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John Brenner has joined the health effects litigation practice at Pepper Hamilton after 27 years with McCarter & English. He is in the firm’s Princeton, N.J., office.

The board of directors for Alcoa has elected Donna Dabney a Vice President of the corporation. She has served as Alcoa Corporate Secretary since joining the company in 2000, except for a short period in 2004 when she was group counsel for Alcoa’s former packaging and consumer business.

MahaffeyPeyton Mahaffey, a principal and president of McCandlish & Lillard, has been recognized by Virginia Super Lawyers magazine as one of Virginia’s top attorneys in 2008 in the category of civil litigation. Mahaffey has broad experience as a trial lawyer and lead counsel in state and federal cases involving business, corporate and commercial matters, as well as arbitration and mediation. He has been the principal attorney on a number of reported state and federal decisions. Mahaffey has been elected to the Legal Elite since its inception in 2000, having been named to the Legal Elite by Virginia Business from 2000 to 2008, to Washingtonian’s list of Top Attorneys in the Washington Metropolitan Area in 2004, and to the Super Lawyers list in Virginia and the Washington, D.C., area since and including 2006.

Mahaffey has written and published a narrative history of his firm on the occasion of its 100th anniversary, McCandlish & Lillard 1908–2008: 100 Years of Tradition, Innovation, and Results. (See In Print)

In August, Kathy Robb, a partner in Hunton & Williams’ New York office, was featured in The Glass Hammer, an online community designed for women executives in financial services, law, and business. In the “Voice of Experience” profile, Robb, whose practice focuses on energy, environmental, and administrative law, talked about her background, her accomplishments, and her advice for young women in law.

Noted in the piece was Robb’s Water Policy Institute, which she created to provide a forum for companies, government entities, and other parties interested in water scarcity, quality, and regulation to convene to discuss sustainable solutions, both domestically and internationally. Robb also co-founded a non-profit called the Women’s Network for a Sustainable Future six years ago. The organization was started when she and Ann Goodman wanted to help executives put sustainability on their radar screens.

Andrew M. Sacks has been elected president of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association for 2008–2009 and was installed at VTLA’s annual meeting held at the Homestead in April. He is a partner with his father, Stanley, in Sacks & Sacks, their Norfolk, Va., law firm. Andrew focuses his practice on plaintiffs’ personal injury and criminal defense.

On August 1, after close to 26 years at Sidley Austin, Gilles Sion joined long-standing client, KPMG, as a principal and its deputy general counsel. At KPMG, Sion heads the transactions group in the office of general counsel. He will continue to be based in New York.

SteinerBeat U. Steiner and Edyn Jessup ’03 have published Commercial Leasing in Colorado: A Practical Guide (Bradford Publishing). Steiner is a partner and Jessup an associate in the Boulder, Colo., office of Holland & Hart, a firm of 450 lawyers with offices throughout the Rocky Mountain region. Steiner heads the firm’s resorts, lodging, and leisure practice group and is recognized in Chambers USA, Best Lawyers in America, and Colorado Super Lawyers. (See In Print)


John B. Boatwright, III, has been named Special Capital Counsel to the Virginia Indigent Defense Commission. He was formerly the Capital Defender for the Central Region of Virginia.

BuckelGov. David Patterson’s appointment of Thomas C. Buckel, Jr., to the board of trustees of the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry was confirmed by the New York State Senate. Buckel, a partner at Hancock & Estabrook in Syracuse, is also a member of the Onondaga County Legislature.

CubbageBrenda Cubbage is one of five well-known Dallas attorneys — all long-term partners at four major firms — who have launched Spencer Crain Cubbage Healy & McNamara ( With a focus on litigation, employment, immigration and mediation, the firm was founded: 1) to meet the need of corporations focused on diversity to hire woman-owned law firms with the experience and pedigree to handle substantial cases, and 2) in response to the desire of clients to find nimble firms more aligned with their business goals, including alternative billing options.

