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Class of 2004
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|Kristine M. Koren, JD '04, LLM '04, joined Mayer Brown as a partner in the firm's New York corporate and securities practice, where... Read More|
|Seth Metcalf, JD '04, joined Bold Penguin as the company's chief financial officer, based in Columbus, Ohio. Prior to Bold Penguin,... Read More|
|Douglas P. Howard, JD '04, joined Zarren Law Group as a partner in the firm's Baltimore office, where he focuses on mergers and... Read More|
|Margaret C. Bae, AB '96, JD '04, MBA '04, joined Olshan Frome Wolosky as a partner in the firm's corporate practice, where she... Read More|
|Richard Etter, JD '04, will be honored by the Legal Intelligencer as one of the 2017 Lawyers on the Fast Track at a celebratory... Read More|
|Steve Yeager, JD '04, Chief Deputy Public Defender in the Clark County (Nevada) Public Defender's Office, was elected to the Nevada... Read More|
|Anne L. Geiger, JD '04, died on August 14th in Brookline, Massachusetts, at the age of 40. Her blogposts can be found at:... Read More|
|Megan Anne Burns, JD '04, was named the Executive Director of the Focus Forward Project, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated... Read More|
Kristine M. Koren, JD '04, LLM '04, joined Mayer Brown as a partner in the firm's New York corporate and securities practice, where her clients include private funds, financial services firms, sovereign wealth funds, family offices, high net-worth individuals, and other asset managers. Koren has extensive experience designing customized structures that combine features of traditional private equity and hedge funds. "Kristine brings impressive experience in private fund formation across the private equity spectrum, including leveraged buyout, credit, and infrastructure funds," said John W. Noell Jr., head of Mayer Brown's global investment management and fund formation group. "She adds a dynamic and impressive component to our funds formation capability, to the immediate benefit of our clients in New York and elsewhere."
Seth Metcalf, JD '04, joined Bold Penguin as the company's chief financial officer, based in Columbus, Ohio. Prior to Bold Penguin, Metcalf was deputy treasurer and executive counsel for the state of Ohio, transition director for the Transition Committee for Ohio Treasurer of State-Elect Josh Mandel, and a tax associate at Squire, Sanders & Dempsey. "Seth is one of these rare people with substantial legal, financial, and operational background that makes him the perfect fit for Bold Penguin," said founder and CEO Ilya Bodner. "We feel fortunate to have him join our team and help lead us through this period of rapid growth. There is a lot of friction in the commercial insurance process for all parties involved; the businesses, the agents, and the carriers. We have a lot of work ahead of us to make the process simpler. Seth is a great addition to our growing team." "I'm excited to apply my experience in complex financial segments to the insurance industry, and look forward to bolstering the vision of Bold Penguin's founders to transform the commercial lines process for agents and insurance companies," said Metcalf. "As CFO, I am looking forward to empowering innovation in the business, and to making it possible for the Bold Penguin team to do many positive things for the industry."
Douglas P. Howard, JD '04, joined Zarren Law Group as a partner in the firm's Baltimore office, where he focuses on mergers and acquisitions, private equity, corporate finance, corporate governance, restructuring transactions, and general business/contractual matters. Prior to Zarren, Howard was a partner at Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice and at Duane Morris; he also practiced law at DLA Piper and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom.
Margaret C. Bae, AB '96, JD '04, MBA '04, joined Olshan Frome Wolosky as a partner in the firm's corporate practice, where she focuses on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, corporate finance, private equity, corporate governance, and general corporate representation. Prior to Olshan, Bae was senior vice president and general counsel at SoEnergy International, where she managed all legal aspects of business development and operations, focusing on acquisitions, joint ventures, and financing. "Margaret's arrival at Olshan bolsters our corporate capabilities for clients across the board, and we are delighted that she is joining the firm," said Co-Administrative Partner Steven R. Gursky. "She is well known as an outstanding lawyer with deep experience in the energy sector in particular, and she will be a significant addition to our already robust team of corporate attorneys."
Richard Etter, JD '04, will be honored by the Legal Intelligencer as one of the 2017 Lawyers on the Fast Track at a celebratory dinner at the Crystal Team Room in Philadelphia on June 22. Each year, the Pennsylvania legal community comes together to celebrate the next generation of great lawyers with the Legal Intelligencer's Lawyers on the Fast Track, and this year Mr. Etter of Reed Smith was selected. Mr. Etter is a very experienced litigator and counselor, with a focus in representing employers in all areas of labor and employment law.
