Alumni News

June 2018

Joel Ackerman ’66 and his wife Ruth have moved to Tel Aviv, Israel, and anyone who knows them are welcome to visit.

Lori Adams ’04 joins Sanctuary for Families as the director of their immigration program. Lori previously served at Human Rights First.

Josh Block ’08 won big at the American Society of Business Publication Editors: gold for his Jones Day podcast  and a silver for his video on Big Law jargon.

Alesha Brown ’12 has joined Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP (CSH Law) as an associate based in its Charlotte office where she will practice civil litigation. She previously practiced insurance defense at a firm in New York City and served as Counsel to the New York City Council’s Committees on Civil Rights and Contracts.

Michal Bussi ’10, Senior Director of International Compliance & Enterprise Risk Management at CME Group, was named “One to Watch” by Brummell Magazine. Read more here.

Christie A. Cunningham ’99 recently completed her MSW degree at New York University, where she was a member of the Student Leadership Council and Phi Alpha National Honor Society, a presenter for the NYU Know Your Rights Project, and co-organizer of the “Mass Incarceration Conversation Series.”

Saul Fishman ’81 has been re-elected to a third term as Civil Service Bar Association President.

Craig Goldwasser ’11 was recently promoted to the title of Senior Litigation Counsel at Vigorito, Barker, Porter & Patterson, LLP.

Amirali Y. Haidri ’80 was appointed by the Supreme Court of New Jersey to be Vice Chair of its Committee on Attorney Advertising.

Gary Ireland ’91 received the Bella Abzug Leadership Institute Award for the opening of Boy Scouts to girls on May 8, 2018. Read more here.

Jeffrey Kimmel ’95 joined Akerman LLP as Partner. He was previously Partner at the firm Meister Seelig & Fein.

Jerold E. Levine ’90 has authored the book New York Assault Weapon Laws, which has been published by LawTech Publications Co. The book is the only detailed reference on related statutes and local codes in New York. He also recently was invited to present CLE topics on firearms law for the National Business Institute.

Hon. Edward McCabe ’57 was recently honored by the Nassau County Bar Association at its 119th Annual Dinner Dance for his 60 years of service in the New York State Bar. In addition, Jeffrey Halbreich ’66 and Robert Young ’66 were honored for their 50 years of service.

Mike Miller ’84 is the new president of the New York State Bar Association.

Adam Parks ’13 has moved from Jones Day to Kirkland & Ellis LLP as a senior associate in the Investment Funds group in Chicago.

Ilya Prokopets ’13 joins Sherman & Howard LLC’s Phoenix office as a litigation associate after practicing law in New York City, where he focused on commercial litigation.

Pauline Reich ’85 is the General Editor of Cyber-Crime and Security (published by Thomson Reuters/West/Westlaw) and Founder of Asia-Pacific Cyber-Law, Cyber-Crime and Internet Security Research Institute based in Japan participates in Risk Roundup to discuss “Emerging Trends in Cyber-Crime and Cyber-Law Challenges”. Watch her interview.

Sahara Stone Pynes ’01 was promoted from Counsel to Partner at Fox Rothschild LLP. She works in the firm’s Los Angeles office.

Benjamin Wilson ’09 was promoted from Associate to Partner at Holland & Knight.

In Memoriam

Richard H. Kreitman ’62 passed away in March of 2015.

April 2018

NYLS Leading and Serving on the 2018 New York County Civil Court Independent Screening Panel. Brian Kaszuba ’04, Associate Director of the Center for NYC Law and adjunct professor, is Assistant Panel Administrator for the 2018 Civil Court Independent Judicial Screening Panel in Manhattan. The Panel will review applications for Civil Court Judge, and report out the most qualified candidates on May 1. New York Law School has hosted this year’s panel meetings, candidate interviews and deliberations. Out of the 25 panel members, five are NYLS alumni, including Anais Aguilar-Schiro ’14, Joam Alisme ’14, Sean Farrow ’16Pamela Goldsmith ’88, and Devi Vairavan ’15.

