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Ivan Reich


Ivan Reich has joined South Florida full-service law firm Nason Yeager Gerson Harris & Fumero, P.A. as a partner and lead of the firm's new Bankruptcy, Insolvency and Restructuring Practice Group. Read more here. Posted 10.8.20.




Darlene Marsh

Darlene Marsh was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce & Industry. Posted 3.13.20





Denson N. Franklin III has been appointed senior vice president and general counsel of Birmingham-based Vulcan Materials Company. Read more herePosted 12.19.19

Kirk Seufert of Nashville, Tennessee, died unexpectedly on June 17. At Rhodes College, Kirk won the football All American of the Year title and was recruited by the Dallas Cowboys for a short stint. After he earned his law degree, he worked in Denver and Nashville.  His passion was defending and helping teens at juvenile court; he became fluent in Spanish to more capably serve immigrant children. In recent years he became an abstract painter, selling many of his paintings locally and abroad. Posted 12.3.19

Bob McKinney has been appointed as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Babcock & Wilcox. Read more herePosted 8.20.19

Darby Dickerson Dean of The John Marshall Law School in Chicago, was named President-Elect of the Association of American Law Schools for 2019 and will serve as President during 2020. She was unanimously selected for the position.  Posted 1.15.19

David Myers Rudolph was sworn in as an Assistant Attorney General at the Old Supreme Court Chamber in the Tennessee State Capitol.  Posted 12.19.18

Carla Lovell , a member of Sherrard Roe Voigt & Harbison in Nashville, has been elected to membership as a fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel. Carla is a member of the Tennessee Bar Association’s Probate Study Court and a member of the Nashville Bar Association’s Probate Court, Estate Planning and Tax committees. . Posted 4.24.18

Kathryn Ottensmeyer has joined Maynard Cooper & Gale in Birmingham Alabama, where she specializes in the structuring and issuance of tax-exempt bonds. Posted 2.16.18

Bennett Ross has been appointed to the Board of Trustees for the George C. Marshall Foundation. Bennett is a partner with Wiley Rein in Washington, D.C., where he represents clients before the Federal Communications Commission and in federal court and state public service commissions. Posted 1.22.2018

Nick Valencia is vice president, talent management at Intergrace in Sykesville, Maryland. Integrace oversees a family of retirement communities throughout Maryland. Previously, Nick was vice president of human resources and general counsel for Dunbar Armored in Hunt Valley, Maryland. Posted 12.15.17

Sloan Schickler is the legal and legislative counsel for the National Vehicle Leasing Association, NVLA. She represents clients in the areas of finance and corporate law. Her career began at Holland & Knight as a commercial litigation associate. Sloan was a partner in the boutique commercial firm of Schickler & Schickler, for 20 years before forming Schickler and becoming of counsel to Wong Fleming. Posted 11.29.17

Mary Beirne Touchstone has been elected partner of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett in New York, effective January 1, 2018. Posted 11.27.17

Darby Dickerson , Dean of John Marshall Law School, will receive the 2018 Association of American Law Schools Section Award from the Section on Legal Writing, Reasoning, and Research. Created in 1995, the award, sometimes described as “a lifetime achievement award in legal writing education,” will be presented on January 4 at the AALS Annual Meeting in San Diego. Posted 11.14.17

David M. Rudolph (BA ’85) has been appointed by Governor Bill Haslam as a Shelby County Circuit Court Judge. David has been at the Memphis law firm Bourland, Heflin, Alvarez, Minor & Matthews since 2009, and an attorney in private practice since 1989. Posted 10.18.17

Darlene Marsh has opened a boutique, virtual law office,, specializing in commercial real estate an environmental law. The new firm is supported by an international network of attorneys providing a broad range of legal representation and solutions. Posted 4.21.17

Bradley Gordon Smith (BA ’83) died December 15. He attended University School of Nashville from the third grade through graduation, and earned his undergraduate and law degrees from Vanderbilt. In early life he studied composition at the Blair Academy and guitar with John Knowles. He was an original member of the Young Nashvillians group and last year participated in their reunion performance. In the 90's he frequently appeared with the Dino Bradley group, along with Bill Buechler and Scott Kinney at the landmark Silver Dollar Saloon on Broadway. Later, he received international attention as an early proponent of the fretless guitar, and for performances teamed with his pal John Hughes featuring computer generated music intermingled with live guitar and electronic horn. His law practice emphasized intellectual property, music, and entertainment. He is survived by his life companion, Rebecca G. Rhodes, his parents Gretchen and Bradley Smith, and his sister, Ione L. Smith (BS’84). Posted 1.23.17

J. David Pugh was identified by Who’s Who Legal as being among the world’s leading construction lawyers. He is a partner at Bradley Arant Boult Cummings in Birmingham. Posted 1.20.17

Denson Nauls Franklin III was elected by The Board of Trustees at Birmingham-Southern to serve as vice-chair for a two year term. D. is a partner in the Birmingham office of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings where he focuses his practice on corporate counsel, mergers and acquisitions, finance transaction and federal and state securities matters. Posted 5.23.16

Kenneth E. McKay joined the Houston office of Baker Donelson as a shareholder where he is a member of the business litigation group. Posted 1.27.16

Jason Rosch Brown was appointed to the position of Circuit Judge for the 31st Judicial Circuit, which covers Greene County, Missouri by Governor Nixon. Jason has served as Associate Circuit Judge for the 31st Judicial Circuit since January 2005. Posted 8.3.15

