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Duke Law Half Century Club

  • Charles Bateman (LLB) Charles Bateman will retire on Aug. 31 as full-time attorney for the City of Burlington, N.C., as well on-call attorney for several other nearby cities.  He will also retire from his private law practice in Burlington, turning the practice over to his son.  Over the past 49 years, Charles has served as attorney for all of the cities and municipalities located in Alamance County.
  • Pete Dosik (JD) co-founded the Atlanta business and franchise law firm of Shipe Dosik in 2012.  He previously was in-house counsel at Church's Chicken and Starwood Hotels.
  • Michael O'Mara (JD) and Daniela Juvani O'Mara were married on January 19, 2014 in Incline Village, NV. They currently reside in Washington, D.C.
  • Peter Tomasi (JD) , a partner in the Milwaukee office of Quarles & Brady, was elected to the Milwaukee Science Education Consortium’s board of directors.  The board oversees the operations of the Milwaukee Academy of Science, a City of Milwaukee independent charter school (K4–12) that emphasizes science, technology, engineering and math to prepare inner city youth for college and subsequent careers.
  • Gerald Tjoflat (LLB) was the recipient of the 2014 Duke University Distinguished Alumni Award. The University's highest award, it is given to alumni who have distinguished themselves in service to their fields of endeavor, to Duke, or to humanity. Judge Tjoflat was also the featured speaker at the hooding ceremony for the Class of 2014 at the University of Missouri School of Law in Columbia in May. He is the longest-serving federal appeals court judge on the bench, having served on the U.S. States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit in Jacksonville, Fla. since 1981. 
  • Arnold Greenberg (JD) practiced for over 50 years as a CPA in Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit and Boise, Idaho.
  • Edgar Fisher (LLB), who practices in the Greensboro office of Brooks Pierce, has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America 2015 for real estate law and trusts and estates
  • Johnie Joyce Jr. (JD) was married to Patricia Robbins on July 27, 2013 in Durham, where they reside near campus.
  • L. Clifford Craig (LLB), of counsel in the Cincinnati, Ohio office of Taft Stettinius & Holland, has been recognized as an Ohio Super Lawyer 2014  in the field of business litigation. 
  • Erwin Fuller (LLB) , who practices in the Greensboro office of Brooks, Pierce, has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America 2015 for trusts and estates.
  • Kent Weeks (JD)  has authored Doing Civility: Breaking the Cycle of Incivility on Campus (Morgan James Publishing, 2014).  This follows his 2011 book, In Search of Civility: Confronting Incivility on the College Campus (Morgan James Publishing).  Kent also maintains a law practice in Nashville, Tenn.  
  • David Lougee (LLB) has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2015 in the field of corporate law. David is of counsel at Mirick O'Connell in Worcester, Mass.

1966

  • Reece Bader (JD) recently joined WGK-ADR after 45 years of litigation practice with Orrick Herrington and Sutcliffe.  WGK-ADR is a dispute resolution practice focused on complex litigation matters launched by the firm of Wiand Guerra King in Tampa.
  • Alexander Denson (LLB), a retired magistrate judge for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina, was honored in November by the naming and dedication of the Denson Apartments for Veterans in Durham -- 11 units of permanent supportive housing for Durham veterans who are homeless and have disabilities. Judge Denson is also a veteran, and a long-time advocate for the homeless in the Triangle community.  Fundraising is underway for Denson Phase II; providing 12 more units.

1967

  • William "Bill" Constangy (LLB) retired Aug. 31 as a Mecklenburg County, N.C. superior court judge. He has been a judge in the county for a quarter-century, serving previously on the district court.  

1968

  • Tommy Boroughs (JD), a partner in the Orlando office of Holland & Knight, was presented with a VALOR Project Award of Excellence by the Orange County Legal Aid Society for his role in the creation of the Veterans Pro Bono Legal Clinic, as well as an Outstanding Service Award from the Orange County Bar Association for his role in the establishment of the OCBA Veterans Committee and the Orange County Veterans Court.
  • Lon Bouknight (JD) has rejoined Steptoe & Johnson in Washington, D.C. as a partner in the electric power group.  Lon was a partner at the firm from 1994 to 2005, and from 2008 to 2009, as well as former firm chair. Most recently, he was executive vice president and general counsel for Public Service Enterprise Group; from 2005 to 2008, he was executive vice president and general counsel for Edison International
  • Don Messinger (JD), a partner at Thompson Hine in Cleveland, was honored in July at The Milestones of Success Party, celebrating the 40th anniversary of his service on the board of directors of the Cleveland Hearing & Speech Center (CHSC).  During his tenure on the board, Don twice served as president, co-chaired a capital campaign and spearheaded the building of a new facility for CHSC.
  • Charlie Rose (JD) was named 2014 North Carolinian of the Year by the N.C. Press Association at its annual meeting in February.  He has hosted The Charlie Rose Show since 1991 and co-hosted CBS This Morning since 2012.  “Rose is a shining reflection of his North Carolina roots,” said NCPA Board President, Les High, who nominated Rose. “He has set incredibly high standards in journalism, raised the task of interviewing to an art form and been a standard-bearer for the best of broadcast journalism.”

1969

  • Franklin Wallis (JD) Franklin Wallis has transitioned his estate planning practice to the firm of Muhm & Reilly in St. Louis, Mo. He previously was with Bryan Cave, also in St. Louis.

1971

  • James Fox (JD), who practices in the Winston-Salem office of Bell, Davis & Pitt, has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2015 in several areas of litigation.
  • Mike Warren (JD) has received one of the inaugural Vulcan Awards, given by the Vulcan Park & Museum of Birmingham, Ala., to honor people who have inspired Birmingham and pushed the city forward.  Mike, who is the CEO of Children's of Alabama hospital, was given the Game Changer Award, in part for leading the hospital as it built its new campus. Mike retired as chair and CEO of Energen Corp. in 2007, and then took up the reins at Children's where he had served on the board for over 20 years.

1972

  • Cym Lowell (JD) has authored the novel, Jasper's War (Rosemary Beach Press 2014).  All proceeds are donated to Operation Next Chapter to help provide voice activated computers for wounded veterans.  Cym is a tax partner in the Houston office of McDermott Will & Emery.  
  • Cary Moomjian (JD) was appointed to the board of directors of Ensign Energy Services, a Calgary Canada-based company engaged in global oil and gas drilling and well services. Cary conducts public and in-house training on oil drilling and service contracts, and in 2015 is scheduled to present courses in Malaysia, Indonesia and Dubai.
  • Karla Simon (JD) has been appointed a visiting scholar at Harvard's Fairbank Center on Chinese Studies beginning August 1.  Karla is chair of the International Center for Civil Society Law and affiliated scholar at the New York University U.S.-Asia Law Institute.
  • Dan Stewart (JD) has joined the Dallas office of Patton Boggs as counsel, where he practices with the firm's bankruptcy and restructuring, and financing groups.  He previously was a partner at the Dallas office of Vinson & Elkins, where he founded that firm’s restructuring and reorganization practice in 1999.  
  • Laurence Tucker (JD), a partner in the Kansas City office of Armstrong Teasdale, has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America 2015 in the areas of commercial litigation and insurance law.
  • John Wester (BOV) , a litigator with the Charlotte office of Robinson Bradshaw & Hinson, has been named for the second consecutive year to BTI Client Service All-Stars, attorneys recognized by corporate counsel for client service excellence. John is one of five North Carolina lawyers included in the ranking.  
  • John Wester (JD), a litigator in the Charlotte office of Robinson Bradshaw & Hinson, has been named for the second consecutive year to BTI Client Service All-Stars, attorneys recognized by corporate counsel for client service excellence.

1973

  • Kenny Armstrong (JD) was appointed by Gov. Bill Haslam to the Tennessee Court of Appeals, Western Section, effective September 1.  He had served as a trial judge on the Shelby County Chancery Court since 2006.
  • Candace Carroll (JD) has been appointed to the seven-member Board of Directors of the San Diego Convention Center Corporation.  Candace is an appellate practitioner, of counsel with Sullivan Hill Lewin Rez & Engel.
  • Kenneth Starling (JD) has graduated from the University of Cambridge with the Master of Law degree specializing in international and European law.  He has been appointed adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center, where he is teaching the Advanced Antitrust Seminar in EU Competition Law this spring.

