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Klimow passed away Feb. 2021

1964

​Sergei (Sarge) Klimow passed away February 5, 2021. He attended high school at Fishburne Military School in Waynesboro, VA, Colgate University, and Syracuse University College of Law. His extensive legal career began in Binghamton, NY at the Office of the Broom County District Attorney, eventually moving his family to Phoenix, AZ where Sergei applied his legal expertise toward a long career in mortgage banking and real estate development. 


Flanagan included in Irish Legal 100

1978

Timothy J. Flanagan G'75 L'78, a partner in Cullen Dykman's Litigation Department, has been included in the Irish Legal 100 for 2020 which is put together by the Irish Voice. Fellow honorees include Supreme Court Justices John Roberts, Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh.


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.


Orkin joins Bousquet Holstein PLLC

1982

Orkin joins Bousquet Holstein PLLC

Jon practices in a variety of areas of the law but primarily in the areas of divorce, child custody and child support litigation.  He is also trained in collaborative law and is a member of the Ithaca Area Collaborative Professionals. Jon has practiced law in Ithaca and the surrounding counties since 1983. Jon serves as the attorney for the Ithaca Housing Authority, as a lecturer in the trial advocacy program at the Cornell University School of Law, as Town Justice for the Town of Genoa, New York, and as a member of the King Ferry Fire Department. Jon is a graduate of Ithaca College, earned his master's degree at the University of Michigan, and graduated from Syracuse University College of Law, where he was honored with membership in the Order of the Coif. 


Judge Watson elected Chairwoman

1990

Judge Watson elected Chairwoman

Members of the Fort Bend County Juvenile Board unanimously elected Judge Teana Watson Chairwoman of the Board on Feb. 3. She is the first African-American and female to be elected as the Fort Bend Juvenile Board Chair. The juvenile board includes all of the sitting District, County Court at Law Judges and the County Judge. It serves as the board of directors of “Juvenile Justice” in Fort Bend County. 


Goldstein receives Grunin Prize

1991

NYU Law recently recognized David A. Goldstein with the 2020 Grunin Prize for Law and Social Entrepreneurship from NYU Law. The Grunin Prize recognizes lawyers for their role in developing innovative solutions to advance the fields of social entrepreneurship and impact investing, and David was part of the winning team at the law firm Goldstein Hall. He is Managing Partner of the firm.


Hon. Rodney Thompson named Presiding Judge

1993

September 2020- Honorable Rodney Thompson named the new Presiding Judge of the Family Division for New Jersey Superior Court. Judge Thompson brings years of experience in the Family Division and municipal court to his new assignment.  He has led Mercer’s DV Working Group and has handled the CIC, FD and FV dockets.  He also formerly was  the Chief Judge of the Trenton Municipal Court, providing him with valuable administrative experience.


Green releases 39th book

1994

Green releases 39th book

Tim Green, a New York Times-bestselling author, former NFL defensive end, former Fox Sports broadcaster, and attorney with Barclay Damon LLP, has published his 39th book and the third book in his sports-based trilogy, Baseball Genius: Grand Slam, co-authored with Derek Jeter, available in stores and online now. In addition to being a bestselling author and retired defensive end with the Atlanta Falcons, Green is an attorney with Barclay Damon, where he has been integrally involved for the past 20 years in the development and growth of the firm's client base, particularly in energy, intellectual property, and national insurance coverage litigation. Green is recognized as a lead point of contact for the firm's largest energy and utility clients, including numerous Fortune 500 companies.


Lustig joins Panitch Schwarze Belisario & Nadel LLP.

1994

Lustig joins Panitch Schwarze Belisario & Nadel LLP.

With nearly 20 years of experience, Lustig has been named among the leading trademark attorneys in the 2021 edition of the World Trademark Review’s WTR 1000. His practice focuses on United States and international trademark clearance and prosecution, trademark litigation, internet domain name registration and dispute resolution, e-business issues relating to intellectual property, customs enforcement, anti-counterfeiting measures, trade dress and unfair competition enforcement. 

His practice also focuses on intellectual property transactions and related due diligence. In addition, he counsels clients on all aspects of copyright protection and unfair competition, as it relates to trademark law and brand protection. 

“We look forward to Steven joining the team at Panitch Schwarze,” said Martin Belisario, a partner at the firm. “His experience and skillset expand our trademark capabilities and will provide value to our clients.” 

Lustig graduated from Brandeis University with a bachelor’s degree and then went on to obtain a law degree from Syracuse University College of Law as well as to receive a master’s degree from Syracuse University Maxwell School.


Collins appointed co-vice chair

1995

Alphonso Collins '84 L'95 has been appointed co-vice chair office managing partner for the New York office of Cozen O'Connor.


Dixon appointed Public Administrator

1996

Cressida Dixon has been appointed to serve as public administrator for Monroe County, NY, the first female attorney to serve in the role here.


Silver joins Schenck, Price, Smith & King

2000

Schenck, Price, Smith & King LLP today January 28, 2021 that five New Jersey attorneys, including Mark Silver, will join the Firm’s growing roster of high-profile attorneys as partners. Mark Silver’s practice spans a wide variety of legal concentrations. He regularly handles matters involving commercial disputes, product liability and pharmaceutical litigation, employment litigation, securities litigation, and white collar criminal matters. He has defended several major pharmaceutical manufacturers in a variety of complex lawsuits including mass tort claims and class actions in multi-district federal litigation.