Matthew D’Annunzio, partner in the commercial litigation group at Blank Rome in Philadelphia, was selected to serve on the National Credentials Committee as a part of the Pennsylvania Delegation to the Democratic National Convention in Denver, Colo.

DunlapLora Dunlap has been named by Florida Trend magazine as part of the Florida Legal Elite 2008. Dunlap serves clients with complex litigation matters, particularly in the area of securities law. She also has experience in professional liability defense and has handled appellate work in all areas of tort law. She was one of the founding shareholders of the firm in 1984.

William Herlihy was ranked high for natural resources law by Chambers USA. Herlihy practices with Spilman Thomas & Battle in their Charleston, W.Va., office.

Matthew Jacobs recently joined Jenner & Block in their Washington, D.C., office. Jacobs continues doing insurance coverage work for policyholders. He was listed by Chambers and Best Lawyers in America for his work.

Blaine A. Lucas was named by Pennsylvania Super Lawyers Magazine as one of the top lawyers in Pennsylvania for 2008. He is with Babst, Calland, Clements and Zomnir in the government/cities/ municipalities section of the Pittsburgh office. The honor was also noted in Philadelphia magazine.

David Warden joined the board of directors with InNexus Biotechnology Inc., a drug development company. Warden is considered one of Houston’s top Lawyers by H magazine and was recognized as one of the Texas Super Lawyers in Texas Monthly magazine from 2003–2006. Warden has published many articles during his career, including “Trade Secrets and Patents: Comparison and Contrasts in Royalty Determination,” and “How to Quantify Trade Secrets Theft.”

Potter and Stone1982

Trevor Potter and Thatcher Stone at the opening session of the Republican convention in St. Paul, Minn., on Labor Day. Potter, a former chairman of the Federal Election Commission, was general counsel to the McCain campaign. As general counsel he was responsible for all legal matters pertaining to the campaign and was a member of the campaign senior staff. Potter led a contingent of more than 20 lawyers at McCain HQ in Arlington, Va. He was on leave from Caplin & Drysdale, where he is a partner. Thatcher, CEO of Xavian Group AG, was a professional volunteer to the McCain organization for the convention. He spent a week whipping platform and rules committee delegates to finalize the party platform and convention rules, and then assisted in floor ops during the convention.

James S. RyanJames S. Ryan III was elected as a fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation. He is a partner in the Dallas office of Jackson Walker, specializing in transactions, corporate & securities, health care, life sciences, and medical technology. Ryan was also recently named a Texas Super Lawyer.

Jay and Elizabeth Tannon are pleased to announce that their daughter, Katherine, graduated from the University of Virginia in May, receiving a B.A. in history.

Raymond G. Truitt has been recognized among the Leaders in Their Field in real estate law in the 2008 edition of Chambers USA, America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. He is managing partner in the Baltimore office of Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll.


The International Association of Defense Counsel elected James M. Campbell as president-elect of its board of directors for the 2008–2009 term. Campbell is president of Campbell Campbell Edwards & Conroy in Boston, Mass. He focuses his practice on civil litigation and the defense of catastrophic product liability, toxic tort, medical device, pharmaceutical, and negligence matters throughout the United States. Campbell serves as trial counsel for Ford, Honda, Toyota, Terex, Freightliner, Chrysler, Marriott, Crown, Mitsubishi, Kia, Isuzu, Raymond, and other major corporations. He is also trial counsel for a variety of insurers, including AIG, Lexington, ACE, Allianz, Tokio Marine, Sompo Japan, Church Mutual, and others. He has tried cases in 13 different states and tried more than 75 cases to verdict.

Joyce Elden has been elected to a five-year term on the board of trustees of Simmons College (her alma mater) in Boston, Mass.

Dan Johnson is a partner at McKenna Long & Aldridge in Washington, D.C., where he practices commercial and employment litigation. In 2007 the Washington Business Journal selected him as a Top Washington Lawyer.

In February, Guy Lewin-Smith LL.M. became a partner at the London office of Debevoise & Plimpton, where he will continue to focus on mergers and acquisitions and securities matters. He was previously a partner with Linklaters for 13 years.

