2000s Class Notes
Scott E. Adams became partner at Bradley Arant Rose & White’s Birmingham, Ala. office. Adams is a member of the estate and trust planning and tax practice groups, where his practice primarily focuses on estate planning, estate and trust administration, and estate and trust litigation.
Last December, David Ball received the Colorado Bar Association’s 2006 Gary McPherson Award for Outstanding Young Lawyer of the Year. Nominees were required to have an outstanding record of professional success, community service achievements, and a strong commitment to civic participation and inspiring others, whether within the legal profession or elsewhere.
Andrew B. Johnson became partner at Bradley Arant Rose & White’s Birmingham, Ala. office. Johnson is a member of the litigation practice group and his practice includes a variety of litigation matters including product liability, construction and real estate disputes, and consumer fraud.
Dave McGrail started his own law firm in New York City, where he practices bankruptcy/restructuring and general corporate law.
Andrew Oliver and his wife, Isila, are thrilled to announce the birth of their daughter Tabitha, born October 7. Andrew is practicing as a patent litigator in the Fish & Neave IP Group of Ropes & Gray in Palo Alto, Calif.
Markus Piuk (LL.M.) works at Schönherr Rechtsanwälte, a major Austrian firm, where he supervises offices in Bucharest, Sofia, and Belgrade.
Robert D. Probasco has been made a partner at Thompson & Knight’s Dallas office. He is a member of the tax practice group and focuses his practice on IRS audits and appeals and tax litigation. He has represented taxpayers in tax disputes covering a broad range of issues. Probasco is also a Certified Public Accountant in Texas.
J. David Stewart III became partner at Bradley Arant Rose & White’s Birmingham, Ala. office. Stewart works in the firm’s governmental affairs and economic development practice groups, which allows him to regularly represent clients before the executive and legislative branches in Washington, D.C., and Montgomery, Ala.
Richard Bland is the director of federal government relations for YMCA of the USA, collectively the largest nonprofit organization in the United States.
Howard Chang was named “Educator of the Year” at Park View High School in June. After teaching three years at Park View, Howard has joined the faculty at Flint Hill School in Oakton, Va.
Chris Chorba and his wife, Christine, celebrated the birth of their son, Alexander David, on March 27, 2006, in Los Angeles.
Forrest Christian and Lise Adams ’03 were married on September 16 in Leesburg, Va.
Sarah Shalf was profiled in August 2006 by the Fulton County Daily Report as one of 14 Atlanta-area attorneys under 40 in its annual “On the Rise” issue. She was also one of seven young attorneys in her firm to be named a Georgia Rising Star in 2006, based on an independent survey of Georgia’s “Super Lawyers” by Atlanta Magazine and Law and Politics. This recognition placed her among the top 2.5 percent of Georgia lawyers under 40. Sarah is a fifth-year associate at Bondurant, Mixson & Elmore, a 26- lawyer litigation boutique firm in Atlanta specializing in commercial and other complex litigation.
Monica Welt has joined the Washington, D.C., office of Crowell & Moring to focus on toxic torts and environmental litigation.
Melinda Cupps Dickler serves as visiting assistant professor at Chicago-KentCollege of Law. Last summer, Melinda married Michael Dickler in Columbus, Ohio, “with several dear Law School friends in attendance” (Amy Kobelski Trueblood, Courtney Masini, Megan McLaughlin Kirmil, Kristina Kopf Thomas, Amanda Biles Reeves, and Terra Atkinson).
Cheryl (Gastaldo) Edwards married Jason Edwards on May 27, 2006, in Atlanta. The couple has relocated to the Boston area, where Cheryl has taken a position as attorney placement director with Special Counsel.
Carter Elizabeth Jackson was born on September 28 to Audra and Trey Jackson. She was 8 lbs., 8 oz. and 20 inches long. She joined big brother Luke, who turned 2 on October 7.
