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William H. Clendenen Jr. was installed as president-elect of the Connecticut Bar Association (CBA) at the CBA Annual Luncheon during the Connecticut Legal Conference on June 16 at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford. He is the founder and principal of Clendenen & Shea LLC in New Haven. Clendenen’s activities in the CBA include chair of the Pro Bono Committee; co-chair of the Federal Judiciary Committee; and member of the Consumer Law Section, Federal Practice Section, Modest Means Initiative, and the Task Force on the Independence of the Judiciary.
Col. Dayton Michael Cramer, U.S. Army (Ret.) was appointed by the president of the Florida Bar to serve as chair of the Education Law Certification Committee for 2014-15. He continues to serve as the deputy general counsel for Florida State University.
Hon. Lawrence M. Lawson, Assignment Judge, Superior Court of New Jersey, Law Division, Monmouth County, NJ, retired from the bench on Sept. 1, 2014. He was appointed to the court in 1987 and obtained tenured status in 1994. Judge Lawson was the subject of a Feb. 16 feature story in the Asbury Park Press (NJ) titled “Two Monmouth judges, longtime friends, reunited again.” The article traced the friendship between Lawson and fellow retired Monmouth County Superior Court judge Thomas Cavanagh, who are back together again as arbitrators for a Tinton Falls, NJ law firm.
Deirdre Dessingue was recognized with the Vanguard Award for distinguished lifetime achievement in the nonprofit sector on June 5, 2014, by the Nonprofit Organizations Committee of the American Bar Association, Business Law Section. Dessingue retired as associate general counsel of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, after serving there for over 32 years. In that position, she was the U.S. principal tax advisor, representative, and spokesperson for the Roman Catholic Church -- the largest denomination in the country. As associate general counsel, Dessingue regularly counseled bishops and other ecclesiastical leaders and diocesan attorneys on a variety of issues involving tax and corporate matters. Prior to her service at the USCCB, Dessingue was employed for five years by the Exempt Organizations Division of the Internal Revenue Service.
Roberta D. Liebenberg was honored by The Legal Intelligencer in Philadelphia as a Lifetime Achievement Award recipient at an awards dinner on May 20. The Lifetime achievement awards recognize attorneys with exemplary careers and unsurpassed dedication to the profession. Liebenberg is a partner with Fine, Kaplan and Black.
Roslyn A. Mazer was appointed Inspector General for the Federal Trade Commission in March. She joined the agency from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, where she served as the Inspector General, as special assistant to the Director of National Intelligence, and as senior advisor for public-private information sharing in the office of the program manager for the information sharing environment. She previously served for seven years as special investigative counsel in the Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General and, earlier, in the Criminal Division as Special Counsel for Intellectual Property. Earlier, she was a partner with Dickstein Shapiro LLP, specializing in media law and criminal defense.
Hon. Juanita Bing Newton was honored with the New York State Bar Association’s highest honor, the Gold Medal, on Jan. 31 in New York City. Judge Newton is dean of the New York State Judicial Institute on Professionalism in the Law. The Gold Medal is presented annually to individuals in recognition of lifelong excellence in the legal profession and constructive contributions to civic and community matters.
Hon. Shireen Avis Fisher
was honored as the Global Jurist of the Year by Northwestern Law School’s Center for International Human Rights. Fisher served as an Appeals Judge at the Special Court for Sierra Leone from 2009 through 2013, and as its president for the final year of her service. More recently, Fisher was appointed a Justice of the Residual Special Court for Sierra Leone by U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. Fisher and her husband are expecting their first grandchild.
Edward C. Monahan delivered the 2015 Hillenmeyer Lecture at Thomas More College in Crestview hills, KY, on March 19, 2015. Monahan’s talk was titled “The Meaning of Life is to See: The Vocation of the Public Leader.” Monahan is public advocate for the Department of Public Advocacy in Frankfort. The Department of Public Advocacy is the statewide public defender program providing representation to 157,000 people in all 120 counties through a staff of 528 people.
Barbara B. Franklin was reappointed by President Barack Obama as a member of the Federal Service Impasses Panel, Federal Labor Relations Authority. Franklin has held the position since 2009. Franklin served as chief counsel to members Pamela Talkin and Donald S. Wasserman of the Federal Labor Relations Authority from 1990 to 1995 and 1996 to 1997, respectively. From 1977 to 1989, she served as a supervisory attorney for the National Labor Relations Board in the Office of General Counsel, Division of Advice.
was named by Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon today as the new director of the Division of Employment Security. The office is responsible for the administration of the unemployment insurance benefit and tax program. Porter’s appointment is subject to confirmation by the Missouri Senate.
Sen. William J. Conley Jr. (D- District 18) was appointed vice chairperson, Environment and Agriculture, Senate Standing Committees, Rhode Island Senate. Conley has previously served the city of East Providence in a number of capacities, including the Office of the Mayor and City Council.
Hon. Susan Miles
is a candidate for re-election to the bench in Minnesota’s 10th District, which encompasses eight counties. Miles has served as a District Court Judge for 18 years. Among other issues, her campaign cited the need for more public defender resources; and in civil court, a similar need for legal representation of low-income litigants. Miles is a past president of the Minnesota District Judges Association.
Allison Beck was nominated by President Barack Obama to serve as director of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service. Beck currently serves as Acting Director of the FMCS. Beck was the general counsel of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers from 1989 to 2010 and the associate general counsel from 1980 to 1989.
Susan Slattery Jamison
works as in-house counsel with her husband's real estate business in Poolesville, Maryland. The couple has 5 children ages 17 to 30. One son now is a practicing Maryland attorney.
Paul J. Reinstein was recently installed as president-elect of the Maryland Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML). He is currently on the National Board of Governors of AAML. Reinstein is a founding partner of Reinstein, Glackin, Patterson & Herriott, LLC, a litigation firm which handles family law, personal injury, criminal and civil litigation in eight counties in Maryland. RGPH has its principal office in Bowie, MD, and most recently opened a satellite office in Rockville, Maryland. Reinstein was recently married to his partner, Maureen Glackin, who also practices family law with the firm, and lectures nationally on military divorce matters. They reside in Old Town Alexandria, VA.
Eric P. Bernard
won silver medals in the javelin and the 200 meter sprint at the Granite State Senior Games in Manchester, NH on Aug.17, 2014. He has qualified to compete at the 2015 National Senior Games in Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN in hammer throw, shot put, javelin and the 50 meter, 100 meter and 200 meter sprints.
has joined Chesapeake Utilities Corporation as vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary, where he oversees the company's legal affairs internally and manages outside counsel. Moriarty has over 25 years of experience representing leading companies on diverse energy projects. Previously, he was a Partner at Locke Lord LLP and Fulbright & Jaworski, LLP, both international law firms with offices in Washington, D.C.
