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J. Bennett Clark has joined Bryan Cave as a partner in its St. Louis office. Clark is a well-known, nationally recognized intellectual property litigator. He joins Bryan Cave from a St. Louis intellectual property boutique where he served as the chair of the litigation practice group for more than 15 years. He joins Bryan Cave’s intellectual property and commercial litigation practice groups.

T. Kenneth Cribb, Jr., continues as president of the Intercollegiate Studies Institute, but more recently has been elected president of the Council on National Policy and named counselor to the Federalist Society.

In September, Dennis J. Fogland, currently an attorney at Baird Holm in Omaha, Neb., was selected to appear in The Best Lawyers in America for his work in corporate law, governance and compliance law, and mergers and acquisitions law.

In the summer of 2006, Virginia Governor Tim Kaine reappointed William L. Nusbaum to a second term as chair of the Virginia College Building Authority, which issues bonds for state colleges and universities throughout the Commonwealth, as well as for private colleges and universities (the latter on a conduit basis). Nusbaum writes, “It’s an interesting position, and satisfying to help higher education — including occasionally UVA — in the process.”

W. David Paxton was named to Virginia’s “Legal Elite” by Virginia Business Magazine. Paxton is a lawyer with Gentry Locke Rakes & Moore in Roanoke, Va. Virginia’s “Legal Elite” are chosen through a survey conducted by Virginia Business and the Virginia Bar Association. This year, more than 7,000 lawyers were polled to nominate lawyers in 13 categories who have demonstrated exceptional levels of expertise in their areas of practice.

Kathy Robb has been elected to the Environmental Law Institute’s board of directors. The institute is an independent, non-partisan environmental education and policy research center based in Washington, D.C., that serves the environmental profession in government, law firms, business, non-governmental organizations, and academia. Robb is a partner at Hunton & Williams in New York and is co-head of the firm’s resources, regulatory, and environmental law team. Her practice involves all phases of administrative litigation, particularly matters involving the Clean Water Act and the Superfund site cleanup program. She has been active in the American Bar Association and is co-founder and President (2006) of the Women’s Network for a Sustainable Future.

Johannes Graf Esterházy (LL.M.)
works with his team to combat the illicit trade of Philip Morris products and to protect the company’s intellectual property rights. His area of responsibility is Western Europe, including Scandinavia and Switzerland.

David P. Ferretti has been named a best lawyer for corporate and mergers and acquisitions law in The Best Lawyers in America. Ferretti practices at Spilman Thomas & Battle in Charleston, W.Va.

Gwen Freeman wrote a mystery novel, Murder … Suicide … Whatever …, published by Capital Crime Press in March. The classic “locked door whodunit,” is set in Los Angeles, where Gwen really does live with her husband and law partner, Andre Jardini, and her daughter, Angelica, who is a freshman at Occidental College. (See In Print.)

William M. Herlihy practices at Spilman Thomas & Battle in Charleston, W.Va., and has been included in The Best Lawyers in America for his work in corporate and natural resources law.

Stanley K. Joynes III has returned to Richmond-based LeClair Ryan, of which he was president for nearly 10 years, as the law firm’s chief growth officer.

Michael Houghton1982 Reunion Year
Michael Houghton has been named to Lawdragon’s “3000 Leading Lawyers in America,” a list of the top U.S. lawyers ranked by clients and peers. Houghton is an attorney at Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell and is a member of the firm’s commercial law counseling group and head of its unclaimed property practice. Houghton is also the vice president of the executive committee of the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws, and is active in a variety of political, professional, and community organizations.

Edmond M. Ianni was appointed senior vice president and chief strategy officer for the Wilmington, Del., office of Millennium Wealth Management. Millennium Wealth Management, a part of HNB (founded in 1909), provides comprehensive trust, wealth management, and private banking services to individuals, families, endowments, and other institutions across the country.

Jennifer Jordan McCall writes that she and her family are having a great time in Hillsborough, Calif. Her two daughters, Caroline and Hillary, love the Menlo School in Atherton. Caroline rows varsity women’s crew and starts practice at 5:00 each morning. Hillary loves her drama productions at school. Jennifer is the chairman of the estates, trusts, and tax planning group at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman. She has offices in Palo Alto and New York.

