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In Memoriam: John George Coutilish, '87 J.D.

It is with great sadness that the Law School announces the sudden passing of John Coutilish on July 20, 2016 in Rochester Hills, Michigan. John maintained a private law practice in Oakland County. Please view the obituary for more about John’s life.

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Thomas Olohan, ’01 J.D. Receives Highest Honor from FBI

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FBI Supervisory Special Agent, Thomas Olohan, received the FBI’s highest honor of the Director’s Award for Excellence in 2015 due to his work in a sensitive human source operation run jointly with the Department of Defense. Additionally, Olohan was honored with an Anti-Defamation League 2015 SHIELD Award for his role in an investigation that resulted in the incarceration of a US-based individual. The SHIELD Award recognizes major success in the fight against hate crimes, terrorism, and the protection of civil rights.

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The Honorable Nora Barry Fischer, ’76 J.D.

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The Honorable Nora Barry Fischer, District Court Judge for the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania was chosen by the Mediation Council of Western Pennsylvania (MCWP) as the recipient of its 2015 Conflict Resolution Day Award. Judge Fischer was formally recognized with the award on November 18, 2015 during the MCWP’s annual Conflict Resolution Day event. The MCWP selected Judge Fischer for this award due to her dedication to training and mentoring lawyers throughout their legal careers and for serving as a helpful, positive role model to both male and female lawyers, her family and the Pittsburgh community.

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

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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.

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Brian E. O’Donnell, ’89 J.D.

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Morristown-based law firm Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti LLP is pleased to announce that partner Brian O’Donnell, co-chair of the Firm’s Insurance and Reinsurance Group, has been named a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America, an invitation-only trial lawyer honorary society. Fellows are selected and invited into the Litigation Counsel after being evaluated for effectiveness and accomplishment in litigation and trial work, along with ethical reputation.

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Corben A. Lee, ’15 J.D.

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Gutwein Law, in Lafayette, Indiana is pleased to announce that Corben Lee has joined the firm in the practice area of business law.





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Nicole C. Ruggirello, ’08 BA, ’11 J.D.

Plunkett Cooney is pleased to announce that Nicole Ruggirello has joined the firm in its Bloomfield Hills, Michigan office. Ruggirello will practice in the Insurance Law Group where she will represent property and casualty insurance providers in coverage litigation that involves such complex issues as environmental contamination, construction defects, and products liability. Formerly, Ruggirello clerked in the Michigan Court of Appeals for Judge Michael Riordan.

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Patrick Folley, ’15 J.D.

Heyl Royster is pleased to announce that Patrick Folley has joined the firm as an associate in its Urbana, Illinois office. While at NDLS, Folley was a member of the Saint Thomas Moore Society, the Military Law Student’s Association, and the Intellectual Property Law Society.

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Lance A. Lawson, ’96 J.D.

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McNair Law Firm is pleased to announce the addition of shareholder Lance Lawson to the firm’s Charlotte, North Carolina office. Lawson is a seasoned intellectual property (IP) litigator whose practice focuses on patent, trademark, trade secrets, and copyright litigation, as well as commercial disputes involving technology. Lawson joins McNair from North Carolina IP firm Myers Bigel. Read more

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Adam L. Bartrom, ’07 J.D.

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Barnes & Thornburg LLP is pleased to announce that Adam Bartrom has been elected a partner in the firm’s Fort Wayne, Indiana office, effective January 1, 2016.

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Tom Ajamie, ’85 J.D.

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Tom Ajamie, founder of Ajamie LLP, was recently included in the National Law Journal list of the Top 50 Litigation Trailblazers & Pioneers. Ajamie continues to focus his practice on “representing the underdog against abusers of power” and his accomplishments include the largest securities arbitration win in history. Ajamie has offices in both Houston and New York.

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

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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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Thomas Ahearne, ’81 Finds Meaning in a Fight for Education Funding in the State of Washington

Thomas Ahearne, a graduate of Notre Dame and University of Chicago Law School, had risen at a powerful Seattle firm by working for business clients who took on insurance companies, often winning millions of dollars. Ahearne, upon the suggestion of a colleague, decided to put his litigation skills to work in fighting the state of Washington over education funding. Read more in the Boston Globe.

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Damarius Miller, ’13 J.D.

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Winstead PC is pleased to announce that Damarius “Mauri” Miller has joined its firm in the Dallas office. Miller represents public and private companies in areas of corporate and securities law, including corporate formation and structure, general corporate matters and other related transactions. He is an entrepreneur and business owner with an e-commerce startup in the beauty and fashion industry. At Notre Dame Law School, Mauri was active in local and regional levels of the Black Law Students Association and served as president of the Sports, Communications, and Entertainment Law Forum. He previously worked as an associate in the Indianapolis office of Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.

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Peter J. Kosydar, III, ’12 J.D.

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Peter Kosydar has joined the firm of Bell Nunnally & Martin, LLP in Dallas. Kosydar joins the firm’s Corporate and Securities, Mergers and Acquisitions and Tax practice areas. Kosydar previously worked at Kreis, Enderle, Hudgins & Borsos, P.C. in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

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Frederic X. (Fritz) Shadley, ’78 EG, ’81 J.D.

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Ulmer & Berne is pleased to announce that partner, Fritz Shadley, has been recognized in the 2016 Benchmark Litigation as one of the “State Litigation Stars” in the practice area of Construction Law.

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Adam Bartrom, ’07 J.D.

