Alumni News

Profile of Deno Himonas, '89, Utah's New Supreme Court Justice

March 23, 2015 - 9:48am

Deno Himonas’ life makes a strong case for the value of education, hard work and loving parents.

Original source: 

http://www.sltrib.com/home/2312093-155/immigrants-choice-launched-the-in...

While growing up, Deno Himonas considered becoming a Greek Orthodox priest. When he told his mother, she said he could be anything he wanted to be — as long as it was a doctor or a lawyer.

So Himonas made what he calls "the immigrant's choice" and, after ruling out medicine, settled on the law. That choice has taken him from law school to private practice to a 3rd District judgeship and, finally, to a spot on the Utah Supreme Court.

On Wednesday, Himonas joined Utah's high court, filling a vacancy created by Justice Ronald Nehring's retirement. He became the first Greek-American on the Utah Supreme Court and, currently, its only non-Mormon justice.

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A Conversation with Nirav Dinesh Shah, '07, New Head of the Illinois Department of Public Health

March 19, 2015 - 4:41pm

In January 2015, Governor Bruce Rauner appointed Nirav Shah, JD’07, MD’08, Director of the Illinois Department of Public Health.

Original source: 

http://sciencelife.uchospitals.edu/2015/03/19/a-conversation-with-nirav-...

In January 2015, Governor Bruce Rauner appointed Nirav Shah, JD’07, MD’08, Director of the Illinois Department of Public Health. He took office on Jan. 20. Soon after, ScienceLife met with Shah, 37, to discuss his hopes and plans for an organization created to “protect the health and wellness of the people of Illinois” and the training—much of it at the University of Chicago—that prepared him for the role.

About getting “the call”

Science Life: You have now been on the job for nine days. How does it feel so far?

Nirvana Shah: Those nine days have brought a level of busyness that I didn’t think was out there in the world, and this is coming from someone who spent years at one of the world’s biggest and busiest law firms. It has been outrageously busy, with many moving parts.

Sometimes it can be stimulating to hit the ground running. What made your first days here so challenging?

It’s a huge new job that requires a lot of rapid acculturation. Then, on Day Four, we had a case of measles. That dominated my first weekend.

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Felicia H. Ellsworth, '05, Named 'Up & Coming Lawyer' by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly

March 19, 2015 - 3:05pm

The winners are submitted by nomination process and chosen by a carefully picked selection panel. 

Original source: 

http://masslawyersweekly.com/excellence-in-the-law/2015-honorees/

Felicia H. Ellsworth has been selected as an Up & Coming Lawyer to honored at the May 14th annual “Excellence in the Law” event hosted by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly and co-host Massachusetts Bar Association. The winners are submitted by nomination process and chosen by a carefully picked selection panel. Ms. Ellsworth has proven herself to be an outstanding attorney and member or the Legal Community and a valued team member of WilmerHale.

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Deno Himonas, '89, Sworn in as Utah Supreme Court Justice

March 19, 2015 - 9:10am

Constandinos "Deno" Himonas was sworn in as a Utah Supreme Court justice at a Wednesday ceremony, where he was described as a dedicated jurist with a great intellect and delightful wit.

Original source: 

http://www.sltrib.com/home/2300043-155/deno-himonas-sworn-in-as-utah

Constandinos "Deno" Himonas was sworn in as a Utah Supreme Court justice at a Wednesday ceremony, where he was described as a dedicated jurist with a great intellect and delightful wit.

Chief Justice Matthew Durrant, who administered the oath, said the justices "are thrilled beyond words" to be joined by Himonas on the state's high court.

And Gov. Gary Herbert — citing Himonas' statement at his confirmation hearing last month that he was committed to making decisions by studying the language of a statute and if there is any ambiguity, its history — said the newest justice will be a good steward of the law who leaves his personal views outside the courtroom.

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Douglas J. Kramer, '00, To Be Nominated by the President for Deputy Administrator, Small Business Administration

March 18, 2015 - 4:50pm

President Obama said, “I am grateful these accomplished men and women have made the decision to serve our country. I look forward to working with them.”

Original source: 

https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/03/18/president-obama-a...

