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Bret Meich

Class of 2005
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Litigation Attorney Bret Meich Recognized as Legal Elite: Nevada’s Top Attorneys

(RENO, NV) Downey Brand litigation attorney Bret Meich was recently named one of Nevada’s 2017 Legal Elite by Nevada Business Magazine. Meich is one of 98 Northern Nevada attorneys to receive this year’s honor.

2017 marks Legal Elite’s tenth year of recognizing Nevada’s top attorneys. The annual list, compiled from peer nominations and ranked, includes only the top 4 percent of attorneys in the state. The list is divided into Northern and Southern Nevada, with break-out lists for the Best Up and Coming and Best Government attorneys. The full list of honorees can be viewed online and in the June 2017 issue of Nevada Business Magazine.

Meich has nearly 10 years of experience representing clients in litigation matters involving construction, employment, telecommunications, intellectual property, and real estate disputes. With a background in government—Meich worked for the Nevada Legislative Counsel Bureau and served on the legislative staff in the United States Senate—he also regularly counsels local government on legislative and regulatory matters. Meich earned is Juris Doctor degree, magna cum laude, from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, William S. Boyd School of Law, and his undergraduate degree, cum laude, from Georgetown University.

About Downey Brand LLP
From offices in Sacramento, San Francisco, Stockton, Silicon Valley, and Reno, Downey Brand is strategically positioned to serve clients in litigation, natural resources, and business matters throughout California, northern Nevada and beyond. Founded over 90 years ago in California’s capital city, Downey Brand is a preeminent full-service law firm with 100 attorneys offering counsel in more than 30 areas of civil practice including water law, food and agriculture, corporate, litigation, business planning, intellectual property, bankruptcy, real estate, employment, construction, trusts and estates and family law. For more information, visit www.downeybrand.com.
Chambers USA Ranks Panitch Schwarze Among Top IP Attorneys for 2017

Philadelphia and Wilmington IP lawyers ranked among top intellectual property practitioners in U.S.

PHILADELPHIA (May 2017) – Panitch Schwarze Belisario & Nadel LLP is proud to announce that the firm and several of its attorneys again have been ranked among the top attorneys in intellectual property law by Chambers USA, a leading legal ranking guide.

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Wilmington, Delaware IP attorneys Martin G. Belisario, Alan S. Nadel, Ronald L. Panitch,William W. Schwarze and Clark A. Jablon have been ranked individually for their prowess in IP law.

Chambers and Partners produces referral guides to leading lawyers around the world. Chambers’ research teams evaluate law firms and individual lawyers on qualities including technical legal ability, professional conduct, client service, commercial astuteness, diligence, commitment and other qualities most valued by the client. Input is sought from both peers and clients.

Chambers rates Panitch Schwarze attorneys highly on their technical knowledge and attention to detail, saying, the firm is “well known for patent and trademark prosecution, commercialization and portfolio management with a growing litigation practice,” and that it “acts for clients in a wide range of industries including chemicals, consumer brands, electronics, life sciences and software.”

Clients told Chambers that Panitch Schwarze is a "rock-solid, reliable partner for our patent prosecution needs." "They do very high-quality work and are extremely thorough,” said another. Client feedback on individual attorneys includes:

• Ronald Panitch is an "excellent lawyer" recommended for patent prosecution, trademark registration and IP litigation. He also advises on licensing transactions and rights management.


About Panitch Schwarze Belisario & Nadel LLP – Panitch Schwarze Belisario & Nadel LLP is a boutique intellectual property law firm with offices in Philadelphia and Wilmington, Delaware. The firm’s IP law practitioners provide strategic litigation, licensing and counseling service relating to patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets, domain names and Internet issues domestically and internationally. The firm’s long-standing relationships with a network of associates worldwide enable its attorneys and advisors to provide clients with global intellectual property advice and protection.


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The Philadelphia intellectual property law firm Panitch Schwarze Belisario & Nadel LLP is pleased to announce that six of its IP attorneys have been named 2017 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and Rising Stars, including Ronald L. Panitch. No more than 5 percent of a state’s attorneys are recognized as Super Lawyers each year.

A program of Thomson Reuters, Pennsylvania Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers who, through a peer review and independent research process, have been identified as attaining a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.

