Catholic Law alumni are leaders, innovators, and standard-setters for excellence. They continue to make their mark in a variety of fields including the judiciary (like those pictured above), senior federal service, academia, the Armed Forces, and many more. Our graduates listed below are a small sample of alumni who have distinguished themselves professionally and personally. To stay current with what Catholic Law alumni are doing, please click here.
What do some of our most accomplished graduates have to say about their training at Catholic Law?
"If I could do it all over again, I would do it exactly the same."
- Michael Bidwill, 1990, President, Arizona Cardinals
“The position of CUA Law in D.C. with its opportunities for courses, contacts and employment in a multitude of fields is one of the key reasons for anyone to consider the Law School."
- John G. Carberry, 1973, Vice President, Oppenheimer Multifamily Housing and Healthcare Finance, Inc.
My law school experience...instilled in me the importance of giving back and contributing to the profession and society at large.”
- Roberta Liebenberg, 1975, Senior Partner, Fine, Kaplan and Black, R.P.C.
"I'll always be grateful to Catholic University's Columbus School of Law for enabling me to get a great legal education in the evenings while I worked full-time...during the day.
"- Eileen O'Connor, 1978, Partner, Pillsbury, Winthrop, Shaw, Pittman LLP; Former Assistant Attorney General, Tax Division, United States Department of Justice
“I loved this law school… Nowhere else will you receive the nurturing and care that our faculty and staff provide.”
- S. Jenell Trigg, 1997, Partner, Lerman Senter PLLC.
*John E. Murray Jr. J.D. 1958
Chancellor and Professor of Law at Duquesne University. Murray is a former dean of the University of Pittsburgh School Of Law and the Villanova University School of Law, as well as a former president of Duquesne University.
Ralph Rohner, J.D. 1963
Dean of The Catholic University of America’s Columbus School of Law (1987-1995) and professor of law (retired). He holds the James Whiteford Chair of Common Law at Catholic University. Professor Rohner is a founding member and past president of the American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers.
Jonathan Lash, M.A. 1972, J.D.
1974 President of Hampshire College (MA).
Veryl Victoria Miles, J.D. 1980
Dean of The Catholic University of America’s Columbus School of Law (2005-2012) and professor of law. Deputy director of the Association of American Law Schools (2001–2003); member of the special committee on the Uniform Bar Examination for the National Conference of Bar Examiners (2008-2012); member of the American Bar Association’s Accreditation Committee (2008-2012).
Brigadier General (Ret.) Coral Wong Pietsch, J.D. 1974
The first Asian American woman to reach the rank of Brigadier General in the United States Army. Since 2012, General Pietsch has served on the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims.
Rear Admiral Paul Edward Versaw, J.D. 1973
U.S. Coast Guard Chief Judge Advocate (1995-1997) - Rear Admiral Paul E. Versaw, United States Coast Guard, was awarded the Coast Guard Distinguished Service Medal for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished service in a position of great responsibility to the Government of the United States, culminating as Superintendent of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy from 1993 to 1997. The singularly distinctive accomplishments of Rear Admiral Versaw culminate a long and distinguished career in the service of his country and his dedicated contributions reflect the highest credit upon himself and the United States Coast Guard.
Colonel Mary Lou Keener, USAF (Ret.), J.D. 1982 Former General Counsel of the Department of Veterans Affairs. In 2000, Colonel Keener served with Department of Defense as Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force (Force Management and Personnel). She is now retired and serves as an Outside Board Member to the Military Order of the Purple Heart Service Foundation.
Jeffrey R. Moreland, J.D. 1970
Vice Chairman, Amtrak Board of Directors; Chairman, Government Affairs and Legal & Corporate Affairs Committee. Nominated by President Obama as a Director of the Amtrak Board and confirmed by the U.S. Senate in 2010. Mr. Moreland earlier served as an Executive Vice President for Public Affairs at Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway Company.
John G. Carberry, J.D. 1973
Vice President, Oppenheimer Multifamily Housing and Healthcare Finance, Inc. Mr. Carberry previously served as President of Charles River Mortgage Company; as Senior Vice President and General Counsel of a private FHA approved mortgage firm; and as a program specialist, United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, (1966-1973) where he was recognized with HUD’s Sustained Superior Performance Award.
Kathleen Abernathy, J.D. 1983
Former FCC Commissioner. Executive Vice President, External Affairs, Frontier Communications.
Nessa Feddis, J.D. 1983
Senior Vice President and Deputy Chief Counsel for Consumer Protection and Payments, American Bankers Association's Center for Regulatory Compliance.
