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Nichols 00L, new interim dean at St. Thomas Law - April 6, 2022

Nichols 00LJoel Nichols 00L 00T, associate dean for academic affairs and professor, has been named interim dean at the University of St. Thomas Law School in Minneapolis. He has served as associate dean since 2013 and is also an affiliated faculty member of Emory Law’s Center for the Study of Law and Religion. Read more.

Gruber 95L leads Amgen tax division as VP - April 1, 2022

gruber-95-150.jpgAs of May 2, Lisa Gruber 95L is now vice president, tax, at Amgen, after serving as Hasbro’s senior vice president, corporate tax, for the past five years.

Janaitis 09L moves to Baker Donelson in D.C. - March 30, 2022

Janaitis 09LJames Janaitis 09L, an aviation attorney, has joined Baker Donelson’s Corporate Group as a shareholder in the firm’s Washington, D.C. offices.

"An attorney with Jim's background is invaluable to our aviation clients," said John McJunkin, managing shareholder. "His understanding of the industry, particularly as it relates to the intricate regulatory issues involved, is outstanding, and that level of knowledge is essential to successful business aviation operations. We're excited to have Jim as part of our Washington, D.C. office." Read the firm release.

Yoon 16L works with U.N. on cybercrime - March 29, 2022

Yoon 16LKeong Min Yoon 16L, counsel, cybersecurity and data infrastructure at the World Bank in Washington, D.C., is participating in the drafting process of a United Nations treaty on cybercrime. Read more

Walayat 19L teaches at Pitt Law - March 8, 2022

Walayat 19LAaron J. Walayat 19L has joined the University of Pittsburgh School of Law as an adjunct professor—he taught a class on the Philosophy of Crime and Punishment this spring. He is also an associate with the Insolvency and Creditor’s Rights Group at Tucker Arensberg.

Yeargain 19L to teach at Widener Law Commonwealth - March 4, 2022

Yeargain 19LQuinn Yeargain 19L has been appointed assistant professor of law at Widener University Commonwealth Law School in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, effective July 2022. They are currently a lecturer at the Yale School of the Environment in New Haven, Connecticut, and an associate director of the Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy. The appointment, they write, is “thanks in large part to the invaluable assistance of Professors Kay Levine and Jonathan Nash.” Read the press release.

Shulak 10L advances at Hogan Lovells - March 4, 2022

Shulak 10Dan Shulak 10L was promoted to counsel at Hogan Lovells in Washington, D.C., on January 1, 2022. An antitrust litigator, he focuses on helping companies navigate complex international and domestic criminal antitrust investigations and other white-collar and litigation matters. Read the firm release.

Rubin 08L starts family law firm - March 4, 2022

Rubin 08LKevin J. Rubin 08L has formed Rubin Family Law, LLC, a boutique firm in the Cumberland area that focuses on all aspects of family law, including simple and complex actions for divorce, child custody, paternity and legitimation, and prenuptial agreements. Read more

Miller 08L runs for Fulton Superior Court     - March 4, 2022

miller-08-150.pngShalanda Miller 08L, a Fulton County Juvenile Court judge, has announced her campaign for Fulton County Superior Court. Election day for the nonpartisan race is May 24, 2022. She invites you to visit her website to learn more.

Kenny 84L publishes novel, 'Life's Illusions' - February 25, 2022

Kenny 84LMichael Kenny 84L, a retired partner at Alston & Bird in Atlanta, has published his debut novel Life’s Illusions. He promises an inside look at life in Big Law and trial practice, along with “a good read in the process.” Over his career, Kenny has defended more than 250 class actions on behalf of major corporations and served as lead appellate counsel in 55 federal and state courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court and 11 federal circuit courts of appeal.

Melnick 91L joins Practus LLP as partner - February 22, 2022

melnick-91-150.jpgAs of January 2021, Diane Melnick 91L is a partner in Practus LLP’s Intellectual Property Group. She is based in New York City. “I've experienced government service (at the United States Patent and Trademark Office), in-house practice at multinational corporate giants and startups, and the joys of private practice in both large and small firms,” she writes. “The journey has been full of learning and growing, but I am happy to be settled into a firm where I can collaborate with great colleagues and also make my own decisions about client management.”

Harb 05L joins investment funds practice in Nashville - February 22, 2022

Harb 05LNova D. Harb 05L has joined Bass, Berry & Sims as counsel in its Nashville, Tennessee, offices, part of the firm’s launch of an Investment Funds Practice. She was previously with McGuireWoods LLP.

“We are excited to add Nova’s extensive fund formation experience to complement our long-established and nationally recognized private equity and M&A work,” said Michael J. Holley, chair of the Corporate & Securities Practice. Read the firm release.

Baranovic 13L makes partner at Sheppard Mullin - February 22, 2022

Baranovic 13LMichael "Mike" Baranovic Jr. 13L is one of 24 new partners at Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP. He represents private equity sponsors, their portfolio companies, business borrowers and financial institutions in connection with a wide variety of debt finance matters, including syndicated credit facilities, acquisition financings, cash flow financings, asset-based financings, and mezzanine financings. He is in the corporate practice group in the firm’s Washington, D.C., offices. Read the firm release.

Kachmar 97L, Lamar 91L, recognized for employment law expertise - February 15, 2022

Kachmar 97LLamar 91LShawn A. Kachmar 97L and Sarah H. Lamar 91L, both partners with HunterMaclean’s employment practice group, were recognized as 2022 Georgia Super Lawyers—Kachmar for Employment Litigation Law, and Lamar for Employment and Labor Law. They practice in the firm’s Savannah, Georgia, office.

Withrow 97L repeats on Super Lawyer list - February 14, 2022

Withrow 97LKimberli C. Withrow 97L, a partner at Atlanta’s Boyd Collar Nolen Tuggle & Roddenbery, has been recognized as a 2022 Georgia Super Lawyer in the area of family law. This is her seventh consecutive year to receive the honor. Read the firm release.

Surnow 16L advances at Bodman in Michigan - February 9, 2022

Surnow 16LAnnalise Surnow 16L has been admitted as a member at Bodman PLC. Previously a senior associate, she practices in the firm’s Detroit office and is a member of the Business and Health Care Practice Groups. She represents businesses in complex commercial transactions and corporate law matters including corporate organization and mergers and acquisitions. Read the firm release.

Kolinsky 15L teaches at Washington and Lee - February 4, 2022

Kolinsky 15LHeather Kolinsky 15L joined Washington and Lee Law in 2021 as a professor of practice, where she teaches Legal Writing and Professional Responsibility.

Piercy 97L, Silverman 11L team to win high-profile divorce case - February 3, 2022

Piercy 97LSilverman 11LKatherine Silverman 11L and William Piercy 97L represented the Love Renaissance record label and its founders in a business divorce case that was covered by among others, Rolling Stone. The Atlanta label works with hip-hop and R&B artists including Shelley (f/k/a D.R.A.M.) 6lack and Summer Walker.  

“After a five-day trial consisting of eight witnesses, more than 30 exhibits and three hours of deliberation, the jury awarded LVRN $50,000 against the consultants and awarded the consultants $3,463.27 in connection with certain tax withholdings. In that LVRN went to trial facing the possibility of a multi-million-dollar verdict against it, this was a huge win,” according to the firm’s blog. Read the blog post.

Lokin 20L publishes pandemic pro bono findings - February 3, 2022

Lokin 20LPranav Lokin 20L, an associate at Akin Gump, was an author and principal investigator of the the Association of Pro Bono Counsel’s report “Positive Change: How the Pandemic Changed Pro Bono and What We Should Keep.” He participated in the companion panel discussion, along with Judge Roy Ferguson, known for the “Lawyer Cat” hearing. Watch the panel.

Koslin 09L, Atlanta family law 'Lawyer of the Year' - February 3, 2022

Koslin 09LDeborah B. Koslin 09L was promoted to partner at Levine Smith Snider & Wilson, LLC, which she joined in 2018. She’s practiced family law exclusively since 2013 and handles domestic relations matters including divorce, custody and legitimation, prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, modifications, contempt and family violence actions, and arbitration. She began her career representing large financial services firms. Koslin has been included in Best Lawyers in America for family law for the past two years and was named 2022 “Lawyer of the Year” for family law arbitration in Atlanta. Read the firm release.

Clarke 89L joins Greenspoon Marder’s entertainment group - February 2, 2022

Clarke 89LAlan Clarke 89L recently joined Greenspoon Marder LLP’s Entertainment, Media and Technology Group in the AM Law 200 firm’s Atlanta office. He focuses on contract drafting and negotiations, trademark and copyright licenses and acquisitions, as well as infringement issues and litigation. He was recently named “Top Rated” by Georgia Super Lawyers and was among Georgia Trend’s 2021 “Legal Elite” for Entertainment and Sports.

Keir 18L, lead counsel at Intercontinental Exchange - February 1, 2022

Keir 18LJohn Keir 18L has been named lead counsel for Data Privacy and Security at Intercontinental Exchange, Inc. (ICE), effective February 1, 2022. He is responsible for ensuring the company's global subsidiaries, such as the NYSE, ICE Data Services, and ICE Mortgage Technologies, are compliant with all relevant data privacy laws and regulations in all jurisdictions where ICE operates.

Keating 11L makes partner at Duane Morris - January 31, 2022

Keating 11LAdam Keating 11L is one of 10 new partners at Duane Morris. He focuses on employment law and management labor relations, and represents businesses in all types of employment litigation and administrative matters, including the defense of employment discrimination claims, wrongful discharge cases, wage-and-hour litigation, employment contract matters and restrictive covenant litigation. Read the firm release.

Newcomb 02L joins Stites & Harbison expansion - January 28, 2022

Newcomb 02LWilliam D. “Billy” Newcomb III 02L has joined Stites & Harbison, PLLC in Atlanta as a member (partner) of the firm. His practice focuses on complex litigation, product liability, and other general liability litigation. Read the firm release.

Millman 13L joins expanding litigation team - January 28, 2022

Millman 13LDaniel B. Millman 13L has joined Stites & Harbison, PLLC in Atlanta as counsel. His practice focus is commercial litigation. He defends directors, officers, accountants, lawyers, financial advisors and other professionals against negligence claims. Read the firm release.

Lefkow 00L joins new team at Stites & Harbison - January 28, 2022

Lefkow 00LMark Lefkow 00L has joined Stites & Harbison, PLLC in Atlanta as a member (partner) of the firm. He represents clients in various areas of civil litigation in state and federal trial and appellate courts. Read the firm release.

Critikos 18L, new attorney at Stites & Harbison - January 28, 2022

Critikos 18LPeter J. Critikos III 18L has joined Stites & Harbison, PLLC in Atlanta as an attorney. His practice focus is commercial litigation, specifically professional liability defense and general business litigation.

Silverman 11L, new principal at BFVH - January 26, 2022

Silverman 11LKatherine M. Silverman 11L has been promoted to principal at Berman Fink Van Horn, where she has practiced since 2018. She focuses on business litigation, non-compete/trade secrets and real estate litigation. Read the firm release.

Gold 11L joins Wake Forest Law faculty - January 25, 2022

gold-11-150.jpgAllyson Gold 11L has joined the Wake Forest University School of Law faculty as associate dean of experiential learning and director of the new Medical-Legal Partnership Clinic.

Morgan Stanley promotes Donohue 06L - January 25, 2022

On January 18, 2022, Morgan Stanley announced that Ryan J. Donohue 06L has been appointed managing director, Legal and Compliance. He practices in firm’s New York City offices, where he is head of Legal, Global Financial Crimes. Read the firm release.

Sanders 99L appointed chair of library foundation - January 24, 2022

sanders-99.pngShara Sanders 99L is the new chair of the DeKalb Library Foundation Board of Directors; she's served on the board since 2018. She is an attorney and a community volunteer who has been working to improve and enhance DeKalb County for years,” the board’s announcement states. Sanders previously served as president of the Junior League of DeKalb County, and now serves on the Board of Trustees for St. Martin’s Episcopal School and Leadership DeKalb’s Board of Directors. She’s also volunteered with the League of Women Voters of Georgia and the Boy & Girls Club of Metro Atlanta Champions Club for Girls.

Blakey 12L, new shareholder at Littler - January 20, 2022

Blakey 12LKatie B. Blakey 12L is a new shareholder at Littler’s Dallas, Texas, offices, as of Jan. 1, 2022. She represents employers, executives and management in employment litigation on matters ranging from Employee Retirement Income Security Act litigation to complex wage and hour class actions and wrongful termination matters. Read the firm release.

Moskol 92L leads Boston's Turnaround Management chapter - January 10, 2022

Moskol 92LScott Moskol 92L, co-chair of the Financial Restructuring & Distressed Transactions Group at Burns & Levinson in Boston, has been named president of the Turnaround Management Association, Northeast Chapter, effective January 1. The organization’s mission is to help businesses navigating critical turning points and transitions get to the next level. Moskol counsels clients nationwide on restructurings, workouts, bankruptcies, receiverships, and other insolvency-related matters, and is experienced in purchase/sale of distressed assets, companies and loan portfolios.

Battiste 74L joins Burger Society - January 10, 2022

Battiste 74LLuther J. Battiste III 74L has been inducted into the National Center for State Courts’ Warren E. Burger Society, which is named for the NCSC visionary and former U.S. Supreme Court chief justice. The Society honors individuals who have used their time, talent and support to advance the organization in exceptional ways. Battiste, a founding shareholder of Johnson, Toal & Battiste in Columbia, S.C., was honored at an event held in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 18. Read the news release.

Mencarini 97L leads DEI at Fox Rothschild - January 7, 2022

Mencarini 97LJennifer Mencarini 97L became Fox Rothschild's first director of Diversity & Inclusion in September 2021. Based in the firm’s Greensboro, North Carolina offices, she manages the implementation and operation of firm-wide diversity and inclusion programs and key initiatives. Read more.

Emersons welcome second daughter - January 6, 2022

Atlantans MacKenzie James Emerson 16L and Katherine DeRosa Emerson 15L welcomed daughter Blythe Katherine to the family on January 6, 2022. She joins 2-year-old sister Sloane Margaret.

Robinson 14L makes partner at Bradley - January 5, 2022

Robinson 14LHunter Robinson 14L has been promoted to partner at Bradley in Nashville, Tennessee, where he focuses on representing bank and non-bank financial institutions in class-action litigation involving alleged violations of the Truth in Lending Act, Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act, and the Fair Credit Reporting Act. Read the firm release.

Jhurani 14L named principal in Atlanta - January 5, 2022

Jhurani 14LKaran Jhurani 14L is one of 17 new principals at Fish & Richardson. He’s based in Atlanta, where he focuses on patent prosecution and counseling, post-grant proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB), and complex patent litigation. Read the press release.

Cheng 14L, new principal in NYC - January 5, 2022

Cheng 14LVivian Cheng 14L is a new principal at Fish & Richardson’s New York City offices. She focuses on trademark and copyright litigation and also counsels clients on issues relating to trademark, trade dress, and copyright protection and enforcement, unfair competition, and false advertising. Read the press release.

