Alumni Profiles

Alumni Profiles

Learn more about our most accomplished alumni. They are a distinguished group of leading public officials & judges, law firm partners, public interest advocates, and business leaders. In each of our BLSLawNotes magazine issues, we profile a few of our best and most loyal assets - our graduates.

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  • From Instant Film to Kinky Boots
    A Conversation with Ron Fierstein ’78

    Ron Fierstein 
    Ron Fierstein '78

    It’s hard to pigeonhole Ron Fierstein, Class of 1978. He was a professional musician in the 1970s. He was a litigator who helped represent Polaroid in its epic patent battle with Eastman Kodak over instant photography technology. He is an entrepreneur who left the practice of law to start his own music company, representing Grammy Award–winning artists Suzanne Vega, Shawn Colvin, and Mary Chapin Carpenter. He manages all legal and business matters for his younger brother, the actor and playwright Harvey Fierstein. He is also a co-producer of the Tony Award–winning Broadway hit, Kinky Boots. And during the past six years, he researched and wrote the riveting biography, A Triumph of Genius: Edwin Land, Polaroid, and the Kodak Patent War (Ankerwycke 2015). Movie rights already have been optioned.

    Andrea Strong ’94 spoke with Fierstein (who pronounces his last name FEAR-stein, while his brother Harvey prefers FIRE-stein) about his musical childhood, the battle over instant photography, discovering Suzanne Vega, bringing Cyndi Lauper into Kinky Boots, and what’s left on his bucket list.

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  • Andrew Finkelstein '91
    Turning the Legal Profession Into a Business

    Andrew Finkelstein '91 
     Andrew Finkelstein '91

    “Let’s say you graduate from business school with a great idea, but you don’t have enough money to get your startup off the ground. You ask some friends, your parents, maybe your rich uncle to help you with seed money and you agree to share the profits in return. But if you’re a lawyer just out of school and you want to start your own firm, your uncle—unless he’s a lawyer, too—can’t help you with equity,” said Andrew Finkelstein ’91. Law firms in the United States, except for Washington, D.C., typically have one corporate form: a partnership owned only by lawyers.

    Finkelstein, the managing partner of four strategically aligned law firms—Finkelstein & Partners; Jacoby & Meyers; Fine, Olin & Anderman; and Finkelstein, Blankinship, Garber & Frei-Pearson—aims to change that. Jacoby & Myers has filed suit in U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, to change the rules of the U.S. legal industry by allowing non-lawyer investors to put money into a law firm.

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  • Justine Luongo '02
    Delivering Justice

    Justine Luongo 02 
     Andrew Finkelstein '91

    When Justine (Tina) Luongo graduated from Brooklyn Law School in 2002, she joined the Legal Aid Society as a staff attorney in the New York County Trial Office of the Criminal Defense Practice. Today, she is the Attorney-in-Charge of the Legal Aid Society’s Criminal Practice. “This has really been a dream come true for me,” said Luongo, who now oversees 1,100 staff members representing more than 230,000 indigent New Yorkers a year. “It is a very proud moment for me.”

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