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Carol Miaskoff, JD ‘87
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) named Carol Miaskoff to lead the EEOC's Office of Legal Counsel. She has worked for the EEOC for nearly three decades and filled the legal counsel role in an acting capacity since February. During her tenure at the EEOC, Ms. Miaskoff has guided workplace policy surrounding 9/11, the 2009 influenza pandemic, and COVID-19. She joined the EEOC as a staff attorney in 1993. Ms. Miaskoff also spent four years as an associate at Steptoe & Johnson and clerked for former U.S. District Judge George Revercomb of the D.C. Circuit.   

Anna Gomez JD ‘92 
Anna Gomez was recently elected as Secretary of the Federal Communications Bar Association (FCBA - The Tech Bar).             

Barry Ohlson JD ‘92
Barry Ohlson was recently elected as President-Elect of the Federal Communications Bar Association (FCBA - The Tech Bar).      

Neela Paykel, JD ’93
Hyperfine, Inc., has named Neela Paykel as General Counsel. Ms. Paykel has over 25 years of experience in healthcare, life sciences law, and team leadership and most recently served as Deputy General Counsel at Waymo. While there, she oversaw privacy issues, product counseling, and all regulatory matters. She also served as Vice President and Head of Legal Affairs and Compliance at Proteus Digital Health, Inc. and as Assistant General Counsel and Practice Group Leader, Healthcare Law Group at Genentech. Ms. Paykel also has held leadership roles at Blue Shield of California and CVS Caremark.                      

Ethan O’Shea JD ’93
Ethan R. O’Shea, a partner with Hamburg, Rubin, Mullin, Maxwell & Lupin has been elected to the Board of Directors of MLTV21, a local, 501©(3) non-profit public access station. Mr. O’Shea serves as Chair of the firm’s Employment Law Practice. He is also the Chair of the Montgomery Bar Association’s Employment Law Committee. Prior to joining the firm 20 years ago, he was a Senior Deputy District Attorney with the Bucks County (PA) District Attorney’s Office. In addition to chairing the Montgomery Bar Association’s Employment Law Committee, Mr. O’Shea is a past president of the Montgomery Bar Association’s Trial Lawyers Section.

Allison Borkenheim, JD ‘95
Best Best & Krieger is pleased to welcome Allison Borkenheim as a partner to the Labor & Employment practice group. She brings more than two decades of experience in the human resources, employment law and labor law arenas. Her experience includes private practice and in-house representation. She has defended claims in California state court, federal court, before state and federal administrative agencies and in arbitration and mediation. Ms. Borkenheim previously served as Vice President of Legal Affairs and Senior Counsel of Labor and Employment for Tri-City Medical Center, and as a lead attorney in arbitrating class action wage and hour grievances brought by unions under the Fair Labor Standards Act for the highest-level Office of the Judge Advocate General at the Department of the Army-Pentagon.

Michelle Maldonado, JD ’96
Michelle Maldonado recently won the Democratic primary in House District 50 in Northern Virginia. At GW Law, she and a colleague became the first women of color to simultaneously hold the posts of president and vice president of the Student Bar Association. After working in corporate law she transitioned to now owning her own consulting business, Lucenscia, where she trains businesses, nonprofits and government on leadership, with a focus on equity.

Brian Nester, JD ’96
Covington & Burling has bolstered its patent litigation practice in Washington, DC, adding Brian Nester, formerly a Sidley Austin partner with more than 25 years of experience litigating intellectual property disputes on behalf of leading technology companies before the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) and district court. He has appeared in more than 50 ITC matters and tried more than 20 cases involving standard-essential patents, antitrust matters, and breach of contract claims associated with defenses based on fair, reasonable, and nondiscriminatory terms. Mr. Nester has represented companies such as Microsoft, Apple, Asus, Samsung, LGE, Seagate, Intel, Tyco and SK Hynix in intellectual property disputes involving a variety of technologies.          

Suzanne Hamel, JD ‘97       
Nutter McClennen & Fish has brought on Suzanne Hamel, formerly a partner at boutique law firm BRL Law Group to boost its corporate and transactions business. Ms. Hamel helps steer clients through all stages of a company's life cycle from financing, venture capital, and mergers and acquisitions to both corporate and securities law.

Kimberly Gatling, JD ‘99     
Kimberly Bullock Gatling, Fox Rothschild’s Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer was recently selected to the inaugural list of Leaders in Diversity by the Triad Business Journal. As Fox's first Chief D&I Officer Gatling has led the firm's efforts in this area since her appointment in May 2020.

Alyssa Haun, JD ‘00
Alyssa Haun has joined Capital Square as Associate General Counsel. Ms. Haun brings more than 20 years of experience as a commercial real estate lawyer to her role. Throughout her career, she has regularly provided counsel to investors, developers, non-traded REITs and other clients on the acquisition, development, financing, leasing, and disposition of various types of commercial real estate. Additionally, Ms. Haun has represented lenders in the documentation and negotiation of real estate loans as well as advised clients on loan restructuring and foreclosure issues. Prior to joining Capital Square, se was a partner in the real estate practice group of Moran Reeves & Conn and served as an attorney in the real estate practice groups of several Virginia law firms, including Kaplan Voekler Cunningham & Frank and McGuireWoods.  

Sarah Hall, JD ‘01    
Sarah M. Hall recently joined Epstein Becker Green after having spent nearly four years with Thompson Hine. Ms. Hall brings a practice focused on representing both corporate and individual clients in a number of different health care enforcement matters, including False Claims Act suits and attorney general investigations. She also handles internal investigations concerning financial fraud, sexual harassment and whistleblower investigation, the firm's announcement noted. Previously with the DOJ's Criminal Division, Ms. Hall spent four years in the health care fraud unit and another three years handling securities and financial fraud. Before her legal career, she worked on Capitol Hill for a U.S. senator and a U.S. representative on Finance and Appropriations Committee matters.

Mircea Tipescu, JD ‘01        
Mircea Tipescu, an experienced intellectual property attorney with a focus on patent law, recently joined Benesch Friedlander Coplan & Aronoff as a partner in its Chicago office after four years with Michael Best & Friedrich. Ms. Tipescu works mainly in patent litigation and preparation, helping clients with counseling, prosecution and licensing, among other procedures. He's also represented clients in federal court and before the U.S. International Trade Commission.     

William Hutchings, JD ‘02   
Suffolk City Council recently voted to appoint William E. Hutchings Jr. as the City of Suffolk’s (VA) new city attorney. Mr. Hutchings was previously appointed interim city attorney on March 4. He joined the city in 2006 as an Assistant City Attorney, and he was appointed Deputy City Attorney in 2010. Before working for the City of Suffolk, Mr. Hutchings was in private practice and represented clients in Fairfax County and Washington, DC.

Stuart Itani, JD ‘02   
Stuart Y. Itani was recently named the Chief Managing Attorney for the Columbus Office at The Legal Aid Society of Columbus. As Chief Managing Attorney, Mr. Itani assists the Senior Leadership Team at Legal Aid with agency-wide programming. In addition to these responsibilities, he serves as the Managing Attorney of the Family Law Team. Mr. Itani supervises Legal Aid's advocacy in family courts, and he also represents victims and survivors of domestic abuse in protection order, child custody and divorce proceedings, with an emphasis on advocating for immigrant survivors and those experiencing housing instability.

Kirsty McGuire JD ‘03         
Kirsty McGuire, former General Counsel of the StepStone Group, has been named as Private Equity Women Investor Network’s first Executive Director. Ms. McGuire is a seasoned corporate attorney and business-minded advisor with over 18 years of experience structuring and closing sophisticated commercial transactions both in-house and within major U.S. law firms on behalf of publicly traded and privately held domestic and international organizations. Prior to joining StepStone, Ms. McGuire was a corporate attorney at leading firms including Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, Paul Hastings and Credit Suisse. She also serves as a committee member of the Private Investment Funds Committee of the New York City Bar Association.

