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I noticed that you went to Emory University School of Law. How did you end up in Atlanta?
I grew up in Connecticut, and I came down to Atlanta because Emory is one of the schools that let me in. Going to Emory was initially somewhat of a culture shock, but Atlanta is very cosmopolitan. I got a job right out of Emory down here, then I went out to California for a few years and now I’m back.
You recently started your own law firm. Can you describe what that has been like?
I started my own firm, Scott Employment Law, a few months ago. I had worked for a variety of different firms, including giant international law firms, earlier in my career. I started right out of law school at Ashe, Rafuse and Hill, which was a group of attorneys that left Paul Hastings to start their own employment firm. From there I went to Ogletree Deakins. There are a lot of the perks that go along with being a big firm lawyer, but what your targets are and the cases you are working on and who you are working with is largely dictated by the powers that be, and somewhat outside of your control. But it was great, I had a great experience with them, I traveled all over the place for cases, was involved in depositions, and litigated those cases. I’ve litigated almost my entire career. After Ogletree Deakins, I went to Buckley and Klein which was a great firm here in Atlanta. I worked there and made partner just before they decided to move to California. So I had to kind of uproot, move and take the California Bar, which was fun to get back into after not having practiced for that for about seven years. So we went out to California, I rejoined Ogletree Deakins and then eventually went to Paul Hastings where I was at for about two-and-a-half years doing employment litigation in California.
My wife and I had a child, and eventually we decided it probably made more sense to move back to the east coast because we have more family there, it is a lot less expensive, and it’s easier to live there. It was in March that I filed my Articles of Incorporation. It’s been a lot of running around, working on content for the website, networking, getting referrals, and making sure that our name is out there properly, so that people can know who we are and that they can find us if they need help. So it’s been different, but it’s been great. I have a lot more control over the cases I take on and I get to decide the firm’s direction and what it is that I want to accomplish.
How did you start working in employment law? Was that always something you were always thinking of doing?
No, I knew I wanted to be in litigation, but other than that I had no direction. My first year in law school I got connected with Ashe Rafuse and Hill, particularly Lawrence Ashe (they call him the “dean of the class action bar”). I started working with him in Atlanta, and was lucky enough to get a job offer with his firm after my second year of clerkship. I clerked for them during my first year of law school and then I clerked for another firm my second year, but I got an offer from Ashe Rafuse and Hill after that.
Would you say that there are specific challenges working in employment law?
Well, maybe the good and the bad for is that it is very personality driven. The cases are very much built on people’s independent personalities, their work performance and their interactions with one another. I find it more interesting than areas like contract law; you can actually deal with allegations of harassment or brutality cases. And because it is so personal to folks, often times you have to kind of play the role of therapist. You know people are going through life-changing circumstances and you have to be able to give them the proper amount of energy as well as litigate on their behalf. And one of the challenging things about working in a location within the Eleventh Circuit is that it is more of an employer friendly jurisdiction than some others, especially compared to a place like California. I have to constantly explain to people that just being treated unfairly does not mean that you have an employment claim. It can be somewhat challenging to be the first one to tell them that because your boss doesn’t like you and terminated you for no reason, that does not necessarily mean that you have a viable claim.
Do you have any goals for yourself personally or for your firm going forward?
Yes, the key is establishing a reputation for good work product, so one thing that is paramount in my mind is to establish a reputation for my firm and not just me. I want to ensure that my firm is putting out excellent work product. And I’d like to grow, I’d like to have attorneys working at the firm that I can delegate work. My plan is to eventually open up a California office, in either San Francisco or San Diego.
How would you say Haverford or your undergrad experience influenced your career? How has Haverford impacted your life?
First and foremost, it gave me a lot of great connections. I have remained close with a lot of my Haverford friends throughout the years. Some of those friends are now attorneys. For example, Brendan Palfreyman, has this really interesting practice where he primarily litigates cases involving beer. And I have a friend, Matt Begely, who also went to Haverford and is now a lawyer. Haverford was great for helping to establish my network. And all of the writing and research I did as a history major was directly applicable.
