Class Notes: Summer 2014

Sander A. Rikleen

Sander A. Rikleen is a partner in the Litigation Department at Sherin and Lodgen LLP in Boston. He was previously a partner in the Boston office of Edwards Wildman.

Seth H. Langson

Seth H. Langson is the author of “The Need to Fight Child Sex Abuse,” an article published in Trial Briefs, the quarterly publication of the North Carolina Advocates for Justice. He is an attorney at Karro, Sellers & Langson in Charlotte, NC, and focuses his practice on the representation of victims of sex abuse.

Anne Goldbach

Anne Goldbach, director of forensic services for the Committee for Public Counsel Services where she has worked since law school, was honored as Woman of the Year by the Women’s Law Center at its annual reception in Barat House in April. Goldbach is a past president of the Massachusetts Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, has served on the board of directors of the Massachusetts Council for Public Justice, and was presented with the Duggan Award at the Public Council Services’ annual conference last year.

Mary K. Ryan

Mary K. Ryan, a partner in the Litigation Department at Nutter McClennen & Fish in Boston, was recently honored with the William Reece Smith Jr. Special Services to Pro Bono award presented by the National Association of Pro Bono Professionals. The award honors an attorney who has made an outstanding commitment and positive impact on the institutions and systems of providing pro bono legal services.

Therese D. Pritchard

Therese D. Pritchard was named chair-elect of Bryan Cave LLP, and in October will become the first woman to serve as chair in the firm’s 140-year history. Practicing in the firm’s Washington, DC, office, she focuses on securities and financial institutions enforcement and litigation.

Kenneth F. Berg

Kenneth F. Berg is the author of “Suitability: At the Corner of Series 3 and Series 7,” an article published in the NIBA Journal in February. A partner in the Chicago, IL, office of Ulmer & Berne, he practices in the areas of complex commercial and business litigation.

Robert J. Ambrogi

Robert J. Ambrogi was elected president of the Massachusetts Bar Foundation. He is principal at the Law Offices of Robert Ambrogi in Rockport, MA, where he represents clients in media and technology. He also serves as executive director of the Massachusetts Newspaper Publishers Association.

Hon. Phillip L. Weiner

Hon. Phillip L. Weiner, former international war crimes judge at the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina, was inducted into the inaugural Malden (MA) High School Alumni Association Hall of Fame.

David P. Linsky

David P. Linsky is of counsel at Tarlow, Breed, Hart & Rodgers PC in Boston and focuses his practice on civil and criminal litigation, zoning issues, and domestic relations law. He also serves as the Massachusetts state representative for the 5th Middlesex District.

Richard J. McCready

Richard J. McCready is president of The Davis Companies in Boston, where he also serves as a chair of the Executive Committee and as a member of the Investment Committee. He will play a leading role in day-to-day management and strategic planning. He formerly served as the chief operating officer and executive vice president of NorthStar Realty Finance Corp.

Christopher R. Vaccaro

Christopher R. Vaccaro is a partner at Boston-based Looney & Grossman LLP and concentrates his practice in real estate and banking, representing developers and financial institutions in commercial and residential transactions.

Marguerite Dorn

Marguerite Dorn has launched a consulting firm that focuses on women’s advancement and leadership. MMDorn Consulting partners works with businesses and educational institutions to bring presentations and training on issues important to women. It also offers mentor-coaching to individual women on self-advocacy, work-family, and leadership skills. Her website is

Thomas L. Finigan

Thomas L. Finigan was appointed associate justice of the Stoughton (MA) District Court by Governor Deval Patrick in September. He was previously chief of the Narcotics Unit and a member of the Homicide Team at the Norfolk County (MA) District Attorney’s Office.

Xiomara Corral

Xiomara Corral is senior vice president and legal counsel at Santander Securities in Boston. She was previously a senior vice president and legal counsel at RBS Citizens Bank in Boston.

