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SU Law Alumni Association

President - Adam J. Katz, L’04

Adam J. Katz

US Attorney's Office
Northern District of NY
Albany, NY


Adam Katz is a 2004 graduate of the College of Law and president of the Syracuse University Law Alumni Association.  In October 2012, Adam moved from Washington, D.C. to upstate New York to begin service as an Assistant United States Attorney.  Before that, Adam served as a trial attorney with the United States Department of Justice's Environment and Natural Resources Division, as an associate for a large law firm, and as a law clerk to the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.  While in law school, Adam spent the majority of his free time courting his classmate, Michelle Cavalieri.  Michelle eventually agreed to date and later marry Adam, and they currently reside in the Albany suburbs with their young daughter, Ellie.

Immediate Past President - James P. Kidder, L’01

James Kidder

Smile Brands Inc.
Irvine, CA


Jim Kidder, L ’01, is past president of the Syracuse University College of Law Alumni Association.  He is senior counsel at Smile Brands, Inc., where he practices health care law.  He previously worked as an attorney with O’Melveny & Myers LLP.

At the College of Law, he was Notes and Comments Editor of the Syracuse Law Review, where his student note was selected for publication.  He was also a member of the Justinian Honor Society.  His favorite memory of SUCOL is meeting his wife during his first year of law school through a law school classmate.

Jim resides in Cypress, California with his wife, Jamei and their children, Thomas and Angela.

1st Vice President - Sarah M. Oliker, L’03

Sarah Oliker

ProCure Treatment Centers Inc.
New York, NY


Sarah Oliker attended Colgate University (B.A., 1998) and Syracuse University College of Law (J.D., 2003).  At SU, she founded the Health Law Society and was an active participant in student government.  After law school graduation, Sarah joined Epstein Becker & Green's Health Care and Life Sciences division in their Washington, DC office. In 2008, she married Ryan MacGregor and moved to NYC where she works as Senior Counsel for ProCure Treatment Centers, Inc., a company that builds and operates proton radiation therapy facilities.  Sarah has been active on the SULAA board since 2007, and is happy to fill the position of 1st vice president. She resides in New York City with her husband Ryan, twin sons Kellan and William, and their dog Charlie.

2nd Vice President - John F. Luman lll, L’95

John F. Luman lll

Bracewell & Giuliani LLP
Houston, TX


John F. Luman III, L'95, is a partner at Bracewell & Guiliani LLP's Houston office where he is a member of the firm’s trial section.  John is a member of the Houston and Texas bar associations as well as the Houston Intellectual Property Inn of Court.  John has national litigation experience focusing on diverse and complex business disputes, primarily those related to intellectual property claims of patent, trademark, trade dress, and copyright infringement, as well as misappropriation of trade secrets.  John defends and prosecutes patent and trademark infringement and other IP cases for clients ranging from Fortune 100 companies to start-up companies in state and federal district courts across the country, including heavy patent jurisdictions such as the Eastern District of Texas, the Northern District of Illinois, and the District of Delaware.  John’s clients are found in a wide range of businesses and include Internet retailers, computer software developers, computer hardware manufacturers, telecommunications providers, energy corporations, oilfield companies, oilfield service companies, pipeline companies, banks, and financial services companies.

At the College of Law, he was a member of Law Review and held externships with the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York with the Honorable Neal P. McCurn, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Northern District of New York.  He was also part of the Law, Technology, and Management Program.  His favorite memory of Syracuse is surviving the blizzard of 1993, which cemented his future practicing law in the south.

John resides in Houston with his wife, Rebecca Peterson Luman and their children, Ariana and Zane.

Executive Secretary - Benjamin F. Sidbury, L’01

Benjamin F. Sidbury

Bryan Cave LLP
Charlotte, NC


Ben Sidbury is a partner at Bryan Cave LLP in Charlotte, NC, where he focuses his practice on intellectual property litigation.  Ben enjoys hanging out with his 4-year-old son, and he is an avid runner, hiker, and Syracuse basketball fan.

