Kenneth P. Smith was recently appointed as the honorary consul for Chile in Arizona. He also serves as judge pro tem for the Superior Court of Maricopa County with an assignment to the Justice Courts. He is the managing partner of Smith Alston PLC, a plaintiff’s personal injury firm in Mesa, Arizona. He is married to Minyon Romney and has three children, four grandchildren with one more on the way.
Kimberly Carlton Bonner was elected president of the Conference of County Court Judges of Florida at their annual business meeting in July 2012. Judge Bonner will represent the 322 county court judges in Florida during her one-year term. She has been a county judge in Sarasota, Florida, since 2002.
LeAllen Frost was named general counsel and senior vice president of RoundPoint Mortgage Servicing Corporation on June 1. RoundPoint is a national mortgage servicer that provides innovative custom solutions for managing credit-sensitive residential mortgages.
Sidney “Sid” S. Fohrman, an of counsel attorney in Barnes & Thornburg LLP’s Los Angeles, California, office and a member of the firm’s Corporate Department and Entertainment and Music Practice Group, has been named a Rising Star by the Southern California Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel. He was recognized with other honorees at a reception in Laguna Beach, California, on April 19.
Markus Kypreos was named partner at Pennington Hill LLP, a civil litigation firm in Fort Worth, Texas.
Jon Lambiras was selected for inclusion as a 2012 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers Rising Star by Philadelphia Magazine, an honor conferred on less than 2.5 percent of attorneys in Pennsylvania who are 40 years old or younger. He is a litigator with Berger & Montague PC in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He represents plaintiffs in securities fraud and consumer protection class actions.
Brooke N. Stephens and Charles Leininger (JD ’06) opened the firm Merus Law in Roseville, California, in May 2005. Stephens and her husband, KJ Stephens, welcomed their second child, Tenley Jo Stephens, on December 7, 2011.
Robert Halal (JD ’70), born in 1935, died peacefully surrounded by family on March 26, 2012, after succumbing to cancer. He was born in Aitaneet, Lebanon, the second son to Emitt and Alice Halal (deceased) and immigrated to the United States as a young boy. His family settled in Cleveland, Ohio. He became a naturalized citizen at age 16. He was an alumnus of Miami University of Ohio and a lieutenant JG in the U.S. Navy. He later graduated from Pepperdine University School of Law. He practiced family law in Southern California until he recently retired. He is survived by four brothers, one sister, seven children, 11 grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.
Kevin Charles Kellow (JD ’82), born in 1958, of Santa Monica, California, formerly of Pen Argyl, Pennsylvania, passed away at home in the early evening of March 27, 2012, surrounded by his family. He was a practicing attorney in California for 30 years. He was a graduate of Pen Argyl High School and Penn State University. He received a JD from the Pepperdine University School of Law in 1982 and an LLM in taxation from Boston University in 1983. He was an active member of the State Bar of California Real Estate and Taxation Sections. He concentrated his practice on helping clients in complex real estate, business, and tax matters. He served as the manager of many LLCs in which his clients had interests. In addition to his legal career, He was involved in several successful business pursuits. He loved to travel and was an accomplished athlete. Kevin was an avid Phillies and Nittany Lions fan. He is survived by his loving caregiver, best friend, and former wife, Theresa Totani; his mother, Nevis Kellow; aunt, Lena Cesare; aunt and uncle, Natalie and Harold Visentin; and many cousins and friends. He is predeceased in death by his father, Raymond Kellow.
James Damian Sellars (JD ’78), born September 1, 1952 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, passed away on May 27, 2012, of cancer in Redondo Beach California. He grew up in Redondo Beach, California, and graduated from Bishop Montgomery High School in Torrance, California State University, Long Beach, Pepperdine University School of Law, and New York University School of Law. He started his legal career at a firm in Stockton, California. After earning a master’s degree in tax law at NYU, He joined Ball, Hunt, Hart, Brown & Baerwitz in Long Beach, California. After becoming a partner at Ball Hunt Hart, He left the firm to become a founding partner of Cameron, Madden, Pearlson, Noblin & Sellars. Some years later, he opened a solo private practice in Long Beach, where he continued to work until his final illness. In the last ten years of his life, Jim discovered the joys of kayaking and spent many hours enjoying his new sport and his new friends. He died surrounded by his family. He is survived by his parents, John and Ethel Sellars of Redondo Beach; his sister and her husband, Mary Ellen and Phil Barnes of San Pedro, California; and his brother and his wife, Chris and Pam Sellars of Redondo Beach. He will be missed by his family and friends.
Duane Skavdahl (JD ’80) passed away on July 3, 2012, after a nine-month battle with cancer. Skavdahl practiced insurance defense and was partner in a law firm in Kentucky with offices in Ohio, Michigan, and Florida. Skavdahl’s wife, Jan, noted that her husband took great pride in being a Pepperdine School of Law alumnus.