Amy S. O’Connor, a shareholder with the law firm of McNamee, Lochner, Titus & Williams, P. C., in Albany, NY has been named as Chair of the Firm’s Trusts, Estates and Elder Law Practice Group. O’Connor’s practice encompasses all aspects of estate planning, estate administration, trusts, guardianships, and elder law, with a focus on assisting elderly clients and their families with legal and tax issues, including estate tax planning, preservation of assets, long-term care planning, and eligibility for governmental benefits.
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Jeffrey Schloemer, a partner at Taft Stettinius & Hollister, LLP in Cincinnati has been selected as one of 2015 Leading Lawyers by Cincy Magazine in the area of Commercial and Contract Law.
Lorelie Masters was featured on the cover of 2015 Super Lawyers of Washington, D.C., in an article titled “Masters of the Insurance Universe.” Masters, a partner at Perkins Coie, is known as an expert in the field of insurance litigation, an area that she has practiced in since the mid- 1980s. In addition to the hours devoted to her successful practice, Masters spends after hours in her role as a social activist: advocating for pay equity for women, human-trafficking laws, voting rights and other issues. This past year Masters declared her candidacy to become the first elected attorney general in the District simply because “the race … needed to include women’s voices.”
Tom Ajamie, who founded his own Houston and New York based litigation firm in 1997, was named one of 500 Leading Lawyers in America for 2014 by Lawdragon. Ajamie was featured as one of the “Heavyweights.” Lawdragon describes Ajamie as “one of the most prolific and successful anti-fraud courtroom crusaders, with billions of verdicts, settlements and awards under his belt and a full caseload in the post-financial crisis era.” His cases have been featured in the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and the American Lawyer.
The law school is sad to announce the passing of Harold (Hal) Moore on February 26, 2015 in Chatham, New Jersey surrounded by his family. Hal was a member of the faculty at Notre Dame in the philosophy department from 1971-1980. After graduation from NDLS, Hal went on to practice law in New York City. For the past 26 years, Hal had been in practice at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, LLP, where he was partner as well as the founder and head of the Project Finance Practice. Please view a beautiful tribute to Hal’s life by linking to the online obituary.
Kelley Drye & Warren LLP announced as part of the Firm’s strategic plan that James S. Carr has been elected Chair of the Firm. Carr joined Kelley Drye’s New York office in 1988, was elected to the Executive Committee in 2007, and is Chair of the Bankruptcy and Restructuring practice group. He is well known in the bankruptcy bar, and he has been recognized for his creditor-oriented practice by Chambers Global, Chambers USA, US Legal 500 and Best Lawyers. In 2014, The M&A Advisor chose one of his matters as Retail Manufacturing/Distribution Deal of the Year, and he has been consistently awarded top-five honors in The Deal Pipeline’s Bankruptcy League Tables. See the full announcement here. Currently, Carr is the Chair of the Notre Dame Lawyers of New York City (NDL-NYC) Advisory Board and a member of the Board of Directors for the Notre Dame Law Association.
Thomas Jennings has joined the law firm of Curtin & Heefner, LLP as a partner in the Business & Municipal Finance and Environmental and Public Sector Departments in the Morrisville, Pennsylvania office. He represents national and local business entities in a wide range of commercial transactions, focusing on facility development and operations. He provides guidance in structuring agreements with the public sector and formation of public-private partnership often involving elements of public, policy and procurement issues, economic development, government contracting, environmental regulation and land use planning.
Shelley Bacastow has been appointed Vice President and General Counsel at PCTEL, Inc., a leader in performance critical telecom solutions, in Bloomingdale, Illinois. Prior to this promotion, Bacastow served as PCTEL’s Assistant General Counsel for eleven years where she managed securities, corporate governance and compensation issues.
Philip Kalamaros has been chosen by the Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana to serve on the board of directors for the Defense Bar for 2015. Kalamaros is a partner in the firm of Hunt Suedhoff Kalamaros in South Bend, Indiana.
Todd Kingma, executive vice president and general counsel for Perrigo Company PLC, has been recognized as Governance Professional of the Year by Corporate Secretary Magazine in the area of Corporate Governance and Compliance. Additionally, Perrigo was awarded Best Overall Governance Compliance and Ethics program in the same area. The national Corporate Governance Awards are designed to recognize outstanding disclosure in corporate governance, risk and compliance. Kingma joined Perrigo, a leading manufacturer of pharmaceutical products, in 2003.
Thomas Jennings, a partner in Hill Wallack in the Yardley, Pennsylvania office, has been appointed to the President’s Advisory Council at Delaware Valley College, an independent, interdisciplinary college featuring individualized attention, small class sizes and an applied as well as theoretical approach to learning, located in Doylestown, Pennsylvania.
Kim Kirn has joined the Senior Arbitrator Panel at United States Arbitration & Mediation (USA&M), the leading provider of mediation and arbitration services. Kirn currently serves on USA&M’s Mediation Panel.
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.
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.
William Cavanaugh, a shareholder at Munsch Hardt, has been recognized by Chambers USA as a notable practitioner within the firm’s “Real Estate” practice.
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.
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.
Wayne Malecha, a partner with Jackson Walker L.L.P., has been named to D Magazine’s “Best Lawyers in Dallas” for 2014.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Diane Haller, a partner with Quarles & Brady, LLP, has been named among the Top 25 Female attorneys in Arizona by Southwest Super Lawyers.
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.
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…
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.
Diane M. Haller named in The Best Lawyers in America 2014®.
Judge David Dreyer has been appointed to the Board of Trustees of Holy Cross College, Notre Dame, IN.