Alumni Class Notes

Carolyn A. Blessing, '08 JD

Carolyn A. Blessing has joined Locke Lord LLP as an associate in their litigation practice, based in the Chicago office. Read More

Robert J. Konopa, ’67 J.D.

Robert J. Konopa, partner at Tuesley Hall Konopa, has been named to the 2012 Indiana Super Lawyers. Konopa is recognized for his work in civil litigation defense, personal injury plaintiff, and business litigation. Read More

Nita N. Upadhye, ’99 J.D.

nita_upadhye_web Nita N. Upadhye has started a solo law practice in London, England. Upadhye specializes in U.S. immigration services to global businesses, entrepreneurs, investors, and other professionals. Read More

Maggie Myers, J.D. ‘10

maggie_myers_web Maggie Myers has joined the Dallas office of Winstead PC as an associate in the Corporate, Securities/Mergers & Acquisitions practice group. Myers has represented a Fortune 500 company as well as a major printer company in a short-form merger. Read More

Adam B. Fischer, ’10 J.D.

Adam B. Fischer has joined Pepper Hamilton law firm’s Pittsburgh office as an associate in the Commercial Litigation Practice Group. Read More

Edmund J. Adams, ’63 LLM

adams_ed_bio_web Edmund J. Adams, Of Counsel to Frost Brown Todd LLC, will be presenting an 18-hour seminar as a Visiting Professor of Bankruptcy Law at the Turiba School of Business in Riga, Lativia. Adams will be teaching a comparison of the American Chapter 11 reorganization system to the new Latvian Insolvency Law. Adams is a Fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy. Read More

Chris Mugica, ’00 J.D.

mugica_chris_web Chris Mugica has been selected as a 2012 Rising Star by Thomson Reuters. Mugica is an associate at the Austin office of Jackson Walker LLP. Read More

George D. Molinsky, ’94 J.D.

George D. Molinsky has been listed as a 2012 Leading Lawyer by Cincy Magazine. Molinsky is an attorney at Taft Stettinuis & Hollister LLP and specializes in emerging companies. Read More

Christina Smith, ’83, ’87 M.B.A./J.D.

Christina Smith has been selected as Region 10 Director for the Notre Dame Alumni Board. Smith also serves as co-chair of ND Women Connect in New York City. Smith is Assistant Vice President of Zurich American Insurance Company in Jersey City, New Jersey with a background in business and insurance law. Read More

Thomas P. Dillon, ’94 JD

Thomas Dillion Thomas P. Dillon has been selected as a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America. Dillon is the Co-Chairman and partner in the litigation practice group in the Toledo, Ohio office of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick LLP. Read More

Cynthia S. Gillard, ’82 JD

Cynthia S. Gillard recently published When Vaudeville Came to Joplin. Gillard practices law in Indiana and has served on the Indiana Board of Law Examiners. Read More

Patrick J. Hines, ’11 JD

hinesp_web Patrick J. Hines has been admitted to the New York State Bar. Hines works in the Buffalo NY office of Hodgson Russ and focuses his practice on personal injury and business litigation matters. Read More

Richard L. Hill, ’72 JD

Richard L. Hill from the South Bend office of Faegre Baker Daniels LLP has been selected to Indiana Super Lawyers for 2012 in the area of government finance. Read More

Edward A. Sullivan III, ’93 JD

Edward A. Sullivan III from the South Bend office of Faegre Baker Daniels LLP has been selected to Indiana Super Lawyers for 2012 in the area of business litigation. Read More

Thomas J. Brunner, ’66 JD

Thomas J. Brunner from the South Bend office of Faegre Baker Daniels LLP has been selected to Indiana Super Lawyers for 2012 in the area of employment and labor. Read More

Julio Quintanilla, ’05 LL.M

julio_quintanilla_web Julio Quintanilla has been appointed a professor of Introduction to Business Law at Universidad Privada Boliviana beginning February 2012. Quintanilla is a founding partner of “Abogados Consultores Soc. Civ.” In La Paz, Bolivia. The firm specializes in commercial and corporate law. Read More

Brian P. Lennon, ’92 JD

lennon_brian_web Brian P. Lennon has joined the law firm of Warner Norcross & Judd LLP in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Prior to joining Warner Norcross, Lennon served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Western District of Michigan. Read More

Kevin Warren, ’90 J.D.

kevin_warren Kevin Warren has been inducted into the Grand Canyon Athletic Hall of Fame. While at Grand Canyon University, Warren scored 1, 118 points and earned Academic All-America awards while at Grand Canyon. Warren is Vice President of Legal Affairs & Chief Administrative Officer for the Minnesota Vikings. Prior to working for the Vikings, Warren worked with the international law firm of Greenberg Traurig. Read More

Mary Ellen Schill, ’88 JD

mary_ellen_schill Mary Ellen Schill has been elected President of the St. Norbert College Alumni Board of Directors, effective October 2012. Read More

Robert J. Konopa, ’67 JD

Robert J. Konopa, a partner at Tuesley Hall Konopa in South Bend, Indiana has been named to the 2012 Indiana Super Lawyers list as a top attorney in Indiana. Konopa’s specializes in civil litigation. Read More

Danielle Hermanny, ’11 JD

Danielle Hermanny has been appointed executive assistant to the President of the University of Portland. Hermanny will assist Holy Cross Father William Beauchamp with legal affairs and coordinate the projects of the university’s board of regents. Read More

Thomas R. Curtin, ’68 J.D.

tom_curtain_classnote Thomas R. Curtin has been elected to the ABA Board of Governors with a 3-year term beginning in August 2012. Tom will serve as Governor for District 3, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Read More

John H. Bemis, '84 JD

johnbemisweb_gallery The New Mexico State Senate has confirmed John H. Bemis has been confirmed as Secretary of the Energy, Minerals & Natural Resources Department. Bemis is a former assistant commissioner for oil, gas and minerals at the State Land Office. Read More

George Ng, ’02 J.D.

george_ng_web George Ng is a new partner at Snell & Wilmer L.L.P. in Orange County, CA. Ng has extensive domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions experience. He has held various senior management roles with publicly-traded, global biotechnology companies. Read More

Dr. Sean Seymore, ’06 JD, ’01 PhD

Sean Seymore has been awarded tenure as a full professor at Vanderbilt University Law School beginning Fall 2012. His research interests include patent law and law and science. Read More

Nathan A. Hall, ’03 J.D.

hall_nateweb Nathan A. Hall has been named a partner at Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP. Hall is a member of the litigation practice group in the Toledo, Ohio office and represents individual and business clients in commercial matters, including contract claims and business torts. Read More

Nelson O. Ropke, ’03 J.D.

Nelson O. Ropke has been elected a principal of the law firm of Miller Canfield. Ropke has expertise in state and federal commercial litigation and practices in the firm’s Detroit, Michigan office. Read More

Todd Hembree, ’91 J.D.

Todd Hembree has been confirmed as attorney general for the Cherokee Nation. Hembree has over 20 years of experience as an attorney and has served as independent counsel for the Cherokee Nation’s legislative branch for 12 years. Read More

Michael J. Hays, ’02 JD

michealhays_web Michael J. Hays recently joined Tuesley Hall Konopa, LLP as Of Counsel. Michael is practicing in the areas of general business, commercial litigation and employment law. Read More