H. DeTurk, BA ’54, JD ’56,
received a certificate from the state of Washington
honoring his 50 years of practice. DeTurk now
is a mediator for the North Carolina Superior
Courts and an arbitrator for NASD.
C. Cacheris, JD ’60,
was appointed chief judge of the U.S. Alien
Terrorist Removal Court by Chief Justice of
the United States John G. Roberts Jr.
In August of 2005, William
L. Nixon, JD ’62,
was sworn in as an immigration judge of the U.S.
District Court for the District of Utah. Nixon
previously was an assistant U.S. attorney in
Salt Lake City and was chairman and CEO of Pro
Wedge from 1996 to 1999.
A retired federal government lawyer and now an
instructor at American University Washington
College of Law and the University of Hull in
England, Gary J. Edles,
LLM ’66, SJD ’75,
is co-author of the second edition of An
Interpretive Guide to the Government in the Sunshine
2006), a comprehensive treatment of the statute.
A New Hampshire resident, Albert
P.C. Lefebvre, JD ’67, is the author of Call
It Again (Elderberry Press, 2005), a novel about the CIA
in French Indochina during the Vietnam War. Having
served in the Air Force and Armed Forces Intelligence
and Security Services from 1951 to 1954, Lefebvre
accepted a position with the Central Intelligence
Agency in 1955. He is working on another novel.
Rosen, BBA ’64, JD ’67, LLM ’73,
was reelected to a third three-year term as a
member of the Board of Direction and as general
counsel of the Society of American Military Engineers.
The society is a 501(c)(3) and 20,000 member
organization created after World War I to facilitate
engineering support for the U.S. military and
national security. Rosen also is in private practice
in Potomac, Md.
As founder and CEO of SWR Corp.,
a specialty industrial chemical company, and
CEO of Rentrak Corp., which provides business
intelligence for the media and entertainment
industries, Paul Rosenbaum,
JD ’67, continues
to expand and acquire new companies and opportunities.
Recently, Rosenbaum launched Rentrack Theatrical,
an authority in tracking theatrical box office
ticket sales across the United States, Canada,
and around the world. Rosenbaum and his wife,
two children and two grandchildren. He can be
reached at email@example.com.
S. McConnell, JD ’72,
was named Lawyer of the Year by the D.C. Defense
Lawyers Association in September. He also has
been recognized by Washingtonian magazine as
one of the leading hospital and professional
liability defense attorneys in the Washington
region. With more than 30 years of experience,
McConnell is chair of the health law practice
group and director in the business law and general
litigation practice groups at Jackson & Campbell.
McConnell also is past president of the Bar Association
of the District of Columbia.
The American Jewish Committee in March honored
David Berz, BA ’70, JD ’73, with
the Judge Learned Hand Award for his outstanding
work and achievement within the principles of
the legal profession and community. Berz is a
lawyer with Weil, Gotshal & Manges in Washington.
The Virginia State Bar named William
L. Botts III, JD ’73, Legal
Aid Lawyer of the Year in June of 2005. A legal
aid attorney for more than 30 years, Botts
is the executive director of Rappahannock Legal
Services. Botts has served the nonprofit organization,
based in Fredericksburg, Va., since 1979. RLS
receives some state and federal grants and
provides free civil legal assistance to low-income
L. Eule, JD ’74, joined Garson Claxton
as leader of the tax department for the Bethesda,
Md., firm in April of 2005. Eule has more than
30 years of experience within the field and has
previously taught as an adjunct professor at
American University and GW Law Schools. He previously
was a partner at Ridberg, Press & Sherbill
and, prior to that, with Reed Smith. Eule has
published numerous tax and compensation articles
in trade and professional publications.
Husch & Eppenberger construction attorney
Susan L. McGreevy, JD ’74, was named among
the “Best of the Bar” by the Kansas
City Business Journal. She is the only construction
attorney to be selected every year since the
award began. McGreevy also is listed in the 2003-2004,
2005-2006, and 2006 editions of Best
Lawyers in America. McGreevy is chair of the firm’s
construction law practice group, and focuses
on advising construction companies, sureties,
design professionals, and owners in day-to-day
The Clackamas County Juvenile Department awarded
Warren Oster, JD ’74, the 2005 Award for
Excellence from the Oregon Mediation Association,
of which he is a founding member. Oster has worked
at the CCJD since 1976 and is the Victim Offender
Mediation Program coordinator, a program he created
10 years ago. Oster has helped establish several
community service work projects including the
CCJD’s Project Payback, which allows young
offenders the opportunity to earn money to pay
back their victims. He previously was recognized
by the OMA for his contributions in the area
of mediation, in addition to his work in juvenile
law and restorative justice.