Claude Aiken ’08 was named as the first full-time as the first full-time President and CEO of the Wireless Internet Service Providers Association. He joined WISPA after nearly a decade at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), where he served as an advisor to former Chairman Tom Wheeler and current Commissioner Mignon Clyburn. He held leadership positions in the Wireline Bureau and Office of General Counsel, among other roles.

Real Estate Weekly named William Baney ’11, Associate, Belkin Burden Wenig & Goldman, LLP; Daniel Fromm ’07, Senior Managing Director, NKF Capital Markets; and Ricardo Vera ’02, Partner, Newman Ferrara, LLP were named as “2018’s Rising Stars of Real Estate.”

Luise Barrack ’80, Managing Member of the firm Rosenberg & Estis, P.C., was featured in the February 13, 2018 issue of the New York Law Journal discussing the advantages and challenges of being a midsize law firm.

Martin Bloor ’99 has joined the law firm Cozen O’Connor as a partner in the New York office. He is a member of the Criminal Defense & Internal Investigations practice group, where he focuses on government and regulatory investigations and internal investigations.

Andrew J. Finn ’08 was promoted to partner at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, where he is a member of the litigation department.

Selwyn Goldberg ’86, a Silicon Valley technology transactions and intellectual property specialist, joined the New York office of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz. He was previously partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati in Palo Alto.

Camille Mackler ’06, Chair of the Committee on Immigration Representation, addressed the House of Delegates at the New York State Bar Association Annual Meeting on January 26, 2018, as the Association adopted recommendations for greater protections for immigrants in the courts, as well as a new domestic violence initiative that aims to enhance legal services for victims. Ms. Mackler is the Director of Immigration Legal Policy at the New York Immigration Coalition.

Celestino Martinez ’06, an ICE Special Agent, was invited by President Trump to attend the 2018 State of the Union address in recognition of his work leading an anti-gang initiative targeting MS-13.

Stewart G. Milch ’93, Partner at the firm Goldberg Segalla, received a 2018 “Law360 Distinguished Legal Writing Award.” Known as the Burton Awards, the program is run in association with the Library of Congress, presented by lead sponsor Law360, and co-sponsored by the American Bar Association. Milch is among just a handful of attorneys to be recognized from nominations submitted by the 1,000 largest firms in the country. In his article, “Why You Should Argue Your Appeal,” Milch counters the conventional wisdom that oral argument in appellate practice is a mere formality. He argues that it offers a crucial opportunity to change a judge’s mind and “to build consensus around a narrower holding.” It was published by Law360 on July 10, 2017.

Jaimee Nardiello ’03 was elected 2018 President of Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) New York, the region’s leading advocacy organization for professional women in real estate.

Evercore Wealth Management, LLC appointed Thomas Olchon ’13 as a Managing Director and Wealth & Fiduciary Advisor.

Marvin Ray Raskin ’72 has been appointed to the New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct by Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie.

Alan Sclar ’91, Founder and Partner of the Sclar Law Group, was quoted in a New York Times Business page article, “Lean In: Five Years Later.” He shared ways his firm makes it possible for women lawyers to have thriving careers.

Marianne Spraggins ’76 was appointed by Mayor Bill de Blasio to the New York City Campaign Finance Board. A former member of the New York Law School Board of Trustees, while working at Smith Barney, she became the first African American female Managing Director on Wall Street. She also served as Senior Counsel to the Congressional Oversight Panel, a body created by Congress to oversee the U.S. Treasury’s implementation of the $700 billion Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP).

NYLS Trustee Errol Taylor ’87, Partner at Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy LLP; David Kelley ’86, Partner at Dechert LLP; and Christina Storm ’77, founder of Lawyers without Borders, were named to the “2018 Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America.”

