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Jean-Claude “J.C.” André joined Sidley Austin as a partner in its Los Angeles office. A member of Sidley’s Supreme Court and appellate practice, André was previously an assistant U.S. attorney and chief of the Criminal Appeals Section for the Central District of California.
Ama Adams joined Ropes & Gray as a partner in its business and securities litigation practice in Washington, D.C. Her practice focuses on international transactions and the federal government’s regulation of trade and investment. Adams was previously with Baker Botts.
Andrew S. Boutros, national co-chair of Seyfarth Shaw’s white-collar, internal investigations and false claims team, is the recipient of the firm’s first-ever Pro Bono Impact Award for his groundbreaking work as founder and chair of the ABA Criminal Justice Section Task Force on College Due Process Rights and Victim Protections. The task force’s unanimous, bipartisan recommendations are helping shape policy for America’s nearly 5,000 colleges and universities and their approximately 21 million students, and have been recognized at the highest levels of the Department of Education, including by the secretary of education.
In addition, Netflix released a new six-episode documentary series titled “Rotten,” which exposes fraud and corruption in the global food supply chain. The first episode, titled “Lawyers, Guns and Honey,” featured Boutros and his handling of the largest food, customs and trade fraud series of cases in U.S. history when he was a federal prosecutor in Chicago. Those cases, dubbed “Honeygate,” led to 27 defendants being charged across multiple cases involving $260 million in losses, as well as all apprehended defendants being convicted, the insertion of an undercover federal agent into a real company for more than a year, and the cases being featured repeatedly in both chambers of Congress as well as in the press as models for future prosecutions.
Boutros’ book, “ABA Compliance Officer Deskbook,” received a strong review from Robert Costello in a recent ABA Criminal Justice Magazine. The book is a No. 2 bestseller in the ABA Criminal Justice Section.
Tillman J. Breckenridge of Bailey & Glasser’s Washington, D.C., office, was elected to the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers. Academy membership is by invitation only, and open to distinguished attorneys who have focused substantially on appeals for at least the past 15 years. The academy limits its membership to 500 appellate attorneys in the United States. Breckenridge has represented individuals, companies, organizations, and local, state and foreign governments before the U.S. Supreme Court and in every U.S. court of appeals. He is the St. George Tucker Adjunct Professor of Law at William & Mary School of Law, where he directs the Appellate and Supreme Court Clinic. In 2014, he was named one of the National Bar Association’s 40 Trailblazers Under 40.
Based in British Columbia, Canada, Matt Eisenbrandt has spent his career in the field of human rights and international justice. He is one of Canada’s leading experts on universal jurisdiction prosecutions and corporate accountability for human rights violations. Eisenbrandt is currently a special consultant to Camp Fiorante Matthews Mogerman on the law firm’s business and human rights cases, including two lawsuits against Canadian mining companies for alleged abuses connected to their overseas operations. Eisenbrandt is also a special advisor to the Canadian Centre for International Justice, where he spent nine years overseeing the organization’s casework on behalf of survivors seeking justice for serious human rights violations. He previously served as the legal director for the Center for Justice & Accountability, a U.S.-based group that holds human rights abusers accountable through legal cases, particularly under the Alien Tort Statute. He was the center’s lead counsel in jury trials against military commanders from El Salvador and Haiti, and a member of the trial team in a lawsuit against a Salvadoran man for his role in the death-squad murder of beloved archbishop Oscar Romero. Eisenbrandt is the author of “Assassination of a Saint,” a book about the center’s investigation of Romero’s killers.
Steven M. Klepper, principal at Kramon & Graham in Baltimore, was recognized by 2018 Maryland Super Lawyers for his work in appellate law and insurance coverage. Klepper has been selected to appear in the directory every year since 2011.
Brady McShane joined Greenberg Traurig as a shareholder in the land use and land development, environmental and real estate practices in the Denver and Los Angeles offices. McShane advises developers, landowners, financial institutions, and builders on political, regulatory, technical and environmental issues involved in developing projects in California.
