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William Even, LW'05, named CEO of National Pork Board

Bill Even has been named the new Chief Executive Officer of the National Pork Board. Currently based in South Dakota, Even is the Global Industry Relations Lead with DuPont Pioneer. He also served as South Dakota’s Secretary of Agriculture from 2007 to 2010.

Even holds a degree in agricultural production from Lake Area Technical Institute, a Bachelor of Science in agricultural business and minor in economics from South Dakota State University, and a J.D. from Drake Law School, where he was an Opperman Scholar.

Blake Hanson, LW'15, receives IDP Rising Star Award

The Iowa Democratice Party has announced Blake Hanson as the 2016 recipient of the Edward Campbell Rising Star Award. The award is presented to a volunteer who has "become involved in Democratic politics in Iowa and shows promise to become an outstanding activist, party supporter, or elected official."

Hanson is an attorney at the Crawford & Mauro Law Firm focusing on civil litigation, personal injury, and medical malpractice claims. He will be honored with the award at the IDP's 2016 Hall of Fame Celebration on June 17.

Kathy Law, LW'05, elected Fellow of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers

Kathy Law, shareholder at Nyemaster Goode, P.C., has been elected a Fellow of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers (ACREL). She is one of 43 attorneys from around the country elected to ACREL this year and is the first woman from Iowa to be admitted to the College.

Law practices with Nyemaster Goode’s Business, Finance, and Real Estate Department, representing renewable energy developers on project site acquisition, negotiating, and preparing agreements with landowners, zoning, and other permitting and title matters.

Alexis Rowe, LW'15, Andy Duffelmeyer, LW'15, and Joshua Glasgow, LW'15, join Iowa Civil Rights Commission

Alexis Rowe, Andy Duffelmeyer, and Joshua Glasgow were recently hired by the Iowa Civil Rights Commission, a neutral, fact-finding law enforcement agency that enforces the Iowa Civil Rights Act, the state’s anti-discrimination law.

Rowe received a degree in social work from Columbia University in the City of New York and worked as a social worker before returning to school to earn her J.D.

Duffelmeyer studied journalism at Drake University and worked as a reporter for several years before earning his J.D.

Glasgow graduated from the University of Arkansas with a degree in journalism and public relations. He was employed as a Quality Analyst in the student aid industry before attending Drake Law to earn his J.D.

Ashley Charnetski, LW'13, joins Whitfield & Eddy

Ashley (Peppler) Charnetski has joined Whitfield & Eddy Law as an associate attorney in the firm’s Estates, Wills and Trusts Practice Group. Additionally, she will represent clients in business matters and real estate transactions.

Charnetski works with a wide variety of clients to assist them with their trust and estate planning and probate needs, which often includes advice and assistance with business formation, succession planning, and real estate matters. She joins the firm from private practice.

Denny Drake, LA'73, LW'77, promoted to Senior Vice President at UnityPoint Health

UnityPoint Health has announced that Denny Drake was promoted to Senior Vice President, Corporate Integrity and General Counsel. With this new role, Drake becomes a member of the CEO Forum, with increased responsibilities as a key advisor to the company's board, executive team, and president/CEO.

Drake joined Iowa Methodist (now UnityPoint Health - Des Moines) in 1986 as General Counsel and has served in that position for UnityPoint Health since its inception in 1995. He also has served as Compliance Officer for UnityPoint Health since 1997.

Michael Gilmer, LW'07, joins Davis Brown Law Firm

Michael Gilmer has joined the Davis Brown Law Firm as Special Counsel in the Business Division. Michael practices primarily in the area of tax law, including complicated tax controversy matters, and also has experience in general business matters advising clients on incorporation and mergers and acquisitions as well as estate planning.

Prior to joining Davis Brown, Michael practiced at a small general practice law firm in West Des Moines. He has also worked in-house and as a solo practitioner.

Larson • King, LLP welcomes Margaret Jennings Meier, LW'07, as partner

Larson • King, LLP recently announced that Margaret Jennings Meier has joined its partnership after practicing with the firm as an associate attorney.

Meier regularly appears in state and federal courts representing clients in business, employment, products, or professional liability matters, including those involving the environmental and agricultural economy of the United States.


Allison Condra, LW'11, recognized as top author in JD Supra Readers’ Choice Awards

Allison Condra from Davis Wright Tremaine LLP was recognized as a “Top Author” in JD Supra’s first annual Readers’ Choice Awards.

JD Supra is a leading publisher, distributor, and curator of legal information to the business world. The JD Supra Readers’ Choice Awards recognize the top 10 authors based on “consistently high readership and engagement” in each of 26 industries or cross-industry topics.

Condra was recognized as the #3 author nationwide covering the food and beverage industry. Her article "Naturally, It’s Only Natural. Or Is It?" was one of the five most-read articles among food and beverage industry professionals on JD Supra in 2015.


Michael Mersch, LW'95, named World Series of Fighting COO

Michael Mersch has been appointed chief operating officer of the World Series of Fighting. He previously worked for the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) as senior vice president of business and legal affairs as well as assistant general counsel.


Randy Zipse, LW'90, joins AXA Life Insurance Advanced Markets Team

AXA recently announced that Randy Zipse has joined AXA Distributors’ Advanced Markets team as a vice president. His primary responsibilities will be case consultation and design using life insurance as a strategy for addressing issues pertaining to business planning, wealth transfer, charitable giving, and executive benefits.

Zipse previously managed the Advanced Markets teams at John Hancock and at Prudential. He also worked at Highland Capital Brokerage as a senior vice president for marketing, product, and the High Cap Producer Group.

Sharon Malheiro, LW'89, to receive Distinguished Service Award from Eighth Circuit Bar Association

Sharon Malheiro, Davis Brown Law Firm senior shareholder and former board president, was named the recipient of the Richard S. Arnold Award for Distinguished Service from the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.

Malheiro's nomination included notes about her civil and human rights work during the past 25 years. Her work can be seen in many of the major cases affecting the civil rights of Iowans including Varnum v. Brien declaring the Iowa Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional and Planned Parenthood v. Iowa Board of Medicine establishing a fundamental right to abortion through telemedicine allowing access to such medical services for Iowa citizens in rural communities.

Malheiro will receive the award at a ceremony in May.

Nicholas O. Cooper, LW‘04, and John F. Fatino, LW‘91, named to Whitfield & Eddy Law executive committee

Whitfield & Eddy Law recently announced that Nicholas O. Cooper and John F. Fatino have been named to the firm’s executive committee.
The committee is responsible for developing comprehensive strategic direction and leads all initiatives for the law firm with offices in Des Moines and Mount Pleasant, Iowa.

Cooper joined the committee in 2014 and is serving as the executive committee chair in 2016. Fatino joined as a new member for a three-year term.

Jason Giles, LW'03, named a BTI Client Service All-Star

Jason Giles, an attorney in Nyemaster Goode’s Business, Finance, and Real Estate Department, was one of 312 attorneys nationwide to be selected as a "2016 BTI Client Service All-Star" in The BTI Consulting Group's 2016 survey. He was nominated by one of his clients for providing exceptional services in the areas of business and commercial transactions and mergers and acquisitions.

Giles practices in the areas of corporate and partnership law, commercial law, securities law, entertainment law, and intellectual property law. Prior to joining Nyemaster Goode, Jason clerked for a federal district court judge in Des Moines.

David May, LW'98, named district court judge

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad has appointed David May as judge in Judicial District 5C, which consists of Polk County. May has been in private practice and serves as a lecturer at the Annual Fire Investigation School for the Iowa Fire Service Training Bureau as well as an instructor for the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

“David May is an experienced trial attorney with an exceptionally bright legal mind and a strong work ethic," said Branstad.


