Alumni News

Ashish Prasad, '93, Shares Lessons on Launching a Legal Technology Startup

January 29, 2015 - 9:24am

After careful analysis and developing a  business plan, in 2008 I took a leave of absence from the firm to form a document review and electronic discovery company called Discovery Services.

Original source: 

http://www.lawtechnologynews.com/latest-news/id=1202716218037/Vendor-Voice-So-You-Want-to-Launch-a-Legal-Technology-Startup?mcode=1395244994797&curindex=0&slreturn=20150029101206

I am a legal technology entrepreneur. I started my career like many other lawyers. When I graduated from the University of Chicago Law School in 1993,  I followed the traditional path to a clerkship with the Micigan Supreme Court, and then to Mayer Brown as an associate. In 2003, I was promoted to litigation partner, and in the same year, I became the founder and chair of the electronic discovery and records management practice. 

After five years in these roles, something changed in how I viewed my career.  I noticed that there was a need for a different approach to electronic data discovery than what law firms were offering, and I thought I could help fill the need.  After careful analysis and developing a  business plan, in 2008 I took a leave of absence from the firm to form a document review and electronic discovery company called Discovery Services.

Shortly after we launched, DS grew through help from my friends in the EDD, law firm and corporate legal communities. We had a great staff and helped our clients manage the often burdensome process of document review. Here are takeaways that I learned along the way, in the hopes of helping other aspiring legal entrepreneurs...

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Matt Maxwell, '08, To Appear in Chicago Debut of 'The Other Place'

January 26, 2015 - 11:10am

The production runs February 13 - April 5, 2015 at Profiles Theatre's The Main Stage.

Original source: 

http://www.broadwayworld.com/chicago/article/THE-OTHER-PLACE-to-Make-Chicago-Premiere-at-Profiles-Theatre-213-45-20150123

Profiles Theatre continues its 26th Season with the Chicago premiere of The Other Place by Sharr White, directed by Artistic Director Joe Jahraus. The production runs February 13 - April 5, 2015 at Profiles Theatre's The Main Stage, 4139 N. Broadway. The press opening is Thursday, February 19 at 8pm.

In Sharr White's acclaimed new drama The Other Place, Juliana Smithton, a successful neurologist, finds her life coming apart at the seams. Her husband filed for divorce, her daughter eloped with a much older man and her own health hangs in jeopardy. But in this brilliantly crafted work, nothing is as it seems. Piece by piece, a mystery unfolds as fact blurs with fiction, past collides with present and the elusive truth about Juliana boils to the surface.

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Directed by Profiles Artistic Director Joe Jahraus, the cast of The Other Place features guest artist Lia D. Mortensen as Julianna. Lia was most recently seen in Pericles with Chicago Shakespeare Theatre and was seen last season at Profiles in their Midwest premiere of Annapurna. Also featured are guest artists George Infantado, Matt Maxwell, Nina O'Keefe, Steve Silver and Autumn Teague.

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Steven C. Todrys, '78, Joins Evercore as a Senior Advisor

January 22, 2015 - 3:23pm

Evercore announced today that Steven C. Todrys has joined the Firm’s Investment Banking business as a Senior Advisor with a focus on transactional tax and structuring solutions.

Original source: 

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/steven-c-todrys-joins-evercore-as-a-senior-advisor-2015-01-22?reflink=MW_news_stmp

NEW YORK, Jan 22, 2015 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Evercore announced today that Steven C. Todrys has joined the Firm’s Investment Banking business as a Senior Advisor with a focus on transactional tax and structuring solutions. He will be based in Evercore’s office in New York.

Mr. Todrys was most recently a partner at the law firm of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, where he had served as the head of the firm’s tax practice. There, he provided tax advice on many significant and complex transactions, including the sale by Vodafone of its indirect interest in Verizon Wireless, the split-off of Mosaic from Cargill, the acquisition by Mars of Wrigley, the sale of Wyeth to Pfizer, and numerous buyout transactions by KKR, Hellman & Friedman and Silver Lake. Mr. Todrys is a past chair of the Tax Section of the New York State Bar Association. He holds a JD from the University of Chicago Law School and a BA from the University of Rochester.

Ralph Schlosstein, Evercore’s Chief Executive Officer, said, “We are delighted to welcome Steve to Evercore where his experience and expertise will help us to provide the most sophisticated transaction structuring advice to our clients across all of the industry groups we serve.”

Steven Todrys said, “I am looking forward to using the experience I have developed in my 35 years as a tax lawyer to help Evercore’s clients achieve their business objectives. Evercore’s client focus and philosophy coupled with its leading advisory capabilities provide a great platform to serve the clients’ strategic needs.”

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Adam Bonin, ’97, Begins Column in Philadelphia Magazine

January 20, 2015 - 2:54pm

In his first column for Philadelphia Magazine, Adam Bonin calls for an end to the judicial fundraising charade.