Saidman 12L, new partner at Finnegan - January 4, 2022

Saidman 12LBenjamin A. Saidman 12L is one of eight new partners at Finnegan. From the firm’s Atlanta offices, he works with clients in areas involving mechanical, electrical, computer, and medical device technologies. A former Federal Circuit law clerk, Saidman also holds a bachelor’s in mechanical engineering. He now focuses on PTAB post-grant proceedings, district court patent litigation, and Federal Circuit appeals. He has been involved with more than 50 PTAB proceedings, serving as backup counsel in over 40 cases. Read the firm release.

Ellice 07L promoted at Strook - January 4, 2022

Elice 07LChristine Ellice 07L is one of nine new partners at Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP in Los Angeles. She focuses on complex commercial litigation and class action defense, and advises financial services and banking clients to provide strategic guidance on dispute resolution and represent them in complex litigation. She’s also represented clients in the entertainment industry. Read the firm release.

Cantor Colburn elevates Tucker 13L to counsel - December 30, 2021

Tucker 13LAlex Tucker 13L has been promoted to counsel at Cantor Colburn, effective January 1. From the firm’s Atlanta offices, he counsels clients on a wide range of intellectual property matters, including the preparation and prosecution of patent applications, IP transactions and licensing, and portfolio analysis and management.

“We invest in talent,” said co-managing partner Philmore H. Colburn II. “Our new partners and counsel have proven themselves to be trusted advisors, providing the highest level of service and work product to our clients.” Read the firm release.

Oliver 10L takes new role at CDC - December 22, 2021

Oliver 10LIn August 2021, Angela Oliver 10L was promoted at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, to director of the Office of Executive Secretariat (proposed). She works in the CDC Office of the Director, Office of the Chief of Staff, and in her new role she manages an office responsible for CDC's regulations and executive branch reporting, as well as guidance and coordination in responding to agency correspondence and documents.

Miller 97L, new shareholder at Flaster Greenberg - December 20, 2021

Miller 97LE. Marc Miller 97L has been promoted to shareholder at Flaster Greenberg effective January 1. He is a trusts and estates attorney in the firm’s West Conshohocken, Pennsylvania, offices. "Our new shareholders have demonstrated leadership and a commitment to providing outstanding client service," said Jordan A. LaVine, co-managing shareholder. "They are skilled attorneys and are tremendously valuable to the firm and its continued success." Read the firm release.

Stanton 13L named counsel at Olshan - December 15, 2021

Stanton 13LOlshan Frome Wolosky LLP has promoted Jessica Stanton 13L to counsel in its New York City Office’s Real Estate Practice. She represents clients in commercial real estate deals and corporate transactions with particular experience in representing landlords leasing office and retail space in New York City and across the country. Her experience also includes co-working leases and representing tenants leasing space for their headquarters. Stanton is a member of Olshan's Associates Committee and Women's Committee. Read the press release.

Brill 11L, new partner at Blank Rome in DC - December 15, 2021

Brill 11LAs of January 1, Nathan S. Brill 11L is a partner at Blank Rome LLP’s Washington, DC, office, where he provides legal counsel in complex commercial transactions. His transactional law experience includes representing private equity and strategic buyers and sellers in mergers and acquisitions, securities matters, and day-to-day operations. Brill also serves as general corporate counsel to emerging and mature businesses. Read the firm release.

Dewan 10L to lead Legal Aid in Central New York - December 14, 2021

Dewan 10LGregory W. Dewan 10L has been named executive director, president, and CEO of the Frank H. Hiscock Legal Aid Society in Syracuse, New York, effective February 1, 2022. The society has approximately 75 full-time staff and provides free legal services to low-income residents of Central New York, including immigration, divorce, domestic violence, family law, housing, unemployment insurance, appeals, and parole revocation cases.

“I am humbled and excited by the opportunity to serve as the next Executive Director of the Hiscock Legal Aid Society,” Dewan said. “As a lifelong resident of Central New York, it is particularly rewarding to be leading an organization I believe in, alongside people I believe in, to fulfill a critical mission ensuring access to justice for all in our community.” Read the news release.

Mercadante 12L promoted at Robinson+Cole - December 9, 2021

Mercadante 12LGabrielle R. Mercadante 12L has been promoted to counsel at Robinson+Cole, effective January 1, 2022. “All of these lawyers have been extraordinarily strong contributors to our firm and clients, and it is wonderful to be able to recognize their achievements and be part of the continuing growth of their careers,” said Managing Partner Rhonda J. Tobin. Read the firm release.

Slinger 90L brings wealth planning experience to Jaffe - December 6, 2021

Slinger 90LIn November, Diane Slinger 90L joined Jaffe Raitt Heuer & Weiss, P.C., in Michigan, as a partner in the Estate & Wealth Planning Practice Group. She brings 30 years of industry experience, providing counsel on estate planning and related changes in legal policy. Her specialties include estate planning and probate law, corporate law, contract law, business planning and real estate law. She’ll also handle matters involving estate and gift tax preparation, tax planning, mergers and acquisitions and transactional matters. Read the firm release.

Drayton 07L one of Baltimore '40 under 40’ - December 1, 2021

Drayton 07LCaeden Curtis Drayton 07L, intellectual property counsel at Stanley Black Decker, Inc., was inducted as a member of the latest Baltimore Business Journal's "40 Under 40" list in November. Read his profile.

Prentiss Q. Yancey Jr. 69L - November 28, 2021

Prentiss Q. Yancey Jr. 69L passed away November 28, 2021. Read the obituary.

Wender 03L joins College of Bankruptcy fellows - November 22, 2021

Wender 03LDavid Wender 03L, a partner in Alston & Bird's Financial Restructuring & Reorganization Group, has been elected a fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy, an honorary public service association that recognizes bankruptcy professionals for excellence and contributions to the field. He will be inducted at the organization's annual meeting in April 2022 in Denver, Colorado. Read the firm release.

Arpert 20L makes NJ Power 100 list - November 17, 2021

Arpert 20LEric Arpert 20L, who served as general campaign manager for Jack Ciattarelli’s 2021 New Jersey Republican gubernatorial campaign, has been named to the 2021 Insider 100: Millennial Power List, published by NJ.com.

Sigel 91L named Massachusetts ‘Super Lawyer’ - November 12, 2021

Sigel 91LJonathan R. Sigel 91L has been named a 2021 Massachusetts Super Lawyer. He’s a partner and chair of the Labor, Employment and Employee Benefits Group at Mirick O'Connell. He advises clients on employment issues, including employment and severance agreements, handbooks and policies, and terminations and layoffs.

Metviner 17L joins Kirkland & Ellis in NYC - November 9, 2021

Metviner 17LAaron Metviner 17B 17L has joined Kirkland & Ellis LLP as an associate in their New York restructuring practice. He focuses on financial restructuring transactions and proceedings, including representations of debtors, ad hoc groups, and official committees in complex Chapter 11 bankruptcies, out-of-court workouts, and related transactions. Prior to joining Kirkland, Metviner was with Milbank LLP in New York.

Berman 90L, Nash 87L among new firm’s founders - November 4, 2021

Berman 90LNash 87LIlene W. Berman 90L and Brian T. Nash 87L are among the dozen attorneys who launched Continuum Legal Group LLP this October in Atlanta. The firm’s primary areas of practice are commercial litigation, corporate, employment, environmental, lending and real estate. Nash’s specialties are corporate and technology law, and Berman focuses on employment and employment litigation.

“We’ve been colleagues and friends for years – in fact, decades for a number of us - so the idea of a ‘continuum’ resonated strongly,” said Founding Partner Marc D. Glenn. “We’re comfortable working together, and we have an immense level of trust in each other, knowing that any of us who work on a client’s file will bring a tremendous level of expertise, service and practicality to the matter. Berman adds: “if you look up the word continuum, one meaning is ‘a coherent whole characterized as a collection,’ which aptly describes our new law firm. It’s that cohesiveness that enhances the type of service we give to our clients.” Read the firm release.

Coward 13L makes partner at MMM - October 29, 2021

Coward 13LIn October, Elliott Leigh Coward 13L was elected partner at Morris, Manning & Martin, effective Jan. 1. 2022. She works within the firm’s healthcare practice and provides legal advice and assistance to healthcare providers regarding corporate transactions, regulatory and legislative issues with a focus on proactive compliance, and administrative litigation. Read the firm release.

Thomas Edwin Lawrence Jr. 71L - October 26, 2021

Lawrence 71LThomas Edwin Lawrence Jr. 71L passed away October 26, 2021. Read the obituary.

Krasny 20L joins Miller & Martin in Atlanta - October 25, 2021

Krasny 20LHannah Krasny 20L has joined Miller & Martin PLLC as a litigation associate in the firm's Atlanta office where she focuses on business litigation. She has experience with contract negotiation and dispute matters, intellectual property issues, and has assisted with product liability defense cases, including MDL opioid and asbestos litigation.

Ford 19L publishes children’s book - October 25, 2021

Sydney Ford 19L recently published the children’s book, Grief Came to Visit Today. She is an assistant public defender in the juvenile division of the DeKalb County Public Defender's Office.

Jonathan David Rosen 00L - October 8, 2021

Jonathan David Rosen 00L passed away October 8, 2021. Read the obituary.

Taylor 85L leads international insurers association - October 5, 2021

Taylor 85LWayne Taylor 82C 85L has been elected president of the American College of Coverage Counsel (ACCC), an association of U.S., Canadian, and Bermudan lawyers whose mission “is to advance the creative, ethical, and efficient adjudication of insurance coverage and extracontractual disputes; to enhance the civility and quality of the practice of insurance law; to provide peer-reviewed scholarship; and to improve of the relationship between and among the members of [the] profession.” Taylor is a senior partner with Mozley, Finlayson & Loggins, LLP, in Atlanta.

Arthur Mozley 63C 65L - October 4, 2021

Mozley 65L Arthur Mozley 63C 65L passed away October 4, 2021. Read the obituary.

Richard Garrett 70C 73L - October 4, 2021

Garrett 73LRichard Garrett 70C 73L passed away October 4, 2021. Read the obituary.

Lichtstein 99L moves environmental practice to Atlanta - October 1, 2021

Lichtstein 99LJason Lichtstein 99L completed his second term as president of the Florida Brownfields Association. He’s a partner at Akerman LLP and recently relocated to Akerman's Atlanta office to grow the firm’s regional and national Brownfield and environmental practice.

James Lesswing Bumbalo 87L - September 29, 2021

James Lesswing Bumbalo 87L passed away September 29, 2021. Read the obituary.

Taft N. Gearhart 16L - September 25, 2021

Gearhart 16LTaft N. Gearhart 16L passed away September 25, 2021. Read the obituary.

Van Horn 94L Atlanta’s 2022 'Lawyer of the Year' in real estate - September 23, 2021

Van Horn 94LCharles Van Horn 94L was named Best Lawyers 2022 “Lawyer of the Year,” for Litigation – Real Estate, Atlanta. He was also recognized as one of The Best Lawyers in America 2022. He is a shareholder at Berman Fink Van Horn where he focuses on banking and creditors’ rights and business and real estate litigation with an emphasis on litigation arising out of real estate transactions. Read the firm release.

Fink 92L among ‘Best Lawyers in America’ - September 23, 2021

Fink 92LBenjamin I. Fink 92L has been recognized in The Best Lawyers in America 2022 for Commercial Litigation; Litigation – Labor and Employment; and Employment Law – Management. He is a shareholder at Berman Fink Van Horn where he focuses on business and employment litigation with an emphasis on non-compete, trade secret and other competition-related disputes. He also currently serves as the Emory Law Alumni Board President. Read the firm release.

Berman 82L recognized as 'Best Lawyer' for M & A - September 23, 2021

Berman 82LJeffrey N. Berman 82L was recognized in The Best Lawyers in America 2022 for Mergers and Acquisitions law. He is a shareholder at Berman Fink Van Horn, where he leads the firm’s corporate and business practice, and has served as managing partner since 2004. Read the firm release.

Saber 89L ranks as ‘Best Lawyer’ in biotech practice - September 22, 2021

Saber 89LMichael P. Saber 89L has been named one of 2022 The Best Lawyers in America, in the categories of Biotechnology and Life Sciences Practice; Corporate Law; Mergers and Acquisitions; Securities/Capital Markets; and Venture Capital. He practices with Smith Anderson in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Kelly 97L named ‘Top Lawyer’ in Naples - September 22, 2021

Kelly 97LNaples Illustrated magazine has named Carlos Kelly 97L a 2021 “Top Lawyer” for practice in the realms of Business Litigation, Eminent Domain, and Condemnation Law. He is a stockholder with Henderson Franklin in Fort Myers, Florida.

Kitay 87L, new shareholder at Baker Donelson - September 14, 2021

Kitay 87LTheresa L. "Terry" Kitay 87L has joined the Litigation and Real Estate groups at Baker Donelson as a shareholder in the firm's Atlanta office. She brings significant experience in the housing industry, and focuses her practice on defense and preventive representation of clients in the housing industry in all civil rights matters, including fair housing, Section 504, Title VI, and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Read the firm release.

John Thomas McTier 54C 57L - September 8, 2021

McTier 57LJohn Thomas McTier 54C 57L passed away September 8, 2021. Read the obituary.

Willner 84L joins medical tech co.’s board of directors - September 7, 2021

Michael J. Willner 84L has been appointed to the board of directors of Cardiol Therapeutics Inc., a clinical-stage biotechnology company that develops innovative anti-inflammatory therapies to treat cardiovascular disease. Willner is founder of the investment firm, Willner Capital. Read more.

Duncan Hamilton Adams 98L - September 5, 2021

Adams 98LDuncan Hamilton Adams 98L passed away September 5, 2021. Read the obituary.

Otha Lamar Gray 58L - September 4, 2021

Otha Lamar Gray 58L passed away September 4, 2021. Read the obituary.

Rhodes 00L leads legal at top 50 bank in Texas - September 2, 2021

Rhodes 00LC.E. Rhodes 00L has joined Frost Banks’s executive team as group executive vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary. Rhodes most recently was managing director and chief compliance officer at New Fortress Energy Inc. Frost is a commercial bank based in San Antonio, Texas. Read more.

Morgan 92L, again named to Best Lawyers list - September 2, 2021

Morgan 92LRichard M. Morgan 92L has been included in the 2022 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America for his expertise in Trusts and Estates. He is a partner with Morgan and DiSalvo, P.C., in Alpharetta. Morgan has been included on this list every year since 2013. Read more.

Battiste 74L honored for civics, literacy program - September 2, 2021

Battiste 74LLuther J. Battiste III 74L and his wife, Judy Battiste 74C, received the Fran Peacock Coker FLABOTA Community Service Award at the FLABOTA Annual Conference for their efforts in developing a civics education reading program for children. The ABOTA Foundation Civics Education Literacy Program was created by the Battistes in 2020 to introduce the importance of civics education to elementary school students through reading. Battiste is is a founding shareholder of Johnson, Toal & Battiste, P.A. Judy Battiste served for 33 years in the Fort Jackson School system, 20 as a classroom teacher, then as a media specialist. Read more.

C. Richard Avery 66L - September 2, 2021

Judge C. Richard Avery 66L passed away September 2, 2021. Read the obituary.

Reybold 08L leads national pharmacy group - September 1, 2021

Reybold 08LGreg Reybold 08L is director of healthcare policy and general counsel for the American Pharmacy Cooperative, Inc. (APCI), effective September 1, 2021. Reybold will work with the APCI legislative team to develop healthcare policy at both the state and federal levels as well as manage the co-op’s legal strategy. Read the press release.

