January 2011 Insider
News and Reminders
Lawyers in Transition
Special Announcement2011 FLAA Dues Mailing
Last month the 2011 membership materials of the Fordham Law Alumni Association should have arrived in your mailboxes. Please note that membership dues subsidize the ticket price for every FLAA event. We encourage you to join the Alumni Association and take advantage of all the benefits that membership offers.
Member benefits this year include:
Important Announcement Concerning 2011 Alumni Directory
The FLAA has engaged Harris Connect to produce the next alumni directory. As we seek to produce a directory with the most accurate information possible, please expect to receive communications from Harris Connect.
*While the Harris Connect representative will inquire whether you would like to purchase an alumni directory, please note that Fordham Law will be unveiling an online password- protected, searchable alumni database in April/May 2011.
Upcoming FLS Events
Greater Palm Beach Alumni Chapter Reception Miami Alumni Chapter Reception Evening of Remembrance for Judge Dennis E. Milton Our featured speaker is DeMaurice Smith, Executive Director of the NFL Players Association and the 2011 Medal of Achievement Recipient is John H. Wolff ’76.
Greater Palm Beach Alumni Chapter Reception
Miami Alumni Chapter Reception
Evening of Remembrance for Judge Dennis E. Milton
Our featured speaker is DeMaurice Smith, Executive Director of the NFL Players Association and the 2011 Medal of Achievement Recipient is John H. Wolff ’76.
The following is the Report of the Committee on Nominations of the Fordham Law Alumni Association for the vacancies to be filled at the Annual Meeting of the Association on Saturday, March 5, 2011 at the Waldorf=Astoria, beginning with a Luncheon at 12 noon.
Committee on Nominations:
2011 Alumni Cruise
We are currently considering the following cruise (http://www.rssc.com/cruises/MAR110913/itinerary.aspx) for the 2011 alumni trip. Please email Michael Schiumo if you are interested in this trip.
News and RemindersLL.M. Program Seeks Fordham Law Alumni Mentors
The Master of Laws program now enrolls more than 200 students, the vast majority of whom are from around the world. These students have completed at least one degree in law and many of them have a number of years of practical experience in their home countries.
Our LL.M. students have an extraordinary academic experience at Fordham Law but often lament the lack of practical experience of, and insights into, law practice in the United States. In order to fill this void, we are instituting a mentorship program under which we hope to pair our LL.M. students with alumni in and near New York City in all fields of practice who can serve as mentors to our Master of Laws students.
In this capacity, we would ask you to meet occasionally (perhaps a few times per semester) with the student or students to whom you are assigned. Some mentors may allow their students to attend a client meeting, a negotiation, or a hearing, or shadow them in the office for a day. The precise nature of the mentoring relationship would be left to mentors to define.
If you are interested in serving as a mentor, please complete and submit by email the attached form. We know that our students will benefit enormously from learning from your experiences, and we also hope that you will enjoy meeting and working with our graduate students.
Fordham Law Fundraiser for Pakistani Flood Relief
Alumni Wine Tasting: Wines of America
Thirty-sixth Annual Irving R. Kaufman Memorial Securities Law Moot Court Competition
Please help make this year's competition the most memorable and successful to date by registering to serve as a preliminary round judge! We need help from all interested with all levels of experience, whether in litigation, transactions, securities, finance, in-house, or public service. CLE credit is available. Online sign-up is available at http://law.fordham.edu/kaufmanjudge. With questions, please contact Gabriel Gillett, Kaufman Editor, at email@example.com or (212) 636-6882.
Lawyers in Transition6th Annual Alternative Career Informational Fair
Please join us for the 6th Annual Alternative Career Informational Fair (Wednesday, March 2, 2011, 6:00-8:00 p.m., Fordham Law School Atrium)
This event is open to all current students and alumni interested in learning more about alternative legal careers. It will take the form of informal table talks, with the goal of providing information about alternative legal careers, ways to transition from legal practice to an alternative career, as well as provide a sense of the breadth of potential career choices for attorneys.
If you are currently working in an alternative career and interested in participating as an informal speaker at this event, please R.S.V.P to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, February 4, 2011 and note what area you are presently working in.
When: Wednesday, March 30th from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Past Alumni CPC Programs, including "Government Opportunities in a Down Economy" and "Handling a Lay Off" can be listened to via streaming audio on the CPC Alumni JD Website (http://law.fordham.edu/jdalumni) at the link "Alumni CPC Past Programs".
