Thomas Burnett, an attorney at Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren S.C. in its Milwaukee office, has been recognized as a 2017 “Super Lawyer-Rising Star” in the area of Business Litigation.
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Christina Jones is a Visiting Professor of Practice and Director of William & Mary Law School’s PELE Special Education Advocacy Clinic. Jones was part of the inaugural Institute of Special Education Advocacy as an intern at the PELE Clinic, and returned to attend as a law student. Jones brings with her special education and disability advocacy experience at organizations including the Morgan Autism Center, the U.S. Department of Justice Disability Rights Section, Alliance for Catholic Education, Legal Aid at Work as well as others.
Judge Deborah Kunselman has been elected to the Pennsylvania Superior Court. In 2005, Kunselman became the first woman to be elected to the Court of Common Pleas of Beaver County. Elected twice to the bench, Kunselman presided over family, juvenile and civil cases. Kunselman also decided many employment cases. Prior to her position on the bench, Kunselman practiced for 13 years in civil litigation, including personal injury, municipal, family and employment law.
Nancy O’Connor has been appointed by Catholic University President, John Garvey, as the University’s new general counsel, effective January 1, 2018. O’Connor brings over 41 years of legal experience in the areas of labor and employment, litigation, and research integrity. Prior to her appointment, O’Connor spent 17 years as partner at Bracewell LLP representing clients in the areas of compliance, internal investigations, transactions, and litigation. Please view a press release.
President Donald J. Trump has nominated Barnes & Thornburg partner James R. Sweeney II to fill a judicial vacancy on the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana. If confirmed, Sweeney, an attorney and retired Marine Corps colonel and combat veteran, will serve as a district judge, filling the vacancy created when the Honorable Sarah Evans Barker took senior judge status.
Verus LLC announces that Deborah Zonies has joined the company at their Princeton, NJ, headquarters as Vice President of Mass Tort Services and General Counsel. Zonies will focus on providing support services to mass tort law firms, specifically in the areas of medical record review and case management. She began her legal career with a major Wall Street firm and eventually went on to serve as general counsel for a large multi-national company before becoming involved with mass tort work. Verus provides a broad range of litigation support and compliance services to law firms and corporate legal departments.
Taylor English Duma LLP is pleased to announce the addition of Jack Sawyer as an Atlanta-based partner in the firm’s Tax Practice Group. Sawyer counsels clients in the areas of wealth planning, asset protection planning, and fiduciary and tax litigation. Sawyer has experience representing landowners and land trusts in planning and implementing bargain sales and conservation easements, and advocating for clients involved in contentious estate or trust-related litigation. He also regularly assists tax-exempt organizations in devising strategies to reduce their unrelated business taxable income and in obtaining New Markets Tax Credits financing for expansion. Frequently recognized by his peers for his excellence in these areas, he is listed among The Best Lawyers in America, Georgia Super Lawyers and Worth Magazine’s Top 100 Attorneys. In addition to his practice at Taylor English, Sawyer serves as pro bono general counsel for the Georgia Planned Giving Council.
Traci Griffith is a professor at St. Michaels College, a Catholic and liberal arts college, in Vermont. Griffith was awarded the college’s outstanding teaching award for 2017/2018. The recipient of this award is nominated by peers and demonstrates innovation in the classroom and commitment to student success. Griffith is the Chair of the Media Studies, Journalism and Digital Arts Department and focuses her teaching on media law and ethics.
Lorelie Masters has joined Hunton & Williams LLP in Washington, D.C. as a partner in the Insurance Recovery Group.
Davis Malm & D’Agostine, P.C. is proud to announce that shareholder John Lynch has been named to the list of 2017 Massachusetts Super Lawyers. Lynch practices in the Business and Trust & Estate areas in Boston.
FBI Supervisory Special Agent Thomas Olohan was awarded an “Attorney General’s Award for Excellence in Furthering the Interests of U.S. National Security” at the 65th Annual Attorney General’s Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C. on October 25, 2017. The award was presented to Olohan by Attorney General Jeff Sessions and FBI Director Christopher Wray.
Butzel Long is pleased to announce that Catherine Karol has joined the firm as Counsel in its Detroit office. Karol concentrates her practice in transactional negotiations, regulatory compliance, mergers and acquisitions, and divestitures. Karol recently retired from a 38-year career on the General Motors (GM) Legal Staff, where she advised all levels of management on a wide range of global legal and business issues. Working with internal leadership, peers, subordinates, outside counsel, and other advisers, Karol developed and implemented strategies for issue resolution and business planning with automotive suppliers, regulators, other OEMs and adversaries. While at GM, she was part of a seasoned executive team that negotiated complex multi-million dollar global transactions and relationships.
Berardi Immigration Law is pleased to announce that Catherine Dines has joined the firm as an Associate Attorney. Dines has a wide range of experience in cross-border corporate relations and has earned a reputation as a proven attorney with a successful track record representing large corporations, partnerships and individual entrepreneurs.
It is with great sadness that the law school announces the passing of Gerald Vairo of Lake Linden, Michigan on September 8, 2017. In 1965 Gerry began his law career with the law firm of Messner & Labine in Houghton, Michigan. Later he became the senior member and partner of the law firm of Vairo, Mechlin, Tomasi, Johnson and Manchester for 50 years with offices in Houghton and Calumet. Please view a beautiful tribute to Gerry’s life and his many contributions to his community.
Burr & Forman LLP is pleased to announce that Charles Davis, III has been hired as an associate in the firm’s Tampa office. Davis joins the firm’s Financial Services Practice Group.
Ogletree Deakins is pleased to announce that Ann Andrews has joined the firm as a shareholder in the firm’s Phoenix office. Andrews has an extensive background in ERISA litigation, as well as other matters. She focuses the majority of her practice on first-party and third-party insurance coverage and bad faith litigation, and has expansive experience in life, health, and disability insurance. She joins Ogletree Deakins from Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie, also in Phoenix.
James Slattery delivered the keynote address at the 2017 General Counsel Summit in Sydney, Australia this past May. The topic was “International Piracy of Online Video Content in the Digital Age.” Slattery is currently a media legal and business affairs consultant in Rye, New York and is also an adjunct professor at Pace University in New York.
Scott Sullivan has been named to the 24th Edition of The Best Lawyers in America©, the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession. For the fourth straight year, Sullivan was selected by his peers in the field of commercial litigation. Sullivan is a partner with WilliamsMcCarthy LLP and concentrates his practice in business law and commercial litigation. His client base ranges from small family-held businesses to Fortune 100 companies. He has litigated business disputes at all court levels, including state, federal and appellate. He has consistently been recognized as a top commercial litigator by his peers.
Edward Heath was one of three lawyers at Robinson+Cole who was presented with Robinson+Cole Mentor of the Year Award that recognizes and honors lawyers throughout the firm for their outstanding guidance, support, and encouragement of fellow lawyers in their pursuit of professional growth.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.