This edition of Class Notes was started in May 2018. Clicking on any of the years listed below will take you directly to listings for that year.
Bill Sondericker, celebrated last year his 94th birthday, 66th anniversary of graduation and marriage with Mary Gene (Voss) CUA 1949-1952 Political Science and Philosophy, M.A. Classics, Columbia University. Sondericker is a partner at Carter Ledyard & Milburn LLP in New York since joining the firm in 1991, after 40 years with the Olwine Connelly Chase Firm. He served in the U.S. Navy Pacific Theater 1942-46, was a member of the CUA University varsity basketball team 1948-50, Comment Editor of the Law Review 1951-52 and received the University Distinguished Alumni Award in 1982 under the aegis of University President, William J. Byron, S.J.
Carmel J. Greco was presented with the inaugural Justice Robert H. Jackson award by the Federation of Bar Associations of the Fourth Judicial District at its annual meeting on April 28, 2018 in Montreal.
Jeffrey Moreland was presented with an Alumni Achievement Award for his incredible
work as an alumnus of The Catholic University of America.
Roberta (“Bobbi”) Liebenberg a senior partner at Fine, Kaplan and Black, was honored by The National Law Journal as one of the country’s “Elite Women of the Plaintiffs’ Bar” at an awards dinner in New York on July 18, 2019. Ms. Liebenberg focuses her practice on antitrust, class actions, and complex commercial litigation. She has been appointed by courts to serve as Lead Counsel for plaintiff classes in a number of class actions. When she served as Chair of the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession, Ms. Liebenberg co-authored the first-of-its-kind study concerning the under-representation of women as first chairs at trial entitled, “First Chairs at Trial: More Women Need Seats at the Table.”
Roberta Liebenberg, a partner at Fine Kaplan and Black in Philadelphia, has been elected to the national Board of Directors of YWCA USA. It is one of the oldest and largest women’s organizations in the country, serving over 2 million women, girls and their families. Ms. Liebenberg has long played a leadership role in many national, state, and local organizations dedicated to gender equality in society at large and the legal profession.
William T. Newman Jr. and John A. Wasowicz '84 collaborated on an audio version of Daingerfield Island, a legal thriller written by Wasowicz and published by BrickHouse Books. Newman, who trained as an actor and performs in community theater productions, provided the narration of the novel.
James P. Ulwick, principal at the full service law firm Kramon & Graham, has been recognized by Maryland Super Lawyers 2019 for his work in business litigation, criminal defense, civil litigation, and intellectual property litigation. Jim has been selected to appear in the directory every year since 2007.
Ulwick accepted the prestigious John Adams Award on behalf of 84 members of the Criminal Justice Act Panel.
H. Jason Gold was was elected Chairman of the Freedom Bank Board of Directors. He has served as a director of the bank since its founding in July 2001 and currently serves as the Chairman of the Strategic Planning Committee. He is a partner at the national law firm of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP and has been active in the local business community for nearly 40 years.
J. Michael Hannon received record-breaking verdict with the help of associates Talon Hurst '14 and Gabriele Ulbig '14. The $4.3 million jury verdict in is the largest in over ten years in a vehicle case and the fourth largest verdict in all of personal injury cases tried in the Superior Court.
Earl W. Phillips, Jr. was selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2019 publication.
Beverly Willett retired as a lawyer and has been developing a second career as a writer/author. Her debut memoir is being released by Post Hill Press on July 30, 2019, and is entitled Disassembly Required: A Memoir of Midlife Resurrection.
Eric P. Bernard was selected as a New England Super Lawyer in workers’ compensation defense. He also won a gold medal in hammer and a bronze in shot at the Connecticut Masters’ Games Track & Field competition at Veterans’ Stadium, New Britain, Conn. on May 19 & 23, 2018.
Stuart D. Rosen as confirmed as a Connecticut Superior Court Judge in 2018 and is currently assigned to the Part B criminal docket.
Charlie Iovino has joined Brownstein's Government Relations Department as a senior policy advisor. She brings more than 30 years of political, legislative and regulatory agency experience with a focus on health care.
Bradford C. Brown, published an article in the New Law Journal, entitled "Will the 'Rule of Code' Usurp the Rule of Law He has authored or co-authored 48th articles on law and technology. He also Brown, served as Chief Counsel for Technology at the United States Department of Commerce and as Associate Dean of the George Mason School of Law and the Chairman of the National Center for Technology and Law. He presently is the Portfolio Director of MITRE Corporation's, Center for Judicial Informatics, Science & Technology. In 2017, he was appointed to the Court Advisory Board's Visiting Committee examining the use of data in the Courts of Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Cris Revaz has been named one of this year’s top in-house attorneys in the Washington, D.C., region for his significant contributions to the international development organization. Revaz is among a list of about 40 corporate attorneys from a wide range of industries recognized this year by the DCA, a publication covering Washington-area businesses and professionals. Revaz was formally recognized for his achievements at a Sept. 17 event.
