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1950-1959

Hon. J. Lawson Brown, Sr. L’58 passes away

The Hon. J. Lawson Brown, Sr. passed away on Saturday, April 13, 2024. Born in New York City on September 26, 1932, to Edward and Lydia Lawson Brown, Lawson was raised in Fayetteville, NY. He was educated at CBA in Syracuse NY, Niagara University and Syracuse School of Law. Lawson lived in the Syracuse area and Lowville NY as a young lawyer, and Glenmont and Ballston Lake later in life.

Lawson worked in private practice for several years before joining the New York State Attorney General’s office in 1967 as an Assistant Attorney General. In 1980, Lawson was appointed as a US Administrative Law Judge for the US Social Security Department, where he proudly served until his retirement.
Lawson is survived by his beloved wife Marcia, his children Marcella Barry (Bob), Lawson Brown (Filly), Daniel Brown, Patrick Brown (Pam), and Matthew Brown. 

Click here for the full obituary: https://obits.syracuse.com/us/obituaries/syracuse/name/j-brown-obituary?id=54924802

Ronald (Rinaldo) John Buttarazzi L’58 passes away

Ronald (Rinaldo) John Buttarazzi, 90, passed away on Tuesday, August 29, 2023 at his home in Fairport, NY where he lived with his beloved wife Mary for over 50 years. Born in Rochester, NY, he graduated from Aquinas Institute in 1951, Le Moyne College in 1955 magna cum laude, and from Syracuse University School of Law in 1958 summa cum laude. He was the Editor-in-Chief of the Syracuse University Law Review and was a member of the Order of the Coif. He also served in the United States Army Reserve.

Ronald practiced law for over fifty years. In addition to his private practice, he served as Perinton Town Justice for nearly 20 years, City Court Judge in Rochester from 1980 to 1986, and as the New York State Assistant Attorney General from 1995 to 1999. He was known for his compassion, fairness, and ability to connect with people from all backgrounds.

Click here for his full obituary: https://www.democratandchronicle.com/obituaries/rdc187378

Alan I. Herman L’59 passes away

Alan I. Herman L’59 passed away on February 10, 2024 after a long illness. Alan was born in New York City in 1936, received a B.S. degree in accounting from New York University, a J.D. from Syracuse University and an LLM from Yale Law School. He enlisted in the United States Air Force as a Judge Advocate, his career taking him to Germany, the Philippines, and five years each as a professor at the Air Force Academy and as an Appellate Judge on the Air Force Court of Criminal Appeals, among other assignments.

Alan I. Alan I. Herman, 87, an attorney living in Arlington, VA, passed away on February 10, 2024 after a long illness. He is survived by his wife, Irene Szopo, two children, Cynthia Herman and Gregory Herman, as well as an abundance of friends. A second son, David Herman, predeceased him. He also leaves behind four grandchildren, Audrey Herman, Caroline Morin, Samantha Morin, Benjamin Morin, and his brother Seymour Herman.

Click here for his full obituary: https://www.legacy.com/us/obituaries/nytimes/name/alan-herman-obituary?id=54405785

1960-1969

John Neil Huber, Jr. (“Neil”) L’68 passes away

John Neil Huber Jr. (“Neil”) passed away peacefully at the age of 80 in Rochester, New York, on the morning of January 31, 2024. He is survived by his three sons, Chris, Matt and Jeff Huber, and his siblings, Gayle, Bill and Ken Huber. 

He graduated from Hamilton College in 1965, and in the top third of his class at the Syracuse University College of Law in 1968. It was at the end of law school, where he met Meimei Lynn McMichael, who also graduated in 1968 from Syracuse’s Maxwell School. They married on August 18, 1968 at the Plymouth Congregational Church in downtown Syracuse and remained married for over 55 years. After so many years together on this earth, it is fitting they’re reunited after only 1.5 months (Meimei passed away December 15, 2023). 

Donald J. Martin ’66, L’68 passes away

Donald J. Martin, 80, of Manlius, died peacefully on February 3, 2024. He was born in Dansville, NY to Clarence and Catherine Martin. He graduated from Syracuse University and then Syracuse University College of Law in 1968. He served in the US Air Force JAG Corps in Sacramento, CA and then Hickam Air Force Base in Hawaii. Following his service, he returned to Syracuse in 1973 to engage in the private practice of law. Donald started his own law practice which he grew and eventually merged with the Harris Beach Law Firm. Donald was an adjunct professor of trial practice at SU College of Law.

Click here for his full obituary: https://obits.syracuse.com/us/obituaries/syracuse/name/donald-martin-obituary?id=54290805

1970-1979

C. Gregory Watts L’73 passes away

C. Gregory Watts L’73, age 75 years, of Delaware Township (Sergeantsville), NJ, died Tuesday, April 16, 2024, at his home surrounded by his loving family.
Born in Greenwich, CT, May 22, 1948, son of the late William Charles Watts and Dorothy Hall Watts, he had resided in Delaware Township, NJ since 1977.
An attorney, Greg was a 1970 graduate of Lafayette College and received his Juris Doctor degree from Syracuse University in 1973.

Greg was a member and Past President of the Hunterdon County Bar Association; formerly served as Chairperson of the Large Foundation; and was a former board member of the Hunterdon Medical Center. In addition, he was a former member of the Flemington Rotary and former board member of the Center for Educational Advancement. A lifelong golfer, he was a longtime member of Copper Hill Country Club.

Click here for the full obituary: https://www.legacy.com/us/obituaries/name/c-watts-obituary?id=54905744

Richard W. Cook L’75 selected for Best Lawyers in America 2024 edition

Hancock Estabrook, LLP is proud to announce that Richard W. Cook L’75 has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America for 2024.  Mr. Cook is a partner at the Firm and leader of the Banking & Finance Practice and a member of the Corporate Practice. 

James A. Coniglio L’77 selected for Lawyer of the Year 2024

Underberg & Kessler LLP is proud to announce that James A. Coniglio L’77 was selected by The Best Lawyers in America® as recipient of the 2024 “Lawyer of the Year” award in his practice area, Municipal Law in Geneseo, NY.

1980-1989

Marion Hancock-Fish L’80 selected for Upstate New York Super Lawyers for 2023

Hancock Estabrook, LLP is proud to announce that Marion H. Fish has been selected for inclusion in “Upstate New York Super Lawyers” for 2023.  Ms. Fish is a partner in the Trusts & Estates, Family Business Succession Planning, Tax, Corporate and Elder Law & Special Needs Practices.

Joseph M. DiOrio L’81, Esquire Merges Practice

Pannone Lopes Devereaux & O’Gara LLC (PLDO) today announced that Joseph M. DiOrio L’81, Esquire has merged his financial institutions practice, The Law Office of Joseph M. DiOrio, Inc.,  with PLDO to create the firm’s new Banking and Creditor’s Rights practice group. Attorney DiOrio will serve as Chairman of the practice and collaborate with PLDO’s team of skilled lawyers to provide comprehensive legal representation to financial institutions throughout the region, including national, regional and local banks, bank holding companies, thrifts and other financial services providers.

The Hon. Michael F. Pietruszka L’81 elected corporate secretary of the National Courts and Sciences Institute.

Former Erie County Judge Michael F. Pietruszka L’81 was elected corporate secretary of the National Courts and Sciences Institute at the group’s Annual Meeting.

The National Courts and Sciences Institute is a District of Columbia Not-For-Profit Corporation whose mission is to provide judges on-the-job, case-related scientific and technical training to facilitate procedural management of complex cases with novel scientific evidence.

Since his retirement, Judge Pietruszka has served as the Chair of the Institute’s Molecular, Comparative and Digital Forensics Concentration; and Case Coordinator for the COVID, and the Artificial Intelligence and Data Science Strategic Initiatives. He will be serving as the Principal Investigator / Project Director for next year’s Neuroscience and Neurotechnology Strategic Initiative.

Daniel B. Berman L’82 selected for Best Lawyers in America 2024 edition

Hancock Estabrook, LLP is proud to announce that Daniel B. Berman L’82 has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America for 2024. Mr. Berman is a partner in the Firm’s Litigation Practice, with more than 40 years of experience litigating cases throughout New York State. His practice is focused on the litigation and resolution of business and professional disputes for clients ranging from global banking institutions to individuals operating local small businesses.