David Marcinkus, JD ‘07     
Proskauer has hired David Marcinkus, former branch chief for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's Division of Investment Management, as Senior Counsel in its registered funds group in Washington. The ex-SEC official focused on regulations for business development companies (BDCs) and permanent capital vehicles and helped enact a new fair valuation rule for registered funds and BDCs and advised the SEC's Chief Counsel's Office on status and disqualification matters under investment fund regulations. Mr. Marcinkus spent nine years as chief of the Division of Investment Management before he decided to transition to the private sector. Before he joined the SEC, he was an in-house counsel at Lazard Asset Management and an associate at Ropes & Gray.

Irene Ayzenberg-Lyman, JD ‘07     
Irene Ayzenberg-Lyman started a new position as SVP & General Counsel at Imperial Dade.           

A.J. Dhaliwal, LLM ‘08         
AJ Dhaliwal started a new position as Special Counsel at Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP.

Tanja Olano, JD ‘08 
Tanja Olano started a new role as Chief Legal Officer at LA28.

Liz Cassady, JD ‘09 
Liz Cassady has recently been named partner at Steptoe & Johnson LLP, Complex Commercial Litigation.                       

Meg McIntyre, JD ‘10           
Meg McIntyre, a partner at Hogan Lovells has been named among the benefits law practitioners under age 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars. She recently advised Dell Technologies on multibillion-dollar transactions, including its sale of cybersecurity firm RSA.

Mark Taticchi JD ‘10
Mark Taticchi, Partner in Litigation in Philadelphia at Faegre Drinker, was recently recognized among their inaugural pro bono award recipients for providing sustained service and leadership in a variety of pro bono practice areas, notably civil rights and appellate matters. His pro bono practice in 2020 focused on the successful resolution of class action litigation challenging conditions of confinement on behalf of individuals on Pennsylvania's death row. He also led a racial profiling case involving the Pennsylvania State Police at a time when leadership on racial justice issues was particularly important.

Donnelly McDowell, JD ‘11 
Donnelly McDowell has recently been elected a new partner at Kelley Drye & Warren. Mr. McDowell’s practice focuses on all aspects of advertising and consumer protection law with specialized concentrations in consumer finance, food and drug law, and direct sales and network marketing compliance. His client work spans a range of industries including retail, e-commerce, payment processing, and manufacturing, distribution, and sale of FDA-regulated products and other consumer goods.

Caroline Pham, JD ‘11         
Caroline D. Pham, the Managing Director of Global rRgulatory Strategy & Policy at Citi was named in consideration for the Chair of the CFTC. Early in her career, Ms. Pham worked at the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the SEC and the CFTC.

Jeremy Schneider, JD ‘12   
Jeremy Schneider has recently been named Principal and Office Litigation Manager at Jackson Lewis.

Ryan Borchik, JD ‘13           
Ryan G. Borchik has joined the Kennett area law firm of Perna and Abracht. During his previous seven years with the Chester County District Attorney's Office, Mr. Borchik handled some of the highest-profile criminal cases in Chester County. He conducted multiple grand jury investigations involving homicides, drug trafficking organizations, and complex thefts involving hundreds of thousands of dollars, and worked closely with victims, witnesses, and family members to guide them through a very difficult time of their lives and give a voice to those who otherwise may not have been heard.   

David Dewhirst, JD ’14
David Dewhirst was appointed Solicitor General of Montana in January 2021. He previously served as the Principal Deputy General Counsel at the U.S. Department of Commerce, a law clerk on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and the chief litigation counsel for a national nonprofit.         

Hina Gupta, JD ‘14   
Downey Brand's Hina Gupta has been recognized as a Northern California Rising Star for her work in Land Use/Zoning Law.

Habib Nadri, JD ‘15  
Habib M. Nadri has recently joined McGlinchey Stafford as an associate. Mr. Nadri represents large national banks, lenders, insurance companies, and other financial services companies in various litigation matters. He regularly counsels and represents clients with matters arising under federal consumer protection statutes.

Katherine Stewart, JD ‘16   
Katherine Stewart has been named an Associate Attorney at Renaud Cook Drury in Mesaros, PA. 

Tyler Mann, JD ‘16   
Tyler Mann has begun a new position as Associate Counsel at Greenoaks Capital.

Chandos Culleen, JD ‘16    
Chandos Culleen has joined the Scottsdale office of Quintairos, Prieto, Wood & Boyer as an associate. He practices in the areas of insurance defense, workers' compensation defense, and general litigation. Mr. Culleen's prior experience includes working as the Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Leslie Miller of the Arizona Superior Court. Mr. Culleen also currently serves as a Judge Advocate in the United States Army Reserve.

Marie Hayrapetian, JD ‘16   
Marie Hayrapetian has begun a new position as Associate at Quinn Emanuel.      

Ana Calves, JD ‘16   
Ana Calves has been added as an associate to Kleinbard's business and finance department, She was previously an associate with Morgan Lewis & Bockius.

Talal Al-Hajri, LLM ‘18         
Talal Al-Hairi began a position as the Lead of Legal Affairs at National Development Fund in April 2021.    

Neethi Jois, LLM ‘19
Neethi Jois has begun a new position as a Conflicts Specialist at Wilmer Hale.     

Tazia Statucki, JD ‘19          
Tazia Statucki has begun a new position as an attorney in the Office of the General Counsel, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Monica Henain, LLM ‘19     
Monica Henain has begun a new position as an Associate Attorney at Labrada Dumé & Associates.

Tiffany Gillis Brown, JD ‘20
Tiffany Gillis Brown has begun a new position as a Legislative and Policy Analyst at the US Department of Justice.

Tim Hartman, JD ‘20
Tim Hartman has begun a new position as an Associate Attorney at Franklin & Prokopik.

Steven Peters, JD ‘20          
Steven Peters has begun a new position as an Associate at McKool Smith.                    

Blake Randolph, JD ‘21       
Blake Randolph began a new position as a Congressional Innovation Scholar with TechCongress.           

In Memoriam

Austin L. Roberts, Jr., JD ’48, LLM ’49
Austin Roberts passed away at the age of 101 in Williamsburg, VA on May 22. He was admitted to the DC Bar in 1948 and the US Supreme Court Bar in 1953. He served as the General Solicitor of the National Association of Rail Roads and Utilities Commissioners and later became the Executive Director of the Independent Natural Gas Association.

William C. Bauknight, Jr. LLB ‘50
William Bauknight passed away on June 21 in Williamsburg, VA. Mr. Bauknight engaged in the private practice of law, principally in Northern Virginia and Maryland for forty-three years, being a member of the Virginia, Maryland, and District of Columbia Bars. He was a Life Fellow of the Maryland Bar Foundation. He maintained offices in Fairfax County, VA, and Easton, MD. He served on active duty during World War II and the Korean War.

Marietta B. McNally, LLB ‘50
GW Law has recently learned of the death of Marietta B. McNally in March 2021.

Clarence Edward Wise, Jr. JD ‘54
GW Law has recently learned of the death of Ed Wise in April 2019.

Edward Orin Ansell, JD ‘55
Edward Ansell passed away on June 30. An FCC employee, he transferred to Washington, DC to attend law school at night. He was active in Phi Alpha Delta as well an extra in several plays and became president of the student body. Upon graduation, he moved to Princeton, NJ and the Patent Department of RCA. A former law school roommate recruited him to California to manage the patent department of Aerojet General. He worked there 24 years, advancing to Corporate Patent Counsel and Corporate Secretary. He then served as the Director of Patents and Licensing for both CalTech and its Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Finally, he established a law office in Claremont, California, specializing in trademarks, patents, and technology transfer until retirement at age 85. He served as an adjunct professor at the University of LaVerne Law School and authored numerous articles on technology transfer. He was honored with a listing in Who’s Who in American Law and in Finance and Industry. George Washington University awarded him an Alumni Outstanding Service Award in 1977.

Julius H. Stopak, LLB ‘55
GW Law has recently learned of the death of Julius Stopak in February 2020.

Thomas W. Fletcher, LLB ‘60
Tom Fletcher, 93, passed away on June 28. He specialized in communications law before the FCC and over a 30-year career represented hundreds of clients across the country.

