Alumni News

April 2020

COVID-19 Coverage

Norm Radow ’81, NYLS Trustee, led a webinar on April 16 titled “The Coronavirus Pandemic and Atlanta’s CRE Market.” 

Michael McMahon ’85, Staten Island District Attorney, and James Oddo ’91, Staten Island Borough President, were featured in the article “Hiya Neighbor campaign: Checking in with Staten Island seniors” on

Richard Nohe ’96, General Counsel, Americas Region of BT Americas Inc., was interviewed in American Lawyer, “Working Through a Crisis at Home: What 5 General Counsel Are Learning.”

Anand Sharma ’97, Managing Partner of Finnegan in Washington, D.C., was interviewed by American Lawyer, “In Washington, Big Law Partners Bring a Spirit of Resilience to the New Normal.”

Amie E. Nolan-Needham ’00, Assistant General Counsel Labor & Employment at General Motors, was named as a member of a GM team working in partnership with Ventec Life Systems Inc. to produce more ventilators and other medical equipment at General Motors facilities. Read more in Bloomberg Law. 

Rachel Nudel ’05, authored an article for “Managing Contracts in the Time of the Coronavirus Pandemic.”

David Rankin ’05, partner at Beldock, Levine and Hoffman, was a guest commentator at an April 10th Virtual Town Hall: “Civil Liberties and the Coronavirus,” led by Emily Gallagher, a member of the New York State Assembly, representing North Brooklyn.

Alumni News

Christine Lepera ’82 was quoted in “The ‘Blurred Lines’ Case Scared Songwriters. But Its Time May Be Up” in the New York Times.

Peter Ventrice ’90, partner with Brause, Brause & Ventrice, L.L.C., in Metuchen, NJ, was selected a 2020 New Jersey “Super Lawyer” in the area of family law.

Christopher DiGirolamo ’91 was appointed to the Borough’s Council of Saddle River, NJ.

Sarah Champion ’92 was elected president of the Ridgefield Connecticut Historical Society.

Maxine Carrington ’03, Deputy Chief Human Resources Officer at Northwell Health, was named to Crain’s New York 2020 “Notable Women in Talent Resources” list.

Kyce Siddiqi ’09 wrote that his immigration practice, Law Firm of Kyce Siddiqi, P.C., recently celebrated its fifth year in business. He has also been nominated by Super Lawyers as a “Rising Star” in immigration law for the past three consecutive years.

Eugene J. Gibilaro ’11 joined the tax, benefits, and private client group at Blank Rome as Counsel. He was previously at Morrison & Foerster.

Benjamin W. Hutten ’11, Counsel at Buckley LLP wrote an article for Bloomberg News: “INSIGHT: Getting the Cash Out of Cannabis.”

Nicholas Turner ’12 joined the Hong Kong office of the firm Steptoe & Johnson as Counsel.


Julie Samuels ’96 married Joe Hillyer at their Montclair, NJ home. Their “front porch wedding,” modified in light of the current coronavirus prohibitions against large gatherings, was featured in the New York Times.

Amanda Seelmann ’17 and Eric Benzenberg ’17 will be married in August 2020.

In Memoriam

Peter De Luca ’53. New York, NY. Former General Counsel at General Foods and Partner at Kaye Scholer. De Luca was an NYLS trustee, 1987-1990. March 24, 2020.

Thomas Casey ’58. Huntington, NY. Democratic Councilman, Town of Huntington. April 3, 2020.

Terrence Gargan ’69. New Rochelle, NY. Partner Emeritus, Hill, Betts & Nash LLP. March 29, 2020.

David Cook ’73. New York, NY. Former New York State Assistant Attorney General and Legal Aid Attorney. March 31, 2020.

Edward Beslow ’75. Oradell, NJ. Counsel for the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities. March 24, 2020.

Barbara McMahon ’77. Fort Collins, CO. Commercial Litigator. January 15, 2019.

Thomas Leonard ’84. Montclair, NJ. Partner at Barry, McTiernan and Moore. April 8, 2020.

Robert Shaw ’97. Lakeville, MN. Former Assistant Dean for Development at NYLS and Director of Development at the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. March 28, 2020.

Marc T. Hardekopf ’00. Orlando, FL. Former Assistant General Counsel for the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission. November 20, 2018.


March 2020

March 2020

Paul Friedman ’85 established Safer Country, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to keeping guns out of unsafe hands.

Michael McMahon ’85, Staten Island District Attorney, was featured in City and States’s “The 2020 Law Power 100.”

Hon. Alan Z. Yudkowsky ’90 was elected as a Los Angeles County Superior Court Commissioner in October 2019. He presides over a criminal/felony jury trial department in Lancaster, CA.

Kelly Waters ’91, Partner at Wood Smith Henning & Berman, was named to NJBIZ’s 2020 “Best Fifty Women in Business List.”

Megan Watt ’91 was appointed to a newly created leadership role, Head of North America Complex Claims at Chubb.

James Nolan ’92 recently published his second book on multilingualism and government relations: Essays on Conference Interpreting.

Jane Ann E. Whitchurch ’95 joined the Woodcliff Lake, NJ office of the national law firm Cruser, Mitchell, Novitz, Sanchez, Gaston & Zimet LLP in June 2019 as Counsel within the General Liability practice group where she focuses on insurance coverage issues, professional liability, automobile liability, premises liability and construction defect law. Bringing with her over 25 years of experience, Jane Ann previously practiced within the Commercial Litigation, General Liability and Insurance Coverage groups at Rivkin Radler, LLP’s NJ office. Note: This update corrects information listed in the latest print magazine Class Notes.

