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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 undergraduate courses in constitutional issues, tech law, internet law and judicial process.

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).

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."

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.” Read the news release.

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.

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.

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

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. See the conference schedule.

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,, 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. Read the firm release.


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. Read the firm release.

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.” Read more.

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.” Read more.

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. Read more

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

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

Hull 73L featured in star podcast on mentoring, leadership - December 26, 2018

Hull 73LSenior Judge Frank Hull 73L is among the dozen legal luminaries featured in a recent Legal Speak podcast. The program features Uber’s Tony West, Noreen Krall of Apple and litigator Bill Lee. Also featured: Latham & Watkins partner Leslie Caldwell (on Special Counsel Robert Mueller III), Orrick’s Joshua Rosenkranz, and 3M GC Ivan Fong.

“At 28:51, you can hear Senior Judge Frank Hull of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit teach about Judge Elbert Tuttle; his leadership on the Fifth Circuit helped enforce desegregation rulings throughout the South,” says the Daily Report story. Read more and listen

Goldstein 77L launches mystery series - December 17, 2018

Mystery novelist and former judge Debra H. Goldstein 77L celebrated her new series debut with the release of One Taste Too Many (published by Kensington Books) on Dec. 18, 2018.

Goldstein is an Agatha and Anthony Award finalist, and here’s a synopsis of the book: “It introduces Sarah Blair, a culinary-challenged, recently-divorced woman adjusting to her new status as ‘single,’ her new studio apartment—which she shares with her Siamese cat, RahRah—and her new job as a law firm receptionist. When her ex-husband gets murdered and her twin sister becomes the top suspect, Sarah will have to add ‘solving crimes’ to the list of challenges she’s taking on.”

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

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

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

Bagley 87L elected to fourth term on Forsyth bench - December 14, 2018

Bagley 87LFollowing reelection to a fourth term, the Hon. Jeffrey S. Bagley 87L took the oath of office as chief judge of the Superior Court of Forsyth County, Bell-Forsyth Judicial Circuit, on Dec. 21. Read more

Alpert 98L elected fellow of Memphis Bar - December 14, 2018

Alpert 98LJeremy G. Alpert 98L of Glankler Brown has been named a Fellow of the Memphis Bar Foundation. Alpert concentrates his practice in the areas of civil and commercial litigation of all types, with an emphasis on banking law, construction law and insurance law, as well as construction contract negotiation. He is listed in Best Lawyers in America for arbitration, commercial litigation, banking and finance litigation. The mission of the Memphis Bar Foundation is to: promote philanthropy among members of the Bar; advocate and support public awareness of the legal system; promote social justice and legal education; and encourage and recognize professionalism among members of the Bar.

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

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

Stephen L Thompson - November 5, 2018

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

Justice P. Harris Hines 68L - November 4, 2018

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

Richard L. Wyatt Jr. - November 29, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

Arora 99L leads sustainable design efforts at Tech - November 1, 2018

Arora 99LShan Arora 99L is director of Georgia Tech’s The Kendeda Building for Innovative Sustainable Design. He is responsible for the programmatic and operational oversight of the building and coordinates efforts to ensure the operation and certification of the building under Living Building Challenge 3.1 standards. He will also champion sustainable design in the built environment throughout the Southeast. Read more

Seaman 74L sails into retirement - November 17, 2018

“The time has come to sail off into the sunset,” Clay Seaman 74L writes. He spent 20 years in the Navy JAG Corps and retired in 1994. His service included forward tours in the eastern Mediterranean and the Persian Gulf. “For the last 20 years or so, I have had something of a niche appellate practice,” he says. “I have only six clients, all of whom live in relatively close proximity in the most exclusive gated community in California--Death Row at San Quentin,” He now lives in Prescott, Arizona, with his wife, Nancy. “Soon, we’ll be able to hike in the western national parks, putter in the garden and play with the dogs. Not bad things to do in retirement.”

Stovall 93L honored for work to protect children - November 14, 2018

Stovall 93LTrenny Stovall 93L was honored by Child’s Rights at the organization’s inaugural Atlanta Benefit and Inspiration Awards, held this month at the Cherokee Town Club. Stovall is director of the DeKalb County Child Advocacy Center. Event proceeds went toward advocacy and legal action “to defend the rights, safety and well-being of children in foster card and other state child welfare institutions,” according to a press release. Read the AJC story.

Palmer 08L elected shareholder - November 14, 2018

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

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

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

Maddox 64L receives lifetime achievement award - November 1, 2018

Jerry A. Maddox 64L was awarded the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award, which recognizes his accomplishments and standing in the top 5 percent of biographies included in the 2019 edition of Who’s Who in America. Maddox served with the U.S. Marine Corps active and reserves from 1957 to 1963. He retired from Sears Roebuck and Co. after 31 years, in 1988. Afterward, he was a substitute teacher in DeKalb County, and also wrote several books. Read the Crier story.

Jackson O. Shuford Jr. 52L - November 5, 2018

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

Timothy Samuel Mirshak 77L - November 5, 2018

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

Fink 92L joins trade secrets leaders in Sedona - October 9, 2018

Fink 92LBenjamin Fink 92L, a shareholder with Berman Fink Van Horn P.C. of Atlanta, was invited to attend the Inaugural Sedona Conference on Developing Best Practices for Trade Secrets Issues in Scottsdale, Arizona. The invitation-only event brought together thought leaders in trade secrets law. Fink will also serve on a consensus, non-partisan team to draft Principles/Best Practices Commentary on Protecting Trade Secrets in Litigation for the Sedona Conference and will also attend the Inaugural Meeting of the Sedona Conference Working Group 12 on Trade Secrets in Los Angeles.

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

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

Livingstone 01L leads international IP firm's Atlanta offices - October 4, 2018

Livingstone 01LJohn Livingstone 01L became managing partner of Finnegan’s Atlanta office this summer. He focuses on complex pharmaceutical, chemical, and biotechnology patent litigation before U.S. district courts and the U.S. International Trade Commission, and also serves as lead counsel in post-grant proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. He previously worked in the firm’s Tokyo office for four years and thus frequently helps global clients with U.S. patent issues.

Donegan 98L advances at Raymond James - October 4, 2018

Tom Donegan 98L is general counsel, Investment Banking, and a co-leader of the Legal Department for Raymond James Equity Capital Markets in St. Petersburg, Florida.

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

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

Sigel 91L among Massachusetts' Super Lawyers - October 25, 2018

Sigel 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 selected as a 2018 Massachusetts Super Lawyer. No more than 5 percent of the lawyers in the state are selected as such. Sigel advises clients on employment issues including employment and severance agreements, handbooks and policies, and terminations and layoffs. He also advises management on proper wage and hour classification. 

U.S. prosecutor Gilfillan 96L joins Kilpatrick Townsend - October 24, 2018

Gilfillan 96LDoug Gilfillan 96L joined Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton as a partner on the Government Enforcement and Investigations Team in the Litigation Department in the firm’s Atlanta office. Gilfillan has spent the past decade in the United States Attorney’s Office, where he was most recently chief of the Cyber Crimes and Intellectual Property Section, and National Security Cyber Specialist in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Georgia. Prior to that, he was Deputy Chief of the office’s Economic Crimes Section. Read the release.

