Alumni News

December 2018

Stephanie D. Edelstein ’05 recently joined Scarinci Hollenbeck in New Jersey as Counsel in the Commercial Real Estate practice group.

Shaun Ertischek ’05, General Counsel at TRAKAmerica, was awarded the International Fellowship of Certified Collection Executives designation by ACA International at its annual convention.

Dino Fazlibegu ’94, Partner, McDermott Will & Emery, had a column published in the New York Law Journal on November 20, 2018 titled “FAR Bonus Rights as Mortgage Collateral.”

Shawn Kodes ’07 was elected to partner at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP. He is part of the Structured Finance and Derivatives practice.

Kimberly Gay ’17 performed at Carnegie Hall on November 12 as a member of the New York Choral Society. The performance was titled “My Shadow and My Light.” Professor Susan J. Abraham attended.

Helen Jorda ’83 has been named SVP of Animation and Business and Legal Affairs by Skydance Media, located in Santa Monica, CA.

Benjamin Levine ’11, an employment, entertainment and recreation law and commercial litigation attorney, was promoted to partner at Gordon & Rees LLP.

Lisa Ling ’07 was sworn in as a U.S. Immigration Judge.

Richard Margolies ’01 has joined King & Spalding LLP as a partner in the firm’s Government Matters group. Prior to joining King & Spalding, Richard served as Senior Counsel with FINRA’s Department of Enforcement.

Keith R. Martorana ’07 was one of 17 attorneys elected to partnership at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP. He is a member of the Business Restructuring and Reorganization Practice group.

Joan O’Hara ’11 was named Executive Secretary of the White House’s National Security Council.

Thomas Riggs ’88 was named partner at Goldman Sachs.

Natalie Sobchak ’89 received Westchester’s Above the Bar’s Most Socially Conscious Attorney Award for her work with pro bono attorneys and volunteers at the Pace Women’s Justice Center. Natalie worked with her colleagues to open PWJC’s new Walk-in Clinic in June, and Amanda Rieben ’09 is the Clinic’s Supervisor.

Ryan V. Stearns ’12 has been promoted to Senior Associate by his firm Lippes Mathias Wexler Friedman LLP.

Michael Weber ’72, Shareholder, Littler Mendelson P.C., had a column published in the New York Law Journal on November 5, 2018 titled “Be Careful What You Ask for in Employment Arbitration: The Case for Offers of Judgment.”

Jane Ann E. Whitchurch ’95 has joined Rivkin Radler LLP as Counsel in the Commercial Litigation, General Liability and Insurance Coverage Practice Groups in its Hackensack, NJ office.

Ronald V. Zezima ’82 has been appointed President of the New Rochelle Bar Association.

In Memoriam

Joseph Irom ’53 passed away on November 17, 2018.

Pamela Ostrager ’73 passed away on November 24, 2018.

November 2018

Reuben Atlas ’06, a filmmaker, recently directed and produced “Sour Grapes,” a Netflix documentary that featured Vincent Verdiramo ’86, who is now a criminal defense lawyer. The film is about a client of Vincent’s who made counterfeit wine and fooled many high-end collectors. Reuben interviewed Vincent for the film.

Kathleen Barnett Einhorn ’92, Partner at Genova Burns LLC, and Karolina Dienhard ’09, Counsel at Budd Larner, were both named to New Jersey Law Journal’s 2018 Top Women in the Law.

Joe Farco ’08 has been named Partner in the  Intellectual Property practice at Locke Lord LLP.

Timothy S. Klimpl ’09, an Associate at Norris McLaughlin, P.A., has been included in the New York Metro Rising Stars 2018 Edition.

Holly R. Lake ’99 has joined DLA Piper’s Employment practice as a partner in Los Angeles.

Kevin P. Lee ’90, has been promoted to full professor by Campbell Law School (North Carolina). He writes on the philosophy of information and jurisprudence. He teaches Computational Law, and in 2017 was named one of the Fastcase 50 and served as the inaugural chair of NCBA’s Committee on the Future of Law.