1974

  • Curtis Collier (JD), United States district judge for the Eastern District of Tennessee, took senior status in October, after serving 19 years on the court. Judge Collier sits and resides in Chattanooga; he plans to spend more time with his family, as well as on his civic and charitable interests.   
  • Roger Ferland (JD) has been named the 2014 Outstanding Disabled Veteran of the Year by DAV Magazine. Roger is a retired partner at Quarles & Brady's Phoenix office, where he practiced in the areas of environmental and natural resources law. Roger served on the Military Legal Assistance Committee of the Arizona State Bar, where he spearheaded the creation of several clinics which provide pro bono legal assistance to veterans.
  • Fred Fulton (JD) of the Dallas office of Thompson & Knight has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America 2015 in the area of corporate law.
  • Duncan Getchell (JD), former Virginia solicitor general, has returned as partner and senior litigator to the Richmond office of McGuireWoods, where he previously worked for 33 years and once served as chair of the firm's appellate practice group.  During his four years as solicitor general, he presented arguments on behalf of the commonwealth 13 times before the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and twice in cases before the U.S. Supreme Court.
  • Paul Mandelkern (JD) of Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed in Orlando has been named to The Best Lawyers in America 2015 in the areas of corporate law and health law.
  • Rory Olsen (JD) was re-elected in November to a fifth term as judge of Probate Court Number Three, Harris County, Tex.

1976

  • H. Joseph O'Shields (JD), a shareholder in the Jacksonville, Fla., office of Rogers Towers, has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2014 in the field of real estate law.

1978

  • Wendy Collins Perdue (JD), dean and professor of law at the University of Richmond School of Law, has been selected by Virginia Lawyers Weekly to join the Class of 2014 of Influential Women of Virginia, which recognizes the outstanding efforts of women in the commonwealth in all fields, including law, business, health care, education and the arts. The honors are given to individuals who are making notable contributions to their chosen professions, their communities and society at large.
  • Bill Price (JD) has been elected to chair the Institute of Illinois Business Law (IIBL) for 2014-15, steering its 30  to 40 members who volunteer their time to work for better laws in the area of business regulation.  The IIBL performs valuable service for the Illinois business community by drafting, updating and revising important areas of business law. Bill's solo firm is GrowthLaw in Warrenville.

1979

  • Joel Feldman (JD) gave a presentation in January to undergraduate students at Georgetown University on "Marriage & Divorce: An Interfaith Perspective." Joel practices matrimonial and family law in Boca Raton, and has been named a Florida Super Lawyer.
  • Mark Thimke (JD) has been named a 2014 BTI Client Service All-Star by the BTI Consulting Group, a strategic market research provider to the legal community.  Mark is a partner at Foley & Lardner in Milwaukee, where he practices environmental regulatory law.
  • Mark Thimke (JD) has been selected for 2014 Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business in the fields of natural resources and environmental law.  He was also named a 2014 BTI Client Service All-Star.  Mark is a partner in the Milwaukee office of Foley & Lardner.
  • James Williams (JD) moderated a symposium, "The Dawn of a New Fulfillment: Equal Justice Under the Law 50 Years After the 1964 Civil Rights Act," sponsored by North Carolina Advocates for Justice (NCAJ) on April 11 at the International Civil Rights Museum in Greensboro. James is a member of the board of governors of NCAJ and the public defender of Orange and Chatham counties.

1980

  • John (Jack) Hickey (JD) of Hickey Law Firm in Miami spoke at the Dade County Bar’s “Road to Becoming a Superlawyer” event, and moderated a panel titled “Initial Case Evaluation” at the Dade Bar’s Annual Bench and Bar Conference. He also spoke on a panel at and prepared a paper on tour operator liability for the Torts and Insurance Practice Section meeting of the ABA in Boca Raton in May.  Jack has been appointed vice chair of the Certification Plan of Appeals Committee of the Florida Bar Board of Governors.        PHOTO
  • Claire Moritz (JD) was selected to serve a two-year term on the Board of Visitors of the Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law of Campbell University. Claire is vice president, legal services/general counsel at WakeMed in Raleigh, N.C.
  • Mark Prak (JD), a partner in the Raleigh office of Brooks, Pierce was inducted in the North Carolina Association of Broadcasters (NCAB) Hall of Fame at its annual meeting in June. The NCAB recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to the broadcasting industry in North Carolina.  Mark has practiced communications law for 34 years, and is legal counsel to the NCAB. He previously taught a course on communications law and public policy at both the Law School and Duke's Sanford School of Public Policy.
  • Mark Prak (JD) , who practices in the Raleigh office of Brooks Pierce, has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America 2015 in the fields of first amendment law, litigation—first amendment, and mergers and acquisitions.
  • Lisa Smith (JD) has co-authored "The Professor and the Judge:  Introducing First-Year Students to the Law in Context," 63 J. Legal Education 460 (Feb. 2014).  The article is the result of a five-year teaching experiment conducted by Judge Smith and her co-author, Professor Michael Mushlin of Pace Law School, in an effort to make civil procedure more alive and meaningful to first-year law students.  Judge Smith, U.S. magistrate judge for the Southern District of New York, has been selected to receive the 2014 Judith S.
  • Fred Ungerman (JD), a partner in the Dayton, Ohio office of Taft Stettinius & Hollister, has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America 2015 in several employment and labor law categories, and also as the Dayton "Lawyer of the Year," for his work in the labor law-management practice area.
  • Rich Van Nostrand (JD) has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2015 in the fields of commercial litigation, and litigation – labor & employment law. Rich is a partner at Mirick O'Connell in Worester, Mass., and a member of the firm's management committee.
  • Rich Van Nostrand (JD) has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2015 in the fields of commercial litigation, and litigation – labor & employment law. Rich is a partner at Mirick O'Connell in Worcester, Mass., and a member of the firm's management committee.

1981

  • Mark Beatrice (JD) has relocated from Ohio, and is now head of the bankruptcy department focusing on consumer bankruptcy filings for Alliance Legal Group in its main office in Sarasota, Fla.  
  • Glenn Cravez (JD) has been selected in The Best Lawyers in America 2015 for his work as a mediator. Glenn mediates in Anchorage and throughout Alaska as he has for the past 25 years.   
  • Jeff Donaldson (JD) has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2015 in the field of corporate law. Jeff is of counsel at Mirick O'Connell in Worcester, Mass.
  • Ted Edwards (JD) has opened the Law Office of Ted B. Edwards in Winter Park, Fla.  He previously was a partner at Foley & Lardner in Orlando. Ted was elected to the Orange County, Fla. Board of Commissioners in 2010, and re-elected in 2012. He had previously served as the District 5 commissioner from 1996 to 2004.
  • Irene Keyse-Walker (JD), a partner in the Cleveland office of Tucker Ellis, has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America 2015 in the fields of appellate practice, bet-the-company litigation, and commercial litigation.
  • Don Rendall (JD) has been named CEO and president of Vermont Gas. Don previously served as senior vice president of financial and strategic affairs at Green Mountain Power.
  • Bill Richardson (JD) has been named interim director of the University of Hawai'i Office of Technology Transfer and Economic Development.  Bill is a venture capitalist and entrepreneur who founded and built a series of venture funds that invested in 17 Hawaiʻi-based companies, including two that went public on the NASDAQ exchange. Bill is also an adjunct professor at the business and law schools at the University of Hawai'i. 
  • Bruce Saul (JD) has relocated to the Washington, D.C. area and joined the Federal Insurance Office as a policy analyst.
  • Pam Silverman (JD), who has a solo practice in Charlotte, was featured in the "Profiles in Specialization" section of the Summer 2014 issue of The North Carolina State Bar Journal at http://www.ncbar.com/journal/archive/journal_19,2.pdf.  Pam is a board certified specialist in estate planning and probate law practicing in Mecklenburg and Union Counties.
  • David Sturgess (JD) 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.
  • John Yates (JD) has joined the board of directors of The Florida Venture Forum, a statewide support organization for venture capitalists and entrepreneurs. John is the chair of the technology practice at Morris, Manning & Martin in Atlanta.

1982

  • Peter Cotorceanu (JD) has joined the law firm of Anaford AG as a partner in its Zurich office. He specializes in cross-border tax and structuring for private clients and implementation of FATCA for the fiduciary and financial services industries. Peter spent the last seven years in-house at UBS.   
  • Sharon Fountain (JD) of the Dallas office of Thompson & Knight has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America 2015 in the areas of employee benefits (ERISA) law and tax law.

