Class notes were submitted between July 2022 – July 2023.
Benjamin John Bucko L’53 passes away
Benjamin John Bucko L’53 passed away peacefully on March 29, 2023. Mr. Bucko graduated from Stevens High School in Claremont, NH, in 1942, and in April of 1943 he enlisted in the armed forces and served in the 20th Air Force in Guam until Feb. 1946. He enrolled in Syracuse University where he was a member of the Delta Upsilon Fraternity. He graduated in 1950 and then attended Syracuse University Law School, graduating in 1953, and was admitted to the bar that same year. He was a partner in the law firm of Dyer and Bucko, Marcellus NY from 1954 to 1965. https://www.ithacajournal.com/obituaries/bps138609
Lynn Smith L’60 listed in The Best Lawyers in America
Barclay Damon is pleased to announce that Lynn Smith L’60 has been listed in the 2023 edition of The Best Lawyers in America – Corporate Law.
Louis Kiefer L’61 announces publication of short stories
Louis Kiefer L’61 announces the publication of “Fuzzy Pink Bathrobe and Other Stories of the Law.” It has been written under the nom de plume of J.D. Mortmain. This collection of short stories represents over 50 years of practicing law. It is both entertaining and informative and represents, in many cases, applying the law as a way to solve problems. It is available on Amazon.
Peter Hubbard L’71 listed in The Best Lawyers in America
Barclay Damon is pleased to announce that Peter Hubbard L’71 has been listed in the 2023 edition of The Best Lawyers in America – Banking and Finance Law; Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law.
Jeffrey B. Davis L’73 joins Bousquet Holstein PLLC
Bousquet Holstein PLLC is pleased to welcome attorney Jeffrey B. Davis L’73 and paralegals Pamela J. Martin and Jennifer L. Pagan to the firm’s Real Estate Group. Davis and his staff bring to the firm all levels of real estate experience from small vacant lots to high level lakefront properties. Davis will serve as Of Counsel to the firm on real estate and estate planning and administration matters. Davis joins the firm after successfully leading his own practice for almost 40 years in Camillus, New York. Davis has predominately represented individuals and businesses for their real estate, estates planning, and administration needs. In addition, he has extensive experience forming LLC’s and trusts for the transfer and ownership of real estate. His practice also includes working with easements, surveyors, homeowner’s associations, condominiums, leases, and related business matters. Davis has worked as an agent for Stewart Title Insurance Company for over 30 years and has worked as examining counsel for numerous title companies. Davis earned his Juris Doctor from Syracuse University College of Law and his Bachelor of Arts from Syracuse University. He currently serves as the President of the St. James Episcopal Church Foundation in Skaneateles.
Carol Nelson Shepherd L’78 honored by Homeless Advocacy Project
Feldman Shepherd is pleased to announce that co-founding shareholder Carol Nelson Shepherd L’78 was honored by the Homeless Advocacy Project (HAP) for her more than 15 years of providing legal assistance to individuals and families who face homelessness in Philadelphia. Shepherd received the honor along with a group of other long-serving board members at HAP’s annual benefit on October 13, 2022, at The Mütter Museum of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia. Shepherd served as President of HAP’s Board of Directors from 2015 to 2016 and was a member of the Board of Directors from 2005 to 2018. She has also co-chaired multiple annual benefits.
Jode Millman L’79 announces release of latest book
Jodé Millman L’79 announces the May release of THE EMPTY KAYAK, the latest mystery in her award-winning Queen City Crimes series by Level Best Books. Her prior works have won the American Fiction Award, The Independent Press Award, The Independent Publishers Award and was a finalist for the Clue Award.
Nicholas D’Ambrosio Jr. L’80 Named in Super Lawyers and Best Lawyers
Nicholas D’Ambrosio Jr. L’80, Member at Bond, Schoeneck & King, was selected for inclusion in the 2018 Upstate New York Super Lawyers in the category of employment and labor, and the 2019 Best Lawyers in America in the categories of employment law-management; labor law-management; and litigation-labor and employment.
