Accolades & Achievements

The Accolades & Achievements blog gathers information from news articles and press releases about noteworthy events in the lives of alumni. It is a complement to the Class Notes section of The Record.

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April 17, 2015

The National Law Journal presents 75 of the most accomplished female attorneys working in the legal profession today. These women, selected from hundreds of nominations, represent excellence in private practice, corporate counsel work, public interest representation, legal education and the judiciary.

April 16, 2015

Lisa Ellman, MPP/JD’05, has been named the recipient of the 2015 “Rising Star” award by the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy, which recognizes outstanding alumni under the age of 40. Ellman is a Counsel at McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP after having served in senior positions at the White House and the U.S. Department of Justice.

April 16, 2015

Running the National Basketball Association is like fulfilling that famous curse: “May you live in interesting times.” Since becoming commissioner on Feb. 1, 2014, Adam Silver’s interesting times have included Donald Sterling’s racist rant, Bruce Levenson’s mea culpa, drug-related suspensions of players, salary-cap debates and player-lockout rumors.

April 16, 2015

Andreessen Horowitz prides itself in being a full service venture firm. Over the years, it has built a hefty staff of more than 100 professionals that help its portfolio companies with executive recruiting, engineering talent, market development, marketing and corporate development.

April 8, 2015

NEC Energy Solutions, which develops and manufactures advanced battery products, is recharging its legal department. Deborah Collum has been appointed as general counsel, where she has been hired not only to manage the company's daily legal operations, but also provide counsel in corporate strategic development.

April 6, 2015

White & Case LLP antitrust litigator Bryan Gant helped steer drug giant Pfizer Inc. to trial court victories in so-called pay-for-delay litigation involving the blockbuster drugs Effexor XR and Lipitor, landing the newly minted partner on Law360's list of top competition lawyers under 40.

April 1, 2015

Celgene Corporation (NASDAQ:CELG) today announced the appointment of Gerald F. Masoudi as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, effective June 1, 2015. Mr. Masoudi will be responsible for global legal strategy and will serve on the company’s Executive Committee.


April 1, 2015

George Wise, JD 1948, died on March 28, 2015, at his home in Long Beach, CA. He was 91 years old.

March 31, 2015

The national law firm of Quarles & Brady LLP today announced that Phoenix partner Leonardo Loo has been named the chair of the Phoenix office’s Business Law Practice Group. In addition to his new role, Loo will also continue to serve as a member of both Quarles & Brady’s Finance and China Law Practice Groups, respectively.

March 23, 2015

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.