1990s Class Notes
Michael Drenan (LL.M.) has joined Jackson Lewis as a shareholder in the firm’s San Diego office. He was previously a partner at Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo. For more than 20 years, Drenan has counseled and represented employers in such matters as wrongful discharge, tort claims related to employment, employment discrimination, sexual harassment, unfair competition cases and wage and hour matters.
Jon Kahn has joined Lippman Jungers, a global legal recruiting firm, as a senior managing director of the firm’s New York operations. Kahn has more than 20 years of experience in the legal industry, serving as a capital markets partner at White & Case and Morrison & Foerster. He began his corporate legal career at Cahill Gordon & Reindel, where he handled high-yield transactions. Prior to joining Lippman Jungers, Kahn was the founder and president of JEK Partners, where he conducted partner and senior-level searches and group acquisitions in the U.S. and abroad.
Harris M. Livingstain (LL.M.) has been named to the 2015 North Carolina Super Lawyers list in the category of estate and probate. A partner with McGuire, Wood & Bissette, Livingstain works with issues relating to estate planning as well as trust and probate administration. He also represents owners of closely held or family businesses, provides general income tax planning and represents taxpayers before the IRS and Department of Revenue regarding audit and collection matters.
James C. Adams II was recognized as a “local litigation star” in the area of general commercial in the 2015 edition of Benchmark Litigation. He was also recognized in the 2014 edition of Super Lawyers Business Edition and the 2015 edition of North Carolina Super Lawyers for business litigation. Adams is a partner at Brooks Pierce in Greensboro, N.C.
C. Erik Gustafson, who is the litigation department leader at LeClairRyan, has been named the 2014-2015 chair of USLAW NETWORK, an organization composed of more than 100 independent, defense-based law firms with more than 7,000 attorneys. Gustafson has served on the USLAW board of directors since 2004 and has held a variety of leadership roles.
Christine Stoneman was named principal deputy chief of the federal coordination and compliance section of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division. She leads a team focused on enforcement of civil rights laws that prohibit discrimination by recipients of federal funds.
Lynne McGhee (LL.M.) was named vice president and general counsel at California Water Service Group. She previously served as associate corporate counsel and corporate secretary, advising the executive team on regulatory, commercial, real estate, risk management and other matters; managing legal proceedings; negotiating major vendor contracts; and overseeing corporate governance. McGhee has also served as staff counsel at the California Public Utilities Commission and as a legal adviser to two commissioners.
John D. Singer, a partner with and co-founder of Singer Deutsch, a securities and employment law firm with offices in New York City, Los Angeles and San Francisco, and Jennifer Zeller, a 1994 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and a vice president at Interscope Geffen Records, announce the birth of their son, Sebastian Julian, on August 18, 2014. Sebastian Julian joins big sister Maya Jolie, age 2. John, Jennifer, Maya and Sebastian reside in New York City. John, who has been named a 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 “Super Lawyer” for the New York City Metro Area, provides legal commentary on CNBC and Bloomberg Television concerning Wall Street employment issues. John can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Michael R. Thornton was included in the 2015 Best Lawyers in America in the category of real estate law. He is a partner at Smith Anderson in Raleigh, N.C.
Maureen M. Carr has joined Wisler Pearlstine as an associate in the school law department. She previously served as a mediator for the Chester and Montgomery County, Pa., court custody mediation programs.
Richard Gastineau (LL.M.) has been appointed chief operating officer and general counsel of Y-Prime, a clinical products and consulting company. He joins Y-Prime after co-founding Beacon Bioscience, a clinical research organization in the medical imaging field.
Susan Kovarovics, a partner at Bryan Cave in Washington, D.C., is the president-elect of the Women’s Bar Association of the District of Columbia. In her practice, she counsels foreign and domestic parties regarding international business regulatory matters.
Catherine M. (Clayton) Farrelly has joined Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz as a partner and co-chair of the firm’s trademark and brand management group. She has more than 15 years of experience in trademark and copyright law.
J.J. Harwayne Leitner has joined Davis Wright Tremaine’s New York office as counsel. She has been advising nonprofit organizations on tax, corporate governance and complex corporate transactions for 15 years and has a multidisciplinary practice representing tax-exempt organizations of all types and sizes. Previously, she was an associate at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom.
Gwynne Guzzeau is executive director of the Gestalt International Study Center, a nonprofit learning center located in Wellfleet, Mass., that teaches individuals and organizations how to increase their impact through training, coaching and consulting. Guzzeau has been affiliated with GISC for a number of years as a faculty member, professional associate and certified coach. Her article, “Communication Counts: Coaching Strategies for Estate Planning Professionals,” was published in the November-December 2012 issue of ABA’s Probate & Property journal.
Holly O’Neill (LL.M.) has been named partner in the West Palm Beach office of Broad and Cassel. She is a member of the estate planning and trusts practice group.
Michael J. Pitts has been elected to the American Law Institute. The latest group of 50 members includes judges, lawyers and legal academics hailing from 15 states and the District of Columbia, along with two new international members. Pitts is a professor at Indiana University’s McKinney School of Law.