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The Hon. Harold Berger EE’48, L’51, PAR’80 was honored by a Special Philadelphia City Council Resolution recognizing his public service and contribution to academia and the national legal community. At Penn, Judge Berger, a World War II Army veteran, serves on the Board of Advisors of the School of Engineering and Applied Science, as Chair of the Friends of Biddle Law Library, and as a member of the Executive Board of The Center of Ethics and The Rule of Law at the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School. He was the recipient of the inaugural Lifetime Commitment Award of Penn Law. Among items recognized were his service as Chair of the National Committee on the Federal and State Judiciary of the Federal Bar Association, his service as a Judge of the Common Pleas Court of Philadelphia and his receipt of the Special Service Award of the Pennsylvania Conference of State Trial Judges. Judge Berger also served as Chair of the Aerospace law Committees of the American, Federal and Inter-American Bar Associations, chaired the International Conferences on Global Interdependence at Princeton University and was elected to the International Academy of Astronautics in Paris. A Co-Founder and Managing Partner Emeritus of Berger & Montague, Judge Berger is a recipient of a National Achievement Award from Marquis Who’s Who in America and Marquis Who’s Who in American Law. He is a lifetime Honorary Trustee of the Federation of Jewish Charities of Philadelphia and the recipient of the “Children of the American Dream” award of HIAS for leadership in the civic, legal, academic, and Jewish communities.

David Marion W’60, L’63, PAR’86, PAR’90, PAR’93 is now in his 57th year practicing complex business litigation law, currently as Senior Counsel at White and Williams. A former Chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association, President of the Philadelphia Lawyers Club and Chairman of the Montgomery McCracken firm, he has for many years been recognized by Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and is uniquely listed in Best Lawyers in six categories of practice: Appellate Practice, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, First Amendment Law, Legal Malpractice Law and Media Law. A recipient of Penn Law’s prestigious James Wilson Award, he has been elected to fellowship in the American College of Trial Lawyers, the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers and the International Academy of Trial Lawyers. In addition to his private clients, he is serving by federal court appointment as Special Master in the Generic Pharmaceuticals Antitrust litigation, and as Receiver in a Ponzi scheme SEC case, and as pro bono General Counsel to the Philly Pops Orchestra. He also serves as National Chancellor of the Tau Epsilon Rho Law Society.

H. Robert Fiebach W’61, L’64 was honored by the Pennsylvania Bar Association (PBA), which renamed its 2020 Commission on Women in the Profession Award on his behalf. Formerly known as the Promotion of Women in the Law Award, the Robert Fiebach Promotion of Women in the Law Award honors Pennsylvania law firms and solo practitioners, corporate law departments, and other organizations providing legal services that have instituted programs or initiatives that help women lawyers continue and advance in their careers while maintaining a work/life balance. Fiebach is a past president of the PBA, and in that role and in private practice he made the incorporation of more women into the legal profession, the PBA and PBA leadership roles among his top priorities. He serves as Senior Counsel in Cozen O’Connor’s Commercial Litigation department and Co-Chair of the firm’s Legal Malpractice group. He has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America since 1995 in four categories and was selected by Best Lawyers as its Philadelphia Litigation-Real Estate Lawyer of the Year for 2014 and Legal Malpractice Law–Defendants Lawyer of the Year for 2021. Fiebach sits on the boards of The Defender Association and the American Jewish Committee of Philadelphia, and he is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.

Arthur Hankin L’68, PAR’97 joined ADR Options as a member of its panel of neutrals. In this role, he draws on his extensive legal experience to conduct mediations and arbitrations through ADR Options. Hankin is a Partner in mass torts and complex disputes at Blank Rome. Hankin concentrates his practice on commercial and tort litigation with substantial emphasis upon matters and contracts arising from aviation, medical malpractice, product liability, insurance coverage, environmental exposures, professional negligence, E&O, and concussion litigation. He has successfully tried more than 225 cases to jury verdicts in his career, and notably tried the first football concussion case in the country to a defense verdict on behalf of the NCAA. He is certified as a mediator by the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and is actively involved in ADR proceedings. Hankin is also a Director of the Lawyer-Pilots Bar Association and has been a frequent speaker at its annual meetings. He is a current member and former board member of the Philadelphia Association of Defense Counsel.

John Lowy L’68 joined Anthony L.G., PLLC, a national corporate and securities law firm, as Of Counsel. Lowy is a legal expert in reverse mergers, public company representation, capital formation, strategic consulting and private and public offerings of all types. He has represented private and public companies for more than the past three decades, providing technical guidance pertaining to complex securities laws. As an attorney, an advisor or principal, the Manhattan-based Lowy has led or participated in more than 200 such transactions, creating market value well in excess of $6 billion. He has led the process by which these companies have raised capital or initiated reverse mergers and has secured listings on their behalf on the NASDAQ and NYSE. In addition to his work with domestic companies, Lowy has completed transactions for clients based in more than 15 countries. He has represented clients in low- and high-tech sectors, cryptocurrency/blockchain, real estate, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, biotech, cannabis, mining, renewable energy, entertainment, food, agriculture, education and retail. He is a prolific writer on securities laws topics and has spoken at numerous microcap conferences. Lowy is a contributing writer to MicroCap Review, one of the most widely read publications in the microcap sector.

Paul Walker L’69 joined Winston & Strawn LLP as a Partner. He assists clients in a variety of real estate transactions, including real estate loan workouts and restructurings; the origination of and investment in real estate loans such as structured, mezzanine, and syndicated real estate-secured financings of all types; real property and loan portfolio purchase and sale transactions; and equity investments in real estate assets or investment vehicles. Walker also has significant experience in partnership disputes and commercial leasing. He has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America California for Real Estate Litigation 1989–2020 and in Chambers USA for Real Estate 2003–2020, where he had the highest rankings and was listed as the sole Band 1 Real Estate Lawyer in California in 2003. Walker was previously a Partner at Sidley Austin LLP.

Frank Best L’70 was promoted to the General Counsel of Insurance for Penn Mutual Life Insurance Co. He most recently served as the company’s General Counsel of Insurance Operations and Corporate Secretary. In his new role, he is responsible for legal matters associated with all Penn Mutual insurance companies and will keep his Corporate Secretary role with the promotion.

Marc Jonas C’69, L’72, an attorney with Eastburn and Gray, was appointed Solicitor of East Brandywine Township in Chester County, Pa. He is Co-Chair of the firm’s Land Use and Zoning Practice Group. Jonas has experience in real estate, land use, municipal law and zoning matters, representing individuals, businesses, institutions, nonprofit organizations and municipalities. His legal practice includes the representation of developers of residential, commercial, institutional and religious land uses. Jonas serves as Solicitor to the zoning hearing boards of Towamencin, Upper Merion and Lower Salford townships. He serves as Solicitor to East Brandywine Township and as Special Counsel to Straban Township for litigation matters. Jonas currently serves as Solicitor to the Montgomery County Development Corp., a nonprofit corporation established to serve as the administrator for business loan programs offered by the county and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Paul Haaga, Jr. L’74, WG’74 was elected to the NPR Foundation for a three-year term following his transition off the NPR Inc Board of Directors. In addition to serving as Chairman of the Board of NPR, Haaga served as its Acting President and CEO from September 2013 to July 2014. Prior to his retirement in 2012, he was Chairman of the Board of Capital Research Management Company.

Michael Malloy L’76, Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of the Pacific, reports that West Academic published the 2020 Update to his casebook Contemporary Payment Systems. The Update includes discussion of Australia’s misspelled banknotes, the latest “faithless employee” case — Lesser v. TD Bank — and a footnote reference to composer Irving Berlin’s analysis of the signature requirement applicable to checks and drafts. In October 2020, Malloy virtually attended the 81st Plenary Session of the Committee on Urban Development, Housing and Land Management, UN Economic Commission for Europe. Considerable discussion was focused on proposals for sustainable housing, which is the theme of the Policy Framework for Sustainable Real Estate Markets (UNECE, rev. 2019), for which Malloy was a contributor. He has been publishing throughout the Spring, pandemic notwithstanding. In March 2021, publisher Wolters Kluwer issued the second of five 2021 supplements for his three-volume treatise Banking Law and Regulation. The supplement provides new and updated legislative, regulatory, and caselaw developments in financial services regulation. His article, “The Emerging Regime of International Financial Services Regulation,” was published in the Spring 2021 issue of the North Carolina Journal of International Law. The article examines the impact of the Bank for International Settlements, in which U.S. bank regulators participate directly, on banking regulation.

James Sandman L’76, Distinguished Lecturer and Senior Consultant to the Future of the Profession Initiative at the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School, received the 2021 Distinguished Life Fellow Award from the Fellows of the American Bar Foundation. The award was presented virtually during the 65th Annual Fellows Awards Banquet in February. The award is given to a Fellow in recognition of a lifetime of sustained and significant professional achievement and public service. Sandman is President Emeritus of the Legal Services Corporation, the largest funder of civil legal aid in the United States. He served as President from 2011 to February 2020. Sandman practiced for 30 years with the international, Washington-based law firm of Arnold & Porter and served as the firm’s Managing Partner for a decade. Immediately prior to joining the Legal Services Corporation, he served for three years as General Counsel of the District of Columbia Public Schools. He is past President of the 100,000-member District of Columbia Bar. He is currently Chair of the American Bar Association’s Task Force on Legal Issues Arising Out of the 2020 Pandemic. Sandman is also Chair of the Board of the DC Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy and Vice Chair of the District of Columbia Access to Justice Commission. He is a board member of Albany Law School and of the Pro Bono Institute. He is also a member of the American Law Institute, the District of Columbia Public Charter School Board, the District of Columbia Bar Pro Bono Committee, and the advisory board of the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System.

