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Cross authors book

1975

Cross's book, Antitrust Law: Section 1 of the Sherman Act, was recently published by the Federal Judicial Center. The FJC approached Cross in the Summer of 2016 to write a basic primer on Section 1 for new judges or judges without a great deal of antitrust experience. Although he has been litigating Section 1 cases for over 40 years, and has taught antitrust as an Adjunct Professor for 15, Cross states he "found it both challenging and rewarding to articulate the law as a basic primer for federal judges". Cross is a Partner in the Litigation Practice Group and a member of the Antitrust and Complex Litigation Team at Freeborn.


Millman releases latest thriller

1979

Jode Millman's latest crime novel thriller, Hooker, was released on April 19, 2022. This latest novel is a follow-up to her first, The Midnight Call. Millman is a winner of the 2021 Independent Press Award for Legal Thriller, a finalist for the 2021 Book Excellence Awards, and a winner of the 2020 American Fiction Award for Legal Thriller. 


D'Ambrosio Jr. Named in Super Lawyers and Best Lawyers

1980

D'Ambrosio Jr. Named in Super Lawyers and Best Lawyers

Nicholas D'Ambrosio Jr., Member at Bond, Schoeneck & King, was selected for inclusion in the 2018 Upstate New York Super Lawyers in the category of employment and labor, and the 2019 Best Lawyers in America in the categories of employment law-management; labor law-management; and litigation-labor and employment.


Wolfson accepted into NAA

1982

Wolfson was accepted into the National Academy of Arbitrators (NAA) in July 2021 and in October of 2021 sge became co-chair of the NAA New England Region.


DiNardo joins Pierce Atwood

1982

DiNardo joins Pierce Atwood

Pierce Atwood LLP is pleased to announce that it has expanded its Trusts & Estates practice to Rhode Island by adding experienced trusts and estates attorney Deborah DiNardo to its Providence office. DiNardo advises individuals and families on preserving and protecting their assets, and works with them to develop sophisticated planning techniques such as lifetime gifts to grantor trusts and using charitable trusts and private foundations. She helps clients with special needs trust planning for family members, and assists plaintiff’s counsel with establishing special needs trusts for judgments and settlements. She also advises individual and corporate fiduciaries, representing them in litigation when necessary, and counsels business owners on succession planning. DiNardo received her J.D. from Syracuse University College of Law.


Garland selected to 2022 Super Lawyers

1983

Coughlin Midlige & Garland LLP congratulates James B. Garland on being selected for the 2022 New Jersey Super Lawyers List. James B. Garland is a Partner and Co-Practice Group Leader in the Firm's Estate, Trust and Taxation Group. He devotes his practice to the areas of estate and trust planning and administration, estate and trust litigation, elder law and guardianships. Admitted to practice in New and before the United States Tax Court, Garland is a member of the New Jersey State Bar Association, the Trusts and Estates Probate Committee of the Morris County Bar Association, and the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. He is also President of Sandra S. Kupperman Foundation. Garland received his J.D. from Syracuse University College of Law and his B.S., cum laude, from Boston College.


Frink Wolf to serve as US Magistrate Judge

1985

Frink Wolf to serve as US Magistrate Judge

Karen Frink Wolf, Esq. has been selected to serve as U.S. Magistrate Judge. Attorney Wolf is a partner at the Verrill law firm in Portland, Maine, and a member of the firm’s Executive Board. Attorney Wolf is a Fellow and current Regent of the American College of Trial Lawyers. She has been recognized by the Maine State Bar Association and the Katahdin Counsel Program for her extensive work in providing pro bono representation.


Amalfe honored by ECBA

1985

Amalfe honored by ECBA

Christine A. Amalfe, Chair of the Employment & Labor Law Group of Gibbons P.C., was honored by the Essex County Bar Association (ECBA) with its 2022 Samuel S. Saiber Professional Achievement Award. Ms. Amalfe was recognized by ECBA at its Annual Installation & Awards Reception, held on May 2 at the Mountain Ridge Country Club in West Caldwell, New Jersey. 

At Gibbons, Ms. Amalfe chairs the firm’s very active Employment & Labor Law Group, which includes lawyers across four of eight Gibbons offices. In her legal practice, she handles some of the most high-profile litigations and investigations in New Jersey, while also providing advice and counsel to help clients avoid outcomes like these. Her clients include some of the world’s best-known companies representing industries of notable regional significance. She additionally represents several colleges and universities in the state in some of the most noteworthy investigations and litigations in higher education.


