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: Joseph F. Gargan, ’52 BA, ‘55 J.D.

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It is with a heavy heart that the law school announces the passing of Joseph Gargan on December 12, 2017 in Lansdowne, Virginia. Gargan was formerly of Hyannis Port, Massachusetts. After graduating from Notre Dame with his law degree, Gargan worked as trial lawyer at Badger, Pratt, Doyle & Badger. Following his years in practice, Gargan spent time working on John Kennedy’s 1960 presidential campaign as well as campaigns for both Ted and Bobby Kennedy. Gargan later returned to private practice and eventually became a founding partner at Gargan, Harrington, Markham & Wall. Gargan retired from practice in 2013. To read more about Gargan’s life see the obituary.

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.

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Classes 1960-1969

Paul H. Titus, ’60 J.D.

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Paul Titus, of Counsel at Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP, received the “Drum Major for Justice Award” on January 15 at the 19th Annual Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Prayer Breakfast, held by the Allegheny County Bar Association. Titus was honored for the “extraordinary community work he has done with the Catholic Diocese in Pittsburgh to ensure that diverse students attending predominately African American Catholic Schools have an opportunity to gain hands on experience in the legal field.” For over 20 years, Titus has led a Mock Trial Program and Constitution and Legal System Training for 8th grade students at Sister Thea Bowman Catholic Academy.

In Memoriam: R. Michael “Mike” Brady, ’59 BS, ’62 J.D.


It is with a heavy heart that the law school announces the passing of Mike Brady, who died peacefully on January 13th, 2018 in Cincinnati, Ohio. After graduating from Notre Dame Law School, Brady spent 37 years at Procter and Gamble in various roles in the Tax Division, including Manager of European Taxes in Brussels, Belgium from 1982 to 1985 and culminating as Tax Director and Tax Counsel. To read more about his accomplishments and arrangement details please view the obituary.

In Memoriam: Cornelius “Neil” Collins, ’62 J.D.

The law school is sad to announce the passing of Neil Collins, who died on December 19, 2017 in Buffalo, New York. To read more please view the obituary.

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.

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Classes 1970-1979

In Memoriam: John K. Vincent, ’76 BBA, ’79 J.D.

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It is with a heavy heart that the law school announces the passing of John Vincent on March 30, 2018 in Sacramento, California. Following his graduation from law school, Vincent clerked for two federal judges and then spent time in private practice. In 1986 he joined the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of California where he worked until his illness. To read more about Vincent’s life view the obituary.

In Memoriam: John Grant Zajas, ’70 J.D.

It is with sadness that the law school announces the passing of John Grant Zajas on January 30, 2018 in Angola, New York. Zajas practiced for many years at Zajas & Zajas in Angola, New York. To read more visit his obituary.

Rosemary Kenyon, ’79 J.D.

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Smith Anderson is pleased to announce that Rosemary Kenyon has been named one of the 2018 North Carolina Super Lawyers. Kenyon practices in the area of employment and labor law counseling and litigation, across a wide variety of industries and companies, both public and private. Kenyon also serves as Chair of the Firm’s Pro Bono Committee.

Nancy Morrison O’Connor, ’76 J.D.

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Nancy O’Connor has been appointed by Catholic University President, John Garvey, as the University’s new general counsel, effective January 1, 2018. O’Connor brings over 41 years of legal experience in the areas of labor and employment, litigation, and research integrity. Prior to her appointment, O’Connor spent 17 years as partner at Bracewell LLP representing clients in the areas of compliance, internal investigations, transactions, and litigation. Please view a press release.

John T. Lynch, ’75 J.D.

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Davis Malm & D’Agostine, P.C. is proud to announce that shareholder John Lynch has been named to the list of 2017 Massachusetts Super Lawyers. Lynch practices in the Business and Trust & Estate areas in Boston.

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Classes 1980-1989

Ralph P. Higgins, Jr., ’77 B.A., ’80 J.D.

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Frantz Ward is delighted to announce that partner Ralph Higgins has been chosen for the 2018 International Advisory Experts Awards as Estate Planning Lawyer of the Year in Ohio. The International Advisory Experts (IAE) is a global alliance of well-established and experienced legal, financial and consulting firms that are committed to providing clients with specialist solutions for their international business requirements. Higgins has over 35 years of experience counseling clients in estate planning, business succession, and transfer tax issues. Higgins also has extensive experience in trust administrations, both as counsel to trustees and as a fiduciary. Higgins has helped administer and finalize a vast number of probate estates over the years.

Terrence R. Brady, ’85 J.D.

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Terrence Brady has been elected President of Underwriters Laboratories, Inc. (UL), the Not-For-Profit operations of UL in Northbrook, Illinois. Brady previously served as UL’s Senior Vice President, Chief Commercial and Legal Officer and Secretary. UL fosters safe living and working conditions for people everywhere through the application of science to solve safety, security and sustainability challenges.

Jeffrey D. Linton, ’88 J.D.

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Jeffrey Linton has been appointed Executive Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary of Quality Systems, Inc., known as NextGen Healthcare. Linton brings extensive healthcare experience and will oversee all legal-related matters of NextGen Healthcare. NextGen Healthcare provides a range of software, services, and analytics solutions to medical and dental group practices. Most recently, Linton served as General Counsel and Secretary of Applied Proteomics, Inc., where he was responsible for all legal, intellectual property, compliance, and human resource activities.

John “Jack” C. Sawyer, ’81 J.D.

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Taylor English Duma LLP is pleased to announce the addition of Jack Sawyer as an Atlanta-based partner in the firm’s Tax Practice Group. Sawyer counsels clients in the areas of wealth planning, asset protection planning, and fiduciary and tax litigation. Sawyer has experience representing landowners and land trusts in planning and implementing bargain sales and conservation easements, and advocating for clients involved in contentious estate or trust-related litigation. He also regularly assists tax-exempt organizations in devising strategies to reduce their unrelated business taxable income and in obtaining New Markets Tax Credits financing for expansion. Frequently recognized by his peers for his excellence in these areas, he is listed among The Best Lawyers in America, Georgia Super Lawyers and Worth Magazine’s Top 100 Attorneys. In addition to his practice at Taylor English, Sawyer serves as pro bono general counsel for the Georgia Planned Giving Council.

Deborah Zonies, ’86 J.D.

Verus LLC announces that Deborah Zonies has joined the company at their Princeton, NJ, headquarters as Vice President of Mass Tort Services and General Counsel. Zonies will focus on providing support services to mass tort law firms, specifically in the areas of medical record review and case management. She began her legal career with a major Wall Street firm and eventually went on to serve as general counsel for a large multi-national company before becoming involved with mass tort work. Verus provides a broad range of litigation support and compliance services to law firms and corporate legal departments.

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Classes 1990-1999

Elaine Zacharakis, ’94 J.D.

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Garfunkel Wild, P.C. in New York is pleased to announce that Elaine Zacharakis has joined the firm as a partner in its Health Care Information and Technology Group. Zacharakis brings a broad-based practice specializing in technology and privacy law, corporate and regulatory health care. She has extensive experience negotiating a variety of health care and technology agreements. She is also the current chair of the American Bar Association’s Health Law Section’s eHealth, Privacy & Security Interest Group and a member of the legal task force at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society. Zacharakis comes to Garfunkel Wild after maintaining her own health, technology and privacy law firm for 14 years. Since 2004, Ms. Zacharakis has been an adjunct professor at the Beazley Institute for Health Law at Loyola Law School and the Center for Information Technology and Privacy Law at the John Marshall Law School.

Michael N. Chesney, ’92 J.D.

Michael Chesney of Frantz Ward in Cleveland has been recognized in the 2018 Edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. Chesney represents management in all aspects of labor and employment law, including representing employers in court, arbitrations, administrative proceedings, and other disputes. He advises companies, both large and small, on human resources issues and litigation prevention, including advice on terminations, compliance with employment laws, workplace investigations and the preparation of policies and employment agreements.

Michael D. Rechtin, Jr., ’92 J.D.

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Seyfarth Shaw LLP recently announced the arrival of partner Michael D. Rechtin, Jr. to the firm’s Real Estate department in Chicago, where he will chair the firm’s Data Center practice group. Rechtin’s practice focuses on data center transactions and leasing, including acquisitions, dispositions, joint ventures, build-to-suit transactions, financings, and development.

Jill Vorobiev, ’96 J.D.

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Reed Smith LLP announces the addition of Jill Vorobiev as a partner in the firm’s Labor & Employment Practice Group in Chicago. Vorobiev was formerly a partner at Shepard Mullin. Vorobiev has extensive and significant experience representing clients with a wide array of employment matters, including trade secret misappropriations, non-compete cases, and with a variety of federal regulations. She has advised companies on issues involving the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the False Claims Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and the National Labor Relations Act, as well as various state and local discrimination and employment laws. She also regularly counsels employers on restrictive covenant agreements, and labor contracts and retiree benefits issues.

