1970s Class Notes
Robert Benjamin has been elected to the board of directors of FCCI Mutual Insurance Holding Company, a Florida property and casualty insurer writing insurance in 13 states. Benjamin is also of counsel to Williams Parker in Sarasota,Fla.
Timothy E. Hoberg was recently named among the 2009 Lawyers of the Year in Greater Cincinnati by Best Lawyers in America 2009 for his work in corporate law and was also listed for excellence in the areas of corporate law and securities law. He was also chosen for the 2009 Ohio Super Lawyers list compiled by Law & Politics magazine. He is a partner with Taft Stettinius & Hollister in the Cincinnati office, where he concentrates on corporate and securities matters.
Ron Castille became the chief justice of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court in January 2008. He is responsible for both the court’s case docket and the administration of Pennsylvania’s unified judicial system. Additionally he has remained the court’s liaison to Pennsylvania’s First Judicial District, Philadelphia. A highly decorated Vietnam veteran, Castille occasionally finds time to enjoy skiing and golf.
Roger H. Kimmel has been elected to the board of directors of PG&E Corporation and to the board of its subsidiary, Pacific Gas and Electric Company. Kimmel is vice chairman of Rothschild, a 200-year-old global banking firm, and also serves as chairman of that firm’s investment banking committee.
Alan Mogol was selected for both Best Lawyers in America 2009 and Maryland Super Lawyers 2009, for his work in equipment finance law as Ober|Kaler’s finance practice chair.
Candace Cummings received the ATHENA Award from the Greensboro Partnership in recognition of her professional excellence and commitment to the advancement of women. She is vice president-administration, general counsel, and secretary for global apparel leader VF Corporation, the world’s largest apparel company, with brands such as Wrangler, Lee, The North Face, Nautica, JanSport and Vans. Since joining VF Corporation in 1995, Cummings has been an advocate for women interested in advancing their careers and a mentor for rising female executives. She is an active member of Greensboro’s Professional Women’s Forum and serves on the board of advisors for the North Carolina Conference for Women.
Skip Myers is the chair of the Health Initiative Foundation, which provides grants to 501(c)(3) organizations in Montgomery County, Md. Myers is the managing partner, as well as the co-chair of the insurance practice group at Morris, Manning, and Martin in Washington, D.C.
Mark A. Saunders, father of Christina and David ’07, has been appointed as general counsel of WR Capital Management, L.P. in Stamford, Conn.
Robert Sugarman was appointed to the AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee by AFL-CIO President John Sweeney. The Committee enhances the quality of legal representation to the labor movement. He practices labor and employee benefits law in South Florida with Sugarman & Susskind.
Kenneth Ahl is a partner at Archer and Greiner where he practices tax, estate planning, and international law. He is based in the Philadelphia office.
Jack T. Camp recently stepped down as chief judge of Georgia’s Northern District. He finished his 20th year as a federal judge last year. Now on senior status, he will keep his office and a staff, but will work a less strenuous schedule. He looks forward to farming his land in Georgia and restoring his collection of antique tractors.
Lee F. Feinberg has been named in Best Lawyers in America 2009 in energy law. He is with Spilman Thomas & Battle in Charleston, W.Va.
G. Franklin Flippin was selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America 2009 in banking law, corporate law, and mergers & acquisitions law. He is a partner in the business law practice group in the Roanoke, Va., office of Gentry Locke Rakes & Moore.
Philip K. Howard has a new book, Life Without Lawyers: Liberating Americans from Too Much Law (W.W.Norton 2009). Called by George Will “2009’s most needed book on public policy,” Life Without Lawyers proposes an overhaul of legal structures to restore freedom in daily choices—so teachers have authority to maintain discipline, and doctors don’t feel the need to squander billions in unnecessary “defensive medicine.” Howard, a partner of Covington & Burling in New York City, is a frequent contributor to the op-ed pages of major newspapers, and chairs a nonprofit called Common Good (www.commongood.org), dedicated to restoring reliability to American law. (See In Print)
Dick Menaker’s general New York commercial practice firm, Menaker & Herrmann, celebrated its 25th anniversary this year. Dick is a business litigator and a faculty member of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy, Northeastern Region.
Bruce M. Stanley has been selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America 2009 for personal injury litigation. He has also been named a “Fort Myers Area Best Lawyers Personal Injury Litigator of the Year” for 2009. He is with Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt in the firm’s Fort Myers, Fla., office, where he practices civil litigation of all types with an emphasis on medical malpractice, aviation cases, products liability defense, and eminent domain.
John Wymer was named one of the top ten lawyers in Georgia by Georgia Trend magazine. Wymer was also named as one of the 50 best employment lawyers in America by HR Executive Magazine.