Walter Henderson, LLB ‘61
Walter Henderson passed away May 25. Mr. Henderson graduated from West Point and was commissioned as an infantry officer. Upon leaving active duty, he worked in manufacturing and then in company legal services while he attended law school at night where he was the Vice Dean of Delta Theta Phi. He worked for a firm, then as an attorney for the Air Force before joining the Army General Counsel. He stayed active in the Army Reserve and joined a Reserve group of Army Special Forces, and later became Special Forces qualified. In 1983, Mr. Henderson retired from the Army in the grade of Colonel. His civilian career took him to the Office of the Secretary of Defense, where he worked as an analyst in defense acquisition and procurement policy. He retired from the Department of Defense in 1999, receiving the Civilian Career Service Award. He was active in the Federal Bar Association, in which he served as Chairman of the International Procurement Committee.

Joseph F. Dugan, LLB ’61
Joseph Dugan passed away May 12 at age 86. He was a trial lawyer with offices in Woonsocket and Providence. He had previously been an attorney with Neighborhood Legal Services in Washington, DC; Deputy Director and Director of Rhode Island Legal Services; and an attorney in the Civil Division of the Rhode Island Attorney General's office. He was actively engaged in civil trial practice in Rhode Island and Massachusetts Superior and Federal Courts, Rhode Island Supreme Court, and the First Circuit Court of Appeals and had cases in the US Supreme Court.

William O. Miller, LLM, ‘64
Rear Admiral William O. (Dusty) Miller, JAGC, U.S. Navy (Retired), former Judge Advocate General of the Navy, passed away on June 15 at age 95. He served in various capacities in the United States Navy from 1943 until his retirement in 1978 and ultimately served as both Deputy Judge Advocate General (1974-1976) and then Judge Advocate General (1976-1978). Admiral Miller practiced law in Atlanta from 1978 until 1990. He was President of the Southeastern Legal Foundation, a non-profit conservative advocacy center, from 1985 to 1990.

Robert C. Bennett, Jr. LLB ‘65
Robert C. “Bob” Bennett Jr. passed away on June 21 at the age of 82. He worked in criminal courtrooms as first a prosecutor and then a defense attorney. Taking night classes, he simultaneously worked in the personnel office of the DC government. A Harris County Assistant District Attorney from 1965 to 1976, he was the first Chief of the Organized Crime Unit. He later became a defense attorney with several firms, retiring in 2006 from Bennett and Secrest. He received many awards including in 2005 the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Harris County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association.

Paul W. Freitag, JD ‘66
Paul W. Freitag passed away June 3. He served as Washoe County Deputy District Attorney. At just 30 years of age, he was elected Sparks City Attorney and served two 4-year terms. He was again twice elected to public office as Justice of the Peace, serving on the bench through 2003.

John Frederick LeFevre, JD ‘67
GW Law has recently learned of the death of John LeFevre in December 2020 in Colorado Springs, CO. He joined the U. S. Navy in 1967 and served on the U. S. Guam during the Vietnam War. After serving he began a 36-year career at the Federal Trade Commission. After retiring from the Federal Trade Commission, he became the executive director of U.S. Figure Skating.

Emanuel S. Fish, JD ‘68
GW Law has recently learned of the death of Emanuel Fish in August 2019 in New Jersey.

Margaret Richardson JD ‘68           
Margaret "Peggy" Richardson, a Washington tax lawyer who became Commissioner of Internal Revenue during President Bill Clinton's first term and was the second woman to serve as the nation's chief tax collector, passed away July 13 in Delaplane, VA at the age of 78. She was a specialist in tax and insurance regulatory law and ascended the ranks of the Internal Revenue Service before becoming a partner at Sutherland Asbill & Brennan. After leaving the IRS in 1997, Ms. Richardson spent several years practicing tax law at Ernst & Young. She also served on the boards of Legg Mason, an asset management company, Jackson Hewitt Tax Service and the Washington-area public TV station WETA. At GW Law she was an editor on the law review.

Tila Maria De Hancock, LLM ‘73
Tila Maria Hormazabal Hancock passed away May 30 at the age of 84. In 1977 she was honored with an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree (LLD) from Trinity College. She was a consultant to the Puerto Rican Department of Housing and Urban Development, served as a Lecturer and Visiting Professor at the University of Puerto Rico Law School and Urban Law School, and consulted with a wide variety of organizations and firms. In 1977, she was appointed by President Carter as Assistant to the Secretary for International Affairs to the Department of Housing and Urban Development; she then served as the first woman and Hispanic Director of the Secretariat of the International Court of Arbitration at the International Chamber of Commerce in Paris, France.

Merle J. Smith, Jr., JD ‘74
CDR Merle Smith Jr, the Coast Guard Academy's first Black Graduate has passed away. Among his myriad achievements, in Vietnam, he was the first Black officer to command a U.S. warship in combat and received the Bronze Star. After returning from Vietnam, he served at Coast Guard headquarters in Washington, DC and spent more than two years on the international affairs staff while he attended law school and served as deputy chief of the Coast Guard's Military Justice Division. In 1975, he became a member of the USCGA law faculty and in 1979, joined the Reserves and began his civilian career while also teaching law classes part-time at the academy.

Richard H. Lager JD ‘75
Richard Lager "Rick" passed away June 18 in Ambergris Caye, Belize. His began his career at Grant Thornton and rose to become the youngest managing partner in the office's history. Later, after a brief stint as an entrepreneur, he moved on to The Lerner Companies in Rockville, MD where he spent nine years as CFO, Vice President of Finance. He acquired The Annapolis Scuba Center in 2007 where he sold equipment and managed scuba expeditions world-wide.

Alejandro Acosta, Jr., JD ‘76
Alejandro Acosta, Jr. passed away on May 21 at the age of 70. While attending law school, he worked full-time with the Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division. In 1988, he was elected and served as President of the Texas Young Lawyers Association (TYLA). He was the first minority bar president elected to lead a state-wide bar organization. He also served on the State Bar Board of Directors and its executive committee, the Texas Supreme Court Rules Advisory Committee and the State Bar Judicial Relations Committee. In addition, he was a member of the Product Liability Advisory Council and the International Association of Defense Counsel. In 1997, he was named one of the top civil litigators by the El Paso judiciary and the El Paso Herald Post. He maintained a litigation practice that consisted of commercial, products liability, insurance defense and the representation of El Paso Water Utilities Public Service Board and ended his career as a partner in Bickerstaff Heath Delgado Acosta.

Douglas Russell Watts, JD ‘76
GW Law has recently learned of the death of Doug Watts in Parker, Colorado on November 23, 2019. Mr. Watts’ professional career was highlighted by service as legal counsel and strategist for the cable television and newspaper industries in Washington, DC, and as a senior executive for TCI in Colorado.

Morris Pullara, Jr., LLM ‘78
Morris Pullara Jr. passed away on May 22 in Tampa. He worked in both the private and public sectors, with the majority of his career working in Washington. He retired as Vice Chairman of the Board of Contract Appeals of the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Dr. James Stewart Mattson JD ‘79
James Stewart Mattson recently passed away. He used his scientific training while practicing law in the Florida Keys for over 30 years. His practice was environmental administrative and regulatory land use and zoning law. He was an Adjunct Professor of law at the University of Miami and previously a member of the professional staff and congressional liaison to the NOAA National Advisory Commission on Oceans and Atmosphere. He is author of over 50 publications in peer-reviewed journals and several books.

Cdr. James D. Rockwell LLM ‘80
GW Law has recently learned of the death of Jim Rockwell, of Grayslake, IL on November 29, 2020. Upon graduation from law school, Mr. Rockwell entered the US Navy and served for 28 years, retiring out of Great Lakes Naval Base as Commander, where he last served as a judge. After his retirement, he became the Registrar at Northwestern Law School.

Class Notes

Dan Glickman, JD ‘69, Honor. Doctor of Laws 2006
Former U.S. Rep. Dan Glickman recently released his autobiography, "Laughing at Myself."

Claudia Springer, JD ‘80
Claudia Springer has left Reed Smith LLP to head the new Philadelphia office of consulting firm Novo Advisors where she will provide mediation services as a principal. She was with Duane Morris LLP from 1986 to 2002 before joining Reed Smith as a partner. 