Business Record names three Drake Law grads to Forty Under 40 list

Brooke Miller Axiotis, LW’12, Noreen Otto, LW’06, and Mike Richards, LW’01, have been selected to the 2016 Forty Under 40 list by the Business Record. The annual list honors local business leaders under the age of 40 who have “demonstrated impressive career achievements and unparalleled community involvement.”

Brooke Miller Axiotis is a civil rights specialist with the Iowa Civil Rights Commission. Noreen Otto is assistant vice president of government relations at Hy-Vee, Inc. Mike Richards is a senior shareholder of the Davis Brown Law Firm and serves as chair of the firm’s Insurance Defense Department and Product Liability Department.


Six Drake Law grads elected as District Judicial Nominating Commissioners

The Iowa State Court Administrator recently announced the district judicial nominating commissioner election results. Six Drake Law alumni were among the 15 attorney positions filled in Iowa’s 14 judicial election subdistricts. Members of the district judicial nominating commissions serve six-year terms.

The following Drake Law grads were elected: Whitney L. Schiller, LW'11, Nina M. Forcier, LW'10, Meggan L. Guns, LW'09, Gerald B. Feuerhelm, LW'79, Brooke C. Timmer, LW'06, and John R. Webber, LW'82.

Read more on the Iowa State Bar Association website.

Otten Johnson elects Emily Hippen, LW'09, as director and shareholder

Otten Johnson Robinson Neff + Ragonetti PC (Otten Johnson) recently announced that Emily A. Hippen has been elected shareholder and director of the firm.

Hippen is part of the firm’s Real Estate and Real Estate Finance Practice Groups. Her practice will continue to focus on commercial real estate finance, with an emphasis on the representation of lenders and borrowers in both loan origination and loan modification transactions. She also represents commercial real estate owners in matters relating to their commercial real estate acquisition and disposition needs.

Whitfield & Eddy, P.L.C. names Luke Craven, LW'10, member attorney

Luke Craven was recently named the newest member at Whitfield & Eddy, P.L.C. in Des Moines. He joined the firm in 2010 as an associate attorney and practices in the firm’s Litigation Practice Group.

Craven was named to the 2015 Great Plains Super Lawyers in the area of Personal Injury: General as a Rising Star.


Wells Fargo welcomes Pedro Salazar, LW'13, as corporate counsel

Pedro Salazar has accepted a position as corporate counsel at Wells Fargo in Charlotte, N.C. He most recently worked as an associate attorney for Baird Holm LLP in Omaha, Neb.

Salazar earned his undergraduate degree at Wartburg College and his J.D. from Drake Law School.

George A. LaMarca, LW'70, named Best Lawyers 2016 "Lawyer of the Year"

George A. LaMarca of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. was named by Best Lawyers as the 2016 “Lawyer of the Year” in the Des Moines Metropolitan Area in the category of Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs. Only a single lawyer in each practice area and designated metropolitan area is honored as "Lawyer of the Year."

LaMarca’s practice includes Personal Injury Law, Business Litigation, and Professional Malpractice. He has handled some of Iowa’s largest personal injury cases and some of the state’s most complex business litigation cases.

Henderson Franklin welcomes Tania Ogden, LW'92

Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, P.A., which is headquartered in Fort Myers, Fla., recently announced that Tania Nordelo Ogden has joined the firm’s workers’ compensation defense team.

Ogden represents insurance carrier, third party administrators and employers in the defense of worker’s compensation claims. She is also certified as a Circuit Civil Mediator and assists parties to reach an amicable resolution avoiding costly litigation.


H. Daniel Holm, LW'79, honored by Worldwide Registry

Ball, Kirk & Holm attorney and partner H. Daniel Holm was recently inducted into Worldwide Registry for showing dedication, leadership, and excellence in law. Worldwide Registry seeks out top doctors, attorneys and wealth managers who have received past accolades and awards and have been recognized for their dedication to their field.

Holm has 36 years of experience in legal services. His area of expertise include plaintiff's medical malpractice, and his role at the firm entails providing clients with legal services and consultations in the areas of litigation and appeals, medical malpractice, motor vehicle accidents, nursing home negligence, product liability, and professional malpractice.


Gov. Branstad, LW'74, becomes longest serving governor in U.S. history

Iowa Gov. Terry E. Branstad broke the record for longest serving governor in United States history on Monday, Dec. 14. He has been in office for 20 years, 11 months, and three days (7,642 days).

Branstad was first elected governor in 1982 at the age of 35, becoming Iowa's youngest serving governor. After serving for four terms, he took a short break, and then was elected governor again in 2010 and re-elected in 2014.

The longest serving governor record was previously held by George Clinton, the first governor of New York. Clinton served as governor from 1777-1795 and 1801-1804.


Jonathon Schroeder, LW'14, joins Davis Brown Law Firm

Jonathon Schroeder recently joined the Davis Brown Law Firm as an associate attorney in the Ames, Iowa, office with a general practice that includes real estate transactions, business and non-profit formation, and zoning and development law.

Schroeder’s experience includes real estate title examinations and closings, landlord and tenant law, and business formation. He also has experience in contract drafting, review and negotiation, and municipal law, including representing clients on development and zoning issues.

Prior to joining Davis Brown, Schroeder practiced at a general practice law firm in Winterset, Iowa, where he also served as the assistant city attorney and represented other municipal clients.

Nick Maybanks, LW'00, receives statewide award of merit

The Iowa County Attorneys Association honored Nick Maybanks, first assistant Linn County attorney, with the 2015 Staff Attorney Award of Merit for his "distinguished record of accomplishments, dedication, and commitment." The award is given each year to one assistant in the state during the association's fall conference.

Maybanks has been an assistant county attorney since graduating from Drake Law School in 2000 and was appointed first assistant in 2010.

Read more in The Gazette.

Iowa Supreme Court honors SJMC Dean Kathleen Richardson, LW'02

The Iowa Supreme Court recently honored Drake University School of Journalism and Mass Communication Dean Kathleen Richardson for her strong voice in support of justice.

A recognition program was held Nov. 23 in the Iowa Judicial Branch Building.

Richardson, a 2002 graduate of Drake Law School, was recognized for her 15 years of service on the Iowa Freedom of Information Council, a coalition of journalists, lawyers, educators, and other Iowans devoted to open government. Richardson served as council’s executive director from 2000-2015.

Zachary S. Hindman, LW'10, named partner of Mayne, Arneson, Hindman, Hisey & Daane

The Sioux City-based law firm Mayne, Arneson, Hindman, Hisey & Daane (formerly known as Bikakis, Mayne, Arneson, Hindman & Hisey) has named Zachary S. Hindman partner of the firm.

Hindman is engaged in a general practice of law, including civil, criminal litigation, and appellate practice. Prior to joining the firm in 2011, he served as a law clerk to the Honorable Seven M. Colloton of the U.S. Court of Appeals.

Read more in the Sioux City Journal.

Gov. Branstad appoints Linda M. Fangman, LW'95, and William P. Kelly, LW '99, district court judges

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad has appointed Linda M. Fangman as judge to the 1B Judicial District and William P. Kelly as judge to the 5C Judicial District.

Fangman, of Waterloo, currently serves as Black Hawk County attorney. She received her undergraduate degree from St. Ambrose University and her law degree from Drake University. District 1 consists of 11 counties, including Dubuque, Delaware, and Clayton counties.

Kelly, of West Des Moines, received his undergraduate degree from Brown University, law degree from Drake University, and Intermediate Level Education (ILE) from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College. He served as judge advocate while deployed on active duty in Afghanistan, and currently is in private practice. District 5 covers 16 counties, including Polk county.


