Eugene Driker, LLM ’62, a founding member at Barris, Sott, Denn & Driker, was awarded the Julian Abele Cook Jr.—Bernard A. Friedman FBA Civility Award for 2014 by the Federal Bar Association’s Eastern District of Michigan Chapter. The annual award recognizes a civil practitioner who is an outstanding example of professional excellence and civility.

Louis T. Pirkey, JD ’64, was recognized as a top trademark attorney in the nation by World Trademark Review. Mr. Pirkey received gold status nationally in both the Prosecution and Strategy and Enforcement and Litigation categories.

George Bruno, JD ’67, was named the 2013 Daniel Webster International Lawyer of the Year by the New Hampshire Bar Association at a December ceremony in Manchester, N.H. Lauded as one of the most versatile and effective international lawyers in the New Hampshire Bar, the distinguished attorney and former U.S. ambassador has experience in more than 55 countries. His contributions range from complex international business transactions in Eastern Europe and Central Asia to anti-narcotics work in Latin America, election observations in the Balkans, and diplomacy in Central America.

William W. Bailey, JD ’68, was recently appointed an adjunct professor at the Kogod School of Business at American University, teaching entrepreneurship and business consulting in the MBA program. Prior to this position he practiced in Fairfax, Va., as a public defender in the juvenile and domestic relations, general, and circuit courts. He resides in Chevy Chase, Md.

James W. Korman, JD ’68, president and shareholder at Bean, Kinney & Korman, was awarded the 2014 Betty A. Thompson Lifetime Achievement Award by the Virginia State Bar’s family law section. Mr. Korman also was named a 2014 Virginia Super Lawyer in family law and was recognized in the 2015 edition of The Best Lawyers in America for family law.

Linda R. Singer, JD ’68, was elected board chair of JAMS, the largest private provider of mediation and arbitration services worldwide. Ms. Singer has more than 30 years of dispute resolution experience as an arbitrator, mediator, civil litigator, trainer, and neutral evaluator.


Cynthia E. Gitt, JD ’71, of Pasadena, Calif., was honored by Capital Who’s Who Branding for her contributions to the field of labor and employment law. Ms. Gitt is principal and co-founder of Brown Gitt Law Group. Earlier in her career, she served as a trial attorney for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in Washington, D.C., and San Francisco.

Robert Jacobs, JD ’72, has released an album titled Heartlinks. He is now a “mostly retired” attorney and active musician living on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. His website is

Justin P. Klein, JD ’72, a partner in Ballard Spahr’s business and finance department who leads the firm’s securities group, has been named one of Philadelphia Business Journal’s 2014 outstanding board directors for his service on the board of directors of the Mann Center for the Performing Arts. Mr. Klein received the award on Feb. 19 during a reception at the Union League. 

Glenn Whitaker, JD ’72, a partner in the Cincinnati office of Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease, was named a 2014 Ohio Super Lawyer in litigation. Mr. Whitaker’s practice emphasizes the representation of individuals and corporations. His work focuses on qui tam and false claims litigation, patent litigation, class actions, and other complex civil litigation and annual proceedings.

Marc Albert, BA ’70, JD ’73, a partner in Stinson Leonard Street’s Washington, D.C., office, has been appointed to the board of the George Washington University Museum, scheduled to open next spring. Mr. Albert will serve as co-chair of the museum’s board, along with Bruce P. Baganz, president of The Textile Museum board of trustees. He was appointed to the board by GW President Steven Knapp. 

Albert Cirone Jr., JD ’73, retired as a judge on the New Hampshire Circuit Court and received the 2014 Justice William Grimes Award for Judicial Professionalism. Known for his fairness on the bench and deep commitment to his community, Judge Cirone, of West Lebanon, N.H., worked as a sole practitioner for many years and has served as a part-time judge since 1988. He was instrumental in establishing the “Halls of Hope” mental health court in Lebanon.

Lawrence J. Zweifach, JD ’73, a partner at Gibson Dunn, is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, one of the premier legal associations in America. Fellowship in the college is extended by invitation only to experienced trial lawyers in the United States and Canada who have mastered the art of advocacy. Mr. Zweifach is a former chief of the criminal division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York. 

Scott L. Baena, BBA ’70, JD ’74, senior partner at Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod, was appointed to the Florida Board of Bar Examiners for a five-year term by the Florida Supreme Court. Mr. Baena is the chair of the business finance and restructuring practice group at Bilzin Sumberg.

Paul Leiman, JD ’75, is a lecturer at the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School, where he teaches business and leadership ethics, legal issues in biotechnology, and business law. He has been recognized for his work in creating the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council’s Testifying School for federal bank examiners and regulators.

Howard L. Williams, LLM ’75, a partner at Brooks Pierce, was recognized in the 2015 edition of The Best Lawyers in America as an industry leader in the field of litigation and tax law. 

Gregory C. Yadley, JD ’75, a partner at Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, was named a 2014 Florida Super Lawyer.

Larry D. Harris, JD ’75, was named to the board of trustees of the University of Dayton. Mr. Harris is a construction law attorney and partner at Fox Rothschild in Washington, D.C. 

Daniel Black, JD ’76, was listed by Hollywood Reporter as a “Power Lawyer 2014.” Mr. Black is a corporate
lawyer with Greenberg Traurig and has extensive experience in the television, motion picture, and digital media arenas. 

Steven Goldman, JD ’76, a partner in the New York office of Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel, was appointed to the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts’ Advisory Committee on the Arts by President Barack Obama.

