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Ashley Kasarjian has been promoted to Director, Employment Services and Investigations at Republic Services. She has also been named to the Phoenix Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” for 2021 and serves as the Immediate Past Chair of the Employment and Labor Law Section for the State Bar of Arizona. Posted 10.29.21

Whit Kilgroe has been hired by The Stephens Group, LLC, the private investment firm backed by the Witt Stephens and Elizabeth Campbell families, as General Counsel. Posted 10.19.21

Mrs. Lori Branyan Metrock is now a Shareholder at Maynard Cooper & Gale. A Shareholder in the Firm’s Corporate, Securities & Tax Practice, Lori concentrates her work in the areas of corporate and securities law and mergers and acquisitions. Posted 5.20.21

La Keisha Wright Butler , Former Executive Director of The Milwaukee Fire And Police Commission, Joins Maynard Cooper. La Keisha is Of Counsel in Maynard Cooper’s Correctional Litigation Practice Group. She focuses her practice on general and complex litigation. She has extensive experience representing clients in civil rights litigation and in government relations. Posted 9.23.20

Michael Hodes Michael P. Hodes was elevated to partnership at Boyd Collar Nolen Tuggle & Roddenbery. Read more herePosted 3.26.20




Michelle Martinez has joined DigiCert Inc. in Lehi, Utah, as corporate legal counsel. She previously practiced patent law at Maschoff Brennan in Salt Lake City. Posted 3.17.20

twinss  J. Ashley Ebersole and  Susan Ambler Ebersole (JD'08)  happily welcomed twin girls, Gracie and Eliza, on October 25, 2019. Jay, their big brother, is pictured holding them in the hospital. Posted 12.19.19




Ashley Ebersole joined Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner in their Washington, D.C. office as partner in the Investigations, Financial Regulatory, and White Collar group. Posted 12.19.19

Alan Bean Alan Bean joined Starnes Davis Florie's Nashville office as partner. Alan represents numerous hospitals, medical groups, clinics, physicians, nursing homes, and other health care providers in all phases of health care liability, premises liability, products liability, and personal injury cases in Tennessee, Florida, Texas, New Hampshire, West Virginia, and Alabama. Read more herePosted 10.14.19



Jordan Arnot Leahey Jordan Arnot Leahey was honored with a 2019 Women, Influence & Power in Law Award by Corporate Counsel. Formerly known as the National Women in Law Awards, the WIPL Awards honor general counsel, in-house leaders and law firm partners who have demonstrated a commitment to advancing the empowerment of women in law. According to Corporate Counsel, “these women are business strategists, complex problem-solvers, and of course, great lawyers.” Jordan is partner at Partridge Partners, a Chicago-based Intellectual Property firm. Posted 10.9.19


Mark Hosemann joined Butler Snow’s Ridgeland office as partner. He practices in the business services group.  Posted 7.2.19

Lori Branyan Metrock (BA’03) has rejoined Baker Donelson’s corporate finance and securities group. She lives in Nashville with her husband, James Bradley Metrock (BA’03, MBA’05), and their son, Mason.  Posted 5.8.19

Sonya Jindal Tork was listed on the Ohio Rising Stars 2019 list, which recognizes the state’s top -up-and-coming attorneys. Sonya is a partner at Taft Stettinius & Hollister in Cincinnati.  Posted 5.8.19

Huong Lam joined Williams Kastner as an associate in their Washington office.  Posted 1.15.19

Brian Manookian has been certified as a life member of both the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and the Multi-Millions Dollar Advocates Forum. The Million Dollar Advocates Forum is recognized as one of the most prestigious groups of trial lawyers in the United States. Membership is limited to attorneys who have won million and multi-million dollar verdicts, awards and settlements. Brian is one of two founding partners of Cummings Manookian in Nashville. Posted 4.24.18

Jeffrey Chesnut has joined Underwood Law Firm in Fort Worth as senior associate. Jeffrey’s practice focuses on public finance, economic development and municipal law. Posted 10.18.17 

Matt Leggett has been announced as chief counsel of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public works by U.S. Senator John Barrasso, chairman of the committee. Matt has served as the committee’s deputy chief counsel since January. Previously, he served as policy counsel for the U.S. Senate Republican Policy Committee for Chairman Barrasso. Posted 9.20.17

Jordon Arnot Leahey was honored by the American Bar Association as a “2017 On the Rise- Top 40 Young Lawyers”, a group recognized for exemplifying a “broad range of high achievement, innovation, leadership, and legal community service”. Jordan is partner at Partridge Partners, a Chicago-based Intellectual Property firm. Posted 9.20.17  

