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.
Dean and John Wade-Kent Syverud Professor of Law
Samar Subhi Ali received a BS from Vanderbilt University in 2003 and a JD from Vanderbilt Law School in 2006.
She is President and CEO of Millions of Conversations. As a conflict-resolution practitioner, she is a recipient of the White House Fellows IMPACT Award and Vanderbilt University’s Young Alumni Professional Achievement Award. Ali is a Young Global Leader with the World Economic Forum and a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Working at the intersection of civil rights, national security, and economic development, Ali served as a White House Fellow in President Obama’s administration and as Assistant Commissioner of International Affairs in Tennessee Governor Haslam’s administration. Ali is currently working on a memoir, From the Holy Land to the Heartland: Olives & Sweet Tea, about one family’s century’s long quest for peace through belonging.
She maintains her law practice through Bass, Berry & Sims and is a Commissioner on the Nashville Human Relations Commission. She received her JD and BA in Political Science from Vanderbilt University.
Bass Berry & Sims PLC
150 Third Avenue South
Nashville, TN 37201
Phone: (615) 742-7863
Nii-Amar Amamoo is a business developer for a legal outsourcing group at EY Pangea3 (of Ernst & Young LLP) 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 a JD from Vanderbilt Law School in 2007.
EY Pangea3 (of Ernst & Young LLP)
5 Times Square
New York, NY 10036
Phone: (919) 824-6555
The Hon. Tamara W. Ashford received a JD from Vanderbilt Law School in 1994.
United States Tax Court
400 Second Street, NW
Washington, DC 20217
Phone: (202) 521-0822
Andrew T. Bayman received a JD from Vanderbilt Law School in 1989.
King & Spalding LLP
1180 Peachtree Street, NE
Atlanta, GA 30309-3512
Phone: (404) 572 3583
Joey Blake received a JD from Vanderbilt Law School in 2020. He is a native of Charlotte, NC. As a 2L, Joey joined the staff of the Vanderbilt Journal of Entertainment & Technology Law. He served as 2019-20 President of the Vanderbilt Bar Association, which represents all VLS students, supports student-led organizations and plans events throughout the year. Joey worked at Haynes and Boone in Washington, D.C., during summer 2018, and at Winston & Strawn in Houston in summer 2019. He is an associate at Winston & Strawn in Houston.
14728 Madison Hill Court
Charlotte, NC 28273
Phone: (704) 813-7198
Julie Bracker (BS, 1993 and JD, 2002) is the managing partner of qui tam boutique firm Bracker & Marcus LLC in Atlanta, GA, which has returned more than $250 million dollars to the federal government. Julie has practiced exclusively as relator’s counsel in False Claims Act litigation since 2006. She has had the honor of arguing before the Eleventh, Ninth, and Sixth Circuit Courts of Appeal on FCA matters and currently serves on the Education Committee for Taxpayers Against Fraud (the national qui tam bar association). In addition, she was elected to the Board of Directors for the Georgia Chapter of the National Employment Lawyer's Association (NELA) in 2009 and to be its President in 2014. She now chairs in the NELA Success mentorship program and speaks regularly at the state and national level on FCA law and retaliation issues.
Prior to law school, Julie worked for Vanderbilt’s Learning Technology Center as a research associate, taught middle school in Fulton County, where she was named Teacher of the Year in 1999, and served as Fulton County Math Curriculum Director. While at Vanderbilt Law, she was inducted into the Order of the Coif; was executive student writing editor of the Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law; served on the Moot Court Board; and was a member of Head Notes acapella singing group. After law school, Julie started her career as a business litigation associate at Rogers & Hardin LLP in Atlanta.
Julie has been named a Super Lawyer by Thomson Reuters since 2015 and has consistently maintained an AV rating from the Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings, the highest ranking for legal ability and professional ethics. She is an active member of TAF, the American Bar Association, the Federal Bar Association, National NELA, and Georgia NELA, and serves as co-minister for Women’s Ministry programs at Burnt Hickory Church of Christ. She lives in Marietta, a suburb of Atlanta, with her husband Will, a privacy attorney for Cox Communications, Inc. and adjunct professor in data privacy at Georgia State School of Law, her two school age children, and a feline overlord named Casanova.
