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Clinic Class Notes

Catch up with Fordham Law’s clinic alumni below. Read more Fordham Law Class Notes in Alumni Insider.

February 2019

Rachel Manne ’00 was elected partner at Nukk-Freeman & Cerra in the employment law group.

Elizabeth Frayer ’05 has been elevated to partner at Thompson Hine. She is a member of the firm’s commercial and public finance practice group in New York.

Stefi George ’06 has been promoted to partner at Akerman LLP. She is in the tax group.

Hoyoon Nam ’06 has been promoted to partner at Seward & Kissel.

Sean R. Weissbart ’07 was interviewed on his work in the food industry. He creates, advises, and registers a variety of charities across many sectors and states, and works with individuals on plans for charitable giving that include food. Read more.

Vianny Pichardo Paulino ’08 has been promoted to shareholder at Anderson Kill.

Terence Reynolds ’09 has joined Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP as an associate in their Charlotte, North Carolina, office.

Maurice Collada ’10 was elevated to partner at Kleinberg Kaplan. He specializes in advising both start-up and seasoned private investment managers in all aspects of their business, including formation, structuring, and ongoing operation of private investment funds and managed accounts of all types.

Nicole Mazanitis ’10 has been elected partner at Curtis Mallet-Prevost Colt & Mosle.

Meagan Reda ’11 has been elected partner at Olshan Frome Wolosky.

Michael Contos ’11 has joined Wilk Auslander as counsel.

Urvashe Sameer ’14 married Ryan Joseph Harris in San Francisco on January 20.


January 2019

Lisa Lim ’90 has been named one of the best real estate lawyers by Super Lawyers, and she will also receive the “Best Hotel Lawyer Award” from the American Chinese Hotel Association.

Gregory Alvarez ’91 has been named to the 2018 “Top Latino Lawyers” list compiled by Latino Leaders magazine.

Natalia Cavaliere ’00 has been promoted to general counsel at Ben & Jerry’s Unilever.

Timothy A. Razel ’08 is now assistant regional counsel in the Social Security Administration of the Office of the General Counsel.

Amanda Agati ’10 was elected to partner at Fross Zelnick.

Jeffrey Cunningham ’10 has joined Kaufman Borgeest & Ryan LLP as an associate.

Sara Rosenberg ’11 has been elected to partner at Schiff Hardin LLP. Her practice focuses on corporate and transactional matters.

Thomas M. Callahan ’16 has joined Blank Rome LLP as an associate.


November 2018

Paul B. Sweeney ’92 has been named a 2018 Metro New York Super Lawyer.

Alison Miller ’07 has been appointed to senior vice president at Omni Management Group.

Marc Sternberg ’08 has welcomed a baby boy, Zachary.

Michael Hamburger ’09 has been elected partner at White & Case.

Allison Mahoney ’11 has joined A Better Childhood as a staff attorney.

Max Nowak ’12, a senior associate in Kramer Levin Naftalis and Frankel’s Investigations and White Collar Defense group, has again been named a Metro New York Super Lawyer Rising Star in the area of criminal defense: white collar.

Michael Keough ’13 has relocated from New York to San Francisco and continues to work for Steptoe & Johnson LLP in its white-collar defense and commercial litigation groups.

Lucinda Dhesi ’15 has joined Linklaters as an investment funds paralegal.


October 2018

Keaton Parekh ’97 has been appointed president and chief executive officer of WiLAN.

Khadijah Sharif-Drinkard ’97 has been honored with the 2018 Corporate Counsel of the Year Award by the Muslim Bar Association of New York.

Amy Martella ’07 and Seth Piken ’07 welcomed a newborn son, Seth.

Matthew Sheehan ’12 and Kelley Marie Vaughan were married on September 22.

Matthew Garber ’18 has been appointed to assistant district attorney.

Victoria LaGreca ’18 has been appointed to assistant district attorney.

Gregory O’Brien ’18 has joined the New York State Law Department as a family court attorney.

Bronwyn C. Roantree ’18 welcomed a baby boy, Jasper.

Jacob Samuels-Kalow ’18 has joined the New York State Law Department as a family court attorney.


September 2018

Lee A. Armstrong 93 has been recognized in The Best Lawyers in America 2019 for his practice in commercial litigation.

