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2008 Commencement Slide Show

Gary Montle has been named president of the Tennessee Intellectual Property Law Association. Gary is a shareholder at Patterson Intellectual Property Law, where he has practiced since 2008. Posted 6.4.2018

Kelley (Connolly) Barnaby  has been elected to the Alston & Bird partnership. Kelley is a member of the firm’s litigation and trial practice group and focuses her practice on civil litigation and enforcement regarding unfair competition, particularly in the financial services and healthcare industries. Posted 3.22.18

James Aaron George has been named a partner with Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton. Aaron is based in the firm’s Washington, D.C., office, where he represents clients in complex business litigation and technical regulatory matters. Posted 2.16.18

Christopher A. Bowles has been promoted to partner of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings. Christopher is a member of Bradley’s Real Estate Practice Group in the firm’s Nashville office. Posted 1.15.18

Simon N. Pulman has been promoted to partner of Cowan, DeBaets, Abrhams & Sheppard in New York City. Simon is a transactional attorney primarily counseling clients in entertainment and media law matters. Posted 1.15.18

Nolan Shenai married Elizabeth Gocke on September 23. Nolan is a corporate counsel at Jaguar Land Rover in Mahwah, New Jersey and is the lead counsel for the company’s mergers, acquisitions and equity transactions business. Elizabeth is the corporate counsel in the Secaucus, New Jersey office of the Internap Corporation, a technology company. Posted 10.18.17

James R. Irving has been named the new managing partner of Bingham Greenebaum Doll in Louisville. James is chair of the Bankruptcy and Restructuring Practice Group of Bingham Greenebaum Doll. Posted 8.1.17

Govenor Bill Haslam has appointed Alex McVeagh as special judge for Division II of Hamilton County General Sessions Court. Alex’s appointment fills the temporary vacancy created by Judge David E. Bales’ request to take a leave of absence due to a disability. Alex is an associate at Chambliss Bahner & Stophel in Chattanooga. Posted 4.21.17

Nick and Nicole Jakubowski welcomed the birth of their daughter, Julia Michelle, on January 31. Nick is assistant general counsel at LKQ Corporation in Chicago and Nicole is an associate at Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom in Chicago. Posted 2.21.17

Sarah Luppen Fowler and her husband John Fowler welcomed the birth of their son, John Dale Fowler IV, on December 28, 2016. Sarah will start as in-house counsel for SAG-AFTRA in April. Posted 2.21.17

Ian K. Byrnside made partner at BakerHostetler. Ian is a member of the firm’s litigation group in their Atlanta office. Posted 1.23.17

Huntman Nathan Huntwork made partner at Phelps Dunbar in New Orleans. Posted 1.23.17

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dorian A. Peters , an associate at Gagen Mccoy in Danville, California, is a certified criminal law specialist. Dorian joins approximately 360 other California attorneys who have been certified by the State Bar of California. Posted 1.19.17

Michael Holick (MBA ’08) made partner at Simpson Thatcher in New York. Mike concentrates his practice on mergers and acquisitions, and corporate finance transactions. Posted 1.19.17

Gabe and Ashleigh Roberts welcomed the birth of their quadruplets on September 6:  Helen Bird Roberts, Wade Gabriel Roberts, Colette Carmen Roberts, and Rivers Alexander Roberts. Posted 9.15.16

Ashleigh Roberts was honored by the Nashville Business Journal as a member of its 2016 “Top 40 under 40” class. She is Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam’s deputy legal counsel. Posted 7.27.16

Gabe Roberts was honored by the Nashville Business Journal as a member of its 2016 “Top 40 under 40” class. He was also announced as the new HCFA deputy director. Gabe is the general counsel for TennCare. Posted 7.25.16

Jamie Lynn Hoxie joined the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Texas to serve as a criminal prosecutor in December of 2015. Posted 4.5.16

Laura Elisabeth Ashby has been appointed member at Miller & Martin in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Posted 3.08.16

Ty Edwin Shaffer is now a shareholder in the Charlotte office of Robinson Bradshaw. Posted 2.25.16

Michael Thomas Harmon (MBA'08) is a partner in the Nashville office of Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis where he focuses on complex civil litigation. Posted 1.11.15

Robert Calloway Renegar is a partner in the Nashville office of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings. His practice includes the representation of national, regional and local banks, life insurance companies, and corporate clients in a variety of commercial and real estate lending matters. Posted 1.27.15

Gary Lee Montle has been named shareholder at Nashville-based Patterson Intellectual Property Law. He is a registered patent attorney and focuses his practice on the procurement and enforcement of intellectual property rights. Posted 1.27.16