Marlene Trestman, JD ‘81
Marlene Trestman, following her retirement as Special Assistant to the Maryland Attorney General, authored Fair Labor Lawyer: The Remarkable Life of New Deal Attorney and Supreme Court Advocate Bessie Margolin, which was recently released in paperback. Ms. Margolin, Associate Labor Solicitor who argued 24 times at the Supreme Court taught labor law at GW Law in the mid-1970s. Ms. Trestman’s latest work, Most Fortunate Unfortunates: New Orleans's Jewish Orphans' Home, 1855-1946, is forthcoming from LSU Press.  

Ronald Bush, JD ‘83
Chief United States Magistrate Judge Ronald E. Bush, of the United States District Court for the District of Idaho, recently retired after 18 years of service in the Idaho federal and state courts.  Prior to joining the bench, Judge Bush was a partner with Hawley Troxell. 

John P. Isacson, JD ‘88
John Isacson has joined McCarter & English as a partner in their Intellectual Property practice in Washington, DC. Mr. Isacson focuses on representing clients in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, chemical, and medical device industries in patents and patent-related regulatory matters. In his pro bono practice, he counsels military veterans with the National Veterans Legal Services Program. Previously he was a partner with Troutman Pepper in Washington, DC.

Elyse Schajer, JD ‘97
Elyse L. Schajer has joined Federman Steifman as a partner in the firm's New York office. Ms. Schajer brings a full-service trusts and estates law practice with extensive experience representing market participants in all manner of commercial real estate transactions. Previously she practiced at several boutique trusts and estates firms in Westchester County, as well as the New York office of Hogan Lovells and real estate firm Duval & Stachenfeld.

Charles Calloway, JD ‘12
Charles Calloway was recently selected for the Leadership Greater Chicago Signature Fellows Program, Class of 2022. This program has convened civic leaders for almost four decades to address the most pressing local issues.  

Justin Feinberg, JD ‘13
Mr. Feinberg has recently joined Metromile as a Senior Counsel, Corporate and Securities. He was previously an Assistant General Counsel at Taronis, Fuels, Inc.

Amanda Mollo, JD ‘13
Amanda Mollo is now the first Product Counsel at Lithic (formerly, a fintech company on a mission to make payments safer and easier. Her experience in payments and consumer financial services regulations allow her to work cross-functionally with all aspects of business.  

Raymond Chen, JD ‘14
Dr. Raymond Chen has opened an intellectual property consulting office in Shenzhen, China for Leydig, Voit & Mayer, a global intellectual property law firm. Dr. Chen was previously the Director of IP at DiDi, the premier ride-sharing company in China. He will focus on intellectual property strategy, litigation, prosecution, and portfolio management.

Max Bonici, JD ‘14
Mr. Bonici has recently joined as an associate at Buckley, in their Washington, DC, office. He was previously an associate at White & Case. 

Habibullah Nadri, JD ‘15
Habibullah Nadri has recently joined as an associate at McGlinchey Stafford.

Robert F. Hagans, III JD ‘18
Robert F. Hagans, III has joined Gibbons as an associate in the Products Liability Department in their New York office. Mr. Hagans focuses on various insurance defense matters, including personal injury, construction site accidents, and negligent construction and repair. Prior to joining Gibbons, Mr. Hagans was an associate in the General Liability Group of another New Jersey firm.

In Memoriam

Alfred H. Kaye, JD ‘54
Alfred "Al" H. Kaye passed away on May 1, 2021. After a stint in the Army, where he served in the Judge Advocate's General Corps, he returned to create a thriving law practice above his father's clothing store in Newton, NJ.

Herbert J. Gildenhorn, JD ‘59
GW Law recently learned of the death of Herbert Gildenhorn on February 21, 2020.

Paul A. McGuckian, LLB ‘64
The Hon. Paul A. McGuckian passed away on May 19, 2021. As an International Trade Analyst at the U.S. Department of Commerce he began night classes, receiving a LLB in three years. He joined the Montgomery County Attorney's office in 1966. A few years later, he formed Trimm, Donohue, McDanald, Willis and McGuckian, where he concentrated in land use law. Montgomery County’s County Executive Charles W. Gilchrist selected him as his County Attorney where he served from 1979 to 1987, doubling the size of the office and hiring its first female and Black attorneys. He was appointed to the Montgomery County District Court by Governor Schaefer in 1987 and elevated to the Circuit Court 18 months later. After taking senior status in 2003, he heard cases all over Maryland.

Lewis Riley Mervine, JD ‘64
GW Law has recently learned of the death of Lewis Mervine, of Pawleys Island, SC, on October 20, 2020. He was an attorney and Legal Director with Aetna Life Insurance Company.

Thomas G. McGarry, JD ‘68
GW Law has recently learned of the death of Thomas McGarry of Punta Gorda, FL, formerly of Fairfax Station, VA, on May 20, 2020. Mr. McGarry enjoyed a long career as a commercial real estate attorney in the Washington, DC, area.

Alan Raymond Harter, JD ‘69
GW Law has recently learned of the death of Alan Harter of St. George, UT on December 12, 2020. He served as Deputy District Attorney for Clark County, NV, and then District Attorney for Esmeralda County, NV, while also running his own private practice. He practiced in Las Vegas and focused on family and criminal defense work.

Richard L. Menson, LLM ’73
Richard L. Menson passed away on May 17, 2021 in Dunwoody, GA. He served as a JAG Officer from 1965 to 1973, including 18 months in Vietnam. Afterwards, he joined Gardner, Carton, and Douglas in Chicago, IL, and was a partner from 1977 to 1998. In 1998, he joined McGuireWoods as managing partner of their Chicago office. He retired in 2012.

Alan David Lebowitz, LLM ‘74
GW Law has recently learned of the death of Alan Lebowitz on September 21, 2019.

Leonard W. Childs, Jr., LLM ‘85
Leonard Wood (Jack) Childs, Jr. passed away May 10, 2021. He practiced as an Assistant Attorney for Chatham County, GA, and then he continued to practice Environmental Law and Government Contract Law in Savannah, GA, for both the Corps of Engineers and later in his private practice, Childs and Associates.

Wilton Jeremain Smith, Jr., JD ‘86
Wilton Smith (Jerry) passed away on April 24th, 2021. He practiced International Aviation Law.

Janine M. Brookner, JD ‘98
Janine M. Brookner passed away May 11, 2021. Ms. Brookner was a case officer in the CIA’s Directorate of Operations; she retired as part of an agreement after countering allegations with a lawsuit. The CIA paid Ms. Brookner a large settlement plus legal fees but made no admission of wrongdoing.  Afterwards, she attended GW Law at night, graduating at age 57, and specializing in protecting federal employees against mistreatment. In 2004, Ms. Brookner published Piercing the Veil of Secrecy, about how to fight the CIA and other federal agencies in court.

Class Notes

Susan L. Heller JD '82
Susan Heller, shareholder at Greenberg Traurig, LLP, has been recognized by the Daily Journal among its "Top Intellectual Property Lawyers of California" for 2021. Ms. Heller is a co-managing shareholder of Greenberg Traurig's Orange County office, chair of the Global Trademark & Brand Management Group, and co-chair of the global Greenberg Traurig Women's Initiative.

Robert A. Klausner, JD ‘85        
Robert Klausner was selected as a 2021 Leader in Law by New Jersey BIZ. Mr. Klausner, who serves as Co-Chair of Fox Rothschild LLP’s Real Estate Department, has represented developers, owners, and tenants in office, industrial, and retail transactions.

Jeannette Koster, JD ‘85    
Jeannette Koster is handling contracts for a New York City mayoral agency with headquarters located near her new home in Queens. 

Russ Travers,  JD ‘86        
Russ Travers was recently appointed by the Biden administration as Deputy Homeland Security Adviser.    

John O'Sullivan, JD ‘88        
John O’Sullivan is joining the launch of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan in Miami as a partner. He was previously a litigation partner at Hogan Lovells.    

Robert R. Baron, Jr., JD ‘92        
Managing IP awarded Ballard Spahr partner Rob Baron its "Litigation Practitioner of the Year" award for Pennsylvania. Mr. Baron is the former Vice-Chair of Ballard Spahr's Intellectual Property Department and the former head of its Intellectual Property Litigation Group.        

