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Class of 2008
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|Michael T. Avent, JD ‘08, was promoted to Perkins Coie's counsel position. Counsel position is a partnership track position awarded... Read More|
|Bryn Lovejoy-Grinnell, JD ‘08, has joined Bousquet Holstein PLLC as Of Counsel in the firm's Matrimonial and Family Law Practice... Read More|
|Charles Stern, JD '08, was elected partner in the New York office of Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy, where he is a member of the... Read More|
|Davis D. Coen, JD '08, was elected partner in the New York City office of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, effective January 1st. Davis... Read More|
|Carrie J. Pollak, JD '08, received a 40 Under 40 Award from M&T Bank and the Business Journal News Network, which praised her... Read More|
|Zhenyu (Vincent) Jiang, JD '08, joined Cheetah Mobile as chief financial officer in Beijing on April 11th. Prior to Cheetah, Jiang... Read More|
|Ibrahim Barakat, JD '08, became a partner in the Miami office of McDermott Will & Emory, where he focuses on mergers and... Read More|
|Cecelia R.S. Cannon, AB '03, JD '08, a member of the Syracuse firm Bousquet Holstein, was named a Rising Star in the 2015 New York... Read More|
Michael T. Avent, JD ‘08, was promoted to Perkins Coie's counsel position. Counsel position is a partnership track position awarded to attorneys with at least six years of experience, recognized for consistently high quality legal work and the ability to supervise junior lawyers and staff and collaborate with partners on diverse projects. Avent represents emerging growth technology and biotech companies in the negotiation and closing of equity financings, commercial agreements and general corporate matters.
Bryn Lovejoy-Grinnell, JD ‘08, has joined Bousquet Holstein PLLC as Of Counsel in the firm's Matrimonial and Family Law Practice Group. Her practice is focused on navigating her clients through the steps, legal and otherwise, toward finding stability and safety after the end of a relationship. She has a passion for advocating for victims of domestic violence, and has represented women and men in many different courts in Central New York. Bryn also handles both litigated and collaborative divorce and family law matters.
Charles Stern, JD '08, was elected partner in the New York office of Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy, where he is a member of the leveraged finance group. Stern focuses his practice on representing banks, investment funds, and other financial institutions in a broad range of lending transactions. He has extensive experience representing arrangers, agents, and lenders in domestic and cross-border acquisition financings, leveraged recapitalizations, bridge and mezzanine financings, and debt restructurings.
Davis D. Coen, JD '08, was elected partner in the New York City office of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, effective January 1st. Davis represents private equity firms and portfolio companies in commercial real estate acquisitions and dispositions, joint ventures, and financings. He has advised clients on a wide range of domestic and international real estate transactions, including public-to-private transactions, securitized financings, and portfolio acquisitions.
Carrie J. Pollak, JD '08, received a 40 Under 40 Award from M&T Bank and the Business Journal News Network, which praised her "leading role in promoting Hancock Estabrook in the Ithaca Business community and spearheading the launch of Hancock Estabrook's nonprofit governance and tax-exempt organizations practice." Pollak focuses on corporate governance, advising long-term health care providers, companies, and other tax-exempt organizations on diverse legal issues, including formations, taxation and tax exempt issues, corporate restructurings, regulatory matters, and a variety of commercial ventures, contracts, and transactions. She has represented clients before the U.S. Internal Revenue Service, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the Fish and Wildlife Service, as well as the New York State Office of the Attorney General, Department of Taxation and Finance, Affordable Housing Corporation, and the Department of Environmental Protection.
Zhenyu (Vincent) Jiang, JD '08, joined Cheetah Mobile as chief financial officer in Beijing on April 11th. Prior to Cheetah, Jiang was the chief financial officer of 9F and an attorney at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom. "We are thrilled to welcome Vincent Jiang to our senior management team at Cheetah Mobile," said Chief Executive Officer Sheng Fu. "Vincent has more than ten years of experience in financial management, corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, and regulatory compliance. He has worked in China's TMT sector for years and has a proven track record of leading finance functions. We look forward to drawing upon Vincent's vast strategic and financial expertise as we remain focused on connecting our over 600 million global mobile MAUs with more personalized and richer content by capitalizing on the emerging artificial intelligence technologies."