Hope Comisky L’77, PAR’04, PAR’11 joined Griesing Law, LLC as a Member in the firm’s employment practice group. She is a widely recognized authority in employment law with more than 35 years of employment counseling and litigation experience. Comisky advises clients on employment issues, provides training to managers and staff and offers strategic advice on employment litigation matters. Furthermore, she has extensive experience arbitrating and mediating employment and commercial disputes as a member of the American Arbitration Association’s panel of arbitrators, and as appointed under the Alternative Dispute Resolution Program of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. She is also a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and a member of its selection committee for the Third Circuit. Comisky has been regularly recognized by Best Lawyers in America and Super Lawyers for her work in employment law. Notably, she was named “Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers for Labor and Employment in Philadelphia. She is also a frequent lecturer and author on employment law and professional responsibility topics and has served as an Adjunct Professor at the Law School, where she teaches seminars on professionally responsibility.

Marvin Benton L’78 was unanimously voted to the Board of Regents for St. Olaf College in February, and he will serve a six-year term. St. Olaf College is a private Lutheran College in Northfield, Minn. Benton graduated from St. Olaf College in 1975 Magna Cum Laude, was selected to Phi Beta Kappa and studied abroad at Oxford University, England. As a newly-elected Board of Regents Member, Benton will have the responsibility to appoint and assess the performance of the College President; approve tenure for faculty members; approve and monitor the college’s strategic plan; review and approve the college’s annual budget and long-term financial plans; assure the quality, integrity, and sustainability of the college’s buildings and grounds; and help monitor student outcomes, community well-being, and institutional effectiveness. In June 2020, Benton was also elected to the Harvard Kennedy School’s (HKS) Alumni Board of Directors. As a member of the HKS Alumni Board of Directors, he works to strengthen connections among HKS alumni across the globe by supporting alumni, current students, and the school.

Deborah Pierce CW’74, L’78 was recognized as one of the 2020 “Best of the Bar: Philadelphia’s Top Lawyers” by The Philadelphia Business Journal. A panel of judges selected a group of 40 lawyers who have distinguished themselves within their practice groups. As Senior Vice President & General Counsel at Integrity Staffing Solutions, Inc., Pierce was an honoree in the In-House Counsel category. As a member of the Integrity Staffing executive leadership team, her accomplishments have included: restructuring the business model, developing strategies at the onset of the pandemic for servicing clients who are essential businesses, and revising emergency response processes to minimize liability and prevent workplace violence. Pierce joined Integrity Staffing, headquartered in Newark, Del., in 2011 as Vice President – Employee Relations & Corporate Counsel. The company operates in 24 states and specializes in high volume seasonal staffing for major retailers, online merchandisers and financial institutions.

Joan Powers L’78 is chairing two appeal boards to resolve employment disputes at the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and the World Intellectual Property Organization, both located in Geneva, Switzerland. She is also a consultant to the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development in Paris.

Richard Schifter L’78 was appointed to EnLink’s Board of Directors. As a Director, he serves as a designee of an affiliate of TPG Capital. He is a Senior Advisor of TPG, a leading global private investment firm. He was a Partner at TPG from 1994 through 2013. Schifter also serves on the Board of Directors of LPL Financial Holdings Inc., Avianca Holdings, S.A. and ProSight Global, Inc. Additionally, he is a member of the Board of Advisors of the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School.

Larry Cohan L’79 joined Saltz Mongeluzzi & Bendesky, PC, as a Partner to lead its expanding team of trial lawyers representing catastrophically injured clients, including those harmed by errors in vaccine development and administration. He made the move to the firm along with his son and colleague, Joshua Cohan, at Anapol Weiss. In his career, he has successfully represented victims suffering from life-altering vaccine injuries and advocated for victims as part of the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program. Cohan is a Co-Chair of the American Association of Justice’s Vaccine Litigation Group and recently conducted a CLE program on vaccines and vaccine law in the COVID era. He is also known for trying and winning cases on behalf of those injured or killed by asbestos, benzene, lead, Roundup, and other dangerous chemicals in the home and workplace.

Niki Ingram L’79, Senior Counsel at Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, was named the first-ever Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer of the Philadelphia Bar Foundation. The position was created following the nationwide demonstrations against police brutality and racial injustices over the summer of 2020. Ingram joined the Philadelphia Bar Foundation for a three-year board term in 2019. Over the course of her career at Marshall Dennehey, she has championed diversity and inclusion causes in her former roles as a member of the firm’s Board of Directors and as Director of the Workers’ Compensation Department. A member of Marshall Dennehey’s Diversity Committee, Ingram has served on the Board of Directors of Delaware Futures, the Board of the Delaware Horticultural Society and on the Smith College Alumnae Association’s Board of Directors. She is a current Board member of Christian Legal Clinics of Philadelphia. She also volunteers for Friendship House, an organization serving children and families in need in Delaware. Ingram additionally spearheads Marshall Dennehey’s partnership of support with Chester A. Arthur Elementary School in Philadelphia.

James Doane L’80 was named the 2020 recipient of the President’s Award by the Washington State Bar Association. He was honored for his servant leadership, community impact, and commitment to diversity and inclusion.

David Cohen L’81 was appointed to the Board of Directors for PNC Financial Services Group. He is a Senior Executive Vice President of Comcast Corporation, where he has held leadership roles covering a broad portfolio of responsibilities over the last 18 years, including corporate communications, legal affairs, government and regulatory affairs, public affairs, corporate administration, corporate real estate and security, and community impact. He also served as the company’s first Chief Diversity Officer. Cohen has been appointed to PNC’s Audit and Personnel & Compensation Committees.

Francine Friedman Griesing L’81 is now licensed to practice law in Arizona, and her firm, Griesing Law LLC, is proud to announce the opening of a new office in Scottsdale. Griesing launched the firm in 2010, which now has five offices across the country.

Kyra Goidich McGrath L’81 joined the Board of PRX (Public Radio Exchange), a media company specializing in audio journalism and storytelling that distributes iconic public radio programs like This American Life and The World and produces a growing list of podcasts including the Radiotopia network. Each month, PRX reaches more than 28.5 million listeners and generates in excess of 70 million downloads.

Shira Perlmutter L’83 was appointed Register of Copyrights and Director of the U.S. Copyright Office by Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden. Previously, Perlmutter served as Chief Policy Officer and Director for International Affairs at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) since 2012, where she worked in all areas of intellectual property, including copyright. She worked with other agencies including the U.S. Copyright Office, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Department of Justice, and other executive agencies. At USPTO, Perlmutter guided the work of teams of policy experts, the Office of the Chief Economist and the IP Attache program, oversaw the development and implementation of training and outreach plans, and served as lead author on significant Department of Commerce papers on copyright issues. She Co-Led the U.S. delegations that negotiated two copyright treaties at the World Intellectual Property Organization, notably the Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who are Blind, Visually Impaired or Otherwise Print Disabled and the Beijing Treaty on Audiovisual Performances. She engaged with multiple copyright stakeholders, including author organizations, copyright industries, technology companies, consumers, libraries, and academics. She continues to serve on the boards of several organizations that focus on intellectual property issues and is a frequent writer and speaker on the subject.

Thomas Sabatino, Jr. L’83 joined Tenneco Inc. as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary. He currently serves as Co-Chair of the Board of Directors of the Humane Society of the United States and Chair of the International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution as well as holding board positions with Teligent Inc., and Penn Law School. He previously served as Executive Vice President and General Counsel – Law and Regulatory Affairs for Aetna Inc.

Ellen Canan Grady L’85 was promoted to Partner at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP. At the firm’s Northern Virginia office, she advises public, private, and nonprofit entities on corporate transactions, principally mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, venture capital and private equity transactions, and corporate governance. Grady has represented numerous buyers and sellers on M&A transactions, principally in the government services, defense and aerospace industries.

John Grady L’85 joined ABR Dynamic Funds LLC as Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel. He was most recently a Partner at Practus LLP.

David Hubbert L’85 was appointed Acting Assistant Attorney General of the Tax Division by President Biden in February 2021. Hubbert joined the Tax Division in 1985 through the Attorney General’s Honors program. He has served as the Tax Division’s Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Civil Trial Matters since September 2012. During his tenure with the Tax Division, Hubbert has been a Trial Attorney in the Civil Trial and Appellate Sections, and a Reviewer, Assistant Chief, and Chief in the Civil Trial Section.

David Cohen C’81, EAS’81, G’81, L’86, WG’86 produced the new feature film Space MOMs, released by 1091 Pictures and Random Media. Space MOMs is inspired by the true story of normal working moms who played crucial roles as engineers on India’s 2014 Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM). David writes that “Space MOMs is an inspiring story of underfunded underdogs fighting to overcome impossible odds.” It is available on Amazon, iTunes, Google Play, Xbox, VUDU, and FandangoNOW, as well as on several cable and satellite systems.

