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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.



Janae Cummings joined Barclay Damon as an associate in its Syracuse office. Cummings handles commercial litigation and labor and employment matters, including hiring, discipline, termination, and leave. (9/6/2019)

Gabriella Giunta was appointed Assistant District Attorney for the Queens District Attorney’s Office. (9/27/2019)


Meredith L. Boulos joined Ronan, Tuzzio & Gionnone as an associate practicing in the area of medical malpractice.  She previously clerked for the Hon. Mara Zazzali-Hogan in the New Jersey Courts’ Civil Division. (10/16/2019)

Ameena Ibrahim joined Norris McLaughlin, P.A. as an associate in its immigration law group.  Ibrahim was previously a fellow with the Heath Initiatives Department of Community Society Services of New York. (1/2/2020)

Pietro Tarone was promoted to underwriter on AXA XL’s Mergers & Acquisitions Insurance Team.  He was previously an associate underwriter for the same company. (9/25/2019)


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)

Joshua Nass, founder of Josh Nass Public Relations, was featured in an article by Authority Magazine, an imprint of in November.  Josh Nass Public Relations is a full-service public relations agency specializing in corporate and strategic communications. (11/2/2019)

Vincent J. Pontrello joined Rivkin Radler as an associate in its insurance fraud practice, focusing on insurance defense and fraud matters. He was previously an associate at Brualdi Law Firm, PC. (8/16/2019)

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)

Edward Ray was sworn in as an assistant prosecutor for the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office on September 3, 2019. (9/8/2019)

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)

Josh Nulman became director of InCloudCounsel’s account management and business development groups. Nulman was previously an associate at Covington & Burling LLP. (12/8/2019)

Richard Quatrano joined the board of Flushing Town Hall, an arts community that presents multi-disciplinary global arts to the New York City community. Quatrano is an associate at Farrell Fritz, P.C. in its mergers and acquisitions, securities, real estate finance, and commercial groups. (12/10/2019)


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)

Cassye M. Cole was appointed Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Federal District of New Jersey. Cole was formerly an associate with Patterson Belknap. (7/19/2019)

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)


Jason Nazinitsky was promoted to partner at Marans Weisz & Newman LLC in its transactional real estate law group.  He has been with the firm since 2013. (1/15/2020)

Veronica R. Torres, chief privacy officer at Comscore, Inc., was appointed to the International Association of Privacy Professionals’ Women Leading Privacy Advisory Board. (2/1/2020)

Cassandra Vogel, counsel at Yankwitt LLP, received a 2019 Westfair Millennial Award.  The awards celebrate those who are leaving their footprints in the technology and business communities of Westchester and Fairfield. (10/31/2019)

Mary Willis White was promoted to partner at Kriss & Feuerstein LLP.  She practices in the areas of acquisitions and dispositions, real estate financings, joint ventures, and commercial leasing. (1/5/2020)


Allison J. Arotsky joined Norris McLaughlin as an associate in its bankruptcy and creditors’ rights groups. Arotsky was previously an associate at Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP. (12/13/2019)

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)

Julienne Verdi was selected to the inaugural cohort of the Five Borough Future Fellowship. This program brings together civic leaders from New York and helps them launch their own project to benefit their community. She is the owner and principal attorney at J. Verdi Law, LLC where she provides legal services, strategic planning, management, and operations consulting to small businesses, nonprofits, and political organizations. (9/7/2019)

Farah Zaman was named chief privacy officer of media and marketing company, Meredith Corporation. Farah is responsible for privacy compliance and protection strategies for all of Meredith’s operations. She began her career in government, as a post-graduate legal fellow for the New York City Mayor’s Office for International Affairs. She later became an agency attorney for New York City’s Department of Social Services’ data privacy office. (7/11/2019)


Anne Del Castillo received a 2020 Public Counsel of the Year Award from the Association of Media & Entertainment Counsel.  Castillo is currently commissioner of the New York City Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment. (12/9/2019) 

Katherine Cser joined Bodman PLC as a senior associate in its workplace law group.  She was previously an associate at Kerr, Russell and Weber, PLC. (1/6/2020)

Noah Doyle joined the board of directors at the Truman Center for National Policy,  a national security advocacy group comprised of national security experts. Doyle is a senior vice president at Janney Montgomery Scott LLC in its wealth management group. (12/17/2019)

