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Name: Andrew V. Wolkiewicz
Class Year: 2016
Class Note: Andrew V. Wolkiewicz (LLM-Tax) joined Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale PC as an associate. Wolkiewicz works in the Trusts and Estates Practice Group. He previously was an associate at Thompson Coburn LLP in Belleville, Illinois, and at Boggs, Avellino, Lach & Boggs LLC in St. Louis.

Name: Alec Moen
Class Year: 2015
Class Note: Alec Moen joined Doster Ullom & Boyle LLC’s Business Law Group as an associate. Moen will work with the firm’s Real Estate, Business Law and Wealth Management Groups.

Name: Sara G. Neill
Class Year: 2015
Class Note: Sara G. Neill (LLM-tax), chair of the Civil & Criminal Tax Controversy and Litigation Practice Group and a shareholder at Capes, Sokol, Goodman & Sarachan PC, was appointed by The Missouri Bar Board of Governors to the Study Commission on State Tax Policy. The commission is charged with making a detailed study of Missouri tax structure. Neill focuses her practice on both civil and criminal tax controversies.

Name: Alexia Noble
Class Year: 2015
Class Note: Alexia Noble joined Polsinelli PC as an associate in the firm’s office in Kansas City, Missouri. Noble specializes in employee benefits and executive compensation.

Name: Brian Zaldivar
Class Year: 2015
Class Note: Brian Zaldivar has been hired as an associate at Danna McKitrick PC in St. Louis. Zaldivar is a member of the Transactional Law Group, assisting clients with matters related to business transactions and estate planning. He is a member of the U.S. Army Reserves and has additional experience related to corporate law, real estate, homeowner associations and community management associations, and discovery.

Name: Xu Zhenliang
Class Year: 2015
Class Note: Zhenliang Xu has been hired by Credit Suisse in New York as a regulatory attorney. He is working on derivatives contracts, repurchase agreements, and prime brokerage documentation.

Name: Shane Chapman
Class Year: 2014
Class Note: Shane Chapman joined Brown & James PC as an associate in the Belleville, Illinois, office. He focuses his practice on toxic torts, products liability, and construction law issues.

Name: Garrett Hausman
Class Year: 2014
Class Note: Garrett Hausman joined Patterson Intellectual Property Law PC in Nashville, Tennessee, as an associate. His practice focuses on the protection of inventions in the mechanical engineering field.

Name: Angela S. McQuage
Class Year: 2014
Class Note: Angela S. McQuage (LLM-IPTL) is an associate attorney with Blake Law Group PC in Belleville, Illinois. McQuage focuses her practice on family law, divorce, guardianships, estates and trusts, litigation, and general practice.

Name: Emily B. Ottenson
Class Year: 2014
Class Note: Emily Ottenson was honored by the University of Missouri-Columbia Black Law Students Association at its annual banquet for her contribution to the group’s mock trial program. Ottenson is an Assistant Attorney General in the Litigation Division of the Missouri Attorney General’s Office in Columbia.

Name: Jessica Schmit
Class Year: 2014
Class Note: Jessica Schmit joined HeplerBroom LLC in the St. Louis office as an associate attorney. Schmit focuses her practice on complex toxic tort litigation matters.

Name: Dominque de Vastey
Class Year: 2013
Class Note: Dominique de Vastey joined Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale PC’s Litigation Practice Group in Belleville, Illinois, as an associate. Her previous experience includes representing employers and insurers in tort litigation and workers’ compensation law. Her clients have included those involved in products, premises, and professional liability actions.

Name: Ashley L. Flor
Class Year: 2013
Class Note: Ashley L. Flor is an associate with Husch Blackwell LLP in their St. Louis office. Joining the firm’s Corporate Group, she will concentrate her practice in the area of mergers & acquisitions.

Name: John Drake
Class Year: 2012
Class Note: John Drake has joined the St. Louis office of Greensfelder Hemker & Gale PC as a member of the Litigation Practice Group. He previously was an associate at Dentons US LLP in St. Louis.

Name: Keith K. Grissom
Class Year: 2012
Class Note: Keith K. Grissom (LLM-Tax) joined Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale PC as an associate in the Trusts & Estates Practice Group. Grissom comes to Greensfelder from Weiss Attorneys at Law PC in St. Louis, where he handled a variety of business and real estate transactions, tax matters, and business succession and estate planning.

Name: Jeffrey R. Hoops
Class Year: 2012
Class Note: Jeffrey R. Hoops joined Williams & Connolly LLP in Washington, D.C., as an associate, following his clerkship with the Hon. Deborah L. Cook of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Hoops and his wife, Kate, welcomed a daughter, Cecilia Margaret Hoops, in July 2014.

Name: Samina Kapadia
Class Year: 2012
Class Note: Samina Kapadia has joined Faegre Baker Daniels LLP in Chicago as an associate. Kapadia represents clients during complex construction and real estate disputes and has advised on a broad range of domestic and international commercial litigation matters.

Name: Chantel Kramme
Class Year: 2012
Class Note: Chantel Kramme has joined Faegre Baker Daniels in Des Moines, Iowa, as an associate in the Business Litigation Group. Kramme has experience defending clients in commercial litigation, including class action, breach of contract, business tort, and antitrust matters.

Name: Robert Pratt
Class Year: 2012
Class Note: Robert Pratt joined Polsinelli PC as an associate in the firm’s office in Kansas City, Missouri. Pratt is a member of the Corporate and Transactional Group.

Name: Alan Simpson
Class Year: 2012
Class Note: Alan Simpson joined the Kansas City office of Graves Garrett LLC as an attorney. Simpson will practice with the firm’s complex commercial litigation, white collar criminal defense, and free speech, campaign finance, and election law practice groups.

