Glenn Lau-Kee of Manhattan (Kee & Lau-Kee) today was named president-elect designee of the New York State Bar Association.

The House of Delegates, the association's governing body, elected Lau-Kee during its Annual Meeting in New York City. He will begin a one-year term as president-elect on June 1, 2013, and a one-year term as president on June 1, 2014.

Current President-elect David M. Schraver of Rochester (Nixon Peabody) will assume the presidency on June 1, 2013, succeeding Seymour W. James, Jr. (The Legal Aid Society in New York City).

Secretary David P. Miranda of Albany (Heslin Rothenberg Farley and Mesiti) was elected to a fourth one-year term. Sharon Stern Gerstman of Buffalo (Magavern Magavern Grimm) was elected to a one-year term as treasurer.

The newly elected officers are:

Glenn Lau-Kee, President-elect Designee: Lau-Kee is a partner of Kee & Lau-Kee. He concentrates his practice in real estate and business law.

A 13-year member of the State Bar Association, Lau-Kee is a member-at-large of the Executive Committee and co-chair of the Membership Committee. He is a member of the Business Law, Health Law and Real Property Law sections. He received the Commercial and Federal Litigation Section's George Bundy Smith Pioneer Award in 2010.

Lau-Kee was a member of the Task Force on the State of Our Courthouses and the Special Committees on Legal Specialization, Multijurisdictional Practice and Sarbanes-Oxley Issues.

He is a vice-chair of the board of the Greater New York City YMCA and a board member of the Fund for Modern Courts, The New York Bar Foundation and US-Asia Institute. He served as president of the Asian American Bar Association of New York from 1997-1999 and was appointed by former Chief Judge Judith S. Kaye to serve on the Commission to Examine Solo and Small Firm Practice, and the Committee to Promote Public Trust and Confidence in the Legal System.

A resident of Westport, Connecticut,  Lau-Kee graduated from Yale College and Boston University School of Law.

David P. Miranda, Secretary:  Re-elected for a fourth term, Miranda is a partner at Heslin Rothenberg Farley and Mesiti in Albany. He is a trial attorney whose intellectual property law practice includes trademark, copyright, trade secret, false advertising, patent infringement and Internet-related issues.

A 23-year member of the State Bar Association, Miranda chairs the Committee on Resolutions. He previously chaired the Electronic Communications Committee and the Young Lawyers Section. He co-chaired the Special Committee on Strategic Planning. 

He is a member of the Commercial and Federal Litigation Section, Committee on Annual Award, Committee on Continuing Legal Education and Membership Committee. He is a past member of the Task Force on E-Filing and the Special Committee on Cyberspace Law.

Miranda is a past president of the Albany County Bar Association. He has served on the Independent Judicial Election Qualification Commission for the Third Judicial District.

A resident of Voorheesville, Miranda graduated from the State University of New York at Buffalo and Albany Law School.

Sharon Stern Gerstman, Treasurer: Gerstman is of counsel to Magavern Magavern Grimm in Buffalo. She concentrates her practice in the areas of mediation and arbitration, and appellate practice.

A 32-year member of the State Bar, Gerstman serves on the Executive Committee as an Eighth Judicial District vice-president. She is a member of the House of Delegates, Finance Committee, Dispute Resolution Section, and Torts, Insurance and Compensation Law Section's Executive Committee.

She was chair of the Committee on Civil Practice Law and Rules and the Special Committee on Lawyer Advertising and Lawyer Referral Services. She previously co-chaired the Task Force on E-Filing and the Special Committees on Lawyer Advertising and Strategic Planning. She also served on the American Bar Association's Board of Governors for three years and is a member of the ABA's House of Delegates.

A resident of Amherst, Gerstman graduated from Brown University and earned her law degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. She received a master's degree from Yale Law School.

The 76,000-member New York State Bar Association is the largest voluntary state bar association in the nation. It was founded in 1876.

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