Class Notes Archive - 1980's
I'm aiming to be the oldest first time parent in the class. My wife, Pam, and I are adopting a little girl from China. This will probably happen in March. Twenty-five years after law school and I've only had one full-time job..legal aid. Now I run a human rights unit focusing mostly on immigration. Its forced me to try to learn Spanish. Also for twenty five years I've been an on air DJ at a community radio station in Tampa. My show is called the Sound Safari (world music). Listen on-line Sunday evenings at 8 pm. (8/05)
I'm thankful every day for the joy of being alive; it doesn't hurt to have Victoria (8), Hudson (6) and my (soul mate) wife, Sue, to be my constant companions through this journey.
I'm also lucky and thrilled to recently have encountered a challenge at work that is making me feel good about being a lawyer--handling a class-action lawsuit (my first) on behalf of thousands of rescue, recovery, and construction workers at Ground Zero, who now have serious respiratory and other ailments from their unprotected exposure to toxins during the cleanup in the months following 9/11.
And on a different note, I can't believe that it’s been 25 years since graduation. We're really just a blip on the radar screen so enjoy it while you can. Best to all. (8/05)
Christopher is a senior faculty member at Babson College, now teaching executives and managers all over the world. "I do significant consulting in the financial services industry about estate planning, retirement planning, and financial planning." (6/04)
Daniel M. Kimmel
Sorry to be missing the 25th reunion, but I'm at my niece's bat mitzvah in the Catskills. (My daughter Amanda is four years away from that, so it shouldn't conflict with the 30th.)
I'm still a film critic, and my reviews can be found at rottentomatoes.com. My history of the FOX broadcast network, The Fourth Network, was published in 2004 and won the Cable Center Award for best book of the year. I'm currently working on a history of DreamWorks studio, which should be out next year. I also do a lot of public speaking, so if you're looking for someone who won't put your group to sleep, give me a call. (8/05)
I am still (since 1987) General counsel for The Nelson Companies (offering real estate development, commercial brokerage, property management, construction and property services). We are off Rt. 128 in Waltham and it finally looks like commercial real estate is slowly coming back.
On the personal front, my daughter is a senior at George Washington University, and my son is a sophomore at Carnegie Mellon University. My husband (Don Shepard) is a research professor at Brandeis. (8/05)
I was elected District Attorney of Juniata County, Pennsylvania, in November 1999, with a four-year term starting. (10/01)
I worked in private practice as a labor/ employment law specialist for 17 years. I obtained a Masters in Labor Law from NYU. I co-authored two books in my field. I worked in house for a small company prior to putting my legal career on hiatus.
I married Ed Koch (not hizzonner) in 1997 and have two beautiful sons, Edward (3.5) and William (19 months). They are a handful. I think litigation was easier!
Prior to marriage and family I traveled extensively reaching Australia, New Zealand, Tahiti, Hong Kong, Japan, Europe,and the highlight, a safari in Botswana and Zimbabwe.
In his spare time, Ed is the national treasurer for USA Track & Field and was an Olympic track official in Atlanta. So now we travel domestically to the big track meets. I wish all my classmates well." (10/02)
Bruce was recently promoted to Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Cendant Mobility in Danbury, Connecticut. He joined Cendant in 1991 after 9 years in private practice. Bruce lives in Brookfield, Connecticut with his wife, Pam and their son, David. (1/02)
I started my own law firm 12 years ago in New York City specializing in bankruptcy, real estate and corporate law. Having my own firm has been wonderful, kept me busy and the time has passed quickly. I am married and my wife (Lisa) and I have three wonderful boys." (6/02)
In March, I left Testa Hurwitz with two other partners, and opened the new Boston office of Proskauer Rose, LLP. We moved into International Place, and now have 16 attorneys (including a labor partner who joined us from Bingham McCutchen). I am the office head, and one of the national partners responsible for heading up the firm's patent litigation practice. (7/04)
I live in Bethesda, MD with wife Sharon and daughter Leigh, an avid figure skater. I am the Benefits Director for American Systems Corporation, a 100% ESOP-owned, 1200 employee government contracting firm. I also serve as President of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the ESOP Association. I can be reached at email@example.com. Look forward to hearing from you." (10/03)
Carol L. O'Riordan
The Embassy of Chile chose Carol O’Riordan, a partner in the O’Riordan Bethel Law Firm, LLP, to brief a Chilean trade delegation on “Mastering Government Procurement Systems in the U.S.” The February 4 briefing covered legal and contractual issues facing Chilean businesses entering the U.S government contracts markets. Under the new Free Trade Agreement, Chilean businesses can contract directly with Federal and more than 30 state governmental agencies, and US companies can bid for Chilean government contracts.
