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June 8, 2010

NEW YORK STATE BAR ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCES NEW EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEMBERS

ALBANY-The New York State Bar Association today announced the new members of its Executive Committee, who took office on June 1. The 27-member Executive Committee oversees the management and administration of the State Bar within policies determined by its governing body, the House of Delegates.

Vincent E. Doyle, III of Buffalo (Connors & Vilardo LLP), President-Elect. A graduate of Canisius College and the University at Buffalo Law School, Doyle is a partner at Connors & Vilardo LLP. He is a trial and appellate attorney whose practice includes civil and white collar criminal litigation, and representation of professionals in disciplinary proceedings, as well as advising on legal ethics matters. He previously chaired the State Bar's Criminal Justice Section and was a member-at-large of the Executive Committee.

David P. Miranda of Albany (Heslin Rothenberg Farley & Mesiti P.C.), Secretary. A graduate of the State University of New York at Buffalo and Albany Law School, Miranda is the immediate past president of the Albany County Bar Association. He is a partner at Heslin Rothenberg Farley & Mesiti P.C., concentrating his practice in intellectual property law, including trademark, copyright, trade secret, false advertising, and patent infringement, as well as licensing, and Internet-related issues. He previously chaired the State Bar's Young Lawyers Section and was a member-at-large of the Executive Committee.

Ann B. Lesk of New York (Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP), Vice-President of the 1st Judicial District. A graduate of Radcliffe College and Rutgers School of Law, Lesk is the immediate past president of the New York County Lawyers' Association. She is a partner at Fried Frank and is head of the firm's Trusts and Estates Department of the New York office. She advises high-net-worth individuals and families concerning sophisticated estate and gift tax planning strategies, international tax planning issues, estate and trust administration and related matters.

Manuel A. Romero of Brooklyn (Manuel A. Romero, P.C.), Vice-President of the 2nd Judicial District. A graduate of Fordham University and New York Law School, Romero is past president of the Brooklyn Bar Association. He is the principal and senior trial attorney in his own law firm, Manuel A. Romero, P.C., where he has concentrated on plaintiffs' personal injury cases, from inception to trial.

Lillian M. Moy of Albany (executive director, Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York, Inc.), Vice-President of the 3rd Judicial District. A graduate of Hunter College of the City University of New York and Boston University School of Law, Moy is the executive director of the Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York, Inc.

Thomas E. Myers of Syracuse (Bond, Schoeneck & King, PLLC), Vice-President of the 5th Judicial District. A graduate of the College of the Holy Cross and Cornell Law School, Myers is a past president of the Onondaga County Bar Association. He is a partner at Bond, Schoeneck & King, PLLC, with more than 30 years experience representing plaintiffs and defendants in state and federal court litigation involving business dissolutions, commercial disputes, employment disputes, errors and omissions, health care, insurance, personal injury, products liability, professional discipline, shareholder rights, and director liability.

Mark S. Gorgos of Binghamton (Coughlin & Gerhart, LLP), Vice-President of the 6th Judicial District. A graduate of Union College and Albany Law School, Gorgos is a past president of the Broome County Bar Association. He is the managing partner at Coughlin & Gerhart, LLP, concentrating his practice in commercial law, municipal and education law, public sector labor law, and creditor bankruptcy matters.

June M. Castellano of Rochester (Law Office of June Castellano), Vice-President of the 7th Judicial District. A graduate of the University of Rochester and Northeastern University School of Law, Castellano is a past president of the Monroe County Bar Association and the Greater Rochester Association for Women Attorneys. She is in private practice providing representation to individuals facing family dissolution and conflict, and to individuals and businesses in need of general legal assistance.

David L. Edmunds Jr. of Buffalo (Phillips Lytle LLP), Vice-President of the 8th Judicial District. A graduate of the University of Rochester and Case Western Reserve University School of Law, Edmunds is a past president of the Bar Association of Erie County and the Minority Bar Association of Western New York.

Emily F. Franchina of Garden City (Franchina & Giordano, P.C.), Vice-President of the 10th Judicial District. A graduate of Long Island University, C.W. Post Center, and Hofstra University School of Law, Franchina is the immediate past president of the Nassau County Bar Association. She is a founding partner at the firm, Franchina & Giordano, P.C., concentrating her practice in elder law, wills, trusts, estate planning, and estate administration. She previously chaired the State Bar's Young Lawyers Section.

Steven E. Millon of East Meadow (Law Office of Steven E. Millon), Vice-President of the 12th Judicial District. A graduate of the State University of New York at Stony Brook and Yeshiva University's Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Millon concentrates his practice in all types of negligence/personal injury cases, including aviation disasters, medical malpractice, products liability, automobile accidents, and trip/slip and fall accidents. He previously chaired the State Bar's Young Lawyers Section.

Samuel F. Abernethy of New York (Menaker & Herrmann LLP), Member-at-Large. A graduate of Princeton University and Fordham Law School, Abernethy represents companies and individuals in the commercial arena, with a concentration in commodities, derivatives, and securities matters. He previously chaired the State Bar's Business Law Section and currently chairs the Special Committee on Standards for Pleading in Federal Litigation.

Hon. Margaret J. Finerty of New York (Getnick & Getnick), Member-at-Large. A graduate of the University of Chicago and Cornell Law School, Finerty is a partner at Getnick & Getnick. She served as a judge of the Criminal Court of the City of New York from 1995-1998, having been appointed by Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani.

Sherry Levin Wallach of Mount Kisco (Wallach and Rendo LLP), Member-at-Large. A graduate of George Washington University and Hofstra Law School, Wallach is a principal and partner at Wallach and Rendo LLP, concentrating her practice in criminal defense in state and federal courts throughout New York, Bronx, Westchester, Putnam and Rockland Counties. She previously chaired the State Bar's Young Lawyers Section.

Founded in 1876, the 77,000-member New York State Bar Association is the official statewide organization of lawyers in New York and the largest voluntary state bar association in the nation. The State Bar's programs and activities have continuously served the public and improved the justice system for more than 130 years.

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