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James H. Barker III practices communications law and serves as the deputy office managing partner with Latham & Watkins in Washington, D.C. He and his wife live in Alexandria, Va., and have six children: Vivian (14), Eliza (12), James (10), Bridget (9), Sam (7), and Meredith (3).

Ted Davis '90Theodore H. Davis Jr. received the 2014 Volunteer Service Award for the advancement of trademark law at the International Trademark Association leadership meeting in November. Davis is a partner with Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton in Atlanta, Ga., where he focuses his practice on trademark, copyright, false advertising, and unfair competition law.

Terri Diaz Ellenburg will celebrate 20 years with Sodexo in June. After serving as assistant general counsel, she created Sodexo’s office of employment rights, and is now vice president of employee relations. She lives in Bethesda, Md., with her husband, Matt, and their golden retriever, Lindy.

Brett G. Kappel joined Akerman in Washington, D.C., where he is a partner in the government affairs & public policy practice group. He focuses on political law, including federal, state, and local laws and regulations governing campaign finance, lobbying, and government ethics. His clients include corporations, trade associations, members of Congress, political candidates, and political action committees. He is listed in Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers 2015 for legislative and governmental affairs and administrative law.

Russell Sayre '90Russell S. Sayre is listed in Best Lawyers 2015 in appellate practice, commercial litigation, and litigation-banking & finance. He has also been named as Cincinnati’s Best Lawyers appellate practice Lawyer of the Year for 2015. He is a partner with Taft Stettinius & Hollister and co-chair of the litigation group.

Mark Trank writes that after practicing law and working for local government and private law firms owned by others he has established his own law firm, the Law Office of Mark A. Trank, P.A., in Fort Myers, Fla. He practices labor and employment law, business/real estate law, education law, local government law, “and anything else that comes through the door that looks interesting!”


Carl Hahn was named vice president and chief compliance officer of Northrop Grumman Corporation in Falls Church, Va. Previously he was associate general counsel and trust and compliance officer with IBM.

Timothy J. Heaphy joined Hunton & Williams as a partner and chair of the white-collar defense and internal investigations practice. He will split his time between Hunton’s Washington, D.C., and Richmond offices. He previously served as U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Virginia and during his tenure served on the U.S. Attorney General’s Advisory Committee, advising the Attorney General on emerging policy issues. Heaphy also served as chairman of the AGAC’s subcommittee on enforcement coordination, victims issues, and community outreach, and was a member of the subcommittees on criminal practice, violent and organized crime, and civil rights. He has testified before Congressional committees several times on issues ranging from guns to synthetic drugs to sentencing reform.

Ken Paxton was elected as Attorney General of Texas, garnering nearly 60 percent of the votes cast statewide during the 2014 general election. He was first elected to the Texas House of Representatives in 2002, representing House District 70. In 2012 he was elected to the Texas State Senate, representing Senate District 8.

Tim Spong is executive director of safety, security, and risk for Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc., and oversees liability and worker’s comp litigation, customer service, restaurant cash-handling audits, and insurance. Tim and Leslie have five children: Virginia (19), Mason (17), William (14), David (11), and John (9). “Virginia is considering law school!”


Jeffrey W. Shaw was elected by the Virginia General Assembly to an eight-year term as a judge of the Ninth Judicial Circuit. He is the presiding circuit court judge in Gloucester, Mathews, and Middlesex counties. He was sworn in by his father, William H. Shaw III ’71, who retired from the same position in 2009. Jeffrey and his wife, Barbara, live in Locust Hill.


David Andrews '93David T. Andrews is an attorney in the labor and employment litigation practice groups with Day Ketterer in Hudson, Ohio. He works with employers to address discipline and discharge matters, including compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, Family and Medical Leave Act, and equal employment opportunity laws. Andrews was a founding member of Andrews & Wyatt, a labor, employment, and worker’s compensation firm that merged with Day Ketterer on January 1.

Mark Brazeal has been appointed senior vice president and chief legal officer with SanDisk Corporation, a global leader in flash memory storage solutions headquartered in Milpitas, Calif. He focuses on intellectual property, licensing, and other matters, including M&A transactions, litigation, commercial agreements, corporate securities law, and governance. Previously Brazeal was with Broadcom, where he was senior vice president and senior deputy counsel.

