Classes 1940-1949

In Memoriam: Lawrence E. Carr, Jr., ’48, ’49 J.D.


It is with a heavy heart that the Law School announces the passing of Lawrence Carr, Jr. on November 21, 2015 in Alexandria, Virginia. Carr practiced law in Washington, DC for more than 60 years, most recently as senior partner with Carr Maloney, PC. Devoted to Notre Dame, Carr served on the Advisory Council for Notre Dame Law School for 24 years, from 1984 to 2008. Carr sent four of his five children to Notre Dame. Please view a tribute to Carr’s life in the online obituary.

Leading Scholar of International Art Law, John H. Merryman, ’44 M.S, ’47 J.D. Passes Away

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John Merryman was a world renowned expert in art law, cultural property law, and comparative law. John studied and taught in these areas at Stanford Law School for sixty-two years. John passed away on August 5, 2015 at the age of 95. Stanford Law School posted an article which is a beautiful tribute to this Notre Dame double domer who lived an extraordinary life.

Mike Stepovich, '43 J.D.

Mike Stepovich, Who Led Alaska to Statehood, Dies at 94

Mr. Stepovich was the last presidentially appointed governor of the Territory of Alaska and also helped lobby Congress for statehood.

Alexis “Alex” Thomas Cholis, ’41 BA, ’42 J.D.

Alexis Cholis is retiring after more than 70 years after admission to the Indiana bar. According to the Indiana Roil of Attorneys, Cholis has been an active lawyer six years longer than anyone in Indiana has. Cholis is an Estate and Tax attorney at Cholis & Cholis in South Bend, Indiana.

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Classes 1950-1959

In Memoriam: Charles Walter Roemer, ’53 BA, ’58 J.D.

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The law school sadly announces the passing of Charles “Chuck” Roemer who died on August 14, 2017 in South Bend. Upon graduation from Notre Dame Law School, Chuck practiced with his brother Tom and later his brother Jim before he partnered with Dick Mintz to form Roemer & Mintz in 1977. Chuck focused his practice on estate planning. In 2001 Roemer & Mintz merged with Barnes and Thornburg and Chuck retired as a partner in 2004. Please view a beautiful tribute to the life of Chuck Roemer and his many contributions to the South Bend community.

In Memoriam: Tobias “Toby” Barry, ’52 J.D.

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It is with sadness that the law school announces the passing of Justice Toby Barry, who passed away peacefully at the age of 92. After beginning his career practicing law, Barry was elected to the State of Illinois House of Representatives in 1960, filling the seat previously held by his father, Tobias Barry Sr., following his untimely death. Toby continued to serve as a state representative for 14 years. In 1974 he was elected to the Third District Appellate Court, becoming Justice Barry. He was retained by the voters in 1984 and continued to serve on that court for 20 years, until his retirement in 1994. He was subsequently reappointed by special order of the Illinois Supreme Court to serve again on the Third District Appellate Court from 2002 to 2004. He was also appointed by special order of the Illinois Supreme Court to serve on its Worker’s Compensation Division for many years. Please see a tribute to Barry’s life in the online obituary.

In Memoriam: Francis X. Beytagh, ’56 BA

Francis “Frank” Beytagh passed away on February 21, 2016 in Dublin, Ohio at the age of 80. Upon graduation from Notre Dame, Beytagh went on to receive his juris doctor from University of Michigan. Beytagh served as Senior Law Clerk for Chief Justice Earl Warren, and later, as an Assistant Solicitor General where he argued well over a dozen cases in the United States Supreme Court. Throughout much of his career, Beytagh served as an educator and scholar in the area of Constitutional law, teaching at a number of institutions including Notre Dame Law School. For more on Frank Beytagh’s many accomplishments see a beautiful tribute to his life.

In Memoriam: Jerome A. Frazel, Jr., ’50 J.D.


