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Richard Gregory (Greg) Parker, ’06 J.D.

Bass, Berry & Sims PLC is pleased to announce that Greg Parker has been elected a partner in the firm’s Nashville office. Additionally Parker has joined the faculty at Vanderbilt Law School as an Adjunct Professor of Law teaching a course on patent litigation during the Spring 2016 semester.

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Richard Tyler Atkinson, ’08 J.D.

McManis Faulkner, a San Jose trial firm, is pleased to announce that it has elevated Tyler Atkinson to partner. “Tyler’s appointment is well deserved. He is an excellent trial lawyer who has demonstrated exemplary firm and industry leadership while providing superior client service,” said James McManis, head of McManis Faulkner.

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Daniel P. Cory, ’08 J.D.


Daniel Cory has been named a partner at Plews Shadley Racher & Braun, LLP. Cory, working from the firm’s South Bend office, concentrates his practice on environmental, transactional, and complex litigation and administrative matters with a particular focus on environmental litigation and helping clients manage risks on environmentally impacted properties.

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Susan Brichler Trujillo, ’04 J.D.


Susan Brichler Trujillo, a partner at Quarles & Brady LLP in Phoenix, has been appointed to the Girl Scouts–Arizona Cactus-Pine Council Board of Directors. The Girl Scouts–Arizona Cactus-Pine Council serves more than 25,000 girls grades K-12.

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Jennifer N. Lamirand, ’08 J.D.


Jennifer Lamirand, an associate at Crowe & Dunlevy in its Oklahoma City office, recently joined the firm’s Indian Law & Gaming practice group.

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Josef P. Reimer, ’04 J.D.


Phelps Dunbar LLP is pleased to announce that Josef Reimer has joined Phelps Dunbar’s Dallas/Fort Worth office as counsel specializing in real estate, complex business transactions and general corporate representation.

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Sean P. Dudley, ’05 BA, ’08 J.D.

Burr & Forman LLP is pleased to announce that Sean Dudley has been promoted to partner in the firm’s Mobile, Alabama office. Dudley is a member of the firm’s Corporate & Tax and Banking & Real Estate groups, with an emphasis on mergers & acquisitions and commercial & corporate finance.

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David Finn Pressly, ’01 BA, ’04 J.D.

The Chicago office of Littler, the world’s largest employment and labor law practice representing management, is pleased to announce that Finn Pressly has been promoted to partner. “Finn is an exceptional attorney and has demonstrated outstanding leadership, hard work and exemplary client service,” said Adam Wit, office managing shareholder of the Chicago office. “On behalf of the firm, we congratulate him and look forward to his continued contributions.”

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Daniel R. Salemi, ’06 J.D.


Daniel Salemi has been named equity partner at the Chicago law firm Franczek Radelet. He is co-chair of the firm’s Employee Benefits Practice and represents clients in the private and public sectors in all areas of employee benefits law.

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Julie E. Maurer, ’04 J.D.


Julie Maurer was presented with one of five Awards of Professional Distinction from Missouri University of Science and Technology. The award recognizes outstanding Missouri Science and Technology graduates for professional achievement. Maurer is an attorney with Jennings, Strouss & Salmon in Phoenix and practices primarily in the commercial litigation group.

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Johnathan Bridges, ’00 J.D.


Johnathan Bridges joined the faculty of UNT Dallas College of Law as an Assistant Professor of Law, having most recently served as a partner in the firm of Susman Godfrey LLP. Professor Bridges will teach Property, Evidence, Legal Writing, and other subjects.

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Justin T. Stolte, ’07 J.D.


Justin Stolte, a senior associate at Latham & Watkins LLP, in Houston, was named to Law360’s 2015 top energy attorneys under 40. Stolte’s expertise in advising major energy clients, comes not only from his legal training at Notre Dame Law School, but also from his years working in the industry as a petroleum engineer at Chevron Corporation and as a senior commercial advisor for Apache Corporation.

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Patricia Victory Waterkotte, ’05 J.D.


Patricia Victory Waterkotte, an attorney with Rusing Lopez & Lizardi, was named one of Tucson’s “40 Under 40”, an award that recognizes young leaders who are making an impact in the community with their professional and charitable work.

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Thomas Olohan, ’01 J.D. Receives Highest Honor from FBI


FBI Supervisory Special Agent, Thomas Olohan, received the FBI’s highest honor of the Director’s Award for Excellence in 2015 due to his work in a sensitive human source operation run jointly with the Department of Defense. Additionally, Olohan was honored with an Anti-Defamation League 2015 SHIELD Award for his role in an investigation that resulted in the incarceration of a US-based individual. The SHIELD Award recognizes major success in the fight against hate crimes, terrorism, and the protection of civil rights.

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Adam L. Bartrom, ’07 J.D.


Barnes & Thornburg LLP is pleased to announce that Adam Bartrom has been elected a partner in the firm’s Fort Wayne, Indiana office, effective January 1, 2016.

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Adam Bartrom, ’07 J.D.


Adam Bartrom, an associate with Barnes & Thornburg LLP, was recently recognized as a Super Lawyers Indiana Rising Star 2015 and named in the Greater Fort Wayne: 20 Millennials Making a Difference in 2015 list. Bartrom has been named a Rising Star for the fourth consecutive year. The Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly recently named Bartrom to its 20 Millennials Making a Difference list. Twenty millennials in Northeast Indiana were chosen for making significant contributions at work, at play and in their communities.

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Christopher Mugica, ’00 J.D.

