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’49 Charles H. Warfield, a founding partner of the Nashville office of Stites & Harbison, welcomed to the firm a namesake, "Charlie," a Labrador retriever who is the third guide dog to receive training at Stites & Harbison. The firm's staff is helping train and socialize the puppy in preparation for a career as a guide dog for a blind person. Until Charlie is 18 months old, he will spend every weekday at the law firm, and evenings and weekends with volunteer puppy raiser and Stites & Harbison marketing director Becky Dan. The puppy will then complete six months of advanced training before being matched with a blind recipient. The attorneys and staff of Stites & Harbison contributed the puppy's $1,750 sponsorship fee to Southeastern Guide Dogs, which allowed them to name the puppy "Charlie" in honor of Mr. Warfield. During Charlie's 50-plus years in the legal profession, his practice focused on business and commercial matters, environmental law, litigation and appeals. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.
Milton P. Rice was one of three World War II veterans who wrote and presented an account of his wartime experience at Lambuth College in April 2006. "None of us went into this looking to be heroic," Rice said. "We wanted to get the job done and get home alive." Rice joined the Navy after graduating from Lambuth College, serving on the USS James O'Hara Attack Transport, which won several battles in the Mediterranean and the Pacific. "You learned that one man had to be in charge, and every man had to do his job," he said, noting that he and his shipmates gained confidence from each battle experience. Rice called the G.I. Bill "the war's greatest gift. I came out of the war knowing I needed more schooling, and I had the chance to get it." After graduating from Vanderbilt Law School, Rice had a lengthy career in industry and state governing, serving as state attorney general in 1974 and state insurance commissioner from 1969 to 1971. He retired in 1991. He and his wife, Sara, live in Nashville.
’55 Donald Hildebrand now writes historical novels, including The Community House, published by iUniverse, a Barnes and Noble publisher, on August 26, 2006. Don also continues to produce and host a legal talk show on Nashville's Channel 19, called "Law: Cases & Comment."
’57 Jim Gilliland and his wife, Lucia, were both honored with 2006 Diversity Memphis Humanitarian Awards. Jim joined the firm that became Glankler Brown after serving in the U.S. Navy for four years. He also earned his undergraduate degree at Vanderbilt. From 1993-1997, Jim served by presidential appointment and Senate confirmation as the general counsel of the United States Department of Agriculture.
’61 John H. Henderson has retired after serving for 17 years as a public defender for the 21st Judicial District. Before becoming a public defender, John was an attorney in private practice in Franklin, Tennessee, from 1961-1966 and 1972-1989 and served as general counsel to Tennessee River Pulp and Paper Company from 1966-1972. John and his wife, Nell, have two children and four grandchildren. They live in Franklin, Tennessee.
’65 Samuel G. McNamara was appointed by Kentucky Governor Ernie Fletcher to fill the unexpired term of Franklin County Circuit Judge Roger Crittenden, who retired. Sam has practiced law in Frankfort, Kentucky, since 1966.
’67 H. Roy Berkenstock published an article, "The Provisional Application for Patent: Its Place in Intellectual Property Protection," in both The Federal Lawyer and The Computer & Internet Lawyer. Roy is a member of Wyatt Tarrant & Combs' Intellectual Property Practice Group, where he concentrates his practice in patents, trademarks, copyrights, and related matters.
’68 A. Hamilton "Ham" Cook received The Florida Bar Foundation's Medal of Honor Award in June 2007. The Florida Bar Foundation Medal of Honor is the highest award that can be bestowed upon an individual by Florida's legal profession. The award recognized his contributions to providing access to justice for those living in poverty, and for his service to HabiJax, the Jacksonville affiliate of Habitat for Humanity.
Robert B. Tierney was featured in a January 26, 2007, article in the New York Times about his work as chairman of New York City's Landmarks Preservation Commission.
’69 John A. Featherman III, who is chairman and CEO of First National Bank of Chester County, was named the 2006 Outstanding Citizen of the Year by the Chamber of Commerce of Greater West Chester, Pennsylvania. John and his wife are co-chairs of the Friends of the Cardiovascular Center of Chester County Hospital and members of the Chester County Hospital Foundation's Capital Campaign Cabinet. John became chairman of First Chester County Corp. and CEO of First National Bank in 2003, after serving as a director of the bank for 20 years.
Stephen E. Gilhuley is Executive Vice President, Secretary and General Counsel of Park Electrochemical Corp. He joined the company as general counsel in 1994 and became its secretary in 1996 and Senior Vice President in 2001. Before joining Park Electrochemical, Steve was General Counsel, Secretary and Vice President of Allen Telecom for 15 years. He began his legal career as an associate with Shearman & Sterling in New York City.
John Acuff spoke at a seminar on faith and practice at Pepperdine Law School, taught a seminar at the Handong Global University School of Law in Korea, and is listed among America's lawyer poets. A dozen of his stories were included in Tales from Tennessee Lawyers by William Lynwood Montell. John continues to write book reviews in legal and general publications and enjoys practicing with his son, Howie, as Acuff & Acuff in Cookeville. Youngest son Karl David Acuff is a lawyer in Tallahassee, Florida. John also had an article published in the Pepperdine Law Review.
William P. Johnston has joined The Carlyle Group, a major global player in the private equity marketplace, as a senior advisor. Bill took over as board chairman at Nashville-based Renal Care Group after its founder died in 2003 and negotiated the $4.2 billion acquisition of the company by the German company Fresenius Medical Care. He now sits on the supervisory board of Fresenius. From 1994 through 1998, Bill served as chief executive officer of Nashville-based investment banking firm Equitable Securities Corporation, and he held various senior positions with its successor organizations from the time SunTrust Banks bought Equitable in 1998 through 2002. Earlier in his career, he spent 17 years as a corporate / securities attorney at Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis.
’70 Rita Sanders Geier's landmark case against the State of Tennessee regarding equity in higher education was dismissed after it was determined that the state has met its obligations to desegregate higher education (story).
Allen S. Blair has been appointed by the Tennessee Supreme Court to the Court's Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee. The ADR Committee assists the State Supreme Court in the administration of the mediation program in all of Tennessee's state courts. Allen is a partner with Harris Shelton Hanover Walsh and concentrates his practice in the areas of mediation and arbitration as a neutral, labor law, employee benefits law, municipal law and bankruptcy. He is certified as a mediator in the state and federal courts and currently teaches Alternative Dispute Resolution and Negotiation at the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law. He is a mediator and arbitrator on the Commercial Panel and the Employment Panel of the American Arbitration Association.
’72 William C. Koch Jr., Presiding Judge of the Tennessee Court of Appeals, was named by Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen to serve as the fifth justice of the Tennessee Supreme Court. Prior to Bill's appointment to the court of appeals in 1984 and his most recent reelection in 2006, he served in several roles in the office of the state's attorney general, and is a former general counsel to then-Governor Lamar Alexander
Gary Blackburn, one of the founding partners of Blackburn and McCune, has been elected the 2007 President of the Tennessee Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates (abota), an invitation-only organization of experienced jury trial lawyers representing both plaintiffs and defendants. Gary became a member of abota in 1997.
Todd Eberle was elected mayor of Prospect, Kentucky, a major suburban city of Louisville, on November 7, 2006. He had previously served on the Prospect City Council, and he received 84 percent of the vote in the contested mayoral election. He began a four-year term as mayor in January 2007.
Ron Feldman is now a member of Husch & Eppenberger.
’73 Brian K. Burke received a 2007 Leadership in Law Award from Indiana Lawyer. The publication recognized outstanding attorneys from around the state in its May 2 issue. Brian, who is chair and CEO of Baker & Daniels, was one of 15 lawyers receiving the Distinguished Barrister Award honoring individuals whose exemplary leadership in the legal profession and in community service has had significant impact during their careers. Brian was elected to Baker & Daniels' management committee in 1990 and appointed managing partner in 1993. He is president of the Indianapolis City Market Corp.'s board of directors, serves on U.S. Senator Evan Bayh's service academy selection committee and immediate past president of the Boy Scouts of America's Crossroads of America Council.
Noel Stahl has been inducted as a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. Noel is a member of the Nashville office of Miller & Martin.
William Chadwick was elected chairman of the Exposition Park and California Science Center Board for 2007. He lives in Malibu, California.
Ben Cundiff was profiled in the August 2006 "Entrepreneurs" section of the Lane Report.
Lee Bennett, a shareholder with Gray Robinson in Orlando, Florida, was re-appointed by the Orange County Bar Association to serve a two-year term as its delegate to the American Bar Association's House of Delegates. Lee focuses his practice in the commercial transaction, business, trademark, copyright, and hi-tech areas of law and is a Certified Circuit Mediator. He has been the Orange County Bar Association's delegate to the American Bar Association since 1996.
Richard Murphy was quoted in a March 3, 2006, Washington Post article regarding his representation of Mohammed Bawazir, a Yemeni national held at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba, since May 2002.
Ed Yarbrough, an attorney with Hollins Wagster Yarbrough Weatherly and Raybin, has been nominated by President George W. Bush to be United States Attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee.
’74 Charles Michaels, vice president and general counsel of LAACO Ltd., was the 2006-07 president of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, the country's largest voluntary bar association. [See stories on pages 2 and 61.]
Ross I. Schram III is a shareholder in the Chattanooga office of Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz. Ross, who concentrates his practice in real estate development, has served as legal counsel to the Hamilton County Industrial Development Board since 1983.
Allen Grumbine, a member of the Greenville office of Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, has been appointed leader of the firm's bankruptcy and creditors' rights group. Allen was the first bankruptcy attorney in South Carlina to receive national certification as a specialist in business bankruptcy law from the American Board of Certification. He also was in the first class of attorneys certified by the state Supreme Court as a specialist in business bankruptcy and debtor-creditor law. He then went on to chair that specialty advisory board.
Douglas M. Felchlin is senior partner of Hayford and Felchlin, a defense firm representing a number of school districts in the Los Angeles area, including the L.A. and Long Beach school districts.
’75 William P. Aiken of Chambliss Bahner & Stophel in Chattanooga is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.
Gerald R. Toner, a senior partner at O'Bryan Brown & Toner in Louisville, has been elected to a three-term term on the board of the Defense Research Institute for the Southern Region, consisting of Kentucky, Tennessee and Mississippi.
Elliott Warner Jones is of counsel to Drescher & Sharp in Nashville, where he focuses on Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Elliott was previously a member of Husch & Eppenberger. Earlier in his career, he served as senior council at HCA. He began his legal career as law clerk to Chief Judge Harry Phillips of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. A former professional baseball player, Elliott has also served as an assistant scout for several Major League teams. Elloitt's son Warner, an All-American baseball player at Vanderbilt, will begin law school in August.
Eve Biskind Klothen is the assistant dean for pro bono and public interest programs at Rutgers University School of Law at Camden, New Jersey. She joined Rutgers in 2002.
’76 Matt Sweeney was named Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz's Nashville Pro Bono Attorney of the Year. Matt was recognized for his pro bono service on a death penalty case. Together with partners, Matt devoted hundreds of hours of work to investigating and analyzing the case, related cases and surrounding circumstances in support of a petition for post-conviction relief. A shareholder in Baker Donelson's Nashville office, Matt is a trial lawyer and dispute resolution neutral. He is a former Circuit Court Judge in Nashville and was Presiding Judge of the district's Trial Courts.
