Class Notes: September 2017


Joseph Di Palma 58 was named a 2017 recipient of the Marquis Who’s Who Lifetime Achievement award.

John Feerick ’61, former dean at Fordham Law, was interviewed by for his involvement in the development of the 25th Amendment and on August 12 received the American Bar Association Medal

Robert A. Purcigliotti ’62 was honored by the New York State Workers Compensation Bar Association for his lifetime achievement and service to the workers.

Hon. Norman J. Peer ’63 was featured in The Two River Times.

Joseph Carlucci ’67 received the Westchester County Business Journal’s “Above the Bar” award for “Most Socially Conscious Attorney.”

H. Amos Goodall, Jr. 74 received the Theresa Award for his work in creating the legal framework necessary to ensure that disabled children are cared for long after their parents have passed away.

William Harwood ’78 was recognized as a leading lawyer in the field of energy and natural resources in the 2017 Chambers & Partners Guide. He was also recognized as one of the “Best Lawyers” by The Best Lawyers in America 2018. He is an attorney at Verrill Dana LLP in the Portland, Maine, office. Harwood was also honored with the Hon. Edmund S. Muskie Access to Justice Award for 30 years of leadership and advocacy.

Frank C. Ingriselli 79 has been named chairman of the board at Erin Energy Corporation.

Hugh Finnegan ’80 has joined the firm, Romer Debbas LLP, as a partner and has been named co-manager of the firm’s commercial real estate department.

Paul P. Tanico ’80 joined the New York Academy of the Medicine Board of Trustees.

Hon. Perry T. Criscitelli 81 has been installed as the president of the Nassau County Magistrates Association.

Gerard Joyce 81 has been appointed to National Head of Trusts & Estates by Fiduciary Trust Company International, a global wealth manager and wholly owned subsidiary of Franklin Templeton Investments.

Stephen M. Miller 81 was appointed as the Town of Lincoln (RI) probate judge.

Michael J. McNamara ’83 was named new leader of the New York County Lawyers Association.

Robert A. Boresta ’84 has joined Gibbons as a director in the firm’s corporate department. Boresta had previously worked at S&P Global in its global regulatory affairs department.

Fred A. DeCicco ’84, partner and head at Pollack, Pollack, Isaac & DeCicco, LLP has been chosen by the Expert Network as a distinguished lawyer, recognizing him as one of the top in his industry.

Brian Fraser ‘84 has joined national law firm, Akerman LLP, as partner in the litigation practice group and member of the New York office.

Thomas R. Melloni ’84 has joined the firm Paul Frank & Collins P.C. in Burlington, Vermont. He joins the business services, commercial finance, and municipal law and public finance team.

Darcy Katris ’85 has joined Morrison Cohen as a partner in its individual client services department.

Gerri Alfino ’85 has joined Bank Leumi as executive vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary.

José E. González ’85 has been appointed to DigitalEra Group’s board of directors.

Steven Kuperschmid ’85 has joined Ruskin Moscou Faltischek as a partner in their newly improved cybersecurity group.

Michael Lane 85, a partner at Cullen and Dykman, was named 2017 Adjunct Teacher of the Year by Fordham Law School.

Edward Joyce ’86 and his wife, Linda Gerstel, adjunct professor of law, were honored on May 25, 2017, at the Heschel Benefit for their exceptional dedication and service to the Heschel School.

Melody Glover ’86 has been appointed by Mayor Bill de Blasio to serve in the city’s family court.

Michael J. Goldberg ’86 has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2018. He is a partner at Boston law firm Casner & Edwards.

Claude Serfilippi ’87 has joined Winston & Strawn as a partner concentrating in corporate and securities matters.

Kevin McDonough ’88, village justice since 2009, ran unopposed in Rockville Centre’s general election.

Christine McGuinness ’88 has been named co-chair of the Schiff Harden firm-wide diversity committee.

William Bryk ’89 was admitted to the New Hampshire Bar on June 6, 2017. He had practiced law in New York for the previous 27 years.

Marvin J. Miller, Jr. ’90 has joined the board of directors of AmbiCom Holdings, Inc.

William Min ’90 has started his new job as senior vice president, legal and chief privacy officer at Live Nation.

Laura Brett ’91 has been named the new director of NAD.

Raymond Dowd ’91 will be sworn in to the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.

Madeline Singas ’91 has been named a new member of the New York State Justice Task Force.

Barbara J. Stanton ’91 was sworn into the Superior Court of New Jersey Criminal Division of Passaic County.

Rob Laughlin ’92 has been named regional market manager for the Metro New York team at Citi Private Bank.

Maria Scungio ’93 has joined Wolf Greenfield’s trademark practice group as a shareholder.

Todd Long ’94 is a recipient of New York State Bar Association’s yearly President’s Pro Bono Service Award.

Jason L. Martinez ’94 has been named one of the “Best Lawyers” in The Best Lawyers in America’s 2018 guide. He is an attorney at Smith Anderson’s Raleigh, North Carolina, office.

James L. Bernard ’95 was awarded the 2017 Burton Award for Legal Writing for co-writing “The Movie Spotlight and Legal Ethics” along with colleague Joel Cohen.

Steven M. Gursten 95 of Michigan Auto Law recently received the Melvin M. Belli Society annual Mel Award, one of American law’s most prestigious honors, at the American Association for Justice’s annual meeting in Boston. This legal honor recognizes an attorney’s courage, creativity, and contributions to American trial law.

Sabrena Silver ’95 has been appointed partner at White & Case in its global banking practice.

Ari Weisbrot ’95 has joined the firm Bryan Cave LLP as a partner in the commercial litigation group. He will practice at the New York office.

John C. Doherty ’96 was named managing partner of Tully Rinckey’s new Midtown Manhattan office.

Rita Glavin ’96 was featured on the front page of the New York Law Journal after her client, former Dewey executive director, Stephen DiCarmine, was acquitted of all charges on May 8, 2017.

Alan Levine ’96 was presented with Fund for Modern Courts’ 2017 John J. McCloy Memorial Award in recognition of his contributions to improving the administration of justice in New York State.

Eric W. Penzer ’96 was named in the Best Lawyers in America 2018. He is an attorney at Farrell Fritz in Long Island.

Carmella Stephens ’96 became a partner in Carter, DeLuca, Farrell & Schmidt LLP’s life sciences practice group on April 27. Stephens received her Ph.D. from Stony Brook University and followed with a postdoctoral fellowship at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

Jack Chen ’96 has joined the firm Burgher Gray Jaffe LLP.

Darren Farrington ’97 has been appointed the first administrator of the board of directors of the Connecticut Arts Alliance.

Alexandra Haner ’97 joined Beck & Thomas P.C. as counsel in 2016. She is also a founding member of the law firm Haner and Kuo, PLLC, a boutique intellectual property firm.

Charles M. Miller ’97 has joined the firm Tarter Krinsky & Drogin as a partner in its litigation practice where he will lead the newly formed securities and financial services litigation group.

Carmen V. St. George ’97 has been approved by the State Senate for her appointment to the Court of Claims.

Jeffrey A. Meckler ’98 has been appointed CEO of Intec Pharma (NTEC). He will also continue in the role of vice chairman of the Intec Pharma board of directors.

Anthony Schoutewn ’98 has been appointed partner at Pryor Cashman in their investment management group.

Elisa Shevlin Rizzo ’98 has joined Northern Trust as senior fiduciary officer and senior legal counsel.

Michael Blackshear ’99 received Chancellors’ Citations at the Coming Back Together (CBT) African American and Latino alumni reunion at Syracuse University in September. This award serves to recognize winners’ noteworthy civic or career achievements.

David L. Pieterse ’99 has been recognized as a 2017 Upstate New York Super Lawyer in the field of real estate. He is a member of the firm Bond, Schoeneck & King PLLC.

Sandra Navidi ’99, the bestselling author of $uperHubs: How the Financial Elite and their Networks Rule Our World, joined Speakers Connect. Speakers Connect is Asia’s leading international speakers’ bureau, bringing some of the leading voices from the world of business and management.

Andrew Walcott ’99 brings new flavors to East New York with his Caribbean and Southern blend restaurant, Fusion East.

Gus Dimopoulos 00 has joined the firm Bleakley Platt & Schmidt, LLP as of counsel.

Earl Crittenden, Jr. 00 was selected to serve as chairman of the onePULSE Foundation board of trustees.

Wiliiam Malpica ’00 has joined Martin LLP as a partner.

Christine Dobevec ’01 has joined Franklin Templeton Investments as senior corporate counsel.

