Alumni in the News for January 2018

Wake Forest School of Law alumni are featured regularly in the media. Following is a roundup of news mentions from January 2018:

Cara Van Dorn (JD ‘17) was featured on Minyanville on Jan. 4:

Cara Van Dorn, Sanford Heisler Sharp LLP

Cara Van Dorn was named a litigation fellow in Sanford Heisler Sharp’s San Diego office.  San Heisler Sharp has experience representing claims involving employment discrimination, wage and hour violations, predatory lending, whistleblowing, False Claims Act, consumer fraud, financial elder abuse, 401(K) matters and more.  During Van Dorn’s time at Wake Forest Law, she was a summer associate at Blanco Tackabery & Matamoros, P.A. in Winston-Salem and an intern at Hamilton County District Attorney’s Office.

Amy Spiller (JD ‘89) was featured in a Duke Energy press release on Jan. 8:

Amy Spiller, Duke Energy Ohio

Duke Energy Ohio has named Amy Spiller vice president of Government and Community Affairs.  Spiller will manage state government and regulatory policies, strategies and relationships impacting Duke Energy Ohio’s interests and those of its customers, as well as lead the company’s local community relations efforts with key stakeholders in southwest Ohio.  Spiller joined Cinergy, a predecessor to Duke Energy, in 2003 as an associate general counsel focused on litigation, and in 2008, she was promoted to her current role of general counsel.  As general counsel, where she helps shape and guide the company’s regulatory strategic planning in Ohio and Kentucky.

Evelyn A. Norton  (JD ’16) was featured in a Turner Padget press release on Jan. 17:

Evelyn A. Norton, Turner Padget Graham & Laney, P.A.

Turner Padget Graham & Laney, P.A. recently release the addition of three new associates, including Evelyn Norton.  Norton, who is based in Greenville, SC, joined the firm’s Workers’ Compensation team.  Prior to private practice, Norton served as a judicial intern to the Honorable Thomas C. Wheeler at the United States Court of Federal Claims in Washington, D.C.

David Knight (JD ‘94) was featured in Mountain Xpress on Jan. 19:

David Knight, North Carolina Department of Commerce

David Knight has been appointed Outdoor Industry Recruitment Director of the North Carolina Department of Commerce, according to NC Commerce Secretary Anthony Copeland.  Knight will lead efforts to promote the state’s outdoor economy and recruit new outdoor industry businesses.  Prior, Knight ran his own policy consulting business based in Raleigh, served as assistant secretary for Natural Resources at the NC Department of Environmental and Natural Resources (Department of Environmental Quality) and served as director of Government Relations for the North Carolina Nature Conservatory.

David Morris (JD ’83) was featured in the Winston-Salem Journal on Jan. 25:

David Morris was inducted into Reynolds High School’s athletic Hall of Fame during a ceremony on Jan. 25 at halftime of its boys basketball game versus Davie County at Bryson Gym.  Morris graduated from Reynolds in 1976 and then attended Wake Forest University (BA ’80), where he played basketball, and Wake Forest Law (JD ’83).  He received his master’s degree in Theology from St. Mary’s Seminary.  He also taught at Reynolds and was the boys varsity basketball coach from 1985-88.

Lee Allen (JD ’92) was featured in the Reflector on Jan. 25:

Lee Allen, Colombo Kitchen Attorneys

Lee Allen plans to run for the Pitt County District Attorney seat.  This was announced after current DA Kimberley Robb said she would not seek re-election.  Allen practices family law at Colombo Kitchen Attorneys.  Before joining the private sector in 2001, he served as an assistant district attorney in Pitt county for seven years, during which he prosecuted felony cases in Superior Court.  He also served as a commissioned officer in the United States Army Reserve and earned several military honors including the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.

Gretchen Kirkman (JD ’00) was featured in The Tribune on Jan. 26:

Gretchen Kirkman, District 17B

Governor Roy Cooper has named Gretchen Kirkman as District Court judge in District 17B, serving Surry and Stokes counties.  Previously, Kirkman has worked as an attorney in private practice for 17 years, specializing in family law, juvenile law and criminal defense.  She has served as a sole practitioner since 2004, managing various cases before both District and Superior Courts.

Robert H. Coggins (JD ’97) was featured on Mondaq on Jan. 29:

Robert H. Coggins, Trademark Trial and Appeal Board

Robert Coggins is now on the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board as an Interlocutory attorney; the Board’s membership includes 24 Administrative Trademark judges.  Coggins was appointed to TTAB in 2017.  Previously, he practiced as an examining attorney.  Now, as a TTAB Interlocutory attorney, he specifies in education.