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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.



Janae Cummings joined Barclay Damon as an associate in its Syracuse office. Cummings handles commercial litigation and labor and employment matters, including hiring, discipline, termination, and leave. (9/6/2019)

Gabriella Giunta was appointed Assistant District Attorney for the Queens District Attorney’s Office. (9/27/2019)


Meredith L. Boulos joined Ronan, Tuzzio & Gionnone as an associate practicing in the area of medical malpractice.  She previously clerked for the Hon. Mara Zazzali-Hogan in the New Jersey Courts’ Civil Division. (10/16/2019)

Ameena Ibrahim joined Norris McLaughlin, P.A. as an associate in its immigration law group.  Ibrahim was previously a fellow with the Heath Initiatives Department of Community Society Services of New York. (1/2/2020)

Pietro Tarone was promoted to underwriter on AXA XL’s Mergers & Acquisitions Insurance Team.  He was previously an associate underwriter for the same company. (9/25/2019)


Father Patrick J. Keating was named Economo and Vicar of Finance of the Brooklyn Diocese. In this capacity, Father Keating will care for the treasury and assist in budgeting plans. Before taking the position, he was a pastor of Elmhurst’s St. Bartholomew’s Church from 2005 to 2011. Father Keating was then named head of Catholic Migration Services, which provides legal and pastoral services to immigrants residing in Brooklyn and Queens. In 2016, he was named deputy CEO of Catholic Charities’ Brooklyn and Queens chapter as it restructured. (6/10/2019)

Joshua Nass, founder of Josh Nass Public Relations, was featured in an article by Authority Magazine, an imprint of in November.  Josh Nass Public Relations is a full-service public relations agency specializing in corporate and strategic communications. (11/2/2019)

Vincent J. Pontrello joined Rivkin Radler as an associate in its insurance fraud practice, focusing on insurance defense and fraud matters. He was previously an associate at Brualdi Law Firm, PC. (8/16/2019)

Mark Potkewitz will begin serving as co-director of Ulster University’s Legal Innovation Centre in Belfast on May 1. He was formerly an associate at Bruce Fein and Associates and communications director at the Foundation for Fund Governance. (4/26/2019)

Edward Ray was sworn in as an assistant prosecutor for the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office on September 3, 2019. (9/8/2019)

Katherine A. Stewart is working as an associate at Smith Sovik Kendrick & Sugnet in Syracuse. Katherine was formerly an associate at Harris Beach in New York City, dealing with IP and commercial litigation issues. (3/15/2019)


Christina C. Fasitta has joined Reed Smith’s real estate practice group. Before joining this firm, Fasitta was an associate at Goldstein Hall and Wachtel Missry, where she focused on corporate and real estate law with a particular focus on acquisition and financing of residential and mixed-use buildings. (6/10/2019)

Alexi A. Knock is now corporate counsel for Informa, a business intelligence and academic publishing firm based in the UK. She was formerly an associate at Ropes & Gray. (3/15/2019)


Lois Bladykass, an associate at Ruskin Moscou Faltischek P.C., has been named the Chair of the New York State Bar Association's Trusts & Estates Law Section Membership & Law Students Committee. (2/15/2019)

Frank C. Dal Lago, of Sheppard Mullin, married Melissa Susan Finerty of St. Louis. Melissa is a vice president at Instinet, a global financial securities broker. (3/15/19) 

Philip M. Guffy joined Blank Rome as an associate in its finance, restructuring and bankruptcy group this month. He was formerly an associate at Kramer Levin, dealing with complex restructuring and bankruptcy matters. (3/15/19)

Josh Nulman became director of InCloudCounsel’s account management and business development groups. Nulman was previously an associate at Covington & Burling LLP. (12/8/2019)

Richard Quatrano joined the board of Flushing Town Hall, an arts community that presents multi-disciplinary global arts to the New York City community. Quatrano is an associate at Farrell Fritz, P.C. in its mergers and acquisitions, securities, real estate finance, and commercial groups. (12/10/2019)


James L. Ansorge was named one of City & State magazine's 40 Under 40. He practices at Cozen O'Connor and is a member of their Public Strategies group. (1/23/2019)

Joshua P. Brady joined Chartwell Law as a member of its insurance defense team. Brady will focus on matters ranging from slip-and-fall cases to motor vehicle liability and construction defects. (4/26/2019)

Cassye M. Cole was appointed Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Federal District of New Jersey. Cole was formerly an associate with Patterson Belknap. (7/19/2019)

Elizabeth David Dembrowsky is the founder of Good Counsel Services, a non-profit organization that works to ensure the legal and financial security of individuals and organizations in the non-profit sector through education and empowerment. (2/19/2019)

Emmanuel Fashakin, Jr. won the 2019 Champion of Justice Award from the Brooklyn Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project during their annual gala. The award is given to individuals who show a commitment to providing legal support for Brooklynites who otherwise wouldn’t have access to a lawyer. By day, Emmanuel is an associate at Debevoise & Plimpton, and focuses on white collar defense, complex civil litigation and internal investigations. (6/1/2019)

Aaron Getman joined Travelex, a leading foreign exchange specialist, as Legal Counsel, Payments in its New York office. (3/14/2019)

Nithin E. Jayadeva left Rosenberg & Estis PC to join the JDS Development Group as assistant general counsel. (3/15/2019)

Randal J. Meyer joined McGuireWoods Consulting and LLP as senior vice president and counsel in the federal public affairs practice. He was previously legislative counsel in the office of Senator Rand Paul. (3/15/2019)


Daniel Faessler was awarded the 2019 Kathi Pugh Award for Exceptional Mentorship by Berkeley Law School. Faessler is currently the staff attorney and clinical supervisor for the health and welfare practice at the East Bay Community Law Center in Berkeley, California. (6/10/2019)

Jarrett S. Kalish joined the Boca Raton office of Proskauer Rose after two years as a transaction tax staff member for Ernst & Young/EY and a tax counsel for the New York City Department of Finance. (3/15/2019)

Alina Levi joined Blank Rome’s New York office as an associate in its consumer financial services group.  She was previously at Houser & Allison, APC, and served as assistant district attorney at the Bronx District Attorney’s Office. (10/14/2019)

Jeet M. Gulati joined Windels Marx as an associate in its public finance and not-for-profit groups.  He previously served as deputy attorney general for the New Jersey Division of Law, where he focused on real estate and public finance transactions. (10/16/2019)

Jared P. Hollett became counsel at Saudi Arabian Oil Company, where he focuses on export controls and sanctions as well as customs, tariffs, and trade law.  (10/24/2019)

Jason Nazinitsky was promoted to partner at Marans Weisz & Newman LLC in its transactional real estate law group.  He has been with the firm since 2013. (1/15/2020)

Scott H. Reing was elected chairman of the Putnam County Democratic Committee in June. This is not Scott’s first foray into local politics, having previously run against Putnam County legislator Joe Castellano in 2018. Scott co-owns a law firm specializing in tax matters with his father, Gary M. Reing, Esq. (6/1/2019)

Adam Scavone was named general counsel for North Coast Testing Laboratories, the first licensed medical marijuana testing laboratory in the state of Ohio. (3/15/2019)