Bracker & Marcus LLC
3225 Shallowford Road, Ste 1100
Marietta, GA 30062
Phone: (404) 983-3454
W. Perry Brandt received a BA from Vanderbilt University in 1974 and a JD from Vanderbilt Law School in 1977. He is a partner at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner in Kansas City, MO. Perry served as the president of the Vanderbilt Alumni Association from 2016 - 2018, and was elected to the Vanderbilt Board of Trust in 2018. He presently serves as general counsel and board member of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce; is a member of the Missouri Bar Board of Governors; and as board chair of Wayside Waifs, a Kansas City animal shelter.
Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP
One Kansas City Place, Suite 3800
1200 Main Street
Kansas CIty, MO 64105
Phone: (816) 374-3206
Gregory Bressler serves as General Counsel of SunAmerica Asset Management, LLC and Deputy General Counsel for AIG Life & Retirement. 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.
SunAmerica Asset Management, LLC
185 Hudson Street, Suite 3300
Jersey City, NJ 07311
Phone: (201) 324 6363
Walter R. Burkley received a 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
333 South Hope Street, 55th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90071
Phone: (310) 393-4765
James W. Cuminale received a JD from Vanderbilt Law School in 1978. Jim is the current president of the Board of Advisors (fall 2020 - spring 2022).
280 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10017
Phone: (212) 364 7170
Dave Damus received a JD from Vanderbilt Law School in 1990.
Chief Executive Officer
System Property Development Company Inc.
80 South Lake Avenue, Suite 860
Pasadena, CA 91101-5913
Phone: (213) 687-7275 Ext. 22
The Hon. Martha Craig Daughtrey received both a BA (1964) and a 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 was formerly 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.
US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
300 Customs House
Nashville, TN 37203
Phone: (615) 736 7678
Rana B. Diorio earned her AB cum laude from Duke University in 1988 and a 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, and was acquired by Creative Mint, Inc. in 2018. 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 and Alex, and her son, Beckett.
Co-Founder & CEO
Creative Mint, Inc.
San Francisco, CA
Phone: (415) 215-0004
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
PO Box 26959
Las Vegas, NV 89126-0959
Phone: (702) 588 5544
Managing Partner and Head of Litigation
Partner in Special Matters and Government Investigations
444 West Lake Street
Chicago, IL 60606
Phone: (312) 995-6333
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.
Sara serves on the Board of Directors of Tivity Health, Inc. (NASDAQ: TVTY), Preferred Apartment Communities, Inc. (NYSE: APTS), Studio Bank and Oak Paper Products Company, Inc. She is also a board member for several Nashville-based nonprofits, including The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, The Center for Nonprofit Management and Alive Hospice and formerly served as board chair for The Land Trust for Tennessee and The Nashville Food Project.
Threshold Corporate Consulting, LLC
Phone: (615) 356-5688
Matt Gabriel, JD'03, is a serial entrepreneur who has founded and led several high-growth, innovative companies. He currently serves as CEO and board member of XRI Fountain Quail, a company that he founded in 2013 to provide innovative water management and recycling solutions to the world’s most sophisticated energy companies. Mr. Gabriel spent an early part of his career as an attorney with Kirkland & Ellis in Chicago, specializing in complex corporate and private equity transactions. He then joined a venture capital firm based in Chicago where he funded and helped develop high-growth, healthcare-focused technology companies. Mr. Gabriel then shifted his focus from investor to creator, co-founding several high-growth technology-enabled companies in the defense and industrial sectors. Out of these start-ups, the idea for XRI Fountain Quail was conceived. Mr. Gabriel is active on the Board of Advisors of Vanderbilt University Law School. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Rollins College and a Juris Doctorate from Vanderbilt University. He is a proud father of three and enjoys playing tennis and chess and hiking with his family.