Janine M. Landow-Esser, JD ’76, an attorney for Quarles & Brady, was named a 2014 Illinois Super Lawyers “Top Attorney.” A maximum of 5 percent of lawyers in the state are selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers. Ms. Landow-Esser also received the President’s Award from the Night Ministry, a Chicago-based organization that provides housing, health care, and human connection to members of the Chicago community struggling with poverty or homelessness.

Martin H. Malin, JD ’76, director of the Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago-Kent Institute for Law and the Workplace, was reappointed to the Federal Service Impasses Panel by President Barack Obama. A member of the IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law faculty since 1980, he teaches courses in labor law, collective bargaining, arbitration, public-sector labor law, employment law, contracts, and jurisprudence. He has published six books, including Public Sector Employment: Cases and Materials (West, 2011), the leading law school casebook on public-sector labor law. Professor Malin has also written more than 70 articles on labor law and dispute resolution.

Timothy L. Bertschy, JD ’77, a partner at Heyl, Royster, Voelker & Allen, was appointed to the board of directors of the Illinois Bar Foundation, the charitable arm of the Illinois State Bar Association. Mr. Bertschy concentrates his practice in the areas of complex commercial litigation, employment, and local government law.

Marvin Dang, JD ’78, was appointed to a three-year term on the 12-member Council of the Fund for Justice and Education. He is the managing member of the Law Offices of Marvin S. C. Dang in Honolulu. The fund supports more than 200 ABA public service and educational programs.

James Schroll, JD ’78, a shareholder at Bean, Kinney & Korman, was named a 2014 Virginia Super Lawyer in bankruptcy and creditor/debtor rights. He was also recognized in the 2015 edition of The Best Lawyers in America for creditor/debtor rights, insolvency, and reorganization law. 

Craig Jacobson, JD ’79, was listed by Hollywood Reporter as a “Power Lawyer 2014.” Mr. Jacobson is a talent lawyer with Hansen Jacobson Teller Hoberman Newman Warren Richman Rush & Kaller. He represents numerous executives in Hollywood, Calif. 

Michael Jordan, JD ’79, of Jordan Resolutions was named one of the Best Lawyers in America in arbitration and mediation and was named a 2014 Ohio Super Lawyer in the field of alternative dispute resolution. He addressed the annual meeting of the American College of Legal Medicine in Dallas in a talk titled “Hospital/Medical Staff Issues: The Disruptive Physician.”

Susan Kelly, JD ’79, was appointed president and CEO of the American Public Power Association’s board of directors. Ms. Kelly has served with APPA since 2004, most recently as general counsel and senior vice president for policy analysis.  She has extensive experience as an attorney dealing with federal regulation, particularly before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

Jeffrey S. Neeley, JD ’79, joined the Washington, D.C., office of Husch Blackwell as a partner. He is part of the firm’s technology, manufacturing, and transportation group and brings extensive experience assisting foreign and domestic clients with international and trade law matters. Mr. Neeley previously practiced with the global trade law boutique firm Barnes, Richardson & Colburn in Washington, D.C.

Debbie M. Orshefsky, JD ’79, an attorney with the international law firm Greenberg Traurig in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., was recognized in the 2014 Chambers USA guide. Ms. Orshefsky was ranked for her practice in real estate, zoning, and land use. 


Richard K. Dandrea, JD ’80, was elected an at-large member of the executive committee of Pennsylvania State University’s board of trustees, where he serves as a business and industry representative. He is also a member of the executive committee of Eckert Seamans Cherin and Mellott’s board of directors, as well as the chair of its pharmaceutical and medical device litigation practice group. 

Leo Fisher, JD ’80, was recognized in the 2015 edition of The Best Lawyers in America for commercial litigation. 

Todd Nichols, JD ’81, was elected president of the Washington State Association for Justice, formerly the Washington State Trials Association. 

Joseph B. Hoffman, JD ’82, a partner at Kelley Drye in Washington, D.C., was named a 2013 Power Player by SmartCEO magazine. SmartCEO recognized the Power Players at a special event honoring the D.C. region’s most enterprising attorneys, accountants, and bankers. His business law practice focuses on real estate and corporate transactions cutting across a wide range of industries. He is deeply involved with various local charitable organizations, including the Charles E. Smith Life Communities, and has assumed a leadership role at Kelley Drye.

Seth Price, JD ’82, was named to the 2013 Super Lawyers Business Edition list for his work in construction litigation. Mr. Price is a shareholder at the Atlanta office of the Houston-based law firm Chamberlain, Hrdlicka, White, Williams & Aughtry. For 25 years his practice has emphasized the resolution of large, complex construction contract disputes in state and federal courts and through arbitration. 

Bette E. Shifman, JD ’82, has been appointed vice president, director of publications, and special counsel at CPR International Institute for Conflict Prevention Resolution in New York. She is also a co-editor of the recently published Choice of Venue in International Arbitration (Oxford University Press, 2014).

Stanley Soya, JD ’82, joined Baker Botts as a partner in the firm’s Washington, D.C., office. Mr. Soya, a leading government contracts lawyer, has extensive experience representing clients on a wide range of government contracting matters including protests, disputes and transactional matters, white-collar defense, and compliance matters.

Thomas J. Curcio, JD ’83, founder of Curcio Law in Alexandria, Va., assumed the presidency of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association (VTLA). Mr. Curcio has been involved with the VTLA since his admission to the Virginia bar in 1983 and has served on numerous committees within the organization. 