You went straight to law school from Haverford. Is that something you knew you always wanted to do?
It may have been better to take a year off, but I wanted to get going. Some people have found that taking a year off worked for them, but I didn’t feel like I wanted to wait.
What are your favorite hobbies?
I love playing basketball. For years and years and years I played in the lawyers’ league. They have a somewhat lower level of skill but a very high level of competitiveness.
Did you play basketball at Haverford?
I was on the varsity team for a couple of years and then I played on intramural teams.
What advice would you give a current Haverford student considering applying to law school?
I would say the most important thing is if you are going to choose the law as a career, other than working hard in school, make sure to maintain the connections that you develop at Haverford and along the way. It is important to maintain those connections moving forward.
Interviewer: Taylor Cross ’18 is a senior from Simi Valley, California. She is a member of the women's soccer team and the Pre-Law Society, and is majoring in economics.
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Bruce Andrews ’90, former Deputy Secretary of Commerce, has joined international economic policy advisory firm Rock Creek Global Advisors LLC as a Managing Director in Washington, D.C., where he is now a colleague of Dan Price ’77. Bruce holds a JD from the Georgetown University Law Center.
Charles S. Donovan ’74 is a partner in the Finance and Bankruptcy Practice Group in the San Francisco, CA, office of Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP. His practice focuses on international and domestic finance, leasing, and related arbitration and litigation, with particular emphasis on transportation matters. Charles has been named the 2018 San Francisco Admiralty and Maritime Law “Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers.
Vincent Gonzales ’80 is currently Senior Environmental Counsel at Southern California Gas Company, practicing air quality and climate change law. Vincent formerly worked at O’Melveny & Myers LLP and is a former Senior Attorney at Atlantic Richfield Company. He is a 1987 graduate of University of Southern California School of Law. Vincent will be speaking on a panel at the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) Annual Meeting to be held in Washington, D.C., October 15-18, 2017. He has served on the Board of Directors of ACC and recently attended dinner in Los Angeles, CA, with former Secretaries of State Madeleine Albright and Colin Powell (images below).
Judd Henry ’96, is Senior Counsel at The Bank of New York Mellon, in New York, NY, and Director of Student Advocacy, Inc., in Elmsford, NY. A 2004 graduate of Cornell Law School, Judd previously worked as an associate at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP.
Alexandra Hermann ’09 is in her first year at Temple University Beasley School of Law in Philadelphia, PA. Alexandra earned her M.Ed. in Elementary Education and Teaching from University of Pennsylvania in 2010 and last worked as a teacher at New Gulph Children’s Center in Villanova.
Alexis Leventhal ’07 has joined Cohen & Grigsby, P.C. in Pittsburgh, PA. She is an associate in the Business Transaction Services Group, where she represents corporate clients in various transactional matters as well as navigating bankruptcy issues. Prior to joining Cohen & Grigsby, Alexis clerked at the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania for Judge Carlota M. Böhm and, prior to that, as a law clerk at the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Florida. While clerking in the Middle District of Florida, Alexis also worked as an adjunct professor teaching Bankruptcy Law at Florida A&M University College of Law in Orlando, FL. Alexis graduated from the University of Florida Levin College of Law in 2013.
Ken Ludwig ’72, acclaimed playwright, theater director, and author, filmed a short video for Haverford’s Lives That Speak campaign on the essence of Haverford’s most important lessons. In addition to his prolific theater career – which has led to two Olivier Awards, three Tony nominations, and two Tony Awards, among others – Ken is also a graduate of Harvard Law School.
Terry McMahon ’02 recently joined Citigroup as a Senior Vice President and Senior Compliance Officer after spending eight years as a litigator at two New York, NY, law firms. He is a member of Citi's Compliance Governance and Oversight team, where he focuses on the reporting of compliance risks to Citi’s board of directors and throughout the department. He is always happy to hear from old friends, visitors to New York, or anyone who wants to learn more about the wonderful world of compliance.
