Class Notes

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Chad McQuade, 2002

Chad McQuade '02 was recently honored by Northwestern Mutual for his commitment to helping clients plan for and achieve financial security with membership in the company’s 2017 Forum Group. The forum recognizes financial advisors who have eclipsed specific milestones in 2017. McQuade is the managing director of Northwestern Mutual Chicago’s Oak Brook District Office based in Oak Brook, Illinois. This is the seventh time that McQuade has received the forum honor.


Karen Moore, 1975

Karen Moore ‘75 has been named of counsel on Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP’s trusts, estates and wealth transfer team. Her practice focuses on a full array of services in estate planning and administration, emphasizing the drafting of wills and trusts with related estate, gift and generation-skipping transfer tax planning; administration of estates and trusts; and litigation involving trusts and estates.


Janet Welch, 1980

Janet Dyar Welch ’80 was sworn in for her third term as Marietta’s municipal court judge. She first took the bench in 2006 and again in 2012, before winning reelection this past November. Prior to her judicial role, Welch worked for 20 years in private practice, representing clients in a broad range legal matters.


Chad Kaldor, 2005

Chad J. Kaldor ’05 was recently named a shareholder at Littler Mendelson. Kaldor works in the firm’s Columbus office where his practice focuses on advising and representing clients in employment matters arising under federal and state laws, such as background checks, business restructuring, unfair competition and trade secrets, and discrimination and harassment.


Shawna L’Italien, 1996

Shawna L’Italien ’96 was awarded the 2017 Outstanding Citizen of the Year award by the Salem Area Chamber of Commerce. L’Italien is a partner with Harrington, Hoppe & Mitchell, Ltd. In northeastern Ohio where her practice focuses on business organization, commercial transactions, real estate transactions, succession planning, and estate planning.


Gregory Vincent, 1987

Dr. Gregory Vincent '87 recently published a book, “As We Saw It: The Story of Integration at the University of Texas at Austin." It features a series of narratives on inclusion, equality, and access in higher education in the state of Texas. Vincent is the president of Hobart and William Smith Colleges.


Alexis Cole, 2014

Alexis Cole ’14 was promoted to policy director for URGE: Unite for Reproductive & Gender Equity. She leads the policy strategy at the federal level as well as in six state legislatures (including Ohio) and local city councils. URGE works toward a vision of reproductive justice for all by building a base of power among young people to hold decision makers accountable.


Jordan Carr, 2010

Jordan R. Carr ’10 was recently elected partner at Barnes & Thornburg LLP. As a real estate attorney, his practice there focuses on community and economic development, including low-income housing tax credits, new markets tax credits and historic-rehabilitation tax credits, commercial leasing, and general real estate matters.


David Thomas, 1999

David Thomas ’99 was named the 2018 Columbus Lawyer of the Year for White Collar Criminal Defense by Best Lawyers in America. He was also named to the 2018 list of the Top 50 Columbus Super Lawyers by Super Lawyers Magazine. Thomas is a partner at Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP where he is a member of the corporate compliance and white collar criminal defense practice group and serves as the Columbus litigation chair.


Adria Tippins-Owens, 2001

Adria M. Tippins-Owens ’01 was promoted to senior real property and fiscal law attorney with the United States Coast Guard (USCG). In her role she reviews and opines on high level real estate transactions for the USCG, assists field and district staff judge advocates on real property transactions, and engages with federal, state, and nonprofit stakeholders. She is the first African-American woman to hold this position. Tippins-Owens was also recently elected to serve a two-year term on the board of directors for the Ivy Foundation of Northern Virginia.