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.
What do some of our most accomplished graduates have to say about their training at Catholic Law?
"If I could do it all over again, I would do it exactly the same."
- Michael Bidwill, 1990, President, Arizona Cardinals
“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.
"When I think back of my time at Catholic and I am struck by what a unique place it is in terms of this mix of classroom experience and practical experience. We are located right in the middle of Washington DC and that gives us access to very talented full time professors and talented adjunct professors that our students get to benefit from. 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, J.D., 2005, Commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission
"Having been afforded the opportunity to serve on the Board of Visitors of the Law School for the past 21 years has provided me with multiple opportunities to meet and become friends with members of the CUA Law School community, whether they be fellow alums, law school administrators, faculty members or just friends of the Law School.
All of these experiences have made me a better lawyer, enriched my life and, hopefully, made me a better person. I know I made the right decision 58 years ago to attend the Columbus School of Law at CUA."
- Michael F. Curtin, 1965, Board of Visitors Member, Partner, Curtain Law Roberson Dunigan & Salans
"My best memories from the Law School start with the professors who taught with a passion for the law and for their students. I still have that same passion for the law, for our clients’ needs, and for the young lawyers at our firm. Next are the friendships with other students, which were a bedrock for success in the evening division. Finally, when useless anxiety seemed to cloud the horizon, I could usually find a mass to attend only steps away, sometimes presided over by a favorite professor."
- Michael Hannon, 1980, Founder, Hannon Law Group, LLP
"I began at the Catholic University School of law with no intention of ever becoming an attorney; I wanted to be a more knowledgeable Supreme Court reporter for a newspaper. But there is a grain of truth in the field of clichés – studying the law teaches you how to think. 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. As a reporter you watch other people do things and describe their achievements – or failures – for readers. After learning about the power of the law, I wanted to be the one “doing.” The strong tradition of service, deeply embedded at Catholic University, influenced my legal career...."
- The Honorable Diane Kiesel, 1985, Acting Supreme Court Justice, 12th Judicial District of New York
"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.
"There is no doubt that attending the Catholic University of America's Columbus School of Law was a turning point in my life. Dean Miles, the unparalleled faculty and staff, and my peers exemplified the true power and range of what a law degree could mean for my career, and empowered me to embrace my desire for a non-traditional legal path."
- Jennifer P. Lim, 2010, Founder and Executive Director, Republican Women for Progress
"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
“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.
“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. Through the Office of Career and Professional Development, I was afforded opportunities to intern with the U.S. House Judiciary Committee on Civil Rights and Constitutional Law, United Mine Workers of America, the Social Security Administration, and Houston and Gardner.”
- Deborah Watson-Stokes, 1990, Supervisor of the Municipal Court Unit, Assistant District Attorney for the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office
Kathleen Abernathy, Esquire 1983
Former FCC Commissioner. Executive Vice President, External Affairs, Frontier Communications.
The Honorable Charlene Barshefsky, 1975
Ambassador - United States Trade Representative, the country's top trade negotiator, 1997 to 2001. Currently Ambassador Barshefsky is a Senior International Partner at the law firm of WilmerHale.
Michael J. Bidwill, Esquire 1990
President, NFL's Arizona Cardinals.
Paul M. Bisaro, Esquire 1989
Former President and Chief Executive Officer of IMPAX since 2017. IMPAX is a global, specialty pharmaceutical company focused on developing, manufacturing and distributing generic, and branded products.
Michael J. Bittman, Esquire 1982
Partner at Nelson Mullins. Board certified specialist in Health law and Healthcare Compliance. Frequent presenter on issues related to health law, such as false claims, Medicare and Medicaid, health facility operations, governance, medical records, health insurance, ERISA, managed care liability, peer review, and fraud and abuse.
Phyllis Borzi, Esquire 1978
Assistant Secretary for Employee Benefits Security of the United States Department of Labor, the official in charge of the Employee Benefits Security Administration.
Julie A. Bowen, Esquire 1990
Vice-Chair, BOV. Senior Vice President, The MITRE Corporation. The MITRE Corporation is a not-for profit that manages federal funded research development centers supporting several U.S government agencies. $1.5 billion annual revenue.
Senator Adelard Brault, Esquire 1933 (Virginia Senate) – VA Senate Majority Leader.
John G. Carberry, Esquire 1973
Vice President, Oppenheimer Multifamily Housing and Healthcare Finance, Inc. Mr. 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, United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, (1966-1973) where he was recognized with HUD’s Sustained Superior Performance Award.