Brian Rickert, LW'98, named Best Lawyers' Lawyer of the Year 2016

Brian Rickert has been named the Best Lawyers' 2016 Des Moines Construction Law "Lawyer of the Year." One lawyer per specialty in each community is honored with the award.

Rickert is a lawyer at BrownWinick Law Firm in Des Moines. His legal focus is on litigation matters for public and private businesses as well as individuals in a variety of areas, including agribusiness, construction, energy, environmental, and real estate.

Daniel Rubinstein, LW'96, named district attorney

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper has appointed Daniel P. Rubinstein as district attorney for the 21st Judicial District in Colorado, effective Oct. 16.

Rubinstein has served as the chief deputy district attorney in the 21st Judicial District since 2005, as well as deputy district attorney from 1996 to 2002. He also worked in private practice as the managing partner at Tuttle, Eret, and Rubinstein in Grand Junction, Co.


Michael Lang, LW'14, hired as assistant county attorney

Micheal Lang was recently hired to be the new assistant Jones County attorney. He’ll work part-time for the county and continue working full-time at the Knuth Law Office in Anamosa, Iowa, where he practices general civil law.


Kaitlyn J. Ausborn, LW'15, joins Brown, Kinsey, Funkhouser & Lander, P.L.C.

Kaitlyn J. Ausborn has joined the law firm of Brown, Kinsey, Funkhouser & Lander, P.L.C., in Mason City, Iowa, as an associate of the firm.
Ausborn received her undergraduate degree, majoring in political science and history, from the University of Iowa in 2012, and her J.D. from Drake University Law School in 2015. She joins the law firm to practice primarily in Social Security disability and worker’s compensation.


Tom Cope, LW'02, named Polk County chair for Jeb Bush campaign

Johnston city councilman Tom Cope was announced as the Polk County chair for Jeb Bush's campaign as the former governor of Florida seeks the Republican nomination for presidency.

Cope was first elected to the Johnston city council in 2011. He is originally from Aurelia, a small town in northwest Iowa, and is a graduate of the University of Iowa and Drake University Law School.

Angela O'Kane, LW'15, joins Lammers & Kleibacker

Angela O'Kane recently became the newest member of Lammers & Kleibacker, a Madison law firm. Starting out, she expects to practice in the areas of criminal law as a defense attorney and family law, handling divorces and child-custody cases.

O'Kane studied criminal justice and psychology as an undergraduate at the University of South Dakota and earned her law degree from Drake University in 2015.

Seven Drake Law alumni from Whitfield & Eddy, P.L.C. named "The Best Lawyers in America 2016"

Seven Drake Law School alumni were among 19 lawyers from Whitfield & Eddy, P.L.C. selected by their peers for inclusion in "The Best Lawyers in America 2016," the oldest peer-review survey in the legal profession.

The Drake Law alumni are:
    David L. Phipps, LW’69
    Thomas Henderson, LW’80
    Sally A. Reavely, LW’88, also named 2016 Lawyer of the Year in Des Moines
    Anjela A. Shutts, LW’96
    Kara M. Sinnard, LW’02
    B. MacPaul Stanfield, LW’01
    David D. Nelson, LW’78


Gov. Branstad appoints David M. Porter, LW'04, district court judge

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad has appointed David M. Porter as judge to the District Court in the 5C Judicial District. Porter currently serves as an assistant Polk County attorney. Previously he served as an assistant county attorney in Wapello County, adjunct professor of law at Drake Law School, and certified legal instructor for the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy.

“David Porter’s intellect and strong work ethic make him well-suited for the district court,” Branstad said in a news release. “Mr. Porter is a skilled and talented attorney who has shown leadership in the courtroom and in his community as well.”


Sean Raisch, LW'15, and Rebecca Duffy, LW'11, join Davis Brown Law Firm

Sean Raisch recently joined the Davis Brown Law Firm as an associate attorney in the Business Division. Raisch previously worked as a summer associate and school year associate at Davis Brown from May 2013 through April 2014.

Rebecca Duffy has joined the Davis Brown Law Firm as special counsel in the Workers’ Compensation department. Duffy has significant experience in the area of workers’ compensation. She has handled litigated and non-litigated workers’ compensation claims from claim inception to claim closure. Her experience also includes alternative dispute resolution and conflict resolution.

Deborah Ann Turner, LW'07, recognized by Continental Who's Who among Pinnacle Professionals

Deborah Ann Turner, M.D., J.D., has been recognized by Continental Who's Who among Pinnacle Professionals in the field of healthcare.

Turner is an obstetrician and gynecologist at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines with more than 40 years of experience. She received her undergraduate degree in Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies from Iowa State University, and then went on to obtain her medical degree from the University of Iowa and her Juris Doctor from Drake.


Carmaine Sturino, LW'01, appointed district judge

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton has announced the appointment of Carmaine Sturino as a judge in Minnesota's 3rd Judicial District, which includes most of southeastern Minnesota. She will be chambered at Caledonia in Houston County.

Sturino previously served as an assistant public defender in the 3rd Judicial District, where she represented the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council for Public Defense.

Read more in the Pioneer Press.

Ted Stopulos, LW'10, named chief legislative lobbyist for Gov. Branstad

Ted Stopulos, a lobbyist for the nursing home industry, has been appointed as chief legislative lobbyist for Gov. Terry Branstad.

Stopulos was a policy adviser to the governor and lieutenant governor from 2011-2013. More recently, Stopulos served as vice president of regulatory and government affairs for the Iowa Health Care Association, a lobby group for the nursing home industry.

Read more in The Des Moines Register.

Michael Bousselot, LW’09, appointed Gov. Branstad’s chief of staff

Michael Bousselot, LW'09
Gov. Terry Branstad has appointed Michael Bousselot as his Chief of Staff. Previously, Bousselot served as the governor's office legal counsel and policy advisor, and he has advised the governor on issues relating to revenue and health care, among others.

"It has been an honor to serve in Governor Branstad’s and Lieutenant Governor Reynolds' administration in various capacities," said Bousselot in a news release. "As I prepare to enter my new role in the office, I’m humbled by the opportunity presented and the trust bestowed upon me by the governor and lieutenant governor to continue building on the progress Iowa has made."


Allison Wallace, LW'05, joins Davis Brown Law Firm

Allison Wallace recently joined the Davis Brown Law Firm as Special Counsel in the Business Division.

Wallace brings seven years of business and leadership experience to the firm from her previous positions of Senior Counsel at GeoLearning, Inc., and General Counsel at SumTotal Systems, LLC. She has significant experience with various business transactions, including the management of litigation, employment matters, corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, and intellectual property portfolios.

Wallace earned her J.D. at Drake Law School and her B.A. at Luther College.

Melissa Grant, LW'11, joins Goosmann Law Firm

The Goosmann Law Firm is pleased to welcome Melissa Grant as the newest attorney at its Sioux City office. Grant works in Goosmann’s corporate, health, and real estate law practice, in addition to assisting clients with estate planning.

“I’m happy to move back to my roots in northwest Iowa and join the Goosmann Law Firm. I grew up in Rock Rapids and am excited to grow my legal roots in Siouxland,” Grant said.


Royce Turner, LW'12, announces candidacy for Des Moines School Board

Royce Turner has announced his candidacy for the at-large seat of the Des Moines School Board.

Royce has a background in leadership and public service. While attending Drake University Law School, he served as a representative on the Student Bar Association, where he collaborated in the development and implementation of projects that benefited area youth.

As a practicing attorney, Royce has accepted government appointments to represent juvenile offenders. In this capacity, he served as a role model in encouraging youths to get back on the right track after successfully representing them.

Jack Whitver, LW'12, to lead Rubio's Iowa campaign

Sen. Jack Whitver, LW'12
State Sen. Jack Whitver will chair the Iowa campaign for Marco Rubio as the Florida Senator seeks the Republican nomination for presidency.

