2000s Class Notes
Shawn Boyer (LL.M.), the founder and chairman of Snagajob, has joined the board of directors at Montage, a provider of video interviewing solutions to the Global 5000.
David A. Pentlow has joined Moritt Hock & Hamroff as a partner in the Corporate, Securities and Financial Services practice group. He practices in the firm’s Manhattan office.
Samantha Gallagher has joined Arnold & Porter’s corporate and securities group as a partner in its Washington, D.C., office. She is also a member of the firm’s real estate practice.
Wendy J. Ray was elected partner at Morrison Foerster. She practices in the intellectual property litigation practice in the firm’s Los Angeles office.
Ralph E. Winnie Jr. (LL.M.), director of China Programs for the Eurasia Center and vice president of global business development for the Eurasian Business Coalition, was a featured speaker at a reception for Nirupma Rao, the Indian ambassador to the United States. The Indian-American communities of Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C., hosted the event to honor the significant contributions that Ambassador Rao has made in promoting U.S.-India relations. Winnie received an achievement award from the Eurasia Center in January and was interviewed on CCTV in September.
Jeremy D. Anderson was promoted to principal at Fish & Richardson. He practices in the IP litigation group in the firm’s Delaware office.
Barak Cohen (G’98) has joined Perkins Coie’s Washington, D.C., office as senior counsel in the firm’s white-collar and investigations practice. Cohen was most recently a trial attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Criminal Division in Washington, D.C.
Erin Connell was named a partner at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe. She is a member of the firm’s San Francisco employment law group.
Edward J. Jacobs has been named a partner with BakerHostetler. He is a member of the litigation group, focusing on commercial litigation, securities litigation, corporate internal investigations, governmental investigations, white-collar regulatory matters, bankruptcy litigation and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.
Andrew M. Lacy has been elected partner at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett. He practices in the firm’s Washington, D.C., office, focusing on antitrust-related issues.
Robyn Diaz has been named St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital’s chief legal officer and senior vice president. Diaz joined the hospital’s Office of General Counsel as associate general counsel in August 2010 and was promoted to deputy general counsel in May 2012.
Jamillia P. Ferris was hired as a partner in Hunton & Williams’s Washington, D.C., office. Ferris is an antitrust and consumer protection lawyer who previously served in the antitrust division at the Department of Justice as chief of staff, deputy chief of staff and counsel to the assistant attorney general.
Gabrielle A. Hamm was promoted to senior counsel at Gordon Silver in Las Vegas. Her practice focuses on the areas of business restructuring and insolvency, commercial law and creditors’ rights.
Matthew Kilby was elected partner at Faegre Baker Daniels. He is a litigator who represents clients at both the trial and appellate levels in federal and state courts across the country.
Catherine E. (“Katie”) Lasky has become a member of Jones, Swanson, Huddell & Garrison in New Orleans. She joined the firm in 2008, and has coordinated its commercial litigation practice for the last two years. Her practice focuses on corporate financial matters.
Efe Poturoglu, a shareholder based in Butzel Long’s Washington, D.C., office, received the Power Player of the Year Award from Washington SmartCEO magazine in the category of immigration law. The award is part of a program that honors attorneys, CPAs and bankers who embody leadership, accomplishment and innovation in their fields.
Maureen E. Thorson was elected partner at Wiley Rein. She is a member of the international trade practice, representing clients in all areas of customs law and international trade litigation.
Emily Arnold-Fernandez won the Grinnell College Young Innovator for Social Justice Prize for her work with refugees through Asylum Access. The prize honors individuals under the age of 40 who have demonstrated leadership in their fields and who show creativity, commitment and extraordinary accomplishment in effecting positive social change.
Pamela Poland Chen was promoted to special counsel in the investment management group of Schulte Roth and Zabel. She focuses her practice on representing investment companies, business development companies, investment advisers and investment banking institutions in connection with the structuring, formation, funding and operation of investment products and services.