Marion H. Fish L’80 selected for Upstate NY Super Lawyers 2022
Hancock Estabrook, LLP is proud to announce that Marion H. Fish L’80 has been selected for inclusion in “Upstate New York Super Lawyers” for 2022. Ms. Fish is a partner in the Trusts & Estates, Family Business Succession Planning, Tax, Corporate and Elder Law & Special Needs Practices.
Hon. Donald A. Greenwood L’81 designated to Appellate Division
Justice Donald A. Greenwood L’81 was designated to the Appellate Division, Fourth Department on January 26, 2023, by Governor Kathy Hochul.
Prior to that, Justice Greenwood had served as a Supreme Court Justice since August of 2004, having been appointed by Governor Pataki and confirmed by the New York State Senate. He was elected to a fourteen-year term in November of 2004 and was re-elected in 2018. Justice Greenwood had been a Commercial Justice of the New York State Supreme Court in Onondaga County since 2011 and presided over Commercial Division and Tax Certiorari cases in Onondaga County, as well as medical malpractice, personal injury, and general civil cases.
Before taking the bench, Justice Greenwood was in private practice, concentrating in litigation, real estate, and labor law matters. He has also served as DeWitt Town Attorney, Special Counsel to several municipalities, as an Onondaga County Assistant District Attorney, Deputy County Attorney, as well as a criminal defense attorney as a member of the Assigned Counsel panel and homicide list and Law Guardian in Family Court. He was a former Board Member of the Onondaga County Bar Association and was responsible for community outreach as Chair of the Communications Committee and was creator and host of “Attorneys On-Call” television program.
Justice Greenwood is a graduate of the University of Southern California Marshall School of Business and received an MBA from the Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University. He is a graduate of the Syracuse University College of Law. He lives in DeWitt with his wife and two children.
Alan J. Pierce L’84 selected for NY Super Lawyers 2022
Hancock Estabrook, LLP is proud to announce that Alan J. Pierce L’84 has been selected for inclusion in “Upstate New York Super Lawyers” for 2022. 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.
Susan M. Hassinger L’85 promoted to General Counsel
Uniland Development Company has promoted Susan M. Hassinger, Esq. L’85 to General Counsel (Capital Transactions) in its newly established Legal department. Ms. Hassinger will oversee an array of legal, business, and strategic matters, providing a variety of activities to minimize company risk and ensure compliance with contractual arrangements, laws, rules, and regulations. She joined Uniland in 2005 and is an alumna of the Syracuse University College of Law and the State University of New York at Buffalo.
Brian Rayhill L’87 elected as Chair of the NYSBA Torts, Insurance & Compensation Law Section
Brian Rayhill L’87 has been elected and currently serves as Chair of the New York State Bar Association Torts, Insurance & Compensation Law Section. He also leads the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee of this State Bar Section. Brian is the Managing Attorney of the Law Offices of Brian Rayhill with offices in New York City, Westchester New York and Garden City New York. He is an accomplished litigator with over 30 years of civil litigation trial experience and is a Past President of the Defense Association of New York.
Andrea G. Chatfield L’88 recognized with 2022 HR Hero Award
Sheehan Phinney attorney Andrea G. Chatfield L’88 has been recognized with the Ry Perry HR Hero Award at the 2022 Granite State HR Conference, Manchester NH. The award is given each year to just one Granite State HR Hero who takes pride in advancing the HR profession, devoting valuable time to volunteering in their community.
Chatfield, a member of Sheehan Phinney’s Labor and Employment Group, provides advice and guidance to employers on risk management issues in the workplace. This includes both day-to-day personnel decisions that can have a high degree of liability if not done carefully, and high-level policy-making decisions, such as developing employee handbooks, executive employment agreements, non-competition agreements, social media policies, and other organizational protocols. She has successfully represented employers of all types and sizes before administrative agencies in discrimination, whistleblower, unemployment, and wage disputes.
