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  • Benjamin Nielson, LW'20, has joined Shuttleworth & Ingersoll, PLC, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He represents financial institutions and business creditors in all manner of insolvency and bankruptcy-related matters. Ben recently completed a one year judicial clerkship with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Iowa.
  •  Blaine Woodson, LW'20, has joined Pricewaterhouse Coopers as an associate in the M&A Tax Group. Blaine will work out of PwC's offices in Manhattan, New York.
  • Tirzah R. Roussell, LW'19, has joined the Bradshaw Law Firm as an associate. She will practice in the Bankruptcy and Reorganization Practice Group.
  • Tyler R. Smith, LW'16, GR'16, has joined the Bradshaw Law Firm as an associate. He is a member of the firm's litigation and appellate law practice groups.
  • Sarah E. Wilson, LW'17, has established Sarah E. Wilson Law Firm, PLC, in Ankeny, Iowa. Her practice focuses on adoption, surrogacy, and assisted reproductive technology law.
  • Ross Curnow, LW'17has joined BrownWinick Law in Des Moines as an associate. Ross brings a business transactional practice to the firm where he specializes in residential and commercial real estate, as well as regulatory compliance in Iowa’s casino and gaming industry.
  • Nate Borland, LW'13, has joined the Employment law team at BrownWinick Law in Des Moines. His primary area of expertise is in labor and employment law, including counseling, investigations, and trial practice.
  • Gene Nassif, LW'18, has joined Shindler, Anderson, Goplerud & Weese P.C. in West Des Moines, IA. Gene is also a co-founder of Obtainium Whiskey, Bettendorf, IA.
  • Torey Cuellar, LW'14, has joined the Marshall County Attorney's Office as Assistant County Attorney. Her focus is on the prosecution of felony domestic violence, stalking, and sex abuse criminal cases on behalf of the State of Iowa.
  • Alex Reid, LW'16, has joined Miami University of Ohio as Director of Athletic Compliance.
  • Kyle Liske, LW'12, has joined Arkema as assistant general counsel.
  • David Morain, LW'06, was named city attorney for Jefferson, Iowa. David is an owner attorney of Hoyt & Morain Law Firm in Jefferson.
  • Valerie Foote, LW'12, has joined the West Des Moines office of Hupy and Abraham, S.C., P.C. She will be representing Iowan clients in a variety of personal injury matters.
  • Alecia A. Meuleners, LW'13, has been named a member attorney at Whitfield & Eddy Law in Des Moines, Iowa. She is active in the firm's Real Estate practice group.
  • Kayla Sproul, LW'19, has joined Bradshaw Law as an associate. She will work with Bradshaw's business & corporate law practice group. 
  • Gage Meyers, LW'20, has accepted a position as of counsel with Incubate IP in Chicago. Incubate IP offers patent, trademark, copyright, and other intangible asset legal protections for startups.
  • Jenna Kirsch, LW'17, has been hired as an attorney at the Federal Election Commission in Washington, DC.
  • Corrin Hatala, LW'15, has joined American Equity as senior corporate counsel.
  • Ashley Beisch, AS'13, LW'16has joined the Johnson Law Office in Ogden, Iowa.
  • Ashley Frazier, GR'19, LW'19has accepted a position as claims counsel with Adventist Risk Management in Washington, DC.
  • Chelsey Knapp, LW'20, is a law clerk with the United States Distric Court, Southern District of Iowa.
  • Michael Bousselot, LW'09, has been named as the new director of the Iowa Department of Management. Bousselot previously served as chief of staff for Governor Terry Branstad.
  • Beth Coonan, LW'02, has joined Davis Brown Law Firm as a shareholder attorney in the Labor and Employment and Immigration Departments.
  • Carolyn Gunkel, BN'01, LW'06, has been promoted to counsel at Faegre Drinker. Carolyn is a litigator who represents and advises clients on critical legal and business issues in Faegre Drinker's Des Moines office.
  • Michael J. Carroll, LW'04, has been elected partner at Fagre Drinker. Michael practices in the firm’s product liability and mass torts practice group in the Des Moines office. 
  • Krystal Mikkilineni, LW'13, has been named a shareholder of Bradshaw, Fowler, Proctor & Fairgrave, P.C., Des Moines. Krystal practices primarily in the areas of bankruptcy law, business law and corporate law.
  • Timothy J. Casey, LW’90, secured a verdict on 12/18/20 for a client in the amount of $1.693 million. Brought under Arizona’s Adult Protective Services Act, the case is believed to be the only civil trial which took place in Arizona state courts during the 2020 pandemic. Tim recently joined Beus Gilbert McGroder PLLC, a Phoenix law firm with a national practice concentrating in high-stakes business litigation, real estate, and catastrophic personal injury and wrongful death.

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