Spring 2021 Class Notes

It’s Spring and time to see what news has bloomed in the St. John’s Law alumni community:

Leslie E. Grodd has joined FLB Law in Westport, CT. The firm’s legal services include litigation, real estate transactions, commercial transactions, employment, and family law, among other practice areas.

Joseph Furlong is now of counsel at Rawle & Henderson, LLP. His practice is dedicated to representing individuals and corporations facing significant exposure in medical and dental malpractice, product and premises liability, automobile liability, labor law, and nursing home liability cases.

Kevin Law has joined Tritec, one of Long Island’s more prolific developers, to help with building projects in local downtowns.

Hon. Maureen Liccione was appointed and confirmed as a judge of the New York State Court of Claims.

Eugene Schlanger ‘s book, September 11 Wall Street Sonnets, will be reissued for the 20th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks.

Jean Hegler is a partner at Rivkin Radler and concentrates her practice in the areas of estate, gift and trust taxation, estate planning, estate administration and elder law planning.

Gary Miret has been nominated to the New York State Court of Claims to serve as an acting justice of the New York State Supreme Court.

Chambers and Partners included Lawrence Pasini in its 2021 ranking of Executive Compensation: Mainly Executive Representation.

Petra Ambrose has been promoted to partner at Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani.
Thomas Califano has joined Sidley Austin as a partner in in the firm’s restructuring group.

Roderick J. Cassidy has been appointed general counsel of the Archdiocese of New York.

Michael C. Clarke has joined Martin Clearwater & Bell as managing attorney.

Campolo, Middleton & McCormick, LLP partner Patrick McCormick has been elected second vice president of the Suffolk County Bar Association.

Paul Ferrillo has joined Seyfarth Shaw LLP as a partner in their privacy and cybersecurity practice.

Kevin J. Hynes is an executive producer of Fatal Attraction at Paramount Television Studios.

For the 10th consecutive year, Emil Samuels, an attorney at Kelner & Kelner, has been named to Super Lawyers’ New York Metro Super Lawyers list for personal injury litigation. He was also elected village justice for the Incorporated Village of East Williston, NY after serving as associate village justice for 12 years.

Rachel Fleishman, a partner at Reid Collins & Tsai, was included in Lawdragon’s list of leading plaintiff financial lawyers in America.

William Reid, co-founder of Reid Collins & Tsai, was honored as one of Law360’s 2021 Titans of the Plaintiff Bar.

Lisa Corrigan Elting has joined Working Mother Media as senior director, relationships.

David M. Strano, a partner at Miller, Montiel & Strano, was named to Super Lawyers’ 2021 New York Metro Super Lawyers list.

Reggie Rasch has joined Party City Holdings as chief legal officer.

Amanda Fugazy, a partner at Ellenoff Grossman & Schole, was included in Super Lawyers’ 2021 New York Metro Super Lawyers Top Women list.

Christy Gleason has joined Save the Children Action Network as executive director and vice president of policy, advocacy and campaigns.

New York Magazine selected Ken Jewell as one of the top-rated family law lawyers of 2021.

Pedro Lopez-Baldrich, chief legal officer and executive vice president at SharkNinja, was featured in Vanguard Law Magazine.

Lloyd P. Lederman has been promoted to head of private bank sales supervision at Bank of America Private Bank.

Jasun Molinelli has a new position as general counsel at Velvet Cannabis.

Michael Van Aken has joined Acosta as chief human resources officer.

James Byrne has been promoted to vice president, private client manager at Bank of America.

Petra Ambrose has been promoted to partner at Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani.

Matthew Bizzaro has joined the Hartford as a claims consultant.

Michael Ciraolo has been named vice president for intellectual property at SpringWorks Therapeutics.

Matthew Heinz, who specializes in mergers and acquisitions, has joined Kansas City-based Lockton Companies as a partner in its transaction liability practice.

Andrew Menger has joined Berkshire Hathaway Specialty as a vice president.

Jessica Copeland, a partner at Bond, Schoeneck & King, has been named chair of the firm’s cybersecurity and data privacy group.
Margo Eberlein has joined XPO Logistics as vice president for labor and employment.
Joseph La Ferlita has joined Rivkin Radler as a partner. He practices trusts and estates law, with an emphasis on estate planning, estate and trust administration, and tax controversy.

At Court TV, Florina Altshiler has been offering expert legal analysis for trials of national significance, including the Derek Chauvin, Cristhian Bahena Rivera, and Robert Durst trials.
Elizabeth M. Daitz, executive director, strategic initiatives for the New York City Police Department, was included in City and State’s 2021 Above & Beyond list of women working toward a fairer future.

Gregory Guido has joined Cooper Levenson in the firm’s defense litigation practice group.

Alexander Bogdan has been elevated to partner in the labor and employment department at Fox Rothschild. He works with clients in a wide array of industries, including healthcare, higher education, financial services, and hospitality.

Cindi Giglio has joined Katten Muchin Rosenman as a partner concentrating on restructuring and insolvency.

Daniel Gravel has joined Linear Financial Technologies as general counsel.

Alicia (Ellis) Tallbe has been promoted to partner at Yankwitt LLP. She is an experienced litigator who represents clients in all areas of commercial and civil litigation.

James Thomson has joined Thomson Law as an investment, real estate, and business law attorney.

Nina P. Williams has been named a partner at Wilson Williams.

Frank Cavanagh has joined Teva Pharmaceuticals as director and counsel.

Christopher Hoffman has joined Global Restitution Partners as managing director–legal assets. He is responsible for investment origination, client development, and end-to-end client support throughout the funding process.

David Henry has been named chair of the general liability and third-party insurance defense group at Kelley Kronenberg.

