1990s Class Notes
Sharon Aizer serves full-time as an assistant public defender in Tennessee’s 22nd Judicial District. The district comprises three rural counties along the Alabama line and one to the north toward Nashville. Sharon serves in the courtroom and as the office appellate attorney. She is divorced and has an 11 ½-year-old Jack Russell terrier named Dixie and an 11-month-old chocolate lab named Summie, in honor of basketball coach Pat Summitt. Sharon lives near Knoxville and “gets to see lots of quality women’s college hoops!”
Trevor Chaplick discussed his career path in a Washington Post “New at the Top” piece in October. “My biggest break occurred when I was recruited from Latham & Watkins, where I started my legal career, by Barry Taylor [’75]. I thought it was my worst interview of the day. He thought otherwise and personally recruited me to work for him and shepherded my career. Barry … now runs the West Coast office of Warburg Pincus, one of the largest private-equity firms in the world. I basically owe my career to him,” said Chaplick. Chaplick is partner and co-head of the Washington, D.C., office of Proskauer Rose, a law firm with more than 700 lawyers worldwide.
Catharina Y. Min, a partner at Reed Smith in San Francisco, has been elected to the office of overseas president of the International Association of Korean Lawyers (IAKL). She will serve for two years. IAKL was established in 1987 to promote better understanding of the Korean legal system, to provide a way to network, and to foster legal rights of Koreans.
Joe Snyder recently became vice president and director of strategic development for the Atlanta office of First American Title Insurance Company, having left Alston & Bird in 2006. Snyder and his wife, Julie, keep busy with their three children, Teddy (9), Sam (6), and Kate (3).
Bob Carter and Stephanie (Young) Carter ’92 live in Appomattox, Va., and are the proud parents of a daughter, Courtney (12), and a son, Bryson (7). Bob is in solo practice in Appomattox and Stephanie is heavily involved in church and volunteer activities.
Terrence Graves is a shareholder in the Richmond, Va., office of Sands Anderson Marks & Miller, where he primarily defends cases involving transportation, premises liability, toxic torts, and products liability. He was named one of Virginia’s Legal Elite by Virginia Business magazine for 2006 and 2007, and also a Virginia Super Lawyer for 2007. Graves currently is president of the Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys, a statewide organization with a membership of more than 800 lawyers. In January he became chair of Sands Anderson’s risk management practice group. He resides in Chesterfield, Va., with his wife, Jackie, and their son, Terrence, Jr. (14).
Charles Kester’s firm, Kester & Isenberg, celebrated its tenth anniversary this year. The firm is a litigation “boutique” located in Los Angles. Charles writes, “Business is brisk, but my family still knows my name.” He is happily married to Kimberley for 12 years and the couple has three children, Jacqueline (10), Caroline (8), and John Charles (6).
Steve Okun continues to live in Singapore with his wife, Paige, and sons, Bennett (7) and Mason (5). Since 2003, he has served as vice president of public affairs for UPS in Asia.
Kellie Raiford Appel is senior vice president and general manager of Turner Trade Group, an ad sales division of Turner Broadcasting System. She has been with Turner since 1995 and in her current role since 2001. Kellie lives in Atlanta with her husband Evan and their two young daughters, Allie (6) and Carly (4).
Michael P. Routch became a shareholder in the Hollidaysburg, Pa., office of McQuaide, Blasko, Fleming & Faulkner, where he concentrates his practice in civil litigation, real estate, business law, and estate administration. He and his wife, Shari Robbins Routch, have two daughters.
Joshua H. Soven has been named chief of one of the litigation sections of the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, which focuses on antitrust enforcement in the health care, insurance, and retail sectors. Before assuming his current position, he was an attorney-advisor to the chairman of the Federal Trade Commission, Deborah Platt Majoras ’89, from 2004-2007, where he advised on a wide range of domestic and international antitrust matters involving pharmaceuticals, health care, and high-technology industries.
Former Supreme Court of Virginia Senior Justice Elizabeth B. Lacy (LL.M.) recently received the Virginia Bar Association’s Distinguished Service Award. She was the first to receive the award since it was renamed for former Governor of Virginia Gerald L. Baliles ’67. Justice Lacy and Governor Baliles were honored at the Association’s annual meeting in Williamsburg in January.
