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Class of 2010
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|Sharice L. Davids, JD '10, announced her candidacy to represent Kansas in the U.S. House of Representatives, promising to focus on... Read More|
|Roald Nashi, JD '10, joined Kirkland & Ellis as a partner in the firm's Washington, D.C., and Houston offices, where he represents... Read More|
|Natalya G. Johnson, AB '07, JD '10, joined Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti as an associate in the firm's Morristown, New... Read More|
|Askar K. Amrin, LLM '10, was appointed deputy mayor of Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan. Amrin began his career in 1997 as a legal... Read More|
|David Charles Gartenberg, AB '05, JD '10, joined Littler Mendelson as an associate in the firm's Denver office. Gartenberg is an... Read More|
|Andrej Micovic, JD '10, joined Bilzin Sumberg as an associate in the firm's land development and government relations practice... Read More|
|Sorell Elizabeth Negro, JD '10, was promoted to counsel in the Miami office of Robinson+Cole, where she advises clients on complex... Read More|
|Tom Kurland, JD '10 and Kacie Lally, JD '11 welcomed their first child, baby boy Theodore Thomas Kurland-Lally, on... Read More|
Sharice L. Davids, JD '10, announced her candidacy to represent Kansas in the U.S. House of Representatives, promising to focus on opportunity, equity, and action. "Voters want a representative who speaks and acts for their values, interests, and communities," said Davids, who hopes to be the first Native American woman in Congress and the first openly gay representative from Kansas. "I have a proven track record of service and will add a new, distinct voice and viewpoint to the nation's discussions." Davids, who served as a White House Fellow during the final year of President Barack Obama's administration, faces five candidates in August's Democratic primary.
Roald Nashi, JD '10, joined Kirkland & Ellis as a partner in the firm's Washington, D.C., and Houston offices, where he represents parties financing energy and infrastructure projects in the oil and gas, petrochemical, and power sectors, including bank and bond financings, leveraged lease, and other tax structured financings. His clients have included private equity funds, project developers, commercial banks, underwriters, mezzanine lenders, institutional investors, and export credit agencies. Prior to joining Kirkland, Nashi was an associate at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett; an associate at White & Case; and a law clerk to Judge Shirley Werner Kornreich of the New York Supreme Court.
Natalya G. Johnson, AB '07, JD '10, joined Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti as an associate in the firm's Morristown, New Jersey, office. A member of the labor and employment group, Johnson focuses on counseling management in employment-related matters, litigating in state and federal courts, and working in alternative dispute resolution. Her clients range from nonprofit organizations to Fortune 500 companies.
Askar K. Amrin, LLM '10, was appointed deputy mayor of Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan. Amrin began his career in 1997 as a legal adviser at the State Center for Pension Payments before serving in the Ministry of Justice and the Antimonopoly Agency of Kazakhstan. Following Cornell Law, he returned to Kazakhstan, where he served as executive secretary of the Ministry of Industry and New Technologies, head of the Office of the Prosecutor General of the Republic of Kazakhstan, and first deputy chairman of the Committee on Legal Statistics and Special Accounts of the General Prosecutor's Office.
David Charles Gartenberg, AB '05, JD '10, joined Littler Mendelson as an associate in the firm's Denver office. Gartenberg is an experienced litigator in state and federal courts, with a focus on employment litigation. He represents employers in litigation involving trade secrets and unfair competition, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and the Employee Retirement Income Security Act; he also represents clients in alternative dispute resolution forums, including arbitration and mediation.
Andrej Micovic, JD '10, joined Bilzin Sumberg as an associate in the firm's land development and government relations practice group, based in Miami, Florida. Micovic focuses his practice on the development, procurement, financing, construction, and purchase and sale of infrastructure and energy projects in the United States and throughout Latin America. He has been involved in high-value P3 projects, including the successful bid for the multi-billion Red Compartida wholesale broadband network in Mexico; the $2.3 billion dollar I-4 Ultimate Improvement Project in Central Florida; the $899 million Pennsylvania Bridge Replacement; and the project bond financing of Mexico's largest highway concessionaire. Prior to Bilzin Sumberg, Micovic worked as a fellow in the Miami-Dade Public Defender's Office (2010-11), an associate at White & Case (2011-13), an associate at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher (2013-16), and a senior associate at Hogan Lovells (2016-17)
Sorell Elizabeth Negro, JD '10, was promoted to counsel in the Miami office of Robinson+Cole, where she advises clients on complex real property, environmental, product liability disputes, and enforcement and implementation of national and international environmental laws. Negro's litigation experience spans U.S. federal and state courts and focuses on natural resources disputes, land use and development claims, public health claims, takings, Fair Housing Act disputes, and claims arising under state, international, and federal environmental laws, including the Clean Water Act and the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA).
Tom Kurland, JD '10 and Kacie Lally, JD '11 welcomed their first child, baby boy Theodore Thomas Kurland-Lally, on September 28, 2017. Theo was a whopping 9 lbs. 3 oz. and 22 inches at birth, and is adjusting well to life in New York City. As for mom and dad, in addition to their roles as new parents, Tom just began his eighth year as a litigation associate at Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP, and Kacie just began her third year as an Assistant Attorney General for New York State.