Philip MulfordPhilip Mulford, a professional mediator and president of Mulford Mediation, was named to Virginia Business Magazine’s 2006 list of “Legal Elite” for his excellence in the practice of mediation. Formerly a practicing attorney, Philip has devoted his practice exclusively to mediation since 1990. His offices are located in Warrenton and Fairfax, Va. This fall, Philip launched a weekly, national Internet radio talk show, “Divorce Mediation: Myths & Facts” on the VoiceAmerica Network (www.voice. Each week Philip addresses a common myth about mediation and invites listeners across the country to call in with questions. Philip lives with his wife and two sons in Warrenton.

Diane PrucinoDiane Prucino has become a firmwide managing partner of Kilpatrick Stockton — one of the nation’s largest firms with more than 500 attorneys. She will share management of the firm with a focus on attorney development. She also becomes the first female managing partner at a Southeastern-based AmLaw 100 law firm. Prucino has been chair of the firm’s employee benefit, labor, and employment department for six years and has served on the firm’s executive committee.

J.B. Ruhl, Matthews & Hawkins Professor of Property at Florida State University College of Law, received his Ph.D. in geography in August. His dissertation on The Law and Policy of Ecosystem Services will be published as an Island Press book in May 2007.

James S. Ryan IIIJames S. Ryan III was selected by his peers for inclusion in Super Lawyers for achievements in mergers and acquisitions law. He currently is an attorney in the Dallas office of Jackson Walker.

After 23 years of practice (16 private and seven in-house), Debbie Sink “retired” and returned to school. She is in the process of becoming certified to teach secondary mathematics. After student teaching in the fall of 2007, she hopes to start her second career in January 2008. Debbie continues to reside in Charleston, W.Va., with her husband and two children.

WatermanAvery T. “Sandy” Waterman, Jr., has been named in The Best Lawyers in America, Virginia Business Magazine’s “Legal Elite,” Million Dollar Advocates Forum, and Lawdragon’s “3000 Leading Plaintiff ’s Lawyers in America.” His varied civil litigation practice includes employment class actions, medical malpractice suits and other personal injury cases in Virginia, the District of Columbia, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Louisiana. In addition to an active trial practice, he has also successfully handled a dozen appeals before state and federal courts. Following postgraduation employment in New Orleans, for 20 years Sandy has been a member of Patten, Wornom, Hatten & Diamonstein in Newport News, Va., the largest Peninsula-based law firm. A widower, he lives in Williamsburg with his four children, the oldest two of whom attend college at Harvard and Virginia Commonwealth University.

Bob Barnes is general counsel of Column Financial, a commercial mortgage lender that is a subsidiary of Credit Suisse. He has recently been promoted to managing director within Credit Suisse. Bob lives with his wife, Gayle, and two daughters (11 and 9) in Atlanta.

The Honorable Paul W. Cella has been appointed judge of the General District Court for the Eleventh Judicial District of Virginia. His term begins in August.

Elizabeth P. Gray was elected to partnership at Foley & Lardner in Washington, D.C., in February. Gray represents clients in a wide variety of government and regulatory investigations and has extensive experience with matters arising under the federal securities laws. As a member of Foley & Lardner’s securities litigation, enforcement and regulation as well as white collar defense and corporate compliance practices, Gray represents public companies, broker-dealers, officers and directors as well
as other institutions and individuals in connection with securities enforcement, counseling and compliance matters. For more than 12 years, Gray worked at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, first as a staff attorney, senior counsel, branch chief, and ultimately assistant director of the division of enforcement. She supervised the investigation, prosecution, and settlement of securities law cases involving a large range of issues, including financial fraud, clearing broker violations and market manipulation. Ms. Gray also served as counsel to Chairman Arthur Levitt, providing recommendations on enforcement and regulatory matters, and developing the SEC’s program to address fraud in the microcap market.

Thomas N. Griffin IIIThomas N. Griffin III has been named in North Carolina Super Lawyers for 2007 in the area of environmental law. He currently practices at Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein in Charlotte, N.C.

Robert P. LathamRobert P. Latham was selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2007. Latham works in the Dallas office of Jackson Walker and was selected for his work in intellectual property law and sports law.

Jeffrey E. OleynikJeffrey E. Oleynik was named in North Carolina Super Lawyers for banking. He is a partner with Brooks, Pierce, McLendon Humphrey & Leonard in Greensboro, N.C.

John E. Osborn’s work as Cephalon’s general counsel was recently featured in a Fortune article discussing the antitrust implications of pharmaceutical patent litigation settlements.

