Class Notes | May 2022

  • John P. Maniatis accepted a position as Of Counsel at Arongberg Goldgehn.
  • Antonio Romanucci, Partner at Romanucci & Blandin LLC, was named #5 on Leading Lawyers‘ 2022 Top 10 Personal Injury Plaintiffs Lawyers.
  • Gary Friedlander, Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel – International with TransUnion, will become Interim Director of UIC Law’s Center for Intellectual Property, Information & Privacy Law on July 1.
  • David Brezina (LLM 1988), Of Counsel at Ladas & Perry LLP, has been appointed to the ISBA Section on Intellectual Property Council.
  • Karen McNulty Enright, a Partner at Costello, McMahon, Burke & Murphy, Ltd., was named #4 on Leading Lawyers‘ 2022 Top 10 Women Lawyers.
  • Hon. William Yu, Associate Judge with the Circuit Court of Cook County’s Domestic Relations Division, delivered the Law School’s 211th Commencement Address.
  • Carrie Gaines is now an Attorney at Morrow Willnauer & Church.
  • Kimberlie Pearlman accepted a position as Partner at DLA Piper.
  • Lance Northcutt was appointed to the Illinois Supreme Court Committee on Professional Responsibility.
  • Bridget Duignan, Managing Partner at Latherow & Duignan, was elected Third Vice President of the Illinois State Bar Association.
  • Amrith Kaur Aakre, Legal Director for the Sikh Coalition, was named “Attorney of the Week” (Week of May 16) by the South Asian Bar Association of New Jersey.
  • Anna Gonis O’Connor, a Partner at Sinars Slowikowski Tomaska LLC, joined the Board of the Directors of the Lynn Sage Breast Cancer Foundation.
  • Michael B. Duffy accepted as position as Attorney with Fraser Stryker.
  • Akeela M. White accepted a position as Partner in the Consumer Financial Services Practice Group at Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP.
  • Wasim K. Bleibel, Partner at Locke Lord LLP, was named the 2022-2023 Vice President of the Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago (IPLAC).
  • Christopher Mermigas accepted a position as Head of Legal at RSA Security (SecurID).
  • Normarie Rodriguez-Perez (LLM 2012) accepted an Associate position with Hunker Appeals in Fort Lauderdale, FL.
  • Jacob Shapiro, Vice President of Ivanhoe Cos. and Founding Partner of Shapiro Strane, was named to DBusiness Magazine‘s 2022 “30 in Their Thirties” list.
  • Jessica Defino, an Attorney at McSwain, Nagle & Giese, P.C., was elected President of the DuPage County Chapter of the Justinian Society of Lawyers.
  • Lian Ernette accepted a position as Associate Branding Counsel at Aristocrat.
  • Moira O’Connor accepted a position as Of Counsel in the Chicago office of Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP.
  • Stephanie A. Snow was promoted to Chief Assistant Inspector General of the City of Chicago Office of the Inspector General.
  • Liat Martinez accepted a position as an IP Associate at Bass, Berry & Sims PLC.
  • Stephanie Nikitendo is now an IP Attorney with Braun IP Law, LLC.
  • Dania Ballout was sworn in as an Assistant State’s Attorney in the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office.
  • Destinee Burrell, an Associate with Husch Blackwell and Co-Founder of Light Law, Inc., was featured in a Daily Illini article on May 9 related to a business fellowship she received to aid her nonprofit.
  • Madeline Grubbe is now an Associate Attorney with Johnson & Bell.
  • Chynnique Ross, a Law Clerk with Elizabeth L. Carter, Esq. LLC and Co-Founder of Light Law, Inc., was featured in a Daily Illini article on May 9 related to a business fellowship she received to aid her nonprofit.
  • Joseph Upchurch is now an Attorney with Lavelle Law.

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