Chatfield has been recognized for her work in Employment Law by Chambers USA and Best Lawyers of America®, and was named a Best Lawyers in America® 2019 “Lawyer of the Year”. She served as the NH State Council Legislative Director and is the State Council’s representative on the NH Legislative Task Force on Work and Family. She also serves as Vice Chair for the NH BIA’s ‘HR, Health Care & Workforce Development Policy Committee’ and was recognized with their 2022 Above and Beyond Award. Chatfield received her B.S., summa cum laude, from Suffolk University and her J.D., magna cum laude, from Syracuse University College of Law.
Timothy P. Murphy L’89 selected for Upstate NY Super Lawyers 2022
Hancock Estabrook, LLP is proud to announce that Timothy P. Murphy L’89 has been selected for inclusion in “Upstate New York Super Lawyers” for 2022. 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.
Jim Domagalski L’90 listed in The Best Lawyers in America
Barclay Damon LLP is pleased to announce that Jim Domagalski L’90 has been included in the 2023 edition of The Best Lawyers in America: Commercial Litigation; Construction Law; Litigation – Labor and Employment.
Anthony Calabrese L’93 joins KPMG as Managing Director
Anthony Calabrese L’93, has joined KPMG as a managing director in their BTS Strategic Corporate Tax practice. Based in Chicago, Anthony’s primary focus will be international tax planning and consulting for our insurance industry clients. He will leverage his extensive expertise to provide M&A diligence and advisory work needed to serve asset managers and life insurers combining new structures due to new capital entering the insurance industry as well as support cross-border insurance transactions. With almost 30 years of tax experience, Anthony has served U.S. and international financial services companies, including life and non-life insurance companies, investment banks and investment funds with their international tax matters. He also provides U.S. tax advice with respect to international tax issues.
Anthony joins KPMG from EY, where he spent nearly 15 years as part of their International Tax and Transaction Services practice. Prior to EY, he spent time at Sidley Austin in Chicago and with law firms in New York and Washington, D.C. He was previously law clerk to Judge Laurence Whalen of the U.S. Tax Court. He is a member of the New York and Illinois Bar Associations, American Bar Association, and Chicago Council on Global Affairs.
Robert Fein L’91 joins Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani as Of Counsel
Robert Fein L’91 has joined law firm Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani as Of Counsel in the firm’s New York office. Robert focuses his practice primarily in medical malpractice, chiropractic malpractice, and long-term care litigation. He is admitted to practice in New York and joins the firm’s Professional Liability practice group in the firm’s New York office.
Daniel J. Mann L’94 elevated to Shareholder
Feldman Shepherd is pleased to announce Daniel J. Mann L’94 has been elevated to Shareholder. Dan has been named a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer by Thomson Reuters consecutively since 2007, and since 2015 has been named as one of the top 100 Lawyers in Philadelphia.
Vincent H. Cohen, Jr. L’95 named Global Managing Partner
Global law firm Dechert announced that, effective July 1, 2023, partner Vincent H. Cohen, Jr. L’95 will become one of the firm’s first Global Managing Partners.
Rounding out the new leadership team, and in addition to continuing his current leadership and Policy Committee position, Mr. Cohen (Washington D.C.), Regional Chair of Dechert’s U.S. white collar practice, will work with U.S. and EMEA managing partners, and the firm as a whole, to help drive the firm’s global strategy and manage operations.
Mr. Cohen represents individuals and corporations in sensitive government and internal investigations, government enforcement matters, and complex civil and criminal litigation. He is recognized by Chambers USA, The Legal 500 and Lawdragon as a leading attorney in white collar and government investigations. He has also been consistently named as one of Washington, D.C.’s Best Lawyers by Washingtonian and as one of Savoy Magazine’s Most Influential Black Lawyers.
