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Adam Bartrom, ’07 J.D.


Adam Bartrom, an associate with Barnes & Thornburg LLP, was recently recognized as a Super Lawyers Indiana Rising Star 2015 and named in the Greater Fort Wayne: 20 Millennials Making a Difference in 2015 list. Bartrom has been named a Rising Star for the fourth consecutive year. The Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly recently named Bartrom to its 20 Millennials Making a Difference list. Twenty millennials in Northeast Indiana were chosen for making significant contributions at work, at play and in their communities.

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Christopher Mugica, ’00 J.D.

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Jackson Walker, LLP is pleased to announce that Christopher Mugica has been selected for inclusion in the 2016 edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the practice area of Commercial Litigation. Mugica practices in the firm’s Austin, Texas office.

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Paul R. Harris, ’05 J.D.


Paul Harris has been named one of three partners to lead Ulmer & Berne’s Business Litigation Department and will serve as one of its Co-Chairs. Harris represents both large publicly-traded and private businesses in commercial litigation. Leadership at Ulmer & Berne’s states that, “Rising to meet challenges with enthusiasm and professionalism well ahead of peers his age, Mr. Harris established himself as a successful trial lawyer relatively early in his career”. Read more.

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Juan C. Castañeda, ’05 J.D.


On July 13, 2015, Juan Castañeda opened Castañeda Trial Attorneys — a business trial firm based in San Diego, California. After 10 years of experience litigating on behalf of corporate clients with Am Law 100 firms and on the Department of Justice, Juan decided to fulfill a dream of creating a boutique trial firm. Castañeda Trial Attorneys is focused on business litigation, white collar criminal defense and cross-border litigation matters for individuals and businesses with an emphasis on flat fee litigation. On the personal side, the Castañeda family continues to thrive. In true Notre Dame fashion, Juan and Signe have 6 kiddos: Carsten (12), Diego (10), Soren (8), Everett (6), Mateo (4) and Solaz (11 mos.)

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Jeffrey L. Vercauteren, ’08 J.D.

Jeffrey Vercauteren, of Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C., has been a Leader of the firm’s Communications Law Team. Vercauteren is an attorney in the Madison office where he is also a member of the Real Estate Practice Group. His practice focuses on commercial real estate, communications law, energy & mining, government affairs, sustainability & renewable energy and technology law.

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Cynthia Cordes, ’04 J.D.

Cynthia Cordes, a partner with Husch Blackwell in Kansas City, Missouri, has again been named among the 2015 Benchmark Litigation Top 250 Women in Litigation. Cordes is one of only six women selected in the state of Missouri for this honor and was chosen for the first time last year.

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Susan Brichler Trujillo, ’04 J.D.


Susan Trujillo, a partner at Quarles & Brady in Phoenix, Arizona has been elected vice president of the Community Legal Services, Inc. board of directors. Community Legal Services is an Arizona nonprofit that provides legal assistance, advice and representation to individuals below the federal poverty level. Trujillo is chair of the health care practice group at Quarles & Brady.

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Kurt A. Oreshack, ’05 J.D.


Kurt Oreshack has been hired as General Counsel for Human Longevity, Inc. (HLI) in San Diego. HLI is a biotech company developing advances in personalized medicine in part by building the world’s most comprehensive database of human genomes and associated health data. Oreshack brings experience as a corporate and securities attorney to help guide HLI’s pioneering healthcare work. Oreshack has structured and negotiated hundreds of millions of dollars in debt and equity investments in private and public company clients. In his previous position at Gunderson Dettmer, LLP, Oreshack served as an external General Counsel to HLI and similar companies.

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Mark Rosenberg, ’97 BA, ’00 J.D.


Mark Rosenberg has joined the firm of Timoney Knox, LLP in its Fort Washington, PA office. Rosenberg’s practice focuses on advising and representing clients from domestic and international insurers on insurance coverage, class action and bad faith matters.
He is a co-author of Extra-Contractual Litigation Against Insurers (Law Journal Press 2009), and continues to provide twice-yearly updates to this treatise.

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Alison M. Howard, ’97 BA, ’03 J.D.


Alison Howard, of Crowe & Dunlevy, has been named chair of the firm’s Employee Benefits & ERISA (Employee Retirement Income Security Act) practice group. In this role, Howard leads a team of experienced attorneys concentrated in employee benefits and ERISA litigation. The firm’s attorneys in these two areas work together, sharing information, ideas and resources on client matters, in order to keep abreast of legislative, administrative and judicial developments.

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Francisco J. Valenzuela, ’03 J.D.

Frank Valenzuela, an attorney in the Dallas firm of Fanning Harper Martinson Brandt & Kutchin, P.C., has been selected to the 2015 Texas Rising Stars list, for the sixth consecutive time. Valenzuela concentrates on employment litigation in addition to civil rights and federal constitutional claims. He represents private companies and governmental entities in a variety of matters, from grievance investigations to representation before administrative agencies and courts.

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Joseph T. Kelleher, ’06 J.D.


Joseph Kelleher has been elected a partner at Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young. Kelleher, a litigator in the firm’s Cherry Hill, New Jersey office, represents a broad spectrum of clients, including public companies, privately owned businesses, financial institutions, government agencies, and religious and nonprofit organizations in various disputes and litigation matters. Kelleher is experienced in all aspects of litigation, having served as lead counsel in jury and non-jury trials, arbitration proceedings and appeals.

