. In October, she was chosen by the foundation’s board and its board development committee because of “experience and interest in the Greater Hartford community.”

Cole-Johnson, a partner with Robinson+Cole, 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 on compliance and training.

The Foundation serves 29 towns, hundreds of nonprofits, and more than 750,000 residents. Functioning as an ad hoc committee of the foundation’s board of directors, the board of ambassadors will help the foundation “carry out its mission of putting philanthropy into action to create lasting solutions that result in vibrant communities.”

Shah 08L is Southern California 'Rising Star' Wednesday, February 22, 2017

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Sapana Kishore Shah 08L, a principal at the Shah Grossi law firm in Los Angeles, California, has been named a 2017 "Southern California Rising Star" by Super Lawyers for a second consecutive year. Voted as a Top Women Attorney in Southern California by Los Angeles Magazine, Shah is the founder of the Shah Grossi law firm. She is a business and corporate attorney based in Los Angeles.

Rubin 08L named Georgia 'Rising Star' Wednesday, February 22, 2017

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Kevin J. Rubin 08L has been recognized as Rising Star by Georgia Super Lawyers. Rubin is a partner at Boyd, Collar Nolen & Tuggle. The publication says fewer than 2.5 percent of Georgia attorneys are chosen for the honor. Rising Stars are attorneys who are 40 years old or younger, or who have been practicing for 10 years or less.

Dennis 08L included among Georgia 'Rising Stars' Tuesday, February 28, 2017

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Chelsea Dennis 08L has been recognized as a Rising Star in the 2017 edition of Georgia Super Lawyers. A combination of peer nominations and professional achievement are among the considerations for inclusion.

Dennis practices as senior counsel in Hartman Simons & Wood LLP’s Atlanta offices. She was recognized for business litigation, among attorneys who are under 40 years old and in practice for 10 years or less. up to Up to 5 percent of lawyers in Georgia are named annually to the Super Lawyers list, and 2.5 percent are included in the Rising Stars list, the publication says.

Benator 08L, Georgia 'Rising Star' Friday, April 7, 2017

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Jonathan Benator 08L, of Lazega & Johanson LLC, has been named a Georgia "Rising Star" for 2017, by Super Lawyers. Benator was recently named partner, and 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. He works with Boards of Directors and property managers to advise on day-to-day operations.

Galvez 08L joins Fujifilm as IP counsel Wednesday, May 31, 2017

This March, M. Eric Galvez 08L joined Fujifilm Holdings Corporation as intellectual property counsel. 

Jaramillo 08L joins Caplin & Drysdale Monday, June 26, 2017

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Victor A. Jaramillo 08L class has been named of counsel to Caplin & Drysdale. He is a member of the Firm's Tax Litigation, Tax Controversies, Business, Investment & Transactional Tax, and Private Client practice groups, in its Washington, D.C., offices. 

Watson 08L joins Seattle firm's natural resources group Wednesday, October 4, 2017

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J. Nathanael Watson 08L has joined Stoel Rives LLP as an Of Counsel attorney in the Environment, Land Use and Natural Resources Group in Seattle. Watson was previously employed as a trial attorney for the Environment & Natural Resources Division of the U.S. Department of Justice—from 2009 to 2013 for the division’s Natural Resources Section in Washington, D.C., and from 2014 to 2017 for its Indian Resources Section in Denver, Colo.

“Nate’s background and experiences fit nicely with our strong environment and natural resources litigation practice in Seattle,” said Seattle Office Managing Partner Vanessa Power. “Adding Nate to our team provides our clients another first class resource in the Pacific Northwest, who can serve client needs locally and nationally, across a range of regulatory issues."

Read the firm release.

Booth 08L shareholder at Polsinelli PC Friday, October 20, 2017

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Peter Booth 08L has been elected shareholder at Polsinelli PC, where his practice focuses on all aspects of commercial real estate. Booth is based in the firm's Denver, Colo., office. He lives in Boulder with his wife, Lisa Schneider, who received her PhD in English from Emory in 2008. They have two children. Prior to joining Polsinelli PC, Booth practiced in the Chicago office of Sidley Austin LLP.

Cole-Johnson 08L appointed to state Teach for America board Friday, November 10, 2017

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Teach for America-Connecticut, part of a national corps of leaders committed to teaching in low-income schools and confronting educational inequity, has appointed Britt-Marie K. Cole-Johnson 08L to its Advisory Board. Cole-Johnson was a member of the 2004 Teach for America corps and worked as a teacher in Atlanta prior to attending law school. She is a partner with Robinson+Cole, and a member of the firm’s Labor and Employment Group.

Read the news release.

Taylor 08L named one of Philadelphia's 'Women of Distinction' Thursday, November 16, 2017

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Courtney Devon Taylor 08L was celebrated as one of the Philadelphia Business Journal's 2017 "Women of Distinction" at a ceremony held Nov. 16. Taylor is counsel in Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP’s Litigation Department and vice-chair of the Securities Litigation Practice Group. Her community involvement includes service as chair of the Board of Directors of Directions for Our Youth, Inc., a nonprofit organization that provides out-of-school programming for about 1,500 students, grades K-12.

“Courtney is a role model both within our firm and for the broader community for her professional accomplishments as a litigator and her many contributions as a leader in service,” said Nicholas J. LePore, III, Schnader’s managing partner. “We are fortunate to have her on our team and congratulate her on this well-deserved recognition.”

 Read the firm release.

Miller 08L joins bench as Fulton magistrate Monday, December 18, 2017

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Shalanda Miller 08L was appointed as an associate judge to the Fulton County Magistrate Court in June 2017. “It is a great honor to serve the citizens of my county with respect, integrity and professionalism,” she writes.

Barry elected partner at Morris, Manning & Martin Monday, December 18, 2017

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Justin Barry 08L has been elected partner at Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP, effective Jan. 1, 2018. He is in the Commercial Real Estate Development & Finance and Commercial Lending Groups. He represents banks, life insurance companies, and other financial institutions in structuring, negotiating and documenting lending transactions, including development and construction loans, real estate secured term and acquisition loans, and syndicated loan facilities across all asset classes. Read the firm release.

Cole-Johnson 08L joins workplace investigators board Tuesday, January 16, 2018


Britt-Marie K. Cole-Johnson has been appointed to the board of directors of The Association of Workplace Investigators , a professional membership association for attorneys and others who conduct, manage, or have a professional interest in workplace investigations Cole-Johnson is a member of Robinson+Cole’s Labor and Employment Group. She focuses on counseling private sector employers, ranging from NYSE and NASDAQ companies, multinational corporations, nonprofit organizations, and educational institutions to manufacturers, in all areas of employment law.

Pirio 08L makes partner at Holland & Knight Monday, January 29, 2018


Alyson Pirio 05C 08L has been promoted to partner at Holland & Knight LLP. In the firm’s Atlanta offices, she focuses on transactional tax matters, advising clients with respect to tax issues in mergers and acquisitions, joint venture transactions, inbound and outbound foreign investment, and other corporate transactions.

Rubin 08L joins Marple Tuesday, May 1, 2018


Kevin Rubin 08L has joined Atlanta’s Marple Law Firm, LLC, as partner, where his focus continues to be family law.

Cole-Johnson 08L recognized by Chambers for labor, employment practice Tuesday, May 8, 2018


Britt-Marie Cole-Johnson 08L was recognized by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business in the Connecticut Labor & Employment category of its 2018 edition. She is a member of Robinson+Cole’s Labor + Employment Group, and focuses on counseling private sector employers, ranging from NYSE and NASDAQ companies, multinational corporations, nonprofit health care organizations, and educational institutions to manufacturers, in all areas of employment law. 

Jaramillo 08L joins Caplin & Drysdale Wednesday, October 3, 2018

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Victor A. Jaramillo 08L has joined Caplin & Drysdale, in Washington, D.C., as of October 1, 2018. He is a member of the firm’s International Tax, Private Client, and Tax Controversy practice groups, and counsels multinational corporations and high-net-worth clients on a broad spectrum of tax matters, including cross-border transactions, IRS and DOJ examinations and investigations, and tax treaty issues. He lectures worldwide on U.S. tax reform, the U.S. taxation of virtual currencies, and international tax policy.

Palmer 08L elected shareholder Wednesday, November 14, 2018

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Julia A. Palmer 08L has been elected one of eight new shareholders at the Oklahoma firm of McAfee & Taft. “Palmer is a trial lawyer whose state and federal litigation practice is nationwide in scope. A large portion of her practice is devoted to defending product liability cases, including class actions, on behalf of automotive manufacturers and manufacturers of commercial and consumer products,” says the firm release. She has previously been named an “Oklahoma Rising Star,” by Oklahoma Super Lawyers. Read more

Leitch 08L chosen as partner at Akerman Friday, December 14, 2018

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Akerman LLP announced that Amy Leitch 08L is among the 21 lawyers from its 10 offices and eight practice groups chosen as new partners.

“We are thrilled to celebrate our new partners and their accomplishments, and we look forward to working with them in their new roles at the firm,” said Chairman and CEO Andrew M. Smulian. Leitch practices in Jacksonville, Fla., and focuses on a range of complex commercial litigation and bankruptcy matters, including debtor-creditor law, breach of contract, business torts, insurance, shareholder disputes, real estate, fraudulent transfers, landlord-tenant claims, judgment recovery, franchise disputes, product liability and warranty, and trusts and estates.

Law360 names Ducca 08L 'Rising Star' Monday, January 7, 2019

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Marcella Ducca 05C 08L was named a “Product Liability Rising Star” by Law360. She is a shareholder at GreenbergTraurig, and focuses on the representation and defense of manufacturers in products liability litigation, with an emphasis on pharmaceutical, medical device and health care litigation. 

Benator 08L makes Super Lawyers' 'Rising Star' list Friday, March 29, 2019


Jonathan Benator 08L, a partner with Lazega & Johanson LLC, was included among the 2019 Georgia Super Lawyers ‘Rising Stars’ list for real estate practice. He specializes in residential real estate law, and focuses on the representation of community association clients such as condominiums, master planned subdivisions, and mixed use developments. This is the fifth consecutive year Benator has made the list.

Taylor 08L makes partner at Schnader Tuesday, April 16, 2019

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Courtney Devon Taylor 08L is now a partner at Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP. She joined the firm as counsel in 2015, and is vice-chair of the Securities Litigation Practice Group in both the Philadelphia and New York offices. She focuses on commercial litigation, and also, securities litigation and enforcement. Read the firm release.

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

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

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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; »

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. 

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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.

Jennifer Duval Lindy 07LLM

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.

Miller 07L joins Assurant as senior counsel Tuesday, July 19, 2016

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Aaron Andrew Miller 07B 07L was named senior counsel at Assurant, Inc., in June. He practices in the firm’s Atlanta offices.

Becker 07L releases children's book on evolution. Tuesday, August 9, 2016

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Joseph Becker 07L has written and released Annabelle & Aiden: The Story Of Life, a children's book on evolution, which he hopes is the first in a series of children's books on science. It’s getting great reviews on Amazon. Check it out here.

Also, read the Emory Report story.

Simpson 07L to serve on Georgia Bar executive committee Monday, October 10, 2016

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Matt Simpson 07L has been elected to the executive committee of the Georgia State Bar’s labor and employment law section. Members serve a five-year term, culminating with each member serving as the committee chair during their fourth year of service. Simpson is a partner at Fisher Phillips.

“This prestigious honor is well-deserved,” said D. Albert Brannen, managing partner of the Atlanta office of Fisher Phillips. “Matt continues Fisher Phillips’ tradition of leadership at the State Bar of Georgia, and we’re proud to have him represent our firm.”

Kuhlmann 07L promoted to partner at Pepper Hamilton Monday, January 23, 2017

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For the first time in its 126-year history, Pepper Hamilton LLP elected an all-female class of six lawyers to the ranks of partner and of counsel, including Shirley R. Kuhlmann 07L, who practices corporate and securities law in the firm’s Boston offices. She focuses on mergers and acquisitions, public securities offerings including domestic and foreign IPOs, securities law compliance and general corporate representation of U.S. and foreign companies.

Cooper named 'dealmaker' among corporate counsel Tuesday, June 27, 2017

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Jeffrey Cooper 07L recently received the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s 2017 Corporate Counsel Award in the category of Deal Maker. Winners are chosen by Chronicle and the Association of Corporate Counsel Georgia Chapter, and chosen from public nominations. Cooper is senior counsel, Americas for PGi in Atlanta. Read the firm release.

Rose 07L founding partner at Caiola & Rose LLC Sunday, July 16, 2017

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Elizabeth B. Rose 07L is a founding partner on the all-woman legal team at Caiola & Rose. The firm will focus on serving franchisors, according to a Daily Report story.

Rose joined Slotkin & Caiola two years ago after serving as a law clerk for U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Mary Grace Diehl. “They brought on Meredith Barnes, who focuses on transactional and compliance issues, as senior counsel and Brittany Conklin as an associate. Marcy Sperry, a trademark lawyer, joined as of counsel from her own solo practice after 12 years at Womble Bond Dickinson (formerly Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice),” the paper reports.

Read the Daily Report story. (subscription required)

Drayton 07L, patent counsel for Stanley Black & Decker Thursday, January 18, 2018


Caeden Drayton 07L is group patent counsel for Stanley Black & Decker, Inc. and lead ip counsel for Stanley Black & Decker subsidiaries Mac Tools-US, Lista Intl. Corp., Stanley Vidmar Inc., Stanley InnerSpace, Proto Industrial Tools, and Stanley Access Technologies. Drayton manages the portfolio of patents and trademarks related to various categories of products including storage systems, automotive tools, pneumatic tools and accessories.

Callis 07L joins Diversified Trust in Atlanta Tuesday, July 3, 2018

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Mary Frances Callis 07L has joined Diversified Trust’s Atlanta office as a senior vice president, where she is responsible for client relationship management and the development and implementation of comprehensive estate and financial plans. She joins the firm from Morgan Stanley.

“We are excited to welcome Mary Frances to the strong team we have at Diversified Trust,” said Mark Bell, managing principal of Diversified Trust’s Atlanta office. “She has extensive experience with high-net worth financial management and estate planning which will benefit our boutique approach to helping families manage wealth through time.”


Becker adds to young readers book series Tuesday, August 7, 2018

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Joseph Becker 07L has built upon the premise of his first book for young readers, The Story Of Life, to create the Annabelle & Aiden series, which includes four titles. Becker reports that two years out, they have sold more than 12,000 books and raised more than $60,000 on Kickstarter. The most recent release is titled What Happens When We Die? Read more at

Babcock 07L joins fellow Emory Law alums at truancy project Thursday, January 3, 2019

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Sarah Babcock 07L has joined the Truancy Intervention Project as deputy director. “I joined the TIP in January as the deputy director—a new role for TIP, and for me! I am looking forward to supporting TIP staff and volunteers as they continue to advocate for children and families in poverty,” she writes. "I am working with fellow Emory Law alum, Emily Adams, who is TIP's staff attorney."

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

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)

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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

Timothy Rybacki

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

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

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

Duane Morris LLP is pleased to announce that it has promoted Evan Michailidis 06L to the firm partnership.

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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

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.

Schwadron 06L's 'Mighty Group Inc.' featured in Forbes Monday, February 8, 2016

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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 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.” 

Read the story.

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

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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.

Ndubuizu 06L heads to Virginia Beach Thursday, October 6, 2016


Iruka Ndubuizu 06L sends the following news: “I’ve left my assistant director, contracts administration position at Emory's Office of Technology Transfer for a contracts manager position at LifeNet Health in Virginia Beach.”

Shah 06L promoted to counsel at Scarinci Hollenbeck Tuesday, January 3, 2017

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Roshan Shah 06 was named counsel, effective January 1, 2017, at Scarinci Hollenbeck, LLC. Shah practices in the areas of business torts and antitrust, and commercial and employment litigation in the firm’s Lyndhurst, N.J. office. He previously served as a New Jersey deputy attorney general in the Division of Law, Corrections and State Police Section. 

“Cultivating and promoting the excellent attorneys at Scarinci Hollenbeck is a key component of providing excellent service to our clients,” said Executive Director Russell Ascher. “This promotion reflects our ongoing investment in our business. Roshan possesses a degree of talent which few other law firms our size can equal.”

Read the firm release.