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Jackson Walker, LLP is pleased to announce that Christopher Mugica has been selected for inclusion in the 2016 edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the practice area of Commercial Litigation. Mugica practices in the firm’s Austin, Texas office.

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Paul R. Harris, ’05 J.D.


Paul Harris has been named one of three partners to lead Ulmer & Berne’s Business Litigation Department and will serve as one of its Co-Chairs. Harris represents both large publicly-traded and private businesses in commercial litigation. Leadership at Ulmer & Berne’s states that, “Rising to meet challenges with enthusiasm and professionalism well ahead of peers his age, Mr. Harris established himself as a successful trial lawyer relatively early in his career”. Read more.

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Juan C. Castañeda, ’05 J.D.


On July 13, 2015, Juan Castañeda opened Castañeda Trial Attorneys — a business trial firm based in San Diego, California. After 10 years of experience litigating on behalf of corporate clients with Am Law 100 firms and on the Department of Justice, Juan decided to fulfill a dream of creating a boutique trial firm. Castañeda Trial Attorneys is focused on business litigation, white collar criminal defense and cross-border litigation matters for individuals and businesses with an emphasis on flat fee litigation. On the personal side, the Castañeda family continues to thrive. In true Notre Dame fashion, Juan and Signe have 6 kiddos: Carsten (12), Diego (10), Soren (8), Everett (6), Mateo (4) and Solaz (11 mos.)

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Jeffrey L. Vercauteren, ’08 J.D.

Jeffrey Vercauteren, of Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C., has been a Leader of the firm’s Communications Law Team. Vercauteren is an attorney in the Madison office where he is also a member of the Real Estate Practice Group. His practice focuses on commercial real estate, communications law, energy & mining, government affairs, sustainability & renewable energy and technology law.

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Cynthia Cordes, ’04 J.D.

Cynthia Cordes, a partner with Husch Blackwell in Kansas City, Missouri, has again been named among the 2015 Benchmark Litigation Top 250 Women in Litigation. Cordes is one of only six women selected in the state of Missouri for this honor and was chosen for the first time last year.

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Susan Brichler Trujillo, ’04 J.D.


Susan Trujillo, a partner at Quarles & Brady in Phoenix, Arizona has been elected vice president of the Community Legal Services, Inc. board of directors. Community Legal Services is an Arizona nonprofit that provides legal assistance, advice and representation to individuals below the federal poverty level. Trujillo is chair of the health care practice group at Quarles & Brady.

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Kurt A. Oreshack, ’05 J.D.


Kurt Oreshack has been hired as General Counsel for Human Longevity, Inc. (HLI) in San Diego. HLI is a biotech company developing advances in personalized medicine in part by building the world’s most comprehensive database of human genomes and associated health data. Oreshack brings experience as a corporate and securities attorney to help guide HLI’s pioneering healthcare work. Oreshack has structured and negotiated hundreds of millions of dollars in debt and equity investments in private and public company clients. In his previous position at Gunderson Dettmer, LLP, Oreshack served as an external General Counsel to HLI and similar companies.

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Mark Rosenberg, ’97 BA, ’00 J.D.


Mark Rosenberg has joined the firm of Timoney Knox, LLP in its Fort Washington, PA office. Rosenberg’s practice focuses on advising and representing clients from domestic and international insurers on insurance coverage, class action and bad faith matters.
He is a co-author of Extra-Contractual Litigation Against Insurers (Law Journal Press 2009), and continues to provide twice-yearly updates to this treatise.

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Alison M. Howard, ’97 BA, ’03 J.D.


Alison Howard, of Crowe & Dunlevy, has been named chair of the firm’s Employee Benefits & ERISA (Employee Retirement Income Security Act) practice group. In this role, Howard leads a team of experienced attorneys concentrated in employee benefits and ERISA litigation. The firm’s attorneys in these two areas work together, sharing information, ideas and resources on client matters, in order to keep abreast of legislative, administrative and judicial developments.

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Francisco J. Valenzuela, ’03 J.D.

Frank Valenzuela, an attorney in the Dallas firm of Fanning Harper Martinson Brandt & Kutchin, P.C., has been selected to the 2015 Texas Rising Stars list, for the sixth consecutive time. Valenzuela concentrates on employment litigation in addition to civil rights and federal constitutional claims. He represents private companies and governmental entities in a variety of matters, from grievance investigations to representation before administrative agencies and courts.

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Joseph T. Kelleher, ’06 J.D.


Joseph Kelleher has been elected a partner at Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young. Kelleher, a litigator in the firm’s Cherry Hill, New Jersey office, represents a broad spectrum of clients, including public companies, privately owned businesses, financial institutions, government agencies, and religious and nonprofit organizations in various disputes and litigation matters. Kelleher is experienced in all aspects of litigation, having served as lead counsel in jury and non-jury trials, arbitration proceedings and appeals.

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Molly Meacham, ’06 J.D.


Molly Meacham joins Babst Calland Clements & Zomnir, P.C. in Pittsburgh in the Firm’s Litigation Services, Employment & Labor Services, and Energy & Natural Resources groups. Meacham focuses her practice in the areas of general commercial and environmental litigation, as well as to represent business entities in employment disputes. Meacham has tried jury trials to verdict, represented clients in state, federal and appellate courts, alternative dispute resolution forums, and before government agencies. She also represents clients in matters that include contract disputes, employment law, admiralty and maritime law, toxic tort, environmental and natural gas industry litigation.

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James P. Burke, ’01 J.D.


James Burke, an associate in Roetzel’s Akron, Ohio office has been named a 2015 Ohio Super Lawyer’s Rising Star in the field of Business Litigation by Ohio Super Lawyers magazine.

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