Class Notes: January 2017

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Frank Lucianna ’51 was recently featured in the December 12, 2016 issue of Northern Valley Press.

Ed McCoyd ’68 has published his second novel, Forester’s Will, as a sequel to his first, which was titled Simpson’s Will. Both tell a story of a probate contest. New York in the late sixties was the setting for the first. The second, set in the mid-seventies, moves east a bit–to the Nassau County Surrogate’s Court.

Jacqueline W. Silbermann ’72 joined the firm Dobrish Michaels Gross LLP.

Leslie Corwin ’73, partner at Blank Rome LLP, will participate in the Aspen Institute’s 2017 Justice & Society Seminar, which will be held July 6-12, in Aspen, Colorado. This annual seminar is comprised of 20 participants per year, by invitation only.

Robert D. Bickford Jr. ’74 of Kelley Drye & Warren LLP worked on two of the biggest real estate deals of the year, a pair of billion-dollar-plus sales of Manhattan skyscrapers for longtime client AXA Financial. Click here for the full story.

Neil Novikoff ’79 has joined Ruskin Moscou Faltischek P.C. as of Counsel.

William G. Gillespie, ’81, argued before the 9th Circuit in December 2015. He had filed a civil rights case under 42 U. S. C. §1983. Seven years and two appeals later he obtained judgment. He then moved for attorney fees under 42 U. S. C. §1988, but the district court denied them. The issue on appeal was whether fees are mandated where a case sought and obtained only nominal damages. The 9th Circuit reversed the district court on this point in a published opinion – and fees were finally awarded. Klein v. City of Laguna Beach 810 F. 3d 693 (9th Cir. 2016).

Stephen M. Miller ’81 was recently named the Board President for the Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless.

Linda Cantoni ’83 will be taking over as counsel to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. She will be succeeding Lois Raff, who has held the role for 25 years.

Jerry Cunningham ’84 has authored a book of holiday short stories for seventh and eighth graders called “The Metal Horse Learns Spanglish.”  Click here for the book.

Steven J. Kuperschmid ’85 has joined Ruskin Moscou Faltischek P.C. as partner.

Paul Washington ’95 was elected as President of Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild. The Guild is a regional center for the arts located in Woodstock, NY.

Brian M. Seymour ’97 has been appointed to the board of directors of the Business Development Board of Palm Beach County.

Andrew Walsh ’98 has been promoted to shareholder at Anderson Kill.

Adam C. Reed ’99 has been named General Counsel of Acrisure LLC.

Jennifer Daly ’02 has rejoined the firm King & Spalding as a partner in its Finance practice.

Tamar Duvdevani ’02 was appointed Chair of the Intellectual Property & Technology practice at DLA Piper.

Aaron Zerykier ’02 was promoted to partner at Farrell Fritz. He is a commercial litigation attorney, concentrating in business divorce matters, construction litigation and Electronic discovery.

Eleanor Lackman ’03, a partner at the boutique entertainment, media & IP law firm Cowan, DeBaets, Abrahams & Sheppard LLP, was recently named by Variety Magazine as one of “Hollywood’s New Leaders” in the field of Law & Finance. This follows her ranking a few months prior as one of five lawyers named a “Rising Star” in Media & Entertainment Law by Law360.

Kelly DiBlasi ’04 was elected partner at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP.

Elliot Gluck ’04 was elected to partner of Willkie Far & Gallagher.

John P. Gordon ’04 was named head of the Residential Real Estate Practice Group at the firm Vishnick MGovern Milizio LLP.

Ross M. Kramer ’04 was elected to partner at Winston & Strawn LLP. Based in New York, he focuses on white collar criminal defense.

Kirsten A. Morley ’04 and Seamus M. Morley ’04 are happy to announce the birth of their daughter, Fiona Margaret Morley. Fiona was born on December 4, 2016 and joins Gavin (7), Colin (6) and Maeve (2 1/2).