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

shulak-10L-150.jpgDaniel Shulak 04C 10L was selected as a recommended practitioner in the 2018 edition of Legal 500 US for criminal antitrust investigations and defense. This is the second consecutive year Shulak’s international and domestic cartel practice has been highlighted by Legal 500. He is a senior associate in Hogan Lovells' globally-recognized White Collar, Investigations, and Fraud practice group and focuses on criminal antirust and other white collar investigations and defense.


Karcher 88L joins Indiana's St. Mary's parish - October 23, 2018

Karcher 88LSteve Karcher 88L, a part-time civil attorney and part-time Episcopal priest, recently accepted a position as pastor and priest to St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Nebraska City, Neb.. The church is the oldest Episcopal parish West of the Missouri, and was founded when Nebraska was still a territory.

John Nelson Hogenmuller 66C 68L - October 23, 2018

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

Robert Thomas Efurd Jr. 53L - October 22, 2018

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

Patton 18L joins Indianapolis firm - October 18, 2018

Patton 90LDavid Patton 18L has joined Wooden McLaughlin as associate and will practice civil litigation. A recently admitted member of the Indiana Bar, Patton was the Notes & Comments Editor of the Emory Bankruptcy Developments Journal. He received his undergraduate degree from Indiana University, and was a summer clerk for the Hon. William Lawrence of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana.

Barbara Jo Call 85L - October 16, 2018

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

Mills 90L joins Taylor English as partner - October 15, 2018

Mills 90LJohn Mills 90L has joined law firm Taylor English in Atlanta as a partner in the Litigation and Dispute Resolution practice group. “Mills brings more than 28 years of experience navigating litigation in the state and federal courts of California, Georgia and New York. He focuses his practice on bankruptcy, debtor/creditor rights, bankruptcy acquisitions and insolvency related litigation, including receiverships and foreclosures as well as commercial, real estate and finance related litigation,” according to the firm’s release. Mills is also member of the Advisory Board of the Emory Bankruptcy Developments Journal.

Nicholas Stevens 89L - October 12, 2018

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

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

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

Bailey elected director at Greensboro firm - October 3, 2018

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

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


Fershtman 86L receives Michigan Bar's highest honor - October 1, 2018

Fershtman 86LJulie Fershtman 83C 86L, equity shareholder with Foster Swift Collins & Smith, received the Michigan Bar’s highest honor at the State Bar’s NEXT Conference and Annual Meeting, held in September in Grand Rapids. The Roberts P. Hudson Award commends “one or more lawyers for their unselfish rendering of outstanding and unique service to and on behalf of the State Bar of Michigan, the legal profession and public.” The award isn’t given annually, but awarded periodically based on merit. Fershtman is co-recipient with Bruce Courtade.

“My father was a lawyer. My husband is a lawyer. It was a commitment I was born into as the daughter of a lawyer who really took his job very seriously,” Fershtman said. “You don’t become a lawyer without a significant and sincere commitment to the public and the people you serve. When you become a lawyer, your commitment is serving your clients and protecting them.” Read more

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

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

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

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

Kearney 87L among 'Best Lawyers' for commercial litigation - September 26, 2018

Kearney 87LKevin M. Kearney 87L, partner and general counsel with Hodgson Russ in Buffalo, N.Y., has been named a “Best Lawyer” in the area of commercial litigation. Inclusion is based on “an in-depth, peer-review survey in which attorneys cast votes on the legal abilities of lawyers outside their firm who practice in the same legal and geographic areas,” according to the firm’s release.

Baker 94L publishes book on history of sex trade - September 26, 2018

Baker 94LA book by Carrie Baker 94L, Fighting the US Youth Sex Trade: Gender, Race, and Politics was published in September by Cambridge University Press. “Earlier this year, Congress passed two laws that allow states to criminally prosecute internet service providers who 'promote or facilitate' prostitution of another person and allow individuals to sue internet service providers for civil damages for harm resulting from such actions,” Baker writes on the Cambridge blog. “These laws resulted from the efforts of a politically and ideologically diverse anti-child-sex-trafficking movement that included conservatives and liberals, feminists, evangelical Christians, and others. But despite the broad-based, bipartisan support for these laws, the politics behind them are complicated.” Baker is director of the Program for the Study of Women and Gender at Smith College. Read more

Marshall R. Wood 70L - September 22, 2018

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

Edward P. Fitzgerald 79L - September 21, 2018

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

George M. Eubanks 60L - September 21, 2018

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

Bessen 87L addresses concerns on jailed mentally ill defendants - September 18, 2018

Bessen 87LCourt and jail officials are improving conditions for mentally ill women inmates in a South Fulton County Jail, the AJC reports. “The Sheriff’s Office is providing extra correctional officers to work with the women prisoners, and the jail’s healthcare provider is doubling its visits to the jail and educating guards on how to properly interact with the women, Fulton State Court Chief Judge Diane Bessen 87L said. Read more

Abt's client cleared after a year spent in jail on rape charge - September 14, 2018

Abt 95LCriminal defense lawyer E. Jay Abt 95L secured the release of client Ilya Zaretsky after he spent a year in custody on rape charges. Police arrested Zaretsky last September--he was accused of raping a younger relative. At the time, investigators claimed he drugged the teen and had sex with her. He was released last month after the Gwinnett County District Attorney’s Office declined to prosecute the case. Read more

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

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

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

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

Blizzard 91L receives 'First Chair' award - September 8, 2018

Blizzard 91LSusan Blizzard 91L was a recipient of a 2018 First Chair Top General Counsel Award. "The First Chair Awards is an annual selection of in-house counsel who have, through their hard work and innovation, made significant contributions to the legal community. Our award program honors the top in-house counsel for their accomplishments in the past year in a wide range of categories,” the site says. Read more

Morgan 90L co-chairs ABA Intellectual Property Subcommittee - September 5, 2018

Morgan 90LElizabeth Ann “Betty” Morgan 90L has been appointed co-chair IP Subcommittee of the  American Bar Association’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Section for the upcoming year. Before being appointed to this position, Morgan was an active member of the American Bar Association in the section for intellectual property law and section for alternative dispute resolution. Read more

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

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

Hines 68L retires after two decades on Georgia Supreme Court - August 31, 2018

Hines 68LAfter a half-century practicing law—44 years on the bench, and more than two decades on the Supreme Court of Georgia—Chief Justice P. Harris Hines 68L has written his last opinion. He estimates he's written a thousand. His last day was Aug. 31. “It’s bittersweet leaving,” Hines told the Daily Report. “I’m not one to look back. The practice of law has been good to me. I’m one of those who have always been able to like what they do.” Read the story.

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

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

Davis 79L flies former Nazi to Germany, at U.S. request - August 23, 2018

Davis 79LAs vice president of Phoenix Air, Randall Davis 79L has ferried some unusual cargo around the world, Bo Emerson writes in the AJC. That includes weapon-grade nuclear material, live smallpox virus and Soviet-designed landmines. In August, Davis and crew picked up a 95-year-old former Nazi labor camp guard, Jakiw Palij, and flew him back to Germany. He had lived in the United States since 1949. Read more

Russell James Rogers 92L - August 21, 2018

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

Saber 89L earns 'Best Lawyer of the Year' - August 20, 2018

saber-89L-150.jpgMike Saber 89L was named one of the “Lawyers of the Year” for biotechnology and life sciences practice, by The Best Lawyers in America. He is a partner with Smith Anderson in Raleigh, N.C.