Paul R. Greenberg

Paul R. Greenberg is a director in the Boston office of Preti Flaherty and a member of the firm’s litigation and professional liability groups.

Warren E. Agin

Warren E. Agin, chair of the Bankruptcy Department for Swiggart & Agin LLC in Boston, was named a special advisor to the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Membership.

Alan S. Gale

Alan S. Gale is the recipient of the Perseverance Award presented by the Civil Division of the US Department of Justice in recognition of his trial and appellate victories over United Technologies Corporation (UTC). The decade-long litigation resulted in a record-setting $664 million judgment against UTC for violations of the False Claims Act in connection with the sale of fighter aircraft engines to the US Air Force.

Hon. Eleanor C. Sinnott

Hon. Eleanor C. Sinnott, a former US Navy intelligence officer, is the presiding judge over the Veterans Treatment Court, a new and specialized court session of the Boston Municipal Court.

Manuel L. Crespo

Manuel L. Crespo was emcee at the Dade County Bar Association Bench and Bar Conference in February. He is a partner at Sanchez-Medina, Gonzalez, Quesada, Lage, Crespo, Gomez, Machado & Preira LLP in Coral Gables, FL, and concentrates his practice on real property transactions and civil litigation.

Roland Sanchez-Medina Jr.

Roland Sanchez-Medina Jr. was elected to the Florida Bar Board of Governors for a two-year term. He was a member of the “Merger of Tax, M&A, and Banking Law” panel at the Dade County (FL) Bar Association Bench and Bar Conference in Coral Gables, FL, in February; and was named chair of HistoryMiami’s 11th Judicial Circuit Historical Society Board of Directors in April. A partner at Sanchez-Medina, Gonzalez, Quesada, Lage, Crespo, Gomez, Machado & Preira LLP in Coral Gables, FL, he focuses his practice in the areas of corporate and securities law.

Robert P. Charbonneau

Robert P. Charbonneau was named chair of the Bankruptcy/UCC Committee of the Florida Bar Business Law Section. He is a founding member and managing partner at Ehrenstein Charbonneau Calderin in Miami, FL, and concentrates his practice in the areas of corporate restructuring and creditors’ rights.

Tamsin R. Kaplan

Tamsin R. Kaplan is included in the 2014 edition of Chambers USA for her practice in labor and employment law. A partner at Davis, Malm & D’Agostine PC in Boston, she is a member of the Women’s Bar Association Board of Directors, the Massachusetts Bar Association Business Law Section Council, and the Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education Labor and Employment Curriculum Advisory Committee.

Gina M. Signorello

Gina M. Signorello was named senior vice president and deputy general counsel at Hewlett-Packard Company in Palo Alto, CA.

Brigida Benitez

Brigida Benitez was sworn in as the forty-third president of the District of Columbia Bar on June 17. A partner at Steptoe & Johnson LLP, she has served the DC Bar in a number of capacities. She has also been president of the Hispanic Bar Association of DC, a member of the board of directors of the Women’s Bar Association of DC, and a member of the BC Law Alumni Board.

Hon. Donald J. Cannava

Hon. Donald J. Cannava, appointed by Florida Governor Rick Scott as a Miami-Dade County Court judge in the 11th Judicial Circuit for 2011–2014, was elected to a six-year term beginning January 2015. He presides over a Domestic Violence Division and a Domestic Violence Drug Court, and serves as an acting circuit court judge for civil injunction hearings.

Terrance C. Heath

Terrance C. Heath is the recipient of the Dr. Stephen R. Chitwood Law Firm Management Prize as Distinguished Scholar presented by the George Washington University’s College of Professional Studies, where he completed his master’s degree in the Law Firm Management Program. He is the managing partner of Heath-Newton LLP in San Francisco, CA.

Daniel E. Will

Daniel E. Will was appointed by Governor Maggie Hassan to serve on the New Hampshire Judicial Council. A litigation partner in the Manchester, NH, office of Divine Millimet, he was elected to the firm’s board of directors for 2014, and is a member of the New Hampshire Supreme Court Attorney Discipline Hearings Panel, the New Hampshire Judicial Performance Evaluation Advisory Committee, and the New Hampshire Bar Association Committee on Cooperation with Courts.

