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Syracuse University College of Law Adds Four New Board of Advisors Members

Posted on Thursday 2/13/2020
College of Law

Syracuse University College of Law is proud to announce the appointment of four new Board of Advisors members: Stephanie Jacqueney G’82, L’82; James Southwick L’89; Suzanne Galbato L'98; and Antonio Diaz-Albertini L’07. These appointments underscore the College's commitment to reflect the diverse talent and leadership represented by its alumni community. 

“Our Advisors are successful, engaged, and dynamic alumni who provide essential advice in support of our mission and our students," says Dean Craig M. Boise. "The perspectives and experiences of Stephanie, Jim, Suzanne, and Antonio are an invaluable addition to the Board. I look forward to working with them closely as we develop and execute our future plans and prepare our students for their careers.” 

“The legal profession is evolving at a fast pace, and it is crucial that law schools anticipate and respond to these changes with innovations in legal education,” says Board of Advisors Chair Robert M. Hallenbeck L’83. “The insights that these four highly regarded, high profile lawyers bring to the Board will help ensure that the College of Law meets the changing demands of employers and students alike.” 

The four new Board of Advisors members bring expertise in entertainment law, complex commercial litigation, business and employment law, environmental law, commercial financing, and private equity. 

Stephanie A. Jacqueney G’82, L’82

Stephanie Jacqueney is an entertainment lawyer and business affairs executive with more than 30 years of experience in television and live production. Jacqueney previously served as Vice President, Legal and Business Affairs, for Madison Square Garden (MSG) Sports & Entertainment LLC, where she was Lead Production Attorney for MSG and its Radio City Entertainment division’s live productions, including the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, the New York Spectacular starring the Rockettes, and Super Bowl halftime shows. She was also MSG’s lead intellectual property attorney and managed MSG’s intellectual property portfolio. Before MSG, Jacqueney held several positions with Time Warner Inc. including Vice President and General Counsel of Manhattan Cable TV, then the largest franchise cable television operator. 

In addition to her J.D., Jacqueney holds a Master of Public Administration degree from Syracuse University Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs and a Bachelor of Science from Cornell University. She is a Member of the Board of the Alumni Association of Cornell University’s College of Human Ecology and the Cornell University Council, as well as a Founding Member of Cornell University’s President’s Council of Cornell Women. She currently serves on the Entertainment Law Committee of the New York City Bar Association and previously served on its Copyright and its Arbitration committees.

James Thurlow Southwick L’89

Jim Southwick has spent his entire 30-year career in private practice representing plaintiffs and defendants in complex commercial litigation and trials, principally involving monopolization, international cartels, and shareholder rights. For the past 20 years he has been Partner in the Houston office of Susman Godfrey LLP, a commercial trial boutique. He began his career as an associate at Breed, Abbott & Morgan in New York City.

Among his recent high-profile cases, Southwick led a trial of the largest shareholder oppression case on record; was co-lead trial counsel in Vitamin C antitrust litigation that led to the US Supreme Court’s ruling regarding how foreign governments’ statements about their laws should be treated by US courts; and worked extensively on suits against international money center banks for aiding the breaches of fiduciary duties at Enron. Southwick has twice received awards for outstanding achievement in antitrust litigation from the American Antitrust Institute. In addition to his J.D., Southwick holds a bachelor’s degree in economics (1982) from the College of William & Mary. 

Suzanne Galbato L'98

Suzanne Galbato is Co-Deputy Chair of the Litigation Department at Bond, Schoeneck & King PLLC in Syracuse, NY, where she litigates commercial, False Claims Act, employment discrimination, antitrust, environmental cases, and more. She serves on Bond's Management Committee and is former Chair of the Associate Committee, Recruiting Committee, and Women’s Initiative. She also has been a Member of the firm’s Diversity Committee.

In addition to her J.D., Galbato holds an A.B. (1995, magna cum laude) from Harvard University. For her alma mater, she has served on the Board of the Syracuse University Law Alumni Association and the Law Honors Committee; she coaches advocacy teams and judges competitions; and she speaks regularly about private practice, interviewing, mentoring, work/life balance, and diversity. Among her service to the profession and community, she is a Trustee of the Northern District Federal Court Bar Association; a Member of the New York State Bar Association Women in the Law Section; and a Board Member of the Central New York Women’s Bar Association and the Onondaga County Bar Foundation.

Antonio L. Diaz-Albertini L’07

Antonio L. Diaz-Albertini is Partner at Schulte Roth & Zabel (SRZ) in New York City, where he advises private equity funds, global investment banking firms, commercial banks, and public and private corporations in finance transactions. He has worked on financing deals in a variety of industries including retail, financial services, technology, natural resources, pharmaceuticals, and telecommunications. Diaz-Albertini serves on SRZ’s Summer Program Committee. 

Diaz-Albertini took his law degree, magna cum laude, in 2007. At Syracuse, he was a Member of the Order of the Coif and Syracuse Law Review and an Associate Member of the Justinian Honor Society. His bachelor's degree is from Bryant University (2003, magna cum laude).

New Board of Advisors members, 2020.
New Board of Advisors members, 2020.