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Jody Benard

Jody C. Benard

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Jody C. Benard, Partner and New York Team Leader, Insurance Defense Practice Group, is a seasoned litigator and trial lawyer with a proven record of achieving excellent results in all types of cases. With extensive experience in litigation and trial, Jody has prosecuted and defended significant matters from both sides of the courtroom.

Before joining the Hickey Smith Dodd team, Jody was the founding and managing partner of a successful defense litigation firm. During this time, in addition to her handling all aspects of litigation, including trial, Jody directed the business operations of the firm and successfully managed a multitude of matters.

Jody has actively practiced in state and federal courts in both New York and New Jersey. With her diverse background, Jody brings a wide range of expertise to the firm including property damage, labor law, premises liability, personal injury, commercial litigation, products liability and insurance coverage. Additionally, Jody has experience in setting and maintaining policy for No Fault claims and litigation.

Jody also serves as Vice President of the Board of Trustees for the New York School for the Deaf.

Activities and Membership

  • New York School for the Deaf – Board of Trustees Vice President
Dominic Boone - Hickey Smith Dodd

Dominic Boone

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Dominic has been practicing law for over twenty years with a focus on the defense of New York labor law, professional malpractice, commercial, automobile, municipal and general liability negligence defense claims.

Dominic first began practicing in-house for a small New York-based liability insurance carrier handling premises liability matters while specializing in dispositive motion practice and appeals. Later, he assumed a senior claim professional role overseeing both in-house and outside counsel litigation on high exposure cases.

Prior to joining Hickey Smith Dodd, Dominic served as trial counsel on behalf of Farmers Insurance, Travelers Insurance and as a solo practitioner, obtaining multiple defense verdicts in New York courts. He also acts as local counsel for a Florida-based luxury real estate and hospitality management company.

REPRESENTATIVE MATTERS

  • Successful representation of landmark entertainment venues and restaurants based on applicable New York City Building Codes.
  • Successful defense of prominent museum in claims alleging negligent installation of security system.
  • Representation of commercial landlords and small construction contractors against New York Labor Law claims.

REPORTED CASES

  • Campbell v. Fischetti, 2015 Slip Op 1898 (1st Dep’t 2015)
  • Fawcett v. Suffolk Transportation Service, Inc, 55 A.D. 3d 535; 865 N.Y.S. 2d 292 (2nd Dep’t 2008)
  • Tejeda v. Six Ten Management Corp., 15 A.D. 3d 265, 790 N.Y.S. 2d 21 (1st Dep’t 2005)
  • Scher v. Stropoli, 776 N.Y.S. 2d 870 (2nd Dep’t 2004)
  • Testagrosa v. Brookwood Communities, Inc., 762 N.Y.S. 2d 881 (2nd Dep’t 2003)
  • Cramer v. Errick Assocates, 2 Misc. 3d 129(A), 2004 WL 419782 (N.Y. Sup. App. Term, 2004)

Christopher H. Caiazzo

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Christopher (Chris) Caiazzo has been practicing law for over twenty-five years representing clients in all aspects of general liability, New York Labor Law, professional liability, medical device litigation and dental malpractice defense. He is highly experienced litigator who has successfully received multiple jury defense verdicts in New York courts.

Prior to joining Hickey Smith Dodd, Chris operated his own legal practice and was responsible for all phases of defense litigation from initial pleadings through discovery and trial. He supervised and managed all aspects of a diverse caseload including, but not limited to, premises liability, personal injury, general liability, labor law and property damage through and including trials and appeals.

Prior to that, over the course of his career Chris has worked for several well-known New York insurance defense firms, where he likewise was responsible for all phases of defense litigation from case inception through trial.

Chris has authored multiple articles including “Buying Your Peace,” “The Use of New York General Obligation Law 15-108 To Settle Out In A Multiple Defendant Litigation,” and “Understanding The Timely Notice Provisions of New York Insurance Law.” He is a member of the New York State Bar Association along with the Westchester County and Bronx County Bar Associations.

