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Susanna Lee '14


Susanna Lee '14 has been named to the National Association of Women Lawyers' 2024 Rising List. The NAWL Rising List recognizes early- to mid-career attorneys committed to NAWL’s mission by either advancing women in the profession or advocating for women under the law.

Ryan Washburn '18


Bodman PLC announced Ryan C. Washburn has joined the firm as a senior associate in the Business Practice Group, based in the firm’s Ann Arbor office.

Thomas Berghman '12


Thomas D. Berghman has been promoted to Equity Shareholder at Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr, P.C. in Dallas. Thomas is a member of the Firm’s Bankruptcy, Restructuring + Insolvency practice, where he represents virtually all constituencies in bankruptcy proceedings.

Susan Lester '12


Susan Lester recently joined Kimberly Clark as Assistant General Council, Baby & Child Care, North America. In this role, Susan will partner with the Baby and Childcare business to deliver on their strategic advertising and marketing initiatives. Additionally, in December 2023 she received a Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI) Alumni Award for her efforts in pro bono and public interest law service in the communities.

Christopher Kantas '11


Christopher Kantas was hired as General Counsel of the Illinois Bone and Joint Institute, a healthcare organization with over 100 locations and 2,500 providers and other employees throughout the state.

Susanna Lee '14


Susanna Lee received the 2024 Distinguished Alumni Award by the College of Law’s Asian Law Students Association at its annual Alumni Student Reception on March 1st.

James Schmidt '18


James Schmidt was recently promoted to shareholder at Meyer Capel, a Professional Corporation. James practices in the firm’s litigation department in employment and appellate law, among other practice areas.

Andrew Barrios '14


Andrew M. Barrios has been promoted to partner at Reed Smith LLP in the firm’s Chicago office. Andrew is a member of the Insurance Recovery Group, representing corporate policyholders in a wide range of coverage matters.

Susanna Lee '14


Modern Counsel has named Susanna Lee to its 35 under 35 list for 2024. The program recognizes leaders who are rising stars in the legal industry and represent the next generation of leadership. 

Morgan Schumann '18


For her work focused on family building through third-party reproduction as a solo attorney at Pineapple Law, PLLC, Morgan Schumann has been awarded the American Bar Association Family Law Diversity Fellowship.

Brandon Dixon '12


Brandon Dixon was recently elevated to Partner at Seyfarth Shaw LLP.

Aleks Rushing '15


Aleks O. Rushing was named a partner at Husch Blackwell, effective January 1, 2024.

Hannah Lamore '16


Hannah R. Lamore '16 has been named a partner with Mahoney, Silverman & Cross, LLC based in Joliet, IL. She concentrates her practice in municipal law and civil litigation, representing individuals and entities throughout Illinois.

Stephanie Sebor '10


Stephanie Sebor has joined Jenner & Block's Environmental and Workplace Health and Safety Practice as a partner in the firm's Chicago office.

Matthew Walker '16


Lathrop GPM LLP has promoted Matthew Walker to its 2024 partner class. Walker's practice includes all areas of environmental law, including litigation, regulatory compliance, and assistance with corporate transactions.

Michelle Bolos '16


Marshall, Gerstein & Borun LLP elected Michelle Bolos to partnership, effective Jan. 1, 2024.

Jon Padish '14


Jon Padish joined Motorola Solutions as the commercial counsel for Applied Technology. He will provide primary legal, regulatory, and contracts guidance for the business unit, leveraging his public sector experience to support Applied Technology.

Jay Shultz '10


Jay Shultz has been elected to Tucker Ellis LLP’s partnership effective January 1, 2024. Shultz focuses his practice on product liability, toxic tort, and pharmaceutical liability matters. He is a member of national counsel and local trial counsel teams for clients in industries including vertical transportation, cosmetics, heavy equipment, construction materials, and home appliances.

Dan Campbell '13


Dan Campbell was named to Crain's Chicago Business 40 Under 40 list.

Dominique J. Carroll '11


Dominique J. Carroll was selected to the New Jersey Law Journal’s list of New Leaders of the Bar. The annual award is presented to attorneys in the Garden State under the age of 40 who bring both “notable achievements and outstanding potential to the table.”

Reginald Cloyd III '15


Indiana Lawyer named Reginald Cloyd III to its inaugural class of Diversity in Law honorees. The honorees were selected for leading efforts to diversify the legal profession across Indiana.

Alyssa Gregory '15


Alyssa Gregory has been elevated to Partner at Locke Lord. She concentrates her practice on reinsurance, insurance, and health care disputes and has substantial experience representing plaintiffs and defendants in other complex commercial litigation and arbitration matters.

Thomas D. Berghman '12


Munsch Hardt Shareholder Thomas D. Berghman has been featured in the 2024 edition of the Best Lawyers "Ones to Watch" directory in the Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law category. Thomas’ practice focuses on corporate restructuring and bankruptcy related litigation, including representing Chapter 11 debtors, Chapter 7 trustees, landlords, and other parties of interest in all aspects of bankruptcy, such as asset sales and all aspects of litigation.

Thanhan Nguyen '15


Munsch Hardt Associate Thanhan "An" Nguyen has been honored in the 2024 edition of the Best Lawyers "Ones to Watch" directory in the Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law and Commercial Litigation categories. An focuses his practice on representing Chapter 11 debtors, trustees, committees and secured and unsecured creditors in bankruptcy and related litigation.

Jonathan Kim '18


Jonathan S. Kim became an Assistant United States Attorney at the U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Illinois – Western Division.

Kheana Pollard '19


Bell Nunnally attorney Kheana Pollard has been named to the Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch® in America 2024 list.

Nicole Langston '14


Vanderbilt Law announced the appointment of Nicole Langston as an Assistant Professor of Law in early August.

Susanna Lee '14


Susanna Lee has received the Top 10 Thirty Somethings award by the Association of Corporate Counsel. The award recognizes in-house counsel between the ages of 30 and 39 for their innovation, approaches to challenges, contributions to the in-house community, and pro Bono and volunteer work.

