1970s Class Notes
Hunter R. Hughes III, a partner at the Atlanta office of Rogers & Hardin, was profiled in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution for his work in mediating some of the nation’s largest employment discrimination lawsuits, including the race bias case that Coca-Cola settled for an estimated $192.5 million in 2000.
Fred T. Lowrance, was honored in Business North Carolina’s 2005 “Legal Elite” in construction law. Business North Carolina magazine’s annual list of the state’s “Legal Elite” includes the best practitioners in their field through a mailed survey that was sent to more than 16,800 of their legal peers licensed and living in NC. Less than three percent of the state’s attorneys made it on the 2005 “Legal Elite” list. Lowrance practices in Parker Poe’s Charlotte, NC office.
Robert L. Musick recently published an article on Section 409A in Compensation and Benefits Review. Musick is a principal with Palmer & Cay in Savannah, GA.
James J. Tanous has been reelected as Chairman of the Executive Committee of Jaeckle Fleischmann & Mugel, a full-service law firm with offices in Buffalo, Amherst, and Rochester, New York. Tanous is also a director of Erie Insurance Company of New York and on the advisory board of Western Reserve Partners, an investment banking firm, based in Cleveland, OH.
Edward W. Wellman, Jr., was honored by Business North Carolina magazine’s 2005 “Legal Elite” as corporate counsel and Woodward/White’s The Best Lawyers in America 2005–2006 in corporate, mergers and acquisitions, and securities law. The Best Lawyers in America are selected as a result of a peer-review survey, in which thousands of the top lawyers in the U.S. confidentially evaluate their professional peers. The Best Lawyers in America list represents 30 law specialties in every state. Business North Carolina magazine’s annual list of the state’s “Legal Elite” includes the best practitioners in their field through a mailed survey that was sent to more than 16,800 of their legal peers licensed and living in NC. Less than three percent of the state’s attorneys made it on the 2005 “Legal Elite” list. Wellman practices in Parker Poe’s Charlotte, NC office.
Peter Menk was featured in a story in the Staunton News Leader about his service as a colonel in the U.S. Army’s civil affairs unit in Baghdad working with the Iraqi government to build criminal and civil legal procedures.
Lee F. Feinberg of Spilman Thomas & Battle in Charleston, WV, was named one of “The Best Lawyers in America in 2006” for his work in energy law.
James R. (“Jay”) Henderson IV has been appointed a Visiting Assistant Professor of Law at the Appalachian School of Law in Grundy, VA, for the 2005–2006 academic year. He will teach third-year practicum classes in Natural Resources, Real Estate Transactions, and Law Office Management. Henderson has been an adjunct professor at ASL for several years and formerly taught in the legal assistance program at Bluefield State College in Bluefield, WV. He practices law with the firm of Henderson & Forster, in Tazewell, VA.
Michael Beautyman is still practicing law nationally and internationally out of his small firm in Flourtown, PA, just outside of Philadelphia.
Christine (Tina) Byrd continues to split her practice between trial work and service as a neutral arbitrator. Last year she served as a neutral arbitrator in three energy industry cases and at the same time, handled the damages evidence in a five-week jury trial for patent infringement involving the Sony PlayStation videogame system, resulting in a $90 million jury verdict for her client. The verdict made the list of the Top 10 jury verdicts in California last year (it was number four). She was elected as a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers and, immediately thereafter, was elected as a Fellow in the College of Commercial Arbitrators.
Clyde Jacob of Jones Walker in New Orleans was included in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Business Lawyers for the state of Louisiana for his work in employment law.
R. Brian Ball was re-elected as vice president of the board of directors at Williams Mullen in Richmond. He will serve a three-year term. Williams Mullen has 250 attorneys and offices in Virginia, Washington DC, and London.
Peter E. Broadbent, Jr., was elected President of the 2004 Electoral College for Virginia when electors met in December 2004 to cast the state’s votes for President Bush and Vice President Cheney. Broadbent practices business, intellectual property, and communications law as a partner with Christian & Barton in Richmond.
G. Moffett Cochran, co-founder and CEO of Silvercrest Asset Management Group in New York City, was recently in Charlottesville in connection with Silvercrest’s acquisition of Heritage Financial Management, a local wealth management firm. The acquisition will give Silvercrest its first office outside Manhattan. Cochran was previously chairman of Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette’s Asset Management Group. He formed Silvercrest in 2002 after DLJ’s acquisition by Credit Suisse. Silvercrest manages approximately $6 billion, principally for wealthy families and individuals worldwide—www.silvercrestgroup.com.
Daniel J. Hoffheimer was elected presiding co-chair of the board of directors of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, the new national museum and educational institution on Cincinnati’s central riverfront. Hoffheimer is a partner at Taft, Stettinius & Hollister in Cincinnati.