Thomas W. Forrest was promoted to the rank of Colonel in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General's Corps in a ceremony at the Joint Task Force-Guantanamo (JTF-GTMO) Cuba. My date of rank is 8 April 2016, which is the day I was selected for promotion by the Army. He is now serving on a deployment with the JTF-GTMO until the
Spring of 2020.
John E. Littel was elected Rector of the College of William and Mary, where his youngest son, Clay, will attend this fall. The Rector chairs the governing Board of Visitors of the Nation’s second-oldest college. John and his wife, Marianne, live in Virginia Beach.
Kimberly Walton is now Executive Assistant Administrator for Enterprise Support at the Transportation Security Administration. Walton will be primarily responsible for implementing processes that strengthen enterprise support services and driving unity of effort across TSA’s human resources, acquisition and procurement, training, logistics, and other critical enterprise support functions. Her experience in performance measurement, program budgeting, strategic change management, financial and internal controls, and operational efficiency will be particularly valuable in this position. Most recently, Walton served as Acting Executive Assistant Administrator for Enterprise Support. She is also the recipient of several distinguished awards, including the TSA Trailblazer Award and the DHS Secretary’s Award for Diversity Management.
Minnie Baylor-Henry was appointed to Apyx Medical Corporation’s Board of Directors. Baylor-Henry will serve as a Director and as Chair of the newly-created Regulatory and Compliance Committee.
Minnie V. Baylor-Henry is on the cPharmaceuticals board of directors.
Michael Bidwill was honored by the Fritz Pollard Alliance with the Paul J. Tagliabue Award. It is awarded yearly to honor a league or team executive who demonstrates the integrity and leadership Tagliabue, the former NFL commissioner, exhibited in career development opportunities for minority candidates and advocacy for diversity on the league and club level.
Julie A. Bowen was appointed to WidePoint Corporation Board of Directors. WidePoint Corporation specializes in Telecommunications Lifecycle Management, Identity Management and Bill Presentment & Analytics solutions.
Honorable Bonnie J. Glenn was presented with the 2018 Justice Charles Z. Smith Excellence in Diversity APEX Award by The Washington State Bar Association. This award is given to a lawyer, law firm, or law-related group that has made a significant contribution to diversity in the legal profession.
Amy L. Fracassini was recognized in the 2018 Chambers USA guide of recommended law firms and lawyers for her representation of corporate clients across a full range of real estate matters, particularly on leasing and sale agreements. Fracassini was also elected to the Board of the International Lawyers Network.
Fracassini was selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2019 publication.
Michael C. DiLorenzo received the Attorney General’s Distinguished Service Award.
William H. Hoch III was selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2019 publication in Oklahoma and Texas.
Stefan Marculewicz, a shareholder in Littler’s Washington, D.C., office, has been recognized in the 2018 Who’s Who Legal Labour, Employment & Benefits Guide.
Alexandra Dapolito Dunn was sworn in as Assistant Administrator of the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention.
Anne Toomey McKenna was appointed to Penn State’s Dickinson Law and the Penn State Institute for CyberScience (ICS) as a distinguished scholar of cyber law and policy and professor in practice.
Rainey Brandt was confirmed to serve as Associate Judges on DC Superior Court.
David Cutter is a partner at BatesCarey. His practice focuses on litigating insurancecoverage disputes involving a wide spectrum of management liability products.
Jennifer Mahar co-hosted the Virginia CLE 3rd Annual Federal Government Contracting Seminar on September 6, 2018. Mahar is a Managing Member of Smith Pachter McWorter PLC in Tysons Corner, Virginia and focuses on commercial disputes in the government contracting and construction industries.
Timothy M. McConville founded Praemia Law, PLLC, in June 2018 to protect enterprisers’ opportunities by providing labor relations, employment, government contracting, and general counsel solutions, advocacy, and defense in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area and beyond. He previously headed a top regional firm's labor and employment practice group in Reston, Virginia, and served as Vice President of the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation.