Monica Derbes Gibson '93Monica Derbes Gibson returned to her hometown of New Orleans, La., where she practices environmental and administrative law with Liskaw & Lewis. She was previously with Venable in Washington, D.C. She is engaged to be married, “proving,” she notes, “that optimism trumps experience.”

Dickens Mathieu '93Dickens “Deke” Mathieu has been appointed general counsel at Trinity College in Hartford, Conn. He was previously with Mathieu Consulting, a higher education consulting firm he founded. He has served as senior vice president and general counsel for Syracuse University and as senior legal counsel at Tufts University.

Lisa Reisman published her memoir, 5 Months 10 Years 2 Hours, an account of her ordeal: after deciding to leave the practice of law, she didn’t expect to “wake up in a hospital room with a malignant brain tumor and a prognosis of one year to live. Or that ten years later, [she’d] be competing in a grueling triathlon as a cancer patient and survivor.” (See In Print.)
Reisman studied Ancient Greek and Latin at Oxford and Yale before getting her JD. She practiced law in New York for four years. A dean’s fellow at Columbia University’s School of the Arts, she also has been supported by fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the Ucross Foundation, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and Wesleyan University. Currently she is a freelance reporter and manages a local band.


Amelia A. Fogleman was named Best Lawyers 2015 Lawyer of the Year in antitrust litigation in Tulsa, Okla. She is a shareholder with GableGotwals, where she focuses her practice on litigation in the areas of appellate law, complex commercial litigation, antitrust law, and oil & gas.

Robert C. Grohowski has joined the Investment Advisor Association as general counsel in Washington, D.C. He was previously associate general counsel for the Investment Company Institute.

Craig M. Kline is the managing partner for Troutman Sanders’ new office in San Francisco. The new office will serve as a gateway for cross-border transactions with China. Kline, who relocated from the firm’s New York office, serves on the firm’s executive committee and heads the renewable energy practice.

Cary D. Pugh was nominated by President Obama to a 15-year term on the U.S. Tax Court and was confirmed by the U.S. Senate in November. She took the oath of office on December 16. She was previously with Skadden.

Alex E. Sadler
has written a new book, Legal Guide to the Research Credit, that reviews the legal principles and authorities that govern the research and development tax credit provided by section 41 of the Internal Revenue code (see In Print). He is a partner with Ivins, Phillips & Barker in Washington, D.C., where he focuses on representing taxpayers in litigation and administrative controversies with the IRS, the U.S. Department of Justice, and state tax authorities.


Chris Akin and his colleagues at Lynn Tillotson Pinker & Cox represented a plaintiff in a high-profile trial that lasted almost six weeks and resulted in a verdict awarding more than $1 billion to their client, including pre-judgment interest. The verdict has been reported as the largest ever in Dallas County, the largest verdict in the State of Texas in 2014, and the third largest verdict in the nation in 2014. Chris is a partner with the high-stakes litigation firm, and Trey Cox is one of the name partners. Chris lives in Dallas with his wife, Marjorie, and their two children, Graham (8) and Amelia (5).

Shanti Ariker is global general counsel of the Salesforce Foundation in San Francisco, Calif.

Christopher L. Bennett has joined Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott in Washington, D.C., as a member. He is a general corporate attorney with particular focus on the hospitality and gaming industries. He was previously chief administrative officer and general counsel with Interstate Hotels & Resorts, Inc.

Eric C. Broyles has co-authored, with a police officer/lifelong friend, a  timely book, Encounters With Police: A Black Man’s Guide to Survival. (See In Print.) Broyles was interviewed in January on ION TV’s Metro Magazine with Bonnie McDaniel and in April gave a talk at the University of Cincinnati Blue Ash College entitled, “Started from the Bottom: From Struggling High School Student to CEO.” He spoke at the Law School in March at an event sponsored by the Black Law Students Association.

Broyles is chief executive officer with ExpertConnect, a company that helps attorneys find the most knowledgeable experts to serve as witnesses.

Jeffrey W. Cottle is a partner in Steptoe & Johnson’s London office, where he practices in the area of international regulatory compliance with an emphasis on export controls, anti-corruption, and trade sanctions compliance.

Trey Cox was listed as a leader in his field by Chambers USA 2014 in general commercial litigation. He is a founding partner with Lynn Tillotson Pinker & Cox in Dallas, Tex., where he focuses his practice on business litigation, intellectual property litigation, and appellate law. His firm represented SCA Promotions in a recent ruling that has ordered Lance Armstrong to pay $10 million for lying under oath about doping.

