1990s Class Notes
James Barker is the deputy office managing partner and head of the communications industry group in the Washington, D.C., office of Latham & Watkins. He writes, “I’m in touch with many impressive UVA grads!”
Carolyn Ells Cheverine is now the general counsel–corporate affairs and secretary for Cliffs Natural Resources, Inc., a Fortune 500 international mining and natural resources company. Cliffs is headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, and operates iron ore and metallurgical coal mines.
Sarah A. Good has joined Pillsbury as a litigation partner in San Francisco, Calif., where she focuses her practice on securities and consumer class action litigation and complex general commercial disputes. Before joining Pillsbury, Good was a partner at Arnold & Porter and served as chair of the litigation department at Howard Rice Nemerovski Canady Falk & Rabkin before those firms merged.
Jonathan P. Jennewein is listed in Florida Super Lawyers 2012 and the 2012 Super Lawyers Business Edition in the area of real estate. He is a shareholder with Hill Ward Henderson in Tampa.
Susan M. Kennedy is counsel in the litigation department and the white-collar defense, investigations, and corporate compliance practice group with Wiggin and Dana in Philadelphia, Pa. She focuses her practice on securities and complex commercial litigation.
Ronald V. Minionis, who is with Legal Services of Northern Virginia, has also been teaching trial advocacy at the George Washington School of Law for the past two years. On teaching he reports, “It has been challenging but fun!”
Timothy J. Nagle LL.M. has joined Reed Smith as counsel in Washington, D.C. He is a member of the data security, privacy & management practice group. He was previously with Bank of America, where he was assistant general counsel and advised the chief information security officer and business units such as online banking, credit card issuing, and corporate banking on matters related to network security, procurement, background screening, privacy and business continuity.
Jane Paulson has become a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers during the 2012 annual meeting of the college in New York, N.Y. She becomes the fifth woman from Oregon to become a fellow in the college. Jane continues to work at Paulson Coletti Trial Attorneys with her father, Chuck Paulson, and her law partner, John Coletti.
Dan Renberg continues to serve as practice group leader for the government relations group at Arent Fox in Washington, D.C., handling federal relations for hospitals, universities, medical device manufacturers, and various companies and associations. “I’m using my Con Law knowledge from A.E. Dick Howard ’61 on a daily basis,” he writes.
This year Tonya Lewis Lee launched Healthyyounow.com, a women’s online health magazine. She also joined forces with her producing partner and formed a new production company, ToniK Productions, which focuses on projects concerning women and diversity. Several projects are already in development. Her 17-year-old daughter is a senior in high school and her 15-year-old is a sophomore.
Alexander M. Macaulay is listed in Virginia Super Lawyers 2012 and listed in Best Lawyers 2012 in the area of government relations. He is a founding partner with Macaulay & Burtch in Richmond, where he has represented corporations, associations, and local governments as a lawyer and lobbyist since he graduated.
Nate Finch is listed in Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers 2012 in the areas of personal injury plaintiff: products; personal injury plaintiff: general; and securities litigation. He is a member with Motley Rice.
Jeffrey N. Naness “stays busy practicing labor and employment law on behalf of management, bringing up his boys, and playing keyboards in his charity band.” He is a partner with Naness, Chaiet & Naness in Jericho, N.Y.Judge Diarmuid F. O’Scannlain LL.M. was honored at a special session of judges of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit that convened in Portland, Ore., on May 10. The proceedings included the presentation and hanging of an oil portrait of Judge O’Scannlain that was commissioned with contributions from more than 70 former law clerks. The judge, nominated to the bench by President Ronald Reagan in 1986, has served on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals for more than 25 years. In addition to his duties on the bench, O’Scannlain currently serves as chair of the international judicial relations committee of the U.S. Judicial Conference, the national governing body for federal courts.