REPRESENTATIVE MATTERS

  • Successfully discovered an anti-subrogation issue on the eve of trial in a newly transferred case which ultimately led to dismissal of the case.
  • Representation of a major fast-food franchise in all foodborne illness cases within New York after completion of training at franchise’s national headquarters.
  • Representation of major scaffolding companies against claims of general liability and labor law cases.
  • Representation of prominent builder of skyscrapers and other buildings within New York City against claims of general liability, labor law and insurance coverage issues.
  • Representation of major medical malpractice insurance companies against all claims brought against their physicians, dentists, hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers.
  • Representation of nursing homes and aging care facilities against claims of general negligence and malpractice.
  • Representation of nationwide dental services company against any and all claims relating to their facilities and employees.
  • Representation of physicals and dentists in hearings before the New York Office of Professional Discipline.
  • Successfully defended multiple insurance companies against declaratory judgment actions regarding a variety of coverage issues in state and federal courts.
  • Successfully defended a major trucking company in Bronx County by achieving a defense verdict in a case where change of success was measured at 10% or less and policy limits and reserve were $5 Million.

ACTIVITIES AND MEMBERSHIPS

  • Member of the New York State, Westchester County and Bronx County Bar Associations
  • Chair of the National Dental Litigation Practice Group

Robert M. Conti

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Since 1998, Robert Conti has been practicing civil litigation with an emphasis in complex multi-party bodily injury actions involving the New York State Labor Law protections for injured employees. His knowledge, skills and abilities include interrelated contract interpretation, indemnification agreements, insurance procurement clauses and insurance coverage issues.

Prior to joining Hickey Smith Dodd, Robert was senior associate and of counsel to the Westermann Sheehy law firm where he focused on construction litigation and appeals for commercial developers and owners. Prior to his association with the Westermann firm, he was senior associate in a general practice firm where he supervised a litigation team while counseling clients and litigation matters from inception through appeals, including but not limited to, general tort liability, federal civil rights, municipal law and Labor Law.

Representative Matters

  • Successful representation of construction management firm in litigation involving liability to injured employees under New York State Labor Law.
  • Successful representation of commercial and personal lines liability insurer in suits involving contractual indemnity and additional insured status.
  • Successful representation and counsel to personal lines liability insurer in matters based upon material misrepresentations and fraud in policy applications.
  • Successful representation of municipality in claims and suits involving premises liability, auto liability and federal civil rights.
  • Successful representation of Fortune 500 auto manufacturer in serious bodily suits arising out of consumer lease agreements.

Reported Cases

  • Helga Maisinet v. 360 Boom, 2018 NY Slip Op 71869 (2d Dept. 2018)
  • Estate of Rose Romain, 2/26/2010 N.Y.L.J. 45, (col. 1) (Sur.Ct., Suffolk Co., 2010)
  • In re Piecuch Family Trust, 7/23/2008 N.Y.L.J. 32, (col. 3), Ilene Sherwin Cooper,Trusts and Estates Update, 9/15/2008 N.Y.L.J. 3, (col. 1).
  • Schiffman v. Hann Auto Trust,56 A.D.3d 650, 871 N.Y.S.2d 161 (2d Dept. 2008).
  • Miguel v. 41_42 Owners Corp.,D.3d 488, 869 N.Y.S.2d 166, 2008 N.Y. Slip Op. 09566 (2d Dept. 2008), 115 A.L.R. 5th.
  • Aloise v. Saulo,51 A.D.3d 829, 858 N.Y.S.2d 355, 2008 WL 2132837, 2008 N.Y. Slip Op. 04629 (2d Dept. 2008).
  • Aloise v. Saulo,51 A.D.3d 831, 858 N.Y.S.2d 354, 2008 WL 2132831, 2008 N.Y. Slip Op. 04630 (2d Dept. 2008), 44A N.Y. Jur. 2d Disclosure § 254.
  • Kobiashvilli v. Hill, 8 N.Y.3d 905, 834 N.Y.S.2d 77 (2007), 3/29/2007 N.Y.L.J. 26, (col.1).
  • Kobiashvilli v. Hill,34 A.D.3d 747, 828 N.Y.S.2d 68, 2006 N.Y. Slip Op. 08934 (2d Dept. 2006); 86 N.Y. Jur. 2d Premises Liability 372.
  • Schiffman v. Hann Auto Trust, 12 Misc.3d 1164(A), 819 N.Y.S.2d 213, 2006 N.Y. Slip Op. 51060(U) (Sup.Ct., Nassau Co., 2006).