Stuart D. Rosen has joined Robinson and Cole LLP as a partner resident in the firm's Hartford, CT office. Rosen joins the firm from Bingham McCutchen LLP, where he led the Hartford litigation team. Rosen represents insurance companies, corporations, banks, investment management companies, and real estate owners and developers in complex commercial litigation, including insurance and reinsurance, contract disputes, business torts, unfair trade practices, and trade secrets. Robinson and Cole LLP is an Am Law 200 firm with 200 lawyers in nine offices serving regional, national, and international clients, from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies.
Anne Marie Green was named as acting director of human resources for Roanoke County, Va. Green has worked for Roanoke County for 26 years. In her previous role as director of general services, Green manages the solid waste, facilities, environmental and vehicle maintenance operations.
Kathy Hochul was elected Lieutenant Governor of the State of New York in November, 2014. She was the running mate to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo in his bid for re-election. Hochul won a special election to represent a western New York House district in 2011, then lost in the 2012 general election. The Cuomo/Hochul ticket recently survived a stronger than expected Democratic primary challenge in early September.
H.T. Nguyen has been re-appointed by President Barack Obama as a member of the National Council on Federal Labor-Management Relations. Nguyen is the executive director and general counsel of the Federal Education Association. He was first appointed to the National Council on Federal Labor-Management Relations in 2010, and was appointed for a second term in 2012.
John Polanin Jr. has been appointed to the National Adjudicatory Council of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority. Polanin is the regional head of compliance for the Americas at the Macquarie Group based in New York, where he is also a member and past co-chair of the Compliance & Regulatory Policy Committee of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association.
Timothy P. Wickstrom was honored by The St. Thomas More Society of Worcester County (MA) as part of its 57th annual Red Mass on Oct. 19. Wickstrom, a partner in the law firm of Wickstrom Morse LLP, volunteers as a legal consultant, serves as a lector, and has chaired three major campaigns to restore the historic nature of a local church building.
Joe D'Andrea was interviewed by ABC’s 20/20 for an episode that aired in Oct. 2014 about his representation of Lauren Cooper, an English teacher convicted of having inappropriate relationships with four of her students. D'Andrea is a criminal defense attorney with offices in Scranton, Stroudsburg, and Dunmore, PA.
Stephen W. Saunders is the co-editor and author of a new treatise on oil and gas law in Pennsylvania to be published by PBI Press in August titled, “The Law of Oil and Gas in Pennsylvania.”
Diane Kiesel’s second book, a biography of the late Washington, DC physician and civil rights activist, Dorothy Ferebee, will be published by the University of Nebraska Press in August, 2015. The volume is titled “She Can Bring Us Home: Dr. Dorothy Boulding Ferebee, Civil Rights Pioneer.” Kiesel is also working on a second edition of her textbook, “Domestic Violence: Law Policy and Practice,” (Matthew Bender/Lexis Nexis, 2007). Kiesel serves on the New York State Supreme Court as an acting justice, Bronx County, criminal term.
Mary Anne Mullin recently joined Phillips ADR as Mediator and Insurance Liaison. Phillips ADR is located in Corona Del Mar California and Mullin will continue to be located in New York.
Dr. Stephanie Seidman was the subject of a profile in the San Diego Source on March 27, 2015. Seidman, with the San Diego office of McKenna Long & Aldridge, provides clients experience with strategic counseling on the development and commercialization of patent portfolios for the bio-pharma industry. In addition to her JD, Seidman holds a Ph.D. in molecular biology/biochemistry.
is the author of “The Lawyer’s Light — Daily Meditations for Growth and Recovery,” a book of meditations that addresses the feelings and issues confronted by lawyers who are in recovery. The book from ABA Book Publishing contains 365 meditations, one for each day of the year. During his career, Chandler has served in the U.S. Justice Department, on the staff of a U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee, as a Minnesota state senator and in the Minneapolis law firm of Opperman and Paquin.
has been appointed chief compliance officer for the Colonial Companies of Fort Worth, TX. In his new position, Harvey will be responsible for further development and maintenance of compliance processes related to state and federal law for Colonial's numerous business lines. Harvey was most recently chief compliance officer and general counsel for Omney Inc. in California.
Jeffrey S. Tenen was a panelist at the eighth Latin America and Caribbean Air Transport Association Aviation Law Americas conference, held from Sept. 3-5 in Miami Beach, FL. Tenen is a shareholder in the Global Aircraft & Equipment Finance and Leasing Practice at the Miami office of international law firm Greenberg Traurig, where he focuses his practice on aircraft finance and leasing, cross-border structured lending and international business and commercial transactions.
Michael A. Zarcone was named executive vice president, head of corporate affairs for MetLife. In his position, he oversees global communications, global government relations, and corporate contributions and community relations. Zarcone manages MetLife’s engagement with internal and external audiences in the nearly 50 countries where the company does business. He joined MetLife in 1991 as a government relations counsel covering New York State.
Robert J. Bittman has joined the Washington, D.C. office of McGuireWoods as a litigation partner. Bittman, whose practice focuses on issues surrounding multinational corporations, particularly the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and False Claims Act cases, also has substantial federal prosecutorial experience. He was a top deputy to Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr during the Whitewater investigation. The move is a homecoming for Bittman, who was a McGuireWoods partner in Washington from 1993 through 2000.
Paul Krizek is seeking the Democratic nomination for the 44th House of Delegates seat in Virginia. Krizek, who described himself as a community activist, is a former legislative aide to former U.S. Rep. Jim Moran. Krizek has worked for Christian Relief Services Charities as chief counsel for the past 16 years.
Shelly R. Pagac
, apartner in the Pittsburgh office of Pietragallo Gordon Alfano Bosick & Raspanti, LLP, is the recipient of the Nora Barry Fischer Award for 2014. The Nora Barry Fischer Award serves to recognize an attorney within the firm who has given back to the legal profession and the community at large.
Cris Revaz has joined Washington, D.C.–based Creative Associates International as senior education counsel, where he guides the company's global program teams working to stem school dropout, bring technology to the classroom and boost early grade literacy in the midst of conflict in transitioning states. Revaz, an international education expert, previously served as executive director of the Basic Education Coalition.
