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Christopher J. Spataro, ’96 J.D.

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After a distinguished career practicing law in the Elkhart County community, Christopher Spataro has now joined the Genesis Products leadership team as the new Vice President of Human Resources. Spataro was most recently a Partner at Faegre Baker Daniels where his practice included both general business litigation and employment litigation, among other subjects. As the Vice President of Human Resources, Spataro will seek to use his practical training and legal experience to guide and enhance human capital and business initiatives at the company.

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Thomas W. Curvin, ’92 J.D.

Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP is pleased to announce that Thomas W. Curvin, partner and co-leader of the firm’s Litigation Practice Group, has been selected to join the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation (AVLF) Board of Directors for a two-year term. The AVLF is the largest provider of pro bono legal services in Greater Atlanta. “We commend Tom for accepting this responsibility and applaud his commitment to the Atlanta community,” said Sutherland Managing Partner Mark D. Wasserman. “Widely respected among clients and colleagues, Tom’s long-standing success in the legal industry and his dedication to improving the lives of low-income families who cannot afford legal assistance will greatly benefit the foundation and its clients.” At Sutherland, Curvin defends property and casualty, life and health insurers in class action, coverage and extra-contractual litigation in state and federal courts across the country.

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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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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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Domenique Camacho Moran, ’93 J.D.

Farrell Fritz is pleased to announce that Domenique Moran has been selected for inclusion in the 2017 edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the practice area of Employment Law – Management.

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Julia B. Meister, ’95 J.D.

Julia Meister, a partner with Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP, has named “Lawyer of the Year” in Cincinnati by Best Lawyers 2017 in the area of Litigation – ERISA.

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Christopher J. Pardi, ’95 J.D.

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Christopher Pardi, has been named general counsel and corporate secretary of Fiat Chrysler in the United States. Pardi has been with Fiat Chrysler since 2004 in the tax affair legal department. Prior to joining Fiat Chrysler, Pardi worked as a consultant and manager at Deloitte and at the firm of Couzens, Lansky, Fealk, Ellis, Roeder, and Lazar, P.C.

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Michael D. Robson, ’95 BBA, ’99 J.D.

Michael Robson has joined the Chicago office of Greenberg Traurig, LLP as a partner in the Corporate & Securities Practice. Previously, Robson was a partner with Chapman and Cutler. Robson focuses his practice on lease finance, representing lessees, including several U.S. Class I railroads, and debt and equity investors, in leveraged, single investor, synthetic, and capital lease transactions involving a variety of assets.

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Martin Foos, ’92 BA, ’95 J.D.

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Martin Foos, a partner at Faruki Ireland & Cox in Dayton, has founded the Ohio Civil Justice Reform Task Force. The Task Force consists of 23 attorneys and judges from across the state of Ohio, who will consider rule changes that would reduce the time and expense required to litigate civil cases in Ohio’s court. Foos currently serves as Chair of the Ohio State Bar Association Litigation Section Council which formed the Task Force at the request of the President of the Ohio State Bar Association. Foos focuses his practice on complex commercial litigation, including informational privacy matters, securities cases, intellectual property litigation, class action defense, and business competition matters.

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Mark Reuter, ’91 J.D.

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Mark Reuter of Keating Muething & Klekamp has been recognized for inclusion as “Leaders in Their Fields” in the 2016 edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Business Lawyers in the area of Corporate/Mergers & Acquisitions.

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Jill Smith Kanatzar, ’94 J.D.

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Dollar Burns & Becker in Kansas City, named Jill Kanatzar as a partner in its health care group. Kanatzar has more than 20 years of experience, most recently as assistant prosecuting attorney in Jackson County, spending most of her time with the Child Abuse & Sex Crimes Unit. She has tried more than 40 jury cases, from robberies to homicides. She also has prior experience at Stigall Humphrey Lucas Henry & Dollar, where she represented families and patients injured by abuse or neglect in nursing homes.

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Lisa Lukaszewski, ’97 J.D.

Redgrave, LLP is pleased to announce that Lisa Lukaszewski has joined the firm in Washington, D.C. Redgrave LLP is one of the only law firms in the world focused exclusively on addressing the complex legal challenges associated with the life cycle of information. Lukaszewski has extensive law firm experience representing heavily regulated global corporations. She is recognized as a trusted advisor regarding information governance, eDiscovery, records management, litigation readiness, and compliance issues.

