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Class of 1994

    • 10/07/2016

      Was named in the 2017 edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the category of medical malpractice law—defendants.

    • 02/01/2015

      Was named in 2015 Best Lawyers for his work in medical malpractice law.

    • 01/09/2018

      David deGraw BA ’94 was featured on Bloomberg News’ Bloomberg Daybreak: Asia on December 20, 2017. He discussed the impact of MiFID2 regulation and the usage of artificial intelligence and machine learning for algorithmic trading of equities. 

    • 12/19/2017

      Eileen Eakins JD ’94 marks the 12th anniversary of her solo law practice in April 2018. Her firm represents more than 80 local government clients, including counties, cities, and special service districts. Through the Special Districts Association of Oregon and other sponsors, Eakins also conducts frequent training sessions for elected officials and public employees on the laws that apply to local governments in Oregon.

    • 04/26/2017

      Eileen Eakins JD ’94 is the Port of Astoria’s new general counsel. A sole practitioner for nearly 11 years, she has been involved with the Special District Association of Oregon and special districts law for over 20 years. 

    • 08/24/2016

      Was named president of the board of directors of the Resource Development Council (RDC) of Alaska for the 2016–2017 term. RDC is a statewide business association of individuals and companies from Alaska’s oil and gas, mining, forest products, tourism, and fisheries industries. Fjelstad is a partner in Perkins Coie’s environment, energy, and resources practice and managing partner of the firm’s Anchorage office.

    • 02/15/2017

      Lasse Melgaard BA ’94 married Jenny Nugent Melgaard BA ’95. Together, they have two gorgeous, spirited boys. Recently, the family of four lived in Sydney, Australia; however, in April, they moved to Suva, Fiji, where Lasse works with the World Bank.

    • 05/01/2015

      Joined Wilson Elser as a partner in their Dallas, Texas, office on May 1, 2015. Milby can be reached at 214-698-8071;; or 901 Main Street, Suite 4800, Dallas, Texas 75202.

    • 09/01/2013

      Moved his law practice, Milby Attorneys & Counselors, to 1909 Woodall Rogers, Suite 500, Dallas, Texas 75201. He focuses on business law, including entity formation, business negotiations and contract drafting, and trial work arising out of business disputes.

    • 08/03/2018

      John A. Schifino JD ’94, a partner in the Tampa offices of Burr & Forman LLP, was recently sworn in as president of the Hillsborough County Bar Association (HCBA). Schifino has served on the HCBA board of directors since 2011. He has been on the executive committee of the HCBA’s 600-member trial and litigation section since 2010, and chaired the section in 2015–2016.

    • 11/07/2018

      Valerie Schmidt BA ’94 was elected president of the Organization of Women Leaders, which promotes networking and support among women in decision-making positions in many industries and careers.

    • 07/23/2018

      Scott Shapiro JD ’94 was named a 2018 Top Lawyer by Sacramento Magazine and will be featured in the August issue. Shapiro is a managing partner at Downey Brand LLP in Sacramento, California.

    • 10/13/2017

      Scott Shapiro JD ’94 was a Best of the Bar honoree in 2017 and was named in the 2018 issue of Best Lawyers in America magazine. Shapiro is a managing partner at Downey Brand LLP in Sacramento, California.

    • 09/01/2014

      Scott Shapiro JD ’94 was elected managing partner at Downey Brand, where he focuses on the internal operations of the firm. Shapiro is known for his expertise in flood protection improvement projects throughout California’s Central Valley.

    • 02/24/2015

      Became the chair of Sarcos LC, a leading global robotics and sensor company formerly known as Raytheon Sarcos, the robotics division of the Raytheon Company. Wolff is responsible for overseeing the direction of the company and engaging with strategic partners, customers, and investors. He was CEO, president, and chair of Pendrell Corporation from 2009 to 2014. During his tenure at Pendrell, Wolff navigated a turnaround of the company by facilitating a resolution to a complex subsidiary bankruptcy and creating more than $500 million in value for equity holders by eliminating more than $1.5 billion of consolidated debt.

    • 09/01/2011

      Kimberly Zdenek JD ’94 was named manager in the geosciences group at ENVIRON in Newark, New Jersey. Zdenek has over nine years of experience in the environmental science and engineering fields, including environmental compliance, due diligence, risk assessment, site assessment, investigation and remediation, environmental health and safety (EHS), permitting and compliance, solid and hazardous waste management, federal and state land use permitting, and development of budgets and remediation cost estimates. She also has 10 years of experience as an attorney in several areas of practice, including multistate environmental litigation. Zdenek has significant experience in multimedia compliance audits, Phase I environmental site assessments, remediation data evaluation, sampling plan development, field coordination, project coordination, proposal preparation, and budget review and analysis.