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 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.

March 19, 2015

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.

March 19, 2015

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.

March 19, 2015

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.

March 18, 2015

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


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