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Molly Meacham, ’06 J.D.


Molly Meacham joins Babst Calland Clements & Zomnir, P.C. in Pittsburgh in the Firm’s Litigation Services, Employment & Labor Services, and Energy & Natural Resources groups. Meacham focuses her practice in the areas of general commercial and environmental litigation, as well as to represent business entities in employment disputes. Meacham has tried jury trials to verdict, represented clients in state, federal and appellate courts, alternative dispute resolution forums, and before government agencies. She also represents clients in matters that include contract disputes, employment law, admiralty and maritime law, toxic tort, environmental and natural gas industry litigation.

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James P. Burke, ’01 J.D.


James Burke, an associate in Roetzel’s Akron, Ohio office has been named a 2015 Ohio Super Lawyer’s Rising Star in the field of Business Litigation by Ohio Super Lawyers magazine.

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Robert S. Driscoll, ’07 J.D.


Robert Driscoll became a shareholder in Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Driscoll is a member of the firm’s Labor and Employment Practice. His practice encompasses a variety of areas in labor and employment law, including defending employers against claims of unlawful discrimination and/or retaliation, handling disputes over restrictive covenants, drafting non-compete agreements, defending unfair labor practice charges, handling grievance arbitrations and representing clients in appeals. Driscoll also counsels employers on wage issues, including guiding employers through government wage investigations, and has defended employers against both class-action and individual wage claims.

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Jane S. Hahn, ’06 J.D.


Jane Hahn has been named a partner at Howard & Howard Attorneys, in its Chicago office. Hahn concentrates her practice in business and corporate law. She represents lenders in secured and unsecured financings including loan workouts and restructurings, term and revolving loans, working capital and letter-of-credit facilities. Hahn has also been recently named a 2015 Illinois Rising Star in the area of Business/Corporate.

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Kimberly McLeod Gladney, ’05 J.D.

Kimberly Gladney has become the Managing Director of North America at Ambridge Partners, LLC in New York. Ambridge Partners is a specialized managing general underwriter of Transactional and Specialty Management Liability Insurance Products.

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In memoriam: Drew Ryan Haase, ’06 BA, ’09 J.D.


The Notre Dame community is deeply saddened by the loss of Drew Haase. Drew was an Adjunct Assistant Professional Specialist of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame where he was the head coach for the undergrad mock trial team that will head to Nationals later this month. He was currently employed as a Law Clerk with the United States District Court, Northern District of Indiana. Previously Drew had practiced law at Jenner & Block in Chicago from 2009 to 2013. To read a tribute to Drew’s life please visit the obituary here.

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Cordell Carter, II, ’07 J.D.

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Cordell Carter has been named CEO of TechTown Global, the network of youth-focused technology and entrepreneurial learning centers. Carter was former chief of staff and director of operations for U.S. programs at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Carter will oversee efforts to grow the centers nationwide. TechTown’s first location, its headquarters, will open in the summer of 2015 in the Chattanooga Lifestyle Center. Carter brings leadership experience in both technology and education.

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Sean Seymore, ’06 JD, Wins Vanderbilt Faculty Honor


NDLS grad Sean Seymore has been named a Chancellor Faculty Fellow by Vanderbilt University.

The appointment extends over two fiscal years and includes additional funding designed to support Professor Seymore’s innovative research into how patent law should evolve in response to scientific advances and how the intersection of law and science should influence the formulation of public policy.

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Mark T. Emery, ’05 J.D.


Mark Emery has been promoted to partner at Norton Rose Fulbright in its Washington, D.C. office. Emery focuses his practice on appellate and dispute resolution matters. He has briefed cases to the US Supreme Court and has argued cases in numerous other federal and state appellate courts.

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Louis T. Perry, ’02 BA, ’05 J.D.


Lou Perry was recently named partner at Faegre Baker Daniels in its Indianapolis office. Perry practices intellectual property law, focusing on trademark, copyright, advertising and media matters. A litigator, he serves as trial counsel for clients in federal and state courts and before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.

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Geoffrey Spiess, ’08 J.D.

Geoffrey Spiess recently became Corporate Counsel and Director of Human Resources for the City of Mishawaka in Indiana.

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Kathleen Portman Tinnerello, ’09 J.D.


Kathleen Tinnerello has joined the law firm of Jackson Lewis, P.C. as an associate in its Cleveland office. Tinnerello represents employers in state and federal courts, as well as before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Ohio Civil Rights Commission, the National Labor Relations Board, the State Employment Relations Board and arbitrators.

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Robert T. Numbers, II, ’05 J.D.

Robert Numbers was recently appointed as a Magistrate Judge in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina. Prior to his appointment, Judge Numbers practiced at Womble, Carlyle, Sandridge & Rice where he focused his practice on complex business litigation in the state and federal courts.

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Conor B. Dugan, ‘03 J.D.


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.

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Courtney Lee Tawresey, ’06 J.D.

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.

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John H.T. Bales, ’09 J.D.

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.

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Jeffrey L. Vercauteren, ’08 J.D.

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.

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