John Wyman Lamb 67L - September 1, 2021

Judge John Wyman Lamb 67L passed away September 1, 2021. Read the obituary.

John Wyman Lamb 67L - September 1, 2021

Judge John Wyman Lamb 67L passed away September 1, 2021. Read the obituary.

Sigel 91L joins ‘Best Lawyer’ ranks again - August 25, 2021

Sigel 91LJonathan R. Sigel 91L, a partner with Mirick O’Connell in Westborough, Massachusetts, was recently selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2022 edition, in the field of Employment Law-Management. Sigel has been recognized in Best Lawyers since 2013.

Palmer 86L among ‘Best Lawyers in America’ - August 25, 2021

Palmer 86LCharles “Chuck” Palmer 86L, a partner at Troutman Pepper in Atlanta, has been included in the 2022 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America, for Administrative/Regulatory Law. He was also included in the 2014 and 2017 editions.

Maria Shohat 81L - August 22, 2021

Shohat 81LMaria Shohat 81L passed away August 22, 2021. Read the obituary.

Michaelson 99L, 'Best Lawyer' since 2015 - August 20, 2021

Michaelson 99LChad I. Michaelson 99L, a partner with Meyer, Unkovic & Scott in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, has been included in the 2022 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America. He has been recognized as a Best Lawyer in the categories of Commercial Litigation, Construction Law and Litigation-Construction since 2015.

Williamson 15L, new partner at Schneider Hammers - August 19, 2021

Williamson 15LIn August, Campbell Williamson 15L was named partner at Schneider Hammers in Atlanta, where he represents clients in state and federal courts in premises liability cases, motor vehicle cases, and commercial vehicle cases. Read the firm release.

Topping 12L named 'One to Watch' - August 19, 2021

Topping 12LDavid J. Topping 12L, a partner at Phelps in New Orleans, made the “Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch” list for the first time in the 2022 edition of The Best Lawyers in America, in the category of environmental law. The list features lawyers with less than 10 years in practice.

Fershtman 86L joins ranks of 'Best Lawyers' - August 19, 2021

Fershtman 86LJulie I. Fershtman 86L , a shareholder at Foster Swift Collins & Smith, P.C., has been selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America 2022 edition, for Commercial Litigation and Insurance Law. Read the firm release.

McGuire 06L elected to Texas Bar executive council - August 18, 2021

In August, James McGuire 06L was unanimously elected to serve a three-year term on the Executive Council of the State Bar of Texas' Environmental and Natural Resources Law Section (ENRLS). ENRLS helps publish the Texas Environmental Law Review, and promotes education and scholarship on environmental law. McGuire has practiced environmental law in Texas since 2006, and he also serves as the Regional Counsel where he leads a 60-attorney law office for U.S. EPA Region 6, which includes Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, and 66 federally recognized tribes.

Victor Edward Henderson 87L - August 10, 2021

Victor Edward Henderson 87L passed away on August 10, 2021. Read the obituary.

Adamson 73L retires as VP, general counsel at Boeing - August 6, 2021

Adamson 73LTerry Adamson 73L retired in 2020 as vice president, Global Law Affairs and general counsel, for Boeing International. He and his wife, Ede Holiday, divide their time between Boynton Beach, Florida, and Highlands, North Carolina. He continues to serve as a trustee for the Carter Center, the Henry Luce Foundation, and the Asia Foundation.

Frey 09L included in '40 and under hot list' - July 26, 2021

Frey 09LKelly Frey 09L was named to Benchmark Litigation’s '40 & Under Hot List 2021.' "The annual ranking recognizes the best and brightest law firm partners under 40 in the United States and Canada who stand out due to their high-stakes wins, precedent-setting matters and positioning for future success," according to the magazine.

Frey was also featured in Law360s’s ‘2021 Rising Stars’ in real estate. Frey, a member in Mintz’s Boston offices, was cited for his work litigating cases across a broad spectrum of commercial real estate and government regulation matters, including the first case establishing commercial landlords' rights against tenants protected by Massachusetts' COVID-19 eviction moratorium. Read the firm release.

Frederick W. Ajax Jr. 69L - July 24, 2021

Frederick W. Ajax Jr. 69L passed away July 24, 2021. Read the obituary.

Farley 11L publishes Guantanamo op-ed in The Atlantic - July 21, 2021

Farley 11LBen Farley 11L wrote an essay for The Atlantic marking the 15th anniversary of Hamdan v. Rumsfeld; it urges the Biden administration to close Guantanamo. He was also a recent guest on NPR, discussing the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan. Farley is a trial attorney and law-of-war counsel at the U.S. Department of Defense, Military Commissions Defense Organization. Read the essay.

Wooten 13L named Fulton County’s white-collar crime prosecutor - July 14, 2021

Wooten 13LWill Wooten 13L has been appointed deputy district attorney in charge of the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office White-Collar Crime Unit, which prosecutes complex financial crimes including violations of the Georgia RICO Act, high-dollar financial theft and fraud, embezzlement, money laundering, and cybercrime. Previously, he was a major felony prosecutor in Clayton County, Georgia. Read the release.

Kelly 97L named Florida ‘Super Lawyer’ - July 6, 2021

Kelly 97LCarlos Kelly 97L was named one of the 2021 class of Florida Super Lawyers. Kelly is a stockholder with Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt in Fort Myers, Florida.

Ballard 80L joins Episcopal priesthood - July 6, 2021

Ballard 80LMichael E. Ballard 80L was ordained a priest in the Diocese of the Central Gulf Coast of the Episcopal Church on February 13, 2021. He is an attorney with Ulmer, Hillman & Ballard, P.C. in Mobile, Alabama.

Harris 89L receives National Intelligence award - July 6, 2021

Jeff Harris 89L, a recently retired FBI agent, received the National Intelligence Exceptional Achievement Medal from the director of National Intelligence for his work on a classified human intelligence collection operation. He’s now a legal subject matter expert for the Diplomatic Security Service.

Pollet 79L's most recent book published in 2021 - July 1, 2021

Pollet 79LFollowing 40 years of practice, primarily in family law, Susan Pollet 79L has published multiple books she would like to share with you. They are: Grey Divorce: From Pain to Peace, Women in Crisis: Stories from the Edge, Through Walter’s Lens, Lessons in Survival: All About Amos, and Juliette Rose’s Dream of Becoming. Pollet resides in New York City. Read her bio to see the awards and recognition she has earned throughout the course of her career.

Meet the Emerson’s daughter, Sloane - July 2, 2021

Mack Emerson 16L and  Katherine DeRosa Emerson 15L welcomed a  daughter, Sloane Margaret Emerson, to the world (and Atlanta) on February 3, 2020.

Chaloupka 95L opens hometown solo practice - July 2, 2021

Chaloupka 95LMaren Lynn Chaloupka 95L has opened a solo trial practice, Chaloupka Law LLC, in her hometown of Scottsbluff, Nebraska. She has more than 25 years’ experience in serious personal injury, civil rights and felony criminal defense work in both Nebraska and nationwide. She secured the largest civil rights jury verdict in state history, she writes. Chaloupka also serves on the Board of Directors of Trial Lawyers College and has taught its national programs for 20 years.

Fabius 07L makes partner at Ballard Spahr - July 1, 2021

Fabius 07LMichael Fabius 07L is one of 13 new Ballard Spahr lawyers admitted to partnership, effective July 1. He is co-practice leader of the Gaming Group and practices in the firm’s Philadelphia offices, where he advises clients in the highly regulated gaming and racing industries, and in litigation before administrative agencies.

“Our new partners are consummate professionals with top-flight legal acumen and sound business knowledge, a combination of attributes that has enabled them to build indispensable partnerships that help the firm’s clients succeed,” said firm Chair Mark Stewart. “Their elevation to our partnership is well-deserved, and we are proud to welcome them.” Read the firm release.

Randy Ford Taub 83L - June 30, 2021

Taub 83LRandy Ford Taub 83L passed away on June 30, 2021. Read the obituary.

Hawkins 05L releases new book on land use law - June 29, 2021

Hawkins 05LIn June, W. Thomas Hawkins 05L published his first book, Land Use Law in Florida. He is program director and lecturer at the University of Florida College of Design, Construction and Planning.

Pirio 08L joins Troutman Pepper’s tax group - June 24, 2021

Pirio 08LAlyson Pirio 05C 08L has joined Troutman Pepper as a partner in the firm’s Tax & Benefits Practice Group. Previously, she was senior corporate counsel for GSMA, Ltd., where she was responsible for managing the trade association’s corporate governance, contracting, and tax compliance activities. She also served in the Office of Chief Counsel in the Internal Revenue Service’s Atlanta office.

“Aly brings highly valuable skills and experience to our practice,” said Joan Arnold, leader of the firm’s Tax & Benefits Practice Group. “Her sophisticated nonprofit tax experience and tax work in the partnership and transactional arenas is a big draw for the firm and allows us to provide even more robust services for our clients.” Read the firm release.

Ladov 78L honored for family law career - June 8, 2021

Ladov 78LDavid L. Ladov 78L will receive the 2021 Pennsylvania Bar Association Family Law Section Eric Turner Memorial Award during the section’s virtual summer meeting, July 15-16. The award honors a lawyer who is dedicated to the practice of family law and who serves as a mentor and teacher to fellow lawyers. He is a partner in Obermayer Law’s West Conshohocken offices.

“Ladov has more than 40 years of experience in family law matters, including divorce, complex equitable distribution matters, custody cases, spousal support cases and protection from abuse matters for abused children and spouses. As the chair of his firm’s family law practice, he draws from his diverse experience to help clients better understand and handle their own unique personal situations,” according to the Bar Association. Read the news release.

Scharf 86L promoted at DOJ’s Northern California office - June 4, 2021

James A. Scharf 86L, an assistant U.S. attorney, was appointed senior litigation counsel for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Northern District of California. In other news, the high school mock trial team he coaches won its third county championship.

Alipio 19L joins board to support seniors - June 4, 2021

Alipio 19LCarmelle Alipio 19L joined the Board of Directors of Love for Our Elders, a nonprofit that fights isolation in senior communities across the country--through handwritten letters, videos and stories. She is an associate with Williams Mullen in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Sarb 20L joins HunterMaclean in Savannah - June 1, 2021

Sarb 20LSarah J. Sarb 20L has joined HunterMacLean in Savannah, Georgia, as an associate, where she’ll focus on corporate law and business transactions. Sarb was a merit scholar in the Transactional Law Certificate Program. She completed a legal internship with Home Depot, a legal externship with the GE Energy Program, and also was a summer associate at HunterMaclean.

Pelegrino Sarduy 18L teaches at Kessler-Eidson Trial Techniques - May 21, 2021

Pelegrino Sarduy 18LMasiel Pelegrino Sarduy 18L was part of this year’s Kessler-Eidson Program for Trial Techniques at Emory Law. She taught closing arguments, the Federal Rules of Evidence and the Daubert standard on May 8-15, 2021. The American College of Trial Lawyers has cited the program for excellence in preparing students to handle exhibits, examine lay and expert witnesses, and make arguments in hearings and jury trials.

Masiel is an associate in Phelps Litigation and Labor and Employment groups in the firm’s Tampa offices, where she practices both litigation and trial in state and federal courts. She counsels clients on issues ranging from premises liability to complex commercial disputes.

Kachmar 97L, Lamar 91L recognized for distinguished labor practice - May 20, 2021

Lamar 91LKachmar 97LBoth Shawn Kachmar 97L and Sarah Lamar 91L of HunterMaclean in Savannah, Georgia, were ranked as exceptional in the category of Labor and Employment practice in the most recent issue of Chambers USA. They and the firm were ranked in Labor and Employment and Litigation: General Commercial.

“To be recognized year after year by this prestigious publication is an honor to our attorneys and our firm,” said HunterMaclean managing partner Brad Harmon. “This achievement further exemplifies our attorneys’ commitment to their individual practices, the firm’s clients, and our community.”

Chambers ranks Chaiken 01L as top white-collar crime lawyer - May 20, 2021

Chaiken 01LIn new rankings released in May, David Chaiken 01L was ranked as one of the top lawyers in Georgia in the category of Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. He is the founder of Chaiken Law.

White 72L publishes debut novel - May 18, 2021

White 72LIn May, James Timothy White 72L published Riley & Ben: Life Offers Second Chances.

“Inspired by events from his own life, retired Atlanta attorney J.T. White presents a debut novel of heartbreaking family relationships, good intentions gone wrong, and the struggle to overcome long odds,” according to the book’s site. After retiring as a partner with the Atlanta firm of Stites & Harbison, White completed the Creative Writing Program at Georgia State University in 2009. White performs pro bono legal work, primarily for the Eritrean community in Atlanta, to which he will donate a portion of the book’s proceeds. Read more.

Alicanti 12L named ‘Rising Star’ - May 17, 2021

Alicanti 12LStephen Alicanti 12B 12L, a corporate partner at DLA Piper, was named to The Deal “Top Rising Stars: Class of 2021” list which highlights “exemplary new M&A-focused partners at top U.S. law firms.” Alicanti focuses on representing issuers and underwriters in a broad range of domestic and international capital markets transactions, including registered offerings and private placements of equity and debt securities. Read the firm release.

Silverstein wins in NY’s highest court - May 14, 2021

Kyle R. Silverstein 17L successfully represented the State of New York in the New York Court of Appeals, in People v. Brown. Read the memorandum.

Oxendine 13L joins NYC firm's tax group - May 14, 2021

Oxendine 13LLaShawn A. Oxendine 13L has joined Norris McLaughlin, P.A., as an associate in the firm’s Times Square, New York City, office. She’s a member of the Taxation Practice Group, and focuses on tax law, negotiating tax representations, warranties, covenants, and other key tax provisions of various transaction agreements.

“With LaShawn on board, we are expanding our team of taxation attorneys into New York to better serve our clients and their needs, and further enhance our reach. With her experience, LaShawn will be a valuable asset not only to the group and the New York office but to the entire firm,” said Andrew N. Parfomak, administrative partner. Read the firm release.

Florida Bar honors Emory Lawyers for 50 years in profession - May 7, 2021

On June 11, the Florida Bar Association will recognize Emory Law alumni for 50 years in the practice of law, during a 50-Year Member/Senior Counselor Awards Luncheon in Orlando, part of the Bar’s 2021 annual convention. They are: Robert C. Cooper 71L, Jackson C. Floyd 70L, Thomas Edmund George 70L, White R. Glass 66L, John A. Lanzetta, Michael A. Linsky 70L, Richard F. Livingston 67C 70L, Stephen F. Myers 70L, Antonio L. Thomas 69L and Willard N. Timm Jr. 68L. To be recognized, attorneys must be members in good standing of The Florida Bar, active or inactive, and attain their 50th anniversary of admittance to the practice of law in 2020.

Bartlett 13L joins Chamberlain in Atlanta - May 7, 2021

Bartlett 13LBrent Bartlett 10C 13L has joined Chamberlain Hrdlicka in Atlanta as an associate in the Tax Controversy and Litigation Group. He represents clients in IRS matters, from examination and appeals to litigation in the United States Tax Court and Federal District Court. He was previously a law clerk for the Honorable Cary Douglas Pugh of the United States Tax Court and an extern for Senior Judge Mary Ellen Coster Williams of the United States Court of Federal Claims. Before transitioning to tax, Bartlett was a commercial litigator at law firms in Georgia and Florida.Read the firm release.

