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Alumni Newsmakers

The 1960s

Harold F. “Rick” Boardman, JD ’64, joined Global Emergency Group in Middleburg, Va., as general counsel. In his new role, Boardman works with the management team to develop strategies and policies that support business goals. He previously served as general counsel to leading pharmaceutical companies in the French Rhone-Poulenc Group and the Swiss Roche Group.

John Holden, JD ’68, was listed in the 2010 edition of The Best Lawyers in America and was also named a “2009 Texas Super Lawyer” by Texas Monthly magazine. Holden is a partner practicing energy and international law in the Dallas office of Jackson Walker.

U.S. District Judge Daniel T.K. Hurley, JD ’68, was elected to senior status on Feb. 24, 2009. Hurley was nominated for the federal bench by President Bill Clinton in 1994 and served 19 years as a state judge before his nomination. He says he intends to continue serving the Southern District of Florida as a senior judge.

Kenneth Latimer, JD ’69, was listed in the 2009 Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. Latimer specializes in banking and finance law in the Chicago office of Duane Morris.

The 1970s

The Hon. Edward G. Rendell, governor of Pennsylvania, announced the appointment of S. David Fineman, JD ’70, to the Independent Regulatory Review Commission. Fineman previously served as a member of the Philadelphia Planning Commission, a member of Gov. Rendell’s transition team, and a member of former Mayor W. Wilson Goode’s transition team in 1987. He was appointed by President Barack Obama as one of nine governors of the U.S. Postal Service. Fineman is a senior partner at Fineman, Krekstein & Harris in Philadelphia and Cherry Hill, N.J.

Robert S. Milligan, JD ’71, was elected chairman of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce board of directors. Milligan previously served on the board as vice chairman. Milligan is chairman of M.I. Industries, in Lincoln, Neb., an animal and meat protein processing company. Milligan and his wife, Cynthia Hardin Milligan, have been married 41 years and have nine children and eight grandchildren.

Thomas G. Mancuso, LLM ’72, was recognized in The Best Lawyers in America 2010 edition. Mancuso practices corporate law, securities law, and tax law at the Birmingham, Ala., office of Haskell Slaughter.

The Dallas trial law firm Rose Walker announced the addition of intellectual property attorney John Pinkerton, LLM ’73, as partner. Pinkerton was previously partner in the intellectual property section of Gardere Wynne Sewell.

Robert D. Cohan, JD ’74, joined the New England Region of the Jewish National Fund as Boston regional president. Cohan is a litigator with Cohan Rasnick Myerson in Boston and is also owner and in-house counsel for the Kabloom Flowers family of companies. He resides in Newton, Mass., with his wife, Phuli Cohan; they have six children.

John D. Ellis Jr., MS ’73, LLM ’74, was appointed by Texas Gov. Rick Perry to serve as one of seven members on the Texas Medical Board for terms expiring in April 2015. Ellis also serves as chairman of John Ellis and Associates and is the current consul general for the Republic of Malta. He is a past foreign trial observer for the Federal Republic of Germany.

Robert Fulton, JD ’74, moderated the 2009 Mutual Fund Directors Forum Workshop in Sanibel Island, Fla. The workshop panels addressed the responsibilities of mutual fund directors for oversight of investment advisers to their funds, especially in light of recent financial market developments.

William Jay Hunter Jr., JD ’74, was recognized in the 2010 edition of The Best Lawyers in America for his work in antitrust law. Hunter heads the antitrust practice group of Stoll Keenon Ogden, a 170-lawyer firm in Louisville, Lexington, Henderson, and Frankfort, Ky.

Robert K. Jenkins Jr., JD ’74, was elected to the New Markets Tax Credits Coalition board of directors. Jenkins previously served as an attorney with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and later served as associate general counsel for real estate of the YMCA of the USA and president and chief executive officer of the District of Columbia Development Corp.

Stanley A. Millan, LLM ’74, received the U.S. Green Building Council Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design accredited professional certification, becoming one of only a few LEED AP-credentialed attorneys in Louisiana. Millan’s practice includes air, water, and waste regulation, environmental compliance counseling, and contracts and defense. Millan is an attorney at Jones Walker and teaches environmental law and government contracts law at both Tulane University Law School and Loyola University New Orleans College of Law.