Stanton Gallegos was named a shareholder at Markowitz Herbold PC. Gallegos focuses his practice on complex litigation, including matters involving securities, shareholder disputes, breach of contract, products liability, class actions, and employment. (2/18/2020)

Gaddi Goren joined business and real estate law firm Turek Roth Grossman LLP as partner.  He was previously an associate at Rivkin Radler LLP. (1/11/2020) 

Kelly Schneid was promoted to counsel at Moritt Hock & Hamroff LLP.  She practices in the areas of commercial litigation, where she represents business owners, commercial lenders, developers, and landlords, among others, in contested matters. (1/8/2020)


Jeremy M. Buchalski was promoted to partner at Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP. Buchalski focuses his practice on workers’ compensation, with extensive experience defending employers and insurance carriers. (2/16/2020)

Scott R. Foglietta, along with fellow graduate John J. Mills '00, was promoted to senior counsel at Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossman LLP. Foglietta’s practice focuses on securities fraud, corporate governance and shareholder rights litigation. (2/3/2020)

David Sherman joined BakerHostetler LLP as a partner in its newly launched digital assets and data management group. Sherman was previously a partner at Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP. (1/20/2020)

Brendan P. Tracy joined the Richmond County District Attorney's Office as an assistant district attorney and was appointed deputy bureau chief of the Domestic Violence Bureau.  Tracy was previously an assistant district attorney at the New York County District Attorney's Office as a homicide assistant and a member of the Sex Crimes Unit. (12/16/19)



Richard Carlucci joined Sundt Construction as its bid director. Carlucci was previously counsel for the UK law firm Ashurst LLP. Sundt construction is one of the 100 largest construction companies in the United States. (11/15/2019)

Jacob S. Frumkin was promoted to partner at Cole Schotz P.C. in its bankruptcy and corporate restructuring groups.  Before joining Cole Schotz P.C., Frumkin was an associate at DLA Piper. (1/2/2020)

Kiran Gore joined the editorial board of the Foreign Investment Law Journal as associate editor for book reviews. Gore also works as an independent counsel and legal consultant focused on international law and dispute resolution.  She is also an adjunct professor at The George Washington University Law School and New York University's Global Study Center in Washington, DC.  (9/17/2019) 

Brian Hecht joined Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP as a partner in the corporate group in the New York office.  Hecht's practice focuses on capital markets transactions, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate governance matters.  He was previously a partner at Kirkland & Ellis LLP in New York. (10/4/2019) 

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)

Krista L. Lepper was promoted to general counsel at Public Health Solutions. She was previously its deputy general counsel. (2/11/2020)

Sylvia E. Simson joined Greenberg Traurig as counsel in its global litigation practice.  She is also a member of the firm’s financial services litigation and products liability & mass torts groups. (10/16/2019)

Leonard S. Spinelli joined Genova Burns LLC as an associate. He was previously deputy attorney general of the New Jersey’s Employment Litigation Section, now known as State Police, Employment and Corrections. (9/23/2019)

Lauren C. Watson joined Sills Cummis & Gross P.C. as an associate.  Lauren focuses on complex commercial litigation.  She previously was an associate at Emmet, Marvin & Martin LLP. (10/16/2019)

Paige Zandri, along with fellow BLS alumni Lauren Artese ’08, cofounded Artese Zandri PLLC, a boutique family law firm. She previously maintained her own family law private practice. (12/9/2019)


Lauren Artese, along with fellow BLS alumni Paige Zandri ’09, cofounded Artese Zandri PLLC, a boutique family law firm. She previously was an associate at Cohen Forman Barone, LLP in its family, matrimonial and criminal law groups. (12/9/2019)

Shujah Awan was promoted to vice president and deputy general counsel at Biz2Credit Inc., a leading AI-driven digital platform. Awan was previously associate general counsel at Biz2Credit Inc. (11/18/2019) 

Melissa Rivero’s first novel, The Affairs of the Falcons was awarded the Aspen Words Literary Prize.  This award goes to works of fiction that address a vital contemporary issue. Rivero currently is counsel for Boxed Wholesale. (11/14/2019)

Garry T. Stevens Jr. was promoted to partner at Winget, Spadafora & Schwartzberg, LLP in its professional liability defense and securities litigation and regulatory groups. (1/30/2020)

Shawn P. Thomas was promoted to partner at the employment and business law firm Sanders Roberts LLP. Before Thomas joined the firm, he was an associate at Glaser Weil Fink Howard Avchen. (1/26/2020)

Michelle R. Usitalo was promoted to partner at BakerHostetler.  She practices in the areas of complex business matters, bankruptcy litigation, international asset recovery, copyright litigation, and the management of multijurisdictional international litigation.  (1/2/2020)


Steven J. Auletta of Rivkin Radler LLP was added to the “2019 New York Rising Stars” List. He has been on the list since 2014. Steven defends clients in federal and state courts over allegations including negligence, breach of contract, and civil rights. (8/16/2019)

Joe DiGiglio joined the financial services regulatory consultancy, Bovill, as a managing consultant. He was previously a senior compliance officer at Cadre, a real estate investment firm. (4/13/20) 

Stephen C. Harris became general counsel of Georgia’s Department of Human Services. He was formerly the deputy general counsel and privacy officer, and has been part of the department since 2012. Before joining the state DHS, he was staff attorney for the Griffin Judicial Circuit. (8/2/2019) 

Matthew Pawling was promoted to partner at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP in its structured finance and capital markets groups. (12/14/2019)

James P. Renken received the “Raeder Larson Public Service Award” from the Minnesota State Bar Association’s bankruptcy section. The award recognizes pro bono service in this field. (7/19/2019)

Valentina Shaknes, along with fellow BLS alumni Caroline Krauss, cofounded Krauss Shaknes Tallentire & Messeri LLP, a boutique family law firm. She previously was the co-chair of McLaughlin & Stern’s matrimonial and family law practice. (11/18/2019)

Leon A. Yel joined Windels Marx in New York as partner after leaving CKR Law. Yel focuses his practice on corporate law, lending vehicles, and debt matters. (9/6/2019)


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)

Ashlee Y. Crawford was elected as a judge of the Criminal Term of the Bronx Supreme Court. (1/21/2020)

Gregory W. Fox, partner at Goodwin Procter LLP, was selected as one of American Bankruptcy Institute’s “40 under 40.” He practices in the areas of consumer products, financial services, retail, pharmaceuticals and healthcare, technology, automotive, telecommunications, and education (11/18/2019) 

Kathryn T. Lundy became a partner in the litigation and labor & employment practice groups of Freeborn & Peters.  Lundy focuses on the management-side employment cases, particularly in the fashion, luxury goods and the hospitality industries. (10/16/2019)

Jodi Siegel Stein joined Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP as a partner in its real estate, land use and environmental groups. She was previously a partner at Herrick, Feinstein LLP. (4/21/2020)

Leah Wiederhorn joined the National Association of the Deaf as a staff attorney.  Wiederhorn is responsible for litigating civil rights disability cases on behalf of deaf and hard of hearing people in the United States. She was previously a senior staff attorney at the Center for Reproductive Rights. (10/11/2019)


Armand Balboni, M.D., was promoted at Appili Therapeutics Inc. as its CEO.  He was previously itsChief Scientific Officer and a member of its board. (12/2/2019)

Allison R. Barrett joined American International Group. Inc. (AIG) as its global head of multinational, general insurance. She was previously managing director and global head of Willis Towers Watson’s financial institutions business within the financial, executive and professional risk specialty group. (11/18/2019) 

Jordan Bromley, partner and leader of the entertainment transactions and finance group at Manatt Phelps & Phillips, was featured in Billboard’s “2019 Top Music Lawyers” list. (8/29/2019)

Jason A. Cade was named the J. Alton Hosch Associate Professor of Law Endowed Chair at University of Georgia School of Law.  He teaches Immigration Law and directs the Community Health Law Partnership Clinic. (9/17/2019)

Lee D. Edelson joined Federman Steifman LLP as a partner.  Edelson was previously a partner at Donovan LLP.  He practices in the areas of acquisitions, financings, ground leases, commercial and office leases, construction matters and joint ventures. (12/11/2019)

Jordan Garner was promoted to partner at Leason Ellis LLP in its patent prosecution and litigation groups. Garner was previously an attorney at Darby & Darby Morgan & Finnegan. (1/31/2020)

Melissa S. Katz joined the American Society of the University of Haifa as a director. Melissa was previously an attorney and planned giving officer for AIPAC. She also serves as director of donor affairs for Ben-Gurion University in the U.S. (9/6/2019) 

