The Hon. John Milligan has retired after serving 52 years on the bench of the Stark, Ohio, Family Court; the Common Pleas Court; and Ohio Court of Appeals.


Jean-Gabriel Castel gave a series of lectures recently on “The Artificial Intelligence Revolution: How Will Emerging Technologies Reshape our Society and Ourselves.” He is a French and Canadian law professor and professor emeritus at Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto, where he currently teaches a course in conflicts of law.


The Hon. Herbert Brown has written an original play, Henry Ford’s Model E, which was produced by the Contemporary Arts Theater Company at the Riffe Center in Columbus, Ohio, in April. The story follows the troubled relationship between Henry Ford and his son, Edsel. It is Brown’s fourth produced play.


John Barr was inducted into the Academy of Municipal Attorneys. He is a principal at Barr, Anhut & Associates PC, which is based in Ypsilanti, Michigan.


Hanson Reynolds has joined the Boston office of Rackemann, Sawyer & Brewster Professional Corporation as a director. He practices in the areas of trusts and estates, probate litigation, and fiduciary investment.


The Hon. Anthony Scirica received the 2017 American Inns of Court Professionalism Award for the Third Circuit. He was chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit from 2003 to 2010, and took senior status in 2013. He is a member of the Council of the American Law Institute and a Senior Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he teaches courses on civil procedure.


The Hon. Alfred Butzbaugh was elected president of the Michigan State Bar Foundation, which annually distributes funds to civil legal aid programs throughout the state of Michigan. He served as president of the State Bar of Michigan from 1999 to 2000, and during that time he received the Roberts P. Hudson Award—the State Bar’s highest honor.


Travis Lewin received the Annual Life Achievement Award from Educating Advocates: Teaching Advocacy Skills at Stetson University School of Law for his teaching and work in trial advocacy. Previously, he received the inaugural Richard S. Jacobson Trial Teaching Award from the Roscoe Pound Foundation.


David Callies received the 2017 Brigham-Kanner Property Rights Prize from the William & Mary Law School Property Rights Project. He is the Benjamin Kudo Professor of Law at the University of Hawai‘i at M–anoa William S. Richardson School of Law.

Lee Hornberger, an arbitrator and mediator in Traverse City, Michigan, was inducted into the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals. Membership consists of alternative dispute resolution professionals distinguished by their hands-on experience in the field of civil and commercial conflict resolution.


John McGonagleJohn McGonagle and his wife, Carolyn M. Vella, recently released a new book, Competitive Intelligence Rescue—Getting It Right (Praeger, 2017). It is the couple’s 10th book on competitive intelligence and their 20th overall. John is the managing partner of The Helicon Group, a consulting firm near Reading, Pennsylvania.

Gary Schenk was recognized by the American Law Society board of directors as an American top lawyer with distinction. He is a partner at Schenk, Boncher & Rypma based in Grand Rapids, Michigan.



Joseph Kimble was honored by Scribes–The American Society of Legal Writers, which has renamed its distinguished service award the Joseph Kimble Distinguished Service Award. He is the organization’s former executive director and currently is senior editor of The Scribes Journal of Legal Writing. He also is a distinguished professor emeritus at Western Michigan University’s Cooley Law School.

Donald Silverman has retired as assistant chief attorney in the felony trial bureau at the Legal Aid Society of Suffolk County, New York.


Curtis Mack represented the University of Michigan at the inauguration of Emory University President Claire E. Sterk in February. In addition, he was inducted into the 2016 Hall of Fame class of the Gate City Bar Association, which is the oldest African American bar association in the state of Georgia.

Robin Weaver, a veteran litigator from Cuyahoga County, was elected by his peers to serve as the next president of the Ohio State Bar Association (OSBA). He is a past president of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association and has been active in OSBA operations for years.


David W. Clark received the Distinguished Service Award from the Mississippi Bar Association. He is counsel in the Jackson, Mississippi, office of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP.