Robbin 06L makes partner at Blank Rome Wednesday, January 4, 2017

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Jonathan M. Robbin 06L was promoted to parter at Blank Rome in January. He works in the firm’s New York City offices, where he focuses on complex commercial and consumer financial services litigation, including class action and appellate work. He counsels lenders and financial institutions in a variety of litigation matters in federal, bankruptcy, and state courts across the country, handling all phases of litigation, from the initial investigation through trial and appeal. Robbin has extensive experience representing companies in complex consumer class actions in both state and federal court and defending claims brought under the Fair Debt Collection Practice Act, Fair Credit Reporting Act, RICO, TILA, RESPA, ECOA, state law UDAP claims, and a variety of common law servicing-related claims. He also advises businesses and startup companies on copyright, trademark, and other intellectual property matters.

Clare 06L among Law360 'Rising Stars' Friday, August 3, 2018

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Susan Clare 06L has been included among Law360’s 2018 Rising Stars in transportation, one of only four lawyers nationwide selected in the practice area, after a review of 1,200 submissions. She is a partner at King & Spalding LLP in Atlanta, deputy chair of the Automotive and Transportation Tort Litigation Practice and co-directs the Autonomous and Connected Vehicles initiative. The cross-practice team works with automotive, transportation, technology, ride-sharing and other companies in the development and deployment of autonomous vehicle technologies.

Kastorf's firm named small firm of the year Wednesday, August 8, 2018

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The Atlanta-based Summerville Firm, which includes Kurt Kastorf 02C 06L, was recognized b the Daily Report as the "Small Firm of the Year" for appellate litigation. Kastorf is a member of the Emory Law Alumni Board, sits on the Emory Law Journal Board of Consultants and the Emory Law School Supreme Court Advocacy Project Advisory Board. Read the story.

Bailey elected director at Greensboro firm Wednesday, October 3, 2018

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Erin C.V. Bailey 06L has been elected a director at Tuggle Duggins. She works exclusively in the areas of ERISA, employee benefits and estate planning in the firm’s Greensboro, N.C., offices.

“Erin personifies the diverse legal talent that Tuggle Duggins brings to our clients and to our community,” said Nathan Duggins, managing partner. “We are proud of her many accomplishments and look forward to what is next for her in her career.”


Shah 06L makes partner at Scarinci Hollenbeck Thursday, January 3, 2019


Roshan Shah 06L was promoted to partner at Scarinci Hollenbeck. As a trial attorney, he represents real estate developers, government contractors, digital media manufacturers, restaurants, and government officials and entities. He is based in the firm’s Lyndhurst, NJ office. Read more.

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

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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.

Read the Association of California Water Agencies release »
Warren’s profile »

Judkowitz 05L Named Partner at Mayer Brown Thursday, February 6, 2014

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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

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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

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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.

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“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.

Rosenkoff 05L included among Georgia Trend's `Legal Elite' Tuesday, December 1, 2015

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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.

Parisi 05L joins Alston & Bird as partner Tuesday, March 29, 2016

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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. 

Oliphant 05L elected partner at Massey & Gail Tuesday, April 26, 2016

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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.

Naik 05L takes leadership role with Google Fiber Thursday, October 6, 2016

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Amol Naik 05L has been named Google Fiber's head of external affairs for the Southeast region. As such, he leads the company’s efforts regarding policy and public affairs throughout the region. He is based in Atlanta.

Wilson 05L, partner at Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith Thursday, February 9, 2017

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Tammy A. Wilson 05L was elected partner at Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP. She specializes in general liability, commercial and entertainment litigation and practices in the firm’s Atlanta offices. Prior to returning to Atlanta, Wilson practiced in New York for more than nine years. She is admitted to the bars of New York and Georgia, as well as various federal courts.

Ghiotto 05L transitions to academe at Campbell University Friday, September 15, 2017

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Anthony J. Ghiotto 05L recently accepted a tenure track position (at Campbell University School of Law in North Carolina) as an assistant professor of law. His teaching duties will entail Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, and Trial Advocacy. He previously served as a judge advocate in the U.S. Air Force for 11 years.

Read his university bio.

Gov. Deal appoints Bettis to solicitor general Monday, February 26, 2018

Pam Bettis 05L is new solicitor general for the Henry County State Court, appointed by Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal in February. She assumes the vacancy that the governor created by appointing her predecessor, John “Trea” Pipkin III, to the Flint Judicial Circuit Superior Court, according to the Daily Report. Read the story.

Rosenkoff leads North Fulton Bar  Monday, June 11, 2018

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Matthew Rosenkoff 05L, a partner with Taylor English Duma, was sworn in as president of the North Fulton Bar Association in May. Rosenkoff has been an NFBA member for seven years, serving as a director since 2012.

Two alumnae named 'On the Rise' attorneys Thursday, June 28, 2018

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Elizabeth Fite 05L and Aly Pirio 08L were among the 20 recipients recognized this year by the Daily Report as exceptional young talents. Fite is assistant county attorney for DeKalb and Pirio is corporate counsel at GSMA, as of April. Read their stories, below.

Elizabeth Fite 

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Considine joins Kirkland Ellis' new Dallas office Tuesday, July 17, 2018

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Michael Considine 05L has joined Kirkland & Ellis, LLP, as a partner. The move was part of the firm’s expansion into Dallas, where it opened its ninth US office, and the second in Texas. Considine represents companies and private equity firms in transformative events, including cross-border M&A, carve-out divestitures, co-investments and joint ventures.

Richardson 05L named Fulton County Superior Court Judge Friday, December 28, 2018

In late December, Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal announced Emily Richardson 05L, deputy chief assistant district attorney for DeKalb County, will fill an open seat on the Fulton County Superior Court bench. The Daily Report says Deal chose Richardson from a six-candidate short list the Judicial Nominations Commission sent him on Dec. 19. Read more

Zinns 05L, 2019 Georgia Super Lawyer Thursday, February 7, 2019

Sharon Zinns 02C 05L is among this year’s Georgia Super Lawyers. She is a principal at Beasley Allen’s Atlanta offices.

“Sharon’s practice is dedicated to securing justice for those who have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, a lung disease caused by exposure to asbestos,” says the firm release.

Jacobs 05L makes partner in New York City Thursday, February 7, 2019

As of Feb. 1, Jonathan Jacobs 05L is a partner in the Financial Transactions group of the New York office of Morrison & Foerster LLP. He represents traditional and alternative lenders and agents in structuring, negotiating, and documenting domestic and cross-border loan arrangements, out-of-court restructurings, debtor-in-possession financings, and other credit arrangements. His experience includes cash flow finance, asset-based finance, and acquisition finance. He also counsels borrowers, including portfolio companies of private equity firms, in connection with their acquisition, working capital, and other credit facilities. Read more.

Dreyer 04L, Shareholder at Chamberlain Hrdlicka Monday, February 11, 2013

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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 Feldman

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

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.

Thrower-Grundy’s profile »
Read the press release »
Read about the firm’s diversity efforts »

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

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Lauren Jenkins 04L joined the Tysons Corner, Virginia, law firm of Offit, Kurman, P.A., as a principal in September.

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.

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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.

Weitz 04L pens 'Legal Writing in the Digital Age' Monday, July 11, 2016

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The article “Legal Writing in the Digital Age,” by Sarah T. Weitz 04L was published in the July 2016 edition of the Broward County Bar Association’s Barrister. Weitz is an associate at Weitz & Schwartz P.A. in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Read the article.

Washington 04L joins Fulton County bench as magistrate Friday, August 5, 2016

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The Hon. Quinton G. Washington 04Lwas sworn in as a Fulton County magistrate on Friday, Aug. 5. He is a founding partner of Bell & Washington LLP, which has offices in Atlanta, Gainesville, and Jonesboro, Georgia.

Schwartzreich 04L named shareholder at Littler Wednesday, January 4, 2017

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Lauren E. Schwartzreich 04L, formerly a senior associate in Littler’s eDiscovery group, has been promoted to shareholder. She advises clients on cutting-edge legal strategies and technology solutions to efficiently manage electronic discovery in all types of employment litigation matters, including with respect to initial preservation obligations; data harvesting, review and production; cost-shifting and cost-reduction; and the admissibility of electronic evidence at trial. She also has worked to develop the Littler CaseSmart® model for class and collective actions. Schwartzreich also serves as Chair of the ABA’s Annual Institute on eDiscovery, and is an active member of The Sedona Conference® Working Group 1.

Schwartzreich 04L named Leadership Council on Legal Diversity fellow Monday, March 13, 2017


Lauren Schwartzreich 04L has been selected as a 2017 fellow with the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity. She is a shareholder with Littler.

“Lauren has exceptional client service and leadership skills, and we are proud to have her represent Littler as part of the LCLD Fellows Program,” said Bruce Millman, office managing shareholder of Littler’s New York office. 

The fellows program includes relationship-building, in-person training, peer-group projects and extensive contact with LCLD’s top leadership. During the year, fellows train in “the fine points of legal practice, peer-group projects to foster collaboration and build relationships and extensive contact with LCLD’s top leadership, including managing partners and general counsel.”

Rivera elected to equity parter at Hartman Simons Monday, January 8, 2018

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Ryan P. Rivera 04L has been elected to equity partner at Hartman Simons & Wood, effective Jan. 1.

“Ryan’s commitment to clients and Hartman Simons made him a natural choice to be promoted,” said Bob Simons, head of the firm’s commercial real estate department. “His hard work, dedication and knowledge of real estate law are an asset to the firm, and we look forward to his continued growth and success in his new role.” Rivera’s commercial real estate experience includes acquisition, disposition, development and lease transactions nationwide. He represents developers and retailers, including small shop, junior anchor and big box national retailers in all types of retail lease transactions. He also represents landlords and tenants in office and industrial leases throughout the United States.

Davidson 04L argues before U.S. Supreme Court Thursday, February 22, 2018

Kristin L. Davidson 04L, an assistant federal public defender in San Antonio, Texas, argued before the Supreme Court of the United States on February 21, 2018, representing petitioner Florencio Rosales Mireles. 

“In United· States v. Olano, this Court held that, under the fourth prong of plain error review, "[t]he Court of Appeals should correct a plain forfeited error affecting substantial rights if the error ‘seriously affect[s] the fairness, integrity, or public reputation of judicial proceedings,” 507 U.S. 725, 736 (1993). To meet that standard, is it necessary, as the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals required, that the error be one that "would shock the conscience of the common man, serve as a powerful indictment against our system of justice, or seriously call into question the competence or integrity of the district judge?"

Read more at ScotusBlog.

Adle 04L joins Harris Lowry Manton Wednesday, January 9, 2019

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Sarah Adle 04L has joined Harris Lowry Manton as an associate at the firm’s Atlanta office. She practices in the areas of product liability, wrongful death and personal injury, with a focus on medical malpractice. 

“We’re thrilled to welcome Sarah to the firm and have every confidence she will be a great addition to our growing legal team,” said Partner Stephen G. Lowry. “She brings extensive litigation experience and has a genuine passion for helping clients.”

Former GAO officer Bleicher 04L joins Jenner & Block in DC Tuesday, February 5, 2019


Noah Bleicher 04L, a former Government Accountability Office senior bid protest hearing officer, has joined Jenner & Block’s Washington, D.C., office as a special counsel in its Government Contracts Practice. Bleicher most recently served as deputy assistant general counsel in the procurement law division at the GAO. His practice focuses on a full range of government contracts matters, with an emphasis on bid protests. Read more.

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

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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 »

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

Diversity & the Bar names Sunkara 03L a 'rainmaker' Wednesday, November 18, 2015

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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.

French 03L named 2016 Georgia Super Lawyer Friday, February 19, 2016

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Brooke French 03L was named a Georgia Super Lawyer for 2016. French practices family law at Boyd Collar Nolen & Tuggle in Atlanta.

Franklin 03L among Daily Report's 'On the Rise' attorneys Friday, August 12, 2016

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Alison Elko Franklin 03L, a senior managing associate with Dentons, has been recognized by the Daily Report as "On the Rise"—a selection of 25 Georgia lawyers under the age of 40 who have achieved a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Franklin practices in the firm's Atlanta office and focuses on bankruptcy and commercial litigation. Franklin is a member of the W. Homer Drake, Jr. Georgia Bankruptcy American Inn of Court and the Emory Law Alumni Board. Franklin currently serves as the Chair of the Bankruptcy Section of the Atlanta Bar Association.

Read the Daily Report story.

French 03L earns mediator designation Friday, August 12, 2016

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Brooke M. French 03L, of counsel with Boyd Collar Nolen & Tuggle LLC, has been certified as a family law and civil matters mediator by the Georgia Commission of Dispute Resolution. With such, she will serve as a neutral and provide an alternative to traditional litigation, as well as continue to represent her clients in all family law matters.

Fischer 03L elected to partner at BakerHostetler Monday, January 23, 2017

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Peter G. Fischer 00C 03L has been named a partner in BakerHostetler’s Washington, D.C., offices, one of 12 attorneys nationwide who were elected to partner. Fischer is a member of the firm's Employment Group, focusing his labor and employment litigation practice on the hospitality and food service industries. He provides strategic advice to owners and management companies nationwide on labor relations, employment litigation and regulatory compliance. Before private practice, he served as a trial attorney in the U.S. Army's Judge Advocate General's Corps with combat service in Afghanistan.

Nading 03L named partner at DLA Piper Thursday, May 4, 2017


John M. Nading 03L has been promoted to partner in DLA Piper’s Washington, D.C. office. Nading was among the 46 lawyers promoted to partnership from the firm’s 28 offices in 13 countries. There were 17 new partners in the United States. 

Nading is a member of DLA Piper’s Intellectual Property practice, where he works in the areas of trademark and unfair competition, copyright and domain name, and related Internet matters. He focuses on intellectual property litigation in federal court, as well as proceedings before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.

Read the firm release.

Nace 03L leads Metro DC Trial Lawyers Association Wednesday, May 31, 2017

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Christopher T. Nace 03B 03L is president of the Trial Lawyers Association of Metropolitan Washington, D.C. Nace is a partner at the law firm of Paulson & Nace, PLLC, where his practice focuses on plaintiffs medical malpractice, product liability, and wrongful death.

Forbes features Panchal's global law firm Thursday, November 2, 2017

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Chintan Panchal 03L was interviewed by Forbes in October, about the law firm he co-founded in 2010, RPCK Rastegar Panchal. The headline? “This Law Firm Has Helped Deploy Over $500 Million In Impact Investments Worldwide.”

“Founded in 2010, RPCK is a law firm that offers guidance to individuals looking to successfully launch impact-driven businesses and investments,” Julian Mitchell writes. “By developing a qualified team of legal professionals with experience across various financial services categories focused on driving impact-based commerce for companies and investors, their core goal is to facilitate growth within the expanding market while securing success for both sides.”

Read the Forbes story.

Fliman 03L joins Stroock in NYC as partner Monday, March 12, 2018

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In February, Daniel Fliman 03L, one of Turnarounds & Workouts’ Outstanding Young Restructuring Lawyers and a Benchmark Litigation Future Star, joined Stroock’s Financial Restructuring Group as a partner. He arrives from Kasowitz Benson Torres. His practice includes all aspects of financial restructuring, with an emphasis on strategic litigation. He has been heavily involved in the Puerto Rico Title III proceeding and the Toys “R” Us and Westinghouse chapter 11 cases, and previously had significant roles in the Lehman Brothers, J.Crew, Sabine Oil & Gas and Caesars Entertainment situations.

“Dan Fliman makes us stronger. He is a talented advocate and a skilled tactician who is a great addition to our team,” said Kris Hansen, Financial Restructuring Group chair. “Dan adds depth and a recognized brand, especially to our complex litigation offering, and we provide Dan with a multi-talented bench from which to service his growing client base.” Read the firm release.

Preis 03L, chief litigation counsel at Southwire Thursday, May 31, 2018

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Spencer Preis 03L is ethics and compliance officer and chief litigation counsel at Southwire Company, the largest manufacturer of wire and cable products in North America. Its corporate offices are in Carrollton, Ga. His primary responsibilities will be to grow the company’s global ethics and compliance program, and manage the company’s litigation portfolio. Preis was also appointed to the executive committee of Camp Twin Lakes’ Board of Directors. For 25 years, the camp has provided fully adaptive, medically supportive experiences to more than 10,000 of Georgia’s children and young adults. The goal is to help campers grow confidence and experience the joys of childhood.

Kitay 03L 'General Counsel of the Year' Thursday, June 7, 2018

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Valerie Kitay 03L was named General Counsel of the Year in June. She is general counsel and chief compliance officer at Savanna in New York City. UK-based Lexology, along with the Association of Corporate Counsel, analyzed more than 4,000 nominations from corporate counsel and law firm partners worldwide to determine recipients of the 12th annual Global Counsel Awards. The winners were announced at a gala dinner and awards ceremony in New York on Thursday June 7, 2018. Read the release.

Berry 03L returns to private practice Thursday, September 27, 2018

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Former Atlanta City Attorney Jeremy Berry 97C 03L joined Hilliard Starkey Law as of counsel in August. He told the Daily Report that his practice there focuses on government contracts and bid protests, government affairs, campaign finance and election law and government litigation. Prior to being tapped as city attorney by then-Mayor Kasim Reed last year, Berry was a partner at Dentons, formerly McKenna Long & Aldridge, where he worked with Hakim Hilliard. Read more

Barton 03L makes partner at Seyfarth Shaw Monday, February 18, 2019

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In January, Eric Barton 00C 03L was one of five lawyers named partner at Seyfarth Shaw’s Atlanta offices (of 24 new partners announced firmwide). He is a litigator with a focus on business disputes, including trade secrets and financial services litigation. Read the story.

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

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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

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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

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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.

While at Emory, Dervan was an Emory Scholar and an articles editor of the Emory Law Journal. He was an elected member of the Order of the Coif.

Read the release on the SIU-Carbondale site »
Dervan’s profile »

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

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The Florida-based law firm Broad and Cassel today announced that Miami partner David B. Rosemberg 02L has been elected president of the Inter-American Chapter (IAC) of the United States-Mexico Chamber of Commerce. He will serve a two-year term as president of the IAC in Miami.

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

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. 

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.

Rollins 02L deputy assistant general counsel at USAID Thursday, April 7, 2016

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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.

Garcia 02L named managing partner Thursday, September 15, 2016

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In September, Daren Garcia 02L was named managing partner of Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP’s Pittsburgh offices. Garcia, a litigator with a national trial practice, focuses on representing public and private companies, as well as their officers and directors, in complex commercial and employment litigation.  

“Daren is an exceptional leader and he’ll be a great addition to the firm’s management team,” said Russ Gertmenian, Vorys’ managing partner. “While our firm has only been in Pittsburgh for three years, we see great potential for the future with Daren at the helm.”

“I’m excited to take on this new role in Pittsburgh,” said Garcia, who will be the only Hispanic office managing partner of an American Lawyer 200 firm in Pittsburgh. “I’m looking forward to working with our talented and widely respected Pittsburgh lawyers to serve our clients and continue the firm’s strategic growth in Pennsylvania.”

Sodhi 02L joins Duane Morris as partner Friday, May 26, 2017

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Elaina Sodhi 02L has joined Duane Morris LLP's Miami office as a partner in the firm's Real Estate Practice Group. She focuses on commercial real estate and finance. Sodhi has significant experience representing lenders in multiple types of transactions, including real estate financing, commercial loans and asset-based lending, syndications and participations and modifications. Her responsibilities include commitment letter preparation, due diligence review, resolution of complex title and survey matters, loan documentation and complicated closings. She also represents lenders in connection with loan restructurings, workouts and settlements, as well as loan, judgment and REO sales.

Skolnik 02L serves as deputy attorney general Monday, August 7, 2017

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In June, Matthew Skolnik 02L accepted a position as deputy attorney general with the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General, within the office’s civil litigation unit in Philadelphia.

Dervan 02L leads ABA Criminal Justice Section Monday, September 10, 2018

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Lucian Dervan 02L, associate professor of law and director of criminal justice studies at Belmont University College of Law, was recently named the 68th Chair of the American Bar Association Criminal Justice Section.

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

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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.

Read the Alabama State Bar release »

Siegel 01L Named Partner at Kelly Kronenberg Thursday, December 12, 2013

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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

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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

Broad and Cassel today announced that Stacey Halpern 01L has been named partner in the firm’s West Palm Beach office. She joins four other attorneys in the firm statewide who made partner in 2015.

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“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

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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.

Giardano named to advisory board of AAT Project Tuesday, December 22, 2015

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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. 

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.

Margolis 01L joins Fulton Superior Court judge race Wednesday, March 9, 2016

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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.

 Read the Daily Report story.

Giordano 01L named to diversity nonprofit board Monday, March 21, 2016

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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.

FSU dean appoints Giordano 01L to leadership board Wednesday, May 25, 2016

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Tim Giordano 01L has been named to the Leadership Board of the College of Communication and Information at Florida State University. Appointed by the dean, the Board assists with fund development and provides other strategic advice and support to help fulfill the mission of the college.  

Kalfus 01L starts new civil litigation firm Friday, January 5, 2018

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Shawn Kalfus 01L and law partner Matt Stone have left Smith Moore Leatherwood to start their own civil litigation firm, Stone Kalfus LLP. They focus on the defense of catastrophic injury and wrongful death claims, including those stemming from commercial motor vehicle accidents, passenger vehicle accidents, non-emergency medical transportation, products liability, premises liability, and crane and lift accidents. The firm also represents auto dealerships, restaurants, and retail and hospitality entities in general and casualty disputes. The firm is located in midtown Atlanta.

Stone and Kalfus have practiced law together for nearly a decade at Atlanta-area firms, but this is the first independent venture for both. "We decided it was time to control our own destiny, to be able to hire the lawyers and staff we need – when we need them – to best serve our clients," Stone says.

Giordano 01L joins nonprofit executive committee Tuesday, January 23, 2018

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Timothy K. Giordano 01L has been appointed to the executive committee of the American Conference on Diversity, a nonprofit dedicated to building just and inclusive schools, workplaces and communities through awareness, education & advocacy.

Rice 01L publishes book on personal finance Saturday, July 28, 2018

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Frazer Rice 01L is the author of Wealth, Actually, published in August by Lioncrest Publishing. “In short, the book helps people make good decisions around their transitions in wealth,” Rice said. He is also president of Wealth Actually LLC, a financial services and legal media company.  

Livingstone 01L leads international IP firm's Atlanta offices Thursday, October 4, 2018

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John Livingstone 01L became managing partner of Finnegan’s Atlanta office this summer. He focuses on complex pharmaceutical, chemical, and biotechnology patent litigation before U.S. district courts and the U.S. International Trade Commission, and also serves as lead counsel in post-grant proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. He previously worked in the firm’s Tokyo office for four years and thus frequently helps global clients with U.S. patent issues.

O'Connor 01L joins American Diabetes Association Board Tuesday, January 1, 2019

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Jean O’Connor 98C 01L 01PH has been appointed to the national American Diabetes Association Board of Directors, effective January 2019.

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

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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. 

Goncher joins Coca-Cola's environmental legal team Monday, October 10, 2016

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Marc Goncher 97C 00L joined The Coca-Cola Company's Global Legal Function in August 2016 as an Environmental, Health and Safety Legal Counsel. 

Cross 00L among Georgia's 'Legal Elite' Tuesday, December 5, 2017

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Michael D. Cross Jr. 00L of Briskin, Cross & Sanford LLC, of Alpharetta, has been named among Georgia’s “Legal Elite” by Georgia Trend magazine. He was one of 25 lawyers included in the corporate law category. His partner, Byron Sanford, was among 26 praised for their work in business law. “We’re working hard, and it’s nice when peer reviews show that others are noticing,” Cross posted on Facebook. Here’s the listing.

Bauer 00L comments on First Amendment trial Friday, December 8, 2017

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Derek Bauer 00L, a partner at Atlanta’s Baker Hostetler, was quoted in the Daily Report on a story about the misdemeanor conviction of journalist Nydia Tisdale. While there is likely “some sense of relief in local newsrooms” that a Dawson County jury acquitted the citizen journalist and videographer of felony obstruction of a law enforcement officer and criminal trespass, there remains “a great deal of concern” over the decision by Northeastern Circuit District Attorney Lee Darragh to prosecute her and the jury’s willingness to convict her for misdemeanor obstruction of a law enforcement officer.

Read the story.

Viau 00L, new partner at Fisher & Phillips Monday, February 18, 2019

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As of January, Joshua H. Viau 00L is now a partner at Fisher & Phillips, LLP, one of two attorneys in the firm’s Atlanta offices, and among 14 firmwide. “Viau has a labor and employment practice with a focus on helping employers avoid disputes,” says the Daily Report. Read the story.

Marti 99L, Managing Partner at Kilpatrick Townsend's DC Office Monday, March 18, 2013

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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

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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.

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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
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

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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

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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

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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.

Michaelson 99L named 'Super Lawyer' in Pennsylvania Thursday, July 7, 2016

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Chad I. Michaelson 99L has been named a Super Lawyer for Pennsylvania. He is a partner at Meyer, Unkovic & Scott, andpractices within the Business Litigation and Construction Law and Litigation Groups, in the firm’s Pittsburgh offices. He also chairs the firm’s Sustainable Development Group.

Meyerowitz 99L joins Garden City Group Thursday, January 5, 2017

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Jennifer Meyerowitz 99L has joined Garden City Group, LLC as managing director of business development. Her experience includes more than 15 years in business development and bankruptcy and restructuring law. She will create and execute the company’s long-term growth strategy and ensure all restructuring business development activities afford clients “a thoughtful and seamless engagement experience and access to the company's latest bankruptcy technology innovations.”

Read the company release.

Michaelson 99L named Pennsylvania 'Super Lawyer' Wednesday, August 9, 2017

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Chad I. Michaelson 99L was named a 2017 Pennsylvania Super Lawyer, in the category of business litigation. Those selected represent less than 5 percent of the lawyers in the state each year. Michaelson is a partner with Meyer, Unkovic & Scott, and practices in the firm’s Pittsburgh offices. His focus areas are litigation; construction; energy, utilities and mineral rights; and sustainable development.

Read the firm release.

Edgy 99L joins Linklaters in D.C. offices Wednesday, January 3, 2018


Amy Edgy 99L has joined Linklaters LLP as partner in the firm’s U.S. Restructuring and Insolvency practice. She is based in their Washington, D.C. office and joined from Jones Day. Edgy is a marketing leading bankruptcy lawyer with industry-specific experience in municipal bankruptcies, health care systems, cultural institutions, retail corporations, financial institutions, and airlines. She regularly represents both debtors and creditors in connection with some of the country's largest restructurings and reorganizations. Most recently, she advised the world's largest private sector coal company, Peabody Energy Corporation, and its subsidiaries in their Chapter 11 cases.

Read the news release.

Lichtstein 99L cited in Chambers for environmental law Thursday, May 3, 2018

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Jason Lichtstein 99L, a partner at Akerman LLP in Tallahassee, Florida, was included in the 2018 Chambers USA ranking for Florida environmental law. He is a past president of the Florida Brownfields Association and focuses on the cleanup, redevelopment, and reuse of brownfields and other distressed and impacted sites.

Michaelson 99L named one of Pittsburgh's best lawyers Friday, May 25, 2018

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Chad Michaelson 99L has been named one of Pittsburgh’s top attorneys for 2018 by Super Lawyers. The list features less than 5 percent of the lawyers in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania each year. He is a partner and trial lawyer with Meyer, Unkovic & Scott. He is a member of the firm’s Business Litigation and Construction Law & Litigation Groups, and also, its Management Committee.

Arora 99L leads sustainable design efforts at Tech Thursday, November 1, 2018

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Shan Arora 99L is director of Georgia Tech’s The Kendeda Building for Innovative Sustainable Design. He is responsible for the programmatic and operational oversight of the building and coordinates efforts to ensure the operation and certification of the building under Living Building Challenge 3.1 standards. He will also champion sustainable design in the built environment throughout the Southeast. Read more

Michaelson 99L reelected to firm's managing committee Wednesday, January 23, 2019

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Chad Michaelson 99L has been reelected to the managing committee at Meyer, Unkovic & Scott in Pittsburgh, Pa. Michaelson is also chair of the firm’s Litigation & Dispute Resolution Group. He has been named in The Best Lawyers in America and Super Lawyers list since 2015, and previously honored by Super Lawyers as a Pennsylvania Rising Star for seven consecutive years. He is a director of the local nonprofit Rebuilding Together Pittsburgh and serves on the Mt. Lebanon Board of Appeals. Read more.

Speed 99L, GTLA president, reflects on past legislative year Tuesday, April 30, 2019

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With Laurie Speed 99L at the helm, the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association stepped up its presence at the Georgia Legislature this year.

GTLA members “put their own practices on hold to make sure we have a voice at the Capitol and that bad laws are not passed. I think it’s what makes trial lawyers different. This isn’t a job for us,” Speed told the Daily Report in April, when her year as president ended. “We’re a one-issue organization,” she adds. “We’re focused on protecting the right to trial by jury.” Speed will serve on the executive committee for another year as immediate past president, and return her focus to Speed & King, the litigation firm she started with Michelle King two years ago. They specialize in personal injury and medical malpractice. 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

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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. 

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.

Read the Daily Report story.

New Hope Enterprises honors founder, Cook 98L Tuesday, November 15, 2016

During New Hope Enterprises’ recent graduation ceremonies, founders Tom Cook 98L and Angele Hawkins were honored for their vision in creating a successful job-readiness training program for those in hardship. The event was held Oct. 7 at The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation offices.

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New Hope Enterprises was founded in 2009 to serve people who had fallen into poverty and could find no way out; those who were living in shelters, aging out of foster care, former offenders and people without the know-how to hold down a job.

Read the story.

Rearden 98L joins Morris, Manning & Martin Tuesday, January 10, 2017

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Robert Rearden 98L has joined Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP as a Real Estate partner. He was previously with the boutique law firm Sheley, Hall & Williams, PC and prior to that King & Spalding, LLP. He focuses on representation of owners and developers in acquisition, sale and financing of real estate assets and also represents investors in structuring real estate equity investments, joint ventures and fund formation. Rearden has significant public finance experience.

“We are always looking for top-tier partners who fit well with our personality. Robert is well-respected and liked by all,” says Louise M. Wells, managing partner. “We would be hard-pressed to find a better fit.”

“The firm has a great reputation and a great capacity to handle diverse deals across the U.S.,” Rearden said. “Joining MMM will benefit my clients and allow me to broaden my practice.”

Bjork 98L joins Latham & Watkins in Los Angeles Monday, February 19, 2018

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Jeff Bjork 98L has joined Latham & Watkins LLP’s Los Angeles office as a partner in the Finance Department. Drawing on his global experience in large-scale reorganizations and insolvencies, he advises clients in distressed situations across a broad range of industries.

He is an accomplished restructuring practitioner, with years of experience representing debtors (public and privately held), distressed investors, sellers and purchasers of financially troubled companies, bond insurers, debt syndicates, and bondholder groups. He also has a successful track record representing bond insurers and other stakeholders in municipal debt restructurings, including through chapter 9 of the United States Bankruptcy Code.

Peter Gilhuly, global co-chair of Latham’s Restructuring, Insolvency & Workouts Practice, said: “Jeff has a multi-faceted practice and is known as a sophisticated national insolvency player. He possesses the experience, skills, and collaborative character that clients seek when they turn to Latham’s top-notch practice.”


Freiman 98L joins WilmerHale as partner  Wednesday, March 7, 2018


Adam M. Freiman 98L has joined WilmerHale as a partner in New York. He brings 20 years of experience in the New York market, having spent the past 10 as a partner at two AmLaw 100 firms.

“Adam has a deep understanding of the emerging company ecosystem and technology market in New York that is a great match for WilmerHale,” said Susan Murley, co-managing partner. “His arrival follows the addition of David Haber in 2017, marking steady and meaningful growth of our Emerging Company Practice in New York. We couldn’t be more pleased to welcome him.” Read the firm release.

Donegan 98L advances at Raymond James Thursday, October 4, 2018

Tom Donegan 98L is general counsel, Investment Banking, and a co-leader of the Legal Department for Raymond James Equity Capital Markets in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Alpert 98L elected fellow of Memphis Bar Friday, December 14, 2018

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Jeremy G. Alpert 98L of Glankler Brown has been named a Fellow of the Memphis Bar Foundation. Alpert concentrates his practice in the areas of civil and commercial litigation of all types, with an emphasis on banking law, construction law and insurance law, as well as construction contract negotiation. He is listed in Best Lawyers in America for arbitration, commercial litigation, banking and finance litigation. The mission of the Memphis Bar Foundation is to: promote philanthropy among members of the Bar; advocate and support public awareness of the legal system; promote social justice and legal education; and encourage and recognize professionalism among members of the Bar.

