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  • David Sturgess JD'81 David Sturgess has been appointed senior vice president, secretary and general counsel of the Affinia Group, Inc., a global leader in the design, manufacture, distribution and marketing of industrial grade products and services. David joins Affinia from Charlotte-based ReCommunity Recycling, the largest pure play recycling company in the United States, where he headed all legal activities, including mergers and acquisitions, debt and equity financings, real estate leasing, intellectual property, contracts and compliance and litigation.
  • Leigh Harlan JD'05 Leigh Harlan has been promoted to senior vice-president, secretary, and general counsel of Tiffany & Co., with responsibility for the company's worldwide legal affairs.  She joined Tiffany in 2012 from a corporate practice at Cravath, Swaine & Moore.
  • Krista Patterson JD'06 has joined Annaly Capital Management, Inc. as associate general counsel and vice president in the commercial real estate group.  Krista previously practice in the New York office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher.
  • Violet Diamant JD'83 has joined Morningstar Credit Ratings as managing director of asset-backed securities (ABS) ratings and research. Diamant will lead Morningstar's expansion into ABS ratings services and is responsible for analytical strategy, establishing an analyst team, and developing ABS rating criteria. She is based in New York City, and most recently was director of credit risk management for Credit Agricole.
  • Michael Bonella JD'96  has joined the Philadelphia-based IP boutique firm of Condo Roccia Koptiw as a partner to bolster the firm's patent prosecution practice.  He previously co-chaired the patent litigation practice of Kessler Topaz.
  • Marc Roark LLM'06 has been granted tenure at Savannah Law School, a branch of Atlanta's John Marshall Law School, where he teaches property, law & literature and sales & secured transactions.  He joined the faculty in 2012.    
  • Michael Elston JD'94 has been promoted to associate general counsel/chief ethics & compliance officer at the United States Postal Service located in Washington, D.C.  He joined the Postal Service in 2010, after a long tenure at the Department of Justice, and a brief stint in private practice.
  • Tim Kuhner JD/LLM'04, associate professor of law, at Georgia State University College of Law, has received two awards for his scholarship:  the GSU Law Faculty's Patricia T. Morgan Award for Outstanding Scholarship  – the highest honor the Law School gives to faculty members, and the GSU Provost’s Faculty Fellowship Award for fall 2014. Tim's book projects and articles explore campaign finance reform, the changing nature of liberal democracy, and the relationship between the market and the state.
  • Anastasiz Klimenko LLM'11 has joined Rheem Bell & Mermelstein in New York City as an associate.
  • Elisa Greenwood JD'13 has joined The Van Winkle Law Firm in Charlotte, N.C., as an associate in the business group.