Buster Melvin L’96 recognized by Chambers as Notable Practitioner
Barclay Damon is pleased to announce that Buster Melvin L’96 (Upstate New York): Labor & Employment has been recognized by Chambers as a Notable Practitioner.
John G. Powers L’96 selected for NY Super Lawyers 2022
Hancock Estabrook, LLP is proud to announce that John G. Powers L’96 has been selected for inclusion in “Upstate New York Super Lawyers” for 2022. Mr. Powers is a Partner in the Litigation Practice and a member of the Firm’s Executive Committee.
Matthew S. Moses L’97 rejoins Barclay Damon
Barclay Damon announces Matt Moses L’97 has rejoined the firm. Moses, a leading energy, project development, and property tax attorney noted for his significant work on large, capital-intensive projects, was previously a partner at Barclay Damon (f/k/a Hiscock & Barclay) and Nixon Peabody. Most recently, Moses was co-founding partner of the boutique energy law firm Swartz Moses PLLC, where he practiced for the past 12 years.
Moses focuses his practice on project development and management of state and local taxes for large energy and industrial facilities. He represents developers and owners of a wide range of projects in the energy arena, including utility-scale renewable projects, linear energy infrastructure projects, large-scale energy storage projects, and nuclear power plants, to name a few. Moses also advises owners, lenders, and investors on M&A transactions, financings, and equity investments involving large energy and industrial projects.
Samantha A. Timmons L’97 joins HunterMaclean
HunterMacLean recently welcomed Samantha A. Timmons L’97 in the firm’s Corporate Practice Group.
Samantha’s focus is on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, private equity and venture capital investments, restructurings, and distressed situations. She has substantial experience in regard to tax aspects of a wide variety of capital markets transactions, advising on tax aspects of securitized products, debt financing, and private placements, including initial public offerings and convertible note offerings. Samantha has worked with a variety of industries including private equity, financial services, health care, media and entertainment, mining and natural resources, real estate, professional services, technology, apparel, and Internet and telecommunications. She has advised some of the world’s largest multinational corporations and private equity firms.
She received a Bachelor of Science from Syracuse University and her J.D. from Syracuse University College of Law. In addition, she received a Master of Laws from Georgetown University Law Center.
Denise VanLanduyt L’00 appointed judge
In February of 2022, Denise VanLanduyt L’00 was appointed by the City Council to serve as an Associate Judge on the City of Decatur Municipal Court. She sits on the bench in a part-time capacity and continues to run a successful family law practice in Decatur, Georgia serving all of metro Atlanta.
Heather L. Sunser L’01 to serve as leader of Barclay Damon’s Tax Credits Team
Heather L. Sunser L’01, Partner with Barclay Damon, and member of the Real Estate and Financial Institutions & Lending Practice Areas and Telecommunications, Energy, Cannabis, and Hotels, Hospitality & Food Service Teams and Financial Services Practice Group leader, will serve as the leader of the firm’s Tax Credits Team.
Nicholas K. Rupwani L’03 named Partner
Nicholas K. Rupwani L’03 was named partner at Pyrros, Serres & Rupwani LLP in Astoria, Queens. Their practice is dedicated nearly 100% to representing injured workers before the New York State Workers Compensation Board. Rupwani has been practicing the workers’ compensation law since August 2004. He has represented claimants before the Workers’ Compensation Board in all aspects of their claims. Prior to his arrival at Pyrros & Serres, Mr. Rupwani was the lead trial attorney for a large employer in Westchester County. His past defense experience affords him unique insight to anticipate and counteract defense strategy concerning controverted or otherwise contentious claims.
While at Syracuse, Mr. Rupwani was a member and Associate Editor of the prestigious Syracuse Law Review. He served the Syracuse community by participating in the Syracuse University Criminal Law Clinic and as a teaching assistant for the Street Law High School Externship Program(which was) a College of Law program where law students taught law and government at local high schools.