On April 9, 2006, Afi S. Johnson-Parris and her husband, Steven Parris, welcomed their son, Richmond Henry, of whom big sister Chela Simone (2) is very protective. The family moved from Atlanta to Greensboro, N.C., in December, where Johnson-Parris joined the litigation department of Smith Moore to practice in employment, product liability, and catastrophe injury litigation. The family is enjoying the family-friendly, slower pace of life in Greensboro.
Meetu Kaul left Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton in Washington, D.C., to join the environmental practice group of Arnold & Porter, also located in Washington. Kaul and her husband, Scott Cadle, spend their free time with sons, Gavin (4) and Devin (2), and are enjoying their new (old) 1968 38-foot Chris Craft Commander on the Chesapeake Bay.
Katherine Kelly has joined Fish & Richardson’s Washington, D.C., office as a part-time associate in its litigation group. Kelly focuses her practice on patent, intellectual property, and appellate litigation. Prior to this position, Kelly served as a judicial clerk to both the Honorable Haldane Robert Mayer U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and the Honorable Michael Daly Hawkins ’98 (LL.M.), U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
Se-Il Ko (LL.M.) defended his Ph.D. dissertation at Tulane University on December 1, and received a Ph.D. in law. The dissertation’s title is “The Study of Internet Commerce Model Law.”
Bill Sinclair recently joined Beveridge & Diamond in Washington, D.C., while
Kate (Hanlon) Sinclair joined Sutherland Asbill & Brennan, also in Washington. They are excited to be back in the area and look forward to reconnecting with their Law School classmates.
Lise Adams and Forrest Christian ’01 were married on September 16 in Leesburg, Va.
Nick and Tara Boivin were married in March 2006 near Fredericksburg, Va. Brandon Williams ’03 was a groomsman. Tara and Nick are currently living in Bloomington, Ind., where he is practicing as a patent attorney in the Indianapolis office of Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione while Tara is in graduate school at Indiana University.
Angela Ciolfi and Jeff Barratt were married at the Vining Cabin in Mutton Hollow, Va., on October 14.
Christopher Kotlarz has joined Strasburger & Price in Dallas as an associate in the firm’s tax, corporate and securities, and international practices. Before joining Strasburger, Kotlarz was an attorney for a large oil company.
Rees F. Morgan and Katie Meyers were married on October 7 in San Francisco. Eduardo Crosa served as a groomsman. Also in attendance were Eric Volkman, Nicole Farrar, Erica Paulson, Sarah Almy, Andy Toebben, and Nessa Horewitch. Rees and Katie live in San Francisco.
(Janet) Edie Ringel is now employed as an attorney at the New York City Department of Environmental Protection.
Jose Domingo Rivarola (LL.M.) joined the Payet, Rey, Cauvi law firm as a senior associate in September. Payet, Rey, Cauvi is a member of World Law Group.
Norihiro Sekiguchi (LL.M.) was made a partner at Baker & McKenzie in Tokyo in January 2006. He recently coauthored a book about new tender offer regulations in Japan.
The Honorable Anne Elizabeth Barnes (LL.M.) was sworn in as chief judge of the Court of Appeals of Georgia on January 4, 2007. Her investiture marks the first time in Georgia history that both of the state’s appellate courts will be led by women. The twelve judges of the Court of Appeals elect a chief judge every two years, rotating the position in order of seniority. Judge Barneswas unanimously elected on November 21, 2006, to serve as the 23rd chief judge since the Court’s inception. She is only the second woman to hold the post.
Judge Barnes, a native of DeKalb County, Georgia, made history in 1998 as the first woman to be elected in a statewide judicial race without having been first appointed to the bench. She was re-elected, without opposition, to a second term in 2004.
Before being sworn in as a judge of the Court of Appeals on January 1, 1999, Judge Barnes practiced law in Savannah and Atlanta. She serves on the board of Aid to Children of Imprisoned Mothers, and the operating board of the Commerce Club of Atlanta, and she is a frequent lecturer and panelist on legal education programs. She is a member of the Leadership Atlanta class of 2006. Judge Barnes is married to Decatur attorney, W. Fred Orr II.
