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Class Notes


Erik L. Kantz ('00) has been promoted to Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary at ATI Physical Therapy, Inc. ATI is the largest single-branded outpatient physical therapy provider in the United States.

Mark G. Hanley ('01) and Mark C. Zimmerman ('01) celebrated the 20th anniversary of founding the intellectual property law firm of Hanley Flight & Zimmerman. Meeting as students in the College of Law's evening program, Hanley and Zimmerman share stories and insights from their firm over the last two decades.

Mark Kocovski ('02) has been appointed assistant vice president for people strategy and partnerships at the University of Notre Dame. Mark has served for 20 years in various strategic and leadership roles in human resources at Notre Dame.

Avanti Bakane ('09) received the Women's Leadership Award from the South Asian Bar Association of Chicago at their annual gala on November 11. Avanti is a partner at Gordon & Rees.


Sufyan S. Sohel (BUS MS '11, JD '11) received the Public Interest Attorney Award from the South Asian Bar Association of Chicago at their annual gala on November 11. Sufyan is the deputy director and general counsel of CAIR-Chicago. He also serves as the co-chair of the College of Law's Diversity Council and is a member of the Alumni Engagement Board.

Swathi Staley ('11) was selected for the Signature Fellows Program's 2023 class by Leadership Greater Chicago, a civic leadership development organization. The program immerses fellows in major socioeconomic issues facing the region through seminars, neighborhood site visits, conversations with subject-matter experts and cultural events. Swathi serves as the Chief Strategy Officer and General Counsel for the YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago.

Nichole E. Lopez-Tackett ('12) has been named a partner at Ropes & Gray. Nichole works in the firm's leveraged finance team representing private equity sponsors, as well as corporate and other borrowers, in complex middle-market and large-cap acquisition financing transactions.

Paul Rice ('13) has joined ZwillGen as a legal director in the firm's Chicago office. Prior to joining ZwillGen, Paul served as senior manager and counsel for Discover Financial Services, and most recently as the associate general counsel for information security and privacy at the Options Clearing Corporation.​

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