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Masatoshi Ohara '85
Masatoshi Ohara (MCL '85) received the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette in November 2022. He is a former Vice President of the Japan Federation of Bar Associations and President of Osaka Bar Association. He is currently a partner of Kikkawa Law Office in Osaka, Japan.
Howard Goldman '85
Senior attorney Howard B. Goldman recently joined the Business Transactions & Planning Practice Group of Plunkett Cooney, one of the Midwest’s oldest and largest full-service law firms.
A business attorney for over 30 years, Goldman focuses his practice on the representation of borrowers, lenders, landlords and tenants in all aspects of real estate transactions. He handles finance, sale-leaseback and commercial lease transactions, and he assists clients with the purchase and financing of commercial properties. Goldman also negotiates with lenders regarding COVID-19 and its impact on hospitality and retail properties.
Admitted to practice law in Michigan, Illinois and New York, Goldman received his law degree, cum laude, from the University of Illinois College of Law in 1985. He is a member of the Illinois and New York State bar associations and the Real Property Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan. He also serves as the Michigan Chair of the American College of Mortgage Attorneys.
Jennifer Gerarda Brown '85
Jennifer Gerarda Brown, dean of the School of Law at Quinnipiac University, has been elected to the American Law Institute.
The institute is the leading independent organization in the United States producing scholarly work to clarify, modernize and otherwise improve the law.
Matthew Bettenhausen '85
Matthew R. Bettenhausen has joined the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, where he serves as Senior Advisor and Counselor to the Director. Bettenhausen has more than 17 years of federal service, principally as an Assistant United States Attorney with the Department of Justice in the Northern District of Illinois (Chicago).
Jennifer Gerarda Brown '85
Jennifer Gerarda Brown, dean of the Quinnipiac University School of Law, received the Tapping Reeve Legal Educator Award at the Connecticut Bar Association's annual awards celebration on Wednesday, July 22.
Bill Kresse '85
Bill Kresse has been appointed to serve on the bipartisan, 10-member American Bar Association Advisory Commission on Election Law. The members constituting the Commission include some of the nation’s top attorneys in the field of election law, including both the Chair and Vice Chair of the Federal Election Commission.
Janet Flaccus '85
Janet Flaccus, age 70, of Fayetteville, Arkansas died Tuesday, March 3, 2020. She was a law professor at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville from 1984-2018.
Larry Eppley '85
The Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center (CEC) and 1871 announced Thursday that board member Larry Eppley has been elected Chairman of the Board of Directors, effective July 1. Eppley is the Managing Partner of Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP’s Chicago office, a global law firm, where he also leads the firm’s Hospitality Team.
Scott Britton '85
Scott Britton has been elected to the Cook County Board of Commissioners for the 14th District. As a commissioner he will supervise government operations focusing on the Cook County Health Care System, the civil and criminal justice system and the Cook County Forest Preserve. He will serve the 5.2 million residents of Cook County and control a governmental budget of $5.96 billion.
Craig Young '85
Craig Young was named managing partner at Heyl Roster on Oct. 1 and has earned national recognition for his worker’s compensation defense strategies. He is a Canton native and Bradley University graduate, beginning his career at Heyl Royster in 1983 as a summer clerk while enrolled in the University of Illinois College of Law, where he obtained his J.D. degree in 1985. Young became partner at Heyl Royster in 1992.
Craig S. Young '85
Heyl, Royster, Voelker & Allen, P.C., is pleased to announce that University of Illinois College of Law alumnus, Craig S. Young, has been elected as the firm’s next Managing Partner effective October 1, 2018. Heyl Royster is a regional Midwest law firm with more than 120 lawyers and seven offices located in Illinois (Peoria, Champaign, Chicago, Edwardsville, Rockford, and Springfield) and Missouri (St. Louis). The firm provides legal services for businesses and corporations, professionals, healthcare organizations, governmental entities, universities, insurance carriers, and other major institutions. Heyl Royster lawyers have successfully defended clients in all of the federal courts and in each of the 102 counties in the State of Illinois, as well as in courtrooms in Indiana, Iowa, Missouri and Wisconsin. The firm also counsels clients on all aspects of business life.
Albert Salvi '85
The American Jurist Institute recognized Waukegan, IL, Attorney Albert Salvi of Salvi & Maher, LLC, as one of the Top 10 Personal Injury Attorneys in Illinois for 2017. The award honors attorneys “for dedication and excellence in the practice of law.”
Rod Adams '85
LeClairRyan proudly announces that Rodney Adams, a shareholder in the national law firm’s Richmond, Virginia, office, and an adjunct professor at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), is one of two recipients of the Jerry L. Norville Award for Outstanding Educator from the VCU Master of Health Administration class of 2018. Adams, who leads LeClairRyan's professional liability team, has taught Health Care Law and Bioethics at VCU for several years.