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Andrew J. Hofland, ’09 J.D.

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Andrew J. Hofland has joined Crowe & Dunlevy as an associate in the firm’s Tulsa office and a member of the Litigation & Trial and Bankruptcy & Creditor’s Rights Practice Groups. Before joining the firm, Hofland served as an Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) for the Northern District of Oklahoma. As an AUSA, he represented the United States in a variety of complex criminal prosecutions in federal court; including cases involving organized crime, drug trafficking, fraud and internet crimes against children. Hofland also served previously as a Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Corps officer in the U.S. Navy. During his time with the Navy, Hofland gained significant trial experience prosecuting and defending service members in courts-martial and administrative disciplinary proceedings.

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Edward J. Heath, ’99 J.D.

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The Connecticut Bar Foundation (CBF) has appointed Edward J. Heath to its Board of Directors. Heath is chair of Robinson & Cole’s Business Litigation Group and leads its Government Investigations and Corporate Compliance Team. In addition to serving on the board, Heath is a Fellow of the CBF’s James W. Cooper Fellows Program. The Connecticut Bar Foundation works in partnership with judges, attorneys, and law schools to promote understanding and improvement of the law, legal institutions, and the legal profession. The CBF administers programs that benefit legal services agencies to provide access to justice for all people in Connecticut.

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James Joseph Rossi, ’88 BA, ’95 J.D.

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The Michigan Supreme Court appointed Judge Joseph J. Rossi to the business court in the 17th Circuit Court in Kent County. The court hears complicated business law cases, including business claims on partnerships and terminations, anti-trust franchising and trade regulation claims and corporate receiverships.

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Rebecca D’Arcy O’Reilly, ’04 J.D.

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Rebecca D’Arcy O’Reilly has joined Bodman PLC as a member in the firm’s Detroit office. An established employee benefits lawyer with a multi-disciplinary approach to complex benefits issues, she is co-chair of Bodman’s Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation Practice Group and a leader of the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan service team. She has been honored by several of the leading publications that evaluate business attorneys, including recognition as a “Top Lawyer” by southeast Michigan business publication DBusiness, as a “Rising Star” by Michigan Super Lawyers, and as a “Future Star” by Benchmark Litigation.

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Patrick A. Salvi, ’78 J.D.

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Patrick A. Salvi has been selected among America’s Top 100 Attorneys®. Lifetime Achievement selection to America’s Top 100 Attorneys® is by invitation only and is reserved to identify the nation’s most exceptional attorneys whose accomplishments and impact on the legal profession merit a Lifetime Achievement award.

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Michael N. Chesney, ’92 J.D.

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Frantz Ward is proud to announce that partner, Michael N. Chesney, has joined the Board of Directors of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland. Mike will also serve on the board’s HR Committee. “We are blessed to have someone with Mike’s talent and compassion on our Board of Directors,” said BGCC President and CEO Ron Soeder. “He has already been extremely helpful to the organization. We are pleased that Mike is so committed to helping our kids have great futures.”

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Courtney A. Kirtley, ’00 BA, ’03 J.D.

Kay Casto & Chaney PLLC is pleased to announce that Courtney A. Kirtley has joined the firm as an attorney practicing in the areas of commercial and financial law. Ms. Kirtley will serve the firm’s clients from the Fayetteville, West Virginia office. At Kay Casto & Chaney, Ms. Kirtley counsels clients in the areas of general business, and commercial/financial law, a focus that entails banking, bankruptcy, creditor’s rights, consumer protection, as well as real estate.

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Blake Angelino, ’15 J.D.

Faegre Baker Daniels is pleased to announce that Blake Angelino has been hired as an associate in its product liability group. Angelino will practice from the law firm’s Chicago office. In addition to product liability issues, Angelino represents clients in mass tort litigation, class action litigation, commercial litigation, construction litigation, and oil and gas litigation. Before joining Faegre Baker Daniels, Angelino was an associate with a large law firm in Ohio.

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Lindsey Brazys Pianowski, ’10 J.D.

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Lindsey Brazys Pianowski has been promoted to Partner of Sanders Pianowski LLP. Pianowski is admitted to practice before the courts of the states of Indiana, Illinois and Michigan and before the U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana and the Western District of Michigan. Pianowski is a Registered Patent Attorney with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Her practice is concentrated in Estate Planning, Estate Administration, Elder Law, Business Planning, and Mergers and Acquisitions

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Patrick A. Salvi, ’78 J.D.