With colleagues here and in Chile, The O'Riordan Law Firm and TransLegal are assembling a network of potential US-Chilean business contacts in connection with a planned trade mission to Santiago later this year. Interested parties should contact Carol at CORiordan@ORiordan-law.com or 202-822-1720. (2/04)
John A. Riley
John is a member of Vison & Elkins administrative and environmental law section. He represents clients on permitting and enforcement matters in the air, water, and waste media before the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. From September 1994 to March 1998, he was the Director of the Litigation Division (then called "Litigation Support") at the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission, which is now the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. Mr. Riley received his B.S. in biology/genetics in 1979 from Cornell University and his J.D. in 1983 from Boston University. (2/04)
Still married to fellow Section D'er, Matt Lynch, and have won him over to the dark side--using legal skills as business leader. I'm a HR manager for North and South American operations at Otis Elevator in Farmington. Matt's become president of US business for the real estate investment advisory business of UBS in Hartford. Most of our non-work time is occupied by the school and social lives of sons Travis, soon to be freshmen at NW Catholic High School, and 5th grader Christopher.
Matt has spent a lot of time in Europe for UBS over the past year and half and we expect the international travel to tone down and US travel to pick up. We hope to be in Boston for the reunion in October, but are always happy to hear from classmates in the Boston-New York corridor. (8/04)
Josh H. Kardisch
After 11 years as an associate and a partner at Rivkin Radler, my wife, Bonnie (whom I met at work) and I started a litigation and general practice with several associates in Rockville Centre. (I do the litigation and she does the general practice).
We have three children: Jillian (22), who just graduated SUNY Binghamton; Brian (21), who will graduate from Oneonta in 2007; and Zachary (11), a fifth grader at Solomon Schechter Day School in Jericho. There do not appear to be any future attorneys in our clan, each of our kids wanting to be rich WITHOUT the stress! We are all avid hockey fans, and Zach expects to get a scholarship to play for the Terriers! (6/05)
After working at Skadden, Arps for 3 years, I went to Weil, Gotshal & Manges, also in New York, for 2 years. Following being a lawyer, I got caught up in efforts by the accounting firms to form multidisciplinary practices (MDPs) and became a partner at Deloitte. I was there for 7 years and headed the Capital Markets Tax Practice. The training and practice at Deloitte was fantastic. I left Deloitte to become the general counsel of a credit derivative company. After putting on over $11 billion of risk, our balance sheet provider got cold feet and closed down the company.
Since that time, I have been a Managing Director at Deutsche Bank in New York, where I lead the "products and clients" function within Group Tax (Americas). On a personal note, I divorced and remarried 3 years later to a real estate lawyer (but alas, not a BU graduate). We are still happily married and raising two children, David (1995) and Gillian (1997). I think it's fair to sum up my personal life as being a "hockey dad." (6/04)
Jack was appointed a judge of the Boston Municipal court last year.' (3/02)
I am a partner at Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edleman & Dicker in NY, specializing in defending medical malpractice cases against physicians and hospitals. I live in Westchester with my wife Michele and two sons, Jon, 10 (who perpetually wears a Boston Red Sox cap) and Keith, 8 (who lives in a Derek Jeter shirt). (7/04)
I have been with the U.S. Dept. of Labor since 1987, all the while working in the black lung benefits program. After litigating black lung claims for
many years, I became the Counsel for Enforcement in 2001. I now chase down dead-beat coal mine operators. More importantly, I live in Rockville, Md, with my wife of 10 years, Amy, and my 8 year old son, David. (7/04)
Stacey Orr Gallant
Hello to everyone. I have lived in Atlanta since 1992 with my husband, Mitch, and three kids: ages 5, 5, and 7. Life is busy, happy, and full. (8/05)
I have been with the same firm for 20 years now (since graduation). The kids are older. Josh is a freshman at Indiana University interested in a majoring in business and then getting a law degree. He is a great young man. Adam is a junior in high school, active in his youth group and in a well-renowned school choir. Like his brother, he is well-liked. Cydney is in 8th grade and likes dance, has lots of friends and enjoys babysitting, too. I recently married Jo-Jo Siegel, an RN for Paramount Health Care in Toledo. We are heading off to Italy in October. (8/05)
In November 2004, I was elected to serve in the Minnesota House of Representatives--the first Democrat from my area to be elected to the state legislature in 30 years. I am still married to Mark, a physician at the Mayo Clinic. We have three children: an 18-year-old son (who spent his freshman year at BU but has transferred to the University of Minnesota), a 16-year-old daughter, and a 12-year-old son. (6/06)
Barry S. Kantrowitz
My wife Sharon and I are very happy to announce the birth of our daughter Michelle Leigh, born on August 13, 2005. David (16), Melissa (13), and Daniel (3), have a new hand to hold! We are all thrilled.
