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’60 Thomas H. Rainey, a partner in Rainey Kizer Reviere & Bell in Jackson, Tennessee, celebrated 50 years of legal practice in September. A native of Brownsville, Tennessee, Tom moved to Jackson after earning his law degree at Vanderbilt and established a private practice. He joined Spragins Menzies and Spragins in 1965 and then formed a firm that became Rainey Kizer with three partners in 1975. The firm now has 40 attorneys in three offices. Tom has specialized in malpractice and product liability defense for much of his legal career.
’65 Martin Leader retired from practicing law nine years ago, shortly after his law firm merged with Shaw Pittman, now Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman. Since retiring, he has served as an independent corporate director for a tobacco company, an automobile retailer, and a media company.
’66 David Bullock, Of Counsel, Miller & Martin, has been listed as a Rule 31 general civil mediator in Tennessee.
Judge John S. McCann officially retired from the Worcester Superior Court bench in Worcester, Massachusetts. However, although John retired on June 20, his 70th birthday, as required by Massachusetts law, the law also allows retired judges to be recalled for special 90-day assignments by the chief justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. John was immediately recalled and continues to serve on the Worcester Superior Court. "I just love this whole process," said John, who has spent the past 17 years on the bench. "It's a very rewarding part of my life."
’67 Fred Thompson's recently released memoir, Teaching the Pig to Dance, focuses on his childhood in Lawrenceburg, Tennessee.
’68 Robert Walker was appointed by the Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority to its board of commissioners. Bob serves as one of the board's pilot representatives. He was appointed by Mayor Karl Dean '81 and confirmed on by the Metropolitan Council of Nashville and Davidson County. Bob has been practicing trial law since 1968. He is a partner in Walker Tipps & Malone.
’71 William C. Dodd, a partner with Schenck Price Smith & King who practices litigation and business law, has moved to his firm's new offices in Florham Park, New Jersey. Bill joined the firm, which previously had offices in Morristown, New Jersey, in 1992. He lives in Morristown, where he has served on the boards of three non-profit agencies serving Morris County.
David J. Tarpley was honored by the Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands for his 40 years of service as an advocate and champion of consumer law.
’72 Paul Sloan, who is deputy commissioner of Tennessee's Department of Environment and Conservation, received the Commissioner's Award for Exceptional Commitment and Public Service from Commissioner Jim Fyke at the 2010 Governor's Environmental Stewardship Awards in Nashville on July 4. Paul joined the department in 2005 as head of the environmental regulatory bureau, leading the senior management team responsible for safeguarding human health and protecting the quality of Tennessee's land, air and water. He was a founding board member of Cumberland Region Tomorrow, a former trustee of The Nature Conservancy and a former board member of the Cumberland River Compact.
’73 Judge Edward H. Johnson will retire from the Georgia Court of Appeals when his term ends. Ed's portrait was unveiled on November 4. King Buttermore '70 writes, "When I was fresh out of law school, I worked at Georgia State as a dean of students. Ed was a student leader, and I drove him to Nashville for his law school interview. I also arranged an interview with Dean K.C. Potter in student housing, and Ed was hired as a dorm adviser." Since graduating from law school, Ed's distinguished career has included service as a State Senator from Georgia's 34th District from 1977-80, a member of the State Crime Commission and the Georgia Commission on Gender Bias in the Judicial System, the first chair of the Georgia Supreme Court's Gender Equity Commission and as a member of the White House Conference on Regulatory Reform. Ed earned an LL.M. at the University of Virginia School of Law and studied constitutional law and legal history at Harvard Law School.
Carol McCoy, Chancellor, Part II, Davidson County Chancery Court, completed a term as 2009-10 president of the Tennessee Judicial Conference in June. She was the first woman to serve as Conference president. In 2009, she was honored with the Tennessee State University Women's Center Women of Legend and Merit Award in the legal field.
’75 Elliott Jones and his son, Warner Jones '09, have formed the boutique corporate law firm Emerge Law. The firm will focus on counseling distressed businesses and individuals in workout situations, corporate reorganizations, business insolvencies and Chapter 11 bankruptcies.
Richard Manson was named president and CEO of SourceMark, a Brentwood, Tennessee-based medical and surgical supply company. Richard is also a senior partner with Manson Johnson Stewart & Associates.
’76 Margaret "Marnie" Huff was elected to serve a three-year term on the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution Council at the section's annual membership meeting in San Francisco. Established in 1993 and a national leader in the dispute resolution field, the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution has more than 17,500 members. Its council sets policy for the section. Marnie owns and operates the Nashville-based dispute resolution firm Margaret Huff Mediation, offering arbitration, mediation and workplace conflict management training services in Tennessee.
Gregory C. Tevis is now Senior Corporate Counsel for AIG Advisor Group in Phoenix, Arizona. He was formerly Division Counsel for Smith Barney in Los Angeles, California.