Paul A. Serini, J.D. 1983
Former Executive Vice President, XLHealth Corporation (now a UnitedHealthcare company). XLHealth provided chronic care solutions for Medicare beneficiaries and providers that encouraged management of chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart failure.
Thomas M. Mistele, J.D. 1984
Chief Operating Officer, Senior Counsel, Secretary and Director at Dodge & Cox, an investment management firm providing U.S., global, and international equity; fixed income; and balanced account management.
B. Jeffrey Cravath, J.D. 1988
Former Senior Vice President, Fannie Mae. He is currently a Senior Advisor at The Collingwood Group, LLC.
Paul M. Bisaro, J.D. 1989
President and Chief Executive Officer of IMPAX since 2017. IMPAX is a global, specialty pharmaceutical company focused on developing, manufacturing and distributing generic, and branded products.
Senator Adelard Brault, J.D. 1933 (Virginia Senate) – VA Senate Majority Leader.
Governor Stephen L. R. McNichols, 1939
Colorado's 35th Governor (1957-1963) and former FBI Field Officer in Baltimore and Boston. He was also an assistant in the U.S. Attorney General's anti-trust division in Denver.
Thomas R. Harkin, J.D. 1972
United States Senator from Iowa since 1985 and a member of the Democratic Party. He previously served in the United States House of Representatives (1975–1985). Harkin is ranks as the 7th most senior U.S. Senator overall.
Kathy Courtney-Hochul, J.D. 1983
Lieutenant Governor, State of New York, inaugurated January 2015. Former member of the U.S. House of Representatives, New York’s 26th district, June 2011-January 2013.
Robert Patrick "Bob" Casey, Jr., J.D. 1988
Senior United States Senator from Pennsylvania, and a member of the Democratic Party. He previously served as Pennsylvania Treasurer and Pennsylvania Auditor General.
Senator Jeffrey S. Chiesa, J.D. 1990 (New Jersey Senate) - (June 2013-October 2013)
Daniel J. Strodel, J.D. 1994 (Virginia)-(2010-2014) (back to top)
Judge Richard P. Conaboy, J.D. 1950 Chief Judge, U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania from 1989-1992. Senior judge, 1992-present. Judge Conaboy also serves as Chairman of the U.S. Sentencing Commission.
Judge William J. Nealon, L.L.B. 1951
Senior Judge of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania; served as Chief Judge from 1976 - 1989. President John F. Kennedy appointed him to the post in 1962, and he is the longest-serving district judge in the history of the 3rd Circuit. The William J. Nealon Federal Building and United States Courthouse, located in Scranton, is named in his honor.
Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly, J.D. 1968 Judge for the United States District Court for the District of Columbia and former presiding judge of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.
Judge Charles Shaw, Jr., J.D. 1974
Senior District Judge on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri.
Judge Peggy A. Quince, J.D. 1975
Justice for the Florida Supreme Court.
Judge Edward J. Damich, J.D. 1976
Judge on the United States Court of Federal Claims. Served as Chief Judge from 2002-2009.
Justice Shireen Avis Fisher, J.D. 1976
President of the Special Court for Sierra Leone
Judge Joseph F. Leeson, Jr., J.D. 1980
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, confirmed in December, 2014.
Judge James G. Gilbert, J.D. 1988
Chief Administrative Law Judge, United States Postal Service.
Richard J. Favretto, J.D. 1966
Former Deputy Assistant Attorney General and Acting Assistant Attorney General, Antitrust Division of the US Department of Justice; current partner, Mayer Brown.
Hon. Charlene Barshefsky, J.D. 1975
Ambassador - United States Trade Representative, the country's top trade negotiator, 1997 to 2001. Currently Ambassador Barshefsky is a Senior International Partner at the law firm of WilmerHale.
Roberta Liebenberg, J.D. 1975
Senior Partner at Fine, Kaplan and Black, R.P.C. Ms. Liebenberg has served as one of trial counsel in a number of high-profile cases, including a jury verdict in a class action against The Dow Chemical Company in excess of $400 million. She has been named as one of The National Law Journal's "50 Most Influential Women Lawyers in America." Her many professional contributions include prior service as Chair of the ABA's Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary, the committee that performs peer review evaluations of all federal court nominees.
Christine Luchok Fallon, J.D. 1977
Reporter of Decisions, Supreme Court of the United States. She is the first woman to hold the position.