Founder & CEO
XRI Fountain Quail
840 Gessner Road, Suite 530
Houston, TX 77024
Phone: (432) 312-2090
Sarah Gabriel currently serves as Chief Compliance Officer for SmileDirectClub. Prior to her current position, she was Managing Director of Entia Ventures in TX, and before that, was 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.
Chief Compliance Officer
Phone: (407) 385-9932
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.
Overton Capital LLC
One American Center
3100 West End Avenue, Suite 1230
Nashville, TN 37203
Phone: (615) 783-1021
David R. Gelfand is a Partner in the New York office of Milbank LLP 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.
55 Hudson Yards
New York, NY 10001-2163
Phone: (212) 530 5520
Mitch Glazier received a 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 Chairman and CEO of the Recording Industry Association of America, where he has been employed 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.
Chairman and CEO
Recording Industry Association of America
1000 F Street NW, FL 2
Washington, D.C. 20004
Phone: (202) 875-9673
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
501 Santa Monica Boulevard, Suite 510
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Phone: (212) 966-7926 x101
Ned Greene received his JD in 1988. He retired in 2019 as the chief legal officer of Worldpay, Inc. in Cincinnati.
8096 Woodbridge Court
Springboro, OH 45066
Phone: (937) 748-0771
Jay Grushkin is a partner in the New York office of Milbank LLP and a member of the firm's Alternative Investments Practice. A partner since 1991, he was previously Managing Partner of the firm’s Tokyo office and prior to that was resident in the firm’s Hong Kong and Washington, DC offices.
Mr. Grushkin has a highly diversified international finance practice, including structured finance and securitization, secured and unsecured lending, project and aircraft finance, capital markets and private placements. Mr. Grushkin also has deep experience in workouts and restructurings. He has worked on transactions throughout the Americas, Europe, Asia and Africa.
Mr. Grushkin is listed as a leading lawyer by Chambers and Partners (in its Global and US Guides), the IFLR 1000 and The Legal 500. Mr. Grushkin has published in numerous periodicals, is a frequent speaker at conferences throughout the world, has appeared on Bloomberg and CNBC and has been quoted in The New York Times and numerous other periodicals.
While resident in Tokyo, Mr. Grushkin was a member of the Tokyo Bar Association as a gaikokuho jimu bengoshi and served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Temple University's Law Program in Japan, where he taught secured transactions.
Mr. Grushkin received his B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1979 and his J.D. from Vanderbilt Law School in 1982, where he was the Executive Articles Editor of the Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law, a Raymonde I. Paul International Scholar and a member of Order of the Coif.
55 Hudson Yards
New York, NY 10001-2163
Phone: (212) 530-5346
Trey Harwell received a BA from Vanderbilt University in 1992, and a JD from Vanderbilt Law School in 1995. He then served as a law clerk to The Honorable Thomas A. Wiseman, Jr. and thereafter, joined Neal & Harwell PLC in Nashville, Tennessee, where he is now a member. His principal areas of practice are complex civil litigation, white-collar criminal defense, corporate independent investigations, and crisis management. He currently serves as Chair of the Board of Commissioners for the Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority.
Neal & Harwell PLC
1201 Demonbreun Street, Suite 1000
Nashville, TN 37203
Phone: (615) 238-3526
Scott Hastings received a 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.
Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell LLP
2200 Ross Avenue, Suite 2800
Dallas, TX 75201
Phone: (214) 740-8537
Chris Howard received a JD from Vanderbilt Law School in 1991.
Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary
Acadia Healthcare Company, Inc.
830 Crescent Centre Drive, Suite 610
Franklin, TN 37067
Phone: (615) 861-6000
Justin R. Ishbia is a founding partner of Shore Capital, a microcap private equity firm focused on partnering with companies that have between $1-10 million of EBITDA. Justin is responsible for investment sourcing and valuation, transaction structuring, the securing of acquisition financing, fundraising and all administrative activities. Justin is the Chairman of Chicagoland Smile Group and EyeSouth Partners; past Chairman of Sirona Infusion, Michigan Rehabilitation Specialists/Excel Rehab, and ClearPath Diagnostics. Justin sat on the board of Florida Autism Center. Justin currently sits on the board of Southern Veterinary Partners, Innovia Medical, SpecialDocs, Argentum Medical, Southstar Urgent Care, Mission Veterinary Partners, Nova Health, Preferred Podiatry Group and Navia Benefit Solutions.