’77 Steve Cobb was among several Vanderbilt Law alumni recognized for leadership and service to the Tennessee Bar Association (TBA) during the association's annual convention in Nashville in June 2010. He received the TBA President's Award for his work furthering the association's legislative initiatives as its legislative counsel. Steve is a solo practitioner in Nashville.
David C. Horn has been promoted to Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary with AK Steel, a publicly traded company based in West Chester, Ohio, which produces steel for manufacturing, construction and electrical power generation. David joined AK Steel in 2000 as Assistant General Counsel. He is a member of the American, Ohio and Cincinnati Bar Associations.
Leonard Lance (R-New Jersey) has been re-elected to Congress representing New Jersey's Seventh District in the House. Leonard won his Congressional seat in November 2008, and was appointed to the powerful House Finance Services Committee, where he serves on subcommittees addressing Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit and Domestic Monetary Policy and Technology. He had previously served for in the New Jersey State Senate for seven years, four as majority leader, and for 11 years prior to that in the state's General Assembly, where he chaired the budget committee.
’78 Phyllis Fong, who has served as Inspector General in the U.S. Department of Agriculture since 2002, is the first chair of a relatively new group, the Council of Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency. Phyllis is a career member of the federal government's Senior Executive Service. She and her husband, Paul Tellier, an attorney with the Internal Revenue Service, have two daughters.
Jane Branstetter Stranch was sworn in to her seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit on November 8. (read more)
’79 Cornelia Clark was sworn in as Chief Justice of the Tennessee Supreme Court on Tennessee Supreme Court Chief Justice on September 1. Connie was also one of seven women honored by the YWCA and First Tennessee in fall 2010 with induction into the Academy of Women of Achievement.
David Jordan, a former U.S. attorney, has been elected chair of the Utah Board of Regents, which chairs the state's higher education policy. David has served as a member of the Board of Regents since 1997 and sat on the Southern Utah University Board of Trust before that.
’81 Karl Dean was among several Vanderbilt Law alumni recognized for leadership and service to the Tennessee Bar Association (TBA) during the association's annual convention in Nashville in June 2010. He received the TBA's William M. Leech Jr. Public Service Award for his extraordinary service to the people of Nashville and Middle Tennessee in the wake of devastating flooding in April 2010. In addition to the timely and organized provision of basic services to flood victims, the award recognized Karl's commitment to the provision of pro bono legal services to those affected by the flooding.
John Bryan Echols, former partner at Stites & Harbison, has joined Dickinson Wright as a member in its Nashville office. He specializes in commercial real estate law, including zoning and land use, development, planning and leasing work.
Jerome Kearney, has been appointed a U.S. magistrate judge serving the Eastern District of Arkansas. His father, James Kearney, who is 104, was present to see his son's formal swearing in ceremony on July 2. Judge Kearney had previously served since 2002 as the No. 2 lawyer in the Arkansas federal Public Defender's Office.
’82 Jan Neuharth's novel, The Kill, the third in her "Hunt Country Suspense" series, was released in May. Other novels in the series include The Hunt (2003) and The Chase (2006).
Thomas Wiseman III and Gail Vaughn Ashworth '83 have formed the Wiseman Ashworth Law Group, which focuses on medical malpractice defense, health care law, personal injury cases, product liability, insurance coverage and labor issues.
’83 Philip Krause is pleased to announce the re-opening of his private law practice, Philip N. Krause P.C., focused on serving high-growth technology and life sciences enterprises.
C. Samuel Sutter has been elected to a one-year term as president of the Massachusetts District Attorneys Association. Sam served in the Bristol County, Massachusetts, District Attorney's Office from 1991-99 and then entered private practice. He was elected Bristol County District Attorney in 2006.
’84 David Khorey, a partner at Varnum, has been elected to the firm's Policy Committee. David practices in the labor and employment group and recently celebrated his 25th year at Varnum.
’85 Kevin Jacobs has been named Deputy Commissioner in District 3 Oklahoma County. Kevin has served as president of Oklahoma Christian University and maintained a private law practice, where he focused on business planning, real estate and estate planning. He lives in Edmond, Oklahoma, with his wife and their four children.
Lucian T. Pera, a partner in the Memphis law office of Adams and Reese, is treasurer-elect of the American Bar Association. Pera will take office for a three-year term as treasurer of the ABA August 10, 2011, at the association's annual meeting next year in Toronto.
Patricia Q. Robertson is an associate professor of business law in the College of Business of Arkansas State University in Jonesboro. She has research interests in tax, real estate and employment law. Before joining the academy in 2005, she practiced law as a member of Yost and Robertson in Franklin, Tennessee.
Jeffrey Zager, who is a member of Miller & Martin, has been listed as a Rule 31 General Civil Mediator in the state of Tennessee.
’87 Albert Bates, a construction litigation partner with Duane Morris based in Pittsburgh, has been certified by the International Mediation Institute as a Certified Mediator.