Deborah D. Hoover, JD ’83, was elected to the board of the Foundation Center, the leading source of information about philanthropy worldwide. Ms. Hoover is president and CEO of the Burton D. Morgan Foundation in Hudson, Ohio. She also serves as advisory board chair of the Foundation Center’s library/learning center in Cleveland and chair of the Fund for Our Economic Future, a philanthropic collaboration that promotes the well-being of the people of northeast Ohio. 

David Shelledy, JD ’83, received California Lawyer magazine’s Attorney of the Year Award.

Peter A. Rome, JD ’84, was recognized in the 2015 edition of Best Lawyers in America. Mr. Rome serves as chair of Ulmer & Berne’s business department. He was also recognized by Chambers USA as one of Ohio’s leading corporate and mergers and acquisitions lawyers. 

Kimberly S. Couch, JD ’84, a Verrill Dana attorney, has been named a top lawyer in her field—labor and employment, employee benefits, and compensation—by Chambers & Partners, one of the world’s most respected legal research and publishing firms.

Nkechi Taifa, JD ’84, a lawyer and criminal justice reform advocate, received the Wiley A. Branton Award from the Washington Lawyers Committee. The Branton Award is given annually to individuals whose lifetime efforts exemplify Mr. Branton’s deep commitment to pro bono service. 

George F. Indest III, LLM ’86, president and managing partner of the Health Law Firm in Altamonte Springs, Fla., was named a 2014 Florida Super Lawyer. Mr. Indest is a well-known attorney both in the local community and statewide. He represents primarily physicians, nurses, dentists, pharmacists, medical groups, and licensed health facilities in Florida and throughout the United States. 

Gregg Berman, BA ’84, JD ’87, was recognized by The Legal 500 2014 U.S directory, published by Legalease, for his expertise in mergers, acquisitions, and buyouts.

Luis Mejia, JD ’87, has joined Perkins Coie’s Washington, D.C., office as a partner in the firm’s white-collar and investigations practice. Mr. Mejia represents individuals and organizations before the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the Department of Justice, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Inc., Congress, and other investigative and regulatory authorities.

Sandra Sheets, JD ’87, was recognized in Florida Trend’s Legal Elite special report. She is an attorney in the Lakeland, Fla., office of GrayRobinson. She also was named a 2014 Florida Super Lawyer in estate and probate and was included on the 2015 Best Lawyers in America list. 

Anthony Venturino, JD ’87, was named a Chemicals Energy Environment and Materials Distinguished Fellow by the Licensing Executives Society International. Mr. Venturino is a registered patent attorney at Novak Druce Connolly Bove + Quigg, and has corporate and law firm experience both as a chemical engineer and patent counsel.

Stephen Welch, JD ’87, was named chief Kent County, Del., prosecutor, responsible for directing the 40 prosecutors, legal support, and victim services personnel who prosecute criminal cases throughout the county.

Terry Jennings, JD ’88, will take on the new role of head of public policy for the U.S. on Reed Elsevier’s global government affairs team. Ms. Jennings, who joined Reed Elsevier in 2006, will be responsible for public policy development and communication on key policy issues at the state and federal levels.

Karen A. McGee, JD ’88, an attorney in Barnes & Thornburg’s Washington D.C., office, was named a 2014 Washington D.C. Super Lawyer. Ms. McGee was recognized for her work in international, intellectual property, and nonprofit organizations law.

David S. Osterman, JD ’88, a senior partner in Goldberg Segalla’s Princeton, N.J., office, has been appointed vice chair of the American College of Trial Lawyers’ New Jersey State Committee. Mr. Osterman is certified as a civil trial attorney by the New Jersey Supreme Court and has tried more than 45 cases to verdict in five states and the District of Columbia. 

Peter D. Russin, JD ’88, was named a 2014 Florida Super Lawyer in the category of bankruptcy/business litigation. He is currently a shareholder at Meland Russin & Budwick.

John C. Stringham JD ’89, was recognized by Best Lawyers in America in litigation, intellectual property, patent, and trademark law.

Charles T.J. Weigell, JD ’89, will chair the 1,772-member intellectual property law section of the New York State Bar Association. A partner at Fross Zelnick Lehrman & Zissu, Mr. Weigell concentrates his practice in intellectual property law, specifically the clearance, prosecution, and protection of trademark registrations and design patents.


John Lewis Jr., JD ’90, serves as head of global diversity for Coca-Cola Legal. He previously was the company’s senior managing compliance and global anti-bribery counsel, leading compliance programming for Coca-Cola’s North America business operations. Mr. Lewis, who joined the company in 2002 as litigation counsel, created Coca-Cola’s Legal Division Diversity Council (LDDC) in 2005, which he led until June 2013. Under the LDDC’s leadership, Coca-Cola Legal has built an award-winning supplier diversity program, increasing fivefold the company’s spending with Minority and Women Business Enterprise law firms since 2005.

Francis X. Manning, JD ’90, a partner at Stradley Ronon, was named one of 25 Executives of the Year by South Jersey Biz magazine. The honorees were recognized as “the area’s most respected names in business.” The only practicing attorney selected, Mr. Manning, who serves as partner-in-charge of Stradley Ronon’s Cherry Hill, N.J., office, was praised for “helping executives with commercial disputes and product liability matters.” He represents businesses and their owners and executives in areas such as health care and business torts.