Posner 88L among 'Best Lawyers in America' - August 15, 2018

Posner 88LGary S. Posner 88L, a partner in the Baltimore offices of Whiteford, Taylor & Preston, has been selected by peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2019. He was recognized for his work in bankruptcy and creditor debtor rights/insolvency and reorganization law, and bankruptcy litigation.

Emory Law alumni at HunterMaclean named 'Best Lawyers in America' - August 15, 2018

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Five Emory Law alumni at HunterMacLean were recognized recently as among the Best Lawyers in America 2019. 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).

Best Lawyers is a legal industry guide published in almost 75 countries. Attorneys are selected through peer-review surveys that have been completed by thousands of lawyers who confidentially evaluate their peers.


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

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

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

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

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

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

Lembeck joins Fox Rothschild - July 31, 2018

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

Findling 84L leads NACDL - July 31, 2018

Findling 84LDrew Findling 84L was sworn in as president of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers at its annual meeting on July 29. He was also the 2018 recipient of NACDL’s Robert C. Heeney Memorial Award, an honor presented annually to the member who best demonstrates the goals and values of the association and of the legal profession.

“Drew Findling’s entire life has been about service and the defense of people against whom the deck is clearly stacked, people who quite literally are oppressed by our criminal justice system” said past president Rick Jones. Findling was sworn by Vernon S. Pitts Jr., who hired Findling as a public defender 33 years ago.

“I will not be able to sleep at night if during the next twelve months I do nothing to lessen the impact of collateral consequences for the men and women who have been arrested, prosecuted and/or convicted of a crime; especially those who have been sentenced to prison,” Findling said. “I will only be able to sleep better at night after I know I have done something to ease their transition back to society, by helping to restore their right to vote, enhance their opportunity to get jobs that pay living wages and overall reestablish themselves as citizens whose past misdeeds have truly been forgiven and forgotten.”

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

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

Ossam 88L leads HR at Hanscom - July 26, 2018

Ossam 88LDavid Ossam 88L is chief human resources officer and general counsel at Hanscom Federal Credit Union. He is charged with directing and overseeing all HR-related issues, as well as ensuring the organization’s rights and responsibilities comply with the law. He served as the company’s senior vice president of human resources since 2012.

Findling 84L, NACDL, host event on reentry to society after incarceration - July 23, 2018

Findling 84LDrew Findling 84L is due to be sworn in as president of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers on July 29 in Miami. But last year as president-elect, he let the group know he wanted to focus on how those who have been incarcerated can successfully reenter society.

“The product of that idea is a three-day gathering of defense attorneys, judges, prosecutors, celebrities and former prison inmates in Atlanta Aug. 23-25,” according to the Daily Report. It’s titled: “Shattering the Shackles of Collateral Consequences: Exploring Moral Principles and Economic Innovations to Restore Rights and Opportunities.” Scheduled speakers include: Gov. Nathan Deal, former U.S. Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, NAACP President Derrick Johnson, Koch Industries GC Mark Holden, and Georgetown law professor Shon Hopwood. Also, in the lineup are actor and comedian Mike Epps, who served prison time as a teenager, along with some of the beneficiaries of pardons and commutations by former U.S. presidents. Read the story. 

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

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

Maggio 96L, 'leading lawyer' for aviation litigation - July 16, 2018

Maggio 96LJohn Maggio 96L, a partner at Condon & Forsyth LLP, was recognized by U.S. Legal 500 as one of five leading lawyers in the United States for transport: aviation and air Travel, litigation. Maggio’s practice focuses on aviation defense litigation as he splits his time between New York and Florida where he manages the firm's Miami office.



John Pilcher Cowart Jr. 65L - July 7, 2018

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

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

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

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


Clark 88L, Sears 80L call for judicial diversity - June 28, 2018

Robin Frazer Clark 88L and Justice Leah Ward Sears 80L were quoted in a Daily Report story published days before the deadline for nominations for two openings on the Georgia Supreme Court. The vacancies were created by two women justices leaving, Katheryn Tucker writes.

sears-80L-150.jpg“When the new justices are being selected for the Georgia Supreme Court—unless we’re willing, in this day and age, to once again accept an all-male court, which is predominantly white, that neither reflects the diversity of the population served nor that of the legal profession itself—diversity must be a priority rather than an afterthought,” Sears said.

Frazer Clark 88L“It is, without question, imperative that our bench reflect the natural and inherent diversity of our beloved state,” Clark said. “When the bench is reflective of our diverse citizenry, there is greater confidence in the court’s rulings. Greater confidence in the bench’s rulings results in greater acceptance of its authority. Greater acceptance of the Court’s authority directly results in appreciation of the Rule of Law. This is a good thing.” 

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Hull 73L receives Daily Report 'Lifetime Achievement' award - June 28, 2018

Hull 73LSenior Judge Frank M. Hull 73L, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, received the Lifetime Achievement Award this year at the Daily Report’s 2018 Georgia Legal Awards annual ceremony.

“I simply loved being on the State Court of Fulton County, which I still consider my most important challenge and accomplishment, because I tried cases constantly,” she told the newspaper in an interview. “In my view, state courts of our country handle collectively 10 million cases, while all federal district courts had 250,000 total and 60,000 appeals collectively before all federal courts. My most important and favorite job will remain the State Court of Fulton County due to the constant daily interaction with litigants, lawyers and the community. The ‘lower the level’ of the court, the more important the court, as it is where most experience justice or do not.”

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

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

Elizabeth Fite 

Aly Pirio

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

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

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

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

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

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

Williams 81L, Pennsylvania 'Super Lawyer' - June 19, 2018

Williams 81LJeff Williams 81L has been named a 2018 Pennsylvania Super Lawer for the 14th consecutive year. He is a founding member of Williams Family Law, and president of the American Association of Matrimonial Lawyers’ Pennsylvania Chapter as wells as a diplomate of the American College of Family Trial Lawyers (whose membership is limited to 100 attorneys nationwide).

Torgrimson 97L earns prestigious real-estate designation - June 12, 2018

Torgrimson 97LChristian Torgrimson 97L has been awarded the CRE® (Counselor of Real Estate) designation by The Counselors of Real Estate®, an international group of high profile real estate professionals who provide expert advisory services to clients on complex real property and land-related matters. The designation was voted and confirmed in May at the Counselors’ 2018 Midyear Meetings in Chicago. She is managing partner at Atlanta-based Pursley Friese Torgrimson. Read the release.

Gieryn 82L joins Habitat's Board of Directors - June 13, 2018

Richard T. Gieryn Jr. 82L has been chosen to serve on the Atlanta Habitat for Humanity Board of Directors. “Gieryn, an East Cobb resident, recently retired as chairman of the board of Axis Ireland Legal Entities, and previously served as Executive VP, general counsel and corporate secretary of Axis Capital Holdings Limited,” according to the Atlanta Business Chronicle. His career started at Drew, Eckl & Farnham law firm in Atlanta as an associate before becoming a partner.” Read the brief.

Rosenkoff leads North Fulton Bar  - June 11, 2018

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

Eversheds shoots for 30% women partners by 2021 - June 6, 2018

Wasserman 86LMark Wasserman 86L, U.S. CEO for Eversheds Sutherland, told the Daily Report that the firm’s U.S. branch aims to have women represent at least 30 percent of its total partners and its equity partners by 2021.