Today, President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate the following individuals to key Administration posts:

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Douglas J. Kramer, Nominee for Deputy Administrator, Small Business Administration

Douglas J. Kramer is General Counsel at the United States Agency for International Development, a position he has held since 2013. Prior to this, he served in the White House as Deputy Assistant to the President and Staff Secretary from 2012 to 2013. From 2009 to 2012, Mr. Kramer served in the Office of the White House Counsel, first as Deputy Associate Counsel for Presidential Personnel, and then as Special Assistant to the President and Associate Counsel to the President. Prior to serving in the White House, he served as Counsel in the Antitrust Division at the Department of Justice. From 2006 to 2009, he worked as an Associate and then Shareholder at the law firm Polsinelli PC. From 2001 to 2006, he worked as an Associate at the law firm Covington & Burling. From 2000 to 2001, Mr. Kramer served as a Judicial Clerk in the Chambers of the Hon. Walter L. Carpeneti of the Alaska Supreme Court.  Mr. Kramer received a B.A. from Georgetown University and a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School.

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Todd Pentecost, '99, Joins Greenberg Traurig

March 18, 2015 - 9:41am

Attorneys Peter G. Rush and Todd E. Pentecost have joined the Chicago office of the international law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP.

Original source: 

http://www.prweb.com/releases/2015/03/prweb12589932.htm

Attorneys Peter G. Rush and Todd E. Pentecost have joined the Chicago office of the international law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP. Rush joins as a shareholder and Pentecost joins as of counsel in the Litigation Practice. Prior to joining Greenberg Traurig, they were partners at K&L Gates LLP.

"We are very pleased that Pete and Todd have joined us. They are excellent lawyers and colleagues, and have built a substantial practice that complements our litigation practice, both in Chicago and in the firm more generally," stated Paul T. Fox, co-managing shareholder of Greenberg Traurig’s Chicago office.

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Pentecost, 42, is experienced in all aspects of commercial litigation, including securities and consumer class actions, shareholder derivative litigation, investment company litigation, merger and acquisition litigation, multidistrict litigation, complex contractual disputes, breach of warranty claims, commercial tort cases, consumer finance litigation, insurance coverage disputes, municipal zoning and condemnation litigation, restrictive covenant litigation, trade secret litigation, partnership disputes, fiduciary litigation, and bankruptcy adversary proceedings. He has also handled arbitration and appellate matters.

Pentecost has represented numerous publicly held and private companies, investment companies, municipalities, corporate officers and directors, investment company trustees, and other individuals in the state and federal courts in Chicago and in other jurisdictions. He has also counseled clients on contract, employment, and compliance issues.

He earned his J.D., cum laude, from the University of Chicago Law School and his B.A., magna cum laude, from Marquette University.

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Nancy Rotering, '90, Will Enter 10th Congressional District Race

March 17, 2015 - 10:23am

Highland Park Mayor Nancy Rotering is jumping in the 10th Congressional District race for Congress, triggering a major 2016 Democratic primary brawl with former Rep. Brad Schneider, D-Ill.

Original source: 

http://chicago.suntimes.com/politics/7/71/446278/highland-park-mayor-nan...

Highland Park Mayor Nancy Rotering is jumping in the 10th Congressional District race for Congress, triggering a major 2016 Democratic primary brawl with former Rep. Brad Schneider, D-Ill.

“I’m definitely running,” Rotering told me in a phone interview on Monday.

[...]

Raised mainly in Highland Park, Rotering, 53, has an undergrad degree in economics from Stanford, an MBA from Northwestern and a law degree from the University of Chicago. She worked at General Motors and was an attorney at McDermott Will & Emery, leaving the firm to raise four sons. Her husband, Rob, is an executive at Northlight, a financial services firm.

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Tucker Kelly, '96, Appointed CFO at Deciphera Pharmaceuticals

March 16, 2015 - 10:21am

Deciphera Pharmaceuticals, a clinical-stage biotechnology company focused on advanced kinase inhibitor treatments targeting the tumor cell and the tumor microenvironment, today announced the appointment of Tucker Kelly as Chief Financial Officer.

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http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20150316005140/en/Deciphera-Pharma...

Deciphera Pharmaceuticals, a clinical-stage biotechnology company focused on advanced kinase inhibitor treatments targeting the tumor cell and the tumor microenvironment, today announced the appointment of Tucker Kelly as Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Kelly brings over 18 years of financial leadership and strategic management experience to Deciphera.

“We are pleased to welcome Tucker to the Deciphera team,” said Michael D. Taylor, Ph.D., Deciphera’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “Tucker has a significant track record of successful financing and strategic transactions including major accomplishments as CFO for both public and private biotech companies as well as a former life sciences investment banker and corporate and securities attorney. His broad range of financial, strategic and operational skills will add additional strength to our management team as our growth accelerates.”

