People on the Move - February 2023
Duke Law alumni in the news recently for their career moves, honors, and promotions
Chris Beatty ’04, a partner at Sullivan & Cromwell, has relocated to the firm’s Sydney office, with a secondary office in Hong Kong, to support the firm's finance, special situations, and private credit practice in the Asia-Pacific region. Beatty's practice focuses on cross-border corporate finance transactions and restructurings, advising sponsors, corporations, funds, lenders and broker-dealers on original credit and workout transactions globally.
Janine Brown ’86 was named to Atlanta Magazine’s 500 Most Powerful List in the Law category. Brown is the partner in charge of Alston & Bird’s Atlanta office, where her practice focuses on M&A, joint ventures, and strategic alliances.
Alberto Eguiguren Correa LLM ’92 has been elected to the board of directors of Procaps Group, a leading developer of pharmaceutical and nutraceutical solutions, medicines, and hospital supplies. Correa brings more than 20 years’ experience advising global healthcare and pharmaceutical companies in value-creating transactions, international business, strategic planning, and mergers and acquisitions of public and private companies.
Joel Cohen JD/MA '88 has moved to the litigation practice at White & Case from Gibson Dunn, where he was co-chair of its white collar defense and investigations group. A former federal prosecutor, Cohen has been lead or co-lead counsel in 24 civil and criminal trials in federal and state courts, including the high-profile case of Jordan Belfort, detailed in the film "The Wolf of Wall Street."
Kelly Capen Douglas '93 has been named general counsel of Santa Clara University, effective April 24. Since 2019, Douglas has served as president and CEO of Voices for Children, one of the largest Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) programs in the nation. Douglas served as general counsel at the University of San Diego from 2005 to 2019.
Emily Duncan '08 has been named senior vice president, federal affairs, for American Electric Power in Washington, D.C. Duncan moves from her most recent post as vice president, government relations for National Grid. Duncan has extensive legislative and regulatory experience working on energy policy issues. She has also worked at the Solar Energy Industries Association, the national trade association for the solar industry, where she was director of government affairs counsel.
Paul Russell Hardin ’82 was named to Atlanta Magazine’s 500 Most Powerful List in the Nonprofit Organizations category. Hardin is president of the Robert W. Woodruff Foundation, Joseph B. Whitehead Foundation, Lettie Pate Evans Foundation, and Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation, which primarily support organizations in metro Atlanta.
Odetta MacLeish-White JD/LLM ’97 was named to Atlanta Magazine’s 500 Most Powerful List in the Civic Leaders category. MacLeish-White is the director of Georgia Initiatives for the Center for Community Progress. Previously she was managing director for the TransFormation Alliance, a partnership of nonprofits, government agencies, and businesses.
Lorrie Marcil ’85 has joined Steptoe as a partner in its Washington, D.C. office, moving from from Sidley Austin. Marcil has extensive experience representing energy firms in a broad range of administrative and judicial matters involving economic and regulatory issues. Her practice includes complex rate litigation, regulatory counseling and advising clients on related commercial issues. She represents pipeline companies and state commissions before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and advises clients on regulatory issues arising in energy-related transactions.
Catherine Martinez JD/LLM ’12 has joined Crowell & Moring as counsel in its Doha office. She joins Crowell from the Commercial Bank of Qatar, where she was a senior transactional lawyer within the bank’s in-house corporate legal team. Martinez has extensive experience in the capital markets, banking, finance and corporate sectors and advises private and governmental entities, corporate sponsors, and financial institutions on secured and unsecured loans and other forms of finance lending. Martinez has advised international corporations with operations in the Middle East, Turkey and Europe.
Sean McClelland ’17 has joined the Office of the Federal Public Defender for the District of Nevada. He was formerly an associate at McGuireWoods in the firm’s antitrust, trade, and commercial litigation department in Washington. McClelland is based in Reno and a member of the office’s appellate unit; his role also will include district court work.
Philip Romohr ’06 has been elected partner at Smith Anderson. Philip works with the firm’s Banking and Finance team, with a focus on venture finance. He represents banks and other financial institutions on banking and regulatory matters, loans and finance transactions and general commercial/corporate issues. Prior to joining Smith Anderson, Romohr was vice president, associate general counsel, with Pacific Western Bank, and prior to that, he practiced at an international law firm in Boston.
Sterling Spainhour JD/MBA ’94 has been named executive vice president, chief legal officer and chief compliance officer for Southern Company, effective April 1. Spainhour is senior vice president, general counsel, and chief compliance officer for Georgia Power, one of Southern Company’s three electric utilities, and serves on its management council. Previously he served as senior vice president and general counsel of SCS and was a partner at Jones Day focusing on M&A.
Paul Van den Bulck LLM ’93 has been named the first independent chairman of the Belgian Football Association, where he has served as an independent member of the board of directors for two years. Van den Bulck is a partner at AKD Benelux Lawyers in Brussels, Belgium, where he counsels clients on information technology law, data protection, intellectual property law, and media and entertainment law. Prior to that he was a partner at McGuireWoods in Brussels and Paris.
John C. Yates ’81 was named to Atlanta Magazine’s 500 Most Powerful List in the Law category. Yates is a partner at Morris, Manning & Martin, where he launched and continues to lead its technology practice.