Accolades & Achievements

The University of Chicago Law School is proud to recognize noteworthy events in the lives of its alumni through the Accolades & Achievements Blog. Information is gathered from newspaper articles, press releases, and alumni submissions. The blog is updated periodically and is a complement to the Class Notes section of The Record, which is published semi-annually.

If you would like an event added to or removed from the blog, or to report any inaccuracies, please email Alison Coppelman, Director, Alumni Relations, at acoppelman@uchicago.edu.

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December 11, 2009

Andrew C. Finch will become a partner in the litigation department, where his practice focuses on antitrust matters, including civil and criminal government investigations, private litigation and appellate matters.  He also counsels clients on antitrust issues in connection with mergers and acquisitions.  From November 2003 until August 2005, Mr.

December 4, 2009

Melissa Pastrana was promoted to partner at Mayer Brown's Los Angeles office. Ms.

December 3, 2009

Joshua B. Elkins joins Marshall, Gerstein & Borun LLP after earning his J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School. Elkins spent 11 years with the United States Navy specializing in operations and engineering before attending law school. Elkins will work with the patent prosecution practice group in mechanical engineering matters.

December 3, 2009

Jessica Fairchild, a mergers and acquisitions attorney for Sidley Austin LLP, has been named to Crain's Chicago Business 40 Under 40 List.

December 3, 2009

Philip Holroyd has joined Ellis & Winters LLP as a member of the litigation team. He focuses his practice on civil litigation and has represented individuals, privately held companies and large publicly traded corporations in a wide variety of business-related disputes. Mr. Holroyd received his B.A. from Grinnell College (Phi Beta Kappa) and his J.D.

December 3, 2009

On November 6, 2009, Robert Weiss was a guest of honor and the principal speaker at the US Marine Corps Birthday Ball in Denver celebrating the 234th anniversary of the USMC.

December 3, 2009

Douglas Fuchs was promoted to partner by Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, LLP. A former Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Central District of California who served as Deputy Chief of the Major Frauds Section, Fuchs represents corporations and individuals in white collar criminal, SEC and other regulatory enforcement matters and related civil litigation.

December 3, 2009

Lisa T. Scruggs, a partner at Jenner & Block, has been named to the Law Bulletin Publishing Company's "40 Illinois Attorneys Under Forty to Watch" list for 2009.

December 3, 2009

Caswell F. Holloway IV was appointed by Mayor Michael Bloomberg to become head of New York City's Department of Environmental Protection.

December 3, 2009

Joseph Bial has been promoted to Special Counsel of Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP, effective January 1, 2010.