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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.

Amy F. Altman and 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)

Ami Aranha joined Callan Capital in La Jolla, CA, as a client relationship manager. She is responsible for providing advanced personal financial planning and asset management to individuals, executives, and families. She is also a member of the Callan Capital Investment Committee. (3/9/2016)

Letitia A. (DeGrasse) Walker was promoted to partner in the intellectual property practice group at Akerman LLP. Based in Denver, CO, she focuses her practice on intellectual property issues in the life sciences area. (3/9/2016)

Matthew Haicken established his own firm in December 2015. He focuses his practice on personal injury, employment, and the representation of business owners in the liquor license process. (4/22/2016)

Lee Jacobs joined Helbraun & Levey, LLP, a boutique New York City law firm specializing in serving the hospitality and service industry. As senior associate attorney, his practice focuses on a wide variety of individual and corporate clients in complex matters in both state and federal court. (8/29/2016)

Jason B. Klimpl was promoted to partner at Tannenbaum Helpern Syracuse & Hirschtritt LLP. As an employment law attorney in the firm’s employment law practice, he advises businesses regarding wage and hour compliance, EEOC issues, and employment agreements. A frequent speaker on employment and staffing issues, Klimpl also serves as an associate general counsel of the New York Staffing Association. (3/9/2016)

Christian A. Matarese has been elected partner at global specialist law firm Dechert LLP. He focuses his practice on mergers and acquisitions and various private equity transactions, with an emphasis on domestic, cross-border, private and public company M&A. (3/9/2016)

Robert Ontell joined Helbraun & Levey, LLP, a boutique New York City law firm specializing in serving the hospitality and service industry. As senior associate attorney, his practice focuses on a wide variety of individual and corporate clients in complex matters in both state and federal court, as well as corporate transactional matters. (9/9/2016)

Maryann Stallone, a partner in the litigation and dispute resolution department of Tannenbaum Helpern Syracuse & Hirschtritt LLP, was named “Woman of the Year” by Festival of Song USA. Festival of Song USA keeps the Italian culture and arts alive through music, dance, and food. The award recognizes an individual’s drive to succeed, contribution to the community, and accomplishments in her profession. (3/9/2016)

Thomas R. Vance joined Ostrow Reisin Berk & Abrams, one of Chicago’s largest public accounting firms, as Senior Manager, Tax Advisor. He was previously a tax attorney at Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek. (11/19/2016)

Gregory Zamfotis, owner of the Gregory’s Coffee chain of coffee shops, recently opened the store’s 17th location at Montague and Court Streets in Downtown Brooklyn. His first store was established in Manhattan in 2006. (7/13/2016)

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