Original source: 

http://www.phillymag.com/citified/2015/01/20/judicial-fundraising-charade/

Adam Bonin, ’97, is a new columnist with Philadelphia Magazine. In his first column, he calls for an end to the "judicial fundraising charade":

It’s a part of the campaign process which gives many a sense of the oogies; the relentless quest for cash in which candidates for office call their friends, colleagues, former colleagues, ideological sympathizers, anyone who’s given money to people like them, anyone who might have a beef with the other candidates, and then, inevitably, all these same people again next week.

It’s especially uncomfortable when it comes to candidates for judicial office, because judges are supposed to be impartial, and as the U.S. Court of Appeals explained in 1991:

It is no secret that aside from family and close personal friends of the candidate (rarely affluent, or necessarily enthusiastic sources) judicial campaigns must focus their solicitations for funds on members of the bar. This leads to the unseemly situation in which judges preside over cases in which the parties are represented by counsel who have contributed in varying amounts to the judicial campaigns.

Pennsylvania, like most states which elect judges, tries to take some of the ickiness out of the process by preventing judges (and judicial candidates, but I’ll just say “judges” from here) from raising the money themselves. The Rules of Judicial Conduct expressly prohibit such personal solicitations; money can only be raised by members of the judge’s campaign committee instead.

In practice, however, the phone calls go like this...

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Henry G. Manne, '52, 1928-2015

January 20, 2015 - 1:02pm

A towering figure in legal education, Manne was one of the founders of the Law and Economics movement, the 20th century’s most important and influential legal academic discipline.

Henry Girard Manne died on January 17, 2015 at the age of 86. A towering figure in legal education, Manne was one of the founders of the Law and Economics movement, the 20th century’s most important and influential legal academic discipline.

Manne is survived by his wife, Bobbie Manne; his children, Emily and Geoffrey Manne; two grandchildren, Annabelle and Lily Manne; and two nephews, Neal and Burton Manne. He was preceded in death by his parents, Geoffrey and Eva Manne, and his brother, Richard Manne.

Henry Manne was born on May 10, 1928, in New Orleans. The son of merchant parents, he was raised in Memphis, Tennessee. He attended Central High School in Memphis, and graduated with a BA in economics from Vanderbilt University in 1950. Manne received a JD from the University of Chicago in 1952, and a doctorate in law (SJD) from Yale University in 1966. He also held honorary degrees from Seattle University, Universidad Francesco Marroquin in Guatemala and George Mason University.

Following law school Manne served in the Air Force JAG Corps, stationed at Chanute Air Force Base in Illinois and McGuire Air Force Base in New Jersey. He practiced law briefly in Chicago before beginning his teaching career at St. Louis University in 1956. In subsequent years he also taught at the University of Wisconsin, George Washington University, the University of Rochester, Stanford University, the University of Miami, Emory University, George Mason University, the University of Chicago, and Northwestern University.

Throughout his career Henry Manne ’s writings originated, developed or anticipated an extraordinary range of ideas and themes that have animated the past forty years of law and economics scholarship. For his work, Manne was named a Life Member of the American Law and Economics Association and, along with Nobel Laureate Ronald Coase, and federal appeals court judges Richard Posner and Guido Calabresi, one of the four Founders of Law and Economics.

In the 1950s and 60s Manne pioneered the application of economic principles to the study of corporations and corporate law, authoring seminal articles that transformed the field. His article, “Mergers and the Market for Corporate Control,” published in 1965, is credited with opening the field of corporate law to economic analysis and with anticipating what has come to be known as the Efficient Market Hypothesis (for which economist Eugene Fama was awarded the Nobel Prize in 2013). Manne’s 1966 book, Insider Trading and the Stock Market was the first scholarly work to challenge the logic of insider trading laws, and remains the most influential book on the subject today.

In 1968 Manne moved to the University of Rochester with the aim of starting a new law school. Manne anticipated many of the current criticisms that have been aimed at legal education in recent years, and proposed a law school that would provide rigorous training in the economic analysis of law as well as specialized training in specific areas of law that would prepare graduates for practice immediately out of law school. Manne’s proposal for a new law school, however, drew the ire of incumbent law schools in upstate New York, which lobbied against accreditation of the new program.

While at Rochester, in 1971, Manne created the “Economics Institute for Law Professors,” in which, for the first time, law professors were offered intensive instruction in microeconomics with the aim of incorporating economics into legal analysis and theory. The Economics Institute was later moved to the University of Miami when Manne founded the Law &Economics Center there in 1974. While at Miami, Manne also began the John M. Olin Fellows Program in Law and Economics, which provided generous scholarships for professional economists to earn a law degree. That program (and its subsequent iterations) has gone on to produce dozens of professors of law and economics, as well as leading lawyers and influential government officials.

The creation of the Law & Economics Center (which subsequently moved to Emory University and then to George Mason Law School, where it continues today), was one of the foundational events in the Law and Economics Movement. Of particular importance to the development of US jurisprudence, its offerings were expanded to include economics courses for federal judges. At its peak a third of the federal bench and four members of the Supreme Court had attended at least one of its programs, and every major law school in the country today counts at least one law and economics scholar among its faculty. Nearly every legal field has been influenced by its scholarship and teaching.

