ALBANY-Thirteen newly-appointed 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:

DavidĀ  H. Tennant of Rochester (Nixon Peabody), chair of the 2,319-member Commercial and Federal Litigation Section. A graduate of the University of Michigan and University of California at Los Angeles Law School, Tennant practices in the fields of Indian law litigation and appeals, complex commercial litigation, product liability and insurance.

Marvin E. Schechter of New York City (Marvin E. Schechter Law Firm), chair of the 1,387-member Criminal Justice Section. Schechter has been a practicing criminal defense lawyer for 36 years in both the federal and state courts.

Charles J. Moxley, Jr. of New York City (Kaplan Fox & Kilsheimer), chair of the 2,671-member Dispute Resolution Section. A graduate of Fordham University and Columbia Law School, Moxley has served as an arbitrator or mediator in more than 250 cases, primarily in the commercial, securities, insurance, employment and international areas.

T. David Stapleton, Jr. of Auburn (Karpinski Stapleton Galbato & Tehan), chair of the 2,728-member Elder Law Section. A graduate of Georgetown University and Catholic University School of Law, Stapleton concentrates his practice in elder law, estates and trusts, real estate and business entities.

Philip H. Dixon of Albany (Whiteman Osterman & Hanna), chair of the 1,115-member Environmental Law Section. A graduate of Cornell University and Cornell Law School, Dixon's practice areas include land use, real estate, State Environmental Quality Review Act, water supply and water pollution control, and municipal law.

Martin S. Kera of New York City (Kera & Graubard), chair of the 1,957-member General Practice Section. A graduate of State University of New York at Binghamton and Boston University School of Law, Kera's areas of practice include real estate and construction, co-op and condominium law, construction defect litigation, foreclosure defense litigation, appellate work and general practice.

Francis J. Serbaroli of New York City (Greenberg Traurig), chair of the 1,182-member Health Law Section. A graduate of Fordham University and Fordham Law School, Serbaroli handles a wide range of corporate, regulatory, compliance, reimbursement, corporate governance, bankruptcy, antitrust and litigation matters.

Andre R. Jaglom of New York City (Tannenbaum Helpern Syracuse & Hirschtritt), chair of the 1,856-member International Section. A graduate of Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard Law School, Jaglom regularly counsels clients in the distribution and marketing field.

Judge Deborah H. Karalunas of Syracuse (presiding justice, State Supreme Court, Commercial Division, Onondaga County), chair of the 290-member Judicial Section. A graduate of Cornell University and Syracuse University School of Law, Karalunas was elected in 2002 to Supreme Court in the Fifth Judicial District. In 2007, she was appointed presiding justice for the Commercial Division.

Alfred G. Feliu of New York City (Vandenberg & Feliu), chair of the 2,364-member Labor and Employment Section. A graduate of Columbia University and Columbia Law School, Feliu represents and counsels management, executive, and employee clients in all aspects of employment law.

Howard Protter of Walden (Jacobowitz & Gubits), chair of the 1,067-member Municipal Law Section. A graduate of State University of New York at New Paltz and New York Law School, Protter is managing partner of his firm and a member of its municipal law team. He leads the firm's international and intellectual property practice areas on the business team.

Heather C.M. Rogers of Rochester (Davidson Fink), chair of the 4,487-member Real Property Section. A graduate of Wittenberg University and Duquesne University School of Law, Rogers is the manager of the firm's default operations department.

James R. Barnes of Latham (Burke & Casserly), chair of the 3,415-member Young Lawyers Section. A graduate of the State University of New York at Binghamton and Wake Forest University School of Law, Barnes concentrates his practice in elder law, trusts and estates, business succession planning and real estate.

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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