Richard Bendix Jr. has begun a new career as an investment banker for Ravinia Capital LLC, a boutique investment bank located in Chicago. Using his decades of experience as a commercial bankruptcy and restructuring attorney, he will be focusing on the sale of distressed businesses.

Masayuki Oku completed his 12-year tenure as chairman of the board of Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group in Tokyo this spring. He now is serving as an honorary adviser to the board.

Robert Wessely joined the New York office of Blank Rome LLP as a partner. He comes to Blank Rome from Withers Bergman LLP, where he also was a partner. In addition, he is president of the American Austrian Foundation, an international charitable organization dedicated, among other things, to training doctors all over the world.


Paul Griffin was named the 2016 California Antitrust Lawyer of the Year by the State Bar of California’s antitrust, unfair competition, and privacy section. He is a senior partner in the San Francisco office of Winston & Strawn LLP.

Carol Sanger published About Abortion: Terminating Pregnancy in 21st Century America (Harvard University Press, 2017). Her work also was featured in an April New Yorker article, “Why It’s Become So Hard to Get an Abortion.” She is the Barbara Aronstein Black Professor of Law at Columbia Law School.


Susan Esserman, a partner at Steptoe & Johnson LLP, received the 2017 Chambers Women in Law Award for Outstanding Contribution to Advancing Gender Diversity (Private Practice). She leads the firm’s international trade policy practice and previously served as the former deputy U.S. trade representative.

Bruce Thelen
traveled to Hangzhou, China, in 1980 where a 15-year-old student offered him a free tour of his city. Thelen’s tour guide, Jack Ma, later would become founder and chairman of the e-commerce giant Alibaba Group. Thelen had lost track of his young friend until he came across an Inc. profile of Ma recounting a familiar story about how he had offered free tours to visitors to practice his English. “When I saw that Jack would be speaking at a conference down the street from my office in Detroit, I thought I would drop by and try to catch him. It worked out and was a lot of fun,” says Thelen, who is in his fifth year as an adjunct clinical assistant professor in Michigan Law’s International Transactions Clinic. “Despite his wealth and fame, he struck me as being the same driven yet humble guy that I met 37 years ago.” Photos of the pair, and Thelen’s welcome sign, gained traction throughout Asia, and the story had the highest daily click rate in China’s People’s Daily Online.—JP


Hildy Bowbeer and Bill Klein
Hildy Bowbeer and Bill Klein
struck up a friendship while washing dishes in the Lawyers Club. Upon graduation, their professional lives continued to parallel when they clerked for the Minnesota Supreme Court and later practiced at Gray Plant Mooty in Minneapolis. After Bowbeer left the firm in 1985, the two crossed paths only rarely over the next 30 years. They reconnected in 2014, at her induction as a federal magistrate judge in the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota. “When we saw each other, we gave each other a big hug. I was really happy to see him again,” says Bowbeer, whose husband had passed away in 2012, three years after Klein’s wife. “He knew what I had been through, and I knew what he had been through.” They agreed to catch up over lunch, which turned into dinner, which was followed by a date. Two years later, they were married. “You can make good friends in law school,” says Klein. “Our friendship just blossomed into something more.” They look forward to their next Reunion when they will return to campus as a couple 40 years in the making.


Nancy Williams, counsel in the Seattle office of Perkins Coie LLP, received the 2017 King County Bar Association’s Outstanding Lawyer Award. Read more about her service to her community.


Mikel Bistrow, a former partner at Ballard Spahr LLP, has joined Dinsmore & Shohl LLP as a partner in the firm’s San Diego office. Her practice focuses on finance and insolvency.

Valerie Jarrett joined the board of directors for Ariel Investment, a Chicago investment firm. She also has joined the board of directors of the ride-hailing company Lyft. She is the former senior adviser to President Obama.