Daniel B. Berman L’82 selected for Upstate New York Super Lawyers for 2023

Hancock Estabrook, LLP is proud to announce that Daniel B. Berman has been selected for inclusion in “Upstate New York Super Lawyers” for 2023. Mr. Berman is a partner in the Litigation Department and has more than 40 years of experience litigating cases throughout New York

Hon. Deborah H. Karalunas L’82 Appointed Administrative Judge for the Fifth Judicial District of NY

The New York court system announced July 29th, the appointment of Judge Deborah H. Karalunas L’82, a central New York trial court judge, as the administrative judge overseeing operations of trial courts in the six counties of the Fifth Judicial District. Chief Administrative Judge Joseph A. Zayas’ appointment of Karalunas takes effect July 10.

A graduate of Syracuse University College of Law, Karalunas was first elected to the Onondaga County Supreme Court bench in 2002. She was re-elected in 2016 and has served as the presiding justice of the county’s Supreme Court–Commercial Division since 2007.

Prior to becoming a judge, Karalunas was a partner at Bond, Schoeneck & King of Syracuse. She began her legal career as a law clerk to Chief Judge Howard G. Munson of the U.S. District Court in the Northern District of New York.

David A. Lerner L’83 selected for The Best Lawyers in America 2024 edition

Plunkett Cooney is pleased to announce that David A. Lerner L’83 was selected for inclusion in the 2024 edition of Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America™ for outstanding professional excellence. Lerner was selected for his work in Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law.

Hon. James P. Murphy L’84 Appointed Deputy Chief Administrative Judge

The Honorable James P. Murphy L’84 was appointed as Deputy Chief Administrative Judge Outside the City of New York, effective June 5, 2023. The appointment was made by Chief Administrative Judge Joseph A. Zayas, with the consultation and approval of Chief Judge Rowan D. Wilson and in consultation with the Presiding Justices of the respective Appellate Divisions.

Justice Murphy was elected as a Justice of the New York Supreme Court in 2004, and reelected in 2018, to serve the Fifth Judicial District, which includes Onondaga, Oswego, Oneida, Jefferson, Lewis, and Herkimer Counties. He was previously elected three times to the Onondaga County Legislature where he served with distinction and rose to the leadership position of Chair of the Ways and Means Committee. In 2019, Justice Murphy was appointed by Chief Administrative Judge Lawrence Marks as Administrative Judge in the Fifth Judicial District.

Justice Murphy is a graduate of Bishop Ludden High School in Syracuse, New York, Saint Lawrence University, and Syracuse University College of Law. He was in private practice for 20 years with an emphasis on civil litigation and municipal law. For over 10 years, he served as a full-time and part-time Assistant District Attorney for Onondaga County.

Alan J. Pierce L’84 selected for Best Lawyers in America 2024 edition

Hancock Estabrook, LLP is proud to announce that Alan J. Pierce L’84 has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America for 2024 and as a 2024 The Best Lawyers in America “Lawyer of the Year” in the Syracuse, New York metropolitan area for Appellate Practice. He is a partner in the Litigation Practice and Leader of the Appellate Practice. He has more than 30 years of litigation experience, concentrating on appellate practice, insurance coverage, defamation and civil and commercial litigation.

Alan J. Pierce L’84 selected for Upstate New York Super Lawyers for 2023

Hancock Estabrook, LLP is proud to announce that Alan J. Pierce has been selected for inclusion in “Upstate New York Super Lawyers” for 2023.  Mr. Pierce is a Partner in the Litigation Practice and Leader of the Appellate Practice.  He has more than 30 years of litigation experience, concentrating on appellate practice, insurance coverage, defamation and civil and commercial litigation.

Thomas Zampino L’85 publishes third book of poetry

Zampino L’85 recently published his third book of poetry, Petrichor. Previous titles have included synchronicity (2023) and Precise Moment (2021).

In November 2023 Zampino joined Hogan Lovells law firm in NYC in its real estate department, concentrating in real estate property taxes and valuations (Tax Certiorari).

Anna E. Lynch L’86 selected for Lawyer of the Year 2024

Underberg & Kessler LLP is proud to announce that Anna E. Lynch L’86 was selected by The Best Lawyers in America® as recipient of the 2024 “Lawyer of the Year” award in her practice area, Elder Law in Rochester, NY.

Brian P. O’Shaughnessy L’86 to receive 2023 Paul Michel Award

IPWatchdog is pleased to announce that Brian O’Shaughnessy L’86, Partner, and Chair of IP Transactions & Licensing Group at Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, has been selected as the 2023 recipient of The Paul Michel Award. He will be presented with the award on Sunday evening, September 17, 2023, at IPWatchdog LIVE 2023.

The Paul Michel Award, created with the blessing of Chief Judge Paul Michel (CAFC, ret.), is awarded annually to someone within the IP community who has selflessly served the best interests of the industry and its members as a respected leader, mentor, and advocate on behalf of fairness and for the best interests of the intellectual property system.

Brian is uniquely deserving of this award, having served LES USA-Canada for two decades in various roles, as President, on the Board of Trustees, and since 2018 as Senior Vice-President for Public Policy. Brian has spent significant time and energy proselytizing for stronger patent rights and fairer licensing and tech transfer, testifying numerous times on the Hill, writing op-eds, and traveling around the country.

Patrick L. Cusato L’87 elected Managing Partner at Underberg & Kessler LLP

Underberg & Kessler LLP is pleased to announce that Patrick L. Cusato, L’87 a longtime partner with the Firm, has been elected to serve as Managing Partner. Cusato has been with Underberg & Kessler for 36 years and focuses his practice on commercial and residential real estate, mortgage banking, and tax credit development and finance projects. He serves as the Real Estate & Finance Practice Group Chair, a member of the Executive and 401K Committees, and is the Financial Management Partner for the Firm. A strong proponent of being active in community and industry groups, Cusato is an Executive Board member of the Mortgage Bankers Association, Vice President to the Board of Directors of the Bishop Sheen Ecumenical Housing Foundation, past Chair of the Foundation’s annual fundraising gala, and past Chair of the Monroe County Bar Association Real Estate Section. He also serves as the Vice President of the Board of Directors of the Lakefront Soccer Club and President of the Board of Directors of the Sports Association of Webster, Inc.

Francis J. (Frank) Mulhall L’88 passes away

Francis “Frank” J. Mulhall L’88 of Boca Raton, FL, passed away on Friday, August 4, 2023, after a year-long battle with cancer. He was a devoted and loving husband, father, son, brother and uncle.

Frank was born in Norristown, PA on February 28, 1963. He was the son of the late John T. Mulhall, Jr. and the late Eugenia “Jean” (née Felice) Mulhall. He graduated from Fairport High School in Fairport, NY in 1981, from St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY in 1985, and from Syracuse University Law School in Syracuse, NY in 1988.

Frank was an accomplished and respected member of the Florida Bar who practiced law in Palm Beach County for 35 years. He was a devout believer and courageous follower of his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. As a Christian, he dedicated himself to God’s service. In all things, Frank was a man of faith, honor, and integrity. He possessed an exceptional wit, keen intellect, and boundless curiosity, as well as an appreciation of all things beautiful, especially art and architecture.

Click here for the full obituary: https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/boca-raton-fl/francis-mulhall-11398269

Professor Andrew Greenberg L’89 receives a Volunteer Lawyers Project of CNY’s Pro Bono Champion Award

Professor Andrew Greenberg L’89 received a Volunteer Lawyers Project (VLP) of CNY’s Pro Bono Champion Award for his work with the VLP’s Immigration Law Program.

Since June of 2022, Greenberg has assisted several families from Afghanistan in Central New York in filing asylum applications with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. A number of College of Law students have also assisted Greenberg with the applications, earning valuable hands-on experience with real-world clients in need of representation. Both Greenberg and the students work with VLP’s experienced immigration legal staff to operate as a team.

During the week of October 16, Greenberg learned that one of the families he helped apply for asylum was granted this important legal milestone.

Greenberg continues to help families navigate the asylum process along with College of Law student volunteers. “The process is short enough for students to interview the clients, prepare written documentation, attend the interview session, and find out the result over the course of two semesters. They benefit from the experience of helping clients with compelling stories that are appreciative of their efforts,” says Greenberg.

Timothy P. Murphy L’89 selected for Best Lawyers in America 2024 edition

Hancock Estabrook, LLP is proud to announce that Timothy P. Murphy L’89 has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America for 2024. Mr. Murphy is the Firm’s Managing Partner and a member of the Executive Committee. Mr. Murphy has over 30 years of experience representing clients in product liability, motor vehicle, construction accident, medical malpractice, negligence, premises liability, toxic tort, and commercial cases in State and Federal Court.

Timothy P. Murphy L’89 selected for Upstate New York Super Lawyers for 2023

Hancock Estabrook, LLP is proud to announce that Timothy P. Murphy has been selected for inclusion in “Upstate New York Super Lawyers” for 2023.  Mr. Murphy is the Firm’s Managing Partner.  He has 28 years of experience representing clients in product liability, motor vehicle, construction accident, medical malpractice, negligence, premises liability, toxic tort, and commercial cases in state and federal court.


