1990s Class Notes
Edwin M. Larkin III (C’87) has joined Harter Secrest & Emery as a partner in the firm’s litigation practice, working in Rochester and New York City. Previously, Larkin was with Edwards Wildman Palmer in New York, where he focused his practice on complex commercial litigation matters and electronic discovery issues, conducting trials and arbitrations in state and federal courts. Larkin is among the country’s most experienced electronic discovery practitioners.
Mark K. Lewis, the managing partner of Bracewell & Giuliani’s Washington, D.C., office, has been appointed vice chairman for the dean’s advisory board of the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland. His term commenced on July 1 and will run for one year, after which Lewis will become the chairman for a one-year term.
Steven B. Nesmith has joined the Washington, D.C., office of Reed Smith as counsel in its financial industry, financial services regulatory and government relations groups and as a member of the firm’s global regulatory enforcement practice. His practice includes assisting bank and non-bank clients in housing/mortgage, banking, financial services and international trade issues before Congress, regulatory agencies and the executive branch.
Barry J. Pollack was sworn in as president-elect of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) at the association’s 58th annual meeting in Denver, Colo., on July 26. Pollack previously served NACDL as its first vice president, second vice president, secretary, parliamentarian and member of its board of directors. He has served as a chair of the association’s White Collar Crime Committee and its Department of Justice Dialogue Committee and as vice chair of its National Security Committee. He is a member at Miller & Chevalier in Washington, D.C., where he represents individuals and corporations in criminal investigations, trials and other government enforcement proceedings.
Robert J. Kline (LL.M.) was recognized in Florida Trend magazine’s 2015 Florida Legal Elite. He is the senior partner practicing in Quarles & Brady’s estate, trust and wealth preservation practice group in Tampa, Fla., focusing on estate planning, probate, taxation, probate litigation, trust litigation, beneficiary litigation, and fiduciary liability, including the representation of trustees, personal representatives, executors and other fiduciaries.
Greg Cortés is retiring as the president and chief executive officer of Hugo Neu Americas — an affiliate of Hugo Neu Corporation, which is a privately owned 60-year-old corporation that brings strong experience to managing, building and investing in the recycling and real estate businesses. “Beyond his professional accomplishments, he has dedicated his life to helping others, like the day he arrived in Haiti following the devastating earthquake there in 2010,” a colleague writes, adding that Cortés spent two months working with the Catholic Church saving lives in Haiti, has worked tirelessly with environmental causes in Puerto Rico and has sponsored young people all around the world. “From his son to his grandkids all he keeps saying is ‘Go Hoyas.’… His hero is Dean Everett Bellamy, who told Cortés that in order to make it he would have to work 10 times harder than others. And he has!”
James P. Chou recently joined Moritt Hock and Hamroff as a partner in the firm’s litigation practice group. He concentrates his practice on all facets of complex commercial litigation for hedge funds, private equity funds, financial institutions and multinational corporations. Chou is an accomplished trial lawyer who has litigated major cases before various courts and tribunals. He also advises leading investment fund clients and their portfolio companies in managing and assessing litigation risks relating to highly sophisticated transactions.
Melissa Miller Proctor (LL.M.) has joined the national law firm Polsinelli as a shareholder in its Phoenix office. Proctor has extensive experience negotiating and advising manufacturers, retailers (including online retailers), importers and exporters on complex international trade issues involving customs law, export controls, embargoes and economic sanctions, anti-boycott compliance, federal and state agency requirements affecting imports and exports, and trade issues involving non-U.S. jurisdictions.
Chris Murphy (L’98) was named Georgetown University’s new vice president for government relations and community engagement in August. Murphy served for four years as chief of staff to Washington, D.C., Mayor Vincent C. Gray, where he managed the mayor’s executive office and furthered his major education, economic and community initiatives. Prior to that, Murphy served in the Obama administration as deputy chief of staff to the secretary of Housing and Urban Development and at Atlantic Media as general counsel and executive director of human resources. For eight years, he served as executive director of City Year Washington, D.C., a local chapter of the AmeriCorps national service program.
Frank Paganelli has joined Lane Powell as a shareholder in the business department. Paganelli works in the firm’s startups and emerging companies practice group, focusing his practice on social impact companies and investments.
Juan C. López-Campillo (LL.M.) formerly of Jackson Lewis, is of counsel in the Orlando office of Wilson Elser. He is a member of the firm’s national employment and labor and Latin America practices.
John J. Mahon has joined the Washington, D.C., office of Schulte Roth & Zabel as a partner in the investment management group, resident in the firm’s Washington, D.C., office.
Joseph R. Waala was promoted on June 1 from senior counsel to assistant general counsel at Talen Energy, the fourth largest publicly traded independent power producer in the United States.