“To move the needle, everyone in the firm needs a target,” Wasserman said. “We use metrics in other ways—[that] we want to have revenue of X and work of Y—so why not do so about something as important as our diversity and inclusion numbers?” Read the story.

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

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

Weil receives rare U.S. Supreme Court request to brief and argue case - June 6, 2018

Weil-81LAmy Weil 81Lhas been invited by the U.S. Supreme Court to brief and argue a specific position in an attorneys’ fee dispute (in a social security case) that will likely be argued next term. Typically, these rare appointments typically go to former high court clerks, Bloomberg Law reports. It’s the first time justices have asked a non-former clerk to argue as an amicus in an upcoming case in over a decade, according to Bloomberg research. There have only been 51 other such appointments since the practice began in 1966, according Adam Feldman, who blogged about the practice in January. Weil was inducted as a fellow of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers in 2016. Read the story.

Kelly 97L serves on Florida Eminent Domain Committee - June 5, 2018

Kelly 97LCarlos Kelly 97L has been appointed by the incoming Florida Bar President Michelle Suskauer to continue his service on the Bar’s Eminent Domain Committee. Kelly is a stockholder with Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, P.A., in the firm’s Ft. Myers offices. Read the release.

Hickson 84L is Atlanta's interim city attorney - June 4, 2018

Hickson 84LNina Hickson 84L has been named Atlanta's Interim City Attorney by Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms. Hickson has an established career in government, and she most recently served as the Atlanta Beltline’s general counsel. Read the story.

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

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

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

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

Mann 96L joins Squire Patton Boggs' new Atlanta office - May 30, 2018

Mann 96LDara Mann 96L, known for her national class action, product liability and toxic tort practice has joined Squire Patton Boggs in its new Atlanta office, which it opened in February with a three-partner team from global firm Dentons.

After 22 years in practice, “working consecutively without a real break,” she decided to take a breather and consider her options before ultimately deciding on Squire Patton Boggs, Mann told the Daily Report. “It’s about what I want the future to look like,” she said. “The excitement of helping to develop this office with Squire was the standout to me.”

“Dara is a collaborative person. That’s why we’re so excited to have her,” said Ann-Marie McGaughey, managing partner of the Atlanta office. “In building this office, we really have the chance to build something special, and Dara is a key piece of that.” Read the story.

Michaelson 99L named one of Pittsburgh's best lawyers - May 25, 2018

Michaelson 99LChad Michaelson 99L has been named one of Pittsburgh’s top attorneys for 2018 by Super Lawyers. The list features less than 5 percent of the lawyers in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania each year. He is a partner and trial lawyer with Meyer, Unkovic & Scott. He is a member of the firm’s Business Litigation and Construction Law & Litigation Groups, and also, its Management Committee.

Klemmer 81L joins JAMS - May 18, 2018

Klemmer 81LJoyce B. Klemmer 81L has joined JAMS, an alternative dispute resolution organization. She is based in Atlanta and available worldwide to serve as a mediator, arbitrator, special master and discovery referee in areas including intellectual property, copyright, patent and trademark infringement, trade secrets and related disputes involving contracts and licenses. This follows a three-decade career in intellectual property litigation, most recently as a partner at Smith, Gambrell & Russell LLP.

“Joyce has a well-deserved reputation as a successful and experienced intellectual property attorney and neutral,” said Chris Poole, JAMS president and CEO. “We are excited to have her join the JAMS panel and know that her talent and creativity in settling disputes will be incredibly valuable to attorneys and their clients.” Read the release.


Choundas 95L publishes The Making Sense of Things - May 15, 2018

Choundas 95LGeorge Choundas 92C 95L has just published another book, a collection of short stories titled The Making Sense of Things. It received the Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Prize, and was shortlisted for the Robert C. Jones Prize for Short Prose, the St. Lawrence Book Award for Fiction, and the Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Short Fiction. Choudas is also author of 2007’s The Pirate Primer: Mastering the Language of Swashbucklers and Rogues. Here’s an interview from last month with Choundas, a litigator and former FBI agent who practices in New York City. His bio from a 2016 Kenyon Review story sums up his work.

Jospin 79L joins Finch McCranie's whistleblower team - May 14, 2018

Jospin 79LWalter Jospin 79L, former regional director of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in Atlanta, is now of counsel with Finch McCranie. He joins the firm’s whistleblower practice.

“Walter Jospin’s successes as the SEC regional director and his long experience in private practice fit perfectly with Finch McCranie’s white-collar and SEC defense, corporate governance and internal investigations practices,” said former U.S. Deputy Attorney General Larry Thompson. “He will be a tremendous asset to our firm’s clients.”

“I was interested in a law firm with a sophisticated white-collar defense and internal investigations practice,” Jospin said. “I want to work on interesting matters. I like the people here … because they are smart. They do great work.” The firm’s partners all have federal prosecutorial experience. Read the story.

Dennis Fletcher Jones Sr. 49L - May 13, 2018

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

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

cole-johnson-150.jpgBritt-Marie Cole-Johnson 08L was recognized by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business in the Connecticut Labor & Employment category of its 2018 edition. She is a member of Robinson+Cole’s Labor + Employment Group, and focuses on counseling private sector employers, ranging from NYSE and NASDAQ companies, multinational corporations, nonprofit health care organizations, and educational institutions to manufacturers, in all areas of employment law. 

Labovitz 74L chairs Council for Quality Growth - May 7, 2018

Labovitz 74LSteve Labovitz 74L has been named chair of the Council for Quality Growth, the largest trade organization in Georgia, which concentrates on smart growth, development and infrastructure improvements in the metro Atlanta area and Georgia.

Fenster 15L joins Seyfarth Shaw - May 7, 2018

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

Lichtstein 99L cited in Chambers for environmental law - May 3, 2018

Lichtstein 99LJason Lichtstein 99L, a partner at Akerman LLP in Tallahassee, Florida, was included in the 2018 Chambers USA ranking for Florida environmental law. He is a past president of the Florida Brownfields Association and focuses on the cleanup, redevelopment, and reuse of brownfields and other distressed and impacted sites.

Eber 09L elected partner - May 3, 2018

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

Rubin 08L joins Marple - May 1, 2018

Rubin-08L-150.jpgKevin Rubin 08L has joined Atlanta’s Marple Law Firm, LLC, as partner, where his focus continues to be family law.

Chakravarty 97L joins Snell & Wilmer - May 1, 2018

Chakravarty 97LThis month, Aloke Chakravarty 97L joined Snell & Wilmer, in the firm’s Denver, Colorado, offices. Chakravarty, the federal prosecutor who prosecuted the Boston Marathon bombing case, joins the firm as a partner and will practice in its White Collar Defense and Investigations group and the Cybersecurity, Data Protection and Privacy practice.

Chakravarty arrives from the U.S. Department of Justice where he prosecuted the U.S. v. Tsarnaev case. He led the crisis response and investigation team minutes after the bombing, developed and presented the case at grand jury, trial and sentencing, and assisted in the appeal. Read the firm release.

John L. Taylor 71L - April 22, 2018

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

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

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

John Alfred Blackmon Jr. 61L - April 14, 2018

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

James Earl Bennett 86L - April 3, 2018

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

Han Choi 93L - March 26, 2018

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

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

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

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

Freiman 98L joins WilmerHale as partner  - March 7, 2018

FreimanAdam M. Freiman 98L has joined WilmerHale as a partner in New York. He brings 20 years of experience in the New York market, having spent the past 10 as a partner at two AmLaw 100 firms.