Matthew P. Strauss has moved to the Ft. Lauderdale office of Kelley Kronenberg as an attorney. (3/15/2019)

Cassandra Vogel, counsel at Yankwitt LLP, received a 2019 Westfair Millennial Award.  The awards celebrate those who are leaving their footprints in the technology and business communities of Westchester and Fairfield. (10/31/2019)

Mary Willis White was promoted to partner at Kriss & Feuerstein LLP.  She practices in the areas of acquisitions and dispositions, real estate financings, joint ventures, and commercial leasing. (1/5/2020)

Ella Yusim joined the trusts and estates practice of New Jersey firm Brach Eichler. She was formerly an associate of Connors and Sullivan in Brooklyn, where she addressed wealth preservation, estate planning, and post-death administration issues for clients. (3/15/2019)


Allison J. Arotsky joined Norris McLaughlin as an associate in its bankruptcy and creditors’ rights groups. Arotsky was previously an associate at Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP. (12/13/2019)

Andrew Bochner was named intellectual property counsel at Click Therapeutics, which produces software aimed at users with unmet medical needs in conjunction with or as a key feature of their medical management. He was previously an associate at Wiggin and Dana. (6/10/2019)

Hayley Newman was named partner at Heidell, Pittoni, Murphy & Bach, LLP in February 2019. She joined as an associate in 2013, advising hospitals and insurance companies in malpractice litigation cases. (6/1/2019)

Jason Labate co-authored an article in the Journal of Affordable Housing and Community Development Law titled, "Changing the Paradigm: Creating Scale and Keeping Local Expertise in Nonprofit Affordable Housing Development— How to Stop Competing with Fellow CDCs and Embrace a Joint Ownership Structure". Labate is a senior associate at the real estate law firm GoldsteinHall. (5/23/2019)

Jacqueline K. Holmes was honored at the October Lehigh Valley’s Finest gala, which benefits the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. The award is given to young volunteers who are accomplished in their specific professions. Jacqueline is a complex commercial litigation associate at Norris McLaughlin in Pennsylvania. (3/15/2019)

Julienne Verdi was selected to the inaugural cohort of the Five Borough Future Fellowship. This program brings together civic leaders from New York and helps them launch their own project to benefit their community. She is the owner and principal attorney at J. Verdi Law, LLC where she provides legal services, strategic planning, management, and operations consulting to small businesses, nonprofits, and political organizations. (9/7/2019)

Farah Zaman was named chief privacy officer of media and marketing company, Meredith Corporation. Farah is responsible for privacy compliance and protection strategies for all of Meredith’s operations. She began her career in government, as a post-graduate legal fellow for the New York City Mayor’s Office for International Affairs. She later became an agency attorney for New York City’s Department of Social Services’ data privacy office. (7/11/2019)


Anne Del Castillo received a 2020 Public Counsel of the Year Award from the Association of Media & Entertainment Counsel.  Castillo is currently commissioner of the New York City Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment. (12/9/2019)

Andrea Clisura joined Disability Rights New York as a staff attorney.  She was previously an associate at Levi & Korinsky LLP. (10/7/2019)

Paul Cossu was named partner at Pryor Cashman. Paul has experience representing art collectors and owners on cases including forgeries, title claims, infringement and art and cultural law matters. (3/15/2019)

Katherine Cser joined Bodman PLC as a senior associate in its workplace law group.  She was previously an associate at Kerr, Russell and Weber, PLC. (1/6/2020)

Noah Doyle joined the board of directors at the Truman Center for National Policy,  a national security advocacy group comprised of national security experts. Doyle is a senior vice president at Janney Montgomery Scott LLC in its wealth management group. (12/17/2019)

Michael J. Famiglietti was promoted to partner at the personal injury firm Rosenberg & Gluck, LLP.  (9/11/2019)

Evan M. Goldman joined AY Strauss LLC as a partner in Roseland, New Jersey. Evan will deal with franchise law and hospitality law issues at the firm. (3/15/2019)

Gaddi Goren joined business and real estate law firm Turek Roth Grossman LLP as partner.  He was previously an associate at Rivkin Radler LLP. (1/11/2020)

Jason Hart was named a managing director of the Holt Construction Corporation in June. In this role, he will oversee national operations for the company. He was formerly a construction attorney and project manager, and was noted as a Top 20 Under 40 construction professional in the industry press. (6/1/2019)

Leila Lucevic joined Winstead’s Dallas office. She was previously at New York’s Fiorentino Law Firm, PC. (3/15/2019)

Kelly Schneid was promoted to counsel at Moritt Hock & Hamroff LLP.  She practices in the areas of commercial litigation, where she represents business owners, commercial lenders, developers, and landlords, among others, in contested matters. (1/8/2020)

Niki Tsismenakis has been elevated to partner at New York law firm Goldstein Hall PLLC. Niki focuses on affordable housing and community development, cooperative and condominium law, and real estate finance. (3/15/2019)

Philip Tucker was named partner at law firm Herrick Feinstein after serving as an associate for Kramer Levin Naftalis and Frankel LLP. At his current firm, Tucker focuses on condominium and cooperative law for developers, lenders and investors in complex commercial, mixed-use and luxury residential projects. (6/10/2019)


Edward D. Baker was named vice chair of the trusts and estates law committee of the New York State Bar Association, and will serve for three years. He is also an associate for estate litigation in the Uniondale office of Farrell Fritz. (3/15/2019)

David G. Buffa was named a principal at Bressler, Amery & Ross this month. David deals with securities issues and represents broker-dealers, investment advisors, and financial firms on regulatory compliance and investigations. (3/15/2019)

Josefina Colomar became a partner of Withers Worldwide. Josefina focuses on wealth management and succession, as well as pre-immigration and expatriation planning, for clients at their New York office. (7/19/2019)

Ilana S. Glusband married Isaac Joseph Gruber, the general counsel of investment management firm Eden Capital, on January 12. Ilana is a director of compliance for RBC Capital Markets. (3/15/2019)

Daniel C. Isaacs was promoted to senior counsel at Morrison Cohen LLP. He was previously an associate at the firm, joining in 2017, and focuses on business litigation. (3/15/2019)

Jason B. Jendrewski was elevated to partner at Fox Rothschild LLP in New York. (6/10/2019)

Ross M. Shikowitz joined boutique law firm Bleichmar Fonti & Auld LLP as of counsel in the client monitoring and case evaluation group. (4/26/2019)

Mandy F. Tenner, deputy general counsel and senior vice president for Amalgamated Bank, was featured in Profile Magazine on July 22. She also provides pro bono services, recently representing a bisexual Mauritanian individual and gay Venezuelan in their asylum and immigration cases. (8/2/2019)

Brendan P. Tracy joined the Richmond County District Attorney's Office as an assistant district attorney and was appointed deputy bureau chief of the Domestic Violence Bureau.  Tracy was previously an assistant district attorney at the New York County District Attorney's Office as a homicide assistant and a member of the Sex Crimes Unit. (12/16/19)

Zain A. Naqvi joined Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer as an associate.  Zain represents real estate investment trusts, commercial developers, property owners, and commercial landlords in connection with transactional matters ranging from leasing, subleasing, acquisition and disposition of commercial properties. (10/16/2019)