1983

  • Kate Battuello (JD) has been elected 2nd vice president of the board of trustees of the King County Bar Association in Seattle. She will become president of the Association in 2016.  Kate is an assistant attorney general in the Washington State AG's office, assigned to the healthcare team at the University of Washington.
  • Lisa Cleary (JD) has been elected co-chair and managing partner at Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler in New York City. Lisa leads the firm’s employment law practice, advising corporations and tax-exempt organization clients on employment issues related to their highest level executives and other key employees. She has led the firm’s pro bono committee for more than a decade.
  • Violet Diamant (JD) 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.
  • Matt Firestone (JD) has joined the Orlando office of Shuffield Lowman & Wilson as a partner in the firm's litigation section.
  • Brett Gladstone (JD) has been tapped to lead the land use practice group at Hanson Bridget, which includes 10 attorneys in two of its Northern California offices. Brett joined the firm in February, 2013.  
  • T.R. Hainline (JD) , a shareholder in the Jacksonville, Fla., office of Rogers Towers, has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2014 in the fields of land use and zoning law, and real estate law.
  • John Knight (JD) John Knight has been named general counsel of Olayan America, the American division of The Olayan Group, a privately owned investment group.  He previously was COO of the Bahrain Sovereign Wealth Fund.    
  • Toshio Nakao (JD), a partner in the Cincinnati office of Taft, Stettinius & Hollister has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America 2014 in the fields of international trade and finance law.
  • Carloa Pena (JD) retired in September as chief counsel at Pepperidge Farm, Inc. after 11 years. He received the Pepperidge Farm National Sales Team's Hall of Fame award, only the second non-sales employee to receive the award.  In retirement, Carlos is teaching Business Law at Norwalk Community College (Conn.) and has started a consulting business.      
  • Bruce Ruzinsky (JD), a Houston partner at Jackson Walker, has been selected for 2014 Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business in the fields of bankruptcy and restructuring. He was also named a 2014 Texas Super Lawyer.
  • Jeffrey Schloemer (JD) Jeffrey Schloemer, a partner at Taft Stettinius & Hollister in Cincinnati, has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2015 in the fields of banking and finance law, business organizations, and corporate law.
  • James Smith (JD), a partner at Armbrecht Jackson in Mobile, Ala., has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in American 2015 in the area of corporate law.
  • Carolyn Woodruff (JD) is featured in the TLC reality show, "Ballroom Blitz," about the competitive world of ballroom dancing. Carolyn and her dance partner, Alosha Anatoliy, are current and three-time Fred Astaire National Dance Champions in Open Smooth and are the current National Fred Astaire Pro Am Cabaret Champions. Carolyn practices at the Woodruff Family Law Group in Greensboro, N.C.

1984

  • Virginia Antipolo-Utt (JD) has authored Letters to My Child's Guardian, Together with My Very Personal Gift and Legacy to My Unbelievably Amazing Child, published in November by WestBow Press. Virginia practices estate planning at the Antipolo & Paul Law Firm in Everett, Wash.
  • Gary Biehn (JD), partner and chair of the international froup of White and Williams, has been appointed board chair of the World Trade Center of Greater Philadelphia (WTCGP). Gary has been a member of the WTCGP board since 2008 and served as vice-chair from 2012 through November 2014.
  • Ann Gales (JD) has been sworn-in as a district associate judge in Iowa's Third Judicial District.  She previously was a sole practitioner in Algona, as well as assistant Kossuth County attorney.

1985

  • Brenda Hofman Feis (JD) has founded the Chicago-based employment law boutique, Feis Goldy, representing executives, managers and employees in need of sophisticated representation. Brenda was previously a partner at Seyfarth Shaw, where she represented Fortune 100 employers in a wide range of employment matters.
  • Randy Friedberg (JD) Randy Friedberg has been elected partner in the New York office of White and Williams, where he is a member of the Intellectual Property group, with particular focus on the protection, licensing and enforcement of intellectual property rights.
  • Manuel Sager (LLM) has been appointed head of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), effective Nov. 1. Manuel has been the Swiss Ambassador to the United States since 2010. This fall, he is in residence at the Law School teaching a course on development finance.
  • Dave Trott (JD) won election in November to represent Michigan's 11th congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives. Dave is the chairman and CEO of Trott & Trott law firm in Farmington Hills, and the owner of several financial services companies.

1986

  • Bharat Dube (JD) has relocated, after 25 years in Switzerland, to Singapore.  He has a boutique IP practice in India called IP Gurus and is the CEO of Strategic IP Information (sipi-ip.com), an online brand monitoring company.
  • Toni Jaeger-Fine (JD) has co-authored Mastering the Masters (of laws), The U.S. LLM:  From Whether to When, What, Where and How (Jaeger-Fine Publishing, 2014).  Toni is assistant dean for international and non-J.D. programs at Fordham Law School, where she is also director of the International Judicial Research and Training Program, director of Recent Developments in U.S. Law, and co-director of the Summer Institute in New York City.

1987

  • Elizabeth Roesel (JD) has been appointed administrative law judge on the Patent Trial and Appeal Board of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. She was previously counsel at Latham & Watkins.
  • Brian Rubin (JD) is now the head of litigation in the Washington, D.C. office of Sutherland Asbill & Brennan.  He is also the administrative partner for the securities litigation and enforcement team.

1988

  • Doug Christensen (JD) has joined Littler, as a shareholder in the firm's Minneapolis office.  Doug previously chaired the national labor and employment law practice group at Dorsey & Whitney.
  • Jody Debs (JD) has been named chief legal officer for ARCADIS North America.  ARCADIS is a Netherlands headquartered global engineering and consultancy firm with 22,000 employees providing consultancy, design, engineering and management services in infrastructure, water, environment and buildings.  She is based in its US headquarters in Highlands Ranch, Colo. In January, Jody was named to the board of directors of Engineers Without Borders.
  • Mark Labaton (JD) has joined two of his former colleagues from the U.S. Attorney's Office in Los Angeles in the 14-lawyer firm of Isaacs Friedberg & Labaton, a full-service litigation firm. Mark will continue to represent plaintiffs/relators in whistleblower cases and other complex litigation, including securities class actions and corporate governance cases.
  • R. Joseph Morris (JD) , a partner in the Raleigh office of Smith Anderson, has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in American 2015 in the field of patent litigation.
  • Peter Volmink (LLM) is executive manager: governance, supply chain management at Transnet Corporte SOC, a rail, port and pipeline company in South Africa.  

1989

  • Bill Brian (JD), a co-founder of the Morningstar Law Group in Morrisville, N.C., has been named to 2013 Best Lawyers and Top Lawyers for Litigation – Real Estate Law.  Bill focuses his practice in the areas of business litigation, land use and municipal law.
  • Bill Brian (JD), a co-founder of the Morningstar Law Group in Morrisville, N.C., has been named to 2014 Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business in the field of real estate law.
  • Bill Mureiko (JD) of the Dallas office of Thompson & Knight has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America 2015 in the area of trusts and estates. He was also named a Texas Super Lawyer 2014.   
  • Robin Rosenberg (JD) was sworn-in on July 25, 2014, as the newest U.S. District Court judge for the Southern District of Florida, taking the seat of Judge Adalberto Jordan, who was elevated to the Eleventh Circuit. She has been a circuit judge on the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit of Florida since 2007.
  • David Starr (JD) has been appointed vice president and general counsel of The LaSalle Group, Inc., a national provider of memory care, including the Autumn Leaves® memory care assisted living communities and other businesses throughout the country.  David previously was vice president and deputy general counsel at Belo Corp., a national media company.

1990

  • Karen Cashion (JD) has founded and is the president of the Greater Alpharetta Tech Network, a nonprofit dedicated to serving the interests of the 900 technology companies in the Greater Alpharetta, Georgia region.  Karen is a partner at Hipes & Belle Isle.
  • Nadine Faruque (LLM) will become global head of compliance at Deutsche Bank on Dec. 1, 2014.  She joins Deutsche Bank from UniCredit where she was general counsel and group compliance officer.  
  • Jan Maarten Gerretsen (LLM) has joined Lexence, N.V. as a partner in Amsterdam, where he specializes in construction law and real estate transactions. He previously was affiliated with Loyens & Loeff.
  • Kristo Katmeridis (LLM) has been promoted to senior vice president, legal and strategy, nuclear development at GDF SUEZ, with his offices in Brussels, Belgium.
  • Donald Nielsen (JD), who practices in the Winston-Salem office of Bell, Davis & Pitt, has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2015 in the areas of environmental law, environmental litigation, and land use and zoning litigation.

