2000s Class Notes
Andreas Borgeas was elected to the Fresno County Board of Supervisors and assumed office in January 2013. Borgeas is a professor of international and comparative law at the San Joaquin College of Law.
Diego M. Dedeu (LL.M.) was elected a judge on the Buenos Aires Public Bar Disciplinary Court. The court is composed of five judges who are practicing attorneys and serve for a two-year term.
Brian J. Del Buono has been appointed senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary of the Sun Products Corporation. Del Buono previously served as Sun Products’ vice president, deputy general counsel and chief IP counsel, and is now responsible for all of the company’s legal matters worldwide.
Lillian Howard Potter was promoted to special counsel at WilmerHale. She practices in the litigation/controversy department and is a member of the investigations and criminal litigation practice group.
Adam Schachter has formed Gelber Schachter & Greenberg, a boutique law firm focusing on complex civil litigation and white collar representation in Florida and across the country.
Steph Tai received tenure at the University of Wisconsin Law School during the summer of 2012. “I’m now an associate professor, teaching and writing in the area of law and science, especially as it pertains to administrative law, environmental law, natural resources law, and food systems law,” she writes. “I recently published an article entitled ‘The Rise of U.S. Food Sustainability Litigation’ in the Southern California Law Review. And I still have the iguana that I had in law school, Mr. Spiro T. Agnew, who is now four-and-a-half-feet long rather than his former puny ten-inch self. And I still occasionally go around sporting bright blue hair.”
Adjunct Professor Mark Vlasic (B’96) now leads the international practice at Madison Law & Strategy Group, focusing on international law, international trade, business diplomacy, asset recovery, human rights and public policy issues. Recent writings include “Assassination & Targeted Killing — A Historical and Post–Bin Laden Legal Analysis,” 43 Georgetown Journal of International Law 259 (2012) and “What a Bosnian Mass Grave Can Teach Us About Syria’s Civil War” in The Atlantic on December 18.
Richard Watkins has joined Micro Enhanced Technology in Elk Grove Village, Ill., as IP counsel. He was formerly the principal at Watkins Law in Chicago, Ill.
James R. Burns was named deputy director of the Division of Trading and Markets at the Securities and Exchange Commission in May 2012. He was previously deputy chief of staff at the SEC.
Ralph Winnie (LL.M.’01) participated in various events including “Security Cooperation in Northeast Asia: Russia’s Role in Stability in Eurasia and the Far East,” a roundtable hosted by the Universal Peace Federation Office of Peace and Security Affairs, in June; “Between the Army and the Muslim Brotherhood: Whither Egypt” in July; conferences on Syria and Uzbekistan in September; and a roundtable on the Balkans in January. He was also interviewed on China’s Caixin Media, speaking on President Obama’s economic policies. Winnie is the director of the Global Business Development and the Eurasian Business Coalition’s China program, Eurasia Center.
Jason D. Winter was recognized by the 2013 Best Lawyers in America in the areas of legal malpractice law (defendants) and professional malpractice law (defendants). He practices in the Cleveland office of Reminger.
Christopher Del Rosso (B’98) was named a partner at O’Melveny & Myers. He is a member of the firm’s executive compensation and employee benefits team, practicing in the Newport Beach office.
Christian B. Sundquist was recently promoted to full professor of law and granted tenure at Albany Law School. Sundquist was formerly an associate with Chadbourne & Parke in New York.
Brian Turoff has joined the New York office of Venable as of counsel in the labor and employment group. His practice focuses on representing companies in traditional labor matters adverse to labor unions, in addition to counseling and litigating on behalf of companies in connection with employment-related matters, including wage and hour, discrimination and harassment issues.
Anson Asbury (LL.M.) has penned two articles regarding federal income taxation: one published in the November 2011 edition of the Journal of Accountancy (“Schedule UTP: The Early Returns Are In”) and one published in the fall edition of The Verdict, a publication of the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association (“Ten Tax Tips for Every Litigator”). He is a founder of the Asbury Law firm in Atlanta, Ga.
Tyler S. Bobes (LL.M.) has joined Walter Haverfield as a partner in its real estate law group. He represents clients in acquisitions and dispositions of commercial properties, joint ventures and sale-leasebacks as well as retail, office, warehouse and industrial leasing.
Raphael A. Prober (F’00) was recently named a partner at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld. He is a member of the firm’s public law and policy practice, working in the Washington, D.C., office.
Phillip Bower was elected shareholder of Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek. He practices in the firm’s Madison, Wis., office and advises clients on environmental, natural resource and energy issues. He and his wife, Carrie Casey Bower (L’04), also recently welcomed their third son, Cormac Cunningham Bower, who joins proud big brothers Tommy and Finn.
Ginger Faulk was elected partner at Baker Botts. She counsels clients on international transactions and U.S. government regulation of foreign trade and investment. Her experience also includes Export Administration Regulations (EAR), International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and U.S. anti-boycott laws.
