Catholic Law alumni are leaders, innovators, and standard-setters for excellence. They continue to make their mark in a variety of fields including the judiciary (like those pictured above), senior federal service, academia, the Armed Forces, and many more. Our graduates listed below are a small sample of alumni who have distinguished themselves professionally and personally. To stay current with what Catholic Law alumni are doing, please click here.
- Kathleen Abernathy, 1983
Executive Vice President, External Affairs, Frontier Communications; Former Commissioner, Federal Communications Commission
- Joseph Alioto, 1940
Former Attorney, Antitrust Division, United States Department of Justice
Alioto had an extensive legal career in the antitrust law field. He worked for the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice and the Board of Economic Warfare. After World War II, he opened an antitrust practice where he represented individuals like Walt Disney and Samuel Goldwyn.
- The Honorable Charlene Barshefsky, 1975
Ambassador, United States Trade Representative
Barshefsky served as the country's top trade negotiator, 1997 to 2001. Currently, Ambassador Barshefsky is a Senior International Partner at the law firm of WilmerHale.
“I loved this law school… Nowhere else will you receive the nurturing and care that our faculty and staff provide.” - S. Jenell Trigg, 1997, Partner, Lerman Senter PLLC
- Michael J. Bidwill, 1990
President, Arizona Cardinals (NFL)
- Phyllis Borzi, 1978
Assistant Secretary for Employee Benefits Security, United States Department of Labor
- Adelard Brault, 1933
Senator, Commonwealth of Virginia (former VA Senate Majority Leader)
- John G. Carberry, 1973
President, Charles River Mortgage Company, Inc.
Carberry previously served as President of Charles River Mortgage Company; as Senior Vice President and General Counsel of a private FHA-approved mortgage firm; and as a program specialist at the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (1966-1973), where he was recognized with HUD’s Sustained Superior Performance Award.
- Brendan T. Carr, 2005
Commissioner, Federal Communications Commission
- Robert Patrick "Bob" Casey Jr., 1988
Senior United States Senator, Pennsylvania
Casey previously served as Pennsylvania Treasurer and Pennsylvania Auditor General.
"My law school experience...instilled in me the importance of giving back and contributing to the profession and society at large.” - Roberta Liebenberg, 1975, Senior Partner, Fine, Kaplan and Black, R.P.C.
- Jeffrey S. Chiesa, 1990
Member, Executive Committee, Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi PC; Senator, New Jersey State Senator (Interim); Former Attorney General, New Jersey
- The Honorable Richard P. Conaboy, 1950
Senior Judge, U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania; Former Chief Judge, U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania (1989-1992)
Judge Conaboy also serves as Chairman of the U.S. Sentencing Commission.
- Chris R. Concannon, 1994
Director, President, and Chief Operating Officer, MarketAxess
- Francis X. "Frank" Coonelly, 1986
Former President, Pittsburgh Pirates (MLB)
- The Honorable Edward J. Damich, 1976
Judge, United States Court of Federal Claims. Former Chief Judge (2002-2009)
- David A. Donohoe, 1962
Emeritus Member, Board of Visitors; Former Senior Counsel, Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld LLP
- Ernest W. DuBester, 1975
Chairman, Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA)
Initially appointed and renominated by President Barack Obama, renominated again by President Donald Trump, and unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate to all three terms, Member DuBester has served as an FLRA Member since August 2009. He was designated Chairman by President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. on January 21, 2021.
“The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law changed the trajectory of my life and guided me to a solid path of public and community service.” - Deborah Watson-Stokes, 1990, Supervisor of the Municipal Court Unit, Assistant District Attorney for the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office
- William D. Duhnke III, 1996
Former Chairman, Public Company Accounting Oversight Board, Securities and Exchange Commission
- The Honorable Stephanie Duncan-Peters, 1977
Senior Judge, Superior Court of the District of Columbia
- Alexandra Dapolito Dunn, 1994
Partner, Baker Botts; Former Assistant Administrator, Chemical Safety & Pollution Prevention, Environmental Protection Agency for Toxic Substances; Former Executive Director & General Counsel; Environmental Council of States (ECOS)
- Naomi Churchill Earp, 1982
Nominated Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Agriculture; Former Chair, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
- Christine Luchok Fallon, 1977
Former Reporter of Decisions, Supreme Court of the United States
Fallon is the first woman to hold the position of Reporter of Decisions, which she held from 2011 to 2020. Before that, she served as the Supreme Court's Deputy Reporter of Decisions for 22 years.