Linda Shearer Speed is president and chief executive officer of the Community Foundation of Southern Indiana. In early 2010, Linda had been named vice president of stewardship and development for the agency.
’88 John Alan Doran, a shareholder at Greenberg Traurig in Phoenix, has been appointed an ex officio member of the board of directors for the Arizona Manufacturers Council.
Darlene Marsh, a partner in Burr & Forman's Nashville office, has been selected to serve on the Executive Commission of the Tennessee Bar Association's Environmental Law Section. Darlene practices in Burr & Forman's environmental law group.
’89 Lonnie Brown now holds the A. Gus Cleveland Distinguished Chair of Legal Ethics and Professionalism at the University of Georgia School of Law. His scholarship concentrates on legal ethics in the adversary system. In 2004, he was appointed by the Georgia Supreme Court to a three-year term as a member of the review panel of the State Disciplinary Board for the State Bar of Georgia; he served as vice chair during his final year.
Ann Barksdale House, the in-house assistant counsel of Fort Worth-based Quicksilver Resources, was one of 15 women honored by the Fort Worth Business Press as one of its 2010 Great Women of Texas.
’90 Mark A. Behrens, a partner in Shook Hardy & Bacon in Washington, D.C., where he practices in the public policy group, is teaching an advanced torts seminar as a Distinguished Visiting Practitioner in Residence at Pepperdine University School of Law. Mark has also served on the adjunct faculty of American University's Washington College of Law and is a member of the American Law Institute. He has also been listed as one of Washington, D.C.'s "top lawyers" by Washingtonian magazine. His articles on tort and civil justice issues have been published in the Harvard Journal on Legislation, Cornell Journal of Law and Public Policy, and the Texas Review of Law & Politics.
’91 Kristy Battani is a visual artist who now resides in Austin, Texas. She recently installed a large commission work in the athletic department of a major university.
Adolpho A. Birch III was listed among "The Root 100," which recognizes "emerging and established African American leaders who are making extraordinary contributions" for 2010. Adolpho is vice president of law and labor policy for the National Football League, where, according to The Root, he "enforces the NFL drug policy, and much more." A native of New York City, Adolpho joined the NFL in 1997, and he has played a critical role in developing programs to support players in their lives off the field. He also leads NFL education initiatives, financial literacy programs and career development counseling.
Stephanie Rippee, a partner in Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz, has been appointed Vice Chair of Diversity for the Products Liability Committee of the International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC). IADC is an invitation-only professional association of approximately 2,500 top corporate and insurance defense lawyers around the world. Stephanie is also a member of the IADC's Drug, Device and Biotechnology and its Diversity committees.
’92 Eli J. Richardson has joined Bass Berry & Sims in Nashville, where he will practice in the firm's internal investigations and government enforcement group. Eli was the resident legal advisor to Serbia under the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development, Assistance and Training from March 2009 to September 2010, stationed at the U.S. Embassy in Belgrade. Previously, he served as a U.S. Attorney in the Middle District of Tennessee and in the District of New Jersey as well as a special agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Kathryn Carter Spann is now running Prodigal Farm in Durham County, North Carolina, near her family farm after working for 15 years in New York City, most recently at the state attorney's office. Kathryn and her husband, Dave Krabbe, were recently featured in a News & Observer article about the farm.
’93 Doug Arnold was sworn in as Judge of County Court-at-Law No. 3 of Williamson County, Texas, on December 1. Doug was appointed by the Williamson County Commissioners Court to fill the unexpired term of his predecessor. Prior to his appointment, Doug won two contested elections for the position.
Mark DiSiena has joined the Cherokee Group as its chief financial officer. Prior to joining Cherokee, Mark was most recently a strategy and finance consultant.
Will Elkner and his wife, Kayo, are pleased to announce the arrival of their second son Ethan William Haruto Elkner, born July 15. Will also earned a Masters in healthcare administration, graduating with honors in February.
Kevin Sharp has been nominated by by President Barack Obama to fill a vacancy on the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee.
’94 John Heacock has graduated from the Tennessee Bar Association's Leadership Law program, a nine-month program designed to equip Tennessee lawyers with the knowledge and skills to be leaders in the legal profession and in their communities. John is a solo practitioner focusing on civil litigation, appellate practice and domestic relations law.
’95 S. Gardner Culpepper III is a partner in Rogers & Hardin. Gardner is a trial lawyer representing plaintiffs and defendants in complex civil matters. Before joining Rogers & Hardin, he served as a judicial clerk to Judge Jerome Turner on the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee. In 2009, Gardner was named as one of "12 top lawyers under 40 to watch" in Atlanta, as well as one of Georgia's rising stars. He is a co-author of the most recent version of the Georgia Appellate Practice Handbook.
Lucy Ann Dalglish married William Mark McNair on July 11 in Leesburg, Virginia. Lucy is executive director of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press in Arlington, Virginia. Mark is Of Counsel to the law firm of Kaplan Fox & Kilsheimer. Lucy and Mark live in McLean, Virginia.