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Patrick A. Salvi, managing partner of Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard, and his wife, Lindy, have been named recipients of the 2017 Leonardo da Vinci Award of Excellence by the Order Sons of Italy in America, Grand Lodge of IL/WI. The award recognizes Italian Americans in a variety of fields who have become a pride and inspiration to the Italian community. Mr. and Mrs. Salvi were recognized in the field of “Entrepreneurs” for their work with Salvi Sports Enterprises.

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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.

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Ryan M. Davidson, ’09 J.D.

Morgan, Hallgren, Crosswell & Kane is pleased to announce that Ryan Davidson has been hired as an associate with a focus on litigation and general practice. Davidson spent the last three years running a solo law practice based in Lancaster.

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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.

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Erin Clary Seki, ’98 BS, ’04 J.D.

Erin Seki, has been named a trustee on the board of Our Lady of the Lake University, an independent Catholic, co-ed university located in San Antonio, Texas. Seki has served as managing counsel for H-E-B, a San Antonio-based grocery retailer for eight years.

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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.

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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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Michael N. Chesney, ’92 J.D.

Michael Chesney, a partner at Frantz Ward LLP in Cleveland, Ohio, has been recognized in The Best Lawyers in America in the areas of Employment Law – Management and Litigation – Labor and Employment.

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

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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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The Honorable Nora Barry Fischer, ’76 J.D.

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The Honorable Nora Barry Fischer, District Court Judge for the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania was chosen by the Mediation Council of Western Pennsylvania (MCWP) as the recipient of its 2015 Conflict Resolution Day Award. Judge Fischer was formally recognized with the award on November 18, 2015 during the MCWP’s annual Conflict Resolution Day event. The MCWP selected Judge Fischer for this award due to her dedication to training and mentoring lawyers throughout their legal careers and for serving as a helpful, positive role model to both male and female lawyers, her family and the Pittsburgh community.

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

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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.

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Brian E. O’Donnell, ’89 J.D.

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Morristown-based law firm Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti LLP is pleased to announce that partner Brian O’Donnell, co-chair of the Firm’s Insurance and Reinsurance Group, has been named a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America, an invitation-only trial lawyer honorary society. Fellows are selected and invited into the Litigation Counsel after being evaluated for effectiveness and accomplishment in litigation and trial work, along with ethical reputation.

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Corben A. Lee, ’15 J.D.

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Gutwein Law, in Lafayette, Indiana is pleased to announce that Corben Lee has joined the firm in the practice area of business law.





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Nicole C. Ruggirello, ’08 BA, ’11 J.D.

Plunkett Cooney is pleased to announce that Nicole Ruggirello has joined the firm in its Bloomfield Hills, Michigan office. Ruggirello will practice in the Insurance Law Group where she will represent property and casualty insurance providers in coverage litigation that involves such complex issues as environmental contamination, construction defects, and products liability. Formerly, Ruggirello clerked in the Michigan Court of Appeals for Judge Michael Riordan.

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Patrick Folley, ’15 J.D.

Heyl Royster is pleased to announce that Patrick Folley has joined the firm as an associate in its Urbana, Illinois office. While at NDLS, Folley was a member of the Saint Thomas Moore Society, the Military Law Student’s Association, and the Intellectual Property Law Society.

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Lance A. Lawson, ’96 J.D.

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McNair Law Firm is pleased to announce the addition of shareholder Lance Lawson to the firm’s Charlotte, North Carolina office. Lawson is a seasoned intellectual property (IP) litigator whose practice focuses on patent, trademark, trade secrets, and copyright litigation, as well as commercial disputes involving technology. Lawson joins McNair from North Carolina IP firm Myers Bigel. Read more

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Adam L. Bartrom, ’07 J.D.

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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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Tom Ajamie, ’85 J.D.

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Tom Ajamie, founder of Ajamie LLP, was recently included in the National Law Journal list of the Top 50 Litigation Trailblazers & Pioneers. Ajamie continues to focus his practice on “representing the underdog against abusers of power” and his accomplishments include the largest securities arbitration win in history. Ajamie has offices in both Houston and New York.

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

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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.

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Thomas Ahearne, ’81 Finds Meaning in a Fight for Education Funding in the State of Washington

Thomas Ahearne, a graduate of Notre Dame and University of Chicago Law School, had risen at a powerful Seattle firm by working for business clients who took on insurance companies, often winning millions of dollars. Ahearne, upon the suggestion of a colleague, decided to put his litigation skills to work in fighting the state of Washington over education funding. Read more in the Boston Globe.

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