Nan Sato '12


Nan Sato has been named co-Chair of the International Practice Group of Fisher Phillips LLP.

Mary Koll '10


Mary Koll has been appointed as an associate judge in the Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Illinois, which includes McLean, Ford, Livingston, Logan and Woodford counties.

Joseph Rekrut '19


Joseph Rekrut has joined the Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren s.c. Tax Practice.

Erika Piccirillo '13


Erika R. Piccirillo has been named a Partner at Cohn Lifland, effective July 1. A member of the Family Law Group, Piccirillo served as a law clerk in the summer of 2013 before joining the firm as an associate in 2014.

Lisa Kpor '14


Lisa M. Kpor has become Litigation Counsel at United Airlines after practicing litigation and entertainment law at Holland & Knight LLP in Chicago for nearly a decade.

Melissa Carrington '11


Melissa Carrington has accepted a position as a trial attorney with the Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division.

Katherin Legge '11


On February 14, 2023, Katherine G. Legge was sworn in as an Associate Judge for the Tenth Judicial Circuit in Peoria, Illinois. She was previously employed by the US Attorney's Office for the Central District of Illinois and the Tazewell County State's Attorney's Office.

Ted Kontopoulos '18


On July 17, 2023, Ted Kontopoulos joined the Office of Chief Counsel, Associate Chief Counsel (International) for the Internal Revenue Service at the Washington, DC national office as an international tax attorney.

Michael L. Gutierrez '11


Michael L. Gutierrez was named one of 25 attorneys named to Michigan Lawyers Weekly’s “Go To Lawyers: Business Litigation” list, a program honoring lawyers in a particular field of law as nominated by their peers.

Peter Henderson '12


Peter Henderson was sworn in on April 1, 2023, as Chief Bankruptcy Judge for the Central District of Illinois.

Kathryn Cataldo '15


Kathryn Cataldo was named as one of Central Illinois Business Magazine's 2022 40 Under Forty award recipients.

Brad Barber '16


Brad Barber has joined Hexagon's Autonomy and Positioning Division at its Morton, IL, campus.

Justin Zimmerman '12


In January, Justin S. Zimmerman was selected to fill an associate judge vacancy in the Third Judicial Circuit. He is also a partner in the Madison County office of Lewis Brisbois Bisgard & Smith.

Jack Najarian '12


Jack Najarian was promoted to shareholder by Chamberlain Hrdlicka during the firm's annual shareholder meeting on Feb. 4, 2023. Najarian is a member of the Corporate, Securities & Finance Practice Group in Houston. He serves businesses ranging in size from Fortune 500 companies to small businesses and their owners and has a diverse deal background in business and real estate. 

Sali Wissa '14


Sali Wissa was promoted to Partner at Baker McKenzie in the Firm’s Chicago office. Wissa joined the firm in 2014 after graduating from the College of Law and is in Baker’s Transactional Group. Wissa's practice focuses on advising publicly traded companies on all aspects of their reporting obligations, corporate governance matters, and capital raising.

Adam Hearn '13


Adam Hearn has been promoted to Lead Consultant at Meridian Compensation Partners. Hearn advises boards of directors on executive compensation and corporate governance matters out of Meridian's Lake Forest/Chicago office.

Lee Muench '11


Lee Muench has been elevated to partner at law firm Benesch. At the Benesch Chicago office, Muench focuses his practice on complex commercial litigation and internal investigations.

Nicholas Galea '13


Nicholas A. Galea has been promoted to Associate Principal at Kitch Drutchas Wagner Valitutti & Sherbrook, P.C. An experienced litigator currently representing clients in automotive insurance defense matters, Galea spent seven years as a criminal defense attorney in Illinois and Michigan courts prior to joining Kitch in 2021.

Kathryn Kaler '10


Kathryn L. Kaler was elevated to partner in Neal Gerber Eisenberg's Private Wealth Services practice group on January 1, 2023. She focuses her legal practice on estate and charitable planning.

Timothy Herman '10


Timothy Herman has been elevated to Member at Clark Hill. Herman is a Litigation practitioner in Clark Hill’s Chicago office.

Lisa Kpor '14


Lisa M. Kpor has received the Next Gen Emerging Millennial Leader Award from the Corporate Counsel Women of Color (CCWC), a national organization advocating for diversity, equity and inclusion in the legal profession. Ms. Kpor is a litigation associate who works in the Holland & Knight Chicago office.

Thomas Bergham '11


Thomas Bergham was named to the 2023 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Bergham works in Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law for Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr, P.C. 

Thanhan Nguyen '15


Thanhan Nguyen was named "One to Watch" in the 2023 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Nguyen works in Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law for Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr, P.C. 

Tyler Zmick '16


Tyler Zmick '16 has joined Duane Morris LLP’s Employment, Labor, Benefits and Immigration Practice Group as an associate in its Chicago office.

Timmy Knudsen '15


Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot has tapped Timmy Knudsen to replace former Ald. Michele Smith, who stepped down last month, as alderman of the 43rd Ward.

Anna Gotfryd '16


Anna Gotfryd, a Trial Attorney in the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, is prosecuting the federal criminal cases related to the death of Breonna Taylor. On August 4, 2022, Attorney General Merrick B. Garland announced that current and former Louisville, Kentucky police officers were charged with federal crimes related to the death of Breonna Taylor. Charges include federal civil rights offenses, unlawful conspiracies, obstruction offenses, and use of excessive force.

Bill Pipal '12


Bill Pipal’s first New York Times crossword puzzle was published on Thursday, July 28th. Bill has also had crossword puzzles published in various other outlets including the Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, and Wall Street Journal.

Melissa Gold '13


Melissa Gold has joined Holland & Knight as a litigation associate.

Tyrone Thomas '10


Tyrone H. Thomas, Jr. is joining Doral Renewables LLC (dba Doral LLC), a leading developer and operator of clean energy generation assets, as General Counsel.