“He’s a new generation conservative who can unite our party and ultimately inspire the country,” Whitver said. “I think this election is about the future, and Sen. Rubio has a clear vision about where he wants to lead.”

Read the full story in The Des Moines Register.

Michael Bousselot, LW'09, appointed Gov. Branstad's legal counsel

Michael Bousselot, a Davenport native who is a policy advisor to Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds, has been appointed as their legal counsel.

Bousselot holds a law degree from Drake University and a master's degree in accounting and business taxation from the University of Iowa. He helped the Branstad administration develop its property tax relief package in 2013 and the Iowa Health and Wellness Plan, and has done constituent work, Branstad aides said. He worked in the past as a consultant in Chicago and practiced law in Davenport.

Read the original story in The Des Moines Register.

Whitfield & Eddy, P.C., recognizes years of service

David L. Phipps (J.D. Drake University Law School, 1969; B.A. Drake University, 1967) was recognized by the firm for 45 years of service to Whitfield & Eddy. David is an Of Counsel attorney and chair of the firm’s Associate Professional Development Committee in 2015.

Anjela A. Shutts (J.D. Drake University Law School, 1996; B.A. Luther College, 1993) was recognized by the firm for 20 years of service to Whitfield & Eddy.

Drew J. Gentsch (J.D. Drake University Law School, 2000; B.A. Drake University, 1994) was recognized by the firm for 15 years of service to Whitfield & Eddy.

William C. Scales (J.D. Drake University Law School, 2011; B.A. Wake Forest University, 2004) was recognized by the firm for 5 years of service to Whitfield & Eddy.

Anjela Shutts, LW'96, of Whitfield & Eddy, P.L.C., named Fellow of the American Association of Matrimonial Attorneys

Anjela Shutts, LW'96
Anjela A. Shutts, a member at Whitfield & Eddy, P.L.C., has been admitted as a Fellow in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML). She is one of eight attorneys in Iowa who have been admitted to the AAML.

Shutts practices in the areas of family law in a variety of issues including prenuptial agreements, divorce, child custody, child support, spousal support, and modifications. She is trained and certified by the Iowa Supreme Court, trained to practice in Collaborative Law, and also mediates family law cases.

The AAML, founded in 1962, has almost 1,600 Fellows in all 50 states. The purpose of the organization is “to provide leadership that promotes the highest degree of professionalism and excellence in the practice of family law.” Academy Fellows are recognized after completing a rigorous admission process and examination.

Dionna Lewis, LW'11, joins Fay Law Group PLLC in Washington, D.C.

The Fay Law Group PLLC (FLG) is pleased to welcome Dionna Maria Lewis, Esq. to the firm as a Labor and Employment Associate. Lewis joins FLG after completing a judicial clerkship for the Honorable John F. McCabe, Jr. at the D.C. Superior Court.

Lewis brings valuable knowledge and experience to the firm in the areas of civil rights law, employment discrimination, and litigation. She is former Fair Lending Counsel in the Office of Fair Lending and Equal Opportunity at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), where she investigated fair lending risks and violations at some of the nation’s largest financial institutions and served American consumers by ensuring compliance with federal antidiscrimination consumer laws.

Davis Brown Law Firm elects Meyer, LW'09, and Warnock, AS'06, LW'09, as shareholders

The Davis Brown Law Firm is pleased to announce that Elizabeth R. Meyer and Michele L. Warnock have been elected shareholders, effective January 2015.

Meyer is a member of the Litigation Division and maintains a varied practice representing individuals and companies in business litigation matters including contract, real estate, employment, probate and personal injury disputes.

She is also an active member of the firm’s employment law and labor relations practice group, working with clients on all aspects of the employment relationship.

Warnock is a member of the Litigation Division and maintains a practice with an emphasis in labor and employment and business litigation.

She represents employers across the spectrum, from small, local businesses to large multistate employers, including startups, franchises, and large corporations to mitigate liability.

Jonathan Kramer, LW'02, certfified as Creditor's Rights Law Specialist

Jonathan Kramer, LW'02
Whitfield & Eddy, P.L.C., attorney Jonathan E. Kramer has been certified by the American Board of Certification (ABC) as a Creditors’ Rights Law Specialist.

Kramer complied with all applicable requirements for certification in creditors’ rights law and met all standards as set forth in the ABC program. To be certified, he passed an extensive, day-long written examination covering creditors’ rights issues, went through a peer review process, and devoted a minimum of 400 hours to the practice of creditors' rights law during each of the last three years.

Kramer represents creditors in state, federal or bankruptcy court litigation (including hearings, trials, and appeals) relating to debt collection. He speaks regularly on issues relating to collecting judgments, obtaining judgments, debt collection practice, and good financial decision-making in the judgment collection process.

Lowry, LW'07, elected shareholder

Michael Lowry was elected as a shareholder in Thorndal Armstrong Delk Balkenbush & Eisinger, a Reno, Nevada law firm. Lowry joined the law firm in 2007 after graduating from Drake Law School and has developed a successful litigation practice representing clients in Nevada.

“I sincerely appreciate the efforts of everyone who helped contribute to this recognition,” said Lowry. “This would not have been possible without the support I received from the firm.”

Drake alumnus' blog honored by ABA Journal

Michael Lowry, LW'07
On Nov. 24, 2014, Michael Lowry's (AS’03, LW’07) blog Compelling Discovery was included among the country’s top 100 legal blogs for 2014, as determined by the editors of the ABA Journal.

This is the second time the ABA Journal has honored this blog, the first time was in 2013.

Lowry is a litigator and trial attorney in the Las Vegas office of Thorndal Armstrong Delk Balkenbush & Eisinger.

Ellen Essman, LW'14, wins writing award from American Agricultural Law Association

Ellen Essman was the recipient of the 2014 American Agricultural Law Association award for the best student article related to agricultural law. Essman’s note, The Ohio Livestock Care Standards as a Blueprint for Livestock Welfare Policy, was published in the Fall 2013 Drake Journal of Agricultural Law.

Laura Mommsen, LW'07, joins Hupy and Abraham

Hupy and Abraham, S.C., P.C., personal injury law firm, has announced Attorney Laura L. Mommsen as a new addition to the firm in the Des Moines office.

Prior to joining Hupy and Abraham, Mommsen successfully arbitrated numerous cases as an attorney for the state of Iowa. She will be representing Hupy and Abraham clients in various personal injury areas.


Ed Cox, LW'09, joins Orsborn, Milani and Goedken, LLP

The law firm of Orsborn, Milani, Mitchell and Goedken, LLP, announces the addition of attorney Ed Cox. Cox joined the firm's Centerville office in September and will handle general practice matters with a focus on estate planning, real estate and agricultural law.


The Honorable Constance Cohen, ED'72, ED'79, LW'87, receives 2014 Michele A. Moore Award of Distinction

The Polk County Child Abuse and Neglect (CAN) Council is honoring Judge Cohen with their top honor.

Throughout Judge Cohen’s distinguished career, while serving on the Juvenile Court bench in the Fifth Judicial District of Iowa, Judge Cohen has demonstrated her commitment to serving the children and families of Central Iowa. She has routinely gone above and beyond to advocate for our most vulnerable population—abused and neglected children. (Photo courtesy of Lauren Horsch/The Des Moines Register).

The17th Annual Benefit Auction will be held Friday, Nov. 7 at 6:30 p.m., Hotel Ft. Des Moines, 1000 Walnut St., Des Moines.

Register for the benefit.

Read more about CAN.

