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Blank Rome’s James Quinlan to Host GW’s Annual Alumni Achievement Awards

Blank Rome LLP Associate James J. Quinlan will host the George Washington Alumni Association’s (“GWAA”) 77th Annual Distinguished Alumni Achievement Awards on September 26, 2013 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Washington, D.C. 

Mr. Quinlan was recently appointed Vice President of Awards for GWAA’s Board of Directors, a volunteer governing body that serves GW’s alumni network of over 250,000 alumnae worldwide.  As part of his duties, Mr. Quinlan will oversee the selection of the GWAA’s Distinguished Alumni Achievement Awards and its Outstanding Service Awards and then host those award ceremonies during his two year term.  Mr. Quinlan also chairs the George Washington Alumni Philadelphia Network.    

This year’s Distinguished Alumni Achievement Awards ceremony will honor the following 2013 recipients: Victoria Clarke, Senior Vice President for Global Corporate Affairs at SAP; Ariel Hollinshead, a Professor Emerita from the Department of Medicine at the GW Medical Center; Tara Jeanne O'Toole, M.D., Under Secretary for Science at the Department of Homeland Security; Carolyn Schwab Pomerantz, Senior Vice President at Charles Schwab & Co., Inc.; and recent alumni member Junaid Shams, Co-Founder of GSM Nation.  For additional information, visit

At Blank Rome, Mr. Quinlan concentrates his practice in complex tort litigation, with particular emphasis on matters arising from product liability, aviation, maritime, and other transportation accidents.  He is also a member of the consumer financial services team for which he represents lenders and financial institutions in a variety of consumer finance litigation matters in federal and state court. 

Mr. Quinlan is a member of the Executive Committee of the Philadelphia Brehon Law Society and the Friends of Julian F. Abele Park.  He also serves on the North American Advisory Council for Shannon Development, an Irish governmental agency responsible for Ireland’s Shannon region and transportation infrastructure.