Habeeb “Hobbs” Gnaim (LL.M.), a tax attorney at the Houston law firm Chamberlain, Hrdlicka, White, Williams & Aughtry, was named to H Texas magazine’s annual list of “Top Lawyers” and also to the 2013 Super Lawyers list for the state of Texas.
Edward T. Hayes (LL.M.) has been appointed Honorary Consul of Ukraine for the state of Louisiana. He practices at Leake & Andersson.
Diplomatic Courier and Young Professionals in Foreign Policy have named David J. Mortlock to their list of the 99 most influential foreign policy leaders under the age of 33. The list includes lawyers, entrepreneurs, technologists, journalists, bankers, activists, scientists, diplomats and soldiers. Mortlock is the deputy coordinator for sanctions policy at the U.S. Department of State.
Eric S. Tars was invited to guest blog for the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness blog series “I Believe in Human Rights.” The post, dated January 16, is titled “Homelessness: Torture on the Streets of America.” Tars is the director of human rights and children’s rights programs at the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty.
Michael X. Ye was elected partner at Andrews Kurth. His practice area is intellectual property, especially in the fields of biotechnology, chemistry, bioinformatics, pharmaceuticals and medical devices.
Felipe Berer (LL.M.), of counsel at Akerman in Miami, was chosen to be the new president of the Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce of Florida.
Radcliffe Dann IV has been elected partner at Davis Graham & Stubbs in Denver. His practice focuses on complex environmental litigation, permitting and regulatory compliance and site remediation.
Christopher H. Dolan was elected partner at Faegre Baker Daniels. He focuses on environmental and natural resources litigation, environmental review, administrative proceedings, permitting and compliance matters.
Natalie Khawam recently opened the Whistleblower Law Firm in Tampa, Fla. In December, she hosted a luncheon in honor of the National Organization for Women’s president, Terry O’Neill, and its director, Jan Erickson, thanking them for their support and their filing of an amicus brief in support of Khawam’s appeal in a custody matter.
John M. Mulcahy was elected a partner at Finnegan. He focuses on patent litigation before both the U.S. International Trade Commission and federal district courts. A former primary examiner at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, he has successfully argued before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board and has filed and prosecuted numerous applications.
Jeffrey M. Prokop was named a partner at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe. He is a member of the firm’s commercial litigation group, based in Washington, D.C.
Darren S. Teshima was named a partner at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe. He is a member of the firm’s Insurance Recovery Group and is based in San Francisco. Teshima’s commercial litigation practice focuses on the representation of corporate policyholders in insurance coverage disputes. He represents clients in the financial services, technology and retail industries, advising them on a variety of insurance issues and litigating against their insurers.
Paul D. Hudson, a principal and co-chair of Miller Canfield’s appeals group, has been named one of the Michigan Lawyers Weekly’s “Up and Coming Lawyers” for 2013.
Katie M. Marquart has been named the new pro bono director at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. Marquart, who was most recently a litigation associate in the firm’s Los Angeles office, will manage and coordinate Gibson Dunn’s pro bono efforts on a firm-wide level. In 2010, she received the Frank Wheat Memorial Award, the firm’s pro bono award, for her efforts on behalf of approximately 2,300 children with autism living in the East Los Angeles area.
Gordon R. Smith was named to the 2013 New England Super Lawyers and Rising Stars list in the areas of environmental and land use/zoning law. He practices in the Portland, Maine, office of Verrill Dana.
Arthur R. Traldi has been named to the list of the “99 most influential foreign policy leaders under the age of 33” by the Diplomatic Courier and Young Professionals in Foreign Policy. The list includes lawyers, entrepreneurs, technologists, journalists, bankers, activists, scientists, diplomats and soldiers. Traldi works in the Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.
Qingyu Yin was elected to partner at Finnegan. He focuses on Section 337 investigations at the U.S. International Trade Commission and has significant experience in patent litigation, patent preparation and prosecution, and client counseling in smartphone technologies, semiconductor technologies, materials science and other electrical areas. He travels extensively to China to assist companies with intellectual property needs and to present lectures on intellectual property topics.
