1980s Class Notes
Dechert LLP partner Glenn A. Gundersen has been elected to the board of directors of Philadelphia Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts (PVLA). Founded in 1978, PVLA is a nonprofit legal services organization that provides pro bono legal assistance and basic business counseling to local artists and cultural organizations. Gundersen co-chairs Dechert’s intellectual property practice and focuses on trademark, copyright, and licensing law. Gundersen has been named repeatedly in professional surveys as a leading member of the trademark bar. The second edition of his book Trademark Searching was published in 2000, and he is a co-author of the book Intellectual Property in Mergers and Acquisitions.
Edward J. Kelly III was elected as a member of the University of Virginia Law School Foundation Board of Trustees as well as The Baltimore Community Foundation (BCF) board of trustees. The BCF raises, manages and distributes funds for charitable purposes in the greater Baltimore region. Kelly is president and chief executive officer of Mercantile Bankshares Corporation. Prior to his current position, he worked as both general counsel and managing director of J.P. Morgan. He holds volunteer positions on over a dozen boards, including the Baltimore Museum of Art and the Bryn Mawr School.
Barbara Schilberg recently was appointed in July as Managing Director and CEO of the Biotechnology Greenhouse of Southeastern Pennsylvania. Funded with over $33 million of the Commonwealth's share of the national tobacco settlement, the greenhouse's mission is to spur economic growth in the region by providing seed capital and other support to entrepreneurs and research scientists in the life sciences. Since leaving her biotech practice at Morgan Lewis in 1994, Schilberg has served in senior management at four life sciences companies. She can be reached at email@example.com.
Benton D. Williamson was elected to membership in the American College of Real Estate Lawyers. Membership in the College is by invitation and is limited to persons who have established expertise in real estate law, who observe high standards of professional and ethical conduct and who have contributed substantially to improvement of real estate law and practice. Williamson, a shareholder with the law firm of Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, P.A., is the former chair of the South Carolina Bar’s Real Estate Practices Section and is a frequent speaker on commercial real estate transaction issues. Williamson lives in Columbia, SC, with his wife Elisabeth and their four children, DuBose, Betsy, Sara and Locke.
Holton Bruce Guyton has been sworn in as the United States Magistrate Judge for the U. S. District Court, Eastern District of Tennessee. Prior to taking the bench, he was in private practice in Knoxville, TN.
Ken Lehman is chair of the Health Law
Practice Group at Bernstein, Shur, Sawyer & Nelson in Portland, ME. He is “very
pleased” to have HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and
Accountability Act of 1996) implementation concluded and looks
forward to golfing through spring and summer. Ken lives in Cumberland
with his wife Lauren and their three sons.
John T. Cook, a member of the firm Caskie Frost, P.C., in Lynchburg, Virginia, has been inducted as a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, one of the premier legal associations in America. Invitation to the Fellowship is extended to those experienced trial lawyers who have mastered the art of advocacy and whose professional careers have been marked by the highest standards of ethical conduct, professionalism, civility, and collegiality. Lawyers must have a minimum of 15 years trial experience before they can be considered for fellows.
Keith Hemmerling reports that the Hemmerling Foundation underwritten film, ATTITUDE, featuring Hemmerling’s music and acting, received rave reviews in The Hong Kong International Film Festival. Premiering in New York at The Two Boots Pioneer Theater, the film received strong reviews from The New York Times, The Village Voice, TV Guide OnLine, and RES, the cutting edge digital film magazine. The Hemmerling Foundation underwritten film, WEST 47th ST., will make its national television premiere on the highly-acclaimed PBS TV series P.O.V. (Point of View), public television’s showcase for independent documentary films. ATTITUDE offers a stark portrayal of the homeless, while WEST 47th ST. offers a graphic depiction of mental illness on the streets of New York. Reach Keith at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
John H.McDowell, Jr., has joined as equity partner the Dallas office of Hughes & Luce L.L.P. after 20 years of practice with his prior firm. John continues his commercial litigation practice and leads the Hughes & Luce Antitrust Practice Group. McDowell reports that his daughter, Michal, 13, has mastered Spanish and continues to be a “straight A” junior
Jay M. Tannon has been recognized in the Woodward White publication Best Lawyers in America 2003–2004 and in the Chambers Global publication America’s Leading Business Lawyers 2003–2004. In each publication Tannon was listed in the practice area of corporate/mergers and acquisitions. Tannon leads the international transactions practice and is a member of the executive committee of Frost Brown Todd LLC, in Louisville, KY.