On the business side, my 13-lawyer firm is busy handling all types of civil litigation throughout New York and New Jersey. If we can be of assistance, please call me.
On the community side, I am very pleased to report that my efforts as President of the JCC-Y of Rockland have led to the acquisition of a 135,000 square foot building on 15 acres. Our $25 Million Capital Campaign to renovate the facility is underway. We are gratefully accepting donations from individuals, corporations & foundations! (8/05)
In February 2005, after various stints as in-house counsel to a retiree health plan and as a consultant to employee group benefit plans (with a one year detour into non-profit fundraising), I took the position of Deputy Director of Federal Regulatory Affairs at America's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), the trade association representing most of the companies that provide health benefits in the U.S. My current focus is the expansion of the Medicare program into prescription drug coverage.
I live in Chevy Chase, Md., with my husband, Mark Meridy, my son, Ari (12), daughter, Ayelet (8), and a shetland sheepdog, Maxi (49 in dog years). I would enjoy hearing from former classmates. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. (6/06)
Randy Sue (Kornfeld) Marber
I was elected President of the Nassau County District Court Judges' Association and have served as a judge in that court since January 2002. (6/06)
Douglas A. Neary
Douglas has been elected to the Executive Committee of Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP where he has been a partner since 1993. Douglas specializes in general corporate and securities law, including mergers and acquisitions, capital formation, as well as federal and state securities law compliance. His practice includes corporate governance, information technology matters, corporate finance, and venture capital investments, as well as public company regulatory matters. (1/02)
I live in Newton, Mass., with my wife, Sarine, and three children. My law firm, Rodman Rodman & Sandman, is one of 60 firms nationwide that worked to pioneer the Master Settlement Agreement between the various states’ Attorney Generals and the tobacco industry. (6/06)
Diana J. Szochet
Over the past twelve years, Diana has pursued a career as counsel to the New York State Grievance Committee for the Second and Eleventh Judicial Districts, developing an expertise in the areas of attorney ethics and professional responsibility.
In May 2000, she was elected to a one year term as president of the New York State Association of Disciplinary Attorneys. Diana also became a trustee of the Brooklyn Bar Association, where she has been coordinating ethics seminars for newly admitted and seasoned practitioners.
Diana and her husband Harry Chevan live in Brooklyn with their two children, Leah (six) and Nathaniel (three). (11/01)
Peggy has left Hawaii, and the law firm of Goodsill Anderson Quin & Stifel, where she had been a partner for seven years, and moved to Deary, Idaho. She writes "My son Daniel (6) and I are relocating to a little town in the country, near the Washington border. I will still be working, writing appellate briefs and such, mostly via the Internet, mostly for attorneys in Hawaii. My old friends can reach me by email at email@example.com. (12/01)
Eileen F. Morrison
I set up shop in Newtonville where I focus on representing performing artists, fine artists, professionals, investors, and multinational executives and managers in obtaining nonimmigrant visas and permanent residence in the U.S. I was elected to the Board of Directors at The Second Step, a homeless shelter for battered women and their children. I am now Vice President of the Board and Chair of the Program Committee. I've been married to my husband, Michael Jablon, for 17 years and we have two children, ages 9 and 13. (6/06)
Jeremy A. Roth
On February 25, 2002, Littler Mendelson, P.C., the nation's largest employment and labor law firm, announces the appointment of Jeremy A. Roth to managing shareholder of the San Diego office.