Susanna Lee '14

Susanna Lee has joined Salesforce (NYSE: CRM) as Corporate Counsel in the Alliances team of the company’s Commercial, Marketing, and Procurement legal group.

Meghan A. Collins '11

Meghan A. Collins has joined the Chicago office of McDonald Hopkins as an associate in the firm's Litigation Department, adding her experience to the firm's national Data Privacy and Cybersecurity Practice Group.

Nicholas Phillips '15

As an attorney in the Messerli Kramer Corporate group, Nick Phillips brings years of business counseling and transactional experience to his clients. He has acted as general counsel to companies located in the U.S. and abroad, helping them draft domestic and international agreements that include terms and conditions of B2B purchases, software and licensing, vendors, marketing, confidentiality, liability waivers, legal services, employment, and executive compensation. He also has broad-based representative experience in the areas of corporate governance, risk management, employment law counseling and dispute resolution, and real estate.

Nick works with his clients to negotiate contracts, litigate disputes, and develop their businesses on a global scale. He is an expert communicator with proficiencies in some of the most commonly spoken languages in the world. He is fluent in both English and Mandarin Chinese, proficient in Spanish, and has intermediate understanding of Japanese. This allows him to represent his clients and their interests globally, helping them connect and work with other businesses as they confront trade, compliance, and other corporate challenges.

Elitsa Dimitrova '10

Elitsa Dimitrova has been promoted to Partner in the Corporate Group at Freeborn & Peters LLP. Elitsa concentrates her practice in M&A, venture capital and general corporate matters.

Philip Amoa '10

Philip Amoa, a partner in McCarter & English’s Corporate practice, has been appointed as Office Managing Partner of the firm’s Philadelphia office.

Craig Giometti '10

Craig Giometti has been promoted to partner in Dentons’ Washington, DC office. An experienced litigator in the Firm’s Litigation and Dispute Resolution practice, Craig focuses on complex insurance coverage, bad faith and professional liability litigation. He regularly litigates insurance and professional liability matters in courts throughout the country at both the trial and appellate levels.

Titus Potter '17

Titus Potter joins Amazon as an Associate Corporate Counsel in the company's NA Consumer Legal Division.

Nicholas O'Conner '10

Nicholas O'Conner was promoted to Partner at Locke Lord LLP effective January 1, 2022. Nick concentrates his practice on business, financial services and aviation litigation.

Taylor Gast '15

Foster Swift Collins & Smith, P.C. attorney, Taylor A. Gast, has been elected as shareholder of the firm entering 2022. Gast joined the firm as an associate in 2015. He practices from the firm’s Lansing office. Gast helps businesses and organizations of all sizes and at all stages of development grow and solve problems. He provides practical and thoughtful advice on issues including technology law, data privacy and cybersecurity, startups, mergers and acquisitions, taxation, employee benefits and contracting.

Bryce Pfalzgraf '15

Bryce G. Pfalzgraf has joined Capes Sokol, a St. Louis-based law firm, as an associate in the Litigation practice group. He handles all types of commercial litigation, including disputes arising out of employment relationships, real estate transactions, shareholder matters, and non-competition and non-solicitation agreements.

Zachary Johns '12

In October 2021, Zachary M. Johns was elected to the partnership of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP in the Firm's Philadelphia office where he focuses on Antitrust disputes and counseling.

Hassen T. Al-Shawaf '12

Hassen T. Al-Shawaf was recently selected to serve on the Chicago Council on Global Affairs - Emerging Leaders Class of 2022. He is one of 20 high performing, mid-career professionals from across Chicago’s business, civic, and academic sectors to participate in this leadership development program and deepen their skills and experience analyzing global issues and policies.

Kirsten Meeder '15

Kirsten L. Meeder joins Kogut & Wilson as an associate attorney, concentrating her practice in all areas of family and matrimonial law. Kirsten earned her J.D. in 2015 from the University of Illinois College of Law after completing her B.A. in Women’s Studies and Political Science from the University of Michigan in 2012.

Jordan Lewandowski '17

Jordan Lewandowski joins Aronberg Goldgehn Davis & Garmisa as an associate in the firm's Business Law and Transactions practice group.

Robert Porter '12

Governor Pritzker appointed Robert Porter as public administrator and public guardian of McClean County, IL.

McKensie Villarreal '19

McKensie Villarreal has joined Chicago-based firm Novack and Macey LLP as an associate. She will focus her practice on commercial litigation.

Taylor Gast '15

Foster Swift attorney Taylor A. Gast is listed as a “Rising Star” in the Michigan Super Lawyers 2021 edition. This is the first year that he has been listed and is recognized for his work in Business/Corporate law.

Matt Gold '16

Matt Gold joined the U.S. Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division as a Trial Attorney following clerkships with Judge Marvin Aspen and Magistrate Judge Sunil Harjani in the Northern District of Illinois.

Tyler Smith '17

On January 1, 2019 Tyler W. Smith accepted a position as associate attorney with Westervelt, Johnson, Nicoll & Keller LLC in Peoria, IL.

Paul Dorsey '13

Paul Dorsey has joined Rivian Automotive, an electric vehicle startup, as Senior Counsel and will handle Rivian's state regulatory affairs issues.

Thomas Berghman '11

Thomas D. Berghman of Munsch Hardt, a Texas-based mid-size commercial law firm, was recently named to the 2021 Texas “Rising Stars” list by Super Lawyers®. Thomas’s practice focuses on corporate restructuring and bankruptcy related litigation, including representing Chapter 11 debtors, Chapter 7 trustees, landlords, and other parties of interest in all aspects of bankruptcy, such as asset sales and all aspects of litigation.

Daniel Campbell '13 and Kate Bowen '12

Dan Campbell and Kate Bowen recently welcomed their first child, a baby girl named Leah Nicole Campbell.