Mary C. King L’04 selected for Upstate NY Super Lawyers 2022
Hancock Estabrook, LLP is proud to announce that Mary C. King L’04 has been selected for inclusion in “Upstate New York Super Lawyers” for 2022. Ms. King is a partner in the Trusts & Estates, Elder Law & Special Needs, and Family Business Succession Planning Practices.
Ekin Senlet L’08 recognized by Chambers as Notable Practitioner
Barclay Damon is pleased to announce that Ekin Senlet L’08 (New York): Energy: State Regulatory & Wholesome Electric Market has been recognized by Chambers as a Notable Practitioner.
Andrew D. Oppenheimer L’09 to serve as co-chair of Barclay Damon’s Tax Practice Area
Andy Oppenheimer L’09, Partner with Barclay Damon and a member of the Tax and Corporate Practice Areas and Canada-US Cross-Border Team, will serve as co-chair of the firm’s Tax Practice Area.
Sarah Reckess L’09 elected Vice President of OCBA
Sarah Reckess L’09 was elected Vice President of The Onondaga County Bar Association. Announcement of its new officers and board members was made during the 2023 Annual Meeting at the Onondaga County Courthouse. The swearing-in ceremony was led by the Hon. James P. Murphy L’84.
Doris Chau L’10 publishes book of poetry
Doris Chau L’10 has published a book of poetry, under the pen name of Michele Youk. The book is titled “Of Son and Light: Poems of Healing, Loss, Mothering Others and Yourself”.
Gregory D. Speier L’10 Promoted to Partner
Gregory D. Speier L’10 has been promoted to partner at Reed Smith LLP in the firm’s Princeton office. He was previously counsel. Gregory, a litigator in the Transportation Industry Group, has a practice focused on the defense of aviation, industrial, and recreational manufacturers in complex and high-stakes product liability litigation throughout the United States. He has substantial experience in defending product manufacturers in claims involving catastrophic injuries and wrongful death, as well as in defending commercial airlines in various passenger claim lawsuits. A frequent industry blogger on aviation, Gregory is a leader on the ABA’s Aviation and Space Law Committee. Gregory obtained his B.A. in 2006 from the University of Miami. In 2010 he received his J.D. from Syracuse University College of Law.
Leah A. Witmer L’10 to receive 40 under Forty Award
Leah A. Witmer L’10, will be honored on November 2, 2023 with the CNY Business Journal 40 under Forty Award. Witmer is the Director and Chief Administrative Law Judge the the City of Syracuse’s Bureaus of Administrative Adjudication office.
Jaime J. Hunsicker L’11 selected for NY Super Lawyer – Rising Star 2022
Hancock Estabrook, LLP is proud to announce that Jaime J. Hunsicker L’11has been selected as an “Upstate New York Super Lawyer – Rising Star”for 2022. Ms. Hunsicker is Counsel in the Elder Law & Special Needs, Tax and Trusts & Estates Practices. Ms. Hunsicker assists clients with trusts, estate planning and retirement planning matters.
Brittany E. Lawrence L’11 to serve as a coordinator for Barclay Damon’s HATCH program
Brittany Lawrence L’11, Partner at Barclay Damon LLP, will serve as coordinator for the Helping Attorneys and Their Children (HATCH) program. The HATCH program provides enhanced support to new parents regarding their parental leave
Frank Sciremammano L’12 named Partner in Charge of D.C. Office
Lathrop GPM LLP announces that Frank Sciremammano L’12 has been named the Partner in Charge of the firm’s Washington, D.C. office.
Sciremammano primarily focuses his practice on franchise and distribution litigation. He advises some of the nation’s largest franchisors in the restaurant, autobody, janitorial, and senior care and assisted living industries. He also defends and prosecutes cases on the franchisors’ behalf in matters involving the enforcement of covenants not to compete, vicarious liability, business torts, and trademark infringement, among other issues.
