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DRI – The Voice of the Defense Bar Selects Officers for 2019-2020

  • Published November 01, 2019
    Modified July 09, 2020

Four New National Directors Also Elected


CHICAGO (October 28, 2019) – DRI's National Elections were held at the DRI Annual Meeting in New Orleans, October 16-19. Chosen were: Philip L. Willman, Brown & James PC of St. Louis as president; Emily G. Coughlin, Coughlin Betke LLP of  Boston, as president-elect; Douglas K. Burrell, Drew Eckl & Farnham LLP of Atlanta as first vice president; Lana A. Olson, Lightfoot Franklin & White LLC of Birmingham, AL as second vice president; and Patrick J. Sweeney, Sweeney & Sheehan of Philadelphia, as secretary treasurer. Toyja E. Kelley, Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP of Baltimore becomes immediate past president.

Additionally, four new National Directors were elected. They are Diane Fleming Averell, Porzio Bromberg & Newman PC of Morristown, NJ; Baxter D. Drennon, Wright Lindsey & Jennings LLP of Little Rock; Rosary A. Hernandez, Tiffany & Bosco PA of Phoenix; and E. Ford Stephens, Christian & Barton LLP of Richmond, Virginia.


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