Karin Sinniger, LLM ’90, successfully scuba dived with an elephant in February in the Andaman Islands, India, to set a world record for scuba diving in the most countries. India was the 115th country she dived in. Ms. Sinniger, who is a citizen of Switzerland, Hong Kong, and the United States, has been diving since 1992 and has logged more than 1,000 dives. She lives in Angola and, when she is not diving, decompresses by practicing law. 

Robert M. Bauer, JD ’91, was listed in 2015 Best Lawyers in America in the information technology law category. Mr. Bauer is a registered patent attorney with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. His practice focuses on patent litigation, licensing disputes, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office procedures, the use of patents to secure financing, and other information technology matters.

Joe Edmondson, BA ’88, JD ’91, was elected to the board of directors of the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs. Mr. Edmondson’s election follows more than 20 years of service as pro bono counsel in fair housing and other discrimination cases and several years of service as a trustee representing Foley & Lardner, where he is a partner in the securities enforcement and litigation practice.

Brian Malkin, BA ’88, JD ’91, has joined McGuire Woods as senior counsel to lead its Food and Drug Administration regulatory team. He has been in practice for 20 years, including nine years in the New York and Washington offices of Frommer Lawrence & Haug, where he focused on the confluence of food and drug law and patent law. Mr. Malkin will also serve as chair of the 242-member food, drug, and cosmetic law section of the New York State Bar Association.

Lori Johnson, JD ’92, recently joined national law firm Chamberlain, Hrdlicka, White, Williams & Aughtry as an equity shareholder in the Atlanta office. She was previously a partner in the Atlanta office of Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garett & Dunner. 

Martin Schulz, JD ’91, MBA ’92, is managing director of international equity at PNC Capital Advisors. His international team’s flagship fund recently generated accolades in the investment management arena and received an overall five star rating from Morningstar.

Douglas J. Zeltt, JD ’91, a managing partner of the Princeton, N.J., office of Fox Rothschild, was elected to the board of trustees of Greenwood House, a skilled nursing, rehabilitation, and assisted living center in Ewing, N.J. 

Marc Druckman, JD ’92, has joined Carlton Fields Jorden Burt’s business transactions practice group in Miami. Mr. Druckman has a broad range of experience in the practice of corporate law with an emphasis on mergers and acquisitions. Prior to joining Carlton Fields Jorden Burt, he was a partner at Akerman in Miami. In 2006 he founded the firm’s New York City office and served as its managing partner for three years.

Heidi Davis Knapik, JD ’92, has joined the board of directors of the South Florida chapter of the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP). Ms. Knapik is a shareholder in Gunster’s Fort Lauderdale, Fla., office, where she focuses her practice on land use, environmental, and real estate law. She has been a member of NAIOP since 2009 and is currently its vice chair of programming.

Margaret A. O’Brien, JD ’92, was re-elected vice chairman of the New Hampshire Bar Association’s labor and employment law section. Her practice includes the representation of public and private employers in all aspects of employment law and litigation. Prior to joining the firm in 1995, Ms. O’Brien worked for the New Hampshire Public Defender Program, where she handled criminal matters from arraignment through jury trial and appeal.

T. Sky Woodward, JD ’92, was named the next chair of the Center for Law and Public Policy at The Voice of the Defense Bar (DRI), the largest professional organization of defense bar attorneys in the country. An active member of the organization since 1996, Ms. Woodward has chaired or been a member of 34 DRI committees and task forces. She has also written several scholarly articles for DRI publications and served as chair of the 2012 DRI annual meeting in New Orleans.

Darrin P. Gayles, JD ’93, was nominated by President Obama to serve on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida. Judge Gayles has served as a circuit judge in the 11th Judicial Circuit of Florida since 2011. From 2004 to 2011, he was a county judge in the same circuit. He is the first openly gay African American man to become a federal judge. 

Arden B. Levy, JD ’93, has joined Miller Friel, a specialized policyholder insurance coverage practice law firm. She is based in the firm’s Washington, D.C., and Alexandria, Va., offices, where she focuses exclusively on helping corporate clients maximize their insurance coverage. Prior to joining Miller Friel, Ms. Levy was the founder of her own law firm, formed after more than a decade of coverage litigation experience at Howrey. 

Ethan R. O’Shea, JD ’93, is a partner at Hamburg, Rubin, Mullin, Maxwell & Lupin in Lansdale, Pa., and was recently named chair of the Montgomery Bar Association’s employment and labor law committee. Mr. O’Shea has been a member of his firm’s litigation department for 12 years and focuses his practice on employment law, commercial litigation, and criminal law. 

Travis Stearns, JD ’93, published an article in Seattle University School of Law’s Journal for Social Justice titled “Legal Financial Obligations: Fulfilling the Promise of Gideon by Reducing the Burden” in the spring 2013 issue. The article can be found at Mr. Stearns is deputy director of the Washington Defender Association. 

Ivan Wasserman, JD ’93, has been named administrative partner of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips’ Washington, D.C., office. A partner in the firm’s nationally preeminent advertising, marketing, and media division, Mr. Wasserman focuses his practice on matters involving the marketing of foods, dietary supplements, cosmetics, drugs, and medical devices.

Sam Feigin, JD ’94, has joined Crowell & Moring’s corporate group as partner, based in Washington, D.C. Mr. Feigin, who previously worked at Nixon Peabody, has long represented a wide variety of clients around the globe, particularly in the high-tech, technology, media and telecommunications, life sciences, and consumer goods industries. At Crowell & Moring, he will help spearhead the continued growth of the firm’s corporate group and will play leadership roles in a number of interdisciplinary initiatives.

