The accomplishments, milestones, awards and news of UConn School of Law alumni:
Odilon Castello Borges Neto, LLM '05, will speak at Fordham law School on Nov. 17, 2017, on a panel addressing the topic U.S. and Brazil – A Discussion of Issues in Compliance. Borges Neto is the legal manager for South America at TechnipFMC, an oil and gas company.
Eric E. Walker '06 has been named to the American Bankruptcy Institute's 40 Under 40 initiative. Walker, a partner at Perkins Coie, has focused his practice on all aspects of commercial litigation, financial restructuring and bankruptcy. Walker is also co-chair of the American Bankruptcy Institute's Real Estate Committee and sits on the advisory board for its Central States Conference.
Halloran & Sage LLP has hired three members of the UConn Law Class of 2017 as associates. Liam Bohonnon, Jake DelGreco and Shaun Loughlin have joined the firm's insurance defense and litigation practice groups. DelGreco, who brings experience at a general litigation firm assisting with personal injury litigation, will work at the Hartford office. Bohonnon, previously an analyst for a major global bank, and Loughlin, previously a legal intern to Senior U.S. District Judge Alfred V. Covello of the U.S. District Court of Connecticut, will work at the New Haven office.
Graham Moller '16 joined Cramer & Anderson in October 2017 as an associate with a focus on Workers’ Compensation and Civil Litigation. He works primarily in the firm's New Milford, Connecticut, office.
President Trump has nominated John Durham '75 to be Connecticut's next U.S. Attorney. Durham began his career as a prosecutor in the New Haven State Attorney's office and then joined the U.S. Attorney's office, where he has served as acting U.S. attorney, deputy U. S. attorney and chief of the office’s criminal division. He is known for his prosecution of organized crime and corruption in Boston in the James “Whitey” Bulger case and for investigating the destruction of CIA videotapes amid allegations of torture. His appointment requires confirmation by the U.S. Senate.
The Center for Auto Safety has named Jason Levine ’05 executive director. He previously worked at the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, where he served as chief of staff to Commissioner Robert Adler. Before that, he worked at the Federal Election Commission, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Office of Personnel Management. The Center for Auto Safety, a non-profit organization founded in 1970 by Ralph Nader, advocates on behalf of consumers for all aspects of automobile safety.
Thomas Leonardi '79 has joined American International Group as executive vice president of government affairs, public policy and communications. He will oversee AIG’s global public policy and government affairs and communicate with regulators at the state, federal and international levels. He was previously commissioner of insurance for the state of Connecticut; a senior advisor at Evercore, an in investment banking advisory firm; founder, chairman and chief executive officer of Northington Partners Inc., a venture capital, private equity and investment banking firm; head of the investment banking and venture capital divisions of Conning & Company; and president of Beneficial Corporation’s insurance subsidiaries.
Joseph Schwartz '07 has been named the co-chair of Murtha Cullina's Municipal Practice Group. Schwartz has focused his legal career on representing municipalities in cases of general governance, construction law, land use and tax appeals, among others. He regularly presents at the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities and is also on the Board of Directors of the Connecticut Association of Water Pollution Control Authorities.
Andrew Wittstein '72, an Assistant State’s Attorney in the Litchfield Judicial District, died October 18, 2017. Read his obituary.