Norman S. Fletcher LL.M. received the Southern Center for Human Rights’ Gideon’s Promise Award on May 12, for his leadership as chief justice in the creation of a public defender system in Georgia. He was appointed to the Georgia Supreme Court in 1989 and served as chief justice from 2001–05. He is of counsel with Brinson, Askew, Berry, Seigler, Richardson & Davis in Rome, Ga.

Peter S. Vincent joined Thomson Reuters Special Services in Washington, D.C., as general counsel. He provides legal counsel and advice on matters related to intelligence collection; cybersecurity; counterintelligence; threat finance; identity determination; insider threat; political, social, and military issues; continuous monitoring and evaluation of cleared personnel; targeting and networks; risk management; and law enforcement investigations.
For nearly six years Vincent served as a political appointee with the Obama administration as principal legal advisor, senior counselor for international policy, and acting director of the Office of International Affairs with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Hill B. Wellford was elected to the governing council of the ABA antitrust section. He is with Morgan, Lewis & Bockius in Washington, D.C., as the result of that firm’s merger with his former firm, Bingham McCutchen, at the end of 2014. He lives in Arlington, Va., with his wife, Michelle Boardman, who is a law professor at George Mason University, and their three boys.


Gavin E. Hill has joined Bracewell & Giuliani as a partner in the litigation practice group in Dallas, Tex., where he advises energy, technology, telecommunications, and other companies about risks and liabilities and represents clients in complex commercial litigation.

Claudia Jaques joined TTR Sotheby’s International Realty in McLean, Va., as a real estate professional. She has nearly 20 years of corporate legal experience and four years of international banking experience.

Mark Knueve is listed in Ohio Super Lawyers 2015 in employment and labor law. He represents employers in matters involving complex litigation such as wage and hour class actions and collective actions. Knueve is a partner with Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease in Columbus.


Bartos and HorwitzJeffrey Bartos (right) and Yuri Horwitz '06 attended the EY Entrepreneur of the Year Strategic Growth Forum in Palm Springs, Calif., where they were honored as regional winners of the Entrepreneur of the Year program. Horwitz, the winner for an emerging company, is CEO of Sol Systems in Washington, D.C., and Bartos, who was the cleantech winner, is CEO of Mark Group, Inc's North American division headquartered in Philadelphia, Pa. Both are involved in renewable energy and home energy efficiency.

Brian W. Byrd was listed in the 2014 Super Lawyers business edition in real estate and recognized in Chambers USA 2014 as a leader in North Carolina real estate. He is listed in Best Lawyers 2015 in real estate and land use & zoning law and recognized in Business North Carolina 2015 as a legal elite in real estate law. He is with Smith Moore Leatherwood in Greensboro.

Jeffrey B. Hubbard and his wife, Laura, established Elysian Ridge Farms and Apiary (see They are registered breeders of purebred Berkshire pigs and Nigerian dwarf goats and purveyors of raw organic honey from their mountaintop home in Bedford County, Va.

Andrea Sullivan Gould recently argued the case of Sheppard v. Junes (287 Va. 397 (2014) before the Virginia Supreme Court. The court analyzed intestacy succession in Virginia and held that a “half-blood” uncle was entitled to one half of a decedent’s estate, rather than one quarter. Andrea was with Troutman Sanders in Richmond for 12 years before joining Andrew Mauck in 2013 [now Mauck & Brooke], where she practices business litigation and trusts and estates litigation with classmate Melissa Roberts Tannery and Andy Mauck ’91.

Rachel Spears was named as one of Atlanta magazine’s “Women Making a Mark” for 2015. Spears has been the executive director of Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta since the organization’s founding in 2005. The organization connects a network of volunteer attorneys from Atlanta-based corporations and law firms with nonprofits in need of legal services. These partnerships improve the lives of the homeless, domestic violence survivors, at-risk youth, senior citizens, individuals with disabilities, and others in need.
Prior to joining the partnership, Spears was an associate in the public finance department at King & Spalding, also in Atlanta.

Spears also serves as chair of the State Bar of Georgia nonprofit law section and is a member of the public interest executive roundtable of the Atlanta Bar Association. She has been recognized as one of Georgia Trend magazine’s Legal Elite and the Daily Report’s On the Rise attorneys. In 2014, she received the EPIC Inspiration Award: Unsung Devotion to Those Most in Need awarded by Emory University.


