2000s Class Notes
Shawn Pearson recently moved his law practice to Oberman Thompson in Minneapolis, where he focuses on preventing and resolving employment-related legal disputes.
Ralph Winnie (LL.M.) was selected by USA Wrestling to be part of the United States delegation to Havana, Cuba, for the Cerro Pelado International wrestling tournament. He spoke about his visit to Cuba at a Defense Intelligence Forum gathering in McLean, Va., in June and described it in an article called “On the Mat in Cuba” on the USA Wrestling website (www.USAwrestling.com). He also gave a speech in April on doing business in China at the Defense Intel Alumni Association and spoke at a Tai Initiative conference in July on U.S.-China subnational relations. Media appearances include an interview by Phoenix Satellite Television in May regarding Chinese investment in the United States; a June interview on wsRadio.com on China, Cuba and Russia; and one by “Window to China” in March regarding the Eurasia Center. Winnie is vice president for business development at the Eurasia Center.
Brian Turoff has been elected to the partnership of Venable, effective January 2015. Turoff is a member of Venable’s nationwide labor and employment group. He is based in the firm’s New York office.
Lonnie Giamela, a partner at Fisher & Philips, has been named to the 2015 Southern California “Rising Stars” List. Giamela, who practices in the firm’s Los Angeles and Irvine offices, has extensive experience representing local, regional and national clients in class-action wage-hour lawsuits as well as representative lawsuits brought under California’s Private Attorneys General Act. He has presented more than 200 seminars to executives, human resource professionals and others on topics including fair employment, medical leaves, mass layoffs, FMLA/CFRA compliance, independent contractor classification matters and wage and hour compliance.
Dontai L. Smalls married Jennifer S. Mauskapf (L’04) on April 19 in Washington, D.C. Smalls is vice president of global public affairs at United Parcel Service. Mauskapf is a partner at a federal education law firm, Brustein & Manasevit. They reside on Capitol Hill.
James C. Clark is a partner in Fox Rothschild’s litigation practice group, working in the firm’s Warrington, Pa., office. He represents corporations, global investment banks and individuals in matters involving complex commercial litigation, white-collar compliance and criminal defense, government and internal investigations, regulatory affairs and insurance disputes.
Melissa Messina has been elected a principal of Miles & Stockbridge. Messina practices in the areas of public and commercial finance and regularly represents banks, mezzanine lenders, issuers, underwriters, developers and trustees in various types of financial transactions.
Edward C. Renenger, a shareholder at Stevens & Lee, presented at the National Center for Employee Ownership’s annual employee ownership conference held April 21-23 in Denver, Colo. Renenger co-presented “Navigating Internal Trustee Waters — Best Practices from the Perspective of an External Trustee and Counsel.” Renenger is an employee-benefits attorney who concentrates his practice on ERISA and qualified retirement plans.
Becky Baker has been named partner at Bracewell & Giuliani. Baker counsels and represents employers in all areas of employment law. She represents employers involved in federal and state court litigation and advises and represents them with respect to administrative claims. In addition to litigation, she works with management clients to draft employment policies and address employee issues.
Doug Bend has co-founded AgentFound, a site that connects buyers and sellers with their ideal real estate agent. He lives in San Francisco, Calif.
John F. Butler (C’01) was appointed assistant attorney general for the Commonwealth of Virginia in December. He previously served eight years on active duty as a Navy Judge Advocate General (JAG). Butler is part of the Virginia attorney general’s Major Crimes and Emerging Threats Unit. He is also cross-designated as a special assistant U.S. attorney for the eastern district of Virginia where he prosecutes federal criminal cases in Norfolk, Va.
Natalie Nanasi has joined the faculty at Southern Methodist University’s Dedman School of Law, where she will serve as the director of the newly created Judge Elmo B. Hunter Legal Center for Victims of Crimes Against Women.
Gordon R. Smith was recognized in the 2015 Chambers and Partners Guide in the area of environmental law. He practices in the Portland, Maine, office of Verrill Dana.
Tarnetta Jones has launched boutique firm ACATA, a resource for early stage and startup company founders and entrepreneurs. “We act as an attorney, adviser and advocate for companies — offering a pragmatic, business-oriented approach to solving legal problems, executing strategies and accessing sources of capital at every stage of a company’s life cycle,” she writes. Jones was previously a partner at Kirkland & Ellis, working on corporate transactions. For more information, see www.acatasolutions.com.
Ben Karpf (G’03), an attorney at Bouhan Falligant, has been named to the board of The Creative Coast, a Savannah, Ga., nonprofit that stimulates economic growth, employment and business development. As a board member, he serves as an advocate for the entrepreneurial community of the creative coast region by supporting, mentoring and connecting local businesses. At the firm, Karpf’s practice focuses on intellectual property law and commercial transactions, including drafting and negotiating commercial contracts, corporate matters and intellectual property litigation. He also advises clients on matters related to copyright law, the Internet, mobile devices, social media and related technology, and the clearance and prosecution of trademarks and service marks.
Daniel N. Mills joined Newell Rubbermaid as senior counsel in March.
Andrea S. Tazioli (G’03) has been elected to the upcoming class of Suns Charities 88. Founded in 2012, Suns Charities 88 is comprised of 88 professionals who give back to the community through the Phoenix Suns Charities. Tazioli is a member of Quarles & Brady’s litigation and dispute resolution and white-collar crime and internal investigations practice groups. She has significant experience in handling internal investigations conducted by federal and state agencies that encompass allegations of fraud, health care violations, immigration violations and criminal misconduct.
