Eight newly-appointed section chairs of the New York State Bar Association will take office during the Bar's Annual Meeting this week.

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:

William H. Rooney of Manhattan (Willkie Farr & Gallagher), chair of the 552-member Antitrust Section. A graduate of the University of Notre Dame and Yale Law School, Rooney concentrates his practice in civil and criminal antitrust matters before the federal courts and antitrust enforcement agencies.

David Rothenberg of Manhattan (Goldman Sachs Family Office), chair of the 1,755-member Corporate Counsel Section. A graduate of the State University of New York at Stony Brook and Albany Law School, Rothenberg  provides financial planning to current and former partners of the firm.

Rosemarie Tully of Huntington (Rosemarie Tully, P.C.), chair of the 1,743-member Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Section. A graduate of Adelphi University and the Touro Law Center, Tully concentrates her practice in entertainment, business and real property law.

Susan B. Lindenauer of Manhattan (retired, Legal Aid Society), chair of the 2,254-member Senior Lawyers Section. A graduate of Smith College and Columbia Law School, Lindenauer was counsel to the president and attorney-in-chief of the Legal Aid Society, where she worked for 38 years.

Andrew W. Needham of Manhattan (Cravath, Swaine and Moore), chair of the 2,712-member Tax Law Section. A graduate of the University of Arizona and the Georgetown University Law Center, Needham concentrates his practice on tax advisory work in the private equity and hedge fund sectors, mergers and acquisitions, joint venture formation, spin-offs and general tax planning.

Jean Ferguson Gerbini of Albany (Whiteman Osterman & Hanna), chair of the 2,847-member Torts, Insurance and Compensation Law Section. A graduate of Harvard University and Albany Law School, Gerbini concentrates her practice on insurance, corporate and commercial matters.

Peter C. Kopff of Manhattan (Kopff, Nardelli & Dopf), chair of the 2,392-member Trial Lawyers Section. A graduate of Princeton University and Albany Law School, Kopff concentrates his practice in the defense of medical malpractice cases.

Ilene S. Cooper of Uniondale (Farrell Fritz), chair of the 5,013-member Trusts and Estates Section. A graduate of Cornell University and Hofstra Law School, Cooper concentrates her practice in trusts and estates litigation.

The 77,000-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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