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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.



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)

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)

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)


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)

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)

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)

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)


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)


Anne del Castillo was appointed commissioner of the New York City Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment. She was COO and general counsel for the office starting in late 2015 and legal affairs director from 2014 to 2015. Before joining the office, she was a longtime staff member at American Documentary, which produces documentary series POV for PBS. (4/26/2019)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)



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)

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 N. Gore has joined the editorial board of the Kluwer Arbitration Blog, a leading online publication for emerging news, developments, and debate concerning international arbitration and related disciplines. Kiran is an adjunct professor of legal research and writing at The George Washington University School of Law. (2/19/2019)

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)

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)


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)


Steven J. Auletta joined law firm Rivkin Radler as an associate in their Albany office. At the firm, Steven will defend clients on civil matters including breach of contract, malpractice, misconduct, and civil rights violations. (3/15/2019)

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)

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)


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)

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)

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)


Allison R. Barrett of Willis Towers Watson was named one of 2018’s Women to Watch by Business Insurance in December for her work in the insurance brokerage field. Allison was formerly a staff member of the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee and is currently based in the firm’s FINEX Global London office. (3/15/19)

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

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)

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)

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)


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)

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)


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)

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)

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)

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)

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 nominated to a judgeship in the U.S. Middle District Court of Pennsylvania by President Donald Trump. Jennifer is currently a partner at Philpott Wilson LLP, handling criminal and civil cases with law partner and father, Jerry Philpott. (6/10/2019)


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)

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



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 Rehani joined the board of Millennial Esports, a Toronto-based mobile app developer and publisher. In 2014, he founded a digital asset capital market firm, SolidX Partners. He was also a board member of foreign exchange firm FXCM in the 2010s. (3/15/19)

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)


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)

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


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)


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)


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)


David M. Grill of Rivkin Radler was named a fellow in the Construction Lawyers Society of America, an invitation-only association for lawyers in the construction concentration. David deals with real estate, zoning, land use, commercial litigation, and construction issues for the Long Island law firm. (3/15/19)

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


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)


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)



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)

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)


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)

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)


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)

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)


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)



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)

Clifford S. Weber was named to the board of Legal Services of the Hudson Valley in June. Cliff 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)


Daniel P. Moskowitz is publishing Bronx Stagger: Tales of the Family Court, a fictional story based on his experience in family court proceedings. (6/10/2019)

Lawrence Sucharow, member of the BLS Board of Trustees and chairman emeritus of Labaton Sucharow LLP, has been selected as a 2019 inductee for the Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America "Hall of Fame". (3/14/2019)


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)

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)


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)


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)


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)



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)


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)


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)