Gajadharsingh 98L joins Barnes & Thornburg Monday, January 28, 2019

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Adam Gajadharsingh 98L has joined Barnes & Thornburg LLP in their Atlanta office, as an member of their litigation group. He focuses on commercial litigation, insurance coverage disputes and intellectual property matters. Read more.

Trump to nominate Grimberg 98L for federal bench in Georgia Wednesday, April 3, 2019

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On April 2, President Donald Trump announced he intends to nominate Steven Grimberg 98L for U.S. District Court judge, to serve in Atlanta. Grimberg is a former U.S. attorney known for prosecuting white-collar and cyber crimes, who served with the Department of Justice for more than 12 years. In 2018, he joined Nardello & Co., where he is managing director, head of the Atlanta office, and general counsel of the Americas. Grimberg is also an adjunct professor at Emory Law. A first-generation American, his parents immigrated from Argentina.

“President Trump has made an excellent choice in selecting Steven Grimberg to serve as a judge for the Northern District Court of Georgia,” David Perdue told the Daily Report. “Throughout his extensive legal career as a federal prosecutor, including seven years as an assistant U.S. attorney in Atlanta, Mr. Grimberg has served Georgians and the country with distinction. Steven Grimberg is immensely qualified for this role, and I am delighted to work with him through the confirmation process.” Read the story.

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

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Peter Kogan 97L has been promoted to counsel atReed Smith LLP. A former associate, he works within the Real Estate practice group in the firm's Pittsburgh office.

Torgrimson 97L Partner, Co-Founder of Pursley Friese Torgrimson Monday, March 18, 2013

Christian Torgrimson 97L is a managing partner at Pursley Friese Torgrimson LLP, which she helped found in January 2013. She practices eminent domain law and was recently recognized as a top Georgia attorney by SuperLawyers.

DiSalvo 97L Named SuperLawyer for Estate, Probate Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Loraine McMurray DiSalvo 97L was selected for inclusion in the 2013 listing of SuperLawyers in the Atlanta area, in the practice area of estate planning and probate. She practices at Morgan and DiSalvo P.C. in Alpharetta, Ga.

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

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.

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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

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

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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

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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 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

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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.

Kachmar 97L among Georgia's 'Legal Elite' Friday, December 4, 2015

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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. 

Estes 97L leads infrastructure team at Pannone Lopes Devereaux & West Monday, January 25, 2016

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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. 

Kachmar 97L named 2016 Georgia Super Lawyer Friday, February 19, 2016

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Shawn Kachmar 97L was named a Georgia Super Lawyer for 2016. Kachmar practices employment and labor law in the Savannah offices of  HunterMacLean.

Monahan 97L elected to Georgia Bar Board of Governors Thursday, June 23, 2016

William J. Monahan 97L of the Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys, Office of Legal and Victim Programs, in Washington, D.C., was elected to serve on the Board of Governors of the 48,000-member State Bar of Georgia and was installed June 18 during the organization’s annual meeting. He will serve in the Out-of-State, Post 2 seat on the board.           

Monahan has served with the U.S. Department of Justice since 2007 and previously worked with the U.S. Department of Commerce and the City of Atlanta Law Department.

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Londot 97L certified in cyber threat investigation Wednesday, August 3, 2016

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John Londot 97L, a shareholder in Greenberg Traurig’s Tallahassee offices, has been certified by the McAfee Institute as a Cyber Threat Forensic Investigator (CTFI) and Certified Cyber Investigative Expert (CCIE). Read the firm’s press release.

Jeyaram 97L named Gwinnett County magistrate Wednesday, October 12, 2016

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Deepak “DJ” Jeyaram 97L was appointed a magistrate judge for Gwinett County on Sept. 20, 2016. Jeyaram also has his own practice, Jeyaram & Associates, where he focuses on healthcare regulatory matters, primarily in administrative appeals, Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement, and program integrity audits and investigations. The appointment makes him Georgia's first South Asian American judge to serve in Gwinnett County.

Read the story.


Withrow 97L partner at Boyd Collar Nolen & Tuggle Thursday, February 2, 2017

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Kimberli C. Withrow 97L has been named as a partner at Boyd Collar Nolen & Tuggle. Withrow, previously of counsel, has been with the firm for more than three years and has practiced exclusively in the area of family law for nearly 15 years.

“Kimberli is a driven and intelligent lawyer who has proven not only to serve her clients well but also to lead and invest in others here at the firm,” said Managing Partner John Collar. “Her continued commitment to the practice of family law and providing the sophisticated level of service for which our firm is known set a great example for our associates, and we are pleased to now count Kimberli as a partner.”

Withrow was also recently named a Georgia Super Lawyer.

Withrow 97L to lead new Boyd Collar Nolen & Tuggle office Monday, April 17, 2017

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Kimberli C. Withrow 97L will lead Boyd Collar Nolen & Tuggle’s new office in Gwinett, which the firm says is the county’s first full-service family law firm. Withrow has been with the firm three years and was recently named partner.

“As the need for sound legal advice in the state continues to grow, this new office and the depth of talent brought by Kimberli allow us to better serve our growing client base,” said John L. Collar, managing partner. Withrow has practiced family law for 16 years.

“Having lived in Gwinnett for nearly my entire legal career, I am pleased to offer a wider geographic market presence for Boyd Collar Nolen & Tuggle’s current and future clients,” she says.

HunterMaclean alumni repeat on Best Lawyers list Tuesday, August 15, 2017

The following HunterMaclean attorneys and Emory Law alumni were selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2018. The annual publication recognizes attorneys for significant achievements in their area of practice.

Shawn A. Kachmar 97L (Employment Law – Management)

Sarah H. Lamar 91L (Employment Law - Management, Labor Law – Management)

Diana J.P. McKenzie 85L (Information Technology Law)

M. Lane Morrison 70L (Trusts and Estates)

Harold B. Yellin 82L (Land Use and Zoning Law, Real Estate Law)

Chakravarty 97L joins Snell & Wilmer Tuesday, May 1, 2018

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This month, Aloke Chakravarty 97L joined Snell & Wilmer, in the firm’s Denver, Colorado, offices. Chakravarty, the federal prosecutor who prosecuted the Boston Marathon bombing case, joins the firm as a partner and will practice in its White Collar Defense and Investigations group and the Cybersecurity, Data Protection and Privacy practice.

Chakravarty arrives from the U.S. Department of Justice where he prosecuted the U.S. v. Tsarnaev case. He led the crisis response and investigation team minutes after the bombing, developed and presented the case at grand jury, trial and sentencing, and assisted in the appeal. Read the firm release.

Kelly 97L serves on Florida Eminent Domain Committee Tuesday, June 5, 2018

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Carlos Kelly 97L has been appointed by the incoming Florida Bar President Michelle Suskauer to continue his service on the Bar’s Eminent Domain Committee. Kelly is a stockholder with Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, P.A., in the firm’s Ft. Myers offices. Read the release.

Torgrimson 97L earns prestigious real-estate designation Tuesday, June 12, 2018

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Christian Torgrimson 97L has been awarded the CRE® (Counselor of Real Estate) designation by The Counselors of Real Estate®, an international group of high profile real estate professionals who provide expert advisory services to clients on complex real property and land-related matters. The designation was voted and confirmed in May at the Counselors’ 2018 Midyear Meetings in Chicago. She is managing partner at Atlanta-based Pursley Friese Torgrimson. Read the release.

Kachmar 97L joins Georgia's `legal elite' Wednesday, December 5, 2018

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Shawn Kachmar 97L has been named a member of Georgia Trend magazine’s 2018 Legal Elite. “Legal Elite is compiled by attorneys submitting their nominations through the publication’s website, and the listing is determined solely by attorneys’ votes,” says a firm release. “Our firm is honored to have six attorneys recognized by their peers for continuous dedication to their practice and our community,” said HunterMaclean Managing Partner Brad Harmon. “These attorneys consistently demonstrate the ideals that HunterMaclean has proudly embodied since 1879.”

Kachmar 97L named 2019 Georgia Super Lawyer Monday, February 18, 2019

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Shawn Kachmar 97L, a partner at HunterMaclean was named a 2019 Georgia Super Lawyer in the category of employment litigation. He practices in the firm’s Savannah offices and specializes in employment law, employee benefits and business litigation.

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.

Mayfield 96L elected to Asheville City Council Friday, December 4, 2015

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Julie Mayfield 96L was recently elected to the City Council of Asheville, N.C. Read the Citizen-Times story.

Rogers 96L joins Polsinelli as shareholder Monday, June 27, 2016

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Michael Rodgers 96L has been named shareholder at Polsinelli. Earlier this year, he joined the firm from Seyfarth Shaw. 

“I was attracted to Polsinelli’s national footprint, the firm’s recognized Real Estate Practice Group and, most importantly, the firm’s commitment to serving the real estate development industry which is not universal in many national law firms,” Rodgers said. 

Read the firm’s press release.

Read the Daily Report story.

Fernandez 96L named director at American Board of Certification Monday, February 20, 2017

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Lara Roeske Fernandez 93C 96L, a shareholder with Trenam Law, has been appointed to the board of directors for the American Board of Certification, a nonprofit organization public service organization that works to improve bankruptcy and creditors' rights law. 

ABC is sponsored by the American Bankruptcy Institute and the Commercial Law League of America. Fernandez, a Florida Bar board certified attorney in business bankruptcy, is the leader of Trenam Law’s Bankruptcy, Creditors' Rights & Insolvency Practice Group. She serves clients involved in business reorganizations (debtor and creditor representation), bankruptcy litigation, commercial foreclosures and workouts, and loan modifications. She also represents trustees. Additionally, Fernandez has served as a Chapter 11 trustee and liquidation trustee. She serves on the Local Rules Lawyers Advisory Committee for the United States Bankruptcy Court, Middle District of Florida.

"Lara's demonstrated leadership on behalf of her clients and in our firm's Bankruptcy Creditor's Rights & Insolvency Practice serves as a testament to the good work she will do for the ABC in continuing to raise the standard of excellence in bankruptcy law," said Marie Tomassi, managing shareholder.

Mitchell 96L joins Pendleton Square Trust Friday, March 3, 2017

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W. Wright Mitchell has joined Pendleton Square Trust and Family Office as affiliate partner. He supports multi-generational family relationships by serving families and their advisors in Atlanta. Prior to founding his own firm, Mitchell Law, in 2014, he was a partner with Constangy, Brooks & Smith, LLP. Mitchell is a member of the State Bar of Georgia Fiduciary Law Section. 

Read the firm release.

Rafshoon 96L joins Hunton & Williams in Atlanta Wednesday, July 19, 2017

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G. Scott Rafshoon 96L has joined Hunton & Williams as partner.

“Scott brings experience with innovative infrastructure privatization and significant M&A work,” said Thomas Hiner, co-head of the firm’s corporate team. “His practice is a great complement to our PPP practice and to our corporate finance team, which regularly handle complex national transactions.”

Read the firm release.

Sours 96L runs the good race Tuesday, September 5, 2017

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“Running a race of any distance is challenging, let alone while pushing a wheelchair. But that is what Matt Sours 96L does frequently across the country as a volunteer with the Kyle Pease Foundation,” the Atlanta Business Chronicle reports. “The organization was founded by Brent Pease  and his brother Kyle, who has cerebral palsy, to assist people with disabilities in participating in sports. Among KPF's programs is one pairing able-bodied runners with athletes in medically adaptive wheelchairs, conquering 5Ks, marathons and even Ironman races together throughout the country.

"Sours started volunteering with the KPF out of his friendship with the Pease brothers and his interest in combining his own love of running with furthering the organization’s mission." He is a partner in the Real Estate group at Morris, Manning & Martin.

Read the Chronicle story. (subscription required)

Mencarini 96L in Leadership Greensboro Class of 2018 Tuesday, October 3, 2017

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Jennifer Mencarini 96L is among 45 people in Leadership Greensboro’s Class of 2018, who represent business, education, government, nonprofit and neighborhood organizations. Led by the Greensboro Chamber of Commerce, the program--which first began in 1977--offers “in-depth exposure to critical issues facing the community through lectures, discussion groups, on-site visits, simulations and other activities.” Mencarini joined Elon Law in 2015, after 11 years of practicing law in Texas. Read the story.

Mann 96L joins Squire Patton Boggs' new Atlanta office Wednesday, May 30, 2018

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Dara Mann 96L, known for her national class action, product liability and toxic tort practice has joined Squire Patton Boggs in its new Atlanta office, which it opened in February with a three-partner team from global firm Dentons.

After 22 years in practice, “working consecutively without a real break,” she decided to take a breather and consider her options before ultimately deciding on Squire Patton Boggs, Mann told the Daily Report. “It’s about what I want the future to look like,” she said. “The excitement of helping to develop this office with Squire was the standout to me.”

“Dara is a collaborative person. That’s why we’re so excited to have her,” said Ann-Marie McGaughey, managing partner of the Atlanta office. “In building this office, we really have the chance to build something special, and Dara is a key piece of that.” Read the story.

Maggio 96L, 'leading lawyer' for aviation litigation Monday, July 16, 2018

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John Maggio 96L, a partner at Condon & Forsyth LLP, was recognized by U.S. Legal 500 as one of five leading lawyers in the United States for transport: aviation and air Travel, litigation. Maggio’s practice focuses on aviation defense litigation as he splits his time between New York and Florida where he manages the firm's Miami office.



U.S. prosecutor Gilfillan 96L joins Kilpatrick Townsend Wednesday, October 24, 2018

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Doug Gilfillan 96L joined Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton as a partner on the Government Enforcement and Investigations Team in the Litigation Department in the firm’s Atlanta office. Gilfillan has spent the past decade in the United States Attorney’s Office, where he was most recently chief of the Cyber Crimes and Intellectual Property Section, and National Security Cyber Specialist in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Georgia. Prior to that, he was Deputy Chief of the office’s Economic Crimes Section. Read the release.

Cannon 95L is VP at Garden City Group Thursday, April 25, 2013

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Christi Anne Cannon 95L was named vice president for client relations at GCG (Garden City Group). She will continue her work with the firm team handling the BP Deepwater Horizon class action settlement and claim administration.

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.

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.

Hayward 95L candidate for Clayton County Superior Court Tuesday, January 5, 2016

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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.

Bonder 95L named to DeKalb County Board of Ethics Wednesday, January 20, 2016

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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. 

Read the story.

Cannon 95L named SVP at Garden City Group Tuesday, March 22, 2016

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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.

Gov. Deal appoints Hayward 95L to state court bench Wednesday, April 20, 2016

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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. 

Read the Daily Report story.

Silberman 95L leads at Celanese Tuesday, November 15, 2016

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Michael Silberman 95L was recently named vice president and deputy general counsel for Dallas-based Celanese Corporation, a Fortune 500 publicly-traded, international, diversified chemical company. He serves as lead business counsel for the global Acetyl Chain core business and the Global Supply Chain.

Cooper 95L joins Sidley Austin LLP Wednesday, November 1, 2017

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As of Nov. 1, William J. Cooper 95L is a partner with the Houston offices of Sidley Austin LLP, where he will focus on complex capital markets transactions representing both issuers and underwriters on initial public offerings, follow-on equity offerings, traditional private placements, Rule 144A offerings and private investments in public equity. He is experienced with master limited partnerships, including private formation transactions, IPOs, sponsor drop-down transactions and conflicts committee representation.

“Bill is among a highly sought-after team of five partners we’ve added to our Capital Markets and M&A practices, four of whom – David Buck, Jon Daly, Angela Richards and George Vlahakos – will be based in its Houston office, with the remaining partner – Bill Cooper – splitting his time between Houston and Washington, D.C.,” according to the firm release.

Reichman 95L hosts new podcast, 'Behind the Trial' Tuesday, January 30, 2018


“Behind the Trial,” a new podcast from the LA/Silicon Valley firm McKool Smith and Benchmark Litigation, is hosted by Courtland Reichman 95L. It features conversations with some of the country’s most well-regarded trial lawyers, such as David Boies, Elkan Abramowitz, Gary Naftalis and Diane Sullivan.

The first episode is with Evan Chesler of Cravath, who talks about the lessons he learned as a teacher in the Bronx, when he writes his closing arguments, how he still gets nervous before a trial, and what it takes to become a great trial lawyer. Read the firm release.