When Manne became Dean of George Mason Law School in Arlington, Virginia, in 1986, he finally had the opportunity to implement the ideas he had originally developed at Rochester. Manne’s move to George Mason united him with economist James Buchanan, who was awarded the Nobel Prize for Economics in 1986 for his path-breaking work in the field of Public Choice economics, and turned George Mason University into a global leader in law and economics. His tenure as dean of George Mason, where he served as dean until 1997 and George Mason University Foundation Professor until 1999, transformed legal education by integrating a rigorous economic curriculum into the law school, and he remade George Mason Law School into one of the most important law schools in the country. The school’s Henry G. Manne Moot Court Competition for Law & Economics and the Henry G. Manne Program in Law and Economics Studies are named for him.

Manne was celebrated for his independence of mind and respect for sound reasoning and intellectual rigor, instead of academic pedigree. Soon after he left Rochester to start the Law and Economics Center, he received a call from Yale faculty member Ralph Winter (who later became a celebrated judge on the United States Court of Appeals) offering Manne a faculty position. As he recounted in an interview several years later, Manne told Winter, “Ralph, you’re two weeks and five years too late.” When Winter asked Manne what he meant, Manne responded, “Well, two weeks ago, I agreed that I would start this new center on law and economics.” When Winter asked, “And five years?” Manne responded, “And you’re five years too late for me to give a damn.”

The academic establishment’s slow and skeptical response to the ideas of law and economics eventually persuaded Manne that reform of legal education was unlikely to come from within the established order and that it would be necessary to challenge the established order from without. Upon assuming the helm at George Mason, Dean Manne immediately drew to the school faculty members laboring at less-celebrated law schools whom Manne had identified through his economics training seminars for law professors, including several alumni of his Olin Fellows programs. Today the law school is recognized as one of the world’s leading centers of law and economics.

Throughout his career, Manne was an outspoken champion of free markets and liberty. His intellectual heroes and intellectual peers were classical liberal economists like Friedrich Hayek, Ludwig Mises, Armen Alchian and Harold Demsetz, and these scholars deeply influenced his thinking. As economist Donald Boudreax said of Dean Manne, “I think what Henry saw in Alchian – and what Henry’s own admirers saw in Henry – was the reality that each unfailingly understood that competition in human affairs is an intrepid force…”

In his teaching, his academic writing, his frequent op-eds and essays, and his work with organizations like the Cato Institute, the Liberty Fund, the Institute for Humane Studies, and the Mont Pelerin Society, among others, Manne advocated tirelessly for a clearer understanding of the power of markets and competition and the importance of limited government and economically sensible regulation.

After leaving George Mason in 1999, Manne remained an active scholar and commenter on public affairs as a frequent contributor to the Wall Street Journal. He continued to provide novel insights on corporate law, securities law, and the reform of legal education. Following his retirement Manne became a Distinguished Visiting Professor at Ave Maria Law School in Naples, Florida. The Liberty Fund, of Indianapolis, Indiana, recently published The Collected Works of Henry G. Manne in three volumes.

For some, perhaps more than for all of his intellectual accomplishments Manne will be remembered as a generous bon vivant who reveled in the company of family and friends. He was an avid golfer (who never scheduled a conference far from a top-notch golf course), a curious traveler, a student of culture, a passionate eater (especially of ice cream and Peruvian rotisserie chicken from El Pollo Rico restaurant in Arlington, Virginia), and a gregarious debater (who rarely suffered fools gladly). As economist Peter Klein aptly remarked: “He was a charming companion and correspondent — clever, witty, erudite, and a great social and cultural critic, especially of the strange world of academia, where he plied his trade for five decades but always as a slight outsider.”

Scholar, intellectual leader, champion of individual liberty and free markets, and builder of a great law school—Manne’s influence on law and legal education in the Twentieth Century may be unrivaled. Today, the institutions he built and the intellectual movement he led continue to thrive and to draw sustenance from his intellect and imagination.

There will be a memorial service at George Mason University School of Law in Arlington, Virginia on Friday, February 13, at 4:00 pm. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made in his honor to the Law & Economics Center at George Mason University School of Law, 3301 Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA 22201 or online at http://www.masonlec.org.

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Chris Carani, '99, Discusses IBM’s Record Breaking Patent Tally in 2014

January 16, 2015 - 3:32pm

IBM ranks top in annual U.S. patents granted for the 22nd straight year. McAndrews Held & Malloy Partner Chris Carani and Bloomberg’s Alex Barinka speak on “Bloomberg West.”

Original source: 

http://www.bloomberg.com/video/ibm-tops-patent-list-for-22nd-year-in-a-row-5RV8FyysT0qQtDuk64H3Cg.html

IBM ranks top in annual U.S. patents granted for the 22nd straight year. McAndrews Held & Malloy Partner Chris Carani and Bloomberg’s Alex Barinka speak on “Bloomberg West.”

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Frederick Yarger, '07, Appointed Colorado's Solicitor General

January 15, 2015 - 9:45am

Effective April 1, 2015, Frederick Yarger will succeed Daniel Domenico as Colorado’s solicitor general.

