Jerome Kaplan was honored in June by the Philadelphia Bar Association for being a member of the Bar for 65 years.
Robert B. Fiske Jr., senior counsel at Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP and former U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, was selected by the American Inns of Court to receive the 2016 Lewis F. Powell Jr. Award for Professionalism and Ethics. The award was presented at the Supreme Court of the United States.
Paul M. Lurie was recognized with the Distinguished Service Award from the American Bar Association Forum on the Construction Industry. A partner at Schiff Hardin LLP in Chicago, he has devoted his career to resolving disputes in the construction industry, first as an advocate and now as an arbitrator and mediator. He also is director of the Guided Choice Mediation Interest Group.
Christopher R. Cooke was presented with the Board of Governors Judge Nora Guinn Award “in honor of his extraordinary and sustained efforts to assist Alaska’s rural residents, especially its Native population, overcome language and cultural barriers to obtaining justice through the legal system.”
Wood R. Foster Jr. authored a seven-part article entitled “A Profession on Edge” for Bench & Bar, the monthly magazine of the Minnesota State Bar Association (MSBA). He practiced law in Minneapolis from 1968 to 2013, most of it as a litigator with the firm now known as Siegel Brill PA. He was president of the MSBA in 1999–2000. He conceived and edited “For the Record: 150 Years of Law and Lawyers in Minnesota,” which was distributed to all lawyers and libraries in Minnesota in 1999. He also was a founder, past president, and 30-year board member of Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights.
The Hon. Lawrence M. Glazer was reappointed to the State Board of Ethics by Governor Rick Snyder, ’82. He is a retired Ingham County Circuit Court judge.
Michael W. Grebe was given the Founders Award by the Heritage Foundation for his philanthropic work with the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation of Milwaukee, in recognition of “outstanding and continuing support” by a foundation or individual. He is president and CEO of the Bradley Foundation, which supports limited, competent government and a dynamic marketplace for economic, intellectual, and cultural activity.
Stuart M. Israel, with Barry Goldman, published Opinions—Essays on Lawyering, Litigation and Arbitration, the Placebo Effect, Chutzpah, and Related Matters (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2016). In the book’s foreword, Theodore J. St.Antoine, ’54, the Law School’s James E. & Sarah A. Degan Professor of Law Emeritus, calls Opinions a “fun book…also a serious work in the best sense…a Bramble Bush for the 21st century” but “much more accessible. And funnier.”
Joe Kimble received the 2015 John W. Reed Lawyer Legacy Award from the State Bar of Michigan. The award is given periodically to a Michigan law school educator “whose influence on lawyers has elevated the quality of legal practice in our state.” He is a distinguished professor emeritus at Western Michigan University–Cooley Law School.
Kenneth Kraus, former law director of Strongsville, Ohio, has been appointed its Mayor’s Court magistrate.
Michael T. Chaney has been named mentor of the year by the Young Lawyers Division of the West Virginia State Bar and its Board of Governors. He is a member of the management committee and co-chairman of the commercial law group at Kay Casto & Chaney PLLC in Charleston, West Virginia.
The Hon. Steven Rhodes, a retired U.S. bankruptcy judge well known for helping guide the City of Detroit out of municipal bankruptcy, was named by Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, ’82, as the transition manager of Detroit Public Schools. Judge Rhodes oversees the school district’s finances and operations. The Detroit Public Schools face a financial emergency, with about $515 million in operating debt.
David W. Clark, partner at Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP in Jackson, Mississippi, serves as the chair of the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Gun Violence. The committee addresses, on behalf of the ABA, what has been and can be done under the law to address the epidemic of gun deaths and injuries in the United States, and it works with medical, public health, and other organizations in this effort. He also serves as Mississippi’s state delegate in the ABA’s House of Delegates.
Walter Mugdan received the Presidential Distinguished Rank Award, the highest for civilian government executives. He serves as director of the Division of Emergency & Remedial Response at Region 2 of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and has worked for EPA since 1975.
Michael Murray has been ordained a Catholic priest for the Diocese of Lansing, Michigan. He is assigned to Saint Thomas Aquinas/Saint John the Evangelist Parish in East Lansing.
Paul Griffin, partner at Winston & Strawn LLP in San Francisco, was named the 2016 Antitrust Lawyer of the Year by the Antitrust, Unfair Competition Law, and Privacy Section of the State Bar of California. For the past 10 years, he has served as a member and adviser of the executive committee of the antitrust section. He was vice chair of publications, is a coauthor of the treatise California Antitrust and Unfair Competition, and has served a record four times as master of ceremonies for the section’s annual Antitrust Lawyer of the Year dinner.