Christopher Brearton joined Latham & Watkins as a partner in the entertainment, sports, and media practice in Century City, in the heart of Los Angeles, Calif. He is also deputy office managing partner. He advises motion picture studios, independent producers, financial institutions, investment funds, television networks, and sports organizations, and his high-powered work in sports law was highlighted in the cover story for the March issue of The American Lawyer.

Yared Getachew is working as an American legal adviser in the international law department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, located in Addis Ababa.

Neale T. Johnson was included among Business North Carolina’s legal elite in construction in 2014. He was also listed in the 2014 Super Lawyers business edition and in North Carolina Super Lawyers 2015 in real estate. Johnson is with Smith Moore Leatherwood in Greensboro, where his practice focuses on commercial litigation, including construction, contract, real estate, title insurance, and landlord-tenant matters.

Stan McCoy has been named president of the Motion Picture Association of America’s Europe/Middle East/Africa region headquartered in Brussels, Belgium. He was previously senior vice president and regional policy director for the region.

Robert McGlarry was named president of Major League Baseball Network, where he has oversight of all day-to-day operations. He has been with the network since its launch in 2009, first as senior vice president of programming and business affairs, and most recently as executive vice president for content. Prior to that McGlarry worked for Major League Baseball from 2003–08 and was vice president of broadcasting business affairs.


Klint Alexander has been named dean of the University of Wyoming’s College of Law and will begin his new position on July 1. He has had teaching and leadership roles at several institutions, including Yale, Vanderbilt, and the University of London. Since 2013 he has been a member of the global business team at Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell and Berkowitz.

Jan Brunner has been named senior energy policy advisor to U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia. A native of Bluefield, Brunner previously served as senior counsel for fossil energy on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee and as senior energy advisor for U.S. Senator Joe Manchin of W. Va.

Tim Freilich is the new executive director of the University of Virginia’s Madison House. He was a Madison House volunteer and program director while an undergraduate at UVA and has been honored (in 2005) as Alumni of the Year by the organization’s alumni council. Most recently Freilich was the legal director of the Legal Aid Justice Center’s immigrant advocacy program.

Thomas G. Funke LL.M. leads the antitrust practice at European law firm Osborne Clarke, which is shortlisted for “competition law firm of the year” in Germany. The nomination recognizes Funke’s successes before the European Court of Justice and the German Supreme Court in the areas of cartel damages litigation and automotive matters. Funke spoke on the EU framework for online retailing at the ABA Antitrust meeting last spring in Washington, D.C. He lives with his wife, Alexa, and their two sons in Cologne.

Thomas J. Mattei Jr. has been appointed general counsel and executive officer with Farmer Bros. Co., headquartered in Torrance, Calif. He joined the company in January 2013 as vice president and corporate counsel. His main areas of responsibility include corporate governance, SEC compliance, mergers & acquisitions, and litigation management. He also oversees the risk management and real estate departments.

Joanna Silverstein '99Joanna M. Silverstein is now a shareholder with Littler in Seattle, Wash., where she advises and represents employers in a wide range of employment law matters involving state and federal law.

Scott Spence '99Scott Spence was appointed programme director for national implementation by the board of trustees of the London-based VERTIC. Spence oversees the strategic vision and technical delivery of the programme, which works with interested governments on comprehensive national implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1540 on the non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, the Biological and Chemical Weapons Conventions, and certain international legal instruments to secure nuclear and other radioactive material. This includes awareness-raising activities, promoting universal membership in several treaties, and legislative assistance.

Spence developed the “National Legislation Implementation Kit on Nuclear Security,” which was presented by the vice president of Indonesia to the Nuclear Security Summit in The Hague in March 2014. He also wrote VERTIC’s “Legislative Guide to National Implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1540,” which was presented to the Security Council in October 2014 by the permanent representatives of Canada and the United Kingdom to the UN in New York. He and his partner, Pere, who works for UNAIDS, live in Geneva.

Amy Todd-Gher has joined Littler as a shareholder in San Diego, Calif. She focuses her practice on employment law, including discrimination and harassment, complex litigation and jury trials, hiring and performance management, and competition and trade secret law. She was previously with Valdez Todd & Doyle.

Robert T. Trammell Jr. was elected to the Georgia House of Representatives, District 132, in November. He practices law with The Trammell Firm in Luthersville.

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