Alumni News & Accolades

The Alumni News & Accolades 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 16, 2015

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. And he’s handled all these potentially divisive issues with openness, fairness and integrity.

April 16, 2015

The firm has hired Ted Ullyot, who served as Facebook’s general counsel for 5 years, to lead the group. Its goal is to foster contacts between investors, tech startups, regulators and policy makers in an effort to avert potential clashes.

April 8, 2015

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.

April 1, 2015

Celgene Corporation 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.

March 23, 2015

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

March 19, 2015

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

March 19, 2015

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