Terri Adler ’96, Managing Partner, Duval & Stachenfeld, was featured in in City and State’s “The 2020 Law Power 100.”

Holly Lake ’99 Partner at DLA Piper in its Century City, CA office, was named “Labor and Employment Attorney of the Year” by the Century City Bar Association.

Danielle Corcione ’05, Member, Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi PC, was named to NJBIZ’s 2020 “Best Fifty Women in Business List.”

Camille Mackler ’06, Director of Immigration Legal Policy, New York Immigration Coalition, was featured in in City and State’s “The 2020 Law Power 100.”

Catherine Curcio ’07, Partner at Norris McLaughlin P.A., was named to the Lehigh Valley Business’ 2020 “Forty Under 40.”

Iolanda D’Ambrosi-Francavilla ’09 was named Of Counsel to the firm Rawle & Henderson.

Karolina Dehnhard ’09 joined the Westfield, NJ firm Lindabury, McCormick, Estabrook & Cooper as Partner in its Divorce and Family Law Practice, and as Managing Director of the International Law Group.

Cecilia Lassiter ’09, Member, Sills Cummis & Gross PC, was named to NJBIZ’s 2020 “Best Fifty Women in Business List.”

Alexander Malyshev ’09 was named Partner at Carter Ledyard and Milburn LLP. He was also recently named Co-Chair of the firm’s emerging Cannabis Practice.

Lilya Tessler ’09, Partner at Sidley Austin, was featured in “There’s One Place Where Women Lead in Blockchain: Big Law” in Bloomberg Law.

Anthony Fong ’14 was named to the “Best Immigration Lawyers in Brooklyn” list in Lawyers of Color’s Fifth Power List.

Doralyn De Dios ’16 was sworn in as President of the Dominican Bar Association (DBA), taking over for the outgoing DBA president, Marbel Munoz ’16.

Jessica Geisen ’17 joined the Fort Lauderdale law firm Kelley Kronenberg as an Associate.

Joam Alisme ’14, Sherbune Paul ’16, and Kimberly Gay ’17 were elected to the Board of Directors of the Haitian American Lawyers Association of New York (HALANY).

In Memoriam

Joseph Captain ’53, Rochelle Park, NJ. April 2, 2019.

Donald Perrella ’58, Naples, FL. Patent attorney at Bristol Myers Squibb and Merck. February 29, 2020.

Costa Leonidas Papson ’61, Bronx, NY. Partner, Dweck Law Firm, LLP. February 4, 2020.

February 2020

Suzanne Albin ’82 was named Vice President and General Counsel of The Munshine Group in Springfield, NJ. The Munshine Group is a fundraising, communications, strategy and implementation consulting firm to non-profit organizations and the private sector.

Andrew Kassner ’83 became Co-Chair of Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath. Kassner was previously CEO of Drinker Biddle, which merged with the firm Faegre, effective February 2020, to form one of the 50-largest U.S. firms with 1,300 attorneys.

Stephanie McCavitt ’92 was named General Counsel at EagleTree Capital, a private equity and investment firm. She was previously Counsel at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, LLP.

Karen Hoeg ’93 was promoted to Partner at the firm Twomey, Latham, Shea, Kelley, Dubin & Quartararo, LLP in Riverhead, NY.

Steven T. Senior ’94, was named Co-Chair of the Environmental Law Practice at the firm Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti.

Patricia L. Veres ’95 rejoined the firm Einhorn, Barbarito, Frost & Botwinick, PC as partner in its Matrimonial/Family Practice Group.

Andrea Barton Reeves ’97 was named CEO of the Connecticut Paid Family and Medical Leave Insurance Authority. She was previously President and CEO of Harc, Inc., a not-for-profit provider of services for people with intellectual and related disabilities and their families.

Seth Rosen ’99 Director of Development at the National LGBT Bar Association, announced that he will be a Candidate for New York City Council, District 6 (Upper West Side of Manhattan).

Jason Leifer ’00 Town Supervisor of Dryden, NY, announced that he will be running for the New York State Assembly in the 125th district.

Jessica Bourbon ’03 was elected Judge of the City of New York, Bronx County, sitting Manhattan Family Court.

Rebecca Cahan ’05 was promoted to partner in the Family Law Practice at Berger Schatz.

Janie Byalik ’06 was promoted to partner at the firm Pashman Stein Walder Hayden.

Jennifer Pastarnack ’07 joined the firm Sullivan & Worcester as a partner to lead its firmwide Global Debt and Claims Trading Practice in New York.

Charles Post ’10 joined JDX Consulting as Head of US Consulting Services, Delivery and Sales. He was formerly Sr. Counsel at Bank of New York Mellon.

Hunt S. Ricker ’10 was promoted to Counsel in the Morristown, NJ office of Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti LLP. He works in the firm’s Securities Litigation, Arbitration, Regulation and Investigations Group.

Nicholas T. Terzulli ’10 was appointed to the Long Island Business Development Council’s Advisory Board. He is an associate at the firm Farrell Fritz, P.C.

Jose Almanzar ’11 joined Beveridge & Diamond, P.C., the nation’s premiere boutique environmental law firm.

Genevieve Purcell ’11 has joined the Conboy Law Firm LLP in Watertown, NY as an associate attorney in their Family Law practice.

Juliann Alicino ’12 is speaking at the NJICLE New Attorney Day CLE Program: “The Basics of Practicing Law in New Jersey–Four Roundtable Presentations on the Skills You Need in 2020” on February 15. Her portion of the program covers civil trial preparation.