Name: Jonathan Jonathan Wolff
Class Year: 2012
Class Note: Jonathan Wolff, an attorney in Armstrong Teasdale LLP’s Corporate Services Practice Group, has been named to the Board of Directors of the Saint Louis Zoo’s Young Zoo Friends.

Name: Stephen Davis
Class Year: 2011
Class Note: Stephen Davis has joined Carmody MacDonald PC as an associate. Davis will focus his practice on business and commercial litigation, as well as representing condominium and homeowners associations throughout St. Louis.

Name: Elizabeth Dillon
Class Year: 2011
Class Note: Elizabeth Dillon is an associate attorney at Cetrulo LLP in Boston. Her practice is focused on employment advice and counseling, as well as employment, business, real estate and probate litigation.

Name: Elsa Hart
Class Year: 2011
Class Note: Elsa Hart is the author of her first novel, Jade Dragon Mountain. Hart, who was born in Rome Italy, moved to Moscow with her family until 1991. Since then she has lived in the Czech Republic, the USA, and China. Go to for a review and for more information on the book.

Name: Andrew Zimmerman
Class Year: 2011
Class Note: Andrew Zimmerman joined Armstrong Teasdale LLP’s Financial and Real Estate Services Practice Group as an associate in the firm’s St. Louis office. Zimmerman, a commercial litigator, represents clients in matters involving debtor and creditor rights, lender liability, loan restructurings and workouts (both in and out of bankruptcy), receivership and foreclosure proceedings, and lien priority disputes.

Name: Joel O. Christensen
Class Year: 2010
Class Note: Joel O. Christensen has been named a partner at St. Louis-based Behr, McCarter & Potter PC. Christensen counsels corporate, individual, and municipal clients on a wide range of cases, including commercial, construction, insurance, creditor’s rights, employment, health care, personal injury, professional liability, and real estate matters.

Name: Keisha N. Cockett
Class Year: 2010
Class Note: Keisha N. Cockett was selected for inclusion in The National Black Lawyers’ Top 40 Under 40. Membership in this exclusive organization is by invitation only, and is limited to the top 40 attorneys in each state or region who have demonstrated excellence and have achieved outstanding results in their careers. Cockett is an associate with the Civil Rights and Labor-Management Division of the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of the Solicitor.

Name: Lindsey L. Goldstein
Class Year: 2010
Class Note: Lindsey L. Goldstein has been elected governance chair and secretary of the Board of Directors for Flight YPO. Comprised of young professionals, the group supports the mission of Vogel Alcove, which provides child development services for children, ages 6 weeks to 5 years old, living in poverty. Goldstein works in the Labor, Employment and Benefits Group at Bell Nunnally & Martin LLP in Dallas.

Name: Jessica Mendez
Class Year: 2010
Class Note: Jessica Mendez (JD ’10, LLM IP/TL ’11) has earned the Rising Star Award, one of the Women’s Justice Awards presented by Missouri Lawyers Weekly. Mendez is an associate in the Intellectual Property Litigation Group at Armstrong Teasdale LLP in St. Louis.

Name: Ryan Seelke
Class Year: 2010
Class Note: Ryan Seelke is an associate with Armstrong Teasdale LLP’s Litigation Practice. Seelke focuses his practice on the representation of both mine operators and individuals in legal proceedings instituted by the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA). He also handles general litigation matters, including those involving employment and labor issues.

Name: Nelson Williams
Class Year: 2010
Class Note: Nelson Williams, an associate at Thompson Coburn LLP, was named one of St. Louis’ top young professionals by the St. Louis Business Journal, which selected its “30 Under 30” class for 2105 from more than 450 nominations. Nelson is one of only three attorneys to receive the honor this year. He is a member of Thompson Coburn’s Human Resources Practice Area, where he developed a special focus on defending class and conditional certification actions under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Name: Lisa Yemm
Class Year: 2010
Class Note: Lisa Yemm joined the international firm of Bryan Cave LLP as an associate in the firm’s Commercial Litigation Group in St. Louis. She previously was an assistant circuit attorney in St. Louis City, where she worked as part of the Drug Enforcement Task Force, Property Crimes Team, and, most recently, the Special Victim’s Unit.

Name: Justin K. Gelfand
Class Year: 2009
Class Note: Justin K. Gelfand was elected a shareholder in Capel Sokol in St. Louis. A seasoned trial attorney, he focuses his practice on criminal defense, white collar defense, internal investigations, criminal tax, and litigation.

Name: Ronan Johnson
Class Year: 2009
Class Note: B. Ronan Johnson has been named an Up and Coming Lawyer by Indiana Lawyer magazine. Johnson is a member of the Business & Finance Group at Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP in Indianapolis. He represents private equity funds, multi-national corporations, and closely held businesses in complex transactions involving mergers, acquisitions, and recapitalizations.

Name: Erin C. Nave
Class Year: 2009
Class Note: Erin C. Nave is an associate in the Litigation and Real Estate Practices at Montgomery Little & Soran PC in Denver.

Name: Roma Desai
Class Year: 2008
Class Note: Roma Desai, an attorney with Bernstein Shur PC and a member of the firm’s Business Restructuring and Insolvency Practice Group, was selected to participate in the fifth annual Next Generation Program of the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges. The program will be held September 27-30 in Miami, Florida, during the annual meeting of the Bankruptcy Judges of the United States. Chosen from a pool of more than 80 nominees, Desai was one of 40 nominated and selected for the program based on her experience as a bankruptcy lawyer and for her leadership potential among the next generation of bankruptcy practitioners. Based in Portland, Maine, Desai’s practice focuses on commercial bankruptcy and business reorganization.

Name: Tuhin Ganguly
Class Year: 2008
Class Note: Tuhin Ganguly, an associate with Pepper Hamilton LLP, has been named to the Washington, D.C., Rising Stars list for 2016. Ganguly is an associate in the Intellectual Property Litigation Practice Group and focuses his practice on patent litigation.

Name: Timothy Timothy D. Gronewold
Class Year: 2008
Class Note: Timothy D. Gronewold, an attorney with Howard & Howard Attorneys PLLC, has been appointed to serve as a member on the Labor & Employment Law Section Council within the Illinois State Bar Association. He was also named to Illinois Super Lawyers® and Illinois Rising Stars 2015. Only 5 percent of the attorneys in Illinois were named to the Super Lawyers list and 2-1/2 percent to Rising Stars. Gronewold, who works from Howard & Howard Attorneys' Peoria, Illinois, office, focuses his practice on commerical litigation, as well as labor and employment law.

Name: Aaron Hankel
Class Year: 2008
Class Note: Aaron Hankel was recently named a partner at Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP in the firm’s office in Kansas City, Missouri. Hankel is a member of the firm’s Intellectual Property Group. He focuses on managing complex patent litigation matters for presentation at trial.

Name: Matthew Kopp
Class Year: 2008
Class Note: Matthew Kopp has been promoted to partner at Jenner & Block LLP in Chicago. Kopp works in the Corporate Group and has significant experience in mergers and acquisitions, securities law, corporate governance, and disclosure matters. He also was selected as a Rising Star among lawyers under 40 in Super Lawyers.

Name: Mackenzie M. Martin
Class Year: 2008
Class Note: Mackenzie M. Martin was promoted to partner at Baker & McKenzie LLP in the firm’s Dallas office. Martin’s practice focuses on patent litigation, patent prosecution, intellectual property portfolio advising, technology agreements, and China-related intellectual property matters.

Name: Jason N.W. Plowman
Class Year: 2008
Class Note: Jason N.W. Plowman has been included among the 2016 Best LGBT Lawyers Under 40, as elected by the LGBT Bar Association. Plowman is an associate in the Kansas City office of Littler Mendelson PC. His practice is devoted primarily to representing management in employment discrimination, harassment, and retaliation cases before administrative agencies, state, and federal courts.

Name: Nick Pujji
Class Year: 2008
Class Note: Nick Pujji has been promoted to partner at Dentons in Los Angeles. Pujji is part of the Litigation and Dispute Resolution Practice Group and specializes in complex business, employment, securities, and class action litigation.

Name: Elizabeth Schlesinger
Class Year: 2008
Class Note: Elizabeth Schlesinger rejoined Bryan Cave LLP’s St. Louis office in the Private Client Group. Schlesinger focuses her practice on estate planning, including counseling same-sex and multinational couples on their estate planning needs; wealth-transfer strategies; establishing business entities; drafting business succession documents; and trust and estates litigation.

Name: Samuel B. Strohbehn
Class Year: 2008
Class Note: Samuel B. Strohbehn has been promoted to shareholder at Klinedinst PC in San Diego. He has extensive experience in business and intellectual property disputes and co-chairs Klinedinst's Intellectual Property Group.

Name: Christina Bennett
Class Year: 2007
Class Note: Christina Bennett received an adjunct appointment at the University of Oklahoma College of Law and was appointed program director for the Master’s of Healthcare Administration program at the University of Oklahoma. Bennett also published the book, TennCare, a State’s Experiment with Medicaid Expansion, in 2013.

Name: Michael R. Cherba
Class Year: 2007
Class Note: Michael R. Cherba has joined the Litigation Team of Danna McKitrick PC in St. Louis. Cherba will concentrate his practice on insurance-related business, probate, and civil litigation matters. Before joining the firm, he worked in the Missouri Attorney General’s Office, where his practice included consumer protection and administrative/professional licensing.

Name: Justin M. Contratto
Class Year: 2007
Class Note: Justin Contratto has joined Blankingship & Keith in Fairfax, Virginia, as an associate. Before joining the firm, Contratto worked for three years in the Legal Aid Society's Criminal Defense Practice in Manhattan, New York.

Name: Kendall R. Enyard
Class Year: 2007
Class Note: Kendall R. Enyard is a partner at Steptoe & Johnson LLP, based in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office. He focuses his practice on a wide range of complex civil and commercial litigation areas, including matters in state and federal courts and before domestic and international arbitration tribunals. He also represents government contractors in the areas of biodefense, health care, information technology, and defense services. In addition, he counsels and advises entrepreneurs, startup ventures, and emerging growth companies on contract disputes, litigation, and data security and privacy laws.

Name: Kari Hoelting Kaplan
Class Year: 2007
Class Note: Kari Hoelting Kaplan was named a member of Aronberg Goldgehn Davis & Garmisa in Chicago. She concentrates her business law practice on transactional matters.

Name: Lacy Keune
Class Year: 2007
Class Note: Lacy Fields Keune joined the St. Louis office of Greensfelder Hemker & Gale PC as a member of the Litigation Practice Group. She most recently was an associate at Kurowski Shultz LLC in Swansea, Illinois.

Name: Matthew T. Nagel
Class Year: 2007
Class Note: Matthew T. Nagel and Robert B. Mueller’s law firm, Wuestling & James LC, has been named one of the Best Law Firms in the St. Louis metropolitan area by U.S. News & World Report. Wuestling & James was one of four area firms ranked in Tier I for Legal Malpractice Law – Defendants, and received a Tier II ranking in Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants.

Name: John M. Reeves
Class Year: 2007
Class Note: John Reeves joined the Edwardsville, Illinois, office of HelperBroom LLC, where he focuses his practice on toxic tort litigation.

Name: Evan C. Williams
Class Year: 2007
Class Note: Evan C. Williams has been promoted to partner at Hunton & Williams LLP in Dallas. Williams concentrates on formation and operation of private investments funds and regulatory compliance for registered investment advisors.

Name: Ryan Cantrell
Class Year: 2006
Class Note: Ryan Cantrell has been elected a Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation. Cantrell is a shareholder at Chamberlain Hrdlicka White Williams & Aughtry at its office in Houston, Texas, with an emphasis on probate and fiduciary litigation and arbitration, labor, and employment litigation. He also was named one of Houston's top lawyers by H Texas Magazine in 2015.

Name: Harrison A. Lord
Class Year: 2006
Class Note: Harrison A. Lord, a trial lawyer with Bernhardt and Strawser PA, was installed as the 2015–16 chair of the North Carolina Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division. Lord focuses his statewide practice on collections, commercial litigation, and fiduciary and estates litigation.

Name: Stephen S. Neuman
Class Year: 2006
Class Note: Stephen S. Neuman is serving as chief of staff to Maryland Governor Gina Raimondo. Neuman was formerly an aide to previous Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley and is a seasoned Democratic operative.

Name: Wendy A. Duprey
Class Year: 2005
Class Note: Wendy A. Duprey, senior counsel at Bell Nunnally & Martin LLP, has been named to the 2015 Texas Rising Stars list published by Super Lawyers. She is a member of her firm’s Litigation; Broker/Dealer and Securities; and Intellectual Property Practices. Duprey focuses on litigation in state and federal courts and Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) arbitration proceedings, including complex commercial litigation, trade secrets litigations, creditors’ rights, securities litigation, and Form U4 and U5 expungement proceedings.

Name: Edward J. Gustafson
Class Year: 2005
Class Note: Edward J. Gustafson, executive vice president and general counsel at Innovative Plastech Inc., received an MBA from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill’s Kenan-Flagler Business School and was elected Class Commencement Speaker and Beta Gamma Sigma.

Name: Lauren M. Hawkins
Class Year: 2005
Class Note: Lauren M. Hawkins joined Husch Blackwell LLP’s Corporate Team in the Springfield, Missouri, office. Hawkins has most recently served as counsel for companies in several industries, including construction, real estate, resort, and hospitality.

Name: Eric F. Lenzen
Class Year: 2005
Class Note: Eric E. Lenzen is a shareholder at Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek SC in Milwaukee. He co-leads both the firm’s Agribusiness Team and the Corporate & Finance Practice Group. The latter is a multidisciplinary team comprised of attorneys specializing in corporate, finance, tax, private equity, securities, emerging company ventures, and other related transactions. Lenzen regularly represents businesses engaged in agricultural production and agrichemical manufacturing and supply. He also represents domestic and foreign corporations, private equity groups, institutional investors, financial institutions, mezzanine lenders, entrepreneurs, and angel and venture capital funds.

Name: Jason Reinsch
Class Year: 2005
Class Note: Jason Reinsch was named one of the Texas Super Lawyers-Rising Stars by Thomson Reuters. Reinsch is a partner in the Dallas office of Jackson Walker LLP. He is a trial lawyer in the firm's Commercial Litigation Group.

Name: Nicholas Weil
Class Year: 2005
Class Note: Nicholas Weil married Gina Weinstock on October 17, 2015 at the Butterfly House in Faust Park in Chesterfield, Missouri. The ceremony was attended by a long list of classmates and Washington University friends and alumni. The couple resides in Washington, D.C.

Name: Jamie Weiss
Class Year: 2005
Class Note: Jamie Weiss is a partner at Ellis & Winters LLP in Raleigh, North Carolina. He focuses his litigation practice on higher education, complex business disputes, and departing employees.

Name: Cynthia Wolken
Class Year: 2005
Class Note: Cynthia Wolken was elected as a Democratic member of the Montana State Senate, representing District 48. She was first elected to the chamber in 2014.

Name: Sean Zabaneh
Class Year: 2005
Class Note: Sean Zabaneh is a partner at Duane Morris LLP, where he is a member of the Commercial, Securities, and Antitrust Section of the firm’s Trial Practice Group. He represents a diverse group of clients, including public and private companies, financial institutions, venture capitalists and private equity funds in securities and corporate governance, antitrust and distribution issues, breach of contract, and trade secret litigation.

Name: Khara Coleman
Class Year: 2003
Class Note: Khara Coleman has joined Pugh, Jones & Johnson PC as an associate in its Chicago office. Coleman works in the Litigation and Compliance Groups. Prior to joining the firm, Coleman worked as an Assistant Attorney General with the Office of the Illinois Attorney General and as a criminal prosecutor in Scott County, Iowa.

Name: Stephen Tountas
Class Year: 2003
Class Note: Stephen Tountas has joined Kasowitz Benson Torres & Friedman LLP as a partner in its New York office. His practice focuses on securities and commercial litigation. He was previously a partner of Labaton Sucharow LLP.

Name: Sarah Johnson Auchterlonie
Class Year: 2002
Class Note: Sarah Johnson Auchterlonie has joined Carlton Fields LLP as special counsel in its Washington, D.C., office. Auchterlonie will practice in the Real Estate and Commercial Finance Groups. She comes from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, where she was a supervisory attorney in the Office of Enforcement.

Name: Brigid F. Chech Samole
Class Year: 2002
Class Note: Brigid F. Cech Samole, a shareholder in the Miami Appellate Practice of the international law firm Greenberg Traurig PA, was appointed to the Board of Trustees of Chapman Partnership for the Homeless. Chapman Partnership is a Miami-based charitable organization that provides emergency housing, meals, job training, and various types of assistance to help homeless men, women, and families reach independence. At Greenberg Traurig, Cech Samole focuses her practice on appellate law and trial support.

Name: Keshia Ellis
Class Year: 2002
Class Note: Keshia Ellis is counsel to U.S. Securities & Exchange (SEC) Commissioner Luis Aguilar. She previously worked as senior counsel in the SEC’s Division of Enforcement.

Name: Nick Garzia
Class Year: 2002
Class Note: Nick Garzia, an Armstrong Teasdale attorney, has been selected to join the International Institute Community Development Corporation’s (IICDC) Board of Directors for a renewable three-year term. The IICDC, a subsidiary of the International Institute of St. Louis, promotes community and economic development activities that help build secure and successful neighborhoods for low to moderate income individuals, primarily immigrants and refugees.

Name: Sophya Qureshi Raza
Class Year: 2002
Class Note: Sophya Qureshi Raza has formed a partnership with Stephanie Jones in Raza & Jones LLC, a family law practice in St. Louis. Their practice includes divorce, pre- and post-nuptial agreements, paternity, custody, child support, adoption, same sex relationships, restraining orders, and mediation.

Name: David J. Simmons
Class Year: 2002
Class Note: David J. Simmons has been elected officer at Greensfelder Hemker & Gale PC in St. Louis. Simmons serves the firm's Litigation Practice Group, the Energy, Securities & Financial Services Group, and the Franchising & Distribution Industry Group.

Name: Gary Zhao
Class Year: 2002
Class Note: Gary Zhao, a partner at SmithAmundsen LLC’s Commercial Litigation Group, was recognized by the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association as one of 14 Best Lawyers Under 40. Zhao represents clients in high stakes business litigation across the country.

Name: William Freivogel
Class Year: 2001
Class Note: Bill Freivogel, director of the School of Journalism at Southern Illinois University, will receive the Excellence in Legal Journalism Award from The Missouri Bar. The award acknowledges the vital role played by the state’s media in improving public understanding of legal issues. In particular, the award recognizes Freivogel’s in-depth series of online articles for St. Louis Public Radio, explaining the complex legal processes in the aftermath of the shooting of Michael Brown.

Name: Danica Mathes
Class Year: 2001
Class Note: Danica L. Mathes, a partner with Bell Nunnally LLP in Dallas, was selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers 2016 for her work in entertainment law, motion pictures, television, and music. Mathes’ practice focuses on intellectual property, entertainment, advertising, and new media law.

Name: Danica L. Mathes
Class Year: 2001
Class Note: Danica L. Mathes has been named to the 2016 Texas Rising Stars list published by Super Lawyers and was featured in a recent issue of Texas Monthly. Mathes is a partner in the Intellectual Property, Entertainment, Advertising and New Media practice areas for Bell Nunnally & Martin LLP in Dallas. She has represented Grammy-winning recording artists, songwriters and producers, Oscar-nominated filmmakers, independent record labels and music publishers, amateur and professional athletes, and reality television show participants, as well as mobile app and game developers.

Name: Jovita Foster
Class Year: 2000
Class Note: Jovita Foster, a partner in Armstrong Teasdale LLP’s Litigation Practice Group and chair of the firm’s Diversity Committee, was selected to receive a 2015 Young Leader Award from the St. Louis American Foundation. The award recognizes committed, compassionate, generous African-American professionals, who are making a positive impact in the community. Foster is one of 20 recipients featured in the February 19 edition of The St. Louis American and honored at a reception at the Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis. Foster will also be featured in the 2015 edition of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business. The firm's equity partners have also elected Foster to serve a three-year term on Armstrong Teasdale's 10-person executive committee. In her law practice, Foster represents management in all facets of employment and labor law.

Name: Richard Carden
Class Year: 1999
Class Note: Richard Carden is managing partner at McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP in Chicago. He has experience in all areas of patent and trademark law practice, with particular emphasis on litigation, client counseling, and patent procurement in the chemical and biotechnological arts.

Name: Ben Carter
Class Year: 1999
Class Note: Ben Carter has been appointed chair of the American Bar Association’s Estate and Gift Taxes Committee for the Section of Taxation. Carter is a wealth strategist for Texas Capital Bank in Dallas in the Private Wealth Advisors Group. As chair, he will shape the future of wealth transfer regulations by coordinating and providing expert commentary to Congress and the Treasury Department on estate and gift tax matters.

Name: Dominic L. Daher
Class Year: 1999
Class Note: Dominic L. Daher is the 2015 recipient of the National Association of College and University Business Officers’ Tax Award. Daher is the director of internal audit and tax compliance for the University of San Francisco (USF) and an adjunct professor of law in USF’s LLM in Taxation and Master of Legal Studies in Taxation programs.

Name: Jai Khanna
Class Year: 1999
Class Note: Jai Khanna joined Baker & McKenzie’s North American Banking, Finance and Major Projects Practice as a partner in Chicago. Khanna advises clients on the structure, documentation, administration, compliance, and workout of senior and mezzanine secured and unsecured loan facilities. In addition, he focuses on single and multi-investor, leveraged and non-leveraged project finance and lease transactions. He works with independent power and cogeneration facilities, real estate, manufacturing equipment, transportation assets, and other tangible and intangible assets.

Name: Vincent D. Reese
Class Year: 1999
Class Note: Vincent D. Reese has joined Mickes O’Toole LLC in St. Louis. His practice focuses on labor, employment, and education law, in addition to commercial litigation.

Name: Corey Perman
Class Year: 1998
Class Note: Corey Perman is vice president and chief compliance officer with Accretive Health in Chicago. He previously was senior compliance officer and legal counsel with Advocate Health Care.

Name: Tiffany L. Baldwin
Class Year: 1997
Class Note: Tiffany L. Baldwin, formerly an attorney at Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale PC, opened her own law firm, Compass Immigration Law in Fairview Heights, Illinois. She focuses on employment-based immigration law.

Name: Nimrod (Rod) T. Chapel, Jr.
Class Year: 1997
Class Note: Nimrod T. Chapel, Jr. (LLM-Tax), founding member and trial lawyer at the Chapel Law Group LLC, was named to the “Best of CLE Spotlight,” which acknowledges legal professionals who have committed outstanding leadership and dedication in upholding the principles of the Missouri State Bar. Chapel is also of counsel to Barnes and Associates in Jefferson City and practices in Kansas City.

Name: Louis J. Schwartzberg
Class Year: 1997
Class Note: Louis J. Schwartzberg is deputy general counsel for JLT Re (North America) Inc., a global reinsurance broker and consultancy.

Name: Susheng Wang
Class Year: 1997
Class Note: Susheng Wang is co-director for Global Business with Miller, Canfield, Paddock and Stone PLC, and a member of the firm’s China practice. He played a key role in its representation of AVIC Automotive of China, which closed on the acquisition of Henniges Automotive from Littlejohn. This transaction represents the single largest overseas acquisition by a Chinese automotive supplier in history. Wang’s expertise involves international business transactions, mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructuring, corporate governance, tax planning, and litigation. He also has extensive experience in joint ventures, technology transfers, and off-shore structures, as well as products and services outsourcing. He currently represents more than 80 Chinese enterprises conducting business in the United States and is assisting multiple U.S. firms in expanding their business in China.

Name: Rick White
Class Year: 1997
Class Note: Rick White re-joined Bryan Cave LLP as a partner in the Real Estate Capital Markets Team in the firm’s Atlanta office. White focuses his practice on structured finance and service matters relating to commercial and residential mortgage-backed securities.

Name: Jill Gordon
Class Year: 1996
Class Note: Jill Gordon, a partner with Nixon Peabody LLP, was named Best Lawyer’s 2016 Health Care Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Los Angeles. Gordon represents academic medical centers, hospitals, long-term care facilities, surgery centers, foundations and clinics, medical groups/IPAs, accountable care organizations, and other entities affiliated with the health care industry. In addition, she represents companies in the health information, medical device, and telemedicine fields.

Name: Katherine Wessling
Class Year: 1996
Class Note: Katherine Wessling received the Public Service Practitioner Award, one of the Women’s Justice Awards from Missouri Lawyers Weekly. Wessling is a managing attorney with the Crime Victim Advocacy Center in St. Louis.

Name: Jeremy R. Kriegel
Class Year: 1995
Class Note: Jeremy R. Kriegel, a partner at Marshall, Gerstein & Borun LLP, was appointed prosecution practice manager at the Chicago IP firm. He oversees the mechanical, electrical, biotechnology, chemical, trademark, and IP transactions practice groups.

Name: Catherine McKnight
Class Year: 1995
Class Note: Catherine McKnight has joined Children’s Health (SM) as assistant general counsel. McKnight brings experience working on legal affairs teams, including Denton US LLP, VHA, Inc., and Concentra, Inc. Children’s Health is the seventh largest pediatric health care provider in the nation and the leading pediatric health care system in North Texas. It provides a full spectrum of health care services -- from daily wellness and primary care to specialty visits and critical care.

Name: Jennifer Williams
Class Year: 1994
Class Note: Jennifer Williams joined Dentons US LLP as a partner in its office in Atlanta. Williams joins the Corporate Group and will serve as a leader of a new program focused on providing a comprehensive package of legal services to private equity portfolio companies.

Name: Teresa Bartosiak
Class Year: 1993
Class Note: Teresa Bartosiak was among 18 honorees at the Missouri Lawyers Awards luncheon at the Ballpark Hilton in St. Louis. The awards, presented by Missouri Lawyers Weekly, recognize attorneys who have made an impact in their communities in five categories. Bartosiak was honored in the leadership category. She maps the strategic growth of Sandberg Phoenix & von Gontard PC as part of the St. Louis firm’s three-member Executive Committee.

Name: Andrew McCabe
Class Year: 1993
Class Note: Andrew McCabe was appointed associate deputy director of the FBI Headquarters. Since September 2014, McCabe has served as assistant director in charge of the Washington Field Office. He began his career as a special agent with the FBI in 1996 and has served in numerous capacities since then. Before entering the FBI, McCabe worked as a lawyer in private practice. In 2015, he was certified by the director of national intelligence as a senior intelligence officer.

Name: Stephanie Dawkins Davis
Class Year: 1992
Class Note: Stephanie Dawkins Davis was appointed a U.S. Magistrate Judge for the Eastern District of Michigan. Davis had served as Executive Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan, where she received a Director’s Award from the U.S. Department of Justice for her work in overseeing Project Safe Neighborhoods and the Detroit Youth Violence Prevention Initiative.

Name: Tom Reynolds
Class Year: 1992
Class Note: Tom Reynolds joined Seyfarth Shaw LLP in Atlanta, Georgia, as counsel in the Labor & Employment Department. His practice focuses on defending employers against single-plaintiff claims of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation.