Adam Derman, JD ‘92        
Adam Derman of Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi PC ("CSG") has been selected for the 2021 edition of New Jersey Super Lawyers and Rising Stars in the practice area of Business Litigation.     

David Benowitz, JD ‘95        
David Benowitz has been selected as a 2021 Washington, DC, Super Lawyer for dedication to social justice and criminal defense. Mr. Benowitz is currently a partner with Price Benowitz LLP and was previously a staff attorney at the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia.         

Cathy Harris, JD ‘97        
President Biden announced his intent to nominate Cathy Harris as Chair of the Merit Systems Protection Board.

Lori S. Kozak, JD ‘97        
Lori Kozak was featured in the "Women of Influence: Attorneys" special supplement by the Los  
Angeles Business Journal. As Co-Chair of Fox Rothschild's Trademarks Practice Group and a member of a tight-knit group of current and former US Patent and Trademark Office examiners, Ms. Kozak combines inside knowledge of the trademark examination process with a sophisticated understanding of global intellectual property systems and industry-specific goals and challenges.  

David S. Panzer, JD ‘98        
David Panzer has joined Whiteford, Taylor & Preston in their Washington, DC, office. With more than 20 years of government contracts and litigation experience, Mr. Panzer brings the experience of both a senior in-house counsel at a major government services contractor and a partner at a global law firm. Prior to joining Whiteford, he served as Deputy General Counsel for one of the largest private companies in the Washington, DC, area.

Christopher D. Bright, JD ‘99        
Veteran intellectual property litigator Christopher Bright has joined Snell & Wilmer as a partner in the firm's expanding Orange County office. Mr. Bright has over 20 years of experience litigating patent cases. He also has extensive experience in Inter Partes Review (IPR) proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB), has counseled clients in global patent licensing negotiations, and performed patent due diligence for mergers and acquisitions. 

Erika L. Moritsugu, JD ‘01
President Biden announced Erika Moritsugu as Deputy Assistant to the President and Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Senior Liaison. Ms. Moritsugu will bring her experience and expertise as a vital voice to advance the President and the administration's priorities.  Currently the Vice President at National Partnership for Women & Families, she has spent her career in the federal government and politics fighting for social justice and the empowerment of communities and individuals. Prior to her work at the National Partnership, Ms. Moritsugu led the Government Relations, Advocacy, and Community Engagement team at the Anti-Defamation League. She served as the General Counsel for Senator Tammy Duckworth and was the Deputy Assistant Director for Legislative Affairs at the newly-established Consumer Financial Protection Bureau; Deputy Legislative Director for Senator Daniel K. Akaka of Hawai'i; and held several different roles at the Senate Democratic Policy Committee. Before recommitting to a career in public service, Ms. Moritsugu practiced international trade, legislative, and immigration law at Hogan and Hartson and managed grassroots and coalition-building campaigns at The Wexler Group.      

Sharan Nirmul, JD ‘01        
Sharan Nirmul was named a 2021 "Titan of the Plaintiffs Bar" by Law360. Mr. Nirmul has served as lead counsel in several high-profile securities fraud cases at Kessler Topaz.  

Heather A. Hill, JD ‘06        
Assistant United States Attorney Heather Hill will serve as the Southern District of Ohio’s Senior Litigation Counsel. Ms. Hill joined the US Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Ohio in 2011. In her decade with the Columbus office, she has served as the district's Project Safe Childhood Coordinator and Human Trafficking Coordinator. She has prosecuted more than 100 cases involving online crimes against children. Prior to joining the office, Ms. Hill did work in the Sex Offense and Domestic Violence Division of the United States Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia and clerked for the Hon. Robert I. Richter, formerly of the DC Superior Court. 

Nicole Maria Tuchinda, JD ‘06        
Nicole Tuchinda started a new position as Visiting Assistant Professor at The University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law where she will be teaching Health Law Survey,  Health Law Seminar, and Torts I and II.        

Christopher Bruno, JD ‘09        
McDermott Will & Emery colleagues Darra Loganzo and Christopher Bruno have published a new article on software copyrightability.

Nora Lovell Marchant, JD ‘09    
The newly-created role of Global Sustainability Vice President at American Express Global Business Travel (GBT) has been filled by Nora Lovell Marchant. She will drive and coordinate company-wide green initiatives and enable GBT to achieve targets set out in its sustainability strategy. Ms. Lovell Marchant was previously GBT's global regulatory compliance director.

Laura Wood Peterson, JD ‘09        
Agriculture and natural resource policy specialist Laura Wood Peterson has joined the International Professional Seed Association as a lobbyist where she will support the representation of the unique needs and national priorities of independent seed companies.  Ms. Peterson has navigated public policy issues in  the federal regulatory landscape for 15 years. 

Marlena Schultz, JD ‘09        
Marlena Schultz has joined Clean Energy Counsel (CEC), a boutique law firm serving companies in the renewable energy sector. Clean energy project development and finance are the core of Ms. Schultz' deep experience representing project lenders and developers. She also advises clients on structuring complex financings and joint ventures, particularly growing cleantech clients. She joins CEC from Cooley, LLP.        

Susanna V. Blume, JD ‘10        
President Biden announced his intent to nominate Susanna Blume as nominee for Director of Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation, Department of Defense  Ms. Blume is currently performing the duties of the Director, Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation at the U.S. Department of Defense. Prior to taking on this role, she was Senior Fellow and Director of the Defense Program at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), where her research focused on the alignment of defense strategy, planning, and resources.  

Sara M. Cooperrider, JD ‘10        
Sara Cooperrider was named President of the Cincinnati Bar Association. Ms. Cooperrider is a partner at Taft in Cincinnati where her practice focuses on transactional, regulatory compliance, and reimbursement work for health care providers. Prior to joining Taft, she served as Corporate Counsel at The Kroger Co., and was also formerly Assistant and Associate General Counsel at UC Health, greater Cincinnati's academic health system.

Brock Dahl, JD‘11        
Technology, data, and cyber attorney Brock Dahl, who most recently served as the Deputy General Counsel, Operations at the National Security Agency (NSA) has joined Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP as a Counsel in its Washington, DC, and Silicon Valley offices. Prior to joining the NSA, he also worked at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich and Rosati. Mr. Dahl will counsel clients on matters related to regulatory investigations, cyber crises, and transactional risks, and will also assist them with designing their technology and data strategies and investments. 

Thanh Nguyen, JD ‘11        
Thanh Nguyen, who formerly served as executive and legal director for anti-corruption matters at PepsiCo Inc., has joined Major Lindsey & Africa in its recruiter team based in Los Angeles.  At PepsiCo, Ms. Nguyen was chair of the Larry D. Thompson Legacy of Leadership Fellowship, a legal internship program dedicated to promoting diversity in the legal profession. At PepsiCo, she also developed the company's global third-party due diligence program and conducted internal investigations involving potential violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.  Before going in-house, Ms. Nguyen was a litigation associate at Clifford Chance LLP in Washington, DC, and later at Latham & Watkins LLP in Chicago, where she represented multinational clients involved in litigation or FCPA internal investigations.  

Timothy Weston, LLM ‘12        
Timothy Weston is newly promoted at the Transportation Security Administration and is now Director of Strategy and Performance.        

Danielle Ryan, JD ‘12        
Danielle Ryan has been elevated to Partner in the Litigation Department at Fox Rothschild LLP. Ms. Ryan focuses her practice on commercial litigation and construction law. She represents clients in both state and federal courts throughout Pennsylvania, as well as in magisterial district justice court. 

Samuel Drezdzon, JD ‘12        
Haynes and Boone has promoted Samuel Drezdzon to counsel. Mr. Drezdzon is a member of the IP Practice Group in the firm's Dallas-North office. His practice focuses on patent litigation and inter partes review (IPR) proceedings before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Oce. 

Bethany J. Young, JD ‘12        
Bethany Young recently accepted a new position as Deputy Director at DC Justice Lab. She was previously a Project Director at Impact Justice.        

Tiffany Ge, JD ‘13        
Tiffany Ge has been promoted by U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell to serve as legislative director. Ms. Ge joined the Senator's office in 2017 as legal counsel and manages an extensive legislative portfolio. She will oversee all Kentucky-focused legislative matters and manage the policy staff. Ms. Ge will continue to serve as legal counsel and handle the Judiciary and Law Enforcement policy portfolios. 

