At Gala 2013 held at THREE SIXTY on Wednesday, November 13, 2013, New York Law School honored three very special honorees, all of whom have made New York Law School very proud. We had a spectacular night with over 500 people in attendance and approximately $1,000,000 raised.

Groundbreaker Award Recipients

The Starr Foundation
Maurice R. Greenberg ’50, Chairman
Florence A. Davis, President

Freddi Weintraub ’88
Partner, Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen and Loewy, LLP

Jeffrey D. Knowles ’75
Partner, Venable LLP

New York Law School expresses its deepest gratitude to our wonderful honorees and their guests, to the auction committee, to the staff and faculty of the Law School, and to all of the generous individuals and companies who made the evening possible.

On behalf of the entire New York Law School community, thank you for a successful Groundbreaking Gala!


The Starr Foundation was established in 1955 by Cornelius Vander Starr. Mr. Starr died in 1968, leaving his estate to the Foundation.

Mr. Starr’s wish was that his partners continue to run his foundation and his companies after his death.  Maurice R. Greenberg ’50  is the Chairman and CEO of the Starr companies and, under his leadership as Chairman of the Foundation, its assets have grown from a few million dollars to more than $1.3 billion. The Foundation has made more than $3 billion in grants worldwide, including more than $2 billion in New York City and State.



Jeffrey Knowles ’75 is widely recognized as one of the country’s leading advertising attorneys.  He joined Venable LLP, an American Lawyer 100 law firm headquartered in Washington, D.C., as an equity partner in 1984.  Mr. Knowles manages Venable’s Government Division, has served on its Executive Committee since 1988 and leads the firm’s Advertising, Marketing and New Media Practice Group, which has been recognized by US News and World Report and Chambers as the best advertising practice in the U.S.  He represents leading global advertisers, consumer brands, direct marketers, Internet companies, as well as banks and payment processors that service those companies, in investigations and litigation against the Department of Justice, Federal Trade Commission, Food and Drug Administration, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and State Attorneys General.  Mr. Knowles founded the Electronic Retailing Association in 1990 and has served as its outside general counsel, as a member of its Board of Directors and as Chairman of the Board.  He is also a Vice Chair on the New York Law School Board of Trustees and a member of the Board of Visitors of Columbia University, where he graduated from Columbia College in 1971.



Executive PortraitFreddi Weintraub ’88 is Partner at Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP where she serves as corporate immigration counsel to clients in a wide range of industries including universities and teaching hospitals; financial investment and insurance firms; media and management consulting firms; fashion and cosmetic companies; fine arts organizations and individual investors and entrepreneurs.  Freddi frequently represents organizations and individuals on a Pro Bono basis and she has made the lists of New York Super Lawyers (2006 – 2013) and the Best Lawyers in America (2008 – 2011, 2013).  Freddi has been an Adjunct Professor at Rutgers University Law School and a Guest Lecturer in Immigration Law at New York Law School and has lectured at the CUNY Graduate Center. She is a frequent speaker at national and international conferences and has been quoted in national magazines and newspapers on a variety of topics related to US Immigration and Nationality Law.


Susan Mendik Tarkinow
Robert J. Raymond ’94
Dr. Vincent A. Carbonell ’00 (Silent Auction)

(as of November 13, 2013):


Jeffrey D. Knowles ’75
The Starr Foundation


Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP
Dean Anthony W. Crowell
James D. Zirin


Diane and Arthur N. Abbey ’59
Mr. and Mrs. Gerald C. Crotty ’76
Howard M. Lorber
Susan Mendik Tarkinow
Venable LLP
Eli Wachtel


56 Leonard
Tonio Burgos
Anthony A. Capetola ’70
Dr. Vincent A. Carbonell ’00
Cheer Master Trading and Tristar Products
John E. Estes ‘95 and Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen and Loewy, LLP
Catherine and John D. McMahon ’76
Jacalyn N. Brecher and Ross F. Moskowitz ’84
Steven E. Pegalis ’65
Robert J. Raymond ‘94 and Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP
Cynthia ’86 and Tom Rosicki, Esqs. | Rosicki, Rosicki & Associates, P.C.| Sparkling Pointe Winery
Ken Sciara’80, Hagedorn & Company
Solaris Advisors
Traub Lieberman Straus & Shrewsberry LLP
Freddi Weintraub ’88 