John Matthew Kroplin  has been elected partner in the Nashville office of Burr & Forman where he is a member of the commercial litigation & health care practice group.   Posted 1.27.16

William Nelson Minor was elected partner in the Cincinnati office of Keating Muething & Klekamp. Will focuses in litigation and dispute resolution, representing private and public companies in business disputes including breach of contract, financial services and construction litigation as well as business torts, fraud, commercial real estate disputes and class action. Posted 12.4.15

Hugh F. Hill IV and Julia Gorodetsky announce the birth of third child, Hunter Hill, June 18, 2015. Posted 8.31.15

Meera (Popat) Modi was included on the Central Penn Business Journal’s 21st annual “Forty Under 40” list, an award that recognizes up-and-coming leaders in the region. Meera is an associate with Buchanan Ingersoll Rooney in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania where she focuses her practice on private and public mergers and acquisitions, commercial contracts, equity and debt investments, financings, investor-to-investor matters and corporate governance matters for both corporate clients and nonprofit entities. Posted 8.3.15

Ameena Nadeem Ashfaq died March 31st. She was 33. Ameena attended the Unversity of Texas at Austin before earning her JD from the Law School. After graduating, she returned to Houston, Texas to join the Baker and Hostetler law firm where her practice focused on healthcare issues. She is survived by her parents and husband. Posted 4.26.15

John Matthew KroplinJohn Matthew Kroplin has joined Burr & Forman as an associate in the firm’s Nashville office. Matt is a member of the firm’s commercial litigation practice group. Posted 3.24.15

 

 

 

 

Sigrid Elsa Neilson has joined Equinox as senior counsel, focusing on a variety of commercial contracts and intellectual property matters. Prior to joining Equinox, Sigrid was counsel at NBCUniversal and began her career at Skadden Arps’s New York office.  Sigrid was recently named to the Board of Governors for the American Swedish Historical Museum. Posted 2.18.15

Darren Todd Freedman has been made partner at Troy Gould, a business law firm in Los Angeles. Posted 11.6.14

Brett Sander has joined Frankel in Washington, D.C. as an associate. Brett was previously an operational and contract law attorney in the U.S. Army. Posted 5.17.15

Wedding PhotoDavid Paul Byeff married Jill Larson on August 9 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In attendance were several VLS alumni, including Todd Brecher, Safieh Nemazee Campbell, Geoff and Vanessa Gross, Hugh Hill and Julia Gorodetsky, Jeffrey Hollis, Jamie Hoxie, Fong Hsu, Justin Leck, Sigrid Neilson, Kevin Potere, Brett Sander, Kelly Walsh, Justin and Anna Welch, Benjamin and Angie Wickert (JD'09), and Kevin Young. Posted 9.26.14

Jamie Lynn Hoxie has joined Clifford Chance as a litigation associate in the firm's New York office. Prior to joining Clifford Chance, Jamie was an associate with Weil Gotshal & Manges. Posted 9.26.14

Betsy Philpott has joined the Washington Nationals Baseball Club as the Legal Affairs Specialist in Washington, D.C. She is one of three attorneys for the team where she handles a wide variety of matters and completes deals on behalf of the team, the stadium, the Washington Nationals Dream Foundation, and the Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy. Posted 8.12.2014

Thomas Peyton (Tom) Claycomb has been appointed master commissioner and domestic relations commissioner in LaRue County, Kentucky, where he practices as the managing member of the Claycomb Law Office in Hodgenville with his father and his wife, Catherine Barrington Ford '07. As master commissioner, Tom assists the county circuit court in enforcement of duties, and as domestic relations commissioner, he reviews divorce and child custody actions and makes recommendations to circuit judges. Tom and Catherine have a son, Peyton. Posted 7.24.14

Scott Tift has been named partner of the Nashville firm, Barrett Johnston Martin & Garrison (formerly Barrett Johnson). He focuses on complex civil litigation and labor employment law. Posted 7.18.14

Gabe Roberts has been named a finalist for the Nashville Emerging Leader Award. by Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce and YP Nashville.. Gabe works for the Tennessee Department of Health Care Finance & Administration. Posted 7.16.14

Elizabeth Susan Hyon married Aaron Grant Rubin on April 12 in New York. Elizabeth works in New York as assistant vice president for litigation at Barclays. Posted 6.12.14

Tracy Dry Kane has been named shareholder with Nashville, Tennessee, firm Dodson Parker Behm & Capparella. Posted 1.28.14

