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Class Notes | Fall 2019

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Class of 2018

Lisa Fenech joined Ruskin Moscou Faltischek as an associate in March 2019 and was featured in “Movers and Shakers: Law” in Long Island Business News that same month.

Class of 2017

Cameron Catrambone, an associate at Genser Dubow Genser & Cona, was featured in “Ones to Watch: Law” in Long Island Business News in September 2019.

Keith Dominguez joined Davis & Gilbert as an associate in June 2019.

Nicholas Moneta, an associate at Farrell Fritz, was named vice chair of the New York State Bar Association’s Practice and Ethics Committee of the Trusts and Estates Law Section in February 2019.

Class of 2016

Jonathan Salm joined Epstein Becker & Green in March 2019 as an associate in the health care and life sciences practice.

Felicia Winder joined the Hofstra University Office of General Counsel as assistant general counsel in July 2019.

Thomas “Tommy” Wolinetz, Eleni Kakos, and Robert Volynsky ’15 co-founded the law firm Weltz Kakos Gerbi Wolinetz Volynsky in October 2019.

Class of 2015

Cheryl Erato, an associate at Farrell Fritz, was named vice chair of the New York State Bar Association’s Surrogate’s Court Committee in February 2019.

Allison (Milano) Gatoff joined Meltzer, Lippe, Breitstone & Goldstein as an associate in August 2019.

Steven J. Lee joined Goldberg Segalla’s General Liability group in September 2019.

Mara O’Malley joined Manatt, Phelps & Phillips in 2019 as an associate in the financial services litigation and privacy and data security practices. She is based in the firm’s Boston office.

Robert Volynsky, Eleni Kakos ’16, and Thomas “Tommy” Wolinetz ’16 co-founded the law firm Weltz Kakos Gerbi Wolinetz Volynsky in October 2019.

Class of 2014

Kimberly Page, an associate at Jones, Skelton & Hochuli, was named in June 2019 to the Arizona Association of Defense Counsel Young Lawyer’s Division (AADC YLD) 2019-2020 board of directors. She is serving as CLE chair and board secretary.

Douglas Kopf joined Herrick, Feinstein as an assistant managing attorney in September 2018.

Andrew Williams joined Rivkin Radler as an associate in July 2019.

Class of 2013

Rebecca Sklar, an associate at Certilman Balin Adler & Hyman in the firm’s Tax Certiorari and Condemnation practice group, was named to the Super Lawyers 2019 Rising Stars New York Metro list.

Class of 2012

Patrick Dolan joined Maguire Cardona, in Albany, N.Y., as a senior associate in August 2019.

Jacqueline Siegel joined Goldberg Segalla as a partner in August 2019.

Class of 2010

Rachael Ringer was elevated to partner at Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel in October 2019.

Class of 2009

Ericka Fang, a senior associate at Kaufman Borgeest & Ryan, was the recipient of a 2019 National Bar Association “40 Under 40 Nation’s Best Advocates” award in July.

Josh Winefsky was elevated to partner at Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel in October 2019.

Class of 2008

Amanda (Oostendorp) Cachaldora, a partner at Bice Cole Law Firm, was named to the Super Lawyers 2019 Rising Stars Florida list.

Heather L. Gauweiler, a partner at Certilman Balin Adler & Hyman in the firm’s Commercial Lending practice group, was named to the Super Lawyers 2019 Rising Stars New York Metro list.

Class of 2007

Tania Ali was promoted to general counsel and corporate secretary for Travelex North America in May 2019.

Christopher Arzberger joined the Russell Friedman Law Group as an associate in July 2019.

Robert M. Harper, counsel at Farrell Fritz, was named chair of the New York State Bar Association’s Trusts and Estates Law Section in February 2019.

Michelle McGreal joined Clifford Chance as a partner in the firm’s New York office in July 2019.

Class of 2006

Scott R. Green joined Goldberg Segalla as a partner in June 2019 in the firm’s Employment and Labor practice group in the Garden City, N.Y., and Manhattan offices.

Class of 2002

Jason Charkow joined Goldberg Segalla as a partner in July 2019.

Pat Gravino, a financial consultant at AXA Advisors, was installed as president of the Columbian Lawyers Association of Queens County in June 2019.

Class of 1999

Ian Nelson, a co-founder of Hotshot Legal, received a 2019 Fastcase 50 award, which honors a diverse group of lawyers, legal technologists, policymakers, judges, law librarians, and bar association executives who have made important and unheralded contributions to the legal field.

Class of 1998

Leah Terranova joined University of Kansas School of Law as the assistant dean of academic and student affairs in June 2019.

Class of 1997

Colleen C. Mullaney-Westfall, formerly Ecology and Environment’s vice president of corporate regulatory and legal affairs, was named secretary of the company, effective August 1.

Class of 1996

Michael Cardello III, a partner at Moritt Hock & Hamroff, was elected in June 2019 to serve on the board of directors of the Nassau County Bar Association for a three-year term.