Kempner publishes first book

1988

Cheryl Kempner recently published her first book, REMEMBER: An Alzheimer's Journey Through Art and Poetry. This work tracks the decline in her mother's artwork through the progression of her disease with Cheryl's poetry chronicling her condition. 


Aron joins Jones Day

1993

Aron joins Jones Day

The global law firm Jones Day announced today that David E. Aron has joined the Firm as a Counsel in its Financial Markets Practice, based in Jones Day’s Washington Office.

Mr. Aron was most recently serving as Special Counsel in the Division of Data at the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), where he played a key role in writing a number of Dodd-Frank Act implementing regulations, including the joint CFTC-U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission rulemaking further defining the term “swap.” He also reviewed a number of innovative, cryptocurrency-related and other financial products and participated in the inter-divisional working group that preceded LabCFTC, where he met often with fintech innovators. 


Migliori recognized by Chambers

1993

Migliori recognized by Chambers

​Motley Rice medical attorney Donald Migliori has been ranked for the second time as USA-Nationwide: Product Liability: Plaintiffs, Band 3 in the 2022 Chambers USA guide. Don Migliori is co-lead counsel for In re Ethicon Physiomesh Flexible Composite Hernia Mesh Products Liability Litigation, and attorney Jonathan Orent is lead counsel for In re Atrium Medical Corp. C-QUR Mesh Products Liability Litigation.


Judge McShan appointed to Appellate Division

1994

On January 3, 2022, Governor Kathy Hochul announced the appointment of Eddie McShan to fill one of three vacancies in the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court, Third Department. Since his election in 2020, Eddie McShan has served as an Associate Justice in the First Judicial Department of the Appellate Term of the New York State Supreme Court. Justice McShan also serves as a Justice in the Twelfth District of the New York State Supreme Court. Additionally, Justice McShan is an Adjunct Professor in the Business and Paralegal Department at Bronx Community College CUNY since 1998. At the New York State Supreme Court, he was an Acting Justice from 2016 to 2018 and a Hybrid Acting Justice in 2015. From 2013 to 2018, Justice McShan was a Judge on the Civil Court for New York City. He served as a Special Referee for the New York State Supreme Court from 2008 to 2012. At the New York State Supreme Court, Justice McShan was the Principal Law Clerk for Justice LaTia Martin from 1999 to 2008 and Associate Law Clerk for Justice Frank Torres from 1998 to 1999.  He also was an Associate Attorney in the Law Offices of Ronald Pelligra from 1994 to 1998. Justice McShan obtained a J.D. from the College of Law at Syracuse University, an M.P.A from The Maxwell School at Syracuse University, and a B.A. in Sociology from St. Lawrence University.


Lauer joins Maddin Hauser

1994

Lauer joins Maddin Hauser

Maddin, Hauser, Roth & Heller, P.C., is pleased to announce that Rita M. Lauer has joined the firm as a senior associate. Rita is a member of the firm’s Corporate and Employment and Workforce Management group and brings a wide range of skills and experience to meet the needs of our clients.

“Rita is a highly respected and experienced attorney with a bright future and brings over twenty years of experience practicing law,” said Ronald A. Sollish, executive committee member and chairman of the firm’s Corporate and Employment practice. “She is a wonderful complement to our practice group.”

Rita has industry expertise servicing car dealerships, recreational vehicle dealerships, vehicle manufacturers, boat manufacturers, boat dealerships, recreational vehicle manufacturers, sporting goods manufacturers, municipalities, and non-profit entities.  She has defended both dealership and manufacturing clients in regulatory matters and in litigation, especially regarding warranty and consumer protection claims. Rita has unique expertise in negotiating and drafting regulatory governance agreements for clients and responding to administrative or governmental matters for her clients. She counsels clients on employment and workforce management issues.

A State Bar of Michigan member, Rita is admitted to practice before the State of Michigan Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals, and the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Michigan. Before joining private practice, Rita served as an attorney for the City of Saginaw City Attorney’s Office and a litigation clerk for the New York State Attorney General’s Office.


Burns recognized by Minnesota State Bar Association

1999

Burns recognized by Minnesota State Bar Association

Henson Efron is proud to announce attorney Christopher Burns has been recognized as a 2021 North Star Lawyer by the Minnesota State Bar Association. 