Choundas 95L publishes The Making Sense of Things Tuesday, May 15, 2018

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George Choundas 92C 95L has just published another book, a collection of short stories titled The Making Sense of Things. It received the Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Prize, and was shortlisted for the Robert C. Jones Prize for Short Prose, the St. Lawrence Book Award for Fiction, and the Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Short Fiction. Choudas is also author of 2007’s The Pirate Primer: Mastering the Language of Swashbucklers and Rogues. Here’s an interview from last month with Choundas, a litigator and former FBI agent who practices in New York City. His bio from a 2016 Kenyon Review story sums up his work.

Abt's client cleared after a year spent in jail on rape charge Friday, September 14, 2018

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Criminal defense lawyer E. Jay Abt 95L secured the release of client Ilya Zaretsky after he spent a year in custody on rape charges. Police arrested Zaretsky last September--he was accused of raping a younger relative. At the time, investigators claimed he drugged the teen and had sex with her. He was released last month after the Gwinnett County District Attorney’s Office declined to prosecute the case. Read more

Vogel 95L launches education firm Monday, February 4, 2019

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Jonathan A. Vogel 95L of Charlotte, N.C., launched Vogel Law Firm, an education law firm focused on issues arising in K-12, higher education, and student loans. Vogel practices in both North Carolina and Georgia, and is a former deputy general counsel of the U.S. Department of Education and a former assistant U.S. attorney at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Charlotte.

Trigg 94L Named One of Top 50 New Jersey Women Lawyers Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Amanda Trigg

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

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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 Trigg
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

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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

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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.

Kalter is VP, general counsel at Exide Technologies Friday, December 4, 2015

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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.

Neclerio 94L leads technology transactions and licensing division Friday, January 20, 2017

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John M. Neclerio 94L has been named chair of the new Technology Transactions and Licensing Division at Duane Morris LLP, part of the firm’s nationally ranked Intellectual Property Practice Group. He practices in the firm’s Philadelphia offices.

“The unique strengths of each of these partners in their respective areas of focus are of enormous benefit to clients in those industries,” said Louis Norwood Jameson, chair of Duane Morris’ Intellectual Property Practice Group. “Our topline client service depends on our attention to the specific IP needs of our clients, whether in just one area, or several. We know these new chairs will excel in their new roles.” 

Read the firm release.

Branch 94L, 11th Circuit nominee, appears before Senate Friday, December 15, 2017

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Lisa Branch 94L, nominated for the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals by President Trump, appeared for confirmation hearings before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee in December. Branch’s record reflects her originalist bent, says a Daily Report story. But also, “At the end of the day, I am bound by U.S. Supreme Court precedent,” Branch said. Read more

Baker 94L publishes book on history of sex trade Wednesday, September 26, 2018

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A book by Carrie Baker 94L, Fighting the US Youth Sex Trade: Gender, Race, and Politics was published in September by Cambridge University Press. “Earlier this year, Congress passed two laws that allow states to criminally prosecute internet service providers who 'promote or facilitate' prostitution of another person and allow individuals to sue internet service providers for civil damages for harm resulting from such actions,” Baker writes on the Cambridge blog. “These laws resulted from the efforts of a politically and ideologically diverse anti-child-sex-trafficking movement that included conservatives and liberals, feminists, evangelical Christians, and others. But despite the broad-based, bipartisan support for these laws, the politics behind them are complicated.” Baker is director of the Program for the Study of Women and Gender at Smith College. Read more

Krause 94L leads education firm, Promethean Friday, January 4, 2019

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Allyson Guy Krause 94L was featured in the Daily Report on her work as general counsel and chief privacy officer at Promethean, headquartered in Alpharetta. Read the story.

Lott 94L elected judge in rare defeat of incumbent appointee Wednesday, March 6, 2019

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Lisa Lott 94L took the bench as Superior Court judge for Georgia’s Western Judicial Circuit on Jan 1. But her election last year was both remarkable and a first.

She was the first woman elected to that bench, but also one of only two judges in the Western Circuit’s 118-year history who won their seat purely by election, rather than first serving as a governor’s appointee. Other than Judge David Sweat’s election in 2002, “the other judges who were appointed retained their seat in subsequent elections,” Lott said. “Although I have to say there were very few challengers throughout that history.”

Last May, Lott won with 54.6 of the vote against Judge Regina Quick, who Gov. Nathan Deal appointed in August 2017. Prior to that, Quick was a Georgia State House representative. Lott, a longtime public defender who lives in Athens, campaigned on the idea that judicial appointees often don’t reflect the cities they serve, she said.

“It is time for our community to elect our judges, as opposed to Atlanta appointing all of our superior court judges … And by Atlanta, I mean the governor,” Lott told the Red & Black.

“I’ve been a public servant in our community for the last 18 years ... I’ve had my feet on the ground, working in this community for those less fortunate,” Lott said during the campaign. “I’ve been involved in this community as a volunteer, as a concerned citizen, and as a parent. I know what makes this community tick. That is perspective which I believe is an essential characteristic for a fair and impartial judge.” The Western Circuit includes Clarke and Oconee Counties. Lott will serve a four-year term.

EPA Chief Fleming 93L Brings Prosecutorial Skills to Post Wednesday, December 4, 2013

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From Greenwire

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

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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

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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.

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. 

Spitz 93L named national co-chair at Jackson Lewis Thursday, April 7, 2016

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Jon Spitz 93L was named national co-chair of the Labor and Preventive Practices Group at Jackson Lewis P.C.

Chenevert 93L deputy counsel for SRC Holdings Corp. Monday, June 27, 2016

Donald Chenevert Jr. 93L is deputy general counsel of SRC Holdings Corporation in Springfield, Missouri. He joined the Missouri Bar earlier this year.

Ginsberg 93L recognized for construction law practice Thursday, October 13, 2016

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Ross Ginsberg 93L has been named one of The Best Lawyers in America 2017 for construction law. Ginsberg is a partner with Weinberg Wheeler Hudgins Gunn & Dial, and practices in the firm’s Atlanta offices. Best Lawyers is based on a peer-review survey in which more than 54,000 attorneys cast almost 6.2 million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas.  Lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed. 

Field joins Parker, Hudson, Rainer & Dobbs as partner Friday, February 10, 2017

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Tracy M. Field 93L has joined Parker, Hudson, Rainer & Dobbs as a partner in the Health Law practice group. 

"We are thrilled to welcome Tracy to the firm. She is an exceptionally talented attorney who is widely respected for her broad experience in the health care industry," said Wayne Hillis, managing partner. Field advises health care providers and life sciences companies on regulatory and operational issues including Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement matters, compliance programs, OIG and government investigations, HIPAA and HiTech concerns. She also advises clients in FDA matters, clinical research trials, Sunshine laws and conflicts of interest issues. Field practices in the firm’s Atlanta offices. Prior to joining Parker Hudson, Field was a partner at Womble Carlyle. 

Ginsberg 93L among 'Best Lawyers in America' Thursday, September 7, 2017

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Ross Ginsberg 93L was listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2018 for his work in Construction Law. He is a partner at Weinberg Wheeler Hudgins Gunn & Dial, where he focuses his practice on representation of project participants in a variety of construction projects. He provides advice, contracting, and litigation support to owners, contractors, subcontractors, suppliers and design professional in projects as varied as energy producing plants, manufacturing facilities, stadium projects, transportation projects, other infrastructure projects, hotels and casinos.

 Read the firm release.

Marks 93L joins Kirkland & Ellis LLP Tuesday, September 12, 2017

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Aaron Marks 93L has joined Kirkland & Ellis LLP as a partner in the Litigation Practice Group in the New York office. A commercial litigator and trial lawyer, Marks represents corporations, private equity and other investment firms, multinational financial institutions, and individuals in lawsuits and arbitrations involving securities, financial products, real estate, entertainment, mass torts and trade secrets, and has tried cases before juries around the country. He joins Kirkland from Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP, where he was a partner and member of the firm’s management committee.

Read his firm bio.

Lindley 93L senior vice president at Jaffe Wednesday, December 6, 2017

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Liz Bard Lindley 93L leads public relations and marketing campaigns for law firms in her new position as senior vice president with the communications agency Jaffe PR. After practicing matrimonial law following graduation, Lindley shifted into working with law firms worldwide on their PR needs.

Choi 93L honored with eponymous award, scholarship Thursday, February 1, 2018


In February, the Georgia Asian Pacific American Bar Association established the inaugural Han C. Choi Mentor Award, to honor its past president and board member, Choi, Class of 1993. The award recognizes members of the bar who demonstrate a commitment to mentor next-generation Asian Pacific American attorneys.

The NAPABA Law Foundation also partnered with the Choi Family to create the Han C. Choi Scholarship, which will benefit Asian Pacific American 1L or 2L law students who exhibit academic excellence, social conscience and an interest in APA issues. Special consideration will also be given to applicants who have been adversely affected by cancer (as a survivor, or family member of a victim or survivor). More details at

Stovall 93L honored for work to protect children Wednesday, November 14, 2018

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Trenny Stovall 93L was honored by Child’s Rights at the organization’s inaugural Atlanta Benefit and Inspiration Awards, held this month at the Cherokee Town Club. Stovall is director of the DeKalb County Child Advocacy Center. Event proceeds went toward advocacy and legal action “to defend the rights, safety and well-being of children in foster card and other state child welfare institutions,” according to a press release. Read the AJC story.

Chenevert 93L wins Ace Award for Collaboration Friday, January 4, 2019

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Donald Chenevert Jr. 93L, deputy general counsel for SRC Holdings Corporation, received the ACE Award for Collaboration. Chenevert chaired the committee that successfully developed, launched and gained approval of the official ANSI standard for Remanufacturing. 

“I am honored and humbled to receive the ACE Award for Collaboration,” he said. “The Remanufacturing Industries Council reflects the power of collaboration across diverse industries —from aeronautics to electronics to office furniture to engines.” Read more.

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

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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.

Read the company’s release.

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.

Read the Atlanta Business Chronicle story.

Fink 92L named among "Best Lawyers in America" for 2016 Wednesday, September 9, 2015

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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.

Stout 92L named 'Rotarian of the Year' Tuesday, July 19, 2016

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Carter Stout 82C 92L has been named “Rotarian of the Year” by the Rotary Club of Dunwoody for his leadership and service as director at large and race relations director for the club's 5K race. Stout leads the real estate practice at Stout Kaiser Matteson Peake & Hendrick, LLC, in Atlanta.

Cohen 92L joins leadership of National Woman's Party Friday, November 4, 2016

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Michelle Weisberg Cohen 92L, a member and chair of the e-commerce practice at Ifrah PLLC in Washington, D.C., was appointed vice president-legal affairs of the Board of the National Woman's Party, at the Belmont-Paul Women's Equality National Monument. Cohen joined the NWP's Board in 2005.

Read the release.


Amabile 92L on 'Death of Georgia Arbitration Act' Thursday, February 15, 2018



John Amabile 92L recently wrote a column, “The Potential Death of the Georgia Arbitration Act,” for the Daily Report. Summary headline: “The U.S. Supreme Court has tilted the playing field so that any state law found to be contrary to the Federal Arbitration Act is subject to complete pre-emption.”

Read the article. (subscription required)


Fink 92L joins trade secrets leaders in Sedona Tuesday, October 9, 2018

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Benjamin Fink 92L, a shareholder with Berman Fink Van Horn P.C. of Atlanta, was invited to attend the Inaugural Sedona Conference on Developing Best Practices for Trade Secrets Issues in Scottsdale, Arizona. The invitation-only event brought together thought leaders in trade secrets law. Fink will also serve on a consensus, non-partisan team to draft Principles/Best Practices Commentary on Protecting Trade Secrets in Litigation for the Sedona Conference and will also attend the Inaugural Meeting of the Sedona Conference Working Group 12 on Trade Secrets in Los Angeles.

Lovett 91L Appointed Juvenile Court Judge Thursday, January 30, 2014

Willie Lovett

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 R. Sigel

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

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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

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Jonathan Sigel 91L of Mirick O'Connell has been named to the 2015 Massachusetts Super Lawyers list. 

Snow is deputy prosecutor in Redmond Friday, December 4, 2015

Stephanie Snow 91L is a deputy prosecuting attorney with the City of Redmond, Washington.

State Bar honors Lovett 91L with posthumous award Thursday, May 4, 2017


On May 4, the Hon. Willie Lovett Jr. 91L was honored posthumously by the State Bar of Georgie with the “Commitment to Equality Award.” Lovett passed away Jan. 30, 2017, at age 53. A graduate of Yale University, he earned his JD at Harvard Law School and his master of laws degree at Emory Law.

Pettus 91L leads The Gavel LLC as CEO Thursday, August 3, 2017

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Pamela Pettus 91L is the chief executive officer and co-founder of The Gavel LLC, a national legal network designed to streamline the claims defense experience for claims professionals. Pettus brings to the job decades of experience managing all lines of insured and self-insured claims. Her legal knowledge “was essential for her successful transition to her insurance industry career as a claims representative at State Farm Insurance,” according to a release. Pettus has worked in risk management as an adjuster, senior claims representative, claims manager, and director. Her “extensive history as a defense-client positions her to appreciate the needs of attorneys and specialists to be productive and effective,” the release continues.

Tomlinson 91L receives MLK Unity Award Monday, January 15, 2018

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On Jan. 15, Teresa Tomlinson 91L, mayor of Columbus, Ga., received the 2018 MLK Jr. Unity Award at the 32nd annual Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity breakfast. Read the story.

Blizzard 91L receives 'First Chair' award Saturday, September 8, 2018

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Susan Blizzard 91L was a recipient of a 2018 First Chair Top General Counsel Award. "The First Chair Awards is an annual selection of in-house counsel who have, through their hard work and innovation, made significant contributions to the legal community. Our award program honors the top in-house counsel for their accomplishments in the past year in a wide range of categories,” the site says. Read more

Sigel 91L among Massachusetts' Super Lawyers Thursday, October 25, 2018

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Jonathan R. Sigel 91L, a partner in the Labor, Employment and Employee Benefits Group and the Higher Education Group at Mirick O'Connell, has been selected as a 2018 Massachusetts Super Lawyer. No more than 5 percent of the lawyers in the state are selected as such. Sigel advises clients on employment issues including employment and severance agreements, handbooks and policies, and terminations and layoffs. He also advises management on proper wage and hour classification. 

Lamar 91L named 2019 Georgia Super Lawyer Monday, February 18, 2019

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Sarah Lamar 91L, a partner at HunterMaclean was named a 2019 Georgia Super Lawyer in the category of employment and labor. She practices in the firm’s Savannah offices and specializes in employment law.

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

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
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

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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.

Coopersmith is partner with Davis Wright Tremaine LLP Friday, December 4, 2015

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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.

Heffner 90L elected partner at U.K.'s Dechert LLP Thursday, January 7, 2016

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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.

Meyer 90L named division president at RLI Monday, June 13, 2016

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Daniel Meyer 90L has been promoted to president in the Transportation Division at RLI Corp. Meyer joined RLI in 2000 as a claim manager and transitioned to underwriting in 2006. He has been a key member of the RLI Transportation Division for 16 years, serving for the past 10 years as head of truck underwriting.

Steinfeld 90L publishes book on life as a lawyer Monday, July 31, 2017


Shayna M. Steinfeld 86C 90B 90L published Her Story: Lessons in Success From Lawyers Who Live It earlier this year. Steinfeld is a co-editor and author of one of the book’s essays. The collection is “meant to share stories of success, advice, and inspiration to women in the legal workplace.” The book was published by the American Bar Association, litigation section.

Steinfeld is regularly named a “Super Lawyer” and has also been ranked among the top women lawyers in the state. She is board-certified in consumer and business bankruptcy law and has been in practice in Atlanta with her husband, Bruce Steinfeld 88L, a family lawyer and member of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. They’ve run their firm, Steinfeld & Steinfeld, PC, since 2000 and have three adult sons in their 20s.

Wagenmaker 90L, partner at Chicago firm Thursday, February 1, 2018

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Sally Wagenmaker 90L is partner at Chicago’s Wagenmaker & Oberly, which also has a Charleston, S.C. office. They serve nonprofit organizations nationwide, in areas including nonprofit corporate start-ups, IRS tax exemption and compliance, employment and real estate aspects, exemptions, dispute resolution, and innovative social enterprise ventures.