William Brodsky was named a partner of Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner in November: this promotion is effective January 1. William practices in real estate, negotiating real estate finance transactions and advising clients on joint ventures. (3/15/2019)

Christina M. Browne was named a partner at Belkin Burden Wenig & Goldman. (3/15/2019)

Richard Carlucci joined Sundt Construction as its bid director. Carlucci was previously counsel for the UK law firm Ashurst LLP. Sundt construction is one of the 100 largest construction companies in the United States. (11/15/2019)

Jacob S. Frumkin was promoted to partner at Cole Schotz P.C. in its bankruptcy and corporate restructuring groups.  Before joining Cole Schotz P.C., Frumkin was an associate at DLA Piper. (1/2/2020)

Hayley J. Gladstone joined McDonald Hopkins LLC in Chicago as counsel for the firm’s executive compensation and governance group. Hayley was formerly an attorney at Latham & Watkins’ Chicago and New York offices, where she dealt with compensation, employee benefits and governance matters for U.S.-based and global clients. (3/15/2019)

Kiran Gore joined the editorial board of the Foreign Investment Law Journal as associate editor for book reviews. Gore also works as an independent counsel and legal consultant focused on international law and dispute resolution.  She is also an adjunct professor at The George Washington University Law School and New York University's Global Study Center in Washington, DC.  (9/17/2019)

Andrew T. Hambelton was elevated to partner at Blank Rome LLP. Andrew deals with business litigation matters, specifically including breach of contract, fiduciary matters, officer liability, tort and intellectual property. (3/15/2019)

Brian Hecht joined Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP as a partner in the corporate group in the New York office.  Hecht's practice focuses on capital markets transactions, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate governance matters.  He was previously a partner at Kirkland & Ellis LLP in New York. (10/4/2019)

Laurie Hutchins was promoted to partner at law firm DLA Piper. Laurie is a member of the firm’s finance practice, representing lenders and companies when engaging in financing and restructuring matters. (4/26/2019)

Lana Kleiman was named executive director of Charleston Legal Access, the first non-profit sliding-scale law firm in the South Carolina city. Lana is also an adjunct professor at the Charleston School of Law. (6/1/2019)

Thomas Kung has joined the partnership of the Jia Law Group, focusing on Labor and Employment Law and Commercial Litigation. (2/15/2019)

Joseph J. “JJ” Shepherd joined the New York office of Fragomen as an associate, after nine years in Los Angeles. JJ is also a chair of the American Immigration Lawyers Association’s CSC Liaison Committee and member of the SCOPS Liaison Committee. (3/15/2019)

Greg Steinberg was promoted to counsel at White and Williams. Greg represents foreign and domestic insurers dealing with professional liability matters. (3/15/2019)

Sylvia E. Simson joined Greenberg Traurig as counsel in its global litigation practice.  She is also a member of the firm’s financial services litigation and products liability & mass torts groups. (10/16/2019)

Leonard S. Spinelli joined Genova Burns LLC as an associate. He was previously deputy attorney general of the New Jersey’s Employment Litigation Section, now known as State Police, Employment and Corrections. (9/23/2019)

Lauren C. Watson joined Sills Cummis & Gross P.C. as an associate.  Lauren focuses on complex commercial litigation.  She previously was an associate at Emmet, Marvin & Martin LLP. (10/16/2019)

Paige Zandri, along with fellow BLS alumni Lauren Artese ’08, cofounded Artese Zandri PLLC, a boutique family law firm. She previously maintained her own family law private practice. (12/9/2019)


Lauren Artese, along with fellow BLS alumni Paige Zandri ’09, cofounded Artese Zandri PLLC, a boutique family law firm. She previously was an associate at Cohen Forman Barone, LLP in its family, matrimonial and criminal law groups. (12/9/2019)

Shujah Awan was promoted to vice president and deputy general counsel at Biz2Credit Inc., a leading AI-driven digital platform. Awan was previously associate general counsel at Biz2Credit Inc. (11/18/2019)

Beth Baltimore was added to the LGBT Bar’s ‘Class of 2019’ of best LGBTQ+ Lawyers Under 40. Baltimore is the senior staff attorney for the LGBTQ/HIV Advocacy Project at Brooklyn Legal Services. (4/10/2019)

Phillip J. Lagana was named partner at the New York office of Chartwell Law. (6/10/2019)

Melissa Rivero’s first novel, The Affairs of the Falcons was awarded the Aspen Words Literary Prize.  This award goes to works of fiction that address a vital contemporary issue. Rivero currently is counsel for Boxed Wholesale. (11/14/2019)

Michelle R. Usitalo was promoted to partner at BakerHostetler.  She practices in the areas of complex business matters, bankruptcy litigation, international asset recovery, copyright litigation, and the management of multijurisdictional international litigation.  (1/2/2020)


Steven J. Auletta of Rivkin Radler LLP was added to the “2019 New York Rising Stars” List. He has been on the list since 2014. Steven defends clients in federal and state courts over allegations including negligence, breach of contract, and civil rights. (8/16/2019)

Anson B. Frelinghuysen was elevated to partner at Hughes Hubbard. Anson is a member of its corporate reorganization and bankruptcy department and advises firms on bankruptcies, investigations, corporate activism and other matters. (3/15/2019)

Carrie A. Goldberg spoke at Kirkland & Ellis’ New York office on June 13th ahead of the August 13th release of her book, Nobody’s Victim: Fighting Stalkers, Psychos, Pervs and Trolls. The work focuses on Carrie’s cases fighting revenge porn perpetrators and companies that tolerate abusive behavior, along with her personal history. Carrie is the principal of C.A. Goldberg PLLC, which supports clients alleging sexual abuse, discrimination, blackmailing, and extortion. (6/1/2019)

Stephen C. Harris became general counsel of Georgia’s Department of Human Services. He was formerly the deputy general counsel and privacy officer, and has been part of the department since 2012. Before joining the state DHS, he was staff attorney for the Griffin Judicial Circuit. (8/2/2019)

Lucrecia Knapp, a senior associate for immigration at Harter Secrest & Emery, was named an up and coming attorney by The Daily Record – she represents companies and institutions on I-9 and family immigration compliance matters. The Record noted her community work as a board member of Lollypop Farm, the Humane Society of Greater Rochester, the chair of the American Immigration Lawyers Association’s upstate chapter, as well as a pro bono attorney for the Monroe County Volunteer Legal Services Project. (4/26/2019)

William Leahey was named head of regulatory compliance for the wealth management arm of Refinitiv, an investment advisory. (6/10/2019)

Matthew Pawling was promoted to partner at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP in its structured finance and capital markets groups. (12/14/2019)

James P. Renken received the “Raeder Larson Public Service Award” from the Minnesota State Bar Association’s bankruptcy section. The award recognizes pro bono service in this field. (7/19/2019)

Valentina Shaknes, along with fellow BLS alumni Caroline Krauss, cofounded Krauss Shaknes Tallentire & Messeri LLP, a boutique family law firm. She previously was the co-chair of McLaughlin & Stern’s matrimonial and family law practice. (11/18/2019)

Leon A. Yel joined Windels Marx in New York as partner after leaving CKR Law. Yel focuses his practice on corporate law, lending vehicles, and debt matters. (9/6/2019)