Keehfus joins Jones Day

2000

The global law firm Jones Day announced today that Jason Keehfus has joined the Firm as Partner in its Business & Tort Litigation Practice, based in Jones Day’s Atlanta Office. Mr. Keehfus has a wide range of experience in defending both liability and punitive damages claims in challenging jurisdictions around the country, and has particular expertise in taking and defending depositions of medical and scientific witnesses. He is a first-chair trial lawyer who has tried dozens of multi-week product liability lawsuits to verdict. Mr. Keehfus also works with the National Veterans Legal Services Program to obtain increases in disability benefits for U.S. military veterans. Mr. Keehfus earned his undergraduate degree from The Ohio State University and his law degree from Syracuse University College of Law.


Powers appointed Assistant Deputy Superintendent

2002

​Powers has recently appointed Assistant Deputy Superintendent of Life Insurance at the NY Department of Financial Services ("DFS"). 


Smith returns to Bond

2005

Bond, Schoeneck & King is pleased to announce that Kristen E. Smith, who most recently served as Corporation Counsel for the City of Syracuse, has returned as a member in the labor and employment practice at Bond in its Syracuse office. Smith joined Bond in 2005 and in 2018 she was appointed by Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh as Corporation Counsel for the City of Syracuse. She will once again work with private and public sector employers on labor and employment matters. “Kristen is a valued member of Bond and we are thrilled that she is returning after her term as Corporation Counsel for Syracuse,” Kevin Bernstein, Bond’s managing member, said. “I am sure that her contributions to the City, experience in this position and insight into municipal matters will help her clients here at Bond.”


Wehberg appointed Chair of PA Developmental Disabilities Council

2008

​Wehberg has been appointed the Chair of the Pennsylvania Developmental Disabilities Council by the governor.  DD Councils were established by the Developmental Disabilities Bill of Rights Act (DD Act), funded by HHS's Administration on Community Living and council members are appointed by each state's governor.


Passing of Samantha L. Kurkjy

2008

Samantha Leigh Kurkjy, 43, pizza aficionado, U2 devotee, and World’s Coolest Aunt passed away on Wednesday, April 20, 2022, at Salem Hospital following a valiant battle with cancer. There will be a Celebration of Life for family and friends at a later date. Assisting the family with the arrangements is O’Donnell Cremations, Funerals, Celebrations 84 Washington Sq., (at Salem Common) Salem. To share a memory or offer a condolence, please visit www.odonnellfuneralservice.com


Senlet listed as notable practitioner

2008

Senlet listed as notable practitioner

Chambers USA 2022 directory listed Ekin Senlet, partner at Barclay Damon, as a notable practitioner in the field of Energy: State Regulatory & Wholesale Electric Market.


Oppenheimer joins Barclay Damon

2009

Oppenheimer joins Barclay Damon

Barclay Damon announces Andy Oppenheimer, former Hodgson Russ international and federal tax partner, has joined Barclay Damon’s Corporate and Tax Practice Areas. His primary office location is Buffalo. 

Oppenheimer is a seasoned tax and transactional lawyer whose practice focuses on cross-border and domestic tax and corporate matters involving partnerships, limited liability companies, and corporations. He advises business clients on a wide range of transactions, including mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, restructurings, debt and equity financings, and joint ventures. He also advises individuals on their domestic and cross-border tax planning and represents clients in tax disputes with the Internal Revenue Service. 


Wright Elected Partner

2010

Wright Elected Partner

Andrew Wright was elected partner at Hodgson Russ, where he focuses his practice on state and local tax matters.


Butscha elected partner at Thompson HIne

2010

​Thompson Hine LLP is pleased to announce that Mark R. Butscha, Jr. has been elected partner. Butscha a member of the Business Litigation practice in Cleveland. He focuses his practice on antitrust matters, particularly merger control issues and filings under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act, and he has represented clients in merger investigations by the Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission. Butscha is an experienced litigator who has represented clients in state and federal trial and appellate courts, arbitration tribunals, and administrative proceedings involving antitrust, competition and other complex claims, including class actions.


Eriksen elected member at Bousquet Holstein PLLC

2010

Eriksen elected member at Bousquet Holstein PLLC

Bousquet Holstein PLLC is pleased to announce that Gregg D. Eriksen has been elected Member of the firm. Gregg joined the firm in 2017 and is part of the firm's Litigation, Appellate, Wineries/Vineyards Law, and Government Relations Practice Groups. His range of experience includes contract disputes, employment matters, government investigations, and legal and medical malpractice defense.  He has worked in a variety of settings, from State and Federal appellate matters to State administrative proceedings to Federal District Court, State Supreme Court, and various town courts. Gregg earned his J.D. graduating magna cum laude from Syracuse University College of Law and earned his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science graduating cum laude from Middlebury College in Vermont. Originally from the Hudson Valley, Gregg and his family now reside in Skaneateles, NY where is also serves as a Trustee of the Village of Skaneateles.