Published Works and Lectures

  • Contributing author to “Legal Muscle: Anabolics In America”, Rick Collins, J.D., Legal Muscle Publishing, East Meadow, New York, (2002). ISBN 0_9726384_07 (legalmusclebooks.com). Author of several chapters including “Fast Cars and Anavars,” analyzing and discussing the Fourth Amendment and New York State, Supreme Court and seminal state case law.
  • Contributing author to “Star Profile: The Steroid Lawyer, Rick Collinswith Brent Allen and Rick Collins, Esq., MuscleMag International Magazine, April 2003.
  • Contributing author to “Drug Testing Q & A”, with Rick Collins, Esq., Muscular Development Magazine, June 2003

Activities and Membership

  • New York State Bar Association
  • Nassau County Bar Association

Christa N. D’Angelica

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Christa D’Angelica brings more than seven years of experience representing clients in various stages of civil litigation to Hickey Smith Dodd. She has successfully defended municipalities in Federal US 1983 suits and wrongful death actions, as well as building owners, general contractors, and municipal agencies in New York Labor Law actions.

Before joining Hickey Smith Dodd, Christa worked as an associate for a New York law firm specializing in product liability and toxic tort litigation, premises liability claims, and a diverse array of defamation, employment law, municipal law, corporate law, contract law, environmental law, civil rights law, and tax foreclosure cases in New York and Connecticut state, appellate and federal courts.

Prior to her law firm employment, Christa served as an assistant law clerk for a judge with the New York State Supreme Court, where she conducted legal research and composed draft opinions on a broad range of civil matters.

Christa specializes in creative problem solving of complex legal issues through comprehensive legal research and the composition of memoranda for novel issues in civil law. She brings significant experience in drafting briefs and arguing appeals before appellate courts to Hickey Smith Dodd.

REPRESENTATIVE MATTERS

  • Provided a full range of legal representation to a municipality and its agencies in the areas of premises liability, civil rights law, environmental law and contract law litigation, as well as in administrative proceedings
  • As part of the national counsel team for a multinational information technology company, defended the company in asbestos lawsuits brought in state courts throughout the United States
  • Obtained state and federal trademarks for non-profits and companies located in Connecticut and New York

ACTIVITIES & MEMBERSHIPS

Christa is a member of the New York County Lawyers Association and the Westchester Bar Association. In addition, she is a member of the Volunteer Attorney Panel for Legal Services of the Hudson Valley and has training in unemployment law, uncontested divorces, child support, and adoption law.

Domenick L. D’Angelica

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Domenick D’Angelica is Senior Counsel with Hickey Smith Dodd LLP and has been practicing law in New York for over thirty years.

Domenick is an insurance defense industry veteran.  He began his career in 1989 and, for the next 15 years, worked as in-house counsel for Hanover Insurance Company and then with Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company as a trial attorney defending personal injury and major property damage lawsuits. Domenick was then of Counsel to Wilson, Elser, Moskowitz, Edelman & Dicker where he tried many cases to verdict.

In 2008, Domenick was appointed as the Attorney of Record for the New York Liquidation Bureau, to carry out the responsibilities of the New York State Superintendent of Financial Services as Receiver. In this role, he was responsible for protecting the interests of the policyholders of insurance companies that have been declared impaired or insolvent. Domenick continued to practice law while he managed a staff of trial attorneys. He was also a member of various committees involving major losses.

Having worked in the industry as an in-house counsel, law firm litigator and government, Domenick brings a wealth of knowledge and understanding to Hickey Smith Dodd.

Domenick has extensive experience defending personal injury lawsuits involving both personal and commercial lines, and also has experience in the areas of medical and professional malpractice. He has represented a wide range of business entities, including commercial property owners, property management groups, general and subcontractors in the construction industry, hospitals, manufacturers, and restaurants and bars, as well as individual property owners and drivers.