Patricia M. Tereskerz recently published Clinical Research and the Law, a practical guide to the legal implications of conducting clinical research and trials (see In Print). She is director of the Program in Ethics and Policy at the UVA School of Medicine Center for Biomedical Ethics and Humanities and chairs the conflicts of interest committee at UVA.1993
U.S. Army Lt. Col. Gregory L. Bowman, legislative counsel and strategic military law/policy advisor to the Secretary of the Army in Washington, D.C. was selected for promotion to the rank of colonel.
J. Brian Jackson is listed in Virginia Super Lawyers 2012 in the area of transportation and maritime law. He is a partner with McGuireWoods in Charlottesville, where he maintains a diverse practice and coordinates the transportation law group.U.S. Army Lt. Col. John P. "Jack" Ohlweiler, staff judge advocate with the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, N.C., was selected for promotion to the rank of Colonel.
Robert J. Schmidt Jr. has been recognized in Chambers USA 2012 as one of Ohio’s “Leaders in Their Field” in the area of natural resources and the environment. He is a partner with Porter Wright in Columbus, where he represents clients in all major environmental programs involving the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Superfund, solid and hazardous waste, emergency planning, and agricultural issues.
Dana Young was re-elected to her second term in the Florida House of Representatives. Her district includes the City of Tampa and portions of Hillsborough County. Dana is married to Matt Young and has two daughters.
Earlier this year, Anil Adyanthaya was elected president of the Newton Upper Falls Area Council. Newton Upper Falls is one of the villages that comprise the city of Newton, Mass. In November, Anil will be debuting a new column for ACC Docket, the journal of the Association of Corporate Counsel. He is senior corporate counsel at Analog Devices, where he provides legal counsel in several areas, including intellectual property, manufacturing, information technology, cloud computing, environment health and safety, marketing, social media, and corporate social responsibility.
Brian Booker is listed in Southwest Super Lawyers 2012 in the area of business litigation. He is a partner with Quarles & Brady in Phoenix, Ariz., where he focuses his practice on commercial litigation with emphasis on commercial and professional liability, real estate, securities fraud, and products liability.Maj. Michael Gould is currently nine months into a one-year, boots-on-ground deployment to Camp Phoenix, Afghanistan, where he is chief of detainee operations in the office of the staff judge advocate for Task Force 435. He gives advice to the commanding general on operational law and military justice issues. “I look forward to going back to my wife and three kids (16, 14, and 12) in Milwaukee, Wisconsin,” he writes.
T. Maria Lam is Intel’s director of China patent strategy after spending five years as licensing counsel. She will continue to live in California with her husband and two children, but will travel frequently to Asia.
Jonathan T. Blank is listed in Virginia Super Lawyers 2012 in the area of energy and natural resources. He is a partner with McGuireWoods in Charlottesville, where he is co-chair of the energy litigation group.
Jeff Cottle lives in London, England, where he is in charge of the legal team responsible for anti-corruption and trade compliance at the world’s largest mining company, BHP Billiton.
Wanda L. Wright is an administrative law judge with the Social Security Administration in Fayetteville, N.C.
Candace Blydenburgh joined McGuireWoods as partner in the toxic tort and environmental litigation department in Richmond, Va. She was previously a partner with Bowman and Brooke.
Leezie Kim has been named to DiversityMBA Magazine’s Top 100 Under 50 diverse executive leaders list for 2012. She was honored at the magazine’s awards gala in Chicago, Ill., in September. Kim is a partner in the corporate services group with Quarles & Brady in Phoenix, Ariz., where she focuses her practice on helping clients navigate the laws of national security and international business transactions, as well as health care and restaurant business transactions. She returned to Quarles & Brady after four years as White House appointee to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and as general counsel to then Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano ’83.
Mark A. Knueve is listed in Best Lawyers 2013 in employment law–management, and litigation–labor & employment. He is a partner with Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease in Columbus, Ohio, and a member of the labor and employment practice group.
Scott Orchard has joined Duffy & Sweeney as a partner in Providence, R.I. He focuses his practice on mergers & acquisitions, private equity and venture capital, and securities law.