Joseph N. Schneiderman ’12 wrote an article “Should it Stay or Should it Go: Post-MUPC Probate Court Objections in the Wake of Leighton and Cusack” for the Boston Bar Journal.

Anthony Fong ’14 General Counsel for Broadway Stages, was named an award winner and member of the Top 50 Corporate Counsel List, and was recently named to Lawyers of Color’s Fifth Power List.

Ashley Porter ’17 joined Alston & Bird LLP as an associate in the firm’s Structured & Warehouse Finance Group.

In Memoriam

Hon. Frederic Berman ’51, New York, NY. Former New York State Supreme Court Justice and Member, New York State Senate and New York Law School Adjunct Professor Emeritus. January 19, 2020.

Elliot Wohl ’61, Rancho Santa Fe, CA. Former Sr. Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of National Benefit Life Insurance. February 16, 2019.

Lawrence N. Field ’63, Beverly Hills, CA. Chairman of NSB Associates and New York Law School Trustee Emeritus. January 28, 2020.

Jerome J. Strelov ’76, New York, NY. Real estate attorney at Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz. January 31, 2020.

Carol Lynette Cunningham ’87, Jersey City, NJ. Former Vice President of the UN Staff Union, Electoral Observer during Namibia’s First Election and Legal Officer for the Office of the Law of the Sea. January 12, 2020.

Nancy Toombs ’88, New York, NY. Former attorney at Russo & Burke. January 23, 2020.

January 2020

Drexel Harris ’85 was named Secretary of the New York City Bar Association.

Judge Linda Capitti ’92 was appointed by Mayor de Blasio to Family Court.  She had previously been an Interim Civil Court Judge.

Judge John Gallagher ’94, who had been nominated by President Trump, was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as a Judge on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. This seat opened in 2018 after Judge Joel H. Slomsky ’70 moved to senior status.

Dylan Saperman ’95 was promoted to Partner at the firm Moritt Hock & Hamroff.

Nina Roket ’96, Partner in the Real Estate Practice Group at Olshan Frome Wolosky LLP, was included among 100 women lawyers selected by Crain’s New York Business for its 3rd annual Notable Women in Law “honoring dedicated, gifted and determined female lawyers.”

Christie Cunningham ’99 was recently elected Executive Director of Identity House, an all-volunteer peer counseling organization in New York City.

Anthony Wells ’01, President of Social Service Employees Union Local 371, was named to City & State’s list, “The 2019 Power of Diversity: Black 100,” “recognizing the most powerful black men and women in New York State.”

Jisha Dymond ’03 joined Twitter as Senior Legal Counsel and US Compliance Lead.

Jeffrey Alfano ’04, Chief Court Attorney, Richmond County Supreme Court, was named one of eight recipients of the “Milton Mollen Commitment to Excellence Award,” which is presented annually to court attorneys who have “demonstrated professionalism, dedication and extraordinary service to their court or agency.”

Darren Bloch ’04 was named Chief Executive Officer of Greenwich House, a social-service and cultural community organization.  He was previously Senior Advisor to Mayor Bill de Blasio & Director of the Mayor’s Office of Strategic Partnerships.

Jeffrey Silberman ’04 was named Partner at Reed Smith LLP.  A member of the firm’s Financial Industry Group, he advises financial services and FinTech clients.

Rebecca Cahan ’05 was elevated to partner at Berger Schatz, where she represents clients in all areas of matrimonial and family law, including dispute resolution, negotiation, and litigation.

Diane O’Connell ’05, LL.M. ’11, a Director at PwC, is Chair of the International Section of the New York State Bar Association.  In November 2019, she chaired a General Counsel Plenary at the International Section Global Conference in Tokyo.  She has also written two articles for the NYSBA Bar Journal, “Anxiety: A Slippery Slope” and “A Big Firm Shouldn’t Be Your Only Career Plan.”

Julia Gavrilov ’06 was promoted to Counsel at the firm Morritt Hock & Hamroff.

Shawn Tabankin ’07, was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel in the New York Army National Guard.  He was a platoon leader with Bravo Company and also served in Afghanistan.  His awards include the Bronze Star Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Purple Heart, the Iraq Campaign Medal with two Bronze Service Stars and the Afghanistan Campaign Medal with one Bronze Service Star, Valorous Unit Award, Meritorious Unit Award, the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Parachutist Badge and Air Assault Badge.

Cary London ’09 recently won a 440 Hearing on a man who was wrongfully imprisoned for 24 years for a murder he didn’t commit, after being framed by Detective Louis Scarcella.

Erica Bonnett ’10 was recently named Partner at Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz.  She is a member of Wachtell’s Executive Compensation and Benefits Department.

Jesse Nichols ’10 joined Polsinelli as a Principal in its Los Angeles office, where he will work in the firm’s Real Estate Practice group.

Steven Shparber ’10 was elected Partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Nelson Mullins.  He is a member of the firm’s Energy & Utilities Industry.

Deena Crimaldi ’11 joined the firm Hawkins Parnell & Young in New York as Counsel.

Robert J. Magrane ’13 joined Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti in Morristown, NJ as an associate in the securities litigation, arbitration, regulation, and investigations group.

In Memoriam

Bernard J. Wesnofske ’50, Hampton Bays, NY Nassau County Deputy Commissioner of Accounts and Professor of Constitutional Law at Nassau Community College.  December 19, 2019


Thomas Lemily ’56, Levittown, NY December 20, 2019


Joseph A. Notaro ’59, Mamaroneck, NY Criminal Defense Attorney.  December 22, 2019


John F. Osterndorf ’59, Point Lookout, NY  Senior Intellectual Property Attorney for IBM.  December 20, 2019


John Joseph Sheehan ’67, Syosset, NY November 23, 2019.