“This is an exciting time to be joining Deciphera as the company’s pipeline of kinase inhibitor therapies continue to advance and show promise as important medicines across a range of cancers,” said Tucker Kelly. “Deciphera has the potential to be a game-changer in the oncology space with its unique approach to developing improved kinase inhibitor treatments that prevent tumor cells from thriving and spreading.”

Prior to joining Deciphera Pharmaceuticals, Mr. Kelly served as Chief Financial Officer of AdvanDx, Inc., a private molecular diagnostics company. In addition, Mr. Kelly has served as Chief Financial Officer of deCODE Genetics and Critical Therapeutics (CRTX). Prior to joining Critical Therapeutics, Mr. Kelly held lead life science investment banking positions for Canaccord Adams and Robertson Stephens and as an attorney in the corporate and securities group for Foley, Hoag and Elliot, LLP. Mr. Kelly holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Chicago Law School and a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Services degree from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service.

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Mark S. Lieberman, '59, 1936-2015

March 11, 2015 - 10:22am

He was the beloved husband of the late Florence Mayer Lieberman; loving father of Robin and Karen Lieberman; and dear brother of the late Anne (the late Ben) Brookman.

Original source: 

http://www.glencoeanchor.com/memoriam-lieberman

Mark S. Lieberman, 83,  formerly of Glencoe, passed away. He was the beloved husband of the late Florence Mayer Lieberman; loving father of Robin and Karen Lieberman; and dear brother of the late Anne (the late Ben) Brookman. Mr. Lieberman was an Army veteran, a graduate of the University of Maine and the University of Chicago Law School. He practiced law in Chicago for over 40 years. In lieu of flowers, contributions to American Heart Association at www.heart.org.

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Adam Silver, '88, Reflects on One Year at the NBA

March 10, 2015 - 9:30am

"Many believe Silver to be the best commissioner in all of professional sports."

Original source: 

http://portlandtribune.com/pt/12-sports/253081-120596-silver-lays-plans-...

Adam Silver’s impact on the NBA in his first year as commissioner has been exponential.

His quick, precise handling of the Donald Sterling controversy brought him immediate attention and affirmation nationwide and gave the league an even greater credibility among its followers.

In December, Silver topped the SportsBusiness Journal’s list of the 50 most influential people in sports business, ranking ahead of ESPN’s John Skipper, New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, former Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig, and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. SportsBusiness Journal is not alone in such appraisal. Many believe Silver to be the best commissioner in all of professional sports.

Silver, who turns 53 in April, is a suburban New York City native who received his bachelor’s degree at Duke and law degree at the University of Chicago Law School. He began working for the NBA in 1992, first moving up the ladder to the presidency of the NBA Entertainment division, then serving eight years as deputy commissioner and chief operating officer under David Stern.

On Friday, Silver called in from his New York office for a question-and-answer session with the Portland Tribune.

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Melissa London Hilfers, '98, Sells Original Screenplay

March 9, 2015 - 1:45pm

The script has a Gone Girl meets Primal Fear vibe to it.

Original source: 

http://deadline.com/2015/03/undone-melissa-london-hilfers-parkes-macdona...

In a mid-six figure deal made in a competitive auction, Parkes+MacDonald and Black Bear Pictures have partnered to acquire and produce Undone, a spec script by first time writer Melissa London Hilfers, who was a litigator at the law firm Cravath, Swaine & Moore. Parkes+MacDonald (through their Image Nation partners) & Black Bear have an option to finance or co-finance the picture. The script has a Gone Girl meets Primal Fear vibe to it. A popular podcast brings a strange, decades-old murder case into the spotlight and leads to a re-investigating of the thirty-five year old murder case,  One of the nations top litigators fights to free the man the entire country believes was wrongly convicted, until she begins to suspect her own past might be the key to the murder itself. They expect the script to be catnip for actresses.

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Daniel Shallman, '95, Joins Covington's New Los Angeles Office

March 9, 2015 - 11:10am

Former federal prosecutor and leading white collar defense lawyer Dan Shallman will join Covington as a partner in the firm's new Los Angeles office.

Original source: 

http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/former-federal-prosecutors-danie...

