Class Notes

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Sheree M. Edwards '03 was featured in Essence Magazine's Bridal Bliss column, which includes a large photo gallery.  Edwards married Duriel Q. Garner in a vintage-inspired elegance affair in September.

Tony Mollica '83 returned to practicing law after 25 years of teaching. He opened an office in Athens, Ohio, that focuses on criminal work in Municipal Court and Civil Protection Orders. He is also doing some online facilitating for the Ohio University Sports Administration program.

Rob Robel '12 and his writing partner attached Cuba Gooding Jr. to his latest film "Gridlocked". He sold his previous film "Tapped", which he served as associate producer for, staring Michael Biehn, Cody Hackman and Krzysztof Sosynski, to Lionsgate for a release this May.

Jamie LaPlante '07 and Timothy LaPlante welcomed boy/girl twins, Bryson Craig and Kendall Brooke, to their family on July 22, 2013, joining big sister Hadley.

Garth Gartrell ’81 has formed his own consulting firm, StreeterWyatt Governance, in which he advises boards of directors of public companies on executive compensation matters. Gartrell previously worked at firms such as Pillsbury Madison & Sutro, Fenwick & West, and Heller Ehrman. Gartrell also has written three books on executive compensation for Thomson Reuters, including Executive Compensation for Emerging Growth Companies, which was cited by the Delaware Chancery Court in denying a plaintiff’s shareholder derivative suit for an alleged failure of the company to maximize its Internal Revenue Code Section 162(m) liability (Freedman v. Adams). He and his wife, attorney Josephine Gartrell, spend their time between San Diego and San Francisco.

Michael "Miles" Scully '88 is being added to the law firm he helped become a national powerhouse: Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani, LLP. Based in Southern California, Scully is assistant managing partner of the firm, which has grown from a 100-attorney operation to include more than 500 attorneys and 30 offices nationwide. He joined Gordon & Rees in 1988 and moved to San Diego in 1992 when the firm opened its first branch. He led the creation and execution of the firm's expansion strategy, first growing throughout California and then branching out nationwide in 2004. The firm now is ranked 95th on the list of America's largest law firms by The National Law Journal and 21st on The American Lawyer Diversity Scorecard.

Danielle Gadomski-Littleton ’11 is a fellow at the Legal Aid Society of Cleveland, advocating on behalf of children in foster care. It’s not uncommon for these youth to have credit ruined by identity fraud or to be denied rights to housing, medical, and other benefits. Godomski-Littleton also advocates for foster children with immigration and special education issues.

Gretchen L. Lange ’06 has been elected partner in the Cleveland office of Baker & Hostetler LLP. Lange is a member of the litigation group and practices in complex commercial litigation. She previously served as a law clerk to the Honorable Jack Zouhary, U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of Ohio.

Brian A. Bulson ’06 has been elected partner in the Cleveland office of Baker & Hostetler LLP. He is a member of the business group, focusing his practice on mergers and acquisitions, private equity transactions, and commercial financing transactions, as well as transactions involving intellectual property.

Ginger F. Mlakar ’92 has been named senior counsel and director of donor relations for the Cleveland Foundation, which has assets of $2 billion and distributed $91 million in grants in 2012. Mlakar manages the foundation’s donor stewardship program, connecting donors to their charitable passions and providing support as they plan purposeful gifts. Additionally, she serves as in-house legal counsel on charitable giving and estate administration issues and facilitates the acceptance of complex gifts. She joined the foundation in July 2009 after 16 years practicing law in the area of estate and charitable gift planning and administration.

Natalie Hostacky Stevens ’05, a senior associate in the Cleveland office of Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C., was named a 2014 Rising Star by Super Lawyers in the category of employment litigation defense. Stevens focuses her practice on representing employers in all areas of employment law.

Thomas A. Dillon ’73, a partner at Roetzel & Andress, LPA in Columbus, was named to the 2014 Ohio Super Lawyers list. He focuses his practice on medical defense, commercial litigation, and product liability, representing clients that include hospitals, physicians, and nursing homes.

George W. Rooney Jr. ’73, a partner at Roetzel & Andress, LPA in Akron, Ohio, was named to the 2014 Ohio Super Lawyers list. He practices in the areas of business tort, contract litigation and arbitration, international litigation, and product liability litigation.

Bradley A. Wright ’90, partner-in-charge of the Akron, Ohio, office of Roetzel & Andress, LPA, was named to the 2014 Ohio Super Lawyerslist. He also leads his firm’s transportation law group, which has been recognized as a National Tier practice by U.S. News & World Report.