J. Randolph (Randy) Smith, a Nashville entertainment attorney, was elected to the board of directors for CBA, the Colorado Springs-based trade association for the Christian Retail Channel. Randy was elected to fill the at-large position on the twelve-member CBA board of directors, the remainder of which is made up of retail and product supplier representatives. Randy's practice has focused on entertainment, intellectual property rights and the arts for 30 years.
William C. Kennedy is Vice President and Senior Counsel for AMERIGROUP Corporation in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
Richardson R. Lynn is dean at Atlanta's John Marshall Law School. Richardson had previously taught at Pepperdine University School of Law since 1980 and served for six years as its dean. Located in Atlanta, John Marshall Law School focuses on training lawyers for underserved communities.
Gertrude Novicki has retired from a 25-year career as a prosecutor and now serves as executive director of a child advocacy center for sexually abused children in Miami, Florida, a position she's held for the past three years. She has five children, ages 25, 23, 21, 21 and 17, and lives in the Miami area with her second husband, whom she married eight years ago.
’77 Barbara Moss received the prestigious 2007 Athena Award from CABLE, a Nashville women's organization, after bring nominated by the Lawyers' Association for Women in Middle Tennessee for her exemplary commit- ment to leadership, professional excellence, community involvement, and assistance to women and women's issues.
Robert Boak Slocum has released a new book, Light in a Burning Glass: A Systematic Presentation of Austin Farrer's Theology.
Tom Lindley, a partner with Perkins Coie's Oregon office, is completing his second and final term as President of the Board of SOLV, the Pacific Northwest's largest volunteer organization. Tom recently received the Environmental Excellence Award from Associated Oregon Industries.
Herman Morris Jr., former president and CEO of Memphis Light Gas and Water, was awarded the Ben F. Jones Chapter of the National Bar Association 2006 Presidential Award for Outstanding Service. Herman chaired the National Bar Association's Judicial Evaluation Committee during this year's judicial elections. In addition, he received the Alexis de Tocqueville Society Award for Outstanding Service from the United Way of the Mid-South for 2006. Herman also chaired the United Way of the Mid-South Annual Campaign in 2002 and has been a member of the board of United Way for six years.
Elise Givhan Spainhour has been elected as Bullitt County, Kentucky's first family court judge. Elise has practiced law in Shepherdsville, Kentucky, since 1977, and most of her career has been spent arguing and defending family-related matters. For six years, she was an assistant county attorney, where she prosecuted juvenile court cases, child support cases and paternity cases. She is also a former city attorney for Hillview and Hunter's Hollow.
Julian Bibb was named by the Williamson County-Franklin Chamber of Commerce as its member of the year. Julian practices at Stites & Harbison in Nashville.
David Simmons (R) is the representative for Altamonte Springs in the Florida State Legislature.
’78 Randolph C. Coley was elected to the Board of Directors of Deltic Timber Corporation, effective February 15, 2007. Randy, who is a partner in the Houston office of King & Spalding, began his career at K&S in 1978. In 1996, he left K&S to join Morgan Keegan as Executive Managing Director and head of the Investment Banking Division. He returned to K&S in 1999 to help build the firm's Houston office.
E. Allan Tiller, who has built his practice concentrating on international tax planning and consultation, has joined the Houston office of Haynes and Boone as partner, where he represents U.S. companies and individuals doing business or investing abroad, and foreign companies and individuals doing business or investing in the United States. Allen has served as chairman of both the Tax Section and International Law Section of the Houston Bar Association, and is currently a member of the board of directors of the International Tax Forum of Houston.
’79 William Holby was honored by the Metro Atlanta YMCA as the 2006 recipient of the Bransby Christian Leadership Award, the Metro Atlanta YMCA's highest volunteer award. A partner at King & Spalding, Bill chairs the firm's public finance practice and has served in numerous other administrative roles for the firm. He is an officer and director of the National Association of Bond Lawyers and is a Fellow of the American College of Bond Counsel.
R. Preston Bolt Jr. has been elected as a Regular Fellow of the American College of Bond Counsel. Preston has been practicing law with Hand Arendall in the firm's Mobile office since 1982 and serves as the firm's managing lawyer. Preston practices in the fields of public finance, securities, and commercial and lending transactions.
Kenneth P. ("Pete") Ezell Jr. has been elected a member of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers. Pete is a shareholder in the Nashville office of Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz.
’80 Joel R. Buckberg, head of the franchise and hospitality practice groups of the law firm of Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz, was recently named administrator for the International Franchise Association's Franchise Compliance Training Program, an educational program designed to aid companies in meeting the requirements of federal and state franchise sales and disclosure regulations. He will be offering the training as part of IFA Legal Roundtable events in five locations around the country in 2007. He also spoke at the IFA's Legal Symposium in Washington, D.C. on a panel discussing the changes in the rules governing franchisor disclosure documents and procedures recently announced by the Federal Trade Commission. Before joining Baker Donelson, Joel was executive vice president and deputy general counsel of Cendant Corp., where he was involved in acquisitions, international master license transactions and the supervision of legal practice groups.
Mark Griffee has joined the Memphis firm of Black McLaren Jones Ryland & Griffee as a shareholder. Mark has practiced in all aspects of state and federal civil litigation in Tennessee, including commercial, insurance related and general litigation. Since 1997, he has been approved as a Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 31 General Civil Mediator and is on the panel of mediators for the United States District Court for the Western District of Tennessee.
Joel D. Covelman has joined the firm of Dykema Gossett as Of Counsel in the Litigation Department. Joel's practice focuses on litigation matters, including patent, copyright and trademark infringement claims and licensing; insurance coverage counseling, and litigation pertaining to intellectual property infringements.
Gayle Buttram Carlson, a Tampa attorney who represents businesses and property owners in environmental matters, received an award from the pro bono program of the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit of Florida on March 8, 2007, recognizing her outstanding pro bono service in the Domestic Violence Injunction Assistance Project. Since 2003, Gayle has contributed more than 100 hours assisting victims of domestic violence.
Alan Turk has joined the Nashville law firm of Neal & Harwell. Alan had previously practiced on his own for 25 years, focusing on civil trial litigation and commercial transactions.
Gary Brown, who is a member of Vanderbilt Law School's adjunct faculty, appeared as a witness before the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations regarding the use of offshore tax shelters to circumvent compliance with U.S. securities laws.
Jack Shannon is a partner of Jones Walker Waechter Poitevent Carrère & Denègre, practicing with the Business & Finance and Corporate & Securities practice groups in the firm's New Orleans office. He practices in the areas of corporate & securities, banking and international law.
Mark Lowes lost his wife of 31 years, Sara McClenaghan (Sally) Lowes, on August 5. Sally was competing in the Alcatraz Challenge swim in San Francisco at the time of her death. She was a CPA in private practice in Houston, where Mark is vice president of litigation for KBR Inc.
’81 Karl Dean was elected mayor of Metropolitan Nashille and assumed office in September 2007. Karl succeeded two-term Mayor Bill Purcell, '79. Karl served as legal director for Metro Nashville for the past seven years. [See story on page 4.] Karl's wife, Anne Davis, '81, has taught in Vanderbilt's Trial Advocacy program for almost 15 years.
Lisa D. McLaughlin is a shareholder in the St. Louis office of Polsinelli Shalton Flanigan Suelthaus, where she practices in the wealth planning practice group of the firm's business department. She is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel. With more than 25 years of experience in estate planning and probate, tax-exempt organizations, and trust and estate litigation, her practice currently focuses on closely held businesses, partnerships and joint ventures, estate planning and probate, tax-exempt organizations and trust and estate litigation. Lisa has served as a president of the St. Louis Estate Planning Council.
Brad MacLean, a 25-year member of Stites & Harbison, has taken Of Counsel status at the firm and became assistant director of The Tennessee Justice Project, of which he has been chairman, on January 1, 2007. Brad has been involved as attorney of record in eight or more death-penalty cases, notwithstanding the workload associated with his practice in commercial litigation and bankruptcies. He is involved in the ongoing death-penalty cases of convicted murderers Abu-Ali Abdur' Rahman and Paul Dennis Reid. Brad is also a member of the Death Penalty Moratorium Project and a member of Vanderbilt Law School's adjunct faculty.
James B. Lootens was named corporate secretary and deputy general counsel of Eli Lilly and Company in 2006. Jim and his wife, Sara Clark Lootens (B.A. 1981), live in Indianapolis with their three daughters, Katie (18), Anne (15) and Amy (11). Sara is executive vice president of Merchants Property Insurance Company of Indiana.
Steve Owens has been director of the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality since January 2003. The department works to prevent the deterioration in the quality of the Arizona environment and to improve the environment using legislative, regulatory and budgetary tools.
Randy Bibb is a partner at Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis in Nashville. Randy has more than 20 year of experience defending manufacturers and seller in products liability and toxic tort litigation. He served as lead counsel in several precedent-setting cases in that arena in the state. Randy is a member of the Defense Research Institute and a Fellow of the Nashville Bar Association.
Steven L. Berson has joined Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough in Atlanta, where he practices corporate, securities and technology law.
’82 David Gordon's article on cross examination was published in the February 12, 2007, issue of Lawyers Weekly, a national newspaper for small firm lawyers.
Jan Neuharth was elected to the board of directors of Middleburg Financial Corp. In addition to serving as president of Paper Chase Farms, Jan is a suspense author and served as chair of the law school's National Law Council during 2006-07.
Judge Holly Brown was re-elected for a six-year term as District Court Judge for the State of Montana, 18th Judicial District, in Bozeman, Montana. She also serves as the judge designated to appoint and supervise the water commissioners for the Gallatin River, and she has twice served as an Associate Justice with the Montana Supreme Court. Holly was appointed to the bench by Governor Judy Martz in March 2004, and was then elected in November 2004 to complete the term for Judge Mark Guenther.
Kenton Erwin was named General Counsel of VTech Communications in Portland, Oregon, which makes telephones and children's electronic learning products. Kent is very proud that his older daughter, Allison, is attending Vanderbilt (HOD at Peabody), and she follows Kent and his grandfather, who both earned their undergraduate degrees at Vanderbilt.
Bernard Taylor, a partner in Alston & Bird's Products Liability Group, has been named a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.
Keith A. Dunsmore has joined the Washington, D.C., office of Powell Goldstein as a partner, where his practice focuses on the securitization of commercial real estate assets and commercial mortgage-backed securities transactions, including post-issuance issues, loan assumptions, modifications, REMIC-related issues and defeasance transactions. Keith currently serves as vice-chair of the Legislative Committee of the Mortgage Bankers Association.
’83 Michael H. Meares was appointed by Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen as Circuit Court Judge for Division II in the 5th Judicial District of Tennessee. Michael previously served as a practicing attorney and partner at the law firm Dungan & Meares. He began his legal career in 1983 as an associate at the law firm of Shutts & Bowen in Miami, Florida, and moved in 1986 to the law firm of Meares Morton Meares & Ansley in Maryville, Tennessee. He entered public service in 1989, as the first public defender for the Fifth Judicial District.