Kelly 97L named firm's new business litigation chair - May 1, 2021

Kelly 97LIn May, Carlos Kelly 97L was named new chair of Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, P.A.’s Business Litigation Department. Kelly joined the Fort Myers, Florida, firm in 1997.

“I have had the honor and privilege of working extensively with Carlos for nearly 25 years. I have watched him grow and become an outstanding lawyer,” said Managing Stockholder Douglas Szabo. “He is bright, detail-oriented, and driven to do his best for his clients. I have no doubt these same skills and traits will serve him, the firm, and the Business Litigation Department in his new role as chair.” Read the firm release.

Weiss 86L leads Maynard's new Atlanta office - April 21, 2021

Weiss 86LTerry Weiss 86L has joined Maynard Cooper & Gale as a shareholder to lead the firm’s newly established Atlanta office. Weiss’ focus is on representing the securities industry in the full range of legal disputes. In the enforcement arena, he works with and litigates against securities industry regulators, including the SEC, FINRA, and state regulators, among others. He’s served as lead counsel in over 100 arbitrations through award and has supervised hundreds of others, including appellate matters.

“Terry is a highly respected attorney in his field and mirrors our client-centered service approach,” said Jeff Grantham, Maynard’s managing shareholder. “We look forward to the impact he will have on our expanding Securities Practice and Firm.” Read the firm release.

Hill 15L joins Robinson Bradshaw in Charlotte - April 16, 2021

Hill 15LPatrick H. Hill 15L is one of seven attorneys who recently joined the Charlotte offices of Robinson Bradshaw. Hill represents businesses in high-stakes litigation in state and federal courts. His experience includes complex litigation, class actions and nationwide mass torts, product liability, RICO, public nuisance, wrongful death, high-value personal injury, employment discrimination, premises liability and medical malpractice claims. 

“We are very intentional in our hiring, and our growth has always been in response to clients’ needs,” said Managing Partner Allen Robertson. “This talented group will add capabilities in areas including real estate, litigation, securities and finance.”

Bagley 96L interviews dean at Town Hall - April 16, 2021

Bagley 96LOn April 16, Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Law Margo A. Bagley 96L interviewed Dean Mary Anne Bobinski as part of a Town Hall meeting during Alumni Weekend 2021.

Sears 80L honored for lifetime achievement - April 13, 2021

Sears 80LThe Anti-Defamation League honored Leah Ward Sears 80L with the 2021 Lifetime Achievement Award on April 13. Read the story.

Jospin 79L honored by Anti-Defamation League - April 13, 2021

Jospin 79LOn April 13, Walter Jospin 79L received The Elbert P. Tuttle Award, given for exemplifying The Anti-Defamation League’s mission to secure justice and fair treatment for all. Read the story.

Worob 94L recognized for music industry litigation - April 5, 2021

Jeff Worob 94L was named a ‘top music lawyer’ by Billboard Magazine, repeating last year’s appearance, in the category of Talent and Litigation. He’s a partner at Serling Rooks Hunter McKoy Worob & Averill LLP. Read the story.

Billboard names Rose 18L 'top music lawyer' - April 5, 2021

Rose 18LJohn Rose 18L was named a ‘top music lawyer’ by Billboard Magazine, repeating last year’s appearance, in the category of Talent and Litigation. He’s an associate at Fox Rothschild LLP. Rose also made Variety’s Legal Impact list. Read the story.

Richter 11L promoted at Winstead in the Woodlands - April 4, 2021

Richter 11LRoy Richter 11L is one of nine associates at Winstead PC recently promoted to Of Counsel. He is a member of the firm’s Corporate, Securities/Mergers & Acquisitions Practice Group in The Woodlands, Texas, where he focuses on general corporate and securities representation and business counseling of public and private corporations. As a former landman, Richter has experience in both the legal and oil and gas industries. 

“We congratulate these nine talented attorneys on being named Of Counsel,” Winstead CEO David Dawson said. “These are attorneys with outstanding experience who have been incredibly valuable members of our team.”

Hoffman 11L makes partner in New York - April 1, 2021

Hoffman 11LDouglas Hoffman 07C 11L was one of seven attorneys promoted to partner this April at Hunton Andrews Kurth’s New York offices. He focuses on representing commercial real estate owners, developers, lenders, investors, private equity funds, and institutional REITs in structuring and closing all types of real estate transactions, including joint ventures, acquisitions and dispositions, developments, financings, development rights or “air rights” transactions, and portfolio transactions. Read the firm release.

Rubin 08L named national family law fellow - March 31, 2021

Rubin 08LKevin J. Rubin 08L, founding partner at Marple Rubin Family Law, was admitted as a fellow to the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, a national organization of leading family law practitioners across the United States.

Giordano 01L chairs leadership board at FSU - March 25, 2021

Giordano 01LTimothy K. Giordano 01L has been appointed chairman of the Leadership Board at the Florida State University College of Communication and Information.

Baker 94L interviews Ginsburg clerk about new RBG book - March 24, 2021

Baker 94LCarrie N. Baker 94L did a long-form Q & A with Berkeley Law Professor Amanda L. Tyler co-author of Justice, Justice Thou Shalt Pursue: A Life’s Work Fighting for a More Perfect Union. Tyler’s co-author was the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Tyler was Ginsburg’s former law clerk, and they finished the book just three weeks before Ginsburg’s death. The interview was published in Ms. Magazine. Baker is a professor at Smith College. Read the interview.

Shah 06L, in practice at K Law in Mumbai - March 21, 2021

Dhairal Shah 06L is an associate partner with K Law in Mumbai, India.

McLaughlin 17L advances at HHS - March 19, 2021

McLaughlin 17LWilliam McLaughlin 17L, an attorney-advisor for the Department of Health and Human Services in Washington, D.C., recently received a grade promotion and a performance appraisal award recognizing his contributions to HHS over the past year. He says he’s grateful to contribute to HHS’s meaningful work during this unprecedented time.

Sears 80L to lead federal advisory commission - March 16, 2021

Sears 80LLeah Ward Sears 80L was chosen to lead a new Federal Nominations Advisory Commission, which will better reflect Georgia—with more people of color and women, with diverse career backgrounds.

“For far too long, this system has inadequately represented the great diversity of Georgia and America. I’m honored to lead Senators Jon Ossoff and Rev. Raphael Warnock’s Commission to bring new, different, and unique perspectives to the federal nominations process and ensure all voices across Georgia are fairly represented,” the former Georgia chief justice said. Read the story (subscription required).

Floyd 83L partners with DA to investigate election fraud - March 15, 2021

John Floyd 83L has been retained to help Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis 96L investigate possible solicitation of election fraud by former President Donald Trump. A RICO expert, Floyd worked with Willis to successfully prosecute the Atlanta Public Schools cheating cases. Read the AJC story.

Emory event features Moezzi's book - March 11, 2021

Moezzi 06LOn March 11, author, lawyer and activist, Melody Moezzi 06L 06PH was featured at an Emory Alumni Association event,  a discussion of her memoir, The Rumi Prescription: How an Ancient Mystic Poet Changed My Modern Manic Life.

Smith 09L makes partner at Lash & Goldberg - March 9, 2021

Smith 09LChristopher K. Smith 09B 09L was named partner at his firm, Lash & Goldberg LLP, effective January 1, 2021. Smith practices complex business and healthcare litigation. Read the firm release.

Tremblay 95L, veteran LA lawyer, named Garcetti’s counsel - March 5, 2021

In March, Anne Tremblay 95L was named legal counsel to Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.

Goldberg 10L runs for Atlanta City Council - February 28, 2021

Goldberg 10LBrandon Goldberg 10L has declared himself a candidate for Atlanta City Council, Post Seat 1, At-Large. The citywide nonpartisan race is on this November’s ballot. Goldberg says he’s “excited about the opportunity to serve his city and solve the longstanding problems in our community.” Here is his campaign site: www.brandoncorygoldberg.com.

Kelly 97L presents to Bar on condemnation cases - February 26, 2021

Kelly 97LIn February, Carlos A. Kelly 97L presented “Condemnation Blight Damages in Florida” to members of the City, County & Local Government Law Section of The Florida Bar. The seminar walked attendees through Florida case law and its application. A stockholder in the Fort Myers offices of Henderson Franklin, Kelly is co-chair of Lee County Bar Association’s General Civil and Business Litigation Practice Section and the Association of Eminent Domain Professionals, the Real Estate Investment Society, and The Florida Bar’s Eminent Domain Committee. Read the firm release.

Georgia State Bar honors Gray 78L - February 22, 2021

Gray 78LHerbert H. "Hal" Gray III received the 2020 Chief Justice Harold G. Clarke Award, in recognition of outstanding contributions to the field of alternative dispute resolution. Read more.

Withrow 97L, Super Lawyer in family law - February 19, 2021

Withrow 97LKimberli C. Withrow 97L, a partner at the Atlanta firm Boyd Collar Nolen Tuggle & Roddenbery, has been recognized as a 2021 Super Lawyer for the practice of family law. The selection process includes independent attorney-led research, evaluations and peer evaluations. Candidates are evaluated on 12 indicators including verdicts/settlements, transactions, special licenses and pro bono service.

Moschetto 20L joins New Hampshire firm - February 12, 2021

Moschetto 20LBrooke Moschetto 20L has joined the Pastori | Krans law firm in Concord, New Hampshire. Moschetto began her career there in 2019 as a summer associate. She took the bar exam in October and was sworn into the New Hampshire Bar in December 2020. Read the firm release.

Taylor 19L, new associate at Carlton Fields - February 11, 2021

Taylor 19LKurtley M. Taylor 19L joined Carlton Fields as an associate in the firm’s Tampa offices. He is a member of the firm's national White Collar Crime and Government Investigations Practice. Read the firm release.

Carmen 18L joins DOJ in Texas - February 5, 2021

In October 2020, Eliza Carmen 18L became a new assistant U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Texas.

Oliver 10L leads CDC COVID-19 response unit - February 2, 2021

Angela Oliver 10L spent more than two months leading the Policy Unit for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s COVID-19 response. As the unit’s lead, she managed the CDC’s interactions with Congress and other key partners. Prior to that Oliver spent two months as the unit’s congressional deputy. The policy unit is responsible for managing congressional briefings, hearings, executive correspondence, and external partner engagement.

Broussard 13L launches solo firm - February 1, 2021

Broussard 13LBarret Broussard 13L launched his solo practice, Broussard Law, after practicing at three major law firms. His focus is business negotiations and litigation, as well as personal injury and catastrophic loss. Broussard was also named one of the 100 Most Influential LGBTQ+ Georgians by the OUT Georgia Business Alliance.

Brandman 01L among world’s best corporate counsel - February 1, 2021

Brandman 01LJared Brandman 01L, senior vice president, general counsel and secretary at National Vision Holdings, Inc., was named one of the top 50 corporate counsel worldwide in the 2021 OnCon Icon Awards. Winners are determined by peer vote for qualities including impact on their organization, contributions to their professional community, innovation and leadership. See all the winners here.

Emory Law alumni elected to office - February 1, 2021

Here’s an update on Emory Law alumni elected or re-elected to office, most of whom began their terms last month. They are: Patsy Austin-Gatson 89L, Gwinnett County district attorney; Judge Diane Bessen 86L, Fulton County State Court; Judge Rachelle Carnesale 92L, Georgia 5th Superior Court District Atlanta Circuit; Donna Coleman-Stribling 99L, DeKalb County solicitor general; Brandy Fluker Oakley 10L, Massachusetts state representative, 12th Suffolk District; Judge Jason Marbutt 04L, Cobb County Superior Court; Julie Mayfield 96L, North Carolina Senate, District 49; Racquel Peebles 96L, Smyrna, Tennessee, Town Council; Tiffany Porter 05L, Gwinnett County tax commissioner; Richard Watson 74L Franklin County, Florida, tax collector; Judge Andrew Wilkinson 97L, Circuit Court, District 4, Washington County (Maryland); and Fani Willis 96L, Fulton County district attorney. Join us in congratulating them for winning campaigns in a remarkable election year, along with our candidates who ran good races but lost (this time). Did we miss you? Please let us know at lawcommunications@emory.edu.

Duque 07L joins California family law firm - January 28, 2021

Duque 07LNatalia Duque 07L has joined the Law Office of Renee M. Fairbanks, a family law firm in Santa Barbara, California, as senior associate attorney. Read the firm release.

Saber 89L among Carolina's best attorneys - January 27, 2021

Saber 89LMichael P. Saber 89L has been named a 2021 North Carolina Super Lawyer. He practices at Smith Anderson in Raleigh. Read the firm release.

Topping 12L named partner at Phelps - January 26, 2021

Topping 12LDavid Topping 12L is one of five new partners at Phelps in New Orleans, where he focuses on transactional support, regulatory compliance and litigation. As a litigator, he “lowers clients’ legal risks through environmental due diligence. Clients look to his litigation experience and industry knowledge to keep them above board with environmental regulators.”

“Each of these attorneys has built a strong track record of helping clients,” said Managing Partner Marshall Redmon. “This group will add mightily to the firm’s ability to secure legal solutions for clients and offer them the wraparound, personal service our firm is known for.” Read the firm release.

Siegel 20L joins Davis, Matthews & Quigley - January 26, 2021

Siegel 20LMiranda E. Siegel 20L has joined Davis, Matthews & Quigley, PC, in Atlanta as an associate within the firm’s Family Law Section.

Church 18L follows clerkship with associate position at Dinsmore - January 22, 2021

Church 18LSeth Church 18L has joined Dinsmore & Shohl LLP's Lexington, Kentucky office, where he will practice in the firm's commercial litigation group. Prior to joining Dinsmore, Church clerked for Judge Charles R. Simpson III in the United States District Court for the Western District of Kentucky.

Torgrimson 97L takes leadership position at CREW Atlanta - January 20, 2021

Torgrimson 97LChristian Torgrimson 97L, a partner at Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP, has been appointed co-chair of CREW Leadership for 2021-2022. Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) Atlanta serves to transform the commercial real estate industry by advancing women. Torgrimson is a graduate of its 2014 class and has won CREW’s Entrepreneurial Spirit Award. At Parker Poe, she advises commercial real estate clients, with a focus on eminent domain and condemnation. Read the firm release.

Stoney 13L, new associate, 'One to Watch' - January 19, 2021

Stoney 13LJane Bouch Stoney 13L has been elected to shareholder at Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd in Charleston, S.C. She focuses on commercial and institutional real estate, including sales, acquisitions, financing, leasing and zoning and land use regulation. She also advises clients on entity formation, the formation of 501(c)(3) tax exempt organizations, trademark and business start-up matters and business litigation disputes. Stoney was recently recognized as a 2021 Best Lawyers’ “Ones to Watch” for Business Organizations, Corporate Law and Real Estate Law. Read the firm release.

Stewart 12L makes partner at Morris, Manning & Martin - January 15, 2021

Stewart 12LBryan Stewart 12L has been elected partner at Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP in Atlanta, effective Jan. 1. A registered patent attorney, Stewart has extensive experience preparing and prosecuting patent, trademark, and copyright applications, and managing both domestic and international intellectual property portfolios. Read the firm release.

Krasny 20L, new associate at HunterMaclean - January 12, 2021

Krasny 20LHannah L. Krasny 20L has joined HunterMaclean in Savannah as an associate in the firm’s litigation practice.