Candidates are evaluated on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement, including verdicts and settlements; honors and awards; special licenses and certifications; pro bono and community service efforts; and scholarly lectures and writings. The ultimate objective of Super Lawyers is to create a credible, comprehensive and diverse list of outstanding attorneys that can be used as a resource for other practitioners and consumers searching for legal counsel.
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Ms. Leslie Thornton, alumna of Georgetown University Law Center and General Counsel of WGL Holdings Inc. and Washington Gas, will be receiving the prestigious 2017 Legends in Law Award from the Burton Foundation in association with the Library of Congress, presented by Law 360 and co-sponsored by American Bar Association.

The award is given every year to a distinguished individual who has shown great reputation in the legal community and provided expertise in legal advice and general counsel whose corporation or business had gross revenues exceeding $1 billion. Most recently, Ms. Thornton has demonstrated her leadership abilities overseeing the entire legal process of AltaGas Ltd. and WGL Holdings Inc.’s $6.4 billion merger.

The event will be held on May 22, 2017. You can also refer to The Burton Awards website for more information.

Melanne Verveer

Class of 1966
On February 9, Ambassador Melanne Verveer, Director of Georgetown’s
Institute for Women, Peace and Security, delivered the 2017 Tanner Lecture
at Clare Hall, University of Cambridge. Her lecture focused on “A Gendered
Approach to Peacebuilding.”

The prestigious lecture was founded by American scholar Obert Tanner to advance and reflect upon the scholarly and scientific learning related to human values. The Tanner is considered one of the top lectures among universities. The lecturers are recognized for uncommon achievement in the field of human values.
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David Erdman (L'75), a successful trial lawyer in Charlotte since 1976 and a passionate advocate of historic preservation in the Queen City, has been named the 2016 recipient of Metrolina Business Council’s Donald Haack Award for Excellence in Community Involvement.



The award honors the late Donald Haack, Charlotte’s legendary jewelry business owner and community leader.



“I see David Erdman functioning as the caretaker of Charlotte’s history, gathering information, documenting and offering interesting presentations to educate and inform us of the relevant changes that have occurred in our city,” said Julie Haack, President of Donald Haack Diamonds, Metrolina Business Council (MBC) member and daughter of the award’s namesake. “David’s role as Charlotte’s historian is in addition to all his other selfless and numerous contributions and philanthropic efforts to better Charlotte and North Carolina.”



Erdman, who was born in Camp Lejeune, N.C., and raised in nearby New Bern, was graduated from Duke University as an Angier B. Duke Scholar and was the first person to graduate from Duke with a Degree in Biomedical Engineering. He now serves on the Board of Visitors of the Duke Engineering School. Erdman earned his law degree from Georgetown University, where he was elected national president of the Law Student Division of the American Bar Association and worked as a staffer on the U.S. Senate Watergate Committee.



Erdman, who leads the law firm of Erdman & Hockfield, which he founded in 1981, was recognized in 2016 (for the eighth time) by Business North Carolina magazine as one of North Carolina’s “Legal Elite” in the field of Family Law.



But Erdman’s contributions to the Charlotte region reach way beyond his legal work to help families. In 1999, he was unanimously appointed to the Charlotte City Council to fill an at-large seat. He’s a frequent lecturer, having delivered more than 225 presentations on the history, geography, and future of Charlotte. He has been quoted in media outlets including the New York Times and the Washington Post.



Erdman, who resides in Eastover, works and worships in Charlotte’s historic Elizabeth community. He’s a member of St. John’s Baptist Church where he has been a Deacon and a long-time adult Sunday School teacher.



He and his wife, Lynn Erdman, CEO of AWHONN, a national nursing organization, have two adult daughters.



“For 36 years, The Metrolina Business Council has supported Charlotte area businesses and their owners,” Erdman said. “Over those years, one of the MBC’s finest members was philanthropist-businessman, Donald Haack. I am highly honored to receive the Donald Haack Award for Excellence in Community Involvement.”



DONALD HAACK AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT



Donald “Don” Haack joined MBC in the early 1990’s and subsequently made many presentations to the group. His early comments highlighted his career as an explorer, diamond miner and bush pilot. However, most of his presentations focused on his belief that business persons have a need and obligation to give back to the community from which they derive their revenues. Those later remarks formed the genesis of the “Donald Haack Award for Excellence in Community Involvement.”



Following his death, the Board of Directors of MBC decided to honor the memory of Donald Haack by creating an annual award in his name. The original award consisted of a $250 gift made to a charitable institution designated by the award winner. In addition the winner was to receive a special diamond lapel pin designed and manufactured by Donald Haack Diamonds, and a framed plaque outlining the award.