Former federal prosecutor and leading white collar defense lawyer Dan Shallman will join Covington as a partner in the firm's new Los Angeles office on March 9. Mr. Shallman will head the firm's Southern California white collar and investigations team while also playing a leading role in the growth of Covington's LA office. Aaron Lewis, a former Covington associate and counsel to Attorney General Eric Holder, will join the office as special counsel after most recently serving as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Los Angeles.

Mr. Shallman has deep experience in public service and private practice. Prior to Covington, Mr. Shallman was a white collar defense partner at a large international law firm based in LA, where he handled sensitive and complex government investigations for a range of corporate clients, senior corporate executives and elected officials. His significant white collar engagements include:

  • Leading a three-year independent FCPA investigation on behalf of the Audit Committee of an international gaming company in connection with certain Asian operations.
  • Securing a declination from the Justice Department for an LA-based entertainment company in connection with an FCPA investigation of a foreign film production.
  • Securing a declination from the Justice Department for a member of the United States Congress in a federal grand jury investigation.
  • Negotiating a highly favorable settlement with the Justice Department for a corporate client in a federal criminal antitrust investigation.
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James Squires, '92, Named New CEO of Norfolk Southern

March 2, 2015 - 4:56pm

Squires, 53, joined Norfolk Southern in 1992. He has held several positions in the law department. He was named president in 2013.

Original source: 

http://www.wdbj7.com/news/local/squires-named-new-ceo-of-norfolk-souther...

Norfolk Southern Corporation (NYSE: NSC) today announced that James A. Squires will succeed Charles W. “Wick” Moorman as chief executive officer. The action by the company’s board of directors is part of its planned succession process and will be effective June 1, 2015.

Squires will continue in his current capacity as president and with all major divisions reporting to him, while Moorman will continue as executive chairman of the board of directors. Moorman and Squires will work closely together to ensure a seamless transition of leadership responsibilities.

“Jim has the right experience and vision to advance Norfolk Southern’s traditions of safety and service,” said Steven F. Leer, NS’ lead independent director. “NS is well-positioned to continue leading and innovating, and the board of directors is confident in the ability of the entire Thoroughbred team to deliver for our customers, shareholders, and communities.”

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Arielle Tokorcheck, '11, Joins Hall, Render, Killian, Heath, & Lyman

February 26, 2015 - 10:44am

Hall, Render, Killian, Heath & Lyman, the largest health care focused law firm in the nation, is pleased to announce associate attorney Arielle Tokorcheck, J.D., has joined the firm's Indianapolis office.

Hall, Render, Killian, Heath & Lyman, the largest health care focused law firm in the nation, is pleased to announce associate attorney Arielle Tokorcheck, J.D., has joined the firm's Indianapolis office.

Tokorcheck practices largely within the firm's Supply Chain Procurement, Operations & Management practice area, assisting with contracting and compliance matters affecting hospitals and health systems. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Notre Dame in 2008 and received her law degree from the University of Chicago Law School in 2011, where she served as board member for the school's Health Law Society.

Tokorcheck is admitted to practice in California and Michigan and is a member of the American Health Lawyers Association and the California Society for Healthcare Attorneys.

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Renee Newman Knake, '99, Named Inaugural Foster Swift Professor in Legal Ethics at Michigan State University College of Law

February 23, 2015 - 12:12pm

Professor Knake’s teaching and scholarship focus on the ethical and regulatory structures which govern the practice of law.

Original source: 

http://www.law.msu.edu/news/2015/Foster-Swift-Names-Professorship.html

Michigan State University College of Law Dean Joan W. Howarth recently announced a generous award from the law firm Foster Swift Collins & Smith.

The award provides support to create and name the Foster Swift Professor of Legal Ethics for a five-year term. This professorship will be held by Professor Renee Newman Knake, co-director of the Kelley Institute of Ethics and the Legal Profession.

“It’s vital that our students be taught by the best legal minds so they are prepared to take on the challenges of the evolving legal profession,” Dean Howarth said. “I’m grateful to Foster Swift for also recognizing the importance of investing in our faculty.”

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Calvin Campbell, '51, Longtime Illinois Appellate Judge, Dies

February 23, 2015 - 10:38am

In November 1978, he became the fourth African-American elected to the Illinois Appellate Court.

Original source: 

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-calvin-campbell-obituary-met-20150...

In his early 20s, Calvin Campbell saw college as a nearly impossible dream for an African-American in the segregated South during the Depression, his family said.

He had returned from combat in World War II permanently scarred — losing a finger and part of his left hand — and it took a wily Army guidance counselor to convince this battle-scarred veteran to try college for a semester, said Mr. Campbell's daughter, Cathy.