The day after Frank Sullivan Jr. LL.M. stepped down after 19 years on the Indiana Supreme Court, he started work at the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law as a professor of practice. After five years, he is energized by being among the next generation of lawyers, Sullivan said. “I’m upbeat about the future of the profession,” he said. “I am proud to be in a position to help prepare the men and women for the vocation.”
Sullivan is the only former Indiana Supreme Court justice who is a full-time member of an Indiana law school faculty. As a justice, Sullivan authored about 500 majority opinions addressing a wide range of criminal, civil and tax law issues. He previously served as Indiana state budget director and executive assistant for fiscal policy to former Gov. Evan Bayh ’81 from 1989 until 1992.
Since joining the law faculty, Sullivan has published a series of articles titled “Looking Back: Developing Indiana Law Post-Bench Reflections of an Indiana Supreme Court Justice” on the development of Indiana administrative, constitutional, tort and juvenile justice law in the Indiana Law Review. The material will also be published in an upcoming book edition.
He has been recognized for his teaching by the students who selected him as the Red Cane winner (Best New Professor in 2014) and the Black Cane winner (Best Professor in 2015). In 2016, Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis presented him with the Trustees’ Teaching Award. In May 2017 he was presented with the American Inns of Court Professionalism Award at the Seventh Circuit Bar Association Annual Meeting in Indianapolis.
Murphy ’01 Confirmed as GSA’s 41st Administrator
The U.S. Senate unanimously confirmed Emily Webster Murphy ’01 in December to be administrator of the U.S. General Services Administration, making her the agency’s 41st head.
“I’m excited to work with the talented and dedicated team at GSA as we focus on my priorities as administrator, which include emphasizing ethical leadership, reducing duplication within our internal processes and across government, generating more competition at the contract and task order level, and increasing agency transparency,” Murphy said in a GSA press release.
In the job, she oversees about $54 billion in annual contracts and 371 million rentable square feet of property. She leads a workforce of 11,600 full-time employees.
Murphy’s confirmation came after a hearing before the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, where she discussed agency priorities.
Her nomination received extensive bipartisan support.
Murphy was most recently senior adviser to GSA’s acting administrator. She came to the agency with decades of experience in government contracting and procurement.
Mark Crooks was invested as a circuit court judge in Anne Arundel County, Md., in December 2016. He presides over both civil and criminal cases. Crooks (markcrooks.com) stands for election this year in order to secure a 15-year term.
Afi Johnson-Parris served as a faculty member at the Family Law Trial Advocacy Institute in Boulder, Colo., sponsored by the National Institute of Trial Advocacy and the American Bar Association Family Law Section. The institute’s team of professors, judges and practicing lawyers apply their knowledge, credentials and experience to train and develop legal advocates that will help improve the adversarial judicial system. Johnson-Parris, who practices with Ward Black Law in Greensboro, N.C., was invited as an expert in the area of family law trial advocacy to teach other lawyers about presenting child custody, equitable distribution and divorce cases in court. Johnson-Parris was also named in the 2018 Best Lawyers in America listing in family law.
Meltem F. Kodaman, was promoted to partner at Eversheds Sutherland. Kodaman is resident in the Washington, D.C., office and advises clients in general corporate and securities law, concentrating on derivatives contracts, including interest rate, foreign exchange, equity and commodity products.
DOJ’s Bragdon ’02 on Changing the System in the Philippines
The Justice Department has legal advisers scattered at several dozen embassies around the world. One of those intrepid resident attorneys is David Bragdon ’02, stationed in Manila. His job is to introduce best practices and develop the Philippines’ legal system—training judges, prosecutors, public defenders and law enforcement. He oversees a lean staff of two others besides himself.
In his new home, which he moved to last year, “There is a great need for improvement,” Bragdon said.
Although the country’s justice system involves a presumption of innocence as well as trials and appeals, just as in the U.S., the courts have been criticized for extensive bench-level corruption and for allowing the accused to languish, sometimes for more than a decade, prior to the completion of a trial.
Bragdon said he sees an opportunity to make a difference.
“I wanted my career to not be just about making money,” he said.
After UVA Law, where he was an articles editor for the Virginia Law Review, Bragdon clerked for Judge Stephen Williams on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. He
then became an associate with Burr & Forman in Birmingham, Ala. Three years into private practice, Bragdon was hired as a clerk to Justice Clarence Thomas. Following that, he stayed in public service.
