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Mark Edward Ezell is listed in Best Lawyers 2014 in public finance law. He is with Haskell Slaughter Young & Rediker in Birmingham, Ala., where he focuses his practice on governmental relations, public finance and local government law, and securities and corporate finance.

Charles D. Fox IV is listed in Virginia Super Lawyers 2013 in estate planning and probate, administrative law, and tax law and in Best Lawyers 2014 in trusts and estates and litigation-trusts and estates. He was also selected for inclusion in Chambers USA 2013 America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, Wealth Management: Eastern Region, Nationwide. He is partner and chair of the private wealth services team with McGuireWoods in Charlottesville.

William L. Nusbaum has been elected chair of the Virginia State Bar real property section and was recently named Best Lawyers 2014 Norfolk Lawyer of the Year in public finance. He is a partner in the real estate practice with Williams Mullen, where he focuses on commercial real estate transactions, economic development incentives, tax-exempt housing, industrial development, qualified 501(c) (3) bonds, and alcoholic beverage licensing.

paxtonW. David Paxton is listed in Virginia Super Lawyers 2013 in employment & labor and Best Lawyers 2014 in employment law-individuals, employment law-management, labor law-management, and litigation-labor and employment. He is a partner with Gentry Locke Rakes & Moore in Roanoke.

Virginia Whitner Hoptman is listed in Chambers USA 2013 in commercial litigation. She is with Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice in Tysons Corner, Va.


birdA. Jeffery Bird was elected vice president-Portland of the Seattle-based Northwest chapter of the National Association of Corporate Directors, an organization dedicated to promoting good board leadership, helping corporate board members deal with business challenges, and increasing shareholder value. Bird will help improve corporate governance in boardrooms in Washington, Oregon, Alaska, and Idaho. He also serves as chair of the NACD Northwest chapter Portland Advisory Board. He is a shareholder and member of the business practice group with Lane Powell.

C. Steven Mason is listed in North Carolina Super Lawyers 2013 in real estate and banking and Chambers USA 2013 in real estate. He is also listed in Best Lawyers 2014 in real estate law. He is a partner with Smith Anderson in Raleigh.

Hayden J. Silver III is listed in Chambers USA 2013 in commercial litigation. He is with Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice in Raleigh.


James P. Cooney III is listed in Chambers USA 2013 in commercial litigation, white collar crime, and government investigations litigation and recognized as Best Lawyers 2014 Lawyer of the Year in medical malpractice law-defendants. He leads the business litigation practice group at Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice in Charlotte, N.C., where he practices in both the civil and criminal areas, including trial and appellate work.

C. Allen Gibson Jr. is listed in Chambers USA 2013 in commercial litigation and South Carolina Super Lawyers 2013 in construction litigation. He was named Best Lawyers 2014 Lawyer of the Year in construction law. He leads the construction practice group with Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice in Charleston.

Ken Hollies retired in June after 31 years with the U.S. Postal Service law department, including time he worked there after his second year of Law School. He lives in Rockville, Md.

G. Raye Jones is an estate and tax planning attorney with MartinWren in Charlottesville and a pastor at Faith Baptist Church. He is also a poet. His daughter, Lydia Jewell Jones, has compiled many of his poems for the first time in A Father’s Legacy: The Life of My Father, G. Raye Jones (see In Print).

James S. Ryan III is listed in Texas Super Lawyers 2013 and Best Lawyers 2014 in corporate law and mergers and acquisitions law. He is a partner with Jackson Walker in Dallas, where he focuses his practice on corporate and securities, health care, and life sciences and medical technology.

sullivanKent C. Sullivan received the 2013 Raven Society Award from the University of Virginia for his contributions to the University and the legal community in Texas. Sullivan is a partner leading the energy litigation team at Sutherland Asbill & Brennan in Houston and Austin, and is co-leader of the appellate litigation practice. He previously served as justice of the Texas Court of Appeals, the first assistant attorney general of Texas, and a state district court judge. Sullivan was recently appointed by Texas Senators John Cornyn LL.M. ’95 and Ted Cruz to the federal judicial evaluation committee, where he will screen and recommend nominees for federal bench vacancies and U.S. Attorney offices in the state. He also serves on the supreme court advisory committee for the rules of civil procedure and evidence and the Texas pattern jury charge committee.


andersonBeryl Anderson has been elected to a third term as a Gahanna City Councilwoman in Ohio. She has chaired the finance, economic and development, parks, and service committees and serves on the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission and Visitors & Conventions Bureau. She also serves on several boards. She was featured in the “Best in Columbus” issue of Columbus Magazine for her accomplishments and service. Beryl is the former lead singer in the popular group “Beryl and the Eclectics,” which was formed when she was in Law School. She continues to sing for events and directs a church choir.

