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Frank T. Pimentel, ’87 BA, ’94 J.D.

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions recently appointed Frank T. Pimentel as an Immigration Judge in the Port Isabel Immigration Court in Texas. Prior to this appointment, Pimentel served from 2012 to 2017 as an assistant U.S. attorney at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of New York in Buffalo. Also from 2009 to 2012, he served as an assistant U.S. attorney at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Texas, in Laredo, Texas.

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Edward J. Heath, ’99 J.D.

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The Connecticut Bar Foundation (CBF) has appointed Edward J. Heath to its Board of Directors. Heath is chair of Robinson & Cole’s Business Litigation Group and leads its Government Investigations and Corporate Compliance Team. In addition to serving on the board, Heath is a Fellow of the CBF’s James W. Cooper Fellows Program. The Connecticut Bar Foundation works in partnership with judges, attorneys, and law schools to promote understanding and improvement of the law, legal institutions, and the legal profession. The CBF administers programs that benefit legal services agencies to provide access to justice for all people in Connecticut.

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James Joseph Rossi, ’88 BA, ’95 J.D.

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The Michigan Supreme Court appointed Judge Joseph J. Rossi to the business court in the 17th Circuit Court in Kent County. The court hears complicated business law cases, including business claims on partnerships and terminations, anti-trust franchising and trade regulation claims and corporate receiverships.

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Michael N. Chesney, ’92 J.D.

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Frantz Ward is proud to announce that partner, Michael N. Chesney, has joined the Board of Directors of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland. Mike will also serve on the board’s HR Committee. “We are blessed to have someone with Mike’s talent and compassion on our Board of Directors,” said BGCC President and CEO Ron Soeder. “He has already been extremely helpful to the organization. We are pleased that Mike is so committed to helping our kids have great futures.”

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Brad Wiskirchen, ’96 J.D.

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Brad Wiskirchen, founding CEO at leading fraud prevention solution, Kount, has been named by EY as a 2017 finalist for Entrepreneur of the Year, Utah Region. “Entrepreneur of the Year”, founded by EY, is the world’s most prestigious business awards program for entrepreneurs, chosen from an independent panel of judges including entrepreneurs and prominent leaders from business, finance, and the local community.

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Stacy C. Gerber Ward, ’93 J.D.

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Stacy C. Gerber Ward has joined von Briesen & Roper, s.c. as a Shareholder. Gerber Ward served as an Assistant United States Attorney for more than fourteen years and was most recently the Deputy Chief of the Civil Division for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, where she represented the Government in significant civil enforcement matters. Gerber Ward leads von Briesen’s new Government Enforcement and Corporate Investigations Section.

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Kristen E. Polovy, ’98 J.D.

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Kristen Polovy has been appointed by the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey as a Pro Se Law Clerk in the Trenton vicinage where she serves the Court under District of New Jersey Chief Judge Jerome B. Simandle.

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Michael Kettle, ’93 J.D.

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It is with great sadness that the law school announces the passing of Michael Kettle on October 27, 2016 in Atlanta after a yearlong battle with cancer. After graduating from Notre Dame Law School in 1993, Kettle joined the firm of Constangy, Brooks & Smith in Atlanta. Kettle then moved on to serve as vice president and general counsel of Rooms to Go where he remained for eighteen years. View a beautiful tribute to his life

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Peter S. Fruin, ’90 J.D.

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Maynard Cooper & Gale is excited to announce that Peter Fruin has been chosen as a Law360 MVP in the area of Securities Law, one of only five attorneys nationwide selected for this distinction. Fruin is the first lawyer in Alabama to earn this national recognition in any practice area since its inception, and Maynard Cooper is the first Alabama law firm to make the Law360 MVP list. Fruin represents commercial businesses nationwide in financial litigation, with extensive experience representing brokerage houses in litigation and regulatory matters. Fruin also serves as Co-Chair of Maynard Cooper’s Securities Litigation practice group. .Read more

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Christopher J. Spataro, ’96 J.D.

