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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.

Justine J. Block has joined Hahn & Hessen LLP as special counsel in the firm’s Bankruptcy and Restructuring Group. Block focuses her practice on the representation of commercial banks, investment banks, and hedge funds in connection with the purchase and sale of domestic and international bank loans, securities and claims against companies in bankruptcy or undergoing financial restructuring. She was previously an attorney at Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP. (4/5/2016)

Matt Funk, partner at Pasternack Tilker Ziegler Walsh Stanton & Romano, LLP, was elected president of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association for the term beginning July 1, 2017. He will be the first attorney who practices in workers’ compensation to hold the position. (9/9/2016)

Avi Kestenbaum and Amy Altman '07 co-authored an article, “Have We Got it All Wrong? Rethinking the Fabric of Estate Planning,” featured in Trusts & Estates magazine (Feb. 2016). Kestenbaum is a partner and Altman is an associate at Meltzer, Lippe, Goldstein and Breitstone, with offices on Long Island and in New York City. Kestenbaum is also an adjunct professor at Hofstra University School of Law. (3/9/2016)

Brett Lewis, owner of Brooklyn-based law firm Lewis & Lin, LLC , is also a film writer and producer. His latest film, C STREET, a comedy about a Washington, DC sex scandal, was recently released on iTunes. He is currently working on a television series. His practice focuses on Internet and intellectual property law. (8/29/2016)

Jenifer Minsky was promoted to senior counsel in the New Jersey office of Peckar & Abramson, P.C. She also serves as the firm’s ProjectNotice program manager. She assists contractors in managing risk associated with constructions contracts valued from millions to hundreds of millions of dollars. She also has extensive experience litigating construction disputes. (3/4/2016)

Gabriel Nugent, partner at Barclay Damon, was recognized by Chambers USA as a notable practitioner. He focuses his practice on commercial litigation and white collar criminal defense. He is the managing director of the Firm’s Syracuse office and co-chair of the firm’s white collar practice area.

Thomas D. Shpetner joined ITG, a leading independent broker and financial technology provider, as Global Chief Compliance Officer. He previously oversaw compliance for RBC Capital Markets’ commercial banking business. (4/5/2016)

Richard J. Sobelsohn was elected as a fellow of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers. Fellowships are awarded based on outstanding legal ability, experience, and high standards of professional and ethical conduct. Sobelsohn serves as chair of the Economics, Technology & Practice Methods Committee of the American Bar Association’s Real Property, Trust and Real Estate Law Section and is also a member of the adjunct faculty at Brooklyn Law School. (5/22/2016)

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