Cross forms new firm

2002

Cross forms new firm

Tara N. Karch Cross ’02 formed a new firm, Addelman Cross & Baldwin, PC, with offices located at 5680 Main Street, Buffalo, NY. Areas of practice include Professional and Medical Malpractice, Trucking and Transportation, Insured and Self-Insured Litigation, Licensure Investigations and Board Actions, and Commercial Litigation. 


Murski named partner

2003

Murski named partner

Manning Gross + Massenburg LLP (MG+M) is pleased to announce that it has elevated Karina E. Murski to partner effective Jan. 1, 2021. Murski's practice areas include toxic tort defense and general litigation. She has significant experience representing large corporations and insurance carriers in matters involving toxic tort, products liability, premises liability, public utilities law, labor law, insurance coverage, and commercial litigation. She received her J.D. from Syracuse University College of Law and her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Wyoming.


Villanueva on his second tour

2003

Villanueva on his second tour

Mr. [Derick C.] Villanueva is currently on his second tour in Afghanistan where he continues to serve as a military advisor to the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF). Mr. Villanueva works with ANDSF officers in the areas of Professional Military Education and Aviation Program Management. Prior to his tours in Afghanistan, Mr. Villanueva served as an advisor to foreign militaries in Africa, the Middle East, Korea and Eastern Europe. Mr. Villanueva received his Juris Doctor from Syracuse College of Law and his Masters of Arts (Economics) from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Administration.


Gallagher named partner

2006

Gallagher named partner

Barclay Damon is pleased to announce that Brad Gallagher has been elevated to partner. Gallagher is a member of the Health Care and Health Care Controversies Teams and the White Collar & Government Investigations and Commercial Litigation Practice Areas. He is based in Albany.


Somers joins Wisler Pearlstine

2009

​Kyle J. Somers has joined the Education Law Team of Wisler Pearlstine LLP. Somers has dedicated his practice to representing school districts and other public entities for over a decade. He currently serves as solicitor for a number of school districts in Pennsylvania. Matters on which he regularly advises his clients include board governance, policy development, public records, employment and labor issues, special education and student civil rights. A graduate of the University of Delaware (2006), Mr. Somers earned his law degree magna cum laude from Syracuse University in 2009 where he was Editor-in-Chief of the Syracuse Law Review. He is a resident of Limerick Township.


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.


Lawrence named partner

2011

Lawrence named partner

Barclay Damon is pleased to announce that Brittany E. Lawrence has been elevated to partner. Dwyer is a member of the Mass & Toxic Torts and Torts & Products Liability Defense Practice Areas. She is also a recruitment liaison for the firm’s Summer Associate Program and a member of the firm’s Diversity Leadership Team, Associate Integration Committee, and Women’s Forum. She is based in Buffalo.


Blanchard joins Jackson Lewis P.C.

2011

Blanchard joins Jackson Lewis P.C.

Daniel L. Blanchard (M.P.A., 2011 and J.D., 2011) has joined national labor and employment law firm Jackson Lewis P.C. as an associate in the firm’s Philadelphia office. Daniel focuses his practice on representing employers in workplace law matters, including pre-litigation claims and litigation, as well as preventive advice, counseling, and investigations. 


Toomey elected partner

2012

Arnold & Porter is pleased to announce the election of Kevin M. Toomey as partner. Toomey is a member of the Financial Services practice and resident in the Washington, DC office.  He earned his JD from Syracuse University College of Law and received his BA from Colgate University.


White appointed to Syracuse's Common Council

2013

Syracuse Common Council appoints its part-time lawyer, Ronnie White, as new councilor. White is a solo practitioner who previously worked for Mackenzie Hughes law firm and for Onondaga County’s law department. He has a law degree from Syracuse University.


Cottrell joins Hodgson Russ

2015

Cottrell joins Hodgson Russ

Hodgson Russ is pleased to announce that Brandon Cottrell has joined the firm as a Senior Associate in its Real Estate practice. Brandon is based in the Rochester and Buffalo offices.

Brandon concentrates on commercial real estate and finance transactions. He represents clients on a local and national basis in the acquisition, disposition, financing, developing and leasing of shopping centers, office, industrial/manufacturing and warehouse space, mixed use and multifamily properties. Notable development projects that Brandon has assisted on include casinos, golf courses/country clubs, hotels/resorts, solar and wind farms and student housing. Brandon represents borrowers and lenders in various financing transactions that include construction and permanent mortgage financing, asset based lending, equity and other mezzanine financing, bridge loans, credit facilities and equipment leases.

Brandon graduated first in his class at Syracuse University College of Law, and is a cum laude graduate of SUNY Geneseo, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in accounting.


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.


Crichton joins Fox Rothschild LLP

2017

Kory A. Crichton has joined Fox Rothschild LLP in Morristown, NJ as an associate in the Family Law Practice. Kory represents clients in a full range of family law matters, and has significant experience in matrimonial law, including divorce and domestic violence proceedings. Prior to joining Fox, Kory was an associate at a Morristown-based family law firm. He previously was a law clerk for the Honorable Ralph E. Amirata of Morris County (NJ) Superior Court, Family Division and the Honorable Mary F. Walrath of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware.