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Jennifer Smith Murnahan Kaczor died at her home in Grand Rapids, Michigan on October 13th where she spent her final days surrounded by her loving husband and family. She was a fast friend, and devoted daughter, sister, and aunt. She loved fine wine and was a voracious reader. She is survived by her husband, Dave Kaczor. Posted 10.19.21

April Abele Isaacson co founded a podcast, Sidebars by Kilpatrick Townsend. This limited podcast series showcases today's leading women in the patent bar. Each of the episodes is a candid conversation between groundbreaking women legal practitioners about their career paths, the obstacles they overcame in reaching success, and the steps we as a profession must still take to close the gender gap in intellectual property law and the patent bar. Posted 4.30.21

April Abele Isaacson joins Kilpatrick Townsend in San Francisco. The team has broad experience across the biopharma patent service areas and close interconnections running back many years. Posted 1.14.21

Kenneth R. Cunningham (BA ’91) is now serving as Managing Principal at Grant Thornton. Posted 4.7.20

April Abele Isaacson joins DLA Piper as of counsel in San Francisco. Isaacson focuses on representing pharmaceutical companies in biologic and drug patent litigation, including Hatch-Waxman litigation. Over her career, Isaacson has tackled a wide range of intellectual property issues in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, chemical and medical device industries, working from in-house and outside counsel positions. Posted 4.3.20

Tom Lee has been elected Vice Chair of the Tennessee Sports Wagering Advisory Council, responsible for advising on best regulatory practices in Tennessee’s new sports gaming industry. Tom was appointed to the inaugural membership of the Council by the Speaker of the Tennessee House. Tom continues as the Member-in-Charge of the Nashville office of Frost Brown Todd LLC. Posted 4.2.20

Richard Littlehale began a new role as assistant director at the Technology and Innovation Division at TBI. Posted 11.21.19

Alan W. Tamarelli Jr. has been promoted to partner at Latham & Watkins in New York, where he practices in the firm’s healthcare and life sciences group.  Posted 5.3.19

Kim Seymour has been named Weight Watcher’s Chief People Officer, to lead the Company’s People function globally for approximately 18,000 employees. In this role, Seymour reports directly to the Company’s President and Chief Executive Officer, Mindy Grossman, and is a member of the Executive Committee. Posted 4.9.19

Tom Lee is the new member-in-charge of the Louisville-based office of Frost Brown Todd. Posted 10.30.18

John Quattrocchi has joined Baker McKenzie’s Corporate & Securities Practice as a Partner in Dallas, bringing more than two decades of experience advising companies on a wide range of complex mergers and acquisitions and private equity transactions.  Posted 10.23.18

IP Litigator, Hugh J. Marbury , has joined Cozen O’ Connor in the firm’s Intellectual Property Department as member. He practices in the Washington, D.C. office. Previously, Hugh was partner at DLA Piper. Posted 11.14.17

Lauren Degnan has been named a recipient of the 2017 “Women Worth Watching in STEM” award by Profiles in Diversity Journal. Lauren is a principal in the Washington, D.C. office of Fish & Richardson. Posted 4.21.17

Mark Anderson has been named managing director and general counsel of Lazard Asset Management in New York City. Mark joined the firm in 2014 as its chief compliance officer. Posted 4.19.17

John Quattrocchi has been named to the Dallas Business Journal’s 2017 “Dealmakers list”. John is a partner at Weil, Gotshal & Manges in Dallas.

David Gerregano (BA ’92) has been announced as commissioner of the Department of Revenue by Governor Bill Haslam. 1.19.17

Thomas Hayden Lee, a member at Frost Brown Todd in Nashville, has been named managing principal of CivicPoint, the firm’s government relations office. Posted 8.23.16

Ken Pollack is senior vice president, general counsel, chief compliance officer and secretary of American Capital Agency in Bethesda, Maryland. Previously, Ken served as deputy general counsel and senior vice president at American Capital Ltd.  Posted 7.25.16

Judith S. Price (MBA'96) has joined boutique law firm Riggs Davie as member. Posted 4.21.16

Justin Gregory Tanner was quoted in a Washington Post article, “Black millenials consider a post-Obama world”. Justin is a member of the board for IMPACT, a nonprofit devoted to helping young professionals of color working in politics and policy, who works in the Obama administration. Posted 1.29.16

