2010-11 Board of Advisors

The Vanderbilt Law School Board of Advisors plays a crucial role in carrying out the school's mission of providing an unparalleled legal education to students and an intellectually vibrant community in which faculty can pursue teaching and scholarly excellence. Board members offer advice and counsel as the school's academic programs evolve, invest in the school financially, and mentor students and recent graduates. The Board meets each fall during Reunion Weekend and each spring in conjunction with the Founders Circle Dinner. Members serve three-year terms, and a member of the most recent class is appointed to serve a one-year term.


Ben C. Adams Jr. '81 is the chairman and CEO of Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz in Memphis, Tennessee, where he focuses on estate planning and corporate law matters.

Virginia S. Albrecht '81 is a partner at Hunton & Williams in Washington, D.C. Her practice focuses exclusively on environmental and administrative law, including the Clean Water Act wetlands program, the Endangered Species Act, the National Environmental Policy Act and other federal regulatory programs that affect land use.

Rene I. Augustine '90 served from 2005-09 as an associate counsel in the White House Counsel's Office, where she was responsible for presidential nominations and appointments. She has been admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court and in the District of Columbia, Maryland and California (inactive).

John H. Bailey III '70 is an executive vice president of First Bank in Nashville. He practiced in bankruptcy and commercial litigation before joining First Bank's executive management team.

Michael J. Beaudine '88 is a partner at Latham Shuker Eden & Beaudine in Orlando, Florida. A business trial lawyer, he focuses on complex commercial litigation in state and federal courts.

Barney D. Byrd '79 is the founder, president and CEO of GenCap America, a private investment firm headquartered in Nashville that specializes in acquisitions and recapitalizations of middle-market businesses.

J. Michael Campbell '68 (BE'65) is a founding partner of the real estate law firm Campbell & Brannon in Atlanta.

Judge Cornelia A. Clark '79 (BA'71) is Chief Justice of the Tennessee Supreme Court. She was previously the director of the Tennessee Administrative Office of the Courts, a Circuit Judge for the 21st Judicial District of Tennessee, and a partner with Farris Warfield & Kanaday (now Stites & Harbison) in Nashville.

Charles B. Cox '75 (BA'72) is the managing member of the proprietary trading firm Lightning Trading. He specializes in trading equity and index options for the firm.

Judge Martha Craig Daughtrey '68 (BA'64) is a Senior Judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Before her appointment to the Sixth Circuit Court in 1993, Judge Daughtrey served on the Tennessee Supreme Court and on the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals. She taught on Vanderbilt's adjunct law faculty until her election to the Tennessee Supreme Court.

Paul C. Deemer '75 (BA'69) is a partner at Vinson & Elkins in Bejing, China, where he focuses on international mergers and acquisitions and the development and financing of international energy projects. He has extensive experience with electric power and with oil and gas projects in Europe, Asia, the FSU and the Middle East.

A. Darby Dickerson '88 is the dean of Stetson University College of Law in Tampa Bay, Florida. She is the author of the ALWD Citation Manual, now in its fourth edition, and numerous articles in the areas of legal writing and citation, litigation ethics, and higher education law and policy.

M. Douglas Dunn '70 is a partner at the CFSD Group, a consultating firm providing advice and transaction structuring in securing debt funding from local and regional banking institutions. He is also a member of the operating executive board of Gotham Private Equity Partners. He is a retired partner of Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy.

Mark L. Feidler '81 joined MSouth Equity Partners as a partner and co-founder in 2007. He has 15 years of experience in mergers and acquisitions and other transactions and served in corporate executive management positions for 10 years.

Ronald I. Feldman '72 (BA'69) is a partner at Husch Blackwell in Chattanooga, Tennessee, where he focuses on commercial real estate, shopping center law, finance law and title insurance. He has more than 30 years of experience handling complex real estate transactions.

Sara J. Finley '85 is the senior vice president of legal affairs for CVS Caremark Corporation, a Fortune 20 pharmaceutical services company based in Rhode Island. Prior to joining CVS Caremark, she was a partner at Kutak Rock in Atlanta.

Linda A. Friedman '76 is a partner at Bradley Arant Boult Cummings in Birmingham, Alabama, where she represents businesses and authors in securing and protecting their intellectual property.

Frank M. Garrison '79 (BA'76) is the president of C-III Capital Partners, a real estate financial services and investment firm with offices in New York, Dallas, Nashville, and Greenville, South Carolina.

Rita Sanders Geier '70 is a senior fellow at the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy and associate to the chancellor at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She joined the Baker Center after a career in federal service, serving in the Social Security Administration as executive counselor to the commissioner, associate commissioner, and deputy associate commissioner for hearings and appeals.

Charles W. Gerdts III '78 is the general counsel of PriceWaterhouseCoopers, where he is responsible for the firm's Office of the General Counsel, oversees its Ethics and Compliance Office and serves as its chief risk officer. As a member of the U.S. leadership team, he advises the firm's U.S. board of partners and principals.

John C. Herman '92 chairs the intellectual property practice group at Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd, based in Atlanta. He focuses on vindicating the rights of famous innovators, including Ed Phillips and T. David Petite, and the rights to technologies developed by Apple and 3Com.

William Lane Holby '10 graduated with a Certificate in Law and Business and is clerking for Judge J. Craig Whitley on the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of North Carolina in Charlotte. He will join McGuireWoods as an associate focusing on debt finance in September 2011.

Beatrice C. Hubbard '75 is a Nashville-based real estate developer who has practiced law in the U.S. and China.