Michael Martin Brennan, JD '08, and Morgan J. Clark (Brennan), JD '10 were married on June 17th in New York City. The couple met in 2007 as students at Cornell Law and began dating in 2011, after both had received law degrees and started their careers. Michael is an attorney at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, where he specializes in enforcement and litigation. Morgan is an assistant U.S. attorney in the Civil Division of the U.S. Attorney's Office in the Eastern District of New York.
Elliot Schlesinger Katz, JD '10, joined McGuireWoods as a partner in the firm's San Francisco office. As chair of the connected and automated vehicle practice, Elliot counsels automakers, global tech companies, ridesharing companies, and municipalities on legal and policy issues pertaining to connected and automated vehicles. He regularly speaks at automated vehicle events across the country, and has recently discussed his views with The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, The San Francisco Chronicle, Wired, Forbes, Bloomberg, The National Law Journal, Yahoo Finance, Law360, and TU Automotive. Prior to McGuireWoods, Katz was global co-chair of the connected and self-driving car practice at DLA Piper.
Sorell Elizabeth Negro, JD '10, an associate at Robinson+Cole, received the firm's Mentor of the Year Award for her support of colleagues and its Pro Bono Award for her efforts to combat poaching and illegal wildlife tracking in Namibia. A member of the firm's land use, real estate and development, manufacturing, and sustainability groups, Negro advises clients involved in complex real property, environmental issues, and product liability disputes; she often focuses on enforcement and implementation of national and international environmental laws. Prior to Robinson+Cole, Negro clerked for the Honorable Fernando M. Olguin of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.
Jennelle Dyana (Menendez) Arthur, JD '10, joined Charles Ryan Associates as a senior account executive in the company's Charleston, West Virginia, office. Prior to CRA, Arthur worked as an attorney at Jackson Kelly in Charleston.
James Henry McConnell, JD '10, became a partner in the New York office of Kirkland & Ellis, where he focuses on patent infringement litigation in federal courts and the International Trade Commission. McConnell has represented clients in a variety of industries including pharmaceutical and life science, computer hardware and software, smartphones, and wireless communications, working in all phases of litigation, including pre-suit analysis and strategy, discovery and depositions, summary judgment, trial, post-trial, and ITC enforcement.
Anna E. Friedberg, JD '10, was named a 2016 Rising Star by The New York Law Journal. As a litigation associate at Ropes & Gray, where she focused on anti-corruption investigation and litigation, Friedberg served as lead co-counsel in Nunez v. City of New York, which led to an historic 2015 decision that called for reforms at city jails. Now, as Associate Managing Director at Exiger, Friedberg continues that work as the jail system's court-ordered deputy independent monitor.
Elliot S. Katz, JD '10 was recently appointed Global Co-Chair of DLA Piper's Connected and Self-Driving Car Practice.
Seth D. Kaufman, JD '10, joined Fisher Phillips as an associate in the firm's New York office, where he focuses on class and collective wage and hour cases, single-plaintiff employment discrimination and retaliation claims, and administrative charges and arbitrations. Kaufman regularly advises clients in all aspects of traditional labor matters, including collective bargaining, union representation elections, hearings before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), and appeals of NLRB decisions.
David Jarrett Wilks, JD '10, an attorney in the Immigration Practice Group at Harter Secrest and Emery, was elected to serve on the New Member Division Steering Committee of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). Wilks focuses on employment-based immigration, assisting companies, universities, and healthcare institutions seeking immigrant and nonimmigrant status for employees. In 2012, he received the William McKnight Volunteer Service Award for distinguished pro bono service to the community.
Craig Fischer, BS '07, JD '10, joined the Buffalo office of Hodgson Russ as an associate in the corporate and business law, securities regulations, and corporate compliance practices, where he focuses on representing issuers as well as underwriters in a range of securities offerings, including equity offerings, registered and non-registered high-yield and investment-grade debt offerings, and tender offers. Prior to Hodgson Russ, Fischer was an associate at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton.
Michael Klebanov, JD '10 joined Husch Blackwell as an associate in the firm's technology, manufacturing, and transportation industry team in St. Louis. Klebanov represents executives and corporations when legal challenges threaten their business direction, and his experience in state and federal courts extends to cases involving alleged accounting violations, breaches of contract and warranties, deceptive trade practices, defamation, violations of fiduciary duties, fraudulent conveyances, securities violations, and gross negligence. Prior to Husch Blackwell, Klebanov was a litigation associate at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom.
Jennelle Arthur, JD '10 joined Jackson Kelly as an associate in the environmental practice group of the firm's Charleston, West Virginia, office. Prior to Jackson Kelly, Arthur was an associate at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Field, where she focused on employment litigation, bankruptcy litigation, complex commercial litigation, government and internal investigations, securities enforcement, and white collar defense. She also has extensive pro bono experience, including drafting petitions for asylum and assisting with an amicus brief for submission to the U.S. Supreme Court.
