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Elaine Zacharakis, ’94 J.D.

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Garfunkel Wild, P.C. in New York is pleased to announce that Elaine Zacharakis has joined the firm as a partner in its Health Care Information and Technology Group. Zacharakis brings a broad-based practice specializing in technology and privacy law, corporate and regulatory health care. She has extensive experience negotiating a variety of health care and technology agreements. She is also the current chair of the American Bar Association’s Health Law Section’s eHealth, Privacy & Security Interest Group and a member of the legal task force at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society. Zacharakis comes to Garfunkel Wild after maintaining her own health, technology and privacy law firm for 14 years. Since 2004, Ms. Zacharakis has been an adjunct professor at the Beazley Institute for Health Law at Loyola Law School and the Center for Information Technology and Privacy Law at the John Marshall Law School.

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Ralph P. Higgins, Jr., ’77 B.A., ’80 J.D.

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Frantz Ward is delighted to announce that partner Ralph Higgins has been chosen for the 2018 International Advisory Experts Awards as Estate Planning Lawyer of the Year in Ohio. The International Advisory Experts (IAE) is a global alliance of well-established and experienced legal, financial and consulting firms that are committed to providing clients with specialist solutions for their international business requirements. Higgins has over 35 years of experience counseling clients in estate planning, business succession, and transfer tax issues. Higgins also has extensive experience in trust administrations, both as counsel to trustees and as a fiduciary. Higgins has helped administer and finalize a vast number of probate estates over the years.

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Elizabeth A. Holden, ’04 J.D.

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Elizabeth Holden of Hodgson Russ LLP, in upstate New York, has been recognized in the 2018 Edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business for the area of Real Estate. Holden concentrates her practice on commercial real estate development projects and in real estate aspects of large-scale renewable energy projects.

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Shaun Michael Kelly, ’13 J.D.

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Shaun Michael Kelly has joined Connolly Gallagher as an associate in the Corporate Litigation group in Delaware. Kelly previously worked for the Delaware Department of Justice where he served as a Deputy Attorney General in the Fraud and Consumer Protection Division.

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Kathleen Freeman, ’15 J.D.

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Donohue Brown Mathewson & Smyth is pleased to announce that Kathleen Freeman has joined the firm as an associate in its Chicago office. Freeman focuses her practice on professional negligence and product liability.

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Michael N. Chesney, ’92 J.D.

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Michael Chesney of Frantz Ward in Cleveland has been recognized in the 2018 Edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. Chesney represents management in all aspects of labor and employment law, including representing employers in court, arbitrations, administrative proceedings, and other disputes. He advises companies, both large and small, on human resources issues and litigation prevention, including advice on terminations, compliance with employment laws, workplace investigations and the preparation of policies and employment agreements.

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Timothy Sendek, ’07 J.D.

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Akerman LLP is pleased to announce the continued growth of the Chicago office with the addition of intellectual property partner, Timothy Sendek. Sendek focuses his practice on patent, trademark and copyright disputes in U.S. District Courts, the International Trade Commission (ITC), and at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Patent Trial and Appeal Board. Sendek was a former leader of the Lathrop Gage IP Litigation Team.

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Eirene N. Salvi, ’15 J.D.

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Eirene Salvi of Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard recently established the Chicago Committee of the Japanese American Bar Association. The goal of the Japanese American Bar Association is to provide a special forum for members of the legal profession with interests and ties to the Japanese American community to discuss issues, network, and serve the community. Salvi worked with Takayuki Ono of the Goldberg Kohn law firm to establish this new group. Salvi along with Ono serve as co-chairs of the organization.

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Zachary T. Gordon, ’13 J.D.

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Howard & Howard is pleased to announce that Zachary Gordon has joined the firm and will practice out of the firm’s Las Vegas office. Gordon’s practice is primarily focused on protecting clients’ brands through trademark clearance, prosecution, and enforcement as well as counseling clients on general business matters.

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Megan A. Olmstead, ’13 J.D.

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Stoel Rives LLP is pleased to announce that Megan Olmstead has joined the firm as an associate in the Litigation group in Boise, Idaho. Olmstead adds her federal and state government experience to Stoel Rives’ commercial litigation practice, with a particular focus on matters emerging in the Agribusiness, Energy, and Natural Resource industries. Prior to joining Stoel Rives commercial litigation group, Olmstead worked in federal and state government on matters related to natural resources and the environment, including management of public lands, Native American claims, and energy and mineral development. Olmstead previously served as an associate legal counsel for the Idaho Office of Energy and Mineral Resources and as counsel for the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources in Washington, D.C.