"There is no doubt that attending The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law was a turning point in my life." - Jennifer P. Lim, 2010, Founder and Executive Director, Republican Women for Progress
- Richard J. Favretto, 1966
Senior Counsel, Mayer Brown; Former Deputy Assistant Attorney General and Acting Assistant Attorney General, Antitrust Division, United States Department of Justice
- Nessa Feddis, 1983
Senior Vice President and Deputy Chief Counsel, Consumer Protection and Payments, American Bankers Association's Center for Regulatory Compliance.
- Suellen M. Ferguson, 1977
Member, Board of Visitors; Partner, Council Baradel Attorneys at Law
Council Baradel is the largest law firm in Anne Arundel County since 1982. Ferguson’s main practice is municipal practice. She also has many clients in the areas of administrative law and civil litigation.
- Alice S. Fisher, 1992
Member, Board of Visitors; Partner, Latham & Watkins, LLP
Fisher's practice focuses mainly on white-collar criminal investigations and internal investigations. From 2005 to 2008, she served as assistant attorney general of the Criminal Division at the United States Department of Justice.
- Justice Shireen Avis Fisher, 1976
President, Special Court for Sierra Leone
- Daniel M. Gallagher, 1999
Former Commissioner, Securities and Exchange Commission
- Mary Anne Gibbons, 1980
Former Member, Board of Visitors; Former General Counsel and Executive Vice President, United States Postal Service
- James G. Gilbert, 1988
Chief Administrative Law Judge, United States Postal Service
- Larry P. Grassini, 1970
Founder, Grassini & Wrinkle; Founder, Grassini Family Vineyards
Grassini was twice recognized as "Trial Lawyer of the Year" by the Los Angeles Trial Lawyers Association. In 2009, he was the ninth person inducted into the Los Angeles Trial Lawyers Association's Hall of Fame. In 2011, he became only the third plaintiffs' lawyer to be inducted into the Association of Southern California Defense Counsel's Hall of Fame.
- Thomas R. Harkin, 1972
Former United States Senator, Iowa
Harkin previously served in the United States House of Representatives from 1975 to 1985. He also served as Chairman of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions from 2009 to 2015.
- John P. “Jack” Heekin, 2011
General Counsel, Senator Rick Scott (R-FL)
Prior to serving as General Counsel for Senator Scott, Heekin was Deputy Chief of Staff for Governor Scott. He was also a former Governor Chief Deputy General Counsel working on criminal justice/clemency issues and the selection of Florida judges.
- Kathy (Courtney) Hochul, 1983
Governor, New York
Hochul is the 57th and first female governor of New York State. She formerly served as Lieutenant Governor from 2015 to 2021 and was a former member of the U.S. House of Representatives for New York’s 26th District from 2011 to 2013.
- Mark V. Holden, 1988
Member, Board of Visitors; Senior VP and General Counsel, Koch Industries, Inc.
Koch Industries is the second largest privately held company in the United States. Koch Industries has an annual revenue of $110 billion.
- The Honorable Ronald H. Jarashow, 1975
Partner, Gromley, Jarashow, and Bowman; Former Judge, Circuit Court for Anne Arundel County
Jarashow has also taught business law and was an advisor with the Annapolis and Anne Arundel County economic development office.
"If I could do it all over again, I would do it exactly the same." - Michael Bidwill, 1990, President, Arizona Cardinals
- Mary D. Kane, 1999
Former Secretary of State, Maryland
Kane was the first Republican woman to serve as Maryland’s Secretary of State. She also ran as a candidate for Lieutenant Governor of Maryland in 2010.
- Julie M. Kearney, 1998
Member, Board of Visitors; Head of Regulatory Affairs, Loon LLC.
Kearney leads Loon’s domestic and international regulatory initiatives. Loon LLC provides internet access to rural and remote areas in California. She was previously Vice President of Regulatory Affairs for the Consumer Technology Association (CTA).
- Colonel Mary Lou Keener, USAF (Ret.), 1982
Former General Counsel, Department of Veterans Affairs
In 2000, Colonel Keener served with the Department of Defense as Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force (Force Management and Personnel). She is now retired and serves as an Outside Board Member of the Military Order of the Purple Heart Service Foundation.
- The Honorable Diane Kiesel, 1985
Acting Supreme Court Justice, 12th Judicial District of New York
- John M. Kneuer, 1994
Founder, JKC Consulting; Senior Advisor, American Continental Group
Previously, Kneuer served as the Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information. In this capacity, Kneuer was the principal advisor to the President of the United States on telecommunications policy and the Administrator of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration.
