Class Notes: August 2019


Pamela Bookman, Courtney Cox, and Sepehr Shahshahani have been appointed to the faculty of Fordham Law School, and will begin teaching classes starting this fall.

Professor Janet Freilich and her husband Joseph welcomed a son, Jacob Morris on May 30.

Professor Constantine Katsoris ’57 published an article in The Hill titled “America is Selling its Seniors Short”.

Robert Cohen ’62 was appointed to the Board of Trustees at his alma mater, Alfred University.

Thomas J. Schwarz ’69 was honored by Purchase College for his achievements as president of the school at a celebration on May 8 marking his retirement at the end of the semester.

William M. Savino ’74 was recognized by The Legal 500 in the “Industry Focus: Insurance – Advice to Insurers” category. He was named to the prestigious Best Lawyers in America© list for 2020.

Hon. Claire V. Eagan ’76 was appointed to the Executive Committee of the Judicial Conference of the United States by Chief Justice Roberts.

William Cornachio ’77 was named to the prestigious Best Lawyers in America© list for 2020.

Congressman Jerrold Nadler ’77 was awarded the Dr. Phyllis Harrison-Ross Public Service Award by the New York Society for Ethical Culture for his 40-plus years of exemplary work on behalf of his constituents.

Charles “Chuck” G. La Bella
’78 joined Barnes & Thornburg and will focus on internal corporate investigations and enforcement and privacy work.

Daniel E. Casagrande ’79 was recognized as a 2019 Marvin J. Glink Private Practice Local Government Lawyer of the Year by the International Municipal Lawyers Association.

Miriam R. Schindel ’81 joined Jackson Lewis P.C. as a principal in its White Plains, N.Y. office.

Jeffery Deaver ’82 has published “The Never Game,” which his website says will be “the first novel in a thrilling new series.”

Tommy Leung ’83 was appointed as one of the original judges in the new California Office of Tax Appeals.

Richard Sweeney ’84 is running for a seat on the Yonkers City Court.

Hon. Cathy Seibel ’85 delivered keynote remarks at a New York City Bar Association award ceremony on June 10 where fellow alumni Joseph N. Cordaro ’03 and Laura D. Mantell ’97 received Henry L. Stimson Medals for their “integrity, fairness, courage, and public service.”

Michael J. Goldberg ’86 was recognized by Chambers USA in its 2019 guide to America’s Leading Business Lawyers.

J.B. Reilly ’87 was awarded Entrepreneur of the Year in Greater Philadelphia by Ernst and Young.

Gabriel Benincasa ’88 has been named the Securities and Exchange Commission’s first Chief Risk Officer and will work to coordinate efforts to identify, monitor, and mitigate key risks facing the Commission.

William Bryk ’89 was elected vice-chairman of the Zoning Board of Adjustment in Antrim, New Hampshire.

Irene Koch ’89, executive vice president and chief legal officer at Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City, was recognized by Crain’s New York Business as one of its 2019 Notable Woman in Healthcare.

Lisa Mandelblatt ’89 completed a successful run in the democratic primary of New Jersey’s 21st legislative district in June, and will run for a General Assembly seat on November 5.

Sharon McCarthy ’89 was named to the prestigious Best Lawyers in America© list for 2020.

Peter A. Stroili ’89 joined Kaufman Dolowich & Voluck LLP as an insurance coverage partner.

Raymond Dowd ’91 was instrumental in returning Egon Schiele artworks looted during the Holocaust to Fritz Grunbaum’s heirs in court proceedings that concluded in July. Read about it here.

Norm Ashkenas ’92, chief compliance officer for Fidelity Brokerage Services LLC, was interviewed by Law 360.

Leslie M. Connoly ’92 was named a Top Woman in Law by The Daily Record’s 2019 Excellence in Law Awards.

Andrew S. Epstein ’92 joined Rivkin Radler LLP as an associate in the trusts and estates practice group.

Christine Giordano Hanlon ’92 was honored as the inaugural recipient of the 2019 Silver Gull Award for Government Leadership from the Monmouth-Ocean Development Council for her work as Monmouth, N.J. County Clerk.

Lawrence J. La Sala ’92 was elected to Trinity Repertory Company’s board of trustees.