1991

  • Mark Claypool (JD), a shareholder in the Erie office of Know McLaughlin Gornall & Sennett, has been selected as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer 2014.
  • J. Mark Coulson (JD) J. Mark Coulson was sworn in on Aug. 1 as a new magistrate judge for the United States District Court in Baltimore. He was previously a principal at Miles & Stockbridge, where he was practice group leader for the firm's products liability and mass torts practice group.     
  • David Greene (JD) has been named the civil liberties director at the Electronic Frontier Foundation in San Francisco. David joined EFF in 2013 as a senior staff attorney. He previously had been executive director of the First Amendment Project and was a founding member of the Internet Free Expression Alliance.  
  • Caryn Coppedge McNeill (JD), a partner in the Raleigh office of Smith Anderson, has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in American 2015 in the fields of employee benefits (ERISA) law.

1992

  • Amy Meyers Batten (JD), a partner in the Raleigh office of Smith Anderson, has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in American 2015 in the fields of securities and capital markets law.  
  • Tom Clyde (JD) has joined the Atlanta office of Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton as partner, where his practice focuses on complex business and appellate matters, with an emphasis on representing print, television, internet and communications companies.  Tom moved to Kilpatrick from Dow Lohnes.  
  • Rob Kohn (JD), chair of the Federal Litigation Section of the Federal Bar Association, accepted the FBA's Sections and Divisions Award on behalf of the Section for its stellar performance in 2013-2014.  The award was presented at the FBA Annual Convention in September in Providence, R.I. Working with a governing board of lawyers and judges from across the nation, Rob has been credited with re-energizing the Section as chair. He leads the Kohn Law Group, Inc., in Los Angeles.
  • David Maxwell (JD) is a founding partner of the Atlanta business and intellectual property law firm Maxwell & Anderson.  He was previously a partner at Duane Morris.

1993

  • Jeff Benson (JD) has been named chief operating officer and executive vice president of the Dilweg Companies, a commercial real estate firm, in Durham. He previously practiced for over 20 years in the Raleigh office of Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton, where he was a partner and head of the firm's real estate department.
  • David Cox (JD) joined Barnwell Whaley in Charleston, S.C. as a member of the firm, practicing in the areas of business litigation, products liability, trade practices, intellectual property and media. Previously, he was a partner at Womble Carlyle and a principal at Buist Moore Smythe McGee law firms in Charleston.
  • Geoff Krouse (JD), a partner in the Raleigh office of Smith Anderson, has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America 2015 in the fields of mergers & acquisitions law.
  • Rob Marcus (JD) has been recognized in the 2014 Chambers USA Guide in the area of litigation. Rob practices in the Charlotte office of Smith Moore Leatherwood.
  • Pete Roth (JD) has been elected to the American College of Real Estate Lawyers (ACREL). He is one of only 40 attorneys nationwide elected to ACREL in 2014. Pete is a partner at Allen Matkins in Los Angeles.  
  • Richard Smith (JD) has joined the New York office of Reed Smith, where he is a partner in the firm’s corporate & securities group. He was previously with Allen & Overy in New York, where he was senior counsel in the corporate group.

1994

  • Michael Elston (JD) 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.
  • Richard "Tad" Ferris (JD)  has been admitted to partnership in the D.C. office of Foley and Lardner, and named co-chair of the firm's greater China regulatory practice.
  • Richard "Tad" Ferris (JD) was admitted as a partner and named co-chair of the greater China regulatory practice at the Washington, D.C. office Foley & Lardner in June.
  • Paul Genender (JD) and his wife, Wendy, welcomed a daughter, Lucy Rose, on Sept. 2, 2014. She joins big brothers, Jack and George.
  • James Hanson (JD) has been named vice president and general counsel for GE Healthcare. He rejoins GE after holding senior leadership roles at Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc. and Medicis Pharmaceutical Corporation. He previously held general counsel roles for GE Healthcare Technologies and GE Healthcare Americas and Healthcare Services.   
  • Adam Safwat (JD) recently joined the firm of Weil, Gotshal & Manges as counsel based in the Washington, D.C. office.  Adam most recently served as a deputy chief in the fraud section of the U.S. Department of Justice, Criminal Division, where he prosecuted a number of FCPA and complex securities fraud cases. He joins Weil's white collar defense & investigations practice and will focus on white collar criminal defense, regulatory enforcement matters, and internal investigations.
  • Michael Sorrell (JD), president of Paul Quinn College in Dallas, has been named a recipient of an NASPAA Public Service Spotlight Award, for outstanding contributions toward solving public sector problems. NASPAA is the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration.
  • Caroline Vergruggen (LLM) has been appointed a judge of the Tribunal of the First Instance in Brussels, Belgium.  She most recently practiced with DLA Piper in Brussels.

1995

  • Marc Eumann (LLM), a single judge hearing appeals for minor crimes since 2011 at Landgericht (District Court) in Bonn, Germany, has been promoted by the governing council of the court to preside over a trial court panel of three judges hearing major economic crime cases (tax evasion, bankruptcy crimes, major fraud).   
  • Erika Lietzan (JD) has joined the faculty of the University of Missouri School of Law as an associate professor.  She will teach food and drug law, as well as various intellectual property courses.  Erika was previously a partner at Covington and Burling, having practiced for nearly 18 years.
  • Michelle Dye Neumann (JD) has joined the firm of Schaefer Halleen in Minneapolis, where she continues to practice employment law on behalf of employees.
  • Mari Ann Simovart (LLM) is associate professor of law at the University of Tartu in Tallinn, Estonia. She joined the faculty as a lecturer in 2008.   
  • Quin Snyder (JD) has been named head coach of the Utah Jazz of the National Basketball Association. In the 2013-14 season, Quin served as assistant coach for the Atlanta Hawks.   
  • Cynthia Johnson Walden (JD), leader of the trademark and copyright practice group at Fish & Richardson in Boston, has received gold and silver band designations in Massachusetts and the U.S., respectively, by World Trademark Review for both enforcement/litigation and prosecution/strategy. 

1996

  • Michael Bonella (JD)  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.
  • David Kushner (JD), who practices in the Raleigh office of Brooks, Pierce, has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America 2015 in the area of media law.  
  • Shuang Liu (JD), CEO of Phoenix New Media Limited (ifeng), has also been promoted to COO of Phoenix TV, a leading Chinese language satellite television based in Hong Kong and the parent company of ifeng.  Shuang will continue to be the CEO of ifeng; he has served as a director and CEO of Phoenix New Media since the company's inception in November 2007.
  • Linda Martin (JD), a partner at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett in New York City, has been named chair of the board of directors of the Children's Tumor Foundation. Linda has been a member of the board since 2007.
  • Gregory Mose (JD) is no longer practicing law, and is teaching English literature and philosophy at the International Bilingual School of Provence. He is also working on another novel; his first, Stunt Road, was published in 2010. 

1997

  • Diana Semel Allen (JD) has been named vice president and general counsel at ChannelAdvisor, a provider of cloud-based e-commerce solutions, based in Morrisville, N.C.  Diana was previously associate general counsel, assistant secretary and compliance director for Cree, Inc.
  • John Giambalvo (JD), vice president of finance, CFO and treasurer of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty has been appointed by the Board of Directors to serve as one of the corporation's interim managers.  Based in Washington, D.C., John joined RFE/RL in 2009.
  • Geoff Krouse (JD) has been named to a three-year term on the board of trustees of the Montessori School of Raleigh. Geoff is a partner at Smith Anderson, where his practice includes representing public and private companies in mergers and acquisitions and recapitalization transactions, public offerings and private placements of securities, and other corporate and compliance matters.
  • Ginger Shields (JD), who practices in the Greensboro office of Brooks Pierce, has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America 2015 in the field of trusts and estates.
  • Robert Wrzosek (JD) has been appointed president of the mortgage banking division of Centerline Holding Co. in New York.  