Ebony Griffith ’15, Binghamton, NY Staff Attorney, Legal Aid Society of Mid-New York.  December 26, 2019


Dr. Salvatore N. Pizzuro, Mental Disability Law Program ’10, East Rutherford, NJ  Policy Specialist and advocate for the disabled, East Rutherford, N.J.  December 17, 2019

December 2019

Ninfa Segarra ’82 has been appointed by St. Barnabas Hospital Health System as its new Senior Vice President, Government and Community Affairs, and Chief Diversity Officer.

Adrian Zuckerman ’83, Partner at Seyfarth Shaw LLP, has been confirmed by the U.S. Senate as U.S. Ambassador to Romania.

Peter J. Wise ’84, a founding partner of DelBello Donnellan Weingarten Wise & Wiederkehr, LLP, has joined the Board of Purchase College Foundation, which supports SUNY Purchase.

Jody Zucker ’86 was promoted from Senior Vice President to Executive Vice President, Legal Affairs, from his previous role as SVP & General Counsel at Warner Bros. Television Group.

Brendan Eccleston ’87 has been promoted to First Senior Vice President–Deputy General Counsel, at Lakeland Bank in New Jersey.

Timothy E. Gillane ’87 has been elected to the board of trustees of the Pomfret (CT) Public Library. He and his wife, Pat, retired from their careers as lawyers in New York a few years ago, and have lived in the woods of Pomfret since 2007.

Kathleen Barnett Einhorn ’92, partner at Genova Burns LLC, has been recognized as a top intraprenuer by the networking organization Leading Women Entrepreneurs.

John Dillon ’93 has been appointed Vice President and Division General Counsel for American Water’s Southeast Division, based in the Lexington, Kentucky office.

Keith J. Roberts ’93 has been named co-chair of Brach Eichler LLC’s litigation practice.

Jennine A. Gerrard ’94 has joined Lewis Brisbois as a partner in the New York medical malpractice and general liability practices.

Scott Miller ’95 has become Director of Global Business Development and Partnerships for WhatsApp, a Facebook company. He recently moved back from Costa Rica where he started up a commercial organic farm.

Mark M. Attar ’96 has joined Murphy & McGonigle PC as a partner in the broker-dealer advisory & counseling and trading & markets counseling practices in Washington, D.C.

Christie Cunningham ’99 recently started working as a therapist with Social Work Counseling Services in Astoria, Queens.

Susan Cohig ’02, Executive Vice President at the National Hockey League, was named to Crain’s inaugural “Notable Women in the Business of Sports.”

Rachel Nudel ’05 has joined Lindabury, McCormick, Estabrook & Cooper, P.C. as a partner in its Insurance and Litigation practices.

Amanda Liskamm ’06 received the Department of Justice’s Attorney General Award for Exceptional Service for her work as the lead Criminal Division attorney in the prosecution and conviction of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman Loera.

April Perroni ’06 has been promoted to Senior VP, Business Affairs as well as head of business affairs for the talent and literary divisions at Paradigm Talent Agency in Los Angeles, CA.

Daniel I. Winter ’06 has joined Cullen and Dykman as a partner in the product liability, construction and premises liability law practice.

Debbie Yee ’06 joined Kirkland & Ellis in Houston as partner in its Energy Practice.

Shawn Kodes ’07, partner at Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP, has been recognized as a Rising Star by Law360.

Alyssa Malin (née Sandman) ’07, General Counsel for A&E Real Estate, was the honoree for the Anti-Defamation League’s IMAGINE Gala.

Lindsay Flora ’08 has joined Dechert LLP as a partner in the private equity and finance practice in New York.

Cecilia I. Lassiter ’09 has been promoted to partner at Sills Cummis & Gross in Newark, NJ.

Lilya Tessler ’09, partner at Sidley Austin LLP, has been recognized as a Rising Star by Law360.

Marc Illish ’10 has joined Korsinsky & Klein, LLP, an elder law firm in Brooklyn, as an associate.

Sara Alexandre ’12, LL.M. ’15 has been named to the National Black Lawyers Top 40 Under 40 list.

Summana Abdul Hasib ’13 has become an Administrative Law Judge at the New York City Department of Finance.

Adam Parks ’13 has been promoted to partner at Kirkland & Ellis in the Chicago office.

Nicole Mozee ’16, Staff Attorney, Delaware Volunteer Legal Services Inc., has been named to Delaware Business Times “DBT40 Class of 2019,” recognizing Delaware “Achievers and Innovators under 40.”

Hilary Haven Ferdowsi ’19 has joined Neal & Harwell, PLC, in Nashville, as an associate in the firm’s litigation group.

Stacy D’Cunha ’19, William Gosling ’19, Moshe Katz ’19, Christin Nierman ’19, Jessica Plutchok ’19, Megan Schnader ’19, and Emma Semerad ’19 are joining the New York City Law Department as Assistant Corporation Counsels.

In Memoriam

Myron Fink ’51 passed away on March 28, 2019.

Arthur Reich ’53 passed away on September 30, 2019.

William A. “Bill” Sulahian ’61 passed away on September 20, 2019.

Patrick J. Scognamiglio ’69 passed away on June 9, 2019.

Andrew Graham Kent ’90 passed away on November 16, 2018.

