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Eric Schroeder succeeds Patrick Watson as office managing partner in Atlanta for Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner. Schroeder specializes in unfair competition, intellectual property, licensing, First Amendment and content issues, advising clients how to protect their brand, reputation and sales in the marketplace. He works with clients ranging from startups to Fortune 100 corporations on false advertising, trademark, copyright, defamation, right of publicity, privacy, software licensing and commercial litigation matters. Read more herePosted 4.1.20

Reggie O’Shields has been promoted to Executive Vice President and Director of Enterprise Solutions at Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta. Read more herePosted 3.25.20

Amy M. Pepke has been appointed by the Tennessee Supreme Court to serve a three-year term on the Tennessee Board of Law Examiners. Pepke will represent the Western District of Tennessee. Read more herePosted 1.7.20

Monique Winkler has been named Associate Regional Director in the SEC's Division of Enforcement. Read more herePosted 10.9.19

Julie Bell Lindsay has been named executive director of the Center for Audit Quality. Julie was previously managing director and deputy head for global regulatory affairs at Citigroup.  Posted 5.8.19

Matt Minner was recently recognized by Best Lawyers as the 2019 "Lawyer of the Year" for Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs in the Lexington area.  Read more:  Posted 8.24.18

Rahul Ranadive has been elected shareholder of Carlton Fields in the firm’s Miami office. Rahul is a member of the firm’s business transactions; estates; trusts and probate; executive services; international, real estate and commercial finance; taxation; and technology practice and industry groups. Posted 3.1.18

Heather Ziemba has joined Helen Tarokic Law as senior associate. Helen Tarokic Law specializes in immigration and nationalization law. Posted 9.20.17

Paul Monnin is now partner at Alston & Brid in Atlanta. Paul has joined the firm’s securities litigation and enforcement capabilities practice. Previously, Paul was partner at Paul Hastings in Atlanta. Posted 8.17.17

Arlan Lewis 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

Kurt Grasinger of New York married Donald Lutt on November 20 at the Manhattan Penthouse. Kurt is the senior legal operations manager for Marsh & McLennan Companies in Washington D.C. Donald is a senior director for CBRE, a commercial real estate firm. Posted 1.19.17

Scott Burnett Smith (MTS ’97), partner at Bradley in Huntsville, has been recognized with the DRI Tom Segalla Excellence in Education Award. This award recognizes those for excellence in continuing legal education. Posted 11.28.16

Rahul P. Ranadive has joined Carlton Fields as counsel in their Miami office. He will practice in the firm’s International and Business Transactions practice groups. Posted 9.15.16

Moses K. Song  is now serving as chief investment officer at ARA Asset Management, which is based in Singapore. Prior to joining the Group, Moses was a principal and chief operating officer at Lubert-Adler Asia Advisors Pte., the Asia investment platform of US-based real estate private equity firm Lubert-Adler Partners. Posted 5.18.16 

Keith Powell has opened a sole law practice, Powell Counsel, in Columbia, South Carolina. Posted 5.12.16

J. Scott CulpepperJ. Scott Culpepper joined Atlanta based MailChimp as the company’s general counsel. Before joining MailChimp, Scott was a partner at Robins Kaplan, and previously, a partner at Thomas, Kayden, Horstemeyer & Risley. Posted 12.4.15




Joel Todd Galanter was included on the 2015 “Best of the Bar” awards list by the Nashville Business Journal. Joel is chief legal officer and general counsel of Aegis Sciences Corp., the Nashville-based forensic toxicology and healthcare sciences company. Posted 5.15.15

Albert Jui Li is moving from Zimmer Holdings Inc. to Ottobock to become its general counsel at the company's new Austin, Texas, corporate headquarters, effective January 5. Albert assumes the lead legal and compliance executive position on the executive management team to support the U.S. and Canada operations of this global, leading prosthetics, orthotics and mobility solutions company. Posted 12.19.14

Jennifer A. Shah , an attorney with Phillips Lytle, was the recipient of the Volunteer Lawyers Project’s 2014 Litigation Award. Jennifer accepted the award at the seventh annual “Champions for Justice Bash” held on November 14th, the annual event celebrating the work done by ECBA Volunteer Lawyers Project and Legal Services for the Elderly, Disabled or Disadvantaged of Western New York. Posted 11.19.14

Kate Bohon McKinney has resumed her litigation practice as of January 2014 at Martin Pringle Oliver Wallace & Bauer in Kansas City. She focuses on civil and commercial litigation, insurance defense, advertising, marketing and promotions law, and business and entrepreneurial law. Posted 11.6.14

Joseph Sciarrotta Jr. has been appointed by Arizona Governor Jan Brewer to the Maricopa County Superior Court. Joe was recommended to the governor through a unanimous decision by the nonpartisan Maricopa County Commission on Trial Court Appointments and is expected to take the bench early next year. He has served as general counsel to the governor since 2011, where he advises on a variety of issues. Posted 9.26.14

Matthew Robert Burnstein  (BA '93) has been promoted to chairman of the Nashville-based firm, Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, effective Aug. 1. Burnstein has spent his entire legal career at Waller. He joined the firm in 1997 after graduating Order of the Coif and serving as a clerk to Chief U.S. District Judge Charles R. Simpson III in the United States District Court for the Western District of Kentucky. Posted 7.16.14

