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July-August 2012 Insider

FLS Events

News and Reminders

Lawyers in Transition

Class Notes

In Memoriam

Special Announcements

Join the FLAA Today!

Look for the 2012 FLAA Dues Membership form in the Spring 2012 edition of the Fordham Lawyer Magazine.

FLAA members also receive access to a variety of terrific benefits:
• Access to Leo T. Kissam Law Library
• 50% discount on Zip Car annual membership
• 15% discount at Brooks Brothers
• Discounts on select Apple, HP, and Dell Computers
• Membership eligibility at the Princeton Club
• 10% discount at Fordham Bookstore with Membership Card
• Discounts on Law School-sponsored CLE programs

Strategic Plan Approved for Fordham Law Alumni Association

On Thursday, June 7, the FLAA Board of Directors unanimously approved the Association's strategic plan. In an email to all alumni announcing the Plan’s approval, FLAA President Mark Hyland ’80 said “The plan is the product of the hard work of several thousand alumni over the past nine months who participated in surveys, focus groups, and strategic planning task forces. The adoption of the plan is critical to our effort of making a storied organization even stronger. For our goals to be achieved, we need each member of the community to be active participants in its implementation.”
To learn more about the plan, including how you can help implement it and support Fordham Law, please visit the Strategic Plan web page.

Upcoming FLS Events

  Dean's Breakfast with Alumni from 1950-1965
Thursday, September 6, 2012
8:30 AM to 10:00 AM
Fordham University
Lowenstein Building
113 West 60th Street
12th Floor Lounge
New York, NY 10023
RSVP here
  Dean's Breakfast with Alumni from 1966-1975
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
8:30 AM to 10:00 AM
Fordham University
Lowenstein Building
113 West 60th Street
12th Floor Lounge
New York, NY 10023
RSVP here
  Golden Rams Luncheon
Friday, September 14, 2012
12 PM
Fordham University
Lowenstein Building
113 West 60th Street
12th Floor Lounge
New York, NY 10023
Honoring: Eugene P. Souther '59 
RSVP here
  Philadelphia Chapter Alumni Reception
Thursday, September 27, 2012
5:30 PM – 6:15 PM: Registration and Networking
6:15PM – 7:30PM: Program
Hosted by Mark Ierardi '89
1600 Market Street, 32nd Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19103
RSVP here
  Save The Date
European Alumni Chapter
Paris Cocktail Reception
Friday, November 16, 2012
Paris, France
RSVP here

News and Reminders

SAVE THE DATE: Feerick Center 2012 Awards and Benefit Reception 
The Feerick Center for Social Justice will hold its 2012 Awards and Benefit Reception on Monday, September 24, 2012 at the headquarters of Mutual of America.  This event will help provide financial support for the Center as it honors several alumni and friends whose lives reflect the values of the Feerick Center, including:
Rev. Joseph A. O'Hare, S.J.
Dennis J. Kenny '61
Claire F. O'Brien '83
Timothy J. Brosnan '84
Norma Ramos
For additional information click here or  contact Assistant Dean Robert Reilly at 212.636.6807 or

Fordham Law Named One of America’s Top Entertainment Law Schools

Fordham Law was recently named one of the top 10 entertainment law schools in the country by The Hollywood Reporter. The article specifically mentions Fox co-chairman Jim Gianopulos ’76, ABC News anchor Chris Cuomo ’95, and former Disney Studios chairman Rich Ross ’86. To read the full article, click here.

Professor Joseph Landau Named One of Best LGBT Lawyers Under 40

Fordham Law Associate Professor Joseph Landau has been selected by the National LGBT Bar Association as one of the Best LGBT Lawyers Under 40. The LGBT Bar established the award to recognize lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender legal professionals under the age of 40 who have distinguished themselves in their field and demonstrated a profound commitment to LGBT equality.
Landau joined the Fordham faculty in 2010 and teaches courses in civil procedure, national security and immigration law. His scholarship focuses on federal courts, national security, administrative law and immigration law.

Catholic Fellow Position

The Catholic Lawyer’s Program of the Institute on Religion, Law & Lawyer’s Work is seeking support for the creation of Catholic Fellow position.  To become involved or to learn more, please contact Michele Galioto at or 212.636.7637.

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Lawyers in Transition

Career Counseling Services

The Career Planning Center reminds you that the office and the counselors remain an essential resource to all alumni of Fordham Law School throughout their careers. If you are an alumnae/us in career transition, we encourage you to contact the CPC to make an appointment (in person or by phone) - 212.636.6926. We also welcome you to visit our Alumni Webpage here which has a host of resources.