Hon. Richard Lee Price ’64 passed away on November 30, 2019.

October 2019

Joseph L. Latwin ’76 was elected President of the New York State Association of City Court Judges.

Jonah Triebwasser ’79 was elected President of the New York State Magistrates Association.

Maurice McLaughlin ’95 and Frank Nardi ’95’s firm, McLaughlin & Nardi, LLC, has been awarded the Equal Justice Medal by Legal Services of New Jersey for the firm’s pro bono contributions to low income New Jersey residents.

Karen Mangasarian ’00 has joined Haley Guiliano as a partner, based in the firm’s New York office.

Craig Mait ’02 has been recognized as a 2019 DTC (Direct-to-Consumer) Innovator of the Year by DTC Perspective, for his role as President and Chief Revenue Officer of Mesmerize.

Jennifer McCarthy ’04 has joined Fiduciary Trust Company International as trust counsel and managing director based in the New York office.

Sean McAloon ’06 has been named to New York Metro Super Lawyers.

Leni Morrison Cummins ’08 has been promoted to shareholder at Cozen O’Connor.

Armen Khajetoorian ’10 has returned home after spending the last twelve years in New York City pursuing his legal career. He was recently called to the Ontario Bar and has joined Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP in Toronto as a Partner in the Real Estate & Development Group. Armen is leading up his firm’s commercial leasing practice and is looking forward to living and working in Toronto while continuing to remain involved in the NYC legal community.

Petal M. Hwang ’13 was promoted to Agency Attorney III at the NYC Civil Service Commission in July, and also celebrated her fifth anniversary with the agency that month.

Emery L. Lyon ’13 has joined HunterMaclean in Savannah, GA as an associate in the employment group.

Jason Rindenau ’13 has joined The Andersen Firm in Fort Lauderdale, FL as a litigation associate.

Daniel F. Martorelli ’19 has been appointed an Assistant District Attorney in the Queens County District Attorney’s office.

In Memoriam

Allan Mall ’57 passed away on September 23, 2019.

Moacyr “Moss” Calhelha ’79 passed away on September 26, 2019.

Mark Pfeffer ’84 passed away on July 1, 2019.

September 2019

Christine Lepera ’82, a partner at Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp, and David Jacobs ’07, a partner at Grubman Shire Meiselas & Sacks, have been named to Billboard Magazine’s 2019 Top Music Lawyers.

John M. Gallagher ’94 has been nominated to serve as U.S. District Judge on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. He is currently an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

Jonathan M. Grosser ’95 has joined Royer Cooper Cohen Braunfeld LLC as a partner in the Real Estate Group in the Conshohocken, PA office.

Perry Sofferman ’98 has joined Kaufman Dolowich & Voluck LLP as a partner and chair of the firm’s new Corporate and Intellectual Property Practice in the Ft. Lauderdale, FL office.

Rob Lia ’99 has been named President of the Wheelhouse Group, an entertainment, marketing and investment company, where he already serves as General Counsel.

Stephen J. Dallas ’00 has been appointed Senior Vice President, Business & Legal Affairs and Digital Business Development, at Universal Music Publishing Group in Santa Monica, CA.

Tom Prol ’01 has joined Sills, Cummis & Gross as Partner in the Newark, NJ office.

Christine C. Fitzgerald ’06 received the 2018 Family Lawyer of the Year award from the Hudson County Bar Association and Foundation on June 27, 2019.

David Schnurman ’06, CEO of Lawline, is offering 50 free copies of his new book The Fast Forward Mindset on Audible.

Maria (Krupicz) Goellner ’10 has been named Federal Public Defender for Erie County, PA.

Patrick Doyle ’11 has joined Duval & Stachenfeld as counsel in the Real Estate Practice Group. He joins several other NYLS alumni who practice at the firm.

Sharon Brown ’13 LL.M., a partner at Barclay Damon LLP, has been named to Law360’s 2019 “Influential Women in Tax Law” list.

Mehdi Essmidi ’14 has joined criminal defense firm Greco Neyland, PC, as an Associate Attorney.

Christina Rizzolo ’18 has joined the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office as an Assistant District Attorney.

Ethan Binder ’19, Carissa Caukin ’19, Alison Wallace ’19, and Monique Zabihzadeh ’19 are joining the Bronx District Attorney’s Office as Assistant District Attorneys.

In Memoriam

Terrence McCabe ’66 passed away on August 14, 2019.

Richard MacLean ’80 passed away on August 27, 2019.

August 2019

Ted Hecht ’79 has been named Managing Partner of Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP’s New York office.

Lee Plave ’83, partner at franchise law firm Plave Koch, has been named to Who’s Who Legal’s “Thought Leaders – Global Elite 2020,” along with two other firm partners.

Margaret Ling ’84 is being appointed to the Executive Council of the Network of Bar Leaders.

Scott D. Samlin ’85 has joined Blank Rome LLP as partner in the Consumer Financial Services group in New York.

Dan Oates ’86 has retired as Police Chief of Miami Beach, FL and will join the U.S. Department of Justice as a consultant advising Baltimore through a new Public Safety Partnership grant.

Marisa Pagnattaro ’87 has been appointed Vice Provost for Academic Affairs at the University of Georgia.

Terri Adler ’96, Nina Roket ’96, and Danielle Ash ’13 have been named to Real Estate Weekly’s “2019 Leading Ladies.”

Anand Sharma ’97 was named Managing Partner for Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP.

Christine M. Hanisco ’00 of The Stein Law Firm, PLLC has been appointed to the New Hampshire Bar Association’s Board of Governors, as Governor At-Large.