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Meighan A. Harmon, ’96 J.D.

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Meighan Harmon, a senior partner at Schiller DuCanto & Fleck, LLP in Chicago, has been named to the Top 100 Women Consumer Lawyers list by Leading Lawyers. Harmon focuses on complex family law cases involving the distribution of multi-million dollar estates and represents successful business professionals and their spouses from a variety of industries, as well as individuals with multi-generational wealth.

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Andrew T. Blum, '95 BA, '98 J.D.

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Miller Canfield based in Detroit is proud to announce that Andrew Blum has been elected a new principal with the Litigation and Dispute Resolution group in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

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Kevin Warren, '90 J.D.

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Kevin Warren who is currently the Chief Operating Officer for the Minnesota Vikings is also the highest-ranking African American business executive for an NFL team. He recently was featured on the cover of Modern Counsel in an article entitled “Inheriting a Legacy.” Modern Counsel interviewed Warren about his transition from the legal department to the front office.

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Mary Jo Naples Miller, ’95 J.D.

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Mary Jo Miller has joined Portland, Oregon-based Ball Janik LLP as a partner in the finance, corporate, and real estate practices. Her practice focuses on finance, merger and acquisition, securities, and general corporate matters, with a strong focus on renewable energy-related projects and companies.…

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Heather Guilette Walser, ’96 BA, ’99 J.D.

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Lavelle Law is pleased to announce that Heather Walser, became an equity partner in the firm located in Palatine, Illinois. Kerry Lavelle, founding partner of the firm, acknowledged the contributions Walser has made to the firm in making the announcement. “Heather provides tremendous value to the management team, and to the law office managing her specific practice group. We are a far stronger firm today with her as an equity partner.”

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Charles D. (Chad) Cooper, ’96 J.D.

Chad Cooper has joined Kaufman & Company, PLLC, a national trial and litigation law firm in the firm’s Cleveland, Ohio office. Cooper has experience in the areas of Business Tort, Commercial Litigation, Financial Services Litigation and Class Action Litigation.

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Maureen Fitzgerald, ’91 J.D.

Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin is pleased to announce that Maureen Fitzgerald has been elected a shareholder of the firm. Fitzgerald is a member of the firm’s Professional Liability Department and focuses her practice in the areas of employment litigation, accounting professional liability litigation and commercial litigation and is located in the firm’s King of Prussia, Pennsylvania office.

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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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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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Julia B. Meister, ’95 J.D.

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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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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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F. Mark Reuter, ’96 J.D.

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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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Katheryne L. Zelenock, ’91 J.D.

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Katheryne Zelenock has been selected as a “2015 Women in the Law Honoree” by Michigan Lawyers Weekly. She was selected for her commitment to excellence in the practice of law. Ms. Zelenock is a Member in Dickinson Wright’s Real Estate Group and serves as Chair of Dickinson Wright’s Women’s Network. Ms. Zelenock is a member of the American Bar Association, the Mortgage Bankers’ Association of America, Commercial Real Estate Finance Council, International Council of Shopping Centers, and the Oakland County Bar Association. She is an elected member of the American College of Mortgage Attorneys.

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Leslee M. Lewis, ’95 J.D.

Leslee Lewis, of Dickinson Wright PLLC in Grand Rapids, Michigan, has been elected as a Fellow of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers. Lewis is a member of Dickinson’s Governing Board and previously served as the firm’s Practice Department Manager for Real Estate, Environmental, and Energy & Sustainability practices. She is recognized as a leader in the field by Chambers USA, Best Lawyers in America and Super Lawyers, and is an elected member of the American Law Institute, where she is a Consulting Member on the Principles of the Law of Nonprofit Organizations.

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Paulita A. Pike, ’93 BA, ’96 J.D.

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Paulita Pike has joined Ropes & Gray in Chicago, IL as a partner in the firm’s investment management group. Her practice includes representing investment advisers, mutual funds and fund boards on a broad range of issues, including governance structures and practices; compliance issues; D&O/E&O matters; committee structures and functions, communications with the press, self-evaluations and industry “best practices;” fund service provider contracts and SEC filings; fund mergers and “manager-of-managers” arrangements; and regulatory investigations and inquiries.

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