“Adam has a deep understanding of the emerging company ecosystem and technology market in New York that is a great match for WilmerHale,” said Susan Murley, co-managing partner. “His arrival follows the addition of David Haber in 2017, marking steady and meaningful growth of our Emerging Company Practice in New York. We couldn’t be more pleased to welcome him.” Read the firm release.

Porter 89L joins Ackerman LLP in Tampa - March 5, 2018

Porter 89LJim Porter 89L has joined Akerman LLP, in Tampa, Fla., as land use partner in its Real Estate Practice Group. Porter concentrates on land use, zoning and government relations. He is also school board attorney for the Hillsborough County School Board, and is board certified by the Florida Bar as an expert in city, county and local government law.

“Jim is an important additions to our Land Use Practice,” said Eric Rapkin, chair of the Real Estate Practice Group. “His arrival broadens our team’s experience in land use regulation, government relations, and environmental issues in cities where our clients need us the most.” Read the firm release.

Manning 86L serves as state judge in Cobb County - March 5, 2018

Manning 86LJane Pyron Manning 82C 86L was elected on May 24, 2016, as a judge on the State Court of Cobb County, and took office Jan. 3, 2017.

Edgar S. Mangiafico - March 3, 2018

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

Clark 88L elected to International Society of Barristers - March 1, 2018

Clark 88LRobin Frazer Clark 88L was recently elected a member of the International Society of Barristers (ISOB) and to the Board of Directors of the ISOB Foundation. Read more about the ISOB here.

Membership is by invitation only which is preceded by a rigorous screening process that considers the lawyer’s ability, experience, accomplishments and ethical standards as assessed by trial lawyers and judges.

Wells 86L headed to Jerusalem as Porter Fellow - February 27, 2018

Wells-86LDella Wager Wells 86L, a 2018 graduate of Yale’s Berkeley Divinity School, has been appointed as Porter Fellow in Jerusalem for 2018-19. The Fellowship was established to advance the global leadership of students by working at St George’s, living in the interfaith context of Jerusalem, and volunteering at appropriate local agencies including the Jerusalem Peacebuilders organization. Wells is senior counsel at Alston & Bird in Atlanta and New York. She is also a past president of the Emory Law Alumni Board, and served on the Advisory Board. 

“Building bridges of prayer, involvement and understanding that strengthen the ministries of Berkeley Divinity School, St. George’s College, and Jerusalem Peacebuilders is the purpose of the Porter Fellowship. Della Wager Wells is an outstanding appointment who will accomplish much and plant the seeds for more,” said the Rev. Canon Nicholas T. Porter, President of the H. Boone and Violet M. Porter Charitable Foundation. Read the release.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lamar 91L, Kachmar 97L, Yellin 82L among Georgia's 'SuperLawyers' - February 22, 2018

Three Emory Law alumni who practice at HunterMaclean’s Savannah offices have been named 2018 Georgia SuperLawyers.

They are:

Shawn A. Kachmar 97L

Sarah H. Lamar 91L

Harold B. Yellin 82L

Both Kachmar and Lamar specialize in employment and labor, and Yellin’s focus is real estate.

Justice Hines 68L gives last 'State of the Judiciary' speech - February 22, 2018

hines-harris-65Leadership changes, efficiency improvements, criminal justice reform and warm memories highlighted Georgia Supreme Court Chief Justice P. Harris Hines’ final State of the Judiciary address to the General Assembly Thursday.

“The year 2018 will be a year of great change and great promise for our state,” Hines began, speaking to a joint session of the state Legislature in the House of Representatives Chamber at the State Capitol with a speech that was live streamed by Georgia Public Broadcasting.

Read the Daily Report story.

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

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

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

Read more at ScotusBlog.

Bjork 98L joins Latham & Watkins in Los Angeles - February 19, 2018

bjork 98LJeff Bjork 98L has joined Latham & Watkins LLP’s Los Angeles office as a partner in the Finance Department. Drawing on his global experience in large-scale reorganizations and insolvencies, he advises clients in distressed situations across a broad range of industries.

He is an accomplished restructuring practitioner, with years of experience representing debtors (public and privately held), distressed investors, sellers and purchasers of financially troubled companies, bond insurers, debt syndicates, and bondholder groups. He also has a successful track record representing bond insurers and other stakeholders in municipal debt restructurings, including through chapter 9 of the United States Bankruptcy Code.

Peter Gilhuly, global co-chair of Latham’s Restructuring, Insolvency & Workouts Practice, said: “Jeff has a multi-faceted practice and is known as a sophisticated national insolvency player. He possesses the experience, skills, and collaborative character that clients seek when they turn to Latham’s top-notch practice.”


Regina Benton Reid 88L - February 16, 2018

Regina Benton Reid 88L passed away on Feb. 16, 2018. Read the obituary.

Amabile 92L on 'Death of Georgia Arbitration Act' - February 15, 2018


Amabile-92L.jpgJohn Amabile 92L recently wrote a column, “The Potential Death of the Georgia Arbitration Act,” for the Daily Report. Summary headline: “The U.S. Supreme Court has tilted the playing field so that any state law found to be contrary to the Federal Arbitration Act is subject to complete pre-emption.”

Read the article. (subscription required)


Norman A. Barron 71L - February 13, 2018

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

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

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

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

Wagenmaker 90L, partner at Chicago firm - February 1, 2018

Wagenfield 90LSally Wagenmaker 90L is partner at Chicago’s Wagenmaker & Oberly, which also has a Charleston, S.C. office. They serve nonprofit organizations nationwide, in areas including nonprofit corporate start-ups, IRS tax exemption and compliance, employment and real estate aspects, exemptions, dispute resolution, and innovative social enterprise ventures.

“I speak regularly on exciting and fun nonprofit legal topics like board governance, religious liberty considerations, charitable fundraising, and employment law issues in the wake of governmental changes," Wagenmaker says. "Many of our clients are faith-based, and all seek to improve the world in some meaningful way.” 

Choi 93L honored with eponymous award, scholarship - February 1, 2018

choi-93L-150.jpgIn February, the Georgia Asian Pacific American Bar Association established the inaugural Han C. Choi Mentor Award, to honor its past president and board member, Choi, Class of 1993. The award recognizes members of the bar who demonstrate a commitment to mentor next-generation Asian Pacific American attorneys.

The NAPABA Law Foundation also partnered with the Choi Family to create the Han C. Choi Scholarship, which will benefit Asian Pacific American 1L or 2L law students who exhibit academic excellence, social conscience and an interest in APA issues. Special consideration will also be given to applicants who have been adversely affected by cancer (as a survivor, or family member of a victim or survivor). More details at

Trigg 86L joins Dentons as partner - January 31, 2018

Trigg-86L.jpgMark Trigg 86Lhas joined the Atlanta offices of Dentons US, LLP as a partner with the firm's Litigation and Dispute Resolution practice.

Trigg's practice includes commercial litigation; class action defense, including the $1.5 billion defense of the world's largest computer manufacturer; defamation, advertising and media claims; sports and entertainment litigation; real estate disputes; securities litigation, labor and employment litigation, contractual claims, and white collar criminal defense. Trigg is an instructor with Emory Law’s Trial Techniques Program.

