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January/February 2014, Vol. 56, No. 1


New section chairs take office during Annual Meeting


Seven new State Bar section chairs will take office during the Annual Meeting, which will take place January 27-February 1.

They are:

Antitrust 

Barbara HartBarbara J. Hart of White Plains will be the new chair of the 513–member Antitrust Law Section. 
Hart is the chief operating officer and head of Lowey Dannenberg Cohen & Hart’s securities litigation practice. She represents a broad range of clients in complex class action litigation, with a particular emphasis on securities and antitrust litigation.

A 20-year member of the State Bar, Hart is vice-chair of the section.

Hart is a graduate of Vanderbilt University and earned her law degree from Fordham University School of Law. She is a resident of Croton-on-Hudson.

Corporate Counsel 

Thomas ReedThomas A. Reed of Manhattan will be the new chair of the 1,630–member Corporate Counsel Section. 
Reed is a legal consultant assisting companies with commercial contracts. He is a former in-house counsel for numerous telecommunications companies. 

A 42-year member of the State Bar, Reed chaired the Corporate Counsel Section from 2002-2003. He is chair-elect of the section and a member of the House of Delegates.

Reed is a graduate of Haverford College and earned his law degree from University of Pennsylvania School of Law. 

Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law 

Stephen RodnerStephen B. Rodner of Manhattan will be the new chair of the 1,605–member Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Section. 
Rodner is senior counsel to Pryor Cashman. His practice includes transactional matters in all areas of the entertainment field involving theatre, film, television, home video, Internet and e-commerce.

A 22-year member of the State Bar, Rodner is vice-chair of the section.

Rodner is a graduate of Columbia College and earned his law degree from New York University Law School.

Senior Lawyers Section

Carole A. BurnsCarole A. Burns of Rocky Point will be the new chair of the 2,800-member Senior Lawyers Section.
Burns is a retired private practitioner. She currently volunteers with Nassau Suffolk Law Services, working on consumer and medical debt cases.

A 15-year member of the State Bar, Burns most recently served as chair-elect of the section.  She previously was a member of the Environmental and Municipal Law sections, as well as the Committees on Lawyer Referral Service and Lawyers in Transition.

Burns received her undergraduate degree from Hunter College and earned her law degree from Fordham University School of Law. She also has an LL.M. from New York University School of Law.

Torts, Insurance and Compensation Law 

Robert CoughlinRobert H. Coughlin, Jr. of Albany will be the new chair of the 2,530–member Torts, Insurance and Compensation Law Section. 
Coughlin is a member of Flink Smith LLC. He practices in the area of civil litigation with an emphasis on personal injury for both injured persons and well as defendants, negligence, insurance law, fire and explosions and commercial matters.

A 29-year member of the State Bar, Coughlin is vice-chair of the section. He also is a member of the Dispute Resolution, Trial Lawyers and Senior Lawyers sections, as well as the Committee on the Tort System. 

Coughlin is a graduate of Hamilton College and earned his law degree from Albany Law School. He is a resident of Saratoga Springs.

Trial Lawyers 

A. Michael FurmanA. Michael Furman of Manhattan is the new chair of the 2,257-member Trial Lawyers Section.
Furman is a partner at Furman Kornfeld and Brennan LLP. He concentrates his practice on defending lawyers, insurance brokers and other professionals in complex professional liability litigation in federal and state courts.

A 23-year member of the State Bar, Furman most recently served as secretary of the section. He chairs the section’s Committee on Lawyers Professional Liability and Ethics. He also is a member of the Torts, Insurance and Compensation Law Section.

Furman graduated from St. John’s University and earned his law degree from Brooklyn Law School. He is a resident of Yorktown Heights.

Trusts and Estates 

Ronald WeissRonald J. Weiss of Manhattan will be the new chair of the 4,747–member Trusts and Estates Law Section. 
Weiss is a partner in Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom’s Trusts and Estates Group. His practice focuses on estate planning and taxation, as well as the representation of not-for-profit organizations, principally private foundations.

A 24-year member of the State Bar, Weiss is chairperson-elect of the section. He previously chaired the section’s Committee on Legislation and Governmental Relations and the Committee on Ethics and Practice.

Weiss is a graduate of Yale University and earned his law degree from Albany Law School. 


—Compiled by Brandon Vogel