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Mr. Robert Hays, Jr. has been re-elected as chairman of King & Spalding for milestone sixth term. Hays took up the role of chairman in 2006. Under his tenure, which has been bookended by two historical crises - the Great Recession and the current pandemic - K&S has transformed from a regional to a global law firm, opening 17 offices around the world to create a high-value platform that builds on our core areas of strength. Posted 5.6.21

Stephen Pate (BA ’80) was recognized in Chambers USA 2020 Guide. Read more here. Posted 10.9.20

Platte Moring III is now Deputy General Counsel (Legal Counsel) at the Department of Defense.   In this position, he supervises all litigation involving the department.  He also oversees the Military Commissions involved in the adjudication of the 9/11 detainees at Guantanamo Bay.   It is his pleasure to serve with his classmate and fellow Jessup Team Member, Paul Ney (JD/MBA ’84), who is the General Counsel. Posted 9.23.20

Robert C. Goodrich Jr. died March 7 after a long battle with cancer. Read his full obituary herePosted 5.6.20

Byron E. Leet has been recognized in the 2020 Kentucky Super Lawyers list. Posted 3.27.20

Steven Zager Steven M. Zager (BA ’79) has joined King & Spalding's Trial and Global Disputes practice in Austin as a partner. Steven was previously with Akin Gump in New York. Read more herePosted 3.25.20


Stephen Pate has been appointed by the State Bar of Texas as a member of the State Bar of Texas Pattern Jury Charges—Business, Consumer, Insurance & Employment Committee. As a member, Stephen will represent the State Bar and lawyers across the state of Texas.  Posted 6.19.19

The   Honorable Paul Ney Jr is General Counsel of the US Department of Defense. He is the chief legal officer of the Department and the legal adviser to the Secretary of Defense. Posted 3.13.19

Platte Moring III has received a political appointment as Special Assistant to the General Counsel at the US Department of Defense. Mr. Moring’s main duties are reviewing legislation pertaining to the Department, assisting in the defense of litigation against the Department, and supporting the military tribunals of the detainees from the global war on terrorism.  Posted 3.13.19

Claudia Spence Jack ,75, former Maury County public defender, died November 9, 2018.   She served as Maury County’s public defender for 20 years. Through her career, she was referred to as both a legend and a giant. She garnered local, statewide and national respect because of her commitment to the practice of law, her advocacy for her clients while in the office of public defender, and her encouragement of the next generation of attorneys through her support of high school and college students.  She is survived by her children Robert Jack of Nashville, Laura Jack of Danville, Kentucky, and Edward Jack of Point Washington, Florida, her daughter-in-law Whitney Weeks of Nashville and her son-in-law Jeb Burch of Danville, Kentucky. She is survived by her grandchildren Charlie Hall of Danville, Kentucky, and William, Jane and Frances Jack of Nashville. She is also survived by her brother (Retired) Lt. Col. David Spence and sister-in-law Juli Spence of Montgomery, Alabama. She was preceded in death by Billy Jack, her husband of 37 years. Posted 11.16.2018

Elaine McArdle is the co-author, with Dr. Barbara Lipska, of The Neuroscientist Who Lost Her Mind: My Tale of Madness and Recovery, the story of Dr. Lipska's descent into, and journey out of mental illness following brain cancer. VLS alumna Nan Thornton ‘02 of Aevitas Creative Management was one of Elaine and Barbara's literary agents, and Nan and Elaine have enjoyed bonding over their respective memories of VLS "Bar Review," a tradition that Elaine and Dale Kleber '83 launched as 3Ls.  Posted 07.12.2018

The Reverend Marshall Huey married Barbara Rivers on December 29, 2017 at the Cathedral of St. Luke and St. Paul, in Charleston, South Carolina. Classmates, Alan Fister, Platte Moring, and Coleman Miller Legerton were in attendance. Marshall is serving in his twelfth year as Rector of Old St. Andrew’s Parish Church, the oldest church building in the south and fifteenth oldest in the United States. Posted 3.27.18

Mary Jo Dively has been appointed to the Board of Directors of First National Bank Corporation and First National Bank of Pennsylvania. Mary Jo is general counsel for Carnegie Mellon University. Posted 1.15.18

Robert Goodrich has joined nonprofit law firm Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands as staff attorney. Previously, he was partner at Burr & Forman where he represented financial institutions and other parties-in-interest in commercial bankruptcies and insolvencies. Posted 12.15.17

Robert Hays has been elected to a fifth term as chair of King & Spalding. His new three-year term begins on January 1. He is the fifth chairman in the firm’s 130-year history and has been at the helm the firm since 2006, during which time he led a major growth strategy that saw the opening of 15 offices and creation of a global platform.