Aubrey B. Harwell III (BA’92) will serve as the 2016 chair of the Campaign for Equal Justice, an annual initiative that raises funds for the Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands. Trey is a member in the Nashville based firm Neal & Harwell where he practices primarily in civil litigation and white-collar criminal defense. Posted 12.4.15

Craig Stephen Mordock has joined the Orange County, California office of Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton. He is a partner in the firm’s corporate practice group. Posted 9.17.15

Luther Wright Jr. will serve as vice chairman – attorney for 100 Black Men of Middle Tennessee. Luther is of counsel with Ogletree Deakins in the firm's Nashville, Tennessee office where he practices with the labor & employment team. He was also included on the 2015 "Best of the Bar" awards by the Nashville Business Journal. Posted 5.15.15

Cheryl Williams has formed the Williams Immigration & Naturalization Law in Nashville. She was previously a partner at the Rose Immigration Law Firm in Nashville. Posted 5.17.15

Jeffrey Michael Sullivan, a partner at Hunton & Williams, has been appointed to serve as executive vice president, general counsel and secretary of STAG Industrial by the company's board of directors, effective January 1, 2015. Jeff's practice has focused on securities law, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance matters and general corporate law. Posted 9.26.14

Melanie Lynn Black Dubis , a partner with Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein, was recently named "Tar Heel of the Week" by the Raleigh News and Observer. The article highlights Melanie's legal career and her dedication to a landmark North Carolina case involving access to education for the state's low-income students. Posted 11.7.13

CherylWilliamsCheryl Behringer Williams has joined Siskind Susser as a member. Previously with Rose Immigration Law Firm, Cheryl is a 17-year veteran of immigration practice. She specializes in employment- and family-based immigration, naturalization and employment verification matters, as well humanitarian cases in area of U.S. immigration law. Posted 10.21.13


Aubrey B. (Trey) Harwell III (BA'92), member at Neal & Harwell, has been appointed and confirmed to the Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority board. Appointed by Mayor Karl Dean and confirmed on May 21 by the Metropolitan Council of Nashville and Davidson County, Trey serves as the board's legal representative. His principal areas of practice are civil litigation and white-collar criminal defense. Trey is a member of his firm's crisis management team and has also conducted numerous independent investigations on behalf of individual and corporate clients throughout the United States. Posted 8.22.13

Kimaria LaShawn Seymour has been promoted to Senior Vice President, HR Business Partner for Global Corporate Services, at American Express. Kim is currently VP, HR Business Partner for USCS & OPEN. Her past experience and successful track record in previous HR Business Partner and COE roles both at AXP and GE, make her ideal for this leadership position. In this new role, Kim's transition to her new role will begin on August 19. Kim's career in human resources spans 15 years, across multiple companies, disciplines and positions. Joining American Express in 2008, Kim quickly established credibility amongst her peers, business leaders, employees and networks as an authentic leader, who not only has an eye for talent but applies a talent lens across everything we do, understands the core business strategy and knows that transparent conversations are critical to success. Posted 8.19.13

Chris Bangerter, age 47, of Brentwood, Tennessee, died May 3, 2013 after a long courageous battle with cancer. Chris graduated from the U.S. Army Military Academy and was a 1LT U.S. Army helicopter pilot in the UH-60 Blackhawk. He is a Veteran of Desert Storm where he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and other honors. Following his military career, Chris graduated from Vanderbilt Law School and has been the chief compliance officer at LifePoint Hospitals for the past nine years. Chris is survived by his wife Becky; three children; his parents; two sisters; and many nieces and nephews. Posted 6.12.13

Melanie Lynn Black Dubis Melanie Lynn Black Dubis , partner at Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein, was re-elected as chair of the Carolina Ballet board of directors. In this role, Melanie will continue to work to ensure the Ballet remains a premiere arts organization with top talent from around the world. Melanie has served on the Ballet's board of directors since 2005 and as chair since 2011. In addition to her work with the Ballet, she has served as pro bono general counsel for Alliance of AIDS Services, Carolina since 2001, and is a member of the advisory board of Connected Women of North Carolina. In 2012, Melanie was reappointed to the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce's Education Committee for the second consecutive year. Working with various local educational groups, including the Wake County Public School System, the education committee focuses on the sharing of ideas between local business professionals in an effort to improve the overall school system. Dubis, who is involved in educational improvement as an attorney, provides legal counsel on the Hoke County Board of Education v. State case. Currently in appeals court, Dubis represents low-wealth school districts on a case in what has been described as one of "the most important North Carolina Supreme Court rulings in living memory." Additionally, in 2011 Melanie was named by Triangle Business Journal as a recipient of the 2011 Women in Business Award, which honors area women who are dynamic and outstanding leaders with established track records of significant accomplishments in business and/or community service.  Posted 6.10.13

