Thursday September 8, 2016

Brief Notes: Dayton Law Alumni

Linn Harson '96 has been named senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary for AdvancePierre Foods Holdings, Inc., a leading national producer and distributor of sandwiches, sandwich components and other entrees and snacks. Harson will oversee all legal, corporate governance and compliance and reporting requirements for the company. Harson was most recently a partner at the Dayton office of Thompson Hine and had been working with AdvancePierre since 2005 as the company's outside general counsel for the last several years. Read more.

Adam Armstrong '05 and Andy Vollmar '94 have started their own firm. The craft brewery and distillery attorneys of Bruns, Connell, Vollmar & Armstrong's Brewery & Distillery Practice Group are committed to providing Ohio's start-up and established craft breweries and distilleries the legal ingredients to assist with corporate formation, Federal and State permitting, regulatory compliance, trademarks/brand protection, risk avoidance/mitigation, employment, safety/OSHA, workers' compensation, and litigation. Read more.

Judge Anthony Capizzi '79 was selected to serve as president-elect of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges. The judges' association works to improve the country's family court system and raise awareness of juvenile justice issues such as child trauma, implicit bias - or making assumptions based on race - and reducing the use of shackles, and family law issues such as domestic violence. Capizzi was elected to the Montgomery County (Ohio) Juvenile Court in 2004. He previously served as an acting judge on Dayton Municipal Court and was a private attorney for 25 years with a focus on juvenile and family law issues.

Ann Davidson '79 has been appointed as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of L-3 Communications. She previously served as Senior Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary at Exelis Inc. Davidson has more than 30 years of legal experience, including two decades of working in the aerospace and defense industry. Prior to her time at Exelis, Davidson held positions at ITT Corporation, Alliant Techsystems Inc., Thales North America Inc., Parker Hannifin Corporation and Honeywell International Inc. Earlier in her career, Davidson was an attorney advisor and a trial attorney for the Office of the General Counsel of the U.S. Department of the Navy.

Scot Ganow '09 of Faruki Ireland & Cox P.L.L. will be one of 19 featured speakers at TEDxDayton 2016.This year's theme is SEARCH. "This year's theme really captures the spirit of TED," said TEDxDayton chair Diane Farrell. "We attract an active audience. They inquire. They investigate. When they enter the theatre on Oct. 14, they won't just be expecting entertainment, they'll be seeking information, inspiration, and connection—and with this year’s powerful speakers, that’s what they’re going to find.” Read more.

Deborah Hagan '81 was awarded the 2016 Chicago Bar Foundation's Richard J. Phelan Public Service Award. The award was presented at the Chicago Bar Association and Chicago Bar Foundation 18th annual Pro Bono and Public Service Awards Luncheon. Read more.

Dan Hounchell '08 was named as the new Vice President, Operations Ohio Market for CareSource, a nonprofit health plan. An experienced executive in the health care industry, Hounchell previously served at HealthSpan Partners as Chief Strategy and Administrative Officer where he led the development of the insurance entities for the Mercy Health system. Before that, he was instrumental in the development of Mercy's statewide accountable care organization. Hounchell has a background in operations, legal affairs and contract management in the payer industry.

Lisa (Gonsior) Laukitis '99 joined the office of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP as a partner in the Corporate Restructuring Group in New York City where she lives with her husband Dan, and their 4 year old son, Walt.

Ludgy LaRochelle '06, an attorney with the Cleveland law firm of Weston Hurd LLP, has been named by the Cleveland Leadership Center to the Cleveland Bridge Builders Class of 2017. Ludgy will participate in a 10-month leadership program "that prepares mid-career professionals of all ages for meaningful, fulfilling and impactful engagement in the community" and "provides a unique environment that fosters teamwork, growth and learning to create a transformative experience that promotes and supports participants for a greater role in the community."

Mimi Summers '91 was named director of the Cincinnati State Technical and Community College's Butler County campus in Middletown. Read more.

In Memoriam

Lynn Carlisle '85 died on Saturday, July 9, 2016. Carlisle worked for Reed Elsevier at Lexis Nexis as Director of Procurement. Read obit.

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