Peter Christopher Robison has joined Nashville-based law firm, Cornelius & Collins, as an associate. He focuses his practice on employment law, general civil litigation, insurance defense and estate administration. Previously, Peter practiced at DHPM (formerly Drescher & Sharp) and clerked for the Honorable Thomas W. Brothers of the Sixth Circuit Court of Nashville and Davidson County. Posted 11.25.13

Chad Pehrson was recently elected shareholder with Parr Brown Gee & Loveless in Salt Lake City, Utah. His practice focus is intellectual property and securities litigation. Chad and his family like Salt Lake but of course miss the peerless trees, parks, cuisine, and culture of Nashville. Posted 9.23.13

Adam Hill was recently featured in a Tennessean article as having completed leadership training through the Young Leaders Council (YLC). The YLC, in conjunction with the Frist Foundation and the United Way, aims to "train diverse, committed individuals to effectively participate on the boards of nonprofit organizations and make a difference in the community by replenishing the volunteer leadership base." Adam will follow this training up with an internship with a community agency for the next year. Posted 9.6.13

Dongok Jeon joined Kim & Chang, Seoul in April 2012, working in both the corporate and the international arbitration groups. Don had previously served as a Judge Advocate in the Republic of Korea Air Force and Ministry of National Defense. Don has been married for almost 3 years and has a two year old son and a four month old daughter. Posted 2.5.13

Robert Tadashi Matsuishi has joined the Orange County office of Payne & Fearsas an associate in the employment, trade secret, and unfair business practices litigation groups. Posted 11.19.12

Thomas Douglas MacKinnon Wolford (BA'03) married Colette Andrews (MSN'12) in Nashville on October 26. They live in Nashville, where Doug is an attorney with Community Health Systems and Colette is a nurse as Vanderbilt Medical Center. Posted 11.15.12

Kevin Paul Potere 08 Kevin Paul Potere , an associate at Duane Morris, has been selected to receive the "2012 New York State (NYS) Courts Access to Justice Pro Bono Award" for his outstanding work and dedicated service in the NYS Courts Access to Justice's Family Court Volunteer Lawyer Program. The award will be presented to Kevin by the Honorable Fern Fisher, Deputy Chief Administrative Judge, during a ceremony in celebration of National Pro Bono Celebration Week on October 25 at the New York City Civil Court in Manhattan. Kevin practices in the area of litigation, with particular emphasis on securities and commercial litigation, real estate, white-collar and government affairs. Posted 11.14.12

 Jane Elizabeth Hefferan shared her harrowing experience following a brown recluse spider bite which required 20 surgeries and dozens of blood transfusions over a four year time period. You can read about Jane's account by clicking here. Posted 10.15.2012

Richard Antoine Tabuteau has opened Tabuteau, representing clients in the Baltimore, Maryland area in matters involving birth injury, wrongful death, automobile and truck accidents, and premises liability. Posted 9.24.12


Roberts_GabeGabe Roberts
, an attorney in the office of the general counsel for the state of Tennessee, has been appointed to the State Board of Accountancy as an attorney member by Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam. He will serve on the Board through June 30, 2015.  Posted 9.6.12

 

 

 

Hill baby

Hugh F. Hill IV and wife, Julia Gorodetsky, welcomed their first son, Hugh Frances Hill V, on May 22 (and he is a handsome little devil). 8.6.12

 

 


 

Justin Ross Leck has joined the Wichita, Kansas based, Eron Law Office as an associate attorney specializing in commercial law and bankruptcy. As a member of the firm's bankruptcy practice, Justin handles both consumer and commercial bankruptcy cases. Posted 6.12.12

Nicholas James Nugent has joined the Northern Virginia office of Hogan Lovells. Nicholas focuses his practice on intellectual property law. Posted 5.24.12

Brian Joseph Baltz has joined the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in the Division of Trading and Markets as an attorney. Posted 5.8.12

Douglas Wolford (BA'03) is engaged to Colette Bennett Andrews of Nashville, Tennessee. The couple plans to be wed in a ceremony at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Columbia, South Carolina on October 26. Doug is an attorney with Community Health Systems in Nashville, Tennessee. Posted 5.8.12

Angie HollandAngela "Angie" Holland died on April 28 following an emergency hospitalization on April 25. Angie was an associate at Reed Smith in Washington, D.C., where she practiced in the firm's global regulatory enforcement group, focusing her practice on education law, labor and employment, and commercial litigation. She earned her undergraduate degree at the University of Pennsylvania in 2002. Before entering law school, she served through Teach for America at Sumner High School in St. Louis, Missouri, where she taught Spanish, chaired the foreign language department, and coached cheerleading. A cheerful and effective leader everywhere she served, Angie crafted curricula and delivered instruction for the Teach for America Program and was a corps member advisor for the Los Angeles School District.

