Class Notes: January 1-December 31, 2011



Sharon Davis was promoted in February 2011 to senior vice president, legal and business affairs, at Rainbow Media Holdings.

Stuart Goldfarb was named president and CEO of Atrinsic, a marketer of direct-to-consumer subscription products and an Internet search-marketing agency, on June 1, 2011.

Eric M. Hellige, partner at Pryor Cashman and chair of the firm’s corporate group, was interviewed by Law 360 for the January 2011 article “Firms Eye Asia, Latin America For Growth,” which discusses the growth predicted for the U.S. legal market in 2011, the hot spots for expanding firms, and the up-and-coming economies of Asia and Latin America.

Alan Koslow, shareholder and director of gaming and hospitality law at Becker & Poliakoff, spoke at the International Masters of Gaming Law conference in May 2011.

Clare Hodgson Meeker is an award-winning author of eight published books. Her most recent book, Soccer Dreams, which tells the story of a Kenyan boy and how his love for soccer brings him from Africa to Seattle, was published on April 1, 2011. Meeker teaches writing and makes author appearances in elementary and middle schools throughout Washington and Oregon. She also teaches writing for children to adults at Richard Hugo House, a writers cooperative in Seattle.


Alan Blum joined Moses and Singer as partner in the firm’s intellectual property group in February 2011.

Edmund M. “Ed” Emrich ’81, counsel at Shearman & Sterling, is also an accomplished, self-taught photographer whose main subject is cityscapes. A new exhibition of his work, New York, New York — 36 large-scale photographs featuring highlights of the city — is at the Salamatina Gallery in Manhasset, NY, from September 23-October 29.

Ben B. Rubinowitz, partner at Gair, Gair, Conason, Steigman, Mackauf, Bloom & Rubinowitz, was inducted in 2011 into the Inner Circle of Advocates, an invitation-only group limited to 100 members considered to be among the best plaintiff attorneys in the U.S. and “lawyers of excellent character and integrity.”

Michael C. Stuart joined Cozen O’Connor in July 2011 when the firm added 19 lawyers from Cohen Pontani Lieberman & Pavane, an internationally recognized New York-based intellectual property law firm. He has been practicing intellectual property law since 1983.


David B. Feldman joined Moses & Singer in July 2011 as partner in the firm’s Employment and Labor Group.

Mitchell S. Iden joined Graubard Miller as a partner in October 2010. He specializes in corporate law, representing numerous privately held companies in all commercial and business matters.

Hon. David Paterson, former governor of New York, delivered the commencement address at Paul Smith’s College on May 15, 2011.

Evan Torgan of Torgan & Cooper was inducted in 2011 into the Inner Circle of Advocates, an invitation-only group limited to 100 members considered to be among the best plaintiff attorneys in the U.S. and “lawyers of excellent character and integrity.”


Brad Becker is a partner at Becker Harrow in New York.

Patricia Galteri, an attorney at Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein, was honored for her pro bono services to domestic violence victims through the Legal Resource Network at a recognition luncheon hosted by Nassau County’s Coalition Against Domestic Violence on June 10, 2011, at the Hofstra University Club. She was also appointed chair of the board of advisors of the Long Island Community Foundation, an organization that promotes philanthropy and community building throughout Long Island.

Marc L. Hamroff managing partner at Moritt Hock & Hamroff, was appointed adjunct professor of law at Hofstra Law. He taught the course Secured Transactions, which deals with Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code and related matters, during the spring 2011 semester. In September 2011 he was appointed vice chair of the board of directors for the Long Island chapter of the American Heart Association, and in October 2011 he was appointed to the board of directors of the Risk Management Association (RMA) of Long Island.

Hon. Robert A. Ross passed away on May 15, 2011, from an aortic aneurysm. He ran a private law practice in Kew Gardens for 18 years and served as a village justice in Oyster Bay Cove before winning election in 2002 as a New York State Supreme Court justice. He is survived by his wife, Bara; daughters, Malina, Hailey and Brielle; mother, Selma, and siblings, Alan and Lenore.

Sharon H. Schick is of counsel at Caplin & Drysdale in the Washington, D.C., office.