Staci Dennis-Taylor L’14 elected Secretary of OCBA
Staci Dennis-Taylor L’14 was elected Secretary of The Onondaga County Bar Association. Announcement of its new officers and board members was made during the 2023 Annual Meeting at the Onondaga County Courthouse. The swearing-in ceremony was led by the Hon. James P. Murphy L’84.
Jonathan L. Gray L’14 elected Partner
Bond, Schoeneck & King is pleased to announce that effective January 1, 2023, Jonathan L. Gray L’14 has been elected member (partner) of the firm. According to Kevin Bernstein, chair of the firm’s management committee, “Jonathan has demonstrated the highest level of legal experience and client service. I congratulate him on reaching this level in his profession and look forward to all the contributions he will continue to bring to his clients and to the firm.”
Jonathan L. Gray (Syracuse) is an intellectual property and registered patent attorney, with an emphasis on patent prosecution, patent litigation and trademark portfolio management. Gray represents clients seeking to protect their inventions and their brands before the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. As a litigator, he provides technical analysis and guidance through all phases of litigation from initial pleadings to claim construction and settlement.
Rianne F. Lafferty L’14 elected Partner
Bond, Schoeneck & King is pleased to announce that effective January 1, 2023, Riane F. Lafferty L’14 has been elected member (partner) of the firm. According to Kevin Bernstein, chair of the firm’s management committee, “Riane has demonstrated the highest level of legal experience and client service. I congratulate her on reaching this level in her profession and look forward to all the contributions she will continue to bring to her clients and to the firm.”
Riane F. Lafferty (Buffalo) is a labor and employment attorney. She counsels her clients on workplace policy administration, discrimination, harassment, and retaliation issues, managing employee leaves of absence, and wage and hour compliance. Lafferty conducts internal workplace investigations and litigates matters involving discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wage and hour issues, contract disputes, restrictive covenant enforcement and class action lawsuits. She also represents management clients in traditional labor law matters including labor arbitrations and collective bargaining.
LanaYaghi L’14 promoted to Principal
Miller Canfield is pleased to announce that Lana Yaghi L’14 has been promoted to principalship. The announcement was made by CEO Megan Norris at the firm’s annual meeting. Yaghi, is a member of the Corporate and Transactions Group in the firm’s Doha, Qatar office, for which she is the co-resident director, and Washington, D.C. office. She is a key member of our aerospace and defense practice and is a co-leader of our private aviation industry practice.
Cameron T. Bernard L’15 elevated to Member
Bousquet Holstein PLLC is pleased to announce that attorney Cameron T. Bernard L’15 has been elected Member of the firm.
Cameron T. Bernard L’15 joined the firm in 2015 and is part of the firm’s Trust and Estates and Employee Benefits Practice Groups. Bernard advises individuals and families in all aspects of estate planning including business succession, estate tax, and Medicaid planning. Additionally, he provides guidance to Executors, Trustees, and beneficiaries throughout the administration of estates and trusts. Bernard also advises employers with the design, implementation and administration of pension and employee benefit plans, including tax-qualified retirement plans, 403(b) plans, non-qualified deferred compensation plans, cafeteria plans, and other fringe benefit plans. Bernard received his Juris Doctor cum laude from Syracuse University College of Law and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from University at Buffalo where he graduated magna cum laude.
Brian Frederick L’15 joins Fox Rothschild LLP
Fox Rothschild LLP is pleased to announce that Brian Frederick L’15 has joined their Morristown location as an Associate in the Labor & Employment Department. Brian focuses his practice on defending employers in state and federal courts, and before federal and state administrative agencies, in actions alleging discrimination, harassment, breach of contract, retaliation, wrongful termination, trade secret violations, unequal pay and other workplace-related litigation.
Michael W. Tyszko L’15 elevated to Member
Bousquet Holstein PLLC is pleased to announce that attorney Michael W. Tyszko L’15 has been elected Member of the firm.