G.A. Finch was appointed by Governor Bruce Rauner to the Illinois Civil Service Commission. He is an attorney at Hoogendoorn & Talbot LLP in Chicago, where he practices employment, corporate, and real estate law.
Randall E. Mehrberg is rejoining Jenner & Block LLP in the Chicago office. He has more than 35 years of experience in private practice and as chief legal counsel and a strategic business leader for multibillion-dollar public companies. He will support the firm’s corporate, litigation, and restructuring and bankruptcy practices. He also will help grow the firm’s energy and regulatory industry groups.
The Hon. Kenneth C. Mennemeier was appointed to the California Superior Court in Sacramento. Before his appointment, he practiced for more than 18 years at Mennemeier, Glassman & Stroud LLP, a litigation boutique he founded in 1997.
Michael Kump, a founding partner of the entertainment and IP litigation boutique Kinsella Weitzman Iser Kump & Aldisert LLP in Santa Monica, California, was selected to the 2016 Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America, and was again (as in 2015) named to the two most prestigious lists of leading lawyers in the media and entertainment industry: The Hollywood Reporter’s 2016 Top 100 Power Lawyers and Variety’s 2016 Legal Impact Report.
Gary C. Robb and Anita Porte Robb, ’82, founding partners of Robb & Robb LLC in Kansas City, Missouri, were proud to witness their son, Andrew C. Robb, ’16, win first place in April in the 91st Annual Henry M. Campbell Moot Court Competition. Andrew also served as a note editor on the Michigan Law Review, and is clerking for the Hon. William Duane Benton on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.
Peter Silverman, partner in the Toledo office of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick LLP, has been appointed to the International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution (CPR) Panel of Distinguished Neutrals, and to three CPR specialty panels: Bio-Tech, Franchise and Trademark, and the Ohio General Commercial At Large Panel.
Daniel J. Bergeson is the founder of the firm Bergeson LLP, which was featured in Above The Law’s article “The White Sandal Elite: The Go-To Law Firms of Silicon Valley.” The article notes that “founder Dan Bergeson is renowned throughout Silicon Valley for both his expertise and cost-effectiveness in all aspects of business litigation.”
William “Bill” Ellis joined Akerman LLP as a partner in the real estate practice group in Los Angeles. He has more than 30 years of transactional real estate experience, handling workouts and restructurings, leasing, acquisitions, dispositions, financings, joint ventures, and developments across the United States.
Nancy Fredman Krent was awarded the Council of School Attorneys (COSA) Lifetime Achievement Award by the National School Boards Association’s COSA, in recognition of her outstanding service to public schools, the profession, and the mission of COSA to “improve the practice of school law…by providing leadership in legal advocacy for public schools.” She recently retired from Hodges, Loizzi, Eisenhammer, Rodick & Kohn LLP, where she was a partner.
Anita Porte Robb and Gary C. Robb, ’81, founding partners of Robb & Robb LLC in Kansas City, Missouri, were proud to witness their son, Andrew C. Robb, ’16, win first place in April in the 91st Annual Henry M. Campbell Moot Court Competition. Andrew also served as a note editor on the Michigan Law Review, and is clerking for the Hon. William Duane Benton on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.
Lawrence Savell’s fourth published law-related short story, “The Bequest,” was a winner of the 2016 New York State Bar Association Journal Short Story Contest, and appears in the May 2016 issue. He is counsel at Herbert Smith Freehills LLP in New York.
Michael Lied, member at Howard & Howard PLLC in Peoria, Illinois, was appointed to serve as an ex-officio of the Labor & Employment Law Section Council and also was reappointed as a member of the Standing Committee on Continuing Legal Education of the Illinois State Bar Association.
Henry Udow was presented with the Directors Roundtable’s world honor for a general counsel in London in May. He is general counsel of RELX Group (formerly Reed Elsevier), a global provider of information and analytics for professional and business customers.
Joel D. “Woody” Woodcock recently retired and was recognized for his service to the Mississippi Department of Transportation and the State of Mississippi with the passage of a resolution by the Mississippi Transportation Commission. His 30 years of service in Mississippi included 12 years as special assistant attorney with the Mississippi Office of the Attorney General.
Cliff Curry has been named president of Alta Lodge Company in Alta, Utah. He serves as an elected member of Alta Town Council.
H. Kurt von Moltke has joined Jenner & Block LLP as co-chair of the firm’s mergers and acquisitions practice and a partner in the Chicago office. He also joins the firm’s securities, corporate finance, and corporate practices. He focuses his practice on mergers and acquisitions, both hostile and negotiated, as well as private equity transactions, complex corporate debt restructurings, corporate finance and securities transactions, and counseling public company boards of directors.