Rick Campanelli was appointed Director of the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, in July 2002. The Office is responsible for implementation of and compliance with the “Privacy Rule”— which protects the privacy of personal health information issued pursuant to the Health Information Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), and for compliance with federal laws that prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, ethnicity, age, and disability in services funded by the Department. Prior to assuming his duties as Director of OCR, Campanelli practiced with Gammon & Grange, P.C. of McLean, VA, where as co-chair of the firm’s nonprofit practice group, he focused on federal and state regulation, employment law, intellectual property rights, contract law, and First Amendment issues. He lives with his wife, Shannon (MS, Nursing ’83), and three teenage children in Falls Church, VA. His son Chris will
M. Graham Coleman has joined Davis Wright Tremaine’s New York City office as a partner. Coleman was joined in this move by a large number of his partners and colleagues from Kay & Boose—including most of the attorneys focusing in the intellectual property/ entertainment areas on both the transactional and litigation
Robert J. Conrad, Jr., has been nominated by President Bush for appointment to U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina. Conrad has been serving as U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina since 2001. Robert and his wife Ann and their five children live in Charlotte, NC.
Thomas N. Griffin III of the Charlotte-based law firm Parker, Poe, Adams & Bernstein L.L.P. has been voted by his peers to the Best Lawyers in America list for 2003–2004 for his outstanding work in environmental law. In addition, he also was named to Business North Carolina magazine’s Legal Elite for 2003. Griffin is a Partner in the firm's Regulation of Business and Governmental Relations Department in the Charlotte office and serves as a member of the firm’s Board of Directors. Griffin concentrates his practice on environmental law and litigation. He advises clients on solid and hazardous waste compliance requirements, superfund cleanups and coordination, site remediations, “Brownfields” and site development, and the complete range of federal and state underground storage tank requirements. Before joining Parker Poe, Griffin was an honors attorney in the environmental section of the Office of the Chief Counsel of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Washington, D.C.
Jerry Kraisinger has become the Executive Vice President and General Counsel of the MeriStar Hospitality Corporation in Arlington, VA. MeriStar, with 104 hotels, is the third largest lodging real estate investment trust, or REIT, in the country. Jerry, who joined MeriStar from Host Marriott Corporation, his wife Alison, and their two children live in Kensington, MD.
Paula A. Monopoli, Professor of Law at the Southwestern University School of Law and Visiting Professor of Law at the University of Maryland School of Law, practiced trusts and estates law for several years. She has published articles in numerous law reviews and journals. She lives with her husband, Professor Marin Scordato and their family in Bethesda, MD. (See Paula’s entry in In Print.)
Owen C. Pell, Partner at White & Case LLP in New York, has received a Burton Award for Legal Achievement. The national awards program is run by the Burton Foundation, a not-for-profit, cultural, and academic organization devoted to promoting the legal profession. It is believed to be the first national awards program dedicated to refining and enriching legal writing by lawyers and law school students. The award, given annually, rewards authors who use plain, clear, and effective writing, and avoid using archaic and stilted legalese. This year’s program was scheduled
Irwin M. Shur, formerly Vice President and Division General Counsel for Invensys PLC, has been named Vice President and General Counsel for Enodis PLC. Enodis is a worldwide manufacturer of food service and food retail equipment with annual sales of approximately $1.2 billion. Enodis has factories in eight countries and a large portfolio of premium brands including Scotsman, Garland, Frymaster, Cleveland, Delfield, Jackson MSC, Lincoln, Convotherm, Vent Master, and Merrychef in food service, and Kysor/Warren and Kysor Panel Systems in food retail equipment. Shur will be based in New Port Richey, FL. In addition, Shur is very pleased to announce that he has been continuing his musical pursuits, and that his debut album, “Higher Ground,” has been released and is available on his website, www.irwinshur.com.
Maria A. Smith participated in a Mennonite Central Committee delegation to Colombia. She spent 12 days in Colombia as a member of a 16- person delegation to Putumayo, one of the “red zones,” where U.S.-sponsored fumigations are taking place, to listen to Colombians who oppose Plan Colombia and have suffered an increase of violence in the last two years.
Marie Achtemeier Finch of Norfolk, VA, was elected to the Board of Trustees of the Virginia Stage Company. She’s also been appointed chair of the VSC’s capital campaign, and writes, “Like most regional theatres, our financial condition is precarious. Wish me luck—or break a leg (in theatre speak)—better yet, send me money!”
Lonnie “Chip” Nunley and his wife Helen and three children returned to Richmond this fall after a four-year secondment in Lausanne, Switzerland, at the international headquarters of a major client. Chip highly recommends “time off the treadmill” to rejuvenate and recharge.
Brad Saxton began his tenure as the fifth dean of Quinnipiac University School of Law in Hamden, CT, last year. He arrived at Quinnipiac from the University of Wyoming College of Law, where he was associate dean.
