Alumni Notes Classes 2000-2009

Peter Breen '00 J.D.

Peter Breen successfully defeated a six-term incumbent state representative in the 2014 Republican primary for Illinois’ 48th House District, which covers parts of the western suburbs of Chicago. Breen won the election by 14 percentage points, 57-43, with almost one million dollars being spent on the race between the candidates and outside groups. Breen is currently unopposed in the general election. Read More

Justin O. Kay, '05 J.D.

Justin O. Kay has been named partner at law firm Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP. Kay is a litigator in the firm’s Chicago office. Justin’s practice focuses primarily on defending corporations and individuals in state and federal court and before federal agencies in cases involving consumer protection statutes, securities laws, and corporate governance statutes. Justin also has a broad array of experience involving general litigation and client counseling, including antitrust compliance; appellate litigation; general business and contract disputes; qui tam defense; insurance coverage defense; personal injury defense; and mediations, arbitrations, and administrative actions before the Federal Communications Commission. Read More

Joseph P. Reid, '00 J.D.

Joseph P. Reid has joined Perkins Coie, San Diego office, as partner in the firm’s Patent Litigation practice. Reid has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in district courts nationwide, as well as the ITC and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. He has extensive experience in multi-defendant cases and cases involving industry standards. Reid has worked on dozens of cases, including ten that culminated in a jury or bench trial. Of particular note, he had a significant role in defending Microsoft Corporation against Lucent Technologies and the Multimedia Patent Trust in a series of trials that forged new damages law and were named among the “Top 10 Litigation Wins of 2008” by IP Law and Business. Read More

Luke E. Debevec, '04 J.D.

Luke E. Debevec has been promoted to partner at Reed Smith LLP in the firm’s Philadelphia office. Luke is a member of the Insurance Recovery Group and has experience litigating, arbitrating, and settling numerous types of insurance, captive insurance, and reinsurance disputes. This includes coverage for environmental pollution and contamination claims; products liability litigation; liabilities faced by pharmaceutical companies, hospitals, and healthcare organizations; claims against churches and other religious organizations; civil rights cases and other municipal or governmental liabilities; fidelity and crime losses; claims arising from complex financial and real estate transactions; and first-party property losses. Read More

Patrick A. Salvi, II, '07 J.D.

Illinois Super Lawyers has named Patrick A. Salvi II ‘07 to its Illinois Super Lawyers list for 2014. Patrick Salvi II is a partner at Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. in Chicago and concentrates his practice on personal injury, medical malpractice and wrongful death. Read More

Jane S. Hahn, '06 J.D.

Jane S. Hahn have been named to Illinois Rising Stars and Illinois Super Lawyers 2014. Jane S. Hahn works in Business/Corporate for Howard & Howard Chicago Office. Read More

Melissa L. Nuñez, '07 J.D.

Melissa L. Nuñez has joined Pepper Hamilton LLP, Orange County office, as a new associate in the Corporate and Securities Practice Group. Read More

Katie Triska, '06 J.D.

Katie D. Triska is a shareholder in the Reinhart firm’s Labor and Employment Practice. She routinely advises employers on a wide range of employment issues, including successful hiring, employee performance management and termination strategies; development and implementation of anti-harassment and other personnel policies; evaluating reasonable accommodation obligations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and state disability laws; and achieving compliance with the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and state leave laws. Read More

Daniel R. Salemi, '06 J.D.

The law firm of Franczek Radelet is pleased to announce that Daniel R. Salemi has been named partner. Dan represents clients in all areas of employee benefits. He counsels employers and plan sponsors on the design, administration and funding of retirement, health, fringe benefit and deferred and stock-based compensation arrangements. He advises clients on issues related to the management and investment of benefit plan assets, and has broad experience with the benefits and compensation issues that arise in litigation, collective bargaining, and mergers and acquisitions. Dan also has significant experience drafting and negotiating executive employment agreements. Read More

Gauri P. Punjabi, '09 J.D.