Andrew Kemp-Gerstel became shareholder at Liebler Gonzalez Portuondo in Miami, Florida. His practice focuses on representation of banks, insureds and Lyft. Posted 8.17.2017

Joseph P. Chase has been named “Young Professional of the Year” by the Palm Beach Chamber of Commerce. Joseph is a shareholder at Gunster Yoakley & Stewart in West Palm Beach, Florida and chairman of the board for the Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches. Posted 6.15.17

Brian Manookian  and Brian Cummings (JD '98) founded the Nashville plaintiffs firm, Cummings Manookian. Posted 4.19.17

Darren Rumack is partner at The Klein Law Group in New York, New York. He is the chair of the firm’s employment law practice. Posted 4.19.17

Lauren Loew made partner at Foley & Lardner. Lauren is a litigation lawyer and member of the firm’s Business Litigation & Dispute Resolution Practice and Automotive Industry Team in their Chicago office. Posted 1.23.17

Michael P. Hodes has joined Boyd Collar Nolen & Tuggle in Atlanta, Georgia as counsel. He joins Boyd Collar Nolen & Tuggle from Mayoue Gray Eittreim. Posted 9.20.16

Michelle Kennedy (BA ’92), executive vice president, general counsel and chief financial officer for the Nashville Predators, was honored as one of 10 “Women in Business” selected by Nashville Lifestyle magazine. Posted 8.23.16

Joseph Patrick Chase is a shareholder in the West Palm Beach office for Gunster where he is a member of the corporate practice group. Posted 5.3.16

Don H. Nguyen , has joined The Expert Network, an invitation-only service for distinguished professionals. Nguyen has been chosen as a Distinguished Lawyer based on peer reviews and ratings, recognitions, and accomplishments achieved throughout his career. He specializes in real estate law and business law. Posted 3.07.16

Stephen Ryan Goler (BA’04) is now a shareholder in the Chicago office of Greenberg Traurig where he focuses his practice on joint venture, foreclosure and construction matters. Posted 2.25.16

Stephen Michael Montgomery (BA’03) was named partner at Nashville-based Neal & Harwell where he focuses on commercial law, bankruptcy and corporate transactions. Posted 1.27.16

Todd Ryan Hambidge is a partner in the Nashville office of Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis where he focuses on business and intellectual property litigation. Posted 1.11.15

Sonya Singla Jindal has been elected to partnership by one of Cincinnati's largest law firms, Taft Stettinius & Hollister. Sonya focuses her practice on tax and succession planning, including entity formations, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and partnerships, amongst others. Posted 1.27.16

Courtney Blaire Glaser has been elected partner in the Houston office of Andrews Kurth. Courtney has a diverse civil litigation background, with an emphasis on commercial and business litigation. Posted 12.17.15

Peyton Alexander Cooke joined the United States Institute of Peace as senior program officer for rule of law at the Institute's Kabul, Afghanistan office. In this capacity he will oversee a variety of programs including court observation, legislative monitoring, Afghan constitutional research, and land law reform. Posted 11.16.15

Ainka Sanders Jackson will deliver the initial lecture for the Plan 2 Plan workshop series at Concordia College Alabama. The series is designed to provide attendees with information on how to plan for the future and key aspects of what they can do now to get where they want to be.  A Selma, Alabama native, Ainka is an assistant public defender in Nashville, Tennessee. Posted 8.28.15

Ashley T. Kasarjian, a labor and employment attorney, has been elected as Vice Chair of the Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation Board of Directors. Ashley practices as counsel with Snell & Wilmer in the firm’s Phoenix office. Posted 6.25.15

Lori Branyan Metrock  (BA’03) has been elected shareholder at Baker Donelson in the firm’s Nashville, Tennessee office. Lori concentrates her practice in the areas of corporate and securities law and mergers and acquisitions. Posted 5.15.15

Bryan Andrew JacobsBryan Andrew Jacobs has been included in those selected as “Leaders in Their Fields” in the 2015 edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Business Lawyers. Bryan practices with Keatin Muething & Klekamp in Cincinnati with the firm’s business representation and transactions practice group. Posted 2.18.15



Alan Stuart Bean has been named a member of Gideon Cooper & Essary where he has practiced as an associate since 2007. Posted 1.26.15