1990-1999

Hon. Thérèse Wiley Dancks L’91 receives OCBA Award

On May 1, 2024, the Hon. Thérèse Wiley Dancks L’91 was honored with this year’s Champion of the Law Award by the Onondaga County Bar Association. This award is given to a member of the Judiciary for notable success in advancing the interests of justice, participating in the growth of the Bench and Bar, leadership, generosity of time, collegiality and outstanding reputation in the legal community.

John P. Sidd L’91 selected for Best Lawyers in America 2024 edition

Hancock Estabrook, LLP is proud to announce that John P. Sidd L’91 has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America for 2024. Mr. Sidd is a partner in the Firm’s Corporate and Real Estate Practices. Mr. Sidd concentrates his practice on business law, commercial real estate, and economic development matters. 

John F. Corcoran L’93 selected for Best Lawyers in America 2024 edition

Hancock Estabrook, LLP is proud to announce that John F. Corcoran L’93 has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America for 2024. Mr. Corcoran is the leader of the Firm’s Education and Municipal Practices. He has extensive experience representing management in labor and employment litigation with an emphasis on the public sector, collective bargaining as the employer’s chief negotiator, labor arbitrations, education law and municipal law, including fire service matters.

Jonathan M. Dunitz L’93 appointed to Justice Tax Credit Committee

Verrill attorney Jonathan Dunitz L’93 was recently appointed a member of the State of Maine Supreme Judicial Court’s Access to Justice Tax Credit Committee. He will serve until December 31, 2027. Dunitz’s law practice is comprised of energy, utilities and telecommunications; food and beverage law; insurance coverage and litigation; commercial litigation; appeals; and mediation. Dunitz also serves as the President Elect of the Maine State Bar Association.

Jonathan M. Dunitz L’93 elected President of the Main State Bar Association

Verrill is pleased to announce that attorney Jonathan M. Dunitz has been elected President of the Maine State Bar Association (MSBA). Dunitz previously served as Vice President of the Maine State Bar Association and is currently a member of the Bar’s Access to Justice Tax Credit Committee.

Dunitz’s law practice is composed of food and beverage law, energy telecommunications and natural resources law, insurance coverage and litigation, commercial litigation, appeals, and mediation.

Dunitz received his bachelor’s degree from Ithaca College and his law degree from Syracuse University College of Law.

Steven D. Lustig G’91, L’94 appointed to International Trademark Association Committee

Panitch Schwarze Belisario & Nadel LLP is pleased to announce that intellectual property attorney Steven D. Lustig has been appointed to the International Trademark Association (INTA)’s Geographical Indications Committee. The committee develops and advocates INTA’s policies on the impact of geographical indications (GIs) and their enforcement on trademark rights.

INTA is a global association for trademark owners and professionals who have dedicated and supported trademarks and related intellectual properties in order to protect consumers to promote fair and effective commerce. INTA has members in more than 6,000 organizations from more than 181 countries.

As a member of the Committee, Lustig will monitor and analyze international developments regarding GIs, which are names or signs used on products that correspond to a specific geographical location or origin. Committee work includes proposing policy recommendations, writing reports and submissions, interacting with GIs organizations, and advocacy in conjunction with relevant committees and staff. A longtime active member of INTA, he also currently serves on the organization’s Legislation and Regulation Committee, which monitors and analyzes legislative and regulatory developments relating to trademarks and unfair competition.

With over 20 years of experience, Lustig’s practice focuses on all aspects of trademark law – from due diligence to enforcement. His international clientele ranges from individuals to large multinational companies. While his practice is in every commercial area, he is particularly experienced in the automotive, pharmaceutical, apparel, and technology industries. He has handled a variety of matters related to international trademark clearance and prosecution, trademark litigation, internet domain name registration and dispute resolution, e-business issues, customs enforcement, anti-counterfeiting measures, trade dress, and unfair competition enforcement.

Frank W. Ryan IV ’90, L’94 elected for second term as Americas Chair at DLA Piper


DLA Piper Americas Chair Frank Ryan has been elected to a second four-year term, effective January 1, 2025.

Since becoming Chair in 2021, and subsequently being named Global Co-Chair and Global Co-CEO, Ryan has driven growth and innovation for the firm through strong financial performance and the launch of cutting-edge practices in areas such as artificial intelligence, healthcare policy consulting, and space exploration. Under Ryan’s leadership, in 2022 DLA Piper recorded its strongest financial year on record, with gross revenue up 6.2% to $3.68 billion. Revenue from U.S. offices accounted for $2.01 billion of that figure.

Ryan has guided the firm’s strategic hiring practices, in particular in the technology, life sciences and healthcare transactions spaces, across two verticals – transactions and disputes – in regions including Northern California, Texas, Washington, DC, Chicago and New York. He continues to focus on the next generation of talent by investing in larger summer classes, cutting-edge associate programming, and the relaunch of DLA Piper’s alumni program. Ryan is known in the firm for his growth mindset with a focus on delivering best-in-class client service.

Dr. Thomas Murphy G’87, Ph.D.’95, L’97 to be published

Dr. Thomas Murphy G’87, Ph.D. ’95, L’97 will have an article published in Bombay Brokers Forum, Mumbai, India (New York Stock Exchange Equivalent).

Adam Leitman Bailey L’95 authors book

Adam Leitman Bailey L’95 has written a book, Real Estate Titles, that was published by the New York State Bar Association.

Daniel J. French L’95 will serve as co-leader of the Higher Education Team

Barclay Damon is pleased to announce Dan French L’95, co-chair of the White Collar & Government Investigations Practice Area and member of the Higher Education Team, will serve as co-leader of the Higher Education Team. 

Richard Jones ’92, G’95, L’95 elected to Syracuse University Board of Trustees

On Thursday, November 2nd, Richard Jones ’92, G’95, L’95 officially stepped into his role as Syracuse University’s Board of Trustees, a position he accepted back in May.

Richard “Rich” Jones serves as executive vice president, general tax counsel and chief veteran officer for Paramount Global, overseeing worldwide tax planning, structuring, treasury, strategy, operations, litigation and legislative matters for the company, along with all veteran-related initiatives and programming for Paramount. Jones was a non-commissioned officer in the U.S. Army, where he served honorably as a member of the 10th Mountain Division and the 75th Ranger Regiment.

He earned a B.S. degree and an M.S. degree in accounting from the Martin J. Whitman School of Management, with honors, and a J.D. from the College of Law, with honors. In addition, Jones holds a 1998 LL.M. degree from Boston University School of Law.

Jones describes himself as just a hard-working soldier who has never forgotten where he came from as a non-commissioned officer in the U.S. Army. “I still operate like the staff sergeant that I was: head on a swivel, always looking out 1,000 meters,” Jones says. “Our mission at Syracuse University is to provide a world-class education. What should distinguish our approach to serving student veterans? What Syracuse does, which is so unique, is to supplement the classroom instruction with community, support, mentoring and life-coaching and always providing the practical survival skills necessary to be successful in the civilian workplace and beyond.”

He is heavily involved in the OVMA and IVMF as well as supporting student veterans on campus. Last year, Jones was honored as the Hometown Hero and more recently he was also recognized as the Nation’s Finest 50 along with Vice Chancellor Dr. Mike Haynie.

Rhonda L. Maco L’95 G’95 appointed Director of Special Programs at NCC

Rhonda L. Maco, Esq. is the newly appointed Director of Special Programs in the Office of Equity, Inclusion and Affirmative Action at Nassau Community College. In her role she will drive institutional awareness and appreciation of diversity to enhance and foster a culture of inclusion. She joins Nassau Community College from the Suffolk County Department of Law’s Municipal Law Bureau, where she served as a Principal Assistant County Attorney.

Previously, Maco was the Director of Special Projects with the Nassau County Office of Minority Affairs. Since 2009 she has run her own firm, the Law Offices of Rhonda L. Maco, PLLC. She has worked as an adjunct professor at Suffolk County Community College and Monroe College.

Maco is the author of A Yearn to Discern and A Year to Discern, both written with the intent to demonstrate the power and usefulness of discernment in daily life. To supplement the books, she created the podcast, The Power of The Pivot: Leading With Discernment. With these accolades in front of her, Maco is a sought-after guest lecturer/speaker in the areas of empowerment, leadership and entrepreneurship.

She earned her Bachelor of Arts in English from Tuskegee University, a Masters of Science in Public Relations from Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, and a Juris Doctor from Syracuse University College of Law.