Steve Yeager, JD '04, Chief Deputy Public Defender in the Clark County (Nevada) Public Defender's Office, was elected to the Nevada State Assembly on December 13th, winning 55.3 percent of the vote against incumbent David Gardner. Yeager, who represents the 9th District, including Las Vegas, is chair of the Judiciary Committee; vice chair of the Corrections, Parole, and Probation Committee; and a member of the Health and Human Services Committee and the Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Mining Committee. "During the 2013 and 2015 Nevada legislative sessions, I served as an advocate for Clark County and the Public Defender's Office," wrote Yeager on his campaign website. "In that role, I gained valuable experience, learning the legislative process firsthand and participating in the drafting of legislation and the presentation of bills and amendments. The experience taught me the importance of working together, regardless of party affiliation, as well as the value of practical solutions to help struggling Nevadans."
Anne L. Geiger, JD '04, died on August 14th in Brookline, Massachusetts, at the age of 40. Her blogposts can be found at: http://annegeiger.blogspot.com/2015/08/life-on-fire.html.
Megan Anne Burns, JD '04, was named the Executive Director of the Focus Forward Project, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to providing men and women charged with federal crimes with an education and emotional outlet through a 12-week program. The program is offered in federal jails and for individuals out on bail under pretrial supervision. The course is designed to improve reading comprehension and teach life skills vital for success. Our small class size encourages honest discussion, in a trusting, supportive environment where participants are free to express ideas and share feelings. By creating a safe and unique community, participants are able to work through their struggles -- together -- and begin to focus on their future.
Nancy Morisseau, JD '04, was inducted into the 1804 List of Haitian-American Changemakers and Ones to Watch by the Haitian Roundtable. Morisseau, a founding member of the Haitian American Lawyers Association, is a staff attorney in the New York Office of Hughes Hubbard & Reed. In March, Morisseau received the Haitian Lawyers Association's Advocacy Award for her work on behalf of the hundreds of thousands of Dominicans of Haitian descent denationalized by the Dominican Republic in 2013.
Rick L. Etter, JD '04, became partner in the Pittsburgh office of Reed Smith, where he practices in the firm's Labor and Employment Group. Etter has successfully defended union and non-union employers in all manner of employment and labor matters, including administrative actions and single plaintiff, class action, and collective action federal and state lawsuits. A member of the ABA's Labor and Employment Law and Litigation Sections, Etter has been recognized by Super Lawyers as a Pennsylvania Rising Star from 2011 through 2015.
E. Sequoyah Simermeyer, JD '04, a member of the Coharie Indian Tribe, was appointed associate commissioner on the National Indian Gaming Commission, where he will serve a three-year term alongside chair Jonodev Osceola Chaudhuri, JD '99. Simermeyer previously served on the majority staff of the United States Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, writing proposals for legislation and committee reports, and as deputy chief of staff to the assistant secretary for the Bureau of Indian Affairs. "Sequoyah joins a team of talented and hardworking public servants who are committed to creating greater economic opportunities and upholding the highest ethical standards when it comes to Indian gaming," said Interior Secretary Sally Jewell. "His wide range of experience and expertise in Indian affairs makes him a very well-qualified person to help the commission oversee these important responsibilities in Indian Country."
Sean M. Monahan, JD '04, a partner in the Finance and Restructuring Group at Choate, Hall & Stewart, was selected for the 40 Under 40 Legal Advisor Award by the M&A Advisor. Monahan focuses on complex financial transactions for banks and institutional investors, borrowers, and issuers in a full range of financings. Monahan has developed a unique specialty handling complex, multi-layered, high-profile financing deals in the sports and retail financing arenas. He has closed over $10 billion worth of financing deals over the past five years, including over 30 deals worth an aggregate $6 billion in the past two years. His client list includes Bank of America, Citibank, JPMorgan Chase, Citizens, Salus Capital Partners, and Wells Fargo. "Sean is a talented young attorney with a unique expertise in both finance and bankruptcy law," said Charles Cheever, co-managing partner at Choate, Hall & Stewart. "He understands our clients' businesses from the inside out, and is highly skilled at handling even the most complex deals. We congratulate him on this honor, which is well deserved."
