Class Notes: January 1-December 31, 2012




Janet Connolly was named Pro Bono Attorney of the Month for March 2012 by the Nassau County Bar Association. Connolly, who retired from active practice five years ago, has been involved in the NCBA’s Mortgage Foreclosure Pro Bono Project since its start in 2008.
Caryn M. Hirshleifer, the vice president and counsel of Hirshleifer’s, was honored with the Founder’s Award at the Long Island Council on Alcoholism & Drug Dependence’s 25th Anniversary Angel Ball on May 9, 2012.
Domenick Napoletano, a solo practitioner who focuses on real estate transactions, dispute resolution, family law and estate document preparation, was installed as the president of the Brooklyn Bar Association on June 7, 2012.


Scott J. Glick, a senior counsel in the National Security Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, has been appointed director of the Hofstra Law in D.C. Externship Program (HLDC) and special professor of law. HLDC, the Law School’s first-ever formal semester-away program for academic credit, will allow law students to immerse themselves fully in the practice of law in our nation’s capital. He also authored the published article “Virtual Checkpoints and Cyber-Terry Stops: Digital Scans to Protect the Nation’s Critical Infrastructure and Key Resources,” Journal of National Security Law & Policy (vol. 6, no. 1, 2012), and it has been included in the course materials for the ABA’s 22nd annual review of national security and the law.
Ben B. Rubinowitz, a partner at Gair, Gair, Conason, Steigman, Mackauf, Bloom & Rubinowitz, was named the 2013 New York City Personal Injury Litigation — Plaintiffs Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers. Only one lawyer in each practice area in each community is honored as Lawyer of the Year.


Alan S. Abish passed away on May 11, 2012. He is survived by his wife, Jamie Lipman Abish.
Thomas O’Connell passed away on July 1, 2012. He is survived by his wife, Kathleen, and their children.


Andrew John “A.J.” Borresen, a principal and co-founder of the certified public accounting firm Walsh & Borresen in Morristown, NJ, and a football, basketball and track star during his days at Wood-Bridge H.S. in Bergen County, was featured in a “Where are they now?” article in the sports section of The Record on July 3, 2012.
Patricia Galteri, the chair of Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein’s trusts and estates practice group, was selected by Long Island Business News as one of its Top 50 Most Influential Women in Business for 2012.
Cindy Orbach Nimhauser was named director of development for Ruth Rales Jewish Family Service in Boca Raton, FL, in January 2012.
Hon. David A. Paterson was appointed to the New York State Metropolitan Transportation Authority board in June 2012. His term runs until June 2017.


Mark J. Cohen, partner at Scully, Scott, Murphy & Presser, was recognized by Long Island Business News in a “Ones to Watch: Long Island Law” article on September 19, 2012.

Andrea Shapiro Davis was appointed executive director of the NYC Commission on Women’s Issues in June 2012. She works with the commission’s members to advise the mayor on policies to ensure equality for women in New York City, including in the fields of employment, housing, education and health care.
Andrew L. Oringer joined Dechert as partner in August 2012. He is the senior ERISA and executive compensation attorney in Dechert’s New York office and leads the firm’s fiduciary practice nationally.


Heidi E. Opinsky joined McCarter & English as partner in September 2012. She concentrates her practice in family law.
Brad D. Rose, a partner at Pryor Cashman,chairman of the firm’s intellectual property group and a member of its executive committee, was a featured panelist at the 15th Annual Entertainment & Sports Law Symposium of the Entertainment and Sports Law Society at the University of Miami School of Law. The event was co-hosted by the Miami Marlins and held at the new Marlins Park on April 14, 2012.


Cheryl Bader, clinical associate professor of law at Fordham University School of Law, was unanimously elected chairwoman of the Stamford Board of Ethics on February 9, 2012.
Carl L. Howard, an assistant regional counsel for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, was named chair of the Environmental Law Section of the New York State Bar Association in June 2012.


Tamara Steckler, the attorney-in-charge of the Juvenile Rights Practice of the Legal Aid Society, received the 2012 Howard A. Levine Award for Excellence in Juvenile Justice and Child Welfare on May 2, 2012. This award, which is given by the Committee on Children and the Law of the New York State Bar Association, recognizes individuals for their work protecting and promoting the rights of New York’s children.


Nancy Burner, the founding and managing partner of Nancy Burner & Associates, was named to the board of the JTM Foundation on August 1, 2012. The foundation seeks philanthropic support for John T. Mather Memorial Hospital.
Richard S. Finkel joined Bond, Schoeneck & King in July 2012 as senior counsel in the firm’s Garden City, NY, office. He has extensive experience in the areas of municipal law, land use and zoning, litigation, and labor and employment matters.
Russell J. Fishkind, partner in the personal wealth, estates and trusts department at Saul Ewing, wrote the book Probate Wars of the Rich and Famous: Probate Wars of the Rich and Famous (John Wiley & Sons, September 2011).


Leonard J. Amoruso, the general counsel of Knight Capital Group, was promoted to an executive vice president on June 18, 2012.
Peter J. Brown, a partner in the Los Angeles office of Liebert Cassidy Whitmore and chair of the firm’s wage and hour practice group, was named one of California’s Top 75 Labor and Employment Lawyers for 2012 in the annual list published by the Daily Journal (Los Angeles and San Francisco).
Ralph A. Catalano, a member of the Jericho, NY, law firm of Catalano Gallardo & Petropoulos, was elected in July 2012 as dean of the Nassau Academy of Law, the educational arm of the Nassau County Bar Association.
Mona Jha was appointed interim affirmative action officer at Baruch College on March 19, 2012. She is responsible for overseeing the collection and analysis of data on the hiring of underrepresented populations, and developing innovative recruitment efforts designed to identify minority candidates.
Evelyn Kalenscher, retired, received the 2012 Pro Bono Attorney of the Year Award from the Nassau County Bar Association in May. She represents indigent people facing eviction through the Landlord/Tenant Attorney of the Day Program of the Volunteer Lawyers Project.
Robert Lupo was promoted to executive vice president, global head of tax and treasury, for AXIS Capital Holdings Limited, a specialty insurance and reinsurance organization.
Lynda Nicolino, the general counsel and secretary of the Long Island Power Authority, was selected by Long Island Business News as a member of its Top 50 Most Influential Women in Business for 2012.
Laura Peck passed away on October 5, 2011. She was a member of the law firm Bearden, Lewis & Thomas in Boca Raton, FL, and specialized in real estate and commercial law. She is survived by her husband, Ronald Lewis ’87.
Lori Sullivan joined Jaspan Schlesinger in March 2012 as an associate in the firm’s trusts and estates practice group.
Howard Tollin joined Sterling & Sterling, a private insurance brokerage, on June 11, 2012, as president of Sterling Environmental Services.

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