Hiring? Think Fordham If you or your organization is hiring, whether for internships, post-graduate positions or lateral opportunities please contact the CPC at 212.636.6926. We have an active online job bank extensively utilized by students and alumni.

Clerkship Program

FLS has an active and successful Clerkship Program.  Alumni who are interested in pursuing clerkships now or in the future should email co-chair Professor Capra at or co-chair Professor Saiger at and include their court and geographic preferences and attach their resume.  Interested alumni are also encouraged to visit the CPC Website, J.D. Alumni page selecting the Post-Graduate Clerkship link to access a multitude of clerkship related resources.

Class Notes

James C. Dempsey ’62 has joined the Rucci Law Group in Darien, C.T.

John Bracken ’63, a partner at Bracken Margolin Besunder LLP, has been appointed a member of the Chief Judge’s Task Force of Commercial Litigation in the 21st century. Bracken has also been named again in the 2011-2012 Super Lawyers Business Edition as one of the top attorneys practicing in the area of business litigation in New York State.

Michael Mitrione ’75 of Gunster’s West Palm Beach office was recognized on the 2012 Florida Super Lawyers list in the Mergers & Acquisitions practice. Mitrione focuses his practice on mergers and acquisitions, private equity and venture capital transactions, corporate finance and securities, joint ventures and partnerships, financial institutions, and licensing and sports representation.

Robert Burrick ’78 has joined Business Capital as Senior Vice President. Burrick will work directly with Business Capital’s Managing Director, Chuck Doyle, to expand the national client base and business development efforts on the East Coast. To read more, click here.

Kevin Joseph Farrelly ’80 and Stephen Howard Klein were married on June 10, 2012 at the Princeton Club of New York. Acting State Supreme Court Justice Michael D. Stallman, who presides in New York, officiated. Farrelly is a lawyer in private practice in New York. To read more, click here.

Brian P. Boland ’81 married Ms. Leigh Wainwright on September 17, 2011 in Manhattan in the Church of St. Catherine of Siena, the same church in which Boland's parents were married 60 years earlier after their emigration from Ireland. Boland is Senior Vice President, Corporate Counsel for UMB Financial Corporation and its banking subsidiaries.

Simeon H. Baum ’82 has been appointed to the Board of the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals in New York which has launched its panel of mediators for the New York area.  For more information, click here. On April 20th in Washington D.C., Baum spoke at the ABA's 14th Annual Spring Conference for the ABA Dispute Resolution Section. Over 1,000 Dispute Resolution professionals gathered to discuss the newest developments and techniques in mediation, collaborative law and arbitration. As First Chair of the NYSBA Dispute Resolution Section, Baum led a panel focused on breaking impasse and aptly titled "Getting Past Impasse."

Steven Monteforte ’83 has joined Haynes and Boone’s real estate practice as partner. Monteforte was previously partner at Bryan Cave.

Brian Clark ’84, a labor and employment defense litigator, has joined Venable as partner. Clark was previously a partner at Clifton Budd & DeMaria.

Salvador Petilos ’85 has been appointed as the new executive director of the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control in Utah. Utah Governor Gary Herbert approved the appointment on June 26, 2012. To read more, click here.

Lauren P. Raysor ’88 has been recognized by The Network Journal as one of its annual 25 Influential Women in Business award winners. Raysor heads her own law firm, which specializes in personal injuries, civil rights, family law and corporate, business and municipal legal services, and is an adjunct professor in the College Bound and Paralegal Program at Berkeley College in New York City.

Thomas J. Curran ’89, partner at Peckar & Abramson, P.C., has been named to the Board of the Manhattan District Attorney's Associates.  Curran joins other Fordham Law alumni on the Board: James Gill, Hon. John F. Keenan, and Elizabeth R. Crotty. To read more, click here.

Kevin T. Duffy, Jr. ’91 has joined Kaufman Dolowich Voluck & Gonzo LLP (KDVG), a leading national law firm, as a partner in the firm’s New York office. Duffy was formerly co-founder and a name partner at Duffy & Staab in White Plains, where he represented clients in securities litigation. To read more, click here.

Arnie Herz ’91 has been named the 2012 winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award for the Best Attorneys for Privately Held Companies by The New York Enterprise Report. Herz was announced and honored at The New York Enterprise Report Best Accountants and Attorneys for Privately Held Companies Awards on Wednesday, June 13, 2012 at a private gala at the Trump Soho in New York City.

Karen Garry ’92 has joined Allen & Overy as senior counsel. Garry was previously executive director and assistant general counsel at JP Morgan Chase.

Daniel C. Marotta ’92 was elected Secretary of the Board of Directors for the Richmond County Bar Association at the June 2012 Annual Meeting.  Marotta was also recently awarded the New York State Bar Association President's 2012 Pro Bono Award for the 13th Judicial District.