eldenJoyce Elden heads the Sun Life Financial investments legal practice group and is a member of the corporate leadership team in their U.S. headquarters in Wellesley, Mass. She is on the board of regents for the American College of Mortgage Attorneys and is also a member of NEWiRE (New England Women in Real Estate), and serves on NEWiRE’s educational foundation board of directors. Joyce and her husband, Dana Pickard, live in Wellesley.

graumlichBetty Graumlich is a partner and deputy practice group leader for Reed Smith’s labor & employment practice in Richmond, Va. She has been named a 2013 BTI Client Service All-Star for labor & employment. In 2012 she was recognized in Virginia Lawyers Weekly as one of the Influential Women of Virginia and was named to the Virginia Legal Elite honor roll for labor & employment law. She is listed in Virginia Super Lawyers 2013 and in Super Lawyers Corporate Counsel Edition as a leading labor & employment attorney.

For the past three years, Don Haycraft has been totally absorbed in Deepwater Horizon litigation on behalf of BP. His other main interest is promoting the most recent book by his wife, Madaline ’84, entitled Buddy, published by Viking in September 2012 and recently out in paperback. (See In Print.)

Judy Inge Harris practiced general litigation in Atlanta, Ga., for more than ten years. After moving to the Boston area in 2001 and spending many years volunteering in the community, she enjoys a career in residential real estate in the Weston office of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. She draws upon her experience in law, negotiation, and mediation frequently.

Christopher S. Knopik is listed in Best Lawyers 2014 in commercial litigation, medical malpractice, and personal injury litigation. He is a founding member of Knopik Deskins Law Group in Tampa, Fla.

Robert P. Latham is listed in Best Lawyers 2014 in commercial litigation, first amendment law, litigation-first amendment, litigation-intellectual property, litigation-patent, and sports law. He is a partner with Jackson Walker in Dallas and Houston, where he chairs the media law and intellectual property litigation groups.

maloofDavid T. Maloof, widely recognized as an expert in international shipping law, has recently been traveling for another reason. He and his family have been developing recreational facilities for the children at a refugee camp in Lebanon. As a result of his work, he has been consulted by both the State Department and the White House. Most recently, in honor of his work, the organization Pax Christi Metro New York has created an annual Maloof Family Young Peacemakers Award competition for Catholic high school students in the New York metropolitan area. He is senior partner with Maloof Browne & Eagan in Rye.

Greg Musil received the Johnson County Bar Association’s Justinian Award for Professional Excellence in March. The award is given to an attorney who exemplifies integrity, service to the community and legal profession, and warmth, friendliness, and camaraderie. He is a shareholder with Polsinelli in Overland Park, Kans.

notestineKerry Notestine testified before Congress on February 14 on the issue of government contractor obligations to comply with the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act notice related to the sequestration. He is a shareholder with Littler Mendelson in Houston, Tex.

palianiAlfred Paliani was elected vice president of corporate of the International Association for Defense Counsel. He will serve a three-year term for the invitation-only global legal organization with approximately 2,500 members whose practice concerns the representation of corporate and insurance interests. Paliani is general counsel of Quality King Distributors and its group of affiliated companies headquartered in Bellport, N.Y.

John M. Sheftall is listed in Best Lawyers 2014 in litigation-trusts and estates, and trusts and estates. He was also recognized in Best Lawyers 2014 as Columbus Lawyer of the Year in trusts and estates. He is a partner with Hatcher, Stubbs, Land, Hollis & Rothschild.

Last year Bob Simmons was named the co-chair of the Georgetown University Law Center’s annual Advanced Commercial Leasing Institute, and he was elected as a fellow of the American College of Real Estate lawyers. He also completed the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Extreme Hike for a Cure, 31 miles in one day on a section of the Appalachian Trail in East Tennessee.

Steven W. Sloan is listed in in Texas Super Lawyers 2013 in employment & labor and employee benefits/ERISA and Best Lawyers 2014 in employment law-management and labor law-management. He is of counsel with Thompson & Knight in Dallas.

Maria A. Smith writes that though she has “no big, ‘successful’ news to share, she sends congratulations to her esteemed classmates on their 30th anniversary!”

st. clairTimothy St. Clair has been elected to the JDRF International board of directors. JDRF (formerly named the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) is the world’s largest charitable supporter of Type 1 diabetes research. It’s “Less Until None” strategy focuses on five therapies: an artificial pancreas, encapsulation, “smart insulin,” restoration, and prevention. St. Clair’s involvement with the organization began ten years ago on a bicycle at a “Ride to Cure Diabetes.” He has served in a number of roles, including executive board member, national head coach, and chair of the fundraising rides program. St. Clair is a member with Nexsen Pruet in Greenville, S.C., where he is an intellectual property attorney dealing with cases involving copyrights, trademarks, and trade secrets. He has been recognized in South Carolina Super Lawyers 2013 in intellectual property litigation and Best Lawyers 2014 as Greenville Lawyer of the Year in patent law.