Stephanie Tang '15

Stephanie L. Tang was promoted to partner at Kogut & Wilson, L.L.C. Stephanie joined the firm as an associate in 2017, focusing on family law. In addition to being a certified mediator, Stephanie is also a Certified Financial Litigator through the AACFL, uniquely positioning her to handle complex financial issues in divorce cases. This promotion comes one year after Stephanie and Mark Scott (2015) welcomed their first son!

Norma Manjarrez '12

Norma Manjarrez, an attorney in Ogletree Deakins’ Chicago office, has been elected shareholder at the firm. Norma advises employers in all aspects of the employment relationship and regularly counsels human resources professionals and in-house counsel on sick leave, unemployment, wage and hour issues, employment policies, employee handbooks, compliance with federal and state anti-discrimination statutes, and terminations. Norma is a Co-Chair of ODAdelante, the firm’s business resource group for Latinx attorneys.

Kwin Xie '12

Kwin Xie has been recently selected for detail to the Chief Communications Office at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). On detail, he performs the role of speechwriter for the Under Secretary of Commerce and the Director of the USPTO. Kwin concentrates in intellectual property law, and also serves as a primary patent examiner.

Andrew Nevill '13

Andrew M. Nevill was promoted to partner at Woodard, Emhardt, Henry, Reeves & Wagner, LLP. Nevill joined the firm as an associate in 2013, focusing on patent and trademark litigation and prosecution. He was formerly a research assistant focusing on computational fluid dynamics and combustion properties of solid fuel rockets.

Pam Sran '18

Pam Sran has joined K&L Gates LLP as an associate in the firm's Chicago office where she is a member of the complex commercial litigation and disputes practice group.

Julia (“Julie”) Pearce Argentieri '10

Julia (“Julie”) P. Argentieri has been recently elevated to Principal at Jackson Lewis P.C. Julie works in the firm’s Chicago office and has a broad range of experience representing employers in all stages of federal and state court litigation. She regularly defends administrative charges before the EEOC and IDHR. Julie also routinely counsels clients on a variety of employment practices, including employee handbooks. She conducts employee training seminars, and frequently speaks on employment-related topics.

Elena Vekilov '13

Elena Vekilov has been promoted to Sr. Counsel, Privacy, for Trans Union LLC, one of the largest credit reporting agencies in the world. Elena has spent 3 years at TransUnion, focusing primarily on providing product development and regulatory legal support for the enterprise, as well as serving as primary legal counsel for several TransUnion subsidiaries. Her new role will focus on international privacy law compliance and ensuring the enterprise continues leading the industry in using information for good.

Stephanie Sebor '10

Stephanie Sebor has been elected partner of Winston & Strawn LLP. She is a member of the Firm's environmental practice, where she represents clients in environmental litigation, transactions, and compliance counseling matters.

Sean Murphy '14

Since early 2020, Sean P. Murphy ('14), Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Puerto Rico, has been working with the FBI on an investigation involving the importation of nearly 700 kg of cocaine directly from Venezuela. That investigation culminated on November 1, 2020, when an undercover FBI agent received 679.2 kg of cocaine—worth approximately $20 million—directly from two Venezuelan vessels during a high seas transfer. With assistance from Customs and Border Patrol and the U.S. Coast Guard, both Venezuelan vessels were apprehended. All twenty-six Venezuelan nationals plus four Puerto Rican co-conspirators were arrested, and AUSA Murphy secured an indictment from a federal Grand Jury on allegations including Conspiracy to Possess a Controlled Substance On Board A Vessel Subject to the Jurisdiction of the United States and Conspiracy to Import a Controlled Substance into the United States.

Philip D. Amoa '10

McCarter & English, LLP has elected Philip D. Amoa to its equity ranks, effective October 1. Philip is based in the firm’s Philadelphia and Delaware offices.

Stephanie Mills '13

Stephanie Mills was promoted to Senior Corporate Counsel at Amazon.

James Schmidt '18

After a two-year clerkship with Illinois Supreme Court Justice Rita B. Garman, James joins Meyer Capel, a Professional Corporation. James will practice out of the firm’s Champaign office, concentrating in employment, commercial, and appellate litigation.

Taylor Lemick '15

Taylor Lemick has joined the Business Law practice group at Lavelle Law. 

Ryan Harding '17

Ryan Harding (JD, summa cum laude) has been named an associate of St. Louis-based law firm Lewis Rice. After serving as a clerk for Chief Judge Theresa L. Springmann of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana and Justice Robert J. Steigmann of the Illinois Appellate Court, he will be practicing in Lewis Rice's Litigation Department.

Benjamin Sunshine '14

Benjamin Sunshine, an associate at Brinkley Morgan, has been included in The Best Lawyers in America: Ones to Watch 2021.

Tanner Long '19

Tanner Long has joined WilliamsMcCarthy LLP as an associate. Long’s practice will focus on employment and labor law, intellectual property law and commercial litigation with a particular interest in supporting new and emerging companies and industries including eSports and gaming, renewable energy and cannabis.

Jonathan Padish '14

Jon Padish was recently named Counsel for Defense Contract Management Agency Chicago, U.S. Department of Defense. Jon previously served as Assistant Counsel for the Defense Finance and Accounting Service in Indianapolis.

Jason Briesemeister '11

Earlier this year, Jason Briesemeister was promoted to Managing Compliance Attorney with Claim Toolkit, a software company specializing in insurance compliance.

Brandon Jackson '12

The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis (BAMSL) named Brandon Jackson '12 Pro Bono Volunteer of the Month for June. Jackson is an attorney for Brown & Crouppen, a personal injury law firm based in St. Louis, MO. He also serves as Executive Member and Ombudsman of the firm’s Diversity and Inclusivity Committee.

Janneth Lanini (Herrera) '14

Janneth Lanini has been elected as President of the Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois (HLAI) for the 2020-2021 bar year. She will begin serving in that role in July.

Daniel Campbell '13

Daniel Campbell was promoted to Partner at McDermott Will & Emery in the firm's trial group.

