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Vanderbilt Law School is a special place. We are committed to scholarship and passionate about teaching. We demand intellectual rigor but do so in a welcoming environment. We embrace our rich traditions but constantly seek to innovate and improve. We celebrate individual achievement but place even more value on the accomplishments of the school as a whole.

Our alumni and friends are essential to the success of the Law School. We need your participation to inform us about current developments in law and legal practice, to suggest ways for us to improve the educational program for our students, to interview our applicants and hire our students, and to support us financially. In traveling from city to city, and trying to meet as many of our alumni and friends as possible, I have been repeatedly struck by the level of commitment and the deep reservoir of good will that exists toward the Law School. It is truly gratifying to know that we have already succeeded so well, and I believe that this success will serve as the basis for our further advances. The members of the Board of Advisors listed below are among our strongest supporters and most active participants. We appreciate their commitment to the Law School and the opportunity to work together toward continued success.

Chris Guthrie
Dean and John Wade-Kent Syverud Professor of Law


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Ms. Samar Subhi Ali received her BS from Vanderbilt University in 2003 and her JD from Vanderbilt Law School in 2006.

Attorney
Bass Berry & Sims PLC
150 Third Avenue South
Suite 2800
Nashville, TN 37201
Phone: (615) 742-7863
Email: samar.ali@bassberry.com


Mr. Nii-Amar Amamoo is a business developer for a legal outsourcing group at Pangea3 (of Thomson Reuters) in New York. Prior to his current position, he was a senior associate in the Creditors' Rights and Bankruptcy Group at Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman LLP. There, Nii-Amar represented creditors' committees, bondholders, lenders, trade creditors, landlords, distressed debt purchasers, equity holders, indenture trustees and other significant parties-in-interest in many of the nation's largest in-court and out-of-court restructurings. Nii-Amar received his JD from Vanderbilt Law School in 2007.

Director
Pangea3 (of Thomson Reuters)
530 5th Avenue, 7th Floor
New York, NY 10036
Phone: (646) 300-2386
Email: Nii-Amar.Amamoo@thomsonreuters.com


The Hon. Tamara W. Ashford received her JD from Vanderbilt Law School in 1994.

Judge
United States Tax Court
400 Second Street, NW
Washington, DC 20217
Phone: (202) 521-0822
Email: jashford@ustaxcourt.gov


Mr. Andrew T. Bayman received his JD from Vanderbilt Law School in 1989.

Partner
King & Spalding LLP
1180 Peachtree Street, NE
Atlanta, GA 30309-3512
Phone: (404) 572 3583
Email: abayman@kslaw.com


Mr. Gregory Bressler serves as General Counsel of SunAmerica Asset Management, LLC and Deputy General Counsel for AIG Consumer Insurance.  Before joining SunAmerica in 2005, Mr. Bressler served as Director of U.S. Asset Management Compliance for Goldman Sachs Asset Management, L.P. and Deputy General Counsel for Credit Suisse Asset Management, LLC.  He began his legal career with Werner & Kennedy before joining Swidler Berlin Shereff Friedman, LLP.

Mr. Bressler speaks regularly at conferences in the financial services areas, including topics relating to registered investment companies, private funds, investment advisers and broker-dealers.  He has also written articles concerning these topics, including articles published in The Investment Lawyer and The Review of Securities & Commodities Regulation.  He is a member of committees of the Investment Company Institute and the New York City Bar Association Committee on Investment Management Regulation.

Mr. Bressler is a graduate of State University of New York at Binghamton, B.S., magna cum laude, and Vanderbilt University School of Law (Class of 1991), J.D., where he served as Managing Associate Justice of the Moot Court Board.

AIG Consumer Insurance
SunAmerica Asset Management, LLC

Harborside Financial Center
3200 Plaza 5
Jersey City, NJ 07311-4992
Phone: (201) 324 6363
Email: gbressler@aig.com


Mr. Walter R. Burkley received his JD from Vanderbilt Law School in 1996. He is the Senior Vice President and Senior Counsel, Fund Business Management Group for the Capital Research and Management Company in Los Angeles, CA.

Senior Vice President and Senior Counsel, Fund Business Management Group
Capital Research and Management Company
Los Angeles, CA


Mr. Jeremiah Cioffi  received his JD from Vanderbilt Law School in 2018 and currently serves as the ex-officio board member. He is a U.S. Army Captain, currently expected to post at Fort Sill, OK in the fall. 

3121 Long Boulevard
Nashville, TN 37203
Email: jeremiah.j.cioffi@vanderbilt.edu

Mr. James W. Cuminale received his JD from Vanderbilt Law School in 1978.

Partner, General Counsel
PJT Partners
280 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10017
Phone: (212) 364 7170
Email: cuminale@pjtpartners.com


The Hon. Martha Craig Daughtrey received both her BA (1964) and her JD (1968) from Vanderbilt University, where she was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Order of the Coif. She is currently a member of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, having been appointed to that position by President Clinton in 1993. Prior to that, she served as an associate justice on the Tennessee Supreme Court (1990-1993) and as an associate judge on the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals (1975-1990). Before her appointment to the Court of Appeals, Judge Daughtrey was an assistant professor of law on the Vanderbilt Law School faculty (1972-1975). Periodically, she has also served as a lecturer in law (1971-1972) and as an adjunct professor of law (1982-83; 1988-90) at Vanderbilt. She was formerly an assistant district attorney in Nashville (1969-1972) and an assistant U.S. attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee (1968-69). She is currently a member of the Council of the ABA Section on Legal Education and Admission to the Bar and a long-time faculty member of the Appellate Judges Seminar at New York University School of Law.

Senior Judge
US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
300 Customs House
701 Broadway
Nashville, TN 37203
Phone: (615) 736 7678
Email: martha_c_daughtrey@ca6.uscourts.gov


Ms. Rana B. Diorio earned her AB cum laude from Duke University in 1988 and her JD from Vanderbilt University Law School in 1991. She has been helping companies to grow ever since. As an investor, investment banker, and lawyer, she has helped management teams achieve their corporate objectives from raising equity or debt, to acquiring companies or assets, to hiring key employees to developing and executing strategic plans. She has helped to raise over $4 billion in public equity and debt and $400 million in private equity; she has completed advisory transactions representing nearly $3 billion in aggregate transaction value. Throughout her career, she has worked for Pillsbury Madison & Sutro, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, Alex. Brown & Sons, Merrill Lynch, Banc of America Securities, and North Point Advisors.

In 2009, Rana founded Little Pickle Press, an award-winning publisher of children's media. Little Pickle Press became March 4th, Inc. in 2016. She remains an active growth capital investor and serves on the Advisory Boards of The JG/JB Group at Merrill Lynch and shiftalliance. She lives in San Francisco with her two daughters, Ryan (7) and Alex (6), and her son, Beckett (3).

Chairman & CEO
March 4th, Inc. (formerly Little Pickle Press)
San Francisco, CA
Phone: (415) 340-3344
Email: rana@march4thinc.com


Mr. Ike Lawrence Epstein assumed the role of Chief Operating Officer at Zuffa, LLC, which owns and operates the Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC®), the world's premier mixed martial arts (MMA) organization, in October 2012. He previously served as the Company's Executive Vice President and General Counsel since August of 2007. In his role as Chief Operating Officer, he is responsible for all of Zuffa's worldwide operations.

Prior to joining Zuffa, Epstein was a Partner and the President of the Nevada based law firm Beckley Singleton, which joined with Lewis and Roca in 2007. Epstein's private practice focused on business litigation and encompassed transactional work including contracts relating to MMA, boxing and other entertainment businesses. He is rated AV (Preeminent) by Martindale Hubbell and has been featured in numerous publications, including the American Lawyer, Corporate Counsel, Vanderbilt Lawyer magazines and the Sports Business Journal.

Epstein is also the President of IKE Gaming, Inc., the owner of the El Cortez Hotel and Casino. The El Cortez operates over 1,000 slot machines, 20 table games and 354 hotel rooms in Downtown Las Vegas, Nevada. Epstein has maintained a non-restricted gaming license in the state of Nevada since 1992.

A life-long resident of Nevada, Epstein has also been involved in numerous civic and charitable organizations. He is currently a member of the Board of Trustees of The Meadows School, a private non-sectarian pre-K through-12 institution.

Epstein holds a Juris Doctorate (1992) and a Bachelor of Arts (1989) from Vanderbilt University and is a current member of the Vanderbilt Law School Board of Advisors.

Senior Executive Vice President
Chief Operating Officer
UFC

Las Vegas, NV
Phone: (702) 588 5544
Email: lepstein@ufc.com


Mr. Zach Fardon received his BA in 1988 and his JD in 1992 from Vanderbilt. Former U.S. Attorney Fardon is now Managing Partner and Head of Litigation of King & Spalding’s Chicago office and a partner in the Special Matters and Government Investigations practice.  A Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, Zach specializes in bet-the-company civil and criminal trials as well as high-stakes government and internal investigations.   In the private sector, Zach previously chaired the Litigation Department for the Chicago office of one of the world’s largest law firms.  He remains deeply involved in Chicago charitable missions, and has served on multiple not-for-profit Boards of Directors advocating for the broader Chicago community. He is married to Rachel Fardon, JD ’94. 

 

Managing Partner and Head of Litigation
Partner in Special Matters and Government Investigations
King &Spalding
Chicago, IL
Email: zfardon@kslaw.com


 Ms. Sara J. Finley previously served as Senior Vice President and General Counsel of CVS Caremark Corporation (now CVS Health), a Fortune 15 pharmaceutical services company based in Rhode Island.  In March 2011, she became Senior Vice President of Legal Affairs and served in a senior advisory role until her retirement from the company in April 2015.  She was with CVS Health and predecessor companies for almost 20 years and has been based in Nashville since 2003. Prior to joining CVS Caremark, she was a partner at the Kutak Rock law firm in Atlanta, Georgia. She graduated from the University of Alabama in 1982 and received her law degree from Vanderbilt University in 1985. In addition to serving on the Vanderbilt Law School Board of Advisors, she is a board member and former Board Chair of The Land Trust for Tennessee, Board Chair of The Nashville Food Project, an Alive Hospice board member, a member of the University of Alabama President’s Cabinet and a member of the Rotary Club of Nashville.  She currently serves as principal of Threshold Corporate Consulting, LLC. She received her JD from Vanderbilt Law School in 1985. Sara is the current president of the Board of Advisors (spring 2018 - fall 2020).