Matthew Schechter, ’96 J.D.

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Matthew Schechter was part of the trial team at McManis Faulkner that was honored by the Daily Journal in its “Top Verdicts” supplement. The firm’s victory in the California Supreme Court in Smith v. San Jose was recognized as one of the year’s “Top Five Appellate Reversals.” To read more about the case and its road to the California Supreme Court click here.

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Classes 2000-2009

Elizabeth A. Holden, ’04 J.D.

Elizabeth Holden of Hodgson Russ LLP, in upstate New York, has been recognized in the 2018 Edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business for the area of Real Estate. Holden concentrates her practice on commercial real estate development projects and in real estate aspects of large-scale renewable energy projects.

Timothy Sendek, ’07 J.D.

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Akerman LLP is pleased to announce the continued growth of the Chicago office with the addition of intellectual property partner, Timothy Sendek. Sendek focuses his practice on patent, trademark and copyright disputes in U.S. District Courts, the International Trade Commission (ITC), and at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Patent Trial and Appeal Board. Sendek was a former leader of the Lathrop Gage IP Litigation Team.

Katherine Anand, ’05 J.D.

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The Dallas litigation boutique Estes Thorne & Carr is pleased to announce that Katherine Anand has been selected as a 2018 Texas Rising Star. It is the sixth consecutive year that Anand has been chosen based upon her business litigation work.

Steve Pratico, ’01 J.D.

Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney is pleased to announce that Steve Pratico has joined the firm in its Tampa office. Pratico focuses his commercial litigation practice on business torts, breach of contract matters, disputes between commercial lenders and borrowers, real estate litigation and construction disputes in the banking/lending, construction and technology industries. Pratico previously practiced at Barnett, Bolt, Kirkwood, Long & Koche.

Robert F. Seidler, ’01 J.D.

Robert Seidler has joined the national law firm Jackson Lewis P.C. as a Principal in its Indianapolis office. Seidler advises employers on compliance with state and federal labor regulations and represents management in labor and employment litigation. Seidler conducts workplace training, seminars, and other engagements to assist employers of all sizes in navigating the labor law regulatory environment.

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Classes 2010-Present

Kathleen Freeman, ’15 J.D.

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Donohue Brown Mathewson & Smyth is pleased to announce that Kathleen Freeman has joined the firm as an associate in its Chicago office. Freeman focuses her practice on professional negligence and product liability.

Shaun Michael Kelly, ’13 J.D.

Shaun Michael Kelly has joined Connolly Gallagher as an associate in the Corporate Litigation group in Delaware. Kelly previously worked for the Delaware Department of Justice where he served as a Deputy Attorney General in the Fraud and Consumer Protection Division.

Eirene N. Salvi, ’15 J.D.

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Eirene Salvi of Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard recently established the Chicago Committee of the Japanese American Bar Association. The goal of the Japanese American Bar Association is to provide a special forum for members of the legal profession with interests and ties to the Japanese American community to discuss issues, network, and serve the community. Salvi worked with Takayuki Ono of the Goldberg Kohn law firm to establish this new group. Salvi along with Ono serve as co-chairs of the organization.

Zachary T. Gordon, ’13 J.D.

Howard & Howard is pleased to announce that Zachary Gordon has joined the firm and will practice out of the firm’s Las Vegas office. Gordon’s practice is primarily focused on protecting clients’ brands through trademark clearance, prosecution, and enforcement as well as counseling clients on general business matters.

Megan A. Olmstead, ’13 J.D.

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Stoel Rives LLP is pleased to announce that Megan Olmstead has joined the firm as an associate in the Litigation group in Boise, Idaho. Olmstead adds her federal and state government experience to Stoel Rives’ commercial litigation practice, with a particular focus on matters emerging in the Agribusiness, Energy, and Natural Resource industries. Prior to joining Stoel Rives commercial litigation group, Olmstead worked in federal and state government on matters related to natural resources and the environment, including management of public lands, Native American claims, and energy and mineral development. Olmstead previously served as an associate legal counsel for the Idaho Office of Energy and Mineral Resources and as counsel for the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources in Washington, D.C.

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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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