’96 Mary Ann Poirier, who is former Deputy General Counsel for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, has joined Dinsmore & Shohl as Of Counsel in the litigation department and environmental practice group. She will practice in the firm's Dayton, Ohio, office.
Jude White, who is executive director of Renewal House in Nashville, was a finalist for the 2010 Bank of America CEO of the Year Award, which recognizes the importance of executive leadership in non-profit organizations' achievement of their missions.
’97 James Crumlin was chosen as the 2010 Young Leader of the Year from among more than 1,800 alumni of the Young Leaders Council in Nashville.
Rebecca Jacobs is rejoining Ulmer & Berne after a leave of absence. She will work in the firm's Columbus, Ohio, office. She represents businesses on employment-related matters.
Daniel W. Van Horn, who is president-elect of the Tennessee Bar Association (TBA), was among several Vanderbilt Law alumni recognized for leadership and service to the TBA during the association's annual convention in June 2010. Danny became president-elect of the TBA on June 3, and he will assume the presidency in June 2011 as the youngest member of the TBA to hold that office. He practices commercial litigation with Butler Snow O'Mara Stevens & Cannada.
’98 Elisabeth S. (Libby) Gray has joined Middleton Reutlinger in Louisville, Kentucky, as partner in the firm's commercial litigation practice.
Peggy Heminger joined Reed Smith, located in downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, as a counsel in the corporate and securities group. Peggy previously worked at Eckert Seamans.
’00 Mark A. Bogdanowicz is a shareholder in Howard & Howard Attorneys in Peoria, Illinois.
Damon Goode is a partner in FSB FisherBroyles in Atlanta.
Tim Harvey is a partner in Riley Warnock & Jacobson in Nashville, where he is a litigator.
Ashley West, a shareholder with Boyden Cooluris Livingston & Saxe, was named one of Sacramento's Top 40 business leaders under 40 by the Sacramento Business Journal. At 34, Ashley made the list as a result of her successful private practice, her leadership as president and chair of the board of directors of WEAVE, and her new venture, www.2ndWife.org. Ashley was also named "Board Member of the Year" by the Volunteer Center of Sacramento in 2009, and the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault recognized her as its 2008 Outstanding Board Member of the Year. Ashley runs her firm's corporate and securities practice from offices in Sacramento and San Francisco.
’01 Karen Pohlman Hess received a 2010 Pro Bono Publico Award from the Missouri Bar, Young Lawyers' Section.
Dax E. Lopez and his wife, Zulma, welcomed a daughter, Elisa Margot, on June 9. Dax was also appointed to the Georgia State Court of DeKalb County, effective August 31. He is a member of litigation group at Foltz Martin. Dax was previously a member at Ashe Rafuse and Hill, and also worked for the U.S. District Court for the District of Puerto Rico as a law clerk for Judge Hector M. Laffitte.
Randy Michaels is a partner at Stites & Harbison in Nashville, where he practices in the firm's intellectual property and technology group.
’02 Kevin Cadwell is a partner at Baker Botts, where his practice focuses on complex intellectual property litigation.
Jessica Green Gichner is a partner at Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis in Nashville, where her practice focuses on commercial lending, mergers and acquisitions, and securities.
Alonda McCutcheon has graduated from the Tennessee Bar Association's Leadership Law program, a nine-month program designed to equip Tennessee lawyers with the knowledge and skills to be leaders in the legal profession and in their communities. Alonda practices labor and employment law with Bass Berry & Sims.
Leslie Polizoti is a partner at Morris Nichols Arsht & Tunnell, where she practices corporate and business litigation.
Ben Quayle was elected as a Republican to a House seat representing Arizona's Third District and will begin his first term in office in January 2011. Ben practiced corporate law in California and New York before returning to Arizona, where he joined Snell & Wilmer before running for Congress.
’03 Brent C. Abrams, is now chief executive officer of Kiel Mortgage.
Carrie and Eric Eisnaugle welcomed a son, Eric Jon III, on January 13. Eric was re-elected to his second term in office as a State Representative in the Florida Legislature on November 2.
Diedre Johnston Gray has joined MEMC Electronic Materials, Inc., as Associate General Counsel. She lives in St. Louis, Missouri, with her husband, Mike Gray (VU '99), and their daughter Audrey and son Max.
Raakhee Biswas Kumar is Senior Corporate Counsel for Cyberonics, Inc., a Houston-based company that designs, manufactures and markets medical devices for the treatment of epilepsy and other neurological disorders. Raakhee is also completing her L.L.M. in health law at the University of Houston Law Center. She was previously an associate in the Washington, D.C., and Houston offices of Baker Botts.
Charles I. Malone is a member of Walker Tipps & Malone in Nash-ville, where he practices general business and tort litigation.
Brian Paul is a partner with Michael Best & Friedrich in Chicago. His practice focuses on labor and employment law.
