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Class of 2009
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|Jordan M. Engelhardt, JD '09, joined Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler as counsel in the firm's New York litigation department, where... Read More|
|Ginger P. McCall, JD '09, was appointed to a four-year term as Oregon's first public records advocate by Governor Kate Brown on... Read More|
|Skyler M. Tanner, JD '09, was elected shareholder at Lane Powell in Portland, Oregon, where he counsels clients on loan and... Read More|
|Brian Zurawski, JD `09, was elected to Partner at the global law firm Baker & McKenzie LLP. Brian is part of the Banking Finance &... Read More|
|Jack Jiaqi Chen, BS '06, JD '09 joined Pymetrics as Associate General Counsel, focusing on legal, compliance, and privacy matters. ... Read More|
|Christopher B. Ortiz, JD '09, the assistant vice president for innovation and broadband at Empire State Development, was named a New... Read More|
|Ghazal Tajmiri, JD '09, LLM '09, joined Blank Rome as a senior associate in the firm's Los Angeles corporate litigation group, where... Read More|
|Marcus A. Heminger, JD '09, became partner at Barrett McNagny, where he focuses on corporate and securities law. Heminger has... Read More|
Jordan M. Engelhardt, JD '09, joined Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler as counsel in the firm's New York litigation department, where he represents clients in a range of intellectual property litigation and complex commercial disputes. Engelhardt has defended clients' patents on highly successful and important medical therapies against generic challenges. He also focuses his practice on complex commercial litigation, including disputes relating to structured finance, securities, and corporate governance.
Ginger P. McCall, JD '09, was appointed to a four-year term as Oregon's first public records advocate by Governor Kate Brown on January 5th. McCall previously served as an attorney advisor at the U.S. Department of Labor, where she reviewed and revised proposed open record regulations, worked with components of the Department of Labor to fulfill Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests, defended the department in FOIA litigation, and commented on proposed FOIA legislation. "This is another step towards the transparency and accountability Oregonians expect of state government," said Governor Brown. "Ginger's experience representing both public record requestors and government agencies brings a vital perspective to how Oregon's government complies with public records law. I'm proud of the progress we've made recently to enact the most substantial public records reforms of the past 40 years, and Ginger's work with the Public Records Advisory Council will ensure Oregon's commitment to transparency continues into the future."
Skyler M. Tanner, JD '09, was elected shareholder at Lane Powell in Portland, Oregon, where he counsels clients on loan and collateral structuring, workout, and bankruptcy issues. His work includes commercial and industrial loans, equipment and real estate financing, agricultural loans, aircraft security interests, foreclosure, and receivership matters.
Brian Zurawski, JD `09, was elected to Partner at the global law firm Baker & McKenzie LLP. Brian is part of the Banking Finance & Major Projects Practice, based in Chicago. Brian advises on real estate and finance matters. He advises landlords and tenants in the negotiation of lease agreements and lease agreement amendments, as well as purchasers and sellers on the sale of office spaces, hotels, data centers and other properties.
Jack Jiaqi Chen, BS '06, JD '09 joined Pymetrics as Associate General Counsel, focusing on legal, compliance, and privacy matters. Pymetrics is a New York-based technology company that uses neuroscience and artificial intelligence to predictively match job candidates with employers.
Christopher B. Ortiz, JD '09, the assistant vice president for innovation and broadband at Empire State Development, was named a New York City 40 Under 40 Rising Star in the Public Sector by City & State New York. Prior to Empire State Development, Ortiz was a complex commercial litigation associate at Kaye Scholer (2010-13) and an Empire State Fellow in the Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo (2013-15), where he met Angela Wu. On September 9th, Ortiz and Wu were married at the New York State Museum in Albany.
Ghazal Tajmiri, JD '09, LLM '09, joined Blank Rome as a senior associate in the firm's Los Angeles corporate litigation group, where she focuses her practice on corporate litigation, including copyright and trade secret disputes, consumer and employment class actions, contract disputes, regulatory enforcement, and corporate investigations. Prior to Blank Rome, Tajmiri was a law fellow at the National Immigration Law Center (January-September 2010) and a managing associate at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (2010-16).
