1970s Class Notes
Deming Cowles retired from the practice of international and commercial fisheries law in Washington, D.C., in 2000, and relocated to central Florida where he helped set up a charter school system and runs the Family Literacy Academy at Lake Wales and the Lake Wales Family Literacy Coalition. Cowles also teaches current events, international relations, and American government at Webber International University, and serves on the local housing authority and a number of other local and countywide public interest boards. “No plans anytime soon to retire!”
James M. Fantaci has been included in Best Lawyers in America 2010. He is a member with Chehardy, Sherman, Ellis, Murray, Recile, Griffith, Stakelum & Hayes in the Metairie, La., office, where he focuses his practice on business representation and corporate law.
Edward B. Lowry has been included in Best Lawyers in America 2011. He focuses his practice on commercial litigation and white-collar criminal defense. He is with Michie Hamlett Lowry Rasmussen & Tweel in Charlottesville.
Retired circuit court Judge William H. Shaw III administered the oath of office to his son, Jeffrey W. Shaw ’92, who was recently elected by the Virginia General Assembly to a six-year term as a judge of the Ninth Judicial District. The formal investiture took place in April.
Mark Sullivan was recently appointed advisor to the Uniform Law Commission by the American Bar Association’s family law section. In April he led a legal education program in New Orleans on military divorce for local lawyers and all of the U.S. Coast Guard’s legal assistance attorneys. The program was sponsored by the Military Committee of the ABA family law section. Sullivan is a retired Army Reserve JAG colonel and author of The Military Divorce Handbook. He practices family law in Raleigh, N.C.
Dominick J. Thomas, Jr., received the 2010 Charles H. Flynn Humanitarian award for a lifetime of community involvement and achievement at United Way’s annual meeting and awards dinner in Seymour, Conn., in April. Thomas is a partner with Cohen & Thomas in Derby.
Ronald R. Tweel has been selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America 2011 in the area of family law. He is a partner with Michie Hamlett Lowry Rasmussen & Tweel in Charlottesville.
Thomas E. Albro was elected chair of the Virginia State Committee of the American College of Trial Lawyers at the annual meeting in Washington, D.C., in September. Albro is a partner with Tremblay & Smith in Charlottesville. He is past president of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, a former member of the Charlottesville City Council, and was a lecturer in trial advocacy at the Law School from 1985–2000.
Gerald E. Connolly has been included in Best Lawyers in America 2011 in corporate/real estate law. He is a partner in the Milwaukee office of Quarles & Brady, where he focuses his practice in the area of mergers and acquisitions, commercial real estate, and family business.
For the seventh consecutive year, Linda Fairstein was host and “driving force” behind the ceremonies of the Authors in Kind Literary Luncheon at the New York Palace Hotel on April 22. The luncheon was a benefit for God’s Love We Deliver, a charitable organization that provides thousands of daily meals and nutritional counseling to people living with HIV/AIDS, cancer, and other life-threatening illnesses throughout all five boroughs of New York City and Newark and Hudson County, N.J. Fairstein serves on the organization’s board.
Fairstein emceed and had the pleasure of welcoming three fantastic authors: Frank Bruni, Malaak Compton-Rock, and David Baldacci ’86. Baldacci gave a sneak preview of the latest title in his Camel Club series, Hell’s Corner, to be published this fall. More than 300 people attended the event, which raised much-needed funds for one of New York City’s most beloved charities.
Howard E. Gordon has been named a fellow of the American Bar Foundation, an honorary organization of lawyers, judges, and legal scholars who have demonstrated the highest principles of the legal profession. Gordon is a partner with Williams Mullen in the Norfolk, Va., office, where he focuses his practice on commercial and multi-family real estate, commercial leases, ground leases, land use planning, and permits.
Charles C. Adams, Jr., and the entirety of the former office of Hogan & Hartson in Geneva, Switzerland, have joined Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, where Adams is global head of international arbitration and managing partner in the Geneva office.
Lee F. Feinberg has been included in Best Lawyers in America 2011 in the area of energy law. He is a member with Spilman Thomas & Battle in the Charleston, W. Va., office, where he focuses his practice on energy and public utility matters.
G. Franklin Flippin has been named in Virginia Super Lawyers 2010 in the area of business/corporate law and selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America 2011 in banking law, corporate law, and mergers and acquisition law. He is a partner in the Roanoke office of Gentry Locke Rakes & Moore.
Jonathan Kane has been appointed co-chair of the Pro Bono Work Committee of the American Bar Association’s section of labor and employment law. He is a partner in the Berwyn and Philadelphia, Penn. offices of Pepper Hamilton and is chairman of the firm’s labor and employment group.
Fredrick R. Tulley has been included in Best Lawyers in America 2011 in the area of commercial litigation. He is a partner with Taylor Porter in the Baton Rouge, La., office, where his primary practice areas include commercial and securities litigation, professional malpractice, construction, antitrust, RICO, commercial bankruptcy, and insurance insolvency.