Patricia A. Screen was recognized for “#1 Defense Verdict of the Year” and “Most Significant Defense Verdict” of 2002 by the National Law Journal. Screen is a partner in the firm Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP, in Cleveland, OH. She and Joseph W. Ryan, Jr. ’78 headed the defense team that won the case Chang v. Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Raina Krell, M.S. and Scott Strothers in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court last October. Each year, the National Law Journal compiles a list of the most significant courtroom victories. “It was particularly gratifying that the verdict was unanimous,” said Screen. “It was a complete vindication of our client, Raina Krell, who showed incredible strength throughout the two-and-a-half year ordeal. Many talented attorneys and staff at our firm worked together to help achieve this victory.”
Glenn Brace currently resides in London, with his wife Susan and their four kids, Laura, Conner, Wilson, and Carter. Five years ago he traded private law practice in Boston for the London insurance market. Effective this April, Glenn was appointed to the Board of Directors of Equitas, the company he joined in 1998. (Equitas was created to reinsure and runoff Lloyds of London’s pre-1993 non-life liabilities.)
Robert W. Iuliano has been named Harvard University’s Vice President and General Counsel. A member of Harvard’s Office of the General Counsel since 1994, Iuliano became Deputy General Counsel in 2000, and has served this past academic year as the Acting Vice President and General Counsel. In nearly a decade as a member of the OGC, Iuliano has been responsible for a wide array of legal matters, in areas including student affairs, tenure issues, scientific misconduct, federal investigations and audits, police and security, labor and employment, intellectual property, litigation, and sponsored research. After Law School, Iuliano was a law clerk for the Honorable Levin Campbell, Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. He next spent four years at the Boston firm of Choate, Hall & Stewart, specializing in labor law and litigation. He then joined the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Boston, where he investigated and prosecuted criminal violations of the federal drug, tax, fraud, money-laundering, and labor laws from 1991 to 1994. Iuliano lives in Sudbury with his wife Susan and their two sons, Jeff
Michael J. Olecki recently jumped headlong onto what he terms “an exciting new career path.” Forsaking his established niche as one of ten partners in a Beverly Hills law firm, Michael joined with a colleague to form Grodsky & Olecki LLP (www.grodsky-olecki.com), a litigation boutique specializing in business, entertainment, and intellectual property matters. Michael and his new partner have represented clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies, such as Emerson Electric Co., to entertainers such as Will Smith, Ed McMahon, and Destiny’s Child. With his lawyer wife, Karen Bodner, Michael lives in a Los Angeles historic district, where he chairs the historic preservation design board. The couple have “three delightful four-legged children, Harry, Marly, ”
Bill Ragland has joined Hunton & Williams in Atlanta as partner on the Litigation, Intellectual Property & Antitrust team. He concentrates his practice on complex litigation, IP, and technology matters, and high-growth strategies for emerging companies. Prior to joining H&W he was a partner in Powell, &Murphy’s Atlanta office.
The Hartford, CT-office of Halloran & Sage LLP announced the admission to partnership of Richard P. Roberts, who practices in the areas of municipal law, real estate, and business and commercial law. As a member of the firm’s Municipal Law and Governmental Liability and Financial Transactions Practice Groups, Roberts has assisted municipal clients in a wide variety of matters including real estate acquisition and sales, land use, charter revision, and the drafting and review of ordinances. Roberts has represented lending institutions and borrowers in secured, unsecured, asset-based, and non-traditional financing transactions as well as in various state and federal regulatory matters, including securities, banking, and land use and zoning matters.
Catherine Banerjee Rojko married Sunoy Banerjee on May 25, 2002. Sunoy has a Ph.D. in physics and works in information technology. Catherine remains at the Department of Justice’s Office of the Inspector General.
North Carolina Governor Mike Easley has appointed Ben S. Thalheimer as District Court Judge for North Carolina 26th Judicial District. The district includes Charlotte, NC.
Rob Tiller recently joined Helms Mulliss & Wicker as head of its Raleigh, N.C., commercial litigation group. His new partners and colleagues include two other members of the class of ’86—Brad Kutrow and Irving Brenner—and a total of 16 other UVA Law alumni. Rob spent almost 12 years at his previous firm in Raleigh, handling cases in the areas of antitrust, contracts, business torts, education, and intellectual property, among others. He is happy to report that son Gabe, born during Rob’s second year at UVA, graduated from high school in May, and daughter email@example.com.