Hon. Joseph P. Spinola, former justice of the New York State Supreme Court, Nassau County, retired from the bench and is now partner at Helwig, Henderson, Ryan & Spinola. In September 2011 was named the top individual mediator in New York state in the 2nd Annual New York Law Journal Reader Rankings.

Bari Jane Wolfe was named managing director of the Depository Trust and Clearing Corporation (DTCC) in July 2011. Before joining DTCC, she served as managing director at Barclays Capital.


Marc Gann, partner at Collins, McDonald & Gann, completed his term as president of Nassau County Bar Association. He will continue to play an important role within the association, providing counsel to the NCBA Crime Lab Task Force, which he created during his tenure as president.

Warren S. Hoffman, partner at Hoffman & Behar, was presented with a 2011 President’s Award in May by Nassau County Bar Association President Marc Gann in recognition of his extraordinary hard work and dedication as chair of the grievance committee.

Russell I. Marnell was named a “Top Legal Eagle 2011” in the area of divorce law byLong Island Pulse in the magazine’s March 2011 issue.


Scott A. Berger joined Kirkland & Ellis as partner in the real estate practice group of the New York office on June 1, 2011.

Laurel R. Kretzing, partner at Jaspan Schlesinger, received the Long Island Business News 2011 Top 50 Most Influential Women in Business Award on May 19.


Judith A. Eisen, partner/director at Garfunkel Wild, received the Long Island Business News 2011 Top 50 Most Influential Women in Business Award on May 19.

Ellen F. Kessler, partner at Ruskin Moscou Faltischek, received the Long Island Business News 2011 Top 50 Most Influential Women in Business Award on May 19.

Jeff S. Korek, partner at Gersowitz Libo & Korek, was named to New York Magazine’s “Best Lawyers in New York” for the fifth consecutive year.

Joseph T. Lee and his wife, Rina M. Capicotto ’88, are attorneys at the law firm JLRC Law Firm.


Anthony J. Licatesi is a litigation partner at Rubin & Licatesi.

Howard M. Rudolph, an attorney with Rudolph & Associates in West Palm Beach, FL, was named to the 2011 Florida Legal Elite list.


Morris S. Bauer, a member of the bankruptcy & creditors’ rights group at Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, presented the program “The Effect of Bankruptcy on Your Case: What You Should Know but Don’t” in January 2011 to the Bar Association of Lehigh County’s Donald E. Wieand American Barrister’s Inn, an organization of Lehigh Valley trial attorneys and select judges of the Superior, Commonwealth and Lehigh County courts dedicated to the development of outstanding trial lawyers who meet the highest ethical standards.

Nancy Burner is a member of the Legal Advisory Board of the Long Island Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association and was reappointed in 2011 by the New York State Court of Appeals to serve a third term as one of only seven trustees of the New York Lawyers’ Fund for Client Protection.

Andrea Johnstone, attorney and shareholder at Bernstein, Shur, Sawyer & Nelson, was selected in Febuary by New Hampshire Business Review as one of six Outstanding Women in Business for 2011.

Hon. Sallie Manzanet-Daniels, associate justice of the New York State Supreme Court, Appellate Division, First Department, was elected a trustee of Marymount Manhattan College in April 2011.

Christine Spletzer joined Winston & Strawn as of counsel in the firm’s real estate practice in New York in January 2011.


Kevin M. Barry is a partner at Rossway Moore Taylor & Swan in Vero Beach, FL.

P. Joseph Campisi was promoted to vice president and associate general counsel, transactional practice group, at Bristol-Myers Squibb Company.

Kim Ciesinski joined the matrimonial law firm of Tabat, Cohen, Blum & Yovino in May 2011. She will be expanding her legal services to include divorce mediation and collaborative law. She was also named a Cambridge Who’s Who Professional of the Year in matrimonial law in June 2011.

Maria C. Diglio is a partner at Blodnick, Conroy, Fazio & Diglio.

Kathleen M. Furey joined Robinson & Cole as a partner in the real estate practice group of the New York office in May 2011. In October 2011 she was inducted as afellow of the American College of Mortgage Attorneys.

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