Original source: 

http://www.lawweekonline.com/2015/01/cynthia-coffman-appoints-senior-cabinet/

In her first act as Colorado’s 38th Attorney General, Cynthia Coffman today met with Department of Law staff to announce her senior cabinet appointments.

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Solicitor General: Effective April 1, 2015, Frederick Yarger will succeed Daniel Domenico as Colorado’s solicitor general. The solicitor general is responsible for supervising and determining legal strategy for criminal and civil appeals, as well as select constitutional litigation, handled by the Colorado Attorney General’s Office. He is also responsible for reviewing and approving proposed regulations from client agencies, supervising the office’s deputy and assistant solicitors general and approving special assistant attorney general appointments. From 2012 through 2013, Yarger was the office’s assistant solicitor general, working directly with Domenico to oversee the office’s appellate and constitutional practice. Yarger previously served as a judicial law clerk to Judge Mark Filip of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and for Judge Timothy Tymkovich of the United States Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit. Yarger earned a law degree from the University of Chicago Law School, where he was elected to the order of the coif. He received his bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College.

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Dan Kurtz, '68, Joins Davis Wright Tremaine as Partner, Leader of NY TEO Team

January 14, 2015 - 12:57pm
Original source: 

http://www.heraldonline.com/2015/01/13/6699186/davis-wright-tremaine-llp-expands.html?sp=/100/773/385/

The national law firm of Davis Wright Tremaine LLP (DWT) announced today that it has expanded its tax-exempt organizations practice with a New York-based team of five attorneys including Dan Kurtz. Kurtz, former New York State Assistant Attorney General-in-Charge of the New York Charities Bureau, joins DWT as a partner. He will co-chair DWT’s national TEO practice with LaVerne Woods, a prominent tax-exempt organizations lawyer and past chair of the ABA Section of Taxation Exempt Organizations Committee, based in Seattle. Jean L. Tom, from the New York firm of Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler, will also join DWT as a partner (effective Feb.18, 2015). Joining Kurtz and Tom in DWT’s New York office will be former Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP attorneys J.J. Harwayne Leitner, Coleen McGrath and Shveta Kakar, all joining as counsel.

“With Dan, Jean, J.J., Coleen and Shveta joining us, we are creating one of the most substantial practices in the country focused on the needs of tax-exempt organizations,” said Woods. “Dan brings to DWT a wealth of experience with some of New York’s largest charitable organizations, including The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Hadassah, Lincoln Center, the New York Historical Society, The Jerome L. Greene Foundation, and the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, complementing our West Coast team’s work with foundations, charities and corporate philanthropy clients such as Amazon, Microsoft, and Starbucks. I’m thrilled that we are able to bring together such depth and breadth to create a truly national team.”

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Barton Bixenstine, '81, Named Ohio Super Lawyer

January 14, 2015 - 12:42pm

COLUMBUS, OH -Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP is pleased to announce that Barton Bixenstine, a partner in the Vorys Cleveland office and an alumnus of the University of Chicago Law School (’81) has been included on the 2015 Ohio Super Lawyers List. Super Lawyers Magazine distinguishes the top five percent of attorneys in Ohio in more than 70 practice areas, and recognizes those who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement as Super Lawyers.

Bixenstine was selected as a Super Lawyer for labor and employment law. He represents employers in employment and labor litigation and has litigated claims involving breach of contract, wage and hour, FMLA, hostile environment, sex harassment, wrongful termination, and age, race, religious and national origin discrimination. Bixenstine is a certified specialist in employment and labor law and has led a variety of trials and arbitrations in state and federal courts involving ERISA claims, restrictive covenants and trade secrets.

Seventy-four attorneys from Vorys were included on the list. Forty-nine were named 2015 Super Lawyers and 25 were named 2015 Ohio Rising Stars.About Vorys: Vorys was established in 1909 and has grown to be one of the largest Ohio-based law firms with nearly 375 attorneys in seven offices in Columbus, Cincinnati, Cleveland and Akron, Ohio; Washington, DC; and Houston, Texas; and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Vorys currently ranks as one of the 200 largest law firms in the United States according to American Lawyer Magazine. For more information, please visit www.vorys.com.

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Daniel H. Burd, '83, Joins Jones Walker as Partner

January 12, 2015 - 3:41pm

Jones Walker LLP announced today that the seven lawyers who formerly comprised the boutique banking and securities law firm of Spidi & Fisch, PC, in Washington, D.C., have joined Jones Walker’s Banking & Financial Services Practice Group in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office.

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Daniel H. Burd (Partner) focuses on regulatory matters for financial institutions. He was previously a staff attorney for the Federal Reserve Board (FRB) Legal Division, Washington, D.C. He received his juris doctor degree from the University of Chicago Law School, a master of arts degree from University of California Los Angeles, and a bachelor of arts degree from Stanford University. He is a member of the District of Columbia Bar.

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Erin Enright, '88, Appointed CFO of ALSP, Inc.

January 12, 2015 - 12:52pm

ALSP, Inc., a start-up pharmaceutical company focused initially on traumatic brain injury (TBI) and Alzheimer’s disease (AD) while expecting a broader application eventually to other neurodegenerative conditions, announced today the appointment of Erin Enright to the position of Chief Financial Officer.