Dominic Morelli, Capacity Benefits Group
The Coach Foundation, Inc.
Gural Holdings
Andrew S. Penson ’84
Karen and Charles Phillips ’93
Sybil Shainwald ’76
Fred Wistow ’77


Sheila and David Cornstein
Samantha ’13, Randi ’82 and Jeffrey D. ’76 Kapelman
Paul L. Porretta ’95
Richard J. Windram ’02, Verizon


Cliff Alberti, TriTech Communications
Felice F. Axelrod
Luise A. Barrack ’80, Rosenberg & Estis, P.C.
Nelson Blitz, Jr., Nelson Air Device Corp.
E. Drew Britcher ’84
Deborah Buyer, Deborah Buyer Law PLLC
Hon. Anthony Cannataro ’96
Yvette Chang-Rampertab ’95 and Victor Rampertab ’94
Madeleine and Alan W. Clark ’77
Michael A. Costa ’81
Christopher C. Crotty ’99
Dennis T. D’Antonio ’82 and Weg and Myers, PC
Hon. Susan S. Danoff and Martin A. Danoff ’60
Suzanne Davidson
Lawrence N. Field ’63
Joan Fishman
Susan J. Flynn-Hollander ’85
The Gould-Shenfeld Family Foundation
Kathleen Grimm ’80
James Hagy
Peter N. Hiebert
Susan M. Hinkson ’98
Jeremy E.F. Hollander ’05
A.J. Khubani
Helen M. Mangano ’81
Barbara Meili ’83
Philip J. Michaels ’76
Milrose Consultants
Daniel Nack and Gregg Espach – DTZ
Shelley Rossoff Olsen ’81
Carole Post
Norman J. Radow ’81
Christa ’79 and John J. Reddy ’79
Hon. Ernst Rosenberger ’58
Alan J. Schnurman ’71
Peter W. Schweitzer ’63
Rhett M. Silverstein ’09 and Niki A. Silverstein, M.D.
Hon. Joel H. Slomsky ’70
Linda J. Sosnowitz ’73 and Alexis Gelinas
Ann F. Thomas
Michael Tiliakos ’96
James A. Tricarico, Jr. ’77
Andrew S. Varady, Jr.  ’86
Michael ’72 and Nancy Weber
Hon. and Mrs. Milton L. Williams ’63


Susan J. Abraham
Alan I. Appel ’76
Deborah N. Archer
Jodi S. Balsam
Melynda H. Barnhart
Adam Barrett
Jeffrey Becherer
Richard C.E. Beck
Tamara Belinfanti
Lenni B. Benson
Andrew R. Berman
Robert Blecker
Darren S. Bloch ’04
Erin Felker Bond ’08
Lloyd Bonfield
Michael Botein
Frank A. Bress
Camille Broussard
Carol A. Buckler
David Chang
Bryan H. Choi
Richard H. Chused
Victoria Eastus
Stephen J. Ellmann
Stacy-Ann Elvy
David M. Epstein
Ronald Filler
Joan Fishman
Kris Franklin
Doni Gewirtzman
Anne Goldstein
Lawrence M. Grosberg
Lisa Grumet
Nancy J. Guida
Kim Hawkins
Mariana Hogan
Oral Hope
Dr. Joanne Ingham
Sandra Janin ’75
Stuart Klein
Gerald Korngold
Peter Kostant
William P. LaPiana
Arthur S. Leonard
Jethro K. Lieberman
Richard D. Marsico
Carlin Meyer
Howard S. Meyers
Joseph Molinari
Frank W. Munger
Michael L. Perlin
Carole Post
Helena Prigal
Edward A. Purcell, Jr.
Paul Repetto
Michael H. Roffer ’83
Rebecca Roiphe
Ross Sandler
David S. Schoenbrod
Houman B. Shadab
Richard K. Sherwin
Nadine Strossen
Lynn Boepple Su
Ruti G. Teitel
Ann F. Thomas
Marshall Tracht
Ari Waldman
Sharon Walsh
Daniel A. Warshawsky
Hazel Weiser
Michelle Zierler