W. Peter Beardsley joined Loeb & Loeb LLP this month as senior counsel in their finance department. Peter represents lenders and financial institutions in commercial lending and restructuring transactions. Peter was formerly an associate at Troutman Sanders, working in finance and restructuring there from 2013 to 2018. (3/15/2019)

Andrea Chan was appointed deputy chief of the tax and bankruptcy litigation division of the New York City Law Department by the city’s Corporation Counsel. (6/10/2019)

Gregory W. Fox, partner at Goodwin Procter LLP, was selected as one of American Bankruptcy Institute’s “40 under 40.” He practices in the areas of consumer products, financial services, retail, pharmaceuticals and healthcare, technology, automotive, telecommunications, and education (11/18/2019)

Sean Sunik Kim was promoted to Senior Regulatory and Safety Counsel for LG Electronics USA, a subsidiary of the South Korean electronics and technology conglomerate LG. He originally joined LG as a staff attorney. (3/15/2019)

Aaron B. Lauchheimer was promoted to partner at Morrison Cohen LLP, and is in the business litigation department. Before joining the firm in 2015, he was an associate at Brown Rudnick. (3/15/2019)

Kathryn T. Lundy became a partner in the litigation and labor & employment practice groups of Freeborn & Peters.  Lundy focuses on the management-side employment cases, particularly in the fashion, luxury goods and the hospitality industries. (10/16/2019)

Leah Wiederhorn joined the National Association of the Deaf as a staff attorney.  Wiederhorn is responsible for litigating civil rights disability cases on behalf of deaf and hard of hearing people in the United States. She was previously a senior staff attorney at the Center for Reproductive Rights. (10/11/2019)

Daniel K. Wiig was named the vice chair of the New York State Bar Association’s Commercial and Federal Litigation Section for the 2019-2020 term. Wiig is senior attorney for the Municipal Credit Union. (4/10/2019)


Armand Balboni, M.D., was promoted at Appili Therapeutics Inc. as its CEO.  He was previously itsChief Scientific Officer and a member of its board. (12/2/2019)

Allison R. Barrett joined American International Group. Inc. (AIG) as its global head of multinational, general insurance. She was previously managing director and global head of Willis Towers Watson’s financial institutions business within the financial, executive and professional risk specialty group. (11/18/2019)

Richard Bayer was promoted to partner at Einbinder & Dunn LLP, where he leads the firm's franchise regulatory and trademark practices. (2/15/2019)

Jordan Bromley, partner and leader of the entertainment transactions and finance group at Manatt Phelps & Phillips, was featured in Billboard’s “2019 Top Music Lawyers” list. (8/29/2019)

Jason A. Cade was named the J. Alton Hosch Associate Professor of Law Endowed Chair at University of Georgia School of Law.  He teaches Immigration Law and directs the Community Health Law Partnership Clinic. (9/17/2019)

Lee D. Edelson joined Federman Steifman LLP as a partner.  Edelson was previously a partner at Donovan LLP.  He practices in the areas of acquisitions, financings, ground leases, commercial and office leases, construction matters and joint ventures. (12/11/2019)

Jared A. Kasschau was appointed County Attorney in Nassau County by the legislature and executive. He was formerly a partner at Harris Beach PLLC and a member of Jaspan Schlesinger. In his first few years out of law school, he was an assistant district attorney in Brooklyn and The Bronx. (3/15/19)

Melissa S. Katz joined the American Society of the University of Haifa as a director. Melissa was previously an attorney and planned giving officer for AIPAC. She also serves as director of donor affairs for Ben-Gurion University in the U.S. (9/6/2019)

Rebecca Landau of Haynes and Boone was highlighted by Real Estate Weekly in its “Leading Ladies in Real Estate” list in June. (6/1/2019)

Song-Chu Lee was promoted to Global Trademark Counsel and Marketing Counsel at Colgate-Palmolive; Song-Chu provides support on trademark and publicity counseling for the oral care, toothbrush, and Tom’s of Maine portfolios. (3/15/19)

Jessica L. Lipson was made partner at Morrison Cohen LLP. She was formerly an attorney at Proskauer Rose, Baker & McKenzie, and Morgan Lewis & Bockius. (3/15/19)

Wesley O'Brien was promoted to special counsel at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson. O'Brien is a member of the firm’s real estate department, joining the firm in 2014 after serving as general counsel for the New York City Mayor’s Office of Environmental Coordination and assistant counsel for the Department of City Planning. (4/10/19)

David Shargel returned to Bracewell’s trial and white-collar team, as a partner. He was formerly a partner at Westerman Ball Ederer Miller Zucker & Sharfstein on Long Island. Shargel practices in the area of commercial litigation, white collar defense, and compliance matters for individuals and companies. (9/6/2019)

Nicole Skalla was named a New York Law Journal rising star for her work in the structured credit practice at law firm Paul Hastings. Nicole is a partner at the firm, and specifically deals with investment banks, financial institutions, advisors and investors on a variety of loans, asset-backed transactions, and securities. (6/1/2019)


Michael A. Arcieri was featured in an article in The Journal News on November 27,2019.  Arcieri is the director of basketball strategy for the New York Knicks.  He was previously the director of basketball operations for the Orlando Magic. (11/27/2019)

Jane Batzofin became a member of the board of directors of TILT Holdings Inc.  Batzofin is a partner and general counsel at Trine Acquisition Corp.  She is also a senior partner at InterMedia Partners, LP. (11/22/2019)

Michelle Ann Gitlitz joined Crowell & Moring’s New York office as the Global Head of its blockchain and digital assets practice. Gitlitz previously founded and co-led Blank Rome LLP’s blockchain technology and digital currencies group. (10/3/2019)

John C. Ivascu was named general counsel of Forum Energy Technologies, Inc. The company manufactures and sells components and construction tools for global oil field operators. (3/15/2019)

Jessica Molinares Kalpakis joined the Nassau County Attorney’s Office as Chief Deputy County Attorney. She was previously Assistant Borough Chief and senior counsel at the New York City Law Department. 

Nicole Wyskoarko addressed graduates at Florida A&M University during their spring commencement. Wyskoarko spoke to students graduating from the engineering, law, pharmacy, architecture and engineering, and nursing schools. She is executive vice president of urban operations for Interscope Records. (5/23/2019)


Alan Albert joined American European Insurance Group, Inc. as staff counsel.  He was previously an attorney at Brandon J. Broderick, Attorney at Law. (9/15/2019)

Hon. Ariel D. Chesler was elected to a Manhattan wide Civil Court seat in November 2018. He was designated to sit as a judge in Bronx Family Court in January 2019. (4/4/2019)

Matthew D. Feil was promoted to partner at BakerHostetler.  He practices environmental law with an emphasis on commercial litigation.  (1/2/2020)

Emma Gilmore, a partner at Pomerantz LLP, has been selected as a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. The Fellows comprise a global honorary society of attorneys, judges, law faculty, and legal scholars whose public and private careers have demonstrated outstanding dedication to the highest principles of the legal profession. (3/14/19)


Darren A. Aronow was admitted to the Esteemed Lawyers of America for his work representing clients in bankruptcy, foreclosure defense and other matters involving lenders and creditors. (3/15/19)

