Blank Rome LLP is pleased to announce that Manish Antani has joined the Firm as an associate in the Corporate, M&A and Securities group in its Los Angeles office. Antani joins from Eisner Jaffe PC. He concentrates his international practice on mergers and acquisitions, private equity, joint ventures, and licensing and distribution agreements, with a strong emphasis in technology and apparel. He also has significant venture capital experience, including drafting and negotiating governing documents for target companies and investors. His joint venture experience includes drafting and negotiating JV agreements in a variety of industries in connection with domestic and international deals.
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The law firm of Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Aziz is proud to welcome Reed Burritt to the firm as an associate. Burritt focuses his practice on personal injury, medical malpractice, product liability, motor vehicle accidents, workplace injury, wrongful death, and insurance bad faith matters. Prior to joining Abraham Watkins, Burritt was defense counsel for numerous large corporations, including insurance companies. Burritt is very active in the Houston legal community.
James Mall, a partner at Meyer, Unkovic & Scott, has been selected by Super Lawyers to their 2017 list of top Pennsylvania attorneys. Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business rating service, evaluates outstanding lawyers across the nation using statewide surveys, independent research evaluations and peer reviews in more than 70 practice areas. The list features less than five percent of the lawyers in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania each year.
Martin Hagan, a partner at Meyer, Unkovic & Scott, has been selected by Super Lawyers to their 2017 list of top Pennsylvania attorneys. Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business rating service, evaluates outstanding lawyers across the nation using statewide surveys, independent research evaluations and peer reviews in more than 70 practice areas. The list features less than five percent of the lawyers in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania each year.
Stacey McConnell has recently founded the Chicago and Silicon Valley based Adept Legal Talent Group— a boutique freelance network of high-achieving lawyers and paralegals committed to serving sophisticated legal needs. The A.L.T. Group works with law firms, in-house legal departments and directly with businesses to provide project-based legal counsel in all practice areas.
The law school sadly announces the passing of Charles “Chuck” Roemer who died on August 14, 2017 in South Bend. Upon graduation from Notre Dame Law School, Chuck practiced with his brother Tom and later his brother Jim before he partnered with Dick Mintz to form Roemer & Mintz in 1977. Chuck focused his practice on estate planning. In 2001 Roemer & Mintz merged with Barnes and Thornburg and Chuck retired as a partner in 2004. Please view a beautiful tribute to the life of Chuck Roemer and his many contributions to the South Bend community.
Stone Grissom’s first novel titled “A Cry for Justice” was recently published and is available on Amazon. In this legal thriller, Grissom makes several references to Notre Dame Law School and states it is “my small homage to my cherished time as a Domer”. Grissom is an Edward R. Murrow winning journalist and the prime time news anchor at News 12 on Long Island. In addition to his many awards as a journalist, Grissom has utilized his background in civil rights and experience as a criminal defense attorney in his work as a legal analyst on local and national stations covering national and international stories including the Sandy Hook shooting and the civil trial of Michael Jackson. Grissom was also awarded the Louis A. Powell Medal for Excellence in Trial Advocacy by the American College of Trial Lawyers.
Andrew Baum has been appointed by Governor John Hickenlooper to serve as District Court Judge in the 18th Judicial District in south suburban Denver. Baum currently serves as a Magistrate in the 18th Judicial District, a position he has held since 2016. Baum presides over a domestic relations docket. Before becoming a judicial officer, he served in the Denver District Attorney’s Office for eight years, most recently in the Economic Crime Unit. Prior to joining the Denver District Attorney’s Office, Baum served in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps for four years. Baum also serves as one of the officers of the Colorado Notre Dame Lawyers Committee.
Chris McLemore, an attorney at Butler Snow in London, has been shortlisted as “Lawyer of the Year” – Partner in the third annual Future Leaders Awards by Citywealth magazine, one of the leading business publications in the United Kingdom. The Future Leaders Awards originated in 2015 in order to champion professionals under 40 in all facets of the private wealth industry – investment management, law, trust and private banking sector in the U.K. The contest’s philosophy is to recognize and support future leaders who are outstanding at their work and also make a meaningful contribution to society. McLemore advises clients on domestic and international tax planning for individuals, trusts and estates. His practice areas include wealth transfer planning, tax and estates and trusts.
