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The Fellows Officers

Michael H. Byowitz serves as Chair of The Fellows.  He practices at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz in New York where he was a partner for more than 30 years (and where he presently serves as Of Counsel) 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 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 Valspar in its merger with Sherwin-Williams, 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 NYU 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 Chair-Elect of the Fellows of the American Bar Foundation, previously served a year as Secretary of the Fellows, and for the six years before that, 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 has served in the House of Delegates for ten years – presently as a Delegate-at-Large, and previously representing the ABA Section of International Law and the NY State Bar Association.  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 40 years, and they have three wonderful children – Alice, 31 (a bankruptcy lawyer at Kramer Levin in New York); David, 29 (a staff attorney with the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit); and Suzanne, 25 (has completed a Masters in History at Oxford University and now works at a public relations firm in California).

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 Chair-Elect 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 past 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

Reginald Turner serves as Secretary of The Fellows. Mr. Turner is a Life Patron Fellow, and he is a highly accomplished corporate litigator, government affairs advocate and strategic advisor. Reginald is a member of Clark Hill PLC’s Executive Committee, Government Policy Group, and Labor and Employment Practice Group. Reginald is named in the peer review guides Best Lawyers in America and Super Lawyers®, as well as the Michigan Chronicle Power 50, DBusiness Top Lawyers, Crain’s Detroit Business Power Lawyers and Crain’s Most Connected. He has been identified by Michigan Lawyers Weekly and Best Lawyers as a Lawyer of the Year.

Reginald has successfully litigated commercial, employment, class action and public policy matters in state and federal courts and administrative tribunals. He regularly counsels clients in negotiation, drafting and administration of labor and employment contracts in the private and public sectors. Reginald has served on the Board of Directors of the American Society of Employers, and the American Arbitration Association’s Michigan Employment Advisory Council and the State Bar of Michigan’s Labor and Employment Section Council.

Reginald has successfully litigated commercial, employment, class action and public policy matters in state and federal courts and administrative tribunals. He regularly counsels clients in negotiation, drafting and administration of labor and employment contracts in the private and public sectors. Reginald has served on the Board of Directors of the American Society of Employers, and the American Arbitration Association’s Michigan Employment Advisory Council and the State Bar of Michigan’s Labor and Employment Section Council.

As an experienced lobbyist, Reginald advocates effectively for corporate clients in federal, state and local matters. He has significant government service experience at all three levels. Reginald served as a White House Fellow under President Clinton, and worked for U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretaries Henry Cisneros and Andrew Cuomo. He’s also had gubernatorial, mayoral and county executive appointments in Michigan. Reginald is a director of Comerica, Inc., one of the nation’s largest financial institutions. He chairs the board’s Enterprise Risk Committee, and serves on the Audit Committee and the Qualified Legal Compliance Committee. Reginald is also a director of Masco Corporation, one of the world's largest manufacturers of brand name products for the home improvement and new home construction segments. He serves on the board’s Audit Committee and Governance Committee.

Reginald is the Michigan State Delegate to the American Bar Association House of Delegates. He serves on the Select Committee of the House, after completing a term as chair of the House of Delegates Rules & Calendar Committee. Reginald is a past chair of the ABA Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession, past chair of the ABA House of Delegates Committee on Issues of Concern to the Profession, and former member of the House Committee on Credentials and Admissions. He is also a past president of the National Bar Association and past president of the State Bar of Michigan.

Reginald is active in public service and civic and charitable organizations. He is chairman of the Detroit Public Safety Foundation, vice chairman of the Detroit Institute of Arts, vice chairman of the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan and a trustee of the Hudson-Webber Foundation. He is a past chair of the United Way for Southeastern Michigan and continues to serve on its Executive Committee.

In 2003, Governor Jennifer Granholm appointed Reginald to the Michigan State Board of Education and he won a statewide election for a full term in 2006. From 2000-2003, Reginald represented Detroit Mayor Dennis Archer on the Detroit Board of Education. He has previously served as Secretary of the Wayne County Airport Authority, as Secretary of the Wayne County Business Development Corporation, on Governor John Engler’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Michigan Gaming, as chairman of the City of Detroit Board of Ethics, and on the Detroit Brownfield Redevelopment Advisory Committee.

Contact Mr. Turner: 

Clark Hill PLC
500 Woodward Avenue Suite 3500
Detroit, MI  48226-3485

Honorable Cara Lee T. Neville (Ret.) is the Immediate Past 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. In 2016, she was awarded the Professional Excellence Award by the Minnesota State Bar Association. This award recognizes attorneys who strive to meet the many responsibilities of a lawyer, including efforts to improve the administration of justice and practice of law, efforts to promote access to justice, efforts to serve and govern the profession, and service of benefit to the community. 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

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