People on the Move: May 2022
Duke Law alumni in the news recently for their professional moves, promotions, and honors.
Scott Cammarn ’87 has joined Pierce Atwood’s Portland, Maine, office. He leaves Cadwalader after 11 years with the firm, where he was its lead bank regulatory attorney. Cammarn first clerked with Pierce Atwood in summer 1986. He serves on the advisory board of the Duke Law Global Financial Markets Center.
Christina Brown JD/LLM ’12 has rejoined Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher as of counsel in its New York office, where she will serve as a member of its business restructuring and reorganization practice group. Prior to rejoining Gibson Dunn, Brown was a member of the financial restructuring group at Akin Gump.
William Dolan ’10 joined the new boutique antitrust law firm Rule Garza Howley from the antitrust group of Debevoise & Plimpton.
Christine Durham ’71 has joined Wilson Sonsini’s Salt Lake City office as senior of counsel. Durham was the first woman to serve as a Utah district judge and in 1982 became the first woman appointed to the Utah Supreme Court. In 2002 she became the court’s first woman chief justice and served in that role until 2012. Durham retired from the bench in 2017 to practice at Zimmerman Booher.
Burr Eckstut JD/MA ’08, an expert in fintech, has joined White & Case’s technology transactions practice as a partner in New York. He moved over from Covington & Burling.
Taren Greenidge ’10 was named partner in January at national labor and employment law firm Constangy. Greenidge is based in Rochester, N.Y.
Christy Kiely ’02 joined Seyfarth’s labor and employment department and people analytics practice group in Washington, D.C. as a partner. She moved to the firm from Hunton Andrews Kurth in Richmond, Va.
Aaron Lang ’06 has left Cadwalader to join Brown Rudnick’s crisis management litigation team as partner. Lang will be based in New York.
Austin Maloney ’14 was promoted to partner at Hunton Andrews Kurth. Maloney advises clients in connection with domestic and cross-border acquisitions and dispositions, including representation of private equity funds and institutional clients.
Kenneth Murphy ’89 has joined Philadelphia boutique litigation firm Tucker Law Group after 15 years with Faegre Drinker, where he was partner and chair of its products liability and mass tort practice group. Prior to that, Murphy was also a partner at Saul Ewing, and Miller, Alfano and Raspanti.
Heather R. Olson ’03 has joined the Tucker Law Group in Philadelphia. Her practice focuses on complex commercial and products liability litigation. Most recently she worked at Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott in its commercial litigation and products liability groups.
Adam Rogers ’03 was named managing partner of McDermott Will & Emery’s Miami office. Previously he was a partner in Miami at Jones Day and DLA Piper. He represents private equity funds, strategic investors, entrepreneurs, and others in mergers and acquisitions and other complex corporate transactions in the health care industry.
Corey Sheahan ’12 has rejoined cannabis company Acreage Holdings after spending 18 months as chief legal officer at rival Ascend. Sheahan was an associate in Foley & Lardner's transactions and securities business practice for nearly six years before leaving in 2018 to join Acreage. He was the company's deputy general counsel when he moved to Ascend in 2020.
Zakarij Thomas ’01 has joined Pittsburgh commercial real estate law firm Sitko Bruno as partner. He was formerly with Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney.
Haley Warden-Rodgers ’13 has joined the Pittsburgh office of Fox Rothschild as a partner in its litigation department. She formerly served in the appellate division of the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Western District of Pennsylvania.
Business and Non-Profits
Donna Cochener JD/LLM ’99 has joined biopharmaceutical company Neoleukin Therapeutics as general counsel, senior vice president legal. Cochener was formerly senior vice president, deputy general counsel at HomeStreet, Inc., the parent company of HomeStreet Bank. Prior to that, she was a partner at Davis Wright Tremaine in Seattle.
Stephen Erickson ’95 has joined Austin-based PeoplesRx as president and CEO, the first non-family member to run the pharmacy, health, and wellness chain since it was founded in 1980. Erickson most recently served as chief administrative officer and general counsel for Logix Fiber Networks.