Brian J. Butler ’91, L’96 Elected Management Committee Chair of Bond, Schoeneck & King

Bond, Schoeneck & King PLLC is pleased to announce the membership has elected Brian J. Butler ’91, L’96 as Chair of the firm’s Management Committee effective Jan. 1, 2024. Butler, resident in the firm’s Syracuse office, represents clients in complex business and commercial litigation in federal and state courts as well as in arbitration. He also represents clients in the banking, communications, construction, insurance and securities industries and regularly represents governmental and educational institutions. Butler is President-Elect for the Northern District of New York Federal Court Bar Association.

Christopher C. Gorham L’96 is the author of The Confidante

Christopher C. Gorham L’96 is the author of The Confidante: The Untold Story of the Woman Who Helped Win WWII and Shape Modern America (Citadel, 2023). The Wall Street Journal called it “a resurrection of history” and it was a Goodreads Choice Award for best history-biography in 2023.

Gorham holds degrees from the University of Michigan, Tufts University and Syracuse University College of Law. After practicing law for over a decade, for the last several years he has taught Modern American History at Westford Academy, outside Boston. His writing has appeared in the Washington Post, Literary Hub, Paper Brigade Daily, and online publications. The Confidante is his first book. He and his wife, Elizabeth, live in Watertown and Chatham, Massachusetts.

Benita R. Miller L’96 joins Center for Reproductive Rights

Benita R. Miller L’96 has joined the Center for Reproductive Rights as Vice President, U.S. Programs. She joins the Center with a 25+ year career as an innovative and visionary leader focused on the uplift and success of vulnerable families and communities. Miller has worked as a government official, nonprofit founder and executive, and trial attorney.

Miller received her J.D. from Syracuse University College of Law, where she serves on the Board of Advisors. She graduated from Wayne State University, with a BFA in Print Journalism. She is also a board member of the Rosa Park Scholarship Foundation, The Alex House Project, Strategies for Youth, and Michigan Central’s Campaign for Children as well as being an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and Jack and Jill of America.  

John G. Powers G’96 L’96 selected for Best Lawyers in America 2024 edition

Hancock Estabrook, LLP is proud to announce that John G. Powers L’96 has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America for 2024. Mr. Powers is a Partner in the Litigation Practice and a member of the Firm’s Executive Committee. He routinely appears in federal and state courts, as well as arbitration, on complicated civil matters to advocate for the interests and causes of his clients, which include municipalities, business corporations, universities, and individuals.

John G. Powers G’96 L’96 selected for Upstate New York Super Lawyers for 2023

Hancock Estabrook, LLP is proud to announce that John G. Powers has been selected for inclusion in “Upstate New York Super Lawyers” for 2023.  Mr. Powers is a Partner in the Litigation Practice and a member of the Firm’s Executive Committee.    

Sandra G. Karas L’97 recognized as a 50 over 50 Age Disrupter

Sandra Karas L’97, Secretary-Treasurer Actor’s Equity Association has had many roles. Karas is a labor leader, lawyer, accountant, and financial advisor. She has advocated for tax fairness for workers in the entertainment industry. Karas says “It has been said that skill only comes from plying your craft over and over with determination”.

Joseph T. Mancuso L’97 selected for Best Lawyers in America 2024 edition

Hancock Estabrook, LLP is proud to announce that Joseph T. Mancuso L’97 has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America for 2024 and selected as a 2024 The Best Lawyers in America “Lawyer of the Year” in the Syracuse, New York metropolitan area for Corporate Law. Mr. Mancuso is a partner in the Banking & Finance and Corporate Practices. He is a member of the Firm’s Executive Committee. Mr. Mancuso represents clients on matters involving business formations, mergers and acquisitions, contract negotiations, commercial transactions, and other general corporate matters.

William (Bill) L. Owens L’97 elected to Bond Schoeneck & King’s Management Committee

William L. Owens L’97, resident in the firm’s Naples, Florida office, brings more than 25 years of experience to clients and serves as outside general counsel for small to mid-sized businesses and governmental entities in southwest Florida. His skill set includes corporate, real estate, lending and title insurance services. Owens currently serves as lead counsel to the City of Naples Airport Authority and Collier Mosquito Control District.

Tracie L. Lopardi L’98 joins Bond Schoeneck & King

Bond, Schoeneck & King is pleased to announce that Tracie L. Lopardi L’98 will join Bond’s Buffalo office.

Lopardi concentrates her practice on the representation of employers in all aspects of employment and labor law.  This includes her counsel and advice on policies, practices and employment relationships involving negotiating and implementing collective bargaining agreements, wage and hour laws, disability accommodations, leaves of absence and disciplinary actions.  She also advocates for and defends employers in arbitrations and proceedings before the State Division of Human Rights, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), Public Employment Relations Board (PERB), as well as state and federal Departments of Labor and Education.  Lopardi also has substantial experience representing public and private school districts across New York State.  As a trusted advisor, she advises education institutions of all sizes on strategic or organization-wide issues.  She regularly conducts workplace investigations for employers regarding alleged employee misconduct.  Prior to joining Bond, Lopardi established the Office of General Counsel at Niagara University. With this experience, she also provides counsel to higher education institutions on numerous matters including labor and employment, records management, Title IX and student athletics.  Lopardi has also been named one of the Legal Elite of Western New York by Buffalo Business First since 2012 and a New York Super Lawyer, Excellence in Labor and Employment. She received her J.D. magna cum laude from Syracuse University College of Law and her undergraduate degree from the State University of New York at Geneseo.

Christopher Burns L’99 honored as 2023 Minnesota Super Lawyer

​Henson Effron is extremely proud to announce that Christopher Burns L’99, Estate Planning Trust and Probate Law, has been honored as a 2023 Minnesota Super Lawyer and Rising Stars Honoree.

John Kelepurovski L’99 will serve as a member of the Associates Committee at Barclay Damon

John Kelepurovski L’99, a member of the firm’s Corporate, Data Security & Technology, and Lobbying & Election Law Compliance Practice Areas and Telecommunications and Health & Human Services Providers Teams, will serve as a member of the Associates Committee.

2000-2009

Joseph A. Agro L’00 joins Goldberg Segalla

Goldberg Segalla added Joseph Agro L’00 to the firm’s Construction Litigation and Counsel and the Commercial Litigation and Arbitration practice groups in Buffalo.

Agro is a highly accomplished litigator with more than 20 years of experience managing complex cases in state and federal courts. He has extensive experience evaluating and advising clients on mitigating risk and severe legal exposure. Agro has represented businesses and individuals faced with civil litigation, complex business litigation, internal investigations, government audits, and regulatory compliance matters. Clients regularly retain him for his strategic and comprehensive problem solving skills.

In addition to more than 10 years in private practice, Agro spent seven years as a deputy district attorney in the Erie County District Attorney’s Office, a fast-paced environment requiring him to make critical legal decisions regarding legal and investigative issues while supervising a large team of attorneys and support staff.

Agro earned his B.A. from Canisius College and his J.D. from the Syracuse University College of Law.

Anita L. Pelletier G’01, L’01 receives 2023 Cornerstone Award

Lawyers Alliance for New York proudly announces that Anita L. Pelletier G’01, L’01 will receive a 2023 Individual Cornerstone Award. During a nearly 20 year tenure as a Lawyers Alliance volunteer, this trusted nonprofit advisor has provided expert guidance on legal requirements and best practices concerning governance and operations.

Pelletier is a dedicated legal counsel specializing in nonprofits, providing
expert guidance on legal requirements and best practices concerning governance and
operations. She brings expertise in some of the most high-demand areas for Lawyers
Alliance clients: nonprofit corporate governance and resolving Board disputes, tax compliance and audits, and charitable solicitation and sales promotions. During her nearly
20 year tenure as a Lawyers Alliance volunteer, Ms. Pelletier has provided crucial legal
advice to organizations as they form, through the incorporation and tax exemption
process, and as they grow and evolve, navigating governance and contract issues.

Jean Marie Westlake L’01 elected to New York State Supreme Court

Jean Marie Westlake L’01 has been elected to the New York State Supreme Court, 5th Judicial District. She is currently Partner with DeFrancisco & Falgiatano, LLP.

Derek Sean Baer G’02, L’02 passes away

D. Sean Baer, 49, was killed in the line of duty on April 9, 2024. 

At the time of his death, Sean was serving as a special agent for the U.S. Postal Service, Office of the Inspector General (USPS OIG), a position he held for nearly 10 years. He began his law enforcement career in 2004 as a judge advocate in the U.S. Coast Guard, where he specialized in military justice, as well as maritime and international law. In 2008, he left active duty to become a special agent for the Diplomatic Security Service at the Department of State. From 2008-12, Sean served in the New York field office in Manhattan specializing in passport and visa fraud investigations, then served as the assistant regional security officer at the U.S. Embassy in Libreville, Gabon. Sean later served as a special agent at the Department of Commerce and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.  