Michael Kump, a partner at Kinsella Weitzman Iser Kump & Aldisert LLP, was named a top 100 power lawyer by The Hollywood Reporter. He also was named in Variety’s 2017 Impact Report for the second time since 2015.

Debbie Levy’s New York Times-bestselling children’s picture book, I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark (Simon & Schuster, 2016) was awarded the National Jewish Book Award and the Sydney Taylor Book Award. It also was named a New York Public Library and Chicago Public Library Best Book of 2016, and was an Honor Book for the Jane Addams Book Award, the Margaret Wise Brown Prize, and the Orbis Pictus Award. I Dissent is her 23rd book for young readers.

John McDermott, a shareholder of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, was appointed to the board of directors for the Denver Dumb Friends League. He also is an executive board member of the Boy Scouts of America Denver Area Council.

Peter SilvermanPeter Silverman was elected as a member of the Ohio Chapter of the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals. He is a partner in the Toledo office of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick LLP.


Ross Crown Jr. was elected president of the Great Southwest Council of the Boy Scouts of America, which is the third-largest council in the continental United States and serves members in northern New Mexico, southwest Colorado, and a substantial portion of the Navajo Nation in Arizona and Utah. He is a partner at Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP’s Albuquerque office.


William Gillett is the dean of business for the Kelowna, British Columbia, campus of Okanagan College. Previously, he was the Christos and Mary Papoutsy Distinguished Chair in Ethics and Social Responsibility at Southern New Hampshire University.

Hugh Hewitt, a radio talk show host with the Salem Radio Network and law professor at Chapman University School of Law, has joined The Washington Post as a contributing columnist for the opinion section.

Michael Kaufman was appointed dean of Loyola University Chicago School of Law. He has been a member of the law faculty since 1986 and served as the School of Law’s associate dean for academic affairs from 2005 until July 2016.

Michael LiedMichael Lied, an associate in the Peoria, Illinois, office of Howard & Howard Attorneys PLLC, was reappointed as a member of the Standing Committee on Continuing Legal Education within the Illinois State Bar Association for the 2017–2018 term.


Kevin Saunders published Free Expression and Democracy: A Comparative Analysis (Cambridge University Press, 2017). The book challenges the assumption that limits on free expression will lead to authoritarianism or, at least, a weakening of democracy. He tests that hypothesis by examining issues involving expression and their treatment in countries included on The Economist’s list of fully functioning democracies.

The Hon. Kurtis Wilder was appointed by Gov. Rick Snyder, ’82, to the Michigan Supreme Court. He previously was a judge on Michigan’s First District Court of Appeals. He was appointed to that court by Gov. John Engler in 1998, and then elected and re-elected to four subsequent terms.


Susan BartSusan Bart, a former partner at Sidley Austin LLP, has joined the Chicago office of Schiff Hardin LLP as a partner in the private clients, trusts, and estates group. She also is a visiting lecturer at Michigan Law.

Neeru Chadha was elected to a nine-year term as a judge on the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea. Based in Hamburg, Germany, the tribunal adjudicates disputes arising over the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, and the agreements between countries that give it jurisdiction. She is the first woman to serve on the 21-member court.

Barbara Kaye, a corporate partner at Honigman Miller Schwartz & Cohn LLP, was appointed to the board of directors for the University Musical Society at U-M. At the firm, she serves as vice chair of the corporate department and previously chaired the Committee on Women Attorney Initiatives.

Carla Newell, former operating general partner at Technology Crossover Ventures, has joined Ancestry.com as chief legal officer and general counsel. She leads the global legal team, supporting privacy, security, and risk-management initiatives as the company continues to expand globally while accelerating the growth of its high-demand consumer genomics offering.

Scott Newman, former Marion County prosecutor and Indianapolis public safety director, is the chief counsel in the advisory division of the Indiana Attorney General. He also remains involved with Rock Steady Boxing, which he founded in 2006 as a non-contact boxing-based fitness curriculum that gives people with Parkinson’s disease hope by improving their quality of life. He has been living with Parkinson’s for 16 years.

