Class Notes: January-February 2016


Malcolm Wattman ’68 has retired as a partner in the law firm of Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP in New York City where he practiced for 47 years specializing in corporate, securities and structured finance. He and Donna, his wife of 52 years, have moved to Palm Beach Gardens in Florida. He will serve as a consulting attorney to the firm in his retirement and continues to serve on the national and local boards of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and of a social services charity which runs a homeless shelter and programs for victims of domestic violence and supportive housing all for disabled persons.

Richard Seldin ’72, in May 2015, published his first novel, Below the Line in Beijing. The novel was published by International Psychoanalytic Books and can be purchased from the publisher at, (both paper and Kindle), and retail bookstores.

John M. Hunt ’73 has been re-appointed by Mayor Bill de Blasio to a third 10-year term as a Family Court judge of Queens County. Hunt was named a Family Court judge in 1996, and was reappointed in 2006. He has served on the Queens County Family Court since 1999, and previously served on the Bronx County Family Court.

Mary J. Mahon ’75 has been appointed as the Commissioner of the Westchester County Department of Human Resources. Ms. Mahon, previously the county’s Director of Real Estate, has extensive experience in the areas of labor and employment practices and related litigation. She served a combined 11 years at the Long Island Rail Road and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. As General Counsel at both organizations, she earned a reputation as a skilled and resourceful negotiator.

Declan P. Mansfield ’77 has been appointed to Florida’s Sixth Judicial Circuit Court bench, which comprises Pinellas and Pasco counties. Mr. Mansfield is a partner with Bianco & Mansfield, P.A. where he has practiced since 1991.

Magdalen Gaynor ’78 has been named as the New York State Bar section chair of the Trusts and Estates Law Section. With offices in White Plains and Manhattan, her primary practice is state tax and estate tax planning, will and trust preparation, estate and trust administration, and fiduciary income tax preparation.

Jay A. Fenster ’80 has been selected to the 2015 New York State Super Lawyers list in the area of Employee Benefits. Mr. Fenster focuses his practice on employee benefits and executive compensation matters.

Bruce Gitlin ’80 and Elizabeth Gitlin ’87 have been featured in the New York Law Journal for their work in representing the indigent deaf. The husband and wife team, who run their public interest law firm, the New York Center for Law and Justice, aims to educate the legal community about the needs of the indigent deaf. To read the full article, click here.

Stephen Miller ’81 has been appointed as the new President of the House of Hope’s Board of Directors in Warwick, RI. Mr. Miller serves in numerous capacities for the organization, which aids individuals and families with children who are homeless, with access to shelters statewide.

Robert V. Fitzsimmons ’82 has been invited to join the prestigious Claims and Litigation Management Alliance, a nonpartisan alliance comprised of thousands of insurance companies, corporations, Corporate Counsel, Litigation and Risk Managers, claims professionals and attorneys. Through education and collaboration the organization’s goals are to create a common interest in the representation by firms of companies, and to promote and further the highest standards of litigation management in pursuit of client defense. Mr. Fitzsimmons is an experienced trial lawyer specializing in complex civil litigation.

Ann H. Zucker ’85 has been elected to managing partner of Carmody Torrance Sendek & Hennessey LLP. She was previously serving as assistant managing partner and leader of the firm’s business and personal services group. In a news release announcing her promotion, Zucker is described as being instrumental in the 2014 merger of Waterbury-based Carmody & Torrance with Stamford-based Sandak, Hennessey & Greco.

Rose Gill Hearn ’88 has been honored with the Lumbard Bowl award, recognizing her as this year’s outstanding alumna among all former assistant U.S. attorneys from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District. She is a former commissioner of the New York City Department of Investigation.

John F. Parker ’89 has joined Goldberg Segalla as a partner and Co-Chair of the firm’s Environmental and Toxic Torts Practice Groups. Mr. Parker has more than 25 years’ experience handling matters involving chemical exposure, including lead paint poisoning, asbestos and benzene.

Norma Perez-Veridiano ’90 was an honoree during the New York Academy of Medicine’s 168th Anniversary Discourse and Awards honoring the 30-years Fellows on Nov. 5, 2015. A practicing obstetrician gynecologist and professor, Dr. Veridiano is also the founder and managing partner of a group of obstetricians-gynecologists serving women of diverse ethnic and religious background.

Madeline Singas ’91 has been elected as Nassau County’s District Attorney. The Inauguration took place at The Cradle of Aviation in Garden City, NY on January 25, 2016. For the last two decades, Singas has prosecuted violent criminals, including those who target the most vulnerable members of our society – women, children, and the elderly.