Treasurer - Amy M. Vanderlyke, L’07

Amy Vanderlyke

Sugarman Law Firm LLP
Syracuse, NY


Amy Vanderlyke, L'06, is treasurer of SULAA.  She is an associate at Sugarman Law Firm, LLP, where she works in the firm’s litigation department represented seriously injured persons in products liability, labor law, wrongful death, and related cases.  She is also an adjunct professor at SU’s Newhouse School, where she teaches media law to undergraduate and graduate students. 

At the College of Law, Amy was a member of the Moot Court Honor Society, Communications Law and Policy Moot Court Team, and Syracuse Law and Technology Journal.  She also participated in the Law and Technology Management Program.

Amy received the Syracuse Business Journal's Forty Under 40 award in 2012 for her involvement with the Say Yes to Education Legal Task Force, The Advocates for Upstate Medical University, Make-A-Wish of Central New York and other philanthropic and community groups.

Amy resides in Syracuse and enjoys running, rowing crew, perfecting her gluten-free goodie recipes, and spending time with her husband, Ryan Dygert (PhD '10), and handsome yellow lab, Scooby.

Member - Andrew P. Bakaj, L'06

Andrew P. Bakaj

U.S. Federal Government
Arlington, VA


Member - Michael A. Bottar, L'03

Michael Bottar

Bottar Leone PLLC
Syracuse, NY


Michael A. Bottar, L'03, is a partner at Bottar Leone, PLLC, a plaintiffs' litigation firm focused on representing individuals who have been seriously injured as a result of medical malpractice and other injuries.  He is a lifetime member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and has received the New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers President’s Award and a “Superb” rating by AVVO.  He previously worked in the litigation department at White & Case, LLP, in New York City, and Bond Schoeneck and King, PLLC, in Syracuse.

Mike is also an adjunct professor at the College of Law, where he teaches Law Practice Management.

At the College of Law, Mike was a member of the Justinian Honorary Law Society, Order of Coif, Order of the Barristers, and Winner and Best Oral Advocate in the MacKenzie Hughes Appellate Advocacy Competition.  He was also a member of Law Review, Moot Court Honor Society, and a research assistant for Professor Richard Risman.

Mike resides in Syracuse with his wife, Tiffany, and their sons Anthony and Andrew.

Member - Dennis P. Cleary, L’83

Dennis P. Cleary

Duke Holzman Photiadis and
Gresens LLP
Buffalo, NY


Dennis Cleary concentrates his practice in the areas of business and corporate law, trusts and estates, and taxation. He is also a Certified Public Accountant and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants. He is a former instructor at the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Management Graduate Tax Certificate Program. He received his JD and Master’s Degrees from Syracuse in 1983 and his LL.M. in Taxation from New York University. He has been a member of the SULAA Board since 2005 and acts as the regional contact for the Buffalo/Western NY area.

Member - Christina F. DeJoseph, L’06

Christina F. Dejoseph

Costello Cooney & Fearon PLLC
Syracuse, NY


Christina F. DeJoseph, L'06, is a litigation associate at Costello, Cooney and Fearon, PLLC, where she defends construction site and auto accidents, general premises liability cases, and handles first-party insurance coverage issues and disputes, and appeals.

Christie is a member of the Onondaga County Democratic Committee, 5th Ward, is Director-At-Large for the Central New York Women's Bar Association, and treasurer of the Promise PAC.

At the College of Law, Christie participated in the Law in London program and also enjoyed classes with the late Professor Richard Goldsmith, Civil Procedure, and flip nights at Faegan's.

She resides in Syracuse with her husband, Fadi Ghaly (BA'99, MSW'08) and their enormous St. Bernard, Agnes.

Member - Michael J. Drayo, L'01

Michael J. Drayo

The Vanguard Group Inc.
Wayne, PA


Michael Drayo is Senior Counsel at Vanguard.