Michael W. Tyszko L’15 originally joined the firm in 2014 as a law student Summer Associate. He practices in the firm’s Business and Tax Practice Groups with a focus on economic development incentives, including brownfield and other tax credits, in addition to a broad range of business matters. Tyszko works with clients to understand and make use of the various tax incentives that may be available for real estate development projects and other business ventures. He also works with businesses and their owners in all phases of the enterprise cycle and advises clients regarding cybersecurity and data privacy matters. Tyszko received the CNY Business Journal’s 40 under Forty award in 2022 and was previously named a Pro Bono Champion by the Volunteer Lawyers Project of CNY. He currently serves on the board of directors of the Redhouse Arts Center and the Syracuse University Brass Ensemble, and previously served on the board of CNY Jazz Arts Foundation. Tyszko earned his Juris Doctor magna cum laude from Syracuse University College of Law, where he was editor-in-chief of the Syracuse Law Review. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Instrumental Music Education from the University of Michigan, where he was a Stamps Scholar.
Susan E. Upward L’15 sends update
Susan E. Upward L’15 is serving as a judge advocate in the United States Marine Corps, currently stationed as the Legal Services Support Team Officer-in-Charge at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, NC. Upward completed her Master of Laws in Homeland and National Security Law at Western Michigan University’s Cooley Law School in January 2022. Since then, she published a journal article entitled “The American Security Drone Act: America’s Paper Tiger vs. China’s Trojan Horse” in the American University National Security Law Brief (12 Am. U. Nat’l Sec. L. Brief 25 (2022)), as well as a book chapter entitled “Ducks Pick Ducks – The Military’s Institutionalized Unconscious Bias Challenge” in Extending Justice: Reducing Bias (Carolina Academic Press, 2022). She has a third article scheduled to be published in the Southern California Review of Law and Social Justice in April 2023 entitled “Empaneling ‘Fair and Impartial’ Members: The Case for Inclusion of an Implicit Bias Instruction at Courts-Martial.” Additionally, she has been a speaker and panelist discussing unconscious bias at several events in 2022, including the Sea Service Leadership Association (SSLA) Joint Women’s Leadership Symposium in Norfolk, VA; the American Bar Association Annual Meeting in Chicago, IL; and multiple military symposiums and training across the country. She received the Marine Corps Major Megan McClung Leadership Award from the SSLA in July 2022.
Ashley M. Monette L’16 elevated to Partner
Goldberg Segalla is pleased to announce that Ashley M. Monette L’16 has been elevated to Partner. Ms. Monette is based in their New York City Office and focuses her practice on Worker’s Compensation.
Dennis W. Polio L’16 elevated to Of Counsel
Holtzman Vogel, a nationally-recognized law firm specializing in government, regulatory matters and litigation, is pleased to announce that Dennis W. Polio L’16 was promoted to Of Counsel. Polio, who is based in Washington DC, focuses his practice on First and Second Amendment, redistricting, campaign finance, and election-related litigation and appellate practice as well as election law, lobbying, campaign finance, and tax-exempt organizations’ compliance. He also regularly co-authors amicus briefs and appellate briefs in the Supreme Court of the United States, the various federal courts of appeals, and state supreme and appellate courts; and has also authored and co-authored several articles in academic journals and with the Congressional Research Service in the Library of Congress.
Currently, Polio currently serves as Deputy General Counsel to the Republican Governors Association. Prior to joining the firm, he served as a law clerk to the Honorable Carmen E. Espinosa, Associate Justice of the Connecticut Supreme Court, and worked in the Office of General Counsel for the Republican Governors Association. Polio received his B.A. from Fairfield University, his M.P.A. from Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, and his J.D. from Syracuse University College of Law.
Emily A. Middlebrook L’17 selected for NY Super Lawyer – Rising Star 2022
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 2022. 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.
Megan Thomas L’17 to receive 40 under Forty Award
Megan Thomas L’17, will be honored on November 2, 2023 with the CNY Business Journal 40 under Forty Award. Thomas is General Counsel and Director of Public Education for the Onondaga County Water Authority.