It is with a heavy heart that the Law School announces the passing of Jerome Frazel on February 6th in Beverly, Illinois at the age of 89. After receiving his law degree Frazel joined 13 other attorneys at Hinshaw and Culbertson in Chicago in 1959. Frazel became a senior partner at Hinshaw and helped the firm grow into the national firm of over 500 attorneys that it is today. In 1976 the Notre Dame Club of Chicago honored Frazel with its Man of the Year Award. To read more about Frazel’s accomplishments in both his professional and personal life, please view a tribute in the Beverly Review.

Donald W. Ward, ’54 J.D. Receives the 2015 Legendary Lawyer Award


Donald Ward, partner at Ward & Ward in Indianapolis was named the 2015 Legendary Lawyer by the Indiana Bar Foundation. The annual Legendary Lawyer Award recognizes an attorney who demonstrates adherence to the highest principles and traditions of the legal profession throughout a career of 50 years or more. Ward has practiced for 60 years and currently practices with his son at Ward & Ward. Attorney Richard Eynon commented that, “Perhaps no other individual attorney has had a greater impact over the past 50 years in maintaining the integrity of the Appellate and Supreme courts, while putting aside self-interest for the best interests of Hoosiers’ justice, than Don.” Ward was humbled and honored by the award stating, “It is hard for me to believe that I can receive an award for doing the thing I have enjoyed doing for the past 60 years – going to the office and practicing law.” Read more.

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Classes 1960-1969

In Memoriam: Gerald G. Vairo, ’62 BA, ’64 J.D.

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It is with great sadness that the law school announces the passing of Gerald Vairo of Lake Linden, Michigan on September 8, 2017. In 1965 Gerry began his law career with the law firm of Messner & Labine in Houghton, Michigan. Later he became the senior member and partner of the law firm of Vairo, Mechlin, Tomasi, Johnson and Manchester for 50 years with offices in Houghton and Calumet. Please view a beautiful tribute to Gerry’s life and his many contributions to his community.

In Memoriam: Robert S. Krause, ’66 J.D.

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It is with great sadness that the law school announces the passing of Robert “Bob” Krause, of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, who passed away on July 13, 2017. Krause had a long and successful career at Dickenson Wright in Detroit. Krause served on the Board of Directors for the Notre Dame Law School Association from 1994 – 1999 and later served on the board as an executive advisory member from 1999 through 2014. To read more about Krause’s many accomplishments see a beautiful tribute to his life.

Thomas Curtin, '68 J.D. Awarded Prestigious Daniel J. O'Hern Award


Tom Curtin, founding member of Graham Curtin, in Morristown, New Jersey received the prestigious Daniel J. O’Hern Award from the New Jersey Commission on Professionalism in Law. Tom was honored “for his lifetime achievements and commitment to the highest ideals of the profession” at the annual awards ceremony. Read more about his many contributions to the legal profession.

The NDLS Community Remembers Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Patrick Crooks, ’63 J.D.


Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice N. Patrick Crooks, ’63 J.D., passed away on Monday, Sept. 21, 2015. He was 77 years old. Justice Crooks served in the Wisconsin judiciary for 39 years, first on the trial court and then on the Wisconsin Supreme Court, to which he was elected in 1996 and re-elected in 2006. Only a week before his death, he announced that he planned to retire on July 31, 2016.

In Memoriam: John H. Leahy, ’59 BA, ’64 J.D.

Double domer, John Leahy passed away on August 19, 2015 after losing a fast-paced battle with cancer. While at Notre Dame, John was the senior football manager and lived in the football stadium during his law school years, locking it up and taking care of the legendary mascot Clashmore Mike. John served in the United States Navy as a commissioned officer and later as a reserve, retiring as a Captain after 30 years. Later he practiced law in both Chicago and California. John then served as a judge in the Superior State Court of California for thirty years. Please view a beautiful tribute to John’s life here.

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Classes 1970-1979

Catherine M. Karol, ’78 J.D.

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Butzel Long is pleased to announce that Catherine Karol has joined the firm as Counsel in its Detroit office. Karol concentrates her practice in transactional negotiations, regulatory compliance, mergers and acquisitions, and divestitures. Karol recently retired from a 38-year career on the General Motors (GM) Legal Staff, where she advised all levels of management on a wide range of global legal and business issues. Working with internal leadership, peers, subordinates, outside counsel, and other advisers, Karol developed and implemented strategies for issue resolution and business planning with automotive suppliers, regulators, other OEMs and adversaries. While at GM, she was part of a seasoned executive team that negotiated complex multi-million dollar global transactions and relationships.