Principal
Threshold Corporate Consulting, LLC
Email: sjfinley509@aol.com


Mr. Harrison J. Frahn IV, known as Buzz, is a partner at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett. Buzz practices in Silicon Valley, and helped found Simpson Thacher's office there in 1999. His focus is on litigating cases for high tech companies, and as lead trial counsel, he has tried to verdict multiple cases, including complex patent disputes. Buzz, a Nashville native, graduated from Vanderbilt Law in 1996. While at Vandy, he was an articles editor of the Law Review and a member of Order of the Coif. Before law school, Buzz received his undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia in 1989. Buzz lives in Palo Alto, California with his wife Anne, a founder of the non-profit Teachers for a Better Belize, and their two children. He is an avid skier, sailor and mountain biker.

Partner
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, LLP
2550 Hanover Street
Palo Alto, CA 94304-1115
Phone: (650) 251 5065
Email: hfrahn@stblaw.com


Mr. Matthew Gabriel is co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of XRI Energy Services, a water exploration, production and services company that provides safe, reliable and environmentally conscience water solutions to the oil & gas industry.  Mr. Gabriel also co-founded and serves as a Partner with Entia Ventures.   Previously, Mr. Gabriel was a VC and fund manager with Sandbox Industries and the BlueCross BlueShield Venture Fund in Chicago, Illinois and co-founder of HealthBox, an early-stage healthcare-focused business and technology “accelerator.” He received his JD from Vanderbilt Law School in 2003.

Co-Founder, CEO
XRI Energy Services
Midland, Texas


Ms. Sarah Gabriel currently serves as Managing Director of Entia Ventures, a closely-held portfolio of high-growth, technology-focused companies spanning a variety of industries, including defense + security, energy services, healthcare and telecom.  Ms. Gabriel was previously a corporate/capital markets Partner at Kirkland & Ellis, LLP in Chicago.  In addition, Ms. Gabriel serves on the Board of Support our Scholars, a non-profit organization that provides college scholarships to low-income students. She received her JD from Vanderbilt Law School in 2004.

Managing Director
Entia Ventures
Winter Park, Florida


Mr. Frank M. Garrison attended Vanderbilt University where he graduated in 3 years while earning a double major in Business and Economics (B.A. '76) and Vanderbilt School of Law (J.D. '79). Mr. Garrison practiced commercial law with Farris, Warfield and Kanaday specializing in securities, creditor's rights and other commercial/corporate matters until 1982 when he became involved in the real estate and service company finance business. Until July 2003, held the title of Office of the Chairman of Insignia Financial Group, Inc., a New York City based and NYSE publicly traded real estate services and Investment Company and President of Insignia Financial Services, Insignia's investment banking and principal investment arm. Mr. Garrison was directly responsible for and oversaw or personally negotiated over 60 acquisitions of operating service companies, 90 public tender offers, multiple financing of both debt and equity for Insignia and the sale of various divisions and ultimately the remaining business in several public company transactions the last of which occurred in July 2003. In addition, Mr. Garrison was responsible for managing Insignia's principal real estate investment business which acquired over $5 billion of assets and managed joint venture relationships with a variety of institutions. Mr. Garrison presently serves as President of C-III Capital Partners, an operating company sponsored by Island Capital Group, LLC a New York based investment firm in which he is a partner. C-III Capital Partners is a real estate advisory, investment and service firm of over 400 employees and is the largest special servicer of CMBS overseeing a portfolio of approximate $130 billion. C-III Investment Management also oversees an investment portfolio of over $2 billion. Mr. Garrison previously also previously served as President of Courage Capital Management, LLC a registered investment advisor with approximately $1 billion under management and offices in Nashville, Los Angeles and Mumbai, India. Mr. Garrison has served as a member of the Board of the Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority, the President of the Board of Trustees of University School of Nashville, and serves as a Board member of the Frist Center for the Visual Arts, the Vanderbilt University School of Law National Council, the Board of Cumberland Heights and Belcourt Yes! He is married to Amy Price Garrison and has 2 children, Price and Julia. His oldest child, Julia, graduated from Johns Hopkins University in 2012 and is employed as a paralegal in the Washington, D.C. office of the New York law firm of Richards, Kibbe and Orbe and his son is a rising senior at New York University.

Principal
Island Capital Group LLC
One American Center
3100 West End Avenue, Suite 1230
Nashville, TN 37203
Phone: (615) 783-1021
Email: fgarrison@islecap.com


Mr. David R. Gelfand is a Partner in the New York office of Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy and a member of the firm's Litigation & Arbitration Group. A partner since 1996, he served from 2001 through 2009 as the Practice Group Leader of the Litigation Department. He joined the firm in 1987.

Mr. Gelfand's practice is highly diversified, with a concentration in complex civil and corporate litigation. He regularly represents financial institutions and corporations in class actions, securities and bankruptcy litigation cases. He has tried jury and non-jury trials in state and federal courts throughout the country and has extensive experience representing clients in fiduciary and estate litigation. Mr. Gelfand serves on the Disciplinary Committee of the New York State Supreme Court, First Department. He is a member of the Board of Directors of The Fund for Modern Courts, a nonprofit organization committed to improving the administration of justice in New York. Mr. Gelfand is also a member of the American Bar Association, the DC Bar Association and the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, where he served on the Committee on Judicial Administration. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of The Green Vale School.

