Section Delegates to the NYSBA House of
The Section’s 2012-2013 delegates to the New York State Bar
Association’s House of Delegates are Section Chair Tracee
E. Davis of Zeichner Ellman & Krause LLP, former Section
Chairs, David Tennant of Nixon Peabody LLP and Jonathan D. Lupkin
of Flemming Zulack Williamson Zauderer LLP. The alternate
delegate is Vincent J. Syracuse of Tannenbaum Helpern Syracuse &
Hirschtritt LLP and Joseph V. DeMarco of DeVore & DeMarco
Tracee E. Davis
Tracee E. Davis is of counsel at Zeichner Ellman & Krause LLP
in New York City in the firm’s commercial litigation
group. Ms. Davis has served on the Executive Committee of the
Commercial and Federal Litigation Section since 2002 and served as
Section Secretary from 2004 to 2005. Ms. Davis is Chair of
the Section’s Diversity Committee and is the former Co-Chair of
the Section’s State Court Counsel Committee. She also
served as a member of NYSBA’s House of Delegates from 2004 to
Ms. Davis’ practice involves complex commercial litigation,
consumer class actions, banking, commercial real estate and insurance
matters in state and federal court. She has extensive
experience handling disputes in New York ’s Commercial
Division. Prior to private practice, Ms. Davis served as the
Principal Court Attorney to Justice Charles Edward Ramos of the New York
State Supreme Court, Commercial Division in New York County
and as Senior Court Attorney in the Law Department of the New York
State Supreme Court, in New York County .
Throughout the years, Ms. Davis has lectured extensively on various
topics involving complex commercial litigation and New York civil
practice. She has been appointed to various task forces,
including the New York State Bar Association Task Force on Mandatory
Retirement of Judges in 2007 and the New York State Bar Association Task
Force on Wrongful Convictions in 2008. In 2004, she
participated in the presentations given to the Justices of the
Commercial Division at the New York State Judicial Institute
at Pace University .
David H. Tennant, a partner in the Rochester office of Nixon Peabody,
is the new chair of the 2,291-member Commercial and Federal Litigation
Section of the New York State Bar Association.
Tennant practices in the fields of Indian Law litigation and appeals,
other complex commercial litigation, products liability, and insurance.
He is a founding member of his firm’s cross-office/cross-practice
group, the Appellate Litigation Team.
An 18-year member of the State Bar, Tennant served as chair of the
Committee on Mass Disaster Response from 1999 to 2002. Within the
Commercial and Federal Litigation Section, Tennant most recently served
as chair-elect and co-chair of the Appellate Practice Committee. He also
is a member of the section’s Task Force on State Court Appeals and
the Commercial Division Committee.
Tennant is a member of the Defense Research Institute Appellate
Advocacy Committee and American Bar Association Council of Appellate
Lawyers of the Judicial Division, He also serves on the pro bono panel
of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
Tennant received his undergraduate degree with honors from the
University of Michigan, and earned his law degree from the University of
California at Los Angeles Law School (Order of the Coif).
Jonathan D. Lupkin
Jonathan D. Lupkin of New York
(Flemming Zulack Williamson Zauderer LLP) is the new section chair of
the Commercial and Federal Litigation Section of the New York State Bar
Lupkin received his undergraduate degree from Columbia College and
earned his law degree from Columbia Law School. He served as notes and
comments editor and a member of the Administrative Board for the
Columbia Law Review and was named by the law school as a Harlan Fiske
Lupkin is a partner at Flemming Zulack Williamson Zauderer LLP. He has
extensive experience litigating a variety of complex business disputes,
including disputes involving attorney malpractice and other professional
liability, commercial banking, real estate, partnership break-ups,
securities and financial derivatives. He has tried complex jury and
non-jury cases in state and federal courts and has experience in various
forms of alternative dispute resolution procedures. Lupkin also handles
the defense of white-collar professionals, corporate executives, and
others in criminal and quasi-criminal investigations and prosecutions,
as well as conducts internal investigations.
A 17-year member of the State Bar, Lupkin has served on the Commercial
and Federal Litigation Section’s Executive Committee since 2000.
He most recently served as chair-elect of the section and previously
co-chaired the Civil Prosecutions Committee. He also is a member of the
International Section and Criminal Justice Section.
A frequent lecturer on trial and appellate practice, Lupkin also is a
member of the New York City Bar and the National Association of Criminal
Defense Lawyers. In 2006, he was appointed co-editor-in-chief of the
Commercial Division Law Report, a New York State Office of Court
Administration publication that digests significant decisions rendered
by New York’s Commercial Division.
Vincent J. Syracuse
Vincent J. Syracuse is a senior partner at Tannenbaum
Helpern Syracuse & Hirschtritt LLP in New York City and is the chair
of its litigation and alternate dispute resolution practice group.
Active in numerous bar association activities, Mr. Syracuse has been a
member of the Section's Executive Committee since 1994. He has served
the Section in various leadership roles
including Chair, Chair-Elect, Vice-Chair, and three terms as
Treasurer. He is also the former Chair of the Section's Committees on
the Commercial Division and Complex Civil Litigation.
Mr. Syracuse is a graduate of Brooklyn College
and Brooklyn Law School, where he was a member of the Brooklyn Law
Review. He was a law clerk to Associate Judge John F. Scileppi in the
New York Court of Appeals. Mr. Syracuse is an experienced commercial
litigator, who represents a variety of clients in commercial litigation
in all New York State and Federal Courts on the pre-trial, trial and
appellate levels and in various alternate dispute resolution forums,
including mediation and arbitration. He is a mediator in the Commercial
Division of the New York County Supreme Court and has served as an
arbitrator in various forums, including the Civil Court of the City of