1970s Class Notes
John S. Edwards was re-elected to his fifth term in the Virginia State Senate in November 2011. Election celebrations were soon followed by the birth of his fourth grandchild, Charles Graney, three days later on 11/11/11. Edwards was named among the Leaders in the Law for 2012 by Virginia Lawyers Weekly for spearheading legislation to adopt Virginia rules of evidence. He continues to teach trial advocacy as an adjunct professor at the Law School. Edwards and his wife, Cathye, celebrated their 40th anniversary in 2012.
Chief Justice of Pennsylvania Ronald D. Castille was recently named by the American Bar Association to its newly formed committee to examine the future of legal education in the United States.
In recent months Mark Sullivan has taught CLE programs on trial techniques, evidence, and persuasion in the Virgin Islands, and on military custody, family support, and pension division in San Antonio, Tex.
Ronald R. Tweel has been named the 2012 winner of the Betty A. Thompson Lifetime Achievement Award by the Virginia State Bar’s Family Law Section. The award was presented at the annual advanced family law seminar in Richmond in April. Tweel is a senior partner with Michie-Hamlett in Charlottesville, where he focuses his practice in the area of domestic relations.
Walter Bennett LL.M. ’86 has published his first full-length novel, Leaving Tuscaloosa, which explores race relations in the South in the 1960s (see In Print). The novel was a 2010 finalist for the Bellwether Prize for unpublished work, now called the PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction. Bennett is a former civil rights attorney, judge, and professor at the University of North Carolina Law School in Chapel Hill.
Terence M. Donnelly was listed in Best Lawyers and Michigan Super Lawyers for 2012. He was also selected by Best Lawyers 2013 as Lawyer of the Year for municipal law. He is a member with Dickinson Wright in Troy, where he focuses his practice in the areas of municipal law & finance.
Peter H. Ellsworth was listed in Best Lawyers and Michigan Super Lawyers for 2012. He was also selected by Best Lawyers 2013 as Lawyer of the Year for gaming law. He is a member with Dickinson Wright in Lansing, where he focuses his practice in the areas of administrative & regulatory, commercial & business litigation, energy & sustainability, gaming law, Indian law, and insurance.
After practicing law with Parker Poe for 35 years in Charlotte, N.C., Fred T. Lowrance has served for the past five years as pastor at Meadowlake Presbyterian Church in Huntersville.
J. Michel Marcoux reports that his law firm, Bruder, Gentile & Marcoux, founded in 1976 in Washington, D.C., merged in January with Chicago-headquartered Schiff Hardin to create a new Schiff Hardin office in D.C.
Terrance M. Miller is listed in Ohio Super Lawyers 2013 in the area of personal injury defense: products, and was recognized as Best Lawyers 2012 Columbus Lawyer of the Year in the area of product liability litigation-defendants. He is a partner with Porter Wright.
Kenneth M. Murchison was honored as the Louisiana Tech University College of Liberal Arts Alumnus of the Year for 2012.George K. Walker LL.M. was appointed Dean’s Research Professor of Admiralty Law and International Law at Wake Forest University School of Law in Winston-Salem, N.C., in July.
Brendan Bovaird writes: “My bucket list has long included summiting Kilimanjaro. Thanks to a great guide and crew, the reality became two summits in two days. We crossed Uhuru Peak, the highest point at 19,341 feet, for the first time at mid-morning on October 10, on our way down into the crater to spend the night at 18,500 feet above sea level. The goal was to hike back up the crater wall next morning in time to arrive back at Uhuru at dawn. After a night of “thundersnow,” sleeping between the crater wall and Furtwangler Glacier, we awoke before dawn to find the mountaintop covered in four inches of snow. While the “snows of Kilimanjaro” were stunningly beautiful in the moonlight, admiration soon gave way to trepidation as I looked up a crater wall boot-top deep in snow. Thanks to guide and crew, though, we “arrived alive” again at Uhuru in time for an equally stunning sunrise.
Afterwards, I returned in one piece to my law firm, Hunt & Ayres in Philadelphia, and, in January, became senior counsel in order to devote more time to pro bono projects and to get moving on the rest of my bucket list.
G. Franklin Flippin was listed in Super Lawyers Business Edition 2012 for business/corporate law. Virginia Living magazine listed him as a Legal Eagle 2012 in the areas of banking & finance law, corporate law, and mergers & acquisitions. He has also been named in Best Lawyers 2013, and in American Lawyer as a Top Rated Lawyer for 2013 in the area of business and commercial law. He is a partner with Gentry Locke Rakes & Moore in Roanoke.