He has been recognized as one of the leading lawyers in America for general commercial litigation by Chambers USA, Benchmark Litigation and New York Super Lawyers. Mr. Gelfand has authored articles and lectured on various aspects of litigation and trial practice as well as serving as an editor of the Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law. He earned his B.A. from Vanderbilt University in 1984 and his J.D. from Vanderbilt Law School in 1987.

Partner
Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP
1 Chase Manhattan Plaza
New York, NY 10005-1413
Phone: (212) 530 5520
Email: dgelfand@milbank.com


Ms. Soraya Ghebleh  received her JD from Vanderbilt University Law School in 2017. Prior to attending law school, she received her undergraduate degree from Boston University in 2011, where she was a recipient of the Trustee Scholarship. Soraya received her master’s degree in Public Health in 2013 from The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice. During and after graduate school, Soraya worked with the Attorney General of Vermont and spent time conducting policy research. While at Vanderbilt, Soraya was the Symposium Editor of the Vanderbilt Law Review, and also held leadership roles in the Law and Business Society, Intellectual Property Association, and the Legal Aid Society. Soraya served as the Chair of the Public Interest Stipend Fund Auction during both her 2L and 3L years. She is an associate in the health law practice group at Hogan Lovells in New York City. She is engaged to Mike Keskey, JD ’16, who is an associate at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP.

Hogan Lovells
875 3rd Avenue
New York, NY 10022
Phone: (602) 885-9911
Email: soraya.ghebleh@hoganlovells.com


Mr. Mitch Glazier received his JD from Vanderbilt University Law School in 1991. He received his undergraduate degree from Northwestern University in 1988. After serving as law clerk to the Honorable Judge Wayne R. Andersen, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of IL, Glazier practiced law at the Chicago firm of Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg. He then served as Chief Counsel for Intellectual Property to the Judiciary Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives. He is currently President of the Recording Industry Association of America, where he has been for the past 18 years. Among other volunteer work, he is Chairman of the Board of Musicians on Call, a charity that brings the healing power of music to the bedsides of patients in hospitals. He lives with his wife, Carly, in Bethesda, MD. 

President
Recording Industry Association of America
1025 F Street NW, FL 10
Washington, D.C. 20004
Phone: (202) 775-0101
Email: mglazier@riaa.com


 Mr. Joshua A. Green is the Founder and President of Raven Capital Management LLC and is the Chief Investment Officer of the Raven Funds.  Josh specializes in the direct origination of investment opportunities, structuring and oversight of portfolio investments.   He is also responsible for the strategic and cultural direction of the Firm.   Prior to founding Raven Capital, Josh was a Managing Director with Merrill Lynch & Co., Inc. based in New York.  He started his career at Merrill Lynch Trust Company and held various roles in the firm’s fixed-income division in both New York and London.   In 1998, Josh founded Merrill Lynch’s Alternative Assets Group where he pioneered an asset-based principal finance investment strategy.  From 1998 through 2007, Josh and his team executed over $12 billion of principal transactions across multiple asset types, including transportation, receivables, intellectual property, specialty finance, commercial real estate and infrastructure in both public and private markets.  He received a B.A. from Lafayette College ’92 and a J.D. from Vanderbilt University Law School ‘95.  Josh currently splits his time between SoHo, New York and Santa Monica, California.

Josh is married to Sarah Beaumont Green and has two daughters, Darby and Florence Green.  Josh is a member of the Lafayette College Leadership Council.  He is an avid road runner and supporter of Shoe4Africa.org, NY Flyers, NY Road Runners and USA Track & Field.

Founder, President and Chief Investment Officer
Raven Capital Management LLC
2009 Montana Avenue
Santa Monica, CA 90403
Phone: (917) 545-5834
Email: josh@ravencm.com


Mr. Jay Grushkin received his JD from Vanderbilt Law School in 1982.

Partner
Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP
28 Liberty Street
New York, NY 10005-1413
Phone: (212) 530-5346
Email: jgrushkin@milbank.com


Mr. Scott Hastings received his JD from Vanderbilt Law School in 1997. Before becoming a partner at Locke Lord LLP, he was a law clerk to Judge John Minor Wisdom, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit. He received his BS from Louisiana State University. He is an active member of the American Law Institute, and has written numerous publications concerning the Supreme Court. He lives in Dallas, TX with his wife, Jodie, and their two children. 

Partner
Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell LLP
2200 Ross Avenue, Suite 2800
Dallas, TX 75201
Phone: (214) 740-8537
Email: shastings@lockelord.com


Mr. Robert D. Hays Jr. received his JD from Vanderbilt Law School in 1983.

Chairman
King & Spalding LLP
1180 Peachtree Street, NE
Atlanta, GA 30309
Phone: (404) 572 4600
Email: rhays@kslaw.com


Mr. Abrar Ahmed Hussain received his JD from Vanderbilt Law School in 1998.