“The award was officially named ‘The Donald Haack Award for Excellence in Community Involvement’ because of Don’s long-standing belief in giving back to our community,” said Frank Wilson, MBC member who coordinates the annual award. “To that end, we have now announced eight winners of this annual award. The original gift to a charity of the winner’s choice has moved from $250 to $500 and in 2016 to $1000.”



Erdman donated the $1000 award money to Charlotte Museum of History.



All-time recipients of the Award are:



2009: Martin Conte

2010: Deborah Millhouse

2011: Julie Haack

2012: Scott Nowokunski

2013: Andy Dinkin

2014: John Cantrell

2015: John McNeary

2016: David Erdman



METROLINA BUSINESS COUNCIL



Metrolina Business Council (www.charlottembc.com) is a business group which meets at Byron's Southend twice monthly for breakfast combined with an excellent program. MBC is not just a 'tips' club, but a resource group for successful people. Membership is on an individual, not company, basis and is limited to one individual from a particular business or professional classification.

Viviana Jaramillo

Class of 2015
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Viviana Jaramillo (B '15) was honored as one of El Mundo Boston's Latino 30 Under 30.
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Thomas "Tom" Carrico, C'74, was awarded the Barney Award by the Lynchburg Academy of Medicine.

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Dr. John D'Avella M72 is the recent recipient of a lifetime achievement award from the National Kidney Foundation of Connecticut He spent his professional career at the Hartford Hospital where he was medical director both of the dialysis unit and of the kidney transplant program . He is a past recipient of the hospital's Outstanding Service Award. During his career he received teaching awards both at the University of Connecticut and at the Hartford Hospital. He was active in multiple local service organizations and was a recipient the Colangelio Award given by the National Kidney Foundation of Connecticut to the individual who has worked most to improve the health of patients with kidney disease He was a long-standing member of the Connecticut Governors Council of the ACP and was elected a Laureate of the American College of Physicians for his dedication to teaching and patient care
Patient safety and quality were important aspects of his career. He was the Medical Review Board Chairman for the Renal Disease Network of New England multiple times and was on multiple quality committees at the hospital. He was the first recipient of the Hartford Hospital's Patient Safety and Quality Achievement award. He retires as a Professor of Clinical Medicine at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine
None of this could have been possible without the support ,love and patience he received from his wife Denise and four children Justin, Christopher, William and Kaitlin
Allison Winnike
Allison Winnike
Allison Winnike received the 2016 Early Career Award for Excellence in Public Health Law from the American Public Health Association Law Section for demonstrating great promise as a future leader in the field of public health law and in recognition of her contributions to research, teaching and mentoring, practice and advocacy.
Texas Office of Court Administration Director David Slayton, Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Nathan Hecht, Professor Allison Winnike, Dean Leonard M. Baynes, and NCSC President Mary McQueen.
Texas Office of Court Administration Director David Slayton, Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Nathan Hecht, Professor Allison Winnike, Dean Leonard M. Baynes, and NCSC President Mary McQueen.
Allison Winnike received the 2016 Distinguished Service Award from the National Center for State Courts, one of the highest awards given by the organization, for significant contributions to the judicial system. She was cited for publishing two influential books in 2016, "Control Measures and Public Health Emergencies: A Texas Bench Book," and "Preparing for a Pandemic: An Emergency Response Benchbook and Operational Guidebook for State Court Judges and Administrators," the latter authored as a member of the Conference of Chief Justices Pandemic and Emergency Response Task Force.
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Tucker Ellis LLP is proud to announce that 27 of the firm's attorneys have been named "Ohio Super Lawyers" and another seven have been selected as "Ohio Rising Stars" for 2015. The Tucker Ellis attorneys chosen as Ohio Super Lawyers for 2015 include Matthew Moriarty.

About Super Lawyers:
Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The multi-phased selection process includes independent research, peer nominations, and peer evaluations. Rising Stars are outstanding lawyers who are age 40 or younger or who have been in practice for 10 years or less. While up to 5 percent of the lawyers in a state are named to Super Lawyers, no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in a state are named to Rising Stars. In the United States, Super Lawyers Magazine is published in all 50 states and Washington, D.C., reaching more than 13 million readers.

Mark McCarthy

Class of 1973
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Tucker Ellis LLP is proud to announce that 27 of the firm's attorneys have been named "Ohio Super Lawyers" and another seven have been selected as "Ohio Rising Stars" for 2015. The Tucker Ellis attorneys chosen as Ohio Super Lawyers for 2015 include Mark McCarthy.

