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Elizabeth Hughes Latchana, ’98 J.D.

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Elizabeth Latchana has been named Best Lawyers 2015 Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Lansing, Michigan. Latchana is a partner at Fraser Trebilcock, specializing in employee health and welfare benefits. Latchana’s areas of expertise include Affordable Care Act Compliance, ERISA, COBRA, Cafeteria Plans, Wrap Plans, Health Savings Accounts (HSAs), Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRAs), and other federal law compliance involving group health plans.

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Larry A. Ward, ’98 BA, ’00 MEDUC, ’03 J.D.

Larry Ward, a partner at Dorsey & Whitney, LLP in Seattle, specializing in U.S. National Security Law, has been appointed to a two-year term on the Defense Trade Advisory Group (DTAG) that advises the U.S. State Department on defense trade matters. The DTAG provides the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs with a formal channel for regular consultation and coordination with U.S. private sector defense exporters and defense trade specialists on issues involving U.S. laws, policies, and regulations for munitions exports.

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Brad A. Sobolewski, ’00 J.D.

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Brad Sobolewski, a litigator at Ulmer & Berne LLP in Cleveland, has been promoted to counsel and has been named to the list of Ohio Super Lawyers Rising Stars. Sobolewski has extensive experience in complex litigation matters. He represents clients in state and federal courts throughout the U.S., defending companies in complex commercial, banking, insurance, consumer class action, trade secret and non-compete, product liability, and mass tort litigation.

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Ralph A. Caruso II, ’94 J.D.

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Ralph Caruso, a partner at Taft Stettinius & Hollister, LLP, in Indianapolis, has been selected for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America for 2015 in the area of Corporate Law.

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David J. Butler, ’97 J.D.

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David Butler, a partner at Taft Stettinius & Hollister, LLP, in Cincinnati, has been selected for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America for 2015 in the area of Commercial Litigation.

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Edward J. Leader, ’97 J.D.

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Edward Leader, a partner at Taft Stettinius & Hollister, LLP, in Cleveland, has been selected for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America for 2015 in the area of Real Estate Law.

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George D. Molinsky, ’94 J.D.

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George Molinsky, a partner at Taft Stettinius & Hollister, LLP, in Cincinnati, has been selected for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America for 2015 in the area Corporate Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law and Venture Capital Law. Additionally, Molinsky has been designated as Cincinnati “Lawyer of the Year” for his work within the Venture Capital Law practice area.

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Kim L. Kirn, ’85 J.D.

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Kim Kirn has joined the Senior Arbitrator Panel at United States Arbitration & Mediation (USA&M), the leading provider of mediation and arbitration services. Kirn currently serves on USA&M’s Mediation Panel.

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Douglas J. Austin, ’69 J.D.

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Douglas Austin, a partner at Fraser Trebilcock, in Lansing, Michigan, has been selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America in 2015 in the practice area of Real Estate Law.

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Krishna Thomas Walker, ’08 J.D.

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Krishna Walker, an attorney at Bryan Cave, LLP, has been selected as one of Missouri Lawyers Weekly’s “Up & Coming” lawyers for 2014. Walker focuses her practice on business financing representing both lenders and borrowers in a variety of transactions. To read more about the award and Walker’s practice.

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In memoriam: James F. Smith, ’89 J.D.

Brigadier General James Smith passed away on September 29, 2014 from cancer complications at the age of 54. Jim was married to Jennifer O’Leary Smith, ’89 J.D. Upon his retirement from the Air Force, as a Brigadier General, Jim was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal by the President of the United States. Jim was a partner in the firm of Butler Pappas in Chicago. Please view the online obituary for more about Jim’s many accomplishments. Also view a beautiful tribute to Jim, as “A true Domer”, in an article in The Observer written by the daughter of one of Jim’s classmates.

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Johnathan Bridges, ’00 J.D.

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A brief written by Johnathan Bridges, a partner with Susman Godfrey, has been praised as among the “best ever” in the newly released edition of a highly regarded book on legal writing. In The Winning Brief (Third Edition, 2014), respected legal writing expert Bryan A. Garner highlights the brief written by Bridges in Maria Antonieta Martinez-Aguero v. Humberto Gonzalez submitted to the U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit. The brief addressed the question of whether the protections offered by the U.S. Constitution’s Fourth and Fifth Amendments applied to a nonresident alien attacked on U.S. soil by an INS agent.

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James R. Mall, ’74 BA, ’78 J.D. MBA

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James Mall, of Meyer, Unkovic & Scott, has been named to the Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list of the top attorneys for 2014. 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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Anthony P. Patti, ’90 J.D.

