February 2009 Class Notes

Thursday, March 12, 2009


William J. Wenzel of Fairfield, Conn., has been nominated to the Superior Court of Connecticut by Governor M. Jodi Rell. Wenzel, who has practiced commercial litigation, is a partner with Pullman & Comley.


Oklahoma Governor Brad Henry appointed Terry McBride as District Judge for the 12th Judicial District in Craig, Mayes, and Rogers counties. McBride will succeed Judge James D. Goodpaster (JD '67) who retired in August after 17 years on the bench. 


Israel Suster has been elected president of the Plano (Texas) Bar Association. His firm concentrates in the area of commercial and property litigation throughout the state of Texas. He lives with his wife and two children in Plano.


Todd Bejian has taken a new position as corporate legal counsel, IBA, North America working out of Dulles, Va.  He will support all five IBA business units in North America. Bejian arrives at IBA after five years as corporate counsel for SER Solutions, Inc.


Linas Grikis, partner at the firm of McDermott Will & Emery in Chicago, spoke to TU students via video-conference on Thursday, January 22, 2009, in the Price & Turpen Courtroom. Grikis maintains a general health law practice, focusing on the representation of hospitals, health systems and other health care clients. 

Steve Litke was named a Top Attorney in the area of Corporate Finance/Mergers and Acquisitions by Fort Worth, Texas magazine for 2008.  He also was selected to participate in the Leadership Fort Worth Class of 2008-2009.


Gregory Zini has been named partner at Damon & Morey LLP in Buffalo, N.Y.  Zini concentrates his practice on commercial and intellectual property litigation. He works primarily with corporations and professional clients in complex litigation involving commercial transactions, corporate governance, dissolution of business entities, non-competition and confidentiality agreements, franchise litigation, unfair competition, trademark infringement, fraud, and other business torts.


Christina Deaton and Zachary Hyden will marry February 28, 2009 in Austin, Texas. 

In Memoriam

Cynthia Hess, attorney, CPA, and adjunct professor at the TU College of Law passed away January 19. Hess was a longtime member of the Tulsa County Bar Association and chaired the Law Week committee in 2000 - 2001. She was a volunteer attorney through Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma.  She also donated her time to Ability Resources, and she was a very active TU alumna.


Jimmy Hart