- The Honorable Colleen Kollar-Kotelly, 1968
U.S District Judge, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia; Former Presiding Judge, U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.
- Charles Douglas Langford, 1953
Civil Rights Attorney
Langford was a civil rights attorney in Montgomery, Alabama. Langford was part of the legal team that represented Rosa Parks who was arrested in 1955 for her refusal to give up her seat. Langford also represented Arlam Carr Jr. to desegregate Montgomery's public schools and black legislators seeking to end the flying of the Confederate flag over the Alabama state capital. Langford also served in the Alabama State Senate and House of Representatives.
- Jonathan Lash, 1972
Former President, Hampshire College (Amherst, MA)
- The Honorable Milton C. Lee, 1985
Associate Judge, Superior Court of the District of Columbia
Judge Lee was appointed Associate Judge to the Superior Court of the District of Columbia in 2010. He was previously appointed Magistrate Judge of the Court in 1998. Judge Lee also served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at UDC School of Law and Georgetown Law. He has also taught in the Harvard Trial Advocacy Program.
- The Honorable Joseph F. Leeson Jr., 1980
United States District Judge, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
Prior to judicial service, Judge Leeson was a founding partner in an eastern Pennsylvania-based law firm where his practice was focused primarily on civil trial and appellate litigation.
- Daniel T. Lennon, 1990
Member, Board of Visitors; Partner, Latham & Watkins, LLP
Lennon was recognized as one of the top private equity lawyers in Legal 500 US from 2011 to 2016 and in 2019. He also represented the Carlyle Group in billion-dollar transactions.
- Roberta "Bobbi" Liebenberg, 1975
Senior Partner, Fine Kaplan and Black
Liebenberg focuses her practice on class actions, antitrust and complex commercial litigation, and white-collar criminal defense. She clerked for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.
- Jennifer P. Lim, 2010
Founder and Executive Director, Republican Women for Progress
- The Honorable Susan Longley, 1988
Judge of Probate, Waldo County, Maine; Former State Senator, 11th District of Maine
- Don Lyster, 2001
Chief of Staff, National Immigration Forum; Former Chief of Staff and DC Director, National Immigration Law Center; Former Chief of Staff, Rep. Hilda L. Solis
- Andrew K. "Drew" Maloney, 1996
President and CEO, American Investment Council (AIC); Board of Trustees Member, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in the Smithsonian Institution; Former Assistant Secretary, Treasury Legislative Affairs
- Clarence E. Martin, 1974
Vatican Liaison, Iraqi-Kurdistan and Abrahamic Dialog Projects
- Anne Toomey McKenna, 1994
Partner/ Principal, Toomey McKenna Law Group, LLC; Affiliate Faculty, Penn State Institute for Computational and Data Sciences
- John J. McNamara, 1990
Founding Partner, Lane McNamara LLP
- The Honorable Juanita Bing Newton, 1975
Dean, New York State Judicial Institute
- Stephen L. R. McNichols, 1939
Former Governor, Colorado; Former Field Officer, Federal Bureau of Investigation
McNichols served as Colorado's 35th Governor (1957-1963) and was a former FBI Field Officer in Baltimore and Boston. He was also an assistant in the U.S. Attorney General's anti-trust division in Denver.
- Veryl Victoria Miles, 1980
Professor of Law and Former Dean, The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law
Miles is a professor of law at Catholic Law and served as the dean of the Law School from 2005 to 2012. She also served as deputy director of the Association of American Law Schools (2001-2003), a member of the special committee on the Uniform Bar Examination for the National Conference of Bar Examiners (2008-2012), and a member of the American Bar Association’s Accreditation Committee (2008-2012).
"I feel incredibly blessed to have the good fortune of landing at Catholic many, many years ago, developing friendships and getting this solid foundation that enables me to serve in Public Office today." - Brendan T. Carr, 2005, Commissioner, Federal Communications Commission
- J. Paul Molloy, 1965
Co-founder and CEO, Oxford House, Inc.
Oxford House, Inc. is the non-profit umbrella organization for the network of more than 1,700 individual Oxford Houses, self-run, self-supported recovery homes for individuals recovering from alcoholism and drug addiction.
- Jeffrey R. Moreland, 1970
Vice Chairman, Amtrak Board of Directors; Chairman, Government Affairs and Legal & Corporate Affairs Committee
Moreland was nominated by President Obama as a Director of the Amtrak Board and confirmed by the U.S. Senate in 2010. He earlier served as an Executive Vice President for Public Affairs at Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway Company.