Rahul Munshi ’06 has been named Partner at Console Mattiacci Law, LLC in Philadelphia, PA. In June, Rahul served as co-counsel representing former Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Mitch Williams in a breach of contract trial against The MLB Network, Inc. The trial, which took place in Camden County, NJ, resulted in the jury awarding Mitch Williams over $1.5 million. Also, in September, Rahul presented a seminar (along with May Mon Post ’95, image below) on advanced issues under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) at the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) Northeast Regional Conference hosted by Drexel, in Philadelphia.
Brendan Palfreyman ’05, Associate at Harris Beach PLLC in Syracuse, NY, penned an article for the New York State Brewers Association on issues to be mindful of before signing a contract with a distributor, entitled “Distribution Contracts for Breweries in New York.” Brendan practices trademark and intellectual property law with a focus on the food and beverage industry.
May Mon Post ’95, of counsel at Fisher Phillips in Radnor, PA, presented a seminar (along with Rahul Munshi ’06, image below) in September on advanced issues under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) at the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) Northeast Regional Conference at Drexel University, in Philadelphia.
Andrew Nellis ’10 appeared, this year, before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, making arguments on behalf of the Bremerton School District in the First Amendment case: Kennedy v. Bremerton School District. Nellis graduated from New York University Law School in 2016 and is a legal fellow at Americans United for Separation of Church and State.
Ron Schouten ’75 is the Director of the Law & Psychiatry Service of the Massachusetts General Hospital and Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. He has served as a teacher, consultant to organizations, and expert witness in both civil and criminal matters. In April 2017, Oxford University published his new book, Mental Health Practice and the Law: A Primer. This is a book for clinicians at every level of training and experience. Ron is also the co-author of Almost a Psychopath: Do I (or Does Someone I Know) Have a Problem with Manipulation and Lack of Empathy? published by Hazelden/Harvard Health Publications in 2012.
Jon Selkowitz ’05 joined Pine Tree Legal Assistance in Portland, ME, in December 2016, as a Staff Attorney. Pine Tree is a statewide, non-profit organization committed to providing free civil legal assistance to low-income people in Maine. Jon is representing homeowners and consumers in foreclosure, debt collection, and other consumer protection matters. Jon previously served as a law clerk to Hon. Juan R. Sanchez of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and worked for two years as an associate at Ballard Spahr LLP in Philadelphia.
Matthew Sherman ’17 is in his first year at Temple University Beasley School of Law in Philadelphia, PA. Matthew previously worked as a public affairs and marketing intern at FS Investments in Philadelphia.
John Soroko ’73 will be stepping down after 2017 from his post as chairman and CEO of Duane Morris after ten years as the head of the international firm. He will become the firm’s Chairman Emeritus while resuming his full-time law practice and also completing his term as President Judge of Pennsylvania’s Court of Judicial Discipline. During his tenure as chairman, the firm’s revenue grew by 21% and the head count also grew, by about 100, to over 750 lawyers.
Stephen Spaulding ’05 has re-joined Common Cause as chief of strategy after serving as special counsel to Ann Ravel, who recently left her position as a panel member of the Federal Election Commission (FEC). Steve was recently quoted in a Salon.com article, entitled “Trump’s FEC Pick: Defender of Dark Money.” He was also interviewed by Vice for an article about "What a Real Constitutional Crisis Would Look Like."
Shanin Specter ’80, Founding Partner of Kline & Specter in Philadelphia, PA, was quoted in the September 11, 2017 edition of The Legal Intelligencer in connection with his firm’s representation of plaintiffs suing Johnson & Johnson over its pelvic mesh products. Kline & Specter recently obtained a $57.1 million verdict against Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Ethicon after a Philadelphia trial over allegations that its transvaginal mesh product was defective.
Paul Steinman ’84 is a partner at Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott LLC in the firm’s Pittsburgh, PA, office. A 1987 graduate of Duke University School of Law, Paul litigates commercial disputes and provides counsel to business entities, including Fortune 500 companies.