’04 Alison Brown has joined Gunster as an associate in the firm's Fort Lauderdale office. Her practice will focus on business litigation.
Rachel Crews has been promoted from associate to senior associate at GrayRobinson in Orlando, Florida, where she practices eminent domain law, general litigation and creditor's rights for both bankruptcy and non-bankruptcy issues.
Kyonzte Hughes was married to DeAngelo Toombs on October 9 in Hammond, Louisiana. Kyonzte is an attorney with the Tennessee Department of Health.
Jill K. Jensen was married to Krishnan Kandasamy on November 12 in Birmingham, Alabama. Jill is an attorney with the Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Junaid Odubeko is legal counsel to Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen. Junaid had served as deputy legal counsel since 2007. Before joining the governor's office, he was an associate at Burch Porter & Johnson in Memphis, where his practice focused on the areas of civil litigation and municipal law. He also recently graduated from the Tennessee Bar Association's Leadership Law program, a nine-month program designed to equip Tennessee lawyers with the knowledge and skills to be leaders in the legal profession and in their communities.
J. Michael Showalter joined Schiff Hardin as an associate in the environmental group based in Chicago.
’05 David Gusewelle has joined the bankruptcy and litigation teams at Mathis Marifian & Richter in Belleville, Illinois. David is a member of the Missouri and Illinois Bar Associations.
Joshua Helton is Tennessee's first small business advocate, working with state comptroller Justin Wilson. The General Assembly passed a law earlier this year to create the position, which is designed to give businesses with 50 or fewer employees a guide to help deal with the state's bureaucracy and regulations.
Ellen "Nell" Czura Schiller has joined McKenna Long & Aldridge as an associate in the corporate practice division of the firm's Atlanta office. She advises clients on employee benefits and executive compensation plans. She was previously an associate at Proskauer Rose.
Ben Young has joined the legal department of PEER 1 Hosting in Vancouver, Canada, and serves as the company's General Counsel. Ben was previously an associate with Troutman Sanders in Atlanta.
’06 Samar S. Ali is spending a year as a White House Fellow. Samar is an associate with the law firm Hogan Lovells US, where she was a founding member of the firm's Abu Dhabi office and where her practice addresses mergers and acquisitions, cross-border transactions, Shari'a compliant transactions, project finance and international business matters. She was one of 13 men and women appointed to the 2010-11 class of White House Fellows, a program created in 1964 by President Lyndon B. Johnson.
Sayler Ault Fleming joined the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Missouri as Assistant U.S. Attorney beginning August 16. Sayler was previously an associate in the commercial litigation client service group of Bryan Cave, and had clerked for Judge Stephen N. Limbaugh Jr. on the Supreme Court of Missouri.
Martha Hagemeister and Brian Decker were married May 29 at a private estate in Palm Springs, California. The couple met at Vanderbilt Law School; they now live in Atlanta. Martha is a litigator at Hill Kertscher & Wharton, and Brian is a patent attorney at Sutherland.
Jonice Marie Vanterpool has joined Hand Arendall as an associate in the Birmingham office, where she will practice general civil litigation with an emphasis on labor and employment law.
Ann DeSear Wiles has joined BuckleySandler, a financial services boutique firm in Washington, D.C. Ann joined the firm with members of the government enforcement practice group from Ropes & Gray, where she previously practiced.
’07 Ashley Ebersole and Susan Ambler '08 were married on November 6 in Washington, D.C. Ashley is a litigation associate with Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom, which he joined after clerking for Judge Alice Batchelder of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals and Judge Walter Kelley of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, and Susan is a litigation associate with Latham & Watkins.
Peyton Cooke is working with the Liaison Office in Afghanistan, where he is setting up projects to examine and develop linkages between the customary law of the Pashtun tributes and the Afghan federal government. Peyton is based in Kabul, and doing field work in the Khost, Partia and Paktika provinces. Peyton previously taught law at Haramaya University in Ethiopia.
Thomas Patrick Cooper was licensed as a Certified Public Accountant in February 2010 and has joined the tax department of Crosslin & Associates, an accounting firm in Nashville.
Grant Dickson has joined Sherrard & Roe in Nashville as an associate in the litigation practice group. Grant was previously an associate with Latham & Watkins in Washington, D.C.
Gray Proctor has joined the Eastern District of Virginia as a staff attorney. Gray is also enrolled in Virginia Commonwealth University, where he is earning a Ph.D. in public policy and administration.
Scott Tift has joined Barrett Johnston as an associate. Scott was previously an associate with Bass Berry & Sims.
Joseph B. Wells has joined Frost Brown Todd in the corporate and business department, where he focuses on financial restructuring.
’08 Susan Ambler and Ashley Ebersole '07 were married on November 6 in Washington, D.C. Susan is a litigation associate with Latham & Watkins, and Ashley is a litigation associate with Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom.