At the start of the semester Melissa Young returned to Grounds in a new role: executive director of Madison House, the University of Virginia’s clearinghouse for student volunteers. With more than 3,000 students volunteering each week, Madison House is the largest student-run volunteer organization at UVA and an independent non-profit. The group receives no direct funding from the University, except for the Student Council allocation it applies for each year.


North Carolina State Senator and Womble Carlyle attorney Pete Brunstetter is the 2013 recipient of the North Carolina Bar Association’s I. Beverly Lake Public Service Award, given periodically to one of the state’s attorneys for outstanding service to the community. Brunstetter has served as chairman of the board of the YMCAs of Northwest North Carolina, chairman of the board for Novant Health, Inc., member of the board of directors of the Winston-Salem Alliance, and is currently a member of the UNC-Chapel Hill board of visitors. He is also a Navy veteran.

K.C. Green is listed in Best Lawyers 2014 in mass tort litigation/class actions-defendants and mass tort litigation/class actions-product liability litigation. He is a partner with Ulmer & Berne in Cincinnati.

Madaline H. Herlong recently published her second novel, Buddy, the story of a boy, a dog, and Hurricane Katrina (see In Print). The New York Public Library included it on its 100 Books for Reading and Sharing list for 2012. Herlong teaches writing at Tulane University. To learn more about Buddy and see a video trailer for the book, see

James W. Huston is a partner with Morrison & Foerster in San Diego, Calif., where he was recently appointed chair of the trial practice group. He focuses his practice on product liability matters, contract disputes, and appeals. He is listed in Super Lawyers 2013 in personal injury defense, Best Lawyers 2014 in product liability litigation, and in Legal 500 US in aerospace/aviation and pharmaceutical and medical devices.

Kurt J. Krueger is listed in Virginia Super Lawyers 2013 in business/corporate and mergers and acquisitions and in Best Lawyers 2014 in corporate law. He is a partner with McGuireWoods in Charlottesville, where he focuses his practice on working with public and private, closely held corporations, as well as partnerships and limited liability companies.

Allison and Bill Lundeen are the grateful parents to three young daughters; all live near Chicago in River Forest, Illinois.

Bart McLeay lives in Omaha with his wife, Jane, and they have four children, with their youngest son in high school.Bart served for the past several years as chair of the litigation department for Kutak Rock.On July 1 he announced he was running as a Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate.

David M. Rosenberg is listed in Best Lawyers 2014 in non-profit/charities law. He is of counsel with Thompson & Knight in Dallas, where he focuses his practice on federal, state, and local taxation of corporations, partnerships, individuals, and nonprofit organizations.


priorJames H. Prior is listed in Chambers USA 2013 in employee benefits & executive compensation and in Best Lawyers 2014 in banking and finance law and equipment finance law. He is a partner with Porter Wright in Columbus, Ohio, where he focuses his practice on employee benefits and commercial transactions.

Daniel Sutherland has been appointed as an associate general counsel at the Department of Homeland Security, where he is the primary legal advisor to the Under Secretary for the National Protection and Programs Directorate. He leads the legal division that focuses on cyber security, biometrics, and chemical security. Previously, he served in the Senior National Intelligence Service at the National Counterterrorism Center. Wired described Sutherland as “one of the government’s point people on stemming the appeal of al-Qaida.”


William S. Brewbaker III became interim dean of the University of Alabama School of Law on July 1. He joined the University of Alabama School of Law faculty in 1993 after practicing in Birmingham for six years. He is the William Alfred Rose Professor of Law.

William W. Eigner was voted a top attorney in transaction law for San Diego County, Calif., by The Daily Transcript for the sixth consecutive year. He is a partner with Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch, where he focuses his practice on venture capital, angel financing, seed capital, and the financing, governing, operating, buying, selling, and merging of growing technology and other businesses.

Randall W. Nichols is a partner with Massey Stotser & Nichols in Birmingham, Ala. He was named Birmingham Lawyer of the Year in family law by Best Lawyers 2013.

William M. Ragland Jr. is listed in Chambers USA 2013 in intellectual property law and commercial litigation. He is listed in Best Lawyers 2014 in commercial litigation, copyright law, banking & finance litigation, intellectual property litigation, mergers & acquisitions litigation, patent law, patent litigation, and technology law. He is with Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice in Atlanta, Ga.