David L. Martin retired in September after serving 14 years as U.S. Magistrate Judge for the District of Rhode Island. He and his wife, Pat, look forward to travelling together now that they are both retired.
Douglas M. Branson continues as the W. Edward Sell Chair in Law at the University of Pittsburgh. In addition to the recently published, Three Tastes of Nuoc Mam: The Brown Water Navy and Visits to Vietnam, he also published The Sage Handbook of Corporate Governance (with Professor Thomas Clarke); Cases and Materials on Business Enterprises: Legal Structures, Governance and Policy (LexisNexis 2d ed.) (with Professor Joan Heminway et al.); and Questions and Answers on Business Associations (LexisNexis 2d ed.). The fourth edition of his Understanding Corporate Law, a text for law students, is in the works. His books on women and minorities in corporate governance continue to be standard texts in a number of law and business school diversity seminars. He plans to be a visiting professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
Claire G. Gastanaga is executive director of the Virginia American Civil Liberties Union, a position she has held since June 1, 2012.
Thomas G. Jackson is a litigation partner with Phillips Nizer in New York City, where he chairs the technology practice group.
Richard G. Menaker’s New York City-based firm, Menaker & Herrmann, celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. Menaker recently co-authored Law for Architects, What You Need to Know. He has practiced as a commercial litigator in New York City since graduating from the Law School.
W. Stuart Dornette is listed as a Leading Lawyer in Sports Law in Cincy magazine and in Ohio Super Lawyers 2013 in business litigation. He is a partner and co-chair of the litigation department Taft Stettinius & Hollister in Cincinnati.
Sheila Jackson Lee is the U.S. Representative for Texas's 18th congressional district, serving since 1995. The district includes most of inner-city Houston.
Don P. Martin is listed in Best Lawyers 2013 in commercial litigation, legal malpractice law-defendants, litigation-banking & finance, and litigation-real estate. He is a partner with Quarles & Brady in Phoenix, Ariz. He is the national chair of Quarles & Brady’s lender liability task force.John McCarthy LL.M., appointed Knight Commander of the Order of St. Gregory the Great by the Holy See for services to the Catholic Church in Australia and the wider Australian community, was recently appointed Australia’s resident Ambassador to the Holy See in Rome. In November he presented his diplomatic credentials to Pope Benedict XVI.
As a senior lawyer in Sydney and Queen’s Counsel, he has been involved in Australian affairs in Australia and internationally. He has been involved in Catholic Church affairs for many years. Last year he was appointed an honorary fellow of the University of Sydney.
Wm. Shaw McDermott was nominated by President Obama to the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority and confirmed in the Senate by unanimous consent. The agency is responsible for overseeing construction of the Metro Dulles rail extension as well as operations at Reagan National and Dulles International airports and the Dulles toll road. McDermott is a partner with K & L Gates in Boston, Mass., where he handles complex civil litigation.
Retired Alabama Supreme Court Justice Thomas A. Woodall has joined Sirote & Permutt in Birmingham, where he is a shareholder and serves as chair of the appellate practice group. Woodall was elected to the Supreme Court of Alabama in 2000, where he served a six-year term and was re-elected in 2006.
Walter W. Bardenwerper retired in November as vice president, general counsel, and secretary at Towers Watson, a publicly held global professional consulting firm in Washington, D.C.
Michael Caplin is the founding executive director of the Tysons Partnership, a non-profit association of civilian, business, and government leaders working on the 35-year redevelopment of Tyson’s Corner, Va. into “the next great American city.”Alan S. Gold was listed in Pennsylvania Super Lawyers 2012 in appellate law, and has been so listed in this area since 2005. He is a shareholder with Gold & Ferrante in Jenkintown, where he concentrates his practice on appellate issues in all types of civil litigation, civil rights defense, and commercial litigation.
Daniel J. Hoffheimer is listed as a leading lawyer in trusts & estates in Cincy magazine and in Best Lawyers 2013. He was also selected for Ohio Super Lawyers 2013 in estate planning & probate. He is a partner with Taft Stettinius & Hollister in Cincinnati.Luther T. Munford has returned to Butler, Snow, O’Mara, Stevens & Cannada in Jackson, Miss., where he began practice in 1979. He was recognized by Best Lawyers as Mississippi’s Lawyer of the Year for 2013 in First Amendment law (litigation-first amendment) and continues as editor of the Appellate Advocate, the newsletter for the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers.
