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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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.
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.
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.
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.
Robert Driscoll became a shareholder in Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Driscoll is a member of the firm’s Labor and Employment Practice. His practice encompasses a variety of areas in labor and employment law, including defending employers against claims of unlawful discrimination and/or retaliation, handling disputes over restrictive covenants, drafting non-compete agreements, defending unfair labor practice charges, handling grievance arbitrations and representing clients in appeals. Driscoll also counsels employers on wage issues, including guiding employers through government wage investigations, and has defended employers against both class-action and individual wage claims.
Kimberly Gladney has become the Managing Director of North America at Ambridge Partners, LLC in New York. Ambridge Partners is a specialized managing general underwriter of Transactional and Specialty Management Liability Insurance Products.
Jane Hahn has been named a partner at Howard & Howard Attorneys, in its Chicago office. Hahn concentrates her practice in business and corporate law. She represents lenders in secured and unsecured financings including loan workouts and restructurings, term and revolving loans, working capital and letter-of-credit facilities. Hahn has also been recently named a 2015 Illinois Rising Star in the area of Business/Corporate.
The Notre Dame community is deeply saddened by the loss of Drew Haase. Drew was an Adjunct Assistant Professional Specialist of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame where he was the head coach for the undergrad mock trial team that will head to Nationals later this month. He was currently employed as a Law Clerk with the United States District Court, Northern District of Indiana. Previously Drew had practiced law at Jenner & Block in Chicago from 2009 to 2013. To read a tribute to Drew’s life please visit the obituary here.
Cordell Carter has been named CEO of TechTown Global, the network of youth-focused technology and entrepreneurial learning centers. Carter was former chief of staff and director of operations for U.S. programs at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Carter will oversee efforts to grow the centers nationwide. TechTown’s first location, its headquarters, will open in the summer of 2015 in the Chattanooga Lifestyle Center. Carter brings leadership experience in both technology and education.
NDLS grad Sean Seymore has been named a Chancellor Faculty Fellow by Vanderbilt University.
The appointment extends over two fiscal years and includes additional funding designed to support Professor Seymore’s innovative research into how patent law should evolve in response to scientific advances and how the intersection of law and science should influence the formulation of public policy.
Mark Emery has been promoted to partner at Norton Rose Fulbright in its Washington, D.C. office. Emery focuses his practice on appellate and dispute resolution matters. He has briefed cases to the US Supreme Court and has argued cases in numerous other federal and state appellate courts.
Lou Perry was recently named partner at Faegre Baker Daniels in its Indianapolis office. Perry practices intellectual property law, focusing on trademark, copyright, advertising and media matters. A litigator, he serves as trial counsel for clients in federal and state courts and before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.
Kathleen Tinnerello has joined the law firm of Jackson Lewis, P.C. as an associate in its Cleveland office. Tinnerello represents employers in state and federal courts, as well as before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Ohio Civil Rights Commission, the National Labor Relations Board, the State Employment Relations Board and arbitrators.
Geoffrey Spiess recently became Corporate Counsel and Director of Human Resources for the City of Mishawaka in Indiana.
Robert Numbers was recently appointed as a Magistrate Judge in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina. Prior to his appointment, Judge Numbers practiced at Womble, Carlyle, Sandridge & Rice where he focused his practice on complex business litigation in the state and federal courts.
Conor Duggan has joined the firm of Warner Norcross & Judd, LLP in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Dugan joins Warner Norcross as a senior counsel in its Appellate & Supreme Court Practice group. Dugan focuses his practice in trial and appellate law and has extensive experience in appellate work at the state and federal levels focused on commercial litigation, criminal law and civil rights litigation. Prior to joining Warner Norcross, Dugan practiced as a trial and appellate law attorney for Varnum, LLP.
Courtney Lee Tawresey, has joined Husch Blackwell as an associate in its Denver office as a member of the Financial Services industry team where she will focus on banking and finance and tax credit matters. Tawresey has experience in international tax, transactional tax, compliance and corporate law matters and has assisted national and international companies with merger and acquisition planning and execution. Tawresey received her LL.M in Taxation from Denver University Sturm College of Law in 2011.
John Bales joined Kutak Rock, LLP as an associate in the public finance group. He serves as bond counsel, disclosure counsel and underwriter’s counsel on transactions in the firm’s charter school practice.
