Alumni and Friends
Over the years, the College of Law has graduated many influential and successful lawyers, business professionals, and financial leaders. We are proud to count among our alumni members of the U.S. Senate and Congress, state senators and assembly members, state attorneys general, and federal and state judges. In addition, many of our alumni have moved into leadership positions in some of the world's largest law firms and into the fields of finance, real estate development, and international business affairs.
Suzanne Galbato L’98
Bond, Schoeneck & King
Suzanne O. Galbato is a member (partner) in the Litigation department of Bond, Schoeneck & King, PLLC in Syracuse. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Galbato clerked for the Honorable Rosemary S. Pooler, of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
Ms. Galbato handles litigation throughout New York state courts and in federal courts across the country, including class actions and multi-district litigation. She counsels and represents a wide variety of clients, including individuals, manufacturers, media companies, pharmaceutical companies, financial institutions, municipalities, not-for-profit organizations, small business owners, school districts and universities.
Ms. Galbato's practice also includes representing clients in administrative hearings and resolving disputes through mediation. She has extensive experience arguing appeals in both state and federal court. Ms. Galbato represents a variety of public and private companies as well as non-profit organizations in complex civil litigation. She handles commercial disputes, breach of contract, employment discrimination, unfair competition, trade secret and antitrust matters. Her practice also includes complex environmental litigation, encompassing defense of personal injury and property damage claims in multiplaintiff cases arising from the contamination of soil and groundwater. Ms. Galbato has experience defending personal injury claims based on exposure to hazardous substances in consumer products. She also represents clients in white collar criminal matters and False Claims Act litigation.
Ms. Galbato is the Chair-Elect of the Board of Directors for the Hiscock Legal Aid Society. She also is a former member of the Board of Directors of Child Care Solutions and is a member of the 2009 class of Leadership Greater Syracuse. Ms. Galbato earned her undergraduate degree from Harvard (A.B., magna cum laude, 1995) and her law degree from the Syracuse University College of Law (J.D., summa cum laude, 1998).
At Bond, Ms. Galbato serves on several firm committees, including the Women’s Initiative, Diversity Committee and Recruiting Committee.
Ms. Galbato was elected as a member of the Syracuse University Law Alumni Association (SULAA) Board in 2013.
Watch Professor Emeritus Travis H.D. Lewin present his last Water Buffalo Award and reminisce about his career at Syracuse University College of Law
After 45 Years, Professor Emeritus Travis H.D. Lewin Retires from Teaching
After a highly respected, 45-year career at the College of Law guiding generations of young law students in trial practice, Professor Emeritus Travis H.D. Lewin wrapped up teaching his final classes this month. Lewin semi-retired in 2005 but continued to teach a course each fall and assisted with trial advocacy competitions into the spring. It was the students that kept him in front of a classroom. “I’ve enjoyed watching what the students can do,” Lewin says.
Lewin wanted to help them learn the best of what a trial lawyer can do for their client in the courtroom. “If you like watching a trial and you like a lawyer, that makes it easy for you to accept what the lawyer is saying. If you don’t like the lawyer, then we have a problem,” Lewin says. “Students have to be talented in the theater—the way they speak and their conversational abilities. They will run into unanticipated problems and they have to be able to deal with them without breaking down.”
Through the years, Lewin’s teaching and his work in the Trial Advocacy program impacted hundreds and hundreds of law students, who have gone on to varied and prestigious careers in public and private practice. He also helped students in several trial competition teams bring home regional and national titles.
Before pursuing law, Lewin, who is from Springfield, South Dakota, initially thought he wanted to be an actor, having had some local theater under his belt in South Dakota. During his time with the U.S. Army Band, however, a trip to New York City where he met more talented but hopeful actors waiting tables showed him he needed to shift direction.
A podcast series by and for the members of the Syracuse University Law Alumni Association, SULAA Speaks seeks to share the wisdom of College of Law graduates with current and future alumni.
Syracuse Law Magazine
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