Fall 2020 Class Notes

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We’re happy to present Class Notes online quarterly. Catch up with classmates and share your own activities and achievements. To submit to Class Notes, please email Claire C. McKeever ’80SVC, ’93L, Assistant Dean for Alumni Relations and CLE, at [email protected] We look forward to hearing from you!

’61
Hon. Joseph W. Bellacosa published two biography reviews in the New York Law Journal. In May he reviewed Arnold A. Offner’s book, Hubert Humphrey: The Conscience of the Country, and, in June, he reviewed Stephen Budiansky’s Oliver Wendell Holmes: A Life in War, Law and Ideas. Judge Bellacosa also authored the New York Law Journal commentary A Bird’s Eye View of John Roberts’ Institutional Integrity. His article, Overhauling New York’s Trial Courts – Chief Judge DiFiore and the Lesson of History, appeared in the New York State Bar Association Journal, as did his review of Joan Biskupic’s book, The Chief: The Life and Turbulent Times of Chief Justice Roberts.

‘66
The Former Agents of the FBI Foundation presented Charles Wroblewski with its 2020 Humanitarian Service Award, which goes to a member who has unselfishly volunteered and served as a humanitarian. For over 25 years, Wroblewski has volunteered with the St. John’s University Alumni Association. He has also been an active volunteer with the Society of Former Special Agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Lions Club, American Legion, as well as his local parish, St. William the Abbot, in Seaford, NY. Some of his volunteer efforts have led to a scholarship at Seaford High School, a 9/11 memorial in Seaford, and revitalization of the Seaford Historical Committee.

‘70
Donald T. DeCarlo co-authored Workplace Stress: Past, Present and Future with Pittsburg Law Professor David Torrey. The book examines current stressors that may result in workers compensation and other state and federal claims, including those pursued by first responders. The authors also review studies and surveys related to stress causes and results along with solutions used by individuals and businesses to prevent or control stress and related claims.

‘78
Lauren Wachtler, a partner at Barclay Daman Law, received the New York State Bar Association Commercial & Federal Litigation Section’s prestigious Hon. Shira A. Scheindlin Award for Excellence in the Courtroom. The Section presents the award to women litigators who have distinguished themselves in New York’s federal and state courts and who have shown a commitment to mentoring young attorneys.

‘79
Lamb & Barnosky, LLP partner Eugene Barnosky was named to the 2020 New York Metro Super Lawyers list for schools and education.

‘82
Stuart I. Gordon, a partner at Rivkin Radler LLP, has been selected to the 2020 New York Metro Super Lawyers list for business.

‘84
After a long career in private practice and as a senior vice president and senior managing counsel at State Street Bank and Trust Company in Boston, Mary Moran Zeven has been named director of the graduate program in banking and financial law at Boston University School of Law.

John V. Terrana is Forchelli Deegan Terrana LLP’s co-managing partner and chairs the firm’s tax certiorari practice group. He was named to the 2020 New York Metro Super Lawyers list.

‘85
Knobbe Martens partner Joseph Re, a trial and appellate attorney with a national reputation for winning high-stakes patent and trademark cases, is the 2020-2021 president of the American Intellectual Property Law Association.

Pia Riverso, a partner at Rivkin Radler LLP, was included in the 2020 New York Metro Super Lawyers list for construction litigation.

‘86
Alfred C. Cerullo, III, president of Grand Central Partnership, was named to the Staten Island Power 100 list.

Alan Eagle, a partner at Rivkin Radler LLP was selected to the 2020 New York Metro Super Lawyers list for insurance coverage.

‘87
James C. Ricca, a partner at Forchelli Deegan Terrana LLP, a member of the firm’s real estate law group, and co-chair of its banking law group, was selected to the 2020 New York Metro Super Lawyers list.

‘88
Merril Biscone, counsel at Rivkin Radler LLP, was included in the 2020 New York Metro Super Lawyers list for appellate practice.

‘89
Forchelli Deegan Terrana LLP partner Daniel Deegan was selected as a Long Island Business News 2020 Long Island Business Hall of Fame inductee for his commitment to excellence. He was also included in the 2020 New York Metro Super Lawyers list.

‘90
Cheryl Korman, a partner at Rivkin Radler LLP, was named to the 2020 New York Metro Super Lawyers list for appellate practice.

Rivkin Radler LLP partner Chris Kutner was selected for inclusion in the 2020 New York Metro Super Lawyers list for health care law.

‘91
Joseph V. Cuomo, co-chair of the corporate and mergers & acquisitions practice group at Forchelli Deegan Terrana LLP was named to the 2020 New York Metro Super Lawyers list.

Forchelli Deegan Terrana LLP partner Kathleen Deegan Dickson was selected for inclusion in the 2020 New York Metro Super Lawyers list. She concentrates her practice in real estate development, including land use and zoning law.