Name: Donna Frazier Schmitt
Class Year: 1991
Class Note: Donna Frazier Schmitt, a partner at Armstrong Teasdale LLP, has joined the firm’s Intellectual Property Practice Group. Schmitt focuses on strategically managing global trademark portfolios, while guiding brand owners in trademark selection, registration, licensing, policing, and protection. Prior to joining Armstrong Teasdale LLP, Schmitt served as senior trademark counsel for Energizer Holdings Inc.

Name: Melanie Keeney
Class Year: 1990
Class Note: Melanie Keeney received the Litigation Practitioner Award, one of the Women’s Justice Awards presented by Missouri Lawyers Weekly. Keeney specializes in education, higher education, labor and employment, and immigration law at Tueth Keeney Cooper Mohan Jackstadt PC in St. Louis.

Name: Seth Ptasiewicz
Class Year: 1989
Class Note: Seth Ptasiewicz is a senior associate with Kroll Heineman Carton LLC. Ptasiewicz was appointed by the New Jersey Supreme Court to serve a three-year term on the Supreme Court Committee on the Unauthorized Practice of Law. He has also served on the Supreme Court Working Group on Ethical Issues Involving Metadata in Electronic Documents. Additionally, Ptasiewicz was reappointed by the New Jersey Supreme Court to the Committee on Complementary Dispute Resolution.

Name: Geetha Rao Sant
Class Year: 1989
Class Note: Professor Geetha Rao Sant received the Legal Scholar Award, one of the Women’s Justice Awards from Missouri Lawyers Weekly. Sant is co-director of the law school’s Entrepreneurship & Intellectual Property Clinic and teaches classes in Nonprofit Organizations Planning & Drafting.

Name: Debbie Champion
Class Year: 1988
Class Note: Debbie Champion earned the Litigation Practitioner Award, one of the Women’s Justice Awards presented by Missouri Lawyers Weekly. Champion is a founding partner at Rynearson Suess Schnurbusch & Champion LLC in St. Louis.

Name: R. Shelly Loomus
Class Year: 1988
Class Note: R. Shelly Loomus is the author of the recently published book, Winning Your High-Conflict Divorce: Strategies for Moms and Dads. The book provides successful strategies for managing a high-conflict divorce both within and out of the court system. Loomus is the founder and president of Manage Your Conflict LLC, a counseling service that provides effective solutions to seemingly unmanageable conflicts.

Name: Standford L. Sipple
Class Year: 1988
Class Note: Stanford L. Sipple, an attorney at the Stanford L. Sipple Law Office in Lincoln, Nebraska, was named the Top Student, Western Region award winner from the Fellow, Life Management Institute (FLMI). FLMI is a 10-course professional development program in the insurance and financial services industry, offered through the Life Office Management Association.

Name: James Dimos
Class Year: 1986
Class Note: James Dimos, a partner with Frost Brown Todd LLC in Indianapolis, was named deputy executive director of the American Bar Association. He serves as second in charge of ABA staff and is responsible for several functional areas, including ensuring effective communications with ABA sections, divisions, and forums. Dimos joins the ABA after nearly 30 years specializing in the litigation needs of the Indianapolis business community in the areas of antitrust, copyright, First Amendment and media, patent, product disparagement, trademark, trade secret, and unfair competition. He has represented a significant number of companies listed on the Fortune 100, as well as technology, music recording, and television broadcasting companies.

Name: Brett J. Preston
Class Year: 1986
Class Note: Brett J. Preston, a shareholder at Hill Ward Henderson’s Litigation Group and the firm’s general counsel, was re-elected to the Board of Directors for The Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel (FDCC), an international, invitation only defense organization. Preston also chaired the FDCC’s 2016 Annual Meeting. Although Preston’s practice emphasizes the defense of professional malpractice and life, health, and disability insurance cases, he also represents clients involved in other serious personal injury, products liability, toxic tort, and commercial disputes

Name: Kathleen Boozang
Class Year: 1984
Class Note: Kathleen Boozang has been named dean of Seton Hall University School of Law. Boozang joined the Seton Hall law faculty in 1990 and helped launch and direct the school’s prestigious Center for Health & Pharmaceutical Law & Policy, ranked a Top 10 law health program by U.S. News and World Report for the past 19 years. She also co-founded the Seton Center for Religiously Affiliated Nonprofits and created the Law School’s Division of Online Learning. View news release:

Name: Kevin Gordon
Class Year: 1984
Class Note: Kevin Gordon was re-elected president and CEO of Crowe & Dunlevy, which has offices in Oklahoma City and Tulsa. He is also a continuing member of the firm’s 2015 Executive Committee, which oversees the firm’s activities and conducts long-range planning. Gordon focuses his practice on a wide range of complex litigation, arbitration, and regulatory matters.

Name: Kevin D. Gordon
Class Year: 1984
Class Note: Kevin D. Gordon was named a senior fellow by the Litigation Counsel of America (LCA). Gordon is president and CEO of Crowe & Dunlevy in Oklahoma City. He earned senior fellow status through his commitment to and support of the LCA, Diversity Law Institute, and Trial Law Institute.

Name: Edward J. Blake, Jr.
Class Year: 1982
Class Note: Edward J. Blake, Jr. (LLM - Tax), a senior partner at Blake Law Group PC in Belleville, Illinois, was named to Best Lawyers of America. Blake focuses his practice on estates and trusts, family law, divorce, guardianships, litigation, real estate law, tax law, business law, and general practice.