Andre M. Forte, JD ’94, was named 2014 Lawyer of the Year by the D.C. Defense Lawyers’ Association at the organization’s annual banquet in June.

Jim Schuster, JD ’94, recently joined Roetzel as a partner in the firm’s Cleveland office. Mr. Schuster, who focuses his practice on regulatory health care, technology, and intellectual property law, is a member of the firm’s business services practice group and part of the firm’s expanding team of health care law attorneys. 

Raighne Delaney, JD ’95, a trial lawyer for Bean, Kinney & Korman, was named a 2014 Virginia Super Lawyer in business litigation.

Michael R. Greco, JD ’96, of Fisher & Phillips was named a 2014 Pennsylvania Super Lawyer. Mr. Greco litigates and provides counseling nationwide to employers on legal claims and issues arising from the movement of employees between competitor firms.

Matthew Keiser, JD ’96, was recently promoted to partner at Arnold & Porter and is a member of the firm’s labor and employment practice. He concentrates his practice in employment law counseling, employment litigation, and employment-related aspects of corporate transactions. 

Daniel Lopez, JD ’96, formerly of Briglia Hundley Nuttall & Lopez, is now a partner with Briglia Hundley, a full-service law firm in Fairfax, Va. Mr. Lopez, who has been practicing criminal defense in both state and federal court for 17 years, is also a substitute judge appointed in Arlington, Va. 

Michael S. Levine, JD ’97, was promoted to partner at Kleinberg, Kaplan, Wolff & Cohen. He focuses his practice on advising financial institutions on the purchase and sale of par and distressed assets, such as secured bank loans, subordinated, notes, and trade claims, as well as equity interests and other securities issued by companies located in North America and worldwide.

Margaret Rosenfeld, JD ’97, is a partner at Raleigh, N.C.-based Smith Anderson and the head of the firm’s international law practice. She has been recognized by Chambers USA as one of “America’s Leading Business Lawyers” in North Carolina for corporate/mergers and acquisitions law. She is the only woman in North Carolina to be honored in this category.

Mehrnaz Boroumand Smith, JD ’98, is the managing partner of Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton’s San Francisco office. Ms. Boroumand Smith is the first woman to lead the San Francisco office. She focuses her practice on intellectual property and complex commercial litigation matters. 

Anessa Owen Kramer, JD ’98, was named an Intellectual Property Star by Managing Intellectual Property magazine. Ms. Kramer is a partner in Honigman’s intellectual property department and its trademark and copyright and IP litigation practice groups, and is the co-managing partner of Honigman’s Bloomfield Hills, Mich., office. She represents a number of owners of well-known brands, counseling them on issues such as global clearance and filing strategies, IP management, trademark enforcement and litigation, and trademark licensing.

Matthew J. Kreutzer, JD ’98, has joined the Las Vegas office of Howard & Howard Attorneys, where he concentrates his practice on franchising. He was named a 2014 Mountain States Super Lawyer. He was also appointed to a four-year term as commissioner of the California State Board of Legal Specialization.

Carl A. Kukkonen III, JD ’98, a member of the intellectual property section of Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, has been selected for the Daily Journal’s 2014 Top Intellectual Property Lawyers in California list. Mr. Kukkonen, who focuses his practice on strategic intellectual property counseling, is one of 25 portfolio managers/patent prosecutors to be recognized by the Daily Journal.

Melissa S. Woods, JD ’98, was appointed to the AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee’s Diversity Initiative Steering Committee. Ms. Woods is of counsel in Meyer Suozzi’s labor and employment law practice. She has been a member of the LCC’s board since 2012.

Latisha Atkins, JD ’99, was appointed executive director of the District of Columbia Office on Women’s Policy and the Commission for Women—committed to enhancing quality of life for women and their families in the District of Columbia. OWPI, working in conjunction with the DC Commission for Women, serves as a liaison between the public and private sectors and the Executive Office of the Mayor.

Paul Barger, JD ’99, was elected to the Friends of Karen board of directors. Friends of Karen provides support to New York tri-state families caring for children battling cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. Mr. Barger is an attorney whose practice focuses on children with special needs. 

Sonia Baldia, SJD ’99, is a partner at Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton based in the Washington, D.C., office. A member of the firm’s global sourcing and technology team, she is consistently recognized by Chambers USA as a leading information technology and sourcing lawyer. 

Erek Barron, JD ’99, has been named president of the J. Franklyn Bourne Bar Association, which serves primarily African American attorneys in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties, Md. Mr. Barron co-chairs Whiteford, Taylor & Preston’s administrative and regulatory law practice group and is a member of the firm’s business litigation section. 

Brian Finch, JD ’99, MA ’99, has been promoted to partner in the public practices section of Pillsbury Law in Washington, D.C., where he represents major corporations with their public policy and global security strategy and compliance needs. Mr. Finch is also a leader of Pillsbury’s new multidisciplinary, multi-office global security team. 

Scott M. Grossman, JD ’99an attorney in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., with international law firm Greenberg Traurig, has been recognized in the 2014 Chambers USA Guide. Mr. Grossman was ranked for his practice in bankruptcy and restructuring. 

Jeffrey H. Perry, JD ’99, a government antitrust litigator, is leaving the Federal Trade Commission to join Weil, Gotshal & Manges as a partner. Since December 2012, he has managed a 30-attorney team at the commission’s competition bureau investigating merger transactions involving hospitals, consumer goods, supermarkets, and other industries. 