Linda Ravdin, JD ’74, and coauthor Marcia C. Fidis published their new book, Premarital and Domestic Partnership Agreements, through The Maryland Institute for Continuing Professional Education of Lawyers. The book is intended for estate planners, divorce lawyers, and business attorneys who may be called on to advise their clients about a premarital or domestic partner agreement. Both Ravdin and Fidis are partners in the Bethesda, Md., law firm Pasternak & Fidis.

Steven M. Goldman, JD ’76, joined Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel as partner in the corporate department. Goldman previously served as the state of New Jersey’s Department of Banking and Insurance commissioner. He serves on the dean’s board of advisors for The George Washington University Law School and the Finance Committee for the New Jersey Performing Arts Center.

Danny Huntington, JD ’76, joined intellectual property firm Rothwell, Figg, Ernst & Manbeck in Washington, D.C. Huntington is formerly of Bingham McCutchen and brings extensive experience in interferences, re-examinations, and other proceedings in the U.S. Patent Office, as well as considerable international experience. He is the president of the Fédération Internationale des Conseils en Propriété Industrielle, a worldwide organization of intellectual property attorneys.

Director of Chicago-Kent’s Institute for Law and the Workplace, Martin H. Malin, JD ’76, was appointed by President Barack Obama as a member of the Federal Services Impasses Panel. Malin recently completed a three-year term on the National Academy of Arbitrators’ board of governors and is a fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. He also serves on the executive committee of the Labor Law Group and is a past chair of the Association of American Law School’s section on labor relations and employment law. He has been a member of the Chicago Kent faculty since 1980.

Dianne Elderkin, JD ’78, a partner at Philadelphia IP firm Woodcock Washburn, has been recognized by AmLaw Litigation Daily for her impressive trial success for the largest patent verdict in history on June 29, 2009. Elderkin’s partner on this case was Steven D. Maslowski, JD ’99.

Stephen G. Burns, JD ’78, was named general counsel of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission after serving as deputy general counsel since 1998. The Office of the General Counsel provides legal advice to the NRC, which specializes in dealing with nuclear safety and oversight of the nation’s nuclear arsenal. Burns is a former editor of The George Washington Law Review.

Michael S. Mitchell, LLM ’79, was recognized in the 2010 edition of The Best Lawyers in America for his work in labor and employment law. Mitchell is a partner in the New Orleans office of Fisher & Phillips.

The Dallas-based firm Godwin Ronquillo, under the leadership of chief operating officer and managing shareholder Marcos Ronquillo, JD ’79, has been selected by the Texas Diversity Council as a 2009 corporate division DiversityFIRST award winner in recognition of the firm’s diversity and inclusion advocacy. Ronquillo was also featured as one of the “Extraordinary Minorities in Texas Law” in the Sept. 28, 2009, issue of Texas Lawyer.

Susan Tomasky, JD ’79, was elected a director of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland. She is president of AEP Transmission for the American Electric Power Co. Inc. Tomasky is also a member of the board of the Columbus Regional Airport Authority, the Mount Carmel Health Systems, and the Columbus School for Girls.

The 1980s

Professor Steve Schooner (left) rides with seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong during the race.

Racing to Fight Cancer

Steve Schooner, LLM ’89, associate professor of law and co-director of the government procurement law program, finished the LiveSTRONG Challenge this fall in Austin, Texas, to honor his dad, Murray Schooner, MS ’74, who is battling pancreatic cancer. Mr. Schooner completed the 90-mile bicycle ride on Oct. 25 with a team of seven other bicyclists from northern Virginia.

For the long-distance cycling challenge, Mr. Schooner collected more than $20,000 in donations—and his team raised over $36,000—for the Lance Armstrong Foundation and the fight against cancer, a disease that has touched him personally. In addition to his father’s battle, Mr. Schooner lost his mother to secondary bone cancer and breast cancer, and his sister survived breast cancer. Mr. Schooner also survived testicular cancer. To train for the event, Mr. Schooner biked to and from GW from his home in northern Virginia, putting extra miles in on weekends and whenever he could.

Beth (Christman) Heideman, JD ’80, was inducted as a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers in October. She is a co-founder and managing partner in the Wilmington, Del., law firm Casarino, Christman, Shalk, Ransome and Doss.

Maureen Hailey, JD ’80, joined the Law Offices of Rhonda Hill Wilson, bringing more than 25 years of experience in complex litigation matters to the personal injury law firm. Previously a trial attorney specializing in insurance defense, Hailey is also a certified arbitrator who is regularly called upon by the Philadelphia County Courts of Common Pleas.