W. Joseph Owen III was listed in Virginia Super Lawyers 2012 in general litigation and criminal defense. He is a partner with Owen and Owens in Midlothian.
Ann Margaret Pointer is listed in Best Lawyers 2013 in employment law-management, labor law-management, and litigation-labor & employment. She is a partner with Fisher & Phillips in Atlanta, Ga.
Brad Stillman retired as U.S. Magistrate Judge for the Eastern District of Virginia effective September 30, 2012.
Stephen W. Earp was the recipient of the North Carolina Bar Association’s Citizen Lawyer Award for 2012. Earp is with Smith Moore Leatherwood in Greensboro, where he advises companies in mergers and acquisitions, contracts, and corporate governance. He also handles complex environmental litigation and regulatory matters. Earp was also listed in North Carolina Super Lawyers 2013 in environmental law and was named Lawyer of the Year for 2013 in Best Lawyers.
J. Randy Forbes is the U.S. Representative for Virginia's 4th congressional district, serving since 2001. He is a member of the Republican Party.Amy B. Ginensky has been named in the first edition of Benchmark: Top 250 Women in Litigation. She is a partner with Pepper Hamilton in Philadelphia, Pa., where she is chair of the commercial litigation practice group and leader of the media and communications practice. She handles class action and commercial litigation matters and has a media and communications practice that focuses on First Amendment, defamation, and other media-related areas.
The Raven Society presented Bob Barry with a Raven Award in April.The award recognizes students, professors, administrators, and alumni for excellence in service and contributions to the University. Barry has served as a class manager for 35 years and been involved in University and local Norfolk-area activities since graduation from Law School. He is a partner in the labor and employment law practice group of Kaufman & Canoles in Norfolk.
Christopher S. D’Angelo served as co-director for the 2012 International Corporate Counsel College, which is organized and presented in Europe annually by the International Association of Defense Counsel. The program was held in London with the theme “Crisis Management: Anticipating the Future in the Global World,” and it explored legal and reputational challenges faced by multi-national companies and how to anticipate and address them. D’Angelo is a partner with Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads in Philadelphia, Pa.
David L. Evans is president of Mateer & Harbert, a full-service law firm located in Orlando, Fla. He is board certified by the Florida Bar in health care law. He is listed in Florida Super Lawyers in the health care law category, is listed as among the best attorneys in Orlando in health care law by Orlando magazine, and is included among Florida’s best lawyers in Florida Monthly. He was also selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers in health care law.
Michael P. Haggerty was listed in Texas Super Lawyers 2012 in banking and real estate law. He was named a Best Lawyer in Dallas by D magazine in 2012 and selected for Best Lawyers 2013 in real estate law. He is partner and co-head of the Jackson Walker finance practice group.
Richard D. Kirk was recognized in Chambers USA 2012 for intellectual property law. He was also recognized in Best Lawyers 2013 for administrative/regulatory law and litigation-intellectual property. Kirk is a director at Bayard in Wilmington, Del., where he focuses his practice on general business litigation, intellectual property litigation, administrative law, and alternative dispute resolution.Joseph W. Ryan Jr. is listed in Ohio Super Lawyers 2013 in intellectual property litigation. He is a partner with Porter Wright in Columbus, where he focuses his practice in the area of complex professional liability, intellectual property, class actions, and commercial law.
F.B. Webster Day was named Best Lawyers 2013 Lawyer of the Year in public finance law, while also recognized in corporate and public finance law. He is the member in charge of Spilman Thomas & Battle’s Roanoke, Va., office, where he concentrates his practice in public finance and counseling lenders in commercial transactions.
Michael K. Kuhn was named a 2012 Texas Super Lawyer by Texas Monthly magazine and is listed in Best Lawyers 2013 in real estate law. He is a partner with Jackson Walker in Houston, where he focuses his practice on commercial real estate with emphasis on office and retail leasing in the real estate group.Ely A. Leichtling was named in Wisconsin Super Lawyers 2012 in employment & labor law and in Best Lawyers 2013 in the areas of employment law-management, labor law-management, and litigation-labor & employment. He is a partner with Quarles & Brady in Milwaukee.