People on the Move - March 2023
Duke Law alums in the news recently for career moves, promotions, and honors
Suzy Alford ’03 has joined ECI Group in the newly-created role of chief administrative officer, where she will oversee human resources, risk management, and general legal counsel functions. Alford was most recently vice president and global employment counsel at Equifax. Prior to that she was an associate at Eversheds Sutherland and Jackson Lewis.
Benjamin Baucom ’11 joined Haynes and Boone as a Charlotte-based partner in the firm’s Finance Practice, moving from Moore & Van Allen. Baucom represents banks and other financial institutions in senior syndicated and bilateral lending transactions.
Sam Braverman ’92 has joined Anderson Kill in New York as a shareholder and co-chair of the firm’s government enforcement, internal investigation and white collar defense group. Braverman represents individuals and corporate clients in complex criminal and regulatory matters, focusing his practice on white collar criminal defense. He has conducted more than 100 trials as lead counsel and is a frequent lecturer for CLEs on trial practice around the country.
Anthony Cieri ’99 has joined Dentons as a partner in the firm’s corporate group in Lexington, Kentucky. With 20 years of experience with mergers and acquisitions and corporate law in private practice and in-house roles, Cieri most recently served as assistant general counsel and chief mergers and acquisitions counsel for a global manufacturer in the automotive industry.
Justin Coen ’06 joined Venable as a partner in its Washington-based FDA regulatory group, where his practice focuses on guiding companies through the complexities of drug, biologic, and device development. Coen moves from the Office of the Staff Judge Advocate, U.S. Army Medical Research and Development Command, where he was the primary legal advisor on regulated medical products to the Joint Program Executive Order for Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Defense.
Adam Faiella ’13 was promoted to member of the firm at Newark-based Sills Cummis & Gross, where his real estate practice focuses on zoning and land use, including the preparation of site plan and variance applications, with experience in the development, redevelopment and construction of commercial and residential real estate and complex litigation matters.
James Healy ’09 has been elected as a 2023 member of the Connecticut Bar Foundation’s James W. Cooper Fellows Program, based on outstanding service to the profession and larger community. Healy is a partner at Cowdery, Murphy, Dannehy & Healy in Hartford. He is a member of the Metropolitan District Commission and West Hartford Democratic Town Committee.
Linda Yi Park ’03 has been named to the board of directors of Clyra Medical Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of BioLargo, Inc. Park’s extensive corporate board and executive experience includes her current roles at Edwards Lifesciences as corporate secretary, senior vice president, and associate general counsel and board member of the Edwards Lifesciences Foundation, and prior work with Western Digital Corporation. She is a thought leader on environmental, social, and corporate governance issues.
David Searle ’02 has joined Sunnova as executive vice president, general counsel after holding leadership roles at Tesla including acting head of legal and corporate secretary and deputy general counsel and senior director, compliance. Prior to that Searle served as vice president, chief ethics and compliance officer – international at Walmart, and as chief compliance officer and associate general counsel of Bristow Group.
Bobby Sharma ’98 launched Bluestone Capital I, a $300 million growth equity fund focused on the global sports, media, and entertainment industry, through Bluestone Equity Partners, of which he is founder and managing partner. Sharma’s extensive experience in finance, strategy, management, operations, and law includes roles as global head of basketball and strategic Initiatives at IMG, general counsel of the NBA Development League (now G-League), and vice chairman and CEO of Soccerex.
Kenneth Walsh ’11 has joined Yankwitt as counsel. A litigator with more than a decade of experience, Walsh has practiced law in New York and Illinois, focusing on complex civil litigation with an emphasis on employment and labor disputes. Previously Walsh served as a federal law clerk for two judges in the Eastern District of New York.