Contact: Brandon Vogel
Media Writer

June 7, 2013


ALBANY-Fourteen new section chairs of the New York State Bar Association took office on June 1.

The 25 sections of the State Bar publish material dealing with their fields of expertise, much of which is not available through commercial publishers. Sections also sponsor conferences, seminars and institutes, monitor legislation and conduct studies. Each of the sections contributes to policy-making, both in subject areas and Association-wide.

The new section chairs are:

Jay L. Hack of Manhattan (Gallet Dreyer & Berkey), chair of the 4,118-member Business Law Section. A graduate of the University of Michigan and Boston University School of Law, Hack provides full-range legal services to banks and other financial institutions.

Gregory K. Arenson of Manhattan (Kaplan Fox & Kilsheimer), chair of the 2,273-member Commercial and Federal Litigation Section. A graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Chicago Law School, Arenson is a business litigator who represents clients in a variety of areas, including antitrust, securities, and employee termination.

Hon. Mark R. Dwyer of Brooklyn (New York State Court of Claims), chair of the 1,408-member Criminal Justice Section. A graduate of Princeton University and Yale Law School, Dwyer is a judge of the New York State Court of Claims, as well as an acting justice of the New York State Supreme Court.

John H. Wilkinson of Manhattan (Fulton, Rowe & Hart), chair of the 1,596-member Dispute Resolution Section. A graduate of Williams College and Fordham University School of Law, Wilkinson is an arbitrator and mediator resolving complex commercial disputes.

Frances M. Pantaleo of Purchase (Walsh, Amicucci & Pantaleo), chair of the 2,732-member Elder Law Section. A graduate of Brooklyn College and New York University School of Law, Pantaleo concentrates her practice in elder law and trusts and estates law.

Kevin A. Reilly of Manhattan (New York State Supreme Court), chair of the 1,070-member Environmental Law Section. A graduate of St. Joseph's College and St. John's University School of Law, Reilly is a senior staff attorney at the New York State Supreme Court Appellate Division, First Department.

Lewis F. Tesser of Manhattan (Tesser, Ryan & Rochman), chair of the 2,151-member General Practice Section. A graduate of Queens College and George Washington University Law School, Tesser concentrates his practice in litigation and mediation.

Kathleen M. Burke of Manhattan (New York Presbyterian Hospital), chair of the 1,266-member Health Law Section. A graduate of Marymount Manhattan College and the University of Virginia School of Law, Burke is the vice president - board relations, secretary and counsel to New York Presbyterian Hospital.

Glenn G. Fox of Manhattan (Baker & McKenzie), chair of the 1,764-member International Section. A graduate of Cornell University and Albany Law School, Fox represents domestic and foreign clients with worldwide assets in estate, trust, tax and tax-exempt matters.

Hon. Rachel Kretser of Albany (Albany City Court), chair of the 307-member Judicial Section. Judge Kretser was appointed to the Albany City Criminal Court in December 2005 and was elected to that position in November 2006.

Jonathan Ben-Asher of Manhattan (Ritz Clark & Ben-Asher), chair of the 2,358-member Labor and Employment Law Section. A graduate of Columbia University and New York University School of Law, Ben-Asher represents parties in employment disputes, including those involving employment contracts, executive compensation, whistleblowing, retaliation and employment discrimination.

Mark Davies of Manhattan (New York City Conflicts of Interest Board), chair of the 1,006-member Municipal Law Section. A graduate of Columbia College and Columbia Law School, Davies is the executive director of the New York City Conflicts of Interest Board.

Benjamin Weinstock of Uniondale (Ruskin Moscou Faltischek), chair of the 4,263-member Real Property Law Section. A graduate of Yeshiva University and Brooklyn Law School, Weinstock is co-chair of Ruskin Moscou Faltischek's Real Estate Department.

Lisa R. Schoenfeld of Garden City (Schlissel Ostrow Karabatos), chair of the 3,943-member Young Lawyers Section. A graduate of Cornell University and Hofstra University School of Law, Schoenfeld practices matrimonial and family law.

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