Your Class Network

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

Daniel B. Besikof became a partner in the New York office of Loeb & Loeb LLP. He represents a variety of stakeholders in chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings, corporate restructurings and liquidations, including indenture trustees, lenders, administrative and collateral agents, trade creditors, lessors, committees, investors and chapter 7 and liquidating trustees. (4/11/2015)

Daniel P. Blouin, previously with Weitz & Luxenberg P.C., joined the New York office of Simmons Hanly Conroy as a partner in its asbestos litigation department. Blouin was named a National Trial Lawyer “Top 40 under 40″ in 2014 and 2015. The National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys also named him a “Top Ten Under 40″ in 2014 and 2015. Prior to entering private practice, Blouin served as an Assistant District Attorney in Kings County as a felony trial-attorney and a criminal-court supervisor. (4/10/2015)

Grace C. Bonilla joined The Committee for Hispanic Children and Families, Inc. as its new president and chief executive officer. Founded in 1982, the organization has combined education and advocacy to expand opportunities for children and families and strengthen the voice of the Latino community. Prior to joining the organization, Bonilla worked at the New York City Human Resources Administration/Department of Social Services since 2004, most recently serving as the Deputy Commission overseeing the Office of Community Affairs and Immigrant Services. (1/14/2015)

Christopher A. Gorman became a partner of the Uniondale, NY firm Westerman Ball Ederer Miller & Sharfstein LLP in its Litigation Department. He concentrates his practice on commercial litigation and business disputes. (8/26/2015)

Nicholas Melissinos ’04 was appointed by New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo as Special Counsel to the Commissioner for Ethics, Risk and Compliance at the Division of Human Rights. Melissinos was also recognized as a 2015 “Best LGBT Lawyer Under 40” by the LGBT Bar. He previously served as an Assistant Corporation Counsel at the New York City Law Department’s Special Federal Litigation Division and also held roles at private law firms. (7/15/2015)

Cassandra M. Porter, counsel in the Roseland, NJ office of Lowenstein Sandler LLP, was named a member of the Lawyers Advisory Committee for the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of New Jersey. Porter’s practice focuses primarily on restructuring and debtor-creditor law issues and related litigation. She also assists corporations and not for profits navigate state and federal regulations concerning the treatment of personal health information and personally identifiable information. (9/9/2015)

Alexander H. Ryley, Director of the VOLS' Elderly Project, spoke at a forum hosted by New York State Senator Liz Kreuger in September 2014 titled, "Housing Issues for Older Adults." The Elderly Project provides free legal advice and other brief services to low-income Manhattan residents aged 60 and over, and to the social workers and advocates who assist them. (10/10/2014)

Craig Spierer became a partner in the Long Island office of Harris Beach PLLC. He focuses his practice in the areas of intellectual property, corporate transactions, and food, drug, and cosmetic law. He was selected as a New York Metro Rising Star by Super Lawyers in 2013 and 2014. (3/16/2015)

Kate D. Spinelli became a member of Weinberg, Wheeler, Hudgins, Gunn, & Dial in its Miami, FL office. She focuses her practice on complex civil defense litigation. (8/26/2015)

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