Jeffrey Chugg has joined the firm Munck Carter. He focuses his practice on assisting businesses in all aspects of labor and employment disputes and business litigation.
Preeti Kundra Deshmukh is a Publications Fellow at the American Society of International Law (ASIL). Preeti will be responsible for the publication of the upcoming ASIL Annual Meeting Proceedings and International Humanitarian Law Dialogs and will provide research and editorial support for other ASIL publications. She was previously an associate in the Charlotte, North Carolina, office of Dewey & Lebeouf.
Courtney DeWolf and Robert Matsuishi were married on July 17 in Los Angeles, where they live. David Byeff officiated. Courtney recently joined the corporate group at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld in Los Angeles as an associate. Her practice will focus on renewable energy. Prior to joining Akin Gump, Courtney was an associate at Goodwin Procter.
Sybil Dunlop has joined Greene Espel after clerking for Judge James M. Rosenbaum of the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota for two years. Sybil's scholarly articles have been published in the St. John's Law Review and the Vanderbilt Law Review.
Laura Gary has joined Miller & Martin in Atlanta, where she will practice business and tort litigation. She was previously an associate with King & Spalding. In addition to her legal practice, Laura is a national award-winning published playwright and an award-winning songwriter.
Tracy Dry Kane has joined the law firm of Dodson Parker Behm & Capparella as an associate. She focuses her practice on business law, with an emphasis in business formation, operation and succession planning. Kane joins the firm after having completed a two-year clerkship with Judge Richard Dinkins '77 on the Tennessee Court of Appeals.
Kerry Bartoe Lea and her husband, William, welcomed a son, Bradford James, on September 9. The family lives in Indianapolis, where Kerry practices law at Baker & Daniels and William is a radiology resident at Indiana University.
Sarah Luppen is president-elect of the Barristers (young lawyers) section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association. She will become the organization's president in July 2011.
’09 Jaime DeRensis has joined Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz as an associate, focusing on general commercial litigation.
Warner Jones and his father, Elliott Jones '75, have formed the boutique corporate law firm, Emerge Law. The firm will focus on counseling distressed businesses and individuals in workout situations, corporate reorganizations, business insolvencies and Chapter 11 bankruptcies.
Cheyanne Mahoney is an associate at MGLAW in Nashville, where she focuses on business litigation and law.
Andrew J. Ross is an associate with Walker Tipps & Malone in Nash-ville, where he focuses on civil litigation.
Ben Schrader has joined the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia as an Assistant U.S. Attorney.
’10 Lauren Courtney has joined Jones Walker in New Orleans as an associate in the firm's business and commercial litigation practice group.
Andrew Cunningham has joined Potter Anderson & Corroon in Wilmington, Delaware, in the firm's corporate group.
Faisal Delawalla has joined Burr and Forman in the firm's Nashville Office. He is an associate in the creditors' rights and bankruptcy practice group.
George D. Gaskin III has joined Burr and Forman as an associate in the firm's Birmingham office. He practices in the firm's creditors' rights and bankruptcy practice group.
Jonathan T. Hasebe has joined Gallagher & Kennedy in Phoenix as an associate. Jonathan practices general commercial litigation.
John E. Haubenreich has joined Neal & Harwell as an associate. His practice will focus on general litigation.
Elin Henningsson has joined Harwell Howard Hyne Gabbert & Manner (H3GM) as an associate. She will serve as a member of the firm's litigation and commercial bankruptcy practice groups.
Shazi Jiang has joined Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz as an associate in the firm's intellectual property group, where she will focus primarily on biotechnology and chemical matters. She also holds an M.D. from Vanderbilt.
Kristina Montanaro has moved to Washington, D.C., where she is pursuing an LL.M. in intellectual property at the George Washington University School of Law.
J. Isaac Sanders has joined Neal & Harwell as an associate. His practice will focus on general litigation.
Rylan Smith has joined the Atlanta office of Parker Hudson Rainer & Dobbs as an associate with the firm's litigation practice group. Rylan's practice focuses on financial services and general commercial litigation.
John T. Synowicki is an associate at Gable Gotwals in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Michael A. Thomason Jr. has joined Bradley Arant Boult Cummings as an associate in the firm's corporate and securities practice group.
Kathryn Ann (White) St. Peters married Jason Peyton St. Peters on July 31. Katie and Jason live in Manhattan, where Katie is an associate with Paul Weiss.
Charles Allen Williams '39 died on November 8 at his home in Paducah, Kentucky. Charles earned his law degree at Vanderbilt and then served a captain in the U.S. Army during World War II. After his service, Charles settled in Paducah, serving as city manager of Paducah in 1946-47 and in the Kentucky Legislature from 1958-60. He was a founding partner of the Paducah law firm of Williams Walters and Miller. In addition to his membership in many bar associations, Charles was an Emeritus Fellow of International Society of Barristers. He is survived by his wife, Ruthie Waldrop Williams.