B. Barr, BA ’72, JD ’75, received
the Jean Allard Glass Cutter Award for her work
and commitment as a financial services lawyer.
Each year the award is presented to an outstanding
female business lawyer on behalf of the American
Bar Association’s Business Law Section.
Barr is a partner with Goodwin Procter in Boston
in the firm’s financial services group,
and also is chair of its consumer financial services
As of March, Steven
M. Goldman, JD ’76,
is the commissioner of the Department of Banking
and Insurance for the state of New Jersey. The
department is responsible for regulating the
banking, insurance, and real estate industries
in the state. He was named to the post by Gov.
Jon S. Corzine and unanimously approved by the
state Senate Judiciary Committee. Previously,
Goldman was a senior member and 22-year veteran
of Sills Cummis Epstein & Gross, where he
focused on corporate law.
In March, Debra
Jacobson, JD ’77, received
a Montgomery’s Best Honor Award for her
work on a regional wind energy purchase for Montgomery
County, Md. The award recognized Jacobson’s
contribution in providing legal and policy support
to Montgomery’s Department of Environmental
Protection prior to the purchase. In addition,
Jacobson was honored by the Women’s Council
on Energy and the Environment for her role as a
founding member of the board of directors for
the organization. She was selected by the American
Wind Energy Association to give a presentation
at the annual WINDPOWER Conference this summer.
Jacobson is a professorial lecturer at GW Law.
Megdal, LLM ’77, was elected to serve
on the Virtua Health Foundation board of trustees.
As a member of the board, Megdal will help govern
the foundation in its charitable work. Megdal is
a member of Cozen O’Connor in Cherry Hill,
N.J., where he is co-chair of the energy, environmental,
and public utility practice group. He concentrates
on commercial litigation, especially matters
related to public utilities and shareholder disputes.
In addition, Megdal is an active member of the
executive committee of the Boy Scouts of America,
Southern New Jersey Council, and is a member
of the Energy Bar Association and the Transportation
Lawyers Association. He is past chairman of the
public utility law section of the New Jersey
State Bar Association and also was appointed
to the board of directors of the Chamber of Commerce
for Southern New Jersey in 2003.
Selected by his peers, Nicholas
J. Seay, JD ’77,
was named among the Best
Lawyers in America 2006 published by Woodward/White. Seay is an intellectual
property law attorney with Quarles & Brady
in Madison, Wis.
Willow Grove Bancorp and its subsidiary, Willow
Grove Bank, elected Rosemary
Cody (Schaffer) Loring, JD ’78, as chairman of the board.
The publicly-traded bank has assets of $1.5 billion
and serves Chester, Bucks, Montgomery, and Philadelphia
counties in Pennsylvania through a network of
27 branches. She has served as an independent
director since 2000, and vice chairman since
Wolfson, JD ’78,
now is a senior attorney, special council for
air quality, for the City of Houston Legal Department.
She has practiced environmental law since graduating
from GW Law.
in America included
Michael J. Jordan, JD ’79, in its 2006 edition. Jordan is a
partner of the Cleveland firm Walter & Haverfield
and director of its health care litigation practice.
In addition, he is chair of the labor and employment
practice group of the American Health Lawyers
Andru Volinsky, JD ’80, was awarded the
highest rating of Martindale-Hubbell, a leading
client development company. The AV rating “identifies
a lawyer with very high to preeminent legal ability.” As
a lawyer with Bernstein Shur in Manchester, N.H.,
Volinsky focuses on employment law, commercial
disputes, and other issues of white-collar crime.
Volinsky also was included in the 2005 edition
of The Best Lawyers in America.
In Birmingham, Ala., Craig
A. Alexander, JD ’81,
joined Rumberger, Kirk & Caldwell as a partner.
With 25 years of experience, Alexander has practiced
civil litigation in Birmingham since 1982, focusing
on commercial litigation, product liability,
and employment litigation. In the past, he served
as an adjunct professor at Cumberland School
of Law and has worked with the Volunteer Lawyers
Program of the Birmingham Bar Association since
Executive Vice President and General Counsel
of MCI Anastasia Kelly,
JD ’81, was honored
in September for her work at Appleseed, a legal
advocacy and social justice nonprofit organization.