Justin Ryan Ishbia '04 is the managing partner of Shore Capital Partners, a Chicago-based healthcare-focused private equity firm that specializes in partnering with companies with revenue of $5 million to $50 million.

Ruth E. Johnson '75 is the associate vice president for advancement at Meharry Medical College in Nashville. Prior to joining Meharry, she was an estate tax attorney with the Internal Revenue Service.

Kathleen E. Justice-Moore '91 is a philanthropist in the San Francisco Bay Area, working for environmental conservation, maternal and children's health, and public education. She is a trustee of the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and the Moore Family Foundation, and a former trustee of the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health.

Andrew M. Kaufman '74 is a senior partner with Kirkland & Ellis in Chicago. He is also a professor of the practice of law at Vanderbilt, where he teaches courses in secured transactions, commercial law and transactional skills.

Judge William C. Koch '72 is a Justice on the Tennessee Supreme Court and an instructor at the Nashville School of Law, where he teaches constitutional law. He is president of the Harry Phillips American Inn of Court.

Raymond E. LaDriere II '81 is a partner in the Dallas office of Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell, where he focuses on resolving complex disputes through mediation, arbitration and trials. He also represents clients in commercial disputes; fiduciary duty, trust, and estate lawsuits; and advanced technology issues.

David B. LaRoche '06 practices at the Eischeid Law Office in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, where he specializes in estate planning and management.

Kevin M. Lyman '97 is the general counsel of the institutional division of Invesco National Trust Company and is also an assistant general counsel of Invesco Advisers Inc.

James B. Miller Jr. '64 is the chairman and CEO of Fidelity Southern Corporation, a bank holding company for Fidelity Bank, which provides financial products and services for business and retail customers primarily in Georgia. He is also chairman of LionMark Insurance Company.

W. Patrick Mulloy II '77 (BA'74) is the president and CEO of Senior Care Inc., a company headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky, which owns and operates assisted living, dementia care, skilled nursing and rehabilitation communities in 15 states. Mulloy was a corporate litigator before entering the senior care industry 15 years ago.

D. Craig Nordlund '74 was the senior vice president, general counsel and secretary of Agilent Technologies Inc. from 1999 to 2009. He has more than 35 years of experience as an attorney and corporate governance professional managing a global legal function, as a director of subsidiary and non-profit boards, and in leadership roles in multiple corporate governance organizations.

Charles H. Ogburn '80 is a private investor and corporate director in Atlanta. He is non-executive chairman of the board of Crawford & Company, serves on the board of Caribou Coffee Company, and is a trustee of the Cook & Bynum Fund, an equity mutual fund.

Bryan Scott Olson '98 is the CEO of RPS Environmental Solutions, an environmental technology company that provides cleaning and remediation products for consumer, commercial and industrial clients. He has practiced law with several firms, serving as the managing shareholder of Greenberg Traurig in Dallas and as in-house senior counsel.

Todd R. Overman '02 is a partner with Hogan Lovells in Washington, D.C., where he advises clients in complex business transactions involving government contractors and counsels buyers and sellers of government contractors in mergers and acquisitions and securities offerings.

Stephanie E. Parker '84, a partner with Jones Day in Atlanta, is a trial attorney who has extensive experience in the defense of product liability and toxic tort cases. She has served clients in the tobacco, chemical, pharmaceutical, gasoline, medical device and automotive industries.

Michael C. Pescatello '69 is a senior vice president and managing director in the San Francisco office of Northern Trust, a leading provider of investment management, asset and fund administration, fiduciary and banking solutions for corporations, institutions and affluent individuals worldwide. He is manager of the trust administration group and also serves as the chief fiduciary officer of Northern Trust's Bay Area region.

Michael L. Phifer '83 (BA'79) founded his own practice, the Law Offices of Michael L. Phifer. He has achieved national recognition for his work in discovery and eliciting key testimony on Firestone tire defects and Ford Explorer rollover susceptibility.

Robert S. Reder '78 retired in March 2011 from Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy, where he was a partner and head of the firm's global corporate group, focusing his practice on mergers and acquisitions, transactions and corporate governance matters. He remains a consultant to the firm, writes frequently on M&A and corporate governance topics, and teaches M&A classes at Vanderbilt.

D. Billye Sanders '77 is a utilities and land use attorney. She is president and CEO of Sunshine Enterprises, a real estate investment and development company. She is also a commercial and employment law arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association.

James F. Sanders '70 (BA'67) is a senior member of Neal & Harwell in Nashville, and has served on Vanderbilt's adjunct law faculty. His practice focuses on civil and criminal trial work and white-collar defense, and he has tried cases throughout the continental U.S. and in Alaska.

Mark D. Schein '91 is the chief compliance officer and managing director at York Capital Management, a $16 billion hedge fund based in New York. Mark established York's compliance department in January 2005.

Arnold S. Schickler '57 (BA'55) is a founding partner of Schickler & Schickler in New York, where he practices with his daughter, Sloan Schickler '88. His commercial law practice focuses on general corporate, securities, motor vehicle financing, and banking.

L.D. Simmons II '84 is a partner at McGuireWoods in Charlotte, North Carolina, where he heads the firm's insurance recovery practice group. He is a commercial trial lawyer who represents corporate insurance policyholders in coverage litigation.

Arnold M. Weiss '58 (BA'56) is a founding partner of Weiss Spicer Cash in Memphis, where he has represented financial institutions and the mortgage banking industry for more than 40 years. He was admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court in 1971.

Steven M. Zager '83 (BA'79) is a partner in the New York office of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld. He serves as the global head of the firm's intellectual property practice and is a member of the firm's management committee.

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