Managing Director
Elixir Capital

541 Cowper Street, Suite D
Palo Alto, CA 94301
Phone: (650) 434 2902
Email: abrar.hussain@elixircap.com


Mr. Justin R. Ishbia is the Managing Partner of Shore Capital Partners, a Chicago-based lower middle market private equity firm that specializes in partnering with companies that have between $5 and $50 million of revenue. Prior to founding Shore, Justin worked as an investment professional at Valor Equity Partners, a Chicago-based private equity firm. At Valor, Justin worked on investments across a variety of industries, however he spent the majority of his time on healthcare investments. Prior to joining Valor, Justin was an attorney in the private equity group of Kirkland & Ellis. At Kirkland, Justin was involved in more than 25 private equity transactions, including leveraged buyouts of private and public companies, recapitalizations, divestitures, debt financings, venture capital investments, executive compensation, and private equity fund formations. Justin is the Chairman of Sirona Infusion, a Shore Capital portfolio company.

Outside of the office, Justin is a member of the Vanderbilt University Law School National Council and the Rush University Medical Center Associates Board. Additionally, Justin has been a guest lecturer at Loyola University of Chicago Law School and the Thunderbird School of Global Management.

Justin received his Juris Doctorate from Vanderbilt University Law School in 2004. Justin earned a Certificate of Law and Business from the Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Management and a B.A. in Accounting from Michigan State University. Justin is a member of the State Bar of Illinois and a Certified Public Accountant.

Managing Partner
Shore Capital Partners, LLC
One East Wacker Suite 400
Chicago, IL 60601
Phone: (312) 348-7579
Email:
jishbia@shorecp.com


Ms. Laurin Blumenthal Kleiman (Laurie) received her BA from Vanderbilt in 1980 and her JD from Vanderbilt Law School in 1983. 

Partner
Sidley Austin LLP
787 7th Avenue
New York, NY 10019
Phone: (212) 839-5525
Email: lkleiman@sidley.com


Mr. Ross M. Levin received his JD from Vanderbilt Law School in 1996. After graduating, Ross went to work for his father in a family business in South Florida, Gold Coast Beverage Distributors.  Ross started at Gold Coast just days after it was purchased and went to work as head of Human Resources.  Over 18 years at the company, he served in many different roles such as Legal Director, General Manager, Sr. VP of Operations and IT, and finally as Vice Chairman. In early 2015, Gold Coast was sold, and Ross started JLAM Holdings, LLC to manage his investments and search for future business acquisitions.

Principal
JLAM Holdings, LLC
Charlotte, NC
Phone: (954) 415 8567
Email: rossmlevin1@gmail.com   


Ms. Tricia T. Lin received her JD from Vanderbilt Law School in 1991.

Senior Legal Advisor
MetricStream, Inc.
2600 E. Bayshore Road
Palo Alto, CA 94303
Phone: (408) 307 5114
Email: tricia_lin@yahoo.com


The Hon. James C. Mahan is a U.S. district judge for the District of Nevada, sitting primarily in Las Vegas. Judge Mahan graduated from the University of Charleston in 1965 and served in the U. S. Navy for four years before attending Vanderbilt Law School. While at Vandy he was selected to serve as a member of Vanderbilt's national moot court team.
Following graduation in 1973, he and his wife Eileen returned to Las Vegas, where they had lived before law school, and he began practicing law, primarily business, construction and real estate law. In 1982 he formed his own firm, Mahan and Ellis, where he continued practicing law for seventeen years and received an "A" rating from Martindale Hubbell.

He was appointed to the state court bench in 1999 and was the first business court judge, receiving the highest ratings of any judge in the Review Journal biennial survey of lawyers in 2000 and 2002, when he was appointed to the federal bench. Since 2005 he has served as an adjunct professor at the Boyd School of Law at UNLV.

Judge
United States District Court for the District of Nevada
333 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Suite 6085
Las Vegas, NV 89101
Phone: (702) 464 5520
Email: James_Mahan@NVD.uscourts.gov


Mr. Stephen C. Mahon is the Global Managing Partner of Squire Patton Boggs, based in London, England.  His practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, private equity investing and corporate financing activities.  He also provides advice to clients, including boards of directors, on corporate governance, securities law, strategic investments and joint ventures.

Prior to becoming the firm’s Global Managing Partner, Steve held a number of other leadership positions within the firm including Global Business Practice Leader, a member of the firm’s Management Committee from 2004 through 2008, and chair of the Private Equity Practice Group.

Steve is listed in The Best Lawyers in America and serves on The Best Lawyers in America Board of Advisors.  In addition, he has been recognized as a Super Lawyer by Thomson Reuters and as one of New York’s Top Rated Lawyers by ALM, publisher of The American Lawyer, The New York Law Journal and Corporate Counsel.  Steve also has consistently maintained an AV rating from the Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings, the highest ranking for legal ability and professional ethics.

Steve (VU B.A. 1986; J.D. 1989) served on the staff of the Vanderbilt Law Review as a 2L and as Articles Editor as a 3L.  He is admitted to practice in New York, the District of Columbia and Ohio and lives in London, England with his wife Jodi (VU B.S. 1988).  Steve and Jodi have two daughters, Tori (VU B.S. 2016) and Sarah (VU B.A. 2018).  