Laura Ricciardi ’96 and Moira Demos have made the follow-up documentary to their Emmy Award-winning documentary series “Making a Murderer,” titled “Making a Murderer Part 2,” now available on Netflix.

Hon. Jonah Triebwasser ’79, Town and Village Justice of Red Hook, Dutchess County, New York, has been chosen as the President-elect of the New York State Magistrates Association at their recent conference in Niagara Falls. Judge Triebwasser will serve as President from September 2019 to September 2020.

Watson LLP, managed by Coleman W. Watson ’09, was included in this year’s Law Firm 500. Among the 250 law firms ranked, Watson LLP was listed as the eighth fastest-growing.

Henry Ukazu L.L.M. ’15, has published a self-help book titled The Art of Self-Discovery and Empowering Parents, Teachers and Youths with Guidance Materials to Succeed in Their Career, Business and Passion. The central theme about this program is: Leadership, career guide, skills acquisition, mentoring, guidance and counseling.

In Memoriam

Hon. Joseph N. Giamboi ’51, former Judge on the New York State Supreme Court, passed away on September 27, 2018.

Arnold Kopelson ’59, Oscar-Winning Producer of “Platoon” and “The Fugitive”, passed away on October 8, 2018.

Deborah Lynch ’82 passed away on October 2, 2018.

Eric Ross ’95, Chief Compliance Officer of Avenue Capital, passed away on September 9, 2018.

September 2018

Michael Aluko ’01 was named partner at Greenberg Traurig. His area of focus is financial services.

Sonia Bain ’94, Partner at Bryan Cave; Luise Barrack ’80, Partner at Rosenberg & Estis; and Terri Adler ’96, Partner at Duval & Stachenfeld LLP were named to’s list of “New York Power Women 2018.”

Toni Ann Barone ’92 was sworn in as President of the Richmond County Bar Association, only the 4th woman to hold that position.

Bruce Bronster ’92, launched a new 16-attorney law firm, Bronster LLP, which focuses on real estate, litigation, tax lien and mortgage foreclosure, hospitality and entertainment. Joining him at the firm are partners Andrew Jacobson ’91 and Daniel Abraham ’89 and associate Nicole Ciolko ’11.

Sara Director ’02 was named partner at the firm Barasch McGarry Salzman & Penson, PC.

Curtis F.J. Doebbler ’89, Research Professor of Law at the University of Makeni, Sierra Leone (on partial leave 2018-2019), Visiting Professor of Law at Webster University in Geneva, Switzerland, and Supervising Attorney at RAICES (where he is working during his sabbatical) in San Antonio, Texas, has just published his 12th book titled Dictionary of Public International Law with Rowan and Littlefield.

L. Austin D’Souza ’11, Principal Law Clerk to Hon. Faviola Soto ’78, has been appointed by Chief Judge Janet DiFiore of the New York Court of Appeals, to the Franklin H. Williams Judicial Commission, a statewide commission that promotes racial and ethnic fairness in the courts.

Robert ’76 and Patti ’79 Gaulin, opened the Patti Brookfield Indian Motorcycle (“BIM”) dealership in Connecticut in 2016 with their children. After their first full calendar year in business, BIM was recognized as a “Diamond Signature Dealer” with the #1 ranking in the U.S. (among nearly 200 Indian Motorcycle dealers).

Thomas Howley ’14 and Madeleine Karel ’14, were married on September 15, 2018 at Bryant Park Grill. They met at NYLS, where they were in the same 1L section.

Donna Jones ’92, who was the first woman to achieve the rank of second in command in the NYPD on Staten Island, was promoted by the city Police Department to assistant chief, making her only the third female African-American to hold this position.

Kings County Supreme Court judges Hon. Ingrid Joseph ’82 and Hon. Loren Bailey Schiffman ’77 were re-elected on September 13.

Nick Koumoulis ’10 was promoted to Partner at Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP in Los Angeles.

