News & Updates from BU Law Alumni
Class notes for the spring 2023 issue of The Record reflect submissions received between June 1 and November 30, 2022.
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Hon. Al Kramer (LLB’57) authored his first novel, Competing Harms: A Political Legal Thriller, at age 89.
Martin Lobel (JD’65) closed Lobel, Novins & Lamont on October 16, 2022, 50 years to the day after opening it in Washington, DC. The firm had represented hundreds of journalists in contract negotiations and defamation defense, recovered billions of dollars in oil overcharges for 28 states, helped the State of California recover hundreds of millions of dollars in oil royalty payments, and helped win unanimous decisions in the first four Supreme Court cases they worked on. Lobel is part of a BU Law School family. He graduated in 1965; his father, I. Alan Lobel, graduated in 1931, and his daughter, Devra S. Lobel, graduated in 2009. In his father’s memory, Martin has funded the I. Alan Lobel Public Interest Fund at the law school.
Arthur Greene (LLB’67) retired in December 2021 after a 55-year career as a trial lawyer, law firm managing partner, and more recently, a business consultant to law firms. During that time, he was active in the American Bar Association and authored several books on the business aspects of running a law firm. He now looks forward to spending his retirement years with his wife, Ellen, splitting their time between Bedford, New Hampshire and Scottsdale, Arizona, where their daughter lives with her family, including two granddaughters.
Scott N. King (JD’72, LLM’77) joined the residential real estate team of Ligris + Associates.
Lyle Nyberg (JD’73) published Ditching the Marshes: A History and Bibliography
Michael R. McElroy (JD’76), managing partner at McElroy & Donaldson and president of the Rhode Island Bar Foundation, was honored with the Rhode Island Bar Association’s 2022 Ralph P. Semonoff Award for Professionalism, which recognizes a member the Rhode Island Bar who has demonstrated the highest degree of professionalism with distinction in their career.
Warren Brown (JD’77) was honored with the inaugural Hall of Fame award by the Monumental City Bar Association of Maryland. The award celebrates those who have practiced law for more 25 years and made significant impacts in the realm of social justice and commitment to the legal profession.
Nancy S. Shilepsky (JD’77) was recognized by Massachusetts Super Lawyers and in the 2022 edition of Chambers USA.
Thomas P. Gorman (JD’78) was recognized by Massachusetts Super Lawyers.
Scott A. Lazar (JD’78) joined Morrison Mahoney LLP as a partner.
Bruce T. Block (JD’79), of Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren, was named a 2023 “Lawyer of the Year” in the areas of land use & zoning law and real estate law by Best Lawyers in America.
Patrick Boatman (JD’79) received the 2022 Career Achievement Award from the Connecticut Bar Association’s commercial law & bankruptcy section.
Samuel B. Moskowitz (JD’80) was recognized by Massachusetts Super Lawyers 2022.
Russell Pollock (JD’80) retired from practice at the beginning of 2020 after 40 years of private practice as a commercial transaction lawyer in San Francisco—just in time for the pandemic to throw a wrench into plans for travel and leisure. Staying close to home, he filled his days with plenty of practice on the guitar and mandolin. He also continues to serve on the board for Freight & Salvage, a nonprofit community arts venue in Berkeley, California that hosts bluegrass, Americana, and other traditional music. While he enjoyed the life of a lawyer (mostly), this new chapter is a lot more fun.
Lillian Moy (JD’81) retired from her role as executive director of the Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York.
Carl N. Weiner (JD’81), cochair of the real estate group of Hamburg, Rubin, Mullin, Maxwell & Lupin, has been recognized in Best Lawyers in America 2023.
Gary M. Feldman (JD’82) was recognized by Massachusetts Super Lawyers 2022.
Paul L. Feldman (JD’82) was recognized by Massachusetts Super Lawyers 2022.
Ted Berkowitz (JD’83), a partner at Moritt Hock & Hamroff LLP, has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America 2023.
Gary S. Fentin (LLM’83), founder and shareholder of Shatz, Schwartz and Fentin, was recognized in the Massachusetts Super Lawyers 2022 and Best Lawyers in America 2023 lists.
William Friedler (LLM’83) joined Verrill in the firm’s private clients & fiduciary services group as counsel, resident in the firm’s Boston office.
Stephen W. Rider (JD’83), a commercial litigation attorney with McGlinchey Stafford, was recognized in the Best Lawyers in America 2023 list.
Jo-Ann Marzullo (JD’84) of Ligris + Associates was named a 2022 “Top Women of Law” by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly.
Mark Sullivan (LLM’84) joined the board of trustees of Suffolk University.
