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Mintz’s events and training sessions can expand your knowledge base and provide CLE credit. In that regard, we are pleased to offer a free online CLE to our alumni every week. Each Friday, you will receive Practicing Law Institute (PLI)’s “Free Fridays” program of the week, typically good for 1.0 CLE credit. The recipient simply has to follow the directions included within the weekly emails and will have access to the program for one year.
As we continue to look for new ways to connect, we publish an alumni newsletter to provide firm updates and highlight the activities of friends and former colleagues. View the most recent alumni newsletter here. We hope that Alumni Connections will help us strengthen valued relationships, and we look forward to hearing from you! Please share your news with us, along with any suggestions for this newsletter by using the "Contact Us" button above.
Where Are They Now?
Alumni discuss their current careers … and look back on where it all began.
William “Mo” Cowan
President, Global Government Affairs and Policy at GE
I will recall with fondness the kindness, care, and attention I received during my first baker's-dozen years at Mintz. I grew up — professionally and personally — at Mintz. Mintz was there for me on one of the happiest days of my life (there were two tables full of Mintz colleagues at my wedding) and one of my darkest (Bob Popeo visiting with me to offer comfort and perspective after my uncle's suicide). I also fondly recall my many interactions with Richard Mintz, starting with my earliest: lunch my first week at the firm. We went for sushi, and Richard ordered sake with his meal. I knew then and there I was at the right firm.
Attorney Advisor at Federal Communications Commission, OEA, Auctions Division
My time at Mintz made me a better lawyer and opened new career paths that I would never have imagined. The skills I learned both through hands-on experience and in Mintz’s excellent associate training programs gave me the confidence to take on new challenges without hesitation. Working for a trade association that represents hundreds of small businesses, I have the opportunity both to advocate on federal policy issues and to help my members navigate their regulatory obligations. My mentors at Mintz took a personal interest in my career development and made sure that I was prepared for the future, no matter which direction I took.
Professional Lecturer and Faculty Director, Program on Law and Government at American University Washington College of Law
I learned how to be a lawyer at Mintz, and I learned the importance of client service. My mentors gave me not just a legal apprenticeship, but an appreciation for listening to clients and working collaboratively to solve their business problems. One of the most important opportunities I got was to serve as outside counsel, general counsel, and eventually chairman of the National Network to End Domestic Violence, which was incorporated in one of our conference rooms. Pro bono work was deeply embedded in the firm’s culture and values.
Kecia Boney Lewis
Managing Associate General Counsel at Verizon Enterprise Solutions
Not only am I an in-house attorney, but I am also a business partner helping my business unit, Verizon Enterprise Solutions, compete in a highly competitive environment. My team works side-by-side at the table with our Sales and Business clients, so we are an integral part of the overall deal. I manage a team that negotiates complex agreements in support of our large financial enterprise customers. With each customer comes a different challenge, from the basic terms and conditions under which we provide our services, to the more complex legal issues our banking customers face, such as intellectual property, service warranties, indemnification, privacy, and data and network security. I work with both domestic and global commercial enterprise customers.
Our alumni get-togethers provide opportunities to catch up with old friends, make new contacts, and expand social and professional networks. Stay tuned for upcoming events in your area.
At our Boston get-together in November, alumni enjoyed the company of former colleagues and new friends while mingling in our newly renovated space at One Financial.
In October, Mintz alumni in the New York area joined us for a lively evening at Zuma on Madison Avenue and enjoyed innovative Japanese cuisine.
We enjoyed catching up with New England alumni at our 2018 Boston Alumni Reception at The Envoy Hotel.
We enjoyed catching up with alumni at our 2018 Washington, DC Alumni Reception at ThinkFoodLab!
We gathered with alumni, clients, and friends to celebrate the new Los Angeles office space.
We enjoyed catching up with New England alumni at our 2017 Boston Alumni Reception at Babbo.
We gathered with over 450 clients, alumni, and other friends to mark the tenth anniversary of Mintz’s San Diego office in 2017.
New York Alumni Reception 2017
We enjoyed catching up with New York alumni at our 2017 New York Alumni Reception at The Smith - NoMad.
Alumni in the News
Mintz alumni are making headlines. They're taking on leading positions in the public and private sectors. Founding start-ups. Influencing policy. And receiving recognition for service that goes above and beyond.
Yalonda Howze, formerly a Member in Mintz’s Litigation Practice, was named Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer at Codiak BioSciences, Inc. Codiak BioSciences is a company at the forefront of advancing engineered exosomes as a new class of biologic medicines.
Steve Akerley, formerly a Member in Mintz's Intellectual Property Practice, joined InterDigital, Inc. as Vice President, Litigation. InterDigital develops mobile and video technologies that are at the core of devices, networks, and services worldwide.
Don Davis, previously an attorney in Mintz's Employment, Labor & Benefits Practice, co-authored the 2019 edition of the LGBTQ Employment Law Practice Guide, an essential resource for employers, practitioners, and employment law professionals.
Mackenzie Meinhold, formerly an attorney in Mintz’s Corporate & Securities Practice, was appointed to the DC Volunteer Lawyers Project’s Junior Board. DCVLP is a nonprofit organization that provides direct legal and advocacy assistance to domestic violence victims, at-risk children, and other vulnerable individuals.
Eric Freeman, previously a Member in Mintz’s Real Estate Practice, joined RK Centers as Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel. RK Centers is a real estate development company which owns and manages over nine million square feet of commercial retail space, primarily “open air” regional and community shopping centers.
Dionne Lomax, formerly a Member in Mintz’s Antitrust Practice, was named Managing Director of Antitrust and Trade Regulation at Affiliated Monitors, Inc. Affiliated Monitors was founded in 2004 by professionals from the legal, financial, insurance, healthcare, and criminal justice fields to provide independent monitoring services in diverse industries.