Original source: 

http://www.prurgent.com/2015-01-09/pressrelease372384.htm

ALSP, Inc., a start-up pharmaceutical company focused initially on traumatic brain injury (TBI) and Alzheimer’s disease (AD) while expecting a broader application eventually to other neurodegenerative conditions, announced today the appointment of Erin Enright to the position of Chief Financial Officer.

“It is with great pleasure that I welcome Ms. Enright into the ALSP team,” commented Michael D. Pierschbacher, Ph.D., President and CEO of ALSP. “I have known Erin for many years and have every degree of confidence based on her track record of success that she adds a significant level of strength to a team that is already world class. She will work closely with me and our underwriter, CIM Securities, to negotiate a sound Series A financing and ensure the continued financial health of the company as we prepare to move our lead compound, ALP-496, into clinical trials.” Dr. Pierschbacher further noted that “Erin’s leadership and insight will be a huge asset for the ALSP team as we continue to grow.” 

“I am excited to join a highly accomplished scientific team that is developing important drugs to combat neurodegenerative diseases that cause untold financial and human impact across the globe” Ms. Enright said. She added that “together, we believe we will be able to materially improve the lives of TBI and AD sufferers and their families.”

Ms. Enright brings more than 20 years of experience in the financing and management of high growth companies. She is also a Managing Member of Prettybrook Partners, LLC, a private investment firm, and a general partner and member of the Board of Tigerlabs, a Princeton-based business accelerator. She served on the Board of Directors and the Audit Committee of Biolase, Inc. (NASDAQ: BIOL), and has served on the Board of Directors of Ceelite Technologies, LLC since 2010. Ms. Enright was the President of Lee Medical, a medical device manufacturer based in Plainsboro, New Jersey, from 2004 to 2013. 

She served as Chief Financial Officer of InfuSystem, Inc. (NYSE: INFU) from 2005 to 2007. From 1993 to 2003, Ms. Enright was with Citigroup, most recently as a Managing Director in its Equity Capital Markets group. While at Citigroup, Ms. Enright was Chairperson of the firm’s Institutional Investors’ Committee, responsible for screening and approving the firm’s participation in equity underwritings and a member of the Citigroup Global Equity Commitment Committee, responsible for reviewing and approving the firm’s underwritings. From 1989 until 1993, Ms. Enright was an attorney with Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz in the firm’s New York office. Ms. Enright received her A.B. from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University and a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School.

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Jonathan L. McFarland, '06, Promoted to Partner at Perkins Coie

January 12, 2015 - 12:50pm

Jonathan L. McFarland (Seattle) is a member of the firm's Litigation practice, with an emphasis on patent and trade secret litigation.

Original source: 

http://www.perkinscoie.com/en/news-insights/perkins-coie-announces-2015-partner-class.html

“The members of Perkins Coie's 2015 partner class are talented, hard-working attorneys who embody the national strength and forward-looking growth of our firm,” said John Devaney, Perkins Coie's Firmwide Managing Partner. “They exemplify the excellence in practice and commitment to our respected clients that are hallmarks of our firm. We are proud to recognize and honor their contributions to the firm and their admission to the partnership.”

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Jonathan L. McFarland (Seattle) is a member of the firm's Litigation practice, with an emphasis on patent and trade secret litigation. He has experience representing clients in all stages of litigation and has litigated cases in jurisdictions across the country, including the International Trade Commission and federal courts in California, Delaware, Oregon, Texas and Washington. Earlier in his career, Jonathan worked as an engineer in the semiconductor industry and he is a named inventor on six U.S. patents relating to semiconductors and optoelectronic devices. He is active in the community and maintains a steady pro bono practice, including in immigration and civil rights matters.

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James L. Blomstrom, '74, Named 'Ohio Super Lawyer'

January 8, 2015 - 1:17pm

Seeing one’s name published on the Super Lawyers list is something that no more than 5 percent of attorneys in a single state achieve each year.

Original source: 

http://www.akronlegalnews.com/editorial/11962

Seeing one’s name published on the Super Lawyers list is something that no more than 5 percent of attorneys in a single state achieve each year. Over at Youngstown-based Harrington, Hoppe & Mitchell two longtime practitioners have been selected as Ohio Super Lawyers in 2014 and an associate was chosen as a Rising Star.

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This is the 12th year in a row for Blomstrom who was recognized for business litigation. He joined the constituent firm of Harrington, Huxley & Smith in 1975 after receiving his juris doctor from the University of Chicago Law School and serving as a law clerk in the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

In addition to business litigation, Blomstrom handles civil litigation, employment/labor, oil and gas and medical malpractice matters. The National Board of Trial Advocacy has certified him in Civil Trial Law Advocacy.

“I am certainly happy about being chosen as a Super Lawyer again,” said Blomstrom, who is originally from Youngstown and now lives in Liberty Township. “I am devoted to my clients and as devoted to doing things the correct way. I dot all my i’s and cross all my t’s.