J. Duft, LLM ’83, joined Duane
Morris in San Diego. Duft concentrates on intellectual
property law and litigation, specializing in
the biotech and life sciences. Duft previously
led the intellectual property practice of Brobeck,
Phleger & Harrison. Prior to that, he served
for eight years as senior vice president and
general counsel of Amylin Pharmaceuticals, a
development-stage pharmaceutical company. He
has taught patent law for several years as an
adjunct professor at the University of Southern
California Law School. Before entering private
practice, Duft clerked for Giles S. Rich of the
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
The American College of Trial Lawyers invited
J. Elise Tourek, JD ’83, as a fellow in
October. Tourek is an assistant counsel in the
office of chief counsel for the Pennsylvania
Department of Transportation. Tourek formerly
was a deputy attorney general with the Pennsylvania
Attorney General’s Office for 20 years.
L. Pernick, JD ’84, was included
in the 2006 edition of The
Best Lawyers in America.
Pernick practices with the Wilmington, Del.,
office of Saul Ewing, concentrating on bankruptcy
and creditor-debtor rights law.
Managing shareholder of the Miami office of Ogletree,
Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, David
Michael DeMaio, JD ’85, was included in the 2006
edition of The Best Lawyers
in America. He previously
was named one of Florida’s “Legal
Elite” by Florida
Trend and “Best
of the Bar” by the South
Florida Business Journal. He lives in the Fort Lauderdale area
with his wife, Marina, and their children, 16-year-old
Robert and 12-year-old Alexandra. He has lived
in South Florida since joining the U.S. Attorney’s
Office in Miami in 1986.
The University of Colorado appointed Hank
Brown, LLM ’86, its 21st president in June 2005.
Brown previously was president and CEO of the
Daniels Fund and, prior to that, was the 11th
president of the University of Northern Colorado.
He served the state in the U.S. Senate and also
served five consecutive terms in the U.S. House
representing Colorado’s 4th Congressional
District. Brown and his wife, Nan, live in Denver
and have three children and two grandchildren.
Edward V. Cassidy Jr.,
LLM ’85, poses
in photographs taken by his wife, Pam, with
his children, Keith and Kelly, in May of
1985, upon his graduation, and in May of
2005, when Keith and Kelly received their
Juris Doctorates from GW Law. Edward is an
appellate attorney with the Veterans Administration,
Keith is a legislative assistant for Sen.
George Allen (R.-Va.), and Kelly is with
Fairfax, Va., litigation firm Rees, Broome & Diaz.
Kearney Davidson, JD ’86,
was elected executive vice president in charge
of law and corporate administration at New
York Life Insurance. Davidson joined New
York Life in the office of the general counsel
in 1991. She was appointed head of the corporate
compliance department in 1997. She was appointed
general counsel in 2000 and in 2004 was elected
senior vice president and general counsel.
She also is a member of the company’s
executive management committee.
In May of 2005, David
A. Mazie, JD ’86,
was voted the top lawyer in New Jersey by his
peers in New Jersey Monthly
Magazine. A certified
civil trial attorney, Mazie is a senior partner
at Nagel Rice & Mazie in Roseland, N.J. In
January of 2005, he obtained a $135 million jury
verdict against Aramark Corp., the largest liquor
liability verdict in U.S. history, as well as
the largest personal injury verdict in the state’s
G. Chapman, JD ’87, joined the Los
Angeles office of Connolly Bove Lodge & Hutz
in April as a partner. Formerly a partner with
Lyon & Lyon, Chapman focuses on intellectual
property, specifically patent litigation. He
is admitted to the California, District of Columbia,
and Pennsylvania Bars, and also is registered
to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark
In April, John
A. Greenhall, JD ’87, was
named a 2006 New Jersey Super Lawyer in the field
of construction law by Law & Politics. He
is managing partner of Cohen, Seglias, Pallas,
Greenhall & Furman, with offices in New Jersey,
Pennsylvania, and Delaware. Greenhall frequently
writes and lectures on construction law topics.
Most recently, he was a co-contributing writer
of the Contractor’s State License Bonds
Desk Reference, which addresses licensing and
bond requirements in each state.
