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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.

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Charles C. Davis, III, ’17 J.D.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Ann Andrews, ’89 J.D.

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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.

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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.

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Edward J. Heath, ’99 J.D.

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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.

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Manish S. Antani, ’09 J.D.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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

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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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John C. McCarron, ’87 J.D.

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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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Patrick A. Salvi II, ’07 J.D.

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Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard, P.C. is pleased to announce Chicago Managing Partner Patrick A. Salvi II 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 II concentrates his legal practice on cases concerning personal injury, medical malpractice and product liability. At a young age, Salvi II has won numerous million dollar jury verdicts. In the past year alone, he obtained the largest porch collapse settlement in Illinois history, as well as an $11.25 million verdict on behalf of a young mother who was killed in a car crash. In addition, Salvi II’s legal expertise is regularly featured on local Chicago newscasts.

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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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Marisa A. Lorenzo, ’05 J.D.

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Marisa Lorenzo has been elected to partner at Kelley Drye & Warren LLP in New York. Lorenzo is a litigator who focuses on investigations, enforcement actions and lawsuits involving the communications industry. Lorenzo works with clients, including communication service providers, to navigate government investigations, Federal Communications Commission enforcement actions, and False Claims Act cases brought under both federal and state laws. In addition, Lorenzo represents clients in a variety of industries in all phases of complex federal and state commercial litigation, including trials, appeals, and arbitration and mediation proceedings. She is a member of the New York and Connecticut State Bars.

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Andrew J. Hofland, ’09 J.D.

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Andrew J. Hofland has joined Crowe & Dunlevy as an associate in the firm’s Tulsa office and a member of the Litigation & Trial and Bankruptcy & Creditor’s Rights Practice Groups. Before joining the firm, Hofland served as an Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) for the Northern District of Oklahoma. As an AUSA, he represented the United States in a variety of complex criminal prosecutions in federal court; including cases involving organized crime, drug trafficking, fraud and internet crimes against children. Hofland also served previously as a Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Corps officer in the U.S. Navy. During his time with the Navy, Hofland gained significant trial experience prosecuting and defending service members in courts-martial and administrative disciplinary proceedings.

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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.

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Edward J. Heath, ’99 J.D.

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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.

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Patrick A. Salvi, ’78 J.D.

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Patrick A. Salvi, managing partner of Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard, and his wife, Lindy, have been named recipients of the 2017 Leonardo da Vinci Award of Excellence by the Order Sons of Italy in America, Grand Lodge of IL/WI. The award recognizes Italian Americans in a variety of fields who have become a pride and inspiration to the Italian community. Mr. and Mrs. Salvi were recognized in the field of “Entrepreneurs” for their work with Salvi Sports Enterprises.

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Lindsey Brazys Pianowski, ’10 J.D.

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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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Blake Angelino, ’15 J.D.

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Faegre Baker Daniels is pleased to announce that Blake Angelino has been hired as an associate in its product liability group. Angelino will practice from the law firm’s Chicago office. In addition to product liability issues, Angelino represents clients in mass tort litigation, class action litigation, commercial litigation, construction litigation, and oil and gas litigation. Before joining Faegre Baker Daniels, Angelino was an associate with a large law firm in Ohio.

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