Prior to being a founding partner of Shore, Justin worked as an investment professional at Valor Equity Partners, a Chicago-based private equity firm. Prior to joining Valor, Justin was an attorney in the private equity group of Kirkland & Ellis.
Outside of the office, Justin is a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO) and Vanderbilt University Law School Advisory Board, as well as a Trustee of Rush University Medical Center. Additionally, Justin has been a guest lecturer at Vanderbilt University Owen Graduate School of Business, 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 also 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. He is a member of the State Bar of Illinois and a Certified Public Accountant.
Shore Capital Partners, LLC
One East Wacker Suite 2900
Chicago, IL 60601
Phone: (312) 348-7579
received a 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 was an associate in the health law practice group at Hogan Lovells in NY, before joining Greenberg Traurig's Phoenix office as an associate in their health group. She is married to Mike Keskey, JD ’16, who is general counsel at Item Nine Labs.
Greenberg Traurig LLP
2375 East Camelback Road
Phoenix, AZ 85061
Phone: (602) 885-9911
Kendra Key received a JD from Vanderbilt Law School in 2015. She currently serves as Senior Vice President of Community and Economic Development with HOPE. Prior to joining HOPE, Kendra practiced law at a corporate firm in Birmingham, Alabama where she was a member of the Public Finance and Real Estate practice groups. In that capacity, she represented lenders, borrowers, purchasers and sellers in affordable housing, new markets tax credit, municipal bond and real estate transactions. Her practice also included land use planning and economic development.
Senior VP, Community and Economic Development
Hope Enterprise Corp & Hope Credit Union
5529 1st Avenue South, Ste 11
Birmingham, AL 35212
Phone: (205) 886-7920
Laurin Blumenthal Kleiman (Laurie) received a BA from Vanderbilt in 1980 and a JD from Vanderbilt Law School in 1983.
Sidley Austin LLP
787 7th Avenue
New York, NY 10019
Phone: (212) 839-5525
Ross M. Levin received a 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.
JLAM Holdings, LLC
Phone: (954) 415 8567
Tricia T. Lin was formerly Vice President, Associate General Counsel at Yahoo! Inc. She joined Yahoo! in 1999 and was responsible for overseeing Yahoo!'s consumer advertising, marketing and promotional standards and practices. In addition, Tricia's practice included global legal responsibility for Yahoo!’s privacy and data protection strategies and policies. Prior to joining Yahoo!, Tricia was Director of Business and Legal Affairs at Disney Interactive, the online and multimedia entertainment division of The Walt Disney Company. Tricia began her legal career as an intellectual property associate at Cooley Godward in Palo Alto. Since leaving Yahoo, she has served as an advisor to technology start-ups and is currently Head of Legal at Betterworks, Inc. Tricia received her JD from Vanderbilt in 1991 and her BA from Bowdoin College in 1987.
Head of Legal
999 Main Street
Redwood City, CA 94063
Phone: (408) 307 5114
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
Phone: (513) 361-1200
James B. Miller, Jr. has served as Chairman of Ameris Bank since July 2019. Prior to Ameris Bank, he served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Fidelity Southern Corporation since its inception in 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 six grandchildren.
Ameris Bancorp Chairman
3490 Piedmont Road, Suite 1550
Atlanta, GA 30305
Phone: (404) 240 1501
David Mitchell, JD’13, is a labor and employment senior associate at Hogan Lovells’ New York office. He was selected as a 2017 New York City Bar Associate Leadership Institute Fellow and a 2019 Council of Urban Professionals Fellow. He currently serves as vice president on the board of directors for SCAN (Supportive Children’s Advocacy Network) NY, a non-profit organization based in East Harlem and the South Bronx. David is the editor of the Hogan Lovells Employment Blog: All in a Day’s Work. He earned his undergraduate degree in 2010 in politics at New York University. He lives in NYC with his spouse Kristen Rexroat, JD’13.