She excelled in law school, where she served on the staff of the Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law, receiving the journal's Outstanding Editor Award. Her dedication to public service and community involvement was recognized with numerous awards, including the National Association of Women Lawyers Outstanding Law Student Award; the Junius L. Allison Legal Aid Award; the Damali K. Booker Award, which honors graduates for their commitment to public and community service; and Scholastic Excellence Awards in Domestic Violence Law and Taxation of Nonprofits. She was the senior articles editor of the Southern Region BLSA Law Journal, and director of the Vanderbilt Legal Aid Society's Street Law program, where she founded a classroom program for students at Pearl-Cohn High School. She also served as the Academic Excellence Committee Co-chair of the Black Law Students Association.

Before entering private practice, Angie clerked for Judge Karen Wells Roby of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana. At Reed Smith, her education law practice includes the representation of school boards, public school districts, and private schools in disputes regarding personnel issues, licensing, special education matters relating to eligibility, placement, and Individualized Education Programs, due process hearings, claims arising out of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act, and investigations with the United States Department of Education Office for Civil Rights.

She was an associate trustee of the Washington Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs and a member of the Education Law Association, the District of Columbia Bar Association and the Maryland State Bar Association. She proudly served on the board of directors for Beacon House, a non-profit, community-based organization that provides tutoring, mentoring, cultural, athletic, recreational and nutritional programs to at-risk children, ages 5-18, who live in and around the Edgewood Terrace community in Ward 5 of Washington, D.C. She was an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority, which she joined as a student at the University of Pennsylvania. Posted 5.3.12

Ramona Louise Kappel Johns has joined Zions Bank as an administrator and corporate trust officer in downtown Boise. She will assist in providing local administration of various debt-financing transactions, including escrow and bonds. Prior to joining Zions Bank, Ramona spent more than three years as an associate with Hawley Troxell Ennis and Hawley. Posted 4.17.12

Sarah Kathryn Laird has joined Bradley Arant Boult Cummings in the firm's Nashville office as a member of the real estate practice group, focusing her practice on commercial real estate transactions, including real estate acquisitions, dispositions, development, lending and leasing. Posted 4.16.12

Justin Welch has joined the Intellectual Property Practice Group in the Dallas office of Thompson & Knight. Welch focuses his practice on intellectual property transactions, including domestic and international trademark prosecution and enforcement, trademark clearance searches, IP assignments and licenses, due diligence on potential acquisitions, domain name disputes, data privacy, and drafting contest and advertising rules. Welch is admitted to practice in Texas, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts and is a member of the International Trademark Association. Posted 1.11.12

Christopher Andrew Bowles has joined the regional firm, Bradley Arant Boult & Cummingsin their Nashville office as an associate in the Real Estate Practice Group. Chris will focus his practice on matters involving alternative energy, energy, economic development, environmental issues, land use, and commercial real estate. Prior to joining Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, Chris was the director of Nashville Mayor Karl Dean's Office of Environment and Sustainability. While working for the Mayor, he oversaw several initiatives, including the creation and implementation of the Mayor's residential energy efficiency program, Nashville Energy Works, and the creation of Nashville's first-ever Open Space Master Plan. Previously Chris practiced environmental law and litigation with Bass, Berry & Sims PLC in Nashville. Posted 1.11.12
 
Jamie Hoxie has joined the securities litigation/corporate governance group of Weil Gotshal & Mangesin the firm's New York office. Posted 1.11.12

J. Matthew Kroplin joined the Nashville office of Stites & Harbisonin the firm's business litigation group. Matthew currently serves as a board member on the Junior Board of the American Cancer Society of Nashville and formerly served as board member and Vice President for the Phoenix Club of Nashville, a fundraising partner with the Boys and Girls Club of Middle Tennessee. He also serves on the Nashville Bar Association's Young Lawyers Division board and the Tennessee Bar Association Young Lawyers Division Mock Trial Committee. Posted 1.11.12

Jeffrey Branden Sand is an associate in the Atlanta office of Seyfarth Shaw and is a member of the Labor and Employment Practice Group. Mr. Sand represents employers in all aspects of labor and employment law, including allegations of race, gender, national origin, age, and disability discrimination, breach of contract claims, and labor disputes. Mr. Sand also provides preventative counseling to employers on a variety of employment issues. Posted 1.11.12

Sarah Laird has joined Bradley Arant Boult Cummingsin Nashville as an associate. Sarah was previously a judicial law clerk on the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals. Posted 11.9.11