Mark Weinhardt
Mark Weinhardt
was inducted into the International Academy of Trial Lawyers as one of only 500 Fellows from the United States and 100 Fellows from more than 30 countries, under the age of 70, who are deemed to be the world’s most exceptional attorneys. He is the senior partner at The Weinhardt Law Firm in Des Moines, Iowa.

Michael Woronoff was elected as an independent director of Alexandria Real Estate Equities Inc. The company’s board of directors also appointed him to serve as a member of the audit and the science and technology committees. He is a partner at Proskauer Rose LLP, where he heads the Los Angeles office and the West Coast corporate and securities practice, and is a member of the executive committee.


Jonathan Jacobs has joined the Washington, D.C., office of Perkins Coie LLP as a partner in the antitrust and unfair competition litigation practice. Previously, he spent 27 years with the U.S. Department of Justice, where he litigated and tried both civil and criminal antitrust cases.

Mark Osbeck, a clinical professor at Michigan Law, co-authored Marijuana Law in a Nutshell (West Academic Publishing, 2017) with Howard Bromberg, also a clinical professor of law. Read more

Andrew Stumpff, a former partner at Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP, was elected shareholder of Butzel Long and is based in the firm’s Ann Arbor office. He is a Fellow of the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel and a former co-chair of the employee benefits committee of the New York State Bar Association’s tax section. He teaches Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation at Michigan Law and at the University of Alabama Law School.


Steven Bradbury has been confirmed by a Senate panel to serve as general counsel of the U.S. Department of Transportation. He previously was a litigation partner at Dechert LLP in Washington, D.C. He held several positions in the Department of Justice during the George W. Bush administration, including heading the Office of Legal Counsel.

Tom Froehle is the new chair and managing partner in the Indianapolis office of Faegre Baker Daniels LLP. Since the firm’s merger in 2012, he has served as vice chair and chief operating partner. Prior to that, he served as chief executive partner of Baker & Daniels LLP.


Barron WallaceBarron Wallace, a partner in the Houston office of Bracewell LLP, was elected to a three-year term on the firm’s management committee. He also is chair of the firm’s nationally recognized public finance practice.



Christine CastellanoChristine Castellano was named to the Ethisphere Institute’s 2016 Attorneys Who Matter list. She is the senior vice president, general counsel, corporate secretary, and chief compliance officer of Ingredion Inc., an ingredient solutions provider based in Westchester, Illinois. Dan Kim was appointed vice president for communications at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts. He is the former executive director of communications and marketing at U-M’s College of Engineering.

Kristen RosatiKristen Rosati was named one of Arizona’s top 100 lawyers for 2017 by AZ Business, and one of the most outstanding women in business by the Phoenix Business Journal. She is a partner in the Phoenix office of Coppersmith Brockelman PLC.

Robert G. Wilson has joined the whistleblower representation practice at Labaton Sucharow, which is exclusively dedicated to representing U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) whistleblowers. For nearly 25 years, he has held key positions within the enforcement division of the SEC, including deputy assistant director and branch chief.

Michigan Rotisserie Baseball League
Members of the Class of 1990, including James Henderson, Harold Hunter, Raymond Ling, James Lobsenz, Cliff Moore, Josh Rovine, Dennis Shin, and Colin Zick founded the Michigan Rotisserie Baseball League in 1988. This year, as the league approached its 30th annual draft, they returned to the Quad (along with Rovine’s son, Pierce) for a day of strategy, negotiations, nostalgia, and fun. “It’s about baseball and keeping track of each other,” says Zick. “There is something wonderful about a group of people staying in touch and remaining in each other’s lives for so long.”—JP


Michael D MartinMichael D. Martin has opened a vineyard (The Walls) in Walla Walla, Washington. He also revitalized a historic restaurant on the property and re-opened it as a casual but sophisticated Italian restaurant—Passatempo Taverna. The Walls is coming into its second full year of releases with 90+ ratings under its belt.