Marcus A. Heminger, JD '09, became partner at Barrett McNagny, where he focuses on corporate and securities law. Heminger has extensive experience in private and registered public securities offerings, SEC reporting compliance, and NYSE and NASDAQ regulatory compliance. Prior to Barrett McNagny, Heminger spent more than five years working in New York City, where his representative transactions included a $500 million initial public offering, a $295 million initial public offering, a $2.25 billion senior notes offering, and a $200 million convertible senior notes offering. He has extensive experience with Rule 144A and Regulation S private placements.
Ari N. Melber, JD '09, was named MSNBC's chief legal correspondent on April 15th. Melber, who anchors "The Cycle" with Krystal Ball, Abby Huntsman, and Touré, will continue his hosting duties while also providing legal policy and law enforcement reporting across all the network's platforms. Two weeks later, Huntsman and Melber launched "Let's Talk with Abby and Ari," on Sirius XM channel 121, a live weekly call-in show to examine the news of the day. Melber is also a frequent guest host for MSNBC programs "The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell," "The Rachel Maddow Show," "All In with Chris Hayes," and "Hardball with Chris Matthews."
Bryan J. Hall, JD '09 has become a partner at Carter Ledyard & Milburn, where he works in the firm's Corporate Department. Hall focuses his practice on mergers and acquisitions, private equity transactions, and general corporate matters for a variety of public and private corporations, including structuring and maintaining joint ventures and closely-held businesses. He also assists clients with private placements and commercial contracts, including supply and distribution agreements and licenses.
Michael A. Zuckerman, JD '09 an associate in the Issues and Appeals Practice at Jones Day, was named Outstanding Young Lawyer of 2014 by the Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (CLC). Zuckerman was honored at CLC's annual meeting, when he was recognized for his pro bono work in employment discrimination and prisoners' rights.
David M. Hunt, JD'09 joined Perkins Coie as an associate in the firm's Boise litigation practice. Hunt has experience with pretrial, discovery, and motion practice in general commercial litigation, contract disputes, class actions, appellate, intellectual property litigation, and oil and energy. Prior to Perkins Coie, Hunt worked as an associate in the Dallas office of Baker Botts.
Carter B. Stewart, JD'09 joined Butler Rubin Saltarelli & Boyd as an associate in the firm's litigation practice. Before joining Butler Rubin, Stewart was a litigation associate with Kirkland & Ellis in Chicago, where he twice received the firm's Pro Bono Service Award. He has also served as a judicial clerk for Hon. Diarmuid F. O'Scannlain, U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
Michael Alan Zuckerman, BS '06, JD '09, has recently co-authored an academic article with Judge Amy J. St. Eve, AB '87, JD '90, titled "Ensuring an Impartial Jury in the Age of Social Media," published in the Duke Law and Technology Review (Volume 11).
Joshua S. Jacobs, BS '06, JD '09, has joined Riker Danzig in Morristown, NJ as part of the firm's commercial litigation group.
Adam King, JD '09 and Gwen Nolan, JD '08 were married on June 25, 2011 at the historic Wayside Inn in Sudbury, MA. Celebrating the occasion with them were 21 fellow Cornell Law Alums.
Anne C. Manolakas, JD '09, married James Edward Garrison, of San Francisco, on May 28 of this year in Santa Monica. The couple shares a love of travel and plan to honeymoon in Europe on the Dalmation Coast.
Crain's New York Business reported in November 2009 that Joshua Jacobs, BS '06, JD '09 was working in the Brooklyn district attorney's office, where he was defending the city from lawsuits. Mr. Jacobs is on loan from the firm of Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe, which deferred his start-date. The firm pays Mr. Jacobs's salary, thereby sparing taxpayers the expense, as well as a stipend to cover his bar exam expenses. Mr. Jacobs sees the work as a learning opportunity; he has settled cases with some plaintiffs and anticipates trying some cases in court. He says, ''I feel I'll be a more confident, competent lawyer.''
Michael Zuckerman, BS '06, JD '09 won a ''Distinguished Writing Award'' from the Library of Congress and the Burton Foundation in the spring of 2009. According to William C. Burton, Esq., the Award is a ''prominent designation'' that only ''fifteen law school students in the nation'' were chosen to receive in 2009. The Burton Award was conferred in a ceremony at the Library of Congress in June.