Michael Dell'Angelo was named a Managing Partner and elected to the Executive Committee of Berger Montague PC. Michael serves as co-chair of the firm’s Commodities & Financial Instruments and Securities & Investor Protection practice groups and is active in numerous other practice groups, including the firm's Antitrust Department. Berger Montague is one of the largest and most successful plaintiff-oriented complex contingent litigation law firms in the United States.
Scott N. Flesch presented Bid Protest Developments and Updates at the Virginia CLE 3rd Annual Federal Government Contracting Seminar on September 6, 2018. Flesch, who is also an Adjunct Lecturer at CUA Law, currently serves as Chief, Bid Protests for the US Army Legal Services Agency, Contract and Fiscal Law Division in Fort Belvoir, Virginia. Flesch manages a large portfolio of Army bid protest litigation and serves as the Acting Chief Trial Attorney as required. Flesch has also been appointed to a three-year term on the Council for the American Bar Association’s Public Contract Law Section. The mission of the Section is to improve public procurement and grant law at the federal, state and local levels and promote the professional development of attorney and associate members in public procurement law. The Section’s Council approves comments made by the Section in response to proposed rulemaking for federal procurement regulations and other related regulatory actions.
Andrea T. Vavonese has been elected vice chair of the Board of Directors for the National Council for Adoption.
Theodore J. Dowd is Deputy Chief Counsel a the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency.
Son-Mi Lee is now at the Financial Information Forum. Son-Mi focuses on leading the various working groups that support the Consolidated Audit Trail (CAT) initiative, including Industry Testing and CAT Options. She provides guidance on new regulations that impact FIF member firms and lends her knowledge to FIF Working Groups such as the Front Office Committee, Cloud Technology and Cybersecurity.
Travis P. Nelson has joined the newly-established Philadelphia office of Holland & Knight, LLP, as a partner in the financial services regulatory group. Travis is also chair of the Banking Law Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association, and adjunct faculty at Villanova Law School, where he teaches Regulation of Financial Institutions.
Kate (Homan) Tyrrell joined the Department of Treasury as a political appointee in February 2018 and serves as the Deputy Executive Secretary. She and her husband, Jim Tyrrell, class of 2010, welcomed their third child Charlotte Evelyn Marie on June 16, 2018.
Catherine L. Razzano is Chief Compliance Officer at the Panasonic Avionics Corp.
Keeshea Turner Roberts was appointed to the DC Bar’s Continuing Legal Education Committee and Election Board. Ms. Turner Roberts is a supervising attorney/adjunct clinical law professor in the Housing and Advocacy Litigation Clinic (HALC) and co-director of the Civil Protection Order Project (CPOP) at D.C. Law Students in Court.
Angela J. Scott was honored at the 25th annual Black Law Students Association Alumni-Student Reception
Crystal Richard is on the Board of Directors of United Way.
Kevin L. Stemple is partner at Yates Campbell & Hoeg LLP.
Craig W. Trainor’s article, "Antonin Scalia, Defender of the Rights of the Accused” was published in The Weekly Standard. It is available here.
Trainor was also selected by the National Review Institute as a 2019 New York City Regional Fellow.
Tracy Hartzler serves as the vice president for finance and operations for the New Mexico’s largest community college. Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham appointed Hartzler to the State Investment Council, which invests nearly $25 billion of the state’s reserves for the general welfare and benefit of New Mexicans. She awaits Senate
confirmation in early 2020.
Alexander Spiegler is a partner at Arent Fox LLP.
Will Jawando was elected to the Montgomery County Council At Large in Maryland.
William J. Phelan IV is a lead litigator at Cordell & Cordell’s Philadelphia office.
William (Bill) J. Phelan, IV, Esq., was promoted to the position of Lead Litigator at Cordell & Cordell., P.C. As the Lead Litigator for the Philadelphia office, Bill manages his own cases and oversees case work being completed by associate and litigation attorneys on his team in the field of family law. Bill and his wife, Megan, also recently
welcomed into the world their second child, Patrick Garret Phelan.
Sarah Farrar Lacey won a seat on Anne Arundel County Council in Maryland.
Maureen Smith Lawrence, shareholder with Hangley Aronchick in Philadelphia, was honored with the Pennsylvania Innocence Project’s Edward Ohlbaum Volunteer Award for her work to exonerate Marshall Hale, who served 33 years in prison after a wrongful conviction.
Stanley Woodward was recognized as the DC Bar’s Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year at the Bar’s annual dinner on June 12, 2018.
Eric P. Bacaj joined Pasternak & Fidis after eight years as a criminal prosecutor: almost four years in the Bronx District Attorney’s Office and four years as an Assistant United States Attorney in Charleston, West Virginia. As a former prosecutor he brings a wealth of courtroom experience to his new position with the firm’s Divorce and Family Law Group.