Robin Cohen C’83, L’86 led the launch of a new law firm at the start of 2021. Cohen Ziffer Frenchman & McKenna opened in New York with more than 20 lawyers and staff, many of whom have worked together for more than 20 years at prestigious firms, recovering billions of dollars for policyholder clients and securing landmark judicial rulings. Cohen most recently led the insurance recovery practice at McKool Smith, where she worked alongside her longtime partners Adam Ziffer, Kenneth Frenchman and Keith McKenna. Cohen Ziffer only works for policyholders and has worked for many of its Fortune 500, hedge fund and private equity clients for years.

Kenneth Trujillo L’86, PAR’22 was promoted from Shareholder to Equity Shareholder at Chamberlain Hrdlicka’s Philadelphia office. Trujillo advises clients in civil disputes, class actions and on governance and regulatory matters, internal investigations and government relations. His clients include U.S. and foreign companies, government bodies and officials, executives and lawyers. His practice includes contract disputes, securities, antitrust, education and other regulatory issues. Trujillo is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School.

Jody Ellant W’82, L’87, PAR’17, PAR’20 was selected by Managing IP Magazine as one of the 50 most influential people in Intellectual Property in 2020. She is General Counsel at Romag Fasteners, Inc.

The Hon. Ray Headen L’87 joined Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP’s Cleveland office as Of Counsel. He previously served as Eighth District Court of Appeals Judge in Ohio. At Taft, Judge Headen continues to solve client issues and problems with the meticulousness of both an appellate judge and bond counsel. He has a particular focus on how day-to-day social impact investments enhance economic justice, and he provides practical bond counsel to leaders of governments, including mayors, city councils, law directors, school executives, and finance and economic development officials. He also provides counsel to real estate developers and small and large businesses.

Frank Lee L’87 joined Bracewell LLP’s New York office as a Partner in the firm’s Corporate and Securities team. He was previously at Loeb & Loeb LLP, where he was Co-Chair of the Energy practice. Lee advises renewable energy developers, project sponsors and solar panel manufacturers on acquisitions, divestitures and commercial arrangements, as well as electric utilities on corporate finance and securities, SEC compliance and corporate governance matters. He also represents issuers and underwriters in various securities offerings and other financings.

David Buckman L’88 was appointed to the board of the security company G4S. He has more than 15 years of experience in the security industry and more than 30 years of legal expertise. Buckman is responsible for all legal affairs for Allied Universal. He is the former Chair of the Board of the Pennsylvania College of Art & Design and is a Board Member of the Education Law Center of PA, and National Association of Security Companies.

David Dwares L’88 co-founded Stratagem Advisors LLC in Washington, D.C., with David Perry L’89. Stratagem is a boutique consultancy helping established and startup property and casualty insurance companies, policyholders, law firms, agents/brokers and other businesses that touch professional liability insurance mitigate risks and seize opportunities.

Ed Dandridge L’89 was elected to serve as Chair of the Board of Directors for Susan G. Komen, the world’s leading breast cancer organization. Dandridge is the Senior Vice President of Communications at The Boeing Company, where he oversees all aspects of Boeing’s communications, including business unit communications, corporate communications, media relations, public affairs, leadership communications, employee engagement and corporate branding, as well as channel and content marketing. Prior to joining Boeing in September 2020, Dandridge was Global Chief Marketing and Communications Officer for AIG General Insurance. He also serves on The Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia’s Presidential Advisory Committee. A member of The Executive Leadership Council, he serves on its board of directors.

Brad Mirkin L’89 was named one of the US members of the International Compliance Association’s 14-member global Advisory Panel, which supports ICA’s mission to inspire, educate and engage the international compliance community to think more, perform better and help businesses operate in the right way. The Board provides independent advice on the development and strategic growth of ICA. Mirkin also delivered a keynote address titled “Greatest Hits in Security and Privacy — Reducing Risk by Monday Morning Quarterbacking” at Compliance Week’s Cyber Risk and Data Privacy Summit.

Henry Moniz L’89 was appointed to the Board of Directors for Kimco Realty Corp., one of North America’s largest publicly traded owners and operators of open-air, grocery-anchored shopping centers and mixed-use assets. He is Executive Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer at ViacomCBS Inc., where he also serves as Chief Audit Executive.

David Perry L’89 co-founded Stratagem Advisors LLC in Washington, D.C., with David Dwares L’88. Stratagem is a boutique consultancy helping established and start-up property and casualty insurance companies, policyholders, law firms, agents/brokers and other businesses that touch professional liability insurance mitigate risks and seize opportunities.

Janine Pollack L’89 led a virtual Penn Law event called “How to Wow Motivation and Wellness: Your Guide to Grit and Fit,” which offered an update on current ABA Lawyer Well-Being Study and Recommendations and a guide to motivation and wellness. Pollack is Co-Founder and Chief Wellness Officer at Calcaterra Pollack LLP, a new women-owned and women-led law firm specializing in complex litigation. She has been a class action litigator for almost 30 years and has prosecuted cases that have secured hundreds of millions of dollars for defrauded investors and consumers. Pollack currently serves as Co-President of the National Association of Shareholder & Consumer Attorneys. Calcaterra Pollack LLP was recognized by the National Law Journal with the 2020 Trailblazers-Elite Boutique award, and Pollack has been designated as a Super Lawyer every year since 2012 and was named in Lawdragon’s list of 500 Leading Plaintiff Financial Lawyers for 2019 and 2020.

Steven Hovis L’90 was unanimously elected Managing Partner of the York, Pa.-based law firm Stock and Leader. He joined the firm in 1990 and serves on its Management Committee. He also practices public finance, municipal law, employment law, and real estate development. Hovis is the immediate past Chair of the WellSpan Health Board of Directors.

John Page L’90 received the McDonald’s Global Volunteer Award as Golden State Foods’ Corporate Senior Vice President, Chief Corporate Social Responsibility and Chief Legal Officer. The award allocated $25,000 to support the GSF Foundation in feeding 100,000 food-insecure children and families during the pandemic. McDonald’s welcomed nominations from restaurant employees, franchisees, suppliers and corporate staff of colleagues to nominate anyone in the “McFamily” making a meaningful difference through their time, talents and charity. Page has volunteered in the GSF Foundation for almost 15 years and oversees the Foundation as GSF’s Corporate Social Responsibility program head. The youngest of five children, he was raised in the projects in New York by a young, single mother who relied on government assistance and food stamps to make ends meet. Acutely recalling his humble beginnings, his success has motivated him to continue “paying it forward.” Page has helped build the Foundation to its 25 local committees throughout the U.S. The Foundation has raised more than $54 million and its volunteers have logged more than 275,000 hours.

Storm Wilkins L’90 assumed the role of Executive Director of the Maguire Academy of Insurance and Risk Management (MAIRM) in the Erivan K. Haub School of Business at Saint Joseph’s University. Wilkins most recently served as an Assistant Professor in the Risk, Insurance and Healthcare Management Department in the Fox School of Business at Temple University. In her new role, she leads the Academy as it strengthens its top-ranked programs and continues to develop industry-leading initiatives, including an increased focus on diversifying the insurance industry by attracting more students from diverse backgrounds into academic programs. Wilkins also serves on the board of directors for the Insurance Society of Philadelphia.

Lindsay Gauthier L’92 was appointed General Counsel of QuEST Global, a global product engineering and lifecycle services company. He is responsible for managing all legal, regulatory, and compliance activities globally and oversees the in-house legal team. He was previously Vice President and Associate General Counsel at DuPont de Nemours Inc., where he was lead Associate General Counsel for their Safety and Construction business.

Peter Jones L’92 was named a 2020 Upstate New York Super Lawyer for his work in employment and labor. He is an attorney at Bond, Schoeneck & King.

Oded Salomy L’92 was appointed Director of the Bank of Israel’s Payment and Settlement Systems Department and Member of Management. Salomy has many years’ experience in the electronic payments field and has previously served as General Manager of Visa in Israel; established the company’s local headquarters and managed its operations; and also served as a member of the company’s regional leadership team with responsibility for activity in a variety of European countries. He also founded and led Visa’s global innovation center in Tel Aviv and helped connect Israeli startup companies with international financial organizations.

Lisa Washington L’92, WG’98 was appointed an Independent Director to Independence Realty Trust’s Board of Directors. Since September 2019, Washington has served as Chief Legal Officer and a Senior Vice President of WSFS Financial Corporation, the financial services holding company of Wilmington Savings Fund Society, a community bank with locations in Delaware and the greater Philadelphia region. Washington also serves as Chair of the Board of JEVS Human Services, Inc., a not-for-profit social service organization focused on enhancing the employability, independence, and quality of life of individuals through a broad range of programs. In addition, she is a Board Member and Secretary of the Rosenbach Museum & Library in Philadelphia.

Jay Clayton ENG’88, L’93 was appointed Lead Independent Director of Apollo Global Management, Inc.’s Board of Directors. He also joined One River Digital Asset Management’s Academic and Regulatory Advisory Council. He assumed these newly-created roles following his service as Chair of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission from May 2017 through December 2020. During his tenure at the SEC, Clayton focused on initiatives that promoted economic growth, investment opportunity, market integrity and investor protection. Prior to serving as Chairman of the SEC, he led a distinguished law career, including more than 20 years with Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, where he was a member of the Management Committee and Co-Managing Partner of the firm’s General Practice Group. Clayton rejoined Sullivan & Cromwell LLP as Senior Policy Advisor and Of Counsel in addition to returning to his role as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School.