Harry J. Giknavorian has joined Madison Square Garden Entertainment Corp. as director of intelligence.

‘92
Joseph P. Asselta, a partner at Forchelli Deegan Terrana LLP and chair of the firm’s construction law practice group, was selected to the 2020 New York Metro Super Lawyers list.

Hon. Matthew Titone, surrogate of Richmond County, was named to the Staten Island Power 100 list. 

‘93
Gerard R. Luckman is a partner at Forchelli Deegan Terrana LLP and heads the firm’s bankruptcy & corporate restructuring practice group. He was selected to the 2020 New York Metro Super Lawyers list.

‘98
Barbara Leone is vice president, E & O Complex Claims at AIG.

‘99
Noreen Arralde recently became an associate village justice for the Incorporated Village of East Williston.

‘00
Long Island Business News recognized Moritt Hock & Hamroff LLP partner Theresa Driscoll by including her in its special publication, Who’s Who 2020 Women in Professional Services.

Kenneth Lange was named to the 2020 New York Metro Super Lawyers list. He is a member at Smith Mazure, P.C. and focuses his practice on insurance coverage.

‘01
Kevin Ryan is the communications director and legislative director at the New York City Council.

‘02
Frank W. Brennan is a partner at Forchelli Deegan Terrana LLP concentrating his practice in construction law, commercial litigation, and labor and employment law. He was included in the 2020 New York Metro Super Lawyers list.

06
Stephanie M. Alberts, a partner in Forchelli Deegan Terrana LLP’s tax, trusts & estates practice group, was selected to Super Lawyers 2020 New York Metro Rising Stars list.

Annmarie Giblin has launched Giblin Law, PLLC with a focus on cyber and privacy law and litigation.

Vinny Lee is litigation counsel at Viatris.

‘08
Richard Spatola is counsel at Calgani & Kanefsky where he concentrates on corporate investigations and integrity as well as white collar criminal and regulatory defense.

‘09
Tanya K. Blocker has been promoted to assistant general counsel, US director, UK senior manager, employment & labor at National Grid.

‘10
Lawrence Han, an associate at Rivkin Radler LLP and a member of the firm’s complex torts & product liability practice group, was selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers 2020 New York Metro Rising Stars list.

‘11
Samantha Alessi has become an Assistant United States Attorney at the Department of Justice.

Wkame H. Dowe has joined Citi as a compliance risk management officer.

Brendan Lantry
, the chair of the Staten Island Republican Party and an attorney at Menicucci Villa Cilmi PLLC, was named to the Staten Island Power 100 list.

Goodwin Procter partner Timothy Poydenis received Public Counsel’s 2020 Pro Bono Award.

‘12
Amazon presented Stephanie Grenald with its Superhero Award for her outstanding pro bono leadership.

Robert L. Renda is an associate at Forchelli Deegan Terrana LLP where he concentrates his practice in tax certiorari and real estate. He was selected to Super Lawyers 2020 New York Metro Rising Stars list.

Mariya Solovey has been promoted to complex claims director at AIG.

‘13
Christine Bezas, an associate at Rivkin Radler LLP, was selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers 2020 New York Metro Rising Stars list for health care.

John Coco, who maintains his own personal injury law firm in Plainview, NY, was included in Super Lawyers 2020 New York Metro Rising Stars list.

Jeffrey Gorak, an associate at Rivkin Radler LLP was the 2020 New York Me named to Super Lawyers 2020 New York Metro Rising Stars list for trusts and estates.

Andrew Lipton has joined Robinson & Cole in their insurance and reinsurance practice group.

Ethan Smith is a partner in the Seattle office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the firm’s data privacy and cybersecurity practice team. His practice focuses on responding to data security incidents.

Shazana Zumpfe-Cochran is senior contractor relations manager at Amazon.

‘14
Erik Snipas is an associate in Forchelli Deegan Terrana LLP’s land use & zoning and industrial development agency benefits & government incentives practice groups. He was selected to Super Lawyers 2020 New York Metro Rising Stars list.

Forchelli Deegan Terrana LLP associate Brenna R. Strype, who focuses her practice on land use and zoning and commercial litigation, was selected to Super Lawyers 2020 New York Metro Rising Stars list.

‘16
Rose Nankervis has joined Nixon Peabody in their labor and employment law practice.

Amier Shenoda an associate at McGlinchey Stafford PLLC, has been named to Super Lawyers 2020 New York Metro Rising Stars list for real estate.

‘18
Amanda Tersigni has joined Cullen & Dykman LLP as an associate in the in firm’s bankruptcy and creditors rights practice group.

‘19
Chelsea Glynn has joined Ahmuty, Demers & McManus as an associate. She focuses her practice on defending cases involving automobile liability, construction site accidents, premises liability, products liability, and property damage.

‘20
Alexis Minichini is an attorney at the Nevada Defense Group.