Thomas L. Gallagher will receive The Graymoor Community Service Award from the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement in New York City on Oct. 3, 2014, in recognition of his efforts on behalf of many Catholic charities and organizations. The award will be presented during the Friar’s Annual Sharing Hope Celebration Dinner, which honors people who serve humanity through their commitment of time, talents and resources. Gallagher is executive chairman of a New York City-based social media brand company. For over two years he worked full-time on a pro bono basis for Mother Teresa’s religious order, the Missionaries of Charity, and the Office of the Postulation for the Cause of Sainthood of Blessed Mother Teresa. He helped to create and administer the Mother Teresa of Calcutta Center, Inc., a New York State not-for-profit organization.
is the ACE Mentor Program of America’s new president and chief executive officer, effective Feb. 2015. ACE was founded in 1994 to encourage high school students to pursue careers in architecture, engineering, and construction through mentoring while also supporting their continued advancement in the industry. Kalavritinos comes to ACE from Covidien – one of the world’s largest healthcare products companies – where he served as director of Global Government Affairs and advocated the $10-billion company’s interests before Congress and federal agencies.
Judge Laura S. Kiessling has been named as the new administrative judge for Anne Arundel County, Md., and for the Fifth Judicial Circuit (Anne Arundel, Carroll, and Howard counties). The appointment will be effective April 10. As administrative judge, Kiessling will oversee the administration of the court, budget and procurement functions, and trial calendars to ensure the expeditious disposition of cases. Kiessling was appointed to the Circuit Court for Anne Arundel County by former Gov. Martin O’Malley in 2010.
Malcolm L. MacGregor is a candidate for Magisterial District Judge of the Abingtons. He is a founding partner in the law firm of McDonald & MacGregor LLC, Scranton, Pa. Fellow lawyers elected him president of the 766 member Lackawanna Bar Association in 2014 and president of the 2,200 member statewide Pennsylvania Association for Justice in the same year. MacGregor was named to the Best Lawyers in America, 2014. He resides in North Abington Township with his wife Ann. They are the proud parents of four children.
Nanci Nishimura was reappointed by Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr to the California Commission on Judicial Performance, where she has served since 2011. Nishimura has been a partner at Cotchett, Pitre and McCarthy LLP since 2006, where she has been principal since 2002. Earlier in her career, she has served as a legislative analyst to U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye on the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Indian Affairs; and as a law clerk at the U.S. Overseas Private Investment Corporation.
Scott W. Dunn
Thomas P. O'Dea, Jr.
is the guest columnist author of two op-eds published online by the Catholic News Agency: “Marriage lifeline unlikely from Supreme Court,” (Oct. 23, 2014); and “Pope Francis and the Two Sons” (Dec. 17, 2104). Dunn focuses on real estate, business law, land use, estate planning and general and commercial litigation with the firm of Flanders, Ellsberg, Herber & Dunn, LLC in Longmont, CO.
Michael Flannery was quoted by the Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette on Feb. 5, 2015, for its article “Court ruling in meth case starts push to alter law,” which describes the Arkansas Court of Appeals decision to uphold the conviction and imprisonment of a woman who used methamphetamine while pregnant. Flannery is associate dean at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock's William H. Bowen School of Law.
has joined Diserio Martin O'Connor & Castiglioni LLP as Of Counsel. He is resident in the firm’s Stamford, CT office. An experienced trial attorney with approximately 40 jury verdicts as lead counsel, O'Dea concentrates his practice in civil litigation on behalf of individuals and corporations in a wide variety of matters ranging from commercial litigation to personal injury litigation.
O'Dea is also seeking to retain his seat for a second term representing the 125th House District in the state legislature. The district is made up of New Canaan and Wilton. O’Dea is a member of the legislature’s Judiciary Committee, Environment Committee and Transportation Committee.
Kathleen Kirby will receive the 2015 First Amendment Leadership Award from the Radio Television Digital News Foundation on March 11, 2015. The Leadership Award is one of a handful of First Amendment Awards given annually to a select group of journalists and leaders in the broadcast community, honoring their support and advancement of freedom of the press. Kirby is partner and co-chair of the media practice at Wiley Rein LLP.
was recently appointed
as the new Director of the D.C. Department of the Environment. He was nominated for the job by Mayor Muriel E. Bowser, a former mayoral campaign rival. Wells previously served for eight years as a D.C. councilmember representing Ward 6. On the environmental front, he is best-known as the political architect of the city’s 5-cent disposable bag tax, which environmental advocates have credited with reducing trash in city waterways.
Gina M. Burgin
was appointed Deputy Secretary of Administration for the Commonwealth of Virginia by Gov. Terence McAuliffe. Prior to joining the administration, she served as an Assistant City Attorney in Richmond, Virginia. Burgin operated a private law firm for 5 years, and practiced for 12 years as a commercial real estate and business transactions partner with the Richmond law firm of Hirschler Fleischer, PC.
is the author of “Church of Golf,” a novel about a broken man who discovers that getting his life back means moving to Lanai, the smallest of the occupied Hawaiian Islands, and joining a religious community devoted to golf. Published in mid-October by Saint Pete Press, the book is available at Amazon.com and other online retailers. Stephens is the founding partner of Stephens & Associates, P.C., based in Rockville, Maryland, where he handles real estate and construction litigation.
, co-managing partner of Labaton Sucharow LLP’s Antitrust Practice Group, was recently recommended in the field of class action-antitrust category by The Legal 500
and featured in Global Competition Review’s
annual Plaintiffs’ Bar Survey. He was also named to the 2014 Super Lawyers
list for antitrust litigation. Asciolla is a member of Law360’s competition editorial advisory board and frequently speaks to various national and international media on antitrust and competition law topics.
John A. Boneta was appointed to Virginia’s Criminal Justice Services Board by Gov. Terence R. McAuliffe. Boneta’s four-year term runs from July 1, 2014, to June 30, 2018. Boneta is the founding partner of John Boneta and Associates in Falls Church Va.
Vytas V. Vergeer has been appointed an Administrative Law Judge on the District of Columbia Office of Administrative Hearings. He will begin his duties in mid-August. Vergeer, legal director of Bread for the City, joined the organization as a staff attorney in 1994. He coordinates the clinic’s daily operations; recruits, trains, and supervises new attorneys, paralegals, and law student volunteers; assigns referral cases; reviews cases and provides substantive legal backup. Vergeer was a recipient of the 2010 Jerrold Scoutt Prize in recognition of his years of outstanding legal service to the low-income community.
