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Criminal defense attorney Steve Hallett ’87 died on September 11 at the age of 60. 

Natalie Corrigan Ungari ’04 died on July 19 at the age of 35. Prior to starting her own practice, she was in-house counsel at Two Trees Management Company, specializing in real estate law. 

Hon. William F. Tuohey ’67, who served as a judge on the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of New Jersey from 1986 until he retired from his 14-year term on the bench in 2000, died on June 27 at the age of 71. Judge Tuohey began his career at Milton, Keane and DeBona, becoming a partner at the firm, then known as Milton, Keane & Brady, in 1976. He worked in the field of bankruptcy throughout his career in private practice. 

Michael Dailey ’82 died on June 2. He was 59 years old.

Harry Randall ’53 died on May 2. He was 86 years old. He was associated for many years with the family law practice, Randall & Randall, in Westwood. Randall performed extensive public service, including as a member of the New Jersey Assembly, a Bergen County freeholder, president of the Bergen County Bar Association, and borough attorney for several towns.

Michael Querques ’53 died on April 2 at the age of 84. An attorney with his own practice in Bloomfield, Querques was described in a New Jersey Law Journal obituary article as the “acknowledged dean of New Jersey criminal lawyers.”

Robert M. Bonomo ’68
died on Jan. 17 at age 69. He began his career in private practice then moved to the Essex County Public Defender’s office “which he later said were the best days of his practicing law.” After leaving the Public Defender’s office he re-entered private practice and was a member of the firm of Bonomo, Ravitz & Walsh, Toms River, for many years until he retired in 2010. 


Alumni Achievements > 2013

Chief Justice Stuart Rabner has announced the elevation of Superior Court Judge Garry S. Rothstadt ’83 to the Appellate Division, effective Dec. 15, 2013. Judge Rothstadt was appointed to the bench in 2001, serving first in the criminal division of the Passaic Vicinage and moving to the family division in 2004. He was assigned to the civil division in 2007 and recently also served as the general equity disqualification judge. 

John Sharpe James ’95 has been sworn in as an at-large member of the Newark city council.

Bakari G. Lee ’00, a partner with McManimon, Scotland & Baumann LLC, has been elected secretary-treasurer of the Association of Community College Trustees’ executive committee. Lee is vice chairman of the Hudson County Community College board of trustees.

Anna Maria Tejada ’99 has rejoined Kaufman Dolowich & Voluck LLP as a partner in its Hackensack office and director of its New Jersey Labor and Employment Practice. Tejada is 2013-2014 president of the Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey. 

Kevin J. Armstrong ’93, director and managing counsel for Pershing Advisor Solutions LLC, has been selected by the Council of Urban Professionals (CUP) as a CUP Catalyst: 2013 Change Agent.

Edward Nussbaum ’73, a principal and co-founder of Nusbaum & Parrino, P.C., co-authored a chapter on Connecticut family law for Family Law Jurisdictional Comparisons, a volume in the European Lawyer Reference Series (European Lawyer/Thomson Reuters, 2013). The edition covers eight U.S. jurisdictions and 37 countries.

Elisa Basnight ’02 has received a Presidential appointment to serve as the Director of the Center for Women Veterans at the Department of Veterans Affairs. She was previously with Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney P.C.

George W. Johnston ’75 has joined Gibbons P.C. as counsel in the Intellectual Property Department. He was most recently vice president and chief patent counsel at Hoffmann-La Roche Inc.

Brach Eichler has appointed former Assistant Attorney General Riza Dagli ’97 chair of its new Criminal Defense and Government Investigations Group. Dagli, who spent 13 years in the AG’s office, has joined the firm as a partner.

Miguel Pozo ’98 has been sworn in as president of the Hispanic National Bar Association. 

Global Legal Entertainment Inc. has appointed Jay Itzkowitz ’85 as senior vice president and general counsel, responsible for the company’s worldwide legal affairs. He was previously at News Corporation, where he held senior legal positions at the Fox businesses in Los Angeles, then at News International in London, and then at Sky Global in New York.

The educational non-profit New Jersey SEEDS has appointed Angelo Genova ’78, co-founding partner of Genova Burns Giantomasi Webster, to its board of trustees.

Harold Burstyn ’87 has co-edited the Fall 2013 issue of The SciTech Lawyer, a magazine published by the ABA Science amd Technology Section. Burstyn, who is counsel at Ostrolenk Faber LLP, New York, and a solo practitioner in Syracuse, NY, is an ABA member of the National Conference on Lawyers and Scientists. 