Luis R. Mejia, JD ’87, was named chief
litigation counsel to supervise the Securities
and Exchange Commission Enforcement Division’s
nationwide litigation program in October. Since
joining the commission in 1999, Mejia has been
involved in many high profile investigations.
He served as lead litigation counsel in the commission’s
The Syracuse, N.Y., firm Bond, Schoeneck & King
welcomed Camille (Wolnik)
Hill, JD ’88,
as a partner. Hill is a business attorney, concentrating
in areas of creditors’ rights, bankruptcy,
The Naples, Fla., office of Quarles & Brady
named Andrew G. Tretter,
JD ’88, a partner
in April. A former assistant district attorney
in the office of the New York County District
Attorney, Tretter now practices in areas of complex
commercial litigation, construction litigation,
and white collar criminal defense.
Fish & Richardson added Cathy
L. Reese, JD ’89,
to its Wilmington, Del., office as a principal
in April. She heads the firm’s corporate
and chancery litigation practice and focuses
on fiduciary duty litigation, corporate governance
disputes, and corporate technology litigation
in the Delaware Court of Chancery. Previously,
Reese formed and headed the litigation practice
at Greenberg Traurig’s Wilmington office.
She also was named as a leading lawyer in Delaware
chancery and commercial litigation
by Chambers USA America’s Leading Lawyers in the 2004 and 2005 editions.
A partner in the Roseland, N.J., office of Greenbaum,
Rowe, Smith & Davis, Marc
J. Gross, BA ’88,
JD ’91, was named among “Forty Under
40” by NJBIZ magazine. Gross is a member
of the firm’s litigation department, concentrating
on business counseling and trial practice in
state and federal courts, representing corporate,
partnership, banking, and individual clients.
Gross serves as president and founding member
of the North Jersey Business Council, a non-profit
organization that assists professionals, entrepreneurs,
and chief executives in building business relationships.
He also is vice president of the Essex County
Washingtonian magazine recognized John
B. Mesirow, JD ’91, as a top personal injury lawyer
in the area.
C. Nifosi, JD ’91, was promoted to
partner of Venable in its Tysons Corner, Va.,
office. Nifosi counsels public and private entities
on environmental, transportation, and land use
matters and practices. She also has civil and
criminal litigation experience involving environmental,
land use, and project finance issues relating
to transportation infrastructure development.
Previously serving as legislative counsel in
the Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys at the
Department of Justice, Greg
Brower, JD ’92,
was appointed inspector general for the U.S.
Government Printing Office. He formerly was a
shareholder with Jones Vargas in Las Vegas.
Luce Forward elected Eli
Mansour, JD ’92,
a partner in December of 2005. He is based in
the Carmel Valley/Del Mar office in California.
Mansour is the founder of the firm’s aviation
practice area and concentrates on all aspects
of intellectual property law with an emphasis
on development, protection, and licensing of
technology and intellectual property. His aviation-related
work includes advising certificated carriers
and commercial operators; corporate flight departments
and individuals seeking to acquire, lease, or
in the use of aircraft; as well aviation management
companies, charter companies, and fractional
R. Amiot, JD ’93, was promoted to
partner in the Baltimore office of DLA Piper
Rudnick Gray Cary. Amiot, who joined the firm
in 2000, focuses on labor law, including union
avoidance issues and labor arbitrations. He also
counsels companies with respect to all employment-related
decisions and regularly defends them in litigation
matters, from discovery to trial to appeal. He
and his wife, Susan, reside in Owings Mills,
Md., with their three sons.
In June, R.
Scott Beach, JD ’93, won the
Fairfield County, Connecticut, “40 Under
40” competition, which was organized by
the Fairfield County Business
Journal in partnership
with several area businesses and organizations.
Beach is a partner with Day, Berry & Howard’s
business law department and chair’s the
firm’s emerging companies and venture finance
practice. He also is a member of the firm’s
diversity and sensitivity committee and its opinions
Stroock & Stroock & Lavan named Jonathan
Z. Kurry, JD ’93, a partner in its Miami
office. Kurry assists his clients in the acquisition,
financing, development, leasing, and disposition
of real estate located nationwide and in the
Caribbean. Kurry concentrates on the representation
of institutional investors, pension fund advisers
and developers, and banks and institutional lenders.