Victoria Christoff, JD ‘15        
Victoria Christoff has returned to GW Law to teach Analytical Writing (for Government Procurement MSLs) during the fall semester and will teach the Government Contracts Moot Court course during the spring semester. She will also assist with the administration of the Government Procurement Law Program and work on her scholarship concerning government procurement law. She was previously a litigation associate at the Washington, DC, office of Morgan, Lewis, and Bockius LLP, a law clerk for the Honorable Marian Blank Horn at the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, and a law clerk for the Honorable Jimmie V. Reyna at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. 

Daniel M. Curiel, JD ‘15        
Daniel Curiel started a new position as Staff Attorney at Kids in Need of Defense (KIND).         

Tshoejab Mepham Denlen, LLM ‘18   Tshoejab Mepham Denlen started a new position as Legal Officer at His Majesty's Secretariat in Bhutan.        

Eric Valle, JD ‘18        
Eric Valle joins PilieroMazza's Expanding Government Contracts team as an Associate. Mr. Valle previously clerked for the Honorable Matthew H. Solomson at the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. 

Leighann George, JD ‘18        
Leighann George recently began as an Associate at Clifton Budd & DeMaria, LLP. She was formerly with Ingerman Smith LLP.

Justin Tsang, JD ‘19        
Justin Tsang is moving to Paul Hastings from Morris, Manning & Martin, both in Washington, DC, where he will continue his commercial real estate practice.  

Diana Guevara Duque, LLM ‘20        
Diana Duque started a new position as a Constitutional and Jurisdictional Expert with the Constitutional Court of Ecuador.    

Darra Loganzo, JD ‘20        
McDermott Will & Emery colleagues Darra Loganzo and Christopher Bruno have published a new article on software copyrightability.        

Mustapha Nyallay, JD ‘20        
Mustapha Nyallay recently accepted a position as Associate Attorney at May Lightfoot, PLLC.     

Sakshi Pande, LLM ‘20        
Sakshi Pande recently joined Sagar Chandra & Associates, an Intellectual Property Law firm in New Delhi, on their Litigation Team as a Senior Associate.     

Natalee Ball, JD ‘21        
Natalee Ball has accepted an offer as an associate in the affordable housing group with Coats Rose in Austin, Texas.

In Memoriam

Benjamin F. Brown, III, JD ‘51
Benjamin Brown of Sykesville, MD, passed away April 25, 2021, at age 97. After being drafted into the Army, as a B-29 tail-gunner he flew 33 successful missions before returning stateside. Rather than practice law, he enjoyed many business interests including his insurance agency (his first and foundation company), hospitality, and antiques.

Louis “Lou” Joseph D'Amico, BBL ‘60
“Lou” D'Amico passed away April 4, 2021, in Asheville, NC, at age 90. He worked at the National Labor Relations Board for 40 years. During his distinguished career, he worked in Headquarters, the former Peoria Regional Office, and in the Baltimore Regional Office. He became Director of the Baltimore Regional Office in 1982 and retired in 2000.  

C. Timothy Hopkins, JD ‘63
C. Timothy Hopkins passed away from heart complications in Idaho Falls, ID, on April 23, 2021 at age 85. He graduated with honors from GW Law. He opened a law firm in Idaho Falls in 1973. Hopkins Roden, as it is  known today, first opened as Hopkins and French. In addition to his work as an attorney, Mr. Hopkins was also heavily involved with the Idaho State Bar Association and served as president. 

Glenn Stuart Arendsen, JD ‘65 
Glenn Arendsen passed away April 27, 2021 at age 84 in Big Rapids, MI. He was a lawyer with Ford Motor Company for over 30 years. 

Tim Richard Miles, BBL ‘65
Tim Miles passed away March 27, 2021, at age 83. He combined his engineering degree from Vanderbilt University with his law degree to become a patent examiner for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. 

William “Bill” D. Cremins, JD ‘67
"Bill" Cremins passed away in Southport, NC, on March 18, 2020. After being honorably discharged from the U.S. Army, Mr. Cremins worked full time as an insurance adjuster for Travelers Insurance Company and attended GW Law part-time in the evening. He earned his JD and began his almost 40-year law career in the City of Fairfax. Mr. Cremins was past president of the Fairfax Bar Association and was active in the Virginia State Bar. 

Gerald M. Fisher, JD ‘69
Gerald M. Fisher passed away on March 7, 2020, at age 84 in Palo Alto, CA. 

David B. Adler, JD ‘73
David B. Adler passed away in July 2020. Mr. Adler was a federal prosecutor with the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, DC, in the Criminal and the Civil Right Divisions. With his trusted team of FBI agents, he specialized in police brutality cases. He also worked with the Office of Solicitor General, in presenting appellate cases to the U.S. Supreme Court that changed criminal law and procedure and the constitutional rights of U.S. citizens charged with criminal offenses. Mr. Adler moved to Seattle in 1987 and as a private attorney, he had extensive trial experience involving claims of corporate law, fraud, breach of contract, civil racketeering, commercial torts, and employment law.

Dulcie Diane Brand, JD ‘81 
Dulcie Brand passed away on March 7, 2021, in Sugar Land, TX, at age 66. For the past three decades she lived and worked in Los Angeles; she practiced at Jones Day and Pilsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP.

Col. Bernard M. Chachula, LLM ‘86
Col (USAF, Ret) Bernard M. Chachula, 72, of Dayton, OH, passed away April 26, 2021. Mr. Chachula proudly served as a U.S. Air Force officer for 32 years, initially as a Mechanical Engineer and then as a Judge Advocate (JAG), retiring in 2002 as Director of Contract Law for AFMC at Wright-Patterson AFB. In retirement, he gave freely of his time and was dedicated in his support for a number of local military, legal, and parish community initiatives, while continuing to work as a legal consultant. 

Don Livornese, JD ‘86
Don Livornese, 60, passed away April 26, 2021, in Torrance, CA. He graduated GW Law with honors. A successful patent attorney and litigator, he was passionate about social justice and fighting homelessness in the Los Angeles area.

Class Notes


Loren Bendall, JD ‘92    
The Chagrin Falls Board of Education appointed Loren Bendall to fill a vacant seat. Ms. Bendall founded Loren Bendall & Associates, a recruiting company specializing in attorney placements. She previously specialized in government contracts and taxation with firms in both Washington, DC, and Cleveland, OH. 

Xenia Kazoli, LLM ‘92    
Nardello & Co., a leading global investigations firm, announced that Xenia Kazoli joined their Advisory Board. Ms. Kazoli is an experienced international lawyer who has completed large and complex transactions in multinational environments; advised the governments of Greece, Italy, France, Spain, and Portugal in privatizations and offerings; and advised clients on EU financial regulations and corporate governance. Most recently, Ms. Kazoli was a senior advisor at Nestor Advisors, where she advised on legal assessment policy, corporate governance, and regulatory compliance and reform for institutions, sovereigns, and corporations.   

Musa Eubanks, JD ‘96    
Musa Eubanks recently accepted a position as a Deputy Counsel for the Maryland Department of Health.

David Schwartz, JD ‘96    
CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield has appointed David Schwartz as the new Vice President, Public Policy & Federal Affairs. Mr. Schwartz, who brings more than 20 years of healthcare policy and legal experience to his new role, will lead the development and execution of public policy engagement programs and congressional, regulatory, and industry outreach. As Vice President of Public Policy & Government Affairs, he will lead a team focused on federal legislative advocacy, public policy, and regulatory engagement. Mr. Schwartz's central focus will be the development of strategic relationships to advance CareFirst's transformative healthcare agenda and provide better health outcomes for members and communities throughout the region. 

Angelo Spinola, JD ‘99    
Angelo Spinola has joined Am Law 100 firm Polsinelli in the Atlanta office as a shareholder and co-chair of its home health and hospice practice, bringing with him two decades of legal experience. Mr. Spinola has established a nationally-known employment litigation practice with a special focus on the home health, home care, and hospice industry. He regularly represents employers across the country in class actions brought under the Fair Labor Standards Act and state wage/hour laws. Mr. Spinola has litigated all types of employment law-related cases, appearing on behalf of employers in federal and state courts and administrative tribunals throughout the United States. 