Joseph Patrick Chase Joseph Patrick Chase was named to the board of directors of the YMCA of the Palm Beaches for a three-year term, beginning in 2015. Joseph has been with the Gunster law firm since 2010. He handles numerous complex business transactions and assists clients with their day-to-day business and corporate law needs. Joe has represented clients in numerous industries, including health care, agriculture, technology, beverages and publishing. Besides this achievement, Joe was recently accepted into Class V of Leadership Florida's young professional program, Connect Florida. Additionally, Joe has been named secretary of the Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches for the 2014-15 terms and will serve as the Chamber's chair during the 2016-17 term. During the 2015-16 term, he will serve as the Chamber's chair-elect. Posted 1.26.15

Scott Edward Atkinson was named a director of Carr McClellan, a business and business litigation boutique firm in the San Francisco Bay Area.  Scott practices business litigation with particular focus on trade secrets, employee mobility, and complex commercial contract disputes. Posted 1.26.15

Rose Hernandez and Milen Saev (JD '01) have announced the opening of Saev Hernandez Immigration Practice , PLLC. The two partners previously practiced immigration law at Rose Immigration Law Firm. They focus on employment-based, family-based and humanitarian immigration law. Rose and Milen, both graduates of Vanderbilt University School of Law, combine to speak fluent Spanish, Russian and Bulgarian. Rose focuses on permanent residence through employment, particularly the labor certification process. She also works on family-based immigration and humanitarian cases, such as U visas for victims of certain crimes who have cooperated with law enforcement, waivers, deferred action for childhood arrivals and special paths to citizenship. Rose speaks and writes on the immigration regulatory environment in Tennessee, immigration options for children, citizenship and comprehensive immigration reform. She volunteers for the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition (TIRRC) as the supervising attorney for its Welcoming Tennessee Naturalization Clinics. Posted 8.12.2014

Sonya Jindal

Sonya S. Jindal,  an associate at Taft Stettinius & Hollister, has been selected as a Top 100 Trial Lawyer by The National Trial Lawyers. Membership into the organization is by invitation only and is extended to those individuals who exemplify superior qualifications, trial results, and leadership in criminal defense or civil plaintiff law. Jindal is an attorney in Taft's Tax group and concentrates her practice on a broad range of tax matters, including state and federal tax planning and civil and white collar criminal tax litigation. She has experience in all aspects of tax planning and dispute work, including federal and state tax controversy matters, criminal tax investigations, and sensitive government examinations of complex tax shelters and other tax-advantaged strategies. Posted 7.18.2014

Adam L. Herman has been named general counsel at Prestige Equipment Corporation in Melville, New York. Posted 7.16.14

Hinna BaileyHinna Lamba Baileyhas joined the White Plains, New York, office of Goldberg Segalla as an associate. She is a member of the firm's workers' compensation practice group. Prior to joining Goldberg Segalla, Hinna was an associate with Malapero & Prisco. Posted 1.28.14



Kelly Schulz
has joined Husch Blackwell as an associate in the firm's Kansas City, Missouri, office. She is a member of the firm's healthcare, life sciences, and pharmaceuticals industry team. Prior to joining Husch Blackwell, Kelly was an associate at Skadden Arps. Posted 1.28.14

Jillean Marie Dubatowka has joined Silicon Legal Strategy as an associate in the firm's San Francisco, California, office. Prior to joining Silicon Legal, Jillean was an associate with DLA Piper. Posted 1.14.14

Craig Andrew Max IV died July 15. He was 31. Craig was an attorney at Vanderpool Frostick & Nishanian, where he focused on estate planning and tax issues. Before practicing law, Craig worked in private, government, and public accounting practice in Illinois, Indiana, Tennessee, and Washington, D.C. He was also an assistant professor with the University of Maryland, where he taught accounting, tax, and business law courses. He was a Certified Public Accountant, a designated Trust and Estate Practitioner, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Financial Management. His writings appeared in various publications, including the Indiana Business Lawyer and Aviation Insurance & Risk Management. At Vanderbilt, he received scholastic excellence awards in corporate taxation and representing the family business and the Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law Outstanding Editor Award. He is survived by his parents and his partner, Michael Zurat of Manassas. Posted 1.14.13

Joe ChaseJoseph Patrick Chase, a business attorney in Gunster's West Palm Beach office,has been appointed to the board of directors of the Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches for a term extending from 2013-16. Previously, Joe was named to the 2013-14 board of directors for the Forum Club of the Palm Beaches. Posted 12.13.13



Taylor Hayden
, founder of Boost Business & Legal Advisors in Charlotte, North Carolina, and his wife, Sarah Elder Hayden (BA'04), have invented a new product, the WineShark Red Wine Hyperaerator, the first ever red wine hyperaerator. They are currently in the process of raising capital for tooling costs and production of their new product. Posted 11.7.13