“Hannah participated in our firm’s 2019 summer associate program,” said Managing Partner Brad Harmon. “It is exciting to see her experience in our intern program progress to a full-time position with our firm. Her expertise will certainly be an asset to our clients and our community.”

TI:GER alum makes shareholder at Maynard - January 11, 2021

Parker 13LMatthew Parker 13L has been promoted to shareholder, effective Jan. 1, at Maynard Cooper & Gale in Birmingham, Alabama. He is a member of the firm’s Intellectual Property and Technology and Corporate practice groups. He advises companies in a variety of technology intensive sectors, including biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, SaaS, healthcare, gaming, and other online business models. Read the firm release.

Bent 09L named partner in NYC - January 11, 2021

Bent 09LCamille Bent 09B 09L has been promoted to partner at BakerHostetler in New York City, effective Jan. 1. Her focus there is bankruptcy, restructuring and commercial litigation.

“This year’s new partner class is an extraordinary group of lawyers drawn from practices and offices nationwide,” said BakerHostetler Chairman Paul Schmidt. “[They] reflect an array of diverse perspectives and experiences that will help us continue to deliver exceptional client service and strengthen our culture of inclusion, collaboration and innovation.” Read the firm release.

Shapiro 06L joins Thompson Hine - January 8, 2021

Josh Shapiro 06L recently joined Thompson Hine LLP as a partner in the Antitrust, Competition and Distribution group. He practices in both the Washington, D.C., and New York City offices.

Purdy-Bartlett 15L heads to Polsinelli - January 8, 2021

Heather Purdy-Bartlett 15L is moving to a real estate associate position with Polsinelli in Atlanta.

Jerome “Jerry” Robert Smith 77L - January 6, 2021

Smith 77LJerome “Jerry” Robert Smith 77L passed away January 6, 2021. Read the obituary.

Cole 11L makes partner at Penn Law - January 6, 2021

Cole 11LAlexandra “Sachi” Cole 11L has been named partner at Penn Law LLC in Atlanta. Since joining the firm in 2017, she has been instrumental in cases involving the Boy Scouts of America, Amazon and the Catholic Church. She specializes in complex civil litigation focusing on cases involving product liability, medical malpractice, childhood sexual abuse and employment law. She also worked on important legislation including the Child Victim Act.

“We are proud to name Sachi Cole as a partner at Penn Law, in recognition of the work she has done, and what she will bring to our team moving forward,” says the firm’s founder, Darren Penn.  Read the firm release.

Mills 90L joins Jones Walker in Atlanta - January 5, 2021

Mills 90LJohn Mills 90L has joined Jones Walker LLP’s Atlanta office as a partner in the Litigation Practice Group. He represents clients in a wide range of matters, with an emphasis on corporate workouts and restructuring, and focuses on business disputes, sale and acquisition of distressed assets, corporate bankruptcy, and debtor and creditor rights litigation.

“We are proud to have John join our Atlanta office,” said Managing Partner Bill Hines. “His extensive legal experience and leadership will be an asset to Jones Walker and our clients.” Read the firm release.

Patrick M. Rayburn 57B 62L - December 28, 2020

Patrick M. Rayburn 57B 62L passed away December 28, 2020. Read the obituary.

Kiernan 17L assumes managing attorney role in California - December 28, 2020

Kiernan 17LChris Kiernan 17L has been named managing attorney at Talkov Law's Orange County location, where he focuses on real estate and bankruptcy, as well as business and civil litigation.

Arthur T. Davis Jr. 66C 67L - December 23, 2020

Davis 67LArthur T. Davis Jr. 66C 67L passed away December 23, 2020. Read the obituary.

Gryll 11L makes partner at Arnold & Porter - December 17, 2020

Gryll 11LSarah Gryll 11L is among six new partners elected at Arnold & Porter effective January 1, 2021. She is member of the Bankruptcy and Restructuring practice and resident in the Chicago office.

 “This year’s class once again reflects our continuing investment in the future of the firm, and the strength of our practices and offices,” said Chairman Richard M. Alexander. “I couldn’t be more proud of this talented group of lawyers.” Read the firm release.

Robert S. Jones 70C 73L - December 16, 2020

Jones 73LRobert S. Jones 70C 73L passed away December 16, 2020. Read the obituary.

George Rellie Boyd Jr. 53L - December 15, 2020

George Rellie Boyd Jr. 53L passed away December 15, 2020. Read the obituary.

David Allyn Evans Sr. 59C 68L - December 14, 2020

David Allyn Evans Sr. 59C 68L passed away December 14, 2020. Read the obituary.

Meet Parker! - December 8, 2020

KitchensMarcella Ducca 05C 08L and her husband William are the parents of Parker Daniel Kitchens, born on July 31, 2020. Ducca is a shareholder at GreenbergTraurig in Atlanta.

Kastorf 06L tagged as 'On the Rise' - December 7, 2020

Kastorf 06LKurt Kastorf 02C 06L was among the Daily Report’s 2020 Class of “On the Rise,” attorneys. He’s the founder of Kastorf Law. Read the story.

Kachmar 97L among Georgia Trend's 'Legal Elite' - December 1, 2020

Kachmar 97LShawn A. Kachmar 97L has been named a member of Georgia Trend’s 2020 “Legal Elite,” which recognizes leading attorneys in 16 categories. The list is compiled from peer nominations, and the listing “is determined solely by attorneys’ votes.” Kachmar is a partner at HunterMaclean in Savannah, where he focuses on employment law, employee benefits and business litigation.

Shulak 10L 'Rising Star' - November 21, 2020

Shulak 10Dan Shulak 10L was recognized by as a "Rising Star" by Legal 500 and "One to Watch" by Best Lawyers in America. He is  a senior associate specializing in criminal antitrust investigations and defense at Hogan Lovells US LLP in Washington, D.C. 

Willis 89L returns to Troutman Pepper - November 11, 2020

Willis 89LAnnette Michelle “Shelli” Willis 89L, a senior finance and restructuring, real estate and corporate governance attorney, has joined Troutman Pepper in Atlanta as a partner. Willis returns to the firm after spending over six years in-house with SunTrust (now Truist) as a deputy general counsel, assistant corporate secretary and senior vice president.

“Shelli’s deep connections with our existing clients and unique expertise in real estate finance, workout and commercial lending, make her an incredible asset to the team,” said Troutman Pepper’s Amie Colby. “We look forward to working with her again in Atlanta and beyond.” Read the firm release.

Magruder 83L, 'Woman of Purpose' - November 11, 2020

Magruder 83LMeghan Magruder 80C 83L was honored by the United Way of Greater Atlanta. She’s a partner at King & Spalding and also serves on the United Way Board of Directors. Read the firm release.

Anchel S. Samuels 57C 59L - November 10, 2020

Anchel S. Samuels 57C 59L passed away November 10, 2020. Read the obituary.

Chaiken 01L launches Atlanta solo firm - November 10, 2020

Chaiken 01LOn Nov. 2, former federal prosecutor David Chaiken 01L launched ChaikenLaw, a boutique national white collar defense and investigations law firm based in Atlanta. Read the release.

Pamela Maureen Jones 93L - November 9, 2020

Jones 93LPamela Maureen Jones 93L passed away on November 9, 2020. Read the obituary.

W. Clark Meredith 66C 66L - November 6, 2020

Meredith 66LW. Clark Meredith 66C 66L passed away November 6, 2020. Read the obituary.

Donald B. Harden 66C 67L - November 6, 2020

Harden 67LDonald B. Harden 66C 67L passed away November 6, 2020. Read the obituary.

Sigel 91L among Massachusetts Super Lawyers - November 3, 2020

Sigel 91LJonathan R. Sigel 91L, a partner and chair of the Labor, Employment and Employee Benefits Group and chair of the Higher Education Group at Mirick O'Connell, has been selected for inclusion on the 2020 Massachusetts Super Lawyers list. Each year, no more than 5% of lawyers in the state are selected to receive this honor.  

Arthur J. Shelfer 74L - October 28, 2020

Shelfer 74LArthur J. Shelfer 74L passed away October 28, 2020. Read the obituary.

Ong 91L, Woodward 91L work to pass collaborative law act - October 20, 2020

Ong 91LWoodward 91LJohn Ong 91L and Danae Woodward 91L, founding members of the North Carolina Civil Collaborative Law Association, along with other NCCCLA Board members, were instrumental in getting the Uniform Collaborative Law Act signed into law in North Carolina.

“North Carolina civil disputes can now be resolved by this confidential, expeditious, inexpensive, client-centered, and nonadversarial process,” according to the release. The nonprofit was formed to educate the public and attorneys on the use and advantages of collaborative law to resolve civil disputes. Read the blog.

David Howard Flint 71L - October 19, 2020

Flint 71LDavid Howard Flint 71L passed away October 19, 2020. Read the obituary.

John Thomas Chason 70L - October 17, 2020

Chason 70LJohn Thomas Chason 70L passed away October 17, 2020. Read the obituary.

Haila N.K. Kleinman 80L - October 13, 2020

Haila N.K. Kleinman 80L passed away on October 13, 2020.

Hall returns from NYC to join Birmingham firm - October 8, 2020

Hall 16LRebecca Hall 16L has joined LIghtfoot, Franklin & White LLC, in Birmingham, Alabama, as an associate, where she will focus on medical malpractice, professional liability, commercial litigation, and environmental and toxic torts. Read the firm release.

Jeffrey Garner Hamilton 95L - October 5, 2020

Jeffrey Garner Hamilton 95L passed away on October 5, 2020. Read the obituary.

Jackson Landrom Culbreth 71L - September 25, 2020

Culbreth 71LJackson Landrom Culbreth 71L passed away September 25, 2020. Read the obituary.

Paul Leland Shanor 77L - September 18, 2020

Paul L. Shanor 71C 77L passed away September 18, 2020. Read the obituary.

McGuire 06L joins EPA in Texas - September 15, 2020

McGuire 06LIn July, James McGuire 06L joined the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as regional counsel for Region 6, in Dallas. Region 6 serves Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas and 66 tribal nations. McGuire leads a team of environmental lawyers who work on legal interpretations and ensure the implementation of statutes under EPA’s jurisdiction and the Agency’s regulations. The office also reviews legal sufficiency of permits, program delegations to the states, grants, the Freedom of Information Act, general law, personnel matters, and the resolution of ethics issues.

Greenwood 18L finishes clerkship, joins Chamberlain Hrdlicka - September 2, 2020

Greenwood 18LAfter finishing his clerkship with U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Eduardo Rodriguez (Southern District of Texas) Tyler Greenwood 18L has joined the Houston offices of Chamberlain Hrdlicka in Houston as an associate, where he will focus on commercial litigation.

Saber 89L recognized among 2021 'Best Lawyers in America' - September 1, 2020

Saber 89LMichael P. Saber 89L was named one of the Best Lawyers in America 2021, under the following categories: Biotechnology and Life Sciences Practice, Corporate Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law, Securities/Capital Markets Law and Venture Capital Law. He is a partner in the Raleigh, North Carolina offices of Smith Anderson.

McLelland joins PPGMR in Little Rock - August 31, 2020

McLelland 19LSamuel McLelland 19L has joined PPGMR Law in its Little Rock, Arkansas, offices. He recently served as a law clerk for U.S. District Court for Chief Judge D. Price Marshall Jr. (Eastern District of Arkansas), and previously worked on presidential and senatorial election campaigns.

“PPGMR prides itself on having the best and brightest attorneys in the state,” said Julie DeWoody Greathouse, managing member. “And Sam is no exception. With his diverse experience, he will help us continue to deliver exceptional service, value and results.”

Strickland 13L named 'One to Watch' by Best Lawyers - August 26, 2020

Strickland 13LBradley M. Strickland 13L was named one of the Best Lawyers in America 2021, specifically as “One to Watch” in the area of product liability litigation—defendants. He is an associate in the Baltimore, Maryland, litigation firm, Kramon & Graham. “Ones to Watch” is a new classification that Best Lawyers announced this year.

Jordan Seth Davis 96L - August 23, 2020

Davis 96LJordan Seth Davis 96L passed away on August 23, 2020. Read the obituary.

Sigel 91L named 'Lawyer of the Year' in Worcester - August 21, 2020

Sigel 91LJonathan R. Sigel 91Lwas named the Best Lawyers 2021"Lawyer of the Year" in Worcester, Massachusetts, in the category of employment law—management. He is a partner in the Labor, Employment and Employee Benefits Group and the Higher Education Group at Mirick O'Connell, and has been recognized in Best Lawyers since 2013.

Ong 91L recognized for excellence in product liability litigation - August 21, 2020

John Ong 91LJohn Ong 91L was named one of the Best Lawyers in America 2021, in the category of product liability litigation—defendants. He is a partner in the Charlotte, North Carolina, offices of Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP.

Emory Law alumni at HunterMaclean named 'Best Lawyers in America' - August 21, 2020

HunterMaclean alumni
Five Emory Law alumni at HunterMacLean, based in Savannah, Georgia, were recognized recently as among the Best Lawyers in America 2021. They are: Shawn Kachmar 97L (employment); Sarah H. Lamar 91L (employment and labor); Diana J.P. McKenzie 85L (information technology); M. Lane Morrison 70L (trusts and estates); and Harold B. Yellin 82L (land use and zoning, real estate).

Douglas 09L joins Hahn Loeser & Parks - August 12, 2020

Douglas 09LIn August, Brent Douglas 09L joined Hahn Loeser & Parks LLP as partner in the firm’s San Diego office, where he specializes in labor and employment. 

“Brent’s depth of experience and legal expertise will be a valuable asset to our clients and a welcome addition to our firm,” said Michael J. Gleason, partner-in-charge of the San Diego office. “We are thrilled to have him on board, and he will be instrumental in helping us build our labor and employment practice in this crucial market for the firm.” Read the firm release.

Dorothy H. Bishop 58B 85L - August 8, 2020

Bishop 85LDorothy H. Bishop 58B 85L passed away on August 8, 2020. Read the obituary.

Thomas Lee Murphy 72L - August 5, 2020

Thomas L. Murphy 72L passed away August 5, 2020. Read the obituary.

Michaelson 99L named a 2020 Pennsylvania Super Lawyer - August 3, 2020

Michaelson 99LChad I. Michaelson 99L, a partner at Pittsburgh’s Meyer, Unkovic & Scott, was named as one the top attorneys in Pennsylvania for 2020 by SuperLawyers. Michaelson was recognized for Business Litigation. A trial lawyer with more than 19 years of experience resolving complex business disputes, Michaelson also chairs the firm’s Litigation and Dispute Resolution Department and serves as a member of the firm’s Management Committee. Read the firm release.

Warren Candler Fortson Sr. 50OX 56L - August 1, 2020

Fortson 56LWarren Candler Fortson Sr. 50OX 56L passed away on August 1, 2020. Read the obituary.

Battiste 74L receives National Bar Award - July 30, 2020

Battiste 74LLuther J. Battiste III 74L received the National Bar Association’s Civil Trial Advocacy Master Trial Award at the association's annual convention. Battiste is a founding shareholder of Johnson, Toal & Battiste, P.A., in Columbia, South Carolina, and has been a member of the NBA for more than 40 years. He is also the national president of the American Board of Trial Advocates. Read the story.