Stephen C. Smith was elected shareholder at Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione. His intellectual property practice focuses on patent prosecution, diligence, counseling, licensing and complex litigation in the mechanical and electrical arts.
Graeme P. Smyth was promoted to partner at Latham & Watkins. He is a finance lawyer in the firm’s New York office with experience in a variety of structured finance and securitization transactions, representing insurers, underwriters, placement agents, borrowers, lenders and others.
Adrienne Watt has been appointed the statewide director of advocacy at Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma. She previously served as the lead attorney for the Medical-Legal Partnership for Children, a collaboration between Legal Aid and the OU-Tulsa School of Community Medicine. TulsaPeople magazine recognized her as one of the “40 under 40” in 2007 and an “Unsung Hero” in 2011.
Sajeev K. Sidher (LL.M.) has been promoted to director at Deloitte Tax. Sidher works in the Silicon Valley practice specializing in transfer pricing. He writes that he “is also going to be a first-time father.”
Loren AliKhan was named one of Forbes’ “30 Under 30 — the Young People Who Are Shaping Law and Policy.” “Top of class at Georgetown Law, her resume also includes clerking for two federal judges, the Justice Department’s Bristow Fellowship, a D.C. Circuit case win at 25, and now in appellate practice [at O’Melveny & Myers],” the Forbes website states.
Kenie Ho was named a partner at Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner. He works in the areas of patent litigation and IP management and transactions in the firm’s Washington, D.C., office.
Chris Kellett recently joined the litigation practice group at Carmody MacDonald in St. Louis. He is an associate attorney concentrating in civil litigation, and he represents clients in breach of contract, premises liability, professional malpractice, personal injury and discrimination cases. He regularly dedicates his time to various pro bono cases.
Elizabeth Kellett (C’02) joined HeplerBroom in Edwardsville, Ill., as an associate. She previously practiced law in Washington, D.C.
Joseph Manicki (LL.M.) was promoted to partner at Sidley Austin, where he practices in the firm’s Chicago office. He was also named to the National LGBT Bar Association’s “Best LGBT Lawyers Under 40, Class of 2012,” recognizing 40 LGBT lawyers nationally who have distinguished themselves in their field and demonstrated a profound commitment to LGBT equality.
Gordon R. Smith has been named a New England “Rising Star” in the areas of environmental law and land use/zoning. He practices at Verrill Dana.
Jessica O’Neill, an associate at Hangley Aronchick Segal Pudlin & Schiller in Philadelphia, was recognized with a 2013 Distinguished Environmental Advocates Award. The award, given by the American Bar Association’s Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources, recognizes the contributions of lawyers to the development of law, policy and programs in the areas of energy and the environment. This year’s honorees are young lawyers and more recent members of the profession who have made contributions to their schools, communities, government and the practice of law above and beyond those of their peers.
William Raich was named a partner at Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner. He works in the firm’s Washington, D.C., office, focusing his practice on U.S. district court patent litigation and pre-litigation client counseling in the fields of biotechnology, pharmaceuticals and diagnostics.
Cletus R. “Clete” Willems III has been promoted to the position of legal adviser to the U.S. Mission to the World Trade Organization in Geneva, Switzerland, with the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative. His role will involve providing legal advice on all of the WTO disputes to which the United States is a party and performing a diplomatic role at the WTO on behalf of the United States. He previously was an assistant general counsel with USTR in Washington, D.C.
Darren T. Case (LL.M.) of Tiffany & Bosco in Phoenix, Ariz., and Brent W. Nelson (LL.M.’10) of Snell & Wilmer in Tucson became two of the three new co-authors of Arizona Estate and Probate Planning Handbook (Thomson West, 2012).
Heather M. Moss writes, “After working as a litigator in private practice in Washington, D.C., since graduation, I recently relocated to San Francisco to become an assistant regional counsel for the U.S. Social Security Administration. While the transition to my new position and living in California has been great, I do miss seeing and working with my alumni friends. I would love to connect (and reconnect) with any fellow Hoya lawyers who live in the Bay area. Please drop me a line — firstname.lastname@example.org.”
Tatyana Delgado was promoted to supervising attorney for the asylum, refugee and citizenship programs at Catholic Charities in Houston.
Joanna Ghosh started the Ghosh Law Group in 2012, where she represents a diverse set of small businesses and individuals, and focuses on civil, appellate, immigration and bankruptcy practice. One of her cases was recently selected for oral argument before the United States Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit. “One of the issues on appeal challenges proof of service law, which is something most legal practitioners take for granted and rely upon on a daily basis,” Ghosh writes. “While I’m not expecting a sea change in the way legal notice is given, I’m honored to have the opportunity to orally present my client’s interests on appeal. I am both excited and nervous. I’ll have just turned 25 when the argument takes place, and will have many years left in my career to listen to the audio recording and contemplate my performance.”
Aiysha Hussain (F’05) has joined Hollingsworth as an associate. At Georgetown Law, she was the editor-in-chief of the American Criminal Law Review and afterwards served for two years as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Chief Judge Curtis Gomez of the U.S. District Court for the District of the Virgin Islands.