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After a distinguished career practicing law in the Elkhart County community, Christopher Spataro has now joined the Genesis Products leadership team as the new Vice President of Human Resources. Spataro was most recently a Partner at Faegre Baker Daniels where his practice included both general business litigation and employment litigation, among other subjects. As the Vice President of Human Resources, Spataro will seek to use his practical training and legal experience to guide and enhance human capital and business initiatives at the company.

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Thomas W. Curvin, ’92 J.D.

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Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP is pleased to announce that Thomas W. Curvin, partner and co-leader of the firm’s Litigation Practice Group, has been selected to join the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation (AVLF) Board of Directors for a two-year term. The AVLF is the largest provider of pro bono legal services in Greater Atlanta. “We commend Tom for accepting this responsibility and applaud his commitment to the Atlanta community,” said Sutherland Managing Partner Mark D. Wasserman. “Widely respected among clients and colleagues, Tom’s long-standing success in the legal industry and his dedication to improving the lives of low-income families who cannot afford legal assistance will greatly benefit the foundation and its clients.” At Sutherland, Curvin defends property and casualty, life and health insurers in class action, coverage and extra-contractual litigation in state and federal courts across the country.

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James P. Sledge, ’92 J.D.

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James Sledge has been named Vice President of State Government Affairs for Comcast. In his new role, Sledge will be responsible for managing state, legislative and public policy matters for Comcast for the state of Illinois. Prior to this position, Sledge held senior positions at the Chicago Transit Authority and most recently served as the executive officer for the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office.

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Igor Krivoshekov, ’93 MBA, ’97 J.D.

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Igor Krivoshekov, a cross-border transaction attorney, is joining Akin Gump’s as a partner in its London office. Previously, Krivoshekov was a partner at Dentons having joined the firm in 2010.

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Mark Reuter, ’96 J.D.

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Mark Reuter, a partner at Keating Muething & Klekamp PLL, has been named the Best Lawyers 2017 Securities Regulation “Lawyer of the Year” in Cincinnati.

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Michael N. Chesney, ’92 J.D.

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Michael Chesney, a partner at Frantz Ward LLP in Cleveland, Ohio, has been recognized in The Best Lawyers in America in the areas of Employment Law – Management and Litigation – Labor and Employment.

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Domenique Camacho Moran, ’93 J.D.

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Farrell Fritz is pleased to announce that Domenique Moran has been selected for inclusion in the 2017 edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the practice area of Employment Law – Management.

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Julia B. Meister, ’95 J.D.

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Julia Meister, a partner with Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP, has named “Lawyer of the Year” in Cincinnati by Best Lawyers 2017 in the area of Litigation – ERISA.

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Christopher J. Pardi, ’95 J.D.

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Christopher Pardi, has been named general counsel and corporate secretary of Fiat Chrysler in the United States. Pardi has been with Fiat Chrysler since 2004 in the tax affair legal department. Prior to joining Fiat Chrysler, Pardi worked as a consultant and manager at Deloitte and at the firm of Couzens, Lansky, Fealk, Ellis, Roeder, and Lazar, P.C.

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Michael D. Robson, ’95 BBA, ’99 J.D.

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Michael Robson has joined the Chicago office of Greenberg Traurig, LLP as a partner in the Corporate & Securities Practice. Previously, Robson was a partner with Chapman and Cutler. Robson focuses his practice on lease finance, representing lessees, including several U.S. Class I railroads, and debt and equity investors, in leveraged, single investor, synthetic, and capital lease transactions involving a variety of assets.

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Martin Foos, ’92 BA, ’95 J.D.