John Cortes ’02 has been appointed as a United States Immigration Judge for Varick Street Immigration Court.

Letal Algazy ’04 has joined Goldberg Segalla as a partner in the firm’s Workers’ Compensation practice in Garden City, NY.

Ben Moser ’04 has been appointed President/CEO of the United Way of the Chattahoochee Valley in the state of Georgia.

Cheryl Foster Smith ’05 has joined Robinson Waters & O’Dorisio as shareholder in the domestic relations and wills, trusts and estate practices in Denver, CO.

Rob Windsor ’05 has joined William O’Neil + Co. as Managing Director, Institutional Sales in Boston, MA.

Christine O’Connell ’07 has joined King & Spalding in the Corporate, Finance & Investments (CFI) Practice Group.

Lucas Charleston ’08 joined Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP as partner in its corporate practice.

Lyndsay V. Ruotolo ’09 was appointed Acting Prosecutor for Union County, NJ by the New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal.

Andrew Cromer ’10 has joined AXS Law Group as partner in Miami, FL.

Matthew R. Halal ’10 has been promoted to partner at Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP.

Amanda Genovese ’12 has joined O’Melveny & Myers LLP as Counsel.

Sharon Brown LL.M ’13, partner at Barclay Damon, was named as an “Empire State Counsel” by the New York State Bar Association in recognition of attorneys who have performed 50 hours or more of pro bono service.

Shirley Paul ’13, Assistant Director of Legislative Affairs for SUNY, has been named to City & State’s “The 2019 Albany 40 Under 40” list.

Ilya Prokopets ’13 has joined Jaburg Wilk as an associate in Phoenix, AR.

Xusana Davis ’14 has been appointed as Vermont’s first Executive Director of Racial Equity by Governor Phil Scott.

Michael Twomey ’14 has been appointed Deputy General Counsel in the Office of New York City Public Advocate Jumaane Williams.

In Memoriam

Lawrence Wolf ’73 passed away on July 18, 2019.

Judith Winship ’79 passed away on July 7, 2019.

Dennis C. Gaughan ’82 passed away on July 25, 2019.

Meredith (Lynch) Vartuli ’98 passed away on July 7, 2019.

Peter G. Malloy ’03 passed away on June 3, 2019.

June 2019

James G. White ’81 has retired as Principal Attorney from the NYS Supreme Court, Appellate Division, First Department Mental Hygiene Legal Service after 35 years, while continuing to serve as Co-Chair of Congregations for Justice and Peace and working with the Police Reform Organizing Project.

Deborah Notkin ’87, partner at Barst Mukamal & Kleiner, LLC, was recently named by Super Lawyers as one of the “Top Women in 2019.”

Kathleen Barnett Einhorn ‘92, partner at Genova Burns LLC, was sworn into the Board of Trustees of the New Jersey State Bar Association in May.

Cheryl Foster Smith ’05 has been named a shareholder at the law firm of Robinson Waters & O’Dorisio, P.C.

Bob Trujillo ’05 is featured in the 2019 Supplement of the Handbook on ERISA Litigation, Fourth Addition (published by Wolters Kluwer) for winning a successful reversal of the Norfolk, VA District Court’s dismissal of his pro se ERISA Section 510 claim.

Ona Dudonis ’09, Compliance & In-House Counsel at Enovate, has been named to
NJBIZ’s 2019 General Counsel of the Year, Outstanding Finalists list.

Efrat Gilman ’09 has joined the Jewish National Fund as Chief Operating Officer, the youngest to serve in this role in the organization’s history.

Lisabeth Jorgensen ’12 has started as a Staff Attorney for MetroWest Legal Services in Framingham, MA.

Nathan Olson ’12 successfully defended a client facing first-degree murder charges for the death of his mother in Knoxville, Iowa. The three-week long trial resulted in acquittal and the case was featured on Dateline in 2018, on The Law and Crime Network in March 2019, and will feature in an additional Dateline episode in Fall 2019. Nathan practices criminal defense and appellate law with Branstad and Olson Law Office in Des Moines, Iowa.

Tracy J. Weinstein ’14, Associate at Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP, was selected for the inaugural class of Civil Justice Fellows of Lawyers for Civil Justice (LCJ), a national coalition of defense trial lawyer organizations, law firms, and corporations that promotes excellence and fairness in the civil justice system.

Alexa Tortora ’18 has started as VP of Compliance at TimesSquare Capital Management.

In Memoriam

Hon. Timothy Sullivan ’91 passed away on June 1, 2019.

Lisa S. Rabinowitz ’93 passed away on May 23, 2019.

Stephan Bitterman ’84 passed away on May 12, 2019.

May 2019

The NYLS Alumni Association, at its annual meeting on May 3, voted to appoint Board Officers Pam Foster ’00 (President); E. Drew Britcher ’84 (V.P.); Shana Ricchiuto ’15( V.P.); Johnny Vasser ’11 (V.P.); Steven Interrante ’13(Treasurer); and Jarrod Perry ’11 (Secretary). The Association also voted for new Directors Danielle Ash ’13; Brendan Barry ’94; Grace Betancourt ’12; Joseph Chung ’16; Amelia Michalski ’15; Ryan Medler ’18; Charles Messina ’08; Lawrence Montle ’13; Sherbune Paul ’16; Ian Thomas ’12; and Alex Tolston ’09. Congratulations to the newest members of our Alumni Association leadership, whose terms begin July 1! Learn more about the work of the Association and how you can participate.

