The accomplishments, milestones, awards and news of UConn School of Law alumni:
Richard M. Sheridan '68, a former assistant attorney general for the state of Connecticut, died on November 6, 2018. Read his obituary.
Day Pitney has announced that Daniel Gottfried '04 will rejoin the firm as a partner in its Corporate and Business Law Department. Gottfried previously worked at Day Pitney as an associate, before he joined Hinckley Allen, where he was named a partner. Additionally, Gottfried has assumed the role of chair of Day Pitney's International Transactions practice. He will work out of the firm's Hartford office.
Karen Richards '82 has been appointed to the State of Vermont's new Racial Equity Advisory Panel. Richards, along with four other appointees, are tasked with advising the governor on strategies for remedying systemic racial disparities statewide and recommending candidates for state leadership roles. Richards was appointed by the Vermont Human Rights Commission, which she previously served as executive director.
Andrés Avila, LLM '17, has joined Saxe Doernberger & Vita PC as an associate in the firm's Northeast office in Trumbull, Connecticut. The firm represents policyholders in insurance coverage disputes.
MendenFreimen LLP has announced that Brian Annino '03 will join the firm's Atlanta office as a senior associate attorney. Annino will specialize in business law, estate planning and trust, and estate administration matters. Annino previously owned his own practice, the Annino Law Firm, a general practice firm also in the greater Atlanta area.
Ice Miller LLP, a general practice firm with locations in many major U.S. cities, announced that Daniel Drobnick '12 will join the firm's Columbus, Ohio, office. Drobnick, who previously worked at Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP, another Ohio-based firm, will join Ice Miller's Business Group, where he will primarily serve corporate clients.
Marianne Drost '75 was elected to the board of directors of the World Affairs Forum at its annual meeting on June 6, 2018. The World Affairs Forum is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating people about global affairs. Drost is the former senior vice president, deputy general counsel and corporate secretary of Verizon Communications. She is also a member of the Connecticut College President’s Leadership Council and the Board of Directors of Inspirica
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP announced that Renée M. Dailey '99 will join the firm's brand new financial restructuring and global debt finance team. Dailey, who previously co-led bankruptcy litigation at Morgan Lewis, joined Akin Gump's Hartford office. Along with Dailey, the firm brought on three other experienced attorneys, who, along with Dailey, will make up the brand new team.
Jeff Almquist '73, a longtime California family-court judge, died on October 6, 2018. Read his obituary.
Minal Patel Davis '01 was honored with a Presidential Medal for her work combatting human-trafficking in Houston. Davis, who received both her JD and MBA from UConn in 2001, earned the award for her work as a special advisor to the mayor of Houston. Davis received her medal, the highest honor in her field, from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at the White House on October 17, 2018.