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Ric Keller wrote an article published by the Harvard Crimson regarding bipartisan civility. Read the full article here. Posted 2.12.21

Mike Birrer was included in Carrington Coleman attorneys 2020 Texas Super Lawyers legal guide.  Texas Super Lawyers is published by Thomson Reuters and appears in Texas Monthly and Super Lawyers magazines. Selection is limited to no more than 5 percent of Texas attorneys and is based on a statewide survey of lawyers and extensive editorial review.  Read more herePosted 1.15.21

Steve Tapper  has joined the Washington, DC-based law firm of Kalijarvi, Chuzi, Newman & Fitch, P.C. as Of Counsel after a career in the federal government. His practice focuses on representing federal employees before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Merit Systems Protection Board, Office of Special Counsel, and various courts, and in response to proposed disciplinary actions. Posted 1.14.21

Dave Macaione (MBA '92) is now Chief Legal Officer with Cloudburst Entertainment, producers and distributors of film and television, headquartered in Scottsdale, AZ. Posted 2.20.20

Grant Harbrecht joined BB&T as Executive Vice President, Chief Compliance Officer in Charlotte, North Carolina. Posted 12.9.19

John Herman has started a firm with another Robbins Geller partner, Peter Jones. The two former Robbins Geller partners opened Herman Jones in Atlanta, GA. The new firm will continue handling large plaintiff’s matters, some in collaboration with Robbins Geller, but it will also represent clients on the defense side of business disputes and in compliance matters.  Posted 7.18.19

Julian H. Wright Jr. was elected to the North Carolina Bar Association’s board of governors at the association’s annual meeting.  Posted 7.2.19

Samuel (Sam) D. Payne has been named senior attorney with the ERISA long-term disability firm of Cody Allison & Associates in Nashville Tennessee.  Posted 8.14.18

President Trump announced that he will renominate Eli Richardson to serve as a district court judge in the Middle District of Tennessee. Eli currently practices with Bass, Berry & Sims. Posted 1.15.18

Hall Blake Bryan III has joined the Board of Directors of Bryant Bank. He is a partner at Bradley Arant Boult Cummings in Huntsville, Alabama. Posted 12.15.17

Pamela Jean Swartzberg has been named to the board of directors of Immaculate Heart Media, parent company of the national Catholic talk radio network Relevant Radio. Posted 11.27.17

Zachary T. Fardon (BA '88) is now serving as managing partner and head of litigation at King & Spalding in the firm’s Chicago office. King & Spalding will open their permanent Chicago location in the West Loop in September. Posted 8.24.2017

Charles Compton has been promoted to member at Jackson Kelly in Evansville, Indiana. Charles joined Jackson Kelly in October 2015. Posted 4.21.17

Lawrence Epstein, UFC chief operating officer, was recently selected as a charter member and named vice chair of Las Vegas Stadium Board of Directors. Posted 2.21.17

Joseph M. Pinjuh received the Attorney General’s Award for Outstanding Contributions to Community Partnerships for Public Safety for his work in the northern district of Ohio combating the current heroin/fentanyl epidemic. Joseph is an assistant United States attorney. Posted 1.19.17

Ike Lawrence Epstein (BA’89), has been appointed to the board of directors to the National Foundation on Fitness Sports and Nutrition. Lawrence is senior vice president and chief operating officer of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Posted 8.23.16

Anne Clayton Martin, attorney at Bone McAllester Norton, was elected a fellow of the Tennessee Bar Association. Posted 5.18.16

William Hunter Holliday is vice president - general counsel for management consulting firm, North Highland in Atlanta. Previously, Hunter was a partner in Alston & Bird’s Atlanta office with their corporate transactions & securities group. Posted 5.3.16

Sandra Fanning Hinckley received the 2016 Top Corporate Counsel Award for labor & employment law, which recognizes in-house counsel who are leaders in their company, organization or industry, exhibit high ethical standards and possess exemplary professional skills. Sandra is senior director for global HR compliance & employment law counsel for Sykes Enterprises in Tampa, FL. Posted 4.5.16

Sarah Hicks Stewart will be elected without opposition to another six year term as a circuit judge in Alabama.  She has been on the bench over ten years and served as the state wide chair for judicial education for the Circuit and District judges and serve on the Board of Directors for the Circuit Judges Association of Alabama. Sarah was the first and is still the only female circuit jury trial judge in Mobile County, AL. Posted 4.5.16

Craig Alan Fitzgerald was selected as a fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America. Craig is a shareholder in the Tulsa, Oklahoma office of GableGotwals, where his practice focuses on complex litigation, insurance property litigation and aviation. Posted 12.4.15

Ashley Simons Todd died September 23, 2015. She was 49. After graduating from Duke University and the earning her law degree from Vanderbilt, Ashley began a short but successful legal career with a national law firm in Chicago. She chose to resign to focus on her children and supporting her husband’s medical practice. She is survived by her husband, two sons, father and brother. Posted 12.4.15