"Jeremy has been extremely active in client development efforts over the past few years, and brings his enthusiasm for this important focus to his new position," said Tice-Wallner. "Jeremy was the natural choice for the job, and we are proud to promote our colleague to managing shareholder."
As managing shareholder, Roth will be responsible for Littler Mendelson's San Diego office of 18 attorneys. His responsibilities will include management of the office, hiring decisions, evaluating shareholder compensation, business and community relations, "I am pleased and honored," said Roth. "My goal is to continue the tradition of providing exceptional legal services and solutions for our clients and to maintain the firm's commitment to excellence in employment law," said Roth.
In addition to management responsibilities, Mr. Roth will continue his legal practice representing management in state and federal courts and before various governmental agencies. Mr. Roth specializes in defending employers in cases involving wrongful termination, employment-related torts, employment discrimination and wage and hour claims. In addition, he counsels companies in sexual harassment prevention, identification of potential workplace violence issues, effective use of performance appraisals, and litigation avoidance. He represents companies throughout the nation.
Mr. Roth was the 1995 Chair of the San Diego County Bar Association Labor and Employment Law Section. He is a former member and secretary to the Board of Managers of the Jackie Robinson Family Branch YMCA, Southeast San Diego.' (3/02)
Susan (Crews) Rubinovitz
I'm a legal search consultant with Abelson Legal Search in Philadelphia, Pa. I place attorneys at law firms and corporations throughout the Northeast. I live in Cherry Hill, N.J., with my husband, Ron, and our three children. (6/06)
I left the life of law practice at large law firms (Kelley Drye & Warren and Arent Fox Kitner Plotkin & Kahn) 3 years ago when my daughter was born. At that time, I purchased a franchise called Talking Book World and opened 2 stores in the D.C. area. I became the top franchisee in the 50 store chain in my first year in business. I just moved back to Boston and I am opening a store here in the near future.
Because of my background in both financial services (LLM Banking from Morin Center in '89) and sales, I have also been working as a mortgage broker. I am now working with Summit Mortgage, which has offices in the Back Bay, the waterfront downtown, Arlington, Marlborough, Wakefield, and North Andover. I would be delighted to assist any of my old classmates with their mortgage needs!!!" (4/02)
I was promoted to equity partner at McDermott, Will & Emery effective January 1, 2002. In the last 12 months, I gave birth to a second son, Jordan Everett Dembsky, on Dec. 4, 2000 and managed to still receive a promotion. It was a busy year! Jordan joins his big brother Aaron (age 3) and father Jay in making our household hectic and happy. (2/02)
In February of 2001, my partners Caesar Tabet and Gino DiVito and I left Quinlan & Crisham and founded Tabet DiVito & Rothstein LLC in Chicago. We presently have three associates and are looking to add two or three more before the end of the year. We are continuing our practice of complex commercial, corporate, and governmental litigation in the trial and appellate courts in Chicago and around the country.
Caesar and I were founding partners of Quinlan & Crisham in 1996 after the breakup of Phelan Pope & John. Gino is a former Illinois appellate and trial court judge who joined the Quinlan firm when he left the bench.
On a personal note, my wife Doreen and I recently learned that we are expecting twins! Big brothers Evan (6 ½) and Connor (4 ½) are anxiously awaiting the arrival of their new baby sisters. (10/01)
Jennifer Vaughan Almeida
Jennifer resigned from her position as an attorney with the US Department of Housing and Urban Development shortly before the birth of her second child in May 1998. Jennifer is now happily at home full time with her daughters, Eleanor (age three and a half), and Celeste (21 months). (10/01)
Ross A. Honig
I have been married for 13 years to Michelle Packer and have three sons: Jesse (10), Sam (8) and Jake (6) and live in Armonk, N.Y. I have recently joined Winston & Strawn LLP as a partner in the Real Estate Department of the New York office after six years at Schulte Roth & Zabel. (6/05)
Cynthia (Cindy) Larose
Cindy has been named a partner at Mintz Levin in Boston. She concentrates her practice in representation of Information Technology and Internet companies. She was profiled during WITI's 2001 Women in Technology Month on their web site last June. Cynthia was chosen to be featured from among countless nominations for her accomplishments and her technology expertise. (11/01)
My career path has evolved into Internet marketing for attorneys and law firms. Besides a small web-based practice here in California, I operate a Company which publishes legal related web sites including OnlineAttorneyFinder.com and LegalWebGuide.com. I was recently married to my wife Karen and we live in Berkeley, California." (4/02)
John Sachs, Jr.