Bruce “Bob” Marks writes that his daughter, Lara E. Marks, is a member of Law School Class of 2005. Lara’s plans include returning to Denver, the Marks’s home for 28 years, and joining Isaacson Rosenbaum as an associate.
Walter J. Sears III of Bradley Arant Rose & White in Birmingham was named to an “All-Star Team” of attorneys cited by Fortune 1000 companies for delivering superior client service. Sears is one of only 114 attorneys nationwide—and the only lawyer from Alabama—to be chosen for this honor. Sears is the chairman of the firm’s construction and procurement practice group, and for the past four years, has taught construction law as an adjunct professor for the University of Alabama Law School.
Catherine Dunlap Mayes has recently opened a solo practice specializing in student lending in Great Falls, VA.
Mark Duvall reports he has been doing fine in Midland, MI, working for the Dow Chemical Company doing regulatory law—OSHA, TSCA, FIFRA, FDA, biotechnology, etc. His daughter will be applying to the Law School shortly “so there might be another Duvall Wahoo in the making.”
Larry Foust of Jenkens & Gilchrist in Houston was named “Outstanding Hospital Lawyer—2005” in the July/August issue of Nightingale’s Healthcare News. The publication last year named Foust the “Outstanding Physician Lawyer—2004.” He also was recognized in 2003 and 2004 by Texas Monthly magazine as a “Texas Superlawyer” and in 2005 by Chambers USA as one of “America’s Leading Business Lawyers.”
Mitchell J. Kassoff has been elected President of the Northeast Academy of Legal Studies in Business. He practices franchise law nationwide (franchiselawyer@verizon. net; www.franatty.cnc.net) with offices in New Jersey and New York. His son, Jonathan, is a student in the UVA Engineering School (class of 2007) and Naval ROTC.
For the sixth consecutive year, Ralph M. Tener was named a member of Virginia Business magazine’s “Legal Elite” in the December 2004 edition. Tener practices intellectual property law with McCandlish & Lillard in Fairfax, VA.
Edward H. Bergin of Jones Walker in New Orleans was included in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Business Lawyers for the state of Louisiana for his work in business litigation.
Thomas F. Farrell II became the University of Virginia’s 38th rector in a ceremony held at the June 11 meeting of the University’s Board of Visitors. The rector, who receives a two-year appointment, heads the Board of Visitors, the University’s state-appointed governing body. Farrell succeeded Gordon F. Rainey, Jr. ’67.
Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld announced in June that President George W. Bush nominated Patrick Finnegan for promotion to Brigadier General, U. S. Army, and assignment as the Dean of the Academic Board, U. S. Military Academy at West Point, NY. The Senate confirmed the promotion in July.
John Head began his 15th year of teaching at the University of Kansas Law School in Lawrence. Head has two books scheduled for release this year: one on global economic organizations and another on Chinese legal history. (See In Print.) He and his wife Lucia reside in the country near Lawrence.
Penny Kyle was appointed president of Radford University, the university’s sixth, and first woman, president. After 13 years at CSX Corporation in Richmond, Kyle was named director of the Virginia Lottery, which she joined in 1994. Appointed by then Governor George Allen, she was reappointed by Governors Jim Gilmore and Mark Warner. Under her leadership, the lottery’s gross revenues have exceeded $1 billion for the last four years, and last year the lottery generated a record-breaking $408 million for Virginia public education. Kyle also serves as the chair of the Law School Foundation’s National Appeals Committee.
David J. Llewellyn presented a paper entitled “Strategies for Litigation” at the Eighth International Symposium on Circumcision and Human Rights at the University of Padua in Italy in August of 2004. In September 2004 he presented a talk on Circumcision, Medical Ethics, and the Law to a class on Medicine and the Law at Pace University Law School, Tarrytown, NY. He recently joined Johnson & Ward in Atlanta as a partner concentrating in personal injury and medical malpractice litigation and mediation.
Daniel Rowley is General Counsel for Equipment Services at GE Company in Stamford, CT.
Thomas G. Schnorr was recently asked to become a member of the Economic Advisory Committee of the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council. As a partner in Palmer & Dodge’s Real Estate Development and Finance Practice Group, a large part of his practice involves representing biotechnology companies.
Roy L. Smart III was honored by Business North Carolina magazine’s 2005 “Legal Elite” as corporate counsel and Woodward/White’s The Best Lawyers in America 2005–2006 in corporate, mergers and acquisitions and securities law. Business North Carolina magazine’s annual list of the state’s “Legal Elite” includes the best practitioners in their field through a mailed survey that was sent to more than 16,800 of their legal peers licensed and living in NC. Less than three percent of the state’s attorneys made it on the 2005 “Legal Elite” list. Smart practices in Parker Poe’s Charlotte, NC office.