Stacy Earl Thomas has joined the Community Foundation of Greater Jackson board of trustees. He is a shareholder in the Jackson, Mississippi office of the law firm Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell and Berkowitz, where he focuses his practice on the areas of federal and state taxation, tax disputes, and tax planning. Stacy is a former president and member of the board of the Mississippi Society of Certified Public Accountants. He has served as chair of the taxation section of the Mississippi Bar Association and president of the Estate Planning Council of Mississippi. Posted 9.17.15

Julian H. Wright Jr. (M.Div.’92) was appointed to the North Carolina Equal Access to Justice Commission by North Carolina Chief Justice Mark D. Martin. He will serve as a practicing lawyer member until December 2016. Julian is a shareholder with Robinson Bradshaw in the firm’s Charlotte, North Carolina office. He practices in the areas of employment law, business litigation and securities disputes. Posted 8.28.15

Anne Clayton Martin was included on the 2015 “Best of the Bar” awards list by the Nashville Business Journal. Anne is a member with the Nashville, Tennessee office of Bone McAllester Norton where she concentrates her practice in the areas of commercial litigation and employment law, representing both employers and employees. Posted 5.15.15

Kathryn Elaine Barnett was included on the 2015 “Best of the Bar” awards list by the Nashville Business Journal. Kathryn is the managing partner of Morgan & Morgan's Nashville, Tennessee office and focuses her practice in the areas of product liability, personal injury, class action, and consumer protection. Posted 5.15.15

Anne Clayton Martin won one of Nashville Business Journal’s 2015 Women of Influence Awards. Anne is a member with Bone McAllester Norton where she focuses her practice in the areas of commercial litigation and employment law. Posted 2.25.15 

David Gerald Bristol has been hired as general counsel and vice president of Pacific Northern Environmental Corporation, a specialty construction and environmental response company with international operations.  He also retains a part-time private practice representing individuals and companies in the areas of real estate, corporate, financial institutions, construction, and other transactional areas of law.  David most recently was a Shareholder of Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt, a Northwest regional law firm headquartered in Portland, Oregon. Posted 1.2.15

Robert Sarfatis Robert Sarfatis was included on the American City Business Journal’s 2015 “Who’s Who in Energy list”. Robert is a partner in the Dallas office of Gardere where he focuses on corporate law. Posted 6.6.16



Scott Dresser has been appointed as Group General Counsel of VimpelCom Ltd, a leading global provider of telecommunications services. Dresser has also been appointed a member of the Group Executive Board and the Group Management Board. He was most recently Vice President of Global Strategic Initiatives at BirdLife International, a global conservation organization operating in 118 countries. Between 2006-2012 he was with Virgin Media in the UK, including as General Counsel where he led the Legal Department and acted as the principal liaison with the Company's Board of Directors, as well as being a member of the Executive Management Team. Posted 8.19.14

Shane Rock was named chief executive officer of Interfaith Works, a leading social service agency in Montgomery County, Maryland. Shane joins Interfaith Works with 20 years of experience working in for nonprofit, social service and advocacy organizations, most recently as director of operations for senior services for the Jewish Social Services Agency in Rockville. Posted 7.16.14

Zachary Thomas Fardon (BA'88), U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, was featured in a recent Chicago Sun Times article highlighting his impressive finish in the Boston Marathon. Posted 5.27.14

Julian H. Wright, Jr. (MDiv'92), an attorney with Robinson Bradshaw & Hinson, has received the North Carolina Bar Association's citizen lawyer award. The award was established in 2007 to recognize lawyers who provide exemplary public service to their communities. Julian is involved with local and state organizations that primarily focus on youth education and recreation initiatives. He currently serves as the chair of the board of directors of GenerationNation, formerly Kids Voting Mecklenburg County, an organization dedicated to building civic literacy and leadership opportunities for K-12 students across the community. He also chairs the oversight board for Camp Grier, a Presbyterian camping center in Old Fort, North Carolina. Posted 3.25.14

Hall Blake Bryant III has joined the Regions Huntsville advisory board. Hall is a partner in the Huntsville, Alabama, office of Bradley Arant Boult & Cummings, where he focuses his practice on mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, securities law, corporate finance and general corporate advice. Posted 2.14.14

Zachary Fardon (BA'88) was confirmed October 16 as the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois. His appointment gained the unanimous approval of the U.S. Senate and was announced in a statement from U.S. Senators Mark Kirk and Richard Durbin. He replaces Patrick Fitzgerald, who stepped down more than 15 months ago after serving in the position for 11 years. Zach is a partner at Latham & Watkins in Chicago, where he chairs the firm's litigation department. His practice has focused on internal investigations, government investigations, white-collar defense and complex business litigation. Before joining Latham, he served for nearly a decade as a federal prosecutor in Illinois and Tennessee. Posted 10.21.13