John writes that his firm has finally settled into a permanent space after the tragedy of September 11. Their former offices were on the 85th floor of One World Trade Center. Two of his colleagues were killed in the attack and many others had truly harrowing experiences that day. After leading a nomadic existence in Manhattan, the firm is now in their new offices and finally settling back into a routine. Despite these challenges the firm is continuing its growth. (9/02)
Lynne (Tanaka) Toyofuku
After ten years with Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel, in 1998, I left to form Jossem & Toyofuku, a boutique law firm concentrating in labor and employment law. The Summer of 2001 saw the merger of our firm with the Dwyer firm. Dwyer Schraff et al. consists of approximately twelve attorneys concentrating in the areas of corporate, real estate, labor & employment, and litigation." (1/02)
Michael and his wife Gayle are pleased to announce the birth of Bayla Rose Henry, born January 2, 2001. Michael and Gayle have three other children, Elana (8), Jacob (6), and Samuel (3). Michael is a solo practitioner in Lexington, MA. (12/01)
Steven is a civil litigator practicing in Boca Raton, Florida. He also has his own political consulting company and has worked with many local and statewide candidates. As the attorney for the Palm Beach County Democratic Party, he was one of the lawyers working on the Presidential Recount litigation. The Palm Beach Post referred to him a the "architect of the Democrats" recount strategy in Palm Beach County. He has also risen up the ranks of professional tennis umpires and travels a bit with the men's and women's professional tours. He officiated at the US Open the past two years. He invites any classmates visiting South Florida to look him up. (2/03)
Bryan was recently named one of Pennsylvania's "Lawyers on the Fast Track" by American Lawyer Media, which recognizes attorneys under the age of 40 who have advanced the field of law, brought legal issues to the forefront of public awareness, are dedicated to pro bono efforts within their community and have shown leadership in the profession through exceptional involvement in legal organizations.
Bryan has been extremely active with the Allegheny County Bar Association and has successfully grown one of the Bar Association's largest campaigns, which raises funds for local hunger relief agencies. Bryan is a member of the litigation group of Klett Rooney Lieber & Schorling in the Pittsburgh office, and lives in the Pittsburgh suburb of Mt. Lebanon with his wife, Julie, and their three children, Simon, 7, Justin, 4 and Zoe, 10 months. (11/03)
John has been appointed to serve as Executive partner of the Tampa office of Holland & Knight LLP, effective October 1, 2002 according to Robert R. Feagin III, managing partner of the firm. Phillips will continue his law practice in the area of labor and employment law, where he represents the firm’s employer clients in labor matters throughout the state of Florida. He is a member of the Florida, American and Hillsborough County Bar Associations. (2/03)
Matthew A. Rosenbaum
I was appointed by Governor George Pataki of New York to fill a vacancy on the New York State Supreme Court and will run for a complete 14-year term in the fall of '05. My wife Hope (Rockwood) and I have four children: Jacob, Madeline, Lily and Benjamin. (6/05)
Philip H. Stillman
I am a partner in Flynn & Stillman, primarily handling litigation for entertainment clients such as The Beach Boys and Deepak Chopra, with an emphasis on copyright, trademark and defamation cases. I live and work in Cardiff, a beach community in San Diego, where I make sure to surf every day and live the California lifestyle! (6/05)
Robert D. Webb
Robert was elected partner of the Boston law firm of Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP. Webb's practice is concentrated in the areas of ERISA compliance, employee compensation arrangements, and benefit plan administration. He counsels benefit managers, HR professionals, company representatives, and plan fiduciaries in all aspects of their tax-qualified retirement plans, tax-advantaged equity-based compensation arrangements, and health and welfare benefit programs, including voluntary exit incentive and group termination programs. (2/02)