Global Managing Partner
Squire Patton Boggs
7 Devonshire Square

London EC2M 4YH
ENGLAND
Phone: (513) 361-1200 
Email: stephen.mahon@squirepb.com


Mr. James B. Miller,  Jr. has been Chairman of Fidelity Southern Corporation, Holding Company for Fidelity Bank, since 1979. He is a board member of American Software, Inc., Interface, Inc., and the Atlanta USO. Mr. Miller received his BA from Florida State University in 1961 and his LLB from Vanderbilt Law School in 1964. After graduating, he served as a lawyer for the U.S. Army Redstone Arsenal Facility in Alabama and clerked for Justice Thomas of the Florida Supreme Court. He became Staff Counsel to the Florida Legislature and Special Assistant Attorney General for the State of Florida from 1966 to 1968. Mr. Miller then served as a Stockbroker for Bache & Company (1968-1969) and later as an Investment Counselor for C&S National Bank (1969-1971). In 1971, he became President of Ageka Wohnungsbau GmbH and Mudrack Eisfabrik in Berlin, Germany, until 1977. He serves on the Boards of the Carlos Museum at Emory University (past Chairman), The Buckhead Coalition (past Chairman), the State Botanical Garden of Georgia, the Atlanta Jr. League Advisory Board, the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games, the Atlanta Opera, and the Florida State University College of Business Board of Governors. He and his deceased wife, Karina L. Miller (VU PhD.), have three children, including Elizabeth (VU BA), and four grandchildren.

Chairman
Fidelity Bank
3490 Piedmont Road, Suite 1550
Atlanta, GA 30305
Phone: (404) 240 1501
Email: jmiller@lionbank.com


Mr. John-Paul Motley is Managing Partner of O’Melveny’s Los Angeles office, serves on the Firm’s Policy Committee and is a member of the Firm’s Capital Markets Practice. John-Paul has experience in securities law matters, mergers and acquisitions, and other general corporate law matters. He represents issuers and underwriters in equity offerings, such as initial public offerings, private placements, and secondary offerings, as well as debt offerings, from high-yield offerings to investment grade issuances. In addition, John-Paul advises public companies with securities law compliance, disclosure issues, and corporate governance matters.  John-Paul received his JD/MBA from Vanderbilt University in 1999 and earned his undergraduate degree in accounting from the University of Memphis in 1995.

Managing Partner
O'Melveny & Myers LLP, Los Angeles
400 South Hope Street, 18th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90071
Phone: (213) 430-6100
Email: jpmotley@omm.com


Mr. W. Patrick Mulloy  received his BA in 1974 from Vanderbilt University, where he majored in history, economics and philosophy and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa Society, Omicron Delta Kappa Society, and the Raven Society. He attended Vanderbilt University Law School as a Patrick Wilson Merit Scholar and also served as the Executive Articles Editor for the Vanderbilt Law Review. After receiving his J.D. in 1977, he practiced law in Louisville, Kentucky until 1996, serving two years from 1992 to 1994 as the Secretary of Finance for the Governor of Kentucky. Since 1996, Mr. Mulloy has served as President and CEO of three senior housing companies. He currently serves as CEO of Elmcroft Senior Living, a national provider of senior housing services in approximately 100 communities in 19 states, serving nearly 9,000 residents and patients. Mr. Mulloy is currently the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Bellarmine University in addition to his service on the Board of Advisors. Mr. Mulloy resides in Louisville, Kentucky with his wife Francie O. Mulloy (B.S.'75, M.S.'77). They have two children: Patrick and Mollie (B.A. 2005) and three grandsons, Wip, Duncan, and William.

CEO
Elmcroft Senior Living
9510 Ormsby Station Road, Suite 101
Louisville, KY 40207
Phone: (502) 753 6001
Email: pmulloy@elmcroftseniorliving.com


Ms. Julie A. Ortmeier received her JD from Vanderbilt Law School in 1998. She became Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary for CARFAX, Inc. in August 2013 and has responsibility for overseeing all of CARFAX's legal matters as well as the legal matters of London, Ontario-based CarProof Corporation, an affiliated company. Julie joined CARFAX in July 2008 as Associate General Counsel and became Deputy General Counsel in 2012 before assuming her current role.

Prior to joining CARFAX, Julie was with the American Red Cross from 2001 until 2008 as Senior Counsel, also serving as Corporate Secretary for the Board of Governors Finance Committee and managing counsel to Pathogen Removal and Diagnostic Technologies Inc., a for-profit biotechnology joint venture undertaken by the American Red Cross in partnership with a Montreal-based company. From 2000 to 2001, Julie was with Enermetrix.com, Inc., serving as Associate General Counsel. Julie began her career in September 1998 in the Richmond, VA office of McGuireWoods until leaving in 2000 to join McGuireWoods' client Enermetrix.com. Inc. 

Julie is admitted to practice in the Commonwealth of Virginia (1998) and the District of Columbia (2007). She is a member of the Association of Corporate Counsel and completed the KPMG Executive Leadership Institute for Women in 2014. 

Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary
CARFAX, Inc.
5860 Trinity Parkway Ste 600
Centreville, VA 20120
Phone: (703) 934 2664 x4298
Email:julieortmeier@carfax.com


Mr. Les Payne received his BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Tennessee in 1989 and his JD from Vanderbilt Law School in 1992. Since then, his practice has focused on the prosecution and defense of actions at the trial and appellate levels, with a heavy emphasis on patent infringement litigation in Federal Courts throughout the country.  He is a founding partner of Heim, Payne & Chorush, LLP in Houston, TX, which focuses on intellectual property and antitrust litigation.