Arturo Le Blanc LLM ’06 was named CEO of Transelec, the leading power transmission company in Chile. He has served with the company for ten years and moves into the top position from head of legal and regulatory affairs.
Licha Nyiendo '00 has joined Human Rights First as the organization's first chief legal officer. Nyiendo most recently served as commissioner for the New York State Division of Human Rights. She also has served as assistant U.S. Attorney in the Eastern District of New York, holding leadership positions in its narcotics and civil rights unit.
Natalie Prescott ’06 has joined Fulgent Genetics, a California-based genetic testing company, as vice president of legal and deputy general counsel. She was formerly at Mintz.
James Pelletier JD/LLM ’03 joined Masonite International, a leading global designer, manufacturer, marketer and distributor of interior and exterior doors, as senior vice president, general counsel, and corporate secretary. Previously he was senior vice president, general counsel and secretary at Barnes Group.
Donald Tunnage ’92 was sworn in on Feb. 25 as an associate judge on the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. Prior to his appointment, Tunnage served as a trial attorney in the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division since 2000. Before that, Tunnage was an assistant state public defender in Miami.
Honors and Awards
Michael Angelini ’68 was named to the Worcester Business Journal’s 2022 “Power 50” list for his longtime leadership of Bowditch & Dewey, the largest law firm in Central Massachusetts, and deep involvement in the region’s civic and business communities.
Carol Brown JD/LLM '95 has been appointed as an independent director to the board of SL Green Realty Corp., Manhattan’s largest office landlord. Brown is a real estate law professor at the University of Richmond School of Law.
Rachael Grad ’03 is one of seven graduating students to have their artwork on display during Ontario College of Art & Design’s annual graduate exhibition in Toronto. Grad left law practice in 2008 to study painting full time. She lives and works in Toronto. Her art can be seen at rachaelgrad.com.
Justin Klimko ’80, president and CEO of Butzel, has been named to Michigan Lawyers Weekly’s Hall of Fame Class of 2022. One of Michigan’s leading corporate and M&A lawyers, he has garnered numerous accolades including, in 2021, the Association for Corporate Growth Detroit Lifetime Achievement Award. Among other leadership positions, he co-chairs the State Bar of Michigan Business Law Section’s Corporate Laws Committee, responsible for development of Michigan’s corporate statute.
Kyung Shik Lee ’84 was named to Law360's 2022 Bankruptcy Editorial Advisory Board. Lee represents parties in corporate bankruptcy cases at Parkins Lee & Rubio in Houston.
Matthew Leerberg ’06 was named a 2022 Leader in the Law by North Carolina Lawyers Weekly. Leerberg co-chairs the appellate practice of Fox Rothschild in Raleigh and helped lead the 2018 merger of his previous firm, Smith Moore Leatherwood with Fox. He serves as vice chair of the North Carolina Bar Association's Appellate Rules Committee.
Lance Oliver ’04 received Benchmark Litigation’s Plaintiff Litigator of the Year and its Impact Case award for his role as trial counsel for shareholders in an $809.5 million settlement with Twitter. Oliver is a securities attorney with Motley Rice, which was named Plaintiff Firm of the Year. AmLaw Litigation Daily also featured Oliver in its "Litigators of the Week column" the week the settlement was announced.
Patrick Roberts ’00 has been inducted into the Raleigh Chapter of Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO). Roberts is the founder of Roberts Law Group, a criminal defense firm with law offices in Raleigh, Charlotte, Greensboro, and Wilmington.
Guy Rotkopf LLM '98 has been named chairperson of the ethics and integrity committee for Cellebrite, a provider of digital intelligence solutions. Rotkopf is director general of the Israel Insurance Association and of the Association of Life Insurance Companies of Israel. He was formerly director general of the Israel Ministry of Justice.
Robert Sink '65 has been named the 2022 recipient of the North Carolina Bar Association’s H. Brent McKnight Renaissance Lawyer Award. Sink is a real estate and construction attorney at Robinson Bradshaw in Charlotte. He will be honored at the organization's annual meeting in June.
Adam Smith ’03 has been named a member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum for securing at least one verdict or settlement at that level. Smith represents victims of serious personal injuries at the North Carolina law firm Riddle & Brantley.