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1980s Class Notes


Greg Falk (LL.M.) has joined BDO USA, an accounting and consulting organization, as the principal and tax lead of the transaction advisory services practice. He works in the New York City office. 

James T. Lantelme has earned a Master of City Planning degree from the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to his return to school, he had served as assistant general counsel overseeing regional open bank offices for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.


Bishop Dr. Cynthia Bolden Gardner (F’78) announces her “Elevation to Apostle [on] June 28, 2015, and my assignment as presiding bishop of the National Regeneration Fellowship of Christian Churches.” An author of many books, Gardner writes: “I finally attained Amazon Kindle bestseller status for Castaway Cradles, and the sequels Crumbsnatchers and God, Grace & Grit for the King’s Kids Bootcamps are published.” 

Rudolph Houck (LL.M.) writes that he received the German Order of Merit (Verdienstkreuz am Bande), the equivalent of the U.K.'s Order of the British Empire. "Not many Americans have it and those are mostly naturalized Germans," he writes. "I mention this to Georgetown because its exchange program with the University of Frankfurt during 1979-81 was the start of the career which led to the honor." 


Kim J. Askew, a partner with K&L Gates in Dallas, received a 2015 Spirit of Excellence Award from the American Bar Association’s Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession during an award ceremony luncheon last February at the ABA Midyear Meeting in Houston. This award recognizes lawyers who work to promote a more racially and ethnically diverse legal profession. Askew was also honored in April with the “Maura Women Helping Women” award, recognizing those who have led the way in improving the lives of women and girls in North Texas. 

EB5 Capital announced that Leslie (Lulu) Gordon is now serving as the firm’s senior vice president and general counsel. With over 25 years of experience in law and finance, Gordon oversees the firm’s legal affairs including offerings, contracts, compliance and outside counsel. She also manages project filings, investor reporting and other operational functions for the firm. She is admitted to practice law in both California and New York, and operates out of EB5’s San Francisco office.

Ilise Levy Feitshans writes, “I have the honor of preparing a handbook for parliamentarians of the Council of Europe regarding the convention against counterfeit medicines and similar crimes, the so-called Medicrime Convention. My thesis award speech for the 2014-2015 academic year, ‘Forecasting Nano Law Implications for Public Health,’ was presented at the University of Lausanne on May 8, followed by a stay as scholar-in-residence at the Brocher Foundation in Switzerland and then teaching at the ‘Nanotexnology’ summer institute at the University of Aristotle in Thessaloniki, Greece. Husband is well; son graduated law school last year and is engaged to be married in Texas; daughter is a poet and librarian … at Columbia University.”


Laura O’Hara has been named executive vice president and general counsel of Santander Bank, responsible for providing overall legal support. O’Hara has more than 30 years of legal experience, most of them in the financial services industry. She comes to Santander from the Royal Bank of Scotland/Citizens Financial Group, where she spent three years as executive vice president and general counsel for the consumer and commercial banking divisions. 

Diane Shapiro Richer has been named to the 2015 edition of Washington, D.C., Super Lawyers in the field of real estate law. She is a principal in Ober|Kaler’s real estate and finance groups.


Stephen Siegel, of counsel in the Miami office of Broad and Cassel, has been named to the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce board of directors. Siegel’s experience and depth of knowledge in the health care arena and his service as vice chair of the health care committee led to his appointment to the board. Siegel is a member of Broad and Cassel’s health law and white-collar defense and compliance practice groups and was recently certified in health care compliance by the Health Care Compliance Association. 


Gina Carter (F’78), a shareholder in the Madison, Wis., office of Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek, has joined the Redwood Credit Union (RCU) Services Group’s board of directors. The Redwood Credit Union is one of the largest credit unions in northern California, and it sets strategy and policies for RCU Services Group, a credit union service organization that offers consumer and business insurance. Carter leads the credit union law team at Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek. She has been selected by Chambers USA as an outstanding IP litigator every year since 2005, selected as one of the top 250 Women in Litigation by Benchmark Litigation since 2012, and selected as one of the Best Lawyers in America in Intellectual Property Law and Litigation since 2011.

Leslie B. Kiernan has joined Akin Gump as a partner in its litigation practice in Washington, D.C. Kiernan served most recently as senior adviser to the U.S. Mission to the United Nations. From 2011 to 2014, she served as deputy assistant to the president and deputy White House counsel. Prior to her tenure with the White House, Kiernan was a litigation partner at Zuckerman Spaeder. 


Alex Busansky, along with a leading group of national juvenile and criminal justice reform experts, recently launched a new nonprofit organization called Impact Justice. Impact Justice is “a national innovation and research center that is committed to reducing the number of people involved in our juvenile and adult criminal justice system, improving conditions for those who remain incarcerated, providing meaningful opportunities for success for those rejoining our communities and improving justice outcomes for crime victims,” he writes. “I would love to hear from any of my old classmates at” 

Phil West (LL.M.) is chair of Steptoe & Johnson and head of the firm’s transactions and tax department.  He is consistently ranked among the best tax practitioners in publications such as Chambers USA, Chambers Global, and the Legal 500.


Ian C. Ballon (LL.M.), a shareholder at the international law firm Greenberg Traurig, was named to the 2015 Daily Journal’s list of top intellectual property lawyers in California. Ballon, selected as one of the Top 75 IP Litigators, has consistently been named to the Daily Journal’s “Top Intellectual Property” list since its first publication in 2003.

Daniel T. Brier, a founding partner at Myers Brier & Kelly in Scranton, Pa., has become a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, admitted during the College’s 2015 spring annual meeting in Key Biscayne, Fla. He has been named one of the “Top 100 Attorneys in Pennsylvania” annually since 2011, has been chosen a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer every year since 2005 and has received the highest ranking available from his peers by Martindale-Hubble for more than a decade.

Barry S. Schaevitz has joined Fox Rothschild’s New York office as a partner in the litigation and corporate departments. Schaevitz, an experienced attorney and former New York assistant attorney general, will continue his corporate litigation, regulatory and government relations practice.

Juan Villar published articles in the March 2014 issue of Intellectual Property Magazine and in the September 2014 issue of the Federal Circuit Bar Journal (Vol. 24 No. 1) relating to the America Invents Act.


James Moriarty (LL.M.) has joined Chesapeake Utilities as vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary. He will oversee the company’s legal affairs by managing the company’s internal legal functions and managing outside counsel. Moriarty has over 25 years of experience representing leading companies on diverse energy projects. He was previously a partner at Locke Lord in Washington, D.C.

Carol Steinour Young, a member of the law firm of McNees Wallace and Nurick, was inducted into the Libris Society of Chestnut Hill College at the school’s 90th anniversary gala. Created in 2005, the Libris Society recognizes graduates who exemplify Chestnut Hill’s motto of fides, caritas and scientia (faith, charity and knowledge) and are outstanding representatives of their alma mater. She graduated from Chestnut Hill in 1982.

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