2000s Class Notes
Jonathan Lopez, an inaugural deputy chief of the Department of Justice’s money laundering and bank integrity unit and a former senior trial attorney in the DOJ’s criminal division, fraud section, has joined Orrick. He practices in the firm’s white-collar practice group as a partner, resident in its Washington, D.C., office.
Jason Winter is a co-chair of the legal malpractice group at Reminger. His practice focuses on the defense of a wide range of professional liability, commercial, casualty and white-collar criminal matters, with an emphasis on the defense of legal malpractice and catastrophic injury disputes.
Ralph Winnie (LL.M.), director of global business development and the Eurasian Business Coalition’s China program, participated in a panel called “Scrambled Eggs: Economics for Breakfast” on May 16. He was also featured in a RIA Novosti article called “Russia, China, U.S. Need To Collaborate on Cyber Security to Safeguard Trade”; quoted in several articles in the Asia Pacific Defense Forum on Indonesia and appeared on CCTV commenting on Chinese President Xi Jinping’s South Korea visit.
Vance Antonacci (LL.M.) was recognized as a “Pennsylvania Rising Star” for 2014 in the area of estate planning and probate. He chairs the estate planning practice group at McNees, Wallace & Nurick.
Jamie B. Beaber (LL.M.) has joined Mayer Brown as a partner in the firm’s Washington, D.C., office. He was previously a partner at Steptoe & Johnson.
Jason Blacksberg was appointed senior vice president, general counsel of Acadia Realty Trust. He was previously with Davis Polk & Wardwell.
Anthony F. Cavanaugh has joined the business litigation practice at Arnold & Porter, working in the firm’s Washington, D.C., office.
Grace Shie has joined Mayer Brown as a partner in its Washington, D.C., office. Shie, who is fluent in Mandarin, has held leading global immigration positions in both Washington, D.C., and Hong Kong. She serves as a global leader in the firm’s global mobility practice, focusing on inbound and outbound Asian migration.
Patrick Wojahn was recognized by the LGBT Bar as one of the top LGBT lawyers under 40. He is the director of government relations at Rails-to-Trails Conservancy in Washington, D.C.
Devin Chwastyk was recognized as a “Pennsylvania Rising Star” for 2014 in the area of business litigation. He practices in the litigation department at McNees, Wallace & Nurick and is also a member of the appellate and post-trial practice and education law groups.
David Fauvre has been elected counsel at Arnold & Porter. His practice includes complex commercial litigation, white-collar criminal defense matters and business and political law counseling. A member of the firm’s business litigation group in Washington, D.C., Fauvre represents companies and individuals in criminal investigations and state attorney general actions with a particular focus on representing companies in the pharmaceutical industry.
Brian K. Friedman was recognized by the LGBT Bar as one of the top LGBT lawyers under 40. He is litigation counsel at JetBlue Airways.
Lonnie Giamela has been named to the “2014 Southern California Rising Stars” list by Super Lawyers. Giamela is a partner at Fisher and Phillips. He represents clients from small businesses to Fortune 500 companies in issues ranging from fair employment to intellectual property, wage and hour, independent contractor classification and medical leaves.
Phillip Bower was named to In Business magazine’s 2014 “Class of 40 under 40.” The issue celebrates the success of 40 rising young business stars in the Madison, Wisc., area. Bower is a shareholder in the Madison office of Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek.
Eric J. Goldberg recently joined the law firm of Littleton Joyce Ughetta Park & Kelly as a partner in its New York City office. “It’s a litigation boutique with five offices around the country that focus on complex commercial litigation, with an emphasis on products liability defense,” he writes. “Prior to joining Littleton Joyce, I was with Pepper Hamilton.”
Durham C. McCormick (LL.M.) has joined McGuireWoods’ tax and employee benefits department as a partner in the firm’s Houston office. McCormick comes to McGuireWoods from the Seattle office of Gordon Thomas Honeywell.
Joshua B. Pond has joined Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton, working in the firm’s Washington, D.C., office. Pond is a partner in the intellectual property department and a member of the patent litigation team.
Patrick Oot (LL.M.) has joined the Washington, D.C., office of Shook, Hardy & Bacon as a partner in the eDiscovery, data and document management practice. Oot comes to the firm from his position as senior special counsel for electronic discovery in the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s Office of the General Counsel.
Adam M. Lusthaus has joined the wills, trusts, and estates department of Greenspoon Marder. He concentrates his practice in the areas of estate planning, probate and trust administration, business succession and tax planning, and tax-exempt organizations.