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Robert F. Seidler, ’01 J.D.

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Robert Seidler has joined the national law firm Jackson Lewis P.C. as a Principal in its Indianapolis office. Seidler advises employers on compliance with state and federal labor regulations and represents management in labor and employment litigation. Seidler conducts workplace training, seminars, and other engagements to assist employers of all sizes in navigating the labor law regulatory environment.

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Katherine Anand, ’05 J.D.

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The Dallas litigation boutique Estes Thorne & Carr is pleased to announce that Katherine Anand has been selected as a 2018 Texas Rising Star. It is the sixth consecutive year that Anand has been chosen based upon her business litigation work.

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Michael D. Rechtin, Jr., ’92 J.D.

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Seyfarth Shaw LLP recently announced the arrival of partner Michael D. Rechtin, Jr. to the firm’s Real Estate department in Chicago, where he will chair the firm’s Data Center practice group. Rechtin’s practice focuses on data center transactions and leasing, including acquisitions, dispositions, joint ventures, build-to-suit transactions, financings, and development.

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Steve Pratico, ’01 J.D.

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Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney is pleased to announce that Steve Pratico has joined the firm in its Tampa office. Pratico focuses his commercial litigation practice on business torts, breach of contract matters, disputes between commercial lenders and borrowers, real estate litigation and construction disputes in the banking/lending, construction and technology industries. Pratico previously practiced at Barnett, Bolt, Kirkwood, Long & Koche.

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Christy Brown Dunn, ’00 J.D.

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Christy Dunn has been named Chief of the Criminal Division of the Attorney General’s Office in the US Territory of America Samoa located in Pago Pago, Alabama. Prior to this promotion, Dunn served as Associate Attorney General for the American Samoa Government.

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In Memoriam: John K. Vincent, ’76 BBA, ’79 J.D.

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It is with a heavy heart that the law school announces the passing of John Vincent on March 30, 2018 in Sacramento, California. Following his graduation from law school, Vincent clerked for two federal judges and then spent time in private practice. In 1986 he joined the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of California where he worked until his illness. To read more about Vincent’s life view the obituary.

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Terrence R. Brady, ’85 J.D.

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Terrence Brady has been elected President of Underwriters Laboratories, Inc. (UL), the Not-For-Profit operations of UL in Northbrook, Illinois. Brady previously served as UL’s Senior Vice President, Chief Commercial and Legal Officer and Secretary. UL fosters safe living and working conditions for people everywhere through the application of science to solve safety, security and sustainability challenges.

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Jill Vorobiev, ’96 J.D.

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Reed Smith LLP announces the addition of Jill Vorobiev as a partner in the firm’s Labor & Employment Practice Group in Chicago. Vorobiev was formerly a partner at Shepard Mullin. Vorobiev has extensive and significant experience representing clients with a wide array of employment matters, including trade secret misappropriations, non-compete cases, and with a variety of federal regulations. She has advised companies on issues involving the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the False Claims Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and the National Labor Relations Act, as well as various state and local discrimination and employment laws. She also regularly counsels employers on restrictive covenant agreements, and labor contracts and retiree benefits issues.

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Daniel J. Gallegos, ‘00 B.B.A., ’05 J.D.

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Daniel Gallegos has been appointed by Governor Susana Martinez as a judge on the New Mexico Court of Appeals, the state’s second-highest court. Immediately prior to his appointment to the bench, Judge Gallegos was a staff attorney with the New Mexico Court of Appeals. He previously served as a felony prosecutor, handling domestic violence cases and crimes against children. Judge Gallegos currently serves as a Lieutenant Commander in the US Navy Reserve JAG Corps.

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Christine E. Mayle, ’01 J.D.

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Christine Mayle was elected to serve as Presiding Judge of the Ohio Court of Appeals for the Sixth District, which sits in Toledo and hears appeals from all trial courts in an eight-county region of Northwest Ohio. Mayle was elected to the bench in November 2016 and is currently the youngest elected appellate judge in the state of Ohio.

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Michael J. Messaglia, ’90 BA, ’93 J.D.

