Class Notes: October 2017


Reginald Brewster ’50 served with the Tuskegee Airman before graduating from Fordham Law and has just celebrated his 100th birthday in Harlem. Watch the news report!

Charles “Chuck” McGroddy ’64 has happily retired in Bellingham, Washington. He would love to hear from any alumni or classmates in the area.

James A. Guadiana ’66 has joined Barton LLP as a partner in its tax practice.

Hon. Ronny Jo Siegal ’72 has joined Hackensack’s Pashman Stein Walder Hayden as a partner and member of the firm’s family law and alternative dispute resolution practices. Read more.

Peter R. Mineo ’74 has been selected for the 2017 New York Super Lawyers list. Mineo is currently a partner at Forchelli, Curto, Deegan, Schwartz , Mineo & Terrana, LLP.

William M. Savino ’74 has been named as one of the prestigious Best Lawyers in America in 2017.

Christopher P. Sullivan ’75 has been elected president of the Massachusetts Bar Association for its 2017–2018 year.

Peter L. Curry ’78 has been selected for the 2017 New York Super Lawyers list. He currently works as a real estate attorney at Farrell Fritz.

Hon. Peter B. Skelos ’80 has been selected for the 2017 New York Super Lawyers list. Skelos is currently a partner at Forchelli, Curto, Deegan, Schwartz , Mineo & Terrana, LLP.

Joyce Boland-DeVito ’84, LL.M. ’07 won “Best Discussant” when she presented her paper entitled “Stitching Together Stability in the Fashion Industry by Using a Pattern of Corporate Structures and Conglomerates” at the Global Business Research Symposium at University College Cork, in Cork, Ireland.

Michael Feierman ’85 of Bond, Schoeneck & King has been appointed general counsel of Teachers College at Columbia University.

Robert Mercorella ’86 has been appointed chief operating officer on Amercanex’s executive board.

William T. Morris ’86 has been promoted to assistant chief of the NYPD. Morris previously worked as commanding officer of the NYPD’s criminal justice bureau. Read the full story.

Vincent Balardi ’87 recently joined Moritt Hock & Hamroff LLP as counsel in the firm’s corporate and real estate practice groups.

Maura McInerney ’88 has been awarded OZY’s first Modern Marshall Award for her tireless efforts on behalf of homeless and foster children, including a class-action lawsuit that dealt with the dismantling of a segregated school and a federal case affirming that homeless children have a right to an education. Read the full story.

Hon. Maria Araujo Kahn ’89 has been appointed to the State Supreme Court in Connecticut by Governor Dannel P. Malloy. Read the full story.

Ronald Kim ’89 announced he is seeking the 2018 Democratic nomination in the 21st Congressional District, becoming the sixth Democrat to enter the race. Read the full story.

Anna T. Madden ’92 has been appointed senior vice president and general counsel at Honeywell. Read the full story.

Scott Mortman ‘93 has been appointed a member of the Africa Growth Corporation’s Registrant’s board of directors.

Allison Brody ’94 has been promoted to chief privacy counsel of RELX Group.

Aliza F. Herzberg ’94 has launched Herzberg Law Group, a defense-side labor and employment firm. Herzberg was the former lead partner of Olshan Frome Wolosky LLP’s employment practice.

Cari Jackson Lewis ’94 has joined Terri Hilliard, P.C. in Westlake Village, California as a legal extern.

William Jannace ’96 co-authored an article with Professor Paul Tiffany entitled “Accounting for Trade: President Trump and the Geopolitical Balance Sheet” which was published in New York University’s Perspective on Global Issues. Read the article.

Michael Lynch ’96 has been selected to join the executive committee at Kelley Drye & Warren LLP.

Eric W. Penzer ’96 has been selected for the 2017 New York Super Lawyers list. He currently works as an estate and trust attorney at Farrell Fritz.

Sallie Weaver ’98 has joined Extreme Reach, Inc. as senior labor relations counsel.

Daniel W. Russo ’99 was promoted to partner at Foley Griffin, LLP. Russo practices in the area of federal and state criminal defense and is the current associate dean of the Nassau Academy of Law and the chair of the criminal law and procedure committee.

Benjamin A. Bomrind ’00 has joined Cozen O’Connor as a member of its corporate practice.

Howie Roseman ’00 was interviewed in The Intelligencer.

Solomon Klein ’00 has joined Schlam Stone & Dolan LLP as a partner in the litigation department.

Yelena Dunaevsky ’02 has written an article for Bloomberg BNA Corporate Transactions Blog discussing regulation crowdfunding and its effects on small businesses. Read the article.

David M. White ’02 kicked off the New York Road Runners Book Club series with a Q&A and reading from his recently released NYC marathon–themed book, Negative Splits. The event drew a standing-room-only audience to the New Balance RUNCENTER. Profits from that evening’s sales support 261-Fearless, a 501(c)(3) which empowers women to overcome traumatic events through distance running.

Aaron E. Zerykier ’02 has been selected for the 2017 New York Metro Rising Stars list. He currently works at Farrell Fritz in the firm’s business litigation department.

Eric J. Handler ’05 has joined Goldberg Segalla as a partner in the firm’s business and commercial practice group in New York. 

Sharad J. Khemani ’05 has been named managing director and counsel at GE Energy Financial Services.

Hillel J. Bavli ’06 and his wife welcomed their child in September.

Grissel Seijo ’06 has been appointed the Latina commissioner of the Hispanic National Bar Association.

Balázs Csuday ’08 has been appointed senior counsel in Dentons’ Budapest office. Read the full story.

Çiçek Olgu Kama ’08 was recently ranked among the “Who’s Who Legal Investigations 2017” publication, which identifies the leading lawyers that regularly assist both companies and individuals during internal and external investigations. She is a member of the Transparency International Turkey chapter, Turkish Ethics & Reputation Society and Corporate Governance Association of Turkey.

Eileen Patt ’08 has been promoted to partner at Kramer Levin Naftalis &Frankel LLP.

James Creedon ’09, a captain in the Army Reserve, competed in the Grand to Grand Ultra, a 170-mile week-long race through the Grand Canyon, which began September 24. He raised money for GallantFew, a charitable organization founded by veterans to help support troops who are transitioning out of the military. Read the full story.

Keiyana B. Fordham ’10 joins Winston & Strawn LLP in Silicon Valley, relocating from the firm’s Newark, New Jersey office. Fordham focuses on intellectual property and complex commercial litigation matters, including representing pharmaceutical companies in patent disputes.

Ross Pitcoff ’10 has started a new position as founder and general counsel at the social media marketing agency, VIP Social.

Serena White ’10 and Andre Lake were married in May 2017 at the Coral House in Baldwin, New York. White works as an assistant counsel for a New York state agency.

Viktoriya Badoeva ’11 was featured in an article about her firm, Cea Badoeva, P.C., which is providing free legal advice throughout the month of October for businesses and employees who have questions regarding their extraordinary ability visas and investor visas. Read the full story.

Ellen R. Terry ’11 has joined Babst Calland as a staff attorney in the firm’s mineral title services and energy and natural resources groups.

Andra Troy ’12 and husband welcomed a son, Oliver James Troy, on August 27, 2017.

Cheryl Allen-Ricciardi ’13 has joined Pierce Atwood LLP as an associate in the firm’s litigation group.

Sara Maroun ’13 and Julien Cordhai were married in September.

Ruben Magalhães ’14 has started a new position as legal counsel of wealth management at JP Morgan Chase & Co.

Ivan Torres ’14 and Nicole Vladi Berkovich were married on October 7, 2017, at Round Hill in Washingtonville, New York. Read the full story.

Kwame Akosah ’15 was hired by the City Law Department as a corporation counsel honors fellow.

Elizabeth Yoquinto ’15 was featured in Your Clifton Park & Halfmoon, where she discussed her film-school training and experience in law school.

Hopi Costello 16 and Ferdinand Ruplin 16 were married on Long Island in September.

Angela Park 16 has joined Golenbock Eiseman Assor Bell & Peskoe as an associate in the firm’s corporate group.

Monique Holmes ’17 has been named deputy general counsel at the New York State Department of Financial Services.

Daron Ravenborg ’17 was hired by the City Law Department for special federal litigation

Shaina Wood ’17 was hired by the City Law Department for labor and employment law.


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