Debevoise & Plimpton LLP has named partner Mary Beth Hogan ’90 as co-chair of its litigation department. She focuses her practice on white-collar, regulatory and employment actions, internal investigations and commercial litigation.
J. Danixia Cuevas ’91, a full-time professor at Miami Dade College since 1999, has been selected as a Fulbright Scholar to teach law in India. Before moving to south Florida, Cuevas practiced law at Hudson County Legal Services.
Candace Beinecke ’70, chair of Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP, has been named to the National Law Journal’s list of the “100 Most Influential Lawyers in America.”
Anthony Coscia ’84 has been elected chair of the board of directors of Amtrak. Coscia, recipient of the Alumni Association Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2008, is a partner of Windels, Marx Lane & Mittendorf, LLP.
Mathew B. West ’96 has joined Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP as partner in the New York office. He is a member of the Litigation Services Department and Alternative Dispute Resolution, Business Governance Litigation and Shareholder Disputes, Financial Services Litigation, Insurance Services, Intellectual Property Litigation, Lender Liability, and Securities Litigation Practice Groups. West was previously counsel with Schiff Hardin LLP.
Arbitration Resolution Services Inc., a cloud-based dispute resolution company, has added George Friedman ’81 to its board of directors. Friedman was most recently executive vice president and director of dispute resolution for the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority.
Anita Hotchkiss ’75 received the William A. Dreier Award for Excellence in Product Liability Law from the New Jersey State Bar Association. The award recognized her more than 35 years of experience defending companies and individuals in state and federal trial and appellate courts. Hotchkiss is a partner in the Product Liability Practice Group of Goldberg Segalla LLP.
Kellie Lerner ’03 has joined Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi L.L.P. as a partner in the firm’s antitrust practice in New York. Previously with Labaton Sucharow LLP, she represents businesses and governmental entities in high-stakes antitrust actions.
The nominations of Maritza Byrne ’92, J. Randall Corman ’85 and Nesle Rodriguez ’90 to the Superior Court bench have been confirmed by the State Senate. Byrne has been with UBS Financial Services, Inc. and prior to that was a partner at McCusker, Anselmi, Rosen, Carvelli & Walsh. Corman has been a workers’ compensation judge in New Brunswick. Rodriguez has been a full-time judge in the Jersey City muncipal court since 2006 and chief judge since 2008.
Gibbons P.C. has named Ivette P. Alvarado ’02 and Lisa H. Wang ’02 as directors of the firm. Alvarado, who is in the Real Property and Environmental Department, focuses her practice on commercial leasing, acquisitions, dispositions, and real estate finance. Wang, in the Intellectual Property Department, centers her practice on patent prosecution and patent reexaminations, focusing on the areas of large and small molecule pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, medical devices, and nutritional supplements.
Carolyn F. O’Connor ’87 has been promoted to regional managing partner of Wilson Elser’s New Jersey office. In her 25 years with the firm, she has developed a thriving litigation practice focused on product liability, toxic tort and premises liability matters.
Former U.S. District Court judge and director of the FBI Louis J. Freeh ’74 has been named the next chair of Pepper Hamilton LLP.
Rajiv D. Parikh ’05, previously an associate, has been named counsel at Genova Burns Giantomasi Webster. He is a member of the firm’s Complex Commercial Litigation and Construction Law & Litigation Practice Groups. Michael Fortunato ’10 has joined the firm as an associate in the Litigation Practice Group.
Samantha Spicer ’09 has joined the New York office of Gibbons P.C. as an associate in the Products Liability Department. She was previously with Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti, LLP.
Robert M. Sontz ’02 has been promoted to tax partner at Deloitte Tax LLP. He serves in the asset management practice in Deloitte’s New York office.
Dechert LLP has promoted Thomas A. Rayski ’99 to partner. He is a member of the firm’s intellectual property practice in New York.
Developing a centralized docket system and creating a system for hiring outside counsel through a bidding process are some of the first tasks of the West Virginia attorney general’s office now headed by Patrick Morrisey ’92.
Susan Smith ’91, who maintains a practice in Nanuet, NY, has been appointed to fill a vacant judgeship in the village of Spring Valley, NY.
Taleah E. Jennings ’03 has been elected a partner in the litigation group of Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP. She focuses her practice on complex commercial litigation of all types and securities litigation and enforcement matters, as well as employment-related disputes.
Harry Randall ’53 died on May 2. He was 86 years old. He was associated for many years with the family law practice, Randall & Randall, in Westwood. Randall performed extensive public service, including as a member of the New Jersey Assembly, a Bergen County freeholder, president of the Bergen County Bar Association, and borough attorney for several towns.
Michael Querques ’53 died on April 2 at the age of 84. An attorney with his own practice in Bloomfield, Querques was described in a New Jersey Law Journal obituary article as the “acknowledged dean of New Jersey criminal lawyers.”