Ann M. DelCollo

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Ann DelCollo is the Managing Attorney for the Insurance Defense Practice Group of Hickey Smith Dodd. In her role as Managing Attorney, Ann is responsible for hiring, assigning cases and monitoring caseloads, and monitoring the individual performance of each attorney. Ann also sets strategic performance goals for the Practice Group that are designed to promote professional growth and job satisfaction for the attorneys while at the same time contributing to the growth and success of Hickey Smith Dodd LLP.

Ann is an insurance defense industry veteran. She has devoted her career to defending personal injury lawsuits in Philadelphia, and its surrounding counties. For the better part of the last 25 years, Ann has defended insurers as either an in-house counsel for two of the largest carriers in the county or in the law firm setting. Having worked in the industry as both an in-house counsel and law firm litigator, she brings a grounded and well-balanced understanding to the practice.

Ann has appeared in more than 500 trials or arbitrations on behalf of her insurance industry clients. She has extensive experience defending personal injury lawsuits involving both personal and commercial lines. Ann also has significant experience in the areas of business litigation, employee theft, class-action asbestos litigation and criminal defense.

Ann began her career in Philadelphia as an insurance defense attorney, defending medical malpractice, personal injury and asbestos lawsuits. From there she served as trial counsel for Allstate Insurance Company, and later, she served as senior trial counsel for Nationwide Insurance Company.

Representative Matters

As trial counsel for several major insurance companies, as well as many smaller carriers, Ann has represented a wide range of business entities, including commercial property owners, property management groups, general contractors in the construction industry, hospitals, manufacturers, restaurants and bars, and landscaping companies, as well as individual property owners and drivers.

  • Represented a general contractor in the construction industry in a multi-million-dollar construction injury case.
  • Represented a manufacturer of industrial brakes in class-action asbestos litigation.
  • Represented an employer in an employee theft case that resulted in the return of more than $300,000 to the employer. Facilitated the criminal prosecution of the employee.
  • Represented a business owner in a dispute over real estate and property management business located on the island of St. Maarten. The case went to trial, resulting in a favorable verdict for client.

Published Works and Lectures

  • Philadelphia Bar Institute, Continuing Legal Education Seminar, Speaker, “Arbitration Practice in Philadelphia County.”
  • Allstate Insurance Company, Continuing Legal Education Seminar, Presenter, “The Art of Cross-Examining the Expert Witness.”

Activities and Membership

Ann was recently elected to serve as Board Chair for The Northeast Health Group, Inc. As Board Chair, Ann is responsible for overseeing the Board of Directors serving four nursing home facilities located in Massachusetts. Ann also sits on the Board of Directors for Greater Delaware Valley Chapter of The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and has worked as a volunteer for that organization since 2015. An avid runner, Ann has completed two marathons and enjoys competing in trail racing near her hometown of Lock Haven, Pennsylvania.

Christian E. Dodd

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As Hickey Smith Dodd’s Legal Operations Partner, Christian Dodd is responsible for the design, development, implementation and execution of the firm’s unique legal services delivery model. He oversees the development, testing and maintenance of the firm’s proprietary legal workflows, checklists, automated document assembly templates and case assessment tool.  He also oversees the identification, collection and analysis of matter-specific data collected throughout the lifecycle of each firm matter.  This data is utilized for continuous process improvement and to provide actionable business insight to firm clients.

Prior to joining Hickey Smith Dodd, Christian practiced law in the large law firm environment, most recently as a Partner with Akerman LLP, and prior to that with Winston & Strawn. His practice is focused on complex commercial and business litigation, intellectual property matters, government investigations and electronic discovery and information governance issues. Christian’s experience covers a broad spectrum ranging from simple contract and B2B disputes to consolidated multi-district litigation and bet-the-company litigation. He has extensive experience managing the electronic discovery lifecycle in the context of both small- and large-scale litigation and government investigations. Christian draws on this experience to devise strategies and legal workflow processes to improve efficiencies and reduce the costs of litigation.

