Your Class Network

Ever wonder what's going on with your former classmates? Welcome to Class Notes online where you can stay abreast of the latest professional activities and other important milestones in your classmates' lives. Visit often, as we are frequently updating the site, with information compiled from alumni, including news published in local and national media.

Hanna Cao was promoted to Of Counsel in the Beijing office of Steptoe & Johnson LLP in the firm's Corporate, Securities & Finance Group. Cao advises international clients on a broad range of China-related business matters including investments and operations in financial services, healthcare, internet, technology, education, media, and manufacturing. She also assists Chinese companies with strategies to grow internationally. (1/9/2014)

David I. Keusch became a partner at Kriss & Feuerstein LLP. He focuses his practice on complex commercial real estate transactions, including the acquisition, sale, leasing and financing of commercial property. (6/9/2014)

Joshua R. Kopelowitz, a member of New York real estate law firm, Rosenberg & Estis, P.C., published an article in the New York Law Journal, "Are Yellowstone Waivers Enforceable?" (4/10/14). Kopelowitz focuses his practice in the area of complex litigation including, commercial and residential landlord/tenant disputes, HP proceedings and Yellowstone Injunctions. (9/9/2014)

Val Kleyman, founder of the firm, Kleyman & Associates, P.C., formed Libra Network, a professional organization focused on helping law students, attorneys, and other legal industry members to connect and grow their careers through an online platform and monthly networking events. Kleyman focuses his practice in the areas of commercial litigation and bankruptcy. (9/9/2014)

Galete J. Levin became a partner at Cullen and Dykman in the firm's Banking Department in April 2013. Levin joined the firm upon graduation from law school, and she represents real estate lenders and financial institutions in commercial lending matters, principally mortgage loans secured by multi-family and commercial real estate in a variety of states. (3/10/2014)

Justin J. Mazzola, a research associate at Amnesty International, participated in a conference, "Killing by Drones: Human Rights Implications," at New Mexico Highland University in April 2013. Mazzola has worked in the Research Unit of Amnesty International since 2003, and has contributed to reports on police abuse of LGBT people and the failure to protect indigenous women from sexual violence. (9/11/2013)

Athena M. Mihalos was elected counsel in the Matrimonial and Family Law Department of Phillips Nizer LLP. Mihalos negotiates divorce settlements and pre- and post-nuptial agreements, and litigates disputes involving custody and visitation, child and spousal support, and equitable distribution of complex asset structures, businesses and professional licenses. She is the former editor of the New York Domestic Relations Reporter. (9/11/2013)

Nicholas J. Minella, previously an agency attorney in the Legal Division of the NYC Department of Consumer Affairs, was appointed an Assistant Attorney General in the Enforcement Unit of the Real Estate Bureau at the NY Attorney General's Office. Minella investigates complaints regarding cooperative and condominium securities offerings and prosecutes violators under the Martin Act and the NY Executive Law. He is also a Captain, Judge Advocate in the U.S. Army Reserve. (3/10/2014)

Tatiana Y. Nicoli was featured in the July/August 2013 issue of Industry Magazine about her bookstore, Boulevard Books and Cafe, which she opened in 2010. Located in Dyker Heights, the bookstore has become a local community gathering spot hosting numerous activities including, author readings, book signings, story time, poetry nights, arts and crafts events, cooking demos, movie nights and books clubs. (9/11/2013)

Winston M. Paes was promoted to Deputy Chief of the Business and Securities Fraud Section of the U.S. Attorney's Office, EDNY. Paes joined the U.S. Attorney's Office in 2008 and from April 2012 until February 2014 he also served as the Office's Health Care Fraud Coordinator and supervised the Medicare Fraud Strike Force in that capacity. Prior to joining the Office, he served as a litigation associate at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP. (6/13/2014)

Dennis (Jack) Vilella, who maintains his own practice in New York City, founded 100 Lawyers Strong, an organization of attorneys affiliated for building an exclusive client referral network. The organization also provides professional support to its members. (3/28/2014)

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