Scott M. Karson, of Stony
Brook, has been elected president-elect designee of the New York State Bar
Henry M. “Hank” Greenberg, of Albany, assumes the presidency on June 1, 2019,
succeeding President Michael Miller, of New York City. Sherry Levin Wallach, of White Plains, was elected to a third one-year
term as secretary. Domenick Napoletano, of Brooklyn, was elected treasurer.
The House of Delegates,
the association’s governing body, elected Karson and the other officers during
the 142nd Annual Meeting in New York City on January 18. Karson begins a one-year term as president-elect on June 1, 2019 and will
become president on June 1, 2020.
Scott M. Karson
Karson is a partner at Lamb
& Barnosky in Melville. He is the chair of the firm’s Professional Ethics
Committee and Litigation Committee. He concentrates his practice on trial and
appellate litigation, including municipal, commercial, real property title,
land use and zoning and personal injury litigation. He has argued more than 100
appeals in the state and federal appellate courts.
Karson is currently
treasurer of the association, his third one-year term in that role. Karson
previously served a three-year term as vice president of the State Bar for the
Tenth Judicial District (Nassau and Suffolk counties) and is a member and
former chair of the NYSBA’s Audit Committee.
He is also a member and
former chair of the Committee on Courts of Appellate Jurisdiction, and serves
as a member of the Finance Committee, the President’s Committee on Access to
Justice and the Committee to Review Judicial Nominations.
In addition, Karson is a
past president of the Suffolk County Bar Association and is the delegate of the
Suffolk County Bar Association to the American Bar Association House of
Delegates. He is also a member of the American Bar Association Council of
Appellate Lawyers. He is vice chair of the Board of Directors of Nassau Suffolk
Law Services, the principal provider of civil legal services to Long Island’s
indigent population. He is a recipient of the Suffolk County Bar Association
President’s Award (1996 and 2011) and Lifetime Achievement Award (2018).
Karson graduated from the
State University of New York at Stony Brook and earned his law degree cum laude
from Syracuse University College of Law.
Six new State Bar Association
section chairs also assumed office during Annual Meeting. They include:
- Nicholas Gaglio, of New
York City (Axinn, Veltrop & Harkrider) – Antitrust Law Section
- Mitchell F. Borger, of
New Jersey (Macy’s Inc.) – Corporate Counsel Section
- Deborah Paul, of New York
City (Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz) – Tax Section
- James P. O’Connor, of New
York City (Maroney O’Connor) - Torts, Insurance and Compensation Law Section
- Kevin J. Sullivan, of
Buffalo (Nichols and Sullivan) – Trial Lawyers Section
- Robert M. Harper, of
Uniondale (Farrell Fritz) – Trusts and Estates Law Section
About the New York State Bar Association
The New York State Bar Association
is the largest voluntary state bar association in the nation. Since 1876, the
Association has helped shape the development of law, educated and informed the
legal profession and the public, and championed the rights of New Yorkers
through advocacy and guidance in our communities.
Contact: Christian Nolancnolan@nysba.org