Sean graduated magna cum laude from Syracuse University in 2002, earning a juris doctorate (JD) and a master’s degree in international law and diplomacy.  He also earned a master’s degree in strategic intelligence from the National Defense Intelligence College in 2010, a master’s degree in global studies from Humboldt State University in 1999, and a bachelor’s degree in strategic studies from Evergreen State College in 1997.    Sean is survived by his wife, Lineka; three children, Alexander, Evelina and Vivienne

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Daniel E. Gold L’02 named Forensic Technology Principal at BDO, USA

BDO USA, one of the nation’s leading accounting and advisory firms, is pleased to announce they have named Daniel E. Gold L’02 as Forensic Technology Principal in the Advisory practice. He also leads BDO’s E-Discovery Managed Services. Gold’s background as a practicing attorney, extensive e-discovery consulting experience, and leadership in IT managed services uniquely equip him to offer legal professionals a holistic approach to leveraging technology for collaborative e-discovery. Gold is also a prominent writer, speaker on legal tech, and co-host of BDO’s Legal Tech Talk podcast.

Mara N. Harvey L’03 joins Bond, Schoeneck & King PLLC as Senior Counsel

Bond, Schoeneck & King is pleased to announce that Mara N. Harvey L’03, a highly accomplished education law attorney, will join Bond’s Melville office. Harvey practices in school law, labor and employment, and municipal law. She has represented school district and BOCES clients in matters involving a wide variety of general counsel matters, including student disciplinary proceedings, residency, homeless students, policy review, appeals to the Commissioner of Education, third party vendor contracts, student records and student name change orders. She works closely with district clerks and administration providing day to day guidance and counsel on all issues involving school budgets, elections, board agendas and minutes, public notices and compliance with the Open Meetings Law, Freedom of Information Law and the Dignity for All Students Act. She is a member of the Education Law Committees of the Suffolk County Bar Association and Nassau County Bar Association and is a past co-chair of the committee at the Suffolk County Bar Association. Mara has lectured on education law issues at conferences including ones sponsored by the Nassau and Suffolk Academies of Law, as well as the New York State Association of School Attorneys, the Long Island Attendance Professionals and Teachers Association, and NBI, Inc. She received her J.D. from Syracuse University College of Law and her B.S in accounting from the State University of New York at Binghamton.

Melanie M. Nowling L’03 appointed Trial Court Administrator for Passaic Vicinage effective Aug. 1, 2024

Assignment Judge Rudolph A. Filko announced today the appointment of Melanie M. Nowling as trial court administrator for the Passaic Vicinage, effective Aug. 1.

Nowling, the family division manager in the vicinage, succeeds Robert D. Tracy, who retires July 31 after 34 years with the Judiciary.

Nowling joined the Judiciary in 2005 as the assistant jury manager in the Hudson Vicinage, a position she held for seven months before becoming a supervisor in the vicinage’s Children in Court Unit in the family division.

She held the position of assistant family division manager from August 2007 to January 2011 before moving to the Passaic Vicinage where she served as civil division manager until she became the family division manager in September 2011.

“I am extremely humbled and grateful to serve Passaic County as the Judiciary’s trial court administrator and thank Director Grant and Assignment Judge Filko for this opportunity. I am honored to be in a position to make a difference in people’s lives and I look forward to continuing the legacy of integrity and dedication set by my predecessor, Robert Tracy. I am thankful to be able to work alongside the dedicated judges, managers and staff in Passaic County, as we continue to uphold the vision and mission of the judiciary,” Nowling said.

Nowling earned a bachelor’s degree from Ithaca College and a law degree from Syracuse University College of Law.

The trial court administrator is the highest ranking staff executive in the vicinage in charge of all court operations, including financial management, human resources, and case flow management.

Kimberly Wolf Price L’03 named Chief Strategy & Diversity Officer

Bond, Schoeneck & King is pleased to announce that Kimberly Wolf Price L’03 has been named the firm’s Chief Strategy & Diversity Officer. This role serves as an advisor to the Management Committee and its Chair as well as to the Chief Operating Officer. She will work closely with the General Counsel’s office, committee chairs, as well as other firm leadership and administrative departments to implement the firm’s strategic initiatives. In this role, Wolf Price will focus on the key areas of strategic planning, attorney professional development, diversity and inclusion, innovation and growth, fostering a learning culture within the firm and strategic talent acquisition.

Wolf Price, resident in Bond’s Syracuse office, joined the firm in 2020 as Attorney Professional Development and Diversity Officer. In that role, she worked to advance the firm’s goals and has overseen the diversity efforts of both attorneys and staff.

Wolf Price is an attorney, admitted to practice in New York, and remains engaged in pro bono work. She began her law career at Clifford Chance US LLP as an associate in the Litigation & Dispute Resolution Department. She has extensive experience in higher education serving as an assistant dean, program director and instructor at the law school level. She has served on the New York State Bar Association’s (NYSBA ) Committee for DEI for many years and is currently the chair of NYSBA’s Women in Law Section.

Kim Wolf Price L’03 receives YWCA award

Kim Wolf Price L’03 received the 2024 Champion of Diversity Award from the YWCA of Syracuse & Onondaga County, Inc. Kim was recognized for her unwavering commitment to diversity in the legal field. Kim’s role with Bond, Schoeneck & King works to create strategy and initiatives to advance the firm’s diversity goals as well as with the firm’s Women’s Initiative and Pro Bono Committee. In addition, Kim spends countless hours outside of work focusing on diversity and advocacy initiatives, such as Syracuse Law’s Youth Law Day, to ensure legal education is accessible to all within the CNY community.

Jenny Holsman Tetreault L’03 named Vice Chair of United Way Worldwide’s women United Global Leadership Council

Longtime Valley of the Sun United Way board member and Women United Steering Committee member Jenny Holsman Tetreault L’03 has been named vice chair of United Way Worldwide’s Women United Global Leadership Council, a philanthropic group of more than 55,000 women in over 200 communities around the globe dedicated to creating lasting change that lifts up communities.

In addition to her many United Way roles, Holsman Tetreault is the vice president and associate general counsel for TPI Composites, a global wind-blade manufacturer with locations throughout the United States, Europe, China, India and Mexico. She also serves on the boards and committees for a wide range of community organizations.

In recognition for her work in the community, Holsman Tetreault was named a 2021 Corporate Organization Advocate of the Year by the Phoenix Business Journal, one of the 2020 Most Influential Women in Business by AzBusiness Magazine, was a 2018 Spirit of Philanthropy recipient by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, and was recognized as one of the 2017 Top 10 National Attorneys Under 40 by the Association of Corporate Counsel.

Mary C. King L’04 selected for Best Lawyers in America 2024 edition

Hancock Estabrook, LLP is proud to announce that Mary C. King L’04 has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America for 2024. Ms. King is a partner in the Trusts & Estates, Elder Law & Special Needs, and Family Business Succession Planning Practices. She focuses her New York and Florida practices in the areas of estate planning, trust and estate administration, estate and gift taxation, elder law, guardianships, and special needs planning, entity formation, and buy/sell and cross-purchase agreements.

Mary C. King L’04 selected for Upstate New York Super Lawyers for 2023

Hancock Estabrook, LLP is proud to announce that Mary C. King has been selected for inclusion in “Upstate New York Super Lawyers” for 2023.  Ms. King is a partner in the Trusts & Estates, Elder Law & Special Needs, and Family Business Succession Planning Practices.  

Richard F. Shearer L’04 recognized for Best Lawyers in America

Richard F. Shearer L’04 has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America for Commercial Litigation (2024) and Media Law (2023-2024). Shearer is a member of Denton’s Litigation and Dispute Resolution Practice,  where he focuses on complex commercial litigation and arbitration. Rick has represented clients in disputes involving breach-of-contract claims, fraud and fiduciary duty litigation, joint venture and partnership disputes, professional negligence claims, insurance coverage disputes, and creditor’s rights issues.

Santos Vargas L’04 elected to be president-elect of State Bar of Texas

AUSTIN—In a combined election and referendum, Texas attorneys elected Santos Vargas L’04 of San Antonio to be president-elect of the State Bar of Texas and approved all 12 proposed disciplinary rule amendments. Vargas will be sworn in as president-elect during a State Bar of Texas Board of Directors meeting on June 20, 2024, and will serve as president of the State Bar of Texas from June 2025 to June 2026.