James Murray is the Director of the John Gardner postgraduate program at Stanford University’s Haas Center for Public Service. Murray was recently selected to be a part of the inaugural national cohort of the Presidio Institute’s Cross Sector Leadership Fellows. The Presidio Institute provides transformational experiences that inspire, encourage, and empower leaders to make measurable, positive impact in their communities.
Jeffrey Vercauteren has joined the firm of Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C. as a member of its Commercial Real Estate Team in its Madison, Wisconsin office. Vercauteren represents clients in all aspects of project development and financing and advises on detailed and complex regulatory and government affairs issues, including matters before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, and other state, county, and municipal administrative agencies, boards and committees.
If you were to ask Arthur O’Reilly what his favorite piece of art is in the Detroit Institute of Arts, he would tell you that Diego Rivera’s murals have the greatest meaning to him because they tell an important story about Detroit and its history. But he would quickly add that right now, he is drawn to Mark Rothko’s “Orange and Brown 1963.”
Cynthia Phillips-Cordes, a partner with Husch Blackwell, has been named to Benchmark Litigation’s Top 250 Women in Litigation. Cordes is one of only five women in the state of Missouri recognized for this honor. Additionally, Cordes was the recipient of the Missouri Bar Pro Bono Publico Award, presented annually to four attorneys who have rendered outstanding pro bono service to indigent or low income persons in need of legal assistance. Cordes is a nationally recognized former federal prosecutor and leader in complex criminal litigation. During her years with the U.S. Department of Justice, Cordes spearheaded and led a multiagency task force of more than 20 federal and state law enforcement agencies and 60 non-profits. Today, Cordes represents clients under criminal and civil investigation by the federal and state governments and leads internal investigations and government compliance for companies. Cordes is a member of the firm’s Technology, Manufacturing & Transportation team and also leads the firm’s Human Trafficking Pro Bono Legal Clinic.
Matthew Killen has joined Nicoladies LLP as an associate in the firm’s Chicago office. Killen’s practice focuses on providing advice to insurance clients on complex coverage issues in a variety of areas and representing insurance clients in complex coverage disputes in state and federal courts.
Brad Sobolewski, a litigator at Ulmer & Berne LLP in Cleveland, has been promoted to counsel and has been named to the list of Ohio Super Lawyers Rising Stars. Sobolewski has extensive experience in complex litigation matters. He represents clients in state and federal courts throughout the U.S., defending companies in complex commercial, banking, insurance, consumer class action, trade secret and non-compete, product liability, and mass tort litigation.
Krishna Walker, an attorney at Bryan Cave, LLP, has been selected as one of Missouri Lawyers Weekly’s “Up & Coming” lawyers for 2014. Walker focuses her practice on business financing representing both lenders and borrowers in a variety of transactions. To read more about the award and Walker’s practice.
Larry Ward, a partner at Dorsey & Whitney, LLP in Seattle, specializing in U.S. National Security Law, has been appointed to a two-year term on the Defense Trade Advisory Group (DTAG) that advises the U.S. State Department on defense trade matters. The DTAG provides the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs with a formal channel for regular consultation and coordination with U.S. private sector defense exporters and defense trade specialists on issues involving U.S. laws, policies, and regulations for munitions exports.
Arthur O’Reilly, an attorney with Honigman in Detroit has been named in the top 100 of the 2014 Michigan Super Lawyer listing and as a “Rising Star” in the practice area of Business Litigation.
Brian Skaret, ’02 J.D., has been awarded the Attorney General’s Distinguished Service Award for the successful investigation and prosecution of the Barrio Azteca criminal organization earlier this year. This prestigious award is the second-highest conferred by the U.S. Attorney General.
A brief written by Johnathan Bridges, a partner with Susman Godfrey, has been praised as among the “best ever” in the newly released edition of a highly regarded book on legal writing. In The Winning Brief (Third Edition, 2014), respected legal writing expert Bryan A. Garner highlights the brief written by Bridges in Maria Antonieta Martinez-Aguero v. Humberto Gonzalez submitted to the U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit. The brief addressed the question of whether the protections offered by the U.S. Constitution’s Fourth and Fifth Amendments applied to a nonresident alien attacked on U.S. soil by an INS agent.