Brendan T, Carr, Esquire 2005
Commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission
Robert Patrick "Bob" Casey, Jr., Esquire 1988
Senior United States Senator from Pennsylvania, and a member of the Democratic Party. He previously served as Pennsylvania Treasurer and Pennsylvania Auditor General.
Senator Jeffrey S. Chiesa, Esquire 1990 (New Jersey Senate) - (June 2013-October 2013)
The Honorable Richard P. Conaboy, 1950 Chief Judge, U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania from 1989-1992. Senior judge, 1992-present. Judge Conaboy also serves as Chairman of the U.S. Sentencing Commission.
Chris R. Concannon, Esquire 1994
Director, President and Chief Operating Officer, MarketAxess
Francis X. "Frank" Coonelly, Esquire 1986
Former President, Pittsburgh Pirates MLB team.
B. Jeffrey Cravath, Esquire 1988
Former Senior Vice President, Fannie Mae. He is currently a Senior Advisor at The Collingwood Group, LLC.
The Honorable Edward J. Damich, 1976
Judge on the United States Court of Federal Claims. Served as Chief Judge from 2002-2009.
Michael J. Desmond, Esquire 1994
Is the 48th Chief Counsel of the Internal Revenue Service, where he oversees a staff of more than 2,000 employees, including approximately 1,500 attorneys. Mr. Desmond began serving as Chief Counsel on March 4, 2019, following his confirmation by the U.S. Senate on February 27, 2019. As Chief Counsel, he is also an Assistant General Counsel in the Department of the Treasury.
John Devaney, Esquire 1983
Managing Partner of Perkins Coie. His appointment marks the first time the 102-year old Seattle based firm named a D.C.-based managing partner. He was listed in "Super Lawyers" for Washington D.C., 2013–2014. Prior to joining Perkins Coie, he was a trial attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice, where he worked in the Civil Rights Division.
Ernest W. DuBester, Esquire 1975
Began his third term as a Member of the Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA) on December 11, 2017. 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.
William D. Duhnke III, J.D. 1996
Was appointed by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to serve as Chairman of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB).
The Honorable Stephanie Duncan-Peters, 1977
Senior Judge, Superior Court of the District of Columbia
Alexandra Dapolito Dunn, Esquire 1994
Assistant Administrator of the EPA for Toxic Substances 2019-present. Ex-Executive Director & General Counsel,
Environmental Council of States (ECOS) 2012-2018. ECOS is a national nonprofit association of state and territorial environmental agency leaders. Focuses on water quality, environmental justice and urban sustainability, and implementation of the Clean Water Act.
Maureen E. Dwyer, Esquire 1979
Ex-BOV. Director, Goulston & Storrs. $176 million annual revenue in 2018. Specializes in zoning, permitting, and land-use. Ex co-chair of the land-use group at Pillsbury.
Naomi Churchill Earp, Esquire 1982
Was nominated as assistant Secretary for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Served as Chair of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, 2006-2009.
Kathryn W. Facchiano, Esquire 2004
Chief of Staff to Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA). Ex General Counsel to Senator Rand Paul (R-KY). Ex Legislative Director to Senator John Boozman (R-AR)
Christine Luchok Fallon, Esquire 1977
Reporter of Decisions, Supreme Court of the United States. She is the first woman to hold the position.
Former Deputy Assistant Attorney General and Acting Assistant Attorney General, Antitrust Division of the US Department of Justice; current partner, Mayer Brown.
Senior Vice President and Deputy Chief Counsel for Consumer Protection and Payments, American Bankers Association's Center for Regulatory Compliance.
BOV Member. Partner, Council Baradel, Attorneys at Law 2007-present. Council Baradel is the largest law firm in Anne Arundel County since 1982. Ms. Ferguson’s main practice is municipal practice. She also has many clients in the areas of administrative law and civil litigation. Married to Jim P. Ulwick, 1977
BOV Member. Partner, Latham & Watkins, LLP. Her practice is mainly on white collar criminal investigations and internal investigations. From 2005-2008, she served as assistant attorney general of the Criminal Division at the US DOJ.
Justice Shireen Avis Fisher, 1976
President of the Special Court for Sierra Leone
Arthur N. Fuccillo, Esquire 1978
BOV Member. Executive VP, Lerner Enterprises. Lerner Enterprises is a real estate firm involved with office, hotel, residential, stadium, and retail planning, zoning, and development. Owned by the Lerner family who own the Washington Nationals..
Daniel M. Gallagher, Esquire 1999
Commissioner, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, 2011-2015.
Mary Anne Gibbons, Esquire 1980
Former BOV Member. General Counsel and Executive VP, U.S. Postal Service, 1999-2013.