Bragdon spent nine years as an assistant U.S. attorney in Raleigh, North Carolina, specializing in financial crimes and public corruption cases. Facilitating justice “was something I enjoyed about being a prosecutor, so doing this felt like a different way of trying to help,” he said.
The embassy’s Justice Department advisers also occasionally offer guidance for legislative initiatives. Bragdon said that the most important issues currently facing the department there are in counterterrorism, human trafficking and cyber crime.
It was a 24-hour trek from the states to Manila. Bragdon relocated with his wife and three children, ages 11, 8 and 6.
“It was kind of intimidating,” he said, “but we wanted the kids to experience a different culture.”
Although his 14-month assignment is due to expire this summer, he said he plans to accept a second tour of duty.
—Mark F. Bernstein ’89
Sheryl Koval Garko received the 2017 Women Worth Watching Award and was featured in a special issue of Profiles in Diversity Journal. According to the journal, “These women are forging ahead with global acclaim in strategies that are making a difference in their workplace, marketplace and around the world.” Garko is based in Fish & Richardson’s Boston office, where she focuses her practice on intellectual property litigation with a particular emphasis on trademark, copyright, trade secret and media litigation. She has worked with some of the most recognizable brands in the world, as well as assisting startup companies. Most recently, she represented New Balance in one of Law360’s “Top Trademark Rulings of 2016.” Garko serves as the national litigation marketing leader at Fish.
Stuart Shapley joined Munck Wilson Mandala’s Austin, Texas, office. Shapley represents clients on patent prosecution, litigation and licensing matters across a range of technologies, including networked computer systems, data storage devices, e-commerce applications and medical devices.
Leila D. Carney has rejoined Caplin & Drysdale as of counsel in their tax controversies group in Washington, D.C.
Terence Kern LL.M. was inducted into the Oklahoma State University Hall of Fame on Feb. 10. In 1994, Kern was appointed to the federal bench in the Northern District of Oklahoma in Tulsa and continues to serve as a senior judge with an active civil docket. Induction into the OSU Hall of Fame is the highest honor bestowed by the university.
Sullivan Berchtold ’05 Helps Lead New Approach to Health Care
Marvelle Sullivan Berchtold ’05, a managing director with JPMorgan Chase & Co., has been tasked with overseeing her company’s part in spearheading a new approach to health care.
The plan, a partnership with Amazon and Berkshire Hathaway, is meant to drive down costs while improving customer satisfaction.
Sullivan Berchtold joined JPMorgan in August after a career in the pharmaceutical industry. She spent eight years at Swiss-based Novartis, where she rose to global head of mergers and acquisitions. There, she represented the company in more than $100 billion in transactions. Among her high-profile deals was the purchase of an oncology portfolio from GlaxoSmithKline—or GSK—for $16 billion.
She also recently served as a board member of GSK Consumer Healthcare.
The companies made the announcement Jan. 30. The new health care company will be “free from profit-making incentives and constraints,” according to a press release.
Rosenblatt ’06, Legal Team Wrap Bergdahl Defense
Army Judge Advocate General Lt. Col. Franklin Rosenblatt ’06 has concluded three years leading Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s military defense team at a court-martial in Fort Bragg, N.C.
Bergdahl pleaded guilty Oct. 16 to desertion for one day and to misbehavior before the enemy by endangering his unit when he walked away from his post in Afghanistan in 2009 and was captured by the enemy. He was found not guilty of desertion for the remainder of his captivity, almost five years. Following a two-week sentencing hearing, he was sentenced in November to a dishonorable discharge, reduction in rank to private and forfeiture of $1,000 in military pay per month for 10 months.
“The contested sentencing hearing was a showdown between extensive amounts of evdence in aggravation and mitigation, with a backdrop of allegations of political interference in the military justice process,” Rosenblatt said. “We are grateful that the military judge agreed with our view that any confinement would be inappropriate given the facts of the case.”
Prosecutors had asked for 14 years of confinement.