Robert S. Bick, a shareholder at Williams, Williams, Rattner & Plunkett PC in Birmingham, Michigan, received the All-Star Attorney of the Year award from the Association for Corporate Growth. His practice focuses on corporate law, mergers and acquisitions law, private equity law, corporate governance, and business planning.
Kachen Kimmell was elected mayor of the Village of Gambier, Ohio, for a four-year term that began in January. Gambier is the home of Kenyon College.
Robert B. Jobe has been selected to receive the 2016 American Inns of Court Professionalism Award for the Ninth Circuit. He is in private practice in San Francisco, specializing in immigration litigation. He has litigated at all levels of the federal court system, including the Supreme Court of the United States, and testified before the U.S. House of Representatives about the need to enact legislation to implement the UN Convention Against Torture.
J. Adam Rothstein, partner in the Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP office in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, has been recognized as a BTI Client Service All-Star for 2016, awarded by the BTI Consulting Group. To earn a place on the list, an individual attorney must be singled out by a corporate counsel for client service that exceeds all other attorneys used by the organization. He is a partner in and vice chair of the firm’s real estate department, as well as the leader of Honigman’s practice groups for retail and hospitality and lodging.
Jack Van Coevering joins Foster Swift PC as a shareholder in the administrative and municipal practice group, working primarily in the Grand Rapids, Michigan, office. His practice focuses on state and local tax, and he assists municipalities with complex property tax cases and taxpayers in state business tax disputes. Previously, he served as chief judge and chairman of the Michigan Tax Tribunal.
Mark Bernstein joined Akerman LLP as a partner and a member of the litigation practice group in Chicago. His commercial litigation practice focuses on financial services litigation and class action defense.
Melissa H. Maxman, partner at Cohen & Gresser LLP, led the opening of the firm’s fourth office in Washington, D.C. She has decades of litigation experience at both the trial and appellate levels, primarily in the areas of antitrust, RICO, environmental law, complex commercial disputes, and white collar defense, as well as extensive experience advising domestic and foreign corporations about global antitrust issues.
John A. Nixon, partner in Duane Morris LLP’s Philadelphia office, has been selected for membership in the Executive Leadership Council, the preeminent organization for the development of global African American corporate leaders. He practices in the area of employee benefits and executive compensation.
J. Danielle Carr has joined Polsinelli PC as the firm’s first director of diversity and inclusion, based in the St. Louis office. She spent the first 13 years of her career as a practicing commercial litigation attorney, then gained experience in diversity roles with law firms and global recruiting firms, including six years as executive director of the Chicago Committee on Minorities in Large Law Firms.
Nancy L. Little has opened a new law firm, Buhl, Little, Lynwood & Harris PLC, along with three other partners, in East Lansing, Michigan. She practices in the fields of estate planning, trust and estate administration and litigation, and estate and gift tax.
The Hon. Michael Roche was appointed by Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper to serve as a judge on the Arapahoe County Court. He is a founding partner of the Denver office of Lathrop & Gage LLP, with a practice devoted to civil litigation.
Thomas G. Pasternak has joined Akerman LLP as a partner in the Chicago office. He has more than 20 years of experience in patent litigation, licensing, and prosecution.
Roshunda Price, a former director and clinical assistant professor at Michigan Law, has joined Jaffe Raitt Heuer & Weiss PC as a partner in the firm’s corporate and real estate practice groups in Southfield, Michigan. She focuses on advising clients on a variety of corporate and real estate matters. She also has experience in health care law and is a certified public accountant.
Ann-Marie Anderson, partner with Phoenix-based Wright Welker & Paoule PLC, was elected by her lawyer peers to be chair of the State Bar of Arizona Securities Regulatory Board and reelected to the Administrative Regulatory and International Law boards. She focuses her practice on the representation of large airports, airlines, aviation interests, educational entities, and publicly traded corporations in litigation, complex transactions, and regulatory matters. She also was elected chair of the Phi Beta Kappa Academic Society of the Western United States and is in her sixth term as president of the U-M Club of Phoenix.
James F. Gehrke, shareholder and vice president at Butzel Long PC, has been elected to serve on the firm’s board of directors. He practices in the firm’s Detroit and Washington, D.C., offices, is the managing shareholder of the D.C. office, and is a seasoned litigator specializing in complex business matters.
Peter D. Hardy joined the white collar defense/internal investigations group of Ballard Spahr LLP as a partner in the firm’s Philadelphia office.
