It is with sadness that the law school announces the passing of Maurice Nelson on January 12, 2015 in Kalamazoo, Michigan. He was 88 years old. Maurice came to the practice of law later in life after serving our country in WWII. After graduating from NDLS, Maurice served a few years as an Assistant Prosecutor in Berrien County followed by two decades of private practice in Niles, Michigan. Please view a lovely tribute to Maurice’s life by linking to the online obituary.
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Kelley Drye & Warren LLP announced as part of the Firm’s strategic plan that James S. Carr has been elected Chair of the Firm. Carr joined Kelley Drye’s New York office in 1988, was elected to the Executive Committee in 2007, and is Chair of the Bankruptcy and Restructuring practice group. He is well known in the bankruptcy bar, and he has been recognized for his creditor-oriented practice by Chambers Global, Chambers USA, US Legal 500 and Best Lawyers. In 2014, The M&A Advisor chose one of his matters as Retail Manufacturing/Distribution Deal of the Year, and he has been consistently awarded top-five honors in The Deal Pipeline’s Bankruptcy League Tables. See the full announcement here. Currently, Carr is the Chair of the Notre Dame Lawyers of New York City (NDL-NYC) Advisory Board and a member of the Board of Directors for the Notre Dame Law Association.
Conor Duggan has joined the firm of Warner Norcross & Judd, LLP in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Dugan joins Warner Norcross as a senior counsel in its Appellate & Supreme Court Practice group. Dugan focuses his practice in trial and appellate law and has extensive experience in appellate work at the state and federal levels focused on commercial litigation, criminal law and civil rights litigation. Prior to joining Warner Norcross, Dugan practiced as a trial and appellate law attorney for Varnum, LLP.
Shaun Kelly has joined Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell, LLP as an associate with the firm’s Corporate & Business Litigation group in its Wilmington, Delaware office.
Courtney Lee Tawresey, has joined Husch Blackwell as an associate in its Denver office as a member of the Financial Services industry team where she will focus on banking and finance and tax credit matters. Tawresey has experience in international tax, transactional tax, compliance and corporate law matters and has assisted national and international companies with merger and acquisition planning and execution. Tawresey received her LL.M in Taxation from Denver University Sturm College of Law in 2011.
Thomas Jennings has joined the law firm of Curtin & Heefner, LLP as a partner in the Business & Municipal Finance and Environmental and Public Sector Departments in the Morrisville, Pennsylvania office. He represents national and local business entities in a wide range of commercial transactions, focusing on facility development and operations. He provides guidance in structuring agreements with the public sector and formation of public-private partnership often involving elements of public, policy and procurement issues, economic development, government contracting, environmental regulation and land use planning.
Caroline McIntyre, Managing Partner of Bergeson, LLP in San Jose, California, has been elected President of the William A. Ingram Inn of Court. On behalf of the Inn, she recently attended the American Inns of Court Celebration of Excellence gala at the United States Supreme Court hosted by the Honorable Ruth Bader Ginsburg, where the Inn was recognized for earning platinum distinction for achieving excellence, the highest distinction an Inn can achieve. She also has been named a Super Lawyer.
John Bales joined Kutak Rock, LLP as an associate in the public finance group. He serves as bond counsel, disclosure counsel and underwriter’s counsel on transactions in the firm’s charter school practice.
Angela Johnson has joined Faegre Baker Daniels in its South Bend office and will practice in the areas of labor and employment.
Jeffrey Vercauteren has joined the firm of Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C. as a member of its Commercial Real Estate Team in its Madison, Wisconsin office. Vercauteren represents clients in all aspects of project development and financing and advises on detailed and complex regulatory and government affairs issues, including matters before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, and other state, county, and municipal administrative agencies, boards and committees.
James Murray is the Director of the John Gardner postgraduate program at Stanford University’s Haas Center for Public Service. Murray was recently selected to be a part of the inaugural national cohort of the Presidio Institute’s Cross Sector Leadership Fellows. The Presidio Institute provides transformational experiences that inspire, encourage, and empower leaders to make measurable, positive impact in their communities.
Erin Escoffery has joined the firm of Taft Stettinius & Hollister, LLP as an associate in its Indianapolis office. Escoffery will practice in Taft’s Labor and Employment group.
Krysta Gumbiner has joined the firm of Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP as an associate in its Indianapolis office. Gumbiner will practice in Taft’s Environmental group.
Shelley Bacastow has been appointed Vice President and General Counsel at PCTEL, Inc., a leader in performance critical telecom solutions, in Bloomingdale, Illinois. Prior to this promotion, Bacastow served as PCTEL’s Assistant General Counsel for eleven years where she managed securities, corporate governance and compensation issues.
Philip Kalamaros has been chosen by the Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana to serve on the board of directors for the Defense Bar for 2015. Kalamaros is a partner in the firm of Hunt Suedhoff Kalamaros in South Bend, Indiana.
