Class Notes

Class Notes | Summer 2020

Class of 1976

Steven R. Schlesinger, managing partner at Jaspan Schlesinger LLP was featured in Who’s Who in Residential & Commercial Real Estate Law in the November 2019 edition of Long Island Business News.

Class of 1978

Jay Baris joined Sidley Austin as partner in April 2020.

Class of 1983

Patricia Galtieri, managing attorney at Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein, P.C. was featured in Who’s Who Women in Professional Services in the November 2019 edition of Long Island Business News.

Class of 1988

Nancy Burner, founder of Burner Law Group, P.C. was featured in Who’s Who Women in Professional Services in the November 2019 edition of Long Island Business News.

Class of 1992

Eric J. Levine joined Crum and Forster as senior specialist, surety claims, in April 2020.

Scott Kipnis joined Fox Rothschild as partner in their Real Estate Department in May 2020.

Class of 1993

Saba Ashraf was elected partner at Pepper Hamilton in March 2020. 

Mark Katz was appointed to the role of executive vice president, general counsel at Ryan Specialty Group in April 2020.

Gregory Watford established The Law Firm of Gregory J. Watford, Esq., PLLC in February 2020.

Class of 1995

Michael Driscoll was named the special agent in charge of the Philadelphia Field Office, FBI in March 2020. 

Todd Goffman joined Globalization Partners as general counsel in January 2020.

Joey Jackson established Joey Jackson Law, PLLC in January 2020.

Class of 1996

Scott Lavin joined Fox Rothchild LLC as a partner in the practice areas of Taxation & Wealth Planning and Nonprofit Organizations in March 2020.

Thomas McNiff was appointed to the board of directors for Discover Newport, representing the town of Jamestown in February 2020.

Christopher J. Porzio was elevated to partner at Nixon Peabody’s complex commercial disputes practice in January 2020.

Rahsaan Thompson joined Gritstone Oncology as executive vice president and general counsel in April 2020.

Class of 1997

Melba V. Pearson, current candidate for Miami-Dade State Attorney, edited the now published, Can They Do That? Understanding Prosecutorial Discretion.

Class of 1998

Brian Greer joined Dentons as a partner in its Restructuring, Insolvency and Bankruptcy group in April 2020.

Class of 2000

Jason Kurland, partner at Rivkin Radler LLP was featured in Who’s Who in Residential & Commercial Real Estate Law in the November 2019 edition of Long Island Business News.

Class of 2002

Amy Bedell was elevated to partner at Lewis Johs Avallone Aviles, LLP in February 2020.

Class of 2003

James Bozzomo joined AmTrust Title Insurance Company as senior vice president and chief underwriting counsel in January 2020.

Patrick Fife joined Long Island Board of Realtors as associate corporate counsel in April 2020.

Class of 2004

Rither Alabre was elected to partner at Blank Rome in January 2020.

Hon. Michael Davis was appointed to Florida’s Seventeenth Circuit Court by Governor Ronald Dion DeSantis in April 2020. 

Class of 2006

Kyle Lawrence, partner at Sahn Ward Coschignano, PLLC was featured in New York Real Estate Journal as one of 2020 Ones to Watch.

Class of 2008

Ian Frimet was promoted to senior vice president, general counsel at LPL Financial in April 2020. 

Jennifer Beaudry was appointed head of treasury legal US for Credit Suisse in April 2020.

Class of 2009

Erika Fang was promoted to partner at Kaufman Borgeest & Ryan LLP in March 2020. 

Jennifer Gebbie, associate at Farrell Fritz, P.C. was featured in Who’s Who Real Property & Tax Certiorari Law in the November 2019 edition of Long Island Business News

Class of 2010

Joseph Charchalis was elevated to partner at Lewis Johs Avallone Aviles, LLP in February 2020.

Class of 2011

Emily Iannucci was elected a member at Bond, Schoeneck & King in January 2020.

Class of 2012

Brionna Denby joined Cohen Seglias Pallas Greenhall & Furman PC as an associate in March 2020.

Class of 2013

Jenelle DeVits was elevated to partner at Kirkland & Ellis LLP in October 2019.

Sarah Eastburn was elevated to partner at Eastburn Gray in January 2020.

Class of 2015

Jeremy Musella joined Forchelli Deegan Terrana LLP as an associate in February 2020.

Class of 2016

Kyle Schiedo joined Collins Gann McCloskey & Barry PLLC as an associate in March 2020.

Class of 2017

Fatima Guillen-Walsh joined Duane Morris as an associate in April 2020.

Joanna Hazelton, associate at Farrell Fritz, was appointed to the Executive Council of the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America, Long Island Chapter in February 2020.

In Memoriam

With sorrow, Hofstra Law wishes to recognize alumni who have passed:

Marc Allan Abbot ’77
Ellery E. Plotkin ’77
Maurice A. Deane ’81
Anthony Randazzo ’92
Christopher Gegwich ’99

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