Clint Odom L’93 was a moderator at the Federal Communications Commission’s “Tech Startup Roundtable: A Conversation with Diverse Tech Entrepreneurship Support Organizations.” He spoke about the range of emerging tech industries for new businesses, including opportunities and challenges, and how MWS Tech Entrepreneurship Support Organizations may serve as conduits to support small tech founders, including those owned by women, minorities, and other diverse entrepreneurs. Odom is the Vice President of Strategic Alliances and External Affairs for T-Mobile, where he is responsible for shaping and advancing the company’s public policy agenda. He leads the team responsible for increasing visibility and awareness of the brand among external partners in the community and NGOs to further shared policy issues, including 5G deployment, Internet governance, privacy, and broadband adoption.

Eric Rothschild L’93, the Litigation Director of the National Student Legal Defense Network (Student Defense), welcomed his daughter Alison Rothschild to the legal profession in 2020. Student Defense is a nonprofit organization created in 2017 by former U.S. Department of Education officials. It works through litigation and advocacy to advance students’ rights to educational opportunity and ensuring that higher education provides a launching point for economic mobility.

Noah Silverman L’93 was appointed Global Development Officer, U.S. & Canada, at Marriott International, Inc. He is responsible for the development of all Marriott brands in the United States and Canada. Silverman most recently served as Chief Development Officer, U.S. & Canada Full Service Hotels, where he was responsible for overseeing all aspects of the development process in the United States and Canada for the company’s luxury and premium brands. A 24-year veteran of the company, Silverman played a crucial role in the acquisition and subsequent growth of the Delta by Marriott Hotels and Gaylord Hotels brands and the acquisition of Starwood Hotels and Resorts. He began his Marriott career as a litigation attorney and then a franchise attorney in the company’s Law Department.

Tanya Taylor L’93 became General Counsel and Executive Vice President of Radisson Americas, which are Radisson or Country Inn & Suites brand name. Her goal is to grow the hotel’s North and South American franchisee network and to introduce more business owners of color to opportunities for hotel ownership. Taylor was formerly a Wyndham Hotels and Millennium Hotels regional executive.

Amy Epstein Feldman GED’94, L’94 wrote an essay published in The Wall Street Journal titled “For Teens, Sexting Can Be Crime.” The article urges parents to talk to their children about the dangers of “sexting” and to also rethink their definition of what constitutes child pornography, because criminality is based on the age of the subject of the image. Statistics show, Feldman writes, that the phenomenon of texting nude images among young teens has skyrocketed. Feldman serves as General Counsel to The Judge Group, Inc.

Stephanie Gitlin L’94 joined the full-service firm, Halloran Sage, as Counsel. She has experience in a range of commercial, civil, and healthcare cost containment litigation. Gitlin represents national and regional healthcare third-party payers and property/casualty insurers in healthcare provider overpayment cost containment matters. She also represents clients in contract disputes, franchise issues, and intellectual property matters in both state and federal courts, and whistleblowers in federal and state False Claim Act cases.

Debra Gatison Hatter ENG’91, L’94 joined Norton Rose Fulbright’s Houston office as a Partner. She focuses on corporate securities, including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, strategic partnerships, financings, corporate governance, structuring and compliance. Hatter represents private equity funds and public and private companies across the energy, technology, retail, healthcare and industrial services industries. She also counsels clients on premerger regulatory compliance and filings under the competition laws, including the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act for both domestic and cross-border transactions. Hatter was previously a Partner with Clark Hill Strasburger. She is also a board member of the Greater Houston Women’s Chamber of Commerce, a member of the Women’s Energy Network in Houston, and a Co-Founder and former Chair of the Houston Bar Association’s M&A section.

Daniel Kaufman L’94 was named Acting Director of the Bureau of Consumer Protection by Rebecca Kelly Slaughter, designated Acting Chair of the Federal Trade Commission by President Biden. Kaufman joined the Commission in 1998 and has been Deputy Director of BCP since 2012. He has held numerous additional positions during his Commission career, including Attorney Advisor to former Chairman Deborah Platt Majoras, BCP Chief of Staff, and Acting Director of the Southeast Regional Office.

Bob Tintner C’89, L’94 received the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Citizens Bank Achievement Award, which recognizes significant accomplishments in improving the administration of justice. Tintner is a Partner at Fox Rothschild.

Stephen Weissman L’94 joined Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP as a Partner in its Washington, D.C., antitrust practice. His antitrust and competition practice covers transactions, litigation and counseling across sectors, and he has extensive experience advising both acquiring and acquired companies and third parties on antitrust investigations. Weissman regularly serves as lead counsel in complex antitrust litigation. He previously served as a Deputy Director of the Federal Trade Commission’s competition branch.

Galit Kierkut C’91, L’95 joined Greenberg Traurig LLP’s Florham Park, N.J., office as a Shareholder. Her practice areas include labor and employment, litigation, healthcare and FDA, trade secrets and COVID-19. She was previously an attorney at Sills Cummis & Gross.

Darren Rosenblum C’91, L’95 was elected to the American Law Institute. He is a law professor at Pace University Elisabeth Haub School of Law.

Brian Stephen L’95 was named General Counsel at PresenceLearning, a leading provider of live online special education-related services for K–12 schools. He was previously an in-house attorney with a private equity firm, where he managed the legal affairs of businesses across diverse industries.

Al Copersino L’96, WG’96 was named Vice President, Head of Investor Relations at Lincoln Financial Group. In his new role, Copersino develops and maintains Lincoln’s investor relations strategy and also manages communications and interactions with shareholders, analysts and the broader financial community. Copersino joins Lincoln Financial from Columbia Threadneedle Investments, where he spent eight years as a Senior Equity Research Analyst covering insurers. He led the financial services research team and managed the financial services sleeve within the equity research portfolio.

A. Steven Fabietti L’96 joined Hyland Levin Shapiro LLP as a Partner, continuing his concentration in corporate counseling and business transactions, transactional real estate and finance, and estate planning and administration. He represents clients, located throughout southern New Jersey, in business sales and acquisitions, commercial real estate transactions, and the design and implementation of business succession plans. He counsels many individual clients in connection with their personal estate planning needs, as well as fiduciaries charged with the administration of trusts and estates. Fabietti also serves on the Egg Harbor Township Advisory Board of the Community Food Bank of New Jersey and has been a Trustee of the Tom Fabietti Scholarship Foundation since its inception in 1994. He previously served two terms on the New Jersey Supreme Court’s District I Ethics Committee, and he currently serves on the New Jersey Supreme Court’s District I Fee Arbitration Committee.

Andy Gavrin WG’04, L’98 recently celebrated the first anniversary of opening his law firm in Villanova, Pa., called The Law Office of Andrew Gavrin. He focuses his practice on estate planning and estate administration for clients in Philadelphia, the surrounding suburbs and southern New Jersey. He was honored to receive the Main Line Parent Community’s 2021 Love Award for Best Estate Planner in the area. In addition to starting his own practice, he is running for re-election for Lower Merion Township Commissioner this year, where he is completing his first four-year term and serves as the board’s Vice President.

Joseph Pierce L’98, WG’98 became Senior Vice President and General Counsel for AMB Sports and Entertainment. In his new role, he counsels and advises across all areas of the organization. Pierce had spent the previous seven years as Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Officer at Hornets Sports and Entertainment, where he oversaw legal and business administration for the NBA’s Charlotte Hornets and operations of Charlotte’s Spectrum Center Arena.

Kara Zanger L’99 was promoted to Partner, Global Head of Legal at Pantheon Group, a global private equity, infrastructure, real assets and debt fund investor. She oversees Pantheon legal affairs globally and provides legal support and advice in relation to the structuring, marketing and closing of Pantheon funds. She also works with the investment teams on the structure, negotiation and completion of investment transactions. Additionally, Zanger is a member of Pantheon’s Allocation Committee and Inclusion and Diversity Committee. She joined Pantheon’s New York office in 2013.

William “Bill” Harker L’00 and Mala Ahuja Harker L’99 established the Bill & Mala Harker Endowed Scholarship at Fairmont State University in West Virginia. The scholarship provides first preference to Black students and second preference to students of color from Harrison and Marion counties who have at least a 2.5 grade point average. The Harkers chose to invest in West Virginia students, they told the Times West Virginian, because they value the Fairmont State graduates’ contributions to the state and hope the scholarship will reach a greater number of people from areas often overlooked. Bill Harker, a Clarksburg, W.Va., native, is President and Co-Founder of Ashe Capital Management, LP, a private investment firm. Mala Harker is a Partner and Member of the Management Committee at Friedman Kaplan Seiler & Adelman LLP in New York City.

Damon Hewitt L’00 was named President and Executive Director of the Washington, D.C.-based Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. He previously served as the organization’s Executive Vice President and has more than 20 years of civil rights litigation and policy experience, including prior leadership roles in the nonprofit, philanthropic, and public sectors. As Executive Vice President at the national Lawyers’ Committee, he coordinated the organization’s strategic, programmatic and operational efforts to advance the fight for racial justice. Prior to joining the national Lawyers’ Committee, Hewitt was the inaugural Executive Director of the Executives’ Alliance for Boys and Men of Color, a philanthropic network of more than three dozen national and local foundation presidents focused on strategic and aligned investments, policy change, and infrastructure-strengthening efforts at the intersection of race and gender. Hewitt also is co-author of the book, The School-to-Prison Pipeline: Structuring Legal Reform, and has published numerous law review and mass media articles on issues ranging from school discipline policy and progressive education reform to voting rights and juvenile justice policy. He also has appeared in broadcast media on MSNBC, NBC and CNN.

