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.
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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.
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.
Adam B. Fischer has joined Pepper Hamilton law firm’s Pittsburgh office as an associate in the Commercial Litigation Practice Group.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Charla Blanchard was recently sworn in as a newly appointed Cook County Assistant State’s Attorney.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mary Ellen Schill has been elected President of the St. Norbert College Alumni Board of Directors, effective October 2012.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.