Class Notes: February 2017


James W. Quinn ’71 has joined the firm Berg & Androphy as Of Counsel in its New York office.

Joseph Donat ’74 was elected to senior counsel at Cornell Grace.

George “Steve” Williamson ’75 has joined HJ Sims as senior vice president of its Fixed Income Sales.

Kevin McKernan ‘77 was selected as the 2017 recipient of the Sullivan-Murphy Award by the Fordham University Chapter of Staten Island. . The award is named after two former Staten Island district attorneys and Fordham graduates, Thomas Sullivan and William Murphy. Click here for the full story.

Hon. Joseph J. Esposito ’79 was recently featured in the January 19, 2017 Queens Tribune. Click here for full story.

Glenn Pogust ’80 has been awarded the inaugural Jonathan Lippman Pro Bono Award by the Senior Lawyers Section of the New York State Bar Association. The award was created to recognize dedicated senior lawyers who have generously provided pro bono service in New York.

Charles “Chuck” Katz ‘84 has been recognized by BTI Consulting Group as a 2017 Service All-Star. The BTI Client Service recognition is based on more than 300 in-depth corporate counsel client interviews. BTI’s All-Stars cannot be nominated by their own firm, but rather are singled out by legal decision makers at companies with revenues greater than $1 billion.

Susan Webster ‘84 has retired from Cravath Swaine and Moore.

Hon. Catherine DiDomenico ‘86 has been reappointed to the Family Court bench in New York City. Click here to see article.

Richard Klein ‘89 was elected to partner at Romer Debbas and will manage the co-op condo board representation and litigation practice.

Andrew Lanza ’92 has become the new chairman of the Senate Codes Committee.

Michael Manzi 92 has joined the firm of Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP.

Sherry Cohen ’94 has joined the Bronx District Attorney’s Office as their chief of legal recruitment.

Brian A. Smith 94 has joined Risk Management International Ltd., an industry leader in risk management and insurance consulting, as senior vice president and general counsel.

Kevin Curnin ’95 has been elected president of The Association of Pro Bono Counsel. The APBco is a organization of over 180 attorneys and practice group managers who run pro bono practices in the world’s largest law firms.

Brenda Gill ‘95 is now a partner with Burgher Gray Jaffe LLP specializing in complex commercial transactions.

David Goldstein ’95 was elevated to partner at Certilman Balin Adler & Hyman, LLP in the Nonprofit/Tax Exempt/Religious Organizations Practice Group. He was also elected to the Executive Committee of the Business Law Section of the New York State Bar Association, and also as the incoming Chair of its Not-for-Profit Corporations Law Committee.

Karl Kilb ’95 of Boloro Global Limited was featured in The Nilson Report’s January 2017 publication.

William Jannace ’96 has become a consultant for The World Bank and a member of The Bretton Woods Committee. In addition, he recently taught courses on Corporate Governance and Capital Markets for the Wharton Business School and Georgetown. He also recently passed the training and examination to qualify as a Fellow for the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

Joshua Protass ‘96 has been hired as new general counsel at ReedGroup.

Kristin Roy ’96 has been promoted to partner at Morrison Cohen in the Business Litigation Department.

Natalynn Dunson-Harrison ‘97 is now an equal employment oppportunity Specialist at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

Michael J. Osnato ‘97 has been elected to partner and member at Simpsom Thacher & Bartlett LLP in their Government and Internal Investigations Practice. He was formerly Chief of the Complex Financial Instruments Unit of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Enforcement Division.

Deepak Reddy ’98 has joined Winston & Strawn LLP as a partner in the firm’s Transportation Finance Practice of the New York office.

Andrew Walsh ’98 has been promoted to shareholder at Anderson Kill. Click here for the full story.

Daniel Messeloff ’01 has been elevated to Principal at the Jackson Lewis P.C. Cleveland office. He works with clients to address, manage, and resolve legal issues they may have with their employees, with the goal of minimizing potential legal liability and contributing to his clients’ overall business success.

Rachel Hold-Weiss ’02 has returned to Arent Fox as partner after serving as the associate general counsel and corporate compliance officer for the Personal-Touch Home Care companies.

Elliot J. Gluck ‘04 was elected to partner in the Asset Management Group of Willkie Farr & Gallagher.

Brad Konstandt ‘04 was promoted to special counsel at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr.

Meagan S. Olsen ’04 was elected to partner in the corporate department of Paul Hastings. She is based in the firm’s Los Angeles office.