Howard L. Brown

Howard L. Brown is co-author of “The Navajo Preference in Employment Act: A Review and Update of Cases and Rules, 2010–2012” published in the Fall 2013 issue of the New Mexico Law Review. He is a partner in the Flagstaff, AZ, office of Shorall McGoldrick Brinkmann.

Fernando M. Pinguelo

Fernando M. Pinguelo earned accreditation as a Certified Information Privacy Professional/United States through the International Association of Privacy Professionals; spoke at the National Organization of Bar Counsel 2014 Mid-Year Meeting in Chicago, IL, on a panel entitled “Professional Crossroads: Ethical Issues and Professional Responsibilities with Respect to E-Discovery”; and co-authored “Electronic Data, Cyber Security, and Crisis Management,” a chapter in the 2013–2014 edition of eDiscovery for Corporate Counsel published by Thomson-West. A partner at Scarinci Hollenbeck LLC, he works from the firm’s New York, NY; Ocean, NJ; and Washington, DC, offices.

Geaneen M. Arends

Geaneen M. Arends is a partner in the Detroit, MI, office of Butzel Long and concentrates her practice on general business law and commercial real estate.

Alexandria E. Kane

Alexandria E. Kane is counsel in the New York, NY, office of White and Williams LLP and concentrates her practice on corporate law, securities, and mergers and acquisitions.

Jennifer J. Smith

Jennifer J. Smith was named executive director of the International Legal Foundation (ILF). In her previous position as the ILF’s advocacy director, she spearheaded efforts to strengthen international support for the right to quality legal representation for the poor, and played a key role in drafting the United Nations Principles and Guidelines on Access to Legal Aid in Criminal Justice Systems.

Gretchen M. Hunt

Gretchen M. Hunt is the Democratic candidate for the Kentucky State House of Representatives District 48. She currently serves as staff attorney for the Kentucky Association of Sexual Assault Programs in Frankfort, KY.

Louis S. Mercedes

Louis S. Mercedes is a partner in the Boston office of Jones Day and a member of the firm’s private equity practice. He was previously a partner in the Boston office of Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP.

Michael L. Detweiler

Michael L. Detweiler, as a featured speaker at the Pennsylvania Bar Institute Travel Law seminar, presented “Legal Issues for Internet Travel Sellers” and “Travel Insurance for Industry and Consumers.” He is a partner in the Philadelphia, PA, office of at Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin PC and a member of the firm’s Professional Liability Department.

Elizabeth T. Milesnick

Elizabeth T. Milesnick was named president-elect of the Oregon Women Lawyers Board of Directors. She is a partner in the Portland, OR, office of Miller Nash LLP, and focuses her practice on intellectual property matters. In addition, she is an adjunct instructor at the University of Oregon School of Law in Eugene, OR; a member of the Executive Committee of the Oregon State Bar Intellectual Property Section and serves on the bar’s House of Delegates; and is a fellow of the American Bar Foundation.

Teresa L. Cella

Teresa L. Cella is a partner in the Boston office of Bingham McCutchen LLP and focuses her practice on commercial real estate transactions, with emphasis on acquisitions, dispositions, leasing, and real estate secured financing.

Matthew C. Curran

Matthew C. Curran is of counsel at Manley Burke LPA in Cincinnati, OH, and focuses his practice on business and commercial litigation. He was previously in-house counsel at Luxottica Retail North America in Mason, Ohio.

Ileana Espinosa Christianson

Ileana Espinosa Christianson was named one of the “Top 40 Under 40” Bankruptcy Lawyers in the state of Florida for 2014 by the American Society of Legal Advocates. A litigation partner in the Miami, FL, office of GrayRobinson, she is chair of the Credit Abuse Resistance Education program of the Bankruptcy Bar Association of the Southern District of Florida, and president of the Florida chapter of the BC Law Alumni Council.