John L. Bowers Jr. '51 (VU'50) of Elizabethton, Tennessee, died on September 23 at his home. He was 86. John graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Vanderbilt before graduating Order of the Coif from the law school. John was the senior partner of the Elizabethton law firm of Allen Nelson and Bowers, where he practiced for nearly 18 years. He was the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Tennessee from 1969-77; he served as mayor of the City of Elizabethton for two terms, and he served in the U.S. Marine Corps. John is survived by a daughter, two sons, six grandchildren and two great-grandsons.
William Willis Jr. '54 died on July 30 from complications of cancer. He was 78. Bill led the Metro Board of Hospitals for 18 years until 1993 and oversaw the merge of Metro General and Meharry-Hubbard hospitals. He also represented The Tennessean on First Amendment Issues for many years, handling 40 cases for the newspaper, only one of which went to trial. He represented Metro Board of Education in the protracted battle over desegregation of local schools in 1978. A former president of the Nashville Bar Association, Bill earned its highest honor in 1993 when he was awarded the John. C. Tune Public Service Award for his civic and legal service.
Alfred E. Abbey '57 died September 26 at age 81. Al earned his law degree at Vanderbilt after graduating from the University of Notre Dame and serving as a commander in the U.S. Navy's Intelligence Division. After working for the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., Al returned to Nashville and joined the Life & Casualty Insurance Company of Tennessee. In 1970, he joined the firm then known as Trabue Minick Sturdivant & Harbison, and practiced at this firm and its successors, Trabue Sturdivant & DeWitt and Miller & Martin, for the next 40 years, specializing in corporate and securities law, federal taxation and real estate. He served as a member of the Board of Directors (1977-80) and as first vice president (1979-80) of the Nashville Bar Association. He was preceded in death by his wife and son. He is survived by three daughters and seven grandchildren.
James F. (Jim) Neal '57, a native of Sumner County, Tennessee, and a nationally renowned litigator who successfully prosecuted several members of the Nixon administration after the Watergate scandal, died on October 21 at age 81. The New York Times, the Washington Post and many other national newspapers and magazines ran lengthy obituaries. (read more)
Philip L. Peeler '58 (VU'51) of Memphis, Tennessee, died May 13. He was 81. Philip earned both his bachelor's and law degrees from Vanderbilt. He served in the Navy during the Korean War and retired as a Commander from the Naval Reserve. He was president of the Downtown Lions Club in Memphis, where he spent his career, and a member of the board of directors of the Southwest Mental Health Center. He is survived by his wife, Elinor, their son and daughter, and two grandchildren.
David Earl Rodgers '59 died October 25. A skilled attorney with a knack for cutting straight to the heart of an issue, David guided the formation of the town of Farragut, Tennessee, fought for its right to exist and provided decades of guidance to its leaders. David is survived by his wife, four sons and six grandchildren.
Frederick T. Work '59 died on September 13. Fred was born in Nashville and grew up on the campus of Fisk University, where both his parents taught. He was one of two African American students recruited by Dean John Wade to be the first African American students admitted to Vanderbilt Law School; the other student, Melvin Porter, became a lifelong friend. After earning his law degree at Vanderbilt in 1959, he moved to Gary, Indiana, where he worked as a city attorney before opening his own law firm in 1963. In 1968, Fred became the first African American to be nominated by a major party for statewide office in Indiana.
Fred delved into numerous areas of law, including civil and criminal trials, civil rights, real estate, employment and corporate law. He remained an active member of the legal community until his death. He is survived by his wife, Beverly, and two sons.
1959 classmates Fred Work and Melvin Porter returned to the law school in 2007 to discuss their experiences as Vanderbilt's first African American students. Fred had a long and distinguished legal career in Gary, Indiana, and was still actively practicing law at the time of his death.
Collis H. White Sr. '61 died March 5. Collis served as District Attorney in Orange County, Florida. Starting in 1976, he spent the remainder of his career in private practice, focusing on real estate law. He retired in 2006. He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean Conflict. He is survived by his wife, Gladys, and four children.
Stephen Daniel Keeffe '63 died June 26 in Bethesda, Maryland, at age 74 after a two-year battle with cancer. Born in Brooklyn, New York, and raised in Ithaca, Steve earned a B.A. in political science from George Washington University before earning his law degree at Vanderbilt. He had a private law practice in Washington, D.C., for more than 35 years. He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Mary Ann, two sons and two daughters.
A. Harrison "Harry" Johnson '64 died May 1 in Nashville. Harry earned his undergraduate degree at the University of the South. After earning his law degree at Vanderbilt, he had a successful career in real estate law. He is survived by his wife, Mary, their two children and two grandchildren.
James Bishop Johnson '65 (VU'62) died on August 16 at his farm in Garland, Tennessee. During his Vanderbilt Law School years, Jim gave up a spot on the Vanderbilt Law Review to coach the Vanderbilt University's freshman football team. In 1999, he was a recipient of the S.E.C. Unsung Heroes Award as a veteran in Vietnam.