Essays for My Father: A legacy of passion, politics, and patriotism in small-town America is the fourth book published by Richard Muti ’80.

Brandon D. Williams ’13, who had been associate vice president of basketball operations for the NBA, has been appointed by the Philadelphia 76ers to its front office. Williams also has been named general manager of the Delaware 87ers.

Eastern Nazarene College has named Laurie Giles ’88 as the executive director of its Center for Responsibility and Justice. Giles is an assistant professor in the psychology and criminal justice department at the college.

Lori St. John ’00
 is author of the new book The Corruption of Innocence: A Journey for Justice (Creative Production Service, September 2013). As a student at the law school, St. John founded and directed the Innocence Project for Justice. 

Mark J. Sugarman ’79
 has joined Olshan Frome Wolosky LLP as of counsel. Most recently a partner at Bryan Cave LLP, he focuses his practice on ground lease and commercial office lease revaluation disputes and related matters.

Adjunct Professor Harold Braff ’59 will receive the 2013 Daniel J. O’Hern Award from the New Jersey Commission on Professionalism in the Law on October 17. Braff is of counsel at Margulies Wind.

The American Hospital Association has appointed Alan Aviles ’77 to its board of trustees for a three-year term beginning January 1, 2014. Aviles is president and CEO of the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation.

Kenneth Strait, Jr. ’84 has been named municipal judge for the Township of Montclair. He had been the township’s prosecutor for the past five years.

Rick Jones ’87, executive director of the Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem, has been installed as secretary of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

The Mayor of Syracuse, New York, has appointed Joseph Masella ’77 as chair of the city’s Citizen Review Board. Masella is CEO of Pinnacle Capital Management.  

Barbara Res ’07, former Trump Organization executive vice president, has written a memoir, All Alone on the 68th Floor, about her experiences as a woman in the male-dominated fields of construction and engineering.

Jennifer M. Carrillo Perez ’04 has been appointed counsel at Genova Burns Giantomasi Webster. She is a member of the firm’s Commercial Real Estate and Redevelopment and Land Use and Approvals Practice groups. 

“I feel I’ve accomplished a lot in my lifetime because I was civic-minded and belonged to many organizations,” Jerome Rose ’35 told the Jersey Journal  for an article about the soon-to-be 100 year old. Rose is the founder of Bayonne’s Rose & Rose, now Rose & Zucker, LLC, which is headed by his son Stephen S. Rose ’65.

Rosalind Fuse-Hall ’83 has become the 17th president of Bennett College. Most recently she was chief of staff to the president at Florida A&M University and interim director of Title III programs.

Evelina Padilla ’08 has been appointed to the board of directors of Advocates for Children of New Jersey. An associate with Hinkle, Fingles & Prior, she focuses her practice on providing legal representation to persons with disabilities and their families.

Lora Fong ’91 and Martin Perez ’86 have been sworn in as members of the Rutgers University Board of Governors. Fong is general counsel and senior vice president with DiversityInc. and Perez is president of the Latino Leadership Alliance of New Jersey.

Kellie Lerner ’03 was selected by the New York Law Journal for its inaugural list of Rising Stars, attorneys 40 and under who are top contributors to the practice of law and their communities. Lerner, a partner with Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi, L.L.P., focuses on antitrust and trade regulation issues.

Lawyers of Color has included Andrés Acebo ’11 on its inaugural “Hot List” for the Eastern Region. The 100 early to mid-career attorneys on the list are selected for their noteworthy achievements or active participation in legal pipeline initiatives. Acebo is an associate in the Commercial Litigation department at Day Pitney LLP.

Richard C. Williams ’99, who was previously with Seeger Weiss LLP, has joined Heffler Claims Group as a project manager. He will be responsible for all aspects of Heffler's mass tort claims processing.

Amy Wechsler ’85, partner at Shimalla, Wechsler, Lepp & D’Onofrio, LLP, has been elected president of the Somerset County Bar Association. She has served as chair of the association’s Family Law Committee and is a member of the New Jersey State Bar Association Family Law Executive Committee.

Robert Frank ’70 has joined Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A. as of counsel and will focus his practice on immigration-related matters.

Rashida MacMurray-Abdullah ’02, core forensic and dispute services manager for Deloitte Financial Advisory Services, has been named to the 2013 “Nation’s Best Advocates: 40 Lawyers Under 40” list, a collaborative effort of the National Bar Association and IMPACT. MacMurray-Abdullah is a charter trustee on the Rutgers University Board of Trustees. 

