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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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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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Michael P. Seng, ’64 BA, ’67 J.D.


Michael Seng, a professor for nearly 40 years at The John Marshall Law School, was awarded The Leonard Jay Schrager Award of Excellence for his outstanding work in public service. For almost 40 years, Professor Seng has been inspiring countless students to devote their careers to public service and become leaders in a multitude of good causes. Beyond training students in fair housing law, in 1992 he founded the John Marshall Fair Housing Legal Clinic, the first law school clinic in the country to solely handle issues involving housing discrimination. Read more

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ND Lawyer and ND Football Player Becomes Chairman of the Cotton Bowl Athletic Association

Dallas attorney, Daniel P. Novakov, ’72 BA, ’76 J.D., a Greenberg Traurig shareholder, is named chairman of the Cotton Bowl Athletic Association in the first season of the new college football playoff system. Novakov was part of the Notre Dame football team that played in the Cotton Bowl against the Longhorns in both 1970 and 1971. Read more (subscription required)

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Dale S. Recinella, '77 J.D.

Dale Recinella devotes his life to practicing as “a different kind of lawyer”. Dale is a lay minister who serves on behalf of the Catholic bishops of Florida as Catholic Correctional Chaplain to Florida’s Death Row and Solitary Confinement population. Recinella also serves as a lay minister to the families of executed prisoners and murder victims. Recinella discusses his work and the current issues facing death row pastoral ministry in America Magazine, Finding God on Death Row: 10 Questions for Chaplain Dale Recinella.

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Business Logic Holding Corp, Represented by Peter Skiko, ’92 J.D., Obtains a $61 Million Settlement in a Trade-secret and Breach of Contract Suit


The publicly reported settlement ranks as one of the largest reported settlements involving trade secret misappropriation in the nation. The lawsuit alleged the misappropriation of confidential information and trade secrets to the design and development of software to manage retirement plans. Read more

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Rosemary Gill Kenyon, ’79 J.D.

Rosemary Kenyon, a partner with Smith Anderson, has been named by Chambers USA one of America’s Leading Business Lawyers in North Carolina in the area of Labor and Employment Law for 2014.

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David Guevara, ’06 J.D.

David Guevara, a partner with Taft Stettinius & Hollister, L.L.P., has been recognized as a leader in the area of “Environmental Law” by Chambers USA for 2014.

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