Timothy Malloy, founding partner of McAndrews, Held & Malloy, has been named one of the Top 10 Intellectual Property Lawyers in Illinois in the September 2014 business edition of Leading Lawyers Magazine. Nationally recognized for his IP litigation successes, Malloy has been involved in numerous multi-million-dollar verdicts, awards and settlements, and has served as lead counsel in IP-related trials throughout the country. His professional highlights include arguing before the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of Eli Lilly and Company the leading case directed to the scope of patent protection for medical devices.
Richard Nussbaum recently became president of the Midwest League, which includes the South Bend Cubs and fifteen other teams. In addition to his role as president, Nussbaum will remain in his roles as general counsel of the league, in which he has served since 1993 and secretary, in which he has served since 2009. Nussbaum was a four-year starter for the Notre Dame Baseball team. Nussbaum is a partner in the South Bend firm of Sopko, Nussbaum, Inabnit & Kaczmarek. Read more.
If you were to ask Arthur O’Reilly what his favorite piece of art is in the Detroit Institute of Arts, he would tell you that Diego Rivera’s murals have the greatest meaning to him because they tell an important story about Detroit and its history. But he would quickly add that right now, he is drawn to Mark Rothko’s “Orange and Brown 1963.”
Over the course of his 20 years in commercial litigation, William P. Farrell, Jr. repeatedly heard the same questions from his corporate clients. How much would it cost to bring this case and how would they be billed?
December saw two Notre Dame Law School grads confirmed to the federal bench. Double Domer Jack Blakey, ’88 B.A., ’92 J.D., was confirmed to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois by the U.S. Senate December 16. Earlier this month Jerry Pappert, ’88 J.D., was confirmed to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
Cynthia Phillips-Cordes, a partner with Husch Blackwell, has been named to Benchmark Litigation’s Top 250 Women in Litigation. Cordes is one of only five women in the state of Missouri recognized for this honor. Additionally, Cordes was the recipient of the Missouri Bar Pro Bono Publico Award, presented annually to four attorneys who have rendered outstanding pro bono service to indigent or low income persons in need of legal assistance. Cordes is a nationally recognized former federal prosecutor and leader in complex criminal litigation. During her years with the U.S. Department of Justice, Cordes spearheaded and led a multiagency task force of more than 20 federal and state law enforcement agencies and 60 non-profits. Today, Cordes represents clients under criminal and civil investigation by the federal and state governments and leads internal investigations and government compliance for companies. Cordes is a member of the firm’s Technology, Manufacturing & Transportation team and also leads the firm’s Human Trafficking Pro Bono Legal Clinic.
Todd Kingma, executive vice president and general counsel for Perrigo Company PLC, has been recognized as Governance Professional of the Year by Corporate Secretary Magazine in the area of Corporate Governance and Compliance. Additionally, Perrigo was awarded Best Overall Governance Compliance and Ethics program in the same area. The national Corporate Governance Awards are designed to recognize outstanding disclosure in corporate governance, risk and compliance. Kingma joined Perrigo, a leading manufacturer of pharmaceutical products, in 2003.
Kristen Fletcher was named a Distinguished Environmental Law Graduate of Lewis & Clark Law School where she received a Masters of Environmental and Natural Resources Law (LL.M.) in 1998. The award recognizes significant contributions to the environmental and natural resources law field. Fletcher has worked in environmental law and policy, specifically ocean and coastal law, for more than seventeen years. Fletcher has directed grant programs, taught law and graduate students in the areas of Ocean and Coastal Law, Natural Resources Law, and Fisheries Law. From 2007-2012, Fletcher was the Executive Director of Coastal States Organization (CSO) which represents governors of the nation’s 35 coastal states and territories regarding ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes issues. Currently Fletcher is the Principal of Fletcher Coastal Consulting in Pacific Grove, California where her work includes advancing coastal management at the state, regional, and national levels.
Judge Sammartino is establishing a learning center for the Southern District of California which will include self-guided tours of the Edward J. Schwarz U.S. Courthouse, a new court annex and the Jacob Weinberger U.S. Courthouse.
Matthew Killen has joined Nicoladies LLP as an associate in the firm’s Chicago office. Killen’s practice focuses on providing advice to insurance clients on complex coverage issues in a variety of areas and representing insurance clients in complex coverage disputes in state and federal courts.
Kristen Polovoy, a partner in Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads LLP, has been reappointed Chair of the Class Action Practice Committee of the Camden County Bar Association. Polovoy’s practice includes complex commercial litigation with a focus on class action defense of product manufacturers in consumer fraud and household product advertising lawsuits, including food labeling litigation.
David Butler, a partner at Taft Stettinius & Hollister, LLP, in Cincinnati, has been selected for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America for 2015 in the area of Commercial Litigation.
Krishna Walker, an attorney at Bryan Cave, LLP, has been selected as one of Missouri Lawyers Weekly’s “Up & Coming” lawyers for 2014. Walker focuses her practice on business financing representing both lenders and borrowers in a variety of transactions. To read more about the award and Walker’s practice.
Douglas Austin, a partner at Fraser Trebilcock, in Lansing, Michigan, has been selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America in 2015 in the practice area of Real Estate Law.