Stacey J. Rappaport 96 has been elected to Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy, LLP’s Executive Committee.

Keaton Parekh 97 has been appointed as president and chief executive officer of Wi-LAN Inc., a subsidiary of Quarterhill Inc.

Michael Moyer 98 has joined Baker & Hostetler as partner in its Seattle office.

Udi Ofer 01 was quoted in a story from the New York Times about a forum for questioning district attorney candidates held in a Boston county jail. Read the Full Story!

Olga Bogush 04 has joined Schiff Hardin’s Tax Practice as a partner in the New York office.

John Owens Jr. 04 is the incoming chair of the New York City Bar Association’s New York City Affairs Committee.

Jane Chuang 05 has started a new job as associate counsel at Common Living Inc.

Clare Cusack 05 has been promoted to general counsel at the New York Bankers Association.

Kimberly Gold 08 has been elected to partner at Reed Smith.

Meghan Spillane 08, partner at Goodwin Procter LLP earned her a spot as one of five white-collar attorneys under age 40 honored by Law360 as a Rising Star for her involvement in several high-profile government probes, including an investigation into New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s economic development efforts.

Sarah M. Stevenson 09 has been elected shareholder at Modrall Sperling Harris & Sisk, PA in Sante Fe.

David Urena 12 has been chosen as a fellow for a new start-up called the Public Rights Project that is placing attorney fellows in city and state legal departments to do affirmative litigation.

Katy Benitez 14 and Evan Berger 14 were married on June 23, 2018 in Maplewood, New Jersey.

Hannah Lynch 15, has launched an NGO called Equality Power. She is the founder and general counsel. The organization aims to empower women, create wealth, and deliver clean, affordable, and sustainable energy with a goal of whole community development where all people are treated as equals.


May 2018

Todd Cosenza ’98 was named litigator of the week by The American Lawyer for steering a multibillion dollar Lehman Brothers case through years of litigation, and coming out on top!

Christine Poscablo ’01 has been promoted to the position of Deputy Chief of the Civil Rights Unit at the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York. 

Jessica Rose ’01 has been selected as the new Executive Director of Brooklyn Legal Services Corporation A.

John Murray ’06 has been hired at the Washington D.C. office of Morris, Manning, & Martin, LLP.

Michelle M. Younger ’09 has joined Jaffe Raitt Heuer & Weiss, P.C. as an associate in the firm’s Family Law Practice Group.

David J. Neuman ’11 has joined Farrell Fritz as corporate associate.

Lynda Garcia ’12 has joined The Leadership Conference and The Education Fund as the policing campaign director.

Megan C. Gallagher ’16 has joined Capehart Scatchard in the workers’ compensation department in Mount Laurel.


April 2018

John Murray ’06 has joined Morris, Manning & Martin LLP in their Washington, D.C. office.

Stephen J. Grable ’07 has been elected to partner at Hahn & Hessen LLP.

James Mandolfo ’07 has been serving in prosecution for the Noor Salman case in Florida.

Lani Perlman ’08 has been promoted to counsel at Holwell Shuster & Goldberg.

Gene Kang ’11 has been named to the 2018 list of Rising Stars by New Jersey Super Lawyers.

Anne Reilly ’13 attended the Federal Bar Association’s Mid-Year Conference in Washington, D.C., on March 24, 2018.  Anne is the national delegate for the FBA’s Broward chapter.


March 2018

Seth DuCharme ’03 has been appointed chief of the criminal division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York.

Anna Mercado Clark ’05 has been elected partner at Phillips Lytle LLP.

Vianny M. Pichardo ’08 was awarded the Hispanic National Bar Association’s (HNBA) “Top Lawyers Under 40” Award.

Vanessa A. Nadal ’10 and spouse Lin Manuel Miranda have welcomed a son, Francisco.

Richard Saenz ’10 was awarded the Hispanic National Bar Association’s (HNBA) “Top Lawyers Under 40” Award.

Christie L. Houlihan ’11 has joined the board of directors of the Sports and Arts in Schools Foundation, which provides after-school, weekend, and summer tutoring, sports, and arts education to over 25,000 children in New York City and Westchester county public schools.

Kaitlyn Crowe ’12 and William A. Crowe ’13 welcomed a daughter, Charlotte Nancy Crowe, in September 2017.