Chris Concannon has been named chief executive of BATS Global Markets Inc., one of the country’s three big stock-exchange operators. His appointment was effective March 31st. Concannon most recently served as chief executive of Virtu Financial LLC, a high-frequency trading firm. A former SEC lawyer, Concannon has also served as s executive vice president, Transaction Services, for The NASDAQ Stock Market. He will be based in New York City, traveling frequently to the company’s headquarters in Kansas City and its European office in London.
Leo Fitzsimon has joined Wiley Rein’s communications practice as consulting counsel. Fitzsimon formerly served as head of government and industry affairs for Nokia Inc. He brings extensive knowledge of U.S. and international policymaking processes, acquired through his diverse professional background that includes leadership roles with companies ranging from cutting-edge, entrepreneurial startups to multinational, publicly-traded technology giants.
Victor Gallo was promoted to partner with Carter Ledyard & Milburn LLP, where he is resident in the firm’s Wall Street office. Gallo practices environmental and land use law in CL&M’s Environmental Practice Group. He assists clients in completing federal, state, and other environmental reviews -- often within very short approval timeframes -- and helps them obtain needed environmental permits.
Hon. Cheryl Nora Moss was re-elected to a 4th consecutive term as a District Court Judge in the 8th Judicial District Court, Family Division. She has served on the bench since 2001. Judge Moss is the first Asian-American elected to District Court in the State of Nevada's history.
was appointed by Gov. Peter Shumlin to serve as commissioner of Vermont’s Department of Human Resources.
The Hon. Gregory T. Douds was appointed by the governor of Georgia as a captain in the JAG office of the Georgia State Defense Force, supporting the Army National Guard and the citizens of Georgia. The appointment was made during a ceremony on Dec. 7, 2014, same date on which Douds proposed to his wife 30 years ago. Their son David is in his second year at Georgia State University Law School and planning an internship with a state representative.
Patrick D. McPherson was appointed managing partner of the Washington, D.C. office of Duane Morris LLP. McPherson represents clients in the acquisition, enforcement and protection of all aspects of their intellectual property rights. He is a seasoned intellectual property litigator and has represented clients in numerous federal district courts throughout the United States and the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office, McPherson is a member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association.
Edgar J. Asebey recently joined Jones Day's health care and life sciences practice as a partner in the firm’s Miami office. A former Roetzel & Andress partner, Asebey has spent more than a decade walking clients through FDA compliance issues and specializes in counseling non-U.S. companies looking to sell their products in the U.S. marketplace.
Angela E. Giancarlo participated on Jan. 22 in a roundtable discussion at the Columbus School of Law sponsored by The Communications Law Students Association, the Communications Law Institute, and the CUA Law Alumni Association. Giancarlo is a government and global trade partner in the Washington D.C. office of Mayer Brown, where she handles a multitude of complex matters within the technology, media and telecommunications field.
Holly O'Neill has been named a partner with Broad and Cassel’s Estate Planning and Trusts Practice Group. She is resident in the firm’s West Palm Beach, FL office. She handles contested and litigated matters in the areas of estate administration, trust administration and other fiduciary litigation. O'Neill is also a Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Court Mediator and regularly mediates disputes during the administration of wills and trusts.
was elected on Nov. 4 as Anne Arundel County State's Attorney in Maryland. He unseated the long-time incumbent in a contentious race.
David T. Hickey
has joined the government contracts practice of Kelley Drye as partner. Hickey is resident in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office, where he provides legal and legislative advice on federal procurement, Department of Defense, veteran’s affairs, homeland security, national defense and aerospace issues.
Maj. Gen. Reynold N. Hoover was the commencement speaker for the University of North Alabama’s Dec. 13 graduation ceremonies. Hoover is director of the J-2/6 National Guard Bureau, where he serves as the director of intelligence providing policy oversight and guidance on intelligence matters involving the National Guard. Hoover was appointed by President George W. Bush as a special assistant to the president for Homeland Security, and senior director for Nuclear Defense and Continuity Policy on the Homeland Security Council.
Cordell Jung was named Vice President and General Counsel of GED Testing Service LLC.
Kristine Sendek-Smith was named a partner with Akin Gump’s Washington, D.C. office. A former assistant U.S. attorney, Sendek-Smith is an experienced trial lawyer whose practice is focused on cross-border investigations, complex civil litigation and white collar criminal defense. She has represented many clients under investigation by agencies of the U.S. government at all levels. She also has extensive experience representing clients facing media and Internet attacks, with a particular focus on Ukraine and Eastern Europe.
has joined Bass, Berry & Sims’ office in Washington D.C. as a lateral partner in the firm’s Intellectual Property Practice Group. Sigworth focuses his practice on protecting clients’ valuable intellectual property rights in complex litigation. He is immediate past chair of the Intellectual Property Section of the D.C. Bar Association. Sigworth has also served as an adjunct law professor at CUA Law, teaching courses on patent law.
Antilla Trotter, III has joined the Adams & Martin Group as a business solutions manager. She is responsible for recruiting and staffing legal positions in Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia. Trotter is also a member of the Columbus School of Law’s Alumni Council.
has joined Stradley Ronon as counsel in its investment management/mutual funds practice group. He is resident in the firm’s Washington, D.C., office. Tsirigotis focuses his practice on advising financial institutions, asset managers, private equity funds and hedge funds on regulatory risk and compliance matters. He was most recently a senior vice president with Brown Brothers Harriman in New York, where he was head of the Funds Operations and Administration Group.
Molly Bryson was appointed partner in the D.C. office of Ballard Spahr LLP. Bryson focuses on assisting major banks and companies with their investments in affordable housing, solar energy, businesses in low-income communities, and historic preservation using tax credits and commercial and subsidized financing.
Gilberto R. Izquierdo received a 2014 Avvo Excellent Attorney Rating. Izquierdo is in private practice in Miami, FL, where he has also coached a competitive youth soccer team to the 2014 3v3 soccer nationals.
Suzanne Lopez, executive vice president of business and legal affairs for Fremantle Media North America, was the subject of a short profile in the Variety Legal Impact Report 2015. An in-house attorney, Lopez oversees the negotiations of all deals, litigation and legal affairs for the domestic arm of the media giant responsible for such megahits as “American Idol” and “America’s Got Talent.”
Brian W. Stolarz
was recognized with a Caritas Award from Catholic Charities on Oct. 23, 2014. Catholic Charities is the social ministry outreach of the Archdiocese of Washington. Stolarz was also the featured program speaker at the Law School’s Fifth Annual CUA Law Pro Bono Reception, held on March 25, 2015.