Brian Hirsch G’97, L’00 became the General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for Braeburn Inc., in September 2020. Braeburn Inc. is a biopharmaceutical company in Plymouth Meeting, Pa., dedicated to delivering solutions for people living with the serious, often fatal consequences of opioid use disorder.

Lawrence Pearson L’00 became a member of Law360’s 2021 Employment Editorial Advisory Board. The editorial advisory board provides feedback on Law360’s coverage and expert insight on how best to shape future coverage. Pearson is a partner at Wigdor LLP with more than 20 years of experience in employment law, including 10 years representing employees and 10 years exclusively representing employers.

Javier Rodriguez L’00 joined the New Haven, Conn.-based biopharmaceutical company BioXcel Therapeutics Inc. as Senior Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary. He was previously Indivior’s Chief Legal Officer, where he oversaw all of the company’s legal issues, data compliance and corporate governance.

Shirin Adelman L’01 joined Lengea, which provides management consulting and legal advice services, as Senior Counsel. She focuses on healthcare, employment, technology, and real estate law. She is licensed to practice law in five states and in the Federal courts. Prior to joining Lengea, Adelman managed the legal affairs of an investment company with $400 million in alternative investments including healthcare and healthcare technology as well as $2 billion in public equities. She has also worked as a corporate finance and restructuring attorney, as legal counsel at a major investment bank, and has served as in-house counsel to a real estate investment company with over $300 million in assets.

Rachel Ehrlich Albanese C’98, L’01, a Partner in DLA Piper’s restructuring practice, received the New York Institute of Credit Women’s Division’s Executive of the Year Award as part of the organization’s 14th Annual Women in Achievement Awards. The award recognizes excellence and entrepreneurial spirit and is presented to individuals who have achieved noteworthy success in business and have assisted other women in achieving their goals. Albanese has nearly 20 years of experience representing debtors, secured and unsecured creditors, equity holders, purchasers of distressed assets and other parties in a wide range of restructuring matters, including cases under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code, out-of-court workouts and cross-border insolvency proceedings, as well as in Title III cases under PROMESA, Puerto Rico’s restructuring law.

David Golder L’01 was elected to the Connecticut Bar Foundation’s James W. Cooper Fellows Program. The Program honors leading members of the legal profession and the Judiciary in Connecticut. Golder is a Principal at national workplace law firm Jackson Lewis P.C. in Hartford, Conn. He is Co-Leader of the firm’s class actions and complex litigation group.

Joshua Sterling L’01 joined Jones Day’s financial markets practice as a Partner in the firm’s Washington, D.C., office. He advises clients on enforcement, advisory, and transactional matters relating to financial markets activities, and he represents clients in the financial services, fintech, energy, agriculture, and other industries. Sterling previously served as Director of the Market Participants Division of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), the principal regulator of the global derivatives markets. In that role, he oversaw the examination, oversight, and enforcement referral programs for 3,300 banks, intermediaries, and asset managers regulated by the Division. Sterling worked closely with the Commission’s enforcement division with respect to charges filed against, and structured settlements offered to, regulated companies in a number of precedent-setting matters. During his tenure at the CFTC, he initiated 35 rule actions and orders that were completed and approved by the agency and issued more than 25 relief letters and advisories to market participants.

Eric Chaffee L’02 was elected to the American Law Institute. He is a Distinguished University Professor at the University of Toledo College of Law.

Ted Powers L’02 was promoted to Partner at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, where he is a corporate and securities attorney in New York. Powers has a broad practice that covers complex private equity and venture capital investments, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, and restructuring matters representing public and private operating companies, private equity and venture capital funds, entrepreneurs, and financial institutions. He has led numerous M&A transactions, with a particular focus on the financial services, technology, manufacturing, and life sciences sectors.

Michael Rinaldi L’02 joined Duane Morris LLP as a Partner in the firm’s Trial Practice Group in its Philadelphia office. Previously, Rinaldi served as Deputy Chief of the Economic Crimes Unit of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, where he investigated, prosecuted, and supervised the investigation and prosecution of financial crimes, including securities and commodities fraud, bank fraud and money laundering. He litigated all stages of criminal prosecutions, including through trial. Rinaldi also managed relationships with regulatory agencies, including the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the Pennsylvania Department of Banking and Securities, and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority.

Arina Shulga L’02 joined McCarter & English LLP as a Partner in the New York office’s corporate practice. She has extensive experience representing startups in corporate formation and capital raise transactions, and she also advises angel investors and VC funds in connection with their investments as well as emerging investment fund managers in formations. As a native Russian speaker, Shulga advises Russian-speaking founders and investors on the legal aspects of doing business in the United States. She additionally advises on the current legal framework relating to equity crowdfunding and security and utility token issuances in the United States. Prior to joining McCarter, Shulga was a Partner in the New York office of Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP.

Premal Dharia L’03, the Founder and Director of the Defender Impact Initiative, joined Harvard Law School as the inaugural Executive Director of the Institute to End Mass Incarceration. Formerly a public defender and civil rights attorney, Dharia has spent the last two decades fighting against injustice in the criminal system. In 2019, she started building a new organization to incorporate public defender advocacy into the broader push for systemic criminal justice change. She was a Criminal Justice Fellow at the Reflective Democracy Campaign, a project of the Women Donors Network, which supported the launch of the Defender Impact Initiative and Dharia’s investigation into the intersection of reflective democracy and the criminal system. The Institute to End Mass Incarceration will fully launch at the end of this academic year, in the early summer of 2021. It will combine a movement-centered, action-oriented organizing and advocacy program with a bold and ambitious innovation institute. A unifying theme of the Institute’s work will be helping to build widespread community power to promote the radical democratization of the criminal legal system.

Thomas Douglas L’03 was featured in “Elevating Voices,” a television series celebrating minority-owned and racially diverse businesses, and their importance, to Maine’s economy. The series was broadcast on Maine Public Television stations. Douglas, a Founding Partner of Douglas, McDaniel & Campo LLC, PA in Westbrook, Maine, is an experienced litigator who has successfully argued cases in state and federal courts throughout Maine, including the Maine Supreme Court. He opened the firm in 2013 with the vision of creating a culture that was welcoming, tolerant and affirming. His cases include general business disputes, intellectual property matters, wage and hour litigation, probate contests, residential and commercial construction cases, and wrongful death and personal injury claims. As his practice grows, Douglas continues to create networks of support and professional advancement for aspiring and existing litigators in the state.

Jonathan Galler L’03 — a Partner with Gutter Chaves in South Florida who practices estate and trust litigation — recently authored the Florida Law of Trusts, published by Westlaw. He can be reached at

Sara Temes L’03 was named a 2020 Upstate New York Super Lawyer for her work in Bankruptcy: Business. She is an attorney at Bond, Schoeneck & King.

Michael Klein L’04 was elected Partner at Cooley’s New York office, where he focuses his practice on business restructuring and reorganization.

Grace Koh L’04 joined Nokia’s government relations office as Vice President, Legislative Affairs, where she will advance the company’s public policy priorities on Capitol Hill and in the Administration. As U.S. Ambassador to the International Telecommuncation Union’s World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC) 2019 in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, Koh led the 125-member delegation in negotiating successful outcomes for U.S spectrum and satellite policy, including securing spectrum internationally for 5G. She also served as Special Assistant to the President for Technology, Telecom, and Cybersecurity Policy in the White House and as Deputy Chief Counsel to the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology of the Energy and Commerce Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Jennifer Leonard L’04 was a virtual symposium speaker at the Law School Admission Council’s “The Legacy of the Pandemic: How the Experience of the Pandemic Will Drive Lasting Innovation and Disruption in the Legal Ecosystem.” She participated as a moderated panelist and spoke on the lasting impact of the delivery of legal education. Leonard is the Chief Innovation Officer and Executive Director of the Future of the Profession Initiative at the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School.

Carlos White L’04 was named to D Magazine’s Best Lawyers in Dallas for 2021. This is White’s third year appearing on the Best Lawyers in Dallas list, which honors exceptional attorneys who practice in the Dallas metropolitan area. White is a Partner at Husch Blackwell’s Financial Services & Capital Markets industry group. He joined the firm in November 2020 and focuses his practice on franchise law. He has helped clients create numerous franchise programs and strategic transactions and partnerships domestically and internationally, including franchise and distribution networks in the sectors of restaurants and food service; hotels and hospitality; real estate and senior assisted living; healthcare and wellness; business and computer services; manufacturing; transportation and logistics; and social dating and matchmaking. He also represents a wide range of clients in matters that include structuring legally compliant joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, raising capital through private offerings, and other general corporate matters and strategic transactions. White is a 2020 Leadership Counsel on Legal Diversity Fellow.

Javier Alvarez L’05 joined Tenzer Arrieta PLLC’s Miami office as a Partner in the Corporate and Mergers & Acquisitions Groups. His practice focuses on a wide range of domestic and cross-border business transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, financings, joint ventures, and other general corporate matters. Alvarez has been involved in many of the most notable financial institution M&A transactions in South Florida in the past few years, including representing City National Bank of Florida in its acquisition of TotalBank, and, more recently, BAC Florida Bank in its sale to Banco Bradesco. In addition to representing financial institutions, Alvarez also handles transactional work for emerging and middle market companies in numerous industries. Alvarez is on the Board of Directors of the Centro Mater Foundation and is a member of the Cuban American Bar Association and the Hispanic National Bar Association.

