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Jill Vorobiev, ’96 J.D.

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Reed Smith LLP announces the addition of Jill Vorobiev as a partner in the firm’s Labor & Employment Practice Group in Chicago. Vorobiev was formerly a partner at Shepard Mullin. Vorobiev has extensive and significant experience representing clients with a wide array of employment matters, including trade secret misappropriations, non-compete cases, and with a variety of federal regulations. She has advised companies on issues involving the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the False Claims Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and the National Labor Relations Act, as well as various state and local discrimination and employment laws. She also regularly counsels employers on restrictive covenant agreements, and labor contracts and retiree benefits issues.

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Michael J. Messaglia, ’90 BA, ’93 J.D.

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Krieg DeVault is pleased to announce that long-time partner, Michael Messaglia has been elected as Krieg DeVault’s new Managing Partner. Messaglia, who practices in the Indianapolis office, began his career with Krieg DeVault as an associate in 1993. During his time at Krieg DeVault, Messaglia has served in several leadership roles, most notable a long-time leader of the firm’s Financial Institutions practice and most recently as a member of the firm’s Executive Committee, the committee he will now lead. Messaglia focuses his practice in the corporate and banking area where he has been involved in many of the firm’s largest and most notable merger and acquisition transactions.

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David J. Butler, ’94 BA, ’97 J.D.

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Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP is pleased to announce that David Butler has been named to the firm’s 2018 Executive Committee. Butler is a partner in the Columbus office and practices as a business trial lawyer with extensive experience in complex civil litigation, mass tort class actions and multi-district litigations.

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Matthew Schechter, ’96 J.D.

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Matthew Schechter was part of the trial team at McManis Faulkner that was honored by the Daily Journal in its “Top Verdicts” supplement. The firm’s victory in the California Supreme Court in Smith v. San Jose was recognized as one of the year’s “Top Five Appellate Reversals.” To read more about the case and its road to the California Supreme Court click here.

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Jared des Rosiers, ’89 BS, ’92 J.D.

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Jared des Rosiers, a partner at Pierce Atwood in the Energy Practice Group in Portland, Maine, was recently recognized with the Scribner Firm Impact Award. The award was named after long-time former partner, Fred Scribner, whose legacy endures through the firm’s commitment to the community, its employees, and the law. From 2013-2017 des Rosiers, helmed Pierce Atwood’s Pro Bono and Community Service program. The firm leadership stated, “Jared’s steady leadership and unwavering commitment led the firm to a newly flourishing firm wide level of engagement with pro bono and community service. Our program wouldn’t be what it is today without Jared’s dedication and leadership.” Concurrently, des Rosiers served as president of the Notre Dame Law Association from 2013-2015.

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In Memoriam: Matthew C. Nielsen, ’96 BS, ’99 J.D.

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It is with great sadness that the Law School announces the passing of Matthew Nielsen on October 30, 2017 in Scottsdale, Arizona after a strong fight against pancreatic cancer. Prior to his death Nielsen was a partner at Marshall, Gerstein & Borun LLP. For more information please view the obituary.

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Patrick G. Cooke, ’89 BA, ’95 J.D.

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Swanson, Martin & Bell LLP is pleased to announce that Patrick Cooke has joined the firm as a partner in its Chicago office. Cooke focuses his practice on Commercial and Business Litigation, as well as Appeals in federal and state courts around the country.

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Deborah Kunselman, ’92 J.D.

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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.

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James Sweeney II, ’96 J.D.

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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.

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Traci L. Griffith, ’99 J.D.

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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.

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Edward J. Heath, ’99 J.D.

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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.

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Frank T. Pimentel, ’87 BA, ’94 J.D.

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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.

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Edward J. Heath, ’99 J.D.

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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.

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James Joseph Rossi, ’88 BA, ’95 J.D.

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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.

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Michael N. Chesney, ’92 J.D.

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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.”

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Brad Wiskirchen, ’96 J.D.

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Brad Wiskirchen, founding CEO at leading fraud prevention solution, Kount, has been named by EY as a 2017 finalist for Entrepreneur of the Year, Utah Region. “Entrepreneur of the Year”, founded by EY, is the world’s most prestigious business awards program for entrepreneurs, chosen from an independent panel of judges including entrepreneurs and prominent leaders from business, finance, and the local community.

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Stacy C. Gerber Ward, ’93 J.D.

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Stacy C. Gerber Ward has joined von Briesen & Roper, s.c. as a Shareholder. Gerber Ward served as an Assistant United States Attorney for more than fourteen years and was most recently the Deputy Chief of the Civil Division for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, where she represented the Government in significant civil enforcement matters. Gerber Ward leads von Briesen’s new Government Enforcement and Corporate Investigations Section.

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Kristen E. Polovy, ’98 J.D.

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Kristen Polovy has been appointed by the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey as a Pro Se Law Clerk in the Trenton vicinage where she serves the Court under District of New Jersey Chief Judge Jerome B. Simandle.

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Michael Kettle, ’93 J.D.

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It is with great sadness that the law school announces the passing of Michael Kettle on October 27, 2016 in Atlanta after a yearlong battle with cancer. After graduating from Notre Dame Law School in 1993, Kettle joined the firm of Constangy, Brooks & Smith in Atlanta. Kettle then moved on to serve as vice president and general counsel of Rooms to Go where he remained for eighteen years. View a beautiful tribute to his life

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Peter S. Fruin, ’90 J.D.

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Maynard Cooper & Gale is excited to announce that Peter Fruin has been chosen as a Law360 MVP in the area of Securities Law, one of only five attorneys nationwide selected for this distinction. Fruin is the first lawyer in Alabama to earn this national recognition in any practice area since its inception, and Maynard Cooper is the first Alabama law firm to make the Law360 MVP list. Fruin represents commercial businesses nationwide in financial litigation, with extensive experience representing brokerage houses in litigation and regulatory matters. Fruin also serves as Co-Chair of Maynard Cooper’s Securities Litigation practice group. .Read more

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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.

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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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Michael N. Chesney, ’92 J.D.

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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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Mark Reuter, ’96 J.D.

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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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Igor Krivoshekov, ’93 MBA, ’97 J.D.

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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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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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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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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 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.

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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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Michael D. Robson, ’95 BBA, ’99 J.D.

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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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