Robert Manley LL.M. ’92
Attorney, Manley & Brautigam, PC
Robert Manley is an attorney at Manley & Brautigam, PC. His practice centers on business and estate planning, complex probate proceedings, healthcare and general business representation.
Manley has practiced law in Alaska since 1976, after graduating first in his class from the University of North Dakota with a J.D. degree. He is a member of the Alaska Bar Association in the estate planning and probate section, the tax, ADR and elder law sections, and the executive committee. He is also a member of the Advisory Committee to the Alaska Supreme Court on Probate Rules.
Nathan Salant ’79
Commissioner, Gulf South Conference
Nathan Salant serves as the commissioner for the Gulf South Conference. When Salant became commissioner, the conference had seven members; it has now expanded to include as many as 18 members. Salant also served on the NCAA D-II Baseball National Committee, as well as the NCAA D-II Legislation Committee, South Region Men's Basketball and Football Advisory Committees.
The league is best known for its GSC-TV LIVE, a combination of live telecasts on cable and open-air stations that broadcasts into over 9,000,000 households for 10 football games and women's and men's basketball championship games. Salant put the network together himself, pioneering and implementing the concept years prior to the Big Ten and other Division I leagues which followed suit.
The league conducts championships in 14 men's and women's sports, and its teams have won 38 championships since the league's inception in 1970.
P. Delanna Padilla
LL.M. 2001; J.D. 2000
Partner, Wright, Lindsey & Jennings
P. Delanna Padilla is a partner at Wright, Lindsey & Jennings. Before joining her current firm, she worked at Cross, Gunter, Witherspoon & Galchus PC and Mitchell, Williams, Selig, Gates & Woodyard PLLC. Her practice includes labor and employment law, general litigation and taxation.
Padilla graduated in 2000 with an LL.M. in Taxation from BU Law as a Dean’s Award recipient. She is a member of the American Bar Association, Arkansas Bar Association, Defense Research Institute and Arkansas Association of Women Lawyers. She is a current member and past board president of Ballet Arkansas and the president of Wellesley Club of Arkansas.
Jill Chasson ’95
Of Counsel, Coppersmith Gordon Schermer & Brockelman PLC
Jill Chasson, Of Counsel at Coppersmith Gordon Schermer & Brockelman PLC, has more than 12 years of experience practicing Labor and Employment law on behalf of management. Chasson spends substantial time helping employers comply with the many federal and state laws that govern the workplace, including the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Legal Arizona Workers Act and federal I-9 requirements. She also assists clients with employee discipline and termination situations and provides advice regarding employment contracts, personnel policies, employee handbooks and separation agreements.
Chasson regularly provides training for clients on topics such as harassment prevention, and she is a frequent speaker on employment law at firm and outside seminars. When disputes arise, she represents employers before federal and state agencies, such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and in litigation in federal and state courts regarding a variety of employment-related claims, including discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful discharge, and wage-hour and FMLA violations. Chasson works with companies of all sizes and in a variety of industries.
Prior to her employment at Coppersmith Gordon Schermer & Brockelman, Chasson worked as a partner at Perkins Coie, associate at Ropes & Gray, and as a legal assistant for Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. While at BU Law, Chasson served as note editor for the Boston University Law Review.
Hemanshu Nigam ’90
Founder, SSP Blue
Hemanshu Nigam is the founder of SSP Blue, a leading advisory firm for online safety, security and private challanges. He has been called upon by the United Nations to The White House to provide counsel on the world's most critical online protection challenges. Nigam has been featured as an expert in his field by BBC, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Financial Times and CNN.
Nigam was the chief security officer of News Corporation's digital media properties. Currently one of the world's largest media firms, News Corporation operates in eight different segments, including film and television, cable network programming, magazines, and others.
In his position, Nigam handles all law enforcement affairs such as overseeing school and education programs, safety, security, and privacy programs, as well as accident management and response.
Nigam started his legal career as an intern with Boston's District Attorney's Office in the special case unit. After handling rape cases in this position, Nigam realized his future would involve helping those most in need. He later worked in Los Angeles County as a prosecutor dealing with gangs and sexual predators, and in Washington, D.C. as a federal prosecutor specializing in child pornography, child predator and child-trafficking cases. In 2002, he joined Microsoft to lead many of the company's child safety and security efforts.
After working at Microsoft, Nigam served as chief security officer for MySpace.com, one of News Corporation's digital media properties. In 2009, Nigam was promoted to chief security officer of all News Corporation's online properties, including FoxSports.com, Scout.com, RottenTomatoes.com, PhotoBucket.com and MySpace.com.
At Myspace.com, Nigam and his team have employed over 75 new security measures, including partnering with Sentinel Tech to create a program that will identify and delete profiles of registered sex offenders that are currently on the Web site.
Jane Michaels ’73
Partner, Holland & Hart, LLP
Jane Michaels, a partner at Holland & Hart, LLP, specializes in intellectual property and commercial litigation. She has substantial experience in industries including computer hardware, computer software, telecommunications, manufacturing, retail, sports, entertainment, oil and gas, real estate and e-commerce.
A trial lawyer for 25 years, Michaels has been listed in the Best Lawyers in America every year for the past 15 years and received Chambers USA’s #1 ranking in Colorado for Intellectual Property Litigation. Recently, she was named one of the “500 Leading Lawyers in America” by Lawdragon.
Michaels is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and the International Society of Barristers. A certified arbitrator and mediator, Michaels has handled dozens of arbitrations and mediations, both as an advocate and as the arbitrator or mediator.
William Anthony ’89
Managing Partner, Jackson Lewis, LLP
William Anthony has been practicing law with Jackson Lewis since 1989 and has been the managing partner of the Hartford office since 2000. His litigation and class action experience includes claims of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, breach of contract, failure to pay wages, and a variety of other statutory and common law issues. In his practice, Anthony has handled class-based and multi-plaintiff discrimination lawsuits and wage/hour class and collective actions.
Anthony is a member of the state bars of California, New York and Connecticut. He also provides employment law counseling to clients on the full range of employment law issues as well as training on management skills, discrimination, harassment, wage and disabilities management issues.
Ellen Flannery ’78
Partner, Covington & Burling LLP
Ellen Flannery is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Covington & Burling LLP and serves as co-chair of the firm’s food and drug law practice group. At her firm, she advises clients on matters relating to regulation of medical devices, pharmaceuticals and biological products.
Flannery’s practice includes legal issues surrounding human pharmaceuticals and medical devices, and many of her cases deal heavily with the FDA.
Along with her work at her firm, Flannery is chair of the Fellows of the American Bar Foundation. Her pro bono work includes coordinating a team of firm lawyers in preparing a Lawyer Intake Manual for 2005 Hurricane Evacuees. She was named in Best Lawyers in America for FDA law, and she is currently on the BU Law Board of Visitors.
Carolyn Berger ’76
Justice, Supreme Court of Delaware
Carolyn Berger became a Justice of the Supreme Court of Delaware on July 22, 1994, and her current term ends in July 2018. Prior to her appointment on the Supreme Court, Berger worked as an associate at the law firms Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom and Prickett, Ward, Burt & Sanders. She was also a deputy attorney general with the Delaware Department of Justice.
Berger served as an associate member on the Board of Bar Examiners, as president and vice president of the Milton & Hattie Kutz Home, as a member of the Community Advisory Council of the Junior League of Wilmington, and on the Board of Directors of the Jewish Federation and the Delaware Region National Conference of Christians & Jews. Berger was a vice chancellor for the Delaware Court of Chancery from 1984 to 1994. She is currently a member of the American Bar Foundation, the American Law Institute and the Rodney Inn of Court.
Berger received her B.A. at the University of Rochester, her M.A. in Elementary Education from Boston University School of Education and her J.D. from Boston University School of Law. She received an Honorary Doctor of Laws from Widener University School of Law in 1996.
Jonathan Awner ’85
Shareholder; Chair, Corporate Practice Group, Akerman Senterfitt
As a shareholder for Akerman Senterfitt, Jonathan Awner’s practice areas include corporate mergers and acquisitions, private equity and venture capital, securities, and corporate advisory services. For over 20 years, he has acted as lead counsel representing buyers, sellers, investors, special committees of boards of directors and other stakeholders in over 300 mergers and acquisitions, spin-offs and restructurings of private and public companies. He has also served as counsel to public and private companies and investor groups in private placements of equity and debt securities, including early stage and other venture capital financings.
Awner is listed in The Best Lawyers in America for 2007 and 2008 for Corporate Governance and Compliance Law, Corporate Law, Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law, Mergers & Acquisitions Law and Venture Capital Law. He ranked #1 in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business for Florida Corporate/M&A and is listed in Florida Trend's Legal Elite.
Jack VanWoerkom '78
Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary
Jack VanWoerkom joined The Home Depot as executive vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary in June 2007. VanWoerkom is responsible for all legal functions worldwide, including securities, litigation, employment, mergers and acquisitions, real estate, operations and regulatory, intellectual property and risk management. As corporate secretary, he serves as a liaison between the board of directors and the company, and is responsible for all corporate governance matters. Jack is also responsible for the company’s government relations and corporate security services.
VanWoerkom brings significant global retail experience to his role, joining The Home Depot from Staples, where he served as executive vice president, general counsel and secretary. In that position, he was responsible for all legal matters, including governance, matters of the board of directors, securities, mergers and acquisitions, compliance, intellectual property and general corporate issues. He was also instrumental in spearheading Staples’ strategic entry into the Asia market.
Prior to his work in retail, VanWoerkom served as VP and general counsel for Teradyne, Inc., a publicly traded semiconductor chip testing manufacturer. Before that, he was chief legal counsel, vice president of development, and managing director of Europe for A.W. Chesterton.
A native of Muskegon, Michigan, VanWoerkom received his Bachelor of Science in finance from the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his J.D. degree from the Boston University School of Law.
Patrick Koon Sinn Lono Yim ’67
Trustee, The Queen Lili'uokalani Trust
Judge Patrick Koon Sinn Lono Yim is a trustee for the Queen Lili’uokalani Trust, an institution dedicated to the welfare of orphaned and destitute Hawaiian children. Yim began his legal career in Hawaii as deputy prosecuting attorney for the city and county of Honolulu and then as a referee in the Family Court. Later, he took a position as a District Family Court judge in the First Circuit, a position he served for over 10 years. Yim was then appointed acting judge in the Seventh Division. Less than a year later, he was appointed as a judge in the Seventh Division, First Circuit.
After he retired from the Judiciary in 1994, Yim began working in Alternate Dispute Resolution (ADR), arbitrating or mediating cases in various areas of law. Over 400 cases he has worked on have dealt with personal injury, professional malpractice, construction, real estate, domestic relations and labor law. Yim also serves pro bono on the Appellate ADR Program with the Judiciary.
During the years that Yim served in the Seventh Division, First Circuit, he held a number of positions, including chairman of the Judicial Arbitration Commission and of the Permanent Committee on Rules of Civil Procedure. He also served as president of the Hawaii State Trial Judge Association and chairman of the Judicial Education Committee. He has been recognized and awarded for his service by multiple local and national organizations, including being named an Outstanding Advocate for Children and Youth in 2001.
Lois Cox ’78
Clinical Professor of Law, University of Iowa College of Law
Professor Lois Cox is a clinical professor of law at the University of Iowa College of Law. Her teaching in the Clinical Law Program is focused in the area of domestic violence, employment and civil rights.
Cox served as ombudsperson for two years and as assistant dean for student affairs for six years at the University of Iowa. Prior to this, she worked as a staff attorney with the Legal Services Corporation of Iowa, concentrating in the areas of employment and public benefits law.
Cecelia Gassner ’97
Assistant to the Mayor for Economic Development, City of Boise
Cecelia Gassner currently serves as the assistant to the Mayor for Economic Development for the city of Boise, Idaho.
Previously, Gassner was an attorney at the law firm of Holland & Hart, where she specialized in intellectual property, information security, and technology transactions. She also served as deputy attorney general of Idaho's Office of the Attorney General, where she advised and represented the Idaho Public Utilities Commission and other state officials on matters of telecommunications, gas, water and energy.
In 2002, Gassner founded the Lifetech Law Group, which focused on advising technology and life science-based clients.
Gassner has a broad range of experience working with companies to create their internal and external privacy and information security policies and has conducted the intellectual property due diligence on mergers and acquisitions totaling over $3B in assets for financial services companies, apparel lines, environmental companies and publishing companies.
Gassner also co-writes the successful blog, "Divas for a Difference," which seeks to expand the outreach of Idaho nonprofit organizations and educate the public on issues these organizations represent.
Philip Beck '76
Founding Partner, Bartlit Beck Herman Palenchar & Scott LLP
Philip Beck is a founding partner at Bartlit Beck Herman Palenchar & Scott LLP, where he specializes in complex litigation. He has been recognized for his distinguished work in many publications, including The Best Lawyers in America, Chambers USA and The National Law Journal, which has called him one of the Top 10 Litigators in Illinois.
Some of his major cases taken to trial include Al Gore vs. George W. Bush during the 2000 Presidential Election Trial, in which Beck served as a member of President Bush's trial team. He also served as special trial counsel to the United Stated Department of Justice in United States vs. Microsoft. Some of his current representations are Merck, Ernst & Young and Bayer.
Before founding his current firm in 1993, Beck was a judicial clerk for the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and a partner at Kirkland & Ellis.
During his time at BU Law, Beck was the editor-in-chief of the Boston University Law Review. Since graduating magna cum laude from the School, Beck has continued to contribute to BU Law's community by serving as a member of the Board of Visitors. In 1999, he was awarded the prestigious Silver Shingle Award for Distinguished Service to the School, and in 2007 he received the Boston University Alumni Award, the University's highest alumni honor. The BU Law Philip S. Beck chair is named in his honor.
Elsa Kircher Cole ’74
Former General Counsel, NCAA
Elsa Kircher Cole formerly served as general counsel for the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) since 1997. In this position, she was responsible for NCAA's nationwide litigation calendar and all its legal affairs.
Before her position at the NCAA, Cole served for eight years as general counsel at the University of Michigan, where she managed and directed legal affairs for the University's three campuses. She was also the assistant attorney general for the University of Washington for 13 years.
Cole is a frequent lecturer and writer in the area of higher education law. She has served on the Board of Directors of the National Association of College and University Attorneys and has been named a fellow of the Association for her exemplary service over an extended time to college and university clients.
Donald Prophete ’92
Vice President, Ogletree Deakins
Donald Prophete is a vice president of Ogletree Deakins’ and one of their Board of Directors. He devotes his entire practice to representing management in all aspects of employment-related litigation and traditional labor matters.
Prophete has represented employers in suits involving race, sex, age and disability discrimination, sexual and racial harassment, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act and related common law claims. Prophete also devotes a substantial part of his practice to representing employers in traditional labor law matters, including union organizing campaigns, collective bargaining and grievance arbitrations.
Prior to joining Ogletree Deakins, Prophete was the chair of the Labor and Employment Group for the Kansas City office of a major Missouri-based law firm. He also served for many years as director of Labor & Employment Law for Sprint Corporation.
Legal 500 has recognized Prophete as one of the leading employment litigation attorneys in the U.S. He has also been recognized by Super Lawyers magazine as being in the top five percent of attorneys in Missouri and Kansas.
James Murray ’75
Shareholder, Executive Committee, Morgan and Pottinger
James Murray, a shareholder and member of the Executive Committee at Morgan and Pottinger, practices real estate law, general practice and commercial law. He was admitted to the bar in Kentucky in 1975 after graduating from BU Law. Murray also attended Washburn University and the Netherlands International School of Business in Breukelen, the Netherlands.
Murray was a lieutenant commander of the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve from 1968 until 1986, and he currently serves the community as director of the LawCare/Pro Bono Program, Inc.
Alvin John Herbert III
Manager of Baton Rouge Office, Middleberg Riddle & Gianna
Alvin John “A.J.” Herbert serves as manager of the Baton Rouge office for Middleberg Riddle & Gianna. Herbert has been with the firm 20 years, starting as a courier while in college. He is licensed in Texas and Louisiana and has worked in both of the firm’s offices. He practices in the areas of healthcare law, insurance regulatory law, banking law and general corporate law.
Herbert has a peer review rating of AV, which is the highest rating an attorney can receive. While studying at BU Law towards his L.L.M. in American Banking Law, Herbert received the Graduate Banking Law Alumni Academic Achievement Award.
Martha Coakley ’79
Attorney General, MA
Martha Coakley was sworn in on January 17, 2007 as the Massachusetts attorney general as the first woman to ever hold the title in Massachusetts. During her previous appointment as the Middlesex district attorney, Coakley earned the recognition of Massachusetts State Police, Mothers Against Drunk Driving and the Frank J. Murray Inn of Court.
In November 2000, the Women’s Bar Association of Massachusetts honored Coakley with the Leila J. Robinson Award for her contributions to the field of law. In June 2002, the YWCA Boston selected Coakley as a member of its Academy of Women Achievers, Class of 2002. In addition, she is a former president of the Women’s Bar Association of Massachusetts, and she serves on the Board of Directors at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute.
Coakley has served as a guest speaker and panel participant addressing concerns relative to child abuse, domestic violence and criminal justice for various groups, including the Massachusetts Medical Society, Harvard Law School, the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, the Boston Bar Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics. With Middlesex Partnerships for Youth, Coakley hosted numerous workshops and training seminars for law enforcement, social service providers and educators to help foster an atmosphere of respect and public safety for Middlesex youth.
Coakley received a B.A. degree, cum laude, from Williams College and a J.D. degree from Boston University School of Law. In 2007, she served as BU Law’s 2007 commencement speaker.
Jason R. Baron ‘80
Director of Litigation, National Archives and Records Administration
Jason Baron has served as the director of litigation at the National Archives since May 2000. In this position, Baron is responsible for overseeing all litigation-related activities confronting the National Archives, including complex federal court litigation involving access to federal and presidential records in the custody of the National Archives.
Prior to his appointment as director of litigation, for 12 years Baron held successive positions as trial attorney and senior counsel with the Federal Programs Branch of the Civil Division of the Department of Justice, where he appeared as lead counsel in landmark cases involving White House e-mail and regulation of the Internet. He also previously worked as an attorney-advisor and trial attorney in the Office of General Counsel at the Department of Health and Human Services.
Baron has been a visiting scholar at the University of British Columbia, an adjunct professor at the University of Albany, and currently holds an appointment as adjunct professor at the University of Maryland iSchool (College of Information Studies).
He has authored numerous publications and is an internationally recognized lecturer on the subject of e-discovery, including topics involving the preservation of and access to public sector electronic records.
Baron serves as editor-in-chief of The Sedona Conference Best Practices Commentary On the Use of Search and Information Retrieval Methods in E-Discovery. He is a founding coordinator of the National Institute of Standards and Technology TREC Legal Track, a scientific research project devoted to information retrieval. He is also a member of the advisory board for the Georgetown Law Advanced E-Discovery Institute.
While at BU Law, Baron was a member of the National Moot Court Team. Prior to law school he graduated with a B.A. magna cum laude from Wesleyan University. Baron has been the recipient of numerous awards and commendations for his public service, including from the Justice Department, the National Security Council, the Archivist of the United States, and the Department of Health and Human Services. In 2008 Federal Computer Week named Baron as one of the “Fed 100,” for his thought leadership in the area of law and information technology.
Eleanor Baker LL.M. ’80
Managing Principal, Baker Newman Noyes
Eleanor Baker is one of the founders of Baker Newman Noyes, having previously been with KPMG, one of the firm’s predecessor companies since 1977. In addition to providing leadership to the firm as managing principal, she specializes in taxation and personal financial consulting for high wealth individuals and families.
Baker earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Maine, a J.D. from the University of Maine School of Law, and an LL.M. in Taxation from Boston University School of Law. She also holds the Personal Financial Specialist designation.
Melanie Jacobs ’94
Associate Professor of Law, Michigan State University College of Law
Melanie Jacobs joined the MSU College of Law faculty in 2002 and teaches Family Law, Decedents’ Estates and Trusts, Property, Assisted Reproductive Technologies and the Law, and Law & Gender. She is the co-chair of the Family Law concentration and serves as the faculty advisor to the Chance at Childhood Program.
For the 2006-07 academic year, she was awarded a Michigan State University Lilly Teaching Fellowship. During the Fall 2004 semester, she was a visiting assistant professor at the William & Mary Marshall-Wythe School of Law, where she taught Family Law and Property. Previously, Jacobs served as a Freedman Fellow and a lecturer-in-law at Temple University School of Law. Her additional teaching experience includes two years as a clinical instructor for Hale and Dorr Legal Services Center at Harvard Law School and as an adjunct instructor at the Boston University School of Law.
While in the Boston area, Jacobs also engaged in private practice with the firm of Witmer, Karp, Warner & Thuotte and served as counsel to the Massachusetts Department of Revenue Child Support Enforcement Division.
Jacobs has written articles and given numerous presentations regarding the need to establish legal recognition for nontraditional families. She has argued in favor of preserving nonbiological parental relationships to foster the best interests of children and her current research and scholarship focuses on moving beyond biological bases of parental determination and recognizing multiple parents.
Martha Brand ’74
Former Executive Director, Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy
Martha Brand is an experienced attorney and land use expert who began serving as the executive director for Minnesota Center for Environment Advocacy (MCEA) in 2003. She was responsible for the strategic direction and overall management of the organization.
Before joining MCEA, Brand served as a partner at Leonard, Street and Deinard practicing environmental law with an emphasis on development of contaminated properties, Superfund, water resources and alternative dispute resolution. In recent years, she worked as an environmental and land use consultant and completed a Bush Foundation Leadership Fellowship.
Brand has been featured in The Best Lawyers in America and received the 1999 Minnesota Women Lawyers Myra Bradwell Award for Contribution to Women in the Law. She is former chair of the Board of Directors of American Rivers in Washington, D.C. and has been active in a number of professional and environmental organizations including the State Bar Association, the Minnesota Environmental Quality Board and the Citizen's League.
Joseph Colagiovanni ’82
Partner, Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal LLP
Joseph Colagiovanni is a partner at Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal LLP. His practice centers on construction, engineering and development law in the U.S. and worldwide. He has worked on a number of major construction projects, including bridges and roadways, environmental management and cleanup, renovation of historic structures and research facilities. He has recently represented Native American tribes in large-scale development projects, dealing with the unique issues associated with tribal sovereign nations in large-scale development.
Colagiovanni is an adjunct professor of construction law at Washington University and a member of the American Arbitration Association's (AAA) Construction Arbitrator Master Panel. He is also a member of the AAA’s Regional Advisory Board and a board member of the St. Louis Stempel Plan and the Associated Minority Contractors of St. Louis.
Before working at his law firm, Colagiovanni was an assistant attorney general for the state of Missouri and developed expertise in education law. He served as trial counsel in the Kansas City school desegregation litigation, alcoholic beverage licensing and regulation and advertising, unfair trade practice and business trade offense matters.
Robert Lazarus ’76
Shareholder, Watkins Ludlam Winter & Stennis, P.A.
Robert Lazarus, a shareholder at the law firm Watkins Ludlam Winter & Stennis, P.A., practices in the areas of municipal and corporate finance.
Lazarus is listed in The Best Lawyers in America for Corporate Law and Public Finance Law, and in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Business Lawyers for Corporate/Mergers & Acquisitions. A member of the National Association of Bond Lawyers, he is admitted to practice in both Ohio and Mississippi.
Lazarus graduated magna cum laude from Dartmouth College and earned his J.D., cum laude, from Boston University School of Law.
John Jones LL.M.’85
President, Moulton Law Firm
John Jones currently serves as president of Moulton Law Firm. His practice centers on healthcare law and taxation as well as corporate, real estate and finance law.
Prior to joining the Moulton Firm in 1985, Jones interned with a Tacoma, Washington law firm for two years and then clerked with the Montana Supreme Court for one year. He is listed in the publication, The Best Lawyers in America and has received the highest rating by The Chambers USA Guide. Jones is a member of the American Academy of Health Care Attorneys.
Jones attended the University of Munich, received his B.A. degree from Willamette University, his J.D. degree from the University of Puget Sound and his LL.M. degree in Taxation from Boston University. He was articles editor of the Boston University Journal of Tax Law, which published his article, "Marital Deduction Planning With QTIP After The 1984 Tax Reform Act."
Charles Calkins ’84
Partner, Kilpatrick Stockton LLP
Charles Calkins, a registered patent attorney, heads the North Carolina patent practice of law firm Kilpatrick Stockton LLP, where he practices in the area of intellectual property with a concentration in patent law. He leads the patent prosecution teams for ExxonMobil Corporation, General Electric Corporation, Eastman Chemical Company, Lexmark Corporation and numerous emerging life sciences and technology companies.
In addition to patent prosecution, Calkins has an extensive practice counseling clients in the value of intellectual property assets in the merger, acquisition or investment context. He has worked with companies and institutional investment groups to conduct due diligence and provide counseling relating to potential investments.
Calkins is a frequent lecturer on patent law, due diligence and related topics and is incoming chair of the North Carolina Bar Association’s Intellectual Property Section. He has been named to Business North Carolina’s 2006 Legal Elite List and was recognized as an Intellectual Property "Super Lawyer" in the 2006 North Carolina Super Lawyer magazine. He is also listed in the 2007 edition of The Best Lawyers in America for Intellectual Property Law.
Edwin W.F. Dyer III ’73
Attorney, Dyer & Summers, P.C.
Edwin W.F. Dyer III is an attorney at Dyer & Summers, P.C. He was formerly an administrative law judge for the North Dakota Office of Administrative Hearings for eight years. Before this, he served as chief judge in Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Court from 1989 to 1991.
His practice includes Consumer Bankruptcy, Social Security Disability, Juvenile Law, Administrative Law, Family Law and Tribal Law. He is a member of the Big Muddy Bar Association and the State Bar Association of North Dakota. He is admitted to the bars in Massachusetts, Montana, South Dakota, U.S. District Court, District Court of North Dakota, U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit, North Dakota and Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Court.
John Schembari ’92
Partner, Kutak Rock LLP
John Schembari, chair of the Employee Benefits Practice Group, concentrates his practice primarily in Employee Retirement Income Security Act and employee benefits law. He works with qualified and nonqualified retirement plans, employee stock ownership plans, insured and self-funded health plans, fiduciary issues and executive and incentive compensation, among others. He also assists high-growth clients in managing their growth through recruiting, hiring and retaining high-quality personnel, as well as obtaining financing to fund the growth.
Schembari was selected by his peers for the 2007 Best Lawyers In America listing for Employee Benefits Law and also has a peer review rating of "AV" by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating an attorney can receive.
Robert Dastin LL.M. '68;
Shareholder, Sheehan Phinney Bass & Green, PA
During Bob Dastin's more than 40 years at Sheehan Phinney, his peers and the media have often recognized him as one of the state's legal leaders. Dastin represents professional practices such as physicians, dentists, architects, accountants and attorneys, assisting them with formation, sale and general representation across a wide range of organizational and business issues. He also helps regional transportation, moving and warehousing companies comply with the ever-increasing number of state and federal laws and regulations.
Dastin counsels local and national firms regarding liquor licensing, compliance and enforcement, as well as many small business entities from start-up through expansion as they deal with changing structures, employment and growth matters. In addition, Dastin has a long-term practice with nonprofit organizations.
Throughout his career, Dastin has given personal time to the Greater Manchester community. He currently serves as a director of New Hampshire Catholic Charities, a trustee and vice chairman of Camp Belknap (YMCA), the president and a director of the Kevin T. McHugh Scholarship Fund (Trinity High School), the director of Selective Service for New Hampshire, a director of Amoskeag Industries, Inc., Neighborworks of Greater Manchester, and the New Hampshire Veterans Cemetery Association, Inc. and a founder, director and secretary of Hampshire First Bank.
Michael Tanenbaum ’81
Chairman, Sedgwick, Detert, Moran & Arnold LLP
Michael A. Tanenbaum, chairman of Sedgwick, practices in the areas of products liability, pharmaceutical liability and environmental and toxic tort. Tanenbaum has been litigating and managing complex commercial and products liability litigation for over 25 years.
He has served as national products liability counsel for pharmaceutical, consumer product, building products and chemical companies, as well as for a global industrial contractor and power equipment manufacturer.
Tanenbaum counsels corporations concerning litigation risk avoidance, risk management, regulatory and other corporate compliance and due diligence. He also consults with financial analysts and major investors regarding investments and the litigation and regulatory outlook for a variety of companies with existing or potential product liabilities.
He received his J.D., cum laude,from Boston University School of Law in 1981 and his A.B., magna cum laude, from Princeton University in 1978.
Lee Eliot Berk ’67
Founder, Friends of Santa Fe Jazz; Former President, Berklee College of Music
Lee Eliot Berk is the former president of Berklee College of Music. Berk’s father, Lawrence Berk, founded the College in 1945 and named it by reversing his son’s first and last names. Berk joined his father at Berklee in 1966 and served as a music law professor and a vice president in external affairs before assuming the presidency in 1979.
Under Berk's leadership, Berklee expanded its established jazz curriculum to develop numerous majors for the contemporary music professions, including the majors in Music Production and Engineering, Music Synthesis, Songwriting, Music Business/Management and Music Therapy.
Berk was a leader in establishing Boston’s first high school for the visual and performing arts and the Berklee City Music program to identify and teach talented urban teens. He established the Berklee International Network that includes music schools with a shared mission around the globe. As a credit to his strengthening of U.S.-Japan cultural ties, Berk was awarded the Order of the Rising Sun from the Emperor of Japan. He has also received the President’s Merit Award for Outstanding Educational Achievement from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences and the NAMM Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Music Products Industry.
A graduate of Brown University and BU Law, Berk was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Music degree upon his retirement as president of Berklee in 2004. He now resides in Santa Fe, New Mexico with his wife, Susan Berk, where they have founded the Friends of Santa Fe Jazz.
Joseph Ganley '94
Partner, Hutchison & Steffen
Joseph Ganley is a senior litigation partner at Hutchison & Steffen who practices in virtually every aspect of business and commercial litigation, including real estate, construction, employment, intellectual property, insurance, healthcare, probate, corporate, mechanic’s lien and general contract litigation.
After graduating from Middlebury College in 1987, Ganley stayed on as an assistant football and baseball coach. He spent another year teaching and coaching at Hingham High School in Massachusetts before beginning his career in the legal profession at the international law firm of Davis Polk & Wardwell in New York City.
Ganley transferred to Boston University School of Law after his first year of law school. He received the American Jurisprudence Award in Trial Advocacy, and he was a regional finalist in the ATLA National Trial Team Competition. As a law student, Ganley clerked at the United States Attorney’s Office in Las Vegas and, after graduating in 1994, he joined a prominent Nevada law firm. Ganley is admitted to practice in both the state and federal courts of Nevada and Massachusetts, and the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Michael Fricklas ’84
Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, Viacom
As Viacom’s general counsel, Michael Fricklas is responsible for Viacom’s legal affairs and management of its law department, which has approximately 200 lawyers. Viacom is the world's leading entertainment content company and includes the motion picture companies Paramount Pictures and DreamWorks and cable programmers BET Networks and MTV Networks.
MTV Networks programs 130 networks including some of the world’s most famous entertainment brands, such as MTV, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, SpikeTV, VH1, CMT: Country Music Television, TV Land, Paramount Comedy Channel and many more, and operates in every country in the world. Viacom’s expanding digital presence has over 300 consumer web properties and the recent video game hit Rock Band.
After graduating from BU Law, Fricklas, an electrical engineer from Colorado, moved to California to work at Gray, Cary, Ware & Friedenrich LLP (a predecessor of DLA Piper Rudnick) to focus on securities and IP work for technology companies. Handling the initial public offering work for clients brought him in contact with Shearman & Sterling's San Francisco office, which represented the underwriters on several deals.
Following the market crash in 1987, Fricklas began representing mining companies in securities offerings and mergers, first from San Francisco and then from Shearman’s New York office and accepted a position, located in Denver, as general counsel of Minorco (U.S.A.) Inc., the North American parent for what was the world’s largest mining group. In 1993 he was recruited to return to New York as deputy general counsel of Viacom and became general counsel and secretary in 1999.
He has received several awards notably including Boston University School of Law’s “Silver Shingle” for distinguished service to the School of Law, and, in 2007, the Association of Corporate Counsel’s highest honor, the Excellence in Corporate Practice Award.
Deborah Read ’82
Partner, Thompson Hine LLP
Deborah Read, partner and executive committee member of the firm Thompson Hine LLP, practices tax law and healthcare law. She functions as outside general counsel to two large exempt organizations and focuses her tax practice on tax and corporate planning for nonprofit and healthcare organizations. Read assists clients in the formation of nonprofit entities, qualification of nonprofit entities for tax exempt status, conversions to and from exempt status, corporate reorganizations and liquidations, Internal Revenue Service Ruling requests, unrelated business income, lobbying and political contribution tax compliance, tax reviews and tax controversy work.
Read is listed in The Best Lawyers in America and was chosen as the 2006 YWCA Career Woman of Achievement. She is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia and Ohio.
David Shear ’85
Senior Vice President, Secretary and General Counsel, LSB Industries Inc.
David Shear has been senior vice president of LSB Industries Inc., since July 2004 and general counsel and secretary since March 1990. Shear also serves as vice president, secretary and general counsel of Thermaclime, Inc., a subsidiary of LSB Industries Inc.
Shear also served as secretary of Laboratory Specialists of America, Inc. He acted as a staff attorney at the Bureau of Competition with the Federal Trade Commission from 1985 to 1986. From 1986 through 1989, Shear was an associate in the Boston law firm of Weiss, Angoff, Coltin, Koski and Wolf.
At Brandeis University, Shear was the founding editor-in-chief of Chronos, the first journal of undergraduate scholarly articles. Shear attended the Boston University School of Law, where he was a contributing editor of the Annual Review of Banking Law.
Brenda Meltebeke ’86
Partner, Ater Wynne LLP
Brenda Meltebeke, partner and chair of Ater Wynne’s business department, has a broad securities law practice, including venture capital financings, mergers and acquisitions, public and private offerings of securities, and state and federal regulation of securities.
Meltebeke also has substantial experience in business counseling and general corporate law, representing emerging growth companies in a variety of matters, including selecting an appropriate form of entity, forming and dissolving corporations, and negotiating and documenting various contractual arrangements such as shareholder, investor rights and voting agreements.
Her current community involvement includes serving as board chair of Literary Arts, Inc., board member of Friends of the Performing Arts Center, steering committee member of the Women’s Investment Network, advisory board member for The Link for Women, and Startup Services Committee member of the Oregon Entrepreneurs Network.
Peter McCausland ’74
Chairman, CEO, Airgas, Inc.
Peter McCausland is chairman and chief executive officer of Airgas, Inc., the largest distributor of industrial, medical and specialty gases and welding equipment and one of the largest distributors of safety supplies in the U.S. McCausland founded Airgas in 1982 and has been the chairman and CEO since 1987.
McCausland previously served as general counsel for MG Industries, Inc., an industrial gas producer. He was also a founding partner in the law firm of McCausland, Keen & Buckman, which specialized in mergers, acquisitions and financings.
McCausland serves as a director of the Fox Chase Cancer Center, the Independence Seaport Museum, the International Oxygen Manufacturers Association, Inc. and as a member of the Board of Trustees of Eisenhower Fellowships, Inc. He also serves on the Board of Visitors of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of South Carolina and on the Board of Visitors at BU Law. He graduated cum laude from BU Law with a J.D. degree after earning a B.S. in history from the University of South Carolina.
David D. Wasserman '84
Principal, Wasserman Real Estate Capital LLC
David Wasserman is the principal of Wasserman Real Estate Capital LLC. Over the years, Wassermanˇ¦s commitment to Wasserman Real Estate has transformed the regional, retail-driven developer to a diversified, internationally known company. With 23 years of industry experience, Wasserman has built up a high-profile portfolio, including such prominent clients as Federated Department Stores, Forest City Enterprises, JPI Apartment Communities and May Department Stores Company.
Outside of his work at Wasserman Real Estate, Wasserman has earned great esteem as a speaker for industry trade associations such as ULI and urban studies seminars at Brown University and Columbia University. He is also an active board member for RxArt and Creative Time in New York City, as well as a member of the New York State Bar Association.
Andy Agrawal ’87
Managing Partner, Kirchner & Co., Inc.
Andy Agrawal, managing partner of Kirchner and Company Investment Banking, has 20 years of operational and transaction experience in both large and small companies.
Agrawal was formerly the number two officer at one of the nation's largest providers of contract therapy services to the healthcare industry and a division of a $2 billion public healthcare company. He led a number of very successful initiatives through a course of three public company mergers and the consolidation and reorganization of three operating divisions into one.
Agrawal has also been an active entrepreneur, founding two start-ups and providing interim management and advisory services to several early and mid-stage, high-growth companies in Austin, Texas, Central Pennsylvania and Charlotte, North Carolina. He co-founded an incubator that invested in several high-profile healthcare information technology companies and provided them with ongoing management and strategic direction. He has also provided leadership and strategic advice to high-growth companies in numerous industries.
Agrawal holds a B.A., cum laude, from Vassar College and a J.D., magna cum laude, from Boston University School of Law. He is the author of "Forging a Path to Death and Dignity,” published in BU Law’s Law Review and is active in a number of organizations and advisory boards focused on mentoring and advising high-growth companies.
James Naro ’78
Senior Vice President, Legal and Human Resources
General Counsel, LodgeNet Entertainment Corporation
James Naro was appointed senior vice president, general counsel and secretary of LodgeNet Entertainment Corporation (NASD:LNET) in June 2006. Naro is responsible for the company’s legal affairs and for guiding its corporate compliance and intellectual property strategy.
With more than 28 years of legal experience, Naro’s background spans intellectual property management and licensing; multinational mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures; public and private financing; and corporate governance and regulatory compliance. Prior to joining LodgeNet, Naro served as vice president and general counsel for Digital Angel Corporation, a public company involved in radio frequency identification (RFID).
Previously, Naro served as senior vice president, general counsel and secretary of DIRECTV Latin America LLC, a direct-to-home satellite service. While at DIRECTV Latin America, Naro was responsible for legal affairs including the formation or acquisition of operating affiliates in 27 countries, the licensing of more than 300 television channels, and movie rights and exclusive events such as the FIFA World Cup.
Robert Belton LL.B ’65
Professor of Law Emeritus, Vanderbilt Law School
Robert Belton has been a professor at Vanderbilt University Law School since 1975. He is a leading scholar in the fields of employment law and civil rights law, and he teaches Employment Discrimination Law, Race and the Law, the Law of Work, and Constitutional Torts at Vanderbilt.
Before joining the Vanderbilt faculty, Belton was a nationally prominent civil rights attorney, first as assistant counsel with the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, and then as a partner in one of the first racially integrated law firms in the South. His co-written 2004 casebook, Employment Discrimination Law: Cases and Materials on Equality in the Workplace, is the first to extensively integrate critical race and feminist theory in a published set of teaching materials on employment discrimination law, and he has also written a number of important articles on employment discrimination law.
Belton’s career in academia includes serving as a visiting law professor at Harvard Law School and North Carolina School of Law. He was the first Distinguished Charles Hamilton Houston Visiting Professor at North Carolina Central School of Law. Belton is currently writing a book on Griggs v. Duke Power Company, a landmark civil rights case.
Chip Babcock ’76
Partner, Jackson Walker, LLP
Charles “Chip” Babcock has tried some of the most well-known cases of our time, including his representation of Oprah Winfrey in a suit brought against her by Texas Cattlemen and the successful defense of the Chicago Tribune in the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois. A partner at Jackson Walker, LLP, Babcock has fashioned a national litigation practice defending such disparate cases as the Rhode Island nightclub fire litigation in Providence, a defamation suit against Dr. Phil in Los Angeles and a corporate governance matter in Fort Worth.
Babcock has frequently been called upon by state and federal judges to advise them on matters affecting the judiciary and the practice of law. He has been a member of the Texas Supreme Court Advisory Committee for over 15 years, serving the last seven as its chair.
He has been recognized by Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, by Best Lawyers in America in both the litigation and first amendment categories, and by Texas Magazine as one of Dallas’ best lawyers.
Babcock graduated from Brown University where he was the sports director for the University radio station. For a time after college, he stayed in the sports business as a writer and columnist for the Philadelphia Inquirer, but he left journalism to attend Boston University School of Law, where he served as executive editor of the Law Review.