February 2018

Moshe Bellows ’93 has joined the adjunct faculty at the Sy Syms School of Business, Honors Program at Yeshiva University teaching Angel and Venture Capital Investing.

Cari Lewis ’94 has received her LL.M. in taxation with distinction from Loyola Law School. She was also elected to the Board of Haven Hills, a Los Angeles-based nonprofit organization providing shelter, crisis intervention, counseling, advocacy, and activities supporting increased economic opportunity for victims of domestic violence.

Elysa Gordon ’97 has been appointed vice president and senior advisor to Hartford Foundation for Public Giving.

James Sexton ’01 wrote “If You’re In My Office, It’s Already Too Late, A Divorce Lawyer’s Guide To Staying Together,” which will be published by Henry Holt in spring 2018.

Andrew Davalla ’03 has been elected partner at Thompson Hine LLP.

Jenn Rosa ’04 and Brian Power ’07 were married at Windows on the Water in Sea Bright, New Jersey surrounded by a big group of their Fordham family.

Adam Rodriguez ’07 joined Bleakley Platt & Schmidt LLP as of counsel.

John Ramirez ’08 has launched Accredence, a legal compliance and advisory group focused on serving investment advisers, brokers, dealers, funds, and small- to medium-sized businesses.

Grace Lee ’14 has been selected as administrative law judge for New York State.

Matthew Aibel ’15 married Danielle Grunwald on February 3, 2018.

Caitlin Harrison ’15 has joined Martin LLP, in their corporate practice group.

January 2018

Leslie Goldman ’93 has joined Major, Lindsey & Africa to recruit in-house attorneys for corporate clients.

Deborah Hodys ’93 will be honored at the 2018 YWCA Greenwich BRAVA Awards. The YWCA Greenwich established the BRAVA Awards in 1977 to recognize outstanding women achievers who have excelled in their professional careers and who also volunteer their time and talent to help others.

Carí Lewis ’94 has relocated to Los Angeles, California, where she received her LL.M. in taxation from Loyola Law School. Lewis is a senior associate at Terri Hilliard PC, where she practices estate planning, elder law, special needs law, and nonprofit board governance and compliance work.

Todd Cosenza ’98 has been chosen as a Law360 2017 MVP. Cosenza has distinguished himself from his peers by securing hard-earned successes in high-stakes litigation, complex global matters, and record-breaking deals.

Kristian Lynch ’99 published a workbook guide for prayer called The Surrender Prayer.

Neysa Alsina ’02 has been chosen for best women lawyers in New York City by Crain’s New York. She is counsel at New York City Bar Association.

Narges Kakalia ’02 has been chosen for best women lawyers in New York City by Crain’s New York. She is a member at Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo.

Isabelle Felix ’04 has been named president of Junior League of the Oranges and Short Hills.

Jane Chuang ’05 has been chosen for best women lawyers in New York City by Crain’s New York. She is a partner at Lee Anav Chuang White Kim Ruger & Richter.

Sylvia Shweder ’05 was named deputy chief of the general crimes section of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York. Shweder previously worked as the acting deputy chief of the International Narcotics & Money Laundering section and has been an assistant U.S. attorney in the criminal division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office since 2008.

Jonathan Bobinger ‘08 has been elected partner at Baker Botts LLP.

Melanie Figueroa ’08 has been chosen for best women lawyers in New York City by Crain’s New York. She is a partner at Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp.

Marisa Antos-Fallon ’09 has been appointed of counsel at Vinson & Elkins LLP.

Mark R. Nelson ’10 was elected shareholder at Durham Junes & Pinegar.

Carole Ménard ’16 has been appointed of counsel at The Kagan Law Group, P.C.

November 2017

Bret Parker ’93 will be running in the World Marathon Challenge in January. The participants will run 7 marathons across 7 continents in 7 days. The money that he raises will go to the Michael J. Fox Foundation, an organization focused on finding a cure for Parkinson’s Disease.

Jack Dennehy ’94 was promoted to Chief of U.S. Attorney’s Office EDNY Criminal Division.

