Fox Alumni Network

Over more than a century, a talented group of Fox Rothschild attorneys — past and present — has helped create one of the country’s fastest-growing and most dynamic law firms. Our success rests upon a foundation that these lawyers and the lawyers from firms that have joined Fox have built over the decades. We value their contributions to making Fox what it is today.

The Fox Alumni Network provides a forum where alumni can stay connected with former Fox colleagues, as well as colleagues from firms that have combined with Fox, to continue friendships, plan collaborations, explore business opportunities and keep up with the latest news about the firm and each other. 

Members of the Fox Alumni Network receive invites to exclusive events, a free subscription to the firm’s alumni newsletter, insightful articles co-written by current and former Fox attorneys and access to educational programs informed by the deep knowledge and experience of network members.

In addition, they become members of firm’s invitation-only LinkedIn alumni community, a powerful business networking and career development resource.

Once part of the Fox family, always part of the Fox family.

Our Alumni: Where Are They Now? 

Lori Landew

Lori Landew
  • Vice President, Content Legal, Audible
  • Fox Rothschild, 2010-2019 
  • J.D., Columbia Law School, 1987
  • B.A., University of Pennsylvania, 1984

What attracted you to your current position?

I was itching to start a new chapter in my professional life. I was happy with what I had accomplished with my practice, but I missed being part of a business team and always felt that I would be happy to move back in-house for the right opportunity if it came along. Audible was searching for an executive with a unique cross-section of experiences working in and around the entertainment industry – private practice, in-house, management and substantive legal experience across multiple platforms (TV, film, music and audio). To me, it was an opportunity to take all that I had learned over three decades and put it to use leading a global legal team in a dynamic company that was at the intersection of tech and entertainment. Opportunities like that don’t come along every day, so I decided to go for it.

What is the best nugget of advice that you can offer about charting a career path?

Don’t let anyone else define your success. Many of my professional choices made sense for me and my family, even if they seemed strange to others around me. Ultimately, this has led to a happy and satisfying life and career.

Is there anything you miss about working in Big Law?

As a tech company, Audible has an open office plan without individual offices. I miss having my own space. I also miss my AA (Joani Cautilli) who made my day-to-day so much easier.

What skills did you hone as a Fox lawyer that remain with you today?

In a word: Multitasking. Learning to super-serve all of your clients and make them all feel that they’re the most important, even when your attention is being pulled in multiple directions, has served me well. I also feel that working with multiple clients on a wide variety of deals helped me to round out the experience that I bring to Audible.

Are you binge watching anything lately?

I just finished “Schitt’s Creek,” which I loved, and I’m now enjoying “Shrill.”

Where would we find you on a Saturday morning?

These days on a Saturday morning you will probably find me sleeping in because there’s no place else to go (in the age of COVID). I hope to be able to return to a more active life when things normalize and the weather improves.

Lindette Hassan

Lindette Hassan
  • Senior Counsel, Intellectual Property, BASF Corporation
  • Fox Rothschild, 2007-2017
  • J.D., Temple University School of Law, 2006
  • B.S. in Biochemistry, University of Delaware, 2001

What attracted you to your current position?

This was an opportunity to work for a global company and one of the biggest chemical companies in the world. BASF is a business that touches virtually every country. What I was not expecting, was how collegial and kind the work environment is.

Who were your most memorable mentors and how did they shape your career choices?

I had three wonderful mentors at Fox: Marilou Watson, Abe Reich and Tristram Fall. I appreciate them all for different reasons. Marilou taught me patent law and helped me get comfortable with the agreements side of patent law, which is a lot of what I do now. From Tristram, I learned everything I know about trademark law and a lot about corporate agreement work, which is also very relevant in my current work. Abe was instrumental in helping me get comfortable presenting in front of a large group of people. He took the time to review my slides and gave me good advice about how to get over the initial butterflies. I now give about eight trainings a year for up to 150 people per training, and my comfort level in doing that has a lot to do with the advice Abe gave me.

What skills did you hone as a Fox lawyer that remain with you today?

The partners I worked most closely with at Fox – Marilou Watson and Tristram Fall – would often include me when they had meetings with clients. Learning how to interact with clients and how to explain complex legal concepts to non-lawyers are skills I use every day at BASF. My clients now are chemists or technical people or they’re on the marketing side, so it’s essential to be able to take legal language and translate it to their terms or just terms that would be easier to understand.

Where was your most memorable vacation and what made it spectacular?

My favorite vacation was in the South of France with my husband for our 10th anniversary. We spent some time in Nice, Cannes and Monte Carlo. On the night of our anniversary, we were just wandering around after dinner and we heard this loud bang and it turned out to be the start of a huge fireworks show on the waterfront. We had no idea it was going to happen, but it really made the night magical.

Are you binge-watching anything lately? What’s in your Netflix queue?

My kids are 5 and 1, so we’ve been watching "Trolls World Tour" a lot. They really love the music. I also just finished season 3 of "Ozark," which I highly recommend.

Michael Rumac

Michael Rumac
  • Assistant District Attorney, Second Judicial District Attorney, Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Fox Rothschild, 2014-2020 
  • J.D., Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, cum laude, 2003
  • B.S. in Pharmacy Studies, University of Rhode Island

What attracted you to your current position?

I always wanted to be a prosecutor. Don’t get me wrong – I always wanted to be a partner in a law firm as well! I truly enjoyed my time at David and Goodman, and Fox after that, both as an associate and later a partner. But when my fiance got a great job offer to move from Dallas to Albuquerque and work for Presbyterian Hospital, this allowed me to consider my future career path and potentially become a prosecutor.

