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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. 


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. 


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.


Flood named Partner

2000

Brian T. Flood – Class of 2000, has been named Partner at the law firm of DeWitt LLP of Green Bay, Wisconsin. For many of his clients, Brian takes on the role of corporate counsel, advising them on all aspects business law.  His practice focuses on business transactions, banking, litigation, real estate, and employment law. 


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.


Vargas elected Chair of State Bar of Texas

2004

Vargas elected Chair of State Bar of Texas

Santos Vargas was selected chair-elect of the State Bar of Texas Board of Directors during the board’s quarterly meeting held April 16. Vargas, a shareholder at Davis & Santos in San Antonio, will take office in June and will  serve as chair until June 2022.


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.


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.


Lawyer named Deputy Chair

2017

Bond, Schoeneck & King is pleased to announce that Amber Lawyer (J.D., Syracuse University College of Law, 2017) will become deputy chair of its Cybersecurity and Data Privacy practice.  Lawyer advises clients on cybersecurity and data privacy compliance issues, including state, federal and international cybersecurity and data privacy laws. She conducts technology and software contract review, data protection risk management assessments, privacy and cybersecurity diligence review for mergers and acquisitions, policy drafting, trainings, data audit and compliance reviews. She also advises her clients on response to data subject requests and complaints, security incidents and data breaches under various state, federal, and international cybersecurity laws including NY SHIELD Act. Lawyer has broad experience with various data privacy regimes including the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) and the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and maintains a certification as a CIPP/E (Certified Information Privacy Professional/Europe) attorney.


Marino joins Addelman Cross & Baldwin, PC

2019

Marino joins Addelman Cross & Baldwin, PC

Addelman Cross & Baldwin, PC (Buffalo, NY) is pleased to announce the addition of Elaina Marino ‘19 as an associate. Ms. Marino’s areas of practice include Professional and Medical Malpractice, Trucking and Transportation, Municipal Law, Insured and Self-Insured Litigation, and Commercial Litigation.  Ms. Marino received her B.A. from State University of New York at Geneseo in 2016 and her J.D. from Syracuse University College of Law in 2019.


Fasoldt admitted to practice

2020

Fasoldt admitted to practice

Bousquet Holstein PLLC is pleased to announce that Jeffrey C. Fasoldt, Jr. has been admitted to practice law in New York State and is now an Associate Attorney in the firm’s Real Estate Practice Group. Prior to joining the firm, Jeff participated in the firm’s Summer Associate Program, following his second year of law school, where he assisted with a variety of complex real estate and land use matters.

Jeff graduated magna cum laude from Syracuse University College of Law in 2020. During his time in law school, Jeff served as a Research Assistant to Professor Robin Paul Malloy, focusing on the interactions of land use, real estate, and disability law. In addition, Jeff worked as an Associate Notes Editor on the Syracuse Law Review. Jeff was also a member of the Justinian Honor Society during both his second and third year. During law school, Jeff worked as a judicial intern for the Honorable David N. Hurd in U.S. District Court. Jeff is also a cum laude graduate of St. Bonaventure University . He grew up in Avon, NY and now resides in Downtown Syracuse.