Harry Nelson published From ObamaCare to TrumpCare: Why You Should Care (RX4 Group, 2017). He is the founder of Nelson Hardiman LLP, where he advises on health care regulatory and reimbursement strategy. He also co-chairs the investment committee of Adaptive Healthcare, a Los Angeles-based investment group that invests in early-stage technologies poised to capitalize on the paradigm shifts in health care, as well as debt financing to catalyze growth and turnaround in mature health care organizations.

Christopher Peters was named dean of the University of Akron’s School of Law. He previously was the associate dean for faculty scholarship and a professor of law at the University of Baltimore School of Law.


Kristin Coleman became executive vice president, general counsel, and chief compliance officer of U.S. Foods Holding Corp. She oversees all legal and compliance matters, and supports the board of directors in corporate governance matters for the company.

Paul KitchPaul Kitch was elected president of the Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago. He is a partner in the Chicago office of Greer, Burns & Crain Ltd., and the current chair of the patent law committee of the American Intellectual Property Law Association.


The Hon. Patrick DeWineThe Hon. Patrick DeWine of Cincinnati recently was sworn in as a justice of the Supreme Court of Ohio. Before his election, he served as a judge on Ohio’s First District Court of Appeals and the Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas.

Heather Gerken, the Sol & Lillian Goldman Professor of Law at Yale University, became the dean of Yale Law School this spring. She is one of the country’s leading experts on constitutional law and election law, and is a founder of the nationalist school of federalism. Her scholarship focuses on federalism, diversity, and dissent.

The Hon. F Kay Behm
The Hon. F. Kay Behm
, a Genesee County (Michigan) probate judge, recently had a unique law clerk for a day: U-M Head Football Coach Jim Harbaugh. Harbaugh, a member of Legal Services Corporation’s Leaders Council, previously had expressed interest in observing courtroom procedures. In June, he also appeared before a congressional hearing in Washington, D.C., to advocate for equal access to justice. “I’m thrilled to have the coach come in and see a real-life courtroom situation and the difference that legal aid services makes in our community—how important it is and how many people are self-represented,” Behm says. Harbaugh, who has been involved with Legal Services Corporation since 2015, previously has said of the representation gap, “It’s like 80 percent of your team gets to go out and play with helmets. The rest of the team, ‘We can’t afford a helmet for you, but go out there and play anyway.’” —AS


Blanche Cook gave a Tedx Talk, “CAUGHT: Calculating the Moves of Power in Our Midst,” in which she dissects the hidden forces of exclusionary power from classical to contemporary times. She is an assistant professor at Wayne State University Law School in Detroit.

Walter J. LanierWalter J. Lanier was selected by the Campaign for Black Male Achievement to participate in the inaugural class of its Building Beloved Community Leadership Fellowship. He has finished his third year as the pastor of Progressive Baptist Church of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Andrew McNeilAndrew McNeil was inducted into the American College of Trial Lawyers. He is a partner in the Indianapolis office of Bose McKinney & Evans LLP.

Leigh (Zeising) Miller, former senior counsel at Holland & Knight LLP, has joined ABF North America Corp. as senior corporate counsel. She will be managing the legal affairs of the ingredient subsidiaries of Associated British Foods’s U.S. subsidiaries.

David Sutphen joined 2U Inc. as chief communications and engagement officer. Previously, he was a partner and head of the Washington, D.C., office of Brunswick Group, a global strategic communications and advisory firm.


The Hon. Rebecca DuncanThe 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 StranderGeorge 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 EdsonKelli 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.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 TaviAndrew 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 BaileyKimberly 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.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.


Joscelyn Boucher, a former partner at Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP, joined the Kalamazoo office of Warner Norcross & Judd as a partner. She specializes in corporate and securities law.

