1980s Class Notes
Eshel Bar-Adon received the San Diego Business Journal’s 2013 General Counsel Award in the Publicly Traded Medium category. He is executive vice president, specialty finance, and chief legal officer of BofI Federal Bank, working in San Diego, Calif.
JoAnne Zawitoski received one of 28 “Leadership in Law” awards from The Daily Record, Maryland’s business and legal newspaper. The award recognizes members of Maryland’s legal community for their career accomplishments, community involvement and mentoring activities. She is a principal in Semmes, Bowen & Semmes’ maritime and business litigation practice groups.
Richard P. O’Leary (C’78) has joined the New York office of Troutman Sanders as a partner in the firm’s business litigation practice. He was a partner at McCarter & English.
Charles S. Birenbaum is a partner at Greenberg Traurig, chairing the firm’s northern California offices. He joins the firm from Winston & Strawn, where he was a senior member of the labor and employment practice, former managing partner of the San Francisco office and former member of the firm’s executive committee.
Richard M. Blau was named to the 2014 Best Lawyers in America list in the area of food and beverage law. He was also appointed chairman of Feeding America Tampa Bay, the largest food bank in Central Florida. Blau practices in the Tampa office of GrayRobinson.
Ruben Gotlieb (LL.M. ’82, LL.M.’89) is a partner at Arnstein & Lehr’s Miami office. He has an extensive background in international estate tax law, international estate planning, domestic estate planning and estate administration.
Ilise Levy Feitshans, a visiting scientist at the Institute for Work and Health at the University of Lausanne and a doctoral candidate at the Geneva School of Diplomacy, published “Nanotechnology and Government Debated Along Geneva’s Lake” in The Monitor, a technical publication. She also attended a conference on “Law and Science of Nanotechnology: Perfect Together? A Public Discourse About the Emerging Issues of Our Times” in Geneva, Switzerland. Feitshans finished her doctoral thesis and was recently married at the Mairie de Collonge-Bellerive in Geneva. “Unable to attend [our] 30th reunion because of my honeymoon!” she writes.
John G. Stafford (LL.M.) has joined Husch Blackwell’s Washington, D.C., office as part of the firm’s technology, manufacturing and transportation team. He was previously a partner in the Washington, D.C., office of Greenberg Traurig.
Keith Ann Stiverson, director of the Illinois Institute of Technology’s Chicago-Kent Law Library, has been elected vice president/president elect of the American Association of Law Libraries.
John Bulman and his firm, Little Bulman Medeiros & Whitney, joined Pierce Atwood in December. Bulman, a partner, has 25 years’ experience in construction and commercial trial matters in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and other states.
Keith C. Jones was recognized in The Best Lawyers in America 2014. He practices in the Portland, Maine, office of Verrill Dana.
Kevin J. Hamilton, a partner and chair of Perkins Coie’s labor and employment practice and its retail and consumer products group, has been elected a member of the American Law Institute, the leading independent organization in the United States producing scholarly work to clarify, modernize and otherwise improve the law. Hamilton, who works in Perkins Coie’s Seattle office, focuses his practice on labor and employment counseling and litigation.
Martha M. Kendrick was honored at the Professional Women in Advocacy conference in Washington, D.C., in December, for representing clients before Congress in virtually every major piece of health, Medicare and Medicaid legislation during the past 20 years. She is a partner at Patton Boggs.
Sara Crown Star has co-produced “Handle With Care,” a romantic comedy that opened in December at New York’s Westside Theatre. “A young Israeli woman reluctantly travels with her grandmother to America,” Playbill.com states in its synopsis of the play. “Fate and hilarious circumstances bring together the young woman, who has little command of English, and a young American man with little command of romance.”
Dorothy B. Coleman was honored at the Professional Women in Advocacy conference in Washington, D.C., in December for outstanding leadership during the fiscal cliff crisis of 2012. She is an attorney/lobbyist for the National Association of Manufacturers.
David A. Dorey has been elected chair of the litigation section of the Delaware State Bar Association. He is a partner at Blank Rome.
Douglas A. Wickham has been named a “Client Service All-Star” by the BTI Consulting Group. Wickham has 27 years of trial, appellate, arbitration and complex litigation experience in a full range of employment and labor matters. He is a shareholder in the Los Angeles office of Littler Mendelson.
Frederick R. Fucci has joined the New York office of Troutman Sanders as a partner in the energy practice. He was previously a partner at Dickstein Shapiro.
Edward N. George III (F’74, LL.M.) was named to the 2014 edition of Louisiana Super Lawyers in the area of business/corporate law. He is a partner at Chaffe McCall.
Kevin G. McGuire is the founder of McGuire Associates, a leading consulting firm specializing in compliance with state and federal disability laws. He recently founded AbleRoad, a company that connects people with accessible places, and launched ableroad.com, a website and app that allows people with disabilities to review public spaces or businesses. “I truly believe AbleRoad will change the world in many positive ways,” said McGuire, who is working to make AbleRoad not only a tool for people with disabilities, but a brand of its own that will one day lend its seal of approval to a variety of products and services. As a child of a parent who is aging, McGuire says, “I’ve found there is no certification program for medical products like walkers and grab bars. … I would like our website and app to be able to direct people to AbleRoad-approved goods, services and contractors.”
Marlon A. Primes has been appointed chair of the litigation section of the Ohio State Bar Association. He has served as assistant U.S. attorney in the Office of the U.S. Attorney, Northern District of Ohio, since 1992, and handles matters involving torts, contracts, medical malpractice and financial litigation.
Matthew A. Taylor has been elected a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. He is chairman of the trial practice group at Duane Morris.