Robert Finkel (JD’85, LLM’95),a partner at Moritt Hock & Hamroff LLP, has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America 2023.
Robert B. Labe (LLM’85) was appointed to the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel’s Fiduciary Administration Task Force. A partner with Williams, Williams, Rattner & Plunkett, in Birmingham, Michigan, he advises high-net-worth individuals and families on estate planning, trust, and estate matters; probate disputes; and tax planning. He also represents companies in business and succession planning. Labe was inducted as an ACTEC Fellow in 2017.
Michael Trager (JD’85) was named to the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board by President Biden.
Stephen Ackerman (JD’86) worked for more than 30 years in the legal counsel division of the New York City Law Department before his retirement in 2019. His debut poetry collection, Late Life, won the 2020 Gerald Cable Book Award and was published by Silverfish Review Press in August 2022.
Jennifer Clark (JD’86) was honored with the 2022 Lifetime Achievement Award by Boston Real Estate Times.
Mitch Katz (JD’86), of Barclay Damon,was recognized by Best Lawyers in America 2023 in the area of commercial litigation.
Hon. Pennie McLaughlin (JD’86) has been appointed to serve in an interim appointment as a judge on the San Diego County Superior Court.
Martin J. McLaughlin (JD’87), of Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren, was recognized by Best Lawyers in America 2023 in the area of corporate law.
Mark Weakley (JD’87) joined Faegre Drinker as a partner in the firm’s investment management group.
Karen Ling (JD’88) was appointed to the board of directors of Mallinckrodt PLC.
Howard Weinberg (JD’88) was elected mayor of Aventura, Florida.*
William Anthony (JD’89) joined Littler as a shareholder in its New York City office.
Michael E. Berger (JD’89) was named the inaugural vice chair of the Cranbrook Educational Community board of trustees.
Jon D. Meer (JD’89) was recognized by Continental Who’s Who as a Top Pinnacle Attorney in the law and legal services fields.
Gregory Otis (JD’89) joined Wilmington Trust as managing director of fiduciary services.
Herbert S. Subin (JD’89) was recognized by Forbes as one of the best personal injury lawyers in New York City.
Kelly Driscoll (LLM’90) was named to the board of directors of Road to Responsibility.
Hon. Michael McLennan (JD’90) was sworn in as magistrate judge for Ada County in Boise, Idaho, on October 31, 2022.
Andrew D. Myers (JD’ 90) was recognized by Massachusetts Super Lawyers 2022.
John J. Russotto (JD’90) was reappointed as deputy chief state’s attorney for personnel, finance and administration in the Connecticut Division of Criminal Justice.
Margaret Albertson (JD’91) was nominated to a Boston Municipal Court by former Governor Charlie Baker.
Daniel S. Field (JD’91), of Morgan, Brown & Joy, a Boston-based labor and employment law firm, was selected for inclusion in the 2022 Massachusetts Super Lawyers list.
Herbert S. Washer (JD’91) was among the team of Cahill Gordon & Reindel attorneys who cleared Credit Suisse of liability in a foreign currency exchange price-fixing conspiracy in which 15 other big banks settled for $2.3 billion.
Deborah M. Autor (JD’92) was appointed to the board of directors at Amneal Pharmaceuticals.
Elizabeth Greene (JD’92) was selected to the Massachusetts Super Lawyers 2022 and the Best Lawyers in America 2023 lists. Greene is a partner and member of Mirick O’Connell’s Litigation and Health Law Groups. She focuses her practice on advising and advocating for healthcare clinicians, care delivery systems and digital health companies. She also defends healthcare clients in medical malpractice cases and represents providers before their professional licensure boards.
Hon. Margaret Guzman (JD’92) was confirmed to serve on the US District Court for the District of Massachusetts. She was nominated by President Biden in July 2022. She is the first Hispanic judge appointed to that court.
John Simonian (JD’92) received the 2022 Volunteer Lawyer Program Pro Bono Publico Award from the Rhode Island Bar Association. Established in 1987, this award recognizes the outstanding efforts of attorneys who have provided equal access to justice to the needy in Rhode Island through the Volunteer Lawyer Program and/or Pro Bono Program for the Elderly during the past year.
Tracy Craig (JD’93) a partner in the trusts and estates group at Mirick O’Connell, was selected to the Massachusetts Super Lawyers 2022 and the Best Lawyers in America 2023 lists. Craig focuses her practice on estate planning, estate administration, prenuptial agreements, tax-exempt organizations, guardianships and conservatorships, and elder law.
John Halper (JD’93) is owner and CEO of Top Ten Liquors, one of the fastest-growing alcohol retail chains in Minnesota.
