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Martin J. Hagan, ’73 BA, ’76 J.D.

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Martin Hagan, a partner at Meyer, Unkovic & Scott, has been selected by Super Lawyers to their 2017 list of top Pennsylvania attorneys. Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business rating service, evaluates outstanding lawyers across the nation using statewide surveys, independent research evaluations and peer reviews in more than 70 practice areas. The list features less than five percent of the lawyers in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania each year.

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James R. Mall, ’74 BBA, ’78 JD/MBA

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James Mall, a partner at Meyer, Unkovic & Scott, has been selected by Super Lawyers to their 2017 list of top Pennsylvania attorneys. Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business rating service, evaluates outstanding lawyers across the nation using statewide surveys, independent research evaluations and peer reviews in more than 70 practice areas. The list features less than five percent of the lawyers in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania each year.

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Patrick A. Salvi, ’78 J.D.

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Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard, P.C. is pleased to announce Chairman and Managing Equity Partner Patrick A. Salvi has been selected to The 2017 Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America, the most elite guide in the legal profession. Each year, Lawdragon selects their list of 500 Leading Lawyers in America through a meticulous process that includes editorial research by Lawdragon staff, submissions from law firms, and an online nomination form that allows visitors to recommend and comment on their favorite attorneys. Salvi is routinely recognized as one of the most prominent attorneys in the country. He concentrates his legal practice in cases concerning serious personal injury, medical malpractice and wrongful death. Salvi has achieved record breaking jury verdicts and settlements on behalf of his clients. Under his leadership, Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard, P.C. has obtained more than 230 multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements totaling more than $1 billion on behalf of injury clients.

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In Memoriam: Demetrio “Butch” Verich, ’76 J.D./MBA

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It is with a heavy heart that the law school announces the passing of Demetrio “Butch” Verich, who passed away peacefully on April 15, 2017. Following a twenty year career in the Navy, Verich graduated from Notre Dame with a doctorate in Law and master’s in Business Administration. Verich then served for many years as Forest County District Attorney. Please see a beautiful tribute to Verich’s life in the online obituary.

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Patrick A. Salvi, ’78 J.D.

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Patrick A. Salvi has been selected among America’s Top 100 Attorneys®. Lifetime Achievement selection to America’s Top 100 Attorneys® is by invitation only and is reserved to identify the nation’s most exceptional attorneys whose accomplishments and impact on the legal profession merit a Lifetime Achievement award.

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Patrick A. Salvi, ’78 J.D.

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Patrick A. Salvi, managing partner of Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard, and his wife, Lindy, have been named recipients of the 2017 Leonardo da Vinci Award of Excellence by the Order Sons of Italy in America, Grand Lodge of IL/WI. The award recognizes Italian Americans in a variety of fields who have become a pride and inspiration to the Italian community. Mr. and Mrs. Salvi were recognized in the field of “Entrepreneurs” for their work with Salvi Sports Enterprises.

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Patrick A. Salvi, ’78 J.D.

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Patrick Salvi, Managing Equity Partner of Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard in Chicago, was selected to the Illinois Super Lawyers Top 10 List for 2017. His peers selected him as one of the top ten lawyers out of all categories of law and out of 96,000 Illinois lawyers. This is the fourth year that Salvi has received this honor.

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Kathleen Cekanski-Farrand, ’73 J.D.

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Kathleen Cekanski-Farrand retired after serving on the South Bend Common Council for 42 years. Her tenure as Council Attorney is a record in the state of Indiana. She served with six different administrations in South Bend dating back to the 1972-1976 administration up through current administration under Mayor Pete Buttigieg. As the council attorney, Cekanski-Farrand wrote countless resolutions, ordinances, and coordinated various legal documents and happenings regarding Council actions. Read More.

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John T. Lynch, ’75 J.D.

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Davis Malm & D’Agostine, P.C. is proud to announce that shareholder John Lynch has been named to the list of 2016 Massachusetts Super Lawyers. Lynch practices in the Business and Trust & Estates areas in Boston.

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James H. Cawley, ’70 J.D.

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James Cawley, a former member and chairman of the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC), has joined the Harrisburg law firm SkarlatosZonarich LLC as an energy consultant. Cawley, a retired lawyer, served two terms as a member of the PUC, from 1979 to 1985 and from 2005 to 2015, and was chairman from 2008 to 2011. Cawley was one of the original law clerks for Pennsylvania’s Commonwealth Court when it came into existence in 1970, served as majority counsel to the state Senate Consumer Affairs Committee and chief counsel to the Democratic floor leader in the Senate, and was a major drafter of the Pennsylvania Public Utility Code.

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John Gaal, ’77 J.D.

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Bond, Schoeneck & King PLLC is pleased to announce John Gaal has been named Best Lawyer’s 2017 Syracuse Education Law “Lawyer of the Year”. Only one lawyer in any practice area in a city is honored as the “Lawyer of the Year”. Gaal has more than 30 years of experience representing employers in the full range of labor and employment law services.

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Steven L. Owen, ’76 J.D.

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Foster Swift Collins & Smith, P.C. is pleased to announce that Steven Owen has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2017 for his work in Banking and Finance Law, Financial Regulation Law and Real Estate Law. Owen has also been selected to the 2016 Michigan Super Lawyers list.

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John L. Peterson, ’79 J.D.

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Giyani Gold Corporation is pleased to announce that John Peterson, a world renowned energy storage specialist, has been appointed to its Board of Directors. Petersen has been engaged in the practice of law for 37 years and is a global thought leader on energy storage and sustainability issues. His diverse experience in corporate finance, natural resource development and advanced battery technologies give him a unique perspective on the technical, economic and supply chain challenges of energy storage, vehicle electrification and alternative energy.

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James R. Mall, ’74 BA, ’78 J.D./MBA

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James Mall, a partner at Meyer, Unkovic & Scott in Pittsburgh, has been named to the 2016 Super Lawyers list. Mall is chair of the Construction Law Group and a member of the Business Litigation and Energy groups. He focuses his practice in construction and commercial litigation, land use and zoning.

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Patrick A. Salvi, ’78 J.D.

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Leading Lawyers Magazine has named alumnus and adjunct professor Patrick Salvi as one of the Top 10 Lawyers in Illinois in three separate categories. Salvi was named as one of the Top 10 Leading Lawyers in Illinois in All Areas of Law, Top 10 Leading Consumer Lawyers in Illinois, and Top 10 Personal Injury Plaintiff’s Lawyers in Illinois. Salvi is the managing partner of Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard. Additionally, Salvi is an adjunct law professor at Notre Dame Law School.

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Karen Bush Schneider, ’73 BA, ’76 J.D.

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Karen Bush Schneider was named to Michigan Lawyers Weekly’s 2016 class of Leaders in the Law. Schneider is founding shareholder of White Schneider P.C. in Okemos, Michigan where she is a highly regarded authority in labor law.

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In Memoriam: Michael M. McGloin, ’72 J.D.

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The Law School is sad to announce the passing of Mike McGloin on April 27, 2016 in Denver, Colorado. McGloin worked as an Assistant District Attorney and later joined the Denver firm of Arkin & Hanlon in 1973. The firm later became McGloin, Davenport, Severson & Snow and he practiced at that firm until 2013. He then continued to practice with Lindquist & Venom. He was known for his mentoring of younger attorneys and he was especially welcoming to Notre Dame law students. To read more about McGloin’s professional and personal accomplishments, please view a tribute in the Denver Post.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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

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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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