Joshua Auxier, JD ‘00    
Joshua Auxier joined the recent launch of FLB Law, based in Westport, CT. 

Emile Loza de Siles, JD ‘01    
Emile Loza de Siles, Assistant Professor of Law at Duquesne University School of Law, was a featured speaker at the Artificial Intelligence and Law Virtual Symposium recently hosted by the West Virginia University College of Law, where she gave the symposium's foundational lecture, "Artificial Intelligence: A Framework for Legal Understanding."  

Christopher Schott, JD ‘05    

Latham & Watkins is pleased to announce that Christopher H. Schott has joined the firm's Washington, DC, office as a partner in the Corporate Department and member of the Healthcare & Life Sciences Practice. Mr. Schott is a leading practitioner in the area of drug price reporting and regularly counsels pharmaceutical clients on a variety of healthcare, compliance, and regulatory matters, primarily related to the Medicaid, Medicare, and 340B drug pricing programs. He brings significant experience advising pharmaceutical manufacturers in connection with price reporting and other compliance obligations under the Medicaid, Medicare, and 340B drug pricing programs, which includes supporting the entire product lifecycle, from pre-launch considerations, to commercialization and contracting strategies, to decisions around authorized generics and line extensions. He also regularly advises clients in connection with pricing methodology audits and interactions with federal regulators. 

Jordan Segal, JD ‘08    
Jordan Segal is now with Maddin, Hauser, Roth & Heller.

Bryan Nese, JD ‘09    
Bryan C. Nese was recently promoted to Partner in the Washington, DC, law firm of Mayer Brown. His specialty is in the practice of patent law.   

Michael Ansell, JD ‘10    
Brach Eichler is pleased to announce the promotion of Michael Ansell to Counsel in the firm's Litigation Practices. Mr. Ansell focuses his practice on business, commercial, and general litigation and has conducted numerous jury and bench trials in both New Jersey and New York. He has experience litigating a wide range of matters including employment-related disputes, personal injury claims, commercial lease disputes, class actions, Consumer Fraud Act claims, corporate/shareholder disputes, intellectual property litigation, estate disputes, legal malpractice claims, and secured property actions.  

Charles C. Calloway, Jr., JD ‘12    
Charles C. Calloway, Jr. has been named Partner at Chapman and Cutler in their Corporate Finance Department. Mr. Calloway's practice includes representation of financial institutions and other strategic investors with domestic and international direct placements of debt and equity securities in secured and unsecured financings, including but not limited to REITs, public utilities, venture capital, project finance, hedge and equity funds, and general corporate financings. His experience also includes an active sports finance practice where he has represented the term note purchasers in league-wide financings for the National Football League and Major League Baseball. Mr. Calloway has also represented the term note purchasers in a number of high-profile stadium financings. He currently serves on the firm's Diversity Committee and is a founding member of the firm's Black Attorneys Business Resource Group. 

John Formella, JD ‘12    

John Formella, formerly the legal counsel in Gov. Chris Sununu's office, is now New Hampshire’s attorney general. Mr. Formella has been legal counsel in Gov. Sununu's office since the governor took office in January 2017. He was previously an attorney at Pierce Atwood.

Evan Minsberg, JD ‘12    
Evan Minsberg has been elected to the partnership of Venable in New York, where he is a leading corporate finance lawyer, counseling a wide variety of financial sector lenders, lead generators, payments companies, fintech platforms, and other financial services providers on product development, regulatory, and transactional issues. Mr. Minsberg routinely assists companies in understanding and obtaining necessary licenses and approvals to conduct mortgage, personal and commercial lending, lead generation and brokering, collections, credit sale, and money transmitter activities at both the state and federal levels. He will also join the GW Law in New York program as a mentor.

Kirsten Kube, JD ‘15    
Kirsten Kube has joined Fox Rothschild LLP in Denver as an associate in the Litigation Department. Ms. Kube represents individuals and businesses in litigation involving real estate, contract breaches, shareholder breakups, environmental law, and toxic torts. She has also handled regulatory and white-collar defense matters and internal investigations involving a range of issues including securities law, international trade, and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

Nicolas Sabet, JD ‘18    
Nicolas Sabet is moving his practice from K&L Gates in Washington, DC, to Greenberg Traurig in Northern Virginia, where he will continue his corporate and venture capital work.

George Hornedo, JD ‘19    
Ice Miller has added attorney George Hornedo as an associate in its Public Affairs Group in their Washington, DC, office. Mr. Hornedo most recently served as a consultant with the Obama Foundation. He previously served as Senior Policy Advisor at Let America Vote, on the Outreach and Engagement team for the pre-elect Clinton-Kaine Transition Project, and on the delegates team at Hillary for America. He started his career as a political appointee in the Obama administration, where he served as a communications aide at the U.S. Department of Justice.

Arielle Stephenson, JD ‘20    
Arielle Stephenson is now an associate attorney at Mitchell Sandler. Her practice centers on financial services regulation, enforcement, and litigation.

Raffi Teperdjian, JD ‘20    
Raffi Teperdjian was honored with the Loevinger Prize by the editors of Jurimetrics, The Journal of Law Science and Technology for his article "The Puzzle of Squaring Blockchain with the General Data Protection Regulation."  The article's preliminary sections provide an overview of blockchain technology distinguishing the variations between centralized and decentralized data governance models, and also summarizes relevant portions of the General Data Protection Regulation. The remainder and primary focus of the article addresses the regulatory conflicts caused by blockchain data governance model variations in the context of European Union privacy law and EU regulators failures to add
ress them.

In Memoriam

William R. Kearney, JD '51 
William R. Kearney "Bill" passed away at age 96 on February 21, 2021. During World War II, he served in the Navy as a rescue swimmer where he saved numerous downed American fighter pilots. After the war, Mr. Kearney had his own law practice in Rockville, MD. He also served in the Army Reserve JAG Corps and rose to the rank of colonel. He proudly ended his law career as an administrative law judge for the Defense Department. He enjoyed being legal counsel for the Rockville Volunteer Fire Department where he was made an honorary member. 

Vaden S. Pitts, JD ‘52, LLM '53
Vaden Pitts of Port Saint Lucie, FL passed away on January 16, 2021, at age 97. He served in the Army Air Force during World War II and was a member of the 457th Bomb Group, flying 33 missions over Europe. He practiced law in Washington, DC. 

William C. Hise, JD '54
William Curt Hise, Colonel USAF (Ret.), of Arlington, VA passed away on February 11, 2021. Mr. Hise served in World War II and the Korean War and also joined and served in the DC National Guard (Air Force). 

Robert M. Lucy, JD '54
Robert M. Lucy, passed away on January 20, 2021, at the age of 94. He received an appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy where he graduated in three years in 1947. Commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps, he completed overseas deployments in China, Korea, Okinawa, the Dominican Republic, and Vietnam. He would continue to serve in both infantry and legal posts. Retiring as a colonel after 27 years of service, he served his last position as the legal advisor and legislative assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Thomas Moorer. Among other awards, he received the Legion of Merit and Bronze Star. After retirement from the Marine Corps, he began a second 24-year career as a partner at Bryan Cave law firm in St. Louis, MO where he did corporate litigation and mentored many young lawyers. He retired for the second time at the age of 72. 

Edgar Bellinger, JD '55
Edgar Thomson Bellinger of Oxford, MD passed away on March 31, 2021, at age 91. After law school, he served as Law Clerk to the Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for District of Columbia. He then served as Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia. After leaving government service, he joined the firm of Pope, Ballard, and Loos and later the firm of Zuckert, Scoutt, and Rasenberger, before starting his own firm in Easton, MD.

Ralph S. Kendall, LLB '56
Ralph S. Kendall, 93, passed away on Sunday, February 21, 2021, in Grand Rapids, MI. He served in Japan as a radio repairman for the US Army in the aftermath of World War II. He spent his career working as a patent examiner for the United States Patent and Trademark Office in Washington, DC. 