Member - Sarah M. Feingold, L'05

Sarah FeingoldETSY inc.
Brooklyn, NY


Born an artist, Sarah Feingold decided that the best way to protect creative folk like herself was to go to Syracuse University College of Law. She currently serves as counsel of Etsy, Inc. (etsy.com) and specializes in intellectual property, business and ecommerce law. When she’s not practicing law, she's speaking or writing about legal issues (Sarah penned the ebook “Copyright for Artists”) or she's hammering silver in her tiny Brooklyn apartment kitchen (feingoldjewelry.com).

Member - Melissa A. Fox, L'98

Melissa A. Fox

Department Child Support Services
Los Angeles, CA


Member - Robert E. Futrell, L'94

Robert E. Futrell

Wyrick Robbins Yates & Ponton LLP Raleigh, NC


Rob Futrell, Jr. is an attorney in the Raleigh, NC office of Wyrick Robbins Yates & Ponton LLP. Rob's practice focuses on a variety of corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, corporate financings and general corporate and business matters across a broad range of industries. Rob has represented both lenders and borrowers in debt financings, including syndicated credit facilities, acquisition financings, cash flow and asset-based financings and mezzanine financings. In addition, he has represented clients on a variety of environmental issues, including environmental due diligence and underground storage tank compliance. Rob began his legal career in New Bern, NC, where he practiced environmental law, drafted construction contracts, and represented clients in general civil litigation.

Rob received his Bachelor's degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He received his J.D., magna cum laude, from the Syracuse University College of law in 1994. Rob was an Editor of the Syracuse Law Review and is a member of the Order of the Coif. He has been a SULAA Board member since 2008.

Outside of his legal career, Rob enjoys watching hockey - his sons' travel and rec-league games and the Carolina Hurricanes. He is also a tech guy at heart and enjoys checking out the latest and greatest items to hit the market. Rob looks forward to returning to Central New York each summer to spend time at his family's cottage on Lake Ontario.

Member - Malcolm C. Grace, L'97

Malcolm C. Grace

Wexler & Walker Public Policy Associates
Washington, DC


Malcolm C. Grace graduated from Syracuse University College of Law in 1997 and earned his undergraduate degree in History from Syracuse University.  

Since August of 2006, Malcolm has been the Vice President & General Counsel at Wexler & Walker Public Policy Associates, a bi-partisan lobbying firm in Washington, DC. Prior to joining Wexler & Walker, Malcolm served in the 108th and 109th Congresses as Legislative Counsel in the office of Congresswoman Linda T. Sánchez and as Legislative Director in the office of Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee.  Before transitioning to his political career, Malcolm was a class action civil rights attorney. 

At Wexler & Walker, Malcolm represents healthcare, telecommunications, technology, intellectual property, financial services, and energy clients.  Directing day-to-day client communications, monitoring legislative, administrative, and policy developments, and assisting in legislative and policy strategic development, Mr. Grace advocates extensively on Medicare, health information technology, stem cell research, patient costs, telecommunications reform, copyright policy, and media access issues.

In addition to federal lobbying, Malcolm is involved in federal elections including his work as a voter protection attorney.  Malcolm has experience working on several Democratic Congressional races during 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, and 2012 as well as the Presidential elections in 2004, 2008, and 2012. 

Malcolm's fondest memory from Syracuse College of Law is being a member of the National Trial Team his second and third years of law school.  During Malcolm's third year the team swept the New York regionals and sent two teams to compete in the National Finals in Houston, Texas.

Member - Amy M. Hawkes, L’01

Amy Hawkes

Ernst & Young
Los Angeles, CA


Amy Hawkes, L'00, is a partner at Ernst & Young in Los Angeles where she works in the firm’s Fraud Investigation & Dispute Services department.  She has more than 20 years’ experience in accounting, forensic investigations, litigation matters, and Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) matters.

She focuses her practice in the areas of forensic accounting, financial fraud investigations, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) matters, and litigation support engagements.  Amy’s experience includes leading a significant number of investigations for special committees, advising clients on technical accounting, and restatements, and financial reporting disclosures, and compliance and FCPA matters.  She has worked with SEC registrants and other private and non-profit enterprises across a number of industries including financial services, oil and gas, engineering and construction, manufacturing, high tech and colleges and universities.  She also has extensive experience conducting interviews and testimonies of accounting professionals, corporate directors and company executives.