1998

  • Geoffrey Adams (JD), a partner in the Raleigh office of Smith Anderson, has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America 2015 in the field of banking and finance law.   
  • Eric Gribbin (JD) has joined Akerman as a partner in the firm's new Chicago office.  Eric represents financial institutions in complex commercial litigation.
  • Veronique Isart (LLM) has received an appointment as a sub-prefect by the French Ministry of Justice.  Her post is in the town of Nancy, in the Metz region of France.
  • Amanda McMillian (JD), vice president, deputy general counsel, corporate secretary and chief compliance officer of Anadarko Petroleum Corporation, has been named by Houston Woman Magazine as one of its 50 Most Influential Women.  
  • Alan Parry (JD) announces the formation of the Chapel Hill, N.C., firm of Parry & Tyndall. Alan is a civil litigator, and previously practiced with Baker Botts in Dallas, Smith Anderson in Raleigh, and Walker Lambe in Durham.
  • Richards Rogers (JD) has authored Bloomberg BNA's Litigation Practice Portfolio Series no. 604, "Judgments," published in 2014.
  • Bobby Sharma (JD), senior vice president – global basketball and strategic initiatives at IMG, was recognized as one of the 2014 "50 Outstanding Asian Americans in Business" by the Asian American Business Development Center, at their annual gala in New York City in June.
  • Jocelyn Strauber (JD) has joined the New York office of Skadden in its government enforcement and white collar practice. She previously held numerous roles in the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York, including most recently, co-chief of the Criminal Division Terrorism and International Narcotics Unit.
  • Cameron Williams (JD) Cameron Williams has been named assistant general counsel at the Van Tuyl Group, Inc., which provides management consulting services to the largest group of privately held automotive dealerships in the United States. Cameron, who is located in Phoenix, was previously in-house counsel for the Rural/Metro Corp.

1999

  • Barb Goffman (JD) Barb Goffman's first collection of crime short stories, Don't Get Mad, Get Even, was published in April 2013 by Wildside Press. The book includes 10 previously published stories and five new ones. One of the stories in the book, "The Lord Is My Shamus," won the Macavity Award for best mystery short story published in 2012 and was nominated for the Anthony and Agatha awards. Two other stories in the book, "Evil Little Girl" and "Nightmare," have been nominated for the Agatha Award for best mystery short story published in 2013.
  • David Harrison (JD) has joined the Ho Chi Minh City office of Mayer Brown as consultant.  His practice focuses on international cross-border mergers and acquisitions and on banking and finance.

2000

  • Kevin Cuddy (JD) has joined the Anchorage office of Stoel Rives as of counsel in the litigation group. He previously practiced with Feldman Orlansky & Sanders in Anchorage and Ropes & Gray in Boston.
  • Dustin Rawlin (JD), a partner in the Cleveland office of Tucker Ellis, has been named a "2014 Rising Star" by Law 360.
  • Melissa Marler (JD) joined the Huntsville, Ala., office of Maynard, Cooper & Gale as of counsel in January.   Her practice focuses on commercial litigation and appellate law.
  • Joshua Stokes (JD) has been elected partner with Crowell & Moring, where he is a member of the antitrust group and resident in the firm's Los Angeles office.  His practice focuses on antitrust litigation, counseling, and complex commercial litigation.
  • David Szekeres (JD) has been named to the executive management team as chief business officer and general counsel at Regulus Therapeutics, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company in La Jolla, Calif.  Most recently, David served as deputy general counsel, chief M&A counsel and assistant secretary at Life Technologies Corporation.  He has also joined the Board of Directors of Annai Systems, Inc., a California-based genomic data management solution provider.
  • Peter Tomasi (JD), a partner in the Milwaukee office of Quarles & Brady, has been selected for inclusion in 2014 Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business in the fields of natural resources and environmental law

2001

  • Nicolle Snyder Bagnell (JD) , a partner in the Pittsburgh office of Reed Smith, has been named a 2014 "Lawyer on the Fast Track," by The Legal Intelligencer, Pennsylvania's legal news journal.
  • Sharon Binger (JD) has been named the director of the Securities & Exchange Commission's mid-Atlantic regional office in Philadelphia.  An eight-year SEC veteran, she has been assistant director for the New York area for the past three years.
  • Rodney Bullard (JD) has been recognized by the National Bar Association as one of its Trailblazers Under 40.  The awards honor legal trailblazers who have achieved prominence and distinction in their fields of endeavor; the honorees were feted at a gala in Atlanta on July 26. Rodney is vice president of community affairs at Chick-fil-A, Inc. and executive director of the Chick-fil-A Foundation
  • Collin Cox (JD), a litigation partner at Yetter Coleman in Houston, has been named chairman of The Texas Lyceum, a statewide leadership organization focused on identifying the next generation of top Texas leaders.  Collin is also vice-chair of the 2014 board of directors of the Buffalo Bayou Partnership, a non-profit whose aim is to revitalize and transform Buffalo Bayou, a significant Houston natural resource.
  • D'lorah Hughes (JD) joined Wayne State University Law this summer as associate director of clinical education and director of externships. She previously was associate professor of law and director of criminal clinics at the University of Arkansas School of Law in Fayetteville. She was honored in June with a Special Merit Award by the Arkansas Bar Foundation and Arkansas Bar Association.
  • Rawn James (JD), an author and senior trial attorney for the Department of the Navy, is featured in the documentary 'Mr. Civil Rights: Thurgood Marshall and the NAACP,' by filmmaker Mick Caouette and South Hill Films.  The film also features Justices Elena Kagen and John Paul Stevens and began airing on PBS stations in October.
  • Jonathan Werner (JD) joined AlvaradoSmith in Orange County, Calif., as a shareholder in May 2014. He is a member of the employment counseling & litigation practice group, where he focuses his practice exclusively in labor and employment law.  

2002

  • Terry Eaton (JD) has joined Price Benowitz as a partner, where he will lead the firm's white collar and government investigations group. Terry spent six years at the U.S. Attorney's Office in Washington, DC.   
  • Jill Fraley (JD) , assistant professor of law at Washington and Lee University, has received a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Grant to Trinity College in Dublin during the 2014–15 academic year.  During her Fulbright,  Jill will conduct research on the development of property law in colonial Scotland and Ireland. She will also deliver several public lectures.
  • Kyle Grimshaw (JD) has been named patent counsel at Eli Lilly and Company in Indianapolis. He previously practiced with Austin, Rapp & Hardman.
  • Bob Hyde (JD) has been promoted to assistant chief counsel in the Phoenix City Attorney's Office, where he leads a team of five attorneys in finance and development matters.
  • Vonne Jacobs (JD) has joined the Office of University Counsel at Duke, where she advises on a variety of healthcare operational, regulatory, and transactional matters. She previously was an in-house counsel at Erlanger Health System in Tennessee.  
  • Victoria Jalo (JD) is president of ProConciliation Solutions, a conflict management organization in Houston.  
  • Christy Kiely (JD) has been promoted to counsel in the Richmond, Va., office of Hunton & Williams, where her practice focuses on employment law and regulatory compliance.
  • Derek Meilman (JD) has been promoted to partner in the firm of Hogan Lovells' New York office, where he represents clients on corporate and securities law matters, with a particular emphasis on domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions and private equity transactions.  
  • Amy Richardson (JD) has rejoined the Washington D.C.-based firm of Wiltshire & Grannis as partner based in Raleigh, N.C.  Amy rejoins the firm's growing government investigations practice, where she focuses on government enforcement actions.
  • Jennifer Tomsen (JD) , a shareholder in the Houston office of Greenberg Traurig, has been appointed as a founding member of the Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) Houston Advisory Committee. KIND matches pro bono attorneys with unaccompanied immigrant children in removal proceedings who would otherwise face the legal system alone.