James Edward Zimmer, JD'10 joined Winstead as an associate in the Houston office's real estate development and investments practice. Zimmer focuses his practice on debt restructuring, insolvency, and the purchase, sale, transfer, and leasing of real property. Prior to Winstead, he worked as an associate at Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP.
James E. Clegg, JD'10, LLM'10 joined the corporate department of Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn as an associate in its tax practice group, based in Detroit. Prior to Honigman, Clegg worked at Mayer Brown and Angelo Gordon & Co.
David B. Cronheim, AB'07, JD'10 an associate in the business group of Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, was elected to the board of directors of the Hickory Ski Center, located in Warrensburg, New York. Cronheim specializes in corporate transactions, real estate, recreational facility law for the golf and ski industries, and private club membership agreements. He has represented a wide range of clients across the recreation and hospitality industries, including ski resorts, golf clubs, private country clubs, hunting/fishing expedition outfitters, pool and spa retailers, community sports associations, and athletic clubs. He is the author of "Ski, Esq.," the internet's most popular ski law blog; chief legal correspondent to First Tracks Online Ski Magazine; chief legal analyst for the Ski Channel; and a contributor to Skiing Business magazine.
Ryan J. Long, JD'10 joined the litigation and advocacy practice as an associate at Faegre Baker Daniels, where he focuses on complex commercial litigation, class actions and securities, and financial litigation practices. Before joining Faegre Baker Daniels, Long was an associate at Cravath, Swaine & Moore in New York City and a law clerk for Hon. John A. Jarvey of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Iowa.
The American Bar Association (ABA) honored Robinson & Cole land use lawyer Sorell E. Negro, JD '10 with the Jefferson B. Fordham Society's National Up & Comers Award. Ms. Negro was presented the award at the ABA's Annual Meeting in San Francisco, California, on August 9, 2013. The Up & Comers Award is presented to a lawyer 36 years of age or younger who, through his or her efforts and accomplishments, shows great promise to continue these contributions for future achievements. "Sorell is hard working, highly motivated, and intelligent, and she has great interpersonal skills, good judgment, and an ever cheerful mood," said Dwight H. Merriam, a land use partner at Robinson & Cole, in his nomination of Ms. Negro. "She is a rising star and has already accomplished an impressive amount both in her legal practice and in her commitments to the legal profession and legal scholarship." Ms. Negro focuses her practice on land use, environmental, and real estate law and related litigation.
Rebecca E. Perkins, LLM '10, JD'10 joined Orr & Reno as an associate in the firm's business law practice. Perkins focuses on transactional and regulatory work, including acquisitions; financing transactions; real estate development; and stock pledges, gifts, and transfers; as well as advising on compliance with tax, campaign finance, lobbying, procurement, and pay-to-play regimes. She also has experience advising nonprofit organizations and their boards on issues related to incorporation and ongoing compliance. "We're delighted to have Rebecca on board," said President Peter F. Burger. "She's a talented young attorney whose energy and expertise will benefit Orr & Reno—and her clients—for years to come as our firm continues to move ahead in 2013 and beyond."
Sharice L. Davids, JD'10 moved with her partner to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, where she took a job as director of economic development for the Red Cloud Indian School. She wrote: "I love my work!! I can say just based on the four short months that I have been working in my current position that I now understand what the phrase 'find something you love and you will never work a day in your life' means. The work I am doing here feels so important. I am currently developing a business curriculum for the middle school and high school levels at Red Cloud. This involves great projects like helping the middle school student council conceptualize and implement a business plan for a school store that will sell Red Cloud products. My heart was filled with warmth and joy when the student council indicated that their top choice for how to spend the profits from the store was charity. This is one of the poorest places in America, and the first thing the kids wanted to do was find a way to donate money to charity. Few moments in my life have had such a profound effect on me." To find out more, go to: www.redcloudschool.org.
Adrienne L. Buckman, JD '10, has joined the Smith Bakke Porsborg Schweigert & Armstrong of Bismarck, ND as an associate. She currently focuses on civil litigation, insurance defense litigation, defense of municipalities, property damage claims, personal injuries, tort law, and business and contract disputes.
Lewis C Taishoff, JD '10, was examined and enrolled to practice before the Internal Revenue Service, after passing all three parts of the nine-hour Special Enrollment Examination. His commentaries on recent United States Tax Court cases can be found at taishofflaw.com.
A news release from Norris McLaughlin Marcus, P.A., based in Bridgewater, NJ, announced in October 2010 that David B. Cronheim, AB '07, JD '10 had joined the firm's corporate group.
Grace H. Hong, JD '10 has written the Alumni Office to say that she joined Clyde & Co., a New York firm of 25 attorneys, in November 2010.
Eve T. Jordonne, JD '10 reported in September 2010 that she had joined the matrimonial law firm of Moses, Preston & Ziegelman, in Manhattan.
David Jarrett Wilks, JD ' 10, was married to Laura Christine Stuart on August 14, 2009 in Kensington, Maryland. The couple reside in Rochester, NY.