Eileen O’Connor, J.D. 1978
Partner, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman; former Assistant Attorney General, Tax Division, United States Department of Justice. Former member, President's Corporate Fraud Task Force.
John Devaney, J.D. 1983
Managing Partner of Perkins Coie. His appointment marks the first time the 102-year old Seattle based firm named a D.C.-based managing partner. He was listed in "Super Lawyers" for Washington D.C., 2013–2014. Prior to joining Perkins Coie, he was a trial attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice, where he worked in the Civil Rights Division.
Jeffrey S. Chiesa, J.D. 1990
Former U.S. Senator from New Jersey and former New Jersey Attorney General. He is currently a Member of the firm at Wolff Samson PC.
Daniel T. Lennon, J.D. 1990
Partner and global Chair of the Corporate Department., Latham & Watkins LLP. Mr. Lennon represents clients in domestic and international mergers, acquisitions, dispositions, joint ventures and financing transactions and has particular expertise in representing private equity firms and their portfolio companies.
Alice S. Fisher, J.D. 1992
Managing Partner, Washington, D.C. office of Latham & Watkins; former Assistant Attorney General, Criminal Division, U.S. Department of Justice; named one of DC’s “Most Powerful Women” in Washingtonian magazine, 2013.
S. Jenell Trigg, J.D. 1997
Chair of Lerman Senter PLLC’s Intellectual Property and New Media & Technology Practice Group. Former assistant chief counsel for telecommunications for the Office of Advocacy, U. S. Small Business Administration. Recognized in 2013 as one of the inaugural "Top 25 Inspirational and Engaged Leaders" by the Rainbow PUSH Coalition.
David Redl, J.D. 2006
Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications David Redl is a lawyer and communications policy expert with more than a decade of experience in government and the private sector. He was previously the chief counsel at the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce.
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J. Paul Molloy, J.D. 1965
Co-founder and CEO, Oxford House, Inc., the non-profit umbrella organization for the network of more than 1,700 individual Oxford Houses, self-run, self-supported recovery homes for individuals recovering from alcoholism and drug addiction. (back to top)
Arthur N. Fuccillo, J.D. 1978
Executive Vice President, Lerner Enterprises, and partner, Washington Nationals MLB team.
Francis X. "Frank" Coonelly, J.D. 1986
Former President, Pittsburgh Pirates MLB team.
Ernest W. DuBester, J.D. 1975
Began his third term as a Member of the Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA) on December 11, 2017. Initially appointed and renominated by President Barack Obama, renominated again by President Donald Trump, and unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate to all three terms, Member DuBester has served as an FLRA Member since August 2009.
Phyllis Borzi, J.D. 1978
Assistant Secretary for Employee Benefits Security of the United States Department of Labor, the official in charge of the Employee Benefits Security Administration.
Mary Anne Gibbons, J.D. 1980
General Counsel and Executive Vice President, United States Postal Service, 1999-2013. She is now retired.
Naomi Churchill Earp, J.D. 1982
Was nominated as assistant Secretary for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Served as Chair of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, 2006-2009.
John Ring, J.D. 1989
On April 12, 2018, President Donald J. Trump named Mr. Ring Chairman of the National Labor Relations Board.
Michael J. Desmond, J.D. 1994
Is the 48th Chief Counsel of the Internal Revenue Service, where he oversees a staff of more than 2,000 employees, including approximately 1,500 attorneys. Mr. Desmond began serving as Chief Counsel on March 4, 2019, following his confirmation by the U.S. Senate on February 27, 2019. As Chief Counsel, he is also an Assistant General Counsel in the Department of the Treasury.
William D. Duhnke III, J.D. 1996
Was appointed by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to serve as Chairman of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB).
Daniel M. Gallagher, J.D. 1999
Commissioner, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, 2011-2015.
Christopher Pilkerton, J.D. 1999
Was appointed as General Counsel of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).
Andrew K. "Drew" Maloney, J.D. 1996
Was nominated by President Donald J. Trump to serve as the Deputy Under Secretary of the Treasury for Legislative Affairs and upon confirmation will be designated as an Assistant Secretary of the Treasury Legislative Affairs.
Brendan Carr, J.D. 2005
Assistant Secretary for Employee Benefits Security of the United States Department of Labor, the official in charge of the Employee Benefits Security Administration
David Redl, J.D. 2006
Asst Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information & NTIA Administrator Lawrence Murray - Asst Sec of Commerce AMB Barshefsky – U.S. Trade Representative
*Alumni who are now deceased.