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James R. Burns has joined the asset management group at Willkie Farr & Gallagher, based in the firm’s Washington, D.C., office. He is a former deputy director of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s division of trading and markets.
Roy Salins has joined Davis Wright Tremaine as a partner. He focuses his practice on employment litigation, including wage and hour class action litigation and providing clients with day-to-day advice and counseling. He was previously a shareholder at Vedder Price, where he worked for the past five years.
Ralph Winnie (LL.M.), director of global business development and the Eurasian Business Coalition’s China program, spoke at “China, Reaching Out to the World: Global Investments and Partnerships,” the fourth-annual emerging markets conference at the Cornell Club of New York in October. He also participated in a Washington, D.C., Peace and Security Forum, spoke at the Waikiki Rotary in December and was quoted in the October 2014 issue of China Legal Daily.
Jason Winter was named to Best Lawyers in America for 2015 in the categories of legal malpractice law – defendants and professional malpractice law – defendants. He practices in the Cleveland office of Reminger.
Richard W. Arnholt (LL.M.’03) has become a member at Bass Berry & Sims in Washington, D.C., and will practice in the firm’s government contracts practice group. He was previously counsel at Crowell & Moring.
Brigitte F. Daniel, the executive vice president of Wilco Electronic Systems, has launched “Mogulette,” a program to educate, mentor and empower young women of color who are interested in entrepreneurial technology careers. In addition to a speaker series highlighting prominent women in tech, “Mogulette” will engage with regional colleges and universities to identify future women technologists and match them with mentors. Daniel has been recognized as one of the “seven brilliant women in tech,” according to Craigslist founder Craig Newmark; she was also featured in the September 2014 “Mogul Maintenance” column in Marie Claire magazine.
Nancy Chi Cantalupo (F’95) is the associate vice president for equity, inclusion and violence prevention at NASPA Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education. Cantalupo, an adjunct professor at Georgetown Law as well as a victim’s rights attorney, researcher and gender-based violence expert, has more than 19 years of experience combating sexual harassment and violence in education and has taught courses on gender, legislation and administrative law. “In this newly-created post, I will act as a subject matter expert on equality and civil rights in education, with a focus on preventing and responding to gender-based and other forms of discriminatory violence on college campuses,” Cantalupo writes.
Kimberly (Brickell) Frank has joined McCarter & English’s environment and energy practice group as a partner in the firm’s Washington, D.C., office. She continues to focus on representing state regulatory entities and other clients before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and in a broad array of regulatory matters including the design of wholesale electric power markets and in appellate matters arising from agency decisions.
Scott Singer was elected without opposition to the Boca Raton City Council. Singer also serves as chairman of the Boca Raton Community Redevelopment Agency and maintains his law practice focused on general counsel services for small businesses.
Jennifer Davis-Oliva, a veteran attorney with extensive experience in health care law, public policy and policy analysis, has been named founding director of the Legislative Advocacy Clinic at Penn State’s Dickinson Law.
Libby Henninger was promoted to shareholder at Littler. She practices in the firm’s D.C. office, advising and representing employers in a broad range of employment law matters.
Kelly F. Moser was promoted to partner at Perkins Coie, where she is a member of the environment, energy and resources practice in the firm’s Seattle office. Moser focuses on environmental, energy, natural resources and land use compliance counseling and litigation.
Jeremy Schropp has been elected partner at Morrison & Foerster; he is a member of the corporate group and resident in the firm’s Northern Virginia office. Schropp’s practice focuses on representing technology and emerging-growth companies in a variety of sectors, including government contracting, defense, cybersecurity, data analytics, clean technology, software, communications and construction.
Matthew Varzally joined Humana at its Louisville, Ky., headquarters as senior counsel in the litigation and investigations group. Varzally was previously counsel in the Philadelphia, Pa., office of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, where he litigated complex commercial cases for more than five years. Before joining Akin Gump, he was a litigation associate at Wolf Block in Philadelphia.
Michael Billok has been elected a member of Bond, Schoeneck & King. He represents employers in state and federal court and at agency proceedings in a variety of labor and employment matters, such as actions alleging harassment, discrimination, retaliation, wage-hour and FLSA violations, and alleged violations of the NLRA.
Tracye Winfrey Howard (F’96) was promoted to partner at Wiley Rein in the government contracts practice, where she counsels and represents government contractors and subcontractors on a broad range of government contracting issues. Howard prosecutes bid protests before the U.S. Government Accountability Office and the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, as well as contract claims and disputes, including appeals of terminations for default and monetary claims under the Contract Disputes Act.
Mark A. Jones has been installed as the chairman of the criminal justice section of the North Carolina Bar Association and certified as a specialist in federal and state criminal law by the North Carolina State Bar Board of Legal Specialization. Mark heads the white-collar and general federal defense sections at Bell, Davis & Pitt, which has offices in Winston-Salem and Charlotte, N.C.
