Class Notes

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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.


Kevin McDermott, 1977

Kevin R. McDermott '77 was recently named to the 2018 list of Ohio Super Lawyers for his work in business litigation; securities litigation; and construction litigation: business. He is a partner in the Columbus, Ohio, office of Barnes & Thornburg and a member of the firm’s litigation department.


Carol Marx, 1979

Carol Seubert Marx ’79 was elected president-elect of the Ohio State Bar Foundation. Her term begins Jan. 1, 2018. Marx has served on the foundation’s board since 2010 as a trustee. She owns and operates her own practice, Carol Seubert Marx, Attorney at Law, where her work focuses on social security disability and SSI disability, workers’ compensation, estate planning, and wills and probate.


Wesley Duncan, 2006

Wesley Duncan ‘06 has announced that he is running for Nevada Attorney General. He is currently a partner with Hutchison & Steffen, PLLC in Las Vegas where his practice focuses on administrative and regulatory law and business law and commercial litigation. Duncan previously served in the United States Air Force as an active duty judge advocate, before being elected to the Nevada State Assembly in 2012. In 2014 he resigned to serve the Nevada Attorney General’s Office as the first assistant attorney general.


David Coyle, 1987

David J. Coyle ‘87 was a panelist at the 2017 Northern District of Ohio Bankruptcy Bench Bar Conference. He spoke about the United States Supreme Court’s decision in Czyzewski v. Jevic Holding Corp. earlier this year. Coyle is a partner in the Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Toledo, Ohio, office where he is part of the firm’s bankruptcy and litigation practice groups.