Dana Carotenuto, also known as Dana Carotenuto Rico, was named Deputy Secretary for Legislative Affairs in Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration. She previously served staff roles in the New York State Senate for a decade, most recently as Chief of Staff for the breakaway Independent Democratic Conference. (3/15/19)

Joseph J. Lynch, of Nixon Peabody, won the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation's Robert F. Kennedy Award for Humanitarian Services for his assistance in recapitalizing residential buildings in cooperation with the corporation. (1/23/2019)

Ingrid Manevitz joined the litigation department at Seyfarth Shaw LLP as a partner. Ingrid represents clients in cooperative and condominium related disputes, including disputes involving construction and design defects, alterations, access to neighboring properties, holders of unsold shares, discrimination, reasonable accommodations, mold, lead contamination and short-term rentals. (9/17/2019)

Marvin Romero is now a partner at Gerber Ciano Kelly Brady in Garden City, NY. He was formerly an attorney at Goldberg Segalla. (3/15/19)


Hon. Gina Levy Abadi, aka Gina Levy was seated as a new civil judge in Brooklyn. Judge Levy Abadi is the first Syrian Jewish woman to join the bench of the Brooklyn civil court. Before donning the robes, Gina was a law clerk for 17 years according to the Brooklyn Daily Eagle. (3/15/2019)

Matthew Blum was elected as a judge of the New York City Civil Court in Richmond County. Blum previously maintained his own private practice and he also worked at the Richmond County District Attorney’s Office. (12/3/2019)

Kathryn C. Collins was promoted to partner at Feldman, Kleidman, Coffey & Sappe LLP.  She practices in the areas of medical malpractice and personal injury.  Collins has been with the firm for four years. (1/9/2020)

Rachel S. Fraser was appointed assistant attorney at the Harris County Attorney’s Office in its litigation practice group.  She was previously an assistant district attorney with the Fort Bent District Attorney’s Office. (1/10/2020)

Ron Lebow was promoted to partner at Greenspoon Marder LLP in its health law group.  He practices in the areas of business, contract, corporate and regulatory matters. (1/10/2020)

Ime Lopez joined the nonprofit TESSA of Colorado Springs, practicing in its legal division. TESSA provides comprehensive services and support to survivors of domestic and sexual violence. Lopez represents post-secondary students on gender-based discrimination, victim rights, privacy claims, among other issues.  (9/17/2019)

Charles A. Montorio-Archer (AKA Charles A. Archer, Jr.) is the new president and CEO of One Hope United, the venerable non-profit social care and foster care agency based in Chicago. Dr. Montorio-Archer was formerly a co-founder of the THRIVE Network, a New York non-profit that assists individuals living with intellectual and developmental disabilities. (3/15/2019)

Rachel Sims joined the Orthodox Union as general counsel.  The Orthodox Union is the nation’s oldest and largest umbrella organization for the North American Orthodox Jewish community. She was previously a senior litigator at Blank Rome LLP. (9/24/2019)

Aline Taireh was promoted to Executive Vice President and General Counsel in the United States at Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield. She was also appointed to the supervisory board of WFD Unibail-Rodamco, N.V. Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield is the premier global developer and operator of flagship shopping destinations. The Group owns and operates 102 shopping centers in Europe and the United States. (3/14/2019)

Jennifer Philpott Wilson was confirmed by the U.S. Senate to be a judge for the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania on November 7, 2019. She is partner at Philpott Wilson LLP and an adjunct professor at Penn State Dickenson School of Law. (11/8/2019)


Aimee R. Adler was promoted to partner at Akin Gump’s New York Office. Aimee is a member of its executive compensation and employee benefits office, and deals with tax, ERISA, securities, and accounting issues at that office. (3/15/19)

Caryn Finley relocated to Charlotte, North Carolina to become an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Western District of North Carolina. (8/16/2019)

Olivera Medenica was awarded the “2019 President’s Award” by the Federal Bar Association. Medenica is a member of Dunnington Bartholow & Miller LLP’s intellectual property, advertising, art and fashion law, international, litigation and arbitration and France desk practice areas.  She advises domestic and foreign businesses in fashion, retail, media and entertainment on transactional, litigation and arbitration matters. (9/7/2019)

Meredith Miller, a professor at Touro Law Center, was sworn in as president of the Network of Bar Leaders in Manhattan in August 2019.  (8/23/2019)

Debra M. Schoenberg was elevated to partner at Schwartz Sladkus Reick Greenberg Atlas. (3/15/19)



Lisa A. Davis was awarded the Thomas E. Dewey Medal from the New York City Bar Association. The award is presented annually to an outstanding assistant district attorney in each of the city's district attorney's offices and in the office of the city's special narcotics prosecutor.  Davis is currently an assistant district attorney at the Richmond County District Attorney’s Office. (12/12/2019)

Laurie Grasso of law firm Hunton Andrews Kurth was highlighted by Real Estate Weekly in its “Leading Ladies in Real Estate” list in June. (6/1/2019)

Bryan Reyhani joined Captor Capital Corp. as a member of its board of directors.  Captor Capital is a provider of recreational and medical marijuana-based products and is listed on the Canadian Stock Exchange. Reyhani was previously managing director at Eastmore Group.  (11/12/2019)

Lawrence M. Schimmel was appointed General Counsel to the Attorney General of New York, Letitia "Tish" James. (2/15/2019)

Kerry Smith joined Eisner LLP as a partner in its growing entertainment practice in New York and California. Before joining Eisner, she was the head of the television and film group at Greenspoon Marder LLP, and has become an expert on television and film production matters during her two-decade career. (6/1/2019)


Gail S. Ennis was sworn in as Inspector General of the Social Security Administration on January 29th. Gail was confirmed to the position by the U.S. Senate on January 2, and will oversee programs and operations for the administration. As inspector general, she will also address fraud attempts against the Social Security system. (3/15/2019)

Randi May was added to the New York Law Journal’s 2019 Trailblazers List. She is currently an employment and labor law partner at Houget Newman Regal & Kenney LLP. (4/10/2019)

Richard J. Sobelsohn authored the chapter “Green Lease Provisions” in a two-volume treaties on Negotiation and Drafting Office Leases, published by Law Journal Press and due for release on April 30. Sobelsohn is vice president for legal issues at the Cohen Brothers Realty Corporation and an adjunct professor on campus. (4/26/2019)

Christian Soller, partner at Hodgson Russ, was selected as a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America, an invitation-only trial lawyer honorary society. Soller practices in the areas of contract law, employment law, construction, professional malpractice and personal injury. (11/5/2019)


Michele M. Arbeeny, partner at Windels Marx Lane & Mittendorf, LLP, was mentioned in Crains’ New York Business’s “2020 Notable Women in Law” list. Arbeeny practices in the areas of real estate finance, municipal finance, and trade finance transactions. (12/18/2019)

Hon. William G. Ford was appointed to the Civil Pattern Jury Instruction Committee.  He also contributed to the publication of the Civil Pattern Jury Instruction 2020 Edition.  Ford was first appointed to the New York Supreme Court’s 10th Judicial District in 2015.  He previously served as a judge at the district court level. (12/17/2019)