Class NotesProf. John D. Feerick ’61, former dean of Fordham Law School, was honored by the Flax Trust at a lunch at the 21 Club in New York City on October 13th. John was primarily responsible for the composition of the 25th Amendment to the United States Constitution, which specifies how the president can remove himself from office temporarily (Ronald Reagan made history when he transferred power to his vice president George H.W. Bush when he underwent a colonoscopy that required anesthesia). On the 13th, Prof. Feerick was honored for his efforts to end the violence in Northern Ireland.
Donald J. Farinacci’s ’66 book Truman and MacArthur: Adversaries for a Common Cause (Merriam Press, 2010) received the Silver Medal Award, for second place in the history category, from the Military Writers Society of America at the society’s annual conference, in Pittsburgh on October 2nd.
Thomas A. Hickey ’75 has joined Gunster’s West Palm Beach office as a shareholder. Thomas will concentrate his areas of practice in Complex Commercial Litigation, Construction Law, Executive Compensation & Benefits and Labor & Employment.
Peter J. Neckles ’77 will retire from Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP effective March 31st. He will continue to serve as an advisor to the firm.
Ellen M. Creede ’78 has joined Latham & Watkins as a counsel in the corporate department. Her practice encompasses broker-dealer and investment advisory regulations, U.S. securities laws, stock exchange listing and corporate governance requirements, and state securities laws compliance.
Jacqueline C. Wolff ’80 has joined Manatt, Phelps & Phillips as a partner in the litigation division, based in the New York office.
Susan Strawgate Code ’83 has been named the Branch Top Producer for Houlihan Lawrence’s Briarcliff Manor office for the second year in a row.
Howard Bunsis, Ph.D. ’84, professor of accounting at Eastern Michigan University and chair of the American Association of University Professors Collective Bargaining Congress, delivered a talk “Judging the Reality of University Finances “How Your University Works,” at the University of Northern Iowa on September 6, 2010.
Timothy J. Feighery '87, attorney advisor in the Office of the Legal Adviser at the United States Department of State, was nominated by President Obama to be Chairman of the Foreign Claims Settlement Commission of the United States. From 2003 to 2004, Mr. Feighery was a Deputy Special Master for the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund of 2001, where he was responsible for assessing claims for compensation by victims of the 9/11 attacks.
Laura Sigal ’88 has started her own firm (Laura Sigal, Solicitor) through which she is contracted to Professional Footballers Australia, the Australian Football League Players’ Association, and the Australian Athletes’ Alliance. Laura is admitted to practice in New York and Victoria, Australia.
Sonia Tanksley '88 was re-appointed as Deputy Corporation Counsel for the Village of Ossining, New York.
Sharon McCarthy ’89 has been appointed by Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly to serve as a member of a newly established Crime Reporting Review Committee. Sharon is a partner in the law firm of Kostelanetz & Fink. Prior to entering private practice, Sharon was an Assistant U.S. Attorney with the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York. While at the United States Attorney’s Office, Sharon served as Deputy Chief of the Criminal Division and later as Chief of the Violent Crimes Unit.
Yonah Lloyd ’90 has served as the SodaStream International Ltd.’s Executive Director of International Projects and Corporate Communications since April 2010. From 2008 to 2010, Yonah consulted for Cupron, Inc., and later served as their Executive Vice-President of Sales and Business Development. From 1996 to 2007, he served as Senior Vice-President of Sales and Marketing at Net2Phone, Inc. From 1990 to 1996, Yonah was an Assistant District Attorney in Bronx County, New York.
Crayton L. Bell ’91, a mergers, acquisitions and private equity lawyer, has joined the New York office of King & Spalding as a partner in the firm’s corporate practice.
Seth Popper ’91 has accepted a position as Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Key Brand Entertainment, a company primarily involved in producing and presenting theater around the country.
Melissa Roper Barnett ’92 has been named senior vice president of network business affairs for Home Box Office. She joined HBO in 1997 as an associate counsel.
Brian T. Flanagan ’92 was elected to partnership at Bourne, Noll & Kenyon in Summit, New Jersey. Brian’s practice areas include commercial litigation, estate and fiduciary litigation, business and employment counseling, real estate transactions and land use.
Linda Evans ’93, vice chair of the Georgia Board of Driver Services, has been appointed to the Judicial Qualifications Commission of the State of Georgia by Governor Sonny Perdue.
Nicole Macarchuk '93 joins KKR as a Director and also serves as General Counsel of KKR Asset Management LLC. Prior to joining KKR, Nicole served as Co-General Counsel and Managing Director at Och-Ziff Capital Management Group.