"Mark is one of a handful of elite go-to litigators in the Southeast known not only for complex litigation involving corporations, but also for his deft hand with high-profile individuals in government, sports and entertainment," said Sharon Gay, managing partner of the Atlanta office. "We are delighted he's here."

Read the firm release.


Reichman 95L hosts new podcast, 'Behind the Trial' - January 30, 2018

reichman-95L-150.jpg“Behind the Trial,” a new podcast from the LA/Silicon Valley firm McKool Smith and Benchmark Litigation, is hosted by Courtland Reichman 95L. It features conversations with some of the country’s most well-regarded trial lawyers, such as David Boies, Elkan Abramowitz, Gary Naftalis and Diane Sullivan.

The first episode is with Evan Chesler of Cravath, who talks about the lessons he learned as a teacher in the Bronx, when he writes his closing arguments, how he still gets nervous before a trial, and what it takes to become a great trial lawyer. Read the firm release.


Labovitz 74L honored for work with Atlanta Jewish Film Festival - January 31, 2018

Labovitz-74L.jpegStephen Labovitz 74L was honored by The Atlanta Jewish Film Festival on its opening night for his dedication to community efforts on behalf of the AJFF. Labovitz has served as the festival’s board president for more than nine years and helped the organization achieve 501(c)(3) status. As the largest Jewish film festival in the world, the AJFF inspires social and cultural understanding while engaging diverse audiences with film through a Jewish lens. He is a partner at Dentons’ Atlanta offices.

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

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

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

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

Michael Saber 89L is among Super Lawyers of North Carolina - January 25, 2018

saber-89L-150.jpgMichael Saber 89L is among this year’s Super Lawyers of North Carolina. He is a partner at Smith Anderson’s Raleigh offices. He co-leads the firm’s Life Sciences and AgTech industry practice groups, and often works with pharmaceutical, biotechnology, precision agriculture, medical device and animal health companies.  He also counsels entrepreneurial and closely-held businesses from start-up through growth stages.

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

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

A law clerks' tribute to the late Judge O'Kelley 53L - January 22, 2018

O'Kelley 53L“For the more than 40 individuals who had the wonderful privilege of serving as law clerks to U.S. District Judge William C. O’Kelley of the Northern District of Georgia over his nearly 47 years on the federal bench, his passing on July 5, 2017, was sudden and unexpected, depriving us of any chance to say goodbye,” the Daily Report story reads. “(The judge had a total of 54 law clerks, five of whom predeceased him.) Following what would have been his 88th birthday this past January 2, we write to remember and honor our former boss, mentor, and friend.”

Read the story. (subscription required)

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

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

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

cole-08L-2017-150.jpgBritt-Marie K. Cole-Johnson has been appointed to the board of directors of The Association of Workplace Investigators , a professional membership association for attorneys and others who conduct, manage, or have a professional interest in workplace investigations Cole-Johnson is a member of Robinson+Cole’s Labor and Employment Group. She focuses on counseling private sector employers, ranging from NYSE and NASDAQ companies, multinational corporations, nonprofit organizations, and educational institutions to manufacturers, in all areas of employment law.

Tomlinson 91L receives MLK Unity Award - January 15, 2018

Tomlinson 91LOn Jan. 15, Teresa Tomlinson 91L, mayor of Columbus, Ga., received the 2018 MLK Jr. Unity Award at the 32nd annual Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity breakfast. Read the story.

Santos 09L elected shareholder - January 12, 2018

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

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

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

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

Broussard 13L joins Carlton Fields - January 9, 2018

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

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

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

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

H. Gray Skelton 68L - January 5, 2018

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

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

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

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

Edgy 99L joins Linklaters in D.C. offices - January 3, 2018

Edgy-99L-150.jpgAmy Edgy 99L has joined Linklaters LLP as partner in the firm’s U.S. Restructuring and Insolvency practice. She is based in their Washington, D.C. office and joined from Jones Day. Edgy is a marketing leading bankruptcy lawyer with industry-specific experience in municipal bankruptcies, health care systems, cultural institutions, retail corporations, financial institutions, and airlines. She regularly represents both debtors and creditors in connection with some of the country's largest restructurings and reorganizations. Most recently, she advised the world's largest private sector coal company, Peabody Energy Corporation, and its subsidiaries in their Chapter 11 cases.

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Davis 15L weds Golden - December 31, 2017

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

Udolf's client only defendant acquitted thus far in FIFA scandal - December 26, 2017

Udolf 79LManuel Burga, former president of Peru’s soccer federation, was the first person to be acquitted among over 40 people and entities in the soccer world who were charged with a scheme to extract hundreds of millions of dollars in bribes and kickbacks. Of those, 24 pleaded guilty. Burga was cleared of a single racketeering conspiracy charge. He was represented by Bruce Udolf 79L. A former prosecutor, Udolf is now president of his own firm, where he concentrates his practice in white-collar criminal defense, investigations and corporate compliance. 

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Barthel Quinnelly 87L - December 26, 2017

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

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

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

Maurice Maloof - December 21, 2017

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

Judge Bedford's Santa Project featured in AJC - December 19, 2017

Bedford 73L“At Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta’s Egleston, Bill Odom and T. Jackson Bedford [73L] have been making sure Santa visits children there on Christmas for more than two decades,” the Atlanta Journal-Constitution story reads. “They are accompanied by elves and often times at least one more Santa. With as many as 250 children at Egleston on Christmas, each Santa will visit as many as 50 children. Here are stories about these two special men who fill the very big black patent-leather boots of Santa.” Read the story.

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

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

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

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

Branch 94L, 11th Circuit nominee, appears before Senate - December 15, 2017

Branch 94LLisa Branch 94L, nominated for the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals by President Trump, appeared for confirmation hearings before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee in December. Branch’s record reflects her originalist bent, says a Daily Report story. But also, “At the end of the day, I am bound by U.S. Supreme Court precedent,” Branch said. Read more

Stephen F. Mackie 83L - December 11, 2017

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

Hellerman 87L sets landmark in developer-Teamsters case - December 11, 2017

Hellerman 87LRichard K. Hellerman 87L obtained a landmark victory from the Illinois Appellate Court on November 13, 2017. “In affirming a $2.3 million judgment in favor of Hellerman's client, a real estate developer, against a Teamsters Local Union, the Appellate Court held--for the first time in Illinois--that an unincorporated association such as a labor union may be held liable as a successor for a prior union's commercial debts,” Hellerman writes. Both the trial and appellate court held that the successor union was liable for the predecessor union's breach of a commercial lease for office space for the union's members.

Bauer 00L comments on First Amendment trial - December 8, 2017

Bauer 00LDerek Bauer 00L, a partner at Atlanta’s Baker Hostetler, was quoted in the Daily Report on a story about the misdemeanor conviction of journalist Nydia Tisdale. While there is likely “some sense of relief in local newsrooms” that a Dawson County jury acquitted the citizen journalist and videographer of felony obstruction of a law enforcement officer and criminal trespass, there remains “a great deal of concern” over the decision by Northeastern Circuit District Attorney Lee Darragh to prosecute her and the jury’s willingness to convict her for misdemeanor obstruction of a law enforcement officer.

Read the story.