Jonathan M. Dunsay joined Volpe and Koenig as an associate in the firm’s electrical group, where he concentrates his practice on United States and foreign patent prosecution. He has extensive experience in patent litigation.
In October, Eric N. Feldman announced the opening of Braven Brewing Company, a microbrewery in the Bushwick neighborhood of Brooklyn, N.Y. Teaming up with co-founder Marshall S. Thompson, who earned his MBA from Fordham University, Feldman hopes to make Braven the first brewery in the neighborhood in more than 30 years. The venture received coverage in the Village Voice blog and the Bushwick Daily.
Michael De Voe Piazza has been elected partner at Bracewell & Guiliani. His practice focuses on a wide variety of transactions in the financial, oil and gas, and electric power industries.
Jonathan J. Amoona was named to the Forbes’ “30 under 30” list in sports in January. The magazine noted that Amoona, an associate at Winston & Strawn, “has been at the forefront of some of the biggest sports legal battles in recent years.”
Michael J. Scurato has been promoted to policy director at the National Hispanic Media Coalition, the nation’s leading nonprofit, nonpartisan, media advocacy and civil rights organization for the advancement of Latinos. As policy director, he will lead NHMC’s legal and policy advocacy in Washington, D.C.
Tomas J. Garcia has joined Modrall Sperling in Albuquerque.
Jason W. Palmer has joined Faruki Ireland & Cox. Palmer is experienced in representing and advising management clients in labor and employment matters. He has helped business clients litigate cases in state and federal courts throughout the country.
Bernadette T. DiPrisco, a corporate and finance and tax associate at Farrell Fritz, has been appointed to the board of the Child Care Council of Nassau and to the Family and Children’s Association’s (FCA) newly formed associate board.
Jessica J. Gonzalez (LL.M.) has been promoted to executive vice president and general counsel of the National Hispanic Media Coalition, the nation’s leading nonprofit, nonpartisan media advocacy and civil rights organization for the advancement of Latinos. She previously served as NHMC’s vice president of legal and policy affairs. Before joining NHMC as its first ever in-house attorney, she was a staff attorney and clinical teaching fellow at Georgetown Law’s Institute for Public Representation.
Brendan S. Parent has been appointed an assistant professor at New York University, a dual appointment in the Division of Medical Ethics and the Sports and Society program. “I will be teaching and doing research and program development,” he writes. “It’s a dream come true.”
Lauren Wilson, policy counsel for Free Press, was named to the Forbes “30 under 30” list in law and policy in January.
Bari N. Greenfeld was selected for a John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The Sea Grant Knauss Fellowship provides a unique educational experience to graduate students who have an interest in ocean, coastal and Great Lakes resources and in the national policy decisions affecting those resources. Greenfield was placed with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineer’s Institute for Water Resources.
Erica Klenicki has joined Hollingsworth as an associate in the firm’s Washington, D.C., office, practicing in the complex litigation, pharmaceutical products and toxic torts and products liability groups.
Sarah Mortazavi has joined Hollingsworth as an associate in the firm’s Washington, D.C., office, practicing in the complex litigation, pharmaceutical products, and toxic torts and products liability groups.
Alberto Mata Rodriguez (LL.M.) was named Outstanding Young Lawyer of the Year by the International Bar Association. The award is presented to a young lawyer who has shown not only excellence in work and career but also a commitment to professional and ethical standards. Mata Rodriguez, who is a member of the banking and capital markets department at Gómez-Acebo & Pombo, is the first Spanish and European lawyer to receive this award.
Elysia Tonti joined Cohen & Grigsby in Pittsburgh as an associate.
Lee T. Wang was named to the 2014 class of Skadden Fellows. She will work for the Immigrant Defense Project in New York, N.Y.
Derek Khanna, a tech policy scholar and activist, was named to the Forbes “30 under 30” list in Law and Policy in January.
Thomas J. Tobin penned an article on presidential succession, “The 25th Amendment and Dick Cheney’s Heart,” which was posted on the Harvard Kennedy School Review’s blog. The article also appeared on PolicyMic.com under a similar title.