Alumni Leaders

Bill Carmody ’88 is a partner in the law firm Purrington Moody Weil LLP, where he has been practicing since 2007 in the areas of private equity, M&A and corporate finance.  Prior to joining PMW, Bill was a partner at Arnold & Porter LLP, where he had practiced commercial real estate since 1994.  Bill has wide-ranging experience in both US-based and international commercial transactions, and has a clientele that includes private equity firms, FORTUNE 500 companies, start-ups and real estate developers.  He currently lives in Greensboro, North Carolina with his wife Pam (Commerce ’88) and his two kids.  Bill is a member of the board of directors of the 150 Madison Lane Preservation Fund.

Richard Clay ’77 practices law solo in Danville, Kentucky, following the tradition of his brothers, father, and grandfather.  He serves on the board of the 150 Madison Lane Preservation Fund.  He lives in Danville with his wife, Eleanor, and youngest daughter.

Brian Katzenberg ’07 is an associate at the law firm of Cohen, Snyder, Eisenberg & Katzenberg, P.A. in Baltimore, Maryland. He practices in the areas of workers’ compensation, personal injury, and criminal law and works alongside his father Alex Katzenberg (COL ’73). Brian attended the University of Maryland School of Law after earning his BA at the University of Virginia. While at the University of Virginia, Brian majored in American Studies with a concentration in History. He served as President of the house and helped change the annual Lot Party into a philanthropic event to benefit the Multiple Sclerosis Society. Brian is currently the secretary for the 150 Madison Lane Preservation Fund, where he creates and maintains official records, and also advises the board on strategy, politics, and procedure.

Jim La Fleur ’91 is a history professor and lives in Albemarle County, Virginia. He is President of the 150 Madison Lane Preservation Fund.

Denis O’Sullivan ’86 is a Certified Financial Planner. At UVa, he majored in English Literature and International Relations, and was active with the Men’s Rugby team. He lives in Great Falls, Virginia with his wife Tamara and their three daughters, Cecelia, Anna and Evelyn. He is Treasurer of the 150 Preservation Fund and is active in fundraising strategy.

Rafael X. Zahralddin-Aravena ’89 is the Managing Shareholder of the Delaware Office of Elliott Greenleaf, a full service law firm with offices throughout Pennsylvania and Delaware.  He is a corporate and commercial litigator who also specializes in corporate restructuring and distressed mergers and acquisitions.  He has been the lead Delaware lawyer in multiple Creditor’s Committee representations and represented several of the largest Debtors in U.S. Chapter 11 proceedings, including the successful reorganizations of United Artist’s Theatres and Orleans Homebuilders.  He has also served as special litigation counsel to both Committees and Debtors, notably for the Debtors in the Washington Mutual bankruptcy, which is the largest bank holding company insolvency in the history of the United States.  He also represents various individual creditors nationally, including many Fortune 500 and Inc. 100 companies, most recently in the Second, Fourth, Sixth and Ninth Circuits, and in the influential districts of Delaware and the Southern District of New York.  He has also represented many large foreign corporation as creditors in U.S. bankruptcies and Debtors in several cross border bankruptcies, most recently in the sale of a large Canadian wood products corporation to one of the world’s leading manufacturers and marketers of tissue, packaging, paper, pulp, and building products and served as counsel to the island nation of Nevis in the Caribbean.  He earned his law degree at Delaware Law (Widener) School and holds an LL.M in International and Comparative Law from Georgetown University School of Law, where he was a Senior Writing Fellow.  Prior to returning to practice he was a tenure track professor at Chapman University School of Law where he was promoted to the rank of Associate Professor of Law.  He is a frequent speaker and writer and has been widely published.  He is a member of the Board of Governors for the Hispanic National Bar Association and has held multiple leadership positions in the American Bankruptcy Institute and the American Bar Association. Most recently, he served as a Business Law Ambassador to the Business Law Section of the ABA.  He lives in Centreville, Delaware with his wife, son and daughter. He is a board member for both Eta Alumni, Inc., and the 150 Madison Lane Preservation Fund, where he serves as General Counsel.