Thomas G. Jackson edited and contributed to a chapter entitled, “A Framework for Managing Legal and Compliance Issues” in The Financial Impact of Cyber Risk: An Implementation Framework for CFOs, a publication released in March as part of the American National Standards Institute’s Homeland Security Standards Panel and Internet Security Alliance joint initiative on the financial impact of cyber risk. The publication highlights the tools needed to assess the financial risks associated with cyber security and to make decisions based on their business needs.
Jackson is a litigation partner and chair of the technology practice group at Phillips Nizer in the New York City office, where his practice concentrates on the areas of technology law, antitrust, class action defense, privacy and information law, and complex commercial litigation.
Peter Kyle LL.M. received the Rotary Foundation’s 2009–10 Global Alumni Service to Humanity Award at the Rotary International Convention in Montreal, Canada. Kyle has worked on over 100 development projects for the World Bank in more than 80 countries. Though now retired, he still serves as a consultant.
Kyle joined the World Bank in 1992, not long after the Socialist system in the former Soviet Union and other East European countries collapsed. He advised Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, and Poland on the legal reforms that would be necessary to transition from a socialist system to an economy based on market principles.
John S. Morris, III, has again been selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America 2011 in eminent domain and condemnation law. He is a partner with and president of Beale, Davidson, Etherington & Morris in Richmond, Va.
V.R. “Shack” Shackelford III was presented with the Virginia State Bar general practice section’s Tradition of Excellence Award at the 72nd annual VSB meeting in Virginia Beach in June. Gail S. Marshall ’68 was there for the presentation.
Bruce M. Stanley, Sr., has been included in Florida Super Lawyers 2010 in the areas of personal injury defense and medical malpractice. He is a stockholder with Henderson Franklin in the Fort Myers office, where he practices civil litigation of all types, with emphasis on aviation, product liability defense, eminent domain, and medical malpractice.
Jay Waldron was recently named vice chair of the Oregon Health & Science University board of directors. He is a shareholder in the Portland office of Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, where his practice focuses on environmental and energy law.
Philip Head LL.M. reports that one of the happiest events of recent years was the arrival in the UK of Larry Macnamara’s ’76 son, Will, working for the Financial Times and living in London. Through him and his family and through other reunions, particularly most recently with Chris Brewster and his family and Mark Lester ’74 and his family, Head has “been able to relive an extraordinarily happy time in my life—1974–75 in Charlottesville.” Meanwhile, Head enjoys work as a trial judge in the criminal courts in the Midlands of England.
Andrew H. Hook’s article on the Uniform Power of Attorney Act was recently published in the University of Richmond Law Review. He was selected for inclusion in Virginia Super Lawyers 2010 and is a partner with Oast & Hook in Virginia Beach.
Don P. Martin has been recognized in Southwest Super Lawyers 2010 in the area of business litigation, included in Chambers USA 2010 in litigation, and selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America 2011 in commercial litigation/legal malpractice law. He is a partner in the Phoenix, Ariz., office of Quarles & Brady.
Charles Pinckney has been appointed to the dean’s executive committee of Louisiana State University’s College of Basic Sciences, which includes six departments and the Museum of Natural Science. He received his Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from LSU in 1972. Pinckney is a partner in the Birmingham, Ala., office of Adams and Reese, where he advises banking and other business clients on securities, mergers and acquisitions, and business transactions. He is listed in Best Lawyers in America 2011 in the areas of banking and securities law and Chambers USA as a leader in the field of banking and finance.
Jack Quinn has been unanimously elected to the board of directors of the Sheldon Arts Foundation, where he will oversee all aspects, including fundraising. He also serves on the Sheldon Friends Board. The Sheldon Arts Foundation offers a range of educational programs for the St. Louis, Mo., area. Quinn is a partner with Armstrong Teasdale in the St. Louis office.
Justice Donald W. Lemons was elected president of the American Inns of Court at the board of trustees meeting in May. He has been on the Supreme Court of Virginia since 2000 and has served at every level of the court system in the state. At the Law School, he was assistant dean and assistant professor. In 2008 he was awarded the honor of being named an Honorary Master of the Bench by the Middle Temple in London.
John V. Little has been included in Best Lawyers in America 2011 in the areas of commercial litigation and corporate law and real estate. He practices with Michie Hamlett Lowry Rasmussen & Tweel in Charlottesville.
W. Joseph Owen III has been listed in Virginia Super Lawyers 2010. He is a partner with Owen & Owens in the Midlothian office, where he focuses his practice on civil and commercial litigation, criminal defense, personal injury, real estate, estate planning, and corporate and construction law.
Ann Margaret Pointer has been included in Best Lawyers in America 2011 in the areas of labor and employment law. She is a partner with Fisher & Phillips in Atlanta, Ga.
Robert M. Quillian has been elected president of the Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, a statewide association of more than 1,200 criminal defense attorneys in Washington. He is a sole practitioner in Olympia, specializing in the defense of serious felonies at both the trial and appellate levels in state courts.
David B. Shapiro has been included in Best Lawyers in America 2011 in the area of corporate law. He is a member in the Charleston, W. Va., office of Spilman Thomas & Battle, where he focuses his practice in the areas of corporate law, business law, mergers and acquisitions, and securities law.
John A. Vering III has been included in Chambers USA 2010 in the area of employment and labor law. He leads the employment and labor practice group in the Kansas City, Kans. office of Armstrong Teasdale.
