1960s Class Notes
George Grattan now lives in University Village. “I’m moving closer to Charlottesville all the time,” he writes.
Richard “Randy” Bigger has been selected for inclusion in North Carolina Super Lawyers 2012 in estate planning and probate. He is a senior attorney with Wishart Norris Henninger & Pittman in Charlotte, where he focuses his practice on estate planning and administration.
Jon L. Schumacher has been honored with the Chair’s Award, given by the trusts and estates section of the New York State Bar Association. He is a senior counsel to Nixon Peabody in Rochester, where he concentrates his practice on estate planning and administration, as well as federal and state income, estate, generation skipping, and gift taxation.
David O. Whittemore writes that his law partner of 27 years, Dave Wallace, retired June 30. His new partner, Robert W. Carlson, came on board July 1. “Rob’s practice in probate litigation complements mine in probate and estate planning,” he writes. “We are looking for one more attorney, a UVA Law graduate in the Metro-west area” of Framingham, Mass.
Judge Donald M. Haddock reports that he “mandatorily retired by virtue of old age” and intends to perfect his farming, hunting, and fishing.
J. Rudy Austin was named among the 2011 Virginia Legal Elite by Virginia Business magazine in the area of construction. He is a partner with Gentry Locke Rakes & Moore in Roanoke.
David D. Biklen has been appointed chair of the Uniform Law Commission study committee on eyewitness identification procedures. The ULC is a group of lawyers including practicing attorneys, professors, judges, and legislators from every state who draft and promote laws to solve problems common to all states. The study committee will focus on improving procedures used in eyewitness identifications; mistaken eyewitness identifications are the single most frequent cause of wrongful convictions.
J. Thomas Fowlkes is chairman of the board of trustees at Millsaps College in Jackson, Miss. He previously served as treasurer of the board and as chair of the presidential search committee. He graduated from Millsaps in 1965.
Edward R. Levin was named to SmartCEO magazine’s list of the legal elite for 2011. He represents employers in labor negotiations, arbitrations, and union organizing campaigns, and has litigated cases involving discrimination, wrongful discharge, sexual harassment, and related claims in state and federal courts across the U.S. He is the co-office managing partner with Saul Ewing in Washington, D.C.
Jerry Coughlan has been selected as San Diego’s Professional Malpractice Law Lawyer of the Year in Best Lawyers 2012. He is with Coughlan, Semmer, Fitch & Pott, and focuses his practice on trying and litigating civil and white-collar criminal cases.
After stepping down as general counsel of LeClairRyan, David I. Greenberg opened his own office in Richmond, Va., where he provides general counsel services, including risk mitigation advice, to law firms and other businesses, including benefit corporations that do not have their own general counsel. He was quoted as an advisor to law firms on insurance and risk management matters in a recent Wall Street Journal article about litigation against law firms.
Greenberg serves on the board of directors of Impact Makers, an information technology and management consulting firm based in Richmond that is a for-profit company with no shareholders that contributes its profits to charitable community partners and is a founding benefit corporation.
Gordon D. Schreck continues as leader of the admiralty and maritime practice group of Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, following that firm’s recent merger with the Charleston firm of Buist Moore Smythe McGee, of which Schreck had been a member since his graduation from the Law School. Schreck was named to South Carolina Super Lawyers 2012 in transportation/maritime law, and has been listed in Best Lawyers in the area of maritime law for some 20 years. He was recently re-elected to the board of trustees of Hampden-Sydney College.