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Law Notes Online Winter 2020: Class Notes & In Memoriam

March 2020

Class Notes

John T. McGarvey (1973) was appointed as Uniform Commercial Code committee chair by the Uniform Law Commission for a two-year term. McGarvey has served as Kentucky’s legislative liaison for the ULC since 2006.

C. Edward Hastie (1974), an attorney with Morgan Pottinger McGarvey, was recognized for Trusts and Estates and Litigation-Trusts and Estates in the 2020 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

Gregory P. Parsons (1982) of Stites and Harbison PLLC has been named by The Best Lawyers in America as Lexington Construction Law Lawyer of the Year for 2020.

Scott T. Rickman (1984), managing director of Morgan Pottinger McGarvey’s Lexington office, has been named by The Best Lawyers in America as Lawyer of the Year for Litigation – Real Estate Law for 2020. Rickman was also recognized for Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law and Mortgage Banking Foreclosure Law.

Michele M. Whittington (1986), an attorney with Morgan Pottinger McGarvey, was recognized for Administrative/Regulatory Law in the 2020 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

Allyson True Cook (1989) is the recipient of the seventh annual Debbie Simpson Spirit of Achievement Award from the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce. Cook is counsel in the Stites & Harbison, PLLC, Covington, Ky., office.  The award honors women involved in the Northern Kentucky Chamber Women’s Initiative who have made a significant impact upon the progress of the Women’s Initiative program, have demonstrated career success and have been active in the community.

Morgan Ward (1989), partner in the Business Litigation Service Group of Stites & Harbison PLLC, in Louisville, Kentucky, was appointed by Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer to serve on Louisville Metro Government’s Historic Landmarks and Preservation Districts Commission.  The appointment was approved by Metro Council.

Brian A. Cromer (1990), a partner at Stites & Harbison PLLC, was recently elected to the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. Cromer will serve on the 70-member board, which represents a cross-section of key business and industry leaders from across Kentucky. Cromer serves as the chair of the Stites & Harbison’s Business & Finance Service Group, which provides legal services to large, middle market and new venture companies.

Cassidy Rosenthal (2002) was inducted as a fellow of the American College of Construction Lawyers in February 2020 at the Annual Meeting in Tucson, Arizona.  ACCL, one of the nation’s leading legal associations, only designates the top 1% of the construction bar in the U.S. with this honor.

Amelia Martin Adams (2009) was recently appointed to the position of vice president and senior trust officer of WesBanco Trust and Investment Services. As vice president and senior trust officer, Adams is responsible for administering trust and investment accounts and consulting with clients, their attorneys and other professionals to develop estate plans and trusts. She will serve clients in Lexington and surrounding communities and will occupy an office on Vine Street in Lexington.

Brent Craft (2009) of Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP was elevated to partner on Jan. 1, 2020. Craft is a member of the litigation group in the Cincinnati office.

Tiffany J. Williams (2009) began a new position as an attorney for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in Washington, D.C. in June 2019. Previously, she served as the assistant dean for admissions and enrollment management at George Mason University, Antonin Scalia Law School.

J. Brittany Cross Carlson (2010) was promoted to partner at Stites & Harbison PLLC (Louisville, Kentucky, office – Torts & Insurance Practice Service Group) in January 2020.

Thomas E. Clowers (2012) was appointed as the prosecuting attorney for the Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Indiana.

Rebecca M. W. Sherman (2013) was promoted to partner at Stites & Harbison PLLC (Lexington, Kentucky, office – Construction Service Group) in January 2020.

Kevin Havelda (2015) recently joined Wheeler Trigg O’Donnell LLP, where he represents clients in complex commercial litigation matters, with a focus on insurance, business torts, employment defense, and contractual disputes.

Jordan Gilliam (2019) recently joined Stites & Harbison PLLC as an attorney. Gilliam is a member of the Real Estate & Banking Service Group in Lexington. 

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In Memoriam

Mr. Michael A. Rowady, 1941

Mr. Roger B. Leland, 1954

Mr. Nelson E. Shafer, 1959

Senator Ray B. White, 1959

Mr. Fred W. Bond, 1960

Mr. Joseph B. Murphy, 1961

The Honorable Edwin P. Abell, 1965

Mr. Mark E. Gormley, 1965

Mr. David W. McLellan Jr., 1969

Mr. Michael E. Cassity, 1970

Mr. William H. Haboush, 1972

Mr. Carroll R. Jenkins, 1973

Mr. Allen C. Trimble, 1975

Mr. Douglas A. Wetzel, 1975

Mr. Jeffrey A. Woods, 1975

Mr. Matthew Rob Walter, 2003

Dr. Brittany K. Buchanan, 2013