Brian Brenner has been named senior vice president and assistant general counsel at One William Street Capital.

Jennifer Val has joined Squire Patton Boggs of counsel.

Stephanie DeCarolis penned a new psychological thriller, The Guilty Husband, which is being released by Harper Collins/HQ Stories.

Peter Ryan has self-published How to Avoid Foreclosure: A Step-by-Step Guide to Loan Modifications, Short Sales, and Deeds in Lieu: A handbook for realtors, attorneys, and homeowners.

Stephen Bock has joined Volleyball World as head of legal and general counsel.

George Klidonas, a partner at Latham & Watkins and a member of the firm’s restructuring & special situations practice, has been named to Turnarounds & Workouts’ list of Outstanding Young Restructuring Lawyers for 2021.

Virginia Dowd Palitz has joined BNY Mellon as counsel, regulatory enforcement & investigations.

Timothy Parker has joined the Seattle, WA office of Ogden Murphy Wallace and focuses his practice on real estate litigation.

Peter Petraro has joined Jones Day as counsel. He advises financial institutions, investment funds, and corporations on structuring, negotiating, and documenting transactions.

Volunteer Lawyers for Justice featured Asad Rizvi as its May volunteer of the month for his work with Veteran’s Legal Wellness Clinic. Rizvi is counsel for labor and employment at Panasonic Corporation of North America.

Robert Schwartz has been promoted to senior assistant district attorney in the Homicide Bureau at the Kings County District Attorney’s Office.

Nadia Budhai, vice president and counsel at BNP Paribas, has been selected as a Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Fellow.

Andrew Lipton is vice president, head of cyber claims at AmTrust Financial Services.

Michael Lydakis has been promoted to counsel in legal and business affairs at Madison Square Garden Entertainment Corp.

Angelo Miranda has joined Tik Tok as sales counsel.

Kapeil Misir LLM has started a new position as a deputy attorney general for the State of New Jersey.

Andrew Mundo has joined Murtagh Cohen & Byrne as a partner.

Richard Berrios has been promoted to deputy corporation counsel for the City of Long Beach, NY.

Jeffrey Biel is senior counsel, legal affairs–late night, specials live events at NBCUniversal Media.

Samantha Macina is senior counsel at American Tower.

Christina Bello has been promoted to assistant vice president, regulatory affairs at RiverSpring Living featuring the Hebrew Home at Riverdale.

Christopher Eaton has been promoted to deputy bureau chief at the Kings County District Attorney’s Office.

Carly S. Everhardt has joined K&L Gates as an associate in the firm’s Miami office. She is a member of the restructuring and insolvency practice group, focusing her practice on bankruptcy, debtors’ and creditors’ rights, and commercial litigation.

Paul Levine is an underwriting analyst–financial lines at AIG.

Joshua Nadelbach has been promoted to partner at Borah, Goldstein, Altschuler, Nahins & Goidel in the firm’s commercial division.

Jennifer Tierney has started a new position as associate legal counsel, data privacy at PMG Digital Agency/Digital Made for Humans.

Chanel L. Briggins is a trademark attorney at Authentic Brands Group.

Stephen M. Clacherty has joined Long Island University as associate director of athletics for compliance.

Rachel Dekhterman has been promoted to vice president at One William Street Capital.

Christopher Eisenhardt has joined Schlesinger Lazetera & Auchincloss, concentrating his practice in trusts & estates.

Adam Haft has joined Klehr Harrison Harvey Branzburg as an associate specializing in corporate and securities law.

Soohuen Ham has joined Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe in the firm’s San Francisco office.

Louis Labriola has been promoted to senior associate in the corporate and finance practice group at Hogan Lovells US.

Mario Lattuga has joined Republic Retail as director of diligence and legal operations.

Christina Nguyen has joined Sheppard Mullin in the firm’s corporate practice group.

Daniel Oresajo is a senior claims specialist–medical risk at Chubb.

Alysha C. Preston, an associate at Baker McKenzie, was included in Super Lawyers’ 2020 New York Metro Rising Star list.

Marie Alexis Valente has joined PDI as counsel.

Wentao Wei has joined the Midea Group as legal counsel.

Sheharyar Ali has joined Weitz & Luxenberg.

Kaveh Dabashi has joined Paul Hastings as an associate in the employment law department.

Christopher Germaine, an associate at Shaub, Ahmuty, Citrin & Spratt, has been selected to Super Lawyers’ 2021 Rising Stars list.

Anna Menkova has joined Rolnick Kramer Sadighi.

Jonathan Lerner has joined Monteverde & Associates.

Tyler Levine has joined ICONIQ Capital as a compliance analyst.

Jason Mansman has joined Friedman, Framme & Thrush.

Dong (Danny) Min has joined McDermott Will & Emery.

Weeda Rahman has joined Paternack, Tilker, Ziegler, Walsh, Stanton & Romano, LLP.

Ryan DeBaise has joined the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation as a staff attorney.

Denise Dessel has joined Marc J. Bern & Partners.

Czareena S. Dotchev has joined JASA as a staff attorney.

Leandra Johnson is associate legal counsel at Vidaris.

Victoria Lazaro has joined Griffin Alexander.

Michelle Yepes has joined ActionNYC as a staff attorney at Catholic Charities–Refugee and Immigration Services.

George Alissandratos has joined Keane & Beane.

Ryan Bravata has joined Fragoman.

Steven Cecere has joined Cullen & Dykman.

Scott Connolly has been promoted to manager, business and legal affairs at MLB Network.

Sarah Peterson has joined R.J. Pierce Law Group as a trademark attorney.

Kuljit Singh has joined Vecchione, Vecchione, Connors & Cano.

Corrine Tierney is an associate at The Boyd Law Group, where she focuses on labor and employment law.

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