Class Notes: February 2020



Hon. Tim Buckley ’74
retired from the Geneva City Court, where he served as a judge for 25 years. Read more here.

Hon. John W. Sweeny Jr. ’74 will be honored at this year’s Society of Irish American Lawyers Gala on March 3.

Jim Quinn ’76 is running for Queens Borough President on March 24 in New York, N.Y.

Ed Wallace ’76 was honored as one of City & State’s 2020 lifetime achievement award winners on January 27. Read more here.

Hon. Denny Chin ’78 received the Honorable Howard Baer Jr. Award from the Network of Bar Leaders on Monday, January 27.

Andrea Berger ’83 was interviewed about her experience in the New York City Urban Fellows Program. Read the interview here.

Gregory Walker ’88 joined Sprout Mortgage as chief compliance officer and general counsel in the East Meadow, N.Y. office.

Jason M. Halper ’91 was appointed to the board of directors for Volunteers of Legal Service.

Mary McIvor ’93 was named one of Business Insurance’s 2019 Women to Watch.

John R. Ciulla ’94 was named president and chief executive officer of Webster Financial Corporation.

Matt Haverstick ’96 was elevated to managing partner at Kleinbard LLC in Philadelphia, P.A.

Steven Cordero ’99 was sworn in as president-elect for the Puerto Rican Bar Association, Inc.

Kristen Browde ’00 was elected as board president of LeGal, The LGBT Bar of New York. She is also running for New York State Assembly in Westchester’s 93rd Assembly District.

Benson V. Martin ’00 is now special counsel for ethics, risk and compliance for the New York State Department of Financial Services.

Adam Masin ’00 joined Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP as partner in the Hartford, C.T. office.

Howard Klein ’01 joined Dechert LLP as partner in the New York, N.Y. office.

Matthew Higgins ’02 was named an executive fellow of Harvard Business School.

Aravella Simotas ’02 was interviewed about her experience as a New York Assemblymember by Hellenic News of America. Read the interview here.

Seth DuCharme ’03 was appointed principal associate deputy attorney general for the U.S. Department of Justice.

Christopher O. Bell ’05 joined Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP as partner in the New York, N.Y. office.

Raphael Gil ’05 was elected to the board of directors of the Dominican Bar Association.

Dr. Steven P. Marsh ’05 was appointed as special IP counsel at PicPocket-Labs.

Menachem M. Bensinger ’06 and his wife welcomed a new baby boy.

Dharia Kruti ’06 received the 2019 U.S. Attorney Award for Excellence in Civil Defensive Practice.

Joanna Wasick ’06 was elevated to partner at Baker & Hostetler LLP in the New York, N.Y. office.

Lauren Emerson ’07 was elevated to partner at Leason Ellis LLP in the White Plains, N.Y. office.

Judy Mok ’07 was named a fellow of Ballard Spahr LLP’s Leadership Council on Legal Diversity.

Kimberly Gold ’08 co-founded Reed Smith LLP’s Mental Health Task Force and is serving as the inaugural chair. She was also named a Law360 Rising Star.

Daniel Gottesman ’08 was interviewed by Cleveland Jewish News. Read the interview here.

Meagan Signoriello ’09 was elevated to partner at Lowenstein Sandler LLP in the Roseland, N.J. office.

Daniel Guisbond ’10 joined Wheeler Trigg O’Donnell LLP as an associate in the Denver, C.O. office.

Christopher McNamara ’10 joined Barton LLP as partner in the New York, N.Y. office.

Paola Lozano ’11 was named Latin Lawyer’s International Lawyer of the Year.

Matthew Putorti ’11 was named of counsel at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP in the New York, N.Y. office.

Nicole R. Sullivan ’12 was elevated to partner at Troutman Sanders in the New York, N.Y. office.

Christine Calabrese ’15 joined Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP as an associate in the New York, N.Y. office.

Christopher DeGennaro ’15 joined Foley & Lardner LLP as an associate in the New York, N.Y. office.

Thomas M. Callahan ’16 joined Clifford Chance as an associate in the New York, N.Y. office.

Pekham Pal ’16 joined the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York as a law clerk for Judge Vincent L. Briccetti in White Plains, N.Y.

Kathy Walter ’17 welcomed a new baby girl, Francesca Viola.


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