Danya Keller, LW'14, has joined Whitfield & Eddy, P.L.C. as an associate attorney

Danya Hooker, LW'14
Whitfield & Eddy, P.L.C. is pleased to announce Danya M. Keller has joined the firm as an associate attorney in the litigation practice group in the Des Moines, Iowa office.

She works with clients on various civil litigation matters in areas including, but not limited to, labor and employment law, family law, and insurance law.

Keller has an extensive background in public policy and journalism, having received numerous awards from the Illinois Press Association and Milwaukee Press Club.

Lindsey Purdy, LW'13, makes "The Annual List" of young professionals and executives

Lindsey Purdy was recently named to "The Annual List" by the American Legal and Financial Network (ALFN). The 2014 Picture the Future List is a publication created by the the ALFN’s Junior Professionals & Executives Group (JPEG), a young professionals network representing the best and brightest of the mortgage banking trade association’s attorney/trustee, associate, and servicer members.

Purdy is an associate at Klatt Law Group, PC, in Des Moines.


Kathleen Richardson, LW'02, named dean of Drake's School of Journalism and Mass Communication

Kathleen Richardson, director of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication (SJMC) at Drake University, has been promoted to dean effective immediately.

“Kathleen brings a history of professional service to the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, a vision for moving forward with a digital media focus, and a keen sense of the Drake culture,” said Provost Deneese Jones. “She is a student-centered administrator with a wealth of practical experiences that will serve the school well."

Richardson earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Drake’s SJMC and her Juris Doctor from Drake University Law School. Since 1997, Richardson has been teaching journalism courses at Drake and was appointed director of the SJMC in 2007.


Gov. Branstad appoints Dustria Relph, LW'05, District Court Judge

Gov. Terry Branstad appointed Dustria Ann Relph District Court Judge in the Fifth Judicial District Wednesday. Relph, of Corydon, earned her law degree from Drake University Law School and is currently working in private practice. Prior to her private practice she practiced as a registered nurse.


Thomas Viner opens Viner Law Firm in Cedar Rapids

Thomas Viner has opened his own firm, Viner Law Firm PC, in downtown Cedar Rapids. The new office is located at 228 2nd St. SE in the Granby Building. The firm's primary focus is family law and criminal defense.

Whitfield & Eddy attorneys named The Best Lawyers in America 2015

Whitfield & Eddy, P.L.C. has six attorneys who are Drake Law alumni selected for The Best Lawyers in America 2015. In total, the firm had 17 selections.

Drake Law alumni include:
• David D. Nelson, LW’80
• Greg Naylor, LW’78, 2015 “Lawyer of the Year”
• David L. Phipps, LW’69
• Kara M. Sinnard, LW'02
• Sally Reavely, LW’88
• Anjela A. Shutts, LW‘96, 2015 “Lawyer of the Year” in Des Moines

Brandon Clark, LW'10, featured in Des Moines Register's YP Spotlight

Brandon Clark was interviewed for the Des Moines Register's Young Professional Spotlight on Aug. 12, 2014. Clark is a practicing music lawyer focusing on legal issues in the music industry and represents many local and Midwestern bands.

Read and listen to the interview.

Todd H. Lahr, GR'86, LW'86, listed in Who's Who among Practicing Attorneys and Who's Who in American Law

Todd H. Lahr has been listed in Who's Who among Practicing Attorneys and Who's Who in American Law.

Lahr is an attorney and founder of the law firm Lahr & Lahr in Allentown, and has been named president of Onslow Holdings Inc., an international business focusing on mining, energy, and real estate acquisitions.

Lahr earned a bachelor's degree from Colorado State University, his master's degree from Drake University College of Business and Public Administration, and a law degree from Drake University Law School.

Troy Bozarth, LW'96, installed as President Elect of the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel

Troy Bozarth, LW'96
Troy Bozarth, partner with HeplerBroom LLC’s Edwardsville office, was installed as President Elect of the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel (IDC) at the organization’s annual meeting held May 30, 2014. Bozarth has served as a member of the IDC Executive Committee for the past three years and previously served as a member of the organization’s Board of Directors. Bozarth will become President of the IDC in June 2015.

The mission of the IDC is to ensure civil justice with integrity, civility, and professional competence. Bozarth focuses his practice on trials involving complex commercial litigation matters including: class actions, insurance defense, Jones act, maritime law, and antitrust law. In addition to the IDC, he is a member of the American Bar Association, the Illinois State Bar Association, the Madison County Bar Association, The Bar Association of Central and Southern Districts of Illinois, the East St. Louis Bar Association, the Association of Defense Trial Attorneys, the Seventh Circuit Bar Association, and the Defense Research Institute.

Shannon Redd, LW'10, honored by the National Bar Association

Shannon Redd has been recognized as a Trailblazer Under 40 by the National Bar Association (NBA). Redd currently serves as Staff Attorney and Training Manager D.C. Bar Association Pro Bono Program.


Susan Daniels, LW'13, sworn in as Appanoose County attorney

Susan Daniels, of Centerville, announced Judge Daniel P. Wilson had sworn her in as the new county attorney. The position opened up following the passing of Appanoose County Attorney Richard F. Scott in April. Daniels attended Drake University Law School earning a Juris Doctor in May 2013. She attended the Drake University Law School Summer in France program in Nantes in 2011.

Tracy Gallegos, LW'04, featured on cover of Las Vegas Woman Magazine

Tracy Gallegos, LW'04
Tracy A. Gallegos is featured on the cover of the summer issue of Las Vegas Woman Magazine. A profile detailing Gallegos' upbringing and the driving forces that steered her toward a career in the legal field is featured prominently in the issue.

An attorney in Fox Rothschild’s Las Vegas office, Gallegos has a multifaceted practice that touches upon corporate, real estate, sports and entertainment law for clients ranging from start-up companies to established businesses. 

Gallegos was also one of seven Fox Rothschild attorneys to be named to the Nevada Business Magazine's Legal Elite 2014.

Click here to view Gallegos' profile in Las Vegas Woman Magazine.

Molly Brau, LW'13, joins Whitfield & Eddy, P.L.C.

Molly Brau, LW'13
Whitfield & Eddy, P.L.C. is pleased to announce that Molly M. Brau has joined as an associate attorney in its Des Moines office.

Brau graduated from Drake University Law School with high honors, and earned an M.B.A. from Drake University College of Business and Public Administration in 2013.

In law school, Brau served as a member of the Junior Staff and Note Editor on the Drake Law Review, an Executive Board member of the Delta Theta Phi legal fraternity, and a member of Drake Law Women.

Troy Bozarth, LW'96, selected as Leading Lawyer

Troy Bozarth, LW'96
HeplerBroom LLC is proud to announce that Troy Bozarth was recently selected by his peers as a 2014 Leading Lawyer.

Bozarth specializes in class action/mass tort defense, commercial litigation, personal injury defense: general, and transportation defense.

Leading Lawyers surveys lawyers, asking them which of their peers, indeed their competitors, they would recommend to a family member or friend if they could not take a case within their area of law or geographic region.

Anjela A. Shutts, LW‘96, appointed to the Judicial Nominating Commission, District 5C

Anjela A. Shutts of Whitfield & Eddy, P.L.C., has been appointed to the Judicial Nominating Commission, District 5C (Polk County). Her term begins Feb. 1, 2014 and expires Jan. 31, 2020. The five-person nominating commission submits nominees to the Governor for vacancies on the district court bench in the judicial election district. Shutts was appointed by Iowa Governor Terry E. Branstad.

Jeanie Kunkle Vaudt, GR'83, LW'91, has been appointed judge to the 5C Judicial District

Jeanie Kunkle Vaudt has been appointed as judge to the 5C Judicial District in central Iowa. Vaudt is currently an Iowa assistant attorney general. She will fill a vacancy created by the departure of Judge Glenn E. Pille. The counties in the 5th Judicial District include Adair, Adams, Clarke, Dallas, Decatur, Guthrie, Jasper, Lucas, Madison, Marion, Polk, Ringgold, Taylor, Union, Warren and Wayne.