Santos Vargas is a former chair of the State Bar of Texas Board of Directors, co-chair of the Texas Bar Journal Board of Editors, and past president of both the San Antonio Bar Association and the San Antonio Young Lawyers Association. Vargas has practiced for nearly 20 years and is an equity partner at Davis & Santos, PLLC, where he focuses on estate and trust litigation, fiduciary litigation, and business litigation matters. Vargas has been honored as a top lawyer by Super Lawyers, Lawyers of Distinction, and by San Antonio Magazine.
Vargas earned his law degree from Syracuse University College of Law and his undergraduate degree from St. Mary’s University. Vargas is also a member of the St. Mary’s University Alumni Association Board of Directors, a fellow of both the Texas Bar Foundation and the San Antonio Bar Foundation, and a member of the William S. Sessions American Inn of Court.
Vargas is married to fellow lawyer Patricia Vargas and is father to Laura (13), Santos, Jr. (11), and Lucia (5).

Sara E. Visingard L’04 joins Bond Schoeneck & King

Bond, Schoeneck & King is pleased to announce that Sara E. Visingard L’04 will join Bond’s Rochester office.

Visingard focuses her practice on employers in private and public sectors in all areas of labor and employment law. These include workplace investigations, wage and hour issues, anti-discrimination laws, at both the federal and state levels, the Family and Medical Leave Act and other leave laws, disability accommodation matters, issues involving employee discipline and the federal and state Fair Credit Reporting Acts. Visingard also assists employers with employee handbook and policy needs, including development and revision of policies and materials.  Her work includes the defense of clients against complaints, charges and appeals brought to federal and state agencies including the State Division of Human Rights, the EEOC, the Departments of Labor, the Commissioner of Education and the PERB. In addition to her focus on labor and employment law, she represents and counsels school districts, boards of cooperative educational services and other educational institutions on issues including student matters, board of education needs and operational issues. Visingard is a seasoned presenter of seminars and webinars and provides her clients training sessions on student, Board of Education, operations and employment-related issues. She earned her J.D. from Syracuse University College of Law and her B.A. from Nazareth University. She was also awarded the Outstanding Alumni award from Nazareth University in 2023.

Joshua Lee Smith L’05 named Go To Lawyer for Commercial Real Estate by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly

Joshua Lee Smith L’05, a partner at Bowditch & Dewey, was named a Go To Lawyer for Commercial Real Estate by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly.

Involved in many of the most high-profile economic development projects in Central Massachusetts of the past decade, Smith focuses his practice on complex commercial real estate and land use matters. These include permitting, acquisitions, leasing, financing and environmental compliance.

Smith is on the boards of the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Worcester Regional Research Bureau and the Southern Worcester County Economic Development Organization and is the former chair of the Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce and board member of Music Worcester. He co-leads Bowditch’s Annual Economic Development Summit, which this year focused on developing for climate resiliency.

A graduate of Syracuse University College of Law and Babson College, Smith has spent his entire legal career, which began in 2005, with Bowditch.

David M. Tang L’05 Honored by NYSBA

Underberg & Kessler LLP is pleased to announce that David M. Tang, L’05 a partner in the Firm’s Health Care, Litigation, and Creditors’ Rights practice groups, has been named the winner of the 4th Annual Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Vanguard Award by the New York State Bar Association Trial Lawyers Section. He received the award during a New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) virtual ceremony and CLE program held on October 3, 2023.

David represents and advises clients in business, health care, restructuring, and commercial litigation matters. At Underberg & Kessler, he serves as chair of the Health Care and Creditors’ Rights practice groups, and co-chair of the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging Committee.

David, who earned his B.A. from Cornell University and his J.D. from Syracuse University College of Law, is active in several charitable organizations, consistently lending his leadership in many ways.

Liza S. Camellerie G’06, L’06 elected partner at Aronson Mayefsky & Sloan

Aronson Mayefsky & Sloan, LLP (AMS), a prominent matrimonial law firm, today announced the election to partner of Liza Camellerie G’06, L’06, formerly counsel at AMS. Camellerie focuses her practices on matrimonial and family law.

Liza Camellerie has focused on family and matrimonial law for more than 15 years. Her extensive practice includes complex custody matters, child abuse and neglect issues, child and spousal support, paternity, equitable distribution, pre- and postnuptial agreements, as well as appellate practice. She is certified by the First Judicial Department to represent children in custody and visitation disputes in Manhattan Family Court and Manhattan Supreme Court. Prior to joining AMS, Ms. Camellerie served at a boutique matrimonial firm representing high net worth clients. She also served as both a supervising attorney with New York City’s Administration for Children’s Services and a member of the Manhattan Family Court Panel.

Ms. Camellerie earned her Juris Doctorate at the Syracuse University College of Law, as well as a Master in Public Administration at the Syracuse University Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. She graduated with honors from Boston University.

Brad M. Gallagher L’06 will serve as co-leader of the Health Care Controversies Team

Barclay Damon is pleased to announce Brad Gallagher L’06, a member of the Health Care Controversies Team and Commercial Litigation and White Collar & Government Investigations Practice Areas, will serve as co-leader of the Health Care Controversies Team.

Suzanne M. Messer L’06 assumes position of Deputy Managing Member of Bond Schoeneck & King’s Syracuse, NY office

Suzanne M. Messer L’06 represents clients in commercial, higher education, employment and civil rights disputes and litigation. She has counseled and litigated in these subject areas for more than 15 years and regularly appears in federal and state courts. Messer has tried both jury and non-jury trials, argued before appellate-level courts and assisted clients in resolving disputes through mediations and arbitration proceedings. Messer is chair of Bond’s Women’s Initiative, which promotes the professional development of women attorneys throughout the firm.

Carrie Sarhangi Love L’06 joins Faegre Drinker as Partner

Faegre Drinker announced today that Carrie Sarhangi Love L’06 has joined the firm as a partner in the litigation practice in Philadelphia. Love is a litigator primarily serving clients in the health and life sciences industry, including some of the country’s largest pharmaceutical and medical device companies. She also has experience serving on secondment as Chief U.S. Compliance Officer for a pharmaceutical client. Love has helped corporate and individual clients win or favorably resolve cases involving federal and state enforcement agencies and private plaintiffs. A skilled and seasoned trial attorney, Love offers strategic compliance counseling when unwanted government attention arises, such as high-stakes government enforcement, internal investigations and litigation.

Heidi L. Wickstrom L’07 honored as 2024 Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch; also named as Illinois Super Lawyer for 2024

Heidi L. Wickstrom L’07 has been included in the 2024 Edition of Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch, which recognizes associates and other lawyers who are earlier in their careers for their outstanding professional excellence in private practice in the United States.

Wickstrom joined the Illinois law firm Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. in 2018 and was promoted to Partner in 2023. She concentrates her legal practice on catastrophic personal injury, medical malpractice, product liability, and mass torts. She has obtained a number of noteworthy verdicts and settlements in her time with the firm, including a recent record-breaking $20 million settlement with the Chicago Transit Authority. Ms. Wickstrom has also tried many cases on her own, achieving her first solo jury verdict only two months after being admitted to practice in New York State courts. In addition to her trial work, Ms. Wickstrom has obtained countless six and seven-figure recoveries for injured plaintiffs through mediation, arbitration, and out-of-court settlement. She also engages in Appellate practice, having authored and argued appeals in both the First and Second Departments of the New York State Appellate Division.

Levi W. Barrett L’08 named a 2024 NJBIZ Leader in Law

Peckar & Abramson, P.C. (P&A) is pleased to announce that Levi W. Barrett, co-managing partner of the firm’s New Jersey office and Chair of its Contracts, Project Documentation, and Risk Management practice, has been named a 2024 NJBIZ Leaders in Law Honoree.

NJBIZ defines its process as “an open nomination period, followed by a selection of honorees by a panel of independent judges with experience in the justice system.” According to the publication, “the selections were based on legal professionals – lawyers and general counsels – whose dedication to their occupation and their communities is outstanding.” A celebration highlighting these professionals will take place on May 14 at The Palace at Somerset Park in Somerset.

Firm Chair Steven M. Charney commented, “Levi exemplifies commitment to our clients and the communities within which we live and work by providing exceptional legal guidance and support.” He continued, “His immense knowledge of construction law, coupled with leadership inside and outside our firm, has made him a ‘go-to’ resource for clients and the construction community as a whole. On behalf of P&A, we congratulate him on this well-deserved recognition.”

“I’m honored to be recognized as a Leader in Law,” said Levi. “Having the opportunity to deliver top-notch service to our clients is one of the hallmarks of P&A and this honor would not be possible without their trust and support. We are truly grateful for their partnership.”