Chau publishes book of poetry

2010

Doris Chau has published a book of poetry, under the pen name of Michele Youk. The book is titled "of son and light: poems of healing, loss, mothering others and yourself". 


Richards elected as Member of Bond, Schoeneck & King

2012

Richards elected as Member of Bond, Schoeneck & King

Bond, Schoeneck & King is pleased to announce that effective January 1, 2022, Anna W. Richards (J.D., 2012) of the firm’s Syracuse office has been elected member (partner) of the firm. According to Kevin Bernstein, chairman of the firm’s management committee, “Anna has shown leadership, superior legal ability in their practices and a deep commitment to their clients. I am also looking forward to seeing this year’s class rise into leadership roles and to continue our efforts to create a more equitable and inclusive culture at the firm.” 

Anna W. Richards advises clients at every stage of a transaction to help them meet their business objectives, while mitigating risk. Richards has significant experience advising clients on commercial contracts, corporate governance matters and issues that arise in their day-to-day business operations. Richards also represents clients across multiple industries in mergers and acquisitions and loan transactions. 


Aseka Oluchina hosted by Haki FM

2014

Haki FM hosts Africa Advocacy Manager to speak about sentencing under the president’s pleasure in Kenya. 

William Aseka, Validity Foundation's Africa Advocacy Manager was invited by Haki FM to speak about the challenges that people with mental disabilities face when they interact with the criminal justice system in Kenya. William took the opportunity to highlight a recent High Court decision that declared sentencing under the president’s pleasure to be unconstitutional, resulting in arbitrary and prolonged periods of detention for many. He pointed out that this is discriminatory on the basis of disability, violating the country's obligations under the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.


Maldonado joins Rivkin Radler

2016

Maldonado joins Rivkin Radler

Evan H. Krinick, Managing Partner of Rivkin Radler LLP, is pleased to announce that Edwin Maldonado has joined the firm as Associate. Edwin Maldonado, of Seaford, NY, has joined the firm as an Associate in the firm’s Insurance Fraud Practice Group, resident in the Uniondale office. Before joining the firm, Edwin served as a Senior Assistant District Attorney in the Nassau County District Attorney’s Office where he handled all the phases of prosecution including criminal investigations, grand jury presentment, pre-trial evidentiary hearings, and trials. Edwin received his Juris Doctor from Syracuse University College of Law. 


Nugent Joins Bond, Schoeneck & King

2017

Nugent Joins Bond, Schoeneck & King

Daniel Nugent joined Bond, Schoeneck & King as an associate attorney in the firm's employee benefits and executive compensation practice.


Whitaker joins Barclay Damon

2019

Whitaker joins Barclay Damon

Barclay Damon announces Michael Whittaker, associate, has joined Barclay Damon’s Real Estate and Financial Institutions & Lending Practice Areas. His primary office is Syracuse. Whittaker concentrates his practice on real estate and financial institutions and lending matters. He has experience as a law clerk to Chief Judge Glenn T. Suddaby in the US District Court for the Northern District of New York and as an associate at a law firm in Cortland, New York, where he focused his practice on landlord-tenant law and real estate transactions.


Constantino joins Barclay Damon LLP

2019

Constantino joins Barclay Damon LLP

Barclay Damon announces Nick Constantino, associate, has joined Barclay Damon’s Insurance Coverage & Regulation and Torts & Products Liability Defense Practice Areas. His primary office is Syracuse.

Constantino concentrates his practice on all aspects of insurance coverage and insurance defense matters. He has experience defending claims arising out of New York State Labor Law, medical malpractice claims, motor vehicle accidents, insurance coverage disputes, and premises liability claims. Prior to joining Barclay Damon, Constantino was an associate at a firm in Syracuse and gained additional experience through a legal externship and a student attorney position.


Malfitano joins Morris Nichols’ corporate & commercial litigation group

2021

Malfitano joins Morris Nichols’ corporate & commercial litigation group

Delaware law firm Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP is pleased to congratulate Clee A. Malfitano (JD 2021) on her admission to the Delaware bar this week. Clee joins Morris Nichols’ corporate & commercial litigation group. 


Horning named associate

2021

Horning named associate

Barclay Damon announces Payne Horning has been admitted to the New York State Bar. The former law clerk is now an associate at the firm. Horning is a member of the Labor & Employment Practice Area. He graduated magna cum laude from Syracuse University College of Law, and his experience includes serving as a Barclay Damon summer associate and a summer intern for the City of Syracuse Corporation Counsel. He is based in the firm’s Syracuse office.