Representative Matters

  • Representation of a medical transcription provider involving investigations by the DOJ and SEC, and defending a number of nationwide class actions against the provider that alleged, among other things, violations of RICO and securities fraud.
  • Representation of a manufacturer of infant formula products in a nationwide consumer class action asserting fraud, consumer protection, and warranty claims.
  • Representation of a national franchisor of automotive products in a consumer class action brought against the franchisor for the acts of the franchisee under a theory of ostensible agency.
  • Representation of a broker and issuer of travel insurance in a consumer class action asserting consumer protection claims.
  • Representation of a military defense contractor in False Claims Act litigation concerning military aircraft.
  • Counseling of municipality in class action litigation challenging imposition of business license tax.
  • Representation of medical device manufacturers in patent licensing and infringement actions.
  • Representation of a debt acquisition and collections agency in class action litigation alleging violation of the FDCPA.
  • Representation of state Attorney General’s Office in litigation involving charitable trust with assets valued at several billion dollars.
  • Representation of technology solution provider in dispute concerning rights and obligations of provider and programmer under software development agreement.
  • Representation of domain name registrar in trademark and anti-cybersquatting dispute.
  • Representation of overseas power plant developer in dispute concerning the proposed development of a $1.2 billion coal-fired power plant.
  • Representation of a therapy and rehabilitation services provider in a dispute concerning the alleged breach of a non-disclosure agreement and unlawful interference with contractual relations.

Published Work and Lectures

  • Masters Conference, Moderator, “Cybersecurity, eDiscovery, and Your Outside Counsel: What you don’t know CAN hurt you,” October 2016

  • Strafford Publications, Speaker, “Leveraging Metadata as Evidence and Avoiding Inadvertent ESI Disclosure in Litigation,” June 2016

  • Ing3nious Southeast eDiscovery & Information Governance Retreat, Moderator, “Overcoming Objections to Utilizing TAR,” May 2016

  • Florida State Bar Annual Convention, Speaker “Ethics, e-Discovery and Emerging Technologies,” June 2015

  • Association of Certified E-Discovery Specialists, Jacksonville Chapter, Speaker, “Electronic Discovery In Your Courtroom,” Continuing Judicial Education Seminar, May 2015

  • Jacksonville Bar Association, Commercial Litigation Committee, Co-Moderator, “Emerging Trends in E-Discovery,” November 2014

  • Jacksonville Bar Association, Commercial Litigation and Construction Law Committees, Speaker, “e-Discovery Practice Pointers: Tips From The Trenches,” March 2014

  • Jacksonville Bar Association, Annual Raymond Ehrlich Trial Advocacy Seminar, Speaker, “E-Discovery Practice Pointers,” November 2013

  • Florida Bar Annual Convention, President’s Showcase, Speaker, “New E-Discovery Amendments to the Florida Rules of Civil Procedure: E-Discovery Practice Tips and Pointers,” June 2013

  • Association of Corporate Counsel, North Florida Chapter Newsletter, “Technology-Assisted Review: Coming Age of Cost-Effective Document Review,” December 2012

  • Jacksonville Bar Association, Commercial Litigation Section Committee, Speaker, “Florida’s New E-Discovery Rules,” November 2012

  • GCI Magazine, Co-Author, “The ‘Reasonable Consumer’s’ View of Green Labels—Lessons From Two Greenwashing Cases,” March 2012

  • Executive Counsel, Co-Author, “Out-of-Court Settlement Programs Can Avert a Class Action,” October/November 2011

  • HAPPI, Co-Author, “Courts Give Guidance on Greenwashing Claims,” October 2011

  • Winston & Strawn LLP, eLunch Briefings, Speaker, “Effective but Often Overlooked Strategies for Defeating Class Certification,” September 2011

  • California Lawyer, Co-Author, “Class Actions After Tobacco II,” August 2011

  • Bloomberg Law Reports, Co-Author, “Defeating Class Certification through Superior Out-of-Court Settlement Programs,” July 2011

  • Executive Counsel, Co-Author, “Communicating with the Putative Class,” October/November 2010

  • The Recorder, Co-Author, “Up in Smoke,” July 2009

  • Los Angeles Daily Journal, Co-Author, “Standing Straight,” June 2009

Activities and Membership

Christian is the past Chair of the Electronic Discovery and Digital Evidence Committee and a member of the Computer and Technology Law Committee of the Business Law Section of the Florida Bar, a member of the Advisory Board of the Jacksonville Chapter of the Association of Certified E-Discovery Specialists, a member of the Jacksonville Bar Association, and a member of the Litigation Section of the American Bar Association.