He has been engaged to deal with a wide range
of real estate projects, including structuring
complex joint-ventures, in connection with multi-family,
office, shopping center, industrial, and resort
Michael G. Milstein, JD ’93, B’Accy ’90,
joined Foster Graham Milstein & Calisher
as a partner. He has practiced law in Denver
Littler Mendelson added Alan
I. Model, JD ’93,
to its Newark, N.J., office as shareholder in
March. Model advises employers nationwide in
all aspects of employment law and labor relations.
He regularly writes on labor and employment law
issues and speaks on hiring/firing, sexual harassment,
pro-employee relations, and topics pertaining
to construction labor law.
Teskin, JD ’94, was named a partner
in the intellectual property practice group of
Duane Morris in Washington. Teskin, who has prosecuted
more than 1,000 patents in the United States
and around the world, has counseled clients in
biotechnology and pharmaceuticals for 20 years.
Jones Day named Marc S.
Blackman, JD ’96,
a partner in its Chicago office in January.
Blackman practices intellectual property law,
including patent, trademark, copyright, trade
secret, and unfair competition litigation.
M. Freeman, JD ’96, was appointed
to the board of directors of the Hebrew Home
of Greater Washington and also serves on the
board of directors for Ring House and Landow
House, two of the organization’s assisted
and independent living communities for the elderly.
Freeman is a partner in Blank Rome’s commercial
litigation and maritime practice groups and focuses
his practice on civil and commercial litigation
in federal and state courts. He is involved in
a number of other professional and civic organizations
and resides in Potomac, Md., with his wife and
Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal named Alexander
J. Hadjis, LLM ’96, a partner in its Washington
office. He serves as national chair of the firm’s
patent litigation practice. Hadjis focuses on
complex patent litigation, having previously
served as lead counsel in several cases before
the United States International Trade Commission.
Khadavi, JD ’96, joined Dorsey & Whitney’s
New York office as a partner in the corporate
group, specializing in capital markets transactions.
Fulbright & Jaworski
announced the addition of Seth
H. Lundy, JD ’96,
as a partner in the Washington office in January.
Previously a senior associate with the firm,
Lundy specializes in the federal regulation
of health care providers and suppliers.
Reed Smith in San Francisco welcomed Jesse
L. Miller, MA ’96, JD ’96, to the firm
in June of 2005. In addition to serving as an
of counsel attorney in the firm’s environmental
group, Miller is a field grade officer in the
California Army National Guard. Miller formerly
was with Seyfarth Shaw.
K. Miller, JD ’96, was elected
a partner of Arnold & Porter in January.
Miller has a complex commercial litigation and
trial practice. He lives in Arlington, Va., with
his wife, Dolores Lyons,
JD ’96, and their
The Washington-based firm Venable named Jeanne
L. Newlon, JD ’96, a partner. Newlon concentrates
on tax and wealth planning. She advises clients
to ensure the proper disposition of assets while
employing tax planning techniques such as the
use of irrevocable and revocable trusts, life
insurance planning, lifetime gifts, and charitable
trusts to minimize estate and gift tax liability.
Newlon also has experience in the administration
of decedents’ estates.
Yale Law School selected Todd
Bussert, JD ’97,
as a co-visiting lecturer for the spring semester
of 2006. Bussert, a criminal defense attorney,
is supervising criminal defense clinic students.
Fast Kane, JD ’97, and her husband,
Sean, are the proud parents of their first child,
Katherine Ellen Kane, born Nov. 29, 2004. Kane
is a partner with Adams and Reese in New Orleans,
where she specializes in corporate defense work,
specifically class actions and complex litigation.
A partner with Gordon & Rees in its intellectual
property group in San Francisco, Karineh
Khachatourian, JD ’97, specializes in trade secret litigation
serving clients in the high tech industry.
Florida Coastal School of Law Journal published
an article by Michael Vincent
Laurato, JD ’97,
in its spring 2004 issue. He is a shareholder
with the firm of Jaramillo, Austin, Laurato, & Freeman,
where he practices in the areas of plaintiff
personal injury, wrongful death, and first party
insurance litigation. He has offices in Fort
Meyers, Tampa, and Orlando.
Dandora, JD ’98, was elected a partner
at Reed Smith in Philadelphia and has been with
the firm since 1998.
Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed
announced the promotion of Rachel
D. Gebaide, JD ’98, as a partner. Gebaide focuses on
commercial litigation, general litigation, and
labor and unemployment law. She also is active
with the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando
and is a member of the board of directors for
A Gift for Teaching.