Elizabeth Shoemaker, LW'12, joins Davis Brown Law Firm

Elizabeth Shoemaker, LW'12
Elizabeth A. Shoemaker recently joined the Davis Brown Law Firm as an associate attorney.

Shoemaker is an immigration lawyer, who is fluent in Spanish and proficient in Italian.

In her practice, she offers experience in several areas of Immigration law, including deportation defense, asylum, family-based immigrant and non-immigrant Visas and criminal and family law matters.

Shutts, LW'96, and Cooper, LW'04, elected to Executive Committee at Whitfield & Eddy, P.L.C.

Angela Shutts, LW'96
Anjela A. Shutts and Nicholas Cooper were recently elected to the three-person Executive Committee.

Nicholas Cooper, LW'04
The Whitfield & Eddy, P.L.C. Executive Committee develops comprehensive strategic direction and leads all initiatives of the 51-person law firm with three Iowa offices.

Members are elected and serve for three year terms.

David Brown Law Firm announces shareholders and new associate

The Davis Brown Law Firm is pleased to announce that Krystle Campa Berry, LW'07, Michael C. Richards, LW'01, Christopher S. Talcott, LW'08, and Emily A. Stork, LW'07, have been elected shareholders, effective January 2014.

Krystle Campa Berry, LW'07
Berry joined the Business Division in September 2008 and maintains a general real estate practice, focusing primarily on real estate transactions and business transactions. Krystle practices in the firm's Highland Office in West Des Moines.

Michael Richards, LW'01
Richards joined the Litigation Division as a lateral hire in May 2011. During the last ten years, his litigation practice has focused on all stages of complex civil litigation, with an emphasis on defense litigation. He currently serves as chair of the firm's Product Liability Department.

Christopher Talcott, LW'08
Talcott joined the Business Division in June 2009 and maintains a general business and real estate practice. Christopher graduated from Drake University Law School with highest honors in 2008. He earned an LL.M. (General Studies) from New York University School of Law in 2009, concentrating on real estate and community development.

Emily Stork, LW'07
Stork recently joined the Davis Brown Law Firm as an associate attorney. She is a member of the firm’s Business Division and will practice in the area of real estate transactions. Previously, Emily was an associate attorney at the Knuth Law Office in Anamosa, Iowa, where she maintained a general civil practice including, but not limited to, real estate, family law, probate, business formations, estate planning, collections and tax preparation. She also served as the Jones County Assistant Attorney.

Heather Campbell, LW'01, joins Belin McCormick

Heather Campbell, LW'01
Heather Campbell has joined Belin McCormick as special counsel. Campbell is part of the Firm’s Health Care and Corporate Groups and will focus her practice providing regulatory and transactional guidance to clients in the health care field.

Prior to joining Belin McCormick, Campbell practiced at the law firm of Fredrikson & Byron and served as assistant general counsel for Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield of Iowa. Campbell is a registered nurse and graduated from Grand View College in 1996. She earned her law degree from Drake University Law School (with highest honors; Order of the Coif) in 2001.

Campbell is recognized as an Iowa Super Lawyer. She is a 2007 graduate of the Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute and a member of Sigma Theta Tau, the Honor Society of Nursing.

D. Douglas Metcalf, LW'87, appointed judge for Pima County Superior Court

D. Douglas Metcalf, LW'87
Gov. Jan Brewer announced the appointment of D. Douglas Metcalf. He fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Howard Hantman. Metcalf has been a partner with the law firm of Lewis and Roca since 2000, focusing primarily on commercial litigation, state and federal tax controversy, and employment law.

He also has criminal, appellate and administrative law experience. Metcalf previously was a trial attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice from 1990 to 1996 and was a law clerk for the U.S. Tax Court from 1987 to 1990.

He graduated from Drake University's law school and earned a master of laws in taxation from Georgetown University.

See the press release online.

August Landis, BN'84, LW'87, appointed judge to U.S. Bankruptcy Court for Nevada

Chief Judge Alex Kozinski of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit announced today the appointment of August B. Landis to serve as a judge of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Nevada. Landis is currently the acting U.S. trustee for Region 17, which encompasses the District of Nevada and the Eastern and Northern districts of California.

“We are very pleased to welcome Mr. Landis to the bankruptcy bench in Nevada. He brings considerable knowledge and experience, both as a trustee and practitioner, to his new position,” Judge Kozinski said.


David Venables, GR'07, LW'07, recently named Super Lawyer Rising Star for Consumer Law

David Venables was recently named a Super Lawyer Rising Star in Consumer Law for the state of Oregon. Currently an associate at Slominski and Associates in the Portland area, Venables practices in the area of consumer law, general civil litigation, and business law. In addition, he serves as head of the CLE Committee of the Consumer Law Section of the Oregon State Bar.

Drake Law alums chosen for 2013 Great Plains Super Lawyers List

A large contingent of Drake Law alumni practicing at Whitfield & Eddy P.L.C. have been selected for the 2013 Great Plains Super Lawyers list. Super Lawyers selects attorneys using a rigorous, multiphase rating process. Peer nominations and evaluations are combined with third party research. Each candidate is evaluated on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement. Selections are made on an annual, state-by-state basis.

    Kim Bartosh, LW'06, General Litigation (Rising Stars: 2013)
    Nicholas O. Cooper, LW'04, Business/Corporate (Rising Stars: 2013)
    John Fatino, LW'91, Business/Corporate (Super Lawyers: 2009-2010, 2013)
    Jonathan Kramer, LW'02, Bankruptcy and Creditor/Debtor Rights (Rising Stars: 2013)
    Greg A. Naylor, LW'78, Employment & Labor (Super Lawyers: 2009-2013)
    David L. Phipps, LW'69, General Litigation (Super Lawyers: 2007, 2009-2013)
    Sally A. Reavely, LW'88, Health Care (Super Lawyers: 2007, 2009-2010, 2013)
    Thomas S. Reavely, LW'71, Personal Injury Plaintiff: General (Super Lawyers: 2013)
    Jacki K. Samuelson, LW'79, Employment & Labor (Super Lawyers: 2009-2013)
    Anjela A. Shutts, LW'96, Family Law (Super Lawyers: 2007, 2009-2013)
    Kara Sinnard, LW'02, Real Estate (Rising Stars: 2013)
    Benjamin B. Ullem, LW'69, Business Litigation (Super Lawyers: 2007, 2009-2013)

Pedro Salazar, LW'13, hired by Baird Holm LLP in Omaha

Pedro Salazar, LW'13
Pedro Salazar is one of eight new attorneys hired by Baird Holm LLP. Salazar will practice in the firm’s Financial Transactions practice section, focusing on International Services.

Salazar is a 2013 graduate of Drake University Law School. In 2007 he earned his MBA with an emphasis in Executive Development from Drake University College of Business and Public Administration.

Jorge Alvarado, LW'82, selected as New Mexico's top public defender

Jorge Alvarado was unanimously appointed chief public defender by an 11-member commission, which interviewed four other candidates for the position. Commission chairman Michael Stout said Alvarado will assume the job next month of running the Public Defender Department. He said Alvarado "showed a passion for indigent defense."


Pooja Thakur Rahman, LW'05, joins New York Life

Pedro Salazar, LW'13
New York Life has announced that Pooja Rahman, former in house counsel for the Iowa Insurance Division, has joined the company as a vice president. She reports to George Nichols III, senior vice president in charge of the Office of Governmental Affairs.