Nicole Skinner was named a “Rising Star” by Virginia Super Lawyers. She is an associate in the securities and capital markets group at Troutman Sanders in Richmond, Va.
Gilbert C. Steindorff IV married Amelia Robinson Killebrew on September 30 in Birmingham, Ala., where the couple resides. The wedding party included Peter Francis Simons and Ford Scott Pippin. Also in attendance were Sean Stewart Suder, Russell Robert Bruch, and Jonathan David Chananie ’06. Mr. Steindorff practices with Haskell, Slaughter, Young & Rediker; Mrs. Steindorff, a graduate of the Vanderbilt University Law School, practices with Adams and Reese.
Billy Wynne left his position in the health policy group at Patton Boggs to join the Senate Finance Committee staff as health counsel. He will be working primarily on Medicare policy for the committee’s chairman, Senator Max Baucus of Montana.
Scott Cullen and Laura Denton ’06 were engaged on September 23. They are planning a Charlottesville wedding this summer.
Daniel Damjanovic (LL.M.) works at Schönherr Rechtsanwälte, a major Austrian firm. Damjanovic holds “the challenging position” as head of the Belgrade, Serbia, office, where he covers almost all business-related issues. He writes, “Serbia, as most other countries in the SEE region, is a country in transition and as such, an intriguing market for companies with a propensity to invest.”
James E. DiTullio joined Choate, Hall & Stewart in its Boston office. DiTullio is an associate in the firm’s litigation department.
Stephanie Shemin continues her work at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett in New York and is busy planning her wedding to Koby Feingold.
Allison Holladay Skelley and Christopher Fasel were married at Wedderburn Castle in Duns, Scotland, on August 9. The couple resides in Kansas City, Mo., where the bride is an associate at Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal and the groom is a student at the University of Kansas School of Law.
Chris Terhune is now an energy associate at Vinson & Elkins in Washington, D.C.
Matthew J. Wilson has joined the business transactions department of Spencer Fane Britt & Browne in St. Louis. Prior to this position, Wilson practiced with Eichner & Norris, a Washington, D.C., firm, where he focused on municipal bonds.
Ben Angelette and Jessica Jackson Angelette are currently living in London, where Ben is an associate at Sullivan & Cromwell, and Jessica is making her first attempt at writing a book. At press time, the couple was expecting the arrival of their first child, Jackson Thomas.
DaLesia Boyd has joined Dilworth Paxson’s litigation department, where she will focus on construction litigation and labor and employment law.
Laura Denton and Scott Cullen ’05 were engaged on September 23. They are planning a Charlottesville wedding this summer.
J.R. Lederer has started work in the corporate restructuring group at Skadden Arps in New York. He writes that he is enjoying work, living in the city, and reconnecting with many old friends who both live and work in New York.
Tiffany Marshall and James Graves are happy to announce that on December 21 they became engaged. James and Tiffany have not yet set a date for their wedding, but will pass along the information when they do. Tiffany and James both practice in Jackson, Miss., where James is a corporate associate at Wise Carter Child & Caraway. Tiffany is the Powell Fellow at the Mississippi Center for Justice.
John W. O’Hale is with Poyner & Spruill’s Raleigh office, where he practices with their litigation practice group.
Alexandra N. Rodu is an associate with Baker Hostetler in Denver.
David M. Rouse (JD/ MBA) is now an attorney at Armstrong Teasdale as a member of its corporate services group, where he will focus primarily on mergers and acquisitions and biotechnology and life sciences.
Ashley Short is clerking for the Honorable Benson Legg ’73, chief judge of the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland.
Kelly J. Skeat is now an associate at Baker Hostetler’s Cleveland office.
Danielle M. Sloane has recently joined Bass, Berry & Sims’ Nashville office, where she practices in the firm’s litigation practice area.
Priscila Vera-Hernández (LL.M.) was appointed general director of the Mexican Youth Institute by Mexico’s President Felipe Calderón Hinojosa.