Amy spent several years with the SEC's division of enforcement where she was responsible for the performance of investigations for securities violations primarily related to financial fraud and insider trading.  These matters involved investigating potential securities actions involving accounting, financial reporting and disclosure.

Amy also earned a bachelor's of science degree, magna cum laude, in accounting and economics from the State University of Oswego College at Oswego.  She is a certified public accountant, a member of the California Bar, and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Member - Prashanth Jayachandran, L’98

Prashanth Jayachandra

Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP
Princeton, NJ


Prashanth "PJ" Jayachandran, L ’98, is of counsel at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP's, resident in the firm’s Princeton office, where he practices in the area of labor and employment law. He previously worked at Bond, Schoeneck & King’s Syracuse office and at Michael, Best & Friedrich in Milwaukee.

Because of PJ’s dedication to his community and to his clients, PJ was listed among New Jersey Law Journal's 2012 New Leaders of the Bar. He is a board member of Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Mercer County, New Jersey.

At the College of Law, PJ was senior editor of The Labor Lawyer and a research assistant for Professor Richard Schwartz.  He considers watching Donovan McNabb play football in the Carrier Dome for four years among his favorite Syracuse memories.

PJ resides in Princeton with his wife, Neena Patil, and their two sons.

Member - Bert E. Kaufman, L’07

Bert E. kaufman

Business Forward
Washington, DC


Since graduating from SUCOL in 2007, Bert E. Kaufman has been involved with a number of innovative start-up endeavors.  He also has extensive experience in corporate, non-profit, legal, political research and management.

Mr. Kaufman is currently Executive Director of Business Forward, a non-profit organization he helped start in 2009, which fosters important partnerships, discussions, and connections between the public sector and the business community.  Under his leadership, Business Forward has grown to become sustained by 40 mostly Fortune 100 member companies. It has a $2 million annual budget, and conducts programming in more than 40 cities across 30 states.  Mr. Kaufman is also Vice President of Portico Policy Advisors, a Washington, D.C.-based policy research firm that works with entrepreneurs, investors, philanthropists and other corporations to produce research that target audiences can act upon.

In 2011, Mr. Kaufman helped start Press Pass Mentors, an educational non-profit that pairs Washington Post journalists with inner-city high school students in a two-year mentoring program.  He currently serves on the board of directors.

While in law school, Mr. Kaufman helped launch the Institute for the Study of the Judiciary, Politics, and Media (IJPM), a first-of-its-kind interdisciplinary center created to produce scholarship and national programming on the interaction between courts, politics and the press. He served on a cross-disciplinary planning committee of judges from federal and state courts, deans, and professors to conceptualize and launch the institute. He also served for two years as the research assistant to Dean Arterian.  Mr. Kaufman was a member of Moot Court and editor at the Syracuse Science and Technology Law Reporter.

Mr. Kaufman received his undergraduate ('04), Masters (in Media Management) and Law ('07) degrees from Syracuse University.

Member - Patrick M. Kennell, L’02

Patrick KennellKaufman Dolowich Voluck and Gonzo LLP
New York, NY


Patrick is a proud alumnus of Syracuse Law. He was a member of the National Trial Team and other Moot Court trial teams at Syracuse, having won the prestigious Tiffany Cup in 2001. And he’s carried that renowned Syracuse trial advocacy tradition into private practice in New York City, where he is a partner in a litigation firm. Patrick married fellow Syracuse Law alum Dawn Krigstin (2003), and they can often be found chasing their two sons around the playgrounds of Manhattan or intensely cheering on the Orange at Madison Square Garden.

Member - Carey W. Ng, L’02

Carey Ng

New York County
District Attorney's Office
New York, NY


Carey W. Ng, L'02, is an Assistant District Attorney in the New York County District Attorney’s Office, where he works in the Rackets Bureau.  In law school he worked in the Honorable Frederick J. Scullin’s chambers at the Northern District of New York and at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York.