- John E. Murray Jr., 1958
Former Chancellor and Professor of Law, Duquesne University
Murray was also a former dean of the University of Pittsburgh School Of Law and the Villanova University School of Law, as well as a former president of Duquesne University.
- The Honorable William J. Nealon, 1951
Senior Judge, United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania
Judge Nealon also served as Chief Judge from 1976 to 1989. President John F. Kennedy appointed him to the post in 1962, and he is the longest-serving district judge in the history of the Third Circuit. The William J. Nealon Federal Building and United States Courthouse, located in Scranton, is named in his honor.
- The Honorable William T. Newman, Jr., 1977
Member, Board of Visitors; Chief Judge, Arlington Circuit Court
Judge Newman was appointed in 1993 and became Chief Judge in 2003. He was elected to the Arlington County Board in 1987. Named one of the Best Trial Judges in D.C. by Washingtonian magazine.
- Eileen O’Connor, 1978
Partner, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman; former Assistant Attorney General, Tax Division, United States Department of Justice; Former Member, President's Corporate Fraud Task Force.
- Brigadier General (Ret.) Coral Wong Pietsch, 1974
Judge, United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims
Judge Pietsch was the first Asian American woman to reach the rank of Brigadier General in the United States Army. She has previously served as Chair of the Hawaii Civil Rights Commission and Judge Pietsch has served as a U.S. Judge on the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims since June 2012.
- Christopher Pilkerton, 1999
Acting Administrator and General Counsel, Small Business Administration; Former Associate Director of the Law and Public Policy Program, Catholic Law; Former Compliance Director, Asset Management and Corporate Functions, J.P. Morgan Chase; Former Senior Counsel, SEC
“The position of CUA Law in D.C. with its opportunities for courses, contacts, and employment in a multitude of fields is one of the key reasons for anyone to consider the Law School." - John G. Carberry, 1973, Vice President, Oppenheimer Multifamily Housing and Healthcare Finance, Inc.
- The Honorable William D. Quarles Jr., 1979
Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Maryland
From 1979 to 1982, Quarles was a law clerk to Judge Joseph C. Howard of the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland. He later joined the U.S. Attorney's Office in Baltimore, where he served as an Assistant United States Attorney until 1986. He reentered private practice at Venable LLP in 1986 and remained with the firm until he became an Associate Circuit Judge for the Circuit Court for Baltimore City in 1996. On January 7, 2003, Quarles was named to the federal bench by President George W. Bush. Quarles was confirmed by the United States Senate on March 12, 2003, and received his commission on March 14, 2003. He retired from active service on February 1, 2016.
- The Honorable Peggy A. Quince, 1975
Former Justice, Florida Supreme Court
Justice Quince served on the Florida State Supreme Court from 1999 to 2019 and was Chief Justice from 2008 to 2010. She was the first African American woman to head any branch of the Florida government.
- David J. Redl, 2006
Founder and CEO, Salt Point Strategies; Former Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information, National Telecommunications and Information Administration; Former Chief Counsel, U.S House Committee on Energy and Commerce; Former Director, Regulatory Affairs, Cellular Telecommunications and Internet Association
- Ralph J. Rohner, 1963
Former Dean, The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law
Rohner was Dean of the Law School from 1987 to 1995 and was also a professor of law. He held the James Whiteford Chair of Common Law at Catholic University. Rohner was a founding member and past president of the American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers.
- Thomas A. Scully, 1986
Member, Board of Visitors; General Partner, WCAS
Scully was formerly President and CEO of the Federation of American Hospitals and Former Associate Director of OMB under President GHW Bush (1989-1993). He has practiced law at Alston and Bird; Patton Boggs; and Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer and Feld. He is also a Principal at the Lincoln Policy Group.
- The Honorable Charles Shaw Jr., 1974
Senior District Judge, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri
- John S. Shaw, 1995
Former Assistant Secretary, U.S. Department of Energy
- Otis Milton Smith,1950
Justice, Michigan Supreme Court; General Counsel and Vice President, General Motors
Smith began law school at The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law after serving in World War II as one of the "Tuskegee Air Men" in the 477th Bombardment Squadron of the U.S. Army Air Corps. While at Catholic Law, he was a founding member of the Catholic University Law Review and the 1949 championship moot court team. Smith's distinguished legal career included serving as Chairman of the Michigan Public Service Commission, Auditor General of the State of Michigan, Justice of the Supreme Court of Michigan, and General Counsel and Vice President of General Motors Corporation.
