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Timothy J. Howard, ’76 J.D.

Timothy Howard, a partner at Howard & Howard Attorneys PLLC, has been elected President of the Peoria County Bar Association. Howard has practiced law in Peoria since 1976 and for the last twenty-five years he has concentrated on commercial litigation and banking law.

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Jeffrey L. Vercauteren, ’08 J.D.

Jeffrey Vercauteren, of Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C., has been a Leader of the firm’s Communications Law Team. Vercauteren is an attorney in the Madison office where he is also a member of the Real Estate Practice Group. His practice focuses on commercial real estate, communications law, energy & mining, government affairs, sustainability & renewable energy and technology law.

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In Memoriam: Edward F. Broderick, Jr., ’54 BA, ’56 J.D.

It is with great sadness that the Law School announces the passing of Edward Broderick, Jr. on July 22, 2015 in Morristown, New Jersey. Mr. Broderick was a senior managing partner of Broderick, Newmark and Grather P.C. for over five decades, providing legal counsel in the areas of commercial and corporate law, employment law and civil rights litigation. Most recently, Mr. Broderick had joined Wilson Elser, LLP and continued his law career Of Counsel. See a beautiful tribute to Mr. Broderick’s life in the online obituary.

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Kim L. Kirn, ’85 J.D.

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Kim Kirn has been elected to the National Board of Directors of the ASSOCIATION ATTORNEY MEDIATORS (AAM) based in Dallas, Texas. AAM is a nonprofit trade association of highly trained, professional attorney-mediators. AAM’s 400 plus members have collectively mediated in excess of 300,000 cases. Kirn mediates employment, real estate and commercial disputes through U.S. Arbitration & Mediation (USA&M) in Missouri and Illinois. She also works as an arbitrator throughout the Midwest.

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Rosemary Kenyon, ’79 J.D.

Rose Kenyon, a partner at Smith Anderson, in Raleigh, North Carolina, was elected a Fellow in the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers by the College’s Board of Governors. Election as a Fellow is the highest recognition by the College of sustained outstanding performance in the profession. Only seven other lawyers in North Carolina have earned this distinction. Membership is by nomination only and is limited to those who meet the College’s criteria for a period of no less than 20 years, including the highest professional qualifications and ethical standards based on the College’s Principles of Civility and Professionalism, and the provision of sustained, exceptionally high-quality services to clients, the bar, bench and the public, as well as a record of scholarship, teaching, lecturing and/or published writings. Kenyon will be formally inducted into the College on November 7th at the organization’s annual banquet in Philadelphia. A partner at Smith Anderson for nearly 16 years, Kenyon focuses on employment and labor law counseling and litigation across a wide variety of industries and companies. She regularly represents clients with challenging workforce issues. She has been recognized as a leading employment lawyer by several publications, including Chambers USA and North Carolina Super Lawyers, and received the Women of Justice Award from North Carolina Lawyers Weekly in 2012. Kenyon is a frequent speaker and author on emerging employment and labor law trends.

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Cynthia Cordes, ’04 J.D.

Cynthia Cordes, a partner with Husch Blackwell in Kansas City, Missouri, has again been named among the 2015 Benchmark Litigation Top 250 Women in Litigation. Cordes is one of only six women selected in the state of Missouri for this honor and was chosen for the first time last year.

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James R. Mall, ’74 BA, ’78 J.D. MBA

James Mall, a partner at Meyer, Unkovic, Scott LLP, has been named a 2015 Pennsylvania SuperLawyer. Mall is a partner and chair of the firm’s Construction Practice Group and focuses his practice in construction and commercial litigation, land use and zoning.

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Robert Rehm, ’71 BS

Robert Rehm, a partner of Smith Anderson, has been selected to serve on the Board of Directors of StepUp Ministry. StepUp Ministry is a nonprofit corporation headquartered in Raleigh, North Carolina, that partners with adults and children in the shared goal of stable lives through jobs and life skills training. In the past, Rehm has assisted StepUp Ministry on a pro bono basis in connection with various legal matters. Rehm practices primarily in the areas of technology licensing and commercialization, and the acquisition, licensing and protection of intellectual property rights with a focus on information-technology-related transactions. “Robert embodies the spirit of community and brings intellectual property expertise to the table,” said Linda Nunnallee, Executive Director of StepUp Ministry. “We are fortunate to have him by our side as StepUp Ministry Raleigh moderates the expansion of our organization statewide.”

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Katheryne L. Zelenock, ’91 J.D.

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Katheryne Zelenock has been selected as a “2015 Women in the Law Honoree” by Michigan Lawyers Weekly. She was selected for her commitment to excellence in the practice of law. Ms. Zelenock is a Member in Dickinson Wright’s Real Estate Group and serves as Chair of Dickinson Wright’s Women’s Network. Ms. Zelenock is a member of the American Bar Association, the Mortgage Bankers’ Association of America, Commercial Real Estate Finance Council, International Council of Shopping Centers, and the Oakland County Bar Association. She is an elected member of the American College of Mortgage Attorneys.

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Susan Brichler Trujillo, ’04 J.D.


Susan Trujillo, a partner at Quarles & Brady in Phoenix, Arizona has been elected vice president of the Community Legal Services, Inc. board of directors. Community Legal Services is an Arizona nonprofit that provides legal assistance, advice and representation to individuals below the federal poverty level. Trujillo is chair of the health care practice group at Quarles & Brady.

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In Memoriam: Michael J. Curley, ’80 J.D.

It is with great sadness that the Law School announces the passing of Michael Curley in Phoenix, Arizona. Michael started his law career at Jennings, Strouss and Salmon and after a short time began his long partnership at Earl, Curley & Lagarde in their zoning practice. Please view the online obituary

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Leslee M. Lewis, ’95 J.D.

Leslee Lewis, of Dickinson Wright PLLC in Grand Rapids, Michigan, has been elected as a Fellow of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers. Lewis is a member of Dickinson’s Governing Board and previously served as the firm’s Practice Department Manager for Real Estate, Environmental, and Energy & Sustainability practices. She is recognized as a leader in the field by Chambers USA, Best Lawyers in America and Super Lawyers, and is an elected member of the American Law Institute, where she is a Consulting Member on the Principles of the Law of Nonprofit Organizations.

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John G. Mauel, ’86 J.D.


John Mauel has joined Norton Rose Fulbright as a partner in its Houston office. Prior to this position, Mauel practiced for eight years at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman where he focused his practice on the development, financing, acquisition and disposition of energy and infrastructure projects, ranging from oil and gas to LNG to electric power. Mauel, who has been recognized by Chambers Global in each of the last six years, said: “Having worked in this firm’s Houston office for the first 15 years of my 29-year career, I know that the energy industry is central to both its mission and its success. Coming back to Norton Rose Fulbright with its expanded global platform will provide even greater opportunities to be of service to our clients involved in complex cross-border energy projects.”

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Michael O. Kenney, ’80 BA, ’83 J.D.


Michael Kenney has been appointed the first president of Fr. Gabriel Richard High School in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Kenney is currently vice president for planning and enrollment management for Madonna University. “Father Gabriel Richard High School has an extraordinary history and a bright future due to the dedication of the school’s principal, Brian Wolcott, and that of the faculty, staff, parents and students,” Kenney said in a statement. “I am excited to engage the local community, to serve the students and their families and to strive with the faculty to enable Father Gabriel Richard High School to be recognized as a national model of excellence.”

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Kurt A. Oreshack, ’05 J.D.


Kurt Oreshack has been hired as General Counsel for Human Longevity, Inc. (HLI) in San Diego. HLI is a biotech company developing advances in personalized medicine in part by building the world’s most comprehensive database of human genomes and associated health data. Oreshack brings experience as a corporate and securities attorney to help guide HLI’s pioneering healthcare work. Oreshack has structured and negotiated hundreds of millions of dollars in debt and equity investments in private and public company clients. In his previous position at Gunderson Dettmer, LLP, Oreshack served as an external General Counsel to HLI and similar companies.

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Paulita A. Pike, ’93 BA, ’96 J.D.


Paulita Pike has joined Ropes & Gray in Chicago, IL as a partner in the firm’s investment management group. Her practice includes representing investment advisers, mutual funds and fund boards on a broad range of issues, including governance structures and practices; compliance issues; D&O/E&O matters; committee structures and functions, communications with the press, self-evaluations and industry “best practices;” fund service provider contracts and SEC filings; fund mergers and “manager-of-managers” arrangements; and regulatory investigations and inquiries.

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John T. Lynch, ’75 J.D.


John Lynch, a shareholder and member of the executive committee at Davis, Malm & D’Agostine, P.C., has been elected to a four-year term on the Board of Trustees of the Massachusetts Bar Foundation. The Massachusetts Bar Foundation’s mission is to ensure equal access to the legal system in the Commonwealth for those most vulnerable. Last year, the Foundation distributed approximately $1.9 million to provide legal services for 63,000 people. Lynch practices in the area of business law, focusing primarily on advising business organizations as general outside corporate counsel and representing them in corporate transactional work.

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Brian Belt, ’81 J.D.


Brian Belt has been hired as a shareholder at Gunster, in its Miami office. Belt joins the firm’s real estate, corporate and construction practices. Belt has been named a Top Lawyer by South Florida Legal Guide and is the author of many published legal works in publications such as Hospitality Lawyer, Inform Legal, and the Journal of Commerce. Belt also is a frequent speaker and presenter and previously served as pro bono counsel for the Greater Miami Tennis and Education Foundation.

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Mark Rosenberg, ’97 BA, ’00 J.D.


Mark Rosenberg has joined the firm of Timoney Knox, LLP in its Fort Washington, PA office. Rosenberg’s practice focuses on advising and representing clients from domestic and international insurers on insurance coverage, class action and bad faith matters.
He is a co-author of Extra-Contractual Litigation Against Insurers (Law Journal Press 2009), and continues to provide twice-yearly updates to this treatise.

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Meighan A. Harmon, ’96 J.D.


Meighan Harmon, a senior partner at Schiller DuCanto & Fleck, LLP in Chicago, has been named to the “Top 100 Women Consumer Lawyers” list by Leading Lawyers Magazine. Harmon focuses on complex family law cases involving the distribution of multi-million dollar estates and represents successful business professionals and their spouses from a variety of industries, as well as individuals with multi-generational wealth.

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Paul Drey, ’89 BA, ’92 JD Honored with Prestigious John F. Sanford Award


Paul Drey, the managing partner of Brick Gentry, P.C., was recently honored with the John F. Sanford Award during the Dinner Gala at the Iowa Medical Society’s (IMS) 165th Annual Conference. The John F. Sanford Award recognizes a layperson who has made outstanding contributions to health care on behalf of both the Iowa Medical Society and the physicians in the State of Iowa. The presenter of the award stated, “There is a reason Paul is the ‘go to’ attorney for medical groups and physicians in Iowa – he truly cares about Iowa physicians, and understands how complex our world can be.” The receipt of this award is further evidence of how Paul continues to exhibit the attributes of strong intellect, faith, and service that resulted in him being chosen as the inaugural Father Michael McCafferty Law Scholar at NDLS in 1992. Read more

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Matthew P. Feeney, ’79 BA, ’83 J.D.


Matthew Feeney, a partner in the Snell & Wilmer Phoenix office, has assumed the firm’s chairmanship. Feeney takes over for John J. Bouma, who steps down from the position after leading the firm for more than 30 years. Feeney’s practice is concentrated in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, securities offerings, SEC reporting and compliance, and corporate governance matters, including advising corporate boards and board committees.

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Michael J. Allen, ’85 J.D.


Michael Allen of Carruthers & Roth, P.A. in Greensboro, North Carolina, was selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2015 for the practice areas of Commercial Litigation and Litigation – Intellectual Property. He was also selected for inclusion in Business North Carolina’s “Legal Elite” for 2015 for the practice area of Intellectual Property.

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Julia B. Meister, ’95 J.D.


Julia Meister, a partner at Taft Stettinius & Hollister, was honored by her alma mater, Notre Dame Academy as one of three “Women Making a Difference” in 2015. Read more folder/Meister.pdf about her contributions to her community, both professionally and philanthropically.

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Alison M. Howard, ’97 BA, ’03 J.D.


Alison Howard, of Crowe & Dunlevy, has been named chair of the firm’s Employee Benefits & ERISA (Employee Retirement Income Security Act) practice group. In this role, Howard leads a team of experienced attorneys concentrated in employee benefits and ERISA litigation. The firm’s attorneys in these two areas work together, sharing information, ideas and resources on client matters, in order to keep abreast of legislative, administrative and judicial developments.

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Francisco J. Valenzuela, ’03 J.D.

Frank Valenzuela, an attorney in the Dallas firm of Fanning Harper Martinson Brandt & Kutchin, P.C., has been selected to the 2015 Texas Rising Stars list, for the sixth consecutive time. Valenzuela concentrates on employment litigation in addition to civil rights and federal constitutional claims. He represents private companies and governmental entities in a variety of matters, from grievance investigations to representation before administrative agencies and courts.

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Amy Smith O’Connor, ’84 J.D.

Amy S. O’Connor, a shareholder with the law firm of McNamee, Lochner, Titus & Williams, P. C., in Albany, NY has been named as Chair of the Firm’s Trusts, Estates and Elder Law Practice Group. O’Connor’s practice encompasses all aspects of estate planning, estate administration, trusts, guardianships, and elder law, with a focus on assisting elderly clients and their families with legal and tax issues, including estate tax planning, preservation of assets, long-term care planning, and eligibility for governmental benefits.

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