2003

  • Dhamian Blue (JD)  and his wife Jenna welcomed daughter Leni Grace on August 13, 2014 in Raleigh, N.C.  She joins big sister Kelsey.
  • John Bolin (JD) has been named senior international counsel at the Jincheng Tongda & Neal law firm in Beijing.
  • Nicole Crawford (JD), a partner at Brooks Pierce in Greensboro, N.C., has been selected for inclusion in the 2014 edition of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business in the field of labor and employment law.
  • Brian Damiano (JD) has been promoted to special counsel with Stern Tannenbaum & Bell in New York City, practicing in the area of litigation.  On September 22, 2013, he and his wife, Barbara Brody, welcomed daughter Marissa Brody Damiano.
  • Amy Horner (JD) married Adrian Hanley in the Endless Mountains in Pennsylvania on Aug. 23, 2014. Amy works in the Office of the Solicitor of the Department of the Interior.  
  • Matthew Kane (JD) has joined Z Capital Partners as a director, deputy general counsel, and member of the investment team.  He previously was an associate with the firm Storch Amini & Munves in New York City.
  • Gregory Manter (JD) has joined DLA Piper as partner in the firm's Technology, Sourcing and Commercial practice. He will split his time between Chicago and San Diego and focus his practice of technology transactions and strategic sourcing matters. Greg had been a partner at Mayer Brown's Chicago office.
  • Karla McKanders (JD) has been granted tenure on the faculty of law at the University of Tennessee, where her research focuses on civil rights, immigration, and asylum law and policy.
  • Keith Porcaro (JD) has joined FrontlineSMS in Washington, D.C., as legal project director of its social impact lab.
  • Adam Rogers (JD) has been promoted to partner in the Miami office of DLA Piper, where his practice focuses on healthcare transactional, regulatory and litigation matters.
  • Kerry Drozdowicz Varbaro (JD) and her husband, Gian, welcomed their son Edward Joseph on Aug. 29, 2013.
  • Nicole Williams (JD), a partner in the Dallas office of Thompson & Knight, has been named a "Texas Rising Star 2014" by Thompson Reuters.

2004

  • Sarah Bell (JD) and her husband, Jay Wechsler, welcomed son Zachary Ethan Wechsler on June 16, 2014.  Zach joins big sister, Eliza.  Sarah is an associate with Pryor & Cashman in New York.
  • Gray Chynoweth (JD) and his wife, Tara, welcomed their son, Lincoln Rodney, on December 5, 2014. He joins older brother, Graham. Gray is general counsel at Dynamic Network Services, Inc. in Manchester, N.H.
  • Rob Gallagher (JD) and his wife Lauren welcomed a son Thomas Robert on October 16, 2013. Tommy was also welcomed by big sisters Maggie and Caroline
  • Thomas Godwin (JD/LLM) has joined the Los Angeles office of Carlton Fields Jorden Burt as a shareholder and trial attorney.
  • Mary Kristen Kelly (JD) has joined bioMerieux Inc. in Durham as associate corporate counsel. She previously practiced with Ellis & Winters in Raleigh. 
  • Tim Kuhner (JD/LLM), 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.
  • Cindy Levine (JD) Cindy Levine earned an LLM in taxation in 2013 from NYU School of Law and joined KPMG's New York office as a senior associate.
  • Olivia McLaren (Dickerson) (JD/LLM) has moved from New York City to Edinburgh, Scotland, where she has established Olivia McLaren, Ltd., a firm dedicated to the provision of strategic U.S. immigration legal services. Prior to the move, she was selected as a Rising Star in the New York Metro edition of Super Lawyers for immigration law and co-authored the New York Law Journal column on immigration law, while practicing with Satterlee Stephens Burke & Burke. She continues to serve on the board of directors of the American-Scottish Foundation, a not-for-profit based in New York.
  • Ashwin Sapra (LLM) has joined the New Delhi, India firm of Clasis Law, where he is practice head – IP and healthcare. He previously practiced at Luthra & Luthra law offices in New Delhi, as well as with two U.S. law firms. Ashwin was married to Ranjeeta Rohatgi on Feb. 19, 2014.
  • Emily Su (JD) received the Federal Bar Association's Transportation Security Attorney of the Year Award on October 23, 2014, at the Congressional Rayburn House Office Building. As assistant chief counsel for Civil enforcement at the TSA, Emily was honored for improved security measures and compliance among regulated entities which, in turn, has resulted in marked improvements to transportation security.
  • Walt Wood (JD) Walt Wood joined Bell Legal Group in Georgetown, SC, where he represents plaintiffs in personal injury, insurance and business litigation in South Carolina and North Carolina.   

2005

  • Chris Baird (JD) has been promoted to partner in the Seattle office of Perkins Coie, where he is a member of the firm’s environment, energy & resources practice.  His focus is representing clients in significant litigation and private dispute resolution proceedings, primarily regarding environmental issues and environmental counseling. 
  • Britt (Whitesell) Biles () has been recognized by Super Lawyers as a "Washington, D.C. Rising Star" in general litigation. Britt works at the Securities & Exchange Commission.
  • Jessica Bohrer (JD) has joined Forbes Media as the associate general counsel for the Forbes Editorial Department. She previously was senior counsel at WNET New York Public Media.
  • Matthew Durham (JD) has been promoted to partner in the Las Vegas office of Payne & Fears.  Matt’s practice concentrates on employment and business litigation matters.
  • Sam Forehand (JD) received the Charles F. Blanchard Award as Young Lawyer of the Year during the annual meeting of the North Carolina Bar Association in June.  Sam has a solo practice in Raleigh.  He and his wife, Yasmin, welcomed a daughter named Ella Anne on July 4, 2014.  Ella joins big brother, William.
  • Leigh Harlan (JD) 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.
  • Sarah Kammer (JD) has been named head of Public, Faculty and Student Services at the McKusick Law Library at the University of South Dakota Law School.
  • Mangyo Kinoshita (LLM) has joined the Tokyo office of White & Case as a local partner in the corporate/M&A practice.  He previously was a partner with O'Melveny & Myers in Tokyo.  
  • Tako Matsumoto (LLM) and Akiko Matsumoto announce the formation of the firm Yebisu Matsumoto Law Office in Tokyo.  Both Tako and Akiko previously practiced with TMI Associates, and Tako served as visiting professor at the University of Tokyo School of Law from 2010-13.  Their second son, Ryujiro, was born in 2013.
  • Jessica Nielsen (JD) has joined PRA Health Sciences in Raleigh as legal counsel. She previously was an associate at Shearman & Sterling in New York.
  • Ian Ross (JD) has been promoted to shareholder in the Miami office of Greenberg Traurig, where he is a member of the litigation practice group.  His practice on commercial and securities litigation, professional liability actions, and government investigations.  
  • Brett Stohs (JD)  has joined the faculty at the University of Nebraska College of Law as assistant clinical professor of law.  He established and is Cline Williams Director of the school's Entrepreneurship Legal Clinic which opened in January 2013.  Brett previously was in private practice in Washington, D.C. and Lincoln, Neb.

2006

  • Douglas Britt (JD) was married to Alice Fortune-Greeley on May 17, 2014 in Raleigh, where he is an associate at K&L Gates.  Doug's practice focuses on employment, antitrust, litigation and dispute resolution.  He  was named a 2014 North Carolina “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers magazine.
  • Douglas Britt (JD), an associate at K&L Gates in Raleigh, was named a "2014 North Carolina Rising Star" by Super Lawyers magazine. Doug's practice focuses on employment, antitrust, litigation and dispute resolution.
  • Emily Coward (JD) has co-authored Raising Issues of Race in North Carolina Criminal Cases, published by the School of Government at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where Emily is a research attorney for the Indigent Defense Education team.
  • Jieni Gu (JD) has joined Weil Gotshal as counsel in the firm's Shanghai and Beijing offices, where her practice focuses on cross-border mergers and acquisitions, private equity, foreign direct investment and general corporate matters.  She previously practiced at Sullivan & Cromwell in New York and Beijing.
  • Glenn (Bo) Ketner III (JD) and his wife, Katherine, welcomed a son Glenn E. Ketner IV on August 6, 2014.
  • Glenn "Bo" Ketner (JD) has joined the Charlotte office of Moore & Van Allen as an associate, where he represents clients at the trial and appellate levels in a wide variety of complex matters.  He previously was with K&L Gates, also in Charlotte.
  • Garrett Levin (JD) has left the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and is working as counsel to Chairman Patrick Leahy of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, focusing on intellectual property and antitrust.
  • Yendelela Neely Anderson (JD), a partner at the Atlanta office of Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton, was named to the 2014 “40 Legal Rising Stars Under 40” class of Georgia lawyers by the Daily Report.
  • Yendelela Neely Anderson () , a partner at the Atlanta office of Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton, was named to the 2014 “40 Legal Rising Stars Under 40” class of Georgia lawyers by the Daily Report.
  • Krista Patterson (JD) 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.
  • Marc Roark (LLM) 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.    
  • Teddy Schwarzman (JD) has been included on Variety's "10 Producers to Watch" list spotlighting the top new and exciting independent and studio producers working in the film industry today. These producers were honored at the Napa Valley Film Festival in November. Teddy is the president and CEO of Black Bear Pictures, a New York-based film production and financing company. He and his wife Ellen Schwarzman welcomed their third child, Mary Josephine, on Nov. 24, 2014.
  • Megan Walsh (JD) has made partner at Greene Espel in Minneapolis, where she represents and advises private and public sector clients, with a focus on federal securities litigation
  • Megan Walsh (JD) and her husband, Chris Soper, welcomed their daughter, Margaret 'Greta' Hughes Soper on February 11, 2014.  Megan practices with Greene Espel in Minneapolis.