Michael J. Engle, JD ’00, a partner at Greenblatt, Pierce, Engle, Funt & Flores, was one of the course planners for a continuing legal education program focusing on white-collar law practice, hosted by the Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (PACDL). Mr. Engle, who co-chairs PACDL’s white-collar practice committee, also addressed Pennsylvania trial judges at the Pennsylvania Conference of State Trial Judges’ mid-annual meeting on the topic of “Secrets of the Grand Jury.”

Jens C. Jenkins, JD ’00, was recognized by Best Lawyers in America in copyright and patent law.

Stephen J. Wukela, JD ’00, was awarded an honorary degree from Francis Marion University during spring commencement ceremonies. Mr. Wukela, now in his second term as the mayor of Florence, S.C., also served as the university’s commencement speaker. He has practiced with the Wukela Law Firm since 2000 with a focus on trial and appellate practice in the areas of general tort and workers’ compensation law.

Gerald Audant, JD ’01, was elected equity partner at Fenwick & West. He counsels established and emerging technology and life sciences companies on employee benefit and equity compensation matters in corporate transactions. Mr. Audant also advises clients on the design, modification, and negotiation of compensation arrangements, including employment agreements, equity and cash-based incentive plans, and separation agreements.

James Carlin, JD ’01, has joined Roetzel in Orlando, Fla., where he is part of the firm’s real estate practice group. Mr. Carlin has extensive commercial and residential real estate law experience, including acquisition, sale, leasing, development, title insurance, survey, contract preparation and negotiation, and financing.

Jason Day, JD ’01, was named a 2013 Colorado Lawyer of the Year by Law Week Colorado. He is a partner with Perkins Coie in Denver.

Christopher J. Kirkpatrick, BA ’98, JD ’01, was named secretary of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission. 

Erika Moritsugu, JD ’01, was nominated by the White House to serve as assistant secretary for congressional and intergovernmental relations at the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Ms. Moritsugu is currently the deputy assistant director for legislative affairs at the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection. Prior to that, she served as deputy legislative director for U.S. Sen. Daniel Akaka (D-Hawaii) from 2010 to 2012.

Oscar Ramirez, JD ’01, MA ’01, was appointed to the Chesapeake Bay Trust board of trustees. He is a principal at the Podesta Group. Mr. Ramirez previously served as special assistant and chief of staff to Rep. Hilda Solis (D-Calif.), deputy chief of staff to Rep. Al Green (D-Texas), and legislative director to Rep. Joe Baca (D-Calif.). He served two terms as president of the Congressional Hispanic Staff Association and was named by Washington Life magazine as one of Washington, D.C.’s most influential movers and shakers under 40.

MaKara Rumley, JD ’01, is one of 35 outstanding Georgians participating in the 2014 class of the Institute for Georgia Environmental Leadership. Ms. Rumley was also selected for inclusion in Who’s Who In Black Atlanta.

A. Neal Seth, JD ’01, has joined Wiley Rein as a partner in the firm’s intellectual property practice. Mr. Seth, who advises clients on patent prosecution and portfolio matters, has served as lead counsel in defending against claims of patent infringement in the manufacturing and pharmaceutical sectors. He has an extensive list of client contacts in India, having previously served as president of the South Asian Bar Association of Washington, D.C.

Odin Smith, JD ’01, has joined Perkins Coie as senior counsel in the firm’s Washington, D.C., office. He is a member of the firm’s environmental, energy, and resources practice. Before joining Perkins Coie, Mr. Smith was an attorney adviser for the U.S. Department of the Interior. 

Timothy J. Abraham, JD ’02, was honored by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation as one of its 40 Under 40 Outstanding Lawyers of Miami-Dade County for his community service and legal accomplishments. An assistant U.S. attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida, Mr. Abraham has worked for the U.S. Department of Justice since 2004.

Stefanie Alfonso-Frank, JD ’02, was elected to counsel at Arnold & Porter. At GW Law, Ms. Alfonso-Frank graduated first in her class and received the John Bell Larner Award for attaining the highest cumulative average. She also served as notes editor of The George Washington University Law Review.

Eric Berman, JD ’02, joined Venable as counsel in Washington, D.C. Previously, Mr. Berman worked for Williams Mullen, where he served as a partner and chair of the firm’s antitrust and trade regulation practice. 

Lorie Burch, JD ’02, was honored by the Dallas Business Journal as one of the city’s top 26 women in business and was elected the national president of the American Business Women’s Association (ABWA). She is the first openly gay national president of ABWA. Ms. Burch’s Dallas law firm—the Law Office of Lorie L. Burch, PC—focuses on estate planning, including wills, trusts, probate matters, and powers of attorney. 

Edward W. Chang, JD ’02, a partner at Blank Rome, has been selected for the 2014 Fellows Program of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity, a landmark program created to identify, train, and advance the next generation of leaders in the legal profession. He joins a class of more than 170 attorneys from around the country—the largest class in the program’s history. Mr. Chang, who serves as vice chair of Blank Rome’s consumer finance practice group, focuses his practice on consumer financial services and commercial litigation. 

Colin D. Cook, JD ’02, joined INPEX Corp. as senior legal counsel. INPEX is a Tokyo-based oil and gas company. 

Andrea H. Evans, JD ’02, was recognized by the White House as a STEM Diversity and Access Champion of Change. Ms. Evans is principal of KidGINEER, LLC, a STEM enrichment program targeting students ages 5 to 10. She is also the principal of The Law Firm of Andrea Hence Evans, an intellectual property firm in the Washington, D.C., area.

