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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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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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Wayne Malecha, ’86 J.D.

Wayne Malecha, a partner with Jackson Walker L.L.P., has been named to D Magazine’s “Best Lawyers in Dallas” for 2014.

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Diane Haller, ’86 J.D.

Diane Haller, a partner with Quarles & Brady, L.L.P., has been recognized as a leader in the area of “Real Estate” by Chambers USA for 2014.

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In memoriam: Paul E. Heltzel, '82 J.D.

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The law school is sad to announce the death of alumnus Paul E. Heltzel who passed away on June 30, 2014 at his home in Ohio. Heltzel was serving as Trumbull County Commissioner at the time of his death. Read the obituary which gives more detail about his dedication as a public servant and a tribute article.

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David Linden Barber, ’89 J.D.

D. Linden Barber is moving with Quarles & Brady, LLP, from its Washington, D.C. location to its new office recently opened in Indianapolis, Indiana. Barber, Quarles Director of DEA Compliance and Litigation Practice Group, will serve as the office managing partner in Indianapolis. Barber advises manufacturers and distributors of pharmaceutical controlled substances as well as pharmacies, hospitals and other DEA registrants. Prior to joining Quarles & Brady, Barber served for 12 years in a variety of positions at the DEA.

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Lorelie S. Masters, ’81 J.D.

Lorelie Masters has been elected president of the American College of Coverage and Extracontractual Counsel (ACCEC). Masters is a partner in Perkins Coie’s Insurance Recovery Group. Masters will serve as ACCEC’s second president after being one of the founding members of the College established in 2012. Masters practices as an insurance litigator and counselor and has more than 30 years of experience representing policyholders.

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Diane M. Haller, ’86 J.D.

Diane Haller, a partner with Quarles & Brady, LLP, has been named among the Top 25 Female attorneys in Arizona by Southwest Super Lawyers.

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Lorelie S. Masters, ’81 J.D.

Perkins Coie is pleased to announce that Lorelie (“Lorie”) S. Masters has joined the firm’s Washington, D.C. office as partner in the firm’s Insurance Recovery Group.

Masters’ clients include companies and individuals seeking counsel in enforcing insurance coverage under general liability, directors and officers, fiduciary liability, first-party property, business-interruption, cyber liability and damage, and other types of insurance. She has extensive experience representing clients in state and federal trial and appellate courts and in arbitrations, both domestic and abroad, and has won significant trials and arbitrations enforcing insurance coverage for policyholder clients.

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Elizabeth Murphy, '85 J.D.

Elizabeth Murphy has been named an associate director in its Division of Corporation Finance of The Securities and Exchange Commission.

For the past five years, Ms. Murphy has served as the Secretary of the Commission, heading the office that prepares, reviews, and maintains records of Commission action and advises the Commission and the SEC

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Paul Lewis BA ’80; JD ‘83

Paul M. Lewis has been appointed as special envoy for the closure of the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Lewis will begin his work at the Pentagon on Nov. 1.

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Michael J. Allen, ’85 J.D.

Michael J. Allen was selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2014 for Litigation – Intellectual Property. Allen is an attorney at Carruthers & Roth P.A. in Greensboro, North Carolina.

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Don C.A. Parker, ’88 J.D.

Don C.A. Parker has been named the 2014 Charleston, West Virginia Insurance Law “Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers ranking service. Parker is a Member of Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC.

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Diane M. Haller, ’86 J.D.

Diane M. Haller has been recognized in Chambers USA 2013. Haller specializes in Real Estate Law at Quarles & Brady LLP.

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Lauretta K. Murphy, ’88 J.D.

Lauretta Murphy has been named by Michigan Lawyers Weekly as a 2013”Michigan Women in the Law.” The award recognizes high-achieving lawyers in Michigan. Murphy is an associate at Miller Johnson and is based in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

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Frederic Shadley, ’78 BS, ’81 J.D.

Frederic “Fritz” Shadley has been recognized for exceptional performance in Litigation by Chambers USA. Shadley is a partner at Ulmer & Berne LLP based in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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Kevin E. Griffith, ’82 J.D.

Kevin E. Griffith has been recognized as a “Leader in the Field” by Chambers USA 2013. Griffith specializes in Labor & Employment and is a Partner at Porter Wright in Columbus, Ohio.

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Michael Ridgeway, ’81 J.D.

Michael Ridgeway has been appointed a bankruptcy judge in Minneapolis. Ridgeway currently serves as a Trial Attorney in the Minneapolis Office of U.S. Trustee.

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Tim Borchers, ’87 J.D.

Tim Borchers is the new national Director of Business Development for BDO US, LLC’s Forensic Technology Services in New York, New York. Borchers specializes in working with corporate clients and legal professionals to identify solutions to forensic technology issues.

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Diane M. Haller, ’86 J.D.

Diane M. Haller has been named by Southwest Super Lawyers magazine as among the top five percent of attorneys in Arizona for 2013. Haller specializes in Real Estate Law and is an attorney at Quarles & Brady in Phoenix, Arizona.

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Todd A. Leeson, ’89 J.D.

Todd A. Leeson has been named a “Top Lawyer” for 2013 by American Lawyer Media. Leeson is an attorney at the law firm of Gentry Lock Rakes & Moore, LLP in Roanoke, Virginia, and concentrates his practice on labor and employment.

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Todd Leeson, ’89 J.D.

Todd Leeson has been named to the Best Lawyers list for 2013 for Employment Law – Management; Labor & Employment Litigation. Leeson is an attorney with Gentry Lock Rake & Moore LLP in Roanoke, VA.

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