Heather Gebelin Hacker L’05 left the Texas Solicitor General’s office to co-found Hacker Stephens LLP, a civil litigation firm in Austin, Texas. The firm handles high-stakes trials and appeals for government, corporate, and organizational clients.

John Ghose L’05 joined Freeman Mathis & Gary LLP as a Partner at the firm’s Atlanta office. In his new role, he serves as Co-Chair of the firm’s National Data Security, Privacy and Technology practice. Ghose was previously a federal prosecutor with the U.S. Department of Justice. During his time with the DOJ, he worked as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Philadelphia and Atlanta, and most recently, as an attorney in the Computer Crimes and Intellectual Property section in Washington D.C. Ghose, who has tried and won 11 federal jury trials, including eight as first chair, is also part of the firm’s Commercial Litigation and Director and Officer practice. He advises clients on data security and privacy laws and issues, litigation, enforcement actions and government investigations. He also provides an around-the-clock emergency response for data security incidents such as ransomware attacks, data breaches, wire fraud or extortion demands.

Negar Katirai L’05 was named a Fulbright U.S. Scholar for the 2021–22 academic year. She is the University of Arizona Clinical Professor of Law and Director of the Domestic Violence Law Clinic. As a Fulbright Scholar, she will conduct a comparative study in Australia of domestic violence fatality reviews at the University of Technology Sydney. Fatality reviews involve the analysis of homicides and other deaths related to domestic violence by a team of professionals and community members for the purpose of making recommendations for interventions to prevent future fatalities. The research will allow professionals in Australia and the United States, who already take into account fatality risks, to consider different approaches to both institutionalizing fatality review teams and victim confidentiality. As Director of the Domestic Violence Law Clinic, Katirai supervises law students in providing legal representation to survivors of intimate partner violence. She also teaches Family Law, a Domestic Violence Seminar, and often guest lectures in other courses on related topics, including vicarious trauma, trauma-informed legal representation, and diversity and cultural competence. Katirai has also been recognized for her community contributions by the Women’s Foundation of Southern Arizona.

Allison Stillman C’02, L’05 joined Latham & Watkins LLP’s New York office as a Partner in the connectivity privacy and information practice. She specializes in representing technology giants in landmark Digital Millennium Copyright Act litigation and counseling clients on a range of legal issues that arise in the crosshairs of evolving technology and media platforms. Stillman was previously a litigator at Mayer Brown LLP and has advised a number of technology companies in high-profile litigation and regulatory matters. Notably, she helped secure court approval of a $43 million settlement on behalf of Spotify in a suit brought by songwriters, an accomplishment that earned her a spot on Law360’s “Rising Stars” list last year.

James Valentino L’05 was named in New York Law Journal’s 2020 Professional Excellence Awards. He has been a Partner at Clayman & Rosenberg since 2018 and maintains a diverse practice including employment, commercial litigation and criminal defense. As a civil litigator, Valentino has handled matters ranging from business disputes to violations of civil rights. He represents executives in employment, compensation, and severance negotiations and advises businesses on a broad range of compliance issues including discrimination, retaliation, and breach of contract agreements. His work spans a multitude of industries including hospitality, banking and finance, private equity, healthcare, fashion, media, entertainment, and sports. Valentino has handled more than a thousand cases as either a prosecutor or defense attorney. He has defended individuals facing federal and state criminal charges including fraud, tax evasion, larceny, forgery, assault, DWI, sale and possession of narcotics, weapons possession, homicide, and sex offenses.

Harris Mufson C’03, L’06 was named in New York Law Journal’s 2020 Professional Excellence Awards. He is a Partner in Proskauer’s Labor and Employment Law department and advises on a wide range of industries regarding significant employment issues. Mufson has represented employers in disputes regarding discrimination and retaliation, whistleblowing, sexual harassment, wrongful discharge, defamation, breach of contract, wage and hour laws, and restrictive covenants. In addition to litigating, Harris counsels clients on compliance with employment-related laws, as well as the development, implementation and enforcement of personnel policies and procedures. He has also conducted numerous internal investigations regarding sensitive employment matters. Harris serves as Co-Head of the firm’s Whistleblowing and Retaliation practice group and the Disability, Accommodation and Leave Management practice group. He also serves as a mentor in Proskauer’s Mentoring Circle Program and is a founding board member of the Mount Sinai Medical Legal Partnership, an organization established in 2016 to provide free legal services to low-income patients to prevent and remedy unjust and hazardous social and environmental conditions.

Raj Parekh L’06 was named the Acting United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia (EDVA). As Acting U.S. Attorney, he supervises the prosecution of all federal crimes and the litigation of all civil matters in which the United States has an interest. He leads a staff of approximately 300 prosecutors, civil litigators, and support personnel across four d ivisions located in Alexandria, Richmond, Norfolk, and Newport News. The district serves over six million residents. Parekh, who has served as the First Assistant U.S. Attorney in EDVA, is a career federal prosecutor who has tried numerous jury trials to verdict. Parekh also serves on EDVA’s Diversity Committee as the Office’s Asian American/Pacific Islander Special Emphasis Coordinator. He has received numerous awards related to his work in public service, including the Director’s Award from the Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys for Superior Performance in United States v. Mohamad Jamal Khweis (EDVA), which led to the 2017 conviction of the first individual to face a jury trial in the United States after having joined the terrorist organization known as the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) in ISIS territory. Parekh also received the Anti-Defamation League’s SHIELD Award for his contributions in the fight against extremism and terrorism in EDVA. Parekh previously served as an Assistant General Counsel at the Central Intelligence Agency, as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia, and as a Trial Attorney in the National Security Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. In January, he became the first Indian-American and person of color in the 232-year history of the Office to serve as EDVA’s chief federal law enforcement official.

John Richards L’06 participated in a keynote presentation, “LGBT+ Perspectives,” at the Reaching Out MBA (ROMBA) 2020 Virtual Conference, the world’s largest gathering of LGBTQ+ business students and alumni. Richards is a Shareholder at Greenberg Traurig and was recently tapped to serve as the Atlanta chair of the firm’s Retail Practice. Global companies seek guidance from Richards on designing and implementing employment compliance programs, audits, diversity and inclusion initiatives, LGBTQ+ inclusive policies, and best practices for inclusive work environments. He also routinely speaks and hosts CLEs on LGBTQ+ and diversity and inclusion issues and delivers highly tailored, dynamic training sessions to every type of employer audience. He is a driving force behind Greenberg Traurig’s LGBTQ+ program that includes leading its affinity group and long-standing partnership with Out Leadership.

Joseph (Beau) Yanoshik L’06 was elected Partner in Morgan Lewis’ Investment Management department in Washington, D.C.

Dean Krishna L’07 was elected a Partner at Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young, where he concentrates his practice on international and domestic tax matters. He advises on matters including mergers and acquisitions, private fund agreements, investments and structuring, commercial securities offerings, business restructurings and general domestic and cross-border tax planning. He co-hosted a webcast with Siegfried Advisory called “Three Years for Long Term Capital Gains,” which covered the newly proposed carried interest rules promulgated by the Treasury and IRS.

Seth Goldberg L’08 was named President of furniture retailer Raymour & Flanigan. Goldberg, a third-generation member of the family business, had previously been the company’s Senior Vice President of Marketing, e-Commerce and Information Technology. He helped pioneer the company’s rapid expansion across digital platforms while growing its customer base. The company is continuing to prioritize investment in new technology to build omnichannel guest experiences, and the leadership team also plans to focus on developing and growing its team of associates, investing in e-commerce, enhancing the in-store shopping experience and expanding its sustainability efforts.

Maureen Linch L’08 was elected Partner at Morrison & Foerster, where she is a member of the Tax Department and part of the U.S. Federal Tax Group in the firm’s San Francisco office. She counsels clients on a wide variety of matters involving U.S. federal income taxation. Linch’s practice includes a range of transactional, structuring, and advisory tax matters in both the U.S. and international contexts.

Justin Bagdady L’09 was appointed Vice Chair, IP Litigation at Bodman PLC’s Intellectual Property practice group in Ann Arbor, Mich. He assists companies and their executives in commercial litigation disputes, intellectual property and brand protection counseling and litigation, and when faced with regulatory investigations or enforcement actions. His intellectual property litigation practice includes proactively monitoring activity that infringes his clients’ intellectual property rights and helping clients take down infringing or harmful content. Bagdady has litigated intellectual property cases in federal courts throughout the country, including defending against claims of infringement as well as helping companies enforce their rights against infringers, cybersquatters, and competitors engaging in unfair business practices.

Catherine Brandon L’09 was promoted to Partner at Arnold & Porter’s Washington, D.C., office, where she is a member of the firm’s Life Sciences and Healthcare Regulatory practice.

Amy Laura Cahn L’09 was named Acting Director of the Vermont Law School’s Environmental Justice Clinic. Cahn is an experienced environmental and climate justice advocate and practitioner who has held senior leadership roles at the Conservation Law Foundation in Boston and Public Interest Law Center in Philadelphia and clerked for the U.S. District Court and Superior Court of New Jersey, Appellate Division. She has also served as an instructor at Tufts University and the University of Pennsylvania.