Andru Volinsky, JD ’80, published a blog post on the New Hampshire Business Review Web site. His post focuses on information learned in his GW Law evidence class taught by Professor Seidelson. The blog can be found at

Michael K. Feinberg, JD ’81, was selected for inclusion in the New Jersey Super Lawyers list for 2010 as an outstanding lawyer in the estate planning and probate practice area. Feinberg is a tax, trusts, and estates department partner at Greenbaum, Rowe, Smith & Davis.

Marjorie Krumholz, JD ’81, was named to the 2010 edition of Best Lawyers in America. Krumholz practices maritime law in the Washington, D.C., office of Thompson Coburn.

Eric Breslin, JD ’82, was named a fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America. Breslin, a partner in the trial practice group of Duane Morris in Newark, N.J., was selected based upon effectiveness and accomplishments in litigation both at the trial and appellate levels and superior ethical reputation.

Bruce D. Friedberg, JD ’83, was appointed to the Hudson Valley Bank’s business development board. Friedberg is a partner at the New York City law firm Friedberg Cohen Coleman & Pinkas, which specializes in residential and commercial real estate.

Michael Gottfried, JD ’83, was named to the 2009 rankings of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. Gottfried specializes in intellectual property law in the Boston office of Duane Morris.

Dennis J. LeVine, JD ’83, was selected to the board of directors of the American Bankruptcy Institute, the nation’s largest insolvency association. LeVine practices bankruptcy and collection law in Tampa, Fla.

Patrick J. Pascarella, JD ’83, joined Tucker Ellis & West as a partner in the firm’s Cleveland office and will head up its antitrust efforts. Pascarella formerly served as chief antitrust counsel for AT&T.

Kristin Larson, JD ’84, was appointed by Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty to the district court bench. Larson is seated in Anoka County, part of the Minneapolis/St. Paul metropolitan area. She says she enjoys the variety in her work as a trial court judge.

Steven L. Abrams, JD ’85, was appointed by Florida Gov. Charlie Crist to fill a vacancy on the Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners. Abrams previously served as mayor of Boca Raton, Fla., and is a partner at Rothstein Rosenfeldt Adler.

John D. Hodson, JD ’85, was elected chairman of the California state bar’s family law section and executive committee. A certified family law specialist, Hodson has served as the managing partner of Hodson & Mullin for 18 years.

James Nagle, LLM ’81, SJD ’86, joined the global engineering and construction group JAMS and will be based in the JAMS Seattle Resolution Center. Nagle is renowned for his expertise in federal contracting, particularly in the area of construction contracts. He is a partner with the law firm Oles Morrison Rinker & Baker. He is additionally a fellow and member of the board of governors for the American College of Construction Lawyers.

In May, Elizabeth Price, BA ’83, JD ’86, was awarded the Liberty Bell Award, an award from the Atlanta Bar Association that recognizes community service that has strengthened the American system of freedom under law.

Bruce Sewell, JD ’86, is Apple’s new general counsel and senior vice president. Sewell previously held the same title at Intel Corp. He works in legal and government affairs for Apple and reports directly to company co-founder Steve Jobs.

Dirk D. Thomas, JD ’86, an intellectual property litigator, joined the Washington, D.C., office of McKool Smith. Thomas was formerly with the Washington, D.C., firm Dewey & LaBoeuf where he served as co-chairman of the firm’s intellectual property litigation group. He focuses his practice on intellectual property litigation with an emphasis on cases involving computer technology and medical device patents.

Brian Kerwin, JD ’89, was named to the 2009 rankings of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. Kerwin specializes in banking and finance, and private equity law in the Chicago office of Duane Morris.

Joy Solomon, JD ’89, serves as director and managing attorney of the Weinberg Center, the first and only comprehensive elder abuse shelter in the United States. The goal of the center is to return victims home safely or to find other long term housing solutions. Previously, Solomon spent nearly 10 years at the Manhattan District Attorney’s office prosecuting child abuse, domestic violence, and elder abuse cases.

The 1990s

Brad Pomerance, JD ’90, received his second Emmy nomination from the Los Angeles branch of the Academy of Television Arts & Science for his work as the host of Local Edition, CNN Headline News for Time Warner Cable in Los Angeles. He received his first nomination in 2007 for hosting and producing a television program about the revitalization of Hollywood.

