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Damarius Miller, ’13 J.D.


Winstead PC is pleased to announce that Damarius “Mauri” Miller has joined its firm in the Dallas office. Miller represents public and private companies in areas of corporate and securities law, including corporate formation and structure, general corporate matters and other related transactions. He is an entrepreneur and business owner with an e-commerce startup in the beauty and fashion industry. At Notre Dame Law School, Mauri was active in local and regional levels of the Black Law Students Association and served as president of the Sports, Communications, and Entertainment Law Forum. He previously worked as an associate in the Indianapolis office of Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.

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Peter J. Kosydar, III, ’12 J.D.


Peter Kosydar has joined the firm of Bell Nunnally & Martin, LLP in Dallas. Kosydar joins the firm’s Corporate and Securities, Mergers and Acquisitions and Tax practice areas. Kosydar previously worked at Kreis, Enderle, Hudgins & Borsos, P.C. in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

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Frederic X. (Fritz) Shadley, ’78 EG, ’81 J.D.


Ulmer & Berne is pleased to announce that partner, Fritz Shadley, has been recognized in the 2016 Benchmark Litigation as one of the “State Litigation Stars” in the practice area of Construction Law.

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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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Alexander X. Shadley, ’10 BA, ’14 J.D.


Segal McCambridge Singer and Mahoney, Ltd. is pleased to welcome Alex Shadley as an associate in its Chicago office. Shadley will focus his practice on the litigation of toxic tort and complex commercial litigation matters. During his time as an undergraduate, he was a member of Phi Alpha Theta History Honors Society and participated in a study abroad program in Athens, Greece. Between college and law school, he worked as a teacher and coach for AmeriCorps. While in law school, he participated in Intensive Trial Advocacy and Deposition Skills seminars and was a representative for Themis Bar Review.

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James M. Lewis, ’91 J.D.

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James “Jay” Lewis a partner at Tuesley, Hall, Konopa, LLP, received the honor of being named the Best Lawyers’ 2016 Corporate Law “Lawyer of the Year” in South Bend, a recognition given to only a single lawyer in each category. Lewis is licensed to practice law in IN and MI. His practice areas also include business law, real estate, labor and employment law and commercial litigation.

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James D. Friedman, ’72 J.D.

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Quarles & Brady LLP today announced that Milwaukee partner James D. Friedman has been elected to the Board of Directors for Cristo Rey Jesuit Milwaukee High School. There are 30 Cristo Rey schools nationwide serving 9,800 students. The Milwaukee Cristo Rey facility welcomes its first class this fall. “I’m honored to serve on the board,” said Friedman. “Cristo Rey has a very unique and innovative approach to high school education for economically deprived children.” Friedman is a member of this firm’s Business Law Practice Group. He has provided legal counsel to clients in very challenging legal, financial and business matters for more than 40 years. He handles countless legal matters including business litigation, securities offerings, mergers and acquisitions, banking regulation and corporate governance.

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Julia B. Meister, ’95 J.D.


Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP is pleased to announce that attorney Julia B. Meister has been appointed ethics and malpractice co-chair of the American Bar Association Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law. Meister currently serves as vice-chair for the section. Her new one-year leadership term began Sept. 1. Meister is a partner in Taft’s Litigation, Health & Life Sciences, and Private Client groups and heads the firm’s Cincinnati Estates, Trusts and Fiduciary Litigation practice.

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Dennis M. Barnes, ’86 J.D.

Barris, Sott, Denn & Driker is pleased to announce that Dennis M. Barnes has been elected as the next Treasurer of the State Bar of Michigan. The State Bar’s election of Barnes to this officer position is not only a recognition of his leadership in the State Bar of Michigan, but also a recognition of his dedication to its primary purpose, protection of the public, and its mission, promoting improvements in the administration of justice and advancements in jurisprudence, and in improving relations between the legal profession and the public. Barnes was initially elected to the State Bar Board of Commissioners in 2010, and has served on its Executive Committee since 2012. Barnes has served in several different bar and professional organizations, and is a past-President of the Federal Bar Association’s Eastern District of Michigan Chapter. He concentrates his practice on complex business litigation, including professional liability defense, insurance coverage litigation, intellectual property disputes, and other business tort and contract disputes.

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Michael J. Visnosky, ’72 J.D.

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Michael Visnosky, of counsel at Knox Law and Director of Governmental Affairs for Millcreek Health System, Inc., was selected for inclusion in the 2016 Best Lawyers in America in the area of Family Law. During his career at Knox Law, he handled a variety of family law, real estate, civil litigation and personal injury matters. Mr. Visnosky is Co-Incorporator and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Millcreek Health System, Inc. and Chairman of the Board Emeritus of Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM), the largest medical school in the United States.

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Patrick Scott, ’76 BA, ’79 J.D.

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Patrick Scott, a partner at Gray Robinson in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, has been named to the 2016 Best Lawyers in America list in the practice areas of Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law and Litigation-Bankruptcy.

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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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James R. Mall, ’74 BA, ’78 J.D. MBA


Meyer, Unkovic & Scott in Pittsburgh is pleased to announce that James Mall has been selected for inclusion in the 2016 edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the practice areas of Construction Law and Litigation-Construction.

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Domenique Camacho Moran, ’93 J.D.

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Farrell Fritz is pleased to announce that Domenique Moran has been selected for inclusion in the 2016 edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the practice area of Employment Law – Management. Moran has also been selected to the 2015 New York Super Lawyers list for her work in Employment and Labor Law.