Michael MaraMichael Mara, the former DuPage County (Illinois) assistant public defender, now is the Vermilion County (Illinois) Public Defender.

Bryan WebsterBryan Webster
, a former partner at McDermott Will & Emery, now is a partner at Reed Smith LLP in Chicago, where he leads the complex litigation group. He is a member of the board of directors of Chicago Volunteer Legal Services and serves as assistant general counsel for the Boys and Girls Club of Chicago.


Elizabeth Rios was promoted to managing attorney for the Lansing office of Legal Services of South Central Michigan—a direct-service component of the Michigan Advocacy Program. She previously was a legal aid attorney for the Battle Creek and Lansing offices and prior to that, clerked for the Hon. Richard Garcia.


Semma ArzapaloSemma Arzapalo was promoted to partner at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP. A member of the corporate practice, she is active on the investment funds and investment management specialty teams.

Nada (Abu-Isa) Litwin is vice president and general counsel of Kinzie Capital Partners, a Chicago-based private equity firm. Previously, she was a partner at Fox Swibel Levin & Carroll LLP in the corporate, securities, and investment management group.

Trisha RichTrisha Rich received the 2017 Maurice Weigle Exceptional Young Lawyer Award from the Chicago Bar Foundation. She also is included in this year’s annual “40 Under Forty Attorneys in Illinois,” compiled by the Law Bulletin Publishing Company. She is a member of Holland & Knight’s litigation team, where she focuses her practice in legal ethics and commercial litigation.


Joanne Buser was named a partner at Paul, Plevin, Sullivan & Connaughton in San Diego. She also is chair of the labor and employment section of the San Diego County Bar Association.

Joshua Deahl was nominated recently to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. He is an attorney in the appellate division of the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia.

Peter Solimine joined the Cincinnati office of Taft Stettinius & Hollister as a partner in the business and finance group. Previously, he was a partner at Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP and, prior to that, an associate at Latham & Watkins LLP in New York.


Heather DietrickHeather Dietrick, the former president of Gizmodo Media Group LLC, now serves as president and publisher of The Daily Beast.

Robert Harmon Jr.
is a 2017 recipient of the 40 Under 40 Nation’s Best Advocates Award from the National Bar Association. He is deputy general counsel and director of Tesla Motors Inc.


Sara AgneSara Agne joined the Phoenix office of Snell & Wilmer LLPas a partner. She represents clients in political law, government relations, and health care matters, and has litigated short-fuse election law and constitutional issues before Arizona and federal courts at all levels.

Michael CedillosMichael Cedillos was elevated to shareholder in the Chicago office of Greenberg Traurig LLP. She is a member of the firm’s litigation practice and focuses on commercial litigation, business disputes, banking litigation involving negotiable instruments under the Uniform Commercial Code and consumer credit cards, loan participations, and bankruptcy litigation.

Olivier De Moor was named a partner at Akin Gump in New York. Previously, he was an associate at an international law firm in New York, where he focused on the U.S. federal tax aspects of private equity and capital markets transactions. He also practiced as a tax attorney in Belgium before establishing his practice in the United States.

Mitchell Holzrichter rejoined Mayer Brown LLP as partner in the government practice and global infrastructure group in Chicago. Previously, he served as deputy chief of staff for legislative affairs, special counsel, and deputy general counsel for Illinois Gov. Bruce Runner.

Michelle Silverthorn, the diversity and education director at the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism, is a 2017 Fastcase 50 honoree. Since its creation in 2011, this award annually recognizes a diverse group of legal professionals who have made important but unheralded contributions to the industry.


Lisa HelemLisa Helem has been named editor-in-chief of The National Law Journal. She also was featured recently in an article published by The Atlantic. In “This is What 20 Years of Mentorship Looks Like,” she discusses her relationship with New Jersey Administrative Law Judge Lisa James-Beavers, whom she has regarded as a mentor since she was in high school.

Roger MeyersRoger 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.