Edwards 09L leads North Carolina Bankruptcy Section - July 10, 2020

Edwards 09LAshley Edwards 09L, a partner at Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP, has been elected to the leadership team of the North Carolina Bar Association’s Bankruptcy Section. As a council member she will help drive education and networking for the state’s bankruptcy attorneys.

Edwards has served on the American Bankruptcy Institute’s Southeastern Advisory Board since 2016, is a graduate of the Mecklenburg County Bar’s Leadership Institute and has chaired the bar’s CLE Committee. She also chaired the litigation subcommittee for the Western District of N.C. Bankruptcy Local Rules Committee. Read the firm release.

Thomas 95L directs EPA Region 3 branch - July 3, 2020

In spring, Donzetta Workman Thomas 95L became the first Black woman to serve in a permanent management position in U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Region 3 Office of Regional Counsel (based in Philadelphia). Thomas has been with the agency for more than 22 years. “As chief of the Media Program Counseling Branch, I supervise the work of attorneys who provide counseling to program clients under the following environmental statutes and regulations: Clean Air Act, Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, Freedom of Information Act, Toxic Substances and Control Act, Federal Insecticide Fungicide & Rodenticide Act,” she writes.

Nancy Becker Hewes Bevan 76L - June 23, 2020

Bevan 76LNancy Becker Hewes Bevan 76L passed away June 23, 2020. Read the obituary.

Susan RoBards Keith 85L - June 19, 2020

Keith 85Susan RoBards Keith 85L passed away on June 19, 2020. Read the obituary.

Titus 07L featured for COVID-19 work strategies - June 17, 2020

Titus 07LMathew Titus 07L 07T and partner Brandon Smith formed Titus Smith in Alpharetta earlier this year. They were featured in a Daily Report story on how they’ve employed technology to keep cases moving forward during the coronavirus pandemic. Read the story (subscription required).

Slieper 05 directs Law, Science and Technology Program at Tech - June 15, 2020

Slieper 05LChad Slieper 05L has joined the faculty of Georgia Tech’s School of Public Policy where he directs a program in Law, Science, and Technology. He also oversees Georgia Tech’s pre-law initiatives and teaches courses in Constitutional Issues, as well as Law, Medicine and Ethics.

Burton 00L joins Phoenix Senior Living as general counsel - June 15, 2020

Burton 00L“Fate picked an interesting time for Scot Burton [00L] to become the first general counsel at Phoenix Senior Living—two months before the coronavirus fell onto the national scene and hit nursing homes especially hard,” Jonathan Ringel reports in a recent Daily Report profile. In addition to monitoring legal issues stemming from the virus, Burton is also in charge of other areas of the 1,500 employee-company. Read the story (subscription required).

Davis Kingsley Loftin 96L - June 13, 2020

Loftin 96LDavis Kingsley Loftin 96L passed away June 13, 2020. Read the obituary.

Atkins 94L publishes op-ed on official immunity - June 10, 2020

Atkins 94LIt’s time to modify official immunity, William Atkins 94L and co-author Zack Greenamyre 09C argue in an op-ed published this week in the Daily Report. They say it's a paradox that it's easier to secure a criminal conviction than to hold an officer liable for damages "for the exact same conduct." Read the article (subscription required).

Radford 81L retires from Georgia State Law after 36 years - June 9, 2020

Radford 81L“After earning her JD from Emory Law School in 1981, Mary Radford practiced for a few years before she was ready to get back to her passion (teaching),” writes Mara Thompson. “She knew it’d be a risk taking a chance on the College of Law, which had been established only two years prior, but the opportunity to be in an intellectually challenging classroom persuaded her.” Radford, Marjorie Fine Knowles Professor of Fiduciary Law, specializes in elder law, and wills and trusts. Read the story.

Robert Steven “Bobby” Horowitz 73L - June 9, 2020

Robert Steven “Bobby” Horowitz 73L passed away June 9, 2020. Read the obituary.

Karcher 88L celebrates anniversary in ministry - June 8, 2020

Karcher 88LSteve Karcher 88L reports from Texas: “[Karcher], formerly an active civil trial and business practitioner in California, Nebraska and Iowa, has set aside his busy 30-year practice to pursue his vocation as an Episcopal priest. He celebrates his anniversary as rector of a significant Episcopal parish and preschool, in Killeen, Texas, known, inter alia, as the Home of Fort Hood."

Arnold William Umbach Jr. 76L - May 30, 2020

Umbach 76LArnold William Umbach Jr. 76L passed away May 30, 2020. Read the obituary.

Steve Hood Finch 61L - May 30, 2020

Finch 61LSteve Hood Finch 61L passed away May 30, 2020.  Read the obituary.

Baker 94L publishes new edition of textbook on sexual harassment - May 27, 2020

Baker 94LCarrie N. Baker 94L has published a second edition of her book, Sexual Harassment Law: History, Cases, and Practice, along with co-authors Jennifer Ann Drobac and Rigel C. Oliveri. Baker is professor and chair of the Program for the Study of Women and Gender at Smith College. Her other books include The Women's Movement Against Sexual Harassment and Fighting the US Youth Sex Trade: Gender, Race, and Politics.

Kelley 77L listed in 2020 Chambers USA - May 26, 2020

Kelley 77LJames R. Kelley 75L 77L has been recognized in the 2020 Chambers USA directory of lawyers, in the category of bankruptcy and restructuring. The citation adds that Kelley "draws on wider experience in commercial disputes and tax issues,” says the release. His firm, Neal and Harwell PLC in Nashville, Tennessee, was also recognized for general commercial litigation. Read the firm release.

Shriver 81L says hello to Williamsburg - May 11, 2020

Mark Shriver 81L reports from Virginia: “After a lifetime in Atlanta (48 years) I have retired to Williamsburg, Virginia. It’s where I attended William and Mary, much smaller, and much less traffic. Plus, it makes dealing with my disability due to the rare disease of Amyloidosis easier.”

Cheryl B. Kragh 76L - May 8, 2020

Cheryl B. Kragh 76L passed away May 8, 2020. Read the obituary.

Austin 80L celebrates year five on the Nantahala - May 7, 2020

Austin 80LJess Austin 80B 80L will start his fifth season as a whitewater raft guide with the Nantahala Outdoor Center on the Nantahala River in western North Carolina. This year, he’s been elevated to lead guide and trip leader. Prior to retirement, Austin spent more than 30 years practicing law and now serves as treasurer and on the Board of Directors of the John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, N.C.

McNamara 08L joins A10 as general counsel, SVP - May 7, 2020

After 9 and 1/2 years with BGR Group in Washington, DC, (most recently as general counsel) Daniel McNamara 08L joined A10 Associates in April as a partner in the role of general counsel and senior vice president.

Coopersmith 90L joins Orrick in Seattle - May 7, 2020

Coopersmith 90LJeffrey B. Coopersmith 90L joined Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP in October 2019 as a partner in the firm’s white-collar practice group. He also passed along news about his wife, Stefanie Snow 91L, who is deputy prosecuting attorney for the city of Redmond, Washington. Read the firm release.

Barbara Vaughn Tinsley 71C 75L - May 6, 2020

Tinsley 75LBarbara Vaughn Tinsley 71C 75L passed away on May 6, 2020. Read the obituary.

Barry Earl Billington 68L - April 28, 2020

Billington 68LBarry Earl Billington 68L passed away April 28, 2020. Read the obituary.

Wen 13L named Oxford College ‘Outstanding Young Alumnus’ - April 23, 2020

Wen 13LOxford College has named Casson Wen 08Ox 10C 13L this year’s “Outstanding Young Alumnus.” The award recognizes exceptional dedication, loyalty, and innovation in service to the College by an alumna or alumnus who is 12 years or less removed from earning their Oxford degree. Wen is a shareholder in Roberts Markel Weinberg Butler Hailey PC’s real estate practice, and is based in the firm’s Houston offices. Read the story.

Gerhardt M. Hoff 82L - April 22, 2020

Hoff 82LGerhardt M. Hoff 82L passed away April 22, 2020. Read the obituary.

Kastorf 06L starts new litigation practice - April 17, 2020

Kastorf 06LKurt Kastorf 02C 06L launched Kastorf Law, a litigation boutique that assists organizations and other attorneys with litigation, appellate and regulatory problems. Kastorf has previously been recognized as one of Emory University's “40 Under Forty” alumni and also serves on the Emory Law Alumni Board.

Keller 06L to lead FAMU's College of Law - April 15, 2020

Keller 06LDeidré Keller 06L was named dean of Florida A & M University College of Law in Orlando this spring and begins work in July. Prior to that, she was associate dean of the Claude W. Pettit College of Law at Ohio Northern University. A native of Georgetown, Guyana, Keller grew up in the Bronx, New York. In addition to her JD earned at Emory Law, Keller also holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and Sociology from Yale University.

“Keller’s stellar academic credentials and diverse set of professional experiences in the legal and academic fields made her an ideal candidate for this position,” said Maurice Edington, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs. “She has articulated a clear and ambitious vision for the College, and I am confident that she will provide strong, dynamic and transformational leadership as the next dean.”

Morse 97L publishes on False Claims Act - April 14, 2020

Morse 97LMichael A. Morse 97L, a partner at Pietragallo Gordon Alfano Bosick & Raspanti, LLP, was published in the April 2020 issue of Compliance Today, an article titled “Best Practices For Responding to Internal Whistleblowers.” Morse also co-presented a webinar “How the False Claims Act Impacts Municipalities,” on April 23, in conjunction with the International Municipal Lawyers’ Association. Morse advises corporations, executives, universities, public officials, hospitals, medical device manufacturers, and health care providers on issues arising under the False Claims Act, and also provides counsel on internal investigations, FDA/HHS/DEA regulatory issues, and criminal and civil fraud.

Wayne J. Moulton 64C 68L - April 20, 2020

Wayne J. Moulton 64C 68L passed away April 20, 2020. Read the obituary.

John H. David 57C 58L - April 10, 2020

David 58LJohn H. David 57C 58L passed away April 10, 2020. Read the obituary.

Edward A. Crudup 68L - April 8, 2020

Edward A. Crudup 68L passed away April 8, 2020. Read the obituary.

Benjamin Landey 62C 65L - April 7, 2020

Benjamin Landey 62C 65L passed away April 7, 2020. Read the obituary.

Walker 92L leads legal at Eastman Chemical Co. - April 6, 2020

Walker 92LKellye L. Walker 92L joined Eastman Chemical Company on April 13, 2020, as executive vice president, chief legal officer. “Kellye brings tremendous experience after serving for over 18 years as chief legal officer of other companies in various industries,” said Mark Costa, board chair and chief executive officer of the Kingsport, Tennessee, based company. “She is a proven senior advisor and people leader with an impressive track record of success, and we look forward to welcoming her to Eastman.” Read the release.

Alicanti 12L makes partner at DLA Piper in NYC - April 5, 2020

Alicanti 12LStephen Alicanti 12L 12B was promoted to partner on April 1, 2020. A corporate and securities lawyer at DLA Piper in New York City, Alicanti focuses on representing issuers and underwriters in domestic and international capital markets transactions.

"We have a strong pipeline of talent and nurturing and promoting our people is central to our values and strategy of providing the best client service,” said Simon Levine, Global Co-CEO. “These accomplished new partners have shown that embracing radical change and being a trusted business adviser is at the heart of our commitment to clients, and I would like to congratulate all of them on their promotions." Read the firm release.

Mayfield 96L takes NC senate primary - March 30, 2020

Mayfield 96LIn March, Julie Mayfield 96L won the Democratic primary for Buncombe County’s North Carolina's 49th Senate seat. She’s now an Asheville City Council member and co-director of MountainTrue. Mayfield was a Woodruff Scholar and former director of the Turner Environmental Law Clinic. Read more.

David H. Fritts 50L - March 29, 2020

Fritts 50LDavid H. Fritts 50L passed away March 29, 2020. Read the obituary.

Doughty 92L, new president-CEO of The Chicago Network - March 20, 2020

DoughtyMaria Saltiero Doughty 88C 92L is the new president and CEO of The Chicago Network, which represents more than 500 of the city’s “most influential women leaders at the forefront of Chicago’s business, professional, cultural, nonprofit and educational organizations.” Her term starts April 6. Doughty spent 23 years at Allstate Insurance Co. in senior legal, public policy, governmental affairs, and community relations positions, and led the company’s global efforts to create senior leadership opportunities for women.

“We are thrilled to welcome Maria as our next leader,” said Diane Offereins, chair of The Chicago Network and Executive Vice President, President, Payment Services at Discover Financial Services. “Maria’s strategic leadership, policy experience, and lifetime passion for promoting gender equity are exactly the characteristics required to take The Chicago Network to the next level.” Read the press release.

Newman 73L serves as Chatham pro tem judge - March 9, 2020

Newman 73LJoe Newman 73L has served as a pro tem judge for the State Court of Chatham County, Georgia, since September 2016. Here’s a story about his career as a federal prosecutor, prior to his appointment.

Jang 09L named to two Korean-American boards in Atlanta - March 9, 2020

Jang 09LJoanna Jang 04C 09L, a partner at Swift, Currie, McGhee & Hiers, LLP, has joined the Korean American Association of Greater Atlanta board of directors, and also, the Korean-American Chamber of Commerce of Atlanta. Read the firm release.

Godfrey 05L joins Polsinelli in Atlanta - March 9, 2020

Godfrey 05LGwendolyn “Wendy” J. Godfrey 05L is one of four new shareholders at Polsinelli, part of the firm’s expanded financial services litigation team. She is based in Atlanta and focuses on financial services and creditors’ rights, business bankruptcies, commercial transactions and workouts. 

“Wendy is a highly experienced attorney with demonstrated success. We look forward to the value she will continue to bring to our clients, as well as help our firm continue to expand this key area of practice,” said Polsinelli Real Estate & Financial Services Department Chair Kraig Kohring. Read the firm release.

Norstadt 09L makes partner at Chamberlain Hrdlicka - March 5, 2020

Norstadt 09LIn February, Christine Norstadt 09L was elected to shareholder at Chamberlain, Hrdlicka, White, Williams and Aughtry, P.C. She practices commercial real estate law in the firm's Atlanta office, representing owners, managers and users of office, retail and industrial properties, apartments and land. She counsels clients involved in acquisitions and dispositions, financing, leasing and development matters. Read the firm release.

Richard Lee Mullins 70L - March 4, 2020

Mullins 70LRichard Lee Mullins 70L passed away March 4, 2020. Read the obituary.

Firm founded by three alumni among Atlanta’s fastest growing - March 4, 2020

BFV Law
Berman Fink Van Horn
 (BFV) was ranked the sixth fastest-growing law firm (by revenue) in the 2020 Atlanta Business Chronicle Annual Book of Lists. The business law firm was founded by Jeffrey Berman 82L, Benjamin Fink 92L and Charles Van Horn 94L and has a strong roster of Emory Law alumni, including: William Piercy 97L, Neal Weinrich 06L, Lauren Simons Frisch 13L, Katherine Silverman 11L, Alan Lubel 75L, Lisa Morchower 89L and Lydia Hilton 87L. Several alumni were recently recognized by Super Lawyers for excellence in their fields: 

2020 Georgia Super Lawyer*
Benjamin I. Fink 92L (Top 100) – Business Litigation
Alan E. Lubel 75L – Business Litigation
William J. Piercy 97L – Business Litigation
Charles H. Van Horn 94L – Business Litigation
*No more than 5 percent of the Georgia lawyers are selected

2020 Rising Stars*
Lauren S. Frisch 13L – Business Litigation
Katherine Silverman 11L – Civil Litigation: Plaintiff
Neal F. Weinrich 06L – Business Litigation
*Attorneys 40 and under or in practice for 10 years or less (no more than 2.5 percent of Georgia lawyers)

Shareholders Berman, Fink and Van Horn were also included on the 2020 “Best Lawyers in America” list. Berman was recognized for mergers and acquisitions; Fink for labor and employment and employment law; and Van Horn for commercial litigation, real estate litigation and construction litigation. Read the firm release.

