Classes 1940-1949

In Memoriam: Lawrence E. Carr, Jr., ’48, ’49 J.D.


It is with a heavy heart that the Law School announces the passing of Lawrence Carr, Jr. on November 21, 2015 in Alexandria, Virginia. Carr practiced law in Washington, DC for more than 60 years, most recently as senior partner with Carr Maloney, PC. Devoted to Notre Dame, Carr served on the Advisory Council for Notre Dame Law School for 24 years, from 1984 to 2008. Carr sent four of his five children to Notre Dame. Please view a tribute to Carr’s life in the online obituary.

Leading Scholar of International Art Law, John H. Merryman, ’44 M.S, ’47 J.D. Passes Away

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John Merryman was a world renowned expert in art law, cultural property law, and comparative law. John studied and taught in these areas at Stanford Law School for sixty-two years. John passed away on August 5, 2015 at the age of 95. Stanford Law School posted an article which is a beautiful tribute to this Notre Dame double domer who lived an extraordinary life.

Mike Stepovich, '43 J.D.

Mike Stepovich, Who Led Alaska to Statehood, Dies at 94

Mr. Stepovich was the last presidentially appointed governor of the Territory of Alaska and also helped lobby Congress for statehood.

Alexis “Alex” Thomas Cholis, ’41 BA, ’42 J.D.

Alexis Cholis is retiring after more than 70 years after admission to the Indiana bar. According to the Indiana Roil of Attorneys, Cholis has been an active lawyer six years longer than anyone in Indiana has. Cholis is an Estate and Tax attorney at Cholis & Cholis in South Bend, Indiana.

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Classes 1950-1959

In Memoriam: Francis X. Beytagh, ’56 BA

Francis “Frank” Beytagh passed away on February 21, 2016 in Dublin, Ohio at the age of 80. Upon graduation from Notre Dame, Beytagh went on to receive his juris doctor from University of Michigan. Beytagh served as Senior Law Clerk for Chief Justice Earl Warren, and later, as an Assistant Solicitor General where he argued well over a dozen cases in the United States Supreme Court. Throughout much of his career, Beytagh served as an educator and scholar in the area of Constitutional law, teaching at a number of institutions including Notre Dame Law School. For more on Frank Beytagh’s many accomplishments see a beautiful tribute to his life.

In Memoriam: Jerome A. Frazel, Jr., ’50 J.D.


It is with a heavy heart that the Law School announces the passing of Jerome Frazel on February 6th in Beverly, Illinois at the age of 89. After receiving his law degree Frazel joined 13 other attorneys at Hinshaw and Culbertson in Chicago in 1959. Frazel became a senior partner at Hinshaw and helped the firm grow into the national firm of over 500 attorneys that it is today. In 1976 the Notre Dame Club of Chicago honored Frazel with its Man of the Year Award. To read more about Frazel’s accomplishments in both his professional and personal life, please view a tribute in the Beverly Review.

Donald W. Ward, ’54 J.D. Receives the 2015 Legendary Lawyer Award


Donald Ward, partner at Ward & Ward in Indianapolis was named the 2015 Legendary Lawyer by the Indiana Bar Foundation. The annual Legendary Lawyer Award recognizes an attorney who demonstrates adherence to the highest principles and traditions of the legal profession throughout a career of 50 years or more. Ward has practiced for 60 years and currently practices with his son at Ward & Ward. Attorney Richard Eynon commented that, “Perhaps no other individual attorney has had a greater impact over the past 50 years in maintaining the integrity of the Appellate and Supreme courts, while putting aside self-interest for the best interests of Hoosiers’ justice, than Don.” Ward was humbled and honored by the award stating, “It is hard for me to believe that I can receive an award for doing the thing I have enjoyed doing for the past 60 years – going to the office and practicing law.” Read more.

In Memoriam: Edward F. Broderick, Jr., ’54 BA, ’56 J.D.

It is with great sadness that the Law School announces the passing of Edward Broderick, Jr. on July 22, 2015 in Morristown, New Jersey. Mr. Broderick was a senior managing partner of Broderick, Newmark and Grather P.C. for over five decades, providing legal counsel in the areas of commercial and corporate law, employment law and civil rights litigation. Most recently, Mr. Broderick had joined Wilson Elser, LLP and continued his law career Of Counsel. See a beautiful tribute to Mr. Broderick’s life in the online obituary.

In memoriam: James Fitzgerald, Jr., ’57 BA, ’59 J.D.

It is with great sadness that the Law School announces the passing of James Fitzgerald, Jr. on June 18, 2014 in Gross Ile, Michigan. Please view the online obituary.

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Classes 1960-1969

Thomas Curtin, '68 J.D. Awarded Prestigious Daniel J. O'Hern Award


Tom Curtin, founding member of Graham Curtin, in Morristown, New Jersey received the prestigious Daniel J. O’Hern Award from the New Jersey Commission on Professionalism in Law. Tom was honored “for his lifetime achievements and commitment to the highest ideals of the profession” at the annual awards ceremony. Read more about his many contributions to the legal profession.

The NDLS Community Remembers Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Patrick Crooks, ’63 J.D.


Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice N. Patrick Crooks, ’63 J.D., passed away on Monday, Sept. 21, 2015. He was 77 years old. Justice Crooks served in the Wisconsin judiciary for 39 years, first on the trial court and then on the Wisconsin Supreme Court, to which he was elected in 1996 and re-elected in 2006. Only a week before his death, he announced that he planned to retire on July 31, 2016.

In Memoriam: John H. Leahy, ’59 BA, ’64 J.D.

Double domer, John Leahy passed away on August 19, 2015 after losing a fast-paced battle with cancer. While at Notre Dame, John was the senior football manager and lived in the football stadium during his law school years, locking it up and taking care of the legendary mascot Clashmore Mike. John served in the United States Navy as a commissioned officer and later as a reserve, retiring as a Captain after 30 years. Later he practiced law in both Chicago and California. John then served as a judge in the Superior State Court of California for thirty years. Please view a beautiful tribute to John’s life here.

Charles A. Weiss, ’68 J.D.


Charles Weiss, a partner from Bryan Cave’s St. Louis office, has been named a fellow in the International Academy of Trial Lawyers. This prestigious, invitation-only fellowship is limited to 500 active trial lawyers from around the U.S. Weiss has more than 35 years of experience in business and complex litigation, representing numerous Fortune 500 companies and other clients in significant litigation matters. He is a member of the American College of Trial Lawyers, a former president of The Missouri Bar and the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis and a former member of the Board of Governors of the American Bar Association. He is currently a member of the ABA’s Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary. Weiss is a Past President on the Notre Dame Law Association Board of Directors.

In Memoriam: Bernard P. Malone, ’63 J.D.

It is with a heavy heart that the law school announces the passing of Bernard “Bud” Malone on February 27, 2015 in Dallas, Texas. Bud devoted much of his legal career as an advocate for financing affordable housing under the FHA Program. Bud later co-founded Malone Mortgage, a finance mortgage company which specialized in federal housing loans. Most recently, Bud founded MORTGAGES

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Classes 1970-1979

John Gaal, ’77 J.D.

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Bond, Schoeneck & King PLLC is pleased to announce John Gaal has been named Best Lawyer’s 2017 Syracuse Education Law “Lawyer of the Year”. Only one lawyer in any practice area in a city is honored as the “Lawyer of the Year”. Gaal has more than 30 years of experience representing employers in the full range of labor and employment law services.

Steven L. Owen, ’76 J.D.

Foster Swift Collins & Smith, P.C. is pleased to announce that Steven Owen has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2017 for his work in Banking and Finance Law, Financial Regulation Law and Real Estate Law. Owen has also been selected to the 2016 Michigan Super Lawyers list.

John L. Peterson, ’79 J.D.

Giyani Gold Corporation is pleased to announce that John Peterson, a world renowned energy storage specialist, has been appointed to its Board of Directors. Petersen has been engaged in the practice of law for 37 years and is a global thought leader on energy storage and sustainability issues. His diverse experience in corporate finance, natural resource development and advanced battery technologies give him a unique perspective on the technical, economic and supply chain challenges of energy storage, vehicle electrification and alternative energy.

James R. Mall, ’74 BA, ’78 J.D./MBA


James Mall, a partner at Meyer, Unkovic & Scott in Pittsburgh, has been named to the 2016 Super Lawyers list. Mall is chair of the Construction Law Group and a member of the Business Litigation and Energy groups. He focuses his practice in construction and commercial litigation, land use and zoning.

Patrick A. Salvi, ’78 J.D.

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Leading Lawyers Magazine has named alumnus and adjunct professor Patrick Salvi as one of the Top 10 Lawyers in Illinois in three separate categories. Salvi was named as one of the Top 10 Leading Lawyers in Illinois in All Areas of Law, Top 10 Leading Consumer Lawyers in Illinois, and Top 10 Personal Injury Plaintiff’s Lawyers in Illinois. Salvi is the managing partner of Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard. Additionally, Salvi is an adjunct law professor at Notre Dame Law School.

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Classes 1980-1989

Todd A. Leeson, ‘89 J.D.

Gentry Locke is pleased to announce that partner Todd Leeson in Roanoke, Virginia has been named in the 2017 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Leeson was selected for his work in the areas of Employment Law – Management, Labor Law – Management, and Litigation – Labor and Employment.

Stephen R. Clark, ’88 J.D.

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Stephen Clark, managing partner of RUNNYMEDE law group in St. Louis, Missouri, has been recognized as a SuperLawyer for the ninth time and eighth consecutive year. Clark is recognized in the field of complex business litigation.

Mark Spitler, ’82 J.D.

Mark Spitler, a partner at Gibson, McAskill and Crosby, LLP, has been selected as the 2017 Best Lawyers, Lawyer of the Year, for Professional Malpractice-Defendants in Buffalo, New York.

Lauretta K. Murphy, ’88 J.D.


Lauretta Murphy, Chair of the Estate Planning Group, at the firm of Miller Johnson in Grand Rapids, Michigan was recognized in the Chambers High Net Worth Guide. Murphy works with individuals as well as multi-generational families to preserve their assets, protect their legacies and promote their philanthropic values. The HNW guide covers 35 jurisdictions worldwide

In Memoriam: John George Coutilish, '87 J.D.