Vincent Charles Lesch III ’14 and Kristin Bree Marchesiello ’14 were married on September 3, 2017, lakeside in Mount Pocono, Pennsylvania.  The couple met while pursuing their J.D and LL.M, respectively, at Fordham Law. Vince is an associate at Kriendler & Kriendler specializing in aviation litigation and Kristin recently accepted the role of Counsel at Publicis Media Groupe, specializing in advertising, media, and IP law.

Christopher Rodriguez ’13 has started a new position as Commercial Litigation Associate at Wilson Elser.

Ruben Magalhães ’14 has started a new position as Attorney and Legal Counsel in Wealth Management at JPMorgan Chase & Co.

October 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

September 2017

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

May 2017

Noel R. Garcia ’03 has been appointed to a five-year term as administrative law judge for the NYC Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings.

Joe Gim ’03 began a new position in the Nassau County District Attorney’s Office as a senior assistant district attorney in the public integrity unit.

Rebecca Sanin ’06 will be the new leader of the Health and Welfare Council of Long Island.

James Creedon ’09 was selected to run in the Grand-to-Grand Ultra, a 170-mile, 6-day, self-supported stage race on foot through the Grand Canyon in September. He is running to call attention to the needs of transitioning veterans and to raise funds for the charitable organization GallantFew.

Jeffrey Cunningham ’10 has joined the firm London Fischer in its New York City office.

Mary Gibbons ’15 has joined Brooklyn Defender Services as a staff attorney in its family defense practice.

Grace Nam ’15 has been appointed assistant regional attorney for the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

March 2017

Anilu Vasquez-Ubarri ’02 is chief diversity and global head of talent at Goldman Sacs and has been named one of the 50 most powerful Latinas of 2017. She also serves on the board of trustees for the Fordham Law Alumni Association.

Patrick R. O’Mea ’07 has joined Rivkin Radler LLP as an associate in the insurance coverage practice group.

David Kupfer ’11 has recently launched an app called Theryon, the first and only app that allows people to book physical therapy appointments on demand. This app is currently operating in Manhattan but will expand services to all of New York City soon.

Devan M. Grossblatt ’15 has joined the Los Angeles–based firm, Meyer, Olson, Lowy & Meyers as an associate. At Fordham Law School, she was a member of the Fordham Moot Court team and an editor of the Fordham Journal of Corporate & Financial Law.

February 2017

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

January 2017

Brian M. Seymour ’97 has been appointed to the board of directors of the Business Development Board of Palm Beach County.

Jennifer Daly ’02 has rejoined the firm King & Spalding as a partner in its Finance practice.

John P. Gordon ’04 was named head of the Residential Real Estate Practice Group at the firm Vishnick MGovern Milizio LLP.

Kirsten A. Morley ’04 and Seamus M. Morley ’04 are happy to announce the birth of their daughter, Fiona Margaret Morley. Fiona was born on December 4, 2016 and joins Gavin (7), Colin (6) and Maeve (2 1/2).

Valeska Pederson Hintz ’06 was promoted to partner at Lowenstein Sandler LLP. She is a member of The Tech Group. Her practice focuses on corporate governance, and risk management.

Samir D. Varma ’06 was elected to partner at Thompson Hine. He is a member of the International Trade & Customs practice group in Washington, D.C.

Greg Conroy ’07 is now the Vice President of Transactional Risk at Chubb Ltd.

Chris Miritello ’08 was appointed Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Mueller Industries, Inc., a publicly traded global leader in the manufacturing and distribution of copper tube and fittings, and other industrial products, headquartered in Memphis, Tennessee.

Michael Landis ’11 has joined U.S. Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) as Litigation Director in Denver, Colorado.

Jason Ruiz ’11 has been appointed as a Trial Attorney in the U.S. Department of Justice, Criminal Division, Narcotic and Dangerous Drug Section in Washington, D.C.

Nicholas Hernandez ’12 is now Assistant Attorney General at Office of the New York State Attorney General.

Elliott Nathanson ’12 is now a Compliance Associate at Bridgewater Associates in Westport, CT.

Jeremy Hanson ’14 is now an Associate at Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP.

Jillian Szymonifka ’14 and Alex Dzioba ’14 are engaged. She is employed by Littler Mendelson PC in Newark, NJ. He is employed by Cravath, Swaine and Moore LLP, New York City. An April 2017 wedding is planned.