Eric Kaplan (JD’93), executive vice president of Operation HOPE—a national nonprofit dedicated to financial empowerment for underserved communities—is president of Financial Literacy for All, an initiative run by Operation HOPE.
Hon. Jodi (Wolfman) Rosenberg (JD’93) was named a Superior Court Judge in Essex County, New Jersey by Governor Phil Murphy.
Jay S. Ruderman (JD’93) has been elected to join the Brandeis University board of trustees.
Jane Steinmetz (JD’93, LLM’01) has joined the board of directors of the Boston Foundation.
Deborah Telman (JD’93) joined Gilead Sciences as executive vice president, corporate affairs and general counsel on August 1, 2022. She assumed overall responsibility for public affairs, government affairs and policy, legal & compliance functions.
Karyn Polak (JD’94), following three decades of uninterrupted legal practice, is now focused on identifying a role that applies her general counsel and financial services skills and experience to her passion for advancing prosperous, regenerative, inclusive, and equitable development. Polak excels at connecting dots across people and issues and facilitating dialogue and action—led by the communities these efforts seek to benefit—among diverse stakeholders, including investment and wealth managers, philanthropic entities, educational institutions, and others.
Delida Costin (JD’95) joined Group Black, a collective of Black-owned media and diverse creators, as chief legal officer and general counsel.
Benjamin Kim (JD’95) worked on a case that was featured on an episode of A&E’s Accused: Guilty or Innocent?
Peter Rosenthal (JD’95) began a new role as executive vice president & global head of legal and business affairs at Warner Chappell Music, the music publishing division of Warner Music Group.
Rob DiAdamo (JD’96) joined WSP USA, an engineering and professional services consultancy, as senior director of the enterprise management and strategy team.
Lynette Herscha (JD’96), chief operating officer at Immunitas Therapeutics, was recognized among the Top 25 Women Leaders in Biotechnology of 2022 by the Healthcare Technology Report.
Namita Shah (JD’96), partner and chair of the Private Equity and Finance group at Day Pitney, was honored with the 2022 Cornerstone Award in recognition of her contributions to the South Asian Bar Association (SABA) and the South Asian legal community by SABA North America.
Jennifer Tomeny Stacchini (JD’96) joined Farrell Fritz in its Uniondale office as corporate counsel. Prior to joining Farrell Fritz, she was counsel at the Law Offices of Anthony S. Cannatella in Manhasset, New York.
William H. Tobin (JD’97), of Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren was selected for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America 2023 list in the area of employee benefits (ERISA) law.
Adam Kantor (JD’98) was named to the board of directors of Banker Lopez Gassler PA, a civil litigation law firm with 150 attorneys that covers the state of Florida.
Grace V.B. Garcia (JD’98) was elected president of the Massachusetts Bar Association for the 2022–23 membership year.
Erica McGregor (JD’98) was selected by her peers for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America 2023 list in the area of trusts and estates.
Ruta Skučas (JD’98), a partner of K&L Gates, was named among the Top 25 Attorneys of Maryland for 2022 by Attorney Intel.
Carolyn Wiesenhahn (JD’98) joined CDW Corp. as chief people officer and senior vice president of coworker services.
Gene Boxer (JD’99) was appointed general counsel and corporate secretary of CoStar Group, a provider of online real estate marketplaces, information and analytics in the commercial and residential property markets.
Carrie E. Carbone (JD’99) has joined Swell Financial, a financial technology start-up based in Boulder, Colorado, as its general counsel and chief compliance officer. After spending more than 11 years in law firms and 10 years in traditional in-house roles, Carbone is excited to collaborate in building a new company and new consumer financial services products with a team of fantastic colleagues and business partners. Plus, the remote work allows her to spend more time at home in Bluffton, South Carolina with her husband, two children, and three dogs.
Elias Hinckley (JD’99) joined Baker Botts as a partner in its global projects department in Washington, DC.
Mark Beloborodov (JD’00) joined Bond, Schoeneck & King’s intellectual property practice in its Boston office as a member. Beloborodov is a seasoned IP attorney with an extensive background in representing technology companies ranging from early-stage ventures to multinational conglomerates in IP matters, and supporting innovation in the healthcare, information technology, lighting, consumer goods and electronics sectors.
Andrea M. Ferrari (JD’00) joined Jones Walker as a partner on the healthcare industry team in its Miami office.
Martha Nahill Frahm (JD’00, LLM’05) has been named a 2022 Go To Tax Lawyer by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly.
Thomas Gray (JD’00) a veteran transactional tax and investment tax attorney, has joined Troutman Pepper’s national tax + benefits practice group in New York as a partner.