James W. Batchelor has been recognized as one of the best bankruptcy and creditor’s rights attorneys in Michigan for 2008 by Super Lawyers magazine. He is managing attorney in the Grand Rapids, Mich., office of Trott & Trott.
Gary V. Dixon has been selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America 2009 in insurance law. He is a partner with Troutman Sanders in the Washington, D.C., office, where he represents insurers in matters involving subprime lending, auction rate securities, backdating stock options, ERISA stock drop suits, employment discrimination, insurance industry contingent commissions, criminal and regulatory investigations, and coverage litigation.
Chuck Howard’s son, Brian, will be graduating from the Law School this spring in the class of 2009.
Frederick Lowell is chair of the political law department at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman in the San Francisco office.
Don P. Martin has been named in Best Lawyers in America 2009 in commercial litigation and legal malpractice law. He is a partner with Quarles & Brady in the Phoenix, Ariz., office.
Pete Tennyson was named in Best Lawyers in America for 2007–2009, and in Super Lawyers. He teaches in the University of California, Irvine, MBA Executive Course.
Jeffrey Andrews has been recognized by Business Leader Magazine as one of the “2008 Top Lawyers” for his work as a business attorney in the Triad Region of North Carolina. Andrews is a shareholder/principal with Vernon, Vernon, Wooten, Brown, Andrews, and Garrett.
Peter E. Broadbent, Jr., was recently recognized by Virginia Business magazine as one of Virginia’s “Legal Elite” in the field of intellectual property law. Broadbent practices business, intellectual property, governmental, and communications law as partner with Christian & Barton in Richmond.
James Hingeley was awarded a Wasserstein Fellowship by the Harvard Law School. The fellowship program brings distinguished public service lawyers to the school for a brief visit to speak on career panels, counsel law students, and serve as a resource to the school’s Office of Public Interest Advising.
Bradford Keithley has become a partner with Perkins Coie, practicing from the firm’s Anchorage, Alaska, and Washington, D.C. offices. His practice will continue to focus on oil and gas matters as part of the firm’s national environmental and natural resources practice group.
Charles Lee was the U.S. team’s Chef de Mission for the Beijing Olympics in 2008. Twenty four years ago Lee led a delegation that persuaded the Chinese to compete in the 1984 Olympics despite pressure from a Soviet boycott. He recently retired from his position as a judge in Los Angeles Superior Court after nearly 20 years.
James J. Lee was recently elected chairman of the board of United Cerebral Palsy of Metropolitan Dallas. Lee is a partner in the Dallas office of Vinson & Elkins, where he practices bankruptcy litigation. He has been repeatedly recognized by Best Lawyers in America, Chambers USA, Who’s Who Legal-Texas, Corporate Counsel, and as a Texas Super Lawyer.
Ann Margaret Pointer has been named in Georgia Super Lawyers 2009. She is a partner at Fisher & Phillips in the firm’s Atlanta office. Her focus is on employment litigation.
David B. Shapiro has been named among Best Lawyers in America 2009 in corporate law. He is a member with Spilman Thomas & Battle in Charleston, W.Va.
Brad Stillman was appointed a U.S. Magistrate Judge for the Eastern District of Virginia in Norfolk for a second eight-year term, which began in October.
Stanley A. Twardy, Jr., has been recognized in Connecticut Super Lawyers for 2009 and selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America 2009 for white collar criminal defense. He is a partner in the Stamford office of Day Pitney, where he has served on the firm’s executive committee for the past eight years.
M. Hamilton Whitman was selected for both Best Lawyers in America 2009 and Maryland Super Lawyers 2009, for his work in alternative dispute resolution and international arbitration. Whitman is with Ober|Kaler’s transportation and maritime practice.
Stephen W. Earp has been included in Best Lawyers in America 2009 in environmental law. He has also been named one of Business North Carolina’s Legal Elite for 2009 in environmental law. He is in the Greensboro office of Smith Moore Leatherwood.
A.L. Emch has been named to the 2009 BTI Client Service All-Star Team for Law Firms. He is one of only 176 attorneys worldwide to be so recognized. BTI conducts its survey with more than 270 general counsel at Fortune 1000 organizations and large professional service firms. Emch is in the litigation department of the Charleston, W.Va., office of Jackson Kelly.
John Engel, the son of Richard and Brenda Farr Engel ’78, graduated from the Law School in May 2008 and works for Richards, Layton & Finger in Wilmington, Del.
Amy B. Ginensky is serving a two-year term as president of the Philadelphia Bar Foundation, which promotes access to justice for everyone, particularly those who struggle with poverty, abuse, and discrimination. In September she was inducted as a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers in a ceremony held at the College’s annual meeting in Toronto, Canada. Ginensky is a partner with Pepper Hamilton and serves as chair of its commercial litigation practice group and leader of its media and communications practice in the Philadelphia, Pa., office. In addition to handling class action and commercial litigation matters, she has an active media and communications practice that focuses on First Amendment, defamation, and other media-related areas.