Mary Lou Fry was the featured speaker for the June 2006 downtown lunch of The Women's Energy Network (WEN) of Houston. She discussed "Managing Currents of Change in the Energy Market." Mary Lou is vice president and general counsel of Torch Energy Advisors. She joined Torch Energy in 1992 as assistant general counsel and became the company's vice president and general counsel in 2003. She oversees all legal and land matters for Torch and its subsidiaries. Mary Lou began her career with the Houston office of Mayer Brown & Platt where she was a member of the Natural Resources, Finance and Real Estate practice groups. She then practiced in the exploration and production area of the Shell Oil Company legal department from 1990 until 1992, when she joined Torch Energy.
Ron Rychlak, the Mississippi Defense Lawyers Association Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the University of Mississippi School of Law, was honored by the United States Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C., in recognition of his efforts in preventing a future Holocaust. Ron has written several publications on the Holocaust and Nazism. He was honored alongside several religious scholars from a variety of Christian and Jewish backgrounds who held a two-day conference in Nashville in April 2007. The group collectively wrote "the Nashville Declaration," a six-point statement of principles designed to minimize the risk of religious persecution in the future.
Dee Ann Weldon-Wilson began her one-year term as president of the International Trademark Association (INTA) on January 1, 2007. Dee Ann, who serves as trademark counsel for Exxon Mobil in Irving, Texas, previously served INTA as an officer and member of its board of directors and chairs its long range planning group.
C. Samuel Sutter was elected district attorney of Bristol County, Massachusetts. Sam ousted a 16-year incumbent to win the position. Before opening a solo practice in Fall River, Massachusetts, he had worked for nine years as an assistant district attorney.
Lynne Townsend Albert served as president of the National Conference of Women's Bar Associations, a nationwide organization of women's bar associations that represents 35,000 women lawyers, in 2006-07. Lynne is the immediate past president of the North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys. She lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, with her husband, Scott, and their twins, Josh and Cammie.
Barbara Bennett, a partner in Washington, D.C.-based Hogan & Hartson, has returned to Nashville after nearly a decade in the nation's capital. Barbara will continue in her role with Hogan & Hartson, operating from Nashville. Her practice includes healthcare transactions, technology and life sciences. Prior to joining for Hogan & Hartson, Barbara was general counsel for Nashville-based TriPoint Health Group. Before joining TriPoint, Barbara served nine years as Vanderbilt University's associate general counsel. She is a former chair and co-chair, respectively, of the American Bar Association Health Law Section's business and transactional law committee and that section's mergers and acquisitions subcommittee. Her husband, Peter Miller, is a computer scientist and entrepreneur.
Platte Moring has published a book titled Honor First: A Citizen-Soldier in Afghanistan. Platte served as the Staff Judge Advocate of the Office of Military Cooperation-Afghani-stan 2003-2004 as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. Platte is managing partner of the Allentown, Pennsylvania, office of White & Williams. Platte and his wife, Susan, have two children, Leigh and William. [See story on page 38.]
Stephen Pate (VU '80) has been named head of Fulbright & Jawor-ski's Litigation Practice Group. Steve, who is based at F&J's Houston office, was elected as a vice president of the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel in Summer 2006. Composed of leading legal practitioners, FDCC members are attorneys who are actively engaged in the administration and defense of civil litigation throughout the world. In addition to being named vice president, Steve was also honored with a special "Above and Beyond" Award for his authorship of the 70th Anniversary History of the FDCC, and was appointed historian of the FDCC, a newly created position. In Summer 2007, Steve received the FDCC's Joseph R. Olshan Award for his work in chairing the organization's E-Discovery Task Force at the FDCC's annual meeting.
Kurt Gleeson is Managing Broker for the West Florida Region of New Homes Realty, based in Clearwater, Florida. Kurt has more than 23 years of experience in the real estate industry as a broker and attorney.
Henry Callaway recently received the Liberty Bell Award from the Mobile, Alabama, Bar Association. The award honors a local citi- zen who "promotes a better understanding of the U.S. Constitution and encourages respect for the law and the courts, stimulates a deeper sense of individual responsibility, and fosters a better understanding and appreciation for the rule of law." Henry is a partner in Hand Arendall's Mobile office and practices in the areas of business litigation and bankruptcy.
Dianne Ferrell Neal is serving on Tennessee's independent state ethics commission. Dianne and Professor Don Hall are two of six members appointed to the commission by Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen. The commission was created by an ethics reform bill signed into law by Governor Bredesen in the aftermath of the Tennessee Waltz case, an FBI and TBI sting operation that led to the arrest of nine people, including five current or former state lawmakers, on bribery and corruption charges.
Zan Blue's article, "What is your approach to stare decisis?", which focuses on the approach to filling vacancies on the Tennessee Supreme Court, was published in the April 2006 issue of the Nashville Bar Journal. Zan has practiced with Constangy Brooks & Smith in Nashville for 23 years, representing management in labor and employment matters.
’84 Greg Abbott was reelected as the 50th Attorney General of Texas on November 7, 2006. Prior to his election as attorney general, Greg served as a Justice on the Texas Supreme Court and as a State District Judge in Harris County.
Hans von Spakovsky was appointed to the Federal Election Commission by President Bush for a term ending in 2011.
’85 Kevin Doherty has been inducted as chair of the Better Business Bureau of Middle Tennessee for 2007-08. Kevin is a partner at Burr & Forman in Nashville, practicing in the insurance group and representing clients of its entertainment law practice. He has been member of the Middle Tennessee Better Business Bureau board since 2001.
Lucian T. Pera co-authored the cover story of the June 2006 issue of the Tennessee Bar Journal entitled "Shock Waves: Will the Court's New Rules Help Tennessee Judicial Candidates Deal with the Aftershocks of the 'White' Decision?" Lucian is a partner with Adams and Reese in Memphis.
Katherine Simpson Allen, a partner of the Nashville firm of Stites & Harbison, has been elected to the American College of Commercial Finance Lawyers. Kathi is a transactional attorney with extensive experience in commercial financial services, creditors' rights and commercial transactions. She specializes in structuring, negotiating and documenting complex financial arrangements before and after bankruptcy. Kathi is a member of Vanderbilt Law School's adjunct faculty, and teaches bankruptcy law.
’86 Phillip Street is serving a three-year term on Kilpatrick Stockton's executive committee. His primary areas of practice include health care and life sciences transactions, including business mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures, and the commercialization of life sciences research.
Richard Hays has been named to succeed the current managing partner of Atlanta-based law firm Alston & Bird in 2008.
’87 Judge Kimberly Winkenhofer Shumate was recently awarded the Destiny Award from the Kentucky Child NOW! state program for her work in juvenile justice, specifically with Teen Court and the BRIDGES juvenile delinquency prevention council. Kim has been on the district court bench for 10 years in Hardin County, Kentucky.
Cherie Fuzzell was elected to the Board of Directors of Sonic Innovations, Inc., a leading producer of advanced digital hearing aids and automated auditory testing equipment, on December 11, 2006. Cherie is General Counsel of Nanoventions Inc. Prior to joining Nanoventions, Cherie was Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel for NOVA Information Systems Inc. She brings extensive mergers and acquisition experience, having been Vice President of Mergers and Acquisitions for Magellan Health Services and a member of the international law firm Jones Day.
Rodd S. Lawrence was selected chairman of the board for the Delaware County Port Authority in Delaware, Ohio. Rodd is a founding partner of Lawrence Law Office with multiple offices in Central Ohio. His practice focuses on business transaction, commercial litigation and real estate development. He and his wife, Linda, also a lawyer, have four children.
John Butcher has been appointed by the United States Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit as Federal Public Defender for the Districts of Northern and Eastern Oklahoma. John will be in charge of the indigent defense in the federal courts for those two districts. Despite the move, John will also keep his position as the 10th Circuit representative to the Practitioners' Advisory Group to the United States Sentencing Commission. John and his wife, Yvonne, have two sons, seven-year-old Van and William, who was born September 27, 2006.
Mark Ovington has joined the Kansas City office of Stinson Morrison Hecker, where his practice focuses on transactional work with an emphasis on secured lending.
John Beiter, who practices entertainment law in the Nashville office of Los Angeles-based Loeb & Loeb, was featured in a profile in the business section of The Tennessean. John came to Nashville in the late 1970s, after graduating from Indiana University, with hopes of becoming a songwriter. "I literally woke up one day thinking that the songwriting contracts really are more interesting to me than sitting down with a guitar in an empty room trying to come up with yet another rhyme," he told a Tennessean writer.
Jill Schultz served as the 111th president of the Monroe County (New York) Bar Association in 2006-07.
James Klingler has rejoined A.G. Edwards in its Gallatin Asset Management subsidiary as vice president and manager of business development. James left the firm in 1997 to work at Eclipse Capital Management as a senior vice president, corporate secretary and general counsel. During his previous tenure at A.G. Edwards from 1991 to 1997, he worked as an associate vice president and compliance counsel, responsible for the legal and regulatory oversight for the firm's investment management and advisory services as well as several other departments within the company's sales and marketing division.
’88 David M. Rainey (J.D./MBA) has been named Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of Debt Resolve, Inc. (AMEX: DRV). David had previously served as the Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of Hudson Scenic Studio, where he was responsible for finance and accounting.
Kelly B. Mathis served as president of the Jacksonville Bar Association for 2006-2007. Kelly has practiced business litigation, insurance law and personal injury law in Jacksonville since 1988. In 2003, he formed Kelly B. Mathis, P.A., which currently has four attorneys.
Christopher Walker, a partner in the Dayton office of Van Kley & Walker, has served as chair of the Environmental Committee of the Ohio State Bar Association. Chris advises and represents businesses, governmental and civic organizations, families and individuals on environmental law issues. He formerly served as an Ohio assistant attorney general in the Environmental Enforcement Section.
Randall H. Morrow was recognized as a leader in the area of Banking and Finance in Chambers USA 2006. He is a Fellow in the American College of Mortgage Attorneys. His commercial lending practice at Maynard Cooper & Gale in Birmingham, Alabama, focuses on all aspects of the representation of lenders and borrowers in secured and unsecured transactions, structured financing transactions and multi-state transactions.
Brent Ballow has moved his national management labor law practice to the Nashville office of Miller & Martin. Brent continues to publish five free labor-related e-newsletters, which reach more 6,500 subscribers, with long-time partner Mark Floyd, who also moved to Miller & Martin.
’89 Alan N. Greenspan, partner in the Dallas office of Jackson Walker, has been appointed to serve a two-year term as Chairman of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Dallas. Alan specializes in business litigation and intellectual property law. He also serves in leadership positions with the American Jewish Committee and Temple Emanu-El of Dallas.
John F. Marsh has joined the Columbus office of Hahn Loeser + Parks as a partner. John was formerly a partner with Porter Wright Morris & Arthur. He lives in Worthington with his wife and stepson.
Henry F. Sherrod III helped found Alabama's first organization of attorneys for employees, NELA-Alabama, an affiliate of the National Employment Lawyers Association, in 2005. Hank was then elected to the association's Executive Board, and has served as its president since 2005. Hank's practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of individuals who have had their civil rights violated by discrimination or harassment in the workplace or by denial of their constitutional rights by police officers or other government officials.