Bergdahl’s defense team renewed a motion to dismiss the case in the middle of trial after President Donald Trump, when asked about the case, referred reporters to his prior comments from the campaign trail, when he had repeatedly called for Bergdahl to be executed for treason. The military judge did not grant the motion but agreed to consider the president’s remarks as mitigating evidence.
Jason R. Brege, a partner with Smith Anderson in Raleigh, N.C., was recognized in 2018 North Carolina Rising Stars.
Catherine Cockerham was elected partner at Steptoe & Johnson, based in the firm’s Washington, D.C., office. Cockerham focuses primarily on insurance coverage disputes and other complex commercial litigation, including professional liability and contractual disputes. Her work on behalf of insurers includes providing advice and litigating coverage actions in federal and state courts, and before arbitration panels involving asbestos, environmental liability, bad faith, products liability and other claims. Cockerham is a part of Steptoe’s hiring committee and is active in the firm’s pro bono program.
Daniel R. B. Nicholas was promoted to partner with Eversheds Sutherland. Based in the firm’s Washington, D.C., office, Nicholas advises clients regarding U.S. federal income tax with an emphasis on international tax planning and transactions, and the taxation of financial products.
Nimer Sultany LL.M., a senior lecturer in public law at the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies, published a book on “Law and Revolution: Legitimacy and Constitutionalism After the Arab Spring” via Oxford University Press.
McFadden ’06, at 39, Assumes Judgeship of U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
Trevor N. McFadden ’06 has been appointed by President Donald J. Trump to be a U.S. district judge for the District of Columbia. The selection makes him the youngest person ever to be named to that court and, at the time of his confirmation, the youngest sitting federal judge in the country.
Approved by a Senate vote of 84-10, McFadden was confirmed Oct. 30 at age 39.
Another UVA Law alum, Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson III ’72 of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, was appointed to the federal bench at the same relatively young age.
McFadden received his judicial commission the day after his confirmation.
McFadden was serving as deputy assistant attorney general with the U.S. Department of Justice, Criminal Division, when he was nominated in June. He previously was a partner with the D.C. Office of Baker & McKenzie, where he focused on white-collar litigation. Before that, he was an assistant U.S. attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia, where he prosecuted numerous violent crimes. He began practice as counsel to the deputy attorney general at the Justice Department.
At UVA Law, he served on the University Honor Committee and the Virginia Law Review, and graduated Order of the Coif. After law school, he clerked for Judge Steven Colloton on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.
McFadden recently hired Coreen Mao ’14 to serve as one of his clerks.
He is married to Kelly (Lynch) McFadden ’08, whom he met at UVA.
Other Judges Nominated and Confirmed
John B. Nalbandian ’94 has been nominated to the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, based in Cincinnati. Nalbandian is currently a partner in the litigation practice group of Taft Stettinius & Hollister of Cincinnati.
Jennifer Attrep ’06 was appointed to the New Mexico Court of Appeals. She previously served as a 1st Judicial District judge in the state, and in private practice in Santa Fe and Washington, D.C.
Daniel D. Domenico ’00 of Colorado has been nominated to serve as a district judge on the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado. He is currently a managing partner of Kittredge, and previously served as the solicitor general of Colorado.
Daniel Metroka was promoted to partner at Hogan Lovells. Metroka represents clients in a wide range of investigations and commercial disputes, with a particular focus on the life sciences, health care and insurance industry sectors, from the firm’s Philadelphia office.
Abigail Perdue is an associate professor at Wake Forest University School of Law. In 2017, West Academic published her second book, “The All-Inclusive Guide to Judicial Clerking,” a comprehensive resource ideal for courts, law schools and clinical professors. Perdue directs Wake Forest’s Washington, D.C., Summer Judicial Externship Program and is assistant director of its Metropolitan Externship Program. Her law review articles have been featured in the Columbia Journal of Gender and Law; Duke Journal of Gender, Law, and Policy; DePaul Law Review; Marquette Law Review; and other publications. In 2017, she launched teachlawbetter.com, a blog dedicated to celebrating experiments in law school pedagogy. Perdue has just completed her term on the editorial board of The Second Draft, where she was chosen to serve as co-editor-in-chief.