Partner
Heim, Payne & Chorush, L.L.P.
1111 Bagby, Suite 2100
Houston, TX 77002
Phone: (713) 221-2003
Email: lpayne@hpcllp.com


Mr. Robert F. C. Perry received his MBA from the Owen Graduate School of Management and his JD from Vanderbilt Law School in 2013. He is Executive Vice President & Corporate Counsel for XMi Holdings, Inc. The name of the company changed to Clearbrook Holdings Corporation in 2017.

Managing Principal
Clearbrook Holdings Corporation
Nashville, TN


Mr. Robert S. Reder had over 33 years of experience in transactional practice as a New York-based partner of Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy, where he practiced in the firm's mergers and acquisitions and corporate groups from 1978 until his retirement in 2011. He became a partner in the firm in 1987 and was co-leader of the firm's global corporate practice group from 2005-09. Bob represented clients from a variety of industries, including financial services, healthcare, manufacturing and technology, in M&A and capital market transactions, and advised them on a variety of corporate governance matters.

Bob is an editorial advisor and a frequent contributor to The Corporate Counsel, a professional journal, and to BNA Corporate Accountability Report. He is a member of the American and New York State Bar Associations.

While earning his J.D. at Vanderbilt Law School (class of 1978), he was an articles editor of the Vanderbilt Law Review and was elected to the Order of the Coif. Following his retirement from Milbank, Bob was named a Professor of the Practice of Law at Vanderbilt Law School, where he teaches courses in transactional M&A practice, corporate governance and commercial drafting. 

Professor of the Practice of Law
Vanderbilt Law School
131 21st Avenue South
Nashville, TN 37203
Phone: (615) 322-2615
Email: robert.reder@Law.Vanderbilt.Edu


Mr. Brian D. Rogers received his JD from Vanderbilt Law School in 1994.

Partner
Fried Rogers Goldberg LLC
3560 Lenox Road NE, Suite 1250
Atlanta, GA 30326
Phone: (404) 591-1827
Email: buck@frg-law.com


Mr. Eduardo G. Roy is a founding partner of Prometheus Partners LLP, a San Francisco law firm that focuses on start-up companies, intellectual property, entertainment, technology transactions and corporate law.  Mr. Roy was formerly a partner at DLA Piper. As lead counsel, he tried to verdict jury trials in the areas of trademark infringement, trade secret, international financial transactions, bank fraud, mortgage fraud, improper lobbying activities, government contracts and securities fraud. He has also successfully argued numerous Ninth Circuit appeals.

In 2005 and 2007, the San Francisco Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, along with the San Francisco Business Times named Eduardo Roy as one of the 25 most influential Hispanics in the Bay Area. Mr. Roy has been named a Northern California Super Lawyer on multiple occasions in Law & Politics and San Francisco magazines, and ranked as one of the 10 most influential African Americans in San Francisco by Cityflight magazine in 2006. Mr. Roy has an AV® rating by Martindale-Hubbell. Mr. Roy currently serves as general counsel to the National Latino Peace Officers Association (NLPOA) from 2002 through Present.

Mr. Roy is a former faculty member for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy. His teaching experience includes presenting courses in grand jury investigations at the U.S. Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration, complex litigation for the National Black Prosecutor's Association, trial advocacy at Stanford Law School, and appellate advocacy at Boalt Law School.

Founding Partner
Prometheus Partners LLP
220 Montgomery Street, Suite 1094
San Francisco, CA 94104-3413
Phone: (415) 370 4375
Email: eduardo.roy@prometheus-law.com


Mr. James F. Sanders, a senior Member of the Nashville, Tennessee law firm of Neal & Harwell, PLC, earned his J.D. from Vanderbilt School of Law in 1970, and his B.A. in 1967. Among highlights of Jim's Vanderbilt years was his participation in Vanderbilt Commodore Football as a split-end and flanker. Jim has been an active Vanderbilt alum by serving as a lecturer-in-law, as well as on various advisory Chancellor-appointed boards, and on reunion committees. Prior to joining Neal & Harwell in 1978, this Johnson City, Tennessee native, served judicial clerkships for the Honorable William E. Miller, United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit (1970), as well as the Honorable Frank Gray, Jr., Chief Judge for the United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee (1972-'75). Thereafter, he became a trial attorney in the felony section of the Seattle-King County Washington Office of the Public Defender (1975-'77). He also served in the United States Army (1971-'72). Concentrating his law practice on trial work, both civil and criminal, and the defense of white collar criminal investigations, Jim has handled matters and tried cases, primarily in the federal courts, throughout the continental United States and Alaska. His more publicized trials include the defense of John Landis in the "Twilight Zone" trial and Exxon Shipping in the Exxon Valdez proceedings. He has been involved in several multi-month civil trials, defending Exxon Mobil Corporation, in Maryland state court. Jim is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. He is also a Fellow of the Tennessee and Nashville Bar Foundations as well as a Member of the American, Tennessee & Nashville Bar Associations and Supreme Court Historical Society. His community involvement includes serving as Chairman of the Franklin Road Academy Board of Trustees from 1999-2001. Jim has been listed & recognized by, among others, The Best Lawyers In America, Corporate Counsel Magazine, Chambers USA, Mid-South SuperLawyers Magazine, Tennessee Lawyer Magazine, Business Tennessee Magazine, and Nashville Business Journal Best of the Bar. His clients include individuals as well as several Fortune 500 companies. Jim and his wife, Cheryl, reside on Cold Saturday Farm in Brentwood, Tennessee. They are the proud parents of Vanderbilt alumni Courtney Sanders Muse, Ph.D., Isaac Sanders, J.D., and Nathan Sanders, J.D., as well as the devoted grandparents to Madeline Rose Muse, Jameson Wolff Muse, and James Lincoln Sanders.