Kamal Jafarnia (LL.M.) is counsel in the financial services and products group of Alston & Bird. He works in the New York office and is a member of the firm’s REIT team. Jafarnia was also appointed to the board of directors of Ashford Hospitality Trust.
Maya M. Noronha (C’05), deputy director of the Republican National Lawyers Association (RNLA) and the first Asian-American president of the Philodemic Society (a debating union founded in 1830), was named one of Forbes’ “30 Under 30 — the Young People Who Are Shaping Law and Policy.”
Carlo Osi (LL.M.) has joined the McLean, Va. (Tyson’s Corner), office of KPMG as a tax associate in the employment tax service. He was recently promoted to Tax Senior. He served as a KPMG extern in the D.C. office in 2011 and in prior years as a litigation associate of large and boutique law firms in the United States and Asia.
Bianca Santos is program director of the International Migrants Bill of Rights Initiative, founded in 2007 at Georgetown Law as part of the Global Law Scholars Program and under the auspices of the former dean and current U.N. Deputy High Commissioner for Refugees Alexander Aleinikoff. The initiative is coordinated at Georgetown Law, in collaboration with the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and the London School of Economics. The bill, which lays out a blueprint for the protection of the rights of migrants, was launched December 17.
Kristin Beneski has joined Lane Powell as an attorney in the litigation practice group. She focuses her practice on litigation law.
Carmen Brooks is a fellow in the 2012 Equal Justice Works Public Defender Corps. She handles adult misdemeanors and felonies for the Public Defender of Metropolitan Nashville and Davidson County. “With a background in sociology, history and public policy, I have seen firsthand the ways that race, socioeconomics, mental health and gender intersect,” she explained in her Fellows Profile. “Working in indigent defense allows me to push back against the creation of disparate citizenships and to help clients advocate for themselves and their best interests.”
Bernadette DiPrisco is an associate at Farrell Fritz. DiPrisco, a resident of Garden City, N.Y., concentrates her practice on corporate and tax law.
Heather Gatnarek is a fellow in the 2012 Equal Justice Works Public Defender Corps. She does capital defense work for the Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy. “People facing the death penalty are almost always the most down-and-out of any criminal defendants — they have extraordinarily compelling mitigation stories that never fail to break my heart,” she writes. “I am proud to stand next to them in court to show that they are cared for no matter what mistakes they made.”
Evgenia I. Goryshina has joined the Boston law firm of Davis, Malm & D’Agostine as an associate in the business law and litigation practice areas.
Grant Hollingsworth has joined Hollingsworth as an associate. He was a member of the firm’s 2010 summer associate class.
Elliot J. Labovitz has joined the law firm of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings in Birmingham, Ala., as a first-year associate. He will serve as a member of the health care and the corporate and securities practice groups. Previously a summer associate at the firm, Labovitz also was an intern for The Honorable Myron H. Thompson of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama and for The Honorable R. David Proctor of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama.
Hilary Lewis has joined Hollingsworth as an associate. She was a member of the firm’s 2011 summer associate class. At Georgetown, Lewis served on the Georgetown Journal of Gender and the Law.
Eric L. Maughan has been named an associate at Rader, Fishman & Grauer. Maughan’s focus is preparing and prosecuting patents concerning electrical and mechanical components and devices.
Michael McGovern (LL.M.) has joined Crowe & Dunlevy as an associate in the firm’s Oklahoma City office. He will practice in the business department.
James Murtha (LL.M.), part of the SEC Enforcement Division’s Structured and New Products Unit, helped investigate a case involving the U.S. investment banking subsidiary of Japan-based Mizuho Financial Group and three former employees charged with misleading investors in a collateralized debt obligation. Mizuho agreed to pay $127.5 million to settle the SEC’s charges, and the others charged also agreed to settle the SEC’s actions against them.
Shahin Rothermel has joined the Washington, D.C., office of Bryan Cave as an associate in the firm’s antitrust client service group.
Janea Sears has joined Hollingsworth as an associate. She was a member of the firm’s 2011 summer associate class. Sears served on the Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics and participated in the Appellate Litigation Clinic.
Luciano Inácio de Souza (LL.M.) joined Souza, Cescon, Barrieu and Flesch, a Brazilian law firm, in October. He is head of the antitrust practice in Brasilia.
Georgetown University Law Center students Evan Henley (L’13) and Nicholas Sheehan (L’13) have been selected as 2013 Skadden Fellows. The prestigious two-year fellowships are awarded to graduating law students and judicial clerks who wish to pursue public interest careers. Henley will work at the Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia, offering direct representation, impact litigation and advocacy for the District’s underserved low-income tenants. Sheehan will complete his fellowship at Advocates for Children of New York, providing direct representation and policy advocacy to help keep New York City students in school and out of court.
Georgetown Law student Kevin Hillery was named one of Forbes’ “30 Under 30 — the Young People Who Are Shaping Law and Policy.” Hillery is the first paraplegic Naval Academy graduate.