Anthony Patti, currently a partner with Hooper, Hathaway, Price, Beuche & Wallace, P.C., has been selected for appointment as a United States Magistrate Judge for the Eastern District of Michigan.

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Scott C. Sullivan, ’76 BA, ’79 J.D.

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Scott Sullivan, a partner in WilliamsMcCarthyLLP, is named to 2015 Best Lawyers in America in the field of commercial litigation. Sullivan is a partner in the Rockford, Illinois firm’s business law and commercial litigation practice groups. Sullivan has been recognized for selection in Leading Lawyers Network (2004-2014), a distinction awarded to only the top 5% of all attorneys in Illinois as well as an Illinois Super Lawyer (2005-2014) by Law and Politics in the areas of commercial litigation and corporate law.

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Robert A. LaBerge, ’83 J.D.

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Robert LaBerge, a partner with Bond, Schoeneck & King, PLLC has been named the 2015 Best Lawyers in America “Lawyer of the Year” in the firm’s Syracuse office for Labor Law – Management.


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In memoriam: Thomas J. Kernell, ’86 J.D.

A beloved classmate, Tom Kernell, lost his battle with leukemia and passed away on September 14, 2014 surrounded by his close family. Tom was a longtime partner of the Roberts Perryman firm in St. Louis until three years ago when he founded the Kernell Law Firm, P.C. to specialize in asbestos and toxic tort work. Please view a tribute to Tom’s life by linking to the online obituary.

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Joshua D.K. Figueira, ’13 J.D.

Joshua Figueira recently joined the firm of Kirton McConkie in Salt Lake City as an associate. Figueira will practice in the firm’s First Amendment section.

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Domenique Camacho Moran, ’93 J.D.

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Domenique Camacho Moran was recently inducted into the “Women in Business” Hall of Fame at the 12th Annual “Top Women in Business” event hosted by The Queens Courier. Moran is a partner in the employment section in the firm of Farrell Fritz, P.C. in New York. Additionally Moran was named to The Best Lawyers in America for 2015.

Moran was also selected to the 2014 New York Super Lawyers list for her work in the areas of Labor and Employment.

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John W. Espenshade, ’76 J.D.

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John Espenshade, a Stevens & Lee shareholder, presented at the Third Circuit Judicial Conference in late spring in Hershey, Pennsylvania as part of a panel presenting “Municipal Bankruptcy: Perspectives from Practitioners and the Bench.” Espenshade focuses his practice on state and local government, municipal law and government affairs.

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Marsha Foulks Griggs, ’96 J.D.

Marsha Foulks Griggs joined Thurgood Marshall School of Law as the Assistant Dean for Academic Support and Bar Readiness in Houston, Texas.

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Frederic X. (Fritz) Shadley, ’78 EG, ’81 J.D.

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Frederic Shadley, a partner at Ulmer & Berne, is named to 2015 Best Lawyers in America. Shadley is Chair of Ulmer & Berne’s Construction Litigation Group and brings thirty years litigation experience with knowledge gained from his Notre Dame engineering degree as he represents parties to construction, environmental, product-liability, and toxic-tort litigation.

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Francisco J. Valenzuela, ’03 J.D.

Francisco Valenzuela, of Fanning Harper Martinson Brandt & Kutchin, P.C., has been selected to the Texas Rising Stars list for the 5th consecutive year. The Texas Rising Stars recognizes the state’s best lawyers under the age of 40 and those practicing law under 10 years. Valenzuela was selected based upon his expertise in employment litigation defense, school and education law, and state, local and municipal work.

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Andrew M. Pauwels, ’14 J.D.

Andrew Pauwels, joins Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP in its Detroit office. Pauwels will practice in the firm’s litigation department.

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Casey Ryan, ’93 BA, ’96 J.D.

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Casey Ryan has been named as the Global Head of Legal Personnel of Reed Smith LLP’s Senior Management Team and will assume this position on March 1, 2015. Ryan is a partner in the firm’s Pittsburgh office and a member of the Labor & Employment practice group. Casey is currently the Vice Chair of the Litigation Department.

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John Gaal, ’74 BA, ’77 J.D.

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John Gaal, a partner at Bond, Schoeneck & King PLLC, has been named on the Top 50 New York Super Lawyers list for 2014. Gaal is a labor and employment law attorney who practices in the firm’s Syracuse office.

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Juan Castaneda, '05 J.D.

Juan Castaneda, ’05 J.D. has been selected to the “2015 San Diego Super Lawyers Rising Stars” list.

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