Andrew W. Schilling ’92, chief of the Civil Division of the Manhattan U.S. Attorney’s Office, has joined BuckleySandler LLP in the firm’s New York City office as a partner in its Litigation and Government Enforcement Group. To read more, click here.

James Berger ’93 has joined King & Spalding as partner. Berger previously served as counsel at Paul Hastings.

Stacey Anne Mahoney ’94 has joined Bingham McCutchen as partner in the Antitrust, Competition and Trade Regulation Practice Group in firm’s New York office. Mahoney was a partner at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, LLP. 

David Mejias ’95, former Nassau County Legislator (D-Farmingdale), has been elected president of the Long Island Hispanic Bar Association. To read more, click here.

Steve Brodsky ’96 is the founding partner of, which has exceeded 2,500 clients since 2005.

Kenneth Tabachnick ’96 was named Deputy Dean of the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU. Tabachnick will oversee strategic planning and building a new home for the Institute of Performing Arts; serve as liaison to the upper administration, in legal, and in HR matters; and work on the integration of Tisch programs in NYU's Golbal Network. Tabachnick was previously employed at Purchase College as Dean, School of the Arts. 

Carl Hum ’97 has been appointed by the New York City Districting Commission as its executive director.

Evelyn Lim ’97 has joined Chadbourne & Parke as partner in the firm’s Los Angeles office. Lim previously served as senior vice president and general counsel for Element Power. To read more, click here.

Brian Seymour ’97 from Gunster’s West Palm Beach office was recognized on the 2012 Florida Super Lawyers list in the Land Use/Zoning practice. Seymour was also named Legal Elite on Florida Trend’s 2012 list. Florida Trend’s Legal Elite™ recognizes a prestigious list of attorneys chosen by colleagues across the state. Lawyers were asked to name attorneys they hold in the “highest regard” or would recommend to others. Seymour focuses his practice on land use and development, environmental resource permitting, eminent domain and property rights litigation and business litigation.

Drew Chapman ’98 has joined Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr as a partner in the securities department and investment managing group and as head of the alternative investment practice. Chapman was previously head of the alternative investment group at Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft, LLP.

Kimberly Hall (nee Lowe) ’98 has been appointed to be the Chief of Staff at Columbus State Community College in Ohio.

Keyes C. Hardin ’98 was recently profiled in London Financial Times article “New life from old foundations.” To read the article, click here. [Insert PDF]

Peter Flagel ’99 has joined Gibbons as director in the law firm’s corporate department. Flagel was previously director at Carter Ledyard & Milburn.

Jonathan Joshua ’99 has joined RBS Citizens Bank as Vice President and Senior Counsel, Consumer Banking.  On August 5, 2012, Joshua married Janet Rosenbaum at Adas Israel Congregation in Washington, D.C.

Jon Weiner ’00 had another article published in the American Bar Association journal The Practical Tax Lawyer entitled "A VAT Primer" concerning the value added tax. The article focuses on the types and mechanics of the VAT and discusses the VAT's place in American fiscal policy. Weiner is following his interest in securities law as well, by taking part in the Regulatory Compliance Association's program to train compliance personnel.

Robert Scheef ’02 has joined McKool Smith as principal.  Scheef was previously of counsel at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart.

Eric Tajcher ’02 has been elected partnership at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius.

Jennifer (Bottacari) Dean ’05 accepted a position at Pangea Real Estate, as In-House Counsel, where she heads the company's landlord/tenant litigation department.

Dana Irvis ’05 has joined K2 Global Consulting as a Director in the firm’s New York office. Irvis joins from the New York County District Attorney’s Office, where she worked as a Prosecutor in the Major Economic Crimes Bureau, investigating complex white-collar crimes. To read more, click here.

Ken Steinberg ’05 has been elected partner at Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP. Steinberg is a member of the firm's Credit Group in New York.

Mark Keurian ’07 has joined the firm Bracken Margolin Besunder LLP as an associate.

Nicholas E. Mitchell ’07 has been selected by Denver Mayor Michael Hancock to be the city’s next independent monitor. Mitchell’s selection now must be approved by the Denver City Council. The independent monitor is responsible for monitoring and participating in investigations of Denver’s police and sheriff departments. To read more, click here.

John F. Ramirez ’08 was named General Counsel of the Midas Funds and their affiliates.

Stacy Sadove ’10 has joined Littman Krooks LLP. Previously, she worked as a pro bono attorney for Sanctuary for Families’ Center for Battered Women’s Legal Services. To read more, click here.

In Memoriam

Paul J. Simonson ’34
James W. Lynch ’49
Hon. Kevin Quaranta ’81
Monika Forndran ’89