Class Notes: January 1-December 31, 2013




Leslie A. Berkoff, a partner at Moritt Hock & Hamroff and co-chair of the firm’s litigation and bankruptcy practice groups, was featured in “Who’s Who in Women in Professional Services” in the August 2-8 edition of Long Island Business News.
Ralph Cathcart, a managing partner at Ladas & Parry, was nominated by Managing Intellectual Property magazine as a 2013 IP Rising Star for his outstanding work and achievements in the intellectual property sphere.
George A. Davis joined O’Melveny & Myers as a partner in the firm’s restructuring practice in May 2013. He has a long-established reputation as a leading restructuring attorney, having been involved in high-profile restructurings for more than 20 years.


Vivian Breier, a partner at Ruskin Moscou Faltischek, where she is a member of the firm’s corporate and securities group, was appointed co-chair of the firm’s new international practice group in April 2013.
Larren M. Nashelsky, the chair of Morrison & Foerster, shared his insights and experiences about the legal profession and careers in law in an interview with Above the Law in May of 2013.
Halley Ovis, an attorney in Weston, FL, announced in September 2013 a strategic partnership with, a premier mediation network, in order to focus all of her efforts in the area of mediation.


James Toner, who practices law in Mineola, was named village attorney of Manorhaven in November 2013.


Zafer Akin, the managing partner of the Akin Law Group, received recognition in the 2013 edition of The Legal Network as a “Top Lawyer in New York.”
Jason S. Brookner joined Looper Reed & McGraw as a member and section leader of the firm’s bankruptcy section in April 2013.
John “Jack” Griem, Jr., joined Carter Ledyard & Milburn as a partner in the firm’s intellectual property department effective July 22, 2013. His practice concentrates on intellectual property litigation, particularly patent litigation.
Jacqueline Harounian, a partner at Wisselman, Harounian & Associates, had the opportunity to share her understanding of complicated legal issues on Hilary Topper On Air on January 17, 2013. On the show, she discussed a variety of relevant legal issues, including legal trends in New York and the possibility of divorce boom in the year following Hurricane Sandy. In March 2013, she and her twin sister, Janet Esagoff ’09, an associate at Lawrence & Walsh, were admitted to practice in the U.S. Supreme Court.
Ryan A. Schreiber was named senior vice president, general counsel and secretary of Delia’s (dELiA*s), a New York City-based multichannel, publicly traded retail company marketing a wide variety of products to teenage girls, in September 2013. Previously, he was vice president and general counsel to New York & Company for the past 10 years. Ryan, his wife, Michelle, and his daughter, Jolie, reside in Westfield, NJ.


Lauren R. Kretzing, a partner at Jaspan Schlesinger, was featured in “Who’s Who in Women in Professional Services” in the August 2-8 edition of Long Island Business News.
Jay S. Mehr, a director in the partner practice group at legal recruiting firm Major, Lindsey & Africa, married Jennifer Lee Young on April 13, 2013.
Jeffrey Mongelli joined Lamb & Barnosky in January 2013 as counsel.
Sherry Levin Wallach, a partner at Wallach and Rendo, was appointed chair of the New York State Bar Association Committee on Membership. She took office on June 1, 2013.
Gail A. Weilheimer, a senior counsel at Wisler Pearlstine in Philadelphia, was nominated in February 2013 as a judicial candidate by Montgomery County Democratic Party leaders.


Patrick M. Cox joined Withers Bergman as a partner in the firm’s international corporate tax group in March 2013. He moved over from Brown Rudnick, where he chaired the firm’s tax group.
Christopher J. Porzio rejoined Nixon Peabody in September 2013 after spending three years as general counsel at Phoenix Partners Group. He works in the complex commercial litigation practice in the firm’s Jericho office.


Melissa H. Sidor, a senior attorney at Twomey, Latham, Shea, Kelley, Dubin & Quartararo, was recognized by Long Island Business News in a January 23, 2013, “Ones to Watch: Long Island Law” article.
Linda M. Vanella joined the Syracuse law firm of Smith, Sovik, Kendrick & Sugnet in March 2013 as of counsel in the firm’s downstate/metropolitan New York office, in Uniondale.


Alan Rodetsky passed away suddenly at home on Aug. 25, 2013. A lifelong resident of West Orange, NJ, he was a practicing attorney in New York and New Jersey for the past 15 years and was a member of the New York and New Jersey bar associations. After the 9/11 terrorist attacks, he did pro bono work for the victims and their families. He is survived by his wife, Vishma.
David Verlizzo was appointed chief compliance officer of CION Investment Corporation. He previously held the position of senior managing director and counsel for the company.


Lisa Albert joined Abrakadoodle — Long Island/Suffolk County as executive director in February 2013.
Aashmita V. “Asha” Shravah joined the Law Offices of Elizabeth R. Wellborn in April 2013 as a managing attorney and senior counsel in the firm’s Getzville, NY, office.

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