Nasson ’07 Named Lawyer of Year for Innocence Efforts
Christopher L. Nasson ’07 and his legal team at K&L Gates recently helped free a Massachusetts man who was wrongfully imprisoned for 37 years for a murder he did not commit.
In January, Nasson, a partner in the international law firm’s Boston and New York offices, was named a Lawyer of the Year by Massachussetts Lawyers Weekly for leading the case.
Client Frederick Weichel, who was convicted of a 1980 murder in Braintree, Mass., was released after a judge threw out his conviction last year. The legal team had discovered a police investigative report—previously withheld from the defense team—that indicated another possible suspect.
“One of the lessons that I’ve learned from working with Fred and working with the team that supported Fred is it’s never over,” Nasson told the Weekly. “It sure seemed like it was over many times for Fred, but his persistence and his hope never really wavered.”
He added, “That sort of perseverance you can apply as a lawyer across all of your cases.”
Nasson’s practice focuses on regulatory enforcement, white-collar criminal defense, internal investigations and complex civil litigation. He previously spent six years as a federal prosecutor.
Matthew R. Conway was promoted to partner with Latham & Watkins in Washington, D.C. A member of the firm’s tax department, Conway’s practice focuses on executive compensation and employee benefit matters in corporate transactions. He also advises public and private companies, private equity sponsors, and executives in the negotiation of employment and separation agreements and the design, implementation and disclosure of deferred compensation, retention, and equity and other incentive programs.
Frankie Jones was appointed to the Goodwill Industries of Central North Carolina board of directors.
Liam J. Montgomery made partner at Williams & Connolly in Washington, D.C. Montgomery focuses on complex civil trials, principally in matters relating to products liability and life sciences, as well as banking, financial and actuarial services.
Marcy C. Priedeman was promoted to partner with Latham & Watkins in San Francisco. Priedeman is a member of the litigation and trial department, and focuses her practice on securities litigation, professional liability and complex commercial litigation. She has particular experience in complex disputes related to accounting and financial transactions across a range of industries.
Sharon E. Rye was named special counsel with Foulston Siefkin. Rye is a member of the firm’s commercial and complex litigation team and is based in Wichita, Kan. She assists clients in commercial litigation matters, including contract disputes, patent and trademark infringement, and business torts. Rye is experienced in employment law, including discrimination, harassment, restrictive covenants and medical leave.
Elliott Tapp was elected a partner at King & Spalding in Atlanta. Tapp’s practice focuses on representing public and private companies, as well as private equity funds, in connection with a wide variety of corporate, transactional and strategic advisory matters, including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, corporate governance, activist defense and other strategic initiatives.
Thomas M. Trucksess was promoted to counsel at Hogan Lovells. Trucksess practices in the Northern Virginia office’s litigation group and focuses on business disputes and complex commercial litigation.
Sabina Vayner was named one of Atlanta Business Chronicle’s 40 Under 40. Vayner was recognized for distinguishing herself as an outstanding lawyer and for her community service. Since 2010, Vayner has contributed more than 650 pro bono hours, assisting various nonprofit organizations, including Habitat for Humanity International. In May 2014 she was recognized for her pro bono contributions by the Atlanta Intellectual Property Inn of Court, receiving the organization’s annual Pro Bono Award. Vayner also devotes substantial time to the Anti-Defamation League, serving on the Southeast Region Board of Directors and the national Civil Rights Committee, and co-chairing the Southeast Region Leadership Development Committee. Vayner is a senior associate on the trademark and copyright team at Kilpatrick Townsend, and focuses her practice on trademark, copyright and advertising litigation, enforcement and counseling matters. She has substantial experience litigating federal trademark, copyright, false advertising and trade dress infringement actions, and regularly represents clients in proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. For the past five years she has been recognized as a Georgia “Rising Star” in the area of intellectual property litigation by Super Lawyers. In addition, Vayner was recognized for the third year in a row in the World Trademark Review 1000 – The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals.
Alan Wong was elected to partner at Kleinbard. Wong joined the firm’s business and finance department in 2010 and practices out of Boston, Philadelphia and Providence, R.I. He focuses his practice on mergers and acquisitions, with an emphasis on middle-market businesses, corporate finance, venture capital investments, joint ventures and general corporate matters, including negotiation of executive employment agreements, business formation and commercial transactions.