Chelsie King Garza
has been named to 2014 Texas Super Lawyers for the first time. Garza is an associate at Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, and Agosto & Friend in Houston, TX, where she practices personal injury law. Recognition by Super Lawyers is restricted to the top five percent of attorneys practicing in Texas. Garza joined the firm in 2007 and has handled a number of high-profile medical malpractice cases in addition to work place injuries and other personal injury matters.
Thomas Hicks was confirmed by the United States Senate for a seat on the Federal Election Assistance Commission. The commission is in charge of setting federal standards for voting systems, which haven’t been updated since 2005. Hicks was formerly election law counsel on Capitol Hill.
Suzanne Paulus Miller
recently joined Sirote & Permutt in the firm’s Fort Lauderdale office. Miller is a member of the firm’s Mortgage Banking practice group, where she represents national mortgage lenders in the areas of real estate, title, coordinating REOs, and foreclosure.
has joined New York City-based Hand Baldachin & Amburgey as a partner. O'Sullivan works with the firm’s Sports & Entertainment practice group whose clients include professional leagues, teams and franchises, event producers, professional athletes, and sponsors.
Chris Bjornson has been named Of Counsel with the Washington, D.C. office of Steptoe & Johnson LLP. Bjornson represents clients before the Federal Communications Commission and other government agencies and in transactional matters. His clients provide international and domestic satellite, Internet, wireless telecommunications, and video programming services. Bjornson is a member of the Columbus School of Law’s Alumni Council.
Cecilia O'Connell Miller was elected partner at Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP, the largest law firm in San Diego, Calif. Her practice focuses on insurance coverage litigation and representation of corporate and municipal policyholders in disputes with their insurance companies. Miller represents clients in federal and state courts across the country as well as arbitration and mediation.
Christopher Q. Davis
is pleased to announce his new law firm, “Working Solutions NYC,” with two associates. The employment litigation firm specializes in the prevention, prosecution and defense of employment lawsuits on behalf of individuals and companies with real workplace problems.
Matthew J. Focht
has joined Greenbelt, Md.–based Joseph, Greenwald & Laake, P.A. as an associate in the firm’s personal injury practice group. Focht focuses his practice on all aspects of civil litigation, with an emphasis on plaintiff's-side personal injury cases, at the state and federal level in Maryland and the District of Columbia.
Sarah Kellermann Kelsey was named chief executive officer of the National Alliance for Model State Drug Laws (NAMSDL) in May of 2014 where she specializes in the retrieval, review, analysis and comparison of each of the states’ drug and alcohol laws. Kelsey presented at the Harold Rogers Prescription Drug Monitoring Program National Meeting held in Washington D.C. in which she updated meeting attendees on 2014 legislative, regulatory and case law developments related to state PMP programs and served on a panel titled “State of the States.”
was named partner in Broad and Cassel’s Orlando, FL office. Springhart joined the firm in 2006 and is a member of the firm's construction law and litigation and commercial litigation practice groups. Springhart concentrates his practice in the area of construction litigation, including delay damage and construction defect claims, professional negligence claims, claims for unforeseen site conditions and payment disputes.
Thomas G. Allen has been elected partner at the international law firm of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman. Allen is a member of Pillsbury’s litigation group and is resident in its Washington D.C. office.
Christopher Chase was recently elected partner at Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz, where he practices marketing, IP, sports, and entertainment law. Chase is also in his fourth year as an adjunct professor at Fordham University School of Law.
Myles Edwards has joined Shufro, Rose & Co., LLC in New York City as general counsel, chief compliance officer and chief operating officer, effective Jan. 9, 2015. He was previously with Constellation. On Sept. 30, 2014, Edwards delivered a presentation, “A Hobson's Choice? Domiciles for Alternative Asset Managers,” on Sept. 30 at The Samuel & Ronnie Heyman Center on Corporate Governance, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University in New York City.
Elizabeth High is a shareholder in Lee & High, Ltd., of Reno, NV. After graduation, High served as federal law clerk to the Hon. Valerie P. Cooke in the United States District Court, District of Nevada. She then returned to Washington, D.C., practicing for several years in Arnold & Porter’s environmental practice group. High returned to Reno in 2006, first working for Lionel Sawyer & Collins in the firm's gaming and regulatory law group.
Daniel A. Lewis
, a family law attorney at Hatcher Law Group in Charlotte, NC, was selected as a 2015 Rising Star by North Carolina Super Lawyers, a rating service of outstanding lawyers who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. No more than 2.5 percent of the state’s lawyers were named among this year’s Rising Stars. Lewis also recently received the Martindale-Hubbell Client Distinction Award, which recognizes attorneys for excellence in value and service based on client evaluations.
Andrew T. Rezendes was recently named as investigative counsel for the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry by Chairman Pat Roberts (R-KS). Before joining the Committee, Andrew served as counsel for the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform in the U.S. House of Representatives. Prior to working on Capitol Hill, Andrew practiced insurance defense litigation in Maryland and the District of Columbia.
William S. Sowders
joined Phoenix-based Gust Rosenfeld, PLC on March 2, 2015. Sowders’ practice is concentrated on litigation, specifically in the areas of products liability, medical malpractice and healthcare, transportation, and accident and personal injury. In 2012 and 2013, Sowders was honored as one of Super Lawyers
® Rising Stars.
Frances Marine Davis was appointed counsel to the president at Middle Georgia State College, a four-year college moving toward university status serving approximately 8,000 students across 5 campuses in central Georgia, on Oct. 28, 2014. She relocated to Macon, Georgia earlier this year and married local attorney James W. Davis on Sept. 28, 2014.
John A. Zadrozny began as counsel in the office of Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Jan. 5, 2015. He has previously served in the same capacity with the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, serving under Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN).
Hilary Abell Bednarz is the director of development at St. Bernadette School in Silver Spring, MD.
Benjamin T. Branche was promoted from associate to partner at the New Jersey law firm of Szaferman, Lakind, Blumstein & Blader, P.C. Branche concentrates his practice on Mergers and Acquisitions, Tax, Trusts and Estates, Real Estate and Business Law. He was named a New Jersey “Rising Star™” by SuperLawyers® in 2010, 2011 and 2012.
Dante Cornish recently joined the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of Employment Discrimination Complaint Adjudication, as a general attorney.
co-authored “Court Sets Limit on Reach of Tipster Protection,” published August 26, 2014 in the Daily Journal.
The article examines an important decision setting firm limits on the scope of whistleblower protections. Morris is a partner with Winston & Strawn, resident in the firm’s San Francisco office.