Justin Bernbrock '12

Justin R. Bernbrock has joined Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP's Finance and Bankruptcy practice group as a partner in the Chicago office. 

Ashley Bechtold '11

Earlier this year, Ashley Bechtold was named partner at Mahoney, Silverman & Cross, LLC. Ashley concentrates her practice in the areas of family law, estate planning and probate/trust litigation.

Stephanie Sebor '10

Stephanie Sebor has been promoted to Of Counsel at Winston & Strawn LLP. She is a member of the Firm's environmental practice, where she represents clients in environmental litigation, transactions, and compliance counseling matters.

Cari Silverman '11

Cari Silverman was named partner at Levin & Perconti in February of 2020. Cari works on many types of personal injury and wrongful death cases, including nursing home abuse and neglect, medical malpractice, car and trucking accident, and product and premises liability matters.

Emily Fitzgerald '11

Emily Fitzgerald has been named partner at Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP. She concentrates her practice on Commercial Litigation and Business Disputes, Class Action Defense and Product Liability.

Joseph Rekrut '19

Joseph Rekrut has joined the firm of Hodgson Russ LLP, resident in the Buffalo, NY office. Joe is an associate in the firm’s Business and International Tax practice, where he advises businesses, individuals, and non-profit organizations on tax-related matters and planning.

Paul Gatz '10

Reference librarian and respected member of the Ohio State Moritz College of Law community, Paul Gatz, passed away on January 18, 2020. He was 39. Paul earned his JD from the University of Illinois College of Law and worked at the Albert E. Jenner, Jr. Memorial Law Library while pursuing his library science degree. 

Jonathan Hughley '11

Jonathan Hughley has been elected to partnership at Marshall, Gerstein & Borun LLP, effective January 1, 2020. Mr. Hughley prepares and prosecutes domestic and foreign patent applications involving mechanical, electro-mechanical, and software technologies. He also serves on the firm’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee, the Recruiting Committee, and was a previous elected member of the firm’s Associates Committee.

Kiran Gill '19

Kiran Gill has joined Schaumberg-based Lavelle Law. Kiran, who earned her B.A. from Northern Illinois University and her J.D. from the University of Illinois College of Law, will be part of the Litigation, Employment Law and Immigration practice groups.

Jacqueline Thompson '19

Jacqueline L. Thompson has joined intellectual property law boutique Fitch, Even, Tabin & Flannery LLP as an associate in the firm's Chicago office. Jackie assists clients with patent preparation and prosecution, product clearance and legal opinions, and IP litigation. She has worked with companies in industries that include chemical engineering, food science, mechanical engineering, and biomedical engineering, among others.

Tracy Douglas '10

Tracy Douglas has joined Bet Tzedek Legal Services as an attorney in its medical-Legal partnership with Harbor-UCLA Medical Center.

AnnElyse Gains '13

AnnElyse Scarlett Gains was promoted to partner at Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Mrs. Gains is a partner in the Restructuring group at Kirkland and practices in their Washington DC office.

Matthew Gold '16

Matt Gold '16 began a clerkship with Judge Marvin E. Aspen in the Northern District of Illinois. Previously, Matt clerked for Magistrate Judge Sunil R. Harjani in the Northern District of Illinois and worked at McGuireWoods LLP.

Sunny Desai '12

Sunny Desai was promoted to supervising attorney in Maryland Legal Aid’s Baltimore City Administrative Law Unit.

Samuel Kauffman '12

Samuel Kauffman was named the Jeffrey Ledbetter Young Democrat of the Year by the Democratic Party of Arkansas.

Aleks Ostojic Rushing '15

The St. Louis Business Journal has recognized Husch Blackwell attorney Aleks O. Rushing as a member of the publication’s 2019 30 Under 30 class. The annual award series honors “future leaders of the region and the local business community.” The 30 members of the 2019 class were chosen from nearly 300 nominations. Aleks was the only Illini to be featured in the 30 Under 30 2019 class.

Based in Husch Blackwell’s St. Louis office, Rushing is a member of the firm’s Education group and counsels colleges, universities, and schools on investigations, litigation and compliance matters, including alleged student or employee misconduct involving criminal activity, minors on campus, sex, race, age and national origin discrimination.

Steven Benathen '13

Steve will be joining the Center for Appellate Litigation (CAL) as Appellate Counsel following completion of his clerkship with the Hon. Ellen Gesmer, Associate Justice of the Supreme of the State of New York, Appellate Division, First Department. CAL provides appellate and post-conviction representation to indigent criminal defendants in Manhattan and the Bronx.

Melissa Gold '13

Melissa Gold has joined Thompson Coburn LLP as a litigation associate.

Kanok Jullamon '12

Consumer Bankruptcy in Thailand, a doctoral thesis by Dr. Kanok Jullamon, is now available at the Thammasat University Library collection in Thailand. After studying at the Illinois Program in Law, Behavior, and Social Science at the University of Illinois College of Law, Dr. Kanok has been associated with Thailand Court of Justice where he drafts and reviews court decisions and orders for justices in the areas of bankruptcy and business reorganization. Dr. Kanok earned a bachelor of laws degree from Chulalongkorn University and master of laws degrees from New York University and the University of Chicago, before receiving his doctorate from the University of Illinois. Dr. Kanok has written extensively on consumer, business, and international bankruptcy as well as foreign court and case management.

Stephanie Tang '15

Stephanie Tang recently received the Illinois State Bar Association’s (ISBA) Young Lawyer of the Year Award for Cook County. Stephanie was recognized for her significant contributions as an outstanding young lawyer, including her achievements in the practice of law, contributions to the ISBA and legal profession, as well as her service to the community.

Zachary Johns '12

Zachary Johns was profiled in as a 2019 Lawyer on the Fast Track. Johns, an associate at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, practices antitrust law and litigation.

Miranda Soucie '10

Miranda Soucie, Partner at Spiros Law, was recently told that the Illinois State Bar Association’s Young Lawyer Division (YLD) selected her as the 2018-2019 recipient of the Young Lawyer of the Year Award – Outside Cook County! Miranda was nominated for this award by multiple attorneys and ultimately selected due to her significant contributions as an outstanding young lawyer. Miranda will be recognized for her accomplishments on July 11th at the ISBA Awards Ceremony.

Jason Patterson '10

Jason Patterson has joined Franczek as a Labor and Employment associate attorney. Jason represents the full spectrum of management clients served by the firm, including private- and public-sector employers in a variety of industries. Jason represents clients in litigation, administrative disputes, and collective-bargaining. He has expansive knowledge of and experience with litigating cases under multiple employment law statutes. He advises clients on employment issues such as termination, discipline, reasonable accommodation requests, employee classification, collective-bargaining agreements, employee handbooks, and wage and hour practices.

Rick Nowak '10

Rick Nowak was recently promoted to partner at Mayer Brown. Rick is an experienced trial attorney in state and federal court. His practice is focused on ERISA litigation, employment litigation, consumer class actions, and antitrust law.

Corinne Mitchell '15

Corinne Mitchell has joined Clayborne & Wagner LLP in the practice area of Personal Injury Litigation and Animal Law. Prior to joining Clayborne & Wagner, Mitchell spent two years as a law clerk to the Honorable Judge David R. Herndon in the Southern District of Illinois. She began her career as an associate at HeplerBroom LLC.

Amanda Mank '18

Amanda Mank has joined the law firm of Craig & Craig as an associate in its Mattoon office.

Matthew Gold '16

Matthew Gold recently began a clerkship with Magistrate Judge Sunil R. Harjani in the Northern District of Illinois. Prior to clerking, Matt was a litigation associate at McGuireWoods LLP.

Timothy Eckhardt '17

Timothy A. Eckhardt has joined the Central Illinois law firm of Meyer Capel. He will practice out of the firm's Bloomington office. His practice will concentrate in family law, including dissolution of marriage, child custody, child support, adoption and orders of protection. Prior to joining Meyer Capel, Tim worked in family law litigation and criminal defense in McLean County and the surrounding counties.

Reggie Cloyd '15

Reggie Cloyd, of Tressler LLP, has been named a 2019 Illinois Rising Star by Super Lawyers. 

Zihui Gu '17

Zihui (Katt) Gu was invited by the legislator of the Democratic Progressive Party in Taiwan to speak at a legislative meeting on regulation of blockchain technology and cryptocurrency. She currently serves as the advisor to the Taiwanese self-regulatory organization APAC Blockchain Development Association and was the first person from mainland China that has been invited to attend such an event in recent decades.

Tanner Warnick '11

Tanner Warnick, an attorney with AmLaw 100 firm Polsinelli, has been selected for inclusion in the Arizona Chamber Foundation’s business and political policy professional development program. As an Arizona Industry Fellow, Warnick will participate in a year-long program of monthly full-day workshops led by top business leaders, elected official and policy experts. Warnick is a commercial litigation attorney with a vested interest in making Arizona an attractive place for business to relocate and thrive. He works with corporate clients across a wide range of industries and specializes in insurance recovery and risk management.

John Rolf '17

John Rolf competed at the 2018 World Championships for Magic: The Gathering in Las Vegas. He finished in 11th place:

Erin Johnson '11

Erin Johnson has been elected a Member in Dickinson Wright's Troy office. Her practice focuses on advising entities and individuals in the acquisition, disposition, leasing, development, and financing, of office, retail, multi-family, and mixed-use projects throughout the United States. She is also experienced in a wide variety of corporate matters including entity formation, organization, and governance. She is a member of the State Bar of Michigan. Ms. Johnson received her B.F.A. from the University of Michigan and her J.D. from the University of Illinois College of Law.

Jeremy Kruidenier '11

Wine and Spirits Distributors of Illinois announced it has appointed Jeremy Kruidenier, Vice Executive Director of WSDI, to also serve as General Counsel to the executive leadership team. In this expanded role, Kruidenier will continue to lobby and advocate for the regulatory and legislative issues of WSDI members and provide legal expertise.

Since entering the position as Vice Executive Director in August 2015, Kruidenier has represented WSDI in front of the Illinois Liquor Control Commission, the Illinois General Assembly and various units of local government.

Kruidenier is the Chair of the Trade and Professional Associations Committee at the Chicago Bar Association and serves on the Alzheimer’s Association of Illinois Junior Board, the Equality Illinois PAC Board, and is a member of the 100 Club of Chicago and the Varsity “I” Association.

Mike Wilson '10

Mike Wilson was elected partner at Locke Lord LLP, effective January 1, 2019. Mike is a member of Locke Lord's Private & Equity Venture Capital practice group and represents clients in a wide variety of business transactions, including mergers & acquisitions, debt finance, venture capital and fund formation.

Kelly Shefferly '18

Kelly Shefferly has joined the firm Plunkett Cooney as an associate. He is a member of the Banking, Bankruptcy & Creditors’ Rights and Transactional Law practice groups. Shefferly handles contracts and litigation, including collections and breach of contract claims. He also represents business clients in mergers and acquisitions and real estate law.

Sonia Gipson Rankin '02

The University of New Mexico School of Law has welcomed Assistant Professor of Law Sonia M. Gipson Rankin. Assistant Professor Gipson Rankin teaches in the fields of torts, constitutional law, family law, and race and the law. Gipson Rankin’s research is centered on the law and its impact on the Black American community, particularly in the areas of technology and family dynamics. At The University of New Mexico, Gipson Rankin has served as associate dean for Curriculum and Program Development in University College and as a senior lecturer in Africana Studies. In 2018, she was honored as a Woman of Influence, by Albuquerque Business First and is a former president of the New Mexico Black Lawyers Association. She has served on state-wide higher education committees and regularly presents on her research at universities, civil rights and public policy conferences.