Daniel Messeloff ’01 has joined the firm Tucker Ellis LLP as a partner.

Molly R. Murphy ’01 has been appointed first deputy commissioner of the New York City Department of Social Services.

John Resek ’01 became a partner in Carter, DeLuca, Farrell & Schmidt LLP’s life sciences practice group on February 1. Resek received his Ph.D. in biochemical pharmacology at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and completed postdoctoral work at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

David M. White ’02 has written a book, Negative Splits, about his journey becoming a marathon runner.

James Gatta ’02, chief of the criminal division of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York, has been recognized by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and Executive Office for US Attorneys Director Monty Wilkinson at the 33rd Director’s Awards Ceremony for his prosecution of former U.S. Rep. Michael Grimm for tax fraud.

Jennifer Burdman ’03, partner at King & Spalding LLP, has been recruited to serve as chief intellectual property officer at PolarityTE™.

Mauricio España ’03 was named an accomplished young investigations practitioner in the second edition of GIR’s 40 under 40 list.

Roger Cohen ’05 joined Goodwin as partner. Cohen previously worked at Proskauer in their healthcare group.

David Possick ’05 has joined Nelson Mullins, expanding the financial institutions litigation and class action defense practice at their New York office.

Elisa D’Amico ’06, partner at K&L Gates, was included in the American Bar Association’s “On the Rise – Top 40 Young Lawyers” list.

Daniel B. Lundy 06 participated in the 2017 San Francisco EB-5 & Investment Immigration Convention. The convention was hosted by EB-5 Investors magazine. He presented a seminar discussing ways to avoid selecting bad EB-5 projects, monitoring projects to ensure they are on track, and ways to deal with the immigration consequences of a troubled project, and preserve the immigration benefits of the investment.

Dela Britton ’07 has been sworn in as the third chairperson of Guyana’s Public Utilities Commission.

Stefano de Stefano ’07 will challenge U.S. Senator Ted Cruz in the 2018 Republican primary in Texas.

Jamie McFarland ’07 has been appointed vice president of digital distribution at Discovery Communications.

David Goldberg ’07, principal at Corgin Ventures, has also taken the position of general partner at Corigin.

Morgan J. Hayes ’07 has been named a partner of Debevoise & Plimpton.

Chieh Huang ’08, CEO of Boxed, was featured on Mad Money.

Robert A. Rich ’08 has been promoted to counsel at Hunton & Williams.

Phillip S. Sosnow ’08 has been selected a 40 Under 40 Award honoree for 2017 by the South Florida Business Journal (SFBJ). The 40 Under 40 Award honors the best and brightest young professionals in South Florida who have made waves both in the business world and the community, according to the SFBJ.

Kate B. Belmont ’09 has been appointed president of the Women’s International Shipping and Trading Association’s New York/New Jersey chapter.

Eleanor Grinshteyn ’09 has joined Norris McLaughlin & Marcus P.A. as an associate in the firm’s litigation practice group.

Ian McClatchy ’09 is now a partner at Norton Rose Fullbright. He had been at Chadbourne & Parke since graduating; the two firms merged effective July 7, 2017.

Michael Regan ’09 was appointed chair of the state courts of superior jurisdiction committee of the New York Bar Association, effective September 1.

Rachel A. Brook ’10 has been named senior associate of Walden Macht & Haran LLP.

Michael Landis ’11 and his wife welcomed their second child, Craig Overbeck Landis, on Thursday, June 15.

Ingrid He ’12 has joined Pryor Cashman as an associate in the financial institutions group.

Lindsay Weinreb ’12 has joined the legal and compliance department of PJT Partners, where she will be focusing on anti–money laundering compliance.

John M. Doherty ’13 has joined Thompson and Knight LLP as an associate in the trial practice group at the firm’s New York office.

Elizabeth B. Yoquinto ’15 has joined the firm Maguire Cardona P.C. as an attorney.

Patricia Beck ’16 and Evan Holloway were married on July 1, 2017, at the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx. Beck is an associate at JPMorgan Chase in Manhattan.

Sheuvaun Vernon ’16 has joined the firm Burgher Gray Jaffe LLP.

Thomas M. Callahan ’16 has joined Dentons Europe as an associate in banking and finance and will be practicing in Moscow for the foreseeable future.


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