“I speak regularly on exciting and fun nonprofit legal topics like board governance, religious liberty considerations, charitable fundraising, and employment law issues in the wake of governmental changes," Wagenmaker says. "Many of our clients are faith-based, and all seek to improve the world in some meaningful way.” 

Morgan 90L co-chairs ABA Intellectual Property Subcommittee Wednesday, September 5, 2018

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Elizabeth Ann “Betty” Morgan 90L has been appointed co-chair IP Subcommittee of the  American Bar Association’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Section for the upcoming year. Before being appointed to this position, Morgan was an active member of the American Bar Association in the section for intellectual property law and section for alternative dispute resolution. Read more

Mills 90L joins Taylor English as partner Monday, October 15, 2018

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John Mills 90L has joined law firm Taylor English in Atlanta as a partner in the Litigation and Dispute Resolution practice group. “Mills brings more than 28 years of experience navigating litigation in the state and federal courts of California, Georgia and New York. He focuses his practice on bankruptcy, debtor/creditor rights, bankruptcy acquisitions and insolvency related litigation, including receiverships and foreclosures as well as commercial, real estate and finance related litigation,” according to the firm’s release. Mills is also member of the Advisory Board of the Emory Bankruptcy Developments Journal.

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

Gregory Rogers
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

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.

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.

Saber 89L recognized among `Best Lawyers in America' Monday, August 15, 2016

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Michael P. Saber 89L was selected for inclusion in the 2017 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. He practices biotechnology, corporate, mergers and acquisitions, securities/capital markets, and venture capital law. He is a partner at Smith Anderson, and practices in the firm’s offices in Raleigh, N.C.

Brown 89L leads American College of Construction Lawyers Monday, April 24, 2017

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Robert Preston Brown 89L has been elected to the Board of Governors of the American College of Construction Lawyers. Brown is general counsel for McKenney’s, Inc. He also is a member of Georgia Justice Project Board of Directors, and has previously served Emory Law in alumni leadership roles.

Saber 89L among 'Best Lawyers in America' Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Saber 89L

Michael P. Saber 89L was included in the 2018 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. He is a partner who practices in Smith Anderson’s Raleigh, N.C., offices. His focus areas are: biotechnology law, corporate law, mergers and acquisitions law, securities/capital markets law, venture capital law

Former DOJ Chief Trusty 89L joins Ifrah Law in D.C. Monday, October 16, 2017

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James Trusty 89L, former chief of the Department of Justice’s Organized Crime Section, is now a partner at Ifrah Law, PLLC, in Washington, D.C.

“After 28 years as a prosecutor, James Trusty brings extensive experience in complex, multi-district white collar litigation, especially in matters involving RICO, The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, and The Money Laundering Control Act of 1986,” the firm’s site says.

Michael Saber 89L is among Super Lawyers of North Carolina Thursday, January 25, 2018


Michael Saber 89L is among this year’s Super Lawyers of North Carolina. He is a partner at Smith Anderson’s Raleigh offices. He co-leads the firm’s Life Sciences and AgTech industry practice groups, and often works with pharmaceutical, biotechnology, precision agriculture, medical device and animal health companies.  He also counsels entrepreneurial and closely-held businesses from start-up through growth stages.

Porter 89L joins Ackerman LLP in Tampa Monday, March 5, 2018

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Jim Porter 89L has joined Akerman LLP, in Tampa, Fla., as land use partner in its Real Estate Practice Group. Porter concentrates on land use, zoning and government relations. He is also school board attorney for the Hillsborough County School Board, and is board certified by the Florida Bar as an expert in city, county and local government law.

“Jim is an important additions to our Land Use Practice,” said Eric Rapkin, chair of the Real Estate Practice Group. “His arrival broadens our team’s experience in land use regulation, government relations, and environmental issues in cities where our clients need us the most.” Read the firm release.

Saber 89L earns 'Best Lawyer of the Year' Monday, August 20, 2018


Mike Saber 89L was named one of the “Lawyers of the Year” for biotechnology and life sciences practice, by The Best Lawyers in America. He is a partner with Smith Anderson in Raleigh, N.C.

Trusty 89L says Rosenstein will likely survive mid-terms Wednesday, September 26, 2018


Deputy AG Rod J. Rosenstein's departure seemed certain this week, given news stories indicating a possible lack of support for President Trump. But that now seems unlikely, at least for the present, says James. M. Trusty 89L. "For all of the president's bluster, I’m not sure he doesn't have at least some grudging respect for Rod," he said. Trusty is a friend of Rosenstein's and former Justice Department official who works in private practice at Ifrah Law. Read more.

Klein 88L, New Dean of McKinney School of Law Thursday, March 21, 2013

Andy Klein

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.

Read the press release.

Lindsay 88L sworn in as federal magistrate Friday, December 4, 2015

Colin H. Lindsay 88L was sworn in as a U.S. magistrate judge for the Western District of Kentucky effective December 31, 2014. Read the news release.

Wilson 88L named partner at Morris, Manning & Martin Monday, March 7, 2016

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Lynn M. Wilson 88L has been elected partner at Morris, Manning & Martin. She initiated and now manages the firm’s landlord tenant practice.

Carr 88L joins new firm, Kabat Chapman & Ozmer Monday, March 21, 2016

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Scott Carr 88L has joined Kabat Chapman & Ozmer LLP. According to the Daily Report, 10 attorneys from Wargo French left to start the firm, which handles labor and employment law and commercial litigation. Carr has joined as of counsel. 

Read the story.

Kessler & Solomiany celebrate silver anniversary Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Kessler 88L

Kessler & Solomiany, LLC recently celebrated its 25th anniversary of practicing family law from their downtown and Sandy Springs offices. The firm’s 30 lawyers and staff hosted a small celebration on Aug. 17, where they were joined by Atlanta lawyers, judges and other professionals.

“Twenty-five years is a long time to be helping people through such difficult circumstances,” said founding partner Randall Kessler 88L. “But we are passionate about it and remain honored to be asked by so many to help.”

Miles 88L receives Daily Report mediator/arbitrator award Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Miles 88L

John Miles 88L was voted the No. 2 Mediator/Arbitrator in this year’s Daily Report Annual Best Of Reader Rankings Survey. His firm, Miles Mediation, was also named the No. 1 Alternative Dispute Resolution Firm. This is the third consecutive year the firm was voted into the top spot; the individual award category was introduced this year. “It’s a testament to the growing industry of ADR and the need to identify top mediators and arbitrators,” according to the firm’s release.

“It’s an honor to be recognized as the premier ADR firm in Georgia,” Miles said. “I am proud of this accomplishment, not because we won an award, but because of what it represents. It represents our clients’ trust, and it’s their trust that has led to the growth and success of Miles.”

Read the firm release.

Brownstein 88L named president of logistics company Wednesday, June 21, 2017

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Jay Brownstein 88L is president of Prime Delivery, Inc. a logistics company. He also continues to practice civil litigation, business and personal injury law practice as a founding partner of Brownstein & Nguyen LLC.

Regina Benton Reid 88L Friday, February 16, 2018

Regina Benton Reid 88L passed away on Feb. 16, 2018. Read the obituary.

Clark 88L elected to International Society of Barristers Thursday, March 1, 2018

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Robin Frazer Clark 88L was recently elected a member of the International Society of Barristers (ISOB) and to the Board of Directors of the ISOB Foundation. Read more about the ISOB here.

Membership is by invitation only which is preceded by a rigorous screening process that considers the lawyer’s ability, experience, accomplishments and ethical standards as assessed by trial lawyers and judges.

Clark 88L, Sears 80L call for judicial diversity Thursday, June 28, 2018

Robin Frazer Clark 88L and Justice Leah Ward Sears 80L were quoted in a Daily Report story published days before the deadline for nominations for two openings on the Georgia Supreme Court. The vacancies were created by two women justices leaving, Katheryn Tucker writes.


“When the new justices are being selected for the Georgia Supreme Court—unless we’re willing, in this day and age, to once again accept an all-male court, which is predominantly white, that neither reflects the diversity of the population served nor that of the legal profession itself—diversity must be a priority rather than an afterthought,” Sears said.

Frazer Clark 88L

“It is, without question, imperative that our bench reflect the natural and inherent diversity of our beloved state,” Clark said. “When the bench is reflective of our diverse citizenry, there is greater confidence in the court’s rulings. Greater confidence in the bench’s rulings results in greater acceptance of its authority. Greater acceptance of the Court’s authority directly results in appreciation of the Rule of Law. This is a good thing.” 

Read the story.

Ossam 88L leads HR at Hanscom Thursday, July 26, 2018

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David Ossam 88L is chief human resources officer and general counsel at Hanscom Federal Credit Union. He is charged with directing and overseeing all HR-related issues, as well as ensuring the organization’s rights and responsibilities comply with the law. He served as the company’s senior vice president of human resources since 2012.

Posner 88L among 'Best Lawyers in America' Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Posner 88L

Gary S. Posner 88L, a partner in the Baltimore offices of Whiteford, Taylor & Preston, has been selected by peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2019. He was recognized for his work in bankruptcy and creditor debtor rights/insolvency and reorganization law, and bankruptcy litigation.

Karcher 88L joins Indiana's St. Mary's parish Tuesday, October 23, 2018

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Steve Karcher 88L, a part-time civil attorney and part-time Episcopal priest, recently accepted a position as pastor and priest to St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Nebraska City, Neb.. The church is the oldest Episcopal parish West of the Missouri, and was founded when Nebraska was still a territory.

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

Anne Ambrose

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.

The United Nations Public Service Awards »
City of Philadelphia news release »

Bessen 87L Receives Atlanta Bar's Professionalism Award Sunday, July 28, 2013

Diane Bessen

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

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

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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.

Meece 87L named 2015 Texas Super Lawyer Monday, October 26, 2015

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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.

Martinez 87L writes post-Reconstruction history, A Long Dark Night Monday, March 21, 2016

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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.”

Bessen 87L named chief judge of Fulton County State Court Thursday, March 2, 2017

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Judge Diane E. Bessen 79C 87L is now chief judge of the State Court of Fulton County. She was appointed to the bench in 2002 by then Gov. Roy Barnes and has run unopposed since. Bessen has been an active adjunct professor since 2008, teaching medical malpractice and pretrial litigation classes. As she recently said in the Daily Report, "When I teach at Emory I tell my class, 'You can't understand how important your reputation is. I may not remember the hundreds of good attorneys who appear before me, but I will remember the one or two who misbehaved.’’

Read the Daily Report story.

Hellerman 87L sets landmark in developer-Teamsters case Monday, December 11, 2017

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Richard K. Hellerman 87L obtained a landmark victory from the Illinois Appellate Court on November 13, 2017. “In affirming a $2.3 million judgment in favor of Hellerman's client, a real estate developer, against a Teamsters Local Union, the Appellate Court held--for the first time in Illinois--that an unincorporated association such as a labor union may be held liable as a successor for a prior union's commercial debts,” Hellerman writes. Both the trial and appellate court held that the successor union was liable for the predecessor union's breach of a commercial lease for office space for the union's members.

Bessen 87L addresses concerns on jailed mentally ill defendants Tuesday, September 18, 2018

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Court and jail officials are improving conditions for mentally ill women inmates in a South Fulton County Jail, the AJC reports. “The Sheriff’s Office is providing extra correctional officers to work with the women prisoners, and the jail’s healthcare provider is doubling its visits to the jail and educating guards on how to properly interact with the women, Fulton State Court Chief Judge Diane Bessen 87L said. Read more

Kearney 87L among 'Best Lawyers' for commercial litigation Wednesday, September 26, 2018

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Kevin M. Kearney 87L, partner and general counsel with Hodgson Russ in Buffalo, N.Y., has been named a “Best Lawyer” in the area of commercial litigation. Inclusion is based on “an in-depth, peer-review survey in which attorneys cast votes on the legal abilities of lawyers outside their firm who practice in the same legal and geographic areas,” according to the firm’s release.

Bagley 87L elected to fourth term on Forsyth bench Friday, December 14, 2018

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Following reelection to a fourth term, the Hon. Jeffrey S. Bagley 87L took the oath of office as chief judge of the Superior Court of Forsyth County, Bell-Forsyth Judicial Circuit, on Dec. 21. Read more

Dollinger 87L elected judge in Texas Thursday, January 24, 2019

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Scot “dolli” Dollinger 87L was elected judge of the 189th Civil District Court in Harris County, Texas, on November 6, 2019.


McDowell 87L publishes novel centered on brain injury Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Theodore “Tim” McDowell 87L has published It’s a Hell of a Thing. McDowell practiced law until 2004 when he suffered a disabling brain injury. Much of the book deals with trauma associated with brain injury.

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

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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

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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. 

Read the alumni board release.

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.

Rubin 86L inducted into American College of Trial Lawyers Tuesday, October 13, 2015

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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.

Fershtman 86L named Super Lawyer Friday, September 2, 2016

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Julie I. Fershtman 86L has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2017 and 2016 Michigan Super Lawyers. Fershtman practices with Foster Swift Collins & Smith, P.C. and was selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2017 in the fields of commercial litigation and insurance law. Fershtman was also selected to the 2016 Michigan Super Lawyers list. 


Sheppard 86L named executive director of N.C. professionalism commission Thursday, June 1, 2017

Lisa M. Sheppard 86L has agreed to serve as executive director of North Carolina’s Chief Justice's Commission on Professionalism. She will succeed Melvin F. Wright Jr., who recently retired from the position after 17 years.

"I am delighted that Ms. Sheppard has accepted this leadership role," said Chief Justice Martin. "She has demonstrated her commitment to the advancement of professionalism over the years, and I am confident that the skills and experience she brings will help her lead the Commission in its important work."

Immediately prior to accepting this role Sheppard served as vice president, senior compliance manager, at Bank of America in Charlotte. Sheppard has also served as the Chair of the North Carolina Bar Association’s Professionalism Committee since 2013, and was appointed by Chief Justice Martin to serve as a commissioner on the N.C. Commission on the Administration of Law and Justice (NCCALJ)

Levine 86L leads American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Georgia chapter Monday, June 26, 2017

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Jonathan R. Levine 86L is the new president of the Georgia chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. Also, for the second consecutive year, Levine has been named to the Georgia “Super Lawyers” Top 10 List for 2017. He is a founding partner of the Atlanta firm, Levine Smith Snider & Wilson, LLC, where he practices family law. He earned his LLM at Emory Law.

Wasserman 86L named `Most Admired CEO' Thursday, August 24, 2017

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Mark D. Wasserman 86L, managing partner and Co-CEO of Eversheds Sutherland Ltd, has been selected as one of Atlanta Business Chronicle’s Most Admired CEOs for 2017. He was honored during the publication’s annual awards reception on August 24, 2017.

This award recognizes established local leaders who have a strong vision for their companies, have shown a commitment to culture in the workplace and have made significant contributions to the metro Atlanta community. Wasserman is also chair of Emory Law’s Advisory Board. 

Read the Chronicle story. 

Fershtman 86L ranks nationally in 'Best Lawyers' and 'Super Lawyers' Wednesday, September 13, 2017

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Julie Fershtman 86L of Foster Swift Collins & Smith, P.C., is listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2018 and in Super Lawyers 2017. Fershtman was recognized for her work in commercial litigation and insurance law and also, civil litigation (defense) For the fifth consecutive year, she has been listed in Michigan Super Lawyers for both the "Top 25 Women Business Lawyers" and the "Top 50 Women Lawyers." 

Fershtman is considered one of the nation's leading practitioners in equine law. Her practice for a national clientele includes contract disputes, fraud, association liability, partnership disputes, and personal injury liability. She has also helped draft and advocate for legislation impacting the industry. Her peers selected her to become a Fellow of the American College of Equine Attorneys, one of about 20 lawyers in the country to achieve the distinction.

Plybon 86L named Atlanta `Lawyer of the Year' for trusts, estates law Monday, October 16, 2017

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In its 2018 rankings, Best Lawyers named Suzanne Tucker Plybon 86L as Lawyer of the Year for Trust and Estates Law in metro Atlanta. Lawyer of the Year is the attorney with the highest overall peer-feedback for a specific practice area and geographic region. Only one attorney is recognized as the Lawyer of the Year for each specialty and location.

