Steering Committee Members
Shareema Abel (formerly Gadson-Shaw) is a 1996 Harpur College graduate. She then received her Juris Doctor from Hofstra University School of Law in 1999, where she was a member of the Labor and Employment Law Journal and the Trial Team. Currently, Shareema practices education law as a Litigation Attorney with the New York City Department of Education, Office of the General Counsel. She serves as a legal representative of the Chancellor, handling disciplinary proceedings and providing training and counsel to school administrators. Formerly, she was an Assistant District Attorney for the Bronx District Attorney's Office. During her ten years at the District Attorney's Office she served as lead trial counsel on violent felony cases including homicide, robbery, burglary, and serious physical injury assault. Shareema also serves as an Adjunct Professor at Hofstra University School of Law in the field of trial advocacy. She has been an instructor for the National Institute of Trial Techniques since 2004 and currently teaches in the Building Trial Skills program in Hempstead, New York and San Francisco, California.
Richard Alpern, Chair Emeritus
Rich graduated from Harpur College in 1969, earned his J.D. at the New York University School of Law in 1972 and was admitted to the New York Bar the following year. For 24 years he served as special counsel at Sullivan & Cromwell in New York concentrating on executive compensation and employee benefits matters and is now a Principal at Frederic W. Cook & Co., Inc., an executive compensation consulting firm.
Marc is a 1995 graduate of Harpur College. He then earned an M.B.A. from the School of Management at Binghamton University in 1996 and later received his J.D. from SUNY Buffalo. He was admitted to the Bar in New York in 2000. Marc is special counsel at Goldberg Segalla in Buffalo, NY. He focuses his practice on business and commercial litigation. His experience includes litigation pertaining to real property title claims defense and real property tax certiorari proceedings, contractual disputes, personal injury, products liability, toxic torts and collection enforcement. He is the Assistant Treasurer of SUNY Buffalo School of Law's Alumni Association Board of Directors and Co-President and a board of trustees member at the Kadimah School of Buffalo.
Eric is a 1973 graduate of Harpur College. He first earned an M.P.A. from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University and later received his J.D. from DePaul University. He was admitted to the Bar in Illinois in 1983 and has worked for the EPA there ever since. He is currently an associate regional counsel with EPA Region 5 supervising lawyers practicing environmental law and labor and employment law. Eric has also served as an adjunct professor at Chicago-Kent College of Law, the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Urban Planning and in the Geography Department at Roosevelt University.
Joel M. Cohen
Joel graduated in 1983 from Harpur College and received his law degree from Georgetown University in 1986. After clerking for a federal appeals court judge, he joined the New York City law firm of Davis Polk & Wardwell in 1987 and became a partner in 1996. He is a member of the Georgia, District of Columbia and New York bars and has been admitted to practice in the United States Supreme Court and numerous federal trial and appellate courts. and U.S. District Bars. At Davis Polk & Wardwell his main area of practice is antitrust and general commercial litigation. A member of the Antitrust Section of the American Bar Association, Joel served as vice chair of the Section's Intellectual Property Committee and as a member of the editorial board of the ABA-published book “Antitrust Law Developments” (4th edition). He has written numerous articles concerning antitrust law and litigation for national and international legal publications. He received the Thurgood Marshall Award in 1998 for his successful representation of a Georgia death row inmate whose conviction and sentence were overturned.
Jesse is a 1971 graduate of Binghamton University, who earned his J.D. from Temple University in 1974. A partner at Fenster & Faerber, P.A., he has been a member of the Florida Bar for more than 20 years and is also a member of the New York and Colorado Bars. His practice areas include personal injury and wrongful death law as well as medical malpractice. Jesse is a frequent lecturer on trial strategy, medical malpractice and collateral source claims and other insurance law issues.
Marsha Ferziger Nagorsky
Marsha Ferziger Nagorsky is the Director of Special Projects and a lecturer at the University of Chicago Law School where she graduated from in 1995 after completing her undergraduate degree from Binghamton University in 1992. She is a member of the Bars from New York, Southern District New York, Eastern District New York, and the Federal Circuit. Her practice is concentrated within areas pertaining to Information Technology, Intellectual Property, Computer and Cyberspace.
