Class Notes: January 1-December 31, 2011



Leslie A. Berkoff ’90, partner at Moritt Hock & Hamroff, was named by the American Bankruptcy Institute as co-editor-in-chief of its Healthcare Bankruptcy Manual (2nd edition).

Andrew Harris is a Chicago-based legal reporter for Bloomberg News. He lives with his wife, Shawn, and their dogs, Lulu and Chuck.


Michelle Fleishman, associate general counsel at J.H. Cohn, was named principal in February 2011.

Laurence Garten joined Tiger Group as an assistant vice president in March 2011, when Tiger, an asset valuation and disposition leader, acquired Daley-Hodkin Group, a firm specializing in appraisals of machinery and equipment, as well as fully integrated asset-disposition services.

The Honorable John Zoll was appointed a New York City Civil Court judge by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg in February 2011.


Jonathan D. Farrell, partner at Meltzer, Lippe, Goldstein & Breitstone, was featured in aLong Island Business News “Who’s Who in Intellectual Property & Labor Law” profile in the February 25, 2011, edition.

Daniel J. Hansen, of the Law Offices of Daniel J. Hansen, co-presented the webinar “Zadroga 9/11 Act Claims: What You Need to Know About the Victim Compensation Fund” (the first in a series on the Zadroga Act by Hansen; Turley Redmond Rosasco & Rosasco; and Chet Lukaszewski, Esq.) on March 26, 2011.

Stephen M. Trezza is an attorney at the Arizona Law Group of Trezza & Associates.


Saba Ashraf joined McKenna Long & Aldridge in February 2011 as partner and leader of the tax practice group in the firm’s Atlanta office.

Michael Baroni, general counsel at Palace Entertainment, was featured as a top attorney in business in Orange County, CA, in OC Metro magazine in August 2011. He also started the Entertainment, Sports & Marketing Law Section of the Orange County Bar Association and works with the Constitutional Rights Foundation, giving presentations to high schoolers on founding principles and fundamental rights, and with Big Brothers Big Sisters.


John M. Griem, Jr., joined Loeb & Loeb as partner in the patent litigation practice in the firm’s New York office. He concentrates his practice on intellectual property litigation, particularly pharmaceutical and biotech patent litigation.

Jacqueline Harounian, partner at Wisselman, Harounian & Associates, was appointed to the board of directors of the Yashar chapter for lawyers and judges, a Nassau County Bar Association group and a chapter of the Nassau Region of Hadassah. She is also serving as vice president of publicity.

Joel H. Katz, vice president, associate general counsel and chief ethics officer for CA Technologies, joined the faculty for Consero’s Corporate Compliance and Ethics Forum 2012.

Joseph H. Lemkin, partner at Duane Morris, was appointed in July 2011 to the Rutgers University Alumni Association board of directors for a three-year term.

Donald G. Lussier joined Saul Ewing as partner. He previously worked at the law firm of Dionne & Gass, which combined with Saul Ewing in July 2011.

Jennifer Sklenar joined Arnold & Porter in March 2011 as a partner in the firm’s Los Angeles office. Her practice centers on intellectual property litigation and counseling, particularly in the biotech and medical-device fields.


Brent W. Procida was elected partner at Venable in January 2011. He a member of the firm’s bankruptcy and creditors’ rights practice group in the Baltimore office.

Phelan Wolf, a real estate broker with Brown Harris Stevens, was elected to the Amagansett School Board for a three-year term commencing July 1, 2011.


Michael Cardello III, partner at Moritt Hock & Hamroff, was elected to the board of directors of the Long Island Council on Alcohol and Drug Dependence (LICADD) in February 2011. He was also appointed in August 2011 by the Nassau County BarAssociation to serve as chair of its commercial litigation committee.

Deborah Chadow, who runs her own practice in Great Neck, was honored for 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.

Robin Levine passed away on February 21, 2011.

Adam Neidenberg, co-founder of LaVan & Neidenberg, is pleased to announce that EZ Claim, the firm’s joint venture with Group Business Software (GBS), was a finalist in the Industry Solution Providing Business Value category for the 17th annual IBM Lotus Awards.

Robert Scott, managing partner at Scott & Scott, was selected to address the 2011 annual conference of the Council on Litigation Management on March 23-25 in New Orleans. He is speaking on the topic “How to Wade the Murky Water of Alternative Fee Arrangements.” 


David Szuchman was appointed chief of the newly formed cybercrime and identity theft bureau by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., in March 2010.


Timothy R. McGrath was honored for his 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.

Alexander Stotland joined Hertz Schram in February 2011 as a partner in the firm’s business litigation practice.

Jeremy J. Wolk, associate at Nixon Peabody, was elected president of the board of directors of the Jewish Community Center of Greater Rochester in Rochester, NY, in summer 2011.


Lori Adelson joined Ruden McClosky in June 2011 as of counsel in the firm’s Fort Lauderdale, FL, office. Her practice focuses on labor and employment litigation.

Christopher G. Gegwich is a partner at Nixon Peabody as of April 2011.

John P. Gross joined the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers in April 2011 as indigent defense counsel in the association’s national office in Washington, DC. Previously, he was visiting assistant professor of Law Syracuse University School of Law and acting director of the school’s criminal defense clinic, where he supervised law students representing defendants in Syracuse City Court and town and village courts in Onondaga County.

Kirsten Alford Kneis was named a partner in the New York office of K&L Gates in January 2011. She is in the firm’s toxic tort/product liability practice and specializes in asbestos defense.

Jordan S. Linn was promoted to counsel at Farrell Fritz, effective January 1, 2011. He is in the firm’s trusts and estates department, with a focus on estate planning and estate administration. In June 2011, he was appointed to the New York State Bar Association’s electronic communications committee.

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