“About 15 years ago, I started putting more emphasis on commercial and business litigation,” said Blomstrom. “I like litigation because it involves putting a puzzle together and I like puzzles. I really like the people I practice with and I enjoy the work.”

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Walter F. Hoffmann, '51, 1924-2014

January 8, 2015 - 12:56pm

As 2014 drew to a close, we said goodbye to a beloved global citizen.

Original source: 

http://globalsolutions.org/blog/2015/01/Walter-F.-Hoffmann-1924-2014#.VK7SGyvF98E

As 2014 drew to a close, we said goodbye to a beloved global citizen. Walter F. Hoffmann, prominent civil rights attorney and tireless advocate for world peace, died at age 90 on Wednesday, December 31. 

Passionate for UN reform, Walter was a member of World Peace Through Law, founder of the Campaign For UN Reform, the Center for UN Reform Education, and Executive Director of the World Federalist Association in Washington, DC.  In 1993, he was appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives to serve on the Commission on Improving the Effectiveness of the United Nations. 

Born in Newark, Walter grew up in Glen Ridge and spent most of his adult life in Wayne, NJ. Walter was an Eagle Scout, graduated from Glen Ridge High School in 1942, and served with the Marine Corp in the Pacific in World War II.  He was stationed on Tinian Island as a member of the 18th Anti-Aircraft Battalion when the Enola Gay took off from Tinian for Hiroshima on August 6th, 1945.

Walter graduated from the University of Michigan in 1948 and the University of Chicago Law School in 1951, where he was an editor of the Law Review. He was a trial attorney for the National Labor Relations Board and a staff attorney for the US House Ways and Means subcommittee investigating the administration of the IRS.  He then returned to New Jersey and was a founding partner of Hoffmann, Humphreys & Lafer, in Wayne.

As a civil rights attorney in the 1960s, he successfully challenged residential covenants in NJ communities that excluded homeowners based on race and religion.

Walter served as Adjunct College Professor at William Patterson and Ramapo Colleges, teaching courses in Government and Political science.

 Walter met his first wife, the former Lois Anne Johnson at the University of Michigan. They married in 1948 and had a good and loving marriage for 52 years until Lois’s passing in 2000. He remarried in 2003 to Nancy Cecere and enjoyed their 12 years together traveling and living in Cedar Crest Village. 

No one who met Walter will forget him, not his family, not his friends or office staff, or fellow travelers anywhere. He genuinely wanted to know people and what was important in their lives. His integrity, wise counsel and joy in his family will be missed.

He is survived by his wife Nancy, daughters, Anne Hoffmann, Laura Calixte, son, Charles Walter Hoffmann (Susan), three grandchildren: Sylvianne Mulholland (Michael), Raymond Walter and Gregory Hoffmann; and two great-grandchildren, Jackson Walter and Kellan Mullholland. 

In lieu of flowers, please consider making donations in Walter’s name to the World Federalist Movement or Citizens For Global Solutions

Click here to find out memorial information, sign the guest book, or send a private message of condolence.

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Brian P. Kelly, '07, and Mehul N. Madia, '05, Promoted to Counsel at BuckleySandler

January 7, 2015 - 3:53pm

Brian P. Kelly represents corporate and individual clients in criminal and complex civil litigation, internal investigations, government enforcement actions and appellate matters. Mehul N. Madia represents corporate and individual clients in litigation and enforcement matters, including complex civil litigation and class actions, government enforcement actions, internal investigations and white-collar criminal defense matters.

Original source: 

http://www.marketwired.com/press-release/buckleysandler-llp-announces-attorney-promotions-1980594.htm

BuckleySandler LLP announced today that Paige Ammons, Kari K. Hall, Brian P. Kelly, Mehul N. Madia, Jennifer A. Slagle Peck, Ryan S. Pollard and John B. Williams III, residents in the firm's Washington, DC office, and Jonathan W. Cannon, resident in the firm's Los Angeles office, have been promoted to Counsel, effective January 1, 2015. These promotions follow the May 2014 promotions of Benjamin K. Olson, Amanda Raines Lawrence and Lauren R. Randell to Partner.

"These latest promotions reflect BuckleySandler's dedication to recruiting and retaining outstanding legal talent and providing lawyers who regularly deliver high quality client service with opportunities for advancement," noted Firm Chairman and Executive Partner, Andrew L. Sandler. "We believe these promotions, in combination with this month's arrival of former Attorney General of Maryland Douglas F. Gansler and recent addition of data security and privacy authority, Rena Mears, furthers our commitment to providing best-in-class legal counsel to address our clients' most pressing business challenges."

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Brian P. Kelly represents corporate and individual clients in criminal and complex civil litigation, internal investigations, government enforcement actions and appellate matters. In 2014, he helped to achieve a $554 million landmark settlement on behalf of the Navajo Nation, the largest settlement obtained in any action by a single Tribe against the U.S. Kelly received a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School, with honors (2007) and a B.A. from Saint Louis University, magna cum laude (2004).