Jennifer G. Redmond has joined the San Francisco office of Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton as a partner in the firm's Labor and Employment group. Jennifer has previously practiced with Bingham McCutchen in San Francisco.
Andrew Wizner was appointed the 2006-2007 Chair of the Connecticut Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. In 1997, Andy joined Leete Kosto & Wizner, a five-attorney firm that limits its practice to immigration law.
Jeffrey M. Grantham, who is a shareholder at Maynard Cooper & Gale in Birmingham, Alabama, provided a presentation at the American Bar Association's Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Session (TIPS) Mid-Winter Symposium in January 2007 in Laguna Beach, California. Jeff, who chairs Maynard Cooper's Insurance and Financial Services Litigation group, spoke on "Recent Trends in Class Action Litigation."
Andrew Bayman was elected to the 10-person policy committee at King & Spalding, effective January 1, 2007. Andy is the leader of the firm's tort and environmental litigation practice. The group, with more than 120 lawyers, is one of the largest practice groups of its kind in the U.S. and is devoted exclusively to defending tort litigation. He is based in Atlanta, and his practice focuses on representation of pharmaceutical, medical device and automotive manufacturers in product liability cases.
Nathan C. Hamilton has joined Schottenstein Zox & Dunn in Columbus, Ohio, as a partner with the firm's Tax and Wealth Management area. Nathan's practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, the formation and operation of complex joint ventures, real estate transactions, equipment leases, and tax-exempt and other nonprofit organizations.
Paul W. Kruse has joined the Nashville law firm of Bone McAllester Norton as a member with the trademark and intellectual property governance team. Paul was previously a partner with Bass Berry & Sims and spent several years as a trademark attorney at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
Tracy Heslin Bock and her husband, Bill Bock, welcomed a baby girl, Haley Esther, on October 24, 2004. Haley joins four brothers: Billy, Micah, Samuel and Isaac. The Bocks live in Indianapolis, Indiana.
’90 Peter Paine currently lives in Princeton, New Jersey, with his wife, Els, and three children. Peter officially stopped practicing law in 1996 when he left Drinker Biddle & Reath in Philadelphia to become a consultant with McKinsey & Company. After a brief stint as a biotech marketer at Centocor, he is now a partner in a small but growing consulting firm, Rosetta Marketing Strategies Group, where his clients are large pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies.
Richard Robinson has joined the Wilmington, Delaware, office of Reed Smith as a partner in its Commercial Restructuring and Bankruptcy Group.
Todd Tuten has been elected partner at Patton Boggs in Washington, D.C. Todd advises clients on federal regulations and legislative matters with an emphasis on healthcare policy. Prior to joining the firm in 2003 as Of Counsel, Todd was chief of staff and counsel to former Congressman Michael Bilirakis (R-Fla.).
Milton Fine II, a longtime attorney on Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee's staff, is the Arkansas Workers' Compensation Commission's newest Administrative Law Judge. The AWCC is administrator of the state's workers' compensation laws and resolves issues for stakeholders in the workers' compensation community. Milton was an associate at the law firm of Mitchell Williams Selig Gates & Woodyard in Little Rock from 1990 to 1992. He then went to work for the state, first with the Attorney General Office from 1992-2002, then with the Governor's Office in 2002. He was Assistant Attorney General in the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and, later served in the Criminal Department. In the fraud unit, Milton was hired to begin the first-of-its-kind program in the nation to bring civil actions against providers for Medicaid fraud. In 1994, the unit was sixth among its peers in monetary recoveries, totaling more than $1.8 million. In the criminal department, he was in charge of substantial federal and state litigation and argued numerous cases before the state's Court of Appeals and Supreme Court. For the governor, Milton was Assistant Legal Counsel, serving as policy advisor to state agencies, boards, commissions and departments. He also handled all Freedom of Information Act requests. Milton became Governor Huckabee's Chief Legal Counsel in 2004.
Lisa Lichterman Leach is a member of Kiesewetter Wise Kaplan Prather, a Memphis-based labor and employment law firm. Before joining Kiesewetter Wise Kaplan Prather, Lisa served as general counsel for a regional sales company, where she concentrated on employment law issues.
Alan Harris has joined the Houston office of Sutherland Asbill & Brennan as a partner in the firm's corporate practice.
Phyllis Sumner has joined the firm of King & Spalding as a partner in its business litigation group. Phyllis most recently served as Assistant United States Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia. Phyllis brings to the firm extensive experience handling complex, high- profile matters, including the cases against Centennial Olympic Park bomber Eric Rudolph and former Mayor of Atlanta Bill Campbell. At King & Spalding, she will focus her practice on complex financial and other commercial litigation matters, as well as internal corporate investigations. Phyllis started her legal career at King & Spalding in 1990, and then moved to Chicago, where she was an associate and then a partner at Katten Muchin & Zavis. In 1999, she was appointed Assistant United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, where for three years she successfully prosecuted numerous cases involving financial fraud, money laundering, healthcare fraud and other criminal matters. Since February 2002, she has served as Assistant United States Attorney for the North District of Georgia, where she successfully prosecuted public corruption, domestic terrorism, tax and complex financial matters.
’91 Steve Berreth has accepted the position as head legal counsel, addressing intellectual property and licensing for corn & soybeans, for Syngenta Seeds Inc.
Cathryn A. Berryman has joined the Dallas office of Winstead as a shareholder and is practicing in the firm's Intellectual Property practice group.
Adolpho Birch has been named a vice president of the National Football League in New York, New York.
Paul Garrison has joined the California State Automobile Association (AAA Northern California) in San Francisco, California, as Director of Legal and Regulatory Affairs and Assistant Corporate Secretary. Paul was previously employed with Wells Fargo for almost 12 years, respectively, as Vice President and Senior Counsel, Manager of Corporate Employee Relations and Manager of Regulatory Compliance. He was elected president of the board of directors of the Oakland East Bay Symphony and appointed to the Oakland Planning Commission by former California Governor and Oakland Mayor Jerry Brown.
J. Mitchell Dolloff was appointed Director of Business Development for Specialized Products of Fortune 500 diversified manufacturer Leggett & Platt. Mitch began work with Leggett in 2000 as a director in the M&A Department. In 2002 he moved to operations, where he currently serves as president of the $200 million Tubular Products Unit. Prior to Leggett, his experience included three years in senior operating and corporate development positions with Union Tools Inc., and six years in New York with the law firm of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher.
Mark Hayes Wildasin, formerly a litigation partner with Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis in Nashville, now heads the Civil Division of the United States Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Tennessee. In addition to his duties as Civil Division Chief, Mark serves the Middle District's Affirmative Civil Enforcement ("ACE") Attorney, responsible for pursuing civil regulatory enforcement actions against entities that have fallen out of compliance with applicable federal regulatory statutes and rules. Mark married Leta Cook on August 10, 2006, at Brant Point Lighthouse on Nantucket. Leta's daughter, Sarah, was her bridesmaid, and Mark's daughters, Grace and Kate, were flower girls.
Paul Gilbert, a former partner with Nashville law firm Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, is senior vice president, general counsel and secretary at LifePoint Hospitals, a rural hospital operator. Paul was involved in more than 75 hospital M&A transactions during his time at Waller.
Thomas E. (Tom) Campbell is vice president, general counsel and secretary of Oxford Industries Inc. (NYSE: OXM) in Atlanta. He lives in Marietta, Georgia.
Christopher L. Howard joined Psychiatric Solutions as executive vice president, general counsel and secretary. Chris was previously a partner with Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, where he practiced corporate and securities law, with a primary focus in the health care industry.
Mark D. Hackett is a partner in the newly formed law firm of Evans LeRoy & Hackett in Chattanooga, where his practice focuses on health law, corporate law and litigation.
’92 David Bristol has joined First Independent, a privately held regional bank based in Vancouver, Washington, as Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer. David was previously a partner with Miller Nash in Portland, Oregon, where his practice focused on banking, mergers and acquisitions, finance and real estate law. He was instrumental in helping national and community bank clients with their strategic business development initiatives.
Anthony Kinslow has been named vice president for human resources at the University of Texas at Arlington. An attorney who transitioned into human resources leadership roles, Anthony has more than 15 years of experience in diverse fields that include higher education, health care and government.
John Herman, a partner in the Atlanta office of Duane Morris, has been named vice chair of the Intellectual Property group. John's experience includes handling traditional patent, trademark and copyright matters, as well as entertainment, media, biotechnology, franchising, distribution, trade secret matters and licensing projects. A member of the Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries and the Section of Science and Technology Law of the American Bar Association, he is also active in the Intellectual Property Law and Enter- tainment and Sports Law sections of the State Bar of Georgia and a member of the International Trademark Association. John is a frequent author on intellectual property and technology issues. Before practicing law, John worked in a genetics laboratory handling a NASA-sponsored project.
Mark Baugh is a shareholder in the Nashville office of Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz. Mark concentrates his practice in the areas of litigation and labor and employment law. He has served as chair of the Tennessee Bar Association's Tort and Insurance Practice Section as well as of the Workers' Compensation Section of the American Bar Association Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section. Mark also served as a member of the Hearing Panel of the Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility.
Zachary T. Fardon has joined the Chicago office of Latham & Watkins as a partner in the Litigation Department. Zach formerly served as the First Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee in Nashville, where he was one of the lead attorneys from the U.S. Department of Justice in the successful prosecution of former Illinois Governor George Ryan for corruption. From 1997 to 2003, Zach served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois and participated in "Operation Safe Road," an extensive investigation of corruption by public officials that led to the indictment of former Governor Ryan. He also assisted in the successful prosecution of Scott Fawell, an aide to former Governor Ryan and Citizens for George Ryan, Ryan's campaign organization. The landmark trial was the first time that a campaign organization was convicted under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act.
William Outhier has joined the law firm of Bowen Riley Warnock & Jacobson as an associate. He was previously managing director with the Carmen Group, a government relations firm in Washington.
Martin S. Brown Jr., a partner in the Nashville law firm of Adams and Reese/Stokes Bartholomew, has joined the board of Jack Daniel's whiskey maker Brown-Forman Corporation. The Nashville resident is one of three new board members for the Louisville-based company, and all three are fifth-generation descendants of George Garvin Brown, who founded the company in 1870.
Pamela Muller Swartzberg is currently serving as the first woman Trustee and Secretary to the Board of Trustees of Seton Hall University as well as chairing the Women's Commission of the Archdiocese of Newark. She and her husband, Mark, recently welcomed their sixth child, Joshua Alexander. He joins sisters Anna, Allyson and Mary, and brothers Peter and Matthew.
’93 Ken David opened his own law firm, David & Rosetti, on May 1, 2007, in Atlanta. The firm consists of six lawyers, focusing on representing employers and insurers in workers' comp cases. He and his wife, Randy Faigin, celebrated the birth of their fourth child, Joey, on September 21, 2006. Randy is now a certified fitness instructor and teaches at several locations in Atlanta.