Paul Bennett Seusy has been elected to serve on the board of directors for the South Florida State College Foundation, a 501(c)(3) corporation with an eleven million dollar endowment, on April 27. The Foundation's primary purpose is to provide scholarships to students, and grants to educators, at South Florida State College. Paul was voted "DeSoto County's Best Attorney" in 2012 by readers of the Charlotte Sun-Herald's Arcadian. In addition, he was elected to serve as president of the Rotary Club of Arcadia beginning July 1. The Rotary Club of Arcadia is a 501(c)(3) organization devoted to many humanitarian causes, including the elimination of polio, spreading literacy and providing clean water to all of humanity. The Rotary Club of Arcadia was established in 1948, and has been continuously active in its community since. The Rotary Club of Arcadia is a charter club of Rotary International. Paul currently practices law in Arcadia, DeSoto County, Florida. Posted 5.21.13

Kara Elizabeth Shea, Nashville-based attorney, has been named the labor and employment practice group leader at Butler Snow O'Mara Stevens & Cannada. Shea focuses her work on employment training and counseling, employment litigation and labor and employment compliance counseling, among others. Posted 2.13.13

Mary Ann Poirier is now general counsel at the University of Dayton in Dayton, Ohio. Prior to joining the University, Mary Ann was of counsel at Dinsmore & Shohl. Posted 11.15.12

Albert Jui Li has recently been promoted to Assistant General Counsel, Americas from senior counsel, Biologics & Latin America at Zimmer Holdings, Inc. (ZMH). In this role, Al will manage legal affairs for the commercial sales and distribution teams throughout Canada, the U.S. and South America for ZMH's Reconstructive Division, as well as other key corporate and legal areas. Posted 10.8.12

Kevin A. Pollack (MBA'96) has been appointed to the board of directors and audit committee of MagneGas, the developer of a technology that converts liquid waste into a hydrogen-based metal working fuel and natural gas alternative. Kevin is a managing director at Paragon Capital, a private investment firm focused primarily on investing in US listed companies. He also serves as president of Short Hills Capital. Earlier this year, Kevin was also appointed to Lightlake Therapeutics's board of directors. Lightlake is a London-based, early stage biopharmaceutical company developing modern addiction treatments based on its expertise using opioid antagonists. Posted 7.9.12

Harrison Joseph Frahn IV has been elected to serve a two-year term on the Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center board of directors. Buzz, a partner in Simpson Thacher & Bartlett's Palo Alto office, focuses on intellectual property and antitrust. He began practicing law in the firm's New York office and was one of the founding members of the Palo Alto office. Posted 4.17.12

Jill Kempenaar joined BBN Raytheon as contracts manager in the Rosslyn, Virginia office. BBN (formerly Bolt Baranek and Newman) developed packet-switching technology for the ARPANET, which eventually became the internet. Prior to joining BBN, Jill spent two years with the USDA Office of General Counsel, ten years as an associate at Booz Allen Hamilton, and two years at DLT Solutions, a leading value added reseller. Posted 11.9.11

Reggie O'Shields has been promoted to Senior Vice President, Deputy General Counsel and Director of Legal Services at Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta. Reggie has served as the bank's Deputy General Counsel since 2007. He joined FHLBank Atlanta in 2003 as a Senior Attorney and has served in various leadership positions in the Legal Services Department. Posted 3.29.11

Richard Porotsky Richard Porotsky, Jr. , a partner at Dinsmore & Shohl was drawn to the law by a desire to do public service as well as to do challenging work. He was recently featured in a Cincinnati Bar article discussing his ability balance work, family and service. Read the article here. Posted 2.2.11





Keith Powell Keith Powell and his wife, Kelly, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter Isabel Nina on January 20, 2011, in Columbia, SC. Keith practices at Childs & Halligan, a Columbia, South Carolina law firm specializing in school law, special education, employment and labor law, wage and hour matters, and insurance defense. Posted 1.28.11



Jennifer HarwellJennifer Harwell , of Columbia, Tennessee died November 4, 2010. She was 46. Jennifer was a 1982 graduate of The Harpeth Hall School in Nashville, and was valedictorian of her class. She was a summa cum laude graduate of Vanderbilt University and a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She was also a graduate of Vanderbilt Law School and had a particular interest in healthcare law. Jennifer loved learning, the beach, walking in the snow and had a love for all animals, especially her dog, Bonnie Blue. She is survived by her mother, a brother and two sisters. 


Stephanie Feldman Aleong
, an assistant professor of law at Nova Southeastern University and a former statewide prosecutor, died October 23, 2008 of melanoma. Stephanie, of Plantation, FL, was 36. Between 2000 and 2002, Stephanie led a health care fraud team at the office of the statewide prosecutor in Fort Lauderdale. She worked on a task force that investigated abuses by hundreds of small pharmaceutical firms. The task force uncovered wholesalers making more than $100 million buying counterfeit, stolen, re-labeled and expired medicines and selling them into the nation's drug supply. South Florida brokers were linked to fake cholesterol pills and vials of fake cancer and HIV drugs in 24 states. The task force was the subject of a 2005 non-fiction book, "Dangerous Doses: How Counterfeiters Are Contaminating America's Drug Supply," by Katherine Eban. Before she joined the statewide prosecutor, Stephanie was a Miami-Dade County prosecutor for four years, handling major criminal cases. Mothers Against Drunk Driving recognized her work. Stephanie, who grew up in Michigan, also received her undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt University. 

Brad Monks passed away on February 17, 2007, after a long battle with carcinoid cancer. "Brad had a unique ability to reach out and engage people and touch them with his wit, compassion and insight," writes classmate John Belcher. His memorial service will be held at St. Bartholomew's Church (located at Park Avenue at 51st Street in Manhattan) on Friday, March 9, at 3 p.m., with a reception for friends and family immediately following.