About Super Lawyers:
Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The multi-phased selection process includes independent research, peer nominations, and peer evaluations. Rising Stars are outstanding lawyers who are age 40 or younger or who have been in practice for 10 years or less. While up to 5 percent of the lawyers in a state are named to Super Lawyers, no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in a state are named to Rising Stars. In the United States, Super Lawyers Magazine is published in all 50 states and Washington, D.C., reaching more than 13 million readers.

David Feliciano

Class of 1966
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David Feliciano, M.D., has been named a recipient of the 2016 Mayo Clinic Distinguished Alumni Award. The award honors individuals who exemplify Mayo Clinic’s ideals and missions. Dr. Feliciano and the three other honorees, Kai-Nan An, Ph.D., Albert Czaja, M.D., and James Eisenach, M.D., were recognized on Nov. 15 at the Mayo Foundation House in Rochester.

Dr. Feliciano completed a residency in general surgery at Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education in Rochester in 1978. Today he is the J. Stanley Battersby Professor of Surgery and chief emeritus in the Division of General Surgery at Indiana University Medical Center in Indianapolis.

Dr. Feliciano is widely regarded as a leading authority in trauma care whose contributions have greatly impacted American surgery. He has strong interests in endocrine surgery, surgical oncology and trauma. His work has affected thousands of patients, and every new surgeon now learns techniques he pioneered.

Dr. Feliciano has built impressive trauma units in hospitals at Baylor, the University of Rochester in New York, Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, and Indiana University in Indianapolis. He rose to national prominence at one of the largest, busiest trauma hospitals in the country, Ben Taub Hospital in Houston, Texas, becoming best known for his focus on gastrointestinal trauma. He is arguably the world’s expert on trauma of the duodenum and has several maneuvers named for him.

He spent the majority of his career at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, an inner-city hospital. There, he developed one of the top trauma programs in the country and trained many young surgeons.

His bibliography includes more than 500 peer-reviewed papers, articles, book chapters and books. He has been co-editor of Trauma since 1988, the most important publication on the subject, the main international reference and the most quoted and consulted book in the world of trauma worldwide. He is president-elect of the Southeastern Surgical Congress and past-president of the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma, Western Trauma Association, and Southwestern Surgical Congress.

Dr. Feliciano is committed to educating upcoming generations of physicians and has been a mentor to many fellows and surgery residents, He has received 37 teacher of the year awards from medical students and surgical residents at academic institutions where he has served including, recently, the Teaching Legends Award from the Department of Surgery at Indiana University.

He completed a fellowship in cardiovascular surgery at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston in 1987, and a residency in general surgery at Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education in 1978. He received his medical degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington, D.C., in 1970 and a bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University in 1966. He is a native of New York City.

About Mayo Clinic Alumni Association:
The Mayo Clinic Alumni Association represents current and former students, trainees and consulting staff members of Mayo Clinic. Alumni number more than 20,000 physicians and scientists around the world and in every U.S. state. The Alumni Association was established in 1915 and is based on Mayo Clinic’s Rochester campus. For more information, visit alumniassociation.mayo.edu.

About Mayo Clinic:
Mayo Clinic is a nonprofit organization committed to medical research and education, and providing expert, whole-person care to everyone who needs healing. For more information, visit mayoclinic.org/about-mayo-clinic or newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org.
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The Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (PIJAC) announces that President and Chief Executive Officer Mike Bober has been chosen by independent judges to receive the prestigious Pet Age Forty Under 40 Award for 2016. As one of the leading pet industry trade publications, Pet Age honors the new generation of men and women making headlines in their fields and shaping the future of the industry.

“The entire PIJAC board is so delighted to see our President, Mike Bober, receive this very well-deserved award,” said Laura “Peach” Reid, PIJAC Chair. “We are fortunate to have his unique skill set and leadership - working tirelessly with his outstanding team - to protect and promote the responsible and professional pet industry.”

In 2013, Bober joined PIJAC as the Vice President of Government of Affairs, which oversaw the Council’s legislative and regulatory efforts. In the beginning of 2016, he was promoted to President and Chief Executive Officer.

“I am truly honored to receive such a prestigious award and look forward to a successful and impactful 2017,” said Bober.

Along with thousands of pieces of legislation affecting every aspect of the industry including taxes, restrictions and fees, Bober has been tasked with tackling one of the most detrimental – and misrepresented - issues ever facing the pet industry: a nationwide assault on access to responsibly raised and collected companion animals of all types.