Greg Musil serves as chair of the 900-member Overland Park Chamber of Commerce. He also chairs a campaign committee opposing a ballot initiative to change the method of selecting trial court judges by partisan political election instead of merit selection.

Irwin M. Shur has been named vice president, general counsel and secretary for Snap-on Incorporated in Kenosha, Wisc. Regretfully, Irwin missed the 25th reunion as a result of the timing regarding his new position. He and his wife, Kathie, and children, Olivia and Isaac, will be relocating to the northern suburbs of Chicago, where they will become reacquainted with snow and cold weather after five years in Florida.

Jennifer Marie Otto and Bob Simmons were married July 7, 2007, in Salt Lake City, Utah. In April, Simmon’s previous firm of Helms, Mulliss & Wicker merged into McGuireWoods, and he became co-head of the combined firm’s real estate practice group in Charlotte, N.C. He continues to serve on the board of the Council for Children’s Rights and a committee of the Children and Family Services Center. His sons, Rush and Grier, are in college in North Carolina, and his daughter, Ann, is a high school freshman. Jen’s daughters are in college in Utah.

Victor A. Taylor has been named president of Parr Waddoups Brown Gee & Loveless in Salt Lake City, Utah. Each year, the firm’s management succession plan identifies a unique and qualified attorney to hold the role of president. Taylor is a real estate attorney with extensive experience in real estate development and finance.

VarnerJoseph Varner has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America’s bet-the-company litigation category and commercial litigation category. For the second year in a row, Varner has been named one of the top 100 lawyers in Florida in the Super Lawyers survey. “More important than any of that,” says Varner, his wife, Monica, and their son, Evan, were “blessed with the birth of Evan’s little brother, Eric Harrison Varner, in July.”

1984 Reunion Year

Guy Beckett has a solo commercial litigation, class action, and personal injury practice in Seattle, Wash.

BiglerC. Stephen Bigler, president of Richards, Layton & Finger in Wilmington, Del., has been listed in the 2008 edition of The International Who’s Who of Merger & Acquisition Lawyers. Bigler was also recognized for excellence in the corporate/mergers and acquisitions category in the 2008 edition of Chambers USA — America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. A member of the firm’s corporate transactional group, Bigler counsels corporations, officers, directors, board committees, stockholders, and investors on matters involving Delaware’s General Corporation Law and related issues in a wide variety of transactional and operational contexts.

Martin Clark published his third novel, The Legal Limit, in July. Since 1995, Clark has served as a circuit court judge for the Virginia counties of Patrick and Henry and the city of Martinsville, Va. He lives in Stuart, Va., with his wife, Deana. (See In Print)

Madaline Herlong’s young adult novel, The Great Wide Sea, was published by Viking in October. It is an adventure bildungsroman about three boys lost as sea and was inspired by her own four sons. Madaline is currently in the English doctoral program at Tulane, after retiring from law practice and teaching in 1991. (See In Print)

John Ragosta was awarded a Ph.D. in early American history by the University of Virginia in May, after he completed a short-term fellowship at Monticello. Before returning to Charlottesville to continue his education, John was an international trade partner at Dewey Ballantine in Washington, D.C. He, his wife, Liz, and their children, Greg and Sarah, live in Rixeyville, Va.

Carolyn Tillman was recently promoted to managing counsel of Vintage Production California and is moving from Houston, Tex., to Bakersfield, Calif.


Emily Jane “E.J.” Bennett is returning to the legal profession. “I am slowly flaking off the legal rust engendered by 14 years of staying at home with three sweet kids.” She is now of counsel with a small Denver firm specializing in real estate and business law and working only the hours the kids are in school. “What a fabulous gig this is!”

DonovanMartha N. Donovan, a member of the Somerville law firm of Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, spoke at a seminar entitled “Site Remediation in New Jersey.” Donovan discussed special issues for residential and mixed-use redevelopment projects, including childcare centers and schools.