In January, Cleveland firm Baker & Hostetler
named Janis M. Penman, JD ’98, a partner.
Penman is a member of the business group and
focuses her practice in general corporate and
federal securities law.
H. Stern, JD ’98, was named partner
in the corporate and securities practice group
at Certilman Balin Adler & Hyman. Stern also
provides general counsel to several businesses
and corporations in addition to serving as a
mentor in the Lawyers Involved in Kids’ Education
program, an affiliate of the Long Island Mentoring
Washington firm Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox
added Kevin W. McCabe, JD ’99, as an associate
in its biotechnology/chemical group in April.
McCabe has litigation experience in the areas
of biology, chemistry, and pharmaceuticals. McCabe
is registered to practice in Virginia, the District
of Columbia, and before the U.S. Patent and Trademark
In Philadelphia, Alan
Nochumson, JD ’99,
of Nochumson P.C. and Bear Abstract Services,
was named chair-elect of the Young Lawyers’ Division
of the Philadelphia Bar Association. He represents
3,500 young lawyers within the area. Nochumson
focuses in real estate, litigation, labor and
employment, and land use and zoning.
H. Revera, JD ’99, is a partner
in the Huntsville, Ala., office of Bradley Arant
Rose & White. He is a member of the firm’s
Litigation Practice Group, specializing in medical
malpractice, product liability, drug and medical
device litigation. Revera is a patent attorney,
focusing on patent prosecution in the fields
of biomedical devices and biotechnology.
Previously associate counsel with MicroStrategy,
a software company in McLean, Va., Daria
Williams, JD ’99, joined MCI in Washington as technology
transactions counsel in the technology and network
Heather (Fish) Daglieri,
JD ’00, married
Steven A. Daglieri in October. She is an attorney
with the state of Rhode Island and her husband
is in law enforcement. Cheryl
(Demma) Hale, JD ’00,
was a bridesmaid.
of a Different Drum: The Untold Stories of
African Americans Forging Their Own Paths in
Work and Life (Hyperion, 2006), by Dax-Devlon
Ross, JD ’01, is a compilation of 30 interviews
with those who have made careers “outside
of the boundaries that seemed so stringently
set for blacks living in America.” Ross
is an English teacher in New York.
E. Miller III, JD ’04, is a full-time
assistant professor of philosophy at Fort Hays
State University in Hays, Kan. Miller has prior
teaching experience at the University of South
Carolina, University of Georgia, and GW.
Armstrong Teasdale named Rebecca
T. Balint, JD ’05,
a member of the business and services department
in its Las
Parsons Behle & Latimer welcomed Stefan
P. Brutsch, JD ’05, to the Salt Lake City
law firm in October of 2005. Brutsch is a member
of the litigation department and concentrates
his practice on commercial litigation.
Snell & Wilmer welcomed Ehab
M. Samuel, MS ’05,
LLM ’05, to the Orange County, Calif.,
firm in February. Samuel extends his practice
over a broad spectrum of technologies, including
biotechnology, chemical processing, and construction
equipment. In 2005 he was winner of the Federal
Circuit Bar Association’s George Hutchinson
The intellectual property law firm Sterne, Kessler,
Goldstein & Fox welcomed Christopher
J. Walsh, JD ’05, as an associate in the biotechnology/chemical
Leading Litigation at Coca-Cola
John Lewis Jr., JD ’90, talks with ease
about various facets of The Coca-Cola Co. In
one moment, he speaks about a derivative case
that’s wrapping up in his litigation group.
In the next, he extols the timeless design of
Coke’s “contour bottle” and
narrates stories from the company’s long
John Lewis Jr.
is senior managing counsel at The Coca-Cola
Lewis is senior
managing counsel and head of the team of attorneys,
paralegals, and staff of Coca-Cola’s global
litigation function within the company’s
larger Corporate Legal Center in Atlanta. He
is one of almost 40,000 employees of the massive
global corporation, yet Lewis says he feels very
connected to the company.
“As in-house counsel, we have the opportunity
to help guide senior management and to really
learn about the company and the business,” he
Litigation at one of the world’s most successful
companies these days includes managing securities
litigation, Sarbanes-Oxley issues, contract disputes,
and shareholder derivative actions (“sign
of the times,” Lewis says). He summarizes
one of his group’s main duties as “keeping
the general counsel and other constituencies
within the company in the know on emerging disputes.”