Shealina A. Fanelli L’19 joins Helsell Fetterman
Shea Fanelli L’19 has joined Helsell Fetterman — a Seattle- based law firm serving businesses, organizations, and individuals. Shea is part of the firm’s Trust and Estate Litigation practice group.
At Helsell Fetterman, Shea’s practice will focus on assisting clients in matters involving will contests, trust disputes, fiduciary abuse, vulnerable adult protection actions and elder abuse. Prior to joining Helsell Fetterman, Shea was a litigator with a small firm in Grays Harbor.
Shea graduated from the Syracuse University College of Law in 2019. While in law school, Shea was the editor for Journal of International Law and Commerce. Prior to law school, she attended Arizona State University and graduated in 2014 with a B.S. in Psychology and attended Grand Canyon University and graduated in 2016 with a M.S. in I-O Psychology.
Payne Horning L’21 named associate
Barclay Damon announces Payne Horning L’21 has been admitted to the New York State Bar. The former law clerk is now an associate at the firm. Horning is a member of the Labor & Employment Practice Area. He graduated magna cum laude from Syracuse University College of Law, and his experience includes serving as a Barclay Damon summer associate and a summer intern for the City of Syracuse Corporation Counsel. He is based in the firm’s Syracuse office.
Diana G. Rogatch L’21 joins Bousquet Holstein
Bousquet Holstein PLLC is pleased to welcome Diana G. Rogatch L’21 to the firm.
Diana Rogatch has joined the firm’s Brownfield Practice Group. She successfully passed the Uniform Bar Examination in April 2022, and she is currently admitted to practice law in Colorado. She will be admitted to practice law in New York State in January 2023.
Diana comes to Bousquet Holstein with a passion for connecting with clients. Diana is returning to the firm after taking part in the 2021 class of Summer Associates where she assisted with tax, business, and litigation matters. Her experience includes working as a litigation paralegal for a mid-size firm in Boston, MA for two years and with Judge Frederick Scullin in the Northern District of New York.
Diana graduated summa cum laude from Suffolk University in 2016 with a B.A. in History and a Certificate in Paralegal Studies. She graduated cum laude from Syracuse College of Law in 2021. While attending law school, Diana earned an M.B.A. from the Whitman School of Management along with her law degree in 2021.
Veronica Devries L’22 joins Underberg & Kessler
Underberg & Kessler LLP is pleased to announce that Veronica A. Devries L’22 has joined the Firm. Devries is an Associate in the Firm’s Corporate & Business and Municipal Law practice groups. She assists clients with a range of business transactions from simple contract negotiations for individual business owners to complex mergers and acquisitions for private and public companies. Devries earned her B.A., summa cum laude, from the State University of New York at Oswego, and earned her J.D., cum laude, from Syracuse University College of Law. She is a member of the Monroe County Bar Association.
Daniel P. Moses L’22 joins Hinckley Allen
Hinckley Allen this week welcomes attorney Daniel P. Moses L’22 to the firm’s Boston office, expanding its construction and public contracts practice group. Dan has worked most recently as Senior Contracts Manager at The Weitz Company where he evaluated and managed risks associated with contract administration for all West Coast projects – including Hawaii and Guam – for the Naval Facilities Engineering Command and the United States Army Corps of Engineers, among other notable experience.
Chiara M. Carni L’22 joins Goldberg Segalla
Goldberg Segalla added Chiara M. Carni L’22 to the firm’s Intellectual Property group in Manhattan. Carni was previously with the Innovation Law Center in Syracuse.
Carni counsels and defends clients in a range of intellectual property issues including trademark registration, copyright disputes, and other litigation matters. With a background in innovation research, she draws on her experience reporting on and evaluating clients’ patentability potential for inventions such as medical devices, computer software, and copolymers. Carni earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida and her J.D. from Syracuse University College of Law.