It is with great sadness that the Law School announces the sudden passing of John Coutilish on July 20, 2016 in Rochester Hills, Michigan. John maintained a private law practice in Oakland County. Please view the obituary for more about John’s life.

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Classes 1990-1999

Christopher J. Spataro, ’96 J.D.


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.

Thomas W. Curvin, ’92 J.D.

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.

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.

Igor Krivoshekov, ’93 MBA, ’97 J.D.

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.

Mark Reuter, ’96 J.D.

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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Classes 2000-2009

Husch Blackwell’s Cynthia Cordes, '04 J.D. Receives Trailblazer Award from Missouri Commission on Human Rights

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The Missouri Commission on Human Rights named Cynthia Cordes the recipient of its 2016 Judge Arnold Krekel Trailblazer Award for promoting civil rights and equal justice. The award honors individuals or organizations that show passion for civil rights and equal justice and is named after the federal judge who presided over Missouri’s 1865 Constitutional Convention, signing the ordinance abolishing slavery in Missouri. Cordes is a partner at Husch Blackwell in Kansas City where she leads the firm’s Human Trafficking Corporate Compliance initiative where she provides anti-trafficking policies, training, and audits for corporations that are either mandated by new federal regulations to rid their supply chains of issues related to human trafficking or that otherwise elect to proactively address the issue in their company. She also founded the firm’s Human Trafficking Legal Clinic, the first of its kind in the country, in 2013.

Jason Scheiderer, ’01 J.D.

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Dentons’ Litigation and Dispute Resolution partner Jason Scheiderer was honored as a 2016 Up & Coming Lawyer by Missouri Lawyers Weekly. The publication recognizes lawyers under 40, or who have been practicing for 10 years or less, who demonstrate professional excellence and community leadership.

Christopher R. Drewry, ’07 J.D.

Latham & Watkins, LLP is pleased to announce that Christopher Drewry has been promoted to partner in its Chicago office. Drewry is a member of the Corporate Department who represents large multinational corporations and private equity sponsors in negotiated and hostile public and private M&A transactions. He has substantial experience advising special committees of boards of directors in conflict of interest transactions and counseling boards and senior management on corporate governance and takeover defense matters, including shareholder activism.

Jason Morelli, ’07 J.D.

Latham & Watkins, LLP is pleased to announce that Jason Morelli has been promoted to partner in its Chicago office. Morelli is a member of the Corporate Department who focuses his practice on M&A transactions for private equity firms and public and private companies, as well as strategic investments, takeover defense matters and proxy contests. His experience spans a broad range of industries, including real estate and hospitality.

Nathan J. Logan, ’06 J.D.

Latham & Watkins, LLP is pleased to announce that Nathan Logan has been promoted to counsel in its Chicago office. Logan is a member of the Finance Department whose practice focuses on complex real estate transactions, including acquisitions, dispositions, joint ventures and financing transactions. His clients include private equity firms, REITs, developers, asset managers and operators in a variety of industries, with a particular emphasis on hospitality, self-storage, office and retail.

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Classes 2010-Present

Joseph P. Guenther, ’16 J.D.

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The Cleveland law firm of Frantz Ward is pleased to announce that Joseph Guenther has been hired as an Associate. Guenther served as a 2015 Summer Associate at the firm.

Frederick R. Bentley, ’12 BA, ’15 J.D.


The American Heart Association recently named Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorney Reggie Bentley to serve on its Kentuckiana Metro Board of Directors for a three-year term. The board guides the many local activities that support the organization’s mission of building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. Bentley is an attorney with Stites & Harbison based in the Louisville office. He is a member of the Business Litigation Service Group.

Eirene N. Salvi, ’15 J.D.


Salvi Schostok & Pritchard P.C. is pleased to announce that Eirene Salvi has accepted a position with the firm. Salvi comes to the firm from a prominent Plaintiff’s personal injury firm in Chicago. Salvi concentrates her legal practice on cases involving medical malpractice, personal injury and product liability. In her first trial, she helped obtain a verdict of over $1 million on behalf of a victim of medical malpractice. She is also interested in immigration law and ensuring that immigrants have access to justice.

Elizabeth A. Scarola, ’08 BA & BS, ’14 J.D.


Elizabeth Scarola has joined the firm of Carlton Fields as an associate in the firm’s Health Care practice group. Prior to joining the firm, Scarola served as an extern at Together Health Network, where she assisted in a variety of operational and legal projects for a large healthcare network.

Robert Theofanis, ’12 J.D.


Robert Theofanis is an associate in his father’s firm, The Law Office of Theofanis & Davidson, where he practices in the area of workers compensation. Theofanis married Alexandra Fries, ’13 J.D. in Santa Barbara and the couple now resides in Los Angeles.

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Roundtable Gives Leading Scholars Opportunity to Discuss “The Constitution and Unwritten Law” at NDLS

Constitutional Structure

This year’s theme gave participants the opportunity to explore the many ways in which the law is shaped by forces outside the Constitution’s text.

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