Jeremy Chase L’09 was promoted to Partner at Davis Wright Tremaine LLP. He is an experienced litigator with a passion for counseling content creators on media, intellectual property, and Internet law. Chase represents book, magazine, and newspaper publishers; television networks; record labels; documentary film companies; and a wide array of Internet content and service providers, including the operators of blogs and other online publications; streaming platforms; and the publishers of news, health, technology, and travel websites.

Jeremy Esterkin C’06, L’09 was elected Partner at Morgan Lewis’ Litigation department in Los Angeles.

David Gardner L’09 was elected Partner at Duval & Stachenfeld LLP. He joined the firm in 2013 as an Associate from the Real Estate department of Cooley LLP. Gardner focuses on joint venture agreements (both capital and sponsor-side representation), financing (both borrower and lender-side representation), preferred equity arrangements, acquisitions and dispositions. More recently, he has been involved in the origination of PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy) loans, as well as the creation of funds and other corporate investment vehicles, including under the Qualified Opportunity Zone program. His clients have included private equity funds, insurance companies, family offices, developers, operators, homebuilders, banks, and other institutional investors.

John Hein L’09 was promoted to Partner at Wollmuth Maher & Deutsch LLP. He practices in the litigation group at the firm’s New York City office. Hein is an experienced litigator of a wide range of complex commercial disputes including securities and financial services litigation, business disputes involving contracts, torts, fraud, and other common law and statutory claims, and related appellate matters.

Scott Kaplan C’02, GR’09, L’09 was promoted to Partner at Hogan Lovells’ Boston office. He focuses his practice on global regulatory and intellectual property, and media and technology, with a specialization in pharmaceuticals and biotechnology.

Jason Levine C’05, CGS’07, L’09 was featured as one of The Legal Intelligencer’s “2020 Lawyers on the Fast Track.” He is a Shareholder at Hangley Aronchick Segal Pudlin & Schiller, where he concentrates his practice on commercial litigation, including contract disputes, fraud, corruption, tax issues, government regulations, restrictive covenants, trade secrets and business torts. He also serves as Chair for the firm’s associate development committee; as Co-Chair of the lateral Shareholder Hiring Committee; and as a member of the firm’s 401(k) Fiduciary, Business Development, and Strategic Planning committees. Additionally, Levine is a regional board and executive committee member of the Anti-Defamation League and chairs an ad hoc committee focused on expanding its programming and presence throughout southern New Jersey. In 2019, he was honored with both the national ADL’s Ginsberg Leadership Award in recognition of his work with the organization, and the Greater Philadelphia office’s Sigmund Livingston Rising Star Award. He is also on the Board of the Jewish Federation of Southern New Jersey.

Ana Montalbán C’04, L’09 was elevated to Shareholder at Greenberg Traurig’s Philadelphia office. She counsels clients on various public finance matters, including traditional municipal finance, multifamily housing and other private activity bond financings, infrastructure finance and securitizations. Montalbán serves as counsel to investment banking firms, private investors, municipalities, issuers, credit enhancers and trustees in relation to public finance projects throughout the country. She also represents nonprofit organizations, including hospitals and other healthcare organizations and schools, colleges and universities. She maintains a focus on disclosure matters and securities regulatory compliance.

Nick Urban L’09 was named a Shareholder at Berger Montague. His 11 years at the firm have been marked by his vital work on antitrust class actions alleging that pharmaceutical manufacturers wrongfully kept less expensive generic drugs off the market. For example, Urban was a key member of Berger Montague’s Namenda case team, which served as co-lead counsel for a class of direct purchasers of the Alzheimer’s drug Namenda. The lawsuit alleged that Forest Laboratories delayed and impaired generic competition for its prescription drug Namenda, injuring purchasers who could have saved money on lower-priced generic prescriptions. In May 2020, the $750 million settlement received final approval, making it the largest settlement in Hatch-Waxman antitrust litigation with a single defendant in history. In October 2020, the American Antitrust Institute honored Urban and the rest of the team with its 2020 Outstanding Antitrust Litigation Achievement in Private Practice Law Award for their excellent work on the case.

Lori Will L’09 was nominated by Delaware Governor John Carney and confirmed in April as Vice Chancellor of the Delaware Court of Chancery. In her new post, Will became the fifth woman to ever serve on the Chancery Court’s bench during its roughly 230-year history. She was most recently a Partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. Will’s practice was primarily in the Delaware Court of Chancery, with matters in other state and federal courts throughout the country. She also conducted investigations on behalf of boards of directors and special committees and provided advice to companies and their boards on mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, and the Delaware General Corporation Law.

Joanna Visser Adjoian C’04, L’10 was elected a member of the American Law Institute. She is the Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Youth Sentencing & Reentry Project in Philadelphia.

Ian Bambrick L’10 was elected Partner at Faegre Drinker, where he is an attorney in the firm’s Finance and Restructuring practice group in the Wilmington, Del., office. He is a seasoned restructuring practitioner who has guided a wide range of clients through their reorganizations and the Chapter 11 process. Bambrick counsels debtors, lenders, ad hoc lender and noteholder groups, and independent directors in Chapter 11 proceedings and out of court restructurings. He is also active in the area of cross-border insolvencies, having represented several foreign companies and foreign representatives in their Chapter 15 proceedings.

Eric Beach L’10 was elected a Partner at Tonkon Torp LLP. He joined the firm in 2010. He was also included on the 2021 “Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch” list in recognition of his professional excellence. As a member of Tonkon Torp’s Intellectual Property and Data Privacy practice groups, he advises clients on intellectual property matters, creating and negotiating technology and software licenses, and protecting clients’ trademark, patent, copyright, and trade secret rights through litigation in both federal and state courts.

Thaddeus Hartmann L’10 was promoted to Partner at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP’s New York office. As an M&A lawyer, he helped advise ZeniMax Media Inc. on its $7.5 billion sale to Microsoft Corp. and is working with CoreLogic Inc. on its pending $6 billion sale to Insight Partners and Stone Point Capital LLC. Hatmann also helped advise Twenty-First Century Fox on its $85 billion sale to Walt Disney Co. in 2019 and Express Scripts Holding Co. on its $67 billion sale to Cigna Corp. in 2018.

Kenji Price L’10 joined McDermott Will & Emery’s litigation practice as a Partner in the firm’s Washington, D.C., office. He focuses his practice on white-collar government investigations, internal investigations, compliance counseling and complex litigation. From January 2018 to February 2021, Price had served as U.S. Attorney for the District of Hawaii. In that capacity, he led an office responsible for enforcing federal law across Hawaii and its approximately 1.4 million residents. Under Price’s leadership, the office handled a diverse array of prosecutions, including those involving organized crime, national security, child exploitation, fraud, drug trafficking, money laundering and firearms offenses. He also served as the Vice Chair of the Controlled Substances Subcommittee of the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee.

Joshua Schlenger L’10 has joined the New York office of Sheppard Mullin as a Special Counsel in the firm’s Business Trial practice group. His practice focuses on complex commercial litigation for clients across a broad range of industries, with a concentration in bankruptcy litigation.

M. Shams Billah L’11 was promoted to Counsel at Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP. He is a member of the firm’s Banking & Financial Services practice group in New York, where he maintains a broad corporate practice advising clients on a wide range of financing transactions, including bank financings, debt restructurings and capital markets offerings. Billah has particular expertise in leveraged finance, acquisition finance, private credit transactions and Islamic finance transactions.

Adam Cohen L’11 was promoted to Special Counsel at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP. He is a member of the Corporate department and Mergers and Acquisitions and Private Equity Practice, resident in New York.

Emily Cuneo DeSmedt C’06, L’11 was honored in the New Jersey Law Journal’s Professional Excellence Awards. She is an Associate at Morgan Lewis & Bockius and focuses her practice on labor and employment, more specifically, on defense of wrongful termination, harassment, discrimination, and retaliation claims; leave and accommodation counseling; and internal investigations.

William Elder L’11 was appointed as Diffusion Pharmaceuticals Inc.’s General Counsel and Corporate Secretary. He is responsible for overseeing all legal functions, particularly corporate governance, securities and compliance and commercial transactions. Most recently, Elder served as President and Chief Executive Officer for BillyVonElds, LLC, a season-long and daily fantasy sports company, where he managed all corporate, legal and operational aspects of the business.

Leeza Garber L’11 was a 2020 Wharton Teaching Excellence Award recipient. Garber, a consultant and attorney specializing in cybersecurity and privacy law, is a part-time lecturer at The Wharton School on Internet law, privacy, and cybersecurity, and she is also an Adjunct Law Professor at Drexel University’s Kline School of Law, focusing on information privacy.

Kyle Harris L’11, a Partner at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, was named a Law360 “Rising Star” for his work in mergers and acquisitions since joining the firm in 2011. He was particularly recognized for his work with last year’s complicated $45.4 billion deal between fragrance giant International Flavors & Fragrances Inc. and DuPont de Nemours Inc.’s Nutrition & Biosciences Inc.

Danielle Lemberg L’11 was promoted to Counsel at Seward & Kissel LLP. She is a member of the firm’s Business Transactions group and represents private equity and other investment management firms, private companies, and other clients in a range of business transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, private equity transactions, joint ventures, venture capital transactions, and seed transactions. In the last year, Lemberg has contributed significantly to numerous M&A transactions, including the acquisition of the digital therapeutics company Amblyotech, Inc. by Novartis, the acquisition of Karpus Management, Inc. by City of London Investment Group PLC, and strategic investments in a variety of investment managers by Kudu Investment Management, LLC. She is also the Co-Founder of the Seward & Kissel Women’s Initiative.