Name: Edward A. Cohen
Class Year: 1982
Class Note: Edward A. Cohen was named The Best Lawyers in America’s 2015 Lawyer of the Year for St. Louis in the area of Litigation-Environmental. He is the co-chair of the Environmental Practice Group at Thompson Coburn LLP in St. Louis. He represents businesses on a variety of complex environmental lawsuits, federal enforcement actions, and citizens’ suits.

Name: Glenn Davis
Class Year: 1982
Class Note: Glenn Davis, a partner at HeplerBroom LLC, was named the Best Lawyers 2016 Antitrust “Lawyer of the Year” in St. Louis. He was also selected by his peers in Best Lawyers in America in the following practice areas: antitrust law, commercial litigation, franchise law, litigation-antitrust, litigation-intellectual property, litigation-mergers and acquisitions, and litigation-securities.

Name: Mark J. Ricciardi
Class Year: 1982
Class Note: Mark J. Ricciardi (JD/MBA), regional managing partner with Fisher & Phillips LLP in Las Vegas, was selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America. This marks the 15th time he has been selected for inclusion. Ricciardi has been advising and representing hotels, casinos, financial institutions, manufacturers, government agencies, and other large and small businesses in labor and employment matters in Las Vegas since 1987. He is considered one of the top labor and employment lawyers in Southern Nevada, and a leading authority in Nevada on wage and hour law.

Name: Audrey Fleissig
Class Year: 1980
Class Note: Audrey Fleissig, a judge on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, has been named Missouri Lawyers Weekly’s Woman of the Year. Fleissig was selected for “making an extraordinary difference in improving the quality of justice or exemplifying the highest ideals of the legal profession.”

Name: David A. Orenstein
Class Year: 1980
Class Note: David A. Orenstein joined DeWitt Mackall Crounse & Moore SC and its affiliate DeWitt Ross & Stevens SC in its Litigation and Bankruptcy Departments. Orenstein, who is based in the Minneapolis office, has more than 30 years of experience representing clients in all facets of business litigation and financial matters.

Name: Paul DeMuro
Class Year: 1979
Class Note: Paul DeMuro joined Broad and Cassel’s Fort Lauderdale office as of counsel in the Health Law Practice Group. Throughout his career, DeMuro has focused his practice areas on corporate, health care law, and technology.

Name: Jane McCahill
Class Year: 1978
Class Note: Jane McCahill is a partner at Akerman LLP’s Chicago office in the Health Care Practice Group. She has more than 30 years of experience in complex health care transactions and regulatory compliance for a vast range of health care institutions.

Name: Larry Deskins
Class Year: 1977
Class Note: Larry Deskins has been recognized by the Mound City Bar Association with the Legal Legend Award, the highest honor bestowed to attorneys with at least 30 years of experience. Deskins practices transactional law at Lewis Rice LLC in St. Louis, where he serves individuals, corporations, and partnerships across a variety of industries.

Name: John W. Kozyak
Class Year: 1975
Class Note: John W. Kozyak, a founding partner of Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton PA in Miami, received the 2015 Tobias Simon Pro Bono Service Award, the highest statewide pro bono award. The award commemorates the late Miami lawyer Tobias Simon, who was well known as a tireless civil rights attorney, a crusader for prison reform, and an appellate authority. The award is intended to encourage and recognize extraordinary contributions by Florida lawyers in making legal services available to people who otherwise could not afford them, and to focus public awareness on the substantial voluntary services rendered by Florida lawyers. Kozyak is co-chair of his firm’s bankruptcy practice.

Name: Donald G. Tye
Class Year: 1975
Class Note: Donald G. Tye was appointed a hearing officer for the Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers; published the third edition of How to Try Divorce Cases in Massachusetts (MCLE); and was the plenary session speaker at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.

Name: Thomas G. Lewin
Class Year: 1972
Class Note: Thomas G. Lewin, a shareholder at Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale PC, was named Best Corporate Lawyer in St. Louis by Best Lawyers of America. Lewin has been named a Best Lawyer for the past 10 years.

Name: Maury Poscover
Class Year: 1969
Class Note: Maury Poscover, senior counsel at Husch Blackwell LLP, received the Homer Kripke Achievement Award at the 2015 Annual Meeting and Dinner of the Fellows of the American College of Commercial Finance Lawyers in San Francisco. The award recognizes a career of noteworthy leadership and a history of exceptional dedication to the improvement of commercial finance law and practice.

Name: Mark D. Seigel
Class Year: 1969
Class Note: The Hon. Mark D. Seigel, former St. Louis County Circuit judge, joined the mediation panel at United States Arbitration & Mediation (USA&M), a leading provider of mediation and arbitration services.

Name: Bill Roberts
Class Year: 1967
Class Note: Bill Roberts has been appointed a commissioner on the Illinois Supreme Court Historic Preservation Commission. Roberts is a managing partner at Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP in Chicago and concentrates his practice in complex civil and criminal litigation.

Name: Joel Kunin
Class Year: 1962
Class Note: Joel Kunin has joined Goldenberg Heller & Antognoli PC in Edwardsville, Illinois, as of counsel. Kunin has extensive experience in bankruptcy law, commercial law, and debtor and creditor rights law. He previously worked at Kunin Law Offices LLC in Collinsville, Illinois.

Name: Mary Bonacorsi
Class Year
Class Note: Mary Bonacorsi received the Litigation Practitioner Award, one of the Women’s Justice Awards presented by Missouri Lawyers Weekly. Bonacorsi is a partner at Thompson Coburn LLP in St. Louis, specializing in business litigation.

Name: Paul R. DeMuro
Class Year
Class Note: Paul R. DeMuro has been reappointed to a two-year term as chair for the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) Finance and Investment Committee. DeMuro is of counsel in the Fort Lauderdale office of Broad and Cassel.