Suzanne L. DeWalt was elected shareholder at Sherrard, German & Kelly. DeWalt joined the firm as a
director in 2005 and since then has chaired the litigation practice group in Pittsburgh. DeWalt focuses her practice on commercial litigation with a particular emphasis on employment and construction matters.

K.C. Green, an attorney at Dinsmore & Shohl, was selected by peers for his inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America.

John Harbin has joined King Spalding as litigation partner in the intellectual property practice group. John has more than 20 years of trial experience in IP and complex business litigation, having been the lead attorney on more than 30 jury and bench trials. John was named one of Georgia’s Super Lawyers for 2003–2006 by Atlanta Magazine and one of Georgia’s “Legal Elite” in business litigation from 2003 through 2005. John and Shara’s eldest daughter, Ryan, is in her senior year at Boston University and their second daughter, Jordan, just started college at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland.

In addition to his current role as senior vice president of the corporate and transactions section at NBC Universal, Scott Seeley has been named general counsel for Telemundo. Seeley will oversee and coordinate the legal support for Telemundo’s network, TV stations, cable television and digital media properties, including in particular acquisitions and joint venture arrangements, broadcast affiliation agreements, real estate matters and general commercial law matters

Mark E. Baker joined Holland & Knight’s Northern Virginia office as a partner. Baker is a leading labor and employment lawyer and has extensive experience representing employers in matters ranging from representation in unfair labor practice proceedings to breach of contract litigation before state and federal courts and agencies. Before joining Holland & Knight, Baker was a partner with McGuiness Norris & Williams.

Martha DonovanMartha Donovan spoke at a seminar titled “Selling Your Business: Prepare Now for What Lies Ahead.” Speakers addressed the preliminary steps in preparing to sell a business, different ways to structure a business, valuing a business, the sale process, and other pertinent topics. Donovan is a co-chair of the environmental law group at Norris McLaughlin & Marcus in Somerville, N.J.

Neil P. Guion is an attorney with Lathrop & Gage, located in Springfield, Mo., where he specializes in corporate real estate.

J. Stephen Hufford has joined the Atlanta investment banking firm of Croft & Bender, as a director. Hufford will also be a general partner of C&B Capital II, the second private equity vehicle sponsored by the firm. Hufford has more than two decades of merger and acquisition, corporate development, and operational experience.

Professor Yuji Iwasawa (S.J.D.) was elected to the United Nations Human Rights Committee in September 2006. The Human Rights Committee is a monitoring body established under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, and holds three sessions a year in New York and Geneva.

Steve M. Pharr of Pharr & Boynton in Winston-Salem, N.C., has been recognized by Business North Carolina magazine as among the “Legal Elite” in North Carolina practicing construction law. Business North Carolina compiles this annual listing by surveying practicing attorneys across North Carolina.

Michael Platt has accepted the position of chief investment officer with Aircastle Advisor, a commercial aviation and aircraft investment and leasing company based in Stamford, Conn., where he will be responsible for directing and executing the company’s investment activities.

Kent Reynolds has joined the Private Bank at Bank of America as a senior vice president and private client manager.

After four years in Munich, Jeff Trinklein has moved back to the United States. He remains with Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher and is a member of the firm’s international tax group in the New York office.

The photo in the Fall 2006 UVA Lawyer Class Notes of Peter J. Rogers ’49 andthe Enola Gay caught the eye of PeterBeer (LL.M.). Beer served as staff judgeadvocate at the Air Force OperationalTest and Evaluation Center at Eglin AirForce Base from 1952 through 1953,while it was commanded by ColonelPaul Tibbets, pilot of the Enola Gay.During that time, Beer was able to heara lot about the days at Tinian and of theMarines who guarded the bomber. Afew years ago, Beer met up with Tibbetswhile the brigadier general was in NewOrleans.

Mark Booz has recently been named chief litigation counsel for BB&T Corporation, the nation’s ninth largest banking and financial services company, in Winston- Salem, N.C.

Rosemary Daszkiewicz, a partner and chair of Cairncross & Hempelmann’s employment law practice, was recently honored by two of Seattle’s premier magazines with the designation of “Top Lawyer” in the area of labor/employment law. Seattlemagazine listed her as one of the “Top 155 Lawyers” in Seattle, and Seattle Business Monthly listed her as one of the “Top 90 Business Lawyers” in Seattle.