Robert Heim ’93 joined Tarter Krinsky & Drogin LLP as partner.

Francis Alberts ’94 was promoted to bureau chief at the Bronx County District Attorney Office.

Ted Hosp ’94 was named vice president of governmental affairs at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama.

James Noel ’94 joined USAID as a legal officer.

William Jannace ’96 wrote a tribute to his father’s Army Division during WWII in the blog World War II in the Words of My Uncle.

Eric Penzer ’96 was named to the prestigious Best Lawyers in America© list for 2020.

David Polinsky ’96 was appointed an independent director on the board of Innovative Food Holdings Inc.

Rochelle Tarlowe ’96 joined Omnicom in its New York, N.Y. office as senior vice president and treasurer.

Laura D. Mantell ’97 was awarded the Henry L. Stimson Medal on June 10 by the New York City Bar Association for her “integrity, fairness, courage, and public service.”

Brian Seymour ’97 was named the 2019 “Community Leader of the Year” by the Palm Beach North Chamber of Commerce in Florida.

Commander Sergio Villaverde ’97 honorably retired from the United States Coast Guard Reserve after 32 years of service.

Aaron R. Wininger ’97 joined Schwegman Lundberg & Woessner as director of the China intellectual property practice.

Drew G.L. Chapman ’98 joined Baker Botts LLP as partner in its New York, N.Y. office.

Noah Genel ’98 was appointed by Mayor Bill de Blasio to be Commissioner and Chair of the New York City Business Integrity Commission.

Michael Blackshear ’99 joined Ryan Specialty Group as senior vice president and global chief compliance officer in the company’s Chicago, I.L. headquarters.

Darwin Conner ’99 was named to the Lawyers of Color “Nation’s Best” list for demonstrating a commitment to diversity and inclusion in the legal profession.

Adam Masin ’00 joined the board of directors of the NEC Society, the leading US nonprofit dedicated to eliminating necrotizing enteroscolitis, a neonatal intestinal disease.

Joshua Sussman ’00 was promoted to executive vice president of business affairs at ABC Studios.

Robert Katz ’01 joined Latham & Watkins LLP in its New York, N.Y. office as partner in the corporate department and as a member of the mergers and acquisitions and private equity practice.

Dr. Sandra Kuzmich ’01 was elected managing partner and executive committee member of Haug Partners LLP.

Alan Schwartz ’01 joined Reed Smith LLP’s global corporate group in New York, N.Y. as partner.

Dr. Karen Brown ’02 joined Obsidian Therapeutics as the senior vice president of intellectual property and legal affairs where she will develop and lead corporate legal and intellectual property strategy.

Scott Hammond ’02 joined Martin LLP as partner in the debt finance practice group.

Matthew Higgins ’02 delivered the commencement address at Queens College’s commencement ceremony.

Aravella Simotas ’02 and fellow alum Alessandria Biaggi ’12 — both of whom now serve in the New York State Legislature — were responsible for passing comprehensive reforms to combat harassment in the workplace, with the help of the NY chapter of the National Employment Lawyers Association. Read about it here.

Matthew Van Wormer ’02 was elected to the Rhinebeck, N.Y. district school board.

Toma Acholonu ’03 spoke at the National Bar Association’s annual convention regarding gender and employment law.

Alex James Brennan ’03 joined PwC as a senior specialist consultant in its London, England office.

Kevin Broughel ’03 was appointed vice-chair of the global securities litigation practice at Paul Hastings LLP.

Joseph N. Cordaro ’03 was awarded the Henry L. Stimson Medal on June 10 by the New York City Bar Association for his “integrity, fairness, courage, and public service.”

Amanda Denton ’03 joined Mitchell Williams Selig Gates & Woodyard in its Little Rock, A.K. office.

Sean Dougherty ’13 joined Simpson Thatcher & Bartlett LLP as an associate in its New York, N.Y. office.

Eleanor Lackman ’03 joined Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp in its New York, N.Y. office as partner in the entertainment and IP litigation practice group.

James Logan ’03 joined the Greater New Orleans Foundation as program officer.

Irena Royzman ’03 joined Kramer Levin as partner in the patent litigation practice in its New York, N.Y. office.