Stephen P. Pate (BA'80) is partner at Cozen O'Connor and co-chair of the Global Property Insurance Group. In addition, Stephen was elected to a three year term as a regent on the Board of Regents of the American College of Coverage and Extracontractual Counsel. Posted 6.9.17

Marc Ward Joseph was named to the board of trustees, general counsel and secretary of The Family Place Foundation, which provides funding to The Family Place, Inc. The Family Place, Inc. is a Dallas nonprofit that works with clients and the Dallas community to stop family violence. In addition, Marc was elected to the board of directors of Haggar Clothing Co. where he is the senior vice president, human resources, general counsel and secretary. Posted 1.20.17

Sharon K. Roberson (BA ’78), has been chosen as the new president and chief executive officer of Nashville and Middle Tennessee’s YWCA. Previously, Sharon was vice president and general counsel for Direct General Corporation. Posted 11.28.16

Byron Leet , partner at Wyatt Tarrant & Combs in Louisville, Kentucky, was recognized as a leader in litigation in the 2016 edition of Chambers USA. In addition he was recognized by Benchmark Litigation as a "litigation star". Posted 10.17.16

Glen Civitts has joined Bone McAllester Norton as a member in Nashville. Posted 3.17.16

Margaret J. Davino is now a partner with Fox Rothschild in the firm’s New York and New Jersey offices where she practices in the health law practice group. Previously, she was general counsel to hospitals in New York and New Jersey. Posted 2.25.16

Robert C. Goodrich Jr.was published as a co-author of a Norton Bankruptcy Law Adviser newsletter titled, “In RE ICL Holding Co.: Roadmap for Avoiding the Absolute Priority Rule.”  The newsletter discusses a recent third circuit opinion dealing with the application of the priority scheme of the bankruptcy code and the mootness doctrine in the context of a 363 sale.  Additionally, Bob has been chosen to be inducted as a fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy. Bob is a partner in the Nashville office of Burr & Forman where he represents creditors, creditors' committees, landlords, and other interested parties in bankruptcy and insolvency related matters in state and federal courts. Posted 12.3.15

Steven J. Eisen (MBA’83) has been elected president of the Economic Club of Nashville, a local civic and service organization. Steve is a shareholder in the Nashville, Tennessee office of Baker Donelson where he focuses his practice in corporate and securities transactions with an emphasis in banking and financial institution law. Posted 7.8.15

Claudia Spence Jack was featured in the Columbia Daily Herald for her work as the district public defender for the 22nd Judicial District covering Giles, Lawrence, Maury and Wayne counties, all in Tennessee. She serves five circuit courts, five general sessions courts and juvenile courts by request of the juvenile judges.

Stewart Marshall Huey, Jr. became a trustee of the Diocese of South Carolina this spring. Marshall has been the rector of Old St. Andrew’s Parish Church in Charleston, South Carolina since 2006. He is also one of the founders of the Barrier Islands Free Medical Clinic, which serves the rural poor of Johns and Wadmalaw Islands. Posted 5.15.15

Henry A. Callaway has been appointed U.S. bankruptcy judge for the southern district of Alabama in Mobile by the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. The appointment begins in May and is for a 14-year term. Currently Henry practices primarily in the field of bankruptcy and business litigation with Hand & Arendall in the firm’s Mobile, Alabama office. Posted 4.26.15

Robert C. Goodrich Jr. Robert C. Goodrich Jr. has joined Burr & Forman as a partner in the firm’s Nashville, Tennessee, office. Bob focuses his business services on workouts and restructurings and his litigation services on bankruptcy. Posted 3.24.15




Philip Nathan Krause

Philip Nathan Krause has launched a new law firm, Krause Law, to serve businesses in the Kansas City region.  Krause Law is a boutique regional Kansas City business law firm. Posted 2.18.15