Jennifer Rosa ’04 was named partner in litigation and dispute resolution at Mayer Brown.

Rickie M. Sonpal ’04 has been elected to partner at the firm Robinson & Cole LLP. He is a member of Business Transactions Group and is located primarily in the firm’s Providence office.

Stacey Bastone ’05 has been elevated to Principal of the Long Island, NY office at Jackson Lewis P.C. She assists companies in the preparation of affirmative action plans for federal contractors including job group analyses, EEO-1 classifications, utilization analyses, compensation analyses and adverse impact analyses. She is an Adjunct Professor of Trial Advocacy at Fordham University School of Law where she instructs students on trial practice and effective jury presentation.

Ben Gibbs ’05 has been promoted to counsel at the FDIC and joined the consumer regulatory group in its Washington Office.

Ian Ho ’05 was elected to partner of Simpson, Thacher & Bartlett LLP. Ian was previously a Counsel at the firm.

Arielle Katz ’05 has been promoted to special counsel at the firm Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP. She represents corporate executives, boards of directors, and public and private companies in regulatory and criminal investigations, trials, and related proceedings involving the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Department of Justice, Securities and Exchange Commission, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and other regulatory agencies.

David Hammerman ’06 has been promoted to partner at Latham & Watkins LLP.

Valeska Pederson Hintz ’06 was promoted to partner at Lowenstein Sandler LLP. She is a member of The Tech Group. Her practice focuses on corporate governance, and risk management.

Samir D. Varma ’06 was elected to partner at Thompson Hine. He is a member of the International Trade & Customs practice group in Washington, D.C.

Greg Conroy ’07 is now the Vice President of Transactional Risk at Chubb Ltd.

Matthew Goldfarb ’07 was elected Chairman of the Board of Directors by Sevcon Inc.

Lauren Margiano ’07 was elected to partner at Haynes and Boone, LLP in New York. She is a member of the Real Estate Practice Group.

Michael Masri ’07 has been elected to partner at Chadbourne & Parke LLP.

Jason Ulezalka ’07 was recently promoted to partner at Locke Lord LLP.

Daniel A. Gottesman ’08 was elected to partner at Ulmer & Berne LLP. He represents public and private companies on a wide variety of corporate law matters, including mergers & acquisitions, private placements, equity financing, securities law and regulatory compliance, joint ventures and general corporate matters.

Chris Miritello ’08 was appointed Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Mueller Industries, Inc., a publicly traded global leader in the manufacturing and distribution of copper tube and fittings, and other industrial products, headquartered in Memphis, Tennessee.

Phillip Sosnow ’08 was promoted to partner at Bilzin Sumberg firm in Miami, Florida. Phillip focuses on commercial real estate, representing lenders and borrowers in complex financing.

Michael Landis ’11 has joined U.S. Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) as Litigation Director in Denver, Colorado.

Jason Ruiz ’11 has been appointed as a Trial Attorney in the U.S. Department of Justice, Criminal Division, Narcotic and Dangerous Drug Section in Washington, D.C.

Nicholas Hernandez ’12 is now Assistant Attorney General at Office of the New York State Attorney General.

Elliott Nathanson ’12 is now a Compliance Associate at Bridgewater Associates in Westport, CT.

Travis Long ‘13 is now the Assistant District Attorney at Rikers Island Prosecution Bureau at Bronx County District Attorneys Office.

Jeremy Hanson ’14 is now an Associate at Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP.

Jillian Szymonifka ’14 and Alex Dzioba ’14 are engaged. She is employed by Littler Mendelson PC in Newark, NJ. He is employed by Cravath, Swaine and Moore LLP, New York City. An April 2017 wedding is planned.

Jarrett Mathis ’16 created an organization called Empowering Ourselves which will launch its first major crowdfunding effort, a 40-day campaign titled “Empower Us To Success”– with the main goal of raising enough money to expand their 2017 Summer Enrichment Academy. Click here for the full story.

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