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Robert J. Dunne

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Robert J. Dunne has been practicing law for over twenty-two years. He is a trial attorney with experience handling matters involving insurance defense, personal injury claims, family and child custody disputes and immigration deportation proceedings. He has practiced in Connecticut and New York.

Prior to joining Hickey Smith Dodd, Rob worked for a small insurance defense firm representing clients insured with Lloyds of London, The Hartford and Omni Insurance Company. He was also in-house counsel with Safeco/ Liberty Mutual Insurance Company. Rob has appeared in 26 jury trials and 6 bench trials that went to verdict in his capacity as both a defense and plaintiff attorney. Multiple verdicts were returned as defense verdicts along with two being below the last offer made by the insurance company.

Rob has represented automobile operators, the insurance company in an uninsured/underinsured capacity and commercial property owners. He was tasked with providing insurance coverage opinions to his managing attorney and adjusters. Last year, Rob was appointed by the judicial branch to act as a court arbitrator and fact finder.

Representative Matters

  • Utilized expertise in automobile accident cases to successfully advise clients on case strategies resulting in defendant’s verdicts
  • Representation of a mason in a breach of contract claim alleging improper construction of an Orangerie

Activities and Membership

  • Connecticut Bar Association
  • Traveled extensively overseas and assisted with building homes, disaster relief and worked with orphans and the elderly

Korri Abrams Frampton

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Korri Abrams Frampton serves as Senior Counsel for Hickey Smith Dodd and brings over twenty years of legal experience to the firm. Skilled in torts, arbitration, trial practice, and legal writing, she also has substantial experience in all aspects of defense litigation. Korri received her Juris Doctorate from Syracuse University College of Law, graduating Magna Cum Laude, and served as the editor of the Survey of New York Law for the Syracuse Law Review. Prior to attending law school, Korri was a New York State, Licensed Insurance Broker, (Property & Casualty and Life, Accident & Health), which equips her with the unique ability to combine legal expertise with extensive knowledge of the insurance industry and regulations, and provide a broad business perspective on a myriad of issues.

Korri began her legal career representing clients in a variety of civil litigations, and has conducted extensive factual and legal research regarding insurance fraud, with a concentration in no-fault. Korri’s expansive knowledge of insurance law led to many successful trials and arbitration for bodily injury action cases, handling each case from inception to trial. She has prepared multiple declaratory judgments, arbitration contentions, and successful appellate briefs.

Experienced in managing diverse case-loads, Korri handles complex, critical disputes with ease. Her extensive background in insurance litigation and regulations enables her to use her relevant knowledge and leadership to exceed clients’ expectations.

Representative Matters

  • Successful in Appellate Division matters representing insurance companies’ good faith right to use various disclosure tools, drafting successful appellate briefs. See, i.e., One Beacon Ins. Group, LLC v. Midland Medical Care, P.C., 54 A.D.3d 738, 863 N.Y.S.2d 728 (2d Dep’t 2008); American Exp. Property Cas. Co. v. Vinci, 63 A.D.3d 1055, 881 N.Y.S.2d 484 (2d Dep’t 2009).
  • Conducted multiple civil litigations with successful results, handling all aspects of the action or litigation from inception through trial, including depositions, hearings and TROs.
  • Successfully represented insureds and claimants in multiple personal injury actions.
  • Advised multiple clients on best practices for insurance claims compliance regarding various regulation requirements.

Published Works and Lectures

  • 25 Family Law Review II: “The New Scarlet Letter: Must an Attorney Disclose a Client’s Intent to Inflict an Unsuspecting Third Person with the HIV Virus?”, March 1993
  • NYSBA Committee on Legal Education & Admission to the Bar, 1992

Activities and Membership

  • New York State, Suffolk County Bar Association
  • Awarded New York State Bar Association Legal Ethics Award, 1992
  • Justinian National Honor Society, 1993
  • Order of the Coif, 1993
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