Plybon, a partner at Arnall Golden Gregory, is vice-chair of the firm’s Private Wealth Practice and co-chair of the firm’s Tax-Exempt and Charitable Organizations Practice. She is also a fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel. She focuses on complex wealth transfer planning for high-net-worth clients, which includes international estate planning, sophisticated post-mortem planning and administration, business succession planning and charitable planning. She also advises tax-exempt entities.

Read the firm release.

Trigg 86L joins Dentons as partner Wednesday, January 31, 2018


Mark Trigg 86Lhas joined the Atlanta offices of Dentons US, LLP as a partner with the firm's Litigation and Dispute Resolution practice.

Trigg's practice includes commercial litigation; class action defense, including the $1.5 billion defense of the world's largest computer manufacturer; defamation, advertising and media claims; sports and entertainment litigation; real estate disputes; securities litigation, labor and employment litigation, contractual claims, and white collar criminal defense. Trigg is an instructor with Emory Law’s Trial Techniques Program.

"Mark is one of a handful of elite go-to litigators in the Southeast known not only for complex litigation involving corporations, but also for his deft hand with high-profile individuals in government, sports and entertainment," said Sharon Gay, managing partner of the Atlanta office. "We are delighted he's here."

Read the firm release.


Wells 86L headed to Jerusalem as Porter Fellow Tuesday, February 27, 2018


Della Wager Wells 86L, a 2018 graduate of Yale’s Berkeley Divinity School, has been appointed as Porter Fellow in Jerusalem for 2018-19. The Fellowship was established to advance the global leadership of students by working at St George’s, living in the interfaith context of Jerusalem, and volunteering at appropriate local agencies including the Jerusalem Peacebuilders organization. Wells is senior counsel at Alston & Bird in Atlanta and New York. She is also a past president of the Emory Law Alumni Board, and served on the Advisory Board. 

“Building bridges of prayer, involvement and understanding that strengthen the ministries of Berkeley Divinity School, St. George’s College, and Jerusalem Peacebuilders is the purpose of the Porter Fellowship. Della Wager Wells is an outstanding appointment who will accomplish much and plant the seeds for more,” said the Rev. Canon Nicholas T. Porter, President of the H. Boone and Violet M. Porter Charitable Foundation. Read the release.

Manning 86L serves as state judge in Cobb County Monday, March 5, 2018

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Jane Pyron Manning 82C 86L was elected on May 24, 2016, as a judge on the State Court of Cobb County, and took office Jan. 3, 2017.

Eversheds shoots for 30% women partners by 2021 Wednesday, June 6, 2018

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Mark Wasserman 86L, U.S. CEO for Eversheds Sutherland, told the Daily Report that the firm’s U.S. branch aims to have women represent at least 30 percent of its total partners and its equity partners by 2021.

“To move the needle, everyone in the firm needs a target,” Wasserman said. “We use metrics in other ways—[that] we want to have revenue of X and work of Y—so why not do so about something as important as our diversity and inclusion numbers?” Read the story.

Fershtman 86L receives Michigan Bar's highest honor Monday, October 1, 2018

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Julie Fershtman 83C 86L, equity shareholder with Foster Swift Collins & Smith, received the Michigan Bar’s highest honor at the State Bar’s NEXT Conference and Annual Meeting, held in September in Grand Rapids. The Roberts P. Hudson Award commends “one or more lawyers for their unselfish rendering of outstanding and unique service to and on behalf of the State Bar of Michigan, the legal profession and public.” The award isn’t given annually, but awarded periodically based on merit. Fershtman is co-recipient with Bruce Courtade.

“My father was a lawyer. My husband is a lawyer. It was a commitment I was born into as the daughter of a lawyer who really took his job very seriously,” Fershtman said. “You don’t become a lawyer without a significant and sincere commitment to the public and the people you serve. When you become a lawyer, your commitment is serving your clients and protecting them.” Read more

Negron 86L joins GEO, private prison group Friday, January 4, 2019

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Joseph Negron Jr. 86L has been appointed senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary of The GEO Group, Inc. in Boca Raton, Fla. Negron was most recently in litigation practice at Akerman LLP. Negron served in the Florida Legislature for 15 years, including service as both House and Senate Appropriations chair, and president of the Florida Senate.

Taylor 85L Named Fellow for National Counsel Association Sunday, March 24, 2013

Wayne D. Taylor 82C 85L has been inducted as a fellow of the American College of Coverage and Extracontractual Counsel. Taylor is a partner at Mozley, Finlayson & Loggins LLP in Atlanta, and specializes in insurance coverage and litigation.

Levy 85L Launches Minnesota Food Truck Association Monday, April 22, 2013

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John C. Levy 85L was named president of the Minnesota Food Truck Association earlier this month.

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.

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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.

Fishman 85L presents in South Africa on law firm websites Friday, December 4, 2015

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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.

Taylor 85L named Litigation Counsel of America fellow Saturday, January 2, 2016

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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.

Hendrix 85L named chairman at Arnall Golden Gregory Thursday, January 14, 2016

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Glenn Hendrix 85L is now chairman at Arnall Golden Gregory. He previously served as managing partner for eight years. Read the Daily Report story.

Guttman 85L writes 'The American Spectacle' Wednesday, January 20, 2016

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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.

Tanne 85L elected chair of ASPCA Thursday, June 16, 2016

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In June, Frederick Tanne 85L was elected chair of the ASPCA’s Board of Directors. He has been a member of the board since 2006, and is of counsel at Chicago-based Kirkland & Ellis, where he was a senior member of the firm’s management team and co-founded the firm’s New York office. 

"Fred is deeply committed to our cause and has a keen understanding of the ASPCA’s strategies and objectives,” said ASPCA President & CEO Matt Bershadker. “He’s a wise and trusted advisor and a champion of our life-saving work. I very much look forward to working with him in his new role as he leads our board." 

"As a life-long animal advocate, I look forward to working with Matt and the rest of the ASPCA Board to assess new strategic opportunities as the organization continues to grow its leadership position in animal welfare," Tanne said.

Read the news release.

Fishman 85L publishes 'Rainmaker' guidebook Friday, October 21, 2016

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Ross Fishman 85L has published a detailed, 50-page checklist designed to help law firm associates position themselves to become rainmakers down the road. The Ultimate Law Firm Associate's Marketing Checklist is a step-by-step, year-by-year list of habits and activities aimed toward that goal. Read more.

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

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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

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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.”

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.

Klorfein 84L joins board of Exit Planning Institute's Georgia Chapter Monday, January 11, 2016

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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.

Perkins-Hooker 84B 84L named Fulton County Attorney Thursday, January 14, 2016

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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.”

Read the story.

Gaeng 84L receives 2016 Leadership in Law Award Monday, April 11, 2016

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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.

Ford 84L joins ranks of 'Top-Flight' attorneys Friday, March 10, 2017

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In March, B-Metro magazine named Sara Ford 84L a “Top Flight Attorney.”  Ford is a partner with Lightfoot, Franklin & White LLC. Criteria include education, contribution to professional organizations, community involvement and outstanding client service, according to the Birmingham-based magazine.

“This is a great honor,” said Lightfoot Managing Partner Wynn Shuford. “This recognition speaks to our firm’s commitment to the Birmingham community as well as our dedication to clients across the country.”

Ford’s specialty is complex commercial litigation, ranging from shareholder derivative suits to medical device litigation. Her specialty is complex commercial litigation.

Ford 84L, Birmingham 'Lawyer of the Year' Tuesday, August 15, 2017

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Sara Anne Ford 84L was named 2018 Birmingham "Lawyer of the Year," for litigation relating to mergers and acquisitions, in Best Lawyers in America, published by Woodward/White, Inc. Ford was also included among The Best Lawyers in America 2018. Ford is a partner at Lightfoot, Franklin & White.

Hickson 84L is Atlanta's interim city attorney Monday, June 4, 2018

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Nina Hickson 84L has been named Atlanta's Interim City Attorney by Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms. Hickson has an established career in government, and she most recently served as the Atlanta Beltline’s general counsel. Read the story.

Findling 84L, NACDL, host event on reentry to society after incarceration Monday, July 23, 2018

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Drew Findling 84L is due to be sworn in as president of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers on July 29 in Miami. But last year as president-elect, he let the group know he wanted to focus on how those who have been incarcerated can successfully reenter society.

“The product of that idea is a three-day gathering of defense attorneys, judges, prosecutors, celebrities and former prison inmates in Atlanta Aug. 23-25,” according to the Daily Report. It’s titled: “Shattering the Shackles of Collateral Consequences: Exploring Moral Principles and Economic Innovations to Restore Rights and Opportunities.” Scheduled speakers include: Gov. Nathan Deal, former U.S. Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, NAACP President Derrick Johnson, Koch Industries GC Mark Holden, and Georgetown law professor Shon Hopwood. Also, in the lineup are actor and comedian Mike Epps, who served prison time as a teenager, along with some of the beneficiaries of pardons and commutations by former U.S. presidents. Read the story. 

Read more and register here.


Findling 84L leads NACDL Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Findling 84L

Drew Findling 84L was sworn in as president of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers at its annual meeting on July 29. He was also the 2018 recipient of NACDL’s Robert C. Heeney Memorial Award, an honor presented annually to the member who best demonstrates the goals and values of the association and of the legal profession.

“Drew Findling’s entire life has been about service and the defense of people against whom the deck is clearly stacked, people who quite literally are oppressed by our criminal justice system” said past president Rick Jones. Findling was sworn by Vernon S. Pitts Jr., who hired Findling as a public defender 33 years ago.

“I will not be able to sleep at night if during the next twelve months I do nothing to lessen the impact of collateral consequences for the men and women who have been arrested, prosecuted and/or convicted of a crime; especially those who have been sentenced to prison,” Findling said. “I will only be able to sleep better at night after I know I have done something to ease their transition back to society, by helping to restore their right to vote, enhance their opportunity to get jobs that pay living wages and overall reestablish themselves as citizens whose past misdeeds have truly been forgiven and forgotten.”

Hawthorne 84L is Atlanta's chief equity officer Friday, January 18, 2019

William Hawthorne III 84L has been named chief equity officer of the City of Atlanta, by Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms. 

“As part of our One Atlanta vision, I am committed to assembling a world-class workforce to deliver the best service to our city and residents,” Bottoms said. “I am excited that William Hawthorne … has joined our team and will bring [his] vast public and private sector expertise to our administration.” Read more.

Findling 84L hosts NACDL fundraiser, 'Legal Aid to Legal Stars' Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Findling 84L

An April 11 fundraiser for the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers’ Foundation for Criminal Justice, “From Legal Aid to Legal Stars: Barry Scheck and David Rudolf” will be hosted by Drew Findling 84L, NACDL president, and his wife, Beth. It’s billed as “an evening with two all-star lawyers and their legal journey from the South Bronx to streaming superstardom.”

“The NFCJ provides critical support for the nation’s criminal defense bar—the constitutionally-ordained guardians of individual liberty,” Findling said. “The criminal defense function is the ultimate brake on governmental power versus the individual, and the NFCJ ensures that the defense bar is robust in defense of the individual and pursuit of criminal justice reform. Whether assuring the government needs a warrant to search a cellphone, advocating for Brady reform, or training and ensuring that everyone has an effective lawyer, the NFCJ is the most important charity I can think of to fix America’s criminal justice system.”

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 Shapiro

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.

Read the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin story »
Shapiro’s bio »

Buckley 83L works with Food for The Power and Water-Life-Hope in Haiti Thursday, June 12, 2014

Edward Buckley 83L
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

McBrayer 83L

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,, 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.”

Arkin 83L receives Colorado judicial excellence award Thursday, November 5, 2015

Arkin 83L

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.

Gensburg 83L to lead bankruptcy practice group Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Gensburg 83L

Gensburg Calandriello & Kanter, P.C. recently announced the formation of a new bankruptcy practice group to be led by Matthew Gensburg 83L. The firm also changed its name, from the former Dale & Gensburg, P.C.

“In addition to our name change, we also announce the addition of Matt Gensburg as the head of the Bankruptcy, Restructuring and Workouts Practice Group,” said Tony Calandriello. “These important changes position GCK to continue to serve client needs by providing value-driven and responsive legal services throughout the greater Chicago metropolitan area, nationally and on a global basis.”

Short 83L opens new practice in S.C. Thursday, May 18, 2017

Bill Short 80C 83L has opened The Short Law Firm, LLC, in Columbia, South Carolina.

Saints 82L Celebrates 20th Anniversary of Rahaim & Saints LLP Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Sheldon Saints

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

Swit 82L

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

Berman 82L

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.

Berman receives Chair Award for service to Bremen Jewish Home Thursday, December 17, 2015

Berman 82L

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.

Yellin 82L named 2016 Georgia Super Lawyer Friday, February 19, 2016

Yellin 82L

Harold B. Yellin 82L was named a Georgia Super Lawyer for 2016. Yellin practices real estate law in the Savannah offices of  HunterMacLean.

Yellin 82L named 'Super Lawyer' Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Yellin 82L

Harold Yellin 82L 82B was named a Georgia Super Lawyer for 2016. Yellin practices real estate law at HunterMacLean’s Savannah offices.

Yellin 82L among "Best Lawyers in America" Monday, September 12, 2016

Yellin 82L

Harold Yellin 82L 82B has been listed among The Best Lawyers in America 2017, in the areas of land use and zoning law and real estate law. Yellin practices in the Savannah offices of HunterMaclean. Best Lawyers, which is published annually in almost 70 countries, recognizes attorneys for outstanding achievements in their area of practice.

Eley 82L joins Crowell & Moring Saturday, October 15, 2016

Eley 82L

Claud “Lex” Eley 82L has joined Crowell & Moring. He was formerly with Reed Smith in Washington, D.C., where he was leader of the firm’s corporate and securities group.

"A substantial part of Lex's work involves transatlantic investments between Europe and the United States," said James R. Stuart, co-chair of Crowell & Moring's Corporate Group. "With his deep experience, Lex will bolster our international transactional practice and enhance the firm's capabilities to serve our clients' global needs, including strategic investors and private equity and venture capital firms." 

Read the firm’s release.

Arogeti 82L appointed to banking boards Thursday, March 2, 2017

Arogeti 82L

Joel S. Arogeti 82L, president and CEO of the law firm Kitchens Kelley Gaynes, has been appointed to the boards of National Commerce Corporation and National Bank of Commerce, of which Private Bank of Buckhead & Decatur is a division. NBC and Private Bank of Buckhead recently completed a merger. Arogeti was a founding board member of Private Bancshares, Inc., the parent company of Private Bank of Buckhead, chairing its Audit and Executive Committees and serving on the bank’s Loan and ALCO Committees. 

Schwartz 82L receives Georgia NELA 2017 Advocacy Award Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Schwartz 82L

The Georgia affiliate of the National Employment Lawyers Association, an organization of civil rights attorneys who promote the workplace rights of individual employees, named Debra Schwartz 82L as the recipient of its Advocacy Award for 2017. This award is given to a dedicated civil rights attorney who has worked to protect and advance the rights of employees in Georgia. Schwartz was selected by the NELA-GA Board based upon 35 years of work to vindicate the rights of individual employees, and to establish workplace equality and fairness.

Read the news release.

Lamar 91L, Kachmar 97L, Yellin 82L among Georgia's 'SuperLawyers' Thursday, February 22, 2018

Three Emory Law alumni who practice at HunterMaclean’s Savannah offices have been named 2018 Georgia SuperLawyers.

They are:

Shawn A. Kachmar 97L

Sarah H. Lamar 91L

Harold B. Yellin 82L

Both Kachmar and Lamar specialize in employment and labor, and Yellin’s focus is real estate.

Gieryn 82L joins Habitat's Board of Directors Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Richard T. Gieryn Jr. 82L has been chosen to serve on the Atlanta Habitat for Humanity Board of Directors. “Gieryn, an East Cobb resident, recently retired as chairman of the board of Axis Ireland Legal Entities, and previously served as Executive VP, general counsel and corporate secretary of Axis Capital Holdings Limited,” according to the Atlanta Business Chronicle. His career started at Drew, Eckl & Farnham law firm in Atlanta as an associate before becoming a partner.” Read the brief.

Yellin 82B 82L named 2019 Georgia Super Lawyer Monday, February 18, 2019


Harold Yellin 82B 82L, a partner at HunterMaclean was named a 2019 Georgia Super Lawyer in the category of real estate. He practices in the firm’s Savannah offices and specializes in commercial real estate, zoning/land use, and commercial leasing.