At the College of Law, Carey was a member of The Digest, the ATLA Trial Team, and the Thomas Tang Moot Court Competition, where he and his teammate beat Harvard Law to win the 2000 Northeast Regional.

Carey resides in New York City and enjoys reading, tennis, and architecture.

Member - Thaddeus L. Pitney, L’06

Thaddeus L. Pitney

Shearman & Sterling LLP
New York, NY


Thad Pitney is an associate in the Capital Markets Group of Shearman & Sterling LLP and regularly represents investment banking and corporate clients in leveraged financing, acquisition financing and high-yield debt offerings.  His practice also includes public offerings and private placements of common and preferred equity and investment grade and convertible debt securities, as well as liability management transactions such as tender offers and consent solicitations.

Mr. Pitney was previously a corporate associate with Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP where his practice included representation of investment banking and corporate clients in a broad range of capital market and corporate finance transactions, public and private mergers and acquisitions and general corporate matters.

Mr. Pitney graduated from Princeton University (A.B., 1999) and Syracuse University College of Law (J.D., summa cum laude, 2006), where he was the notes and comments editor of the Syracuse Law Review.

Member - Matthew R. Policastro, L’02

Matthew R. Policastro

Lionel Sawyer & Collins
Las Vegas, NV


Matthew Policastro, L'02, is a shareholder at Lionel Sawyer & Collins, in Las Vegas, where his practice is focused on estate planning, probate, and taxation.  He previously worked for Deloitte’s Tax Controversy Group.

At the College of Law, Matthew participated in the Community Development Law Clinic, the Syracuse University Law and Technology Journal, and the Albert R. Mugel Tax Moot Court Competition.  He was also a member of the Order of the Coif.  Professor Robert Nassau was his favorite instructor and his favorite classes were Estate and Gift Tax and Federal Income Tax II.  His favorite memory at SU was the men’s basketball team beating UCONN to start the season 16-0.

Matthew resides in Las Vegas with his wife, Holly, and their son, Ethan.

Member - Leah T. Ricci, L’05

Leah T. Ricci

Dock Street Capital LLC
King of Prussia, PA


Leah Ricci graduated from the University of Pennsylvania (B.A. History, 2000) and Syracuse University College of Law (J.D., cum laude, 2005), where she was editor-in-chief of the Syracuse Science & Technology Law Reporter and founder of the Student-to-Student Mentoring Program.  She earned her master’s degree from Syracuse University Maxwell School of Citizenship in public administration (M.P.A., 2005). 

Leah joined the Philadelphia office of Cozen O’Connor in September 2005 as an Associate in the Business Law Department.  Her practice focused on mergers and acquisitions and securities law issues, including investment adviser and broker dealer compliance.  In May 2009, Leah joined Dock Street Capital, LLC, a private investment company and serves as the company’s Director of Legal Affairs.  Leah and her husband Justin (SUCOL J.D. and Maxwell M.P.A., 2006) currently reside in Haddonfield, NJ.  Leah is admitted to practice law in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. She and Justin are expecting their first child this coming spring.

Member - Kevin J. Roggow, L’05

Kevin J. Roggow

Shearman & Sterling LLP
Toronto, ON


Kevin Roggow is an associate in the Capital Markets Group of Shearman & Sterling LLP and regularly represents investment banking and corporate clients in domestic and cross-border capital markets transactions and ongoing U.S. securities law matters.  His experience includes public offerings and private placements of common and preferred equity and investment grade, high yield and convertible debt securities, as well as liability management transactions such as tender offers and consent solicitations.  Mr. Roggow also advises corporations with respect to corporate governance, compliance and other general corporate matters.  Mr. Roggow has also practiced in the firm’s Mergers & Acquisitions Group where he represented a broad range of clients in domestic and international corporate transactions, including acquisitions and dispositions of publicly and privately held corporations and their assets.