Karen Artz Ash ’80, has received the Global Lifetime Achievement Award from Managing Intellectual Propertymagazine. She is national co-chair of Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP’s Intellectual Property department and co-head of the Trademarks and Trademark Litigation practice, and a 2018 NYLS Gala honoree.

Andrew Kassner ’83 was re-elected to a second term as Chairman of Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP.

Thomas Sisti ’85 was named Executive Vice President & General Counsel of the Coalition for Government Procurement in Washington, DC.

Lori Arons ’94 has been nominated as one of NJ’s best lawyers for families for 2019 in the area of Special Education Law in NJ Family Magazine.

Keith “BK” Fulton ’98 was profiled by Richmond Times-Dispatch about his movie production work.

Justin Xenitelis ’06 has been promoted at Thor Equities from General Counsel to General Counsel and Executive Vice President.

Matthew B. Abrams ’07 has joined Sills Cummis & Gross as Of Counsel in the tax, trusts and estates practice group in the Newark office.

Cathy Yoon ’07 has joined Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP as special counsel, whose practice will focus on assisting clients in the legal and regulatory issues surrounding blockchain and distributed ledger technology.

Abigail Friedman ’14 has joined Uncommon Schools as Associate Director of Human Resources.

Tempest Alston ’14 was named to the Inaugural Class of Robertson Leadership Fellows of Success Academy, designed to leverage Fellows’ management expertise in other sectors as they learn the ins and outs of running outstanding schools.

Sylvia Perez Woodroffe ’14 has been promoted to Vice President, Compliance at JP Morgan.

In Memoriam

Emil Annunziato, ’51 passed away on March 31, 2019

Joseph J. Gentile ’52 passed away on April 16, 2018.

Hon. Nathan Gordon ’57 passed away in January 2019.

Francis Valente ’58 passed away on March 23, 2019.

April 2019

Judge Jonah Triebwasser ’79 is serving as a member of the critique faculty of the New York State Bar Association’s Young Lawyer’s Trial Academy at Cornell Law School.

Karen Artz Ash ’80 received the Global Lifetime Achievement Award from Managing Intellectual Propertymagazine for her pioneering career in IP and fashion law. She is a partner at Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP and was honored by NYLS at the 2018 Gala.

Vincent D’Orazio ’83 has been appointed by the New York City Law Department as Chief of the Tax & Bankruptcy Litigation division.

E. Drew Britcher ’84, Alumni Association Vice President and Co-Founder and Head of the trial practice at Britcher Leone, LLC, was named one of the top 10 lawyers for 2019 by New Jersey Super Lawyers. This is the 15th consecutive year he has been recognized.

Peter Steckelman ’93, SVP, Business & Legal Affairs at the Tennis Channel, was profiled by Vanguard Legal Magazine.

Joseph T. Kennedy ’94 has been named to Legal 500’s“GC Powerlist.” He is currently Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Strategic Initiatives, at the Amarin Corporation.

Baimusa Kamara ’97 has been promoted to Deputy Vice President for Labor Relations at the MTA New York City Transit.

Libby Babu Varghese ’01 has joined Scarinci Hollenbeck as Counsel in the Intellectual Property practice.

Anna Krupitskiy ’05 has been appointed as Vice President for Human Resources for Hudson County Community College.

Johanna E. Miller ’08 has been appointed Director of the Center for Education Policy at the New York Civil Liberties Union.

Frank G. DiSpirito ’09 has joined Goldberg Segalla as an associate in the General Liability practice group in Garden City, NY.

Kristi Turbowitz ’09 has joined U.S. Legal Support as Director of Business Development.

Joam Alisme ’14 has joined Ganfer Shore Leeds and Zauderer LLP as a litigation associate.

Sylvia Perez Woodroffe ’14 was promoted to Vice President-Compliance at JP Morgan.

March 2019

Brian Graifman ’88 has been named partner at Borah, Goldstein, Altschuler Nahins & Goidel.

Eric Dale ’89 has joined as partner at Balance Point Capital, a Westport-based alternative investment management firm. He was previously chief legal officer and chief risk officer of Nielsen Holdings.

Jennifer M. Cuddy ’08 has been promoted to partner at Reed Smith LLP in Tysons Corner, Va.

Ted Topouzis ’93 has been appointed as an International Civil Law Notary, allowing him to prepare documents for individuals and companies that have international interests here in the U.S. (for use overseas), including for international business, banking, real estate, probate, and immigration purposes.

Aaron Lund ’12 is becoming Executive Director & Chief Compliance Officer at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. He previously was Director of Corporate Compliance and Privacy Officer at Northwell Health.

Christopher Binns ’12 has joined Loeb & Loeb LLP as an associate.

Shirley Paul ’14 has joined the State University of New York as Assistant Director of Legislative Affairs.

Alexandra Badalamenti ’16 has joined Nashville, Tenn. firm Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, LLP as an associate in the corporate practice.

In Memoriam

Elliot Wohl ’61 passed away on February 16, 2019.

February 2019

Andrew Brucker ’75 joined Armstrong Teasdale LLP as a partner in its real estate practice.

Charles “Chuck” Ross ’81 has joined Mintz & Gold LLP as a partner in its White Collar Criminal Defense and Investigations practice.

Pauline C. Reich ’85 joined Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, as a Senior Fellow, conducting research on worldwide cybersecurity law and policy and recently served on an international team of experts reviewing cybercrime curriculum modules for universities worldwide for the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime.

Hon. Ushir Pandit-Durant ’87 was sworn in again as a New York State Supreme Court Judge. In 2015, she became the first South Asian woman to be elected to New York Supreme Court.