Eric Perkins co-authored a new book chronicling the modern history of tennis in Richmond, Va.Richmond—One of America’s Best Tennis Towns features a foreword by John McEnroe and many stories of the people, places, and events that have made Richmond a great tennis town for over a century (See In Print).
Brian W. Byrd received recognition in Chambers USA 2012 in the area of real estate. He was also listed in Best Lawyers 2013 in land use & zoning law and real estate law. He is with Smith Moore Leatherwood in Greensboro, N.C., where he focuses his practice in real estate development and finance, representing lenders, developers, and operating companies.
Laura Deddish Burton is listed in Best Lawyers 2013 in the area of immigration law. She is with Smith Moore Leatherwood in Greensboro, N.C., where she focuses her practice on immigration and international law.
Ted Hollifield has joined Alston & Bird as partner in the Silicon Valley office, where he focuses on corporate and securities law with emphasis on public equity and debt offerings, venture capital financings, mergers and acquisitions, and general representation of emerging growth companies.
Tim Phillips won a community champion award from the Atlanta Business Chronicle in June for his work with non-profits and individuals in need of legal help. He was recently senior counsel and is now interim chief counsel of the American Cancer Society. In addition to his demanding work with ACS, he volunteers with the Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta, through which he has advised more than 30 non-profits on legal issues related to their tax-exempt status. His pro bono work extends to the Atlanta Legal Aid Society, the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation, and the Probate Information Center, where he offers free counsel to low-income citizens. He also mentors volunteers and trains other volunteer attorneys in pro bono service.
Glenn Saks recently helped launch United Disability Lawyers Group, which serves clients in all 50 states and U.S. territories, as well as locally in the San Fernando Valley and Los Angeles area of Southern California. His practice is exclusively devoted to helping its clients obtain Social Security Disability and benefits from the government.
Justin Savage recently spoke at Yale Law School’s Conference on New Directions in Environmental Law. He is a senior counsel in the environmental enforcement section of the Department of Justice’s environment division. Justin and Jason Dunn ’98 focus on Clean Air Act enforcement against coal-fired power plants.
Colby Walton has been appointed to the board of directors of Leadership Fort Worth, one of the oldest community leadership development programs in the U.S., for a one-year term. Walton recently graduated from the organization’s 2011-12 leadership class. He is a senior vice president with Cooksey Communications, a marketing communications agency that specializes in working with professional services firms. He lives in Colleyville, Tex., with his wife, Kim.
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John A. Chiocca and his wife and law partner, Rochelle Birnbaum Chiocca, celebrated their law firm’s tenth anniversary with the purchase of a new office and a move into Chiocca & Chiocca’s permanent home in Wellington, Fla., in September.
Amy E. Davis is lead author of the Guide to Protecting and Litigating Trade Secrets, published by the American Bar Association and available at americanbar.org. The guide provides an academic look at trade secret law and offers current, real-life examples of trade secret nightmares drawing on the litigation experience of Davis and her co-authors to provide practical advice to the business owner, small legal department or firm, and solo practitioner (see In Print).
Davis has also made an important move, recently joining Christiansen Davis
Bullock as a named partner. Davis is a trial attorney in the areas of business and employment law. CDB is a Dallas-based law firm providing business, litigation, and family law services to individuals and businesses worldwide.
Gary Gansle recently celebrated a highlight in his legal career when he was called on by Marissa Mayer to help her reach a deal with the board of directors of Yahoo to take the helm of the technology giant. Mayer, at 37, is one of the youngest CEOs of a Fortune 500 and one of a small group of women CEOs in that arena. “It was a genuine pleasure helping add a significant crack to the glass ceiling facing many women executives, especially given that Ms. Mayer was pregnant during the negotiations and recently gave birth to a healthy baby boy.”
