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Former U.S. District Attorney Joins Kirkland and Ellis

Plus, United Way of Metropolitan Dallas welcomes new chief development officer, and Trammell Crow Co. hires assistant general counsel.

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Kirkland and Ellis

Erin Nealy Cox

Erin Nealy Cox, Partner

Erin Nealy Cox joins the international law firm’s Government, Regulatory and Internal Investigations Group and will continue her work counseling boards of directors and executives from the world’s top companies. Cox most recently served as the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas, where she led more than 110 federal prosecutors and quarterbacked their most significant investigations.

Education: Southern Methodist University (J.D.), The University of Texas at Austin (B.B.A)


Bert Lacativo, Partner

Former FBI special agent, Bert Lacativo, joins global advisory firm StoneTurn to navigate investigations and develop programs designed to deter, identify, and respond to misconduct. Lacativo has more than 40 years of experience in forensic accounting, investigations, and anti-fraud in the healthcare field. His priority will focus on PPP loans, Medicaid, and Medicare fraud.

Education: Iona College (B.Acc)

Adolfson and Peterson Construction

Will Pender

Will Pender, President

Will Pender joins national construction management firm Adolfson & Peterson Construction to drive its business operations in Texas and surrounding states, including the new PGA of America headquarters in Frisco. Pender will lead all aspects of business performance such as growth, operations, safety, quality, compliance, client relations, and team member development. Previously, Pender served as regional vice president for TEAL System.

Education: Indiana University (B.A.)

Uplift Education

Remy L. Washington

Remy L. Washington, President

Remy L. Washington previously served as Upllift’s chief academic officer, managing director for Uplift’s High Schools, and campus director for Uplift Peak High School. The network has 46 schools in Dallas-Fort Worth. Washington will oversee the Teaching and Learning and School Leadership teams.

Education: The John Hopkins University (Ed.D), Concordia University Chicago (M.A), Roosevelt University (M.A.)

Westmount Realty Capital

Brant Brown

Brant Brown, President

Westmount’s long-time chief financial officer and chief operating officer Brant Brown’s new role will focus on company growth, securing and closing off-market opportunities. Brown joined Westmount in 2015 and has led financial analysis and governance for more than $30 billion in institutional real estate and fixed-income investments.

Education: Southern Methodist University (MBA), The University of Kansas (B.S.)

United Way of Metropolitan Dallas

John Mitchener

John Mitchener, Chief Development Officer

John Mitchener will focus on endowment and annual campaign planning and individual, corporate, and foundation donor prospecting, cultivation, and stewardship. He joins United Way of Metropolitan Dallas from Methodist Health System Foundation, where he built a fundraising strategy that increased fundraising revenue by 25 percent during its first year. Previously, he spent seven years as development officer of planned giving with Children’s Medical Center Foundation.

Education: University of Mississippi

Trammell Crow Co.

Nick Buehner

Nick Buehner, Assistant General Counsel and Director of Risk Management

Nick Buehner will work directly with the firm’s General Counsel, Lisa Sher. His responsibilities will include assessing the risk profile for real estate transactions, coordinating and securing interim construction loans, and negotiating equity partnerships for various commercial real estate development and investment projects. Buehner joins TCC from Goldman Sachs, where he was senior counsel for the asset management division’s real estate investing business. Before Goldman Sachs, he was an attorney at Vinson & Elkins.

Education: Stanford University (J.D.), Yale University (MBA), Brigham Young University (B.S.)

Leo A Daly

Don Hensley

Don Hensley, Vice President, Managing Principal

In this role, Don Hensley will lead Dallas design studio Leo A Daly in strategy, business development, talent management, project delivery, and design. Previously, Hensley worked with CannonDesign as their market leader in education and science and technology principal.

Education: Texas Tech University (B.A.)

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