Robert C. Sanfilippo L’08 appointed Partner

Weber Gallagher is pleased to announce the appointment of Robert Sanfilippo L’08 to partner effective September 1, 2023. Robert C. Sanfilippo represents clients in insurance defense matters including construction site accidents, product liability, personal injury, and automobile liability matters. Managing cases from inception to resolution, Robert has a breadth of experience representing clients before state and federal courts across New Jersey and New York.

James P. (J.P.) Wright L’08 named co-deputy chair

Bond, Schoeneck & King is pleased to announce that J.P. Wright L’08 was named co-deputy chair of the firm’s litigation practice.

Wright, a seasoned litigator, represents individuals, corporations, insurance companies, municipalities, financial institutions, universities and school districts, as both plaintiffs and defendants, in civil litigation matters in state and federal courts. He concentrates his practice in the areas of commercial litigation, personal injury, premises liability and creditor’s rights. He also litigates cases arising under various employment law statutes, including the Employment Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), and environmental statutes, including the New York Navigation Law. Wright has tried cases in state and federal court and argued appeals before the New York State Appellate Division in the First, Third and Fourth Departments. He also resolves disputes through alternative dispute resolution procedures, including mediation and arbitration. Wright has also been recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® for Commercial Litigation, 2023-2024.

Stephanie M. Campbell L’09 joins Goldberg Segalla as Partner

Goldberg Segalla added Stephanie M. Campbell to the firm’s Civil Litigation and Trial group in Rochester. Campbell was previously with Bond, Schoeneck and King in Syracuse. 

Campbell is an accomplished litigator with more than 14 years of experience counseling and representing corporations, educational institutions, municipal clients, and individuals in an extensive range of civil and commercial matters in both state and federal courts. She has managed complex commercial actions, contract disputes, employment matters, shareholder disputes, business dissolutions, property rights and boundary disputes, insurance defense matters, negligence and other tort cases including premises liability and personal injury actions, and proceedings brought under New York State CPLR article 78. Campbell has defended clients against class actions, constitutional and civil rights claims, and cases brought pursuant to numerous federal and state statutes, including 42 U.S.C. Section 1983, the federal False Claims Act, the FMLA, the ADA, the ADEA, the New York Human Rights Law, the New York State General Municipal Law, and the New York State Labor Law. 

Campbell earned her B.A. from the University of Richmond and her J.D. from the Syracuse University School of Law. 

Bryan N. Georgiady L’09 joins Keane & Beane, P.C.

Keane & Beane, P.C. is excited to announce that Bryan Georgiady L’09 has joined the Firm as of January 1, 2024. He was previously with Lamb & Barnosky, LLP. Keane & Beane, P.C. has opened a Long Island office, located in Melville, New York. Bryan Georgiady, who will serve as Of Counsel to Keane & Beane, P.C., has extensive general counsel and labor and employment law experience, focusing on school district clients.

2010-2019

Daniel L. Blanchard G’11, L’11 elevated to Principal at Jackson Lewis P.C.

Nationwide employment law firm Jackson Lewis P.C. is pleased to announce that Daniel L. Blanchard G’11, L’11 of the firm’s Philadelphia office has been elevated to principal, effective January 1, 2024.

Daniel’s practice focuses on representing employers in workplace law matters, including pre-litigation claims and litigation, as well as preventive advice, counseling, and investigations. Daniel is passionate about not just being a lawyer and counselor, but a trusted advisor and strategic partner for his wide array of clients.

Daniel is a former assistant district attorney with the Philadelphia DA’s office and served as law clerk to the Honorable Lee A. Solomon of the New Jersey Supreme Court.

Daniel earned both his J.D. and his M.P.A from Syracuse University and his B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania.

Jaime J. Hunsicker L’11 selected for Best Lawyers in America 2024 edition

Hancock Estabrook, LLP is proud to announce that Jaime J. Hunsicker L’11 has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America for 2024. Ms. Hunsicker is a partner in the Elder Law & Special Needs, Tax, Family Business Succession Planning and Trusts & Estates Practices. Ms. Hunsicker counsels and assists clients with a wide range of estate planning matters including wills, revocable trusts, irrevocable asset preservation trusts, supplemental needs trusts, powers of attorney, health care proxies and living wills.

Robert J. Shoemaker L’11 honored as 2023 Forty under 40

Rochester Business Journal has selected Robert “Bo” Shoemaker L’11, Deputy County Attorney, Monroe County Law Department, as a 2023 Forty Under 40 honoree.

Lt. Thomas M. Caruso G’14, L’14 joins Nixon Peabody

Tom Caruso G’14, L’14 represents clients in contract disputes, trial and appellate litigation and provides strategic and legal compliance counseling. He also advises on employment-related claims, government and internal investigations, white-collar defense, national/cyber security, government contracts, and complex commercial litigation matters. Caruso continues to proudly serve in the U.S. Navy Reserves as a Judge Advocate.

Prior to joining Nixon Peabody, Caruso was a judicial clerk to Chief Judge Glenn Suddaby, U.S. District Court, N.D.N.Y., and Justice Bernadette Clark, New York State Supreme Court. He also served eight years on active duty with the Navy as a prosecutor, defense counsel, and principal legal counsel for submarine force and Navy SEAL commands.

Staci Dennis-Taylor L’14 receives OCBA Award

On May 1, 2024, Staci Dennis-Taylor L’14 was honored with this year’s Rising Star Award by the Onondaga County Bar Association. This award is given to a lawyer in the Fifth Judicial District admitted to the practice of law for less than 10 years, deemed by their peers as an emerging leader in the practice of law because of their contributions to the profession, the association and the community — and promise of leadership in the future.

Nicholas P. Jacobson L’14 Elected Member of Bond, Schoeneck & King

Bond, Schoeneck & King is pleased to announce that effective January 1, 2024, Nicholas P. Jacobson L’14 has been elected member (partner) of the firm. According to Brian Butler, chair of the firm’s management committee, “Nick has shown legal excellence and an unwavering dedication to the firm and its clients. I congratulate him on this well-deserved, major milestone in his career and look forward to his contributions to the firm, his clients and his community.”

Jacobson (Rochester) assists employers with a variety of workplace issues to avoid litigation and effectively manage their workforce.  He counsels employers regarding discrimination and harassment investigations, drafting employment and separation agreements, restrictive covenants, labor relations and compliance with state and federal laws. Jacobson is also an experienced litigator who regularly defends employers in discrimination, retaliation, wage and hour, and other employment matters.

Lana A. Yaghi L’14 joins Husch Blackwell as Partner

Cross-border transactional partner Lana Yaghi L’14 joins the firm’s corporate practice team in the Washington, DC office.

Yaghi, who was most recently at Miller Canfield, focuses on corporate and commercial matters in a broad range of industries, with an emphasis on aviation and defense. She regularly advises U.S. and foreign clients on their cross-border business activities, particularly in connection with the establishment of operations and negotiation of commercial arrangements.

“Lana has an impressive background with deep connections abroad,” said Jeff Sigmund, partner and head of the firm’s Technology, Manufacturing, and Transportation industry group. “One of our strategic goals this year is to continue building our transportation team and further strengthen our capabilities internationally, and Lana does just that while also expanding our cross-border offerings.”

John F. Boyd II L’16 elected as Manlius Town Justice

John F. Boyd II L’16 has been elected as Justice for the Town of Manlius, NY. Mr. Boyd is a court attorney for the Fifth Judicial District working in the Syracuse City Court. He is also an adjunct professor for Syracuse University College of Law where he teaches Trial Practice.

Jeanette A. Luna G’16, L’16 elevated to Partner

Goldberg Segalla is pleased to announce the elevation of Jeanette A. Luna G’16, L’16 to Partner. Luna counsels and defends employers, insurers, and third-party administrators in workers’ compensation matters throughout New York. She is also a court-certified mediator. During law school, Jeanette gained experience as a law clerk to the Hon. Bridget A. Stecher in the Superior Court of New Jersey, Civil Division. Along with her J.D., she received an M.P.A. from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University.

Amy G. Rhinehardt L’16 Elected Member of Bond, Schoeneck & King

Bond, Schoeneck & King is pleased to announce that effective January 1, 2024, Amy G. Rhinehardt L’16 has been elected member (partner) of the firm. According to Brian Butler, chair of the firm’s management committee, “Amy has shown legal excellence and an unwavering dedication to the firm and its clients. I congratulate her on this well-deserved, major milestone in her career and look forward to her contributions to the firm, her clients and her community.”

Rhinehardt (Syracuse) assists clients with a wide range of real estate matters including the purchasing, selling, development and financing of various types of commercial properties. Rhinehardt has worked extensively with landlords and tenants negotiating complex commercial leasing matters and regularly handles the real estate components of business transactions. She also assists a wide range of clients including small and large businesses, school districts, lenders, higher education institutions, developers and nonprofit corporations. 