Carmen Acosta ’91
Hon. Susan Avery ’91
Joann Berardo-Birle ’90
Adele Bernhard
Arnold G. Blair III ’02
Charlane O. Brown ’92
Lisa J. Chin ’96
Pierre Ciric ’09
Corporate Security Services, Inc.
Elizabeth Dambriunas ’85
Data180 LLC
Dana Davidson
Harry A. DeMell ’76
Jeffrey Gaier ’93
Bruce M. Gaylord ’74
Hawthorne Direct
Hon. Kathryn E. Freed ’77
Mark Hecht, Cisco Systems, Inc.
Susan Henner
Richard Hofstetter
Nadine C. Johnson ’92
Donald L. Jones ’62
Madeleine Karel
Ben ’62 and Connie Klemanowicz
Eric L. Kriftcher
Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc.
Heather Kim Leifer ’04
Peter C. Marinello, Electronic Retailing Self-Regulation Program
Naomi and Paul B. Marrow ’69
Stephen J. Nahley ’97
James P. Pagano ’75
Roberta O. Pedersen ’85
Lee Peeler, Advertising Self-Regulatory Council
Leonard Pojednic ’71
Charles C. Radcliffe ’80
Martin Rothstein
David G. Samuels
Rachelle Shapolsky
Bradley D. Shaw ’91
Hon. Bernice D. Siegal ’85
Mara E. Slakas ’11
Nicholas W. Turner ’12
Daniel R. Zirker ’75


Luise A. Barrack ’80, Rosenberg & Estis, P.C.
Building Maintenance Service, LLC
Deborah Buyer, Deborah Buyer Law PLLC
CulinArt, Inc.
EvensonBest, LLC
Imtech Graphics
Publishers Clearing House
Susan and Dirk van de Bunt
A. Michael Weber ’72 and Littler Mendelsohn


American Whiskey
Apollo Theatre
Araca Group
Atlantis Casino Resort Spa
Alexis Axelrad ’97
Prof. Lenni B. Benson
Melise R. Blakeslee ’86
Bradford Renaissance Portraits
Brooklyn Nets
Thomas J. Cannon III ’01
Dr. Vincent A. Carbonell ’00
Helen Chin
Cisco Systems, Inc.
Coach, Inc.
Chris Coco ’96
Susan E. Cohig ’02
Richard L. Cohn ’86
Sheila and David Cornstein
Dean Anthony W. Crowell
Custom Logo Signs, LLC
Raphael DeNiro
Ed’s Lobster Bar
Elite Island Resorts
Prof. Ronald Filler
Flag Wharf Inc.
Tony Fortuna
Frames Bowling Lounge
Highpoint Office Solutions
Howard Roe Co.
John Iannuzzi ’62
Paulette Long ’75
Marriott Marquis Times Square
Metal Art Studio, LLC
The Metropolitan Opera
Modern Abstract Decor
Chris Montpetit
Dominic Morelli
Daniel T. Mullin ’92
Myriad Restaurant Group
New York City & Co.
New York Health & Racquet Club
New York Mets
New York Yankees
Public House NYC
Premier Cancun Vacations
Charles C. Radcliffe ’80
Michael Rego ’96
Glenn S. Richards ’85
Diane Robertson ’01
Howard Roe Co.
Cynthia ’86 and Tom Rosicki
Judge Judith B. Sheindlin ’65
Brian E. Schrader ’98
Sequel Technology & IP Law, PLLC
Solaris Group
Sparkling Pointe Winery
Sunset World
T Bar
Errol Taylor ’87
Prof. Ann F. Thomas
Townhouse Spa/Acqua Beauty Bar
Michael J. Volpe ’90
Warner Bros.
Kenneth D. Werner ’78
Eric M. Yee ’95
Nicholas Yust Fine Metal Art