Mehul N. Madia represents corporate and individual clients in litigation and enforcement matters, including complex civil litigation and class actions, government enforcement actions, internal investigations and white-collar criminal defense matters. He has represented clients in matters involving the U.S. Department of Justice, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, the New York Department of Financial Services and various State Attorneys Generals. Following law school, Madia clerked for the Honorable Rhesa H. Barksdale of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. He received a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School (2005) and a B.A. from the University of Michigan (2000).

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Nancy C. Jacobson, '07, and Allison A. Torrence, '06, Elected to Partnership at Jenner & Block

January 7, 2015 - 3:40pm

Nancy has extensive experience in internal investigations and corporate compliance. Allison has significant experience in environmental litigation, working on cases involving toxic torts, CERCLA, RCRA, the Clean Water Act and the Clean Air Act, among other matters.

Original source: 

http://jenner.com/library/news/13815

Effective January 1, 2015, Jenner & Block elected 13 lawyers to its partnership from offices across the firm’s national platform.

“We are proud to announce our 2015 class of partners, an exceptionally talented and diverse group of lawyers from across our firm’s national platform,” Managing Partner Terrence J. Truax said. “The 13 attorneys – eight women and five men – support a variety of the firm’s practice areas, including Complex Commercial Litigation, White Collar Defense and Investigations, Government Contracts, Appellate, Real Estate and Environmental. The election of this talented group reaffirms our firm’s unbending commitment to each of our clients to deliver excellence at every turn.”

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Nancy C. Jacobson

Nancy has extensive experience in internal investigations and corporate compliance. She has worked on global compliance reviews involving the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, as well as investigations of potential fraud, money laundering and theft of intellectual property. She advises clients on corporate compliance programs and has drafted compliance materials for publicly held and private corporate clients. Nancy has also represented clients in civil litigation involving claims of tort, breach of contract, product liability, legal malpractice, misappropriation of trade secrets and unfair competition. Illinois Super Lawyers recognized Nancy as a “Rising Star” in the practice areas of Professional Responsibility: Defense in 2012 and 2013 and Criminal Defense: White Collar in 2014. Nancy received her J.D. degree from the University of Chicago Law School, where, before attending law school, she had worked in the Office of the College Dean of Students. She remains actively involved with the university and with issues related to education and education law. Nancy has also served on the boards of Congregation K.A.M. Isaiah Israel and the Ancona School, an independent private school for children ages 3 through 8th  grade, where she is currently an honorary trustee.

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Allison A. Torrence

Allison has significant experience in environmental litigation, working on cases involving toxic torts, CERCLA, RCRA, the Clean Water Act and the Clean Air Act, among other matters. She advises clients on a variety of workplace health and safety issues, including dealing with state and federal regulators following workplace injuries and inspections. She represents policyholders in insurance coverage disputes relating to environmental issues and counsels clients on a variety of regulatory compliance matters arising under state and federal regulatory schemes. Allison also uses her experience to aid clients in environmental, health and safety audits and in performing environmental due diligence for complex corporate transactions. In 2014, Illinois Super Lawyers recognized her as a “Rising Star.” The Young Lawyers Section of the Chicago Bar Association also honored her with the David C. Hilliard Award for Outstanding Committee Service for her work on the Environmental Law Committee. Allison earned her law degree from the University of Chicago Law School and her undergraduate degree, with distinction, from the University of Michigan.

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Robert L. Shapiro, '87, Joins Duane Morris

January 7, 2015 - 11:03am

Duane Morris LLP is pleased to announce that Robert L. Shapiro has joined the firm's Trial Practice Group as a partner in its Washington, D.C. office.

Original source: 

http://www.duanemorris.com/pressreleases/duane_morris_washington_dc_office_adds_trial_partner_robert_shapiro_5416.html

WASHINGTON, D.C., January 5, 2015—Duane Morris LLP is pleased to announce that Robert L. Shapiro has joined the firm's Trial Practice Group as a partner in its Washington, D.C. office. Shapiro's addition expands the firm's trial practice, both in its D.C. office and nationally. Shapiro joins Duane Morris from Hughes Hubbard & Reed.

Shapiro has extensive experience in litigation involving the federal government, including cases in which he has made substantial recoveries for his clients. His experience includes Administrative Procedure Act ("APA") challenges to agency action or inaction, contract claims, Fifth Amendment taking claims, as well as False Claims Act and qui tam actions. He also has substantial experience in employment-related litigation, including class actions and product liability defense litigation. He has first-chaired dozens of trials and has argued 15 cases before the U.S. Courts of Appeals.

Shapiro served as the Assistant U.S. Attorney in the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia from 1991 to 1996. He worked in the U.S. Justice Department's Civil Division and represented the United States and its different agencies before federal district courts, courts of appeals, and the U.S. Court of Federal Claims.

In 1994 and 1996, he received the Department of Justice Special Achievement Award. Previously, he served as a law clerk to The Honorable Edith H. Jones on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

Shapiro earned his J.D. in 1987 from the University of Chicago Law School. He earned his B.S. in Economics, cum laude, in 1984 from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania as well as his B.A. in Economics, cum laude, with distinction, from the University of Pennsylvania.