Jean Eliason was appointed by the Honorable U.W. Clemon, Chief Judge of the Northern District of Alabama, in 2003 to serve as the Claims Administrator for the Breast Implant Litigation settlements in Houston, Texas. Jean was previously a partner in Gentle Pickens Eliason & Turner. Jean and her husband welcomed their second child, Ashley, on April 27, 2006. They also have a son, Jonathan.
Jennifer Patton Grosvenor joined Legacy Trust Company in May 2006 after having worked for JPMorgan Private Bank for a number of years. Legacy is a private trust company in Houston, where Jennifer continues to manage trusts and foundations for wealthy families. She and her husband, Mike, welcomed their second daughter, Charlotte, in March 2005. Jennifer and Mike also have older daughter, Eleanor.
Brett A. Oeser has joined the Nashville office of Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz as an Of Counsel attorney in the firm's construction group. His practice is in civil litigation, focusing on construction disputes and commercial matters.
Edward P. Boyle is now a partner with Venable's New York City office focusing on commercial litigation and white-collar defense. He and his wife, Jenn, celebrated the birth of their first child, Connelly Frances, on March 13, 2006.
Elizabeth Bowles was recently featured in the "High Profile" section of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette because of her role as a member of the board of City Year Little Rock. Elizabeth is vice president and general counsel of Aristotle Inc., and president of Aristotle.net, a company division. After graduating from VULS, she clerked for the late Richard Arnold, then chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, and then spent six years in Washington, D.C., as a litigator for Arnold and Porter. She joined Aristotle in 2000, and lives in Little Rock with her husband, Rafael Bravo. They have one child.
David K. Bissinger has joined the Houston firm of Siegmyer & Oshman, which will now be known as Siegmyer Oshman & Bissinger. David was previously a partner at Houston-based Clements O'Neill Pierce Wilson & Fulkerson. He represents plaintiffs and defendants in trials and arbitrations and handles a variety of civil litigation matters, including claims of fraud and breach of contract, product liability matters, intellectual property disputes, real estate litigation, and SEC and other civil governmental investigation. He currently serves as chair of the Securities Litigation and Arbitration Section of the Houston Bar Association.
John Rose was appointed by Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen on November 1, 2005, as a member of the Tennessee Heritage Conservation Trust Fund Board, a group of 11 Tennesseans who will help lead the governor's land preservation and protection initiative. John owns a working family farm that has operated in Smith and DeKalb counties since 1874. He is president of Smith Fork Ventures, an investment firm, and served under the Sundquist Administration as Tennessee's Commissioner of Agriculture. John has served as vice chair of the Tennessee Future Farmers of America Foundation and of the Tennessee Tech Foundation's board of directors.
’94 David Hudson has published his 14th and 15th books: The Rehnquist Court: Understanding Its Impact and Legacy (Praeger, 2006) and Basketball Championships Most Wanted: The Top 10 Book of March Mayhem, Playoff Performances and Tournament Oddities (Potomac Books, 2007).
Carrie A. Hanlon is a partner with Wiggin & Dana in its Stamford, Connecticut, office. She is an intellectual property litigator in the firm's Litigation Department, and her practice focuses on patent litigation encompassing a variety of technologies in the electrical, chemical and mechanical areas.
Steven R. Wild is a partner in the firm of Thompson Coburn, where he practices in the Public Finance and Real Estate areas. Steve has experience in numerous areas of state and local government and real estate law, including tax-exempt bonds, tax credits, tax increment financing and other development incentives, zoning, public contracts, legislation and litigation.
Rupert A. Byrdsong presented a seminar on cross-examination at trial at the Annual Meeting for the Labor and Employment Section for the State Bar of California in 2006. Rupert completed a three-year term on the Executive Committee for the Labor and Employment Section and remains involved with the section as an advisor next year. Rupert also serves as president of the John M. Langston Bar Association, the largest African-American bar association in Southern California.
Jeffrey L. Rose has been named Deputy First Assistant Attorney General by Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, '84. Jeff has served as Chief of the Civil General Litigation Division at the Office of the Attorney General since 2003, handling some of the state's highest profile civil litigation matters, ranging from school finance to health care administration. Prior to joining the Attorney General's Office, Jeff was a partner in the Austin office of Strasburger & Price, a Dallas-based law firm handling a broad range of civil litigation. A strong advocate for community service, Jeff has served on the board of directors for Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Central Texas. He is an alumnus of the Leadership Austin program and a founding board member of The Rise School, a preschool for children with Down Syndrome and related developmental difficulties.
Cristina Chou Pauzé has been hired as Acting Media Advisor to the Federal Communications Commission. She had joined the FCC as an Associate Bureau Chief in the Media Bureau. Her prior experience includes positions at Morrison & Foerster's Washington, D.C., office, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration at the U.S. Department of Commerce and Teleglobe USA.
’95 Zachary Walton is a partner in Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker. Zach practices environmental law at the firm's San Francisco office.
Erik S. Bliss has been named partner at Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton. Erik is in the Business Trial practice group, based in San Diego. His practice focuses on complex business litigation with an emphasis on consumer fraud and trade regulation, antitrust, commercial contract and business tort matters.
Brian S. Miller was appointed by Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee to fill a judicial slot left open by Arkansas Court of Appeals Judge Andree Layton Roaf's retirement on December 31, 2006.
Roger R. Martella Jr. has been nominated by President Bush as general counsel of the Environmental Protection Administration, and his nomination has been approved by a Senate panel. Roger has worked as deputy general counsel at the EPA since the fall of 2005. Roger has previously worked for almost seven years in the Justice Department's Environment and Natural Resources Section defending government decisions, regulations and rules.
Jiyul Yoo has been named a partner (as a U.S.-licensed lawyer in South Korea, officially called a "Senior Foreign Legal Consultant") of the law firm of Yoon Yang Kim Shin & Yu in Seoul, Korea. Yoon Yang is one of the major law firms in South Korea, with approximately 170 attorneys. At the firm, Jiyul practices in the areas of corporate and international trade. After practicing in Washington, D.C., Jiyul returned to South Korea in 2002.
Steven R. Kaufman is an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Washington, D.C. After graduating from Vanderbilt Law School, Steve was an Air Force JAG and continues to serve in the reserve. He then prosecuted securities fraud as Enforcement Counsel for NASD. He lives in a nationally recognized "green home" he and his wife, J.D. Doliner, built in Arlington, Virginia, where they live with their two children, Sabrina and Maya.
Jay Crook, J.D./M.D., is doing a cardiac fellowship at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
Michael Stephen Gaw, who works in the real estate group of Georgia-Pacific Corp. in Atlanta, has been featured in an ad for Counsel on Call. Mike trained for and competed in the Ford Ironman USA-Coeur d'Alene triathlon in June 2005.
David Weiss is a partner in the New York office of DLA Piper. His practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions and capital markets transactions.
Lisa Marie Papp has changed careers after practicing law for 10 years. After earning her M.A. in elementary education, she is working as a special education teacher with the Washington Township (Mercer County) Public School district. She and her husband, Thomas Stuart Walls, live in Robbinsville, New Jersey, her hometown, with their three children. They celebrated the birth of their third child and second daughter, Caroline Elizabeth Walls, on May 2, 2006.
’96 Deborah Katz Solomon's article, "From Antitrust Lawyer to Executive Coach," was published in the June 2007 issue of the ABA's Law Practice Management Magazine. Deborah is the founder and principal of Acuity Legal Consulting, which provides professional development, leadership and marketing coaching for lawyers at all levels of experience. She works with law firms and individuals, and her coaching practice is international in scope. Deborah and her husband, Marc, live in Arlington, Virginia.
Christopher J. Keene produced a documentary film, Chicago 10, which opened the 2007 Sundance Film Festival. Chris is a Los Angeles-based lawyer who heads the entertainment practice at Archer Norris. He began his career as a downtown Los Angeles litigator and cut his teeth in entertainment as an agent trainee at Endeavor. At Archer Norris, Chris advises a rapidly growing list of actors, writers, directors, producers, publishers, digital content providers and media financiers.
Eric P. Schroeder, a partner with Powell Goldstein's Health Care Practice Group, is head of its Appellate Section, where he concentrates in media, First Amendment, health care and intellectual property law.
Stephanie Feldman Aleong is an Assistant Professor of Law at Nova Southeastern University's Shepard Broad Law Center in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. She teaches Criminal Law, Remedies, Feminism & the Law and Lawyering Skills & Values. Her scholarship focuses on the crime and patient risk involved in the pharmaceutical distribution system. Each year, she returns to Vanderbilt for the Annual First Amendment Competition, bringing a team from Nova to experience the same tournament for which she was an Associate Justice while a student at Vanderbilt. Stephanie is married to Neil Aleong.
Rick Porotsky is an associate at the Cincinnati office of Dinsmore & Shohl.
Laura Rakow Brothers is a member of the Corporate and Securities practice area of Bass Berry & Sims in Nashville. Her second daughter, Sarah Madison, was born on June 5, 2006. She joined big sister Laura Grace.
’97 Phillip Fowler has been appointed chair of USLAW Network's Electronic Discovery Committee. Phillip, an attorney with Bingham McHale in Indianapolis, focuses his practice in the representation of corporate clients and their owners, officers and directors in federal and state court litigation and in alternative dispute resolution. He serves as vice chair of the Litigation Section of the Indiana State Bar Association.
Maxwell N. Barnes of Indianapolis was elected partner at Baker & Daniels. Max, who joined the law firm in 2003, practices in corporate finance and corporate transactional matters.
Chris Robbins has been detailed to the office of FCC Commissioner Deborah Taylor Tate to assist in handling media issues. Prior to joining the FCC, Chris was an attorney in the media practice group at Wiley Rein & Fielding.
David Johnson is a member of Miller & Martin in Nashville, where he focuses his practice on civil litigation.
Paul Larsen is associate general counsel and secretary of the Consumer Healthcare Products Association in Washington, D.C. He and his partner, Blake Humphreys, welcomed a baby girl, Camille Larsen- Humphreys, on April 22, 2006. Camille joined older brother Aidan.
Robert F. Morris and Hilary Claire Trought were married May 6, 2006, in Cranbury, New Jersey. Robert is an associate at the Brennan Law Firm in Cranbury, after serving in active duty as a member of the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General's Corps based at Fort Knox, Kentucky, from 1998 to 2001. Hilary teaches mathematics in the sixth and seventh grades at the Morristown-Beard School.
’98 Charlnette A. Richard has joined the Nashville office of Miller & Martin as an associate in the firm's litigation practice group. She previously served as a staff counsel in the legal department of The Travelers Insurance Companies.
Chris Gramling is a partner at Shook Hardy & Bacon in Kansas City, Missouri, where he represents clients in high-profile cases in state and federal courts across the country. Chris focuses on the defense of pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers in complex product liability litigations.
Marc Schatten is a senior associate with G.W. Merrick & Associates, practicing business and securities litigation in Denver, Colorado. He would love to see any Vanderbilt Law classmates passing through the Colorado mountains.
Elizabeth Mims Donley has been elected partner at King & Spalding in Washington, D.C. Elizabeth concentrates on mergers, acquisitions, licensing and financial transactions, joint ventures and other corporate matters. She represents pharmaceutical, defense, aerospace, telecommunications and technology companies. After graduating from law school, she clerked for Judge Owen Forrester of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia.