- Richard Starr, 1979
Executive Vice President and Managing Counsel, American Express Company
- Daniel J. Strodel, 1994
Former Of Counsel, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation; Former Chief Administrative Officer, United States House of Representatives
- Megan A. Stull, 2003
Senior Manager, Regulatory Policy and Government Affairs at Apple, Xoogler; Former President of Federal Communications Bar Association
- Todd B. Tatelman, 2003
Principal Deputy General Counsel, United States House of Representatives, Office of General Counsel; Former Legislative Attorney, American Law Division, Congressional Research Service
- The Honorable Elizabeth Timothy, 1989
U.S. Magistrate Judge, Northern District of Florida
"The professors and the Catholic University law school community opened my eyes and my mind and led me down a different career path from the one I expected to travel." - The Honorable Diane Kiesel, 1985, Acting Supreme Court Justice, 12th Judicial District of New York
- S. Jenell Trigg, 1997
Chair, Intellectual Property & New Media Technology Practice Group, Lerman Senter PLLC
Formerly, Trigg was assistant chief counsel for telecommunications for the Office of Advocacy for Small Business Administration and was recognized in 2013 as one of the inaugural "Top 25 Inspirational and Engaged Leaders" by the Rainbow PUSH Coalition.
- Kenneth M. Trombly, 1973
Partner, Trombly & Singer PLLC
Trombly was named the 2010 Trial Lawyer of the Year by the Trial Lawyers Association of Metropolitan Washington, D.C. In 2018 and 2019, he was recognized by "Super Lawyers” as among its “Top 100” D.C.-area attorneys, by virtue of its proprietary rating system. He was ranked “AV Preeminent” (the highest rating for legal ability and ethical standards) by Martindale Hubbell.
- James P. Ulwick, 1977
Partner, Kramon & Graham
Was awarded the prestigious John Adams Award on behalf of 84 members of the Criminal Justice Act Panel. The award is presented each year by the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland to an attorney or attorneys on the elite panel who best exemplify the qualities exhibited by former President John Adams in representing indigent clients.
- Rear Admiral Paul Edward Versaw, 1973
Former Chief Judge Advocate, U.S. Coast Guard
Rear Admiral Paul E. Versaw, United States Coast Guard, was awarded the Coast Guard Distinguished Service Medal for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished service in a position of great responsibility to the Government of the United States, culminating as Superintendent of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy from 1993 to 1997 and serving as Chief Judge Advocate from 1995 to 1997. The singularly distinctive accomplishments of Rear Admiral Versaw culminate a long and distinguished career in the service of his country and his dedicated contributions reflect the highest credit upon himself and the United States Coast Guard.
- Deborah Watson-Stokes, 1990
Supervisor of the Municipal Court Unit, Assistant District Attorney, Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office
- Theresa A. Werner, 1991
Executive Director of Specialized Instruction, Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS)
"I'll always be grateful to Catholic University's Columbus School of Law for enabling me to get a great legal education in the evenings while I worked full-time...during the day." - Eileen O'Connor, 1978, Partner, Pillsbury, Winthrop, Shaw, Pittman LLP; Former Assistant Attorney General, Tax Division, United States Department of Justice
- Aloysius Martin Wickliff Sr., 1949
General Practitioner of Civil, Criminal, and Family Law, Dent King Nowlin and Wickliff; Former Associate Professor of Law, Texas Southern University
- Karen Hastie Williams, 1973
Former Partner, Crowell and Moring; Former Chief Counsel, Senate Budget Committee; Former Administrator, Office of Federal Procurement Policy; Member, Internal Revenue Service Oversight Board
Williams was a groundbreaking lawyer and the first Black woman to serve as a clerk at the United States Supreme Court, clerking for Justice Thurgood Marshall. Williams was also the first female partner and first Black partner at Crowell and Moring.
- John A. Zaccaro Jr., 1993
Member, Board of Visitors; Principal, P. Zaccaro Company inc.
Zaccaro has over fifteen years of experience in the real estate industry. He is a Principal of P. Zaccaro Company Inc., a third-generation full-service privately held real estate investment and management firm. Their in-house disciplines include property management, construction, leasing, accounting, and legal and financial analysis.
- John A. Zadrozny, 2003
Legislative Council, Federation for American Immigration Reform
Zadrozny has served on the White House Domestic Policy Council, as General Counsel to Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), and was previously Investigative Counsel for the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations and Counsel for the U.S House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. His wife Amanda M. Zadrozny also graduated from Catholic Law in 2003.
- The Honorable Marilyn D. Zahm, 1972
Member, Board of Visitors; Administrative Law Judge, Social Security Administration
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