Adam J. Willman L’17 selected for Super Lawyers Rising Stars 2023

Lead attorney Adam J. Willman L’17 has been recognized by Super Lawyers by being named to this years prestigious ‘Rising Stars’ list as a top rated Criminal Defense lawyer in Upstate New York. Congrats to Willman on earning this distinction that only 2.5% of lawyers earn annually.

Emily A. Middlebrook L’17 selected as Upstate New York Super Lawyer – Rising Star for 2023

Hancock Estabrook, LLP is proud to announce that Emily A. Middlebrook L’17 has been selected as an “Upstate New York Super Lawyer – Rising Star”for 2023. Emily A. Middlebrook is an Associate in the Labor & Employment Department. She represents both private and public employers in all aspects of labor and employment law.

Alexander Berlucchi L’18 selected for The Best Lawyers in America: Ones to Watch for 2024

Hancock Estabrook, LLP is proud to announce that Alexander Berlucchi L’18 has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America: Ones to Watch for 2024.  Mr. Berlucchi is an associate in the Firm’s corporate and healthcare practices. He focuses on assisting clients with matters related to healthcare law, corporate law, mergers and acquisitions and labor law issues. 

Alexander Berlucchi L’18 selected for Upstate New York Super Lawyers Rising Star for 2023

Hancock Estabrook, LLP is proud to announce that Alexander Berlucchi L’18 has been selected for inclusion in “Upstate New York Super Lawyers Rising Star”for 2023.  Mr. Berlucchi is an associate in the Firm’s corporate and healthcare practices. He focuses on assisting clients with matters related to healthcare law, corporate law, mergers and acquisitions and labor law issues. 

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Cory N. Poplawski L’20 joins Barclay Damon LLP

Barclay Damon announces Cory Poplawski L’20, associate, has joined the firm’s Torts & Products Liability Defense and Professional Liability Practice Areas. His primary office is Syracuse. Poplawski has litigation experience drafting and arguing motions, conducting legal research, and witness and trial preparation. He also has experience conducting depositions.

Prior to joining Barclay Damon, Poplawski was assistant corporation counsel for the Tort Division of the New York City Law Department. He also served as a law clerk at a firm in Syracuse.

Payne R. Horning L’21 named Empire State Counsel honoree

Barclay Damon announces Payne Horning L’21, associate, has been named an Empire State Counsel® honoree by the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA). The Empire State Counsel Program recognizes NYSBA members who, during the prior year, performed 50 hours or more of pro bono legal services.

Clee A. Malfitano L’21 joins DLA Piper’s New York office

Clee A. Malfitano L’21 joined DLA Piper’s New York office in March 2024 and focuses her practice on business and commercial law.

Prior to joining DLA Piper, Clee served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Stewart D. Aaron, Magistrate Judge, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Before clerking, Clee worked at a prominent Delaware law firm where her practice primarily focused on corporate and complex commercial litigation in Delaware’s Court of Chancery and Superior Court.

Clee graduated cum laude from Syracuse University College of Law. During law school, Clee interned for the Honorable Kent A. Jordan, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and the Honorable Glenn T. Suddaby, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York.

Rachel L. Combs L’22 joins Collins Einhorn Farrell

Collins Einhorn Farrell PC is pleased to announce that Rachel L. Combs L’22 has joined Collins Einhorn Farrell as our newest attorney in the firm’s Professional Liability practice group.

As a member of the firm’s Professional Liability Group, Rachel focuses her practice on the defense of professionals in the legal, medical/dental, insurance, accounting, architectural, engineering, and real estate fields. She also has experience in first and third party insurance defense and veteran’s law. During law school, Rachel served as the Form and Accuracy Editor for The Journal of International Law and Commerce. Rachel also serves as an Officer in the Michigan Army National Guard.

Rachel earned her Juris Doctor from Syracuse University College of Law. Prior to that, Rachel received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Central Michigan University.

Marina S. De Rosa L’22 joins Goldberg Segalla

Goldberg Segalla added Marina S. De Rosa L’22 to the firm’s Workers’ Compensation group in Rochester. De Rosa was previously with Ernstrom and Dreste in Rochester. 

De Rosa maintains a focus on workers’ compensation matters, serving employers, insurers, and third-party administrators. She handles all aspects of the claims process from inception through resolution. De Rosa draws on experience representing clients in various complex commercial litigation matters including construction and surety claims and litigation, performance and payment bond claims and defaults, extra work and indemnification disputes, mechanic’s liens, and delay damages. She was engaged in preparation of pleadings and legal memoranda, motion practice, document discovery, and deposition preparation. 

De Rosa earned her B.S. from Florida State University and her J.D. from the Syracuse University College of Law. 

Mazaher E.G.E. Kaila ’19 L’22 Admitted As New York State Attorney

Bousquet Holstein PLLC is pleased to announce that attorney Mazaher Kaila has been admitted to practice law in New York State.

Kaila is an Associate in the firm’s Litigation Practice Group, and Trusts and Estates Practice Group. Prior to joining the firm, Kaila took part in the firm’s Summer Associates Program where she assisted with litigation, business, and immigration matters. She has interned at a variety of legal offices where she developed her passion to assist clients.

Kaila earned her Juris Doctor from Syracuse University College of Law where she served as the Student Bar Association Executive President, Business Editor for the Journal of International Law and Commerce and President of the Black Law Students Association. For her extraordinary service and contributions throughout her studies, she received the Paul Shipman Andrews Award from Syracuse Law and the Seely Johnson Award.

She holds a bachelor’s degree from Syracuse University Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. She is a Benjamin A. Gilman Scholars Alumni, having studied religion, law, and human rights in France. She also visited Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, and Thailand while studying technology used by the world’s largest tech corporations. Kaila is from Sudan, and she grew up in Syracuse, NY.

Keyashia M. Willis L’22 joins Barclay Damon LLP

Barclay Damon announces Keyashia Willis L’22, associate, has joined Barclay Damon’s Restructuring, Bankruptcy & Creditors’ Rights and Commercial Litigation Practice Areas. Her primary office location is Syracuse.

Willis assists Barclay Damon’s Restructuring, Bankruptcy & Creditors’ Rights and Commercial Litigation Practice Area attorneys in a wide range of matters. She previously was a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Wendy A. Kinsella in the US Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of New York. Willis gained additional experience as a staff attorney with a not-for-profit legal services organization in Syracuse, a law clerk with a firm in Syracuse, a judicial law clerk to the Honorable LaShonda A. Hunt in the US Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Illinois, and as a Barclay Damon summer associate.

Caitlin N. Grow L’23 joins Williams Mullen

Caitlin N. Grow has joined our Corporate Section. Grow earned her Juris Doctor degree, magna cum laude, from Syracuse University College of Law and her Bachelor of Science degree, cum laude, in Health Policy and Administration from The Pennsylvania State University.

Andrea Rojas L’23 joins Harris Beach PLLC’s Rochester, NY office

Andrea Rojas L’23 is an associate with the Corporate Practice Group and Financial Institutions and Capital Markets Industry Team. She earned her J.D. from Syracuse University College of Law in 2023.

Andrea practices in all areas of corporate law, providing counsel to domestic and international business of all sizes and at all stages of growth. She works with clients in a variety of industries and on matters related to corporate financing, mergers and acquisitions, debt transactions, capital market transactions and other business matters.

During law school, Andrea worked in the Transactional Law Clinic at Syracuse University, assisting clients with Not-for-Profit formation and trademark applications. She was also a legal extern at the Office of the General Counsel at SUNY Upstate Medical University. Andrea is a native Spanish speaker.

Brian Seelinger L’23 joins Knox Law

Knox Law is pleased to welcome Brian M. Seelinger L’23, who will focus his practice on Business & Tax, Public Finance & Bonds, and Employee Benefits.

Brian is known for his ability to handle complex matters, tactical and strategic thinking, analytical reasoning, and attention to detail. He holds the prestigious Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation in addition to other professional financial designations. Brian is valued for his analytical acumen and thoughtful opinions. Most recently, he served as Senior Portfolio Manager and Vice President in the Trust Department at a publicly traded multi-state bank. Before that, Brian’s entrepreneurial spirit led him to a unique opportunity, where he served as the COO of an e-commerce company, leveraging his negotiation skills to secure deals with high-profile companies across the nation.

Brian earned a B.S. in Finance and M.B.A. from Penn State University, and his J.D. from Syracuse University College of Law. He lives in Millcreek with his family and joins a team of 40 attorneys that has been providing quality legal services to businesses, families, public entities, and nonprofit organizations for over 65 years.