Kelly T. Murphy
was elected to the board of trustees for the Irving S. Gilmore International Keyboard Festival. The Gilmore Keyboard Festival, which is held in Kalamazoo, Michigan, is an internationally recognized, highly prestigious piano music festival. Its nearly 100 Festival events showcase some of the most notable and accomplished pianists and keyboard musicians in the world, along with artists just emerging on the international stage. Murphy is a partner in the intellectual property department of Honigman Millers Schwartz and Cohn LLP.
Diego J. Rojas has joined Garan Lucow Miller, P.C. in Grand Rapids, Mich. as an associate specializing in insurance defense. Rojas and his wife, Lindsay, are the proud parents of Caroline Jewell Rojas born on July 1, 2014.
Dr. Leonidas Boutsikaris became Of Counsel at the intellectual property firm of Nixon & Venderhye P.C. in Arlington, Va.
William J. Breslin
was elected to partner at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP, resident in Washington, DC. Breslin is a partner in the firm’s corporate department and the asset management practice, where he concentrates on derivatives, futures and commodities. He regularly offers his clients transactional and regulatory advice in connection with swaps, futures and other derivatives products.
Joanne K.I. Howard recently joined the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Office of Inspector General, as assistant counsel.
Amy Mushahwar has joined ZwillGen PLLC as a counsel and chief information security officer. ZwillGen is a law firm that specializes in privacy and data security issues. Mushahwar is also a contributing author on ZwillGen’s blog “Law Across the Wire and Into the Cloud.” The online publication offers the perspective of ZwillGen's lawyers writing about the most recent issues in cybercrime, information security, privacy and legislation.
Daniel K. Roque has joined the Office of the New York State Inspector General as an investigative counsel.
is the new executive director of The Bitcoin Foundation, a lobby group founded in 2012 "standardize, protect and promote the use of Bitcoin cryptographic money for the benefit of users worldwide." Murck served most recently as general counsel to The Bitcoin Foundation. Earlier in his career, Murck worked for the law firm Fletcher, Heald & Hildreth and a number of companies in the technology and virtual economy spheres, including Engage Legal, Engage Strategy, and bitcoin startup CoinLab.
has been appointed chief privacy officer of EverBank, and promoted to senior vice president, associate general counsel.
Teddy Davis is a candidate to represent District Four of the city council of Los Angeles, which stretches from Sherman Oaks to Miracle Mile and includes parts of Hollywood and Los Feliz. Davis was born and raised in the community. Davis has worked over the years as a senior aide to the mayor of Los Angeles, as special assistant to the governor of California, and as an Emmy Award-winning ABC News journalist. He currently serves as an Unruh Fellow at USC, helping students prepare for careers in public service. The primary vote will be held on March 3.
Summer Mersinger will join The Smith-Free Group, LLC as senior vice president in early 2015. She served most recently as Washington Chief to Senator John Thune (R-SD). Founded in 1995, the Smith-Free Group has played an advocacy role in shaping public policy on diverse issues. In addition to her Hill experience, Mersinger served as a Director of Government Relations at DC-based law firm Arent Fox.
William J. Phelan IV recently joined the law firm of Cordell & Cordell in its Philadelphia office. As an advisor and advocate for men, he practices in the area of divorce, support, child custody, property distribution, and alimony. Phelan was also named a Rising Star by Super Lawyers in 2014. He married Megan Phelan (Graham) on Aug. 31, 2014 in Saratoga Springs, NY.
Joseph M. Saka joined Lowenstein Sandler LLP as counsel in the firm's newly-opened Washington, DC office. Saka will continue representing corporate policyholders in complex disputes with their insurance companies. He was previously with Dickstein Shapiro LLP, where he assisted clients to obtain significant recoveries from their insurers.
Liesel Danjczek Schopler recently made partner at Rifkin, Weiner, Livingston, Levitan & Silver, LLC, where she practices commercial litigation. She is married with three children - daughters, Camden, Reis, and son, Sawyer.
Jonathan Lewis Stone was named a “Rising Star” in Business Litigation by Virginia Super Lawyers for 2014. Mr. Stone has also been recognized as a Top 10 Under 40 for the National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys for 2014. He practices in Virginia Beach, Virginia with the firm of Norris & St. Clair, P.C.
Will Jawando has been hired as a senior adviser to Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley’s “O’ Say Can You See” PAC, as the governor gears up for a possible 2016 White House bid. Jawando will handle a variety of outreach activities, helping O’Malley continue to build a national network. Jawando is a former Obama administration staffer who narrowly lost a primary bid this year for a Maryland House of Delegates seat. Most recently, he worked for Discovery Communications.
Matthew Phelps is now an Assistant United States Attorney at the United States Attorney's Office.
Kristen (Morgan) Comstock has joined Lorang Law, PC in Havre, Montana as an associate.
Daniel S. Crowley
has been named a partner with the Hannon Law Group in Washington, DC. Crowley practices general civil litigation, with a focus on employment law, representing federal and private sector employees in employment disputes. A significant portion of his practice is devoted to representing Foreign Service Officers in grievances, discipline, EEO, whistleblower, and separation cases. He also has experience representing businesses in employment and contract disputes, employees with insurance benefit claims, and individuals suffering personal injuries. Crowley was named a "Rising Star" in Employment and Labor Law by Super Lawyers
in 2014 and 2015.
Christina Manfredi McKinley has joined business law firm Cohen & Grigsby as a lateral associate in the firm's Pittsburgh office. McKinley is a commercial litigator who focuses her practice on advising and representing clients in all phases of litigation before U.S. District Courts, the Federal Courts of Appeals, and the Supreme Court. She earned her J.D. from The Catholic University of America. She previously worked at WilmerHale in Washington, D.C.
began serving on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee as senior counsel in Jan. 2015. He deals with the public works aspects of the committee’s jurisdiction. Boyajian previously served with the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.
Ellen Brandau joined the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs as associate counsel in February. She serves as a mentor for attorneys preparing rulings on motions for reconsideration and various correspondence.
was included in the 2014 Upstate New York Super Lawyers “Rising Stars” list in the field of real estate. The attorneys on the list were selected by their peers from among the top up-and-coming lawyers, defined as 40 years of age and younger, or in the practice of law for less than 10 years. Brannen is an associate in the Rochester office of Bond, Schoeneck & King PLLC. He began his legal career as corporate counsel for a top hospitality management corporation.
has joined the firm Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP as Of Counsel. He is resident in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office. Most recently, Halley was associate chief of the FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau and legal advisor to Chairman Wheeler for of E-rate modernization and inmate calling services reform. While a student at CUA Law, Halley was the overall winner of the National Telecommunications Moot Court Competition.
Clifford Smith was hired to serve as communications director for U.S. Congressman Gary Palmer (6th District Alabama). Smith manages the day to day media outreach. Smith has a broad array of political experience and has served as a law clerk on two Senate committees and as a legislative correspondent in the House of Representatives. Smith also has campaign and private sector experience and most recently served as associate counsel for the Free Market Environmental Law Clinic.
Jeremy Springhart has earned an AV Preeminent® rating from Martindale-Hubbell®, achieving the organization’s highest marks for both competency and ethics. Springhart is a member of Broad and Cassel’s construction law and litigation and commercial litigation practice groups in Orlando, FL.
Laura Lynn Thomas and Thomas Curtin, 2011, were married on Oct. 25, 2014 in Howard County, Maryland.
Debbie Carfora was accepted into an Honors position with the Environmental and Natural Resources Division at the United States Department of Justice.
is the associate general counsel (acting general counsel) at a mid-size company which employs more than 100 people.
is an associate at Arent Fox. He is a graduate of the Institute for Communications Law Studies.
and his wife Caroline welcomed their first child, Evelyn Frances Haun, into the world on July 23, 2014. Haun also has received a clerkship with Judge Janice Rogers Brown of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit for the 2016-2017 term. Says Haun, “Judge Brown's jurisprudence and character are inspiring to me, and I am excited and honored to work with her.” Haun is currently an associate with Hunton & Williams LLP.
John M. Tenaglia
was appointed to the Senior Executive Service and named as the Deputy Director for Contract Policy and International Contracting at the Department of Defense. Tenaglia was commissioned in the Air Force in 1988 and retired from active duty in 2008. Prior to his current assignment, Tenaglia served as a senior procurement analyst in DPAP where he developed and oversaw the OSD Peer Review program.
Rebecca L. Zimmerman
has joined the general counsel's office of the National Labor Relations Board in its Honors Attorney Program, where he is currently assigned to the Contempt, Compliance, and Special Litigation Branch. Prior to that, completed a clerkship with Judge Ivan L.R. Lemelle of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana. Ellement has recently published two law review articles – “Enfranchising Persons with Disabilities: Continuing Problems, an Old Statute, and A New Litigation Strategy,” 39 T. Marshall L. Rev. 29 (2013) and “Labor Law in 3(d): Reexamining the General Counsel of the NLRB as an Independent Prosecutor of Labor Violations,” 29 ABA J. Lab. & Emp. L. 477 (2014). In addition, Ellement served as a panelist on the Thurgood Marshall School of Law's annual law review symposium, titled "A History of Civil Rights Issues from Education to Voting Rights and Their Modern Implications."
Rich Gallena is an associate at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, where he practices within the firm’s Insurance practice and litigation groups. Gallena’s practice focuses on corporate policyholders in complex insurance coverage disputes involving environmental liabilities, mass tort liabilities, government investigations and data breaches.
Chris Lemming was one of two attorneys selected by the Tahirih Justice Center to receive its Washington, DC Area Pro Bono Attorneys of the Year Award at Tahirih’s 18th Annual Gala, on April 14, 2015, at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington D.C. Lemming is an associate with Ballard Spahr.
Joseph C. Pekich
AnneRose Menachery’s legal fellowship in Congressman Luis Gutierrez's office was turned into a full-time position as counsel.
Quinlan L. O’Connor and Iryna Kurbatava (2013) were married in Montana on Aug. 31, 2014. O’Connor is serving as agency counsel for the Department of Labor and Industry for the State of Montana. Kurbatava is a deputy city attorney in Helena, MT.
has joined Solomon Law Firm PLLC as an associate attorney to assist with the firm’s high volume of federal employment law cases. Pekich, who hails from a family of union members, focused on labor and employment law at CUA, where he received the Plato Papps Fellowship, which is awarded to students with a demonstrable interest in labor law.
has joined Nichols Zauzig Sandler, P.C., as part of the firm’s family law practice, focusing on divorce and domestic relations cases. Zimmerman had completed a judicial clerkship with The Hon. Richard B. Potter, 31st Judicial Circuit, Prince William County Circuit Court. While in law school, she served as Editor-in-Chief of the Catholic University Law Review.
Patricia Cave recently became director of government affairs of WTA-Advocates for Rural Broadband. Cave is a cum laude graduate of the Institute for Communications Law Studies.
David Crawford accepted a position in the telecommunications practice at Hogan Lovells in Washington, D.C. Crawford is a cum laude graduate of the Institute for Communications Law Studies.
Alexandra Jenik is among 54 newly hired Bronx Assistant District Attorneys who began an intensive two-week training program this week on Sept. 8. The training combines intensive classroom lectures on criminal court practice with courtroom observation and hands-on workshops.
Jessica Kleinman has been awarded a prestigious Equal Justice Works Fellowship for her proposal to address asthma problems among the children of low-income families in Washington, D.C.
Holly Vandegrift has accepted a position with National Democratic Institute (NDI). She works for NDI's Asia team focusing primarily on programs in Hong Kong, China, Burma and Indonesia.
Evan J. Van Regenmorter is also among 54 newly hired Bronx Assistant District Attorneys who began an intensive two-week training program this week on Sept. 8. The training combines intensive classroom lectures on criminal court practice with courtroom observation and hands-on workshops.
Joseph L. Tobin Jr. passed away peacefully at the age of 89 on January 13, 2014, surrounded by loved ones. He was a resident of Garden City, NY. Mr. Tobin was a proud World War II Navy Veteran, having served in Normandy during the D-Day invasion. He was a partner in the Mineola, NY law firm of Sprague, Stem, Aspland, Dwyer and Tobin; former President of the Nassau County Bar Association and acting village justice of the Village of Hempstead. Mr. Tobin was the devoted husband of sixty years of the late Helen (nee McMahon), the loving father of seven children, and the cherished grandfather of five.
Dean Pace, a former member of the Columbus School of Law’s Board of Visitors, died on Jan. 21, 2014. A native of Maryland, Pace was educated at the Catholic University of America, Mount Saint Mary's College, and Harvard Law School. He was passionate about his faith, his knighthood in the Order of Malta, and his wife, with whom he spent many wonderful times in France. Dean Francis Pace was equally passionate about his life's work. He was one of the original attorneys who practiced nationwide under the 1986 Amendment to the False Claims Act, combating fraud against the U. S. federal government. Among his many hobbies, Pace especially enjoyed golf with his friends at the Bel Air Country Club. He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Jocelyne, his daughter, Marilyce, and his brother, William Pace.
Natalie Yeager St. Denis passed away on January 23, 2014.
Joseph Procaccino of Vienna/Fairfax, Virginia, passed away peacefully in the presence of his family on Jan. 8, 2015 following complications from a respiratory illness. He was 93. In 1942, Procaccino enlisted in the Army and was sent for intensive Japanese language training. He was commissioned as an officer and traveled to the China/Burma/India Theater of Operations. While in China, he was assigned a small group of specialists who travelled into Yenan in 1945 as part of an effort by the United States to explore the activities of the Communist Chinese in the fight against Japanese forces. His team met with local leadership, to include Mao Tse-Tung and Chou En Lai. During his military service, Procaccino entered into the Office of Strategic Services, and remained in that organization as it evolved into the Central Intelligence Agency, becoming a charter member. He served under every CIA Director to the present, accumulating an incredible 71 years of federal service. Procaccino received numerous awards and citations. He is survived by his loving son Joseph, Jr. and daughter-in-law Margaret of Fairfax, Virginia, and his granddaughters, Cristina and Carla.
Robert O. Tiernan passed away on October 15, 2014, in South Kingstown, RI, at the age of 85. Tiernan was elected to the US House of representatives in 1967, serving for seven years. After his service in Congress, he was appointed to the Federal Election Commission by President Gerald Ford. Tiernan served on the national board until 1981, when he practiced law again in Rhode Island. Tiernan retired from the practice of law in 2009. He was a member of the Rhode Island Heritage Hall of Fame.
Martin A. Farrell passed away on Jan. 25, 2013, in Portland, OR. Farrell served as a U.S. Marine during the Korean War. He moved to Alaska in 1959 to practice law. He served one term in the state House of Representatives from 1971 to 1972, and chaired the Alaska House Resources Committee when the legislature took up the first major overhaul of state regulatory and right-of-way laws following the announcement that the Trans-Alaska Pipeline would be built. Gov. Sean Parnell ordered state flags lowered to half-staff in honor of Farrell’s passing.
Joseph Dougherty Crumlish passed away on August 28, 2014 in Washington, D.C., at the age of 92. Crumlish served as a past president of the Thomas More Society of America. He was the beloved father of Rebecca Crumlish and is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
James Joseph McGillan
, 71, of Pinehurst, N.C., formerly of McLean, VA., died June 8, 2013, in Carthage, N.C. He began his legal career as a lieutenant in the United States Navy, Judge Advocate General Corps, and was awarded the Navy Commendation medal for valor for his service in Vietnam. McGillan enjoyed a long and varied career in law and business. Most notably, he was a partner at Pepper and Corrazzini (1976-1983); Of Counsel to Finley, Kumble, Wagner, Heine, Underberg, Manley & Casey law firm (1983-1987); and vice chairman, secretary and general counsel at Private Transatlantic Telecommunications System, Inc., among other positions. McGillan is survived by his wife, Kathleen Kenny McGillan, their daughters Jennifer and Maureen, three sisters, and numerous nieces and nephews.
William Hague Jr. 70, of Wickford, RI, passed away peacefully on March 6, 2014 in Boston surrounded by his family and enjoying the music of Neil Diamond. He was born in Providence, RI on August 3, 1943. Following law school, Hague served in the U.S. Army Reserves. During his 33 year career as an attorney, Hague was an associate, partner, and later principle of Dick and Hague, Ltd. Over the years, he was devoted to charitable work, coaching Farm League baseball in Lincoln, preparing tax returns for the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, and working with Big Brothers of Rhode Island, which named him Big Brother of the year in 2011. Hague is survived by his wife, Kathleen (Kianna) Rake Hague, three children and two stepchildren, and two grandchildren.
H. Claire Whitney died on Feb. 5, 2014, at the age of 65 after a long illness. She had a long and successful career with the U.S. Justice Department, recently retiring as senior counsel in the Environmental Crimes Section.
Fred Buckine, a former Hillsborough County judge and prosecutor and the husband of Florida Supreme Court Justice Peggy Quince (1975), died Sept. 6, 2014 at the age of 75. The couple resided in Tallahassee. Buckine and Quince met at CUA Law and after graduating began a marriage of 38 years. Known for his love of the law and for his public speaking ability, Buckine grew up in Bradenton and served in the U.S. Air Force for 13 years, including two tours of duty in Vietnam. A statement by the family noted that he was among the first 100 black lawyers to be licensed to practice in Florida. Quince, the first black woman to serve on the state's highest court, was appointed in 1998. Their marriage produced two daughters, Peggy LaVerne and Laura LaVerne.
Kathleen Ellis Topelius passed away on Feb. 22, 2014. A resident of Chevy Chase, MD, she was the beloved wife of Warren Topelius; devoted mother of Matthew Topelius; loving sister of Mary Frances Ellis (Paul Carttar) and Stephen Ellis (Kathleen). Also survived by nieces and nephews, Katherine, Elizabeth and Patrick Carttar and Brian and Mary Beth Ellis.
Roger John Lucas passed away on Jan. 29, 2015, at the age of 65. He resided in Vienna, VA. Lucas is survived by his loving wife, Rosalie Lucas; daughters Stephanie Lucas and Jennifer Crane; two grandchildren; his parents, and two siblings. Lucas was a generous supporter of the Charles and Louise O'Brien Fellowship at the Columbus School of Law.
Rebecca (Robert) Rini passed away unexpectedly on Feb. 8, 2015. Rini was the founding partner of the law firm of Rini, Coran & Lancellotta, PC and its successor, Rini O’Neil, PC. She was an innovator in the communications industry and was widely regarded for her negotiation skills, her fierce advocacy and her creative approach to problem solving. Rini served on the Board of Directors of The Source for Learning, Inc. and on the Board of Directors of Pegasus Tower Company. She served as president of the alumni association for the Institute for Communications Law Studies at The Catholic University of America’s Columbus Law School (2004). She is survived by Lori Rini, her daughter Lyndsay, son Jacob and long-time companion Michael Selleh.
Jodi P. Dottori died on May 10, 2014 at the age of 50. A resident of Westport, Conn., Dottori practiced law at Schatz & Schatz and Cummings & Lockwood and later held senior positions at Priceline.com and DSL.net. In 2006, he joined the Financial Accounting Foundation in Norwalk, where he served as an officer, general counsel, and most recently as the chief of staff. He loved to play sports, especially wrestling, baseball, football, and triathlons. He enjoyed spending summers at the beach and winters skiing with his family. Dottori is survived by his wife, Paloma Bima, children Pia and Paul, parents, siblings, and numerous nephews and nieces.