1980s Class Notes
Louis A. Dejoie was named to the list of the 2015 Best Lawyers in America in the area of international trade and finance law. He is a member of the Harrisburg office of McNees Wallace & Nurick and chairs the firm’s international law practice group.
Bishop Dr. Cynthia King Bolden Gardner (F’78) is helping to open the Sojourner Truth Academy, a 501(c)(3) school in Leake County, Miss., “where the poverty, drop out and racial components are deplorable,” she writes. For more information see www.theaglespeaksgoodnews.com.
Alan R. Friedman has joined Fox Rothschild as a partner in the firm’s New York office. Friedman focuses his entertainment practice on contract matters, copyright and trademark disputes and participation/royalty claims involving motion pictures, music releases and television shows. He was formerly a general counsel for Miramax Film Corp.
Richard M. Blau has been named a “Florida Super Lawyer” for 2014 in the area of administrative law and was also recognized on the 2015 Best Lawyers in America list of outstanding attorneys. He chairs the alcohol beverage and food department at GrayRobinson in Tampa and presides over the firm’s alcohol industry team.
Scott M. Desmond has rejoined Dorsey & Whitney as a partner in the technology commerce practice of the corporate group, part of the firm’s New York office. Desmond, an associate and partner at Dorsey from 1988 to 2006, was most recently a partner and of counsel at the New York office of Greenberg Traurig.
Gregory Oberland was named president of Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance, as reported in BizTimes.com (Milwaukee Business News). He previously served as executive vice president of products, sales and marketing.
Ilise Feitshans earned a doctorate in international relations at the Geneva School of Diplomacy in June with the thesis Forecasting Nano Law: Risk Management Protecting Public Health Under International Law. “I am often asked why I came back to school for my Ph.D. in international relations, and I say very simply, ‘I don’t know enough,’” says Feitshans, a former international civil servant at the United Nations with a masters of science in public health from Johns Hopkins University. During her doctoral studies she gave over 40 seminars and webinars for lawyers, doctors, engineers and the general public about the transdisciplinary intersection of law, science, human rights and public health involved in law and policy decisions about nanotechnology. “I’m fascinated by the question, how will the benefits of nanotechnology be realized, while minimizing the risks?”
Stephen R. Kern (LL.M.’84) was named to the list of the 2015 Best Lawyers in America in the area of employee benefits (ERISA) law. He is a member of the Harrisburg office of McNees Wallace & Nurick and chairs the firm’s employee benefits group.
Fern O’Brian has joined Sedgwick as a partner in the firm’s Washington, D.C., office, focusing on regulatory matters involving product liability and toxic torts, as well as health-effects litigation. She was previously with Thompson Hine.
Keith C. Jones was named to the 2015 list of The Best Lawyers in America. He is a partner in the Portland, Maine, office of Verrill Dana.
Alan N. Tawshunsky, the deputy division counsel/deputy associate chief counsel for employee benefits at the Internal Revenue Service, was a speaker at the 6th Annual National Healthcare Reform Conference September 20-24 in Washington, D.C.
Christopher W. Mahoney has joined D.C.-based Shapiro, Lifschitz & Schram in the firm’s trial practice group. He is also vice president of the firm.
Bradley J. Gunnison (LL.M.) was named to the list of the 2015 Best Lawyers in America in the area of corporate and tax law. He is a member of the Harrisburg office of McNees Wallace & Nurick and co-chairs the firm’s business group.
Richard L. Wirthlin retired from Latham & Watkins after a 26-year career as a partner in the firm’s Los Angeles office. He was the founding global chair of the firm’s sports, media and entertainment practice, as well as a founding member of the international law and communications practices. Wirthlin was managing partner of Latham’s Moscow office, where he oversaw the firm’s Eastern European practice for four years. His practice focused on international mergers and acquisitions, media, sports, entertainment, global and complex business joint ventures, telecoms, private equity, venture capital and international business transactions. He and Joni continue to reside in Los Angeles. They have been married for 33 years and have seven children, two sons-in-law and two grandchildren. He can be reached at email@example.com.
Jennifer L. Fuller (LL.M.) was recognized as “Best in Tax Dispute Resolution” by Euromoney at its 2014 America’s Women in Business Law Awards, honoring the best women attorneys in North America. Fuller is a partner with the tax group of Fenwick & West in California.
Robyn Nordin Stowell, a partner in the Phoenix office of Stinson Leonard Street, has been ranked among the top legal practitioners in the United States in the 2014 edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, in the category of nationwide leisure and hospitality. Stowell represents private clubs, developers and member groups in the purchase, sale and financing of golf and club assets and turnovers in master-planned communities.
Carol Steinour Young was named to the list of the 2015 Best Lawyers in America in the area of mass tort litigation and class actions. She is a member of the Harrisburg office of McNees Wallace & Nurick and practices in the firm’s litigation and injunction practice groups.