Member - Erin Murphy Schlick, L'01

Erin Murphy Schlick

Entergy Corporation
Washington, DC


Member - David M. Tang, L’05

David M. Tang

Underberg & Kessler LLP
Rochester, NY


David is an attorney at Underberg & Kessler, LLP, in Rochester, New York, where he practices in the firm's litigation and creditors’ rights practice groups.  He represents businesses, individuals and health care clients in state and federal courts.

David's past accomplishments include serving as an associate at Harris Beach PLLC, and as a legal assistant at White & Case LLP in New York City. He also interned at the U.S. Department of Justice and at the State Department.

David received his undergraduate degree in Government from Cornell University.  In law school, David was Managing Editor of the Syracuse Law Review and served as a member of the Moot Court Honor Society.  He currently serves on the Syracuse University Law Alumni Association’s board of directors. 

David is the Chair of the Monroe County Bar Association's Diversity Committee and served as a mentor in its Lawyers for Learning program. He serves on the Board of Directors of Providence Housing Development Corporation and the Center for Dispute Settlement. 

In 2012, the Daily Record selected David as an 'Up & Coming Attorney' (for significant commitment and contribution to the legal profession).

Member - Aaron M. Tidman, L’07

Aaron M. Tidman

Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
 Washington, DC


Aaron M. Tidman, L'07, is a senior associate with Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC in Washington, D.C., where his practice focuses on white-collar defense, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act compliance, internal investigations, and securities litigation. He has extensive experience handling a variety of white-collar matters, including insider trading investigations, corporate governance investigations, Arms Export Control Act investigations, and other financial fraud investigations and enforcement matters brought by the SEC and DOJ.

Additionally, Aaron has years of experience representing companies under investigation for potential FCPA violations, including Siemens AG's Audit Committee in connection with a world-wide investigation into possible corrupt payments to government officials, which led to a successful early settlement. He also has advised hedge funds, private equity firms, pharmaceutical companies, and other companies on FCPA compliance programs.

In 2011, Aaron was honored as a Member of the Capital Pro Bono High Honor Roll, awarded by the D.C. Court of Appeals and Superior Court of D.C. to attorneys who provided more than 100 hours of pro bono service.  In 2012, he served as a panelist at Harvard Lambda’s 7th Annual Legal Advocacy Conference at Harvard Law School, where he spoke on the topic, “Defending LGBT Rights in Socially Conservative States,” and as a panelist at Georgetown University Law Center on “Government Enforcement Investigations:  A Study at the SEC.”  He also has been published in Law 360, Business Crime BulletinFinancial Fraud Law Report, Westlaw Expert Commentary Series: International Bribery, and LexisNexis Corporate Compliance Practice Guide.

Prior to joining Mintz Levin, Aaron spent five years as an associate with Debevoise & Plimpton LLP and, most recently, served as the Obama campaign's Regional Voter Protection Director for Northern Virginia.

At the College of Law, Aaron was the Lead Articles Editor of the Syracuse Law Review, creator and organizer of the 2006 Law Review Symposium: "A Nuclear Iran: The Legal Implications of a Preemptive National Security Strategy," and a member of the Irving R. Kaufman Memorial Securities Law Moot Court Competition team.  He also worked as Teaching Assistant for Prof. Kathleen O'Connor’s Research and Writing Course.

Aaron met Christopher Westcott, his partner of nine years, while in Syracuse, and enjoys cooking, politics, and poker.

Member - Kevin M. Toomey, L’12

Kevin M. Toomey

Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
Washington, DC


Kevin M. Toomey joined SULAA after serving for two years as the Class of 2012 Student Representative.  Kevin is an associate at Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP in Washington, D.C., where he works with the Financial Institutions team, focusing on a wide array of corporate, securities and regulatory matters, including mergers and acquisitions, public and private securities offerings, corporate governance, Securities and Exchange Commission reporting and corporate reorganizations.  Kevin also represents foreign and domestic banking organizations and other financial services clients in regulatory, compliance and enforcement matters in front of the federal bank regulatory agencies, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and the Office of Foreign Assets Control.  Kevin enjoys playing soccer in his free time.