Ross Kramer ’04 was elected to partner at Winston & Strawn LLP based in New York. He focuses on white collar criminal defense.

Danitra Oliver Spencer 04 has started a new job as Employment Counsel at Boston Scientific Corporation.

Diana McMonagle ’05 has been promoted to partner at Mound Cotton Wollan & Greengrass LLP.

Israel E. Spodek ‘05 was promoted to special counsel at Schwartz Sladkus Reich Greenburg Atlas.

Christopher Colorado ’06 was elected to partner at Friedman Kaplan Seiler & Adelman LLP. His practice focuses on complex commercial litigation with particular focus on matters related to financial products, distressed companies, and debt.

Gillian Groarke Burns ’06 and Jason Burns are happy to announce the birth of their daughter, Maeve Margaret Burns on December 16, 2016. She joins big brother Patrick (2 years old). Gillian is a Special Counsel in Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft’s Global Litigation Group.

Hoyoon Nam ‘06 was promoted to counsel in Seward Kissel’s Maritime and Transportation Finance group.

Adam Summers ‘06 was elected to partner at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft.

Cédric Burton ’07 was elected to partner at the firm Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. He is based in Brussels.

Paul Ettori ’07 has been elected to partner at Akerman LLP.

Mark Jarashow ‘07 has been promoted to special counsel in Morrison Cohen Business Litigation Department.

Ji Hye You ’07 was elected to partner at Schulte Roth & Zabel in the Finance Group. She focuses her practice on commercial and corporate finance transactions and representation of private equity funds, hedge funds, investment banks and borrowers in a wide range of domestic and cross-border financing transactions.

Bradford A. Green ‘08 was elected to partner at Stroock & Stroock & Lavan in the Investment Managing Group.

Melissa G.R. Goldstein ’08 was elected to special counsel at Schulte Roth & Zabel in the Bank Regulatory Group.

Joseph Gottlieb ‘08 was elected to partner at Sidley Austin in the Insurance practice.

James Heyworth ‘08 was elected to partner at Sidley Austin in the Securities and Shareholder Litigation group.

Jesse Kean ‘08 was elected to partner at Sidley Austin in the Investment Funds team.

Jared E. Paioff ‘08 was elected to partner at Schwartz Sladkus Reich Greeburd Atlas in their Real Estate Department.

Vianny M. Pichardo ’08 was sworn in as the chair of the Dominican Bar Association. She is an associate at Anderson Kill. While at Fordham, Vianny was a member of the Urban Law Journal. Click here for the story.

Jared Stanisci ‘08 was elected to partner at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft.

Yung-Hoon “Sam” Ha ‘09 was promoted to partner at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr.

Edward L. Prokop ‘09 was elected to partner at Jenner & Block in the Corporate Department.

Jonathan Spenner ‘09 was promoted to member at Leydig, Voit & Mayer.

Danila Duo ‘10 was elected to counsel in the Corporate Practice Group at Smith Gambrell & Russell.

Nadine Etienne Bazile ‘10 is now a vice president, assistant general counsel at JP Morgan Chase.

Déborah Fournet 10 was promoted to senior associate at Gowling WLG.

Youngwook “Christian” Park ’10 and Naomi Kim ’10 welcomed their third child, Ethan. Ethan was born on December 9, 2016. They are excited to have a growing family.

Ritha Pierre ’11 was sworn in as the chair of the Haitian American Lawyers Association of New York. She along with the Disaster Relief Network organized a service trip to Haiti after the January 12, 2010 earthquake. While at Fordham, she was chair of BLSA from 2010 – 2011.

Yoonmee Cho 13 has started a new job as an agency attorney at City of New York Administration for Children’s Services.

Kevin Coughlin ’13 is now an associate at Saiber LLC.

Katherine DeStefano ’13 is now an associate in the Litigation group at Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP.

Jenna Rode ’13 has started a new job as a Global Privacy and Cybersecurity Attorney at Hunton & Williams, LLP.

Scott B. Silverberg 13 has been named a member of the Board of Directors of the New York Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA).

Alexander J. Callen ’14 and his wife, Dr. Rachel S. Tamaroff, welcomed a son, Jacob David, on November 29, 2016.

Adrian Diaz 14 is now an associate at Podell, Schwartz, Schechter & Banfield, LLP.

Jenny Ferron ’14 is now a senior associate at Nader Hayaux & Goebel S.C., in Mexico City.

David Courchia ’16 married Amélie Bitan in Paris, France.


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