Robert Morris (LL.M.) was promoted to partner in the tax practice of Norton Rose Fulbright. He practices in the firm’s Houston office, representing clients in all phases of tax controversies: during examinations, in administrative appeals and in litigation.
John R. Prairie was promoted to partner at Wiley Rein in the government contracts practice, where he counsels and represents government contractors and subcontractors on a broad range of government contracts matters. Prairie represents clients in litigation matters, including contract claims and disputes, before the Boards of Contract Appeals and the U.S. Court of Federal Claims (COFC), and in bid protests at the U.S. Government Accountability Office and the COFC.
Joseph W. Swanson (C’01) has joined Carlton Fields Jorden Burt as of counsel in Tampa, Fla. He practices in the securities litigation section of the firm’s national trial practice group.
Olga M. Vieira has been elected shareholder at Carlton Fields Jorden Burt. She is a member of the firm’s appellate and trial support, aviation, national trial practice and products and toxic tort liability practice groups. Vieira is also a member of the firm’s food, beverage, dietary supplement and personal care products; insurance; manufacturing and raw materials; and pharmaceutical and medical device industry groups. Her practice focuses on defending national clients in complex product liability and commercial litigation in state and federal courts. She is based in the firm’s Miami office and has recently been involved in smoking and health litigation in Florida.
Kelly (Lonergan) Lennox was promoted to member (partner) at Foster Pepper. She is a member of the firm’s litigation and dispute resolution and real estate practices, focusing on real estate litigation, construction claims and commercial contract disputes.
Peter R. Wand was elected to the partnership of Lewis Roca Rothgerber. Wand is a member of the firm’s tax practice and currently serves as the co-chair of its executive compensation and employee benefits practice. He is based in the firm’s Phoenix office.
Henrika J. Buchanan was named to Mass Transit’s “Top 40 under 40” list for 2014. She is the associate administrator of the office of program management at the Federal Transit Administration.
John B. Dodson, an associate at DLA Piper, received the Lawyers Alliance for New York’s 2014 Cornerstone Award in October honoring outstanding pro bono legal services to nonprofits.
Jason Patil (LL.M.’09) is an administrative law judge at the Securities and Exchange Commission. A member of the U.S. Navy Reserve, Patil was the lead interrogator for a joint operations task force in Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2007 and received the Bronze Star Medal in 2008 for his leadership and interrogation acumen. He served at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad from January 2010 to February 2011 overseeing U.S. efforts to improve governance and the rule of law in Iraq.
Kendra Norwood has joined Blank Rome as an associate in the maritime, international trade and public contracts group. She is based in the firm’s Washington, D.C., office.
Andrew Stein is director of development at City Year Washington, D.C., an education-focused nonprofit that partners with public schools to help keep kids in school (he served as an AmeriCorps member with the organization before enrolling at Georgetown). On November 5, Andrew and his team at City Year hosted an event for members of the legal community called the Legal Community Breakfast, which raises funds to support City Year’s work. D.C.’s City Year was founded by Chris Murphy (L’98), former D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray’s chief of staff.
Clayton H. Garrett (LL.M.) recently joined Sirote & Permutt in the firm’s Mobile office. He is a member of the estates, wills and trusts practice group.
Ryan P. McCarthy has joined Reed Smith’s Pittsburgh office as an associate in the firm’s corporate and securities group. McCarthy’s experience includes work in capital markets, where he has represented a variety of issuers and advised underwriting syndicates in SEC-registered and unregistered debt and equity transactions. He also has experience assisting financial institutions on a variety of regulatory compliance issues and advising them with preparing and submitting various filings with state and federal regulators.
Lauren Ottaway (LL.M.) has joined the Oklahoma City office of Crowe & Dunlevy as an associate. She joins the firm’s private wealth and closely held business and taxation practice groups, focusing on wealth planning, tax-exempt organizations, trust and estates and taxation.
Cyrus Abbassi is an associate in the financial services litigation practice group at Burr & Forman. He is based in the firm’s Fort Lauderdale, Fla., office.
Benjamin Eisenstat (LL.M.’15) has recently joined Caplin & Drysdale’s tax practice as an associate in Washington, D.C.
Jessica Kaplan has joined Hollingsworth as an associate, practicing in the firm’s complex litigation, pharmaceutical products, and toxic torts and products liability groups.
James P. Roberts has joined the creditors’ rights and bankruptcy practice group at Burr & Forman. He is an associate in the firm’s Birmingham, Ala., office.
John Tyler Clemons was named the 2015–16 Lindsay Fellow by the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights. The fellowship provides an opportunity for recent law school graduates to become familiar with civil rights practice by working with many of the nation’s leading civil rights experts.