Richard E. Kozlowski is a partner of Baker & Hostetler, based in Columbus, Ohio. Richard is a member of the Business Group and concentrates his practice in mergers and acquisitions and international transactions.
Elizabeth Blackwell is a partner in the firm of Thompson Coburn. Liz is a member of the firm's Tobacco Litigation and Appellate practice areas. She possesses special expertise in defending against the improper use of aggregate trial procedures, such as class certification, large and small consolidations, and phased bifurcated or trifurcated trial plans.
Gray Sasser, a Nashville attorney with Miller & Martin, will chair the Tennessee Democratic Party in 2007-08. He takes the reins from outgoing Chairman Bob Tuke, '76, who chose not to seek another term at the Party's helm. Sasser, who is the son of former Tennessee Senator Jim Sasser, has served as legal counsel for the state's Democrats for the last four years. At Miller & Martin, his practice has concentrated on corporate and international law, with an emphasis on mergers and acquisitions, securities and venture capital investments.
Robin Bicket White is a member of Mendes & Gonzales' insolvency group, based in Nashville. She and her husband, Jason, live in Brentwood with their daughter, Chloe Rose, born June 12, 2006.
Shannon Evans Pinkston has joined the Nashville firm of Bass Berry & Sims in its healthcare practice.
Caitlin Noe Moon has formed a legal practice, The Harpeth Law Group, in Franklin, Tennessee, with two partners. Caitlin's practice is focused in the areas of wills and estate planning.
Richard J. Carter Jr. is a partner at Powell Goldstein in Atlanta, practicing in the area of corporate and commercial real estate.
Louis C. Spelios is partner at Powell Goldstein in Atlanta, practicing in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, private equity and general corporate law.
Gindi Eckel Vincent served as chair of the Texas Young Lawyers Association in 2006-07. She practices at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman. She and her husband, Garrett, were married on May 6, 2006, and live in Houston.
Elizabeth A. Alexander is a partner in the Nashville office of Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, where she focuses on employment law and consumer class actions.
Andrea Taylor McKellar is a partner in Bass Berry & Sims in Nashville.
Beth Townsend has joined the Nashville firm of Moses & Townsend as a partner.
’99 Paul Morris of Martin Tate Morrow & Marston has been named Vice President of Memphis Area Legal Services for the 2007-2008 year. Paul focuses his practice in the area of business litigations, concentrating on issues such as patent litigation and licensing, trademark and copyright litigation.
Mary Beth Fortugno has joined Bass Berry & Sims as an associate in the firm's healthcare industry practice. She previously served as counsel supporting IASIS Healthcare's acute-care hospital operations in Texas and Florida.
Julye Johns was recently named partner of the Atlanta-based law firm of Huff Powell & Bailey. Julye joined the firm as an associate in 2004. She focuses her practice on healthcare litigation and the defense of professional liability lawsuits. For the past six years, Julye has served as a Guardian ad Litem with the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation and on the Judicial Citizen Review Panel for the Fulton County Juvenile Court.
Joseph Y. McCoin has become a member of the law firm of Miller & Martin. Joseph concentrates his practice on traditional labor law, employment law, health and safety compliance, and transportation law.
Alex Helderman and Carrie Rosen,'00, welcomed their son, Jacob Parker Helderman, on August 11, 2006. Carrie, Alex and Jake live in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Alex practices telecom litigation and general commercial litigation with Drinker Biddle & Reath.
Christopher A. Sloan is a member of Boult Cummings Conners & Berry. Chris joined the firm in 1999 and advises clients on a wide variety of intellectual property, software, technology, e-commerce and Internet law issues. Chris is a long-standing member of the Executive Committee of the Tennessee Bar Association's Intellectual Property Law Committee.
Timothy W. Gregg has been named a new shareholder at Maynard Cooper & Gale. Tim practices in the firm's Securities Regulation and Corporate Finance, Corporate Governance and Compliance, Financial Institutions, General Corporate, Mergers and Acquisitions, and Venture Capital and Private Equity Investment practice groups. Tim serves on the Committee on Federal Regulation of Securities, the Committee on Corporate Governance, and the Committee on Negotiated Acquisitions of the American Bar Association.
Paul Gontarek is a partner at the Nashville law firm of Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis.
Martha Boyd has joined Boult Cummings Conners & Berry's litigation practice as an associate. Martha joined the firm after practicing for seven years in the Cincinnati and Nashville offices of Frost Brown Todd, where she focused on labor and employment law. At Boult Cummings, Martha practices in the areas of business litigation and labor and employment. A former Major in the United States Army Reserve, Martha served in Iraq as the Coalition Provisional Authority's senior advisor to the Iraqi Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs. She helped set up the first public shelter for victims of domestic violence in Baghdad.
Kito Huggins has joined the Lehman Brothers global investment bank in New York City. Kito is Vice President of Corporate Advisory Compliance, supporting the bank's Private Investment Management division. Kito joined Lehman after four and a half years managing sales practices litigation, securities arbitrations and regulatory matters in MetLife's Law Department.
J. Christopher Clifton has been appointed as senior vice president, general counsel and chief compliance officer of Opteum Inc., a real estate investment trust (REIT). Christopher joins Opteum from PPG Industries Inc., where he was most recently the primary attorney supporting PPG's Industrial Coatings business unit. Before that, he served as PPG's finance and securities counsel and was an associate with Pillsbury Winthrop.
’00 Jordan Arnold was appointed to the Homicide Chart at the Manhattan District Attorney's Office in December 2006. He continues to handle assignments from the NYPD Major Case Squad, with whom he has worked as lead prosecutor on cases involving kidnapping, extortion, bank robbery and art fraud.
Carrie B. Rosen is a member of Cozen O'Connor, where she practices in the labor and employment practice group. She also serves as a volunteer attorney through the Support Center for Child Advocates. She and husband Alex Helderman, '99, and young son Jake live in Philadelphia. Carrie was noted as a Pennsylvania "Rising Star" in 2006 in Law & Politics magazine.
Rod Kanter is a partner within the Public Finance Practice Group of Bradley Arant Rose & White, based in the firm's Birmingham, Alabama office.
Dan Cohen testified before the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights on May 11, 2007, regarding Title IX. The Commission is reviewing the so-called "third prong" of Title IX whether universities are meeting the athletic interests and abilities of their students. Dan has also co-authored a related legal article that was published in the Vanderbilt Journal of Entertainment and Technology Law. He is a senior associate with Rogers & Hardin in Atlanta.
Eleanor (Griffith) McDonald is Assistant General Counsel at Ingram Industries in Nashville, where she lives with her husband, John, and their son, Charles Andrew ("Drew").
Mary Beard Mason, who is a senior attorney in the employment litigation department with Federal Express Corporation, has been selected as a member of the September 2008 class of The Leadership Academy's Fellows Program.
Tania N. Archer is an associate at Moore & Van Allen in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Colby Carter is an attorney with the Office of General Counsel at the Tennessee Valley Authority in Knoxville where he works in the areas of retirement, benefits and executive compensation. He and his wife, Amy, have two sons, Christopher Paul, born on October 20, 2006, and older brother William Courtright.
Todd Stein has been named as counsel on the United States Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee under the leadership of Senator Joe Lieberman (D-Conn.).
Jennifer Kirk Dunlap was recently married and moved to Charleston, South Carolina, where she is an attorney with Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein.
Phillip F. Cramer is a member of Sherrard & Roe in Nashville. Cramer, who joined the firm in 2002, focuses his practice on business litigation, including insurance coverage, anti-trust, business torts and contact disputes. He previously served as an Honors attorney in the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, D.C., specializing in joint venture law and the entertainment industry. A native of Maryland, he served as law clerk for The Honorable Karen LeCraft Henderson of the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit for the 2000-2001 term.
Elissa Schauman joined the St. Louis office of Polsinelli Shalton Welte Suelthaus, where she is an associate in the affordable housing and tax credit financing group.
Anne Marie Lowry Taylor works part time as Deputy Disciplinary Counsel for the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of New Mexico. She and her husband, Kyle, live in New Mexico with their four children, Kylee, Jackson, Logan and Jolie.
Jeff Baker has been appointed Associate Professor of Law and Clinical Director at Faulkner University's Thomas Goode Jones School of Law in Montgomery, Alabama. Jeff left the firm of Watkins & Eager in Jackson, Mississippi, where he litigated medical malpractice, product liability and other civil and commercial matters.
Mark A. Neyland is Assistant Director of Enforcement with the National Collegiate Athletic Association in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Masami I. Tyson has joined Neal & Harwell as an associate. Born and raised in Yokohama, Japan, Masami is fluent in Japanese.
Mark Hillier has his own law firm, Hillier and Associates. He and his wife, Claire, have a son, Conrad, born November 26, 2006. They live in Boca Raton, Florida.
Brant Brown and Amy Brown have a daughter, Audrey Marie, born October 9, 2006. Brant serves on the legal staff of the NASD's Office of General Council in Washington, D.C., and Amy is a trial attorney with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. They live in Kensington, Maryland.
Kellie Cook married Alan Gruenefeldt in May 2005 in California's gold country. They live in Auburn, California, where they enjoy their one stop-light commute to their respective legal and medical practices.
’01 Jordan M. Sickman has joined law firm of Honigman Miller Schwartz & Cohn as an associate with the Bankruptcy, Reorganization and Commercial Department in the Detroit, Michigan office. Jordan previously practiced Chapman & Cutler in Chicago and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati in Palo Alto, California. He lives in Royal Oak, Michigan.
Jeremy Clark accepted a Corporate Counsel position with LifePoint Hospitals in Brentwood, Tennessee in June 2006. In May 2006, Jeremy married Nicole Westerman in Nashville. Classmates Michael Bronson, who practices with the litigation group of Vorys Sater Seymour and Pease in Cincinnati, Ohio, and Scott Burns were in the wedding party.
Michael Bronson married Jill Beckner Bronson in 2003, and they now have a son, Daniel. Classmates Jeremy Clark and Scott Burns were groomsmen at the wedding.
Kerry Ducey practices corporate securities law with Latham & Watkins in Chicago, where wife Sean Dailey, '02, practices commercial litigation with Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw. Several members of the Classes of 2001 and 2002 attended their wedding in Carmel, California, in September 2006.
Dax Lopez was recently elected president of Georgia Hispanic Bar Association for 2006-07.
Xinyi (Cindy) Wang is an associate in Davis Polk & Wardwell's Corporate Department, based in the firm's Hong Kong office. Since joining Davis Polk in 2001, she has completed a rotation in the Capital Markets Group.
Kim Gilman has been named Senior Counsel at WestPoint Home Inc. She will be practicing in the areas of corporate and intellectual property law.
Heath Fite is an associate at Burr & Forman, and his wife, April Rogers, is an associate at Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis. They live in Birmingham, Alabama, with their daughter, Margot Sims Fite, born April 29, 2006.