Andrew M. Schwartz joined Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani as a partner in August 2019 in the firm’s Philadelphia office in the Commercial Litigation, Professional Liability Defense, and Bankruptcy, Restructuring & Creditors’ Rights practice groups.

Tania Zamorsky started Zamo PR & Communications in January 2019. Zamo, a boutique public relations, communications, and content consultancy specializing in B2B professional services and lifestyle brands, is in Kingston, N.Y.

Class of 1995

Michael J. Driscoll was named the special agent in charge of the Criminal Division for the New York Field Office of the FBI in June 2019.

Joey Jackson, a legal analyst for CNN and HLN as well as a partner at New York City-based Watford Jackson, served as the commencement speaker at Allen University, in Columbia, S.C., in May 2019.

Dennis O’Rourke, a partner at Moritt Hock & Hamroff, was named chair of the firm’s Corporate & Securities practice group in June 2019.

Class of 1994

Jeffrey Brown, a partner at Leeds Brown Law, was elected a Village of Old Westbury trustee in June 2019.

Sophia Karnavas joined Chubb, the world’s largest publicly traded property and casualty insurance company, as a senior vice president in February 2019.

Michael Penner was named chairman and lead operating director of the US Infrastructure Company in May 2019.

Class of 1992

Fredrick D. “Rick” Hyman joined Duane Morris as a partner in April 2019.

Class of 1991

Jaspreet S. Mayall, a partner at Certilman Balin Adler & Hyman in the firm’s Telecommunications practice group and Bankruptcy and Debtor/Creditor Rights practice group, was named to the 2019 Super Lawyers New York Metro list.

Class of 1990

Leslie Berkoff, a partner at Morrit Hock & Hamroff, was appointed by the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit to serve on its Pro Bono Appellate Mediator Panel. The appointment is for a three-year term.

Class of 1987

Marianne Candito joined Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center as an assistant director of career and professional development in April 2019.

Marc J. Ross, a founding partner of Sichenzia Ross Ference, was quoted in a YouInc.com article on Cannabis company startups and in the Marijuana Times article “Where Does NY/NJ Go From Here?” The article discusses several considerations and challenges lawmakers are facing when they consider legalizing recreational marijuana in New York and New Jersey. Ross also spoke at the New Jersey Cannabis Convention, presented by NECANN, on Sept. 15, 2019.

Class of 1984

Andrew Oringer, a partner at Dechert and chair of the NYSBA Committee on Attorney Professionalism, co-authored a report recommending the adoption of updated Standards of Civility for New York lawyers, which was approved in early 2019 by the NYSBA.

Peter Shafran established a new business in 2010 promoting and producing music events as executive producer of River Spirit Music. A promoter-producer who really cares about the artist as well as the audience, Shafran provides a unique perspective in bringing emerging artists to new audiences. In 2018, he launched the River Spirit Music & Arts Festival — a celebration of music, art, food, and community — and an outdoor concert series at the waterfront, both in Hastings-on-Hudson, N.Y. (just 12 miles north of New York City). Shafran and his wife host a monthly music concert series in their home, with artists coming to perform from around the U.S. and Canada.

Class of 1983

Lynn Poster-Zimmerman, a Huntington-based attorney, was installed as the 111th president of the Suffolk County Bar Association in June 2019.

Class of 1981

Steven Certilman was invited to membership in the International Arbitration Club of New York. His practice is primarily as a provider of arbitration and mediation services, and he is a member of the American Arbitration Association commercial, M&A, technology, and employment panels, the ICDR (International Center for Dispute Resolution) panel, and many other arbitration and mediation panels worldwide.

Kenneth R. “Kenny” Meiselas, a senior partner at the entertainment and media law firm Grubman Shire Meiselas & Sacks, was named to Billboard’s 2019 Top Music Lawyers list.

Class of 1978

Susan Mills Richmond has been practicing at Legal Aid of Rockland County since 2016. She concentrates in giving access to the legal system to those who would otherwise not be represented, including in the areas of foreclosure and eviction defense, disability, and other representations. She also serves on several mediation and arbitration panels, including as an impartial hearing officer for the New York State Education Department, and is chair of the Education Law, Bankruptcy Law, and Wellness Committees of the Westchester Women’s Bar Association.

Class of 1976

Mark Schnapp joined Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz in July 2019 as special counsel in the firm’s Fort Lauderdale, Fla., office. He is focusing his practice on government enforcement, internal investigations, and helping companies defend themselves in government investigations.

Class of 1974

Hon. John M. Czygier Jr. joined Lewis Johs Avallone Aviles as senior counsel in July 2019 following his retirement as the Judge of the Surrogate’s Court of Suffolk County.

In Memoriam

Jonathan Gradess ’73
Dari Schwartz ’84
Barbara Barth Feldman ’89
Jennifer Waller McNamara ’89
Kirk Pietruszkiewicz ’15

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