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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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F. Mark Reuter, ’96 J.D.


Keating Muething & Klekamp, PLL is pleased to announce that Mark Reuter has been selected for inclusion in the 2016 edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the practice area of Securities/Capital Markets Law and Securities Regulation.

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Carol Ann Nix, ’75 J.D.


Carol Ann Nix’s first book, DRAGON HEARTS: LOVE IN CHINA, was published in June 2015. It is a memoir containing candid accounts of her life in China from 2009 through 2010. The story contains some of her personal experiences and impressions as a Valparaiso University professor teaching university courses to Chinese undergraduate and graduate students in Beijing. The book is about Chinese hearts touching Carol Ann’s heart, and her heart touching theirs. Her first sequel, DRAGON HEARTS: EAGLE IN CHINA, will be published in December 2015 by Koehlerbooks. She plans to write two additional sequels in her DRAGON HEARTS series.

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Christopher Dembowski, ’77 J.D.

Miller Canfield is pleased to announce that Christopher Dembowski was honored as a “Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers’ 2016 in the practice area of Public Finance Law. Dembowski has played a key role in establishing many financing programs for various State of Michigan authorities, including the State Building Authority, Michigan Strategic Fund, Michigan Tobacco Settlement Finance Authority and Michigan Finance. He assisted in drafting legislation that either created those authorities or established new programs administered by them. For the Michigan Municipal Bond Authority, Chris has been involved in establishing its School Aid Note Program, Local Government Loan Program, Clean Water Revolving Fund Loan Program, Drinking Water Revolving Fund Loan Program, School Loan Revolving Fund Program and Strategic Water Quality Initiatives Fund Loan Program. Chris also has experience representing cities, villages, townships, municipal authorities and school districts in public finance transactions. Dembowski practices in Miller Canfield’s Lansing, Michigan office.

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The Honorable Michael Gotsch, Sr., '79, '87 JD Receives ISBA Outstanding Judge Award

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Judge Michael G. Gotsch Sr., who has served on the bench in the St. Joseph Circuit Court since 2004, was recently honored as the recipient of the Outstanding Judge Award from the Indiana State Bar Association’s (ISBA) Young Lawyers Section at the ISBA’s annual meeting. Over the years, Gotsch has been appointed to serve on numerous national and state committees and task forces. Additionally, Gotsch is an adjunct faculty member at Notre Dame Law School. Read the full news release.

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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.

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Fighting for Unaccompanied Immigrant Children, One Client at a Time


In early June, Michael Hagerty, ‘13 J.D., a staff attorney with Public Counsel, a non-profit legal aid firm in Los Angeles, was in Visalia for the first time to represent a client in the Tulare County Probate Court. On that day a crucial guardianship hearing was set to take place—one that Hagerty knew was likely to determine the ultimate fate of his client’s immigration case. Though the process is complex, Hagerty knew that a favorable decision that day meant his client would likely get his green card eventually. A negative decision could very well have meant removal from the United States.

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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.

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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.

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Nancy J. Gargula, ’81 J.D.


Nancy Gargula will receive the 2015 Woman for All Seasons Award from the St. Thomas More Society of Indianapolis at the annual Red Mass Dinner on October 5, 2015. This award is given annually to an individual whose life and work exemplifies the ideals of St. Thomas More who was an English lawyer, author and statesman. As Lord Chancellor to King Henry VIII of England, More was widely recognized as one of the greatest lawyers of his time, a dedicated husband and father, and a man of deep faith. Among her notable accomplishments that led to her selection were Nancy’s distinguished legal career (which has included her role as the general counsel and Secretary to the Board of one of the nation’s largest financial institutions, partnership in a large multi-jurisdictional law firm and her current service as the United States Trustee for Region 10 and for nine years Region 13 as well for the past 14 years), her shining example of the Catholic faith by giving generously of her time (Past President of the St. Thomas More Society and Board member for 34 years; Red Mass Planning Chair for 34 years; Past President of the Indianapolis Bar Foundation, service on six professional associations and non-profit Boards for the past 30 years including serving as the Region 8 Director on the Notre Dame Law Association Board for the past 3 years; service on the Indiana Supreme Court’s IOLTA Committee, community volunteer for numerous organizations, events and projects), her talent (Red Mass Cantor for 33 years; Cantor, Choir Member at her parish for 25 years; cantor for parish funerals, weddings and festivals), and treasure (Nancy and her siblings established The Joseph T. Helling Memorial Scholarship Fund in memory of her father who also taught at the Notre Dame Law School; Nancy and Mark Gargula Endowment for Excellence in Public Service at the University of Notre Dame Law School established on the occasion of Nancy and Mark’s 30th Anniversary of graduating from the law school; member of the Miter Society for the Archdiocese of Indianapolis; Indianapolis Zoological Society Nussbaum Member) as well as the number of awards she has received during her career, including Distinguished Fellow and Patron Fellow of the Indianapolis Bar and Indiana State Bar Associations, Board of Manager’s Award, President’s Award and Distinguished Barrister Award, to name a few. A unanimous decision was reached that Nancy’s life, work and extraordinary legal career exemplify the ideals of St. Thomas 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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Samantha N. Winter, ’11 J.D.


Samantha Winter joined Sacks Tierney in Scottsdale, Arizona as an estate and tax planning attorney. When not practicing law, she is an accomplished singer, having performed the National Anthem at numerous sporting events.

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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.

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