Gauri P. Punjabi, an attorney in the Employment, Labor & Benefits Section of Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C., has been elected President of the South Asian Bar Association of Greater Boston. She previously served as Vice President of the organization. Read More

Toni Newell, '05 J.D.

Varnum is pleased to announce that Toni L. Newell has been elected to the partnership.

Newell focuses her practice on matters involving energy and oil & gas law, providing a variety of services for clients, including the areas of litigation, regulatory and transactional. Additionally, Newell provides non-energy specific legal services for clients in various commercial sectors. Read More

Paul Harris, '05 J.D,

Paul R. Harris is a new partner with Ulmer & Berne, Cleveland. Paul R. Harris of the firm’s Cleveland office has litigated a wide range of business and employment matters, and has extensive experience in both state and federal courts in and outside of Ohio. He also has significant appellate experience, including successful oral arguments before the Ohio Courts of Appeals. He represents various types and sizes of businesses in litigation, but also counsels businesses on practices to avoid litigation. Mr. Harris is named to the Ohio Super Lawyers Rising Stars list and has received the highest ranking (AV Preeminent) from Martindale-Hubbell. Read More

James P. Burke, '01 J.D.

James P. Burkehas been named a 2014 Ohio Rising Star by Ohio Super Lawyers Magazine.
Mr. Burke is an associate at Roetzel & Andress, LPA in Akron, Ohio. Read More

Julie Ravis, '06 J.D.

Julie E. Ravis has been named a Shareholder of the firm Stevens & Lee effective January 1, 2014. She concentrates her practice in complex commercial litigation with a particular focus on litigation involving financial products and services. Her clients include financial services companies, broker-dealers, insurance companies, publicly traded corporations and private companies. She also represents clients in a variety of commercial disputes at the trial and appellate levels, including contractual disputes, fraud, shareholder derivative claims and breach of fiduciary duty. As part of Stevens & Lee’s electronic discovery team, she regularly counsels clients on e-discovery matters. Read More

Cynthia Cordes, '04 J.D.

Missouri Lawyers Weekly has named Husch Blackwell Partner Cynthia L. Cordes as its 2014 “Lawyer of the Year.” Read More

Nikole Canute, '05 J.D.

Nikole L. Canute, a member of the law firm of Mika Meyers Beckett & Jones PLC, was selected as a member of the Michigan Lawyers Weekly 2013 Up & Coming Lawyers. Nikole practices labor and employment law, civil litigation, fraud investigation, fraud litigation and securities litigation. Nikole is also very skilled in handling electronic discovery and matters involving computer forensic investigation. Read More

Steven Judge, ’07 J.D.

Steven Judge has joined Faegre Baker Daniels as an associate in the firm’s litigation and advocacy practice. Judge is based in South Bend, Indiana. Read More

Ryan Bednarczuk, ’05 J.D.

Ryan Bednarczuk has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2014. Bednarczuk is an attorney at Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP. Read More

Justin Crawford, ’00 J.D.

Justin Crawford has joined Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP as a partner in the firm’s Corporate Department. He is located in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Read More

Qiana D. Lillard, ’98 BA, ’01 J.D.

Qiana D. Lillard, a current assistant Wayne County prosecuting attorney has been appointed to the Wayne County Circuit Court by Governor Rick Snyder of Michigan. Read More

John Murphy, ’02 J.D.

John Murphy has launched his own litigation practice, John Murphy & Associates, after more than twelve years at White & Case, Linklaters, and UBS Investment Bank. Murphy’s practice is based in New York, New York. Read More

Jeffrey R. Caffee, ‘09 J.D.

Jeffrey R. Caffee has been selected as one of 100 trial lawyers in the State of Washington for membership in to The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 organization. Caffee is an associate as Van Siclen, Stocks & Firkins and is based in Auburn, Washington. Read More

David L. Guevara, ’06 J.D.

David L. Guevara, PhD. has co-authored a book titled The Bona Fide Prospective Purchaser Defense: A Guide for Lawyers. Guevara is an attorney with Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP and is based in Indianapolis, Indiana. Read More