Mara Levin ’86 joined Blank Rome LLP as a partner in its Labor & Employment and Commercial Litigation practices.

Hon. Linda Capitti ’92 was appointed as a New York City Civil Court judge by Mayor Bill de Blasio.

Jeffrey Kanige ’95 has been named Editor of NJBIZ, New Jersey’s leading provider of business news, analysis and live events.

Keith R. Whitman ’99 has been appointed Chief Operating Officer at Thompson & Knight LLP, one of five largest law firms in Texas.

Christie Cunningham ’99 was profiled in the 2019 edition of “Connections,” a resource guide published by the New York Public Library.

Hon. Marisol Martinez Alonso ’01 was appointed to New York City Criminal Court by Mayor Bill de Blasio.

Hon. Carolyn Walker-Diallo ’03 was named Supervising Judge of the Kings County Civil Court.

Brian Clayton ’04 was named Chief Compliance Officer at Conduent, which creates digital platforms for business and government.

Kevin Rubinstein ’07 was named a partner in the corporate and finance Transactions practice group at Richards, Kibbe & Orbe.

Cyril Touchard ’07 was named a partner in the real estate practice at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP.

Dorothy Cannetti ’07 was named as a senior counsel at Kleinberg Kaplan, where she practices trusts and estates.

Erin Olshever ’09 has joined Husch Blackwell as counsel in the technology, manufacturing and transportation group in the Chattanooga, Tennessee office.

Adam J. Turbowitz ’09 was named as a partner at Aronson Mayefsky & Sloan, LLP, a law firm devoted exclusively to the practice of matrimonial and family law.

David Resnick ’09 was promoted to partner at Bilzin Sumberg in Miami where he works in the tax and corporate practices.

Andrew J. Rosenzweig ’10 was elected a partner at Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP, where he works in the product liability litigation practice in the Atlanta office.

Diana Bracco ’11 was appointed Director of the Law Library of the New York City Law Department.

Jodi Ziesemer ’13 joined the New York Legal Assistance Group as its new director of the Immigrant Protection Unit.

Jonathan (Jay) Manfre ’15 has been named Chief Legal Officer of sports nutrition company Redcon1 in Florida.

Chrystina Lopera ’16 was honored for her commitment to public service as a first year Assistant District Attorney in Queens with the office’s 28th Annual Hal Miller Weinstein Memorial Award.

Kaleigh Morrison ’18 was named an associate at Barclay Damon in Syracuse, NY after admission to the New York State Bar.

In Memoriam

Selinda April Melnik ’84 passed away on November 19, 2018.

January 2019

Hon. Thomas Mansfield ’85 was sworn in as Town of Red Hook Justice by his co-judge, the Hon. Jonah Triebwasser ’79.

John Sweeney ’88 has retired as Chief of the Workers’ Compensation Division at the New York City Law Department after a nearly 30-year career. He will begin managing the New York City Transit Authority’s workers’ compensation program this month.

Eugene Banta ’91 was elected to the Fair Lawn, NJ Board of Education for the 11th time and is now the longest serving member in the history of the board.

Pam Coleman ’92 has been named head of New Mexico’s State Personnel Office by newly inaugurated Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham, and served previously in President Obama’s White House as Special Assistant for Leadership Development.

Christie Cunningham ’99 was selected for the Beyond the Bars Fellowship at the Columbia University Center for Justice.

Joseph Furst III ’00 has been named counsel at White & Case LLP where he works in the Global Banking practice.

Marina McGuire ’03 has been named as a partner at Tanenbaum Keale LLP where her practice focuses on product liability and environmental and toxic tort litigation.

Marc S. Kurzweil ’05 has been elected to partner at Lowenstein Sandler LLP where he works in the Debt Financing and Corporate practice groups.

Sharon Brown L.L.M ’13, partner at Barclay Damon, LLP, was recognized by Northeast Women in Public Finance and Bond Buyer as a 2018 Trailblazing Woman in Public Finance

Abbey M. Horwitz ’06 has been named to Member at Norris McLaughlin, PA, where she has worked as an associate in the firm’s New Jersey office practicing primarily in estate planning and administration.

Shawn Kodes ’07 has been named to partner at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP where he works in the Structured Finance and Derivatives practice.

Justin Givens ’08 is joining the U.S. Department of Justice this month as a Trial Attorney, and was previously a senior associate at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan in the white collar investigations practice.

Roger Morscheiser ’09 has been named as a partner at Shearman & Sterling LLP where he works in the Mergers & Acquisitions practice.

Peter Tsai ’11 has received the Edith Spivack Special Recognition Award from the NYC Law Department, where he works in the Labor & Employment Law Division. The Award is given to non-managerial attorneys with more than five years of service for specific outstanding achievement as well as overall dedication and superior performance.

Congratulations to Georgina Tsakrios ’12 and Marc Battipaglia ’13! They were engaged in NYLS on December 22, 2018, in the classroom where they met almost seven years ago when Georgina was a teaching assistant for Professor Brandt Goldstein and Marc was a student.

Christina D. Gallo ’16 has joined the new Short Hills, NJ office of Carlton Fields as of counsel, coming from Bressler, Amery & Ross P.C.

Melanie E. Schulman ’18 has joined Fox Rothschild LLP as an associate in the firm’s Princeton, NJ office where she represents clients in an array of litigation matters.

In Memoriam

Michael Patestides ’51 passed away on December 1, 2018. He was a founding partner of the firm Poles, Tublin, Patestides & Stratakis.