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.

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December 31, 2009

Wolf will join Butler Rubin as a partner. He focuses his practice in the areas of bankruptcy, business reorganizations, workouts, and commercial litigation. His diverse insolvency and bankruptcy practice has involved the representation of secured and unsecured creditors, creditors' committees, debtors, trustees, lessors, and purchasers of stock or assets of insolvent entities.

December 22, 2009

Emma Q. Sobol specializes in estate planning and administration. Emma's practice focuses on sophisticated estate planning for individuals and families.

December 11, 2009

George Curtis, former Deputy Director of the Division of Enforcement of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, has returned to Gibson, Dunn, & Crutcher LLP as a partner. Curtis, who left the firm in 2006 to serve as Regional Director of the SEC's Central Regional Office, was appointed as Deputy Director in 2008.

December 11, 2009

Colin E. Wrabley, a member of the firm's Appellate Group in Pittsburgh, is an appellate and commercial litigator whose practice includes counseling, briefing and argument across a broad range of complex constitutional, statutory and jurisdictional issues at both the trial and appellate phases in state and federal courts throughout the country.

December 11, 2009

President Barack Obama nominated Assistant U.S. Attorney James L. Santelle on Monday to be the new U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, the White House press office announced.

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.