Nona (Karnes) Massengill practices employee benefits law with Williams Mullen in Richmond, Va.She and her husband, Gary, have two sons, Christian (6) and Daniel (3).
Ted Mathas has been named chief executive officer-elect by the board of directors of New York Life Insurance Company. Mathas has served as New York Life’s president since June 2007 and chief operating officer since May 2006. He will retain the president’s title upon assuming the chief executive’s role in July.
Since 2002, Mathas has been a member of the company’s executive management committee, which is comprised of New York Life’s senior executive leadership and assists the CEO in setting policy for the company. He also serves on the board of Haier New York Life Insurance Ltd., the company’s joint venture in China, and on the board of the American Council of Life Insurers.
California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has named Carrie McIntyre Panetta to the Alameda County Superior Court bench. She has been an Alameda County deputy district attorney since 1999. Panetta’s husband is Jim Panetta, an Alameda County prosecutor.
Brent M. Milgrom, Jr., has been named among the 2008 Legal Elite in real estate law by Business North Carolina. Milgrom was also recognized as a North Carolina Super Lawyer for 2008 by Law & Politics magazine for real estate. He is in the Charlotte office of Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein.
Jennifer Nelsen Colao and husband Andrew welcomed their third child, Catherine “Catie” Clare, in December. Catie joins big brother, Christopher (11), and sister, Caroline (8). Jennifer is currently on a several-year hiatus from the practice of law, but is involved in many volunteer activities in Bronxville, N.Y., where the family resides.
Vytas Petrulis was named by H Texas magazine as one of Houston’s “Professionals on the Fast Track.” He was chosen as among the best in his field by his peers. Petrulis is a partner in the business transactions section of Jackson Walker in Dallas and practices in the areas of energy, real estate, and corporate law.
Jeffrey R. Wolters co-authored an article entitled “Analysis of the 2007 Amendments to the Delaware General Corporation Law” that appeared in Corporation (August 15). Wolters is in the Delaware corporate law counseling group at Morris Nichols Arsht & Tunnell in Wilmington. His practice focuses on corporate transactions, and he often counsels strategic and financial investors, boards of directors, and board committees.
Harmeet K. Dhillon celebrated the one-year anniversary of her four-attorney law firm, Dhillon & Smith, based in Union Square, San Francisco. The firm focuses on commercial litigation, real estate, entertainment, and counseling private companies. Harmeet was recently honored by the National Asian Bar Association as one of its “Best Lawyers Under 40” for 2007, in part for her pro bono civil rights work. She lives on the crooked block of Lombard Street.
Jill D. Jacobson was recently elected co-managing partner of Bowman and Brooke in the Richmond, Va., office. The firm defends corporate clients in high-stakes product liability and commercial litigation.
Mark Mendelsohn was voted one of the “100 Most Influential in Business Ethics in 2007” by Ethisphere magazine. “In the past five years, the DOJ has investigated more international bribery cases than in the prior 20,” states Ethisphere. “More and more multinational corporations are beefing up their international compliance programs, as well as self-reporting to the DOJ any potential irregularities that they do find in hopes of lenience. The man behind the curtain who is making corporate counsel tremble with fear is Mendelsohn. He is responsible for all criminal investigations and prosecutions under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), as well as principal policy responsibilities relating to the OECD Convention on Combating Bribery of Foreign Public Officials in International Business Transactions. Those who know him say that there is one way to stay on Mendelsohn’s good side: don’t bribe. Mendelsohn himself is quick to point out that the DOJ has yet to bring charges against any companies that have had a ‘meaningful compliance program’ already in place,” writes Ethisphere.
John Muleta and his start-up company, M2Z, were featured in the Washington Post on September 24. Muleta’s goal is to create a nationwide network for free Internet service and family-friendly content filters. To achieve this, M2Z will need free airwaves from the U.S. government, and that means the seasoned telecom regulator has to wrangle with the FCC and wireless and Internet giants.