Rebecca Ross Haywood was nominated by President Obama to serve on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. She is an assistant U.S. attorney in the Western District of Pennsylvania, where she has served as chief of the appellate division since 2010.
Mitzi Hill has been named a partner at Taylor English Duma LLP in Atlanta. She has worked for more than 20 years on issues involving entertainment, technology, and the IP and compliance questions that come out of those two fields. She leads the firm’s data security and privacy practice.
Ariella (Nasuti) Cohen’s debut novel, Sweet Breath of Memory (Kensington, 2016), tells the story of a woman who is grieving the loss of her husband in the Iraq war with a Holocaust survivor and other women who lost loved ones during World War II. The novel has received numerous positive reviews, including one from the New York Journal of Books that says it is “so well written it is unfathomable that this is a debut novel.”
Noah Hall was appointed special assistant attorney general for Michigan, joining the special counsel team for the Flint water investigation. An associate professor of law at Wayne State University, he founded the Great Lakes Environmental Law Center and was an attorney with the National Wildlife Federation.
Zuzana Ikels, a litigation principal with Polsinelli PC, has been selected to join the executive committee of the Bar Association of San Francisco’s litigation section. Her practice focuses on complex commercial litigation disputes with particular emphasis on health care False Claims Act and anti-kickback matters, consumer class actions, and business disputes among technology and health care companies.
Shannon Rhodes Stokke joined Garvey Schubert Barer as an owner in the intellectual property group, based in the Seattle office.
Nancy Wang has joined Michigan Law as a clinical assistant professor of law in the Environmental Law Clinic. Previously, she served as an assistant counsel at the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, the public agency responsible for regulating all stationary sources of air pollution in the San Francisco Bay area.
Sungjin Kang has been named the general counsel for the Korean company Gymworld. It is a Korean franchisee of the Gymboree program, which specializes in the education of kids up to age 6. The company makes the magnetic building toy Magformers.
Edward (Jed) Gordon joined McDermott Will & Emery LLP as a partner in the Boston office. A leading patent attorney, he has experience with patent prosecution and strategy work in the electrical and medical device fields.
Markeisha Miner, dean of students at Cornell Law School, was named to The Network Journal’s 40 Under Forty list. She previously served as assistant dean of career services and outreach at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law.
Emily Tait, a partner in Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP’s IP litigation practice group in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, was elected treasurer of the Michigan Intellectual Property Inn of Court.
Gerard Filitti published his first novel, Frozen Tide, an international thriller that confronts terrorism on American soil and poses questions regarding what it might take to keep our country safe. The novel has been featured in the Panama City News Herald’s “The Beach’s Best Bookish Bets.”
Julie Rusczek is a health care attorney at the newly launched boutique firm Health Sciences Law Group LLC, which is based in Fox Point, Wisconsin.
Sarah E. Doerr has been elected shareholder at Moss & Barnett PA in Minneapolis. She is a member of the firm’s creditors’ remedies and bankruptcy practice area.
Ramji Kaul has been named the assistant dean for career planning at Michigan Law. He previously was the office’s interim director and an attorney counselor. After graduating from the Law School, he was an associate at Dentons US LLP in Chicago. He became a partner there in 2013, working in the litigation disputes and resolution practice.
Mackenzie Phillips was chosen by JLL, a financial and professional services firm, to be a member of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity’s 2016 class of fellows. She serves as chief corporate counsel of JLL and focuses primarily on compliance, subsidiary management, securities regulation, and corporate governance. She also is an adjunct professor of the Business Law Enterprise Clinic at The John Marshall Law School in Chicago.
Azadeh Shahshahani received the 2016 Georgia WAND (Women’s Action for New Directions) Peace and Justice Award. She is legal and advocacy director at Project South in Atlanta.
Joshua M. Kalb was promoted to counsel at Hunton & Williams LLP in Atlanta. He joined the firm in 2005, and his practice focuses primarily on IP litigation and creating and preserving value in IP assets through aggressive enforcement and protection of IP rights.
Julia Skubis Weber has been elected to partner at Baker & McKenzie. She is based in Chicago and focuses on international tax planning, routinely advising U.S., multinational, and foreign-owned clients on cross-border tax issues, including internal reorganizations, structuring of outbound and inbound investments, cross-border mergers and acquisitions, and spin-off transactions.
Nicholas Bronni was appointed deputy solicitor general of Arkansas in April. Previously, he was senior litigation counsel in the Appellate Litigation Group of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
Paul J. Cambridge has joined Armstrong Teasdale LLP as a St. Louis-based member of the firm’s corporate services and financial and real estate services practice groups. He counsels clients in all aspects of mergers and acquisitions, corporate matters, and lending transactions, and also has significant experience handling matters related to entity formation and planning, corporate governance, contract negotiation, and more.