Paul Cherecwich, Jr. LL.M. ’82
Chairman, Retired Corporate Tax Counsel, IRS Oversight Board
Paul Cherecwich, Jr. was appointed chairman of the IRS Oversight Board by President Bush to oversee the IRS in its administration of the internal revenue laws. Previously, Cherecwich had a successful career as a tax attorney, employed both in the business and the practitioner world. After working for three Fortune 500 corporations, Cherecwich left his position of vice president of Tax and Tax Counsel at Cordant Technologies, Inc. and joined the law firm of Miller & Chevalier Chartered, from which he retired in 2004.
During his career, Cherecwich participated in several professional groups. He served in leadership roles on several trade association tax committees, and he was also selected by his peers to be the 1997-1998 international president of The Tax Executives Institute, the preeminent association of corporate tax executives in North America.
Cherecwich has served on the boards of charitable organizations and on several government advisory groups, including the Massachusetts Governors Management Task Force, the United States Trade Representative’s Industry Advisory Committee on Customs and the IRS Advisory Council, where he was the 2002 Chair.
Arlen Gelbard ’82
Former Chief Administrative Officer, E*TRADE Financial Corp
Arlen Gelbard formerly seraved as chief administrative officer of E*TRADE Financial Corp. since January 2005, and the chief banking officer and president of E*TRADE Bank, a subsidiary of E*TRADE Group Inc., since April 2002. Gelbard oversaw all of the company's administrative and risk functions, including internal audit, human resources, compliance, security and facilities.
Gelbard joined the company in January 2000, when it acquired Telebanc Financial Corporation, where he had served as the executive vice president and general counsel. Prior to that, he was a partner of the law firm of Hofheimer, Gartlin & Gross, LLP in New York City, where he specialized in transactional real estate, lending, leasing, foreclosures and workouts.
Gelbard holds a B.A. in politics from Brandeis University and a J.D. and M.B.A. from Boston University.
Samuel Hoar, Jr. ’85
Director and Partner, Dinse, Knapp & McAndrew
Samuel Hoar, Jr. has been a director and partner of Dinse, Knapp & McAndrew since 1992. He is the firm's hiring partner and has been a member of the firm's Management Committee. He is admitted to practice in both Vermont and New York and is the partner in charge of the firm's Plattsburgh, New York office. Hoar is a member of the firm's litigation practice group and the leader of its Insurance Practice Group, with broad experience in environmental and toxic tort, product liability, insurance coverage and general litigation matters.
Hoar was recently tenured as president of the Vermont Bar Association (2006-07). He previously served as president of the Vermont Bar Foundation from 2001 through 2006, and as a member of the Supreme Court's Advisory Committee on Civil Rules and the Jury Policy Committee.
Hoar joined the firm in 1987 following a judicial clerkship with the Honorable Bailey Aldrich, a senior judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit in Boston, and a brief stint as an associate at the Boston firm of Hemenway & Barnes. Hoar also served as a lecturer-in-law at Boston University School of Law prior to moving to Vermont to join his current firm.
While studying at BU Law, Hoar was awarded the Dr. John Ordronaux Award for Greatest Overall Ability and was articles editor of the Law Review. He graduated magna cum laude in 1985.
Dorothy Bullitt ’80
Practitioner-in-Residence, Evans School of Public Affairs, University of Washington
Dorothy Bullitt is currently a distinguished practitioner-in-residence at the University of Washington, Seattle, where she teaches courses relating to leadership and law. Previously, Bullitt was the chief operating officer of Habitat for Humanity of Seattle, and the president of Dorothy Bullitt Management Services. She has been published several times, and her co-written book, Addicted to Danger, was a national bestseller.
Bullitt serves on the boards of the Washington State Convention and Trade Center, Multi-Faith Works and the Downtown Seattle Association. She has also served on the Seattle Human Rights Commission and the boards of the Rotary Club of Seattle, Seattle University Law School, the University of Washington’s Executive MBA Program, AIDS Housing of Washington and the Bullitt Foundation.
Following the Rodney King riots in 1992, Dorothy conceived and chaired the UNITY Project, which brought together 1,000 volunteers from the High Point Housing Project and the downtown business community. Bullitt has been honored numerous times for her leadership and dedication to community service.
Richard Graber '81
Shareholder, Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren
Richard W. Graber is a shareholder in Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren's Business Law and International Practices. Graber works with clients from a variety of industries including paper manufacturing, automotive, lighting, transportation, media, publishing, petroleum, moving and storage, financial institutions and higher education.
After serving as president and chief executive officer of Reinhart from 2004 to 2006, Graber left the firm to serve as the U.S. Ambassador to the Czech Republic. He returned to the firm in 2009. He uses his many experiences to help Reinhart's domestic clients doing business in Europe, and to assist European companies doing business in the United States.
Graber is a frequent speaker on legal and political issues. He has spoken extensively on issues related to election reform and is a regular commentator on radio and television, including CNN and the Larry King Show. He served as chairman of the Republican Party of Wisconsin from 1999 until 2006. He is a member of the Council of American Ambassadors.
Bernard Vallejos '05
Associate, Farrell, Farrell & Farrell, PLLC
Bernard Vallejos joined Farrell, Farrell & Farrell, PLLC as an associate in August 2005 after serving as a law clerk during the summer of 2004. His practice primarily focuses on defense litigation in the areas of medical malpractice, product liability, mass tort and employment law. He also participates in the firm’s client-advisory practice.
Vallejos earned a B.A., cum laude, from the University of Notre Dame in 2002, where he was pre-medicine and majored in philosophy. Vallejos was an active participant in the various moot court competitions at BU Law and earned his J.D. in May 2005. During his second and third years of law school, Vallejos also distinguished himself as an associate editor and managing editor, respectively, of the American Journal of Law and Medicine.
Vallejos was admitted to the West Virginia State Bar and United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia in 2005. He is currently an active member of the West Virginia State Bar, Defense Research Institute, American Bar Association and Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia.
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