Fellow Daniel Brent (Princeton, NJ) served as an Arbitrator at the Tokyo Olympic Summer Games last July and August. He was appointed by the International Olympic Committee and the International Council for the Arbitration of Sport to the Olympic Ad-hoc Anti-doping Arbitration Panel. Dan has been an Arbitrator for the Court of Arbitration for Sport and served on the U.S. Olympic Anti-doping Panel deciding doping violation cases as a CAS Arbitrator for many years.
Fellow Paul Donnelly (Gainesville, FL), along with his co-counsel, David O’Neil of Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, have been named “Litigators of the Week” by The American Lawyer for their Frist Amendment victory against the University of Florida. “Litigators of the Week” are “recognized for their achievements in the nation’s most complex high-profile cases” and “are impacting the biggest breakthrough decisions in America’s courtrooms.” Paul secured a preliminary injunction against the University of Florida for six professors after they were barred from offering expert testimony against the state of Florida. The case arose when the University of Florida, which had long encouraged faculty members to serve as expert witnesses for or against the State, abruptly began prohibiting professors from participating as expert witnesses in litigation challenging signature policies of the DeSantis administration.
Fellow Bill Martucci (Kansas City, MO and Washington, DC) has been elected President of the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association for 2022-2023. Bill, a partner at Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP, brings to the role over twenty years of experience as an international business law litigator, honed by working with Fortune 500 companies and other organizations to manage class action, whistleblower, business litigation, employment policy, complex litigation, and executive dispute cases.
Birmingham Business Journal (BBJ) selected Fellow Carol Miller (Birmingham, AL) for its Best of the Bar awards program. As an honoree, she was featured in the April 15 edition of the BBJ and honored at an April 14 event at City Club Birmingham. The Best of the Bar awards program is designed to acknowledge the work of accomplished area lawyers across a wide range of practice areas. Honorees are selected from a public pool of nominations which are submitted through BBJ’s website and are determined by a panel of editorial judges. Top criteria includes contributions to their fields, tangible accomplishments in their practice area, and contributions to their respective firms. Factors such as professional reputation and civic involvement are also considered.
Fellow Rosemary Townsley (New York, NY) was recently appointed by the NYS Senate to serve a six-year term as a member of the three-person NYS Public Employment Relations Board (PERB). PERB primarily governs and regulates all public sector labor and employment law matters, pursuant the statute known as the Taylor Law, including the recognition or certification of an employee organization to serve as the exclusive representative of a unit, elections, improper practices, duty of fair representation, impasse procedures including mediation, fact-finding, and binding interest arbitration. She was again listed in the current editions of Best Lawyers and SuperLawyers for the New York State region in the ADR area. She resides in New York City with her husband, Fellow Howard Edelman.
The Ohio Board of Professional Conduct reelected Fellow Patricia Wise (Toledo, OH) as board chair for a second, one-year term which started January 1, 2022. Patty has served on the board since 2014 and has chaired the Budget and Personnel Committee. In 2019, she chaired the ad hoc board committee that recommended the appointment of Disciplinary Counsel Joseph Caligiuri for the Ohio Supreme Court. Patty Wise is a partner with the Toledo firm Spengler Nathanson PLL.
Fellow J. Bernard Alexander (Los Angeles, CA) was featured on the cover of Super Lawyers 2022 and was the subject of a four-page article. The article followed his path, and success, through his legal career, which started at an insurance defense firm before he eventually struck out on his own. While not his intention, he was soon taking discrimination cases, ultimately becoming a plaintiff’s attorney representing clients in civil rights cases and employment matters. Mr. Alexander was also listed as one the “Top 10 Attorneys” in Southern California for the second year.
Fellow Lawrence Casey (Boston, MA), a shareholder and executive committee member at Davis Malm, was named to the list of 2021 Massachusetts Super Lawyers. The full press release can be read here.
Fellow Pamela Jeffrey (New York, NY) was voted the new Co-General Counsel of 1199SEIU by the Executive Council of 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East. She will serve with Fellow, and Levy Ratner partner, Daniel Ratner during a transition period. Ms. Jeffrey brings to the job over thirty years of experience representing labor unions and individual workers and will be the first woman General Counsel for the largest local Union in the country. She has deep ties to 1199SEIU and has spent her entire career working tirelessly on behalf of working people.
Fellow Cynthia Nance (Fayetteville, AR), Dean Emeritus and the Nathan G. Gordon Professor of Law at the University of Arkansas, was recently appointed by Governor Asa Hutchinson to the Arkansas PBS Commission. Of the eight Arkansas PBS Commissioners, one is required from each of the state’s four congressional districts, one is involved in the Arkansas public school system, and one is from higher education. The role of a commissioner is that of citizen representative responsible for the oversight of the statewide public media network. Prof. Nance’s term will expire in March 2029.
Fellow Emeritus Catherine Pepe (Lompoc, CA) recently published the first book in her children’s series entitled Grandma Gang Mysteries: Donny and Mary Grace’s California Adventures. Inspired by her brother Donny, who was born with Down syndrome, the book follows a sister and brother moving to California to live with their grandmother who is part of a mystery-solving group known as the “Grandma Gang. To order your book or learn more about the series, click here. Ten percent of net proceeds from book sales will be donated to the Special Olympics.
Ogletree Deakins has elected Fellow Liz Washko (Nashville, TN) as the firm’s new Managing Director. Ms. Washko joined Ogletree Deakins in 2000 as an associate and was elected shareholder in 2003. Her election to Managing Director is the latest in a number of leadership roles she’s held during her tenure with the firm, including as the Office Managing Shareholder in Nashville, founder and co-chair of the firm’s Pay Equity Practice Group, member of the firm’s Compensation Committee and, most recently, as a member of the firm’s Board of Directors.