A Phi Beta Kappa, David graduated from Binghamton University in 1974, and received his J.D. from the National Law Center at George Washington University in 1977. Currently a partner at Crowell & Moring LLP, David engages in an active national litigation practice, primarily in the health, insurance fields and Labor & Employment. He is also a frequent lecturer and writer on various topics.
Sheldon is a 1973 graduate of Binghamton University and a cum laude graduate of Syracuse University in 1977 where he earned his J.D. He was admitted to the New York Bar in 1978 and the District of Columbia Bar in 1979. Formerly, Sheldon was Deputy General Counsel at Goldman Sachs & Co. and special counsel at the Securities and Exchange Commission, Enforcement Division. Today, Sheldon is Americas General Counsel for RBS, in Stamford,CT. He sits on the Managing Board of The Clearing House Association, and is past President of the Association of SEC Alumni, Treasurer of The Securities Industry Association's Compliance and Legal Division, and a Trustee of the SEC Historical Society.
Heidi B. Goldstein
Heidi is a 1981 graduate (with honors) of Harpur College. She earned her J.D. from New York University School of Law in 1984. Heidi, a Counsel in the general litigation department at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, LLP & Affiliates, represents both businesses and individuals in a wide-range of complex commercial disputes, frequently involving allegations of breaches of contracts, business torts, breaches of fiduciary duties and fraud. She also represents organizations in connection with investigations conducted by civil enforcement and regulatory authorities and individuals and businesses in significant estate litigation matters. On a pro bono basis, Heidi has worked to advance opportunities for students with learning disorders, including helping a newly created primary school serving students with learning disorders obtain its first provisional charter from the New York State Board of Regents.
Richard M. Greenberg
Rick graduated from Harpur College in 1974 with a B.A. in Music. He earned his J.D. at SUNY Buffalo School of Law in 1977. Currently he is Attorney-in-Charge at the Office of the Appellate Defender, a not-for-profit law office in New York City that provides high quality client-centered appellate and post-conviction representation to indigent defendants appealing their felony convictions. Formerly, he was Assistant Attorney General for the New York State Environmental Protection Bureau, Crimes Unit. He worked at The Legal Aid Society of New York as Senior Trial Attorney for the Criminal Defense Division and Staff Attorney for the Parole Revocation Defense Unit. Currently, he serves on the First Department Departmental Disciplinary Committee.
Aisha is a 1998 Harpur College graduate and received her JD from Fordham University in 2001. She is a Director of Career and Professional Development and the Public Interest Advisor at the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University. She began her legal career with the New York City Law Department as an Assistant Corporation Counsel in the Commercial and Real Estate Litigation Division and subsequently worked as a commercial litigation associate in the private sector. She is currently pursuing a professional certificate in Career Planning and Development at NYU and has co-authored numerous career development articles for the National Association for Law Placement (NALP) Bulletin. Aisha also serves on the Career Advancement and Management Committee with the New York City Bar Association.
Jonathan is a 1981 graduate (with honors) of Harpur College. He received his J.D. from Boston College in 1984 and was admitted to the Massachusetts Bar in 1985. He is a member of the Boston Bar Association and the National Association of College and University Attorneys. College and University and Real Estate Law are his primary practice areas. In 2007, after serving as a partner at Seyfarth Shaw, LLP, he joined Babson College as its first Vice President & General Counsel.
Glenn Moss is a 1975 graduate of Harpur College. He pursued his J.D. at Case Western Reserve University Law School and graduated in 1980. Throughout his career Glenn has maintained his presence in the communications industry starting with jobs in the New York State Office of Motion Picture and TV Development, the WNYC Communications Group, Cablevision Industries (Liberty, NY) and working independently as a legal consultant for the telecommunications industry. In 1995, Glenn was hired as Assistant General Counsel at Court TV and served as Senior Vice President of Business Affairs and Affiliate Relations through 2003. Subsequent to leaving Court TV, Glenn has consulted with a number of start-up and emerging digital media and technology companies, including The Musician Network, HealthiNation, VegasHD and Asian Media Rights.