390 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10017
Phone: (212) 918-3242
John-Paul Motley is Chair of O’Melveny’s Capital Markets Practice and previously served on the Firm’s Policy Committee and as the Managing Partner of the Los Angeles office. 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 and their boards 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.
Chair, Capital Markets Practice
O'Melveny & Myers LLP, Los Angeles
400 South Hope Street, 18th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90071
Phone: (213) 430-6100
W. Patrick Mulloy received a 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. Mr. Mulloy currently serves as a director on the board of a senior housing service company, as well as Republic Bank. Mr. Mulloy also serves on the Board of Trustees of Bellarmine University in addition to his service on the Board of Advisors. Mr. Mulloy is Of Counsel to the law firm of Wyatt Tarrant & Combs and Executive in Residence at Chrysalis Ventures, a Louisville based venture capital firm. He also is an Adjunct Professor in the Health Sciences Department at Bellarmine University. 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 four grandchildren, Wip, Duncan, William, and Francie.
Of Counsel, Wyatt Tarrant & Combs
Executive in Residence, Chrysalis Ventures
Louisville, KY 40207
Phone: (502) 693 2185
Julie A. Ortmeier is Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary of Washington, D.C.-based CARFAX, Inc., responsible for the strategic direction, risk management and operation of Carfax’s legal matters in the United States, Canada and Europe and leading a team that provides support in the areas of commercial transactions, data acquisition, litigation, intellectual property, insurance, regulatory compliance, employment, privacy and security. Prior to joining CARFAX, Julie was with the American Red Cross 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. Julie began her career at McGuireWoods in 1998 until leaving in 2000 to join Boston-based client Enermetrix.com, Inc., one of the earliest entrants in the e-commerce marketplace for energy. Julie received her JD from Vanderbilt Law School in 1998.
Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary
5860 Trinity Parkway Ste 600
Centreville, VA 20120
Phone: (703) 934 2664 x4298
J. Robert Paulson Jr., JD’85, is president, chief executive officer and a director of the VentureMed Group. Paulson has more than twenty-three years of medical device leadership experience, including serving as president, CEO and a director at NxThera and Restore Medical, and in a variety of executive leadership roles at Endocardial Solutions, Advanced Bionics and Medtronic. Prior to joining the medical device industry, he held a variety of senior marketing, business development, legal and finance positions at General Mills, and as an attorney with the law firm of Lindquist & Vennum. Paulson received a BA from Luther College, with majors in Accounting, Economics and Political Science and his MBA from the University of St. Thomas before earning a JD from Vanderbilt in 1985. He currently serves as a director of Veran Medical Technologies and Spineology, and is vice chair of the Luther College Board of Regents.
President and CEO
2800 Campus Drive, Ste. 50
Plymouth, MN 55441
Phone: (651) 755-4664
Les Payne received a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Tennessee in 1989 and a 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.
Heim, Payne & Chorush, L.L.P.
1111 Bagby, Suite 2100
Houston, TX 77002
Phone: (713) 221-2003
Robert F. C. Perry received his MBA from the Owen Graduate School of Management and a JD from Vanderbilt Law School in 2013. He has held leadership positions at XMi Holdings, Inc. and Clearbrook Holdings Corporation. He is currently principal at Lumine Capital Partners.
Lumine Capital Partners, LLC
3817 Bedford Avenue, Suite 220
Nashville, TN 37215
Phone: (615) 585-2627
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
Nicole Restivo received a JD from Vanderbilt Law School in 2002.
Chief Operating Officer, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer
Keysquare Capital Management
650 Madison Avenue, Fl 18
New York, NY 10022
Phone: (212) 624-0042
Steve Rodin served as Executive Vice President and General Counsel of The Medicines Company until its acquisition by Novartis in 2020. He began his legal career as a corporate attorney with Proskauer Rose LLP in New York. Mr. Rodin is a graduate of Georgetown University (1997) and Vanderbilt University School of Law (2002).