Stephen E. Fox is listed in Best Lawyers 2014 in management employment law, management labor law, and labor and employment litigation. He is a principal with Fish & Richardson in Dallas, Tex., where he focuses his practice on employment and intellectual property litigation and counseling, particularly in the areas of trade secret theft, corporate espionage, unfair competition, and employment discrimination and wrongful termination.

Timothy S. Goettel is listed in North Carolina Super Lawyers 2013 in mergers & acquisitions and securities & corporate finance and Chambers USA 2013 in corporate/M&A. He is also listed in Best Lawyers 2014 in corporate law and mergers & acquisitions law. He is a partner with Smith Anderson in Raleigh.

Wes Musselman was recognized for his expertise in intellectual property law in the 2013 IP Stars list published by Managing Intellectual Property. He is a principal with Fish & Richardson in Dallas, Tex., where he focuses his practice on patent prosecution and litigation.

pedeU.S. Army Col. Charles N. Pede was promoted to the rank of brigadier general at a ceremony at Fort Belvoir, Va., on September 16. His wife, Anne, and son, Nate (19) pinned on his stars. His distinguished career with the Judge Advocate General Corps includes service as executive officer to the JAG; chief of the criminal law division, and Staff Judge Advocate, U.S. Forces, Iraq. He twice deployed to Afghanistan while serving as Staff Judge Advocate for the 10th Mountain Division, based in Fort Drum, N.Y., and has completed numerous other assignments in military justice.

Ridge Schuyler is vice president and director of the Orange Dot Project in Charlottesville, where 27 percent of families lack enough income to pay for food, shelter, clothing, utilities, childcare and transportation. The Orange Dot Project works to help impoverished families become self-sufficient by creating new jobs and helping people to get and retain those jobs.


Tom Burack serves as immediate past president of the Environmental Council of the States, the national nonprofit, non-partisan association of state and territorial environmental agency leaders, having spent last year as the group’s president. In this capacity he has worked to strengthen the relationship between the state agencies and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Burack is now helping to lead a joint state and federal effort to bring a new business model to the delivery of environmental protection by using continuous process improvement techniques and advanced monitoring and information technology. Known as E-Enterprise for the Environment, this initiative promises over time to transform the regulatory approach to environmental protection in the United States.

bylerDaryl Byler is executive director of the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, Va. For six years Byler lived in Amman, Jordan, where he served as regional representative for the Mennonite Central Committee and worked on a variety of humanitarian assistance, development, and peacebuilding projects in the region. He wrote an article about the Syrian refugee crisis for PBS Religion and Ethics Newsweekly, which can be found at:

carterHunter Carter, as lead counsel in the marriage equality cases at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, was invited to argue to a committee of the Chilean Senate and to the entire Colombian Senate that marriage equality is a human right. He is a partner with Arent Fox in New York City.

John Catron and his wife, Kim, live in London, where John is employed by Boeing as its chief counsel for Europe, Russia, and Israel.

Steven Dalle Mura considers himself very fortunate to have worked for the past 20 years as the director of legal research in the office of the executive secretary of the Supreme Court of Virginia, which is the administrative office of the state court system. His group of five attorneys serves as the “law clerk pool” for the Virginia trial judges who do not have “elbow clerks.” He came to Law School with an incomplete Ph.D. dissertation, which he was able to complete years later and received a doctorate from UVA in Religious Studies. He writes that he is, however, most grateful for the 35 years with his wife, Barbara.

Arthur Robinson has been named the global head of capital markets for Simpson Thacher & Bartlett in New York City. He also leads Simpson Thacher’s business development team and sits on the firm’s executive committee.

James Williams received the Outstanding Mentor Award from the King County Bar Association Young Lawyers Division. Williams has been committed to helping young lawyers for years. He was one of the founders of the Washington State Bar Association's Leadership Institute, which recruits, trains, and develops diverse attorneys for future leadership positions in the state bar and across the state. Perkins Coie, where Williams is a partner in the litigation practice, partnered with its clients, Microsoft and Starbucks, to fund the organization, and Perkins Coie hosted a leadership styles and skill development session in the Seattle offices in January.


Dave Cohan accepted a position in May as in-house general counsel for Associated Asphalt, a distributor of liquid asphalt based in Roanoke, Va. The company operates 13 asphalt storage and transportation terminals throughout Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida. Dave can be reached at

Robert M. Tata was appointed by the governor of Virginia to the Old Dominion University board of visitors for a four- year term.Located in Norfolk, ODU is a public research university with approximately 25,000 students.Tata continues his practice at Hunton & Williams in Virginia Beach. He was recognized by Best Lawyers 2013 as a Washington, D.C., and Virginia Lawyer of the Year in intellectual property law.

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