Lindley 93L senior vice president at Jaffe - December 6, 2017

Lindley 93LLiz Bard Lindley 93L leads public relations and marketing campaigns for law firms in her new position as senior vice president with the communications agency Jaffe PR. After practicing matrimonial law following graduation, Lindley shifted into working with law firms worldwide on their PR needs.

Cross 00L among Georgia's 'Legal Elite' - December 5, 2017

Cross 00LMichael D. Cross Jr. 00L of Briskin, Cross & Sanford LLC, of Alpharetta, has been named among Georgia’s “Legal Elite” by Georgia Trend magazine. He was one of 25 lawyers included in the corporate law category. His partner, Byron Sanford, was among 26 praised for their work in business law. “We’re working hard, and it’s nice when peer reviews show that others are noticing,” Cross posted on Facebook. Here’s the listing.

Thomas Allgood 79L - December 1, 2017

allgood-79L-150.jpgThomas Allgood 79L passed away December 1, 2017. Read the obituary.

Schwartz 82L receives Georgia NELA 2017 Advocacy Award - December 1, 2017

Schwartz 82LThe Georgia affiliate of the National Employment Lawyers Association, an organization of civil rights attorneys who promote the workplace rights of individual employees, named Debra Schwartz 82L as the recipient of its Advocacy Award for 2017. This award is given to a dedicated civil rights attorney who has worked to protect and advance the rights of employees in Georgia. Schwartz was selected by the NELA-GA Board based upon 35 years of work to vindicate the rights of individual employees, and to establish workplace equality and fairness.

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Schwartz 82L receives Georgia NELA 2017 Advocacy Award - November 29, 2017

Schwartz 82LThe Georgia affiliate of the National Employment Lawyers Association, an organization of civil rights attorneys who promote the workplace rights of individual employees, named Debra Schwartz 82L as the recipient of its Advocacy Award for 2017. This award is given to a dedicated civil rights attorney who has worked to protect and advance the rights of employees in Georgia. Schwartz was selected by the NELA-GA Board based upon 35 years of work to vindicate the rights of individual employees, and to establish workplace equality and fairness.

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Jack H. Higgins 50L - November 28, 2017

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

Barbara Lee Portman 88L - November 25, 2017

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

Baker 80L joins MendenFreiman as partner - November 17, 2017

Baker 80LA. Diane Baker 80L has joined MendenFreiman LLP as a partner in its estate planning, trust and estate administration, and business practice areas. She has more than three decades of experience working with families to develop personalized wills and estate plans and guiding clients through the complexities of probate and the challenges of estate disputes. Her business law practice includes corporate law, limited liability companies, new business formations, contracts and other general business law matters.

“Diane comes to MendenFreiman with an excellent track record as a leading trusts and estates attorney with a breadth of experience which will expand the firm’s capabilities and be an asset to our existing clients,” said Lawrence “Larry” H. Freiman, managing partner. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Zhan 17L joins Freed Howard - November 7, 2017

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

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

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

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

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Werner 09L joins Delta Airlines - November 1, 2017

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

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

Read the Atlanta Journal-Constitution story.

Welcome, Gannon Noah Johnson - November 1, 2017

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

Mencarini 96L in Leadership Greensboro Class of 2018 - October 3, 2017

Mencarini 96LJennifer Mencarini 96L is among 45 people in Leadership Greensboro’s Class of 2018, who represent business, education, government, nonprofit and neighborhood organizations. Led by the Greensboro Chamber of Commerce, the program--which first began in 1977--offers “in-depth exposure to critical issues facing the community through lectures, discussion groups, on-site visits, simulations and other activities.” Mencarini joined Elon Law in 2015, after 11 years of practicing law in Texas. Read the story.

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

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

Cooper 95L joins Sidley Austin LLP - November 1, 2017

Cooper 95LAs of Nov. 1, William J. Cooper 95L is a partner with the Houston offices of Sidley Austin LLP, where he will focus on complex capital markets transactions representing both issuers and underwriters on initial public offerings, follow-on equity offerings, traditional private placements, Rule 144A offerings and private investments in public equity. He is experienced with master limited partnerships, including private formation transactions, IPOs, sponsor drop-down transactions and conflicts committee representation.

“Bill is among a highly sought-after team of five partners we’ve added to our Capital Markets and M&A practices, four of whom – David Buck, Jon Daly, Angela Richards and George Vlahakos – will be based in its Houston office, with the remaining partner – Bill Cooper – splitting his time between Houston and Washington, D.C.,” according to the firm release.

Battiste 74L elected vice-president of ABOTA - October 23, 2017

Battiste 74LLuther Battiste III 74L has been elected vice president of the American Board of Trial Advocates, and thus will become the organization’s first African American president in 2020. 

Admitted to ABOTA in 2000, Battiste is currently the organization’s treasurer, a member of the Executive Committee, and chair of the 2017 Leadership Conference. His past positions include service as a member of the National Executive Committee in 2015; president of SEABOTA (2010-2011); co-chair of the Leadership Conference (2013); and as a member of both the National Board of Directors (2005-present) and the South Carolina Executive Committee (2005-present).

ABOTA is an invitation only organization of more than 7,000 members. Battiste is a founding shareholder with Johnson, Toal and Battiste, P.A., in Columbia, S.C. In his spare time, he hosts a local jazz radio show that was featured in Super Lawyers magazine in May 2017.

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

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

Former DOJ Chief Trusty 89L joins Ifrah Law in D.C. - October 16, 2017

Trusty 89LJames Trusty 89L, former chief of the Department of Justice’s Organized Crime Section, is now a partner at Ifrah Law, PLLC, in Washington, D.C.

“After 28 years as a prosecutor, James Trusty brings extensive experience in complex, multi-district white collar litigation, especially in matters involving RICO, The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, and The Money Laundering Control Act of 1986,” the firm’s site says.

Plybon 86L named Atlanta `Lawyer of the Year' for trusts, estates law - October 16, 2017

Plybon 86In its 2018 rankings, Best Lawyers named Suzanne Tucker Plybon 86L as Lawyer of the Year for Trust and Estates Law in metro Atlanta. Lawyer of the Year is the attorney with the highest overall peer-feedback for a specific practice area and geographic region. Only one attorney is recognized as the Lawyer of the Year for each specialty and location.

Plybon, a partner at Arnall Golden Gregory, is vice-chair of the firm’s Private Wealth Practice and co-chair of the firm’s Tax-Exempt and Charitable Organizations Practice. She is also a fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel. She focuses on complex wealth transfer planning for high-net-worth clients, which includes international estate planning, sophisticated post-mortem planning and administration, business succession planning and charitable planning. She also advises tax-exempt entities.

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

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

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

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

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

David Charles Ates 91L - October 10, 2017

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

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

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

Kaufman 76L serves on Colorado college board - October 5, 2017

Kaufman 76LRichard Kaufman 76L was nominated by Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper to serve on the Fort Lewis College Board of Trustees. In February 2017, the Colorado State Senate confirmed his nomination. He serves on the Academic Affairs Committee and was recently named chair of the Presidential Search Committee tasked with identifying candidates for the office of president of the college. Fort Lewis College is a public liberal arts and STEM college located in Durango, Colo.