Joel Pierre-Louis is employed in-house as an associate counsel at the State University of New York, System Administration, Office of University Counsel. He represents three individual SUNY campuses and is responsible for all legal matters, providing strategic legal and policy analysis services to the State University trustees, the chancellor, college presidents, administrators, and related foundations and associations. He is also an adjunct professor at the University at Albany.
Bryan Scheiderer is a solo practitioner in Rolla, Mo., handling plaintiffs’ work and criminal defense. Last year he represented a client in a federal drug conspiracy trial that ended in acquittals, and he convinced the Eighth Circuit to overturn summary judgment for the employer in an employment case (Charles E. Gunter, Jr. v. William Morrison, et al.). He and his wife have a 3-year-old daughter, Ella.
Robert J. Schmidt, Jr., was selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America 2008 in environmental law. He is a partner with Porter Wright Morris & Arthur in the Columbus, Ohio, office. He represents clients in all major environmental programs, including the Clean Air Act, Superfund, Clean Water Act, solid and hazardous waste, agricultural issues, and emergency planning.
Karen (Balter) Alaniz is a senior employee relations specialist at Los Alamos National Laboratory. She lives in Los Alamos, N.M., with her husband, Alex, a weapons physicist, and their two children, Maricela (7) and Antonio (2).
Jorgan Andrews is Director for Central Asia in the National Security Council at the White House. He lives in McLean, Va., with his wife, Sara Craig,and their three children: Soren (6), Karsten (4), and Dagny (10 months).
Brett Braude works with Spectrum, a gaming consulting and business intelligence group that has a regional office in Bangkok. From there he shuttles back and forth to Hong Kong, Macau, and Manila.
Lois Casaleggi and her husband, David, welcomed their first child, Alexander James, in September. Lois works at the University of Chicago Law School as senior director of career services.
Mike Girard is currently serving as managing partner of Klarquist Sparkman, a full-service intellectual property firm with offices in Portland, Ore.; Reno, Nev.; and Seattle. He continues to live in Portland with his wife, Karen.
Andy Keyes is a commercial litigator at Williams & Connolly in Washington, D.C. He lives in Arlington, Va., with his wife, Cathleen Trail, and their two children, Aidan (3) and Gracie (9 months).
Chap Petersen was recently elected to the Virginia State Senate representing Fairfax County.
Robert A. Sturgell has been nominated to head the Federal Aviation Administration for the next five years. The former Navy fighter pilot flew commercial jetliners, then served as senior policy advisor at the National Transportation Safety Board before joining the FAA as deputy administrator in 2003.
As FAA Administrator, Sturgell regulates commercial and private aviation in the United States. He leads the 43,000 FAA employees who operate and advance the safety of the world's largest air traffic control system and most complex network of airports. He also oversees the agency's day-to-day operations, capital programs and modernization efforts.
Brigen Winters is a principal at Groom Law Group in Washington, D.C. He lives in Arlington, Va., with his wife, Jennifer, and their three sons: Jake (6), Drew (4), and Nick (1).
In addition to practicing construction law at Holm Wright Hyde & Hays, Kirk Hays has started a second career as a professional artist. He recently finished his third one-man show at the Art One Gallery in Scottsdale, Ariz. His artwork may be seen at www.kirkhaysart.com.
Janice Johnston received an Emmy Award for her work as a supervising producer of Good Morning America.
Jim Morse and Julia Rasnake Morse live in Tempe, Ariz., with their three children, Anna (8), Rebecca (5), and Clara (3). Julia continues to clerk for Judge Michael D. Hawkins (LL.M. ’98) on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and Jim recently accepted a position as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Arizona.
Wilfredo Pesante has joined the New York office of Phillips Nizer as a partner in the corporate law department. He will continue his business law practice focusing on information technology, entertainment, and real estate, assisting entrepreneurs and business leaders with the transactions and negotiations necessary in the raising of capital for their new and growth companies.
Christopher Ray has been promoted from principal to managing director at Natural Gas Partners, a private equity firm that is a $5 billion family of funds that invests in the energy industry. Ray also continues to serve as general counsel of NGP. He lives in Dallas with his wife,Kathy, and their son, Donovan (4).