"She told him, 'You can always quit.' But she must have seen something in my father that made her believe in him."

Mr. Campbell went on to graduate with a bachelor's degree from Howard University in Washington in 1948, and then earned a law degree from the University of Chicago Law School in 1951.

In November 1978, he became the fourth African-American elected to the Illinois Appellate Court.

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Thelma Brook Simon, '40, 1916-2015

February 20, 2015 - 10:49am

She graduated from the University of Chicago law school in 1940, and was one of only two women in her class, her son said.

Original source: 

http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/wilmette/news/ct-wml-thelma-simon-...

Family, colleagues and friends of former Wilmette Trustee Thelma Brook Simon remembered her this week as a brilliant and passionate woman who was dedicated to the legal profession, civic activism in Wilmette and her family.

Simon, who served on the Village Board during a tumultuous time in the 1960s and helped end the caucus system and begin the current era of municipal term limits, died Feb. 7 at the age of 98.

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Thelma Brook Simon was born in Chicago in 1916 and graduated from Senn High School before graduating with Phi Beta Kappa honors from the University of Illinois. She later graduated from the University of Chicago law school in 1940, and was one of only two women in her class, her son said.

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Brett M. Doran, '05, Elevated to Shareholder at Greenberg Traurig

February 19, 2015 - 11:49am

Doran is a member of the Litigation Practice and concentrates on commercial litigation, with an emphasis on class action, securities, and financial services industry litigation.

Original source: 

http://www.prweb.com/releases/2015/02/prweb12526851.htm

The international law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP announced the elevation of Brett M. Doran, Jason B. Elster, Tiffany S. Fordyce, Marc E. Harrison, Keith R. Jarosik, Meredith L. Katz, and Edward R. Winkofsky to shareholder in its Chicago office.

Doran is a member of the Litigation Practice and concentrates on commercial litigation, with an emphasis on class action, securities, and financial services industry litigation. He earned his J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School and his B.A. from Indiana University.

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Marvin A. Chirelstein, '53, 1928-2015

February 19, 2015 - 11:31am

Marvin A. Chirelstein, a leading scholar of federal taxation, corporate law, and contracts whose textbooks are still used by students across the country, died on Feb. 16. He was 86.

Original source: 

http://www.law.columbia.edu/marvin-chirelstein/623309

Columbia Law School Professor Emeritus Marvin A. Chirelstein, a leading scholar of federal taxation, corporate law, and contracts whose textbooks are still used by students across the country, died on Feb. 16. He was 86.

Chirelstein first joined Columbia Law School in 1954 to work on the Federal Income Tax Project under Dean William C. Warren. He then joined the government as an attorney in the U.S. Department of the Treasury and later taught at Rutgers School of Law and Yale Law School. Chirelstein returned to Columbia Law School as a visiting professor in 1981 and became a full-time faculty member in 1984. Two years later, he was named the first Isidor and Seville Sulzbacher Professor of Law, an appointment announced by then-Columbia University President Michael I. Sovern ’55.

In addition to being a highly sought after academic expert on taxation, contracts, and corporate law, Chirelstein was a beloved professor who once taught a seminar on the legal side of one of his favorite sports: boxing. A music lover who played the violin, he was known for his dry sense of humor and quiet wit and was adored by students. Two of his textbooks, Concepts and Case Analysis in the Law of Contracts and Federal Income Taxation: A Law Student’s Guide to the Leading Cases and Concepts, have guided generations of future lawyers through the complexities of the law. A third,Cases and Materials on Corporate Finance, opened the way to interdisciplinary analysis of corporate law.

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Donald Bernstein, '78, Receives Judge Joseph M. Proskauer Award from UJA-Federation

February 17, 2015 - 10:29am

The UJA-Federation of New York recognized Davis Polk partner Donald Bernstein for his philanthropic work with the Judge Joseph M. Proskauer Award.

The UJA-Federation of New York recognized Davis Polk partner Donald Bernstein for his philanthropic work with the Judge Joseph M. Proskauer Award. The award, the most prestigious accolade given by the UJA-Federation to members of the legal community, is presented to lawyers who have shown profound commitment to philanthropy as well as to the highest ideals of the law. Davis Polk Managing Partner Thomas Reid presented Bernstein with the award at the UJA-Federation’s annual Lawyers Division event on February 10, 2015.

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