Gregory G. Garre, JD ’91, joined the Washington, D.C., office of Latham & Watkins as a partner in the litigation department and as global chair of the firm’s Supreme Court and appellate practice group. Garre previously served as the 44th solicitor general of the United States. Garre also served as principal deputy solicitor general and acting solicitor general prior to his nomination as solicitor general. Garre has argued 27 cases before the Supreme Court and, after leaving the Justice Department in January 2009, he taught constitutional law and Supreme Court practice as a visiting professor at GW Law School following a decade teaching on an adjunct basis. He was GW Law School’s 2009 Commencement speaker.

Robert A. Auchter, BA ’89, JD ’93, an intellectual property litigator, joined the Washington, D.C., office of McKool Smith. Auchter, formerly of Dewey & LeBoeuf, handles intellectual property litigation and commercial litigation for a variety of public and private companies and individuals.

Michael Kennedy, JD ’93, was elected to a position on the Vermont Bar Association’s board of managers. He was also appointed to the board of bar examiners by the Vermont Supreme Court. Kennedy lives in Burlington, Vt.

John Charles Kunich, LLM ’93, published his sixth book, Cubs Fans’ Leadership Secrets: Learning to Win From a “Cursed” Team’s Errors (Parkhurst Brothers, 2009). Kunich’s book focuses on becoming a successful leader by studying and avoiding the mistakes made by the Chicago Cubs. He is a law professor and leadership specialist at the Charlotte School of Law.

Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2009 recognized Lowell D. Salesin, JD ’93, an attorney at Southfield, Mich.,-based Maddin, Hauser, Wartell, Roth & Heller, for his vast experience in a variety of real estate issues, including finance, lending, and construction. Additionally, he was selected for inclusion in the 2010 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

David Hosp, JD ’94, wrote a new book, Among Thieves (Grand Central Publishing, 2010), which is based on the largest real-life art theft in history. The theft, estimated at half a billion dollars, took place in Boston nearly 20 years ago and has never been solved. Hosp blends fact and fiction in the novel. Hosp’s 2007 novel, Innocence, was a Boston Globe best-seller.

Jason M. Weinstein, JD ’94, was chosen to serve as deputy assistant attorney general in the Justice Department’s criminal division. Weinstein previously served as special investigative counsel in the Justice Department’s Office of the Inspector General and as assistant U.S. attorney in the Southern District of New York.

Sharon Crane, JD ’95, joined the firm of Rothwell, Figg, Ernst & Manbeck. Crane was previously a member of Bingham McCutchen. She is also a member of the Fédération Internationale des Conseils en Propriété Industrille.

Katayun I. Jaffari, JD ’95, was named one of the Philadelphia Business Journal’s “40 under 40.” Jaffari, a partner in the Philadelphia office of Saul Ewing, has a diversified practice in the area of business law covering a broad range of matters including board counseling, securities, corporate governance, and mergers and acquisitions. She also writes and lectures in the areas of corporate governance and securities law.

Brian Kamoie, JD ’96, MPH ’97, was named senior director for preparedness policy on the White House National Security staff. Kamoie is also a senior fellow in GW’s Homeland Security Policy Institute and a professorial lecturer in the School of Public Health and Health Services.

Robert P. Attai, JD ’97, joined the Denver office of Husch Blackwell Sanders as a partner in the securities/mergers and acquisitions department. Attai was previously a partner at Otten Johnson Robinson Neff & Ragonetti. Before practicing law, Attai held various positions with the U.S. Department of State and Office of the Secretary of Defense in Washington, D.C.

Louisiana Appleseed Executive Director Christy Kane, JD ’97, was named to the Louisiana Supreme Court Pro Se Litigant Task Force by Chief Justice Catherine D. Kimball. Prior to joining Louisiana Appleseed, Kane practiced law from 1997 until 2008 as a class action litigator at Adams and Reese.

Michael S. Levine, JD ’97, joined the New York firm Kleinberg, Kaplan, Wolff and Cohen as of counsel in its corporate practice. Levine advises hedge funds and other financial institutions in analyzing bankruptcy filings and credit and
loan agreements.

Andres Benach, JD ’98, was named to the 2009 rankings of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. Benach specializes in immigration law in the Washington, D.C., office of Duane Morris.