Seth A. Liebenstein joined Blank Rome LLP as of counsel in its real estate group. He was previously at Belkin Burden Goldman, LLP. (2/12/2020)

David Shargel returned to Bracewell’s trial and white-collar team, as a partner. He was formerly a partner at Westerman Ball Ederer Miller Zucker & Sharfstein on Long Island. Shargel practices in the area of commercial litigation, white collar defense, and compliance matters for individuals and companies. (9/6/2019)

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)


Michael A. Arcieri was featured in an article in The Journal News on November 27,2019.  Arcieri is the director of basketball strategy for the New York Knicks.  He was previously the director of basketball operations for the Orlando Magic. (11/27/2019)

Jane Batzofin became a member of the board of directors of TILT Holdings Inc.  Batzofin is a partner and general counsel at Trine Acquisition Corp.  She is also a senior partner at InterMedia Partners, LP. (11/22/2019)

Michelle Ann Gitlitz joined Crowell & Moring’s New York office as the Global Head of its blockchain and digital assets practice. Gitlitz previously founded and co-led Blank Rome LLP’s blockchain technology and digital currencies group. (10/3/2019) 


Alan Albert joined American European Insurance Group, Inc. as staff counsel.  He was previously an attorney at Brandon J. Broderick, Attorney at Law. (9/15/2019)

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)

Matthew D. Feil was promoted to partner at BakerHostetler.  He practices environmental law with an emphasis on commercial litigation.  (1/2/2020)


Ingrid Manevitz joined the litigation department at Seyfarth Shaw LLP as a partner. Ingrid represents clients in cooperative and condominium related disputes, including disputes involving construction and design defects, alterations, access to neighboring properties, holders of unsold shares, discrimination, reasonable accommodations, mold, lead contamination and short-term rentals. (9/17/2019)


Matthew Blum was elected as a judge of the New York City Civil Court in Richmond County. Blum previously maintained his own private practice and he also worked at the Richmond County District Attorney’s Office. (12/3/2019)

Kathryn C. Collins was promoted to partner at Feldman, Kleidman, Coffey & Sappe LLP.  She practices in the areas of medical malpractice and personal injury.  Collins has been with the firm for four years. (1/9/2020)

Rachel S. Fraser was appointed assistant attorney at the Harris County Attorney’s Office in its litigation practice group.  She was previously an assistant district attorney with the Fort Bent District Attorney’s Office. (1/10/2020)

Ron Lebow was promoted to partner at Greenspoon Marder LLP in its health law group.  He practices in the areas of business, contract, corporate and regulatory matters. (1/10/2020)

Ime Lopez joined the nonprofit TESSA of Colorado Springs, practicing in its legal division. TESSA provides comprehensive services and support to survivors of domestic and sexual violence. Lopez represents post-secondary students on gender-based discrimination, victim rights, privacy claims, among other issues.  (9/17/2019) 

Rachel Sims joined the Orthodox Union as general counsel.  The Orthodox Union is the nation’s oldest and largest umbrella organization for the North American Orthodox Jewish community. She was previously a senior litigator at Blank Rome LLP. (9/24/2019) 

Jennifer Philpott Wilson was confirmed by the U.S. Senate to be a judge for the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania on November 7, 2019. She is partner at Philpott Wilson LLP and an adjunct professor at Penn State Dickenson School of Law. (11/8/2019)


John J. Mills, along with fellow graduate Scott R. Foglietta '10, was promoted to senior counsel at Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossman LLP. Mills focuses his practice on negotiating, documenting and obtaining court approval of the firm’s securities, merger and derivative settlements. (2/16/2020)



Laurie Grasso, a partner at Hunton Andrews Kurth, was included in the 2021 Crain’s New York Business “Notable Women in Law.” (12/23/20)

Dean Steele joined Moses & Singer as a partner in its corporate and maritime and multimodal transportation practice groups. He was previously senior counsel at Norton Rose Fulbright (1/5/21)


Rio Guerrero’s immigration firm, the Guerrero Law Firm, was included in the “Best Law Firms” rankings by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers. (11/18/20)


Mitch Graffeo joined Tech Launch Arizona, University of Arizona, as its senior licensing manager. He was previously the owner and sole proprietor of Individualized IP Management. (8/30/20)

John Lewis was appointed president and CEO of the United Nations Federal Credit Union. He previously served as UNFCU’s senior vice president of corporate affairs and general counsel. (11/10/20)

Michael Mosberg was named chair of the American Bar Association’s Family Law Section. Mosberg is a partner at Aronson Mayefsky & Sloan. (10/15/20)

Laurie A. Stanziale joined Fox Rothschild as a partner in its construction and real estate practice groups. She was also included in the 2021 Crain’s New York Business “Notable Women in Law.” Stanziale was previously a partner at Tarter Krinsky & Drogin.(12/4/20)


Michelle Adams published “Family Strong - 7 Gifts For A Lasting Legacy.” Family Strong is the result of working with numerous families in her law practice which focuses on estate planning and charitable giving. (11/12/20)

Ari Markenson, partner and co-chair of Winston & Strawn’s health care and life sciences industry practice groups, co-authored a book for the American Bar Association Health Law Section entitled "What is the Corporate Practice of Medicine and Fee Splitting?" (1/8/21)

John Scannell joined CIB Marine Bancshares’ Board of Directors as an independent director. Scannell is also a senior advisor at Hildene Capital Management. (2/28/2021)

Sanford Smokler was promoted to shareholder at Simmons Hanly Conroy in its complex litigation group. He focuses his practice on mass torts including medical device, pharmaceutical and opioid litigation. (1/15/21)

Charles Ward was promoted to general counsel at Bow Wow Labs. He has been with the company since 2017. (10/28/20)


Robert White was appointed First Assistant District Attorney of the Orleans Parish District Attorney’s Office. (1/15/21)


Frank Carone was included in the 2021 City & State’s Law Power 100. Carone is an executive partner at Abrams, Fensterman, Fensterman, Eisman, Formato Ferrara Wolf & Carone. (3/14/21)

Jeffrey Gewirtz was promoted to Chief Operating Officer of BSE Global, which includes the Brooklyn Nets, Barclays Center, the WNBA’s New York Liberty, the NBA G League’s Long Island Nets, and Nets GC of the NBA 2K League.  He continues to serve as executive vice president and general counsel for BSE Global. (1/9/21)

Narda Jones was appointed Legislative Affairs Director of the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy. She previously served as the senior technology policy advisor for the Democratic staff of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. (1/17/21)

Jill Salmon was promoted to head of professional lines for the U.S. at Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance. She has been with BHSI since 2014. (12/15/20)

Blair Todt joined health benefits company Anthem as executive vice president and chief legal officer. He was previously senior vice president and chief legal officer at Health Care Service Corporation. (11/30/20)


Daryn Grossman was promoted to managing partner at Proskauer Rose LLP. She previously served as co-chair of the its global corporate department and technology group, as well as its media and telecommunications group. (2/11/2020)

Jennifer L. Naiburg was promoted to chief executive assistant district attorney at the Queens County District Attorney’s Office. Naiburg has been with the Queens District Attorney’s Office for over 26 years. She also serves as an adjunct professor at Fordham University School of Law. (1/21/2020)

Deborah Riegel, a member at Rosenberg & Estis, was included in the Crain’s New York Business 2021 “Notable Women in Law.” She focuses her practice in the area of landlord tenant law, real estate law, condominium/cooperative law, and commercial litigation. (12/23/20)


Jeffrey Berkowitz joined Uniphar as a board member. He serves as an independent non-executive director. Berkowitz is also CEO of Real Endpoints. (9/8/2020)

Joanne Forbes was appointed a City Court Judge by the City of Newburgh City Council. She was previously a senior principal law clerk for the New York City Unified Court System. (3/1/21)

David Grill was selected by his peers for inclusion in the 27th Edition of The Best Lawyers in America for his expertise in construction law. Grill is a partner at Rivkin Radler. (8/26/20)

Mark Kornfeld joined Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney as a shareholder and will serve as its current court-appointed federal equity receiver. He was previously a partner at Quarles & Brady. (12/17/20)

Norman Leon was named by Law360 as an “2020 Employment MVP.” Leon is a partner at DLA Piper. (9/28/20)


Mary Critharis was appointed as the United States Patent and Trademark Office’s acting chief policy officer and director for international affairs. She was previously senior counsel at the same agency. (10/20/20)

Thomas DiBiase was appointed general counsel for the United States Capitol Police. He was previously the acting general counsel for 11 months and the deputy general counsel for 10 years. (8/26/20)

Ada Clapp joined Berdon LLP Accountants and Advisors as a senior partner. She was previously general counsel at Elysium Management. (8/20/20)

Juliet Howard was appointed as a judge to New York City’s Housing Court. She was previously a court attorney in New York County. (2/3/21)

Caroline Krauss, along with Valentina Shaknes '07, was named a “2020 Distinguished Leader” by the New York Law Journal. Krauss and Shaknes are cofounders of the family law firm Krauss Shaknes Tallentire & Messeri. (10/14/20)


Daniel Rosenfeld joined Sullivan & Worcester as a partner in its litigation group. Rosenfeld was previously a partner at DLA Piper. (10/16/20)

Laura Watters was promoted to acting executive director at the Staten Island Foundation. She has served as a program director at the Staten Island Foundation since 2007 (3/3/21)




Fernando Oliver was included in the 2021 Marquis Who's Who list. Oliver is a professor of business and law at Fairleigh Dickinson University. (8/31/20)


Scott Middleton is the president of the board of directors of East End Arts, a nonprofit arts organization serving the five East End towns of Long Island. Middleton is senior partner at Campolo Middleton & Mccormick. (10/1/20)

David Pollack joined Goldberg Segalla as special counsel in its workers’ compensation group. He was previously a senior associate at the Law Office of Joseph A. Romano. (2/22/2021)


David Barse, in 2019, founded XOUT Capital, an index company specializing in customizing indices and licensing them to money managers. XOUT focuses on identifying companies to exclude from an index. XOUT’s first index was launched in the summer of 2019 and licensed to an ETF sponsor named GraniteShares with the ticker symbol XOUT, listed on the NYSE on October 7, 2019.  XOUT is a long-term strategy that exploits the following three insights:  one, technological disruption is the most significant forward-facing risk for all businesses and investors; two, it is much easier to simply exclude losers than to pick winners; and three, passive indexing is growing exponentially and buys everything in a market, even companies in long-term decline.  XOUT evaluates the 500 largest US companies and determines how each company is addressing the challenges of technological disruption and eliminates the 250 losers.

Barse was previously CEO of Third Avenue Management for 25 years. 

Jill Ginsberg, senior partner at Ginsberg Shulman, received a Florida Bar President’s Pro Bono Service Award for her work with the Mission United Veterans Pro Bono Legal Project, which helps veterans in civil legal matters. (02/01/21)

Michael Gottfried joined Elkins Kalt Weintraub Reuben Gartside LLP as a partner to help the firm launch its bankruptcy and restructuring group. Gottfried was previously a partner at Landau Gottried & Berger LLP. (1/30/2020)

Paul Sweeny was named to the 2021 Irish 100, a list which honors distinguished American lawyers of Irish decent. He is a partner at Coughlin & Gerhart in its labor and employment law and commercial litigation groups. (11/8/20)


Carlos Ortiz joined McDermott Will & Emery as a partner in its white-collar defense and litigation groups. He was previously a partner at Norton Rose Fulbright. (11/22/20)


Linda Maryanov, a wills, trusts, estate planning attorney at Zimmerman and Maryanov, founded and continues to facilitate a popular trusts and estates study group in April 2020. (12/21/20)


Terry D. Horner joined the personal injury and professional liability firm Feldman, Kleidman, Coffey & Sappe LLP as of counsel. Horner previously maintained his own practice. (1/29/2020)



John Leventhal joined Aidala, Bertuna & Kamins as a partner. He focuses his practice on appellate law and litigation. He was previously an associate of the State Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Second Judicial Department. (1/12/21)

Rosalyn Richter joined Arnold & Porter as a senior counsel in its complex litigation practice group. She was previously an Associate Justice in the Appellate Division of the New York Supreme Court, First Department. (11/30/12)


Marshall D. Feiring joined Dentons as partner in its capital markets group. He was previously at Sidley Austin. (7/2/2020)

Eileen T. Nugent joined Morrow Sodali’s newly-formed strategic advisory board. She is currently of counsel at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom in its mergers and acquisitions group. She is also a member of the Law School’s Board of Trustees. (7/22/20)

Vincent Pitta was included in the 2021 City & State’s Law Power 100. He is the founding partner at Pitta Law and focuses his practice on labor and management relations. (3/14/21)


Gene Korf was awarded the 2021 Marquis Who's Who Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award for his leadership in the fields of estate planning and administration. Gene is president of Korf & Rosenblatt. (3/20/22)


Stephen J. Silverberg became a member of the Executive Committee of the Estate Planning Council of Nassau County. He is the principal attorney at the Law Office of Stephen J. Silverberg where he practices in the areas of estate and tax planning, estate and trust administration, asset preservation planning, and Elder Law. (9/3/20)


Stephen J. Dannhauser joined the board of Ellington Financial as an independent director. He is a consultant for Weil, Gotshal & Manges, where he has worked since 1975. (2/1/21)

Jeffrey Citron was included in the 2021 City & State’s Law Power 100. He is the managing partner at Davidoff Hutcher & Citron. (3/14/21)


Joseph Karp, founder of The Karp Law Firm, received the 2021 Martindale Hubbell Silver Client Champion Award in recognition of superior service provided to his clients. (2/07/21)

Gary M. Rosenberg received a lifetime achievement award from the New York Law Journal for his accomplishments and impact on the legal community and the practice of law over the course of his career. Rosenberg is a founding member of the real estate firm Rosenberg & Estis.

James Grossman was selected by his peers for inclusion in the 27th Edition of The Best Lawyers in America for his expertise in eminent domain and condemnation law. He is a partner at Barclay Damon. (8/18/20)

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)

Barry B. LePatner, of Barry B. LePatner & Associates, LLP, was featured in an article in the Commercial Observer. Lepatner and his firm provide legal counsel and project management services to owners, developers, and investors involved in capital projects. (10/29/2019)


Sanford Rubenstein was included in the 2021 City & State’s Law Power 100. He is a founding partner of Rubenstein & Rynecki. (3/14/21)

Leonard A. Sands, founder of Sands & Moskowitz, was awarded the Daniel S. Pearson - Harry W. Prebish Founders Award by the Miami Chapter of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers on May 16, 2020. The Founders Award is the highest honor given by the organization and is given “in recognition of a lifetime commitment to preserve the constitutional rights of all citizens and for manifesting the very best principles for which FACDL - Miami stands.” (2/25/2020)



Jeffrey D. Forchelli was appointed chairman and co-managing partner of Forchelli Deegan Terrana, as well as a Trustee of his undergraduate alma mater, Wagner College. He is the managing partner and founding member of Forchelli Deegan Terrana and a member of the Brooklyn Law School Board of Trustees. Forchelli was selected by his peers for inclusion in the 27th Edition of The Best Lawyers in America for land use & zoning Law. (9/1/20) 

Richard W. Lerner has been included in the 2021 Marquis Who's Who list. He has been a partner at Lerner & Lerner since 1998. Lerner specializes in disability law, including Social Security Disability, Worker's Compensation and New York State Disability Retirement. (9/4/20)

Michael Rikon, partner of Goldstein, Rikon, Rikon & Houghton, P.C., was inducted into the 2021 Hall of Fame by the International Association of Top Professionals (IAOTP). (1/4/21)


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)

Alan E. Weiner published “Becoming Successful in Today's Professional World.,” an article that gives advice to young tax attorneys, in The CPA Journal. (11/26/20)


Stanley M. Grossman was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by the New York Law Journal. Grossman is senior counsel at Pomerantz and focuses his practice on securities litigation. (10/19/20)

Gerald Lefcourt was included in the 2021 City & State’s Law Power 100. He focuses his practice in the areas of criminal law and complex civil litigation. (3/14/21)


Peter L. Klausner retired from Pavia & Harcourt LLP as Counsel, having practiced in the areas of trusts, estates and tax, after practicing at the former firm of Wolf Haldenstein Adler Freeman & Herz for the previous 35 years. (12/20/2019)


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)

Carl L. Steinhouse published Nimitz’s Bypass, Vol. II, about Japan’s Pacific War from May 1943 through June 1944. Steinhouse has written several works focusing on World War II history, with a specific focus on the Holocaust and local efforts to protect Jewish residents from Nazi expulsion. (12/19/2019)


Hon. David N. Dinkins celebrated his 92nd birthday on July 10th and was featured in an article in the New York Amsterdam News in mid-July. (7/10/2019)


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)