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Martin Foos, a partner at Faruki Ireland & Cox in Dayton, has founded the Ohio Civil Justice Reform Task Force. The Task Force consists of 23 attorneys and judges from across the state of Ohio, who will consider rule changes that would reduce the time and expense required to litigate civil cases in Ohio’s court. Foos currently serves as Chair of the Ohio State Bar Association Litigation Section Council which formed the Task Force at the request of the President of the Ohio State Bar Association. Foos focuses his practice on complex commercial litigation, including informational privacy matters, securities cases, intellectual property litigation, class action defense, and business competition matters.

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Mark Reuter, ’91 J.D.

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Mark Reuter of Keating Muething & Klekamp has been recognized for inclusion as “Leaders in Their Fields” in the 2016 edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Business Lawyers in the area of Corporate/Mergers & Acquisitions.

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Jill Smith Kanatzar, ’94 J.D.

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Dollar Burns & Becker in Kansas City, named Jill Kanatzar as a partner in its health care group. Kanatzar has more than 20 years of experience, most recently as assistant prosecuting attorney in Jackson County, spending most of her time with the Child Abuse & Sex Crimes Unit. She has tried more than 40 jury cases, from robberies to homicides. She also has prior experience at Stigall Humphrey Lucas Henry & Dollar, where she represented families and patients injured by abuse or neglect in nursing homes.

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Lisa Lukaszewski, ’97 J.D.

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Redgrave, LLP is pleased to announce that Lisa Lukaszewski has joined the firm in Washington, D.C. Redgrave LLP is one of the only law firms in the world focused exclusively on addressing the complex legal challenges associated with the life cycle of information. Lukaszewski has extensive law firm experience representing heavily regulated global corporations. She is recognized as a trusted advisor regarding information governance, eDiscovery, records management, litigation readiness, and compliance issues.

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Meighan A. Harmon, ’96 J.D.

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Meighan Harmon, a senior partner at Schiller DuCanto & Fleck, LLP in Chicago, has been named to the Top 100 Women Consumer Lawyers list by Leading Lawyers. Harmon focuses on complex family law cases involving the distribution of multi-million dollar estates and represents successful business professionals and their spouses from a variety of industries, as well as individuals with multi-generational wealth.

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Radames “Ray” Velazquez Jr., ’92 J.D.

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Ray Velazquez was recently appointed a judge on the Hudson County Superior Court in New Jersey by Governor Chris Christie. Formerly, Velazquez served as a Jersey City councilman.

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Andrew T. Blum, '95 BA, '98 J.D.

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Miller Canfield based in Detroit is proud to announce that Andrew Blum has been elected a new principal with the Litigation and Dispute Resolution group in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

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Kevin Warren, '90 J.D.

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Kevin Warren who is currently the Chief Operating Officer for the Minnesota Vikings is also the highest-ranking African American business executive for an NFL team. He recently was featured on the cover of Modern Counsel in an article entitled “Inheriting a Legacy.” Modern Counsel interviewed Warren about his transition from the legal department to the front office.

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Mary Jo Naples Miller, ’95 J.D.

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Mary Jo Miller has joined Portland, Oregon-based Ball Janik LLP as a partner in the finance, corporate, and real estate practices. Her practice focuses on finance, merger and acquisition, securities, and general corporate matters, with a strong focus on renewable energy-related projects and companies.…

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Heather Guilette Walser, ’96 BA, ’99 J.D.

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Lavelle Law is pleased to announce that Heather Walser, became an equity partner in the firm located in Palatine, Illinois. Kerry Lavelle, founding partner of the firm, acknowledged the contributions Walser has made to the firm in making the announcement. “Heather provides tremendous value to the management team, and to the law office managing her specific practice group. We are a far stronger firm today with her as an equity partner.”

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Charles D. (Chad) Cooper, ’96 J.D.

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Chad Cooper has joined Kaufman & Company, PLLC, a national trial and litigation law firm in the firm’s Cleveland, Ohio office. Cooper has experience in the areas of Business Tort, Commercial Litigation, Financial Services Litigation and Class Action Litigation.

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