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Alumni Highlights and Class Notes
November 2014 Alumni Highlight
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Joseph G. Mack (’01) has been involved with Pace since his time as an undergraduate at the Pace Pleasantville campus. Joe received a full academic scholarship to attend Pace University, played on the Men’s Tennis Team, and graduated magna cum laude with a B.B.A. in Public Accounting in 1998. He enjoyed his experience so much with Pace that he decided to pursue his studies in law at Pace Law School.
While at Pace Law School, Joe was a case note and comment editor with Pace Law Review and a Dean’s Scholar. Joe also has another very significant connection to Pace – he met his wife (alumna Karyllan Dodson Mack (’03)) during his time at the Law School. After graduating from Pace Law magna cum laude in 2001, Joe began his law career as an associate at White & Case, where he remained for a little over five years. While at White & Case he focused on white-collar corporate defense work and also handled many pro bono matters. Joe moved with the White & Case white-collar group to Linklaters.
In May of 2007, Joe was selected by the now Governor Chris Christie to become an Assistant United States Attorney in the District of New Jersey. He began in the Violent Crimes Unit before moving to the Securities and Health Care Fraud Unit, and then ultimately to the Health Care and Government Fraud Unit in April of 2010. In July of 2013, Joe became the Deputy Chief of the Healthcare Fraud Unit. He is responsible for supervising cases in a 16-attorney unit dedicated to the civil and criminal investigation and prosecution of health care fraud, fraud upon government programs and agencies, and environmental crimes. Through these roles, Joe has gained significant trial experience in healthcare and violent crime matters.
In May 2014, Joe became the Acting Chief of the General Crimes Unit. In this role, he supervises and trains 15 new prosecutors responsible for investigating and prosecuting various criminal offenses including violent crimes, narcotics, trafficking, and tax fraud. Additionally, Joe frequently speaks on panels concerning healthcare fraud and corruption and was recently interviewed and quoted in USA Today’s front page article entitled “’Staggering’ Pain Claims in Brooklyn Stoke Suspicion”.
Joe’s experience at the Law School was just as positive as his experience at Pace undergrad. What he really enjoyed about his time at Pace Law School was the relatively small community feel. Since graduating, Joe feels as though that small community feel has continued in the willingness of alumni to help one another. Joe attributes much of his desire to become a prosecutor to his experience at Pace Law School with Carol Barry and the prosecutorial externship he did with the Yonkers District Attorney’s Office.
Joe currently resides in New Jersey with his wife, Karyllan, and his daughter Ellyse. In his free time, Joe enjoys spending time with his family, playing and watching basketball and tennis, and whenever possible, traveling to see relatives both here and in Ireland.
Victor J. Alfieri, Jr. is County Court Judge and Acting Supreme Court Judge in Rockland County. Within the past year he has tried 15 jury and non-jury cases involving matrimonial, auto accidents, medical malpractice, contract, slip/fall, and other tort cases. Judge Alfieri was an honoree of the Rockland County Bar Association and inducted into the Rockland County Sports Hall of Fame. He also served as a volunteer E.M.T. with the local Ambulance Corps and Rescue Squad. Judge Alfieri is President-Elect of the N.Y.S. County Court Judges Association.
Marc E. Fleischman is the 2014-2015 President of the Rotary Club of Montecito, a chapter of the world-wide service organization Rotary International. The Founder and principal in the Law Offices of Marc E. Fleischman, a law practice limited to corporate, commercial, real estate and international matters – was sworn in as president in July and will serve through June 2015. Last year he served as the Vice President. In addition to his service as a Rotarian, Mr. Fleischman works as an adjunct professor of business and law in the undergraduate and MBA programs at SBB College in Santa Barbara and an adjunct professor at Brooks Institute in Ventura. He has also taught remedies at Southern California Institute of Law.Prior to starting his own firm, Marc began his professional career at the law firm Donovan Leisure Newton & Irvine, and moved to the firm’s Los Angeles office in 1989. In 1991, he became general counsel and corporate secretary to the international minerals company World Minerals Inc. While there, he rose to Executive Vice President and remained the chief legal officer. For more information about the club, visit www.montecitorotary.org.
Charles S. Lopresto was elected as a Justice to the Supreme Court of the State of New York in 2012 and presides in Queens County, Criminal Term. From 2008-2012, he was the Supervising Judge of the Civil Court of the City of New York for Queens County.