Gordon R. Smith was recognized as a leading lawyer by Chambers & Partners in the field of environmental law. He practices at Verrill Dana in Portland, Maine.
Joshu Harris has joined the Norfolk County, Mass., district attorney’s office, covering the southern suburbs of Boston. He was also appointed to the American Bar Association’s Stand your Ground Legal Standards Committee. Harris published an article in the Spring 2014 issue of The Philadelphia Lawyer called “Becoming a More Effective Lawyer By Becoming a More Ethical Lawyer: An Appellate Lawyer’s Perspective.”
Nury Yoo has been appointed to serve on the board of the Albuquerque Bar Association. She is an attorney with Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck.
Nicholas C. Wittich was named a “Texas Rising Star,” reserved for the top Texas attorneys who are 40 years old or younger, or have been in practice fewer than 10 years. He is an associate at Winstead.
Andrea Baron (LL.M.’10) has joined the finance and acquisitions department of Davis Graham & Stubbs as an associate. Baron focuses her practice on investment management and securities law.
Bradley R. Gardner has joined the Kansas City office of Polsinelli, working in the firm’s loan enforcement practice.
Jacqueline R. (Ambrose) Root, a medical malpractice associate in the Tampa office of Roig Lawyers, has been selected as a “Model of Success” by the Dunedin Fine Art Center. The Center hosts an annual “Wearable Art” show, showcasing designs of 10 artists; young professionals in the community were selected to model the artists’ designs. Root modeled the designs of Lina Teixeira at the August fundraiser.
Seth Engel was sworn in as an Avocat à la Cour d’appel de Paris (the Paris Bar). “The swearing-in ceremony was fantastic, complete with inspiring speeches, great friends, impressive locales, and a brigade of bright, freshly-minted French attorneys,” he writes.
John Freese has joined Kirkland & Ellis as a corporate associate in the New York office. He was previously with Simpson Thacher and Bartlett.
Martha Goodman, an associate at Boies Schiller and Flexner in Washington, D.C., and Swathi Bojedla, an associate at Hausfield, were part of a team representing a group of current and former college athletes in their antitrust lawsuit against the National Collegiate Athletic Association. The plaintiffs prevailed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California in August. They were the only two associates on the trial team, Goodman says. “I know that my training at Georgetown Law well prepared me for the fast-paced work that trial entails,” she notes.
Roger Gordon was named one of the “100 Most Creative People in Business” by Fast Company. Gordon is the co-founder and president of Food Cowboy, which assists truckers in delivering unneeded food to shelters.
Michael A. Sisitzky was recognized by the LGBT Bar as one of the top LGBT lawyers under 40. He was previously a staff attorney at Immigration Equality in Washington, D.C., and is now policy counsel at the New York Civil Liberties Union, where he focuses on education reform and efforts to protect students’ privacy rights.
Andrew Rusniak (LL.M.), an attorney with the law firm of McNees Wallace & Nurick, has been elected to the board of directors of the Lancaster County (Pa.) Estate Planning Council. He will serve on the board of directors through 2017. Rusniak is a member of the estate planning and business counseling practice group in the firm’s Lancaster office.
Aaron E. Reichlin-Melnick was awarded an Immigrant Justice Corps fellowship, the country’s first fellowship program dedicated to meeting the need for high-quality legal assistance for immigrants seeking citizenship and fighting deportation. He is one of 25 Justice Fellows for 2014.
David Wilkins (C’11) was awarded an Immigrant Justice Corps fellowship, the country’s first fellowship program dedicated to meeting the need for high-quality legal assistance for immigrants seeking citizenship and fighting deportation. He is one of 25 justice fellows for 2014.
Caroline Heicklen was chosen to join the Gideon’s Promise Summer Law Clerk Program in 2014. The clerks will assist public defender offices in the Southeast that partner with Gideon’s Promise, a nonprofit organization working to mobilize and train public defenders to provide the highest quality representation to people unable to afford an attorney.
Pierre Hines was awarded one of six Diversity Scholarships from Latham & Watkins in March. A graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point with a B.S. in economics, Hines is currently earning his law degree at Georgetown. A former captain with the U.S. Army Intelligence Center of Excellence, Hines traveled to army bases in the United States and abroad to oversee the training, quality assurance and development of intelligence sensors. Hines recently completed an externship at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
Noah Gimbel (F’10) was awarded a 10-week summer fellowship from the Peggy Browning Fund, which supported approximately 70 public interest labor law fellowships nationwide in 2014. He spent the fellowship at CASA de Maryland in Silver Spring.