James G. Gilbert, Esquire 1988
Chief Administrative Law Judge, United States Postal Service.
Lawrence P. Grassini, Esquire 1970
He 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.
J. Michael Hannon, Esquire 1980
Founder, Hannon Law Group, LLP
Thomas R. Harkin, Esquire 1972
United States Senator (D-Iowa) 1985-2015. He previously served in the United States House of Representatives (1975–1985). Chairman, Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions 2009-2015.
John P. “Jack” Heekin, Esquire 2011
General Counsel to Senator Rick Scott (R-FL). Prior to this was Deputy Chief of Staff for Governor Scott. Ex-Governor Chief Deputy General Counsel, working on criminal justice/clemency issues and selection of FL judges.
Lieutenant Governor Kathy Courtney-Hochul, Esquire 1983
Lieutenant Governor (D-New York) 2015-present. Former member of the U.S. House of Representatives, New York’s 26th district, June 2011-January 2013.
Mark V. Holden, Esquire 1988
BOV Member. Senior VP & General Counsel, Koch Industries, Inc., Legal Department. Koch Industries is the second largest privately held company in the United States. Koch Industries has an annual revenue of $110 billion.
Colonel Mary Lou Keener, USAF (Ret.), Esquire 1982 Former General Counsel of the Department of Veterans Affairs. In 2000, Colonel Keener served with 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 to 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, Esquire 1994
President and Founder, JKC Consulting LLC. Previously, Mr. Kneuer served as the Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information. In this capacity Mr. 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 ("NTIA").
The Honorable Colleen Kollar-Kotelly, 1968
U.S District Judge, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. Former Presiding Judge of the U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.
Jonathan Lash, M.A., Esquire 1972
1974 President of Hampshire College (MA).
The Honorable Milton C. Lee, 1985
Adjunct Professor of Law, UDC School of Law. Was appointed Magistrate Judge of the D.C Superior Court in Dec.1997. Has been adjunct at Georgetown and taught Harvard Trial Advocacy Program.
BOV Member. Partner, Latham & Watkins, LLP. Major areas of practice include domestic and international mergers, acquisitions, dispositions, joint ventures, and financing transactions. Recognized as one of the top private equity lawyers in Legal 500 US 2011-2016, 2019. Represented the Carlyle Group in billion dollar transactions.
The Honorable Joseph F. Leeson, Jr., 1980
Appointed Judge for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Ex-partner at Leeson, Leeson & Leeson in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania since joining the firm in 1980, where his practice was focused on civil litigation. In addition, Leeson has been an arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association since 1981. Throughout his legal career, Leeson has served as a solicitor for several local municipalities in Pennsylvania.
Roberta Liebenberg, Esquire 1975
Senior Partner Fine Kaplan and Black in Philadelphia. Focuses her practice on class actions, antitrust and complex commercial litigation, and white collar criminal defense. Clerked for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.
Jennifer P. Lim, Esquire 2010
Founder and Executive Director, Republican Women for Progress
The Honorable Susan Longley, 1988
Maine State Senator from the 11th District from 1994-2002. Currently Judge of Probate for Waldo County, ME.
Don Lyster, Esquire 2001
Chief of Staff, National Immigration Forum. Ex-Chief of Staff and DC director of the National Immigration Law Center. Previously, Chief of Staff for Rep. Hilda L. Solis and worked for Ex-Senator Paul Sarbanes (D-MD).
Andrew K. "Drew" Maloney, J.D. 1996
President and CEO, American Investment Council (AIC). BOT Member, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in the Smithsonian Institution. Ex-Assistant Secretary of the Treasury Legislative Affairs 08/2017-06/2018.
Distinguished Scholar of Cyber Law and Policy at Penn State Institute for CyberScience: Professor of Practice.
Founding Partner, Lane McNamara LLP. Lane McNamara LLP works specializes in construction law, employment law, Suretyship, Trial Practice, and Insurance Defense.
Governor Stephen L. R. McNichols, Esquire 1939
Colorado's 35th Governor (1957-1963) and 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, Esquire 1980
Dean of The Catholic University of America’s Columbus School of Law (2005-2012) and professor of law. Deputy director of the Association of American Law Schools (2001–2003); member of the special committee on the Uniform Bar Examination for the National Conference of Bar Examiners (2008-2012); member of the American Bar Association’s Accreditation Committee (2008-2012).
Thomas M. Mistele, Esquire 1984
Chief Operating Officer, Senior Counsel, Secretary and Director at Dodge & Cox, an investment management firm providing U.S., global, and international equity; fixed income; and balanced account management.