Melvin Struthers, Jr., JD ‘56
Melvin "Mel" Struthers Jr. passed away on January 4, 2021. During the Korean War, he served in the United States Army in Germany. After leaving subsequent government positions, including a stint as an investigator for the Small Business Administration, Mr. Struthers settled in Cedar Rapids, where he helped establish the First Small Business Loan Co. in Eastern Iowa, and then became the in-house counsel for a consortium of financial institutions. 

William Mammarella, JD '57    
William Carmen Mammarella, 92, died at his Bethany Beach, DE home Friday, February 26, 2021. After his Army service as a first lieutenant in the 50th Anti Aircraft Artillery AW Battalion in Korea, he earned his law degree via the GI Bill, which led to 30 years at federal agencies, including Health Education & Welfare where his team enforced school desegregation, and the Interstate Commerce Commission.  

Peter S. Taylor, BBL '62
Peter Sargent Taylor passed away on December 24, 2020, in Arlington County, VA. After graduating from GW Law, Mr. Taylor joined the law firm of Friedman & Lipschultz where he was in private practice for several years, before joining the federal government. In 1971, he began working at the U.S. Department of the Interior and became involved in Native American affairs. He initially worked in the Office of the Solicitor, U.S. Department of the Interior as the Co-Director of the Indian Civil Rights Task Force. In 1975, Mr. Taylor was recruited to work on the American Indian Policy Review Commission (AIPRC), a Joint Congressional Commission established to study federal Indian policy and law. Within the AIPRC, he acted as the Chairman of the Task Force on Indian Law Revision, Consolidation, and Codification. In 1977, Mr. Taylor began working on the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Indian Affairs. He worked on the Committee on Indian Affairs in the capacity of Special Counsel, General Counsel, Senior Counsel, and Staff Director. After his retirement from federal government service, Mr. Taylor became a member of the Ducheneaux, Taylor & Assoc. lobbying firm.

Kenneth G. Preston, JD '63
Kenneth George Preston, Jr., age 88, passed away in Akron, OH on Friday, February 19, 2021. While working for the US Patent Office and Department of the Navy in Washington, DC, he graduated from GW Law. He worked in the law offices of Hupp Corp and Eaton Corp and then served as Vice President, Senior Counsel, and Chief Patent Counsel for TRW Inc. in Cleveland, OH. In 1990, Mr. Preston joined the University of South Florida in Tampa, FL as Director of Technology Transfer. In 2001, he moved back to Ohio to join the University of Akron as the Associate Vice President for Research and Director of Technology Transfer for the University of Akron, as well as the Vice President and Executive Director of the University of Akron Research Foundation where he remained. 

Kim Lay Tjoa, MA of Comp Law Foreign Practice '64
Kim Lay Tjoa, 83, passed away on February 28, 2021, in Seattle, WA. 

Leon Choate, Jr., JD '65
Leon Choate Jr, 80, of New York City, passed away on March 19, 2021. Mr. Choate spent the majority of his legal career as a partner at Putney Twombley, prior to founding Choate and Seletski upon his retirement. 

Ross F. Hunt, Jr., LLB '66
Ross Franklin Hunt Jr. passed away on January 27, 2021. He worked at the US Patent and Trademark Office and later practiced intellectual property law. Mr. Hunt was a partner at the law firm Larson and Taylor, which later merged to become Stites and Harbison in Old Town Alexandria. 

Anthony J. Diamond, LLB '66
Anthony J Diamond passed away on December 29, 2020. He served with the US Army Intelligence in Vietnam. He was named a Reginald Heber fellow and worked with Legal Services before opening Diamond & Diamond with his sister where he practiced until his retirement. Mr. Diamond practiced law for over 35 years, with the majority of time spent practicing Workers' Compensation and Personal Injury Law. 

Edward A. Greene, LLB '67
Edward Greene passed away on March 27, 2021. After serving in the US Navy, Mr. Greene joined the second class of Peace Corps Volunteers in 1962. He worked for the Department of Treasury, the US Export-Import Bank, the First National Bank of Chicago, Bankers Trust, and First Washington Associates supporting international development projects. 

Alan Kosloff, JD '71    
Alan Marshall Kosloff, passed away at age 74 on Sunday, March 7, 2021. Before entering private practice in 1981, Mr. Kosloff served as Staff Attorney to the United States Environmental Protection Agency; General Counsel to the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection; Acting Director of Solid Waste Management for the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection; and Assistant Attorney General, State of Connecticut. He taught at the University of Connecticut School of Law and was the Director of the Energy and Environmental Law Practice Clinic. He was a member of the Executive Committee of the Environmental Law Section of the Connecticut Bar Association and the Chairman of the Bristol Property Renewal Corporation. While in private practice, he assisted clients in a variety of areas, including compliance, litigation, and transactional work, notably championing alternate energy production and shepherding the Oxford Energy Tires to Energy project. 

Herbert Howard Mintz, JD '71
Herbert Howard Mintz passed away on February 27, 2021, at 74. Mr. Mintz served as a law clerk to a federal appellate judge before joining the patent law firm of Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett and Dunner. He spent his entire career practicing patent litigation, including an appearance before the United States Supreme Court. Mr. Mintz also was a composer of many children and adult musicals along with his dear friend and creative partner, Frank DiCostanzo (Joan) who wrote the book and lyrics. 

Oscar Clayton Lilienstern, LLM '72
O. Clayton "Clay" Lilienstern of Bellaire, TX passed away January 11, 2021, at the age of 77. He served in the US Army for four years, as Captain, Judge Advocate General's Corps. During his posting to the Pentagon, Mr. Lilienstern received an LLM degree from George Washington University. He began his civilian legal career with Andrews Kurth LLP. During his tenure with Andrews Kurth, Mr. Lilienstern worked on many complex litigation cases, including the Howard Hughes estate case for which he would eventually appear before the United States Supreme Court. After helping lead Andrews Kurth for 25 years, he co-founded Hicks Thomas & Lilienstern LLP in 1997. Mr. Lilienstern began a second career as an educator at Episcopal High School in Houston, where he served as a history and economics teacher and Assistant Head of School. He then became Head of School for University School of Jackson in Jackson, TN. After returning to Bellaire, Mr. Lilienstern continued to serve, this time as a member of the Harris County Appraisal Review Board. 

Lester Cannain, LLM '73  
Lester C. Cannain of Albuquerque, NM passed away January 2, 2021. He spent 20 years in the US Air Force and retired as a Major in 1986. Afterward, he practiced primarily contract law in Albuquerque for 15 years. 

Carol Judith Neustadt, JD '74
Carol Judith Neustadt, 76, of Tall Timbers, MD passed away on January 12, 2021. Ms. Neustadt attended night classes at George Washington University Law School receiving a JD in 1974, where she earned membership in the Order of the Coif. She worked for 35 years at the Federal Maritime Commission. 

Stephen R. Walker, JD '75
Stephen Russell Walker passed away on February 25, 2021, in California. 

Stephen D Johnson, JD '76
Stephen Decatur Johnson of Takoma Park, MD passed away on February 23, 2021. He worked for the Department of Commerce, doing immigration law and then family law with his partner/wife of 40 years, Deborah Luxenberg. 

John T. Westermeier, Jr., LLM '78
On Tuesday, December 22, 2020, John Thomas "Jay" Westermeier passed away at his home in Williamsburg, VA. Mr. Westermeier served his country dutifully and honorably for close to 40 years in the Army and Army Reserves, retiring with the rank of Colonel in 2001. He served two tours of duty in Vietnam, receiving the Bronze Star along with other decorations. In his 41 years of professional service as a lawyer, Mr. Westermeier was an accomplished author; public speaker, both in the United States and overseas; and expert witness on intellectual property legal matters. After serving as a partner in his own private law practice for several years, Mr. Westermeier was a partner in various law firms in the Washington DC area, eventually retiring from practice in 2015.   

Lee M Kutner, JD '80
Lee Moss Kutner, 65, of Denver, CO passed away on December 18, 2020. Mr. Kutner became the primary shareholder in Kutner Brinen, PC where he enjoyed 37 years practicing corporate reorganization and bankruptcy law with his partner and friend Jeff Brinen. He pushed the practice of bankruptcy law forward, setting precedent, speaking at conferences, and publishing chapters in respected legal texts.