Heather Waller '10

Latham & Watkins LLP promoted Heather A. Waller to partner, effective January 1, 2019. Heather A. Waller is a member of the Litigation & Trial Department who represents clients in both the state and federal courts in a variety of complex litigation matters, including securities, environmental, insurance, and general commercial litigation. She has particular experience defending clients in connection with investigations by the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and related civil litigation.

Michael Wilson '10

Michael Wilson has been promoted to Partner in the Chicago office of Locke Lord. Wilson represents private equity funds, startups, banks, insurance companies and other public and private businesses in a variety of transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, debt finance, venture capital, joint ventures and complex corporate restructurings. He has significant private equity experience, including with small business investment companies (SBICs), representing funds and limited partners in portfolio investments, limited partner investments, fund formation and SBIC licensing. Wilson also has substantial experience representing technology companies, ranging from consumer-facing services to business-oriented platforms. He also regularly handles transactions in the energy, health care, food and beverage and insurtech industries.

Sean P. Murphy '14

Sean P. Murphy recently accepted an offer to serve as an Assistant United States Attorney in the District of Puerto Rico as part of the Violent Crimes unit in the Criminal Division. Previously, Sean served the people of the state of New York for over four years as an Assistant District Attorney in the County of the Bronx where he prosecuted varied offenses, including drug trafficking, gang activity, firearms, violent crime, and DWI.

Cody Black '18

On Wednesday, November 7, Cody Black along with four other new Foster Swift attorneys were sworn in at the Michigan Supreme Court in Lansing. Cody had previously participated in the firm’s summer associate program. He is based in Lansing as part of the trusts and estates practice group.

Dominique Ritvo '18

Dominique Ritvo has joined the Chicago law office of Donohue Brown Mathewson & Smyth as an associate.

Jess Zimmerman '13

Jess Zimmerman joined ARCO Construction, a $2 billion privately held international general contracting firm as Assistant General Counsel in July of 2018. He previously practiced corporate finance and real estate at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner.

Brianna Richardson '18

Warner Norcross + Judd LLP today welcomed eight new attorneys to the firm in its first all-women class. The new attorneys, who have all been admitted to the State Bar of Michigan, will practice in the firm’s Grand Rapids office unless otherwise noted.

One of the eight new attorneys includes Brianna Richardson, who received her law degree from the University of Illinois College of Law where she was the topics editor of Elder Law Journal. She holds a bachelor’s degree cum laude in sport and entertainment management from the University of South Carolina. Richardson served as a judicial extern for the Hon. Susan E. Cox of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

Elitsa Dimitrova '10

Elitsa Dimitrova ’10 recently joined Freeborn Peters’s Corporate Group as an associate. Elitsa concentrates her practice on representing private companies and venture funds with respect to offering of equity and debt securities; mergers and acquisitions; and compliance with federal and state securities laws. Elitsa also consults clients as it relates to general corporate matters.

Samuel Kauffman '12

Sam Kauffman has been appointed to a four-year term on the Pulaski County Planning Board in Arkansas.

Sarah Ruholl Sehy '16

Sarah Ruholl Sehy has filed to run for a seat on the Effingham County Board. She is running for the District B seat, which covers much of the north side of the City of Effingham.

Alex Acerra '14

After spending far too long clerking at the Colorado Court of Appeals, Alex has joined the Colorado Attorney General's Office as an Assistant AG. His new role focuses on regulating public utilities in the energy, transportation, and telecom industries.

Meaghan Nelson '10

I was promoted in April to Associate General Counsel, Corporate and appointed Assistant Corporate Secretary at Veeva Systems Inc. Veeva Systems Inc. is a leader in cloud-based software for the global life sciences industry. Committed to innovation, product excellence, and customer success, Veeva has more than 625 customers, ranging from the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies to emerging biotechs. Veeva is headquartered in the San Francisco Bay Area, with offices in Europe, Asia, and Latin America.

Nick Spear '11

Franco Moroney Buenik LLC has elevated Nicholas J.R. Spear to income partner. Spear has experience in trying personal-injury cases. He focuses his practice on transportation law, construction law and premises liability matters.

Kevin Cukierski '10

Kevin Cukierski has been named Associate General Counsel and Global Head of Intellectual Property at Signode Industrial Group LLC, a privately held industrial packaging manufacturer. Signode is a $2.4 billion global company with 88 manufacturing facilities across six continents and over 7,000 employees.

Michael Azzi '10

Michael Azzi has been named a partner with Warner Norcross. His practice is focused on complex commercial litigation, particularly in the areas of intellectual property, bankruptcy and creditor’s rights. He was named a Michigan Super Lawyer Rising Star in both 2016 and 2017, and is a member of the Federal Bar Association, American Bar Association, State Bar of Michigan and Grand Rapids Bar Association.

Titus Potter '17

Titus Potter has joined the Bronx County District Attorney Office as Assistant District Attorney.

Conrad Scully '17

Conrad Scully has joined the Mattoon law firm of Heller, Holmes & Associates, P.C. as an associate. At the firm, Scully will be concentrating in personal injury and wrongful death, worker’s compensation, and commercial litigation. He is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association and Coles-Cumberland Bar Association.

Daniel Goldfaden '13

Daniel Goldfaden played a crucial role in receiving a jury verdict of $4.1 million on behalf of an 85-year-old woman injured in a nursing home when her medications were mismanaged. The verdict is record breaking as the highest Illinois Nursing Home Care Act verdict since 2006, when our firm obtained a $2.9 million dollar Nursing Home Care Act verdict.

Chiedza Nziramasanga Morrison '15

Chiedza has joined the Washington State Attorney General's Office Recruitment Team. Chiedza was recently named as one of the Office's Attorney Recruitment Coordinators. Chiedza takes on this role on top of her duties as an AAG for the Antitrust Division in Seattle. As Attorney Recruitment Coordinator, Chiedza oversees the Office's Attorney Recruitment Program, Mentoring Program, and Law Clerk Recruitment Program.