John Ciulla ’94, executive vice president at Webster Bank, has been named head of its middle market banking and chairman of the bank’s Regional President’s Council.
R. Andrew Richards ’95, partner at McCarter & English LLP, has been recognized along with Ralph Delouis for their tremendous pro bono efforts in Haiti, where they are developing a microfinance initiative that will enable predominantly low-income Haitian farmers to obtain loans, with the goal of stimulating economic development in the earthquake –ravaged country. Andrew specializes in corporate and banking law. He became familiar with microfinancing in 2003 while volunteering for the Peace Corps in Cameroon.
Karla Sanchez ’95 has been named Executive Deputy Attorney General for Economic Justice under New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. Karla was a partner at Patterson Belknap Webb & Taylor. She has successfully litigated before courts and arbitration panels throughout the country representing both plaintiffs and defendants involving a broad range of products and disciplines. Karla is the first and sole Hispanic partner at Patterson Belknap and was recognized as one of Crain’s New York Business’s 40 Under Forty.
Patrick J. Comerford ’96 has joined McCarter & English as a special counsel in the product liability group in the firm’s Boston office. He is president of the Holy Cross Lawyers Association, a group of legal professionals who are alumni of the College of Holy Cross; a member of the board of directors of Cristo Rey High School in New York City; and a trustee and founding member of the board of directors for Gigi’s Playhouse in New York, a nonprofit organization that raises awareness and provides support for individuals with Down syndrome.
Stacey J. Rappaport ’96, litigation partner and Chair of the Women’s Initiative Committee at Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP, has been elected to the Board of Directors of Lincoln Square Legal Services, Inc., a nonprofit corporation established by Fordham Law School to provide law students with clinical education opportunities.
Nolan E. Shanahan ’99 has been named special counsel at the law firm of Cole, Schotz, Meisel, Forman & Leonard, P.A. Nolan concentrates his practice in general commercial litigation. He has represented clients in a broad range of commercial matters, including contract disputes, real estate actions and bankruptcy litigation. Prior to entering private practice, Nolan was an assistant district attorney in Kinds County, New York where he was lead counsel on numerous jury and non-jury trials before the New York City Criminal and New York State Supreme Courts.
Jeffrey Wasserman ’99 has joined the international law firm Chadbourne & Parke as a partner in the New York office.
Michael English ’00 was named Deputy Chief of the White Plains Division under Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York. Michael joined the U.S. Attorney’s Office in 2005 and served in the Violent Crimes Unit in Manhattan. Prior to that, Michael worked as an associate at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP in New York.
Joshua H. Warmund ’00 has started his own firm, WarmundLaw LLC, which is a hi-end, transactional boutique servicing technology ventures of all sizes as well as tech-focused investors. M&A, investments/financings, formation, joint ventures, equity distribution, day-to-day & operational contracts, licensing and other general corporate matters. To learn more about Josh’s firm click on the following link: http://www.warmundlaw.com
David Chun ’01 has been elected to partnership in the intellectual property litigation group of Ropes & Gray LLP. He will reside in the New York office. David focuses on litigating intellectual property matters, including patent infringement and trade secret misappropriation. He has participated in litigations involving a broad range of technologies, including semiconductor and flash memory, cellular telephones, digital signal processing for hearing aid devices, on-line gaming, hard disk drives, alternative fuels, software interfaces, medical devices, business methods and consumer products.
Christine M. Debevec ’01 has been admitted to the partnership of Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young, LLP. As a senior associate in Stradley Ronon’s litigation practice group, Christine litigates a diverse range of complex corporate and commercial cases.
Michael Kahn ’01 has been elected to partnership in the intellectual property litigation group of Ropes & Gray LLP. He will reside in the New York office. Michael advises clients concerning patent infringement, validity and freedom-to-operate analyses and focuses on patent and trade secret litigation. His litigation and advisory experience spans a variety of technologies, including medical devices, pharmaceuticals, consumer products and electrical, chemical, computer science and mechanical engineering.
Andrew S. Lerner ’01 has joined Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP as partner in the firm’s New York office. Andrew concentrates on complex insurance and reinsurance matters. He has represented ceding companies, reinsurers, retrocessionaires and liquidators in a range of matters in federal and state courts and before arbitration panels throughout the county.
Jeffrey M. Mann ’01 has joined Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP as partner in the firm’s New York office. Jeffrey is a registered patent attorney, whose practice includes all facets of intellectual property law, including transactional work, patent prosecution, licensing, litigation and opinion work.