McKenzie Livingston ’04 joined the University of Miami Health System as director of regulatory compliance.

Melissa K. Peters ’04 joined Littler as special counsel in its Walnut Creek, C.A. office.

Jesse Ayala ’05 has been named associate vice chancellor for government relations of Lone Star College, the largest community college system in Texas.

DeNora Getachew ’05 was appointed to the public financing commission by New York Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins.

Ariel S. Holzer ’05 joined Cozen O’Connor’s national real estate practice group in its Midtown Manhattan office.

Gina Reif Ilardi ’05 was named to the New York Law Journal’s inaugural list of New York Trailblazers for her work with Chance the Rapper, the Backstreet Boys, Doritos, and others.

John V. Shivickas ’05 joined Eckert Seamans as a member of its Pittsburgh, P.A. real estate group.

Gregory E. Xethalis ’05 and his wife Tara welcomed a daughter, Emma.

Emily Aldridge ’06 joined JUUL Labs as senior counsel.

Elisa D’Amico ’06 was sworn in as the 39th president of Miami-Dade Chapter of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers.

Katy Schuman Clemens ’06 joined the Bob Parsons Veterans Advocacy Clinic of the University of Baltimore School of Law as a clinical fellow.

Stacie Trott ’06 joined McDermott Will & Emery as partner in the real estate group.

George T. Wu ’06 joined the counsel of Lathrop Gage in its Chicago, I.L. office.

Jorge L. Amengor ’07 was appointed the vice minister of finance for Panama.

Julie Leonhardt LaTorre ’07 of Sotheby’s International Realty was featured in a article as part of a series on strong female leaders.

Scott Levine ’07 joined King & Spalding as partner in the corporate, finance, and investments practice.

Adam Libove ’07, his wife Barbara, and their first-born child Aaron welcomed Maya Sasha to the family.

Judy Mok ’07 was named to the New York Law Journal’s 2019 Rising Stars list.

Jason Panzer ’07 joined Canaccord Genuity Group Inc. as managing director of investment banking in its New York, N.Y. office.

Stefan Reisinger ’07 joined Norton Rose Fulbright as partner in its Washington, D.C. office.

Adam Rodriguez ’07 was appointed as a member of the U.S. Magistrate Judges Merit Selection Panel by Chief Judge Colleen McMahon. He and his wife also welcomed their second son, William, in July.

Ali Safavi ’07 joined Mubadala as senior compliance counsel.

Lindsay Hartman ’08 joined Burr Forman McNair as an associate in the Hilton Head, S.C. office in the real estate practice group.

Justin Nematzadeh ’08 joined DiCello Levitt Gutzler as partner in the securities, antitrust, and complex litigation practice.

John F. Ramirez ’08 joined Practus LLP as partner.

Michael W. Glynn ’09 was elevated to partner at Fox Rothschild LLP in its New York, N.Y. office.

Jennifer Gniady ’09 joined the counsel of Stradley Ronon in the nonprofit and religious organizations group.

Seth Helfgott ’09 was elected partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati in its San Francisco, C.A. office.

Katharina Hermann ’09 was named vice president of DEG in Berlin, Germany.

Janos Marton ’09 announced his intentions to run for Manhattan District Attorney in 2021.

Franklin Mitchell ’09 was elected partner at Debevoise & Plimpton.

George Mocsary ’09 joined the University of Wyoming College of Law as a professor, and will lead the Entrepreneurship and Business Law Practicum that aims to help anyone looking to start a small business in Wyoming.

Tomasita Sherer ’99 was appointed to the board of directors of The New York Women’s Foundation, a foundation dedicated to supporting nonprofit women’s organizations.

Mayer Steinman ’09 was promoted to counsel at Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP.

Adam C. Tubbs ’09 was named director of business development for Pravati Capital in its New York, N.Y. office.

Richard Cronin ’10 joined Certilman Balin Adler & Hyman LLP as partner in the tax certiorari and condemnation law practice.

Ravi Kantha ’10 and The Lesser Kantha Team were ranked #37 in the state of New York on Real Trend’s America’s Best list.

Michael Morrissey ’10 joined the counsel of FINRA in sales practice enforcement.

Kristina Allen Reliford ’10 joined Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP as an associate in the litigation practice group. She and her husband Mozianio (Trey) Reliford also welcomed a daughter, Stephanie Parker in March.

Diana Santos ’10 joined the New York Genome Center as associate counsel.

Dale Beran ’11 published his book, It Came from Something Awful: How a Toxic Troll Army Accidentally Memed Donald Trump into Office.

Samantha Feingold-Criss ’11 and her husband, Dr. Jonathan Criss, welcomed their second son, Hunter Maddox.

Jodie Shihadeh ’11 was elevated to partner at The Davis Firm PLLC.

Benjamin Arrow ’11 and Nicole Soriano ’11 were married on July 7 at The Loeb Central Park Boathouse in New York, N.Y.

Damien H. Weinstein ’11 and partner Brian G. Klein opened a boutique law firm, Weinstein + Klein, which will have offices in Manhattan and New Jersey and will focus on labor and employment litigation.

Alessandra Biaggi ’12 and fellow alum Aravella Simotas ’02 — a New York state senator and Assembly member, respectively — worked with the New York chapter of the National Employment Lawyers Association to enact comprehensive reforms to combat workplace harassment in New York state. Read about it here. Biaggi also sponsored a bill that would mandate insurance companies to cover treatment for eating disorders. The bill is awaiting the governor’s signature, and updates on its progress can be found on the state senate’s website. In July, Biaggi married Nathaniel Smith Koloc in Tarrytown, N.Y.

Mary Kate Brennan ’12 joined Dentons as an associate in the fashion and retail group.

Janna Levin ’12 married Matthew Spaiser in Briarcliff Manor, N.Y.

Italia Almeida ’13 joined Sailthru as a senior product marketing manager.

Matt Dobleman ’13 opened a fast-casual restaurant, Dirty Root, in Chicago, I.L.

Ron Vogel ’13 joined Steptoe & Johnson LLP as an intellectual property associate in its New York, N.Y. office.

Carolin Brucker Cabe ’14 welcomed her first child in April.

Alexander J. Callen ’14 and his wife, Dr. Rachel S. Tamaroff, welcomed a daughter, Liorah Tamar.

Kevin M. Kitson ’14 joined the Kitson Law Firm PLLC as an associate attorney.

Matthew Marcucci ’14 joined Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein P.C. as an associate in the litigation and dispute resolution department in its Garden City, N.Y. office.

Alexander Zozos ’14 joined Lowenstein Sandler LLP in the investment management practice in New York, N.Y.

Flavio Jardim ’15 was named adjunct attorney general for tax issues at the Federal District Law Department, in Brasilia, Brazil. He and his wife Carla also welcomed a son, Patrick.

Amy Burkhoff ’16 married Adam Ilowite in Beacon, N.Y.

Amy (Burkhoff) Ilowite ’16 joined Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati in its Austin, T.X. office.

Morgan Manley ’16 joined Smith, Gambrell & Russell LLP as an associate.

Hiroshi Momose ’16 was promoted to director of project management at FRONTEO.

Caitlin Fahey Nevin ’16 joined K&L Gates as an associate in the real estate practice group in its Charleston, S.C. office.

Alexander Rossi ’16 joined Valla & Associates Inc. as associate counsel.

Alan Bazil ’17 joined the NYSBA’s commercial and federal litigation section as an assistant editor for the publications committee.

Alexandre Leturgez-Coïaniz ’17 was sworn into Barreau de Paris, the largest French bar association.

Justin E. Linn ’17 received the 2019 American Institute of Legal Counsel’s Top Ten Award for Client Satisfaction in the State of New York.

Lucy Onyeforo ’17 joined Dorsey & Whitney LLP in its New York, N.Y. office as an associate.

Paul Washington ’17 was appointed executive director of The Conference Board’s newly formed Environmental, Social, and Governance Center.

Melek J. Dunn ’18 joined Bressler Amery & Ross P.C. as an associate in the financial institutions practice in its New York, N.Y. office.

Darien Schwartz ’18 joined Eisner, LLP as an associate in its New York, N.Y. office.

Saleh Mohammad Shafi ’18 joined UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency as an assistant protection officer.

Anthony K. Lombardo ’19 joined Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti as an associate in the litigation group in its Morristown, N.J. office.


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