Kim M. Boyle was installed as president of the New Orleans Bar Association at the annual meeting held in New Orleans last November. Boyle is the first African-American president of the New Orleans Bar Association. She is a partner in the New Orleans office of Phelps Dunbar LLP where she practices in the employment law group. Her practice is in the areas of labor and employment, civil rights, constitutional law, and commercial litigation. Prior to joining the firm, she served as Judge Pro Tempore, Division I, for the Civil District Court for Orleans Parish. Boyle has also served on the adjunct faculty of the Loyola University School of Law, where she taught Class Action and Multi-Party Litigation.
Fish & Richardson has added labor and employment attorney Stephen E. Fox as a principal in their Dallas office. His clients include Alcatel USA, The Fleming Companies, Front Porch Digital, Metro-OptiX, Staffware, Autoflex Leasing, Deugro Projects USA, and Collin County. He previously was named as one of the Best Lawyers in Dallas by D Magazine in the labor and employment category. As a member of Fish & Richardson’s Labor & Employment Group, Fox also will handle employment-related due diligence
Bob W. Long was recently named Director of Strategic Investments for Bank of America Securities, where he leads a team that makes merchant banking investments to broaden the firm’s franchise and manages a $200 million existing portfolio.
Capt. David M. Morriss is Legal and Legislative Counsel to the Vice Chief of Naval Operations, a position he has held since December 2001.While in command of Naval Legal Service Office North Central, headquartered in Washington, D.C., and with responsibility for Northern Virginia through New England and Mid-West, his command was a co-recipient of the ABA Legal Assistance to Military Personnel Award for 2001 for response to the victims of terror attacks of 9/11 and the subsequent mobilization of reserve forces. This summer, Morriss will be assigned as the senior lawyer in the Navy’s Office of Legislative Affairs.
In February, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Michael Powell announced he was naming John Rogovin as General Counsel of the FCC. Rogovin, previously Deputy General Counsel, joined the FCC in May 2001. “John Rogovin is a superb lawyer and has made significant contributions to the FCC as Deputy General Counsel during the past year-and-a-half,” Powell said. “He has great experience in litigation, regulatory and administrative law and will be a great asset as General Counsel.” Rogovin is married and has two little girls, Hattie, 2, and Eva, eight months.
Holland & Knight LLP announced that Austin T. Wilkie was recently elected to the partnership. Wilkie, a member of the Business Law department in the New York office, joined Holland & Knight
Amy Marschean is a senior staff attorney with Virginia’s Division of Legislative Services. Her staffing duties include the House Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions and the Senate Committee on Rehabilitation and Social Services. She began her career in private practice with Squire, Sanders & Dempsey, in Washington, D.C., where she specialized in administrative law. While valuing the experience and the financial rewards, she realized within two years that she wanted a career in public service and gave two weeks notice, put her life in storage, and moved in 1990 to Long Island, NY, to live in the house her grandfather built in 1942. Calling this her “early retirement at age 28” period, Marschean applied for public sector jobs back in the metro- Washington area while working in two vineyards doing marketing, tours and tastings, performing in community theatre, and having what she writes, was “the time of her life.” In 1992, Marschean accepted a job with the City Attorney’s Office in the City of Alexandria, VA, where she worked with the local department of social services and the human rights office. While staffing a study on the public delivery of mental health, mental retardation, and substance abuse services, Marschean met her husband, Paul Gilding. They worked together on a bill in the 1998 General Assembly session and their legislative love story had a very happy ending when the couple was married in 1999 and held the reception in a vineyard on Long Island. Today, they live in Richmond’s Fan District with their miniature Schnauzer, Tippett. Marschean enjoys travel, wine, cooking, and theatre. She is the newly elected Chair of the private,
Kathleen Clement Carter Ryder, her husband Bill, and their three-year-old Emelia Weatherly welcomed healthy twins William Gregory (7 pounds, 1 ounce) and Camille Foxhall (6 pounds, 2 ounces) on June 21, 2002. The Ryders live in Richmond, VA. Kathleen is home full time and Bill is Chief Quantitative Strategist at Wachovia Securities.
Hodgson Russ LLP announced that Sharon M. Kelly joined the firm’s partnership in March. Kelly works in the Buffalo, NY office, where she practices in the areas of health law, non-profit corporations, and taxation of tax-exempt organizations. She concentrates on health law issues facing individual and institutional providers of health care, including fraud and abuse concerns, federal Stark rules, corporate formation and reorganization, LLCs and PLLCs, physician contracts and business matters, and reimbursement matters. Her non-profit law practice emphasizes tax exemptions issues, such as unrelated business income tax, use of joint ventures and subsidiaries, intermediate sanctions, private foundation rules, and corporate formation and restructuring.
Richard Wilbourn and his wife Victoria are expecting another girl in September. In addition to Richard’s law practice, he is a director of a $650 million national bank and was recently elected one of three directors to a family-owned hotel company which owns and manages 11 hotels.