Nancy Morisseau, JD '04, who is a board member of the Haitian American Lawyers Association of New York, appeared on Sunday, June 21, 2015 at press conference with New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio denouncing denationalization of Dominicans of Haitian Descent. She also appeared on NY1's "Inside City Hall" with host Errol Louis on Monday, June 22, 2015 to discuss the denationalization of Dominicans of Haitian descent. Also on the panel were: Assemblywoman Rodneyse Bichotte, Gary Pierre-Pierre, founder of the Haitian Times and activist Genesis Aquino of Ahora/Now. The discussion can be viewed online at: http://www.ny1.com/nyc/all-boroughs/inside-city-hall/2015/06/23/ny1-online--panel-weighs-in-on-dominican-republic-deportation-debate.html
Honorable Don R. Sommerfeldt, LLM '04, was appointed a judge on the Tax Court of Canada on May 29th. Sommerfeldt has been with Dentons Canada since 2000. Prior to Dentons, he practiced taxation, estate planning, and pensions with Edward A. Zelinsky Professional Corporation, Cruickshank Karvellas, Milner Fenerty, and the Department of National Revenue (Rulings Directorate). He is a member of the Canadian Tax Foundation, the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners, the Canadian Association of Law Teachers, and the International Fiscal Association.
Jennifer M. Wollenberg, JD '04, special counsel at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson, delivered a live webcast on the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery, and Enforcement Act (FIRREA) for the Knowledge Congress on May 5th. Wollenberg, a member of the firm's False Claims Act and Qui Tam practice group, represents corporations in a variety of complex civil litigation matters, with an emphasis on the financial, aerospace, and defense industries; she is currently representing a financial institution in one of the largest active FIRREA litigations in the country.
Charn Reid, JD '04 and Nikia Reid are proud to announce the birth of their second son, Henry Phillip, on October 7, 2014 in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Inbal Paz, JD '04 was named a partner at Blank Rome, working in the firm's New York office. Paz concentrates on white collar criminal defense, investigations and complex corporate and commercial litigation, and represents both individuals and corporations in a wide variety of matters, including securities and mortgage fraud, political corruption, insider trading, and antitrust violations.
Sarah B. Reigle, JD '04 was named a partner at Meyer, Unkovic & Scott, based in Pittsburgh. Reigle focuses her practice on commercial real estate transactions, advising clients on the purchase, development, use and sale of real estate. She also represents landlords and tenants in leasing transactions involving industrial, retail, office, and mixed-use properties.
Mark T. Oakes, JD '04 was elected partner in the securities litigation, investigations, and SEC enforcement practice of Norton Rose Fulbright's Austin office. Oakes focuses on commercial and securities litigation, including shareholder class action defense, derivative litigation, SEC enforcement matters, internal corporate investigations, and corporate governance disputes. He has experience representing issuers, officers, and directors in a variety of industries, including finance, energy, and technology.
Angel Crain, JD'02, LLM'04 and Craig Yankwitt, BS'97, JD'02 are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Jude Brett Yankwitt, on August 25th. "He weighed in at 7 lbs 2 oz and was 20 inches long," writes Craig. "Everyone is healthy and in good spirits. Not surprisingly, Angel is already fighting with the doctor as to the timing of her next race. I am, for once, keeping quiet."
Chanee N. Franklin Minor, JD'04 was appointed to the California Fair Employment and Housing Council by Governor Edmund G. Brown. Franklin Minor has been a staff attorney for the Rent Stabilization Board in the City of Berkeley since 2011, and was an associate at Cooley Godward Kronish from 2006 to 2009. She served as commissioner at the Oakland Residential Rent Adjustment Board from 2008 to 2009, and is a member of the Black Women Lawyers Association of Northern California and the Charles Houston Bar Association board of directors.
Scott B. Kitei, JD'04 joined Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn as a partner in the Detroit office's corporate department. Kitei focuses his practice on representing clients in commercial transactions under Articles 2 and 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code, including the development and negotiation of supply agreements and related contracts. He also provides counsel on restructuring and related litigation matters to creditors and debtors in Chapter 11 and Chapter 15 bankruptcies.
Amy J. Metzger, JD'04 joined Labaton Sucharow as an associate in the international litigation practice, where she focuses on analyzing the merits, structure, parties, and risks of participation in international securities litigation matters. Prior to Labaton Sucharow, Metzger worked at Dewey & LeBoeuf, where she litigated securities, employment, insurance/reinsurance, and intellectual property cases, including class actions, on behalf of Fortune 500 companies in both state and federal courts.
Duane Morris LLP is pleased to announce that Douglas P. Howard, JD '04 has been promoted to the Corporate practice group in Baltimore. Duane practices in the area of corporate law, with experience in mergers and acquisitions, equity and debt financing, securities law and corporate governance. Mr. Howard has experience in a broad range of transactions, focusing on mergers and acquisitions, private equity and venture capital financing, and general corporate representation. Mr. Howard represents private equity groups, venture capital groups, hedge funds, investors and public and private companies in connection with mergers and acquisitions, financing and other fundraising transactions, and general corporate representation. Mr. Howard also possesses commercial lending experience representing lenders and borrowers. Mr. Howard is a member of the American and Maryland State bar associations and is admitted to practice in Maryland, the District of Columbia and New York. He is a 2004 graduate of Cornell Law School, where he was general editor of the Cornell International Law Journal, and a graduate of St. John's College (M.A.) and Salisbury University (B.A., summa cum laude).