Nicholas E. Johansson, JD ’02, was appointed to the Maryland Economic Development Commission. Prior to joining Whiteford, Taylor & Preston as an attorney in 2004, he served as an attorney for the Baltimore City Solicitor’s Office. He is the author of several articles on elder law issues.

Andrew Blau, JD ’03, was promoted to counsel at Davis Polk & Wardwell in the corporate department, practicing in the executive compensation group in New York. He advises clients on compensatory and benefit arrangements, such as equity-based incentives, deferred compensation and retirement plans, and retention and severance agreements, with particular emphasis on issues arising in mergers and acquisitions, initial public offerings, and new and joint ventures. 

Adam M. Foslid, JD ’03, LLM ’04, is a shareholder with the litigation practice group of international law firm Greenberg Traurig. He was also appointed a trustee of the Miami Music Association, the Board of Trustees for Cleveland Orchestra Miami, where he will work to build a culture of passionate, dedicated concertgoers in Miami.

Chad Nydegger, JD ’03, was recognized by Best Lawyers in America in litigation, intellectual property, and patent law. 

Kiran V. Somashekara, JD ’03, has joined Reed Smith as counsel in the firm’s New York City office. Mr. Somashekara represents clients across the United States, conducting internal investigations; managing regulatory enforcement matters initiated by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, the SEC, and state regulators; and representing firms and individuals in customer disputes. He has been named a New Jersey Super Lawyers “Rising Star” since 2011.

Vincent Lyon, JD ’04, has joined Chiumento Selis Dwyer in Palm Coast, Fla., where he concentrates his practice in business, litigation, and personal injury law services. 

Michael J. Rigelsky, JD ’04, was named a 2014 Ohio Super Lawyers “Rising Star.” Mr. Rigelsky is an associate at Roetzel & Andress in Akron, Ohio.

Joyanna Smith, JD ’04, was named ombudsman for the D.C. public school system. Ms. Smith is a former charter school official who will serve as a mediator and clearinghouse for parents’ concerns.

Wesley Smith, JD ’04, was named director of state and federal relations by Utah Governor Gary Herbert. Prior to this role, Mr. Smith served as executive vice president of government affairs and general counsel for the Salt Lake Chamber, overseeing the chamber’s government relations efforts and providing legal expertise. 

Rachel A. Alexander, JD ’05, was promoted to partner at Wiley Rein, where she is a member of the health care, government contracts, white-collar defense and government investigations, and insurance practices. Ms. Alexander counsels clients on health care and government contracting matters. Prior to entering the legal profession, she spent more than a decade in health care administration working for industry leading providers and health plans. 

Kimberly A. Ashmore JD ’05, was promoted to partner at Wiley Rein. She is a member of the firm’s insurance practice, where she represents insurers and professionals in connection with complex professional liability disputes. Earlier in her career, she clerked for the Hon. Deborah K. Chasanow at the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland.

Thomas A. Janczewski, JD ’05, has been named partner at the Milwaukee office of Michael Best & Friedrich. He practices general commercial litigation in both state and federal courts. 

Colleen King, JD ’05, was promoted to of counsel at Wiley Rein. A member of the firm’s communications practice, she counsels clients on Federal Communications Commission rules and compliance with ongoing regulatory requirements, particularly related to satellites, earth stations, international authorizations, and submarine cable licenses. She advises clients on communications issues including licensing, foreign ownership, and national security. 

Peter L. Olszewski, JD ’05, was promoted to counsel at Buckley Sandler, a leading financial services and criminal and civil enforcement defense law firm. He works in the firm’s Washington, D.C., office. 

Stephanie Roy, BA ’97, JD ’05, is a member of Steptoe’s telecom, Internet, and media group, where she represents domestic and foreign telecommunications and media clients before the Federal Communications Commission and other government agencies. Previously, she clerked for Judge Eric L. Clay on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

Kimberly L. Sikora Panza, JD ’05, was promoted to special counsel at Wiley Rein, where she is a member of the franchise, intellectual property, and privacy practices. She is also a professorial lecturer at the George Washington University Law School.

David Kanuth, JD ’06, was a Democratic candidate in the open primary for California’s 33rd Congressional District. His campaign raised more than $800,000 in less than two months. Mr. Kanuth says that his experience as a public defender shaped his ideals and passion for public service. 

Adam H. Koblenz, JD ’06, an associate with Sahn Ward Coschignano & Baker, received Long Island Business News “Leadership in Law” Award in the associate category. He was named a 2014 New York Metro Area Super Lawyers “Rising Star” in the area of general litigation. 

Jason McCullough, JD ’06, was promoted to counsel at Davis Polk & Wardwell in the litigation department, resident in Hong Kong. He has substantial experience in matters related to the enforcement of international anticorruption and antitrust laws, as well as related civil litigation.

Jered E. Matthysse, JD ’07, was named a 2014 Texas Super Lawyers “Rising Star” in the intellectual property category. Mr. Matthysse is a senior associate at Austin-based Pirkey Barber, one of the few U.S. firms specializing exclusively in trademark, copyright, and unfair competition law.

Ben Esplin, JD ’07, an intellectual property lawyer, was promoted to partner at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, where he serves as lead counsel on the social media and games team based in the firm’s San Diego North County office. Before practicing law, Mr. Esplin was a patent examiner with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and a patent clerk.

David Kim, JD ’07, an attorney in Armstrong Teasdale’s intellectual property practice group, was named central regional governor of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association for the 2013–14 session. He was also selected to participate in the 2013 NAPABA Prospective Partners Program.

