Alumni Class Notes

Christopher R. Schraff, ’72 JD

Christopher R. Schraff has been recognized in Ohio as a “Leader in Their Field” by Chambers USA. Schraff specializes in Natural Resources & Environment at Porter Wright. Read More

Ryan L. Van Den Elzen, ’02 JD

Ryan L. Van Den Elzen has been recognized as a “Leader in Their Field” by Chambers USA. Van Den Elzen specializes in Corporate/M&A at Quarles & Brady. Read More

Dwight D. Smith, ’82 JD

Dwight D. Smith has been appointed to the Board of Trustees of the Alliance Healthcare Foundation. Smith serves as Executive VP, General Counsel for The Neighborhood House Association. Read More

Margaret A. Czuchaj, ’10 JD

Margaret A. Czuchaj recently joined Plunkett Cooney as a member of the firm’s Litigation Practice Group. A member of the firm’s Bloomfield Hills office, Czuchaj focuses her practice in the areas of premises liability, retail liability, and motor vehicle no-fault disputes. Read More

John Gaal, ’74 BA, ’77 JD

John Gaal of Syracuse is the new chair of the 2,360-member Labor and Employment Law Section of the New York State Bar Association. Gaal is a member of Bond, Schoeneck & King. He practices labor and employment law on behalf of management, with an emphasis on higher education, construction and health care. Read More

James Mall, ’74 BA, ’78 JD, ’78 MBA

James Mall has been named to the Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list for 2012. Mall is chair of the Construction Practice Group at the Pittsburg law firm of Meyer, Unkovic & Scott. Mall focuses his practice in construction and commercial litigation, land use, and zoning. Read More

Patrick Salvi II, ’07 J.D.

Patrick Salvi II has been selected as one of 40 trial lawyers in the state of Illinois for membership into The National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 under 40 organization. Salvi is a partner at Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard and concentrates his legal practice on cases concerning personal injury, medical malpractice and product liability. Read More

Kevin O’Connor, ’76 J.D.

Kevin O’Connor has been named a Florida Super Lawyer for his work in the area of Personal Injury Defense: Medical Malpractice. O’Connor is a partner in the Miami office of Foley & Mansfield. Read More

Shannon Buffum, 09 J.D.

Shannon Buffum has joined the Harris Beach law firm in the Buffalo office as an associate in the Labor and Employment Law Practice Group. She also serves as the Educational Institutions Industry Team. Read More

Megan E (Tierney) Bryson, '02 B.A., '07 J.D.

Megan E Bryson has been listed on the Connecticut Rising Star list for 2011-2012. Bryan works in the Law Offices of Paul A. Lange and focuses her practice on Litigation, Insurance, and Transactional Work in the area of aviation law. Read More

Leslie Budewitz, '84 J.D.

Leslie Budewitz’s first book: Books, Crooks, and Counselors: How to Write Accurately About Crinimal Law and Courtroom Procedures (Quill Driver Books) has received the 2011 Agatha Award for Best Nonfiction. Read More

Stephanie Martin, '06 J.D.

Stephanie Martin has been appointed to the Board of Trustees of Catholic Charities for the Diocese of St. Petersburg, Inc. Martin is an associate at Adams and Reese. Read More

David L. Guevara, ’06 J.D.

David L Guevara has co-designed and edited a book titled Environmental Liability and Insurance Recovery, published in May 2012 by ABA Book Publishing and sponsored by the ABA’s Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section. Guevara is a member of Taff Stettinius & Hollister LLP’s Environmental Law and Litigation practice group. Read More

Jorge Narvaez-Hasfura, ’93 LLM

Jorge Narvaez-Hasfura has been appointed an honorary Independent Advisor and Member of the Sounding Board of the Mexican Taxpayers’ Ombudsman. Narvaez-Hasfura works for Baker & McKenzie. Read More

Thomas W. Cushing, ’84 B.A., ’87 J.D.

Thomas W. Cushing has been selected to fill a vacancy on the Lyons Township High School’s Board of Education. Cushing is Of Counsel at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP in Chicago, Illinois. Read More

Patrick J. Kilbane, ’05 J.D.

Patrick J. Kilbane has been elected president of the Notre Dame Club of North Florida. Kilbane is a an attorney in the Jacksonville office of GrayRobinson, P.A. Read More

George Ng, ’02 J.D.

George Ng, a partner at Snell & Wilmer L.L.P. was recently recognized by M&A Advisors with their Top 40 Under 40 Award. Read More

David Guaderrama, ’79 J.D.

U.S. Magistrate Judge David Guaderrama has been confirmed by the Senate as District Judge for the Western District of Texas – El Paso Division. Read More

Diane M. Haller, ’86 J.D.

Diane M. Haller has been named among the top five percent of attorneys in Arizona by Southwest Super Lawyers for 2012. Haller focuses her practice on Real Estate Law. Read More

Kevin E. Griffith, ’82 B.A., ’86 J.D.

griffith_web Kevin E. Griffith has been recognized as a “Leader in their Field” by Chambers USA 2012. Griffith is with Porter Wright in Ohio and specializes in Labor and Employment Law. Read More

Christopher Schraff, ’72 J.D.

schraff_web Christopher R. Schraff has been recognized as a “Leader in their Field” by Chambers USA 2012. Schraff is with Porter Wright in Ohio and specializes in Natural Resources and Evironmental Law. Read More

Matthew Moberg, ’99 B.A., ’06 J.D.

moberg_web Matthew Moberg has been promoted to senior associate at Porter Wright. Moberg has represented institutions in regulatory compliance matters and the purchase and sales of assets and real estate. Read More

Laura A. Weiler, ’98 B.A., ’01 J.D.

Laura A. Weiler has received the 2012 James B. Haddad Award in recognition of consistent high-quality advocacy and contributions to the improvement of the justice system. The award is presented by Illinois’ State Appellate Defender Board of Commissioners. Weiler is an Assistant Appellate Defender for the Illinois Office of the State Appellate Defender. Read More

James L. Guse, ’99 J.D.

guse_james_web James L. Guse has joined the Portland office of Ball Janik LLP as an Associate in the firm’s Insurance Recovery, Construction Defect and Litigation practice groups. His practice focuses on the representation of individual and corporate policyholders in insurance coverage disputes. Read More

Max Siegel, ' 86 B.A., '92 J.D.

siegelmaxphoto_alumniclassnotes Max Siegel has been named chief executive officer for USA Track and Field. Siegel has previously served as president of global operations for Dale Earnhardt, Inc.; a senior vice president at Sony/BMG; the owner of Rev Racing and a major player in NASCAR’s Drive for Diversity program. Read More

Robert M. Hanlon Sr., ’62 B.A., ’64 J.D.

robert_hanlon_sr_web Robert M. Hanlon Sr. has been named a 2012 New Jersey Super Lawyer. Mr. Hanlon concentrates his practice in the areas of product liability, transportation, and catastrophic personal injury. He is an attorney with Golberg Segalla. Read More

Kathleen Kerrigan, '90 JD

Kathleen Kerrigan has been confirmed as a U.S. Tax Court judge. Before working for Congress for 14 years, Kerrigan was a Partner at Baker and Hostetler LLP, working in the government affairs practice group. Read More