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William Renn Gade, BA'82, LW'85, named general counsel of Defense Intelligence Agency

William Renn Gade has been selected to be general counsel of the Defense Intelligence Agency in Washington, D.C. Most recently, he served as senior counsel at the National Counterterrorism Center.

Timothy Schelwat, LW'97, named a Top 100 Trial Lawyer

For the fourth year in a row, Timothy Schelwat, an attorney at Hupy and Abraham, S.C., has been chosen as a National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Lawyer, an invitation-only organization composed of exemplary trial lawyers.

Christopher J. Jessen, LW'16, joins Belin McCormick, P.C.

Christopher Jessen has joined Belin McCormick, P.C. as an associate in the litigation practice group, where he will handle a broad range of litigation matters with a particular emphasis on complex commercial litigation.

Nyemaster Goode welcomes Paige Thorson, LW'10, Colleen MacRae, LW'12, and Rebecca Moore, LW'09

Nyemaster Goode recently announced that Drake Law alumni Paige Thorson, Colleen MacRae, and Rebecca Moore have joined the law firm’s Des Moines office. Thorson joined the firm's Government Affairs Department; MacRae joined the Business, Finance, and Real Estate Department; and Moore joined the Tax, Estate Planning, and Employee Benefits Department.

Edward A. Tarlov, LW'84, to head new Baird Mandalas Brockstedt office

The law firm of Baird Mandalas Brockstedt LLC announced the opening of its Greenville, Del., office, headed by Edward Tarlov. Tarlov has practiced in the field of commercial and residential real estate law for more than 30 years and was named a Top Lawyer in Delaware in 2016.

Poppy Davis, LW'14, joins University of Arkansas School of Law faculty

Poppy Davis has joined the University of Arkansas School of Law faculty for the spring 2017 academic term as an adjunct professor, teaching a new online course in Agricultural Income Tax for the law school's LLM program.

Brandon W. Clark, LW'10, named DMMC Industry Supporter of the Year

Brandon W. Clark, chair of the Copyright, Entertainment, and Media Law Practice Group at McKee, Voorhees & Sease, PLC, received the Industry Supporter of the Year award by the Greater Des Moines Music Coalition (DMMC). He was honored at the 2017 Backstage Ball in late February.

Charles Bottenberg, AS'04, LW'12, appointed to Waukee City Council

Charles Bottenberg, owner of the Waukee, Iowa, law firm Masterson & Bottenberg, LLP, has been appointed to fill a seat on the Waukee City Council that was vacated by former council member Rick Peterson. Bottenberg was chosen from a pool of three candidates and sworn in at the Feb. 6 council meeting.

Four Drake Law grads named to Business Record's Forty Under 40 list

Drake Law alumni Nate Boulton, LW'05, GR'05, Karen Karr, LW'08, William Scales, LW'11, and Maggie White, AS'06, LW'13, were among those named to the Business Record's 2017 Forty Under 40 class. The annual list honors Greater Des Moines area professionals under the age of 40 who have demonstrated impressive career achievements and community involvement.

Jacob Varghese, LW'01, joins LegalShield as vice president, launch general manager

LegalShield, one of the North America’s leading providers of legal safeguards for individuals, families, and small businesses, announced that Jacob Varghese has joined the company as vice president and launch general manager.

John Gish, LW'13, named Washington County Attorney

The Washington County Board of Supervisors in Washington, Iowa, have selected John Gish as the new Washington County Attorney. He previously worked in the Washington County Attorney’s Office as an assistant.

Whitfield & Eddy Law names Jennifer Drake, AS'98, LW'03, GR'03, and William Scales, LW'11, member attorneys

Jennifer L. Drake and William C. Scales were announced as Whitfield & Eddy Law's newest members, effective Jan. 1. Drake is active in the real estate and construction practice groups. Scales represents businesses and individuals in all phases of civil litigation as well as creditors in bankruptcy proceedings.

Arthur Chapman names Jennifer K. Eggers, LW'93, shareholder

Arthur, Chapman, Kettering, Smetak & Pikala, P.A. recently announced the election of Jennifer K. Eggers as shareholder. Eggers represents railroads, rail equipment manufacturers and owners, chemical manufacturers, and medical device manufacturers on matters surrounding railroad and product litigation.

Dionna Maria Lewis, LW'11, joins Tully Rinckey PLLC as senior associate

Dionna Maria Lewis has joined Tully Rinckey PLLC as a senior associate in the firm’s Washington, D.C., Federal Sector Labor & Employment practice group. She also serves as a commissioner for the D.C. Board of Elections, where she oversees the local agency as well as its administration of elections, facilitation of ballot access, and voter outreach initiatives.

Davis Brown Law Firm elects Emily Stork, LW'07, as shareholder

Emily Stork was elected shareholder of the Davis Brown Law Firm, effective January 2017. Stork is a member of the firm’s business division and maintains a general real estate practice, representing both commercial and residential clients.

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Law School News
August 22, 2017
Peter Coniglio, LW’78, recently completed a detail as an associate counsel to President Donald J. Trump, during which time he helped review candidates for federal government posts and prepared them for nomination hearings before they were considered for U.S. Senate approval.