Vacharaesorn Vivacharawongse, LLM ’07, joined Goldberg Segalla as an associate in its New York City office. He is a member of the firm’s risk and litigation avoidance strategies, business and commercial, and product liability practice groups. Previously, he was an associate at Sedgwick LLP. 

Brian C. Willis, JD ’07, an associate at Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick’s Tampa, Fla. office, was a panelist at a Not Your Average Speakers community conversation on transit. He also was named a 2014 Florida Super Lawyers “Rising Star.”

Theodore Dokko, JD ’08, is an associate at Richardson Harman Ober, a Pasadena, Calif.-based law firm. Mr. Dokko has experience representing clients in all aspects of civil litigation, with an emphasis on labor and employment matters including wage and hour, discrimination, and wrongful termination claims. 

Reetuparna Dutta, JD ’08, was promoted to senior associate at Hodgson Russ.

Bryan King, JD ’08, is an associate at Bass, Berry & Sims in Washington, D.C. He joins the firm’s government contracts practice group, which was launched in early 2014.

Alejandro Luis Sarría, JD ’08, has joined the Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute as general counsel. Mr. Sarría is also continuing his role at McKenna Long & Aldridge as a government contracts litigator, where he focuses his practice on government contract claims and disputes, federal contractor tort litigation, and bid protests.

Thea Burns Johnson, JD ’09, married Geoffrey Keenan Bickford on Dec. 15, 2013, in New York City. Ms. Johnson is a Thomas C. Grey Fellow at Stanford Law School, where she teaches legal writing and research to first-year law students and researches criminal justice issues. 

Julie Oliver-Zhang, BA ’02, JD ’09, was named a 2014 Washington, D.C., Super Lawyers “Rising Star.” She is the founder and managing partner of Oliver-Zhang Law, which specializes in personal injury, immigration, and medical malpractice. 


Amanda Hogue, LLM ’10, is a family law attorney at Conroy Law Firm. She is also an expert in commercial and business litigation.

Daniel Lehman, JD ’10, published two recent articles in the New York Law Journal: “Condemnation: Are Exercised Options Evidence of Value?” which appeared in the Nov. 12, 2013, issue, and “Duty to Disclose Condemnation Information in a Transaction?” in the Jan. 3, 2014, issue. Mr. Lehman works at Berkman, Henoch, Peterson, Peddy & Fenchel, in Garden City, N.Y., where he specializes in eminent domain law.

Aron C. Beezley, LLM ’11, was named a 2014 Washington D.C. Super Lawyers “Rising Star” in the area of government contracts law. Mr. Beezley is an associate with Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, where he focuses primarily on government contracts and construction law.

Amanda K. Brady, MS ’11, has joined Major, Lindsey & Africa, the world’s leading legal search firm, as managing director and global practice leader of its law firm management practice. She is the only executive search professional to hold a Master of Professional Studies degree in Law Firm Management from GW. 

Katie A. Calogero, JD ’11, was named a 2014 Washington, D.C., Super Lawyers “Rising Star.” An attorney at Jackson Kelly, she is an associate in the firm’s government contracts and investigations practice group. 

Lucas J. Myers, LLM ’11, has joined Alston Hunt Floyd & Ing as an associate, where he practices in the area of commercial litigation. Prior to joining the firm, he was an associate with Secrest Wardle in Michigan.

Maggie Priest, JD ’11, married Dan Silky on Oct. 12, 2013, in Syracuse, N.Y. GW Law guests in attendance were Alison Shurtleff, JD ’11; Julia Tamulis, JD ’11; and Greg Rosen, BA ’08, JD ’11. The couple resides in Manlius, N.Y., where Ms. Priest works as an attorney at Priest Law Offices and Mr. Silky works for Xerox Corp.

Jillian M. Mueller, JD ’12, has joined Husch Blackwell’s St. Louis office as an associate on the labor and employment team. Ms. Mueller previously served as a law clerk for the Hon. José M. López, Superior Court of the District of Columbia and presiding judge of the Domestic Violence Unit. 

Jurgen Van Staden, LLM ’12, was hired as counsel and assistant director of policy at the Network Advertising Initiative in New York City. Mr. Van Staden supports membership and code enforcement as well as policy development for members, including revisions to the Network Advertising Initiative Code of Conduct.

Alex J. Yastrow, JD ’12, has joined Goldberg Segalla as an associate in its New York City office. He is a member of the firm’s global insurance services practice group. Mr. Yastrow specializes in commercial insurance coverage litigation, including regulatory, property, and business interruption matters.

Daren Daniels, LLM ’13, is an attorney-adviser at the Social Security Administration’s Office of Appeals in Arlington, Va.

Michael Friedman, JD ’13, is an associate at Brinks Gilson & Lione, where he is a member of the trademark practice group at the firm’s Chicago office. Previously he served as an intern at the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, and at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Julius Jefferson, JD ’13has joined the Houston office of Weil, Gotshal & Manges as an associate in the firm’s litigation department. 

Gabrielle Lincoff, JD ’13, married Yissachar Jerusalem on Feb. 16. Ms. Lincoff is an attorney for the George Washington University Office of the Senior Vice President and General Counsel. Mr. Jerusalem is in his third year of medical school at the George Washington University School of Medicine.

Robert Platt, BA ’09, MPH ’13, JD ’13, is an associate at Bass, Berry & Sims in Washington, D.C., where he is a member of the firm’s compliance and government investigations practice group.