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Krieg DeVault is pleased to announce that long-time partner, Michael Messaglia has been elected as Krieg DeVault’s new Managing Partner. Messaglia, who practices in the Indianapolis office, began his career with Krieg DeVault as an associate in 1993. During his time at Krieg DeVault, Messaglia has served in several leadership roles, most notable a long-time leader of the firm’s Financial Institutions practice and most recently as a member of the firm’s Executive Committee, the committee he will now lead. Messaglia focuses his practice in the corporate and banking area where he has been involved in many of the firm’s largest and most notable merger and acquisition transactions.

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Eric J. Wu, ’08 J.D.

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Eric Wu has joined Leech Tishman Fuscaldo & Lampl as an associate in its newly opened office in El Segundo, California. Wu will focus his practice on California business, labor and employment matters. Wu has extensive experience providing advice and counsel to employers on all aspects of labor and employment law. Wu also regularly advises companies on business and corporate transactional matters.

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Tyler Atkinson, ’08 J.D.

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Tyler Atkinson was part of the trial team at McManis Faulkner that was honored by the Daily Journal in its “Top Verdicts” supplement. The firm’s victory in the California Supreme Court in Smith v. San Jose was recognized as one of the year’s “Top Five Appellate Reversals.” To read more about the case and its road to the California Supreme Court click here.

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Matthew Schechter, ’96 J.D.

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Matthew Schechter was part of the trial team at McManis Faulkner that was honored by the Daily Journal in its “Top Verdicts” supplement. The firm’s victory in the California Supreme Court in Smith v. San Jose was recognized as one of the year’s “Top Five Appellate Reversals.” To read more about the case and its road to the California Supreme Court click here.

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David J. Butler, ’94 BA, ’97 J.D.

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Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP is pleased to announce that David Butler has been named to the firm’s 2018 Executive Committee. Butler is a partner in the Columbus office and practices as a business trial lawyer with extensive experience in complex civil litigation, mass tort class actions and multi-district litigations.

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Chase M. Hundman, ’17 J.D.

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Howard & Howard is pleased to announce that Chase Hundman has joined the firm and will be practicing out of its Chicago office. Hundman will concentrate his practice in commercial litigation. Hundman began his career with Howard & Howard as a Summer Associate in 2016. Prior to joining as a full-time associate, Hundman was a Judicial Extern for Judge Jon DeGuilio at the United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana.

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Robert W. Savoie, ’10 J.D.

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Robert Savoie has been named Member of the firm McGlinchey Stafford PLLC in the New Orleans office where he joined the firm in 2010. Savoie focuses his practice on the representation of financial institutions with respect to banking and consumer financial services regulatory compliance. Savoie has also been recognized in the 2018 edition of Louisiana Super Lawyers as a “Rising Star” in the banking practice area.

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Paul H. Titus, ’60 J.D.

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Paul Titus, of Counsel at Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP, received the “Drum Major for Justice Award” on January 15 at the 19th Annual Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Prayer Breakfast, held by the Allegheny County Bar Association. Titus was honored for the “extraordinary community work he has done with the Catholic Diocese in Pittsburgh to ensure that diverse students attending predominately African American Catholic Schools have an opportunity to gain hands on experience in the legal field.” For over 20 years, Titus has led a Mock Trial Program and Constitution and Legal System Training for 8th grade students at Sister Thea Bowman Catholic Academy.

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Rebecca R. A. Smith, ’10 J.D.

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Downey Brand is pleased to announce that Rebecca Smith has been promoted to counsel in its Sacramento, California office. Rebecca partners with clients to help them navigate the unique challenges and opportunities of California water law. Both public and private sector clients benefit from Rebecca’s unique expertise in water rights, agricultural law, water supply, environmental compliance, and groundwater issues.

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In Memoriam: Joseph F. Gargan, ’52 BA, ‘55 J.D.

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It is with a heavy heart that the law school announces the passing of Joseph Gargan on December 12, 2017 in Lansdowne, Virginia. Gargan was formerly of Hyannis Port, Massachusetts. After graduating from Notre Dame with his law degree, Gargan worked as trial lawyer at Badger, Pratt, Doyle & Badger. Following his years in practice, Gargan spent time working on John Kennedy’s 1960 presidential campaign as well as campaigns for both Ted and Bobby Kennedy. Gargan later returned to private practice and eventually became a founding partner at Gargan, Harrington, Markham & Wall. Gargan retired from practice in 2013. To read more about Gargan’s life see the obituary.

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