2007

  • Camilla Knorr and Bram Braat Bratt (LLM) were married on May 10, 2013, and welcomed their son, Julian Johannes Sebastian on Nov. 15, 2014.
  • Curt Clausen (JD) has been named general counsel of Tickets.com in New York City.  Curt previously practiced with Skadden, Arps.
  • Shardul Desai (JD) was among the team honored by the Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice on Dec. 10, 2014 with the Assistant Attorney General's Award for Exceptional Service. The team was recognized for their "superior performance in organizing and leading a complicated and groundbreaking take-down operation, combining civil and criminal authorities to dismantle the notorious Gameover Zeus botnet and related Cryptolocker malware."  Shardul is an AUSA in the Western District of Pennsylvania.
  • Nichole Hines (JD) has joined the Miami office of Squire Patton Boggs as an associate, focusing on litigating and policy advising in the healthcare and life sciences industries. She previously worked at the pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly & Company as a corporate affairs manager in its Global Public Policy Group.
  • Jennifer Csik Hutchens (JD), an attorney with Robinson Bradshaw & Hinson in Charlotte, has been named chair of the American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA) Young Professionals Council.  She practices in the area of corporate and commercial law, with an emphasis on health care, joint ventures and mergers and acquisitions.
  • Venroy July (JD) has founded Hardwork Promotions, to schedule fights and promote his professional boxing career which began in 2009, after winning the D.C. Novice Golden Glove.  He competes in the cruiserweight division.  Venroy is also a corporate associate in the Baltimore office of Hogan Lovells.
  • Ben Mitchell (JD/LLM) has been named operations counsel for GE Capital in Stamford, Conn.
  • Mwanga Mtengule (JD) has been named vice president, legal at Markit, Inc. in New York City. He was formerly a senior associate at Alston & Bird. Mwanga has also been elected president of the Jackie Robinson Foundation Alumni Association, where he provides overall leadership and direction, and serves as an ambassador for the association.
  • Jessica Bodger Rydstrom (JD) and her husband Justin welcomed daughter Ansley Bodger Rydstrom on May 15, 2014. She joins brothers Nathaniel and John. Jessica is an associate at Williams & Connolly in Washington, D.C.
  • Jonathan Shallow (LLM) has joined Dorsey & Whitney in Seattle as an associate in the corporate group. He previously was an associate at Paul Weiss in New York.

2008

  • Yuo-Fong "Benni" Amato (JD) has been named partner in the San Diego office Gordon & Rees. Her primary practice is intellectual property litigation.  
  • Jen and Emani, Ranjan Avery (JD) were married in Chicago on October 18, 2014. Jen is a corporate associate at Kirkland & Ellis. Ranjan is in the office of the general counsel at the Social Security Administration.
  • Emilia Beskind (JD) has accepted a position as assistant capital defender in the North Carolina Office of the Capital Defender in Durham. She was previously a supervising attorney in the New Orleans Public Defender’s Office.
  • Anthony Brichta (JD) is opening a distillery, County Seat Spirits, with the help of a business incubator in Allentown, Pa. He also practices in the litigation group of Buckley Brion McGuire & Morris in West Chester.
  • Libby Magee Coles (JD) has been appointed by the North Carolina House to chair the newly-created N.C. Human Trafficking Commission.  Libby is the founder, executive director and managing attorney of Durham-based JusticeMatters, a non-profit organization that provides legal services to low-income clients.
  • Marisa Darden (JD) has joined the U.S. Attorney's Office as an assistant U.S. attorney in the Criminal Division of the Northern District of Ohio, located in Cleveland. She was previously an ADA in the New York County District Attorney's Office.
  • Joshua Faber (JD) has joined Toshiba Global Commerce Solutions Inc. in Research Triangle Park, N.C., as senior corporate counsel. He previously was an associate at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett.
  • Kate Gibson (JD/LLM) has joined Covington & Burling as an associate in Washington, D.C. Previously, she served as a legal adviser to the Honorable O. Thomas Johnson, Jr. on the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal in The Hague. In that capacity, she worked on complex and sensitive state-to-state cases, including the case decided by the Tribunal in July 2014.
  • Nate Good (JD) has joined the Bozeman, Mt., office of Crowley Fleck, where he is an associate in the commercial department.  He previously practiced in the Denver office of Hogan Lovells.
  • Adam Hill (JD)  and his wife, Lyndsey, welcomed their second son Rex Jefferson, born on April 18, 2014.  He joins older sibling, Jackson.  Adam is an associate at Thompson & Knight in Dallas, where his practice focuses on commercial real estate and banking.
  • Jason Outling (JD), an attorney at Brooks Pierce, has been elected to serve as chairman of the Greensboro (N.C.) Minimum Housing Standards Commission. The commission hears and determines appeals to decisions made by the city’s building inspectors, as well as studies rental rates, the need for reconditioning or condemnation of buildings, and other housing conditions within the city.
  • Serena Rakhlin (JD) has been named vice president, real estate at MacAndrews & Forbes Holdings, Inc., in New York City.
  • Sean Roberts (JD) recently began working at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) as an attorney-advisor in the Office of General Counsel, in the Fisheries and Protected Resources Section.
  • Scott Skinner-Thompson (JD/LLM) has been recognized by the National LGBT Bar Association as one of its "Best LGBT Lawyers Under 40 – Class of 2014."  Scott is acting assistant professor of lawyering at NYU Law.
  • Yong Hong Ting (LLM) has been named Asia Pacific corporate counsel at BDP International, located in Singapore. He previously practiced with Rajah & Tann.
  • Catherine Wang (JD) has joined Banyan Capital as general counsel in Hong Kong. She previously was an associate at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett.
  • Sarah Hawkins Warren (JD) and her husband, Blaise, welcomed their daughter, Elizabeth Carter Warren on March 26, 2014.  Sarah has been promoted to partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Kirkland & Ellis.
  • Jeanette Wingler (JD) has joined the Office of the General Counsel of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. (FINRA) as an assistant general counsel. She previously practiced at Dechert.
  • Patrick Wooten (JD), an associate in Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough's Charleston office, has been elected as president-elect of The South Carolina Bar Young Lawyers Division for the fiscal year beginning July 1.

2009

  • Evan Krick (JD/LLM) has joined the Wilmington, Del. office of Ballard Spahr as a litigation associate. He previously was an attorney at the Defenders Association of Philadelphia, and clerked for the Honorable Christopher J. Burke, U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware.
  • Patrick MacDonald (JD) has joined the San Diego office of Duane Morris where he practices in the area of real estate law.
  • Elissa (Flynn) McClure (JD) and Sean McClure '10 welcomed daughter Laila Corinne, born on Jan. 5, 2014 in San Diego. She joins big sister, Alexa. 
  • Timothy McGinn (JD) and Natalie Bedoya '10 were married on February 15, 2014 in Miami.  They reside in New York City, where Tim is an associate with Willkie Farr & Gallagher.  Natalie is an assistant district attorney in the appeals bureau of the district attorney's office in Manhattan.
  • Kesav Mohan (JD) has been named director of business development of Veniam Works, a tech start-up seeking to provide vehicular networking solutions, headquartered in Silicon Valley, Calif., and Portugal.  
  • Jessica Neiterman (JD) has joined the Securities and Exchange Commission's Office of Administrative Law Judges as a clerk. She was previously a litigation associate at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson.
  • Andrew Prins (JD) and Sarah Ribstein Prins welcomed a daughter named Naomi Livia on March 1, 2014.  
  • Sonja Ralston (JD) was honored by the Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice on Dec. 10, 2014 with the Assistant Attorney General's Award for Outstanding Contributions by a New Employee, given to an attorney who has been with the Department for fewer than five years. The award recognized Sonja's service with the Division's Appellate Section over the last three years, including work on five merits cases in the Supreme Court and 14 oral arguments in the court of appeals.  
  • Michael Vernace (JD) and Laura Bull '10 welcomed a daughter named Annabel Alice Bull-Vernace on Aug. 26, 2014.
  • Eric Wiener (JD) was married to Eleanor Anne Smith on June 28, 2014 in Glenbrook, Nev.  Eric is an associate at Williams & Connolly in Washington, D.C.