Mellissa Longo ’01 was named General Counsel of TrueCore Behavioral Solutions in Tampa, a multi-state operator of at-risk-youth residential facilities and outpatient services.

Michael Lubben ’96, a Director in the Corporate Department of Gibbons P.C., recently gave the welcome address at the Portugal-US Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Dinner in New York. The guest of honor was António Costa, Prime Minister of Portugal.

Charles J. Messina ’08 was named partner at Genova Burns.

Lawrence Metelitsa ’09 was promoted to Partner at Lucosky Brookman in Woodbridge, NJ, and also received the New Jersey Bar Association’s “New Leaders of the Bar” Award.

Philip Michaels ’76, Partner at Norton Rose Fulbright, authored a column published in the September 10 issue of the New York Law Journal titled “Real Estate: The Ultimate Estate Planning Asset.”

Edward Chukwuemeke Okeke ’97 is having a book published by Oxford University Press titled Jurisdictional Immunities of States and International Organizations, and includes a Forward written by Judge Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf, President of the International Court of Justice. Read more.

Daniel Parisi ’03, who is based in Brussels and London, was presented with a national award at the annual American Immigration Lawyers Association for his volunteer work as a mentor to other attorneys.

Karen Platt ’99, a family law attorney, became partner at Pryor Cashman.

Eric Schonberg ’12 has been promoted to Motion Picture Talent Agent at Creative Artists Agency (CAA) in Los Angeles. He joined CAA as an assistant nearly five years ago upon graduating from New York Law School in 2012. He currently works with talent such as Josh Hutcherson, Dianna Agron, Dominic Cooper, Katheryn Winnick, and Beulah Koale, among others.

John P. Schwartz ’05, has joined Greenberg Traurig, LLP as a shareholder to the Philadelphia office’s expanding real estate team.

Preethi Sekharan ’01 of Gunster, Yoakley & Stewart, is one of two lawyers appointed by the Florida Bar Board of Governors to the American Bar Association’s (ABA) House of Delegates for a two-year term commencing August 2018.

Jeffrey Silverman ’04 joined Reed Smith as Counsel. He is a corporate and capital markets lawyer with a particular focus on the fintech and financial services sectors.

Alex Tolston ’09 was named as one of M&A Advisor’s Emerging Leaders. He is the Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary at Hemisphere Media Group Inc.

Joseph Vallo ’84 was named Partner at Locke Lord in its West Palm Beach office. He was previously Partner at Greenberg Traurig.

Marc Wigder ’97 has expanded his portfolio of properties within Boca Raton, and in Cary, NC, after launching Greenhouse Offices in Boca Raton, Florida in 2012. In 2017, he received his MBA with a focus in sustainability from Yale University School of Management. He was also appointed to the City of Boca Raton Community Advisory Board.

Scott J. Wortman ’94 recently became a Florida Bar Board Certified Condominium and Planned Development Law Attorney.

Ronald V. Zezima ’82 has been elected President of the New Rochelle Bar Association.

NYLS is well-represented among the Dominican Bar Association’s 2018 leaders. Four of its five officers are NYLS graduates: Director and President Miguelina Camilo ’11, Director and Vice President Marbel L. Munoz ’16, Director and Treasurer Shantal D. Sparks ’13, and Director and Recording Secretary Christian Calderon ’16. In addition, Hon. Faviola Soto ’78 of the New York Court of Claims and Hon. Bianka Perez ’00 of Bronx Civil Court are former DBA officers, and Judge Perez swore in the DBA’s 2018 officers and directors this past January. Read more.

In Memoriam

Victor Hart ’57, Partner at the law firm of Gladstone Hart, passed away on September 2, 2018.

Kathryn MacKey ’86, Senior Public Services Librarian at Cardozo Law, passed away on June 16, 2018

Guy Molinari ’51, former Staten Island Borough President, passed away on July 24, 2018.

Nicole Willett ’99, Chief of Staff for the Los Angeles Department on Disability, passed away on September 3, 2018.

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.