Thus, I applied for the Senior Trial lawyer position with the Bernalillo County (Albuquerque) District's Attorney’s Office (New Mexico’s Second Judicial District). During my interview, I learned one of the positions for which the DA was interviewing was for the SAKI team. SAKI stands for Sexual Assault Kit Initiative. The SAKI team is charged with investigating and prosecuting cold rape cases; cases where the rape kit has been test for DNA evidence, but have not yet been prosecuted.

I really connected with the Deputy District Attorney in charge of the SAKI team. Thus, I was hired as an Assistant District Attorney and Senior Trial lawyer on the SAKI team. SAKI is part of the Major Crimes Division of the DA’s office. In this position, I get to make a real difference. These cases are rally important to the rape victims, and they are really appreciative of our work in helping to bring the offenders to justice. The details of the sexual assaults are heartbreaking, but helping to get justice is gratifying.

Who were your most memorable mentors and how did they shape your career choices?

I have learned many things from many people but the three most important mentors to me in my professional development have been Fox partners Mark Goodman and Dan Madden, and former Fox partner Brett Myers.

Mark taught me the value of always being the most prepared person in the room, as well as the art and subtle nuances of keeping clients informed and happy (well, as happy as they can be while involved in litigation). Mark also had a knack for asking me the one question I had not thought of. He believed in me when I first came out of law school when he hired me as a new lawyer, and we developed a professional relationship and a friendship that will last a lifetime.

Dan Madden was instrumental in helping me learn the day-to-day basics in preparing for a deposition, a hearing or a client meeting. He is an expert at properly working a file and a case so that we and the client are in the best and most informed position to make decisions on how to proceed. Dan was also extremely generous
in helping me out of the jams in which new lawyers inevitably find themselves.

Former partner Brett Myers also was instrumental in my success and growth. Brett was an incredible resource in dealing with the unexpected aspects of a case, a trial, a hearing or a deposition.

What skills did you hone as a Fox lawyer that remain with you today?

With respect to skills, I have thankfully confirmed that the skills I learned in working a case, investigating factual allegations, speaking to a judge and speaking to a jury are same in both civil and criminal law. The skills I learned while an attorney with Fox are helping my transition to, and hopefully success as, a prosecutor.

Binge-watch anything lately? What’s in your Netflix queue?

I just finished “Sherlock” on Netflix starring Benedict Cumberbatch. Now that I live in Albuquerque, I feel I must re-watch “Breaking Bad” and catch up on “Better Call Saul.”

Samuel H. Israel

Samuel Israel
  • Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel at Lannett Company, Inc.
  • Fox Rothschild, 1991-2017
  • J.D., Rutgers Law School, 1989
  • B.S., University of Pennsylvania, 1983

What attracted you to your current position?

In a word: opportunity. The transition into my current role as vice president, chief legal officer and general counsel at Lannett Company, Inc., a major pharmaceutical products manufacturer, felt natural from the get-go. But the decision was never easy. Lannett had been a longtime client of mine at Fox. And when the company nearly doubled in size in 2015, I recommended it consider an in-house general counsel to provide streamlined legal support for its operations. Little did I know that I was creating my own window of opportunity — the CEO asked me to take on the GC role in 2017. This offer coincided with my own transitioning interests, where I felt driven to explore business counseling and strategy as opposed to the trial and litigation work I had done up to that point. In a certain way, it felt like the stars aligned for me professionally. Though leaving my friends and my base of comradery at Fox was one of the toughest decisions I ever had to make.

What’s the best nugget of professional advice you ever received?

Be indispensable to your clients and colleagues. Put another way, figure out how to stand out as the go-to guy or gal for what you do. For me, this meant evolving my practice and transitioning my skills into new areas.

When I came to Fox as an associate, I was focused on environmental litigation and counseling. But the industry changed, my practice grew cold and I was forced to adapt. From there, I delved into commercial litigation and was eventually offered an opportunity by Fox’s Bankruptcy Department to be the point person for a range of significant bankruptcy litigation matters. At the time, there were matters spinning out of the firm’s bankruptcy representations, particularly in Delaware Bankruptcy Court — a burgeoning area of work that came to shape the nature of bankruptcy litigation services at Fox. Meanwhile, I continued to develop a relationship with Lannett, initially handling litigation matters and eventually offering day-to-day legal counseling in an “outside” general counsel capacity.

In sum, keep finding ways to grow and respond to opportunities that ring with professional development.

Is there anything you miss about working in “Big Law”?

Hands down, bar none, I miss the people, especially at Fox. I stayed in “Big Law” (specifically with Fox) for 25 years because of the smart, engaging people and issues I worked with on a day-to-day basis. The demands of an AmLaw 100 firm aren’t all rosy, but it’s rewarding to be part of an environment with sophisticated work and a supportive network of high quality professionals. And, although Fox had its fair share of challenging and complex matters, it had a down-to-earth atmosphere and avoided the “stuffy,” hierarchical attitudes of other “Big Law” firms.

Where would we find you on a Saturday morning?

You’d find me on the driving range. I’ve taken up golf more recently as a hobby, finding a lot of enjoyment in its challenges and the way it gets me outside. The sport feels meditative in a way, and I find myself driven to keep building on my growing skills. While there’s plenty of room for improvement, I’m genuinely having fun out on the links.