Meredith L. Ainbinder

Meredith L. Ainbinder is senior litigation counsel at Osram Sylvania Inc. in Danvers, MA, where she works with fellow senior corporate counsels, Christianna M. L. Reed ’02 and Robert J. O’Keefe ’02.

Cynthia Grover Hastings

Cynthia Grover Hastings is a partner at Perocchi Family Law Group LLP in North Andover, MA, and focuses her practice on family law litigation, including divorce, support, and custody matters at both the trial court and appellate court levels.

Jeremy T. Marr

Jeremy T. Marr is a special counsel in the Boston office of WilmerHale and focuses his practice on advising clients on technology transactions and licensing matters in the life sciences, information technology, electronics, and entertainment sectors.

Karyl Roberts Martin

Karyl Roberts Martin is a graduate of the New Hampshire Center for Nonprofits inaugural Hoffman-Hass Fellowship program. She is a partner in the Manchester, NH, office of Sheehan Phinney Bass & Green PA and practices in the areas of business and employment litigation.

Charles M. Katz-Leavy

Charles M. Katz-Leavy is a partner in the Portland, ME, office of Verrill Dana LLP where he is co-chair of the firm’s real estate title litigation practice group, and a member of its timberlands, agriculture, and conservation; commercial lending; and hospitality practice groups.

Kristin N. Zielmanski

Kristin N. Zielmanski is a partner at Berman Fink Van Horn PC in Atlanta, GA, and focuses her practice in the areas of business and real estate litigation, labor and employment, and legal ethics. She is also president of the Atlanta Council of Younger Lawyers.

John Frank Weaver

John Frank Weaver is the author of Robots Are People Too: How Siri, Google Car, and Artificial Intelligence Will Force Us to Change Our Laws published by Praeger. An associate in the Manchester, NH, office of McLane Law, he focuses his practice on land use, real estate, commercial lending, telecommunications, artificial intelligence, and education law.

Michael D. Brier

Michael D. Brier is an associate at Boston-based Arrowood Peters LLP and practices in the areas of business litigation, employment, and professional malpractice. Previously, he was an assistant district attorney at the Essex County (MA) District Attorney’s Office. He took forty cases to trial as a prosecutor.

Sarah L. McGarrell

Sarah L. McGarrell is an associate at Gennari Aronson LLP in Needham, MA. Previously, she was counsel for Seaside Investments.

Amelia Sanchez-Moran

Amelia Sanchez-Moran is an attorney and a member of the employment and labor practice group in the San Francisco, CA, office of Thompson & Knight LLP. She was previously an associate at Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith in Los Angeles, CA.

Sonia R. Russo

Sonia R. Russo has joined the Albuquerque, NM, office of Modrall Sperling as an associate and a member of the firm’s litigation group, focusing on civil rights and creditors’ rights.

In Memoriam

  • Carmine R. Santaniello ’51
  • Bernard F. Hurley ’51
  • Frank A. Rodrigues ’53
  • John H. O’Brien ’54
  • Eugene G. Seems ’54
  • J. Donald Gracey ’55
  • Richard P. Bepko ’56
  • Garrett J. Cullen ’56
  • Hon. Clifford J. Cawley ’57
  • James F. Waldron ’58
  • John S. Holland ’60
  • Hon. Milton H. Raphaelson ’61
  • John F. Sisk ’61
  • Kevin J. O’Leary ’62
  • Joseph H. Porter ’63
  • Robert B. Stimpson ’63
  • Philip M. St. Germain ’65
  • Thomas J. Grady ’66
  • Bruce E. Richardson ’66
  • Paul R. Sidel ’70
  • Georgeann F. Abbanat ’71
  • Richard T. Egan ’71
  • Terence J. Fitzgerald ’71
  • Ruben E. Pope III ’74
  • Walter J. Konjolka ’78