Jeremy Temkin ’84, Principal at Morvillo Abramowitz Grand Iason Anello & Bohrer in New York, NY, recently penned two articles for New York Law Journal, for which he writes a column every two months: “Reading Tea Leaves: Justice Gorsuch and Criminal Tax Cases” and “Innocent Spouses Falling Victim to Jurisdictional Time Bars”. On October 27, 2017, he participated in a panel on the “Criminalization of International Tax Planning” at the ABA’s 5th Annual International Tax Enforcement and Controversy Conference.
David C. Ulich ’81 is a partner at Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP in Los Angeles, CA, and is the Team Leader of the firm’s Non-Profit Sector Team which was named Non-Profit Sector Law Firm of the Year in California. David was nominated for an Emmy by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences this year for his work on the film “Munich ’72 and Beyond.” Along with his co-researcher on the project, Dr. Steven Ungerleider, David was selected to compete for a News & Documentary Emmy in the category of “Outstanding Research.” The film also won Best Documentary at the Los Angeles International Short Film Festival, making it eligible for the 2018 Academy Awards.
Josh T. Wymard ’89 has joined Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott LLC in the firm’s Pittsburgh, PA, office. Josh joins Eckert Seamans after spending nearly 20 years in-house at Nasdaq, Inc., where he held numerous positions, including, most recently, principal associate general counsel. Josh earned his J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law in 1992 and his L.L.M. from The London School of Economics and Political Science in 1995.
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Wilmington, DE, Luncheon– This annual event, organized by Chuck Durante ’73, will be held on 1/19
Pittsburgh, PA, Happy Hour – 11/30 at the Union Standard, hosted by Alexis Leventhal ’07
Philadelphia, PA, Happy Hour – 12/6 at Strangelove’s in Center City, hosted by Harrison Haas ’10 and Gabi Winick ’13
San Francisco, CA, Gathering – 12/12 at Schneider Wallace Cottrell Konecky Wotkyns LLP, hosted by Josh Konecky ’90 (image below)
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Haverford Mock Trial was founded in 2014 by Jordan McGuffee ’18 and Nick Barile ’18. Its teams compete in the American Mock Trial Association against 650 collegiate teams across the country. The program is led by co-Presidents McGuffee, Barile, and Isabella Canelo-Gordon ’18; Jeff Monhait ’09 serves as head coach.
The Haverford Mock Trial program has had an explosive start to the 2017-2018 competition season. The team kicked off the year by hosting the second annual Black Squirrel Invitational — a tournament hosted at Haverford that draws over 20 teams and 200 students from across the country. After that, Haverford hit the road for two additional tournaments: Rutgers University’s Scarlet Knight Invitational and the University of Pennsylvania’s Quaker Classic.
Haverford’s teams excelled at each tournament. At Rutgers, Charles Walker ’20 earned an Outstanding Witness Award. At UPenn, two of Haverford’s teams were named Outstanding Trial Teams, placing 2nd and 7th in a field, over 40 teams, and garnering numerous individual awards.
Team 1220, captained by McGuffee, faced teams from the University of Richmond, Washington & Jefferson College, Tufts University, and Pace University. They achieved a 7-1 ballot record, sweeping every team except for Tufts. Team 1219, captained by Barile, posted sweeps against Princeton University, Rutgers University, and the College of William and Mary to finish with a 6-2 ballot record.
Five witnesses and attorneys representing Haverford won awards for their performances at the Quaker Classic Tournament. Barile, McGuffee, and Drew Evans ’19 earned Outstanding Attorney awards. Nicholas Munves ’18 and Chloe Liu BMC ’21 were also recognized as Outstanding Witnesses. Haverford’s competitors took home more individual awards than any other program in the tournament.
The program is excited about the next semester of mock trial and upcoming National Tournament. Its three teams are currently scheduled to compete in Kansas City and Tallahassee Invitationals, along with Baltimore and Washington, D.C. regional tournaments.
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Dan is an Associate in the corporate and sports law group at Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP in Chicago, where his practice primarily focuses on representing professional sports teams and their owners in various commercial transactions, including financing, sponsorship agreements, and licensing transactions.
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