Gansle is the head of thelabor and employment department with Dorsey & Whitney inPalo Alto, Calif.In addition torepresenting Mayer, he represents the revolutionary electric carmaker Tesla Motors and many other technology companies in Silicon Valley, and has successfully litigateda wide variety of employment cases that involve issues of race, sex, disability, age discrimination, and wage and hour disputes.Gansle has also established a training practice in which he conducts programs for managers and employees nationwide on topics relating to employment. His presentations include “Managing Within the Law” and “Preventing Harassment and Discrimination in the Workplace.”Delaware Supreme Court Justice Randy J. Holland LL.M. was recently honored with the First State Distinguished Service Award given by the Delaware State Bar Association at the Delaware bench and bar conference. The award is the highest honor given by the DSBA. Justice Holland was appointed to the Delaware Supreme Court in 1986. Since 1991 he has taught as an adjunct professor on Widener Law’s Delaware campus.
Soye Kim continues her work as a senior counsel at the National Labor Relations Board. In March 2011, then-chairman Wilma Liebman hired Kim as a senior counsel. After Liebman’s term ended, Kim worked for the current chair, Mark Pearce, and member Craig Becker. As of January Kim is on member Sharon Block’s staff.
Bill MacDonald, his wife, Deirdre, and their son, Jack (“2½ going on 18”), recently welcomed the addition of twins, William Grayson and Quinn Alexa.“None have slept since July,” writes Bill, a partnerin the advertising, marketing, and promotions group, and the intellectual property and corporate practice groups with Olshan Frome Wolosky in New York City.
Andy Mao, senior counsel for health care fraud and elder justice at the U.S. Department of Justice, was on the team that successfully led the federal government’s health care fraud case against GlaxoSmithKline for promoting off-label unapproved uses of prescription drugs, failure to report some safety data, and for alleged false price reporting. In a record-setting settlement, the pharmaceutical company agreed to plead guilty and pay $3 billion to resolve its liabilities.
Stan McCoy and Nathalie Collard-McCoy LL.M. ’00 are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Benjamin Kenneth McCoy, on May 27 in Washington, D.C. Stan continues to serve as assistant U.S. trade representative for intellectual property and innovation in the office of the U.S. Trade Representative. Nathalie started a new job as a staff attorney at Arnold & Porter in December. They reside in Bethesda, Md.
Tara L. Mehrbach has joined McManus Darden & Felsen, a construction litigation firm in Washington, D.C.
Lisa Moore was recently featured as one of 12 lawyers under 40 and on the rise in Georgia by the Fulton County Daily Report. Her boutique entertainment, intellectual property, and art law practice, The Moore Firm, is based in Atlanta, where she lives with her husband and three children.
James F. Neale is listed in Virginia Super Lawyers 2012 in the area of personal injury defense: general. He is a partner with McGuireWoods in Charlottesville, where he serves as co-chair of the food-borne illness litigation practice group. His trial practice focuses on high-exposure cases in courts across the country.In September India Pinkney was appointed general counsel for the National Endowment for the Arts, becoming the first African-American general counsel in the NEA’s history. She has been at the NEA since March 2011 and previously served as acting general counsel and assistant general counsel.
Before going to the NEA, Pinkney worked at the Federal Aviation Administration for many years, where she served as legal counsel to the Safe Skies for Africa Program. During a fellowship she became the first American to work in the legal bureau of the International Civil Aviation Organization, the United Nations’ organization governing civil aviation worldwide. Prior to that, Pinkney worked at Baker & Hostetler in Washington, D.C., and as a law clerk to the Honorable Henry E. Frye, Sr., a former chief justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court.
Josh Waxman is a shareholder in Littler Mendelson’s Washington, D.C., office, where his practice focuses on wage and hour and employment class action litigation, as well as traditional labor work, for clients across the country. He lives in Maryland with his wife, Alicia, and sons, Andrew (11) and Christopher (7), and daughter, Grace (4).In May Erica Y. Williams was named deputy chief of staff of the Securities and Exchange Commission. She has been a member of SEC chairman Mary Schapiro’s staff since February 2011, with a focus on enforcement and regulatory issues. Williams joined the SEC in 2004 as assistant chief litigation counsel in the enforcement division’s trial unit, where she led trial teams in a number of successful prosecutions.