Bober also played a significant role in bringing together APPA, PIDA and PIJAC to create the inaugural Pet Industry Leadership Conference held for the first time this year in Tucson, AZ. This new conference combines world-class speakers with breakout sessions that explore best practices and emerging trends. It brings all stakeholders – manufacturers, distributors, livestock breeding and wholesale and retailers – together to address the critical issues facing everyone’s business. It is a much-needed event that will make an important positive difference for the industry for years to come. The second annual event takes place Jan. 30-Feb. 2 in Laguna Beach, California.

For media inquiries, please contact Jamie Baxter at jamie@theimpetusagency.com or (775) 322-4022.
The Philadelphia intellectual property law firm of Panitch Schwarze Belisario & Nadel is proud to announce that partner Ronald L. Panitch has been named to the 2016 list of Who’s Who Legal: Trademarks.

Who’s Who Legal is a directory of legal leaders that is published annually and is intended to be a reference source for people or corporations looking for the best legal talent in the world. The publication creates a trustworthy international referral network for each practice area served.

Each lawyer named to the list is chosen after undergoing a vigorous nominating and research process. Researchers talk to private practice lawyers and use peer recommendations. Lawyers nominating their peers are vetted and the organization does not accept nominations for leaders from within the same firm. The Who’s Who research process ensures the distinction of the lawyers honored and the credibility of the final publication.

In practice since 1966, Panitch provides his firm’s clients with unparalleled experience in intellectual property law. Clients hail him as “a masterful attorney,” and as having one of “the greatest commands of patent law.” He has been named a “Best Lawyer in America” every year since 2006 and also has been named the Best Lawyers “Lawyer of the Year” for the Philadelphia metro area in Intellectual Property law. He has also been honored by the Philadelphia Bar Association for 50 years of service and with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Philadelphia Intellectual Property Association.
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The Philadelphia intellectual property law firm of Panitch Schwarze Belisario & Nadel is proud to announce that partner Ronald L. Panitch has been named to the 2016 list of Who’s Who Legal: Trademarks.

Who’s Who Legal is a directory of legal leaders that is published annually and is intended to be a reference source for people or corporations looking for the best legal talent in the world. The publication creates a trustworthy international referral network for each practice area served.

Each lawyer named to the list is chosen after undergoing a vigorous nominating and research process. Researchers talk to private practice lawyers and use peer recommendations. Lawyers nominating their peers are vetted and the organization does not accept nominations for leaders from within the same firm. The Who’s Who research process ensures the distinction of the lawyers honored and the credibility of the final publication.

Norm "Norm" Powell

Class of 1986
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Norman M. Powell Appointed ABA Business Law Section Liaison to the ABA Standing Committee on Publishing Oversight's Strategy and Resources Subcommittee

Young Conaway is pleased to announce that Norman M. Powell has been appointed as ABA Business Law Section Liaison to the ABA Standing Committee on Publishing Oversight's Strategy and Resources Subcommittee. This leadership role began at the conclusion of the Section's 2016 Annual Meeting and will continue until the 2017 Section Annual Meeting.

Mr. Powell is a partner in the Delaware law firm of Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, LLP, where his practice includes formation of and service as Delaware counsel to corporations, limited liability companies, and statutory trusts, and the delivery of legal opinions relating to such entities, security interests, and other matters of Delaware law. He is an American Bar Association advisor to the Permanent Editorial Board on the UCC and an American Bar Association Business Law Section Advisor to the Uniform Law Commission’s Series of Unincorporated Business Entities Committee. He is admitted to practice in Delaware, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania.
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Cincinnati native David E. Wiltse has won the Department of Defense Distinguished Civilian Service Award. It is the highest honor a civilian can receive at the Defense Department. The award was presented November 3 at the Pentagon.

Wiltse is Chief of Staff for International Security Affairs in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy.

In awarding the Distinguished Civilian Service medal, the Defense Department cited Wiltse’s work in leading several highly sensitive Middle East initiatives.

Wiltse is a 2008 graduate of the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and a 2001 graduate of the University of Notre Dame. He attended St. Xavier High School. He was born and raised on Cincinnati’s west side where his parents, Dr. David and Virginia Wiltse still reside.
Anthony D. Mancinelli, B’ 72 was honored as the Buffalo “Lawyer of the Year” in the area of Corporate Law.  He has practiced for nearly 40 years, concentrating in all areas of corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, and private and public finance.  Best Lawyers previously honored Mancinelli as “Lawyer of the Year” in the areas of Banking and Finance Law (2016) and Mergers and Acquisitions Law (2013).  He has been recognized in Chambers USA 2016 America’s Leading Lawyers in Business, and is AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell.
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