Peter E. Bosman, partner with Smith Anderson in Raleigh, N.C., was recognized in 2018 North Carolina Rising Stars.
Bradley Giordano joined King & Spalding as a partner in the Chicago office. Giordano bolsters the firm’s financial restructuring practice and serves a key role in expanding the recently opened office. He represents debtors, creditors, equity sponsors and strategic investors in all aspects of in-court and out-of-court restructurings. In addition to company-side representations, he advises credit and private equity fund clients on strategic acquisitions or dispositions of distressed assets. He was previously a partner with Kirkland & Ellis.
Bobbie Lee King Jr. married Ashley Cristina Augustus (Col ’07) on Sept. 9 at the Centenary United Methodist Church in Richmond, Va. The reception was held at the Jefferson Hotel. Several Virginia Law graduates attended, including Richard Silver ’60, Noelle Kenel-Pierre, Jamila Justine Willis, Mia Morgan, Amal Dave, James Faison, Jeffrey Gamsey ’08 and Daniel Sharpe ’12. In addition, Robert Ludwig ’07, Chadron Edwards and Levi Christian Pearson were in the wedding party. King is currently senior attorney at NextEra Energy in Miami.
Kelly A. Koeninger rejoined the health care practice group at Robinson Bradshaw in Charlotte, N.C., last fall. Koeninger was an associate at the firm from 2010-15, before serving as in-house counsel at a large orthopedic practice. She represents physicians, hospital systems, medical practices and other health care providers. Koeninger’s transactional experience includes negotiating health care joint ventures, and mergers and acquisitions.
About a year ago, Tommy Mayfield and his wife, Ginger, founded Wyndy, a mobile app that connects parents and college students who babysit. The app launched in Birmingham, Ala., and has expanded to Chattanooga, Memphis and Nashville in Tennessee, and Mobile and Tuscaloosa in Alabama. Wyndy launched in the Charlottesville market during the winter. According to its founders, “Wyndy was designed to bring the same level of simplicity and convenience to babysitting that apps like Uber or Instacart have delivered to their users.” Before starting Wyndy, Mayfield practiced for seven years with Maynard Cooper & Gale in Birmingham.
Frank Saviano was promoted to partner at Proskauer Rose in New York City. Saviano represents professional sports leagues, teams and owners, collegiate conferences, private equity funds, and media networks and related entities in a variety of transactions, with an emphasis on media rights, mergers and acquisitions, arena and stadium development, joint ventures and other significant commercial transactions.
Peter J. Sluka was promoted to partner with Latham & Watkins in New York. Sluka is a member of the firm’s corporate department and represents investment banks, private equity sponsors, corporate issuers, and mezzanine and other private debt funds in a variety of public and private capital markets and financing transactions, including initial public offerings, debt and equity offerings, bridge loans, mezzanine financings, and a range of secured and unsecured lending transactions.
Hillary Steenberge was promoted to shareholder at Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck. Steenberge is a member of the firm’s Energy & Natural Resources Department, specializing in a wide range of environmental, land-use and real property issues. She regularly represents clients on complex permitting, development and zoning matters. She also provides strategic legal advice on all aspects of regulatory compliance and enforcement, environmental litigation and contaminated site management. Steenberge is based in the firm’s Santa Barbara and San Diego offices.
Andrew B. Stockment has become a shareholder at Lenhart Pettit in Charlottesville, where he focuses his practice on intellectual property and technology, cybersecurity and data privacy, and corporate and business law. He guides clients through the formation, operation, purchase, finance and sale of businesses, and the development, protection, and licensing of their intellectual property and technology assets. Stockment also counsels clients regarding information governance and data security and privacy issues, and he assists organizations with cybersecurity incident response and data breach notification compliance. Stockment serves on the Virginia Bar Association Intellectual Property and Information Technology Law Section Council and the VBA Board of Governors, and he is chair of the VBA Young Lawyers Division. He and his wife, Martha, live in Crozet, Va., with their daughter.
Rebecca Vallas is now the vice president of the Poverty to Prosperity Program at the Center for American Progress in Washington, D.C.