William Gardner joined von Briesen & Roper, S.C. as a shareholder in its commercial finance and banking group.  Gardner was previously an attorney and commercial finance team leader with Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C. (11/14/2019)

Jonathan Gray joined Windels Marx Lane & Mittendorf, LLP as a partner in its corporate and business law group. Gray was previously at Budd Larner. Gray focuses his practice on M&A, business formation, venture capital, governance and intellectual property matters from the firm’s New Brunswick office. (7/11/2019)

Allen Grubman, founder and senior partner at Grubman Sire Meiselas & Sacks, was featured in Billboard’s 2019 “Top Music Lawyers” list. (8/29/2019)

Ross D. Levi, the executive director of tourism for the Empire State Development Corporation, delivered the keynote address at EDC Warren County’s 20th annual lunch on May 30. The event took place at Six Flags’ Great Escape Lodge in Queensbury as part of the EDC’s efforts to highlight tourism in the Adirondacks. (6/1/2019)

Patricia M. Prezioso joined Porzio, Bromberg & Newman P.C. as a principal in its employment, labor, and litigation groups.  Prezioso previously served as Chief of Law Enforcement Services, Deputy Director and Executive Assistant Attorney General for the New Jersey Attorney General's Office. (12/11/2019) 

Robin L. Spigel joined Baker Botts, LLP as a partner in its financial restructuring practice. Spigel represents debtors, creditors, landlords and professionals in distressed transactions. (8/9/2019)

Virginia K. Trunkes joined Robinson+Cole as counsel in its New York office, focusing on construction and real estate litigation matters. Her clients at the firm include apartment building, brownstone, and condominium owners as well as cooperative board and construction managers. (8/9/2019)

Aviva Yakren of Sidley LLP was highlighted by Real Estate Weekly in its “Leading Ladies in Real Estate” list in June. (6/1/2019)


Laurie Mintzer Edberg is now a senior legislative aide for Sidney Katz, Council President of the Montgomery County Council in Maryland.  She previously served as a special assistant for Maryland State Senator Barbara Mikulski. (1/7/2020)

Ari J. Markenson was appointed co-chair of the health and life sciences industry group at Winston & Strawn. He is a partner at Winston & Strawn. (4/10/2019)

Adam W. Scheinbach joined Capehart Scatchard’s Litigation Department as a partner. Scheinbach formerly worked as a litigation attorney for his own private practice. (10/31/2019)

Elizabeth Werner was featured in the Severna Park Voice for her role reviewing toys and representing products on QVC and network daytime shows. This is her second career; she was a longstanding employment and contract lawyer in the New York area before moving to Severna Park with her husband. (8/16/2019)


Todd R. Eisner joined McDermott Will & Emery in New York as a partner in its real estate group. Eisner focuses on acquisition and development transactions, recapitalizations, joint ventures, and investments. He was previously a senior partner of Duval & Statchenfeld. (8/9/2019)

Dawn M. Kirby, aka Dawn K. Arnold, is a founding partner of the new Kirby Aisner & Curley LLP, a woman-owned law firm in Westchester. She and her colleagues, Erica Aisner and Julie Curley, all have experience in serving clients dealing with corporate and individual bankruptcy and reorganization in a variety of industries. (4/26/2019)

Steven G. Sanders was named the Professional Responsibility Officer at the U.S. Attorney’s Office of New Jersey. (6/1/2019)


Jeffrey Gewirtz was named to the 2019 United States GC Powerlist in the sports and media category. Gewirtz is the executive vice president for business affairs and chief legal and compliance officer for BSE Global, the front office of the Brooklyn Nets. (4/26/2019)

Rich Goldstein, of Goldstein Patent Law, was named 1 of the “5 Best Patent Attorneys in New York City” by Kev’s Best. He also is the author of the bestselling book The ABA Consumer Guide to Obtaining a Patent. (11/15/2019)

Debbie Epstein Henry, founder of DEH Consulting, Speaking, Writing and co-founder of Bliss Lawyers, was elected vice president of the Forum of Executive Women in Philadelphia. The organization aims to leverage the influence of high-ranking women and ensure that future cohorts of women reach high-ranking roles in companies, government, and the non-profit sector through networking and mentorship initiatives. (7/11/2019)

Michael F. Marchetti, CFO of Age of Learning, Inc. and co-founder of Little Labs, was named a member of SciPlay’s Board of Directors and a member of its audit committee. SciPlay produces casino-styled mobile games. Marchetti formerly founded the mobile gaming company JAMDAT and became a senior vice president of video game publisher Electronic Arts when it acquired JAMDAT. (8/2/2019)

Suzanna C. Miller joined Langrock Sperry & Wool LLP as an associate.  She practices in the areas of estate planning, and trust and probate estate administration.  Miller was previously an associate at Chadbourne & Parke LLP (12/25/2019)


Brad Bernstein, president of immigration law firm Spar & Bernstein, PC, was featured in an article by Authority Magazine, an imprint of in July. (7/19/2019)

Barry Berkowitz returned to the Knitting Factory Entertainment, a concert and festival venue owner and operator originally based in New York City. Barry returns as senior vice president of business strategy and sponsorship: he was formerly KFE’s vice president for business development from 2016 to 2017. Berkowitz also serves as an advisory board member of Musicians on Call, a non-profit agency that arranges live musical performances in the hospital rooms of critically ill patients. (7/19/2019)

Retired Judge Michael Boyajian published The New York Litigators: The Right Stuff Attorneys of the Legal Profession, which depicts New York’s attorneys as a vanguard in their field. (3/15/19)

Greg Riolo was appointed Albany Office Managing Principal at Jackson Lewis P.C. Riolo has been with Jackson Lewis since 1997 and served as the Albany Office Litigation Manager from 2008 through 2016. He concentrates his practice on employment-related litigation and counseling. (10/6/2019)


David M. Grill of Rivkin Radler was featured in the “Best Lawyers of America” list for 2020. Grill represents real estate owners, developers and contractors in complex litigation and business matters in the firm’s New York City and Uniondale offices. He also supports clients in landlord-tenant matters in the residential and commercial fields. (8/16/2019)

Patti Stone of Rosenberg & Estis was highlighted by Real Estate Weekly in its “Leading Ladies in Real Estate” list in June. (6/1/2019)


Annabel Bazante received an award in recognition of her service to her community by the Nassau Council of Chambers of Commerce on October 18, 2019. Bazante maintains her own private practice in Elmont, New York. She is the chair of the Friends of Alley Pond Park and a member of both the Franklin Square and Elmont Chambers of Commerce. (10/31/2019)

Tracy E. Gold, an attorney with New Orleans firm Tranchina & Mansfield LLC, was featured as an “Enterprising Woman” in an article for Sophisticated Woman in September 2019. (9/6/2019)

Caroline Krauss, along with fellow BLS alumni Valentina Shaknes, cofounded the law firm of Krauss Shaknes Tallentire & Messeri LLP, a boutique family law practice. She previously was the co-chair of Blank Rome’s matrimonial group. (11/18/2019)

Jill Mindlin joined Blank Rome as counsel in their finance, restructuring, and bankruptcy group. In this role, she will focus primarily on secured asset-based and cash flow financing transactions, loan workouts, restructurings, and liquidations. Mindlin is a member of the Turnaround Management Association and a member of its Network of Women (NOW) Committee. (6/10/2019)

Dominic Morandi joined the Chicago Title Insurance Company as a vice president for business development in its New York City office. (3/15/2019)

Edward Shapiro, a partner of Reed Smith, was featured in Billboard’s “2019 Top Music Lawyers” list. (8/29/2019)


Peter A. Antonucci released his first novel, Billionaire’s Paradise. The book, intended to be the first in a series of four, depicts “the scandalous lives of socialites in Manhattan and the Hamptons, who purchase and live on a mega-yacht”. Antonucci was of counsel at Weil Gotshal from 1989 to 2007, and vice chair of the medical device and pharmaceutical litigation group at Greenberg Traurig from 2007 to 2012. (4/26/2019)

Gwyneth M. Eliasson is now an assistant professor for health policy and management at the SUNY Downstate School of Public Health. (3/15/2019)

Peter Brodsky of Sony/ATV was named to the board of the Mechanical Licensing Collective. The Collective, due to launch in 2021, will be responsible for managing licensing and administering matters with music streaming services in line with the Music Modernization Act.  Brodsky was also featured in Billboard’s “2019 Top Music Lawyers” list. (7/11/2019)



Elizabeth D’Aloia was named to the board of the International Supply Chain Protection Organization. Elizabeth is also the CEO and founder of the HR Virtuouso Company of metropolitan Dallas, a Lambda Legal volunteer, and a volunteer attorney at the Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program. (3/15/2019)

Terri Herubin was named managing director of portfolio management for residential real estate investor and manager Greystar Real Estate Partners, LLC. Greystar focuses on the development and management of high-quality residential housing properties. Herubin will run the company’s flagship investment funds in the U.S. (4/26/2019)


Hope Brodsky of Newmark Knight Frank was highlighted by Real Estate Weekly in its “Leading Ladies in Real Estate” list in June. (6/1/2019)

Flor M. Colon was named to the board of the ESL Federal Credit Union. Flor is associate general counsel and chief ethics officer at Xerox. (7/11/2019)

Jacqueline McMickens was featured in Bedford-Stuyvesant’s Our Time Press in an article on women in business. The author is Elizabeth Rankin-Fulcher, a co-chair of the Black Women’s Leadership Caucus, Inc. (6/1/2019)


Jodi Avergun, a partner at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP, presented at the Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists’ 18th annual AML and Financial Crime Conference in Las Vegas in September 2019. (9/6/2019)

David Barse, in 2019, founded XOUT Capital, an index company specializing in customizing indices and licensing them to money managers. XOUT focuses on identifying companies to exclude from an index. XOUT’s first index was launched in the summer of 2019 and licensed to an ETF sponsor named GraniteShares with the ticker symbol XOUT, listed on the NYSE on October 7, 2019.  XOUT is a long-term strategy that exploits the following three insights:  one, technological disruption is the most significant forward-facing risk for all businesses and investors; two, it is much easier to simply exclude losers than to pick winners; and three, passive indexing is growing exponentially and buys everything in a market, even companies in long-term decline.  XOUT evaluates the 500 largest US companies and determines how each company is addressing the challenges of technological disruption and eliminates the 250 losers.

Barse was previously CEO of Third Avenue Management for 25 years.

Jill B. Garfinkel has been named special counsel in the real estate practice of Kramer Levin. Garfinkel represents buyers and sellers in complex residential transactions, supporting clients in due diligence, negotiation and title and lien review. (4/26/2019)

Hon. Philip G. Goglas was elected as the Eastern Director of the Fire Department Safety Officers Association.  Judge Goglas has served on the Suffolk County District Court since 2010 and was previously a New York City Transit Police Officer. (12/15/2019)

Jonathan Hudis was named an Administrative Trademark Judge at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. He was formerly a partner at law firm Quarles & Brady LLP from 2015 to 2019, and served as a trademark and IP litigator for over 20 years before that post. (4/26/2019)

Michelle A. Luzio was named counsel at commercial real estate firm Cassin & Cassin. (3/15/2019)

Maria Mejia-Opaciuch was elected to serve on the Board of Directors of the South Florida chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association; she will serve one year. Mejia-Opaciuch is senior counsel at Carlton Fields, focusing on immigration and nationality law for individual, family, and corporate clients. (6/10/2019)


Susan Lambiase joined Planned Parenthood Federation of America as special counsel for its public policy litigation & law teams, where she litigates nationally to protect reproductive freedom and health. She previously served as Deputy Commissioner and Chief of Investigations at the NYC Department of Investigation, and before that she served as Executive Director of All Souls Unitarian Church, and Associate Director at Children's Rights. (9/17/2019)


Brian J. Donnelly joined Cullen and Dykman as a partner in its general liability, tort, and insurance defense practice. (10/21/2019)

Michael Peskowitz joined Blank Rome as a partner. He has experience representing institutional lenders on mortgage-backed securities matters and other debt instruments. (3/15/19)


William Ashbourne was a panelist at the fifth annual national Music Business Empowerment Conference in September 2019.  Ashbourne is currently a professor and attorney with Alabama State University. (9/12/2019)

Hon. Rhonda E. Babb received the Florida Tech Pioneer Award, named for the first African American student to attend that school. Judge Babb is currently a county court judge in Florida and has won several awards for her service there. (3/15/19)

Susan B. Baker retired from Davis Pole & Wardwell LLP, where she served as counsel in its investment management and private funds groups. Prior to that, she was director and counsel at Merrill Lynch Investment Management. (12/17/2019)


David H. Cohen, a partner at Moritt Hock & Hamroff LLP, was added to the “2020 Best Lawyers of America” list. Cohen specializes in complex real estate transactions for both tenants and landlords, with a focus on commercial clients, institutional clients, and developers. (8/23/2019)

Bruce M. Feffer joined Mandelbaum Salsburg P.C. as a partner in its real estate and corporate law groups.  He was previously a partner at Hartmann Doherty Rosa Berman & Bulbulia, LLC. (12/19/2019)

Karen Tenenbaum, founder of Tenenbaum Law, P.C., was recognized as a “Top Lawyer on Long Island.” Tenenbaum’s firm was also included in the “The Best Tax Law Firm on Long Island” list by the Long Island Business News readers. She is also ranked as a “Top-Rated Tax Attorney” by Super Lawyers. The Melville-based firm represents taxpayers in IRS and NYS tax matters. (9/11/2019)


Alex Avitabile self-published WHERE'S ... ELI?, the second book of his Al and Mick Forte crime fiction series.  Before his career as a novelist, Avitabile practiced law for 34 years.  His primary focus area was affordable housing. (11/25/2019)

Wayne DeSimone was one of two honorees of Port Washington Youth Activities' 29th annual gala fundraiser and hall of fame celebration held on May 31. DeSimone is a commissioner of boys and girls basketball programs and has served as a director of the Port Washington group for over ten years. (6/10/2019)

Leon Roday was named executive vice president and general counsel of the Lincoln Financial Group in December 2018. Besides his work at LFG, Leon has also served as a board member of Genworth Mortgage Insurance Corp. Canada and as a board member of the Genworth Foundation (2006-2012). (3/15/2019)