Chanée Franklin Minor, JD '04 was appointed to California's Fair Employment and Housing Commission. Franklin Minor has been a staff attorney at the City of Berkeley Rent Stabilization Board since 2011, and an associate at Cooley Godward Kronish from 2006 to 2009. She currently serves on the board of directors of the Charles Houston Bar Association.
Brian C. Haussmann, JD '04, has been made partner at Tabet DiVito & Rothstein LLC. Haussmann has handled a broad range of complex litigation for a variety of clients, most particularly in cases involving significant contract claims, fraud and other business torts, partnership obligations, shareholder rights, employment disputes, and commercial real estate.
Chanee N. Minor, JD '04, has been appointed to the Fair Employment and Housing Commission. Minor has been a staff attorney at the City of Berkley Rent Stabilization Board since 2011. She was an associate at Cooley Godward Kronish LLP from 2006 to 2009 and a staff attorney at the Eviction Defense Center in 2006. She served as a commissioner on the Oakland Residential Rent Adjustment Board and serves on the board of directors of the Charles Houston Bar Association.
Andrew Schpak, JD '04, a partner at Barran Liebman LLP representing management in employment law matters, has been reappointed as the Multnomah Bar Association's delegate to the America Bar Association's House of Delegates. Andrew's term will continue until August 2014, at which time his new term as the Chair of the American Bar Association Young Lawyer's Division will begin.
Ari O. Lavine, BS '01, JD '04, has been named to serve as city attorney for Ithaca, NY. An Ithaca native, Lavine has represented clients in federal and state courts, as well as internationally. Mayor-elect Svante Myrick, who appointed Lavine, said that "Ari brings to the city exceptional experience, a varied legal perspective, and a love for Ithaca. I know he will help us navigate through the coming years."
Andrew Schpak, JD '04 a partner at Barran Liebman LLP representing management in employment law matters, has been named as the Chair of the Oregon State Bar New Lawyer Mentoring Committee for the second consecutive year. This recently-established program matches new bar members with established lawyer mentors with the goal of providing new lawyers with the guidance they need to succeed in the profession.
D. Robert Holcomb, JD '04, recently joined e-Rewards, Inc. as Corporate Counsel. Prior to moving to e-Rewards, Robert was Counsel in the Dallas office of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP. Robert and his wife, Jennifer, live in Wylie, Texas, a suburb of Dallas.
Sarah B. Reigle, JD '04, has joined the Pittsburgh-based law firm Meyer, Unkovic & Scott in its real estate and commercial group. Reigle comes from Pittsburgh Law Firm K&L Gates, where she provided legal counsel to clients engaged in commercial real estate and general corporate matters. She is a member of the American Bar Association, the Pennsylvania Bar Association, the Allegheny Bar Association, and the Pittsburgh chapter of Commercial Real Estate Women.
Robert Holcomb, JD '04, recently joined e-Rewards, Inc. as Corporate Counsel in their Plano, TX office. Prior to joinging e-Rewards, Mr. Holcomb was Counsel in the Corporate Law section at Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld LLP in Dallas, TX.
Seth Metcalf, JD '04, joined the top staff of Ohio's new treasurer, Josh Mandel, as general counsel and director of legal and financial affairs, in January 2011. Mr. Metcalf was most recently a member of the national municipal bond practice and public finance group at the international law firm of Squire Sanders and Dempsey LLP, in Columbus, OH.
Michelle Parikh, JD '04, married Harold Brown on June 26, 2010, in Staatsburg, NY. Mr. Brown, a graduate of Stanford University, is a program officer for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, in Washington, D.C. At the time of her wedding, Ms. Parikh (now Mrs. Brown) was an assistant U.S. attorney for New York's southern district. She has since relocated to the U.S. Attorney's Office in Washington, D.C., where she was sworn-in by U.S. Attorney Ron Machen on March 8, 2011. Previously, Michelle clerked for the Honorable Julia Smith Gibbons of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, then worked at Cravath, Swaine & Moore, LLP, in New York. She served in a second clerkship, this one for Judge Alvin K. Hellerstein of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, before joining the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York.