Harwell Wells has been named assistant professor on the faculty of the Temple University Beasley School of Law. Harwell will teach in the areas of corporate law and professional responsibility. Most recently, Harwell was an associate in the securities practice group at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr in Washington, D.C. He also served as a law clerk for the Honorable Gilbert S. Merritt Jr. on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in Nashville. His teaching and research interests are securities regulation, corporate governance, professional liability and legal history.
Patrick Maroney is a corporate associate with DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary, and his wife, Jacky Prickett Maroney, is an associate with Haynes and Boone. Patrick and Jacky live and work in Austin, Texas.
Thomas Barnett is an attorney advisor with the United States Department of Agriculture, Office of General Counsel, Civil Rights Division in Washington D.C.
Laura Hua Luo has joined the Tong Law Firm in Houston, where she represents small and midsized companies in corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions and technology transactions as well as business immigration. Previously, Laura was a corporate attorney at two leading international law firms, first in Silicon Valley at Wilson Sonsini Goodwich & Rosati, and later at the New York office of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld. Laura also worked at the Office of International Law and Policy of General Electric Company in Washington, D.C., where she worked on international trade issues.
Corey Stringer has joined Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz in Nashville. He and his wife, Niki Evans Stringer, '02, who works in the Development & Alumni Relations department at Vanderbilt Law School, live in Franklin, Tennessee.
’02 Katherine Knight has joined the Knoxville office of Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz as an associate in the Labor and Employment group, focusing on employment and employee benefits litigation.
Mary Ann Miranda has accepted an offer to serve as a clerk to U.S. District Chief Judge Joseph M. Hood for the Eastern District of Kentucky in Lexington.
James Geechul Lee and his wife, who was formerly a professor of music at Jeonju University in Korea, are living in London, where James is practicing with the Capital Market group of Clifford Chance. He previously practiced at the New York office of Sidley Austin and at the Hong Kong office of Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom.
Laina Reinsmith Miller currently practices commercial litigation with Shipley Snell Montgomery in Houston. She and her husband, Stuart, welcomed their daughter Julia Mae Miller in June 2006.
J. Perry Herndon has joined Fish & Richardson's Atlanta office as an associate in its Patents Group. Perry focuses his practice on the areas of electronic engineering, computers, and telecommunications. Prior to joining Fish & Richardson, Perry was an associate at both Alston & Bird and Parks Knowlton. Before attending law school, Perry was a staff analyst at BellSouth Telecommunications in Birmingham, Alabama.
Todd Overman is an associate at Hogan & Hartson, practicing in the area of Government Contracts, and his wife, Kelly Vest Overman, is an associate at Ross, Dixon & Bell, practicing in the area of Professional Liability Insurance. Todd and Kelly are the proud parents of two sons. They live in Arlington, Virginia, and stay in touch with many 2002 VULS grads in the D.C. area.
Sean Dailey married Kerry Ducey, '01, in September 2006 in Carmel, California, with several classmates in attendance. Sean and Kerry live in Chicago, where Sean practices commercial litigation with Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw, and Kerry practices corporate securities law with Latham & Watkins.
Josh Perry works for Vanderbilt's Center for Biomedical Ethics and Society, where his teaching, research and writing focus broadly on the areas of bioethics, health law and policy, law and society, and issues related to medical and legal professionalism. He also works with Dr. Ellen Clayton of Vanderbilt's law and medical school faculties to mentor medical students in the medical school's Law Emphasis program.
Laura Batenic McCann has relocated to Seattle from Washington, D.C.
’03 Camille Penniman joined the legal department of Sabre Inc., the parent company of Travelocity.com, in November 2006. She and her husband, John, celebrated the birth of their daughter, Parker Rose, on June 19, 2007.
Raakhee Biswas is currently practicing with the Environmental group of the Washington, D.C., office of Baker Botts. Raakhee married Roy Kumar on November 25, 2006. The traditional three-day Hindu wedding was held in New Orleans, Louisiana. Roy is Chief Resident of Radiology at Tulane University Medical Center & Hospital.
Matthew McInteer has joined the trial and appellate practice group of Nashville office of Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis.
Carrie Von Hoff is an associate with Karbal Cohen Economou Silk & Dunne in Chicago. She and her husband, Paul, have a son, Christopher Daniel, born May 2, 2006. They live in Evanston, Illinois.
Maria Renee Moran is practicing with the Real Estate group of the Nashville office of Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz. Marie Renee married Ross McKinney on October 28, 2006. The wedding was held on Fisher Island, Florida. Law school classmates in attendance were Ginger Appleberry, Catherine Corless, Kristy Godsey Brown, and Jeff Geldens.
Arnaud Tribhou has moved from France back to the U.S., where be hopes to practice either in Washington, D.C., or New York City.
Scott Lepene has joined Benesch Friedlander Coplan & Aronoff as an associate in the Business Reorganization Practice Group.
Lee Dickinson has joined Dollar General Corporation as a senior attorney.
Amelia Killebrew is an associate at Adams & Reese in Birmingham. She married Gilbert Calvin Steindorff IV on September 30, 2006. Gilbert is an associate attorney at Haskel Slaughter Young & Rediker in Birmingham.
Laura Domm Taaffe and her husband, Dwight, welcomed their first child, Thomas, on March 17, 2006.
Russell Stair is an attorney with Bass Berry & Sims in Nashville. He married Sara Hendrickson on July 29, 2006.
’04 Kyonzté Hughes has joined the law firm of Howell & Fisher as an associate. Kyonzté practices primarily in the areas of medical malpractice and insurance defense.
Heather Hubbard has joined the trial and appellate practice and intellectual property groups of Nashville office of Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis.
Robert Eric DuFour is now Deputy District Attorney II with the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office.
Melinda Creasman was honored by Sanctuary for Families' Center for Battered Women's Legal Services in New York for her outstanding pro bono work on behalf of indigent victims of domestic violence. Melinda was recognized for her diligent and compassionate pro bono advocacy on behalf of an elderly woman in a complex spousal support trial against an abusive husband. "Melinda pursued justice for her client through meticulous, exhaustive and compassionate legal work," Center officials wrote. "Throughout the extensive litigation, she showed unflagging support for her client as the client struggled to achieve the safety and economic stability she deserved." Melinda is an associate at Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy in New York.
Heather McCarter and John Ducat were married at Green Valley Country Club in South Carolina. Heather works for Hunton & Williams, and John practices with Alston & Bird.
Dan Steimel and Natalie Mathews Steimel were married May 13, 2006, in Phoenix, Arizona. Dan and Natalie live in Phoenix with their three dogs, and both work at the law firm of Snell & Wilmer. Dan's practice focuses in commercial litigation, and Natalie concentrates on employee benefits and executive compensation.
Krista L. Thornton has joined the Healthcare Practice Area at the Nashville Downtown office of Bass Berry & Sims. She was previously an associate with Manier & Herod in Nashville.
Timothy C. Klink has joined Husch & Eppenberger's business transactions practice group as an associate in the Kansas City office.
Raanon Gal has transferred to the Atlanta office of Ford & Harrison.
Carolyn Seugling has been chosen as a 2006-2008 Equal Justice Works fellow. Her fellowship is sponsored by Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, and she began working at The National Center for Refugee and Immigrant Children in Washington, D.C. in September 2006. Her work, which benefits unaccompanied minors, will focus specifically on children eligible for a special form of immigration relief known as special immigrant juvenile status.
Kelly Worman has transferred from Birmingham to the Nashville office of Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz. Kelly concentrates his practice in the areas of commercial real estate development, financing and leasing.
’05 Teresa Chan is president of the newly formed Tennessee Asian Pacific American Bar Association. Teresa is an associate with Branstetter Stranch & Jennings in Nashville.
Rashmi Puri is a Republican staff member of the United States House of Representatives Financial Services Committee. Rishmi joined the Committee in 2005, and her experience includes work on insurance, trade and housing issues.
Laverne Hill joined the Corporate Restructuring group of Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom as an associate in the Chicago office. Laverne recently completed a clerkship with the Honorable C. Ray Mullins of the United States Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of Georgia in Atlanta.
Christina Leath joined the Jacksonville, Florida, office of Holland & Knight in September 2005. She practices in commercial litigation and intellectual property.
Nell Czura is an associate with Proskauer Rose and works for Lehman Brothers as an associate in investment banking. She is engaged to be married to Bret Schiller.
Patty Daniel Stranch has joined the Nashville law firm of Dodson Parker & Behm. Patty had served as a law clerk to The Honorable Marietta Shipley.
Sasha Bloch Klein is an associate with Broad & Cassel, living in Orlando, Florida.
Shubi Arora is an associate at the Tampa, Florida, law firm of Hill Ward & Henderson.
Brad Anderson married Barbie Minner on August 5, 2006, in Birmingham, Alabama.
Michael Mellen has joined the Tysons Corner, Virginia, office of Patton Boggs in the Export Compliance Group.
Amy Olive Wheeler clerked for Justice William Cooper of the Kentucky Supreme Court after graduation and now is an associate in the commercial litigation department of Stoll Keenon Ogden's Louisville office. She married Jay Ives Wheeler on July 1, 2006.
Carrie Wiltshire McCutcheon has joined Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz as an associate, based in Nashville.
’06 Joseph P. Roger has joined Houston office of Jones Walker Waechter Poitevent Carrère & Denègre. Joe is an associate in the firm's Corporate & Securities Practice Group. He joined the firm's Baton Rouge office in 2006, and he practices in the areas of securities law, mergers and acquisitions, and general corporate law.
Aja Hicks is an associate with the law firm of Atwood & Associates in Portland, Oregon.
Stephen L. Adams has joined the Boise-based insurance defense law firm Anderson Julian & Hull. Prior to joining AJH, Adams worked at the San Joaquin County Counsel's office as a law clerk. He also has worked as a law clerk for the Nashville Public Defender's office. His practice areas include insurance defense, education law, employment law, personal injury, copyright and other areas.
Sarah Tobin has joined Baker & Hostetler as an associate in the Houston office.
Elise O'Connell has joined Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom in the Corporate Restructuring Group in New York City.
Charlie Trumbull is serving a three-month internship with Judge Pilippe Kirsch, president of the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands, after which he will join the U.S. State Department's Office of the Legal Advisor. Charlie finished a year as clerk for The Honorable Blane Michael on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in August 2007.
Sayler Ault has joined the St. Louis office of Bryan Cave as an assoc-iate in the firm's Commercial Liti-gation and Appellate groups. Prior to joining Bryan Cave, Sayler was a law clerk for The Honorable Stephen N. Limbaugh Jr. on the Supreme Court of Missouri.
David Oigarden has joined Baker & Hostetler as an associate in the Orlando office.
Rett Peaden and Vivien Fang were married in Atlanta, Georgia, where both practice, on January 6, 2007.
Jonathan Wardle has joined the law firm of Neal & Harwell in Nashville as an associate.
Michael Gardner and Monica Acker have joined the Nashville office of Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis. Michael joined the trial and appellate litigation practice, and Monica joined the real estate practice group.
Matt Foster is an associate at Harwell Howard Hyne Gabbert & Manner in Nashville, where he represents clients in the areas of general business, real estate and municipal law. Previously, Matt was vice president of a marketing and consulting firm.
Amy Gentry joined the Corporate Mergers and Acquisitions group of Bracewell & Giuliani in Houston.