Jocelyn is a 1985 graduate of Binghamton University with a J.D. from Hofstra University which she received in 1988. She is the President and driving force behind Frank, Frank, Goldstein & Nager, PC. (FFGN), A Professional Legal Corporation, is an industry leader in the field of debt collection and commercial litigation. Jocelyn has been with the firm for over 20 years. This specialized law practice was founded in 1940, AV Rated by Martindale Hubbell, making it the oldest collections counsel in New York State. Jocelyn and her firm represent clients in various industries including health care, insurance, real estate, financial services, manufacturing and wholesale and distribution and has an excellent reputation and rate of recovery FFGN is a certified woman owned business enterprise (WBE) by the Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) and the NYC Department of Small Business Services. FFGN was the recipient of the National Minority Business Council, Inc. (NMBC) 2009 Dena Coye Outstanding Woman Entrepreneurship Award, and Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Association of Women Business Owners . Jocelyn is a Board member of the Executive Associates of New York and International Association of Commercial Collectors. Jocelyn is on the Steering Committee for the Women's President Association, is a member of the Supplier Diversity Committee of the Institute For Supply Management, New York (ISMNY). Jocelyn lives on the upper west side with her two daughters.
Tom graduated from Binghamton University in 1972. In 1975, he earned his J.D. from Brooklyn Law School and was admitted to the New York Bar in 1976. In 2004, he retired from the Internal Revenue Service in Rochester, after more than 30 years of Federal Government service. He has opened a law practice of his own, focusing on assisting Attorneys, Accountants and professional Fiduciaries in matters involving Estate, Gift, and Fiduciary Income Taxation. In addition to his work responsibilities, Tom is involved with numerous charitable and professional organizations.
Linda Riefberg, Chair
Linda graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Binghamton University in 1981 and received her J.D. from the New York University School of Law in 1984. After being admitted to the New York Bar in 1985, she worked in the litigation department of Stroock & Stroock & Lavan, focusing primarily on product liability and general commercial litigation. Later, Linda joined the New York Stock Exchange, Inc., Enforcement Division, as a staff attorney and became Director of the Division in 1998 and Chief Counsel in 2005. A merger occurred between the NYSE regulatory departments and the NASD, and the entity she worked for became FINRA. In September 2011, Linda returned to private practice in the Enforcement and Investigations group of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson, where she handles SEC and FINRA investigations, broker-dealer matters and internal company reviews.
Upon graduation from Binghamton University in 1979, Jonathan earned an M.R.P. from the University of Michigan in 1981 and his J.D. from Temple University (cum laude) in 1989. He was admitted to the Bar in New Jersey and Pennsylvania in 1989 and is also a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners. Currently a partner with Manko, Gold & Katcher, LLP, Jonathan's areas of practice include environmental and land use law. He also serves as special environmental counsel to the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation.
Norman C. Simon
Norman graduated from Harpur in 1994 and earned his J.D. from New York University School of Law in 1997. He is a member of the Bars from New York and New Jersey. A partner at Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP, he has trial and litigation experience in advertising, employment, electronic discovery, criminal and regulatory investigations, licensing and contract disputes, trademark, trade dress and copyright infringement as well as general commercial matters. Norman has been recognized for several years as a "leading lawyer" by Legal 500 and was named in the 2011 Super Lawyers New York edition.
Jeffrey L. Tanenbaum
After graduating Phi Beta Kappa from Binghamton University in 1973, Jeff earned his J.D. at the SUNY-Buffalo School of Law in 1976. In 1978, he joined Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, and has been there ever since. As a Partner, Jeff's practice involves business finance and restructuring. A member of the New York State Bar, the ABA and the American Bankruptcy Institute, Jeff has also found time to author numerous articles on major bankruptcy decisions emanating from the Supreme and Circuit Courts.
Born and raised in Binghamton, Marty graduated from Binghamton University in 1976. He earned his J.D. at the New College School of Law in California in 1980 and was admitted to the Bar there in 1981. His practice areas include family law and legal malpractice. Marty currently sits as a Commissioner in the Alameda County Superior Court and as a Pro Tem Settlement Judge in the San Francisco County Superior Court.
Frank S. Vellucci, Vice-Chair
Frank graduated from Binghamton University in 1994. He earned his J.D. at the New York University School of Law in 1997 and was admitted to the New York Bar in 1997 and New Jersey Bar in 1998. He is currently a partner in Chadbourne & Parke's corporate practice and his practice areas include corporate, life sciences and securities law.