John Zacharia is a trial attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice computer crime and intellectual property section, where he prosecutes large-scale, multi-jurisdictional intellectual property crimes and coordinates domestic and international intellectual property enforcement training and outreach. He is currently co-counsel in U.S. v. Lam, et al., one of the largest counterfeit goods prosecutions in U.S. history. He was formerly a trial attorney with the Justice Department’s Federal Programs Branch, where he was the government’s lead counsel in federal district court cases involving constitutional challenges to a variety of intellectual property laws, including Kahle v. Gonzales, RIAA v. Verizon, and 321 Studios v. MGM Studios.
J. Scott Ballenger was featured in a September Legal Times article, “Legal Team Fights to Loosen FDA Restrictions.” Ballenger, with the Washington, D.C., office of Latham & Watkins, is doing pro bono work on behalf of patients with terminal illnesses. He argues for the fundamental right for a patient to have access to drugs still in development. The FDA currently denies access to drugs until they have passed at least three clinical trials that prove their safety and efficacy, and that process takes years.
Josiah Black is a co-founding partner of the Boston firm of Bello Black & Welsh. The firm specializes in labor and employment litigation.
Laura Flippin has been elected to the partnership of Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker. She specializes in government investigations, corporate internal investigations, corporate compliance, and complex civil litigation matters in the Washington, D.C., office.
Garrett Gillespie has been named a 2007 Outstanding Healthcare Litigator by Nightingale’s Healthcare News, a monthly publication for the health care industry. Gillespie was acknowledged for his achievements, including his work on an appeal for Medicare reimbursement; his representation of a hospital regarding medical decision-making rights; his work on patient visitation issues and access to medical records; and representation of a large biotech company in a collaboration agreement dispute. He was selected by Law & Politics as a Super Lawyer and Rising Star in the state of Massachusetts in 2005, 2006, and 2007. He is a senior associate with Mintz Levin in Boston, where he practices in the health law and litigation sections.
Leezie Kim joined the staff of Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano ’83 as general counsel in February. Kim had been a partner with Quarles & Brady in Phoenix and practiced in the areas of healthcare, mergers and acquisitions, securities law and corporate counseling, representing clients of all sizes.
Eric Perkins, a principal with the Richmond, Va., law firm Hirschler Fleischer, has been appointed to serve on the Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation’s advisory board that regulates professional boxing, wrestling, and mixed martial arts.
Paul J. Stancil and his wife, Christine Hurt, teach at the University of Illinois College of Law in Champaign-Urbana. They have a daughter, Carter (8), and sons, Luke (6) and Will (born September 20). “We don’t sleep much,” Paul says.
Todd A. Suko was profiled in the National Law Journal in September in a piece entitled “Navigating a Turnaround.” The piece highlights Suko’s role in the success of United Agri Products Inc. (UAP), once an underperforming unit of ConAgra Foods. UAP is one of the world’s largest distributors of chemicals, fertilizer, and seed. Suko is vice president, general counsel, and secretary of UAP, which is based in Greeley, Colo.
Mark Vacha was promoted to partner (non-equity) at Dilworth Paxson in Philadelphia in 2007. His area of practice is public finance.
Carlos Albarracín (LL.M.) has joined Chadbourne & Parke as partner in the New York office and will focus in the areas of corporate law and matters involving Latin America, including debt and equity offerings, cross-border mergers and acquisitions, debt restructuring, and project and bank financing. Before joining Chadbourne & Parke, Albarracín had been partner at the Argentine firm of Allende & Brea.
Laura D. Burton has been included in the list of Best Lawyers in America 2008. She is with Smith Moore in the Greensboro, N.C., office, where she practices immigration law.
Brian W. Byrd has been named in Best Lawyers in America 2008, and as one of Business North Carolina’s 2008 Legal Elite in real estate law. He is with Smith Moore in Greensboro, N.C.
Jeremy Huffman is a founding partner of Huffman Riley Kao, a Washington, D.C., firm specializing in export and import compliance issues. He lives in Leesburg, Va., with his wife and three children.
Julia Anne McDonough has been promoted to counsel at Bryan Cave and is based in the Washington, D.C., office. Her practice focuses on securities enforcement, regulation, and litigation. She has represented major public companies, broker-dealers, accounting firms, and individuals under investigation by the SEC, the NYSE, the NASD, and state securities regulators.