Christopher Hockett recently joined Davis Polk & Wardwell as a partner in the firm’s Menlo Park, Calif., office. He was previously a partner with Bingham McCutchen in San Francisco, where he was the firm-wide head of the litigation practice. Hockett will continue his complex commercial litigation practice at Davis Polk.

Kurt L.P. Lawson has joined Hogan & Hartson as a partner in the Washington, D.C., office, where he is a member of the employee benefits and executive compensation practice group, part of the firm’s business, finance, and tax practice. He focuses primarily on issues involving pension and welfare benefit plans, executive compensation, executive fringe benefits, and employment taxes. He has particular knowledge regarding pension plan investment issues and employee benefit plans of tax-exempt and governmental employers. Before joining Hogan & Hartson, Lawson was a partner in Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman’s executive compensation and benefits group.

In September 2007, William O’Shaughnessy joined Quest Diagnostics as assistant general counsel and secretary, after 12 years at Morgan Stanley. “It has been interesting learning about a new industry — challenging and fun!”

Linda S. Wendtland has been appointed to the Board of Immigration Appeals. The board is part of the Executive Office for Immigration Review, located in Falls Church, Va., and is responsible for hearing appeals of decisions rendered by immigration judges or certain Department of Homeland Security officers. It is the highest administrative body for interpreting and applying federal immigration laws. Wendtland has served as an assistant director in the Office of Immigration Litigation since May 1996.


Andy Abrams LL.M. is now dean of the Charleston School of Law in South Carolina. Abrams writes, “As Casey Stengel once remarked after receiving congratulations on yet another World Championship, ‘I couldn’t have done it without the fellas.’”

Bill Eigner was selected by his peers in the San Diego region for Top Attorneys 2008 in the area of corporate transactions. His corporate business practice emphasizes venture capital and the financing, governing, operating, buying, selling, and merging of growing technology and other businesses.

Barry Faber has been promoted to executive vice president & general counsel of Sinclair Broadcast Group, one of the nation’s largest and most diversified television broadcasting companies.

Ellen Farraye Bonaventura gave the commencement address for her alma mater, Paramus Catholic High School, at the IZOD Arena in East Rutherford, N.J., on June 2. Ellen is a founding member of the PCHS Consultative Board, which was established in January 2007. The board’s mission is to provide additional expertise to the school in the areas of finance, facilities, strategic planning, and advancement.

GerberScott Gerber has been named Ella & Ernest Fisher Chair in Law and Professor of Law at Ohio Northern University. He also has been appointed to a two-year term on the Ohio Advisory Committee of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. His most recent book is The Law Clerk: A Novel.

Will Hopkins began writing songs in 2000 and within a year left full-time practice of law to concentrate on songwriting. For the past six years he has split his time between Washington, D.C., and Nashville, Tenn. Eight of his songs have been recorded by independent artists. His song “When You Come From Nothing” earned him a spot as a finalist in the 2008 American Idol Songwriter contest.

John J. Jenkins, a partner at Calfee, Halter & Griswold in Cleveland, Ohio, was recognized as a leading attorney in corporate law and mergers and acquisitions by Chambers & Partners in their 2008 Chambers USA Guide.

Edward Rogers was recognized by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business for excellence in his practice of real estate law.

StewartElizabeth Stewart has been elected managing partner of Murtha Cullina in New Haven, Conn., for a three-year term. Stewart served for nine years as chair of the litigation department. Having joined Murtha Cullina in 1986, Stewart is a trial lawyer principally handling insurance coverage and complex commercial litigation.

Rob Tiller recently joined Red Hat, Inc. as vice president and assistant general counsel for intellectual property. Headquartered in Raleigh, N.C., with offices in 58 countries, Red Hat is the leading provider of open source software. Prior to this move, Tiller was a partner with Helms, Mulliss & Wicker, leading the Raleigh commercial litigation practice.

On August 6, Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley appointed Edward G. Wells to the District Court of Maryland. Wells is the first African American to be appointed to the bench in Southern Maryland. He previously served as a Maryland Assistant Attorney General (Criminal Appeals Division) and the State’s Attorney for Calvert County, Md.