Ibrahim Barakat, JD '08, became a partner in the Miami office of McDermott Will & Emory, where he focuses on mergers and acquisitions in the healthcare sector and healthcare private equity. Barakat has experience working on domestic and international business transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, financings, and general corporate and commercial advisory matters. He serves as counsel to public and private corporations, private equity funds, physician practices, and strategic investors in connection with a wide range of transactional and corporate matters.
Cecelia R.S. Cannon, AB '03, JD '08, a member of the Syracuse firm Bousquet Holstein, was named a Rising Star in the 2015 New York Super Lawyers Upstate Edition. As a litigator who practices regularly in state and federal courts, Cannon focuses her practice on commercial disputes, trusts and litigation, estate litigation, and contested trademark registrations.
Majed Almarshad, LLM '08 senior corporate lawyer at King & Wood Mallesons SJ Berwin, opened the firm's new office in Riyadh, making KWMSJB the first global law firm headquartered in Asia to establish a permanent presence in Saudi Arabia. With a growing number of clients in the Kingdom, the Riyadh office will offer a dedicated regional projects team, as well as focusing on corporate, international funds, dispute resolution, and financial services regulation.
Erika Anderson, JD '08 joined Marten Law as of counsel, expanding the firm's transactional expertise in carbon trading, offset development, clean energy, and sustainability. Anderson represents clients in complex transactional matters relating to cleantech, energy and sustainability, and has special expertise in markets for carbon emission credits, such as California's cap and trade program. She also advises clients in negotiations relating to environmental certification, licensing products for management of environmental data, and other complex transactional matters. "Erika brings another dimension to Marten Law's energy and environmental practice and strengthens our ability to help clients in California take advantage of the new cap and trade regulations," said Kevin Haroff, managing partner of the firm's San Francisco office. "Her strong science and technology background and sophisticated transactional experience is a great complement to the firm's existing regulatory and litigation focus."
Andrew W. Cowan, JD '08, has been awarded the 2012 Exemplary Alumni Public Service Award and the Rising Star Award from Cornell Law School for his work as Trial Attorney for the Committee for Public Counsel Services, Public Defender Division in Dedham, MA.
Mary E. O'Donnell-Moore, JD '08, died August 25, 2011 at the age of 29 from cancer. O'Donnell-Moore practiced law in the Fifth District Court in Daytona Beach, FL. An avid traveler, O'Donnell-Moore made tracks in China, France, Egypt, Rome, England, and many oceans. She is survived by her father, James; stepmother Myrna, mother Helen, stepfather Mike; brother, Tyler; and many other loving family members and friends.
Etienne Townsend, JD '08, has been honored at the Sanctuary for Families Above & Beyond Pro Bono Achievement Awards & Benefit in New York City. Townsend is a former associate at the law firm of Cravath, Swain & Moore LLP, and received this award for skilled and strategic advocacy in successfully litigating a Hague Convention case and ongoing commitment to assisting her client in the pending appeal.
Carrie J. Payne Pollak, JD '08, has joined the Ithaca office of Harris Beach as an associate attorney in the commercial real estate and environmental law practice groups.
Angela C. Winfield, JD '08, recently spoke at the 44th annual Freedom Fund Banquet of the Auburn/Cayuga Branch of the NAACP, delivering the keynote address. The theme of this year's banquet was ''Our Youth: Going Above and Beyond.''
Justin J. Gunnell, BS '05, JD '08 is the co-author of ''When Emotionality Trumps Reason'' with Stephen Ceci, a Cornell professor of developmental psychology. The article reports the results of a study whose ''hypothesis going in was that jurors inclined to process information in a more emotional/intuitive manner would be more prone to make reasoning errors when rendering verdicts and recommending sentences,'' says Mr. Gunnell. ''The results bore out our hypothesis on all measures.'' Mr. Gunnell is listed as lead author of the article, which is scheduled for publication in an upcoming issue of Behavioral Sciences and the Law. One of the key insights of the study is that defendants perceived as unattractive by emotional/intuitive jurors are more likely to be convicted in cases in which the evidence is ambiguous or the charged offence is minor. Mr. Gunnell, who practices commercial litigation in Manhattan, began working on this study during his undergraduate tenure at Cornell.
Richard Charles Beaulieu, JD '08 joined McGuireWoods late in 2009 as an associate in the toxic tort and environmental litigation department.