Susan SteelmanSusan Steelman (BA'92) has joined the Nashville, Tennessee office of Miller & Martin from Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters Health System in Norfolk, Virginia. There, she served as director of loss prevention and regulatory matters. Before that, she was associate general counsel at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, assistant general counsel at Ardent Health Services and associate GC at Community Health Systems. Posted 2.11.13



Gordon Peery
has joined Borden Ladner Gervais (BLG), a preeminent, 750-lawyer full-service firm, as Global Derivatives Advisor. Gordon brings to BLG a 17-year career to complement BLG's powerhouse Derivatives Group. Gordon will continue to practice law in California where he resides, and will continue to provide legal counsel for his U.S. clients. In addition, as part of BLG's Derivatives Group, Gordon will work with BLG lawyers to provide support for BLG's derivatives clients in Canada and around the world. With a broad range of global experience exclusively devoted to derivatives and futures, Gordon provides trusted advice to a wide range of clients, from funds of all varieties to energy and real estate companies to pensions and other clients. Policymakers, including representatives of governments and sovereign wealth funds have benefited from his counsel. His book, The Post-Reform Guide to Derivatives and Futures (Wiley, 2012), was a 2012 International Book Awards winner. Posted 1.4.13

Lucy Dalglish McNair has been appointed the next dean of the University of Maryland's Philip Merrill College of Journalism. She will succeed Dean Kevin Klose on August 1. For the past 12 years, Lucy has led the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, a voluntary association of reporters and editors seeking to protect First Amendment interests of the news media. She is president of the National Freedom of Information Coalition and supervisor for the Sunshine in Government Initiative, which she cofounded. Earlier this year, Lucy won the National Press Foundation's W.M Kiplinger Award for distinguished contributions to journalism. Posted 5.17.12

Kendall Jones has launched Flat Fee Law Now. The service offers predictable, low flat rates for a wide variety of commonly-requested legal services. Kendall is actively licensed in California, Florida, and Georgia. Posted 4.17.12

Robert Stark was lead editor and co-author of a chapter of Contested Valuation in Corporate Bankruptcy, a 400-page treatise published in 2011 by LexisNexis as part of its "Collier on Bankruptcy" monograph series. Robert is a partner at Brown Rudnick in New York who focuses on bankruptcy and corporate restructuring. Posted 4.3.12

David Gerregano (AS'92) has been promoted from Assistant Commissioner to Deputy Commissioner over legal services, tax policy, and administrative hearings with the Tennessee Department of Revenue. David has been with the Department for fourteen years, first serving as tax counsel and then senior tax counsel. He has also served as an administrative hearing officer and a departmental liaison to the General Assembly. Posted 7.15.11

Thomas H. Lee , a longtime Tennessee government relations practitioner and public strategist has joined Frost Brown Todd as a partner in its Nashville office.Tom has three decades of experience as a government relations counsel, lobbyist, attorney, journalist and strategist. He launched his own firm, BlairBlvd, in the summer of 2009 after a prominent career at Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, where he specialized in government relations and civil litigation. Posted 1.28.11

Kenneth CunninghamKenneth Robert Cunningham (BA'91, JD'95), has been named the new Grant Thornton Chief Legal Officer effective February 1, 2011. Ken succeeds Peggy Zagel as Chief Legal Officer, who will be retiring from the firm July 31, 2011. Since joining the firm in 2004 as Senior Counsel in the Risk, Regulatory and Legal Affairs group, Ken has led the regulatory defense practice, defended the firm and its personnel in class action securities litigation and accounting malpractice litigation, and provided training and counsel to all service lines on risk and regulatory issues. Prior to his tenure at Grant Thornton, he served as a Senior Counsel with the SEC's Division of Enforcement in Washington, DC, where he investigated matters involving complex financial fraud. Posted 1.18.11

Charles Andrew Head will be a partner at the law firm of Fried Bonder in Atlanta, Georgia. Posted 1.3.11