Judith E. Turkel was honored at the National LGBT Bar Association’s 2014 Lavender Law Conference & Career Fair in August. Judith was presented with the 2014 Leading Practitioner Award. This Award is “presented to honor an attorney for improving the lives of the members of the LGBT community through outstanding legal work, demonstrated by a longstanding commitment to providing legal services of a high quality to the LGBT community; by commitment to significant pro bono work for the LGBT community; or by leadership in significant impact litigation while engaged in the private practice of law.” Judith is a partner at her firm, Turkel Forman LLP, based in New York City. Judith was recently honored at Pace Law School’s 19th Annual Leadership Awards Dinner for her contributions to the legal community.
David Rivera was nominated by President Obama to serve as U.S. attorney in the middle district of Tennessee. David has been the acting U.S. attorney since April 2013. Before this, David was an assistant U.S. attorney in the middle district of Tennessee since 2004.
Joseph A. Sarcinella was recognized in 2014’s The Legal 500 US directory published by Legalease. Joe is Counsel at Thompson & Knight LLP. Thompson & Knight was recognized as one of the top U.S. law firms in The Legal 500 US directory. The Firm was ranked among the nation’s top firms in ten areas of practice including Real Estate and Construction where Joe was identified for his specific expertise within the area.
Adrienne Orbach announced the opening of her new law firm, Law Offices of Adrienne J. Orbach, PLLC. On September 1, Adrienne became Of Counsel to I. Miles Pollack, PC.
Joseph G. Mack was quoted in USA Today in an article discussing kickbacks in the healthcare industry. You can read the article here. Joe is Deputy Chief of the Health Care and Government Fraud Unit at the United States Attorney’s Office in New Jersey.
Mark D. Wellman was hired as a shareholder at Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin. His main areas of practice include: construction accidents, property litigation, consumer financial services litigation & compliance, aviation and complex litigation, automobile liability, product liability, and premises liability – defense.
Mary T. Kenny started working at the legal department for BASF, the largest chemical company in the world.
Janice Dean joined Pace Law School as Chief of Staff in September 2014. In this role, she will be working directly with Dean David Yassky. Since graduating from Pace Law School, Janice has served in the Environmental Protection Bureau of the State Attorney General’s office, most recently as Section Chief of the Toxics and Cost Recovery Section.
Clare Kathleen Schum began her position as a public defender attorney at the Maricopa County Office of the Legal Advocate in Phoenix, AZ.
Kenneth Fila has moved from the International Tax Services group at Ernst & Young LLP to an in-house role as International Tax Counsel at ITT Corporation.
Barbara J. Durkin, Assistant Professor of Management at SUNY Oneonta, published a peer-reviewed research article “Lifelong Professional Education for Lawyers: A Collaborative Model,” in The Journal of American Academy of Business, Cambridge, 19(2), 126-132 (2014). Her paper suggests a new collaborative model among law schools, law firms, public interest groups, continuing education providers, and regulatory agencies. Its function would be to provide long-term sustainable development of legal talent through standardized training of lawyers and by a system of tracking legal expertise. Barbara’s primary areas of specialization are human resources management and employee relations, especially in the multi-billion dollar legal services industry.
Taryn L. Rucinski’s article Global Water Resources and Publications was published in the Special Edition Joint publication of the ABA Section of International Law (Committee on International Environmental Law) and the ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources (International Environmental and Resources Law Committee), Int’l Envtl. L. News, no. 1, 2014, at 15. Click here to view the article. The 2014 update for the Environmental Law LEXICON by Nicholas A. Robinson & Taryn L. Rucinski was just released.
Justin Touretz has assumed the position of counsel with the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA). Previously he was working on TV and film sets to making sure that the collective bargaining agreement for all performers was adhered to and also to observe safety and working conditions.
James A. Patalano joined Joshua Stein PLLC as an associate. James is the firm’s first associate and will be joining a team of contract lawyers. The firm focuses on commercial real estate. As a student, James attended Joshua Stein’s class on commercial real estate law at Pace.
Jared A. Hand received the 2nd Annual New Lawyers Leadership Award presented by the Westchester County Bar Association. The Award recognizes the future leaders of the legal profession. Jared is an associate at Welby, Brady & Greenblatt, LLP. His practice area is construction law.
Nancy Ferro Hayes has started her own practice, Ferro and Ferro Law Offices, with a focus on matrimonial and appellate work. She also specializes in Mental Health Advocacy, and civil commitments of convicted sex offenders.
Danielle Koves was hired as an Assistant District Attorney with the Bronx County District Attorney’s Office. Danielle will participate in an intensive training program for two weeks.
Kasey Parente was hired as an Assistant District Attorney with the Queens County District Attorney’s Office. Kasey was sworn in as a prosecutor in early September and is participating in a training course.