Jordan Schneider L’11 joined Holland & Knight’s Miami office as a Partner after serving as Vice President, Strategic Initiatives at Perry Ellis International, Inc. Prior to joining Perry Ellis in 2019, Schneider was an Associate with Holland & Knight’s Corporate, M&A and Securities Practice Group. He focuses his practice on representing both public and private companies and private equity funds in mergers and acquisitions, dispositions, joint ventures and other general corporate matters. He also represents both insurers and underwriters in connection with transactional risk products, including the issuance of representations and warranties insurance policies.

Scott Suozzi GL’11, WEV’11 was named the new President of the Florida nonprofit, Operation New Hope, where he oversees the organization’s daily operations. Operation New Hope provides support, life and job skills training for people with a history of involvement with the criminal justice system and places them in employment that offers a sustainable quality of life.

Sara Tilitz L’11 was promoted to Counsel at the Philadelphia office of White and Williams. Her practice includes complex insurance coverage, bad faith and insurance contract disputes. She focuses her practice on the representation of major insurance carriers in matters involving environmental pollution and long-term exposure to hazardous substances.

Anthony Crawford ENG’98, L’12 was promoted to Partner at Reed Smith LLP in the firm’s New York office. He was previously an Associate. Crawford is a member of the Insurance Recovery Group. His practice focuses on advocating for and assisting policyholders in contentious, complex insurance coverage issues, serving clients ranging from banking and financial institutions to religious organizations. He provides policy reviews, coverage analyses, and counseling and dispute resolution services, with an emphasis on general liability, directors & officers, errors and omissions commercial property, mortgage, and fine arts coverage. With extensive coverage litigation experience in both state and federal courts, Crawford has also represented clients in alternative dispute resolution forums, including mediations, domestic and international arbitrations, and property insurance appraisals.

Lynne Evans L’12 was promoted to Partner at Duane Morris LLP. Evans is a trial lawyer and counselor with significant experience representing financial institutions, corporate and government entities and individual clients in matters in federal and state courts throughout the United States. Her areas of practice include complex commercial litigation, matters involving breach of contract, negligence, fraud, RICO, breach of fiduciary duties, consumer class actions, and internal and government investigations. Evans also handles a wide variety of banking-related matters, including claims involving bank regulations, the Uniform Commercial Code, NACHA rules, numerous consumer protection status and bank secrecy laws. She frequently advises clients in assessing business transactions and strategies designed to avoid litigation and manage risk. She chairs the firm’s Philadelphia office Inclusion Committee and serves on the Philadelphia office Recruitment and Retention Committee.

Pedro Gassant L’12 was elected Partner at Holland & Knight’s Miami office. He is a member of the firm’s Real Estate section and focuses his practice on land use, zoning and environmental entitlement issues.

Julie Goldemberg L’12 was elected Partner in Morgan Lewis’ Intellectual Property department in Philadelphia. She was also featured as one of The Legal Intelligencer’s “2020 Lawyers on the Fast Track.” Goldemberg represents clients in patent, trademark, trade secret and other intellectual property matters. Building on her background in electrical engineering, she has experience litigating traditional patent infringement cases and Hatch-Waxman cases in U.S. federal district courts at all stages from the time of filing the complaint to the completion of all appeals. She also serves as a member/mentor for the firm’s Lateral Associate committee.

Stephanie Laws L’12 was elected Partner at Maslon LLP, which she joined in 2015. Laws represents businesses in product liability and consumer protection matters, internal investigations, and other complex civil litigation in Minnesota and nationwide. Her product liability bandwidth covers multiple industries, focusing on defending pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers in actions involving FDA-regulated products. Following multiple client secondments, she understands the interplay between litigation and business needs, and partners with clients to solve problems in a way that works for them. Laws serves on Maslon’s Pro Bono Committee and maintains an active practice, including representing victims of domestic violence seeking orders for protection against their abusers and representing asylum seekers, among other endeavors.

Brandon McCoy L’12, WG’12 was promoted to Partner at Haynes and Boone, LLP, where he is a member of the Private Equity practice group in the firm’s Dallas office. He concentrates his practice on complex business transactions for both private and public clients in a range of industries, with a focus on mergers, acquisitions, private equity investments, and joint ventures.

Sanjay Narayan L’12 was appointed by Texas Governor Greg Abbott to the Texas Radiation Advisory Board for a term through April 16, 2027. The board advises the state on radiation issues and reviews the rules, policies and programs of state agencies that regulate radiation. Narayan is a practicing attorney and litigator in Dallas.

Patrick Nugent L’12 was elected Partner at Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr. He represents a variety of clients, including institutions of higher education, energy companies and insurers, in regulatory matters and disputes. He has represented clients on matters involving a range of contractual, tort, statutory and constitutional issues before agencies, trial courts and appellate courts. These matters include due process, takings, the Clean Water Act, the National Environmental Policy Act, the Natural Gas Act, Title VI, Title IX, Section 1981 and other civil rights and anti-discrimination statutes.

Igor Pleskov L’12 was elected Partner at Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr. He concentrates his practice on transactional real estate matters including the acquisition, disposition, financing, and leasing of property.

Blake Wilson L’12 was promoted to Counsel at Hogan Lovells’ Philadelphia office. He focuses his practice on global regulatory and intellectual property, and media and technology, with a specialization in medical device and technology.

Solomon Eskinazi L’13, WG’13 joined Excelsior Medical, a primary-care-focused healthcare company serving approximately 80,000 patients in dozens of locations throughout New York City, as Executive Vice President, Strategy and Corporate Development. Prior to joining Excelsior, Eskinazi spent over 15 years helping companies across a variety of industries think through financial, strategic and legal issues as an investment banker, strategy consultant and corporate lawyer at firms including Goldman Sachs, Bain & Co. and Kirkland & Ellis. He has extensive experience structuring and negotiating complex business transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, strategic investments, partnerships and licensing deals.

Sydney Scott L’13 became a Partner at Smyser Kaplan & Veselka’s Houston office, where she specializes in commercial litigation, energy transactions, and white-collar criminal defense. She represents plaintiffs and defendants in an array of complex commercial litigation matters. Scott also has experience representing individuals and corporate clients in white-collar criminal defense matters.

Scott Schneider L’14, WG’14 was appointed to U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Chair Gary Gensler’s senior staff, which is responsible for advising him on matters before the Commission. His new roles include Counselor to the Chair and Director of the Office of Public Affairs. As Gensler’s principal advisor on communications, Schneider oversees media relations, digital strategy, speech writing, public engagement, and internal agency communications. Immediately before joining the SEC, Schneider was the Managing Director of Financial Communications at Ketchum, a global consultancy.

Harper Seldin C’11, L’14 was named a recipient of the 2021 Best LGBTQ+ Lawyers Under 40 award by the LGBT Bar. Each year, the LGBT Bar recognizes LGBTQ+ legal professionals under the age of 40 who have distinguished themselves in their field and have demonstrated a profound commitment to LGBTQ+ equality. Seldin is an Associate at Cozen O’Connor’s Commercial Litigation department and focuses his practice on business litigation, commercial disputes, and complex litigation. He has significant experience representing large public and privately held corporations in contract disputes in federal and state court. His substantial pro bono work includes civil rights litigation in federal court on behalf of transgender public school students. Seldin is on the boards of the Youth Sentencing & Reentry Project, a racial justice organization that works to keep children out of adult jails and prisons, and the Equality Forum, which coordinates LGBT History Month. He is also a member of the Toll Public Interest Center Advisory Board and the Law Alumni Society Board of Managers at the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School.

Tyler Cook L’17 joined Smith Anderson as a new Associate. He practices corporate law and represents issuers and investment banking firms in connection with public and private offerings of securities. Cook also has experience advising on SEC disclosure and compliance obligations as well as corporate governance.

Adam Neuman LPS’17, L’18 joined the newly-formed legal department of the Big Ten Conference as the Deputy General Counsel. He joined the Big Ten Conference in January 2020, and has served as Chief of Staff, Strategy and Operations, a role in which he continues. Neuman played an integral part in helping the Conference tackle the most complex times in its 125-year history by helping navigate a global health pandemic. He was also a key contributor in establishing the Taskforce for Emerging Infectious Diseases, the Mental Health & Wellness Cabinet, and the Equality Coalition, a social justice initiative which supports conference-wide voter registration and civic engagement.

Travis Ortiz L’18 joined Barnes & Thornburg’s New York office as an Associate. He advises private investment fund clients in their formation, fundraising, portfolio investment and ongoing operational and compliance efforts. Ortiz has experience advising private equity funds, hedge funds, credit funds, real estate funds, healthcare funds and registered funds.

Kevin Downs L’19 joined Susman Godfrey’s Houston office as an Associate. Downs previously clerked for U.S. District Chief Judge Lee Rosenthal of the Southern District of Texas.

Peter Jones L’20 joined the Environmental Defense Center as a Legal Fellow. Following graduation from the Law School, he was awarded a Catalyst Public Service Fellowship. As a Legal Fellow, Jones is an instrumental part of EDC’s legal team. His primary focus has been to ensure proper enforcement of state and federal clean water laws as they apply to onshore oil and gas operations.

Karimah Munem L’20 joined Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti as an Associate in the firm’s Insurance and Reinsurance group.