John Park was named a partner at Morgan Lewis. He focuses on venture capital and corporate transactions in the firm’s Palo Alto office.
Salmon A. Shomade reports that 2007 has been a great year for his family. His wife, Beretta Smith-Shomade, was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship for the 2007-08 academic year. Her second book, Pimpin’ Ain’t Easy: Selling Black Entertainment Television, has been published. Shomade completed his Ph.D. in management, with a concentration in public administration and policy and a minor in political science. In October, they welcomed their daughter, Zolacatherine Bolaji Smith-Shomade, to the world. Their son and first child, Salmoncain, is now 3-and-a-half years old. The family lives in Tucson and Shomade and Smith-Shomade are on the faculty of the University of Arizona.
Matthew J. Bassuir, who serves as a federal prosecutor with the U.S. Department of Justice’s computer crime and intellectual property section, was the 2007 recipient of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Award for Distinguished Service as a Federal Government Official. During the award presentation, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce president and CEO, Tom Donohue, described Bassuir as “a true judicial advocate for IP protection” and expressed his gratitude for Bassuir’s work in the field. Prior to joining the U.S. Department of Justice, Bassuir served more than seven years as an assistant district attorney with the New York County District Attorney’s Office.
John Bessonette has been named a partner at Kramer Levin in New York, practicing in the areas of general corporate and securities law. He represents privately held and publicly traded emerging growth and established companies, both domestic and foreign, as well as investment banking institutions, high net worth individuals, and other investors.
Marylou Brown Houston and Brent Houston warmly welcomed their second son, Wyatt Henry Houston, on September 5. Wyatt joins a gaggle of Law ’98 babies born in Denver in 2007, including Porter William Coates Lear, son of Melani and Coates Lear, and Tate Timothy Ritacco, son of Ann Ayers and Mark Ritacco.Wyatt and his big brother, Magnus, look forward to their first trip to Charlottesville for the class reunion in May.
Christian D. Hancey has been named a partner with Nixon Peabody in the Rochester, N.Y., office. He practices in the labor and employment group, where he focuses on employee benefits and executive compensation. He helps employers develop and administer their employee benefit plans and advises on compliance issues. He also advises companies regarding executive compensation, including stock award plans, incentive compensation plans, and employment and severance agreements. Hancey lives in Pittsford, N.Y, with his wife, Suzanne, and their four children.
In July of 2007, Tara Newmyer gave birth to her second daughter, Rangeley Newmyer, who joins big sister, Lucy. Tara joined the national board of NARAL Pro-Choice America in September.
In May 2007, Elisabeth Stewart Bradley’s first child, Douglas McNett Bradley, was born. Stewart Bradley is still working at Cadbury Schweppes and the family continues to enjoy living in Hoboken.
Todd Tidgewell has been named a partner in the Albany, N.Y., office of Nixon Peabody, where he practices in the venture capital emerging growth and technology group. He advises clients in venture capital transactions, issues related to emerging technology businesses, and matters related to private equity investment. Tidgewell works with investors and venture-financed companies based on capital fundraising and investment, deal negotiation, mergers and acquisitions, and general corporate matters. He is a member of the Upstate Venture Association of New York and has been involved in the Venture B Plan Series and the Summit in Tech Valley Business Plan Competition. Tidgewell continues to serve as member of the drafting committee of the National Venture Capital association’s Standard Forms Project.
Joshua Waxman has been promoted to partner with Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld in Washington, D.C. Waxman’s practice focuses on complex and class action labor, employment litigation, and related matters.
James Boyle has been named a partner at Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner in the Reston, Va., office.
Alex Brown has been named partner at Bricker & Eckler in Columbus, Ohio.He practices in the area of transactional law and is chair of the technology and intellectual property practice group.
C. Simon Davidson has been made a partner with McGuireWoods in the Washington, D.C., office. He represents individuals and organizations under investigation by entities of federal and state government, including the Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and the Office of the Inspector General. He practices commercial litigation as well, including securities class actions and contract disputes, and advises clients on government ethics requirements and other issues affecting government employees. His column, “A Question of Ethics” regularly appears in Roll Call.