Member
Neal & Harwell, PLC
150 Fourth Avenue North, Suite 2000
Nashville, TN 37219
Phone: (615) 244 1713
Email: jsanders@nealharwell.com


Mr. Mark Schein received his JD from Vanderbilt Law School in 1991.

Chief Compliance Officer & Managing Director
York Capital Management
767 Fifth Avenue, 17th Floor
New York, NY 10153
Phone: (212) 300 1372
Email:
MSchein@yorkcapital.com


Mr. Gaurav Sud received his BA in English from Amherst College in 2002 and his JD from Vanderbilt Law School in 2007. He is managing director at AON in San Francisco. Prior to his work with Aon, Gaurav was an associate with Fenwick & West and Shearman & Sterling, and a corporate paralegal with Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz. He lives in the San Francisco Bay area and is married to Anne Hawkins Sud, JD ’06.

Managing Director
AON
199 Fremont Street, Floor 15
San Francisco, CA 94105
Phone: (650) 335-7818
Email: gaurav.sud@gmail.com


Mr. M. Wade Turner received his JD from Vanderbilt Law School in 1997. He is the former executive vice president and general counsel at Academy Sports Outdoors, now senior vice president and general counsel for the McNair Group. 

Senior Vice President and General Counsel
The McNair Group
109 North Post Oak Lane, 6th Floor
Houston, TX 77024
Phone: (713) 336 7847
Email: wade.turner@mcnairinterests.com


Mr. Bradford J. Williams III received his JD from Vanderbilt Law School and his MBA from the Owen Graduate School of Management in 1994.

Managing Director, Head of Product Development

Tudor Investment Corporation
1275 King Street
Greenwich, CT 06831-2936
Phone: (203) 863 8612
Email: brad.williams@tudor.com


Mr. Gregory L. Wilson founded Princeton Capital Partners in 2011 as a special project healthcare fund. He also founded Georgetown Capital Partners in 2008. GCP is a healthcare-focused fund designed primarily to leverage the operating experience of its partners while enhancing the strength of undervalued public companies. Prior to that, he was a Managing Director of Denali Partners. Denali Partners is a private equity firm primarily focused on healthcare, issues of aging and obesity, alternative energy, and special situations.  Prior to that Mr. Wilson was Chief  Financial Officer of Eclipsys Corporation (ECLP), a health information  technology company providing clinical, financial, and administrative  systems to hospitals.  Mr. Wilson served in various roles and helped the company grow from a small startup to one of the nation's largest HIT companies with a market capitalization exceeding $1 billion and over $250 Million in revenue. Prior to that Mr. Wilson was a Vice President  and Healthcare Equity Analyst at Lehman Brothers with a focus on  healthcare services, providers, and information technology. Mr. Wilson earned an AB in Economics with Honors from Princeton University and a JD from the Vanderbilt University School of Law.

Founder
Princeton Capital Partners LLC
56 Doublet Hill Road
Weston, MA 02493
Phone: (561) 379 2777
Email: glw@gpa3.com


Mr. W. Weldon Wilson is Chief Executive Officer of Resolution Life, Inc. Resolution Life acquires and manages life insurance companies in the US and has operations in Chicago, Stamford, CT, and Lincoln, NE. Through 2009, Weldon was a member of the Executive Board of Swiss Reinsurance Company, where he was responsible for acquisitions and operations of life insurance companies in the US and the UK. His other roles within Swiss Re included serving as CEO of Swiss Re's North American life reinsurance business, and General Counsel for Swiss Re's international life operations. Weldon resides in Redding, Connecticut with his wife, Elaine, and their dogs Petey and Lizzy.

CEO
Resolution Life
5600 N River Rd, Suite 300
Columbia Centre I
Rosemont, IL 60018
Phone: (203) 653 3891

Email: weldon.wilson@resolutionlife.com


Mr. G. Van Velsor Wolf Jr. received his JD from Vanderbilt Law School in 1973. After graduation, Van spent two years at Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy working on corporate matters, six months teaching law in Surabaya, Indonesia, and five years as Editor-in-Chief of the Environmental Law Reporter at the Environmental Law Institute in Washington DC. He also was founding editor of the Preservation Law Reporter at the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Since 1981, Van has practiced environmental law and natural resources law exclusively in Phoenix, Arizona, first as an associate and partner at Lewis and Roca for ten years, then for 21 years at Snell & Wilmer as a partner and "of counsel," and currently as "of counsel" at Salmon, Lewis & Weldon. In 2008-2009, Van was Chairman of the National Board of Directors of the American Cancer Society. For the last four years, Van has taught "Introduction to Environmental and Natural Resources Law" at the Sandra Day O'Connor Law School at Arizona State University.

Salmon, Lewis & Weldon, PLC
2850 E Camelback Road Suite 200
Phoenix, AZ 85016
Phone: (602) 801-9075
Email: vvw@slwplc.com