J. Herbie DiFonzo has been named senior associate dean for academic affairs at Hofstra University Law School on Long Island. He considers this administrative position as a change of pace from teaching and hopes to jump back into the classroom in a couple of years.
Barry R. Kogut is the new chair of the environmental law section of the New York State Bar Association. He is a partner at Bond, Schoeneck & King, where he focuses his practice on environmental law, including federal and state regulatory compliance and enforcement matters in the Syracuse office. He was selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America 2010 in the area of environmental law.
Mike Ross joined Latham & Watkins after graduation and became a corporate partner specializing in mergers & acquisitions. In 1993 he joined Safeway Inc. as senior vice president, general counsel, and secretary. Since his retirement as an executive officer in 2000, he has been teaching practical M&A and ethics seminars at the University of Virginia and University of California Berkeley law schools. In March 2010 he taught an M&A seminar at the Peking University School of Transnational Law in Shenzhen, China. Ross is currently on the advisory boards of the UVA Institute for Practical Ethics and Public Life and the Berkeley Center for Law Business and the Economy, and he is a member of the board of trustees of the California Shakespeare Theater.
Eva Svanhild Nilsen returned to Charlottesville in spring with her 2L daughter, Clair Blumenson. Nilsen continues to teach at Boston University Law School and is still involved as a critic of the criminal justice system.
Mark Ash has joined McGuireWoods as partner and member of the commercial litigation team in Raleigh, N.C. He formerly practiced with Smith, Anderson, Blount, Dorsett, Mitchell & Jernigan. Ash is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States, the U.S. Courts of Appeals in the First and Fourth Circuits, and all federal and state courts in North Carolina.
Irvin Cantor has been included in Virginia Super Lawyers 2010 and Best Lawyers in America 2010 in the areas of personal injury and medical malpractice. He was honored with the 2010 Weinstock Award, presented to him by the Brain Injury Association of Virginia for dedication and contributions to that organization. Cantor is a partner in the Richmond office of Cantor Stoneburner Ford Grana Buckner.
Christopher Scott D’Angelo was moderator for “The Latest Trends in Europe and Their Implications in the U.S.,” a program presented at the International Association of Defense Counsel’s annual meeting in Barcelona in July. The program covered recent trends in the law, including proposals for class actions or collective redress and privacy issues and reforms and how these affect the U.S. and other countries. The program also presented aspects of the new treaty, the new Parliament, and examined the implications of new trends for business, liability, and litigation in the European Union and the United States.
D’Angelo is a partner in the litigation department in the Philadelphia, Pa. office of Montgomery, McCracken, Walker & Rhoads and is chairman of its products liability & mass torts section and vice chairman of its sports, entertainment & amusements law practice.
Michael P. Haggerty was elected chairman of the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas at the organization’s 125th anniversary celebration and annual meeting. He also serves on the board of the YMCA Foundation. Haggerty is partner and head of the finance practice group in the Dallas office of Jackson Walker. He was selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America 2011 in the area of real estate law.
Nancy E. Hudgins, a San Francisco-based mediator, was a visiting professor at Southwest University Neofit Rilsky Law School in Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria, during the 2010 spring semester. She taught negotiation and mediation to Bulgarian law and international relations students. Her professorship was co-sponsored by the Center for International Legal Studies in Salzburg, Austria.
Blake D. Morant, dean of the Wake Forest University School of Law, was the commencement speaker during spring 2010 graduation exercises at Pepperdine University School of Law in Malibu, Calif. Morant addressed approximately 250 Juris Doctor candidates and received an honorary doctor of laws degree.
A personal essay by Morant is included in Law Touched Our Hearts: A Generation Remembers Brown v. Board of Education, by Law School professors Mildred Wigfall Robinson and Richard J. Bonnie ’69.
Morant recently completed a two-year term as vice president of the North Carolina Bar Association.
Jon Sallet has returned to the practice of law, joining the Washington, D.C., office of O’Melveny & Myers.
F.B. Webster Day has been selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America 2011 in corporate and public finance law. He is a member in charge of the Roanoke, Va., office of Spilman Thomas & Battle.
Aubrey Ford III has been included in Virginia Super Lawyers 2010 and also one of the “Top 50 Virginia Super Lawyers.” He is listed in Best Lawyers in America 2010 in the areas of legal malpractice law, commercial litigation, bet-the-company litigation, and labor and employment law. He was a lead presenter at the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association’s annual tort law seminar in Richmond in May, with “Case Selection: When to Say Yes, How to Say No.” He is a partner in the Richmond office of Cantor Stoneburner Ford Grana Buckner.
Ely A. Leichtling has been included in Best Lawyers in America 2011 and Chambers USA 2010 in the areas of labor and employment law. He is a partner in the Milwaukee, Wisc., office of Quarles & Brady.
Mike Sarahan recently completed his first year as a special education teacher with the Virginia Randolph Education Center in Henrico County (Virginia) Public Schools. He is a self-described community advocate and death penalty opponent, so he is never quite at peace with the world. But, he writes, “We are all going to get there—together.”