The Hon. Rebecca Duncan is serving on the Oregon Supreme Court, following her appointment by Gov. Kate Brown. Previously, she served on the Oregon Court of Appeals.
Nathaniel Marrs, a former partner in the fund formation practice at Latham & Watkins, has joined DLA Piper as a partner in its Chicago office. He is a member of the firm’s finance practice.
Rob Pelinka, longtime agent for NBA superstar Kobe Bryant, is now general manager of the Los Angeles Lakers.
The Hon. Travis Richardson, a partner at Richardson & Mockoff Ltd., was appointed to serve on the Cook County (Illinois) Circuit Court.
Michael J. Thomas was a contributor to the February 2017 issue of New Mexico Lawyer. The article, “The 401(k) as a Pivotal Point in the Movement Towards Defined Contribution Plans,” was adapted from an essay he wrote as an LLM student at Wayne State University in 2010. He is working toward his certified employee benefit specialist designation, and he is a deputy general counsel at the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish.
Rick Bierschbach is the new dean of Wayne State University Law School in Detroit. Previously, he was a professor at Cardozo School of Law and Yeshiva University in New York. He is a nationally recognized scholar in the fields of criminal law and procedure.
William Quick received the 2017 Outstanding Service Award from the Kansas Bar Association. He is a shareholder at Polsinelli PC in Kansas City.
George Strander was reappointed to a four-year term on the State of Michigan’s Mental Health Diversion Council. He is the court administrator and probate register for Ingham County Probate Court and previously served as a referee for Ingham County’s Circuit Court.
Kelli Edson was selected as managing partner of the Tampa office of Quarles & Brady LLP. She is a partner in the firm’s litigation and dispute resolution practice, and serves as the commercial litigation chair in the Tampa office. She also is the Tampa recruiting partner and a member of the firm’s associate development committee.
Ronald Hall Jr. was appointed to the board of trustees of the Detroit-based Skillman Foundation. He is president and chief executive officer at Bridgewater Interiors, an automotive interiors manufacturing firm in Detroit.
Amy Spencer joined the Washington, D.C., office of Blank Rome LLP as an associate in the insurance coverage group.
Andrew Tavi, former vice president of legal, government affairs, and human resources at Nissan Group of North America, was promoted to division vice president, corporate and external affairs. In this role, he retains his previous responsibilities while adding responsibility for the corporate development, planning, governance, corporate social responsibility, and compliance functions in North America.
Jennifer Diamantis is chief of the Office of Market Intelligence in the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) enforcement division. Before arriving at the SEC in 2016 as deputy chief of office, she held various positions in the private sector and at federal agencies, including the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission.
Scott Fenster, the former senior vice president of legal at Equity Residential in Chicago, now serves as the company’s executive vice president and general counsel.
Kimberly Bailey received the 2017 John W. Rowe University Excellence in Teaching Award from the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT). She is an associate professor of law and the Norman and Ena Freehling Scholar at IIT’s Chicago-Kent College of Law.
Howard William Burdett Jr. joined the Royal Oak office of Howard & Howard Attorneys PLLC. His practice focuses on commercial, probate, and free speech litigation in Michigan and across the country.
Nakisha Chaney is senior counsel at Salvatore Prescott & Porter PLLC in Northville, Michigan. She previously served as a senior attorney at NachtLaw PC and a commercial litigator at Dickinson Wright PLLC. She also clerked for two years on the Michigan Supreme Court.
Sungjin Kang, former general counsel at Gymworld, has joined Seoul Semiconductor as the senior in-house counsel.
Karun Naga is president and chief executive officer of the newly launched Foundry SING1 Inc. The Foundry and Lightstone Ventures have joined forces to create this organization in order to identify and address unmet clinical needs in Asia.
Samir Parikh is a professor of law at Lewis & Clark Law School. He also is the Kenneth H. Pierce Faculty Fellow and director of the Center for Entrepreneurship at Lewis & Clark College. He is a member of the editorial board for Bloomberg Law and serves as lead editor for the Bloomberg Law Bankruptcy Treatise.
Matthew Andres is now the director of Michigan Law’s Veterans Legal Clinic. Previously, he spent four years at the University of Illinois College of Law, where he started and directed the Elder Financial Justice Clinic, the first law school clinic focused on combating financial abuse of seniors. Read more
Ann Marie Byers, a partner at Smith Byers LLC, joined AB-Conflict Resolution Services as an alternative dispute resolution specialist.
Shermin Kruse was accepted into the Chicago Council on Global Affairs Fellowship for Emerging Leaders. She also continues her work as partner at Barack Ferrazzano Kirschbaum & Nagelberg LLP. In addition, Kruse recently hosted a TEDx Talk, “How to Change the World,” in which she explores the traits and skills necessary for everyday people to become global change makers.
Emily Tait joined the Detroit office of Jones Day as a partner in the intellectual property practice. She also was elected as the vice president of the Michigan Intellectual Property American Inn of Court for the 2017–2018 term.
Christopher Timura is of counsel in the Washington, D.C., office of Gibson, Dunn & Cutcher LLP, and a member of the firm’s international trade practice group. He previously was with Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld LLP.
Roger Meyers joined Bush Seyferth & Paige PLLC as a partner in its Troy, Michigan, office. He leads the firm’s complex commercial ligation, financial services, and intellectual property litigation practices. Previously, he was a partner at Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP and clerked on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.