Rahman is responsible for developing and implementing substantive policy positions influencing domestic and international policymakers’ decisions on issues related to international solvency and accounting standards for insurers, as well as on insurance supervision.


Whitfield & Eddy grows Family Law Practice with the addition of attorney Shannon Woods, LW'03

Shannon Woods
Whitfield & Eddy, P.L.C. welcomes Shannon J. Woods, LW'03, to the Firm as a member in the Family Law Practice Group and the Business Law Team. Woods will work in the Des Moines office.

For more than 10 years, Woods has maintained a general practice including but not limited to family law encompassing appeals, adoption, child custody, child/spousal support, divorce, and pre-nuptial agreements. She is a Certified Mediator through the American Academy of Alternative Dispute Resolution Attorneys and has undertaken numerous family law mediations.

Woods also has experience in the areas of real estate, business law, corporate law and civil litigation. She currently serves as General Counsel for various corporations including several multi-state entities where she is solely responsible for all legal matters, including acquisitions and management of multi-state real estate and property. Her duties also include civil rights claims and investigations, human resource issues, DOT compliance, drug testing training, and financial audits. She has also been a presenter and key-note speaker for several contract-based legal seminars.

Emiliano Lerda, LW'08, featured in Omaha's The Daily Record

Emiliano Lerda, LW'08
The Daily Record recently featured a story on what Emiliano Lerda is working on with Justice for Our Neighbors-Nebraska (JFON-NE). According the The Daily Record, JFON-NE provides a full range of family-based and humanitarian-based immigration legal services – free-of-charge – for low-income immigrants who meet the organization’s income guidelines.

Read more about Lerda's work with immigration law.

Karen Shaff, LW'79, honored as one of Des Moines Business Record's 2013 Women of Influence

Karen Shaff was one of several women honored by the Des Moines Business Record as a 2013 Women of Influence. Shaff currently serves as the Executive Vice President and General Counsel for Principal Financial Inc. in Des Moines. She not only serves as the highest ranking female office at Principal Financial, she also serves a vast array of community organizations.

Read more about Shaff's accomplishments in the Des Moines Business Record's Women of Inflence.

Rep. Kevin McCarthy, LW'98, takes position with Iowa Attorney General's Office

Kevin McCarty, LW'98
Iowa state Rep. Kevin McCarthy will resign his post as the top ranking Democrat in the House to take a job with the state Attorney General’s Office. Attorney General Tom Miller’s office announced the hire in a statement this afternoon. McCarthy, a Democrat from Des Moines, will resign from the House on Aug. 15.

In the AG’s office, he’ll be responsible for directing a unit working on mental health issues in the state justice system, overseeing the elder fraud unit and leading an initiative to educate military members and veterans on consumer fraud.

Read more in The Des Moines Register.

Christian Picone, LW'93, named partner at Berliner Cohen

Christian Picone has been named partner at Berliner Cohen in San Jose, Calif.Picone represents individuals and businesses in civil and ciriminal litigation at the state and federal levels, with a focus on intellectual property disputes, complex commercial and tax litigation, criminal defense, and environmental defense.

Picone previously worked as a lead felony prosecutor. He has conducted 36 jury trials to verdict. Picone is admitted to practice law in state and federal courts in California, Colorado, and Illinois.

Hayley Hanson, LW'00, recognized as Rising Star of Philanthropy

Nonprofit Connect, a membership organization that provides education, resources and networking so Kansas City nonprofits can more effectively achieve their missions, has announced Hayley Hanson is one of this year's honorees.

Nonprofit Connect recognizes “Rising Stars of Philanthropy” who carry forward this important work, have been involved in advanced nonprofit service for 10 years or less, and lead philanthropy and volunteerism in new and creative directions.

According to Nonprofit Connect, Hanson has been a devoted Kansas City Friends of the Zoo board member since 2008. A partner with HuschBlackwell whose practice focuses on higher education, Hanson donated numerous hours drafting the legislation for the Missouri House of Representatives, which authorized the Zoo to place up to a ¼ cent sales tax on the ballot in Jackson, Clay and Platte Counties. She also worked extensively to pass the sales tax initiative and serves on the boards of Debate Kansas City and the Northwest Missouri State University Foundation.

Gillian Ruddy Wilcox, LW'07, named Kansas City's
Young Lawyer of the Year

Gillian Ruddy Wilcox
Gillian Ruddy Wilcox was recently named Young Lawyer of the Year by the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association. The honor is presented to a young lawyer who promotes the highest standards of professionalism, competence, and ethical conduct.

Wilcox currently serves as a Judicial Law Clerk at the Missouri Court of Appeals, Western District and lives in the Kansas City area with her husband, Andrew Wilcox.

Read more about Wilcox's outstanding accomplishments in the KC Counselor, the official publication of the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association.

Tracy Gallegos, LW'04, now an associate at Fox Rothschild LLP

Tracy Gallegos
Tracy Gallegos has recently moved her law practice to Fox Rothschild LLP in Las Vegas, Nev. Working in the corportate department.

In addition to corporate services, she will continue to provide comprehensive real estate and entertainment counsel to clients ranging from start-ups to established businesses.

Fox is a national law firm with more than 550 attorneys practicing in 18 offices coast to coast. The firm provides a full range of legal services to public and private companies as well as individuals, government entities and nonprofit organizations both in the United States and in more than 50 countries worldwide. The firm offers more than 40 practice areas and eight core services, including corporate, entertainment, financial restructuring and bankruptcy, intellectual property, labor and employment, litigation, real estate and taxation and wealth planning.

Bill Miller, LW'02, promoted to partner at Dorsey & Whitney LLP

Bill Miller was recently promoted to partner of Dorsey & Whitney LLP along with colleague Alissa Smith.

Speaking of the two attorneys named to partnership, David Claypool, Managing Partner of the Des Moines office, said the following, “Bill and Alissa have invested countless hours in the success of our clients and we are very proud to welcome them to the partnership. They are exceptional attorneys in their respective areas of law, and they exemplify the qualities that our clients expect from Dorsey: superb legal ability, dedication to client service, professionalism, integrity and commitment to community.”

Miller is a trial lawyer practicing in complex business litigation, employment, products liability, and personal injury defense for clients in fields including health care, government, financial services, and transportation. He handles matters through all stages of litigation, including trial and appeal, for clients throughout Iowa and elsewhere.

Miller is also an active member of the bar, serving on the Boards of Governors of the Iowa State and Polk County Bar Associations, the PCBA Volunteer Lawyers Project Board of Directors, and as co-chair of the Iowa Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Rules of Civil Procedure. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Amanda the Panda, and a 2008 graduate of the Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute. Miller and his wife, Lucy, live in Des Moines with their three children.

Brandon Edmundson, LW'06, named partner at Moses, Palmer & Howell, L.L.P, Fort Worth, Texas

Brandon Edmundson
The law firm of Moses, Palmer & Howell, L.L.P. is pleased to announce that Brandon J. Edmundson is a partner in the firm effective Jan. 1, 2013.

Edmundson's primary concentration is commercial litigation with a focus in the areas of banking and trust, oil and gas, construction and contracts. He is a member of the Tarrant County Bar Association, Tarrant County Young Lawyers Association, and the Defense Research Institute. Mr. Edmundson is licensed to practice law in Texas and Minnesota.

Edmundson joins Shayne D. Moses, David A. Palmer, Timothy D. Howell and Whitney L. Cardwell as a partner in the firm.

"Brandon is a great asset to the firm. All of us are pleased to have him join the partnership," said Moses.

The Honorable Randy DeGeest, LW'78, appointed Iowa District Court Judge by Governor Branstad

Hon. Randy DeGeest
Gov. Branstad has appointed Randy DeGeest of Oskaloosa as an Iowa District Court Judge in the 8A Judicial District.