Cecelia Rene Cannon, AB '03, JD '08, an associate at the firm of Green & Seifter, Attorneys, PLLC, was a presenter at an employee benefits seminar sponsored by the employee benefits practice group of her firm. Held in December 2009, the seminar was titled, ''Employee Benefits Planning in Troubled Times—a 2009 Update,'' and was held at the Renaissance Hotel in Syracuse, NY. Ms. Cannon specializes in employee benefits, economic development incentives, and litigation.
Symone J. Redwine, JD '08 published her first legal article, ''Careful Construction of Cease-and-Desist Letters: Straddling the Line Between Preserving Your Rights and Inciting Litigation,'' in the December issue of Intellectual Property Counselor. Ms. Redwine is an associate at McCarter & English LLP.
Nixon Peabody LLP announced in October 2009 that Michael T. Avent, JD '08, had joined the firm's Albany, NY, office as an associate in the energy and environmental practice. Mr. Avent was most recently an associate at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP, in New York.
Brian Sylvester, JD '08 wrote to the Alumni Office in July 2009 to say that he had accepted a position with the Office of the General Counsel of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. He began work in the Office's trade practices division at the end of August.
The Post-Standard of Syracuse, NY, reported in January that Cecelia R. S. Cannon, JD '08 had become an associate of Green & Seifter Attorneys LLC. Ms. Cannon concentrates her practice on matters related to economic development incentives and employee benefits and litigation.
Gregory S. Parks, JD '08 and Cornell Law School Professor Jeffery Rachlinski co-authored, ''Obama's Candidacy and the Collateral Consequences of the 'Politics of Fear''' for a book about the president, Barack Obama and the New Black Politics. The chapter hypothesizes that some of the campaign news coverage, as well as certain elements of the respective Hillary Clinton and McClain-Palin campaigns ''likely heightened certain implicit biases among voters and, in turn, placed/places [Barack] Obama at physical risk.'' Dr. Parks has also placed for publication two articles related to the recent presidential election: Hastings Women's Law Journal will publish Dr. Parks's article about Michelle Obama; and the Journal of Gender, Race, and Justice will publish his work on Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin.
Nomi D. Barst BS '03, JD '08 married David J. Berenson on October 4, 2008, in East Hampton, NY. Ms. Barst, now Mrs. Berenson, is an associate in the Manhattan office of the Boston law firm Goodwin Procter. Mr. Berenson teaches history in the upper division of the Horace Mann School, in Riverdale, NY.
Justin J. Gunnell BS '05 JD '08 is an associate in the law firm of Latham & Watkins LLP.
In October, The Ithaca Journal reported that Gregory S. Parks JD '08 and Cornell Law School professor Jeffrey Rachlinski were co-authoring an article about ''the effect of unconscious race and gender bias on the presidential race.'' Mr. Parks and Prof. Rachlinski presented their initial research on this phenomenon - the underlying cause of the so-called ''Bradley Effect'' - to an audience in Sage Chapel on the Cornell University campus. Anent the presidential contest of 2008, the researchers noted that the McCain campaign's use of words such as ''risky''and ''dangerous''to characterize Barak Obama both revealed and activated this bias.
The Post-Standard of Syracuse, NY, reported in October that Angela C. Winfield JD '08 had joined the firm of Hiscock & Barclay LLP as an associate. Ms. Winfield's practice focuses on torts and products liability defense.
John G. Grall JD '85 and J. Stephen Pecararo were married at their home in Palm Springs, California, on September 12, 2008, the twenty-first anniversary of their relationship. John is a partner in the law firm Levene Gouldin & Thompson, LLP, Vestal, New York, where he is chair of the Trust and Estate Practice Group. Stephen is Director of Human Resources of Medimedia, USA, Yardley, Pennsylvania. The couple reside in Afton, New York; Lambertville, New Jersey; and Palm Springs, California.
Ron Eckstrom, JD '08 is the owner of the award winning Qamea Resort & Spa in the beautiful Fiji Islands in the South Pacific.
Carolyn S. Lee, JD '08 has been a Partner at Miller Mayer LLP in Ithaca, NY since 2007. In June 2008, she received the Joseph Minsky Young Lawyer Award from the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) for outstanding contributions to immigration law practice. She is also listed in the International Who's Who of Corporate Immigration Lawyers.