Matthew Keller presented Bid Protest Developments and Updates at the Virginia CLE 3rd Annual Federal Government Contracting Seminar on September 6, 2018. Keller is a Partner of Praemia Law, PLLC in Reston, Virginia. He focuses giving practical advice, counseling and representing small, mid-sized, and large government contractors and subcontractors in contract matters.
Rafal Kos, PhD, LL.M. was appointed to the Jury of the 17th edition of the Presidential
Daniel Mullarkey was elected to Shareholder at Am Law 100 firm Polsinelli.
Christopher L. Young has joined Miller, Miller & Canby’s Business and Tax Practice Group, where he is focusing his practice in tax law and business law. He works with business clients and individuals to resolve tax disputes with the Internal Revenue Service and state agencies.
Rebecca L. Zimmerman recently joined Evolution Divorce & Family Law, PLLC, in Richmond, Virginia, where she will continue practicing divorce and family law.
Anthony Clark has joined the law firm Kramon & Graham as an associate in the Real Estate practice group. Clark represents developers in all aspects of commercial and multifamily acquisition, development, and lending from entity formation through dissolution.
Rory Murphy was named by Legal500 a "rising star" for US Government Relations
Amanda L. Tharpe is now at Clark Hill as an environmental law associate.
Chima Okoli been named Penn State's new representative on the Big Ten Advisory Commission.
James Roth has joined Miller, Miller & Canby’s Litigation Practice Group, where he concentrates his practice in real estate litigation with a focus in eminent domain, as well as business and commercial litigation.
W. Jerome Offutt, formerly of Adamstown, Md., died June 23, 2018 at Summit Place, Little River, SC at the age of 100. He was awarded his Bachelor of Laws Degree from Columbus University in Washington, DC, at the age of 19, when he entered the Law Office of the Late David C. Winebrenner, III of the law firm of Winebrenner and Sinn. In 1939, he was admitted to the Bar and has actively maintained a law practice in Frederick. He was elected to the General Assembly of Maryland in 1943 and served on the Judiciary and other major Committees while in the House of Delegates.
Charles J. Hayes, 86, of Jeffersonton, Va. passed away on November 30, 2017. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Peggy; his daughter, Rebecca Prosser (Ted) of Arlington, Virginia; a granddaughter, Madeline; three brothers, James Hayes (Barbara) of New York, John Hayes of Arizona, and Gerald Hayes (Mary) of New York.
Barry F. Kowalski, a Justice Department lawyer who prosecuted high-profile civil rights
cases, most notably winning the convictions of two white Los Angeles police officers in
1993 for the beating of Rodney G. King — an episode that touched off one of the
nation’s worst urban riots — died on Sunday at his home in Arlington, Va. He was 74.
Catherine Margaret Koester, 72, of Laurel, Maryland passed away on April 25, 2018. Catherine is survived by her brothers Fred Koester and Bill Koester, nieces Penny Stapleton, Jill Koester, Pam Greer and nephews John Koester, Joe Koester and Dan Koester. She was preceded in death by her parents Wilbur and Althea.
Joe Bottiglieri died after a tragic accident on March 22, 2019. Joe had been with Bonner, Kiernan, Trebach, and Crociata since it was founded in 2001, and was with our predecessor firm since 1996. He was an experienced litigator representing clients nationally in the areas of product liability, premises liability, professional liability, negligent security and other areas of commercial litigation.Joe was a fitness enthusiast who routinely participated in 30, 50 and 100 mile bike rides, competed in triathlons, and was an avid Washington Nationals baseball fan.Although Joe was passionate about many things, his greatest love was for his wonderful wife Tracy, and his sons Nicholas and Matthew of whom he was extremely proud. Joe was a man of great integrity, a firm leader at Bonner Kiernan, an amazing husband and father, and a friend to anyone who knew him. He will be sorely missed.
Ron H. Dekelbaum, Esquire, of Plano, TX, formerly of Potomac, Md. passed away on June 14, 2018. He was a beloved son of Norman G. and Sarah Lang Dekelbaum, devoted father of Alex and Jordan Dekelbaum, and dear brother of Leon, Michael and the late Andrew Dekelbaum. He is also survived by many loving relatives and friends.
A. Christopher Sega passed away on July 21, 2018 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 63 years old. Chris leaves behind his wife, Linda, of 34 years, and his sisters, Laura Sega Clark, and Carolyn Sega Lowengart.