Erdal R. Dervis has been named a partner at Baker & Hostetler. A member of the business group, he focuses on intellectual property law in the Washington, D.C., office.
Corey Detar is in the general counsel’s office for the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency, located in Harrisburg. His wife, Alison, is director of communications for a large engineering/technology firm. They have recently renovated a 1900’s row house and are expecting their first child.
Bart Epstein was a winner in the Norton Cyber Smackdown at CES 2008, co-hosted by “Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader” whiz kid Nathan Lazarus, Lauren Nelson (Miss America 2007), and Symantec Internet safety advocate, Marian Merritt. Bart is chief legal counsel and Internet safety advisor for Tutor.com.
David Finkelson has been made partner with McGuireWoods in the Richmond, Va., office. He focuses on intellectual property litigation, including patent, trademark, trade dress, copyright, trade secret, and domain names.
Ben E. Fox was elected partner in Bondurant Mixon & Elmore, a 14-partner complex litigation firm in Atlanta. Fox’s practice concentrates on litigation involving state and federal RICO laws, the False Claims Act, business torts, and misappropriation of trade secrets.
William Mann has been named a partner at Mayer Brown. He resides in Washington, D.C., with his wife, Fatima Sulaiman, and their two-year-old twins, Miles and Leila.
Justin Ochs has been elected partner at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr. He is a member of the corporate group in Washington, D.C., where he has a general corporate and securities practice.
George O. Peterson was named in the December issue of Washingtonian magazine as one of the 800 top lawyers (or one percent of attorneys) in the D.C. area in the category of defense attorneys. He was also listed among “Defense attorneys that Washington’s plaintiff lawyers privately say they least like to see.” He is with Sands Anderson Marks & Miller in McLean, Va.
Michael C. Rakower was one of eight lawyers recently named by Lawyers USA as on a “Fast track to making a significant impact” on the legal profession. He has a solo practice in New York City.
Mark Rankin and his wife, Rachel, celebrated the birth of their twin sons, Adam (left) and Jack (right) on August 6, 2007.
Riley H. Ross III has joined Drinker Biddle & Reath as senior associate in the Philadelphia office, where he will focus on areas of white collar crime and corporate governance. Along with Michael Nachmanoff ’95 and Geremy Kamens ’97 he played a significant role in the recent landmark Supreme Court decision of Kimbrough v. U.S., in which the Court made a considerable ruling regarding discretion and the crack-powder cocaine disparity. The case challenges the 100 to 1 powder/crack cocaine disparity. Although Ross left the Defender’s office in 2006, he remained involved with the case and attended oral argument at the Supreme Court.
Yannis Stamoulis (LL.M.) recently joined Coca-Cola’s Hellenic Group Legal Department as an international antitrust/competition counsel in Athens.
Mark Stancil was co-instructor to the Law School’s Supreme Court Litigation Clinic when it registered its first win in a case brought before the Supreme Court in October. The case involved a Louisiana man who traded doses of OxyContin for a pistol. Federal law makes it a crime to “use” a gun during a drug offense. At issue in Watson v. US was how to define the word “use.” Justices ruled 9-0 on behalf of the petitioner. Stancil is an appellate litigator with Robbins, Russell, Englert, Orseck, Untereiner & Sauber, in Washington, D.C. (Full story: www.law.virginia.edu/html/news/2007_fall/watson.htm)
Jason Throne and Aileen Supeña Throne welcomed their first child, John Paul, on October 8. Jack weighed 6 lbs., 11 oz., and measured 20 inches.
Maria (Whitehorn) Votsch and her husband, Viktor, are happy to announce the birth of their son, Nicholas Wolfgang Votsch, on May 9, 2007.
Chad Walters has joined Baker Botts as partner in the Dallas office. His legal concentration focuses on all areas of intellectual property law, especially patent portfolio development, procurement, and litigation.
James M. Wilson has been named a principal at Buist Moore Smythe McGee, where his practice focuses on real estate and business acquisitions, dispositions, finance, and development. He is in the firm’s Charleston, S.C., office.
Kent Workman was recently named partner at Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein in the Charlotte office. He works in business law and represents public and private companies, private equity, and other investor groups.