Scott C. Sullivan, ’76 B.B.A, “79 J.D.

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Scott Sullivan has been named to the 24th Edition of The Best Lawyers in America©, the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession. For the fourth straight year, Sullivan was selected by his peers in the field of commercial litigation. Sullivan is a partner with WilliamsMcCarthy LLP and concentrates his practice in business law and commercial litigation. His client base ranges from small family-held businesses to Fortune 100 companies. He has litigated business disputes at all court levels, including state, federal and appellate. He has consistently been recognized as a top commercial litigator by his peers.

James R. Mall, ’74 BBA, ’78 JD/MBA

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James Mall, a partner at Meyer, Unkovic & Scott, has been selected by Super Lawyers to their 2017 list of top Pennsylvania attorneys. Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business rating service, evaluates outstanding lawyers across the nation using statewide surveys, independent research evaluations and peer reviews in more than 70 practice areas. The list features less than five percent of the lawyers in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania each year.

Martin J. Hagan, ’73 BA, ’76 J.D.

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Martin Hagan, a partner at Meyer, Unkovic & Scott, has been selected by Super Lawyers to their 2017 list of top Pennsylvania attorneys. Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business rating service, evaluates outstanding lawyers across the nation using statewide surveys, independent research evaluations and peer reviews in more than 70 practice areas. The list features less than five percent of the lawyers in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania each year.

Patrick A. Salvi, ’78 J.D.

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Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard, P.C. is pleased to announce Chairman and Managing Equity Partner Patrick A. Salvi has been selected to The 2017 Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America, the most elite guide in the legal profession. Each year, Lawdragon selects their list of 500 Leading Lawyers in America through a meticulous process that includes editorial research by Lawdragon staff, submissions from law firms, and an online nomination form that allows visitors to recommend and comment on their favorite attorneys. Salvi is routinely recognized as one of the most prominent attorneys in the country. He concentrates his legal practice in cases concerning serious personal injury, medical malpractice and wrongful death. Salvi has achieved record breaking jury verdicts and settlements on behalf of his clients. Under his leadership, Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard, P.C. has obtained more than 230 multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements totaling more than $1 billion on behalf of injury clients.

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Classes 1980-1989

Ann Andrews, ’89 J.D.

Ogletree Deakins is pleased to announce that Ann Andrews has joined the firm as a shareholder in the firm’s Phoenix office. Andrews has an extensive background in ERISA litigation, as well as other matters. She focuses the majority of her practice on first-party and third-party insurance coverage and bad faith litigation, and has expansive experience in life, health, and disability insurance. She joins Ogletree Deakins from Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie, also in Phoenix.

James F. Slattery, Jr., ’81 B.B.A, ’84 J.D.

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James Slattery delivered the keynote address at the 2017 General Counsel Summit in Sydney, Australia this past May. The topic was “International Piracy of Online Video Content in the Digital Age.” Slattery is currently a media legal and business affairs consultant in Rye, New York and is also an adjunct professor at Pace University in New York.

John C. McCarron, ’87 J.D.


Downey Brand LLP is pleased to announce that attorney John McCarron has been named a 2017 Top Lawyer by Sacramento Magazine. The list of Top Lawyers was compiled from votes from licensed attorneys throughout the region recommending colleagues in more than 50 legal disciplines. The nominees were carefully evaluated on the basis of the survey results, legitimacy of their license, and State Bar standing. Attorneys who received the highest number of votes in each discipline received a Top Lawyer designation and will be featured in the August issue of Sacramento Magazine.

Thomas S. O’Neill, ’89 J.D.