Downey Brand LLP is pleased to announce that attorney John McCarron has been named a 2017 Top Lawyer by Sacramento Magazine. The list of Top Lawyers was compiled from votes from licensed attorneys throughout the region recommending colleagues in more than 50 legal disciplines. The nominees were carefully evaluated on the basis of the survey results, legitimacy of their license, and State Bar standing. Attorneys who received the highest number of votes in each discipline received a Top Lawyer designation and will be featured in the August issue of Sacramento Magazine.
Brian Ellixson has joined national labor and employment firm, Fisher Phillips, as an associate in its Philadelphia office. As an employment and trade secrets litigator, Ellixson will focus on trade secrets, restrictive covenants, non-disclosure agreements, unfair competition and employee raiding within his practice. In addition to working with the Employee Defection and Trades Secrets and Litigation practice groups, he will also work with the Data Security and Workplace Privacy practice group on issues related to federal and state data protection laws, and security breach response, social media and electronic communication policies.
It is with great sadness that the law school announces the passing of Robert “Bob” Krause, of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, who passed away on July 13, 2017. Krause had a long and successful career at Dickenson Wright in Detroit. Krause served on the Board of Directors for the Notre Dame Law School Association from 1994 – 1999 and later served on the board as an executive advisory member from 1999 through 2014. To read more about Krause’s many accomplishments see a beautiful tribute to his life.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions recently appointed Frank T. Pimentel as an Immigration Judge in the Port Isabel Immigration Court in Texas. Prior to this appointment, Pimentel served from 2012 to 2017 as an assistant U.S. attorney at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of New York in Buffalo. Also from 2009 to 2012, he served as an assistant U.S. attorney at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Texas, in Laredo, Texas.
Marisa Lorenzo has been elected to partner at Kelley Drye & Warren LLP in New York. Lorenzo is a litigator who focuses on investigations, enforcement actions and lawsuits involving the communications industry. Lorenzo works with clients, including communication service providers, to navigate government investigations, Federal Communications Commission enforcement actions, and False Claims Act cases brought under both federal and state laws. In addition, Lorenzo represents clients in a variety of industries in all phases of complex federal and state commercial litigation, including trials, appeals, and arbitration and mediation proceedings. She is a member of the New York and Connecticut State Bars.
Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard, P.C. is pleased to announce Chairman and Managing Equity Partner Patrick A. Salvi has been selected to The 2017 Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America, the most elite guide in the legal profession. Each year, Lawdragon selects their list of 500 Leading Lawyers in America through a meticulous process that includes editorial research by Lawdragon staff, submissions from law firms, and an online nomination form that allows visitors to recommend and comment on their favorite attorneys. Salvi is routinely recognized as one of the most prominent attorneys in the country. He concentrates his legal practice in cases concerning serious personal injury, medical malpractice and wrongful death. Salvi has achieved record breaking jury verdicts and settlements on behalf of his clients. Under his leadership, Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard, P.C. has obtained more than 230 multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements totaling more than $1 billion on behalf of injury clients.
Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard, P.C. is pleased to announce Chicago Managing Partner Patrick A. Salvi II has been selected to The 2017 Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America, the most elite guide in the legal profession. Each year, Lawdragon selects their list of 500 Leading Lawyers in America through a meticulous process that includes editorial research by Lawdragon staff, submissions from law firms, and an online nomination form that allows visitors to recommend and comment on their favorite attorneys. Salvi II concentrates his legal practice on cases concerning personal injury, medical malpractice and product liability. At a young age, Salvi II has won numerous million dollar jury verdicts. In the past year alone, he obtained the largest porch collapse settlement in Illinois history, as well as an $11.25 million verdict on behalf of a young mother who was killed in a car crash. In addition, Salvi II’s legal expertise is regularly featured on local Chicago newscasts.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.