40 Headley Place
Maplewood, NJ 07040-1112
Phone: (973) 980-1953
James F. Sanders, a senior Member of the Nashville, Tennessee law firm of Neal & Harwell, PLC, earned a J.D. from Vanderbilt School of Law in 1970, and a BA 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, James Lincoln Sanders, Luke Patton Sanders, and Elizabeth Ann Sanders.
Neal & Harwell, PLC
150 Fourth Avenue North, Suite 2000
Nashville, TN 37219
Phone: (615) 244 1713
Mark Schein received a JD from Vanderbilt Law School in 1991. He currently serves as the chief compliance officer for Varde Partners, a global alternative investment adviser.
Chief Compliance Officer
New York, NY
Phone: (212) 300-1372
Mike Shulman received a JD from Vanderbilt Law School in 1993.
Shearman & Sterling LLP
599 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10022
Phone: (212) 848-8080
Gregory Thomas Stevens, BA’87, JD’90, is Senior Counsel at Bass Berry & Sims. He has more than 25 years of experience serving in general counsel, chief compliance officer and other key executive leadership roles at both public and private equity-owned companies within the healthcare and technology industries, including executive management roles at Change Healthcare (formerly Emdeon Inc.), Spheris Inc., Luminex Corporation, and ENVOY / Quintiles / WebMD. Earlier in his career, Greg was a transactional corporate attorney, with an emphasis in securities law and mergers and acquisitions, at Bass, Berry & Sims. He is a member of the American Health Lawyers Association, the American Bar Association, and Nashville Bar Association, and the Association of Corporate Counsel.
Bass Berry & Sims PLC
150 3rd Avenue South, Ste. 2800
Nashville, TN 37201
Phone: (615) 742-7927
M. Wade Turner received his JD from Vanderbilt Law School in 1997. He is the former executive vice president and general counsel for Academy Sports & Outdoors, one of the largest sporting goods retailers in the United States. He now serves as senior vice president and general counsel for McNair Interests, a private investment and management company, and part of the McNair family of businesses that also includes the Houston Texans NFL Team.
Senior Vice President and General Counsel
109 North Post Oak Lane, 6th Floor
Houston, TX 77024
Phone: (713) 336 7847
Amanda Vaughn is Deputy General Counsel, Global Head of Litigation at Bank of America. Amanda is a member of the Bank’s Global Diversity and Inclusion Council and a member of the Bank of America’s Investing in Women Council. She serves on the board of NYC Outward Bound Schools. She received her JD from Vanderbilt Law School in 1999.
Global Head of Litigation; Deputy General Counsel
Bank of America
50 Rockefeller Center
New York, NY 10020
Phone: (646) 855-0932
Bradford J. Williams III received a D from Vanderbilt Law School and a MBA from the Owen Graduate School of Management in 1994. He has over 20 years of industry experience, including positions at Goldman Sachs Asset Management and Tudor Investment Corporation, where he is a managing director and partner.
Tudor Investment Corporation
200 Elm Street
Stamford, CT 06902
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.
Princeton Capital Partners LLC
401 Worth Ave., #301
Palm Beach, FL 33480
Phone: (561) 379-2777
John S. Wilson received a law degree from Vanderbilt in 1972.
His professional career has been primarily with automotive OEM’s including General Motors where he was regional counsel in Asia Pacific and Europe. From 2014 - March 2020, he was the Chief Legal Officer for Karma Automotive Company, a startup electric vehicle manufacturer located in Irvine California.
He began his career with the Chicago office of Kirkland and Ellis working principally in antitrust litigation.
Mr. Wilson is married with three adult children. He lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
CEO, John S. Wilson PLC
1329 Laurel View Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48105-9411
Phone: (734) 883-2376
W. Weldon Wilson is Vice Chairman 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.
1 Station Place, Suite 7
Metro Center, 7th Floor
Stamford, CT 06902
Phone: (203) 223-8530