2010

  • Natalie Bedoya (JD) and Timothy McGinn '09 were married on February 15, 2014 in Miami.  They reside in New York City, where Natalie is an assistant district attorney in the appeals bureau of the Manhattan district attorney.  Tim is an associate with Willkie Farr & Gallagher.
  • Laura Bull (JD) and Michael Vernace '09 welcomed a daughter named Annabel Alice Bull-Vernace on Aug. 26. 2014.
  • Curtis Griner (JD/LLM) recently joined the mergers & acquisitions and cross-border transactions group of McGuireWoods in Charlotte, N.C., where he previously practiced law as a commercial litigator.
  • Kimberly Gordon (JD) has joined the real estate practice group of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher as an associate in the New York City office. She previously practiced with Paul Hastings.
  • Tania Khosla (LLM) was married to Kabir Taneja on Jan. 18 in New Delhi, India.  They make their home in Bhubaneshwar, Orissa, India.  Several of Tania's classmates attended the wedding.
  • Daniel Mandell (JD/LLM) has co-authored, with Chief Judge Alex Kozinski of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, the article "It's Blonder-Tongue All Over Again," 13 Chi.-Kent J. Intell. Prop. 379 (Spring 2014).  Daniel is an associate in the New York office of Mishcon de Reya.
  • Peter McCary (JD) has been appointed to a one-year term on the Aviation Law standing committee of the Florida Bar. Peter is a senior attorney in the IRS Office of Chief Counsel in Jacksonville.
  • Sean McClure (JD) and Elissa (Flynn) McClure '09 welcomed daughter Laila Corinne on Jan. 5, 2014. She joins big sister, Alexa.  Sean is an associate at Vinson & Elkins in San Diego, where he focuses on commercial lending and financial transactions.
  • Tommy Thekkekandum (JD) and his wife, Sindhura Citineni, welcomed a daughter named Ava on Feb. 17, 2014. The family has returned to the Durham area from New York, and are making and selling a healthy-for-teeth candy made with xylitol instead of sugar.  Tom & Jenny's candy is being sold in local shops.

2011

  • Charles Boudry (LLM) has joined the Geneva office of the law firm Lalive, where he specializes in domestic and international dispute resolution, both litigation and arbitration with a focus on disputes arising out of commercial and investment contracts, asset recovery and insolvency proceedings, as well as civil liability disputes.
  • Brandon Coleman (JD) has been hired as legislative correspondent to Congressman G.K. Butterfield (D-N.C.).  In this role, Brandon drafts responses to constituent letters, manages housing issues, and assists with communications and press outreach.  Before relocating to D.C. from North Carolina last year, Brandon worked as a law clerk at The Banks Law Firm in Durham, where he focused on affordable housing laws.   
  • C. Elizabeth Hall (JD) has joined the Raleigh office of Troutman Sanders as an associate practicing in the area of complex civil litigation, focusing on appellate practice, administrative matters, and environmental disputes. She formerly worked at Williams Mullen.
  • Anastasiz Klimenko (LLM) has joined Rheem Bell & Mermelstein in New York City as an associate.
  • Cassie Lenning (JD) has joined the Washington, D.C. office of Conrad & Scherer where she is an associate practicing international human rights litigation. Prior to joining the firm, Cassie worked for several non-profit organizations.
  • Leslie Mahaffey (JD) has completed two federal judicial clerkships, and has joined the Washington, D.C. firm of Williams & Connolly as an associate.
  • Keith Porcaro (JD) has joined Frontline SMS in Washington, D.C., as legal project director. 
  • Phil Rubin (JD) is now an assistant U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, in Raleigh.
  • John Woodlee (JD) is an associate with the Bedell Firm in Jacksonville, Fla.

2012

  • Lauren Kellis Ackermann (JD) and her husband, Jeffrey, welcomed daughter Madeline Victoria on May 19, 2014.
  • Yana Britan (LLM) has joined Goltsblat, the Russian practice of Berwin Leighton Paisner as a legal trainee. She previously worked at the Russian American Chamber of Commerce in New York.
  • Upasana Garnaik (LLM) has joined the Jindal Global Law School in India as a research associate, working on projects relating to family law.
  • Naama Hasson (LLM) has been named regional manager Australia for the Tamuz Group, a consulting group for foreign companies and organizations operating in Israel.
  • Hiroko Jimbo (LLM) has been named an associate in the Tokyo office of Hishimura & Asahi.
  • Alyssa Kahn (JD) has joined the Austin, Tex. office of Winstead P.C. as an associate in the corporate, securities/mergers & acquisitions practice group. She previously was an associate at Hunton & Williams in Washington D.C. Alyssa was married to David Fiedler on Nov. 15, 2014 in Washington, D.C.
  • Sara Wexler Koblitz (JD) Sara Wexler Koblitz has joined the Washington, D.C. office of Fish and Richardson as an associate in the firm's regulatory group.  She previously was an associate with Sidley & Austin. Sara married Marcus Koblitz on Sept. 8, 2012. .
  • Einat Levy (LLM) has joined the New York City office of Skadden Arps as an associate.  She previously practiced with White & Case in London.
  • Daniel Roberts (LLM) has joined Andrews Kurth in Austin, Tex., as an associate focusing on corporate and securities law.
  • Jorge Luiz de Santa Ritta (JD) is a PhD candidate in public policy at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. His current research focuses on justice systems in constitutional democracies questioning their ability to promote and fully protect human rights, especially the fundamental right of access to justice.
  • Lia Smith (JD) has joined the Silicon Valley office of Latham & Watkins, as an associate in the firm's corporate department.  She previously was an associate in the Palo Alto office of Cooley.  
  • Stephen Strickey (LLM), a lieutenant colonel in the Canadian Armed Forces, was awarded the Leslie Green Award for Scholastic Excellence at the Canadian forces military justice conference in Ottawa in October.  
  • Shiyuan Wang (LLM) has joined the securities and capital markets department at King and Wood Mallesons in Beijing.

2013

  • Timothy Capria (JD) has joined the intellectual property law firm of Waddey Patterson in Nashville, Tenn. His practice focuses on acquiring intellectual property, patent opinion, and enforcing intellectual property rights, primarily in the life sciences.  
  • Ana Denmark (JD) has launched Skandicrush, a subscription box for housewares, particularly clean and simple home goods from Scandinavia, from her San Francisco home.
  • Elisa Greenwood (JD) has joined The Van Winkle Law Firm in Charlotte, N.C., as an associate in the business group. 
  • Donata Marcantonio (JD) married Jeff White on May 17, 2014 in Chapel Hill.  They reside in New York City, where Donata is an associate at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher.
  • Farris Martini (JD) has joined the litigation team in the Greensboro, N.C. office of Smith Moore, after completed his clerkship with the Honorable John R. Jolly, Jr., chief judge of the N.C. Business Court.
  • Theresa Monteleone (JD) joined the Raleigh office of Smith Anderson in November 2014, where her practice focuses on financing transactions and other corporate and commercial matters.  She previously was with Mayer Brown.  
  • Katharina Riedl (LLM) has joined Baker & McKenzie in Vienna, Austria, where her practice focuses on litigation and arbitration.
  • David Roche (JD) married Megan Deakins on Aug. 17, 2014, near Aspen, Co. David is a staff attorney with the Environmental Law Institute, based in Palo Alto, Calif.
  • Steven Scoggan (JD) has joined Ellis & Winters as an associate in the firm's Greensboro, N.C. office.

2014

  • Emily Hagan (JD) has joined Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell as an associate with firm's Delaware corporate counseling group.
  • George Hanks (LLM) has been nominated by President Obama to serve on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas.  He has been a magistrate judge on that court since 2010.
  • James Hardin (LLM), a North Carolina superior court judge, has been selected as the chief trial judge of the United States Army Reserve.
  • Hyatt Howard (JD) was married to Michelle Wolfe on August 9, 2014 in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.  They currently reside in New York City.
  • Zi-Xiang Shen (JD) has joined Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell in Wilimington, Del., as an associate with firm's corporate and business litigation group.
  • Jabir Yusoff (JD) has joined the Minneapolis office of Faegre Baker Daniels as an associate on its benefits and executive compensation team.