Julia Miller (JD’00) was recognized among the Top 50 Attorneys of San Diego for 2022 by Attorney Intel.
Richa Nand (JD’00) has been appointed to board of directors of Sigyn Therapeutics.
Neal Pandozzi (LLM’00) joined Bowditch’s business & finance group as a partner.
Justin Schauer (LLM’00), vice president, general counsel, and secretary of SGS & Co., was named among the Top 25 Attorneys of Virginia for 2022 by Attorney Intel.
Jeffrey S. Siegel (JD’00), of Morgan, Brown & Joy, was selected for inclusion in the Massachusetts Super Lawyers 2022 list.
Jennifer Barall (JD’01) joined the commercial litigation practice of McKool Smith as an associate.
Joshua Friedman (JD’02) joined Latham & Watkins’s Boston office as a partner in the executive compensation, employment & benefits practice and member of the tax department.
Stephanie J. Blumstein (JD’03) joined AY Strauss as a partner in the firm’s Roseland, New Jersey office.
Rob McPeak (JD’03) was one of 25 lawyers from across the US to be included in the National Law Journal list of Real Estate/Construction Law Trailblazers, recognizing “professionals who have moved the needle in the legal industry.”
Brandy Karl (JD’04) is now an assistant general counsel at the US Copyright Office. She and Tom O’Grady (JD’04) have relocated to Northern Virginia with their four children.
Christopher Paridon (JD’04) joined Morgan Lewis as a partner in Washington, DC, office.
Jeff Schenk (JD’04), a federal prosecutor and chief of the San Jose Branch of the US Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of California, recently obtained convictions in two high profile criminal trials, US v. Elizabeth Holmes and US v. Ramesh “Sunny” Balwani.
Dana R. Bucin (JD’05) was named chair of Murtha Cullina’s diversity, equity, and inclusion committee.
Ben Kusmin (JD’06) has been named special counsel at Windels Marx. His practice focuses on complex business litigation in state and federal courts. He has represented both plaintiffs and defendants, in cases involving complex frauds, licensing disputes, and breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty claims.
Amory McAndrew (JD’06) was promoted to partner at Hoguet Newman Regal & Kenney.
Elad L. Roisman (JD’06), former commissioner and acting chairman of the SEC, will join Cravath’s corporate department in the firm’s new Washington, DC, office.
Alex Khalarian (JD’07) joined Withers as a partner in its newly established life sciences and technology team in Boston.
Ross Linzer (JD’07) joined King & Spalding in Miami as a partner in the firm’s Trial and Global Disputes practice group. He represents clients in complex commercial litigation and class actions, including shareholder suits involving securities laws, directors’ and officers’ fiduciary duties, and other transactional matters.
W. Verne McGough Jr. (LLM’07) was recognized as a 2022 Legal Elite by Business Monthly and Charleston Business magazines.
Nina Pomponio (JD’07) was appointed general counsel of the Massachusetts Probation Service. In this position, she will oversee their legal unit and provide legal support to the probation commissioner, the agency, and its employees. She will be a member of the probation executive and senior management teams and assist in the development of policy, legislative and litigation strategy, administrative goals, and initiatives.
Lily Wicker (JD’07) joined CIFC Asset Management as chief compliance officer & associate general counsel.
Emily Ladd-Kravitz (JD’08), of Greenberg Traurig, was recognized in Massachusetts Super Lawyers 2022 in the area of mergers & acquisitions.
Wells Miller (JD’08) joined Akin Gump as a partner in its Boston office.
Ryan P. Lirette (JD’09) joined the Greater Dover Chamber of Commerce.
Michaela May (JD’09) has been named a partner at the law firm Bennett & Belfort in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where her practice focuses on employment law and business litigation.
Jeffrey Russell (JD’09) joined Verrill as a partner in the firm’s Portland, Maine, office.
Hon. Marissa Caylor (JD’10, LLM’11) was appointed by the secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs, with the approval of the president of the United States, as a veterans law judge on the Board of Veterans’ Appeals.
office of Ballard Spahr, has been elected to serve on the governing committee of the Forum on Affordable Housing and Community Development Law within the American Bar Association.
Ashleigh Lynn (JD’10) was named among “Leading Women Under 40” by the Maryland Daily Record.
Matthew Reddy (JD’10) joined Glennon as a partner in the firm’s Chicago office.
Sarah Wellings (LLM’10) has joined Sullivan & Worcester as counsel in the firm’s tax practice group.