Rebecca Brodey, an associate in Cozen O’Connor’s criminal defense and internal investigations practice group, has been named to Global Investigations Review’s 2015 “Women in Investigations: One Hundred Investigation Specialists from Around the World.” The inaugural list, featured in the magazine’s April 2015 issue, highlights 100 women selected by GIR’s editorial team in recognition of “achieving great things in a competitive and notoriously tough area of law.”
Thanh Tran, husband of the late Sarah Tran, reported that the Southern Methodist University School of Law graduating class of 2015 voted to present her with a posthumous “teacher of the year” award. “Three years ago, more than 80 of these students were in their first semester of law school and had Sarah as one of their first professors,” he writes. “During this first semester, Sarah was diagnosed with cancer and was immediately hospitalized. However, she relentlessly continued her lectures through Skype from her hospital bed. Weeks later when she returned to the classroom, the class praised her with a standing ovation. Over the next year, Sarah continued teaching more classes while fighting cancer and even tried her hardest to finish grading exams in her final days. I am touched that Sarah left such an impression on her students that they would further distinguish her in this way.” Thanh accepted the award for Sarah at the SMU Law hooding ceremony on May 16.
Stephen Grothouse (G’11) has joined the Indianapolis office of Hall, Render, Killian, Heath & Lyman. His practice focuses on counseling clients regarding health information technology. He assists health systems, hospitals, physician groups and other organizations in acquiring a variety of technology products and services, including software licenses and subscriptions, telecommunications systems and a range of consulting and professional services.
Sarah E. Hunt (LL.M.) is general counsel at the Niskanen Center, a libertarian think tank. She also directs Niskanen’s energy policy program, where her policy work focuses on market-based solutions to climate change. Previously, she was the manager of state issues and an ethics officer at the management consulting firm Stateside Associates.
Behzad Gohari (LL.M.) and Karen E. Woody (LL.M.) have co-authored “The New Global Financial Regulatory Order: Can Macroprudential Regulation Prevent Another Global Financial Disaster?” The article appears in the Winter 2015 issue of the Journal of Corporation Law.
Aaron E. Reichlin-Melnick is a 2014 fellow of the Immigrant Justice Corps, the country’s first fellowship program dedicated to meeting the growing need for high-quality legal services for immigrants. While participating in Georgetown Law’s Center for Applied Legal Studies, Reichlin-Melnick prevented a client from being returned to a country where he would face political persecution. As an Immigrant Justice fellow placed at the Legal Aid Society’s Immigration Law Unit, Reichlin-Melnick currently represents immigrants who face deportation as a collateral consequence of a criminal conviction.
Dave Wilkins (C’11) is a 2014 fellow of the Immigrant Justice Corps, the country’s first fellowship program dedicated to meeting the growing need for high-quality legal services for immigrants. Wilkins represented detained immigrants while working in the Center for Applied Legal Studies clinic at Georgetown Law and at the Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights Coalition, and has interned with the Department of Justice, Executive Office for Immigration Review.
Matthew Boaz was named a 2015 fellow of the Immigrant Justice Corps, the country’s first fellowship program dedicated to meeting the growing need for high-quality legal services for immigrants. During law school, Boaz successfully represented a detained client through Georgetown Law’s clinical program, and he has worked with Kids in Need of Defense and the CAIR Coalition in Washington, D.C.
Kristen Cates (C’11) was named a 2015 fellow of the Immigrant Justice Corps, the country’s first fellowship program dedicated to meeting the growing need for high-quality legal services for immigrants. A native of Georgia, Cates worked as a bilingual advocate for domestic and sexual violence survivors before attending Georgetown Law. She then continued to advocate for marginalized immigrants, serving individuals seeking relief from predatory business practices and providing trauma-informed legal services to immigrant women fleeing gender-based persecution.
William King was selected to receive the first Dick Wolf Memorial Lecture Prize by the Capitol Hill Restoration Society. As the winner, King delivered the inaugural Dick Wolf Memorial Lecture on Friday, March 27, in Washington, D.C. In his talk, "Do We Need More Objective Criteria for Evaluating Demolition Permits for Historic Properties?" King suggested a modification of D.C. historic preservation law that would provide objectively defined criteria for the mayor's agent to apply when deciding whether to approve demolition permits. Following King's lecture, Professor Peter Byrne (the current mayor's agent) and Adjunct Professor Tersh Boasberg, former chair of the Historic Preservation Review Board, joined King and members of the audience to discuss King's proposal.
Abraham Shanedling has won a 2015 Burton Distinguished Legal Writing Award for his paper “Removing Weapons of Mass Destruction for the World’s Most Volatile Region: How to Achieve a WMD-Free Zone in the Middle East.” Shanedling and other winners from law schools and law firms around the country received their awards at a ceremony at the Library of Congress on June 15. In his paper, which was published in the Georgetown Journal of International Law, Shanedling analyzes historical and present challenges of making the Middle East a WMD-free zone. Drawing from other world regions that have already established nuclear-weapons-free zones, the paper recommends measures for breaking the impasse in creating a Middle East WMD-free zone and presents a set of core components for a future treaty.