The Fellows Officers
The Honorable Cara Lee T. Neville (Ret.) is the Chair of The Fellows. Judge Neville is immediate past Secretary of the ABA, served two terms on the ABA’s Board of Governors, has served as a member of the House of Delegates for more than 25 years, and served on the ABA Nominating Committee as State Delegate from Minnesota. She currently serves on the councils for the ABA Center for Human Rights, International Law, and the Trial, Torts, and Insurance Sections. She chaired the Coordinating Council of the ABA Justice Center, Coalition for Justice, and the ABA’s Criminal Justice Section. Judge Neville is past President of the National Association of Women Judges and Amdahl Inns of Court. Judge Neville is a past member of the Standing Committee on Judicial Independence and served on the Judges Advisory Committee to the Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility. She is a past member of the Board of Directors of the American Judicature Society and a "founding mother" of the Minnesota Women Lawyers Association and currently serves on their advisory committee and in the Assembly of the Minnesota State Bar Association.
Judge Neville was one of the eleven Commissioners nationally who wrote the Model Code of Judicial Conduct, chaired the ABA Judicial Division’s Ethics and Professionalism Committee, the National Association of Women Judges Ethics Committee, the American Judicature Ethics Committee, and served on the Minnesota Supreme Court Advisory Committee to revise the Minnesota Judicial Code.
She is a graduate of William Mitchell College of Law, where in 2015, she was honored to receive the Honorable Warren E. Burger Distinguished Alumni Award, given to the graduate who exhibits the highest values and ethical standards while providing outstanding leadership within the Profession. Judge Neville has been named one of the schools most distinguished graduates and listed as one of 100 graduates who have made a difference. Judge Neville is also a previous recipient of The Fellows’ Outstanding State Chair Award for the state of Minnesota.
Judge Neville served approximately 30 years on the state of Minnesota’s District Court. Having taken Senior Status, she now serves as President and founder of Benchmark National ADR, LLC which provides Alternative Dispute Resolution including serving the courts as a special master and providing private mediation and arbitration services.
Contact Judge Neville:
Benchmark National ADR, LLC
80 South 8th Street Suite 4900
Minneapolis, MN 55402
Office: (612) 584-7378
Michael Byowitz serves as Chair-Elect of The Fellows. He practices at Wachtell, Lipton,Rosen & Katz in New York where he has been a partner for 30 years specializing in antitrust law and policy, and advising multinational corporations on major domestic and international mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures and corporate takeovers. Mike has extensive experience representing major corporations at the U.S. Department of Justice, the Federal Trade Commission, and State Attorneys General in the United States and consulting on investigations by antitrust authorities in the European Union, the United Kingdom, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Mexico, Turkey, Venezuela and many other countries. Major matters in which he has served as antitrust counsel include for United Technologies in its acquisition of Goodrich, Novartis in acquiring Alcon, Maytag in its acquisition by Whirlpool, and many others. Mike is consistently ranked among leading antitrust specialists in peer review rankings (e.g., Global Competition Review, Who’s Who Legal, Super Lawyers, and Chambers). He is a frequent speaker on antitrust law and compliance in the U.S. and abroad, and has written extensively on antitrust issues.
Mike received an A.B. in 1973 from Columbia College and a J.D. in 1976 from New York University School of Law (Order of the Coif and editor of the New York University Law Review). Before joining Wachtell Lipton in 1983, Mike served as a senior trial attorney with the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice.
For the past year, Mike served as Secretary of the Fellows of the American Bar Foundation, and for the six years before that, he served as New York State Co-Chair of the Fellows. He received the Fellows’ outstanding State Co-Chair award in 2012.
Mike has long been active in the ABA in many capacities. He was recently re-elected to serve as a Delegate-at-Large in the House of Delegates, and served in the House for the preceding nine years, representing the ABA Section of International Law for six years, then as an alternate for the NY State Bar Association two years, and as a Delegate-at-Large for the past year. Mike has spoken on many issues in the House, and has worked closely with Delegates across the country. He is a member of the House Committee on Issues of concern to the Legal Profession. Mike also serves as a member of the ABA Standing Committee on Membership, currently chairs its International Subcommittee and co-chairs its Content Subcommittee, and previously chaired its Large Law Firm Subcommittee. Mike is a former Chair and longtime leader of the ABA Section of International Law and received the Section’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011.
Mike has been active for many years in the New York City Bar Association where he has served as a member of the Executive Committee and as Chair of the Council on International Affairs, Chair of the Antitrust & Trade Regulation Committee, and Chair of the Subcommittee that evaluated Elena Kagan’s qualifications to serve on the Supreme Court.
Mike has been married to Ruth Holzer, the love of his life, for 39 years, and they have three wonderful children – Alice, 30 (a bankruptcy lawyer at a large law firm in New York); David, 28 (has completed the NY Bar Exam and presently serving as a staff attorney with the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit); and Suzanne, 23 (has completed as Masters in History at Oxford University and now works at a public relations firm in New York).