Gray R. Proctor was appointed to the advisory board of the Bloomberg Bureau of National Affairs Criminal Law Reporter in May. Gray has a law office located in Orlando, Florida. Posted 7.16.13

Todd Ryan Hambidge and Cristin (Hartzog) Hambidge welcomed their first child, Thomas Amos, on April 24. The family lives in New York City where Todd is a senior associate in the IP and litigation practice groups at Fulbright & Jaworski and was recently recognized by Super Lawyers for the second year as a “New York City Rising Star”. Cristin is an associate in the litigation practice group at King & Spalding. Posted 7.12.12

Glover, Maria '07J. Maria Glover has joined the faculty of Georgetown University Law Center. Maria has been a Climenko Fellow and lecturer on law at Harvard Law School since 2010. She teaches and writes on civil procedure, complex litigation, international civil litigation and the interplay between private and public regulation. Before going to Harvard, she practiced in the Supreme Court and Appellate Practice Group at Mayer Brown in Washington, D.C., and she clerked for Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson III of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit. Posted 6.12.12


Daniel Barham, a partner in Carlile Patchen & Murphy in Columbus, Ohio, is running for Fairfield County Commissioner in 2012 to replace the retiring commissioner. Posted 10.17.11

Emily Jane Aten and William Whitney Kilgroe were married on April 9, 2011 in Atlanta. Lindsey Bowen Mann was a bridesmaid. Taylor Hayden and Bradley Reed were groomsmen. Emily and Whit live in Atlanta, where Whit is a corporate associate at Jones Day and Emily is an in-house corporate attorney at Credigy. Posted 7.15.11

Ashley Kasarjian was appointed to the editorial board of Arizona Attorney magazine. She has also been elected to the board of directors for the Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation. Ashley in an associate at Snell & Wilmer in their Phoenix office, focusing in litigation, employment counseling/advice and internal investigations. Posted 7.15.11

Ben Gastel recently left Troutman Sanders in Atlanta and accepted a position with Branstetter, Stranch and Jennings in Nashville. His position was secured through the help of the Vanderbilt Law School Career Services Department. Posted 5.18.11

Bryan Cantrell and his wife,Oksana, welcomed their first child, Alexander John Cantrell, on April 29, 2011. The Cantrells live in Parsippany, New Jersey, where Bryan is an associate in the Labor and Employment Group at the Newark office of K&L Gates. Posted 5.6.11

Erick Wang joined the Houston office of DLA Piper as an associate in the corporate and securities practice group. Posted 4.11.11

Matt Martinez is one of four alumni (Matt Sanderson '08, Chad Pehrson '08 and Bentley Peay '07) who founded a political action committee to lobby for a college football playoff. The PAC has evolved into the principal advocacy group on the issue and have had some great success. The group was recently featured on the front page of the New York Times. Posted 3.9.11

Joseph B. Wells has been named senior associate at Frost Brown Todd in the Corporate and Business Department. He represents and advises clients in the area of financial restructuring. Joseph has worked at Frost Brown since graduation. Posted 2.2.11

Raghu Seshadri has joined the in-house legal department of Southwest Airlines Co. in Dallas, Texas where his practice focuses on intellectual property protection and transactions. Before joining Southwest, Raghu was an associate in the Technology Transactions Group at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati in Palo Alto, California. Posted 1.28.11

Susan Ambler (JD'08) and J. Ashley Ebersole were married on November 6, 2010 in Washington, D.C. Susan and Ashley live in DC, where Susan is a litigation associate at Latham & Watkins and Ashley is a litigation associate at Skadden Arps. Lauren Patten Coble, Elizabeth Hyon, Abbey Mansfield, and Nesrin Garan Tift (JD'08) were bridesmaids. Grant Dickson and Adam Herman '07 were groomsmen. Susan and Ashley were thrilled that so many of their Vanderbilt friends could join them at the wedding, including Nii-Amar Amamoo '07, Caryn Cramer '07, Brian Fleming '06, Daniel Flournoy '07, Courtney Glaser '07, Vanessa Harris Gross and Geoff Gross '08, Mark Hosemann '07, Matt Leggett '07, Uta Oberdoerster '08, Pat Rogers '07, Scott Tift '08, and Charlie Trumbull '06.

Jessica (Justema) Williams and her husband, Evan Williams, welcomed a son, James Crews, on October 21, 2009.