“You work really hard and dedicate yourself,
but thankfully, we don’t have the pressure
to bill hours,” Lewis says. This translates
into Coca-Cola’s attorneys and other employees
practicing better time management, delving deeper
into the business implications of legal issues,
and making sure there’s room for the most
important things in life—family and community.
“It was a life change to come to Coca-Cola
from a private practice,” he explains. “My
younger daughter would tell people, ‘My
daddy used to be a lawyer, but now he works at
Coca-Cola.’ ” Lewis married his wife,
Patrice, during his last year of law school.
They have two daughters: Taylor, 10, and Sydney,
Lewis says he appreciates Coca-Cola’s strong
view of corporate citizenship and is impressed
with its dedication to environmental issues,
namely water purity. “Around the world,
some of the highest water quality and resource
management standards are in places where Coke
is present,” Lewis says.
Lewis is active in his community as well.
He serves on the City of Atlanta’s Board of
Ethics, The Coca-Cola Co. Family Federal Credit
Union Board, and is Coca-Cola’s Legal Division
appointed representative to the company’s
Corporate Diversity Advisory Council.
For three years, he was the chair of
the Commercial Law Section of the National
Bar Association. He also participates
in tutoring and mentoring programs for
children in Atlanta. And he has been
an integral part of the Coca-Cola Summer
Law Intern Program.
Lewis is a Houston native who received
a scholarship to study economics at Morehouse
College. The Alpha Phi Alpha member graduated
in 1987 and enrolled the following fall at
GW Law School.
“I always knew I wanted to be a lawyer,” Lewis
says. “My dad always drilled into us the
importance of public speaking and developing
higher-level thinking skills.”
Lewis says he found his GW Law studies
rigorous. He particularly enjoyed his civil
procedure class with Professor Roger Trangsrud,
and he thinks Professor Mary Cheh is “one of the smartest” attorneys
he has encountered to date.
During the summer after his first year,
Lewis took advantage of the Washington
location and took a job with the Department
of Justice Antitrust Division’s appellate section. “There
are a myriad of possibilities for legal training
in Washington that you just can’t find
anywhere else,” Lewis says.
His senior paper for Professor Luize Zubrow
was particularly memorable as it challenged
him, helped hone critical writing skills, and
kindled an interest in UCC/creditors rights
work that resulted in more than 10 years of
private practice in bankruptcy and commercial
Socially, GW Law was special for Lewis as he
says it was the first time he had experience
with diverse students and their cultures—insight
and appreciation he uses regularly working for
the global beverage powerhouse.
Lewis holds fond memories of being a member
and chair of GW Law’s Black Law Students Association,
where he met fellow alums such as Natalie O.
Ludaway, JD ’86. He also recalls support
from many black alumni such as Willie Leftwich,
JD ’67, LLM ’71; Jeanette Michael,
JD, ’75; and Rob Cooper, JD ’87;
among others, who regularly visited and made
themselves available as resources to GW BLSA
After graduating from GW Law, Lewis spent
several years in private practice in Washington,
Kansas City, and Atlanta until he joined
Coca-Cola in 2002.
In his years as an attorney, Lewis has seen
enlarged opportunities in the profession
for members of minority groups. Lewis is passionate
about making sure his profession is representative
of the diversity of people in this country.
The Coca-Cola Summer Law Intern Program,
which Lewis has headed for the past two years,
is one way to help accomplish this goal,
as it principally targets diverse law school
candidates for summer internships in Coke’s legal division. Lewis
credits Coca-Cola for its commitment to inclusion
and for allowing him to dedicate time to promoting
“I love my work and the great group of
diverse people here,” Lewis says. “I
like where I’ve landed.”
A Supreme Accomplishment
True-life David versus
Goliath stories don’t happen every day.
That’s what makes the memoir of Washington
attorney Neil Thomas Proto, MA ’69, JD ’72,
so compelling. To A High Court (Hamilton Books,
2006) takes readers 30 years back in time to
Proto’s GW Law days, when he and four determined
classmates took on the federal government and
the nation’s railroads and won.
Neil Proto, JD ’72, author of To
A High Court (Hamilton Books, 2006), a first-hand
account of how he and four GW Law classmates
challenged the nation’s railroads and
the Interstate Commerce Commission to get
them to comply with freight rate applications
of the National Environmental Policy Act.