Thomas Fox '17

Thomas Fox recently passed the Illinois Bar Exam and has been hired as an Associate at Lavelle Law in Schaumburg, Illinois. Thomas will serve in the Litigation practice group at the firm.

Emily Wisniewski '17

Foster Swift Collins & Smith, PC welcomes Emily Wisniewski to the firm. She participated in the firm's summer associate program and was sworn in at the Michigan Hall of Justice in Lansing, MI on October 31. Emily is a member of the firm's Business and Corporate practice group where she assists other attorneys with meeting the diverse legal needs of Michigan businesses. She will be based out of Foster Swift's Lansing office.

Rebecca Carcagno '14

Rebecca Carcagno has opened her own immigration law firm, The Law Offices of Rebecca Carcagno PLLC, in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Christopher Kantas '10

Christopher Kantas, associate general counsel to Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner, has been selected to serve on a health and social-service policy group. Mr. Kantas is currently principal liaison for legal relations for several state departments, including public health, human services, aging, and health care and family services.

Paul Dorsey '13

Paul Dorsey has left the staff of Congressman Daniel Lipinski (D-IL) to join the National Automobile Dealership Association as a Manager of Legislative Affairs.

Henry Young '11

Henry Young recently accepted the position of Senior Technology Policy Advisor at the Department of Commerce’s National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST). NIST is responsible for developing standards to protect non-national security federal information systems. Among other areas, NIST's work includes biometrics, cloud computing, cyber-physical systems, quantum computing, health IT, and the NIST Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity.

Joshua Naggar '10

Joshua Naggar is currently representing Jane Doe in Jane Doe vs. RUSD. The case involves an alleged sexual assualt and sodomy of a special needs student while on a 3rd party contracted school bus. The case has received quite a bit of attention in California, where it is unfolding. 

Stephanie Mills '13

Stephanie Mills joined Amazon in July 2017 as Corporate Counsel.

Christina Cullom '11

Christina Cullom has joined Pender & Coward as an attorney focusing on local government, insurance defense and civil litigation. An experienced litigator and former prosecutor, Cullom defends state and local government entities in cases involving constitutional violations, tort claims and employment discrimination.

Aleksandra Ostojic Rushing '15

Husch Blackwell is pleased to announce that associate Aleksandra O. Rushing has been nominated as an Associate Member in The Theodore McMillian Inns of Court. Rushing has an active litigation practice at Husch Blackwell representing clients in the K-12 education, higher education, and healthcare industries.

The Theodore McMillian American Inns of Court is the St. Louis chapter of American Inns of Court, which was founded to promote the highest level of professionalism in the practice of law. Established in 2010 and sponsored by Saint Louis University School of Law, the chapter brings together members of the St. Louis legal community to share best trial practices, enhance individual commitment to professional skills and ethics, and enjoy fellowship.

Erin Johnson '11

This summer, Erin Johnson is taking on a different role when she performs the lead part of Peggy Sawyer in the St. Dunstan’s Theatre Guild of Cranbrook production of "42nd Street." Johnson is no stranger to the theater, having performed in off-Broadway and Broadway productions around the country after earning her BFA in Musical Theatre from the University of Michigan. Johnson is currently an associate at Dickinson Wright PLLC in Troy, Michigan. 

Lisa Kpor '14

On May 24, 2017, Lisa Mon'a Kpor received an Award for Excellence in Pro Bono Service from the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and the Chicago Chapter of the Federal Bar Association in recognition of her outstanding commitment to pro bono representation.

Angie Snell '11

Angie Snell has joined Faegre Baker Daniels’ finance and restructuring group. She will practice as an associate in the firm’s Chicago office.

An Nguyen '15

On May 3, 2017 An Nguyen received the 2017 Distinguished Service Award for outstanding pro bono service from Chicago Volunteer Legal Services (CVLS), Chicago's first and pre-eminent legal aid organization. He was selected amongst over 2,300 volunteer attorneys from Chicago and the surrounding areas to receive the award and was honored at CVLS' annual "Law and Disorder" event.

Stephanie Tang '15

On May 3, 2017 Stephanie received the 2017 Distinguished Service Award for outstanding pro bono service from Chicago Volunteer Legal Services (CVLS), Chicago's first and pre-eminent legal aid organization. She was selected amongst over 2,300 volunteer attorneys from Chicago and the surrounding areas to receive the award and was honored at CVLS' annual "Law and Disorder" event.

Christina Alabi '10

Christina is one of just 30 attorneys nationwide to be chosen as a 2017 National Employment Law Council Academy fellow. The NELC's mission is to expand the minority bar that represents management in the field of labor and employment law, to impact global employment law policy and to promote ethnic interest in the profession.

Jamie Nicole Johnson '16

Jamie Nicole Johnson will be the keynote speaker at the University of Illinois College of Business MBA Achievement Awards reception on May 5th, 2017. The event is held to congratulate MBA honors students who have earned a cumulative GPA of 3.85 or higher and students who are graduating in the top 20% of their class.

Sam Kauffman '12

Sam Kauffman was elected First Vice Chair of the Democratic Party of Pulaski County, Arkansas. His term on the Executive Committee runs from 2017 to 2019.

Dr. Kanok Jullamon JSD '12

Dr. Kanok Jullamon has been appointed as the deputy secretary-general of the Institute of Legal Education for the Thai Bar Association. Dr. Jullamon also has been appointed a bankruptcy specialist by Ramkhamhaeng University for its doctoral programs. He continues to teach bankruptcy law, comparative law, and English for lawyers at universities in Bangkok and elsewhere in Thailand.

Marissa Meli '14

Marissa Meli joined the Green Bay Packers in June 2016 as Corporate Transactions Counsel.

Ashley Dus '16

Chicago-based law firm Donohue Brown Mathewson & Smyth is pleased to announce that Ashley Dus, (J.D., University of Illinois College of Law, 2016) has joined the firm as an associate. Dus concentrates her practice in professional negligence and product liability, defending both physicians and lawyers against malpractice claims and manufacturers against product liability claims.