Class Notes

Do you have something to share? Get a new job? Earn that promotion? Win an award? Get married? Have a child? Let us know! We are always interested in keeping up with our alumni. These Notes that you submit may be used in alumni publications and appear on this web site.


Kellie Swift, 2005

Kellie Swift ’05 and Ben Wright ’05 were married in April 2008 and welcomed daughter, Anna Kathleen, on Oct. 21, 2010. Kellie, Ben, and Anna live in Chicago where Ben is a tax attorney with Ernst & Young LLP, and Kellie practices commercial real estate finance law with Riemer & Braunstein LLP.


Jeff James, 2003

Jeff James ’03 and his wife, Ellen, welcomed their first child, Audrey, on Aug. 29, 2010. James and family live in Tampa, Fla, where James is a shareholder at Banker Lopez Gassler, P.A.


James Botti, 1982

James P. Botti ’82 has been recognized by Chambers USA 2010 as one of the leading lawyers in Ohio in the area of bankruptcy/restructuring. He was also named a top banking lawyer in Columbus in the 2011 edition of Best Lawyers. Botti has spent nearly all of his 28-year career representing banks and other financial institutions in negotiating and documenting complex commercial loan transactions and in handling troubled loan or “workout” situations both inside and outside of bankruptcy. Botti is a partner in the Columbus office of Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP.


Stephen Silver, 1998

Stephen A. Silver '98 and his wife, Shoshana, welcomed their first child, Samuel Jared Silver, on Jan. 3, 2010.


Eric Sommers, 1999

Eric Sommers ’99 was awarded the Pro Bono Service Award for his work with the Domestic Violence Emergency Project by the New Hampshire Bar Association. Sommers has represented nearly a dozen domestic violence clients, offering dependable, emergency services to low-income victims of domestic violence in the greater Manchester, N.H., area. In April, Sommers started his own firm, Sommers Law, PLLC, in Portsmouth, N.H. The core of his practice is business and intellectual property litigation.


Meredith Knueve, 1999

Meredith K. Knueve ’99 recently joined the firm of Chester, Willcox & Saxbe LLP as senior counsel. Knueve concentrates her practice in the area of business, tax, and estate law. She was named in Business First’s 2010 “Forty Under 40” and listed as a 2009 “Ohio Rising Star” by Ohio Super Lawyers.


Jeremy Sharp, 1999

Jeremy Sharp ’99 has recently joined the Cleveland law firm of Walter & Haverfield LLP. Sharp will serve as a partner in the firm’s Labor and Employment, Tax, Health Care, and Business Services sections. His focus is primarily in the areas of employee benefits and executive compensation, with extensive experience in areas involving taxation, labor and employment, and health care regulatory compliance matters.


David Borer, 1981

David Borer ’81 was recently appointed as the new general counsel for The American Federation of Government Employees, the country's largest federal employee union. As general counsel, Borer will head the union's legal programs, providing strategic and policy advice to the elected leaders of the union.


Rasheeda Khan, 2002

Rasheeda Z. Khan ’02 has been selected as a firm director in the Columbus office of Kegler, Brown, Hill & Ritter, where she has worked since 2002 in the professional responsibility, litigation, and criminal defense practices. She is also listed as an “Ohio Rising Star” by Law & Politics magazine.


Mike Zandpour, 2000

Mike Zandpour '00 was named senior vice president and senior counsel of City National Bank in Los Angeles.