Norm Ashkenas ’92 was recently elected to the Board of Directors of the National Society of Compliance Professionals, a nonprofit which serves and supports compliance professionals in the financial services industry. He is currently the Chief Compliance Officer for Fidelity Brokerage Services in Boston, MA.

Jeffrey S. Boxer ’92 was elected to Carter Ledyard & Milburn LLP’s executive committee. He is also a partner and co-chair of the firm’s Litigation Department. His practice focuses on general commercial, trade secret, restrictive covenant and employment litigation and arbitration.

Evon Asforis ’94 was recently appointed as Judge of the Housing Part of the Civil Court of the City of New York.

Avi Lew ’94 has been promoted to counsel at Warshaw Burstein LLP in the firm’s Litigation department. His practice involves general and complex commercial litigation, employment law, business and partnership disputes, real estate litigation, employment law, banking law and Surrogate’s Court litigation.

Michael M. McDaniel ’94 has been appointed as Special Counsel at Lipsitz Green Scime Cambria LLP. Mr. McDaniel is a member of the firm’s Intellectual Property Practice Group, focusing on general business advising, trademark prosecution and enforcement, and domain name protection.

Scott G. Kearns ’95 has been promoted to partner at Peckar & Abramson in the Construction Law Practice. Mr. Kearns has served Peckar & Abramson clients for over a decade, practicing primarily in the construction law and commercial litigation practice groups.

Matthew H. Haverstick ’96 has joined the Philadelphia law firm of Kleinbard LLC as a partner of the Litigation Department. Haverstick and his team’s practice focuses on representing government officials and entities in the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania, in matters ranging from public corruption investigations to the constitutionality of state laws.

Holly Schepisi ’97 has been chosen as the recipient of the Woman’s Political Caucus of NJ 2016 Carol Murphy Award. She is the leading proponent for local issues such as efforts to retain businesses, finding remedies for the disproportionate funding issues, providing solutions to flooding, or as the loyal opposition to attempts at increasing taxes on Bergen and Passaic Counties.

Daniel L. Brown ’98 has been named Pro Bono partner at Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP. Mr. Brown is a partner in the firm’s Business Trial Practice Group in the New York office and also the current Chair of the firm’s Pro Bono Committee.

Jack Pace ’98 has been selected by Law360 as an MVP in the Life Sciences category for his victories in pharmaceutical antitrust litigation in 2015. Jack is a partner at White & Case LLP and is Executive Partner of the firm’s New York office.

Olivier N. Antoine ’99 has been promoted to partnership at Crowell & Moring LLP. Mr. Antoine is a member of the firm’s Antitrust Group and his practice involves antitrust counseling with particular focus on mergers, acquisitions, and joint ventures, as well as U.S. and international monopolization issues.

James Stefanick ’99 has joined Cole Schotz as a Member of the firm’s Corporate, Finance and Business Transaction Department. Mr. Stefanick’s practice is concentrated primarily on mergers and acquisitions and financing transactions. He was previously counsel at Dechert in its corporate and securities group.

Anthony J. Mahajan ’00, an Assistant U.S. Attorney of the Department of Justice, was honored at the Federal Law Enforcement Foundation’s annual awards ceremony for his work resulting in the convictions of 17 members and associates of the Genovese Organized Crime family.

Kyle A. Taylor ’00 has been promoted to counsel at Warshaw Burstein LLP in the firm’s Corporate and Securities department. He has extensive transactional experience in a broad range of corporate matters including asset-based lending (representing borrowers and lenders), private equity and mergers and acquisitions.

Sivan Korn ’01 has joined the Tucson law firm of Rusing Lopez & Lizardi, PLLC. Ms. Korn, a commercial litigator, has practiced in New York, Israel, and Tucson.

Robert E. Wood ’01 has been promoted to Counsel at Seward & Kissel LLP in the firm’s Corporate Finance practice group. He represents clients in connection with a broad range of financing transactions involving funds of funds, hedge funds, private equity funds and mutual funds.

Christopher J. Marino ’02 has been elevated to shareholder at Davis, Malm & D’Agostine, P.C. Mr. Marino concentrates his business litigation practice in the areas of shareholder disputes, corporate governance, securities, real estate, construction and development, employment relations, contracts, and insurance coverage disputes. He also advises clients on general business matters, including business formation, contract negotiation, and employment matters.

Rosevelie Marquez Morales ’02 has been named as the Diversity Director of Sidley Austin’s east coast diversity initiative. Ms. Morales will oversee diversity efforts in the firm’s New York, Washington, D.C. and Boston offices. Morales’ goal at Sidley Austin is to ensure women and attorneys of color enjoy successful careers there and that the industry as a whole attracts and retains them.

Seth Ducharme ’03, deputy chief of the national security and cybercrime section in the Eastern District, received the 2015 “In the service of others” Award from the Stein Scholars Program at Fordham University School of Law. He was recognized for his leadership, commitment to values and ethics, and his public service contributions.

Timothy H. Eskridge, Jr. ’03 recently joined CGA Law Firm in downtown York. He is the newest attorney in the firm’s litigation group. He has over 12 years of experience as a litigator, most recently at Condon & Forsyth LLP in New York, NY.

Nicholas Marchica ’03 has joined Baker & McKenzie’s North American Corporate & Securities Practice as a partner in New York, bringing extensive experience in advising global companies on corporate transactions, with an emphasis on those involving the Asia Pacific region.

Ellen Smiley ’03 has been promoted to Counsel at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP. She is a member of the firm’s Public Company Advisory Practice, where she focuses on advising public company clients regarding corporate governance matters.

Julia C. Spivack ’03 has been promoted to Counsel at Seward & Kissel LLP in the firm’s Litigation Group. Her practice focuses primarily on employment litigation and advisory matters.

Alyssa Vazquez ’03 has been promoted to partner at Norton Rose Fulbright in the firm’s Transportation Finance practice group. Her practice focuses on transportation finance, aviation, project finance, infrastructure, and bankruptcy matters.

Jordan Altman ’04 has been elected to partnership at Shearman & Sterling in the firm’s Intellectual Property Transactions Group and Mergers & Acquisitions Group.

Neil Dennis ’04 has been selected to be the Assistant Dean of Career Services at Howard University School of Law. He is honored to be a part of this historical institution, and carries with pride the ethics and professionalism that Fordham instills in its graduates.

Abigail Langsam ’04 has been promoted to Counsel at Kaye Scholer LLP in the firm’s Intellectual Property Department in New York. She has represented clients in a host of intellectual property matters, including patent litigations and intellectual property transactions.

Dorothy D. Mehta ’04 has been promoted to partner at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP. Ms. Mehta focuses her practice on alternative investment matters, representing investment advisers to hedge funds, private equity funds and managed accounts, commodity pool operators and commodity trading advisors.

Davina Rauch ’04 has been promoted to Counsel at Kaye Scholer LLP in the firm’s Real Estate Department in New York. She focuses her practice on representing banks and other financial institutions in connection with the origination of mortgage and mezzanine loans.

Jennifer Del Medico ’05 has been named partner at Jones Day, with her area of focus in business and tort litigation. She has represented domestic and international corporate clients in a wide variety of matters including litigation related to complex financial products, contract interpretation, and government investigations.

David Landman ’05 has been elected to partnership in the litigation group of Benesch Friedlander in Cleveland, Ohio. Mr. Landman’s practice focuses on complex commercial litigation. He has represented clients in federal and state court on a broad range of matters at both the trial and appellate level.

Maxwell Breed ’06 has been elected to partnership at Warshaw Burstein LLP in the firm’s Litigation department. As a litigator, his practice encompasses all manner of real estate and business disputes, including “business divorces” and novel or complex landlord-tenant matters.

Daniel B. Lundy ’06, partner at Klasko Immigration Law Partners LLP, presented a seminar at the Overseas Investment & International Wealth Management Forum in Beijing, China. Mr. Lundy presented information related to the effect of the new immigration policies on EB5 projects and developing trends.

John Emmett Murphy ’06 has been elected to partner at King & Spalding in the firm’s New York Business Litigation Practice Group. Mr. Murphy’s practice focuses on complex commercial litigation and regulatory proceedings, with a particular focus on financial reporting and accounting matters.

Bonnie A. Neuman ’06 has been promoted to partner at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP. Her practice is concentrated in the area of real estate finance, representing clients in domestic and as cross-border transactions, including the origination of mortgage and mezzanine loans, syndication, loan servicing, loan restructuring and bankruptcy-related matters.

John A. Pintarelli ’06 has been elected to partnership at Morrison & Foerster LLP in the firm’s Business Restructuring and Insolvency Practice Group in the New York office. Mr. Pintarelli represents debtors and creditors in complex domestic and international bankruptcy and insolvency matters, including judicial and out-of-court restructurings.

Jed M. Schwartz ’06 has been promoted to partner at Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP. Mr. Schwartz is a member of the firm’s Litigation & Arbitration Group and represents clients in complex disputes throughout the United States and beyond.

Irina Vainberg ’06 has been elected as a partner in the New York office of Troutman Sanders LLP in the firm’s Intellectual Property practice, representing clients in the fields of biotechnology and pharmaceuticals.

Rebecca Kahan Waldman ’06 has been elected to partnership at global specialist law firm Dechert LLP. She focuses her practice on complex commercial litigation, including banking and financial services, white collar, securities litigation and eDiscovery. She also has significant experience in bankruptcy litigation, as well as in internal, federal agency and state attorneys general investigations.

David Bauer ’07 has been promoted to counsel at Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP in the firm’s Corporate Department, practicing in the Intellectual Property and Technology Group in New York.

Joseph D. Eng, Jr. ’07 has been appointed to counsel at King & Spalding in the firm’s New York Intellectual Property Practice Group. Dr. Eng’s practice includes patent litigation, patent prosecution, and transactional matters.

Matthew H. Gaul ’07 has been elected to partnership at Carmody Torrance Sandak & Hennessey LLP in the firm’s Business Services Practice Group, where he represents businesses in corporate, commercial and financial matters.

Martin E. Gilmore ’07 has joined Perkins Coie LLP’s Intellectual Property practice as senior counsel in New York. He has significant experience representing clients in patent, trademark and unfair competition actions, as well as in general commercial disputes.

Scott Levine ’07 has been promoted to Counsel at Kaye Scholer LLP in the firm’s Real Estate Department in New York, with a focus on both commercial real estate finance and development.

Amy Martella, ’07, and Seth Piken, ’07, along with big brothers Jude and Heath, welcomed a baby boy, Davy, on December 28, 2015.

Jennifer D. Morton ’07 has been promoted to Counsel at Shearman & Sterling LLP in the firm’s Financial Institutions Advisory & Financial Regulatory Group of the New York office.

Adam Rodriguez ’07 has been appointed to serve as the Director of Real Estate by Westchester County Executive Robert P. Astorino. Mr. Rodriguez is moving into his new position from his job in the Westchester County Attorney’s Office, where he served as Associate County Attorney. While in the Law Department, Rodriguez successfully represented the county in federal and state litigation.

Andrew J. Callahan ’08 has joined Reed Smith LLP as a partner in the Corporate & Transactional Advisory Group in New York. Mr. Callahan represents leading investment banks, broker-dealers, hedge funds and investment managers in connection with their trading of, and investment in, bank debt, claims, unregistered securities and other illiquid instruments.

Audrey Lu ’08 has been promoted to partner at McDermott Will & Emery. Ms. Lu is a member of the Trial Practice Group and focuses her practice on complex commercial litigation.

Mark A. Torres ’08 has published his debut novel, A Stirring in the North Fork, a thrilling page-turner about the brutal and unsolved murder of a woman on Long Island nearly four decades ago. Besides being an author, Mr. Torres also currently represents thousands of unionized employees throughout the Greater New York and Tri-state area. His debut novel is available on

Martin De Luca ’10 has joined Ropes & Gray LLP’s government enforcement practice as an associate, focusing on white collar criminal defense, regulatory enforcement and internal investigations. Prior to joining Ropes & Gray, Martin served as a prosecutor with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York and the New York County District Attorney’s Office.

Elizabeth A. Jensen ’11 started her own website in 2012 called, The Small Seed, with the mission for the website to be the ultimate resource for a person of faith to find community, inspiration, and hands-on ideas for leading a life of faith. Three years later, Jensen’s Small Seed has reached readers in 162 countries.

Leo Muchnik ’12 has joined Greenberg Traurig, LLP as an associate in the firm’s Business Reorganization & Financial Restructuring Practice. He was previously an associate at Togut Segal & Segal LLP.

Marisa A. DiLemme ’13 has joined Sony Music Entertainment as an Associate Director in the Business and Legal Affairs department. She was previously an Associate at K&L Gates LLP.

Lauren Kanzer ’13 has joined Vinson & Elkins as a Restructuring & Reorganization associate. She was previously an associate at Kirkland & Ellis LLP.

Nicole A Beletsky ’15 has joined Cohen Hochman & Allen, an Environmental and Administrative law firm in New York City that represents property owners, managers, and coops/condos at administrative hearings and in other NYC property matters.

Faina Savich ’15 has joined Cohen Hochman & Allen, an Environmental and Administrative law firm in New York City that represents property owners, managers, and coops/condos at administrative hearings and in other NYC property matters.

Daniel Sheerin ’15 wed Brooke Woosley in her hometown of New Orleans, LA on October 24, 2015. Daniel is a corporate associate at the Beverly Hills office of Raines Feldman LLP and Brooke designs under her Twenty Two Hours label. The Woosley Sheerins reside in Los Angeles, CA.


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