About half of Rosemary’s practice involves employment litigation on behalf of companies of all sizes. She also handles general corporate litigation, ranging from large-value breach of contract claims to trade secret violations and claims of securities fraud. In her spare time, Rosemary hones her business skills as a trustee for Group Health Cooperative, one of Washington State’s largest employers. She is active in community roles, including chairing the parent group at her daughters’ school, serving as a volunteer attorney for the Northwest Women’s Law Center, and chairing bar association committees at local, state, and national levels.

Bruce Hamilton was listed in Best Lawyers in America and named a NorthCarolina Super Lawyer in North Carolina Super Lawyers in workers’ compensationdefense.

John E. Lichtenstein opened a second office of Lichtenstein Fishwick & Johnson in Charlottesville in February, to better serve clients in central and southwest Virginia. The firm is a trial practice firm that handles cases throughout Virginia. The firm’s practice concentrates on serious personal injury litigation, medical malpractice, commercial litigation, product liability, the defense of serious federal and state criminal cases, and divorce litigation.

Last spring, Sue Liemer received tenure and a promotion to associate professor at the Southern Illinois University School of Law, where she also serves as a director of the Lawyering Skills Program. She also had the opportunity to serve on an ABA site team, reviewing another law school as it went through the reaccreditation process.

Jennifer Weiss was re-elected to the North Carolina House of Representatives. She will begin her eighth year in the House and her fourth full term.

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Neil McKittrick was appointed to the transition committee working group for education for the incoming governor of Massachusetts, Deval Patrick. McKittrick is a director of Goulston & Storrs in Boston. He recently completed his term as president of the Massachusetts chapter of the Federal Bar Association.

Tony and Elizabeth Salgado ’98 welcomed their first child and son, Robert Anthony, on November 7, 2005. The family resides in Alexandria, Va.

Nicki Sideris writes that she is retired “from all those pesky legal questions” and is raising 8-year-old twin boys with her husband, Donald Chabot. She lives in Frederick, Md.

Mike Andresino practices corporate law with Posternak Blankstein & Lund in Boston. He heads the firm’s corporate department and concentrates on securities law, private equity, and technology clients. He lives in Milton, Mass., with his wife, Patty, and sons Jack and Joe.

Tom Burack was recently tapped by New Hampshire Governor John Lynch to be the new commissioner of environmental services.

Don Burnett (LL.M.), University of Idaho College of Law Dean and Foundation Professor, recently earned the Idaho State Bar’s Professionalism Award, considered one of the highest honors a lawyer can receive during his or her career. The award recognizes those who demonstrate devotion to public service, improvement of the administration of justice, and a career-long demonstration of diligence, ability, civility, integrity, and dignity.

John Cooper was elected an officer of the rail law section of Association of Trial Lawyers of America and is in line to be the section chair in 2009. John’s practice is exclusively plaintiff-side injury law, with an emphasis on Federal Employers Liability Act cases.

John M. Mullin, a founding member of Duke, Mullin & Galloway, joined the firm of Tripp Scott after the two Fort Lauderdale firms merged in December. Now a partner in Tripp Scott, he continues to practice in the areas of commercial litigation, employment law, business torts, and appellate law.

In an article in The Examiner on January 20, 2007, Elizabeth Poliner talked about her growing achievements as a writer. After coming to Washington, D.C., to work as a lawyer, Poliner continued her study of writing while taking her MFA at American University. In 2005, she published a novel of connected stories titled Mutual Life & Casualty. This coming fall, Poliner will be a visiting assistant professor at American University.

Keith Barritt was named a principal in Fish & Richardson’s Washington, D.C., office. As a principal in government and regulatory affairs group, Barritt will continue to focus his practice on all aspects of trademark law including proceedings before the United States Patent and Trademark Office, Internet domain name issues, and trademark selection and enforcement, as well as all aspects of medical device regulation by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Keith Johnson, with Poyner & Spruill in Raleigh, N.C., has been ranked among Business North Carolina magazine’s 2007 “Legal Elite” for his work in environmental law.

Lisa Steen Proctor ran the St. George (Utah) Marathon to qualify for Boston again this year. She is living in Manhattan Beach, Calif., with her husband and her “two wonderful kids,” Hannah (11) and William (8).

Christopher Schuyler and his wife, Susan Baker, moved to London in the fall of 2006. Chris is an Associate in the London office of Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft, where he focuses primarily on structured finance transactions. He also began studies in the Executive MBA Programme at London Business School in January. Chris and Susan are expecting their first child in September. Chris would welcome hearing from classmates at his LBS email address: .

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