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Aleks Rushing '15


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

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.

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.

Kathryn Cataldo '15


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

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

Taylor Lemick '15

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

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.

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.

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.

Reggie Cloyd '15

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

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.

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.

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.