A partner at Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis,
Proto chronicles the riveting tale of the United
States of America v. Students Challenging Regulatory
Agency Procedures (SCRAP), offering first hand
accounts of the environmental and industrial
roadblocks SCRAP encountered over the course
of the two-year battle, as well as personal recollections
of his GW days. “It all began in the fall
of 1971 with a clinical law project in John Banzhaf’s
Unfair Trade Practices course,” Proto says. “I
was intent on taking Professor Banzhaf’s
class because he gave students the opportunity
to do real-world, practical projects in place
of a final test. I couldn’t get that experience
Proto recruited four classmates for the venture
and, together, they created SCRAP, dedicated
to making the nation’s railroads and the
Interstate Commerce Commission comply with the
new National Environmental Policy Act and its
application to freight rates. As chair of SCRAP,
Proto led the students against the behemoths
to petition for compliance with the law and a
billion dollar refund.
“Our case was the first time that the
National Environmental Policy Act was tested
and resulted in the first United States Supreme
Court decision to consider the
act [in June 1973],” says Proto, whose
group comprised George Biondi, JD ’73,
John Larouche, JD ’73, Peter Resslar, JD ’72,
and Kenneth Perlman, JD ’72. “The
project allowed us to make connections between
the law and the purpose the law is supposed to
serve. The enormity of the harm the railroads
were doing was not only to the environment but
to the culture. Ralph Nader was enjoying his
heyday at the time, and our project fit right
into that atmosphere of challenging corporate
misconduct. The railroads were big, but we were
smart and irreverent.”
Proto, who today specializes in land use and
environmental litigation, was a prominent face
on the Foggy Bottom campus during those years,
earning his master’s degree in international
affairs prior to attending GW Law. As a law student,
he served as the popular resident director of
Crawford Hall, whose basement game room was named
in his honor. The book, which reads like a novel
and is aimed at a popular audience, includes
colorful anecdotes about Proto’s life at
GW, as well as excerpts from court transcripts
and recently released papers of Supreme Court
“It’s a wonderful book that evokes not only the case but the five
brave and intelligent law students who dared to take on one of the most powerful
industries in America, as well as the federal government, and won,” says
Peter H. Meyers, JD ’71, professor of clinical law, who, as legal assistant
to Banzhaf in the early 1970s, worked closely with the students and argued their
case before the Supreme Court. “It was a classic David vs. Goliath story,
where the students used their cunning, intelligence, enthusiasm, and creativity
to defeat the nation’s railroads and overcame great odds to establish an
important precedent by winning of the most expansive, liberal decisions on standing
in Supreme Court history.”
Meyers, who has kept in touch with Proto over
the years, says: “He has
remained a good scholar and has retained his commitment to trying to do what’s
right.” Proto’s recent legal, political, and cultural victories include
drafting a unique statutory scheme for the State of Hawaii in 1993 that resulted
in the conveyance of Kaho’olawe Island for the special use of Native Hawaiians.
He also represented, pro bono, Protect Historic America, a group of authors and
historians, in its successful effort to stop Disney from building a theme park
in the Virginia Piedmont.
Throughout his 30-year career in public service
and private practice, Proto has kept in touch
with academic life. Since 1990, he has served
as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University’s Public Policy Institute, where he has taught
courses on environmental values, energy choices, urban policy, and urban sprawl.
Earlier in his career, he was a visiting professor at Yale.
Proto’s SCRAP teammates, whom he reconnected with in the process of writing
the book, have all gone on to successful careers in law as well. To this day,
Proto insists that the group did not do anything special. “The prevailing
attitude of the early 1970s—the anti-war, civil rights period—was
that authority was to be respected but not revered,” Proto says. “We
did what any law students would have done given the same opportunity.”
—Jamie L. Freedman
Gaberman, JD ’41
April 16, 2006
Frank Haywood Cullen,
BS ’49, JD ’51
Sept. 3, 2005
Everett Grant Germain
Jr., JD ’59
May 11, 2006
Falls Church, Va.
R. Spragens, JD ’68
Feb. 19, 2006
Donald N. Silverman, JD ’72
June 2, 2006
White Plains, N.Y.
Edward R. Cummings, JD ’75
Feb. 27, 2006
Silver Spring, Md.
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