The New Jersey State Bar Foundation has selected Richard J. Badolato ’65 as the 2013 recipient of the Medal of Honor, the organization’s highest award. Badolato is a partner at Connell Foley LLP.

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP has named partner Mary Beth Hogan ’90 as co-chair of its litigation department. She focuses her practice on white-collar, regulatory and employment actions, internal investigations and commercial litigation.

J. Danixia Cuevas ’91
, a full-time professor at Miami Dade College since 1999, has been selected as a Fulbright Scholar to teach law in India. Before moving to south Florida, Cuevas practiced law at Hudson County Legal Services. 

Candace Beinecke ’70
, chair of Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP, has been named to the National Law Journal’s list of the “100 Most Influential Lawyers in America.”  

Anthony Coscia ’84 has been elected chair of the board of directors of Amtrak. Coscia, recipient of the Alumni Association Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2008, is a partner of Windels, Marx Lane & Mittendorf, LLP.

Mathew B. West ’96 has joined Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP as partner in the New York office. He is a member of the Litigation Services Department and Alternative Dispute Resolution, Business Governance Litigation and Shareholder Disputes, Financial Services Litigation, Insurance Services, Intellectual Property Litigation, Lender Liability, and Securities Litigation Practice Groups. West was previously counsel with Schiff Hardin LLP.  

Arbitration Resolution Services Inc., a cloud-based dispute resolution company, has added George Friedman ’81 to its board of directors. Friedman was most recently executive vice president and director of dispute resolution for the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority.  

Anita Hotchkiss ’75 received the William A. Dreier Award for Excellence in Product Liability Law from the New Jersey State Bar Association. The award recognized her more than 35 years of experience defending companies and individuals in state and federal trial and appellate courts. Hotchkiss is a partner in the Product Liability Practice Group of Goldberg Segalla LLP.

Kellie Lerner ’03
 has joined Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi L.L.P. as a partner in the firm’s antitrust practice in New York. Previously with Labaton Sucharow LLP, she represents businesses and governmental entities in high-stakes antitrust actions.

The nominations of Maritza Byrne ’92J. Randall Corman ’85 and Nesle Rodriguez ’90 to the Superior Court bench have been confirmed by the State Senate. Byrne has been with UBS Financial Services, Inc. and prior to that was a partner at McCusker, Anselmi, Rosen, Carvelli & Walsh. Corman has been a workers’ compensation judge in New Brunswick. Rodriguez has been a full-time judge in the Jersey City muncipal court since 2006 and chief judge since 2008.

Gibbons P.C. has named Ivette P. Alvarado ’02 and Lisa H. Wang ’02 as directors of the firm. Alvarado, who is in the Real Property and Environmental Department, focuses her practice on commercial leasing, acquisitions, dispositions, and real estate finance. Wang, in the Intellectual Property Department, centers her practice on patent prosecution and patent reexaminations, focusing on the areas of large and small molecule pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, medical devices, and nutritional supplements.

Carolyn F. O’Connor ’87 has been promoted to regional managing partner of Wilson Elser’s New Jersey office. In her 25 years with the firm, she has developed a thriving litigation practice focused on product liability, toxic tort and premises liability matters. 

Former U.S. District Court judge and director of the FBI Louis J. Freeh ’74 has been named the next chair of Pepper Hamilton LLP.

Rajiv D. Parikh ’05, previously an associate, has been named counsel at Genova Burns Giantomasi Webster. He is a member of the firm’s Complex Commercial Litigation and Construction Law & Litigation Practice Groups. Michael Fortunato ’10 has joined the firm as an associate in the Litigation Practice Group.

Samantha Spicer ’09 
has joined the New York office of Gibbons P.C. as an associate in the Products Liability Department. She was previously with Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti, LLP. 

Robert M. Sontz ’02
 has been promoted to tax partner at Deloitte Tax LLP. He serves in the asset management practice in Deloitte’s New York office.

Dechert LLP has promoted Thomas A. Rayski ’99 to partner. He is a member of the firm’s intellectual property practice in New York. 

Developing a centralized docket system and creating a system for hiring outside counsel through a bidding process are some of the first tasks of the West Virginia attorney general’s office now headed by Patrick Morrisey ’92

Susan Smith ’91
, who maintains a practice in Nanuet, NY, has been appointed to fill a vacant judgeship in the village of Spring Valley, NY. 

Taleah E. Jennings ’03
 has been elected a partner in the litigation group of Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP. She focuses her practice on complex commercial litigation of all types and securities litigation and enforcement matters, as well as employment-related disputes.