Amy Tenney Curren ’00 was named the new director of the National Attorneys General Training and Research Institute. Prior to this, she was Assistant Dean for Academic Services and Registrar and a member of the adjunct faculty at the American University Washington College of Law.

Andrea (Andromachi) Tsoukalas Curto ’00, Partner at Forchelli Deegan Terrana LLP, was recently appointed to serve on the Planning Board in the Village of Roslyn Harbor.

Karen Varriale ’97, Sr. Assistant District Attorney at the Kings County District Attorney’s office, was named Director of Project Brooklyn CLEAR (Collaborative Legal Engagement Assistance Response), a D.A. initiative with a mission of offering treatment for individuals arrested with small amounts of narcotics as an alternative to incarceration.

Caleb Vesey ’13, has joined Kirkland & Ellis as an associate in the firm’s L.A. office.

Vincent Viola ’83 has entered his horse ‘Vino Rosso’ in this year’s Kentucky Derby taking place on May 5. Viola is a co-owner of the 2017 Derby winner ‘Always Dreaming.’

Lisa Wichter ’04 was named partner at the firm Barton Gilman LLP in Boston.

Annie Wu ‘03, Global Manager for Employee Relations at Swedish fashion retailer H&M, was named the company’s new global leader for diversity and inclusiveness.

In Memoriam

Albie S. Ferrucci ’50, founder of the Law Firm of Ferrucci & Corrigan in Schenectady, died on February 4, 2018.

Saul Rudes ’57, a lawyer and veteran election law specialist, died on March 29, 2018.

Judge Nicholas Tsoucalas ’51, who retired as a Senior Judge at the U.S. Court of International Trade in 2016, died on March 22, 2018.

Jay Watnick ’59, an expert in Estates and Trust Law who founded Namco Financial Group, died on April 7, 2018.

March 2018

Marcey Grigsby ’06 Returns to NYLS as VP for Institutional Advancement and Chief Development Officer
On March 5, Marcey Grigsby ’06 came home to NYLS after practicing and serving in senior business development roles at AmLaw 20 firms. You can reach her at or 212-431-2151 to share your ideas and perspectives.

Robert Giglio ’91 was named 2017 Global Top Overall & Amerca’s Top Office Producer by Cushman & Wakefield.

Maurice R. Greenberg ’50, Trustee Emeritus and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Starr Companies, has received the Crain Lifetime Achievement Award for outstanding accomplishments in the insurance and risk management sector. The award was presented at the Business Insurance U.S. Insurance Awards on March 8, 2018.

Benjamin W. Hutten ’11 promoted to Counsel, focusing on regulatory compliance and enforement matters, at Buckley Sandler LLP.

Charles Phillips ’07 was named partner at Ellenoff Grossman & Schole LLP, where he focuses on transactional matters.

Jeffrey Scheine ’85 was named Senior Counsel to the law firm Dentons through a strategic affiliation with Alchemy Capital Planning LLC, an international business and tax consulting firm he co-founded.

David Schnurman ’06 honored by the National Law Journal
LawLine, an online CLE provider founded by David Schnurman ’06, was named one of the nation’s top CLE providers by the National Law Journal.

Steven Shparber ’10 was promoted from Associate to Of Counsel at Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP in Washington, D.C., where he is a member of the Energy & Utilities group.

Alex Tolston ’09 was named by Legal 500 to their GC Powerlist US: Latin America Specialists.

Scott E. Wortman ’07 joined Blank Rome LLP as a Partner in its Consumer Finance Litigation practice.

Florence Raider Zimmerman ’41, NYLS’s oldest living graduate, celebrated her 103rd birthday this month. One of the first 12 women to graduate from NYLS, she spent most of her career as an attorney for the New York City Rent and Housing Administration, where she argued a precedent-setting rent control case before the NY Court of Appeals. She also served as a civil court judge and was president of the NYC Women’s Bar Association.