In October 2009, Senator Ted Kaufman of Delaware recognized Williams on the Senate floor as among “the unsung heroes who work every day on behalf of the Nation with great effort and often with great sacrifice.” By that time she had distinguished herself as a trial lawyer involving several important cases concerning accounting and fraud. One case fought in federal court involved insider trading that generated approximately $3 million in illegal profits. SEC v. Nothern was highly unusual in that it focused on U.S. Treasury bonds. Williams and her team had to prove that the defendant used insider knowledge from someone in the Treasury Department. With fewer resources than are usually available to private sector litigators, Williams and her colleagues spent long hours building their case, argued their points effectively, and won.
As deputy chief of staff, Williams will continue to protect investors and work to ensure that U.S. markets function in a fair and efficient manner. “It’s really exciting to be working on some of the most cutting-edge issues in the financial world,” says Williams. “And that’s exactly what I get to do in my new position.”
Jeff Wutzke and his husband relocated to the San Francisco Bay Area in May 2011 after working a year in Vermont. He is of counsel at Lewis and Roca, and in June was elected to the board of directors of the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival and the San Francisco Friends of Music. Both groups work to further the spread of arts and arts-based education in the Bay Area.
Whitney Calvert has joined Dinsmore as a partner in the corporate department in Lexington, Ky., where she is a member of the mergers & acquisitions and natural resources practice groups. She concentrates her practice on m & a and general corporate law with an emphasis on mineral and energy law.
Olivier Catherine LL.M. was promoted to vice president, general counsel & compliance officer for both a division (government services) and a zone (Middle East, India, Russia, Africa) of Bureau Veritas, a leader in conformity assessment and certification services with offices and labs in 140 countries. The group helps its clients improve their performance by offering services and innovative solutions to ensure that their assets, products, infrastructure, and processes meet standards and regulations in terms of quality, health and safety, environmental protection, and social responsibility.
Catherine’s son, Hadrien (2), was joined in late September by a sister, Clémence. “They are doing great and keep us busy! Needless to say we are delighted and feel blessed, although our nights are rather short…! Last year we were able to see a few classmates in Paris or abroad and had a great time. Classmates are invited to contact me should they have a chance to come to Paris!”
Stephanie L. Chandler is listed in S.A. Scene’s San Antonio Lawyers Best of 2012 list in the area of business & corporate law. She is a partner with Jackson Walker, where she focuses her practice on securities transactions, reporting and compliance, mergers and acquisitions, technology licensing and commercialization, and general corporate work. She also leads the technology section.
In July Jonathan C.C. Day celebrated the fifth anniversary of his law firm in Houston, Tex.Day PLLC focuses on litigation, business counseling, and community development.Jonathan and Kate Day ’97, a partner at Bracewell & Giuliani, live in the Houston Heights with their two children, Molly and Charlie.
Marissa Marriott Henderson, after numerous military moves with her husband, M. Heath Henderson (USMC), and their six-year-old triplet girls, has “finally settled down in a practice.” Marissa is a partner with Ventker and Warman in Norfolk, Va., where she’ll practice admiralty and maritime law, with an emphasis on federal litigation and other defense-related litigation.
Benjamin S. Martin is a partner with Epstein Becker & Green in Washington, D.C., where his practice focuses on governmental regulation of the pharmaceutical and medical device industries. He joined the firm in July 2007.
George O. Peterson and his wife and law partner, Tania M.L. Saylor, welcomed the birth of their son, Thomas Thor Olai Peterson, on August 2. George is hopeful that “he grows up with Tania’s looks, brains, and pretty much every other essential characteristic.”
Anthony M. Russell was named a rising star in Virginia Super Lawyers 2012 in the area of personal injury plaintiff: medical. He is a partner with Gentry Locke Rakes & Moore in Roanoke.
James E. Weatherholtz was recognized as a rising star in South Carolina Super Lawyers 2012 in the area of construction litigation. He is with Womble Carlyle in Charleston, where he focuses his practice on the representation of construction products manufacturers, contractors, homebuilders, and sureties.