Leah Quadrino ’02 has been promoted to counsel at Steptoe & Johnson LLP. Leah focuses her practice on complex litigation and arbitration, with an emphasis on disputes involving the insurance and reinsurance industry. Leah currently serves as a vice chair of the ABA’s Excess, Surplus Lines, and Reinsurance Committee and is a member of ARIAS-US.
James Regan ’02 has been elected to partnership at Satterlee Stephens Burke & Burke LLP. James concentrates his practice in commercial litigation and also advises clients on intellectual property transactions. He has experience in a broad range of complex litigation including matters involving securities, credit card fraud liability, copyright, trade secrets, antitrust, and defamation.
Sheila A. Agnew ’03 has been promoted to partnership at Moses & Singer. Sheila’s primary practice encompasses all aspects of matrimonial and family law, including the litigation of complex equitable distribution issues as well as spousal and child support matters.
Desiree Fusco '03 was recently promoted to partnership at Bondi Iovino & Fusco. Desiree heads the Trust and Estate department of the firm, and is experienced in litigation and appeals, participating in all aspects of the practice.
Justin E. Klein ’03 has been elected to partnership at Satterlee Stephens Burke & Burke LLP, where he concentrates his practice in commercial litigation, intellectual property law, media law, and sports law, in particular the presentation of clients involved in boxing and mixed martial arts.
Irena Royzman ’03 has been elected to partnership in the New York office of Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler.
Laura Jastrem Walther ’03 has been promoted to counsel in the Washington, D.C. office of Crowell & Morning LLP.
Natacha Carbajal ’04 has joined Baker & Hostetler as an associate in the firm’s New York office. Natacha focuses her practice in the areas of bankruptcy, financial restructuring, insolvency and debtors’ and creditors’ rights. She is part of the Baker Hostetler team representing Irving H. Picard, Trustee for the SIPA liquidation of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC.
Deborah L. Lu, Ph.D. ’04 has joined Vedder Price as a shareholder in the firm’s intellectual property group in New York. She was a postdoctoral fellow in microbiology at Harvard Medical School and in structural biology at the Skirball Institute of Biomolecular Medicine at the New York University Medical Center.
Ben K. Gibbs ’05 has joined the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) as a Senior Regional Attorney in Atlanta, Georgia.
Sheila M. Fitzpatrick ’05 and Matthew P. Germond were married by Father Kenneth Calder on August 7, 2010 at Our Lady of Angels Church in Brooklyn. Through May, Sheila was a Mergers & Acquisitions associate in the New York office of O’Melveny & Myers. Matthew holds an MBA from NYU and is a management consultant.
Francesca Don Angelo ’06 joined BNY Mellon as counsel in the Corporate Securities and Disclosure group.
Benjamin Schrag ’06 has joined Kurtzman Carson Consultants as a director of corporate restructuring services in the company’s New York office.
Andrea Alvarez-Calderon ’07 has been named as assistant district attorney in the Criminal Court/Intake Bureau of Queens, District Attorney’s Office.
Daniel A. Gottesman ’08 has joined the Cleveland, Ohio, office of Ulmer & Berne as a corporate finance associate.
Laura A. Laughlin ’08 has joined Sills Cummis & Gross as an associate in the litigation practice group in the firm’s Newark, New Jersey office.
Gavin Reynolds ’08 has joined Phillips Lytle as an associate attorney in its Rochester, New York office.
Laura Buckley DeRossi ’10 and Jack Hart Sousa ’08 were married on October 8th at the Lake George Club in Diamond Point, New York. She is an associate specializing in banking at the New York law firm Otterbourg, Steindler, Houston & Rosen. He is an associate specializing in corporate law at the Greenwich, Connecticut law firm Whitman, Breed, Abbott & Morgan.
Victoria Hill Clarkson ’13 and William Banks Clarkson were married at the Fox Hollow, a caterer in Woodbury. Victoria graduated from the University of Delaware. William, a summa cum laude graduate of Tulane University, is studying for a Ph.D. in computer science at Princeton. He also holds a master’s from Princeton in that subject.
In MemoriamFrank E. Curley ’46
Robert L. Conkling ’49
Stephen H. Fields ’57
John A. Hila ’60
John S. Manning ’61
John Finnie ’68
Fred A. Manley, Jr. ’78
Thomas J. Byrne ’82
Garyowen Morrisroe ’82