Carl A. Kukkonen III, JD ’98, a member in the intellectual property section and energy and clean tech practice group in the San Diego office of Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, was named to San Diego Metropolitan’s 2009 “40 Under 40” list. Kukkonen is a board member of the new nonprofit membership organization CleanTECH San Diego, where he serves as chair of the San Diego office’s entry level hiring committee. He is also on the board of the MIT Enterprise forum.

Regina A. DeMeo, JD ’98, was elected president of Collaborative Divorce Association Inc. in September and announced her merger with the firm Joseph, Greenwald & Laake in Rockville, Md. DeMeo will continue to focus her practice on collaborative divorce, mediation, and family law.

Joshua A. Ulman, JD ’98, joined Jackson & Campbell’s Washington, D.C., office as counsel to the firm’s business law and employment law groups. Ulman is the founder of Ulman Public Policy & Federal Relations. He also served as director of labor law policy at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Steven D. Maslowski, JD ’99, partnered with Dianne Elderkin, JD ’78, on the trial team for the largest patent verdict in U.S. history on June 29, 2009. Maslowski is a partner at Philadelphia IP firm Woodcock Washburn.

The 2000s

Heather Fish Daglieri, JD ’00, and her husband, Steve, welcomed their first child on March 23, 2009. Paula Roberta Daglieri weighed 9 pounds and 8 ounces.

Kahiga Tiagha, JD ’00, announced the formation of Gonzales Tiagha, a new Philadelphia law firm she co-founded with Peter J. Gonzales in June. Tiagha will continue to practice corporate and real estate law, while Gonzales will focus on immigration law.

Debra A. D’Agostino, JD ’01, joined the Washington, D.C., firm Tully Rinckey as a senior associate attorney. D’Agostino focuses her practice on federal sector labor and employment law. Prior to joining Tully Rinckey, she served as an associate with Passman & Kaplan.

The paper, “Video Software Dealers Association v. Schwarzenegger: A Rising Ninth Circuit Case on the Constitutionality of States’ Regulation of Minors’ Access to Violent Video Games,” written by Emile Loza, JD ’01, was published in The Computer and Internet Lawyer. The paper has been named to Social Science Research Network’s top 10 list for constitutional issues. Loza is the founding attorney of Technology Law Group located in Boise, Idaho.

Adam M. Myron, JD ’02, was elected to a two-year term on the Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division Board of Governors. Myron is an associate at Richman Greer and is a resident of Palm Beach County.

Michael Splete, JD ’02, gained accreditation by the U.S. Green Building Council as a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design accredited professional. The LEED accreditation distinguishes building professionals with the knowledge and skills to successfully steward the LEED certification process. Splete is an associate at Duane Morris in Philadelphia.

Leila Narvid, JD ’03, was named one of Northern California’s “Rising Stars” for 2009. Narvid is an attorney at Payne & Fears in San Francisco.

Matthew Baskir, JD ’04, has joined the Washington, D.C., office of Anderson Kill & Olick as an insurance recovery attorney. Baskir focuses his practice on commercial litigation and insurance recovery and is experienced in complex commercial, tort, and business litigation.

John N. Sharifi, LLM ’05, co-wrote two scholarly articles. The first article challenges the constitutionality of the federal death penalty procedure and was published in the Akron Law Review in November 2009. Sharifi’s second article explores the nexus between an obscure Supreme Court decision and wrongful convictions and will be published in April 2010 by Georgetown Law’s American Criminal Law Review.

Taria McAfee, JD ’06, an attorney with the Federal Aviation Administration, was awarded the Mike Mansfield Fellowship. McAfee will begin one year of full-time Japanese language and area studies training in the Washington, D.C., area followed by a year in Japan gaining practical experience in the Japanese government.

Jessica L. Warren, JD ’08, joined Tucker Ellis & West as an associate in the Cleveland office, where she is a member of the trial department. She focuses her practice on medical and pharmaceutical liability.

Blaine R. Blood, LLM ’09, joined the Louisville, Ky., office of Greenebaum Doll & McDonald as an associate. Blood is a member of the firm’s labor and employment practice group and has experience litigating a variety of cases, as well as finding solutions to legal problems in alternative formats, such as negotiation and mediation.

Ryan T. Costa, JD ’09, joined the Wilmington, Del., firm Potter Anderson & Corroon in its corporate group. Costa was editor of the George Washington International Law Review and a member of the International Law Society.

Daniel R. Suvor, JD ’09, was appointed by President Barack Obama to the position of special assistant to the general counsel at the Department of Health and Human Services.

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