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Thomas S. O’Neill has been promoted to senior vice president and general counsel of Exelon. O’Neill was formerly senior vice president, Energy and Regulatory Policy and general counsel at Exelon utility ComEd. While at ComEd, O’Neill played a key role in the development and passage of two major pieces of Illinois legislation, the Energy Infrastructure Modernization Act of 2011 and the Future Energy Jobs Bill, passed in 2016. In his new role, O’Neill will serve as the top legal advisor to Exelon’s senior management and oversee the company’s legal and corporate governance departments.

Todd A. Leeson, ’89 J.D.

Gentry Locke is pleased to announce that attorney Todd Leeson has been named to Virginia Business magazine’s 2016 Legal Elite list in the area of Labor and Employment Law.

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Classes 1990-1999

Edward J. Heath, ’99 J.D.


Edward Heath was one of three lawyers at Robinson+Cole who was presented with Robinson+Cole Mentor of the Year Award that recognizes and honors lawyers throughout the firm for their outstanding guidance, support, and encouragement of fellow lawyers in their pursuit of professional growth.

Frank T. Pimentel, ’87 BA, ’94 J.D.

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions recently appointed Frank T. Pimentel as an Immigration Judge in the Port Isabel Immigration Court in Texas. Prior to this appointment, Pimentel served from 2012 to 2017 as an assistant U.S. attorney at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of New York in Buffalo. Also from 2009 to 2012, he served as an assistant U.S. attorney at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Texas, in Laredo, Texas.

Edward J. Heath, ’99 J.D.


The Connecticut Bar Foundation (CBF) has appointed Edward J. Heath to its Board of Directors. Heath is chair of Robinson & Cole’s Business Litigation Group and leads its Government Investigations and Corporate Compliance Team. In addition to serving on the board, Heath is a Fellow of the CBF’s James W. Cooper Fellows Program. The Connecticut Bar Foundation works in partnership with judges, attorneys, and law schools to promote understanding and improvement of the law, legal institutions, and the legal profession. The CBF administers programs that benefit legal services agencies to provide access to justice for all people in Connecticut.

James Joseph Rossi, ’88 BA, ’95 J.D.

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The Michigan Supreme Court appointed Judge Joseph J. Rossi to the business court in the 17th Circuit Court in Kent County. The court hears complicated business law cases, including business claims on partnerships and terminations, anti-trust franchising and trade regulation claims and corporate receiverships.

Michael N. Chesney, ’92 J.D.


Frantz Ward is proud to announce that partner, Michael N. Chesney, has joined the Board of Directors of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland. Mike will also serve on the board’s HR Committee. “We are blessed to have someone with Mike’s talent and compassion on our Board of Directors,” said BGCC President and CEO Ron Soeder. “He has already been extremely helpful to the organization. We are pleased that Mike is so committed to helping our kids have great futures.”

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Classes 2000-2009

Manish S. Antani, ’09 J.D.

Blank Rome LLP is pleased to announce that Manish Antani has joined the Firm as an associate in the Corporate, M&A and Securities group in its Los Angeles office. Antani joins from Eisner Jaffe PC. He concentrates his international practice on mergers and acquisitions, private equity, joint ventures, and licensing and distribution agreements, with a strong emphasis in technology and apparel. He also has significant venture capital experience, including drafting and negotiating governing documents for target companies and investors. His joint venture experience includes drafting and negotiating JV agreements in a variety of industries in connection with domestic and international deals.

Stacey Mosesso McConnell, ’96 BA, ’00 J.D.

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Stacey McConnell has recently founded the Chicago and Silicon Valley based Adept Legal Talent Group— a boutique freelance network of high-achieving lawyers and paralegals committed to serving sophisticated legal needs. The A.L.T. Group works with law firms, in-house legal departments and directly with businesses to provide project-based legal counsel in all practice areas.