About Duane Morris

Duane Morris, LLP, a law firm with more than 700 attorneys in offices across the United States and internationally, is asked by a broad array of clients to provide innovative solutions to today's legal and business challenges.

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Jeff Truitt, '01, Joins Smith Anderson

January 5, 2015 - 9:35am

Jeff Truitt practices in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, commercial and finance transactions, and government contracting.

Original source: 

http://www.smithlaw.com/news-1662.html

Raleigh, N.C. – Smith Anderson, the largest law firm headquartered in the Research Triangle area, has elected the following five attorneys to the Firm partnership, effective Jan. 1, 2015: Jason Brege, John Jo,Miranda Miller, Mikal Shaikh and Jeff Truitt.

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Jeff Truitt practices in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, commercial and finance transactions, and government contracting.; He has significant experience in the drafting and negotiation of manufacturing and supply agreements, vendor agreements, licensing arrangements, and other contracts that support the day-to-day operations of companies, as well as cross-border transactions. He also routinely represents early stage and growth companies in all phases of start-up, financing and exits. Prior to joining Smith Anderson in 2009, Jeff practiced in the Corporate Group at Sidley Austin LLP in Chicago and served four years as general counsel for a military base in Europe. Before law school, Jeff served as a nuclear-trained submarine officer. He is the Chairman of the Board of Stop Hunger Now; a member of the North Carolina Board of CPA Examiners; Secretary, Johnston County Board of Elections; and adjunct faculty, International Law, U.S. Naval War College. Jeff received his law degree from the University of Chicago, with honors, and earned his M.A. from the University of Maryland (College Park). He graduated with a B.S. from the United States Naval Academy, with honors and distinction.

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40 Under 40 Features Frantzen, '99, Pokorny, '01, Rubenstein, '02

December 30, 2014 - 2:41pm

Success at any age is impressive. But to achieve it at an early age is even more of a feat.

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http://chicagolawyermagazine.com/Special-Sections/40-Under-Forty-2014.aspx

Success at any age is impressive. But to achieve it at an early age is evenmore of a feat. This, though is exactly what the 40 young attorneys featured in this publication have done.

For the last 15 years, the 40 Under Forty Committee at Law Bulletin Publishing Company sifts through piles of nominations to select 40 of the most talented young attorneys practicing in Illinois.

Sandra Frantzen is making waves as a bright young attorney in the intellectualproperty arena. Frantzen, 39, works at McAndrews, Held & Malloy Ltd. Her legalpractice focuses on litigation and consulting in the medical device and pharmaceuticalindustries. She specializes in the complex, high stakes, and highly competitive field ofpatent litigation.

William R. Pokorny is well-versed on labor and employment law issues. The 38-year-old attorney is a partner at Franczek Radelet P.C., and has earned the respect of hispeers and clients. David P. Radelet, of Franczek Radelet, said Pokorny was hired at the firm in 2006, and named partner just two years later. Since that time, Radelet has worked closely with Pokorny on many client assignments and firm activities. He said Pokorny is an invaluable part of the team.

As a partner at Schiff Hardin, Amy Rubenstein, 36, not only delivers in the courtroom,she is well liked and respected by her clients, colleagues and peers — both on herside and across the aisle. Her courtroom experience covers an impressive rangeof industries, including chemicals, professional services, insurance and reinsurance,luxury goods, franchising, and food and beverage. Rubenstein’s clients appreciate that,despite her intensity in the courtroom, she also develops strategies to avoid litigationand arbitration.

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David McIntosh, '83, Named New President of Club for Growth

December 30, 2014 - 10:51am

“The Club for Growth is known as America’s premier organization for fighting big-government liberals in both parties, and I’m looking forward to building on that reputation,” said Club for Growth President-elect David McIntosh.

Original source: 

http://www.clubforgrowth.org/uncategorized/club-growth-names-david-mcintosh-new-president/

Washington, DC – The Club for Growth today announced that after nearly six years as President, Chris Chocola is retiring from the role and will remain a member of the board of directors. At a meeting this week, the board of the Club for Growth officially named former Indiana Congressman David McIntosh President. Congressman McIntosh will officially become President on January 1st, 2015.

“It was an honor to serve as the head of the Club for Growth and I’m proud to have served during a time when we made unprecedented advances in our mission of promoting economic freedom,” said Club for Growth President Chris Chocola. “Thanks to Club members, our former President, Pat Toomey, is now a distinguished member of the United States Senate, and Club members strongly supported future leaders of the Republican Party like Tom Cotton, Ben Sasse, Dan Sullivan, Mike Lee, Tim Scott, Jeff Flake, Ron Johnson, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, and Rand Paul through the Club’s PAC. The Club for Growth is the most effective advocate for pro-growth policies in Washington, and I know it will only get stronger under David’s leadership.”

“The Club for Growth is known as America’s premier organization for fighting big-government liberals in both parties, and I’m looking forward to building on that reputation,” said Club for Growth President-elect David McIntosh. “The Club is the tip of the spear when it comes to holding Members of Congress accountable for their actions, and we’ll continue to do just that under my leadership. Chris Chocola has left a legacy of strong leadership that I hope to add to in the coming years.”

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