Pat B. Brian '65, a former district court judge in Salt Lake City and Tooele and Summit counties, died June 29 of pancreatic cancer. He was 72. Pat was appointed to the Third District Court in May 1987 by Utah Governor Norman H. Bangerter and served for 23 years as a judge, retiring in 2005. His first law position was as a Deputy District Attorney in Orange County, California. He also worked as a federal prosecutor in Anchorage, Alaska. Pat was an adjunct law professor at Pepperdine University and at Brigham Young University for 24 years.
William Lafayette Parker '69, a native of Shelbyville, Tennessee, died July 28. He was 75. While at Vanderbilt, Billy was a walk-on football center for the Gator Bowl championship team of 1955 and a scholarship player for his last two years. Upon graduation, Billy joined the U.S. Marine Corps as a first lieutenant and served in Japan. After extensive surgeries for cancer at Bethesda Naval Hospital, he received a medical discharge from the Marines and began his career as a sports writer for the Nashville Banner. In 1967, he entered Vanderbilt Law School, then earned an LL.M. at the University of Texas, and received subsequent training at Northwestern University in law enforcement. He held the position of Legal Advisor for Nashville's Metropolitan Police Department for 26 years until his retirement in 1997. A celebrated athlete and sports writer, he was well known in Nashville's running circles as a pace setter for his age group. He is survived by his wife, Shara, five children and two grandchildren.
E. Lawrence Barcella '70 died on November 4 after a long battle with lung cancer.
Larry began his career as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia. He was serving deputy chief of the major crimes division in 1982 when Edwin P. Wilson, a former agent in the Central Intelligence Agency, was arrested in the Dominican Republic and charged with illegally selling explosives to Libya. Wilson's arrest was the result of a four-year investigation undertaken by Larry and a fellow prosecutor, Carol Bruce. While awaiting trial, Wilson was taped attempting to hire a fellow prisoner to kill the pair; he was ultimately convicted based on the evidence Barcella and Bruce had gathered and sentenced to 52 years in prison.
Larry also led the government's initial investigation into the assassination of a former Chilean foreign minister, Orlando Letelier, via a car bomb that killed Letelier and an aide while they were riding to work in Washington, D.C. Larry's investigation determined the killings had been engineered by the Chilean National Intelligence Agency because of Letelier's opposition to the dictatorship of General Augusto Pinchet, and one American-born agent was convicted of his role in the crime. Several other conspirators were also convicted, but General Pinochet refused to extradite them to the United States.
After leaving the U.S. Attorney's Office, where Larry was selected by the Attorney General as Senior Litigation Counsel, a position reserved for only the most experienced and qualified federal prosecutors, he had a successful career in private practice at Paul Weiss, where his adept handling of complex criminal and allied civil fraud matters garnered him national recognition as both a trial lawyer and skilled investigator. He was admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court and a variety of federal and local courts. Among the many awards he received during his career was the John Marshall Award, the U.S. Department of Justice's highest award for litigation. He is survived by Mary, his wife of 40 years, and their daughter.
Gail Goodman Greenfield '84 (VU'60) died October 17. She was 72. Gail grew up in New Orleans, Louisiana, where she graduated valedictorian of Isidore Newman School. She graduated from Vanderbilt University magna cum laude and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Gail worked for Project Opportunity in Nashville before spending several years in fundraising at Vanderbilt Children's Hospital. After rearing her two children, she earned her J.D. at Vanderbilt, graduating Order of the Coif in 1984. She practiced law at Boult Cummings Conners and Berry, and later at Sherrard and Roe. Gail served as general counsel for the Foster Foundation until the time of her death. She is survived by her son and daughter, nine grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.
Jennifer Harwell '96 (VU'85) of Columbia, Tennessee, died November 4. She was 46. Jennifer was a summa cum laude graduate of Vanderbilt University and a member of Phi Beta Kappa. After earning her J.D., she pursued a career in healthcare law. Jennifer is survived by her mother, a brother and two sisters.
Beppe Alberto Gualino, LL.M. '10, died in Nashville after a long battle with cancer on October 31. He was 36. Beppe earned his law degree at University of Lima in his native Peru in 1998, and then earned an MBA from University of Alcala de Henares in Spain and a Certificate of Human Resources from the University of Cataluna. He married Karen Goetz after being diagnosed with skin cancer in Spain in 2004, and the couple moved to Peoria, Illinois, where both worked for Caterpillar. Beppe and Karen relocated to Nashville with the company two years later. Beppe earned his LL.M. at Vanderbilt while working full time and enduring weekly chemotherapy sessions. He loved to travel and was fluent in Spanish, English, French, Italian, Portuguese and Catalan. Even while fighting cancer, Beppe continued to do community service work. He is survived by his wife, his parents, grandmother and brother, and many members of his extended family.Top of page