Sam Sutter was elected mayor of Fall River, Massachusetts, on December 16 and sworn into office on December 30. Sam was previously praised for turning around the troubled Bristol County District Attorney’s office after being elected to that county-wide post in 2006.  Posted 1.26.15

Robert Daniel Hays Jr. has been re-elected chairman of King & Spalding for a fourth term. His new three-year term begins on January 1, 2015. In his role as chairman, Robert oversees the strategic growth and direction of the firm and focuses on building relationships with clients. During his tenure at King & Spalding, Robert has held a variety of leadership positions within the firm, including 15 years as a member of the firm's governing policy committee, which he now also chairs, and 12 years as leader of the firm's tort and environmental practice group which includes more than 200 lawyers whose practices are devoted to defending product liability and mass tort litigation, where he was a leading trial lawyer in that practice group. Posted 9.26.14

Bruce Frederick Rogers Bruce Frederick Rogers has been elected by the Birmingham-Southern College Board of Trustees to serve as its new chair. Rogers has been a member of the board for 12 years. He is a partner and attorney with Bainbridge Mims Rogers & Smith in Birmingham. He earned his B.A. in history at Birmingham Southern in 1980. Posted 7.16.14

Margaret J. Davino has been named a new section chair by the New York State Bar Association. Margaret is a partner at Kaufman Borgeest & Ryan, where focuses on health care law. Posted 7.16.14

Keith Loveless (BA'79) has retired from his position as executive vice president and general counsel at Alaska Air Group. He and his wife, Beth (BA'79, JD'82), look forward to traveling, hiking, spending time on their boat, listening to music, and spending more time with their daughters and friends. Posted 5-27-14

Byron E. Leet, a partner in Wyatt Tarrant & Combs' Louisville, Kentucky, office, has been named 2014 president-elect by the Louisville Bar Foundation, the charitable giving arm of the Louisville Bar Association. Posted 1-20-14

Henry Carey Strickland III has been named dean of Samford University's Cumberland School of Law, effective July 1, 2014. Corky currently is professor of law and teaches courses in alternate dispute resolution, arbitration, civil procedure, constitutional law and conflict of laws. He previously served as associate dean for academic affairs from 2001-11. He joined the Cumberland faculty in 1988 after practicing with a Charlotte, N.C., firm for three years. Posted 12-16-13

Stephen Patrick Pate (BA'80), a partner at Norton Rose Fulbright has been elected a Fellow of the American College of Coverage and Extracontractual Counsel (ACCEC). The ACCEC is composed of preeminent lawyers representing both insurers and policyholders involved in coverage and extra contractual matters. Stephen focuses his litigation practice on construction litigation, first-party insurance litigation, commercial coverage litigation, fraud, extra contractual and insurance litigation. Posted 7-15-13

Gary M. Lawrence has been named Executive Chairman of Pacific Financial Group and Chief Investment Officer of Pacific Venture Investments. Posted 6-10-13

Andrew Wertheim

Andrew J. Wertheim, representing Sorwathé Ltd. of Rwanda, a company founded by his father, Joseph Wertheim, received the Secretary of State's 2012 Award for Corporate Excellence (ACE) on behalf of his company.The ACE is an annual award recognizing U.S.-owned businesses that exhibit exemplary corporate citizenship, promote innovation, and advance democratic principles around the world. The award was presented to Wertheim on November 28 by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Wertheim's U.S. firm, Tea Importers, is the majority shareholder of Sorwathé, which is, located in Kinihira, Rwanda. Sorwathé won the 2012 ACE for small-medium-size companies. The company was honored for its efforts to support adult literacy, worker association and collective bargaining rights; sustainable agriculture, forestry and water management; and to produce socially and environmentally responsible high quality teas. Sorwathé also distinguished itself by leading the charge for the eradication of child labor in Rwanda's tea sector.

"I am extremely proud to accept this award on behalf of the employees of Sorwathé, Tea Importers, my family, and especially on behalf of the 4,573 small farmers that we support through tea production in Rwanda," said Wertheim. "We are committed to maintaining the standards we have set in corporate social responsibility and stewardship and hope our efforts will serve as a model for others."

Sorwathé was one of 83 firms nominated this year for the ACE selection process.