DeGeest, a graduate of Drake University Law School, was appointed to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge James Blomgren. DeGeest is currently serving as a District Associate Judge.

Read more in The Des Moines Register.

Dustin Miller, LW'08, named governmental affairs manager at The Iowa League of Cities

Dustin Miller
Dustin Miller joined the League as the new Government Affairs Manager this January.

Miller will work with the League staff and contract lobbyists, Julie Smith and Jessica Harder, to advance the League’s legislative priorities.

Miller was born and raised in Lacona, Iowa, and his father currently serves on the Lacona City Council. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Iowa and a law degree from Drake University.

Kristy Latta, LW'05, elected shareholder at Ahlers & Cooney, P.C.

Kristy Latta
Kristy Latta was recently elected shareholder at Ahlers & Cooney, P.C.

Latta's primary practice is in the firm’s Education Law area, serving school district and community college clients. She has handled a variety of matters that arise in the education arena, with a focus on minimizing client risk through general contract and board policy reviews.

LAtta is a frequent speaker at school law programs, including programs presented by the Iowa Association of School Business Officials. She is also a member of the firm’s Public Finance & Law and Employment & Labor Law practice areas, as it relates to her education clients.

Latta graduated with High Honors from Drake Law School, where she served on the Drake Law Review. After law school and prior to joining the firm, Latta served as a judicial law clerk for Justice David S. Wiggins of the Iowa Supreme Court.

Christopher E. James, LW'06, has been elected shareholder of The Davis Brown Law Firm

Christopher E. James has been elected shareholder of The Davis Brown Law Firm, effective January 2013.

James joined the Business Division in 2009 and maintains a general practice including, but not limited to, tax controversy, state and local taxation, international tax, and federal tax.

Chinyere Ukabiala, LW'01, named Grinnell College ombudsperson

Chinyere Ukabiala, LW'01
After an extensive search and selection process, Grinnell College has named Chinyere Ukabiala as the college's first ombudsperson. Her appointment is effective Feb. 1, 2013.

As ombudsperson, Ukabiala will assist members of the Grinnell campus community who are experiencing problems, conduct critical analyses of the college, and educate and coach Grinnellians on communication and conflict management skills.

Read more…

Jill Alesch Finken, LW'04, Nebraska’s new tribal special assistant U.S. attorney

Jill Alesch Finken is Nebraska’s new tribal special assistant U.S. attorney, charged with pursuing violence against women cases in both tribal and federal courts.

The appointment rose out of the Justice Department’s Office on Violence Against Women (OVW), which authorized the designation of four new tribal prosecutors in agreements with the Nebraska tribes and three other tribes in South Dakota, North Dakota, Montana, and New Mexico.

Read more in The Daily Record.

Chris Myers, LW'95, honored for fight against drug crime

Chris Myers, the federal prosecutor in Fargo targeting drug cases that killed three people in the Red River Valley this summer, was named the most outstanding drug prosecutor in seven states Nov. 15, 2012.

John McGehee, LW'89, recently elected State's Attorney for Rock Island County, Ill.

John McGehee
John McGehee was recently elected as State's Attorney for Rock Island County, Ill.

Fellow Drake Law alumnus, David Cunningham, LW'85, said, "John is a fantastic reflection on our Law School."

James W. Stephenson, LW’79, named vice president, associate general counsel and sector counsel for Northrop Grumman Corporation’s Electronic Systems sector

James W. Stephenson
Northrop Grumman Corporation has named James W. Stephenson vice president, associate general counsel, and sector counsel for its Electronic Systems sector, effective Dec. 1, 2012.

In his new role, Stephenson will serve as primary legal counsel to the Electronic Systems sector president and senior staff. He will be responsible for managing the delivery of legal advice and Law department support to all elements of the sector, including its multiple sites, programs and subsidiaries. He will oversee a wide range of legal matters including contracts, business development, litigation, investigations, environmental, trademarks and intellectual property, employment, general corporate matters, audit, and compliance.

Read more…

Honorary Phan-Quang Tue, LW’85, spoke at Naturalization Ceremony in California

Phan Quang Tue
Judge Phan-Quang Tue offered remarks at the Naturalization Ceremony at the Paramount Theater in Oakland, Calif.

His speech was titled, “American by Faith.”

Read his remarks…

Diane Henson, LW’79, on election ballot for Texas Third Court of Appeals

Diane Henson
A brief profile on Diane Henson appears in the Go San Angelo Standard-Times.

Judge Henson is a candidate that will appear on the Nov. 6 election ballot for the Texas Third Court of Appeals. Her positions are on a questionnaire provided by the League of Women Voters of Texas and are reproduced with the league's permission.

Read Judge Henson's profile…

Lorenzo Creighton, LW’88, rejoins MGM Resorts International

MGM Resorts International announced that Lorenzo Creighton has rejoined the company. A veteran of the gaming industry and MGM Resorts, Creighton will focus on the company's efforts in developing markets in the eastern U.S. Creighton brings the perspective of his extensive experience, both as an industry regulator in two U.S. states and as a seasoned business executive.

Read more…

Alan Pendleton, LW’80, earns recognition from judges groupTenth Judicial District

Judge Alan Pendleton has been named the recipient of the 2012 Minnesota District Judges Association Outstanding Judge Award for his commitment to improvement in the judicial system and promotion of judicial efficiency.

Read more…

David Erickson, LW’79, and Sharon Malheiro, LW’89, selected as “Lawyer of the Year” in specialty areas

David Erickson and Sharon Malheiro have been selected as central Iowa’s “Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers in America® 2013. Best Lawyers designates just one “Lawyer of the Year” from each specialty area in each community.

Nominations for the award are based on peer-review surveys in which thousands of leading lawyers confidentially evaluate their professional peers. Receiving this designation reflects the high level of respect a lawyer has earned among other leading lawyers in the same communities and the same practice areas for their abilities, professionalism, and integrity.

Both work for the Davis Brown Law Firm in Des Moines.

Troy Groetken, LW’97, selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2013

Shareholder Troy A. Groetken were recently selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2013.

Groetken has 15 years of experience in the intellectual property field and more than 20 years of experience in the pharmaceutical, biotechnological, and chemical fields. As a registered U.S. patent practitioner, Groetken regularly counsels international and Fortune 100 clients regarding advanced patent litigation and procurement matters; advises upon global licensing, acquisition, and divestiture issues coordinated with client-centered business modeling and approaches; and analyzes and addresses complex global intellectual property transactional issues, including due diligence analysis, valuation assessment, competitive landscape review, white space analysis, opinion development, and global portfolio management.

He was named a “Rising Star” by the Illinois Super Lawyers independent survey in 2008 and 2009, and he was included as one the Law Bulletin Publishing Company’s “40 Illinois Attorneys Under Forty to Watch.” This is the second year that Groetken has been listed as one of the Best Lawyers in America.

Ralph Rosenberg, LW’74, has recently been named the new director of Iowa Environmental Council

Ralph Rosenberg, a former Democratic state lawmaker and former director of the Iowa Civil Rights Commission, has been named the new executive director of the nonprofit Iowa Environmental Council.

Read more…

Joel Dalrymple, LW’96, appointed as judge to 1B Judicial District

Judge Dalrymple was appointed to the bench in 2012. He was born and raised in Waterloo, Iowa, and graduated magna cum laude in 1993 from Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa.

In 1996, he earned his law degree from Drake University Law School. Before being appointed to the bench, Judge Dalrymple worked in the Black Hawk County Attorneys Office, where he was promoted to First Assistant in 2006. He is a member of the Black Hawk County Bar Association.

Judge Dalrymple is married with three children.

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