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? 

J. Benjamin Nevius

J. Benjamin Nevius
  • Judge, Berks County Court of Common Pleas in Pennsylvania
  • Fox Rothschild, 2010 - 2017
  • J.D., Villanova University School of Law, 2004
  • B.A., Elizabethtown College, 2001

Why did you decide to become a judge?

It was my lifelong goal to become a judge. I just didn’t know when, or how, I could make it happen. I joined Fox as a lateral associate after practicing defense-side litigation at some smaller firms. I loved working at Fox, especially when I became a partner and started to oversee and mentor a group of associates. But timing is everything. When I saw an opportunity to run for office as a Common Pleas judge in Berks County, PA, I grabbed it. My partners at Fox were very encouraging about my bid to run for public office.

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

I served as a judicial clerk for former Berks County President Judge, the Honorable Jeffrey L. Schmehl, way back when. He was an important mentor to me. The partners who I worked with at Fox, including litigation partners Sam Cortes, Craig Styer, Ron Williams and John Miravich, were important mentors. They made me a better lawyer, and we are still good friends.

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

As a Common Pleas judge, I preside over a diverse range of cases, including divorce, custody, criminal, estate litigation, dependency and administrative appeals, among other things. It’s very different from the kind of client work I did at Fox -- high stakes litigation that included working on novel arguments and appellate issues before state and federal courts. It gave me a background in the civil side of the bench and the municipal side of the law. The level of intellectual sophistication really prepared me for this role. The high expectations of both clients and supervising attorneys sharpen your skills. They toughen you. They make you a better litigator; smarter and more economical about your approach to litigation.

Do you miss anything about working in Big Law?

That feeling you get when you win an argument before an appellate court, get a favorable verdict from a jury or get a case dismissed. It is a feeling that you can’t replicate anywhere else. It feeds that competitive nature that draws people to become litigators.

Where would we find you on a Saturday morning?

I play ice hockey in a league for people ages 35 and up. I played competitive club hockey in college and admit that I frequently hurt myself because I tend to play a little bit harder than I should at my age.

I also play guitar and piano and do a little bit of songwriting. I perform either at open mikes or for my daughters before they go to sleep. It’s cathartic. I love to try new things and have recently been learning to refurbish furniture and cook Asian fusion cuisine. 

Anne Hoover

Anne Hoover
  • Judicial Law Clerk, United States District Court for the Central District of California
  • Fox Rothschild, 2014-2019
  • J.D., Rutgers Law School, 2014
  • B.A., Pennsylvania State University, 2011

What attracted you to your current position?

I wanted to serve the public and become a public defender. I enjoyed working as a corporate associate in Fox’s Princeton office because I learned how to solve big, interesting business problems for clients. But I wanted to make a transition into criminal law and hone my litigation skills. Serving as a clerk for a judge who was a former public defender is an incredible opportunity to do that. This court hears many civil rights and habeas corpus cases as well as some cases at the intersection of criminal law and immigration, which is particularly interesting to me.

On a personal level, Southern California was a lifelong draw. I grew up in New Jersey, and my parents live just a few minutes from Fox’s Princeton office. That was very convenient. But living at the beach has always been a dream that I never thought would happen. I love it out here.

Why do you want to be a public defender?

Everyone deserves strong representation. I would want someone to fight hard for me if I were at risk to lose my basic freedom and liberties. As a society, we tend to dehumanize the accused and judge people by their worst mistake. Many of the accused are among the most vulnerable, and the odds are stacked against them from the beginning.

What nugget of professional advice would you give to a new Fox associate?

Build relationships at the firm with as many people as possible, including outside of your practice group or office, even if they’re not necessarily going to give you work assignments right away. If you’re drawn to someone’s practice, introduce yourself. It pays off. One of the benefits of working at a firm like Fox is that the attorneys have a diverse array of experiences and backgrounds. Even as a corporate associate, I was able to step out of my day-to-day and work on pro bono litigation, an impactful experience that is helpful to me now in my role as a law clerk.

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

Absolutely. The quality of the work available and the people I worked with at Fox were crucial to my development as a young attorney. I learned professionalism and how to listen and work effectively with clients. The training, resources and support for the attorneys were also very helpful. There are many things you take for granted at a big law firm. For example, I can now appreciate how the firm made it easy to check off my CLE reporting and helped navigate the administrative side of practicing law.

Where would we find you on a Saturday morning?

Definitely on the beach. I live in Laguna Beach so I love to swim in the ocean whenever I can, and I’m trying to learn how to surf. I’m usually on the same size waves as the local kids, but it’s really fun even though I’m terrible. If I’m not at the beach, I’m at the farmer’s market getting groceries. The produce in Southern California is so fresh all year round, which is awesome, because I love to cook.

Eric Bixler

Eric Bixler
  • Assistant General Counsel, EmblemHealth
  • Fox Rothschild, 2016-2017
  • J.D., Case Western Reserve University School of Law, 2011
  • B.A., Goshen College, 2007

What attracted you to your role at EmblemHealth?

I wanted to get more involved in the business side of health care, and specifically gain managed care experience. At Fox, I represented providers in a broad array of regulatory and transactional matters. As Assistant General Counsel at EmblemHealth, an insurer, I am encountering these issues from a different perspective.

One of the major trends in the health care industry is value-based care. Insurers need to help drive the conversation because they have insight into their members’ claims data, which presents an opportunity to identify trends and close gaps in care. Finally, I also like focusing on serving a single, long-term client. You get to go in-depth on all of the issues.

What do you miss about “Big Law?”

Fox puts a lot of care into training. The firm trains you to think like a Fox lawyer. It provided us with the best resources as far as seminars and presentations. The corporate and transactional training was especially helpful to me. The training covered everything from how to conduct due diligence, to how to draft a purchase agreement for a company, to closing the deal, all while considering the key questions.

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

I previously worked with Fox health care partner Margie Davino at a different law firm, and she brought me with her to Fox. She reinforced the value of a strong worth ethic. I witnessed Margie build a solid book of business over time, brick by brick. It was amazing to watch how she built relationships with clients.

Mark McCreary, a partner in the Privacy & Data Security Practice, is also my mentor. He impressed me with his ability to find new ways to connect with his business-minded clients. Mark goes beyond explaining the legal issues. He is a genius at presenting material to business people in a way they can easily grasp. He taught me how to do that more efficiently. I use those skills here at EmblemHealth when I’m talking to my internal clients.

Where would we find you during the weekend?

My wife and I have a toddler and a nine-month old baby. They take a lot of our energy and focus, as you can imagine! Parenting in the time of COVID comes with its unique set of challenges, but we love to get the kids outdoors whenever we can do so safely. One of the great things about living in the Greater NYC area is that you have such great access to not only the city, but also a lot of natural beauty. Over the past year, we went camping at some beautiful state parks, including Fahnestock, Hither Hills, Minnewaska and Taconic to name a few. 

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.