Wertheim, who earned his undergraduate degree from Carleton College, practiced securities law in both the private and public sectors before he entered the tea business. Posted 1-4-13

Dianne NealDianne F. Neal has joined Lighthouse Counsel's Tennessee office in Franklin as a senior consultant. Dianne will assist the group in their work with nonprofits to boost fundraising, strategic planning and board development. In 2011, Dianne was hired as assistant instructor at Nashville School of Law. She is teaching the Tennessee Bar Exam Skills and Review course. After starting her career at a private law firm, Dianne spent six years as Tennessee assistant attorney general. She was also chief legal counsel to Gov. Ned McWherter and general counsel to the Tennessee Regulatory Authority. After nearly a decade of state service, she served as president and CEO of the Cumberland Science Museum, which is now the Adventure Science Center. Posted 4-16-12

David J. White has joined Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough as a partner in the firm's newly formed Nashville office. David concentrates his practice in the areas of corporate, municipal and structured finance, portfolio real estate transactions, and airport and aviation-related finance and development projects. Posted 4-16-12

Stephen Pate (BA '80) has been elected to The American Law Institute (ALI), an organization known for its preparation of Restatements of the Law and Principles of the Law, among other scholarly works. Pate's induction will be held at the ALI's 89th annual meeting in May 2012 in Washington D.C. He has been a partner in the Houston office of Fulbright & Jaworski since 1994 and is currently the chair of the firm's Insurance Litigation Practice Group. Posted 1-10-12

Stephanie R. Reevers, the former middle Tennessee commissioner on the Tennessee Claims Commission, has been named the next attorney for Austin Peay State University. She succeeds Richard Jackson, who retired in May 2011. Stephanie is a member of the Tennessee Bar Association, the Nashville Bar Association and the Napier-Looby Bar Association. She has served on the editorial committee of the Nashville Bar Journal and is a master of the newly formed Belmont University College of Law American Inn of Court. Posted 10-17-11

Sharon K. Roberson, senior vice president and chief operations officer, American General Life and Accident Insurance Company, is one of seven Nashville women being inducted into the 2011 Academy for Women of Achievement today. She will be honored at the 20th annual Academy for Women of Achievement celebration and induction dinner, presented by YWCA of Nashville & Middle Tennessee and First Tennessee, to be held October 25. The Academy for Women of Achievement was launched locally in 1992 by the YWCA of Nashville & Middle Tennessee. The Academy honors women who, through excellence and leadership in their chosen fields, serve as role models for other women. Posted 7-20-11

Henry Callaway Henry A. Callaway III was named the American Bar Association's 2011 Pro Bono Publico Award recipient recognizing his work in delivering legal assistance to low-income residents of Mobile, Alabama. Henry is a partner in the Mobile law firm Hand Arendall where he is chairman of the firm's bankruptcy practice group and spends a significant amount of his time representing creditors in all three bankruptcy courts in Alabama. He is the first Alabama lawyer to receive the Pro Bono Publico Award, devoting more than 1,000 hours of time to the Volunteer Lawyers Program, which provides legal assistance to Mobile's poor population. Posted 7-15-11



James (Jim) Priester has been named Senior Vice President of External Affairs and Chief Legal Officer for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama. Jim will be responsible for Blue Cross' Corporate Communications and Community Relations, Governmental Affairs and Legal divisions. He previously served as a shareholder with Maynard, Cooper & Gale, where he has practiced for 26 years. His concentration included commercial litigation involving financial, lending and contractual issues and corporate counseling involving contract formation and regulation of insurers and environmental concerns. Posted 1-03-11

Adrian von Hassell died on July 6, 2009 at New York Hospital Cornell Weill Medical Center of complications related to his treatment for leukemia. He was 52. He was born in 1956 in Rome, Italy, where his father, Wolf Ulrich von Hassell, a former West German ambassador to the United Nations, was serving in a diplomatic post. His grandfather, Ulrich von Hassell, was the last Weimar Republic ambassador to Italy and was executed by the Nazis in 1944 for his involvement in a plot to overthrow Hitler. A graduate of Wagner College, he earned a master's degree in economics from Fordham University before earning his law degree at Vanderbilt. He worked in corporate litigation at several law firms, including Mudge Rose Guthrie Alexander & Ferdon, the former Miller Singer Raives & Brandes, and Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler until succumbing to his illness. Survivors said this week that he was a consummate lawyer in the best sense of the word, passionate about the law, the Constitution and current events. He is survived by his mother, Christa von Hassell, a brother and a sister.