In April, MaryBeth Keller was sworn in as the Assistant Chief Immigration Judge for Conduct and Professionalism at an investiture ceremony at the Executive Office for Immigration Review in Falls Church, Va.

Michael J. Maimone has joined the Wilmington, Del., office of Greenberg Traurig as a shareholder in the corporate and litigation practice groups. Prior to joining Greenberg Traurig, Maimone was a partner with Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge. His practice concentrates on the counseling of corporate clients on a broad range of matters, including hostile acquisitions, going-private transactions, corporate restructuring, mergers and other negotiated transactions, and proxy contests. He represents clients in litigation involving mergers and acquisitions, class and derivative actions, and general corporate law issues.

Alfred “Ran” Randolph just celebrated his 20th anniversary with Kaufman & Canoles in Norfolk, Va. He has three sons, Ranny (12), Christian (8), and Peyton (5), and will be celebrating his 18th wedding anniversary in July with Kristen. “I am so proud each time I read about all my classmates’ accomplishments when I read the UVA Lawyer!

Lt. Col. (Ret.) Barry K. Simmons LL.M. retired from the U.S. Foreign Service following his assignment at the U.S. Consulate General Shanghai, and he has returned to the U.S. to settle down in Fayetteville, N.C., with his youngest sons, James and Joey.

Tom Walls has been named a professorial lecturer in law at George Washington University Law School. He co-teaches a course entitled “Lawyers, Lobbying and the Law” that examines legal, ethical, and practical issues relating to lobbying in Washington. He is a vice president for federal public affairs at McGuireWoods Consulting and senior counsel at McGuireWoods, where his practice deals mainly with federal campaign finance law and related compliance and ethics issues.

Jeff Wells has embarked on a new career as an innkeeper with his life partner, Mac Pence, in Richmond, Va. Maury Place at Monument, their luxury four-guest room bed and breakfast opened its doors on October 1. Their website is www., and they encourage all to stop by for a visit or a more leisurely stay at their inn in Richmond’s museum district.


Julian Cook LL.M. was recognized in May by the State Bar of Michigan for his 50 years of membership. In March, the Federal Bar Association for the Eastern District of Michigan announced the establishment of an award to be given annually in recognition of a civil practitioner who is an outstanding example of professional excellence and civility. The award will be called the Julian Abele Cook, Jr.–Bernard A. Friedman FBA Civility Award, in recognition of the dedication to civility of two outstanding jurists. In 1998, Cook convened the first Civility Committee in the Eastern District of Michigan and fostered the implementation of the Court’s Civility Principles.

John M. Cooper of Shapiro, Cooper, Lewis & Appleton in Virginia Beach, Va., has been elected to a one-year term (2008–2009) as chair of the Railroad Law Section of the American Association for Justice during AAJ’s annual convention in Philadelphia, Pa. The Railroad Law Section of the AAJ promotes rail safety and protecting the rights of the public and railroad employees. Cooper’s practice is exclusively in plaintiff’s side railroad and general personal injury law.

Kelley Coyner and her husband, Tim Sears, and their three children have successfully reentered the Washington, D.C., area after six years in Paraguay and Bolivia. Coyner continues to celebrate the publication of a travel guide to Latin America while she ramps up her new job as chief of staff to the senior policy group of the National Capital Region.

The U.S. Secretary of Commerce recently appointed John B. Farmer to a three-year term as chairman of the Trademark Public Advisory Committee of the United States Patent and Trademark Office. TPAC is a nine-member committee that reviews the USPTO’s policies, goals, performance, budget, and user fees concerning trademarks. John is a member of the Leading-Edge Law Group, which is a Richmond, Va., law firm that specializes exclusively in intellectual property matters.

Harry Franks recently joined Ernst & Young as a principal in their Dallas, Tex., office. He specializes in international tax planning.