Rebecca (Crocker) Cavin, former associate at K&L Gates LLP, has joined Fisher & Paykel Healthcare Ltd. in Auckland, New Zealand, as senior intellectual property counsel.

Lia Ernst, a staff attorney at the American Civil Liberties Union of Vermont, was appointed to the New England First Amendment Coalition’s board of directors.

Teresa LinTeresa Lin, an associate at Hersh Mannis LLP, was profiled in Variety’s 2017 Legal Impact Report. She was included in the “Up Next” section, which highlights younger attorneys who are influencing or setting new standards in the legal field.


Tadahiro KaburakiTadahiro Kaburaki, a former associate at O’Melveny & Myers LLP, joined the Seattle office of Amazon Web Services as corporate counsel.

Ted Koehler
, a former associate at Goodwin Proctor LLP, joined the Denver office of Faegre Baker Daniels as an associate in the business litigation group.

Corlandos Scott debuted in Bailee Madison’s new military family film, A Cowgirl’s Story. He previously co-produced Hayride 2: Fear the Legend.

Imran SyedImran Syed, assistant director of the Michigan Innocence Clinic, was named one of this year’s top 40 young lawyers on the rise by the American Bar Association. He is the only lawyer from the state of Michigan included on the list.


Julia Rhine, an associate in the Denver office of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, was appointed to the Wonderbound board of trustees and development committee. Wonderbound is an American dance company dedicated to the development and sharing of collaborative artistic experiences in a multitude of mediums and artistic styles.


Adam Blanck, a former advance associate for the White House, was named one of the 36 under 36 by the Detroit Jewish News. Currently chief of staff at Wallside Windows in Taylor, Michigan, he is the third generation of his family to work for the home improvement company since its founding in 1944.

Isaac Hall returned to Faegre Baker Daniels LLP as an associate, following clerkships with the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota. He practices with the business litigation group in the Minneapolis office.Amir Pichhadze joined the faculty of Deakin Law School in Australia as a lecturer in the business and law department.

Cristina Sanchez joined the Miami office of Duane Morris LLP as an associate in the firm’s real estate practice group. She focuses her practice in the area of commercial real estate finance.

Hessel Yntema IV has joined the civil division of the Office of Attorney General of the Northern Mariana Islands. He previously served as an assistant city attorney in Albuquerque, New Mexico.


Jack Battaglia has joined the Chicago office of Donohue Brown Mathewson & Smyth LLC as an associate. He focuses his practice on professional negligence, product liability, commercial litigation, and appellate matters.

Emerson Girardeau III, an associate at Everseds Sutherland (U.S.) LLP, was selected to take part in the 2018 LEAD Atlanta program for young professionals. This competitive program offers an intensive eight-month training that focuses on personal and professional development.

Eugene ProkopenkoEugene Prokopenko, a former patent attorney at Wagenknecht IP Law Group PC in San Diego, has joined Patterson & Sheridan as an associate in Palo Alto, California. His practice focuses on the procurement of computer technology patents.

Alan Wallis was named to the 200 young South Africans list by Mail & Guardian. He is the manager of the information, expression, and accountability program at the Open Society Foundation, an international grantmaking network founded by George Soros.


Perry Teicher was promoted to impact finance attorney in the New York office of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP. He will aid in leading the firm’s impact finance and investment group.


Brian Apel joined the Twin Cities (Minnesota) office of Fish & Richardson PC as an associate. He practices patent litigation, including post-grant proceedings before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Amy Bergstraesser received the Anne T. Palamountain Scholar Award from Skidmore College for demonstrating leadership, service to others, and commitment to the larger good of society. She is on leave from Ogletree Deakins PC in Indianapolis, serving two years as the International Fellow for Indiana University’s Office of the Vice President and General Counsel.

Marie WilliamsMarie Williams is an associate in the Minneapolis office of Fredrikson & Byron. She practices with the firm’s litigation group.