Jonathan H. Claydon has been elevated to shareholder in the Chicago office of Greenberg Traurig LLP. He is a member of the litigation practice and focuses on complex commercial litigation in federal and state courts.
Darcy Down has been elected to partner at Baker & McKenzie. She is based in Chicago and is a member of the corporate and securities practice, advising clients on a wide range of transactional matters, including domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, corporate reorganizations, and general corporate and securities law matters.
Christian Grostic has been named partner at Kushner & Hamed Co. LPA in Cleveland, which is now Kushner, Hamed & Grostic Co. LPA. He practices civil and white collar criminal litigation and appeals, appearing in the Supreme Court of the United States, the U.S. Court of Appeals, and trial courts. He also is an adjunct professor at Case Western Reserve University School of Law.
Richard C. Kim joined Greenberg Traurig LLP in the New York office. He represents private equity sponsors, public and private borrowers, lead arrangers, and lenders in connection with syndicated and bilateral loan financings.
Jenny Lee has joined Dorsey & Whitney LLP’s Washington, D.C., office as a partner. She represents banks and other financial services firms in government investigations, congressional inquiries and litigation matters involving federal or state consumer financial statutes, and implementing regulations. She previously spent several years as an enforcement attorney at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
Matt Nolan, senior counsel at Dow Corning in Midland, Michigan, was named one of the winners of the Top 10 30-Somethings awards given by the Association of Corporate Counsel.
Katherine Lacy Crosby has been elected a member of Tachau Meek PLC in Louisville, Kentucky. She represents businesses, financial institutions, and individuals in commercial matters involving a variety of topics.
Nicole Trudeau has joined Stradley Ronon LLP’s Washington, D.C., office. She joins as a partner in the investment management practice group, where she represents open- and closed-end funds and exchange-traded funds, other pooled investment vehicles and their independent board members, and investment advisers on matters relating to U.S. federal securities laws.
Christine Neuharth received the 2016 Access to Justice Award at the ACLU of Southern California’s 22nd Annual Luncheon for her pro bono work as co-counsel on Alfaro Garcia v. Johnson. The team working on this case defeated the government’s motion to dismiss and won certification of a nationwide class of detained asylum seekers, securing a settlement agreement that will ensure the timely processing of detained asylum seekers’ cases.
Scott Wilcox, an associate at Davis Polk LLP in New York, was presented with the Federal Bar Council’s Thurgood Marshall Award for Exceptional Commitment to Pro Bono Service in June. The award celebrates attorneys in private practice who have demonstrated an exemplary commitment to providing or facilitating pro bono legal services in federal courts or agencies within the Second Circuit. Wilcox, who has devoted more than 1,600 hours to pro bono legal services during his time in private practice, was presented with the award by senior counsel Robert B. Fiske Jr., ’55, HLLD ’97 (pictured here with Wilcox; photo courtesy of Federal Bar Council).
Samir Hanna has joined the Michigan Unemployment Insurance Clinic at Michigan Law as a clinical teaching fellow. He previously served as an administrative law judge for the State of Michigan.
Aruna Prabhala, staff attorney with the Center for Biological Diversity’s strategic litigation group, was honored with a California Lawyer Attorney of the Year (CLAY) award from the Daily Journal and California Lawyer magazine. She and two other attorneys from the center were recognized for a case that resulted in a 2015 California Supreme Court decision that will force state officials to reconsider threats to protected wildlife and the climate posed by a mega-development.
Imran Syed, clinical assistant professor of law and assistant director of the Michigan Innocence Clinic at Michigan Law, has been named the recipient of the 2016 Regeana Myrick Outstanding Young Lawyer Award from the State Bar of Michigan Young Lawyers Section.
Gautam Hans joined the Entrepreneurship Clinic at Michigan Law in August 2016 as a clinical teaching fellow, with a focus on intellectual property and technology. He previously served as policy counsel and director, CDT-San Francisco at the Center for Democracy & Technology.
Wencong Fa was promoted to staff attorney at the Pacific Legal Foundation, a libertarian public-interest organization with two cases pending before the Supreme Court of the United States. Previously, he was a CPIL fellow at the foundation.
Elizabeth C. Lamoste is a health insurance specialist at the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation. Previously, she was an associate with Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP.
Andrew Goddeeris joined Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP as an associate in its litigation department and is located in the firm’s Detroit office.