J. Paul Molloy, Esquire 1965
Co-founder and CEO, Oxford House, Inc., 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, Esquire 1970
Vice Chairman, Amtrak Board of Directors; Chairman, Government Affairs and Legal & Corporate Affairs Committee. Nominated by President Obama as a Director of the Amtrak Board and confirmed by the U.S. Senate in 2010. Mr. Moreland earlier served as an Executive Vice President for Public Affairs at Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway Company.
*John E. Murray Jr., Esquire 1958
Chancellor and Professor of Law at Duquesne University. Murray is 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, L.L.B., 1951
Senior Judge of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania; served as Chief Judge from 1976 - 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 3rd 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
BOV Member. Chief Judge, Arlington Circuit Court. Appointed in 1993, became Chief Judge in 2003. Elected to the Arlington County Board in 1987. Named one of the Best Trial Judges in DC by Washingtonian magazine.
Eileen O’Connor, J.D. 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, Esquire 1974
The first Asian American woman to reach the rank of Brigadier General in the United States Army. Previously served as Chair of the Hawaii Civil Rights Commission. Since June 2012, General Pietsch has served as a U.S. Judge on the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims.
Christopher Pilkerton, Esquire 1999
Acting Administrator and General Counsel, Small Business Administration (SBA). Former Associate Director of the Law and Public Policy Program at the Columbus School of Law. Former Compliance Director, Asset Management and Corporate Functions at J.P. Morgan Chase 2013-2017. Ex-Senior Counsel, SEC.
The Honorable Peggy A. Quince, 1975
Ex-Florida Supreme Court Justice 1999-2019. Chief Justice 2008-2010. Was the first African American woman to head any branch of Florida government.
David Redl, Esquire 2006
Ex-Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information as of May 2019. Ex-chief counsel at U.S House Committee on Energy and Commerce. Ex-director of regulatory affairs at CTIA, the largest wireless industry trade group in the U.S. The Hill listed him as one of the 16 people to watch in tech.
Patrick Michael Regan, Esquire 1980
BOV Member. President & Senior Partner, Regan Zambri & Long, PLLC. Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. BOG member, American Association for Justice.
John Ring, Esquire 1989
On April 12, 2018, President Donald J. Trump named Mr. Ring Chairman of the National Labor Relations Board.
*Ralph Rohner, Esquire1963
Dean of The Catholic University of America’s Columbus School of Law (1987-1995) and professor of law (retired). He holds the James Whiteford Chair of Common Law at Catholic University. Professor Rohner is a founding member and past president of the American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers.
Thomas A. Scully, Esquire 1986
BOV Member. General Partner, WCAS 2004-present. Ex-President & CEO, Federation of American Hospitals. Ex-Associate Director of OMB under President GHW Bush 1989-1993. Has practiced law at Alston and Bird; Patton Boggs; and Akin, Gump, Strauss Hauer and Feld. He is a Principal at the Lincoln Policy Group.
Paul A. Serini, Esquire 1983
Former Executive Vice President, XLHealth Corporation (now a UnitedHealthcare company). XLHealth provided chronic care solutions for Medicare beneficiaries and providers that encouraged management of chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart failure.
The Honorable Charles Shaw, Jr., 1974
Senior District Judge on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri.
John S. Shaw, Esquire 1995
Assistant Secretary, U.S. Department of Energy, (2004-2006); named one of the top lobbyists in Washington D.C.
John M. Shields, Esquire 1986
Founder & CEO, Shields Health Solutions 2012-present. Previously, President of Shields MRI for 20 years.
Daniel J. Strodel, Esquire 1994 (Virginia)-(2010-2014)
Chair of Lerman Senter PLLC’s Intellectual Property and New Media & Technology Practice Group. Former assistant chief counsel for telecommunications for the Office of Advocacy, U. S. Small Business Administration. Recognized in 2013 as one of the inaugural "Top 25 Inspirational and Engaged Leaders" by the Rainbow PUSH Coalition.
Kenneth M. Trombly, Esquire 1973
Partner at Trombly & Singer PLLC. 2010 Trial Lawyer of the Year, Trial Lawyers Association of Metropolitan Washington, D.C. 2019 & 2018, Recognized by ‘Super Lawyers” as among its “Top 100” D.C. area attorneys, by virtue of its proprietary rating system. Ranked “AV Preeminent” (the highest rating for legal ability and ethical standards) by Martindale Hubbell.
Rear Admiral Paul Edward Versaw, Esquire 1973
U.S. Coast Guard Chief Judge Advocate (1995-1997) - 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. 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, Esquire 1990
Supervisor of the Municipal Court Unit, Assistant District Attorney for the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office
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*Alumni who are now deceased.