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Tomas F. Gamba, ’76 J.D.

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Tomas “Tom” Gamba, a partner with Gamba, Lombana & Herrera in Miami, was awarded the Florida Chapters of the American Board of Trial Advocates Trial Lawyer of the Year Award at FLABOTA’s annual convention. The statewide award is given to a trial lawyer that epitomizes FLABOTA’s commitment to the preservation of the Seventh Amendment and the art of trial lawyering.

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The Honorable Nora Barry Fischer, ’76 J.D.

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The Honorable Nora Barry Fischer, District Court Judge for the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania was chosen by the Mediation Council of Western Pennsylvania (MCWP) as the recipient of its 2015 Conflict Resolution Day Award. Judge Fischer was formally recognized with the award on November 18, 2015 during the MCWP’s annual Conflict Resolution Day event. The MCWP selected Judge Fischer for this award due to her dedication to training and mentoring lawyers throughout their legal careers and for serving as a helpful, positive role model to both male and female lawyers, her family and the Pittsburgh community.

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James D. Friedman, ’72 J.D.

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Quarles & Brady LLP today announced that Milwaukee partner James D. Friedman has been elected to the Board of Directors for Cristo Rey Jesuit Milwaukee High School. There are 30 Cristo Rey schools nationwide serving 9,800 students. The Milwaukee Cristo Rey facility welcomes its first class this fall. “I’m honored to serve on the board,” said Friedman. “Cristo Rey has a very unique and innovative approach to high school education for economically deprived children.” Friedman is a member of this firm’s Business Law Practice Group. He has provided legal counsel to clients in very challenging legal, financial and business matters for more than 40 years. He handles countless legal matters including business litigation, securities offerings, mergers and acquisitions, banking regulation and corporate governance.

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Michael J. Visnosky, ’72 J.D.

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Michael Visnosky, of counsel at Knox Law and Director of Governmental Affairs for Millcreek Health System, Inc., was selected for inclusion in the 2016 Best Lawyers in America in the area of Family Law. During his career at Knox Law, he handled a variety of family law, real estate, civil litigation and personal injury matters. Mr. Visnosky is Co-Incorporator and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Millcreek Health System, Inc. and Chairman of the Board Emeritus of Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM), the largest medical school in the United States.

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Patrick Scott, ’76 BA, ’79 J.D.

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Patrick Scott, a partner at Gray Robinson in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, has been named to the 2016 Best Lawyers in America list in the practice areas of Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law and Litigation-Bankruptcy.

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James R. Mall, ’74 BA, ’78 J.D. MBA

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Meyer, Unkovic & Scott in Pittsburgh is pleased to announce that James Mall has been selected for inclusion in the 2016 edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the practice areas of Construction Law and Litigation-Construction.

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Carol Ann Nix, ’75 J.D.

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Carol Ann Nix’s first book, DRAGON HEARTS: LOVE IN CHINA, was published in June 2015. It is a memoir containing candid accounts of her life in China from 2009 through 2010. The story contains some of her personal experiences and impressions as a Valparaiso University professor teaching university courses to Chinese undergraduate and graduate students in Beijing. The book is about Chinese hearts touching Carol Ann’s heart, and her heart touching theirs. Her first sequel, DRAGON HEARTS: EAGLE IN CHINA, will be published in December 2015 by Koehlerbooks. She plans to write two additional sequels in her DRAGON HEARTS series.

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Christopher Dembowski, ’77 J.D.

Miller Canfield is pleased to announce that Christopher Dembowski was honored as a “Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers’ 2016 in the practice area of Public Finance Law. Dembowski has played a key role in establishing many financing programs for various State of Michigan authorities, including the State Building Authority, Michigan Strategic Fund, Michigan Tobacco Settlement Finance Authority and Michigan Finance. He assisted in drafting legislation that either created those authorities or established new programs administered by them. For the Michigan Municipal Bond Authority, Chris has been involved in establishing its School Aid Note Program, Local Government Loan Program, Clean Water Revolving Fund Loan Program, Drinking Water Revolving Fund Loan Program, School Loan Revolving Fund Program and Strategic Water Quality Initiatives Fund Loan Program. Chris also has experience representing cities, villages, townships, municipal authorities and school districts in public finance transactions. Dembowski practices in Miller Canfield’s Lansing, Michigan office.

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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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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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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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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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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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In Memoriam: Alan Wendell Anderson, ’75 J.D.

Alan “Lanny” Anderson passed away on May 7, 2015 in Denver, Colorado, after a long courageous battle with cancer. Lanny was a longtime partner in the Denver firm of Rothgerber, Johnson & Lyons n/k/a Lewis Roca Rothgerber. Several years ago, Lanny moved to Colorado Springs to start a second career as a Deputy District Attorney, Economic Crimes Unit. Lanny was the founder of Pro Bono USA, an organization created to assist attorneys in helping indigent individuals receive free legal assistance. Please view the online obituary to read a beautiful tribute to Lanny’s life.

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Rudolph J. Gerber, ’71 J.D.

The Honorable Rudy Gerber, having retired from the Arizona Court of Appeals after 22 years as a judge, has been teaching law at Thomas Jefferson Law School in San Diego. In that capacity he was invited to serve as a visiting law professor at the American University of Armenia, in Yerevan, Armenia, in the spring semester of 2014, where he taught human rights and criminal law and also was invited to consult on these issues and other legal reforms with the Armenian Ministry of Justice.

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In memoriam: Robert E. Helm, ’71 J.D.

Robert Helm passed away on December 11, 2014 in Port Huron, Michigan. Robert spent his legal career practicing law in Ypsilanti, Ann Arbor, and Saginaw, Michigan. Please view a tribute to Robert’s life by linking to the online obituary.

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Richard A. Nussbaum, ’74 BA, ’77 J.D., Chosen as President of the Midwest League

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Richard Nussbaum recently became president of the Midwest League, which includes the South Bend Cubs and fifteen other teams. In addition to his role as president, Nussbaum will remain in his roles as general counsel of the league, in which he has served since 1993 and secretary, in which he has served since 2009. Nussbaum was a four-year starter for the Notre Dame Baseball team. Nussbaum is a partner in the South Bend firm of Sopko, Nussbaum, Inabnit & Kaczmarek. Read more.

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Patrick Scott, ’76 BA, ’79 J.D.

Patrick Scott, a partner with GrayRobinson in Fort Lauderdale, has been named as one of the Best Lawyers in America for 2015 in the areas of Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights, Insolvency and Reorganization Law, and Litigation – Bankruptcy.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Arthur A. Vogel, Jr., ’79 J.D.

Arthur Vogel, a partner with Quarles & Brady, L.L.P., has been recognized as a leader in the area of “Natural Resources and Environment” by Chambers USA for 2014.

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