Nolan Shenai has joined Thorp Reed & Armstrongas an associate based in Philadelphia, where he will practice in the firm's commercial and corporate litigation group. Posted 11.9.11

Nicole Jacquelyn Hanson and Benjamin Henry Mainzer were married on May 14, at the Viansa Winery in Sonoma, California by Judge John Feeney. Benjamin is an attorney and partner with Zwerdling, Bragg and Mainzer. Posted 10.17.11

Robertson weddingDaniel Wayne Robertson Jr. married Colleen Givens July 1. Vanderbilt Law classmates in attendance at the wedding included Kevin Potere, David Byeff, Hugh Hill and Julia Gorodetsky. Posted 10.17.11

 

Matthew Sanderson, an associate at Caplin & Drysdale, represented Stephen Colbert in the comedian's quest to get Federal Election Commission approval for a “super PAC” or political action committee, a spoof on the campaign contribution process that raised provocative questions about the role of media corporations in campaign financing. Matthew was interviewed by Capital Businessat the Washington Post about how his work led to his position at Caplin. Posted 10.17.11

Taylor C. Sutherland has joined the Rocky McElhaney law firm as an associate. He had practiced previously with Leader, Bulso & Nolan. Posted 10.14.11

Kelley Connolly Barnaby married Nick Barnaby on May 28, 2011. Several VLS classmates were in attendance. Kelley is an associate in the litigation and trial practice group at Alston & Bird in the firm's Washington, D.C. office. Posted 7.15.11

AshbyLauraLaura Gary Ashby has been selected to the 2011 Young Lawyers Division Leadership Academy of the State Bar of Georgia. The program is designed for young lawyers who are interested in developing their leadership skills as well as learning more about their profession, their communities and their state. Participants are selected through a competitive application process. Laura is an associate with the litigation department of Miller & Martin in the firm's Atlanta office. Her practice concentrates on business and tort litigation. She also provides counseling to clients regarding intellectual property matters. Posted 3.10.11

Matt Martinez '07 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

Daniel W. Robertson Jr. is engaged to Colleen Givens. Colleen earned her Master of Education at Hunter College in New York City and is a teacher for the New York City public schools. Daniel works with the law firm Orrick, Harrington & Sutcliff in Manhattan. A July wedding is planned in New York City. Posted 2.2.11

Ambler & Ebersole wedding photo_web Susan Ambler and J. Ashley Ebersole (JD'07) 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 '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.

Kerry Bartoe Lea and her husband William welcomed a baby boy, Bradford James Lea, on September 9th 2010. The family lives in Indianapolis where Kerry practices law at Baker & Daniels and William is a radiology resident at Indiana University.

Courtney (DeWolf) Matsuishi and Robert Matsuishi were married on July 17, 2010 at Mountaingate Country Club in Los Angeles. They currently reside in Los Angeles. Fellow alumnus, David Byeff, served as the couple's officiant. The couple is happy to report that Dave did not mess up.

Emily O'Reilly Harris (BA'06) and Matthew Morris Mauney were married September 19, 2009 at Belle Meade Plantation in Nashville. The couple met at Vanderbilt Law School. Emily is keeping her name. She is an associate in the Charlotte, N.C., office of Mayer Brown, where she helps clients form private investment funds. Matt is an associate in the Charlotte office of McGuire Woods.

Julia Gorodetsky and Hugh F. Hill IV were married in a private, family-only ceremony in the early evening of September 4, 2008 at the Ashby Inn in Paris, Virginia in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. They are grateful that so many of their Vanderbilt friends could attend the reception held in honor of their marriage the following Saturday in Washington, D. C. The couple met on their first day of law school at Vanderbilt and have been inseparable ever since. "I felt like I had met my other half that day," said the groom. "We've opened up new doors for each other." Julia recently joined the New York City office of Andrews Kurth, a Houston-based law firm, as an associate in the corporate department. Hugh is currently a restructuring and insolvency associate in the New York City office of Lovells, a London-based multi-national law firm. They both hope many of their Vandy friends will visit them in New York.

Samantha Lee Symonds and Joseph Baruch Shear were married at the Church of St. John the Divine in Houston in the summer of 2008. The Rev. Benjamin T. S. Phillips, an Episcopal priest, performed the ceremony. The bride and bridegroom graduated from Stanford, where they met. Each received a law degree in May, she from Vanderbilt and he from Harvard, cum laude. In October Samantha will become a corporate associate in Gunderson Dettmer, a law firm in Menlo Park, California and Joseph will become a litigation associate in the Redwood Shores, California office of the New York law firm Weil Gotshal & Manges.


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