Jason Rogers was included on the 2015 “Best of the Bar” awards list by the Nashville Business Journal. Jason is university counsel (ex officio) for Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. Posted 5.15.15

Brent Warren Yessin was recently featured for his involvement in labor policy and union related legislation. Brent is the CEO for MODUS Healthcare Manufacturing in Tampa, Florida, a company that provides hospitals and healthcare facilities. Posted 4.26.15

Tammy L. Kennedy has been named acting general counsel of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in Washington, D.C. Tammy previously was the department's principal deputy counsel. Posted 7.16.14

Dana Perry , a shareholder with Chambliss Bahner & Stophel has been appointed to the board of directors for Meritas, a global alliance of independent business law firms. In her new role, Dana will be responsible for reviewing and establishing policy and setting strategy for the alliance. She will also act as an organizational leader, serving as a liaison to member firms on administrative issues. Dana will serve a three-year term, during which time she will also serve on the finance committee. Posted 5.7.14

Ann WilczynskiAnn Wilson Wilczynski has been appointed senior vice president in Northern Trust's Minnesota office. Ann was previously a senior personal trust relationship manager with Northern. Posted 1.14.13




Thomas Cutting Gean
, former US attorney for the Western District of Arkansas, has been named Wal-Mart's golobal compliance officer for the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. The global FCPA compliance officer position is new for Wal-Mart. Tom was appointed U.S. attorney by President George W. Bush in 2001 and served in that position until he joined Wal-Mart's legal department in 2004. He was elected Sebastian County's prosecuting attorney in 1996, according to Tovar. Posted 7.15.13

Timothy A. Palmer has been named a shareholder in the Nashville office of Ogletree Deakins. Tim joined Ogletree Deakins in 1997 as a founding shareholder in the firm's Birmingham office. He transferred from the Birmingham office to the Nashville office this month. He specializes in both employment litigation and general civil litigation in state and federal courts. Posted 4.08.13

Dave Bromund Dave C. Bromund , partner and co-chair of Taft Stettinius & Hollister's health and life sciences practice group, has been elected to the board of directors of the Healthcare Financial Management Association's Indiana Pressler Memorial Chapter. He will begin his term June 1. Dave also serves as chair of the public policy committee of the board. Posted 6.01.12 



Ivan ReichIvan Jac Reich (BA'85)
, shareholder in the Fort Lauderdale office of GrayRobinson, was sworn in as president of the Commercial Law League of America (CLLA) on May 5 at the 80th annual CLLA Chicago/Spring meeting. A member of the CLLA since 1991, Ivan has served as an attorney board member and southern region chair. He has also served on its board of governors and is the immediate past chair of its Young Members Section and past chair elect of its Bankruptcy section. Posted 5.15.12


Steven E. Anderson has left the firm Walker Tipps & Malone to form the new law firm of Anderson & Reynolds. Steve has significant experience in various types of litigation, including commercial, product liability, civil rights claims, and medical malpractice. He focuses his practice on serious personal injury and wrongful death cases, as well as a variety of commercial litigation. Posted 1.10.12

David J. Mooney died suddenly on September 16. He was 48. David graduated from West Irondequoit High School in 1981, and earned his undergraduate degree at the State University of New York College at Cortland in 1985 before earning his J.D. at Vanderbilt. He was admitted to the Bar Association in New York, Connecticut, and the District of Columbia. David is survived by his mother, two brothers, a sister and a large extended family. Posted 10.18.11

Maritza RyanCol. Maritza Ryan, professor and department head of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point is one of five women whose accomplishments have opened doors for women in law, while shaping the lives of people throughout the world, and will be honored with one of the legal profession's most prestigious awards. The American Bar Association Commission on Women in the Profession will honor Maritza at an award ceremony and luncheon on August 7 in Toronto during the ABA Annual Meeting. The Women Lawyers of Achievement Award, established in 1991, honors outstanding women lawyers who have achieved professional excellence in their area of specialty and have actively paved the way to success for others. The award is named for Margaret Brent, the first woman lawyer in America. Posted 7.20.11  


Darby DickersonDarby Dickerson is the new Dean of Texas Tech University School of Law, where she assumed her new duties in early July 2011. Formerly, Darby was Dean of Stetson University College of Law, where she joined the faculty in 1995. Posted 7.15.11 




Darlene MarshDarlene T. Marsh, a partner at Burr & Forman, has been named to the Nashville Business Journal's "Best of the Bar" list. Marsh practices with the Burr & Forman's environmental law group, as well as the commercial, real estate and finance groups. She is President-Elect of the American College of Mortgage Attorneys and will succeed to the Presidency in 2012. Marsh is also a Member of the Board of Directors of the Mid-South Commercial Law Institute, the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors and the Tennessee Lawyers Association for Women. Posted 7.15.11


Robert F. Corrigan Jr. , has been named vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary of Baylor College of Medicine. The appointment was made by the BCM Board of Trustees. Corrigan was a partner and business attorney with the Health Care Law Group at Fulbright & Jaworski since 1988. In that position, he has served as an adviser to BCM on a variety of issues.Robert serves as an adjunct professor at the University of Houston Law Center and has served as chair of the Health Law Section of the State Bar of Texas 2006-2007. He is a frequent lecturer on a variety of health law regulatory topics, including heath care reform, medical privacy and non-profit governance. Posted 1.28.11

Bennett Ross [EMK1]   has been appointed to the Board of Trustees for the George C. Marshall Foundation. Bennett is a partner with Wiley Rein in Washington, D.C., where he represents clients before the Federal Communications Commission and in federal court and state public service commissions.

 [EMK1] Class of 1988