Jock Smith passed away on January 8, 2012. Smith was a former assistant attorney general for the state of Alabama and a partner at Cochran, Cherry, Givens & Smith P.C. He also served as political science professor at Tuskegee University. The Trial Lawyer Magazine recently recognized Smith as one of the 100 most influential trial lawyers in America. Smith was also author of “Climbing Jacob’s Ladder: From Queens to Tuskegee: A Trial Lawyer’s Journey on Behalf of ‘the Least of These,’” a book about his father, an attorney in New York who represented black activists and entertainers before he was shot and killed by a client when Jock was 8 years old. Smith’s professional memberships included the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, the Alabama Trial Lawyers Association and the National Bar Association. Read More
Alumni Class Notes
Timothy J. Howard has been names to Illinois Super Lawyers 2012. Howard is an associate at Howard & Howard PLLC in Peoria, Illinois. He specializes in business litigation. Read More
Jane S. Hahn has been named to Illinois Rising Stars 2012. Hahn is an associate at Howard & Howard PLLC in Chicago, Illinois. She specializes in business litigation. Read More
Ryan Finlen is a new associate at Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP. Read More
Nikole L. Canute has become a member of the law firm of Mika Meyers Beckett & Jones PLC. Read More
Jane Dall Wilson has been named a partner at Faegre Baker Daniels. Wilson is based in Indianapolis and practices business litigation, including complex contract disputes, and appellate advocacy. Read More
Uyen Nguyen has joined the Menlo Park office of Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton as an associate. Nguyen focuses on corporate and securities law, including corporate representations and venture capital financings. Read More
Dennis J. Ring, the principal in the Law Office of Dennis J. Ring, PC, in Queens, New York, has been named to the 2011 Irish Echo 40 Under 40 List. Dennis specializes in personal injury and criminal defense litigation. Read More
Kevin R. Talbot of Hodgson Russ in Buffalo New York, has been elected to the firms’ partnership. Talbot represents private and public companies, both domestically and internationally, in complex acquisitions and disposition transactions, joint ventures, and restructuring transactions. Read More
Andrew Dillon has been appointed Michigan’s 44th State Treasurer by Governor Rick Snyder. Prior to becoming Treasurer, Dillon served three terms in the Michigan House of Representatives, where he was elected to serve as Speaker of the House during his final two terms. Read More
John T. Sperla of Mika Meyers Beckett & Jones PLC has been included in the 2012 edition of the Best Lawyers in America. Read More
Liz Hurley, St. Joseph County Deputy Prosecutor, has been selected as magistrate judge in Mishawaka, Indiana for St. Joseph Circuit Court. Hurley has been a deputy prosecutor for 10 years. Read More
John Wingerter has been promoted to a director position at Cohen & Grisby. Wingerter is a member of the Business Group and assists clients with mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, private equity and mezzanine financing transactions. Read More
Diane M. Haller, a partner at Quarles & Brady LLP, has been named chair of national Real Estate Practice. Haller’s practice focuses on commercial real estate development. Read More
Dylan Johnson is an associate in the natural resources group at Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck. Read More
Susan Brichler Trujillo, an associate at Quarles & Brady in Phoenix, has been appointed to the Community Legal Services board of directors by the State Bar of Arizona’s board of governors. Trujillo practices in the areas of health law and litigation. Read More
Patrick A. Salvi has been promoted to partner at Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. Patrick has also been named to Law Bulletin Publishing Company’s 2011 “40 Under Forty” Illinois list recognizing up and coming lawyers. Read More
Ophelia Camiña, J.D. ’82, is the subject of a feature story in the 2011 Texas Super Lawyers Magazine. Ms. Camiña, who took trial advocacy with Professor James Seckinger, is now a partner with Susman Godfrey LLP, where she specializes in business litigation.
The magazine profile notes that Ms. Camiña’s trial victories include Dilliard’s v. i2 Technologies, Inc. The $238 million jury verdict awarded in that case ranks among the Top 10 Jury Verdicts in the United States for 2010. Read More
James D. Friedman of Quarles & Brady LLP has been named by Wisconsin Super Lawyers as among the top attorneys in Wisconsin for 2011. Read More
Julie Veldman, J.D. ’11, and Carolyn Wendel, J.D. ’11, have joined Barnes & Thornburg LLP’s Chicago, Ill., office. Read More
Patrick A. Salvi, J.D. ’78, has been presented with the 2011 Career Achievement Award by Cook County’s Jury Verdict Reporter and the Law Bulletin Publishing Company.
The Award is presented to lawyers who have secured at least five Illinois civil jury verdicts of at least $5 million (not counting settlements and bench trials).
The Award was presented at the Cook County Jury Verdict Reporter’s annual Awards for Trial Lawyer Excellence at the University Club in Chicago October 26.
An adjunct professor of law at Notre Dame, Mr. Salvi is the managing equity partner of Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard, the Chicago and Waukegan, Illinois, firm he established in 1982.
Megan K. Meyer, ’11 J.D., is an associate with Finney, Stagnaro, Saba & Patterson Co., LPA, where she concentrates in real estate and business law. Read More
Julia B. Meister, a partner at Taft Stettinuis & Hollister LLP in Cincinnati, was recently elected a fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel. Read More
Mark G. Olive, ‘79 J.D., from Sieben, Grose, Von Holtum & Carey has been named to the first-tier list compiled by The Best Lawyers in America 2012. Mr. Olive was recognized for his work in the area of workers’ compensation. Read More
Lloyd W. Grooms, an attorney from Winthrop & Weinstine, P.A., has been named to the first-tier list of The Best Lawyers in America 2012. Mr. Grooms was recognized for expertise in Environmental law and Government Relations law. Read More
David P. Pusateri, ’84 J.D., a partner at McGuire Woods LLP in Pittsburgh, has been appointed deputy managing partner overseeing the firm’s corporate practice. Read More
Michael Fantozzi, ’88 JD, a Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C. attorney, has been recognized as a 2011 Massachusetts Super Lawyer. Read More
Paul Titus, ’60 J.D., Counsel at Schnader Harrison Segal and Lewis LLP in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, was noted as “Pittsburgh Lawyer of the Year for Appellate Practice” by The Best Lawyers in America, 2012. Read More
John C. Greiner, ’83 J.D., has been named as the “Cincinnati Best Lawyers Litigation – Banking & Finance Lawyer of the Year” for 2012. Read More
Elizabeth L. Adams, ’11 J.D. is an associate at Taylor, Porter, Brooks & Phillips, LLP. Read More