Benjamin Briggs (JD’11) joined the law firm of Adams and Reese in March 2022 with 15 of his colleagues from his previous law firm, Cotney Attorneys & Consultants. The merger created one of the largest construction law practices in the country. He was recognized by the Florida Bar Association as a Board-Certified Labor and Employment Lawyer, which identifies lawyers with special knowledge, skills and proficiency, as well as a reputation for professionalism and ethics.
Beth A. Goldstein (JD’11) was recognized by Massachusetts Super Lawyers 2022.
Lauren Ottaway Johnson (JD’11), chair of Crowe & Dunlevy’s private wealth & closely-held business practice group, was recognized in Chamber’s High Net Worth Guide.
Kevin Lewis (LLM’11) joined Alvarez & Marsal Taxand as managing director.
Giancarlo Petroro (LLM’11), a managing director at IJW & Co., was recognized by the M&A Advisor with their 13th Annual Emerging Leaders Award.
Kaitlyn R. Maxwell (JD’12), a shareholder in Greenberg Traurig’s Philadelphia office, was recognized on the 2022 City & State Pennsylvania “Forty Under 40” list.
Arian Galavis (JD’13, LLM’14) was promoted to partner at Perkins Coie.
Inès Jousset (LLM’13) recently joined DataDog, a SaaS platform for monitoring and cybersecurity, as a senior commercial counsel for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa after six years as a lawyer, handling IT and privacy cases.
Hon. Pete Temesgen (JD’13) was named to the Muscogee County State Court by Georgia Governor Brian Kemp.
Jeremy Arak (JD’14) was elected a shareholder in Polsinelli’s venture capital & emerging growth companies practice group.
Spencer Holland (JD’14) has been selected to the Massachusetts Rising Stars 2022 and Best Lawyers in America 2023 “Ones to Watch” lists. Holland is an associate in Mirick O’Connell’s land use and environmental law group and the public and municipal law group. His practice is focused on representing clients buying, selling, financing, and leasing commercial real estate.
Alysha Stein-Manes (JD’14) was selected to the 2022 Southern California Super Lawyers Rising Stars list for her continued, tireless work on behalf of Liebert Cassidy Whitmore’s clients and her overall dedication to the practice of law.
Samantha Maurer (JD’15) moved to Washington, DC, in June 2022 and started as an attorney advisor at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Office of Enforcement, in the division of investigations.
Ali Mernissi (LLM’15) moved from Casablanca, Morocco to New York City in 2019, having been transferred to the US subsidiary of the Moroccan OCP Group.
Courtney A. Simmons (JD’15) was recognized by Massachusetts Super Lawyers 2022 and Best Lawyers in America 2023 for her work in the areas of land use and zoning law and real estate law.
Erica Spurlock (JD’15) was named a partner at Jones, Skelton & Hochuli.
Harsh Arora (JD’16) joined Nelson Mullins as a partner. His practice focuses on domestic and international corporate transactions and related business dispute resolution.
Shaun Filiault (LLM’16) was elected to the New Hampshire House of Representatives as a democrat from Cheshire. His term began on December 7, 2022. He is also the chair of the Keene, New Hampshire Democratic Party Committee.
Brian Hayes (JD’17) joined Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reathk.
Matthew Hilowitz (JD’17, LLM’17) started working in the investment management and real estate capital markets practice at DLA Piper in Chicago.
T. Matthew Wolfe II (LLM’17) joined Einhorn, Barbarito, Frost & Botwinick as an associate in the firm’s wills, trusts & estates and taxation practice groups.
Christina Hou (JD’19) joined Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center as assistant general counsel in the technology development office.
Matthew R. Parker (JD’19) joined Schenck Price Smith & King.
Jayvee Rhoda (JD’19) joined the US Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Texas in July 2022 as an assistant US attorney in the criminal division.
Karen “Kara” Consalo (LLM’20) accepted a position as an assistant professor at Florida Agriculture & Mechanical University College of Law.
Joshua Grimm (LLM’20) joined GaryRobinson’s business law section as of counsel in the Orlando office.
Laurel Newman (LLM’20) joined Sherrard Roe Voigt & Harbison as an associate in the firm’s trusts & estates and taxation groups. Her practice comprises comprehensive estate planning and taxation matters for individuals, families, and businesses.
Tyson A. Burleigh (JD’22) joined the Bronx District Attorney’s Office as an assistant district attorney.
Chris Creech (JD’22) received the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Pro Bono Publico Award for his extensive pro bono work in the field of international human rights.
Nicholas Meixsell (JD’22) joined the Bronx District Attorney’s Office as an assistant district attorney.
Sara Perkins (JD’22) joined AshBritt as vice president of business affairs.