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Susan Brichler Trujillo, ’04 J.D.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Joseph T. Kelleher, ’06 J.D.

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Joseph Kelleher has been elected a partner at Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young. Kelleher, a litigator in the firm’s Cherry Hill, New Jersey office, represents a broad spectrum of clients, including public companies, privately owned businesses, financial institutions, government agencies, and religious and nonprofit organizations in various disputes and litigation matters. Kelleher is experienced in all aspects of litigation, having served as lead counsel in jury and non-jury trials, arbitration proceedings and appeals.

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Molly Meacham, ’06 J.D.

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Molly Meacham joins Babst Calland Clements & Zomnir, P.C. in Pittsburgh in the Firm’s Litigation Services, Employment & Labor Services, and Energy & Natural Resources groups. Meacham focuses her practice in the areas of general commercial and environmental litigation, as well as to represent business entities in employment disputes. Meacham has tried jury trials to verdict, represented clients in state, federal and appellate courts, alternative dispute resolution forums, and before government agencies. She also represents clients in matters that include contract disputes, employment law, admiralty and maritime law, toxic tort, environmental and natural gas industry litigation.

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James P. Burke, ’01 J.D.

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James Burke, an associate in Roetzel’s Akron, Ohio office has been named a 2015 Ohio Super Lawyer’s Rising Star in the field of Business Litigation by Ohio Super Lawyers magazine.

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Robert S. Driscoll, ’07 J.D.

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Robert Driscoll became a shareholder in Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Driscoll is a member of the firm’s Labor and Employment Practice. His practice encompasses a variety of areas in labor and employment law, including defending employers against claims of unlawful discrimination and/or retaliation, handling disputes over restrictive covenants, drafting non-compete agreements, defending unfair labor practice charges, handling grievance arbitrations and representing clients in appeals. Driscoll also counsels employers on wage issues, including guiding employers through government wage investigations, and has defended employers against both class-action and individual wage claims.

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George D. Molinsky, ’94 J.D.

George Molinsky, a partner at Taft Stettinius & Hollister, LLP in Cincinnati has been selected as one of 2015 Leading Lawyers by Cincy Magazine in the area of Emerging Companies.

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Jane S. Hahn, ’06 J.D.

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Jane Hahn has been named a partner at Howard & Howard Attorneys, in its Chicago office. Hahn concentrates her practice in business and corporate law. She represents lenders in secured and unsecured financings including loan workouts and restructurings, term and revolving loans, working capital and letter-of-credit facilities. Hahn has also been recently named a 2015 Illinois Rising Star in the area of Business/Corporate.

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Kimberly McLeod Gladney, ’05 J.D.

Kimberly Gladney has become the Managing Director of North America at Ambridge Partners, LLC in New York. Ambridge Partners is a specialized managing general underwriter of Transactional and Specialty Management Liability Insurance Products.

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Jeffrey S. Schloemer, ’80 BA

Jeffrey Schloemer, a partner at Taft Stettinius & Hollister, LLP in Cincinnati has been selected as one of 2015 Leading Lawyers by Cincy Magazine in the area of Commercial and Contract Law.

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Timothy J. Howard, ‘76 J.D.

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Howard has been reappointed to serve as a Member on the Construction Law Section Council and appointed to serve as Secretary for the Senior Lawyers Section Council.

Timothy Howard, a partner at Howard & Howard, has been listed in Illinois Super Lawyers 2015 in the area of Business Litigation. Howard practices in the Peoria office.

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