Brian Decker has joined the Intellectual Property group of Sutherland Asbill & Brennan in Atlanta.
Joseph Roger has joined the Baton Rouge office of Jones Walker as an associate.
Sarah Clark has joined Lexington, Kentucky-based Frost Brown Todd as an associate in the Nashville office. Sarah will practice in the firm's business, corporate, transactions and real estate practices.
Erik R. Lowe, Thomas C. Brady and Robb A. Leandro are associates with Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein in North Carolina. Erik and Thomas are based in Charlotte, and Robb is based in Raleigh.
Benjamin Sones has joined Sherrard & Roe, where he will practice general corporate law and commercial litigation, as an associate.
Adam Futrell, Stephen Hinton and Brandi Holland have joined the Nashville office of Bass Berry & Sims. Adam is with the firm's Litigation Practice Area, while Stephen and Brandi have joined the firm's Corporate and Securities Practice Area.
Alisa Peters has joined the Nashville office of Birmingham's Burr & Forman as an associate. She will focus on corporate and tax law. Alisa is a Certified Public Accountant, and she was a senior tax accountant with Lattimore Black Morgan & Cain in Brentwood before earning her law degree.
Stephen Lund is an associate at Tune Entrekin & White in Nashville. He married Emily Boleman on August 12, 2006, in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Emily is a graduate student studying Speech Pathology at Vanderbilt.
Andrew "Drew" Warth and Emily Boulden were married on August 19, 2006, in Dallas, where Emily is an associate with Locke Liddell & Sapp, and Drew is an associate with Jones Day.
Fredericka Jura has joined the St. Louis office of Thompson Coburn as an associate.
Sarah Zagata has joined King & Spalding in Houston as an associate. Her main focus is international arbitration, and she is already working on interesting matters in Argentina, Venezuela and Bangladesh. In November 2006, she traveled to Paris to complete a brief clerkship with the ICC's International Court of Arbitration.
Ashley Moore is an associate with Powell Goldstein in Atlanta. She married Robert Langford Palmer Jr., who holds a doctorate in biomedical engineering from Vanderbilt, on August 12, 2006. Robert is a healthcare consultant.
Grayson Walter and Lynnette Pirilla were married in August 2007. Gray is an associate in Winston & Strawn's Chicago office, and Lynnette is an associate with Sidley Austin's Chicago office.
Travis Swearingen has joined Miller & Martin as an associate in the firm's general litigation and commercial departments.
James I. Vance Berry, '48, August 8, 2006. After graduating from Yale and Vanderbilt Law School, James joined the law firm of Hume Howard and David, now known as Boult Cummings Conners & Berry, where his practice encompassed real estate, general corporate practice, estate administration and estate planning. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Susan Rhodes Berry.
Farris Evans, Sr., '49, August 9, 2006. Farris enlisted in the U.S. Navy during World War II serving aboard a submarine and participating in the liberation of the Philippine Islands. During the Korean Conflict, he served in the U.S. Marine Corps tank division and was among the first JAG officers serving in the Corps. He settled in Memphis, where he founded the Farris Evans Insurance Agency and established the EBCO Group.
Raymond J. Morris Sr., '50, August 1, 2007. During World War II, Raymond served in the Army Air Corps, flying B-17s and other aircraft. After the war, he returned to work with the U.S. Postal Service, where he spent his entire career. During his time with the postal service, he earned a law degree from Vanderbilt. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Marjorie.
Henry Barr Spurrier, '50, May 26, 2007. A native of Memphis, Henry moved to San Francisco in 1950, and remained there throughout his long, successful legal career.
John Leslie Shelburne Jr., '51, July 15, 2007. After graduating from Vanderbilt Law School, John entered the service of the Federal Bureau of Investigation where he served for 25 years in leadership capacities until his retirement in Memphis, Tennessee. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Frances Graves Shelburne.
Shelby Wyatt Smoot, '51, January 17, 2007. Shelby served in the Army. After graduating from Vanderbilt Law School, he practiced law until 2005. He is survived by his wife, Marywood House Smoot.
Logan A. Hipp Jr., '52, January 29, 2007. Logan served in the United States Marines in WWII, and then was manager of USF&G Insurance Company in San Antonio, Texas, for 35 years.
Ryburn Hancock Bailey, '53, March 30, 2007. A lifelong resident of Birmingham, Ryburn was Vice President, Associate General Counsel and Secretary of Protective Life Insurance Company, where he retired after 38 years of service. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Louise Carter Bailey.
William Little Frierson II, '54, September 11, 2006. During his three-year tour of duty in the Navy, Bill served on the Judge Advocate General's staff. In 1960, he married Amy Louise Hoover, who survives him. He spent much of his career at First Federal Savings and Loan Association, where he served as senior vice president and counsel and headed the mortgage loan department.
Richard Taylor, '55, January 26, 2007. Richard was the retired co-founder of the Nashville firm Taylor Pigue and Marchetti (now Taylor Pigue Marchetti & McCaskill). He was elected in 1963 to the original Metro Council, created as the governments of Davidson County and the city of Nashville were consolidated, and he served until 1971. He served as counsel to the Catholic Diocese of Middle Tennessee and was active with the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel, Cumberland Heights and the Alcohol and Drug Council of Middle Tennessee. He is survived by his wife, Caroline.
William Jerry Parker, '59, January 19, 2007. A lifelong resident of Bowling Green, Bill was a member of Harlin Parker Law Firm. He served on the Kentucky Bar Association Board of Governors (1969-1982), as president of the Kentucky Bar Association (1980-1981), and as chairman of the KBA Continuing Legal Education Commission (1983-89). He was also a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. At his death, he was co-chairman of Albany Bancshares and on the board of First National Bank of Columbia. He is survived by his wife, Eva Jane Martin Parker.
Russell Franklin Morris Jr., '64, December 17, 2006. Russell spent his entire career at Bass Berry & Sims, where he became a senior partner and nationally recognized labor law specialist. He is survived by wife, Hennie Benedict Morris.
Joe Inman Majors, '65. Joe was a well-respected and popular Capitol Hill lobbyist and a former member of the Tennessee State House of Representatives representing Tullahoma. He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Scokin.
Retired Col. John R. Brancato, '67, May 28, 2007. John retired from the U.S. Air Force on March 1, 1998, after 30 years of active duty service as a judge advocate. After retiring, he wrote a number of historical and political essays, many of which were published in local print media. He is survived by his wife, Edda.
Carl E. Lovell, Jr., '69, September 21, 2006, of cancer. Carl completed his undergraduate and legal studies at Vanderbilt, where he also played in a rock and roll band, The Chaplains, which cut an album in Nashville. At 28, Carl was the youngest city attorney ever for Las Vegas and argued a case for the city before the U.S. Supreme Court. He later became in-house counsel and secretary treasurer for Circus Circus Resorts, after which he began a successful private practice where he continued to represent the gaming industry as well as private sector clients. Carl is survived by his wife, Danna.
Edward A. Robertson III, '69, July 7, 2006. After graduating from Yale and Vanderbilt Law School, Ed began his law practice in 1969 with the firm of Goodlett Peay and Hurt in Clarksville and later established his own practice there.
John LeCornu, '71, August 7, 2007, of cancer. John was a retired Marine colonel who had lived in Annapolis since 1980. He has served as an assistant state's attorney for Anne Arundel County from 1988 to 2004 and had a private law practice in Annapolis. He graduated in 1961 from the Naval Academy and was commissioned into the Marine Corps infantry. During his 27-year career in the Marines, John served in Vietnam and had two tours at the Naval Academy as a company and battalion officer. He earned his law degree from Vanderbilt while in the service and was in the Judge Advocate General Corps for 16 years before retiring from the military in 1988. He is survived by his wife, Linda.
Charles "Charlie" Ray, '73. Charlie began his career in criminal law but also established a reputation as a civil litigator in employment law cases. According to Chip Frensley, his partner in the firm of Ray & Frensley downtown, Ray won one of the first age discrimination cases in Middle Tennessee. He often represented plaintiffs in such cases, but having been a law school classmate of Corrections Corp. of America co-founder Tom Beasley, '73, Ray took on a number of labor-relations cases for the Nashville-based private-prison operator. In the highest-profile engagement, he represented CCA in Richardson v. McKnight, a case involving the legal immunity of the company's prison guards that reached the U.S. Supreme Court in 1997. Ray argued the company's case before the high court, which eventually handed down a 5-4 decision in favor of CCA's opponents. Charlie took a sabbatical and moved to Ireland for a year and a half in the late 1990s. He retired from full-time practice at the end of 2004. He is survived by his wife, Sandra.
Shelley Stiles, '73, April 4, 2006. Shelley practiced in the Nashville area for more than 30 years.
Kenneth Selvig, '75, November 13, 2006, while hiking in Montana. A gifted musician and athlete, Ken was an all-state high school basketball champion and was also invited to play football with the Cowboys after college. He was a career prosecutor in Florida, recruited to serve under David Bludworth by Daniel T.K. Hurley and serving as chief assistant state attorney and executive assistant state attorney under Barry Krischer. He is survived by his wife, Tanja Ostapoff.
Lynne Waldee Villios, '76, October 4, 2006, after a two-year battle with cancer. After graduating from St. Olaf College and Vanderbilt Law School and practicing law in St. Paul, Minnesota, for one year, Lynne moved to New York City, where she practiced law for six years and then became an investment banker at PaineWebber (now UBS). Her work in helping to provide housing for low and moderate income families was a source of great personal and professional satisfaction. She is survived by her husband, John.
George LeCroy Taylor, '78, March 2006. George is survived by his wife, Cecile Shackleford Taylor.
Stephen C. Schuyler, '81, November 11, 2005. Steve is survived by his wife, Priscilla Luce Schuyler. He pursued his professional interest in securities law and was instrumental in running the securities division for the State of Maine during the 1980s. He also worked in the Boston office of the U.S. Security and Exchange Commission and for the National Association of Security Dealers in the late 1980s. During the 1990s to the present, Steve worked with prominent mutual funds, banks and initial public offerings for many clients, ensuring securities regulatory state and federal legal compliance from both Boston and New York offices. He co-authored a book, Investor Alert, and was frequently quoted in The Wall Street Journal and other financial publications.
Beth Waters, '86, December 8, 2006, after a courageous battle against breast cancer. Beth was general counsel, vice president and secretary of Lykes Brothers. She chaired the board of directors of The Spring of Tampa Bay, served on the board of trustees of the mayor's beautification program, and was vice president and board member of the FE Lykes Family Foundation. She also was a member of Leadership Florida and Leadership Tampa and selected to Florida Trend's 2006 Legal Elite. She is survived by her children, Austin and Esme Yarnell.
David F. Gore, '86, May 9, 2006. David was an attorney in Nashville for 20 years, most recently with Stewart Estes and Donnell.
Laura Turea Hanson, '86, March 7, 2007, after a long and courageous struggle with cancer. Laura met her husband, Bradley E. Wahl, '85, when both were students at Vanderbilt Law School. She practiced law in New York City before devoting herself to her children, Evan and Julia.
Brad Monks, '96, 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, '96.