The Providence Journal reported in November 2010 that Rosanna Orfield Cavanagh, MBA '04, JD '04 had become the executive director of the New England First Amendment Coalition (NEFAC), which aims to insure ''freedom of information and government transparency.'' NEFAC comprises journalists, teachers, and attorneys from Massachusetts, Maine, Rhode Island, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Connecticut, respectively, and ''works in partnership with the First Amendment Center at Northeastern University.'' Ms. Cavanagh, formerly an associate of the corporate law firm of Ropes & Gray, in Boston, is reportedly ''thrilled with her new job.''
Jessica C. Wilson, JD '04 joined the Stevens Law Office as an associate attorney. Ms. Wilson practices family law.
Andrew M. Schpak, JD '04, an attorney with labor and employment law firm Barran Liebman LLP of Portland, Oregon, has been named in the 2009 Oregon Super Lawyers Magazine to the Rising Star list. Rising Stars are outstanding attorneys who are 40 years old or younger or have been practicing 10 years or less. The names on this list account for about 5% of the Oregon attorneys who meet the qualifications for consideration.
John C. Post, JD '04 has joined Davis Wright Tremaine LLP and its California employment and labor team. Practicing from the firm's San Francisco office, he will represent clients in labor and employment counseling and litigation.
The Daily Record of Rochester, NY, reported that Joohong Park BS '01 JD '04 had become an associate of Goldberg Segalla LLP in October. Mr. Park concentrates his practice on commercial and civil litigation. He also consults with clients on e-discovery and legal hold issues.
Charn Reid JD '04 recently joined Brooks, Pierce, McLendon, Humphrey & Leonard, LLP in Greensboro, N.C. Mr. Charn focuses his law practice on pharmaceutical and medical device litigation, representing manufacturers of various prescription drugs. In addition, Mr. Charn has represented financial institutions in complex commercial matters.
James S. Metcalf JD '04 married Morgan Seymour at Trinity United Methodist Church in Columbus, Ohio, on September 29, 2007. The newlyweds honeymooned in Lanai, Hawaii and live in Columbus.
Lewis and Roca LLP announced in February that Shana B. Pennington JD '04 had been appointed to the board of the Presbyterian Healthcare Foundation. Ms. Pennington handles breach of contract, personal injury, product liability, construction disputes, lender liability cases and other litigation matters as an associate in the firm's litigation section. Presbyterian Healthcare Services is the leading nonprofit healthcare system in New Mexico.
The New York Times ran an 1100-word article last April about Robert A. Rizzo JD '04 and his hunt for an affordable New York City apartment that would accommodate him, his newly-adopted yellow Labrador retriever, Sarah, and his Internet start-up, Wakozi (www.wakozi.com). For those of you without the April 13, 2008 Sunday Late Edition at your fingertips, we are happy to report that all turned out well in the end—in a ground-floor, one-bedroom (with a large private backyard for Sarah) on East Seventh Street.
The Northeast Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Association elected Andrew M. Schpak JD '04, as a member in March. Mr. Schpak practices employment litigation at the firm of Barran Liebman and is president-elect of the young lawyer's section of the Multnomah Bar Association.
Elke Rehbock and Philippe Y. Blanchard '03 were married on July 7, 2007. The wedding was held at the American Church in Paris. The couple lives in Chicago and pursues dual legal careers, Mr. Blanchard as an attorney at Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg, LLP, and Ms. Rehbock as an associate with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, LLP.
Barran Liebman, LLP, a boutique employment and labor law firm based in Portland, OR, announced in October that Andrew M. Schpak had been chosen to participate in the American Bar Association's labor & employment section's young lawyers division fellowship program as a member of the Equal Employment Opportunity committee. The two-year term will give Mr. Schpak the opportunity to take part in ABA section activities, including the National Conference on Equal Employment Opportunity Law.
A press release from the U.S. Department of the Interior's Bureau of Indian Affairs announced in September that E. Sequoyah Simermeyer had been named counsel to the assistant secretary of Indian affairs, Carl J. Artman. Mr. Simermeyer, a member of the Coharie IntraTribal Council, Inc., of North Carolina and related by common ancestors to the Navaho Nation of Arizona, was previously a government affairs group associate with the National Congress of American Indians, for which he provided a broad range of legal services, including in the areas of taxation, gaming, trust reform, energy, environment, and land use.
Heather L. Fowler JD '04 married Marshall I. Lewy on September 20, 2008, in Pittsfield, VT. Ms. Fowler is an associate of Latham & Watkins LLP, in Los Angeles. Her husband is the writer/director of the film, Blue State, which had its premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2007.