Sage 88L, founding partner at investment firm - March 3, 2020

Sage 88LMichael Sage 88L recently joined Sozo Investment Partners LLC as senior partner and general counsel. He is known professionally for financial restructuring, including distressed situations. He previously served as co-chair of Dechert LLP's financial restructuring practice.

"Our firm is gratified that a professional of Michael Sage's stature both is joining it as an integral member of our platform and of his confidence in our long-term potential,” said Managing Partner Michael Hanna. Read the firm release.

Kenneth Raymond Carlson 76L - March 2, 2020

Kenneth Raymond Carlson 76L passed away March 2, 2020. Read the obituary.

Carl J. Stimmel 73L - March 1, 2020

Stimmel 73L Carl J. Stimmel 73L passed away March 1, 2020.  Read the obituary.

Albanese - February 24, 2020

Albanese 72LJack B. Albanese 72L passed away February 24, 2020. Read the obituary.

John Lansing Kimmey III 74L - February 13, 2020

Kimmey 74LJohn Lansing Kimmey III 74L passed away on February 13, 2020. Read the obituary.

Former prosecutor Barron 09L joins Miller & Martin - February 13, 2020

Barron 09LLynsey Barron 09L has joined Miller & Martin, PLLC, in Atlanta as a member in its litigation department. She previously served as a federal prosecutor with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Atlanta, in the Economic Fraud and Public Corruption sections. Immediately prior to joining Miller & Martin, she was as in-house compliance, data privacy, and cybersecurity counsel with UPS.

“Lynsey’s body of work is very impressive, and we are thrilled to add her to our white collar and government investigations practice. Particularly as she pursues certification as a Certified Information Privacy Professional, we know she will be a tremendous resource to clients as part of our Privacy and Data Security team as well,” said Michael Kohler, chair of the firm’s litigation department.

Charles Merrill Jr. 66L - February 12, 2020

Merrill 66LCharles “Brett” Merrill Jr. 66L passed away on February 12, 2020. Read the obituary.

McKee publishes Ariel’s Island - February 12, 2020

McKee 77LIn March, Pat McKee 77L published his novel, Ariel's Island, described as a legal techno-thriller that asks whether artificial intelligence can learn morality. It is loosely inspired by Shakespeare’s The Tempest.

Francis Earl Wiggers Jr. 72L - February 9, 2020

Francis Earl Wiggers Jr. 72L passed away February 9, 2020. Read the obituary.

Robert W. Walker 63L - February 9, 2020

Robert W. Walker 63L passed away February 9, 2020. Read the obituary.

Magnus 09L joins members of St. Louis firm - February 7, 2020

Mag09Lnus Sonette T. Magnus 09L is among seven new members at Lewis Rice, the St. Louis firm announced last month. She counsels corporate clients in commercial litigation, including pre-suit evaluations, discovery, mediation, expert witness preparation, trial preparation and when advisable, trial. Magnus also practices in the Governmental Solutions and Administrative Law Department.

Maan 13L and Gillman 14L wed in California - February 7, 2020

Maan-GillmanAalia Maan 13L and Joseph Gillman 14L were married on June 23, 2019, in Saratoga, California. The couple met at Emory Law. Mann is an associate at Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP. Gillman is an associate with Nossaman LLP in Los Angeles.

DiSalvo 97L, Georgia Super Lawyer for estate planning - February 7, 2020

DiSalvoLoraine DiSalvo 97L, a partner with Morgan & DiSalvo PC, was recently named a 2020 Georgia SuperLawyer for estate planning. This marks her eighth consecutive year on the list.

Nwaeze 11L, new partner at Duane Morris - February 6, 2020

Nwaeze 11LOderah C. Nwaeze 11L has been promoted to partner at Duane Morris LLP. As a trial lawyer in the firm’s Wilmington, Delaware, offices, he litigates complex corporate and commercial matters involving state and federal law. That includes corporate governance actions; statutory actions arising under Delaware corporation law; state and federal class actions; and breach of contract disputes. Working with the firm’s IP Practice Group, he also represents clients in patent and copyright litigation in U.S. District Court. Nwaeze serves on the Compliance Committee of the board of trustees for Bancroft, a nonprofit provider of specialized services for individuals with brain injuries, autism and intellectual disabilities. He is also on the board of directors for Campus Philly, which aims to fuel economic growth in Philadelphia by encouraging college students to live and work in the Philadelphia region.

Cross 00L teaches Georgia business CLE in May - February 6, 2020

cross-00L-150.jpgMichael Cross Jr. 00L will conduct a National Business Institute video CLE course on May 7 titled, “Business Law from Start to Finish: Entity Selection, LLC Formation, Tech Concerns, Contracts and More.” He is an attorney with Briskin, Cross & Sanford LLC, in Alpharetta, Georgia. View the course.

Playle 97L heads to Waller in Nashville - February 3, 2020

Playle 97LAngela M. Playle 97L has joined Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, LLP, in Nashville, in the firm’s Healthcare Department. Playle was previously senior vice president and deputy general counsel at an NYSE-listed real estate investment trust. As counsel, she will represent REITs, hospitals and health systems, healthcare investors and other healthcare organizations with transactions and operations involving medical office buildings and senior living communities, skilled nursing facilities and other healthcare properties.

"We are delighted to welcome Angela to Waller," said Waller Chair Matt Burnstein. "Her REIT and healthcare real estate experience will greatly benefit the healthcare organizations we serve throughout the country." Read more.

Quan 13L joins partners at Weinberg Wheeler Hudgins Gunn & Dial - January 30, 2020

Quan 13LEmily Quan 13L has been elected to partner at Weinberg Wheeler Hudgins Gunn & Dial in Atlanta. She focuses on civil litigation and represents clients in catastrophic injury, transportation, product liability, professional liability, premises liability, healthcare litigation, and nursing home and long-term care litigation. These matters often involve complex claims and injuries for multiple plaintiffs and defendants in both state and federal courts. Read more.

Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers honors Rogers 77L - January 28, 2020

Rogers 77LIn January, Nancy Scott Rogers 77L received the Trailblazer Award from the Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Rogers was elected the organization’s president in 1988, the first female attorney to hold the job. Read the story.

William N. Pettys Jr. 66L - January 26, 2020

Pettys 66LWilliam N. Pettys Jr. 66L passed away January 26, 2020. Read the obituary.

William P. Smith III 60Ox 62C 64L - January 23, 2020

William P. Smith III 60Ox 62C 64L passed away January 23, 2020. Read the obituary.

Forman 98L joins Fox Rothschild in Atlanta - January 22, 2020

Forman 98LJordan B. Forman 98L has joined Fox Rothschild LLP in Atlanta as counsel in the Litigation Department, where he assists clients with a range of transactional, commercial, contract, creditor/debtor and lien issues.

Battiste 74L leads the American Board of Trial Advocates - January 22, 2020

Battiste 74LIn January, Luther J. Battiste III was installed as national president of the American Board of Trial Advocates at the organization’s National Board Meeting. Battiste, a founding shareholder of Johnson, Toal & Battiste, P.A., took the oath of office from retired Chief Justice Jean Hoefer Toal of the Supreme Court of South Carolina. Battiste is the first African American to serve as national president. He also made history in 1983 by becoming one of the first two African Americans elected to Columbia City Council since Reconstruction. He served 15 years as a member of the Columbia City Council, including two terms as Mayor Pro Tempore. Read the release.

Stahl 09L makes partner at Nelson Mullins - January 14, 2020

Stahl 09LShaina Stahl 09B 09L is among the 29 attorneys recently elected to partnership Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough. She practices in the firm’s Orlando offices, where she concentrates on complex business litigation.

Shin 07L makes partner at Nelson Mullins - January 14, 2020

Shin 07LWoojin Shin 07L is among the 29 attorneys recently elected to partnership at Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough. He practices in the firm’s Washington, D.C. offices, where he serves Korean companies primarily in the infrastructure, automotive, defense, consumer goods and heavy equipment industries.

Speier 10L, new partner at Taylor English - January 13, 2020

Speier 10LAmanda Speier 10L was elevated to partner at Taylor English Duma LLP in January. She is a member of the firm’s Litigation and Dispute Resolution Department and focuses on the health care industry, particularly medical malpractice defense. She represents nurses, physicians, hospitals, home health companies and insurers in general liability, contract and billing disputes.

McElrath 10L named partner at Swift Currie in Atlanta - January 13, 2020

McElrath 10LCrystal McElrath 10L 10T is a new partner at Swift, Currie, McGhee and Hiers, LLP, as of January.  She practices workers’ compensation defense, as well as employment law defense and counseling, specializing in disability and leave laws in Georgia. She regularly advises, trains and defends clients related to wage and hour, discrimination and human resource laws. She represents clients in industries including food sales, medical transport services, counseling and staffing. Read more.

Jang 09L, new partner at Swift Currie in Atlanta - January 13, 2020

Jang 09LJoanna Jang 04C 09L is a new partner at Swift, Currie, McGhee and Hiers, LLP, as of January. She practices primarily in the area of workers’ compensation defense and also has extensive experience handling business and commercial litigation cases at the state and federal level. She represents employers, insurers, self-insureds and third-party administrators in equipment rental, construction, property and hotel management, manufacturing, retail and landscaping industries before the State Board of Workers’ Compensation and all appellate courts in Georgia. Read more.

Anderson B. Scott 93L - January 11, 2020

Anderson B. Scott 93L passed away on Jan. 11, 2020. Read the obituary.

Arain 05L joins partners at Jenner & Block - January 8, 2020

Arain 05LAli Arain 05L is one of eight new partners at Jenner & Block, effective January 1, 2020. He practices in the firm’s New York City offices as a litigator who represents clients in high-stakes business disputes in state and federal courts. His experience includes financial services-related litigation and internal investigations, often in cases involving securities fraud, commercial contracts and complex financial products like mortgage-backed securities, collateralized debt obligations, and credit default swaps. He has represented companies and individuals under investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Department of Justice and state attorneys general.

Pinkerton 10L named partner at Norton Rose Fulbright - January 7, 2020

Pinkerton 10LTrevor Pinkerton 10L has made partner at Norton Rose Fulbright. He practices in the firm’s Houston offices and focuses on mergers and acquisitions, and securities. He was among 53 promoted throughout the international firm. Pinkerton also earned his Master of Theological Studies at Candler School of Theology.

Willard 10L named counsel at Chaffetz Lindsey - January 6, 2020

Willard 10LIn January, Rainbow Willard 10L was promoted to counsel at Chaffetz Lindsey. Willard regularly appears before international arbitration tribunals and U.S. courts in complex, cross-border matters. She has also helped several clients navigate parallel proceedings in international arbitration and national courts in a host of foreign jurisdictions. Willard is fluent in English, Spanish, and Kaqchikel Maya. A former federal public defender, Willard joined the firm in 2017, from Allen & Overy LLP, where she was a senior associate who practice in London and New York.

“Rainbow has played a leading role in some of our most complex arbitration matters,” said Aníbal Sabater, a member of the firm’s management group. “We could not be more impressed with her intelligence and judgment." Read more.

Vivian 09L named shareholder at Lane Powell - January 3, 2020

Vivan 09LPriya B. Vivian 04C 09L has been elected a shareholder at Lane Powell, where she is an employment advisor and litigator who counsels employers on the full employment cycle including hiring, employment contracts, disability accommodation, handbooks and policies, discipline and separations. She also provides on-site training to employees regarding state and federal employment law compliance and represents employers in disputes, either before the EEOC or a local agency, or in federal or state litigation. In 2019, Thomson Reuters named her a “Rising Star” in labor and employment. She serves on the board of both the Mother Attorneys Mentoring Association of Seattle and Emory Law’s Alumni Association. She joined Lane Powell’s Seattle office in 2016 as an associate.

John Newton "Jack" Kaspers 85L - January 3, 2020

Kaspers 85LJohn Newton “Jack” Kaspers 85L passed away on Jan. 3, 2020. Read the obituary.

Serioux 12L makes New York 'Rising Star' List - January 2, 2020

Serioux 12LIvie Guobadia Serioux 12L is a 2019 ‘Rising Star’ in the metro New York area, according to Super Lawyers. She is a labor and employment associate in Littler Mendelson's New York office, where she focuses on counseling employers in employment discrimination litigation as well as emerging issues in Title IX compliance and litigation. She drafts personnel policies and handbooks and provides counsel on federal, state and city employment law compliance. In addition to traditional labor arbitration, she conducts internal workplace investigations and manager/employee training.

Schladt 18L joins Nichols Kaster's civil rights team - January 2, 2020

Schladt 18LIn July, Nicole Schladt 18L joined Nichols Kaster as an associate in the firm’s Minneapolis office. She’ll be working on the Civil Rights and Impact Litigation team. At Emory Law, Schladt co-founded Emory LGBTQ Legal Services, and received the Brittain Award, Emory’s highest student honor. 

Thomas Bryant Buck III 59C 62L - January 2, 2020

Buck 62LThomas Bryant Buck III 59C 62L passed away on Jan. 2, 2020. Read the obituary.

Expect third book from Morrison-Efemini 03L - December 17, 2019

Efemini 03LJoiya Morrison-Efemini 03L writes with this news: “I have published two books, a collection of short stories and a novel in verse. My third publication, a second novel in verse is upcoming in 2020.” The upcoming novel is titled, Petrified Flowers. Read more.

Morse 97L to present on False Claims Act in March - December 16, 2019

Morse 97LMichael A. Morse 97L will be a panelist for "The False Claims Act Part 1” at the 24th Annual Compliance Institute in Nashville, Tennessee, on Sunday, March 29, 2020. Discussion includes critical court interpretations of the Supreme Court’s Escobar decision, and recent decisions on determining “falsity” in medical necessity. Morse is a partner at Pietragallo Gordon Alfano Bosick & Raspanti, LLP, in Philadelphia. 

Clarke 89L and Rosenkoff 05L among this year's 'Legal Elite' - December 16, 2019

Clarke-89LRosenkoff 05LAlan S. Clarke 89L 89T and Matthew Robert Rosenkoff 05L, both partners at Taylor English, are among the ‘2019 Legal Elite’ announced by Georgia Trend magazine in December. According to magazine, hundreds of nominations were submitted from peer attorneys via its website. Any member of the Georgia Bar who lives and practices in the state was eligible to vote but was not allowed to vote for themselves.  Clarke was recognized in the category of sports/entertainment law, and Rosenkoff for business law.

Mallory Phillips 79L - December 10, 2019

Phillips 79LMallory Phillips III 79L passed away on Dec. 10, 2019. Read the obituary.