Contact Mr. Byowitz:
Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz
51 West 52nd Street
New York, NY 10019-6119
Office: (212) 403-1268
Rew R. Goodenow is the Secretary of The Fellows. Mr. Goodenow is a shareholder and a former director in the law firm of Parsons Behle & Latimer. His practice includes commercial and corporate contract drafting, litigation and insolvency work for a wide range of local, statewide, national, and international clients. Mr. Goodenow authored Nevada’s original limited liability company act and the book Nevada Business Entities. He lectures and writes extensively at meetings of local bar associations in Nevada and at meetings of the American Bar Association on the subject of limited liability companies. During 2006 and 2007, Mr. Goodenow served as president of the State Bar of Nevada. He is currently President of the National Conference of Bar Presidents. Mr. Goodenow received his law degree from the University of Iowa, College of Law in 1988, where he was an editor of the Iowa Law Review. He is the past chair on the editorial board of the ABA Journal. His undergraduate degree is from Tulane University. When he is not at work, Mr. Goodenow enjoys spending time with his wife Susan and their four daughters, Sarah, Emily, Allison and Lindsey. Mr. Goodenow practices with the philosophy that in order to be a competent transaction lawyer, you have to know your way to the courthouse.
Contact Mr. Goodenow:
Parsons Behle & Latimer
50 W. Liberty Street Suite 750
Reno, NV 89501-1970
Kathleen J. Hopkins is the Immediate Past Chair of The Fellows. She is a fortunate enough to practice law with great friends and lawyers, and is a founding member of Real Property Law Group, PLLC, a boutique Seattle law firm. Kathleen concentrates her practice in the areas of real property transactions, real property and personal property finance, workouts and commercial leasing. She is a frequent speaker and writer on real property, financing and leasing issues. In August 2012, Kathleen co-edited The Real Estate Closing Deskbook (3d ed.). She is admitted to practice in Washington State, in Federal Courts for the Western and Eastern Districts of Washington and in the United States Supreme Court.
Kathleen has been active with local, state and national bar associations for over 20 years. She is a Life Patron Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, served as a Washington State co-chair for the Fellows of the ABF and in 2011 received the ABF’s Outstanding State Co-Chair Award. As an ABF Fellows Officer she represented the Fellows on the ABF Director Search Committee and the ABF Board. She recently accepted a three year appointment as a Special Advisor to the ABF Board.
Kathleen’s bar service includes terms (many years ago) as the President of the Washington State Bar Association (WSBA) Young Lawyers Division and member of Board of Trustees for the King County Bar (KCBA) Young Lawyers Section. Way back then, KCBA recognized her with its Outstanding Young Lawyers Award. Kathleen is currently representing WSBA in the American Bar Association (ABA) House of Delegates. In 2010 she also completed service as a member of the American Bar Association’s Board of Governors, representing the ABA members in District 18 (which includes Washington State).
On the ABA Board, she chaired the Investments subcommittee and continued until August 2014 on that subcommittee as one of three non-Governor members. She has been a member of the executive councils for the ABA Business Law Section and the ABA Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division (GP Solo), and served as the GP Solo Division’s budget officer. In April, 2013 the ABA Business Law Section recognized her as its Outstanding Woman Business Lawyer of the year with its Jean Allard Glass Cutter Award.
Kathleen also serves presently on the ABA Journal Board of Editors, is the immediate past chair and special advisor to the ABA Standing Committee on Publication Oversight, the co-chair of the ABA Content Convergence Working Group and a member of editorial boards of Business Law Today magazine and GPSolo magazine. Kathleen recently completed her term on the Board of Regents of the American College of Commercial Finance Lawyers and is a member of the American Law Institute. Kathleen was also an ABA advisor to one Uniform Laws Commission drafting committee and on a study committee for another ULC project.
Kathleen is also quite active in pro bono and public service projects, locally and nationally. She was on the founding advisory board for Wayfind (f/k/a Washington Attorneys Assisting Community Organizations) and in 2012 organized the Northwest Human Trafficking Summit, which was co-convened by the ABA, the Washington Gender & Justice Commission and the Washington Diversity & Justice Commission. Kathleen is the vice-chair of the ABA’s Working Group on Unaccompanied Minor Immigrants and also coordinating a partnership between the ABA entities and Kids in Need of Defense (KIND), a non-profit project founded by Microsoft to provide representation to unaccompanied children in immigration proceedings. Additionally, she works through the ABA to develop other partnerships to foster pro bono and public service opportunities for transaction lawyers and small firm lawyers. She is past chair of the ABA/NLADA Equal Justice Conference, past chair of the ABA Business Law Pro Bono Committee and current co-chair of the ABA GPSolo Pro Bono and Public Service Committee. In 2011 the ABA recognized her work with the Presidential Pro Bono Publico Special Service Award.
Most important, Kathleen has been married for 34 years to her best friend, David Hopkins and they are the proud parents of two sons: Neil (32) and Ian (23).
Contact Ms. Hopkins:
Real Property Law Group, PLLC
1326 5th Avenue Suite 654
Seattle, WA 98101-2655