David S. Hattem is being promoted to Chief Legal Officer of AXA Equitable, the insurance company. In this new role, Hattem will manage corporate governance for AXA’s life insurance and asset management divisions. (6/10/2019)

Lawrence “Lon” Jacobs joined Mintz & Gold LLP as a partner in its corporate and media law practice groups. Jacobs was previously Executive Vice President and Global General Counsel for Las Vegas Sands Corp. (11/05/2019)



Marshall D. Feiring joined Dentons as partner in its capital markets group. He was previously at Sidley Austin. (7/2/2020)

Eileen T. Nugent joined Morrow Sodali’s newly-formed strategic advisory board. She is currently of counsel at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom in its mergers and acquisitions group. She is also a member of the Law School’s Board of Trustees. (7/22/20)


Noah J. Hanft announced that he will be stepping down as President & CEO of the International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution in mid-2019 after leading the organization since 2014. In June 2019, he will launch an ADR practice, encompassing mediation, arbitration and consulting with law departments on dispute prevention and resolution. (1/15/2019)

Stephen J. Silverberg who specializes in elder law, was included in the “Best Lawyers of America” list. Silverberg addresses estate planning, Medicaid matters and access, and the administration of estates for clients. He is also a past president of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. (8/23/2019)

Clifford S. Weber was named to the board of Legal Services of the Hudson Valley in June. Weber is currently chief risk officer and general counsel for PCSB Bank and is an expert in financial institutional law. This is not his first post in the public service: he was a director of the Food Bank for Westchester from 2011 through 2018, and currently directs the PCSB Community Foundation. (06/01/2019)


Arnold L. Bartfeld has joined Norris McLaughlin PA as senior counsel in the New York office. Bartfeld will focus on real estate and finance, and will represent institutional lenders and developers in finance and banking transactions. He joined the firm from Reed Smith, where he served as a partner. (4/26/2019)

Joseph Karp was added to the “Super Lawyers” list this year, his 13th consecutive appearance. Karp is the founder of the Karp Law Firm, which offers estate planning, elder law, and estate administration advice from offices in Palm Beach Gardens, Boynton Beach, and Port St. Lucie, Florida. (7/11/2019)

Gary M. Rosenberg received a lifetime achievement award from the New York Law Journal for his accomplishments and impact on the legal community and the practice of law over the course of his career. Rosenberg is a founding member of the real estate firm Rosenberg & Estis.

Michael Sackheim is co-editor of The Virtual Currency Regulation Review, a legal treatise on the regulatory response to the rise of virtual currency. It was published in November 2018 by Law Business Research, Ltd., London. Michael is senior counsel at Sidley Austin. (3/15/2019)

Gary Tarnoff was named co-chair of the land use department of Kramer Levin in New York. Tarnoff practices in the areas of zoning, land use, landmark, and municipal administrative law. (9/6/2019)

Hon. Jeremy S. Weinstein, a Queens administrative judge, retired. Judge Weinstein was appointed to the position in 2007 and was lauded by the New York Law Journal for his efficiency in reducing civil backlogs in the county. Before entering the judiciary, Weinstein was elected to the New York State Senate in 1978; he served as assistant minority whip, minority whip, and assistant minority leader until he left the Senate in 1992. In 1993, he became a civil judge in New York City, and an acting state Supreme Court justice in 1997. (8/2/2019)


Nancy S. Erickson was named in the National Law Journal Trailblazers supplement in family law in April 2019. In her feature, Nancy noted her interest in the law after a role in the Peace Corps, and recalls employment rejections because of her sex. Nancy also recalls writing to current Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who responded with encouragement to attend law school. While at BLS, Nancy helped found the first women’s law students’ organization. (6/10/2019)

Sandy K. Feldman joined Reed Smith LLP as a partner. Formerly a partner at K&L Gates LLP in New York, Feldman practices in the area of cross-border, international transactions. (10/23/2019)

Stephen I. Siller joined Offit Kurman, P.A. as a principal in its business law and transactions practice groups. Siller was previously a partner at Shipman & Goodwin LLP. (11/22/2019)


Dennis Downes joined Bridgehampton law firm Adam Miller Group, and will deal with real estate, land use, and criminal law for the firm. Downes was previously a special counsel for the towns of Southampton and Shelter Island, and is an expert in land use, real estate, and trusts and estates matters. (4/26/2019)

Barry B. LePatner, of Barry B. LePatner & Associates, LLP, was featured in an article in the Commercial Observer. Lepatner and his firm provide legal counsel and project management services to owners, developers, and investors involved in capital projects. (10/29/2019)


Charles "Chuck" Ortner was awarded the President's Merit Award by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences for his tireless, dedicated service and counsel to the Recording Academy. Ortner is a partner at Proskauer Rose, LLP. (5/30/2019)

Paul Schindler, senior chair of the entertainment and media practice at the New York office of Greenberg Traurig, was featured in Billboard’s “2019 Top Music Lawyers” list. (8/29/2019)



John L. Juliano received a “Marquis Who’s Who Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award” for his long legal service, including serving as president of the Suffolk County Bar Association and Columbian Lawyers Association, and as chair of the State Grievance Committee in New York State’s Tenth Judicial District from 1998 to 2008. (8/16/2019)

Michael Rikon was selected for the Top Attorney of the Decade Award for 2020 by the International Association of Top Professionals. Rikon is a partner at Goldstein, Rikon, Rikon & Houghton and focuses his practice on condemnation and eminent domain cases. (6/30/2020)


Maury Locke is now chair of the National Eagle Scout Association Committee of the Boy Scouts of America’s Georgia-Carolina Council. (4/26/2019)


Dennis Block of Greenberg Traurig was named an eminent practitioner in the Chambers USA 2019 guide. (6/10/2019)

Paul I. Weiner will join Coughlin Duffy LLP as special counsel for the firm on May 1, focusing on employment and labor law, OSHA matters, and private and court mediation. Weiner previously served as counsel and mediator at Budd Larner. (4/26/2019)


Peter L. Klausner retired from Pavia & Harcourt LLP as Counsel, having practiced in the areas of trusts, estates and tax, after practicing at the former firm of Wolf Haldenstein Adler Freeman & Herz for the previous 35 years. (12/20/2019)


Paul H. Tocker received the Schenectady County Bar Association 50-Year Anniversary Award. He has relocated to Delray Beach, becoming a member of the Palm Beach County Republican Executive Committee. (6/10/2019)



Ruth E. Roth retired from Cuddy & Feder after 39 years at the organization. Ruth specialized in land use matters, representing major real estate developers and serving on ad hoc government committees dealing with housing as her career developed. (3/15/19)

Carl L. Steinhouse published Nimitz’s Bypass, Vol. II, about Japan’s Pacific War from May 1943 through June 1944. Steinhouse has written several works focusing on World War II history, with a specific focus on the Holocaust and local efforts to protect Jewish residents from Nazi expulsion. (12/19/2019)


Hon. David N. Dinkins celebrated his 92nd birthday on July 10th and was featured in an article in the New York Amsterdam News in mid-July. (7/10/2019)


Larry Silverstein was given the Visionary Leadership in Land Use Award by the Urban Land Institute (ULI) at their April 4th gala. This is the first time the ULI offers the award. (4/26/2019)