Stone Grissom, ’00 J.D., References NDLS in his first Novel, “A Cry for Justice”


Stone Grissom’s first novel titled “A Cry for Justice” was recently published and is available on Amazon. In this legal thriller, Grissom makes several references to Notre Dame Law School and states it is “my small homage to my cherished time as a Domer”. Grissom is an Edward R. Murrow winning journalist and the prime time news anchor at News 12 on Long Island. In addition to his many awards as a journalist, Grissom has utilized his background in civil rights and experience as a criminal defense attorney in his work as a legal analyst on local and national stations covering national and international stories including the Sandy Hook shooting and the civil trial of Michael Jackson. Grissom was also awarded the Louis A. Powell Medal for Excellence in Trial Advocacy by the American College of Trial Lawyers.

Andrew C. Baum, ’99 BA, ’02 J.D., Appointed District Court Judge in Denver

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Andrew Baum has been appointed by Governor John Hickenlooper to serve as District Court Judge in the 18th Judicial District in south suburban Denver. Baum currently serves as a Magistrate in the 18th Judicial District, a position he has held since 2016. Baum presides over a domestic relations docket. Before becoming a judicial officer, he served in the Denver District Attorney’s Office for eight years, most recently in the Economic Crime Unit. Prior to joining the Denver District Attorney’s Office, Baum served in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps for four years. Baum also serves as one of the officers of the Colorado Notre Dame Lawyers Committee.

Chris L. McLemore, ’07 J.D., Shortlisted as Lawyer of the Year – Partner by Citywealth Magazine


Chris McLemore, an attorney at Butler Snow in London, has been shortlisted as “Lawyer of the Year” – Partner in the third annual Future Leaders Awards by Citywealth magazine, one of the leading business publications in the United Kingdom. The Future Leaders Awards originated in 2015 in order to champion professionals under 40 in all facets of the private wealth industry – investment management, law, trust and private banking sector in the U.K. The contest’s philosophy is to recognize and support future leaders who are outstanding at their work and also make a meaningful contribution to society. McLemore advises clients on domestic and international tax planning for individuals, trusts and estates. His practice areas include wealth transfer planning, tax and estates and trusts.

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Classes 2010-Present

Charles C. Davis, III, ’17 J.D.

Burr & Forman LLP is pleased to announce that Charles Davis, III has been hired as an associate in the firm’s Tampa office. Davis joins the firm’s Financial Services Practice Group.

Catherine Dines, ’15 J.D.

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Berardi Immigration Law is pleased to announce that Catherine Dines has joined the firm as an Associate Attorney. Dines has a wide range of experience in cross-border corporate relations and has earned a reputation as a proven attorney with a successful track record representing large corporations, partnerships and individual entrepreneurs.

Reed W. Burritt, ’14 J.D., Joins Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Aziz in Houston

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The law firm of Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Aziz is proud to welcome Reed Burritt to the firm as an associate. Burritt focuses his practice on personal injury, medical malpractice, product liability, motor vehicle accidents, workplace injury, wrongful death, and insurance bad faith matters. Prior to joining Abraham Watkins, Burritt was defense counsel for numerous large corporations, including insurance companies. Burritt is very active in the Houston legal community.

Brian Ellixson, ’14 J.D.

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Brian Ellixson has joined national labor and employment firm, Fisher Phillips, as an associate in its Philadelphia office. As an employment and trade secrets litigator, Ellixson will focus on trade secrets, restrictive covenants, non-disclosure agreements, unfair competition and employee raiding within his practice. In addition to working with the Employee Defection and Trades Secrets and Litigation practice groups, he will also work with the Data Security and Workplace Privacy practice group on issues related to federal and state data protection laws, and security breach response, social media and electronic communication policies.

Lindsey Brazys Pianowski, ’10 J.D.


Lindsey Brazys Pianowski has been promoted to Partner of Sanders Pianowski LLP. Pianowski is admitted to practice before the courts of the states of Indiana, Illinois and Michigan and before the U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana and the Western District of Michigan. Pianowski is a Registered Patent Attorney with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Her practice is concentrated in Estate Planning, Estate Administration, Elder Law, Business Planning, and Mergers and Acquisitions

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Roundtable Gives Leading Scholars Opportunity to Discuss “The Constitution and Unwritten Law” at NDLS

Constitutional Structure

This year’s theme gave participants the opportunity to explore the many ways in which the law is shaped by forces outside the Constitution’s text.

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