Beverly and Peter Jost became grandparents on November 14, with the birth of their granddaughter, Frances Alexandra Seward.
John E. Noyes was recently elected president of the American branch of the International Law Association. He will serve a two-year term. The Association, headquartered in London, is a nongovernmental organization whose purpose is to develop international law. Noyes is on the faculty at California Western in San Diego, where he has taught since 1982.
A. Justin Ourso III has been appointed as chair of the American Bar Association’s intellectual property law section’s state trademark laws committee and will serve a one-year term. He has also been elected to the board of directors of the International Trademark Association’s Political Action Committee, where his term will be for two years. He is a partner in the Baton Rouge, La., office of Jones Walker; his practice focuses on business litigation, intellectual property and trade regulation law, and media law.
Christopher D’Angelo received the Product Liability Advisory Council’s Distinguished Service Award at the Council’s 25th anniversary dinner held in Las Vegas, Nev., in November. The award recognized D’Angelo’s many years of service to the Council and its projects. He was a speaker at the International Association of Defense Counsel meeting in Munich, Germany, in December. His topic, “Attorney-Client Privilege and Attorney Work Product: Principles for In-house and Outside Counsel,” focused on the comparison of privilege or similar protections in various jurisdictions and impacts on global or multinational transactions and litigation. Last May he served as a member of the faculty of the International Corporate Counsel College in Versailles, France. D’Angelo is a partner in the litigation department at Montgomery, McCracken, Walker & Rhoads in the Philadelphia, Pa., office.
John Engel, the son of Brenda Farr Engel and Richard ’77, graduated from the Law School in May 2008 and works for Richards, Layton & Finger in Wilmington, Del.
Michael P. Haggerty has been selected as one of the Best Lawyers in America 2009 in real estate law. He is a partner in Jackson Walker’s Dallas office, and is head of the financial services practice group.
Laura G. Kuykendall has been jointly appointed by Ohio Senate President Bill Harris and Speaker of the House Representative Jon A. Husted to serve on the Joint Legislative Study Commission on most favored nation clauses in health care contracts. The Commission, established to fulfill a provision of HB-125, the Health Care Simplification Act, will research and report on how availability and accessibility of quality health care are influenced by most favored nation clauses within health care contracts. Kuykendall is a partner in the Columbus office of Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease. She is a member of the litigation practice group, where her practice focuses on antitrust and trade regulation, as well as other complex business litigation, including insurance coverage, class actions, contract disputes, securities litigation, trade secrets, and corporate takeovers.
W. Thomas McGough, Jr. has been named one of six Top Lawyers of the Year in Pittsburgh by Best Lawyers in America 2009. He was also selected as the Pittsburgh Best Lawyers, Bet-the-Company Litigation Lawyer of the Year. McGough is a partner in the litigation department of Reed Smith, where he handles diverse cases including those that involve intellectual property, white collar crime, and the First Amendment. He currently teaches short courses on white collar crime at the Law School, where he is a visiting professor.
William K. Smith has joined the Cleveland, Ohio, office of Buckingham, Doolittle & Burroughs as partner. He will focus on non-standard financing for real estate transactions, including mezzanine and securitized lending, ground leasing and ground-leasehold financing, and sale/leaseback transactions.
Donald Switzer was named in 2009 Ohio Super Lawyers for medical malpractice defense, as well as in Best Lawyers in America 2009 for medical malpractice law.
Jack Berry was appointed a judge in the 16th Judicial Circuit of Virginia in the summer of 2008. The circuit covers the counties of Culpeper, Madison, Greene, Albemarle, Orange, Fluvanna, Louisa, and Goochland, and the City of Charlottesville.
John Head, still teaching at the University of Kansas Law School, will soon be releasing his latest book, “China’s Legal Soul,” and is working on another book for release in China this year. His wife, Lucia Orth, recently published her first novel “Baby Jesus Pawn Shop.” (See In Print)
Michael K. Kuhn has been selected as one of the Best Lawyers in America 2009 in the field of real estate law. He is a partner in the Houston, Tex., office of Jackson Walker, where he focuses on commercial real estate, with a particular emphasis on office and retail leasing, in the firm’s real estate group.
David L. Kyger has been included in Best Lawyers in America 2009 in the area of non-profit/charities law. He is in the Greensboro, N.C., office of Smith Moore Leatherwood.
Ely A. Leichtling has been named in Best Lawyers in America 2009 in labor and employment law. He is a partner with Quarles & Brady in the Milwaukee, Wis., office.