Samuel Bearman 76L - December 6, 2019

Samuel Bearman 76L passed away on Dec. 6, 2019. Read the obituary.

Kachmar 97L joins Georgia's 'Legal Elite'' - December 4, 2019

Shawn A. Kachmar 97L was recently recognized as a member of Georgia Trend’s 2019 “Legal Elite.” The list is compiled by attorneys submitting nominations through the publication’s website, and the listing is determined by attorneys’ votes. 

“Our firm is very proud to have six attorneys honored as part of this year’s Legal Elite,” said HunterMaclean Managing Partner Brad Harmon. “This recognition affirms their dedication to their practice, clients, and our community.”

Fred Foad Filsoof 67L - November 26, 2019

Fred F. Filsoof 67L passed away on Nov. 26, 2019. Read the obituary.

Glenn Zell 65L - November 24, 2019

Glenn Zell 65L passed away on Nov. 24, 2019. Read the obituary.

Ashworth 13L joins Williams Mullen in Richmond - November 14, 2019

Ashworth 13LTarpley Ashworth 13L has joined Williams Mullen as a senior associate in its Corporate Section, and is based in the firm’s Richmond, Virginia, offices. He assists clients with commercial transactions including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and leasing. He obtained a Transactional Law Certificate from the Center for Transactional Law and Practice and clerked at the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Georgia while earning his JD.

In December, Ashworth was named one of the state’s “Legal Elite” for 2019 by Virginia Business magazine, in the category of real estate land use.

Katz 12L joins 'Rising Star' list - November 13, 2019

Katz 09LBen Katz 12L has been named to Super Lawyers’ 2019 Mid-South Rising Star list. He is a senior associate in the bankruptcy and restructuring group at Frost Brown Todd LLC, and practices in the firm’s Nashville offices.

James 92L wins trustee seat in Ohio - November 13, 2019

James 92LIn November, Tom James 92L was elected to a four-year term as a trustee of Sycamore Township, Ohio. The three-member trustee board governs the 20,000-population suburban Cincinnati community, where James lives with his wife, Jill, and their four children. James starts his term in January 2020. Here’s the campaign site. James is a senior associate at Sanders & Associates in Cincinnati.

Lichtstein 99L leads Florida environmental group - November 11, 2019

Lichtstein 99LJason S. Lichtstein 99L is the president of the Florida Brownfields Association, serving a 2019-2020 term. He is a partner at Akerman LLP in Tallahassee, Florida, where he practices environmental law. Read more. 

The Hon. G. Conley Ingram 49C 51L - November 11, 2019

Ingram 51LThe Hon. G. Conley Ingram 49C 51L passed away on Nov. 11, 2019. Read the obituary.

Cohen 85L launches coaching practice - November 7, 2019

Cohen 85LAfter 10 years of coaching on the side, Ellen Cohen 85L of West Hollywood, California, has decided to make it a full-time career. Her practice focuses on helping lawyers and corporate executives enhance their productivity, build leadership skills and cultivate wellbeing and resilience. She is certified by ICF as a PCC and has extensive experience working with executives and lawyers at top law firms and Fortune 500 companies. She’s also been published in the Los Angeles Attorney At Law magazine. Cohen will present at the Ark Group Women’s Legal Conference in February on “How to Boost Your Reputation.”

Broussard 13L starts term as Stonewall Bar president - November 6, 2019

Broussard-13L-150.jpgBarret Broussard’s term as president of the Stonewall Bar Association of Georgia began Nov. 1, 2019. The statewide bar association is devoted to the interests of LGBTQ legal professionals. Broussard 13L is a litigator at Carlton Fields in Atlanta. Read more.

Bly 02L serves as U.S. District Court magistrate - 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.

Tomlinson 91L aims to 'torpedo the Republican rural strategy' - November 5, 2019

tomlinson-91L-2-150.jpgJust about every major Georgia candidate for higher office has staged their headquarters out of metro Atlanta the last decade. Senate candidate Teresa Tomlinson [91L] aimed to send a message with her decision to buck that trend,” the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. “The former Columbus mayor celebrated the debut of her main campaign office Saturday in her hometown with a marching band, food trucks and a fiery speech that argued she’s the only Democrat who can compete with U.S. Sen. David Perdue in rural Georgia. Read more.

Sigel 91L among Massachusetts 'Super Lawyers' - October 31, 2019

Siegel 91LJonathan R. Sigel 91L a partner in the Labor, Employment and Employee Benefits Group and the Higher Education Group at Mirick O'Connell, has been included among the 2019 Massachusetts Super Lawyers. Each year, no more than 5% of state lawyers are selected for inclusion on the list.  

DeRosa 15L Weds Emerson 16L - October 31, 2019

DeRosa | IngramKatherine Marie DeRosa 15L and MacKenzie James Emerson 16L were wed on September 29, 2018, in Atlanta. They met as members of Emory Law's Moot Court Society.

Judge Seeliger 70L will retire at end of current term - October 30, 2019

Seeliger 70L“It’s not 40 years on the bench or even turning 80 that has Judge Clarence Seeliger feeling ready to retire when his current term on the DeKalb County Superior Court ends on Dec. 31, 2020,” Katheryn Tucker writes for the Daily Report. “What gets to you is the custody cases,” the judge told the Daily Report. “They can be really wearing.” Read more.

Gladstone 14L makes Massachusetts 'Rising Star' List - October 30, 2019

Gladstone 14LGabriel S. Gladstone 14L has been recognized as a 2019 ‘Rising Star’ in Massachusetts by Super Lawyers. Candidates must be either 40 or younger, or been in practice for 10 years or less. No more than 2.5% of the state's lawyer pool receive the designation. Gladstone is an associate with Morgan, Brown & Joy and practices in the firm’s Boston offices.

Paul Edmund Willingham Jr. 74L - October 27, 2019

Paul Edmund Willingham Jr. 74L passed away on Oct. 27, 2019. Read the obituary.

Morse 97L to present on healthcare fraud - October 23, 2019

Morse 97LMichael A. Morse 97L will present “Preparing for the Fight of Your Life: Anatomy of a Health Care Fraud Prosecution,” at the Pennsylvania Bar Institute’s Health Law Institute on March 11-12, 2020. Morse is a partner at Pietragallo Gordon Alfano Bosick & Raspanti, LLP, in Philadelphia. Read more

John F. Eichorn 76L - October 22, 2019

John F. Eichorn 76L passed away October 22, 2019.

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

Shigley 77LKenneth 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.

Steven I. Holm - October 17, 2019

Steven I. Holm 77L passed away on October 17, 2019. Read the obituary.

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

Brown 96LGlenn 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 - October 14, 2019

Hageman 93LCubic 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.

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

Torgrimson 97LChristian 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.

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

Tanzer 88LMichelle 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.

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

Seidenberg 00LKristyne 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 - October 3, 2019

Thorpe 85LMichael 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 - October 3, 2019

Hager 17LNicholas 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.

Fred Douglas Bentley Sr. 49L - October 3, 2019

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

Martha Wayne Henson 74L - October 1, 2019

Henson 74LMartha Wayne Henson 74L passed away on Oct. 1, 2019. Read the obituary.

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

Quinn 11LElliotte 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 - September 26, 2019

Kastorf 06LKurt 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 - September 24, 2019

Franklin 03LAlison 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 - 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 05L selected to serve on Goodwill International's board - September 17, 2019

Goran 95LKristin Goran 05L 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.”

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

Treeman 09LJudd 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.

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

Hines 68LThe 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.

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

fershtman-86L-150.jpgJulie 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 - September 11, 2019

Warren 92LIn 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 - September 4, 2019

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

McKenzie "Mac" Perry Jr. 72L - September 2, 2019

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

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

Skolnick 17LSamantha 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' - August 21, 2019

Michaelson 99LChad 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 - August 18, 2019

McGowanThis 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 - 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 - August 16, 2019

Krause 94LAllyson 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 - 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 - August 15, 2019

Ong 91LJohn 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' - August 15, 2019

Aughtry 82LDavid 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.

Robert A. Elsner 62L - August 13, 2019

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

Kenneth Martin Worthy 47L - August 11, 2019

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

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

Brown 79LBrian 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 - August 6, 2019

Fishman 85LRoss 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, fishmanmarketing.com, is based in Illinois.

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

Fish 14LTaylor 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.

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

Sandberg 87LDoug 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.

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

Pollak 08LJustin 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.

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

Kess 81LJeffrey 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.

Galvez 08L promoted at FUJIFILM - 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.

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

Cole-Johnson 08LBritt-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.

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

Rosenberg 90LSteven 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 - July 22, 2019

Swart 95LJeffrey 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.

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

McClure 88LIn 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.

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

Broussard 13LIn 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.

James "Jim" Jacques 54L - July 15, 2019

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

Edwards 87L elected to bench in Brooklyn - 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.

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

Stewart 12LAnthony 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.

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

Shulak 10Daniel 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.

 

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

Sinton 12LAdam 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.

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

Ginsberg 93LRoss 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.

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

Tanzer 88LMichelle 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.

 

Silversmith Cohen 79L specializes in Judaica - 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 - June 27, 2019

Williams 81LJeffrey 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 - June 25, 2019

Cromwell 08LLymari 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 - June 20, 2019

Serioux 12LIvie 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 - 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

Brooke Underwood Walker 97L - June 18, 2019

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

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

Fershtman 86L“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.

Richard L. Nagle Jr. 70L - June 14, 2019

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

Frey 09L promoted at Mintz - June 14, 2019

Frey 09LIn 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 - June 14, 2019

Cooper 94LRobert 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 - June 13, 2019

Borden 89LLisa 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 - June 12, 2019

Kong 95LStephen 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 - June 10, 2019

Metviner 17LAaron 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 - 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. 

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

Surcouf 07LAllison 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 - June 4, 2019

Maggio 96LJohn 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.

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

Findling 84LIn 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.

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

Bartlett 13LBrent 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.

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

Orlan 17LJoshua 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.

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

Leech 06LFormer 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.

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

Howard 90LOn 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.

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

Buckman Gibson 89LKathy 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.

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

Carnesale 92LOn 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.

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

Aughtry 82LDavid 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.

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

Woods 03LMichael 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.

Jon Douglas Stewart Sr. 60C 62L - May 10, 2019

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

Scott A. Ray 50C 56L - May 4, 2019

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

Samuel W. Chawkin 74L - May 1, 2019

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

Speed 99L, GTLA president, reflects on past legislative year - April 30, 2019

Speed 99LWith 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.

Charles Stephen Coy 71L - April 24, 2019

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

James M. Wootan 79L - April 21, 2019

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

Brand 81L joins Blank Rome in NYC - April 20, 2019

Brand 81LMitchell 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.

John Beasley 63L - April 20, 2019

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

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

Taylor 08LCourtney 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.

Ronald Taylor Murphy 73L - April 10, 2019

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

Findling 84L hosts NACDL fundraiser, 'Legal Aid to Legal Stars' - April 10, 2019

Findling 84LAn 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.”

Trump to nominate Grimberg 98L for federal bench in Georgia - April 3, 2019

Grimberg 98LOn 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.

Gay 82L receives Dentons 'WomenLEAD' award - April 2, 2019

Gay 82LSharon 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.

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

benator-08L-150.jpgJonathan 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.

Sears 80L comments on diversity vs. window-dressing - March 28, 2019

Sears 80LLeah 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.

George W. Bryan 66L - March 25, 2019

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

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

Accurso 15LIn 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.

Robert Dodd 66L - March 14, 2019

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

David Lanner 76L - March 9, 2019

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

Lott 94L elected judge in rare defeat of incumbent appointee - March 6, 2019

Lott 94LLisa 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.

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

Norstadt 09LChristine 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.

Fry 15L featured in VoyageATL - February 19, 2019

Fry 15LBaylie 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.

Yellin 82B 82L named 2019 Georgia Super Lawyer - February 18, 2019

yellin-82L-2-150.jpgHarold 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.

Viau 00L, new partner at Fisher & Phillips - February 18, 2019

Viau 00LAs 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.

Lamar 91L named 2019 Georgia Super Lawyer - February 18, 2019

Lamar 91LSarah 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.

Kachmar 97L named 2019 Georgia Super Lawyer - February 18, 2019

Kachmar 97LShawn 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.

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

Barton 03LIn 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.

McDowell 87L publishes novel centered on brain injury - 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.

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

Gardner 09LIn 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.

Zinns 05L, 2019 Georgia Super Lawyer - 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 - 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.

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

Bleicher-04LNoah 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.

Vogel 95L launches education firm - February 4, 2019

Vogel 95LJonathan 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.

Gajadharsingh 98L joins Barnes & Thornburg - January 28, 2019

Gajadharsingh 98LAdam 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.

John Luther Shelnutt 58L - January 27, 2019

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

John R. Crenshaw 62L - January 27, 2019

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

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

Kadree 09LShiju 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.

Dollinger 87L elected judge in Texas - January 24, 2019

Dollinger 87LScot “dolli” Dollinger 87L was elected judge of the 189th Civil District Court in Harris County, Texas, on November 6, 2019.

 

Michaelson 99L reelected to firm's managing committee - January 23, 2019

Michaelson 99: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.

Cherie Monson 92L - January 22, 2019

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

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

Chan 12LYelena 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.

Hawthorne 84L is Atlanta's chief equity officer - 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.”

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

Treeman 09LJudd 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.

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

Adle 04LSarah 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.”

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

Kozlowski 12LChristopher 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.

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

Ducca 08LMarcella 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. 

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

Deal 09LJennifer 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.

Negron 86L joins GEO, private prison group - January 4, 2019

Negron 86LJoseph 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.

Krause 94L leads education firm, Promethean - January 4, 2019

Krause 94LAllyson 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.

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

Enea 09LDeborah 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.

Chenevert 93L wins Ace Award for Collaboration - January 4, 2019

Chenevert 93LDonald 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.”

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

Shah-06LRoshan 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.

Rubin 59L preps for 40th Peachtree Road Race - January 3, 2019

Rubin 59LMarty Rubin 59L is looking forward to his class reunion. “This will be the 60th Anniversary of my graduation from Emory Law School. And I'm prepping for my 40th 6.2 mile Peachtree Road Race on July 4th,” he writes. “I retired from my law practice in 2006 and am still enjoying life.”

O'Connor 01L joins American Diabetes Association Board - January 1, 2019

O'Connor 01LJean O’Connor 98C 01L 01PH has been appointed to the national American Diabetes Association Board of Directors, effective January 2019.

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

Babcock 07LSarah 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."

Battiste 74L honored for service to art museum - December 6, 2018

battiste-74L-150.pngThe Columbia Museum of Art presented the 2018 John Richard Craft Leadership Award to Luther J. Battiste III 74L. “A community leader, philanthropist, and public servant, Battiste epitomizes the values the CMA recognizes each year with the Craft Award,” according to a press release. Battiste received the award, named for the CMA’s first director, on Nov. 14, 2018.

“Luther Battiste is a positive force in the life of our community, a person distinguished for his balanced and productive leadership and love of the arts,” said Executive Director Della Watkins. “He has happily contributed to the museum’s growth and continuing success and served with modesty as an example for how to strengthen our shared commitment to culture. It is a privilege to recognize Luther for his outstanding service.” Read more

 

Kachmar 97L joins Georgia's `legal elite' - December 5, 2018

Kachmar 97LShawn 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.”

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

Benavidez 14LNora 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.