Gala 2016

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GALA 2016

Celebrating 125 Years of Powerful Partnerships

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Christa H. ’79 and John J. Reddy Jr. ’79

Three Sixty°
10 Desbrosses St., New York City

Cocktails: 6:00 pm
Dinner: 7:00 pm


Joe Plumeri ’15 (Hon.)
Dr. Vincent A. Carbonell ’00
Patricia O’Toole Vazzana ’69 and James G. Vazzana ’69
Barbara W. ’79 and Joseph N. Friedman ’58
Pamela J. Dale (nee DeCicco) ’90 and Eric J. Dale ’89
Pei Pei Cheng-de Castro ’00 and Cesar de Castro ’00
Shana S. ’15 and Michael D. Ricchiuto ’14


New York Law School is pleased to recognize Christa H. Reddy ’79 and John J. Reddy Jr. ’79, former president of the NYLS Alumni Association and current member of the NYLS Board of Trustees, for their loyal partnership and their guidance in helping to foster innovation and institutional growth.  For over 35 years, their commitment of time and resources has been instrumental in securing a bright future for the Law School, its students, and alumni.  The Christa H. and John J. Reddy Jr. Scholarship, which provides support to highly-qualified and deserving students, is but one shining example of the Reddys’ dedication to the Law School and its ideals. NYLS applauds Christa and John for their leadership and years of service to the School.


In our 125th Anniversary year, we continue to celebrate New York Law School’s rich history. Since its founding in 1891, the Law School has dedicated itself to provide diverse routes to achievement through innovation in scholarship and service. That spirit of innovation grows stronger every day.

New York Law School remains a beacon of transformative opportunities. Like the great City of New York, the Law School continues to build powerful and flourishing partnerships among and between its students, faculty, staff, and alumni. Although we highly value the partnerships forged within our campus, we recognize that equally as important are the connections established between the Law School and our external constituencies, including community leaders, nonprofit organizations, government, and business leaders throughout the City, the Nation, and the World.


Forty years ago, Christa Hoeher and John Reddy Jr. came to NYLS seeking careers in law and meaningful lives. They found both and more; they found each other. They met as new members of the Student Bar Association and became officers that first semester.

John enjoys a successful career in Trusts and Estates, having been appointed Counsel to the Public Administrator by five surrogates in three countries. John teaches Estate Administration at NYLS as an Adjunct.  Christa joined her father in the developing area of pensions. She lectures on pensions and is an Adjunct at Fairleigh Dickinson University’s program for Certified Financial Planners.

NYLS gave the Reddys more than just the ability to practice law, it opened the opportunity to live impactful lives. After a trip to Ecuador where Christa witnessed extraordinary poverty, she and John embarked on a project to form a not-for-profit to help the community of San Pablo, which has since built five daycare centers and funded a medical clinic. John became a team leader for Habitat for Humanity, and their three adult children have participated in Habitat Builds. The Reddys provide funding for Fordham University’s Engineers without Borders, which is building five fish farms in Uganda, the first of which employs 20 families and feeds thousands of people. The Reddys have also funded scholarships at four educational institutions, including NYLS.

John once asked one of his children this question: “If a person has more than he needs and gives from his excess to someone who does not have enough, is that charity?” The child responded with a smile, “Dad, that’s only justice.” NYLS has been a central part of the Reddy family’s long-standing efforts to secure justice for those in need.

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New York City

Cipriani 25 is located in the Cunard Building, a New York City Landmark, located in lower Manhattan. The Great Hall is an Italian neo-renaissance masterpiece designed by Benjamin Wistar Morris and completed in 1921. The grand space features 65 foot high ceilings, soaring marble columns, magnificent inlaid floors, and murals painted by Ezra Winter. It was originally the home of Cunard Lines and was used as a ticketing hall until 1968. Its interior was converted to a post office, which remained in service until 2000. In 2014 the Great Hall became an event venue.



Arthur N. Abbey ’59 graduated from New York Law School 56 years ago. His legal education at New York Law School enabled him to build a law practice as a litigator and to start his own firm, now known as Abbey Spanier LLP. He was invited to become a member of the Board of Trustees of the Law School in 1995, and has served as its Chairman for the last 16 years.

A leading law publication recently said the following about him: “This master securities litigator uses expert strategy and a straight shooter approach to win over courts and juries, netting the largest verdict ever in a securities class action trial.”


Joe Plumeri, a widely renowned leader in the financial services industry, is Vice Chairman and Senior Advisor to the CEO of First Data, a leading technology company that sits at the center of global electronic commerce.  Mr. Plumeri is also a senior advisor to Kohlberg Kravis Roberts, the leading global investment firm, of which First Data is a portfolio company.

Mr. Plumeri previously served for 12 years as Chairman and CEO of Willis Group Holdings plc, the global insurance broker. Under his leadership, Willis delivered sector-leading organic growth and operating margins, strategic expansion, and an enduring record of shareholder returns and client service.

Prior to joining Willis, Mr. Plumeri had a 32-year career at Citigroup and its predecessor companies, including roles as CEO of Citibank North America as well as President and Managing Partner of Shearson Lehman Brothers.

An active and committed community leader, Mr. Plumeri has been honored by numerous civic and philanthropic organizations. He received his B.A. from The College of William and Mary and attended New York Law School.


Norman Radow ’81 is one of the most prominent real estate developers in Atlanta, and he has been involved in some of the most complex workouts and successor developer issues in the country. He established RADCO in 1994, when he redeveloped a 53-story Atlanta hotel, office, and condominium tower in distress, which later became the Four Seasons Hotel. Twenty-one years and dozens of successful developments later, RADCO is one of the most respected turnaround real estate companies in the United States, and Mr. Radow remains its CEO. Previously, he was a real estate litigation, workout, and transactional lawyer. In 2011, RADCO reentered the development business, specializing in underperforming assets with significant value-added opportunities. RADCO currently owns 14,000 apartment units in eight states throughout the southeast and central U.S.

Mr. Radow has been a coveted speaker at real estate conferences. He has been featured on CNBC and Bloomberg TV, and has been regularly sought out as an expert in real estate matters by The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Bloomberg News, and other news outlets.

Mr. Radow was awarded a J.D. by New York Law School and a B.A. from SUNY Plattsburgh, where he was named Distinguished Alumnus of the Year in 2015. Mr. Radow has received the Bagwell Medal for the work he has performed supporting public education in Georgia, as well as the Zaban Prize for Entrepreneurial Leadership. In 2012, he retired as the longtime Chairman of the Board of Kennesaw State University, a school with 31,000 students in metro Atlanta, Georgia.