Greg Giammittorio was recently named co-chair of the mergers and acquisitions practice group at Morrison & Foerster in McLean, Va. He and his wife, Dawnee Tate ’87, are the parents of Carrington (18) and Joseph (16). Carrie graduated from Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart this year and is a first-year at University of Virginia. Joe attends Georgetown Prep.

Margaret Henderson has lived in Idaho since graduation. She worked in the civil litigation department of the Idaho Attorney General’s Office until 1998. She then changed careers and became a social worker. Her husband, Michael, is still a lawyer, and the couple has “two lovely daughters.”

Stephen Koldin practices in the field of elderlaw (trusts and estates and Medicaid law) in Syracuse, N.Y. He is married to Wendy and has three boys, ages 10, 12, and 14.

Marcia Voorhis Andrew is a partner with Taft, Stettinius & Hollister in Cincinnati, Ohio, where she serves as chair of the firm’s franchise and distribution practice group. She was elected to the Middletown City School District Board of Education in Middletown, Ohio, where she lives with her husband, Will, and three children, Alex (14), Rachel (12), and Mark (10).

Alexander “Whit” Whitaker retired from the Navy last year after 25 years, finishing his Navy JAG career as a captain and commanding officer of the Navy’s legal service office in Jacksonville, Fla. He took command in 2005, after heading up the Navy’s general civil litigation office in Washington, D.C. He has returned to his undergraduate alma mater, Berry College, where he is assistant vice president for major gifts and planned giving. Berry is an independent liberal arts college in Northwest Georgia that is known for its emphasis on work and service, and which boasts a national-park-like campus four times the size of the city of Charlottesville.

1989 Reunion Year

Keith Barritt has been named to the Legal Media Group’s 2008 Guide to the World’s Leading Trade Mark Law Practitioners. Barritt is a principal with Fish & Richardson in the Washington, D.C., office. His practice focuses on all aspects of trademark law, including prosecution and inter partes proceedings before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Internet domain name issues, and trademark selection and enforcement. He is also experienced in all aspects of medical device regulation by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, including obtaining marketing authorization for medical devices, use of new devices for investigational purposes, and import and export issues.

Thomas M. Moriarty has been appointed general counsel and secretary of Medco Health Solutions, Inc., in Franklin Lakes, N.J. He will oversee the company’s legal and government affairs organizations, negotiations with pharmaceutical manufacturers, drug purchasing analysis, and consulting with clients on formulary drug lists and plan design. Moriarty assumed this role in addition to his responsibilities as senior vice president, pharmaceutical contracting. He has held a variety of senior level positions, including senior vice president, business development, where he led Medco through a series of complex multibillion-dollar negotiations. He has also served as deputy general counsel.

Tamara Preiss moved to Verizon Wireless in January, after 10 years at the Federal Communications Commission.

RollinsJames S. Rollins has joined WolfBlock as a partner in the litigation practice group in the Boston, Mass., office. Prior to joining WolfBlock, Rollins was a partner with Bingham McCutchen. Rollins focuses his practice on the representation of financial institutions, including broker dealers, investment management firms, hedge funds, and banks. He has extensive experience representing clients in general securities regulatory and enforcement defense matters; in disputes arising with principals, investors and employees; and with regard to creditors’ rights and bankruptcy. Rollins also handles general commercial litigation matters, including First Amendment issues in which he represents publishers, broadcasters, and individuals, as well as intellectual property matters. Among his other professional affiliations, he is also a board member of and counsel for Lawyers Without Borders, Inc., the world’s largest globally oriented group of volunteer attorneys who support nonprofit organizations, Rule of Law initiatives, legal capacity building projects, and human rights work around the world.

Jim Wall, a partner at the law firm of Wall Esleeck Babcock in Winston-Salem, N.C., has been appointed to the executive council of the Health Law Section of the North Carolina Bar Association. Wall has experience in counseling corporate and health care clients in significant contractual relationships, including relationships with employees (non­compete and confidentiality issues), independent contractors, and vendors. A certified mediator, Wall has been recognized as a Legal Elite by Business North Carolina magazine and was selected for inclusion in the health care section of the Best Lawyers in America 2008.


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