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Adam Bartrom, an associate with Barnes & Thornburg LLP, was recently recognized as a Super Lawyers Indiana Rising Star 2015 and named in the Greater Fort Wayne: 20 Millennials Making a Difference in 2015 list. Bartrom has been named a Rising Star for the fourth consecutive year. The Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly recently named Bartrom to its 20 Millennials Making a Difference list. Twenty millennials in Northeast Indiana were chosen for making significant contributions at work, at play and in their communities.

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Alexander X. Shadley, ’10 BA, ’14 J.D.

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Segal McCambridge Singer and Mahoney, Ltd. is pleased to welcome Alex Shadley as an associate in its Chicago office. Shadley will focus his practice on the litigation of toxic tort and complex commercial litigation matters. During his time as an undergraduate, he was a member of Phi Alpha Theta History Honors Society and participated in a study abroad program in Athens, Greece. Between college and law school, he worked as a teacher and coach for AmeriCorps. While in law school, he participated in Intensive Trial Advocacy and Deposition Skills seminars and was a representative for Themis Bar Review.

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James M. Lewis, ’91 J.D.

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James “Jay” Lewis a partner at Tuesley, Hall, Konopa, LLP, received the honor of being named the Best Lawyers’ 2016 Corporate Law “Lawyer of the Year” in South Bend, a recognition given to only a single lawyer in each category. Lewis is licensed to practice law in IN and MI. His practice areas also include business law, real estate, labor and employment law and commercial litigation.

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James D. Friedman, ’72 J.D.

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Quarles & Brady LLP today announced that Milwaukee partner James D. Friedman has been elected to the Board of Directors for Cristo Rey Jesuit Milwaukee High School. There are 30 Cristo Rey schools nationwide serving 9,800 students. The Milwaukee Cristo Rey facility welcomes its first class this fall. “I’m honored to serve on the board,” said Friedman. “Cristo Rey has a very unique and innovative approach to high school education for economically deprived children.” Friedman is a member of this firm’s Business Law Practice Group. He has provided legal counsel to clients in very challenging legal, financial and business matters for more than 40 years. He handles countless legal matters including business litigation, securities offerings, mergers and acquisitions, banking regulation and corporate governance.

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Julia B. Meister, ’95 J.D.

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Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP is pleased to announce that attorney Julia B. Meister has been appointed ethics and malpractice co-chair of the American Bar Association Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law. Meister currently serves as vice-chair for the section. Her new one-year leadership term began Sept. 1. Meister is a partner in Taft’s Litigation, Health & Life Sciences, and Private Client groups and heads the firm’s Cincinnati Estates, Trusts and Fiduciary Litigation practice.

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Dennis M. Barnes, ’86 J.D.

Barris, Sott, Denn & Driker is pleased to announce that Dennis M. Barnes has been elected as the next Treasurer of the State Bar of Michigan. The State Bar’s election of Barnes to this officer position is not only a recognition of his leadership in the State Bar of Michigan, but also a recognition of his dedication to its primary purpose, protection of the public, and its mission, promoting improvements in the administration of justice and advancements in jurisprudence, and in improving relations between the legal profession and the public. Barnes was initially elected to the State Bar Board of Commissioners in 2010, and has served on its Executive Committee since 2012. Barnes has served in several different bar and professional organizations, and is a past-President of the Federal Bar Association’s Eastern District of Michigan Chapter. He concentrates his practice on complex business litigation, including professional liability defense, insurance coverage litigation, intellectual property disputes, and other business tort and contract disputes.

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Michael J. Visnosky, ’72 J.D.

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Michael Visnosky, of counsel at Knox Law and Director of Governmental Affairs for Millcreek Health System, Inc., was selected for inclusion in the 2016 Best Lawyers in America in the area of Family Law. During his career at Knox Law, he handled a variety of family law, real estate, civil litigation and personal injury matters. Mr. Visnosky is Co-Incorporator and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Millcreek Health System, Inc. and Chairman of the Board Emeritus of Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM), the largest medical school in the United States.

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Patrick Scott, ’76 BA, ’79 J.D.

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Patrick Scott, a partner at Gray Robinson in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, has been named to the 2016 Best Lawyers in America list in the practice areas of Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law and Litigation-Bankruptcy.

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Christopher Mugica, ’00 J.D.

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Jackson Walker, LLP is pleased to announce that Christopher Mugica has been selected for inclusion in the 2016 edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the practice area of Commercial Litigation. Mugica practices in the firm’s Austin, Texas office.

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James R. Mall, ’74 BA, ’78 J.D. MBA

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Meyer, Unkovic & Scott in Pittsburgh is pleased to announce that James Mall has been selected for inclusion in the 2016 edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the practice areas of Construction Law and Litigation-Construction.

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Domenique Camacho Moran, ’93 J.D.

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Farrell Fritz is pleased to announce that Domenique Moran has been selected for inclusion in the 2016 edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the practice area of Employment Law – Management. Moran has also been selected to the 2015 New York Super Lawyers list for her work in Employment and Labor Law.

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Paul R. Harris, ’05 J.D.

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Paul Harris has been named one of three partners to lead Ulmer & Berne’s Business Litigation Department and will serve as one of its Co-Chairs. Harris represents both large publicly-traded and private businesses in commercial litigation. Leadership at Ulmer & Berne’s states that, “Rising to meet challenges with enthusiasm and professionalism well ahead of peers his age, Mr. Harris established himself as a successful trial lawyer relatively early in his career”. Read more.

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F. Mark Reuter, ’96 J.D.

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Keating Muething & Klekamp, PLL is pleased to announce that Mark Reuter has been selected for inclusion in the 2016 edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the practice area of Securities/Capital Markets Law and Securities Regulation.

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