1970s Class Notes
Robert M. Krakow reports that “Complicit,” his documentary film on the SS St. Louis, was broadcast in South Florida on PBS. The show “will include a post-film discussion with myself and noted presidential historian Dr. Robert Watson,” he writes.
Jack Waddey Jr. was included in the 2014 Intellectual Property (IP) Stars List. He is a partner at Waller Landsen Dortch & Davis and co-leader of the firm’s IP practice group.
Robert C. Falsani has been named to the College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers. He is a founding partner at Falsani, Balmer, Peterson, Quinn & Beyer.
Paul W. Shaw was named in the 2015 Best Lawyers in America in the area of health care law. He practices in the Boston office of Verrill Dana.
James B. Astrachan, principal of Astrachan Gunst Thomas, was named a “Lawyer of the Year” in the category of intellectual property litigation by Best Lawyers. In December, Astrachan was named to the International Trademark Mediators Network by the International Trademark Association. His nine-lawyer firm was also given a Tier 1 ranking in the 2015 edition of U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms.”
Thomas C. Papson writes, “I retired from McKenna Long & Aldridge at the end of 2013, after 34 years at the firm doing government contracts and commercial litigation. I am now a volunteer staff attorney at the Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia, working in the consumer law unit. I also am teaching procurement law as an adjunct professor at the George Washington University Law School.”
Scott E. Thomas, former chairman of the Federal Election Commission, has joined Campaign Legal Center’s board of directors. Thomas is currently co-leader of the public policy and political law practice at Dickstein Shapiro.
David L. Shain, an attorney with Ferguson Case Orr Paterson, was selected by the Ventura County (Calif.) Bar Association (VCBA) to receive the Ben E. Nordman Public Service Award. The honor recognizes Shain’s longtime commitment to aiding county residents in need through his many community volunteer activities and legal work with the Volunteer Lawyer Services Program and VCBA Pro Bono Committee. Shain received the award at VCBA’s annual Installation and Awards Dinner on Nov. 15.
Richard Galin has been elected chairman of the State Bar of Nevada’s administrative law section. “I practice corporate, securities and banking law with the firm of Gordon Silver in Las Vegas, one of Nevada’s oldest and largest law firms,” he writes. “I also publish a ‘Business Contracts and Raising Capital’ blog at www.richardgalin.com.”
Van R. Mayhall Jr. (LL.M.) will serve as chairman of the board for the Baton Rouge Area Chamber in 2015. A senior partner at Breazeale, Sachse and Wilson, Mayhall practices in the areas of corporate and business law, business transactions, tax and securities, and insurance regulatory matters.