1980s Class Notes
José P. Ceppi, former assistant general counsel of Chrysler Group, has joined Miller Canfield as of counsel in the firm’s international and automotive practices. He is based in the firm’s Troy, Mich., office.
John F. Lauro (C’79) was inducted as a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, recognizing trial attorneys in the United States and Canada. John is the founder of the Lauro Law Firm and a former federal prosecutor in New York. He practices white-collar criminal defense and commercial litigation in Florida and New York.
Martha Jo Wagner has been named president of the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel, a not-for-profit organization formed in recognition of legal and social policy issues affecting the regulation and management of pension, retirement, group health, welfare and disability plans. She is of counsel at Griffith & Wheat in Washington, D.C.
Ilise L. Feitshans received a prize for the best research in biology and preventive medicine (Prix de la Fondation de medecine sociale et preventive) for 2014 from the University of Lausanne last September. Feitshans was selected in part for her research and her thesis entitled “Forecasting Nano Law: Risk Management Protecting Public Health Under International Law.”
Kirby D. Behre has joined Miller & Chevalier’s Washington, D.C., office as a member of the litigation department, representing companies and individuals globally in government investigations, criminal prosecutions, complex business litigation and regulatory matters. He practiced previously with Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker.
Richard A. Solomon, host and producer of “Taking Care of Business” (tcbradio.com, WCWP 88.1 FM), is celebrating 10 years on FM radio. Solomon’s “first broadcast of the year featured acclaimed musician Kasim Sulton, who has played with Meat Loaf, Todd Rundgren’s Utopia, Joan Jett and Blue Öyster Cult,” he writes.
Kathryn L. Tucker, executive director of the Disability Rights Legal Center and visiting associate clinical professor of law at Loyola Law School, has been selected for a Fulbright Specialists Project in New Zealand. Tucker will present lectures discussing the evolving landscape in law, policy and medicine in the United States, governing end-of-life care, and the trend toward empowering terminally ill patients with more information and control at the end of life.
Matthew Fitzmaurice (C’82) has founded EcoAlpha Asset Management, an investment management firm. EcoAlpha invests in companies that are providing solutions to the issues arising from overburdened global resources. EcoAlpha has specifically identified water, agriculture and energy efficiency as the key recipients of what it sees as a massive, multi-decade reallocation of capital.
Eric Rapkin, a partner with Akerman’s Real Estate Practice Group, is the managing partner of the firm’s Fort Lauderdale office.
Edward N. George (F’74, LL.M.) was included in New Orleans Magazine’s 2014 rankings for top lawyers in the areas of banking and finance, mergers and acquisitions, tax, and trusts and estates law. George was also included in the 2015 Super Lawyers list for Louisiana. He is a partner at Chaffe McCall.
Miles L. Plaskett (B’85) has been named a partner at Duane Morris. He focuses his practice on corporate and municipal finance, including project finance, with an emphasis on renewable energy and infrastructure projects, many of them in the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Caribbean.
Dr. Scott D. Gelfand was recently promoted to head the Department of Philosophy at Oklahoma State University. He is also the founding director of the Ethics Center at Oklahoma State.
Jeffrey E. McFadden has joined Stradley Ronon as a partner in the firm’s Washington, D.C., office. He was most recently chair of the securities litigation and enforcement practice group at Steptoe & Johnson. McFadden has nearly 25 years of experience litigating cases in state and federal courts and administrative forums across the country. He represents corporations and individuals in high-stakes civil and criminal litigation, administrative enforcement matters and arbitrations.
John R. Washlick (LL.M.) was appointed to Bloomberg BNA’s Health Law Reporter editorial advisory board. Washlick is a health care shareholder at Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney.