Class Notes: May 2016

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Raymond J. Burke ’68 has been awarded the 2016 “Outstanding Friend of Seafarers” Award by Seafarers International House, a Lutheran, non-profit agency serving merchant seafarers, at the organization’s 16th Annual “Setting the Course” Awards Banquet. Burke is a partner in the maritime law firm of Burke & Parsons.

Hon. Loretta A. Preska ’73, chief judge of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, will serve as the graduation speaker at Fordham Law School’s 109th Law School Diploma Ceremony on Monday, May 23rd.

Jack Ford ’75, Emmy and Peabody Award-winning journalist, documentary producer, prominent trial attorney, author, and professor, was the speaker at Wesley College’s 2016 Commencement ceremony on May 7th, 2016. Ford has a unique career venturing from law to broadcast journalism. He served as an adjunct professor of law at the Fordham University School of Law, and is the author of two critically-acclaimed novels. He is widely known for his television journalism work, as the original anchor at the launch of Court TV in addition to serving as chief legal correspondent reporting on high-profile court cases for “NBC Nightly News”, “The Today Show” and “Dateline.”

John Ingraham ’75 has been named to The Best Lawyers in America 2016 within his practice area, Trusts and Estates. He is currently a partner at Conner & Winters. He has practiced in the areas of estate planning and estate administration for over 25 years.

William P. Harrington ’82, a partner and chairman of the executive committee at Bleakley Platt and Schmidt LLP, has been selected as the 2016 Spring Gala honoree by the Charles L. Brieant Center for his outstanding contributions to Westchester County through his exceptional humanitarian efforts and his dedication to those in need. Each year the Charles L. Brieant Center (CBC) honors an individual who embodies the spirit of developing the leader in every child and teenager. Harrington, this year’s honoree, has been a major contributor and a great influence in the development and growth of The Charles L. Brieant Center since its inception.

Elizabeth A. Bryson ’83 has been elected to be a Director of the National Conference of Women’s Bar Associations (NCWBA). She is a past President of the New York Women’s Bar Association.

William Bryk ’89, his wife Mimi Kramer-Bryk, and their cats have moved from Brooklyn, NY to Antrim, NH. Bill Bryk will be filing an application for admission on motion to the New Hampshire bar.

Michelle M. Carniaux ’93 has joined Norton Rose Fulbright as a partner in the firm’s New York office. She has experience in a broad range of intellectual property matters and represents clients from the computer, electronics, imaging, telecommunications and medical device technologies.

Larry Schneider ’93 was awarded the U.S. Department of Justice Assistant Attorney General’s Award for Excellence for his role in the prosecution of Fazliddin Kurbanov. Kurbanov was convicted after a jury trial and sentenced to 25 years imprisonment for conspiring and attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization. Schneider is a prosecutor with the Counterterrorism Section of DOJ in Washington, DC.

Brenda L. Gill ’95 has taken on the new role of National Business Development Director of RCP (Resources Global Professionals). She was previously a Practice Director in RGP’s Legal business. Gill is also the leader of the recently created FLAA Alumni of Color Affinity Group (AAC). To become a member of the AAC LinkedIn group, click here.

Palmina M. Fava ’97 has received the Fordham Law Moot Court Distinguished Alumnae Award on April 13th, 2016. She is currently a partner in the litigation practice of Paul Hastings, where she focuses her practice on conducting internal investigations, drafting and implementing global compliance programs, and representing corporations and individuals in civil litigation and government investigations.

Andrew E. Roth ’98 has joined Cooley LLP as a partner in the firm’s Privacy & Data Protection practice group. Roth specializes in cutting edge technology and the complex legal and operational issues they raise. He arrives from Dentons, where he was co-chair of the firm’s global privacy & cybersecurity group; prior to that he was chief privacy officer at American Express.

Tracey Daniels O’Connell ’99 has opened a solo law practice, Daniels O’Connell PC, at 120 Bloomingdale Road in White Plains. Her firm specializes in commercial and residential real estate transactions, hospitality law, and general business services. For more than 15 years, she has represented commercial and residential real estate clients as a partner at two Manhattan-based law firms.

Deborah L. Drazen ’00 has joined the Johnson & Johnson Law Department as Senior Patent Counsel effective April 25, 2016. In this role, Drazen will be providing legal support for Johnson & Johnson’s Pharmaceutical businesses. She was previously an Intellectual Property Associate at Greenberg Traurig and practiced in the areas of patent preparation and prosecution, due diligence, and client counseling.

Richard Frecker ’00 has been named acting general legal counsel for Hertz Global Holdings. Frecker, who has been with Hertz since 2008, has served as vice president and deputy general counsel for the company since 2013, where he has had responsibility for all corporate securities matters.

Jessica Carey ’03 has been selected as a 2016 Rising Star by the New York Law Journal. She is currently a partner at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP in the firm’s Litigation Department, where she focuses her practice handling on a broad range of criminal, regulatory and complex commercial litigation matters for financial institutions, hedge funds and corporations.

Perry Cerrato ’04 been selected as a 2016 Rising Star by the New York Law Journal. Cerrato is currently the Deputy Inspector General of the New York State Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs.

Fernandez Santiago ’04 has been promoted to Senior Counsel at Macy’s, Inc. Santiago’s practice focuses exclusively on labor and employment issues.

Seth Brookman ’05 was named to New Jersey Law Journal’s 2016 “New Leaders of the Bar,” a list of the 47 most impressive young lawyers in the state. He is a founding partner of Lucosky Brookman LLP and currently serves as the Firm’s Administrative Partner and the Head of the Banking and Finance Practice Group.

Mary Gabriel ’05 was named to New Jersey Law Journal’s 2016 “New Leaders of the Bar,” a list of the 47 most impressive young lawyers in the state. Mary is a partner in McCarter & English’s business litigation group, where she focuses on commercial and securities litigation, representing clients in complex contractual disputes, breach of fiduciary duty, professional negligence, securities fraud, RICO, antitrust and shareholder oppression actions.

Michael Yim ’05 has joined Sedgwick LLP as a partner in the firm’s New York office. Yim concentrates his practice in non-compete/trade secret, wage and hour, and cross-border executive mobility and compensation. Prior to Sedgwick, Yim served as partner at FordHarrison.

Lauren Handelsman ’06 has been selected as a 2016 Rising Star by the New York Law Journal. She is currently an associate at Binder & Schwartz LLP, where she focuses her practice on complex commercial litigation and internal and government investigations.

John E. Handy ’06 has joined Blackbird Technologies as Senior Litigation Counsel. Handy’s legal expertise covers many aspects of patent law. As a patent litigator at White & Case and Greenberg Traurig, he gained extensive experience before federal courts and the International Trade Commission.

Philippe Manteau ’06 has joined Loeb & Loeb as a partner in its capital markets and corporate department, where he will serve as chair of the firm’s Western Europe corporate practice. He was previously partner at Schiff Hardin.

Tiffany M. Evans ’07 has been selected to receive the Voice Award – 2016 Rising Star from the Cincinnati Bar Association’s Women Lawyers Committee. The Voice Award is presented to a female Cincinnati Bar Association (CBA) member, under age 40, for exemplary service to the legal/general community. Evans is currently an associate at Keating Muething & Klekamp (KMK Law) in the firm’s Private Client Services Group.

Chapin D. Fay ’07 was promoted to Vice President & Associate Counsel at Mercury, a high-stakes public strategy firm.

Maryam Franzella ’08 has joined Hogan Lovells as an attorney in the firm’s New York office. Franzella is a trained litigator with both trial and appellate court experience. She was also previously an adjunct professor of Legal Writing and Lawyering Skills at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.

Peter Cifichiello ’10 has accepted an appointment as an active duty officer in the Air Force JAG Corps. He was a Corporate Associate at Loeb & Loeb LLP. Prior to practicing law, Cifichiello served in the U.S. Navy as a Surface Warfare Officer and is a Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Navy Reserves.

Jessica M. Lau ’12 has joined Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis, LLP. Lau will be a member of the Litigation Services department and her practice will focus on complex commercial litigation in state and federal courts. She was previously with Lynch Daskal Emery, LLP.

Erica Barrow ’13 has joined Baker & Hostetler LLP as a Litigation Associate. She previously worked as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Anil C. Singh, New York State Supreme Court, where she has experience working on complex commercial motions and discovery disputes related to fraud, corporate governance, and breach of contract.

Minning Yu ’14 has joined Goldberg Segalla as an Associate in the firm’s General Liability Practice Group. Yu represents a wide variety of corporate clients in matters involving product liability, negligence, employment and labor, and real estate. She was previously an associate with the Manhattan office of Gonzalez Saggio & Harlan.

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