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

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

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

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Michael Leonard DiTano 06L - October 2, 2017

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

National Law Journal features Sears 80L biography - October 1, 2017

Sears 80LJustice Leah Ward Sears 80L was interviewed by the National Law Journal on the subject of her recently released biography, Justice Leah Ward Sears: Seizing Serendipity, written by Rebecca Shiver Davis.

“Sears’ openness, as Davis details, is evidenced by long friendships with people across the ideological spectrum. They range from former Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young—also a former congressman, ambassador and civil rights leader—who first made her a city court judge to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, a member of the high court’s conservative wing. Thomas is also a Georgia native,” the article reads. Read the story. (Subscription required)

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

Quan 11LEmily Quan 13L was promoted to member at Weinberg Wheeler Hudgins Gunn & Dial’s Atlanta offices. She has tried four cases to verdict during her time at WWHGD, and focuses her practice on catastrophic injury, medical malpractice, transportation, product liability and premises liability. She often handles trials that involve multiple plaintiffs and defendants, representing clients across the United States and Canada. At Emory Law, Quan was executive administrative editor for the Emory International Law Review.

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

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

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

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

Charles Ackerman 60L - September 22, 2017

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

Theodore Smith 65L - September 16, 2017

Theodore Smith 65L passed away September 16, 2017. 

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

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

Read his university bio.

Blanchard 78L included among 'Best Lawyers' 2018 - September 14, 2017

Blanchard 78LJerry Blanchard 78L has been selected for inclusion in the 24th Edition of The Best Lawyers in America for his work in banking and finance law, and financial services regulation law. He has also been named the Best Lawyers' 2018 Atlanta Financial Services Regulation Law "Lawyer of the Year,” for which only a single lawyer in each practice area in each community is chosen. Blanchard is senior counsel at Bryan Cave in Atlanta in the Financial Institutions Group. 

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

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

Fershtman 86L ranks nationally in 'Best Lawyers' and 'Super Lawyers' - September 13, 2017

Ferstman 86LJulie Fershtman 86L of Foster Swift Collins & Smith, P.C., is listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2018 and in Super Lawyers 2017. Fershtman was recognized for her work in commercial litigation and insurance law and also, civil litigation (defense) For the fifth consecutive year, she has been listed in Michigan Super Lawyers for both the "Top 25 Women Business Lawyers" and the "Top 50 Women Lawyers." 

Fershtman is considered one of the nation's leading practitioners in equine law. Her practice for a national clientele includes contract disputes, fraud, association liability, partnership disputes, and personal injury liability. She has also helped draft and advocate for legislation impacting the industry. Her peers selected her to become a Fellow of the American College of Equine Attorneys, one of about 20 lawyers in the country to achieve the distinction.

Marks 93L joins Kirkland & Ellis LLP - September 12, 2017

Marks 93LAaron Marks 93L has joined Kirkland & Ellis LLP as a partner in the Litigation Practice Group in the New York office. A commercial litigator and trial lawyer, Marks represents corporations, private equity and other investment firms, multinational financial institutions, and individuals in lawsuits and arbitrations involving securities, financial products, real estate, entertainment, mass torts and trade secrets, and has tried cases before juries around the country. He joins Kirkland from Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP, where he was a partner and member of the firm’s management committee.

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

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

Ginsberg 93L among 'Best Lawyers in America' - September 7, 2017

ginsberg 93LRoss Ginsberg 93L was listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2018 for his work in Construction Law. He is a partner at Weinberg Wheeler Hudgins Gunn & Dial, where he focuses his practice on representation of project participants in a variety of construction projects. He provides advice, contracting, and litigation support to owners, contractors, subcontractors, suppliers and design professional in projects as varied as energy producing plants, manufacturing facilities, stadium projects, transportation projects, other infrastructure projects, hotels and casinos.

 Read the firm release.

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

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

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

Sours 96L runs the good race - September 5, 2017

Sours 96L“Running a race of any distance is challenging, let alone while pushing a wheelchair. But that is what Matt Sours 96L does frequently across the country as a volunteer with the Kyle Pease Foundation,” the Atlanta Business Chronicle reports. “The organization was founded by Brent Pease  and his brother Kyle, who has cerebral palsy, to assist people with disabilities in participating in sports. Among KPF's programs is one pairing able-bodied runners with athletes in medically adaptive wheelchairs, conquering 5Ks, marathons and even Ironman races together throughout the country.

"Sours started volunteering with the KPF out of his friendship with the Pease brothers and his interest in combining his own love of running with furthering the organization’s mission." He is a partner in the Real Estate group at Morris, Manning & Martin.

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Wasserman 86L named `Most Admired CEO' - August 24, 2017

Wasserman 86LMark D. Wasserman 86L, managing partner and Co-CEO of Eversheds Sutherland Ltd, has been selected as one of Atlanta Business Chronicle’s Most Admired CEOs for 2017. He was honored during the publication’s annual awards reception on August 24, 2017.

This award recognizes established local leaders who have a strong vision for their companies, have shown a commitment to culture in the workplace and have made significant contributions to the metro Atlanta community. Wasserman is also chair of Emory Law’s Advisory Board. 

Read the Chronicle story. 

Samuel 14L joins Ice Miller - August 15, 2017

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

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

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Saber 89L among 'Best Lawyers in America' - August 15, 2017

Saber 89LMichael P. Saber 89L was included in the 2018 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. He is a partner who practices in Smith Anderson’s Raleigh, N.C., offices. His focus areas are: biotechnology law, corporate law, mergers and acquisitions law, securities/capital markets law, venture capital law

HunterMaclean alumni repeat on Best Lawyers list - August 15, 2017

The following HunterMaclean attorneys and Emory Law alumni were selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2018. The annual publication recognizes attorneys for significant achievements in their area of practice.

Shawn A. Kachmar 97L (Employment Law – Management)

Sarah H. Lamar 91L (Employment Law - Management, Labor Law – Management)

Diana J.P. McKenzie 85L (Information Technology Law)

M. Lane Morrison 70L (Trusts and Estates)

Harold B. Yellin 82L (Land Use and Zoning Law, Real Estate Law)

Ford 84L, Birmingham 'Lawyer of the Year' - August 15, 2017

Ford 84LSara Anne Ford 84L was named 2018 Birmingham "Lawyer of the Year," for litigation relating to mergers and acquisitions, in Best Lawyers in America, published by Woodward/White, Inc. Ford was also included among The Best Lawyers in America 2018. Ford is a partner at Lightfoot, Franklin & White.

Michaelson 99L named Pennsylvania 'Super Lawyer' - August 9, 2017

Michaelson 99LChad I. Michaelson 99L was named a 2017 Pennsylvania Super Lawyer, in the category of business litigation. Those selected represent less than 5 percent of the lawyers in the state each year. Michaelson is a partner with Meyer, Unkovic & Scott, and practices in the firm’s Pittsburgh offices. His focus areas are litigation; construction; energy, utilities and mineral rights; and sustainable development.

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

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

Pettus 91L leads The Gavel LLC as CEO - August 3, 2017

Pettus 91LPamela Pettus 91L is the chief executive officer and co-founder of The Gavel LLC, a national legal network designed to streamline the claims defense experience for claims professionals. Pettus brings to the job decades of experience managing all lines of insured and self-insured claims. Her legal knowledge “was essential for her successful transition to her insurance industry career as a claims representative at State Farm Insurance,” according to a release. Pettus has worked in risk management as an adjuster, senior claims representative, claims manager, and director. Her “extensive history