Anne Clayton Martin has been nominated by the Lawyer's Association for Women (LAW) for the 2013 ATHENA Leadership Award. Anne has been a mentor for professional women since she began practicing law in 1992. After serving in a number of leadership roles with LAW, including treasurer, membership chair and director and newsletter editor, Anne served as the president of the organization from 2000-2001. Anne has also served as president of the National Conferences of Women's Bar Associations, as a board member for the Nashville Bar Association, has co-chaired the large firm effort for the Legal Aid Society Campaign, has participated in the Tennessee Bar Association Leadership LAW program and has co-chaired that organization's Continuing Education Committee. Anne has also served on the executive committee of her law firm, Bone McAllester Norton. Posted 2.11.13

David GregersonDavid Eric Gregerson was sworn in January 14 as the newest and youngest sitting judge in Clark County Superior Court and the first whose investiture was held outside the Clark County Courthouse. Two decades after becoming a lawyer, Gregerson was elected to the Superior Court. He successfully outpolled Judge John Wulle in an August primary, the first time a sitting Superior Court judge has been unseated in 37 years in Clark County. To read more about David's swearing-in ceremony, click here . Posted 2.5.13

Stacey L. Jarrellhas joined Reed Smith as a counsel in the firm's energy and natural resources practice group. Prior to joining Reed Smith, Stacey practiced with Thorp Reed & Armstrong. Posted 5.8.12

David Martin Macaione (MBA '92) has relocated to Charleston, South Carolina as the new President of Family Time Media. Dave was formerly President and COO at Rigel Entertainment, following his time spent as COO at Regent Entertainment. Posted 1.10.12

Derek K. Smith was appointed to the Tennessee Circuit Court for the 21st Judicial District by Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam. For the past 19 years, Smith served in the Office of the District Attorney General, 21st Judicial Circuit, beginning as an assistant district attorney before being promoted to deputy district attorney in 1999. Smith was vice president of the Williamson County Task Force against Domestic Violence, where he earned a Lifetime Achievement Award. He is also a member of the Boys and Girls club, and he was honorably discharged from the United States Navy Reserves in 1998. Posted 1.10.12

Stuart Brown joined Ice Miller in Indianapolis as of counsel and co-chair of its collegiate sports practice group. Stu was previously a principal at an Atlanta-based law firm where he represented college coaches and student-athletes regarding NCAA infractions and student-athlete eligibility issues. Posted 11.9.11

Reese J. Henderson Jr. joined the Jacksonville office of GrayRobinson as a shareholder. Reese brings an extensive background in construction litigation and other construction-related legal services and has been recognized as a board certified construction attorney by the Florida Bar. Posted 11.9.11

Scott Dresser was appointed general counsel and corporate secretary of Virgin Media in London in January 2011. Scott joined Virgin in 2006 and had been acting as the media company's deputy general counsel. He has over 20 years of experience in corporate strategy and development matters within the legal industry including 10 years practicing in New York with Morgan Lewis & Bockius and Lord Day & Lord. Scott is also a non-executive director and chairman of the compensation committee of UKTV, a joint venture between the BBC and Virgin Media. Posted 10.17.11

Joseph M. Pinjuh was recently appointed as the Lead Task Force Attorney for the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force and the Chief of the Narcotics Unit for the U.S. Attorney's Office in the Northern District of Ohio. In this capacity, Joe is responsible for the district's drug enforcement program and supervises attorneys and support staff in Cleveland, Akron, Youngstown and Toledo. He has served with the Department of Justice since 1998. Posted 4.19.11

William Outhier has been elected member with the litigation law firm Riley Warnock & Jacobson. He practices in the areas of commercial litigation, health care and election law. Prior to joining the firm, William was managing director with Washington, D.C., government relations firm Carmen Group. He previously spent six years working in the U.S. Congress, most recently as Republican Chief Counsel for the U.S. Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs. Posted 3.21.11

Michael Patrick Bigelow died April 2, 2009, of complications from pancreatic cancer. He was 45. Until he succumbed to his illness, Mike was Assistant General Counsel, Eli Lilly, Indianapolis, Indiana. He enjoyed coaching his children's sports teams and traveling with his family. Mike was also an Indianapolis Colts fan and he and his family were selected as the "Twelfth Man" by the Colts at the first game in Lucas Oil Stadium. He graduated summa cum laude from the University of Dayton and, as a law student at Vanderbilt, served as an editor of the Vandebilt Law Review. He passed the Indiana Bar Exam while in his final year of law school. Mike was recently awarded the Chairman's Ovation Award by Eli Lilly for helping to develop the company's policy on Pharmaceutical Industry Information transparency. Mike is survived by his wife of 17 years, Kris Bigelow, his daughters Kate and Maggie, and his son Matthew.