Gay 82L receives Dentons 'WomenLEAD' award Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Gay 82L

Sharon A. Gay 82L is the 2019 recipient of the WomenLEAD Excellence Award, an honor from her firm, Dentons. It recognizes women who distinguish themselves in advancing female colleagues. Gay received the “Above & Beyond” Award for her efforts to promote and elevate her women colleagues at all stages of their careers. Gay is managing partner of Denton’s Atlanta office and a member of the Public Policy practice. She is actively involved in interviewing, recruiting and integration efforts, and encourages and supports women to aid them in assuming active and visible roles in the office, the firm and the community. Read the firm release.

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

Bruce Sostek

Bruce Sostek 81L was included among the 2013 “International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers” by Who’s Who Legal. He is co-chair of Thompson & Knight's Intellectual Property Section, practices primarily patent law, and is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.

Chambers USA Ranks Sostek 81L Leader in Intellectual Property Law Thursday, February 6, 2014

Bruce Sostek

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 PropertyIP 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

Mitchell Brand 81L
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

Bill Sostek 81L

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
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

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

Sostek 81L

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

Shapiro 81L

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.

Sostek 81L named 2015 Texas Super Lawyer Monday, October 26, 2015

Sostek 81L

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.

Freed 81L moves to Barnes & Thornburg as partner Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Freed 81L

Gary Freed 81L has joined Barnes & Thornburg as a partner. He focuses primarily on business law at the firm's Atlanta offices. Read the Daily Report story.

Sostek 81L named 2016 `IP Star' Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Sostek 81L
Bruce S. Sostek 81L
has been named an IP Star by Managing Intellectual Property. Sostek is co-chair of Thompson & Knight's Intellectual Property Practice Group. His principal focus is on patent litigation.


Sostek 81L named among world's best 1,000 IP lawyers Monday, June 13, 2016

Sostek 81L

Bruce Sostek 81L was named in Intellectual Asset Management magazine as one of the 2016 IAM Patent 1,000, “the world's leading patent practitioners for delivering top-quality patent services in the litigation and transaction categories." Sostek was also selected for inclusion in the 2016 "Who's Who Legal 100."

Sostek 81L among Best Lawyers in America 2017 Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Sostek 81L

Bruce S. Sostek 81L has been named one of The Best Lawyers in America 2017 in the category of Litigation-Intellectual Property, Litigation-Patent, and Technology Law. He is a partner practicing in Thompson & Knight’s Dallas offices, and co-chairs the firm’s Intellectual Property Section.

Best Lawyers is based on a peer-review survey in which about 50,000 leading attorneys cast nearly five million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas. Lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed.

Weil 81L named fellow, Academy of Appellate Lawyers Thursday, June 22, 2017

Weil 81L

Amy Levin Weil 81L, an appellate attorney and former federal prosecutor with The Weil Firm LLC, was inducted as a fellow of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers at its fall 2016 meeting in San Antonio, Texas. 

Williams 81L leads state's Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Williams 81L

Jeffrey M. Williams 81L, a founding and managing partner at Williams Family Law, P.C. is pleased has been named president of the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.

 “Family Law in Pennsylvania continues to evolve and the AAML is committed to ensuring that the law is developed and implemented with integrity and empathy,” Williams said. “I am proud to lead the AAML Pennsylvania chapter and the pre-eminent family law practitioners of which it is comprised, and I thank my colleagues for this great honor.”

Read the firm release.

Klemmer 81L joins JAMS Friday, May 18, 2018

Klemmer 81L

Joyce B. Klemmer 81L has joined JAMS, an alternative dispute resolution organization. She is based in Atlanta and available worldwide to serve as a mediator, arbitrator, special master and discovery referee in areas including intellectual property, copyright, patent and trademark infringement, trade secrets and related disputes involving contracts and licenses. This follows a three-decade career in intellectual property litigation, most recently as a partner at Smith, Gambrell & Russell LLP.

“Joyce has a well-deserved reputation as a successful and experienced intellectual property attorney and neutral,” said Chris Poole, JAMS president and CEO. “We are excited to have her join the JAMS panel and know that her talent and creativity in settling disputes will be incredibly valuable to attorneys and their clients.” Read the release.


Weil receives rare U.S. Supreme Court request to brief and argue case Wednesday, June 6, 2018


Amy Weil 81Lhas been invited by the U.S. Supreme Court to brief and argue a specific position in an attorneys’ fee dispute (in a social security case) that will likely be argued next term. Typically, these rare appointments typically go to former high court clerks, Bloomberg Law reports. It’s the first time justices have asked a non-former clerk to argue as an amicus in an upcoming case in over a decade, according to Bloomberg research. There have only been 51 other such appointments since the practice began in 1966, according Adam Feldman, who blogged about the practice in January. Weil was inducted as a fellow of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers in 2016. Read the story.

Williams 81L, Pennsylvania 'Super Lawyer' Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Williams 81L

Jeff Williams 81L has been named a 2018 Pennsylvania Super Lawer for the 14th consecutive year. He is a founding member of Williams Family Law, and president of the American Association of Matrimonial Lawyers’ Pennsylvania Chapter as wells as a diplomate of the American College of Family Trial Lawyers (whose membership is limited to 100 attorneys nationwide).

Brand 81L joins Blank Rome in NYC Saturday, April 20, 2019

Brand 81L

Mitchell M. Brand 81L has joined Blank Rome LLP as a partner in the Finance, Restructuring, and Bankruptcy group in the firm’s New York office. He focuses on asset-based lending; leveraged cash flow lending; second lien, mezzanine, and unitranche financings; as well restructuring, workout, and bankruptcy matters. He joins from Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young, LLP. He was previously with Otterbourg P.C. for 33 years. Read the firm release.

Kilberg 80L Named CREW Network President-Elect Monday, December 9, 2013

Lori Kilberg

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

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.

Learn more »

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.

Baker 80L joins Taylor, Feil, Harper, Lumsden & Hess Monday, February 1, 2016

Baker 80L

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.

Feinstein 80L among the Top 100 Illinois Super Lawyers Monday, May 16, 2016

Feinstein 80L

Paul L. Feinstein 80L has been named among the Top 100 Illinois Super Lawyers. He became a fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers in 1991, and belongs to the Family Law Sections of the American, Illinois, and Georgia Bar Associations. Feinstein is on the board of editors of the national publication Matrimonial Strategist. Much of his practice involves appellate and constitutional law. In 1993 he was successful in overturning Illinois' automatic asset freeze law in the Supreme Court of Illinois. In 2004, he was instrumental in having the state Supreme Court declare the Illinois Child Representative Statute unconstitutional. In 2012 the high court overturned an appellate court ruling concerning the definition of income for purposes of child support cases.  Feinstein practices primarily in Chicago.

Syribeys 80L releases 'Sea Seething at My Feet' Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Syribeys cover

"In her fierce debut collection, Sea Seething At My Feet, Georgia Syribeys 80L unflinchingly mines the complexities of cultural identity, betrayal, love and loss."

Read the Emory Wire story.

Rapkin 80L named CEO of Relayware Monday, September 12, 2016

Rapkin 80L

Gordon Rapkin 80L 80B has been appointed CEO of Relayware, a partner relationship management software provider that accelerates channel revenue growth. Previously, Rapkin served as CEO of three high-tech companies, including Archive Systems and Protegrity.

“As we reach new corporate heights, we’re honored to welcome Gordon as Relayware’s CEO,” said former CEO Bob Mann, who will continue to chair the company’s board of directors. “With his proven ability to lead international, VC-backed technology companies with significant channel operations, he will enable Relayware to reach new markets and verticals to continue to boost revenue, and he will continue to build on Relayware’s philosophy that bringing businesses closer to their channel partners is essential to the success of both vendors and partners.” 

Read the company release.

Kreger 80L joins Tressler in Chicago Tuesday, May 9, 2017


In February, Mark Kreger 77C 80L joined the Chicago-based law firm Tressler LLP as a partner. He is chair of the firm’s Reinsurance Practice Group.

National Law Journal features Sears 80L biography Sunday, October 1, 2017

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Justice Leah Ward Sears 80L was interviewed by the National Law Journal on the subject of her recently released biography, Justice Leah Ward Sears: Seizing Serendipity, written by Rebecca Shiver Davis.

“Sears’ openness, as Davis details, is evidenced by long friendships with people across the ideological spectrum. They range from former Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young—also a former congressman, ambassador and civil rights leader—who first made her a city court judge to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, a member of the high court’s conservative wing. Thomas is also a Georgia native,” the article reads. Read the story. (Subscription required)

Baker 80L joins MendenFreiman as partner Friday, November 17, 2017

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A. Diane Baker 80L has joined MendenFreiman LLP as a partner in its estate planning, trust and estate administration, and business practice areas. She has more than three decades of experience working with families to develop personalized wills and estate plans and guiding clients through the complexities of probate and the challenges of estate disputes. Her business law practice includes corporate law, limited liability companies, new business formations, contracts and other general business law matters.

“Diane comes to MendenFreiman with an excellent track record as a leading trusts and estates attorney with a breadth of experience which will expand the firm’s capabilities and be an asset to our existing clients,” said Lawrence “Larry” H. Freiman, managing partner. 

Sears 80L comments on diversity vs. window-dressing Thursday, March 28, 2019

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Leah Ward Sears 80L was quoted in the Daily Report story, “Talent or Token? Lawyers Say Diversity Still Can Be Just for Show.” The headline: “A steady stream of initiatives has scarcely increased the ranks of lawyers of color in Big Law—amid concerns that some are used as ‘window dressing’ for client pitches.”

“We’ve made great strides, but it’s been in baby steps,” Sears said. She was the first black female lawyer at Alston & Bird’s predecessor, Alston Miller & Gaines, and went on to become the youngest-ever Georgia Supreme Court justice. In the ‘80s, “it was pretty obvious that you weren’t going to get the same kind of opportunities that were going to young men who looked like the partners,” she said. “It’s better than just tokenism now,” she said. “But we have not come as far as we need to. It’s not a walk in the park for any minority now at any firm.” Read the story.

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!"

Cohen 79L orders immigrant's DACA status reinstated Monday, June 12, 2017

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The New York Times reported on a ruling by U.S. District Judge Mark Cohen 79L in a recent deportation case. “A Mexican woman whose highly publicized deportation case in Georgia thrust her into the national debate over immigration may stay in the United States and be temporarily protected from deportation, a federal judge ruled on Monday,” the Times reports.

Read the story.

Udolf's client only defendant acquitted thus far in FIFA scandal Tuesday, December 26, 2017

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Manuel Burga, former president of Peru’s soccer federation, was the first person to be acquitted among over 40 people and entities in the soccer world who were charged with a scheme to extract hundreds of millions of dollars in bribes and kickbacks. Of those, 24 pleaded guilty. Burga was cleared of a single racketeering conspiracy charge. He was represented by Bruce Udolf 79L. A former prosecutor, Udolf is now president of his own firm, where he concentrates his practice in white-collar criminal defense, investigations and corporate compliance. 

Read the USA Today story.

Jospin 79L joins Finch McCranie's whistleblower team Monday, May 14, 2018

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Walter Jospin 79L, former regional director of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in Atlanta, is now of counsel with Finch McCranie. He joins the firm’s whistleblower practice.

“Walter Jospin’s successes as the SEC regional director and his long experience in private practice fit perfectly with Finch McCranie’s white-collar and SEC defense, corporate governance and internal investigations practices,” said former U.S. Deputy Attorney General Larry Thompson. “He will be a tremendous asset to our firm’s clients.”

“I was interested in a law firm with a sophisticated white-collar defense and internal investigations practice,” Jospin said. “I want to work on interesting matters. I like the people here … because they are smart. They do great work.” The firm’s partners all have federal prosecutorial experience. Read the story.

Davis 79L flies former Nazi to Germany, at U.S. request Thursday, August 23, 2018

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As vice president of Phoenix Air, Randall Davis 79L has ferried some unusual cargo around the world, Bo Emerson writes in the AJC. That includes weapon-grade nuclear material, live smallpox virus and Soviet-designed landmines. In August, Davis and crew picked up a 95-year-old former Nazi labor camp guard, Jakiw Palij, and flew him back to Germany. He had lived in the United States since 1949. Read more

Ladov 78L Co-Chairs Firm's Family Law Department Thursday, March 28, 2013

David Ladov

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 Portnoy

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

Louise Wells

In July, Louise Wells 74C 78L has been named as one of Real Estate Forum magazine's 2013 “Women of Influence.” She is a managing partner at Morris, Manning & Martin LLP, where she was the firm's first female attorney, partner and managing partner.

Wells’ profile »
Read the firm’s release »

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.

Perkins 78L among "2016 Best Lawyers in Dallas" Thursday, April 21, 2016

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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.

Perkins 78L recognized among 'Best Lawyers in America' Wednesday, August 17, 2016

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Alan J. Perkins 78L of Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP, was selected for inclusion in the 2017 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. He practices corporate and mergers and acquisitions law at the firm’s Dallas offices.

Ladov 78L named 2017 Pennsylvania `Super Lawyer¿ Monday, May 22, 2017


David L. Ladov 78L, of Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel LLP, was selected for inclusion in 2017 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers. He is a partner and chairs the firm’s family law practice from the firm’s West Conshohocken offices.

Blanchard 78L included among 'Best Lawyers' 2018 Thursday, September 14, 2017

Blanchard 78L

Jerry Blanchard 78L has been selected for inclusion in the 24th Edition of The Best Lawyers in America for his work in banking and finance law, and financial services regulation law. He has also been named the Best Lawyers' 2018 Atlanta Financial Services Regulation Law "Lawyer of the Year,” for which only a single lawyer in each practice area in each community is chosen. Blanchard is senior counsel at Bryan Cave in Atlanta in the Financial Institutions Group. 

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

Douglas Sullenberger

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

Sullenberger 77L

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.

New mystery by Goldstein 77L set for April release Wednesday, March 30, 2016

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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.”

Visit Goldstein’s blog.

Jablonski 77L publishes The Real Cyber War, receives graduate award Thursday, May 5, 2016

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Michael Jablonski 77L received the 2015 Outstanding Academic Achievement in Graduate Studies Award from the Department of Communication at Georgia State University on April 22, 2016. The Real Cyber War, which he co-authored with Shawn Powers, was published by the University of Illinois Press in 2015.

Jablonski 77L receives 'Best Book' award Wednesday, March 15, 2017

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Michael Jablonski 77L received the 2017 Best Book Award from the International Communications section of the International Studies Association for The Real Cyber War: The Political Economy of Internet Freedom, co-authored with Shawn Powers. During the award ceremony on February 23, at the 58th ISA Convention in Baltimore, presenters predicted the book "would have a significant and lasting impact on the study of international communication in the context of international relations." Jablonski is a Presidential Doctoral Fellow at Georgia State University.

Read more.

Goldstein 77L launches mystery series Monday, December 17, 2018

Mystery novelist and former judge Debra H. Goldstein 77L celebrated her new series debut with the release of One Taste Too Many (published by Kensington Books) on Dec. 18, 2018.

Goldstein is an Agatha and Anthony Award finalist, and here’s a synopsis of the book: “It introduces Sarah Blair, a culinary-challenged, recently-divorced woman adjusting to her new status as ‘single,’ her new studio apartment—which she shares with her Siamese cat, RahRah—and her new job as a law firm receptionist. When her ex-husband gets murdered and her twin sister becomes the top suspect, Sarah will have to add ‘solving crimes’ to the list of challenges she’s taking on.”

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 Toole

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

Madeline Griffin
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.

Van Gelder 76L joins Cozen O'Connor's criminal defense practice Monday, February 1, 2016

Van Gelder 76L

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.”

Glucksman 76L named 'Super Lawyer' Thursday, May 5, 2016

Glucksman 76L

Joyce "Joy" Glucksman 76L has been named a Georgia "Super Lawyer" for the ninth year in a row. She now limits her practice to dispute resolution as a mediator or arbitrator. 

Kaufman 76L serves on Colorado college board Thursday, October 5, 2017

Kaufman 76L

Richard Kaufman 76L was nominated by Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper to serve on the Fort Lewis College Board of Trustees. In February 2017, the Colorado State Senate confirmed his nomination. He serves on the Academic Affairs Committee and was recently named chair of the Presidential Search Committee tasked with identifying candidates for the office of president of the college. Fort Lewis College is a public liberal arts and STEM college located in Durango, Colo.

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.

Schneider 75L publishes on construction, employment law Monday, June 27, 2016

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